Boca Raton Magazine the Leader.enArtArts & EventsBarsBeautyBest Of BocaCity WatchCommunityDebate WatchDelray BeachDelray BeachDiningFashionFitnessGiveawaysHealth NewsHealth/BeautyHot DealsIn The MagazineMoviesMusicNewsNews & ReviewsOpinionsProfilesRecipes Restaurant ReviewsShoppingShopping NewsStyle PagesThe Week AheadTheatreTown NewsTravel Upcoming EventsWeb ExtrasFri, 24 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0000SunFest Preview: The Best of the Rest<p>You probably know about the headliners of next week’s <a href="" target="_blank">SunFest</a> (April 29-May 3), names like Fall Out Boy, Stone Temple Pilots and Sammy Hagar—and we’ll be reviewing the likes of Wilco, Hozier and The Pixies following their performances.</p> <p>But what’s great about this festival is that it provides ample opportunities to discover new talent. Here are the top five undercard acts at this year’s SunFest, which give us plenty of reasons to show up early.</p> <p><img alt="" height="255" src="/site_media/uploads/April/1361471566-knox_hamilton.jpg" width="380"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>5. Knox Hamilton (5:15 p.m. April 30)</strong></a></p> <p>There’s not much music available online to sample this Little Rock-based quartet—just one song, really, but don’t be surprised if you’ll want to download it instantly and play the hell out of it until SunFest. It’s called “Work it Out,” and, like Bleachers and The Postal Service, there’s an old-is-new-again nostalgia to this tune, a piece of irrepressibly catchy dance-pop gold driven by sunny keyboards and groovy guitars, not to mention the jarring but welcome disconnect between the frontman’s fragile indie-pop tenor and his grizzled mountaineer look. “Work it Out” has received regular airplay on SiriusXM, and it would be a hit on terrestrial radio too, if FM radio wasn’t run by a soulless corporate behemoth. The group has released three EPs in its hometown, so expect more where that infectious tune came from.</p> <p><img alt="" height="228" src="/site_media/uploads/April/shapeimage_3.png" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>4. The Spazmatics (5:15 p.m. May 3)</strong></a></p> <p>If you think popular music takes itself too seriously, The Spazmatics are the group for you. Legend has it the band formed in a high school in California circa 1983, when Kevin Stigwood, a physics teacher, lost a debate to a student about quantum theory and was subjected to performing Thomas Dolby’s “She Blinded Me With Science” at a state basketball game as punishment. The band he corralled for the gig became the Spazmatics, a 1980s cover band awash in kitsch: Its members don apparel from “Revenge of the Nerds”—think pocket protectors, bowties, taped glasses and ghastly plaid pants—and perform choreographed dance moves to such decade-defining hits as “Whip It,” “Faith,” “I Love Rock and Roll” and many more. Beyond the surface humor, the Spazmatics are genuinely good musicians; Brad Gillis, of Ozzy Osbourne’s band, called them “the best ‘80s cover band I’ve ever seen.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="208" src="/site_media/uploads/April/cc6urioukaaf53s.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>3. The McNaughstys (5:45 p.m. May 1)</strong></a></p> <p>Los Angeles’ The McNaughstys aren’t the first group to find common ground between Irish music and punk rock: Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly famously paved the way. But they go further than these pioneers in capturing the spirit of Irish history, culture and music: Bagpipes and violins are just as prominent as shredding, three-chord guitar riffs, blitzkrieg drumming and anthemic vocals, and the band’s lyrical content captures its heritage through tunes like “Shea’s Rebellion,” “O’Malley” and the sea shanty “The Ship is Going Down.” It’s Green Day meets The Chieftans, authentic enough to expand the musical horizons of both groups’ fans. It actually makes perfect sense that The McNaughstys are opening SunFest for another crossover artist, Lindsey Stirling.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April/ffdb4c_39219a65871343f0aa3e3940e31646fe-jpg_srz_980_653_75_22_0-50_1-20_0-00_jpg_srz.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>2. Kehlani (7:45 p.m. May 2)</strong></a></p> <p>Sometimes, Piers Morgan can be right. When Kehlani, a fresh-faced 16-year-old and the only girl in her high-school band Poplyfe, performed on “America’s Got Talent” in 2011, Morgan told her, “I think you’ve got talent, but I don’t think you need the group.” Her ambitions have, indeed, outlived Poplyfe; she’s matured along with her music, striking out as a solo artist with a self-released  mixtape that <em>Complex</em> magazine named one of the best albums of 2014. The sky is the limit for this R&amp;B/hip-hop superstar of tomorrow, whose ancestry—black, white, Native American, Hispanic and Filipino—places her uniquely in a 21<sup>st</sup> century musical melting pot. Her debut LP “You Should Be Here” hits retailers the week of her SunFest performance, and offers an eclectic introduction to her music. See her now, before she blows up the Internet.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April/elliot_root.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>1. Elliot Root (7 p.m. May 2)</strong></a></p> <p>Nashville spawns so many imaginative roots-music artists that it’s mighty hard to transcend the horde of Tennessee bands and singer-songwriters craving residency on your stereo. Credit Elliot Root for doing just that. This soulful Music City quartet has been plying its sophisticated songcraft for a few years now, discovering a timeless aesthetic that would sound as appropriate piping from a Starbucks as a downtown rock club. Calling to mind City and Colour and Red House Painters, it’s really poetry put to music, from the haunting elegy “Body Down” to the radio-ready “Soul is Fire.” Both of these are available on Elliot Root’s new “EP II,” released in March as an appetizer to its forthcoming full-length debut, “Thoughts From Yesterday.” </p> <p><em>Tickets are still available for SunFest; visit its website for details.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 24 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsMusicUpcoming EventsHot Pot Is New Boca Hot Spot<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April/hotpot.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Sushi bars are as common in these parts as steakhouses, which is to say as common as dirt. Taiwanese hot pot eateries? Eh, not so much.</p> <p>So Asian food lovers in the mood for something different likely won’t mourn the passing at the end of last year of Jidai Kaiten Sushi in West Boca, despite the restaurant’s somewhat novel (for our little town, at least) sushi-on-a-conveyor belt setup. In its place now is <strong>Lemon Grass Hot Pot</strong> (<em>21073 Powerline Road, 561/609-2200</em>), a DIY hot pot eatery that lets you cook your own meal at your table in individual hot pots full of bubbling broth.</p> <p>Jidai Kaiten’s old triangular conveyor belt is still there, though now it holds pots full of fresh veggies you can add to proteins held in covered coolers. There’s beef and lamb and pork, assorted fish and shellfish, and a half-dozen different broths to choose from. Cost is $25 a person, all you can eat.</p> <p>The place itself is pretty slick, all black and white and red and gray, dominated by the giant conveyor belt in the center of the room. It’s an interesting concept; we’ll see if it has legs. . .</p>Bill CitaraFri, 24 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsStaff Picks: food and entertainment<p><strong>Bogart’s of Boca + Movie at Cinemark</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="331" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/bogarts.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Meshi Shoshona, Events + Sales Coordinator</em></p> <p>“My boyfriend and I went there on a Saturday night absolutely loved it. The food and service was fantastic. We started with hummus and crackers. For our main dishes, he got a turkey burger, and I got a delicious rare tuna salad. After that, we watched a movie in Cinemark’s premier seating area, which had big and comfy seats.”</p> <p>3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Sushi Rock Café on Las Olas</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/sushirocklasolas.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“The next time I make it over to Sushi Rock Café, I’m fasting beforehand. This place is completely unassuming from the outside. (I’ve driven past it too many times to count without as much as a glace in its direction.) And just as unassuming on the inside – a capacity of what I estimate to be less than 100, with neon lights in place of crown molding. But its melt-in-your-mouth sashimi and incredible boats of sushi are unbeatable. Note: GET THE WHITE TUNA.”</p> <p>1515 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale // 954/462-5541</p> <p><strong>Homemade Meatballs from Bedner’s</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/bedners.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“The homemade meatballs from Bedner’s have some little cheesy (in a good way) kick I can’t exactly place, but it’s worth the drive to get a tray. Not to mention all the gorgeous produce, boiled peanuts and homegrown tomatoes.”</p> <p>10065 Lee Road, Boynton Beach // 561/733-5490</p> <center><em><a href="/blog/tag/staff-picks" target="_blank">For more staff picks, click here.</a></em></center><center><em><br></em></center>magazineFri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Delray Rocks &amp; Boynton does not, plus more<h3><img alt="" height="241" src="/site_media/uploads/star_of_david.jpg" width="209"></h3> <h3>The Chabad saga</h3> <p>Let us hope that in a month there is no reason to wonder if anti-Semitism is at work in Boca Raton.</p> <p>A curious thing happened at last week’s city council meeting. On the agenda was an application for a development project. The Planning &amp; Zoning Board had approved the project. The staff had recommended that the council approve the project, with some conditions.</p> <p>Then City Manager Leif Ahnell said he wanted the council to delay its decision because the applicant had failed to provide some information. Something about the floor-to-area ratio: square footage of the building divided by square footage of the lot. The higher the ratio, the denser the project. The issue supposedly had arisen three hours before the meeting. Staff wanted to delay action until May.</p> <p>None it made sense. Normally, only an applicant asks for such a late delay. The applicant wanted no such delay. Indeed, the applicant didn’t want to wait even a month after having to wait nearly seven years.</p> <p>The applicant is Chabad East Boca, a congregation of Orthodox Jews that long ago outgrew its space just off Sanborn Square. In 2008, the congregation planned to buy six contiguous properties east of Mizner Park, two of them facing Mizner Boulevard. As Ruvi New, the founding rabbi of Chabad East Boca, pointed out to me this week, there are two busy churches at either end of that stretch of Mizner Boulevard: First United Methodist to the north and St. Gregory’s Episcopal to the south. What could have been wrong with Chabad East Boca joining them?</p> <p>Something, apparently. After criticism from neighbors about parking and a series of public hearings, the council changed the rules regarding parking for houses of worship in a way that prevented Chabad East Boca’s move.</p> <p>So to say that Rabbi New is suspicious of what happened last week would be an understatement. “I was most definitely not aware of any problems,” he said. “What happened was highly unusual. Almost unprecedented.”</p> <p>This time, Chabad East Boca wants to build where La Vielle Maison once served great French food: on the south side of Palmetto Park Road, just east of the Intracoastal Waterway. The property is zoned for the sanctuary, museum and social hall that Chabad East Boca wants to build. Rabbi New said many of the congregants walk to services because they observe the Jewish Sabbath by not operating motor vehicles. Nevertheless, to alleviate traffic problems Chabad East Boca would have underground parking. The congregation could not use all parts of the building at once. Attendance at High Holy Days services would be capped.</p> <p>Chabad East Boca even had the right team of advocates: lawyer Mitchell Kirschner and architect Derek Vander Ploeg, who are regulars before the council and usually succeed. But just as Chabad East Boca’s potential neighbors were opposed in 2008, they are opposed in 2015. One of them flagged a supposed miscalculation in that floor-to-area ratio, though Vander Ploeg said he met with city staff on that calculation “before we even filed.”</p> <p>One can assume that the potential neighbor didn’t alert the staff in hopes of making the project better. The idea is to stop the project, or perhaps persuade Chabad East Boca to consider, as some online postings have suggested, a site on “House of Worship Row”—the south side of Yamato Road east of Patch Reef Park.</p> <p>As Rabbi New explains, however, Chabad congregations are the opposite of mega-churches. They are intensely local, so he can’t move far from the current location. Many congregants, he said, live on A1A near the new site.</p> <p>Councilman Robert Weinroth, who at first opposed the delay, theorized that any miscalculation might have occurred because a sliver of the property is zoned residential, meaning that it couldn’t be included in the ration. Vander Ploeg said, “It might have been a miscommunication more than anything else.” Councilman Mike Mullaugh, who also first opposed postponement, said the city needs to make sure that there are no “inconsistencies.” If there were, the Planning &amp; Zoning Board approval was “invalid.”</p> <p>Ironically, if Rabbi New were not asking for 10 feet, 8 inches of added height—which city staff recommended the council approve—Chabad East Boca wouldn’t have needed more than Planning &amp; Zoning Board approval. The city allows the extra height about 30 feet for the main sanctuary, but Chabad East Boca also wants it for the museum exhibit hall due for Vander Ploeg called “functionality” reasons.</p> <p>Interestingly, just before the council changed those parking rules in 2008, Cooper City in Broward County had to pay a Chabad synagogue $325,000 for keeping it out of the city through discriminatory zoning. Vander Ploeg said Wednesday he has sent the revised calculation to the city. The plan is for the project to go back before the Planning &amp; Zoning Board on May 7. If approved, the project would return to the council on May 27. Will the project get through this time? “I can’t see any reason why it shouldn’t,” Vander Ploeg said. If it doesn’t, Boca Raton better have a very good reason.</p> <h3>Boynton loses yet another one</h3> <p>On Tuesday, we saw another example of why Delray Beach is Delray Beach and why Boynton Beach is, well, Boynton Beach.</p> <p>Before the Palm Beach County Commission was a recommendation from the staff that the county sell 5 vacant acres of surplus land north of Lake Ida Park in Delray along the east side of Interstate 95. Directly north of that property is a roughly 23-acre site on which a developer plans to build large homes. The developer had offered $500,000 for those 5 acres, on which he would build more homes. The staff liked that option. “As an alternative,” the memo to commissioner stated, “the City of Delray Beach has recently expressed interest in buying the property, which Staff does not recommend.”</p> <p>Yet the commission voted 6-1 for the sale to Delray. And therein, as the saying goes, lies a tale.</p> <p>Boynton Beach had first shot at the land, and could have had it for the same $100,000. The city commission, however, turned it down, with Mayor Jerry Taylor saying the city had other needs. That decision led to the sort of sniping that for decades has tainted the commission.</p> <p>In contrast, the Delray Beach City Commission responded quickly, collectively and effectively.</p> <p>Last week, commissioners indicated their interest in going after the property. So on Tuesday, it was a Delray Beach commissioner—Shelly Petrolia—not one from Boynton Beach arguing that preserving the land could help create a greenway and ideally could make the site part of the popular El Rio Trail. “Green space is something we don’t have a lot of on the coast,” Petrolia told me.</p> <p>As the staff noted, there are obstacles to making the land part of a trail system. In 1950, the Lake Worth Drainage District dug a canal that divides the property from Lake Ida Park. A bridge to the northern edge of the park could cost between $250,000 and $400,000. If there’s no other way to get in and out, the developer has said he won’t allow access through his property.</p> <p>Yet when Delray Beach is at its best, the city tries to find ways around problems. Petrolia says I-95 might provide an easement. The county’s Caloosa Park is slightly north on the west side of the highway. Over time, the developer might realize that a trail would raise the value of the homes. And because donors will put the sale price, buying the land won’t cost Delray Beach.</p> <p>County Commissioner Steven Abrams, who represents the area, rebutted claims by neighbors that preserving the land would make their lives worse. “On the one hand,” he told me, “they said there’s no way to get to the property. On the other, they said they would be overrun.” As for the theory that those donors would develop their own homes, Abrams counters that the contract will be with the city and will contain restrictions on use.</p> <p>Truth be told, at least one of those donors may be acting out of enlightened self-interest. Taylor Levy owns a home on the east side of Lake Ida facing the property. He would rather see green than homes, even expensive ones. But if the public benefits, what does that matter? And if the sale brings a big public benefit, we know which city will get credit for trying.</p> <h3>The disappearing Delray easement</h3> <p>By a vote of 5-1, the Delray Beach’s Planning and Zoning Board gave preliminary approval to a new plat for Atlantic Crossing that does not include the Atlantic Crossing easement. The plat must return for a final vote before it goes to the city commission.</p> <p>The plat now matches the site plan the commission approved in January 2014—when Delray had a different city manager and city attorney—without the staff making clear that the city was giving up the easement. Neighbors believe that the easement, off Federal Highway, would ease the traffic issues from the mixed-use project.</p> <p>Monday’s night meeting was packed with those who want the easement back in. I’ll have more on this next week.</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><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 23 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunitySeasonal Finds: Twist on Crab Cakes<p><img alt="" height="343" src="/site_media/uploads/April/crabcake.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I’ve been so inspired by the bounties of spring produce recently available at our local markets here in South Florida. Among the plethora of springtime vegetables are fresh leeks, which have two annual harvest seasons—spring and winter. Spring leeks are generally smaller and sweeter than winter leeks. They taste like a cross between mild onion and garlic. Leeks are often added into soups, vegetable medleys and gratin recipes. In this recipe they are mixed into a spring-inspired crab cake feast.</p> <p>Given that it’s peak season for leeks, now is a great time to experiment with this yummy and remarkably healthy veggie. One cup of leeks contains only 54 calories. In addition, they are packed with vitamins A and K, thus promoting bone growth, blood-flow regulation and healthy blood cell development.</p> <p>For those unfamiliar with fresh leeks, here are a few tips:</p> <p>1) <strong>Selection process</strong>: Look for firm and straight leeks with dark green leaves with bright white stalks.</p> <p>2) <strong>Freshness window</strong>: Fresh leeks can be stored in the refrigerator for one to two weeks.</p> <p>3) <strong>That's a wrap</strong>: Try storing them in plastic wrap or placing them in a sealed plastic bag to preserve moisture before using.</p> <p>4) <strong>Clock is ticking</strong>: Once the leeks have been cooked, they become highly perishable; you’ll have two days, max, to use them.</p> <p>Leeks and fresh crabmeat are a heavenly pairing in this recipe, and I’ve included fresh parsley and spring onion to enhance the sweetness of their flavors. The fennel seed remoulade—made from Greek yogurt, lime juice and fennel seed—is a tangy and healthier spin off of a traditional mayo-packed remoulade.</p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p><strong>Spring Leek Crab Cakes with Fennel Seed Remoulade</strong></p> <p><em>Makes 4-6 crab cakes</em></p> <p><strong>Remoulade Ingredients</strong></p> <p>5 ounces plain Greek yogurt</p> <p>1 teaspoon lime juice</p> <p>1 teaspoon lime zest</p> <p>1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds</p> <p>Salt and pepper to taste </p> <p><strong>Crab Cake Ingredients</strong></p> <p>1/2 cup leeks, finely diced</p> <p>1/4 cup spring onion, finely diced</p> <p>2 eggs, whisked </p> <p>1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped, plus more for garnish</p> <p>3/4 cup mayonnaise </p> <p>1/2 teaspoon salt </p> <p>1/4 teaspoon pepper </p> <p>1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs  </p> <p>1/2 pound lump crabmeat </p> <p>2 tablespoons canola oil </p> <p><strong>Directions</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>1) Make remoulade by mixing all ingredients together and whisking to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.</p> <p>2) In a large mixing bowl combine leeks, onion, eggs, parsley, mayonnaise, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup bread crumbs. Stir to combine ingredients, then fold crabmeat into the form mixture until fully incorporated. Use your hands to form the crab cakes.</p> <p>3) Place remaining 1 cup bread crumbs onto a plate and lightly coat crab cakes on the top and bottom.</p> <p>4) Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté crab cakes, in batches, for 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown on one side. Serve topped with remoulade and garnish with parsley for serving. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p>Amanda JaneThu, 23 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Movie Review: &quot;The Water Diviner&quot;<p>It is the great actor’s lot in life that he can’t <em>just</em> be a great actor. He must also direct! Yes, because that is the where a film’s creative pulse is generated—not in the hands of actors herded into position like cattle, as Hitchcock so bluntly dismissed them, but in the cowherd calling the shots.</p> <p>When he’s not singing, Russell Crowe is usually a great actor, but as he proves in “The Water Diviner,” his first film behind the lens, he is no director.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/April/the-water-diviner_704_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Set largely in Istanbul and surrounding Turkish cities in the aftermath of World War I—but shot mostly in Australia—“The Water Diviner” also stars Crowe as Connor, the intuitive-bordering-on-psychic title character, who uses dowsing rods to locate wells deep beneath his draught-stricken homestead. Four years have passed since his three sons apparently perished in the siege of Gallipoli, and his wife has not overcome the trauma; she’ll soon be joining them. Left with nothing, Connor leaves on horseback to visit the location of the bloodiest massacre of World War I, in order to exhume his sons’ missing remains and bury them with their mother.</p> <p>Connor approaches his goal with the mulish obstinacy of a Liam Neeson action hero. His visit is unwelcome from every direction; he reopens tribal wounds between the English and the Ottomans, and he battles prejudice and bureaucratic hurdles, even as a plot twist keeps a semblance of hope alive.</p> <p>This is a compelling idea for a movie, but it needs a surer hand behind the camera. As pretty as Andrew Lesnie’s sun-dappled cinematography is, Crowe is an amateur visual storyteller. Editing rhythms are awkward and disjointed, a curious number of close-ups seem to be filmed in front of artificial green-screens, and many of his scenes appear to be, as the saying goes, “fixed in post.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/April/406968-a93ff59a-79d6-11e4-af6e-cd6ad31dcd05.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But the movie’s crippling flaws have more to do with tone and its sense of place than its technical ineptitude. The settings in “The Water Diviner” feel as much like Istanbul as a visit to Epcot’s Tokyo exhibition feels like visiting Japan. This is another white-man-in-a-foreign-land culture-clash experiment, and Crowe imbues Turkey with Hollywood’s shallow, hokey exoticism. The movie’s idea of local color is an old man attempting to pluck and eat a live chicken, and Crowe’s own character is a fount of stupid Anglo-American gaffes, such as mistaking a muezzin’s wail for a street barker trying to sell something.</p> <p>All of this is consistent with a crushingly simplistic film that treats everybody as a cardboard cutout spouting melodramatic trailer bytes: “For me, this place is one big grave,” “hope is a necessity where I come from,” “I measure a man by how much he loves his children,” and so on. Fuzzy battlefield flashbacks share screen time with a rote romance, risible humor and telegraphed action sequences—a crowd-pleasing mélange of genres so transparently calculated that it’s difficult to be truly moved by the results. Even in the big revelation at the film’s climax, Crowe can’t resist lathering the moment with cheap sentiment.</p> <p>The only moment in “The Water Diviner” that feels real is that wordless early scene in which Connor divines said water from the ground. The rest of the film is all wet.</p> <p><em>"The Water Diviner" opens in most theaters Friday.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 22 Apr 2015 13:08:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesSwank Farms rolls out last dinner!<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/swank-table-hp-2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There’s no better day than Earth Day to salute the season ending of the Swank Table series this Sunday. The event, Prime Cuts—a beefy extravaganza featuring Chis Miracolo of S3 (Fort Lauderdale), Blake Malatesta of Delray’s 50 Ocean and Isaac Cerny of West Palm’s Pistache, among others—is sold out (but I hear there is waiting list) as all of them are, but what a grand few months it has been. </p> <p>This will be dinner number seven this season starting with 50 Eggs Down on the Farm with Clayton Miller (Khong River House) and others; Black &amp; Gold Silver Sands with Jason Pringle (db Bistro Moderne,) Jeremy Ford (Jean-Georges Miami Beach), among others; to Hot Pink Tomato, with Conor Hanlon (The Dutch, Miami) and Roy Villacrusis (Nitrogen), among others; Le Grand Aioli with Michael Reidt (Pilgrim, Miami), Paula Da Silva (3030 Ocean), and Clayton Carnes (Wellington’s The Grille), among others; the first vegetarian blow-out—Where’s The Beet?— with Market 17 and Hippocrates, among others, and the ever-popular dreamy Diner En Blanc with Nick Morfogen (32 East ) and Rick Mace (Café Boulud), among others. It was a star-studded line up of area chefs, spectacular food and wine pairings with a variety of sommeliers, and music by great bands like the Killbillies, Hughie Burns and the County Line, the Baron Sisters, Uproot Hootenanny.</p> <p>Not only were the dinners a great success, but a film about Swank Farm, and the trials of tribulations of small farmers Jodi and Darrin Swank, made it into the Palm Beach International Film Festival—and won as audience favorite.</p> <p>But no wonder.  For 13 years, we’ve loved the Swanks’ produce through our local green market or at fine restaurants or the farm’s CSA program. It’s no surprise that farm to table would come to life right where the Swanks live and work—on their own Loxahatchee Groves farm.</p> <p>Here’s to another great season, and one last Sunday dinner raising a glass to this great series of food celebrations—and to the dedicated family that makes it all happen. Secure your seats for next year’s series by visiting <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.  And tell ’em we sent you!</p>Marie SpeedWed, 22 Apr 2015 11:01:00 +0000 & ReviewsTime to Run from the Rays<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>It’s time again to Run from the Rays. This year’s third annual 5k will be held on Sunday, April 26, and is open to both runners and walkers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April/runfromtherays.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo by NACHLAS PHOTOGRAPHY from last year's run</em></p> <p>The 3.1-mile course starts at the Spanish River Athletic Complex (1370 Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton), and begins at 7:15 a.m. If a shorter distance is more your cup of tea, there’s a one-mile walk option that kicks off at 8:15 a.m. Children (16 years and under) are also eligible to participate in the one-mile event.</p> <p>Registration is $32.50; $22.50 for the one-mile walk; and $17.50 for the 16-years-and-under one-miler. Note that online registration ends April 25. Registration costs include a post-race pancake breakfast and refreshments.</p> <p>Race proceeds go four local agencies: the <a href="">Caridad Center of Palm Beach County</a>, <a href="">Melanoma Research at Moffitt Cancer Center</a> (a partner of Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Lynn Cancer Center), <a href="">Dermatology Medical Missions, Inc.</a> and the <a href="">Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation</a>.</p> <p>For more information, contact Run from the Rays race director Fran Nachlas, SafeSun, Inc., at 561/350-5110. To sign up, <a href="">click here</a>.</p> <p>Runners and walkers can pick up their race packets at the Runner’s Edge (<em>3195 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton)</em> or at the race location. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>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>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 22 Apr 2015 08:15:00 +0000 to eat at a steakhouse<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>When eating out with friends and family, restaurant choice is often a compromise. For vegetarians and vegans, that means the occasional trip to a steak house. I’m mostly vegan myself, preferring to eat plant-based meals when going out. Over time, I’ve learned how to order a healthy meal even at a steak house! Read on for my Green Goddess-approved meals at these South Florida restaurants.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/April/primedelray.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Pictured: Prime in Delray</p> <p><em>Tip: You can use these guidelines to create your own healthy meal at any other steakhouse around the country. You will be surprised how easy it can be to eat at the meat-eaters paradise!</em></p> <p><strong>NEW YORK PRIME and MORTON’S</strong></p> <p>Begin with either the New York Prime chopped Italian salad without the anchovies and blue cheese, or Morton’s chopped salad minus the cheese and bacon. This will provide you with a plethora of vitamins and enzymes to boost your energy and your immune system. For the entrée, you can create your own main course of steamed garlic spinach, sautéed mushrooms (meaty and filling!) asparagus (sans the hollandaise) and a plain baked potato, drizzled with olive oil and a little bit of salt. Spinach gives you good doze of iron, asparagus helps detoxify your system, and baked potato keeps you full as it is high in fiber.</p> <p>New York Prime: <em>2350 N.W. Executive Center Drive, Boca Raton // ‎561/998-3881 ‎<strong> </strong></em><strong></strong></p> <p>Morton’s:<strong> </strong><em>5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton // 561/392-7724</em></p> <p><strong>ABE AND LOUIE’S</strong></p> <p>Here I would recommend the Abe &amp; Louie’s salad that features bibb lettuce, apples and pistachio nuts. I usually ask to hold the cheese and place the dressing on the side. This is one of the most interesting salads I have seen at a steak house. It’s pretty nutritious as lettuce is high in blood-purifying chlorophyll, apples are rich in fat-reducing pectin and pistachios are known to be the highest-protein and lowest-calorie nut. The Mediterranean Salad is also a great option when you substitute cheese for high-protein chickpeas. For an entrée, go with cauliflower steak, a jumbo baked sweet potato (without the brown sugar) and Brussels sprouts. Cauliflower is a great low-calorie vegetable that is high in fiber and low in starch. Sweet potatoes are rich in bloat-reducing potassium, and Brussels sprouts are a part of the cruciferous family of vegetables that help detoxify your liver. <em>2200 W. Glades Road, Boca Raton // 561/447-0024</em></p> <p><strong>PRIME in DELRAY</strong></p> <p>Prime happens to have one of my favorite vegetarian menus. Here, I like to begin with the Roasted Beets Salad (without the feta) that comes with golden Frisse lettuce, micro basil and toasted walnuts for extra Omega 3s and protein. For the main course, I recommend a plate of Wild Steak House Mushrooms, Jumbo Asparagus and an order of Roasted Sage Fingerlings. While mushrooms are full of protein and low in calories, they have a great meaty texture. Asparagus is a great detox vegetable that is rich in glutathione, a detoxifying compound that helps break down free radicals. Fingerlings are rich in fiber and balance off the meal as they happen to be the only high-calorie part of the dinner. Another alternative here is a vegetable sushi roll – a great dinner for those who are in the mood for a lighter fare<strong>. </strong><em>110 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // 561/865-5845</em><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>HOUSTON’S </strong></p> <p>You may be surprised, but Houston’s has one of the best veggie burgers I have ever tasted. It’s made with black beans and rice, a combination that makes it complete protein. I like to opt for a lettuce bun instead of bread and sub French fries for steamed broccoli. Other healthy choices included kale salad and braised cabbage. Kale, broccoli and cabbage also belong to the family of cruciferous vegetables, which – as mentioned above – helps support the largest organ in your body: your liver. To see what this delicious burger looks like, check out my <a href="">video</a> here. </p> <p><em>1900 N.W. Executive Center Circle, Boca Raton // 561/998-0550</em></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</em></p>Alina Z.Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:57:00 +0000 & ReviewsRafina to Debut at end of April<p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/April/rafina.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Greek cuisine doesn’t get a whole lot of love in our little corner of paradise. Here’s hoping the debut of <a href="" target="_blank">Rafina Greek Taverna</a> (<em>6877 S.W. 18th St., 561/409-3673</em>) will help change that.</p> <p>Set to open on Thursday, April 30, in Boca’s recently renovated Boardwalk at 18th Street shopping complex, Rafina promises an elegant, contemporary look with a casual atmosphere. Think sleek dining with lots of white and dark wood and panoramic water views.</p> <p>As for the food, Chef Janis Mucollaris’s menu is a lengthy journey through Greek culinary classics, plus a handful of modern variations on a Greek culinary theme. What that means on your plate are everything from dolmades, moussaka and spanikopita to empanadas filled with shredded lamb and feta, lemon-glazed “lollipop” chicken wings and sole stuffed with a mixture of spinach, feta, onions and garlic.</p> <p>The bar menu will feature a roster of craft cocktails and designer martinis, plus more than a dozen Greek wines and a longer list of wines from both Old and New World vintners.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 21 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Governor and the Medicaid Debacle<h3><img alt="" height="106" src="/site_media/uploads/medicaid.jpg" width="160"></h3> <h3>The Governor and Medicaid expansion</h3> <p>If the Florida Legislature’s annual session can seem distant and meaningless, this year the session is anything but that for Roger Kirk and Joanne Aquilina.</p> <p>Kirk is president and CEO of Bethesda Hospital in Boynton Beach. Aquilina is vice president and chief financial officer. Bethesda provides most of the charity care in southeastern Palm Beach County. Like Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Bethesda is community-based and not-for-profit. Publicly traded Tenet Healthcare Corp., owns Delray Medical Center and West Boca Medical Center.</p> <p>The big issue this year in Tallahassee—one of the biggest in recent memory—is the refusal of Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida House to accept the Senate’s plan for expanding Medicaid. Technically, the Senate’s label is Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange Program (FHIX), because Medicaid expansion is part of the Affordable Care Act. All Republicans must publicly condemn the health care law, even as Senate Republicans try to pull down billions through the law for FHIX.</p> <p>Numerous credible studies show that expanding Medicaid could bring coverage to roughly one million Floridians who make too much to qualify for Medicaid under current rules but not enough to buy private insurance. New to this year’s Medicaid debate is the possible end of another source of federal health care money for the state’s working poor: the Low Income Pool, or LIP.</p> <p>Kirk said Bethesda receives $4.5 million of the $2.2 billion that Florida receives from the Low Income Pool. Combined with other Medicaid-related money, he said, Bethesda could lose about $8 million if the Legislature doesn’t expand Medicaid and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ends the LIP money.</p> <p>Medicaid expansion, Kirk told me in an interview Monday, “has become a political football.” He and other hospital CEOs are frustrated because “the explanation for not expanding Medicaid is confusing. It doesn’t add up.”</p> <p>Actually, it does add up—but not in a way that says anything good about Tallahassee.</p> <p>In 2012, when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, the justices did not require states to expand Medicaid. A year later, the Florida Senate presented its first plan for Medicaid expansion by another name. The House refused. Scott briefly expressed support for expansion, but he never pushed it.</p> <p>The House remains opposed. So Scott is the key player. Despite that opposition, he could force the House to accept the Senate’s plan. Among other things, he could threaten to veto every budget item dear to House GOP leaders. The Florida Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Florida have given Scott political cover by supporting FHIX.</p> <p>The sense in Tallahassee, though, is that Scott intends to run for the U.S. Senate in 2018 against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. Scott would run as the anti-Washington, anti-Obama candidate, even though Obama would have left the White House more than two years earlier. But Scott couldn’t use that campaign theme if Florida expanded Medicare—under whatever name—because it to would amount to acceptance of the Affordable Care Act. In a non-presidential election year, the conservative Republicans most opposed to the law have outsized importance because the turnout is low.</p> <p>Last week, as criticism of his opposition grew, Scott announced that he would sue the federal government. He claims that the potential loss of Low Income Pool money is designed to “coerce” Florida into expanding Medicaid.</p> <p>In fact, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services warned Florida a year ago—Kirk confirms this—that the state’s Low Income Pool program in its current form would be ending. Florida got an extension through this budget year —which ends June 30—only because the state agreed to an independent evaluation of a new payment plan. As the <em>Orlando Sentinel</em> reported, a federal health official recently told an Associated Industries of Florida conference, “Florida’s payment system is complicated, and far more so than the payment system in either Medicare or payment systems in other states. That complexity leads to huge variation within the state in terms of the ratio of Medicaid payment to the cost of care.”</p> <p>As testimony last week before a Senate committee revealed, however, the governor has made no contingency plans if the LIP money ends. The witness was Elizabeth Dudek, seeking Senate confirmation as secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration. It supervises the Medicaid program in Florida.</p> <p>Under questioning from Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, the past Senate president, Dudek acknowledged that the Scott administration had no fallback plan of its own for the loss of Low Income Pool money. Indeed, Dudek said the administration’s only plan was. . .the Senate plan for expanding Medicaid—a plan the governor opposes. Not until Monday did Scott send the federal government a new plan for the Low Income Pool money.</p> <p>How weird has this debate become? Democrats on the Ethics and Elections Committee fist-bumped Gaetz as he left for a meeting of another committee after questioning Dudek. Gaetz rarely raises his voice, but he is a full-throated Republican. His questioning shows that there is bipartisan frustration with the governor over his intransigence on expanding health care coverage.</p> <p>The federal government would cover 100 percent of Florida’s costs for FHIX or any other version of Medicaid expansion for the first three years. Washington would pay 90 percent of the costs annually after that. According to the Health360 project of the Brookings Institution, states that don’t expand Medicaid will give up $37 billion in matching federal money and $14 billion in hospital reimbursement next year.</p> <p>And for those who worry about additional cost to Florida, the Brookings researchers believe that expanding Medicaid eligible for children could bring in enough revenue to pay for the expansion. The researchers wrote, “The study found that childhood Medicaid raise cumulative taxes paid, reduced government Earned Income Tax Credit transfers and increased cumulative wages among females.”</p> <p>Rather than help the state, Scott threatens yet another legal fight. Given his record in the courts—he has lost on the Affordable Care Act itself, drug-testing state employees and welfare recipients, as well as election laws and prisons—his chances are slim. Worse, a lengthy lawsuit wouldn’t help Roger Kirk and Joanne Aquilina.</p> <p>If Bethesda loses that $8 million and the state doesn’t act on Medicaid expansion, “It would severely impact our operation,” Kirk said. “We would have to reduce services and programs.” Among them: The program Bethesda uses to qualify new mothers for Medicaid. Many don’t know they are eligible. Kirk said about 80 percent of Bethesda’s free care is for obstetrics and pediatrics.</p> <p>Many hospitals would be in much worse shape. It is safe to say that Florida faces a potential health care crisis. The session ends in nine days. The House and Senate are $4 billion apart on their budgets, all because of health care. The governor is looking to his next job. Everyone expects a special session, but added time won’t help unless there’s a change in one side’s position. The change needs to come from the governor.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Bethesda and many other hospitals in Florida wait, wonder and fume.</p> <h3>Sober House update</h3> <p>More hopeful news from Tallahassee is that the House has passed legislation that would require state certification of “sober houses,” residential facilities for substance abusers who have completed treatment.</p> <p>Sober houses have popped up all over Boca Raton and Delray Beach, in some cases degrading neighborhoods of single-family homes. The legislation seeks to drive out bad operators by requiring treatment centers to send patients only to certified sober houses.</p> <p>Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, sponsored the House version. Democrat Jeff Clemens is the Senate sponsor. He told me that he expects a full vote on the Senate version late this week. Since the bill has received only yes votes in committee, overwhelming approval seems likely.</p> <p>Assuming the governor signed the legislation, relief for cities and neighborhoods still would be months off, if it came. Real progress will come only when the federal government changes rules that classify addicts as disabled, and thus prevent any regulation of where they live.</p> <h3>Police Advisory Board</h3> <p>Ten years ago, a 23-year-old Delray Beach police officer shot 16-year-old Jerrod Miller as the youth drove a car through a school breezeway. The incident led to soul-searching among city officials, and Delray Beach formed a Policy Advisory Board as a result.</p> <p>The Jerrod Miller case was different from recent police shootings that have drawn so much attention. Miller had no driver’s license, yet an uncle lent him a car to drive to a dance. Miller drove off to avoid a police license check. But the officer, Darren Cogoni, acted irresponsibly by firing at a car that was moving away from him. Cogoni said he fired to protect other kids at the dance. In fact, the shot put all the children at risk. The city settled with Jerrod Miller’s estate for $1 million.</p> <p>In the wake of what happened in Ferguson, Mo., and other places, having a civilian conduit to the police department is a good idea. It can do its most important work before trouble happens. On tonight’s Delray Beach City Commission agenda is an item that would allow the Police Advisory Board to continue. Especially given new Chief Jeffrey Goldman’s support for community policing, the commission should keep the board.</p> <h3>Working Floridians on the uptick</h3> <p>On many occasions, Gov. Scott has expressed his wish to make Florida as business-friendly as Texas. For the moment, however, the comparison favors Florida.</p> <p>In March, according to Wells Fargo, the state added 30,600 jobs while Texas lost 25,400 jobs. Regarding that Florida number, keep in mind that the entire country added just 126,000 jobs last month.</p> <p>These reports, though, come with lots of asterisks. The drop in oil prices has hit Texas hard, as companies cut back on drilling. Florida especially has benefited from the tough winter in the Northeast and Midwest, which slowed economies in those states and sent more tourists here seeking warmer weather. The West Coast also still is feeling the effects of the long port strike, which just settled.</p> <p>Still, Florida’s year-over-year, private-sector job growth is roughly twice that of the nation as a whole. Whatever the reasons—which have much less to do with the governor’s policies than he would argue—it’s good for the state. At this rate, the number of working Floridians soon will be higher than the pre-recession record.</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><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 21 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: April 21 to 27<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="406" src="/site_media/uploads/April/bob-dylan-prima-esposizione-italiana-del-musicista.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Bob Dylan and His Band</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $63.75-$153.75</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Inevitably, every time Bob Dylan tours South Florida, I write in my preview that it may be his last tour. I’m done providing this qualifier. It’s perhaps more accurate to suggest that Dylan is immortal; his songs certainly are. The latest tour of the 73-year-old legend sees him continuing to explore his gravelly, bluesy recent albums, drawing heavily from 2012’s “Tempest,” his best work in years, and accompanied by a five-piece band of consummate professionals happy to play second fiddle to Dylan’s guitar, harmonica and piano. Expect to hear a few token greatest-hits staples, but don’t be surprised if they don’t sound at all like the arrangements you’re used to: “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Tangled Up in Blue” have, like Dylan, evolved, whether die-hard folkies like it or not. Interestingly enough, he’ll play just one cut from his latest, critically acclaimed standards album, “Shadows in the Night.”</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="291" src="/site_media/uploads/April/boca-museum-900x535.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Helena Rubinstein: Beauty is Power”</strong></p> <p>Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10–$12, free for students, members and children</p> <p>Contact: 561/392-2500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Long before there was Oprah, there was Helena Rubinstein, purportedly the first female billionaire in the United States. Born Chaja Rubinstein in working-class Poland in 1870, she emigrated to Australia penniless and with little English in 1902. Thanks in part to the lanolin secreted by the 75 million sheep of Western Victoria, she launched an eponymous cosmetics brand that went on to sweep four continents. A social climber and a quick-witted quipster—one of Rubinstein’s famous mantras was that “there are no ugly women, only lazy ones”—this self-made marketing guru employed whatever tactics she could, including pseudoscience, to prescribe beauty on the women she “diagnosed.” Along the way, Rubinstein became a fervent art collector, and it’s this lesser-known facet of her illustrious career that “Beauty is Power” will explore. Organized by the Jewish Museum in New York, the exhibition showcases the works that inspired her brand, her taste and her personality, from Miro and Chagall to Picasso, Man Ray and Warhol. The 200-plus pieces in “Beauty is Power” also include images of Rubinstein’s homes and salons and samples of her couture and jewelry.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="219" src="/site_media/uploads/April/rachel1.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Voices of Courage”</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35</p> <p>Contact: 561/265-3797, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Sex-trafficking abolitionist Rachel Lloyd knows of what she speaks. As she recounts in her disturbing memoir “Girls Like Us,” she was once one of those girls, turning her first trick at 17 and surviving murder attempts by pimps, rape on the streets, and a handful of suicide attempts. By the late ‘90s she was free, but this resilient survivor has managed to inspire others through her perseverance, becoming an advocate against sex trafficking and forming a nonprofit, the Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, to combat it. Lloyd will share her story as the keynote speaker of this community discussion on human trafficking, presented as a fundraiser for Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse. Cocktails and refreshments begin at 6 p.m., and there will be a Q&amp;A following Lloyd’s presentation. All proceeds will benefit AVDA.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April/24days.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “24 Days”</strong></p> <p>Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $6.50-$9.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/549-2600, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>They’re no escaping the prescient dread of “24 Days,” a downbeat and enraging police procedural based on the real-life kidnapping of a young Jewish man, Ilan Halimi, from his suburban Parisian home in 2006. The title refers to his period of captivity, during which time authorities worked around the clock to secure his release from a small band of terrorists with Islamic ties. Director Alexandre Arcady’s sobering thriller transitions between Ilan’s panicked family, the frustrated police force and the increasingly frayed kidnappers, as an initially straightforward hostage situation balloons into a <em>cause celebre</em>. The movie feels ripped from today’s headlines, arriving in theaters just a few months after the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. A film about a nine-year-old, isolated case of a religiously motivated horror in the heart of France resonates with chilling, prophetic unease, while also astutely addressing issues like police ineptitude and bystander apathy. Don’t miss this one, if you can stomach it.</p> <p><img alt="" height="271" src="/site_media/uploads/April/boulevard-robin-williams-tribeca.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$75</p> <p>Contact: 877/766-8156, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This nationwide trendsetter for LGBT-themed festivals nationwide enters its 17<sup>th</sup> year boasting one of its strongest lineups ever—some 60 films from around the globe, including features, documentaries and shorts that will make their world, U.S. and/or regional premieres. The festival opens Friday with “Boulevard,” one of the final star vehicles for the late Robin Williams, as a man in a loveless hetero marriage who finds his sexual awakening in the form of a young hustler; the $75 ticket gets you into a fully catered after-party at nearby Skydeck on Lincoln Road. Other important films premiering at this festival include “The New Girlfriend,” the latest from French provocateur Francois Ozon (6 p.m. April 29) and closing-night film “Seeking Dolly Parton,” an American dramedy about a lesbian couple seeking a sperm donation from an uncomfortable source (8 p.m. May 2). For a complete schedule of films, parties and participating theaters, visit the festival’s website.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/April/c700x420.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Mythbusters Unleashed”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35-$110</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank">kravis</a>.org</p> <p>Though it can occasionally result in ammonium nitrate experiments gone dangerously awry, the job of Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage is a seemingly fun one: They get to blow stuff up and crash vehicles for a living, and get paid by the Discovery Channel to do it on national television. Of course, it’s deeper than that: The hosts of “MythBusters” use scientific methods to either confirm or “bust” cultural myths many of have accepted as truth—like “shooting fish in a barrel”—in a continuous quest that has lasted for more than 10 years of ratings gold. From hypnosis and “cold feet” to whether cell phones interfere with plane instruments, Savage and Hyneman have left few sacred cows un-busted, and they’ll share some of their quirky science expertise at this all-new stage show, which combines live experiments with audience participation and behind-the-scenes stories.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/April/benson-george.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Generations concert with George Benson</strong></p> <p>Where: Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 N.W. 40<sup>th</sup> St.</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $75-$250</p> <p>Contact: 800/653-8000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s only fitting that the legendary jazz guitarist George Benson’s latest album, 2013’s “Inspirations,” is a tribute to Nat King Cole. That’s because Cole’s music is the ideal soundtrack for this weekend’s fourth annual Generations concert, whose proceeds benefit Nat King Cole Generation Hope, the music-education nonprofit founded by Cole’s twin daughters, Timolin and Casey. Benson, a 10-time Grammy winner whose eclectic musicality encompasses jazz, pop, R&amp;B and scat singing, will provide the timeless tunes for this special concert. The $250 VIP ticket includes premiere seating, an open bar, a private meet-and-greet and a post-dessert reception.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/April/rain-sgt-pepper.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20-$100</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Beatles tribute-band community remains divided over the best way to honor the Fab Four’s legacy: Just be yourselves but play the Beatles music as accurately as possible, or impersonate John, Paul, George and Ringo using period costumes and instruments? Rain definitely takes the latter approach, but with enough serious musical chops and a deep enough song catalog to impress the technical purists in the former camp. The band offers a chronological time warp of the Beatles’ progression, from the boy band pop of their “Ed Sullivan” breakthrough to John Lennon’s still-unheeded lament to “Give Peace a Chance.” In between, these immaculate impressionists play upwards of 30 songs over two hours of multimedia special effects, with lesser-played tunes like “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “The End” alongside “Hey Jude” and “All You Need is Love.”</p>John ThomasonMon, 20 Apr 2015 18:10:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadUpcoming EventsMorning Miracles<p><img alt="" height="224" src="/site_media/uploads/image-health.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>This morning a dream came true.</p> <p>I was sitting under a white tent in the parking lot of the Caridad Center, the air thick with what promised to be rain later on, the puffy blue clouds scudding past the cupola on the clinic.</p> <p>Today marked the day that that building would begin its expansion—the groundbreaking of a new Caridad clinic addition—something those of us on the board or who work or volunteer at Caridad have been talking about for 15 years.</p> <p>The building we were facing was showing a little age; it was built in 1997 a few years after the original double wide trailer was placed at the corner of Boynton Beach Boulevard and 441 to provide free health care for Palm Beach County’s working poor.</p> <p>That small medical trailer was the vision of two Hagan Ranch Elementary School teachers—Connie Berry and Caridad Asensio—who saw first hand the plight of impoverished migrant schoolchildren in their classes. That vision has grown over the years to include a 400-person volunteer medical staff and more than 25,000 patient visits annually.</p> <p>The day the present building opened it was already too small; the expansion by 11,000 square feet will allow Caridad to accommodate more people in both the dental and medical practices, and the old vision van will be retired, allowing eye care patients to be seen inside.</p> <p>This morning as we started the program, I watched Luis Torres, a longtime volunteer, recite the Caridad prayer. Connie Berry thanked everyone, and mentioned our guardian angel, Caridad Asensio, who died in 2011, and was undoubtedly there in spirit. I looked at the faces of longtime board members, and clinic staff, and ageing doctors, all of who work to make the miracles happen there every week. Giving eyesight to a child, helping a cancer stricken mother get surgery. Paying for a funeral or a month’s rent, or helping children with homework—all done with compassion, with generosity, with the only motivation to reach out and help someone else. That’s how we’ve raised $3.8 million of the $5 million we need to finish the addition, through everyday miracles that add up to building something that is changing—and saving—lives.</p> <p>I could see Connie fighting back the tears as she thanked us. I wondered if Caridad was watching, if she was somehow in the breeze out here on the edge of the farmland, urging us forward. I wondered where the next million dollars would come from and I swear I could hear her whispering not to worry, and that it would come.</p> <p>And it will. That’s how Caridad operates. Its business is doing good, and the miracles just keep on coming. Today was one of them.</p> <p><em>If you would like to donate to Caridad’s building expansion, please visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Marie SpeedMon, 20 Apr 2015 14:00:00 +0000 Bites: Veggies and Pizza<p>If you love shopping for the gloriously fresh fruits and vegetables at <a href="" target="_blank">Bedner’s Market</a> but hate the long, enervating drive out to West Boynton, you’re in luck. Or at least you will be, come November.</p> <p><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/bedners.png" width="490"></p> <p>That’s when the family-owned u-pick farm and market plans to open a satellite market in downtown Delray that will feature all the fresh produce trucked in from the Boynton parent, as well as a small roster of sandwiches, salads and other munchies so you can keep up your energy for more shopping and dealing with the impossible downtown Delray traffic.</p> <p>You can never be too rich or too thin or—apparently—have too many pizza joints. Say hello to <a href="" target="_blank">Jet’s Pizza</a> (<em>8903 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561/852-5700</em>), the second South Florida spot for the Michigan-based chain, which sports some 300 pizzerias in 18 states. Pies come thin crust, regular and deep dish, with the option to customize your crust with anything from poppy seeds to romano cheese. Also on the menu are various subs and a handful of salads. Look for more Jets to fly into SoFla, with outlets coming to Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and Royal Palm Beach.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 20 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsOn the Job and Off the Hook<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April/offthehook.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Pictured: Off the Hook</em></p> <p>Back from Vegas and back on the blog. . .</p> <p>As a POF (Person of Food) it was a pretty interesting trip. I hadn’t been to Las Vegas since the beginning of its effort in the 1990s to become a dining destination as well as a gambling mecca, so I was curious to see whether the restaurants there were really as good as many people say. In a word (or three): Yes, they are.</p> <p>It was a little disconcerting to find these elegant, expensive upscale hotel eateries cheek-by-jowl with the raucous, garish casino floor -- but once inside, the gambling madness seemed far away, and the food was as good as anything you could get in Miami or New York or San Francisco or any other food-centric town.</p> <p><em>Just a few highlights. . .</em></p> <p>Killer blue corn lobster tacos with habanero-fennel relish and spicy Yucatan chicken skewers with peanut-smoked chili barbecue sauce at <a href="" target="_blank">Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill</a>. House-made bowtie pasta dyed a verdant green with fresh mint, served with English peas, bits of pancetta and Pecorino Romano, plus a slice of warm panetone with tangerine segments and rum gelato at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s <a href="" target="_blank">B&amp;B Ristorante</a>. And a terrific trio of tastes featuring osetra caviar, summery lobster-avocado salad, gorgeously bronzed whole roasted duck with subtle five-spice sauce, and ethereal lemon-raspberry souffle at <a href="" target="_blank">Le Cirque.</a></p> <p>Las Vegas is a crazy town and you have to put up with the incessant crowds and noise and flashing lights, but you can eat damn well there.</p> <p><em>Now, to more local news. . .</em></p> <p>It seems odd that a state bordered on three sides by water would have far more steakhouses than restaurants specializing in seafood. So word of a new fish joint opening in Boca is certainly good news.</p> <p>That joint would be <a href="" target="_blank">Off the Hook</a> (<em>1956 N.E. Fifth Ave.,561/609-2915</em>), a slick-looking little spot in the Fifth Avenue Shops complex. Inside it’s all bright and cheery reds, whites and blues with a very contemporary seafaring feel. The long, narrow space features a boat-shaped bar, counter set with red and chrome hightop chairs, blond wood tables and buoys and fake fish decorating the walls.</p> <p>The menu offers lots of familiar, comforting piscine fare, from conch fritters with Cajun aioli and fried Ipswich clams to crab and shrimp-stuffed lemon sole and a classic Long Island clambake, plus selections from the raw bar. For non-fin fans there’s a cola-glazed pork tenderloin, oven-roasted chicken breast and Angus burger.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 17 Apr 2015 14:37:00 +0000 & ReviewsTravel &#39;Bling&#39; Shines at Cornell Museum<p><img alt="" height="301" src="/site_media/uploads/April/bling4.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The spirit of Andy Warhol currently hangs, smirking and sardonic and brilliant, over the galleries of the Cornell Museum of Art. The museum’s “Bling: Art That Shines,” a group show featuring 16 contemporary artists who employ elements such as crystals, diamond dust and glitter to create sparkling paintings, sculptures and installations, isn’t designed with New York Pop Art pioneer in mind. But it just so happens that many of the artists deploy their sparkling, bejeweled creations for the same ironic, pop-cultural distance that propelled Warhol to stardom.</p> <p><img alt="" height="507" src="/site_media/uploads/April/bling2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Consumer products are recreated like talismanic shrines of eye-popping color and light, from Alberto Murillo’s “Chanel”—a painted image of the titular perfume bottle, created from sand-blasted acrylic and UV resin—to Jonathan Stein’s Swarovski crystal-studded sculptures of Haribo Gummy Bears and Starbucks coffee cups, which effectively turn disposable junk-food commodities into priceless centerpieces. You don’t know whether to laugh, cry or simply be dazzled; Warhol’s worship at the altar of Campbell’s and Brillo has nothing on this.</p> <p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/April/bling1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>“Bling” even has its own repurposed image of Marilyn Monroe, whose face, thanks to Warhol and many others, has become both subject and object, sign and signifier. Russell Young’s “Marilyn Portrait” features diamond dust (diamonds <em>are</em> a girl’s best friend, after all) over her fading sepia-toned visage, creating a sense of false luster over a face that seems to be receding into oblivion. Even Palm Beach collage artist Bruce Helander, not known as a Pop artist, borrows a bit from the Warhol playbook with “Triple Elvis,” a pulpy appropriation of three gun-slinging Presleys.</p> <p><img alt="" height="199" src="/site_media/uploads/April/bling3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>You could argue that this is a case of the old becoming new again, a tendency that appears elsewhere in the exhibition, too: Camomile Hixon revives the flatness of the post-expressionists with “Gold Horizon” and mid-century text art with works like “Dream” and “Yes.” But a crucial element separates these artists from the 20<sup>th</sup> century modernists, beyond the sparkle of their media: humor. The shiny sheens of these twinkly canvases and sculptures are accompanied in most cases with a sense of humor that is sometimes sly and cheeky and other times in your face, and this exhibition is a fine antidote against the self-seriousness of earlier generations.</p> <p><img alt="" height="1065" src="/site_media/uploads/April/bling7.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Ashley Longshore is a great example of this. She creates large-scale portraits that satirize the excesses of celebrity by being excessive themselves. “Subtleties Are Not Her Specialty” is the portrait of a star whose face is surrounded by plumes of florid bling, a monument of bejeweled vanity. This desire to be admired takes an even more extreme direction in “Audrey in Slipper Orchid Headdress,” in which the celebrity wears a headpiece so towering that it’s attracted birds—and which would put Carmen Miranda and Isabella Blow to shame.</p> <p>Then there’s “Designer Ideal Woman,” a multicolored series of sparkling women’s torsos created with automotive paint, resin and glitter by the feminist artist Allie Pohl—each of them a witty commentary on the impossible dimensions of Barbie dolls. It’s exactly the sort of paradigm-challenging work that would have elevated the Norton Musem’s vapid hagiography of Barbie last summer.</p> <p><img alt="" height="511" src="/site_media/uploads/April/bling51.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The works of Shonagh Adelman likewise marry feminism and humor, with even more provocation. Created entirely from pieces of 4mm colored glass and acrylic crystals, “Bear Antoinette” subverts a royal portrait by depicting a queen in a flowing ballroom dress but with the head of a teddy bear. Adelman’s “Lily La Tigresse” features a pregnant tiger humanoid whose eyes slowly dart right and left, following museumgoers around the gallery; and her “Yellow Grrrls” ups the creepy-funny factor even more by having the titular women blink it us and lasciviously lick their lips.</p> <p>The result of all this is a lot of painstaking work, with the crystals and diamonds arranged with pointillistic precision, all for, in some cases, a joke. Which brings us back to Stein’s gummy bears and Starbucks cups, which only work because of the artist’s assurance that every tiny crystal is arranged to perfectly recreate a ubiquitous brand. The power of this exhibition, then, is threefold: We marvel at the craftsmanship, stare hypnotically at the choice of sparkly media, and laugh at the intended result. Warhol, for all his artistic road-paving, didn’t do <em>that</em> much.</p> <p><em>“Bling: Art That Shines” runs through July 5 at Cornell Museum of Art, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Admission costs $5. For information, call 561/243-7922 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 17 Apr 2015 13:33:40 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachFashion Foward: New H&amp;M Store and Lilly for Target Debuts<p><img alt="" height="245" src="" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Lilly for Target</strong></p> <p>Palm Beach fashion is taking over Target. The new Lilly Pulitzer collaboration hits stores on April 19. The collection will feature the brand’s signature resort prints in clothing, shoes, accessories, home décor and more. For more details, check out our blog on <a href="/blog/2015/01/07/lilly-pulitzer-for-target" target="_blank">Lilly's Target collection</a>.</p> <p><strong>Find Your Perfect Fit </strong></p> <p>Gte a free consultation with a swim fit \specialist at Tommy Bahama in Town Center at Boca Raton on April 18, from 12 to 3 p.m. These experts will help you find the perfect swimsuit to flatter your figure. Then receive a limited-edition beach bag with any swimwear purchase during the event.</p> <p><strong>New H&amp;M Store</strong></p> <p>Another H&amp;M store is coming to Palm Beach County. This summer the retailer will open a new outlert in the Boynton Beach Mall. This location will be the fourth store in the area.</p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 17 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsStaff Picks: wine and cheese, donuts and wildflowers<p><strong>Cheese Culture</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="383" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/cheeseculture.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“I’m a sucker for a good cheese and charcuterie plate – especially if it comes with a nice glass of wine. At Cheese Culture, the staff takes it a step further by customizing your experience based on your alcohol of choice. Pick your wine or beer, and your expert server will select the best cheese pairing (or pairings) for you.”</p> <p>813 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Rhino Doughnuts &amp; Coffee</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/rhino.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Picked by Rebecca Valenza, National Account Manager</em></p> <p><strong>“</strong>If you're a donut fan you have to check out Rhino Donuts &amp; Coffee in Mizner ~ fabulous selection of sweet decadence!”</p> <p>126 N.E. Second St., Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Meadow Beauty</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="311" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/meadowbeauty.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“The only place I know to get native wildflowers—as well as native Florida plants and bushes. Give your yard back to its place of origin and step away from Home Depot. And prepare yourself for a butterfly paradise. Tell Carl and Donna I sent you. Open to the public on Saturday mornings until noon.”</p> <p>5782 Ranches Road, Lake Worth // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <center><em><a href="/blog/tag/staff-picks" target="_blank">For more staff picks, click here.</a></em></center><center><em><br></em></center>magazineFri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000 open here, there and everywhere—and other local updates<h3> </h3> <h3><img alt="" height="119" src="/site_media/uploads/help.jpg" width="160"></h3> <h3>New super issues</h3> <p>Never have so many key leadership positions in Palm Beach County been set to turn over in such a short time. The next turnover begins today.</p> <p>I wrote recently that the Palm Beach County Commission next month will choose a successor to County Administrator Bob Weisman, who’s had the job since 1991. Trustees at Palm Beach State College are debating a successor to President Dennis Gallon, who’s retiring in June after 18 years. Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly started work just 13 months ago.</p> <p>The county also will be getting a new school superintendent. Wayne Gent is resigning after three years, and St. Lucie County quickly made him their new schools chief. After going inside to hire Gent and before him Art Johnson—the Boca Raton resident and former principal at Spanish River High School—the school board will hire someone from outside the district.</p> <p>Most likely, it will be Robert Avossa, superintendent of Fulton County (Ga.) Schools for the last four years. He was the top choice when the school board cut the list of finalists to four. One dropped out.</p> <p>Among the three whom the board will interview today, Avossa is the only current superintendent. He also is the only one not working in Florida. The other finalists are Desmond Blackburn, chief of school performance and accountability for the Broward County School District, and Jesus Jara, deputy superintendent in Orange County.</p> <p>Knowledge of Florida’s education system and Florida’s education politics is essential for any superintendent. Avossa, though, worked in Florida—and then North Carolina—before moving to Georgia. And if board members review Avossa’s recent record, they will find that the issues in Georgia are the issues in Florida.</p> <p>In Palm Beach County, as in so many parts of Florida, students, parents and teachers are complaining about the annual, state-imposed testing gauntlet. At least one school board voted to opt out of state-required tests before rescinding the decision.</p> <p>In January, Avossa sent a letter to the Georgia Legislature in which he criticized the emphasis on standardized tests. “Teachers are spending more time proving they’re doing their jobs than being allowed to do them, and students are spending more time proving they can pass a standardized test than being given time to truly master the content,” Avossa vented. “I believe students need to be tested and educators need to be held accountable, but our heavy reliance on testing leaves little room for teachers to plan, educate and improve outcomes for students.” A month after Avossa’s letter, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal named Avossa to a committee that is studying education in the state and will issue recommendations.</p> <p>Like Art Johnson, Avossa believes that one way to help underperforming schools is to give them better teachers. In Florida, that means striking deals with the teachers union to raise pay for those who work in schools where students have less parental support. In Fulton County, according to news reports, Avossa raised money to offer bonuses of $20,000 for teachers who would transfer to schools that had been identified as “failing.”</p> <p>Last October, according to the <em>Atlanta Journal-Constitution</em>, the board unanimously extended Avossa’s contract for a year. It was the second such extension, taking Avossa’s contract through 2017. Under state law, contracts for Georgia school superintendents can’t last more than three years. The board president raved that Avossa “has infused new energy and focus into our district.” The board was “extremely impressed with the results we’re seeing.”</p> <p>So if there’s a caution about Avossa, it’s why he wants to leave. Avossa makes $275,000 in base salary, but his benefits package pushes his total compensation to almost $345,000. In addition, he gets a $500,000 life insurance policy and a 401(k) contribution equal to 10 percent of his base salary. Palm Beach County wants to raise the superintendent’s pay—Gent made $236,000 in base salary—but does the board want to pay that much, since teachers barely have had raises in the last few years?</p> <p>Also, Avossa would owe Fulton County $50,000 for breaking his contract. Palm Beach board members must ask who would pay that. If Avossa says he would, the next issue is why he’d be willing to do that. The challenge of moving to a district that has twice as many students? Getting back to Florida? Both? Something else?</p> <p>The choice matters for the whole county, of course, but it especially matters for Boca Raton. The city uses its schools and their ‘A’ ratings—however controversial those ratings are —to recruit companies. The Legislature allow for-profit charter school companies to cherry-pick students and starves traditional public schools of money for construction and maintenance. The county is depending on the school board to get this choice right.</p> <h3>The disappearing easement                                </h3> <p>I wrote last week about the controversy over how an easement for the Atlantic Crossing project in Delray Beach disappeared from the second site plan, even though the plat filed with the county shows the easement. It’s called Atlantic Court, and it would provide secondary access to the project from Federal Highway. The main access point will be Northeast Seventh Avenue.</p> <p>If the easement is gone, the question is what the city got in return for giving it up. After researching this issue, I can’t find evidence that the city gave up the easement after a clear public vote. The developers contend that when the city commission approved a new site plan in January 2014, the city gave up the easement. If so, however, I can’t see that the city got anything for doing so.</p> <p>Nothing in the material provided for that meeting speaks specifically to the potential loss of the easement. Further complicating matters, Delray Beach had a different city manager and—more important—a different city attorney in January 2014.</p> <p>The upshot is that the Atlantic Crossing site plan doesn’t match the Atlantic Crossing plat. Problem. The developers seek to fix that at today’s meeting of the Planning and Zoning Board. They want a recommendation to approve the new plat that lacks the easement. The developers claim that keeping the easement would hurt traffic flow, not help it.</p> <p>Atlantic Court, though, was on the first site plan for a reason. Delray Beach already gave up Seventh Avenue and public alleyways for Atlantic Court. Commissioner Shelly Petrolia argues that, based on her look at the record, the city got Atlantic Court for giving up the alleyways.</p> <p>The developers have the right to ask for the plat change, but they can’t change the perception that Delray Beach got snookered on Atlantic Court. The developers would help themselves if, one way or another, they change that perception.</p> <h3>P&amp;Z replacement</h3> <p>As the Planning and Zoning Board debates Atlantic Crossing on Monday, the city will interview 11 candidates to succeed Dana Little as director of Planning and Zoning.</p> <p>Little resigned in February after guiding the new Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District from drafting to city commission approval, first as a Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council staffer and then as a city employee. The job is one of the most important in Delray, since all development projects go through the department. As Mayor Cary Glickstein says, “the ‘here’ is so important to these projects.” He means that what might work well in one place doesn’t work in another. Example: Atlantic Crossing, which critics believe is too big for its two square blocks.</p> <p>A committee will interview the Planning and Zoning candidates. City Manager Don Cooper will make the final decision.</p> <p> Boca pension vote notes</p> <p> At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Boca Raton City Council approved police and fire contracts that start the city toward public safety pension reform.</p> <p>The city did get $93 million in projected fire-police pension contributions over 30 years. One of Boca’s priorities in negotiations was that the city should be contributing no more than 18 percent of fire and police payroll toward pensions. The current level is about 31 percent. According to financial projections, the new contracts won’t get the city to 18 percent until 2017.</p> <p>New council member Jeremy Rodgers voted against the contracts. In voting for them, Mayor Susan Haynie and council members Mike Mullaugh, Scott Singer and Robert Weinroth praised the contracts as progress. They’re right. But there’s much margin for error in such long-range projections. Though the city and the unions get credit for compromise, don’t expect it to be the last pension compromise Boca Raton needs.</p> <h3>Medicare compromise</h3> <p>Recently, I wrote about a rare example of congressional bipartisanship on a major issue: payment rates for Medicare providers. This is an even bigger issue in South Florida; Medicare is a big part of hospital revenue.</p> <p>When I wrote, the House had overwhelmingly passed the legislation after John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi—yes, those two—worked out a compromise. The deal came, though, as Congress was leaving for the Easter/Passover recess. The Senate had not acted.</p> <p>On Tuesday, the Senate passed the legislation, just in time to avoid cuts in the next round of provider payments. The vote was 92-8. One of those voting no was Florida’s Marco Rubio, who must believe that running for president means opposing anything the White House supports.</p> <h3>Inspector General update </h3> <p>On Wednesday, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Catherine Brunson rejected a request for rehearing by the cities suing over the Office of Inspector General. Last month, Brunson ruled against their cities in their challenge of the system for financing the office.</p> <p>Delray Beach has dropped out of the lawsuit. Boca Raton remains a plaintiff. The remaining 13 cities now much decide whether to appeal. If Boca Raton intends to continue opposing something voters supported so strongly five years ago, the council should hold a formal vote and try to explain why the city should stay in the lawsuit. Or the council could hold a formal vote and make the better decision: to withdraw from the lawsuit.</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><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 16 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityGreenhouse Effect<p><img alt="" height="377" src="/site_media/uploads/April/grandviewgreenhouse.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>High school students in the Innovation Program at Boca Raton’s <a href="">Grandview Preparatory School</a> are doing everything possible to ensure that their 2015 “passion project” is more than just a wing and a prayer. To that end, students have been busy designing and constructing a special greenhouse that will house and rehabilitate several local butterfly species currently on the endangered list.</p> <p>Among the species, all native to Florida, that will find a new home: the Atala hairstreak butterfly (pictured), some newly endangered monarch butterflies and a number of Heliconian butterflies. Host plants specific to each species will be included in the greenhouse.</p> <p><img alt="" height="417" src="/site_media/uploads/April/atala.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Students already have inspired the Grandview family, but they hope to continue raising awareness throughout the Boca community. A GoFundMe campaign, which sought to raise money for the materials needed to build the greenhouse, drew more than $6,000 in less than six days. As part of the campaign, students <a href="">wrote, recorded and produced a video</a> about the greenhouse.</p> <p>Students have spent time on weekends and after school setting the foundation for the structure.  Jeffrey Adkins, from Adkins Orchids Inc., has helped to guide students during the process, teaching them a variety of skills along the way: clearing and leveling land, wielding an ax and a sledge hammer, framing a building and pouring cement.</p> <p>It’s good to know Boca kids aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty for a worthy cause.</p> <p><em>Disclosure: Grandview Preparatory School is a sponsor of my personal business, All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.</em></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><a href="/blog/tag/boca-mom-talk/" target="_blank">For more from Boca Mom Talk, click here.</a></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em><strong></strong>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of <a href="" target="_blank"></a><strong>, </strong>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for both mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Michelle Olson-RogersThu, 16 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Musicals Coming Our Way<p>It’s customary for theater companies to wait until at least May, if not the summer, to announce their slate of productions for the following season. But a handful of South Florida companies and tour facilitators have already announced their selections for the next cultural year—and it just so happens that most of them are musicals.</p> <p>We’ll preview our most anticipated plays over the summer, but for now, mark your calendars for these five don’t-miss musicals of the 2015-2016 theater season.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/April/1.167806.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>5. Once,</strong> Oct. 6-18, 2015, at <a href="" target="_blank">Broward Center</a></p> <p>This adaptation of the Irish film “Once,” about two people who fall in love while pursuing a dream of making music together, went on to win Best Musical at the 2012 Tonys. Its creators built additional tunes and a theatrical structure around the terrific songs originally written by the movie’s actors, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova of The Swell Season.</p> <p><strong>4. Billy Elliot: The Musical,</strong> Dec. 1-20, 2015, at <a href="" target="_blank">Maltz Jupiter Theatre</a></p> <p>A motherless child who eschews boxing for ballet, breaking with tradition while coal miners in Northeastern England likewise challenge the status quo by striking in County Durham. An inspirational story and a socially conscious pulse will hopefully carry the South Florida regional theater premiere of this award-winning musical, with tunes by Elton John.</p> <p><img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/April/toxic_avenger_news.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>3. The Toxic Avenger,</strong> Oct. 14-Nov. 8, 2015, at <a href="" target="_blank">Actors’ Playhouse</a></p> <p>This offbeat rock musical takes its inspiration from an unlikely source: the ultraviolent 1984 B-movie “The Toxic Avenger,” about a bullied janitor who falls into a drum of toxic waste and becomes a disfigured, mop-wielding superhero. The only thing this demented franchise has been lacking is singing and dancing—until now.</p> <p><strong>2. Heathers: The Musical,</strong> June 9-26, 2016, at <a href="" target="_blank">Slow Burn Theatre Company</a></p> <p>The creators of “Legally Blonde: The Musical” and “Reefer Madness” collaborated on this 2014 adaptation of “Heathers,” the ahead-of-its-time cult satire about the dangers of high school cliques. A cast of nearly 20—playing parts such as “Young Republicanette” and “Beleaguered Geek”—makes “Heathers” one of Slow Burn’s most ambitious productions to date.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April/video-minchin-matilda-musical-articlelarge.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>1. Matilda,</strong> March 1-6, 2016, at <a href="" target="_blank">Kravis Center</a></p> <p>Contrary to common perception, there are still musicals being produced that aren’t based on movies. Matilda owes its origins to the Roald Dahl novel about a titular, imaginative 5-year-old who changes the lives of those around her while overcoming obstacles. The controversial humorist Tim Minchin reined himself in to provide the music and lyrics, and in 2012, the show went on to break the records for most Olivier Awards won in its native England.</p>John ThomasonWed, 15 Apr 2015 09:28:00 +0000 & EventsTheatreUpcoming EventsNew Xtend Barre in Boca<p><strong><img alt="" height="618" src="/site_media/uploads/April/barre2.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong>Xtend Barre</strong>, a fitness approach that uses a traditional ballet barre as the foundation for a full-body workout, is opening a 3,200-square-foot flagship facility in Boca Raton on Friday, May 1. The state-of-the-art facility (21200 St. Andrews Blvd, Suite 11) will feature two studio spaces and the brand’s new design and look. Andrea Rogers, Xtend Barre’s founder and creator (and a Boca resident), will be among the instructors teaching classes at the new facility.</p> <p>The classic 55-minute Xtend Barre class blends elements of dance, ballet and Pilates, for a full-body and high-energy workout that strengthens, lengthens and chisels the body, according to the company’s <a href="">website</a>.</p> <p>Xtend Barre’s Boca Raton facility will offer more than 70 classes each week. Classes include the classic Xtend Barre and variations, such as: Circuit 7, which has a boot-camp, high-intensity feel; Xtend Suspend, incorporating suspension training; Xtend Yoga Fusion, integrating yoga for a touch of Zen; and Roll &amp; Release, featuring self-massage and circulation-boosting with a roller.</p> <p>Xtend Barre has become an international workout sensation, with more than 170 studios worldwide. Among the fitness brand’s celebrity fans: Diane Kruger, Jessica Hart and Drew Barrymore. This year, the fast-growing company, with a network of 50 franchisees, is expanding in London and Los Angeles, according to a media release.</p> <p>For more information on the Boca Raton studio opening, call 561/948-0820 or visit the website.</p> <p> </p>Lisette HiltonWed, 15 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyTown NewsPension deal may fall short, the red light camera demise &amp; other items of note<h3><img alt="" height="298" src="/site_media/uploads/fl-boca-public-safety-contract-settled-20141230.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Pension vote imminent</h3> <p>At tonight’s meeting, the Boca Raton City Council probably will approve police and fire contracts that will bring pension savings, but reform shouldn’t stop there.</p> <p>Last week, the Fraternal Order of Police Local 35 ratified its contract. A union representative wouldn’t tell me the vote total, just that “a majority” voted for ratification. Since the International Association of Firefighters Local 1560 already had ratified its contract, City Manager Leif Ahnell put council approval of the contracts on the agenda for tonight.</p> <p>Council members Mike Mullaugh and Robert Weinroth told me that they will vote to approve. “The outline looks good,” Mullaugh said. “The trend line is down,” meaning that the city will realize savings from changes to the police and fire pension plan. A report for the city’s fire/police pension board projects the savings at $6.3 million over the three years of the contracts, which would be retroactive to Oct. 1—the start of the city’s budget year. The city declared impasse with the unions, which led to the delay in reaching the deals.</p> <p>Weinroth said the deals amount to “very good progress” in stabilizing Boca Raton’s long-term finances. If public safety pension programs became unsustainable, the city might have to raise taxes or cut services to keep up with the city’s share. The last two reports on city pension programs from the LeRoy Collins Institute at Florida State University rated Boca’s police-fire program ‘D’ in terms of financial stability.</p> <p>As I have written, however, the firefighters union touted $100 million in pension savings over 30 years when the deals were struck in late December. The projection from the pension board’s actuary is about $93 million in savings over those three decades. Weinroth acknowledged that the city isn’t getting “the magic number,” but said that neither $100 million nor $93 million “may be the number we see in 30 years.” The deals, he said, represent a move “toward sustainability.”</p> <p>Any such deal involves compromise, but on some key points the city seems to have settled for less than it could have. Here are some notable parts of the deals:</p> <p>       -- Current police officers still will be able to use as many 300 hours of overtime toward calculating their pension benefits. Ideally, there would be no use of overtime. That’s the rule now for firefighters.</p> <p>       -- All public safety employees will continue to receive annual cost-of-living adjustments to their annual retirements benefits. For firefighters, the annual bump will be 3 percent. For police officers, it will be 2 percent. The city had sought to cut the police cost-of-living adjustment to 1.5 percent.</p> <p>       -- Pensions benefits are calculated by using a “multiplier”’—a set percentage—with an employee’s average monthly earnings and years of service. The higher the multiplier, the higher the benefits, though no retiree can make more per month than what the city paid him or her while working. For firefighters, the multiplier will be 3.4 percent. For police officers, it will be 3.5 percent. The city had tried to cut the multiplier to 3 percent for police.</p> <p>       -- All public safety employees would be eligible to retire after 20 years of continuous service at any age or at 55 after 10 years.</p> <p>Jeremy Rodgers, who took his council seat just two weeks ago, is more skeptical of the contract terms. On Monday, Rodgers said he hadn’t decided how he would vote. The multipliers and cost-of-living adjustments, he said, looked high. He doesn’t like the use of overtime. He questions projections that the police-fire fund’s investments will produce an annual return of 8 percent.</p> <p>And like Weinroth, Rodgers is “frustrated” by how little control the council ultimately has over such an important issue.</p> <p>There are eight members of the Police &amp; Firefighters Pension Board. The city council appoints four members. The police and fire unions get the other four appointments. The board makes all decisions about the fund’s investments, even though the city council—which has no input—would have to deal with any budget problems resulting from the board’s bad decisions. “They’re like the (Boca Raton) Airport Authority,” Weinroth said. “We appoint members, but they do what they want to do.”</p> <p>The board hired the actuarial firm that prepared the 30-year projections on the pension program from the new contracts. Rodgers and Weinroth said city staff sought information from the firm—Foster &amp; Foster, based in Fort Myers—to verify those projections. Weinroth and Rodgers said staff members were unable to obtain all the information they needed.</p> <p>The pension board, Weinroth said, “hasn’t given full cooperation.” Bradley Heinrichs, who prepared the report for Foster &amp; Foster, said Monday, “All of the parties have obtained the necessary information.” Heinrichs also said, though, that his firm had been working on the report since late last summer. Contract negotiations didn’t end until December, and Heinrichs said there have been changes since then. The longer it takes for the contracts to be final, he said, the more the numbers might change as more employees are “insulated” from pension changes that usually fall harder on new hires and those with less service, since with unions it’s all about seniority.</p> <p>In fact, Mayor Susan Haynie and the city council will cast a major vote tonight that comes with too much uncertainty. They gave city staff direction about the police and fire contracts, which the staff gave to the city’s lawyers. The contracts are based in part on the actions of a board over which the council has no direct control. The financial estimates for the contracts come from a firm the council didn’t hire. Footnote: the unions may ask the council to reimburse their costs for the actuary. Weinroth called that “hard to justify.”</p> <p>Similar frustration prompted Delray Beach to leave the state program that dictates who serves on pension boards. Delray will give up roughly $500,000 a year from an assessment on insurance policies that cities can use for their police and fire pension plans. In return, when the change takes effect this year after the city approves the next fire contract, Delray will have control over pension investments and financial projections.</p> <p>Boca Raton would have to give up about $2 million annually to make such a change, and it couldn’t happen until the contacts come up again in 2017. But if pension reform is the priority that Haynie and the council members say it is, approval of the police and fire contracts should lead to a discussion about even bigger reform.</p> <h3>Chabad?</h3> <p>For years, La Vielle Maison was a Boca Raton dining fixture on Palmetto Park Road just east of the Intracoastal Waterway. Apparently, on the site of what was “The Old House” soon will be a house of worship. And that house wants to be higher than rules allow.</p> <p>Before the Boca Raton City Council tonight is a recommendation from City Manager Leif Ahnell in favor of a conditional use approval for the Chabad of East Boca synagogue. If the council agrees, the structure could be 40 feet, 8 inches high, instead of 30 feet. The Planning and Zoning Board voted 4-2 for approval. The synagogue would have to minimize the impact from traffic. Among the conditions: No more than 222 people could attend High Holy Days services.</p> <h3>Red light full stop?</h3> <p>A Palm Beach County judge just ruled that Boynton Beach’s red-light camera program violates state traffic laws, even though the city thought that its program could stand up in court. Today, the Florida Senate considers legislation that would put further pressure on cities or counties seeking money from red-light runners.</p> <p>In 2010, the Legislature passed statewide rules for traffic cameras. This year’s Senate bill would require local governments to show that they had tried other “countermeasures”—longer yellow lights, for example— before installing the cameras. The government would have to present a traffic study showing that the cameras were necessary. According to an analysis of SB 1184, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has been “unable to determine the effectiveness that red light cameras have in decreasing intersections crashes due to the inability to validate vehicle crash information provided by the various jurisdictions.”</p> <p>In other words, no one knows if the cameras really improve safety, despite statements to that effect by the companies that install and operate the cameras. This isn’t just a Florida controversy. Cameras were an issue in Chicago’s recent mayoral election. The city has the nation’s most extensive program, and the city also holds traffic lights yellow for just three seconds—the shortest time allowed under federal transportation laws. A resident who has been fined more than $1,000 told USA Today that the program amounts to a city “slush fund.” If cities and counties in Florida really care about red-light running, they should use real police officers to solve the problem.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 14 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchThe Week Ahead: April 14 to 20<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April/782bd0bba277bb29b6db5c6454c9c.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Diana Krall</strong></p> <p>Where: Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $55-$75</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Canadian jazz pianist Diana Krall’s music usually exists out of time and certainly out of trend: She has scored hits with her personal interpretations of Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin songs on through to Burt Bacharach and Tom Waits. Having conquered the Jazz Age, the Great American Songbook and much of the Great White Way to the tune of two Grammy Awards and more than 15 million albums sold worldwide, Mrs. Elvis Costello is currently applying her singular soulful style to the pop music she grew up. Her current world tour coincides with the release of her 12<sup>th</sup> studio album, “Wallflower,” a collection of covers ranging from Elton John’s “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word” to Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” with the Eagles, Mamas &amp; the Papas, Bob Dylan and an all-new Paul McCartney cut in the mix as well.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April/e07190ffd4cf4fc7bba192605f269f59_cannes-2014_2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Salt of the Earth”</strong></p> <p>Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $6.50-$9.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/549-2600, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The world may be black and white in the best photographs of Brazil’s Sebastiao Salgado, but if any documentary photographer can capture all of its shades of a grey in single, definitive snapshots, it’s this award-winning artist. Salgado’s subjects are nothing less than the human condition, the state of the globe and the connections between the two; to that end, he’s shot photos in more than 100 countries and captured international conflicts, starvation and exoduses in his 40-year journey painting truth and poetry with his camera. The great German director Wim Wenders, whose credits range from the metaphysical masterpiece “Wings of Desire” to the music documentary “Buena Vista Social Club,” co-directs this look at Salgado’s life and work, coinciding with the photographer’s recent focus on documenting the few areas of pristine landscape that remain untouched.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="148" src="/site_media/uploads/April/048f38b7ca9d2268cdb11c08cfc74927.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Addams Family—A New Musical Comedy”</strong></p> <p>Where: Evening Star Productions at Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25 adults, $10 students</p> <p>Contact: 561/447-8829, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In this musical adaptation of the vintage comic-strip characters, change is afoot for the macabre family: Wednesday Addams is planning to settle down with a “normal” boy, which leaves her parents wondering where they went wrong and questioning their own relationship. Truth potions, giant pet squids, torture and tango dances follow in this award-winning musical comedy, which is dark enough for adults and jaunty enough for kids. The musical has toured at venues such as the Kravis before, but Evening Star is producing the musical’s professional regional premiere—an ambitious choice for the intimate Sol Theatre space. Samantha Streich and George Macia lead a 16-member cast that will bring such iconic characters as Uncle Fester, Lurch and Pugsley to life. The show runs through May 3.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/April/104787-the-who-3.2009.brisbane617.