Boca Raton Magazine the Leader.enArtArts & EventsBarsBeautyBest Of BocaCity WatchCommunityDebate WatchDelray BeachDelray BeachDiningFashionFitnessHealth NewsHealth/BeautyHot DealsIn The MagazineMoviesMusicNewsNews & ReviewsOpinionsProfilesRecipes Restaurant ReviewsShoppingShopping NewsStyle PagesThe Week AheadTheatreTown NewsTravel Upcoming EventsWeb ExtrasMon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000Q&amp;A with Dr. Yafi Yair<p>Dr. Yafi Yair believes that health is an all-encompassing concept that includes the mind, the body and the spirit. Though her training to become a clinical psychologist allowed her to understand the scientific precepts of human emotion and behavior, she has always been intrigued by the spiritual psyche. That’s why she launched Healthy Minds Practice, which helps patients develop personally and spiritually through hypnosis.</p> <p>We spoke to Yair about her background and what Health Minds Practice offers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/yafi.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><em>How/why did you become interested in conducting psychological evaluations and psychotherapy?</em></p> <p>Two forces drove me to the field of psychology: the desire to actively help others and my curiosity about the human mind and human nature. It’s interesting that now I am going back to my original passion, excluding psychological testing from my practice and focusing on the active process of helping others.</p> <p><em>Why do you think very few people have combined scientific and spiritual ideas?</em></p> <p>I think that the scientific community tends to be more close-minded than it would like to admit. From my experience, I can attest that scientific training definitely is. The beautiful thing is that it is changing. The understanding that we create our own reality, which previously was only accepted on spiritual terms, is now becoming a known truth.</p> <p><em>What do you hope to accomplish through Healthy Minds Practice?</em></p> <p>I hope I am helping to create a new understanding of mental health. A more holistic understanding, where mental health means overall balance and wellness, integrating the mind, the body and the emotional and the spiritual life of people. My office is in a spiritual center, My Flora Aura, a lovely location with such a positive vibe. It fits in beautifully with my holistic approach.</p> <p><em>Have you ever endured hypnosis or any of the other services you offer?</em></p> <p>I have.  I have been to several professionals attempting to experience myself what I offer to others and I have had mixed results. The most intense hypnotic trance I have experienced occurred at The Monroe Institute. There, I got a real taste of what it is like to navigate through different states of consciousness and connecting to something deeper or bigger.</p> <p><em>Which service do you think is the most helpful and why?</em><em></em></p> <p>There are two services that I find to be most helpful for people. Hypnotic regression to childhood memories and past-life experiences is one of them. You really get the benefits of hypnosis this way: not only remembering certain things, but really being there, feeling it, living it. Another service that utilizes hypnosis beautifully is what I call Life Path. This service is about overcoming a personal challenge or reconnecting to the path, goal or journey of your life. It is all about connecting to your inner wisdom and drawing in new insight and strength. It is amazing what people are able to overcome with the power of their mind and some guidance.<strong></strong></p> <p><em>What is the most rewarding aspect of the Healthy Minds Practice for you?</em><em> </em></p> <p>I absolutely love what I do! It is so exciting and rewarding to see all the healing that is happening right in front of me. I see so many people that feel stuck or that have tried hypnosis before and think they can’t be hypnotized, and we work together, and they break through their limiting past experiences and personal challenges and have intense, liberating experiences. Knowing that I can give people that, that I can witness that, and experience this with them- I can’t imagine anything more rewarding.</p> <p>For more information visit or call 954/471-3073.<strong></strong></p>Taryn TacherMon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyThanksgiving Weekend Guide<p>Our coverage of Thanksgiving weekend has been rolling out for the past few weeks. We put them together into one handy blog so you don’t have to go searching.</p> <p><img alt="" height="515" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/turkey.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Dining Out for Thanksgiving</strong></p> <p>Drop those pans and take a seat – we have a list of restaurants willing to do the cooking and cleaning for you. You’re welcome.</p> <p>1. <a href="/blog/2014/11/17/turkey-day-dining-part-i/" target="_blank">Turkey Day Dining, Part I</a></p> <p>2. <a href="/blog/2014/11/18/turkey-day-dining-part-ii/" target="_blank">Turkey Day Dining, Part II</a></p> <p>3. <a href="/blog/2014/11/21/turkey-day-dining-part-iii/" target="_blank">Turkey Day Dining, Part III</a></p> <p>4. <a href="/blog/2014/11/19/avoiding-the-thanksgiving-food-coma/" target="_blank">Avoiding the Thanksgiving Food Coma</a></p> <p><strong>Black Friday Shopping</strong></p> <p>1. <a href="/blog/2014/11/12/black-friday-hours-2014/" target="_blank">Black Friday Mall Hours</a></p> <p>2. <a href="/blog/2014/11/13/best-stores-to-shop-on-black-friday/" target="_blank">Best Stores to Shop on Black Friday</a></p> <p><strong>Thanksgiving Beauty</strong></p> <p>1. <a href="/blog/2014/11/21/get-gorgeous-skin-by-eating-thanksgiving-dinner/" target="_blank">Thanksgiving Food: Good for your skin</a></p>magazineSat, 22 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 EventsMike Birbiglia &#39;Thanks God for Jokes&#39;<p>At one point last night, in his performance at the Arsht Center, Mike Birbiglia said (and I’m paraphrasing from memory), “I guarantee that you told someone who you were going to see tonight, and they said, ‘<em>who</em>?’ I’m a niche, and I’m fine with that.”</p> <p>This statement is both true and not entirely genuine. While he may not have cracked the standup A list—the Seinfelds, the Mandels, the Mahers—he occupies a space in comedy that allows him to play glittering venues like the Arsht, and to structure his humor as a theater and storytelling more than traditional comedy. His name may not ring a bell in a large percentage of the American populace, but that’s on them, not him—and his star is only increasing every year.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/mike_birbiglia.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>That said, Birbiglia was not exactly in top form on the Florida leg of his exhaustive “Thank God for Jokes” tour, his first South Florida appearance since he brought his one-man show “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” to Coral Springs in 2013. When the lights dimmed at the end of his set, he was met with a standing ovation from his die-hards, but I could count the show’s gut-busting laughs on fewer than one hand. Where his previous shows hinged on marvelously sustained storytelling complete with imaginative physical humor and the occasional video-screen prop, “Thank God for Jokes” felt like a bit of a shamble, tenuously structured around a theme of comedy deconstructionism—what’s funny and in what context, and what isn’t?</p> <p>It was all, as far as I could tell, autobiographical, as Birbiglia’s best material often is, and its anchors included a bit about yoga (which he defined “trying not to fart while stretching”); an overextended routine about nut allergies and airplanes; his experience of being arrested in New Jersey; and a very funny ramble about parasitical mice in Massachusetts. A bit about Jesus returning from the dead and sounding like Woody Allen (because he was a “socialist Jew—the least popular demographic, especially with Christians”) suggested that he can kill with political humor, which usually isn’t his style. Like the talented long-form storyteller he is, he occasionally circled back to earlier themes and comedic philosophies through the form of elegant callbacks.</p> <p>But there’s no question that “Thank God for Jokes” missed the cohesion of his previous shows. As a more conventional standup act, it left room for plenty of crowd work, not all of it successful: By prodding an audience member about his uneventful arrest and getting few nuggets of comic gold from the interaction, Birbiglia stopped the show’s momentum dead in its tracks. And one punch line fell so much flatter than expected that Birbiglia’s follow-up comment didn’t make sense.</p> <p>He saved his best, if also his most esoteric, material for last: a retelling of his hilarious, disastrous hosting of an awards show in which he resurrected a dark chapter from director David O. Russell’s past, with Russell sitting stone-faced a few feet in front him. But even here, the final sendoff didn’t feel like a closer; it was one more joke in need of a broader vision.</p>John ThomasonFri, 21 Nov 2014 14:34:42 +0000 & EventsFashion Forward: Fragrance, Styling Advice, and Small Business Sales<p><strong>The Gift of Scent:</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/scentevent.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Photo via Neiman Marcus Instagram</em></p> <p>From Nov. 23- 30, Neiman Marcus is holding its annual fragrance event. Check out new holiday scents and get your hands on limited-edition gift sets. Take home an exclusive clutch and travel-sized fragrances as a free gift with any purchase of $100 dollars or more.</p> <p><strong>Brighton Fashion Fridays:</strong></p> <p>Every Friday until New Year’s, fashion insiders will be sharing simple tips to style your look. On Nov. 21, stylists will demonstrate how the crocodile trend can add sophistication to a casual ensemble. Gift experts will help you check everyone off your holiday list on Nov. 28. Then on Dec. 5, come in with your holiday outfit and fashion experts will help you add that perfect finishing touch with personal accessory recommendations.</p> <p><strong>Small Business Saturday:</strong></p> <p>On Saturday, Nov. 29, more than 50 merchants in downtown Delray will come together to celebrate local businesses at this shopping event. Throughout the day retailers will have special promotions and giveaway. Select stores will have up to 40 percent off merchandise, with American Express offering members up to $30 back when they shop with their cards.</p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 21 Nov 2014 13:03:50 +0000 NewsUpcoming EventsGet gorgeous skin by eating Thanksgiving dinner<p>The old saying “you are what you eat” isn’t just a tired cliché.  Not only can diet affect your overall health, but it can also have an impact on your appearance, especially your skin. Before you load up on second and third helpings of your Thanksgiving favorites take a look at what is on your plate. These six Thanksgiving foods will keep your skin looking healthy and naturally glowing throughout the holidays.</p> <p><img alt="" height="515" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/turkey.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Cranberries:</strong></p> <p>This superfood outranks nearly every fruit and vegetable in antioxidants, which neutralize cell-damaging free radicals. Research from National Center for Biotechnology Information has shown cranberries can help soothe skin conditions such as acnes, eczema and psoriasis.  Consuming them regularly can even help avoid dental issues like gingivitis, plaque buildup and cavities.</p> <p><strong>Pumpkin:</strong></p> <p>This gourd is loaded with beta-carotene, a strong antioxidant that is converted from vitamin A to prevent wrinkles and keep skin moisturized, according to the University of Illinois.  Also rich in vitamin C, it will boost your immune system, accelerating cell turnover rate.</p> <p><strong>Red Wine:</strong></p> <p>Drink up! Both the seeds and the skin of grapes are part of the fermenting process of wine, so it keeps a high concentration of antioxidants called polyphenols, including resveratrol. Harvard Medical School researchers have found that these compounds soak up skin damaging ions to slow down the aging process.</p> <p><strong>Turkey:</strong></p> <p>This quintessential Thanksgiving staple is an excellent source of the mineral zinc. Studies from the National Center for Biotechnology Information show that zinc increases skin collagen synthesis, helping the skin stay firm.</p> <p><strong>Walnuts:</strong></p> <p>This nut is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids that help structure the cell membrane. This membrane is vital in locking moisture into the skin. These fatty acids are also converted into active molecules called prostaglandin that have anti-inflammatory properties, according to Stanford University.</p> <p><strong>Sweet Potatoes:</strong></p> <p>Just one sweet potato has nearly 200 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin A, which is great for promoting new skin cell growth, according to the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Rich in fiber, sweet potatoes can also regulate your digestive tract, helping reduce acne breakouts.</p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 21 Nov 2014 10:30:51 +0000 Picks of the Week<p><strong>Avocado Grill</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="487" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/avocadogrill.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Assistant Art Director</em></p> <p>"By far the best eggs benedict I've ever had! This is THE place to be for brunch on Sundays! Bottomless bubbly rosé + DJ Adam Lipson + amazing food = marvelous combination!"</p> <p>(125 Datura St., West Palm Beach, <a href=""></a>)</p> <p><strong>Mobil 1 Lube Express</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“Forget waiting an hour to get your oil changed. Mobil 1 Lube Express gets you in and out in 15 minutes. No, seriously, I timed it. Now you can spend your lunch break doing more productive things … like actually eating lunch.”</p> <p>(90 W. Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton // 561/368-5303)</p> <p><strong>Coca-Cola Life</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</em></p> <p>"Have you seen these weird-looking green Coca-Cola bottles and cans in your local supermarket lately? No, it's not a holiday repackaging of the same toxic Coke ingredients; it's a genuinely healthier alternative, rolled out nationally by the company this month, that eliminates both high-fructose corn syrup and aspartame for all-natural ingredients cane sugar and stevia. It tastes just as great as the brand's famous Mexican Coke, and each bottle is only 60 calories. Sounds like it's time for a toast: To Coca-Coca Life!"</p>magazineFri, 21 Nov 2014 09:53:39 +0000 Day Dining, Part III<p>And even more restaurants that will do all the heavy Thanksgiving meal lifting for you. . .</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/thanksgiving-day-food-2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Avocado Grill</a> (<em>125 Datura St., West Palm Beach, 561/623-0822</em>), Julian Gremaud’s new farm-to-table eatery in downtown West Palm, is offering two three-course T-Day meals, one strictly traditional, the other a bit lighter, both for $38 per person. On the trad side is turkey, stuffing, mashed and sweet potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce. On the lighter side is turkey with quinoa, braised kale, roasted tomatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. The regular menu will be available too.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Vic &amp; Angelo’s</a> (<em>4520 PGA Blvd., 844/842-2632</em>) in Palm Beach Gardens will be dishing their regular menu as well as a traditional turkey dinner on the Big Day itself. For $27.95 you get that all-important roast turkey, plus Parmesan mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, honey-glazed root vegetables, dried fruit and sausage stuffing.</p> <p>And if you’re looking to get out of Dodge for Thanksgiving. . .</p> <p>Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (<em>5550 NW 40th St.</em>) has two restaurants offering T-Day dining. <a href="" target="_blank">Sorrisi</a> (<em>954/935-6689</em>) has a $40 prix fixe menu that includes butternut squash and caramelized onion soup, roasted turkey with assorted trimmin’s and pumpkin tart. <a href="" target="_blank">NYY Steak</a> (<em>954/935-6699</em>) will dish four courses for $60 per that includes free-range turkey with apple-brioche stuffing, soup or salad, veggies and pecan or pumpkin pie for dessert. All those dishes will also be available a la carte.</p> <p>At the uber-posh Fontainebleau Miami Beach (<em>4441 Collins Ave., 877/326-7412</em>), a quartet of eateries will cook your Thanksgiving meal. <a href="" target="_blank">Michael Mina 74</a> is doing three courses for $75 per, with such delectables as pumpkin risotto with white truffle whip and chestnut and mortadella-stuffed turkey leg. <a href="" target="_blank">Scarpetta</a> offers four courses for $75, including smoked foie gras and roasted turkey with turkey leg “porchetta.” Michael Mina’s new <a href="" target="_blank">Stripsteak</a> will dish a buffet for $65 per person, featuring everything from shellfish and charcuterie stations to wood-fired prime rib and cedar-grilled salmon. And, finally, <a href="" target="_blank">Vida</a> rolls out a $45 prix fixe menu with herb-roasted turkey plus choice of stuffing and pumpkin and pecan pies. Call the hotel for rezzies.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 21 Nov 2014 09:21:16 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsROC Resto-Lounge &amp; Fashion<p>You can eat up, drink up, suit up, get down and recharge all in one place at ROC Resto-Lounge &amp; Fashion at <strong>Coral Square Mall</strong> <em>(9225 W. Atlantic Blvd., Coral Springs.)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="179" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/roc1.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p>This new entertainment spot opened on Nov. 15 featuring a restaurant, cocktail lounge, retail store, nightclub and café. Whether you’re in the mood to shop, eat, drink or dance, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for at ROC Resto-Lounge &amp; Fashion.</p> <p>For more information visit <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Taryn TacherFri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 politics with development and more.<h3>Playing politics with the Ag Reserve</h3> <p><img alt="" height="321" src="/site_media/uploads/977091-1104261517151687-p.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>No one mentioned Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve Area on Tuesday when the county commission chose new leaders, but what happened on Tuesday hints at what could happen with the county’s coastal farmland.</p> <p>The event should have been routine: the annual choice of a county mayor. Until two years ago, the holder was called the chairman, whose most important duty is running commission meetings. Steven Abrams, who represents south county, urged the name change when he got the post. Outsiders, he said—especially businesses seeking to move here—would better understand whom in county government they could approach to set up a meeting, even if most of the duties remained ceremonial.</p> <p>Whatever the title, the choice almost every year has been based on a rotation system that in turn is based in part on seniority. Normally, the vice mayor becomes mayor in the next rotation. Priscilla Taylor had been vice mayor before she succeeded Abrams in 2013. For the last year, Paulette Burdick had been vice mayor.</p> <p>On Tuesday, however, the commission passed over Burdick and chose Shelley Vana by a vote of 5-2, with Burdick and Abrams dissenting. Taylor was the instigator, telling reporters that she thought Vana would “do a better job.” There’s much more to it.</p> <p>When commissioners pass over a colleague this way, it’s punishment. It happened once before in recent years; Jess Santamaria didn’t get the gavel when it was his turn. One reason was that after succeeding Tony Masilotti, one of three ex-commissioners who went to prison, Santamaria continually held himself up as a paragon of political virtue and lectured other commissioners. A more legitimate reason was that Santamaria’s self-absorption could have led to dragged-out, loosely-run meetings.</p> <p>Passing over Burdick, though, was more about policy. Last month, Burdick was one of just two votes—with Santamaria—against the massive Minto West mini-city in The Acreage, northwest of West Palm Beach. Burdick also has said she favors no changes that would allow more development in the Agricultural Reserve Area west of Delray Beach and Boynton Beach.</p> <p>Fifteen years ago, voters taxed themselves $100 million to keep as much agriculture as possible in the reserve. Rules limit the number of homes and commercial/retail development in the roughly 20,000 acres. Now, though, some farmers want more development rights, so they can sell their land. Early next year, the commission will consider those proposed changes.</p> <p>GL Homes is the company most eager to build in the Agricultural Reserve Area. Former commissioner Burt Aaronson, whose district included the reserve, was the company’s strongest supporter on the commission. Aaronson has been helping the farmers, and now that he has been off the commission for two years—he was term-limited in 2012—Aaronson can register as a lobbyist.</p> <p>Aaronson and Taylor had become commission allies when he left office. Mary Lou Berger, Aaronson’s former aide, succeeded him. Berger called for the review of development rules in the reserve. She’s also the new vice mayor. Vana voted for Minto West and for development on the former Mizner Trail Golf Course in Boca Del Mar.</p> <p>So instead of having a county mayor who has declared her opposition to changes in the Agricultural Reserve, we have a mayor with a recent record of supporting development projects that neighbors overwhelmingly oppose. We have a vice mayor who asked that the county consider changes to development rules in the Agricultural Reserve. We have two other commissioners—Taylor and Hal Valeche—who voted for Minto West and Mizner Trail and voted not to make Burdick mayor.</p> <p>If anyone wanted to look hard, he or she probably could find multiple Sunshine Law violations leading up to Tuesday’s performance. One should not assume that these developments mean that the commission will go against what the public wanted for the Agriculture Reserve. One also should not assume that these developments are a series of coincidences.</p> <h3>New Mizner on The Green</h3> <p>While there remains much talk about the proposed New Mizner on the Green project in Boca Raton, there is no action.</p> <p>In September, when I first wrote about the four-tower condo project—the buildings would average roughly 300 feet in height—a representative of Elad Properties told me that the city might discuss it that month in a workshop. Didn’t happen.</p> <p>Last month, the project’s designer, Daniel Libeskind, made an appearance on behalf of the Boca Raton Museum or Art. There was more talk of an impending council presentation. Never happened.</p> <p>And nothing is scheduled. Here’s why:</p> <p>As Mayor Susan Haynie explained to me in a text message, city staff won’t accept plans for New Mizner on the Green because the towers “exceed the allowed height in the downtown.” The limit for that site, north of Townsend Place on Mizner Boulevard, is 100 feet.</p> <p>Haynie said a member of the council “must be willing to sponsor a code amendment, and to date no one has.” Until then, New Mizner on the Green will remain dazzling, controversial—and in limbo.</p> <h3>Contract pending</h3> <p>Two weeks ago, the Delray Beach City Commission chose Don Cooper to be the permanent city manager, but that won’t become official until Cooper agrees to a contract.</p> <p>Mayor Cary Glickstein told me that he anticipates no problems. Cooper’s last salary as a city manager was $161,000, and the advertised salary range for the Delray job was roughly $165,000.</p> <p>One good sign is that it’s already been two weeks. In 1990, it took just a week for the commission’s choice to back out because of disagreements over salary and severance. City Attorney Noel Pfeffer told me Wednesday that he and Cooper are “exchanging drafts” of a contract. Pfeffer hopes to have a deal by the end of the week.</p> <h3>Update on development regs</h3> <p>The Delray Beach City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to move ahead with consideration of new Central Business District development regulations, but there will be a lot to work out before the scheduled second hearing on Dec. 9.</p> <p>At Tuesday night’s first hearing, Mayor Cary Glickstein had suggestions, notably a plan to encourage more office development. Commissioner Jordana Jarjura had questions about the bonus program in general, saying that, while it was only three pages of a roughly 60-page proposal, it dominated the discussion. Commissioner Shelly Petrolia had questions about the parking requirements.</p> <p>Based on the commissioners’ comments, staff members will make changes to the proposals. They are supposed to get a second, final vote on Dec. 9. Since the title of the ordinance covering the regulations won’t change, there doesn’t seem to be a legal problem if the commission votes on something different from what was before them on Tuesday.</p> <p>The hang-up could be getting a version that three commissioners can approve. Jarjura said in email, “My concerns aside, this is an excellent first step in the right direction, and I believe we will pass something reasonable.” Petrolia worries about rushing the new rules. To Glickstein, the office component remains essential. In an email, he said, “The old master plan got us the ‘live’ and ‘play’ pieces of our downtown mosaic, but we have not achieved the all-important ‘work’ part of the puzzle.”</p> <p>Expect a long discussion on Dec. 9.</p> <h3>Getting it right</h3> <p>Sometimes, the criminal justice system gets it just right. That happened this week in the case of a Lake Worth man who last February left a loaded gun within reach of his 3-year-old daughter.</p> <p>Zuri Chambers killed herself with that gun, which her father did not believe she was strong enough to fire. In Florida, it is a felony to leave a loaded gun within reach of a child if the gun is used to injure or kill a child. Thomas Chambers had left the gun out while he showered.</p> <p>Thomas Chambers had no criminal record. On Tuesday, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge John Kastrenakes approved a deal that will keep Chambers out of prison but will place him on probation for 10 years and require him to give public talks on guns safety. He will not have a felony conviction if he completes his probation.</p> <p>The Legislature approved that law 25 years ago, after a string of accidental shootings killed several children. One could argue that the felony conviction should stick, but Florida makes it too hard for ex-felons to regain their rights. One cannot argue that society would be better off with Chambers doing all or part of the maximum 30-year sentence he could have received.</p> <p>But as the Legislature writes blank check after blank check to the National Rifle Association on “gun rights,” the Chambers case should be a lesson. He had a concealed weapons permit, and before February would have been considered a model firearms owner. Yet he made a fatal mistake. What about all those other gun owners who are less responsible?</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> <p>     </p>Randy SchultzThu, 20 Nov 2014 09:13:48 +0000 WatchCommunityQ&amp;A with Tamara Mellon<p>Just for the record, she still designs heels. It’s just that, in her current fashion incarnation, Tamara Mellon isn’t exactly following in her own footsteps.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/tamara.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The woman heretofore known as the co-founder of Jimmy Choo is taking far greater strides as the head of her namesake luxury brand, which launched late last year. “Putting the needs of the modern woman first,” the line features an array of ready-to-wear apparel and accessories—from cutout dresses and leather trench coats to animal-print clutches and felt hats. Naturally, the brand also includes edgy pumps, sandals, flats and boots. But Mellon’s plans don’t end there.</p> <p>“I have a vision for so many other different categories (think home and fragrance) that my team sort of has to hold me back and hold the reins,” says the 47-year-old mother of one (daughter Araminta). “I have a whole world in my head.”</p> <p>For now, the focus is on her existing pieces, which are released monthly based on a “buy now, wear now” model. It’s a structure that defies the seasonal runway timeline and is embraced by both her customers and her fashion contemporaries. Boca Raton spoke with Mellon—in town Dec. 10 for a special event at Saks Fifth Avenue at Town Center—about this latest adventure in an already remarkable career.</p> <p class="Default"><strong>Why was the time right to start your own line?</strong></p> <p class="Default">I founded Jimmy Choo when I was 27. I got to the point where I had been through quite a bit. Either I was going to stay with Jimmy Choo, and that would be it, or I felt I was young enough to take a risk and do it again. If I waited another five years, that opportunity probably wouldn’t be there.</p> <p class="Default"><strong>Were you nervous about launching a namesake line coming on the heels of something that’s so iconic in the fashion world?</strong></p> <p class="Default">It’s always daunting to start something new, but the excitement outweighed the fear of doing it.</p> <p><strong>Have you found it difficult to distance yourself from Jimmy Choo?</strong></p> <p>People still get confused. I did have a non-compete—I took a year off in between. I think that now when people look at this brand, they really see a very distinct difference between the two, so hopefully they start identifying me more with [Tamara Mellon]</p> <p><strong>What’s the difference between a Jimmy Choo woman and a Tamara Mellon woman?</strong></p> <p>I would say a Tamara Mellon woman is who I am today. It’s a little bit more grown up. She views the world in a very different way … [The line] is what we call modern luxury. It’s just below luxury, above contemporary.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>magazineThu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineShoppingFace Time: Alan Koolik<p>It was the Double Jeopardy round of the semifinals in this summer’s “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament, and Alan Koolik was on fire. The Pine Crest student, 17, was scorching through one of his favorite categories, mathematics. The base 10 logarithm of 10,000? Four. The radius of the circle x squared plus y squared equals 100? Ten. The name of the x coordinate in Cartesian geometry? The abscissa, of course.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/alankoolik.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Koolik nearly swept the category on the July 30 broadcast, moments after correctly an-swering questions—or, in Jeopardy parlance, correctly questioning answers—on everything from Looney Tunes and Greek mythology to the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe.</p> <p>Speaking to Koolik in his family’s spacious Boca Raton living room, Koolik remembers little of this. “Jeopardy!” is a thinking person’s game that doesn’t leave much time to think. When asked to recall some his most notable responses, he draws a blank, likening his experience to an athlete being “in the zone.”</p> <p>“You just have to focus on the questions and on Alex [Trebek’s] voice, and on the buzzer,” he says. “There’s no time to think about anything else. Between the time of the taping and the airing, I remembered nothing—maybe four different clues.”</p> <p>Like most “Jeopardy!” savants, Koolik has his weak spots, notably pop culture—a category that, not surprisingly, turns up with frequency on Teen Tournament game boards. “I checked the Billboard Top 40 before I left,” he says.</p> <p>His preparation paid handsome dividends.</p> <p>Koolik’s victory in this semifinal round was one of four appearances he made on the nationally syndicated game show in a two-week period, a journey that took him all the way to the finals. He nearly captured the entire tournament, concluding the final round in a tie against New Jersey’s Jeff Xie—the first such climax in the Teen Tournament since 1996. A single tiebreaker question, on the Civil War, de-cided the winner; Koolik knew the answer, but Xie buzzed in first with the correct response.</p> <p>“It’s all in the buzzer,” he says. “But Jeff played an amazing game.”</p> <p>Koolik still walked away with a $54,200 second-place prize, the culmination of a process that was not easy—one that required patience, knowledge, personality and a bit of luck.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>John ThomasonThu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNewsThe Seat of Power in Boca<h4><span>Boca hasn’t turned over a new Leif in 15 years. During that time, the city manager has Become more than a fixture; he’s become an institution. As part of this issue’s feature on the people and entities that drive our local agendas, veteran journalist randy schultz (author of “city watch” at examines this unique consolidation of power.</span></h4> <p><span><img alt="" height="381" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/ahnell.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p class="Default">Who runs Boca Raton? The discussion starts and mostly ends with the most powerful unelected local official in Palm Beach County—a man who also may be more powerful than any elected official.</p> <p class="Default">Leif Ahnell has been Boca’s city manager for 15 years. In addition, Ahnell is director of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, which oversees downtown Boca. No other manager in the county has such a dual role, and Ahnell has it in the county’s second-largest city. Delray Beach has a separate CRA director, as do Boynton Beach and West Palm Beach.</p> <p class="Default">Ahnell has no vote on the council. But neither does Mayor Jeri Muoio in West Palm Beach, the county’s only city with a strong-mayor system. Like Muoio, though, Ahnell hires all staff members and shapes the agenda for city council meetings and CRA meetings, when the council serves as the CRA board. Like a strong mayor, Ahnell controls the staff reports and recommendations that shape council votes.</p> <p class="Default">But where Muoio must face the voters next year if she wants a second term, Ahnell rarely faces public criticism from Boca council members. He doesn’t face formal, written evaluations. And unlike West Palm Beach’s strong mayor, Ahnell doesn’t have to worry about term limits.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNewsHow Does it Feel?<h4 class="Default">Seven people with South Florida connections—from a fire-eating belly dancer to a World War II submarine cook—take readers inside the experiences that have inspired them, changed them, defined them and, in at least one case, slimed them.</h4> <p><em>The following are excerpts from all seven stories:</em></p> <p><strong>To be the king of slime?</strong></p> <p>David Aizer, <em>Former host, Nickelodeon’s Slime Time Live!</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="396" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/davidaizer.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I know this sounds ridiculous because I’m a grown man, but I'm not allowed to tell you what is in slime. I had to sign a non-disclosure. As you can imagine, Nickelodeon’s pretty protective. What I can tell you is that it’s cold and gooey—and, actually, fairly delicious. It tastes a bit like vanilla pudding. You’d be surprised to know what actually goes into it. I’ll just say that it’s a naturally occurring substance found at the center of the universe.</p> <p>Here’s the other thing: You take a shower, then you take another shower—and two days later you’re still finding slime in your ears, behind your ears, everywhere. It does come out of your clothes, though.</p> <p><strong>To model with sharks?</strong></p> <p>Kristen Koscielniak, <em>Artist, Teacher, model and owner, The Silk Soap Company, Delray Beach</em></p> <p>About 10 years ago, my sister met photographer Todd Essick at an event in Chicago. He had an idea for this underwater modeling project in Key Largo that would celebrate the beauty of women but in a natural setting. So my sister mentioned to him that I’d been a certified scuba diver since age 16.</p> <p>Not long after that, I was diving buck naked into the ocean. That’s how it started. Todd and I ended up becoming good friends and doing projects together in the Keys, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. During that first Key Largo shoot, we worked with some eels and nurse sharks. But by the time we photographed in the Bahamas, we were attracting black-tip and bull sharks, as well as nurse sharks.</p> <p><strong>To hear again?</strong></p> <p>Lucia Story, <em>Cochlear implant patient</em></p> <p>Hearing loss can lead to some embarrassing situations. One day I was at one of my children’s ball games, and a woman said, “Doesn’t that man have a good head of hair?” I thought she said he was having an affair. I couldn’t understand why she was talking about his private life in front of everyone.</p> <p>I never wanted people to know that my hearing was fading. Ever since I was a child, I liked being the listener. I never wanted to be the funny girl. You learn when you listen. So when I started losing my hearing, I found myself being the talker; I’ve never been happy in that world. I had to work very hard to listen, and it was exhausting.</p> <p>It started around 1970. I was a stewardess at the time, and I remember having a really bad cold. That’s what triggered it. I shouldn’t have been flying, but I did. The hearing loss was gradual. I would find myself saying, “Excuse me?” “Pardon me?” But I didn’t want people to know.</p> <p><strong>To be racially profiled?</strong></p> <p>Dr. Ronald Romear, <em>Pediatrician</em></p> <p>I was born in Trinidad, and I left there when I was 15. I moved to Silver Springs, Md., in the late 1970s with the sole purpose of continuing my education. People didn’t know where I was from. They looked at me like I was straight out of a Tarzan movie or something. I did not understand black America or white America. I was an enigma to both groups.</p> <p>The first time I was stopped randomly, I was working as a camp counselor at a YMCA (near Washington, D.C.). I remember it vividly. I was getting off the bus and going to get ice cream. The police stopped me and said to assume the position. Then they walked me over to a squad car, and there was this older white woman inside. Someone had stolen her handbag. She looked at me and shook her head no.</p> <p>I was a black male with a blue Adidas top on, and that was enough for them to stop me. I was angry. But then you start telling people, and you hear like six other similar stories. And you realize, “This isn’t about Ron Romear. This is just the way it is.”</p> <p><strong>To be lured into a trafficking ring?</strong></p> <p>Katariina Rosenblatt, <em>Speaker, author and founder, there is H.O.P.E. for me</em></p> <p>I grew up in South Florida with a very abusive father, both physically and verbally. That left me vulnerable. My mom had left my dad, and we were living at this hotel—a nice one, it wasn’t seedy.</p> <p>That’s where the trafficking ring first saw me. I was at the pool, and they sent this 19-year-old woman, Mary, to befriend me. She was working for a pimp at the hotel. Over the next month, she got me to confide all my needs and wants. I was hungry for a father figure. I didn’t know the difference between safe and unsafe love.</p> <p>Trafficking in America is a lot of trickery and deceit and false friendships. Mary told me one day we were going to play a game, and that I was going to be the bride. I put on this white jean dress and my mom’s makeup. I met her in the stairwell as she instructed, and she took my hand. I was 13.</p> <p>She knocked on the door of this room I’d never been to, and there was this man, like 65, overweight, burly, hairy, and with no shirt on. He was wearing gray dress slacks. Mary locked the door behind us. I remember it like it was yesterday. I always tell kids to trust their instincts, and I wish I would have trusted mine. </p> <p><strong>To eat fire?</strong></p> <p>Vanneza Romero, <em>Professional belly dancer</em></p> <p>I’ve been dancing for 17 years, but I just started fire eating about six years ago [Romero is 31]. There are a lot of belly dancers in South Florida, and the profession is very competitive. So I took it upon myself to learn.</p> <p>At one point, I actually was working with a fire eater, but she didn’t want to tell me her secrets. So I went on YouTube. There’s all kinds of stuff online showing you how to do it. The first time I tried it, I was in my mother’s garage and still living at home. She had no idea what I was up to.</p> <p>The important thing to remember is that fire goes up. Always. I have to look upward, and there can’t be any hair or eyeglasses or anything in the way that could light up. Your breathing has to be very controlled. I am actually blowing out, but it looks like I am eating it. Obviously, you can’t put the fire in your mouth; you’d burn yourself. So you get it close, then extinguish it with your breath.</p> <p><strong>To be a wartime cook on a submarine?</strong></p> <p>Robert Wayne Wasson, <em>Served on five U.S. navy subs between 1943-53</em></p> <p>They called them fleet submarines. Roosevelt had ordered 20 of them in 1937. They were built to keep up with the (Naval) fleets, if they had to. They were about 311 feet long. The kitchen? It was about 12 feet long by 8 feet wide, small enough that you could mop it with your feet and reach everything.</p> <p>I had made up my mind that I wanted to be on a submarine after Pearl Harbor, and I wanted to be a cook. Your parents had to sign the papers if you were 16, but I took care of that myself and left in the middle of the night. I was 17 by the time I went to boot camp in 1943.</p> <p>The Navy is very stubborn. They said I should be a machinist. It took about two weeks for me to convince them. They sent me to school in Chicago to learn cooking and baking.</p>magazineThu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineWho Pushes the Buttons in Boca?<h4><span>Thirty years ago, a handful of influential, concerned citizens doubled as agents of change in Boca. Today, the people and entities that drive agendas and affect our growth represent a variety of interests and backgrounds. Some are easily identifiable. Others fly under the radar. We asked Randy Schultz, a longtime resident and author of the popular “City Watch” blog at, to help identify Boca’s modern-day power brokers.</span></h4> <p><span><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/featureimage.png" width="490"></span></p> <p>It has been decades since the glory days of IBM in Boca Raton, when the company employed as many as 10,000 people in the aftermath of designing the first personal computer. Like another South Florida boom-and-bust industry—real estate—high-tech can ebb and flow. IBM shrunk to 1,000 employees and finally left.</p> <p>Yet smaller high-tech firms are starting and thriving in Boca. Drawing them to the area are, among other things, the commerce and research parks at Arvida and Florida Atlantic University, respectively, the absence of a state income tax (a lure for potential employees) and the city’s growing tech-friendly reputation.</p> <p>“Boca has been discovered as a location for high-tech companies,” says Andrew Duffell, president and CEO of FAU’s Research Park. The facility, which he notes is 80 per-cent occupied, serves as an incubator for companies. “There’s been a pretty significant wave in the last five years. It’s woken a lot of people up.”</p> <p>The Arvida Park of Commerce is just one part of northwest Boca Raton where companies are setting up. The area is flourishing enough that Gov. Rick Scott made campaign appearances at Boca-based companies, touting the improving economy. Admittedly, none of the companies at this point is close to being an IBM in terms of employees. Most employ fewer than 200. Still, the trend line for many of these firms is up, and perhaps the next IBM is among them.</p> <p>Here are five people to watch in Boca’s high-tech world, though they are hardly the only ones; other entrepreneurs have brought companies like OpenPeak and Campus Management to the area. Boca Raton isn’t Silicon Valley, but with enough progress, maybe the name Silicon Beach finally will stick.</p>Randy SchultzThu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNewsYour Table is Ready<p>Can’t navigate the local restaurant scene without a program? Fear not. Our food editor offers primo picks in nine different categories for your dining pleasure.</p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/elcamino.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There’s no better time to be a diner in and around Boca Raton than now. Whether fine dining or fun dining, the local restaurant scene has never offered hungry gastronomes more diverse choices. It doesn’t matter if you’re lusting after rice noodles or gnocchi, sushi or sausages, a thick, juicy burger or a slab of luscious foie gras: There’s a restaurant out there whose kitchen is speaking directly to you.</p> <p>Not all that long ago, this kind of quality and range of restaurants was available only to denizens of a handful of major American cities. But good food has become democratized; you don’t need to dress up and spend a lot of money to dine on fresh, seasonal ingredients prepared with skill and love, and served up in haute, hip or homey settings. There may not yet be an organic, free-range chicken in every pot, but we’re getting there.</p> <p>If you haven’t already, put the following restaurants on your must-dine list. Bon appétit!</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>Bill CitaraThu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNews & ReviewsThe Euro Sampler<p>With the Big Sleep of the recession finally over, people are stirring again, dusting off passports, dreaming up new wish lists and booking cruise ships and airlines for new adventures. The stay-cation was so 2008; we are back into the world now, and summer vacations are taking on a whole new dimension.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/europe.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>One of the first destinations to rediscover is Europe—at least a few parts of it—for the savvy traveler who has already “done” Paris and Madrid and Athens and Munich. We recently dropped in on three of our favorite places not long ago—London, Rome and Mallorca—to see what was going on and how they felt the second or third time around. Here’s our travel update.</p> <p><strong>London</strong></p> <p>London holds a special place in my heart given I lived there for two years as a child and then, later, as a college student for a summer. But the London I remember—quaint, very British, very manageable—bears no resemblance to the one that gets all the glossy press now. I remember Sundays in Hyde Park and antique shopping on Portobello Road, buying sweets at the confectioner’s. There were ghost stories and Beatles, Carnaby Street and Mary Quant. Biba was the coolest department store on the planet.</p> <p>Today, London may be the most sophisticated and international city across the pond, with a skyline I did not recognize. There is the famous 2014London Eye as well as the Shard, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf—all skyscrapers dwarf-ing sweet little Big Ben. Oh, the sights are still worth seeing (the Natural History Museum and the Tower of London never get old), and fish and chips is still a street favorite, but, for the most part, the city is wildly expensive now. It’s also less British, inhabited by people from all over the world. Mayfair, meanwhile, feels like Worth Avenue or Rodeo Drive, with the usual suspects—Prada, Louis Vuitton, Apple—except when you seek out the London stalwarts, the names that began here, the true blue-chip British icons.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>Marie SpeedThu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineTravel A Walk to Remember<p>Yaacov Heller’s earliest art memory dates back to kindergarten, when he crafted an elephant out of clay using his teacher’s kiln. He brought the pachyderm to his Cleveland home and, as Heller recalls, his parents promptly told him to take it back. “[They asked], ‘Where did you steal it from?’ I had to convince them that I made it.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/yaacov_heller-8453_copy.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>As prolific as he was prodigious, Heller’s art-making continued apace, and as a young man in the United States Navy, he began to view it as an enterprise, charging fellow-sailors $25 for portraits of their loved ones, completed on board the USS Forrestal. Sometimes he would be working on six of these paintings at a time. When the vessel docked in the south of France, he would use the profits to pay a colleague to man his post while he jetted to Paris to visit the Louvre.</p> <p>An 18-year residency in Israel, beginning in 1972, led to the style of work for which he is most recognized internationally. His bronze-cast representations of Biblical narratives in action—the binding of Isaac, Moses with the Ten Commandments, David and Goliath—have wound up in the hands of world leaders from Yitzhak Rabin and Margaret Thatcher to Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.</p> <p>“I was in the land of the Bible,” Heller explains. “I read the Bible, and I learned these stories, and I visualized them. If I had gone to Spain, I probably would have been doing bullfighters and flamenco dancers.”</p> <p>This ability to absorb and then immortalize his environment, whatever it is, has led to an eclectic career. To the uninitiated, the pieces inside Gallery 22—the combination studio, showroom and gallery he has operated in Royal Palm Place for the past eight years—easily could speak to talents of several different artists. But it’s all Heller: Vibrant paintings of Marilyn Monroe, Superman, James Gandolfini and others pop off the walls alongside semi-abstract Lucite sculptures, elaborate Judaica pendants, and secular jewelry patterned in the shape of flowers and animals.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>John ThomasonThu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsIn The MagazineSmells Like Teen Spirit<p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/hthero.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Noah Zylberberg </strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong>Age:</strong> 16</p> <p class="p2"><strong>High School:</strong> Junior at Spanish River in Boca</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Program:</strong> Zylberberg’s nonprofit—Youth Advocating Pool Safety (—combines his passion for swimming (he’s on the team at Spanish River) with a desire to prevent the third-leading cause of death in children: drowning. To that end, he teams with a local doctor and firefighter on a presentation—like the one he’ll give in January at Addison Reserve—aimed at parents and grandparents. Zylberberg, CPR and lifeguard certified, focuses on childproofing homes that have pools and educating adults about how to monitor and protect young swimmers.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Laura Sky Herman</strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong>Age:</strong> 18</p> <p class="p2"><strong>High School:</strong> Senior at Pine Crest inFort Lauderdale</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Program:</strong> An accomplished ballet dancer, Herman created Bows Art during her freshman year as a way to help those families struggling to cover costs associated with the discipline—from lessons and pointe shoes to dancewear. The Boca resident did so by making and selling the handmade bows worn in ballet buns. What started as a thoughtful gesture has turned into a difference-making program. Between the money raised from her bows, the bonus contributions from customers, and the classes discounted by her ballet studio in Fort Lauderdale, Herman estimates that Bows Art has made a combined $4,000 difference in the lives of aspiring dancers.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Monica Aber</strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong>Age:</strong> 17</p> <p class="p2"><strong>High School:</strong> Junior at Spanish River in Boca</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Program:</strong> Inspired by Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, Aber launched her own outreach group—Youth Health Alliance (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>)—to promote the importance of nutrition and exercise at a young age. A dancer and soccer player as a child, Aber realized early on how diet played a role in her overall fitness. She’s also seen the impact that unhealthy eating habits and poor body image have had on some of her peers over the years. So Aber, currently on the swim team, directs her message at youngsters from pre-K through sixth grade, delivering interactive talks at schools like Advent Lutheran.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>magazineThu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNewsLearn Situational Awareness for Holiday Safety<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Protect yourself this holiday season with a safety course from a local self-defense instructor.</p> <p>John Riddle, a former West Palm Beach police SWAT team member, is teaching a course called “<strong>Situational Awareness for Holiday Shopping and Travel</strong>” on Nov. 22 at 9:30 a.m. He’ll discuss what potential victims need to know about body language and gut feelings in order to avoid assault.</p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/riddle.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The hour and a half class costs $10 per participant and takes place at Riddle’s self-defense training facility, Progressive Self-defense Systems, at 1000 N.W. First Ave., Boca Raton, warehouses 5 and 6. The program talks about being aware of one’s surroundings around the world.</p> <p>Situational awareness is the first step in self-defense, says Riddle, who teaches an Israeli-based military defense system called Krav Maga.</p> <p>“I don't care how good you are in self-defense, martial arts or whatever, if you are not paying attention to your surroundings you can be caught, robbed and beaten before you know it. In today's world, we are all so preoccupied with laptops, cell phones and portable hand-held devices that we don’t see the activity going on around us,” reads a quote from the Progressive Self-defense Systems website.</p> <p>The holidays are a particularly opportunistic time for attackers. Riddles cites the example of heading to the mall after work and returning to your car when it’s already dark outside</p> <p>“This is the area where things can happen,” Riddle says in an email interview. <br> It can be prevented.”</p> <p>To sign up for the course, click <a href="">here</a> or call 561/262-7840.</p> <p>Riddle also teaches defensive pepper spray, rape prevention and concealed handgun courses, along with defensive handgun courses, such as force-on-force scenario-based training.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><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>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 19 Nov 2014 13:37:34 +0000 Week Ahead: Nov. 19 to 24<p>WEDNESDAY (TODAY)</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/mike-birbiglia-web.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Mike Birbiglia</strong></p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Since 2008, Mike Birbiglia has been one of the few comedians gifted enough to take his humor to a more theatrical level, creating two successful one-man shows—“Sleepwalk With Me” and “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend”—that hew closer to Spalding Gray monologues than traditional standup routines. The memorization, the delivery and the acting came together flawlessly with Birbiglia’s autobiographical subject matter: “Sleepwalk With Me” explained his rapid eye movement behavior disorder, which has led to some dangerous sleepwalking incidents, and “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” was a warts-and-all account of his relationship history, which won numerous comedy awards in 2013. His latest production is titled “Thank God for Jokes,” which suggests a return to his standup roots but with the meticulous, actorly polish he’s brought to his previous shows. We’ll review it on Friday here at</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/kim.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> <strong>Opening day of</strong> “<strong>Coming Into Fashion: A Century of Fashion Photography at Conde Nast”</strong></p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>Cost: $5-$12</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-5196, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Few portraitists played with the beautiful contrast of light and shadow quite as potently as Baron Adolph de Mayer, whose 1913 appointment as <em>Vogue</em>’s fashion photographer made him the first artist to attain that position. His black-and-white and sepia-toned images of models such as Lillian Gish and Mary Pickford cut through the Victorian-style gloom of the period with cinematic attention to detail, while helping to establish the groundwork for the nascent genre of fashion photography. “Coming Into Fashion” begins with de Meyer and continues to the present day, studying the evolution of the medium across 150 photographic prints from Conde Nast’s archives in New York, Paris, Milan and London. Edward Steichen, Irving Penn and Miles Aldridge are among the photographic voices whose personalities resonate through their work. Witness fashion photography’s deviations from, and its fundamental similarities to, those early de Mayer shots at the Norton, one of just two American museum engagements for “Coming Into Fashion.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="601" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/altarations.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Altarations: Build, Blended, Processed”</strong></p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Where: FAU’s Schmidt Center Gallery, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/297-2661, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Inspired by such recent New York exhibitions as “What is A Photograph?” and “A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio,” this exhibition of photo-based artworks is, its curators promise, unlike anything seen in South Florida in recent memory. More than 20 contemporary artists, from across the United States and countries such as Israel, Peru and Denmark, contributed artworks that blur the boundaries between photography and other forms of visual art. Some employ digital image-making while others defy its temptations, but all of them have something inherent to say about the state of photography today, in ways that celebrate, contradict and undermine its traditions. Miami artist Maria Martinez-Canas, who is considered one of the anchors of the exhibition, will speak at Thursday’s opening. The exhibit runs through Feb. 28.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="392" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/marvel-cast.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Marvel Universe Live!”</strong></p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Where: The BB&amp;T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise</p> <p>Cost: $50-$175</p> <p>Contact: 954/835-8000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For fans of Marvel Comics’ storied superhero universe, the only experience more thrilling than the latest 3-D movie adaptation is to watch the heroes’ and villains’ adventures in the flesh. The likes of Wolverine, Captain America, the Avengers and more will provide just that opportunity at this action-packed arena spectacular, complete with trailblazing special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial choreography and motorcycle stunts. A bowel-shaking thunderclap from Thor opens the show, whose plot—as if that really matters—involves preventing the Cosmic Cube from entering enemy hands. He’ll need plenty of help from his aforementioned friends; Spider-Man will be there, as well, clinging upside down to a prop dangling in front of the Statue of Liberty. Phil Smage, the actor playing Captain America, told the <em>New York Daily News</em> that the stunt work is “not easy and everyone is sore, but we’re doing what we love to do.” The show runs through Sunday, Nov. 23, then moves to Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena Nov. 29 and 30.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="220" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/romeo-juliet1-690x310.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Miami City Ballet’s Program I</strong></p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>Cost: $20-$190</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When it comes to “Romeo and Juliet,” you know the story, and spoiler alerts need not apply: Both lovers get it in the end. The joy in experiencing and re-experiencing this passionate tale of star-crossed lovers year after year, and medium after medium, is in the individuality its creators bring to the ageless text. In the world of classical ballet, such knighted choreographers as Sir Frederick Ashton and Sir Frederick MacMillan have created full-length dances based on the story, but Miami City Ballet is re-mounting what most consider the best “Romeo and Juliet” ballet of all: the 1962 version by South Africa’s John Cranko, a choreographer who sought to create dance that was “a representation of life itself.” Known for his clear-eyed storytelling mastery and his thrilling pas de deux, Cranko’s take will be presented with romantic costumes and lavish sets.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/theresolvers1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Hope Fest</strong></p> <p>When: 12:30 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Abacoa Amphitheatre, 1267 Main St., Jupiter</p> <p>Cost: $25 adults, free for children 12 and younger</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This inaugural Jupiter festival will offer an excellent survey of Florida music, but it’s much more than that: It’s the most ambitious fundraiser yet for Hope From Harrison, the moving nonprofit formed by local parents Matt and Melissa Hudson, who lost their second child Harrison after five months due to an inexplicable birth defect. The Hudsons initially launched their nonprofit to assist with the mounting medical costs of treating their son, and they’ve been paying it forward ever since, raising some $40 thousand for families of sick children. At today’s festival, you can contribute to this worthy cause for an affordable $25, while enjoying nutritious food options, craft beer and a full day of music including Mike Mineo, The Resolvers (pictured), Boxelder, Ketchy Shuby, No Bodies Crew, Miami Street Band and Uproot Hootenany. Notably, the festival also features the first South Florida performance in two and a half years by John Ralston’s Invisible Music, whose frontman recently returned to the area from a three-year sabbatical in Southwest Virginia.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="262" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/plame.jpg" width="350"></p> <p><strong>What: Valerie Plame and Robert Baer</strong></p> <p>When: 10 a.m.</p> <p>Where: Miami-Dade College, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 305/237-3258, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>What do you when you’re no longer a spy? Presumably, you don’t take a job at Starbucks: You write about spy games. Valerie Plame, the famous CIA operative who was “outed” by columnist Robert Novak in 2003, has launched a fiction series that borrows heavily from her own covert experiences working against nuclear proliferation. In one review, her protagonist, Vanessa Pierson, was called “a smart, sexy action hero, a kind of James Bond with high heels, short skirts and a Glock in her purse.” In the second Pierson novel, <em>Burned</em>, which Plame will discuss at this Miami Book Fair appearance, Pierson must collaborate with a notorious nuclear arms dealer to catch an even more threatening terrorist. She’ll be joined in this discussion by Robert Baer, another accomplished CIA operative and the author of four <em>New York Times</em> best-sellers. His latest book, <em>The Perfect Kill</em>, is a nonfiction adventure about political assassins and the origins of radical Islam.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="254" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/autumn-sonata-2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Autumn Sonata” with Liv Ullmann</strong></p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Cosford Cinema at University of Miami, 5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables</p> <p>Cost: $7-$9</p> <p>Contact: 305/284-4861, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>One of the all-time great movies about mother-daughter strife, Ingmar Bergman’s “Autumn Sonata” is also notable as being the director’s only collaboration with his (unrelated) namesake, Ingrid Bergman. She plays a concert pianist visiting her daughter Eva (Liv Ullman) for the first time in seven years. At Eva and husband Viktor’s bucolic parsonage, the mother and daughter will spend a day, night and painful morning stirring up decades of emotional cobwebs, mostly fixated on mom’s frequent absences, narcissism and workaholism. Told in muted colors and stylized, protracted soliloquies, it’s one of Ingmar’s slow-burning chamber dramas, and a brilliant showcase for the subtlety and versatility of his two actresses. One of whom, his wife and muse Ullmann, will be in attendance following the film for a special Q&amp;A. The screening is part of the Cosford Classics series, so it will be screened on its original 35mm film format.</p>John ThomasonWed, 19 Nov 2014 10:00:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadUpcoming EventsAvoiding the Thanksgiving Food Coma<p>Thanksgiving is around the corner, and to many people that means over-indulging and consequently feeling stuffed, lethargic and tired. While we love to repeat our holiday traditions, this year I want to propose a new ending to your Thanksgiving feast: a comfortable satisfaction and easy mobility. Here are my top three tips to avoiding Thanksgiving food coma.</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/screen_shot_2014-11-19_at_8.38.25_am.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>1. The week of Thanksgiving:</strong> I often see people over-indulging at Thanksgiving because they deprive themselves days before the holidays. To avoid overeating during Thanksgiving, allow yourself small treats through out the week. Try a guiltless dessert, like my raw vegan apple pie (recipe below). When you indulge a little bit during the week, you may be less likely to over-indulge in pumpkin pie after the big dinner.</p> <p><strong>2. Thanksgiving Day:</strong> Make sure you eat small balanced meals throughout the day, especially before the big turkey or Tofurky dinner. The impulse may often be to dramatically restrict your calories beforehand, but that may backfire when your eyes become bigger than your stomach. Instead of starving yourself, enjoy small, portion-controlled, balanced meals with your favorite holiday flavors. That way when dinner comes around you won't be anxious to dig in. Instead, you’ll make better food choices for yourself.</p> <p><strong>3. During Thanksgiving dinner:</strong> When you find yourself sitting in front of all your holiday favorites, the first thing to do is to take a deep breath and make a conscious plan of what dishes you would like to indulge in first. Fill up half of your plate with green veggies and salad, one quarter with your favorite starchy side dishes and leave a palm-sized space for the protein (plant-based protein will be better for your digestion and well-being). </p> <p>Slow down during the meal and focus on enjoying the conversations with family and friends. Wait 20 minutes after you’re done with your plate before reaching for seconds. If you choose to get more food, eat it slowly and with gusto and pleasure. By taking your time, chewing every bite and enjoying every morsel, you will help your body do its best to digest the food and leave you happy and satisfied. </p> <p><strong>BONUS Z-Tip:</strong> Make your own healthier version of a thanksgiving favorite and bring with you to the dinner. That way you will have a healthy and delicious recipe to enjoy and to share.