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Cafe 5150 at the Boca Raton Marriott

The Boca Raton Marriott, located at Boca Center, is an ideal choice for those coming into town, no matter what their travel purpose. It’s also ideal for companies and organizations looking for event space, wedding receptions, anniversary celebrations, Bat/Bar Mitzvahs and the like. The hotel is just…
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Thumbs up on the new Hyatt and other downtown news and notes from Boca and Delray

Hyatt looking good Even the most strident critics of downtown development in Boca Raton will have a hard time complaining about the new Hyatt Place Hotel. For decades, the city debated what to put on the southeast corner of Federal Highway and Palmetto Park Road. In the mid-1980s, voters defeated…

Savor the Last Few Days of Winter Break With These Kid-Friendly Events

“A pair of hop-along boots and a pistol that shoots Is the wish of Barney and Ben Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk Is the hope of Janice and Jen And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again…” Isn’t that last line the truth? Luckily there are several winter…
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Local Scientists Discover Imbalance Resulting in Premature Aging

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Fla., have published a study on zebrafish looking at how premature aging might occur at the cellular level. In essence, they found that when the spns1 and atp6v0ca genes are in balance, normal cell function occurs. But when spns1 is disrupted…

Save Some Money by Dining in 2017

I thought I’d start this year out by giving you a gift. Saving money, eating and donating to good causes all at the same time – what’s better in the new year, with all the holiday bills arriving in the mail? My secret is CharityDine.com. I thought this was a fairly open secret, but when…
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The Week Ahead: Jan. 3-9

The Kravis dances dirty, the Morikami welcomes 2017, and Miami Shakespeare visits Venice in Boca. Plus, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Malpaso Dance Company, Save the Panther 5k run and more in your week ahead.   TUESDAY What: Opening night of “Dirty Dancing—The Classic Story On Stage” Where:…

City Watch: Qualifying for Boca's March Election Begins Today and Other Community Notes

Today begins qualifying for Boca Raton’s March election. At this point, Mayor Susan Haynie and Seat A Councilman Scott Singer are unopposed. Three candidates – Emily Gentile, Andrea O’Rourke and Andy Thomson -- are seeking the Seat B seat of term-limited Mike Mullaugh. Today’s post will feature…

City Watch: Unfinished issues of 2016 will be 2017's first agenda items

In Boca Raton and Delray Beach, the big stories of 2017 will be the unfinished stories of 2016. As in: —Boca Raton voters approved the ordinance that all but kills the deal for a restaurant on the Wildflower property. So what happens now? Will a waterfront boardwalk link the Wildflower and…

A Change of Scenery—Visiting Georgia's Golden Isles

A change of scenery can do a world of good to change perspective. A visit to Georgia’s Golden Isles, where I am visiting my parents for the holidays, is rich in nature’s spectacular beauty and wildlife. Jekyll Island is a nature lover’s paradise. It is one of Georgia’s protected barrier islands…

Dining Options for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

Happy 2017, y’all! Make it a special kickoff for the New Year by having dinner, drinks and merriment at a restaurant near you. Or travel a bit for a new experience. Or join in a New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge. That’s what the new year is all about!   Palm Beach County 50 Ocean,…

Mizner 200 Approved but Still Has Hurdles, Possible Special Election and more

Fourteen months ago, I reported on Crocker Partners’ plan for a remake of Boca Center that would be part of a larger plan for redeveloping the section of the city around Town Center Mall known as Midtown. Before the planning and zoning board tonight are the proposed changes that would allow such a…

The Boca Raton Bowl Returns for its Third-Straight Year

It’s nice to have a college football bowl game right in your back yard, which is what the Boca Raton Bowl offers area residents. In the third year of the game, the team that put the game together has had several years to enhance and adapt the fan experience. It’s on Florida Atlantic’s campus,…

Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science to Open at MODS

Pyramids in Ft. Lauderdale? It’s true, at least when Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science arrives at the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) starting February 4, 2017! The exhibit is an interactive quest for knowledge that reveals how archaeologists use modern science and technology…
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Free Exercise Class for Teens During the Holiday

Now here’s a way to throw in a little healthy fun for teens who have plenty of off-school time during the holidays. And it won’t cost parents a penny. Chris Blackburn, a performance coach at the Institute of Performance (IHP), is holding a camp for teens from 8th grade to their senior year…
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The Week Ahead: Dec. 20 to Jan. 1

A Jewish singles mixer turns 30, the Piano Man rocks New Year’s Eve, and a free yoga event kicks off 2017. Plus, The Reverend Horton Heat, “The Nutcracker,” “Hidden Figures” and more in the weeks ahead.   SATURDAY, DEC. 24 What: Matzo Ball Where: Il Bacio, 29 S.E. Second Ave.,…

Christmas Dinner Options in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties

3030 Ocean (pictured), 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale; 954/765-3129: has a special prix-fixe Christmas Day menu at $65 per person (excluding beverages, tax, and gratuity). The three-course meal includes Executive Chef Adrienne Grenier’s slow-cooked prime rib, and dessert is white chocolate…

Mayor Susan Hayne Unopposed for Re-Election, Arts Garage Trouble and more

Two of three candidates for the open Seat B on the Boca Raton City Council have loaned themselves a combined $55,500 for a job that pays $28,000 even with the voter-approved raises. Emily Gentile has loaned her campaign $30,500. Andrea O’Rourke has loaned herself $25,000. For now, Andy Thomson…

Christmas Dinners in Palm Beach County

Give yourself a gift and make reservations for a scrumptious Christmas dinner. Let someone else do the prep and the cleanup, while you just take care of working through appetizer, entrée and dessert. With a spot of wine. Here are some suggestions:   Palm Beach County Waterstone Resort &…

A Quest to Save Manatees: A Trip to Manatee Lagoon

Ninety-eight manatees have been killed in 2016 to date. This is notable since the US Fish and Wildlife Service wants to take them off the Endangered Species List and down-list them to Threatened, and Governor Rick Scott has eased boat speed restrictions in some Florida counties. Keep in mind that…
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LLScene Holiday Gift Guide

You didn’t think we would forget our famous holiday gift guide post did you? In all seriousness, we know that we have been lacking on the blogging side of things, but sometimes building an empire requires some prioritizing here and there! Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean the blog is going ANYWHERE. Okay,…