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Who and Joan Jett</strong></p> <p>Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $36.50-$136.50</p> <p>Contact: 786/777-1250, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Still windmilling after all these years, The Who has endured the deaths of two founding band members, a notorious tragedy at a 1979 concert, and an approximately 17-year hiatus. Now plenty grayer than when they British-invaded us in 1965, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are celebrating 50 years of changing rock ‘n’ roll for the better: After all, we have the Who to thank for rock operas, Marshall stacks, synthesizers and more. Titled “The Who Hits 50,” the band’s 2015 jaunt may very well be its last; Daltrey called it the band’s “long goodbye.” Townshend has insisted that the set list will consist of “hits, picks, mixes and misses,” with the band delving deeper into its catalog than most of its previous tours. Arrive early, because the Who is bringing along an opening act that’s normally a bona fide headliner in her own right: This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Jett.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="599" src="/site_media/uploads/April/orlando1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Apollo Awards concert and reception</strong></p> <p>Where: Jazziz, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $250-$300</p> <p>Contact: 866/687-4201, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you’ve never heard of the Apollo Awards, that’s because there haven’t been any, until now. On the occasion of its 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary, the Boca Symphonia will host the inaugural Apollo Awards, named after the Greek god of music and poetry and honoring modern artists who respect the memory of classical composition, at this luxe Jazziz bash. This year’s recipients will be the Symphonia’s founding benfactors, Edith and Martin B. Stein; Dennis Lambert, the Boca-based songwriter and pop vocalist; and the late Ervin Drake, who has written songs for Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and others. Tony Orlando will provide the entertainment, singing his own No. 1 hits as well as compositions written by Drake and Lambert, in a one-of-a-kind performance. The ticket price includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and food stations.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="259" src="/site_media/uploads/April/3025606-smithkindy.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Kevin Smith</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 250</p> <p>When: 9:45 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Director Kevin Smith proved, in 1994, that you can make a movie with no money, no color, no story and no actors of any discernable talent, and still create a distinctive, enduring hit. Even if Clerks was the only title on Smith’s resume, he’d be a footnote in the film history, but, through his production company View Askew, he’s built a communal empire of a dozen more movies, many of them featuring recurring characters and repeated locations. He’s also branched away from movies, lending his geek-icon worldview to comic books, TV series, podcasts and memoirs; if he’s not yet the king of all media, he’s certainly a jester in the court. Since the early 2000s, he’s been touring the country for Q&amp;A sessions with his hoards of devoted fans, which is the occasion of this weekend’s special “Evening With Kevin Smith” event.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/April/13f216151863580dec8839165187cea8e763cbfad97ba01cf0b501cfe137f963_-original.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen</strong></p> <p>Where: Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $78.75-$353.75</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Miami Beach’s Fillmore is one of just four nationwide stops for this intimate and unpredictable conversation between two of television’s most prominent gay broadcasters. Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen—their tour is dubbed “AC2,” get it?—first met years ago, when they were set up on a date that never materialized. Since then, they’ve remained close friends while taking somewhat divergent career paths: Cohen’s late-night Bravo show is a pop-cultural palooza, while Anderson covers breaking news and sociopolitical issues on CNN. But both have vested interests in both the trivial fluff and vital issues, and the tour promises “deep talk and shallow tales.” It’s also being billed as an uncensored and unscripted evening, ensuring that each of the four shows will be different.</p> <p>MONDAY, APRIL 20</p> <p><img alt="" height="518" src="/site_media/uploads/April/miralogo.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Mira” reading</strong></p> <p>Where: Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 561/237-9000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Rehearsal time? Who needs it! Certainly not the fine actors of South Florida regional theater who, by now, are accustomed to encountering a script over a morning or afternoon and then performing it the next day. That’s pretty much the case with many of the plays in Jan McArt’s New Play Reading Series; at the time of this writing, Michael Leeds had yet to turn in his script for “Mira,” which will be performed live in a staged reading next Monday night—but you can guarantee the actors will be ready. The protagonist of “Mira” is, in fact, a mirror, which lives inside the wardrobe department of a Hollywood studio circa 1928 and yearns to truly be seen, not just looked at. This “reflective” play may eventually become a musical, but for now, enjoy a bare-bones, song-less reading of this imaginative comedy. The stellar cast features Todd Bruno, Clay Cartland, Ken Clement, Lindsey Corey, Elizabeth Dimon, Laura Hodos, Ann Marie Olson and Stephanie White.</p>John ThomasonMon, 13 Apr 2015 16:19:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsMorikami Hatsume Festival<p dir="ltr"><img alt="" height="361" src="/site_media/uploads/geisha.jpg" width="490"></p> <p dir="ltr">Flowers are officially in bloom at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach. The tranquil park will be transformed to celebrate the first bud of spring at the 36th annual Hatsume Fair, which runs this Saturday and Sunday (April 18-19). </p> <p dir="ltr">This year’s event will feature three live entertainment stages. On the Tokyo Stage, renowned taiko drumming groups Ronin Taiko and Fushu Daiko will perform. On Saturday, come dressed as your favorite anime or video game character and compete in the Costume Contest for prizes from Morikami, Tate’s Comics and the 3000 Brigade.</p> <p dir="ltr">Over at the Osaka stage, martial arts experts will demonstrate a variety of ancient disciplines and showcase local students of all ages. Performances will be held every hour, on the hour, from noon to 4 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">A new addition to the celebration is the Sake Stage. This savory exhibition includes a Sake 101 class with expert Midori Roth, sushi demonstrations with chef Roy Villacrusis, as well as panel discussions on the culinary arts. A free raffle will be held to win a private dinner at Chef Roy’s newest eatery in Jupiter, Nitrogen.</p> <p dir="ltr">For the first time, the fair will feature a meet-and-greet with anime, comic book and Japanese pop culture characters. Kids can also make crafts, play Japanese games and sing karaoke. Food will be available from a number of Asian and American vendors. Adults can also indulge at the Kirin Beer Garden and Sake Station where they can try exclusive samplings of Japanese craft beer and sake from Echigo Brewery and Dewatsuru Sakura Emaki Rose.</p> <p dir="ltr">Those interested in attending the entire festival can purchase two-day passes online in advance for $17 for adults and $11 for children 4-10. Single day passes cost $12 for adults, $6 for children 4-10. For more information or to purchase tickets visit <a href=""></a> or call 561/495-0233.</p>Annie PizzutelliMon, 13 Apr 2015 15:18:00 +0000 BeachUpcoming EventsEntrepreneurs Shine at FAU<p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April/soflasunwear.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The Adams Center for Entrepreneurship at Florida Atlantic University—under the direction of Kimberly Gramm, who champions the start-up vision like no one in Boca—continues to be a field of business dreams for those trying to push their fledgling operations to the next level. Look no further than the recent <strong>Business Plan Competition</strong>, which gave FAU students and entrepreneurs an opportunity to rub elbows with and learn from established business leaders, angel investors and other experts.</p> <p>The three-day event culminated in presentations by 16 different teams—eight student-track finalists and eight entrepreneur-track finalists, out of more than 230 entrants—who were competing for a share of some $200,000 in cash and prizes.</p> <p>On the student side, <strong>Thomas Gregory</strong> and <strong>SoFla Sunwear</strong> captured first place, impressing judges with a beach apparel concept that's already generating buzz. During his presentation, Gregory, the company's CEO, noted that SoFla Sunwear has fulfilled orders in 18 states with its mix of men's and women's shorts and T-shirts, as well as headgear and decals.</p> <p>Meanwhile, <strong>Max Cacchione</strong>, CEO of <strong>Rotation Manager</strong>, took home the entrepreneur track's top prize on behalf of his company with a concept already making a difference for nursing students. Rotation Manager eliminates the paperwork associated with clinical rotations by bringing nursing students, hospitals and colleges into one easy-to-manage software platform. </p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April/rotationmanager.jpg" width="400"></p>magazineMon, 13 Apr 2015 15:16:00 +0000 NewsPatton Oswalt, Florida Satirist<p>Comedian Patton Oswalt visited Florida last night as part of the South Beach Comedy Festival, and he didn’t let Florida off easy.</p> <p>He said that the state isn’t America’s penis, as it’s often pejoratively referred; it really should be called America’s ballsack, droopy and sweaty and humid. Florida is “the sphincter of Satan,” and “a Japanese horror film with fake boobs.” In this “nightmarish life you mutants have built for yourself,” “I just assume everyone down here is a criminal,” and “the only reason to visit this state is to identify your dead daughter’s body.”</p> <p>We didn’t take it personally. Each barb was met with laughter and an “ooooh” of recognition at the truths buried in these vivid generalizations.</p> <p><img alt="" height="218" src="/site_media/uploads/April/patton.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>A former writer for “MADtv” and the author of two memoirs, Oswalt is a persuasive wordsmith whose act is a Venn diagram flourishing on the nexus of the highbrow humor column, the nerd podcast and the standup gutter. He opened his hour-plus-long set at the Fillmore last night with a story about his worst gig ever, colorfully describing an epically bad show, two years into his career, in which he suffered from a destabilizing flu: Liquids emitted from multiple orifices, and he looked like a garden cherub as designed by an angry sculptor.</p> <p>He described his mother’s giant container of prescribed uppers and downers as a “trail mix of narcotics,” musing, “is this oxy locally sourced?” When his daughter stands up to a birthday party clown who’s just going through the motions, he labels this mutinous act as her “Tiananmen Square moment,” while his own moment of adolescent rebellion consisted of blasting “a deep cut from Duran Duran’s ‘Rio’ album.”</p> <p>References to cult movies (“Escape From New York,” “Blade Runner,” “Stripes”) punctuated the material of this self-described movie obsessive, with the assumption that we all knew exactly what he was talking about; when you see Patton Oswalt live, a working knowledge of critically undervalued ‘80s films is a must. His strongest material wrapped us snugly into his culturally literate, geek-fried worldview, where 30-year-old television jingles for local Dodge dealerships take up the precious brain space that should go to mastering CPR, learning a karate move or planting a vegetable. This resulted in the hilariously therapeutic observation that “I honestly cannot be more useless on a practical level. There is no reason for me to be alive.”</p> <p>Finally, his political humor proved that he’s as strong at this specialized branch of comedy as Bill Maher or any of its heavy hitters, establishing his liberal bona fides before leveling pointed criticism at the last presidential administrations. It was a fantastic and rare set from this multi-pronged talent, one that felt extemporaneously tailored specifically to us.</p> <p>But I can’t conclude this column without mentioning the gaggle of oblivious, selfish drunk girls seated next to us, who not only disrupted the show to engage in a dead-end “conversation” with Oswalt, but spilled a beer on my wife’s brand-new dress and could muster only a half-apology for it. Their constant cell phone usage and running commentary ruined the evening for all the poor souls who happened to be seated anywhere in their immediate circumference. The Fillmore’s countless ushers did nothing about it, and I was too upset to appreciate the last 20 minutes of Oswalt’s act,</p> <p>It’s not usually in my nature to use this blog for personal attacks, but believe me—I’m being nice. If you’re reading this, ladies, most of the words I have for your cannot be printed, and I hope for the sake of future audiences and comedians that this was your last comedy show.</p> <p><em>The South Beach Comedy continues with multiple events through Saturday, April 11. For the full schedule and ticket prices, visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 10 Apr 2015 14:14:59 +0000 & EventsFashion Forward: Saks Personal Shopping Van and Colonnade Outlet Expansion<p><img alt="" height="274" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/saks-personal-shopping-van.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Saks Personal Experience</strong></p> <p>Can’t make it to the mall? Don’t worry: Saks Fifth Avenue in Palm Beach can come right to your front door. The recently launched Personal Shopping Van will travel throughout South Florida and pick up merchandise from any of the six Saks stores in the area. For a special night, customers can even request that the van bring along makeup artists, fashion stylists and tailors. There is no minimum purchase required. To schedule a Personal Shopping Van call 561/833-2551.</p> <p><strong>Colonnade Outlets Expansion</strong></p> <p>Sawgrass Mills (<em>12680 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise</em>) is bringing four more exlcusive stores to South Florida. Ted Baker, Alexis Bittar, La Perla, and Vince are expected to open early next year as part of the 80,000-square-foot expansion of the Colonnade Outlets.</p> <p><strong>Read My Lips</strong></p> <p>Make a statement without saying a word with Too Faced new eye-popping lip colors.  Try out the new melted metal collection at Sephora inside JCPenny at the Boynton Beach Mall (<em>801 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach</em>) on April 11, from 12 to 5 p.m. Beauty Insiders will get a complementary makeover by a Too Faced makeup artist and leave with a free gift.</p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 10 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsStaff Picks: Shoe repair, Monopoly and more<p><strong>Cove Shoe Repair</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/coveshoerepair.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“A small family shop that does great work at affordable prices and has stellar costumer service—meaning they never make fun of those beat up shoes you can’t part with.”</p> <p>471 N.E. 20th St., Boca Raton // 561/221-1727</p> <p><strong>Monopoly Night for Boca Helping Hands</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="174" src="/site_media/uploads/monopoly.jpg" width="370"></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>No one puts a classic board game to better use than our good friends at Boca Helping Hands. For the ninth year, the organization whose food and job mentoring programs serve thousands in the community is encouraging attendees to "Pass Go" with a Monopoly event and casino night, this time at Via Mizner Golf and Country Club. The festivities start at 6 p.m. on Saturday night. Call 561/417-0913, ext. 202 for details. </p> <p><strong>Trader Joe’s Milk Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="370" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/traderjoespretzels.png" width="274"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“If I was Clark Kent, this would be my kryptonite. Seriously. Get these sweet-and-salty treats within my reach, and I’ll be on my knees begging. The 12-ounce bag never lasts more than two days in my household.”</p> <p>55 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton // 561/338-5031</p> <p><strong>Our Boat House in Mizner Park</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/ourboathouse.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Rebecca Valenza, National Account Manager</em></p> <p>“The best decor around. Everything from sofas to candles to pillows to throws, plus they offer design services – much needed in my case!”</p> <p>425 Plaza Real, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <center><em><a href="/blog/tag/staff-picks" target="_blank">For more staff picks, click here.</a></em></center><center><em><br></em></center>magazineFri, 10 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Crossing concerns, Houston&#39;s &amp; Delray supports the Inspector General<h3><img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/site-plan.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Atlantic Crossing</h3> <p>Atlantic Crossing was controversial long before the Delray Beach City Commission approved the mixed-use project in December 2012. Demolition is underway, but the controversy continues.</p> <p>The immediate issue is a road—an easement, technically— that was on the Atlantic Crossing site plan and now isn’t. The debate is over whether the city actually gave up rights to that city-owned easement—called Atlantic Court—and, if so, when and how the city did that.</p> <p>Atlantic Crossing will take up the two blocks between Northeast Sixth Avenue—Federal Highway—and Veterans Park on the north side of Atlantic Avenue and the south side of Northeast First Street, replacing the Atlantic Plaza shopping center. From the start, critics have said the project would overwhelm the area. In approving Atlantic Crossing, the city commission in office at that time approved conditional uses allowing a 60-foot height instead of 48 feet and a nearly 50 percent increase in density.</p> <p>The site plan from a development agreement dated July 2011 shows Atlantic Court providing access to Atlantic Crossing off Federal Highway, offering an entrance and exit on the west side to relieve traffic congestion. The main entrance will be onto Seventh Avenue from Atlantic Avenue in the middle of the project.</p> <p>Last October, however, the new site plan from the proposed amended development agreement did not show Atlantic Crossing. The agreement was before the city commission for approval, but the commission took no action. One reason was private lawsuits against the project and the question of whether Delray Beach would be affected if the city approved the agreement and the developers lost in court. Commissioner Shelly Petrolia also had questioned Section 4 of the proposed agreement, which stated that any prior approvals that didn’t conform to the new site plan—minus Atlantic Court—would no longer have “any force and effect.”</p> <p>Nearly seven months have passed, and the developers are proceeding as if that current site plan is in effect, even though it doesn’t seem to match the plat that is on file with Palm Beach County and includes Atlantic Court. To support their case for moving ahead, the developers point to the January court ruling against residents who had sued over the easement. The judge wrote that in January 2014 the commission approved the new site plan—minus Atlantic Court—“and by extension a new plat. . .”</p> <p>Petrolia disagrees. She argues that only the city’s Planning and Zoning Board can approve plats, not the Site Plan Review and Advisory Board (SPRAB). A Feb. 23 Planning and Zoning Board meeting on Atlantic Crossing ended inconclusively. As for what the judge called that January 2014 approval of a new site plan, the issue was whether the commission would uphold the private-party appeal of SPRAB’s approval of the new site plan. The commission declined to uphold the appeal. Did that refusal also amount to approval of the new site plan and abandonment of Atlantic Court?</p> <p>The vote at that meeting was 3-2, with Petrolia and Mayor Cary Glickstein in the minority and Adam Frankel, Angeleta Gray and Al Jacquet in the majority. Frankel and Gray are no longer on the commission.</p> <p>According to the minutes of the meeting, Glickstein pointed out that while Atlantic Crossing is roughly the same size as Mizner Park in Boca Raton, there are 13 ways in and out of Mizner Park, reducing the impact on neighborhoods to the east. There would be nothing like that, Glickstein said, for Atlantic Crossing. He called the new site plan “deeply flawed” and wondered aloud why the developers were so reluctant to add back the road.</p> <p>Mitch Katz, who joined the commission last week, also objects to the loss of Atlantic Court. “We gave away alleys and Northeast Seventh Avenue” with everyone’s knowledge, he said in an interview, to help with traffic from Atlantic Crossing, “But nobody noticed on Atlantic Court? I just don’t understand.” Katz says the city gave up the easement “with no compensation, and now we’ve lost the traffic flow.” Petrolia says, “I feel like we’ve been hoodwinked.”</p> <p>This is a very big question to be left hanging. If the city doesn’t address it soon, the developers could have grounds for a lawsuit that the city objected too late and caused them needless expense. The city might have leverage in the form of that development agreement. After the court ruling, the developers said in a statement that they want Delray Beach “to work with us and expedite the development agreement. . .without further delay.”</p> <p>Katz told me that he has been speaking with residents who filed the lawsuits against Atlantic Crossing. Those residents, Katz said, would be willing to pursue no more litigation if the developers would return Atlantic Crossing to the site plan. The city would agree to approve the new site plan quickly, so as not to hold up work.</p> <p>Delray Beach needs to resolve the issue of the Atlantic Crossing easement. Petrolia says the city can give up property only if there is a public hearing. The issue goes beyond Atlantic Court. In May, the city must decide whether to give up an alley that would allow construction of the project that would include an iPic theater. This controversy should stop with Atlantic Crossing.</p> <h3>Houstons?</h3> <p>There still is no proposed lease between Hillstone Restaurant Group and Boca Raton for a Houston’s on the city-owned Wildflower property at East Palmetto Park Road and Northeast Fifth Avenue. Nor is there a proposed site plan. Today, however, the Planning &amp; Zoning Board will consider a rezoning that would be necessary to accommodate the restaurant.</p> <p>The property is slightly larger than two acres. It has split zoning. If the board recommends approval and the city council agrees, the zoning on roughly the northern half of the property would change from Single Family Residential to Local Business. The council also would have to change the Future Land Use Map of the Comprehensive Plan.</p> <p>Councilman Robert Weinroth calls the item on today’s agenda a “housekeeping item to deal with inconsistent zoning issues.” This change isn’t controversial. The tough work will come when the city and Hillstone try to agree on a site plan that would make the restaurant compatible with the area. More than residents of the immediate area worry that, with the large Palmetto Promenade mixed-use project just to the west, the restaurant could make gridlock a regular feature of the intersection.</p> <p>Hillstone and the city also have to decide financial issues: how much Boca Raton would get in lease payments and a percentage of sales. Then there’s the matter of preserving public access to the Intracoastal Waterway—the property fronts it—and not letting restaurant parking interfere with boaters’ use of Silver Palm Park to the south. The hope is for a site plan to reach the Planning &amp; Zoning Board this summer.</p> <h3>Delray is all in for the Inspector General</h3> <p>It can be hard to find lawyers who don’t want to sue, but the lawyers on the Delray Beach City Commission have decided that they don’t want to keep suing the county over the Office of Inspector General.</p> <p>Tuesday night, the commission formally withdrew from the lawsuit that began in late 2011 and now includes 13 cities, with West Palm Beach taking the lead. Last month, Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Catherine Brunson ruled against the cities on all points, as she should have. The lawsuit seeks to cripple the office’s overwork that city residents asked for, though the cities claim that their only issue is the financing of the office.</p> <p>With Delray Beach out of the lawsuit, Boca Raton should withdraw. The cities have asked for a rehearing that they likely won’t get. The lawsuit never had merit. That’s why it doesn’t have a chance.</p>Randy SchultzThu, 09 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Watch&quot;Oklahoma!&quot; More Than OK!<p><img alt="" height="298" src="/site_media/uploads/10006107_795779723809961_6046774037332970228_n.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Here at we usually leave the theater reviews to our crack arts and entertainment editor, John Thomason. But in this particular case, I felt I had to step in. The Wick was mounting a production of “Oklahoma!” And I could not resist. </p> <p>I grew up with these musicals. My patents saw “South Pacific” on Broadway on their honeymoon in New York. They had LPs of “Oklahoma!” and “Flower Drum Song” and “The King and I” and “West Side Story” and “Carousel” and that was way back, when I was maybe 9 or 10. I saw all the movies and memorized all the songs and I am sure the story lines completely colored my world view of love and destiny—which is tragic of course, as real life has absolutely no resemblance to Bali Ha’i, no one is younger than springtime forever, and the cowboys and the farmers are still not the best of friends. </p> <p>Still, there was real magic in those musicals—pathos, humor, innocence, energy—a sense of post World War America at its best—and the Wick production of “Oklahoma!” captured all of that. Ian Parmenter as Curly and Lindsey Bliven as Laurey sounded as least as good as Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones—and Missy McArdle as Aunt Eller nailed it. Shane Tanner was an excellent Poor Jud, and Alex Jorth as Will Parker nearly stole the show. They—and the earnest can-do vigor of the Oklahoma territory—came to life on the stage. You could see young and old alike tapping knees, singing along softly under their breath, transported to a time and a story with neatly defined values of decency and community and young love and hopeful tomorrows. It was Rogers &amp; Hammerstein’s first collaboration—and the debut of this country’s golden age of musical theater.</p> <p>It’s easy for a community theater production to look like one, but in this case, the Wick nailed it. Director Norb Joerder was largely faithful to the Agnes deMille choreography, but with a shorter dream sequence ballet (Bravo—I always thought this slowed down the show) and only 12 dancers, which played like a much larger ensemble. The set was perfect, the music timeless, and there’s just not a bad seat in the house.</p> <p>Am I gushing? Maybe. People will say I’m in love? Possibly. At any rate, go now—indulge yourself. The production runs through April 26.</p> <p>The Wick Theater<br>7901 N. Federal Highway<br>561/995-2333</p>Marie SpeedWed, 08 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsNew on the Skin Cancer Front<p><strong><img alt="" height="295" src="/site_media/uploads/April/lynncancer.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong>New Local Option in Skin Cancer Treatment</strong></p> <p>Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s <a href="">Lynn Cancer Institute</a> announced that it is the first facility in the state to offer a new noninvasive option for treating basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers. The Esteya device precisely delivers radiation to these cancers, with minimal downtime, according to an April 1 press release.</p> <p>Treatment that brings radiation close to the site of cancer is called high-dose rate brachytherapy. The Boca Raton cancer center has used traditional brachytherapy effectively on cancer patients for years. Esteya improves on the traditional approach by delivering a low-energy X-ray, which is less likely to damage surrounding tissue and result in side effects. It offers an important option for patients whose cancers affect cosmetically-sensitive areas, including the face and hands.  </p> <p>For more information, call 561/955-5966.</p> <p><strong>Treatment Research at FAU</strong></p> <p><a href="">Florida Atlantic University</a> announced that it will launch the Office of Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Recovery Research, according to a March 24 news release.</p> <p>The office will be a focal point of research on alcohol and drug abuse prevention and recovery in South Florida. The plan is to conduct internationally recognized research on substance abuse, as well as provide educational opportunities for social workers and other providers who work with people suffering from addictions. In the longer term, the research and educational center will host visits by renowned scholars and practitioners in the field to promote collaborative research efforts, teaching and knowledge sharing.</p> <p>The announcement comes on the heels of a $100,000 gift from the local addiction treatment facility <a href="">Life of Purpose</a>. Other companies have since joined to fuel the new center’s financial goal to raise $3 million to recruit a researcher to spearhead the program. The companies involved include: KIPU Systems, Lumiere Detox Center, Sober Living Outpatient, Sober Living in Delray, Guardian IOP, Boca Detox, The Hartman House and Infinity Behavioral Health Services.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 08 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyTown NewsMust-Have Kitchen Tools<p>I’m often asked about my favorite kitchen equipment—which brands and models work best, which specific tools enhance the overall cooking experience. So without further ado, here are a few of the items that make my kitchen life easier.</p> <p><strong>HAMILTON BEACH TEA KETTLE<br></strong>After I wake up in the morning, I drink 16 to 24 ounces of plain hot water—without lemon, honey or any additional ingredients. Drinking plain hot water can help stimulate your lymphatic system without activating digestion; this helps your body get rid of waste before it starts processing new food. To heat up my water, I turn to my stainless-steel <a href="">Hamilton Beach kettle</a>. I recommend only buying stainless-steel kettles and avoiding anything with plastic, as heat can activate chemicals that leak into your water. I also avoid microwave ovens for heating purposes; microwaves are a form of electro-magnetic radiation. </p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="193" src="/site_media/uploads/April/omegagiveaway.png" width="275"></strong></p> <p><strong>OMEGA 8006 JUICER/NUTRITIONAL CENTER<br></strong>After I have my hot water, I usually enjoy a green juice made with kale, cucumber, celery, lemon, ginger and green apple. I love juices for their instant energy boost; they are better than coffee! Green juices also are a great complement to a hot, cooked meal as raw juice can provide daily vitamins and enzymes. Believe it or not, it only takes about 2 minutes to make my juice, thanks to the <a href="">Omega 8006</a>. But don’t be fooled: This machine is much more than a juicer. It’s an entire nutrition center that can create fabulous nut butters (think almonds and chocolate chips together), fruit sorbet and even pasta. Best of all, it’s quick and easy to assemble and take apart, so the whole process takes minutes. Omega also offers a great warrantee, so you can enjoy your purchase for years to come.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/April/vitamix.jpg" width="275"></strong></p> <p><strong>VITAMIX 5200<br></strong>If I don’t feel like having a juice in the morning, I will make a smoothie in my <a href="">Vitamix</a> blender. Unlike a juicer that extracts the pulp from fruits and vegetables and gives you instant energy, Vitamix blends everything together. The good thing about blended foods is that they have fiber, which takes longer to digest than juice. So if you’re looking for a great meal-replacement smoothie that will satisfy hunger and give you long-lasting energy, Vitamix is the machine to use. You can also use it to make nut-based cheeses, pates and ice creams. Some people may be thrown off by the price ($449), but you’re investing in the Rolls-Royce of blenders. The quality will last a lifetime.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="228" src="/site_media/uploads/April/abundantchefcutlery.jpg" width="275"></strong></p> <p><strong>ABUNDANT CHEF KNIVES AND CUTTING BOARDS<br></strong>Did you know that the most dangerous weapon in your kitchen is a dull knife? The extra force required to use it can lead to a severe kitchen injury. To help me eliminate this danger, I use my <a href="">Abundant Chef zirconium ceramic knives</a> and bamboo cutting boards. If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then these knives come in a close second. When you use an Abundant knife to cut an apple, it feels like you’re cutting through butter—so smooth and effortless. I also love the name and believe that seeing the word “abundant” when you cook, creates positive emotions and affects the energy you put in your food.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="180" src="/site_media/uploads/April/kitchenprocessor.jpg" width="275"></strong></p> <p><strong>KITCHENAID FOOD PROCESSOR<br></strong>Finally, to make a quick dinner, I recommend the <a href="">KitchenAid Food Processor</a> as it can help me chop, slice and shred large quantities of ingredients very quickly. If you have seen my videos, you probably noticed that I use it a lot. KitchenAid makes slicing onions a breeze, and it takes seconds. Check out this <a href="">video</a> where I use my food processor to make chicken-less chicken salad! While there are other brands on the market, I find that KitchenAid has the most intuitive design and fun colors. Why not have a fabulous Empire Red one? It will brighten up the space and make you feel like an empress of the kitchen!</p>Alina Z.Wed, 08 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Cafe Opens in West Boca<p><img alt="" height="100" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/armadillo.png" width="200">One of the best-loved restaurants in South Florida has been reborn once again.</p> <p><strong>Armadillo Cafe</strong> (8221 Glades Rd., 561/405-6152), for more than a dozen years a renowned eatery in Davie, reborn the first time in 2006 as Armadillo Beach Restaurant in Dania Beach (which closed three years later), is now up and running in West Boca.</p> <p>Chef-owner Kevin McCarthy, who like so many local chefs got his start in the Dennis Max restaurant empire, is reprising many of his classic Southwestern-style dishes in his new digs, a modest earth-toned space just west of the turnpike. Think black and white soup, tequila grilled shrimp, chili-cured duck breast and bourbon-chocolate pecan pie.</p> <p><em>* On a personal note, this space will be taking a short vacation while I head off to Las Vegas to drive fast cars and eat slow food. Blogging will resume upon my return. Vroom, vroom!</em></p>Bill CitaraTue, 07 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsInspector General update, red light cameras go south &amp; other news and notes<h3><img alt="" height="120" src="/site_media/uploads/seal.jpg" width="160"></h3> <h3>New admin for county</h3> <p>Bob Weisman has been Palm Beach County administrator for 24 years. Especially in South Florida, that’s the local government equivalent of  “The Phantom of the Opera,” which has been running on Broadway since 1988. No one lasts that long on such a stage.</p> <p>Nor has Weisman faced anything like a no-confidence vote. He will leave in August because he wants to retire, not because he’s being forced out. In a few weeks, the county commission will pick his successor. The seven-member commission has a set a deadline of May in hopes of choosing someone in time for Weisman to help with the transition and in case something expected arises with the commission’s choice. There still would be time to name someone else before Weisman departs.</p> <p>Residents of full-service cities like Boca Raton and Delray Beach might wonder whether the choice matters much to them. It does, for reasons that are obvious and not so obvious.</p> <p>One obvious reason is that city residents also pay county taxes. In Boca, the county tax is the third-largest item on the bill. In Delray, it’s the second-largest. The administrator prepares the operating budget and supervises the county’s finances. Weisman is proud of pointing out that Palm Beach County’s bond rating is AAA, and that’s with all the bonds that are financing, among other things, the investments in Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute—with which Florida Atlantic University soon will start a biotech program.</p> <p>But there’s much more. Palm Beach County operates the jail, so cities don’t need to have their own. The sheriff is elected separately, but the sheriff’s budget makes up more than half of that county operating budget. Even cities such as Boca Raton and Delray Beach that have police departments can get help from the sheriff’s office on major investigations, and all police departments use the county’s crime lab. The sheriff’s office is the lead county agency on the regional anti-terrorism task force.</p> <p>The county’s environmental resource management department helps cities with such projects as beach restoration. County staff members help to lobby the Legislature for money to finance such projects. The county runs the bus system. The county park system includes South Inlet Park on the beach in Boca Raton, Green Cay Nature Center west of Delray Beach, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, the Aqua Crest Pool in Delray Beach and regional parks that attract city folk. Commissioner Steven Abrams, whose Boca Raton/Delray Beach-based district includes just a slice of the unincorporated county, agrees that the county matters in ways that residents may not always appreciate.</p> <p>A search firm and an advisory committee—each commission appointed one member—has cut the field of candidates to six. Four are from out of state, and two are from Weisman’s staff.</p> <p>Those candidates are Deputy County Administrator Verdenia Baker and Assistant County Administrator Shannon LaRocque. I would be surprised if the commission doesn’t pick one of them. Though he has not decided, Abrams said he would have “complete faith” in Baker or LaRocque to take over.</p> <p>Obviously, the argument for hiring from within is continuity. Unlike Delray Beach, where so many problems were evident when Louie Chapman was forced out as city manager, county government is running well. Weisman had a famously prickly relationship with former Inspector General Sheryl Steckler, but during her four years the office found nothing terrible in its investigations of the county. And when the office did find problems—as in how the county buys property—Weisman made the recommended changes.</p> <p>Hiring from within also has been Weisman’s philosophy. As Abrams points out, the leaders of many key departments rose through those departments. Says Abrams, “It’s one of Bob’s qualities.” One can assume that Baker and LaRocque have their jobs because Weisman believes that they could handle his.</p> <p>The other four contenders appear to have good credentials, but they’re all from out of state: two from Maryland, one from New Jersey and another from Washington, D.C. However capable, they wouldn’t know Florida government. Since there’s no strong case for change, I’m guessing that Baker or LaRocque will be the next county administrator.</p> <h3>Funding the inspector                                        </h3> <p>Having lost in court, the 14 cities suing the county over financing of the Office of Inspector General have asked for a rehearing. They likely won’t get it, which again raised the question of whether Boca Raton and Delray Beach should remain as parties in the lawsuit.</p> <p>The motion for rehearing carries the names of Delray Beach City Attorney Noel Pfeffer and Boca Raton City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser. Neither city’s elected body discussed whether to ask for the rehearing. At least in the case of Delray Beach, the filing may have been just a formality. Mayor Cary Glickstein said an email that there would not have been enough time for Pfeffer to get “commission direction” on whether to continue Delray’s role in the litigation. At the next commission meeting, Glickstein said, Pfeffer will “seek direction to withdraw or remain. . .”</p> <p>The supposed process by which these cities mounted the lawsuit remains murky. A spokesman for West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio—the city has done most of the legal work on the lawsuit—said in an email, “There are frequent discussions/phone calls/conversations among representatives of the various cities to talk about the latest developments in the case.” From writing about this case since late 2011, however, I can tell you that many of the cities’ <em>elected</em> representatives don’t have a good handle on the legal arguments or even the basic facts.</p> <p>In about five pages, two county attorneys flick away the flimsy arguments for a rehearing. The cities raise a new issue that they could have raised at trial, and they reprise the bogus argument that city voters who asked by wide margins for inspector general oversight didn’t know that their city would have to pay for it. In fact, the information was in the ballot language.</p> <p>The lawsuit is an affront to the voters. Any elected officials who still wish to continue it should consider how this continued resistance looks to the public.</p> <h3>Red light on the red light program</h3> <p>Officials in Boynton Beach thought that their red-light camera program might be the one to survive the many legal challenges to outsourced law enforcement. Wrong.</p> <p>Last week, Palm Beach County Court Judge Mark Eissey threw out 200 tickets Boynton Beach had issued. Technically, though, the city’s vendor—American Traffic Solutions—issued the tickets. That was the problem.</p> <p>Six months ago, the 4<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeal upheld a trial judge who found the city of Hollywood’s red-light camera program unconstitutional. Like most programs in Florida cities and counties, Hollywood allowed American Traffic Solutions to review the photos and decide which were violations. The company then issued citations.</p> <p>The court ruled that only certified law enforcement personnel can perform those roles. Because a Boynton Beach officer does a review before citations go out, the city believed that its program would survive. Eissey, though, said that because the company issues the citations, the program violates state law.</p> <p>Boynton’s contract ends next year, and sentiment already was running against the program. Studies are inconclusive as to whether the programs improve safety; some reductions in “T-bone” crashes from running red lights are offset by increases in rear-end collisions as drivers try to avoid getting a ticket.</p> <p>Boca Raton has suspended its program. Delray Beach was smart enough not to start one. The Legislature might offer Boynton Beach some help, but the smart money would be on Boynton’s program ending—and with it local governments’ Great Recession-era money grab.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 07 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityBoca Ballroom Dancers 2015 Announced<p class="Default"><img alt="" height="160" src="/site_media/uploads/boca_ballroom_th-1.jpg" width="160"></p> <p class="Default">Somewhere across our fair city in eight different households, certain individuals are assuming a new interest in this season’s  “Dancing With The Stars.” Eight people find their palms sweating a little, their sleep a little less peaceful, the words fox trot suddenly striking fear into their brave and willing hearts. These are the eight community dancers who will perform this year in Boca’s 2015 Ballroom Battle to benefit the George Snow Scholarship Fund.</p> <p class="Default">And who are these light-footed dauntless souls? Here they are:</p> <h3 class="Default">Brian Altschuler, Executive Director of Human Resources, Boca Raton Regional Hospital</h3> <h3 class="Default">Peg Anderson Greenspon, volunteer extraordinaire</h3> <h3 class="Default">Elias Janetis, founder, MobileHelp</h3> <h3 class="Default">Frank McKinney, real fstate developer and bestselling author</h3> <h3 class="Default">Holly Meehan, photographer, volunteer</h3> <h3 class="Default">Chris Nichols, Founder and CEO, Nichols Wealth Partners</h3> <h3 class="Default">Donna Parlapiano, Senior Vice President, Franchise Operations &amp; Corporate Real Estate, AutoNation, Inc.</h3> <h3 class="Default">Wendy Sadusky, designing housewife</h3> <p>We will be tracking their progress and cheering them on, so watch this space. In the meantime, mark your calendars for the don’t miss event of the year—Boca’s Ballroom Battle— Friday, August 28, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. </p>Marie SpeedMon, 06 Apr 2015 15:44:00 +0000 Week Ahead: April 7 to 13<p>TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/20130410223827-kyle_at_jhs.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Kyle Eastwood Band</strong></p> <p>Where: Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$65</p> <p>Contact: 561/300-0730, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Chalk up another one for Jazziz, which has once again booked an important jazz act that wouldn’t have a proper South Florida venue otherwise. For Eastwood, his last name is a sort of blessing and curse; Clint’s son has seen countless doors in the entertainment industry open as a result of his father’s fame, but at the same time, the challenge of being accepted as his own artist—divorced from his dad’s influence—has taken years. Lord knows he looks remarkably like Clint: His steely eyes could captivate an entire CinemaScope canvas, and his music has made it into eight of his dad’s films, including “Mystic River” and “Million Dollar Baby.” But with every album from his 1998 debut onward, the quick-fingered bassist has come closer to realizing his individual identity. In jazz circles, his heritage has little bearing on his current reputation as one of the best stand-up bassists around. His current tour supports his latest release, “The View From Here,” which pays homage to the eclectic jazz sounds he discovered as a youth. </p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/fed628bf-69b7-49b1-935e-ff267f5aac0f.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of South Beach Comedy Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Multiple venues in South Beach</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: Varies per event</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This staple of springtime laughter on Miami’s trendiest island returns with one of its strongest comedy lineups in years, but it begins as it always does—with a hilarious aperitif from Mad Cat, the experimental Miami theater company. At 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the Fillmore’s intimate “Backstage” venue, Mad Cat will present the world premiere of “Earthquake,” written by company member Jessica Farr. It’s a caustic theater-world satire that explores the compromises and concessions playwrights must make to their new works before they can see the footlights of a Broadway stage. Mad Cat also has its claws in other programs at the festival, including two free showcases of local comedy, at 8 p.m. Thursday and 10:30 p.m. Friday. Other festival highlights include hipster favorite Hannibal Buress (8 p.m. Saturday), the ever astute Patton Oswalt (7:30 p.m. Thursday), and television icon Dave Chappelle for three shows (10 p.m. Thursday, 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday). Visit the festival’s website for a complete breakdown of events.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/b9114194-0ea0-4e19-8aa1-312cd5d19455-460x276.jpeg" width="450"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “White God”</strong></p> <p>Where: Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Theatre, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 4 and 8:15 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6-$9</p> <p>Contact: 561/586-6410, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This Hungarian feature, which its nation submitted for consideration in the 2015 Academy Awards, has been called “haunting” and “extraordinary,” with an m.o. that is both heartbreakingly moving and genuinely disturbing. When a 13-year-old girl, already suffering the trauma of her parents’ divorce, watches as her father abandons her beloved mixed-breed dog on the street, it sets off of a struggle between love and conflict, as the mutt will do anything to reunite with its owner—even if it means amassing every other canine in the dog kingdom in a War of The Species. More “Birds” than “Lassie Come Home,” “White God” has been praised for its handling of rescue dogs as legitimate protagonists; the movie set the world record for the number of dogs (274) used in a film, all of them being mixed-breed shelter dogs. It runs one week only, through April 16.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/wild-belle-interview-debut-album-isles-sibling-duo.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Transatlantic Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: North Beach Park Bandshell, 501 72<sup>nd</sup> St., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15-$20 per day, $27 for two-day pass</p> <p>Contact: 305/672-5202, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For more than 25 years, the Rhythm Foundation has been bringing music from across the globe to South Florida venues, notably in Miami and Hollywood. And one of the highlights of its programming is its annual Transatlantic Festival, which returns for its 13<sup>th</sup> year at underserved North Beach this weekend. The No. 1 attraction here is Wild Belle (pictured), the duo composed of siblings Elliot and Natalie Bergman, which released the lush, sensual, reggae-tinged indie-pop classic “Isles” in 2013. The festival’s other bookings reflect Rhythm Foundation’s intention to bring musical diversity to South Florida audiences, and include the 11-piece Afro-soul group Budos Band, the Parisian-born hip-hop/Latin musician Ana Tijoux, the experimental Colombian dance sextet Puerto Candelaria, and Miami indie sensations My Deer and Bluejay. Stick around both nights for an after-party at nearby Sandbar Lounge. </p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="260" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/delray-affair-food-booths-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Delray Affair</strong></p> <p>Where: Downtown Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/279-0907, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Long before South Floridians had any other reason to stop in the sleepy outpost known as Delray Beach, they still came in droves for the Delray Affair, the prescient art festival that first spread its canvas across Atlantic Avenue in 1962. More than half a century later, it’s still growing strong, it’s still stopping traffic, and it’s still a marathon for organizers, artists and attendees alike: a sprawl of 12 city blocks that proudly bills itself as the largest arts and crafts festival in the southeastern United States. Visitors can expect to view and purchase work by artists and crafters from 30 states and 12 countries, with a special emphasis on the fun and the funky. In addition, the Delray Affair is bringing back last year’s “Art of the Automobile” showcase, featuring a different collection of vintage American, European and “future classic” cars parked each day at Old School Square Park. And launching this month, the Affair’s enhanced mobile app finally brings this middle-aged institution into the 21<sup>st</sup> century, offering color-coded maps and personal event scheduling for easy smart phone navigation.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/free+bring+your+own+mat+yoga+at+peace+love+&amp;+wellness++music+festival.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Midtown Peace, Love and Wellness Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Main Street at Midtown, 4801 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens</p> <p>When: Noon to 4 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/282-4623, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Now in its third year, this afternoon block party celebrates healthy lifestyles in a fun, eclectic atmosphere, while offering an ideal showcase for Midtown’s restaurants and shops for out-of-town visitors. Local music favorites Ketchy Shuby and Hip Abduction will perform, while attendees can enjoy massages, aerial yoga demonstrations and free gentle yoga classes. Dogs are welcome at the “Yappy Hour” at Cantina Loredo, and children’s activities include a Kids Rock ‘n’ Roll Tent, mural painting, face painting and roving characters. Nosh on items from food trucks and Midtown restaurants and visit the dozens of vendors specializing in health, home, fitness, fashion, wellness and beauty products.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/alanedited.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Alan Cumming: Uncut</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $43-$108</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In his 25-plus years in show business, Alan Cumming has emerged as a naughty LGBT icon, a cult figure on stage and screen with enough panache and talent to excel in mediums are varied as network drama (“The Good Wife”), art-house cinema (“Eyes Wide Shut,” “Urbania”) and Shakespearean theater (he tackled “Hamlet”). But this cabaret tour, which arrives just days after the closing of his award-nominated lead performance in Broadway’s “Cabaret,” features Cumming at his most personal and unfiltered. Given his eclectic track record, it’s no surprise that his cabaret act—which features pop songs as well as more eccentric choices—is also something a variety show, with comedy and storytelling woven through the concert. Popular drag performer Dina Martina will open the show.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="279" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/kenny-chesney.jpg" width="372"></p> <p><strong>What: Tortuga Music Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Fort Lauderdale Beach</p> <p>When: 11:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $99-$799</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Can you tell that we’re smack in the heart of spring festival season in South Florida? One of the area’s newest festivals, sandwiched between Ultra and SunFest, is this country-dominated party on the sun-drenched sand of Fort Lauderdale beach, and dedicated audiences have already established it as a top area attraction. With a lineup as impressive as this year’s twangy roundup, it’s easy to see why: Kenny Chesney (pictured), Zac Brown Band, Jake Owen, The Band Perry, Little Big Town, Trace Adkins, Josh Turner, David Nail, Chase Rice, Colt Ford, and this goes on. Groovy classic-rock legends the Doobie Brothers, reggae festival favorites Sublime with Rome and Americana singer-songwriter Will Hoge offer respites from the country-radio dominance. As far as finding a place to park anywhere near the festival’s two stages? Godspeed. We recommend arriving around dawn.</p>John ThomasonMon, 06 Apr 2015 15:40:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsBeautycounter guru coming to Palm Beach<p><img alt="" height="627" src="/site_media/uploads/gregg-our_story-488x680.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>We all have our favorite beauty products and I know my list is always shifting and growing. I remember getting my make-up done at Boyd’s of Madison Avenue on trips to New York back in the day, which started me on Italian cosmetics. I recall hanging out at the Saks counter in Palm Beach on slow drowsy summer days and trying on lipsticks with stir-crazy salesladies. I love Bobbie Brown’s Heather eye shadow, and I am also not averse to slipping into Walgreen’s for a Maybelline fix.</p> <p>But my new favorite line of products is also the healthiest I have ever tried: Beautycounter. Started by Gregg Renfrew and free of all kinds of sketchy chemicals and dyes and toxins, these creams and shadows and lipsticks and make-up are delicious—and safe.   </p> <p>“Like many of you, I'm a wife and mom.” Renfrew says on her web site. “And like many of you, I didn't know what I didn't know. As I applied sunscreen, lotion, and any number of beauty products on myself and my kids, I never thought for a second they might not be safe: After all, I thought, we live in a country that regulates everything. So imagine my surprise when I learned that when it comes to the personal care industry, that's simply not the case. Companies are allowed to use known toxins—ingredients that have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues, hormone disruption—without telling us.”</p> <p>Long story short: Renfrew started her own line of safe beauty products, set up a distribution system of private consultants (up to 4,000 now) and is now another American success story. Renfrew will be here in South Florida to share her story when she comes to the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach, next Monday, April 13 at 7 p.m.</p> <p>Learn how to avoid bad chemicals —and put a little natural beauty in your life. For reservations, contact <span></span> or 5<span>61/827-5926</span> </p> <p> </p>Marie SpeedMon, 06 Apr 2015 12:01:00 +0000 NewsPatio Tapas Debuts in Boca<p><img alt="" height="113" src="/site_media/uploads/patiotapas.jpg" width="200">Big news for small-plates fans: there’s a new tapas bar in Boca Raton whose chef-owner sports a pretty impressive culinary pedigree.</p> <p>He is Bryant Fajardo, a New York native raised in Colombia who’s cheffed in the Los Angeles and Miami kitchens of Jose Andres, a creative force considered by many one of the best chefs in the world. <strong>Patio Tapas &amp; Beer</strong> (205 SE 1st Ave., 561/419-7239) is Fajardo’s restaurant, which takes over the tiny but hugely charming space once home to A Slice of Provence, a Provencal-style pizzeria that closed abruptly late last year.</p> <p>The charm of the place, with its blue-and-white wicker furnishings, fork-and-spoon chandeliers and cute little patio shaded by colorful umbrellas, remains that same. The menu, though, is pure Spanish, with classics like pan con tomate, gambas al ajillo and octopus salad sharing space with more contemporary stylings like tiny pork belly sandwiches with pickled shallots and lemon aioli and crispy chicken thighs with rosemary honey mustard.</p> <p>There’s a small selection of beers and wines, and for dessert—cotton candy! (Which, BTW, you can get with a side of foie gras. . . my kind of dessert.)</p>Bill CitaraMon, 06 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsMiami City Ballet Announces Dynamic Season<p>Miami City Ballet has already announced its 2015-2016 season of performances, and it’s a doozy. This jewel in South Florida’s cultural crown turns 30 this year, and it is celebrating its anniversary with a new landmark: a national tour, where the company’s ballets will be performed to discerning audiences in New York, Chicago and Minneapolis.</p> <p>The tour will be announced later this spring, but our dates have already been set for a slate of company premieres, beloved classics and one localized reimagining. Here is our preview.</p> <p><strong> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/mcb-swanlake.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong>Program I (Oct. 23 to Nov. 15, 2015):</strong></p> <p>Only in a season like this one could a program that includes <strong>“Swan Lake”</strong> be considered the most <em>conservative</em> dance lineup of the year. George Balanchine’s one-act version of the dark Tchaikovsky masterwork—a ballet so postmodern it was practically booed off the stage in its 1877 premiere—will cap a program that also includes Jerome Robbins’ exuberant <strong>“Fancy Free,”</strong> the boisterous 1944 ballet about sailors trying to woo women on shore leave, which went on to inspire the musical “On the Town.” <strong>“Viscera,”</strong> choreographed by the British phenom Liam Scarlett, will be re-staged after premiering at Miami City Ballet in 2012. The work lives up to its title by sensually staging its leotard-clad dancers in such a way as to suggest that “we’re watching organic processes occur inside a body,” according to <em>a New York Times</em> rave of the 2012 debut.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/7005_dg_broward_art_center_ballet_mcb_fl_al1b6681.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Program II (Jan. 8-31, 2016)</strong></p> <p>For 25 years, Danish danseur/choreographer Peter Martins has helmed the standard-bearing programming at New York City Ballet, but none of his own works have been produced by Miami City Ballet—until now. His <strong>“Barber Violin Concerto,” </strong>set to the weeping, sweeping composition by Samuel Barber, will juxtapose classical ballet against the angular movements of modern dance. This program also features the triumphant return of <strong>“In the Upper Room,” </strong>celebrating Twyla Tharp’s 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary as a choreographer. In one of her most demanding and iconic works, set to an equally iconic and hypnotic Philip Glass score, shifting costumes, fog, and lighting changes usher in a dance vocabulary that includes ballet, tap dance, boxing, yoga and sprinting. Finally, the program will continue to explore the endless Balanchine oeuvre with <strong>“La Source,” </strong>a classical work inspired by 19<sup>th</sup> century French ballet elegance.</p> <p><img alt="" height="336" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/sunset.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>Program III (Feb. 12-28, 2016):</strong></p> <p>Justin Peck, one of the hottest young choreographers to enter companies’ repertories in recent years, choreographs the most anticipated ballet of Program III. Enjoying its Miami City Ballet premiere, <strong>“Year of the Rabbit”</strong> takes its score from an unlikely source: the pop composer and indie-music darling Sufjan Stevens, whose 2002 instrumental album “Enjoy the Rabbit,” inspired by the Chinese Zodiac, prompted Peck to choreograph his own interpretation of the astrological symbols. Stevens’ music will set the tone for Peck’s unorthodox movements, featuring 18 dancers and showcasing his 12-member corps de ballet far more than most choreographers. Another MCB premiere, Paul Taylor’s <strong>“Sunset,”</strong> plays like the haunting flipside to the shore-leave ebullience of the season’s earlier “Fancy Free,” addressing soldiers’ separations from their love ones on the home front. The season’s final program, the sly <strong>“Bourree Fantasque,” </strong>finds Balanchine melding Russian dance, the tango and the can-can into his dynamic American formula. </p> <p><strong>Program IV (March 18 to April 10):</strong></p> <p>Every program in this upcoming season promises fireworks, but this is the one we’ve all been waiting for—because it’s homegrown in the best way possible. Miami City Ballet will reimagine Balanchine’s full-evening ballet<strong> “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,”</strong> discovering new avenues to explore in Shakespeare’s timeless comedy of fairies, amateur actors and a sparkling marriage. In a statement, Lourdes Lopez calls Balanchine’s ballet, set to the music of Felix Mendelssohn, “perhaps the most brilliant narrative ballet of the 20th century,” and it will look both fresh and hyper-local in MCB’s hands. Two international artists with Miami ties will help to stage “Midsummer” as a reflection of South Florida: Costume and set designer Michele Oka Doner, and playwright/director Tarell Alvin McCraney, the latter known to GableStage audiences for his inventive “edits” of Shakespeare works like “Hamlet” and “Antony and Cleopatra.”</p> <p>As for the cherry on top, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” featured a leading performance from future MCB founder Edward Villella when it premiered in New York in 1962, making this production both nostalgic and progressive—a fitting conclusion to its 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary season.</p> <p><em>Season subscriptions are available now. For more information about Miami City Ballet, and to purchase tickets, visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 03 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0000 & EventsUpcoming EventsMax Does Passover<p><img alt="" height="133" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/passover-usa.jpg" width="200">If you haven’t made plans for your Passover dinner, <strong>Max’s Grille</strong> (404 Plaza Real, 561/368-0080) wants to tempt you with theirs.<br><br>Dennis Max’s iconic Mizner Park eatery is offering a $32 prix fixe, three-course menu today and tomorrow from 5 to 11 p.m. Among the choices are starters like chicken vegetable and rice soup or apple-walnut salad, and entrees like half a Murray’s roasted chicken with herb-roasted new potatoes, slow-cooked beef brisket and herb-baked salmon with horseradish-dill sauce. Choose either lemon-almond macaroons or flourless chocolate cake for dessert.<br><br>Best of all: no dishes to wash.<br><br></p>Bill CitaraFri, 03 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsFashion Forward: New Outlet Stores, a Fashion Show and More<p><img alt="" height="259" src="/site_media/uploads/flavors_fashion.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Flavors and Fashions</strong></p> <p>On Thursday April 2, food and fashion are coming together at the Palm Beach Outlets (<em>751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach</em>). Enjoy a feast of delicious bites from some of the best restaurants in Palm Beach County. Then watch models strut the runway in this year's latest styles and fashion trends. Stay after the show for a live band, prizes and giveaways. Tickets for the event are $30 until March 31, and $40 after, with proceeds benefitting Racing to the Rescue. Purchase your tickets <a href=";SESSION=z00nuUdKJ413NaMAGB2JTTSp-1LUpa_HJqlhwZTjaiIJ9lnBht2sphihDA8&amp;dispatch=50a222a57771920b6a3d7b606239e4d529b525e0b7e69bf0224adecfb0124e9b61f737ba21b081984ae437d023107361d4fe9244fda54de7" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Makeup Artist Event</strong></p> <p>Nationally renowned Yves Saint Laurent makeup artist Pamela Morgan will be making a personal appearance at Neiman Marcus in Town Center at Boca Raton on April 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. She will share tips and tricks on how you transform your makeup look and offer personal advice on product recommendations.</p> <p><strong>New Colonnade Outlets Store</strong></p> <p>Zadig &amp; Voltaire is coming soon to the Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills. The French ready-to-wear retailer offers casually refined items with a rock 'n' roll attitude. This will be the store’s first outlet in Florida. </p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 03 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsStaff Picks: breakfast spots + caring hearts<p><strong>Bob's Bunz</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/bobsbunz.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Karen Jacaruso, Account Executive</em></p> <p>“Heading down to the keys? Gotta stop for breakfast at Bobs Bunz in Islamorada. Everything is homemade, right down to small bakery that houses their key lime muffins. It's a small joint that usually has a line and a "sit wherever you like" mentality. You can't leave without trying their bread pudding French toast (it's serious!).... Oh, and just try getting past the bakery as you're leaving. Ask any local what's the best place for breakfast -- Bobs Bunz!”</p> <p>81620 Overseas Highway, Islamorada // <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Boca Breakfast &amp; Lunch Club at Royal Palm Place</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/bocabreakfastclub.jpg" width="450"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Meshi Shoshona, Events + Sales Coordinator</em></p> <p>“My friends and I went to brunch early Sunday morning. The place isn’t that big and doesn’t accept reservations over the phone, so it gets pretty crowded. Once we were seated we got a nice table outside and the weather was perfect. I got a healthy egg white omelette with tomatoes. The staff was very accommodating and would always make sure that everything was ok. I would definitely go back there because it is a place where you can just sit and relax and enjoy a traditional breakfast.” </p> <p>171 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton // 561/362-0018</p> <p><strong>Lap of Love</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/lapoflove.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“It’s the service you do not want to use, but it’s one that can make the heartbreak of euthanizing your pet a tiny bit more bearable. You make an appointment, the vet comes to your home and, together, you lovingly help your pet make the transition, as people like to say. It is respectful, warm and dignified—and these people know what you are going through.”</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <center><em><a href="/blog/tag/staff-picks" target="_blank">For more staff picks, click here.</a></em></center><center><em><br></em></center>magazineFri, 03 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000;s comes to downtown Delray and other updates<h3><img alt="" height="148" src="/site_media/uploads/logo.png" width="202"></h3> <h3>Farm to downtown</h3> <p>Downtown Delray Beach has plenty of entertainment amenities, but lacks one basic element: a food market. That should change in the fall.</p> <p>Bedner’s, the popular “farm-to-fork” market/mini-agriculture theme park along U.S. 441 west of Boynton Beach, is expanding to downtown Delray. Operations Manager Marie Bedner says the company will lease a 3,000-square-foot former warehouse at the other end of the block from Third and Third Restaurant, so named because it’s at Northeast Third Street and Northeast Third Avenue in the Artists Alley neighborhood. Design is underway, and Bedner says the plan is to open in November, to take full advantage of high season.</p> <p>Why now? For that best of reasons: demand. Why Delray? That’s where the demand is highest.</p> <p>“It’s driven by our customers,” Bedner says. “They come out here and say to us, ‘This is like going to Belle Glade.’ ” Bedner’s Fresh Farm Market is about 12 miles west on Atlantic Avenue and north on 441 from where the new market will serve all those downtown Delray residents and perhaps more on the coast who don’t know Bedner’s.</p> <p>The current market has been open for five years. Of course, calling Bedner’s a market is like calling Sawgrass Mills a mall. The list of what Bedner’s doesn’t sell might be shorter than what it does sell: peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, broccoli, strawberries -- for which there’s even a you-pick season – and much more.</p> <p>Bedner’s popularity, though, stems from the quality of its produce. It comes from the 80 acres near the market and from other farms nearby and north into Martin County, where the company has 200 acres. When the Florida growing season ends – “sometimes it goes through April,” Bedner says, “depending on Mother Nature” -- the company arranges with growers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and elsewhere to import products “of the same quality.”</p> <p>Beyond vegetables, fruit and any number of items to make dining great, Bedner’s sells homemade ice cream, runs a petting zoo, offers hay rides – my grandchildren have had one -- and hosts craft shows. Bedner says the company also encourages school field trips, to show children that food doesn’t come from a grocery store and to encourage diets that stress fresh food, to reduce the rate of childhood obesity.</p> <p>Delray Beach tried to get a downtown market for what is now the Arts Garage space. There’s a Publix northeast of Artists Alley on Federal Highway, but the appeal of Bedner’s is that it will be walkable for people living and working right downtown.</p> <p>The move—and the success of Bedner’s—is another reminder of how important it is for Palm Beach County protect the coastal farming area that is the Agricultural Reserve Area. Bedner says the company was “on both sides of the debate” last week before the county commission. Homes bring customers, but too many homes can make it hard to farm. Bedner says the company also faces competition from Mexico’s “dumping” of cheap produce.</p> <p>Imports, though, don’t have the quality that Bedner’s offers. Fortunately, this area has enough customers who want that quality, in all forms. Bedner says Delray Beach has a “big juicing crowd, and we cater to them.” Very soon, that quality will be much closer.</p> <h3>Police vote next week</h3> <p>I have reported that the Fraternal Order of Police has yet to ratify the proposed contract with Boca Raton. The International Association of Firefighters has ratified its contract. The old ones expired last Sept. 30, the end of the city’s fiscal year.</p> <p>A Fraternal Order of Police representative told me this week that a ratification vote has been scheduled for next Tuesday and Thursday. Presumably, if the union approves the contract, it would go to the city council for approval along with the fire contract.</p> <p>Still, the projected pension savings over 30 years from the contracts is roughly $7 million less than the firefighters union advertised last December when the deals were struck. The union estimated the savings at $100 million. Instead, they are $92.8 million.</p> <h3>Bipartisan miracle?</h3> <p>Something incredible happened last week. The U.S. House of Representatives governed. Even better, the House governed in a bipartisan way, and on an issue that is a big one in South Florida.</p> <p>That issue is Medicare payments to doctors and other providers. Seventeen times since 2002, Congress had enacted stopgap measures to avoid big cuts in payment rates, known in Congress as the “sustainable growth rate.” A 21 percent cut is supposed to hit this month.</p> <p>This time, though, the House passed a 10-year plan. The vote was 392-37. The entire Florida delegation—17 Republicans and 10 Democrats—voted yes.The Senate is expected to pass it after the Easter/Passover recess, in time to take effect before the actual checks go out and thus effectively meeting the April 1 deadline.</p> <p>Both parties compromised. Republicans signed off even though the plan is only one-third paid for, so the legislation would increase the deficit. Democrats went along even though the plan will raise costs for some seniors through deductibles on Medigap policies and more means-testing. But Republicans got to claim that they did entitlement reform—a party priority—and Democrats got the Children’s Health Insurance Program financed for two years—a party priority.</p> <p>Republicans didn’t say that the plan builds on a key portion of the Affordable Care Act. One of the lesser-known goals of the law is to base Medicare payments more on outcomes, not just services. The law seeks more accountability in health care spending overall, but Medicare is especially important because it’s the main cause of long-term budget deficits.</p> <p>Boca Raton Regional Hospital seems to agree with that approach. I got this statement on the legislation from Chief Medical Officer Charles Posternack:</p> <p>“In our opinion, it’s beneficial to us. It scraps the old formula and replaces it with value-based reimbursement, which is, in essence, getting paid for what you do well, not just what you do. Given our quality measurements, this will separate Boca Regional from other provides that are less able to match our level of quality care.”</p> <p>And just this once, Congress did something well. The legislation is imperfect; for one thing, it includes payments to Oregon school districts that have lost money from logging permits. Given the recent level of dysfunction in Congress, though, doing well looks almost perfect.</p> <h3>Come on down trips</h3> <p>Gov. Rick Scott will travel to California this month as part of his continued trips to states with Democratic governors and higher taxes. Scott’s pitch is that companies in those states should move to Florida, where business conditions are better and jobs are growing.</p> <p>According to Wells Fargo, though, “Strong payroll gains” are California’s “new norm.” While California’s unemployment rate of 6.7 percent is about a percentage point higher than Florida’s, the state added nearly 30,000 jobs in February.</p> <p>Scott surely will contrast California’s state income tax rate, which in 2013 went to 10.3 percent for incomes of $250,000 and 13.3 percent for incomes of $1 million and higher. Florida has no state income tax.</p> <p>But most employees don’t make nearly that much. Also, multiple studies show that taxes often don’t figure prominently in a company’s decision. Staples, for example, would keep its headquarters in what some derisively call “Taxachusetts” if federal regulators allow the company to merge with Boca Raton-based Office Depot.</p> <p>Scott would do better to stay in Tallahassee and urge the Legislature to give Florida a top-tier university system and the nation’s most skilled workforce. Achieving both goals would be a nice new normal for Florida.</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><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 02 Apr 2015 09:01:00 +0000 WatchCommunityBoca’s Poshest Playgrounds<p>I thought my family and I were spoiled with the parks available to us when we lived in New York City. Boy, was I wrong.</p> <p>Central Park and Hudson River Park are great and two of my all time favorites! But Boca Raton parks are beyond beautiful, plentiful and pristine, and most even have pretty posh playgrounds to boot! Here’s the Boca Mom Talk on my favorite outdoor playground options around Boca Raton.</p> <p><a href="">Spanish River Park</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/spanish_river.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>If you’re a Boca resident, all you have to do is purchase an <a href="">annual beach permit</a> for $55, and parking is covered for the next year at any of Boca’s beach adjacent parks. It is a deal that I’ve found few parents know about, especially newer residents.</p> <p>The playground at Spanish River is one of my favorites. It’s perfect for the toddler set because of the built-in shade, soft “recycled tire” ground cover (in case your little one takes a tumble) and access to the beach post-playground session. It is a must if you have a child under 3. The equipment is quality and there are plenty of picnic tables available for kids to pause during playtime and have a drink and snack. <em>(3001 Nathan Lester Highway 1, Boca Raton)</em></p> <p><a href="">Patch Reef Park</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/patch_reef.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Patch Reef Park is the ultimate local recreation paradise with tennis courts, classes and a fitness trail available for residents and their children. But the <em>Pirate Playground</em> is the real draw in my opinion. In addition to the pirate theme, it has soft ground cover a la Spanish River Park along with water features for your Boca kids to keep cool in the hot, South Florida sun. No boy under 10 can resist Pirate’s Cove at this posh playground! <em>(2000 Yamato Road, Boca Raton)</em></p> <p><a href="">Sugar Sand Park</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/sugarsands.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Sugar Sand Park rounds out the top three in this Boca mom’s play(ground) book, as it’s the only park in Boca Raton with a science-oriented playground AND a carousel. Kids love carousels, trust me. This playground also contains water features and plenty of shade and is a ton of fun for toddlers and older kids alike. <em>(300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton)</em></p> <p>Do you have a favorite park that wasn’t included in this edition of Boca Mom Talk? Comment below!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><a href="/blog/tag/boca-mom-talk/" target="_blank">For more from Boca Mom Talk, click here.</a></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em><strong></strong>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of <a href="" target="_blank"></a><strong>, </strong>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for both mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Michelle Olson-RogersThu, 02 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0000 Review: &quot;Imaging Eden&quot; at the Norton<p>The subtitle of the Norton Museum’s new exhibition “Imaging Eden” reads “Photographers Discover the Everglades.” <em>Discover?</em> Really? Hadn’t this natural wonder of the world, which spreads across two-thirds of Florida and dates back 15,000 years, been pretty well discovered long before the invention of photography?</p> <p>Actually, no. In fact, the Everglades were not been systematically imaged until well into the 20<sup>th</sup> century, according to Norton Photography Curator Tim Wride. Which means that this verdant phantasmagoria of native flora and fauna lived mostly in imaginations and recollections, not all of them accurate. Wride calls the Everglades “one of the most misunderstood landscapes in the nation,” a theory he hopes to rectify with “Imaging Eden.” The exhibition’s purpose is twofold: To showcase Everglades imagery of the last century and to challenge photographers of this century to re-imagine the River of Glass.</p> <p><img alt="" height="568" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/2000.21-utcher.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The first part of the exhibit surveys existing Everglades photos dating back to 1898, most of them shot in evocative black-and-white, even after color printing became commonplace. Back in the ‘50s, Mary Peck shot the Everglades as both a desolate coastline and an endless tangle of plant life—widescreen panoramas that serve as fragments of a vast ecosystem, each image the equivalent of a hair on the pimple of an elephant. Clyde Butcher saw beauty in the skies above the River of Grass, focusing on anthropomorphized clouds on moonlit nights, and Eliot Porter captured the ‘Glades in a micro sense: extreme close-ups of fig roots and saw palmetto, egrets and herons.</p> <p><img alt="" height="515" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/porter-e1426702126782.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Daring to shoot this timeless world in color, Porter’s “Cypress Slough and Mist” appears positively otherworldly, an alien forest tinted with a medical green. For her contribution, Marion Post Wolcott focused not on the place itself but its human inhabitants—namely the migrant workers living in squalor—thus assigning class-consciousness to her documentary reportage.</p> <p>These are the standard-bearers of Everglades images, the ones who laid the groundwork for the mental vista that springs forward when we hear the word “Everglades.” But the deeper you wade into “Imaging Eden,” the more wild and unpredictable the place, and its interpreters, become. The show’s final gallery is also its most exciting, composed of recent Everglades photography, including the work of four photographers commissioned by Wride to film the ‘Glades in a new way.</p> <p>Jerry Burchfield’s camera-less “photography” is the most unique and formally daring. He placed specimens from the River of Grass on light-sensitive paper and left them out in the sun, where the chemical reaction created sepia-like images of saw palmetto, slash pines and more. His poison ivy image is the most chilling, because, through Burchfield’s process, the ivy looks very much like a cancer invading an otherwise healthy species.</p> <p>Other photographers took a more photojournalistic approach. Adam Nadel brings us “backstage” Everglades National Park by revealing the control rooms, pumps, and perfectly grizzled pump station operators whose efforts continue to breathe life into the River. Bryan Wilson’s photos, textiles, documents and other ephemera reflect on the time he embedded himself with the “Swamp Apes,” a group of ex-military men who volunteer their time to protect the Everglades, especially from its invasive python epidemic. And James Balog’s works draw their effectiveness from their size: His hyperreal, large-scale photographs of brown pelicans, turtles and Florida panthers are inescapable reminders of species we risk losing, should overdevelopment continue.</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/balog.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Still other artists take more experimental approaches. Gerald Slota’s “Second and Third Seminole Wars” is a staggering, perplexing multimedia work—a wall-sized assemblage of collages within collages that includes gun barrels and tribal faces, some of them with eyes removed. I’ve rarely been so disturbed by a work I didn’t fully understand. The exhibition winds down with Jim Goldberg and Jordan Stein’s eclectic installation, titled simply “Everglades,” which includes time-lapse photography, an inscribed blade lodged in cinderblock and even a canoe suspended upside-down from the ceiling.</p> <p>Not surprisingly, most of the artists hail from the U.S., but not all of them brought new approaches to Everglades photography. Lisa Elmaleh’s black-and-white Everglades images, processed using 19<sup>th</sup> century technology, too obviously recall the work of Walker Evans and Ansel Adams; her work is so influenced by others that it seems superfluous next to the pioneering ‘Glades photography in the next room.</p> <p>My favorite images in the show were the works contributed by artists outside the country, who, perhaps by their nature as foreigners, were able to see a region we take for granted as a truly exotic, mystical place. These include Dara Levy’s video of the Everglades at night—with rain spattering the foliage in trippy slow-motion, and blue and red light showering new mystery on the nocturnal wetlands—and especially Jungjin Lee’s Everglades series. Her shots are black-and-white too, but in a new way—the images are filmy, painterly and almost out-of-focus, with the artist taking inspiration from the views of birds and snakes. She centers one image on a poetically crooked tree, another on a single godlike cloud, another on a precise pattern of trees.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/sf-west-palm-imaging-eden-everglades-norton-ph-005.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Each image has a beautiful simplicity to it, lacking the busy, teeming tangle of life that many Everglades photographers before her have captured. It’s still the Everglades, just a little more peaceful and Zen. It is a genuine act of discovery.</p> <p><em>"Imaging Eden" runs through July 12 at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Admission costs $5-$12. For information, call 561/832-5196 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 01 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0000 & EventsLocal Hospital Uses Robotics to Treat Arthritic Knees<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>West Boca Medical Center</strong> is the first hospital from Jupiter to Fort Lauderdale to offer partial knee and total hip replacement using a surgical approach called Makoplasty. The surgery involves a surgeon-controlled robotic arm, aimed at enhancing the procedure’s accuracy. Patients also benefit with shorter hospital stays and faster recovery times.</p> <p>The robotic arm is equipped with surgical instruments and a virtual visualization system. This system creates a 3D view of the patient’s bone surface during a procedure and correlates that image to a pre-programmed surgical plan.</p> <p>I asked orthopedic surgeon Dr. Marc Golden to tell <em>Fit Life</em> readers more about Makoplasty. Golden, who practices in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, is one of the few doctors in South Florida trained in the procedure. Here, he talks about Makoplasty for the knee--an option for many people with early to mid-stage knee osteoarthritis.</p> <p><img alt="" height="465" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/dr._marc_golden.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong><em>Boca Mag:</em></strong><em> Describe the Makoplasty procedure.</em></p> <p><strong>Marc Golden:</strong> The Makoplasty procedure for knee arthritis utilizes robotic arm technology to precisely resurface only the diseased area of the knee. This new technology allows for a level of accuracy and reproducibility that is unobtainable with conventional joint replacement procedures. The major advantage is a result of a less invasive procedure, with only the resurfacing of the arthritic portion of the knee. [The approach preserves] cartilage, bone and ligaments. This results in a rapid recovery and a more natural feeling knee. There is significant improvement with physical function, increased range of motion, decreased pain, stiffness and rehabilitation. Most patients are ambulating without assistance by two weeks.     </p> <p>… this new technology integrates the accuracy of the robot with intelligent surgical instruments, allowing [us] to treat each patient uniquely and with precision. The final result is an excellent outcome and a thrilled patient, who now can regain their life and level of activity that they desire. </p> <p><strong><em>BM:</em></strong><em> Are all patients with arthritis candidates for this procedure? </em></p> <p><strong>MG:</strong> Patients who have degenerative arthritis that is primarily localized to one region of the knee are excellent candidates for the Makoplasty procedure. If the arthritic condition is diffuse and throughout the entire knee, then conventional total joint replacement surgery is the best option. The percentage of patients with knee arthritis that can benefit from this new technology is greater than fifty percent.</p> <p><strong><em>BM:</em></strong><em> How were you trained in this procedure? </em></p> <p><strong>MG:</strong> I have been practicing orthopaedic surgery in Boca Raton and Delray Beach for 24 years, after completing my residency and fellowship training in knee reconstruction. I have performed conventional total joint replacement surgery throughout my career. To gain appropriate skills for robotic technology, I performed simulated surgery on cadaver specimens, attended educational courses and operated with surgeons previously trained in the procedure.</p> <p><strong><em>BM:</em></strong><em> What results are you finding with your patients? </em></p> <p><strong>MG:</strong> The results with the Makoplasty procedure are quite dramatic. Patients are routinely in the hospital for a one or two night stay, compared to three nights [after the traditional approach]. There is a significant decrease in pain medication required, as well as a rapid return to ambulation, progressing to normal function and return to sport activities.  </p> <p><strong><em>BM:</em></strong><em> Does this procedure take the place of total joint replacement or do patients require additional surgery in the future? </em></p> <p><strong>MG</strong>: The robotic arm-assisted technology creates a precise placement of the resurfaced components in only the diseased portion of the joint, resulting in a knee that feels and functions naturally.  If the components are not perfectly aligned, then they tend to wear out faster resulting in the need for a second surgery.</p> <p>For more on Makoplasty, go online to <a href="">West Boca Medical Center</a> or call 866/904-9262. </p>Lisette HiltonWed, 01 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautySavoring an event and a town that does it right<p><img alt="" height="727" src="/site_media/uploads/11050823_10152849662022695_2543315322553826377_n.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Last night was our seventh annual Savor the Avenue in Delray Beach —and it was spectacular—1,200 people at a five-block long dining table sampling food from Delray’s best restaurants. The weather was cool and spring-like and sparkling, and the tables were decorated to the nines. There was music, there was wine, there were new friends and old friends—all sharing a dinner that drifted into twilight, then that deep blue darkness that always comes up at the beach.</p> <p>Most people didn’t know that $3 of each reservation was donated to Delray’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading, to assist in funding books and tutoring programs. (More 45 percent of the children in Delray Beach do not read on a grade level in third grade.) Maybe they didn’t know how hard all the people worked behind the scenes, the DDA stars, the <em>Delray</em> magazine staff, all the city workers. Not to mention the chefs, who outdid themselves. I got to have dinner at 50 Ocean, which went all out decorating its tables, then fed us like we were the sultans of Brunei—lobster, a steaming seafood pot of clams and mussels and crab legs and shrimp, a shrimp pot pie, a “truffle garden” for dessert. Chef Blake Malatesta came out to say hello afterward (he got hearty applause) and when we told him he had gone overboard, he said he wouldn’t have considered doing anything less.</p> <p>That’s the spirit of this event. You want to put the world’s longest dining table down the center of Atlantic Avenue? With 19 different restaurants? 1,200 diners? Hand-crafted cocktails? No problem. You want to have a champagne toast from the top of a cherry picker? Check. You want music and fine wines and gourmet dining? Easy.</p> <p>That’s what makes Delray a great town. It doesn’t know it can’t do these things; it just does them.</p> <p>Thanks to all for another great event.</p>Marie SpeedTue, 31 Mar 2015 10:45:00 +0000 BeachFAU Plays Legislative Waiting Game<p><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/fau.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The Florida House and Senate are billions apart on their budget halfway through the legislative session, which could be bad for Florida Atlantic University.</p> <p>FAU’s latest big deal is a biotech-oriented program with Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute at the Jupiter campus that also is home to the two research facilities. Before the Legislature is a request from FAU for $29 million that would finance a building on the Jupiter campus. Though FAU President John Kelly announced the program a day before the Legislature convened on March 3, FAU had submitted the request last October to the Florida Board of Governors. The board oversees the State University System, and each year decides which construction priorities will go to the Legislature.</p> <p>According to FAU, the university is recruiting the first students for the program based on enrollment in the fall of 2016. Being able to tell those students that FAU has secured money for the building would seem to be a recruiting tool. A spokesman, though, says FAU intends to proceed no matter what happens in Tallahassee.</p> <p>“The building is just one component of a growing campus,” the university said in a statement responding to my questions. FAU counts 1,500 students in Jupiter. “At our current rate of expansion, we will soon fully occupy both of our current research buildings. ... Of course, this new venture will quickly and significantly increased the student population on our Jupiter campus. Naturally, the new facility will allow us to better accommodate increased activities in Jupiter while providing our students with a new state-of-the-art research and training facility.”</p> <p>You can presume that this money is what Kelly had in mind when he said FAU needs “speeded-up” money from Tallahassee, not new money. The $29 million is a capital budget request, but the university also wants additional operating money “to accelerate the implementation of this new collaboration.” FAU would use the money to hire graduate assistants and tech staffers.</p> <p>Though Florida’s economy continues to improve – more about that later in this post – the budget differences between the House and Senate are profound, and the jockeying could affect every request for money.</p> <p>The difference is over health care. The Senate has included $2.8 billion for expansion of Medicare, though Republican leaders would call it something other than expansion of Medicare, given the enduring politics over the federal health care law. The Senate has included another $2 billion for extension of the Low Income Pool that provides health coverage to the working poor. The House has included neither item in its budget, meaning that the two chambers are roughly $5 billion apart.</p> <p>Since the Low Income Pool money is for the same people whom Medicaid expansion would cover, the Senate’s budget is both redundant and optimistic. The Low Income Pool money is set to expire, because the assumption by the Obama administration has been that since the federal government is offering to pay 100 percent for the first three years and 90 percent after that, by now all states would have expanded Medicare. Florida has not, and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, says he remains opposed.</p> <p>Even the hardest positions change, however, and Republican-friendly business groups are pushing hard for Medicaid expansion – also without calling it Medicaid expansion. So lots of money could get moved around. Though FAU’s building is a capital budget item – from the fund for university construction projects – legislators see one big pot of money.</p> <p>Regardless of how the budget battle comes out, FAU said in its statement that “the university will move forward with the (Scripps-Max Planck) program, though the timeline may vary accordingly.” Given Kelly’s well-known impatience, he would dislike any variance in the timeline, which means that the pressure is on FAU’s lobbyists and the Palm Beach County legislative delegation.</p> <p>******</p> <p>Last week, I reported on the Board of Governors’ two appointments to the FAU Board of Trustees. There are 13 trustees, six appointed by the governor and five appointed by the Board of Governors. The two other spots go to the presidents of the Faculty Senate and student government, who are Ronald Nyhan and Michael Cepeda.</p> <p>At the most racially and ethnically diverse of Florida’s public universities, there is just one woman among the 11 appointed trustees and no African-Americans or Hispanics.</p> <p>*******</p> <p>Boca Raton has pushed back the date of a very important public meeting.</p> <p>The topic is the city’s Interim Design Guidelines for downtown projects. The Mark was the first project approved under the guidelines, and there is general agreement among city council members and residents that the guidelines did not produce the sort of stylish, compatible look that was envisioned when the city adopted the guidelines. The Mark itself is separate from the coming Hyatt Place Hotel, on the same property. Most people are pleased with the hotel design.</p> <p>A workshop had been scheduled for Thursday at the Boca Raton Community Center. Instead, it will be held on April 29 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the council chambers.</p> <p>******</p> <p>When I reported last week on the projected savings to Boca Raton from the city’s proposed pension deals with the police and fire unions, I said the police contract ends the use of overtime in calculating pension benefits. In fact, that applies only to new hires.</p> <p>That could be one reason why the savings over 30 years from the police contract are estimated at roughly $43.8 million compared to about $49 million for the firefighters contract. No firefighter is allowed to use overtime toward his or her pension benefits.</p> <p>******</p> <p>A neighborhood parking problem has gotten really bad when the neighbors are willing to pay if that will help to make things better.</p> <p>At tonight’s meeting, the Delray Beach City Commission likely will approve a plan for permit parking in the Marina Historic District, bordered by East Atlantic Avenue, the Intracoastal Waterway, Southeast Third Street and Northeast Seventh Avenue. As the name implies, it is the area clustered around the city-owned marina, which allows people to live on their boats.</p> <p>The city has offered a parking permit program for marina users since 2013. Because of the marina and all the nightlife on East Atlantic, street parking through the area is rampant, so residents of the Marina Historic District want their program. The memo from City Manager Don Cooper, who recommends approval, notes the “various challenges the neighborhood has experienced.” City Commissioner Shelly Petrolia puts it less delicately: “Drunken customers staggering loud and obnoxious to cars at 1 a.m. is enough to be considered a problem by anyone’s definition.”</p> <p>Residents could pay $60 a year for one permanent permit and another that would be transferrable from one vehicle to another. Other permits, aimed at short-term renters, would last for up to 13 weeks. Marina residents could buy their own passes.</p> <p>The program, however it may help, is more evidence that Delray Beach is far from a citywide plan for parking.</p> <p>******</p> <p>Recent economic reports about Florida contain information both optimistic and interesting.</p> <p>The state added almost 20,000 jobs in February, and for three years employment growth has been roughly 50 percent above the national average. The improvement has touched all major industries, especially construction. In addition to the usual residential and the typical commercial projects, Wells Fargo reports an increase in heavy construction, meaning industrial and infrastructure. Florida could use a statewide program on roads and bridges, but airport and seaport expansion remains strong.</p> <p>Construction hiring is up 9 percent from a year ago, but it amounts to just 5.2 percent of Florida’s job base. That’s down from a historic average of 6.5 percent. It hit 8.7 percent during the real estate bubble, but that number was artificially high, since so many houses were being built to flip, not to live in.</p> <p>Interestingly, Wells Fargo reports that Brazil has supplanted Canada as Florida’s largest trading partner. Also interestingly, hiring in hotel and motel employment has lagged even as it steams along in other parts of the hospitality and leisure industry. Researchers speculate that it’s the effect of websites like Airbnb. Tourists are coming and spending money, but not all are staying in hotels.</p> <p>Finally, there are warnings of a labor shortage for skilled construction subcontractors. If that’s true, even with construction not in high gear, it’s an issue for educators and business groups.</p> <p>******</p> <p>At my Camino Lakes neighborhood picnic Saturday afternoon, the Boca Raton City Council could have held a meeting in the sunshine, even if it wouldn’t have met the strict Sunshine Law standard for public meetings.