</p> <p>Savory veggies for Thanksgiving:</p> <p><iframe height="387" src="" width="470"></iframe></p> <p>Delicious pumpkin mousse:</p> <p><iframe height="387" src="" width="470"></iframe></p> <p>Apple pie filling video and full recipe below:</p> <p><iframe height="387" src="" width="470"></iframe></p> <p><strong>12-Minute Apple Pie</strong></p> <p><strong>Crust:</strong></p> <p>1 ½ cups of almonds</p> <p>1 ½ cups of walnuts</p> <p>1 ½ cup medjool dates</p> <p>½ teaspoon salt</p> <p>1 teaspoon vanilla powder</p> <p>Blend all ingredients in a food processor with an S blade until dough is formed. Don’t over process, but don’t leave it chunky either. Put dough into the pie shell, molding it to the shape of the dish.</p> <p><strong>Filling:</strong></p> <p>6 Golden Delicious apples</p> <p>4 medjool dates, pitted</p> <p>2 teaspoons ground flax seeds</p> <p>1 teaspoon salt</p> <p>2 teaspoons of cinnamon</p> <p>1 teaspoon vanilla powder</p> <p>½ cup raisins</p> <p>Shredded coconut</p> <p>Mix 4 apples with dates, flax seeds, salt, cinnamon and vanilla in the food processor until you reach an apple sauce consistency. Transfer for bowl.</p> <p>Using a slicing blade, slice 2 apples and mix with the rest of the mixture in a bowl. You can also chop these two apples by pulsing them in the food processor with an S-Blade.</p> <p>Add raisins to the mixture and combine together with a spoon. Pour into a pie crust, sprinkle with cinnamon and coconut.</p> <p>Happy Thanksgiving!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</p> <p>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</p>Alina Z.Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:28:20 +0000 & ReviewsRecipes Turkey Day Dining, Part II<p>Continuing our “They’re cooking turkey (or whatever) on Thanksgiving Day so you don’t have to” series, here are a few more restaurants to be thankful for. . .</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/thanksgiving-day-food-2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Cafe Boulud</a> (<em>301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach 561/655-6060</em>) will be dishing up an elegant three-course T-Day meal for $79 per adult and $36 per kid. Think dishes like pumpkin veloute and terrine of squab, heritage turkey with all the trimmings and pumpkin pie or apple tart tatin for dessert.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Meat Market Palm Beach</a> (<em>191 Bradley Place, 561/354-9800</em>), the most inventive steakhouse around, will be offering a variety of a la carte specials from chef-partner Sean Brasel. There will be a fresh Bell &amp; Evans turkey leg roulade for $32 and bourbon-vanilla-marinated sous vide turkey breast for $35, plus Jack Daniels caramel pecan tartlet with candied pumpkin ice cream for $12 and more.</p> <p>The new <a href="" target="_blank">Del Frisco’s Grille</a> (<em>340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, 561/557-2552</em>) is offering a $42 prix fixe menu with three courses off all the traditional Thanksgiving favorites. Start with butternut squash bisque, then gobble up a hand-carved turkey with cornbread stuffing plus a choice of two sides, then finish with pumpkin or pecan pie.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Pistache French Bistro</a> (<em>101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/833-5090</em>) is pulling out all the stops for its $45 prix fixe, three-course Turkey Day dinner. Go traditional with apple and heirloom squash veloute, roasted turkey with chestnut brioche stuffing and pumpkin pie or not so much with escargot in lemon-garlic butter, pan-roasted black grouper and dark chocolate mousse.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">III Forks</a> in Palm Beach Gardens (<em>4645 PGA Blvd., 561/630-3660</em>) invites you to stick a fork in their four-course Thanksgiving dinner. For $46.95 for adults and $16.95 for kiddies you get tomato soup with fresh basil, field green salad with blue cheese and pecans, turkey and assorted trimmings or beef tenderloin with roasted shallot-thyme demiglace and a smorgasbord of desserts.</p> <p><em>For part I of our Turkey Day Dining guide, click <a href="/blog/2014/11/17/turkey-day-dining-part-i/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p>Bill CitaraTue, 18 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsNew land use regs, more on Mizner Trail and All Aboard updates<h3>Growing pains</h3> <p><img alt="" height="383" src="/site_media/uploads/5206_meridian_delray_beach_front.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Tonight, Delray Beach nears a decision on one of those Really Big Deals for cities.</p> <p>The city commission holds the first of two scheduled public hearings on new Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District. The changes would cover downtown core, West Atlantic Avenue, the beach and what would be called the Railroad Corridor along the Florida Coast Railway tracks. That last, new designation would include Pineapple Grove.</p> <p>With all of the remarkable, positive change in Delray Beach over the last 20-plus years has come increasing public criticism of changes that progress has brought. Sidewalks are too crowded. Bicycling is dangerous. The city is approving projects too large for their location.</p> <p>This resentment probably crested in December 2012 with the commission’s approval of Atlantic Crossing. The March 2013 city election brought in Cary Glickstein as mayor and Shelly Petrolia as a commissioner, both of whom had campaigned on a better-growth platform. About a year ago, the city asked the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council for help in drafting new regulations. Comments from residents and affected groups have shaped the proposals even until last month, but tonight will be the first commission vote. If the regulations are approved, a second vote will be necessary in two weeks.</p> <p>Among other things, the new rules—more than 55 pages—call for wider setbacks and more pedestrian-friendly sidewalks. They require that the ground floor of a downtown project be a store or a restaurant. They require more open space as part of larger developments. They improve the bonus program for developers. In his memo to commissioners, Interim City Manager Terry Stewart says the changes increase the “importance of the public realm.”</p> <p>Noting that Delray’s downtown master plan is 12 years old, Glickstein says the city should have made such changes during the recession. Building slowed dramatically, but it also seemed likely that growth would return. It did, in force. Like other South Florida cities, Delray faced many new applications for residential projects, most of them apartment buildings. That’s where the financing was after the home/condo bubble burst.</p> <p>Without new regulations, Glickstein said, Delray Beach “had a flawed approval process and a more flawed waiver process.” Delray was offering incentives to developers without a policy for what the city wanted those incentives to create. “A new apartment building,” Glickstein said, “is not memorable.”</p> <p>There’s irony in that last comment, since Glickstein’s company develops apartment buildings. He is correct, though, that Delray Beach was too often taking what was offered rather than getting what it wanted. Such an approach can make life hardest for the people Delray most wants to attract: downtown residents and outsiders who patronize city businesses and like to stroll through the city.</p> <p>Glickstein supports the new regulations, which need three votes to pass. He argues that they address the two main issues: the ground floor and architectural design, guidelines for which are coming soon.</p> <p>In an email to Stewart, however, Petrolia criticized the parking requirements as taking the city “from leniency to lunacy” and call them a potential “deal-breaker.”</p> <p>Specifically, Petrolia envisions that a hotel with 120 rooms, a restaurant and meeting space might have to provide just 35 parking spaces. The public then would have to provide space with a garage. Petrolia calls that “unacceptable.” She also faults the requirements for offices, stores and apartments. Example: For two-bedroom complexes, the requirement would be 1.75 spaces per unit. Petrolia wants that to be two spaces.</p> <p>Glickstein is right that the public will focus most on height and density, since even non-planners understand the terms. But the plan correctly limits the number of stories as a way to restrict height while leaving flexibility for more pleasing designs. Also, a planning council staff member pointed out that density alone isn’t the cause of downtown’s problems. Atlantic Crossing, for example, never had a density issue.</p> <p>The problem is compatibility, and the new regulations should encourage it. The staffer told the commission that if a developer can’t meet the proposed setback requirements, the developer is building too much for the site. Interim City Manager Stewart wants the regulations to bring “predictability” to development decisions. The debate tonight may be anything but predictable.</p> <h3>Mizner Trail</h3> <p>The legal battle over the former Mizner Trail Golf Course is also a public relations battle.</p> <p>Boca Del Mar homeowners who adjoin the property have challenged the Palm Beach County Commission’s approval in June of 252 homes on the roughly 128 acres. In their appeal, the Boca Del Mar Improvement Association seeks to persuade a judge that the commission violated county land-use rules.</p> <p>One key argument is that a judge in 2008 ruled that the land had no inherent development rights. The county approved the master plan for Boca Del Mar—just east of the city limits—in the early 1970s based, among other things, on the open space the course provided. The plaintiffs believe that the landowners never intended to keep operating the golf course, which they declared in 2001-02 to be unprofitable and closed in 2005, right before the commission was set to rule on a previous plan to develop the land.</p> <p>On a recent Friday, the developer—Mizner Trail Properties —issued a news release saying that it intended to sue the homeowners for rejecting a $250,000 settlement to the dispute and thus filing a frivolous lawsuit. But Robert Rivas, a lawyer for Sachs Sax Caplan, which is representing the homeowners, said the developer had offered no such settlement at “any time, in any amount.” He speculated that the move might have been designed to disrupt what appears to be near-unity among the neighbors that they should pursue the challenge.</p> <p>Rivas did say the homeowners had received communication about possible sanctions, but no notice of a lawsuit. Rivas dismissed the idea that the challenge could trigger any sanctions. Neither side knows when the court will decide whether or not to hear the appeal.</p> <p>Some commissioners in the 5-2 majority that approved the project argued that the redesigned project actually would benefit the homeowners. The homeowners disagree. In their petition, they say “the footprint of the development resembles a complex iron mold into which, if the developer gets its way, molten plastic—in the form of homes—will be pumped until the plastic seeps into all the creases and crevices in the mold.” I wouldn’t look for a settlement in this case even if one were offered.</p> <h3>All Aboard</h3> <p>As opposition continues to All Aboard Florida’s passenger service at high decibel levels from residents of northern Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, the study of commuter trains quietly continues. And for all the talk of All Aboard Florida being an economic “game-changer” for the region, the commuter line potentially is the real transportation breakthrough.</p> <p>The South Florida Transportation Authority, which operates Tri-Rail, is leading a study of the Coastal Link, which would provide commuter service between Miami and Jupiter along the same Florida Coast Railway corridor that All Aboard Florida will use. All Aboard Florida’s parent company owns the FEC tracks.</p> <p>Tri-Rail now ends at Mangonia Park, just north of West Palm Beach. Because Tri-Rail runs on the CSX tracks farther west, it doesn’t serve downtowns in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and elsewhere that are attracting new residents. The project would cost $600 million to $800 million, and depends on many things falling into place. One of them would be how commuter service could work with passenger service and whether Florida East Coast Industries would allow it to happen.</p> <p>So if you live in Boca or Delray and don’t think there’s much to think about regarding All Aboard Florida but “quiet zones,” think again.</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, 18 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityFestival of the Arts announces 2015 lineup<p><em>[NOTE: The Week Ahead will run on Wednesday, Nov. 19 this week.]</em></p> <p>Last Friday, the Festival of the Arts Boca announced the lineup for its 2015 festival, which runs March 6-15. Here is our preview of the 11 events. </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. Not much has been revealed about the program, other than it will feature dancer/choreographer Guillaume Cote, which is all we need to know: An official Choreographic Associate of the National Ballet of Canada, Cote has been praised for his “lyrical grace” and “dramatic intensity” across a resume that includes some of the greatest leading roles in ballet history.</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> <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 9<sup>th</sup> 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 ThomasonMon, 17 Nov 2014 16:35:28 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicUpcoming EventsTurkey Day Dining, Part I<p>Of all the things to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day (which, for the calendar-impaired, is Thursday, Nov. 27), one of the greatest is that somebody else is willing to do all the cooking, not to mention all the clean-up, of the traditional holiday meal.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/thanksgiving-day-food-2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This week’s posts will be devoted to those restaurants that will make your Turkey Day a little easier and a lot less stressful. Thanks, guys. . .</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Bogart’s</a> (<em>3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton, 561/544-3044</em>). The restaurant on the upper level of the Cinemark Palace 20 theater will be offering its annual Thanksgiving Day menu to go. The meal includes soup or salad, slow-roasted turkey and sides, and dessert, priced at $149.95 for four to six people and $264.95 for 10 to 12. You can pick up your ready-to-eat meal at the restaurant the day before T-Day or on the Big Day itself, but you have to order (by calling 561/395-7682) by Monday, Nov. 24.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Farmer’s Table</a> (<em>1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, 561/417-5836</em>), the wildly popular good and good for you dining establishment, is already taking rezzies for their T-Day dinner. (And good luck getting in without ‘em.) On the menu are Joyce Farms heritage turkey breast, plus all the traditional side dishes and pumpkin pie for dessert. Cost is $42 for adults and $21 for children under 10.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Tanzy</a> (<em>301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/922-6699</em>) will be dishing up a three-course prix fixe menu for $40 for big kids and $20 for little ones. Dine at a communal table on herb-roasted turkey with all the trimmings, soup or salad and either pumpkin pie or pink lady apple galette for dessert.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern</a> (<em>402 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/395-1662</em>) in Mizner Park is also doing a three-course Thanksgiving meal. Choose from butternut squash bisque or arugula-apple salad to start, then roasted turkey or root beer-glazed ham and assorted sides, followed by pumpkin or pecan pie. Price is $34.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids. Twenty more bucks will get you a bottle of house wine.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina</a> (<em>999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 561/368-9500</em>) will put on a T-Day buffet in the waterfront resort’s Atlantic Ballroom. For $59 per adult and $25 per kid you can chow down on everything from oysters on the half-shell and snow crab claws to hand-carved turkey, ham, prime rib and salmon, plus side dishes to a selection of mini desserts.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 17 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsDeepak Chopra brings enlightenment to Boca<p>Last night, I was one of a whopping 1,600 attendees at Deepak Chopra’s speaking engagement at B’nai Israel in Boca Raton, one small pea in a lovely spiritual soup. It’s been less than a year since Chopra’s last South Florida appearance, but it didn’t stop this event from achieving a capacity swell. As a general-admission ticketholder, if I stood up and craned my neck, I could possibly make out the top of the soft-spoken thinker’s head; mostly, though, the Deepak Chopra we saw emanated from a video screen a hundred feet away.</p> <p>But even at such a distance, he was utterly captivating, holding our attention, touching our souls and flexing our mental muscles for the better part of two hours (though in Boca, you can always count on a number of people deciding to beat the traffic, even when the speaker isn’t finished yet). He started out with big, fundamental, unanswerable questions about life and consciousness, joking “We have approximately two hours to figure out the nature of the universe.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="307" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/1398676868_chopra2.png" width="400"></p> <p>Chopra promptly dove into facts and figures about physics—the universe is 70 percent dark energy, 25 percent dark matter and 4 percent atomic energy, of which we are just .01 percent—poetically concluding that Earth is located “in the junkyard of infinity.” He then pivoted to studies of the biological basis of consciousness, which remains unsolved by science, referncing Arthur Eddison’s famous quote that “something unknown is doing we don’t know what.”</p> <p>Indeed, science can’t answer the existential questions that cause Deepak Chopra to wake up every morning. And until it does, he seemed to say during the rest of his appearance, we should do our part to keep this little blue dot around by living healthy, spiritual, harmonious lives—to help the universe by helping ourselves, and by becoming one with the infinite consciousness.</p> <p>Aided by PowerPoint slides, Chopra’s lecture soon took on the feel of a self-development workshop, titled “The Future of Well-Being,” and I was grateful to be taking notes. There were too many takeaways to list in one article, ranging from the bizarre to the practical to the moving: Tomatoes have more genes than humans; meditation increases our telomeres by 40 percent, thereby slowing cellular aging; 90 percent of our DNA is bacteria, so that we are really “microbial colonies with a few human cells hanging on to them.”</p> <p>There were flow charts and bar graphs and mind maps about things like epigenetics, neuroplasticity, quantum entanglement and qualia science, yet despite the density of the material, Chopra kept everything explicable, leavening his speech with epigrammatic humor: “We spend money we don’t have on things we don’t need to impress people we don’t like.” “If you’re constantly planning for the future, when it comes your way you won’t be present for it.” I was especially fond of a pair of slams against GMOs, which he called “not even food,” to the uncomfortable murmers of some in the audience.</p> <p>He ended his lecture with a 10-minute meditation, which lowered the collective blood pressure of the entire room and caused us all to be aware of our hearts beating through our fingertips. Actually, that wasn’t quite the end: He then proceeded to plug his new book, “The Future of God,” which is fine—cause hey, even enlightened gurus need to eat.</p> <p>No doubt he sold a lot of paper at the book signing following his presentation; more importantly, though, he opened a lot of minds. After just two hours, I felt like I had audited an entire college course I probably wouldn’t have understood in college.</p> <p><em>Chopra appeared at B’Nai Israel as part of the congreation’s BNI Talks speaker series, which continues tonight, Nov. 14, with progressive Ukrainian rabbi Alexander Dukhovny. There is no charge for this event. For more on the series, visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 14 Nov 2014 14:00:39 +0000 & EventsFashion Forward: New stores + weekend event<p><strong><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/bcbgmaxazria.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Photo via BCBGMaxazria Facebook</em></p> <p><strong>Just in time for the holidays: </strong>BCBGMaxazria is opening up a Delray Beach outpost. The Atlantic Avenue store will be opening its doors on Dec. 16. Stay tuned for more details.</p> <p><strong>Don’t forget:</strong> Town Center at Boca Raton’s Festival of the Watches is this Saturday, Nov. 15. Click <a href="/blog/2014/10/31/fashion-forward-watch-events-outlet-expansion/">here</a> to view our previous coverage of the event. <em>(6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton)</em></p> <p><strong>Now open:</strong> Palm Beach Outlets is now home to Vince Camuto. The store is offering 25 percent off your purchase to celebrate its opening. <em>(1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach)</em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 14 Nov 2014 09:45:29 +0000 NewsUpcoming EventsStaff Picks of the Week<p><strong>Amelia’s SmartyPlants</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/amelias.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Assistant Art Director</p> <p>"This is my favorite place to get my plants and garden accessories. They have an amazing selection of native plants, gardening supplies and unique decor all in a relaxing, serene atmosphere – it feels therapeutic just to go there and walk around! A fabulous find! It's worth the trip. You can take even a tour on their website."</p> <p>1515 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth // <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Cosa Duci Italian Bakery, Boca Raton</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="166" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/cosaduci.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Picked by Georgette Evans, Advertising Senior Account Manager</p> <p>“This gem of a bakery is more than it appears. While you can stop by any day of the week to pick up some delicious pastries, you could also stay and have a great homemade lunch. It's a cozy place that greets you with smiling faces and makes you feel as if you're stepping into Giovanna Cimino's home. The story behind Cosa Duci makes the place even more special. Giovanna’s son, Giuseppe Fausto, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 27. Combining her passion for baking and desire to help find a cure for MS, she created Cosa Duci, which donates a portion of proceeds to MS foundations.”</p> <p>141 N.W. 20th St., Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>4th Generation Organic Market</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/4thgenuse.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</p> <p>"A recent visit to Boca Raton's only 100 percent organic gourmet proved once again that it's the city's best-kept secret for organic and raw foodies, offering a more compact but more authentic experience than Whole Foods Market or the other chains. The market is enticing enough, with healthier spins on even the most decadent desserts, and the prepared food is uniquely satisfying, with savory sammies and raw ‘mozzarella sticks’ unlike anything you've tried before. They're also refreshingly liberal with their food samples."</p> <p>75 S.E. Third St., Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>magazineFri, 14 Nov 2014 08:39:41 +0000 & ReviewsMerlino&#39;s Opens in Boca<p>Behind every restaurant is a story, but the story behind Boca’s new<strong> Merlino’s </strong>(<em>39 S.E. First Ave., 561/756-8437</em>) is a bit juicier than most.</p> <p><img alt="" height="303" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/merlinos.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>“Merlino,” in this case, is Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino, in the 1990s reputed to be head of the Philadelphia mob, now on parole and living in Boca Raton. Though the restaurant bears his name, Merlino is said to only be the host or maitre ‘d, hired by the eatery’s local investors.</p> <p>In any event, Merlino’s promises to meld Merlino family recipes with “contemporary South Philadelphia flair,” plus an inventive cocktails program directed by manager-mixologist Lee Hoechstetter. Chef is Angelo Morinelli, whose Cucina D’Angelo in the Shops at Boca Center was for years one of the area’s premier Italian restaurants.</p> <p>The extensive menu is full of familiar dishes given a twist, like clams baked with shrimp and crabmeat and napped with bechamel cream sauce, pear-stuffed fiocchi with four-cheese sauce and scampi-style jumbo shrimp with thyme. Of course, there are plenty of familiar dishes too, from fried calamari and spaghetti carbonara to chicken cacciatore and a 14-ounce grilled veal chop, which hopefully is as juicy as the story behind Merlino’s</p>Bill CitaraFri, 14 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsSouth Florida BrewFest<p>What better way is there to spend a day than sipping on some of South Florida’s finest brews?</p> <p><img alt="" height="362" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/south_florida_brewfest_4.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Saturday, Nov. 22 marks the third annual South Florida BrewFest. From noon until 4 p.m., sample almost 100 craft beers brewed right here in South Florida at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus <em>(3000 N.E. 151<sup>st</sup> Street, North Miami.)</em><em> </em></p> <p>General admission tickets cost $30, and there are discounted rates for FIU staff and students.</p> <p>For more information visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Taryn TacherFri, 14 Nov 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Stores to Shop on Black Friday<p>It’s not even Thanksgiving, but retailers have already kicked the holiday shopping season into high gear. Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, looms ahead, and I’m sharing my favorite places to shop on the big day. Having a game plan is key to success on Black Friday!</p> <p><img alt="" height="288" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/shoppingbags.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Best Buy</a></p> <p><em>What to buy:</em> big-ticket electronic items like TVs, laptops, iPads and Beats by Dre headphones.</p> <p><em>Why shop there on Black Friday:</em> Frankly, Best Buy has the best deals in the game. Best Buy has already posted their Black Friday ad, revealing amazing deals like $199 for a 50” TV or $899 for an iMac. The tradeoff? Major stress, huge crowds and you’re not guaranteed to score the items you came for.</p> <p><em>Tip:</em> Many of the best deals will be available online Thanksgiving Day. Check online and see if you can get your shopping done and avoid the store altogether. Also, keep an eye on Best Buy’s price guarantee. There are many items that Best Buy will price match on, including cameras, lenses, etc. Best Buy matches,,,,, and</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Target</a></p> <p><em>What to buy:</em> electronics, movies, books, small appliances, toys, clothes and videogames.</p> <p><em>Why shop there on Black Friday:</em> Target has tons of great deals on virtually everything in the store. Scoop up your favorite movies, TV shows and video games for mere pennies. They also run promotions on everything from towels to TVs. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, gift cards are 20 percent off!</p> <p><em>Tip:</em> Target’s holiday price match policy is second to none. During the holiday season, Target extends their standard two-week price match policy to any purchases made between Nov. 1 and Dec 24. That means you can buy with confidence. Just make sure you keep an eye on competitor sales and pop into your Target to get the adjustment! Target is also running 50 percent off a different toy every day on Cartwheel, its mobile savings app. Download it to save even more.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Amazon</a></p> <p><em>What to buy:</em> big-ticket electronic items, cameras, iPads, books and movies.</p> <p><em>Why shop there on Black Friday:</em> Amazon has really stepped up to compete with the big boys on Black Friday. Offering great deals, plus the comfort of shopping from home, Amazon may just be the way to go for your most stress-free gift buying experience yet.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Old Navy</a></p> <p><em>What to buy:</em> jeans, scarves, outerwear, sweaters and clothing for the whole family.</p> <p><em>Why shop there on Black Friday:</em> Old Navy runs awesome promotions on Black Friday to get shoppers into their stores. It’s the perfect time to stock up on basics and trend pieces on sale. Plus, lately its kids section is totally on-point and offering up adorable pieces for the little ones in your life.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Gap</a></p> <p><em>What to buy:</em> jeans, basics, outerwear and trend pieces for the whole family.</p> <p><em>Why shop there on Black Friday:</em> Like Old Navy, (another Gap company) the Gap runs great promos and sales which makes Black Friday the perfect time to stock up on your favorite staples. I love shopping my favorite stores on Black Friday, because while everyone is at the big box stores like Target and Best Buy, you can take advantage of the great sales on things you buy every day.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">H&amp;M</a></p> <p><em>What to buy:</em> party dresses, trend pieces and fun costume jewelry</p> <p><em>Why shop there on Black Friday:</em> Last year, H&amp;M did a really great sale for Black Friday, with 50 percent off storewide savings. This year, I’m sure it will do more of the same and it’s a great opportunity to score your perfect party dress or holiday look.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Macy’s</a></p> <p><em>What to buy:</em> small appliances, shoes, clothing and accessories for the whole family.</p> <p><em>Why shop there on Black Friday:</em> With great doorbuster deals and sales all day long, you can get incredible deals on gifts for the whole family. This year, Macy’s best promos include 30 to 50 percent off contemporary lines like RACHEL Rachel Roy and Bar III, or BOGO on all of your favorite junior lines like Material Girl and American Rag.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">ULTA</a></p> <p><em>What to buy:</em> deluxe cosmetics, great beauty gift sets, and hair tools</p> <p><em>Why shop there on Black Friday:</em> Scoop up stocking stuffers like nail polish, lip gloss or sets from brands like Benefit, Bare Minerals and Urban Decay. Holiday is the best time to score hair tools like curling irons, blow dryers and flat irons at a discount.  </p> <p>TIP: Hot Tools is THE brand of curling iron that professionals use, and Ulta regularly puts them on sale during holiday for $19.99-$29.99. Scoop one up as a gift! </p> <p><em><strong>••••••••</strong></em></p> <p><strong>About Stephanie:</strong></p> <p><em>Stephanie Pernas is a personal stylist, fashion writer and style expert. She is the owner of <a href="" target="_blank">A Sparkle Factor LLC</a>, a personal styling and lifestyle consulting business. She also writes and edits A Sparkle Factor, a go-to destination on the web featuring the latest trends, style tips, and fashion news focused on highlighting attainable style for the every-girl. She has almost 10 years of experience in the fashion industry, having worked in the fashion departments of magazines like Glamour, Women’s Health and Teen Vogue. After spending five years in New York, she is currently bringing a little bit of sparkle to the South Florida area where she resides with her family. </em></p>Stephanie PernasThu, 13 Nov 2014 16:34:35 +0000 NewsBoca After Dark: The Funky Buddha Lounge &amp; Brewery<p><strong>Address: </strong>2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton // 561/368-4643</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/funkybuddha.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Via Funky Buddha website</em></p> <p><strong>The lowdown:</strong> From the outside, The Funky Buddha Lounge &amp; Brewery in Boca Raton doesn’t look like much. It’s located off of Federal Highway in the middle of a quiet, outdated-looking shopping center that you’re likely to drive right past. Once you’re though the doors, you’ll realize you just stumbled across a hidden gem.</p> <p>Inside, the vibe is dark and moody. A slightly musky scent of fruit-flavored hookahs permeates the air, and abstract art, painted by local artists, covers the walls. The lounge area is separated from the densely packed bar and offers a more relaxing atmosphere. Big, comfortable couches make it the perfect spot to unwind after a long day. Head to the other side if you’re looking for a rowdier time. On a slower night, you might get a spot at one of the tables or high tops, but on the weekends this area is standing room only.</p> <p>The bar keeps more than 100 beers in stock and features 22 varieties on tap. Usually about half of these are reserved for their homebrews. The other guest selections are from microbreweries and other small-batch tap houses. Big names like Budweiser and Heineken won’t be found here.</p> <p>Since the Funky Buddha’s larger Oakland Park brewery opened last year, the Boca Raton location has served more as an experimental test kitchen. It’s here that the brewery’s signature culinary-inspired concoctions like the popular “No Crusts” peanut butter and jelly beer and the new “Rice Crispy Treat Ale” are crafted. New creations are released every Thursday.</p> <p>Funky Buddha has a small menu of pizza, sandwiches and tapas-style selections available if your “Maple Bacon Porter” leaves you craving real food. Although the pizza tends to taste frozen and microwaved, the hummus is a surprising delight that is available in red pepper, olive and original varieties.</p> <p>The stage at Funky Buddha is becoming a breeding ground for local talent. Every Monday night, up to 35 artists jam out at the all-music open mic. On Wednesday nights, poets, comedians and spoken-word artists are welcomed to the stage. Cover is $3, and all proceeds go to Boca Helping Hands.</p> <p>Fans of live music will want to check out Funky Buddah during the weekend. The bar hosts a variety of local and national touring bands playing indie, folk, jam-band and alternative music styles. Anyone looking for another Journey cover band should go somewhere else. The venue only books original artists.  Some of the bigger recent names include The Politix and Public Sounds.</p> <p><strong>The intangibles:</strong> Every Monday from 5 to 7 p.m., Funky Buddha offers $2 off homebrews as well as discounted prices on pizza and hookahs. If you can’t make it during happy hour, $10 hookahs are also available Monday and Tuesday nights.</p> <p>On the third Sunday of every month, Funky Buddah holds homebrew classes for anyone inspired to draft up their own concoction. For just $20, brewmaster Kevin Squirel teaches brewing classes, and he will even customize special creations for larger parties that book  in advance. Attendees get two beers during the class and are given a voucher for another two on a future visit.</p> <p>For the true beer connoisseurs, Funky Buddha offers the Snifter Club membership. For a $25 annual fee, a “Lager Member” will get a personalized snifter that is kept on display at the bar, as well as an extra 2 ounces of beer on home drafts and an extended hour of happy-hour specials. A VIP “Imperial” membership is also available for $40 a year. These most loyal customers get all the benefits of being a traditional member plus access to limited-edition tappings and other exclusive events.</p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>Annie PizzutelliThu, 13 Nov 2014 12:37:38 +0000 call, trash talk &amp; things are looking up<h3><img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/cocktail.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Last call</h3> <p>With regard to the idea of extending drinking hours in Boca Raton, it was at least one too many—and maybe more than one too many.</p> <p>At Monday’s workshop, the city council discussed a proposed ordinance that would have allowed the sale of alcohol an additional two hours, until 4 a.m., from Thursday until Saturday. What had begun, though, as an extension just for Jazziz in Mizner Park had broadened to an ordinance that could have allowed as many as 17 downtown venues to serve booze longer.</p> <p>One problem was trying to confine the change just to Jazziz. The proposal presented to the council would have allowed the later last call based on four conditions: location within the Community Redevelopment Agency boundaries, which basically means downtown; a valid license to serve alcohol; a stage that offers live music; and sufficient distance from residences. To Constance Scott, who most strongly supported examination of the issue, the city risked “unintended consequences” by potentially including so many more locations. The city would have allowed the longer hours only for six months, and then evaluated before deciding whether to continue.</p> <p>Actually, you already can buy alcohol until 5 a.m. at two locations in Boca Raton: Blue Martini and Nipper’s, in Town Center Mall. The mall originally was in the unincorporated county, which allows later hours. When Boca Raton annexed the mall in 2003, the later hours remained.  And now, as council members acknowledged, Blue Martini and Nipper’s are used as examples of why the city should not extend the hours elsewhere. The police department cited the number of calls after 2 a.m.</p> <p>Public comment was decidedly hostile. Some speakers made valid points: What about the effect on college students in a city with two universities? If the city allowed the six-month experiment and then stopped, would lawyers for the venues sue? Other speakers made invalid points. One man related the story of gangsters who held up an illegal betting joint in New Jersey 50 years ago and killed two police officers. Nothing about the venues in this case would be illegal. A woman imagined college students robbing houses to get money for booze. That’s not the sort of call police get.</p> <p>City Manager Leif Ahnell and Police Chief Dan Alexander brought some substance to the discussion. Ahnell recalled the crazy days of Club Boca, at Palmetto Park and Powerline roads. Law enforcement basically could have set up a substation outside the club. Alexander correctly noted that city-by-city comparisons are tough to draw. Among other things, cities around Boca don’t have later hours. But he returned to the example of Blue Martini and how bars and clubs draw more problems with every hour after midnight.</p> <p>As the owner of Jazziz noted, though, Jazziz is not a bar or a restaurant, even though Jazziz has both. Michael Fagien stated that he wanted to “bring a world-class venue” for music that brings big names “every night.” The patrons tend to be older, in search of music not a buzz. Fagien said his patrons come after dining elsewhere in Mizner Park. Jazziz does not advertise itself the way Nipper’s does: “Alive ‘til Five.” Fagien hinted that without the longer hours, he might look for a new location.</p> <p>Councilman Michael Mullaugh said that, given the nature of Jazziz, a six-month trial just at the club “likely could work out nicely.” But then what? Could the city keep the longer hours just for one place? Mayor Susan Haynie pointed out that the city several years ago considered longer hours for one location before declining.</p> <p>It’s a tough issue. All the council members took pains to praise Jazziz before saying no. None echoed the sentiment of a resident who wondered if the request showed that Jazziz has a “failed business plan.” From a citywide perspective, the council made the right decision. Let’s hope that it doesn’t mean the last call for Jazziz.</p> <h3>Vote$ Count in Delray</h3> <p>Lower trash collection rates almost certainly are coming for Delray Beach residents. If that happens, it will show how, despite their low turnout, municipal elections can matter so much.</p> <p>On Friday, the city posted bids from five companies seeking Delray Beach’s business. Accepting the lowest bid, from Southern Waste Systems, would mean a reduction of almost 25 percent. Even the second-lowest bid, from Waste Management—the current hauler—would mean a decrease of about 18 percent.</p> <p>Of course, Delray Beach could have had these savings years ago. But this represents the first competitive bidding for the trash contract—the city’s largest—in 13 years. In August 2012, the city commission gave Waste Management a $65-million, eight-year extension without seeking bids. Then-City Attorney Brian Shutt told the commission that because the money went from residents to the company in fees, not taxes, Delray Beach’s rule to bid contracts of more than $15,000 did not apply.</p> <p>Shutt was wrong, as the Officer of Inspector General said. But former Mayor Nelson McDuffie, former Commissioner Angeleta Gray and current Commissioner Adam Frankel bought the bogus legal advice.</p> <p>Fortunately, the election of March 2013 brought in Cary Glickstein as mayor and Shelly Petrolia to a commission seat. They pushed for a review of the contract extension. The city got an outside legal opinion that the city had broken its own rules. So the city went to court, and last March prevailed.</p> <p>Interim City Manager Terry Stewart now will form a selection committee to review the bids and recommend a winner. Cost will be a major factor but not the only factor. The city’s proposal covered such areas as safety and a company’s financial condition.</p> <p>The commission passed over Stewart for the permanent job, so his parting gift to the city must be a committee with no bias toward any company that might provoke a bid protest. Waste Management continues to provide trash collection through an agreement that lasts until May or until the city signs a new long-term deal.</p> <p>McDuffie said Waste Management deserved that 2012 extension because the company had been so good to the city. Since Waste Management’s new bid is markedly lower, McDuffie looks worse than he did two years ago.</p> <p>Also looking bad is Frankel, who not only approved the no-bid extension but also opposed challenging the extension. Glickstein and Petrolia are back on the ballot in March. They soon may have all the platform they need.</p> <h3>Happy days are here again…</h3> <p>Wells Fargo’s latest report on the Florida economy, which the company issued last week, was very encouraging, especially for the Boca-Delray area.</p> <p>Though unemployment is slightly above the national average, gross domestic product in the state is growing faster than it is nationwide. Three sectors doing especially well are tourism, construction and financial services. All matter a lot in this area. Before the recession, Palm Beach County had a higher percentage of employees tied to real estate and construction than Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Even manufacturing, which most people don’t immediately associate with Florida, has increased for 16 of the last 17 months.</p> <p>Having said all that, Wells Fargo calculates that Florida remains 226,100 jobs under the pre-recession peak. Construction alone is nearly 300,000 jobs short of that 2006 high. And since that came during a bubble—too many houses being built as investments, not residences—we still need a more diversified economy. Bring on more of the high-tech firms clustered in Boca.</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, 13 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityMovie Review: &quot;Rosewater&quot;<p>You may recall that in 2009, <em>Newsweek</em> reporter and Iranian native Maziar Bahari was incarcerated by the Iranian government for more than 115 days—in solitary confinement, no less—under false allegations that he was a spy for Western interests. Bahari’s plight made international headlines, with efforts from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, among others, leading to his belated release. Bahari’s ordeal is worth remembering, because in a time when anybody’s phone can become a recording device, Bahari could be you or me.</p> <p>Jon Stewart certainly didn’t forget about Bahari; in fact, “The Daily Show” played a bizarre role in the journalist’s capture. When under interrogation, Bahari was accused of espionage thanks, in part, to a summer 2009 appearance on Stewart’s program in which correspondent Jason Jones joked with him about espionage.</p> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/rosewater620372.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>At any rate, Bahari’s story, which he turned into a best-seller, has been adapted into Stewart’s debut feature as a writer-director—the result of those 12 weeks last year when Stewart vacated his anchor desk. Titled “Rosewater,” the film is moving at times and properly infuriating at others, but it can also be facile and portentous, the work of a TV funnyman trying his darndest to be sincere and important when he’s still best at taking scathing potshots at authority figures.</p> <p>Some of the best scenes in “Rosewater” are the early ones. Early one morning in July 2009, Bahari (Gael Garcia Bernal) is wrenched from his slumber by uncouth government men in suits. They raid his cosmopolitan DVD collection; they label his copy of the Italian art film “Teorema” and his Sopranos box sets as “pornography.” They question his music collection, which includes an LP by the “Jew,” Leonard Cohen. He’s thrown into the back of a car, where he won’t see the light of day for four months.</p> <p>Then, Stewart flashes back to 11 days earlier, with Bahari leaving his newly pregnant wife for a well-paying assignment covering the Iranian elections of 2009 (remember Ahmadinejad’s “landslide victory”?) The more he interviews young people taking to the streets to protest the election results, the more he becomes swept up in the Green Revolution. He is soon thrust from observer to participant, shooting video of Iranian military raining gunfire down on protestors, which likely led to his imprisonment.</p> <p>This conflation of journalist and activist is the most complex idea in “Rosewater,” but once Bahari winds up in Evin Prison, the film becomes so straightforward it practically flatlines into a message movie of surface-skimming simplicity. Stewart lacks either the skill or the inclination (or both) to present Bahari’s time in jail as the hellish nightmare it was. There are too many diversions into the outside world, too many ill-fated jokes and awkward musical intrusions, too many stagy and pretentious hallucinations (mostly from Bahari’s father, who was imprisoned in the ‘50s for supporting Communism).</p> <p><img alt="" height="257" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/rosewater-2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>As a result, Bahari’s plight never feels uncomfortable or disturbing like it should; it’s a far cry from Steve McQueen’s “Hunger” or Robert Bresson’s “A Man Escaped,” prison studies which felt like torture—in a good way. In a real way. Stewart’s film is shot like a television movie, safe and handsome, pushing few buttons and leaving little incentive for a second viewing. It goes through the motions, re-iterating what the news junkies among us already knew, petering toward an anticlimax.</p> <p>This is not to say Stewart should have fabricated hunger strikes and brutal prisoner abuse that Bahari didn’t encounter. But it is to say that perhaps Bahari’s story is still best told in his own words, where filmic structure means naught, where us readers can act as our own cinematographers and editors—and where four torturous months can feel, unforgettably, like four torturous months.</p> <p><em>"Rosewater" opens Friday, Nov. 14 in South Florida; theaters include Cinemark Palace and Regal Shadowood in Boca Raton, Cinemark Boynton Beach, Carmike Parisian in West Palm Beach and the Classic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 12 Nov 2014 14:33:01 +0000 & EventsMoviesBlack Friday Hours 2014<p>Wondering what time South Florida malls are opening for Black Friday this year? Here’s a list of Palm Beach and Broward County retailers. We’ll be adding more as malls continue to announce their hours, so check back for more details!</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Sawgrass Mills Mall</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/image003.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise</em></p> <p>Stores will open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and stay open until 9:30 p.m. Black Friday.</p> <p><a href="">Palm Beach Outlets</a></p> <p><em>1801 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach</em></p> <p>All stores will open at midnight Friday, with the following stores opening on Thursday:</p> <p>8 p.m. – New York &amp; Co., Ulta, Express and Wilson’s Leather</p> <p>10 p.m. – Asics, Under Armour, Gap and Rawlings</p> <p>11 p.m. – Greg Norman and Haggar</p> <p><a href="">The Gardens Mall</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/thegardensmall.png" width="490"></p> <p>Photo courtesy of The Gardens Mall</p> <p><em>3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens</em></p> <p>All stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. Macy’s will be open at 6 a.m. and Sears will also be opening earlier, though no time has been announced.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Town Center at Boca Raton</a></p> <p><em>6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton</em></p> <p>The mall will have two shopping time frames between Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday: 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to 1 a.m. on Friday, and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Coral Square Mall</a></p> <p><em>9469 W. Atlantic Blvd., Coral Springs</em></p> <p>The mall will be open from 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.</p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 12 Nov 2014 09:30:46 +0000 NewsAssisted Stretching Comes to Boca, Delray<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Got some kinks, tightness, aches and pains? Maybe what you need is a good stretch.</p> <p>The Stretch Zone Method is now available at Barre++ (<em>5821 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</em>) and Larit Chiropractic (<em>3185 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach</em>).</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/stretchzone.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The Stretch Zone Method uses what’s referred to as “assisted stretching.” Depending on a variety of different factors and circumstances, the stretching could be active or passive. Those factors include whether it’s done before or after an athletic activity, if the person has a neuromuscular condition and so on.</p> <p>“The Stretch Zone Method is not a one-size-fits-all methodology,” Stretch Zone, Inc. CEO and founder Jorden Gold says in an email interview. “The only thing that Stretch Zone is dogmatic about is the proper positioning, stabilization, isolation and stretching the muscles in the correct order and doing so with some regards to the stretch reflex.”</p> <p>The benefits of the method include:</p> <ul> <li>Correcting compensational shifts and muscle imbalances             </li> <li>Increasing and maintaining range of motion</li> <li>Enhancing physical and athletic skills</li> <li>Improving sleeping patterns</li> <li>Increasing muscle relaxation</li> <li>Relieving stiffness and soreness</li> <li>Feeling lighter and younger</li> <li>Reducing stress</li> </ul> <p>The Stretch Zone Method was developed based on a series of neuromuscular behavior principles, including Wolff’s and Sherington’s Laws, the stretch reflex and reciprocal inhibition.</p> <p>“We are thinking about stretching all wrong,” Gold says. “Many assume that the static reach-and-hold method is just what our muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons need to permanently improve elasticity and increase muscle length. Yet the latest research indicates that this is far from the best approach to achieve full range of motion and active mobility.”</p> <p>Studies show that flexibility lasts only 15 minutes after stretching. While the muscles do stretch out during activity, that effect is only temporary: the muscles move back toward its original length when the stretch is released.</p> <p>But the Stretch Zone works differently. Instead of pushing limbs to its limits and incurring soreness, the method works on increasing flexibility beyond those 15 minutes.</p> <p>“The method rests on the notion that manipulating our muscles’ nervous energy is a major key to unlocking our body’s functional flexibility,” Gold says.</p> <p>That nervous energy is known as the stretch reflex. It’s the body’s automatic response to overstretching. When it senses that your movements are going too far or held for too long, your body resists the stretch and instead ends up straining.</p> <p>“When your body is stabilized correctly, it doesn’t have fear,” he says. “It can relax and allow the full stretch to occur.”</p> <p>The Stretch Zone practitioners are all certified through a certification program, and most of them have started off as massage therapists, sports physiologists, personal trainers, physical therapists or chiropractors. They are also encouraged to take continuing education courses every two years.</p> <p>“The great benefit of practitioner assisted stretching is the ability to control and alter the timing of and even overcome the stretch reflex,” he says.</p> <p>A stretch session costs $50 for 30 minutes and $90 for 55 minutes. There are also packages available.</p> <p>There are currently 30 locations that offer the method across South Florida, but watch out for more locations opening up throughout Boca Raton and Delray Beach. For more information, go to:</p> <p><em>In other news…</em></p> <p><strong>November Proclaimed Curing Stomach Cancer Month in Broward</strong></p> <p>Awareness about a little-known cancer just got a boost. Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief issued a proclamation declaring November as Curing Stomach Cancer Month in Broward County.</p> <p>More than 22,000 Americans are diagnosed with stomach cancer each year, and almost one million are diagnosed worldwide. Here’s a startling statistic: Stomach cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and fourth in women worldwide. Still, stomach cancer gets the least amount of federal funding of any cancer, according to a press release from Debbie’s Dream Foundation And there is not screening in the U.S. for the disease, so 80 percent of stomach cancer patients are diagnosed at late, incurable stages. </p> <p>In recognition of November’s designation as Curing Stomach Cancer Month, Debbie’s Dream Foundation is holding events throughout the month, including an international Stomach Cancer Jeans Day.  For more about Debbie’s Dream Foundation and Curing Stomach Cancer Month, and for the most current upcoming events, visit the <a href="">website</a> or call 954/475-1200. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><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>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 12 Nov 2014 09:06:03 +0000 Conley to Debut Two Eateries<p>In the almost three years since it opened in Palm Beach, Clay Conley has built Buccan into one of South Florida’s best and most intriguing restaurants.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/conley_(427x640).jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Now the former Miami chef is lengthening his reach, looking to debut a to-go only sandwich shop in the next couple of weeks, plus a casual but inventive Italian restaurant in March or April of next year.</p> <p>The still-unnamed sammie joint will go into the space next door to Buccan. (Don’t worry, Imoto fans. Conley’s smart little Asian-fusion-sushi eatery is on the other side and isn’t going anywhere.) It will be counter service only, with a roster of cold and pressed sandwiches on house-made bread, everything from grilled eggplant with roasted portobello mushroom, red pepper, herbed goat cheese and almond romesco to pesto grilled chicken with fontina, tomatoes, roasted red onion, rosemary aioli and greens.</p> <p>Conley’s Italian eatery, which also has yet to receive a name, will go into West Palm’s Flamingo Park neighborhood. Think casual, comfortable and affordable, designed to appeal to both foodies and families. The menu will feature a variety of house-made pastas, artisan thin-crust pizzas, composed salads and sizeable rotisserie. Maybe even a kids’ menu too. More details will be coming about both of these restaurants so stay tuned. . .</p>Bill CitaraTue, 11 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsDelray&#39;s new city manager and more<h3><img alt="" height="279" src="/site_media/uploads/cooper.jpg" width="181"></h3> <h3>Cooper wins it</h3> <p>There were two big stories last week in Delray Beach from the search for a city manager. One was the city commission’s choice to be Delray’s CEO. The other? We’ll get to that in a minute.</p> <p>From five finalists, the commission unanimously chose Don Cooper, going with experience over potential. Cooper ran Port St. Lucie for nearly 20 years and was manager of two small cities in Colorado before that. He has more experience than even Terry Stewart, who has been Delray’s interim city manager since June. Neither Assistant Broward County Administrator Roberto Hernandez nor Assistant Boca Raton City Manager Mike Woika has had a top job, however qualified they might be. The lone out-of-state candidate, Andrea McCue, had no Florida experience.</p> <p>Not giving Stewart the job permanently will mean a delay as Cooper familiarizes himself with the staff and the city. But the budget was finished in September, the city attorney’s office is handling pension negotiations, and any outsider would have needed some orientation time. Cooper estimates that he will need about six months.</p> <p>In his letter to the city’s headhunting firm, Cooper was less specific than other finalists about his assessment of Delray Beach. He said, “The challenges in Delray Beach are exciting and daunting but one (sic) I feel prepared for and look forward to having the opportunity to address.” At 63, Cooper also seems to acknowledge that he would like to make this his last stop, calling the job “an outstanding career topper, in a community that will lead the way.” He also refers to being able to “finish my public service career in an outstanding community.”</p> <p>Of his approach to management, Cooper wrote that his staff in Port St. Lucie, if asked, “would say I was demanding, supportive, and fair. I feel it is extremely important to create an environment where the staff and the policymakers are challenged and achieve the goals they set for themselves. That they constantly strive to be better and make their community and the organization better. My team members would say I’m protective, blunt, politically aware but not political and maybe push too hard to achieve the goals of the organization.”</p> <p>It does remain for Delray Beach to work out a contract with Cooper. He noted that he made $161,000 in Port St. Lucie, though that was four years ago. The target salary for the Delray Beach job is $165,000. Cooper currently works in Port St. Lucie for the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies as chief financial officer.</p> <h3>Where is the world is Al?</h3> <p>That other big news about Cooper’s selection was that just three of Delray Beach’s five commissioners made the selection. Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet weren’t there on Thursday for the candidate interviews or on Friday for the special meeting and vote. Mayor Cary Glickstein and Commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia formed that unanimous majority.</p> <p>Choosing a manager is the most important decision any city commissioner or city council member makes. Nothing else comes close. Going back three decades, I can’t remember a single elected official in any of Palm Beach County’s larger cities missing such a vote, let alone two commissioners missing it.</p> <p>Frankel says he had planned to attend the interviews and the meeting, but that they were rescheduled for when he had planned a trip that he called “not a social occasion.” He forwarded me an Oct. 15 email to the city’s human resources director saying that Glickstein had asked that the interview and meeting be delayed one week.</p> <p>In an email, Frankel said the change came “without checking the availability of the commission members, or at the least I was never asked.” Glickstein said city staff members were working the schedule around several conflicts, and that he did not know that Frankel’s would take him away for the whole week. Frankel did interview the finalists last Monday. His rankings couldn’t count because he wouldn’t be at the Friday meeting.</p> <p>The other commissioners, though, at least knew that Frankel would be absent. When Jacquet didn’t show for the interviews Thursday or the Friday meeting, the other commissioners were surprised.</p> <p>I reached Jacquet by phone Monday, and he tried to offer an explanation, but it wasn’t a very good one. “I had to take care of some other things,” he said. What sort of “other things?” I asked. “That is not anyone’s business,” Jacquet responded. When I asked him again to be specific, he said, “That’s low.”</p> <p>Jacquet added that there are “hundreds of commission meetings”—actually, there are about two dozen regular meetings a year—and that all commissioners miss a couple here and there. When I tried to question him further, Jacquet hung up.</p> <p>Jacquet is a lawyer, and he said couldn’t talk longer because he was busy in court. That was a strange answer, since the courts were closed Monday in observance of Veterans Day. Also, Glickstein owns a development company, Jarjura is a lawyer for a firm in Fort Lauderdale and Petrolia is a Realtor. All of them must mix work time and commission time.</p> <p>Jacquet narrowly won reelection last March, by fewer than 300 votes over Chris Davey. Jacquet likely got that margin because of third-party mailers to Democratic precincts from a Tallahassee group that falsely linked Davey to Gov. Scott.</p> <p>Delray residents hardly have gotten their money’s worth from Jacquet since then. First, he voted to modify Delray Beach’s loan to the developers of the Auburn Trace housing project—a change that the chief financial officer said would harm the city. Pushing for the loan modification was former State Rep. Mack Bernard, a Jacquet political ally. At the next meeting, the commission—with Jacquet absent—rescinded the decision.</p> <p>Then Jacquet, with Frankel, refused to fire former City Manager Louie Chapman for cause, after Chapman had misled the commission—his bosses. Now Jacquet has gone AWOL on choosing a manager, even though Jacquet showed up when the commission hired Chapman in December 2012. If he won’t take the job seriously, maybe Jacquet should consider resigning.</p> <h3>Money talks</h3> <p>Well before Election Day, many voters were fed up with all the negative TV commercials in the governor’s race. And just how many ads were on the air?</p> <p>I have heard that in the final days, helped by about $12 million of his own money, Gov. Scott was running 12,000 ads per week in Florida, a media buy larger than in the presidential races of 2008 and 2012.</p> <h3>Signs of the time</h3> <p>Another thing South Floridians hate about elections is all the campaign signs, many of which are still up days after the election. At Wednesday’s meeting, the Boca Raton City Council will discuss an ordinance to ride the city of some of that campaign clutter.</p> <p>Unlike some cities, Boca Raton allows campaign signs along its right-of-ways. (The state and county don’t.) The proposed ordinance would allow placement of such signs only within 100 feet and 200 feet of a polling place on Election Day and near an early voting site during the early voting period. The only early voting site this year was the old downtown library. The signs would have to be removed no later than three days after the election, rather than the current seven days.</p> <p>The Boca Raton City Council can’t do anything about congressional gridlock on taxes and immigration reform, but there likely is bipartisan agreement to combat what the ordinance calls this election “blight.”</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, 11 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: Nov. 11 to 17<p>TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="398" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/john-oates-american-songwriter-coffee-house-tour.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: John Oates</strong></p> <p>Where: Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $60-$150 ($200 for meet-and-greet on Tuesday only)</p> <p>Contact: 561/300-0730, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Hall &amp; Oates are still together after more than 40 years of recording and touring—a fact that suggests this world might not be falling apart at the seams. The duo, which only this year was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has sold more records than any duo in rock history, boasting 34 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and gaining new audiences every year. But bassist John Oates is also an accomplished solo artist, with five albums to his credit. At these unusually intimate Jazziz concerts, he’ll play a number of songs from them, though expect the set to draw most heavily from the Hall &amp; Oates corpus, including hits like “Maneater,” “When the Morning Comes” and “Las Vegas Turnaround.”</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/drury.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Bryan Drury: Terrestrial Visions”</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</p> <p>Contact: 561/392-2500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Last weekend, the Boca Raton Museum of Art opened a handful of fall exhibitions, the most enticing of which appears to be this showcase by oil painter Bryan Drury. “Terrestrial Visions” is, indeed, a collection of portrait paintings, but you’ll be forgiven if you think you’re looking at high-definition photographs. Drury, a Cum Laude graduate of the New York Academy of Art, has developed a signature style of hyperrealism that, when applied to subjects’ faces, exposes every wrinkle, every acne scar, every bit of Botox and plastic surgery, as if placing them under an unforgiving microscope. This series focuses on rich industrialists and society figures, so there’s an element of class politics underneath the uncomfortably intimate surfaces, as well as a fundamental contrast between his subjects’ tactile physicality and their metaphysical souls. According to <em>The New York Times</em>, which reviewed Drury’s work in 2012, “the closer you look, the weirder [the portraits] seem.” The exhibition runs through Jan. 11.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/deepak.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Deepak Chopra</strong></p> <p>Where: Congregation B’Nai Israel, 2200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $36-$150</p> <p>Contact: 561/241-8118, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If America were to appoint a national Multifaith Ambassador of Spirituality, Deepak Chopra would certainly be at the top of the shortlist. Born in India, raised in the world of traditional medicine, and eventually shown a different path via a yogi’s introduction to ayurvedic medicine, Chopra has become one of the world’s most outspoken voices in the fields of alternative healing and metaphysics. He’s also a telegenic pundit, able to wax beautifully on shows hosted by Oprah and Piers Morgan alike, on topics ranging from quantum theory and the God question to yoga, meditation, and the tragic life of his friend, Michael Jackson. So he’s a perfect fit for Congregation B’Nai Israel’s interfaith speaker series “CBI Talks,” in which he will discuss his new book, <em>The Future of God: A Practical Approach to Spirituality for Our Times</em>. Look for a recap of this event later this week at</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/rodney-king.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Rodney King”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward College South Campus, 7200 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15</p> <p>Contact: 954/201-8243, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>What do Frederick Douglass, Bob Marley and Huey P. Newton have in common? As well as being vital figures in black history, they’ve also been portrayed and/or explored in riveting one-man shows by actor and playwright Roger Guenveur Smith. This versatile talent, whose film credits include such indelible Spike Lee “joints” as “Do the Right Thing,” “Malcolm X” and “Get on the Bus,” has managed to plumb the stories behind the stories of these notable African-Americans, and the same holds true for his latest subject: Rodney King, the unwitting martyr of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, whose victimization at the clubs of police officers became a defining <em>cause celebre</em>. According to Smith, King was “the first reality TV star,” and his performances will bring out the context and the complexity of both the man and his historical moment.