</p> <p>Mayor Susan Haynie attended, as did council members Scott Singer and Robert Weinroth. Jeremy Rodgers came, and he doesn’t take office until today. I mention this because almost all of them had been at other gatherings on what for most in Boca was a day off. For local elected officials who take their job seriously, though, there aren’t many days off, even if those officials technically are classified as part-timers.</p> <p>You can disagree with how council members or commissioners vote, but you must respect those who get out in the community and put in the time to read all the reports and attend all the meetings. With the mayor making $9,000 and the council members $7,200, no one runs for the city council to get rich.</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><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 31 Mar 2015 07:09:00 +0000 WatchCommunityNewsOpinionsBrunching and Lunching on Easter Sunday<p><img alt="" height="252" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/easter-bunny-1.jpg" width="200"></p> <p>Take the day (that would be Sunday, April 5) off from cooking and let these local restaurants do all the work for you...</p> <p><strong>The Addison </strong>(<em>2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 561/372-0568</em>) is offering an extensive prix fixe brunch on Sunday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Along with unlimited mimosas and bellinis will be assorted pastries; a raw bar; made-to-order omelet station; ham, turkey and beef carving stations; and an array of desserts. Cost is $89.95 for adults and $49.99 for kiddies age 12 and under.</p> <p>Boca’s <strong>Waterstone Resort</strong> (<em>999 E. Camino Real, 561/368-9500</em>) is doing brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For $69 for adults and $30 for children you’ll get complimentary mimosas and champagne, plus all manner of breakfast dishes (including omelets and blinzes); salmon, lamb chops and ham; a salad and bread station; and lots of desserts.</p> <p>At <strong>Atlantic Grille</strong> (<em>1000 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/665-4900</em>) at the Seagate Hotel in downtown Delray they’ll be dishing up their regular brunch and dinner menus, along with several specials. Think apricot and ginger-glazed ham, grilled sea bass with couscous salad and spinach, strawberry and warm goat cheese salad. Live entertainment from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. too.</p> <p>For something a little different, try brunch at <strong>Cabo Flats</strong> (<em>14851 Lyons Rd., 561/499-0378</em>)  in the Delray Marketplace. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can wash down unlimited mimosas and bloody marys and nosh on a la carte dishes ranging from french toast stuffed with mascarpone and bananas to huevos rancheros to eggs and omelets cooked any way you like.</p> <p>Further north, at <strong>Spoto’s Oyster Bar</strong> (<em>4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/776-9448</em>) both lunch/brunch and dinner are on the Easter menu. A la carte specials include lobster and brie omelets and crabcakes Benedict, while dinner dishes include herb-crusted lamb with mushroom risotto. Fresh cold-water oysters too.</p> <p><strong>3800 Ocean</strong> (<em>3800 N. Ocean Dr., 561/340-1795</em>) at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort is going all out with prix fixe breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. The breakfast buffet runs from 8 to 11 a.m. and costs $28 for adults and $14 for kids. Lunch/brunch is from noon to 3 p.m. and will set you back $55 for adults and $16 for the little ones. And dinner is served from 5 to 10 p.m. for $65 for adults and $18 for children under 12.</p> <p>And for a healthy alternative, check out <strong>Farmer's Table</strong>, which will be hosting a Sunday brunch as well. Call 561/417-5836 for more info.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 31 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsThe Week Ahead: March 31 to April 6<p>TUESDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/critchley.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Jay Critchley</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU’s Performing Arts Building, room 101</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.<br> Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/297-2661, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For provocative Massachusetts-based artist Jay Critchley, the world is his canvas. Pre-demolition roadside motels, septic tanks, the Provincetown Harbor and his own backyard are just a few of the venues that provided fodder for his site-specific artworks, most of them addressing urgent environmental concerns, from nuclear power to the car culture to the mass production (and then mass waste) of Christmas trees. His art often includes fake or repurposed corporate stickers, pamphlets, postcards and magazines promoting invented corporations, and his latest artistic mission targets Florida’s own controversial governor: Following Gov. Scott’s refusal to allow the state’s Department of Environmental Protection to use the term “climate change,” Critchley has launched a petition to have the phrase changed to “Mobil warming.” He will surely discuss this effort and more at his special FAU lecture, title “Don’t Be Crude: Art and the Energy Grid,” a year in advance of a full Critchley exhibition at FAU’s University Galleries.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/leno.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Concert for the Children” with Jay Leno</strong></p> <p>Where: Akoya Amphitheatre at Boca West Country Club, 20583 Boca West Drive, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $150</p> <p>Contact: 561/488-6980, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For more than 20 years, Jay Leno was the most affable voice on late-night TV, as popular and populist as David Letterman was clubby and esoteric. And during this time, the big-chinned, distinctively voiced “Tonight Show” host frequently dominated the late-night ratings, as well as the next morning’s water-cooler chat. Since retiring from television, he’s been able to devote more time to the passions he had cultivated before becoming a nationwide darling: cars and standup. And seeing his comedy act is a reminder that he’s even funnier outside the inherent restrictions of TV. He’s also another prominent “get” for this annual fundraiser for the Boca West Foundation, which last year hosted Diana Ross for a memorable concert. The Atlantic City Boys, a tribute to ‘60s pop and rock, will open the show, with funds benefiting at-risk children.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/bigsean3.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Freakers Ball</strong></p> <p>Where: Student Union Outdoor Stage at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40 ($5 for FAU students)</p> <p>Contact: 800/564-9539, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For hip-hop fans, it’s a good time to be an FAU student, with the university’s annual Freakers Ball showcasing national rap acts for an entry fee of virtually nothing. The rest of us have to throw a few shekels at the university, but the price is still a bargain compared to most arena shows. Headliner Big Sean, an underground cult figure recognized for his mixtapes in the late 2000s, emerged with his appropriately titled debut “Finally Famous” in 2011. The album featured contributions from Kanye West, Pharrell and John Legend and set him on a path to superstardrom; his latest album “Dark Sky Paradise” debuted at No. 1. Legendary English rapper Slick Rick, known for bringing novelistic lyricism to hip-hop, will open the show, along with the multitalented Doug E. Fresh, recognized as the pioneer of 20<sup>th</sup> century beatboxing.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/cesarmillan.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Cesar Millan</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$100</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Chances are, Cesar Millan probably knows your dog better than your dog knows itself. The world’s most famous dog whisperer is a self-taught canine guru whose best-selling manuals have sold more than 2 million copies across 15 countries. His live shows will hope to prove that he can be just as compelling without the presence of anxious, erratic, soon-to-be-tamed four-legged friends. Millan, who has fought with issues of divorce, depression and attempted suicide in recent years, will address his values, principles and methods in conversations that have been described as more spontaneous than his rigidly formatted TV show. And perhaps you can even pick up some of his exclusive products, like the Funny Muzzle and Cesar’s Dog Backpack.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="342" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/alice-herz-sommer1_2832835c.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Memory and Memorial: Music of the Holocaust”</strong></p> <p>Where: University Theater at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15</p> <p>Contact: 800/564-9539, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>FAU’s busy and eclectic week of events continues Thursday with a program that promises to be inspiring, heart-swelling and probably a little tear-jerking. The concert pays tribute to the Czech-born Alice Herz-Sommer, who, when she died in 2014, was the world’s oldest known Holocaust survivor, at age 110. When the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia, Sommer stayed behind to care for her ailing mother, who was murdered in a concentration camp; Sommer, in turn, was herded to the Theresienstadt camp, where her mastery of classical piano kept her alive: She performed more than 100 concerts for the prisoners and guards. This program will feature works from Sommer’s oeuvre, written by composers such as Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Władysław Szpilman and Earnest Bloch. Pianist Heather Coleman, violinist Michael Klotz and cellist Jason Callowy will perform.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/marfa-girl.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Marfa Girl”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 and 9:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6-$10</p> <p>Contact: 954/525-3456, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>More evidence that Cinema Paradiso’s programming is getting a bit edgier than it used to be—thanks in no small part to hiring Robert Rosenberg, formerly of the Coral Gables Art Cinema—is provided in the form of “Marfa Girl,” the latest polarization teensploitation flick from Larry Clark. Already earning comparisons to Clark’s early work—the docudramatic “Kids” and its prescient follow-up “Bully”—“Marfa Girl” is set in the titular Texas town, where an aimless 16-year-old (there’s no other kind in Clark’s universe) drifts through his life while maintaining relationships with his girlfriend, his teacher, a local artist and a lascivious Border Patrol officer. It’s Clark’s first feature film in 10 years but seems to pick up where his others left off, adopting their frankness regarding sexuality. Cinema Paradiso warns that the movie contains “highly charged sexual scenes, nudity, hard language and violence.” Viewer discretion, as they say, is advised.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="390" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/smellslikegrunge.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Legacy: A Kurt Cobain Tribute Concert”</strong></p> <p>Where: Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Here’s a fact that will make you feel old: Kurt Cobain died 21 years ago this weekend! For Nirvana fans, April 5 and the days around it are always a bit melancholy, but there’s no better way to mourn Cobain’s death anniversary than by celebrating it—which in this case means knocking back a craft beer and rocking out to Smells Like Grunge, our area’s pitch-perfect Nirvana tribute act. This trio specializes in Nirvana’s B-sides and deep cuts in addition to its hits, often reviving Nirvana songs you probably forgot Kurt, Dave and Krist ever recorded. Close your eyes, and you’ll think you’re being transported back to 1992. The night also includes a performance by the “Anarchy Cheerleaders,” presumably paying homage to Nirvana’s iconic “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="430" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/1503_women_playing_hamlet.jpg" width="375"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Women Playing Hamlet”</strong></p> <p>Where: New Theatre at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center</p> <p>When: 8:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $26-$31</p> <p>Contact: 786/573-5300, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Revisionist versions of Shakespeare plays set in foreign countries, deserted islands and even outer space are fairly common in the hands of imaginative directors. But William Missouri Downs’ “Women Playing Hamlet” is something else entirely—a revisionist play about a Shakespearean play, in this case following the travails of a woman cast as Hamlet in an upcoming production of the iconic play. Just as she wrestles with how best to embody this timeless archetype, Downs also plays with concepts of gender in casting: “Women Playing Hamlet” features four women in 20 parts, including male parts, from pompous humanities professors to Freudian psychiatrists to, apparently, Patrick Stewart. Part of this year’s National New Play Network, this “Rolling World Premiere” will be staged by New Theatre just weeks after its first-ever production, in Kansas City. It runs through April 26.</p>John ThomasonMon, 30 Mar 2015 18:23:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsSaltwater Brewery Mass Confusion Festival<p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/saltwater_backbar_taplist.jpg" width="490"></p> <p dir="ltr">“Don’t Get Confused” by the name. This beer festival is all about Saltwater Brewery’s most popular Belgian Tripel.</p> <p>On April 25, from noon to 11 p.m., the amber brew will be taken to a new level.  “Mass Confusion” will ensue, as more than 15 different flavor treatments will make this beer taste like something you can’t quite put your finger on.</p> <p>The street will shut down for live reggae and blues-rock music from T-Wave, Shorty the Giant, and The People Upstairs. Food will also be available from Tip-a-Roo, Out of Many, and It’s a Cubano B trucks.</p> <p>Several other local breweries will feature craft ales tap. A formal list will be announced before the festival.</p> <p>For more information call 561/865-5373 head to the brewery at <em>701 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach</em>.</p>Annie PizzutelliMon, 30 Mar 2015 11:49:00 +0000 BeachUpcoming EventsSmall Bites: Openings and Closings<p><img alt="" height="289" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/caffemartier.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Pictured: Salad at Cafe Martier</em></p> <p>It’s a new and improved and much larger <a href="" target="_blank">Caffe Martier</a> (<em>411 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/450-6169</em>) with the five-year-old eatery’s recent expansion into the next-door space once home to Gol! churrascuria. Along with the dramatic increase in space and style (think bistro tables, a bar and fountain under a towering pitched ceiling), comes live jazz several nights a week, a juice bar and dinner menu with dishes like pecan-crusted tilapia with asparagus and butternut squash and chicken francaise with asparagus and roasted potatoes.</p> <p>The local brewing scene took a big step forward with the debut over the weekend of <a href="">Barrel of Monks</a> (<em>1141 S. Rogers Circle, 561/510-1253</em>) in Boca Raton. The labor of love of a trio of Belgian ale fanatics, BofM will brew (and sell) only Belgian-style ales from a facility that’s a awful lot nicer than the funkier digs of other area brewpubs. If you want to check ‘em out, they’re open Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Well, that didn’t take long. . . The disappearance of <strong>100 Montaditos</strong> from CityPlace, that is. It seems the Florida branch of the Spanish-based company has filed for bankruptcy, halting ambitious expansion plans and shuttering several of the company’s 17 Florida outlets. Also defunct is <strong>Garage VV</strong>, an eclectic eatery in West Palm’s burgeoning Northwood neightborhood. Good word of mouth and an enviable pedigree—the restaurant was part of the Little Moir restaurant group—apparently weren’t enough to keep the doors open. Nobody ever said the restaurant business was easy.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 30 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsFashion Forward: New Stores and Shopping for a Cause<p><img alt="" height="271" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/alex_ani.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Alex and Ani Grand Opening</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>Las Olas will be channeling positive energy on April 2 at the launch of Alex and Ani’s newest location (<em>1012 E. Las Olas Blvd</em>). Enjoy champagne, appetizers, doorbuster sales and giveaways from 6 to 8 p.m. The first 25 people to RVSP at <a href=""></a> will also receive a complementary gift.</p> <p><strong>Pop-Up Shop</strong></p> <p>Get a little shopping in with brunch and polo this Sunday, March 28, at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (<em>3667 120<sup>th</sup> Ave, Wellington</em>).  ESCADA will host an exclusive Pop Up Fashion Shop poolside at the IPC Clubhouse. A portion of the proceeds will benefit All For One Pet Rescue</p> <p><strong>Shop &amp; Share</strong><strong> </strong></p> <p>Shop for a cause at Sequin in Delray Beach (<em>445 E Atlantic Ave.</em>) On Saturday, March 28, the store will be hosting an appetizer and prosecco night, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Everglades Angels Dog Rescue.  All day long rescued dogs will be at the store ready to be adopted. </p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 27 Mar 2015 12:59:00 +0000 NewsSwank Farm goes Hollywood (almost!)<p><img alt="" height="342" src="/site_media/uploads/movie.jpg" width="342"></p> <p>Just when we thought Swank Farm’s Darrin and Jodi Swank couldn’t get any cooler, here they are starring in a movie. A movie about them. Amateur filmmaker and farm supporter Judith Olney followed the couple around for a year and according to Jodi, filmed “our ups and downs, our struggles and parties—a little bit of everything.” And, she says, when she saw the finished film at a private showing, she was “blown away.”</p> <p>The Swanks are owners of Swank Farm, purveyor of hydroponic designer veggies to high-end restaurants and CSA subscribers, but best known for their Swank Table Sunday dinners during season out at the farm, when top area chefs converge to craft sumptuous farm-to-table dinners.</p> <p>Olney’s film made it into the Palm Beach International Film Festival, and will be screened this Sunday and Monday nights at the Muvico at CityPlace. The Sunday, March 29 screening is at 5:15 p.m. and the Monday, March 30 screening is at 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the International Film Festival or at the theater.</p> <p>Here’s what the description of the movie says:</p> <p>“After losing jobs in the post-9/11 recession, Jodi and Darrin Swank started new lives as passionate, pioneering, hydroponic farmers in Palm Beach County. Through hurricanes, near-bankruptcy, the challenges of Florida farming, and life in a trailer home with three growing children, they have emerged as major suppliers of fresh produce to area restaurants and hosts of legendary fundraising affairs—the legendary “Swank Table” events. A lesson in the rewards of giving back to the community.”</p> <p>So we’ll see you there! Wonder if the popcorn will be farm to table...</p>Marie SpeedFri, 27 Mar 2015 10:41:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesUpcoming EventsA Palm Beach Film Festival Top 10<p>It’s been 20 years since the Palm Beach International Film Festival launched its premiere event, and in celebration of this landmark anniversary, executive director Randi Emerman is bringing a knockout lineup of premieres to South Florida, along with parties, galas and appearances by celebs including Tom Arnold and “Boyhood” star Ellar Coltrane. </p> <p>It’s a lot to take in, but we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 don’t-miss films, in increasing order of excitement. The films run from tonight through April 2; for a full schedule of screenings and events, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="204" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/michael_clarke_duncan_29840.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>10. Michael Clarke Duncan has been dead for three years, but through the magic of movies (and the vagaries of release dates), the affable actor with the infectious smile and teddy-bear heft is back on the big screen in <strong>“The Challenger” </strong>(6:30 p.m. March 28 at Cinemark Parisian at CityPlace), an inspirational drama enjoying its world premiere at PBIFF. He plays a boxing trainer who instructs a poor auto mechanic to punch his way out of poverty.</p> <p>9. If you’re of a certain political bent—the tree-hugging leftie kind—then you need no introduction to the work of John Fugelsang, the comedian, actor and liberal commentator who previously hosted a nightly program on Current TV. When that gig expired, Fugelsang hit the asphalt for an ambitious project: to retrace the steps of Alexis de Tocqueville’s landmark tome <em>Democracy in America</em> to discover if the American dream is still alive. The result is the unique docu-road movie <strong>“Dream On”</strong> (4:15 p.m. April 2 at Cinemark Palace in Boca).</p> <p>8. The “Swank Table” fundraising dinners at Loxahatchee’s own Swank Farms have become legendary foodie events, and are much beloved by the staff here at Boca Raton. But they didn’t emerge from a cooking vacuum: They are the result of years of hard work from the farm’s passionate founders, Jodi and Darrin Swank, who went from jobless victims of the post-9-11 recession to arguably our region’s most powerful voice for hydroponic, sustainable farming. As it should be, the Palm Beach Film Festival will present the world premiere of their story, in the hour-long documentary <strong>“Swank Farm”</strong> (5:30 p.m. May 30 at Parisian at CityPlace).</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/screenshot-2014-01-29-at-4.38.22-pm.png" width="490"></p> <p>7. Long relegated to menial roles in supbar pictures, Malcolm McDowell is featured in one of his meatiest parts in years in <strong>“Bereave” </strong>(5:45 p.m. March 29 at Palace). He plays a terminally ill, inevitably prickly man who is resigned to die alone, even if it means disappearing on his wife (Jane Seymour) on their anniversary. Crime and sex loom in the shadows of this mystery, which is pitched as a dark comedy—even though scant laughs accompany its broodingly effective trailer.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/rabino-the-lost-key.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>6. Talk about an unexpected discovery: When Ricardo Adler, a former tech CEO in Palo Alto, found himself navigating a traumatic divorce, the last person he thought to seek advice from was a rabbi. But it turns out Rabbi Manis Friedman is a sexologist as much as a holy man, and his knowledge of the Kabbalah’s ancient secrets has saved couples on the brink of an intimacy collapse. Adler’s debut feature as a director, <strong>“The Lost Key”</strong> (7 p.m. March 31 at Palace), explores this most unusual of Jewish leaders, in a therapeutic film that has been seven years in the making.</p> <p>5. Good thrillers are hard to come by, to say nothing of good horror films. But <strong>“The Red Robin” </strong>(8:15 p.m. March 29 at Palace) appears to achieve both of these distinctions, making it stand out in a festival heavy with comedies, period dramas and inspirational narratives. This movie, by contrast, plumbs deeply into a shameful project in American history: The government’s notorious MK Ultra experiments into mind control, which return to haunt a high-profile psychiatrist (Judd Hirsch) in his twilight years.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/while-were-young.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>4. The Festival scored a doozy for its closing-night film: The latest piercing comedy from indie darling Noah Baumbach. <strong>“While We’re Young”</strong> (7 p.m. April 2 at Palace) offers an intelligent new vehicle for Ben Stiller, an actor never better than in Baumbach’s “Greenberg,” and Noami Watts as a couple receding into middle age who attempt to recapture their youth by befriending a collegiate couple. See it at the festival first, before it opens in our region April 10.</p> <p>3. Remember “The Sessions,” the masterful 2012 dramedy with Helen Hunt as a “sex surrogate” for a man in an iron lung? The PBIFF’s French comedy <strong>“Indesirables”</strong> (8:30 p.m. March 27 at Parisian at CityPlace) treads similar thematic ground, following a young male nurse who, after losing his job, discovers a new calling as a sex surrogate for the disabled. Seemingly more graphic in its depictions of sex than “The Sessions,” this provocative film shows that sex isn’t black-and-white—even if this monochrome movie is.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/cut-bank-liam-hemsworth-teresa-palmer.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>2. Fans of the Coen Brothers and vintage David Lynch don’t need to wait until “Fargo” returns for its second season, or for “Twin Peaks” to make its own vaunted TV encore next year. The offbeat thriller <strong>“Cut Bank”</strong> (6:45 p.m. March 29 at Parisian at CityPlace), about a mysterious crime in a tiny, freezing Montana town with a police force unaccustomed to brutaity, will fit that niche quite nicely. The supporting cast is a who’s who of splendid character actors from yesterday and today, including Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Michael Stuhlberg and John Malkovich.</p> <p><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/chicago.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>1. “I’m responsible for hundreds of people on the ground in Syria.” This is not a statement you’d expect to hear from a 19-year-college freshman in Chicago, but it’s the reality for Ala’a, an American Muslim who has, for years, been fomenting revolution in this war-torn Middle Eastern country using nothing but the social media tools the rest of us employ for funny cat videos and snarky memes: Facebook, Twitter and Skype. She’s received both death threats and praise for her bravery and boldness, and the documentary<strong> “#chicagogirl”</strong> (6:45 p.m. March 30 at Palace) provides Ala’a a much-needed spotlight and offers an invigorating study in the positive ramifications of social media.</p>John ThomasonFri, 27 Mar 2015 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesDon&#39;t Pass Up Passover Meals<p><img alt="" height="262" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/matzahballs.jpg" width="350"></p> <p>If you’re hungry for a traditional Passover meal without the traditional Passover work, a pair of Burt Rapoport’s Delray Beach eateries have your back.</p> <p><strong>Henry’s</strong> (<em>16850 Jog Road, 561/638-1949</em>) is offering both its annual four-course Passover dinner at the restaurant, as well as the a la carte Passover To Go. The $40 prix fixe dinner features a Sedar plate and choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts, dishes ranging from gefilte fish and chopped chicken liver to roasted half chicken and brisket to flourless chocolate torte and strawberry shortcake. The Passover To Go menu features those dishes and more, including matzo ball soup and latkes. To Go meals must be ordered by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. Call 561/826-1791. Pickup is on Friday, April 3, before 3 p.m.</p> <p>Diners at <strong>Burt &amp; Max’s</strong> (<em>9089 W. Atlantic Ave., 561/638-6380</em>) in the Delray Marketplace can dig into a range of a la carte Passover dishes on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4. Think matzo ball soup, chicken liver, slow-braised brisket, maple-glazed salmon, apple-raspberry crisp and others. B&amp;M’s regular menu will also be available.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 27 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsStaff Picks: the ultimate movie theater and more<p><strong>Cinemark Palace 20 Premier Club</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="251" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/cinemarkpremier.jpg" width="370"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“I know the iPic is fancier with those reclining seats, but nothing beats the Cinemark Palace 20 Premier Club in my book. You get to ride up that steep and endless escalator for starters, and then you get free popcorn, a full bar and a cushy banquette. Still my fave.”</p> <p>3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton // 561/395-1939</p> <p><strong>El Jefe Luchador</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/eljefeluchador.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by David Shuff, Web Department</em></p> <p>“Street-style Mexican food with Wrestler-esqe names from the guys who brought us Charm City Burgers and the Rebel House. Two favorites: the El Mistico quesadilla, Beef barbacoa with a great mole' sauce, and the El Rey taco, fried shrimp and avocado with spicy mayo. Goes great with the real-sugar mexican bottled sodas they sell!”</p> <p>27 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>$2.99 Tuesdays at Fresh Market</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="335" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/299tuesday.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“Every Tuesday, I thank the food Gods for bestowing me with the gift of $2.99 Tuesday. It’s a Fresh Market weekly special I swear by: ground chuck and chicken breasts for $2.99 a pound. That’s $3 per pound off the regular price of the antibiotic-free, vegetarian-fed chicken from one of my favorite specialty grocery stores. (And $2.50 per pound off the ground chuck). Though the sale runs every week, the store does make exceptions on holidays. So make sure to stock up the week before big events like Thanksgiving.”</p> <center><em><a href="/blog/tag/staff-picks" target="_blank">For more staff picks, click here.</a></em></center><center><em><br></em></center>magazineFri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 contract in, Savor the Avenue raincheck, and more<h3><img alt="" height="183" src="/site_media/uploads/unionimages.jpg" width="276"></h3> <h3>Contract shortfall?</h3> <p>I now have seen the latest—not necessarily final— projections for savings to Boca Raton under the proposed fire and police contracts, and the number has come in low.</p> <p>In December, a statement by the firefighters union announced that the firefighters and police officers had reached agreement on three-year contracts that would be retroactive to last Oct. 1. The unions have been working without a contract. The city declared an impasse last fall after negotiations stalled.</p> <p>The proposed contracts include major changes in the police and fire pension programs. In that December statement, the International Association of Firefighters said the changes would save the city a combined $100 million over 30 years. Contributions from employees and cities fund municipal pension plans. Boca Raton worried that, without changes, the city’s contribution would rise so high as to result in budget cuts or tax increases.</p> <p>According to the city’s actuary, however, the proposed contracts would save $92.8 million in pension costs through 2043—about $49 million from the police and about $43.8 million from fire. The police-fire pension program that now is funded at about 75 percent—a program is considered adequately funded at 80 percent—would be roughly 100 percent funded after 30 years. The timetable for calculating pension plan solvency usually is 30 years.</p> <p>That certainly amounts to reform, but less reform than Boca Raton’s target of $100 million, which is what the firefighters union advertised. One of Mayor Susan Haynie’s main campaign promises last year was major pension reform. In an interview Wednesday, Haynie said City Manager Leif Ahnell “advised the council that the changes would result in $100 million in savings.”</p> <p>Haynie intends to review the actuary’s report and discuss it with Ahnell. “I would like $100 million in savings,” she said. Councilman Robert Weinroth called the nearly 10 percent difference between what “we’ve been hearing” and the new projection “a little disappointing.”</p> <p>I’ve also heard complaints from council members about the release of information related to the police and fire contracts. Approval was supposed to happen at Tuesday’s meeting, but the financial projections didn’t arrive until Monday, and the Fraternal Order of Police hasn’t held a ratification vote. The firefighters union ratified its contract on schedule. A police union representative told me Wednesday that the delay was because of “some wording in the contract.”</p> <p>One big change is that police officers no longer could use overtime to calculate pension benefits. So union members no longer could steer overtime toward officers nearing retirement, giving them a windfall. The firefighters contract would cap annual pension benefits at $100,000 or 90 percent of monthly earnings, whichever is less.</p> <p>But that lifetime benefit would increase 2 percent each year. Police officers and firefighters still would have cost-of-living adjustments to their pensions, something almost no private-sector employee enjoys. And those financial projections are based on the fire-police pension fund investments returning an average of 8 percent a year, after management fees are deducted.</p> <p>The council, not just Haynie, has stressed the need for pension reform. The police-fire program just got its second rating of ‘D’ from the LeRoy Collins Institute at Florida State University. The less-generous program for non-public safety employees got an ‘A.’ Haynie and the new council— which will include Jeremy Rodgers, elected this month to succeed Constance Scott—now must decide if the fire and police contracts rate high with them.</p> <h3>Savor the Avenue rain change</h3> <p>Rain played havoc with the recent Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens. Delray Beach doesn’t intend to let that happen to Savor the Avenue (a signature event for <em>Boca Raton </em>and <em>Delray Beach</em> magazines).</p> <p>On Wednesday, participating restaurants were notifying those with reservations for tonight’s foodfest on Atlantic Avenue that the event had been postponed until Monday. Rain is forecast for today and Friday, which was the original rainout date.</p> <h3>FAU trustee news</h3> <p>Last week, Florida Atlantic University got one new member of the Board of Trustees and kept another.</p> <p>The Board of Governors, which oversees the 11 state universities, reappointed Anthony Barbar. No surprise there. Barbar had just been kept on as board chairman, no doubt with the certainty of his reappointment.</p> <p>The new member is Dr. Michael Dennis, founding chairman of the Schmidt College of Medicine Advisory Board. He has stayed in that role since the board’s inception four years ago.</p> <p>For the last five years, Dr. Dennis has chaired the Palm Beach County Medical Society’s Future of Medicine Summit. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Dennis, and those summits have helped make Palm Beach County a leader in health care innovation. In an email, Dr. Dennis said “FAU leaders” encouraged him to apply for the trustee post. Good call by them and the Board of Governors.</p> <h3>Price shopping pays off</h3> <p>Speaking of health care, there’s new evidence that serious savings—with no reduction in care—could come from customers just being more engaged.</p> <p>Medicare Part D, the prescription drug plan, has been around for about a decade. If you have coverage or help someone else get it—as I do for my mother-in-law—you know that the Part D website helpfully ranks all plans based on out-of-pocket costs. Each year, during the re-enrollment period, you can update a patient’s list of drugs and see if the same plan works better or if it makes sense to switch.</p> <p>But according to researchers at Columbia and Yale, people don’t make that annual check once enrolled. According to the Brookings Institution, the researchers studied enrollment patterns and prices from 2007 to 2009. They concluded that enrollees paid an average of $536 more than if they had price-shopped. Assured of repeat business, insurers raised prices.</p> <p>Oh, and the researchers also calculate that the failure to shop for cheaper plans costs the government an extra $550 million. Medicare Part D remains one of the most heavily subsidized federal programs.</p> <h3>A reprieve for the Ag Reserve</h3> <p>For now, the Palm Beach County Commission has no appetite for paving over the county’s coastal farm belt.</p> <p>For roughly six hours Tuesday, the commission heard conflicting comments about the Agriculture Reserve Area, which covers 22,000 acres west of the Florida Turnpike between Clint Moore Road and Lantana Road. County staff and environmentalists told the commission that, as Deputy County Administrator Verdenia Baker put it, agriculture is “valuable and viable.” The reserve has everything from horse farms to nurseries to row crops, which include “peppers, cucumbers, squashes (sic), eggplant, lettuce, green beans, tomatoes, okra, cabbage, peas, herbs and niche crops such as organic farming or Asian vegetables.”</p> <p>From the small farmers who want to sell their land for development, commissioners heard that agriculture in the Agricultural Reserve is dead. “A dinosaur,” one called it. Too much competition from elsewhere in Florida and abroad. Too much weather-related trouble in the last decade, from hurricanes to freezes. Too much suburban-type development that brings people who object to pesticide spraying and farm trucks. These critics wore shirts with the words “Forced to Farm” behind jail bars.</p> <p>It’s true that the area’s master plan has allowed some subdivisions, a hospital and some schools. The plan has allowed two centers of commercial development, one of them being Delray Marketplace, which is about as rural as Mizner Park.</p> <p>It’s also true, however, that many farmers in the reserve are doing well. It’s also true that those with the shirts aren’t forced to farm. They could sell their property now. But they want to sell it for more—to the most willing buyer: GL Homes, the major developer in and near the reserve. Allow the higher density that those landowners want, and the commission would set in motion the long-term collapse of agriculture in the Agricultural Reserve.</p> <p>Fortunately, the commission made only minor moves. The staff will look for ways to give small landowners more development rights, but not nearly as many as they want. The staff also will look for ways to promote the unique nature of the reserve and to alert homebuyers that they won’t find West Boca. Commissioner/ex-Boca Mayor Steven Abrams said he heard from people who didn’t understand until after moving in that they were more in farm country than the suburbs.</p> <p>One farmer claimed that the only “real stakeholders” in the debate are the farmers themselves. He’s wrong. Palm Beach County taxpayers spent $150 million on a land-buying program designed to preserve as much farming as possible in the Agricultural Reserve Area. Staff members told the commissioners that the effort has paid off, giving Palm Beach a place unique among Florida’s urban counties. If the commission allowed sprawl to take over, the commission would owe the public a refund.</p> <p>Tuesday’s debate came after a year of buildup. The sense after the meeting was that nothing will happen soon. At this point, that means nothing bad will happen, which makes Tuesday mostly a success.</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><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 26 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityConcert Review: Bleachers at Culture Room<p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/bleachersculture1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>(Photo by Yafi Yair)</em></p> <p>Going into last night’s Bleachers show at the Culture Room, I wondered how a band with a sound as anthemic and arena-ready as theirs would jibe in a room as comparatively small as this one. I last saw the band—a fast-growing side project of frontman Jack Antonoff’s full-time gig in the Top 40 hitmakers fun.—at the Coral Skies Festival in West Palm Beach last October, where it played to a swelling crowd of hundreds on the main stage of the amphitheater, shaking its rafters and exploiting every element of the venue’s superlative sound.</p> <p>So it was no surprise that last night’s concert, which was packed by hungry fans from stage-huggers to wallflowers, felt somewhat constricted, a rock ‘n’ roll tempest in a teapot. There should have been twice as many people watching Bleachers in a room twice this size and in a venue with better sound. But if Antonoff’s mic didn’t always pick up his lyrics with crystal clarity, his legions of fans were more than happy to recite every word.</p> <p>Yes, the cult of Bleachers was in full throng last night, and it was exciting to witness the charged connection between the performers and their audience. One advantage of the smaller venue is the intimacy with which Antonoff could engage with his fans: He possessed a televangelist’s charisma and ability to control a crowd, eliciting applause from its various segments with the infectious enthusiasm of a newly minted president just discovering his powers of persuasion. Toward the end of the set, Antonoff proclaimed, “Fort Lauderdale, you’re the f***in’ best,” and even though he probably says the same on every tour stop, it felt genuine.</p> <p>And what’s true anytime you see Bleachers perform is that the songs on its debut LP “Strange Desire” sound more timeless live, because the band members’ hidden classic-rock grandiosity can more freely mingle with their signature, hook-filled indie-pop. Even on record, it feels like you’ve been listening to these songs for decades, and live, with the added flourishes of E Street Band-style saxophone solos and the occasional elaborate guitar solo, the tunes sound even more vintage.</p> <p>Aside from that weird Yoko Ono track, the group played everything from “Strange Desire,” similar to the Coral Skies set list but with a few surprises: the ethereal “Take Me Away,” which provided a chill reprieve from the pogoing pop anthems; a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way,” which was nice, though nothing a dependable cover band couldn’t accomplish at a good local bar; an acoustic rendition of “Bullet,” from Antonoff’s old act Steel Train; and finally, Tom Petty’s “American Girl,” a classic that felt a bit too déjà vu-ish: A couple years ago, Frank Turner played his own spartan version of that song at the Culture Room, for the same reason: It’s a definitively Floridian rock tune.</p> <p>“I Wanna Get Better” and “Rollercoaster” were, of course, satisfying highlights performed to perfection, but “You’re Still a Mystery” is becoming Bleachers’ trademark song, at least in a live setting. Last night’s version must have been 15 to 20 minutes long, and included a spirited faux-duel between Antonoff and saxman Evan Smith, who re-created Antonoff’s guitar licks, note for note, on his saxophone.</p> <p>There aren’t many more bells and whistles one could extract from “Strange Desire,” an album with six or seven wonderful songs and a few bits of filler; it’s no surprise the set barely clocked in at an hour. With fun. currently on hold, I can’t wait to hear what’s next for Bleachers. After two solid years on the road, it’s high time for some new material—and a venue large enough to contain the sort of thunderous music only two drum kits can provide.</p> <p><strong>SET LIST</strong></p> <p>“Like a River Runs”</p> <p>“Shadow”</p> <p>“Wild Heart”</p> <p>“Wake Me”</p> <p>“Reckless Love”</p> <p>“Take Me Away”</p> <p>“Go Your Own Way” (Fleetwood Mac)</p> <p>“Rollercoaster”</p> <p>“You’re Still a Mystery” </p> <p>ENCORE</p> <p>“Bullet” (Steel Train)</p> <p>“American Girl” (Tom Petty)</p> <p>“Who I Want You to Love”</p> <p>“I Wanna Get Better”</p>John ThomasonWed, 25 Mar 2015 14:06:00 +0000 & EventsMusicNon-GMO Brewery Opens in Boca<p>Breweries are popping up left and right in our area of South Florida – but this one in particular has caught our eye. <a href="" target="_blank">Barrel of Monks</a> <em>(1141 S. Rogers Circle #5, Boca Raton)</em> is brewing up craft beer with absolute no GMOs. All ingredients are imported from Europe, bringing Boca the authentic Belgian beer its founders love.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/barrelofmonks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The brewery is marking its grand opening on Saturday, March 28, with a big celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free, but unilimited beer tickets are being sold for $40 and includes a keepsake glass and all the beer you can drink. There will also be live music, a silent disco, food trucks and more. You can pre-purchase tickets to the event <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>On top of selling its Boca-brewed beer, Barrel of Monks will also have several guest breweries on tap, including Saltwater Brewery, Funky Buddha and Cigar City.</p> <p>If you can’t possibly wait till then, you’re in luck. Barrel of Monks will be open from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, while staff is in training.</p> <p>For more information on the event and the brewery, check <a href="">Barrel of Monks’ Facebook page</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 25 Mar 2015 11:45:00 +0000 the Avenue: Date Change<p>If you’ve been watching the weather in fear this week, this will calm your worries. Savor the Avenue has now been switched to Monday, March 30, due to inclement weather.</p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/savor_rescheduled.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The decision came after the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority consulted with Steve Weagle and the city staff, making numerous radar checks to find out what date would work best for the outdoor dining event.</p> <p>As of Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., the <a href=";query=boca+raton%2C+fl&amp;GO=GO">forecast for Monday</a> via is partly cloudy with a high of 79 and low of 64. Sounds great to us!</p> <p>We can’t wait for another incredible year of Savor the Avenue. </p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 25 Mar 2015 08:51:00 +0000 BeachExpo West Recap<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Earlier this month, I had the privilege of attending <a href="" target="_blank">Natural Products Expo West</a> in California. With more than 70,000 attendees and 2,600 exhibitors, there was a lot to take in – and to eat! After all, I did have to taste-test all the latest products to report back to you. In this blog, I’ve rounded up the top five products that are coming to our market.</p> <p><strong>COCOMELS</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="255" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/cocomels.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p>I was blown away by the quality, taste and texture of these coconut-based caramels. Usually caramels are made with dairy, which can affect your hormones in a negative way, so I haven’t had this type of candy in a very long time. But I love coconut products, especially because coconut is rich in medium-chain triglycerides that can help boost your metabolism. Raw food angels must have heard my prayers and created this product because it’s absolutely delicious. <em>Note: There are still sugars and calories, so please enjoy in moderation.</em> <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>GORILLY GOODS</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="305" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/himalania_chocolatechiaseeds.png" width="400"></p> <p>This snack “thing,” as Gorilly Goods calls its new product, was my favorite in the health-food category. To understand what its like, picture a packet of broken up pieces of chocolate bark that’s loaded with bananas, raisins, cashews, walnuts, pecans and coconut. Rich chocolate and sweet fruit – sounds delicious already, right? To make it even better, it’s raw, vegan and organic. <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>CASHEW ICE CREAM</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/so-delicious-cashew-milk-ice-cream-2.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Besides chocolate, my favorite food is ice cream. Up until now, I haven’t been fully satisfied with the plant-based ice creams on the market. But Delicious brand changed all that with its cashew-based caramel ice cream. WOW. Incredible. It was rich, smooth and silky, and as its name promises, so delicious! Because cashew is a rather neutral nut, this ice cream has a very similar taste and texture to dairy ice cream. Except it’s 100 percent cholesterol-free and plant-powered. <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>CHOCOLATE-COVERED CHIA SEEDS</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/himalania_chocolatechiaseeds.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Did you know that chia seeds are rich in anti-inflammatory omega 3’s that can help boost your brainpower? And yes, we are talking about the same chia seeds we used to put inside a Chia Pet. Well, Himalania brand is changing how we look at chia seeds. They’ve figured out a way to cover each teeny-tiny seed in chocolate! They’re so fun to eat and very satisfying. I haven’t seen them in stores yet, but do keep your eye out. Another healthy food made delicious. <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>CHICKEN-LESS POPPERS</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/beyondmeatpopperslg.jpg" width="489"></strong></p> <p>I’ve been a fan of Beyond Meat for several years, but this time the brand has really outdone itself. Not only did its booth look like a better-for-you McDonald’s, there was also a selection of burgers and chicken-less nuggets. Beyond Meat has all the taste without any antibiotics, hormones or ingredients you can’t pronounce. I can hardly wait until the new crispy Chicken-less Poppers start selling at Whole Foods Market. Meanwhile, do enjoy their Beastly Burgers – they are fabulous with dairy-free Daiya cheese and plant-based bacon. Check out <a href="" target="_blank">this video</a> for a recipe. <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</em></p>Alina Z.Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsTelemedicine service launches in Florida<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Need medical advice now? Here’s some news you don’t want to miss.</p> <p>Local chiropractor and businessman, Lawrence Bentvena, has launched Florida’s first licensed telemedicine consulting service. <a href="">ClickAClinic</a>, which provides HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based video technology, is a telemedicine platform that’s been approved as a clinic in Florida.</p> <p><em>Blogger note: HIPAA stands for the American Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. It represents the rules doctors, hospitals and other providers have to follow to ensure that patient care meets standards for privacy and more.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="399" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/clickaclinic.png" width="490"></em></p> <p>What does the news about ClickAClinic mean to local patients? The potential for lower-cost, more accessible medical care to home-based seniors and others who don’t want to or can’t travel to their doctors’ offices for timely healthcare. In essence, patients use the platform to privately consult with physicians and other health providers.</p> <p>Still, telemedicine doesn’t not always take the place of an in-person visit. It’s an adjunct to medical care. Patients with chronic conditions can use telemedicine to enhance communication with a healthcare provider. Plus, it can come in handy for some people with non-emergency health problems. </p> <p>ClickAClinic’s business model has two components. One is as a care provider that employs doctors and advanced practice nurses. The other is as a platform that local hospitals and healthcare providers, including doctors, advanced practices nurses and therapists, can use to offer telemedicine to their patients.  </p> <p>Licensed by the State of Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration, ClickAClinic features a proprietary video technology to enhance providers’ abilities to make diagnoses or prescribe medications.</p> <p>The venture is self-funded, says Bentvena, a Wellington resident who owns Millennium Treatment Group, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Lake Worth. He invested $1.5 million in creating the turnkey HIPAA-compliant telemedicine platform.</p> <p><img alt="" height="387" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/lawrencebentvana.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In an email interview, I found out what readers, including potential patients and local doctors, need to know about the service. Here are his responses:</p> <p>Boca Mag: When did ClickAClinic provide care to its first patient?</p> <p>Lawrence Bentvena: That began in 2014, after our [Agency for Health Care Administration] license was granted in Florida, although there were doctors using the site as early as 2012.</p> <p>BM: How many patient visits have you had since?</p> <p>LB: I cannot give exact numbers as that is proprietary, but I can say that it is well over 200 completed consultations and that number is growing quite fast.</p> <p>BM: Are ClickAClinic providers physicians (M.D.s)?</p> <p>LB: If ClickAClinic is providing the care, then they must be M.D. physicians, physician assistants or nurse practitioners.</p> <p>BM: Does ClickAClinic accept insurance?</p> <p>LB: Amazingly, yes, we do! We are an out-of-network provider for purposes of our medical facility license here in Florida.</p> <p>BM: What does a typical visit cost, out of pocket? </p> <p>LB: We have a robust fee schedule, which is too broad too mention here, but our basic medical consultation fee currently is $95.</p> <p>BM: Do you need a camera on your computer to use the service?  </p> <p>LB: If you do not have a camera, please call our customer service department at 800-DRCLICK, and we would be happy to advise you on an adequate USB-enabled camera that you can buy online or at Office Depot for less than $25. And we will walk you through the setup and get you up and running in minutes.</p> <p>For more information, click <a href="">here</a> or call 1-800-372-5425.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>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>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyUnion news, ag reserve talks and the ongoing inspector general issue<h3><span>Union contract update</span></h3> <h4><span><img alt="" height="470" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/bocapolice.jpg" width="490"></span></h4> <p>At tonight’s meeting, the Boca Raton City Council was supposed to approve contracts with unions representing the city’s police officers and firefighters. At least, that was the plan a month ago.</p> <p>It won’t happen. Though the International Association of Firefighters Local 1560 ratified its contract a few days ago, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35 has not ratified. There is a pension item on the agenda, but it’s a minor matter. In a text message sent Monday, Councilman Robert Weinroth said approval of the contracts has been pushed back to April. An executive session of the council to review an actuarial report on the two contracts—a study of how the changes would affect Boca Raton’s long-term finances— had been scheduled for Monday, but it was cancelled. The city didn’t receive that study until late Monday morning from the city’s actuaries in Fort Myers.</p> <p>The late-December news release announcing agreement on the two contracts—after the city declared an impasse with the unions— came from the firefighters. IAFF Local 1560 Vice President Matt Welhaf told me Monday that his union’s ratification was “overwhelming,” and that with regard to protecting Boca Raton’s finances the deal takes “a significant bite of the apple.”</p> <p> According to Welhaf, the city’s contribution to the pension fund would average 18 percent over the next 30 years – the city’s target. “We did what we were asked,” Welhaf said. The report from the Police &amp; Firefighters Pension Board actuary, Welhaf claimed, will show fire pension reductions of $50 million over that 30-year period. The December announcement touted $100 million in pension savings from both contracts.</p> <p>According to the email from the consultants to the city, the 30-year projections that would confirm that $100 million in savings are complete but awaiting peer review. The study shows a decline in city contributions to police and fire pensions of roughly $2 million in the first year. That would be just $60 million over 30 years, but Welhaf says the savings increase dramatically in the third year of the contract. He sent me a 30-year study from the consultants—dated four days earlier than the report that arrived Monday. It shows roughly $94 million in savings over 30 years and leaves the police-fire pension fund 100 percent funded.</p> <p>I will have more about this on Thursday after checking with the actuaries who prepared the report. As for the police union’s failure to ratify, my calls to the union representative were not returned.</p> <h3>Lease proposal in the works</h3> <p>One of the Boca Raton City Council’s top priorities is negotiating a favorable lease for a Houston’s restaurant on the Wildflower Property at Northeast Fifth Avenue and Palmetto Park Road. At Monday’s council workshop, City Manager Leif Ahnell said staff hoped to present a lease proposal to the council by early summer. Ahnell also said the city is seeking a consultant to conduct a traffic study of that intersection and the effect from opening the restaurant.</p> <h3>Ag Reserve talks</h3> <p>There will be no votes today when the Palm Beach County Commission discusses the Agricultural Reserve Area, but we still could learn if the commission seriously wants to keep a unique part of the county unique.</p> <p>For 20 years, the county has tried to keep as much farming as possible in the roughly 21,000 acres between Clint Moore Road and Lantana Road west of the turnpike. The county approved a master plan in 1995. When development still began pushing west as it did west of Boca Raton, voters in 1999 approved $100 million in bonds to buy land. The goal was to keep roughly 60 percent of the 21,000 acres in some kind of agriculture.</p> <p>To a reasonable degree, that has happened, even as the rules have allowed some homes and two commercial centers. For a year, however, owners of smaller farms and nurseries have pushed for changes. They can sell to developers, but there are density limits on their property. They want those limits loosened, claiming that they can’t make money in agriculture. They have formed a political action committee called Forced to Farm. Aiding these landowners has been GL Homes, the biggest developer in and near the reserve.</p> <p>A year ago, the county commission asked for an update, which has led to community meetings and roundtables that mostly have shown, to no one’s surprise, that farmers want a windfall and preservationists want no changes. The first is unacceptable, and the second may be self-defeating.</p> <p>If the goal—as it should be—is to stick with what the public intended 16 years ago, the county should try to offer incentives that would help some of the unhappy farmers. Even that might not satisfy those who wish they had sold their property as part of the bond plan when there was money, but it would get the priorities right.</p> <p>That farmland provides jobs, local produce and water storage. But trying to control development in South Florida can be like trying to lasso the wind.</p> <p><em>The Palm Beach Post</em> reported Sunday on a Senate bill that would allow increased development on 5,000 acres in remote northwest Palm Beach County. GL Homes owns that land. One theory is that GL Homes is pushing the legislation to set up the property as trade bait for a large parcel in the Agricultural Reserve. Such a trade would destroy any chance to preserve farming.</p> <p>There’s much at stake in this debate. We should know today if the county commission intends to surrender or break out the lasso.</p> <h3>Censoring climate change</h3> <p>As news organizations have reported, top administrators at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection ordered staff members never to use the terms “climate change” and “global warming.” Gov. Rick Scott has denied issuing any such order, but former DEP employees have gone public about such censorship occurring in a state already facing the effects of rising seas.</p> <p>There also was evidence last week that Scott’s policy of denial extends beyond the DEP.</p> <p>Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon was testifying before a Florida Senate subcommittee. The topic was federal money to help states issue timely disaster warnings.</p> <p>Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, was asking Koon about a new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requirement that states have climate change plans to qualify for federal money. Koon said he understood that FEMA is asking for “language to that effect.”</p> <p>Clemens responded that since the governor is so resistant to the use of “climate change” and global warming,” perhaps Clemens could propose an alternative “atmospheric reemployment.”</p> <p>The crowd cracked up. The governor is known for answering almost every question from a reporter with a talking point about jobs. Koon mostly kept a straight face, acknowledging that the state’s next plan—due in 2018— “will be required to have language discussing that issue.”</p> <p>“What issue is that?” Clemens asked.</p> <p>Dodged Koon, “The issue you mentioned earlier regarding. . .climate.”</p> <p>There was a bigger laugh, and Clemens was done. But the joke is on Florida if cities like Delray Beach and agencies like the South Florida Water Management District and academic institutions like Florida Atlantic University are studying the effect of something that state government pretends isn’t happening.</p> <h3>Inspector general appeal?</h3> <p>Last week, I wrote of the court ruling against 14 cities—Boca Raton and Delray Beach among them—that sued Palm Beach County over paying for the Office of Inspector General. I reported that there is fairly strong sentiment in Delray Beach for withdrawing from the lawsuit, but in Boca I heard only from Councilman Mike Mullaugh. While he supported the lawsuit when it was filed in late 2011, Mullaugh seems disinclined to appeal.</p> <p>I have since heard from Councilman Robert Weinroth. He wrote, “I am personally of the opinion that we should pay up and move forward.” Weinroth has asked City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser for how much Boca’s continued involvement might cost “with the hope of convincing my fellow council members to join me in resolving this.”</p> <p>One of those council members, Scott Singer, told me of his worry that if the lawsuit fails the county would have a precedent to impose any number of costs on cities—so-called “unfunded mandates.” In fact, the cities will have nothing to worry about if the ruling stands.</p> <p>The cities must pay their share of the inspector general’s expenses because voters in every city imposed that requirement in 2010. The county pays only for the expense of overseeing county government.</p> <p>County Attorney Denise Nieman is the other side of the lawsuit from the cities. Nevertheless, she was right when she told me that for Singer’s scenario to come true, there would have be a similar referendum in every city. In the highly unlikely event that the county commission made such an attempt to shift costs, city voters obviously would see the plot for what it was and reject it.</p> <p>Boca Raton and Delray Beach residents understood what they were asking for in 2010—outside oversight. With a new Boca council and a new Delray commission should come new attitudes on carrying out the voters’ will.   </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><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 24 Mar 2015 11:37:00 +0000 WatchCommunityHawaiian Gelato Coming to Delray<p>A taste of the tropics from the other side of the country is coming to West Delray with the debut of <a href="" target="_blank">Papalani Gelato</a>, a purveyor of artisan gelato, sorbetto, cookies and breakfast dishes that is expected to set up shop in the Shoppes of Addison Place (<em>16800 Jog Road, Delray Beach</em>) in mid-April.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/papalanigelato.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Look for gelati inspired by the tropical flavors of Hawaii—macadamia nuts, coconuts, mangoes—as well as more traditional flavors, plus gelato cakes and pies, handmade chocolates, coffee drinks and small-batch coffees (including organic coffees from Florida’s Java Planet), fruit sorbets and an array of desserts. Breakfast choices will include buttermilk Belgian waffles, steel-cut oatmeal and an assortment of pastries.</p> <p>Grand opening festivities are planned for May 4 to 8. Papalani Gelato will be open Sunday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.</p> <p>The Delray Papalani will be the first on Florida’s east coast for the Hawaii-based chain, whose two other Florida shops are in the Tampa area. Additional shops are projected to open in other Palm Beach locations and in Broward County.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 24 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsUpcoming EventsThe Week Ahead: March 24 to 30<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/10473371_587536281365086_1836169084653795137_n.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Bleachers</strong></p> <p>Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $32.10</p> <p>Contact: 954/564-1074, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Jack Antonoff’s day job, at least in the past few years, has been playing guitar for fun., the Top 40 powerhouse behind “Some Nights” and “We Are Young.” But it turns out that while touring the world and playing second fiddle, Antonoff, formerly of the cult band Steel Train, had his own vision for pop glory, which he called Bleachers. The band’s debut album, “Strange Desire,” hit retailers last summer with songs that suggest both the youthful abandon and effortless infectiousness of fun. and, perhaps more endearingly, the synthesized nostalgia of 1980s pop (Antonoff has said that he wanted to evoke the soundtracks of the great John Hughes movies of that period). Anchored by the alt-rock chart-topper “I Wanna Get Better” and the rollicking, arena-ready singles “Shadow” and “Rollercoaster,” Bleachers’ mid-day set at last October’s Coral Skies Festival in West Palm Beach was the toast of the fest. Now headlining its own tour, the band will receive the lengthier set time it deserved back then.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/no-bodies-crew_tedxbocaraton.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: TEDx Boca Raton</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 4 to 10:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30 students, $75 general admission</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Local TEDx events are, invariably, an embarrassment of riches—of the cultural, inspirational and technological persuasions. This week’s dynamic program at Mizner Amphitheater will feature no less than 17 speakers spreading ideas and, as the event’s theme suggests, “breaking barriers.” Such familiar Boca luminaries as Barb Schmidt of FAU’s Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life series, organic farmer extraordinaire Farmer Jay and Charlie Siemon of Festival of the Arts Boca will speak alongside emerging or lesser-known lecturers including comedian and motivational speaker Avish Parashar, 8-year-old piano prodigy Brandon Goldberg and the No Bodies Crew (pictured), an exciting collective of South Florida urban dance artists. This illuminating festival is broken up into two sections and includes a dinner break and a post-show reception.</p> <p> </p> <p> <img alt="" height="238" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/welcome-to-me.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Palm Beach International Film Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Muvico Parisian 20 &amp; IMAX, 545 Hibiscus St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $75</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-2310, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Palm Beach International Film Festival will kick off its 20<sup>th</sup> landmark year with the South Florida premiere of a movie that is sure to receive plenty of buzz when it opens later this spring: “Welcome to Me,” a challenging, darkly comic vehicle for Kristen Wiig as a woman with borderline personality disorder who wins the lottery and promptly buys her own bizarre television show. James Marsden, Tim Robbins and Jennifer Jason Leigh costar, and director Shira Piven will appear at tonight’s screening. That $75 entry fee might just be a bargain considering that it includes an after-party at nearby Revolutions with VIP bowling, two Perfect Vodka cocktails and “festive fare.” The festival continues for seven more jam-packed days, including visits from Tom Arnold and “Boyhood” star Ellar Coltrane, a mini festival devoted to filmmaker Noah Baumbach, a multi-film spotlight on the Jewish experience and much more. Visit the festival’s website for a complete schedule.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="621" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/buriedchild.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Buried Child”</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $55–$77</p> <p>Contact: 561/514-4042, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If the American Dream is dead, as many proclaim, then Sam Shepard’s breakthrough play “Buried Child” is its astute postmortem. This winner of the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama—the first off-Broadway show to accrue that honor—deconstructs a once-prosperous and healthy Midwestern family across three generations of drift and disillusionment. Earning comparisons to family-centric works such as “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and “All My Sons,” the play pivots on the reappearance of 22-year-old Vincent at his grandfather’s farmhouse, en route to Mexico. When he arrives, nobody recognizes him, from his alcoholic, emasculated grandfather to his emotionally impotent father to his physically disabled uncle. Meanwhile, the farmland is dry as a desert and the local minister is an adulterous hypocrite. Surrealism and symbolism brush against Shepard’s otherwise realistic canvas in a three-act drama that is, by turns, comedic and heartbreaking—and squarely in the wheelhouse of Palm Beach Dramaworks, our region’s finest translator of the classics.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="220" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/points-departure1-690x310.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Miami City Ballet: Program IV</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $20–$175</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The final program in Miami City Ballet’s season might be its most challenging slate of dance all year—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 the world premiere of “Heatscape” 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 illustrator Shepard Fairey will create original art for the show, which will thrive on the unexpected harmony between classic ballet and guerilla street art. 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. George Balanchine’s “Raymonda Variations,” recognized for its bravura display of solos, rounds out the program.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/5hfjad583-3.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Sarah McLachlan</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45–$155, or $750</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Sarah McLachlan’s career path was set back in high school, when her classmates wrote in her yearbook that she was “destined to become a famous rock star.” The Canadian chanteuse proved them right, releasing her first album at age 20 and ultimately selling more than 40 million records worldwide on the strength of her fragile yet commanding mezzo-soprano vocal range. To combat a gender bias on commercial radio, McLachlan would form Lilith Fair, the successful all-female rock fest that, for a time, was the most lucrative festival in popular music. Her blockbuster hits like “Angel” and “I Will Remember You” have become indelible touchstones for grief and mourning. A supporter of myriad charities and causes, McLachlan played both of those songs at the tear-stained 2011 memorial for hijacked United Airlines Flight 93, with former and sitting world leaders in attendance. Her latest album, 2014’s “Shine On,” is also fueled by loss, this time of her father. There won’t be a dry eye at her Broward Center performance, which doubles as a fundraiser for the venue: For the $750 ticket, along with prime seating at the show, guests will enjoy a cocktail hour, full dinner and post-show party.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="560" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/victor+wainright+at+springing+the+blues+2012-6.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Bacon &amp; Bourbon Fest</strong></p> <p>Where: Downtown Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $25</p> <p>Contact: 561/279-0907, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Say it with me now, in your best movie-trailer voice: <em>From the team that brought you the Delray Beach Garlic Festival and the Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival comes a culinary happening that goes whole hog</em>. Festival Management Group’s latest event, the alliteratively titled Bacon &amp; Bourbon Fest, is a saltier, more robust affair than its predecessors, promising an array of chef-designed bacon and pork delicacies, from braised pork bellies with tamari, garlic, ginger and chili peppers to the inevitable bacon ice cream (hey, it worked for garlic). Comfort food, farm-to-table offerings and New American Cuisine will all be on the menu, and there are enough liquor seminars and tastings to turn you into a bourbon connoisseur. The live music lineup is heavy on classic rock and rollicking blues. Slated performers include Mac Arnold, a legendary Chicago bluesman who recorded with everyone from James Brown and Muddy Waters to BB King and Otis Redding; Victor Wainwright (pictured), a boisterous, Memphis-based pianist known for merging boogie-woogie and honkey-tonk music; and MaGowan’s Chair, a South Florida-based acoustic rock duo.</p> <p>MONDAY</p> <p><strong>What: Savor the Avenue </strong>(<em>Rescheduled to Monday, March 30)</em></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/savor_rescheduled.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Where: Downtown Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 5:30 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Varies per restaurant</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-1077, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Everyone’s favorite local foodie event remains as popular as ever, now in its seventh year strong. Florida’s longest dining table will spread 1,300 feet along the middle of Atlantic Avenue, where 16 of downtown Delray Beach’s finest restaurants will dish immaculately prepared four-course meals, with each course complemented by an expertly paired wine. Heavy hitters like 32 East, 50 Ocean, SoLita, Vic &amp; Angelo’s, Cut 432, Rack’s Fish House + Oyster Bar and more will offer a gut-busting survey of their most inventive cuisine. Steve Weagle, our favorite meteorologist, will emcee the evening, and $3 of each reservation will benefit this year’s charity, the city of Delray Beach’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading. Reservations are now closed through the event’s website, but call the individual restaurants to snag a list-minute spot on the sprawling table.</p>John ThomasonMon, 23 Mar 2015 16:19:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadUpcoming EventsSecond Fresh Market Headed for Boca<p><img alt="" height="307" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/freshmarket.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>There will be even less excuse to buy tasteless, rock-hard tomatoes and sad, wilted greens with the debut early next year of Boca’s second <strong>Fresh Market</strong>, set to go into the Park Place development on North Military Trail just past Yamato Road.</p> <p>The Boca market will be the 43rd in Florida for the North Carolina-based upscale grocer, known for its extensive array of prepared foods and fresh produce, and variety of “gourmet” food products. Even better, the other Boca Fresh Market, on West Camino Real, is the only local market I know of where on occasion you can find frozen turducken, the delightfully over-the-top chicken-stuffed-in-a-duck-stuffed-in-a-turkey concoction made famous by John Madden.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 23 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsEaster Events 2015<p><img alt="" height="308" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/easter-egg-hunt.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Easter is almost here, and this year Peter Cottontail is hopping all around town. Head out to the bunny trail for fun events that the whole family will enjoy.</p> <p><strong>Mizner Park Spring Festival and Egg-A-Palooza</strong></p> <p>Kids will hunt for toy-and-egg filled candy in an ongoing hunt. They can also play in bounce houses, make bunny hats, get their faces painted and meet the Easter Bunny.</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Sunday, March 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Where: </strong>327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p><strong>Price: </strong>$6 per person; kids under 18 months are free</p> <p><strong>Palm Beach Zoo Breakfast with the Bunny</strong></p> <p>Enjoy a hot buffet-style breakfast with an appearance by the Easter Bunny and other animal friends. After breakfast, separate egg hunts will be held for infants, toddlers and children. Kids can also pet farm animals and make arts-and-crafts. Pre-registration is required and full day admission to the zoo is included in the price.</p> <p><strong>When: </strong>Saturday, March 28, at 9 a.m.; and Sunday, March 29, at 8:30 or 10:30 a.m.<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Where: </strong>301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p><strong>Price: </strong> Adults, $32.95; Children (ages 3-12), $24.95; Toddlers (ages 0-2), $4.95 </p> <p><strong>Delray Marketplace Bunny Fun Time</strong></p> <p>Kids can play in a bunny scavenger hunt, ride on the bunny train and meet the Easter Bunny. Craft stations, face painting and a cookie decorating tent will also be set up.</p> <p><strong>When: </strong>Saturday, March 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> 14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach</p> <p><strong>Price: </strong>Free</p> <p><strong>Boomers Boca 8<sup>th</sup> Annual Easter Egg Hunt</strong></p> <p>Scavenge for eggs at the largest hunt in Boca Raton. Come early for a hot breakfast with the Easter Bunny and a private hunt before the main event. After the egg hunt, stick around for attraction and video game specials.</p> <p><strong>When: </strong>Sunday, April 4, breakfast starts at 9:30 a.m., main hunt at 11 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> 3100 Airport Road, Boca Raton<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Price: </strong>$9.99 per person for breakfast and private hunt. General hunt is free.</p> <p><em>Looking for more kid-friendly Easter events? Check out our <a href="/blog/2015/03/19/easter-musts-for-the-boca-kid" target="_blank">Boca Mom Talk blog on Easter</a>.</em></p>Annie PizzutelliSat, 21 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 EventsFashion Forward: Trunk Show, Girls Night Out and Glass Slippers<p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/jimmy-choo-disney-cinderella-vogue-9feb15-pr_b.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Bugatchi Trunk Show</strong></p> <p>Enjoy small bites and craft beers while viewing the exclusive new collection and limited edition Bugatchi styles on March 21 from 12 to 6 p.m. at Nordstrom in Town Center at Boca Raton (<em>6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton</em>6). Consult with a Bugatchi personal shopper, then sit back and enjoy a freshly rolled cigar. Customers will also receive a special gift with any Bugatchi purchase.</p> <p><strong>Girls Night Out</strong></p> <p>Join Swarowski at the Gardens Mall (<em>3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens</em>) for a night of style, shopping, and swag. Learn the hottest styling tips for the spring season and stock up at the Beauty Bar. The store will be unveiling new products from their latest line. The first 20 guests receive a free wine tote, and everyone will receive 20 percent off any purchase of two items or more.</p> <p><strong>The Glass Slipper</strong></p> <p>Jimmy Choo and Salvatore Ferragamo are just two of the designers that collaborated with Saks Fifth Avenue to recreate a glass slipper inspired by the classic Cinderella fairytale. All nine styles will be on display at Saks Fifth Avenue in Town Center at Boca Raton from Monday, March 23, until Sunday, March 29. The shoes will also be available for custom order.</p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 20 Mar 2015 15:41:00 +0000 NewsQ&amp;A Kat Burki<p>Kat Burki has done it all.  She did interior design. She has a background in health. Now she is making a name for herself in the beauty industry with her signature fragrance and skincare lines.  We were lucky enough to sit down with Kat before her appearance at Lord and Taylor in Mizner Park and discuss everything from where she finds her inspiration and how she plans to grow her brand.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/katburki2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>How did you break into fragrance and skincare?</strong></p> <p>I never thought I would be in the beauty industry. It was kind of half-hazard and evolved over years. I was launching my lifestyle line and wanted to create a fragrance to capture its essence.  It was part of the journey that life takes you on and the meeting of different worlds.</p> <p><strong>What brings you to South Florida?</strong></p> <p>I love the warm weather and really need the simplicity and healthy lifestyle of being in the sunshine. Our newest fragrance “Endless Summer” is inspired by that idea. It’s about that having that year-round state-of-mind, and that footloose kind of feeling.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/katburki3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>How do you chose the scents you use?</strong></p> <p>I have a very keen sense of smell. I look for what I would want in a fragrance. I like light, crisp, notes, but I also look toward what our customers want and what’s trending.  We keep working on it until it’s perfect. The process sometimes takes years.</p> <p><strong>What makes your skincare products different than other lines on the market?</strong></p> <p>I come from a health background so I use that same philosophy. You want everything to be as fresh as it can be. Everything in our products is raw and every ingredient has a purpose. We look for boosters that complement each other. For example the reishi mushroom in the Vitamin C Intensive Day Cream has great anti-aging benefits on its own, but it also makes vitamin-C more potent. The products also have multiple benefits. Our new Form Control Marine Collagen Gel plumps, fills and helps your own collagen build up over time.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/katburki.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Kat Burki will offer individualized consultations at Lord and Taylor in Mizner Park (<em>200 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</em>) on Saturday, March 21, from 12 to 3 p.m.</p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 20 Mar 2015 15:29:00 +0000 NewsUpcoming EventsCanine Theatre 101<p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/tonys013.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Yesterday afternoon, at his lecture at the Crest Theatre in Delray Beach, Bill Berloni had us <em>before</em> hello.</p> <p>He walked onstage with a leash, and on that leash was a brown Chihuahua in a sparkly pink Juicy Couture sweater, tail wagging. Berloni carried the pooch’s matching fuchsia travel bag and set it on a chair. Minutes later, after Berloni placed the dog in the bag, it made itself comfortable, resting its eyes in the way only adorable creatures do, and the room stopped listening to Berloni and emitted a collective “awww.”</p> <p>Berloni is used to this; he’s probably brought Chico, the Chihuahua, to dozens of lectures just like this one. Chico starred in “Legally Blonde: The Musical” on Broadway and was responsible for the opening “lines” of the play—barked exposition that Berloni helped recreate toward the end of his lecture.</p> <p>But as Berloni explained in his humbling, touching presentation, Chico is just one of the countless animals he’s worked with in his career as a Theatrical Animal Trainer. “I’m the only one in the world to have that title, because I made it up,” he said. He discovered his first animal in 1976 and has spent more than 40 years cultivating this art form in Broadway shows ranging from “Camelot” and “The Wizard of Oz” to “Oliver” and “Gypsy,” and he’s worked with stars such as Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman and Julia Roberts. He won a special Tony award in 2011 for his contributions to the Broadway stage.</p> <p>He didn’t mention any of this in his lecture—or at least, he barely glazed over his impressive credits—choosing to focus instead on the empathetic rapport and mutual respect he cultivates with his stage animals, most of them saved literally from the brink of death in high-kill shelters.</p> <p>As Berloni acknowledged, his introduction into animal training has become showbiz lore: As a wannabe actor working in unpaid set construction for a Connecticut summer stock production of brand-new show called “Annie,” the 18-year Berloni was offered a role in a musical and an Equity card—if he could find and train a golden retriever to play “Sandy” in time for the show’s opening. He did find that dog, purchasing him for $7 from a local pound. That very dog would go on to play Sandy for 2,333 performances of “Annie” on Broadway, and Berloni became an accidental professional in the invented field of Theatrical Animal Trainer.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/berloni-5.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Hearing Berloni give new life what sounds like an apocryphal Hollywood tale brought the story home to the Crest audience. He described the raw deal he received as a teenage intern: “[The director] needed a sucker, and somehow my name came up.” He told of visiting rough dog pounds in New York and New Jersey, where the poor animals lived among dirt and their own feces. “Urine is splashing on my face” at the Connecticut Humane Society on the day he meets Sandy, the very afternoon before she was slated to be euthanized.</p> <p>This fact would have a monumental impact on Berloni. “I held a creature that was going to die,” he said. “When in society did pets have expiration dates?” Powerful stuff.</p> <p>Berloni is a good raconteur and an effective humorist, but it’s the sheer love for his animals that endeared him to the Crest audience. He revealed that he keeps all of his stage animals after their show runs end; he lives in a 5,500-square-foot house, only 1,500 of which is the “human space” he shares with his family. The rest is divided into separate wings for the 30 dogs that live with them.</p> <p>Not everyone would be willing to sacrifice so much time and effort for these animals in their everyday lives, let alone train them onstage—which means working with the dogs’ natural tendencies and employing classical conditioning techniques—for thousands of repetitions, over the course of a year per show, to get it just right.</p> <p>“I wake up every day loving my job,” he said. “I get to play with animals and make a living.” Since Berloni is too humble to brag, I’ll say it for him: It takes a special person to do this, and it was a pleasure to listen to his story for an hour and hope that just a little bit of that specialness rubs off on me.</p>John ThomasonFri, 20 Mar 2015 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachBurt Rapoport to Open Boca Deli<p><img alt="" height="434" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/rapoport.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>The recently opened Apeiro in West Delray and another coming to Miami aren’t apparently enough for noted local restaurateur Burt Rapoport, who in late 2016 will be opening <strong>Rappy’s</strong>, a contemporary take on the classic Jewish deli.</p> <p>Sliding into the same Park Place development as Fresh Market (on North Military Trail between Yamato and Clint Moore Roads), Rappy’s—the nickname of Rapoport’s grandfather—will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also cocktails, take-out and catering. Not much more info than that right now, but check back for details as they trickle out.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 20 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsStaff Picks: a unique store, a luncheon and magic spaghetti<p><strong>Sienna Blue</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/siennablue.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Picked by Karen Jacaruso, Account Executive</em></p> <p>“Sienna Blue in Deerfield Beach is a one-of-a-kind gift store from all over the world's gems. I have not seen such lovely items consisting of furniture, knitted blankets, handmade soaps and jewelry, purses and art from Greece, Italy, Africa, Peru, etc. Patricia has made beautiful vignettes in every niche of this colorful, stimulating gift boutique!!</p> <p>1670 S.E. Third Court, Deerfield Beach // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Walk to End Alzheimer's Luncheon</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/bocawalk.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>"According to the national <a href="" target="_blank">Alzheimer's Association</a>, someone in this country develops the disease every 67 seconds. Many of us in and around Boca understand the challenges of this insidious and debilitating condition all too well. Against that backdrop, the team that staged last year's successful Boca Raton Walk to End Alzheimer's is hosting its first Promise Garden Luncheon at Boca West on March 27. The fundraiser, organized by chair Pamela Polani and her wonderful team of volunteers, includes a fashion show by Lord &amp; Taylor, silent auction items, and a keynote presentation by Dr. David Watson, the neuropsychologist who launched the Alzheimer's Research and Treatment Center in Lake Worth, where patients are tested and treated free of charge. Call <a>561/496-4222</a> for ticket information." </p> <p><strong>Garlic Spaghetti from Marianne</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/marianne.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“The garlic spaghetti from Marianne is famous—with a secret recipe—and may be the best single thing ever done to angel hair pasta. A great guilty pleasure.”</p> <p>803 George Bush Blvd., Delray Beach // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>magazineFri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 pays to play and other updates<h3><span>Finally…everyone pitches in</span></h3> <p><span><img alt="" height="488" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/oig.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p>It has taken more than four years, but a resounding vote in favor of better government in Palm Beach County at last may take effect. Boca Raton and Delray Beach could help to make that happen as soon as possible.</p> <p>This week, Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Catherine Brunson ruled against 14 cities that had claimed that the system of paying for the <a href="" target="_blank">Office of Inspector General</a> is illegal because it amounts to double taxation. Boca and Delray are two of the cities in the lawsuit.</p> <p>In 2009, at the recommendation of a grand jury investigating public corruption, the county commission created the Office of Inspector General and the Commission on Ethics. The inspector general takes complaints about misspending or other poor financial practices, and can refer matters to the state attorney if they seem criminal. Usually, however, the office issues reports on complaints it deems worth investigating, to determine if the complaint is valid. The ethics commission hears complaints about elected officials who may have violated the county’s code of conduct.</p> <p>When the county created it, the Office of Inspector General had jurisdiction only over county government and only enough financing for a staff large enough to carry out that mandate. In November 2010, also at the grand jury’s recommendation, a referendum asked voters in the county’s 38 cities whether they wanted the inspector general to have jurisdiction over their municipality. The ballot language stated that the cities would pay a proportionate share of staffing the office to handle the new workload.</p> <p>Every city approved the idea, by wide margins. It got 72 percent in Boca Raton and 73 percent in Delray Beach. The next summer, the county crafted an ordinance to implement the public’s wishes. Cities were advised to assess a 0.25 percent surcharge on contracts, since much of the inspector general’s work deals with contracting.</p> <p>Those 14 cities, however, sued the county. (Though the Office of Inspector General is independent, it is a county agency.) The cities argued that the county was telling their residents to pay twice for the inspector general: through county taxes and through a city assessment. As Judge Brunson correctly noted in her ruling, though, “By approving the charter amendment, the <em>voters </em>in the respective municipalities <em>approved</em> (italics mine) the funding for (the Office of Inspector General.) This eliminated any discretion by the municipalities to avoid funding the program.”</p> <p>Yet, led by West Palm Beach—whose legal staff did most of the work—resist they did. Making things worse, County Clerk Sharon Bock refused even to accept money from cities willing to pay, citing the lawsuit. Inspector General John Carey, who last year succeeded Sheryl Steckler, says the office needs about 40 positions to fully do its work. Because of the lawsuit, the office has just 23 budgeted positions—and has that many only because the county has paid more than its share.</p> <p>Though lacking resources, the office still had jurisdiction over cities. The lawsuit didn’t stop that. Delray Beach especially has benefited from the office, even though resistance at first ran high among city officials.</p> <p>In 2012, the office ruled that Delray had to put the trash-hauling contract out for bid. Then-City Manager David Harden and then-City Attorney Brian Shutt disagreed. That ruling helped the city void the contract—which the city commission had extended—and seek bids, which will save residents money. Last year, the office found that then-City Manager Louie Chapman had misled the city commission on a major purchase. The ruling helped the commission force out Chapman.</p> <p>This week’s ruling gives Boca Raton and Delray Beach a reason to withdraw from the lawsuit. West Palm Beach still may appeal; there’s something almost glandular in the city’s hostility to the office. Boca and Delray, though, at last could acknowledge respect for their voters.</p> <p>Indeed, the Boca council and Delray commission soon will have mostly turned over since the lawsuit was filed. When Mitch Katz succeeds Adam Frankel on March 31, Al Jacquet will be Delray’s only elected official whose service dates to 2011. By next month, just Mayor Susan Haynie and Councilman Mike Mullaugh will remain in Boca. In 2013, Haynie was on the losing side of a vote for the city to leave the lawsuit and to start paying.</p> <p>If Boca and Delray drop out, the lawsuit will lose much of what little credibility it ever had. West Palm Beach is the largest city in the county, but Boca is second and Delray is fourth. Boynton Beach, the third-largest, never joined the lawsuit. Neither did Lake Worth and Royal Palm Beach, which are among the 10 largest. Wellington joined the lawsuit, but then dropped out. Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens and Riviera Beach would remain, but Riviera Beach is the city where good government goes to die. Do Boca and Delray want to be its ally in this fight?</p> <p>The motivation for the lawsuit probably hasn’t been money. According to the county’s most recent calculation, Boca Raton would owe about $179,000 a year and Delray Beach would owe about $156,000. Boca’s general fund budget is about $136 million; Delray’s is $103 million. Six of the cities in the lawsuit have a combined population of about 10,000. Gulf Stream would owe $3,500. For most residents, that’s rounding error in their personal wealth.</p> <p>More likely, the real motivation is that those running the cities that sued just don’t like the idea of an inspector general. They don’t like the idea that someone can call the office anonymously, going around a city manager or a supervisor. They don’t like the idea of outside auditors questioning business as usual. Boca Raton got huffy in 2013 when the inspector general audited city credit card purchases and concluded that about $16,000 in charges didn’t meet a “public purpose,” such as tickets to a Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce breakfast.</p> <p>Mullaugh, who in 2013 voted to keep Boca Raton in the lawsuit, said Wednesday that he considers the lawsuit to have been a “legitimate” way to obtain what he calls a “proper funding formula.” But given the judge’s ruling, “if you can’t win with that, it’s time to move on.”</p> <p>A spokesman for West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio said any appeal would be “a joint decision among all the cities involved in the case.” Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein told me he has asked City Attorney Noel Pfeffer to “remove” the city from the lawsuit, assuming that hasn’t happened automatically with Brunson’s ruling. He said the item would be on the commission’s April 7 agenda.</p> <p>This has been a lot of space for one issue, but people forget how bad Palm Beach County looked just a few years ago when five elected officials went to prison, one after the other. The grand jury, the Office of Inspector General and the Commission on Ethics were designed to shed the “Corruption County” label.</p> <p>Lots of misinformation has been spread and stated in the campaign against the inspector general. Former Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel said in 2013 that the inspector general is “controlled by the county.” Wrong. Carey reports to a seven-member appointed committee that includes no one from the county, elected or unelected.</p> <p>As for the cities’ contention that voters somehow were confused in 2010, County Attorney Denise Nieman is right when she says the referendum was “very open.” The voters knew just what they were doing. For some alleged public servants, that’s been the problem all along.</p> <h3>Events R Us</h3> <p>From 7 a.m. until noon on Sunday, parts of Northeast Seventh Avenue in Delray Beach will be closed off for the Granfondo Garneau Florida cycling event. The trip will start at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Pineapple Park and will benefit the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s turtle program. Garneau sells cycling gear.</p> <p>It sounds like a fun event. It also is another reminder that the city commission made as one its 2015 goals a review of just how many such events Delray should allow to shut down parts of the city. One person’s fun day on a bike can be another person’s hassle trying to get around town, even on a Sunday. By the city’s count, Delray stages 187 festivals and such each year.</p> <p>But which ones to allow? City Commissioner Shelly Petrolia said the commission may be more inclined to favor events that promote health. Garneau organizers tout the “health and wellness” aspect of their event. Mayor Cary Glickstein wants the staff to keep approving most events, as is the system now, but he wants the commission to “revisit policy as to the application criteria (size, traffic impact, quantity and quality of events, road closures, facility impacts, payment) and how staff approves applications.”</p> <p>As with so many “problems” in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, the problem of too many events wanting the city as a venue is a good problem to have.</p> <h3>Sober house bill update</h3> <p>Bills to require certification of the “sober houses” that have proliferated in Boca Raton and Delray Beach continues to move through the Legislature.</p> <p>The Senate version, sponsored by Jeff Clemens—a Democrat from Lake Worth—has passed two committees by a combined 12-0 vote. It has gone to the Appropriations Committee, which would be its last stop before a full Senate vote.</p> <p>The House version, sponsored by Bill Hager—a Republican from Boca Raton—also has had no negative votes. On Tuesday, it was scheduled for a floor vote.</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><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 19 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunitySeasonal Finds: The World of Peas<p>With spring less than two weeks away, it’s time to bid adieu to winter’s harvest—and say hello to the new peak-season produce starting to flood our supermarkets. The fresh bounty includes one of the world’s most commonly used and oldest known vegetables: <strong>peas</strong>. Fresh English shelling peas, snow peas and sugar snap peas are available from early March through late May. They’re at their best in early spring, when the weather is still cool.</p> <p><img alt="" height="398" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/pea_soup_with_bacon_and_mint_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>(See recipe below)</em></p> <p>Throughout the year peas are commonly bought in frozen bags or cans, both of which contain enough preservatives to keep the contents shelf-worthy for a long period of time. It may surprise you to learn that, because of their natural sugar, peas begin converting to starch immediately after they are picked. To take advantage of peas at the height of their flavor, buy them fresh from the produce section—and prepare and eat them as soon as possible.</p> <p>Not only are peas packed with sweet flavor, they are bustling with nutritional value. Eating them fresh means that you reap their highest levels of iron, vitamin B1, potassium, fiber and protein.</p> <p>Peas, of course, can be used in countless recipes—including, one of my favorites, soup. Pea soup is a perfect bridge between the comfort foods of winter and the crispness of spring. The following recipe raises the flavor bar with mint leaves and bits of bacon.</p> <p><em>Tip: When buying and using English peas as directed in the recipe below, shell them just before cooking to prevent the peas from drying out.