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/sophie_on_hollywd_bch_fl-pix-1_cr.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker” screening and Q&amp;A</strong></p> <p>Where: Movies of Delray, 7421 Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 1:15 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6</p> <p>Contact: 561/638-0020, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This documentary explores the life and career of Sophie Tucker, the early 20<sup>th</sup> century jazz singer who forged her own comically risqué path across mediums ranging from vaudeville and Broadway to radio and television, influencing everyone from Mae West and Bette Midler to Roseanne Barr and Mama Cass. Director William Gazecki charts the early days of this bawdy, Flapper-era entertainer, who befriended figures as varied as Ronald Reagan and Joe DiMaggio while striving to make a living during Prohibition. In the process, we’re treated to amusing anecdotes (J. Edgar Hoover wanted to wear one of her dresses, naturally) and statements from interviewees such as Tony Bennett and Barbara Walters that properly canonize her in entertainment history. Last weekend, the movie premiered in South Florida—we got first dibs, even before New York and Los Angeles—and this week, producers Susan and Lloyd Ecker have stopped by for Q&amp;As at select theaters, at no additional cost. They will also be attending the 1 and 4 p.m. screenings on Nov. 16 at Movies of Lake Worth, 7380 Lake Worth Road.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/chitarivera.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Chita Rivera</strong></p> <p>Where: Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $75-$500</p> <p>Contact: 561/575-2223, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This two-time Tony winner made history in 2002, when she became the first Hispanic woman and the first Latino American to receive a Kennedy Center Honors award. Seven years later, she accepted a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama. This capstone recognized more than six decades of work from this Broadway powerhouse, a triple-threat actress-dancer-singer who helped create such iconic parts as Anita, from “West Side Story,” and Velma Kelly, in the original cast of “Chicago.” In this rare cabaret appearance, Rivera will sing tunes from these shows as well as others from her extensive musical-theatre oeuvre, which includes “The Rink,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and “Pippin.” She’ll be backed by an 11-piece orchestra in an event that also serves as a fall fundraiser for Maltz Jupiter Theatre.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="280" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/genie-milgrom.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Genie Milgrom</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU’s Wimberly Library, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $12-$20</p> <p>Contact: 561/297-3921</p> <p>Genie Milgrom has admitted being “obsessed” with her genealogy, and she has good reason to be. The 58-year-old president of a Miami-based export company was raised as a Cuban Catholic but already converted to Judaism when she discovered a box containing Jewish iconography that was bequeathed to her by her maternal grandmother. After shaking some family trees, she realized that her ancestors had Jewish roots stretching some 15 generations, many qualifying as “Crypto Jews”—meaning they masqueraded as Catholics to avoid persecution during the Spanish Inquisition. She turned her quest for identity into two self-published books, the page-turning, thriller-style <em>My 15 Grandmothers </em>and its helpful follow-up, <em>How I Found My 15 Grandmothers: A Step By Step Guide</em>. She hopes to inspire others to discover the secrets of their own cultural and religious past through lectures like this one, at FAU, titled “From the Spanish Inquisition to the Present: A Search for My Jewish Roots.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="303" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/ira-glass.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Miami Book Fair International</strong></p> <p>Where: Gusman Center, 174 E. Flagler Street, and Miami-Dade College, 300 N.E. Second Ave.</p> <p>When: 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$50</p> <p>Contact: 305/237-3258, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Keeping the printed word off the endangered species list for another year, the Miami Book Fair attracts hundreds of local, national and far-flung authors to Miami-Dade College for discussions, signings, lectures and the popular street fair, which offers new, rare and bargain books. Confirmed guests for this year’s event, which runs through Nov. 23, should inject plenty of laughs, reflections and controversy, including Monty Python co-founder John Cleese, supporting his memoir <em>So Anyway </em>(7 p.m. Nov. 23); atheist polemicist Richard Dawkins, discussing his own memoir, <em>An Appetite for Wonder </em>(6:30 p.m. Nov. 22); cult filmmaker John Waters, discussing his <em>Hitchhiking Across America</em> (4 p.m. Nov. 22); and the bioethicist-turned-author Alexander McCall Smith, who will discuss his latest series mystery, <em>The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café </em>(7:30 p.m. Nov. 16). At tonight’s grand opening, radio host Ira Glass and dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass will perform an eccentric mix of hoofing and storytelling, including radio interviews restaged as dance pieces.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="180" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/beatles-50-miami-690x310.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Beatles’ U.S. Invasion: 50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $31.50-$119</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The major half-century anniversaries recognized over the past couple of years have been largely depressing: the assassinations of JFK, RFK and MLK. But it’s also been 50 years since the Beatles landed on the “Ed Sullivan Show” and ushered in rock music as we know it. In this unique program, the Miami Symphony Orchestra will honor the milestone with an evening of Beatles tunes from a classical perspective. Composer Sam Hyken’s 2011 piece “The Beatles Guide to the Orchestra” is a playful homage to Benjamin Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” in which individual Beatles tunes introduce various instruments; i.e., “When I’m 64” becomes a tuba showcase. Next, you’ll hear compositions from “Beatles Go Baroque,” an acclaimed album by the Peter Breiner Chamber Orchestra that interprets songs like “Lady Madonna,” “Paperback Writer” and “Yellow Submarine” in the styles of Handel, Vivaldi and Bach, respectively. The program closes with the world premiere of conductor Eduardo Marturet’s “With A Little Help From My Friends,” a collaboration with the New Birth Baptist Church Choir.</p>John ThomasonMon, 10 Nov 2014 19:32:01 +0000 & EventsMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsFarmhouse Kitchen Now Open<p>Gary Rack’s latest venture—a farm-to-table restaurant focusing on good-and-good-for-you cooking—is now open in Boca’s Royal Palm Place.</p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/farmhousekitchen.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>(From Farmhouse Kitchen Facebook)</em></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Farmhouse Kitchen</a> (<em>399 S.E. Mizner Blvd., 561/826-2625</em>) goes into the space once home to Rack’s first local eatery, Table 42, and comes on the heels of the smashing success of another farm-to-table, good-and-good-for-you Boca restaurant, Farmer’s Table.</p> <p>The menu, from Rack’s exec chef Matthew Danaher, features seasonal ingredients prepared with minimal butter, cream and fats, yet flavorful enough to keep customers from feeling like they’re sacrificing dining pleasure on the altar of good health. What that means in your mouth are dishes like spicy Buffalo cauliflower, grilled octopus, nut and seed-crusted chicken and braised beef short rib.</p> <p>The space itself gets a homey, home-style makeover, with honeycomb-style light fixtures, a wall of house-canned products in mason jars and booths sporting fabrics in soothing blue and green tones.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 10 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsFashion Forward: Holiday Collection Previews and More<p><strong><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/pink.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Pink Nation Holiday Ultimate Shopping Night:</strong></p> <p>Be the first to shop Victoria Secret’s latest PINK collection at this after-hours party. Swing by the Boca Raton at Town Center store from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9 for special giveaways and a live DJ. The retailer will be offering 25 percent off any purchase of $75 dollars or more and triple points on VIP and Forever Angel Card purchases.</p> <p><strong>Robert Graham Shopping Event:</strong></p> <p>Sit back with a scotch and a cigar as you browse the newest arrivals at this menswear fashion house on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 12 to 6 p.m. The store will be previewing their spring 2015 footwear styles and offering tastings of Macallan Scotch and hand-filled cannolis. Receive a free cigar with any purchase of $100 or more and a special gift if you spend $250.  <em>Robert Graham is located at Town Center at Boca Raton</em></p> <p><strong>CUSP Fashion Director Personal Appearance</strong></p> <p>Looking for a new fall style inspiration? Meet the Neiman Marcus CUSP Fashion Director Caroline Maguire as she helps take your wardrobe from summertime sadness to fall fresh.  On Nov. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m., she will be on hand to discuss about the latest trends to hit the runway and offer personal fashion advice on how to create a signature look. <em>(Neiman Marcus Contemporary Department, Second Floor, Town Center at Boca Raton)</em></p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 07 Nov 2014 18:40:56 +0000 NewsUpcoming EventsMovie Review: &quot;Interstellar&quot;<p>At some point while watching Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” on 70mm IMAX film at its sold-out opening at the Museum of Discovery and Science this weekend, I stopped taking notes completely. To look down and miss even a fleeting glimpse of the cosmic majesty would be an insult to the art, like the emperor who yawns during the Salieri performance in “Amadeus.”</p> <p>Besides, the film’s hypnotic hold is so gripping, so immersive, so all-encompassing, that when you’re ingesting these speedy 169 minutes, nothing else matters, including such inherently meager assessments as this very review.</p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/interstellar-chris-nolan-receiving-unexpected-reviews-interstellar-660x412.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>Like so many science-fiction blockbusters, “Interstellar” is about the fate of the human race. Also like many sci-fi blockbusters—most recently “Snowpiercer”—its apocalyptic plot is precipitated by today’s climate crisis. “This world’s a treasure, and it’s been telling us to leave for a while now,” goes one memorably ominous line.</p> <p>The earthbound portions of the movie are set in rural New York state, in an environment that looks not unlike present day, except downgraded. Unrelenting dust storms have blighted farmers’ harvests, leaving ubiquitous cornstalks the only viable vegetable. The Yankees play in what amounts to a high-school baseball field. The military, and all militaries, have been dismantled. Robots have developed consciousness, but they have no interest in taking over the world. And NASA has been fully decommissioned and, in a frighteningly Orwellian scenario, rewritten out of the history books. Space isn’t the final frontier—it never was one to begin with.</p> <p>This irks Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a widowed father of two and a former NASA astronaut, to no end. It’s difficult enough to raise two children toward a future of certain famine, but his life is about to change thanks to the unexplained phenomena beginning to physically affect the bedroom of his preternaturally bright daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy). A series of enigmatic signs leads Cooper and Murph to the coordinates of a hidden base—an Area 51-like compound that has been housing the remnants of what was once the United State space program.</p> <p>Cooper’s discovery was no accident. He is, in fact, the man NASA has been waiting for to pilot a spacecraft beyond our galaxy and into a wormhole, where NASA’s chief, Professor Brand (Michael Caine), believes at least one distant planet might contain the building blocks of life—a place to rehabitate our species when Earth finally shakes us off it.</p> <p>The problem is, this sacrifice means—if not possible death—then the possible relinquishing of all earthly ties; after all, time works differently in wormholes, as Morgan Freeman has been patiently explaining to us on television for years. An hour in the nether regions of the universe can equal a decade on Earth. But if there’s one thing Cooper loves as much as his children, it’s the thrill of the cosmos, so the decision, while impossible to reconcile, is a no-brainer.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/interstellar.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I’ll dispense with plot here, at the risk of giving away any of the movie’s myriad developments, but suffice it to say that the film is mind-blowing in the most literal sense, so monumental it defies words. Like Nolan’s “Inception,” it labors in concepts most human brains are incapable of comprehending, and there are times when the dialogue is so dense you just have to accept it on face value, lest the narrative leaves you behind (the movie’s centerpiece is remarkably “Inception”-like, intercutting rhyming crises on Earth and in space with an unrelenting sense of acceleration).</p> <p>Theoretical physicist Kip Thorne assisted with the screenplay, which dramatizes concepts of quantum theory better than any film I’ve ever seen—even if, like me, you may feel one step ahead of its most significant revelation. It’s a movie that, for all of its spectacularly orchestrated set pieces and bowel-shaking special effects, is primarily a heady meditation on such mystical concepts as love, nature, space and time.</p> <p>And unlike “Inception”—or anything else in Nolan’s dark and stylish canon, for that matter—“Interstellar” is deeply moving, by far the most <em>human</em> creation he’s ever brought to celluloid (and do see it on celluloid, if you can; as expected, its film imagery puts digital projection to shame).</p> <p>Nolan has always made movies for the mind, and certainly “Interstellar” stretches our minds beyond four dimensions. Only this time, finally, it also touches our souls. </p> <p><em>“Interstellar” is now playing in most area theaters.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 07 Nov 2014 13:21:50 +0000 & EventsMoviesStaff Picks of the Week<p><strong>BFF Food Truck</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/bff.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>"BFF stands for Best French Fries—and this food truck at Bedner's on weekends is not kidding. You can pick two awesome dips to go with your magic cone of fries; we went with traditional ketchup and bleu cheese."</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>The English Beat</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</em></p> <p>"For a band that released just three albums—all between 1980 and 1982—ska revivalists The English Beat has kept its legacy alive well into the 21st century, dutifully swinging by the Culture Room just about every year to relive its greatest hits, like 'Save it for Later' and 'Mirror in the Bathroom.' Word has it the group will finally release its fourth studio album in 2015, after a mere 23-year hiatus. See if the band will play any tunes from it when it performs at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, at 8 p.m. tonight. Tickets cost $20 at the door."</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Biergarten</strong></p> <p>Picked by Annie Pizzutelli, Web Intern</p> <p>"Oktoberfest may be over but Biergarten is always great fun anytime of the year. Every Monday they offer $1 bratwurst, easily one of the best deals in town. The 'Currywust' has the perfect kick with just a hint of sweetness from the mango chutney. Come during happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. for $4 specials on their wide selection of craft beers on tap."</p> <p>309 Via De Palmas, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>LCB Line Manhattan at Merlino's</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="459" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/merlinos.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>"This award-winning concoction by master mixologist Lee Hoechstetter draws its inspiration, like the downtown Boca restaurant itself (<em>39 S.E. First Ave.</em>), from the City of Brotherly Love—in this case, the famed hockey line of Reggie Leach, Bobby Clarke, Bill Barber, who starred on the legendary Philadelphia Flyers teams of the 1970s. Like those Broad Street Bullies, this mix of Woodford Reserve, house-made herbal syrup and maraschino liqueur packs a punch. But here's the real kicker. After stirring the contents exactly 33 times, and straining it into a martini glass, Hoechstetter takes a mini-blow torch to a fresh marshmallow so that charred bits of the spongy treat mix with the bourbon. The sweet release takes the edge off without detracting from the classic Manhattan flavor, creating a new cocktail for Boca that shoots—and scores."</p> <p>39 S.E. First Ave., Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Garcia's Seafood Grille &amp; Fish Market </strong></p> <p>Picked by Karen Jacaruso, Account Manager</p> <p>"The history alone is reason to go...the Garcia Brothers left Cuba in 1964 to start their own seafood business. It happens to be the freshest seafood I've had. It has a romantic, fantastic ambiance and a 'touch of Cuban decor.' Don't miss their key lime pie for dessert."</p> <p>398 N.W. North River Drive, Miami // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>magazineFri, 07 Nov 2014 11:24:55 +0000 & ReviewsBoca Raton Wine &amp; Food Festival<p>E.E. Cummings once said that, “his lips drink water, but his heart drinks wine.” Make your heart happy by enjoying the fifth annual Boca Raton Wine &amp; Food Festival.</p> <p><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/bocawff.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The festival runs from Nov. 14 to 16. You’ll sip some of the finest wine and taste some of the most delicious cuisine at Florida Atlantic University <em>(777 Glades Road, Boca Raton.) </em>The weekend consists of a VIP Dinner Under The Stars, Vineyard Party, Grand Tasting and Craft Brew Battle.</p> <p>For more information and to purchase presale tickets, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or call 561/333-7594 for group ticket sales.</p>Taryn TacherFri, 07 Nov 2014 08:58:36 +0000 Events&quot;Craft Grilled Cheese&quot; Oozes Into Boynton<p>There’s very little more comforting than a warm, oozy grilled cheese sandwich. Except, of course, a hug from Mom.</p> <p><img alt="" height="340" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/melt.jpg" width="484"></p> <p>And if you’re hungry for one of those warm, oozy, cheesy food hugs, then there’s a new eatery in Boynton Beach just waiting to wrap its arms around you. It’s <a href="" target="_blank">Melt</a> (<em>1880 N. Congress Ave., 561/806-6635</em>), a purveyor of “craft grilled cheese” sammies, meaning there’s a lot more to like than slices of plastic-y American “cheese” stuck between two slices of cottony white bread.</p> <p>Proprietor Craig Larson says they’re “not your grandma’s grilled cheese” sandwiches, which means specialty sammies like the French Onion (caramelized onions with Parmesan and Swiss cheeses on country white bread), the Turkey Florentine (turkey, creamed spinach and red onion on multigrain) and the Buffalo Chicken (Panko-crusted chicken in Buffalo sauce with blue cheese dressing and American cheese on country white).</p> <p>You can also DIY a sammie, choosing from among five breads and 10 cheeses, or opt for a handful of chopped salads, fries, tomato bisque and for dessert—what else?—s’mores.</p> <p>It’s not just the sandwiches that aren’t what granny might have ordered. The space itself is not like any sandwich shop your average grandmother ever wandered into. Think a giant, wall-sized fantasmagorical mural featuring elves, nubile winged angels and, of course, lots of cheese, plus neo-industrial furnishings and fixtures and a hip, young, urban vibe.</p> <p>If she can get past all that and down to the oozy, gooey, melty sandwiches, even granny might like it.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 07 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsWho&#39;s in line for Delray city manager?<h3><span>Delray: The Top Five Finalists</span></h3> <p><span><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/delraybeach.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p>On Friday, Delray Beach city commissioners are scheduled to choose the next city manager. They will interview the five finalists individually today and as a group on Friday, as part of a special meeting. Let’s look at the pros and cons of the finalists, in alphabetical order.</p> <p><strong>DON COOPER</strong></p> <p>PRO: Among the finalists, Cooper has the most experience not just running a city but running a Florida city—Port St. Lucie. At nearly 175,000, Port St. Lucie has nearly three times Delray Beach’s population. Cooper was manager from 1991 to 2010, and helped to turn a sprawling subdivision into a real city. While Cooper was manager, Port St. Lucie created commercial areas and upgraded services.</p> <p>Cooper’s triumph was completion of a water/sewer service throughout the city. Many residents opposed the project, because the city assessed them for the hook-ups, but the work was essential. Cooper knows all the basics of local government in Florida. Even a newspaper reporter who covered Cooper during some turbulent times said good things about him to Delray’s headhunter firm.</p> <p>CON: This year, Port St. Lucie unloaded the building the city had financed in 2009 to serve as headquarters for the Digital Domain video animation company. The finance director estimated that Port St. Lucie will pay $39 million through 2041 for a building the city doesn’t own.</p> <p>As Cooper says, he did the recruiting and not the deal, but he believed that the company had “expressed a commitment” to Port St. Lucie. Digital Domain went bankrupt, and with that went the promised jobs.</p> <p>Cooper admits he can be “a little pushy.” He also can be more than a little sensitive. In 1999, miffed over a delayed raise, he resigned, and then returned after the city council gave him some love. Also, <em>The</em> <em>Palm Beach Post</em> reported in 2003 that Cooper got special treatment from the police department—which he supervised—when he faced a domestic violence charge.</p> <p><strong>ROBERTO HERNANDEZ</strong></p> <p>PRO: He is assistant administrator for Broward County, the second-largest county in Florida. Before that, he was assistant city manager in Coral Springs, which at roughly 120,000 people is also much larger than Delray Beach. Having dealt with issues on that scale, Hernandez seems capable of handling matters on a Delray scale. Except for three years in Atlanta, all his relevant experience is in South Florida. Of himself, Hernandez writes, “There is no ‘dirt’ on me. I live a clean, simply life, prefer to tell things as I see it, and sleep well at night.”</p> <p>CON: Hernandez never has been a manager. Delray Beach may not be Miami, but it’s a full-service city that makes plenty of demands on the chief executive. Many of the city’s department heads, as well as the assistant city manager, have started in the last few months. Wouldn’t it make more sense to pick someone who has been in charge? As for that Broward experience, Hernandez lists work on the county’s airport and sports/entertainment arena. Neither applies to Delray Beach.</p> <p><strong>ANDREA MCCUE</strong></p> <p>PRO: She is the administrator for Lancaster (Pa.) County, southwest of Philadelphia, which has about 520,000 people. She’s had the job for 10 years, serving at the pleasure of elected county commissioners. She kept her job through the recession, which means that she must have talent and political skills. McCue told the headhunter that she wants to move to Florida because her daughter attends college here and likely will stay after graduating.</p> <p>CON: McCue may be the county administrator, but those county commissioners have a lot more executive authority than, say, city commissioners in Delray, according to the Lancaster County website. In fact, it refers to McCue as the  “Chief Clerk.”</p> <p>In addition, some of McCue’s work has involved Lancaster County’s jail. That is not relevant to Delray Beach. She would need the most adjustment, since Pennsylvania’s system of government is nothing like Florida’s. Delray hired its previous manager from Connecticut, where the system is also much different. Louie Chapman lasted a year and a half.</p> <p><strong>TERRY STEWART</strong></p> <p>PRO: He’s been the interim city manager since June. Much of the turmoil inside City Hall from Chapman’s last few months has subsided. With so many other new people in top positions, why switch, now that Stewart’s leadership style may have taken hold?</p> <p>Stewart has been manager of two cities in Florida—Cape Coral, which is much larger than Delray, and Fort Myers Beach, which is much smaller. He was forced out in both cases, but he makes a persuasive case that the problem each time was municipal politics, not his competence. He would need no time to familiarize himself with Delray Beach and the city staff.</p> <p>CON: By picking Stewart, the commission could be settling for someone just because he’s convenient. Chapman became the subject of an Office of Inspector General investigation, which concluded that he had misled not only the commission but also OIG investigators. He wrongly scheduled for a March meeting of a lame-duck commission an item the mayor had asked him to delay. The new commission had to rescind approval of the item, which the chief financial officer said would have been horrible for the city. How hard can it have been for Stewart to look better? Has he been holding off on any tough decisions, to keep morale as high as possible?</p> <p><strong>MIKE WOIKA</strong></p> <p>PRO: He’s the guy next door. He’s been the assistant city manager in Boca Raton for 10 years, and he ran the utilities department in Boca before that. You can’t get more basic in terms of city services than water and sewer. There’s no reason to wonder why Woika hasn’t been promoted in the last decade. Above him are Deputy City Manager George Brown and City Manager Leif Ahnell, both long-termers who aren’t going anywhere. Woika would know the differences between Delray Beach and Boca Raton and how Delray could use the comparison most favorably. Woika also has an MBA.</p> <p>CON: Woika may get raves from Boca’s mayor and others, but, like Hernandez, he hasn’t been in charge anywhere. Is he ready for all the demands that go with being the boss? Would he bring a style of management better suited to Boca Raton than to Delray Beach?</p> <p>Mayor Cary Glickstein lamented what he considered the lack of an obvious “superstar” among the finalists. A little perspective is in order.</p> <p>In 1990, the commission made David Harden the manager. Harden served for 22 years, and for most of that time he served very well. Among other things, Harden hired as police chief Richard Overman, who transformed the department and earned the community’s respect.</p> <p>But Harden didn’t look like a superstar in 1990. He was the commission’s second choice. (The first wouldn’t agree to a contract.) Harden had been asked to leave Winter Park, where he had been manager for 12 years, because the elected officials wanted someone more outgoing. So being forced out of one job doesn’t disqualify someone for another under difference circumstances.</p> <p>Going in, one could have predicted that the three-member majority of Mayor Cary Glickstein and commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia will have the most sway. That’s even more likely now that Adam Frankel won’t be at Friday’s meeting.</p> <p>Frankel told me that the interviews originally were scheduled for last week, and that he was not asked about the switch. He will be out of town on a "work trip." He asked the city attorney if he could make his pick through a memo. The answer was no. To vote, commissioners must be present. One hopes that the vote isn't 2-2.</p> <h3>Status Quo in Boca-Delray</h3> <p>It will be status quo at all levels for the elected officials who represent the Boca-Delray area.</p> <p>In Congress, Democrats Lois Frankel and Ted Deutch kept their seats easily. State Sen. Maria Sachs and State Rep. Bill Hager got strong challenges, but held on. As she did in 2012, Sachs got a large enough margin in Palm Beach County to more than offset Ellyn Bogdanoff’s edge in Broward County. County Commissioner Steven Abrams had little trouble beating Andy O’Brien.</p> <p>Nationwide, the electorate was angry at incumbents. Not here.</p> <h3>Pot bust</h3> <p>And Delray Beach won’t need a second vote on that moratorium on marijuana dispensaries. The constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana got 57 percent of the vote, but needed 60 percent to pass.</p> <p>I favor the use of medical marijuana. This amendment, however, was very broad, designed that way to get young people to vote—for the amendment and for Charlie Crist. His law partner financed the campaign to get Amendment 2 on the ballot.</p> <p>If there’s another campaign, it should be about helping the suffering, not about getting someone elected.</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> <p>      </p>Randy SchultzThu, 06 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityTheater Review: &quot;Swing!&quot; at the Wick Theatre<p><img alt="" height="274" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/swing_press_-_15.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Even if pulled off perfectly, the Wick Theatre’s “Swing!” would still be what it is: empty calories for Greatest Generation audiences. This nostalgic revue of ‘30s and ‘40s song and dance, which premiered on Broadway in 1999, is fundamentally unadventurous. And while director/choreographer Kelly Shook brings some ambitious ideas to the production, it still has all the edge of a circle and all the bite of a docile Chihuahua. The result lacks the infectiousness and the rambunctious wit that helped turn the Wick’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’” revue into a memorable romp.</p> <p>The production features 12 dancers and two credited singers—Michael Ursua and Alix Paige—though plenty of the dancers have the opportunity to showcase their pipes as well. There’s no story, but there’s a definitive structure, with the action beginning at the dawn of swing (1931) and continuing as various incarnations of the dance sweep the nation, first at nightclubs and then at military barracks. There are emotive torch songs and jazz crooning along the way, and pianist/musical director Paul Reekie leads the faultless six-piece band through the familiar toe-tappers and ballads. Though a few “characters,” if you can call them that, from Act One are revisited in the second act, it’s difficult to feel any emotional connection to the performances.</p> <p>Shook’s choreography runs an inventive gamut beyond such swing variations as the jitterbug and lindy hop; injections of Latin dance, line dance, ballet and tap add welcome eccentricity to the production. With its ensemble of dancers shedding their work clothes for a night at the clubs, there’s a pulsating bawdiness to “Kitchen Mechanic’s Night Out”—the only bona fide showstopper in the first act—that I wanted more of throughout the show.</p> <p><img alt="" height="251" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/swing-press_-_14.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Elsewhere, dancer Ashley Klinger brings a feline quality to her supple movements, best represented in “Harlem Nocturne,” in which she seems to slink out of a stand-up bass. Other highlights include “Cry Me a River,” in which singer/dancer Amelia Millar harmonizes the rhythm with trombonist Jason Pyle; “Bli-blip,” in which Ursua and Paige engage in a dinner conversation comprised entirely of jazz scatting; and “Bill’s Bounce,” a tap-driven military number in which the dancers impossibly leapfrog over each other from a sit-up position.</p> <p>But in other places, her arrangements were perhaps too ambitious. “Throw That Girl Around” is intended to be a centerpiece of Act One, with its breathless examples of the title theme. The song contains more lifts than the Empire Stage Building, with female dancers tossed about like so many rag dolls, but the result lacks smoothness—it’s exuberant in theory but careful and clunky in practice. (The less you analyze the dancers’ feet positions, the more you’ll enjoy the show). It felt, at times, like I was watching a preview performance: In Paige’s solo numbers in Act One, she doesn’t project her voice enough to be understood over the band, at least in the upper seating section—a seemingly simple fix that shouldn’t be needed in the second week of a show’s run.</p> <p>Granted, I’m 32, and therefore not the target audience for this show. But even Boomers might feel that it represents their parents’ culture, not theirs. The thing is, there are few moments of rousing excitement in “Swing!” Even the show’s pleasures are transient ones, unlikely to be remembered next year or next month. We know what the Wick is capable of, and with such a finite number of productions each season, “Swing!” makes for a questionable use of its resources.</p> <p><em>“Swing!” runs through Nov. 16 at the Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $58-$62. Call 561/995-2333 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 05 Nov 2014 14:06:18 +0000 & EventsTheatreTop Food Picks from SEED<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Last month I had the pleasure of presenting at <a href="/blog/2014/09/10/seed-food-and-wine-festival/" target="_blank">Seed Food and Wine Festival</a> in Miami. This was the first upscale plant-based food festival that featured gourmet dinners with wine pairings, celebrity book signings, beach-front brunch and of course, an all-day food tasting. In this blog, I want to share my favorite of the locally made treats I sampled at the event.</p> <p><strong>Chef Cristy’s Cinnamon Rolls</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="282" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/chefcristy.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p>This is by far my favorite product from the festival. If you like the sweet and gooey part of Cinnabon’s cinnamon roll but are not a fan of the extra fat, calories and gluten, then you’re in luck! Chef Cristy came up with a fabulous recipe for a raw, vegan, gluten-free, organic cinnamon roll. Each package comes with three 70-calorie rolls, making it a perfect size for a decadent dessert. I also loved Chef Cristy’s Raw Velvet Rolls that are filled with sweet coconut-cashew cream. I still can’t decide which variety I like best, so I’ll have to keep buying them both. Fortunately, the Whole Foods Market in Boca also fell in love with these treats and just started to carry them.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>22 Days Nutrition</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/22bar.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>They say that it takes 21 days to break a habit, and after 22 days it’s smooth sailing. That’s the phrase that drives Miami-based Marco Borges, the man who transformed the way Beyonce eats, works out and, consequently, looks. Besides being a fitness guru, Borges is the creator of 22 Days Nutrition bars - plant-based energy bars that are gluten-free, soy-free and protein-rich. Luckily, you don’t have to be a celebrity to afford these bars. They cost about $3 each and can be found at many grocery and vitamin stores around the area. If he knows the secret to Queen B’s beauty and sells it in a form of delicious snacks in gold wrappers, why not give it a try?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Tio Gazpacho</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="546" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/tg.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Being a conservative eater, it took Austin Allan many months of living in Spain to open up to the idea of trying the Spanish delicacy, gazpacho. But once he tried it, there was no going back. It was love at first sip. Today, Allan brings his passion to South Florida, beautifully packaged in a 16-oz bottle as Tio Gazpacho. You can choose from Gazpacho Clasico: a traditional Spanish recipe, Gazpacho de Sol: slightly sweeter twist on gazpacho (my favorite) and Gazpacho Verde, which has the boldest and spiciest flavor profile. If you’re looking for a way to get more veggies into your diet without needing a spoon or bowl, definitely check out Tio Gazpacho.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Peace A’ Cake</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/peacacake.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Peace A' Cake is nothing more and nothing less than an amazing desert option if you want to have your cake and eat it too! When we were kids, sweets and cakes were treats we looked forward to. They were often used as "rewards." Now as grown ups, many of us feel "guilty" when we indulge in these delicacies. We know they’re fattening and unhealthy, and every bite is followed by a sense of guilt and regret. Not anymore. Peace A' Cake is a delicious, tasty cake your taste buds and your body will love. Each box comes with four portion-controlled mini cakes that are made with vegan and gluten-free ingredients, such as quinoa and brown rice flours, coconut palm nectar and coconut oil. There are no preservatives and no refined sugars. Basically, there’s nothing in it that’s bad for you. I love the double chocolate and white chocolate almond cranberry flavors, but try them all to find your favorite.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Enzyme DR.</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="387" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/enzymedr.jpg" width="446"></strong></p> <p>I have been a fan of enzymes for years and I want to share a great new local brand: Enzyme DR, created by Miami-based Dr. Matthew Cooper. For those unfamiliar, enzymes are protein molecules that help us digest our food. They naturally occur in plants and can also be produced by our digestive systems. The challenge with enzymes found in food is that they die when food is heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Raw fruits and vegetables are high in enzymes, so they’re easier and faster to digest than a slice of baked or processed pizza. Even though our bodies produce digestive enzymes, their production decreases with age, so I recommend taking enzyme supplements when eating cooked foods to aid in digestion. Enzyme DR offers an effective blend of all-vegan digestive enzymes that are proven to help indigestion, bloating or gas. If you suffer from these conditions after eating heavy meals, I suggest giving Enzyme DR a try.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</p> <p>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</p>Alina Z.Wed, 05 Nov 2014 08:58:56 +0000 & ReviewsFitness Weekend Benefits Military Heroes<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Fitness powerhouses in the community are rallying to support an important cause: <strong>Help Our Military Heroes or HOMH</strong>.</p> <p>From biking to yoga, there are a variety of ways to get involved and give back. The series of philanthropic fitness events will run from Friday, Nov. 14 to Sunday Nov. 16, with proceeds supporting military heroes through HOMH. The nonprofit organization, which is funded by public donations, provides those wounded in the military with fully equipped handicapped vehicles. One of HOMH’s many recipients, Army Sergeant Brian Mast, who lost both legs while serving America in Afghanistan, is the guest of honor and will be on hand throughout the weekend to meet people and join in the fun.</p> <p><img alt="" height="491" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/image1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Schedule of events:</em></p> <p>Friday, Nov. 14</p> <p>Where: Slash Fitness, <em>290 S.E. Sixth Ave., Suite 2, Delray Beach </em></p> <p>What: All proceeds and fees from the day will go to HOMH. Sign up for a class at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or call 561/865-5716. Classes are $25 each and cost less when you commit to memberships or contracts.</p> <p>Sunday, Nov. 16</p> <p>Where: South County Regional Park, Sunset Pavillion, <em>11200 Park Access Road, Boca Raton</em></p> <p>What: Ride for Help Our Military Heroes by zMotion Foundation. Registration for this cycling event is $100 for people who are not members of zMotion. To register for the ride, go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. It starts at 8 a.m. Riders can choose between metric and half metric century rides. The ride is fully supported by police and SAG for mechanical issues. There will be rest stops, food, raffles and vendors. Back at the park, local yoga instructor Alexis King will be holding a yoga class at 9 a.m. The class is $25 and you can register at the link above.</p> <p>If you sign up for the zMotion ride Sunday, you can pick up your packet and enjoy a social event Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Stuart's Wild Ride (<em>8177 W. Glades Road, #12, Boca Raton)</em> from 5 to 7 p.m. or at Doghouse Multisport Training Center (<em>851 S.E. Sixth Avenue, Suite 106, Delray Beach</em>) from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13.</p> <p>Note: there will be a HOMH cycling jersey available for a $70 donation from Nov. 14 through 16 at the events.</p> <p>If you can’t attend, making a donation is always an option. For more about Help Our Military Heroes, go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><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>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 05 Nov 2014 08:55:41 +0000 EventsSuperstars: Sephora Favorites Collection<p>It’s that time of the year again. You’ve barely tapped into your Halloween candy and stores are already stocking up with holiday goods. Sephora is no exception. The makeup retailer has just launched its line of holiday beauty sets. The crème-de-la-crop of the collection is the <a href="" target="_blank">Superstars</a> gift pack.</p> <p><img alt="" height="309" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/superstars_sephora.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The set includes 12 of the store’s most popular products. Every year I buy one as a gift and wind up keeping it for myself. In past years, the “limited edition” set that has become so popular, the retailer now offers it well into the summer months. The 2014 Superstars set is a steal. For just $75 you get $225 worth of goodies. Some of the products in this year’s set stand out more than others, but they are all worth a try.</p> <p><strong>Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, $21</strong></p> <p>Last year, I went to the salon for a wax and came out without eyebrows. My once full defined brows looked like inchworms lying on top of my eyes. This pencil performed miracles.  I had always been hesitant to use eyebrow pencils before for fear of having that “stenciled in” look. This ultra-thin pencil is simple to use and makes it easy to fill in lines that mimic real brow hairs. My only suggestion is to test out the colors in the store. They tend to be a little ashier once applied.</p> <p><strong>Benefit POREfessional, $31</strong></p> <p>I had heard people rave about this product for years, and I was sadly disappointed when I finally got my hands on it. The smell of the makeup primer is great and it left my skin feeling smooth, but once I applied foundation, the silicone formula felt thick and slippery. The filmy consistency was effective at blurring the appearance of pores, but after a few hours my makeup started to cake up and flake off. This product probably works better for people with oily skin, but for someone with a dry or combination complexion I recommend avoiding silicone based primers.</p> <p><strong>Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Mascara, $23</strong></p> <p>I’m a mascara addict. One of Sephora’s other holiday gift sets, LashStash, is my favorite gift to open every Christmas. I’ve tried nearly every mascara on the market, yet I keep coming back to They’re Real. The name doesn’t lie, I get asked if my eyelashes are fake all the time when I’m wearing it. This mascara makes even the stubbiest lashes thick and long, without clumping like so many other brands do. Throughout the day, it doesn’t flake off or smudge and it easily glides off with makeup remover. If I could only use one makeup product for the rest of my life, this would be it.</p> <p><strong>Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $26</strong></p> <p>This product is perfect for achieving that wind-blown I-just-stepped-out-of-the-ocean look.  Saltwater alone can dry out your hair, but this spray is infused with seaweed and kelp extracts to lock in moisture. This spray works best on straight and wavy hair types. I have naturally curly hair so I apply it to dry blown-out hair to get those effortless-looking tousled waves.</p> <p><strong>Chloè by Chloè Rollerball, $25</strong></p> <p>I’m typically one of those people who gets a migraine just walking through the fragrance department, but this perfume has a soft clean smell that is not overwhelming. It’s flirty without being overly floral and the notes of amber give it a seductive edge. The scent lasts for hours. On a few occasions I’ve even been able to get a whiff of it the next day.</p> <p><strong>Formula X for Sephora, $10.50</strong></p> <p>How many coats I apply or whether I use a top and base coat doesn’t seem to make much of a difference. I rarely go a full day without chipping my manicure. Even gel formulas usually don’t last me two days, let alone the two weeks they claim.  Even with all the hype around the Formula X polishes, I wasn’t expecting to be too impressed. When I saw a shade of pink I liked I finally decided to give it a try and to my amazement the polish lasted a full five days! That was without a topcoat. Sephora offers a full system that comes with a nail cleanser, a base coat and a top coat if you want to ultimate long lasting manicure.</p> <p><strong>Fresh Sugar Rosè Tinted Lip Treatment, $22.50</strong></p> <p>Sephora offered this as its birthday gift a few years back and it was love at first pucker. If $22 sounds a little pricy for a lip balm, just wait until you try it. A full-size tube has lasted me more than six months with regular use. The balm keeps your lips smooth and moisturized all day long, so you don’t have to apply as often as you would a cheaper chap stick. It come in a variety of tints, but if you’re looking for that perfect bitten shade my favorite is rosé.</p> <p><strong>Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil, $48</strong></p> <p>Argan oil is definitely having a moment. Walk down the aisle at any beauty or drug store and just about everything from hair products to mascara is infused with this liquid gold. Many products though contain very little actual argan oil and they usually use a poor quality at that. Josie Marin Pure Argan Oil is the real deal. Apply a few drops of the oil just about anywhere for a moisturized, radiant look.</p> <p><strong>Nars Cosmetics Blush in Orgasm, $30</strong></p> <p>This peachy-pink blush looks good on nearly every skin shade. The formula is highly pigmented and will leave your cheeks glowing all day. It has a slight golden shimmer that will reflect light particles and brighten your face. It’s the perfect complement to contoured cheeks. I like to angle a bit right between my bronzer and highlighter in the contours of my cheeks.</p> <p><strong>Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35, $39</strong></p> <p>BB creams are great for moisturizing, priming and smoothing skin, but they tend not to give the best coverage. I use them on days that I don’t feel like wearing a face of heavy makeup, but need something to liven up my face. For a BB cream, Smashbox Camera Ready provides a pretty pigmented formula. Unlike other brands that only offer few color selections, this comes in a variety of shades to match any skin tone.</p> <p><strong>Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, $20</strong></p> <p>I have a love-hate relationship with this liquid eyeliner pen. On one hand it’s easy to use for almost any look from thick bold lines to perfect wings. True to its name, it does last all day long. I’ve slept in this stuff and woken up with it still perfectly intact. However, the pen dries out very quickly. I’ve bought several of these and sometimes it only lasts me a couple of weeks.</p> <p><strong>Urban Decay Eyeshadow, $18</strong></p> <p>Urban Decay eye shadows are my absolute favorite. They have a soft, velvety texture that glides on your lids. The colors are highly pigmented and blending them is a breeze. Even the most shimmery shades don’t fall and last all through the night. The individual shadows can get expensive so I recommend purchasing one of the brand’s highly coveted palettes.</p>Annie PizzutelliTue, 04 Nov 2014 10:18:47 +0000;s Bistro Debuts in Boca<p>Don’t look now, but French cuisine might be making a comeback.</p> <p><img alt="" height="419" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/fabien.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Okay, so maybe it’s not your daddy’s French cuisine—five or six courses of cream and butter-laden, unpronounceable dishes that cost as much as a solid-gold Rolex. But rather modern bistro fare—accessible, (relatively) affordable, with a soupcon of inventiveness and utter lack of pretension.</p> <p>Case in point: <a href="" target="_blank">Fabien’s Bistro</a> (<em>6063 S.W. 18th St., 561/347-1117</em>), an upscale bistro from French native Fabien Paroutaud and his Argenine wife, Silvina. From a longtime French restaurant family, Paroutaud opened an Italian eatery in Montreal in 2001 before moving to sunnier climes to debut Fabien’s.</p> <p>The restaurant has a warm, classy but comfortable look, done in soothing earth tones with lots of dark wood, brick accent wall and spiral crystal chandelier.</p> <p>As for the food, it’s a blend of family recipes and slightly tweaked traditional favorites, from mussels in saffron cream sauce and coq au vin to braised lamb shank with port wine sauce and crispy half duck with sweet plum sauce. Prices are on the high side of bistro tariffs, with entrees ranging from $27.50 to $35.50. But there is a three-course, prix fixe early bird menu for $22.95. </p>Bill CitaraTue, 04 Nov 2014 09:25:51 +0000 & ReviewsMore sketchy campaign ads and other news<h3><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/vote_today.jpg" width="300"></h3> <h3>More misleading ads?</h3> <p>On Thursday, I wrote about a dishonest ad being run by the Republican Party of Florida on behalf of incumbent Bill Hager in the Florida House 89 race. Just in time for Election Day, here’s a look behind another controversial ad in a local legislative race.</p> <p>It’s the rematch between Democrat Maria Sachs and Republican Ellyn Bogdanoff in Florida Senate 34, a district that includes southeastern Palm Beach County and northeastern Broward County. Sachs won in 2012, but because of redistricting half of the 20 Senate seats were for just two years. The winner this time gets a four-year term.</p> <p>The race is close, and could determine whether Republicans would have a veto-proof majority in the Senate if Charlie Crist became governor. The candidates have issued the usual accusations about who cut education spending and the usual claims about who would be the better advocate for the middle class, but a recent mailer went after Sachs on a very emotional issue.</p> <p>This year, the Senate passed legislation that allows the use of “non-euphoric”—no high—marijuana to treat certain medical conditions, notably epileptic seizures, especially in children. One of the children cited by supporters to make their case was 11-year-old RayAnn Moseley, whom supporters credit for changing minds on the issue. The mailer says Sachs “failed to vote to help RayAnn and thousands of Florida children like her. . .Apparently, RayAnn’s story wasn’t enough for Maria Sachs.”</p> <p>A look at the record for Senate Bill 1030, the legislation in question, shows that Sachs did vote for the bill on final passage. She did so, though, after the roll call. That can happen on the last day of the session—when this vote took place—as senators move around the chamber and bills are taken up at a furious pace. The record also shows that Sachs voted for the bill on third reading—the second-to-last step—on April 28.</p> <p>I asked the Bogdanoff campaign for a response. I got one from the candidate:</p> <p>“She voted after roll call. That doesn’t count in the passage or failure of a bill, which is why it says (on the printed record of the vote) ‘Not Voting – 1.’ What (Sachs) did was indicate her preference.</p> <p>“With respect to the bill on third reading she did vote for, it came back to the Senate in returning messages and was different than the bill she voted for. The key vote that mattered, the final amended version of the bill, was the one she missed because she was not on the floor.</p> <p>“We stand by our statement that when the bill came up for a vote Sen. Sachs was not there.”</p> <p>The mailer never mentions Bogdanoff. It can’t, because it doesn’t come from the Bogdanoff campaign or the Republican Party of Florida. It only can bash Sachs. It comes from something called Floridians For Integrity in Government, a political action committee that doesn’t have to reveal who is behind it and supposedly can’t coordinate its work with the Bogdanoff campaign.</p> <p>Except that Floridians For Integrity in Government gets its money from another committee called the Florida Leadership Committee. It has collected about $2.6 million in donations, mostly from special interests that want something from the Legislature. Sen. Jack Latvala controls the Florida Leadership Committee. Latvala is the Clearwater Republican who wants to be Senate president in 2017-18. Bogdanoff would be a vote for Latvala against Sen. Joe Negron. The mailer is one example of the help Latvala is giving Bogdanoff.</p> <p>Yet Latvala was one of seven Republicans to vote against the medical marijuana bill that the Latvala-sponsored mailer falsely criticizes Sachs for opposing. Here is Bogdanoff’s response to the idea that the ad is hypocritical:</p> <p>“Sen. Latvala and I have been friends for nearly 20 years. We don’t agree on a lot of issues, but as friends we respect each other’s differences. Finding loyalty in this process is a rare find, and maintaining friendships is a blessing. As one of my old political friends used to say, If you agree with someone 100 percent of the time, don’t vote for them. Marry them.”</p> <p>Ah, politics.</p> <h3>High times</h3> <p>One of the big votes today will determine whether Florida legalizes the marijuana that gives you a high for treatment on a wide scale. Even if <a href=",_Amendment_2_(2014)" target="_blank">Amendment 2</a> gets the required 60 percent, however, don’t expect to see marijuana dispensaries show up anytime soon.</p> <p>Last week, Boca Raton joined Boynton Beach in approving one-year moratoriums on marijuana shops. As in the other cities, the vote was not controversial. Only one speaker commented, and he favored the moratorium. The only question was whether the moratorium would apply to businesses that offer consulting to potential marijuana entrepreneurs. It wouldn’t.</p> <p>As I noted previously, the moratorium makes sense. Amendment 2 is broadly written, and some cities could get many applications for licenses. Delray Beach will hold its first vote tonight on a moratorium, and it will pass. For all the promises that medical marijuana will bring new money to government and relief to those who are suffering, beware of big changes that promise nothing but benefits.</p> <h3>New development regulations</h3> <p>In Delray Beach, a city commission meeting fell on Election Day. So the commission correctly postponed a major item that had been scheduled for discussion tonight.</p> <p>That would be the first public hearing on proposed new regulations for development in the Central Business District. Crafting the proposal, which is contained in three ordinances, has taken nearly a year, and given what’s at stake there’s no reason to rush. The hearing has been moved to Nov. 18.</p> <p>Another big issue that originally had been on tonight’s agenda is <a href="" target="_blank">Atlantic Crossing</a>. The commission is considering a development agreement and an indemnification agreement related to the project. At the Oct. 21 meeting, however, commissioners raised a number of issues, and the city’s legal staff needs time to rework the proposals. City Attorney Noel Pfeffer told me Monday that he doesn’t expect Atlantic Crossing to come back before the commission until at least January.</p> <h3>Delray pension news</h3> <p>I now have seen Delray Beach’s pension and wage offers to the police union. For now, you should know that the major change is that Delray wants to withdraw from the program that gives the city money for its police pension from assessments on insurance policies.</p> <p>Decades ago, the Legislature created this program and another for fire departments to encourage full-service cities to create their own public safety pensions, rather than have police officers and firefighters adding to the state retirement system.</p> <p>With the money, however, come rules set by the Legislature to operate the pension funds. Those rules cover who will administer the funds. Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein believes that the city’s police-fire pension is so shaky—the Leroy Collins Institute at Florida State University rated the fund ‘F’ for 2011 and 2012—in large part because the city has too little influence over the fund’s investments. Leaving the state program would enable Delray Beach to recast the pension board.</p> <p>Boca Raton is at an impasse with its unions over police and fire wage/pension issues. Delray Beach is not there yet, but I’m told that the gap on pensions is wide and that the union has made a counteroffer. I will have much more about 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 SchultzTue, 04 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: Nov. 4 to 10<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/sms_promoshot.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Start Making Sense</strong></p> <p>Where: Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$25</p> <p>Contact: 561/395-2929, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Lucky are the few people still alive who managed to see Talking Heads during the band’s seminal role in music history, from 1977 to 1988. Thinking about the group’s acrimonious breakup, circa 1991, still stings a little, given the eclectic dynamism of its swan song “Naked,” and the potential for greatness that could have extended into the new millennium. David Byrne’s solo records have never quite reached the heights of those wonderful and idiosyncratic albums. Lo and behold, Start Making Sense is a tribute act that prides itself on recreating Talking Heads’ music and live shows, note for note, providing nostalgia for those who did see the Real McCoy live and an exhilarating new experience for the group’s younger fans. Vocalist Jon Braun is a vocal doppelganger for Byrne, and his band ain’t too shabby either. These guys aren’t local to South Florida, so don’t expect another Start Making Sense show anytime soon.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/howandwhy.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The How and the Why”</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>In a 2013 study, researchers at Yale helped quantify what we already expected: There is a tremendous bias against women in the sciences. They found that only 14 percent of physics professors in the United States were women, and that when presented with imaginary applicants with identical qualifications, survey recipients overwhelmingly chose the male candidate, and set the woman’s salary at $4,000 less. I bring this up because Sarah Treem’s play “The How and the Why” lives in the prejudiced and rarefied milieu of women in the sciences, where advancement is always an uphill battle. The two-character play centers on two evolutionary biologists, one long established and the other emerging, who meet for the first time at a national conference. They have more history than they think, as their personal lives begin to unspool aside their groundbreaking theories. Expect to be moved and stimulated in this intelligent work by one of the writers of “House of Cards” and “In Treatment.” The play runs through Nov. 23.</p> <p><img alt="" height="165" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/diavolo.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Diavolo</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Starting at $25</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s been quoted and requoted hundreds of times, though its origin is still debated: “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” While many scribblers have attempted, and succeeded, at the former, few dancers have tried the latter—but this is exactly what Diavolo, an inventive dance collective based in Los Angeles, has been doing for the past 24 years. Indeed, artistic director Jacques Heim is more architect than choreographer, constructing models of staircases, collapsing pyramids, rolling hamster wheels, extreme-sports quarter-pipes and giant spheres with more holes than the plot of “Battlefield Earth.” His dancers, who reportedly choreograph their own movements, perform on, under, above, around and inside the objects, which metamorphose during the show—a theme that has led to Diavolo’s tagline, “Architecture in Motion.” Their abilities to dance on the precipice of danger, and to do so with humor and innovation, have earned the group numerous awards, along with a slot on the coveted Provocative Entertainment at Kravis (P.E.A.K.) series.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/a07a3bdf87ad339019239a21f679431dab0fb04d1fe20e8e2a40277934c189be_-original.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival</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: $30-$35</p> <p>Contact: 954/525-3456, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In previous years, South Florida’s longest film festival would have been well into its run by the first of November. This year, for its 29th installment, organizers have shrewdly decided to push the festival back so it doesn’t compete with Halloween and the International Boat Show. Instead, we get a bonanza of regional and world premieres throughout most of November. Ellen Burstyn, still elegant at 82, will receive a lifetime achievement award and enjoy a screening of her Oscar-nominated 1980 drama “Resurrection.” Hong Kong sex symbol Nancy Kwan and South Florida’s own Man of Bronze, George Hamilton, will receive similar awards. Screenings include the critically acclaimed (and 196-minute!) “Winter Sleep,” from Turkey; the supernatural comedy “Frank Vs. God;” and “Traitors,” a Moroccan thriller about drug trafficking. And look out for a Bahamian-themed party, a “Chairman’s Cruise,” and an awards gala at the Westin Hotel Diplomat. It all starts Friday night with the madcap, opening-night comedy “Lucky Stiff” (pictured), whose co-star, Jason Alexander, will receive a Career Achievement Award. The ticket includes an after-party at nearby Off the Hookah.</p> <p><img alt="" height="549" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/detroit-image-1.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Detroit”</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>How well do we know our neighbors? That’s one of the questions at the core of this Pulitzer Prize-nominated play by Lisa D’Amour. Another one might be, what’s the emotional, physical and mental fallout when you fall short of the American dream? Posing hefty questions with humor, insight and a few combustible surprises, “Detroit” is set, possibly, in the title city, or anywhere else blighted by the Great Recession. Two pairs of next-door neighbors—one middle-aged and trying to keep up appearances while struggling with a recent job loss, the other youngish and struggling with a history of drug addiction—meet for a backyard barbecue. And though they have little in common, they keep on meeting, despite—or perhaps because of—the fights and tragic accidents and revelations their rendezvous entail. Be prepared for a wild ride. “Detroit” runs through Nov. 23.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="244" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/gringo-star.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Gringo Star</strong></p> <p>Where: Propaganda, 6 South J Street, Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $8</p> <p>Contact: 561/547-7273, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Hailing from Atlanta, the hard-working and hard-touring act indie rock act Gringo Star has recorded three albums in the Aughts, but its sound is planted most in ‘60s psych-rock, placing them not too far from the Beatle referenced in the band’s cheeky name. The Strokes and the Black Lips are perhaps closer references, bands that are themselves rooted in primitive garage rock and lo-fi recording techniques; it comes as no surprise that the group, which consists largely of brothers Nicholas and Peter Furgiuele, recorded its latest, superb 7-inch single “Long Time Gone” in Pete’s basement. This show’s promoter has assembled a stellar talent of local bands to open the show, including Wake Up, Sweet Bronco and Milk Spot, so the $8 cover is a hell of a bargain.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/delray-food.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: East Atlantic Avenue, downtown Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Local restaurants will provide samples of their finest ocean-dwelling entrees at this third annual foodie event. The Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival suffered from a bumpy first year but has rebounded nicely, promising to expand its roster of delectable seafood dishes each year. Visitors can munch on lobster rolls, fried clams, gazpacho, conch ceviche, fish tacos and other pescatarian favorites while strolling the more the 150 exhibition booths and the festival’s official merchandise booth, all in the service of boosting business on Atlantic Avenue. More than 20 varieties of wine will be poured at two Wine Gardens, and those interested in attending food and wine pairing seminars can purchase tickets to these special events. And stick around for live music, day and night, on two stages.</p> <p>SUNDAY THROUGH NOV. 11</p> <p><img alt="" height="278" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/cirque-de-la-symphonie-houston-symphony-labor-day.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Magic of Cirque de la Symphonie</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: Show times vary</p> <p>Cost: $62-$85</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you skipped Cirque de la Symphonie at Festival of the Arts Boca last year, you missed a magical convergence of classical orchestration and high-flying cirque majesty. Now’s your chance to experience (or relive) this compelling hybrid of concert and circus. Symphony of the Americas, Broward County’s own professional orchestra, will perform masterpieces and contemporary scores, while aerial flyers, strongmen, acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and balancers will provide the dazzling front-of-the-stage entertainment.</p>John ThomasonMon, 03 Nov 2014 16:16:35 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreWeb Xtra: Deconstructing the Dish<h4>Nick Laudano of <a href="" target="_blank">Nick’s New Haven-Style Pizzeria and Bar</a> shares his recipe for white-clam pizza.</h4> <p>There are almost as many styles of pizza as there are pizzerias. Neapolitan, New York, Chicago. Sicilian, Midwest, California. Stuffed, grilled, designer. One of the most distinctive, however, hails from the Connecticut town of New Haven, said to have been invented in the 1920s at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana and called “apizza” (pronounced “a-beetz”).</p> <p><img alt="" height="415" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/nick.png" width="489"></p> <p>With its thin, crisp-chewy crust, New Haven-style pizza is kin to the classic Neapolitan pie, with the added distinction of being baked in wicked-hot coal-fired ovens, which blisters the dough and gives it a light char. New Haven’s most famous contribution to pizza bliss is probably the white clam pie, a daring but straightforward assemblage of freshly shucked Rhode Island clams, pecorino romano, garlic, dried oregano and olive oil, also said to have originated at Frank Pepe’s.