</em></p> <p><strong>Pea Soup with Bacon and Mint</strong></p> <p><span style="">Ingredients:</span></p> <p>1 tablespoon olive oil</p> <p>1/2 pound bacon, finely chopped, plus more for garnish</p> <p>1 medium yellow onion, chopped</p> <p>1 rib celery, chopped</p> <p>1 medium russet potato, peeled and chopped</p> <p>8 cups chicken stock</p> <p>1 cup heavy cream</p> <p>1 pound fresh, shelled English peas (from about 3 pounds unshelled)</p> <p>Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper</p> <p>2 sprigs fresh mint, plus more for garnish</p> <p><span style="">Directions:</span></p> <p>1) Add olive oil to large saucepan over medium heat. Add bacon and sauté. Once bacon is halfway cooked, about 4 minutes, add in onion, celery and potato. Sauté mixture until onions are translucent and bacon is fully cooked and crispy.</p> <p>2) Add chicken stock and bring soup to a boil. Add peas, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes, continuing to stir every few minutes.</p> <p>3) Transfer mixture into a food processor or blender and puree in batches. Return pureed soup to stove-top pot.</p> <p>4) Mix heavy cream into the saucepan over low heat. Season with salt, pepper and mint springs. Allow soup to cook for 15 minutes more. Remove mint and discard.</p> <p>5) Ladle soup into serving bowls and top with dollop of cream, bacon pieces, mint leaves and a sprinkle of pepper. Serve warm.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p>Amanda JaneThu, 19 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsRecipes Easter Musts for the Boca Kid<p>Santa is yesterday’s news, Boca Moms. It’s all about the Easter Bunny now, and he’s coming back to Boca and getting ready to charm your children into a chocolate egg and Peeps coma. So purchase those pint-sized pastel suits and dresses, accept that it’s one season closer to a South Florida summer and start your Easter engines!</p> <p>Here’s the Boca Mom Talk on 2015 Easter musts for your Boca kids.</p> <p><strong>Follow the Bunny at Town Center at Boca Raton</strong></p> <p>Let’s be honest. If your child has a smartphone, it’s a safe bet the <a href="">Easter Bunny</a> has entered the digital age too. Not only can you get your annual photo taken with Mr. Bunny this year in the Nordstrom wing of the Town Center (starting Friday, March 20), you can also follow him on <a href="">Facebook</a> and <a href="">Twitter</a>. Don’t worry, print photos are still available for purchase for the grandparents.</p> <p align="center"><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/avery_easter.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p align="center"><em>Easter 2014, #dailybabyavery</em></p> <p><strong>Hunt for Eggs in Style at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum</strong></p> <p>Hop up to Palm Beach on Saturday, April 4, in your Sunday best for the annual <a href="">Flagler Museum Easter Egg Hunt &amp; Roll!</a> Children are invited to search for more than 7,000 eggs on the museum’s lawns. The grounds will be sectioned off into age-appropriate areas so all kids, including toddlers, will have an opportunity to participate starting promptly at 10 a.m. No toddler trampling here!</p> <p align="center"><img alt="" height="421" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/flagler_easter.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p align="center"><em>Courtesy of</em></p> <p>After the hunt, children are invited to join in special games, including the Gilded Age game of egg rolling. Egg rolling began on the South Lawn of the White House when President Rutherford B. Hayes welcomed children to the first White House Easter Egg Roll in 1878. Special prizes will be awarded to game winners.</p> <p><strong>Cost: </strong>$15 for children, and $18 for adults. For more information, or to purchase advance tickets by phone, please contact the Flagler Museum at 561/655-2833 or e-mail the reservation coordinator.<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Brunch with Mr. Bunny at BRIO</strong></p> <p>On Saturday, March 28 from 9-11:30 a.m., <a href="">BRIO at The Shops at Boca Center</a> will offer a delicious bunny buffet breakfast for the whole family, including scrambled eggs, French toast (stuffed and unstuffed), sausage, bacon, potatoes, biscuits, muffins and fruit parfaits. </p> <p align="center"> <img alt="" height="287" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/brio_easter.jpg" width="490"></p> <p align="center"><em>Courtesy of BRIO</em></p> <p>Is your mouth watering yet? My family and I attended the Santa brunch in December and it was a total blast…even though our 18 month old daughter gave St. Nick the side eye for most of our meal. Make your reservation early and bring your camera because Mr. Bunny will visit each and every table, bringing springtime well wishes to you and your family.</p> <p><strong>Cost: </strong>$5.95 for children; $11.95 for adults (buffet or plated). For reservations, call 561/392-3777.</p> <p>Happy Easter Boca Raton!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><a href="/blog/tag/boca-mom-talk/" target="_blank">For more from Boca Mom Talk, click here.</a></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em><strong></strong>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of <a href="" target="_blank"></a><strong>, </strong>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for both mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Michelle Olson-RogersThu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 EventsMovie Review: &quot;The Gunman&quot;<p>“The Gunman,” which opens Friday, is an action film that dares to be bigger than itself.</p> <p>The latest thriller from director Pierre Morel (the original <em>Taken</em>) will satisfy fans of shoot-em-ups and stab-em-ups, but unlike many its peers in this popcorn genre, it doesn’t come at the expense of brains and geopolitical commentary.</p> <p><img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/sean-penn-in-the-gunman-most-anticipated-movie-of-2015-620x350.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>From the very first image, we’re bombarded with actual news footage—or at least it looks real enough—circa 2006, as solemn anchors with European accents report on the genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the subsequent raping of the nation’s natural resources by multinational corporations. Amid this bloodshed and corruption is Sean Penn’s Jim “Twink” Terrier, a humanitarian aid worker by day and, unbeknownst to his doctor-without-border girlfriend Annie (Jasmine Trinca), a mercenary contractor by night. Operating as both hero and antihero, Jim works with small clique of operatives under the orders of an unnamed, shadowy corporation. After he’s ordered to plant an assassin’s bullet in the body of a nosy government official, he’s then ordered to leave the Congo—apparently for good—with Annie deposited into the lascivious hands of fellow-mercenary Felix (Javier Bardem).</p> <p>The rest of the story—which is most of it—takes place eight years later, with Jim enjoying a life of peace, surfing and well-building in the Congo. He’s an elder statesman of unequivocal humanitarianism who is suddenly forced to confront his past when terrorists invade his camp, seeking his head on a platter. Little does he know they’re just the aperitif in a multi-course phalanx of enemies that want Jim dead, a journey that soon reaches the more picturesque climes of London and Barcelona.</p> <p>Penn, who co-wrote the screenplay and must be partly responsible for its anti-corporate conscience, is an interesting choice for an action-film lead. For most former Oscar winners, taking a role like this might seem like slummin’ it, but his intensity and actorly intelligence is undiminished by mass-market genre. Even in the 2006 sequences, with Penn made up to look darker-haired, mustachioed and mysterious, he still has the weary exhaustion of somebody who’s too old for this work; eight filmic years later, his moral devolution into violence is evident all over his face and body, despite his purposeful strides and chiseled physique, the veins in his arms as thick as fettuccini.</p> <p>That’s because “The Gunman” is a film that takes its time to consider the emotional repercussions of violence—the tragic calculus of life and death—in a way most action pics do not. This alone raises the movie a notch above Morel’s “Taken,” which was filmed with such a relentless single-mindedness that it never once stopped to smell the moral roses.</p> <p><img alt="" height="208" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/jasmine-trinca-in-the-gunman-movie-5.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>That said, some of the movie’s plot points and grammatical decisions proceed with a glazed-over familiarity: the indestructible superman with an Achilles’ heel (in Jim’s case, diagnosed long-term head trauma that frequently resurfaces); professional killers who, when targeting Jim and Annie, can never seem to shoot straight; the revelation of an evil, eloquent mastermind who talks too much.</p> <p>We’re forced to jump over these requisite hurdles of logic to reach the end, but what an inspired tinderbox of a climax it is, set in a bullfighting arena. And even when it goes through the motions, “The Gunman” is still head and shoulders above most of its action-film competition, its eye never far from the real-world Congolese holocaust on which its fiction is grafted. There’s a lot of red liquid that spills from people’s orifices in “The Gunman,” but its <em>raison d’etre</em> is its bleeding heart.</p>John ThomasonWed, 18 Mar 2015 18:01:51 +0000 & EventsMoviesTap It On The Ave. Kicks off March<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Beginning the last Wednesday of March and continuing as tradition on the last Wednesday of every month through Sept. 30, Delray Beach Running Company is launching its <a href="" target="_blank">Tap It On The Ave. Pub Run</a>.</p> <p>Runners can get a little exercise while running to top tap destinations on Atlantic Avenue. Sponsors include <a href="" target="_blank">Vintage Tap</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Bru's Room</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Johnnie Browns</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Boston's on the Beach</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Hudson at Waterway East</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Park Tavern</a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Registration</a> for Tap It On The Ave. is a one-time fee of $25. Runners or walkers can sign up anytime between now and September. Tap It On The Ave. starts at 6:30 p.m. The evening run begins and ends at Delray Beach Running Company (<em>20 W. Atlantic Ave., Suite 101, Delray Beach</em>).</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/delraybeachrunningcompany.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Register and you’ll receive a commemorative​ Nike Tech shirt, as well as samplings of what’s on tap at each of the establishments. Don’t forget your ID and to wear reflective clothing, so you’re visible to cars when the sun goes down.</p> <p>Delray Beach Running Company’s owner Annie Burke is a longtime local and runner. She was a police officer in Delray Beach in the 1980s, then worked for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. After 27 years of service, she retired in 2012. She has been a runner for 32 years.</p> <p>Tap It On The Ave. makes running fun, adds a sense of community and supports businesses on the Avenue, says Burke in an interview with The Fit Life.</p> <p>A certified USA Track and Field (USATF) coach and Newton running coach, Burke and her staff offer state-of-the-art fittings and coach people in proper running form and more. She offers coaching and custom fittings for free in her running store. Also free: Delray Beach Running Company hosts three weekly runs starting at the store. Group runs are Saturday at 6 a.m., Tuesday at 5:30 a.m. and Thursday at 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>The store will begin offering Galloway (run, walk, run) training at the end of the month. For more information, contact Delray Beach Running Company at 561/270-7622 or go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>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>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 18 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH to open in Boca<p>Mark your calendars: <strong>Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH</strong> is opening up in the Somerset Shoppes in Boca Raton at the end of March. The store is hosting a preview party on March 25, beginning at 4 p.m., featuring a live DJ, light refreshments and a first look at the store. There will also be giveaways <em>(see image below for more details)</em> throughout the grand opening weekend.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="612" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/saks_off_fifth.jpg" width="400"></a></p> <p>The store officially opens on March 26, with store hours of 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. The outlet location of this major high-end department store will have nearly 1,000 brands available, including Coach, Jimmy Choo, Diane Von Furstenberg and Marc by Marc Jacobs.</p> <p>Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH marks the third store location in Boca for Hudson’s Bay Company, the parent company of Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord &amp; Taylor.</p> <p>“Boca has proven to be a great market for HBC,” says Tiffany Boure, HBC’s Director of External Communications. “We believe that the kind of style savvy shoppers [in Boca] are a great fit for Saks Fifth Avenue OFF Fifth, because we really are bringing true fashion to the market for real value.”</p> <p><em>Somerset Shoppes is located at 8903 Glades Road, Boca Raton.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 18 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 NewsThe Week Ahead: March 17 to 23<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="406" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/333.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Pablo Picasso: Painted Ceramics and Works on Paper”</strong></p> <p>Where: NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5-$12</p> <p>Contact: 954/525-5500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This exhibit at the former Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale opened March 12 but flew under my radar. This week marks an excellent time to check out this rare trove of some 72 objects from Pablo Picasso spanning 1931 to 1971. The artist is recognized globally for his contributions to cubism, collage and constructed sculpture, manifested primarily in his groundbreaking, reality-bending paintings. But this exhibition, culled largely from the museum’s own generous cache of Picasso gifts, spotlights lesser-known but equally innovative mediums, from etchings and aquatints to the more than 50 ceramic bowls, pitchers and plates he completed until just two years before his death. Many of them are emblazoned with signature Picasso imagery—owls, bullfights, bacchanals, acrobats and more—making this an essential survey even for those already familiar with his most iconic periods. It runs through Nov. 1.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/news_619-1409301653.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Elvis Costello</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $49.50-$129.50</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Fans of the rockin’ side of Elvis Costello only have to wait until August, when the English troubadour returns to the Coral Skies Amphitheatre for a set with his backing band, the Imposters. But if you prefer Elvis as the rootsy, acoustic guitar-plucking balladeer, his current solo tour is the jaunt for you. The shows on this tour have received rave reviews from critics praising his reinvention of classics and his integration of newer and deeper cuts from his eclectic 30-year archive. Hits like “Watching the Detectives,” “Alison” and “Pump it Up” anchor the set, but the rest is a mixed bag that changes every night, including lesser-known songs from albums like “National Ransom” and “Spike,” and an always-shifting palette of cover songs by the likes of Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. Larkin Poe, the Atlanta-based roots rockers that have been touted as “little sisters of the Allman Brothers,” will open the show and return occasionally to back up Costello.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/berloni_540_wide-40fbd256e95e0ed285130937a6ad0015dd77ec8a.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Bill Berloni</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 2 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$45</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Every now and then on Broadway, a four-legged actor will perform with such verisimilitude that you hope the board of the Tonys will add “Best Performance by a Canine” to its awards the following year. Sandy, the terrier mix who co-starred in 2,377 performances in “Annie,” was one such pooch. The man who discovered Sandy, Bill Berloni, was a 19-year-old theater apprentice whose job consisted of building sets for summer stock companies. He rescued Sandy from the local pound, paid $7 for him, and launched the careers of both the man and his best friend. Berloni has become the American media’s impresario of animal thespians, providing animals for hundreds of films, TV shows, commercials, theatrical productions, even a New York City Ballet performance. He’s worked with everything from cockroaches and butterflies to elephants and giraffes, along with countless dogs and cats liberated from kill shelters. The winner of a 2011 Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre will visit Delray Beach, with a canine companion in tow, to discuss his memoir, <em>Broadway Tails</em>.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/galleria_adam_nadal_imaging_eden.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Imaging Eden”</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>The Everglades is one of the most-photographed natural wetlands in the country, with a Google search for “Everglades photography” yielding 3.5 million hits. But at 60 miles wide and 100 miles long, there are surely enough points along the River of Grass that haven’t received their proper close-up. In fact, Tim Wride, curator of photography at the Norton Museum, believes that despite the proliferation of Everglades snapshots, “There was no systematic imaging of the Everglades through photography until the 20th century, which was very late when you consider Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite … all these wilderness areas had already been imaged by the third quarter of the 19th century. I thought it would be interesting to see how the Everglades had been imaged over time and bring it directly up to present day.” The result is “Imaging Eden,” an exhibition that showcases the oldest surviving Everglades images on through the work of four imaginative photographers, commissioned by Wride, to show us the mighty wetland in ways we’ve never seen it before.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/488db3dac2761.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Jenny McCarthy’s “Dirty, Sexy, Funny” tour</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7 and 9:45 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30 with a two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Controversy and comedy have always been combustible bedfellows, presumably dating back to the birth of public joke-making itself. Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Bill Maher, Chris Rock and many more have forged their reputations by saying things that large swaths of audiences find offensive. So the brick wall of the standup stage seems like as hospitable an environment as any for Jenny McCarthy, an unlikely lightning rod for controversy. The former <em>Playboy</em> playmate, television personality, and star of many a straight-to-video comedy has come under fire in recent years for parroting the discredited argument that vaccines cause autism. The <em>L.A. Times</em> called her a “public menace” and Salon eviscerated her “war on science,” to cite just two reactions. Barring the interruptions of hecklers, expect the blonde bombshell and recent reality-TV star to avoid the vaccine topic completely in her current “Dirty, Sexy, Funny,” tour, which also features the talents of four other female comedians with envelope-pushing reputations.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="274" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/linder_engine_fire-large-700x479.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Alternative Contemporaneities: TAZ”</strong></p> <p>Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 N.E. 125<sup>th</sup> St., North Miami</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $3 students and seniors, $5 general admission</p> <p>Contact: 305/893-6211, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It would never make a best-seller list, but in certain circles, Hakim Bey’s radical 1991 book “T.A.Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone” is akin to a bible—a practical field guide to modern anarchism. The “zones” of the title are places carved out to elude formal structures of control, and Bey’s chapter headings suggest both the excitement and danger of such places: “Pirate Utopias,” “Waiting for the Revolution,” “Ratholes in the Babylon of Information.” In its latest “Alternative Contemporaneities” exhibition, North Miami’s boundary-pushing Museum of Contemporary Art will expand on Bey’s philosophies, creating artistic spaces that fulfill Bey’s criteria. This mysterious and provocative group exhibition features the work of nearly 60 artists, including such familiar names as Kevin Arrow, Beatriz Monteavaro and Philip Estlund, and it runs through May 30.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="248" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/r-kelly-101.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Jazz in the Gardens 2015</strong></p> <p>Where: Sun Life Stadium, 347 Shula Drive, Miami Gardens</p> <p>When: 4 p.m. each day</p> <p>Cost: $67-$195</p> <p>Contact: 305/623-6100, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This year marks a major achievement for Jazz in the Gardens, which celebrates its 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary of bringing world-class music to Miami Gardens. Appropriately enough, the festival will be offering a landmark lineup, arguably its strongest yet, whose attendance will surely exceed last year’s 68,000 visitors. Saturday will feature R. Kelly (pictured), the notorious rapper-producer credited by Billboard as the most successful R&amp;B artist in history; Toni Braxton, the seven-time Grammy winner and reality TV star; and Men of Soul, featuring the soulful love songs of veteran crooners Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson and Howard Hewett. Sunday will feature sets from Maxwell and Erykah Badu, two of the foremost vocalists in the neo-soul movement; Run-D.M.C., the pioneering hip-hop group; and Brian Culbertston, the award-winning multi-instrumentalist and smooth jazzman. D.L. Hughley will emcee the festivities. Visit the event website for the complete schedule.</p>John ThomasonTue, 17 Mar 2015 16:56:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicThe Week AheadUpcoming EventsBocaMagTV: Healthy Taco Recipe<p>Loved our healthy taco video from BocaMagTV? As promised, here's the recipe from our Green Goddess:</p> <p><img alt="" height="278" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/healthytacos.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Ingredients:</strong></p> <p>Beyond Meat Meatless Crumbles</p> <p>Cumin</p> <p>Chili Powder</p> <p>Daiya Cheese</p> <p>Shredded Cabbage</p> <p>Chopped Avocado</p> <p>Sprouts</p> <p>Cilantro</p> <p>Sprouted Organic Corn Tortilla</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Instructions:</strong><br><br>Heat up meatless crumbles in pan. Add spices, and melt cheese on top. Place into tortilla, add toppings and enjoy!</p>magazineTue, 17 Mar 2015 13:31:00 +0000 Bluegrass Spring Music Jam<p dir="ltr"><img alt="" height="330" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/bluegrass_logo_fb.jpg" width="330"></p> <p dir="ltr">Take a step back to the good ole’ days and enjoy the homegrown sounds of banjos and fiddles at the Bluegrass Spring Music Jam. More than 20 acts will take the stage at the South Florida Fairgrounds (<em>9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach</em>)  during this three-day festival from March 20-22.</p> <p dir="ltr">Rhonda Vincent,  the “Queen of Bluegrass”, will kick things off on Friday with hits like “Busy City” and “Only Me”. Then on Saturday night, the Boxcars will perform songs off their Grammy-nominated album “It’s Just a Road,”.</p> <p>The festival will be a fun time for the whole family. There will be old fashioned games and an arts and crafts table for the kids, as well as horseshoe and cornhole tournaments for the adults.</p> <p>But the true competition will be heat up through food contests. On Saturday, chefs will compete in the Coca-Cola Bar-B-Que Sauce Competition. Winners will receive bragging rights, get their recipe featured on the website and win a cash prize.</p> <p>Burgeoning musicians will want to bring their instruments along. Jam sessions and songwriter workshops will be held throughout the weekend.</p> <p>Tickets are $15 per day or $36 for a 3-day pass. Admission also includes admission to all historic Yesteryear Village buildings. Parking is free for this event and campsites are available for $35 per day.</p> <p>For more information please call 561/ 793-0333 or check out the <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>.</p>Annie PizzutelliTue, 17 Mar 2015 10:00:00 +0000 & EventsUpcoming EventsThe Auburn Trace update and election thoughts<h3>Auburn Trace</h3> <p><img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/screen_shot_2015-03-17_at_8.15.18_am.png" width="490"></p> <p>A year ago, Delray Beach was talking about the city’s roughly $4 million investment in the Auburn Trace housing project. Delray Beach is still talking about those millions, but in a much better way—specifically, how the city can avoid losing them.</p> <p>The city owns the second mortgage on the project that for a quarter-century has been home to low-income residents in Delray’s southwest neighborhood east of Interstate 95. In 1989, Delray loaned the developer $3.84 million from a federal housing grant at very favorable terms. Iberiabank owns the roughly $4.7 million first mortgage, and last October the bank foreclosed. In January, Auburn Trace, Ltd., which is part of Delray Beach-based Auburn Communities, filed a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition and is seeking to reorganize.</p> <p>Being second in line, Delray Beach could be out that $3.84 million, depending on how reorganization proceeds. In a January memo to the city commission, City Attorney Noel Pfeffer presented a proposal under which Delray Beach would buy the first mortgage from Iberiabank at a slight discount—about $4.3 million—to “better preserve its financial position. . .” Otherwise, Delray Beach might recoup only any equity left after paying off the bank, an amount that could be little or nothing. The city’s mortgage, Pfeffer wrote, could be “extinguished.”</p> <p>The commission unanimously approved the proposal. On March 3, the city commission met in executive session— not open to the public—for a discussion about Auburn Trace that included not just Pfeffer but also the bankruptcy attorney hired to represent the city.</p> <p>Though his January memo to the commission said the city needed to have closed on the mortgage sale by Feb. 27, Pfeffer told me Monday that the date was March 27. The city’s “due diligence” deadline ended Monday, and Pfeffer said nothing problematic turned up in the check of Auburn Trace’s condition and appraisals of the property. But the bank, Pfeffer said, needs approval of the sale from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. To allow time for that approval, Pfeffer said, he will schedule an item for the March 31 commission meeting that would extend the closing date to “the end of May.”</p> <p>Ideally, Delray Beach wouldn’t be in this position. Ideally, Auburn Trace, Ltd., would be paying off the first and second mortgages and fixing up the property. Pfeffer acknowledged in his memo that this is a “complex transaction with an uncertain outcome.” Yet it’s a distinct and better transaction than the one that nearly got forced on the city a year ago.</p> <p>One day before the commission meeting of March 16, 2014, Auburn Trace Ltd., asked the city to modify that loan. In exchange for the developer giving the city seven years of interest payments—$1.05 million—up front, the city would loan yet another Auburn affiliate another $4.3 million over 17 years. The affiliate would make no interest payments until the ninth year. The memo to commissioners called terms of the final principal payment “ambiguous.”</p> <p>The memo added, “These terms are an incomplete basis on which to make a decision. . .Even were the terms to be attractive, there is little confidence in Auburn’s ability to fulfill its obligations.” The memo noted that two months earlier Iberiabank had told the city that Auburn was in default on both mortgages.</p> <p>It was just the most recent request by Auburn Trace. The original 15-year loan became a 25-year loan, which then was extended to more than 31 years. Interest payments were delayed, and the city’s interest was “subordinated,” the memo said, so that Auburn could get more financing.</p> <p>Then-City Manager Louie Chapman recommended last year that the commission reject the loan modification. Instead, the commission approved it 3-0. One vote came from Angeleta Gray, a lame duck who had lost her campaign for reelection. The two other votes came from Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet. Mayor Cary Glickstein and Commissioner Shelly Petrolia had been out of town. None of the terms had been in writing. “I struggle to understand what (the commission) agreed to,” Pfeffer said.</p> <p>Fortunately, the interim city attorney scheduled for the next meeting a vote on rescinding that approval. With Glickstein and Petrolia back and Gray having been replaced by Jordana Jarjura, the vote to undo one of the most reckless decisions by any Delray commission passed 4-0.</p> <p>Jacquet was a no-show, but Frankel reversed himself. In 2009, seven months into his first term, Frankel had voted to approve Villages at Delray, another Auburn Communities project. The <em>Sun-Sentinel</em> reported that 18 percent of Frankel’s campaign contributions had come from Auburn, its officials and its affiliates.</p> <p>One could argue that Delray Beach now should let the reorganization play out and take its chances. One could argue that even if Delray Beach lost the investment, the money has helped to create affordable housing in what has been an overlooked part of the city. Pfeffer says Auburn Trace has been basically full for the last five years.</p> <p>The case for intervening, though, is stronger. The money, Pfeffer said, is too much to ignore. Then there’s what Petrolia calls “the human element.” This is about peoples’ lives, not just the city’s finances. Delray Beach wants Auburn Trace to continue as a successful project, which will require upgrading the units.</p> <p>The city isn’t just attempting to get more control over its money. The city is attempting to get more control over Auburn Trace’s future. The potential return on investment goes beyond numbers. The political change in Delray Beach over the last two years has led to the city’s improved priorities regarding Auburn Trace.</p> <p>Politics and the eye doctor</p> <p>The controversy involving a Palm Beach County ophthalmologist and a U.S. senator has a lot to do with politics and even more to do about the cost of health care.</p> <p>Salomon Melgen has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and the Democratic Party. Courtesy of Melgen, Menendez has taken trips on private jets that he did not report as gifts, later repaying Melgen.</p> <p>When Medicare has questioned Melgen’s possible overbilling, Menendez has intervened on Melgen’s behalf. Menendez also intervened on behalf of a company in which Melgen had an interest when the company was having trouble enforcing a contract with the Dominican Republic.</p> <p>South Florida long has been known as a center of health care fraud and excessive billing, especially when the patients are on Medicare. But as the <em>Times</em> reported in January, the push in Washington for a health care system driven by outcomes rather than services has made some snowbirds question tests and procedures suggested by doctors in Florida. Those skeptics call their doctors in the Northeast and Midwest for a second opinion and are told that the tests and procedures aren’t necessary.</p> <p>The paper reported that Florida leads the nation in costs for tests and imaging for seniors over the last two years of their lives. In his address to the Legislature this year, Gov. Rick Scott referred to Florida’s “exceptionalism.” The Melgen story is a reminder that when it comes to health care Florida too often is “exceptional” in the wrong way.</p> <h3>Boca election notes</h3> <p>It’s not often in a three-way race that the candidate who gets the fewest absentee votes get the most at the polls, but Jeremy Rodgers pulled it off to win the Boca Raton City Council Seat 3 race last week.</p> <p>To do that, according to precinct results released Friday by the supervisor of elections office, Rodgers got his biggest margins in areas where turnout was highest. That happened throughout the city, not just in one area. Rodgers lives in northwest Boca, but he did very well in downtown precincts. He nearly doubled Jamie Sauer’s total in one of the precincts where her neighbors vote.</p> <p>As expected, Sauer won some of the northwest precincts where former Mayor Steven Abrams has run well. Abrams was helping Sauer. But her margins there over Rodgers were small. Turnout was only 11.3 percent, but for Rodgers it was a strategic 11.3 percent.</p> <h3>And Delray’s outcome</h3> <p>Meanwhile in Delray Beach, Mitch Katz did something more remarkable.</p> <p>In the four-way race for the Seat 3 city commission seat, Katz won nearly every precinct on Election Day. I counted just three for Christina Morrison, two for Josh Smith and none for Bruce Bastian. Like Rodgers, Katz trailed after the absentees were counted. Morrison led.</p> <p>At the polls, however, Katz got 603 votes more than Morrison in a race where turnout was 16.3 percent. And given the breadth of his support and the balance of his fund-raising, Katz can say and mean it that he intends to represent all parts of the city.</p> <p>Based on that precinct-by-precinct report, Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein mostly owes his victory to downtown voters. Glickstein beat Tom Carney by 490 votes in a surprisingly close race, and Glickstein got 267 votes more than Carney in just three downtown precincts, two at Veterans Park and one at the 505 Club on South Federal Highway. Glickstein won more precincts, but he needed to win those big, and did.</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><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 17 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityConcert Review: Journey<p><img alt="" height="534" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/journey.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Perhaps no band in rock history has ridden the wave of one song’s repeated and unexpected splash into the cultural mainstream any better than <strong>Journey</strong>.</p> <p>As evidenced by the overflow crowd standing as one and in full throat during the band’s performance of it Sunday night at Coral Sky Amphitheater, “Don’t Stop Believin’” has moved beyond a simple audience-pleasing set-closer. It’s officially an anthem for the ages, one that, for different reasons, resonates with everyone from Baby Boomers to generations X, Y and Z.</p> <p>All of which must drive <em>Rolling Stone</em> absolutely crazy.</p> <p>This is the same song that, upon its release in 1981, a reviewer for the magazine wrote, “Lord knows how many weary pilgrims have managed to tramp down the memory lane of adolescent lust without the side trip that Journey [makes] to the dank hole of dreck-ola … addressing [its] audience as ‘streetlight people.’” Another <em>Rolling Stone</em> writer once referred to the Bay Area band’s music as “Stepford Wives rock.”</p> <p>OK. So Journey may never be a critical darling. But what does that matter when you’re the people’s choice? Can the estimated 18,000 in attendance at Coral Sky for Sunday’s show with Steve Miller Band really be that wrong?</p> <p>For the record, I bring a bit of bias to the discussion. Journey was my first concert, back in the general admission days of 1980, and I've been a fan ever since. My friend and I that night had maneuvered our way next to the stage at Lee County Arena in Fort Myers. Just as guitarist Neal Schon tore into the first notes of “Any Way You Want It” (which Journey opened with at Coral Sky), the third member of our party passed out. Unbeknown to us, he had ingested an illegal substance of some kind—which, combined with the wall of sound, caused him to black out. We dragged him into the bathroom (he survived), and reclaimed our prime position. </p> <p>Journey killed it that night—and 35 years later, they’re still killing it. Along the way, the band has cycled through its share of players, including, at one point, future “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson on bass. The current incarnation includes three members from the heyday of the band’s commercial success—Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and bassist Ross Valory—as well as drummer Dean Castronovo, who turned in one of the show’s highlights with his take on “Still They Ride.”</p> <p>But it’s lead singer Arnel Pineda, who, in his own way, has helped to write the most recent chapter in a history that dates back to 1973, when Journey was positioning itself as a jazz fusion group in San Francisco. The diminutive Filipino front man not only does justice to the songs made famous by Steve Perry—one of the more unmistakable rock voices of the last four decades—but he has a story straight out of the Mark Wahlberg movie “Rock Star.” Schon discovered Pineda on YouTube performing Journey songs with a cover band—and hired him in 2007.</p> <p>On stage, Pineda couldn’t be more different than Perry, who relied more on the strength of his dynamic vocals than his personality. Pineda, on the other hand, is like a human pinball, zigzagging between band members and jumping off platforms. For Schon and Cain, who are in their 60s, the energy must be contagious. Schon, who never met a guitar solo he didn't like, squeezed two of them into an abbreviated set; Cain, sporting some serious porkchop sideburns, turned in a keyboard solo and handled some guitar work at times. Both men brought as much enthusiasm to songs like “Separate Ways” and “Wheel in the Sky” as they did during their stadium-headlining days of the early ’80s.</p> <p>Pineda brought the house down with a powerful rendition of the 1983 hit “Faithfully,” which preceded the song that everybody had come to hear. What makes the rise of “Don’t Stop Believin’” even more remarkable is that it wasn’t even the biggest hit off the 1981 album “Escape.” That distinction belonged to “Open Arms,” which became Journey’s highest-charting single on Billboard’s Top 100 at No. 2 (“Don’t’ Stop” only reached No. 9.)</p> <p>But then, more than two decades after its release, a funny thing happened to “Don’t Stop Believin’.” It started showing up—everywhere. The Chicago White Sox adopted it in 2005 during their playoff run. “The Sopranos” made it the soundtrack of the series’ famous final scene. “Rock of Ages” brought it to Broadway. Rock Band brought it to video gamers. The TV show “Glee” performed it multiple times.</p> <p>Suddenly, “Don’t Stop Believin’” was having a second act like no song in recent history—and maybe ever. It became one of the most downloaded songs since iTunes debuted, selling more than 6 million units in the U.S. alone.</p> <p>On Sunday, Pineda got the song started, and the crowd took it from there. And so it goes for a band that could have wound up a guilty pleasure—but instead, for many people, has become a national treasure.</p> <p><strong><span>Journey Set List</span></strong></p> <p>Any Way You Want It</p> <p>Separate Ways</p> <p>Neal Schon guitar solo</p> <p>Stone in Love</p> <p>Lights</p> <p>Still They Ride</p> <p>Jonathan Cain keyboard solo</p> <p>Who’s Crying Now</p> <p>Open Arms</p> <p>Escape</p> <p>La Do Da</p> <p>Be Good To Yourself</p> <p>Neal Schon guitar solo</p> <p>Wheel in the Sky</p> <p>Faithfully</p> <p>Don’t Stop Believin’</p> <p><strong>Encore</strong></p> <p>Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’</p>Kevin KaminskiMon, 16 Mar 2015 16:42:00 +0000 & EventsMusicOpinionsSwank Farm salutes the veggie this Sunday<p><img alt="" height="291" src="/site_media/uploads/girl_with_hat.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>March is a bonus month for those of us who love, love, love Swank Table! This Sunday, there will be a SECOND Sunday dinner this month out at the Loxahatchee farm—this time celebrating all things veggie!</p> <p>“Where’s The Beet?” will take place from 4 to 9 p.m., Sunday, March 22, at Jodi and Darrell Swank’s bucolic farm—in the massive pole barn they had built for these occasions.</p> <p>And who’s starring this Sunday? Ken Blue and his team from West Palm’s Hippocrates Health Institute will join executive chef Julie Frans from Miami’s The Palms Hotel &amp; Spa, executive chef Lauren DeShields and sommelier Kirsta Grauberger from Market 17 in Fort Lauderdale, Jeff and Pam Hardy from Mom’s Pops in Palm Beach and Krystal Kinney, advanced sommelier, from Eau Palm Beach Resort &amp; Spa. Due South Brewery will be on hand, as well as entertainment by The Baron Sisters.</p> <p>For South Florida foodies, a Swank dinner is one of the highlights of our winter season—and they always sell out. Do not miss this chance to have a magical al fresco Sunday with fresh off-the-farm food, convivial company and some of the best chefs around. For more information and tickets visit <a href=""></a>.</p>Marie SpeedMon, 16 Mar 2015 16:21:00 +0000 & ReviewsBrio Adds to Food, Wine Menus<p>With snowbird season beginning to wind down, restaurants start tweaking their menus to give the rest of us still around fresh reason to show up. Here’s what the <strong>Brio Tuscan Grilles</strong> in Boca (<em>5050 Town Center Circle, 561/392-3777</em>), West Palm (<em>550 S. Rosemary Ave., 561/835-1511</em>) and Palm Beach Gardens (<em>3101 PGA Blvd., 561/622-0491</em>) are doing. . .</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/brio_new.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Pictured: Applewood Bacon &amp; Tomato Jam Bruschetta</em></p> <p>At lunch and weekend brunch there’s a new applewood-smoked bacon and tomato jam bruschetta. Newly added lunch and dinner items include sausage and onion jam pizza with three cheeses and arugula, grilled chicken and roasted balsamic peppers with farro, quinoa and pesto vinaigrette, and lobster and shrimp ravioli with black pepper cream sauce. For dinner there’s a crab and shrimp-crusted salmon with lemon vinaigrette.</p> <p>Two new wines by the glass (and bottle) are blends of several grapes. There’s the 19 Crimes Red from Australia, which goes for $8.95 a glass or $34 a bottle, and the Dreaming Tree Everyday White Blend from California, which will cost you $10.95 a glass and $42 a bottle.</p> <p>Sip that while the folks in Boston are still up to their eyeballs in snow.</p> <div><span class="fbPhotosPhotoCaption"><span class="hasCaption"><br></span></span></div>Bill CitaraMon, 16 Mar 2015 11:25:00 +0000 & ReviewsItalian Meatery Opens in Lantana<p>Does the restaurant-eating location at 210 E. Ocean Ave. in Lantana have another meal?</p> <p><img alt="" height="387" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/paesano.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For the sake of Fiorenzo Trunzo we can only hope not. Trunzo, you see, is the chef-owner of <strong>Paesano</strong> (561/547-0266) a retro, 1950s-style Italian restaurant-slash-steakhouse that has taken over the gorgeous, semi-open and perpetually star-crossed spot formerly home to Tapas 210 and before that the very good and very odd Apicius.</p> <p>Harking back to an era when, “Life was easy and fun. Amore was plentiful, worries less and the food was always bellisimo,” Paesano offers both traditional and more contemporary dishes, from eggplant Parmigiana, fettucine Bolognese and veal Milanese to tuna tartar tower with avocado and seaweed, spaghetti with bottarga in a spicy garlic sauce and a Kobe-style beef burger with brandy cocktail sauce and taleggio cheese. There’s also pizza and a roster of Black Angus steaks.</p> <p>Keep your fingers crossed Paesano sticks around. A setting this pretty deserves a good restaurant.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraFri, 13 Mar 2015 15:05:00 +0000 & ReviewsConcert Review: &quot;The Sing-Off&quot; Live<p>NBC’s a cappella competition show, “The Sing-Off,” received short network shrift last year, with its entire fifth season condensed into one two-hour special. But the series’ live tour proved to be a more than acceptable consolation prize, stopping by Coral Springs Center for the Arts last night for an evening of unpredictable fun and vocal acrobatics that, like the TV show, rendered musical instruments superfluous.</p> <p>The three touring acts, representing seasons two, four and five of “The Sing-Off,” opened the show with a riveting group version of the elastic Queen/David Bowie smash “Under Pressure,” a sprightly take that integrated barbershop-style crooning and scatting.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/the-exchange-cheesing-on-the-sing-off.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Last season’s finalists The Exchange performed the evening’s first full set, finding their forte in today’s Top 40 hits. They opened with Bruno Mars’ “Runaway Baby” then tore through a couple of numbers from the series—the soulful thunder clatter of Ed Sheeren’s “Sing,” in which they nailed its impossibly high falsettos, and OneRepublic’s “Love Runs Out,” which proved that their members know when to hold back to magnify a song’s emotional impact. A crushing, bass-heavy “Radioactive” followed, but the Exchange’s most memorable moment was also its most unexpected: a spartan, heartfelt rendition of “Georgia On My Mind,” performed off-mic. Suddenly, it felt like The Exchange was singing in a giant living room; its vintage approach transfixed the auditorium.</p> <p>Another surprise followed their performance, and set the tone for the next one. A few members from the three groups performed a hilarious ping-pong sketch that combined mime with beatboxing. It started with one member “bouncing” an invisible ball on an invisible paddle and then became a fiercely competitive doubles match that integrated slow-motion and took on the intensity of a climactic fight in a “Rocky” movie. It was something out of vaudeville, not a music show—a hilarious and endearing treat.</p> <p><img alt="" height="202" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/voice-play-the-sing-off-season-4.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>It was the perfect introduction to the highlight of the night: a set of comedy and music from VoicePlay, a quintet of Orlandoans that take the pomp and circumstance out of a cappella. Fronted by the charismatic Earl Elkins Jr.—imagine Freddie Mercury with Flock of Seagulls hair—the group’s set included an inspired parody of a “Now!” music compilation ad, complete with video help from Season Four winners Home Free, which saw VoicePlay satirize a medley of hits, from “Bang Bang” and “Drunk on a Plane” to “Animals” and “Let it Go.”</p> <p>Then, they played the top 10 songs on iTunes’ Broadway chart in 30-second segments, resulting in a dizzying mash-up of Frankie Valli and Trey Parker, “Avenue Q” and “Les Miserables.” Next, they dragged an audience member onstage for an “audition” to be VoicePlay’s sixth member—except that only <em>we</em> knew what each audition entailed.</p> <p>Nearly all of this material was presented as more of a sketch than a song, and it was liberating to watch a group that enforces the “Play” of its name as much as the “Voice.” Films like “Pitch Perfect” have emphasized the competitive nature of a cappella collectives, but it’s amazing to watch what a group like this can accomplish when liberated from the need to outperform its rivals.</p> <p><img alt="" height="211" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/street-corner-symphony-group.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Street Corner Symphony, a popular act from Season Two, closed the concert with its technically flawless take on classic-rock tunes by the likes of CCR, the Black Crowes and Chuck Berry, along with an original song, “Voodoo.” Of all the performers on this tour, SCS brought the most serious artistry to the stage, with vocal percussionists who managed to simulate upright bass, electric guitars, horns and a full drum kit. Excellent as they were, the performance couldn’t help but feel anticlimactic after the rousing, off-kilter brilliance of VoicePlay, which should have headlined. The three groups joined forces for two more numbers—a soaring “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and a mike-less “Fix You”—to send us home.</p> <p>There were too many empty seats at the Coral Springs Center last night, but attendees certainly <em>did</em> find what they were looking for—a reminder of a cappella’s wellspring of talent that just might hold them over until the next season of “The Sing-Off;” we can only hope it will last more than one night.</p>John ThomasonFri, 13 Mar 2015 14:26:01 +0000 & EventsMusicFashion Forward: a foodie + fashion event and more<p><strong><img alt="" height="287" src="/site_media/uploads/century.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Outfit your home:</strong> On the hunt for new furniture? You're in luck. Brown's Interior Design (<em>4501 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</em>) is holding a spring sale on all Century Furniture through March 31. Get great savings on sofas, ottomans, lighting and more.</p> <p><strong>Food and fashion:</strong> Palm Beach Outlets is hosting an evening of fashion and dining on April 9. From 6 to 9 p.m., enjoy food sampling, a fashion show, live music, giveaways and a silent auction. Tickets can be bought in advance until March 15 at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><strong>Be an ambassador:</strong> Lilac &amp; Lilies Boutique is on the hunt for brand ambassadors. Make it official, and you'll receive L&amp;L cash - plus other bonus benefits for being a part of the team. Email for more info.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 13 Mar 2015 10:17:00 +0000 NewsMichael Grunwald sends a message<p>It wasn’t warm and fuzzy last night when <a href="" target="_blank">Michael Grunwald</a> spoke at the Festival of the Arts Author series.  He was not the elder statesmanlike Richard Ford, or the cozy and jocular Doris Kearns Goodwin, Nope, he was young, direct and completely on point: The Everglades is in peril, and with it, so are we.</p> <p>Period.</p> <p><img alt="" height="359" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/grunwald_michael1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Much in the same way he crafted his impressive tour de force, <em>The Swamp</em>, he outlined in historic detail what has happened to the Everglades, what can be done, and what the status report is—and it ain’t real good, folks. The water is slowly getting more pure (but not pure enough) and there’s no place to store it. Lake Okeechobee flushes are destroying the estuaries, no one has been willing to take on Big Sugar (although he credits the industry with enormous strides in clean water practices) or spend the money to buy enough land to reverse what the Army Corps of Engineers did to Florida.</p> <p>It is a highly complex issue, and one that Grunwald covered masterfully in <em>The Swamp</em>, arguably the best book about Florida, in my opinion, and one which should be required reading for anyone who steps foot in the state—and tattooed on the eyelids of our elected officials. </p> <p>Grunwald is no impassioned tree hugger; he doesn’t even seem to much like the Everglades (“It’s no Yosemite,” he says) But he recognizes it as essential to Florida’s future, through water retention as well as sea level rise. Plus there’s no other place like it. On earth.</p> <p>Our ability to reverse its collapse is not only essential to saving Florida, but a moral imperative as well. And I quote him: </p> <p>“The Everglades restoration is now the model for restoring the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes and the Louisiana coastal wetlands but also the Okavango Delta in Africa and the Garden of Eden marshes that Suddam Hussein destroyed in Iraq. There really is a sense that if Broward county and Miami-Dade can’t figure out how to save this place—how to share water so there some for the people and some for the otters—then it’s kind of hard to figure out how Israel and Syria are going to be able to do it.”</p> <p>The Author series at the Festival has become increasingly more compelling—with Richard Ford, Grunwald and Thomas Friedman among the speakers this year. I only wish everyone could have heard Grunwald’s talk. It might not have been a feel-good message, but it is one we all need to hear—again and again.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Don’t miss </em>Boca<em> magazine’s full interview with Michael Grunwald in our May-June issue</em>.</p>Marie SpeedFri, 13 Mar 2015 09:53:00 +0000 & EventsStaff Picks: food on our minds<p><strong>DaVinci’s Crab Cake Salad</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="331" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/davincis_exterior.png" width="490"> </p> <p>Picked by Rebecca Valenza, Account Manager</p> <p>“Just the right combination of greens, gorgonzola cheese and crab. Delicious!”</p> <p>(Da Vinci’s of Boca, Town Center at Boca // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>Salmon Tacos at Mariposa</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="355" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/salmontacos.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>"Two generous portions of blackened salmon wrapped up in a slightly crispy corn tortilla, with lime cabbage salad and a delicious light chipotle mayo. The salmon practically melts in your mouth!"</p> <p>(Mariposa at Neiman Marcus, Town Center at Boca Raton)</p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/staff-picks" target="_blank"><em>For more staff picks, click here.</em></a></center><center><em><br></em></center>magazineFri, 13 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 at the International Polo Club<p>If you’re looking for a brunch experience you’re never going to forget, then you may want to pay a visit to the <strong>International Polo Club</strong> on Sundays.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/polobrunch.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The $120 buffet brunch features an incredible assortment of more than 80 brunch items that change weekly. Feast on dishes like red velvet waffles, poached salmon, prosciutto and burrata and house-made sea salt caramel truffle gelato.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/polobrunch2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/polobrunch3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>There are several stations throughout the brunch room for everyone’s tastes. There’s a water buffet, featuring items like snow crab claws and seared ahi tuna; a build-your-own omelet or waffle station; a roasted meat station; a cheese and meat area; and so much more. The choices are overwhelming, but with careful planning, you’ll taste everything you need – and more – and leave with a stomach-full of delicious food and a champagne buzz.</p> <p>To view the full season schedule and purchase tickets,  <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><em>Note: If you want to watch the polo match as well, I suggest buying seats at the watching area across the field. Commentary isn’t played on speakers at the brunch area.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 12 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsElection Wrap-Up<p><img alt="" height="399" src="/site_media/uploads/elections1.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>There are interesting takeaways from Tuesday’s elections in Boca Raton and Delray Beach. Here’s a look at three of them.</p> <h3>Money talks?</h3> <p>The main lesson from Boca Raton is an old but still important one: The candidate with the most money doesn’t always win.</p> <p>In the race to succeed Constance Scott in Seat C, that candidate was Frank Chapman. He loaned himself $172,000, tossing in $70,000 at the end of the campaign to go with the $102,000 he first used to almost entirely self-finance his second effort for a city council seat. According to the most recent treasury reports, which extend through March 5, Jamie Sauer had raised about $76,000 in direct contributions and Jeremy Rodgers had raised roughly $38,000. Chapman also had “dark money” from electioneering communications organizations helping him.</p> <p>Yet Chapman came in third, just a sliver behind Sauer but nearly 12 percentage points behind Rodgers. Since Chapman made a big push on absentee ballots and led in votes counted before Election Day, the margin at the polls was even larger.</p> <p>Chapman sent out almost two dozen mailers and had a TV commercial. Rodgers sent out only two mailers the weekend before the election, and the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce‑—which endorsed him—sent out another pro-Rodgers mailer. That was it.</p> <p>In an interview Wednesday, Rodgers credited his message, which was that Boca Raton should make itself “the best place to start a business” and was more positive than Chapman’s mailers, which mocked Rodgers and Sauer as tools of developers and the Tea Party. One of the few IBMers left in the city, Rodgers noted that the company “invented the personal computer” in Boca Raton and said he wants the city to nurture its nascent high-tech industry.</p> <p>Rodgers also cited his team of volunteers, some of whom had worked in political races and helped him develop his strategy. “Our unpaid people at the polls,” Rodgers said, “ran into paid people” from other campaigns.</p> <p>Sauer had support from Mayor Susan Haynie and Councilman Mike Mullaugh, but I wouldn’t expect that to be problematic for Rodgers when he joins the council on March 31. The incumbents’ priority was defeating Chapman. Because he didn’t have to rely on support from council members, Rodgers could bring a helpful outside perspective. Even in a city such as Boca Raton, where many things are going well, lockstep is a bad thing.</p> <h3>Turnout blues</h3> <p>Turnout in the Seat C race was 6,858 votes. The last time Boca Raton had a single council race was in 2012, when Chapman lost to Anthony Majhess. Turnout was 6,851 votes. If the turnout remains too low, it certainly has been consistent.</p> <h3>The Delray message</h3> <p>About a year ago, Mitch Katz wore a T-shirt that said: “Impeach Al and Adam.” That would be Delray Beach city commissioners Al Jacquet and Adam Frankel. Their reckless vote to modify the city’s loan to the Auburn Trace housing project—Frankel reversed himself at the next meeting—prompted Katz to wear the shirt.</p> <p>Tuesday night, Katz told me, Jacquet was shaking Katz’ hand to congratulate him on winning Frankel’s seat. Funny old world.</p> <p>In one sense, Katz’ Seat 3 victory was a surprise. He got into the race late. He didn’t have a strong advantage in fund-raising. He had three opponents, each of whom could have pulled enough votes from different voting blocs to get a margin in a city with no runoff election.</p> <p>In another sense, though, Katz had a running start. He took over the team of volunteers who had assembled to work for Chris Davey. He narrowly lost to Jacquet last year and was prepared to run this year before withdrawing. Indeed, Katz had been part of that team, having supported Davey himself in 2014. Katz got into the race a day after Davey dropped out. And according to campaign finance reports through Feb. 20, Katz raised $15,000. That was less than the $24,000 for Christina Morrison and the $23,000 for Bruce Bastian—they finished second and third, respectively—but it was adequate. He had public support from Commissioner Shelly Petrolia.</p> <p>Still, it took lots of work for Katz to win. “I pretty much passed out on the way down to the bed,” he said of his victory sleep. And if Katz had Petrolia on his side, Mayor Cary Glickstein and Commissioner Jordana Jarjura were supporting Bastian.</p> <p>Where Frank Chapman campaigned against overdevelopment in Boca Raton and lost, Katz campaigned against overdevelopment and won. That says much about the role business plays in the respective cities, but Katz is hardly anti-growth, even if he based his campaign on “beating the special interests.” When he joins the commission, Katz wants to “get the citizens that care and the developers together and find a compromise.”</p> <p>Katz sees no difficulty in working with Glickstein and Jarjura. “They’re both good people,” he said, pointing out that he “worked very hard” for Glickstein in 2013 and Jarjura last year. Despite having supported Bastian, Glickstein says Katz will be a “huge upgrade” from Frankel, who held out against firing former City Manager Louie Chapman and shifting the trash contract from Waste Management. I would expect Katz to share the progressive approach of Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia but to dissent when he considers it necessary.</p> <h3>And the Mayor’s margin</h3> <p>In the Delray Beach mayor’s race, the surprise wasn’t that Cary Glickstein won. The surprise was that he didn’t win by more.</p> <p>Glickstein beat Tom Carney by 460 votes in a rematch from 2013. Glickstein did get about 500 votes more than he got two years ago, and his margin was wider—53.3 percent compared to 52.1 percent in 2013. But Glickstein had a good record to run on. Delray Beach has much better management in City Hall, the new trash contract will save residents $8 million, downtown development is spreading to West Atlantic Avenue and new building regulations address the wish of Glickstein’s constituents to keep Delray’s small-town feel even as it draws more residents and visitors. Also, Carney got into the race very late.</p> <p>So was it Glickstein’s style? Does he come off even to some supporters as brusque or even haughty?</p> <p>In an interview, Glickstein said running for office is “always healthy in the sense of self-examination. There’s nothing more revealing than a political campaign.” Between running his company, Ironwood Properties, his duties as a father and his work for the city, Glickstein said, “I’ve never been wired for a lot of small talk.”</p> <p>Glickstein acknowledges, though, that “optics are important. It’s a fair criticism. My family would say that the stress of the job is visible. It’s something I’ve got to work on.”</p> <p>Since he won’t be running again due to the city’s term-limits rule, Glickstein could decide that he doesn’t need to change his businesslike approach and his obvious impatience for what can be the glacial pace of government change. But if residents aren’t getting the message of great progress in a relatively short time, perhaps the problem is the sender.</p> <p>Glickstein says Delray still faces many “challenges” in the three years he will be mayor. Bringing the public along will make it easier to deal with those challenges.</p> <h3>Diversity notes</h3> <p>The Brookings Institution, a left-leaning think tank in Washington, regularly updates its study of diversity in the United States. The changing makeup of the population affects everything, especially politics.</p> <p>In its latest report, Brookings lists the 10 states with the most generational diversity: the largest gaps between the percentage of minority residents who are 19 and under and the percentage who are 65 and over. Florida ranks sixth, below Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, California and Texas and above Delaware, Oklahoma, Washington and Rhode Island.</p> <p>According to the study, 56 percent of Floridians 19 and under are people of color, compared to 24 percent for those 65 and over. In New Mexico, 74 percent of the 19-and-under population is minority.</p> <p>In Palm Beach County, 58.2 percent of all residents are white; 17.6 percent are African-American and 20.3 percent are Hispanic. Broward County is already majority-minority. Roughly 41 percent of residents are white, with 27 percent African-American and 26.9 percent are Hispanic.</p> <p>To check out the diversity population of each county in the country, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</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><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 12 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityWired For the Better<p>Is technology our friend or our enemy? Is it making us smarter, or dumbing us down?</p> <p>The answer to these questions is probably “both,” but the doomsayers usually win out in the popular press, with proof in the pudding of misspelled tweets, asinine Facebook posts and brain-melting YouTube trifles that flit across hundreds of thousands of screens every day, turning us into numbed zombies in hopeless throng to megabytes and satellites.</p> <p><img alt="" height="259" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/clive-thompson.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Clive Thompson takes the more halcyon view. One of North America’s most prominent technology writers argues that tech is actually making our brains smarter, as the title of his insightful 2014 book, <em>Smarter Than You Think</em>, suggests. Last night, Thompson took to the lectern at Mizner Park Studio Theater to explain some of his evidence at a thought-provoking, amusing lecture at Festival of the Arts Boca.</p> <p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/stalin-photos.jpg" width="413"></p> <p>Thompson spoke quickly, incisively and seemingly extemporaneously, aided by slides in the manner of a TED talk. He opened his presentation, surprisingly, in Stalinist Russia, showing us how the Soviet dictator would conveniently “eliminate” political rivals from his photographs until only Stalin remained in frame, through a method of proto-Photoshopping. Through this Orwellian rewriting of history, Thompson was saying that “reality” has been manipulated to serve the needs of the powerful long before the technology to do so became democratized.</p> <p><img alt="" height="257" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/0709-lede-iran.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>He then moved on to actual Photoshop manipulation, centering on the notorious Iranian missile-launch hoax of 2008—a doctored image of four rockets firing simultaneously that even the world’s top newspapers ran as fact. But here’s the thing: It took a clutch of tech-savvy computer nerds to deduce the truth, work collectively, expose the hoax and then mercilessly spoof it. In one Photoshop manipulation, a giant cat paws at one of the projectiles (“Cats are the fungible go-to animal when you want to mock someone,” Thompson said).</p> <p><img alt="" height="278" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/iran-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In this case, tech knowledge helped expose the truth, and Thompson spent the rest of his lecture elucidating other ways that a perpetually plugged-in, begizmoed populace is helping to change the world and enhance our brainpower. He used terms I had never encountered before, like “public thinking” and “ambient awareness” and “video literacy” in a lecture that bounced across such topics as real estate, the evolution of the camera, pointillist art, the fourth season of “Breaking Bad,” hidden videogame codes and the folding of proteins in the development of pharmaceuticals. He smattered his presentation with astonishing statistics: Thanks to social media, the world now produces 3.6 trillion written words per day, which Thompson argues is making a nation of non-scribblers better and more-prolific writers.</p> <p>Thompson explained that a truly worldwide Web has helped to expose, advocate and connect in times of global or national distress, such as corruption and violence in Kenya and the earthquake in Haiti. And he even found a defense for reading someone’s Tweets—for an entire year. “Follow [my feed] for a year, and you’ll have a map of what’s going on inside my head,” he said.</p> <p>The lecture, which should have been better attended, surely didn’t convince everyone that a perpetually connected world is a force for good. But I certainly walked away with new perspectives on a continually evolving topic—not to mention the discovery of a new author that’s well worth “following.”</p>John ThomasonWed, 11 Mar 2015 13:53:54 +0000 & EventsHealthy St. Paddy’s Eats<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>St. Paddy’s Day is just around the corner, and that means wearing green for good luck and celebrating with your favorite Irish beer. That has me thinking about the famous Irish folktale about a leprechaun hiding its treasure at the end of a rainbow. While a pot of gold sounds rather appealing, I think radiant health is a much more valuable treasure to obtain.</p> <p>To help you go truly green and feel great in your body post-celebration, I highlighted my tips and tricks to Irish fare.</p> <p><strong>Potatoes</strong></p> <p>Potatoes have been getting a bad rep lately, but they’re actually good for you. Filled with bloat-reducing potassium, fiber, iron, zinc and energy-boosting carbs, a medium potato has only 160 calories and boasts 4 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. But note of advice –skip the big calorie offenders like sour cream, butter and cheese. They’re the ones that can contribute to weight-gain and lethargy. Instead sprinkle your potato with some metabolism-boosting hot sauce and serve it with a side of green veggies.</p> <p><strong>Cabbage</strong></p> <p>Low in calories and high in fiber (only 22 calories per cup), this Irish staple can help you stay satisfied for hours. Best of all, cabbage is a part of the famous cruciferous vegetables that help protect the body from cancer. When I’m out at a typical Irish pub and there are no good vegetarian dishes, I always order a side of cabbage, one baked potato and a green salad.</p> <p><strong>Guinness</strong></p> <p>Personally, I prefer light, low-calorie beers such as Amstel Light, but when in an Irish pub, drinking what the Irish drink may not be too bad. Research has shown that dark beer like Guinness is actually packed with antioxidants. Just remember that it still has liver-suppressing alcohol, so limit your drink to one glass, which is about 125 calories.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/dubliner.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Pictured: The Dubliner</em></p> <p><strong>Go Green in Boca’s Dubliner</strong></p> <p>If you like to indulge in Irish staples such as shepherd’s pie, but want to skip all the cholesterol, try <a href="">Dubliner</a>’s Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie. If you are in the mood for dessert, split one Oatmeal Apple Crisp (skip the ice cream) with friends and then go for a nice walk around Mizner Park!<em> (</em><em>435 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, Boca Raton // 561/620-2540)</em></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</em></p> <p><em><br></em></p>Alina Z.Wed, 11 Mar 2015 09:26:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsDoggie Run/Walk + This Month in Health<p><strong><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Four Paws 5k Run</strong></p> <p>Coming up on Sunday, March 22: the <a href="">Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue's</a> Four Paws 5k Run in downtown Lake Worth. It’s your chance to adopt a dog, or run/walk a 5K with yours.</p> <p><img alt="" height="357" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/doggierun.jpg" width="391"></p> <p>Runners start at Bryant Park (100 South Gulfview Road) at 8 a.m. Runners without accompanying dogs will go first, followed by runners with dogs, walkers and walkers with dogs.</p> <p>The cost? $30 per person, plus a signup fee of $2.50 until race day. Registration goes up to $40 for adults on the morning of the race.  </p> <p>This is more than a race; it’s an all-day event. Runners and those there to watch can enjoy entertainment by a band and DJ, vendors, food, an Easter egg hunt for the kids and more. The Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue will have onsite adoptions the day of the race.</p> <p>All dogs are welcome but must be on a leash. Participating dogs will receive goody bags, according to race literature.</p> <p>To sign up online, <a href="">click here</a>.</p> <p><strong>March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month</strong></p> <p>You might have seen a lot of people wearing blue last week. The <a href="">Colon Cancer Alliance</a>’s “National Dress in Blue Day” falls on the first Friday of March each year. If you missed it, don’t worry: the entire month is dedicated to raising awareness about colon cancer.</p> <p>Colon cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer and second leading cause of cancer death in U.S. men and women combined. While colon cancer can happen at any age in adulthood, 90 percent of new cases occur in people ages 50 or older.</p> <p>The good news about this cancer is it can be detected early, and early detection and treatment saves lives.</p> <p>While everyone should talk with his or her doctor about the right screenings, as well as the timing and frequency of those screenings, there are general recommendations. These include regular screenings starting at age 50, such as a colonoscopy every 10 years, according to <a href="">Florida Health</a>.</p> <p>Learn more about colon cancer, risk, treatment and prevention, at <a href="http://http//"></a>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>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>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 11 Mar 2015 08:21:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyDark money in local elections and more local news<h3><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/logo-election-money-mahurin.jpg" width="293"></h3> <h3>Dark money, murky messages</h3> <p>Over the weekend, the last flurry of campaign mailers hit mailboxes in Boca Raton and Delray Beach. While some mailers—a staple of local elections—are straightforward, others are designed to mislead and/or deceive voters. Big surprise, right?</p> <p>Consider the mailer attacking Boca Raton City Council Seat C candidate Frank Chapman. It correctly states that Chapman’s first application to the Ohio Bar was denied because of, as the mailer put it, “immoral, unethical &amp; illegal behavior.” Close enough. While Chapman was working at his father’s carpet and upholstery business, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office took action against him for “deceptive and unconscionable sales practices.” Chapman agreed to testify against his father. He was fined and ordered to pay restitution.</p> <p>But who sent the mailer? It comes from Keeping Citizens First, Inc. The group’s West Palm Beach address matches that of the political consulting firm working for Jamie Sauer, one of Chapman’s opponents.</p> <p>Another mailer targets Jeremy Rodgers, the third candidate in Seat C. Two firefighters are pictured in the mailer, which attacks Rodgers for his comment that Boca Raton might have to consider switching firefighters and police officers from the traditional defined-benefit pension system—with a guaranteed payout—to a defined-contribution plan like the 401(c) 3 pensions to which many private companies have switched. Firefighters and police officers prefer the guaranteed payouts.</p> <p>The source of the mailer is Floridians for Integrity in Government, which is based in Tampa. This is the same group that last year sent mailers attacking Armand Grossman, then a candidate for Seat C. The money for the mailers came from Chapman’s wife. On Feb. 27, the firefighters union sent Floridians for Integrity in Government a check for $5,000.</p> <p>So the firefighter mailer amounts to Chapman attacking Rodgers without using Chapman’s name. Perhaps Chapman didn’t attach his name to this mailer because he ran unsuccessfully for the council in 2012 against the union-backed candidate, Anthony Majhess, and didn’t want to appear even more inconsistent. Chapman already is running against the Boca Raton political establishment whose support he welcomed three years ago.</p> <p>Floridians for Integrity in Government and Keeping Citizens First are “electioneering communications organizations,” known as ECOs. They are different from political action committees in that under Florida law they cannot “expressly advocate” that one candidate win or lose. Obviously, though, the intent is clear‑even if the identity behind the mailer isn’t.</p> <p>ECOs also help to hide the source of money spent to influence elections. Candidates must report direct contributions. Boca Raton and Delray Beach post those periodic reports on the cities’ websites. Money to ECOs, however, is much harder to trace, and there are no limits on how much donors can give.</p> <p>In Delray Beach, the same Floridians for Integrity in Government has sent mailers on behalf of Bruce Bastian, one of four candidates running for Seat 3. One mailer attacks the other candidates—Mitch Katz, Christina Morrison and Josh Smith—as having “failed” to address critical issues facing the city. Neither Katz nor Smith ever has served on the city commission, and Morrison only briefly served as an appointed commissioner in 2013.</p> <p>One of the big issues facing the next commission is approval of a development agreement with Atlantic Crossing, the controversial mixed-use project on Atlantic Avenue just west of Veterans Park. If you check Bastian’s campaign treasury reports through Feb. 20, you will find no contributions directly from Atlantic Crossing.</p> <p>But if you check with the Florida Division of Elections for contributions to Floridians for Integrity in Government, you will find a pair of $2,500 contributions directly from Atlantic Crossing. Both came on Feb. 24. One is from CDS Group Holdings, which owns the Atlantic Crossing site and whose principal is Carl DeSantis. The other is listed as PJAM, but its address matches that for the Columbus, Ohio, headquarters of The Edwards Cos., which is building Atlantic Crossing’s residential component.</p> <p>So there’s a $5,000 contribution—serious money in a local election—related to a major issue that voters wouldn’t know about, given the nature of an ECO.</p> <p>Another mystery mailer in Delray falsely links Mayor Cary Glickstein to All Aboard Florida, the passenger rail service that has created much controversy in parts of South Florida and especially in the Treasure Coast, by picturing him in a train conductor’s uniform. In fact, city officials have no power over All Aboard Florida. The parent company owns the tracks, and federal agencies have responsibility for approving All Aboard Florida’s plans.</p> <p>The mailer comes from Citizens for a Better Delray Beach. It is registered with the city as an electioneering communications organization, and reports a single donation of $10,000. The donation came on Feb. 19 from American Dialogue, yet another ECO, this one based in Boca.</p> <p>The address for Citizens for a Better Delray Beach is a house in the northwest section of the city. The address for American Dialogue is a condo west of Boca Raton. The chairperson/treasurer of American Dialogue is listed as Evan Carson, but the property appraiser’s website does not list Evan Carson as the owner of the condo.</p> <p>The treasurer’s report of Citizens for a Better Delray Beach is signed by Rick Burgess. In 2014, Rick Burgess ran as the third candidate when Chris Davey challenged incumbent commissioner Al Jacquet. Davey’s supporters saw Burgess as a spoiler designed to help Jacquet. Burgess got 294 votes. Jacquet won by 265 votes.</p> <p>Since Tom Carney is the only candidate challenging Glickstein, the mailer obviously is on his behalf. Glickstein and others consider Carney to be allied with the Mary McCarty faction in Delray Beach politics. Carney’s name, of course, does not appear on the mailer.</p> <p>Compounding the difficulty of tracing this “dark money” is that people can use the same ECO in multiple campaigns at different levels. Floridians for Integrity in Government played a big role last year in a local state Senate race. In contrast, the state nearly revoked American Dialogue’s status in 2014 for lack of activity.</p> <p>The point of these ECOS, of course, is to hide the money from the public. Money in politics is enough of a problem. Now it’s the money behind the money.</p> <h3>Predictions</h3> <p>So who’s going to win in Boca and Delray? As with national elections, it will depend on turnout.</p> <p>Frank Chapman is self-financing his campaign, and has sent out the most mailers, casting himself as the anti-overdevelopment candidate. It’s an easy and potentially winning issue, potentially more so in the eastern neighborhoods. Rodgers has been in the race the longest but has the least amount of money. He does have the endorsement of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, but the chamber is much less active in city elections than it was a decade ago.</p> <p>Sauer got into the race last. Her hope lies with her supporters—meaning most current and recent Boca Raton elected officials. A Sauer mailer included a testimonial from former Mayor and current County Commissioner Steven Abrams, comparing Sauer to former Mayor Susan Whelchel and current Mayor Susan Haynie. A recorded message also went out Monday to Boca voters. Abrams always gets much support from the northwest neighborhoods that have the highest turnout in the city. Sauer lives in the east, but her fate likely lies with the west.</p> <p>In Delray, the odds probably favor Glickstein for a second term. He has loaned himself $100,000, Carney got into the race late, and things are better after Glickstein’s two years in office.</p> <p>For the commission seat, it’s hard to imagine any of the four candidates getting an outright majority. Each has potential appeal in certain segments of the community. Delray Beach has no runoff unless two candidates tie, so however small the percentage the winner will get all the power of a vote.</p> <h3>Bondi challenges deportation delay</h3> <p>As I’ve written, reform of the nation’s immigration system would help Florida more than almost any other state. Even minor reform that granted legal status to some of South Florida’s undocumented residents would help law enforcement—without fear of deportation, people are more likely to report crimes—and the economy—employers couldn’t drive down wages by exploiting the silent.</p> <p>Yet Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is among those challenging President Obama’s 2014 executive action that would delay deportation for the parents of some illegal immigrants whose children were born here. According to the Pew Research Center, Obama’s action could apply to roughly 300,000 Floridians.</p> <p>Pew calculates that of the 5 million who could be eligible, 2.3 million live in states that are challenging the president’s action. A federal judge in Texas ruled against the president. The administration is appealing.</p> <h3>Time change</h3> <p>If you woke up in darkness Monday and emerged from Dunkin Donuts before the sun really was up, you might have wondered, as many of us do twice a year, Why do we change the time? Does it do any good?</p> <p>Not really. According to an article distributed by Quartz Media, the federal government in 2008 found no overall energy savings from Daylight Saving Time, even though proponents say that longer days mean more natural light for office buildings.</p> <p>For nearly a century, the United States has been messing with the natural cycle of day and night. We are one of just 82 nations that still do so. And while we once alternated between Daylight Time and Standard Time every six months, Daylight Time now starts in early March, as opposed to what for years was late April.</p> <p>March is one of the most glorious months in South Florida. But it would be just as glorious if we could ease into it, not be jolted into 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><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 10 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: March 10 to 16<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="340" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/0410_rita-moreno.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Rita Moreno</strong></p> <p>Where: Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free for members, $35 nonmembers</p> <p>Contact: 561/655-7226, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The jewel of Society of the Four Arts’ 2015 Lecture Series, Rita Moreno personifies the American Dream: She’s a farmer’s daughter, birthed from a 17-year-old mother in Humacao, Puerto Rico, and by age 13, two years after she began lending her voice to Spanish translations of American films, she debuted on Broadway. The rest is rich history: a pyramid of parts on stage and screen topped by her role-defining performance as Anita in the film adaptation of “West Side Story.” Future roles helped typecast her as a fiery Latina, but she’s displayed enough range in her 70-year career to portray an Irish teacher, an Italian widow, a proper Englishwoman and a Southern belle. And she hasn’t stopped: At 83, Moreno can be seen in “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks,” currently in theaters. No word whether her “Afternoon With Rita Moreno” at Four Arts will include a musical component, but we can hope.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/ven03_ja_10oct_intro-400x400.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Gin Blossoms</strong></p> <p>Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25</p> <p>Contact: 954/449-1025, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Nobody wears flannel anymore, and simple, affecting, jangly guitar-pop is as absent on the radio these days as polka and F-bombs. But the Gin Blossoms’ clean, heartfelt pop-rock persists into the 21<sup>st</sup> century, outlasting the commercial peak and subsequent flameouts of many of its early ‘90s peers. Founded in Tempe, Ariz., in 1987, the group achieved widespread success with the 1992 hit “Hey Jealousy,” only to suffer the firing and suicide of bandmate (and writer of that song) Doug Hopkins shortly thereafter. The band released just one more album before dissolving, only to reunite in 2002 with its devoted fan base intact. The new albums are good, but the band generously draws most of its material from its multiplatinum early LPs, including such sing-along head-boppers as “Allison Road” and “Follow You Down.” Krisp will open the show.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/b9316387376z.1_20150225144241_000_gama2g8n4.1-0.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Sing-Off” live</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $41.87-$63.07</p> <p>Contact: 954/344-5990, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>As far as vocal competition shows go, NBC’s “The Voice” is still the ratings titan. But I’m more drawn to its younger sister, “The Sing-Off,” a showcase of the country’s best a cappella groups that is now five seasons strong. Arguably more demanding and dynamic than “The Voice,” “The Sing-Off” requires not just powerful lead vocalists but uncannily talented backup singers able to create immaculate simulations of guitars, bass, percussions, synths and hip-hop beats all with their vocal chords. For the series’ second national tour, three top acts from “Sing-Offs” past will take the Coral Springs stage, including Street Corner Symphony (they performed the entrancing version of Radiohead’s “Creep” in Season Two), Season Four’s “Voiceplay” (they memorably scaled No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak”) and recent finalists The Exchange, known for their smooth renditions of OneRepublic and Ed Sheeran hits. The tour will feature songs from their television appearances along with new group numbers and a few surprises.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/springfield.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Rick Springfield</strong></p> <p>Where: Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $75-$200</p> <p>Contact: 561/300-0730, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When you google Rick Springfield’s name lately, the headlines aren’t too flattering. He was literally the butt of many jokes when a lawsuit commenced this past January, incited by a female concertgoer claiming Springfield landed on her, buttocks-first, during a 2004 concert, causing severe injuries. The Gods of Rock won out: Springfield was found not negligent, and with this legal kerfuffle behind him, he’s primed for another year of music, writing and acting. The hitmaker behind “Jessie’s Girl,” who has scored 17 Top 40 hits, is a far cry from the jazz acts that populate this venue, but this appearance will be a special treat for his fans: It’s a “Stripped Down” tour featuring solo acoustic versions of his songs, storytelling and a Q&amp;A session.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/patsycline.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Always … Patsy Cline”</strong></p> <p>Where: Thinking Cap Theatre at the Vanguard, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35</p> <p>Contact: 813/220-1546, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>You could fill an iPod with the number of brilliant musicians who died before their time: In fact, an inordinate number of them lost their lives at age 27. Patsy Cline made it another three years, but her death in a multiple-fatality car crash at age 30 remains a tragic loss. But “Always … Patsy Cline,” a much-produced musical off-Broadway and regionally, is more tribute to the iconic country artist than a mourning, focusing on Cline’s correspondence with devoted fan Louise Seger. And there’s music, of course: 27 songs in all, including such oft-covered smashes as “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces” and “Walking After Midnight.” Ann Marie Olson plays Patsy and Sally Bondi portrays Louise in Thinking Cap Theatre’s inaugural production in the Vanguard, a historic church converted into a modish theater. Restaurants like Tap 42 and Red Cow will provide “southern-style fixins” for tonight’s opening reception, and the show runs through March 29.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="307" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/cini_2_468_26.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “It’s Hard Being Loved By Jerks”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cosford Cinema at University of Miami, 5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $7-$9</p> <p>Contact: 305/284-4861, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Back in 2008, French filmmaker Daniel Leconte premiered the documentary “It’s Hard Being Loved By Jerks” at the Cannes Film Festival, introducing cinemagoers of the world to a French satirical magazine called <em>Charlie Hebdo</em>—and the lawsuits brought to its publishers by Islamist groups in reaction to its 12 covers skewering Muslim extremism or otherwise depicting images of the prophet Mohammed. The movie didn’t get much attention or distribution beyond Cannes, but today, in the wake of the ghastly attacks in Paris, Leconte’s movie feels prescient. American distributor Kino has secured the rights for this limited release of the doc, which follows the trial against the magazine in real-time, exploring issues of freedom of the press and religious fundamentalist through the eyes of lawyers, editors, intellectuals, politicians and more, with hopes that it will foster a dialogue. The movie will also screen at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 16.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="228" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/jon-lovitz.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Jon Lovitz</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $30 plus two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Nobody conquers smarm—and then tramples upon it long after it’s dead—quite like Job Lovitz, the sardonic funnyman best known from his sketch work on the late ‘80s heyday of “Saturday Night Live.” Lovitz, then rescued from near obscurity as a member of the Groundlings comedy troupe, became a sought-after impressionist (Harvey Fierstein, Michael Dukakis) as well as an inventor of characters, such as the Pathological Liar, the Master Thespian and Hanukkah Harry, that have become canonical roles in “SNL” lore. These days he’s an intermittent but usually memorable actor (“Happiness” and “Southland Tales” are among his unctuous supporting parts). Moreover, he tours the country as a standup comic—a profession he didn’t pick up, surprisingly, until 2003.</p>John ThomasonMon, 09 Mar 2015 21:20:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsEat-a Meatball<p><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/meatball.jpg" width="490">They’re small, cute, fluffy and really delicious. Which leaves out those yappy little dogs that half-wit celebutants carry around with them like furry, annoying Hermes bags.</p> <p>What we mean, of course, is meatballs, diminutive orbs of savory goodness that deliver 10 times their size in flavor and soul-warming comfort. And since today truly is National Meatball Day, there’s no better time to treat yourself to some of the succulent little globes. I happen to have a few suggestions here. . .</p> <p><strong>Casa D’Angelo</strong> (171 E. Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Ration, 561/996-1234). Veal and prime beef meatballs served over roasted eggplant and red peppers and scattered with Parmesan.</p> <p><strong>Mastino</strong> (25 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, 561/921-8687). Beef meatball with marinara, ricotta and julienned fresh basil.</p> <p><strong>Meatball Room</strong> (3011 Yamato Rd., Boca Raton, 561/409-4111). All manner of meatballs but try the veal and porcini mushrooms with marsala sauce.</p> <p><strong>Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar &amp; Tapas</strong> (16950 Jog Rd., Delray Beach, 561/381-0037). Veal meatballs with pecorini-romano, tomato sauce and basil.</p> <p><strong>City Cellar Wine Bar &amp; Grill</strong> (700 S Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, 561/366-0071). Veal meatballs with marinara, whipped ricotta, basil and focaccia.</p> <p><strong>Mario’s Osteria</strong> (1400 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, 561/239-7000). DIY a pizza with tomato sauce and mozzarella, plus chicken meatballs, artichoke hearts and roasted peppers.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 09 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsMoonshine Over Delray<p><img alt="" height="271" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/moonshine.jpg" width="200">Moonshine—call it by any other name: hooch, corn squeezin’s, white lightning—is  as American as apple pie.</p> <p>And for a little taste of Americana, plus a lot of stories about wild times and wild people, check out what’s happening at <strong>50 Ocean</strong> (50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, 561/278-3364) from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12.</p> <p>Of course, you’ll get to whet (and wet) your whistle too, with several moonshine-inspired cocktails paired with munchies created by Boston’s chef Blake Malatesta. Cost is $30 per person, a portion of which benefits the Delray Beach Historical Society and also includes a signed copy of <em>Moonshine</em>. Only catch is, you need to RSVP by tomorrow (that would be Monday for the calendar-impaired) by calling 561/848-7833.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraSun, 08 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsUpcoming EventsFarmers Table New Cocktail Menu<p>Raise a glass to good health at Farmer’s Table in Boca Raton.  The farm-to-table restaurant is taking that toast literally with the new “Garden to Glass” drink menu.</p> <p>These cocktails are made with organic and artisanal liquors and use only the freshest of ingredients.  Herbs and flowers in the drinks are picked from the organically grown garden right in front of the restaurant.  Some of these exotic ingredients may seem unusual, but each one is carefully picked for its nutritional value.</p> <p>The menu also includes non-alcoholic refreshers. A popular favorite is the Okeechobee Sunrise, a Moroccan mint tea with orange juice and a touch of honey. Farmer's Table shared the recipe with us below.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/okeechobee_sunrise_32.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Okeechobee Sunrise</strong></p> <p>INGREDIENTS</p> <p>Moroccan green mint tea mix:</p> <p>1/3 cup Moroccan green mint tea leaves</p> <p>1 1/2 quarts hot water</p> <p>9 1/2 ounces orange juice</p> <p>1 1/4 ounces honey</p> <p>Beet water ice cubes:</p> <p>Two 3-inch beets</p> <p>64 ounces water</p> <p> </p> <p>PREPARATION</p> <p>Moroccan green mint tea mix:</p> <p>Steep tea leaves in hot water for five minutes.  Strain out leaves and mix in honey and stir until it is dissolved. Stir in orange juice and allow to cool in a refrigerator.</p> <p>Beet water ice cubes:</p> <p>Rinse off beets to remove any soil or residue. Cut the root tails and the cap with the greens off of the beets. Slice the beets into 2-3 inch chunks. Add the water to a blender and pulse on low until beets are broken down into small segments. Pour mixuture into ice cube tray and freeze for six hours.</p> <p>Once everything is properly chilled, pour the Moroccan green mint tea over the beet water ice cubes and garnish with a mint sprig.</p> <p><em>Check out our May/June issue for another Farmer’s Table Garden to Glass recipe.</em></p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 06 Mar 2015 12:15:00 +0000 Staff Picks: where to shop, work out and more<p><strong>Mario's Market</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="316" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/screen_shot_2015-03-06_at_11.09.03_am.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em><br> “In my ongoing search for small private markets, I was delighted to find Mario's Market, a full-on Italian market complete with meats, bakery, pastas, sauces, wines, prepared foods, herbs—the works. And at un-Boca prices. Small, friendly, everything you need in whole foods without the designer nonsense.”</p> <p>(14816 S. Military Trail, Delray Beach)</p> <p><strong>Flywheel</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/flywheel.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Meshi Shoshana, Events + Sales Coordinator</em></p> <p>“I love going to Maria's class at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Getting up at 5 each morning drains me out, but she still manages to pump me up at the end of the day. It’s 45 minutes where I can just put my cell phone away and have my time to zone out and breathe. She plays all sorts of music from Ricky Martin to the latest Iggy Azalea. This is truly a class you don't want to miss.”</p> <p>(2200 Glades Road, Boca Raton // <a href=""></a>)</p> <p><strong>Eleven Salon &amp; Spa</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/elevensalon.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“Bit the bullet and got my never-colored, blacker than black hair done in a mild ombre/bayalage type do. My stylist, Walky, was fabulous, patient and knowledgeable. She should win an award for her attention to detail and genuine, professional knowledge – no seriously, I was there well after hours because she wanted to get the color right. ” <em>Note: </em>the salon runs a special for first time customers. $79 for cut, style, color and blowdry. Additional charges will apply for anything extra.</p> <p>(1440 N. Federal Highway,  Delray Beach // <a href=""></a>)</p> <p><strong>Bambini’s Garden Pizzeria</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="359" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/bambinis.jpeg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Karen Jacaruso, Account Executive</em></p> <p>“The best pizza I've had since moving to South Florida 20 years ago. Bambinis is owned by the same family who owns The Boys Market, Grandmas Bakery, and the Girls Strawberry Picking Patch – which I also endorse. Anything these people touch is a success and GOOD!!! The pizza at Bambinis is real "up north style" pizza. I lived in New York City for 10 years, so that is quite the compliment. The crust is crispy and flavorful, and the blend of cheeses they use are perfection!!”</p> <p>(14466 S. Military Trail, Delray Beach // <a href=""></a>)</p> <center><em><a href="/blog/tag/staff-picks" target="_blank">For more staff picks, click here.</a></em></center><center><em><br></em></center>magazineFri, 06 Mar 2015 11:18:00 +0000 of the Arts 2015: Your Detailed Event Guide<p>It's finally here! Festival of the Arts Boca's ninth installment is full of literary luminaries and classical virtuosi, technology experts and international dancers, Jets and Sharks. Here is our preview.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/west-side-story-2.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p>7:30 p.m. March 6: The Festival is bringing back its live-scored movie nights, by popular demand. This year it’ll be <strong>“West Side Story,”</strong> Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’s Oscar-winning adaptation of the great Broadway musical, which made stars out of Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno. The Sharks will vie against the Jets in vivid CinemaScope and Technicolor on the Amphitheater’s massive video screen, as Jayce Ogren conducts the Festival Orchestra through Leonard Bernstein’s iconic music.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="313" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/wfpicks-47-chinsm-640x500.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>7:30 p.m. March 7: Arguably the biggest “name” at next year’s Fest is <strong>Bela Fleck</strong>, an impossibly eclectic musician who has done more with the banjo that most artists could do with a full orchestra. The acoustic string player has employed his instrument in familiar (bluegrass, folk, country) and less familiar (jazz, pop, classical) environs, and in the process he’s been nominated in more Grammy categories than any other musician, winning 13 of them since 1995. His Festival performance will feature vocals by his wife Abigail Washburn, a formidable Americana musician in her own right, whom he met at a square dance at which he was performing (how awesome is that?).</p> <p>4 p.m. March 8: In the world of popular publishing, series mysteries and series sci-fi are commonplace, but dramatic literature presented in a series format is less ordinary. This is the approach Pulitzer Prize-winning author <strong>Richard Ford </strong>has taken, on and off, for that past 28 years, with his novels about Frank Bascombe, a novelist turned sportswriter turned realtor who is navigating the reality of aging. Like Ford himself, his protagonist is nearing his seventh decade, and he is more candid than ever in Ford’s latest installment, <em>Let Me Be Frank With You</em>. Ford will discuss the book, which finds Frank dealing with a spate of issues in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.</p> <p>7:30 p.m. March 8: We love to see that the Festival is continuing to cater to lovers of dance, even though its founders have admitted it isn’t the best moneymaker. Perhaps next year’s stellar dance troupe, the <strong>Stars of the International Ballet</strong>, will have enough jetes and plies to turn this tradition around. Ten dancers from leading international ballet companies will perform in this exclusive program, including Daniel Ulbricht, principal dancer at New York City Ballet; Greta Hodgkinson, principal dancer at National Ballet of Canada; and two estimable guest artists, Adiarys Almeida and Joseph Gatti.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="210" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/cancer-biographer300.png" width="300"></p> <p>7 p.m. March 9: We may not have found a cure for cancer yet, but if and when we do, don’t be surprised if <strong>Siddhartha Mukherjee</strong> will be its discoverer. A hematologist, oncologist and assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University, Mukherjee is a peerless physician with impeccable credentials, and he’s devoted his life’s work to eliminating the scourge of cancer. His work on the behavior of stem cells and cancer cells has led to a couple of ongoing clinical trials, but his most important contribution to date is his 2010 book <em>The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer</em>, which won a Pulitzer Prize, plaudits from Oprah Winfrey, and—get this—an inclusion on <em>Time</em>’s 100 most influential English-language books published since 1923. </p> <p>7 p.m. March 10: There are enough voices in the doom-laden commentariat who insists that technology is making us dumber, more compliant, more distracted, less creative: Shakespeare could never have gotten his thoughts across in 140 characters, right? In this respect, <strong>Clive Thompson</strong> is an outlier: He believes technology is making us smarter, and he has plenty of empirical data, historical precedents and groundbreaking ideas to convince us. This Canadian native, <em>Wired</em> and <em>New York Times</em> contributor, and author of<em> Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better</em> will lecture on his radical optimism about the state of technology today and tomorrow.</p> <p><img alt="" height="285" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/18479270.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>7 p.m. March 11: Terrorism, climate change, politics and America’s stature in the world are all part of <strong>Thomas Friedman</strong>’s copious bailiwick. The insightful, twice-weekly <em>New York Times</em> columnist, who has thrice captured a Pulitzer Prize, is an outspoken advocate of “radical centrism,” a political stance that has, unsurprisingly, earned him enemies on both wings—which is usually a sign that he’s doing something right. His books <em>The World is Flat</em> and <em>Hot, Flat and Crowded</em> have elevated national debates about globalization and energy policy, and his latest book, which doubles as his topic for his Festival lecture, is <em>That Used to be Us</em>, an account of U.S. global decline and the possibilities for the nation’s comeback.</p> <p>7 p.m. March 12: <strong>Michael Grunwald</strong>, a journalist for Politico and a senior national correspondent at Time, is one South Florida’s most astute journalists. He’s also hard to pin down politically, defending President Obama’s efforts at handling the global economic crisis (while criticizing obstructionist Republicans), while taking a more right-leaning stance regarding secrecy and drone strikes. But his Festival lecture, “Saving Paradise,” will address a topic most Floridians can get behind: the preservation of the Everglades.</p> <p>7:30 p.m. March 13: Even if you’re familiar with such Mozart compositions as the Violin Concerto in G major, the Piano Concerto in C major, and the Flute Concerto in D major, you’ll want to attend this evening’s Mozart Gala, to hear these iconic pieces performed by some of the classical world’s brightest luminaries. <strong>James Galway</strong>, aka the “Man With the Golden Flute,” has performed his woodwind for everyone from Roger Waters to director Peter Jackson (for the “Lord of the Rings” soundtrack), selling more than 30 million copies in his storied career; pianist <strong>Conrad Tao</strong> is just 20, but he is already an old musical soul, having won eight consecutive ASCAP Young Composer awards and having achieved distinction as a U.S. Presidential Scholar of the Arts; and<strong>Arnaud Sussman</strong>, a French-born violinist, spent two years as Itzhak Perlman’s teaching assistant, and has since performed at venues ranging from Lincoln Center to the Louvre. Expect to hear a collection of seasonal St. Paddy’s Day music in addition to the Mozart celebration.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="352" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/070506.franks.jpg" width="380"></p> <p>4 p.m. March 14: Yet another esteemed Pulitzer Prize winner, <strong>Lucinda Franks</strong>has penned features for <em>The New Yorker</em> and <em>The Atlantic</em> and is a former staff writer for <em>The New York Times</em>. She was also a radical during a time when it fairly dangerous to be a radical; in 1964, she helped found a chapter of the Students for a Democratic Society, and she won her Pulitzer years later thanks to a sympathetic portrait of the death of a Weathermen activist. She would make an unlikely bride to the much older, high-powered prosecutor Robert Morgenthau, a 37-year marriage she chronicles in her latest memoir, <em>Timeless</em>. The book has been praised for its novelistic style, uncomfortably intimate candor and eye-opening revelations.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/207-the-young-peoples-chorus.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>7:30 p.m. March 14: Some 26 years ago, Francisco J. Nunez launched the <strong>Young People’s Chorus of New York City,</strong> a multicultural hub for youth singers to reach their potentials, and its stature continues to grow. Its choristers have performed in Carnegie Hall and the White House; have sung in languages ranging from French and Russian to Czech, Swahili and Inuit; and have sung in genres spanning a spectrum of classical, world music, gospel, folk and pop. In what should be a special event, the chorus will perform a program of contemporary songs in the first half of the program, and will return in the second half to perform Beethoven’s 9th symphony with help from the Master Chorale of South Florida, the Festival Orchestra Boca, soloists and conductor Constantine Kitsopoulous.</p> <p>4 p.m. March 15: Peabody Award winner and classical-music radio host <strong>Martin Goldsmith</strong> has suffered a soberingly close relationship with Nazi Germany. His parents, Gunther and Rosemarie, were a flutist and violinist, respectively, in his native Germany. From 1933, they played in the Judischer Kuturbund, an all-Jewish orchestra maintained by the Nazis, an experience Goldsmith documented in his first book, <em>The Inexhaustible Symphony</em>. His second book,<em>The Beatles Come to America</em>, proved a respite from tragedy, but this year he has re-explored Nazi history with <em>Alex’s Wake</em>, his account of a luxury liner containing 900 Jewish refugees that was forced back to Europe in 1939.</p> <p><em>The fest is currently welcoming "early bird" ticket buyers. Call the box office at 866/571-2787 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 06 Mar 2015 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsMusicUpcoming EventsTilted Kilt Debuts in Boca<p>If you want a little nudge-nudge, wink-wink with your boneless chicken wings, cold beer and TV sports, then look up Boca’s new <a href="" target="_blank">Tilted Kilt</a> (<em>3320 Airport Rd., 561/338-5458</em>) where the sizzle that sells the steak comes in the form of shapely young women servers clad (if you can call it that) in short-short skirts and tight, midrift-baring tops.</p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/tiltkilt.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The Irish pub-themed “breastaurant” is next door to the Cinemark Palace Theater and features a pubby, masculine decor with lots of dark wood and TVs, a big bar and plenty of tables crammed under a tall ceiling with exposed ductwork and industrial-style light fixtures.</p> <p>The menu nods at a few Irish staples, like shepherd’s pie, Irish stew and fish ‘n’ chips, and is filled out by a roster of all-American bar favorites, from assorted wings, “Big Arse” burgers, wraps, sandwiches and entrees.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 06 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsFashion Forward: Coming to Boca - Versace, Kendra Scott and Saks OFF Fifth<p><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/kendrascott.png" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Glitz and Glamour:</strong> If you’ve been to Mizner Park recently, you’ve probably already seen the branded boards set up around what is soon to be Boca’s first Kendra Scott brick-and-mortar store. From bridal accessories to statement necklaces, this jewelry brand has all your bold jewelry needs. The store is slated to open in May.</p> <p><strong>Italy in Boca</strong>: “COMING SOON to Town Center at Boca Raton: VERSACE!” It’s the Facebook post from Town Center at Boca Raton that made us do a double take. We’re working on getting you more details. Stay tuned to our shopping blog for more news.</p> <p><strong>Big Savings:</strong> The Hudson Bay Company – owners of Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord &amp; Taylor – really found a home in Boca Raton. Come end of March, the company is opening up yet another Boca store, this time: Saks OFF Fifth. Check our shopping blog next week for details on the grand opening and preview party.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 NewsSeasonal Finds: Raw Honeycomb<h3>NEW BLOG SERIES: Our local foodie dishes on a versatile and all-natural treat.</h3> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/honeycomb1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The buzz around the cheese department at Whole Foods in Boca, as well as at The Cheese Course in Mizner Park, has nothing to do with curds and whey. Raw honeycomb is in season, and it’s popping up at stores across South Florida where artisanal cheeses, wines and breads are sold. </p> <p>All of which begs the question: What do you do with it?</p> <p>Raw honeycomb comes straight from the beehive, its cells oozing with the concentrated nectar that bees extract from flowers. The wax is 100-percent edible, natural and bursting with unrefined, full-bodied honey. If swallowing wax isn’t your thing, simply chew until the honey is extracted and discard the remains. Flavors vary slightly and are reflected by the type of flower from which the bees collect their nectar. One of the most popular flavors found in South Florida is orange blossom, which, as the name suggests, has sweet citrus notes. </p> <p>The chief benefit in buying and consuming honeycomb, aside from its aesthetic appeal (talk about a conversation starter at the dining table!), is that the product is as raw and real as it gets. The unfiltered honey is some of the best tasting and healthiest available in stores. Unlike many brands sold in supermarkets that have been pasteurized and diluted by processed sweeteners, raw honey maintains its natural vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients. </p> <p><img alt="" height="478" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/honeycomb_on_toast2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Here are just a few ways to enjoy it:</p> <p>• Grab a square of raw honeycomb and serve it on a warm piece of toast. For an added kick, sprinkle lightly with some flakey sea salt.</p> <p>• Spread it over any of the following: cheese, warm cereal, waffles, warm biscuits.</p> <p>• Mix it with yogurt or with a bowl of berries.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p>Amanda JaneThu, 05 Mar 2015 09:10:00 +0000 & ReviewsThe Best Mommy Concierge Services<p>Boca Raton, Florida…where shopping is a pleasure! Unless you hate doing it yourself. And that’s okay because Boca moms now have the option to hire someone to get the job, whatever it may be, done.</p> <p>Need your hair cut, but can’t leave the house because baby is sick? No problem! Want fresh flowers from Whole Foods, but dread the thought of braving the Glades/15th Avenue intersection? Consider it complete!</p> <p>From groceries to hairstyling, here’s your <em>Boca Mom Talk</em> on the best local mommy concierge services …</p> <p><strong>CHIC MOM Hair Services</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/chic_mom_logo.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><a href="">CHIC MOM Hair Services</a>, a convenient in-home full service salon experience for moms, is a “lifesaver for many mommies,” says stylist and founder Caitlin Flood in an email interview. “It can get expensive to get your hair done and pay for a babysitter while you’re at the salon for 2+ hours, so I’m trying to eliminate that headache by coming to YOU.”<br> With reasonable prices and convenient appointment times, CHIC MOM is also a one-stop shop! She will not only cut, color and style mom’s hair, but the whole family’s– husbands/partners and kids alike. Services start at $15.</p> <p>CHIC MOM Hair Services covers Boynton Beach south to Deerfield Beach. Book by calling: 571/261-0611.</p> <p><strong>Green Girl Groceries</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="317" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/greengirlgroceries.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><a href="">Green Girl Groceries</a> will take your never-ending shopping list and run with it. Literally.</p> <p class="font8">With a background in hospitality management plus fabulous organizational skills, Green Girl will personally shop for your family and deliver groceries and other items straight to your door.  Employees will visit <em>Publix, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods</em> and <em>Target</em> on your behalf. It’s super easy to submit your shopping list and choose your delivery date/time frame online or over the phone! <em>(All orders have a $7 delivery fee plus a service fee of 15 percent of the total grocery bill. If you need items from multiple stores, there’s an additional $5-fee per store.)</em></p> <p class="font8">Green Girl Groceries covers Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Parkland, Coconut Creek, Deerfield Beach and Pompano. Book by visiting: <a href=""></a>.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>24Seven Concierge</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/24seven.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><a href="">24Seven Concierge</a> can pretty much do it all for the busy Boca mom…from helping families move and supervising deliveries or home maintenance appointments, running errands and shopping to sorting out health documents, cleaning out closets and paying bills. Their goal is to “fill in the gaps when there aren’t enough hours in the day!”</p> <p><em>Boca Mom Talk Note: I find myself saying that all the time now as a mom.</em></p> <p>I love this service because one call does it all. They also have vetted vendor lists, and service fees are based on the skill level required to accomplish the task <em>(average: $50-$65 per hour).</em> And just as the name implies, the pros at 24Seven Concierge are available any time you need them. </p> <p>24Seven Concierge covers most of South Florida. Book by visiting: <a href=""></a></p> <p>By hiring help, you’re giving yourself the gift of extra time! So go and get that much needed manicure and snuggle your kiddos for a few extra minutes, because you’re letting the pros take care of it today.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><a href="/blog/tag/boca-mom-talk/" target="_blank">For more from Boca Mom Talk, click here.</a></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em><strong></strong>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of <a href="" target="_blank"></a><strong>, </strong>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for both mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Michelle Olson-RogersThu, 05 Mar 2015 08:58:00 +0000 Gold Cup Polo Tournament<p>It’s polo season in Wellington. That means big hats, Sunday brunch and starting this Sunday, March 8, the <strong>Piaget Gold Cup Polo Tournament.</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="487" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/polo_girl_pink_champagne.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The March 8 game is the first of three consecutive matches for the three-week tournament. The next two will be held on March 15 and 22 – all at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (<em>3667 120<sup>th</sup> Ave. South, Wellington</em>).</p> <p>Brunch begins at 2 p.m., with the match commencing at 3 p.m. and the trophy presentation at 5:15.</p> <p>Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at <a href=""></a></p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 05 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 EventsThe Chapman files and other notes<h3>Chapman backstories</h3> <p><img alt="" height="224" src="/site_media/uploads/voteimages.jpg" width="225"></p> <p>Frank Chapman influenced the Boca Raton City Council election even before he became a candidate.</p> <p>Late last year, Chapman commissioned two mailers that attacked the business record of Armand Grossman, who had filed papers in November to run for Seat C, which Constance Scott is leaving because of term limits. The mailers cited penalties by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation as a reason that voters couldn’t trust Grossman. He dropped out.</p> <p>Chapman’s own record, however, includes incidents that drew the attention of professional examiners, regulators and government agencies and involve him directly or indirectly. They are contained in documents that I received from a supporter of Jamie Sauer, one of Chapman’s two opponents in Tuesday’s election.</p> <p>Since Chapman raised the issue of personal conduct regarding another candidate, these incidents deserve a similar review. The first began in 1993, after Chapman—who was living in Portage, Ohio—passed the Ohio Bar Exam and applied for admission to the Bar. His application was denied because, according to documents filed with the Ohio Supreme Court, Chapman had been unable “to prove his good character and fitness to practice law.”</p> <p>The problem, according to the documents, stemmed from a civil lawsuit by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office against Chapman, his father and others “for alleged violations of the Ohio Sales Practices Act. . .” Chapman’s father owned a carpet and upholstery cleaning business, and Chapman had told the Attorney General’s Office that he would testify against his father. Chapman had worked “periodically” for the business between 1983 and 1991, when he was 24.</p> <p>In an affidavit for the attorney general’s office, according to the documents, Chapman said he taught new employees in his father’s company a sales plan taken from his uncle’s carpet/upholstery business in Florida. Under that plan, “salespersons who increased the amount of a quoted price. . .received a 28 percent commission on the increased price.” Salespersons were “directed” to push estimates higher and then offer “illusory discounts.” Technicians “routinely drycleaned fabrics that did not require drycleaning, in order to increase the contract price.”</p> <p>In addition, Chapman’s “personal expenses, including law school tuition, were paid by the business,” and Chapman “transferred motor vehicles used in the business and titled in his name to fictitious corporations.” Chapman did not admit or deny wrongdoing. Nevertheless, he was “permanently enjoined from certain consumer practices, including performing substandard work, bait-and-switch tactics and high-pressure sales techniques or tactics prohibited by law. . .” In addition to testifying, Chapman had to pay restitution of $2,500, forfeit a computer system and pay a $20,000 fine, $7,500 of which was suspended.</p> <p>After that, the Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness appointed a hearing panel to rule on Chapman’s application to the Bar. At the hearing, according to the documents, Chapman “admitted having taught techniques for selling unneeded services” and to never getting a W-2 or 1099 for his work with the company. He “stated that in August or September 1992 he began to believe certain aspects of the business were wrong, and he sought to disassociate himself from the business after that time.” The panel, though, found Chapman’s “1992 conversion ‘from his previous pattern of highly questionable ethical and outright illegal behavior. . .too recent to be convincing.’ ” Chapman’s application was denied. He appealed, and got the time for when he could reapply moved up. Chapman eventually was admitted to the Ohio Bar. He is a Member in Good Standing of the Florida Bar, though he has been calling himself a “retired lawyer.” His listed work address is his home address.</p> <p>The second incident began in 2002, when Chapman was running his own law firm in Ohio. The firm took the case of a couple that had been injured in a car crash as passengers. The case was assigned to one of the lawyers in Chapman’s firm.</p> <p>The coupled later sued the lawyer, Chapman and the firm for overcharging them on fees. The case was settled when the firm reduced its fees. The firm also paid the couple roughly $20,000 from its malpractice insurance.</p> <p>In 2009, the lawyer was reprimanded for misconduct in that case. His defense in part was that Chapman controlled the fee schedule for the firm. The Board of Commissioners and Grievances of the Ohio Supreme Court, however, took no action against Chapman. I reached the lawyer by phone this week. Of the incident, he said he was “not interested in discussing it.”</p> <p>The third incident began in 2004, when Chapman challenged a ruling by the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals that he had failed to pay roughly $27,000 in taxes on the purchase of a 43-foot yacht.</p> <p>Chapman claimed that the tax had been paid through the dealer, but the tax board ruled that Chapman had “failed to provide any evidence of any tax paid.” Chapman claimed that the boat had been in Florida, not Ohio, but the board ruled that Chapman had listed Cleveland as the home port, and that the boat had been docked in Port Clinton, east of Toledo. In 2005, the board rejected Chapman’s appeal.</p> <p>The fourth incident began early in the last decade, when Chapman’s law firm got what would be a $35 million contract with the federal government to sell foreclosed homes in Ohio and Michigan owned by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.</p> <p>Disputes between the firm and the government led them to sue each other, with Chapman claiming that the government breached its contact and the government claiming that Chapman violated the False Claims Act. In November 2013, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Marian Horn ruled that Chapman’s firm had committed fraud related to inspections of four homes and fined the firm $44,000. Chapman appealed the fine, and lost. This week, he told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that he planned to drop the appeal, though he denies the allegations in the government’s lawsuit.</p> <p>Wednesday afternoon, I met with Chapman to discuss these incidents. He did not want me to tape the interview.</p> <p>Of the work for his father’s company, Chapman said, “You don’t know anything is deceptive when you grow up in it.” He says it happened when he was young. The whole thing “made me a better person.” Regarding the lawyer in his firm who was reprimanded, Chapman said, “He got himself in trouble and tried to blame anybody he could. Regarding the taxes on his boat, Chapman claims that the board mixed up two Bertram yachts – one that he was selling and one that he was buying. “I showed them the evidence,” he said, “and they wouldn’t believe it." Regarding his dispute with the federal government, Chapman portrays himself as a contractor trying to play fair and do good work when there were accusations that the Department of Housing and Urban Development was steering contracts to friends of HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson. His firm and the government traded lawsuits over the contract for years.</p> <p>Chapman notes that while the judge’s 78-page ruling singled out four houses, his firm dealt with roughly 20,000 houses in all. The judge, Chapman speculates, thought that “we had been compensated enough. And she wrote (the ruling) in such a way that we lost the appeal.” He added, “ I didn’t want to write another check for $100,000 or $200,000 over a fine of $44,000.”</p> <p>In 2012, when Chapman ran unsuccessfully against then-incumbent Anthony Majhess, the Majhess campaign sent out mailers raising the Bar admission and tax issue. Neither, though, got a thorough look in the press. The legal dispute with the government didn’t get any attention, probably because the case had not been settled. The record and Chapman’s response now are there for voters ahead of Election Day on Tuesday.</p> <h3>Netanyahu follow-up</h3> <p>If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress on Tuesday contained nothing little new about Iran, it produced the visuals Netanyahu wanted for Israeli voters with elections set for March 17.</p> <p>Those voters saw American lawmakers regularly applaud Netanyahu. They saw Netanyahu, as he invoked the Holocaust, salute Elie Wiesel, the author of “Night,” which most people consider the seminal work on the Nazis’ attempt to exterminate the Jews. Surely no one, including Netanyahu, believed his comment that the speech wasn’t intended to be political.</p> <p>As they were before the speech, local lawmakers and national Jewish groups with offices in this area are trying to balance support for Israel and the Jewish people with the prime minister’s attempt to influence U.S. foreign policy.</p> <p>The American Jewish Committee, which issued no statement before the speech, praised Netanyahu’s “clarion call for achieving the best possible deal to prevent a nuclear Iran.” The key word there is “possible.” Members of the Obama administration aren’t the only ones who believe that Netanyahu’s demand that Iran have no uranium enrichment capacity is impossible. The Bush administration tried that all-or-nothing approach in 2003 and failed. AJC Director David Harris said, “We urge everyone to read the Prime Minister’s speech and consider it on its merits.”</p> <p>A spokeswoman for Rep. Lois Frankel issued this noncommittal statement: “Our commitment to strengthening the U.S.-Israeli relationship and preventing a nuclear Iran has always and should continue to receive the overwhelming bipartisan support this critical issue deserves.” By mid-afternoon Wednesday, I had not received a response to my question about whether Frankel agrees with Netanyahu that Obama would “sacrifice the future for the present” with a deal. Unlike some Jewish Democrats, Frankel attended the speech.</p> <p>So did Deutch, who also is a Democrat and also is Jewish. His statement went further than Frankel’s. In it, Deutch said, “Congress must play an increasingly active and vocal role in negotiations over ending Iran’s nuclear program as the deadline (this month for a framework agreement; June 30 for a final deal) for negotiations to reach an acceptable compromise quickly approaches.” After Netanyahu’s speech, that role is certain. Whether that role will be helpful or harmful is uncertain.       </p> <h3>Anniversary note     </h3> <p>Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the blog. Thanks to Boca Raton magazine for allowing me to do it, and thanks to those who have been following 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><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 05 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunity10 Things We Love About Old School Square<p><img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/oldschoolsquare.jpg" width="490"></p> <center>Watercolor by Anne Marie Brown</center> <p>■ <em>Free Friday Concerts:</em> Where else can you go to chill out after a long work week and hear great music without having to shell out any cash?</p> <p>■ <em>Holiday Carousel</em>: It’s mostly for kids, but it attracts grown-ups taking a stroll after dinner who may or may not have had a few too many glasses of wine.</p> <p>■ <em>Vintage Gym:</em> You can’t go to the gym and not look up at the scribbling of students from long ago who dared to autograph the rafters.</p> <p>■ <em>Old School Beerfest Each May</em>: With nearly 100 craft beers, what’s not to like?</p> <p>■ <em>Special Events:</em> Name a popular event in Delray Beach—the 100-foot Christmas tree, Delray Affair, Cinco De Mayo and even the Palm Beach Poetry Fest—and you’ll find it happening at Delray Center for Arts.</p> <p>■ <em>Performances and Lectures at the Crest Theatre:</em> With just 323 seats, the Crest Theatre is the perfect place to see musicals like “Titanic”; listen to the first lady of musical theater, Elaine Paige; or hear Joan Collins dish about life in Hollywood</p> <p>■ <em>Cool Contemporary Exhibits at the Cornell Museum of art and American Culture:</em> Over the course of 25 years, Gloria Adams and her team brought outstanding art and cultural exhibits to the halls of the museum. Nothing, however, topped “Coloring Outside the Lines,” a crayon art exhibit in 2011. Who knew you could do so much with crayons?</p> <p>■ <em>Easy, Inexpensive Parking:</em> With the garage right next door to Old School Square, parking is always easy and just a few bucks—plus, you can walk to any of the downtown restaurants after a show.</p> <p>■ <em>The Sense of Community:</em> Maybe it’s the buildings, maybe it’s the people, but you can’t help feel like you’re a member of Delray Beach’s tight-knit community when you walk through the doors of any of the three buildings that make up the center.</p> <p>■ <em>The Staff:</em> From president Joe Gillie on down, each member of the staff at the Delray Center for the Arts shares a passion for what they do and for Delray Beach as well.</p> <center><a href="/blog/2015/03/04/25-years-of-old-school-square" target="_blank">FOR MORE ABOUT OLD SCHOOL SQUARE, CLICK HERE.</a></center>magazineWed, 04 Mar 2015 11:17:00 +0000 Beach25 Years of Old School Square<h3>How an old schoolhouse became the cornerstone of the arts in Delray Beach.</h3> <p><img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/oldschoolsquare.jpg" width="490"></p> <center>Watercolor by Anne Marie Brown</center> <p>The opening of Delray’s Cornell Museum of Art in March of 1990 marked much more than the culmination of years of hard work. It also marked an important first step in the renaissance of Delray Beach, a town on the edge of decline throughout the late 1980s.</p> <p>Western migration and the opening of regional malls in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach had left Atlantic Avenue storefronts vacant, and led Palm Beach County School District leaders to close the historic school buildings—a 1913 elementary school, a 1925 high school and a vintage gymnasium—in downtown Delray. Fenced off for several years, the overgrown property at Swinton and Atlantic avenues was neglected until then-mayor Doak Campbell approached Delray Beach Historical Society leaders—including the society’s then-vice president, Frances Bourque—with an idea to restore the historic buildings and transform them into a cultural center.</p> <p>Delray Center for the Arts at Old School Square, like the phoenix, has risen and evolved into a monument for community spirit, thanks to intense lobbying of state officials and grassroots fundraising efforts—such as the auctioning off of street names and an old-fashioned prom in the Vintage Gymnasium. Despite naysayers in the community who argued the project was a waste of money, organizers persisted and today, Old School Square—with its theater, art museum, gymnasium and outdoor pavilion—has been transformed into Delray Beach’s modern day town square, a gathering place week after week for events representing the town’s diverse cultural activities.</p> <h3>Five Who Helped Make The Square What It Is Today </h3> <p><strong>Frances Bourque</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="334" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/frances_bourque.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Founder of old School Square</p> <p>Considered the mother of Old School Square, Frances Bourque was driven by a strong sense of community to help create what she calls today the heart and soul of Delray Beach. Leading the efforts to preserve the historic school buildings in downtown, Bourque brought the community together, first by persuading state historic preservation officials to provide a $350,000 initial renovation grant, and later by highlighting every successful step to prove that the dream would indeed become a reality.</p> <p>As the chair of the committee charged with making the project a reality, Bourque traveled to Tallahassee several times to receive funding and a historic designation from the state’s Bureau of Historic Preservation. Guided by a passion for helping to restore a sense of community to Delray Beach, Bourque says there was never a point where she became discouraged nor thought of giving up the goal of providing a vital service to a community weathering economic hard times. The organization’s first president, Bourque remains on the board of directors and sees the Delray Beach Center for the Arts as still evolving, with much more yet to do.</p> <p><em>“I loved everything we were able to do as a community. It was magical. There were times when we wondered how we were going to make it happen, but we always found answers. We never quit believing it would work.”</em></p> <p><strong>Joe Gillie</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="318" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/joegillie.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>President and CeO Of delray Center fOr the arts at Old sChOOl square sinCe 1992</p> <p>The face of the Square for decades, Gillie had been handling public relations for the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton in 1990 when he was asked to join the board of Old School Square. A short time later, he was tapped to lead the organization as it evolved to reflect changes in the arts.</p> <p>Gillie, who is retiring this fall, led the organization’s transformation into a major cultural center in South Florida. He takes pride in never missing a performance when he’s in town and also in helping guide the project to national recognition—first as part of Delray’s designation as an All-America City in 1993 and later, when it was honored at the Smithsonian Institution for how it used the arts to affect positive community change. Gillie is credited for bringing quality performances and programming to the Delray Center for the Arts and for shepherding its constant growth from a one-building art museum to a multifaceted cultural center.</p> <p><em>“The Delray Beach Center for the Arts is a center for everyone. It is a safe place where all in the community can come and express an opinion. It is truly common ground.”</em></p> <p><strong>Bob Chapin</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="331" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/robert_chapin.jpg" width="489"></p> <p>President Emeritus of the Delray Center for the Arts</p> <p>A longtime Delray resident, Bob Chapin joined the board of Old School Square in 1989, before the first building opened. A respected lawyer and former member of the city council, Chapin served as the board’s third president from 1997 to 2003, bringing his strong business sense and fundraising background to the table.</p> <p>During his eight years as president, Chapin helped create a stable structure for the organization. He arranged to have a financial professional join the staff and used his local connections to help secure much-needed funding. </p> <p><em>“Old School Square went from a startup cultural organization to a regional cultural facility. It mirrored the transformation of Delray Beach from a sleepy ‘Village by the Sea’ to a trendsetting community.”</em></p> <p><strong>Gloria Adams</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="390" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/gloria_adams.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Director of the Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture from 1990 to 2014</p> <p>A painter and well-known member of the local arts community, Gloria Adams first became involved in Old School Square as a volunteer in 1988, during the early planning stages. She became director of the Cornell Museum prior to its opening and spent 25 years helping to bring innovative and creative exhibits to the museum, which specialized in American culture as well as art. Among Adams’ favorite exhibits were a mid-1990s collection of hand-carved birds and another featuring carousels. Adams, who retired last year, says that what started as a job ended up being a passion.</p> <p><em>“Members of the arts community were so excited to have a venue to show their work, and I was so excited to be able to provide that for them.”</em></p> <p><strong>Bob Currie</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="390" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/bob_currie.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Architect for Old School Square And Board Member</p> <p>When it came to the selection of an architect to help with the planning and design of Old School Square, Bob Currie was a natural. Currie’s role went beyond designing buildings. In the early years, he was integral in helping to determine the direction Old School Square would take as coordinators set out to create an organization to meet the community’s cultural needs.</p> <p>Currie worked closely with founder Frances Bourque, traveling to Tallahassee to help share the vision for Old School Square and to lobby state officials for a much-needed historic designation, which was required before state officials would consider issuing a historic preservation grant. He has been involved in six different phases of plans, from the original design and master plan to designing the outdoor pavilion, all requiring a commitment to the historic heritage of the buildings while at the same time providing functionality.</p> <p><em>“I love this town, and there’s never been a more important project for this town than Old School Square. It was the spark that turned this town around.”</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/2015/03/04/10-things-we-love-about-old-school-square/" target="_blank">CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF 10 THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT OLD SCHOOL SQUARE.</a></center> <h3>Five Others Who Helped the Square</h3> <p><strong>Bill Branning:</strong> Currently board chair for the Delray Center for the Arts, Branning helped lead the physical restoration project, first as the original estimator while at Tom Head Construction and later through his own company, BSA Corporation, which was the building contractor for much of the restoration.</p> <p><strong>Doak Campbell:</strong> As mayor in the late 1980s, Campbell had the idea to transform three historic school buildings into a cultural and historic center. He later helped persuade town leaders to provide financial support for the project.</p> <p><strong>George and Harriet Cornell:</strong> Philanthropists<strong> </strong>after whom the Cornell Museum is named, the Cornells were the first<strong> </strong>private contributors to Old School Square and<strong> </strong>bequeathed several million dollars to the project.<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Sandy Simon:</strong> A Delray native who attended the historic schools that formed Old School Square, Simon served on the board of Old School Square and through his books and advocacy has furthered discussions about the city’s cultural impact.</p> <p><strong>Martie Lattner Walker: </strong>Through her family foundation and private gifts, Walker made the original largest gift of $500,000 to develop the Crest Theatre. She continued to help shape the venue’s lecture series and children’s programs through financial support.</p>magazineWed, 04 Mar 2015 11:14:00 +0000 BeachUp Close: Matt Stabile<h3>Arts Garage’s latest education director juggles multiple roles.</h3> <p>At the time of this writing, <strong>Matt Stabile</strong>’s Facebook cover photo was a Pablo Picasso quote, written in a juvenile scrawl on black marker: “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="287" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/mattstabile.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This isn’t just a belief of Stabile’s. Fostering the artistry of children and young adults has been his profession, on and off, since at least 2004, when the Theatre Studies graduate of Dallas’ Southern Methodist University moved back to his native South Florida to join Fantasy Theatre Factory, a venerable children’s troupe in Miami. He taught Educational Outreach Workshops there and loved them so much he brought similar programs to area middle schools, then spent seven years on the faculty at G-Star School of the Arts—leading and even creating much of its Acting Department curricula.</p> <p>Then came the Kravis Center, where his work as Artistic Coordinator for its summer ArtsCamp earned him the venue’s Outstanding Teacher of 2013 award.</p> <p>All of this experience has culminated in Stabile’s best opportunity yet to shape tomorrow’s theater professionals. Last fall, Arts Garage appointed Stabile its new education director. The 36-year-old Delray Beach resident had already been running Arts Garage’s “Yes Labs”—community workshops that take theater students’ stories from gestation to stage—for 18 months, so when the venue sought a replacement for outgoing education director Drew Tucker, Stabile was an obvious choice.</p> <p>“He understands the performing arts world and can impart those lessons, while also helping all students develop a solid arts foundation that will remain with them no matter what career they choose,” says Alyona Ushe, Arts Garage’s president and CEO.</p> <p>“I don’t think I’ll ever be able to not teach,” adds Stabile. “I think it’s vitally important, and being a teacher for as long as I was, I saw firsthand the difference it made. I think there’s a responsibility for artists to pass their craft along.”</p> <p>Stabile leads an indefatigable life. At the time of our interview, he was nearing the home stretch of his first workshops at Arts Garage and its sister venue, Bailey Contemporary Arts in Pompano Beach, in which students gained instruction in voice, theater, acting, instrumental performance and visual arts. The classes had been running weekly since Oct. 20.</p> <p>All the while, Stabile was fulfilling a slate of professional acting jobs. Last November, he played a recovering drug addict in the anarchic ensemble comedy “Detroit” for Miami’s Zoetic Stage. The day after it closed, he was back in Boca Raton rehearsing for a revival of “The Timekeepers,” the Holocaust drama that swept the 2014 Carbonell Awards. Playing frighteningly against type, he reprised his role as a humorless kapo, or prison functionary, hired to supervise a labor camp.</p> <p>“You take jobs sometimes because they’re jobs, and every once in a while you’re lucky enough to be in something that matters,” he says, recalling the initial production of “The Timekeepers,” in Fort Lauderdale in the summer of 2013. “And this was one of those stories that immediately felt like it mattered.”</p> <p>It also opened new doors for Stabile as a full-time actor, during a brief stint in which he didn’t have a day job in education. He’s achieved his success in part by following the mantra he had tattooed onto his left arm: “Hamlet 1, iii, 78,” a reference to the famous Shakespeare line, “This above all, to thine own self be true.”</p> <p>Handsome and charming but with an ability to play brooding and misanthropic characters, Stabile has landed roles as varied as a romantically flustered commercial director in Parade Productions’ “The Last Schwartz” in Boca, and a wayward young man tortured by memories of child abuse, in Zoetic Stage’s “The Great God Pan” in Miami. This March, he joins the cast of “Uncertain Terms” at Arts Garage (see preview on page 40).</p> <p>“One of the things that I brought to the educational program [at Arts Garage] was that I want our teachers to be working professionals,” he says. “That way the kids see the examples right in front of them.”</p> <p>Which isn’t to say every student he teaches will be the next Matt Stabile, let alone the next Laurence Olivier.</p> <p>“There are a lot of groups out there that are star factories,” he says. “As in, ‘We are going to put these kids onstage, put them in a show, and make them stars.’ We don’t work that way. Our classes are modeled after the work I’ve done with Kravis Center over the years, where it’s really about engaging that kid into the process. I try to tell kids, if you really love this, love all of it. Find a lot of stuff you’re good at. Can you work backstage? Can you teach? Can you do lighting? Can you stage-manage?</p> <p>“We’re not interested in the big, showy production and churning out Honey Boo-boos,” he continues. “There are hundreds of thousands of people making their money in the arts. Love the whole field, and then you’ll find ways to live a life.”</p>John ThomasonWed, 04 Mar 2015 11:07:00 +0000 BeachUp Close: Chelsea Midlarsky and Gina Jenkins<h3><span>Life is an endless cycle for these Delray event founders.</span></h3> <p><span><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/granfondo.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p><strong>If you go</strong></p> <p><em>What</em>: Granfondo Garneau Ride</p> <p><em>When</em>: March 22</p> <p><em>Details</em>: The ride begins at 7 a.m. at Veterans Park (802 N.E. First St.), continuing south to Palmetto Park Road, then north to the Palm Beach Inlet before finishing back at Veterans Park.</p> <p><em>Cost</em>: $150 to participate; free to watch</p> <p><em>Contact</em>: <a href=""></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="423" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/chelseamidlarsky_ginajenkins.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>For Chelsea Midlarsky (left) and Gina Jenkins, the founders of the <a href="" target="_blank">Delray Beach Twilight Festival</a>, the magic happens in a small conference room in the back of an office in a nondescript building on Federal Highway, just south of Delray Beach. The room had doubled as a second storage space for excess festival gear when I met Midlarsky, an athletic, 27-year-old corporate headhunter by day. Cycling T-shirts spilled out of boxes, yellow EVENT PARKING signs leaned against walls, and scuffed Powerade igloo coolers formed a totem in a corner. Midlarsky’s energetic dog Cassius—so named because he’s a boxer mix—provided the entertainment as we waited for Jenkins, a 47-year-old fellow cyclist who works for Susan G. Komen, to arrive. “She is notoriously late,”</p> <p>Midlarsky says, gesturing to my audio recorder. “And you can record that.” Midlarsky kids because she and Jenkins are best friends, meeting in 2010 when Jenkins hired her to work for a sports marketing firm. For the past three years, every March, they’ve run the Twilight Festival, a professional cycling race in Downtown Delray Beach modeled after Georgia’s pioneering Athens Twilight. The 80-minute, .6-mile course is the only such race in Florida, and one of only 12 Twilights in the United States. Midlarsky and Jenkins—who did show up after about 10 minutes, in a Komen-pink Nike top—have the festival operations down to a science, playing off each other’s strengths. Until the weekend of the event, they’re an entirely two-woman operation, and this sometimes entails nights of scant sleep.</p> <p>Their hard work has paid off. For its inaugural 2012 race, the Twilight Festival drew 5,000 spectators. Police estimates reached 20,000 attendees for its sophomore event, and in 2014, the festival attracted close to 30,000 visitors. As for the number of racers, it doubled from 300 to 600 by its second year, and Midlarsky and Jenkins have since had to cap the total cyclists at 1,000 for logistical purposes.</p> <p>“The reason the event has continued to be so successful is that we really strive for the details,” Jenkins says. “There are rides every weekend, and not to take anything away from anybody else, but we go the extra step. When you get your goodie bag, it’s going to have extra stuff in it. When you come in the morning, you’re not just going to get a coffee; we have a nice breakfast.</p> <p>We have music. At the finish line, we went above and beyond with the food and beer. Our goal is to make it VIP. We really try to make you feel like you’re part of something bigger.”</p> <p>Midlarsky, who is a dedicated but noncompetitive rider, was destined to enter the field in some capacity; her brother Michael is a professional cyclist whose third-place medal in 2010’s Leadville 100 Splits—a grueling, 100-mile mountain-bike race—hangs in the Twilight Festival office. But Midlarsky wanted to ensure that her event wasn’t just for the pros, so in 2013 she added a community event to the end of the festival: The Delray Beach Granfondo (which is Italian for “big ride”), a 100-kilomoter ride which any cyclist can tackle at his or her own pace, surrounded by riders traveling at their speed.</p> <p>“When we started this, we were a race,” Midlarsky says. “And a lot of people maybe got discouraged that we were all about the racers and not so much about the everyday recreational riders, which is not the case. We want to bring cycling to the forefront. We want to encourage people who have never ridden to come to our ride.”</p> <p>This won’t be as much of an issue this year; for the first time in four years, there won’t be a Twilight Festival race in 2015. “Everyone loves it,” Midlarsky says, but it’s become too “cost-prohibitive” at this time. She needs an influx of sponsors on board, but she adds that some “people in the cycling community are looking to bring it back in 2016.”</p> <p>Which just means that she and Jenkins are putting all of their eggs—and wheels, spokes and handlebars—into the basket of the 2015 Delray Granfondo on March 22, where riders who pay the $150 admission fee will receive Jenkins’ aforementioned perks, plus a custom Granfondo jersey, a timing chip, police escorts and wheel support, even complimentary massages (proceeds will benefit the event’s charity, the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center).</p> <p>And of course they receive the best gift of all—a night or two in Delray Beach.</p> <p>“Last year, over 200 riders flew in from Canada and stayed in our hotels,” Midlarsky says. “And they’re all going into the restaurants, because our event happens for a couple of hours, and then it disperses. We don’t serve any food, so you have to go into the restaurants and shops.</p> <p>“I live in Delray, and I love Delray,” she adds. “I want to get the word out about what we have. Our event is something fun for them to do, and then we release them to what I think is the greatest city in the world. Who wouldn’t want to be in Delray Beach?”</p>John ThomasonWed, 04 Mar 2015 10:47:00 +0000 BeachRestaurant Review: Mastino<h3>Italian soul food warms up downtown Delray.</h3> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/mastino.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>25 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561/921-8687</em></p> <p><em>HOURS:</em> Tuesday to Thursday 5 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight, Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.</p> <p><em>PRICES</em>: Entrées $11.50 to $19</p> <p><em>WEBSITE</em>: <a href=""></a></p> <p>The origins of soul food are deep in the experiences of African-Americans in the United States.</p> <p>As slaves, their sustenance was based on what they could grow and forage for themselves, on ingredients considered not grand enough for their masters’ tables. A variety of wild greens, beans and tubers, offal and game, and odd bits of animals were the building blocks of a budding cuisine.</p> <p>Though the actual term “soul food” wasn’t coined until the 1960s, it could certainly be argued that the soul those black cooks put into their cooking (not to mention a considerable amount of culinary skill) was at least in part responsible for transforming such humble ingredients into what is now celebrated as an ingenious and delicious regional American cuisine.</p> <p>I bring all this up because for a restaurant to call its cooking “soul food” is to shoulder some pretty heavy weight, to have your marketing people write a check that your kitchen had better be able to cash. Mastino, which late last year took up residence in a corner of SoLita in downtown Delray, calls its cookery “Italian soul food.” And, yes, its kitchen can cash that check. Mastino brings a hip, urban, gastropubby ethos to the casual, American-style Italian restaurant.</p> <p>Think polished concrete flooring; brick accent walls; towering ceilings crisscrossed with blackpainted beams and ductwork; a young, energetic and personable staff; and a menu devoted mostly to small plates and Neapolitan-style pizzas.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/mastino2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>You easily can make a meal of the small plates here, and I highly recommend it—though it would be a shame to miss out on Mastino’s excellent, thin-crusted pizzas. Clams rarely get any better than when swimming in a briny broth creamily emulsified with white wine and extravirgin olive oil and spiked with copious amounts of garlic.</p> <p>An “old school” meatball was a primer on the pleasures of the comforting and familiar, a fluffy, well-seasoned orb ringed with a bright-tasting tomato sauce, a dollop of milky ricotta and a scattering of thickly julienned basil, which gave the dish a sprightly summertime freshness despite unseasonably chilly temperatures outside.</p> <p>A “piccolo” serving of ossobuco was barely smaller than what goes for $25-plus at most Italian restaurants. A blessedly reasonable $14 brought forth two small veal shanks, their meat so tender as to require neither teeth nor gums, their savory braising liquid rich with gelatin and studded with fat chunks of carrot. The only niggling complaint involved the kitchen’s heavy hand with pepper, which was so biting it threatened to throw the dish out of balance.</p> <p>A stack of “crispy” eggplant slices breaded and fried as stiff as a board, layered with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, and drizzled with balsamic vinegar and EVOO, was more intriguing in conception than reality, the eggplant tasteless and chewy, though admittedly crispy. If you’re looking to consume a few extra calories, try the oven-roasted mac-n-cheese instead, a gut-busting portion of shell pasta with fontina, mozzarella and ricotta cheeses, a crunchy breadcrumb topping and a light scent of truffle oil.</p> <p>We don’t do pizza shaming in these pages, but it would truly be shameful not to sample at least one of Mastino’s Neapolitan-style pies, which come out of an oak-fired oven burning at a hellish 900 degrees. Pizzas come either red (with San Marzano tomato sauce) or white (no sauce but lots of cheese). Ours came as a thin, puffy, pleasantly chewy crust topped with mozzarella, sweet Italian sausage and faintly bitter broccoli rabe, a combination that can scarcely be improved upon.</p> <p>Also from the wood-burning oven was half an herb-crusted chicken, brined to keep it juicy, with lightly charred skin and thick planks of rosemaryspiked potatoes. As with the ossobuco, somebody got a little carried away with the pepper.</p> <p>Desserts tended toward the simple and familiar—cannoli, tiramisu, that sort of thing. Tiramisu is not made in-house but rather by Old School Bakery. It’s nothing unexpected but a commendable effort, one last fulfillment of Mastino’s promise of “Italian soul food.”</p>Bill CitaraWed, 04 Mar 2015 10:35:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsDelray Calendar: The Top 5<h3>From dog days to bacon and bourbon, this season has a host of entertaining diversions.<span> </span></h3> <p><span><img alt="" height="582" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/screen_shot_2015-03-04_at_10.27.53_am.png" width="449"></span></p> <p>[5] <strong>“Uncertain Terms”</strong></p> <p><em>When:</em> March 6-29</p> <p><em>Where</em>: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St.</p> <p><em>About</em>: Playwright Allison Gregory had finished the first act of her latest Great American Play when she found herself in a creative mire: No second act was materializing. Then, like providence, an idea for an all-new play hatched outside her house. A hermetic neighbor, who had been living alone on the now-depleted trust fund of his late partner, was being thrown out of his domicile, sulking in an armchair on the front lawn. “The children [of the late homeowner] were having to foot the bill for him, pay his taxes and utilities. It was sad and kind of funny,” Gregory recalls. “I started weaving a play around that insight. I took that exact situation and made up the dynamics and conflicts within the family and outside the family, and the house itself became a character to me.” The result is “Uncertain Terms,” a play that has received glowing reviews in workshop productions, and which will receive its world premiere at the Theatre at Arts Garage. In this case, the obstinate houseguest is an ex-husband of main character Dani, forcing the couple to reconvene and unpack family baggage, while dealing with the fickle real estate market of recession-era America.</p> <p><em>Cost</em>: $30-$45</p> <p><em>Contact</em>: 561/450-6357, <a href=""></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="563" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/top5_berloni.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>[4] <strong>Bill Berloni</strong></p> <p><em>When</em>: March 19</p> <p><em>Where</em>: Delray Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave.</p> <p><em>About</em>: Every now and then on Broadway, a four-legged actor will perform with such verisimilitude that you hope the board of the Tonys will add “Best Performance by a Canine” to its awards the following year. Sandy, the terrier mix who costarred in 2,377 performances in “Annie,” was one such pooch. The man who discovered Sandy, Bill Berloni, was a 19-year-old theater apprentice whose job consisted of building sets for summer stock companies. He rescued Sandy from the local pound, paid $7 for him, and launched the careers of both the man and his best friend. Berloni has become the American media’s impresario of animal thespians, providing animals for hundreds of films, TV shows, commercials, theatrical productions, even a New York City Ballet performance. He’s worked with everything from cockroaches and butterflies to elephants and giraffes, along with countless dogs and cats liberated from kill shelters. The winner of a 2011 Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre will visit Delray Beach, with a canine companion in tow, to discuss his memoir, Broadway Tails.</p> <p><em>Cost</em>: $30-$45</p> <p><em>Contact</em>: 561/243-7922, <a href=""></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="358" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/top5_cesarmillan.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>[3] <strong>Cesar Millan</strong></p> <p><em>When</em>: April 1</p> <p><em>Where</em>: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p><em>About</em>: Speaking of dogs, Cesar Millan knows them better than pretty much anybody else on the planet. He probably knows your dog better than your dog knows itself. The world’s most famous dog whisperer is a self-taught canine guru whose best-selling manuals have sold more than 2 million copies across 15 countries. His live shows will hope to prove that he can be just as compelling without the presence of anxious, erratic, soon-to-be-tamed four-legged friends. Millan, who has fought with issues of divorce, depression and attempted suicide in recent years, will address his values, principles and methods in conversations that have been described as more spontaneous than his rigidly formatted TV show. And perhaps you can even pick up some of his exclusive products, like the Funny Muzzle and Cesar’s Dog Backpack.</p> <p><em>Cost</em>: $25-$100</p> <p><em>Contact</em>: 561/832-7469, <a href=""></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/top5_delrayaffair.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>[2] <strong>Delray Affair</strong></p> <p><em>When</em>: April 10-12</p> <p><em>Where</em>: Downtown Delray Beach</p> <p><em>About</em>: Long before South Floridians had any other reason to stop in the sleepy outpost known as Delray Beach, they still came in droves for the Delray Affair, the prescient art festival that first spread its canvas across Atlantic Avenue in 1962. More than half a century later, it’s still growing strong, it’s still stopping traffic, and it’s still a marathon for organizers, artists and attendees alike: a sprawl of 12 city blocks that proudly bills itself as the largest arts and crafts festival in the southeastern United States. Visitors can expect to view and purchase work by artists and crafters from 30 states and 12 countries, with a special emphasis on the fun and the funky. In addition, the Delray Affair is bringing back last year’s “Art of the Automobile” showcase, featuring a different collection of vintage American, European and “future classic” cars parked each day at Old School Square Park. And launching April 1, the Affair’s enhanced mobile app finally brings this middle-aged institution into the 21st century, offering color-coded maps and personal event scheduling for easy smart phone navigation.</p> <p><em>Cost</em>: Free</p> <p><em>Contact</em>: 561/279-0907, <a href=""></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="308" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/top5_baconandbourbon.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>[1] <strong>Bacon &amp; Bourbon Fest</strong></p> <p><em>When</em>: March 28-29</p> <p><em>Where</em>: Downtown Delray Beach</p> <p><em>About</em>: Say it with me now, in your best movie-trailer voice: “From the team that brought you the Delray Beach Garlic Festival and the Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival comes a culinary happening that goes whole hog.” Festival Management Group’s latest event, the alliteratively titled Bacon &amp; Bourbon Fest, is a saltier, more robust affair than its predecessors, promising an array of chef-designed bacon and pork delicacies, from braised pork bellies with tamari, garlic, ginger and chili peppers to the inevitable bacon ice cream (hey, it worked for garlic). Comfort food, farm-to-table offerings and New American Cuisine will all be on the menu, and there are enough liquor seminars and tastings to turn you into a bourbon connoisseur. The live music lineup is heavy on classic rock and rollicking blues. Slated performers include Mac Arnold, a legendary Chicago bluesman who recorded with everyone from James Brown and Muddy Waters to BB King and Otis Redding; Victor Wainwright, a boisterous, Memphis-based pianist known for merging boogie-woogie and honkey-tonk music; and MaGowan’s Chair, a South Florida-based acoustic rock duo.</p> <p><em>Cost</em>: $25</p> <p><em>Contact</em>: 561/279-0907, <a href=""></a></p>John ThomasonWed, 04 Mar 2015 10:23:00 +0000 BeachSpotlight on Kristine deHaseth<p><strong>Kristine deHaseth</strong> comes by her love of Florida naturally; she’s a Florida native who grew up on Key Biscayne. While she’s lived on both sides of the bridge in Delray, gulf Stream and ocean Ridge, she’s never far from her beloved beach, where she enjoys shell seeking and paddleboarding. She is one of the founding organizers of the <a href="" target="_blank">Florida Coalition for Preservation</a>, and has served as executive director for the past eight years. the Coalition is funded 100 percent by individual donations from citizens who support its mission of promoting responsible growth while preserving the character and quality of life of the barrier island and coastal communities.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/kristinedehaseth.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What do you think makes Delray unique?</strong></p> <p>I love that each area in Delray has a unique character. Residents feel strongly about preserving their neighborhood’s uniqueness. And when coalesced, the various citizens groups support each other and get involved when important city issues arise.</p> <p><strong>What’s your favorite thing to do in Delray?</strong></p> <p>Go to city commission meetings until midnight. Seriously, if we could combine these meetings with taste-testings from the wonderful restaurants on the Avenue, we’d have a winner.</p> <p><strong>Do you have a dream project you’d like to create in Delray?</strong></p> <p>The dream project has already begun! We are in full support of the Beach Area Master plan initiated by the Beach property owners Association. The multifaceted plan is needed to ensure that our beaches are periodically renourished, and that we have sustainable healthy dunes. This is a “forever” project to maintain our shoreline as the city’s most valuable asset.</p> <p><strong>How do you think the coalition makes Delray a better place? What’s the role you see for the coalition in Delray’s future?</strong></p> <p>We work very hard at staying informed about development projects, issues that impact our beaches and other things that may affect the quality of life for residents, neighbors and visitors alike. Providing timely, evenhanded communication is of great value [and keeps] citizens informed and educated. As a coalition, we coalesce the many public interest groups and encourage their involvement, which makes Delray a better place.</p>magazineWed, 04 Mar 2015 10:18:00 +0000 BeachDelray Hot List: Spring Into Action<h3>As winter winds to a close, Delray is busting out all over.</h3> <p><strong>Birdland</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/greenkay.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>With daylight savings kicking in, there’s plenty of time to get out to Green Cay Nature Center to enjoy a sunset. Take a walk on the wild side to see unique birds and other fauna via the extensive boardwalk that winds through the lush wetlands—giving you primo viewing without the sandy feet. The boardwalk is open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset. To learn more about the wildlife that thrives in this delicate ecosystem, visit the nature center exhibits, open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.</p> <p><em>12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach, 561/966-</em><em>7000, </em><a href=""><em></em></a></p> <p><strong>Readers Who Lunch</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="356" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/screen_shot_2015-03-04_at_9.46.32_am.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Kate DiCamillo</em></p> <p>The Palm Beach Literacy Coalition’s love of Literacy Luncheon on March 12 at the Kravis Center celebrates a very likeable spring critter: the bookworm. This year’s event features Newbery Award winner Kate DiCamillo, the New York Times bestselling author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux. Patron tickets are available for $250 and include a seat at the luncheon as well as the opportunity to meet this entertaining author at a private reception, with a 5 x 7 photo provided as a memento of the event. With more than a dozen programs countywide to improve the reading skills of children and adults, the Literacy Coalition offers many opportunities to get help or volunteer.</p> <p><em>561/279-9103, </em><a href=""><em></em></a></p> <p><strong>Farm to Market</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/woolbright_jessegoldfinger.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Jesse Goldfinger</em></p> <p>With all the talk of “farm-to-table” among restaurants, the Woolbright Farmer’s Market brings that foodie trend to your own kitchen with ease. Provision like a pro with the freshest produce and veggies each season has to offer—and where “locally grown” is just as important as an organic certification. Owner Jesse Goldfinger also flexes his own green thumb to offer more than homegrown friendliness at his rustic roadside stand; the market is brimming with lush herbs for your table and plants for your garden. There’s also a new “juice truck” on site—and don’t forget all the flowers, potted plants, delicious breads, pies, cheeses and spreads from mom-and-pop purveyors. Up-front parking makes it easy to stop in.</p> <p><em>141 W. Woolbright Road, 561/732-2454, </em><a href=""><em></em></a></p> <p><strong>The Eyes Have It</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/lashlady.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Hey batter, batter! We’re not talking about America’s favorite pastime; we’re referring to the kind of batting Lady Lash delivers with its expert eyelash extensions. Sport longer, thicker-looking lashes—without mascara. With maintenance every two to four weeks, you can hit a home run with glamour and shorten your daily beauty regimen. Frame your sexy doe eyes with Georgio’s signature brow tinting and sculpting to have your bases covered.</p> <p><em>170 N.E. Second Ave., 561/865-5111, </em><a href=""><em></em></a></p> <p><strong>Pick Me Up</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="387" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/screen_shot_2015-03-04_at_10.04.32_am.png" width="488"></strong></p> <p><em>Matt Williams</em></p> <p>Leave it to a fitness trainer to come up with a delicious idea—that’s actually good for you. Matt Williams, a former schoolteacher and currently a trainer at Slash, was inspired by his students and clients to come up with an alternative to sugary, processed snacks. FroPro is a frozen, protein-packed bar that simplifies healthy eating on the go. With all-natural ingredients and flavors that sound like a decadent dessert, it’s an energy-boosting treat perfect for pre/post-workout or the afternoon doldrums on our warm South Florida days. How cool is that?! Available at these fine locations in Delray: Fit Food Express, Juicebuzz, Planet Juice and the Biostation. <a href=""><em></em></a></p> <p><strong>N.Y. State of Mind</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/bigapple.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Enjoy the hustle and bustle of NYC without leaving the 561 at the Big Apple Shopping Bazaar. Spend the day shopping among the iconic sights of New York, like the Statue of Liberty and Central Park, all in air-conditioned comfort. With more than 60 shops, there’s literally something for everyone in this newly remodeled marketplace. And don’t forget another favorite attraction from the city, the deli! The best part is, since this little slice of Gotham is right in our backyard, there’s no need to wonder how you’ll carry your Big Apple deals on the flight home.</p> <p><em>5283 W. Atlantic Ave., 561/499-9935, </em><em><a href=""></a></em></p> <h3>Delray After Dark</h3> <p>It’s pretty easy to find live music on the Avenue. Vintage Tap has made a big splash in Delray nightlife featuring a different band every night. As you walk down the sidewalk you can hear the Elvis impersonator crooning at<strong> Johnnie Brown’s</strong>, and with enough vodka the ’80s and ’90s tribute bands at <strong>The Hurricane</strong> beckon. And there’s always the relaxed reggae at <strong>Boston’s</strong>. However, the music scene off the Avenue is really thriving, so here are a few places you might not have come across. What all of these nightspots have in common is a unique, artsy vibe—and plenty of parking.</p> <p><strong>3rd and 3rd</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/3rdand3rd.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>In spite of a lack of signage, and its remote location on the outskirts of Pineapple Grove, 3rd and 3rd is a bustling hangout, much like the perpetual party house in college, only with adults sitting in a living-room setting, eating fabulous food, sipping cocktails and enjoying a variety of local musicians. No Cheetos and Old Milwaukee here. It’s hipster heaven for the 20- to 50-something crowd!</p> <p><em>301 N.E. Third Ave., 561/303-1939, </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em></em></p> <p><strong>Kevro’s Art Bar</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="349" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/kevroart.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>On the south side of Atlantic Avenue, in a lone building in the yet-to-be-developed SofA district, this bohemian outpost hosts a lively lineup of musicians and artists. Part art-loft warehouse, part tropical patio, Kevro’s is a thriving pioneer in what promises to be Delray’s Next Big Arts District.</p> <p><em>166 S.E. Second Ave., 561/278-9675, </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em></em></p> <p><strong>The Beat Cup Café</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/thebeatcupcafe.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>This cool hangout sprang from the über artsy Salon Resta, which was never your average hair salon in the first place. Local artists and photographers displayed their work in the salon, and in the evenings musicians were invited for informal jam sessions. With the creative juices flowing, their cup runneth over to the space next door. The Beat Cup is part gallery, part coffee bar and part performance space. The “house band,” Michaux, plays regularly. You’ll always find something entertaining and thought-provoking here.</p> <p><em>660 Linton Blvd., No. 110, 561/330-4693, </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em></em></p>magazineWed, 04 Mar 2015 09:58:00 +0000 BeachQ&amp;A: Jayce Ogren<p>The stars aligned like no other in September 1957, when “West Side Story” premiered on Broadway. Rarely before or since have arguably the greatest figures in their respective fields combined to produce a work of art: The show produced unforgettable lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, in his Broadway debut; majestic choreography by the inimitable Jerome Robbins; and a lavish, operatic, hip score from Leonard Bernstein. And oh yeah—the story was a modern, streetwise riff on Shakespeare, who was no slouch, either.</p> <p>A few years later, another artistic titan was thrown into this passionate cauldron: Film director Robert Wise, the consummate craftsman behind “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and “The Sound of Music,” who would direct the movie adaptation of “West Side Story.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="322" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/west-side-story-0903-pp03.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The work of all of these great minds will come together in a kind of aural 3-D this coming Friday, when “West Side Story” will be screened at Festival of the Arts Boca with live musical accompaniment from the Festival Orchestra, under the baton of accomplished conductor Jayce Ogren. This won’t be the first time the Festival has presented a film-concert hybrid, but Bernstein’s dynamic score in “West Side Story” is a more ambitious and exciting choice than its more previous, statelier choices, “The Wizard of Oz” and “Casablanca.” It’s not just a score; it’s an experience, and the music is an indelible element of the film’s drama, romance, comedy and tragedy.</p> <p>Ogren, a dashing young composer and conductor from Brooklyn, will surely be up to the challenge. His previous conducting work, including Benjamin Britten’s “Turn of the Screw,” Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and Bernstein’s “A Quiet Place,” have earned him wide acclaim, and he tells Boca Raton that he is “really excited about the prospect of bringing this piece down to Boca.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/jayce-ogren.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What was your reaction when you learned you’d be conducting the orchestra for this iconic score?</strong></p> <p>I’ve conducted “West Side Story” in this version a number of times, and it’s a project I really love. The music is incredibly rewarding and feels fresh every time, so I was really looking forward to encountering that music again. And it’s also a total joy for the audience. It’s unique, and I think it’s an experience that really enhances the film for the audience.</p> <p><strong>You’ve conduced operas before. Do you feel like there’s a connection in “West Side Story” to opera—at least the gravitas of opera—that isn’t there in a lot of Broadway musicals?</strong></p> <p>Definitely. It’s really a piece that treads this middle ground between opera and musicals. My experience in opera does seem to enhance what I do with the score. But that’s the genius of Bernstein: You can’t really categorize or define what he does. He just wrote what he heard, and what he thought would be exciting and what would speak to people. And “West Side Story” is the prime example of that.</p> <p><img alt="" height="449" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/leonard_bernstein.jpeg" width="350"></p> <p>(Leonard Bernstein)</p> <p><strong>Even though you’ve conducted this score before in a live movie setting, it hasn’t been with the players in our orchestra, correct?</strong></p> <p>That’s true.</p> <p><strong>So how much rehearsal time do you need, and what is that process like?</strong> </p> <p>We have three rehearsals. Whenever I’ve done this project, that’s the amount of time we’ve had. In the first rehearsal, we just make our way through, and it’s a big challenge, because the orchestra needs to keep up with the film. And a lot of the tempos in the music from the film are very, very fast. A lot of that has to do with fitting with Jerome Robbins’ beautiful choreography. So a lot of the tempos need to be a lot quicker than we’re used to in orchestras, like symphonic suites. So after that first shock of how challenging the project really is, things start to settle in in that second rehearsal.</p> <p>In the third rehearsal, we have a run-through of the whole show, and a chance to fix any small issues that may come up. So it’s an amount of rehearsal time where we have everything in order, but also there’s still that excitement of everybody needing to really be on the top of their game for the show to go well.</p> <p><strong>That does not sound like a lot of rehearsal time, but I guess you’re working with top-notch professionals who probably at least know the music by ear before the first rehearsal.</strong> </p> <p>Everyone knows the tunes, and they even know the difficult mix from “Symphonic Dances” that are a big part of the repertoire. But there’s a lot of music that most of these players will have never done. And even a lot of the music they know will be with slightly different orchestrations and very different tempos. But definitely, with “West Side Story” being an iconic piece that’s part of our culture, there’s no figuring out the style or how it should go. Top-notch players in America know this music and the style. Once they have a couple of read-throughs, it comes together very well.</p> <p><strong>Does the fact that you’re conducting in front of a movie, with a live audience reacting to the story, affect what you do?</strong> </p> <p>It’s wonderful hearing the audience’s reactions, because when I hear them laugh at something, or when I can feel, in the room, the atmosphere that people are truly touched by the drama going on in the film, it’s inspiring to me, and to the musicians as well. With this show, we want to provide entertainment in the best possible sense. We want it to be fun and exciting and also for it to be a deeply moving experience. And when you get that audience reaction, it prompts even more expressive playing, and even more commitment.</p> <p><strong>I was reading your list of accomplishments, and seeing works like “Turn of the Screw,” and pieces by John Adams and Rufus Wainwright. Would you say that you are attracted to artists who are more alternative, who stand a bit away from the mainstream?</strong></p> <p>Not particularly. I just love conducting great music, and I think that comes from a lot of different types of musicians. I did my undergrad in Composition, and I’ve always been attracted to contemporary music. I think if anything, I just haven’t let inventions get in the way of my taste.</p> <p>For example, there are people in the classical music world who approached Rufus Wainwright’s opera “Prima Donna” with a closed mind. They expected it to be unsuccessful, and then they didn’t really listen to it. But I think if you really listen to what he did, in a first effort in the classical genre from a singer-songwriter, it’s a remarkable piece. So I just try to be open. I enjoy working on projects that are inspiring and are full of quality music.</p> <p><em>“West Side Story” will be screened/performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6 at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $25-$125. For tickets and information, call 561/368-8445 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 04 Mar 2015 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicUpcoming EventsLocal cancer survivor triumphs at cycling challenge<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Last December, I shared <a href="/blog/2014/12/17/from-the-fight-of-his-life-to-the-ride-of-his-life/" target="_blank">the story of local cyclist and cancer survivor George Fetko</a> as he prepared for the ride of his life. Well, he completed that 104-mile bike ride during the <a href="">Dolphin Cycling Challenge</a>, raising $8,260 for cancer research.</p> <p>And that’s not all Fetko did.</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/screen_shot_2015-03-03_at_4.33.46_pm.png" width="490"></p> <p>The 56-year-old Boca Raton resident, who only a year ago endured an intensely toxic treatment regime to throw his cancer into remission, finished first at the event in early February 2015. He completed the challenge in 4:40  -- which means an average of 22 mph.</p> <p>“This was not a social event for me,” Fetko said in an email to the Fit Life.  “It was a milestone marking my recovery. Rode with my heart.”</p> <p>The weekend was a family affair. Fetko’s daughter Emily and her fiancé Dustin Durham trained in the snow and cold of Connecticut and traveled here to compete in the Dolphin Cycling Challenge 5K in George’s honor.</p> <p>So, there’s your update. Could it be any more triumphant?</p> <p>Don’t forget to check out this video from Fetko’s race. Next time you feel a little sluggish, next time your day isn’t going right or you’re too lazy to get up and workout, watch and learn from Fetko’s determination.</p> <p><iframe height="270" src="" width="480"></iframe></p> <p><em>Video credit: Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and David Sutta Photography</em></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>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>.</em></p> <p><em><br></em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 04 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Extra: Near-Death Experiences<p>In 1999, while undergoing her fourth surgery for scoliosis, <strong>Denise Merkle</strong> left her body. And as the Coconut Creek resident explains, the experience shifted from one of intense discomfort—she was partially awake during the procedure—to one of otherworldly love. And like the other subjects in the “Tunnel Visions” feature in our March-April issue, her near-death experience changed her life forever, leaving her with a newfound enlightenment.</p> <p><img alt="" height="384" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/denise_merkle.jpg" width="288"></p> <p>Merkle, who works for a Deerfield Beach printing company by day, shared her compelling story with <em>Boca Raton</em>:</p> <p>“I wasn’t interested as much [in the afterlife] until this happened to me. When we were little, we would played with Ouija boards, but as far as the afterlife, I didn’t give it much thought. I knew that there was <em>something</em>, but once this happened, I knew for sure, and I know now that there is life after death.</p> <p>“I had three scoliosis surgeries, and one of them was a 24-hour surgery. I didn’t have any problems with anything prior to this. The ironic thing about it was that when I went in to have this surgery, the anesthesiologist was young, and before he put me under, I said to him, ‘Don’t give me too much and kill me!,” because he seemed like he’d be inexperienced because he was so young. Everybody else I’d dealt with over the years was older, and I never felt uncomfortable. For some reason, with him, I didn’t feel comfortable.</p> <p>“I don’t think he gave me enough [anesthesia], because when they were getting ready to operate, I could hear the surgeon asking everybody, ‘Are you ready?’ I was like, this is kind of weird, why am I still hearing everybody talk? And the nurse was talking back to him. What I think happened is that he didn’t give me enough. He gave me just enough to put me under, but not enough for my brain to go to sleep. That was a bad experience. I would never want to go through that again. I tried to lift my arm up and tell them I was still awake. But if you’ve ever been under anesthesia, you’re like solid brick after that. I think I panicked, or my body panicked.</p> <p>“The last thing I heard was ‘Code Blue!’ and right after that I knew I wasn’t connected to [my body] anymore. I was somewhere else. The weird thing about this is that I’ve read a lot of books about the afterlife after this. <em>Journey of Souls</em> tells you that people who have traveled this path before won’t necessarily see people, because they’ve traveled it so many times that they’re comfortable.</p> <p>“I know a lot of people talk about how they see a bright light. I saw that, but what I remember the most was going down a tunnel or a path that was bluish-grey. I was going toward this bright light. It seemed like when I almost got to it, I started coming back away from it. You could see it getting smaller and smaller.</p> <p>“I didn’t hear anything, but I was so aware of where I was. It was a heightened sense of knowing. I remember thinking to myself, so this is what it’s like to be dead. It’s not bad. It was the opposite; it was good. I knew I was dead, but I was still <em>thinking</em>, so how can I still be thinking? But I knew I wasn’t connected to my shell anymore. </p> <p>“What I experienced was an extreme amount of love and energy, like being wrapped up in a more safety blanket. I’m not a true believer in God, because I would have to meet that person or whatever it is, but from what I experienced, I do believe there’s a higher power, like maybe a higher energy source. That feeling you get is maybe God. Something more powerful was there with me.</p> <p>“I don’t know how long I was gone; I would say a few minutes, because when I came to, I was in the ICU and I was blown up like a balloon. I had never had that issue before. I looked like the Michelin Man. I was told it was from lack of oxygen and that my short-term memory for a long time wasn’t great. I couldn’t remember from minute to minute what I was doing. Something happened, but [the doctors] wouldn’t confirm it completely, but I know I died, because of what happened. If that’s not dying, I don’t know what it was. I knew I was dead, but I could still think.</p> <p>“Before I had that surgery, I was still in my 30s. I was going out with my friends all the time and drinking a lot, because I was in pain a lot, and if I drank I didn’t have pain. I wasn’t going down the best path: I wasn’t an alcoholic, but I would go out once a week and party to the extreme. And after the surgery I did a 360. I got rid of all the bad people that were in my life, and turned my life completely around. It made me realize that life was too short, and anything can happen to you. Then I had my son in 2007. It was a life-changing experience.”</p> <p><a href="/blog/category/web-extras" target="_blank"><em>Click here for more web extras.</em></a></p>John ThomasonTue, 03 Mar 2015 15:54:00 +0000 ExtrasWeb Extra: Spicy Chorizo<h3><span>George Patti shares his recipe for a signature sandwich at </span>M.E.A.T. Eatery &amp; Taproom<span>.</span></h3> <p>The all-American hamburger is as flexible as an Olympic gymnast, capable of bending, twisting and contorting to accommodate just about any culinary guise and gilding the inventive cook can imagine.</p> <p>No one knows this better than George Patti, chef-partner (with Tom Smith) of <a href="" target="_blank">M.E.A.T.</a> in Boca Raton (<em>980 N. Federal Highway, 561/419-2600</em>). Being a restaurant that celebrates the pleasures of, well … duh … the burger occupies a prominent place on M.E.A.T.’s menu, whether as elemental as a 5-ounce patty with cheese, lettuce and tomato (the Nancy Pants) or as nontraditional as Patti’s house-made chorizo with one of the chef’s inventive flavored mayonnaises.</p> <p>Which is a pretty sneaky way of introducing this issue’s deconstructed dish, M.E.A.T.’s Chorizo Patti Sandwich. It’s a lot easier than you might expect. And you can (and should) try this at home.</p> <p><strong>SPICY HOUSE-MADE CHORIZO</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/meat.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>2.5 pounds ground pork</p> <p>1/2 cup cold white wine</p> <p>4 teaspoons paprika</p> <p>2 teaspoon salt</p> <p>2.5 teaspoons minced garlic</p> <p>2 teaspoon cayenne</p> <p>1 teaspoon ground cumin</p> <p>1 teaspoon dried oregano</p> <p>1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper</p> <p>Make sure pork is well-chilled. Mix all ingredients in bowl and stuff into casings or form into patties. Grill or pan-fry and serve with American cheese, fried egg and aioli.</p> <p><strong>CHIMICHURRI AIOLI</strong></p> <p>1/2 shallot</p> <p>1/2 tablespoon chopped garlic</p> <p>1 lime, juiced</p> <p>1 bunch each, cilantro and flat-leaf parsley</p> <p>1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce</p> <p>1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar</p> <p>1/2 teaspoon each, salt, sugar and red pepper flakes</p> <p>6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil</p> <p>1 1/4 cup mayonnaise</p> <p>Puree all ingredients except mayonnaise in blender or food processor. Fold in mayonnaise and refrigerate until ready to serve.</p> <p><a href="/blog/category/web-extras" target="_blank"><em>Click here for more web extras.</em></a></p>magazineTue, 03 Mar 2015 15:50:00 +0000 ExtrasWeb Extra: Solar or Bust<h3>Why aren’t we capitalizing on our most noteworthy resource, the sun? Here’s one more report from our environmental feature in the March/April issue.</h3> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/environmentalstory2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For the Sunshine State, we sure are terrible about using solar power. Consider this: less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the state’s power comes from solar. If that’s not enough to shame you, even New Jersey produces more.</p> <p>The simple reason for this discrepancy is that the state’s main power companies have lobbied hard to keep wind and solar from expanding, says George Cavros, a Fort Lauderdale attorney who oversees the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s work in Florida. The state’s two largest, Florida Power &amp; Light and Duke Energy, have been successful in beating down even simple policy changes that are standard elsewhere, Cavros says.</p> <p>The power companies fear an expansion into solar and wind for the obvious reason: a decrease in demand for their product. But there are also more complicated concerns that have borne true elsewhere, like in Europe. If Floridians installed solar in mass numbers, it would lead to a dramatic decrease in the need for power plants. When the sun didn’t shine for a rainy day, however, it would mean the plants would suddenly need to crank back up to full production, leaving power companies forced to keep costly plants at the ready at all times.</p> <p>Out of these fears, the power companies have lobbied lawmakers to make clean energy less accessible than elsewhere. Consider the incentives many states offer to homeowners who install solar panels in the form of tax breaks that repay them for a portion of the costs. Not in Florida.</p> <p>Or there’s the rule that allows solar power companies to install free solar systems on roofs in other states and then sell the power to the homeowner. Typically the cost is less than half of what consumers would pay to a power company. It’s illegal here but not elsewhere.</p> <p>“It’s not that these other places are sunnier than Florida. They’re not,” Cavros says. “It just comes down to policy.”</p> <p>This has all cost Florida jobs, according to Environmental Entrepreneurs, a trade group representing solar installers. Only 11,000 Floridians have jobs in the solar industry, fewer than even Massachusetts. That single fact alone might help lead to change. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has talked jobs over almost any other concern, and a policy that’s costing more of them might lead to the state to finally allow for solar expansion.</p> <p>On the bright side, there’s also this: only two more states have more solar potential than Florida. So solar power is there; we’re just waiting for policy change.</p> <p><a href="/blog/category/web-extras" target="_blank"><em>Click here for more web extras.</em></a></p>magazineTue, 03 Mar 2015 15:43:00 +0000 ExtrasBoating &amp; Beach Bash Your Ticket To A Great Saturday<p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/beachbash.png" width="305">There is no day better than Saturday—but there is one Saturday this spring that we especially love—a feel-good celebration dedicated to people with disabilities.</p> <p>South Florida’s Annual Boating and Beach Bash for People with Disabilities ( will celebrate its 7th Anniversary on Saturday March 21, 2015. The Bash has grown to become the largest, free, fun-day in America for children, adults and Purple Heart recipients with physical and/or intellectual challenges, and their caregivers.</p> <p>A brainchild of Boca resident Jay Van Vechten, it’s a day when caregivers and disabled people alike get a break, a respite, a whole slew of diversions and activities to come out of themselves and into a world of play and warmth and caring and fun. One in five Americans—and one in four in Palm Beach County—have disabilities seen or unseen. This is their day, and it’s a Saturday to cherish.</p> <p>Each year it’s held in Spanish River Park, and activities range from arts and crafts and boat rides, to a fun zone, barbecue, and a petting zoo—you name it. The highlight of the event is the opportunity to enjoy a boat ride aboard a flotilla of private yachts along the Intracoastal Waterway. All boats are donated by members of Royal Palm Yacht &amp; Country Club in Boca Raton. The Bash is completely organized and run by community volunteers and is funded through private donations and sponsorship.</p> <p>Please attend this very special Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and better, please donate to the day. You can call 561/715-2622, or visit; Your help will give joy to some people who could really use it.</p>Marie SpeedTue, 03 Mar 2015 13:34:00 +0000 Bites: New Bakery &amp; Buffet<p><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/bakery_of_france.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>West Boca fans of delicate French pastries, lacy crepes, sophisticated sandwiches and other fine bistro fare now no longer have to cross I-95 to get their fix with the debut of a second <a href="" target="_blank">Bakery of France</a> (<em>6030 SW 18th St</em>.) in the Shoppes at Village Pointe. I’m a huge fan of their croissants, so light and flaky they practically levitate, as well as their lunch-sized composed salads and crepes that come with everything from smoked salmon and brie to Nutella. Both the newbie and the original Federal Highway locations are open for breakfast, lunch and Sunday brunch.</p> <p><img alt="" height="273" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/santo.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The long-vacant Gary Woo location in Boca now has a new tenant. It’s <a href="" target="_blank">Santo’s Modern American Buffet &amp; Sushi</a> (<em>3400 N. Federal Hwy., 561/923-9378</em>), sibling to its popular Coconut Creek parent. The lengthy menu features an extensive selection of salads, soups and entrees ranging from stir-fries to grilled steak to tuna tacos, along with potstickers, fried rice, lobster bisque and more. There’s also a wide selection of sushi and a raw bar dispensing oysters, mussels, crab legs and other seafood delicacies. It’s open for lunch and dinner daily, plus weekend brunch.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 03 Mar 2015 09:04:00 +0000 & ReviewsFAU thinks big(ger) and notes on Netanyahu<h3><span>FAU steps up</span></h3> <p><span><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/fau.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p>John Kelly put Head Football Coach Charlie Partridge on the spot. The second big announcement puts Dr. Daniel Flynn on the spot. </p> <p>The December announcement tied much of FAU’s future to athletics. A $16 million gift from the Schmidt Family Foundation is the start of a campaign to build a multi-discipline athletics/academics complex on the main campus in Boca Raton. Kelly wants the complex, which will cost between $45 million and $50 million, built in two years. He wants the complex to be part of transforming FAU into a national university. Success will require a football team that does better than last year’s 3-9 record – and does better soon and often.</p> <p>On Monday, Kelly put down his second big bet. This one is that FAU can collaborate with Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute to make the university’s Jupiter campus a biotechnology hub that in 10 years will attract 3,000 of the best STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) students from around the country and perhaps around the world. And 100 grad students.</p> <p>The STEM number now? Zero.</p> <p>If the goal is lofty, the partnership is predictable. Since starting work last March, Kelly has complained about lack of awareness for the two world-class research facilities on the Honors College campus. In an interview Monday, Kelly called that a “differentiating niche” that FAU can leverage.</p> <p>Essentially, FAU, Scripps and Max Planck will try to offer a combined menu that will draw students and researchers. Example: If FAU can hire a faculty member whose work will complement Scripps, each may pay a share of that person’s salary. Kelly said the three will do “joint planning on priorities" and will “find the best expertise.” Present at Monday’s announcement were Scripps Research Institute CEO James Paulson and Max Planck Florida Institute CEO David Fitzpatrick.</p> <p>FAU, Scripps and Max Planck will work together to improve the cluster’s ability to secure National Institutes of Health grants. Scripps Florida alone has received $400 million, even as NIH’s share of the federal budget has declined. The focus will include start-up companies to develop and market what the research produces.</p> <p>In 2003, when former Gov. Jeb Bush announced the arrival of Scripps to Palm Beach County, then-FAU President Frank Brogan fended off other state universities that wanted a Scripps affiliation. After getting the shut-up done, though, FAU had not tried the put-up. Until Monday.</p> <p>Never spoken all that publicly, but acknowledged privately, is that FAU hasn’t been on the heft level of Scripps and Max Planck. Though the effort to build Scripps at FAU’s Jupiter campus and not way out west on a former citrus grove was successful, the ties were more geographic than academic.</p> <p>Kelly doesn’t just want that to change; he says FAU needs that to change. The guy in charge of the change is Flynn, who in January started as FAU’s vice president for research. Flynn is a breast cancer specialist whose doctoral thesis in Microbilogy/Virology was titled “Conformational changes in the surface glycoproteins E1/E2 of Sindbis virus upon attachment and penetration.”</p> <p>Flynn agrees that FAU’s relationship with Scripps and Max Planck has been “underforming,” adding, “We need to show that we can play on the same field.” He sees the work widening to include area hospitals, such as the Boca Regional and its Marcus Neuroscience Institute.</p> <p>You can’t accuse Kelly of aiming low or of understating. The news release that went out over the weekend promised a “monumental announcement,” and the release that laid out the details referred to the partnership as “groundbreaking.” Put-up time has begun.</p> <h3>Netanyahu news</h3> <p>Many big world and national stories touch Florida start here or affect us. So it is with the world and national story of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address today to a joint session of Congress (10:45 a.m. EST).</p> <p>After New York and Los Angeles, the country’s largest Jewish population is in South Florida. The Anti-Defamation League holds its annual convention at The Breakers in Palm Beach, and its Florida office is in Boca Raton. The American Jewish Committee has regional offices in Boca Raton and Miami. The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County complements the work of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, whose annual conference in Washington concludes today, has an office in Fort Lauderdale. The director of the Daniel S. Abraham Center for Middle East Peace is Robert Wexler, who represented southwest Palm Beach and northwest Broward counties in Congress. In this part of the world, the Middle East is a local story.</p> <p>So there’s been lots of talk, public and private, in South Florida since news broke that House Speaker John Boehner had invited Netanyahu without consulting the White House. That breach of protocol is without precedent. Moreover, Netanyahu intends his speech as a rebuke of President Obama’s efforts—with five other countries—to negotiate a deal on Iran’s nuclear program.</p> <p>In two weeks, Israel holds elections, with Netanyahu’s party facing a strong challenge in part because of concern that his decision to accept Boehner’s invitation and insult the Democrats has jeopardized the longstanding consensus in Washington that Israel is a bipartisan issue. Almost everyone acknowledges that Netanyahu will use his speech as an election commercial.</p> <p>Reaction from Jewish groups varies, sometimes in interesting ways. Last week, ADL National Director Abe Foxman issued a statement saying, “While the original decision by Prime Minister Netanyahu to accept the invitation to address Congress without consulting the Democratic leadership was, in our view, ill-advised, now that it is happening, the speech deserves support from both sides of the aisle.” Foxman urged lawmakers to “transcend the political controversy” and “underscore the broad support for Israel’s security.”</p> <p>Foxman added that the United States and Israel “have a common interest” in making sure that Iran “should not have the capability of building a nuclear weapon.” The interesting thing is the use of the word “capability,” Foxman seems to differ from Netanyahu’s stated position that Iran should not even be able to enrich uranium. The Bush administration tried unsuccessfully in 2003 to lay down that marker. Foxman noted the invitation to meet with Democratic senators angry about the speech was a hopeful sign. Unfortunately, Netanyahu declined the offer.</p> <p>Matthew C. Levin, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, noted that recent terrorists attacks in Europe “underscore the virulent anti-Semitism facing the Jewish people in part of this world. The prime minister’s warnings about the intent of the radical fundamentalists of Hezbollah, ISIL, Al Qaeda and the murderous regime in Iran (which) seeks nuclear weapons should be heeded by Western governments that believe democracy is central to their freedom.</p> <p>“The shared values of democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of the press are just a sample of what draws the United States and Israel together. . .Under this banner, I salute the prime minister’s visit to America.” The interesting thing is the talking past the speech and focusing on the alliance.</p> <p>According to Rachel Miller, who runs the Boca office, the American Jewish Committee “has refrained from commenting on Netanyahu’s speech before Congress.” The interesting thing is the lack of comment on such a big issue from a group that calls itself “the leading global Jewish advocacy organization.”