</p> <p>At Nick’s New Haven-Style Pizzeria and Bar in Boca Raton and Coral Springs, chef-owner <strong>Nick Laudano</strong> goes the original white clam pizza one (or two) better, adding mozzarella and bacon to the basic recipe. It might seem a little unusual to anyone raised on the standard tomato sauce-cheese-pepperoni pie, but one slice and you’ll see that it’s tough to beat “a-beetz.”</p> <p><strong>White Clam Pizza with Bacon and Garlic</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/whiteclampizza.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>10 ounces pizza dough (for a 12-inch pizza)</p> <p>1/4 pounds or less shredded mozzarella (not fresh)</p> <p>14 to 16 ounces fresh clams, whole or chopped (your choice)</p> <p>Several slices cooked bacon (to taste)</p> <p>Scattering grated pecorino-romano cheese</p> <p>Drizzle garlic-infused olive oil</p> <p>An hour before cooking, place pizza stone in oven and turn to highest setting (at least 500 degrees). Stretch dough into round shape, scatter pizza peel with cornmeal and place dough on it. Add cheeses, clams and bacon and drizzle with garlic oil. Scatter more cornmeal on pizza stone and slide pizza into oven. It will take between 10 and 15 minutes, depending on your oven. </p>magazineSat, 01 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineWeb ExtrasWeb Xtra: Art Basel Miami Beach, A Timeline<p>Art Basel Miami Beach never ceases to make its share of headlines, in each of its 12 years. Here are just a few of the highlights.</p> <p><img alt="" height="218" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/baselcontainers.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>2001:</strong> Art Basel is intended to launch in December of this year, but 9-11 puts the kibosh on the plans, costing the fair’s producers upwards of $1 million.</p> <p><strong>2002:</strong> In its first year, Art Basel Miami Beach becomes an immediate hit, already innovating: Some young artists exhibit their work in temporarily converted shipping containers near the beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="243" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/dont-trust-anyone-over-30.jpg" width="314"></p> <p><strong>2004:</strong> This year’s only-at-Basel ancillary events include “Don’t Trust Anyone Over Thirty,” a “puppet rock opera” that combines video and live music from noisy indie rockers Japanther. Big-name artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Jeff Koons and James Rosenquist are spotted at parties.</p> <p><strong>2006:</strong> Art Salon, an open-platform discussion group, and Open Air Cinema, a program showcasing the art of music videos, premiere. Dennis Hopper, Chuck Close and Ai Weiwei are among the fair’s special guest speakers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/iggy-pop.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>2007:</strong> Miami-based rocker Iggy Pop performs a legendary, free beachside concert on the fair’s opening night. Meanwhile, 1,200 attendees at Miami’s Vizcaya Museum and Gardens experience The Ball of Artists, an aural and visual installation connecting contemporary art with regional history. </p> <p><img alt="" height="377" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/pae-white-selfroaming.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>2009:</strong> Los Angeles artist Pae White constructs “Self Roaming,” an experiential outdoor space described in Basel press reports as a “labyrinth-like metropolis on the sand.”</p> <p><strong>2011:</strong> Art Basel Miami Beach joins forces with the New World Symphony, with the organization Performa creating a vertical artwork that engaged all three floors of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Symphony building. Also this year, pop-up pianos appear throughout the county, and the fair launches its Art Video program, projecting video art onto a 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall.</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/william-sweetlove-freedomtower.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>2012:</strong> William Sweetlove dots Miami’s Freedom Tower with motley reptiles; and, speaking of animal art, Romero Britto buys a painting by Bubbles the Chimp.</p> <p><strong>2013:</strong> Art dealer/curator Jeffrey Deitch famously runs into Diddy and says, “Hi, Kayne.” Controversial works at this year’s fair include a naked lady sculpture made from human hair, courtesy of artist Shen Shaomin, and Martin Creed’s award-winning toilet paper tower.</p>John ThomasonSat, 01 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsIn The MagazineWeb ExtrasCrawl-O-Ween Bar Crawl<p>Spend your Halloween trick-or-treating the adult way: bar crawling.</p> <p><img alt="" height="446" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/crawloween.jpg" width="490"></p> <p> is presenting <strong>Crawl-O-Ween Bar Crawl</strong> on Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Nov. 1 from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. Get your one-day pass for $10 or two-day pass for $15 to seven bars in Brickell, Miami Beach and South Beach. You can register at Burger and Beer Joint <em>(900 S. Miami Ave Suite 130, Miami.)</em></p> <p>For more information visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p> </p>Taryn TacherFri, 31 Oct 2014 09:54:28 +0000 EventsFashion Forward: Watch Events + Outlet Expansion<p><strong><img alt="" height="163" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/cristino.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Cocktails and Cristino:</strong> Join Cristino Fine Jewelry as it launches the Waldan International watch line (<em>pictured above)</em>. The boutique will be celebrating with a cocktail reception on Nov. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m., which will include a special appearance from Andrew Waldan, the CEO and owner of the European line.</p> <p><em>RSVP by emailing <a href=""></a> or calling 561/210-5222.</em></p> <p><strong>Take some time</strong>: Town Center at Boca Raton and its luxury watch retailers are making a (literal) toast to timepieces during the Festival of the Watches event on Nov. 15 from 2 to 8 p.m.  Retailers, including Porsche Design, Bvlgari, Mayors, TOUS and Cartier, will host in store events like appearances from watch makers, champagne and special gifts with purchases.</p> <p><em>For more information, visit the <a href="">website</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Outlet Expansion:</strong> The Colonnade at Sawgrass Mills is expanding for a second time to meet store and customer demand. We blogged about it <a href="/blog/2014/10/29/the-colonnade-at-sawgrass-mills-expands/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 31 Oct 2014 09:31:23 +0000 NewsUpcoming EventsMovie Review: &quot;Nightcrawler&quot;<p>There is a life form in the modern media that is lower than the paparazzo, at least according to the macabre satire “<a href="" target="_blank">Nightcrawler</a>,” which opens today. It’s the freelance “news” cameraman, the sort of person who makes his living cruising nocturnal suburbs with a pawn-shop police scanner, arriving at grisly crime scenes during, or preferably before, police investigations, to film titillating B-roll for local news operations and their bloodthirsty viewership.</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/night3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>That’s the situation for Louis Bloom, a petty thief and meager hermit, who stumbles upon a flaming car wreck, chats up a freelance cameraman, or “nightcrawler” (played with unctuous gusto by Bill Paxton) and decides to pursue the field himself. Bloom is played, marvelously, by Jake Gyllenhaal, in the creepiest performance of his life. With a gaunt frame, slicked-back hair, sunken eyes and a pencil smile, he looks like Ichabod Crane, or like an animated scarecrow.</p> <p>He’s also clearly a psychopath, but he’s a functional one. How else to explain his ability to keep it together and focus on editing and framing when filming the blood spurting from a crash victim’s trachea? Soon enough, with Bloom’s products seeing more and more airtime on a local “bleeds-it-leads” news station, he sees the need to up his own ante, and his rates, by deliberately interfering in active crime scenes. He adjusts the items in victims’ homes for aesthetic purposes and moving bodies so they’ll look more attractive in the frame and, eventually, causes crimes himself—because what better way to control a story than by orchestrating its content?</p> <p>“Nightcrawler” progresses in an elliptical structure that is generally free of surprises, its plot a procession of escalating crimes and news packages, each one more extreme and amoral than the one before it. What makes “Nightcrawler” so brilliant is that it implicates so much of American society under its umbrella, its satirical targets wide enough to encompass predatory capitalism, the shameless news media and the viewers who watch Bloom’s snuff reports. It’s “Network,” “American Psycho” and “Peeping Tom” wrapped into one film.</p> <p><img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/rene-russo.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If there’s a character more contemptuous than Bloom, it’s Nina (another wonderful performance, from Rene Russo), the news director who begins a “special relationship” with Bloom, and who likens her morning newscast to “a screaming woman running down the street with her throat cut.” There’s nothing she won’t show on television to improve her ratings, and when Bloom fails to deliver on crucial nights, she adopts the mannerisms of a crack whore—a junkie desperate for a fix of prurience, content even to trade her own body to Bloom to retain his exclusivity.</p> <p>As for Bloom, he’s a perfect candidate for a CEO, a profession riddled with psychopaths. He’s not only ruthless and lacking empathy, but he speaks in secondhand financial-development aphorisms, the sort proffered by Napoleon Hill and Dale Carnegie, configuring these pointers of the self-made man to his own warped business model.</p> <p>So his success is no surprise: He’s playing the corporate game exactly right.</p>John ThomasonFri, 31 Oct 2014 09:19:21 +0000 & EventsMovies2014 Halloween Events<p>Whether you're looking for something to do with the kids, the entire family or just the adults, there are plenty of Halloween activities happening around town. Since the holiday falls on a Friday this year, why not continue the spooks and scares through the weekend? From trick or treating to live music we’ve laid out the best places to spend your Halloweekend.</p> <p><img alt="" height="559" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/halloween.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For the Kids:</p> <p><strong>Delray Marketplace Halloween Trick-or-Treat Event, Thursday, Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m. </strong></p> <p><em>14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach<strong></strong></em></p> <p>Bring the kids from shop to shop for an evening of hayrides, a mini pumpkin patch, and arts and craft stations. Giveaways will include a BMW trunk full of candy, gift cards and giant candy bars from ItSugar.</p> <p><strong>Monster Mash: Thursday, Oct. 30, 3:30 p.m.</strong></p> <p><em>18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton</em></p> <p>The West Boca Library invites kids in grades K-3 to enjoy some spooky Halloween stories, a fun game and make special holiday crafts.</p> <p><strong>Whole Foods Trick or Treat: Friday Oct. 31, 6 p.m.</strong></p> <p><em>1400 Glades Road, Boca Raton<strong></strong></em></p> <p>Go all natural this Halloween and take your kids to Whole Foods for a guided trick-or-treat tour around the store. Make sure to arrive on time because once the tour starts late participants won’t be able to join.</p> <p><strong>Town Center at Boca Raton Mall-O-Ween: Friday, Oct. 31 5:30 p.m.</strong></p> <p><em>6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton</em></p> <p>Halloween activities are taking place all day, but from 5:30 to 8 p.m. parents can safety walk their kids store to store to trick-or-treat for candy and prizes.</p> <p>For the Grown-Ups:</p> <p><strong>Blue Martini: Friday Oct. 31 and Saturday Nov. 1</strong></p> <p><em>6000 Glades Rd C-1380, Boca Raton<strong></strong></em></p> <p>The lounge has already been hosting costume parties all week long but over the weekend the real festivities begin. On Friday night, Blue Martini will host “Haunted Blue” from 8 p.m to close. Then on Saturday night, the “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) party will have live music from La Linea as well as DJs spinning salsa, Brazilian, meringue and top 40 sets. Ladies drink free from 9-11 p.m. on Saturday and on both nights $1,000 worth of prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.</p> <p><strong>Trick or Beats Music Festival: Friday Oct. 31 and Saturday Nov. 1</strong></p> <p><em>Sunset Cove Amphitheatre 20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton<strong></strong></em></p> <p>This two-day festival at the Sunset Cove Ampitheatre is headlined by Lil John. Other acts will include Caked Up, Hero Bust and Borgeous. Tickets are $55 each day or $90 for a two-day pass.</p> <p><strong>Sybarite Pig Beers of the Dark: Friday, Oct. 31 </strong></p> <p><em>20642 State Road 7, Boca Raton<strong></strong></em></p> <p>The pig will be offering specials on the darkest of dark beers for their Halloween festivities. Brews on tap include Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, Evil Twin Doughnut Break and Cigar City Good Gourd. Sybarite Pig will be raffling off a bottle of Fou' Foune and hosting a costume contest for a bottle of New Glarus Strawberry Rhubarb.</p> <p><strong>Moonshine Molly’s Homecoming Halloween Party: Friday, Oct. 31, 9 p.m.</strong></p> <p><em>6450 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton<strong></strong></em></p> <p>South Florida’s DJ Anthony will be spinning at this EDM Halloween party. Cash prizes will be awarded for best costume. Anyone 18 and over can enter but of course you have to be 21 to drink.</p> <p><strong>Funky Buddah Halloween Party: Friday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m.</strong></p> <p><em>2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</em></p> <p>At 8 p.m. the lounge will be revealing their newest brews at the beer release. Then at 10 p.m. progressive soul/hip-hop band The Politix will take the stage. Stick around after the set for the costume contest at 11 p.m.<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>SALT7 Halloween Costume Party: Friday, Oct. 31, 10 p.m.</strong></p> <p><em>32 S.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach</em></p> <p>This year’s Halloween party will feature music from DJ Vinsane. There will be a costume contest for three categories: scariest, sexiest and silliest, and each winner will receive a $100 gift card to Salt.</p> <p><strong>Buddah Sky Bar Boodah Ball</strong><strong>: Friday, Oct. 31, 10 p.m.</strong><strong></strong></p> <p><em>217 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach</em><strong><em></em></strong></p> <p>Buddah’s second annual Halloween bash will have drink and bottle specials and host a set from DJ Crunch Time. Enter the costume contest for a chance to win a bottle of Remy Martin.</p>Annie PizzutelliThu, 30 Oct 2014 12:55:34 +0000 EventsBogus campaign slams and more<h3><img alt="" height="437" src="/site_media/uploads/slide1.png" width="450"></h3> <p><em>Pictured: David Silvers</em></p> <h3>Bogus facts?</h3> <p>In one of the few competitive Florida House races, an ad for Republican State Rep. Bill Hager seems to unfairly and inaccurately target a Boca Raton company.</p> <p>The company is Hollywood Media, which trades on the NASDAQ. Hager is being challenged by Democrat David Silvers (above). His mother, Laurie Silvers, is president of Hollywood Media. His stepfather, Mitchell Rubenstein, is chairman and CEO of Hollywood Media. David Silvers currently works for a book licensing company called Tekno Books, which Hollywood Media owns.</p> <p>The voiceover in the Republican Party of Florida ad says, “South Florida families will never forget what happened” when David Silvers got a job in the “family business with little experience.” The voiceover goes on to say that David Silvers “did nothing as his company ran into the ground.” As a result, “workers were laid off and families were devastated.” The ad tells viewers that 38 percent of company employees lost their jobs. As this happened, the ad charges, “David Silvers and his family gave themselves more than $1.5 million in “pay and bonuses.” David Silvers “lost our jobs” and “lost our trust.”</p> <p>That’s a tough ad, complete with the predictable picture of David Silvers looking rode hard and put up wet. But are the charges true?</p> <p>Fine print in the ad cites as sources Securities and Exchange filings by Hollywood Media for 2007 and 2009. I read the filings, which detail the sale of companies by Hollywood Media. I called David Silvers, who put me in touch with Mitchell Rubenstein.</p> <p>According to Rubenstein, the reality is far different from what the ad claims. Though the SEC filings show a decline in the number of employees for the publicly traded parent company, Rubenstein said the jobs were not lost. They simply were shifted to the buyers. And while the ad refers to “South Florida families,” Rubenstein said the jobs were out of state.</p> <p>Rubenstein was irritated/intrigued enough to ask his accounting staff to examine the filings. He and they believe that the “38 percent” figure comes from subtracting the number of jobs at companies Hollywood Media sold from Hollywood Media’s workforce.</p> <p>And what about the other charge—that David Silvers profited at those employees’ expense?</p> <p>The ad says David Silvers had a “director’s job.” That implies that he served on the board of directors or was a top administrator. Rubenstein said neither is true.  Some of David Silvers’ job titles with Hollywood Media have included the title “director,” Rubenstein said. Indeed, Silver’s current title is President and Director of Business Development for Tekno Books. But David Silvers, Rubenstein said, “has never been an officer.”</p> <p>Finally, what about that “over one-and-half-million in pay and bonuses.” Rubenstein found one year during the period in question when total compensation for himself and Laurie Silvers came to about $1.5 million. But a review of David Silvers’ record with the company, Rubenstein said, shows only modest bonuses.</p> <p>I contacted the Republican Party of Florida to ask for details on the charges in the ad. I first got an email from Director of Communications Susan Hepworth listing the SEC filings I had seen. I then asked for a response to Rubenstein’s assertions that the jobs were not lost and were not in South Florida to begin with.</p> <p>Hepworth emailed to say, “Hollywood Media Corp.’s filing speak for themselves—there was a reduction in employees while David was in charge.” But David Silvers was not in charge, and the response doesn’t address whether the employees actually lost their jobs or were “South Florida families” in the first place.</p> <p>Rubenstein called the ad “a complete fantasy” and “utterly false.” He wondered why Hager, whose campaign website lists endorsements from several business groups, would go after a local business. In addition to its publicly traded ventures, Hollywood Media operates privately held cable and radio businesses in the Treasure Coast.</p> <p>Perhaps the ad shows that Hager and the party are worried. The district, which includes Boca Raton, Delray Beach and coastal areas north to Singer Island, is only slightly Republican in terms of registered voters. Hager got just 52.7 percent in 2012. Since David Silvers has no political background, there are no votes to go after.</p> <p>But unless the GOP or Hager can provide a better answer, this ad has to be considered dishonest even by the low standards of campaign ads.</p> <h3>Time to check in</h3> <p>Since May 2012, when <strong>John Goodman</strong> was sentenced to 16 years in prison for killing Scott Wilson and leaving him to drown, he has spent almost no time behind bars. He was free on bond while he appealed, and then he got a new trial due to juror misconduct.</p> <p>On Tuesday, the founder of the <a href="" target="_blank">International Polo Club</a> in Wellington was convicted again of DUI manslaughter and failing to render aid. In plain English, Goodman got stinking drunk in February 2010, rammed Wilson’s car into a canal west of Wellington and ran away.</p> <p>Naturally, Goodman will appeal again. When you’ve spent what credible people have told me could be as much as $15 million on two legal defenses, why stop now? Among other things, Goodman will argue that Palm Beach County Circuit Judge William Colbath should have allowed Goodman’s attorneys more freedom to challenge evidence about Goodman’s blood-alcohol level. The defense has claimed that the blood was improperly drawn.</p> <p>On Tuesday, as happened after the first jury ruled in March 2012, Goodman was taken to jail. Soon enough, though, he will ask Colbath for a supersedeas bond. In plain English, he will ask to have his freedom until the 4<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeal rules. Given the time to prepare and make arguments, and the leisurely pace of the 4<sup>th</sup> DCA, that could take a year.</p> <p>On Tuesday, a spokesman for the state attorney’s office told me that prosecutors Sherri Collins—who also tried the first case—and Al Johnson are “researching” whether Goodman is eligible for the bond and whether they will challenge it. After the first conviction, Goodman was free on a $7 million bond but under house arrest. He paid $2,000 per day for a sheriff’s detail to watch him. Colbath reduced the bond to $4 million after throwing out the first verdict in May 2013, but took Goodman off house arrest.</p> <p>Goodman has been treated more then fairly. He got permission to visit his mother for four days just before she died. Colbath tossed the first conviction not because of any problem with evidence but because of a self-absorbed juror who was seeking publicity—or maybe just a date. The second trial didn’t shake any of the evidence. Indeed, the jury came back in just four hours—two hours sooner than the first jury.</p> <p>Goodman’s guilt is clear. This time, he should have to wear a jump suit and live in government housing while he appeals.</p> <h3>Red light cameras to get the red light?      </h3> <p>Two weeks ago, the 4<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach issued a ruling that could strike down almost every red-light camera program in Florida.</p> <p>As a result of the ruling that found Hollywood’s program unconstitutional, Palm Beach County and West Palm Beach stopped issuing tickets. For now, though, nothing is changing in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach, but for different reasons.</p> <p>In Hollywood, the company that maintains the cameras also sends out the violations and helps to enforce them. The court, correctly, found that the city cannot outsource law enforcement to a private third party. Most cities operate their programs this way.</p> <p>Boynton Beach does not. City Manager Lori LaVerriere said that while American Traffic Solutions—the largest vendor in Florida—does the initial screening, the city reviews all Notices of Violation and sends them out. LaVerriere calls that an “extra step of review,” and it might be enough to render Boynton’s program legal under rules the Legislature created in 2010.</p> <p>Red-light critics like me have said the programs are more about raising money for local governments than making roads safer. LaVerriere said her city’s program doesn’t generate significant revenue, and that Boynton has “seen a reduction” in crashes at the monitored intersections. Still, LaVerriere said, Boynton Beach will “assess” as Hollywood appeals the ruling. Boynton Beach’s contract with American Traffic Solutions expires in 2016.</p> <p>Assistant City Manager Mike Woika said Boca Raton’s system is “similar” to Hollywood’s. The violation ultimately comes from American Traffic Solutions.</p> <p>Regarding money, Woika said Boca’s contract “insures that the city will not lose money. . .” He adds that the program “is not producing revenue for the city.” Regarding safety, Woika said, “There has been a general trend showing a reduction in accidents at the intersections in which traffic cameras were installed in 2012.” He added, though, that “other variables” might explain the reduction.</p> <p>A better solution would be to adjust the duration of yellow and red signals at these intersections. Or the cities could do it the old-fashioned way and assign a cop.</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, 30 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityDelray Marketplace presents Fitness in the Park<p>If fashion has told you anything recently, it should be that a fit lifestyle has become the norm. So it wasn’t surprising to hear that Delray Marketplace would be hosting fitness classes throughout November and December.</p> <p><img alt="" height="439" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/fitnessinthepark.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Fitness in the Park</strong>, the shopping center’s new program, will offer yoga classes on the first Saturday and CrossFit classes on the first Sunday of November and December. They will be held at the <strong>Delray Marketplace Amphitheater</strong>.</p> <p>That’s 9 a.m. on Nov. 1 and Dec. 6 for yoga, which will be led by <a href="" target="_blank">LivYoga Institute</a>, and 10 a.m. on Nov. 2 and Dec. 7 for CrossFit, taught by <a href="" target="_blank">CrossFit Boca Raton</a>. </p> <p>Classes are free and open to the public, with students encouraged to arrive 15 min. before the class begins. There is currently no cap on class size, though this may change depending on the courses’ popularity.</p> <p><em>Delray Marketplace is located at 14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach. </em></p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 BeachFitnessHealth/BeautyThe Week Ahead: Oct. 29 to Nov. 3<p>WEDNESDAY (TODAY)</p> <p><img alt="" height="560" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/browning_christopher-copy1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: John O’Sullivan Memorial Lecture</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU’s University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 4 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20</p> <p>Contact: 800/564-9539, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>With Halloween around the corner, Florida Atlantic University could not have scheduled a more frightening topic for its John O’Sullivan Memorial Lectureship: “Hitler and the Decisions for the Final Solution.” An expert on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, speaker Christopher Browning, of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, has penned numerous books on the subject, including “Ordinary Men” and “Origins of the Final Solution.” The latter has been called “definitive,” “magisterial” and “superb” by critics, documenting how persecution of Jews accelerated into genocide in three short years. And with history always doomed to repeat itself, this cautionary tragedy is worth revisiting.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/haloween.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Mall-O-Ween</strong></p> <p>Where: Town Center at Boca Raton, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 5:30 to 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/368-6001</p> <p>Families looking for a safe trick-and-treating environment should bring their pint-sized zombies, astronauts and fairies to Town Center, where candy will dispensed at participating retailers. “There is an activity here for every ghost, witch, princess and werewolf," said Town Center marketing director Ellen Korelitz in a statement. Better yet, for the adults, the event is early enough that you’ll still have time to run home, change into <em>your</em> costume, and hit the party of your choice, while your little ones gorge on sugar.</p> <p><img alt="" height="618" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/bluebeard.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: “Bluebeard’s Castle”</strong></p> <p>Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 8:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40-$65</p> <p>Contact: 561/586-6410, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For one of those adult Halloween options, visit the Lake Worth Playhouse for its season gala opening, a one-night only production of possibly the most macabre of all operas, “Bluebeard’s Castle.” Composed by the Hungarian virtuoso Bela Bartok in 1911, this minimalist opera, which runs just over an hour and features just two singing characters, features enough sinister mayhem and high drama for operas twice its length. Not to be confused with his high-seas namesake, the Bluebeard in Bartok’s tale is an eccentric duke with a history of murdered wives. Not taking the hint, his latest paramour Judith enters his gloomy castle at the opera’s opening and is confronted with seven locked doors, which contain secrets about her lover’s true nature. Attendees are encouraged to arrive in costume, and after the production, VIP ticket-holders (for $65) can shake off the scares at a private after-party at next door’s Suri Tapas Bar, where they will receive appetizers and a free drink.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/dracula1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Dracula”</strong></p> <p>Where: Eissey Campus Theatre, 11051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $21</p> <p>Contact: 561/207-5900, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Another of those Halloween night choices could very well be this return engagement from Reach and O Dance, two of the very few dance companies producing original work in South Florida. The piece, which premiered in 2013, has become Reach Dance Company’s “signature work,” founder Maria Konrad told <em>Boca</em> magazine earlier this year. The jazz dancers of Reach and the ballet specialists in O Dance will join forces for a full-length work juxtaposing the vampiric darkness of the Dracula legend with 1920s glamour, creating a cinematic experience through movement, costuming, sets, lighting and video projection. If done right, the dance will be so effectively you’ll want to check your neck for teeth marks on the way out.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/haunted-delray.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Haunted: A Pop-Up Gala”</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 to 11 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $75</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922 ext. 304, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>With the Mexican Day of the Dead following Halloween by exactly one day—both on a weekend, no less—the opportunities for dress-up and revelry are manifold. At tonight’s pop-up gala at Delray’s Cornell Museum of Art, you can dress to the skeletal nines and honor the dead while at the same time supporting an increasingly vital cultural institution in Palm Beach County. Masks and hats are encouraged at this fundraising bash, whose requested attire is described as “creative black tie.” There will be light bites from 10 downtown restaurants as well as an open bar, DJ dance music and artwork for sale from edgy artists. According to event organizers, there will be some guaranteed surprise guests and a rumored appearance from the Delray Center’s resident ghost … wait, the Delray Center for the Arts has a resident ghost? Visit Saturday and find out.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/rod-man.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Last Comic Standing” tour</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $41.87-$121.37</p> <p>Contact: 954/344-5999, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” returned triumphantly this year for the first time since 2010, running 10 comedians through a ringer of challenges, from national TV appearances to celebrity roasts and Universal Studios hosting gigs. Last week, four comedians survived these challenges unscathed, and they’ll be sharing a stage for the series’ fall tour. They’re all undeniably funny and certifiably unique, so that for comedy fans, this quadruple-bill provides something for everyone: the unrelenting stream-of-consciousness of Rod Man (pictured), the outsized humility and warmth of Nikki Carr, the masterly high-pitched provocations of Joe Machi, and the observational riffs of Lachlan Patterson. Let’s just hope they brought some material for their roadshow that hasn’t already been broadcast to millions.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="263" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/memorywalk.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Keep Memories Alive—Exercise Your Mind” walk</strong></p> <p>Where: Town Center at Boca Raton, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 9 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free, with participants encouraged to raise funds</p> <p>Cost: 561/297-4066, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Unlike most fundraising walks, this ninth annual event supporting FAU’s Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center takes place amid the sparkle and air conditioning of an indoor mall, Boca’s own Town Center. And in spirit of the Center’s indispensable service toward those with mild to moderate memory disorders, the event’s mall route will feature games, exercises and entertainment aimed at stimulating your mind as well as your feet. Walkers who raise a minimum of $30 before the event of $40 the day of the event will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Let’s hope this year’s funds will top last year’s event, which raised more than $300,000 to fund, among other thing, 27 Day Center scholarships.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="389" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/ruschastandard.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “American Scene Photography: The Martin Z. Margulies Collection”</strong></p> <p>Where: Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: Noon to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5-$10</p> <p>Contact: 954/525-5500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Vintage photographs by Walker Evans, Lewis Hines and Dorothea Lange are among the works collected, over a 20-year period, by Martin Z. Margulies, whose taste in photography captures the beauty and expansiveness of America’s landscapes and the character and diversity of its people and cities. In fact, the subject of this survey of Margulies’ collection is nothing less than American history from the early 20<sup>th</sup> century to the present, with more than 190 images from 74 photographers helping to tell the story. “Marty Margulies’ collection of photography is unique in its historical depth, with strong holdings of vintage impressions, as well as the breadth of contemporary works,” curator Bonnie Clearwater tells <em>Boca</em> magazine. “I’m interested not only in the photographs, but how the collection creates a narrative about the collector, especially Mr. Margulies’ deep interest in the human condition.” The exhibition runs through March 22.</p>John ThomasonWed, 29 Oct 2014 13:30:09 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachThe Week AheadUpcoming EventsBoca After Dark: Bull Bar<p><strong>Address</strong>: 2 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561/274-8001</p> <p><img alt="" height="352" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/bullbar.jpg" width="466"></p> <p><strong>The lowdown</strong>: Pretension may fly at some of the more haute spots in Delray, but the well-heeled routine doesn’t play here at the corner of Atlantic and Swinton. Once patrons pass the bullhead dolphin adorning the front entrance, and through a cloud of smoke, they enter an unwritten, unspoken contract.</p> <p>Don’t bother asking for frilly craft cocktails and gastropub appetizers. In return, you’ll be greeted with smiles; your dollar will stretch farther than at any other bar on The Ave; and your clothes will smell like cigarettes when you leave.</p> <p>The trade off, for most people, is worth it. With only a dozen barstools and about nine small tables, Bull Bar is a throwback. It’s a classic neighborhood bar that, no matter the night of the week, is buzzing with tangible energy. On the night I went, a private investigator clanked “cheers” with his buddy after a long day on the job. A young couple cut loose on the crowded dance floor following their shift at one of the white-tablecloth restaurants down the street. In the corner, a group of co-eds were throwing back a few after a day of classes.</p> <p>If you’re under 30, be prepared for a thorough cross-examination. I faced an easier time crossing the border at customs than I did getting Matt, my friendly bartender with a Kiwi accent, to finally accept my ID. Once proven legit, choose from a no-frills drink menu: beer, call drinks, and wine.</p> <p>Three beers are on tap. Goose Island Honker’s Ale is kept as a mainstay, and the Stella and Red Hook Long Hammer will be rotated out seasonally. Matt was kind enough to offer me a sample of the newest IPA. A good variety of bottled domestic, import and craft beer is available, as well.</p> <p>The full bar features everything from low-end house brands to top-shelf Grey Goose and Johnnie Walker. Recently, Bull Bar ditched its bottled wines in favor of wines on tap—Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Cabernet—kept at a perfect temperature.</p> <p>Even if you’ve never been inside, there’s something familiar about Bull Bar. The walls are covered in photos of loyal customers, and the owner even celebrates a few “good locals” by posting their names on plaques over the bar.</p> <p>Everybody inside may not know your name, but it feels like they do. And that’s what keeps them coming back.</p> <p><strong>The intangibles</strong>: Live music is one of the draws here; local bands rock out on a small stage in the corner nearly every night of the week. On Mondays, Delray musicians Jorge Zarruk and Schuyler Busby host their weekly “Bru-ja-ja” from 9 p.m. to midnight. They call it a “not-quite-open-mic” jam, where they invite professional musicians in the area to collaborate on stage.   Every Tuesday, singer-songwriter Andre Alderman plays a solo acoustic set. From Wednesday to Saturday, Bull Bar calls in guest artists to take the stage. Acts booked during the weekdays usually play softer more relaxing music, while on the weekends the bar invites bands known to “party like rockstars.”</p> <p>On Sundays the amps are turned down, and the surround sound is turned up during football season. The games are shown on four flat-screen TVs; if there is a large enough crowd, the bartender will usually order pizza for everyone. Although the bar pulled its dartboards a few months ago during a redesign of the stage, it still brings out Cornhole and ring-toss games on some of its slower nights.</p> <p>No matter the night, there is always something going on—including two-for-one happy hour specials every day on beer, wine and well cocktails.</p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> Sunday through Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Thursday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href=""></a></p>Annie PizzutelliWed, 29 Oct 2014 11:41:28 +0000 Colonnade at Sawgrass Mills Expands<p>The Colonnade at <a href="" target="_blank">Sawgrass Mills</a> already boasts an impressive roster of outlet shops: Kate Spade, Coach, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Diane Von Furstenberg – I could keep on going. But that list still wasn’t enough for Sawgrass, which announced Monday that the Colonnade would be expanding yet again.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/sawgrass_colonnade.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>“The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills is already a huge success,” says Luanne Lenberg, VP and general manager of Sawgrass Mills, in an emailed statement. “This next expansion will meet the demands of designer brands looking to expand their market presence, as well as loyal shoppers who appreciate quality merchandise at great values.”</p> <p>The burgeoning promenade will add another 30 shops and restaurants come 2016. New retailers could not be announced yet, but brands will be in line with current designers already at the Colonnade. The stores will be located east of the existing plaza, an area that currently houses a parking lot.</p> <p>We’ll bring you more updates as they come along!</p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 29 Oct 2014 08:48:58 +0000 NewsLocal Swimming Champ Dives into Yoga<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Anyone who swims with masters’ swimming groups in Boca Raton has probably admired <strong>Katherine Karageorges Sharp</strong>. She’s the lean, tall, stunning and fast swimmer, who effortlessly glides down the lane. Years ago, when I swam for exercise, I’d watch helplessly as Sharp lapped me. I’d put on fins to keep up but still wasn’t fast enough.</p> <p><img alt="" height="530" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/kathi.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>At 55, Sharp has amassed six national swimming records. In July 2013, while competing at the National Senior Games at Cleveland State University, the Boca Raton resident set four national records and swam three personal bests. Among the events in which Sharp took home the gold: the 200-yard, 100-yard and 50-yard freestyle races. Age doesn’t seem to make Sharp slower. She improved her swim times since last competing in the National Senior Games in 2011.</p> <p>But Sharp’s fitness achievements go beyond swimming. A credentialed Pilates instructor and certified personal trainer, Sharp is also a long-time yoga enthusiast and trained instructor. Sharp tells <em>The Fit Life</em> that she recently retired from her career as a pharmaceutical rep and plans to spend more time teaching and helping others achieve their personal fitness goals. Yoga, she says, allows her to focus on being present in her own life.</p> <p>“We live in a fast-paced world, where multitasking on the phone, computer, iPad while having lunch with a friend or colleague seems normal,” she says. “Even watching TV, which was considered by some to be mindless, now includes eating, surfing the web, etc. We miss a lot of life. We miss the moments [that] ground us in our memories.”</p> <p>Sharp cites the example of when her dad was sick. While with him, she says, Sharp would make every effort to be 100 percent present—not looking at her phone or other distractions.</p> <p>“I remember our conversations and the feelings from those conversations, clearly,” she says. “I would not have that lasting gift had I been multitasking while spending time with him.”<em></em></p> <p>Sharp has the opportunity to share that philosophy at the new Yoga with Kathi, a weekly Vinyasa class starting Friday, Nov. 14, at <a href="">Loibel Dance Studio</a> (<em>183 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton</em>). She also teaches Vinyasa yoga at <a href="" target="_blank">Michael's Body Scenes</a> (<em>5994 S.W. 18th St., Boca Raton</em>) Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., and a yin yoga class on Fridays at 4:30 p.m. at the <a href="" target="_blank">Athletic Factor</a> (<em>2301 W. Sample Road, Pompano Beach</em>).</p> <p>“There is so much more to yoga than the physical practice,” she says. “The physical practice is only one of the eight Limbs of yoga. Yoga is a lifelong journey, and I want to share the benefits and the journey with others. And every person's yoga practice – just like every person’s life – is different. I want each person to let yoga serve them, wherever they are in their journey.”</p> <p>For more information about the new Yoga with Kathi class, call 954/993-5648 or email <a href=""></a>. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><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>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 an Affair … With Your Spouse<p>Has the fizzle gone flat in your marriage? Have you lost that chemistry and excitement? Has your sex life stopped? Do you now live like roommates? These are important questions to ask if the “sexy” has left your relationship.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/id-10040683.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This problem is more common among married couples than people realize; if not addressed, it can destroy a marriage. I have worked with countless couples that, while they still love one another, never express it physically.</p> <p>Here’s what I suggest: Ladies, have an affair—with your husband. Men? Do the same—with your wife.</p> <p>One couple I had been working with had been married for 20 years, but they stopped having sex when their children were small. They loved each other, but they also felt lonely. They had no intention of getting divorced or cheating, so they came to me to “fix” their problem.</p> <p>Here’s how the process unfolded:</p> <p>• I asked them to put away all computers and phones. And no social media.</p> <p>• They created time in their busy schedules to spend alone, one on one.</p> <p>• They started slowly and re-learned how to express simple affection.</p> <p>• Each week, they designated one evening as “date night” and found a new place around town to explore.</p> <p>• I asked them to compliment one another each day.</p> <p>Both partners were willing, and gradually they began to learn about the other person all over again. They went on interesting dates, they hugged daily, they listened to one another. In time, they began to explore each other physically—it was almost like working with two virgins.</p> <p>Eventually, I had them check into a hotel and bring an open mind. They lit candles. They danced to the music they brought with them. The couple was so excited to have this “affair” that they fell in love all over again. Their family stayed intact, and they became more fulfilled than they could have possibly imagined.</p> <p>As they left my office, hand in hand at the end of our work, they said, “Everybody should have an affair with their spouse.”</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em>Boca-based therapist Suzanne Wachtel helps couples, families and individuals cope with the stressful obstacles that complicate life. She specializes in giving people the tools to clear those hurdles and successfully move forward. Watchtel has a master’s degree in social work from Adelphi University. She’s also the author of Like Mother, Like Son: A Mom's Guide to Raising Healthy Children. To find out more about Watchel, visit <a href=""></a>.</em></p>magazineTue, 28 Oct 2014 12:59:28 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyJazziz angling for late nights, a few election notes and more<h3>Late nights?</h3> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/jazziz.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>What can you do in two hours when it comes to entertainment? You can’t binge watch a TV show. You can’t watch an entire National Football League game. Not even close. You probably can’t watch all of a feature-length movie. Even the bad ones can top two hours.</p> <p>In Boca Raton, though, two hours apparently could be enough to create an entertainment district.</p> <p>That is the idea behind a proposed ordinance that the Boca Raton City Council discussed Monday in a workshop—no voting—meeting. At the moment, however, the “district” basically means the south end of Mizner Park and consists of the night club/restaurant <a href="" target="_blank">Jazziz</a>.</p> <p>If the council approves it, a test program would allow Jazziz to stay open until 4 a.m., past the current 2 a.m, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. More important, Jazziz would be able to serve alcohol on those days/early mornings until 4 a.m., two hours beyond the city’s current deadline.</p> <p>The program would last for 60 days. Jazziz would have to hire two off-duty Boca Raton police officers to work outside. If more than 300 people were inside, Jazziz would have to hire another two cops. Jazziz could not serve alcohol outside. If there were three “verified police incidents” between 2 .m. and 4 a.m. during the 60 days – the shirtsleeve English definition meaning drunks causing trouble—the program would end.</p> <p>Constance Scott, the council member who brought up this idea and remains its biggest supporter, called it an “ideal location” for such an experiment and touted Jazziz’ deserved reputation as a regional, even national draw. True enough. Jazziz draws impressive headliners—Oleta Adams, the Rippingtons and John Oates perform in the next couple of weeks—and complements Mizner Park in a way that nothing in that key space ever has.</p> <p>Still, there is a lot involved with those two extra hours. Councilman Michael Mullaugh wondered what happens if, after 60 days, Jazziz is benefiting, the public is happy and there have been no police calls. What then? Does the city allow the extended hours permanently for Jazziz? Do the conditions remain? And what about other downtown clubs and restaurants that also want to stay open that late? “How do we say no?” Mullaugh asked rhetorically.</p> <p>Since the council sentiment was to ensure that the extra hours don’t bother neighbors who prefer to sleep at that time, setting minimum distance requirements from residences could eliminate a lot of other pleaders. Mayor Susan Haynie recalled that the city previously considered the extra hours for another business, but held off because of proximity to neighbors. Andrew McKinney, who oversees Mizner Park for General Growth Properties, said Monday that companies managing Mizner Park’s apartments support the after-hours experiment.</p> <p>After the discussion, the council’s consensus was for the staff to work more on the proposed ordinance, and then bring it back for a public hearing. Councilman Robert Weinroth anticipates a “very interesting debate.”</p> <p>One also hopes that the council can succeed. Boca Raton is lucky to have Jazziz, and, as the council members noted, the clientele is different from people hanging out that late at bars. Assistant Police Chief Joshua Mindick said he “couldn’t remember the last time” the department had to answer a call from Jazziz. But don’t be surprised if debate over these two hours lasts two hours or more.</p> <h3>Gray &amp; McCarthy update</h3> <p>The trial on ethics charges of former Delray Beach city commissioners Angeleta Gray and Alberta McCarthy will begin on Jan. 9. Each faces two misdemeanor charges from Gray’s vote last November on a city contract that allegedly would have benefitted McCarthy without disclosing that McCarthy had repaid part of a business loan for Gray.</p> <p>According to a spokesman for the state attorney’s office, there has been no talk of a plea agreement. Gray lost her bid for reelection last March to Jordana Jarjura. Interestingly, even though Gray is out of office and facing charges, she continues to serve on the Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s board, appointed by County Commissions Steven Abrams. She was allowed to stay because she is fighting the charges.</p> <h3>Election notes</h3> <p>Voters in this area actually have both a competitive Florida House and Florida Senate race. There are more back stories, though, with the Senate contest.</p> <p>It’s a rematch of 2012 between incumbent Democrat Maria Sachs and former incumbent Ellen Bogdanoff. The Legislature redrew the district for the 2012 race, making it slightly more favorable for a Democrat. Sachs gave up a Palm Beach County seat to run in the new District 34, which includes southeast Palm Beach County and northeast Broward along the coast to Fort Lauderdale. Sachs lost in Broward but more than made up for it in Palm Beach, which has about two-thirds of all voters in the district.</p> <p>If Bogdanoff wins, the Republicans probably would have enough votes in the Senate to override a Charlie Crist veto if he became governor. The GOP would need 81 seats in the 120-member House to have override majorities in both chambers.</p> <p>One of the most interested people in the outcome is another state senator, Jack Latvala, from Pinellas County. The Senate president for 2017-18 will be either Latvala or Joe Negron, who represents northern Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. If Bogdanoff wins, she would be a vote for Latvala in what shapes up as a close leadership contest —so close that Democrats might actually matter.</p> <p>To that end, Latvala, his family and his political action committee have given Bogdanoff $5,000, and I’m told that Latvala has been “all over” the district helping Bogdanoff. According to the latest campaign finance reports, though, Negron has not crossed party lines to spend any money from his own political action committee on Sachs.</p> <p>Bogdanoff has raised more money, $610,000 to $454,000, but Bogdanoff’s total includes a $50,000 loan she made to her campaign. Who becomes Senate president can be a big deal, depending on the person’s agenda. Few colleagues challenge a president’s priorities, knowing that doing so could jeopardize their own.</p> <p>President Obama carried Florida Senate District 34 in 2012, but he’s unpopular, and Sachs also benefited from high turnout—70 percent in Palm Beach and 67 percent in Broward. Four years ago, in the last off-presidential-year election, turnout statewide was just 49 percent. Sachs will need the South Florida turnout boost that Democrats hope will get Charlie Crist past Rick Scott.</p> <h3>No show speaks up</h3> <p>Last week, I wrote that Delray Beach commissioners Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet had missed the meeting at which the commission cut the list of city manager finalists to five. I wrote that I had asked Frankel and Jacquet why the missed the meeting, but had not heard back.</p> <p>In fact, Frankel did respond by email, but after the deadline for turning in my Thursday post. He said the reason was a trip he had planned three months in advance. Let the record show that he cited a reason for his absence. I still haven’t heard from Jacquet.</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, 28 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityConcert Review: Coral Skies Music Festival<p><em>(NOTE: The Week Ahead will run on Wednesday, Oct. 29 this week)</em></p> <p>Inventive brews and nosh, a cloudless sky, and overall positive vibes defined the inaugural Coral Skies Music Festival yesterday at Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, a pleasant and musically varied affair from LiveNation. I attended a large mid-day chunk of the festival, sipping on Peanut Butter Apple Ale and enjoying some remarkable food-truck fair from Italian dispenser Il Fiorentino. A had to bail by around 7 to feed our dogs, sadly missing Cage the Elephant, But here are the bands I experienced. (All photos shot by Yafi Yair.)</p> <p> <img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/wildcub1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Wild Cub got the day going with its signature chill-pop, finding the dancey nexus between synths, guitars and percussion, with no less than three drum kits leading the rhythm. Everybody in the band looked like Abercrombie models or grown-up Backstreet Boys, but we won’t hold them against them (though they apparently had an “incident” after Saturday’s show in St. Petersburg, involving some roughnecks who “didn’t like our hair”). Vocalist Keegan DeWitt couldn’t mask the noticeable gravel in his voice, which he seemed to be losing from exhaustion or sickness, but it didn’t dilute this band’s terrific live sound. The set culminated in a rousing version of Wild Cub’s breakthrough single “Thunder Clatter,” an infectious opiate against the oppressive heat.</p> <p>WILD CUB SET LIST (may be missing one song)</p> <ol> <li>Jonti</li> <li>Hidden in the Night</li> <li>Wishing Well</li> <li>Wild Light</li> <li>Thunder Clatter</li> </ol> <p> <img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/bleachers2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Bleachers took the stage around 4 at the Cruzan main stage—dubbed the “Sunset Stage”—but even this seemed like too small a venue for the group’s outsized, epic sound. Another multi-drum project, the group’s set was as thunderous as it was poppy, effortlessly channeling the spirit of the most enduring ‘80s pop (think Simple Minds, Modern English) with a fast-paced, guitar-driven pulse. A faithful cover of The Cranberries’ “Dreams” was a delectable mid-set surprise, with the rest of the material drawn from the group’s exceptional debut “Strange Desire.”</p> <p>Singer Jack Antonoff led the crowd with a sense of unfettered joy at being onstage, an emotion that carried over to the increasingly teeming crowd. A saxophone emerged out of nowhere as the cherry on top of “You’re Such a Mystery,” whose 10-minute, stadium-ready version might have been the highlight of the fest. And judging by the overwhelming response to set closer “I Wanna Get Better,” you’d think it was the biggest pop hit since “Royals,” and it probably should be.</p> <p>BLEACHERS SET LIST</p> <ol> <li>Wild Heart</li> <li>Shadow</li> <li>Wake Me</li> <li>Reckless Love</li> <li>Dreams (The Cranberries)</li> <li>Rollercoaster</li> <li>You’re Such a Mystery</li> <li>I Wanna Get Better</li> </ol> <p><img alt="" height="643" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/steady2.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Next, it was over to the makeshift “Sunrise Stage” for The Hold Steady, a cult band with arguably the deepest discography and longest shelf life of any band at the festival. An infinitesimally small audience watched the group play, which is perhaps to be expected—The Hold Steady’s audience slants older than any of these other bands, and its ironic rock has been too eccentric to really break through commercially.</p> <p>Which was fine for the die-hards huddling close to the stage and shouting back every word, while frontman Craig Finn customarily sang every lyric like it was a random thought that just popped into his head—an impromptu observation he’s testing out in front of us. Too bad we didn’t get anything from the group’s groundbreaking first LP “Almost Killed Me,” but it was hard to complain about a set list that otherwise spanned the band’s decade-long oeuvre with much humor and love. Highlights like “Your Little Hoodrat Friend” and “Sequestered in Memphis” were performed with the fresh excitement of songs penned yesterday, with the band eager to share them with the like-minded.</p> <p>THE HOLD STEADY SET LIST </p> <ol> <li>Stuck Between Stations</li> <li>I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You</li> <li>Chips Ahoy!</li> <li>Sequestered in Memphis</li> <li>Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night</li> <li>Spinners</li> <li>The Ambassador</li> <li>The Weekenders</li> <li>Your Little Hoodrat Friend</li> </ol> <p>10. Southtown Girls</p> <p>11. Stay Positive</p> <p> <img alt="" height="358" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/citycolour.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Back on the main stage, City and Colour closed out our night at Coral Skies as the sun mercifully took its final bow. Coming from someone who has previously been blown away by Dallas Green’s soul-bearing project, I can say with some authority that this was the biggest disappointment of the day, and the dwindling audience during their set confirmed I wasn’t alone. I don’t know if Green was simply in a sour mood, but the show was a real slog-fest, all doom and sorrow, untempered by even a sliver of hope.</p> <p>The set drew heavily from City and Colour’s most recent album, “The Hurry and the Harm,” though it conspicuously ignored its best (and most up-tempo) songs, such as “Paradise,” “Commentators,” “Golden State” and the title track, settling instead on extended versions of soporific dirges; even “Fragile Bird,” from “Little Hell,” lacked its usual power. Needless to say, for a music festival crowd that craved movement, City and Colour gave us little incentive to pay attention. Appropriately enough, Green and his band members abandoned the stage without a goodbye, leaving us with a blinding strobe light to remember them by.</p> <p>CITY AND COLOUR SET LIST</p> <ol> <li>Of Space and Time</li> <li>The Lonely Life</li> <li>The Grand Optimist</li> <li>As Much As I Ever Could</li> <li>Ladies and Gentlemen</li> <li>Sleeping Sickness</li> <li>Two Coins</li> <li>Thirst</li> <li>Fragile Bird</li> </ol> <p>10. Sorrowing Man</p>John ThomasonMon, 27 Oct 2014 15:23:37 +0000 & EventsMusicThe Art of Time<h4 class="BodyA">The CEO of De Bethune, at Les Bijoux for a special appearance, explains why every second counts when it comes to the company’s celebrated watches.</h4> <p class="BodyA"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/lesbijoux.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="BodyA">It’s been 12 years since the founders of <a href="" target="_blank">De Bethune</a> looked to the past to bring the artistry of watchmaking into the 21st century. The company’s founders—David Zanetta, a collector with a passion for art, history and timepieces; and Denis Flageolet, a third-generation watchmaker—infused their cutting-edge designs with the attention to detail and spirit of adventure that distinguished the great timepiece masters of the 18th century.</p> <p class="BodyA">The result has been an award-winning journey for De Bethune, which has quickly established itself as one of the world’s premier luxury brands.</p> <p class="BodyA">Over the weekend, <a href="" target="_blank">Les Bijoux</a> at <strong>Mizner Park</strong> welcomed the company’s CEO, Pierre Jacques, for a special appearance at its De Bethune retail space. Jacques, who joined De Bethune in 2011, was the founder and publisher of <em>GMT</em> magazine and branch manager of Les Ambassadeurs Genève. He also headed the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix as director of the organizing company.</p> <p class="BodyA">On his way back to Switzerland from Mexico City, where De Bethune won an award for the Best Chronograph of the Year, Jacques made a brief stop in Boca to connect with some local watch wearers. He took time to speak with <em>Boca Raton</em> magazine about De Bethune’s history, its future and why he loves the industry.</p> <p class="BodyA"><em><img alt="" height="319" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/lesbijoux2.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p class="BodyA"><em>Pictured: Greg Osipov, owner of Les Bijoux, and Pierre Jacques with the award for Best Chronograph of the Year.</em></p> <p class="BodyA"><strong>Why did De Bethune feel it could successfully find an audience for a luxury timepiece brand in 2002 when there were so many established already?</strong></p> <p class="BodyA">If you do things better, even if there is a lot of competition, and you push each detail to the limit, there is always success at the end. So even if there were some high-end brands in 2002, you will be the best if you are doing things in the right way and with all of your heart.</p> <p class="BodyA"><strong>What distinguishes De Bethune from other watch companies?</strong></p> <p class="BodyA">De Bethune was established on three things: tradition, innovation and design. Tradition, because we are a small company where we have only 60 people working in our factory. Each watch in our company is made by hand; every single string, every single screw is finished and polished by hand. There is not one piece that doesn’t go through quality control five or six times. So we are making our watches as they were made in the 18th century by a master watchmaker.</p> <p class="BodyA">Something else that separates De Bethune from many other brands is that we were one of the first to introduce silicone and a balance field in a watch [in 2006]. That innovation really distinguishes our company.</p> <p class="BodyA">The third is design, because if you look at our watches, we really have our own inspiration and DNA. The design of De Bethune can be recognized from afar. We don’t have to put our [logo] on our watches. You can see that our watches don’t look like any other brand—we have our own identity.</p> <p class="BodyA"><strong>What is it about the art of watchmaking that inspires you?</strong></p> <p class="BodyA">A watch in the 21st century is an object of desire and design. It is like a car, if you just show the engine no one will want to drive the car. A watch is the same; you must find the perfect harmony between tradition of how a watch is made, and you also have to associate the innovation because you have to build a watch with today’s technology. You have to also try to find the correct design.</p> <p class="BodyA">It’s really this trio of installation, innovation and design that you combine to make the perfect watch. De Bethune was inspired by the sky to make art pieces. You can see in our collections that many of the watches have a moon face, constellations and stellar skies. Some of our designs look like spaceships and have star-like gems. The inspiration for this movement is that you can link our time with the astro-world. The beginning of humanity was that man wanted to try to read time by the cosmos. This is something we’ve done from the beginning.</p> <p class="BodyA"><strong>How hands-on with the design and innovation of these watches are you?</strong></p> <p class="BodyA">We are a really good company as a trio—the two founders and myself. Denis Flageolet has the watchmaker skills and David Zanetta takes more of the design and creative part. Together we find the limit and push it—like a painter, there is never enough. I take more of the connection and vision of the company part. I know what the people want to wear, what the market wants. They are the best artist and watchmaker and when we speak all three together, we are able to push the limits.</p> <p class="BodyA"><strong>What do you think of the Apple watch and how it will impact the future of the industry?</strong></p> <p class="BodyA">My opinion is that it will impact the industry. With a smart watch you can do whatever you want, but with the luxury watch it will not do all of that. The watch is an object that man can use to express himself, his value, his couture. You can’t take your car into a restaurant, but a watch people can see and know what the person is like. You cannot judge anyone on just the watch, but it does play a big part in men’s lives.</p> <p class="BodyA"><strong>Do you think it will make the entire industry incorporate more technology?</strong></p> <p class="BodyA">Maybe, yes. It could, maybe not in our company because we produce pieces of art, but it will push the industry to innovate even more. </p>Kelsey Kay HowardMon, 27 Oct 2014 12:26:00 +0000 NewsSwank Table Season is Here!<p>In little more than a month, savvy food fans will be back on the farm again—Swank Farm—to partake of Swank Table, Sunday farm-to-table culinary feasts that are the hottest ticket in town this season.</p> <p><img alt="" height="291" src="/site_media/uploads/42.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This year, the time has been changed to 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. instead of noon, and the farm has a new permanent pole barn instead of its massive tent. But what hasn’t changed is the stellar quality of the events—and the rock star chefs and restaurants who are involved. (Not to mention that every event benefits a charity.)</p> <p>For those who have never been, these multicourse dinners are preceded by handcrafted cocktails amid the sunflowers, an exquisite appetizer course, then served family–style on the Loxahatchee Farm, accompanied by wines and music. The atmosphere is natural and festive, and an added bonus (aside from astounding food) is meeting other fun foodies who swear by these dinners.</p> <p>This is this season’s rundown—tickets are $155 per person (and worth every red cent) and you can reserve your place by visiting</p> <h3>December 7, 2014</h3> <h3>50 EGGS DOWN ON THE FARM</h3> <p>Khong River House, Swine Southern Table &amp; Bar, Yardbird Southern Table &amp; Bar</p> <p>Benefiting Adopt-A-Family</p> <h3>January 11, 2015</h3> <h3>BLACK GOLD &amp; SILVER SANDS</h3> <p>Area 31 Restaurant, db Bistro Moderne, K Restaurant</p> <p>We celebrate Agriculture in our county both past and present.</p> <p>Benefiting Historical Society of Palm Beach County</p> <h3>February 8, 2015</h3> <h3>HOT PINK TOMATO</h3> <p>Ahi Loi, Edge Steak &amp; Bar, The Dutch, 3030 Ocean</p> <p>A tribute to the number one Garden Vegetable.</p> <p>Benefiting Palm Beach County Food Bank</p> <h3>March 8, 2015</h3> <h3>LE GRAND AIOLI</h3> <p>Meat Market, Pilgrim, The Grille, 3030 Ocean</p> <p>Please dress in your best blues or blues and whites.</p> <p>Upscale, downscale. Just so it’s “Le Bleu.”</p> <p>Benefiting Cultural Council of Palm Beach County</p> <h3>March 22, 2015</h3> <h3>WHERE’S THE BEET?</h3> <p>Hippocrates Health Institute, Market 17, Mom’s Pops, The Palms Hotel &amp; Spa</p> <p>A Love Song To Vegetables. An All Vegetable Feast.</p> <p>Benefiting Palm Beach Zoo</p> <h3>April 12, 2015</h3> <p>2ND ANNUAL DINER EN BLANC</p> <p>Cafe Boulud, The Cypress Room, The Genuine Hospitality Group, 32 East</p> <p>A Feast Made Famous In Paris. Please Come Dressed In White</p> <p>Bring Candlesticks, Candleabras, Votives In Glass, And Any Other</p> <p>Candle Holder You Can Think Of To Make Our Evening Sparkle.</p> <p>Benefiting Gumbo Limbo Nature Center</p> <h3>April 26, 2015</h3> <p>PRIME CUTS</p> <p>Ganache 316, Pistache French Bistro, S3, 50 Ocean</p> <p>A Beef Lover’s Paradise.</p> <p>Benefiting Food For The Poor</p>Marie SpeedMon, 27 Oct 2014 12:16:44 +0000 & ReviewsSpotlight on Khari by Elizabeth44<p>It all started two years ago with yet another visit to the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival. Boca resident Liz Snyder loved attending the monthly event, searching through trinkets for treasures to call her own.</p> <p><img alt="" height="347" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/khari1.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>It was there that she spotted bead vendors, purchased some beads and tried her hand at jewelry making. Her goal wasn’t to start a business, but when people started taking notice of her handmade accessories, Khari by Elizabeth44 was born.</p> <p>Snyder made a business <a href="">Facebook page</a>, applied to be in a trade show and watched her jewelry line take off from there. In fact, her unintended venture was so successful, she was forced to look for a studio and hire an employee.</p> <p> “Every surface [of my home] was covered in beads to the point where my son was tying them so he could sit down,” she says. “We had nowhere to put down a plate.”</p> <p>The pieces are unique in more ways than one. Not only are they convertible (each can be worn as either a necklace or bracelet), they’re also never duplicated. Each collection follows a similar pattern and uses the same main beads, but no two pieces are alike. And because they’re created using three strands of beads, the way they’re layered can change the look entirely.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/khari2.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>The concept behind Khari revolves around the change we experience from day to day.</p> <p> “As women, we all know we feel different every day, and you can reflect that every day with our pieces,” Snyder says. “We give you the pieces, and you can do whatever you want with it. You can wear it however you want.”</p> <p>Khari also gave her the opportunity to show her kids, who are now 20, 18 and 15, that you could wear what you want regardless of trends.</p> <p>“Fashion, being in style, wearing the right thing and having the right thing – it’s stressful, but it doesn’t necessarily define who you are,” she says.</p> <p>But her pieces were made to defy that concept entirely – to be timeless, instead of trendy.</p> <p>“It’s a quiet way of empowering yourself to be a little bit different.”</p> <p>To meet Snyder, attend one of her upcoming shows. She will be at SafeSun’s <a href="">Martinis for Melanoma fundraiser</a> on Nov. 19 and at B’nai Israel Chic Boutique on Dec. 3.</p> <p>Khari by Elizabeth 44 is available locally at <a href="" target="_blank">Trilogy Boutique</a>, (<em>16850 Jog Road, Boca Raton</em>) as well as online at <a href=""></a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 27 Oct 2014 08:33:06 +0000 10 Best Outlet Stores in South Florida<p>There is <em>nothing</em> chicer than a good deal. On top of perfect weather, picturesque beaches and a vibrant culture, another major perk of living in South Florida is access to world-class shopping. Sawgrass Mills mall (<em>12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise</em>) and Palm Beach Outlets (<em>1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach</em>) are two great options for scoring good deals on designer goods, but with more than 450 combined stores between both malls, separating the great finds from the duds can be tough. I’ve rounded up my favorite South Florida outlet stores and reasons why you should shop them. Plus, general tips on what you should scoop up while you’re there!</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/pbo.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Pictured: Palm Beach Outlets</em></p> <p><strong>Ann Taylor Factory Store</strong></p> <p><strong>Good for:</strong> Basic wardrobe staples, suiting, work wear and accessories.</p> <p><strong>Why it’s great:</strong> Ann Taylor Factory stores carry exclusive merchandise designed for the outlets. While you can’t find the pieces you’ve been craving from the full-line store, you can find similar styles in classic Ann Taylor patterns and fabrics at a fraction of the cost. The key to having a great experience is managing your expectations: if you go looking for something you saw in the full-line, you’ll probably be disappointed. Stay focused on the great promos and sales, polished work wear options, basics and the huge clearance section.</p> <p><em>Located at both Sawgrass Mills and Palm Beach Outlets.</em></p> <p><strong>American Eagle</strong></p> <p><strong>Good for:</strong> Jeans (specifically the signature SkyRise jean), utility jackets, easy tees and basics</p> <p><strong>Why it’s great:</strong> The American Eagle outlet stores are technically full-line stores, with better sales and promotions. Basically, you can buy the same exact thing, at a better price. Example? One of the store associates told me that while all AEO stores were running BOGO 50 percent off promos, they ran a BOGO free promo. (Sounds better to me!)  Make sure to check out Factory exclusives. The stores often carry good quality basics at an even better discount.</p> <p><em>Located at both Sawgrass Mills and Palm Beach Outlets.</em></p> <p><strong>Express Factory Store: </strong></p> <p><strong>Good for:</strong> Express staples like the Editor pant and Portofino blouse at a discount</p> <p><strong>Why it’s great:</strong> A definite outlet mall staple, the Express outlet carries an assortment of factory-exclusive pieces and products shipped from the stores, at significant markdowns. I spotted a striped and heart print sweater dress I fell in love with last winter marked down to $59.50 with an additional 40 percent off. (Originally priced at $79.50). The store also constantly runs awesome promotions, and you can usually get whatever you’re looking for at an additional markdown.</p> <p><em>Tip:</em> Express staples produced for the outlet aren’t exactly the same quality as the products produced for regular Express stores.  In my opinion, it’s close enough that it doesn’t matter, but it’s truly a matter of personal preference. Make sure you check what’s on sale at the full-line store, because the difference in price of the Portofino blouse is only $5. If full-line Express stores are running a big sale, it may be worth it to just scoop up the original.</p> <p><em>Located at both Sawgrass Mills and Palm Beach Outlets.</em></p> <p><strong>Francesca’s Collection Outlet: </strong></p> <p><strong>Good for:</strong> Affordable on-trend jewelry, gifts, clothing, and accessories</p> <p><strong>Why it’s great:</strong> If you’re a Francesca’s Collection regular, you’re probably aware that every store carries different products – making the chain of stores unique in themselves. But the Palm Beach Outlets’ outpost of Francesca’s can top that. The outlet at PBO is a fusion full-line store/outlet. It carries a curated assortment of full-priced merchandise from the region’s stores as well as tons of sale products. In addition to constantly running promotions, the outlet also offers additional markdowns on sale and clearance merchandise – something the full-line stores never do.</p> <p><em>Tip:</em> Francesca’s is a good spot to Christmas shop. It offers adorable personal jewelry pieces, witty novelty items and more.</p> <p><em>Located at Palm Beach Outlets.</em></p> <p><strong>Gap Factory Store</strong></p> <p><strong>Good for:</strong> Tees, sweaters and basics, plus Gap’s signature jeans (produced for the Factory) at a fraction of the cost</p> <p><strong>Why it’s great:</strong> Gap Factory Stores are outlet mall anchors for a reason: they offer good quality merch at affordable prices. Whereas the in-store product is all exclusively designed for the stores, it’s still GOOD product. This past year, Gap has enlisted stylist and personality, George Kotsiopolous (of E!’s Fashion Police) to curate and style his own in-store collection. The result is chic and on-trend pieces that are easy on the wallet.</p> <p><em>Tip:</em> Keep an eye on the outerwear. Gap’s outerwear is polished and timeless - a coat will last you forever! I bought a denim jacket 18 years ago at a Gap Factory Store and STILL wear it constantly.</p> <p><em>Located at both Sawgrass Mills and Palm Beach Outlets.</em></p> <p><strong>J.Crew/CrewCuts Factory Store</strong></p> <p><strong>Good for:</strong> Jeans, tailored pants and blazers, workwear basics and factory-exclusive jewelry. J.Crew is famous for gorgeous blingy baubles, and at the outlet, they ring up for $59 or less. That’s 45 to 50 percent less than in full-line stores!</p> <p><strong>Why it’s great:</strong> J.Crew shows factory stores how it’s done. While the product is factory exclusive, it’s still the classic J.Crew styles you’ll find in full-line stores, for less. The schoolboy blazer, chambray button downs, matchstick jeans and cords are always in stock.  They also have great trend pieces; check out embellished tops, faux leather skinnies and more.</p> <p><em>Located at both Sawgrass Mills and Palm Beach Outlets.</em></p> <p><strong>DVF Outlet</strong></p> <p><strong>Good for:</strong> DVF’s signature wrap dresses in a variety of colors and patterns for under $200, or any of Von Furstenberg’s ladylike pieces</p> <p><strong>Why it’s great:</strong> The DVF outlet store at Sawgrass is exclusive in the South Florida market. The staff is friendly and helpful, the store is beautiful, and the product is classic. The store also runs major sales and promotions. I was recently at the store when EVERYTHING was an additional 40 percent off and scored the perfect LBD for $50.</p> <p><em>Tip:</em> Don’t be afraid to ask a store associate for help! They’ll fetch you water, additional sizes and basically treat you like royalty.</p> <p><em>Located at Sawgrass Mills.</em></p> <p><strong>Bare Minerals Outlet</strong></p> <p><strong>Good for:</strong> Mineral powder foundation, the perfect matte bronzer for contouring, and my personal fave: the mineral veil</p> <p><strong>Why it’s great:</strong> Another South Florida exclusive, the Bare Minerals outlet store offers a strong selection of Bare Escentuals products at outlet prices.</p> <p><em>Tip:</em>  Bare Minerals offers fantastic holiday bundles! Scoop them up as stocking stuffers.</p> <p><em>Located at Sawgrass Mills.</em></p> <p><strong>Kate Spade Outlet</strong></p> <p><strong>Good for:</strong> iPad cases, wallets, handbags, travel totes, jewelry and more</p> <p><strong>Why it’s great:</strong> The Kate Spade outlet is by far my favorite outlet store.  I’m a huge fan of the brand’s witty tech accessories, whimsical handbags and girly baubles. Yet another of Sawgrass’ South Florida exclusive outlets, there are always massive sales. The KS outlet routinely runs a 50 percent off the entire store sale… meaning you can score that handbag you’ve had your eye on for pennies. I recently snagged a bow print structured satchel and polka dot wallet for $125. Total.</p> <p><em>Tip:</em> If you pick up Sawgrass’ coupon booklet from the mall management office, there’s a 10 percent off coupon you can use on top of the great in-store savings.</p> <p><em>Located at Sawgrass Mills.</em></p> <p><strong>HONORARY MENTION: Nordstrom Rack</strong></p> <p><strong>Good for:</strong> Top notch shoes from brands like Sam Edelman, Dolce Vita, Tory Burch, Sole Society and more; glorious goodies from Marc Jacobs, DVF, Kate Spade and more – scour the clearance racks for these amazing brands; and handbags from Kate Spade, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors.</p> <p><strong>Why it’s great:</strong> Although not technically an outlet store, Nordstrom’s off-price outpost is taking over outlet mall after outlet mall with its formidable assortment of designer merch. The Rack buys strategically for the outlets, but does receive product from full-line stores. Some of my most exciting designer finds have been from a Nordstrom Rack. At the PBO’s recent opening, I scored a pair of super luxe $450 pink glitter Miu Miu sunnies for $69.97.</p> <p>In addition to an excellent assortment of merchandise, you get all the perks of shopping at Nordstrom, including a truly awesome bonus rewards program, on-site tailoring, item location and more.</p> <p><em>Located at both Sawgrass Mills and Palm Beach Outlets. Plus at </em><em>The Promenade Shops (20669 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura) and </em><em>University Commons (1400 Glades Road, Boca Raton)</em></p> <p><em><strong>••••••••</strong></em></p> <p><strong>About Stephanie:</strong></p> <p><em>Stephanie Pernas is a personal stylist, fashion writer and style expert. She is the owner of <a href="" target="_blank">A Sparkle Factor LLC</a>, a personal styling and lifestyle consulting business. She also writes and edits A Sparkle Factor, a go-to destination on the web featuring the latest trends, style tips, and fashion news focused on highlighting attainable style for the every-girl. She has almost 10 years of experience in the fashion industry, having worked in the fashion departments of magazines like Glamour, Women’s Health and Teen Vogue. After spending five years in New York, she is currently bringing a little bit of sparkle to the South Florida area where she resides with her family. </em></p>Stephanie PernasFri, 24 Oct 2014 20:35:39 +0000 Pawty<p>Celebrate Halloween a couple of days early with your four-legged friend.</p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/roccostacos.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Rocco’s Tacos</a> <em>(5090 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens) </em>is hosting its third annual Howl-O-Ween Pawty on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. There will be costume contests for small dogs, large dogs and dog and owner duos, as well as raffle prizes of up to $400. For a $20 donation to Genesis Assistance Dogs, you will enjoy a drink and a variety of Rocco’s Tacos appetizers.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or call 561/290-8640.</p>Taryn TacherFri, 24 Oct 2014 14:45:38 +0000 EventsRenowned Medium Hosts &#39;Spirit Circles&#39; in Boca<p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/thomasjohn.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Here at <em>Boca</em> magazine, We're big boosters of psychic medium Thomas John. The young Manhattanite has established himself as one of the country’s foremost spiritual conduits, in part with Boca Raton's help, through his frequent appearances at the Wnydham Hotel. We saw him twice last year in these intimate gallery readings, in which he delivered messages and information from the other side, complete with full names and specific minutiae—including accurate evidence of my recently deceased father and our long-lost Jack Russell terrier.</p> <p>Since that time, John’s popularity has boomed; he has appeared on "Coast to Coast AM," the most respected and popular overnight radio show on the planet; has written a book ("Never Argue With a Dead Person," which is available for preorder); and has virtually stopped scheduling private readings, because of the year-plus wait times. But Boca residents have a unique opportunity to be read by this rapidly rising star in the psychic field: On Nov. 13-14, John will be returning to the Wyndham for a series of Spirit Circles: Four intimate gatherings limited to 12 participants each. The events will start with a guided meditation, and then John will deliver messages for each of the dozen attendees.</p> <p>Tickets for each session (10 to 11:30 a.m., and 6 to 7:30 p.m., Nov. 13 and 14) are $150 and are available at or by calling 347/637-8592.</p> <p>In the meantime, here's a fascinating interview I conducted with John in the fall of last year.</p> <p><strong>When was the first time you realized you had psychic abilities?</strong></p> <p>My first answer is that I had my first experiences since I was born, and I don’t have any memories of <em>not</em> seeing deceased people or having dreams and then the next day they would happen. At birthday parties, I remember seeing my grandpa there, who had passed away.</p> <p>Then, when I was in my late teens or early 20s in college, it was probably similar to when somebody’s gay and they don’t really know how they feel about things, and then they realize that there are other people who are gay. You don’t necessarily realize that when you’re 9. Then I started to realize, oh, there’s people around here, and people are different, and everybody doesn’t have this.</p> <p><strong>When did you realize you could really help people with this ability?</strong></p> <p>I went to college, at the University of Chicago, and I majored in psychology and human development. I really wanted to be a therapist. I ended up going to Yale Hospital and took a two-year internship. I was working on a project with people who have borderline personality disorder. I was doing interviews and brain scans. A lot of those people had traumas in their life, and I started to get images of things, and I would realize that for people coming in for their interview, we would ask, ‘How many times were you raped? Where were your parents?’ And I already knew the things they were telling me before they got there.</p> <p>I realized I have this ability to help people and bring closure to their lives in a certain way. Maybe it’s not the end-all and be-all, but it does help people with grief. It does help people to get guidance in their life, and I don’t necessarily need to have 10 years of graduate school to do that. I can just focus on what my God-given gift really is. I told my parents about it, and they were relatively supportive. I saw a couple of advisers myself, and all of them said, ‘if you feel you can help people, you should.’</p> <p><strong>Does it take a lot of mental strain to do what you do?</strong></p> <p>It does. I have to prepare, like anybody else. I feel that it shouldn’t be something taken lightly. I can see the entertainment value in it, and I try to bring a funny or lighthearted edge to it, depending on the mood. But it is something I take seriously. And because I’m empathic, I feel a lot of things through my body. So even getting some of those sensations, it can be a lot.</p> <p><strong>How are you able to distinguish a genuine psychic vision or visitation from your imagination?</strong></p> <p>I get into the flow of things. What I notice is that I just push out all my other thoughts – It’s almost like the thought before the thought. So as long as I don’t think about it too much … to me, it’s very natural. It’s like the process of going in the shower. I get in a zone. There’s certain things you can do naturally, but when you think about it too much, you can’t. I’ve come to a place where I just trust the information.</p> <p><strong>So it’s like you’re driving a very familiar route … you don’t think about what you’re doing. It’s a kind of hypnotic state.</strong></p> <p>Exactly. And I form agreements with the people I work with – the deceased people and my angels and spirit guides – so I often don’t even retain the information, because that would be really chaotic for me. So I just come in from a different place. I don’t judge the information. I just come from a place of acceptance and trust from it.</p> <p><strong>Can you tell if someone else has these abilities when they walk into a room?</strong></p> <p>Sometimes, if I’m supposed to. I have had that happen before, especially if people come for a private reading, and especially if people ask about that. It’s also something that can be, too a certain extent, a little bit taught. I do believe that it’s just like the piano. I’m sure Beethoven must have just had a gift he was born with. I don’t think that he did that from piano lessons. But can you learn to play the piano and practice and practice and become quite good. It doesn’t mean you’re going to be Beethoven. So I think that’s the thing with psychic abilities. I think everybody has a little intuition. To be really exceptional is another level.</p> <p>Unfortunately, there’s not a plethora of psychics and clairvoyants that are truly exceptional, but there are people that are very gifted. Then there are some that are somewhat gifted, and then there are charlatans who aren’t gifted at all and tell people they are gifted.</p> <p><strong>On a percentage basis, how many psychic mediums would you estimate are fraudulent, either intentionally or not?</strong></p> <p>I think there’s a lot of people who actually think they have a gift and really don’t. There are some people who probably are trying to manipulate people, to tell them bad things so they’ll come back to them. I had a client once who was in this weird situation – her and her boyfriend were both going to this psychic every week, and she was manipulating the information. The boyfriend would tell her things and then she would tell the girlfriend that it was coming from ‘the beyond.’ I think there’s probably some people like that. Or with some of the psychics on TV, I’m told, some of the stuff is staged, or that they tell them some of the information before. So I think that’s kind of a level of darkness that I couldn’t affiliate myself with.</p> <p><strong>It’s hard to judge any of the TV psychics, because reality television lies so much. Every edit is a lie, when you think about it.</strong></p> <p>Right, exactly. I think that is true. It’s an interesting ethical question that I toy with a lot, because I’m not really sure that’s the place, for the psychics to be on the Letterman show. I don’t think that when God came to make people with this gift, that it was necessarily the arena they’re supposed to be in. I’m all for getting your message out; I’m just not sure Bravo should do the <em>Real Psychic Housewives</em>. I think that cheapens it.</p> <p>Certainly, people like John Edward and Theresa Caputo are almost pioneers in a way. They pushed through frontiers for people who were never into psychics or mediums and would probably tell you you’re crazy. Now they’re like, ‘I love that Long Island medium!’ Because they can probably relate to her. I’m kind of a scientist at heart, because that’s where I come from with my schooling, and I couldn’t tell you if she was the worst psychic or the best psychic because she probably does 20 hours of tape and they put a half-hour on.</p> <p><strong>Have you been accused of trickery?</strong></p> <p>Not really. There’s always people who are skeptical and cynical, but I have a good reputation. You always have people come after you … I make predictions at the beginning of the year, and if a few don’t come out, people start attacking, or say I’m just guessing. Sometimes people tell me I put actors at my events. But people who are skeptical are kind of open-minded, and then people who are cynical just don’t want to believe anything no matter what you tell them – it doesn’t matter. But I haven’t had a lot of problems with that.</p> <p><strong>Do you have any stories of skeptics whose minds you've changed?</strong></p> <p>I’ve had that a lot. I had a man who came about a month ago, and he was a scientist who came after a lot of pushing from his friends, because he had just lost his wife. He was very, very sad and was totally skeptical. Then I started telling him things – pretty specific things that he had said, places where people were buried, things he had just done yesterday – stuff that was pretty reliable. Personal stuff that only this person would know.</p> <p><strong>I’ve seen you work, and I see that you’re able to come up with full names of people, while other psychics only seem to come up with first initials. Why is that?</strong></p> <p>I am not the only one that does that. I have a woman I see in Virginia who is a psychic, and every person I’ve ever dated, she’s told me the name three months before. So I think that if you ask for accuracy and specificity and you really work with good people and you thank God, you’re blessed with a gift you’re supposed to have.</p> <p>But it <em>is</em> a cold reading technique; if you’re in an audience group of 500 people and you say, there’s a John here living or dead, I’m sure someone’s got a John connected with them. You could even throw a weird name like Bertha, and I’m sure somebody’s got one of those. So there are certain tricks I think people do use, consciously or unconsciously, I’m not sure.</p> <p>And I also think that people who are in this field, if you’re going to guide people’s lives and tell them when they’re going to die, and tell people medical information and all sorts of things like that, I think it does require at some point that you organize yourself in some way to either register yourself, test yourself or become more empirically oriented. I think that’s definitely a frontier that people who work in my field need to do. It should be proven. You shouldn’t be able to just get a crystal ball, put up a sign, and say you’re a psychic.</p> <p><strong>Has this whole experience made you a more religious person than you were before?</strong></p> <p>I’ve always been religious; I’ve always been spiritual and connected with God. So I wouldn’t say more or less. It’s confirmed a lot of things for me. Religion is always an interesting thing with me, because I get a lot of people that are religious who are <em>against</em> me, which I always think is an odd thing, because I feel like I’m trying to prove what they believe in.</p> <p><strong>Can you connect with your own deceased loved ones?</strong></p> <p>I can have an awareness of them, some more than others, and I do get visits from them. I would say that I can, but I really don’t like to. I love to go and get messages on my own, and there are a couple people that I trust to do that. But I wouldn’t say I’m real gung-ho about that.</p> <p><strong>Are there people that just cannot be read?</strong></p> <p>I think so. It’s happened before. But I would say it’s a very rare thing.</p> <p><strong>How should someone prepare for a psychic reading with you?</strong></p> <p>I think it’s important to be as open as possible, and to not have expectations, and to not be rushed. I’ve had people who are eating food, or this and that – you need to not be distracted. But I would say the big thing is to not have expectations. Who knows who’s going to come through?</p>John ThomasonFri, 24 Oct 2014 13:18:33 +0000 & EventsUpcoming EventsThe Alchemist Appears in West Palm<p>A downtown West Palm Beach location that’s been reborn more often than Pat Robertson has been reborn once again, this time as an eclectic modern comfort food-slash-Mediterranean eatery.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/alchemist.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">The Alchemist</a> (<em>223 Clematis St., 561/355-0691</em>), from the Daiza Restaurant Group of Parkland, FL, is the latest occupant of the spot that over the past several years as seen the coming and going of Clematis Social, Reef Road Rum Bar, Bobbi Sue Bar-B-Que and J. Flynn’s Irish Gastropub.</p> <p>The space itself has a clubby, vintage feel, with a pressed tin ceiling, dark wood floors and wainscoting, ornate wallpaper and a long wood-topped bar.</p> <p>The extensive menu, from top toque Tim Farley, is loaded with inventive but easy-eating gastropubby dishes, from starters like spicy lobster poppers and roasted bone marrow stuffed with braised short rib to carnitas tacos and whole grilled branzino with piri-piri sauce. There’s a good selection of sliders, burgers, sammies and pizzas too.</p> <p>On the liquid side, look for a limited number of craft beers on tap and a larger number by the bottle, plus a raft of artisan cocktails and a small but intriguing roster of not-the-usual-suspect wines. There’s a daily happy hour and live music coming next month.</p> <p>Oh, and one more thing. Blogging will be scarce next week as I take some time off to take care of a little personal business. If anything major breaks I'll be posting but otherwise I'll see you (figuratively speaking) in November.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 24 Oct 2014 09:09:12 +0000 & ReviewsStaff Picks of the Week<p><strong>SOUVLAKI fast</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/souvlakifast.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Picked by Lori Pierino, Art Director</p> <p>$5 gyro Tuesdays!</p> <p><em>For locations, click <a href="">here</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Moonfest</strong></p> <p>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</p> <p>"Halloween is coming a few days earlier this year courtesy of this downtown West Palm Beach bash, complete with carnival riders, ‘sideshow freaks,’ a silent disco (where dancers listen to DJs of their choice on noise-canceling headphones), food trucks, drink specials and a costume contest, with the winning entry scoring a $1,000 cash prize. Eight bands will perform throughout the night, most of them local; stick around past midnight for the event's headliners, the Philadelphia indie rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah."</p> <p><em><a href=""></a></em></p> <p><strong>DaVinci's</strong></p> <p>Picked by Rebecca Valenza, National Account Manager<br> “Start with a beautiful glass of Nicolas Feuillatte Rose champagne - they have an amazing wine list, and many by the glass which I love! The seared scallops appetizer is awesome. It’s served with beef short rib agnolotti and a micro herb salad.  Then, for my final course I tried the pappardelle with porcini, with asparagus tips, black truffles in a light cream sauce. To die for.”</p> <p><em>Located in Town Center at Boca Raton, <a href=""></a></em></p> <p><strong>TATIROCKS Jewelry</strong></p> <p>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Assistant Art Director</p> <p>“I love her dainty, elegant and unique, beautifully designed custom jewelry! All handmade and made to order. The hand chains are my favorite!”</p> <p><em>For coupons, like <a href="">TATIROCKS Facebook page</a></em><em> or take an inside look at the company on follow her on Instagram page (@tatirocks). </em><em><a href=""></a></em><em></em></p>magazineFri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpdates on issues in the news and the Tom Slade effect<p><img alt="" height="387" src="/site_media/uploads/tom-slade.jpg" width="280"></p> <p><em>Pictured: Tom Slade</em></p> <h3>Short Short list</h3> <p>And then there were five.</p> <p>At a special meeting Tuesday the Delray Beach City Commission cut the list of city manager candidates from eight to five, which is the number of finalists the city’s consultant recommended. Commissioners are scheduled to interview the finalists one-on-one and as a group in two weeks before choosing the permanent manager.</p> <p>Most of the choices are easy to understand. You knew that Interim Manager Terry Stewart would make the cut because the commission has been happy with his fill-in work for the last four months. The others are former Port St. Lucie City Manager Don Cooper, Assistant Broward County Administrator Roberto Hernandez, Lancaster (Pa.) County Administrator Andrea McCue and Boca Raton Assistant City Manager Mike Woika.</p> <p>If one of the candidates drops out, the alternate is Pat Salerno, former city manager of Sunrise in Broward County and Coral Gables in Miami-Dade County. Salerno did big things at both places, but also had unhappy departures. In addition, the commission might have been concerned that Salerno in 2008 signed a contract to become city manager of Wichita, Kan., and then backed out.</p> <p>Delray Beach soon will move on permanently from Louie Chapman because Mayor Cary Glickstein and commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia pushed to remove Chapman last summer after two incidents in which he misled the commission and acted against the city’s interests. The commission had to approve a $73,000 buyout only because commissioners Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet refused to terminate Chapman for cause.</p> <p>Interestingly, neither Frankel nor Jacquet was at the special meeting to trim the list of candidates. I contacted both to ask why, but I didn’t hear back. I’m told that Frankel was out of town. Jacquet, though, showed up for part of the regular meeting that followed the special meeting. Since choosing a manager is the most important thing a commissioner does—think board members choosing a CEO —one wonders what was competing for Jacquet’s time.</p> <h3>Boca Del Mar still on it </h3> <p>Palm Beach County has responded to the lawsuit by <a href="" target="_blank">Boca Del Mar</a> residents challenging the county commission’s approval last June of development on the former Mizner Trail Golf Course. The county’s argument is essentially this: We get to decide.</p> <p>To get a court to review the decision, the plaintiffs—known collectively as the Boca Del Mar Improvement Association —must show that the commission ignored master plan rules by approving the 252 homes on roughly 127 acres. The county argues that approval was “supported by competent and substantial evidence,” and thus is not subject to legal review.</p> <p>The county’s “competent and substantial evidence” includes the 5-4 vote in favor of the project by the Zoning Commission and changes that reduced the number of homes from 288 to 253 and added eight acres of open space, changed the housing mix and added landscaping and buffers to minimize the impact on existing homes. Problem is, the owners of those existing homes don’t want any development, no matter how overgrown the property has become. As County Commissioner Steven Abrams, who represents the area and voted against the development, said, the neighbors “like their own little Serengeti” more than the prospect of townhouses.</p> <p>Indeed, the residents contend that a 2008 court ruling from a previous attempt to build on the property concluded that the property had no inherent development rights, since the open space was required for approval of the overall Boca Del Mar plan more than 40 years ago. In its current response, though, the county argues that the court ruling has “no value whatsoever” because at that time the county was opposing a particular development plan, not development of the site.</p> <p>Finally, the county argues, “Absent some easement or other contractual or statutory requirement, the property owner has no legally cognizable right to a view.” If that legal view prevails, the county will have set a major precedent, given the number of shaky golf courses.</p> <p>The residents dispute the idea that the changes summarized above make the project legal, thus justifying the staff’s decision to recommend approval of the new version, having rejected the old one in January. The staff, the residents claim, “merely accepted arguments that it previously had rejected.”</p> <p>The residents also dispute the county’s interpretation of the 2008 court ruling, contending that the county was opposing all development, not just that plan—one of several—to build on the golf course. The residents further argue that the county based its argument six years ago on the master plan, not the deed restriction, and now can’t have it both ways.</p> <p>Complicated? Yes, in some ways. But in another way, it’s simple: Has Palm Beach County illegally granted development rights? Given what’s at stake, the arguments should continue.</p> <h3>Still not all on board</h3> <p>Though votes this week in Miami-Dade and Brevard counties will help <a href="" target="_blank">All Aboard Florida</a> secure financing for its Miami-Orlando passenger rail service, there is no sign that opponents are letting up.</p> <p>The Coast Guard had scheduled hearings for this month to get public comment on how All Aboard Florida’s 32 trains a day will affect navigation. Bridges that otherwise would be locked down will have to be raised each time a train passes. That isn’t a problem between Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, but it could be a problem for the New River in Fort Lauderdale, and it could be a big problem for the Loxahatchee and St. Lucie rivers in northern Palm Beach County and Martin County.</p> <p>The Coast Guard delayed the hearings and has not set new dates. You can assume that the reason for the delay was that officials expected a lot of comment and that most of it would be negative. It seems unlikely that the hearings will take place before Election Day.</p> <p>All Aboard Florida is a major issue in the District 16 U.S. House race between incumbent Patrick Murphy and Carl Domino. Despite all the federal issues to argue about, Murphy and Domino are competing to show who could stop All Aboard Florida. In fact, neither could. If the company gets its (now private) financing and the Coast Guard signs off—perhaps after issuing conditions to minimize delays to navigation—All Aboard Florida will start running as planned in 2016.</p> <h3>The Slade Effect</h3> <p>Republicans hold commanding margins in the Florida House and Senate. Republicans have won the last four elections for governor. The state’s congressional delegation includes 15 Republicans and 10 Democrats.</p> <p>Yet in the early 1990s, things were much different. Democrats had controlled the Legislature for decades, and Florida had elected just two Republican governors since Reconstruction: Claude Kirk in 1966 and Bob Martinez in 1986. Each lasted just one term.</p> <p>Many factors explain the shift. A big one was Tom Slade, the former state senator who served as state Republican chairman from 1993 to 1999. Mr. Slade, brother of former Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel, died this week. He was 78.</p> <p>Slade made it his business to get Jeb Bush elected governor. Despite a campaign he dubbed “Operation Wipeout,” Slade failed in 1994 against Democratic icon Lawton Chiles—whom Slade never could beat, and to whom Slade paid tribute when Chiles died near the end of his second term. But by 1996, Republicans had control of the Florida House.</p> <p>For the 1998 campaign, Slade cleared the GOP primary field for Bush. Slade persuaded Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford to endorse Bush—in exchange for the GOP not running a strong challenger to Crawford. Slade even lobbied GOP legislators to back off a phone deregulation bill that he thought would have been unpopular with voters. (It passed in 2003.)</p> <p>In the 1998 election, Republicans won the Governor’s Mansion and the Legislature for the first time in modern state history. The 2014 governor’s race is close, but there won’t be much change in that legislative dominance. These days, Democrats must be wishing for their own Tom Slade.</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 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityPalm Beach County Performing Arts Venues<p><strong>Arts Garage</strong></p> <p><img alt="" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/arts_garage.jpg" width='490\" height='></p> <p><em>Location: </em>180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/450-6357</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Bamboo Room</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="230" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/bamboo_room.jpg"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>25 S. J Street, Lake Worth</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/585-2583</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Boca Ballet Theatre Company</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/bocaballet.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>7630 N.W. Sixth Ave., Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/995-0709</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Boca Raton Symphonia</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="152" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/bocaratonsymphonia.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Location: </em>2285 Potomac Road, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/376-3848</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Boca Raton Theatre Guild</strong></p> <p><em>Location:</em> Performances held at the Willow Theatre (300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton) and Andrews Living Arts (23 N.W. Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale)</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/948-2601</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>CORE Ensemble</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/core_ensemble.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>1320 N. Palmway, Lake Worth</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/582-0603</p> <p><span style=""></span></p> <p><strong>Crest Theatre</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="303" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/cresttheatre.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location:</em> Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p><em>Contact:</em> 561/243-7922</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Cruzan Amphitheatre</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="356" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/cruzan_amphitheatre.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/795-8883</p> <p><a href=""></a><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Delray Beach Playhouse</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/delraybeachplayhouse.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location:</em> 950 N.W. Ninth St., Delray Beach</p> <p><em>Contact:</em> 561/272-1281</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Delray Square Performing Arts</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="362" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/delraysquare.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location:</em> 4809 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p><em>Contact:</em> 561/880-0319</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Duncan Theatre</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="207" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/duncan_theatre.jpg" width="300"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/868-3309</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Florida Atlantic University School of the Arts</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="279" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/carolandkaye.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>800/564-9539</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Funky Buddha Lounge &amp; Brewery</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/funkybuddha.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/368-4643</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Harid Conservatory</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="357" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/haridconservatory.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>2285 Potomac Road, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/997-2677</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theatre</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/improv_comedy_club_and_dinner_theatre.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>550 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 250, CityPlace, West Palm Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/833-1812</p> <p><a href=""></a><em></em></p> <p><strong>iPic Theaters</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/ipic.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/299-3000</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Jazziz Nightlife</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/jazziz.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/300-0730</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Kravis Center</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/kravis_center.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/ 832-7469</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Lake Worth Playhouse</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="358" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/lake_worth_playhouse.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/586-6410</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Living Room Theaters </strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="315" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/livingroomtheaters.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/549-2600</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Maltz Jupiter Theatre</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="278" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/maltz_jupiter_theatre.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/575-2223</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Meyer Amphitheatre</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/meyer_amphitheatre.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>1100 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/804-4900</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Mizner Park Amphitheater</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="199" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/mizneramphi.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/393-7700</p> <p><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a></p> <p><strong>Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="391" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/miznerparkcac.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/405-4254</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Palm Beach County Youth Symphony Orchestra</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/yopbc.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Mailing Address: </em>2285 Potomac Road, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/281-8600</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Palm Beach Dramaworks</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/palm_beach_dramaworks.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>201 Clematis St, West Palm Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/514-4042</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong><strong>Palm Beach International Film Festival</strong></strong></p> <p><strong><strong></strong></strong><em>Office:</em> 2101 S. Congress Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/362-0003</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Palm Beach Opera Company</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="332" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/palm_beach_opera_at_kravis_center.jpg" width="415"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>415 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/833-7888</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Palm Beach Pops</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/palm_beach_pops.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>860 US Hwy 1, Suite 108, North Palm Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/832-7677</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Palm Beach Symphony</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/palm_beach_symphony.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>44 Cocoanut Row, Suite M 207-B, Palm Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/655-2657</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Propaganda</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="340" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/propaganda.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>6 S. J Street, Lake Worth</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/547-7273</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Royal Room</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="128" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/royal_room.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>The Colony Hotel, 155 Hammon Ave., Palm Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/659-8100</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Society of the Four Arts</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/society_of_the_four_arts.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Location: </em>2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/655-7226</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Sunset Cove Amphitheater</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="383" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/sunsetcove.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact:</em> 561/488-8069</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>The Wick Theatre &amp; Costume Museum</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/wicktheatre.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/995-2333</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="124" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/willowtheatre.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/347-3948</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Wold Performing Arts Center</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="212" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/wold.jpeg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/237-9000</p> <p><a href=""></a></p>John ThomasonWed, 22 Oct 2014 19:04:38 +0000 & EventsA Coral Skies Top Five<p><img alt="" height="241" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/coral-skies.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The Coastline Music Festival, as it was known last year in its successful inaugural event in West Palm Beach, is no more, at least as far as co-producers Live Nation is concerned. The venerable event promoters have shed their affiliation with Coastline but have returned, this year, with a festival that feels like a sequel, only with a name that will sound familiar to local concertgoers: <a href="" target="_blank">The Coral Skies Music Festival</a>.</p> <p>This Sunday, from noon until 11 p.m., the Coral Skies fest will spotlight 12 indie rock bands on two stages at the Cruzan Amphitheatre (the Coral Skies Amphitheatre in another life). And, like Coastline before it, the event will feature plenty to do in the unlikely event that you’re not into one of the bands: Sixteen artists and crafters will showcase and sell their wares in the Garden of Art, 16 food trucks will offer their mobile specialties (including such legendary trucks as Ms. Cheezious and The Rolling Stove), and 13 craft brews will keep you libated all day long.</p> <p>As for the music, it’s a stronger lineup than Coastline, with highlights including Strokes frontman <a href="" target="_blank">Julian Casablancas + the Voids</a>, Georgian alt-rockers <a href="" target="_blank">Manchester Orchestra</a> and the atmospheric British quartet <a href="" target="_blank">Bombay Bicycle Club</a>. But for my money, here are the five acts not to miss at Sunday’s festival.</p> <p><strong>5. </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Wild Cub</a><strong> (1:55 to 2:25 p.m.)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="345" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/wildcub.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Emerging from the honkey-tonks and rock bars of Nashville like a dream you never want to end, Wild Cub makes music that would sound out of place in both, preferring David Byrne-style tropicalia, the electro-percussive harmonics of New Order, and Yo La Tengo’s spacier, more cinematic excursions. The songs envelop you like warm blankets—sonic protection against an unfeeling world—each one a masterful merger of the synthetic and the organic. The five-piece group self-released its debut album, “Youth,” in 2013, and the record has continued to accumulate praise and listeners, which led to a deluxe reissue from a more significant label this past January. You should own it.</p> <p><strong>4. </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Cage the Elephant</a><strong> (9:40 to 10:55 p.m.)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/cage-the-elephant-617-409.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>This sextet from Bowling Green, Kentucky is headlining the Coral Skies fest, and for good reason: Cage the Elephant boasts arguably the most nuclear sound of the festival, one that has exploded the Billboard charts and threatened to top even the superstars for which the band has opened, from Stone Temple Pilots to Muse. The group’s first two albums, “Cage the Elephant” and “Thank You, Happy Birthday” marry the raw, scraping intensity of Sonic Youth with the loud-quiet-loud harmonics of the Pixies, but it’s the group’s latest release, “Melophobia,” that has most defined them as artists. It’s a more groove-laden, soulful and radio-friendly LP whose 10 songs were written in almost hermetic isolation, free from touring and even from listening to other music. The result is one of the best rock albums of last year.</p> <p><strong>3. Bleachers (3:55 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="361" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/bleachers.jpg" width="490"></strong></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, and whose debut album, “Strange Desire,” hit retailers this past summer. The songs suggest both the youthful abandon and effortless infectiousness of fun. and, perhaps more endearingly, the synthesized nostalgia of ‘80s pop (Antonoff has said that he wanted to evoke the soundtracks of those great John Hughes movies of the period). Bleachers is responsible for the catchiest music in this festival, and it’s poised for bigger things.</p> <p><strong>2. </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Hold Steady</a><strong> (4:50 p.m. to 5:35 p.m.)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="237" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hold-steady.jpg" width="356"></strong></p> <p>This five-piece band makes catchy Rock music with a capital R, but it’s always been too cheeky and self-conscious to make it on commercial radio. Think of a ‘70s bar band swathed in postmodern irony—early Springsteen crushed in an indie-rock blender (“tramps like us, and we like tramps,” goes one witty lyric in 2005’s “Charlemagne in Sweatpants”). Much of frontman Craig Finn’s lyrics follow the adventures of a panoply of recurring characters and revel in music-scene culture, arcana and inside jokes, making him something of an observant critic as well as one of the scene’s major participants, belting out sing-speak anthems with a charismatic ungainliness. After a string of five terrific albums starting with 2004’s “Almost Killed Me,” the Hold Steady went on an overlong hiatus in 2010, re-emerging this year with the vibrant, touching, three-guitar pop-rock of “Teeth Dreams,” a record that is well worth the wait.</p> <p><strong>1. City and Colour (5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/cityandcolour.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>There’s good reason that when the organizers of the Coral Skies Festival polled their Facebook followers a couple months back on the band they were most excited to see, City and Colour overwhelmingly took the top choice. Primarily the solo project of Dallas Green, a Canadian singer-songwriter from a musically divergent background (he used to sing and play guitar in the post-hardcore band Alexisonfire), City and Colour’s music is more in tune with fellow Canuck Neil Young, or with American indie-folk troubadours like Mark Kozelek and Mark Eitzel. Sensitive without being sentimental, catchy without being obvious, City and Colour’s music represents the fragile, intimate outpouring of Green’s soul, and it connects with audiences on a visceral level. Expect much of his material to be drawn from his most recent two albums, “Little Hell” and “The Hurry and the Harm,” which boast a more dynamic instrumental palette than his first two releases.</p> <p><em>Tickets cost $40.50 to $70. For more on the festival, and to purchase tickets, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 22 Oct 2014 10:36:04 +0000 & EventsMusicUpcoming EventsGreat Supplements and Superfoods<p><span>The term “superfoods” has been circulating a lot lately and many people are wondering what exactly it means. Superfoods are the most potent, concentrated and nutrient-rich foods on the planet. Think of them as supermen and superwomen that help your immune system flourish, while fighting for your health and destroying free radicals. They can also help with elevating serotonin production, cleansing organs and even improving hormone function.</span></p> <p>Here are my favorite superfoods that are easy to add to your daily meals.</p> <p>1. <strong>Cacao (<em>Raw</em> Chocolate)</strong></p> <p>Cacao is one of the highest antioxidant foods on the planet. It’s rich in antioxidants, magnesium, iron and manganese. Raw chocolate can help improve cardiovascular health, build strong bones, act as a natural aphrodisiac, elevate your mood and increase energy. Try making my raw cacao brownies and cookie dough. Video below!</p> <p><iframe height="395" src="" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>2. <strong>Goji Berries</strong></p> <p>Goji berries have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years and can sometimes be regarded as a longevity and strength-building food. Goji berries contain 18 kinds of amino acids, including all eight essential amino acids, up to 21 trace minerals, high amounts of antioxidants, iron, polysaccharides and vitamins B and E. Sprinkle a few berries on your smoothie, morning cereal or salad for a nutritional punch.</p> <p>3. <strong>Maca</strong></p> <p>This adaptogenic superfood has been a staple in Peru for centuries as it helps to increase energy, endurance, strength and even boost libido. It can also help balance hormones and relieve hot flashes. Dried maca powder contains protein, nearly 20 amino acids, including seven essential amino acids. If you want to try it out, start by adding a ¼ teaspoon to your morning smoothie and see how it makes you feel. You may find that you don’t need your morning coffee anymore!</p> <p>4. <strong>Hemp Seeds</strong></p> <p>Hemp seeds are packed with protein, iron, amino acids and vitamin E as well as omega-3 essential fatty acids. Omega-3s can help with healthy brain function. They’ve also been shown to combat inflammation. Hemp is also the perfect food for both children and adults looking to increase protein intake. Sprinkle some hemp seeds on your salad or just eat them as a protein-rich snack.</p> <p>5. <strong>Algae (spirulina and chlorella)</strong></p> <p>Spirulina and chlorella provide a vast array of minerals, trace elements, phytonutrients and enzymes. Chlorella is also known for ridding your body of heavy metals and purifying blood. I like to add a teaspoon of chlorella to my smoothies or take a few chlorella pills in the morning on an empty stomach.</p> <p>6. <strong>Astaxantin</strong></p> <p>Astaxantin is a carotenoid that comes from microalgae. It helps fight the damage of sunrays and acts as a natural sunblock. I take it in supplement pill form if I’ve had too much sun exposure or right before spending time out in the sun.</p> <p>7. <strong>Camu Berry</strong></p> <p>Camu camu is fruit that grows in South America, known for having the highest recorded amount of vitamin C. It’s great for enhancing immunity and boosting energy. I like to add a ¼ teaspoon of camu camu to water and take it as an anti-oxidant shot when I feel run down.</p> <p>8. <strong>Sea Vegetables (Kelp, Dulse, Nori, Hijiki, Bladderwrack, etc.)</strong></p> <p>Power-packed with nutrients, sea vegetables help rid your body of heavy metals and radioactive iodine and provide numerous trace minerals. Seaweeds are especially good for the thyroid and hormone function. To add more sea veggies into your diet, simply sprinkle some dry kelp or dulse on your food. They have a salty taste and are a great replacement for table salt.</p> <p> </p> <p>9. <strong>Medicinal Mushrooms (Reish, Shaga, Cordyceps maitake, shiitake, etc.)</strong></p> <p>Medicinal mushrooms are terrific adaptogenic superfoods. They are perfect for boosting your immune system and supporting your adrenal glands in times of stress. When I feel stressed, I like to take a few capsules of Mushroom Optimizer Blend (sold at Whole Foods Market) that features several kinds of medicinal mushrooms.</p> <p>10. <strong>Coconut Oil</strong></p> <p>Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides, which can be easily used for energy, as well as support your thyroid function and boost your metabolism. It is also known for its anti-fungal properties, which can help kill harmful pathogens. Add a few teaspoons of coconut to your morning smoothie for an extra boost of energy, put it on small cuts or simply use coconut oil instead of lotion.</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><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</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 Oct 2014 09:37:17 +0000 & ReviewsLPGA Legends Golf Tourney Coming to Delray<p>Golf lovers rejoice. LPGA Hall of Famers like Nancy Lopez, Amy Alcott and defending tournament champ Nancy Scranton are coming to Delray Beach in November. The Legends Tour is making a stop at the Seagate Country Club on Nov. 6-9 for the <a href="" target="_blank">Walgreens Charity Championship</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="659" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/nancyscranton.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Pictured Nancy Scraton at last year's event. Photo by Rick Sharp.</em></p> <p>The roster of 48 LPGA Tour legends will include Florida golfers Beth Daniel, Meg Mallon, Laurie Rinker, JoAnne Carner, Judy Dickinson, Lorie Kane, Marilyn Lovander, Nancy Scraton and Jan Stephenson.</p> <p>But the fun isn’t just for them. You can take part in the festivities too. On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there’s the Walgreens Balance Rewards On-course Walk. You can follow the LPGA Legends on the back nine and earn Walgreens’ Balance Rewards points. The nearly two-mile walk should require from 4,000 to 5,000 steps, according to the website.</p> <p>To participate, register on the day of the walk at the Walgreens tent, where you’ll be issued a pedometer. Every step you take on the back nine will earn points redeemable toward Walgreens’ in-store purchases. You’ll go through checkpoints and finish at The Legends Tour merchandise tent. Present your tournament ticket and check point verifications, and you’ll also get a Legends’ branded gift.</p> <p>Walgreens will also be having a Healthy Living and Wellness Expo at the tournament and will be offering free health screenings and product samples.</p> <p>Golf tournament tickets are on sale at Florida Walgreens’ locations. Daily passes are $10 if purchased in advance or $15 at the gate. Admission is free on Friday, when local professionals qualify and for the practice rounds.</p> <p>Ticket proceeds go to the Dan Marino Foundation, Achievement Centers for Children &amp; Families and Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse.</p> <p>The Seagate Country Club is located at <em>3600 Hamlet Drive, Delray Beach</em>. For more on The Legends Tour and local tournament, visit</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 22 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 EventsMax&#39;s Grille Pet Costume Contest<p>Time to pop out that hot dog pet costume. We know you’ve been waiting all year for the wiener-dog-in-a-wiener-costume joke. This year, you could even win a prize for it.</p> <p><img alt="" height="497" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/dressup_dog.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Max’s Grille</a> is hosting its Halloween Pet Costume Contest on Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. The cost to register your pet is $10, with pre-registration available by calling 561/368-0080 or on the day of the event from 6-8 p.m. The registration fee includes a drink ticket and raffle ticket, with all proceeds going toward the Tri-County Human Society.</p> <p>The grand prize winner will receive a $150 gift card to the restaurant, with second and third place winners receiving a $100 gift card.</p> <p>There’s a 50-contenstant limit, so make sure to register your pet now. Max's Grille is located at 404 Plaza Real, Boca Raton.</p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 21 Oct 2014 13:56:14 +0000 EventsHudson to Dish Comfort Food in Delray<p>After a sale and year-long closure, the Old Calypso spot on the Intracoastal in Delray Beach is about to become <a href="" target="_blank">Hudson on Waterway East</a>, an “urban comfort food” eatery from a trio of local entrepreneurs.</p> <p><img alt="" height="251" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hudson.jpg" width="490"><br><br>Partners Sam Bonasso, Joe McCullough and Rita Wilson promise a “something for everyone” restaurant comprising 7,000 square feet with a spacious outdoor deck on the water. Opening is expected to be sometime next month.<br><br>The menu will feature everything from all-natural meats to locally sourced produce to hand-made pastas, plus late-night dining, a kiddie menu and daily happy hour. Among the dishes will be lobster potato skins and roasted tomato bisque with truffled grilled cheese sammie.<br><br>Hudson will also boast a beverage program featuring boutique wines, craft beers and cocktails, and will be open daily for lunch and dinner.<br><br></p>Bill CitaraTue, 21 Oct 2014 09:30:25 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsCheck out the short list for Delray city manager<h3><img alt="" height="228" src="/site_media/uploads/city_seal.jpg" width="221">City Manager short list details</h3> <p>Delray Beach city commissioners have the best and worst of it as they choose a permanent city manager.</p> <p>The best is that the eight candidates, whom Delray’s consulting firm culled from nearly 100 applicants and recommends for consideration, have not only lots of experience but lots of relevant experience. Six of the eight have Florida backgrounds. Some of those backgrounds are extensive and close to home—very close, in some cases. Mayor Cary Glickstein says Delray Beach needs a “change agent,” and at least three of the candidates have engineered dramatic change at local governments they have run.</p> <p>The worst is that some of those same candidates also have left jobs—or been forced out—because that drive for change may have had no cruising speed. Commissioners will have to decide who they believe was right in the conflicts involving some of the applicants. In addition, the commissioners will have to decide if the change in question is the sort of change they want for Delray Beach.</p> <p>In a memo to the city last week, headhunter Colin Baenziger recommended that the commission this week pick five finalists, whom the commission would interview on Nov. 6-7. The commission would make its choice either on the 7<sup>th</sup> or the following Monday, Nov. 10. The city then would have to negotiate a contract.</p> <p>To that end, and to make the system as fair as possible, Baenziger recommended that each commissioner simply put a check mark—no rankings—next to the name of someone he or she would like to interview. Baenziger said that a majority of the commissioners likely would agree on three or four names. After that, the commissioners would have to decide if they want to add any names. “This,” Baenziger wrote, “may engender some discussion.” They could fill out a new ballot, agree on a name after talking, or add a candidate whom one commissioner feels strongly about “as a professional courtesy.” The more candidates they interview, Baenziger wrote, “the more likely you are to see the right person.”</p> <p>True enough, but the commission probably can dispense with two names quickly. Those candidates happen to be the ones who don’t have Florida experience. Government systems vary greatly from state to state, which means that the experience of public administrators varies as well. Delray Beach needs that relevant experience. So eliminate <strong>Andrea McCune</strong> and <strong>George Wagner</strong>.</p> <p>McCune is administrator for Lancaster County, in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country; the movie “Witness,” starring Harrison Ford, was filmed there. It’s pretty, and the county has 500,000 people, so the job is substantial. But the job also is much different. McCune deals a lot with criminal justice issues, given the government structure. None of that is relevant to Delray Beach.</p> <p>Wagner is administrator for Huntingdon County in western New Jersey, which instead of commissioners has a Board of Chosen Freeholders. Cool. As with McCune, Wagner’s job involves criminal justice, including operation of a jail. Also, Wagner writes in his application letter that he is “very familiar with the beautiful city of Del Ray Beach. . .” How familiar can he be if he can’t spell the name right?</p> <p>As for the other six applicants, the commission may want to exceed Baenziger’s recommendation and bring in all of them. Each has enough potential, background and intrigue to make him interesting.</p> <p><strong>Thaddeus Cohen</strong>: You want close to home? Cohen lives in Delray Beach. He had an architectural business in the city for 20 years. He served on the board of Delray’s housing authority.