</p> <p>As for AIPAC, which considers itself the most important pro-Israel lobby group, an Israeli journalist reported that AIPAC opposed Netanyahu’s visit because of the open rebuke to a sitting president and the damage it could cause to U.S.-Israeli relations. AIPAC, which also was blindsided by Boehner’s announcement – though it has supported Netanyahu’s criticism of the talks with Iran -- then denied that it had opposed the speech. Netanyahu got lots of applause during his speech Monday before AIPAC’s annual meeting in Washington.</p> <p>For many strong supporters of Israel in this area, it is an awkward moment that they are trying to get past. Fortunately, despite Netanyahu’s attitude, the Obama administration continues to advocate on Israel’s behalf. Just recently, as commentators in Israel noted, the administration intervened to ease hostilities when an Israeli air strike in Syria killed an Iranian general. The administration continues to oppose efforts by the Palestinians to take Israel to the International Criminal Court, and the U.S. plans more money for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.</p> <p>Some Democrats will boycott the speech rather than become Netanyahu campaign props. I wouldn’t expect that from South Florida lawmakers, but even if they attend don’t assume that they agree with the prime minister on policy or his decision to give the speech. Netanyahu has pleased some of Israel’s strongest supporters in South Florida, but he also has angered even some of Israeli’s greatest friends in South Florida. They just won’t go on the record with their anger.</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><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 03 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityReview: DaVinci’s of Boca<p><strong>6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561/362-8466</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/davinci.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1">PRICES: Entrées $17–$44</p> <p class="p1">HOURS: Mon.–Thurs. 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.,</p> <p class="p1">Sun. noon–10 p.m.</p> <p class="p1">WEBSITE: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Back in the day, if you were hungry for a slab of gray meat cooked to the texture of Kevlar or a piece of fried fish oozing oil like the Deepwater Horizon, you had options.</p> <p>One place, for certain, that you could count on for a terrible meal: the local shopping mall, especially its venerable food court, a pulsating palace of indigestion that insulted the cuisines of countries from around the world.</p> <p>However, at places like Town Center at Boca Raton, not only is the court deciding in favor of the diner, so is the rest of the mall’s restaurant offerings. Is there any place where a man can find simple, honest, just plain bad food?</p> <p>Certainly not at DaVinci’s. Devotees of crummy dining would tremble at the sight of the Carvelli family’s spacious Italian restaurant at Town Center (in the spot once occupied by Legal Sea Foods). They’d despair at the professionalism of its servers, grieve at the depth of its thoughtfully chosen wine list, blanch at the carefully prepared food that satisfies both traditionalists and the more adventurous with equal aplomb.</p> <p>The rest of us, though, can only rejoice. Start with DaVinci’s burrata Caprese, an elaborate salad featuring a ball of fresh mozzarella filled with the creamy leavings of the cheese-making process, artfully plated with prosciutto, smoked tomato jam, balsamic syrup and arugula. It’s a combo that seems wildly overwrought yet manages to work perfectly.</p> <p>Much less complicated is a giant platter of fried calamari—crisp, golden rings and squiggles that are an ideal foil for a bright-tasting marinara. Wagyu carpaccio is betrayed slightly by a heavy hand on the salt. Otherwise, the translucent petals of designer beef offer a rich, meaty complement to more arugula, shaved Parmesan, thin coins of black truffle and a tangy lemon vinaigrette. Pastas come “classico” (think lasagna) and “moderno” (lobster ravioli), both of which live up to the billing.</p> <p>Lasagna is hearty and filling, much improved by the use of fresh pasta. Ravioli are as delicate as the lasagna is lusty, caressed with a bronze cognac cream sauce.</p> <p>Osso buco is terrific. If the accompanying wild mushroom risotto is a bit gummy, it’s made up for by a gum-tender veal shank scattered with gremolata and crowned with a veal bone that begs prospecting for its quivering, luscious marrow. Marco Prime sea bass is a riff on Nobu’s miso-marinated fish, here a snowy fillet given a sweet-salty ginger-miso glaze and served atop addictive scallion-flecked polenta “fries.”</p> <p>Desserts gently tweak tradition to salutary effect. Cannoli arrive as a trio of crunchy, finger-sized tubes jacketing ricotta infused with Grand Marnier, chocolate and Key lime juice. Tiramisu combines the classic espresso-spiked ladyfingers with all-the-rage sea salt and caramel, the latter whipped into mascarpone, the former in a smoky toffee topping.</p> <p>We didn’t exactly need another reason to visit Town Center, but DaVinci’s is as good of an excuse as any.</p> <p><em>For more on the South Florida dining scene, pick up the March/April issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. Subscribe to the magazine here.</em></p>Bill CitaraMon, 02 Mar 2015 16:35:00 +0000 The MagazineNews & ReviewsQ&amp;A with Kathy Griffin<h3>Stand-up comedian, author, co-host of “Fashion Police” on E!</h3> <p><img alt="" height="337" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/screen_shot_2015-03-02_at_4.16.20_pm.png" width="488"></p> <p>Over the past 10 years, Kathy Griffin has recorded 18 stand-up comedy specials, appeared in more than 35 movies or television shows and penned a New York Times best-selling memoir. Her net worth is estimated at $20 million, and the ubiquitous and fearless television personality is currently carrying the torch for the late Joan Rivers as co-host of E!’s “Fashion Police.”</p> <p>It’s safe to say that Griffin is no longer a “D-Lister;” she’s just played one on TV. And she continues to play one in her indefatigable stand-up act (she recorded four specials in 2011 alone, including “50 and Not Pregnant” and “Tired Hooker”).</p> <p>Her comedic style is dominated by embellished encounters with even higher-bankrolled celebrities, in whose presence she has stealthily managed to bask. The targets of her satire and ridicule run the showbiz gamut, and some happen to be her friends.</p> <p>On William Shatner: “He is like my favorite red-faced, bloated booze bag.” On Oprah Winfrey: “I prefer big Oprah. I know Oprah wants to be skinny Oprah, but her head is too gigantic to fit on a skinny body.” On Lindsay Lohan: “I know that [she] has lost a lot of weight recently, due to diet, Pilates and crack. Without the diet and Pilates.”</p> <p>It’s no surprise that some her comments have generated backlash. She essentially outed Anderson Cooper during one of her annual appearances on CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage.</p> <p>She’s been denounced by the Catholic League and been called a “pinhead” by Bill O’Reilly. She’s been banned, then unbanned, then re-banned from “The View,” and she’s similarly weathered bans from the Apollo Theatre, Jay Leno’s version of “The Tonight Show” and “Hannah Montana.”</p> <p>Controversy aside, one of the funniest comedians in the country remains a formidable force on the stand-up circuit, not to mention a staunch advocate for the U.S. military and LGBT rights. As she prepared for two South Florida appearances, she proved to be as sharp and witty as ever in an interview with Boca Raton.</p> <p><strong>Q1 You’ve always come off as a monologist as much as a comedian. Are you influenced by long-form storytellers as well as great comics?</strong></p> <p>Great question. My style is in fact closer to a monologist, or as my pal Sarah Silverman calls me, “a raconteur.” My act is really stories with a bunch of jokes inside them. Of course, I am influenced by all the great comics—female comedians, in particular. Bill Cosby, not so much.</p> <p><strong>Q2 You’ve had several “first female comedian to …” distinctions. Why do you think comedy is still such a male-dominated field?</strong></p> <p>Well, chicks are just funnier. The boys know it, they can’t keep up, and this is the only way they know how to fight back. Actually, the stigma and sexism is still very real. In fact, I had to stop watching “Mad Men,” Season Two. Does Peggy become a stand-up comedian in the finale? I hope so.</p> <p><strong>Q3 What’s been the best—and worst—celebrity reaction to a joke you’ve told about them?</strong></p> <p>The best: Jerry Seinfeld wrote me a hilarious letter in which he “wishes me much good luck in whatever it is that (I) do.”</p> <p>Worst: The late, great Whitney Houston waving a very angry finger in my face, saying, “Don’t ever talk about me.” I had to talk about that.</p> <p><strong>Q4 What is your writing routine like, and how do you know when material is finally stage-ready?</strong></p> <p>I’m writing right now! I’m always writing in my head. Pretty much every situation I see or am immersed in, I start to try and spin in a funny way that may soon end up onstage where it belongs.</p> <p>Just know that I will be thinking of new things to put in my show the moment I hit the stage in West Palm.</p> <p><em>For more from our interview with Kathy Griffin, pick up the March/April issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>John ThomasonMon, 02 Mar 2015 16:33:00 +0000 & EventsIn The MagazineFace Time: Mary Sol Gonzalez<p><span>Owner, Image 360; Diamond Award Recipient</span></p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/marysol.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Mary Sol Gonzalez never thought in a million years she’d be a businesswoman.</p> <p>Or that she’d be this year’s recipient of the prestigious Diamond Award from the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. That would have been a long shot for the sheltered young Venezuelan woman with a psychology degree who left her parents’ home to marry husband Abilio in 1986.</p> <p>The young family spent the next 20-some years bouncing around the world from one corporate post to another, for companies like Warner-Lambert and Pepsi-Cola. First, there was Morristown, N.J., then the Philippines, then on to places like Ann Arbor, Mich., Rio de Janiero, Mexico City, Seattle, Switzerland. Abilio traveled 90 percent of the time.</p> <p>Most wives with a child would have held on for dear life, trying to adjust to a continually shifting New Normal. But Gonzalez was built a little differently; she plunged into each new community and got involved, from helping to “adopt” an orphanage in Manila to wildlife conservation in Geneva.</p> <p>It’s the kind of symmetry that ultimately followed her to Boca Raton, with one main difference: She became a business owner.</p> <p>In 2009, the family opened a Signs Now franchise in Margate. With her semi-retired husband in more of an advisory role, Gonzalez took the bull by the horns from the start, growing the company by 200 percent in its first few years. It is now known as Image 360, operating out of Boca Raton since February 2014.</p> <p>“At the beginning it was hard,” she says. “I didn’t have a sign background, and my husband had been in the corporate world all his life. We wanted to have something that was family-owned that would allow us to be local, that was the first thing.”</p> <p>The company produces high-tech signage and logos for vehicles, including wraps, and does a lot of work for the real estate, construction and trade show industries. Gonzalez sees the company as more than one that makes signs; she stresses the fact that she works closely with customers from the outset, identifying their needs, and advising them accordingly.</p> <p>“Running the company [for me] was a shock at the beginning,” she says. “I was a little bit afraid. One day I said, “This is it—I will go there and be myself. What I know is how to relate to people and do the best [for them].”</p> <p><em>For more from this year’s Diamond Award Recipient, pick up the March/April issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine.</em></p>Marie SpeedMon, 02 Mar 2015 16:29:00 +0000 The MagazineNewsAllergy Season: Gesundheit!<p>Don’t let the symptoms of the season – like sneeze after sneeze – take the spring out of your step. A Boca doctor advises how to keep allergies at bay.</p> <p><img alt="" height="581" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/screen_shot_2015-03-02_at_4.21.51_pm.png" width="450"></p> <p><strong>The Big Offenders</strong></p> <p>Some of the worst allergens in South Florida are hard to escape, according to Fernanda de Oliveira, a family practice doctor in Boca Raton (7301-A W. Palmetto Park Road, Suite 100-B, 561/955-5761).</p> <p>■ Grass: The St. Augustine variety is a year-round allergen in South Florida.</p> <p>■ Tree pollens: High season for these runs from February to May, according to de Oliveira; locally, these include oak, pine and birch trees.</p> <p>■ Mold: This wreaks indoor and outdoor havoc throughout the year, de Oliveira says, anywhere it’s wet, damp or humid. Yard debris with fallen leaves is a mold haven. In the house, you might find it around pipes, in the bathroom— or anywhere there’s a leak.</p> <p><strong>How Does It Feel?</strong></p> <p>Allergies can make life miserable. Symptoms, according to de Oliveira, include watery, swollen, itchy eyes; runny nose; sneezing; and itchy throat. At their worst, allergy symptoms can cause lower respiratory problems, including coughing, wheezing and trouble breathing. The more dangerous symptoms are common in people who also have asthma, she says.</p> <p><strong>How to Feel Better</strong></p> <p>■ Check the forecast: “Pay attention to weather,” de Oliveira says.</p> <p>“If you have particularly warm or windy days, you’ll have more pollen in the air. On those days, you might want to plan more indoor than outdoor activities.” Another clue that allergies might be bad? West winds (from west to east).</p> <p>Living close to the beach is better for people with allergies.</p> <p>■ Do your research: Find local pollen counts online and during television news., for example, offers daily pollen counts for grass, tree, weed and mold.</p> <p>■ Timing is everything: If you have to be outside, consider this: Pollen counts are lower in the afternoon than at any time of the day.</p> <p>■ Cleanliness is next to …: When you’re done with outdoor activities, change your clothes, and wash your hair and skin to help eliminate allergens.</p> <p>■ Keep it cool: Whether in the car or at home, consider keeping windows closed and running the air conditioning to keep out allergens—and keep air circulating.</p> <p>A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter can help prevent mold from growing and allergens from invading your space.</p> <p>■ Use protection: If you are highly allergic and have to be outside when pollen counts and mold spores are in force, consider wearing a mask.</p> <p>■ Don’t play dirty: It’s not the plants that grow mold in the home. It’s the soil. So limit your indoor plants.</p> <p>■ Spray away: The best thing for anyone with environmental allergies is nasal saline spray, the doctor says. It doesn’t matter what brand. It’s safe, and you can use saline sprays to irrigate nasal passages and rinse away allergens as much as you want.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>For more health and fitness stories, pick up the March/April issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>Lisette HiltonMon, 02 Mar 2015 16:26:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyIn The MagazineTax Talk<h4>Take it from a respected Boca-based CPA – don’t wait until April 14 to start preparing this year’s return.</h4> <p><em><img alt="" height="532" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/jennifersmith.jpg" width="490"> </em></p> <p><em>Of the</em> many qualities that earn Jennifer Smith consistent word-of-mouth business as a certified public accountant, two seem particularly suited to the role that keeps her buried in W2s and 1099sbetween now and April 15.<em></em></p> <p>As a child, numbers fascinated her long before she completed a master’s degree in taxation at the University of Miami. Smith recalls visiting her grandfather’s house and making a beeline for the solar-powered calculator he kept in his closet—just to see if she could solve math problems as quickly as the device.</p> <p>Equally pertinent, when it comes to preparing tax returns, is one of the golden rules by which she lives: “I can’t leave things to chance,” she says. “I’m very organized. I know where all my documents and files are, the clothes hanging in my closet are color coordinated. … I like to know that everything is in its place. It makes me uncomfortable when things aren’t in order.”</p> <p>Since opening her own business in 1999, Smith has made a name for herself by keeping other houses in order, financially speaking, and by taking a genuine interest in the lives of her clients, a personal touch she learned during seven years with Deloitte—the world’s largest professional services network.</p> <p>“I was nervous about starting my own business (301 Yamato Road, Suite 2195, 561/997-6797),” Smith says. “So I called my cousin, who had just sold a business. He said not to worry about the money; that will come. Just treat the client right. Best advice I ever had.”</p> <p>Smith has some advice of her own, as tax season looms.</p> <p>- Most people are procrastinators. That’s why the month of March is</p> <p>very busy for me.</p> <p>- The most common oversight? Legitimate deductions. Potential moving deductions, job hunting, charitable deductions—things that people fail to organize that, depending on the situation, could save them on their return.</p> <p>- Self-employed people typically miss out on maximizing their retirement contributions.</p> <p>- Parents often overlook the child and dependent care credit. If both parents are working, and they send their children to camp, aftercare or daycare, they can receive a credit. A lot of parents also forget that summer camp qualifies as a tax credit.</p> <p><em>For more tax tips, pick up the March/April issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>Kevin KaminskiMon, 02 Mar 2015 16:13:00 +0000 The MagazineNewsSwanky time again!<h1><span><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/02.jpg" width="450"></span></h1> <p><span>It’s here again! Your Sunday Swank Table event at Swank Farm in Loxahatchee—the over-the-top culinary farm-to-table </span><span>extravaganza we look forward during the months this time of year. This Sunday’s event, “Le Grand Aioli,” has a dinner in blue theme (or blue and white) so dress in your blues (you will not be singing them!) to sample a Provencal-style dinner you won’t forget. This weekend’s chefs are Paula DaSilva from Fort Lauderdale’s 3030 Ocean, Max Santiago of The Thompson Hotel &amp; Sea Grape Restaurant, Miami Beach, Micheal Reidt, Pilgrim, Miami, Clayton Carnes, The Grille, Wellington, sommelier Steohanie Miskew and food and beverage maestro Taylor Hall of the Marriott Pompano Beach Resort &amp; Spa.</span></p> <p>The pastoral party of the week starts at 4 p.m. with hand-crafted cocktails, proceeds with delectable appetizers and then culminates in a four-course dinner at the pole barn, complete with music, merriment and flowing wine.</p> <p>Don’t miss your ticket ($155 each) to one the most exciting and original culinary events in our area—contact before all the seats are gone.  </p> <p>We’ll see you there!</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Marie SpeedMon, 02 Mar 2015 16:12:00 +0000 & ReviewsTaste of the Mediterranean<p>The city of <strong>Tarpon Springs</strong>, less than 30 minutes north of Clearwater, is known primarily for two things: sponges and Greeks. And a sojourn to the small city—population 23,000, per 2010 census data—will provide a relaxing getaway and an immersive look at a Mediterranean culture. You can “do” Tarpon Springs in a couple of laid-back days, because the action is entirely contained within a few walkable blocks.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/tarponsprings.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Downtown Tarpon Springs, which includes five buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, is a quaint time warp of vintage architecture—its lone gas station, by the way, is called Sparta. It’s worth a visit to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church (36 N. Pinellas Ave.): With its frescoed ceilings and the sunlight glinting off its elaborate plate-glass mosaics, it’s Tarpon Springs’ answer to the Sistine Chapel.</p> <p>Home to the famous “weeping” icon of St. Nicholas, the chapel is ravishing enough to make even nonbelievers consider dropping to their knees.</p> <p>The area’s historical museums, like the 1883 Safford House (23 Parkin Court, 727/937-1130) and the Heritage Museum (100 Library Lane, 727/937-0686), keep weird hours, shuttering completely on weekends. Day or night, weekday or weekend, the area never seems especially buzzing, a sleepy quality that adds to its charm—even though, to be fair, the town could use a cultural infusion.</p> <p>Most of Tarpon Springs’ activity is contained within the handful of blocks on Dodecanese Boulevard, known as the Sponge Docks District. Greek businessman John Cocoris emigrated to Tarpon Springs in 1905, discovered the 9,000 square miles of sponges lining the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico and almost single-handedly laid the groundwork for the city’s sponge-diving industry.</p> <p><em>For more on this Greek town, pick up the March/April issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. Subscribe to the magazine here.</em></p>John ThomasonMon, 02 Mar 2015 16:00:00 +0000 The MagazineTravel Tunnel Vision<h4>For all of death’s inevitability, what happens after we take our final breath remains the ultimate mystery. What clues we do have reside in the recollections of those who’ve crossed that bridge, only to return. Three people with South Florida connections share their near-death experiences—and the life-changing impacts that followed.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="675" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/emile_allen.jpg" width="450"> </p> <p>In the operating room of a Pennsylvania hospital in 1998, Emile Allen found himself at death’s door—for seconds, possibly for minutes. Only he wasn’t the one on the operating table.</p> <p>Since 1986, Dr. Allen had been a surgeon with a stellar track record. On this February day, he was set to remove a tumor the size of a cantaloupe from a 75-yearold patient he identifies as Mrs. Davis. In the middle of the operation, he requested an electrosurgical unit—a scalpel that uses electricity to cut through tissue and cauterize blood vessels at the same time.</p> <p>He had deployed the tool thousands of times before in his medical career, and he had just used it to gain access to the patient’s infected kidney when an arc of electricity shot through the scalpel, accompanied by a loud popping noise.</p> <p>“The electricity couldn’t find ground, so it used the path of least resistance, which happened to be me,” Allen remembers, from his tidy, sparsely furnished home in Boca Raton. “Little did I know, I had been electrocuted. I was thrown aback, about six to eight feet, and collapsed onto the floor.</p> <p>“I was fighting for my life, because I was rapidly going into shock.”</p> <p>As he recalled years later in his book, Eaten by the Tiger, “When I first hit the floor, I was screaming in pain and holding my hand as I saw blood quickly fill up my surgical glove. The nonstop pain was excruciating and unlike anything I experienced before.”</p> <p>“Call a CODE!” screamed a nurse. While working to stabilize the patient, who was unaffected by the malfunction, Allen’s staff immediately followed him to the floor with saline solution to pour over his hand. But Allen seized and lost consciousness.</p> <p>For a moment, he says, the suffering vanished, and “I felt totally at peace. I had this overwhelming feeling of, ‘Wow, this is fine, everything’s OK.’”</p> <p>The next thing he knew, an amorphous figure emerged from the darkness and “spoke,” as clear as a bell, the two sentences that would change Emile Allen’s life:</p> <p>I’m not ready for you yet. You have more work to do.</p> <p>All of a sudden, he regained consciousness, returning to pain more unbearable than before. An anesthesiologist injected him with a nerve block, and Allen, 38 at the time, was placed onto a gurney and wheeled into a recovery room.</p> <p>“Most people would not survive something</p> <p>like that,” he says. “When you have a severe electrical injury, it can cause severe damage to the brain and your muscles, a [breakdown] called rhabdomyolysis [where muscle fiber contents are released into the blood].”</p> <p>While Allen’s organs miraculously remained intact, he continued to suffer a laundry list of after-effects, with diagnoses not limited to: traumatic brain injury, posttraumatic stress disorder, seizures, migraine headaches, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, atrophy of his left arm and hand, and difficulties with motor function.</p> <p><em>For more stories on near death experiences, pick up the March/April issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>John ThomasonMon, 02 Mar 2015 15:51:00 +0000 The MagazineNewsTake A Bite Out of Miami<p>Our neighbor to the south is known for many things. Sun and sand. Sparkling ocean views. Celebrities and clubs. Lifestyles of the rich, tanned and thin. Latin culture. And restaurants.</p> <p>Restaurants? In Miami? C’mon.</p> <p>Only a few years ago, the notion of Miami as a serious dining destination was as believable as the Tooth Fairy. Sure, there were a handful of well-regarded restaurants from a handful of respected local chefs, a few iconic spots like Joe’s Stone Crab and Versailles. But to knowledgeable foodies from such restaurant-centric cities as New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, Miami was basically Podunk with better seafood.</p> <p>But those days are over.</p> <p>From homegrown talent like Michael Schwartz, Michelle Bernstein, Kris Wessel and the trio behind the Pubbelly group of restaurants to such celebrated culinary immigrants as Daniel Boulud, Scott Conant, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Masaharu Morimoto, the Miami dining scene has grown up with remarkable speed. These days, Miami restaurants can go whisk-to-whisk with the best restaurants anywhere in the country, and the future is only looking brighter.</p> <p>Time to start believing in the Tooth Fairy.</p> <h4>Miami’s Hottest Restaurants:</h4> <p><strong>Michael’s Genuine Food &amp; Drink</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/michaelsgenuine.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>130 N.E. 40th St., Miami</em></p> <p>When Michael Schwartz opened this aptly named restaurant in 2006, he had yet to earn a national reputation as a chef of uncommon creativity, the Design District had yet to become a trendy haunt for foodies fleeing the tourist hordes of South Beach, and the local seasonal-sustainable ethos had yet to be the guiding light of every Miami chef worthy of his whites.</p> <p>Nine years later, Schwartz is hailed as a visionary, though hardly one who is resting on his laurels.</p> <p>Now with three more restaurants in Miami, one in Grand Cayman and two on cruise ships, the parent to them all is as vital as ever, supplementing signatures like slow-roasted pork shoulder with parsley sauce or crispy pork belly pizza with items from the recently installed raw bar (cobia and shrimp ceviche, sea bream tartare). The “snack” menu alone— think chicken liver crostini, duck rillettes and crispy pig ears—is worth a visit.</p> <p>Contact: 305/573-5550, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Naoe</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/naoe.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>661 Brickell Key Drive, Miami</em></p> <p>It’s probably safe to say that no restaurant in South Florida is as purely and uncompromisingly true to its chef-owner’s vision as Kevin Cory’s serene eight-seat restaurant in the Courvoisier Centre on Brickell Key. No, you can’t have it your way at Naoe, at least not unless you clear it with the chef a minimum of 10 days prior to your reservation (which is required).</p> <p>When you put yourself in Cory’s very capable hands, what you get is exquisitely conceived and crafted Japanese cuisine and sushi that’s matched by only a handful of restaurants on either side of Tokyo. The $200 per person menu—served omakase style (in other words, left to the chef to determine)— changes daily, depending on what fish meet the chef’s exacting standards. “Fresh” is the bare minimum. Naoe’s motto is, “It’s not fresh … it’s alive.”</p> <p>A second restaurant at the same address—N by Naoe—opened last summer as a communal table alternative. Cory describes it as “a lighter version of Naoe” and only $100 per person.</p> <p>Contact: 305/947-6263, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Oolite</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/oolite.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>1661 Pennsylvania Ave., Miami Beach</em></p> <p>Taste the food coming out of the kitchen at Kris Wessel’s smart-looking South Beach restaurant and you’d probably never guess it’s as good for you as it is good-tasting. Perhaps Miami’s only 100-percent gluten-free restaurant, it also shuns processed sugars, oils and grains.</p> <p>What it doesn’t shun, though, is flavor, as Wessel digs deep into local ingredients and the multitude of culinary cultures that mix and mingle in South Florida.</p> <p>He might poach Florida grouper in coconut water and pair it with bibb lettuce, boniato, lime and locally caught whitewater clams.</p> <p>Or he might stuff arepas with slow-roasted duck and goat cheese. Or give eggs Benedict a Cuban touch with roasted pork and mojo hollandaise. There’s also a four-course prix fixe vegan menu with choices like Florida kale, white bean and cauliflower cassoulet and flourless chocolate cake with raspberry whiskey sauce.</p> <p>Contact: 305/907-5535, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><em>For more of Miami’s hottest restaurants, pick up the March/April issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>Bill CitaraMon, 02 Mar 2015 15:36:00 +0000 The MagazineNews & ReviewsIs South Florida in Hot Water?<h3><em>Boca Raton</em> examines the rising tide of water-related environmental issues facing our region.</h3> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/environmentalstory.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>For years now, environmental experts have predicted that much of South Florida’s prime real estate will be all wet by 2100. The Natural Resources Defense Council, in 2011, warned that the Keys could be underwater by then. At a conference in December 2013, a scientist from the Environmental Defense Fund said coastal areas of Florida could be flooded even sooner, by the middle of this century.</p> <p>It all makes for harrowing headlines. However, sea-level rise is far from the only water-related issue facing the tri-county area.</p> <p><em>Boca Raton</em> turned to some of the state’s top experts—scientists and PhDs, engineers and biologists, professors and environmental lobbyists—and asked them to weigh in on environmental challenges ranging from disappearing coral reefs to the future of our drinking water. And, yes, the rising ocean levels.</p> <p>As it turns out, there are solutions to some of the most pressing concerns. Others remain a work in progress. If there’s one point on which everyone seems to agree, it’s this: The time to act is now.</p> <h4>In Search of Higher Ground</h4> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202015/environmentalstory2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Dan Kipnis became a sought-after environmental expert pretty much by accident. The renowned game fish captain grew up casting his line in Biscayne Bay and in the Everglades. Seeing the flooding on Miami Beach and the saltwater intrusion into the swamps, he understood the stark reality: The sea is rising.</p> <p>A decade ago, he began taking reporters and scientists on outings to show them the signs. He takes them, for instance, to a stretch of Everglades that used to be all saw grass; now it’s half mangroves, which can only grow in brackish water. At 64, Kipnis has become pessimistic about our future in South Florida.</p> <p>“For sure, we are going away,” says the Miami Beach resident. “I don’t see any optimism. I would say within a hundred years we won’t be living here at all.”</p> <p>There’s no doubt among scientists that South Florida will suffer from sea-level rise. The consequences could even be catastrophic. But there are those who say that when the waters rise, so will our good ideas, so will our inventors. After all, that’s what Americans do best: fix the things that seem hopeless.</p> <p>And it does seem hopeless if you listen to Harold Wanless, a University of Miami professor and chair of the Department of Geological Sciences. He cites the U.S. government’s prediction that seas will rise from 1 to 4 feet by the end of this century—a prediction some say is far too low.</p> <p>If that prediction comes true, Florida’s barrier islands may be largely uninhabitable.</p> <p>Our system of pumps and canals that keep the Everglades out could become overwhelmed, swamping western areas. Ocean intrusion into the Everglades will mean hurricane storm surge could attack from the east and west.</p> <p>Even worse: The water table will rise everywhere and quite possibly put a majority of South Florida land under water. Streets could become canals, neighborhoods may turn into lakes, whole towns might disappear. Even areas of higher elevation could become unlivable if the availability of basic services becomes an issue—or if insurance companies bail on the region.</p> <p>Broward and Miami-Dade counties, with an average elevation of just 6 feet, could lose large swaths of land by 2100. Palm Beach County, which averages 15 feet above sea level, will fare better, but coastal areas and former swampland could still suffer.</p> <p>“When you look at a map of sea-level rise and how it will affect South Florida, you have to wonder how we will hang on,” Wanless says. “This is a gorgeous place to live, so we will enjoy it as long as we can. We are talking about a doomed community.”</p> <p><em>For more on this special environmental report, pick up the March/April issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine.</em></p>magazineMon, 02 Mar 2015 15:21:00 +0000 The MagazineNewsDelray to Fete Bacon, Bourbon<p>They are two elements essential to the human species, without which life as we know it simply could not exist.</p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/baconfest.png" width="490"></p> <p>No, I don’t mean air and water. I mean bacon and bourbon.</p> <p>And to celebrate those two most essential (and delicious) elements, Delray Beach is throwing its first annual Bacon &amp; Bourbon Fest. The event takes place right in downtown, on the grounds of the Delray Beach Center for the Arts and Old School Square, March 28 (Saturday) from 2 to 11 p.m. and March 29 (Sunday) from 1 to 6 p.m.</p> <p>Several local chefs (including 50 Ocean’s Blake Malatesta and DaDa’s Bruce Feingold) will be preparing food-bourbon pairings. There will be a Bourbon Lover’s Brunch at noon on Sunday (sadly, sold out) and a four-course pig roast later that day, plus bourbon tastings, including one featuring the legendary (and virtually impossible to obtain) Pappy Van Winkle, which unsurprisingly is also already sold out.</p> <p>There will be treats for your ears too, with a roster of blues bands laying down riffs to complement both pig and booze. Among them will be Victor Wainwright, Mac Arnold &amp; Plate Full O’ Blues, and Famous Frank and the Nuckelbusters.</p> <p>For more info and to get tickets, go to <a href=""></a>. Oink. . .</p>Bill CitaraMon, 02 Mar 2015 10:20:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsUpcoming EventsThe Week Ahead: March 3 to 9<p><em>[NOTE: This Week Ahead does not include Festival of the Arts events, which begin Friday. Those will be covered in a blog later this week.]</em></p> <p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="371" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/1vg.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Victoria Gitman: Desiring Eye”</strong></p> <p>Where: Perez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $12-$16</p> <p>Contact: 305/375-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>There are plenty of reasons to spend a day or more at the Perez Art Museum Miami; this survey of 19 works by Hallandale (by way of Buenos Aires) artist Gitman is just one of them. Opening last week and showing through May 31, “Desiring Eye” is foremost a showcase of her meticulous paintings of banal fashion accessories— handbags, necklaces, clutches, beaded and fur purses—which she purchased from flea markets and yard sales. By combining photorealism with modernist framing techniques and veiled references to Mark Rothko, Ad Reinhardt and other iconoclasts, Gitman makes us see beyond the simple surfaces of these hand-me-downs. “Desiring Eye” also features Gitman’s “Beauties”—a series of oil paintings on panel that reproduce paper drawings from the great Neoclassical draughtsman Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="260" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/cantor_0.jpg" width="350"></p> <p><strong>What: “Moroccan Soul” concert</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU’s Wimberly Library, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.<br> Cost: $13</p> <p>Contact: 800/564-9539, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Last weekend, FAU Libraries kicked off its 2015 Kultur Festival, an annual celebration of Jewish culture as represented in film, music, dance, book arts and lectures. The highlight of this year’s fest, we predict, is Thursday night’s Moroccan Soul showcase, which finds the library’s official Klezmer Company Orchestra pushing its boundaries past new genres once again. Cantor Aaron Bensoussan, whose rabbinic roots trace three generations in his native Morocco, will sing and perform the oud, an ancient stringed instrument, for a soulful sound that combines Ashkenazic and Sephardic music. A trio from the Klezmer Company Orchestra will back him up, providing everything from Middle Eastern melodies to flamenco rhythms.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/uncertain-terms.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Uncertain Terms”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$45</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Playwright Allison Gregory had finished the first act of her latest Great American Play when she found herself in a creative mire: No second act was materializing. Then, like providence, an idea for an all-new play hatched outside her house. A hermetic neighbor, who had been living alone on the now-depleted trust fund of his late partner, was being thrown out of his domicile, sulking in an armchair on the front lawn. “The children [of the late homeowner] were having to foot the bill for him, pay his taxes ad utilities. It was sad and kind of funny,” Gregory recalls. “I started weaving a play around that insight. I took that exact situation and made up the dynamics and conflicts within the family and outside the family, and the house itself became a character to me.” The result is “Uncertain Terms,” which will receive its world premiere at the Theatre at Arts Garage. In this case, the obstinate houseguest is an ex-husband of main character Dani, forcing the couple to reconvene and unpack family baggage, while dealing with the fickle real estate market of recession-era America. The play runs through March 29.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/welles-640x360.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Miami International Film Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Various theaters in Miami-Dade County</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: Varies by event</p> <p>Contact: 305/237-3456, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Images of Orson Welles have been teasing us for months in the Miami Film Festival’s marketing material, and for good reason: The legendary, perpetually-ahead-of-his time auteur will receive a rare five-film showcase at this year’s eclectic festival, which opens this weekend and runs through March 15. “Citizen Kane,” “Othello,” “The Lady From Shanghai,” “Touch of Evil” and “The Stranger” will all screen in glorious black-and-white digital remasters. Of course, dozens of national, regional, and statewide premieres will screen as well across the region’s top cinemas, divided into glittery Gala Films, Knight Competition entries, an Emerging Cuban Program, a Spotlight on French Cinema, and many more. For Friday’s opening night festivities, excellent choices abound, including the wicked Argentinean comedy “Wild Tales” (7 p.m. at Olympia Theatre), the intimate Kurt Cobain documentary “Montage of Heck” (9:30 p.m. at O Cinema) and the surrealist Swedish comedy “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting” (9:30 p.m. at Coral Gables Art Cinema). Did we mention there are parties, too? Visit the festival’s website for a complete guide.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="599" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/trustpreview.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Trust”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Despite film critics pretty much damning it as the worst thing since ISIS, “Fifty Shades of Grey” has continued to make its depressing millions at the box office. There’s no accounting for taste, but for those of us who enjoy a little BDSM in our entertainment and we <em>don’t</em> want to check our brains at the door, there is hope, and it arrives this weekend from Zoetic Stage. The acclaimed company’s new production, “Trust,” is about an overnight Internet billionaire, now rich and suddenly not-so-happily married, who impulsively seeks the “affections” of a dominatrix. A meditation on love, power and control, this kinky ensemble comedy was written by Paul Weitz, a writer and filmmaker whose work has matured greatly since his “American Pie” breakthrough—without losing that film’s envelope-pushing edge. Nicholas Richberg, Niki Fridh, Alex Alvarez and Gretchen Porro will star in “Trust,” which runs through March 29.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="351" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/bocaballettheatre.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: “Stars of American Ballet”</strong></p> <p>Where: Countess de Hoernle Theatre at Spanish River High School, 5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50</p> <p>Contact: 561/995-0709, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you were to compile a list of the most influential ballets of the 20<sup>th</sup> century, Jerome Robbins’ “Fancy Free” would certainly make the shortlist. Its scenario, charting the adventures of three boisterous and randy sailors on a brief shore leave, inspired the plot of the Comden, Green and Bernstein musical “On the Town,” and it still makes for an eclectic showcase of dance ranging from a <em>pas de deux</em> to a solo gallop, waltz and danzon. “Fancy Free” will be the signature piece of this one-night-only extravaganza from Boca Ballet Theatre. Daniel Ulbrecht, founder of Stars of American Ballet, will bring top-notch, Lincoln Center talent to Boca for this program, including soloists from New York City Ballet and a principal dancer for Ballet San Jose.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/joe-nichols-650-430.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Rib Round-Up</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Sky Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $46-$118</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For South Florida country music fans, the best way to kiss winter goodbye and welcome spring is the annual Rib Round-Up, hosted by local radio station WIRK. This star-spangled festival will live up to its name, promising the best ribs in the USA, cooked low and slow, along with competitions such as the infamous Rib Row and Miss Rib Round-Up. The concert will be headlined by Joe Nichols (pictured), the talented musician whose top 40 singles include “Brokenheartsville” and “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” (The latter isn’t our advice; we’re just reporting). Jerrod Niemann (“Lover, Lover”), The Swon Brothers (fourth season “Voice” finalists), husband-and-wife duo Thompson Square (“If I Didn’t Have You”), Dustin Lynch (“Where It’s At”), Craig Morgan (“That’s What I Love About Sunday”), up-and-comer John King, and Nashville band Gloriana round out the Round-Up.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/dave-barry.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Dave Barry</strong></p> <p>Where: Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free, but RSVP required</p> <p>Contact: 305/442-4408, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Dave Barry, Florida’s most exported literary funnyman, is releasing a new book this week, which gives us plenty of reasons to unplug from the depressing headlines of the day and see this insane world through Barry’s hilarious eyes. It’s called <em>Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Better)</em>, which sounds like Barry’s sarcastic spin on the trendy self-development tome; in a way it is, and it does offer insights and memoirs on growing through awkward adolescence and the generational differences in child-rearing. But mostly, this collection of never-before-published essays runs a thematic gamut, addressing topics ranging from cable news and Vladimir Putin to Google Glass, home repair and the soccer-fueled craziness of Brazil. Barry will speak and sign copies at this special event, which requires a reservation at</p>John ThomasonMon, 02 Mar 2015 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsFashion Forward: Spring Sales, Menswear and Beauty Events<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/intermix-store-source-the-real-deal.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Spend and Save</strong></p> <p>Intermix in the Town Center at Boca Raton has just extended its Spring sale. Until March 1, the more you spend, the more you save.</p> <ul> <li>Spend $4,000  or more and save $600</li> <li>Spend $2,000- $3,999 and save $300</li> <li>Spend $1,000- $1,999 sand save $150</li> <li>Spend $500- $999 and save $50</li> <li>Spend $250-$499 and save $25</li> </ul> <p><strong>Menswear Event</strong></p> <p>Neiman Marcus will be holding the Made to Measure event now until March 1. Menswear experts will take measurements and tailor any suits, sport coat, or pair of trousers for the perfect custom fit.  You'll receive a $250 gift card to a local restaurant of your choice with any purchase in the men's store.</p> <p><strong>Beauty Trend Event</strong></p> <p>From March 6-7, head to Nordstrom in the Town Center at Boca Raton for one-on-one consultations with beauty professionals and industry insiders.  Experts will be on hand to offer makeup, fragrance, and skin care tips. While you’re there get free customized product samples. Call 561/620-5555 to schedule an appointment for this free event.</p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 27 Feb 2015 17:22:00 +0000 NewsStaff Picks: a great green market, upcoming show + dessert<p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/delraygreenmarket.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Delray Greenmarket</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>“There are so many wonderful vendors at the Delray Greenmarket! It happens every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Old School Square. I ended up with some amazing finds, like homemade granola from Laurie's Pantry, organic wellness products from Taspen's, Indian yummies from Nisha's Indian Food, and a vegan, gluten-free chocolate chip strudel cake from Amy's Lil' Chunks of Love. Most vendors offer free samples too. I can't wait to go back!”</p> <p>(Old School Square // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>Man of La Mancha</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</em></p> <p>“Miguel de Cervantes' 17th century masterpiece "Don Quixote" gave our culture more than just one of my favorite adjectives, in 'quixotic.' It also gave us the whole tilting-and-windmills axiom, a 1959 teleplay called "I, Quixote" and, perhaps best of all, the 1965 musical "Man of La Mancha," which imagines the noble, anachronistic knight engaged in a play within a play while he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. Boasting some 30 musical numbers anchored by the transcendent hit "The Impossible Dream," "Man of La Mancha" is both entertaining and sophisticated, and is perhaps the jewel in the Wick Theatre's 2014-2015 season. Broadway veteran George Dvorsky will star as Quixote in a production that runs Feb. 27 to March 28.”</p> <p>(The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; <a>561/995-2333</a>, <a href=""></a>)</p> <p><strong>Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream by Potions in Motion</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“A creamy delight concocted in a whoosh of liquid nitrogen. Potions in Motion provided this incredible dessert at our Ice Ball this week – and it wasn’t just a delicious treat. It was a sight to see. The catering company prepares the creamy mixture on site, before blasting it with liquid nitrogen – which is so cold, it turns it into ice cream in a matter of seconds. We tried it in coconut and cookies and cream, both of which we give two thumbs up.”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 561/989-8879)</p> <center><em><a href="/blog/tag/staff-picks" target="_blank">For more staff picks, click here.</a></em></center><center><em><br></em></center>magazineFri, 27 Feb 2015 10:00:00 +0000 Rooster Opens Monday<p>Gary Rack is not one to let any collard greens grow under his feet. On the heels of a complete remaking of Boca’s Table 42 into Farmhouse Kitchen, on Monday, March 2, the ever-busy restaurateur launches his Southern-inflected <strong>Fat Rooster</strong> (<em>204 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/266-3642</em>) in the downtown Delray spot once home to Linda Bean’s Perfect Lobster.</p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/fatrooster2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Rack Restaurant Group exec chef Matt Danaher’s menu is a tour through iconic dishes of the South, from fried chicken ‘n’ waffles with whisky-infused honey and smothered pork chops to shrimp ‘n’ grits and beef cheek meatloaf with collard greens and gravy. There’s also fried green tomatoes, pickled watermelon rind and the classic Frito Pie.</p> <p>And that’s just for dinner. The Rooster will be crowing from early morning to earlier morning, at least Wednesday through Saturday, when it opens at 9 and stays open until 2 a.m. It’s open for breakfast Monday through Friday, weekend brunch (also a Wednesday evening Brunch &amp; Bourbon) and lunch and dinner daily.</p> <p>Breakfast and brunch dishes include sweet potato pancakes and bourbon french toast, biscuits with sausage and gravy and country-fried steak, and three varieties of hash. The cocktail menu leans Southern too, with a modern take on the traditional New Orleans Sazerac and a “Sweet Tea” that’s definitely for grownups (think sweet tea vodka, Wild Turkey, citrus and peach).</p> <p>That should really cock-a-doodle your do. . .</p>Bill CitaraFri, 27 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsTips from Perfumer Erwin Creed<p>If you’ve never heard of <strong>House of Creed</strong> before, there’s a good chance you’re missing out on your favorite fragrance. The ultra-exclusive perfumer is one of the remaining luxury fragrance houses that does everything by hand, from concocting the perfume to carefully placing the label on the box.</p> <p><img alt="" height="345" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/houseofcreed.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>It’s a pretty amazing feat in an ever-changing retail world, where mass production is the norm.  There are only a few free-standing boutiques in the world, all of which are located in either Paris, London or New York – but luxury retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue in Town Center at Boca Raton are privy to the Paris-based company’s products.</p> <p>Quality has always been the focus of the 255-year-old House of Creed, says Erwin Creed, the family company’s seventh generation <em>parfumeur. </em>The 34-year-old Parisian was a panel expert during Saks’s Beauty Symposium this week. We caught up with Creed to talk about some tips and tricks when it comes to wearing and picking perfumes.</p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/erwincreed.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Try before you buy.</strong> Perfume is personal. Unlike flowers, which emit a specific scent, perfume will vary based on how it mixes with your skin. “On me it could be a disaster, but on you it could be amazing.”</p> <p><strong>Look for honesty.</strong> Creed tells his sales people to be honest. If a perfume doesn’t mix well with clients’ skin, they’ll know about it. This is a reflection on the company’s commitment to finding the best perfume for you. “We are more about the beauty, the radiance and all these things. We are not focused about the sales.”</p> <p><strong>There’s beauty in imperfection. “</strong>Today, it’s like we’re robots, and everything is perfect … Everything is electronic. It’s good, it’s faster, but in the end, you lose the human touch.<strong> </strong>To make [perfume] by hand is an art.”<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Avoid the nose.</strong> When you spray perfume in areas directly underneath your nose, you become immune to the scent. The result? You think the perfume has worn off when everyone else can still smell it, you put on more – and then you’re suddenly a walking ball of perfume. Opt instead for spraying on the wrists and arm area.</p> <p><strong>Go with the seasons. </strong>Creed says you should own one perfume at the minimum, but personally, he goes with four scents. One for winter, one for spring, one for summer, one for autumn. “When I wear perfume, it depends on the weather. If it’s warm, I will put something more light, more fresh.”</p> <p>Visit the <a href="" target="_blank">House of Creed website</a> for more information, or stop by Saks Fifth Avenue in Town Center at Boca Raton. <em>Insider hint: House of Creed will be opening a free-standing boutique in Miami next year. We’ll keep you updated!</em></p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 26 Feb 2015 14:16:00 +0000 Announces 2015 Artists<p>For weeks now, SunFest’s Facebook page has faced a torrent of queries from impatient fans, all posing a variation on the same question: <em>What is the damn lineup?!</em></p> <p>The 33-year-old <a href="" target="_blank">West Palm Beach festival</a> certainly took its time this year to unveil its 2015 lineup—many festivals slated for May and beyond had already trumpeted their talent—but after absorbing this morning’s announcement, it’s safe to say it was worth the wait. This promises to be the best overall lineup in the many years I’ve been covering the South Florida arts.</p> <p>A variety of pop, modern and classic rock, and adult alternative makes up the lion’s share of the lineup this year. There’s less dance, hip-hop and country than in years past, which is OK by me: SunFest seems to be finding its sonic identity rather than attempting to represent every genre at a Tower Records retailer. Here’s my personal top five.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/hozier.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>1. The most exciting act, at least for me, is <strong>Hozier</strong> (9:45 p.m. May 2), the 24-year-old Irish phenom whose “Take Me to Church” is the best and most artful mainstream smash since Adele burst onto the charts with “Rollin’ in the Deep.” There’s an epic, operatic soul to Hozier’s aesthetic, which manages to sound both rafter-shaking and voyeuristically intimate.</p> <p><img alt="" height="316" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/pixies.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>2. Just as exciting is <strong>Pixies</strong> (2:15 p.m. May 3), the incalculably influential alt-rockers whose mid-2000s reunion proved to be more than just a nostalgic jaunt for the hundreds of thousands of fans who never saw them in their original incarnation. The 2014 comeback album “Indie Cindy” picked up where Pixies left off some 23 years earlier, remaining both challenging and accessible, quiet and loud. (That said, we all hope older songs dominate their set!)</p> <p><img alt="" height="401" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/wilco.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>3. It’s always great to welcome <strong>Wilco</strong> (8 p.m. April 29) back. After a 2014 hiatus when Jeff Tweedy embarked on an eponymous side projects, he returns to front his dynamic alt-country/jam/indie-rock band as part of Wilco’s 20<sup>th</sup> anniversary tour. To celebrate, the group has just released a career-spanning rarities disc and a seminal greatest-hits album.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/fall-out-boy-2014.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>4. <strong>Fall Out Boy</strong> (7:30 p.m. May 3), which emerged from Chicago’s hardcore punk scene in the early 2000s, soon realized that writing chart-toppers was more gratifying than slaving away in emo-rock obscurity. Each of its albums has sounded bigger and more immaculate than the last one, with FOB’s anthemic, arena-ready bombast—like recent singles “American Beauty/American Psycho” and “Centuries”—more than making up for the rawness that no longer colors its music.</p> <p><img alt="" height="346" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/milkychance.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>5. The German duo <strong>Milky Chance</strong> (2 p.m. May 3) has a great personal story: Its members met in an “Advanced Music” course in 11<sup>th</sup> grade, immediately hit it off, and began to write songs together. They spent just two weeks recording their 2013 debut “Sadnecessary” in vocalist Clemens Rehbein’s quiet home. It proved to be advanced music indeed, a mixture of gravelly vocals, glossy electronic beats and acoustic-guitar warmth for a mixture that is all their own, anchored by the viral smash “Stolen Dance.”</p> <p>Elsewhere, the lineup includes plaintive folk-rockers (<strong>Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros</strong>), emo-pop acts (<strong>Paramore, Copeland</strong>), classic-rock stalwarts (<strong>Boston, Sammy Hagar &amp; the Circle, Eddie Money</strong>), reggae and its offshoots (<strong>Matisyahu, Damien Marley, SOJA, 311</strong>), and a smattering of dance (<strong>Kaskade</strong>), hip-hop (<strong>Schoolboy Q</strong>) and Celtic/classical crossover (<strong>Lindsey Stirling</strong>). For the complete lineup, along with a day-by-day breakdown, visit</p>John ThomasonThu, 26 Feb 2015 11:35:00 +0000 & EventsMusicUpcoming EventsElection geography, the vape issue and other items of interest<h3><span>East vs. west</span></h3> <p><span><img alt="" height="183" src="/site_media/uploads/skyimages.jpg" width="275"></span></p> <p>Geography is at work in different ways regarding the elections in Boca Raton and Delray Beach.</p> <p>In Boca, Mayor Susan Haynie and Councilwoman Constance Scott live east of Interstate 95. Councilmen Mike Mullaugh, Scott Singer and Robert Weinroth all live west of I-95. So does City Manager Leif Ahnell.</p> <p>Scott is term-limited out of Seat C, and three candidates are seeking to replace her. Frank Chapman and Jamie Sauer live east of I-95. Jeremy Rodgers lives on the west side.</p> <p>In Delray, it’s the opposite. Mayor Cary Glickstein and all four commissioners live east of I-95. So does Tom Carney, who is challenging the mayor. New City Manager Don Cooper started in January and hasn’t moved permanently from Port St. Lucie.</p> <p>Four candidates are running to succeed term-limited Adam Frankel. Two of them—Mitch Katz and Josh Smith—live west of I-95. If neither wins, the city’s western areas still won’t have a single member on the commission.</p> <p>You can argue that geography doesn’t matter. Everyone pays the same tax rate, regardless of ZIP code. I-95, though, can form a psychological barrier in South Florida. It’s happened in Boynton Beach, as so much commerce has moved to the Congress Avenue corridor while the city has struggled to redevelop the downtown.</p> <p>Delray Beach residents west of I-95 might have more of a gripe than their counterparts in Boca. Developers flock to the downtown and surrounding areas, but Delray’s Congress Avenue corridor remains underused—most notably the former Office Depot complex. The hub for now is the south-county government complex just south of Atlantic Avenue.</p> <p>In contrast, Boca Raton has focused a lot of attention on areas west of the interstate. Twelve years ago, the city finally annexed Town Center at Boca Raton, which most people probably figured had been in the city all along. To capitalize on ridership at the Tri-Rail station Yamato Road—it’s the busiest in the system—the city has worked with nearby businesses, especially those in the Arvida Park of Commerce, to establish a shuttle system. The city calls it “the last mile” between the station and where people work.</p> <p>A second Tri-Rail station is planned for just north of The Shops at Boca Center, which will make Boca the only city to have two stations. Yet the council simultaneously keeps approving downtown projects and marketing downtown as a place to live.</p> <p>Geography can be an issue because neither Boca nor Delray has a residency requirement for elected officials; all seats are at-large. Boynton Beach is the only south-county city with single-member districts. Everyone votes for the mayor—though he has no extra powers—but only for the commissioner who represents his or her district.</p> <p>Though the systems in Boca and Delray might produce lopsided representation, they allow the public a referendum on every elected official. Without a strong mayor, that’s the best form of accountability. If someone in office looks too much at geography, those with a gripe can make it a campaign issue. Since turnout March 10 no doubt will be very low, the real problem in both cities isn’t geography. It’s apathy.</p> <h3>First impressions</h3> <p>Speaking of Town Center mall, the operators asked for a favor from the city council this week, and the council was right to grant it.</p> <p>Attorney Bonnie Miskel said the mall operators want to construct a “grander entrance” at the main entrance on Glades Road. They want to start work no later than April 1. Otherwise, Miskel said, the entrance would be under construction on Black Friday—the busiest day of the holiday shopping season for brick-and-mortar retailers.</p> <p>To make that date, Miskel said, the mall’s plans would have to go before the council on March 24. But the mall first must go before the Planning and Zoning Board. It doesn’t meet until March 19, and usually commission items must be advertised two weeks in advance. In this case, there would be just five days notice.</p> <p>The mall wanted an expedited hearing, which the council granted 4-1, Scott Singer dissenting. Mayor Susan Haynie noted that one reason for the delay is the mall having to meet demands by city staff and that the work should not directly affect any residents. City Manager Leif Ahnell correctly said the council should allow the quicker hearing only if the plans actually are ready.</p> <p>Residents are justifiably skeptical about favors for those with business before the city. In this case, however, the request from one of Boca’s main employers justified the city being flexible.</p> <h3>Land baron                     </h3> <p>We may not know for almost a month whether Frank Chapman joins the Boca Raton City Council. We already know, however, that he might be the biggest landowner ever to serve on the council.</p> <p>Chapman owns a pair of condos along the Intracoastal Waterway, a house in Boca Square and two homes in Royal Palm Yacht &amp; Country Club. The properties are listed in his wife’s name. The Royal Palm home that he listed as his residence on his campaign filing documents is 23,000 square feet with a market value of $14.5 million, according to the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office. The other Royal Palm house is valued at a mere $3.2 million.</p> <p>Former Mayor Susan Whelchel also lives in Royal Palm, but that’s the only property she and her husband own in Palm Beach County. Chapman traces the source of his wealth to his former law firm in Ohio that, among other things, had a contract to sell foreclosed homes for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.</p> <p>For the record, Chapman’s opponents—Jeremy Rodgers and Jamie Sauer—with their spouses own homes that are roughly 3,000 square feet. The Rodgers also own a small townhouse in the city.</p> <h3>Vape break</h3> <p>Unlike Delray Beach, Boca Raton will take no action at this time to regulate e-cigarettes.</p> <p>The Delray Beach City Commission decided that the vapor-emitting nicotine delivery systems should fall under the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act, meaning they are illegal in public places where traditional cigarettes are banned. Though electronic cigarettes don’t emit smoke, some researchers believe that exposure can harm those not “vaping.”</p> <p>Tuesday night, however, only Mayor Susan Haynie and Councilwoman Constance Scott—who asked for the discussion —favored tighter regulation. Many e-cigarette stores have opened in Boca Raton, and some owners mistakenly portrayed the ordinance as an attempt to ban their product. In fact, as Scott pointed out, the ordinance would be aimed at those who don’t “vape.”</p> <p>Mike Mullaugh, Scott Singer and Robert Weinroth, however, wanted to see if the Legislature might take similar action during the session that begins next month. They supported a motion to table the proposed ordinance.</p> <h3>Mizner Trail update</h3> <p>I wrote Tuesday about the court ruling against a lawsuit that had challenged approval of the planned development on the former Mizner Trail Golf Course west of Boca Raton. I reported that the Boca Del Mar plaintiffs and their attorneys would discuss whether they wanted to continue their legal fight and, if so, how.</p> <p>One of the attorneys told me that no action was taken Tuesday. Those on the call decided that they would take up the matter with the full board of the Boca Del Mar Improvement Association, which is the lead plaintiff.</p> <h3>Buildings regs in Delray</h3> <p>Tuesday night, nearly a year and half after the effort began, the Delray Beach City Commission approved new building rules and designs for the city’s downtown. The changes passed 5-0, making this the most prominent issue to get approval from the full commission in the last year. Adam Frankel cast a good vote. Al Jacquet showed up. It was a night of small miracles.</p> <p>For those who wondered if developers had rushed to get plans to the city before the new rules took effect, Delray last November had made all new projects subject to the new regulations when the commission approved them. Delray Beach residents can be proud of what that long effort produced.</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><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 26 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityMovie Review: &quot;Focus&quot;<p>At 46, Will Smith no longer harbors the brashness of his youth. But he has replaced it with something richer: a mature suavity and decidedly middle-aged elegance that finds a snug home in Nicky Spurgeon, his mysterious, charismatic protagonist in “Focus,” the genre-hopping new film From Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.</p> <p><img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/focus.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Nicky is a classic confidence man, a literary-cinematic archetype seemingly as old as storytelling itself. The third in a generational line of schemers, thieves and persuaders, Nicky lives by his father’s dictum that, in life, “you’re either the hammer or the nails.” He’s always been the former, winning people over with his hypnotic magnetism—aka the “focus” of the title—and building an underground crime syndicate out of his talents.</p> <p>That is, until the girl comes along. Doesn’t she always?</p> <p>In the case, the girl is Jess Barrett (Margot Robbie, of “Wolf of Wall Street” fame), a pretty young thing who fails dismally at conning Nicky and instead decides to join her competition. While building up her own skills of persuasion, she develops feelings for the emotionally deceptive Nicky, for whom everything in life is seemingly a complex ruse. The film continually cycles back to the fundamental question at the heart of their relationship, and of Nicky’s worldview: How do you ever believe a professional liar?</p> <p><img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/10_10_14_1_nts.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I was a little worried by “Focus” in its first 30 minutes, which depicts confidence schemes and pickpocketry with a faultless romantic glamour—a perfectly oiled machine with countless moving parts, from classic distraction techniques to fake ATM terminals and subtle credit-card thievery. The movie establishes an environment so frightening and paranoid that you’ll never want to leave the house, lest you run into one of the petty-criminal spawn this movie might just create.</p> <p>But it gets better in every way, starting with a masterfully cringe-inducing sequence in a Super Bowl luxury box, in which the movie cons us as much as its characters. This becomes the sportiest competition in “Focus”—not the battle between Nicky and Jess so much as the jousts between the movie and its audience over who remains one step ahead. The movie, to its surprising credit, usually wins.</p> <p>It’s also effectively funny, reflecting Ficarra and Requa’s experience in the genre of uncomfortable comedy; they co-wrote and directed “I Love You Phillip Morris” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” Here, though, they seem to find the idea of genre agreeably restless. “Focus” is really a slippery action-comedy-romance filled with international intrigue, the sort of film Hollywood used to make—it’s far more “To Catch a Thief” than the more recent, darker explorations of confidence schemes like “The Grifters” and “House of Cards.”</p> <p>“Focus” follows formulas, to be sure, but it moves to its own drumbeat, at once chaotic and nostalgic.</p> <p><em>"Focus" opens Friday at most area theaters.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 25 Feb 2015 14:16:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesFAU Researchers Pioneer New Cancer Treatment<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Florida Atlantic University (FAU) researchers are laying the groundwork to use a tried-and-true approach for diagnosing cancerous tissue. The method accurately targets malignancies and vaporizes them, leaving healthy tissue unharmed.</p> <p>These researchers published their work last December in the scientific journal <em>Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.</em> The study focused on skin cancer and is interesting on many levels.</p> <p>“When a surgeon removes a cancer, whether it be with Mohs surgery for skin cancer or a surgeon using a robot in a modern operating room for abdominal cancer, the surgeon must rely on vision and touch to help decide initially how much tissue to remove,” says Dr. John Strasswimmer, a skin cancer specialist and director of the Melanoma and Cutaneous Oncology Program at the Lynn Cancer Institute and Moffitt Cancer Network.</p> <p><img alt="" height="341" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/stethoscope.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Laser technology, pioneered at FAU, could help surgeons better determine if an area is cancerous or healthy tissue. And when this technology is combined with laser cancer treatment, it lays the groundwork for laser robotic treatment of cancer, according to an FAU press release.</p> <p>The result is a potentially faster, more accurate type of cancer treatment using laser technology.</p> <p>This is the scoop: Raman spectroscopy is a tool scientists use for imaging biological materials (such as skin tissue) and tissue diagnosis. The local researchers have broadened use of Raman spectroscopy by suggesting it can distinguish normal from cancerous residual skin tissue after high-powered laser removal.</p> <p>This is the first time that Raman spectroscopy has been successfully used to detect cancerous tissue following laser ablation, according to FAU. This sets the stage to use Raman spectroscopy as a guide for laser surgery, ultimately employing Raman spectroscopy with laser-removal of skin cancers and, maybe, other cancer types.</p> <p>The researchers found that when they combined laser removal and Raman spectroscopy to get rid of cancerous tissue, they could accurately probe surrounding tissues for any signs of cancer, without harming healthy tissue.</p> <p>Mohs micrographic surgery is today’s gold-standard approach for skin cancer removal. While it has a high cure rate, it’s time-consuming and the evaluation of the cutout tissue sections during the surgery is subjective.</p> <p>This new work sets the stage for an automatic laser to vaporize cancer and the Raman spectroscopy to tell clinicians when to stop the vaporization process.</p> <p>“This is particularly important in areas that we can access with the laser beam such as the lungs or inside the liver that are otherwise very difficult to access with traditional surgery,” Strasswimmer says. “We designed this study with skin cancer, because it is a very straightforward model study and the number of skin cancer patients is increasing at an exponential rate.”</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>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>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 25 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyBest Bone Broth and What To Look For<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>While I usually focus on plant-based cuisine, I’m going to step out of my regular coverage and introduce you to bone broth. Bone broth has been around for centuries and is known for its healing abilities. Recently, its been getting a lot of buzz as companies around the country add it to their menus. But note that not all bone broths are the same. In this blog, I will share my tips on what to look for and how to get the best quality product.</p> <p><strong>Bone Broth Benefits</strong></p> <p>Bone broth is known for its concentration of minerals and ability to be easily digested and absorbed. It provides the body with protein and a plethora of nutrients that someone with a weak system may not be able to absorb from whole foods. Additionally, bone broth is known for helping heal the gut and aid with digestion.</p> <p>Stock is rich in minerals, like magnesium, phosphorus and silicon, in a form the body can easily absorb. Its also rich in sulphate, glucosamine and other material, broken down from cartilage and tendons and often sold as expensive arthritis and joint supplements, according to the Weston A. Price Foundation.</p> <p><strong>What To Look For: </strong></p> <p>Authentic bone broth follows the nourishing traditions protocol, which is considered to be the gold standard for healing. The best broth will use organic, grass-fed and grass-finished bones that are cooked for at least 48 hours.</p> <p><strong>Locally Made Bone Broth</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/bonebroth.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>I recently discovered that My Organic Juice, a Boca-based company, added bone broth to its menu, and I was very impressed with it. What I learned from Karolyn Fox, the owner of My Organic Juice, is that all ingredients are always 100 percent organic and are from organic-only suppliers, that way nothing is contaminated.</p> <p>The company uses only bison bones from grass-fed and finished bison. The bones are shipped directly to Boca from the farm. Ordinarily, bones would be thrown out because the consumer demand is only for the meat. Now nothing goes to waste and there is no increase in demand for additional farming.</p> <p>My Organic Juice also uses a double filtered water system that has an adjustable PH system, which allows chefs to make sure the PH is perfect for pulling the nutrients out of the bones during the 48 hours of cooking.</p> <p>Finally, the soup is cooked in stainless steel pots – never in aluminum because it can leach into the soup and defeat the purpose of healing.</p> <p>Bone broth and other healing soups are sold in glass jars and are available for nationwide shipment as well in-person delivery from Jupiter to Miami.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</em></p>Alina Z.Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsVote for Delray Beach<p>If you’re a resident of Delray Beach, you already know it’s the best beachside town in America. But you can help set the record straight for those who aren’t aware yet.</p> <p><img alt="" height="122" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/cl_delraybeach.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Vote for Delray Beach in Coastal Living’s hunt for America’s Happiest Seaside Town. All you have to do is go to <a href="" target="_blank">this link</a> and click on Delray Beach.</p> <p>You can vote hourly, with voting open until March 31. So go ahead – cast your vote. We can’t wait to see the results!</p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 24 Feb 2015 10:21:00 +0000 Beach‘Jucing’ 101 with Raw Juce and Premium Kitchens<p><img alt="" height="259" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/rawjuce.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>Whether you’re new to juicing or a pro-juicer, this Boca ‘jucing’ event is on the must-attend list for next week. <a href="" target="_blank">Raw Juce</a> and Premium Kitchens are coming together for a juicing 101 presentation on March 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.</p> <p>Guests will learn juicing tips and tricks, all while sampling cold-pressed juices and signature raw dishes. The event is free, but space is limited so be sure to RSVP at <a href=""></a> by March 2.</p> <p><em>Premium Kitchens Showroom is located at 7400 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 24 Feb 2015 09:41:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsBoca can&#39;t get no satisfaction, Mizner Trail getting close and more<h3>Boca's union blues</h3> <p><img alt="" height="470" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/bocaratonpolice.jpg" width="490"></p> <div>Boca Raton and Delray Beach both have pulled off public safety pension reform in recent months, but Boca Raton is having more trouble closing the deal.</div> <div> <p>In Delray Beach, the new contract involves just the police union, whose contract was up last October. Talks are underway with the firefighters union, whose contract ends Sept. 30. Last December, Delray reached a deal with the union in about a month, and then got it ratified by the members and approved by the city commission.</p> <p>Boca Raton went to impasse with the police and fire unions, which announced in December that they had reached deals that would save the city roughly $100 million in pension costs over 30 years. There was no such confirmation from the city. It remained for the city and unions to get the proposals on paper.</p> <p>At tonight’s meeting, the Boca Raton City Council is asked to approve a pair of ordinances that would implement the pension changes. But the memo from City Manager Leif Ahnell contains no financial breakdown of how the changes would affect the police-fire pension fund, which the LeRoy Collins Institute at Florida State University recently graded ‘D’ in terms of solvency. Ahnell says the city’s actuary will prepare an “impact statement” that the council will review at its March 24 meeting, with the idea of finalizing everything before the new city council convenes a week later.</p> <p>When Delray Beach got the new police contract on Dec. 23, commissioners had a breakdown of the wage portion and the pension portion. They could see the estimate that the city would save $21.3 million in police pension costs over 30 years. They could see that the city was withdrawing from the state pension program—a move that ultimately will give Delray more control over the investments of the police-fire pension fund.</p> <p>Delray Beach also had met in executive session—no reporters or the members of the public—three weeks earlier to discuss the negotiations. Florida’s open-meeting laws allow exceptions for labor and legal discussions.</p> <p>The Boca council has had no such executive session. And I spent much of Monday trying to get some numbers about the pension proposals from Ahnell and Assistant City Manager Michael Woika. All Woika would say is that the impact statement is coming. I had contacted Mayor Susan Haynie, who apparently also wasn’t able to procure any financial information.</p> <p>Haynie correctly made police and fire pension reform a priority in her campaign a year ago. It will be one of the most important items she and the council vote on. Though Boca is dealing with two unions, rather than just one, things in comparison to Delray are taking longer and happening with less transparency. Haynie and the council members might want to ask about that tonight.</p> <h3>Developers get the edge...again                                  </h3> <p>The decade-long campaign to develop the former <strong>Mizner Trail Golf Course</strong> west of Boca Raton could end soon with development winning.</p> <p>Last week, a three-judge panel of the Palm Beach County Circuit Court—Gregory Keyser, Meanu Sasser and Lisa Small, if you’re keeping score—denied a petition by neighbors in Boca Del Mar who had challenged the Palm Beach County Commission’s approval last June of the 253-unit residential project. It would go on the roughly 130 acres that until 2005 was Boca Del Mar’s south golf course.</p> <p>At the same time, the judges denied the motion by the developer—Boca Raton-based Compson Associates—for sanctions against the Boca Del Mar residents. In non-lawyerese, the court decided that the residents didn’t make their case against the county commission but that their petition didn’t amount to a frivolous challenge.</p> <p>The Boca Raton law firm of Sachs Sax Caplan represents the Boca Del Mar Improvement Association, the umbrella group of homeowner associations. In an email Monday, attorney Robert Rivas said the plaintiffs and their lawyers will hold a conference call this morning. Apparently, they have four options.</p> <p>One option is to seek a rehearing with the circuit court or to ask the judges to write an opinion explaining their decision. The court denied the plaintiffs’ petition without comment, which is normal in such cases because the judges were upholding the commission’s decision. In a recent similar case in West Palm Beach, the court sided with the plaintiffs but told the city how to correct approval of a controversial condo tower.</p> <p>To persuade the same judges to take another look at the Mizner Trail ruling, Rivas said, the plaintiffs would have to persuade the judges that they “overlooked or misapprehended” some aspect of the case or the law. With either option, the plaintiffs would have to file within 15 days of last Tuesday’s ruling.</p> Another option for the plaintiffs is to file a similar petition with the 4<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeal, one level higher in the state court system. That would have to happen within 30 days. <p>Then there’s the possibility of filing a separate lawsuit in circuit court. Technically, Rivas said, the appeal of the commission’s decision was not a lawsuit. If the plaintiffs sued, claiming that the development is illegal, the standard of proof and the legal aspects would be different from those for the appeal that the circuit court denied.</p> <p>Still another aspect of the case is the settlement offer Compson made to the plaintiffs in December. It was for $700,000—$500,000 to the improvement association and $100,000 each to two individual plaintiffs—and followed an earlier offer of $250,000 to the association.</p> <p>One could argue that Compson would have no reason to extend the offer again, having won in court. One also could argue that a settlement would allow Compson to avoid what could be more months of delay. I hope to have an update in my Thursday post.</p> <h3>Delray land regs                               </h3> <p>Unless the unexpected happens, the Delray Beach City Commission tonight will approve the new Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District. The commission approved them unanimously three weeks ago, and such harmony has been absent on major issues in Delray Beach for the last year.</p> <p>Judging by the comment<span>s—</span>or lack of comments—from residents, the public seems happy with the idea of limiting height on Atlantic Avenue and ending the height and density bonus program. Some opposition remains, though, to the idea of Delray supposedly messing with success. But even success can mean problems. If Delray Beach passes the new rules, the push will be to update the city’s master plan.</p> <h3>Petrolia in</h3> <p>There will be no third race in Delray Beach. On Monday, the same Judge Sasser who was part of the Mizner Trail ruling denied Ryan Boylston’s claim that the city and the supervisor of elections unfairly kept him from getting the required 250 petition signatures to challenge Seat 1 City Commissioner Shelly Petrolia.</p> <p>Petrolia told me that she will refund to donors the roughly $9,000 she had raised in anticipation of a campaign against Boylston. She thus wins a three-year term without opposition. In 2013, Petrolia was elected to serve the remaining two years of the Seat 1 term. Delray Beach has six-year term limits based on serving two terms of three years. Petrolia said she will ask the city attorney whether she could run for another full term in 2018 or could serve just one additional year.</p> <h3>Time for an update                                     </h3> <p>If you check the page on the Delray Beach website that lists the city commission’s meeting dates and provides the agendas, you will see a menu that include a link to “<a href="" target="_blank">Goals Progress Reports</a>.” Click, and you will see that the most recent report is from September 2012.</p> </div> <div>Maybe one of the goals for new City Manager Don Cooper should be up update the “Goals Progress Reports.”</div> <div> <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><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em></p> </div>Randy SchultzTue, 24 Feb 2015 08:25:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: Feb. 24 to March 2<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/maroon_5__magic____rozzi_crane.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Maroon 5</strong></p> <p>Where: BB&amp;T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $90.20-$377.19</p> <p>Contact: 954/835-8000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Adam Levine could have it worse. The heavily tattooed vocalist with the impossibly high falsetto was named <em>People</em>’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2013, made his acting debut in 2014’s “Begin Again,” and has coached the talent of tomorrow on all seven seasons of “The Voice,” with his singers winning two of them. Somehow, he manages to tour—a lot—with his band Maroon 5, the hit-making Los Angelinos whose records have sold 27 million copies worldwide. No strangers to South Florida venues, Maroon 5 makes its annual stop in our region the day after Levine bookends the coaches’ chairs in the Season Eight premiere of “The Voice.” The tight and groovealicious band—which should be called Maroon 6, since it took on a keyboardist in 2012—is supporting its latest, dancey album “V,” with its ubiquitous singles “Animals” and “Maps.”</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/4ea5265305f246deb95fc2532c3b4130.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Gin Game”</strong></p> <p>Where: Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10 students, $15 adults</p> <p>Contact: 561/447-8829, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you’ve ever seen the inside of a nursing home, you’ll feel more than a tinge of familiarity with “The Gin Game,” the 1978 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by D.L. Coburn. It’s set in one of these ubiquitous convalescent homes, where two of its residents—the cantankerous Weller Martin and the needling Fonsia Dorsey—share nothing but their mutual abandonment from their respective families. Stubbornly combative, Weller and Fonsia “bond,” if you can call it that, over games of gin rummy initiated by Weller to pass the time. As the cards are shuffled and reshuffled, their conversations transcend diamonds and clubs and begin to intensify, leading to a fevered pitch. This two-character drama has been famously staged with the likes of Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, Charles Durning and Julie Harris, Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore, and, in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ superlative 2010 production, Peter Haig and Barbara Bradshaw. Jim Gibbons and Kala Kaminsky will star in this budget-friendly professional production in Boca Raton, which runs through March 15.</p> <p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/frida_kahlo_(self_portrait).jpg" width="384"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera”</strong></p> <p>Where: NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5-$12</p> <p>Contact: 954/525-5500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When it was time for Beyoncé to select a Halloween costume last year, she chose a getup that was, for her youngest fans, stunningly esoteric: She dressed us Frida Kahlo, the Mexican surrealist championed for her motley self-portraits, in which her familiar visage stares penetratingly at the viewer, often surrounded by blooming nature. If Beyoncé’s transformation—which included fierce eyebrows, a bouquet of flowers and butterflies atop her head, and striking purple lipstick—brought even one new visitor to, it was worth it. The treasured painter’s lifelong health problems cut her life painfully short at 47, but she created some of the most arresting images of the early 20th century. This exhibition, culled from a private collection, provides the rare opportunity to explore the modernist masterworks of both Kahlo and her husband, the muralist Diego Rivera. The works on display will include Kahlo’s “Diego on My Mind” and Rivera’s “Self-Portrait.” The exhibition runs through May 31.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="337" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/deli-man-website.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Deli Man”</strong></p> <p>Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: TBA</p> <p>Cost: $6.50-$9.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/549-2600, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Bound to be the most mouth-watering movie to receive a theatrical release since “Chef,” Erik Greenberg Anjou’s “Deli Man” takes as its subject the titular culinary institution: the Jewish-American deli, which over the past century has sadly vanished from “one on every street corner” to something like 200 across the nation. Anjou, whose “Deli Man” is the third in a trilogy about Jewish culture, sees a metaphor for the Jewish diaspora in the deli narrative—a scattered persistence that manifests most strongly in the figure of Ziggy Gruber, a third-generation deli man in Houston, who becomes the movie’s delicatessen Virgil. Aided by interviews with deli enthusiasts like Larry King and Jerry Stiller, Anjou explores this personality-driven, Darwinian environment with humor and insight. The movie also opens Friday at other theaters across South Florida, including Regal Shadowood in Boca, Movies of Delray and Movies of Lake Worth.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/richardlewis_v6.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Richard Lewis and Kevin Pollak</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $51.50-$126.50</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Speaking of Jewish icons, the Parker Playhouse has lined up two of them for a special night of comedy benefiting that storied enclave of Jewish-American humor: The Catskills. Kevin Pollak and Richard Lewis are no strangers to South Florida Improv clubs, but they rarely have the opportunity to share a co-headlining bill on an acoustically flawless stage like this one. Pollak, still perhaps best known for his dramatic turn in “A Few Good Men,” is a master impressionist who peppers his act with uncanny impersonations of Christopher Walken, Dustin Hoffman and many others. Lewis, meanwhile, is a motor-mouthed, endless repository of diversions, seemingly extemporaneous observations and therapeutic asides. Both are comedians unlike any other, and both represent the tradition of Catskills comedy—which is why their appearance doubles as a fundraiser for the forthcoming Catskill Resort Museum, planned for Ellenville, New York.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="413" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/carmen-569x480.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> <strong>Miami City Ballet’s Program III</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $20-$175</p> <p>Contact: 305/929-7010, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The second half of Miami City Ballet’s 2014-2015 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. Twyla 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 George Balanchine bread-and-butter, “Allegro Brillante,” which the choreographer called “everything I know about classical ballet in 13 minutes.”</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="239" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/peacefulnewlogo.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Health and Wellness Experience</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/881-0702, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you’ve been procrastinating or slacking on your New Year’s resolution to eat better and exercise more, this second annual expo sponsored by CBS-12 may be the motivational impetus to usher you into a healthier life. And if nothing else, it will find the entertainment value in topics such as health and nutrition. In addition to free blood pressure, glucose and BMI screenings, attendees can observe and/or participate in Brazilian Capoeira, cheerleading, kickboxing, yoga and meditation. Children’s activities include a rock wall, face painting and an arts and crafts area, and the special “Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life” zone includes presentations from spiritual author Barb Schmidt, chakra specialist Amelia Maynard, chair yogi Michelle Maros and more. Restaurants such as Green Fields Organic Bistro and New Vegan will provide healthy cooking demonstrations. Visit the event’s website for the complete schedule.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/15294855388_f731663777_z.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Spady Living Heritage Day festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Spady Museum complex, 170 N.E. Fifth Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 2 to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/279-8883, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Each year, the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum reminds its visitors what Delray Beach was like before five-star restaurants landed on every block, fashion models strutted the Avenue beside designer pooches, and shark tanks popped up in hotels. This was once a tumbleweedy land where pioneers had to turn nothing into something, planting and cultivating their own food—all of it, not just a few items in a community garden—and designing household items like lye, soap and straw brooms from scratch. At Spady Living Heritage Day, the Tradition Bearers of Renaissance Park of Marianna, Fla. will be on hand to explain just how these products came to be, and it’s just one part of this beloved celebration. You can also expect the Bahamas 2 Miami Junkanoo Revue will make its annual appearance, bringing Caribbean dance to the festivities along with stilt walkers, a bounce house, face painting, food trucks and, if past years are any indication, live storytelling and exotic animal encounters.</p>John ThomasonMon, 23 Feb 2015 15:55:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsZinburger Coming Soon to Boca<p>If you thought the “gourmet” burger craze had jumped the shark, better not go near the water any time soon.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/zinburger.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Giving America’s favorite sammie a black tie and tails is still seen as a winning proposition, at least it must be to the folks at <a href="" target="_blank">Zinburger</a>, who are getting set to open their second South Florida outlet, and 10th in six states, in Town Center at Boca Raton come March 10.</p> <p>It’s not just the patties that are upscale, the look of the place is too. Think butcher block tables, hardwood floors, lots of TVs and an outdoor patio complete with firepit.</p> <p>Burgers themselves are certified Angus beef and Kobe-style, ground fresh daily and adorned with everything from manchego cheese, zinfandel-braised onions, lettuce and mayo (Zinburger) to fried egg, applewood-smoked bacon, avocado, American cheese, lettuce and mayo (Breakfast Burger). You can also DIY your burger with an assortment of cheeses, sauces and garnishes.</p> <p>If beef doesn’t do it for you, there’s also chicken and turkey burgers, plus a seared ahi sandwich and several salads that can be bulked up with the protein of your choice. Fries range from plain to zucchini to sweet potato, and there’s also a short list of shakes, floats and pies.</p> <p>Wash them all down with specialty cocktails from a full bar or more than a dozen reasonably priced wines (by the glass and bottle) and craft beers (in bottle and on tap).</p>Bill CitaraMon, 23 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsPolo Club of Boca Raton Gets a Makeover<p>Living at the <strong>Polo Club at Boca Raton</strong> is like being on a cruise ship that hasn’t left the port. That’s what Wendy Ledwitz, the club’s director of marketing and membership, often hears from her members.</p> <p><img alt="" height="351" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/aerial_of_pool_area.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But there’s an exception: you don’t have to worry about getting seasick. Really though, once you’re there, there is no need to leave the 1,100-acre private enclave. The club underwent a $27-million renovation in December, and this week, Boca Mag took a tour of the property.</p> <p>Here are some of the highlights:</p> <p>There are five restaurants on site, including the Crown Room, a steakhouse overlooking the golf course</p> <p><img alt="" height="596" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/poloclubofbocaraton6.png" width="400"></p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/poloclubofbocaraton3.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p>Two golf courses, with TPI-certified instructors</p> <p><img alt="" height="410" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/poloclubofbocaraton_golf.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>27 tennis courts + a pro-shop for some personal shopping</p> <p><img alt="" height="384" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/673a6059.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>35,000-square-foot spa and fitness centers. The facility features a gym with 25 personal trainers, basketball and racquetball courts, a physical therapist and even a hair and nail salon.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/poloclubofbocaraton2.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p>The new renovations were aimed at creating a more modern look for the country club. For more information, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Polo Club at Boca Raton website</a>. The Polo Club is located at 5400 Champion Blvd., Boca Raton.</p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 20 Feb 2015 15:50:00 +0000 Brewing Company Grand Opening Festival<p> Join the <strong>MIA Brewing Company</strong> <em>(10400 NW 33<sup>rd</sup> St., Doral) </em>for its grand opening festival on Saturday, Feb. 21.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/mia_brewing_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The party will last from noon until midnight and feature beer, food and live music. With more than 20 beers on tap and tons of guest drafts, you’re sure to find the perfect beer for you.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Taryn TacherFri, 20 Feb 2015 10:48:00 +0000;Abracadabra&quot; Brings Art Magic to Hollywood<p>Hosted every year around winter/spring, the Art and Culture Center’s “Abracadabra” exhibition is probably the area’s only nonprofit fundraiser with a two-month shelf life and state-of-the-art resonance. As always, dozens of local, regional and national artists—there are more than 125 this year—created or donated original works for “Abracadabra,” which runs for five weeks. The artworks are then are raffled off to lucky ticket-buyers at the exhibit’s close, on March 13.</p> <p><img alt="" height="301" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/installation-bracadabra.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Art and Culture Center Curator Jane Hart says that this year’s raffle tickets, which run $375 each, sold out faster than in any previous year. Scanning this year’s entries, it’s easy to see why: “Abracadabra” 2015 is one of the strongest group shows I’ve seen at this experimental, cutting-edge venue. Whether you’re a raffle ticketholder or not, “Abracadabra” is worth your time as a zeitgeisty survey of popular trends, themes and mediums.</p> <p>With shows like this, it’s impossible to gather everything together under a unified narrative; the multiplicity of voices is vast, crowded, and full of heterogeneous outliers. But Hart’s precise curation of the works, which cluster together in similar color palettes, tones and textures, ensures that they have a conversation with each other. If there’s no major connecting theme, subthemes emerge upon close reflection. The video art, for instance, seems cut from a similar apocalyptic cloth, even though each video was shot by a different artist—from Barron Sherer’s epileptic presentation of shuddery images on the fritz, to an explosive, fractured and relentless montage from the TIM sisters, to Clifton Childree’s provocative, exciting and drolly funny homage to silent cinema. There’s an urgency to all of this work, even its message is inscrutable.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/1026.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Elsewhere, there is compelling photography and abstract art, mixed-media assemblages and kitschy neon installations. Jessy Night’s retro throwback “Dream Boat” hangs above a neon-lit curtain rod from Alex Trimino, which hangs near Peter Symon’s three-dimensional cloud; all seem like they came from the same ‘70s lounge, or from the set of “Inherent Vice.” Judy Poistra’s so-real-you-want-to-taste-it wedding cake is topped by two pairs of grooms, making for a joyous and timely celebration of gay marriage, smartly presented in front of David Rohn’s mysterious portrait of a partially hidden bride.</p> <p><img alt="" height="483" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/francisco.png" width="490"></p> <p>There are also the customary pieces of art that question the definition of art: a framed miasma of pink cotton candy, a single eyelash under glass, a deceptively fake banana tree with real bananas. As for my favorite pieces, if I were a raffler I’d be holding out for Antonia Wright’s humorous and/or horrifying photograph of a hand that seems to be reaching out from inside a severed tree trunk; Wayne White’s witty word painting “I’m Lost on a Spaceship, Momma,” in which the titular words gradually shrink until they disappear into the cosmos; and Francesco LoCastro’s dazzling “World on a Wire” (pictured above), a mind-expanding, futuristic abstraction on fiberboard.</p> <p>But the beauty of this diverse exhibit is that no matter when your raffle number is called, you’re going to walk away with a winner. This year’s “Abracadabra” is just that good.</p> <p><img alt="" height="419" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/kunde.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>When you visit the Art and Culture Center, be sure to spend some time in its Project Room gallery as well, so you can absorb “Intertwined,” a series of idiosyncratic nature paintings from Ernesto Kunde, a self-taught painter from a Brazilian farm family. Inspired by the Everglades and Miami’s vanishing enclaves of nature, “Intertwined” is a personalized document of root systems and mangrove estuaries, viewed from among the weeds.</p> <p>The viewer becomes as lost in nature as Kunde seems to have been when he painted them. Yet it’s an unfamiliar sort of immersion in a familiar land. By draining some of his paintings completely of color and saturating others in bright, artificial hues, he finds subjective abstraction in an objective setting. This bold, striking series prompts you to look again, and anew, at our dying ecosystem.</p> <p><em>“Abracadabra” and “Intertwined” run through March 13 at Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood. “Tom Virgin: Open Book” and “Kubiat Nnamdie: Looking Glass” are on view as well. Admission is $7 adults and $4 students, seniors and children ages 4 to 17. Call 954/921-3274 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 20 Feb 2015 10:26:00 +0000 & EventsFashion Forward: a shoe sale, beauty event + trunk show<p><img alt="" height="550" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/screen_shot_2015-02-20_at_10.16.23_am.png" width="444"></p> <p><strong><strong>The Perfect Pant:</strong> </strong>Finding the perfect fit for pants takes time, but Evelyn &amp; Arthur can make your life a little bit easier. The store is hosting a Lisette L trunk show at its Palm Beach Gardens location from Feb. 20-21. The Lisette L pant comes in all different fits – from flared to slim, to meet all your clothing needs. (<em>10937 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens // 561/572-0900</em>)</p> <p><strong>Give a Sole: </strong>Donate a pair of gently worn shoes, and get 20 percent off a brand new pair at Kenneth Cole. Donations go toward HELP USA and selected local organizations. Sounds like a win-win situation! (<em>Palm Beach Outlets: 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach</em>)</p> <p><strong>Beauty Explored:</strong> Join Saks Fifth Avenue for this year’s annual Beauty Symposium. From noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, Saks will be hosting a panel of experts for beauty tips, tricks and advice. Tickets costs $100, but includes a $100 Saks gift card. For more info, call 561/393-9100. (<em>Town Center at Boca Raton: 5800 Glades Road, Boca Raton</em>)</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 20 Feb 2015 10:24:00 +0000 NewsStaff Picks: the best empanadas to professional services<p><strong>Empanada Lady</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="353" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/sp_empanadalady.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“Forget the bacon and eggs. At both the Delray and West Palm green markets (which should be your Saturday morning routine anyway), after your obligatory stop at Swank Farms' booth for your fresh greens, belly on up to the Empanada Lady booth for the best empanadas this side of Mi-am-ah. There are a ton of different versions (I like the corm and ham and bechemel one), and it's practically next door to the Havana stand, which has wicked Cafe Cubano.”</p> <p>(<a href=""></a>)</p> <p><strong>The Great Doggie Dine-Out &amp; Paws Fest</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/doggie.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>“Tri-County Animal Rescue is hosting a veritable Doggie-palooza for our four-legged friends this Saturday at Sanborn Square. The inaugural event, which runs from noon to 9 p.m., features everything from ‘yoga with dogs’ and a ‘Yappy Hour’ singles mingle to a ‘Fur-Baby Couture Fashion Show’ and a ‘Smooch the Pooch’ kissing booth with dog available for adoption through TCAR. Event co-chairs Jon and Bonnie Kaye of Kaye Communications, along with their committee, have planned activities for the entire day—as well as specialty cocktails, a hotdog bar, pet-related exhibitors and live entertainment.”</p> <p>(72 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton)</p> <p><strong>Smart Security Camera</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="179" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/sp_smartsecurity.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Valentine Simon, Production Coordinator</em></p> <p>“I just had a security alarm system installed in my home, and I could not have had a better experience with Smart Security Camera. They are based out of Hollywood but I was told over the phone that they happily service all of Palm Beach County, Broward and Miami. The technician was on time, friendly and professional, and super efficient! I thought it would be difficult to understand the process and functioning of my new alarm system but he explained everything to me simply so I would understand. The products they offer are top-quality -- the best on the market. I will definitely be contacting them in the near future for more services that they offer in home automation.” </p> <p>(2028 Harrison St., Suite 206,Hollywood // <a href=""></a>)</p> <p><strong>The Cooper</strong> (Palm Beach Gardens)</p> <p><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/sp_thecooper.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Meshi Shoshana, Events + Sales Coordinator</em></p> <p>“I went there this past weekend, and it was one of the best experiences I had. I love eating healthy so when I go to restaurants, I always order a salad. This time I decided to branch out and try the Farmer's Market Vegetable Palette. It had a mix of all these local vegetables with all these incredible sauces on them. It tasted so fresh and healthy. I will most certainly go back there.” </p> <p>(4610 PGA Blvd., Suite 100, Palm Beach Gardens // <a href=""></a>)</p> <p><strong>Boca Raton Symphonia</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="173" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/sp_symphonia.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</em></p> <p>"On Sunday afternoon, the Boca Symphonia will return to the Roberts Theater at St. Andrew's School for its third program of the season. As usual, the lineup is dynamic, split between full symphonies and intimate pieces for string quartets, with guest violin and viola soloists Gareth Johnson and Scott O'Donnell lending their strings to Philip Glass' intoxicating "Company," Mozart's "Sinfonia Concertante," Prokofiev's first symphony, and Bizet's "Symphony in C major," which anticipates his opera "Carmen."</p> <p>(3900 Jog Road, <a>866/687-4201</a> // <a href=""></a>)</p> <center><em><a href="/blog/tag/staff-picks" target="_blank">For more staff picks, click here.</a></em></center><center><em><br></em></center>magazineFri, 20 Feb 2015 09:00:00 +0000 Tap Opens in PBG<p>If regular old supermarket olive oil doesn’t float your pasta, head up to PGA Commons and drop by the new <a href="" target="_blank">Olive Tap</a> (<em>4550 PGA Blvd., 561/651-1110</em>), recently relocated from CityPlace in West Palm Beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/olivetap.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This second location for proprietors Josh and Cheryl Emery (they also own another Tap in Delray) features more olive oils than you can shake an olive branch at. There’s more than a dozen different extra-virgin oils, all made from different olives or blends, plus an extensive roster of infused olive oils that are flavored with everything from basil, lemon and garlic, and hot pepper to bacon, chipotle and chocolate (yes, chocolate).</p> <p>They also stock a variety of seed and nut oils, aged and flavored balsamic vinegars, prepared sauces and condiments, and herbs and spices.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 20 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsAg Reserve under siege, guns going to college &amp; more<h3>Another Broward County?</h3> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/sprawl_bob_jagendorf_sm.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For a very long time, most elected officials in Palm Beach County have used Broward County to show what they don’t want this county to look like. Put-up-or-shut-up time is coming.</p> <p>A second meeting this week to discuss the future of the county’s <strong>Agricultural Reserve Area</strong> ended about the same way the first one did: with no compromise in sight. Small farmers still want the ability to sell their land at the highest residential/commercial development price. Opponents want no more houses in the reserve, citing the 1999 vote by voters to tax themselves $100 million for a land-buying program to keep as much farming in the reserve—between Lantana and Clint Moore roads west of State Road 7—as possible. Of the roughly 20,000 acres in the reserve, about half remains in agriculture.</p> <p>Though there’s nothing close to a consensus, a proposal that could allow between about 1,000 and 7,000 more homes will go to the county commission for discussion (but not a vote) on March 24. Unless the commission takes a new approach, Palm Beach County could lose a unique, productive coastal farming area and look more like Broward County (above photo). Lisa Interlandi of the Everglades Law Center said in an interview, “The changes that they’ve looked at would destroy the Ag Reserve.”</p> <p>The push for the changes comes from some small farmers and nursery owners who claim that they can’t make money under current conditions and want to sell. The 1999 preservation plan allowed some development—enough, the critics say, to hinder their operations because of traffic, among other things. Encouraging these farmers is GL Homes, the main developer in and near the reserve.</p> <p>Details of the proposal are complex. In essence, though, the county would allow development on smaller pieces of property if the owner preserved land elsewhere in the reserve. Currently, developers must set aside land for preservation on the development site.</p> <p>The idea can sound tempting. Hey, if the same amount of land gets preserved, that works, right? Not really. As more development speckled the reserve, the clash between homes and farms would intensify. In South Florida, homes almost always win those battles. Eventually, the reserve would become fully developed, and that vote in 1999 would mean nothing. “If the county wants to preserve agriculture,” Interlandi said, “the worst thing is to build more rooftops.”</p> <p>And as Interlandi and other advocates for preservation point out, the only proposal is one that allows more homes and shopping centers. There is no proposal aimed at helping the farmers, some of whom might want to keep farming, as opposed to those who, as Interlandi says, “have dollar signs in their eyes.”</p> <p>Indeed, given that 1999 vote the county has no obligation to give certain farmers a windfall in a way that could undercut the public’s wish. The referendum passed by roughly a 2-to-1 margin. But the county has options beyond this one from a developer.</p> <p>For example, the county could help farmers market their land to farmers in the reserve who want to expand or people who want to get started in farming. The county could create a compensation program to encourage landowners to stay in agriculture. The county could promote the reserve and its role in supplying produce for area restaurants and schools. And with the campaign continuing for medical marijuana in Florida, maybe those farmers aren’t considering every crop they might plant.</p> <p>I am told that county staff members didn’t consider an alternate approach because they believed that the commission asked only for ideas about development. Whether that’s true or not, this issues needs more voices and a fresh perspective. That shift may have to come from the commissioners during that discussion next month.</p> <p>By approving mini-city Minto West last summer, the commission made it likelier that west-central Palm Beach County will look more like Broward. If the commission allows more development in the Agricultural Reserve, you won’t have to drive to Broward. It will be here.</p> <h3>Guns R Us</h3> <p>Three months ago, a shooting at Florida State University in Tallahassee left three students wounded. Predictably, the response from another Tallahassee institution—the Florida Legislature—is a bill that would allow students with concealed-carry permits to have guns on state university campuses.  Sen. Greg Evers, R-Pensacola, claims that Senate Bill 176 would allow students to defend themselves. This week, he noted the many sex offenders who live near FSU and claimed that keeping the campus gun-free endangers students. The Criminal Justice Committee approved Evers’ bill 3-2. The House companion bill is HB 4005.</p> <p>At Florida Atlantic University and the other 11 public universities, however, administrators and campus police don’t agree with Evers. When I asked an FAU spokesman this week for President John Kelly’s opinion on the legislation, the spokesman directed me to a statement from the Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System, and said Kelly supports it:</p> <p>“Florida has long recognized the importance of protecting its students and the environment in which they learn by prohibiting firearms in university facilities.” The board and the individual universities “are united in the belief that removing that long-standing protection is contrary to the values we embrace and could create new challenges in our ability to provide a safe and secure learning environment.”</p> <p>In a letter to Evers, the 12 campus police chiefs made the most cogent point. Citing that FSU shooting, the chiefs wrote:</p> <p>“With officers arriving within minutes to a chaotic scene and with victims wounded, the only description provided to law enforcement about the shooter from frantic eyewitnesses was that the suspect was black and wore a ‘Skully’ type hat. The officers ... applied their hundreds of hours of training to identify the suspect, give him clear commands to drop his weapon, and ultimately they stopped the suspect. Citizens are not trained for this type of response.”</p> <p>That is especially true of citizens whose decision-making parts of their brains aren’t fully developed. The last time the Legislature debated such a bill, John Thrasher blocked its approval. A state senator at the time, Thrasher is the new president of FSU, having gotten the job because the FSU trustees liked his political influence. FSU and all the universities will need that influence to keep campuses from becoming more dangerous.</p> <h3>New trustees </h3> <p>Speaking of FAU, Gov. Rick Scott last week reappointed Jeffrey Feingold and Robert Rubin to the university’s board of trustees. They get new five-year terms.</p> <p>The terms of Anthony Barbar and David Feder also are expiring. Barbar and Feder were appointed by the Board of Governors, which should decide at its March meeting whether the two trustees will stay. Since Barbar was just reelected board chairman—with Dan Cane, founder of Boca Raton-based Modernizing Medicine as vice-chairman—the BOG likely will let him stay.</p> <h3>Investing in yourself</h3> <p>On Tuesday, I wrote that Boca Raton City Council Frank Chapman is financing his Seat 3 campaign with $102,000 of his own money. Chapman isn’t the only candidate making a six-figure donation to himself.</p> <p>In Delray Beach, Mayor Cary Glickstein has loaned his campaign $100,000. Glickstein faces former Mayor Tom Carney in a rematch from 2013. Carney has loaned himself $1,000. Both figures are through Feb. 6.</p> <h3>The Boyleston issue </h3> <p>Delray Beach should learn Friday if the city has a third contest in the March 10 election.</p> <p>Ryan Boylston had filed to challenge Seat 1 incumbent Shelly Petrolia, but he was disqualified for not having the necessary 250 valid petition signatures from registered voters. Boylston has filed a lawsuit, claiming that the city clerk’s office and the supervisor of elections office did not notify him in time for him to submit more. A hearing is set for Friday at 9:30 a.m. before Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Meanu Sasser.</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><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 19 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityWeb Xtra: Wendy Fader<p>One of our area’s eminent authorities on love and sex, board-certified sexologist <strong>Dr. Wendy Fader</strong> (<em>5295 Town Center Road, 561/362-5530</em>) shares some of her insights in the February issue of <em>Boca Raton</em>. But wait, there’s more: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Fader elaborates on a few more issues surrounding her practice, common sexual problems, ways to improve them, and more.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/febwebextra_fader.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>On new patients opening up to her:</strong></p> <p>“In the very beginning, anyone talking about anything personal—and it doesn’t have to be sexual—is usually tentative and anxious about the first couple of sessions. Here you are, walking into a complete stranger’s office bearing your soul, and you take it to an even more profound level of sexuality, which is very personal. Usually, patients can’t look you in the eye when they’re speaking. And it’s more complicated when a couple comes in for the first time together. There’s a lot of shame and embarrassment and humiliation.”</p> <p><strong>On spicing up a sex life:</strong></p> <p>“Novelty in sex is important, and it’s virtually impossible to sustain through a long-term relationship. And because of that, it becomes dull and mechanical, very repetitive. I hear this from a lot of people: ‘It’s alright, but it’s not fabulous.’ People are going for fabulous, and people think everyone is having fabulous sex, and it’s not necessarily so.”</p> <p><strong>On ways to improve intimacy:</strong></p> <p>The themes I see, in terms of not being paid enough attention to, are general appreciation for the person in the relationship—what they do, how they contribute, but also appreciating that their partner turns them on, that they’re sexy, attractive, handsome or beautiful. Those messages get pushed to the wayside, but mostly, it’s not so much about bodies, unless people have specific body image problems. It’s more about the feeling of specialness.</p> <p>“In terms of the physiological part of it, men are more visual creatures, and making sure that the partner looks good or is dressed in something sexy; and for a woman, what is really important is the foreplay <em>before</em> the foreplay, which is the kindness and attention that needs to go on before you get into the bedroom. Affection is really important.”</p> <p><strong>Fader’s advice for getting through Valentine’s Day as a single person:</strong></p> <p>“It’s the same kind of advice I’d give single people throughout the year, which is to make sure they’re involved and have a full life on their own, that a partner will only enhance it but won’t make it a full life. And the contributions around Valentine’s Day can be towards other people. You can make a Valentine’s special for somebody else—a brother, a sister, a niece, a nephew, someone who’s not necessarily a love interest but someone that you want to show love and kindness to. You get a lot back from that.”</p>John ThomasonWed, 18 Feb 2015 20:32:00 +0000 ExtrasWeb Xtra: S’Mores Cocktail<h4>Here’s the recipe from our “Deconstructing the Dish” segment in the February issue.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/febwebextra_smores.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>If you want to raise a glass to toast the age of multitasking, Lee Hoechstetter has just the drink for you. It’s a cocktail. It’s a dessert. It’s everyone’s favorite childhood campfire sweet treat—the s’more—turned into a cold, luscious, creamy, vodka-spiked concoction that is definitely for adults only. It’s also one of the signature cocktails at Merlino’s, the Italian by way of South Philadelphia restaurant where Hoechstetter multitasks as both manager and self-described “bar chef”-slash-“beverage scientist.”</p> <p>He calls his creation the Abbott’s Dairies S’Mores, a nod to the iconic Philly ice cream parlor that shut down in the 1980s after more than 100 years in business. It has everything the PG-rated s’mores have and more. All you need to add is a campfire.</p> <p><strong>ABBOTT’S DAIRIES S’MORES</strong></p> <p>2 ounces Stolichnaya vanilla vodka</p> <p>1.5 ounces Godiva chocolate liqueur</p> <p>4 ounces half-and-half</p> <p>Drizzle of chocolate syrup and more for garnish</p> <p>Graham cracker, broken into chunks</p> <p>Marshmallow</p> <p>Liquid nitrogen</p> <p>Mix vodka, chocolate liqueur, half-and-half and chocolate syrup in bowl until creamy and well-combined. Add liquid nitrogen (which is cold enough to freeze alcohol and turn the mixture into something resembling ice cream). Pour into glass and garnish with graham cracker chunks, more chocolate syrup. Using small blowtorch, blacken and set fire to marshmallow and set atop cocktail.</p> <p> </p>magazineWed, 18 Feb 2015 15:20:00 +0000 ExtrasAn Evening of Moonshine at 50 Ocean<p>Moonshine is taking over <a href="" target="_blank">50 Ocean</a> on March 12 for a special event featuring – you guessed it – moonshine-infused menu items.</p> <p><img alt="" height="546" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/moonshine_nation.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>From 5:30 to 7 p.m., guests will enjoy a selection on moonshine cocktails and appetizers created by Executive Chef Blake Malatesta, as well as a talk from Mark Spivak, the author of “Moonshine Nation: The Art of Creating Cornbread in a Bottle.” Attendees will receive a free signed copy of the book.</p> <p>The event benefits the Delray Beach Historical Society. Tickets are $30, and can be purchased by calling 561/848-7833. <em>50 Ocean is located at 50 S. Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 18 Feb 2015 10:16:00 +0000 BeachUpcoming EventsHe&#39;s All About That Bass<p><img alt="" height="232" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/fabfaux.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>When David Letterman called the members of the CBS Orchestra into his office last year and announced that he would be retiring in May 2015 after 22 years of the “Late Show,” <strong>Will Lee</strong> (pictured in white) extended his hand and thanked the talk-show host for what he describes as “a great ride.”</p> <p>In Lee’s case, that’s putting it mildly.</p> <p>The only musician outside of Paul Shaffer to work with Letterman for the duration of his reign on late night—the bassist was an original member of “The World’s Most Dangerous Band,” the group that rocked the 12:30 slot with Dave during his genre-bending tenure with NBC (1982-93)—Lee has spent the past three decades in four-string heaven.</p> <p>Along with taking the Letterman stage more than 6,000 times, Lee has done session work on hundreds of albums with artists ranging from Streisand and Cher to Mick Jagger and Billy Joel. He’s released his own albums, including the current “Love, Gratitude and Other Distractions.” He’s jammed alongside rock royalty as part of the Shaffer-led “house band” at the annual Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.</p> <p>And he’s one of the founding fathers of a group that <em>Rolling Stone</em> called “the greatest Beatles cover band without the wigs.” It’s in that capacity that Lee returns to Fort Lauderdale with The Fab Faux for a Feb. 21 gig at <a href="">Parker Playhouse</a>.</p> <p>The group, which includes Jimmy Vivino from Conan O’Brien’s show, as well as Rich Pagano, Frank Agnello and Jack Petruzzelli, launched in 1998 intent on performing songs that The Beatles never played in concert (the band left the road for good in 1966). Its uncanny live renderings of complex studio songs from albums like “Abbey Road” earned the Fab Faux both critical acclaim and a devoted following—including in South Florida, where the band (which is doing “Rubber Soul” in its entirety on Saturday) has been making yearly appearances.</p> <p>The son of a jazz singer and jazz pianist, Lee grew up in Huntsville, Texas listening to Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderly. But, like so many teens of that era, The Beatles would rock his world. Lee, 62, talked about that, playing with Paul, George and Ringo, his final days with Dave, and much more with <em>Boca Raton</em>.</p> <p><strong>Inasmuch as playing with the CBS band has been an amazing gig, you seem like you’re having the time of your life when on stage with the Fab Faux. Is it wrong to suggest that being more in the forefront with that band is liberating for you?</strong></p> <p>Musicians talk a lot about “paying dues.” I’ve never paid a due. I’ve always enjoyed playing so much that no matter what was going on, I felt that was THE place to be. That’s the feeling I have when I play. I’ve always been able to bring that to the Fab Faux, for sure. It’s triply exciting to be on stage with <em>this</em> band playing <em>that</em> music.</p> <p><strong>What was it about The Beatles’ music that inspired you in ways that other music of that time didn’t?</strong></p> <p>The impact was so powerful. You’re listening to the radio and in the middle of these sort of [same-old] tunes being played around the clock, here comes, “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” And it’s the most different thing you’ve heard in your life. You don’t even understand it at first, but then you start listening more and more and it’s unbelievable. And it changes the face of pop music, like overnight.</p> <p>The funny thing is that if you were to ask The Beatles, they would have said they were doing their version of the American music that <em>they</em> were being influenced by. Which is hard to believe.</p> <p><strong>There are dozens of Beatles tribute bands. When you were putting the Fab Faux together, how did that influence the direction you wanted to take it?</strong></p> <p>That very thing, for the longest time, was what kept me from ever wanting to do a Beatles band. The first thing that comes to mind when you think of a Beatles tribute act is four guys wearing wigs. And that’s not anything I was interested in.</p> <p>But then I heard Rich Pagano play, our drummer and singer, and I thought wouldn’t it be fun to bring The Beatles’ records to the stage with this guy. … The music itself on those later tracks is so intriguing that I felt it would be a fun challenge to bring all those elements to the stage. And in order to do that, you can’t have four guys. You need at least a fifth for the extra textures and percussion and keyboard parts.</p> <p>Then it became: There are all these great songs we can’t do because we don’t have horns and strings. If we wanted to keep going with the idea, we had to get real players. We didn’t want to be a “track” act; four guys standing in front of a huge soundscape of pre-recorded whatever. So we added a cello. A real trumpet player for the solo on “Penny Lane.” Next thing you know, we had a horn section and a string section. … Another way to not make money.</p> <p><strong>As you started delving into those later studio albums, did the idea of bringing the songs to life become more and more daunting?</strong></p> <p>We did it one song as a time, so we didn’t get so intimidated by the whole catalog right off the bat.</p> <p>I remember after we figured out [who would be in the band], we were all in my apartment. I wanted to hear what everyone [brought to the table], so I said let’s see what we sound like on “Because” (off the “Abbey Road” album). We assigned each other the vocal parts to match the range of our voices and we also [assigned instruments].</p> <p>Jimmy drew the short straw by sitting by my keyboards, so I asked him to pick out the keyboard part. It’s in a weird key, so Jimmy has a lot to focus on. Because he sat in that chair that day, that’s what he still does on that song. That was the first tune we learned—and it still kicks our butts.</p> <p><img alt="" height="189" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/fabfaux2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What songs give the band the most trouble as far as delivering them live?</strong></p> <p>Hmm. I can only think of, you know … all of them.</p> <p><strong>Can you put into words what it was like to play with George Harrison, and for a few songs, Ringo, at Royal Albert Hall in the early 1990s?</strong></p> <p>That ended up being George’s last gig under his own name. It was part two of the Harrison in Japan thing he had done with Eric Clapton’s band. This particular night his bassist wasn’t available, and I got the call.</p> <p>The phone message on my machine was, in this authentic Liverpool accent, “This is George Harrison calling. I’d like to steal you away from that television program if you can come and play with me for an evening.”</p> <p>I ignored the message because I assumed it was my brother doing his George impression, which he does so well. So I called my brother and said, “That was a great George you left on my machine.” He goes, “What are you talking about?” When I finally called the next morning, George wondered what took me so long to call him back.</p> <p>When I found out that night that Ringo was going to sit in with us on the two encore songs—“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Roll Over Beethoven”—I was so excited that I actually cartwheeled onto the stage. For the longest time, I felt like such an idiot [for doing that].</p> <p>A bunch of years later, I ran into Dhani Harrison [George’s only son], who spotted me from across the room at some event. He ran over and gave me a big hug. I go, “You remember me?” He goes, “Oh yeah! You played with my dad and you did that cartwheel onto the stage. My friends thought that was so cool.”</p> <p>It was like I had gotten a reprieve.</p> <p><strong>You also played with McCartney at the 9/11 benefit show in New York. What was that experience like?</strong></p> <p>There was a rumor going around that Paul was going to need somebody to play bass on the songs that he was going to play keyboards on. … I was never formally asked. At the studio complex where musicians rehearse in New York, we were in one room and McCartney and his group were in another room preparing for this benefit. I ran into an aide in the hallway and I said that if they needed anybody to play bass on those songs where Paul played keyboard that I was available.</p> <p>The aide goes, “Oh, we all assumed you were just going to do it.”</p> <p>It’s one of those things that when you put it out in the universe sometimes it comes back to you. In that case, it was way out in the universe for me—I was putting it out everywhere.</p> <p>That night was tunnel vision for me. I was so star struck, so excited to be a part of it. When it was happening, it was like being in a state of suspended animation.</p> <p><strong>Do Ringo and Paul know about the Fab Faux?</strong></p> <p>There’s a documentary called “The Love We Make” about the putting together of that 9/11 concert. Paul had a camera crew with him that was so understated that you didn’t even realize they were there.</p> <p>So that night, I went up to Paul and said, “I have a confession to make, I have a band”—knowing that he has a disdain for Beatles bands. And who can blame him. So I told him that our band focuses on the later, harder-to-perform-live stuff, the cool stuff. And at one point, Paul goes, “Do you do, ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ (off of “Revolver”)?”</p> <p>And I said, ‘Oh, of course.”</p> <p>It’s not much of a story, but I had been telling people about it for 10 years. So the movie comes out in 2011, and there is this footage of that conversation between us—and it was exactly as I had told everybody. Lucky for me I’m not the kind of person who embellishes a story to death. … I didn’t have to pull a Brian Williams.</p> <p>As far as Ringo, I’ve told him a couple of times—and he doesn’t care. If I told him again, it would be like me telling him for the first time. He doesn’t give a shit.</p> <p><strong>You’re down to 50-some Letterman shows. Do you find yourself feeling a bit melancholy as it winds down?</strong></p> <p>I’m not a person who dwells on the past, but this is making me reflect for the first time. At the beginning of this week, we’ll have 52 more shows to go. That’s a finite-sounding number compared to having done 6,000 shows with this organization since 1982.</p> <p>I would have never quit because I’m a little too greedy for that. But I have other things I want to do. So it was kind of a relief when Dave called us to his dressing room one day and said, “Guys, I’m retiring.” … We had never been invited into the inner sanctum before. We thought maybe he was going to give us a bonus! … But he closed the door behind us and told us.</p> <p>I reached over and shook his hand and thanked him. It’s been a great ride.</p> <p><strong>How involved with the music is Dave?</strong></p> <p>We have nothing to do with anything musically except our own play-on and play-offs. Dave does come up with requests every so often. Recently, he had us do “MacArthur Park” just because he had been listening to different verses of the song with his son. His son was [a little] confused ... The lyrics to that song are not straight ahead; they’re like poetry. </p> <p>Dave wanted us to learn it as a bumper as we’re going to commercial. But it’s a long song, and we wouldn’t have timed it to hit that last great note coming out of commercial. So Paul had us rehearse the song—we based it on the Richard Harris version—and Paul thought it sounded much better than he expected. He asked Dave if we could perform it as a featured song. I sang lead, we had a string section and it ended up being a big deal.</p> <p>I invited Jimmy Webb, (the song’s original composer) who had not played the harpsichord part of “MacArthur Park” since Richard Harris recorded it. Jimmy was as nervous as a little kid. But he killed it, and it was beautiful.</p> <p><iframe height="350" src="" width="425"></iframe></p> <p><strong>You had Future Islands on last year, and Dave’s genuine reaction to that group had a direct impact on their notoriety. Does Dave get enough credit for being hip when it comes to music?</strong></p> <p>Dave is a very musical guy. He knows exactly what’s going on when something’s being played; he knows every song we’re doing. He also has an amazing amount of respect for all musicians. I noticed over the years that he wasn’t that in love with actors right off the bat. But he loved sports people and musicians.</p> <p>He doesn’t have time to pick the music on the show, but when he does bring something in, he’s passionate about it.</p> <p><strong>What are your plans for after the Letterman show?</strong></p> <p>I’m producing people at the moment and still doing a lot of session work.</p> <p>My wife and I would like to travel for a minute. That would be fun. We’ve had a week off here and there since 1982, but never three weeks straight. … If we’re not doing something for three weekends in a row with the Fab Faux, maybe my wife and I will go someplace cool. </p>Kevin KaminskiWed, 18 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsProfilesUpcoming EventsThe Scoop on Dry Salt Therapy<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If you haven’t seen the signs for salt therapy, you might have heard the chatter. Dry salt therapy, or halotherapy, has become a popular therapeutic and wellness option.</p> <p>Touted as a de-stressor that clears the sinuses and rejuvenates us, halotherapy can be found at spas, gyms, yoga studios and more.</p> <p>But what’s real and what’s hype? It just so happens that Boca Raton is home to the Salt Therapy Association, a group of influencers and thought leaders in halotherapy. The nonprofit association’s goal is to raise awareness, set standards and educate businesses and consumers about halotherapy advancements.</p> <p>I asked Salt Therapy Association Founder and Boca Raton Resident Ulle Pukk to educate Fit Life readers about dry salt therapy.</p> <p><img alt="" height="472" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/ulle_pukk.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Boca Mag:</strong> What is halotherapy?</p> <p><strong>Ulle Pukk:</strong> Halotherapy is a natural form of providing dry salt therapy that has been micronized into precise sized particles into a room or chamber, where people breathe in the dry salt air.  </p> <p><strong>BM:</strong> How does it work?</p> <p><strong>UP:</strong> Pure natural sodium chloride is placed in a device called a halogenerator that crushes and grinds the salt into micron-sized particles that are then dispersed into the air. Halotherapy is typically delivered in a salt facility, spa, wellness center, fitness clubs and other places in one of two ways: 1) in a group environment that usually has a unique and relaxing salt décor environment in a 45-60 minute session or, 2) in an individual and private chamber…. in as little as a 15 minute session. We have also designed and provided halotherapy solutions for home use.</p> <p><em>[Note to readers: Pukk is in the salt therapy business.]</em></p> <p><strong>BM:</strong> Is it backed by studies? If yes, could you name a few that readers can research?</p> <p><strong>UP:</strong> There are a significant amount of documented and published studies and papers validating the effects of halotherapy from physicians, scientists and researchers.  Most of the studies are from Eastern Europe, Russia, Poland and other countries where dry salt therapy has been utilized over the past several decades. There have been some more recent studies conducted in the United States and by Dr. Daniel Layish, who is a board certified pulmonologist and is also [on the board] of the Salt Therapy Association. He recently published a paper in the International Journal of Respiratory and Pulmonary Medicine on the effects of halotherapy with people with Cystic Fibrosis.   </p> <p><em>[Note to readers: I looked up a few studies on halotherapy and you can, too. Go to <a href=""></a> and search for halotherapy.]</em></p> <p><strong>BM:</strong> What can halotherapy do to help my readers? Specifically, does it relieve stress, etc.?</p> <p><strong>UP:</strong> We all are familiar with taking care of our teeth and a great practice is going to see the dental hygienist a couple times a year. Likewise, we have many rituals and protocols to take care of our well-being.  But what do we do for our lungs and respiratory system? We clean out and change our air filters in our home…why? Because of the dust, allergens, pollutants and bacteria in our environment. Today, there is more pollution, more airborne diseases, pollen and allergens in the air we breathe, and dry salt therapy is hygiene for your respiratory system. As the micro-sized dry salt particles are inhaled, they move down our respiratory system absorbing mucus, reducing inflammation and killing bacteria. Halotherapy benefits children to adults of all ages that have respiratory conditions such as allergies, asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis and others. Having your skin exposed to dry salt therapy also improves the skin’s microcirculation, rejuvenates the skin surface and has been [effective] with eczema, psoriasis and acne. Athletes know how … breathing the right way and using your lungs impact performance and endurance. Today, more people are learning the benefits of yoga, meditation and taking time to just breathe. Being in a salt room or salt chamber is relaxing and helps reduce stress and fatigue.</p> <p><strong>BM:</strong> What can’t it do? I’d like to give readers a heads up on claims that might not be true.</p> <p><strong>UP:</strong> It does not cure diseases, and it does not replace medications. Halotherapy is not a magic pill and, while most people experience and feel a difference in a single session, it is most effective with multiple sessions over a two to three week period of time. Some people do frequent sessions at the onset of colds or allergy season, and some people come more frequently and routinely based on their conditions.  </p> <p><strong>BM:</strong> What should readers look for when going to a place that offers halotherapy? Does your organization offer credentials to these places?</p> <p><strong>UP:</strong>  The Salt Therapy Association was created to help establish standards so that businesses are operating with the right type of equipment, the right type of salt and environments that offer effective halotherapy. There are some facilities that have opened in the United States that have unique rooms that resemble underground salt caves with tons of salt on the floors and wall, however, if they do not have a halogenerator device grinding and dispersing the pure dry salt particles in the air, it is not halotherapy. In addition, all of the worldwide halogenerator manufacturers state to use pure sodium chloride, not Dead Sea or Himalayan salt, in their devices. [Dead Sea and Himalayan salt can be used for décor purposes, but not in the halogenerator.]</p> <p><strong>BM:</strong> Why did you start the Salt Therapy Association, and how does it provide support, resources, and create consciousness about dry salt therapy for businesses and consumers?</p> <p><strong>UP:</strong> The Salt Therapy Association was created to provide resources, information, research and standards to support and promote and create awareness about salt therapy for the industry, businesses and consumers.</p> <p>We have developed a range of educational and informational materials. We have created awareness campaigns about dry salt therapy. We have conducted webinars about getting into the business, and we are moving forward with additional clinical studies, specifically with additional research with cystic fibrosis and asthma.</p> <p>After I received my degree in alternative medicine, I had a vision years ago after spending time back in my own country of Estonia, how dry salt therapy was impacting people’s lives. I traveled through the region and Russia seeing halotherapy facilities in hospitals, clinics, day care centers, fitness clubs and even airports. That inspired me to be one of the pioneers in bringing halotherapy to the United States. Over the past couple of years our company, Salt Chamber, has worked with over 100 facilities [getting] into the dry salt therapy business in the U.S. and Canada. We have been laying the groundwork for building a foundation of a whole new industry and modality that is gaining awareness and being embraced for its restorative and preventative benefits. As the leaders in the industry, we reached out to other manufacturers, business owners, researchers, medical professionals and others to work together to form the Salt Therapy Association to collaborate and work together to further the industry, the business and the benefits of dry salt therapy. </p> <p>For more information, visit the <a href="">Salt Therapy Association website</a> or look up the association on <a href="">Facebook</a>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>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>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 18 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyTheater Review: &quot;Glengarry Glen Ross&quot; at the Maltz<p>The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is certainly not hiding the fact that its current show, David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross,” is a provocative one. The first page of the playbill is a full-page warning, as blunt as a surgeon general’s caution on a pack of cigarettes: “This production contains strong profanity throughout.” The same caveat is plastered on signs in the lobby, and ticket-takers often vocalize it to patrons upon ingress. It’s safe to say that if you were one of the sadly sizable number of attendees who abandoned this filthy show at intermission this past weekend, it was on you.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/ggrlg.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Of course, for regular theatergoers, this warning is superfluous. The rapid-fire barrage of four-letter words in Mamet’s plays, and “Glengarry” in particular, is acknowledged as a signature element of Mametspeak. When done right, as the Maltz has accomplished with its marvelous production, the vulgarities spill from the characters’ tongues as naturally as lyrics from the American songbook. For these real-estate salesmen who will stop at nothing to peddle toxic properties to unwitting clients, the “f—ks” and “s—ts” and “c—ksuckers” are like verbal security blankets, the fallback diction when other words fail. Profanity is the aphasia of the overburdened male ego, the symbol of its virility.</p> <p>This sense of the absolute necessity of every naughty word that escapes their mouths in spurts of logorrhea comes across beautifully and, yes, musically, under the J. Barry Lewis’ direction. To curse and defame this eloquently is not as easy as it sounds. I’ve read some Mamet plays, with their interruptions, their unfinished thoughts, their wandering sentences, their brain farts, and their ellipses, dashes and italicizations. It’s all so precise and rigorous that mastering Mametspeak is not unlike tackling Shakespeare, and Lewis’ ensemble is pretty damn flawless across the boards.</p> <p>These include a masterly Rob Donahoe as Shelly Levene, a dinosaur at his Chicago real estate firm who refuses to go gently into that good night. Donahoe is the tragic picture of a wheezing jalopy on its last wheel—fragile, desperate, and virtually broken in his attempts to remain relevant and financially secure. The spontaneity of this performance—its absolute verisimilitude and lack of calculation—is enough to wrest the show’s lead role from Ricky Roma, its usual lead character.</p> <p>Which isn’t to say that Peter Allas, who brings nearly 30 years’ experience on stages and screens big and small, is a slouch as Roma. He’s nearly as extraordinary, portraying Roma as an unctuous sociopath of the most magnetic order, the sort that will mesmerize you with a gaze and a smile while knifing you in the back. John Leonard Thompson, who excelled in Mamet’s “American Buffalo” at Palm Beach Dramaworks in 2010, meets expectations here as Dave Moss, the cynical salesman who secretly organizes an office burglary. With staccato speech and a nonchalant pressure under fire, Thompson sells us on his scheming character’s Machiavellian malevolence, and in his Act Two ouster, he turns a simple and profane exit into the production’s funniest delivery.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/4---glengarry-glen-ross---photo-by-alicia-donelan.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Elsewhere, Cliff Burgess provides one of his most mature performances in one of the least showy parts in “Glengarry”—the chilly office manager Williamson, ruthless and cunning, the perfect capitalist functionary. Rounding out the cast are the uniformly excellent Peter Galman, bringing a “Death of a Salesman” sort of pathos to George Aaronow, Moss’ supposed unwitting accomplice in crime; Dan Leonard, embodying a sense of cuckolded malaise as Lingk, Roma’s latest mark; and Kenneth Kay as the police detective who investigates the staff, post-burglary.</p> <p>When Plantation’s Mosaic Theatre produced “Glengarry” in 2008, I recall a version that was blustery and louder but not as handsome. Here, Lewis’ directing is kinetic and certainly relentless enough that the two hours simply soar by. As is often the case when the Maltz produces plays, small details heighten our experience of these men, their motivations and their surroundings: Donahoe’s nervously shaking leg, Burgess’ detached cleaning of his glasses in a key moment, Thompson’s frustrated tie adjustments, Allas’ timely spray of Binaca and, later, the impatient way he signals Lingk to follow him as if were addressing a dog, all add up to a richness that lives beyond Mamet’s words.</p> <p>As always, the Maltz’s scenic design, by Anne Mundell, is exemplary—both her gaudy Chinese restaurant in Act One and especially her ransacked, shabby office in Act Two, with its sense of curved dimension and its upturned boxes, smeared glass windows and doors, and walls in need of a deep clean.</p> <p>With its procession of implied or dramatized bribery, deception, theft and corruption, enough writers have commented that “Glengarry” appears to be Mamet’s vision of Hell on Earth. From the lurid red tablecloths, floors and blinds of Mundell’s Chinese eatery and the abnormally apocalyptic light that floods into the office windows at the play’s somber close, it’s hard to argue.</p> <p><em>“Glengarry Glen Ross” plays through Sunday, Feb. 22 at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Tickets cost $54-$79. Call 561/575-2223 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>John ThomasonTue, 17 Feb 2015 14:29:00 +0000 & EventsTheatreMorikami Eatery Gets a Redo<p>It takes a lot to match the beauty of the Morikami Museum’s Japanese gardens but after several months and $150K the museum’s <a href="" target="_blank">Cornell Cafe</a> is giving it a go.<br><br><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/morkami.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The mostly open-air cafe tweaked both its design and its menu, adding a trio of bento boxes (vegetarian, chicken and salmon, sushi and sashimi) and several other dishes, as well as giving indoor and outdoor dining areas a sleek new look.</p> <p>Outdoors a larger awning shades speckled tables set with modern black and neon-green chairs, while indoors trendy aluminum chairs sit on gray slate floors with crisscrossing lengths of bamboo accenting pastel-colored, backlit walls.<br><br></p>Bill CitaraTue, 17 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsElections are heating up in Boca and Delray<h3><img alt="" height="399" src="/site_media/uploads/elections1.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>The Boca race is on</h3> <p>With three weeks until the election, mailers are coming fast in the <strong>Boca Raton City Council Seat C race</strong>.</p> <p>Frank Chapman was out first, which came as no surprise. He was in the race three-plus months ago, with money from his wife paying for negative mailers that drove Armand Grossman out of the race.</p> <p>Though Chapman has two challengers—Jeremy Rodgers and Jamie Sauer—his target now is Sauer, who has support from former Boca Raton mayors Susan Whelchel and Steven Abrams. The brochure Chapman passes out when walking neighborhoods is upbeat and never mentions Sauer. Four mailers, though, depict Sauer as the favorite of developers. One calls Sauer a “developer’s puppet.” Sauer is a Realtor, and some of her backers are developers.</p> <p>Still, one feature of Chapman’s mailers is misleading. In seeking to criticize the council’s approval of downtown development projects—and Sauer’s presumed agreement with those approvals—the mailers use a photo of bumper-to-bumper traffic on a 10-lane highway. Boca Raton has no such highway and no such traffic issues.</p> <p>The busiest intersection in the city—indeed, in Palm Beach County—is Glades Road and Northwest 15<sup>th</sup> Ave., far from downtown. The major problem there is traffic to Florida Atlantic University and University Commons, and the intersection should become much easier to navigate when the Interstate 95 interchange at Spanish River Boulevard opens in 2017.</p> <p>So far, Chapman is sticking with his plan to self-finance the campaign. His most recent campaign finance report, for the month of January, lists $102,000 in loans from himself—and no other contributions.</p> <p>Sauer’s first mailer introduced herself rather than attacked Chapman. Again, that was no surprise. Sauer qualified to run on the last day. Though she’s a long-time resident, she needed to get her name out before responding—directly or indirectly —to Chapman’s characterization.</p> <p>For that, Sauer will need money. Her January finance report lists nearly $30,000 in contributions. She can assume that Chapman won’t stop at $102,000.</p> <h3>And the Delray race gets more crowded</h3> <p>Delray Beach was going to have three races in the March 10 election. Then there were two. But there still may be three.</p> <p>The open Seat 3 race has four candidates. Former Mayor Tom Carney is challenging current Mayor Cary Glickstein. Seat 1 incumbent Shelly Petrolia may or may not have an opponent.</p> <p>According to the Supervisor of Elections and the city clerk’s office, Petrolia has won reelection unopposed. Last week, the supervisor’s office ruled that Ryan Boylston did not obtain the required 250 petition signatures from registered voters by the qualifying deadline of noon on Feb. 10. Boylston, however, claims that he never heard from the city clerk’s office or the supervisor’s office in time to make sure that he had provided enough valid signatures. He claims that the information blackout wrongly denied him a chance to make the ballot. A hearing before Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Meanu Sasser could take place as early as today.</p> <p>For the second year in a row, the supervisor’s office and the clerk’s office will be involved in a Delray Beach election dispute. Last year, Chris Davey questioned the number of absentee ballots in certain precincts in his race against Al Jacquet. Davey chose not to file a challenge.</p> <h3>Red-light cameras out                                                   </h3> <p>Boca Raton has made the smart but belated decision to end the city’s red-light camera program.</p> <p>During his report near the end of last week’s city council meeting, City Manager Leif Ahnell said Boca would end the program after yet another anti-camera court ruling. This time, the 4<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach declined to grant Hollywood a rehearing in a case that led the court last October to rule that city’s camera program unconstitutional. The court also declined to certify the case to the Florida Supreme Court. Unless another appellate court upholds a similar red-light program, the ruling is in effect statewide.</p> <p>The problem in Boca Raton and cities with similar programs is that the camera company—American Traffic Solutions, in Boca’s case—issues the citation. Under Florida’s uniform traffic law, the court said, only certified law enforcement officers can issue traffic citations.</p> <p>Despite the cities’ claims that the programs were all about safety, it appeared that they were all about money. The programs sprouted during the recession, when property tax revenue dropped sharply. American Traffic Solutions and other vendors sold cities and counties on the idea that they could shift sworn officers to other duties.</p> <p>But Florida’s new state constitution in 1968 abolished municipal courts and created statewide traffic laws. Cities couldn’t set up red-light camera traps any more than they could set up speed traps. After adverse court rulings on that point, the Legislature in 2010 created statewide rules for red-light programs—and took the largest share of the fine for the state.</p> <p>Mayor Susan Haynie was on the losing side when the Boca Raton council approved the camera program. In an interview, she said her concern had been that even if the cameras cut down on crashes from running red lights, they could increase the number of rear-end crashes from drivers hitting the brakes to avoid a ticket. Indeed, whether the cameras improve safety remains in doubt.</p> <p>All along, Haynie has argued that there’s a better alternative: extend the yellow light and keep the red light for a full second in all directions, to clear the intersection. She would like city staff to analyze data from high-risk intersections and recommend ideas.</p> <p>Haynie said there would be “no fiscal impact” from ending the program because the city didn’t lose money. That may or may not be true. There’s talk of class-action lawsuits on behalf of all drivers who got tickets under programs now judged to have been illegal. Boca Raton could get caught up in that litigation. Delray Beach never started a program. Boynton Beach is one of the few cities that assign a sworn officer to check alleged violations.</p> <p>Cities have many legal ways to make roads safer. Of course, they had them several years ago. Apparently, that sort of safety didn’t come with potential profit.</p> <h3>Ag Reserve talks</h3> <p>A second “roundtable” discussion about the future of Palm Beach County’s <strong>Agricultural Reserve Area</strong> takes place today. It’s the second and final such session before the county commission’s planned workshop on March 24.</p> <p>The first roundtable, last September, brought out many small farmers who want looser rules on residential development in the reserve, most of which is west of Delray Beach and Boynton Beach past State Road 7. In 1999, however, voters approved $100 million in bonds, the money aimed at keeping as much farming in the reserve as possible. Some of those pushing for more development passed on the chance to sell their land earlier.</p> <p>County staff held two “technical sessions” this month, after which the staff produced documents showing the effects of proposed changes. The reserve may seem far from downtown Boca Raton and Delray Beach, but the decision is major. Palm Beach County has lots of subdivisions but only one agricultural reserve.</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><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 17 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: Feb. 17 to 23<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/yesterday.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience”</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $39</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>They don’t wear mop-top wigs, and they don’t speak with faux-British accents, but they’re dressed in snappy suits and they have a Beatles oeuvre deeper than a millionaire’s pockets. Billy McGuigan and his two brothers need to have a versatile body of work because, as the tribute act Yesterday and Today, they rely entirely on audience input to decide their set list for each show. Unique among America’s bottomless well of Fab Four tribute shows, the players collect request forms from audience members before the show and then at intermission—so if you’ve always wanted to hear “Happiness is a Warm Gun” or “Golden Slumbers” next to “Let it Be” and “Help!,” now’s your chance. Attendees are also encouraged to write the reason for their selection, which the musicians may integrate into their pre-song banter. Each show can run up to three hours and employ up to five keyboards and 19 guitars, to ensure the pinpoint accuracy of each song.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/alice-cooper-011.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Alice Cooper</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $34–$54</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When he’s not spewing fake blood all over the stage of some unfortunate concert venue, Alice Cooper is a celebrity golfer. The thought of the bandleader who once boasted that “we drove a stake through the heart of the Love Generation” quietly putting to make par is about as incongruent as Bill Maher hosting an interfaith breakfast. Then again, Cooper is full of contradictions. A heavy metal pioneer whose Grand Guignol stage show weaves guillotines, electric chairs and boa constrictors into his theatrical set, he’s also an erudite intellectual and, yes, born-again Christian who has never really taken his shtick seriously. For evidence of that, look no further than his hilarious cameo in the cult classic “Wayne’s World.” The influential shock rocker, who turns 67 this month, shows no signs of slowing down, with a cover album slated for release this year; recent set lists have showcased his signature take on tunes by The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and, um, Judy Collins.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/leong.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Shooting for the Stars” with Dana Leong Trio</strong></p> <p>Where: Plumosa School of the Arts, 2501 Seacrest Blvd., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35-$75</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Last year, Delray’s Plumosa School of the Arts booked a powerful and inspirational act for its inaugural “Shooting for the Stars” fundraiser: Black Violin, the South Florida-bred duo that has found an eclectic niche by combining hip-hop with classical string music. This year, the school’s foundation has scheduled a figure who similarly throws generic conventions to the wind: Dana Leong, a virtuoso talent who composes his own music on instruments as varied as cello, trombone and synthesizers. Dubbed a “master of all genres,” Leong has also been called a “hi-def Yo-Yo Ma” for his unassailable ability to combine beautiful string-music solos with pulsating rap beats, flirting with jazz and pop in the process. Considering that he’s sold out jazz festivals, been named “Most Stylish New Yorker” by <em>Time Out</em> magazine, and performed with the likes of Kanye West, Bjork and Yoko Ono, Delray Beach is privileged to welcome him for a night that will surely be remembered.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/contra.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Contra-Tiempo: “Full. Still. Hungry.”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday</p> <p>Cost: $40</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The provocative, self-proclaimed Urban Latin Dance Theater collectively known as Contra-Tiempo formed in 2005—and while its name translates in English to “against time,” the group is so cutting-edge that it’s perennially ahead of it. Cesar Alvarez, co-founder of the Los Angeles-based company, composes its soundtracks by mashing together deconstructed salsa, Americana, hip-hop, industrial and found sounds, which in turn inspire choreography that spans the spectrum from salsa, Afro-Cuban and hip-hop to modern and jazz dance. The multicultural result challenges dance’s form and function while addressing issues of politics, health and identity. Contra-Tiempo’s newest work is a perfect example, examining themes related to agriculture and consumption through movements that are tribal, frenetic and acrobatic. A modern-day Carmen Miranda brings her best fruit forward, chairs become airborne props, and the show even integrates pointed commentary from a bullhorn-toting revolutionary.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="261" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/enemieslovestory.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Palm Beach Opera’s “Enemies: A Love Story”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $25-$135</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you ever thought that Isaac Bashevis Singer’s 1966 novel <em>Enemies: A Love Story</em> would make a great opera—with its Holocaust survivor protagonist juggling a wife, an ex-wife and a mistress in 1948 New York—you’re not alone. The story, which was also adapted into a hit 1991 movie, will enjoy its operatic world premiere this weekend, courtesy of Palm Beach Opera, composer Ben Moore and librettist Nahma Sandrow. Darkly comic and lyrically beautiful, this piece flies in the face of the atonality of much of this company’s operatic repertoire. Likewise, any new work is a risk for a company accustomed to producing safe operas from the standard repertory, and Palm Beach Opera should already be commended for taking a chance and fostering what may become a future classic.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/lwstreetpainting.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Lake Worth Street Painting Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Lake and Lucerne avenues in downtown Lake Worth</p> <p>When: Begins at 10 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/585-0003, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Artists turning public streets into their personal canvases isn’t new; it’s a tradition that dates back to 16th-century Italy. Back then, the artists were called <em>Madonnari</em>, and they painted on pavement as a way to make a living when their commissions at city cathedrals were complete. They’d re-create religious murals, and crowds of onlookers would toss them coins for their efforts. Today, the art is usually more secular, and the coins have, hopefully, given way to greenbacks, but the concept is fundamentally the same: Artists create transient masterpieces that remain on view only until the next rain shower. The largest street art festival in the country is in Lake Worth, where thousands gather to watch artists playfully distort perspective, so that avenues turn into gaping pits inhabited by dragons and snakes. Last year, the fest’s 20th anniversary honored cinema blockbusters with an adventure-movie theme; this year’s theme had yet to be announced at press time. Still, expect two days of live music, street performers, strolling minstrels, a festival food court and more than 200 paintings.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/danny-books.jpg" width="350"></p> <p><strong>What: Danny Brooks</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>It’s hard to believe Danny Brooks hails from Canada, because his sound is so Southern American it’s practically Mexican. In fact, Brooks calls himself the Texassippi Soul Man, thanks to his impeccable cauldron of influences from both of those American states. The charismatic, longhaired singer grew up listening to Hank Williams and Taj Mahal, Solomon Burke and the Allman Brothers, and you can hear echoes of these legends in his band’s music, which he performs with a spiritual bombast akin to an old-time preacher. The distinctive gravel in his weathered voice is like the road-battered cherry on top. Brooks is supporting his third album, appropriately titled “Texassippie Soul Man,” with 16 eclectic tracks that span styles from Otis Redding to the Black Keys.</p> <p>MONDAY, FEB. 23</p> <p><img alt="" height="603" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/armstrong.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: “Heart of a Woman” luncheon</strong></p> <p>Where: Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 10:30 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: $135</p> <p>Contact: 561/265-3727, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Say what you want about the artistic merit of reality TV series like “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” but for Real Housewife Taylor Armstrong, her experience on the hit Bravo series potentially saved her life, and certainly altered it for the better. It was during the series, on which she co-starred from 2010 to 2012, that allegations of domestic abuse inflicted by her husband, venture capitalist Russell Armstrong, came to national light. The domestic battery became so pronounced that Taylor required a titanium mesh implant to hold up her damaged right eye. Russell later took his own life, and Taylor documented the painful experience, and her recovery, in the best-selling memoir <em>Hiding From Reality</em>. All of this makes her a compelling keynote speaker at this year’s “Heart of a Woman” luncheon, whose funds benefit Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence, or AVDA, which provides help and/or shelter to more than 8,600 people annually. Enjoy lunch while listening to Armstrong’s courageous story and supporting this essential nonprofit.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="330" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/langlang.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Lang Lang</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35 and up</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This impossibly accomplished pianist from China credits his introduction to music to an episode of “Tom and Jerry” that used as its soundtrack Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. The rest is history—and quite a remarkable one. Lang won a local piano competition at age 5, an International Tchaikovsky Competition at 13, sold out Carnegie Hall at 19 and, later, made <em>Time</em> magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people. He’s since scored music for video games and Golden Globe-winning movies, along with performing for dignitaries from Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II to Vladimir Putin. To have him in Palm Beach County, where he’ll perform compositions by Bach, Tchaikovsky and Chopin, is a true honor.</p>John ThomasonMon, 16 Feb 2015 13:00:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicThe Week AheadUpcoming EventsGet Even Happier in Delray, Palm Beach<p>There are even more reasons to be happy at two of our newish local restaurants. . .</p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/maxsocial.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>At <a href="" target="_blank">Max’s Social House</a> (<em>116 N.E. Sixth Ave., Delray Beach // 561/501-4332</em>), Dennis Max’s latest endeavor in the old Falcon House spot in downtown Delray, they’ve just launched a Monday through Friday “Social Hour” featuring deals on drinks and bar bites.</p> <p>From 4 to 7 p.m. you can get half-off house wine, booze (except specialty cocktails) and PBR (which for everyone as uncool as I am, is Pabst Blue Ribbon dishwater, er. . . beer). Also, $4 bar bites, with such tempting treats as crispy pork rinds with Korean chili and salt, pimento cheese with pickled green tomatoes and crostini, and octopus tiradito with aji amarillo.</p> <p>And if you’re in need of a nightcap, Max’s will give you a 50-percent break on well drinks, house wine and the iconic PBR from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.</p> <p>Late-night sips and noshes have also recently been added to the menu at <a href="" target="_blank">Meat Market</a> (<em>191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach // 561/354-9800</em>), the uber-luxe meatery of chef-partner Sean Brasel that’s taken over the space once home to the Palm Beach Steakhouse.</p> <p>Along with the restaurant’s daily happy hour (from 4 to 7 p.m.), every Thursday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. they’re pouring selected wines by the glass for $7 to $9, craft beers from $3.50 to $4, and a handful of cocktails for $7 to $8. Until 11 p.m. the kitchen is serving up nibbles like Maine lobster roll with truffle aioli and garlic butter ($9), gouda tater tots with garlic aioli ($8), and tuna tartare with avocado smash and mango molé ($14).</p> <p>Don’t you just feel happier already?</p>Bill CitaraMon, 16 Feb 2015 10:21:00 +0000 & ReviewsHealth and Wellness Expos Coming to Delray Beach<p><img alt="" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/delray_health_expo.png" width="490"></p> <p>Take control of your health by attending one - or both! - of the health and wellness festivals coming to town during the next few weeks.</p> <p>On Feb. 22, <strong>Delray Beach Marketplace</strong> will be hosting the second annual <a href="" target="_blank">Mind and Body Expo</a> from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This free event will be held in honor of “Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month.”</p> <p>Holistic Health Coach Sandra Triboli created the event in order to bring the community together and educate people on how they can enhance their wellbeing and enrich their lifestyles through self care, nutrition and physical activity.</p> <p>More than 70 exhibitors will share their knowledge on health issues in the local community. Health and wellness specialists will demonstrate practices and sample products to maintain optimal wellbeing.</p> <p>Over at the Grind Café an expert panel of medical professionals and health educators will deliver wellness advice. Speakers include spiritual master Anna of Grace, the “BodyLove Warrior” Melissa Binkley, and “Palm Beach Medium” Sunnie Brooks, among others.</p> <p>Then on March 7-8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., <a href="" target="_blank">WellFest</a> will be held at the <strong>Delray Center for the Arts</strong>. The goal of this event is to “educate, inform, motivate and inspire people to stay fit, eat well, think positive, reduce stress and take care of themselves and others,” according to its mission statement.</p> <p>Exhibitors are expected to showcase how the mind, body, spirit connection can impact our health.  Speakers include: Serena Dyer, Lee Ann Somers, Deirdre Abrami, Michael Berger, Dr. Jane Groman and more.</p> <p>Live music will be performed by UK sensation Hannah Trigwell, saxophone player Justin Ward and local favorite Jon Greco Band.</p> <p>Tickets for WellFest are $5 per day and can be purchased at the door.</p>Annie PizzutelliMon, 16 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDelray BeachHealth NewsUpcoming EventsMovie Review: &quot;Kingsman: The Secret Service&quot;<p>This may not be true, but it feels like there’s more bloodshed in the two-plus hours of Matthew Vaughn’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” than the four-plus hours of Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” saga. Vaughn’s carnage is cut—and sliced and diced—from a similar cartoonish cloth, taking place in bars, churches and underground bunkers, shot in fast-motion and slo-mo, using weapons both common and unorthodox. Heads explode en masse, bodies are dissected down the middle like apples, a hate-filled preacher gets a spike through his chest.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/povratakk.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Vaughn’s approach will, to put it mildly, turn off some viewers. But to my eyes, the violence is not gratuitous, and Vaughn’s approach is stunningly imaginative in its execution. We know that Colin Firth, as the top agent in a super-secretive international spy agency, is really gyrating comically in front of a green-screen when he decimates a frothing hoard of bloodthirsty hate-church congregants in the movie’s signature CGI brawl, but it’s still choreographed with the forethought and deliberation of a ballet. Vaughn handles violence the way John Woo did in his legendary “pistol operas” of the 1980s.</p> <p>Vaughn justifiably achieved mainstream acclaim for 2010’s “Kick-Ass,” which celebrated and parodied the superhero blockbuster genre. After a couple of “X-Men” movies in which Vaughn had to defer to the limitations of a PG-13 franchise, “Kingsman” will be as pure and satisfying to his fans as “Kick-Ass” was five years ago.</p> <p>Based on the clever 2012 comic book series of the same name, “Kingsman” is a postmodern, self-referential riff on the archetype of the “gentleman spy.” Firth and his uber-secret service dress in fine menswear and use words like “bespoke” and “tet-a-tet” in basic conversation, but to them, James Bond is a childhood curio of saintly restraint. Get them in a room with their antagonists, and bodies will hit the floor.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/mat-vu-kingsman-phien-ban-diep-vien-moi-kich-thich-tri-tuong-tuong-khan-gia-2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>“Kingsman” is, like “Kick-Ass,” foremost a comedy, but it manages to flirt with more dramatic conceits, and we take it seriously when it does. The heart and soul of the film is the classic hero’s journey undertaken by Taron Egerton’s character, “Eggsy” Unwin, a wayward youth with an abusive stepfather who finds, in his rigorous initiation as a Kingsman agent, a path toward redemption and enlightenment. He rises through the ranks just as the world is threatened by another mass extinction, courtesy of a hilariously cast Samuel L. Jackson as a disillusioned Silicon Valley billionaire bent on population reduction.</p> <p>This is where “Kingsman” goes really bonkers—sometimes in directions that are downright chilling, and not terribly far off from the futuristic prognostications of Orwell and Huxley. Dressed in oversized glasses and a baseball cap, and hampered by a lisp, Jackson’s Richmond Valentine proposes that global warming is the symptom of man’s virus on earth. His plot to eradicate the virus involves implanting the proletariat with SIM cards under the auspices of “free Internet and cell coverage for all!” But there’s a more nefarious motivation for the implants, one that involves killing us all while preserving the world’s elite for a reboot of Earth.</p> <p><img alt="" height="164" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/238ef2ef00000578-2852278-not_the_nice_guy_samuel_l_jackson_will_start_the_new_year_with_a-3_1417177785493.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Every now and then, between all the Grand Guignol bloodletting, the genuinely suspenseful action set pieces in air, land and water, and the crude but effective humor, the movie hits on uncomfortable truths: Much of the film’s doom-laden background noise about climate change is fact-based, for instance. And the villainy of Jackson’s character is rooted in fears of the so-called Illuminati, that collusion of politicians, entertainers and industry captains that secretly turns the world’s gears. It’s one of the more convincing tinfoil-hit conspiracies, and it’s given vivid life in “Kingsman.”</p> <p>Certainly, the movie has three or four too many false climaxes, and you’ll feel exhausted by its end. But if Vaughn has done his job, you’ll also feel a bit uneasy about the world you live in—not an easy accomplishment in an ultraviolent popcorn flick.</p> <p><em>"Kingsman: The Secret Service" opens today at most area theaters.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 13 Feb 2015 14:20:44 +0000 & EventsMoviesFashion Forward: Anniversary Celebrations and Fragrance Promotions<p><strong><img alt="" height="505" src="/site_media/uploads/h.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Anniversary Celebration</strong></p> <p>Native Sun, is be celebrating its 20<sup>th</sup> anniversary on tonight from 5:30-9:30 p.m.. Head to Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach to toast to the good years.  Stop in and save on your faves throughout the store all week long.</p> <p>(<em>209 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // 561/276-3242</em>)</p> <p><strong>Spring Sale</strong></p> <p>The Boca Raton location LUCX Boutique in Royal Palm Place is having its sale of the season. All weekend long, you can save up to 70 percent off of the entire store. The sale goes on until Feb. 28.</p> <p>(<em>307 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em>)</p> <p><strong>“All Filled Up” Event</strong></p> <p>On Feb. 21, Thierry Mugler’s bestselling fragrances will be leaving their mark. Nordstrom in the Town Center at Boca Raton will host a refill event. Choose an empty bottle and watch your favorite Alien or Angel come to life. Refills are only $50, a $30 savings from retail price.</p> <p><em>(6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton)</em></p> <p><strong>As we <a href="/blog/2015/02/11/palm-beach-outlets-first-birthday/">posted</a> earlier this week the Palm Beach Outlets will also be celebrating its one-year birthday this Saturday.</strong></p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 13 Feb 2015 12:11:00 +0000 NewsStaff Picks: restaurants not to miss + great art<p><strong>Beachcomber Art</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/sp_beachcomber.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, </em><em></em></p> <p>“Do you love shells? If so, you'll be in heaven when visiting Beachcomber Art on East Atlantic Avenue! Debbie Brookes, owner and artist, meticulously crafts anything you can think of with shells of every kind in unique and interesting ways. Find one-of-a-kind, tasteful gifts and home decor or ask her to make a custom creation for you! A must visit while in Delray. </p> <p>(900 Waterway East, Suite, 13, Delray Beach // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>Offerdahl's Cafe Grill</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="549" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/sp_offerdahls.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Lori Pierino, Art Director</em></p> <p>“Who says fast food can't be good and good for you too! Offerdahl’s is both. Open for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Personally I can't let a week go by without having the kale salad which includes kale, purple cabbage, carrots, green onion, sunflower seeds, quinoa, feta cheese, garbanzo beans, cran-raisins, topped with a yummy honey vinaigrette dressing. Also reasonable priced!”</p> <p>(17940 Military Trail, Boca Raton // 561/995-7355)</p> <p><strong>Marinated Tofu at Farmer’s Table</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="159" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/sp_farmerstable.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Meshi Shoshana, Sales + Events Coordinator</em></p> <p>“Light and healthy. It wasn't too heavy which was perfect. I also got this drink that had ginger beer, bourbon and freshly cut granny smith apples in it. It was so delicious. I will definitely go back because the service was great, and they had a lot of healthy and fresh items on the menu. They also don't cook with any cream or butter, and everything is fresh from local farmers, which I loved!”</p> <p>(1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>BJ's Restaurant &amp; Brewhouse</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/sp_bjs.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Adrienne Mayer, Production Manager</em><em></em></p> <p>“The avocado eggrolls are delicious with a sweet tamarind sauce. The California chicken club sandwich is a BLT on steroids with avocado and perfectly toasted bread. And for root beer aficionados, don't pass up their handcrafted version–on draft and free refills!”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <center><em><a href="/blog/tag/staff-picks" target="_blank">For more staff picks, click here.</a></em></center><center><em><br></em></center>magazineFri, 13 Feb 2015 09:18:00 +0000 Pizza Fires Up in Boca<p>The Chipotle-ization of dining out continues apace with the debut of <a href="" target="_blank">Blaze Pizza</a> (<em>2146 N. Federal Highway, 561/923-9353</em>), a DIY purveyor of “gourmet” pizzas in Boca Raton’s Fifth Avenue Shops.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/blazepizza.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Blaze follows the basic Chipotle model, substituting thin-crusted, 11-inch pizzas for burritos. You get in line, choose from either a roster of “signature” pies or pick out the toppings for your personal pizza, then watch as they get blasted in a 800-degree wood-burning oven in three minutes.</p> <p>Like Chipotle, Blaze touts its upscale ingredients, eco-friendly orientation and hipper-than-McDonald’s ambiance. So there’s ovalini mozzarella, goat cheese and gorgonzola, arugula and artichokes, applewood-smoked bacon and grilled chicken, plus packaging made from recycled and/or sustainable materials. Pizzas can also be had with gluten-free dough and vegan “cheese.”</p> <p>Also like Chipotle, Blaze has big plans. The Boca Blaze is the second SoFla location for the chain, which currently has more than 50 eateries across the country, a number the California-based chain expects to double by the end of this year. Also worth noting are some of its investors, which include LeBron James, Maria Shriver and movie producer John Davis.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraFri, 13 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpping the ante on Mizner Trail, how free should we be, plus more<h3><img alt="" height="194" src="/site_media/uploads/trail-1.jpg" width="259"></h3> <h3>Upping the ante on Mizner Trail</h3> <p>In November, there was news of a proposed settlement of the lawsuit resulting from Palm Beach County’s approval last June of development on the old Mizner Trail Golf Course. I can report that in December there was a second offer.</p> <p>The main plaintiff in the lawsuit, which argues that the county’s approval is illegal, is the Boca Del Mar Improvement Association. It’s the umbrella group for all the homeowner associations in Boca Del Mar, between Camino Real and Southwest 18<sup>th</sup> Street west of Military Trail. Mizner Trail is one of two golf courses in Boca Del Mar, which was developed 40 years ago. The other plaintiffs are a small number of residents.</p> <p>The first offer was $250,000 to the improvement association. The lawyers for Compson Associates—the developer, operating as Mizner Trail Golf Club, Ltd.,—and the association disagreed over whether the offer technically amounted to a settlement, but the developers essentially were offering what they believed were the association’s legal fees to that point. Through its law firm, Sachs Sax Caplan, the association rejected the offer.</p> <p>The second offer was higher and wider. On Dec. 18, attorney F. Martin Perry sent a letter to Sachs Sax Caplan offering the association $500,000 if the lawsuit went away. Not just the association but also the individual plaintiffs would have to agree to drop the lawsuit “with prejudice,” meaning that they never could refile it.</p> <p>Simultaneously, Mizner Trail principal Robert Comparato sent a letter to three homeowners who are plaintiffs—a couple and an individual—offering them $100,000 each to drop the lawsuit and agree to not “further appeal, litigate or otherwise interfere with the development of the former golf course.”</p> <p>The developers set a deadline of Jan. 16. One week before the deadline, attorney Peter Sachs wrote to Perry, rejecting the settlement. Sachs first cautioned Perry about communications going directly to plaintiffs and around the improvement association’s lawyer. Sachs added, “Your client continues to miscomprehend the objectives” of the association. The group and the individual plaintiffs “do not seek monetary relief, as a monetary settlement to those parties does not remedy the adverse impact of the development. . .” In other words, the lawsuit seeks to keep the golf course undeveloped.</p> <p>The fact that the developers raised their offer is interesting. When I spoke with Robert and James Comparato—their current project is Tower One Fifty-Five near Mizner Park— about the first settlement they waxed confident about their chances of prevailing in the lawsuit. Yet they raised their offer by $450,000. That sounds less confident.</p> <p>In fact, the lawsuit is a tough one. The plaintiffs must show that the county broke its rules by approving 253 units on the course. The plaintiffs cite a 2008 Palm Beach County court ruling upholding the county’s denial of an earlier Compson development request. The judge indicated that the property has no development rights, as the plaintiffs contend. Compson says that ruling doesn’t apply because it stemmed from an earlier plan for developing the site. County staff recommended approval of the latest version, after recommending against the previous version.</p> <p>A three-judge panel of the Palm Beach County Circuit Court has yet to rule on the lawsuit.</p> <h3>The helmet debacle and other examples of freedom</h3> <p>Many big national stories make me think of Florida. The latest example is the measles outbreak.</p> <p>Some parents don’t vaccinate their children because they wrongly suspect a link between vaccines and autism. Other parents believe in an “all-natural” life for their families, meaning that they are willing to let their children suffer through an “all-natural” case of the measles, which in extreme cases can kill children.</p> <p>Still others call it a matter of “freedom” to disregard government rules for vaccinating children. Which brings me to Florida.</p> <p>In 2000, the Legislature allowed motorcyclists to ride without helmets. They had to buy a little bit more insurance, but legislators acted because the bikers wanted their “freedom.”</p> <p>And if that “freedom” didn’t affect anyone else, all fine and good. I’m not a biker, but even non-bikers can appreciate that on a pretty day it’s more enjoyable fun to ride helmet-free. The problem is that fewer helmets mean more serious injuries, which mean higher medical costs in a state where auto insurance already is pricey.</p> <p>Also, the bikers who wanted their helmet freedom also wanted the freedom to sue if they were injured. Bikers say crashes usually are the fault of those driving cars.</p> <p>How are things working out? Deaths are up so much that AAA uses Florida’s example to help defeat attempts to ban helmet use in other states. And auto insurance costs keep rising for many Floridians.</p> <p>Similarly, if parents who don’t vaccinate their children want to keep them away from everyone else, they at least are putting only their own kids at risk. Of course, they don’t quarantine their unvaccinated children. They take them out, where they infect others.</p> <p>Doesn’t “freedom” also mean being free from consequences of reckless decisions others make?</p> <h3>And the Bibi matter</h3> <p>One of the many contentious issues in Washington is the address in March to a joint session of Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu without consulting the White House, a move that is without precedent for an invitation to a foreign head of state.</p> <p>In his speech, Netanyahu plans to criticize the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran. The speech is scheduled for two weeks before Israel’s elections, which Netanyahu hopes will allow him to remain in power.</p> <p>Israeli politicians, security officials and commentators, along with some of Israel’s strongest American allies in and out of Congress have urged Netanyahu to cancel. Some House Democrats plan to skip the speech.</p> <p>Democrats Ted Deutch and Lois Frankel represent this area in the House. Both are Jewish. I asked for their comments. Here’s what I got from their press aides:</p> <p>Deutch: “He believes the prime minister is always welcome here, and he will of course attend the speech, but he is also concerned that the way Speaker Boehner went about the invitation suggests political gamesmanship. What is of paramount importance to the congressman is that the U.S.-Israeli relationship never becomes a partisan issue.”</p> <p>Frankel: “I am deeply troubled that this situation is threatening to turn our most critical ally in the region into a political football. The strength of the U.S.-Israeli relationship has always been deeply rooted in bipartisanship, reflecting the American public’s overwhelming support for Israel. We need to keep an eye on the critical issue of peace in the Middle East without the game of one-upmanship.”</p> <p>And will she attend? “I have not yet been invited. With that said, it has been my practice to attend joint sessions of Congress.” </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><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em> </p>Randy SchultzThu, 12 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityMaltz Slates 2015-2016 Season<p>One of the first South Florida companies to unveil their 2015-2016 season, the <a href="" target="_blank">Maltz Jupiter Theatre</a> revealed its choices to the theater press this week at a Fort Lauderdale luncheon. By now, artistic director Andrew Kato has mastered a winning formula that marries traditional audience-pleasers with more eccentric choices: The season always begins with a fusty comedy or mystery that Kato’s team handsomely enlivens, then continues with a familiar family-friendly musical, a more unusual musical, an intimate and hard-hitting play, and finally a venerated musical warhorse.</p> <p><img alt="" height="213" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/231_78d607068cd064420401737e12f83bae_m.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Next season will be no exception to this approach, though on further inspection it feels more challenging and surprising than recent seasons. It opens with <strong>“The Mousetrap”</strong> (Oct. 25-Nov. 8, 2015), the 1952 Agatha Christie mystery, which has survived some less than enthusiastic reviews to become the longest-running play in West End history, with its 25,000<sup>th</sup> performance taking place in 2012. If done right, you’ll never anticipate the twist ending; expect the Maltz to bring the same unflagging attention to lighting, sound and set design that helped elevate recent selections like “The Foreigner” and “Dial M for Murder” into beautifully assembled productions.</p> <p><img alt="" height="213" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/232_e1e1ad60f07c4aa3ccbcb2973e9d7007_m.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Next up will be the South Florida regional theater premiere of <strong>“Billy Elliot”</strong> (Dec. 1-20, 2015), a much-anticipated “get” for the Maltz, which fulfills its categories of a child-centered musical and an out-of-left-field choice. Elton John penned the music and Lee Hall the lyrics and book, which centers on the title character, a motherless child who eschews boxing for ballet, breaking with tradition while coal miners in Northeastern England likewise challenge the status quo by striking in County Durham. This is where Maltz’s choreographic acumen should really shine.</p> <p><img alt="" height="213" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/233_8e5f062e9750688c028aaa3058da9ec4_m.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>It will be followed by <strong>“The Will Rogers Follies”</strong> (Jan. 12-31, 2016), a show I must admit I’d never heard of—which is a good thing: It means Kato is continuing to dig the Broadway archives for shows rarely performed in the region. It dramatizes the life and career of Rogers—the cowboy actor who lassoed every medium from newspapers to stage and screen in the early 20<sup>th</sup> century—against the backdrop of a show he frequently hosted, the Ziegfeld Follies. As far as lavish showmanship goes, it’s hard to imagine the Maltz topping its recent production of “The Wiz,” but of all the productions in its next season, “The Will Rogers Follies” will likely bring the most razzle-dazzle.</p> <p><img alt="" height="213" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/234_e7b279be6a862d254f0e7cc4dde2874e_m.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Its final play of the season will be <strong>“Frost/Nixon”</strong> (Feb. 7-21), which, like its current run of “Glengarry Glen Ross,” is a hard-hitting drama about clashing ambitions and egos, which much of its audience will have seen as a film. But this series of tet-a-tets between Richard Nixon and television host David Frost lives most vibrantly on the stage, and will resonate at a time when American presidents have arguably continued to overstep their authority in the years since Nixon left office in disgrace. The Caldwell Theatre produced the regional premiere of “Frost/Nixon” in 2009, but it’s due for another interpretation.</p> <p><img alt="" height="213" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/235_475699d297afae315ef802312426354e_m.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Finally, and considering the Maltz does sweet, frothy musicals better than just about anybody else in the region, I expect a successful conclusion with <strong>“Kiss Me, Kate”</strong> (March 8-27), an ingenious cocktail of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” and the effervescent wit of Cole Porter. This 1949 Tony Winner for Best Musical was a landmark for Porter, the first show in which his lyrics were firmly tied to the story, and the only of his shows to reach more than 1,000 Broadway performances. It’s the show that gave us “Tom, Dick and Harry,” “Why Can’t You Behave,” “Too Darn Hot” and the reference-filled “Brush Up on Your Shakespeare,” sung by two gangsters. It’s a must-see musical comedy, no matter how well you know it.</p> <p><em>Subscriptions for Maltz’s 2015-2016 season begin at $198. For tickets and information, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or call 561/575-2223.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 11 Feb 2015 15:16:00 +0000 & EventsTheatreUpcoming EventsPalm Beach Outlets’ First Birthday<p>The 14<sup>th</sup> of February doesn’t belong solely to the Hallmark holiday of love. It’s also the day <strong>Palm Beach Outlets</strong> celebrated its grand opening in 2014. To celebrate, the outlets have planned a day of festivities for you.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/pbo.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., expect live music, entertainers, the world’s first ever birthday cake eating contest, plus activities for the kids.</p> <p>All shoppers that purchase $100 or more in total from the shopping plaza are eligible to receive a Palm Beach Outlets tote bag. It can be claimed at the customer service desk in the food court while supplies last. All customers will also receive free Hershey’s kisses.</p> <p>For more information, call <a href="http://561/515-4400">561/515-4400</a> or visit <a href=""></a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 11 Feb 2015 10:00:00 +0000 NewsFree Heart Screening<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Delray Medical Center</strong> is celebrating national heart month (February) by hosting a “Heart Matters Screening,” Thursday, Feb. 26 from 8 to 10 a.m. The free screenings include blood pressure, body mass index and cholesterol.</p> <p>The cholesterol screening includes total cholesterol; triglycerides; high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the good cholesterol; low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the bad cholesterol; very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) cholesterol; and HDL risk ratio. Cholesterol test results will be mailed to participants three to four weeks after the screening. Those who have the cholesterol screening should try to fast after midnight before the test for more accurate results.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/heart.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In case you’re not familiar with VLDL, it isn’t usually reported in routine cholesterol screenings. Among lipoproteins, VLDL contains the highest amount of triglyceride. Higher amounts and large VLDL particles are associated with higher risks of high blood pressure and stroke, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the Mayo Clinic</a>, so this is a number to keep your eye on.</p> <p>To register for the heart screening, call 844/522-7346. Callers will receive a free heart healthy recipe cookbook in the mail, according to a Tenet press release.</p> <p>Delray Medical Center is part of the Tenet Florida region, which includes several hospitals in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Other hospitals also are hosting events in honor of heart month. Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to learn about other South Florida heart happenings.</p> <p>As part of its “28 Days of Heart” campaign, Tenet Florida is posting free heart healthy tips and recipes each day on its <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>.</p> <p>Delray Medical Center is located at 5352 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach. For more information about the 28 Days of Heart campaign, go to: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>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>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 11 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyWine, cheese and chocolate that love you back<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Valentine’s Day is almost here and for many, that can mean wine, cheese and chocolate galore. While you may love them, high-fat foods can leave you with a calorie overload and spiked up cholesterol – and that isn’t very loving to your arteries. If you’re committed to your New Year’s resolutions of staying healthy, then this Valentine’s Day, try different kinds of wine, cheese and chocolate that actually love you back. Yes, it is possible! What makes the difference is the ingredients.</p> <p><strong>WINE</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/324.png" width="400"></strong></p> <p>Research studies have shown that in moderation red wine can actually be good for you, as it has resveratrol that might be good for the heart. However, conventional wine usually has added sulfites and most of the time is made from grapes that are covered in pesticides. Instead, try wine that is organic and sustainable. I just discovered two great brands - Philosophy and Vegan Vine.</p> <p>Full-bodied zinfandel from <strong>Philosophy</strong> has aromas of raspberry, cedar and vanilla and is very smooth and rich. The brand’s philosophy – pun intended – is that great wine comes from organic grapes and it definitely has my vote. I love this philosophy and it is now one of my favorite wines on the market.</p> <p><span><a href=""></a></span></p> <p><strong>Vegan Vine Wine</strong> is another great option. You may be thinking - isn’t all wine vegan? No. Some wines are processed with the use of animal skins. Vegan Vine is committed to making wine that is loving to our environment, animals and our bodies, so nobody gets hurt.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>CHEESE</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="343" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/blackashcheese.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Did you know that milk and dairy can weaken your bones instead of strengthening them? Statistics show that countries with the highest consumption of dairy (USA, Finland and Sweden) have the highest rates of osteoporosis. That’s because dairy products can be very acidic to humans and as a reaction, our bodies can use calcium from our own bones to neutralize this acid. Additionally, dairy products have casein, a compound nature created to keep a baby calf addicted to his mother’s milk. That’s why it can be hard to stop eating cheese.</p> <p>To be loving to your bones and your taste buds, I suggest trying rich, plant-based cheeses. <strong>Miyoko’s Kitchen</strong> just launched a new line of gourmet cheese that you can order online. I tried them all and my absolute favorites are French Style Winter Truffle, Mt. Vesuvius Black Ash, Double Cream Chive and Double Cream Sundried Tomato. I had a pre-Valentine’s Day party with my cheese-loving friends and everyone was blown away by the quality, texture and taste. Simply incredible! These cheeses are free from soy, gluten, dairy and egg, and full of flavor and love.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>CHOCOLATE</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="210" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/chocolove.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Because chocolate comes from cacao and cacao is a bean, is it safe to call it a vegetable? It is in my book. Especially when it comes to organic, dark chocolate that is rich in antioxidants, iron, magnesium and fiber. Yes, chocolate does have fat and it is calorically dense, so I suggest sticking to a small amount and following my tip for eating it. Instead of biting into a piece of chocolate and chewing it, let it slowly melt in your mouth. This process will take longer, as chocolate takes time to dissolve, so you will need just a small amount to get several minutes of indulgence. Trust me, it is much more satisfying to have chocolate this way. <br> If you want an extra bonus with chocolate, check out the ChocoLove Brand. Besides getting rich chocolate with great flavors like Almonds &amp; Sea Salt or Chillies &amp; Cherries, you will also get a love poem inside each wrapper.