</p> <p>Cohen is the only applicant who has run a state agency – the Department of Community Affairs, under Jeb Bush, before Gov. Rick Scott emasculated the state’s growth-management powers. Cohen, though, also has the slimmest local government experience—three years as community redevelopment director in Pensacola. Cohen claims credit for a $52 million project that, along with other programs, supposedly revived the city’s downtown. Commissioners would want to ask about Cohen losing his job as part of a new mayor’s “streamlining.” Cohen now works for a Broward County construction company.</p> <p><strong>Don Cooper</strong>: As city manager of Port St. Lucie from 1991 until 2010, Cooper oversaw transformation of what had begun as a giant subdivision into a fast-growing, full-service city. Cooper’s high point was creating a citywide, $180-million water and sewer system that was essential to progress but which many residents opposed because of the cost to hook up. He also saved the city millions through bond refinancing.</p> <p>Even Cooper’s critics acknowledged his talent. But Cooper could be high-handed. In his application, Cooper discusses his 2003 domestic abuse case, but he doesn’t mention the <em>Palm Beach Post</em> report suggesting that he got special treatment from the police department. Commissioners would want to ask Cooper about his support for the 2010 deal to build a headquarters for the animation company Digital Domain. The deal will cost Port St. Lucie about $40 million, because the company went bust and laid off its employees in Port St. Lucie.</p> <p><strong>Roberto Hernandez</strong>: His application contains the least amount of controversy, probably because Hernandez has not run a city or county. But he is deputy administrator of Broward County, the state’s second-largest county in terms of population, and before that he was deputy city manager of Coral Springs.</p> <p>In assessing Delray Beach’s needs, Hernandez correctly calls the current fire and police pension system “unsustainable.” Since 1992, all of his experience except for three years as deputy manager of Fulton County— meaning Atlanta—has been in Florida. Commissioners would want to ask themselves if they want to hire another second-in-command from Broward, as they did with City Attorney Noel Pfeffer. Of course, Pfeffer has impressed the commission, and he probably would have a good working relationship with Hernandez.</p> <p><strong>Pat Salerno</strong>: In terms of personal accomplishment, Salerno probably ranks first. From 1990 until 2008, he oversaw the transformation of Sunrise—in western Broward, with about 35,000 more people than Delray— from a retirement community into an entertainment destination, based around the county-owned BB&amp;T Center. Salerno touts the city’s coming Metropica development—$1 billion worth of high-rises, shops and offices—as something he helped to attract. As manager of affluent Coral Gables, home of the University of Miami, from 2009 to last April, Salerno by all accounts saved the city from financial ruin during the recession and left it healthy.</p> <p>Salerno, though, was forced out of both jobs, despite what critics acknowledged were many accomplishments. Commissioners would want to ask about those departures, and whether Salerno understands that what Delray Beach wants in the way of redevelopment may not be what Sunrise wanted.</p> <p><strong>Terry Stewart</strong>: If there’s an inside track, he has it. Stewart has been Delray’s interim manager since June, when the commission forced out Louie Chapman. Mayor Cary Glickstein speaks well of Stewart. Morale among city employees seems to have improved.</p> <p>Stewart was city manager of Cape Coral, north of Fort Myers, from 2002 until 2009. He was town manager in North Fort Myers from 2010 until last April. Cape Coral has almost 170,000 people and North Fort Myers less than 7,000, so Stewart has done large and small. He’s a former fire chief who has sung the National Anthem at many events and rides a Harley.</p> <p>Like Salerno, Stewart did good things at both places and was forced out in both places—in Cape Coral over public works projects that became controversial and in North Fort Myers Beach over approvals of. . .above-ground swimming pools. As with Salerno, commissioners would have to sort out who was to blame for those departures.</p> <p><strong>Mike Woika</strong>: He has been assistant city manager in Boca Raton for 10 years, so he knows Delray Beach as well as any neighboring government official can. Woika is part of the team that includes City Attorney Leif Ahnell and Deputy City Manager George Brown.</p> <p>Like Hernandez, because he hasn’t been in charge Woika doesn’t have the same amount of controversy in his file as other applicants. But Woika did make a silly remark when activists were pressing Boca to increase protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents. As a “pet lover,” Woika said, didn’t he also deserve protection from discrimination?</p> <p>Woika served previously as the city’s utilities director, which is useful experience. He touts the modernization of the department as one of his accomplishments. Commissioners would want to ask if Woika would be able to model city government based on Delray Beach’s needs and not just after what he has observed in Boca Raton.</p> <p>It’s a good field—much better than what the search that produced Chapman offered. The consultant’s work is nearly done. Now, the commission steps up. No pressure. It’s only the biggest decision commissioners make.</p> <h3>Water, water everywhere                                  </h3> <p>Our (sort of ) cool weather marks the beginning of the end of the rainy season. What a good rainy season it was.</p> <p>As of last Friday, the South Florida Water Management District reported, the level of Lake Okeechobee—the region’s backup water supply—was nearly 16 feet. That’s almost a foot above the historic average for that day and slightly above a year ago. The three water conservations area that stretch from Palm Beach County to Miami-Dade also were at healthy levels.</p> <p>That should ease any drought worries until next spring, unless the dry season is unusually dry. Now the state has to finish the job of cleaning that water before it gets to the Everglades. That is less about Mother Nature and more about Mother Politics.</p> <h3>Atlantic Crossing is b-a-a-a-a-ack                       </h3> <p>At tonight’s meeting, the Delray Beach City Commission is being asked to approve an updated development agreement for the Atlantic Crossing mixed-use project just west of Veterans Park.</p> <p>Among the new conditions, the developer would be required to provide a shuttle service—costing $175,000—add traffic signals and traffic calming, build a bus shelter and donate $500,000 toward the Veterans Park master plan. All of that is designed to address concerns about traffic and the project’s compatibility on the site.</p> <p>Neighbors have filed two lawsuits challenging the approval of Atlantic Crossing. The courts have not ruled. The agreement is designed to prevent the city from being held liable as part of any legal action. Interestingly, the city attorney has made no recommendation to the commissioners. At least one of them, Shelly Petrolia, has “a lot of unanswered questions and concerns.” The Atlantic Crossing story continues.</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 Oct 2014 07:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityIn the Mag: A Night to Remember<p>In the few seconds that I dared to open my eyes during the Death Race by Yellow Cab from LaGuardia Airport to our hotel in Greenwich Village, I thought I spied a metaphor for the chefs who were here from South Florida to cook dinner at the renowned James Beard House.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/rapoport_jbh.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo courtesy of Lisa Ozag</em></p> <p class="Default">Like the passengers in the rampaging taxi, the quartet of executive chefs from Boca-based Rapoport’s Restaurant Group—Ben Burger (of Henry’s in west Delray Beach), Jon Greening (Deck 84 in east Delray), Jay Prisco (Burt &amp; Max’s at Delray Marketplace) and David Innes (pastry chef)—would be jammed into a hot, sweaty, crowded space, deadly determined to make it from Point A to Point B. They would endure and overcome the inevitable glitches and delays, soak in the atmosphere of New York City at full bore and finally arrive at their destination, exhausted but exhilarated and ready to do it all over again.</p> <p class="Default">It’s no small honor to cook at the Beard House, the former residence of James Beard, “America’s First Foodie” and a champion of stateside cuisine when the phrase itself made European chefs giggle at its seeming presumptuousness. You don’t ask to cook at the Beard House; you’re invited. Invited to prepare a multicourse meal for up to 80 Beard Foundation members and Big Apple food mavens.</p> <p class="Default">Invited to fly your chefs, their equipment and the “product” (aka, food) to New York—plus cover your team’s hotel, meals and expenses. In the case of Restaurant Group proprietor Burt Rapoport, the invitation came with a tab in the neighborhood of $28,000. Not exactly a low-rent neighborhood.</p> <p class="Default">So why, you may ask, do they do it?</p> <center><em>For more, pick up the November issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></center>Bill CitaraTue, 21 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineIn the Mag: The Birth of Basel Miami Beach<h4>Supporters and organizers of the upcoming Art Basel Miami Beach explain how the “little sister” fair evolved into, arguably, the biggest art happening on the planet.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/artbasel.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For four days in December, Art Basel Miami Beach will celebrate its lucky 13th year, bringing world-class art from 250 galleries across five continents to 70,000 attendees at the Miami Beach Convention Center. But, in truth, it should be celebrating 14 years.</p> <p>The art fair was scheduled to debut in December 2001, but when terrorists struck the Twin Towers three months earlier, the shock reverberated globally. The prompt cancellation of the inaugural Florida version of Art Basel was one of the countless examples of collateral damage.</p> <p>“People weren’t flying. You couldn’t insure artwork that was being sent,” recalls Bob Goodman, who has been the Florida representative for Art Basel since the fair’s inception. “For a whole host of reasons, they decided to postpone from 2001 to December 2002.”</p> <p>The catalogs already had been printed for the 2001 show, and, by Goodman’s estimation, the decision to postpone one year cost the company that owns Art Basel, Switzerland’s Messe Schweiz, “millions of dollars.”</p> <p>C’est la vie. The country re-bounded, and so did Art Basel Miami Beach. These days, according to figures released by the City of Miami Beach, Basel provides an economic boost of $500 million to its com-munity, with some estimates placing that figure in excess of $1 billion. By comparison, consider that the five-day SunFest, our area’s biggest music/art festival of the year, has an estimated economic impact of $15 million on Palm Beach County. Basel, on the other hand, draws more private jets than a Super Bowl, and by its second year, the New York Times had dubbed it “the hottest contemporary art fair in America.”</p> <p>Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine is especially effusive about the way Basel has helped to transform his city.</p> <p>“It’s a part of the renaissance of Miami Beach,” he says. “All the offshoots of Basel—the events, the parties, the various cultural contributions that have sprung from it, the galleries that have opened—the whole arts scene has exploded because of Art Basel coming to Miami Beach. I equate it to the turn of the century, when Henry Ford built his first factory. It was like the beginning not just of the Ford automobile but all the companies that supply Fords, and all the ripple effects.”</p> <p>For many of its principal collectors, it even has eclipsed its big sister fair, Art Basel in Switzerland. “At the beginning, it was a junior partner, but now it’s a child that’s surpassed its parents,” says automotive magnate Norman Braman, a collector at Basel Switzerland for more than 20 years. “Think of the fact that in addition to having the success of Art Basel here, [the Miami area has] 26 additional fairs. Art Basel has 220 or 230 galleries [within the Miami Beach Convention Center], but during that week there are over 1,000 galleries in Miami.”</p> <center><em>For more, pick up the November issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></center>John ThomasonTue, 21 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsIn The MagazineIn the Mag: The Next Big Thing<h4><span>The future couldn’t be brighter for six locals—ages 9 to 25—already turning heads for their innovation, dedication and sheer talent. Also, find out what the future holds in categories ranging from local politics and business to dining trends.</span></h4> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/benjamin.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Benjamin Oppenheimer</strong></p> <p>A Boca boy generates major buzz with a honey of an idea.</p> <p>If the global decline of honeybees has an end in sight, then the solution might just lie in the backyard of a third grader who attends Grandview Preparatory School in Boca.</p> <p>At a time when the world has seen a rapid bee decline due to what scientists call Colony Collapse Disorder, Benjamin Oppenheimer, 9, is busy as a you-know-what, raising nearly 20,000 honeybees at his parents’ home along the Intracoastal. The idea of raising a beehive began to take root after Benjamin received sunflower seeds from his church. After planting them and seeing no fruit, he figured out that the empty hulls spoke to an absence of honeybees and lack of pollination. Benjamin began to study beekeeping; after getting his family’s permission, he brought home his first hive. As Benjamin describes it, being a beekeeper is “like being a guard. And when you get paid, you get paid with honey.”</p> <p>This is no temporary pastime. Benjamin has delved headfirst into beekeeping, discovering that bee pollination accounts for the production of $15 billion worth (nearly 80 percent) of crops in the U.S. He even received his apiary license and passed a state inspection. The youngest member of the Palm Beach County Beekeepers’ Association, he joins other association members at the state fair, informing the public about the importance of bees to our ecosystem.</p> <p>As Benjamin learned, as long as the hive’s entrance is pointed toward water, the bees tend to fly upward and away from his neighbors’ property. So far, no one is complaining—in fact, just the opposite. A neighbor, who says his avocado tree hasn’t produced fruit in three years, is now growing ripe avocados. To date, the son of Jeff and Missy Oppenheimer has had a handful of harvests. He uses the beeswax to create lip balm, even selling a few canisters, all to keep this agricultural activity going.</p> <p>As for whether Benjamin worries about getting stung every so often, he says he’s past the initial fear.</p> <p>“I used to be, but I’ve been stung twice so far, so I’m like, eh, what the heck? It’s no big deal.”</p> <center><em>For more, pick up the November issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></center>magazineTue, 21 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineIn the Mag: Well Dunn<h4>For nearly three decades, viewers of south Florida’s top-rated television station have found a trusted friend in anchorwoman Kelley Dunn.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/kelleydunn.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Kelley Dunn was walking through the newsroom at WPTV on a recent afternoon when she spotted a framed photo on the desk of one of the station’s new hires. In the image, Dunn and morning anchor Roxanne Stein are posing with the young reporter—who, at the time, was only 9.</p> <p>“She had done a tour of the station back then and we [took that picture]; now she’s working here,” Dunn says. “It’s funny. I remember being the youngest at this station when I started. Now, I’m certainly the mother of the newsroom.</p> <p>“That’s fine,” she deadpans. “They’ll all be 50 one day too.”</p> <p>As hard as it is to believe that someone as perpetually youthful as Dunn is approaching 30 years on the air, it’s equally remark-able that she’s done it all at one station. In an industry where hopping from market to market is more the résumé norm than the exception, the 51-year-old afternoon and evening co-anchor (with Michael Williams) has planted permanent roots at the West Palm Beach-based NBC affiliate.</p> <p>Along the way, Dunn has endeared herself to viewers like no other broadcaster in the area.</p> <p>Part of it, by now, is familiarity. Dunn, fresh out of the University of Florida, was all of 23 when she debuted as a reporter at News-Channel 5 on Feb. 10, 1986. Six months later, two anchors left the station. The Ormond Beach native threw her hat in the ring and snagged a morning slot with Kent Ehrhardt, her on-air partner for more than a decade (he’s now a meteorologist at KMOV in St. Louis). She’s been an anchor ever since.</p> <p>The other part of it is far less tangible, the local TV equivalent of Sally Field’s famous Oscar-night speech. People really like Dunn. Always have. Maybe it’s because viewers relate so well to the mother of two college-aged children (Dunn’s husband of nearly 25 years, whose name she asked us not to mention, is in law enforcement). Maybe, it’s because the five-time local Emmy winner is just that good at her job.</p> <p>Dunn offered her own take on the connection with viewers, and several other topics, during a lengthy interview with <em>Boca Raton</em>.</p> <p><strong>Your late father was a long-time Democratic state senator. What did you learn about connecting with people from watching your dad speak and campaign?</strong></p> <p>A strong handshake, for one thing. I hate a wimpy handshake. Women, men, no one should have a wimpy handshake.</p> <p>Also, when people in public approach you, treat them like they matter. My dad did that. If someone is going out of their way to call me, write me, to stop me in Target and say something nice, I’m going to smile and treat [that encounter as some-thing special]. Because they do matter to me. I’ve been on the air all these years because those people have liked me.</p> <p><strong>People seem to feel a certain connection to you. How do you explain that?</strong></p> <p>I hope it’s because I am who I am. I’m not perfect. I’m not the stereotype; I’m not blonde, 5 foot 7, size two. [Note: Dunn is about 5 foot 3.] I wasn’t born that way, and I’m not gonna be that way—especially not after 50. Everything changes at 50, I’ve noticed. Five pounds used to be easy to lose. Not anymore! There’s nothing more satisfying as an anchor than being able to tell a story like I’m reading it to you across the table. I like connecting, and I’d like to think that I’m a people person. Maybe that’s part of it.</p> <p><strong>What would the Kelley of today tell 23-year-old Kelley about stepping into the anchor position, given what you now know?</strong></p> <p>It’s what I tell most young reporters and [aspiring] anchors. Be who you are. Don’t try to be someone else. Develop your own style and personality. If you’re so focused on trying to be like Katie Couric or Barbara Walters or Diane Sawyer, then you’re pretending to be someone you’re not. ... If you’re genuine and real, it will translate; that comes through on television. If you’re not, it’s easy to see.</p> <center><em>For more, pick up the November issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></center>Kevin KaminskiTue, 21 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineIn the Mag: Bob Nygaard<h4><span>A cop-turned-P.I. reverses the fortunes of fraudulent psychics.</span></h4> <p>Imagine this: You’re suffering a loss, be it a recently deceased loved one, a job, a marriage. You’re in a vulnerable position, and you seek the guidance of a storefront psychic.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/nygaard.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The psychic’s fee is nominal at first—usually $20 to $50—but she sees darkness around you. Money is the root of all evil, she says: You need to withdraw $10,000 and place it under your bed along with a grapefruit, which will consume the negative energy associated with all that tarnished cash.</p> <p>The psychic tells you to bring the grapefruit into her office a couple of days later, concealed in a brown paper bag. With a magician’s sleight of hand, she’s already swapped her own grapefruit without you realizing it. She cuts it open, and small black snakes slither from its core. Your money is tainted, she says: Bring me the $10,000, and I will cleanse it for you.</p> <p>In our right minds, it’s easy to notice a scam here: That money will never be re-turned. In many cases, the “fees” to remove a curse increase, into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, draining the bank accounts and livelihoods of vulnerable victims. And it’s been happening for decades, with few legal or criminal ramifications against the perpetrator, because after all: Aren’t the “marks” giving away their money willingly?</p> <p>“Prosecutors get concerned that they have to prove whether this person is psychic or not,” says Bob Nygaard, a Boca-based private investigator who specializes in psychic fraud. “It’s not what this is about. It’s simple theft. It’s taking money by false promises.”</p> <p>An erstwhile New York City police officer, Nygaard has been busting fraudulent psychics and fortune-tellers, among other flim-flam artists and confidence schemers, since 2007, when he acquired his P.I. license.</p> <p>The first case he took was that of Gina Marks, whose notorious family of “psychics” was finally convicted of federal fraud crimes in 2013. At the time, Nygaard’s work led to grand theft charges leveled against Gina to the tune of $65,000—a landmark in prosecuting psychic scammers. He has since recovered more than $2 million for victims in a handful of high-profile cases locally and nationally.</p> <p>“I’m not here to judge whether somebody has psychic ability or not,” Nygaard says. “I myself have used intuition in my police ca-reer to solve crimes. [But] I know the law, and I know how to apply theft statutes. … I can prove intent to steal, and I can show it by the unfolding of the scam.”</p> <center><em>For more, pick up the November issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></center>John ThomasonTue, 21 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsIn The MagazineIn the Mag: Dangerous Obsession<h4>Two renowned plastic surgeons weigh in on a disorder that cosmetic procedures can’t fix.</h4> <p>Do you constantly worry about your looks? Do you obsess overperceived flaws, no matter how minor? Are you always searching for the next cosmetic answer?</p> <p><img alt="" height="420" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/plasticsurgery.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>It could be that your body isn’t the problem. Body dysmorphic disorder is a chronic mental illness in an estimated 1 percent of the U.S. population (according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America). No matter how beautiful they are to the rest of the world, those who suffer feel that they’re ugly—and they can’t stop focusing on exaggerated or imagined physical defects.</p> <p>So they turn to plastic surgeons, cosmetic specialists, dermatologists and others who re-ally don’t have the power to fix the problem.</p> <p>Anthony Dardano, a board-certified plastic surgeon who has practiced in Boca for 15 years, has seen the disorder in patients young and old.</p> <p>“It’s OK to have cosmetic surgery, and it’s OK to want to improve your appearance and look better,” Dardano says. “It’s not OK to obsess over a physical finding that perhaps cannot be improved with cosmetic surgery or injections.”</p> <p>Ultimately, people with body dysmorphic disorder will not be satisfied with surgery or a rejuvenating injection. Dardano says the condition requires cognitive psychological therapy.</p> <p>Even people who don’t have the disorder can go too far in order to maintain physical perfection. Like Dardano, when Cristina Keusch consults with patients, she assesses whether the cos-metic changes people want are reasonable, logical, realistic and safe.</p> <p>“If the expectation is unreasonable and unachievable, we want to avoid [the surgery] because, generally, the patient is not going to be happy with the outcome,” says Keusch, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Boca for 25 years. “Extrinsic motivations are also a problem—trying to please someone else instead of doing it for oneself.”</p> <p>Overdoing cosmetic surgery can happen to men and women. But Dardano says the disor-der is most likely to affect type-A personalities, people who spend a lot of time in public.</p> <p>“They always want to look good, which is not problematic itself,” says Dardano, president of the medical staff at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “But after undergoing a procedure, they always want more and don’t know when to stop.”</p> <center><em>For more, pick up the November issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></center>Lisette HiltonTue, 21 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineIn the Mag: Q&amp;A with Stacey Bendet<h4>The CEO/creative director of Alice + Olivia dishes on her rise in the fashion world on the eve of her Boca appearance at the Junior League’s signature event.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="316" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/stacybendet.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>As the story goes, Alice + Olivia founder Stacey Bendet spent her share of time making dresses for her Barbie dolls as a child. She even crafted her own bat mitzvah dress. All of which stands to reason, given that her father was in the textile business. But from there, the story of one of the fashion industry’s most buzz-worthy designers follows a less-than-conventional arc.</p> <p>She studied international relations and French at the University of Pennsylvania. She made money after college by building websites. And then she designed pants. Striped. Flared. Colorful. At the debut of her then-20-item collection in 2002, topless models walked around New York City’s Russian Tea Room in those pants.</p> <p>An unconventional star was born, not that the thirty-something Bendet would have it any other way. A little more than a decade later, Alice + Olivia encompasses everything from shoes and handbags to tops, blazers, dresses and much more. The brand can be found in more than 800 stores around the world, including Saks Fifth Avenue at Town Center at Boca Raton—which invited the designer to participate in the Junior League’s annual Woman Volunteer of the Year luncheon on Nov. 7 at Boca West.</p> <p>Boca Raton caught up with the woman who recently made Vanity Fair’s International Best-Dressed List’s Hall of Fame.</p> <p>What about your background best prepared you for this career?</p> <p>I spent the first four years of Alice + Olivia learning everything there was to learn about fashion, production, pattern making and, most importantly, fabric and fit. It was not the traditional course, but I have never been one for the traditional.</p> <p>You started Alice + Olivia with a friend shortly after college. The line was named after your mom, Olivia, and your friend’s mom. Can you talk about the kind of relationship you had with your mother and how that influenced your line?</p> <p>Every little girl’s first fashion influence is her mother. My mom had the most amazing style. When I first started the line, our original Olivia pants were inspired by gorgeous photos of her in sexy 1970s bell-bottoms.</p> <center><em>For more, pick up the November issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></center>Stefanie CaintoTue, 21 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineIn the Mag: Star on the Horizon<p class="Default">Before she climbs into bed each night, Kendra Erika puts pen to paper. It’s the one time when her world slows down enough for her to concentrate on song lyrics.</p> <p class="Default"><img alt="" height="353" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/kendraerika.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Default">But that’s hardly the only time Kendra devotes to her burgeoning music career. Between working with songwriters and producers, practicing for upcoming performances, conducting business and actually taking the stage, much of her life these days revolves around chasing her dream of being a pop music star.</p> <p class="Default">“This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” says the 21-year-old. “Even when I was 8, it was me being like, ‘I want to pursue this.’ [My parents helped me] line it up.”</p> <p class="Default">Not that Kendra’s ambition and persistence haven’t played an equally vital role in her early success. The daughter of Ingrid and Fred Fulmer started classical music training when she was 10, trading in Barbie dolls for “Phantom of the Opera” and Andrea Bocelli; though her style is pop, the classical influence is evident in her rich, dynamic voice.</p> <center><em>For more, pick up the November issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></center>Stefanie CaintoTue, 21 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineReady, Set, Blow: Blow Dry Bar Trend Hits South Florida<p>There’s a new bar in town shaking things up - but you won’t find martinis being mixed here.</p> <p>Blow-dry bars, the latest hair salon trend, are heating up South Florida.  Since 2012, more than 10 shops have opened up in Palm Beach County alone. The concept first arose in New York City in 2007 and quickly caught on to other metropolitan areas, eventually expanding to smaller markets.</p> <p>Though they first began as the finishing touch to a haircut or color, blowouts have since emerged as a service in its own right. Traditional salons still offer blowouts, but price is often based on hair length or thickness. Blow-dry bars have streamlined the concept by offering a prix fixe price no matter your hair type.</p> <p>Clients can go in with greasy, dull hair pulled back in a ponytail or covered in a baseball cap and leave with luxurious locks ready for the red carpet. Most salons charge between $35-$45 dollars for hair to be washed, conditioned, dried and styled in less than an hour.</p> <p>The salons aim for convenience, operating seven days a week, with some opening as early as 7 a.m. and closing as late as 9 p.m. Unlike traditional salons, no appointment is necessary although they can be made in advance.</p> <p>Whether you need a quick blowout before the big meeting, a midday lunch break pick-me-up or finishing touches for date night we’ve got you covered on the best blow dry bars around town.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">FlyDry</a></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/flydry.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>This salon offers six look book styles ranging from “Turbulance”, a beachy wave design to their signature six-brush “Fly Private” blowout that promises, body bounce and shine. Standard services are $35 for a shampoo, scalp massage, and blowout but they also offer express services if you’re just looking for a basic blowout without the wash for reduced rates. And on those days you don’t want leave the house, FlyDry will be your saving grace. For just $100, the salon will charter a stylist straight to you.</p> <p><em>Open 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m</em></p> <p><em>Boca Raton Location: Mission Bay Plaza 20423 State Road 7, Suite F3 </em></p> <p><em>Delray Beach Location: Pineapple Grove District 183 N.E. Second Ave.</em></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Blow and Go</a></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="357" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/blowandgo.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>The stylists here promise to have your hair looking fabulous and you feeling glamourous in 30 minutes, all for just $35. Sit back and have your hair transformed while sipping a cappuccino and watching you favorite chick flicks (with subtitles of course). The salons offers packages that never expire as well as monthly membership deals that can save you up to $55 per month. Come for your blowout on Monday or Tuesday for the $25 blowout special.</p> <p><em>Open 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.</em></p> <p><em>Boca Location: Polo Club Shoppes, 5030 Champion Blvd., Suite B-3</em></p> <p><em>East Boca Location:</em> <em>6361 N. Federal Highway</em></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">SoBlo</a></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/soblo.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Leave with your hair looking both shiny and healthy at this salon. SoBlo is proud to call itself the only all-natural blow-dry bar in South Florida. Its in-house line of chemical-free styling products will nourish you hair and keep your blowout lasting for days. For $35 clients are given the star treatment with complementary champagne. If you need to get in and out quickly, head in for a “quickie” for just $25. In addition to blowouts, the salon also offers “SoTwisted” styles a variety of twist and braids that’s perfect whether you’re on the go or getting ready for an elegant evening out.</p> <p><em>Boca Location: 2240 N.W. 19<sup>th</sup> St., Suite 1203</em></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Cloud 10</a></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/cloud10.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Before founding her own blow dry bar, Jodi Dery set out on a cross-Atlantic journey to visit the 30 most prominent blow dry bars in the United States. She took the best of what she saw and created Cloud 10. The salon’s services include a relaxing shiatsu massage in one of the “Celebrity Wash” shampoo chairs, a salon-provided iPad for your entertainment and the “Icon Privé” dryer that has been labeled “the Rolls Royce of styling tools.” For $40, get a shampoo blowout and styling or add on to your look with a cut, color or one of the full salon services offered. Cloud 10 even offers blowout insurance. If it rains within three days of your blowout, come back in for half off the usual price.</p> <p><em>Boca Location: </em><em>Palmetto Park Shoppes, 289 E. Palmetto Park Road</em></p> <p><em>Delray Beach Location: Worthing Place, 32 S.E. Second Ave.</em><em></em></p>Annie PizzutelliMon, 20 Oct 2014 17:56:35 +0000 Week Ahead: Oct. 21 to 27<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/ringostarr459.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>What: <strong>Ringo Starr</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $55-$150</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>With 17 solo albums released since the breakup of the Beatles, Ringo Starr has arguably been the most prolific of all the Fab Four alumni, and he shows no signs of slowing down—or even of aging, for that matter: He’s 74 but looks 20 years younger. And each time he tours, it’s an event worth celebrating, in part because of the formidable bandmates in his All Starr Band. This time around, Todd Rundgren and members of Toto, Santana and Mr. Mister will share the stage with Starr for a set list that draws from all of their oeuvres, promising a smorgasbord of rock history. That means favorite selections from Starr’s extensive solo career, tunes such as Rundgren’s “Bang the Drum All Day” and Toto’s “Africa,” and, of course, Beatles classics from “Yellow Submarine” to “With a Little Help From My Friends.”</p> <p>WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/dracula.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Dracula” radio play</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Word has it that just five days before its national airing, in 1938, the Mercury Theatre’s Orson Welles and his writing partner, John Houseman, penned the script to their “Dracula” radio play while spending one night in a Perkins restaurant. One assumes the preternaturally talented and feverishly prolific Welles, who wrote, directed and starred in “Citizen Kane” before his 25<sup>th</sup> birthday, didn’t break a sweat. Basing their radio script on Bram Stoker’s original source material—and not the Bela Lugosi films—Welles and Houseman integrated elaborate sound effects into their production, including thunder, horse hooves and the pounding of a stake. All of these and more will be presented live at this second entry in the sophomore season of Arts Radio Network’s play reading series at Arts Garage. Fans can experience the plays as listeners would have heard them in the Golden Age of radio while at the same time seeing how the audio sausage was made—which will include, in this case, a 10-foot-high “thunder sheet.” It’s a rare example of analog industriousness in an age of digital ease.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/81404108169.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>What: <strong>Oprah’s “The Life You Want” Weekend</strong></p> <p>Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: TBA</p> <p>Cost: $99-$999</p> <p>Contact: 786/777-1000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The noun “Oprah” stands for many things: a television network, a radio station, a magazine, a book club, a philanthropic powerhouse, an actor who only appears in important movies. But behind the endless branding of Oprah Winfrey’s vast media empire, there is still a person, the one-time host of a Chicago talk show who has risen to become the only African-American billionaire in North America. And she’s coming to a city near you: The 60-year-old mogul will take the stage in front of 18,000 devotees, discussing how she became who she is and how you too can improve your lot in life. Empowerment, resilience and authenticity are the buzzwords surrounding The Life You Want Weekend, a two-day, eight-city spectacular (Miami is the only Florida visit). After her Friday night keynote, Saturday’s programming will include more speakers centered on Oprah’s theme of self-betterment, including “Eat Pray Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert, inspirational speaker Iyanla Vanzant and influential pastor Rob Bell.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="220" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/romeo-juliet1-690x310.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>What: <strong>“Romeo and Juliet”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $20-$175</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The joy in experiencing and re-experiencing “Romeo and Juliet” year after year, medium after medium, is in the individuality its creators bring to the ageless text. Just as there are supposedly 100 ways to cook an egg, there are countless ways to interpret a Shakespearean tragedy. In the world of classical ballet, such knighted choreographers as Sir Frederick Ashton and Sir Frederick MacMillan have created full-length dances based on the story, and current Russian maestro Alexei Ratmansky is the latest choreographer to climb the “R&amp;J” mountain. For its 2014-2015 season opener, Miami City Ballet is re-mounting what most consider the best “Romeo and Juliet” ballet of all: the 1962 version by South Africa’s John Cranko, a choreographer who sought to create dance that was “a representation of life itself.” Known for his clear-eyed storytelling mastery and his thrilling pas de deux, Cranko’s take will be presented with romantic costumes and lavish sets.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/backofthethroat.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Back of the Throat”</strong></p> <p>Where: Sol/Evening Star Productions, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20-$30</p> <p>Contact: 866/811-4111, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Yussef El Guindi’s play “Back of the Throat” takes audiences back to an all-too-familiar point in recent history: post-9-11 America, a landscape of fear, paranoia and profoundly regrettable racial and ethnic profiling. The play’s protagonist, Khaled, is an Arab-American living in an unnamed American metropolis in the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedy. He soon finds himself a “person of interest” in a government investigation, as agents raid his apartment and find suspicion in nearly every item in his home. Running 75 minutes without an intermission, the play combines provocative commentary with dark humor, and it opens Outre Theatre Company’s 2014-2015 season. Rayner Garranchan, Jim Gibbons, Tim Gore, Faiza Cherie and Freddy Valle will star in the production, which runs through Nov. 9.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/amberl2.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: 35<sup>th</sup> Birthday Blowout</strong></p> <p>Where: Boston’s on the Beach, 40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 2 p.m. til close</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/278-3364, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s hard to believe, but one of Delray Beach’s most beloved bars has now been around longer than many of its patrons have existed. Boston’s on the Beach will celebrate its landmark 35<sup>th</sup> anniversary this weekend with a Birthday Blowout that incorporates plenty of fun ‘n’ food with the number “35”—including a 35-foot lobster roll, a 35<sup>th</sup> birthday cake, and $3.50 drink specials all day long. There also will be a complimentary late night buffet to add some nutritious substance to your liquid meal. Free entertainment for the day includes such Boston’s regulars as Amber Leigh Band (2 p.m.), which performs the singer-songwriter’s signature cocktail of country, Celtic and rock; Boombox Band (8 p.m.), a Miami purveyor of classic soul and pop hits; and Suenalo (11 p.m.), the eclectic fusers of Latin funk, reggae, rock and jazz.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="387" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/princely.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “A Princely Affair”</strong></p> <p>Where: Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Noon</p> <p>Cost: $90 adults, $45 children 13 and younger</p> <p>Contact: 561/995-0709, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Boca Ballet Theatre remains the leading light in classical ballet in Palm Beach County, and it’s through events like “A Princely Affair,” its annual fundraiser, that this important cultural institution will continue to jete and plié into the foreseeable future. Now in its 23<sup>rd</sup> year, the Princely Affair is a dance performance, a luncheon, a raffle and a silent auction, with the festivities beginning at noon with a mimosa social hour. More than 300 attendees are expected to fill the Boca Resort’s Grand Hall by performance time, which will feature contributions from two principal dancers from New York City Ballet: Sterling Hyltin and Jared Angle. They will perform a Tchaikovsky pas de deux, while Boca Ballet Theatre's dancers will perform selections from “The Nutcracker,” which the company will produce in full next month.</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/possession-still.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: “Possession”</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>Where: Cosford Cinema, 5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $7-$9</p> <p>Contact: 305/284-4861, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami is one of the few cinemas keeping 35mm film prints alive as part of its Cosford Classics series, and this month’s entry is an offbeat Halloween selection: 1981’s “Possession,” a cult classic directed by Poland’s <em>enfant terrible</em>, Adrzej Zulawski. Internationally renowned actors Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani star as an international spy and his wife, whose disintegrating marriage leads to disturbing, inexplicable behavior that is best seen to be believed. Filmed in West Germany before the Wall came down, “Possession” is a florid and apocalyptic film that has evaded easy genre classification, and it’s taken decades for this shocking study of marital discord to gain mainstream acceptance. Look out for a tentacled creature designed by special effects maestro Carlo Rambaldi.</p>John ThomasonMon, 20 Oct 2014 15:05:17 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsBoynton to Get New Craft Brewery<p>Is Boynton Beach becoming Beerton Beach?</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/coppertopcox.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Well, not yet. But it could be on the way with the expected debut in December of the city’s second craft brewery, <a href="" target="_blank">Coppertop Brewing Company</a>.</p> <p>Partners Al Lettera and (brewmaster) Matthew Cox are in the middle of construction of a 10,000-square-foot facility plus tasting room on Commerce Road, just a hop, skip and a jump (heh, heh) from Boynton’s first artisan brewery, Due South.</p> <p>Cox, who was the head beer dude at Big Bear Brewery in Coral Springs for more than a decade, will be turning out a variety of ales and lagers, and according to Coppertop’s Facebook page, the brewery will be teasing at local tasting events prior to opening.</p> <p>The name, btw, is reportedly an homage to Cox’s wife, Laura, who just happens to be a redhead. Cute, no?</p>Bill CitaraMon, 20 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsThe Ultimate Chefs Dinner<p><em>Full disclosure: we attended as guests of the restaurant.</em></p> <p>Eight chefs, seven courses and seven wine pairings. If it sounds like a stomach-full, well – it was. By the end of the three-hour <strong>Ultimate Chefs Dinner</strong> at Bistro Ten Zero One, we were all wined and dined to the max. </p> <p><img alt="" height="339" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/ultimatechefs-1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo courtesty of <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p> <p>The event brought together prominent local chefs: Chef Jason Connelly (<a href="">Sea Level</a>), Chef Eric Grutka (<a href="">Ian's Tropical Grille</a>), Chef Lindsay Autry, Chef Ron Weisheit (<a href="">TwentyTwenty Grille</a>), Chef Darryl Moiles (<a href=";kw=four+seasons+palm+beach&amp;creative=10407745356&amp;KW_ID=suCrU0Blo%7Cpcrid%7C10407745356&amp;&amp;gclid=CPC6qInvs8ECFQoMaQodSisACg">Four Seasons Palm Beach</a>), Chef Steve Torbron (<a href="">Bistro Ten Zero One</a>), pastry Chef Huma Nagi (<a href="">3030 Ocean</a>) and James Beard nominee Chef Dean Max (<a href="">DJM Restaurants</a>), who helped organize and lead the event.</p> <p>“I love getting together with these chefs and working with them, so we’ve been having a blast,” said Max, who’s based out of Boca Raton.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/ultimatechefs-28.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo courtesty of <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p> <p>The menu was extensive, ranging from chilled oysters with a pomegranate mignonette to tagliatelle with duck and chicken confit, caramelized cipollini onions, oven-dried tomatoes and baby arugula. And while there were some standout dishes – my favorites were the roasted pumpkin soup shot, edamame hummus (pictured above), umami lobster and togarashi dusted kurobuta pork chop – the event was much more about the experience.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/ultimatechefs-20.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo courtesty of <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p> <p>The dinner was set up with communal tables. I went with a friend and we were paired up with two other girls at a booth. The appetizers were passed around by waiters and served at stations on the patio, while the rest of the courses were brought to the table. Every time we tried something new, the four us would jump into a discussion. “What is this?” “Oh, this is so good.” “I’m not sure how I feel about this.” “THERE’S LINDSEY AUTRY!”</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/ultimatechefs-46.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo courtesty of <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p> <p>It’s an ironic statement, to say that a food event is less about the food and more about the actual events, but imagine the scenario described above repeated for six appetizers, five entrees and a dessert, and you’d understand. There was a lot to compare notes on. Especially since the chefs prepared their food on a long countertop at the back of the room: dinner and a show.</p> <p>“Every time Dean puts on an event, I try to go out of my way to show up because he always puts on some of the best events,” said Grutka, the man responsible for the lobster dish I mentioned earlier. “I totally enjoyed tonight. I think every chef that was here put out incredible food and the wine pairings were spot on.”</p> <p>(Speaking of wine pairings, our table couldn’t get enough of the Maschio Prosecco Brut that was served with the appetizers.)</p> <p>For more events at Bistro Ten Zero One, click <a href="!ucd2014/c20d6">here</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 17 Oct 2014 10:46:05 +0000 & ReviewsFashion Forward: Friends &amp; Family Discounts<p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/saks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Pictured: Saks Fifth Avenue promo</em></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Saks Fifth Avenue</a></p> <p>Take 25 percent off the store (with exclusions) and 20 percent off jewelry. Discount applied at the counter. For online purchases, use code FRNFAM. Ends Oct. 19.</p> <p><em>(5800 Glades Road, Boca Raton // 561/393-9100)</em></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Lord &amp; Taylor</a></p> <p>Extra 25 percent off almost everything, plus 10 percent off cosmetics and fragrances. Print your pass <a href=";%20FAMILY%20PRINT%20PASS%20V1_Spread.pdf">here</a> or use the code FRIENDS at checkout for online purchases. Ends Oct. 26.</p> <p>(<em>200 Plaza Real, Boca Raton // 561/394-5656</em>)</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Jonathan Adler</a></p> <p>Brighten up your home with 20 percent off Adler’s collection. This deal is available in store and online with code FF2014. Ends Oct. 20.</p> <p><em>(4040 N.E. Second Ave., Miami // </em><em>305/576-0200)</em><em></em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 17 Oct 2014 09:43:34 +0000 NewsStaff Picks of the Week<p><strong>Kasi</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/kasi.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</p> <p>"This "fast and fresh" Indian restaurant is my new go-to lunch spot--kicked-up flavors and De-LIsh. I like the Chicken Tikki Masala with no rice, a side salad and an order of Daal—all for under a ten-spot."</p> <p><em>(690 Yamato Road, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em>)</p> <p><strong>Write On!</strong><strong></strong></p> <p>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</p> <p>“Kudos to Lynn University history professor Robert Watson and his son, Alex, for celebrating the written word—and discovering the next generation of literary talent in the process. The second edition of their ‘Let's Write Together’ project involves a short-story contest for local students in grades 1-3, 4-6 and 7-9. Winning entries in each category will be published by TriMark Press. I had the good fortune of attending last year's ceremony, during which the winning students received their copy of ‘Let's Write Together, Vol. 1,’ and the sense of pride and accomplish in the room was heartwarming. Visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for details.”</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Titanfall</a></p> <p>Picked by David Shuff, Videographer and Video Editor</p> <p>“Though the game was released in March, I have only recently started playing this futuristic urban military combat simulator. Players combat on foot and in walking robotic tanks called Titans. An amazing time-waster. Available for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.”</p> <p> </p>magazineFri, 17 Oct 2014 08:20:22 +0000 biennial combines photography, contemporary art<p>It’s easy to write about art that I fully “get.” But the elusive, beguiling, incomprehensible stuff? That’s where I have little to say, because it’s difficult to convey in words what makes the pieces so magical.</p> <p><img alt="" height="369" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/böhm_rudin_2014.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A perfect case in point are the photo-based prints of Miriam Bohm, one of four artists showcased in this year’s <a href=";content_id=1723" target="_blank">Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers</a>, a biennial competition/exhibition at the Norton Museum of Art. Based in Germany, Bohm creates geometric abstract art from photographic material, a deceptive process achieved by photographing arrangements of patterns, printing these photographs, and integrating the prints into the original photos—a process of doubling and redoubling.</p> <p>The result is that in works like her “Prospect” series—Numbers I, II and III of which hang at the Norton—rectangles float within rectangles and create the illusion of movement. Stare at them long enough, and the shapes will seem to float toward you, without the need for 3D glasses. This art is <em>alive</em>. And it’s amazing.</p> <p>Bohm is competing against three photo-artists—I hesitate to use the word “photographers,” because their work stretches so far beyond traditional camerawork—whose art, in their own ways, is just as boundary-pushing. This also means their art is just as challenging to encapsulate into a few words. But here is my best shot.</p> <p><img alt="" height="261" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/maymon_rudin_2014.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Rami Maymon, of Tel Aviv, is interested in the “residue” an image leaves behind, so it makes sense that his image of a pair of lovers, titled “Secret,” seems to be decaying a bit before our eyes, its subjects on the verge of evaporation. “Provenance” shows us the almost skeletal remnants of a close-up portrait, the husk of a headshot in haunting monochrome. His other works often involve photographs of photographs; indeed, the process of photographic reproduction is inherent in the final product, only the results are impermanent and ephemeral—fleeting glimpses of the ghosts in the machine.</p> <p><img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/osoy_rudin_2014.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Guatemala’s Renato Osoy is the most eclectic artist in this competition, with an oeuvre that encompasses textual art, video and photography. He also works large in scale; his Norton gallery contains only three pieces. “Mirroring Mirror” features side-by-side video screens of a young woman sitting across from herself; only in one of the videos, she’s sleeping and has a different hair style. Nothing happens, at least in the time I stared the piece; it’s a quiet meditation on individuality, functioning almost like a couple of human still-lifes.</p> <p>Osoy’s most impressive work is “Archival Iterations, Identity Variations,” a collection of 140 digital inkjet portraits placed in neat rows. The faces, always resting above military uniforms, look familiar at first, but each one has been cut into 11 separate parts and then reassembled like a puzzle. The process of this reassembly was deliberately sloppy; on close inspection, the sitters’ eyes and lips don’t line up. These are everyday images rendered askew, each one a glitch in the matrix, and the piece is an illuminating commentary on the way our brains fill in, and normalize, these off-kilter images.</p> <p><img alt="" height="319" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/fawundu_rudin_2014.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Finally, Brooklyn’s Delphine Fuwundu is the most conventionally photographic of these renegade photographers, and her connection to the viewer is the most immediate. A longtime chronicler of hip-hop culture and black female identity, Fawundu’s Rudin Prize selections were shot in West Africa, where women sit on couches alongside busts of Chairman Mao, or carry produce on their heads, or peek mysteriously through flowing laundry sheets. In all of them, they are aware of the camera, gazing directly at us, implicating us as privileged voyeurs of their exotic, developing world. In some ways, her shots look like they could have originated in her hometown; the subjects in her “Africa Hip-Hop” series share clothing, bling, hair styles and hand gestures with American hip-hop devotees, finding inevitable western assimilation in a far-flung region.</p> <p>These four artists are often miles apart in their approach to the photographic image, but each of them clearly resides on the frontier of the medium, helping to expand our horizons and make the inexplicable possible. The winner of the competition will be announced Dec. 1; as far as I can tell, it’s anybody’s to win.</p> <p><em>“The Rudin Prize” runs through Jan. 11 at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Admission costs $5-$12. Call 561/832-5196 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 17 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsFried Chicken Joint Coming to WPB<p>If you’re hungry for an alternative to Colonel Bucket for your fried chicken fix, keep your eyes on Okeechobee Boulevard at the Florida Turnpike in West Palm.</p> <p><img alt="" height="411" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/zaxbys.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Sometime later this month should see the South Florida debut of <a href="" target="_blank">Zaxby’s</a>, a Georgia-based purveyor of deep-fried clucker in various guises. It’s the first of several Zaxby’s set to open in our little corner of paradise in the next few years, adding to eateries in more than a dozen Southern and Midwestern states.</p> <p>Another entrant in the “fast casual” market segment that’s growing like kudzu, Zaxby’s features fried wings and fingers served with a variety of sauces, set atop salads and stuffed into sandwiches. There are also a handful of grilled and blackened chicken dishes, as well as fried starters like onion rings and chips and cookies and brownies for dessert.</p> <p>Are they finger-lickin’ good? You tell me. . .</p>Bill CitaraFri, 17 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsWOBtoberfest at World of Beer<p>World of Beer says, “If you can’t be in Munich join the party here” at WOBtoberfest.</p> <p><img alt="" height="195" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/wobtoberfest.png" width="490"></p> <p>The annual block party will be on Saturday, Oct. 18 from noon until 2 a.m. There will be live music, games, raffles, food and a substantial amount of German beers on draft.</p> <p>The closest World of Beer locations celebrating WOBtoberfest are in Coconut Creek (<em>4437 Lyons Road</em>) and Wellington (<em>2465 State Road 7</em>). Each have unique celebrations. For more information on the Coconut Creek event, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. For more information on the Wellington event, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Taryn TacherFri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Beauty Picks<p>Why should your taste buds have all the fun? Pumpkins aren't just for pie.</p> <p>Feed your seasonal cravings without the calories by trying one of these pumpkin-infused beauty products.  Pumpkin is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants. Rich in vitamins A and C, it soothes your skin and helps repair free radical and environmental damage.  The natural enzymes and alpha hydroxy alphas in pumpkin remove dead skin cells and help the cell turnover rate of your skin. Its essential fatty acids are great for moisturizing dry skin and hair.</p> <p>That said, here are a few pumpkin products on our radar. I promise that these gourds will make you gorgeous.</p> <p><strong>Farmhouse Fresh Splendid Dirt Pumpkin Puree Mud Mask ($20, Anthropologie)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="257" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/pp_farmhouse.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>This mask is ideal for sensitive and dehydrated skin types. It’s great for minimizing the appearance of pores, soothing blotchy skin and evening out skin tones. Made with 99.6 percent natural ingredients and organic pumpkin puree, this mask smells so delicious you'll be tempted to eat it off your face as you wait for it to dry.</p> <p><strong>Peter Lamas Exfoliating Pumpkin Facial Scrub ($22 GBS)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/pp_peterlamas.jpg" width="157"></strong></p> <p>Cleanse your pores with this 100 percent vegan scrub, formulated with pumpkin enzymes and pumpkin oil. It’s made with exfoliating beads that buff, polish and rid your skin of impurities, so you’re left with a fresh, oil-free complexion. The scent can be addicting, so luckily it's gentle enough to use everyday.</p> <p><strong>Senna Moisture Lip Treatment Balm with Pumpkin ($16 Gamine Beauty Bar)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/pp_senna.jpg" width="216"></strong></p> <p>You'll be licking your lips all day when wearing this tasty lip balm, infused with omega-rich pumpkin seed oil. The rich vegetable compounds will leave your lips smooth and moisturized while protecting them from environmental damage.</p> <p><strong>Lush Handy Gurugu Hand Cream  ($19 Lush)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/pp_lush.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>This is, hands down, the thickest and creamiest hand cream in town. Blended with organic pumpkin seed butter, this lotion quickly absorbs into your skin leaving even the roughest palms silky and smooth.</p> <p><strong>Trader Joe's Pumpkin Body Butter ($5  Trader Joe's)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="502" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/pp_traderjoes.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Don't get this product confused with TJ's edible pumpkin butter. You won't want to spread this on toast but you will want to lather it all over your body for soft supple skin. This one's only around for a limited time, so get it before they sell out.</p> <p><strong>Healthy Sexy Hair Pumpkin Purée Treatment Masque ($29 Ulta)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/pp_hair.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Whip your hair into shape with this deeply hydrating mask. Packed with nourishing pumpkin fatty acids, this mask improves the condition of dry, damaged hair. It’s perfect for colored hair, with natural SPF that keeps locks shiny and moisturized.</p>Annie PizzutelliThu, 16 Oct 2014 10:20:28 +0000 in Boca and other matters of note<h3>Starchitect</h3> <p><img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/new_mizner_on_green.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Daniel Libeskind, the architect who designed the new World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, was telling a story Tuesday in Vino Wine Bar near Mizner Park about Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein. Libeskind was using the story to make a point about his design for the New Mizner on the Green project in Boca Raton.</p> <p>Early in the last century, Picasso painted the novelist and poet whose Paris salon attracted all manner of literary figures, such as Ernest Hemingway. When Picasso showed Stein the portrait, Libeskind said, she told him, “It doesn’t look like me.”</p> <p>To which Picasso said, “It will.”</p> <p>Libeskind wants Boca Raton to think that way about the four luxury condo towers—500 units in all—that would be <strong>New Mizner on the Green</strong>, replacing the Mizner on the Green rental complex on the east side of Mizner Boulevard across from Royal Palm Place. He understands that at the moment many in Boca may be thinking like Gertrude Stein when she saw that portrait. Libeskind’s design—futuristic, dreamy—looks nothing like the Addison Mizner-Mediterranean style of architecture that has given Boca the look that many in the city like.</p> <p>So Libeskind wants residents—especially city council members—to appreciate that he and the developer, Broward County-based <a href="" target="_blank">Elad National Properties</a>, believe that they are respecting the city’s tradition despite the somewhat condescending letter Elad sent to the city with the renderings. The design, Libeskind said, is meant to “connect with the spirit of the place, to connect with the past era” and be a “confident expression” with a “certain kind of boldness.”</p> <p>The boldness doesn’t stop with the design. Elad wants to build four towers that would range from 22 stories to 29 stories and would be on average more than 300 feet high. Development rules for the property call for height limits of 100 feet. At least two of the five council members have told me that they couldn’t support such a project. Another one said he is willing to consider it.</p> <p>Enter Libeskind as a selling point. With studios in New York City, Milan and Zurich, Libeskind is what the industry calls a “starchitect.” He has designed projects in Singapore, the Philippines, Ireland, Poland, Germany, Brazil, China, Finland, Italy, South Korea—and Columbus, Ohio and Covington, Ky. His projects include the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the Garden of Love and Fire in the The Netherlands.</p> <p>Libeskind, a native of Poland who says he has been to Boca Raton “many times,” was here Tuesday to conduct an Elad-sponsored symposium called “The Language of Architecture” for roughly 300 donors to the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Libeskind says he has spoken to “many people” about New Mizner on the Green but not members of the council. No date has been set for the council’s first look at the project.</p> <p>When that happens, council members and the public will hear Libeskind and the developer tout what they believe would be the transformational nature of New Mizner on the Green for the city and the public benefits. Where Mizner on the Green fronts directly onto Mizner Boulevard, the new design includes a 240-foot setback—the condo owners would have a sweeping view of the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club’s golf course and the ocean—and a two-acre public park. Libeskind points out that of the 16 acres at the World Trade Center site, eight are public.</p> <p>“We want to raise the bar of Boca Raton” with New Mizner on the Green, Libeskind said. “We are not just building something. We want to create a skyline and add to the beauty of Boca Raton,” which he thinks residents would accept because Boca is “not a provincial town.” The project actually started smaller, he said, but he was unable to deliver a “sense of place.” As for the height, “My work is not about the height of a building.”</p> <p>When I wrote about the project last month, I used the Eiffel Tower as a possible comparison. During construction, people hated it. Now, no one can imagine Paris without it. Libeskind liked the comparison, noting that a group of artists composed a letter of protest, calling the tower “useless and monstrous.” He added that many in Florence doubted that Filippo Brunelleschi’s plan for the Duomo could work. Today, the design is considered an architectural breakthrough.</p> <p>“You have to be confident to be an architect,” Libeskind said. In working toward an approval, “You have to be a marathon runner.” Of the World Trade Center site, he said, “There is no more complex site in the world,” given all the political, civic and business forces at work, not to mention victims’ groups that consider the property sacred. Yet of the design, “You don’t see compromises.”</p> <p>It’s been less than two years since the emotional debate over the Archstone project ended with the city council voting to approve it. Expect the debate over New Mizner on the Green to be different, though focused on the same issue: compatibility.</p> <p>Archstone’s critics, most of who live in the Golden Triangle neighborhood to the north, worried that the project’s size and resulting traffic would overwhelm the area. New Mizner on the Green proposes only residential. If many residents are seasonal, the traffic impact should be moderate, though owners in Townsend Place just to the south may be unhappy with Libeskind’s planned skyline.</p> <p>With New Mizner on the Green, the council will focus on height, of course, but also on how different the project would look from everything else in Boca. Libeskind will challenge council members to embrace that difference. As for that portrait of Gertrude Stein in which she didn’t see herself at first, she kept it. The painting now hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.</p> <h3>What’s in a name</h3> <p>Speaking of Archstone, as old buildings come down to make way for the project on East Palmetto Park Road, the new name of the project is an old name.</p> <p>Archstone is the company that owned the project at the time of approval. That approval, though, was very contentious. So when Equity Residential bought the project from Archstone, Equity changed the name to Palmetto Promenade. The late Greg Talbott had used that name when he first proposed developing the site two decades ago.</p> <p>Now real estate management giant Greystar owns the project. The company has not asked for a building permit, but the demolition permit is in the name of <strong>Palmetto Promenade LLC</strong>. That could change, but most likely the name will stay retro.</p> <h3>Delray city manager shortlist</h3> <p>Today, Delray Beach’s headhunter is supposed to give officials the names of finalists for city manager. Colin Baenziger has culled the applications based on criteria supplied by the city commission.</p> <p>This week, Baenziger told me that the list has eight names on it, but that the number still could change, depending on what his research turns up. The commission is scheduled to make its choice on Nov. 3.</p> <h3>Tom Chappell</h3> <p>This last item is a little personal.</p> <p>Tom Chappell died 11 days ago. His son, Brian, was a West Palm Beach police officer. In 1988, Brian Chappell was shot and killed by Norberto Pietri, whom he had stopped for a traffic violation. It was August, and the officer had not worn his bulletproof vest.</p> <p>For Tom Chappell, frustration compounded the agony. Pietri should not have been out. He had walked away from a low-security prison while serving time on other charges. Tom Chappell was further incensed by the wait for Pietri’s execution after his conviction in 1990. Pietri supposedly lost his last state appeal 10 years ago.</p> <p>While Chappell, waited, I was working at <em>The Palm Beach Post.</em> The paper opposed capital punishment because of its inconsistent application and unreliability; Florida leads the country in Death Row exonerations.</p> <p>Pietri’s guilt, though, never was in doubt. Tom Chappell regularly would write letters to the editor criticizing the paper and/or defending the death penalty, but in our back and forth over the years he never was anything but courteous—if very firm.</p> <p>Depending on your perspective, this case either illustrates all that is wrong with the death penalty or the false hope of closure from an execution. Tom Chappell wanted very much to see Pietri die before he did. I hope this grieving father can rest in peace.</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 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityUnique Halloween Costume Ideas<p>It’s that time of the year again. Houses become haunted by ghosts and goblins, pumpkin patches pop-up around every corner and bowls of bite-size treats seem to be inescapable.</p> <p>The countdown to Halloween is quickly approaching, so we’ve come up with a few costume ideas that are sure to make you stand out in the crowd. Ditch the pre-packaged polyester ensemble this year and get creative with one of our unique inspirations.</p> <p><strong>Cleopatra</strong></p> <p>Command attention and loyal followers when you walk like an Egyptian this Halloween in a Cleopatra-inspired outfit. Pair a dress with metallic embellishments around the neck with some gladiator sandals and a gold headband, and you’re good to go.</p> <p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hc_cleodress.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p> </p> <p id="productTitle"><a href=";CategoryID=2911&amp;LinkType=&amp;linkModule=1#/fn=PRODUCT_DEPARTMENT=Dresses&amp;spp=13&amp;ppp=96&amp;sp=1&amp;rid=&amp;spc=118&amp;cm_kws=free%20people" target="_blank">Free People Nefertiti Bodycon</a> ($148)</p> <p><img alt="" height="460" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hc_stuart.jpg" width="404"></p> <p><a href=";gclid=CM6Yic7-rsECFYVDMgodMC8AAw" target="_blank">Stuart Weitzman Gladiator</a> ($398)</p> <p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hc_deepa.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Deepa Gurnani Beaded Oval Head Band</a> ($24.30)</p> <p><strong>Flapper</strong></p> <p>You’ll have a roaring good time in this flapper-inspired costume. All you need is some fringe, pearls, a headpiece and kitten heels with ankle straps.</p> <p><img alt="" height="587" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hc_flapper.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><a href=";Category=dress_little-black-dresses&amp;ProductID=2040495349&amp;VariantID=" target="_blank">Iconic Fringe Dress</a> ($29.80)</p> <p><img alt="" height="468" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hc_pearls.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Debutante Pearl Necklace</a> ($88)</p> <p><img alt="" height="571" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hc_flapperheadpiece.png" width="400"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Flapper Inspired Headpiece</a> ($59)</p> <p><img alt="" height="249" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hc_salita.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p><a href=";site_refer=sem+g&amp;keyword_refer=&amp;kpid=75629022&amp;gclid=COTb7_yAr8ECFStgMgodETYAEA" target="_blank">Salita T-Strap Heels</a> ($98)</p> <p><strong>Mermaid:</strong></p> <p>Make a splash this year for Halloween. Start out with a mermaid dress (yep, they're called that for a reason), which hugs the body up top and fans out at the bottom, giving the appearance of fins. Keep it simple - mermaids don't need accessories after all - and finish it off with one or two accessories reminiscent of the sea.</p> <p><img alt="" height="613" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hc_mermaid.jpg" width="400"></p> <p class="detial"><a href="" target="_blank">Strapless Tulle Mermaid Gown</a> ($360)</p> <p class="detial"><img alt="" height="236" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hc_earrings.png" width="388"></p> <p class="detial"><a href="" target="_blank">Swarovski Crystal and Pave Button Earrings</a> ($70)</p> <p><strong>Marie Antoinette</strong></p> <p>Channel Marie Antoinette as a French Revolution-era queen. Just wear a poufy dress and a fascinator, and you're practically royalty. Don’t lose your head over all of the attention.</p> <p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hc_marie.jpg" width="400"></p> <p class="product-name"><a href=";searchType=EndecaDrivenCat&amp;rte=%252Fcategory.jsp%253FitemId%253Dcat35350732%2526pageSize%253D120%2526No%253D0%2526refinements%253D&amp;eItemId=prod172450369&amp;cmCat=product" target="_blank">Long-Sleeve Beaded Lace-Bodice Gown</a> ($750)</p> <p class="product-name"><img alt="" height="297" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/hc_fascinator.jpg" width="400"></p> <p class="product-name"><a href=",%20Plum%20/prod171900252___/;searchType=MAIN&amp;rte=%2FbrSearch.jsp%3Ffrom%3DbrSearch%26request_type%3Dsearch%26search_type%3Dkeyword%26q%3Dfascinator&amp;eItemId=prod171900252&amp;cmCat=search" target="_blank">Feathered Floral Fascinator</a> ($18)</p> <p><strong><br></strong></p>Annie PizzutelliWed, 15 Oct 2014 15:52:13 +0000 Brewery and Rhino Doughnuts &amp; Coffee Launch New Beer<p><a href="" target="_blank">Saltwater Brewery</a>’s newest beer on tap is charging with flavor. The Delray Beach microbrewery has teamed up with South Florida’s <a href="" target="_blank">Rhino Doughnuts &amp; Cofee</a> to craft their latest concoction.</p> <p><img alt="" height="154" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/rhino_saltwater.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The limited-edition Sea Rhino brew is comprised of Saltwater’s signature Sea Cow Milk Stout and Rhino’s custom blended vanilla coffee beans. This beer is dark in color and rich in flavor. It has a creamy body that boasts notes of roasted malt and cocoa, while delivering a hint of nuttiness. Red Sea Rhino, a second beer in the collection is aged in tart black cherries and leaves the palette with a fruity finish.</p> <p>Rhino co-owner Davin Tran is thrilled to become part of Saltwater’s lineup.</p> <p> “Saltwater has the same passion for beer as we do for coffee, and we know their customers will savor each sip of Sea Rhino down to the last drop,” he says.</p> <p>In celebration of the collaboration, Rhino Doughnuts &amp; Coffee and Saltwater Brewery will be hosting the official launch party for the new seasonal draft on Oct. 16 at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Samples of the new brews will be paired perfectly with a mini-donut from Rhino. Guests can choose from a mouth-watering maple bacon, s’mores or a pink frosted doughnut in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.</p> <p>Munchies will also be available for purchase from It’s A Cubano B food truck. Try the gringo burger which features a bacon jam made with the Sea Rhino beer.</p> <p>The party will continue with live music from Naturez Klassroom until 10 p.m</p> <p>Saltwater Brewery is located just west of I-95 at 1701 W. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach.</p>Annie PizzutelliWed, 15 Oct 2014 14:27:00 +0000 & ReviewsRunners: Race Season is Here<p>The weather is cooling. It’s time to sign up for one of many local running events—all for good causes.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/workout.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Homecoming Run for Autism 2014</strong></p> <p><strong>Where</strong>: Florida Atlantic University’s Track and Field Complex (<em>777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</em>)</p> <p><strong>When</strong>: Sunday, Oct. 26 at 5:15 p.m.</p> <p>Runners can choose between a 5K or one-mile fun run around FAU’s track. For more information, check out our <a href="/blog/2014/09/10/support-autism-one-step-at-a-time/" target="_blank">blog on the race</a> or call the Runner’s Edge in Boca Raton at 561/361-1950. You can sign up for the race <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Sun Capital Half Marathon and 5K</strong></p> <p><strong>Where: </strong>Starts at Spanish River Park (<em>3001 Florida A1A, Boca Raton</em>)</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Sunday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 a.m.</p> <p>The half marathon (13.1 miles) is along A1A. Cost is $50 until Oct. 28. Cost for the 5K run/walk is $25. Runners should stick around after the race for a free pancake breakfast. All finishers of both races get a half-dozen Krispy Kreme donuts. (Don’t worry, you’ll have earned it.) These races benefit the Boca Raton Police Athletic League. To sign up for the half marathon or 5K, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> or call 561/361-1950.</p> <p><strong>Five Guys 5K and Family 1 Mile for Muscular Dystrophy Association</strong></p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Spanish River Athletic Complex (<em>1000 N.W. Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton</em>)</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Sunday, Nov. 16; 5K takes off at 7:15 a.m.; one miler and kids’ runs start at 8:15 a.m.</p> <p>The cost is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the one-mile event. There’s also a fee of $2.50 for signing up online. For more information, call 561/361-1950 or email <a href=""></a>. To sign up, for the Five Guys race, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 15 Oct 2014 12:33:26 +0000 After Dark: El Camino<p><strong>Address:</strong> 15 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach // <a>561/865-5350</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/elcamino.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Photo via El Camino</em></p> <p><strong>The lowdown:</strong> If Mexican hipsters existed, this would be their place.</p> <p>El Camino Mexican Soul Food &amp; Tequila Bar, better known as El Camino, is the perfect mixture of rustic and hip. Its interior boasts exposed brick walls, lime green booth seating and hanging antique light bulbs.</p> <p>It’s an intimate environment, a far cry from the party atmospheres of Rocco’s Tacos and the failed 101 Cantina in Boca. Much like a speakeasy, the drinks are carefully crafted with unexpected ingredients. Think barrel-aged rum, apple cider sangria and margaritas made with muddled cucumber, basil, alder smoked salt and black peppercorn.</p> <p><img alt="" height="363" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/elcamino_drink.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo via El Camino</em></p> <p>Happy hour at El Camino is one of the best I’ve seen in the area. It runs from 4 to 7 p.m. … every day. Get chips and salsa for $1, guacamole for $4, Coronas for $2 – among other sweet deals. There are also three specialty cocktails (which change regularly) available on the menu for just $5.</p> <p>If you’re going for happy hour, make sure to get there early. Prices only apply to the bar and the booths directly facing the bar. It’s not the type of place you want to go with a big group of people, with booths fitting only four people comfortably or six quite snuggly. There’s also a late-night happy hour from midnight to 2 a.m., featuring 50 percent off all tequila, plus all the same drink specials from the regular happy hour. Food items are limited since the kitchen closes at 12 a.m.</p> <p><strong>The intangibles: </strong>Because El Camino is just as much a restaurant as it is a bar, the crowd ranges from families to girls on a night out. If you’re looking to just grab a few drinks and an appetizer, the bar is your spot. Bartenders are attentive – plus you get to watch them concoct your drink, all with fresh ingredients of course. El Camino prides itself on using fresh, organic and local products when it can. The restaurant even creates its tortillas and sauces in house from scratch.</p> <p>Since it’s a relatively small establishment, it does get pretty busy during peak hours. Luckily, the staff accommodates to its customers. Last time I went to El Camino, the hostess took my number down and texted me when our table was ready – so we were free to roam around downtown while waiting.</p> <p>Do note: El Camino has an open-air atmosphere. The transparent retractable sunscreens do nothing to shield customers seated on the outer perimeter of the restaurant. So unless you can find a spot closer to the interior, you’re better off waiting till sundown to come here.</p> <p><strong>Hours: </strong>11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily; kitchen open until midnight</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href=""></a></p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 15 Oct 2014 09:50:03 +0000 BeachDiningMovie Review: &quot;The Green Prince&quot;<p>If the documentary “<a href="" target="_blank">The Green Prince</a>” doesn’t always seem to make sense, rest assured: It’s probably intentional.</p> <p><img alt="" height="298" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/the-green-prince-trailer.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The setting of the movie, Israel/Palestine, is arguably the region that makes the least amount of sense on the globe; throw in spy games involving the rogue son of Hamas leader and Israel’s secret security service Shin Bit, and it’s hard to believe your own eyes. Even subversions are subverted, and this masterful movie about waters muddied by terrorism, surveillance, lies and betrayal is further proof that nothing is at it seems in that part of the world—that the Middle East is a giant funhouse mirror of distortions and secrets.</p> <p>Only two voices constitute the majority of director Nadav Schirman’s approach, an Errol Morris-esque style dominated by direct-to-camera talking heads, news footage and the occasional tasteful re-enactment. As the story unfolds, you may begin to think that it’s shocking for even these two voices to go public, given that their revelations could seemingly spell their doom at any time.</p> <p>One of these voices, operating under the Shin-Bet moniker The Green Prince, is Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Hamas co-founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef, who, after purchasing black market weapons to attack Israel, was captured and eventually coerced into becoming an Israeli spy, a relationship that continued for more than a decade. The other voice is Mosab’s “handler,” Shin Bet agent Gonen Ben Yitzhak, whose increasingly unorthodox relationship with his collaborator resulted in the risking of his own life.</p> <p>Clean-cut and telegenic under Schirman’s lens, Mosab sounds often like a reluctant hero, a proud and identity-starved humanist caught in a terrifying limbo between warring factions. We never doubt his sincerity in desiring peace, even when it means disavowing his family. If you’re familiar with Mosab’s 2010 autobiography <em>Son of Hamas,</em> you may know a bit about his transformation from potential jihadi to Israeli spy, but the less you know about this gripping film, the better. I’m probably already revealing too much.</p> <p>Suffice it to say that this frequently threatened, virtually stateless young man comes across as a model of self-effacing sacrifice and a voice of reason in an unreasonable region. I’ve been critical, in the past, of kumbaya movies that propose peace between Israel and Palestine while unrealistically presenting the divisions. This isn’t one of those movies, and because of that, it’s both an inspiring harbinger of peace <em>and</em> a tragic story of separation—a film that, through the shrapnel of one person’s remarkable biography, shatters the illusions of both sides of the conflict.</p> <p><em>“The Green Prince” is now playing at Regal Shadowood in Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton, and Movies of Lake Worth.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 15 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesKey to the Cure at Saks Fifth Avenue<p>Get ready for a weekend of shopping for a great cause. <a href="">Saks Fifth Avenue</a> at Town Center at Boca Raton is celebrating Key to the Cure from Oct. 16-19.<em> </em>In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this four-day shopping weekend benefits the Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Two percent of all sales from the weekend will go toward the hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/keytothecure.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>The store will also be selling a limited edition Key to the Cure T-shirt, designed this year by the Saturday Night Live cast. The unisex shirts retail at $35, with 100 percent of all proceeds going to the hospital.</p> <p>All weekend long, Saks Fifth Avenue will having in-store events.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Giorgio Armani’s Tim Quinn will host Born Backstage, a beauty event that recreates the feeling of being backstage during fashion week. Book an appointment with Quinn and his team anywhere between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. by calling 561-620-1351.</p> <p>Brushes with Greatness, another big beauty event, will be held all day Thursday. The event will feature national makeup artists, facials, specials at every beauty counter, music and refreshments.</p> <p>There will also be a host of trunk shows running till Sunday, from fur to jewelry trunk shows. For more information, call 561/393-9100.</p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 14 Oct 2014 19:32:40 +0000 Murano&#39;s Big Sale<p>We’re sad to announce that <a href="" target="_blank">Oggi Murano</a> will be closing its doors within the next few months.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/img_7644.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>After 28 years of being in the art business, owners Susan Winthrop and Mark Sansonette have decided to retire, closing both their Boca and Fort Lauderdale locations – the former closing in December and the latter in April.</p> <p>The good news is that you now have access to incredible Venetian glass art at unbeatable prices: both stores are offering 20 to 70 percent off everything until they close their doors for good. </p> <p>“Now is a good time to own a piece because you get such good deals,” Winthrop says.</p> <p>If you’ve never been to the galleries before, you’re in for a treat. They sell everything from statement-making chandeliers to jewelry in Murano glass, all made and signed by artists like Dino Rosin and Oscar Zanetti.</p> <p><img alt="" height="309" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/oggimurano.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/img_7650.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Stop by either location to find your next art piece.</p> <p><em>Oggi Murano can be found at The Shops at Boca Center (5150 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton) and on Las Olas Boulevard (</em>803 E Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale<em>). </em></p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 14 Oct 2014 14:29:35 +0000 NewsLynora&#39;s Osteria Debuts in WPB<p>An osteria is an unpretentious Italian cafe, the kind of place where you can drop in for an affordable meal or glass of wine without having to get all fancied up or shell out a lot of green.</p> <p><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/lynoras.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>And that’s just the deal at <a href="" target="_blank">Lynora’s Osteria</a> (<em>207 Clematis St., 561/899-3117</em>) in downtown West Palm in the old Luna Pizza space. If that name sounds familiar, then you remember the original Lynora’s eatery on Lake Worth Road, owned by the parents of the new Lynora’s owner, Angelo Abbenante.</p> <p>Along with partner Sascha Bennemann, late of Pistache and PB Catch, this Lynora’s offers both traditional and contemporary takes on Italian cookery, with a focus on farm-to-table cookery, house-made pastas and pizzas pulled from a wood-fired oven. Also look for simply grilled fish and meat, along with a roster of craft beers, mixological cocktails and small plates meant for sharing.</p> <p>The earth-toned space itself is a blend of stylish and rustic, with a brick-faced bar and pizza oven, wood-plank tables, tufted banquette and folding doors that open the restaurant to the sidewalk and a handful of small tables.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 14 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsPot, sober houses and Hyatt notes<h3>Weeding out dispensaries</h3> <p><img alt="" height="414" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/marijuana.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Even if Florida voters legalize medical marijuana on Nov. 4, weed entrepreneurs almost certainly will have to wait before setting up in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach.</p> <p>Last week, the Boynton Beach City Commission approved a one-year moratorium on marijuana dispensaries, as they would be called if the amendment gets at least 60 percent of the vote. The Boca Raton City Council is expected to approve a similar moratorium at tonight’s meeting, and Delray Beach has the same proposal scheduled for its Oct. 21 city commission agenda.</p> <p>Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie said Monday that the moratorium would “give staff time to evaluate” regulations for such facilities and “give the community time to react.” Haynie’s priority would be to limit marijuana dispensaries to commercial and medical districts, but cities will face many issues if the amendment passes.</p> <p>Indeed, the language of Amendment 2 is broad in many ways. While it allows the use of marijuana for any “debilitating medical condition,” the amendment also sanctions marijuana for “other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.” Call that gateway language, vastly expanding the potential market for legal marijuana without specifically legalizing marijuana. The larger the market, the more cities will have to deal with medical marijuana start-ups.</p> <p>If the amendment passes, the Florida Department of Health will have to write regulations on who can sell medical marijuana. You can understand the cities’ caution when you read in the amendment that the department would have to produce these regulations no later than six months after the Nov. 4 vote. A yearlong moratorium would give the cities roughly another six months to respond. If cities want to be “proactive,” as Haynie put it, they must do so before allowing any facilities. With everything from pill mills to puppy mills, cities can’t shut down existing businesses just because of what they sell.</p> <p>A key issue for the cities is how much—if at all—they would be able to control the number of “Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers” within their borders. If the Department of Health signs off, presumably a city would have to find room for the facility or face a lawsuit.</p> <p>Another complicating factor is that the Legislature this year passed Senate Bill 1030, allowing “non-euphoric” marijuana for certain medical conditions. This marijuana contains cannabidiol, which eases pain but not tetrahydrocannabinol, which gives users a high. (The legislative analysis of the bill gets so detailed as to break down how much of a toke constitutes a hit – 1/20<sup>th</sup> of a gram.</p> <p>Unlike Amendment 2, SB 1030—named the “Charlotte’s Web” law, after a Colorado girl whom non-euphoric marijuana has helped—limits the use of this form of medical marijuana to patients “suffering from a physical medical condition, or treatment for a medical condition, that chronically produces symptoms of seizure and persistent muscle spasms.” Physicians also must have treated a patient for at least six months. Despite those limitations, Florida is planning to license five production/distribution facilities statewide, and they are expected to be lucrative. So imagine how cities could be flooded if the much more expansive Amendment 2 passes.</p> <p>Haynie adds another intriguing wrinkle. Boca Raton has no land zoned for agricultural use, though Haynie says homeowners have tried to plant two or three banana trees and claim to be farmers.</p> <p>Boca Raton, though, does have an abandoned golf course in the north-end Hidden Valley neighborhood. What if someone wanted to buy the 55-acre property and use it to grow medical marijuana?</p> <p>Since the product will be sold through these dispensaries— Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw anticipates “marijuana mills”—and not through pharmacies, Haynie probably is right that people will “try to find loopholes.” Especially when so many people could make so much money from such a generous definition of “medical” marijuana.</p> <h3>Sobering thoughts                       </h3> <p>As Haynie and her Delray Beach counterpart, Cary Glickstein, acknowledge, their caution about medical marijuana stems in part from their cities’ experiences with sober houses.</p> <p>Boca Raton and especially Delray Beach have seen operators of sober houses set up large operations in residential neighborhoods. Sober houses, which don’t provide treatment and are basically halfway houses for recovering substance abusers, are unregulated. Neither Boca nor Delray knows exactly how many sober houses operate within its borders.</p> <p>Some sober houses are good neighbors and treat their clients professionally. Others, though, “churn” patients, putting them on the street if they fail a drug test and failing to properly monitor their activities. That can lead to more crime and can degrade neighborhoods. “The bad ones,” Glickstein says, “far outnumber the good ones.”</p> <p>So officials in Boca, Delray and other cities with similar problems perked up last month when the FBI raided a sober house operation in West Palm Beach that had been buying up units at a condo complex. The raid could help lawmakers like U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel persuade Congress to amend the Fair Housing and Americans With Disabilities acts and allow regulation of these facilities. When Boca Raton tried, the city lost in federal court.</p> <p>Glickstein expects some help from the Florida Legislature next year, but only the federal government can give cities the ability to separate those good owners from the lousy ones. Sober houses came with claims of being good for the community. Given their record, you can see why cities don’t accept the supposed benefits of medical marijuana at face value.</p> <h3>Watch this space</h3> <p>Last May, the state attorney’s office charged former Delray Beach commissioners Angeleta Gray and Alberta McCarthy with violating the county’s ethics laws in a way that amounted to criminal conspiracy.</p> <p>Last December, Gray—who four months later lost her bid for reelection—voted to award a $50,000 contract to the company for which McCarthy worked. The deal would have benefited McCarthy. Gray did not disclose, however, that before the vote McCarthy had helped her pay off a business loan.</p> <p>We’ve heard nothing about the case since then. Today, however, the two sides will hold a status conference. I will find out if there have been any developments.</p> <h3>Hyatt Place</h3> <p>One last thought on approval of Hyatt Place Boca:</p> <p>When city council members blessed the hotel, at Federal Highway and East Palmetto Park Road, they gushed about the look. More than one characterized the project as emblematic of what Boca wants for a signature look that still adheres to the classic Boca style.</p> <p>What happens, then, when the developer of the proposed New Mizner on the Green project comes before the council? Elad National Properties wants to build four condo towers on Mizner Boulevard, not far from where Hyatt Place Boca will go up. Not only would the towers be much taller than the rules allow, the design would be dramatically and deliberately different from the Addison Mizner style. Think futuristic.</p> <p>Daniel Libeskind, who designed the towers and is the designer of, among other things, the new World Trade Center in New York City, is speaking tonight at an event for the Boca Raton Museum of Art. There is no date for when the council might consider Libeskind’s Boca towers.</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, 14 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityRapoport Restaurant News<p>In the never-a-dull-moment restaurant world, there’s always something going on.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/burtandmax.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>At Burt Rapoport’s bevy of restaurants, former Henry’s top toque Ben Burger has moved a little further west, taking over the kitchen at <a href="" target="_blank">Burt &amp; Max’s</a> (<em>9089 W. Atlantic Ave., 561/638-6380</em>), in the Delray Markplace. His place has been taken at <a href="" target="_blank">Henry’s</a> (<em>16850 Jog Road, 561/638-1949</em>) by Che Frey, who comes to the restaurant from Brulee Bistro in downtown Delray. And while we’re on the subject of Henry’s, the West Delray eatery will be getting a refreshed look, updated bathrooms and acoustics and a new menu, all to be rolled out by the end of the month.</p> <p>The renno bug has also bitten <a href="" target="_blank">Deck 84</a> (<em>840 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/665-8484</em>), where the bar has been redesigned and three-dozen more seats have been added to the dining room. By the end of the month there will be a new menu there too.</p> <p>And not to leave <a href="" target="_blank">Bogart’s Bar &amp; Grille</a> (<em>3200 Airport Rd., 561/544-3044</em>) out, the restaurant on the top floor of Boca’s Cinemark Palace theater will this year again be offering its Thanksgiving dinner to go. After all, if Christmas decoration are already up in stores, it’s not too early to start thinking about T-Day.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 13 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsFashion Forward: Outlet Sales + New Stores<p><img alt="" height="288" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/verabradley.jpg" width="399"></p> <p><strong>Color me happy:</strong> the first Vera Bradley Outlet in South Florida is now open at Sawgrass Mills mall. To celebrate its opening, the store will be offering 60 percent off all merchandise until Monday, Oct. 13. Find Vera Bradley in Avenue Two near Rainforest Café.</p> <p><strong>Private preview:</strong> Join Saks Fifth Avenue OFF FIFTH for a fine jewelry private preview. From Friday, Oct. 10, through Tuesday, Oct. 14., Saks outlets will be showcasing its fine jewelry sale, with the public sale starting on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Save up to 60 percent off sparkly pieces. <em>Saks Fifth Avenue OFF FIFTH can be found at Sawgrass Mills and Palm Beach Outlets.</em></p> <p><strong>Columbus chocolates:</strong>  Lindt is hosting a Columbus Day Sale, featuring a buy-two-get-one free deal on all 75- and 100-piece LINDOR truffle bags. Stock up on these delicious treats, just in time for Halloween. <em>Lindt is located at Palm Beach Outlets.</em></p> <p>Outlet info: <a href="">Sawgrass Mills</a> (<em>12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise // 954/846-2350</em>), <a href="">Palm Beach Outlets</a> (<em>1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. // 561/515-4400)</em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 10 Oct 2014 14:29:00 +0000 NewsStaff Picks of the Week<p><strong>Dish: Ribs at</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">SMOKE BBQ</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/smokebbq.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Picked by Marie Speed, Group editor</p> <p>"My friends and I are always on the look out for good barbecue and good Chinese down here—two elusive food groups in South Florida. So it was a major discovery to get the best ribs on the planet at Delray's new Smoke restaurant. Not to mention a three-for-one "Happy Hour." Unsolicited advice to Smoke: Please put paper towels on every table, a quartet of different BBQ sauces and ramp up the rest of the menu.</p> <p>(8 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // 561/330-4236)</p> <p><strong>Lounge: Camelot</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="109" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/camelot.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Assistant Art Director</p> <p>“This new upscale, semi-private club in WPB is a great spot for a classy, yet fun night out. They serve specialty craft cocktails and seafood nibbles including a raw bar. Great music, great fun and great atmosphere. Whether you're outside, inside or at a VIP table that offers bottle service, you're bound to have a good time! For more info, visit the lounge’s <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.</p> <p>(114 S. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach // 561/318-7675)</p> <p><strong>TV Show:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Scorpion</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/scorpion.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Picked by David Shuff, Videographer and Video Editor</p> <p>“There's still time to catch up on this series about team of geniuses who are contracted by the government to help solve exceptional problems. I've already heard it described as ‘The Big Bang Theory’ remade as an action-drama.”</p> <p>Watch on CBS, Mondays at 9 p.m.</p>magazineFri, 10 Oct 2014 13:46:54 +0000 Pumpkin Body Treatment<p>As soon as pumpkin-flavored everything starts hitting shelves, you know it’s the beginning of fall. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin creamer, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin candles. The list goes on. But when I heard about the Muddy Pumpkin Body Treatment at SiSpa, I had to pause. I’ve never heard of that one before. Pamper me in that delicious pumpkin smell? Done.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/19540533_sispa_lobby.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I headed over to the SiSpa at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa <em>(pictured above) </em>to try this fall special out. Do note: it’s a limited edition treatment, available only until Dec. 31.</p> <p>The treatment uses products from FarmHouse Fresh, a bath and body company that uses natural and naturally derived ingredients. All FarmHouse Fresh products are also free of parabens and sulfates, making the treatment that much more enticing.</p> <p>The Muddy Pumpkin started off with a full-body exfoliation, my skin scrubbed and buffed gently to remove dead skin cells. I was given the option to exfoliate my abdominal area or skip over it if I preferred. The therapist wiped off the exfoliating granules after rubbing it in, so no shower time was required yet. As I flipped over from my stomach to my back, a warm headrest was placed underneath my neck and a warm towel applied over my eyes, with a protective sheet in between of course so my face stayed dry.</p> <p>Then came the pumpkin mud mask cocoon wrap. Yep, you read that correctly. The therapist took the sheet off the treatment bed (somehow managing to do this without asking me to get up or exposing me in any way – it’s magic, I swear!) revealing a colored plastic sheet underneath. My back, arms, legs, stomach and neck area were covered in a mask made with organic pumpkin puree, active yogurt cultures and Illite and Bentonite clays. The mask has the consistently of a gel, which went on warm and cooled off shortly after application. The result was a contrast of sensations that was both soothing and refreshing. The plastic sheet was then wrapped around me like a cocoon, with a heated blanket placed on top, warming me right back up again.</p> <p>I got a foot massage while I lay there and absorbed the mask’s cleansing and healing powers (it shrinks pores and improves uneven skin tone and the effects of broken capillaries). Then I was whisked off into a large stone shower, located conveniently in the same room, where I rinsed off and wished wistfully that I could have laid there for a few more minutes. Or hours. Or days…</p> <p>After returning to the table, the therapist rubbed me from head to foot with a cinnamon-scented oil, then wiped my feet off with warmed towels, I assume so that no excess oils caused any slippage.</p> <p>While it was my full intention to use the private whirlpool area (exclusive only to spa guests) post-treatment, I wanted to preserve the pumpkin smell that enveloped my body for as long as possible. As I exited SiSpa, a hotel guest passed by and commented on how delicious the area smelled. I smiled discreetly.</p> <p><em>The Muddy Pumpkin Treatment is $99 and is available at the following SiSpa locations: Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa (3800 N. Ocean Drive, Riviera Beach // 561/340-1755) and the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort and Spa (200 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach // 954/944-9528)</em></p> <p>P.S. Ask for Tabatha. She was wonderful!</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 10 Oct 2014 09:17:35 +0000 South Brewery Oktoberfest<p>Traveling to Germany to celebrate Oktoberfest might be out of the question, but you can celebrate right here in South Florida.</p> <p><img alt="" height="189" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/duesouth.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Due South Brewery is hosting its third annual Oktoberfest now through Oct. 11. This three-day festival will feature food trucks, polka and, of course, beer. Special edition flavors wil be released in increments throughout the day. On our radar: Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream Ale, Caramel Apple Beer/Cider Blend, Chocolate Pumpkin and Maple Bacon. </p> <p>No fee is required to enter, but food and drink must be purchased. You're also welcome to bring in food from outside establishments. </p> <p>Due South Brewery is located at <em>2900 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach</em>. For more information and the full beer-release and food truck schedule, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Taryn TacherFri, 10 Oct 2014 08:47:52 +0000 EventsBuccan Adding Sandwich Shop, Chef<p>With Buccan already one of South Florida’s best restaurants and next-door Imoto offering wickedly creative contemporary pan-Asian fare, chef-owner Clay Conley is adding another chef and another eatery to his restaurant mini-empire.</p> <p><img alt="" height="525" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/conley_(427x640).jpg" width="350"></p> <p>The latter will be called <strong>Pressed at Buccan</strong>, another next-door restaurant that will serve up inventive hot and cold sandwiches on a variety of house-made breads, plus a limited roster of salads, sides and desserts. Among them will be Conley’s take on the Maine lobster roll, a Vietnamese-style banh mi sandwich, plus sammies with tarragon and almond-spiked chicken salad and grilled eggplant with roasted portobellos and herbed goat cheese. It’s slated to debut next month and will be open for lunch daily.</p> <p>As for the new chef, Conley is bucking the prevailing restaurant trend that has made pastry chefs something of an endangered species, bringing on Antonia Grandberry to handle Buccan’s sweet stuff. Grandberry, who comes to “the Island” from BLT Steak in Miami Beach, will be turning out a rotating series of desserts, from creme fraiche panna cotta to a “popcorn sundae,” bourbon-bacon Crackerjacks with salted caramel and chocolate crumble.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 10 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsTheater Review: &quot;Jamaica, Farewell&quot;<p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/jf_3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>One-person shows aren’t my favorite form of theatre, but when they’re done right, they render an ensemble utterly extraneous; the presence of other actors would be a spell-breaking imposition. That’s certainly the case with  “Jamaica, Farewell,” writer-performer Debra Ehrhardt’s exhilarating monologue about her tumultuous, autobiographical voyage from Kingston to Miami.</p> <p>If we believe every word, it was a journey fraught with great wonder, luck, romance, risk, illegality and more than one perilous detour into oblivion. Even if it’s a tad embellished—of which nearly all monologists are guilty—it was still a remarkable survival story rendered, in its South Florida tour at Fort Lauderdale’s Empire Stage, with enthusiasm and versatility.</p> <p>In the production, which runs through Oct. 19, Ehrhardt has little to work with: a few multi-purpose pedestals is all, against a vacant backdrop granted texture and context by Preston Bircher’s precise lighting design (the sound design, credited to Ehrhardt, adds ambience too, with its mix of reggae tunes, ominous instrumentals and spot-on sound effects). Yet it’s a testament to Ehrhardt’s ability as a storyteller that we feel transported, wherever her narrative takes us. We can see the heavyset bully charging her as a young girl. We can smell the rancid sweat and rotting food she encounters on a produce truck later on. We can feel her panic, when she’s confronted with Satan in the flesh, and we forget to breathe for god knows how long. This is a show that does that to you.</p> <p>It is not always so, not from the very beginning. It takes a little while for “Jamaica, Farewell” to pick up steam. The early scenes, in which she describes her childhood and her perennial dream of emigrating to the States, will resonate more with Jamaican natives than the mass audience (several people in the audience nodded in recognition at Ehrhardt’s description of her home country’s customs, laws and political unrest, for instance). But when her frequently thwarted attempts to gain a legal visa yield to an extralegal opportunity to fly to Miami, we’re off to the races, and the show never lets up.</p> <p>Clutching a bagful of a million dollars, Ehrhardt encounters a panoply of quirky and sundry characters—a stuttering drunk with a bum leg, a large-bosomed madam at a bordello, a pot-smoking cabbie who takes it easy when she needs him to floor the accelerator. In each case, she transforms into a different person, and the results are never as surprising or terrifying as when she embodies the red-eyed, dreadlocked, would-be rapist who stalks her off a bus. The scene plays out in terrifying whiplash, bouncing back and forth between his predatory advances and her panicked retreats.</p> <p>This is the show’s dramatic high point, but there’s also plenty of comedy—you’ll love her off-kilter sense of humor, even in dangerous situations—and melancholy, the latter achieved through Ehrhardt’s teary reminiscences of her father, a charismatic gambler who lost himself in the bottle. And the gleam in Ehrhardt’s eye—which is forever trained on the prize, the American land of plenty—is an infectious reminder that our country, whose problems are diagnosed more than its benefits are championed, can still be a beacon of hope. Most of all, “Jamaica, Farewell” is a breathtaking showcase for Ehrhardt’s dynamism as a performer. There’s enough proof in this hour and a half that she can do just about anything.</p> <p><em>“Jamaica, Farewell” runs through Oct. 19 at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $35. Call 954/678-1496 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 10 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsTheatreFall Beauty with Nordstrom<p>Transitioning your look from summer to fall can be a bit tricky in the warm south Florida climate. Adjusting your beauty routine and look is the easiest way to get the fall look, without sacrificing comfort.</p> <p>With fall officially in full swing, Nordstrom Beauty has kicked off the season with the start of its seasonal beauty trend events all over the US. On Saturday, Sept. 20, beauty experts and industry insiders gathered at Nordstrom in Town Center of Boca Raton to dole out tips, chat about hot trends and try out exciting new products.</p> <p><img alt="" height="302" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/nordstrom_makeup.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Pictured left to right: MAC lipstick in Sin, Charlotte Tilbury 'Rock 'n' Kohl' pencils, NARS Audacious lipstick, Diorskin STAR foundation</em></p> <p>I ventured over to the mall for a fun fall makeover and learn about what to expect for the new season. Here’s what I gathered:</p> <p>The deep berry lip and the rock and roll smoky eye are without a doubt the two hottest trends for fall. Swapping the bold, red lip of summer for a wine-stained pout has never been easier with so many amazing options out on the market. My personal favorite is the <a href=";contextualcategoryid=0&amp;fashionColor=&amp;resultback=1877&amp;cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_5_A">MAC shade, Sin</a>. Pair the lip with a fresh, dewy face and big, bold lashes.</p> <p>The rock and roll smoky eye is no new trend, but this season, think colored smoke; coppers, gunmetal, and jewel tones. The look is a bit more playful. With tons of beautiful palettes to choose from, everyone has something fabulous to offer. Definitely check out the new palettes and kohl pencils by makeup guru <a href="">Charlotte Tilbury</a>.</p> <p>Rounding out the season’s hottest beauty trends are product launches from two of our favorite brands, Nars and Dior.  </p> <p>NARS’ new ‘<a href=";contextualcategoryid=0&amp;fashionColor=&amp;resultback=0&amp;cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_1_A">Audacious</a>’ lipstick collection has hit stores and the web. There are 30 gorgeous, vibrant colors, with each shade named after a woman who has inspired chief makeup artist, Francois Nars. Nailing which celeb inspired each shade is a veritable guessing game. I personally tested out the ‘Lana’ shade and loved it – I just can’t decide whether it’s named after Lana Del Rey or Lana Turner!</p> <p>Dior’s fall product launch is the Diorskin ‘<a href=";contextualcategoryid=0&amp;fashionColor=&amp;resultback=0&amp;cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_1_A">Star</a>’ foundation. The brand’s first luminous finish foundation offers great coverage and illuminates from within. The light, weightless formula does a wonderful job of evening skin tone and covering up problem areas.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/stephanie_nordstrom.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Stephanie Pernas at the Nordstrom Beauty event.</em></p> <p>If you’re interested in testing out any of these products or looks, get to Nordstrom at Town Center at Boca Raton and schedule a consultation with a beauty expert. </p> <p><strong>About Stephanie:</strong></p> <p><em>Stephanie Pernas is a personal stylist, fashion writer and style expert. She is the owner of <a href="" target="_blank">A Sparkle Factor LLC</a>, a personal styling and lifestyle consulting business. She also writes and edits A Sparkle Factor, a go-to destination on the web featuring the latest trends, style tips, and fashion news focused on highlighting attainable style for the every-girl. She has almost 10 years of experience in the fashion industry, having worked in the fashion departments of magazines like Glamour, Women’s Health and Teen Vogue. After spending five years in New York, she is currently bringing a little bit of sparkle to the South Florida area where she resides with her family. </em></p>magazineThu, 09 Oct 2014 15:17:02 +0000 Flavor: Farm-to-Table Restaurants<p>South Florida has been looking a little more California lately with farm-to-table style restaurants popping up all around town.  This latest craze in cuisine promises to deliver locally grown produce, sustainable meats and seafood and the freshest of ingredients right to your plate. Locally sourcing product means that food spends less time on trucks, trains and boats. This translates into food that is of better quality and better tasting. Here's a roundup of restaurants where you can get a taste of farm fare, plus some of my dish picks.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Max's Harvest</a></p> <p><em>169 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach // 561/381-9970</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/maxharvest.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p>Restaurateur Dennis Max may have started the trend in this area when he opened this Delray Beach eatery in 2011. Most of the ingredients come from the Palm Beach area and the menu displays the names of the farms and pastures the ingredients are sourced from. Max’s Harvest even grows some of  its own produce on a rooftop garden, and the menu is ever-changing depending on what is in season.</p> <p>Favorite Appetizer:  Goat Cheese Croquettes</p> <p>Coated in a marcona almond crust and stuffed with a robust  goat cheese, these croquettes are great paired with the spicy-sweet red-chili guava jam.</p> <p>Best Entrée: Wild Salmon</p> <p>This sustainable raised salmon is free of hormones and antibiotics but is full of flavor. The fish is topped with a horseradish froth and has a buttery-smooth finish. It is served with Israeli couscous and a zesty brocolini that will have you cleaning your plate.</p> <p>Most Delicious Desert: Crème Brulee</p> <p>The flavor of this creamy desert changes seasonally, but it always leaves you wanting more. Served in a graham-cracker crust ramekin with rich layers of crème and fresh fruit you'll be dying to crack into this crème brulee as soon as it hits the table.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Farmer's Table</a></p> <p><em>1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton // 561-417-5836</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/farmerstable.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Full disclaimer: I’m a server at Farmer's Table </em></p> <p>"Fresh, healthy and delicious" is the motto at this Boca hotspot. Not only does Farmer's Table get most of its ingredients locally, but it also cooks them in the healthiest possible way. The chefs never cook with fryers or microwaves or use any butter or cream in their recipes. They also use two-thirds less sodium than traditional restaurants. As an employee of the restaurant, I can attest to these claims.</p> <p>Favorite Appetizer: Roasted Mushroom and Goat Cheese Flatbread</p> <p>This light and crisp flaxseed flatbread is topped with a porcini vinaigrette, roasted mixed mushrooms and caramelized onions. The balance of flavors makes a perfect appetizer to start off your meal.</p> <p>Best Entrée: Braised Prime Short Rib</p> <p>The grass-fed prime rib falls apart with the touch of a fork. Served over a black-skillet wine sauce with roasted Brussels sprouts and whipped garnet yams this dish will leave your mouth watering for more.</p> <p>Most Delicious Desert: Key Lime Pie</p> <p>Make sure you save room for desert. This twist on a Florida classic is worth the calories. While not vegan or gluten-free like the other desserts on the menu, this pie still uses locally sourced ingredients. The creamy key-lime custard and ginger-snap crust is the perfect end to a great meal.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">DIG</a></p> <p><em>777 E. Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach // 561/279-1002 </em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="193" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/dig.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p>This Delray Beach restaurant is doing it green. Its mission is to serve "big flavors with a small footprint.” DIG utilizes fresh, seasonal organic and naturally fed and ethically tended products in all of the food and support farmers in the community. The food offers the simple goddess that other restaurants have long forgotten.</p> <p>Favorite Appetizer: Hummus Trio</p> <p>A new spin on a classic favorite DIG serves up three bold flavor of this dip. The eggplant-pumpkin seed Hummus is earthy with a hint of fall flavor. Its black bean-chipotle hummus variety has a bit of a punch just enough to give your taste buds a thrill. Finally the basil sun-dried tomato hummus has a nice balance of savory flavors.</p> <p>Best Entrée: Chicken Florentine</p> <p>This plump chicken breast oozes out spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese. Its topped with a velvety roasted garlic and tarragon cream sauce and served over creamy garlic smashed potatoes and farm-fresh seasonal veggies</p> <p>Most Delicious Desert:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Darbster</a></p> <div class="_4nq6"> <div class="clearfix"> <div class="ellipsis _c24 _50f3" id="u_jsonp_31_f"><em>8020 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach // 561/586-2622</em></div> </div> </div> <p><img alt="" height="550" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/darbster.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>With food this good, you won't even miss the meat. Darbster in Boca Raton is 100 percent vegan, but the dishes mimic flavors of scallops, meatloaf and tacos so well that even the most die-hard carnivores won't believe their mouths. You'll leave this restaurant feeling great, not just because of the fresh food, but also because all of Darbster's profits go to an animal-rescue foundation the owners founded.</p> <p>Favorite Appetizer: Grapefruit and Avocado Ceviche</p> <p>Bursting with fresh tropical flavors this ceviche mixes Florida grapefruit, avocado, red pepper, red onion, cilantro, cucumber in a fruity kiwi lime vinaigrette and is served with homemade millet chips.</p> <p>Best Entrée: Bacon Cheeze Burger</p> <p>This is not your typical veggie burger. The fresh herbs really give this sandwich a powerful kick. Topped with cashew cheese, dill cashew mayo, and eggplant bacon and served on sprouted buckwheat bread, this is quite the stack.</p> <p>Most Delicious Desert: Raw Brownie</p> <p>This chewy treat will melt in your mouth. Made with raw cacao and dates, the brownie is topped with hot chocolate sauce and served with fresh local berries.</p> <p><strong>Farmhouse Kitchen</strong></p> <p>We're already excited for the newest spot on the block. Gary Racks recently closed his Table 42 Italian Kitchen in Boca Raton and announced plans to reopen as a farm-to-fork concept with a mantra of "just good food.”  The menu will be crafted with fresh, local, sustainable, healthy dishes that will leave you delightfully filled without any of the guilt.</p> <p><strong>About Annie:</strong></p> <p><em>Annie is a senior at Florida Atlantic Univerity working on her B.A in Multimedia Journalism and Sociology. She loves writing about fashion, beauty and entertainment. She hopes to one day be compared to Carrie Bradshaw.</em></p>Annie PizzutelliThu, 09 Oct 2014 09:13:10 +0000 & ReviewsUpdates: trains, pensions &amp; ag reserve<h3><img alt="" height="291" src="/site_media/uploads/aaf.jpg" style="" width="450"></h3> <h3>All aboard vs. off the tracks</h3> <p>It’s been another week with a lot of news about <a href="" target="_blank">All Aboard Florida</a>, which few people seem to have no opinion about.</p> <p><em>The Palm Beach Post</em> reported that All Aboard Florida will not seek the $1.6 billion federal loan it had wanted for the northern portion of the project. I reported last month that the company’s plan, if the government didn’t approve the loan, was to seek private financing. That’s the new approach, using high-risk bonds.</p> <p>Critics had cited the loan request to claim that All Aboard Florida isn’t viable as a private venture. And the loan would have been the largest ever granted by the Federal Railroad Administration. The largest to date is roughly $562 million, which went to the heavily subsidized Amtrak in 2011. The second-highest was $233 million.</p> <p>Despite the company’s decision, those critics won’t back off their argument that the 32 new trains a day will harm those living near the Florida East Coast Railway tracks and navigation, since gates will have to come down much more often. U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, who represents northern Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, where opposition is strongest, didn’t budge much even after hearing the change in financing.</p> <p>There also remains the issue of having cities sign agreements with All Aboard Florida to maintain the crossing equipment. Those agreements must be updated because of safety improvements that will remove the need for train whistles between Boca Raton and West Palm Beach.</p> <p>Boynton Beach approved its agreement Tuesday night. Mayor Susan Haynie says Boca Raton’s legal staff is still “hammering out” the language.</p> <p>We do finally know which improvements will be necessary at which crossings. They were listed last week in a letter from Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Director Nick Uhren to city managers.</p> <p>Four-quadrant gates—two gates in each direction, so drivers can’t go around them—will be installed at nine of the 12 crossings in Delray Beach, including Atlantic Avenue and Linton Boulevard. Four of Boca Raton’s 10 crossings will get four-quadrant gates—Northwest 20<sup>th</sup> Street, Glades Road, Palmetto Park Road and Southwest 18<sup>th</sup> Street. Some of those crossings also will get sidewalk improvements, as will most of the crossings in Delray.</p> <p>All Aboard Florida wants the agreements quickly, probably because construction on the southern portion has started. Next up: Coast Guard hearings on All Aboard Florida and navigation. You can assume that they will be well-attended.</p> <h3>Power line update                                          </h3> <p>The Trader Joe’s store in Boca Raton, like the one in Delray Beach, is humming along. Unlike the one in Delray, though, the Boca store won’t be cleared to open for good until the developer of East City Center buries those ugly power lines in the parking lot.</p> <p>Getting the lines underground means getting with Florida Power &amp; Light on the work. According to an FPL spokesman I contacted Wednesday, the utility’s schedule seems to be on track with the city’s order to bury the lines roughly 90 days after the store opening on Sept. 26.</p> <p>Bill Orlove of FPL said in an emailed response to my question that the work will start this month and should be done by “the end of the year,” which would be just about 90 days. What will be involved? How much disruption will there be, since the work on what amounts to a city block should have been done during construction of the center? Here is Orlove’s answer:</p> <p>“The work will be continuous. Due to safety concerns, there may be some temporary road closures, and some of the parking spaces will be closed off. However, all entrances and exits will be open to and from the parking lot, and traffic will be able to move through the area.”     </p> <h3>Delray pension reform update              </h3> <p>We still haven’t heard publicly what approach Delray Beach will take on fire and police pension reform. Two numbers, though, make clear why reform is necessary.</p> <p>In an interview this week, Mayor Cary Glickstein said that in 2000 the fire-police pension fund was fully funded and was running a surplus of perhaps $2 million. By 2013, unfunded liabilities had hit $90 million.</p> <p>Even with the Great Recession, how could things have gone so wrong and so quickly? One reason, Glickstein said, is that a previous city commission raised the multiplier— used to calculate pension benefits per years of service—to 4 percent. In Boca Raton, it has been 3.5 percent for the police, and the city wants to make it 3 percent.</p> <p>But in Delray Beach, Glickstein said, the much bigger problem has been bad investment decisions. On that $90 million hole in the fire-police pension fund, $88 million of it was dug by investment losses.</p> <p>Pension fund managers are supposed to make conservative investments. Granted, the recession caused the market to bottom out in March 2009, but it is reasonable to assume that with a better investment policy the fund would be in much better shape. The Leroy Collins Institute at Florida State University just rated the fund ‘F’ for 2012.</p> <p>Full-service cities like Delray Beach and Boca Raton find themselves in a bind in trying to manage their own fire and police pensions. By taking money for those pensions from a state-imposed assessment on insurance policies, the cities must abide by state guidelines that include the makeup of board that administer the pensions.</p> <p>Under those rules, the boards are stacked in favor of the unions. The Delray board has nine members, but six represent police officers and firefighters, and they may not be city taxpayers themselves. The board chairman is Commissioner Adam Frankel, but he a favorite of the unions and is on record as opposing pension reform.</p> <p>As a result, the cities don’t make investment decisions, but they get stuck with the results of bad decisions. A consultant said last year that Delray’s contribution to the fund nearly had doubled since the financial crisis of 2008.</p> <p>At its August meeting, the pension board did agree with a proposal by Chief Financial Officer Jack Warner to pay down the plan’s unfunded liability over 20 years as opposed to 30 years, which will save an estimated $21 million in interest payments. But that is just a start. Delray Beach needs to go long on police and fire pension reform.</p> <h3>Ag reserve updates</h3> <p>On Tuesday, I wrote about a vote by the Palm Beach County Commission on transferring developments between properties in the county’s Agricultural Reserve Area. The reserve has been in the news because of the county is taking a new look at how much development to allow in the reserve 15 years after voters approved $100 million to buy land for continued farming or for preservation.</p> <p>I said there could be concern about allowing such a transfer —an owner gives up rights in one place in exchange for being allowed to build more elsewhere—because of the precedent it might set. One option property owners are pushing for is the increased use of such transfers.</p> <p>The commission unanimously approved the transfer that was on Tuesday’s agenda. Commissioner Steven Abrams, who represents the southeast part of the county, responded to my Tuesday post by saying in a text message that “what we did is within existing rights” for the reserve and allowed “no net gain of units.”</p> <p>Some farmers, Abrams said, want a new program for transferring development rights that would mean more housing allowed overall in the Agricultural Reserve. There will be other votes on this topic before the commission’s discussion of new rules, scheduled for January.</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, 09 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityFall Flats<p>It’s finally fall. In most places, this means a change in temperatures and wardrobes – but for always-sunny South Florida, fall is just another marker of how far we are into the year. The temperatures are still in the 80s, the beach is still an appropriate weekend activity and it’s still too hot for even the lightest of sweaters.</p> <p>Sadly, that means boots are out of the question. But that doesn’t mean we can’t update our wardrobe to reflect the pumpkin-defined season.</p> <p>Put away those summer sandals and opt for a pair of flats instead. From classic ballerinas to smoking slippers, here are a few flats that are on our radar.</p> <p><img alt="" height="379" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/shoes.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>1. <a href="">Air Loubi</a> ($345, Christian Louboutin)</p> <p>These indoor slippers are so adorable, you’d wish you could wear them outside. Also comes in gray fabric, black leather and magenta silk.</p> <p>2. <a href=";dwvar_32148384_color=009&amp;cgid=shoes-flats">Chase Ballet Flat</a> ($265, Tory Burch)</p> <p>A classic black flat, topped with a tortoise bow. Tory, you’ve done well.</p> <p>3. <a href=";selectedColor=BLACK-SUEDE&amp;$MR-THUMB$">Daayna Flat</a> ($89.95, Steve Madden)</p> <p>With its pointy toe, lace-up straps and mini metal heel, these are a far cry from your typical flats. No worries, the shoe zips at the back so you don’t need to lace up every time.</p> <p>4. <a href="">Classic Lilac</a> ($175, Tieks by Gavrieli)</p> <p>The beauty of Tieks: they fold up so you can slip them into a shoe pouch and keep them handy when you’re done with your heels. Perfect for after-work errands.</p> <p>5. <a href="">Hefner in Cobalt Suede</a> ($265, French Sole)</p> <p>Taking a page out of men’s fashion, French Sole brings you the smoking slipper. The cobalt blue suede fabric and tassel detailing put a feminine twist on a masculine piece.</p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Joe’s Favorites<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>South Florida is buzzing with the opening of a new Trader Joe’s in Boca. If you’ve never been to the grocery store that has developed a cult-like following, you’re probably wondering, “what’s all the hype about?” Read on to find out what makes this grocery store so special and my Z-tips on Trader Joe’s best buys.</p> <p><img alt="" height="426" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/tj_gorawtrekmix.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What makes Trader Joe’s different?</strong></p> <p>The biggest differentiating factor for Trader Joe’s is the way it purchases products. Buyers pick a few products in each category and only sell a few varieties of that item. For example, if you’re looking for salad dressing, Trader Joe’s may only have five kinds for you to choose from, instead of 50, as you may see in Publix – but they’re sure to be five really good salad dressings. This gives them the freedom to purchase items in large volumes, so they’re able to negotiate the best prices and share their savings with you.</p> <p>Do note: not everything in the store is organic or “clean,” and some of their products have soybean and canola oils. But the store’s animal proteins don’t have hormones or antibiotics, and compared to Publix, Trader Joe’s is definitely a much better choice in my book. When it comes to comparing Trader Joe’s to Whole Foods, I find that TJ’s organic and conventional products are less expensive. I bought one pound of organic cherry tomatoes for $3.99. At Whole Foods, that would only get you a pint.</p> <p>And if you don’t like something that you bought, you can always return it for a full refund!</p> <p><strong>MY FAVORITE THINGS AT TRADER JOE’S:</strong></p> <p><strong><span>Produce Section:</span></strong></p> <p>Bagged wild arugula - $1.99/bag</p> <p>Organic bagged baby kale, chard and spinach - $2.49 a bag</p> <p>Single red peppers – 99 cents each</p> <p>Organic pea shoots - $2.49 (loaded with nutrients and what a great price)</p> <p>Organic fresh broccoli florets, cut and washed - $2.99 for 12 oz.=</p> <p>Pre-cut butternut squash - $1.99 a bag (makes dinner in minutes with no peeling or cutting)</p> <p>Fresh Asian stir-fry veggies in a bowl - $3.99 (I like to dip them in hummus and eat them raw)</p> <p>Organic baked tofu - $3.69 (I love to cut it up in cubes and throw it on salads or add it to sandwiches. If you don’t like tofu, and haven’t tried this one, give it a shot. It’s not like any other tofu on the market.)</p> <p><strong><span>In the Dry Goods Isle:</span></strong></p> <p>Organic blue corn tortilla chips - $2.99 for a 12 oz. bag  (Whole Foods sells a similar product, but it is $3.49 for a bag half the size and not even organic)</p> <p>Hearts of palm in a glass jar - $3.29</p> <p><img alt="" height="614" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/tj_spaghettisauce.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p>Organic spaghetti sauce - $2.49 (Mix it with cooked spaghetti squash, add some Daiya mozzarella cheese and veggies, you got yourself a delicious meal in minutes)</p> <p>Orange Muscat Champagne vinegar - $2.99 (I love to use this vinegar instead of salad dressing)</p> <p>Whole grain dijon mustard- $1.79 (This price is a steal. Mix this mustard with some raw honey and apple cider vinegar for a delicious dressing)</p> <p>Dry organic oregano - $1.99 (Great price as it is half of what you would pay at Whole Foods)</p> <p>Organic ginger pear tea - $2.99 (One of my absolutely favorite teas. No dessert needed)</p> <p>Roasted seaweed snack – 99 cents (Great alternative to chips and it helps support your thyroid function. Bet you can’t stop at just one!)