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Here’s a recipe for a delicious yet healthy Valentine’s Day treat:</p> <p><strong>Stress-Reducing Chocolate Bark</strong></p> <p>2 cups of dark chocolate chips</p> <p>3/4 cup of almond slivers</p> <p>3/4 cup hulled hemp seeds</p> <p>1/2 cup freeze-dried raspberries (save half of that amount for topping)</p> <p>1/3 cup shredded coconut</p> <p>Melt chocolate in a pan on the stove. Remove from stove and mix in almond slivers, hemp seeds and ¼ cup of raspberries. Let cool for 5 minutes.</p> <p>Place a piece of parchment paper on top of a rectangular plate and pour the chocolate mixture on it.</p> <p>Cover with another piece of parchment paper and press with hands to let air out between nuts and dried raspberries. Sprinkle with coconut and remaining raspberries.</p> <p>Place in the fridge until chocolate is solid again. Cut in small pieces and enjoy!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</em></p>Alina Z.Wed, 11 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsRecipes Concert Review: Harry Connick Jr. at Arsht Center<p>This past Saturday night, as I was getting ready to leave my house to drive to Miami, I watched as my wife of 26 years was “just finishing up.” I noticed that everything was perfect. Her clothes, her makeup, her hair—all perfect. I thought to myself, how lucky I am that my wife still goes to all this effort for me. It was at that moment I realized it wasn’t for me: It was for this Harry Connick Jr. guy we were going to see!</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/harry-connick-jr7.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p>When we arrived at the Adrienne Asht Center and entered the lobby of the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, there were many other ladies looking their best, like my wife.  We were early, and we engaged in conversation with a few groups of these ladies. When the conversation pivoted toward Connick, the near mention of his name turned these lovely women into teenage girls swooning over their first crush. They all had the same look and had the same dreamy-eyed chant “Oh Harry, You are my Christian Grey!”</p> <p>I thought to myself, these women are helplessly in love with this man who hasn’t played a note yet or sang a word. I was very jealous. Jealous of his good looks, charisma and the spell he was able to cast over these women with his down-to-earth, down-home, aw-shucks N’ Orleans way about him.</p> <p>As we entered the Knight concert hall, we found it to be an intimate setting with no bad seats. The stage was set very simply: no special effects or large screens, as that would not be Harry’s style. There was a place for the brass section, bass, a percussion section and, front and center, an absolutely gorgeous pearly gray grand piano. As the band played, the setting was more like listening to the hometown band in an upscale nightclub in New Orleans. The acoustics in this theatre were absolutely perfect.</p> <p>He started his show with the classic “Just in Time,” which everyone loved and sang along to, tapping their feet to the beat. I think everyone in the theater was expecting an evening of Connick’s classics but were steered in a different direction. His set list included deep album cuts performed in jazzier arrangements than usual.</p> <p>Besides being an entertainer who’s skilled at engaging the audience with his stories and humor, Connick also gives his all in the music he is playing. It couldn’t be clearer how much he truly loves what he is playing. About five songs in to the set, he told a story of a conversation he and his father had about what songs people want to hear at his shows. His father said that some of the older songs that brought him to fame meant a lot to the audience. With that, Harry went right into “It Had to Be You.”</p> <p>As the show progressed, various band members were featured to liven things up even more. The trumpet player that Connick kept referring to as “the best-looking guy in the band” came out with some great trumpet solos. One of the most entertaining and fun band members was Lucien Barbarin. He came out and not only did a few trombone solos but had one of the best Louis Armstrong impressions I have seen. It really delighted this cool crowd.</p> <p>What a wonderful experience it was seeing a future Hall of Famer. I must admit by the end of the show, just like my wife and all the other women in attendance, I too was in love with Harry!</p> <p><strong><span>Set List</span></strong></p> <p>Just In Time</p> <p>I Concentrate On You</p> <p>You Don’t Know Me</p> <p>Tico Tico <em>(solo piano)</em></p> <p>It Had To Be You</p> <p>Bourbon Street</p> <p>Baby Won’t You Please Come Home</p> <p>Jesus on the Mainline</p> <p>I Got a Woman</p> <p>One Fine Thing</p> <p>City Beneath the Sea</p> <p>How Great Thou Art</p> <p>Come By Me</p> <p>Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans</p> <p>Mardi Gras In New Orleans</p> <p><em>Harry Connick Jr. also performs Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Tickets are currently sold out, but standbys may be available by calling the box office at 561/832-7469.</em></p>magazineTue, 10 Feb 2015 15:51:00 +0000 & EventsMusicServe your beloved a great Valentine&#39;s Day experience<p><img alt="" height="287" src="/site_media/uploads/card00417_fr.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Valentine’s Day is always a head-scratcher—most restaurants are booked, the whole gift thing is dodgy and everyone sends roses. So we are loving this idea, especially if your Valentine is a tennis buff. How about celebrating your love match this weekend with the Delray Beach Open Valentine’s Day Dinner Party, Saturday, Feb. 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Delray Beach Stadium &amp; Tennis Center?</p> <p>Treat yourselves to a full open bar, fine dining, dessert, preferred parking and Stadium Court Box seats for the evening’s ATP Champions Tour matches for $99 per person. So not only do you have the romantic (and obligatory) I-love-you-pass-the-salt dinner, but you get a bird’s eye view of some great tennis afterward. We think that’s a win-win.</p> <p>For reservations please call Danielle Kenney at 561/330-6000, or visit <a href=""></a>.</p>Marie SpeedTue, 10 Feb 2015 08:30:00 +0000 BeachTrash talks, Dana Little leaves &amp; other news of note<h3><span><img alt="" height="279" src="/site_media/uploads/cooper.jpg" width="181"></span></h3> <h3><span>Trash put out, Cooper takes it on </span></h3> <p><span>Delray Beach spent nearly seven hours trash-talking last week. When it was over, several important things had happened.</span></p> <p><span>The headline is that the city commission picked Southern Waste Systems to be Delray’s garbage hauler for the next seven years—at a considerable saving—pending successful negotiation of a contract. Mayor Cary Glickstein and commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia voted for Southern Waste Systems. Adam Frankel voted for Waste Management. Since 2001, Waste Management and a company it bought had been servicing Delray Beach. During those 14 years, the city never had awarded the contract through competitive bidding.</span></p> <p><span> That changed last year. Waste Management had resisted the shift. When Delray Beach went to court—against itself, in essence—to overturn the decision of a previous commission in 2012 to extend the contract another time without bidding, Waste Management challenged the city, and lost badly. A company lobbyist had claimed that Waste Management was giving the city such a good deal that bidding only would result in a higher price.</span></p> <p><span>Instead, residents and business owners will save nearly 10 percent annually with Southern Waste Systems. This would not have happened if the commission had stuck with the decision of an appointed selection committee to rank Waste Management first, despite the price difference.</span></p> <p><span>Dominating the committee, though, were city staff members. They are familiar with Waste Management, so it’s not surprising that they would resist change. Moreover, the company’s service has been good, and Waste Management also has been a good corporate citizen, helping some of Delray Beach’s non-profits.</span></p> <p><span>Indeed, the easy call would have been to stick with Waste Management. But if Waste Management has been good for Delray Beach, the question also arose of whether Delray Beach has been too good for Waste Management. Mayor Cary Glickstein noted during Wednesday’s long discussion that documents from the lawsuit showed that the company’s profit from the Delray Beach contract was the highest of its contracts in Palm Beach County.</span></p> <p><span>Another important thing happened when the commission neared a vote. It was still unclear which way the commission would go. Any disruptions or problems from changing haulers would mean hassles for the city staff, starting with the manager. Don Cooper has been on the job for a month. Any new contractor would take over on June 1. The easy thing for Cooper would have been to recommend keeping Waste Management.</span></p> <p><span>Instead, when asked for his thoughts, Cooper said that when deciding between bidders, his experience has been that if the price difference is less than 5 percent, the change isn’t worth it. In this case, however, the difference was nearly double that amount. Cooper didn’t recommend Southern Waste Systems, but he basically told his bosses that the savings could justify the switch. He also was saying that he and the staff could deal with any problems.</span></p> <p><span>Someone new to being a city manager and new to Delray Beach might have said otherwise. Cooper, though, has been a manager for about 30 years. He went through a change of haulers while running Port St. Lucie. He noted that Southern Waste Systems has a “different business model” than Waste Management, and he questioned some of the company’s “business premises.” He could have ducked the issue. But he didn’t.</span></p> <p><span>All those who finally supported Southern Waste Systems had praised Waste Management’s service – making garbage “magically disappear,” as Glickstein put it. The contract was Waste Management’s to lose, and Waste Management lost it. Asked about past problems with billing, a company official blamed it on “bad data from the city.” Any problems happened “many years ago.” She talked about improvements in the company’s offer from 2012 – improvements that the company proposed only because of the bid process Waste Management opposed.</span></p> <p><span>Thus, another important thing was what the decision represented. “It shows that Delray Beach isn’t just going to do things the way we’ve been doing them,” Petrolia said. In 2012, the city attorney and city manager at the time had told the commission that no bidding was necessary.</span></p> <p><span>On Friday, Glickstein told me, “If you aren’t going to pay attention to price, why have the bidding in the first place?” He hopes that a contract can come before the commission for approval by the first meeting in March, though he acknowledged the difficulty of working out a deal that quickly.</span></p> <p><span>Another issue will be whether Waste Management files a bid protest. One reason Glickstein and Jarjura may have prolonged the discussion—going so deep into technical issues—is that they are lawyers. Even though the commission overruled the selection committee, however, all the bidders got tough questions.</span></p> <p><span>One last observation: Frankel has been the outlier on most big issues for the last year. He was again on the trash contract. That was no surprise. He voted for Waste Management in 2012 and against the challenge of the contract. Frankel called the bid process “so messed up.” Taking a shot at his colleagues, the term-limited Frankel, who leaves office next month said, “I’m so glad to be done.” Judging by the reactions of those colleagues, the feeling is mutual.</span></p> <p><span>The other important thing that happened Wednesday was that Commissioner Al Jacquet didn’t show. By missing the vote on the trash contract, Jacquet in the last three months has been absent for the two biggest decisions the commission has made, the first being the choice of a city manager. Over the last year, since being reelected, Jacquet’s attendance record is by far the worst of any commissioner.</span></p> <p><span>Jacquet is a lawyer, but the mayor and the other commissioners also are working professionals. As one reader of this blog pointed out, more work gets done without Jacquet than with him. Still, by accepting his commission salary he’s taking money under false pretenses.</span></p> <h3><span>Little big loss </span></h3> <p><span>Delray Beach Planning and Zoning Director Dana Little will announce at a city commission workshop on Tuesday that he is resigning at the end of the month. Little came to the city last year from the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, where he had helped Delray Beach revise its downtown building rules. Last Tuesday, the commission gave preliminary approval to those rules. Little told me Saturday that he and wife, who also works at the planning council, have children ages 11 and 9 and that “both of us working 60-hour weeks just wasn’t working for us right now.” If the commission gives final approval to the Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District, Little’s time with Delray Beach will have been very good for the city. </span></p> <h3><span>The Delray race </span></h3> <p><span>Delray Beach will have a third contested race on March 10.</span></p> <p>Former Mayor Tom Carney has filed to challenge Mayor Cary Glickstein. It will be a rematch from 2013, when Glickstein defeated Carney 52 percent to 48 percent.</p> <h3><span>Eeeee-uuuu e-cigarettes</span><span>                               <br></span></h3> <p><span>Boca Raton soon may be as cool to e-cigarettes as Delray Beach.</span></p> <p><span>On today’s city council agenda, at the request of Constance Scott, is a proposed ordinance that would regulate the vapor-producing cigarettes like the ones that produce smoke. Delray Beach just voted to cover e-cigarettes under the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act. Many e-cigarette retailers have set up in Boca. The American Heart Association believes that the vapor exposes people to nicotine and other toxins.</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><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em> </p>Randy SchultzTue, 10 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunity&#39;Dudes&#39; Deliver Girl Scout Cookies<p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/delivery-dudes-logo.jpg" width="250"></p> <p>Our very own Delivery Dudes are trying to earn “Brownie Wings” this year. They've partnered with the Girl Scouts of America to bring cookies right to your front door. But hurry up and order - the service is only available until Feb. 15.</p> <p>The Delray Beach based food-delivery service is bringing Girl Scout cookies to local homes and businesses. Customers can add their cookie order to another food order, or the cookies can be delivered by themselves. Opt for the first option, however, and your delivery fee is waved entirely.</p> <p>One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Girl Scout Troop #20326. Cookies are $4 a box and the “Dude’s Pantry” will be stocked with all the favorites, including Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-di-dos, Savannah Smiles and Trefoils. New cookie addition Rah-Rah Raisons and the gluten-free Toffee-tasic will also be available.</p> <p>Order them now at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Annie PizzutelliMon, 09 Feb 2015 16:36:00 +0000 BeachDelray BeachThe Week Ahead: Feb. 10-16<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="269" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/mediatimsm.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Tim Dorsey</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>Raised in Riviera Beach, the prolific Tampa-based author Tim Dorsey is one of the many spawns of the pioneering Florida crime novelist John D. MacDonald, having penned 20 books with such pulp-a-licious titles as “Hurricane Punch,” “Nuclear Jellyfish” and “Pineapple Grenade.” In addition to the lively writing, Dorsey’s books are distinguished by the ruthlessness of his certifiably insane anti-hero, Serge Storms, who can be just as violent as his enemies when justice needs serving. Dorsey is traveling all around the state in this exhaustive home-turf tour to support his latest Storms tome, “Shark Skin Suite,” in which he assists a young lawyer—who is also his ex-flame—in taking down avaricious banksters.</p> <p>TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/team-shot.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Improvised Shakespeare Company</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $28</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Reduced Shakespeare Company has long held the most recognized position in Bard parody with its endlessly reproduced show “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Condensed.” Now, there’s a new game in town, and the Improvised Shakespeare Company takes a different approach: It makes up a “masterpiece” on the spot, each night, based on a title suggestion from the audience, and performs it with deadpan Shakespearean dialogue and themes. Performed by three men on a bare stage, every show is wildly different, with one recent performance, in Naples, integrating pickle juice and an undead Lionel Richie. This mix of Elizabethan drama and “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” has been hailed as “staggeringly brilliant” by TimeOut Chicago. Chances are, if comedic theater can do well in the home of The Second City, it can translate to anywhere in the country. Thou hast tickled thy funny bones.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/andreabocelli.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Andrea Bocelli</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $219.50-$578.10</p> <p>Contact: 866/502-7529, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In the span of one month in early 2013, Andrea Bocelli performed at the 61st annual National Prayer Breakfast at the White House <em>and</em> Moscow’s Kremlin. This feat, which would have probably been impossible 30 years ago, was just another month for the indefatigable 56-year-old Italian tenor, whose voice is borderless. He sings in six languages in concert and on his albums, which have moved more than 80 million copies worldwide, making him the best-selling artist in the history of classical music. Celine Dion is one such fan, saying in 1998 that “If God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli.” His set lists run upward of 25 songs, from the sacred and operatic canon as well as Broadway and crossover pop hits, and he specializes in love songs—hence tonight’s show, the first of three Hard Rock Live performances (he also plays on the 14<sup>th</sup> and 15<sup>th</sup>) in honor of Valentine’s Day.</p> <p>THURSDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/cosi-b-1-e1422408769721.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Cosi Fan Tutte”</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: $20-$240</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This comic opera by Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte is a 19<sup>th</sup> century example of the timeless theme of the Battle of the Sexes, and has earned comparisons to the play “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.” Considered risqué and even immoral when it premiered in the 1880s, this tale about two men who disguise themselves as each other to seduce their wives and win a bet was well ahead of its time then, and even today the humor produces unsettling insights about human relationships. Florida Grand Opera’s reimagined version, last performed here in 2008, is set in an upscale hotel in modern-day Europe, and will feature brand-new costumes and props. If you’ve not yet supported opera in Broward County, now would be a good time to start: As we reported last month, the company’s future in the county remains in jeopardy.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="201" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/delraybeach_0.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Delray Beach Open</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: Play starts at 9:15 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: Varies by event</p> <p>Contact: 561/330-6000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This tennis tournament may seem improbably sponsored by the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, but it certainly has achieved a scope and a reach beyond the city of Delray Beach. It remains the only combined ATP World Tour and Champions Tour in the country—meaning it’s the only opportunity for tennis fans to see both currently ranked and retired tennis greats at the same venue, for one 10-day stretch. This year’s tournament, which runs through Feb. 22, boasts arguably its strongest lineup yet, with more current Top 20 players than ever before, including John Isner, the Bryan Brothers and Marin Cilic, while the Champions Tour features household names such as Michael Chang and Goran Ivanisevic. There will be special events outside the court every day of the tournament—including a Valentine’s Dinner Party on Feb. 14 and a Delray Chamber Bash on Feb. 18—so check the tourney’s website for the full schedule.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/kirk+whalum+kenneth+whalum+iii+hugh+peanuts+whalum+kirk+whalum.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Jazz and Love” concert</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $75-$97.50</p> <p>Contact: 954/527-6968, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Jazz and love go together like popcorn and movies—especially the kind of cool, contemporary jazz performed by the four performers at this acoustically rich outdoor concert in Mizner Park. Four familiar names in modern jazz will set your heartstrings aflutter on this most romantic of winter nights: four-time Grammy-nominated saxophonist Boney James; 11-time Grammy nominee Kirk Whalum (pictured), whose saxophone solo famously colored Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You;” Pieces of a Dream, the Philadelphia jazz stalwarts who have been recording and touring since 1976; and Shelea Frazier, a powerhouse vocalist who has earned comparisons to Alicia Keys. This is a pricy ticket for a concert of this kind, but it does run for a full five hours, and the event’s organizers promise an audio experience so perfect they’ve trademarked a term for it: Music Immersion.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="356" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/river-north.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: River North Dance Chicago</strong></p> <p>Where: Wold Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $45–$65</p> <p>Contact: 561/237-9000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>River North has become an integral part of Chicago’s thriving dance culture, presenting its boldly theatrical contemporary choreography from Windy City parks to international musical halls. This rare Florida revue of the company’s most cherished works will feature five to six pieces, including “Habaneras,” artistic director Frank Chaves’ tribute to the Cuban composers of his youth; “Eva,” a balletic and breathtakingly moving elegy to the late, great Washington, D.C. songbird Eva Cassidy; and “Renatus,” a mood piece by Nejla Yatkin, an award-winning choreographer who has been called a “magician” by the <em>New York Times</em>. This is the piece most suited for River North’s Valentine’s Day engagement in Boca. As sensual as it is athletic, “Renatus” is technically a solo number for a dancer grappling with feminine duality, but her flowing red gown has the significance and space of a flesh-and-blood partner, achieving a life of its own under a crimson glow.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="383" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/dscn5594a.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “In the Voice of Our Mothers”</strong></p> <p>Where: B’Nai Torah Congregation, 6261 S.W. 18<sup>th</sup> St., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 1 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25 members, $36 nonmembers</p> <p>Contact: 561/392-8566, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Say what you want about the Bible—like politics, pro sports and Silicon Valley, it’s largely a man’s game, with the women receiving short historical and narrative shrift, if any at all. Carol Fox Prescott is out to change that perception with her thoughtful ensemble play “In the Voice of Our Mothers,” which revisits the compelling lives of five Biblical matriarchs: Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Leah and Miriam. Their stories are rendered as first-person accounts and remain faithful to the ancient texts, while suggesting a universality that will resonate with women of today. The play’s origins date back 20 years and, through rehearsals and performances in venues as eclectic as synagogues, universities, churches and prisons, it has evolved across a broad cross-section of audiences. This will be the only Boca Raton show for this production, which is the second in Shari Upbin and GFour Productions’ Theatre Arts Series at B’Nai Torah.</p>John ThomasonMon, 09 Feb 2015 16:20:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsThe Beauty Event at Neiman Marcus<p><img alt="" height="283" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/r2sz_1neiman-marcus-beauty-event-500x437.jpg" width="497"></p> <p>Get gorgeous at Neiman Marcus this season. The retailer will be hosting its Spring Beauty Event from Feb. 18- March 1.</p> <p>With any cosmetics or fragrance purchase of $125 or more, customers will receive an exclusive Eddie Borgo designed tote. The tote will be full of great samples from Yves St. Laurent, Molten Brown, Lancer and more. If you spend $500, you will also qualify for a limited edition wristlet to match the tote. Both gifts come in three colors: blush, sage green and white.</p> <p>Throughout the event Neiman Marcus will be hosting several beauty experts to dish out tips and techniques:</p> <p><strong>Feb. 21:</strong> Ivan Castro, The Global Lead Make Up Artist for Le De Beaute will discuss makeup trends as well as color and application tips.</p> <p><strong>Feb. 26: </strong>Hylon Lea, the Skincare Director for Le Metier de Beaute will help you get beautiful glowing skin. She will outline a skincare regimen and give her tips against aging.</p> <p><strong>Feb. 27:</strong> Dell Ashley, a National Makeup Artist for Yves St. Laurent will debut the latest collection and give the inside scoop on the latest trends and techniques in the beauty industry.</p> <p>Not sure what to stock up on during this big beauty event? Here are a few favorites from Neiman Marcus’s new beauty manager, Maryann Petrides.</p> <p>La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Oil, $300</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/" width="300"></p> <p>La Mer The Body Crème, $250</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/la-mer-body-creme.jpg" width="225"></p> <p>Geogio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $62</p> <p><img alt="" height="460" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/ga_silk.jpg" width="300"></p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 06 Feb 2015 18:26:00 +0000 NewsStaff Picks: model volleyball, red for a great cause + a new restaurant<p><strong>National Wear Red Day</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/elliman.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Tim Schwab, Advertising Director</em></p> <p>“Today, I am participating in the National Wear Red Day in partnership with Douglas Elliman Real Estate in order to support the mission of the American Heart Association to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. My brother passed away 2 years ago at 45 years old from a sudden heart attack and I support the American Heart Association’s efforts. Join in the conversation using <strong>#EllimanGoesRed</strong> and announce it proud to all your friends and followers!” </p> <p><strong>Max's Social House (SoHo)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/maxsoho.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Georgette Evans, Advertising Account Manager</em></p> <p>"This new venture by Dennis Max has a great vibe and although the menu isn't big, what's offered is delicious and worth the trip! We had the chorizo stuffed dates, steaming bowl of buttery garlic mussels and cured meat and cheese tray. Everything was wonderful and their Moscow Mule cocktail in a signature copper mug was perfect!"</p> <p>(116 N.E. Sixth Ave., Delray Beach // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>Model Beach Volleyball</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="312" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/b_b_lb_15_06_nina_c_03721_a.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor </em></p> <p>"While the legends of the Champions Tour are digging their heels into the sand traps at Broken Sound this weekend, the stars of the runway will be kicking their heels off for a day at the beach that may or may not qualify as a sporting event. Not that it really matters when co-ed models from Miami's top agencies—Elite, Wilhemina, MC2, Next, Ford and more—compete at the 6th annual <strong>LeSutra Model Beach Volleyball Tournament</strong>. The event runs all day Saturday and Sunday at Lummus Park in Miami Beach (8th Street and Ocean Drive). In addition, <em>Sports Illustrated</em> cover model Nina Agdal (pictured) will host a special spin class on Saturday at noon. All proceeds benefit the foundation run by DJ Irie."</p> <p>(Lummus Park, Miami Beach // <a href=""></a>)</p> <center><em><a href="/blog/tag/staff-picks" target="_blank">For more staff picks, click here.</a></em></center><center><em><br></em></center>magazineFri, 06 Feb 2015 16:04:00 +0000 Review: &quot;Undo&quot; at Parade Productions<p>Playwright Holly Arsenault created something new with her debut work “Undo”—an ensemble divorce dramedy. In the imagined premise of Arsenault’s play, divorce isn’t a matter of privately signing papers and either grieving a shattered union or celebrating its finality. It becomes a sort of public shaming, a ritual involving not just the troubled couple but everyone who attended the wedding in the first place.</p> <p><img alt="" height="243" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/undo5858.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In Arsenault’s world, those seeking a divorce must literally go through the motions of their wedding again, as an emotional marathon to test their resolve. Family members dress the same, take back their wedding gifts and bring along the same guests (even if they’ve since broken up with them), while the unhappy bride and groom reenact such traditions as the couple’s dance, the sanctifying kiss, and the bouquet toss. The idea is that, through this painstaking process, they’ll know if they really want to go through with the divorce.</p> <p>It’s a farfetched idea, but the theatre is full of unorthodox concepts that, with the right cast and director, can intellectually and emotionally persuade us. In its southeastern premiere from Boca Raton’s Parade Productions, we never quite buy it for the simple reason that, with some notable exceptions, the cast doesn’t gel, and it doesn’t seem to buy it either.</p> <p>At the nominal center of the play are Rachel (Gladys Ramirez) and Joe (Ben Sandomir), the couple untying their knot, for reasons that may or may not have to do with infidelity and/or clandestine medical procedures. To make matters worse, Joe’s father Abe (Michael Gioia) lost his wife two days earlier from a lengthy terminal illness, and his flame from the ‘70s (Candace Caplan) has arrived to reawaken complicated emotions.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/undo5695.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>There’s also Rachel’s teenage sister Naomi (Mariah Telesca) and older sister Hannah (Jennipher Murphy), who has brought her Irish girlfriend Siobhan (Jeanine Gangloff) along, to the discomfort of her traditional Jewish mother Joan (Margot Moreland). Completing the cast are Ari (Todd Bruno), Joe’s promiscuous best man, and Melita (Ann Marie Olson), Ari’s ex-girlfriend, who is present only for the time it takes to undo the wedding.</p> <p>This is a lot of characters—too many for both Arsenault and director Kim St. Leon to fully explore in a two-hour play. In the opening scene, as Hozier’s melancholic fist-pumper “Take Me to Church” sets the tone, Joe and Rachel prepare for the ceremony in separate, elevated rooms, while the outside world bustles with wordless activity below them. It resembles the introductory bustle of a large-scale musical, an energy the show does not sustain.</p> <p>The more it progresses, the more “Undo” becomes a rote procession of static two-character scenes, as the supporting players, fuelled by too much booze, reveal regrets and longings to convenient strangers. The theme of forgiveness, or lack thereof, connects just about everybody, in the triple-underlined, Cliff’s Notes manner of a first play, which, for Arsenault, it is.</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/undo5782.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Making matters less palatable is St. Leon’s wildly uneven ensemble, whose lack of togetherness hampers the flow of the action. On the plus side, there’s Bruno, whose uncouth Ari agreeably channels Charlie Sheen, and whose comic relief always hits the mark; Telesca, a college sophomore who believably inhabits the skin of a 14-year-old girl; Ramirez, who captures the conflicting emotions and abject pain of the ceremony better than anyone else onstage; and Moreland and Olson, two pros who can always be counted on to elevate the work of those around them.</p> <p>And some need that elevation. Murphy and Gangloff couldn’t have less chemistry as a same-sex couple, and the latter struggles so visibly with her character’s Irish accent that we don’t see Siobhan—only the deliberate wheels of the acting process spinning in Gangloff’s head.</p> <p>Elsewhere, there’s a reason Gioia’s Abe seems emotionally disconnected from his wife’s passing, but his performance is more bland than detached, and starves for the complexity required of what becomes a pivotal role. As Joe, Sandomir is fine, but his desperate passion for preserving his marriage doesn’t equal Ramirez’s tortured determination to end it.</p> <p>Even Josh Aune’s clever, 3D set design runs into some staging problems, as the platform outside Joe and Rachel’s dressing rooms becomes muddled, confusing indoor reception halls with outdoor space. Microphone and other sound problems didn’t help things during last night’s show, but the issues here are more endemic. “Undo” is a play that is overlong to begin with, and while this ploddingly directed production has its virtues, it suffers a flaw most fatal: We don’t care about what happens to the characters.</p> <p><em>“Undo” runs through March 1 at the Studio Theatre at Mizner Park, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $35. Call 866/811-4111 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 06 Feb 2015 15:47:10 +0000 & EventsTheatreFashion Forward: Blowout Sales and Beauty Launches<p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/off-fifth.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Saks Fifth Avenue OFF FIFTH</strong></p> <p>Head to the Sawgrass Mills or Palm Beach Outlets for the sale of the season. OFF Fifth is offering an additional 40 percent off of its entire contemporary and handbag departments. The sale is going on now until Feb. 8 only in stores.</p> <p><strong>M.A.C Toledo</strong></p> <p>Love is in the air at M.A.C. Macy’s in Town Center at Boca Raton will debut the makeup brand’s latest collection this weekend. Fashion “it” couple Isabel and Rubin Toledo have come together to create a new color collection featuring waves of green, violet and blue. Call 561/393-4400‎ to try out the look with a complementary makeover.</p> <p><strong>Spicebomb Eau Fraiche Launch</strong></p> <p>The popular Viktor &amp; Rolf Flowerbomb fragrance has finally met it match. Neiman Marcus at Town Center will launch the new men’s Spicebomb scent on Feb. 7. Customers will receive a complimentary deluxe sample at the event.</p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 06 Feb 2015 15:39:00 +0000 NewsQ&amp;A: Bernhard Langer<p><img alt="" height="423" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/langer.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>At an age when many Champions Tour golfers are on the back nine of their careers when it comes to consistently contending, Boca’s <strong>Bernhard Langer</strong> is talking about giving the youngsters on the PGA Tour a run for their money at the 2015 Masters. And for good reason.</p> <p>At 57, Langer is coming off not only the greatest year of his Champions Tour career but a season during which he shot a final-round 69 at Augusta to tie for eighth. Langer set a Champions Tour record in 2014 with $3,074,189 in earnings; his five victories, two of them majors, upped his Champions total to 23 wins since 2007.</p> <p>On the eve of his opening round at this year’s Allianz Championship, Langer spoke with reporters at the Old Course at Broken Sound about last year's accomplishments and this year's goals. (<em>Editor’s note</em>: Langer tees off Friday at 11:10 a.m. in a group that includes 2013 winner Rocco Mediate. Visit <a href=""></a> for tournament info.)</p> <p><strong>On his success in 2014: </strong>“My game was just solid. I drove the ball well, I drove it long, I drove it straight, I hit more greens than anybody's ever hit in the game of golf since we're doing statistics on any tour. … The putting was fairly solid. … There were only a few days when it was weak. All together, I had the lowest scoring average of the year. You add all that up, and it becomes a fantastic year. If you can hit a lot of greens in regulation and still be up there in putting somewhat and have the lowest scoring average, you're going to win tournaments.”</p> <p class="Question"><strong>On his goals for 2015:</strong> “It's a process, but you want to become better. I believe I can still get better. Every tournament I play, there's shots, there's putts, there's chips, there's things I could have done better. … People always say, ‘Oh, the game is so mental.’ It is mental, but let's say you have an 18 handicap, and [we play]. You have no chance to beat me. If you're the best mental 18 in the world, and I'm the worst pro thinker in the world, you still have no chance. I'm going to beat you. So mental is only important when you have similar competitors. Then the guy that's mentally better is going to be the winner, but not if you have no technique.”</p> <p><strong>On playing The Masters in April: </strong>“Playing four rounds is not an issue. I can go eight rounds; it makes no difference. It's a tough course to walk, but that's the least of my worries, to walk the golf course. It's a very long golf course. I hit 3‑wood [last year on holes that] Bubba [Watson] hit 7‑iron. That's the worry. … But I've had a different mind-set the last two years, and it worked great. I'm going to have that same mind-set again, that I want to be in contention. I believe I'm a good enough player to be in contention at the Masters even as old as I am and as long as the golf course is. I'm not there ... just to hopefully make the cut. I'm there to hopefully be in contention and to have a run at the green jacket.”</p>Kevin KaminskiThu, 05 Feb 2015 22:01:00 +0000 EventsThe Town within a Boca School: Introducing Prideville<p>Did you know there is a hustling, bustling town within our fair city where your child can get his driver’s license, become a doctor and run a business? All under the ripe old age of…eleven?</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/dsc08612.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>All photos courtesy of Grandview Preparatory School</em></p> <p>If your child is a student at <a href="">Grandview Preparatory School</a>, chances are he or she is already a resident of this town fondly named <a href="">Prideville.</a> But, what is Prideville exactly? </p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/2014-09-11_10.38.50.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Grandview Prep describes it as a “little town that brings real-world learning” to young students (Ages 3 through Grade 5). This small town in business is actually an experiential learning activity designed to assist students with learning work readiness, entrepreneurship and personal financial literacy. By participating in quarterly Prideville events, students develop a strong understanding of the relationship between what they learn in school and their successful participation in a local economy. </p> <p><img alt="" height="603" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/dsc08652.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>How it works:</strong> Throughout the school year, teachers deliver curriculum to students in Grades 1 - 5, preparing them for roles as citizens and as workers in Prideville. Students apply and interview for jobs (including bankers, doctors, city sanitation workers, reporters, servers and the like) and learn about the roles businesses and government play in a town.</p> <p>On Prideville days, students actually move through a day of business-- with each student taking on a role as a worker and a citizen. They must open a bank account, pay taxes, go to the doctor and buy groceries. How neat is that?</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/dsc08654.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Before touring Prideville, I never thought of children’s education in this way: schools that allow students to practice real-world skills and solve real-world problems will best prepare children for the future.</p> <p>We, as parents, are basically preparing our kids for jobs <span style="">that don’t even exist yet</span>, so it is essential that they are taught to think critically and creatively with an eye toward innovation.</p> <p>Just one more thing to add to your Boca school requirement list! See you around town…</p> <p><em>Disclosure: Grandview Preparatory School is a sponsor of my personal business, </em><em>All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. </em><em></em></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><a href="/blog/tag/boca-mom-talk/" target="_blank">For more from Boca Mom Talk, click here.</a></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em><strong></strong>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of <a href="" target="_blank"></a><strong>, </strong>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for both mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Michelle Olson-RogersThu, 05 Feb 2015 09:24:00 +0000 Depot to head north &amp; other news of note<h3>Office Depot loss</h3> <p><img alt="" height="184" src="/site_media/uploads/staples_logo_2412.gif" width="350"></p> <p>“It’s déjà vu all over again,” Steven Abrams said Wednesday morning. As it turned out, he was premature.</p> <p>Abrams was speaking after confirmation came that No. 1 office-product retailer Staples wants to buy No. 2 office-product retailer Office Depot, based in northwest Boca Raton. He was anticipating another campaign by the city and Palm Beach County to keep the headquarters of the Fortune 500 company here.</p> <p>Wednesday afternoon, though, Staples CEO Ron Sargent said that if federal regulators approve the move, the headquarters would be in Staples’ hometown of Framingham, Mass., a Boston exurb. The company would consider keeping “a presence” in Boca Raton.</p> <p>In 2013, Office Depot merged with then-No. 3 office-product retailer Office Max, which was based in Naperville, Ill., a Chicago exurb. That merger prompted a campaign by Boca Raton and Palm Beach County to land the headquarters of the combined company. The county and the city won, but everyone knew that the move to Boca might not be permanent.</p> <p>Just months after new Office Depot CEO Roland Smith arrived, talk began of a Staples-Office Depot deal. The Office Depot-Office Max merger had been a deal for survival, given the competition from Amazon and discount brick-and-mortar retailers. Staples might have been No. 1, but its profit rose last fall only because the company was closing about 200 stores. Office Depot had announced that it would close 250. Estimates are that Staples would save $1 billion a year in costs from the merger.</p> <p>So now Boca Raton faces a loss of the city’s largest private employer, which will be a blow to the city’s image as a business hub but hardly a fatal one, because the city didn’t do anything wrong. The key factors were beyond the city’s control.</p> <p>Unlike the last time, the city was at a disadvantage because the dynamics are different. Last time, Office Depot was the larger company. This time, Staples is the larger company and the prospective buyer. The default position would be to stay in Framingham. (Footnote: Staples is in Framingham because the company started as a venture of Boston-based Bain Capital, which Mitt Romney once led. In 2012, Romney cited Staples as a success story from his days as a private equity guy.)</p> <p>Staples’ decision, though, undercuts the theory advanced regularly by Gov. Rick Scott that Florida’s tax structure will make out-of-state companies “buy a one-way ticket” to the state. Florida has a lower corporate tax rate than Massachusetts and no personal income tax. Office Depot’s 210,000-square foot Boca complex is newer and carries less debt than Staples’ complex in Massachusetts. And that still wasn’t enough.</p> <p>The area’s courtship of Office Depot goes back more than two decades. Incentives helped persuade the company to move into new headquarters on Congress Avenue in Delray Beach. About 15 years later, the company talked about moving, and incentives kept Office Depot and installed the company in its current location near the intersection of North Military Trail and Clint Moore Road.</p> <p>The latest deal helped retain Office Depot after the Office Max merger. It included $1.5 million from Boca Raton’s business recruitment and retention fund, based on Office Depot keeping 2,010 jobs and adding 548. Mayor Susan Haynie told me Tuesday that the first payment was due on March 31. Each year’s payment was to have been based on numbers from the previous year.</p> <p>Office Depot hasn’t isolated itself. Haynie said Smith had her and City Manager Leif Ahnell to lunch just after he started. Abrams said the company’s general counsel gave him a heads-up about the merger. Realistically, though, the big player has been the Starboard Value investment fund, which has stakes in both companies and pushed Office Depot toward the Office Max merger before pushing Staples and Office Depot toward this one.</p> <p>The Federal Trade Commission must approve the latest merger. Staples and Office Depot tried to combine in 1997, but regulators didn’t go along. Conditions, though, have changed—especially the competition from online retailers. Even if the FTC said no, the future of Office Depot in Boca Raton would be iffy.</p> <p>You feel most for employees of the two companies, especially those who moved from Illinois to Boca and now face either another long move or the loss of a job. Boca will be OK. The city survived the loss of far more jobs when IBM moved, leaving just a “presence.”</p> <p>But Office Depot’s headquarters near North Military Trail and Clint Moore Road soon could be as empty as Office Depot’s old headquarters on Congress Avenue in Delray Beach. Chasing companies with performance-based incentives can be part of a business plan, but the most important part of the plan should be to make Boca Raton and the county a place where businesses start and grow, not just where they move, and maybe stay.</p> <h3>Newer (and smaller) Mizner on the Green</h3> <p>I had been hearing for some time that the developers of <a href="" target="_blank">New Mizner on the Green</a>—the mega-condo project in Boca Raton—were downsizing. This week, there is confirmation of a Newer New Mizner on the Green.</p> <p>A representative of a public relations firm that is working with the developer, Elad Properties, told me Wednesday that the project is “getting smaller.” The original proposal was for four towers that would average slightly more than 300 feet in height. There are as yet no details and no new design, the representative said.</p> <p>Elad submitted its drawings last summer, but the city hasn’t acted because developers envision the project for an area—east of Mizner Boulevard near Royal Palm Place—where the height limit is 100 feet. For the city council to consider the original version, a council member would have to propose a planning amendment. No one has.</p> <p>It had become clear that the first version, which would replace the Mizner on the Green rental complex, wouldn’t happen. Elad will reveal its new plan as a new council takes office. The question is whether the new plan will be different enough to make the council take a new attitude.</p> <h3>Delray’s trash finally put out</h3> <p>After almost seven hours of presentations and discussion Wednesday, the Delray Beach City Commission decided to seek a new trash hauler.</p> <p>The commission voted 3-1 to rank <a href="" target="_blank">Southern Waste Systems</a> first among the five bidders and negotiate a contract. The decision overturned the ranking of an appointed selection committee to put Waste Management first, even though Southern Waste Systems was the low bidder. Mayor Cary Glickstein and Commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia favored Southern Waste Systems. Adam Frankel favored Waste Management. Al Jacquet again was absent for another big decision.</p> <p>I will have much more about this in Tuesday’s post.</p> <h3>Land regs fly</h3> <p>At Tuesday’s meeting, the Delray Beach City Commission approved the proposed Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District. The vote was unanimous.</p> <p>The commission is set to take a second and final vote on Feb. 24. There seems to be reason to think that the proposal wouldn’t pass again, though Commissioner Al Jacquet made a point to say that he was voting yes on first reading, which could mean that he still has questions.</p> <p>Delray being Delray, and development being the issue that it is, there could be some maneuvering over the next three weeks by those whom the changes would directly affect. As Planning and Zoning Director Dana Little said before the vote, though, he was impressed by how little criticism he heard from residents about the proposed new rules – and residents are the ones most affected.</p> <h3>The Palm Beach campaign tab</h3> <p>If everything supposedly is more expensive in Palm Beach, that also applies to local elections.</p> <p>On Tuesday, the town had three scheduled elections. Mayor Gail Coniglio was reelected without opposition. The four candidates in the two contested town council races raised almost a combined $1 million.</p> <p>Michael Scharf topped them all, raising nearly $360,000. He lost to incumbent Michael Pucillo, who raised “just” $155,000. In the other race, challenger Danielle Hickox Moore raised almost $240,000. She beat incumbent Bill Diamond, who raised nearly $200,000.</p> <p>Turnout? Thirty-six hundred voters.</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><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 05 Feb 2015 08:14:00 +0000 WatchCommunityMoving sculptures in Boynton Beach<p>If you can, try and take a nice long walk around the city of Boynton Beach this weekend. You might be surprised at what you see. Like the trapeze artist suspended near a tree at the corner of Northeast First Street and East Ocean Avenue, or the golden two-wheel hoe at Dewey Park, or the giant dragonfly at 213 Ocean Ave.</p> <p><img alt="" height="305" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/10-rein-triefeldt-300x229.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In all, some 16 large-scale sculptures will dot the city Saturday and Sunday, on public streets and at venues such as the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and the City Hall parking lot.</p> <p>Aside from one solar-powered work and one requiring human interaction, all of the pieces will be powered by the wind, and will be featured as a central element of the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, a free biennial celebration of “art in motion” created by the Boynton Beach Arts Commission. The elaborate works, from “singing” fish to sleek abstract creations and vivid, oversized plants arrive courtesy of artists from Singapore and several U.S. states, including Minnesota, Colorado, Virginia and Louisiana.</p> <p><img alt="" height="353" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/jerzy-1024x904.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>With the glorious development of the Boynton Beach Arts District, we’ve known for years that the once culture-starved city to Delray’s north is now one of South Florida’s most innovative hot spots for the visual arts. But with its international cachet, the Kinetic Art show is further elevating the city’s stature globally. And its reach goes beyond these totemic outdoor pieces: Dozens more smaller kinetic artworks will be available for view and purchase this weekend at the City Library and Exhibition Tent, including colorful movable assemblages made from bronze, stainless steel, flex neon, bottle caps, airbrushed PVC tubes, window screening, electric motors and other unusual mediums.</p> <p>Because it’s also an educational symposium, visitors are welcome to attend presentations on kinetic art from participating artists like Jerzy Kedziora (“Whimsical Kinetic Artforms,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday), Behnaz Ferahi (“Interactive Environments,” 2:30 p.m. Saturday) and Paul Daniels (“Future Impact of Kinetic Art,” 3:30 p.m. Sunday). At select hours each day this weekend, the artists will be available for meet-and-greets.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/13-ralfanso-twist-289x300.jpg" width="289"></p> <p>Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention “Kinetic-Connections,” artist Elayna Toby’s community-based kinetic art project, which is featured in the February issue of <em>Boca Raton</em>. The artist contributed countless pieces of her own immense cache of discarded metals and ornamental gewgaws, along with hundreds of upcycled pieces donated by strangers, and hung them on strands on a historic kapok tree just outside the City Library.</p> <p>The first community exhibition of its kind, the “Kinetic-Connections” installation includes a TV projecting “video selfies” from participating community members, discussing why they selected certain items for inclusion in the tree. If you participated, you might just see yourself, and if you didn’t, you’re still welcome to walk through the clinking strands and lose yourself in the atmosphere.</p> <p><em>The International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium runs 9 a.m. through 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday throughout Boynton Beach. Admission is free. For a full event schedule and locations, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 04 Feb 2015 14:17:00 +0000 & EventsUpcoming EventsFree Fitness Classes<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Now here’s something the fitness-minded and fitness-curious might not want to miss. <a href="" target="_blank">Synergy Fitness Boca</a> is hosting the <strong>Synergy Health, Wellness and Fitness Fair</strong> on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 8 to 11 a.m. Head out to Synergy (<em>221 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton</em>) during the fair to jump in on free classes for the body and soul, learn about the latest in sports training and nutrition, and more.</p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/img_0030.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>A few of the events going on that morning include a free 60-minute Synergy exercise, 30-minute stretch relief and 30-minute stress relief with a licensed hypnotherapist. It’s also a kid-friendly event, with a kids’ boot camp available for the young ones. There will be free food samples from the Naked Gourmet.</p> <p>Want to learn more about running or cycling? The experts from the Runner’s Edge Boca Raton, will be on hand for an introduction to running, and Phil’s Cycle Ward (10 N.E. First Ave., Boca Raton) is also in on the fun. Owner Philip Scandariato tells the <em>Fit Life</em> that he’s setting up a few bikes on his new Wahoo KICKR power trainers, indoor trainers that mimic outdoor riding.</p> <p>“It’s as real as being on the road,” Scandariato says. “You can simulate drafting in the peloton, you can simulate cobblestones, sand and gravel. There are about 500 different courses.”</p> <p>The bikes (with flat pedals, so you don’t need special shoes) will be available for people to try for free during the Synergy fair. While you’re there, Scandariato says he’ll be serving free espresso shots.</p> <p>For more about the Synergy Health, Wellness and Fitness Fair, call Synergy Fitness Boca at 561/289-3383 or email <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>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>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 04 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000;s Day Gift Guide<center> <p><img alt="" height="145" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/header.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="255" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/vdayher_one.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>||  Heart-Embossed Chain Wallet, $295, <a href=";dwvar_51149460_color=603">Tory Burch</a> || </p> <p><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/vdayher_two.jpg" width="487"></p> <p>||  Godiva Sweet Surrender Truffle Box, $30, The Gardens Mall ||</p> <p><img alt="" height="257" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/vdayher_three.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>|| Two Hearts Gift Package, $39, <a href=",en_US,pd.html?start=2">Lush Cosmetics</a> ||</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/vdayher_four.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>|| Marc Jacobs Sheer Lip Gel, $30, <a href=";icid2=homepage_editorspicks_012915_carousel_P392351_link">Sephora</a> ||</p> <p><img alt="" height="492" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/vdayher_five.jpg" width="466"></p> <p>|| Miss Dior Eau de Toilette, $110, <a href="" target="_blank">Dior</a> || </p> <p><img alt="" height="136" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/header_him.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="251" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/vdayhim_one.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>|| Ivory Silvertip Shaving Brush, $195, <a href=",default,pd.html?start=2&amp;cgid=shaving-brushes-silvertip&amp;prefn1=shavingBrushGrade&amp;prefv1=Silvertip%7cSilvertip%20Badger%7cSilvertip%20Badger%20Hair&amp;navid=search">The Art of Shaving</a> ||</p> <p><img alt="" height="255" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/vdayhim_two.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>|| Rep Bow Tie, $55, <a href=",default,pd.html?dwvar_A403_Color=NVGN&amp;contentpos=11&amp;cmp=AFC_CJ_Skimlinks_**REDIRECT+LINK**&amp;utm_medium=affiliates&amp;utm_source=cj&amp;utm_campaign=3640647&amp;cvosrc=affiliate.cj.3640647">Brooks Brothers</a> ||</p> <p><img alt="" height="355" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/vdayhim_three.jpg" width="479"></p> <p>|| Fitbit Surge, $249, <a href="">Fitbit</a> ||</p> <p><img alt="" height="236" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/vdayhim_four.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>|| Burberry Cuff Links, $195, <a href=";contextualcategoryid=0&amp;fashionColor=&amp;resultback=584">Nordstrom</a> ||</p> <p><img alt="" height="406" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/vdayhim_five.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>|| Studio Wireless Headphones, $279, <a href="">Beats by Dr. Dre</a> ||</p> <p> </p> </center>Stefanie CaintoTue, 03 Feb 2015 13:51:00 +0000 NewsWhere to Treat Your Sweet(ie) on Valentine&#39;s Day, the Sequel<p>And even more Valentine’s Day restaurants. . . </p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/valentines-day.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Pinon Grill</a> (<em>6000 Glades Road, 561/391-7770</em>) at the sprawling Town Center at Boca Raton has a few specials for your V-Day dining pleasure. (For the calendar-impaired, that’s Saturday, Feb. 14.) Among the offerings are bouillabaisse with mussels, clams, shrimp and scallops in saffron broth; wood-grilled brie-crusted filet mignon on a bed of wild mushrooms; and traditional tiramisu. You can order off the regular menu too.</p> <p>Passionate carnivores will want to head over the <a href="" target="_blank">Abe &amp; Louie’s</a> (<em>2200 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561/447-0024</em>), where $115 per person will get V-Day lovers a three-course meal. First up is king crab bisque. Then comes filet mignon with twin Florida lobster tails with potato gratin and roasted tomato demi, followed by a dessert of Belgian chocolate brownie with cinnamon ice cream.</p> <p>In Palm Beach Gardens, <a href="" target="_blank">Cantina Laredo</a> (<em>4635 PGA Blvd., 561/622-1223</em>) is featuring a special cocktail—the Aphrodite Margarita—and a three-course meal that’s available from Thursday, Feb. 12 through Saturday, Feb. 14. For $35 per person you’ll get a choice of either mango salad or vegetable soup to start, sauteed shrimp with mango mole sauce or chicken breast with chipotle rancho sauce for an entree, and strawberries with vanilla ice cream and cinnamon chips or churros with Grand Marnier cajeta dipping sauce for dessert.</p> <p>At <a href="" target="_blank">Casa D’Angelo</a> (<em>171 E. Palmetto Park Rd., 561/996-1234</em>), Angelo Elia’s excellent Boca Raton ristorante will be serving several V-Day specials, among them risotto with porcini mushrooms and white truffle oil and a 12-ounce bistecca alla Fiorentina.</p> <p>And if you don’t feel like getting fancy or maxxing out your credit card, put on your flips and a clean t-shirt and wander into <a href="" target="_blank">Grease Burger Bar</a> (<em>213 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/651-1075</em>). You don’t need reservations, just an appetite and teeth. Order your sweetie one of their ginormous burgers off the regular menu or chomp down on a special brie-stuffed burger on a bed of arugula, red onion, prosciutto and fig jam. Wash it down with something off their lengthy list of craft beers, boutique whiskeys and artisan cocktails.</p> <p><em>And on a personal note, I’m off to the Sonoma Wine Country for the wedding of one of my best friends (and a little wine tasting on the side). Blogging will resume next week when I return. . .</em></p> <p>Did you miss the original Valentine's Day dining blog? <a href="/blog/2015/02/02/where-to-treat-your-sweetie-on-valentines-day" target="_blank">Click here</a> for more sweet dining options.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 03 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsBig issues on Delray&#39;s docket this week<h3><img alt="" height="130" src="/site_media/uploads/downtown-delray-beach-posh-properties.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>Big votes in Delray</h3> <p>The members of the Delray Beach City Commission will earn their salaries this week.</p> <p>The commission will deal with two major issues, both of which will affect the city long after they depart. That goes not just for Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet—whom term limits will force them out this March and in March 2017, respectively—but for Cary Glickstein, Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia—all of whom could be serving for at least another five years.</p> <p>Let’s look at the issues in the order the commission will take them up. In terms of importance, the first probably matters more, but not by much.</p> <h4>Land regs</h4> <p>At its regular meeting Tuesday, the commission considers the latest and perhaps final version of new Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District. In plain language, those are rules for what downtown Delray Beach will look like.</p> <p>This needed update has been 15 months in the making. It is the product of many meetings among residents, developers —who sometimes are one and the same—business owners, city staff and the city’s consultants at the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council. It is on the agenda with changes in response to commissioners’ questions and priorities. When I asked Planning and Zoning Director Dana Little if he thought the regulations were in the “home stretch”—sorry for using a horse racing metaphor after the Super Bowl—he answered, “I do.”</p> <p>As in Boca Raton, development is the most emotional issue in Delray Beach. For all the criticism of downtown building in Boca, though, Delray residents may be even fiercer in their desire to protect their “village by the sea” as development has made that village a place that draws people from far beyond Delray’s borders.</p> <p>One priority was to keep downtown Delray walkable and attractive, even with all the restaurants. The proposed regulations address that priority down to the smallest details. Example: Sidewalk cafes would have to be at least 5 feet from the road, not just 2.5 feet, and the owners would have to provide at least a 6-foot pedestrian path.</p> <p>One headline for most residents will be new limits on height for buildings along East Atlantic Avenue. The regulations would create the “Atlantic Avenue Limited Height Area”— 125 feet to the north and south on Atlantic from Swinton Avenue to the Intracoastal—where buildings would be limited to 38 feet and to three stories. Elsewhere, the limits would be 54 feet and four stories.</p> <p>Little believes that most people will focus on height and density. But those cover only a few of the 64 pages in the proposed regulations. “Some good things,” Little says, "won’t make headlines.” He says the changes would make things easier for smaller property owners and developers who weren’t building restaurants while maintaining “the historic nature” of downtown.</p> <p>A major change is the near-elimination of the bonus program allowing extra height and density if developers meet certain conditions. By approving the proposal, the commission then could create bonus programs designed to achieve certain goals in certain areas, such as additional office space. “That is not unreasonable,” Little says.</p> <p>The changes are contained in three proposed ordinances. Two would repeal the current regulations and replace them with the new rules, and make all the regulations consistent. Another would make the area along the Florida East Coast Railway track a fourth downtown “subdistrict” rather than a separate area. The proposal needs at least three votes tonight. There would be a second vote in two weeks.</p> <p>Commissioner Shelly Petrolia is pleased with what she has seen. “They did what we asked,” she said Monday. Regarding the limits on and near Atlantic Avenue, “Someone may challenge it,” Petrolia said, “but it would be worth the challenge.”</p> <p>Mayor Cary Glickstein said the changes would “provide clarity to everybody,” meaning residents and developers. A better bonus plan would “give a better understanding of what the public can expect in return” for more height and density. One area to target, he said, would be Federal Highway after the makeover is done.</p> <p>Little says, “It is a testament to Delray Beach that every foot matters.” The proposal, he adds, is not formulaic. “It is tailored to this time and place.” Fifteen months of patient effort seem to have paid off.</p> <h4>Trash-hauling</h4> <p> On Wednesday at 9 a.m.—probably after little sleep—the commission will convene in a special meeting to rank competitors for Delray’s trash-hauling contract.</p> <p>Two weeks ago, the commission had been asked to approve the ranking of an appointed selection committee. Then came the release to commissioners of emails that might have revealed a violation of the bidding rules. Because of that and other questions, the commission voted to issue its own ranking.</p> <p>City Attorney Noel Pfeffer and City Manager Don Cooper investigated the emails. Last week, they concluded that there had been no intentional violations but that there were “potential incidental violations regarding an email inadvertently sent to a City employee and a mass mailer addressed to a City Commissioner from one of the proposers.” Translation: No harm, no foul.</p> <p>The conclusion was not surprising. The most plausible theory is that a Waste Management employee thought that she was emailing the company’s lobbyist, whose email address is very close to the address of a city employee who was not involved in the trash contract.</p> <p>Still, there are some humorous details in the rambling, sometimes redacted emails. Example:</p> <p>In December, with the bid process underway, Waste Management sponsored a float in Delray Beach’s holiday parade. A Parks and Recreation employee advised sponsors that no one could throw candy from the floats. “Can we hand out candy with drivers beside the float?” asked a Waste Management employee. Yes, handing out candy would be OK.</p> <p>The interesting aspect is that the emails revealed Waste Management’s dealings with Mary and Kevin McCarty, once a Delray Beach/Palm Beach County power couple, and some of their political allies. The McCartys went to prison on corruption charges from when Mary McCarty served on the county commission. Mayor Cary Glickstein called the email “somewhere between inadvertent and stupid” that has “no material impact” on the commission’s decision.</p> <p>The impact, though, may be on Delray Beach’s image and how the city appears to do business. Glickstein referred to the “cast of characters orbiting” the contract decision, “working on the assumption that something extraneous is going to matter,” as opposed to the quality of the company’s bid. “It’s insulting.”</p> <p>Commissioners will hear 15-minute presentations from each of the five companies, after which there will be 30 minutes for questions. The hope is that there will be few questions lingering after the city awards the contract, which is the city’s largest and could run for 12 years.</p> <h4>New face in the race</h4> <p>Delray Beach has a second city commission election on March 10. Ryan Boylston filed last Friday to run against Shelly Petrolia in Seat 5. According to the company’s website, Boylston is owner and CEO of Woo Creative, a Delray Beach marketing consultant.</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><em><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 Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. 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.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 03 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: Feb. 3 to 9<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="224" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/angela-bassett-malcolm-x-378x224.jpg" width="378"></p> <p><strong>What: “Malcolm X”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Kravis’ annual African-American Film Festival has run some fairly offbeat offerings in its decade-long existence, but this year, to celebrate its 10<sup>th </sup>anniversary, the series will focus on masterpieces, with three award-winning classics playing on Wednesdays during Black History Month. The series includes “Lady Sings the Blues,” “The Color Purple” and, to kick things off, Spike Lee’s 1992 masterpiece “Malcolm X,” a fast-moving 202-minute journey into the complicated activist’s life, philosophies, tragedies and triumphs. It’s the sort of monumental production that transcends cinema and becomes a cultural touchstone, and it’s hard to believe it was so Oscar-snubbed back in 1993. A masterpiece indeed, with cameos by none other than Al Sharpton and Nelson Mandela.</p> <p><img alt="" height="398" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/ltj-rbf.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish</strong></p> <p>Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $24.50 advance, $26 day of show</p> <p>Contact: 954/449-1025, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s not the first time these two venerated ska-punk totems have toured together, nor will it probably be the last. Emerging from the early ‘90s detritus of alt-rock’s commercial breakthrough, Gainesville’s Less Than Jake brought wry snark and sunny hooks to punk rock’s rougher edges, while California’s Reel Big Fish found much humor and commentary in the banality and minutiae of life and relationships. It’s hard to argue that both of these bands’ most inspired days are behind them—they peaked around 1998—but they’ve weathered changing music trends well into the 21<sup>st</sup> century, and have stayed true to their sonic visions. Reel Big Fish recently released a cheeky Christmas EP, while Less Than Jake are touring in support of 2013’s “See the Light.” Authority Zero, an Arizona ska-punk band that usually headlines its own shows, will open this one.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="382" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/main-altonbrown_don-chambers.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Alton Brown</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20-$125</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In another life, Alton Brown was an accomplished cinematographer, shooting several music videos including R.E.M.’s “The One I Love.” But in the late ‘90s, the gastronomic arts beckoned, and Brown has been a culinary innovator ever since, thriving in the nexus of food and entertainment. He created the Food Network television show “Good Eats” and has played major roles on “Iron Chef America,” “Cutthroat Kitchen” and other shows that treat food preparation as blood sport. His live shows, however, are a rarer bird—more comedy than competition. This madcap tour, the first of his career, is an uncategorizable mix of stand-up comedy, multimedia lecture, live music (the songs are about food, natch) and some “extreme” food preparation. The family-friendly show will also feature some flatulent puppets because, as Alton has said, “I am, when it comes down to it, a 4-year-old at heart.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/abracadabra.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of new exhibitions</strong></p> <p>Where: Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood</p> <p>When: 6 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 954/921-3274, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s that magical season for Hollywood’s Art and Culture Center—time once again for the museum’s annual “Abracadabra” exhibition and fundraiser, in which more than 100 hand-selected artists created new works of art specifically for the show, each of which will eventually grace the collection of a raffle ticket-buyer at a drawing at the exhibition’s March 13 send-off. For now, though, just enjoy the wide swath of artistic talent on display, with ambitious works in most media imaginable, including site-specific installations. Local rockers Chicken Liquor will perform at Friday’s opening reception, which also provides attendees a first peek at the Center’s other new shows: “Kubiat Nnamdie: Looking Glass,” “Ernesto Kunde: Intertwined” and “Tom Virgin: Open Book.”</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="280" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/artfesttitle2.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Outdoor Juried Art Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Mizner Park will bustle with more than 230 covered pop-up galleries this weekend for the 29<sup>th</sup> installment of its beloved Juried Art Festival. As always, the event promises artwork geared toward all tastes and budgets, but always of a quality that meets the standards of this year’s jurors: Walter O’Neill, director of the Boca Raton Museum Art School; photographer Allan Pierce; and plein art artist Ralph Papa. Visitors can absorb countless works in painting, sculpture, jewelry, fiber art, photography, ceramics, pottery, wood art, mixed media, graphic design, craftwork and more, with the Best in Show artist earning a $3,000 prize. Attendees who donate a minimum of $5 to the Art School’s Scholarship Fund will receive free Boca Raton Museum of Art admission for that day.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/rebelutio.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Delray Beach Garlic Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $10-$20 per day</p> <p>Contact: 561/279-0907, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Reggae-rockers Rebelution (pictured) are accustomed to playing festivals, bringing smooth grooves and positive vibes to the stages of Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, among the 120 or so dates the band plays each year. Now, the Southern California road warriors can add the stinkiest of all Florida festivals to their growing schedule: The Delray Beach Garlic Festival. The quintet will headline Friday night at the Garlic Fest, with reggae funk-rockers Bushwood opening for it. On Saturday, garlic lovers should stick around for headliner Trombone Shorty, the prolific 28-year-old phenom from New Orleans, whose mastery of the wind brass instrument encompasses jazz, funk and rap. But, of course, the food is always center stage, from the signature flaming shrimp scampi to garlic crab cakes and garlic Argentine BBQ. And at the Garlic Chef competition, local toques will dish their best inventions involving the aromatic clove in their efforts to unseat Dada’s Bruce Feingold, the reigning 2013 and 2014 champion.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="277" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/chocolate.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Science of Chocolate”</strong></p> <p>Where: South Florida Science Center and Aquarium</p> <p>When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Included with paid museum admission ($12.95-$16.95)</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-1988, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The South Florida Science Center has expanded its food- and drink-related programming since its rebranding a couple of years ago, but one foodie event that has long been a staple of its schedule is “Science of Chocolate,” which celebrates its 10<sup>th</sup> delectable anniversary this year. As the event’s title suggests, the Center will delve deeply into the chemistry of cocoa, exploring how and why it has become such a timeless treat—even pointing out its health benefits. Holdovers from previous years’ “Science of Chocolate” include a liquid nitrogen experiment, painting with M&amp;Ms, cocoa lip balm production and face painting. There is also a new tasting element this year that elucidates the relationship between solvents and solutes as chocolate melts in visitors’ mouths. Need we add there will also be a chocolate fountain?</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="348" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/glengarry.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Glengarry Glen Ross”</strong></p> <p>Where: Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $54–$79</p> <p>Contact: 561/575-2223, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When announcing his 2014-2015 theater season, Andrew Kato, artistic director at the Maltz, said that “Glengarry Glen Ross” is the selection that pushes his audience the most. One of David Mamet’s most-produced plays is a claustrophobic, foul-mouthed, pessimistic vision of Hell on Earth as it relates to four Chicago real estate agents peddling toxic properties to duped buyers. Profanity has rarely felt as artful—as poetic, even—as in this play’s hotheaded exploration of unfettered machismo and cutthroat Darwinism. Characters include the magnetically sociopathic Ricky Roma, the tragically washed-up Shelley Levene, the antagonistic office manager John Williamson and the meek, manipulable James Lingk. Whether you’ve seen the riveting 1993 film version or any of the acclaimed Broadway revivals, “Glengarry” is a theatrical experience worth revisiting. Actor Peter Allas, who has amassed nearly 30 years of film and TV credits, will lead an otherwise all-South Florida cast, including Carbonell Award winners Dennis Creaghan and Todd Allen Durkin. The show runs through Feb. 22.</p>John ThomasonMon, 02 Feb 2015 16:36:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsWhere to Treat Your Sweet(ie) on Valentine&#39;s Day<p>“A jug of wine, a loaf of bread and. . . reservations.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/valentines-day.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Okay, so maybe that’s not the exact quote from <em>The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. </em>But if you want to treat your thou to a jug of wine, a loaf of bread and a really good dinner for Valentine’s Day (which, btw, is Saturday, Feb. 14)—and you’re not up to doing the work yourself—these fine establishments will be more than happy to do the heavy lifting for you.</p> <p>So maybe the phrase should read more like, “A jug of wine, a loaf of bread. . . and a 20-percent tip.” After all, it <em>is</em> Valentine’s Day.</p> <p>Check out one of Boca’s newest restaurants and chow down on a four-course, $80-per-couple dinner at Gary Rack’s <a href="" target="_blank">Farmhouse Kitchen</a> (<em>399 S.E. Mizner Blvd., 561/826-2625</em>). The farm-to-table, good-and-good-for-you eatery will offer a choice of apps (buffalo-style cauliflower, tuna sliders and bison lettuce cups), soup or salad, entrees (cider-glazed salmon, braised beef short rib and spaghetti squash casserole) and a dark chocolate dessert. Oh, and the price includes a bottle of wine. (And the regular menu will also be available.)</p> <p>At the <em>tres elegant</em> <a href="" target="_blank">Cafe Boulud</a> (<em>301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060</em>), they’ll be dishing up a three-course meal for $115 per person featuring two of the world’s most romantic ingredients—truffles and caviar. Think Parmesan risotto with shaved Perigord truffles and golden tilefish with citrus beurre blanc and caviar. There’s also a crab salad, duo of beef and multiple variations on a chocolate theme.</p> <p>Mizner Park’s <a href="" target="_blank">Tanzy</a> (<em>301 Plaza Real, 561/922-6699</em>) will feature a special four-course, $69-prix fixe menu to complement the regular menu. It kicks off with a Parma tasting caprese, then moves on to Maine lobster ravioli, pan-seared Angus filet mignon and finishes with a dark chocolate tart with candied hazelnuts, praline crunch and blood orange gastrique. An assortment of petit fours too.</p> <p>One of the better deals around is at the various local <a href="" target="_blank">Bonefish Grill</a>s (Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and Wellington). A $29.90 prix fixe dinner serves up three courses, starting with either the house of Caesar salad, then either a surf ‘n’ turf combo of filet mignon and lobster or sea bass stuffed with shellfish and napped with lemon-caper butter sauce, and finally chocolate creme brulee kissed (heh, heh) with Grand Marnier.</p> <p>Julien Gremaud’s <a href="" target="_blank">Avocado Grill</a> (<em>125 Datura St., West Palm Beach, 561/623-0822</em>) will be offering its regular menu for brunch and dinner on V-Day, then at 9 p.m., will have a special seating, dishing up a four-course dinner for $85 per person. You’ll begin with goat cheese crostini with roasted tomato vinaigrette, then dig into pan-seared Chilean sea bass with roasted mushroom-quinoa cake, petit filet with madeira sauce and warm molten chocolate cake with strawberries and cream.</p> <p><em>For even more options, check out our <a href="/blog/2015/02/03/where-to-treat-your-sweetie-on-valentines-day-the-sequel" target="_blank">Valentine's Day dining guide sequel</a>.</em></p>Bill CitaraMon, 02 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsValentine’s Day Giveaway with the Gardens Mall<p>This year, we launched our #BocaMagGives campaign – a way to thank our readers for their support through a monthly giveaway! We’re doing things differently in February. Instead of announcing the winner on the 31st, we're awarding the gifts on the 14<sup>th</sup> of February as Valentine’s Day present to the people that matter to us the most.</p> <p><img alt="" height="553" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/februarygiveaway.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>We teamed up with <a href="" target="_blank">The Gardens Mall</a> (<em>3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens // 561/622-2115</em>) for a giveaway so BIG, you can't possibly miss it. Here are the fabulous items up for grabs this month:</p> <p>Michael Kors: Women's Cooper Watch MK5928</p> <p>Henri Bendel: West 57th Color Blocked Satchel</p> <p>Hamilton: Halcyon Days Heart Bracelet                 </p> <p>Kate Spade New York: Darling Compact</p> <p>Godiva: Chocolates</p> <p>Tory Burch: Candle</p> <p>Oil &amp; Vinegar: Balsam Vinegar</p> <p>The Gardens Mall: (2) $50 his-and-hers gift cards to be awarded to one person</p> <p>All you have to do is click here and hit “SHARE” on<a href="" target="_blank"> this Facebook post</a> – and you’re automatically entered to win one of the items above. Winners will be contacted by our web editor, Stefanie Cainto, via Facebook on Feb. 14 – so make sure to watch your Facebook messages!</p> <p><em>**All winners must respond by Monday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. or the prize is automatically forfeited. Winners are responsible for picking the items up at The Gardens Mall. Contact information will be provided to recipients.. </em></p>magazineSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The Mag: Crimes of Passion<h4>If criminal history in Florida proves anything, it’s that love hurts – and, sometimes, leads to murder.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="484" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/crimes_of_passion.png" width="400"></p> <p>Illustration by Danielle Summerfeldt</p> <p><strong>Love.</strong></p> <p>It’s the center of our universe, right? Indeed, love—or the unsettling lack thereof— long has been the axis of all things human. We sing about love. We write about love. We pine for it, pray for it and, at times, rail against it.</p> <p>And when love really doesn’t go our way? Well, in the case of Glenn Close (or rather her character, Alex), you boil a pet rabbit on your ex’s stove. At least that’s how it happened in the movie.</p> <p>Sometimes, however, truth is even stranger than fiction. Sometimes “Fatal Attraction” scenarios play out for real.</p> <p>Sure, there are the occasional knee-slappers. Consider the 92-year-old Ocala woman who wanted the neighbor, 53, to kiss her. He wouldn’t, so she came back firing a gun. Or how about the Port St. Lucie woman, jealous that her boyfriend spent more time playing video games than paying attention to her, who shot him with a squirt gun—and was arrested and charged with domestic battery? Through Florida’s hot, lusty history, there have been some notable—and considerably more disturbing—crimes of passion, from the Panhandle to the tip of Key West. Here are some of the more historic cases.</p> <p>Unnerving, unsettling, unprecedented—and fueled by the utterly wrong definition of love. </p> <p><strong>The Lovesick Astronaut</strong></p> <p>By all accounts, at least until she made headlines for all the wrong reasons, Lisa Nowak was leading an enviable life. The Navy captain had trained with elite NASA crews, even flying on a shuttle mission in the summer of 2006. In a field dominated by men, Nowak was skilled and successful and very, very determined.</p> <p>Indeed, it was her determination—and a fizzling affair with another astronaut—that led to her eventual undoing.</p> <p>And the whole diaper thing didn’t much help.</p> <p>Nowak is the woman who drove like a bat out of hell from Houston to Orlando, wearing an adult diaper so she wouldn’t have to waste time in the restroom. Her mission? She wanted to confront the new lover of her ex-lover, NASA Cmdr. Bill Oefelein.</p> <p>Nowak had been seeing Oefelein for years. They’d met in 2004 during a Canadian training mission. But he had recently opted out, explaining he wanted to see Capt. Colleen Shipman. Exclusively. In February 2007, Nowak fastened her diaper, hopped in the car and headed for Central Florida.</p> <p>The criminal part of this saga erupted when Nowak, wearing a tan trench coat and a black wig—so as not to be recognized since the astronaut circle just isn’t that big—followed Shipman from baggage claim at Orlando airport to her car in the parking garage. Pretending to be lost and afraid, Nowak tried to muscle her way into Shipman’s car. Instead, Shipman cracked the window to tell Nowak she’d go for help. Nowak promptly pepper-sprayed Shipman, who then sped away. Initially, Nowak was charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted murder. (Police found a BB gun, a steel mallet and a 4-inch knife in her car.) But as the case wore on, Nowak agreed to a plea deal that allowed her to seek counseling.</p> <p>As for the diaper, Nowak initially told police she’d worn it to save time on the 900-mile drive. Later, Nowak’s attorney called the story a fib. By then, police already had found new and soiled diapers in her car, which officers recorded as evidence.</p> <p>Man, love is messy.</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="">here</a>.</p>magazineSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNewsIn The Mag: Greatest Snow on Earth<h4><span>Utah may use it as a marketing ploy, but the slogan rings true at renowned ski destinations along the Wasatch Front.</span></h4> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/skiing.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>No longer Utah’s best-kept secret in the aftermath of the 2002 Winter Olympics, the ski scene outside of Salt Lake City now draws travelers from around the world looking to tackle the renowned slopes along the Wasatch Front.</p> <p>For well-traveled veterans of the South Florida ski community, the rich, diverse offerings at mountain resorts in Park City and Big Cottonwood Canyon may not come as breaking news. But for enthusiasts just getting their ski boots wet at destinations around the country, Utah has its share of bucket-list allure.</p> <p>From the world-class accommodations and cuisine at Deer Valley to the intimate, family-friendly vibe at Solitude, the alpine resorts in north-central Utah offer more than enough to satisfy powder hounds of all levels.</p> <p>See for yourself.</p> <p>Park City Mountain Resort</p> <p><strong>The Big Deal:</strong> Ski Magazine readers ranked Park City Mountain Resort among North America’s top five resorts, and it’s easy to see why. Known for its diversity, the resort offers 13 signature runs (which virtually end in Park City itself) and a variety of extreme terrain park challenges for thrill-seekers, from the dramatic jumps on King’s Crown to the 22-foot halfpipe walls at Eagle Superpipe.</p> <p><strong>Don’t ski?</strong> Whiz down nearly 4,000 feet of varied mountain track in a Toboggan-style car on the Alpine Coaster ride, or soar through the air on the two-person Flying Eagle zip line, both rides you won’t soon forget.</p> <p><strong>The Vibe:</strong> Though the crowds here are young and laidback, the Resort has something for everyone, including youth programs and horse-drawn sleigh rides. In January, of course, Park City and its slopes become the center of\ the alternative film industry and its celeb culture during the Sundance Film Festival.</p> <p><strong>Don’t Miss:</strong> The resort offers an unforgettable Viking Yurt adventure that begins with a 25-minute snowcatpulled sleigh ride. Guests enjoy stunning views of the valley below and the stars above as the snowcat ascends 1,000 vertical feet to a cozy yurt snuggled into the mountainside. A mug of hot-spiced glogg welcomes diners into the yurt, where they’re seated for an elegant five-course dinner with live music.</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> 435/649-8111, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Where To Stay:</strong></p> <p>The Lodge at the Mountain Village (435/649-0800): The Lodge offers a variety of rooms, from studio to fourbedroom condominiums, and is just steps away from Park City Mountain Resort activities with ski-in/ski-out access.</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>magazineSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The MagazineTravel In The Mag: 20 Reasons We Love Palm Beach<h4>Looking for an island getaway? Here’s your insider’s guide to one right up the road—which also happens to be America’s First Resort.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/breakers.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Palm Beach has changed dramatically since the WASP-y days of society photographer Slim Aarons and perpetual debutante C.Z. Guest. It’s no longer just a playground for industrial titans, and dukes and duchesses. New Money long ago usurped the Brahmin class. The town even has a Starbucks.</p> <p>It’s also fun. Even accessible. Sure, there’s immense wealth and prestige, ocean-to-lake estates and towering privacy hedges, all complemented by dazzling landmarks like Mar-a-Lago and The Breakers. But there’s also great dining and shopping, and a scenic bike ride that winds along the Intracoastal for miles.</p> <p>Best of all, it’s right up the road. Here’s your handy guide to Palm Beach, from us to you. Call it island-hopping in your own backyard.</p> <p>[1] <strong>Grand Hotel:</strong> Today, The Breakers is synonymous with luxury on a grand Palm Beach scale, but its origins were more modest when Henry Flagler opened it as The Palm Beach Inn in 1896 to accommodate travelers on his Florida East Coast Railway. The hotel is distinguished by two landmark towers, a sweeping front drive—and the iconic Seafood Bar, great for an afternoon bubbly or two. It continues to be the site of many charity galas during social season—and is still privately run by the descendants of Henry Flagler.</p> <p>[2] <strong>Vintage Chic:</strong> Freshly squeezed juices and fruit at Tropical Fruit Shop on Royal Poinciana Way is your must-stop for great old Palm Beach. Browse the fun selection of souvenirs and unique gift items at Florida’s oldest fruit shipper. Gift baskets\ (remember those?) vary depending upon the season and availability. (261</p> <p>Royal Poinciana Way, 561/832- 3449)</p> <p>[3] <strong>Old-school Milkshakes:</strong> You never know who will be sitting next to you when you sidle up to the old-timey counter at Green’s Luncheonette for a great down-home breakfast or a classic BLT for lunch. But whatever you do, wash down your meal with one of Green’s famous milkshakes. (151 N. County Road, 561/832-4443)</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="">here</a>.</p>Marie SpeedSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The MagazineTravel In The Mag: Sexual Healing<p>According to a 2013 CNN study, 224 million roses were grown for Valentine’s Day, with flowers alone counting for $1.9 billion in sales. The same study revealed that some 6 million people were expecting or planning a marriage proposal for Feb. 14, while 85 percent of respondents said sex was an important part of Valentine’s Day.</p> <p><img alt="" height="598" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/wendyfader.jpg" width="396"></p> <p>Yes, love is in the air, though not all of us are breathing it.</p> <p>“Valentine’s Day is such a Hallmark card holiday,” says Wendy Fader, Ph.D, a board-certified sex therapist in Boca Raton (<em>5295 Town Center Road, 561/362-5530</em>). “The expectations are really high, and it sets up so many people for disappointment.”</p> <p>Fader would know. As a diplomate of the American Board of Sexology, she’s spent more than 20 years dealing with human sexuality—diagnosing and treating issues ranging from decreased libido and erectile dysfunction to body dysmorphia and sexual trauma.</p> <p>Along the way, she’s been published in Men’s Health and Men’s Fitness and contributed to books such as A Lifetime of Sex and The Book of Sex. In anticipation of the February flurry of pheromones, we asked Fader to sound off on a myriad of issues related to love and sex.</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>John ThomasonSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 NewsIn The MagazineIn The Mag: Take 5 with Béla Fleck<p>If you want to collect everything Béla Anton Leos Fleck has ever recorded, you’ll have to scour the entire music store. That’s because, over the course of almost 40 years, the man named after three classical composers has plucked his way into nearly every genre, leading with his versatile banjo.</p> <p><img alt="" height="399" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/take5fleck.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The New York City native has released rustic bluegrass albums as a solo artist; experimented with rock and jazz fusion with his band, the Flecktones; performed with world-music congueros and violinists on triple concertos; and recorded African jazz during a whirlwind tour of the continent, which was captured in the 2009 documentary “Throw Down Your Heart.” Sometimes, on an album like 2011’s masterful “Rocket Science,” he’ll combine all of his influences in a fascinating cauldron of progressive bluegrass, jazz, rock, classical, world music and funk. He has been nominated for Grammies in more categories than any other musician.</p> <p>His latest project, which he’ll bring to Festival of the Arts Boca next month (March 6–15), is his most personal yet: a collaboration with his wife, Abigail Washburn, a fellow-banjoist and vocalist with her own generous discography. Fleck was introduced to Washburn in a setting worthy of a Hollywood romance: at a square dance, where she was dancing and he was playing. They’ve since released a phenomenal self-titled album of Appalachian blues, chamber folk and Americana that sounds like it could be 60 years old or recorded yesterday. No less than seven banjos were employed during its production, and Fleck is thrilled to share the results with the Festival audience, with his partner—in life and onstage—by his side.</p> <p><strong>Q1 When/how did you discover that the banjo was the instrument for you?</strong></p> <p>I first heard banjo on “The Beverly Hillbillies.” It was Earl Scruggs, and the playing was profound. Like so many other banjoists to be, my interest was ignited by Earl’s amazing musical soul. Luckily my grandfather brought home a banjo from a garage sale when I was 15, and I jumped on it.</p> <p><strong>Q2 You’ve gone in more directions with the banjo than any other artist I can think of. Do you think many artists underestimate the utility of this instrument?</strong></p> <p>Probably, although banjo is much better received than it was a decade ago. I could be said to be on a bit of a musical crusade for the honor of this much maligned and magnificent instrument. Although the Southern white music that most people associate banjo with is fabulous, there is a lot more to the story. The African roots of the banjo, its place in the formation of jazz, blues, the banjo orchestras and the heyday—when Eddie Peabody filled up major concert halls for months—are largely forgotten.</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="">here</a>.</p>John ThomasonSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 & EventsIn The MagazineMusicIn The Mag: The Slice Is Right<h4>Man (and woman, for that matter) cannot live on pepperoni and cheese alone. Thankfully, pizzerias in and around Boca play by their own set of rules, baking pies for every palate imaginable.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="334" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/pizza.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Pizza is as American as Mom, baseball, apple pie and complaining about taxes. Though as an invention it’s purely Italian—the word “pizza” is said to have been first mentioned in 997 A.D. in the town of Gaeta, and the pizza as we know it originated in Naples in the late 18th century—it’s become so popular in the U.S. that it’s gained the same iconic status as another celebrated food with European roots, the hamburger.</p> <p>Just how much do we Americans love pizza?</p> <p>A quick Web search reveals that every man, woman and child in the United States eats an annual average of 23 pounds of pizza, which translates to 350 slices per second or 3 billion pies a year. Pizza is a $30 billion-a-year industry, with more than 61,000 pizzerias representing 17 percent of all U.S. restaurants and more than 10 percent of all food-service sales.</p> <p>That’s an awful lot of pizza.</p> <p>In Palm Beach County, that also translates to an awful lot of options. Local pizzerias are embracing the pie in all its diverse glory, from the classic Neapolitan margherita topped only with tomato sauce, mozzarella and fresh basil to more elaborate pies crowned with smoked salmon and caviar, not to mention dozens of different varieties in-between.</p> <p>If the options seem more challenging to get through than a deep-dish pie with everything but anchovies, not to worry.</p> <p>We have you covered with pizza possibilities in the area, ranging from New York and Chicago to French and Sicilian.</p> <p>After all, it’s practically our patriotic duty.</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="">here</a>.</p>Bill CitaraSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNews & ReviewsIn The Mag: Review on Jove Kitchen &amp; Bar<p><strong>Location:</strong> 2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, 561/533-3750</p> <p><img alt="" height="321" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/jove.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Jové is named for the Italian god of the sky. It’s not inappropriate, as the folks at the Four Seasons Palm Beach were in fact reaching for the heights when it came to reconstituting their premier restaurant—formerly bearing the grimly unimaginative moniker of “The Restaurant”—as a tony outpost of modern, inventive Italian-inspired food and drink.</p> <p>To be honest, many of these big-time corporate “rebrandings” chiefly involve slapping a veneer of lipstick on the same tired pig and hiring a PR agency to brag about it. But resort executive chef Darryl Moiles, restaurant chef Mauro Zanusso, general manager Karma Tsepal and the rest of the Four Seasons’ crew really did rethink, rework and redo damn near everything, crafting a wholly new restaurant from the ground up, with a careful eye on the twin missions of today’s high-end hotel eateries: 1) inviting in a younger, hipper, more foodie-oriented clientele, while 2) not scaring off the older, more conservative diners that have traditionally been such hotels’ house-baked bread and imported European butter.</p> <p>That Jové works so well at both is a tribute and a pleasure, as it allows you to dine as the mood strikes you, modestly adventurous or safely classical. You can even dine modestly, at least as far as price goes, as Jové offers both thin-crusted stone-fired pizzas and commendable pastas, all but one under $20. And dine we did, though rather less modestly, beginning with a half-dozen glistening Malpeque oysters, slippery nuggets of sweetbriny lusciousness that required only the merest squeeze of lemon to highlight their freshfrom- the-sea flavor.</p> <p>Then it was on to the chef’s sublime interpretation of the classic vitello tonnato, quarter-sized coins of fork-tender veal loin, fanned in a circle over a pool of tuna sauce like liquid silk and garnished with fried capers, oven-dried tomatoes, a handful of infantile greens and two witty, chef-inspired touches—a tiny poached quail egg infused with coffee and twin sticks of celery given a bright-tasting jolt of lemon.</p> <p>We practically lapped up the creamy Gorgonzola sauce that graced pillow-y gnocchi laced with figs, then we sat back to await our entrées. A snowy-white fillet of flounder was the night’s lone disappointment. Though not the freshest piece of fish I’ve ever eaten, it may have been the saltiest, somethi