</p> <p>Handful of go raw mixed nuts - $5.49 (I love these little baggies of mixed nuts. Just throw one in your purse for a portion-controlled afternoon snack, mix it with salad greens or add it to your kid’s school lunch)</p> <p>Black Mountain pinot noir - $6.99 (Trader Joe’s in known for buying left over wine from “reserve” collections and selling it at a low price. You get the taste and quality, without over-paying. This has been one of my favorite wines for years)</p> <p><strong>Frozen Section and Shelves Above it:</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="340" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/tj_poundplus.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>Pound Plus dark chocolate with almonds - $4.99 for more than one pound (If you love chocolate, this one is a must-try. Look for it above the frozen section)</p> <p>Organic whole green figs  - $2.79 (Great to add to pies and smoothies)</p> <p>Frozen mango - $2.69 for a pretty large bag  (Perfect for smoothies and frozen desserts)</p> <p>Organic Frozen Spinach - $1.99 a bag</p> <p>Wild Alaska cod pieces - $3.99/lb (If you eat fish, try wild varieties instead of farm-raised)</p> <p>Gone Bananas frozen bites - $1.99 (Instead of ice cream, try these little banana bites. Because they're so small, it's easier to control your portions)</p>Alina Z.Wed, 08 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsWomenHeart + Making Strides<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Season in South Florida seems to be revving up. There’s a lot to share in the departments of medicine and fitness for local Fit Life readers.</p> <p><strong>Support Group reaches out to Women with Heart Disease</strong></p> <p>First on deck, Boca Raton is officially a site for <a href="" target="_blank">WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease</a>. The national network of support groups, open and free to all women living with heart disease or who are at risk for heart disease, will have its first monthly meeting in Boca Raton on Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Sandler Pavilion at Boca Raton Regional Hospital (<em>701 N.W. 13th St.).</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="488" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/womenheartchampions.jpg" width="489"></em></p> <p>WomenHeart champion and Boca Raton resident Rhoda Kitzes will be hosting the meetings. Kitzes earned her stripes as a WomenHeart support network coordinator after attending last year’s WomenHeart Science and Leadership Symposium in Washington DC. Each year, dozens of heart disease survivors from around the U.S. learn how to become volunteer community educators and support network coordinators at the WomenHeart symposium.</p> <p>A press release from the National Coalition of Women with Heart Disease revealed the following statistics. The results are based on a survey of women participating in the WomenHeart network that asked about how the network impacted them: </p> <ul> <li>Ninety three percent felt their quality of life and understanding about heart disease has been enhanced.</li> <li>More than 85 percent have improved communication with their health care providers, as well as believe that attending meetings has helped them deal with challenges in maintaining their treatment and medication regimens.</li> <li>More than 86 percent believe attending meetings has helped them better explain their heart disease to family members, friends, co-workers and others.  </li> </ul> <p>“Heart disease can be a very emotionally and physically isolating condition for women,” Kitzes says in the release. “The national network of WomenHeart Champions leading support networks in local communities enables women to have the camaraderie and support they need to make the lifestyle changes necessary to live a heart healthy life.”</p> <p>For more information, contact Rhoda Kitzes, WomenHeart Support Network Coordinator, at 561/235-5515 or email <a href=""></a>. To learn how to get involved as an advocate and much more, visit</p> <p><strong>Lace up for Making Strides against Breast Cancer</strong></p> <p>There’s still time to sign up and raise funds for the Making Strides against Breast Cancer 5K on Saturday, Oc. 25, starting at 8:30 a.m. in Mizner Park in Boca Raton.</p> <p>West Boca Medical Center is the silver sponsor of this year’s event, committing to raise $2,500 or more. The hospital’s breast health specialist, Dr. Cheryl Moss-Mellman, is chairing the 5K.</p> <p>To sign up for or donate to the event at 590 Plaza Real, click <a href=";fr_id=62563.">here</a>.</p> <p>Season in South Florida seems to be revving up. There’s a lot to share in the departments of medicine and fitness for local Fit Life readers.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 08 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyConcert Review: St. Vincent at Fillmore Miami Beach<p> <img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/stvincentpromo_wide-2811cded1b405dfcb39def4c7376931949081fa5.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>St. Vincent's Annie Clark was a beautiful alien onstage at the Fillmore last night, clad in a long black dress covered with sparkling, drippy images of cartoon eyes and lips, her hair an arresting shock of silver. The spirit willed her through the first few instrumental minutes of opening number “Rattlesnake,” where she cocked her head from side to side, pointed at us, and pantomimed a stab in her chest while the low synth rumble intensified around her. Eventually, she didn’t pick up a guitar so much as acquiesce to one, positioning herself so a crew member could deposit this magical foreign object around her chest.</p> <p>That’s how it went, for most of the meticulously plotted set list, whose totality seemed to suggest a story, albeit one that takes some decoding. Each song had its own choreography of secret codes, delivered always by Clark and sometimes by her black-clad bandmates. The movements were mechanical, precise—creating the sense of a performance-art installation. The music—a digital electro-pop gauze enveloping an organic indie-rock core—may sound 21<sup>st</sup> century, but this sort of ritualistic, regimented theatre suggested the great avant-pop acts of the post-punk era, like Devo, Talking Heads and even Kraftwerk.</p> <p>The stage was minimally furnished, with a two-tiered pedestal at center stage, and Clark milked it at select intervals throughout the show. She stretching sinuously across the lower level like it was a chaise lounge during “I Prefer Your Love” and stood tall atop the upper level like a sentinel during the thunderous “Cheerleader,” possibly the highlight of the set, the defiance of her words rattling the roofs.</p> <p>Then, at the end of “Prince Johnny,” with its lyric about lying “prostrate on my carpet,” she collapsed from her pedestal, hands over her head, in strobe-magnified despair, like a wounded animal who, for a brief spell, seemed to be pleasuring itself on the lower level: The signal for “Birth in Reverse,” naturally, with its lyric about masturbation. There were certainly no accidents in the transitions and flow of the set list, which felt carefully curated.</p> <p>The Fillmore’s sound wasn’t perfect last night, as it seemed to be during last week’s immaculate Belle &amp; Sebastian show. The bass too often overpowered the instruments and Clark’s voice, which was all but drowned out during the more ethereal numbers, like “Surgeon.” But these issues evaporated as the show drew to a surprisingly riotous close, thanks to the obscure single “Krokodil”—delivered by Clark like a purifying, punk-rock exorcism—and “Your Lips Are Red,” a masterpiece of quiet-loud-quiet dynamics that took on a more muscular energy than it contains on record.</p> <p>By the end of it, Clark was among the throng of fans at the front of the stage, letting them shred on her guitar. With her hair shrouding her face under the ballistic strobe lights, she looked indistinguishable from Kurt Cobain. After a set that felt programmed and unspontaneous, it was an utterly rock ‘n’ roll way to end the show, a necessary jolt of anarchy to shake up everybody’s system, including Clark’s own.</p> <p>SET LIST:</p> <p>1. Rattlesnake</p> <p>2. Digital Witness</p> <p>3. Cruel</p> <p>4. Marrow</p> <p>5. Every Tear Disappears</p> <p>6. I Prefer Your Love</p> <p>7. Laughing With a Mouth of Blood</p> <p>8. Actor Out of Work</p> <p>9. Surgeon</p> <p>10. Cheerleader</p> <p>11. Prince Johnny</p> <p>12. Birth in Reverse</p> <p>13. Regret</p> <p>14. Huey Newton</p> <p>15. Bring Me Your Loves</p> <p>16. Krokodil</p> <p>ENCORE</p> <p>1. Your Lips Are Red</p>John ThomasonTue, 07 Oct 2014 14:32:38 +0000 & EventsMusicGilmore Girls on Netflix: Seven Best Episodes<p class="normal">Stock up on Mallomars and coffee and order some chinese food from Al’s Pancake World. All seven seasons of Gilmore Girls are now streaming on Netflix.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="330" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/gg.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">The series, which debuted on the WB in 2000, features an inseparable, fast-talking, quick-witted mother-daughter duo played by Lauren Graham (Lorelai) and Alexis Bledel (Rory). We’ll admit that when it comes to production, the show isn’t quite up to par with the likes of Game of Thrones – the first few episodes have choppy transitions and questionable acting – but the storyline, the humor and the spot-on lines are without a doubt some of the best of the early millennium.</p> <p class="normal">Maybe you're a longtime fan of the show, or maybe you’re just beginning to follow the eccentric residents of Stars Hollow. Regardless, here’s a list of the ten best episodes you don’t want to skip during your Gilmore Girls binge.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Season One, Episode Seven: “Kiss and Tell”</strong></p> <p class="normal">Rory visits Dean at Dose’s Market, where he surprises her with her first kiss right in the ant-spray aisle (“a good aisle”). Rory thanks him and then runs out of the store, accidentally stealing the cornstarch in her hand. She runs to tell Lane first instead of Lorelai, who later finds out about the kiss over diner gossip at Luke’s. Lorelai tries to play the cool mom by inviting Dean over to watch Willy Wonka with her and Rory that night. While not exactly the first date Rory had dreamed about, the night offers a first glimpse of what it's like for an outsider to be a part of the “Gilmore Girl” club.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Season Two, Episode Five: “Nick &amp; Nora/Sid &amp; Nancy”</strong></p> <p class="normal">Trouble’s in town and his name is Jess Mariano. He’s Luke’s nephew who just moved to Stars Hollow to live with his uncle. A Holden Caulfield-type rebel with sarcastic wit and a sullen demeanor, Jess stirs up trouble by putting up police tape and chalking an outline of a body on the sidewalk, stealing garden gnomes and even taking money from the “repair the bridge” donation cup. His antics push Luke so far over the edge that he pushes Jess off bridge into a lake. Jess quicky sets his sights on Rory – stealing a book from her bookcase, only to return it with notes in the margins. She nicknames him “Dodger,” and the two spark a chemistry that would soon shake up Rory’s relationship with Dean.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Season Two, Episode 13: “A Tisket, A Tasket”</strong></p> <p class="normal">Stars Hollow holds a charity picnic basket lunch auction, where women make lunch baskets for men to bid on. Lorelai and Rory put together baskets to follow tradition, but the event doesn’t quite hold up in their favor. Dean doesn’t bring enough money for Rory’s basket and is outbid by resident bad boy Jess. Lorelai is being pimped-out by busybody Miss Patty who has brought three men to bid on her basket. Luke saves the day outbidding the other suitors, and he and Lorelai toss the inedible contents of the basket and he makes them lunch at the diner.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Season Three, Episode Seven: “They Shoot Gilmore’s, Don’t They?”</strong></p> <p class="normal">It’s time for Stars Hollow annual 24-hour dance marathon, and Lorelai is determined to steal the trophy from four-time champion Kirk. When her partner flakes because of his insecure wife, Rory steps in to help her claim the prize. On the sidelines, Dean cheers them on and even steps in for Lorelai when her heels break. As he and Rory dance, Dean can’t help but notice Rory’s eyes glued to Jess. He decides he has had enough and breaks up with Rory, right there in the middle of the dance floor.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Season Three, Episode Nine: “A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving”</strong></p> <p class="normal">It’s Thanksgiving, and Lorelai and Rory have, not one, but four dinners to hit. At the Kim’s, Lorelai struggles to keep down Tofurky. Lane has snuck her boyfriend Dave in, under the guise of a Christian entertainer. Next they head to Sookie’s where she is drunkenly mourning the loss of her beautiful, expensive, organically grown turkey that Jackson has decided to deep-fry. Next they head to the Gilmore’s and Rory shocks Lorelai with the revelation that she has applied to Yale, Richard’s alma mater. The day ends awkwardly with Jess, Luke, Lorelai and Rory eating together at the diner. Oh and Kirk is attacked by his cat, also named Kirk, while completely nude.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Season Four, Episode 22: “Raincoats and Recipes”</strong></p> <p class="normal">It’s the episode we waited four seasons to see. After having a great time with Luke at Liz’s wedding, Lorelai wonders about the future of their relationship. Emily finally admits to being separated from Richard when Lorelai isolates them in a “romantic” bungalow away from the rest of the inn. Dean comes looking for Rory to talk about their almost-kiss from the last episode. He finds her back home and tells her his marriage to Lindsey is over. Back at the inn, Jason unexpectedly shows up convincing Luke he is still with Lorelai, then angrily confronts Lorelai, who says they broke up. Luke references what he refers to as ‘the moment,’ which occurred when he walked her home. Lorelai agrees they shared a moment and Luke goes in to kiss Lorelai. A naked Kirk, who comes yelling and running down the stairs, interrupts them. Lorelai runs home to find Rory and is taken aback to find Dean leaving her bedroom</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Season Five, Episode Seven: “You Jump, I Jump, Jack”</strong></p> <p class="normal">Rory gets the chance to crack the story of Yale’s secret society, The Life and Death Brigade. She is blindfolded by Logan and taken into the lavish tent village, where she finds trust-fund kids dressed up in period costumes and speaking without the letter e. In preparation for the night’s “big event,” Logan surprises Rory with a blue evening gown so she could more easily blend in. That night, a scaffolding tower has been set up, with umbrellas on top. Since Finn is out of commission, Logan invites Rory to join the group as they jump from the seven-story scaffold. Rory says it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and Logan reminds her it is only if she wants it to be.</p> <p class="normal">Oy with the poodles already! If you can’t already tell, Gilmore Girls is one of those shows that don’t come around too often. The characters and their stories become a part of you from the very first episode. So find the closest television with a Netflix hookup, and get started on your journey to Stars Hollow.</p> <p><strong>About Annie:</strong></p> <p><em>Annie is a senior at Florida Atlantic Univerity working on her B.A in Multimedia Journalism and Sociology. She loves writing about fashion, beauty and entertainment. She hopes to one day be compared to Carrie Bradshaw.</em></p>Annie PizzutelliTue, 07 Oct 2014 13:51:57 +0000 & EventsApeiro to Debut in December<p>Putting his money where his mozzarella is, restaurateur Burt Rapoport and chef-partner David Blonsky are planning a December unveil for their modern Mediterranean restaurant, <strong>Apeiro Kitchen &amp; Bar</strong>, in West Delray’s thriving <a href="" target="_blank">Delray Marketplace</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="130" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/apeiro.jpg" width="381"></p> <p>Apeiro (Latin for “infinity”) will go beyond the usual definition of Mediterranean, which usually means Italian with a little added feta, and incorporate influences from countries ranging from Morocco to Greece to Portugal. On your plate that will include dishes like octopus with cranberry beans, chili, olives and aged balsamic; spiced lamb kabobs with tzatziki and tabouli; and wood oven-roasted apple crostada with salted caramel and cinnamon gelato.</p> <p>The extensive menu will be broken into easily digestible categories: Small Plates, Grains &amp; Pasta, Grilled-Roasted Proteins, Sandwiches, Soups and Salads, and others. The chef in charge of executing all these (that would be Blonsky) has an impressive resume, having worked with the likes of Rick Tramonto, Barton G and <em>Top Chef</em> contestant Fabio Viviani.</p> <p>Manhas Designs is doing the restaurant proper, which will seat 160 indoors and out, along with a 40-seat private dining room and an indoor-outdoor bar lounge. Also featured will be a wood-fired oven faced with Mediterranean tile, smoked glass and stainless steel chandeliers and ceiling beams made from reclaimed wood. Apeiro is Rapoport's second restaurant in the Marketplace, joining Burt and Max's.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 07 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsOur plans for outbreaks plus more breaking news<h3>Care on the home front</h3> <p><img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/hazmat-suit-us-flag.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>If you wonder whether the many parts of this area’s health care network are working on a response for any real or suspected cases of Ebola, the answer is that they don’t really have to. The plan has been in place for years.</p> <p>In 2001, about three weeks after 9/11, a Palm Beach County man who worked in Boca Raton was diagnosed as having been exposed to anthrax. His death from that exposure would be one of six nationwide. Who sent the anthrax through the mail—to a U.S. Senate office building, among other places—never has been confirmed to anyone’s satisfaction outside the federal government.</p> <p>In part because of the deficiencies the response to that anthrax case revealed about the system of emergency health care, then-Palm Beach County Health Director Jean Malecki tried to improve coordination among hospitals, public health clinics and any other facilities that might deal with patients who presented a serious risk to the public.</p> <p>There is no large, public hospital in the county, as there is in Broward and Miami-Dade. So the health department was the logical agency to bring everyone together into what is called the <a href="" target="_blank">Health Emergency Response Coalition</a>, or HERC. It includes hospitals, health clinics, the school district—lots of nurses there—the health care district and other agencies.</p> <p>Fortunately, the protocols for dealing with possible Ebola cases are the same as for dealing with any communicable disease or radiation exposure. An official with Boca Raton Regional Hospital confirms that those protocols are always in place. A radio system that links all coalition members allows epidemiologists at the health department to hear, for example, about an unusually high rate of absenteeism among public school students. Drills are held regularly; a Health Department spokesman says the next will take place in “about two months.”</p> <p>With nursing schools at Florida Atlantic University and Palm Beach State College, the Ebola outbreak also has presented—pardon the phrase— a teaching moment. Dr. Marlaine Smith, dean of the Christine Lynn College of Nursing at FAU, says, “Many aspects of how you respond” to an Ebola case “are within the curriculum,” but that FAU has used the outbreak to drive home certain points.</p> <p>in discussing “population health," faculty members compare the Ebola response to what happened with HIV, says Dr. Karethy Edwards, the nursing school’s associate dean. Like Ebola, HIV is spread by contact with bodily fluids. Nursing students learn how countries contained the Ebola outbreak of 1976, and why Ebola originates in Africa: it began in animals that live there.</p> <p>Ebola also has become part of the ethics classes. “What do you do,” Smith asks, “if you are asked to care for someone with Ebola?” She recalls that there were two nurses who were reluctant to care for AIDS patients. The high-profile nature of the outbreak helps show the importance of asking questions after someone complains of certain symptoms. With Ebola, of course, the operative question is: Have you traveled recently to Africa?</p> <p>Today, Health Department Director Dr. Alina Alonso will give the county commission an “update” on the Ebola virus. A spokesman says the report will consist mainly of discussions with agency “partners” such as the Border Patrol, Palm Beach International Airport and the Port of Palm Beach, as well as the hospitals.</p> <p>We’ve come a long way since the then-secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Palm Beach County’s anthrax victim might have been exposed by drinking contaminated water from a stream. Given public concern, there may be false reports of Ebola cases in Palm Beach County, like the one last weekend in Miami-Dade. Whatever happens here before the outbreak is contained, the response that began 13 years ago should reassure the public.</p> <h3>Building rules in Delray</h3> <p>Tonight, the Delray Beach City Commission can head off any attempts to slip bad building plans past new rules for downtown development.</p> <p>For nearly a year, Delray has tried to streamline, simplify and update regulations for what the city calls the Central Business District. The proposals, crafted with the help of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, went before the Planning and Zoning Board for review Monday night. They could go to the city commission for final approval as early as next month.</p> <p>The regulations cover the big issues—no building taller than 54 feet, exceptions allowed for church spires. They cover the small issues—the type of tree to be planted and how far apart. The goal is to preserve and enhance what has drawn so many people—and so much development—to Delray Beach.</p> <p>Some builders, though, might not like the new rules. Rather than change their plans, they might try to rush those plans through, so they could be under the current regulations. City Attorney Noel Pfeffer is asking the commission if it wants to invoke “zoning in progress,” which would mean that any plans submitted after Tuesday would be subject to the new regulations.</p> <p>“The idea is to avoid a flood of half-baked applications,” said Mayor Carey Glickstein, “where someone submits two pages and calls it a plan, just to beat the deadline.” Glickstein notes that no applicant credibly could claim to be ignorant of the proposed changes, saying that the regional planning council has held 15 public hearings and that the commission has had six.</p> <p>Approving the zoning in progress would give the commission up to six months to adopt the new regulations. If that isn’t enough time, the commission could extend the zoning in progress. This is an easy call. Why would Delray Beach risk losing a year’s worth of work?</p> <h3>King Tide</h3> <p>Delray Beach’s Rising Seas Task Force will hold a “King Tide Educational Event” from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Marina Way and Southeast First Street. The speaker will be Ana Puszkin-Chevlin. She has a doctorate from Columbia University in urban planning with a concentration in environmental policy for coastal lands. As noted in the first item about Ebola, responding to warnings is a good idea. When it comes to rising seas, Southeast Florida has heard plenty of them.</p> <h3>Ag reserve update</h3> <p>Last week, I wrote about the county commission’s push to change development rules for the Agricultural Reserve Area. On today’s commission agenda is a potentially significant decision regarding the reserve.</p> <p>A company called Rowan Construction owns 20 acres in the northwest section of the reserve, which is roughly between Florida’s Turnpike and State Road 7, north of Clint Moore Road and south of Lantana Road. Rowan would donate the land to the county, which would use it and 100 surrounding acres for environmental restoration.</p> <p>GL Homes, the largest builder in the Agricultural Reserve, would pay Rowan $1.6 million for development rights on those 20 acres—20 homes. GL Homes then would be able to add 20 homes to another site in the reserve, and thus exceed building limits for that site.</p> <p>It’s called transfer of development rights, and even commissioners—like Steven Abrams—who say they are open to minor changes in development rules for the reserve have said they oppose transferring such rights. The staff recommends approval. The vote on this small piece of land could be a sign of what will happen to all 21,000 acres in the reserve and how much the commission respects the public’s decision to stress farming, not development.</p> <h3>Weather notes</h3> <p>It didn’t last, of course. It was just a tease, like the first warm day of spring those of us who grew up in the Northeast and Midwest remember.</p> <p>But wasn’t it wonderful to wake up Sunday and Monday mornings to at least an appetizer of cooler weather? Everyone’s heart rate dropped a little. You could open windows for a while.</p> <p>Monday morning, even as another week of Ebola and ISIS and the awful choice for governor rolled around, you could feel the air, look at that sky and remember again why we live here.</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, 07 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Weeks Ahead: Oct. 7-20<p><em>Note: This “Week Ahead” covers two weeks of arts and events, to accommodate for a vacation; other A&amp;E blogs will continue to be posted regularly.</em></p> <p>WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/dirt-splsh.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Screening of “<a href="" target="_blank">Dirt: The Movie</a>”</strong></p> <p>Where: Parish Hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 188 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Donations requested</p> <p>Contact: 303/570-0433</p> <p>It sits under our feet every time we step outside, it feeds us, and it’s pretty much the foundation of homo sapien life … but what do we really know about dirt? This award-winning documentary, released in 2009, explores this fundamental building block of life—about how it’s been degraded by industrial farming, and how this degradation affects everything from climate change to overseas wars. Narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, the movie will open Delray Beach’s second-annual Environmental Film Series, with each of its four selections addressing a natural element: earth, water, air or fire. Moviegoers are asked to provide a cash donation, which will support the cost of screening these movies, with the surplus benefiting the Swinton Community Garden, the Sow Share program, and the environmental justice efforts of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Green Team.</p> <p>THURSDAY, OCT. 9</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/sf-south-florida-fairgrounds-palm-fright-nights-pictures-20131011.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Fright Nights</strong></p> <p>Where: South Florida Fairgrounds, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: Opens at 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$25</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>‘Tis the season of scares, and the South Florida Fairgrounds will once again produce Palm Beach County’s largest Halloween haunt. This year’s three haunted walk-throughs, each of them suggesting a future horror film in the making, include Flamingo Hotel (plenty of vacancies, but don’t expect to check out), New World Order (a totalitarian police state lurks around the corner) and Vile (a carful of reckless teenagers stops in the wrong middle of nowhere). Each of these hellish tours will be populated by heavily made-up scare-actors who have been working tirelessly to haunt your nightmares. Oh, and there’s cotton candy and rides, too! Fright Nights runs through Nov. 1.</p> <p>FRIDAY, OCT. 10</p> <p><img alt="" height="229" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/x-scream-halloweeng-star-fl_4850.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “X-Scream Halloween”</strong></p> <p>Where: G-Star Motion Picture Studios, 2030 S. Congress Ave., Palm Springs</p> <p>When: Opens at 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$15</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Not to be outdone, G-Star School of the Arts brings its movie-production expertise to its own celebrated walk-through, dubbed one of the Travel Channel’s “13 scariest haunted attractions in America” in 2008. Smaller than Fright Nights but with professional studio equipment to give it an extra polish, the theme of its ninth year is “Rise of the Blood Moon,” a dystopia inspired by real astrological events. The fourth so-called “blood moon” in 18 months signifies a cosmological tetrad that allows genetically modified werewolves and vampires to spring to life and roam the terrified streets. New additions for 2014 include a carnival midway, a live music and stage show, and “Ghoulie Golf,” which costs just $2 a game. The fun continues through Nov. 1.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/peterstarcatcher.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Peter and the Starcatcher”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Kicking off the Arsht Center’s 2014-2015 “Theater Up Close” series is this fresh-from-Broadway fantasy, a multiple Tony winner enjoying its very first regional production anywhere in the country. Based on a best-seller co-written by Miami’s own Dave Barry, “Peter and the Starcatcher” is a swashbuckling origin story about Peter Pan and Captain Hook before they were Peter Pan and Captain Hook. Set on storm-ravaged ships, beaches, islands and grottoes, this adventure meta-play boasts what some in the cast have called the most elaborate set in the history of the Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theatre. It’s also a service to the theatrical stars of tomorrow: As a coproduction with the University of Miami’s Department of Theatre Arts, an ensemble of student actors join a pair of award-winning professional actors in the cast, all of whom play multiple roles; in all, 12 actors will play more than 100 parts, including elements of the scenery and furniture. It needs to be seen to be believed. “Peter and the Starcatcher” runs through Oct. 26.</p> <p>SUNDAY, OCT. 12</p> <p><img alt="" height="543" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/versions.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Café Dolly”</strong></p> <p>Where: Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: Noon to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5-$10</p> <p>Contact: 954/525-5500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Three painters—a Danish symbolist, a French Dadaist, and an American neo-expressionist—walk into a bar … er, a museum. What would they say to each other? A better question might be: How would their works, divided across decades, cultures and movements, communicate to each other and to modern art audiences? The Museum of Art’s highly anticipated “Café Dolly” exhibition hopes to answer these questions and more as it groups together the provocative paintings of Francis Picabia, J.F. Willumsen and Julian Schnabel. Curator Bonnie Clearwater hopes that audiences will walk away with a new appreciation of these subversive artists, whose work is rarely shown in Florida museums. She tells <em>Boca Raton</em>, “This exhibition draws strong connections between Schnabel’s and Picabia’s philosophical approach to art and introduces obscure late 19th- and early 20th-century artist Willumsen to not only our local audience but to the international art world that descends on … Art Basel Miami Beach in December.”</p> <p>FRIDAY, OCT. 17</p> <p><img alt="" height="236" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/carriemusical.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Carrie: The Musical”</strong></p> <p>Where: Slow Burn Theatre Company at West Boca Performing Arts Theater, 12811 W. Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25–$40</p> <p>Contact: 866/811-4111, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>“Carrie” is proof that Broadway producers really can make a musical from any movie imaginable: It’s easy to foresee a time when a show called “Apocalypse … NOW!” blends napalm and jazz hands. In the case of Stephen King’s best-seller about a bullied high-school girl who develops telekinetic powers, the migration from novel to film to stage has been a bumpy one; after debuting in 1988, it garnered a reputation as one of Broadway’s most expensive disasters of all time, closing after five performances. But if there’s one thing West Boca’s Slow Burn Theatre Company loves, it’s finding the kernels of brilliance in misunderstood shows. For this production, director Patrick Fitzwater and his creative team will be working from a 2012 revival of “Carrie” that fixed many of the original’s problems, and they’ll likely find ways to improve on that one as well. Songs include “A Night We’ll Never Forget,” “The Prom” and its follow-up, “The Destruction”—and, yes, Carrie still gets her first period in the first act. “Carrie” runs through Nov. 2.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/soko.jpeg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Soko</strong></p> <p>Where: Propaganda, 6 South J Street, Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $7 advance, $10 at door</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Soko, the stage name for French singer/actress Stephanie Sokolinski, made a dramatic decision at age 16: She dropped out of school and left her home in Bordeaux, moving to Paris to pursue an acting career. She’s now 27, and it’s safe to say her decision paid off; she was nominated for a Cesar award in France for her role in 2009’s “In the Beginning” and rose to international prominence as the title character in the 2012 period piece “Augustine.” But more impressive, perhaps, is her acumen as a pop songwriter, a trade she’s been plying, in English, since 2007, and which has been borrowed or sampled by the likes of Cee Lo Green and fashion designer Stella McCartney. An intimate performer—she’s known to play small clubs without a set list, and for longer durations than most acts—Soko’s fragile, plaintive melodies, which dominated her 2012 debut album “I Thought I Was an Alien,” have given way to more lush and heavily synthesized sounds on her forthcoming sophomore LP. She will play tunes from both, and more, at this rare and special show at Propaganda, part of an intimate Florida tour for her growing fan base (she’s also opening for Foster the People on Oct. 16 at the Fillmore Miami Beach). See her up-close before she really blows up.</p> <p>SATURDAY, OCT. 18</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/lantern.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Lantern Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Morikami Museum, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 3 to 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$15</p> <p>Contact: 561/495-0233, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>What better way to remember departed loved ones than to send them messages in paper lanterns and float them across a tranquil lake at nightfall, illuminating their spirits with a collective glow? This is the touching sentiment behind the Bon Festival, a Japanese ceremony that has been hosted every July for more than 500 years. Until recently, the Morikami Museum, Delray’s bastion of Japanese culture, hosted its version in July too, until the oppressive heat and seasonal patronage led to a change in schedule, not to mention its name: The former Bon Festival is now the Lantern Festival, and the paper tributes now set sail in October. But the festival’s beloved traditions remain the same. As with previous years, the Morikami’s five-hour fest will include a street fair with shopping, games and children’s activities; <em>taiko</em> drumming by resident percussionists Fushu Daiko; and vendors offering Asian and American delicacies.</p>John ThomasonMon, 06 Oct 2014 17:15:09 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsShow Off Your Best (Meat)Balls<p>Do you have the balls to take on a meatball challenge?</p> <p><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/meatballroom.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If so, Boca’s <a href="" target="_blank">Meatball Room</a> (<em>3011 Yamato Road, 561/325-7352</em>) has just the thing for you. It’s the annual <strong>Homemade Meatball Contest</strong>, a balls-to-the-wall taste-off to discover the best home-cooked meatballs around and, not at all incidentally, raise money for the Boca Raton chapter of the American Cancer Society.</p> <p>Your soon-to-be prize-winning meatballs will be judged by a distinguished panel of experts who know a thing or two about balls, including sports-talk host Sid Rosenberg and the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders.</p> <p>The event takes place at the restaurant at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18. It’s limited to 25 contestants and they’ll all have to pre-register by calling 561/210-4411 or emailing <a href=""></a>. Then just whip up your meatballs and schlep them over to the restaurant for judging.</p> <p>In addition to being able to brag about have the best (perhaps even the biggest) balls in town, the winner will get their meatballs put on Meatball Room’s menu, plus a $500 gift certificate and other good stuff. So get the balls rolling. . .</p>Bill CitaraMon, 06 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsMovie Reviews: &quot;Gone Girl,&quot; &quot;Tracks&quot;<p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/gone-girl.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There’s something to be said for trash that knows it’s trash. I’m often the first to defend “Showgirls,” for instance, or the filmographies of John Waters and Russ Meyer. But trash that thinks it’s art shames both, and that’s where the superficially entertaining “Gone Girl” resides. Well-shot, well-edited and well-scored—it’s directed by David Fincher, after all—“Gone Girl” is addictively watchable, but its pleasures are indeed guilty and transient. This hysterical, soap-operatic adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-seller is an unmysterious mystery, an often unintentional comedy and an unconvincing thriller, a film that tries very hard to hoodwink us into thinking it’s something profound.</p> <p>Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, a bar owner in Missouri who, on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, finds his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) missing, their coffee table smashed, the occasional bloodstain on the kitchen cupboards and a hand-written riddle among his wife’s “unmentionables.” This verbal puzzle—the first clue in a scavenger hunt that’s part of the couple’s anniversary tradition—leads to further cryptic notes and the assistance of a pair of local cops, the blunt and prying Rhonda (Kim Dickens) and the skeptical Jim (Patrick Fugit).</p> <p>Soon enough, the media catches wind of the disappearance of this young, attractive scion of a wealthy dynasty, descending on the Dunnes’ home with tabloid fervor and condemning Nick for being insufficiently depressed about his wife’s apparent kidnapping. Every once in a while, Fincher’s film flashes back to earlier times in Nick and Amy’s marriage, a halcyon union between a rich girl from New York City and a corn-fed Midwesterner that eventually soured.</p> <p>I won’t spoil anything from here; the movie does its own spoiling about an hour into the picture, and the longer this film unspools, the more ludicrous it becomes, its plot points transparently risible. New characters, introduced mid-story, do spark interesting directions—like Tyler Perry as a high-profile defense attorney and Missi Pyle as an obnoxiously crusading cable-news host, likely modeled after Johnnie Cochran and Nancy Grace, respectively.</p> <p><img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/cdn.indiewire.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But Fincher’s tone soon becomes awkwardly perched between a modern-day media satire, an edgy shocker and an arch throwback to classic Hollywood thrillers, and it doesn’t work. The latter surfaces mostly in Pike’s off-putting performance; her Amy is less a flesh-and-blood person than an artificial construct, a Macy’s mannequin brought to life, free of nuance. She seems to be channeling Tippi Hedren in the ‘60s more than the contemporary anti-socialite that she seems to represent on the page.</p> <p>Cheap thrills and silly twists disguise themselves as pointed commentary on the tribulations of long-term relationships, and as the movie’s glossy movieness takes over, other reference points, both high and low, burble to the surface—“Fatal Attraction,” “Leave Her to Heaven,” “Desperate Housewives,” Fincher’s far superior “Zodiac.” Taken together, they suggest that Fincher’s vision for “Gone Girl” is more referential than inspirational—a tawdry derivative in a career of originals.</p> <p><em>"Gone Girl" opens today at most area theaters.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/art-tracks-movie-1-620x349.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p>It’s been 34 years since Australian writer Robyn Davidson published <em>Tracks</em>, her best-selling memoir about her remarkable nine-month, 1,700-mile trek—by foot and by camel—through the Australian outback, to the Indian Ocean. That’s more than three decades movie producers have slept on this compelling story, and watching director John Curran’s skillful adaptation, one wonders what took them so long.</p> <p>Mia Wasikowska, best known for her title roles in “Alice in Wonderland” and “Jane Eyre,” plays the 27-year-old Robyn. She’s too young for the part, only because she still looks 18, making her solo excursion seem somewhat like a restless teenager’s rebellion. At any rate, as the film opens, it’s 1975; she spends two years on the farms of discouraging authority figures, training feral camels to carry her supplies. By April 1977, she takes off into the pictorial wilds with four camels and her beloved black lab—an impossible journey accompanied, at sporadic intervals, by <em>National Geographic </em>photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver), whose magazine sponsored her voyage and turned her into a media sensation.</p> <p>“Tracks” is a procession of scenes that alternately test Robyn’s mettle (killing wild animals to survive, tending to sick and/or disappearing camels, losing her mind in an endless desert expanse) and showcase the kindness of strangers (Aboriginal village elders navigating her through a region in which women cannot travel alone; an elderly couple living in convenient oblivion who provide a safe haven; Rick’s tireless, if romantically motivated, dedication to keeping her safe). All along, we try to answer the question Robyn herself dodges: Why is she doing this? It’s surely not for Guinness-breaking notoriety.</p> <p>Motives are suggested in fits and starts. We learn that her mother hanged herself when Robyn was 11, and we assume she’s never confronted her grief; we see glimpses of her traumatic childhood in fragmented flashbacks stirred up through her quest. As her history takes root, we accept that she’s not an idealistic dreamer so much as a misanthropic escapist, fleeing life and other people, finding solace in her animals. She’s lonely on her odyssey, but she’d probably be lonelier in a city. When she sleeps with Rick, partway through her voyage, she does so knowing that it’s a one-night stand, meant to quench a fleeting pang of vulnerability. As a moviegoer it’s refreshing to see a man objectified to meet a woman’s needs, and not the other way around.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/tracks-video-still-001.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Thus, “Tracks” emerges as a feminist spin on the classic hero’s journey, a narrative too eccentric to fall into traditional Joseph Campbell archetypes but too structurally familiar to be considered radical filmmaking. Curran is a director who makes good, handsome movies that fall short of being great ones (“We Don’t Live Here Anymore,” “The Painted Veil”), and “Tracks” falls into this sturdy tradition. The film is airbrushed for Hollywood; the real Robyn had to fend off lecherous would-be rapists during her voyage, but in the film she merely swats away pesky tourists with cameras. And Curran could have delved deeper into the psychosis of the sweltering desert, aside from a mirage or two. One scene, in which she retrieves a golden compass from the desert ground, has a connection to her past that is only vaguely conveyed, and it lacks its emotional impact.</p> <p>By and large, though, with her chapped lips and peeling, sunburnt skin, Wasikowska embodies her rudderless vagabond with a hard, lived-in naturalism. She brings to life a character that is neither hero nor antihero—nor especially a role model. She’s a great story, though, and Curran tells it like a seasoned pro.</p> <p><em>"Tracks" opens today at Regal Shadowood in Boca Raton, Muvico Parisian in West Palm Beach, and Regal South Beach 18.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 03 Oct 2014 14:40:02 +0000 & EventsMoviesFashion Forward: New Store Openings of Note<p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/jmclaughlin.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Photo via Mizner Park</em></p> <p><strong>Contemporary American Clothing:</strong> J. McLaughlin in Mizner Park is officially open. The brand’s history is rooted in American sportswear and accessories and boasts contemporary pieces from basic tops and pants to plaids and bright prints. <em>(</em><em>327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p> <p><strong>In case you missed it:</strong> The first ever AllSaints outlet in Florida claimed its home at Sawgrass Mills mall. The store sells men’s and women’s clothing and accessories with a rock ‘n’ roll type feel. Think soft leather jackets, dark knits and skinny, patched jeans. <em>(12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Beauty, Bath and Home:</strong> A new store in Royal Palm Place is bringing wellness and spirituality to beauty, bath and home products. Located across from 2020 Grille, Truly You not only sells unique products like celestial light gel candles, but also offers services like facials and waxing. <em>(101 Plaza Real S., Boca Raton</em><em>, </em><em><a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 03 Oct 2014 11:57:14 +0000 NewsStaff Picks of the Week<p><strong>Resta Hair Salon and Beat Cup Café</strong></p> <p><strong> <img alt="" height="269" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/salonresta.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Picked by Annie Pizzutelli, Web Intern</p> <p>“Forget about reading old tabloids as you wait for your highlights to process. The first time I visited Resta, I didn't know if I walked into a hair salon or an art gallery. The walls are covered in colorful pieces from local artists and the salon often hosts live music from emerging bands. Come hungry, because after your appointment you'll be lured to its adjoining Beat Cup Cafe by the smells of fresh panther coffee and mouth-watering empanadas.”</p> <p><em>(660 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Kasi’s Mango Lassi</strong></p> <p>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</p> <p>“Before walking into Kasi, I had no idea what a lassi was – but I saw mango, and I said why not? Now, I’m obsessed. Made with mango, yogurt, ice and just a little bit of sugar, this Indian smoothie is one of the most delicious, guilt-free things I’ve tried lately.”</p> <p><em>(690 Yamato Road, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Preeti’s Salon</strong></p> <p>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Assistant Art Director</p> <p>“Once you try eyebrow threading at Preeti's, you'll never want to use tweezers again! It takes barely 5 minutes. It's extremely affordable at only $10 and walk-ins are welcome. They give me perfectly shaped brows every time.”</p> <p><em>(7158 Beracasa Way, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Burt &amp; Max's</strong></p> <p>Picked by Valentine Simon, Production Coordinator</p> <p>"Sit amongst the beautiful, naturally sourced reclaimed wooden décor and sink your teeth into the moist and tender slow braised beef short ribs – the menu's best fare so far. The similarly rustic, smoky flavors from the red wine mushroom a jus will melt on your palate, leaving you wanting more and more! Pair with a dry red from the spectacularly decorated wine cellar, and of course, end your evening with the creamy, delectable sweetness of the crème brûlée pie."</p> <p><em>(9089 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p>magazineFri, 03 Oct 2014 11:31:57 +0000 Market Now Open in Palm Beach<p>It took a bit longer than expected but the Palm Beach branch of South Beach’s uber-luxe meatery, <a href="" target="_blank">Meat Market</a> (<em>191 Bradley Place, 561/354-9800)</em>, is now dishing up designer beef and inventive sides in the old Palm Beach Steakhouse location.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/meatmarket.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Partners David Tornek and (chef) Sean Brasel have tabbed David Valencia, late of Catch New York and Miami Beach, to head up things in the kitchen. What that means in your mouth are a roster of USDA Prime steaks that you can customize with everything from lobster tail to foie gras, plus a line of “Reserved Cuts” like A5 Kobe filet mignon and Australian Wagyu tomahawk ribeye, and house specialties like Wagyu skirt steak with lemongrass, ginger and roasted chili.</p> <p>If beef isn’t your thing, there are piscine delicacies like charbroiled branzino with tomato and fennel stew and sea bass with truffle nage and soy beans. Oh, and a raw bar too, just in case you need some oysters on the half-shell with inventive sauces or a variety of ceviches.</p> <p>There’s an enormous wine list and mixological cocktail program too, with a cool bar menu ranging from oyster po’ boys to lobster pigs in a blanket.</p> <p>Design is by <a href="" target="_blank">Studio ABM</a> of Connecticut, which melded Palm Beach style with South Beach cool, evidenced by vaulted, wood-paneled ceilings, bleached white oak walls, terrazzo floor inset with mother of pearl and Herme’s inspired tufted leather banquettes. </p>Bill CitaraFri, 03 Oct 2014 11:06:26 +0000 & ReviewsBlue Moon Party<p>Whenever there is a full moon, you know it is time to party.</p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/bluemoonparty.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Blue Martini</strong> is hosting its monthly Blue Moon Party on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 8 p.m. until close at all of its locations. There will be blue drink specials and live music. Enjoy your evening under the October moonlight.</p> <p>The closest locations are in Boca Raton, <em>(6000 Glades Road), </em>West Palm Beach <em>(550 S. Rosemary Ave.) </em>and Fort Lauderdale <em>(2432 E. Sunrise Blvd.). </em>For more information, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. </p>Taryn TacherFri, 03 Oct 2014 08:34:43 +0000 EventsAbuse of Power<p>“Abuse” is a term we often hear as it relates to physical violence. Recently, as graphically shown on TV, NFL player Ray Rice punched his fiancée in the face and dragged her out of the elevator by her feet. That kind of abuse is plain to see. Other kinds of abuse, however, aren’t as obvious to the naked eye. As I’ve seen time and again in my practice, victims of verbal and emotional abuse carry their own brand of scars.</p> <p><img alt="" height="372" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202014/moneyheart.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Less discussed, but equally debilitating, is the pain and fear caused by financial abuse. And yet it happens more than people realize, especially in affluent areas like Boca Raton.</p> <p>One beautiful woman I worked with wanted to leave her husband. But even though he was cheating on her and being cruel, she was hesitant. Why? Because he held all the financial cards—literally. Whenever they argued, he would cut off her credit card access—and then hold that over her head, only reinstating the card when he felt she had “learned her lesson.” To her friends, she lived a high-end lifestyle, but rarely did she even have cash to tip a valet. Her concept of financial stability depended on whether her credit cards were approved or declined.</p> <p>The irony is that, in some cases, those being financially abused do not see the warning signs. Consider the following:</p> <p>• Is your partner unwilling to share details regarding your finances?</p> <p>• Do you actually sign a tax return or does your name magically appear on the form?</p> <p>• Do you know how to access funds if your spouse becomes disabled or dies?</p> <p>• Do you have any control over financial decisions?</p> <p>If you answered no to most of these questions, then you may be in a financially abusive relationship. It’s imperative that you recognize the unhealthy nature of your relationship and seek help. Couples counseling is the only way to correct the imbalance and learn skills to communicate and trust each other again.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em>Boca-based therapist Suzanne Wachtel helps couples, families and individuals cope with the stressful obstacles that complicate life. She specializes in giving people the tools to clear those hurdles and successfully move forward. Watchtel has a master’s degree in social work from Adelphi University. She’s also the author of Like Mother, Like Son: A Mom's Guide to Raising Healthy Children. To find out more about Watchel, visit <a href=""></a></em></p>magazineThu, 02 Oct 2014 12:47:38 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyThe Ag Reserve and other notes<h4><span>Selling out the Ag Reserve?</span></h4> <p><img alt="" height="299" src="/site_media/uploads/01-ag+reserve+farm.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Delray Marketplace is zippy, modern and fun. But as Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams correctly puts it, Delray Marketplace “has nothing to do with the ambiance of the Agricultural Reserve Area.”</p> <p>The complex is west of Florida’s Turnpike, at the intersection of Lyons Road and Atlantic Avenue. It is about seven miles from the other end of Atlantic Avenue that is the heart of downtown Delray Beach. It is about two miles from the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge that is part of the Everglades.</p> <p>Based strictly on the location and popularity of Delray Marketplace, one could argue that the county commission should abandon any idea of preserving a significant agriculture industry in the Agricultural Reserve—roughly 21,000 acres from Clint Moore Road to Lantana Road between the turnpike and State Road 7—and open the land to more development. That decision, however, would be a bad idea. It would make a unique part of Palm Beach County look more like the worst parts of Broward County and would go against the will of the voters.</p> <p>But pressure is building to ease the rules on Ag Reserve development. Last December, the county commission told the staff to prepare a “comprehensive workshop” on the reserve. As part of that process, the county held a discussion Monday, to supposedly get input from all involved in decisions about the reserve.</p> <p>In fact, the discussion told the participants and the public what everyone already knew: some small farmers want more development rights for their land, because at least one major developer is willing to pay the farmers for that land— if the rules for developing the land change.</p> <p>This pushback started even before the public voted in 1999 to spend $100 million—from a special property tax—on bonds to buy Ag Reserve land and keep it in farming or keep it undeveloped. Developers opposed the referendum, claiming falsely that the bond money should be spent on education. In fact, it couldn’t be spent on education.</p> <p>At the same time, the county crafted a plan for the Agricultural Reserve that restricts residential development in most cases to one home per five acres and limits the overall number of homes in the reserve. Of the land acquired, the county set aside some for preservation and is leasing back some to farmers, making the county money.</p> <p>As part of that plan, the county allowed two commercial centers in the reserve. One is on the southeast corner of Lyons Road and Boynton Beach Boulevard. The other is on the northwest corner of Lyons and Atlantic Avenue. It became Delray Marketplace. The county chose the location and size of the commercial developments based on that limited number of homes being built.</p> <p>The plan has worked fairly well. The public gets a $2.6 billion agricultural industry in the eastern half of the county that, among other things, supplies area restaurateurs who have embraced the farm-to-table concept. Unlike Broward, subdivisions don’t sprawl to the Everglades.</p> <p>But we can see what is happening. The impetus for this “workshop”—which skeptics believe is designed to give the commission cover to loosen the rules—came from Commissioner Mary Lou Berger. She represents most of the Agricultural Reserve. For two decades, she was an aide to Commissioner Burt Aaronson. I’m told that Aaronson is assisting the farmers who want more development rights.</p> <p>GL Homes is the big builder in the Ag Reserve. South on Lyons Road from Delray Marketplace, GL Homes is building The Bridges, which also will lack the “ambiance” of the reserve. As a commissioner, Aaronson helped extend Lyons Road, a move that helped GL. The company was a generous contributor to Aaronson’s campaigns and causes, such as the Palm Beach International Film Festival.</p> <p>That workshop on the Agricultural Reserve is scheduled to take place in January. I will track things to see if the workshop has the “ambiance” of a sellout.</p> <h3>Election notes</h3> <p>Commissioner Abrams—who represents Boca Raton, Delray Beach and most of southeastern Palm Beach County—has not been on a ballot since 2005, when he ran successfully for mayor of Boca Raton. In 2009, former Gov. Charlie Crist appointed Abrams to the seat vacated when Mary McCarty went to prison, and Abrams ran unopposed for a full term in 2010.</p> <p>This year, Democrat Andy O’Brien is challenging Abrams for the District 4 seat, and by one key metric the race is a rout before anyone votes.</p> <p>According to the latest financial reports filed with the elections office, O’Brien has raised only about $6,000 and has loaned himself $100,000. Abrams has raised roughly $182,000 while loaning himself $5,000.</p> <p>Obviously, as an incumbent Abrams has contributions from the many special pleaders who appear before the commission or do business with the county. But for someone who has been campaigning for more than a year, O’Brien hasn’t inspired many people to show that they really believe in his candidacy.</p> <h3>Libraries alive and well                                    </h3> <p>If anyone still doubts the value of public libraries in this digital/eBook age, doubt no more.</p> <p>The new downtown Boca Raton library opened in June 2013, an event the Great Recession delayed for a decade after voters approved money for construction. For more than five years, downtown patrons were stuck with the spiffy Spanish River Boulevard Library &amp; Community Center, which now serves as a drab venue for early voting.</p> <p>At one point, there was talk of moving the downtown library to Mizner Park. But the accessibility of the $10 million building shows that the city was right to stick with the Northwest Second Avenue location just north of the old library. Parents bringing one or more young children can get in and out much easier than if they were trying to navigate the Mizner Park garages.</p> <p>The investment already is paying off. Library Services Manager Ann Nappa says the two libraries had nearly 400,000 visitors during the fiscal year that just ended. The libraries circulated almost 650,000 items, and the programs drew 32,000 people. Those are double-digit increases over 2013, which showed similar gains over 2012. The summer reading programs alone attracted 3,000-plus. “The programs,” Ms. Nappa said in an interview, “are far surpassing projections.”</p> <p>Delray Beach’s new library on Atlantic Avenue opened in January 2006. Director Alan Kornblau says Delray, like Boca, is seeking to provide a library that is far more than just a place to check out items. Civic groups such as Rotary meet at the library, which Kornblau calls “the living room of a community.”</p> <p>The digital world, though, is driving changes. “Books are just one of the services we offer,” Kornblau says. With money from the Office Depot Foundation, Delray may create a business center that can provide career counseling for adults. There might be a computer club for students. Florida now requires that the unemployed apply for benefits online. For those who are out of work and can’t afford the service at home, the library is one place to get free Internet access.</p> <p>Kornblau also makes this point. If digital drives even Barnes &amp; Noble to close its stores in Boca and Boynton Beach, where else but the library will anyone be able to browse for books? He and Nappa don’t want to see it happen. If it does, though, they would be happy to help.</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 Oct 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Colony Hotel 2.0 Awaits<p>The headline, which arrived in my e-mail inbox in mid-August, was shocking: “The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach is CLOSING on Sept. 2.”</p> <p><em>What?</em> An institution like <a href="" target="_blank">The Colony</a> hotel, with its 55 years of history, is shuttering?!</p> <p><img alt="" height="298" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/colony-hotel.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Thankfully, no. A cursory glance at the missive’s fine print revealed that the closure is temporary, a five-week hiatus in which the entire property—meaning every room and restaurant, and even the lobby—is being redesigned. As we speak, director Carleton Varney, president of the internationally renowned Dorothy Draper &amp; Company interior design firm, is working diligently to transform this landmark for the 21st century, maintaining its British Colonial foundation while lathering the property in vivid color. The completed fourth floor, for instance, now boasts 19 different paint colors, and every single room is different.</p> <p>By the time the property reopens on Oct. 10, its rooms will also be outfitted with the latest technology, including “smart” TVs, Bluetooth-enabled telephones and “slow-glow” lights in the bathrooms. In all, the $9 million renovation will effectively create a “Colony 2.0.”</p> <p>What may remain the same, however, is the venue’s venerable cabaret series in its Royal Room, which has been attracting top-shelf vocalists and entertainers for the past 12 years. Here’s a glimpse at our top five most-anticipated Colony concerts in its lucky 13th season.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/carol-welsman.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Oct. 10-18: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Carol Welsman</a></p> <p>This Canadian pianist/vocalist will rechristen the newly redesigned Royal Room space, making her first Colony appearance in more than 10 years. Her honeyed vocals have earned her five Juno (Canada’s Grammy equivalent) award nominations.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="504" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/roslynkind+4.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Jan. 27-31, 2015: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Roslyn Kind</a></p> <p>As Barbra Streisand’s younger half-sister, Roslyn Kind was born in the shadow of celebrity, and their collaboration has been artistic as well as familial; Kind has been featured on two of her sister’s national tours (in 2012 and 2013) and has sold out Broadway and off-Broadway shows on her own as well. This marks her Royal Room debut.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="364" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/thelettermencolorphoto.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Feb. 3-14, 2015: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Lettermen</a></p> <p>Here’s another Royal Room debut, though it’s hard to believe, since the Lettermen have been recording music since 1959. This group helped establish the close-harmony pop formula and has scored 16 Top 10 singles, including “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” and “The Way You Look Tonight.” Tony Butala, one original member of the Lettermen, still performs with the group, which features two other members who joined in the 1980s.</p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/regis-philbin.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>Feb. 17-21, 2015: Regis Philbin</strong></p> <p>This guy needs no introduction, returning to the Colony Palm Beach by popular demand after his debut appearance earlier this year. A classic crooner in the Sinatra/Dean Martin mold, Philbin’s music career started off as a poorly reviewed side project to his TV hosting gigs, but has since matured in a respectable (and respected) sound. A perennially young 83, Philbin has earned his distinction as “the hardest-working man in show business.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="611" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/rich-little.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>March 3-7, 2015: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Rich Little</a></p> <p>The season’s final Royal Room debut is an outlier this season: a comedian and non-singer who can nonetheless carry a cabaret space with the best of them. Before there was Darrell Hammond and Frank Caliendo, there was Little, an Ottawa-born impressionist whose ability to mimic people in power began with local Canadian politicians and has since spread across the fruited plain. A regular at White House Correspondents’ Dinners and HBO specials, Little’s exhaustive Rolodex of impersonations includes Frank Sinatra, Gary Cooper, Dr. Ruth, Clint Eastwood, Kermit the Frog and every American president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama.</p> <p><em>The Royal Room cabaret’s full season schedule is expected to be posted soon at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. For tickets and more information, call 561/659-8100. The hotel is located at 155 Hammon Ave. in Palm Beach.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 01 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000 & EventsMusicUpcoming EventsBoca After Dark: Hott Leggz<p class="Body"><strong>Where: </strong>3128 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point   754/307-2444</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/hottleggz_inside.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="Body"><strong>The lowdown: </strong>Football season is upon us and everyone is looking for a good spot to kick back and watch the game. You definitely won’t miss your team at Hott Leggz in Lighthouse Point. The restaurant is fully equipped with satellite TV, with every game on one of the big screens.</p> <p class="Body">When it comes to ambience, Hott Leggz is unlike many other local restaurants and bars. You don’t get any of that beachy, tropical vibe, and you certainly don’t feel like you’re in Florida when you open the menu. It’s mostly seafood but not the kind you normally see on a Florida menu. There are po’boys and seafood gumbo, Chicago-style sandwiches and frog legs, seafood boils and chicken and waffles.</p> <p class="Body">Aside from daily specials like 50 cent Wing Wednesdays and Mexican Mondays with $2 tacos and $5 margaritas, Hott Leggz offers different speciality items that change on a weekly basis. I got lucky the night I went in. Anytime I’m in that football-and-beer atmosphere, a big salty, pillow-soft pretzel is a must-have — and one of the appetizer specials happened to be a jumbo soft pretzel with all kinds of sauces (my favorite was the honey mustard). I can only hope this appetizer special makes many more appearances on the menu so you can enjoy it as much as I did.</p> <p class="Body">The crowd at Hott Leggz is just as diverse as its menu. It’s a good mix of all ages — anywhere from young 20s to upper 50s and 60s. When everyone just wants to hang out at the bar, knock a few back and watch their favorite team take the win, age doesn’t really matter. This is the place to go for the super laid-back crowd, which is really just looking for a fun hang out with no stuffiness and nothing fancy. </p> <p class="Body"><strong>The intangibles: </strong>Hott Leggz is definitely known more for the bar scene than casual dining, but there is still a nice crowd who come in for lunch and dinner. Bartenders say the best times to come are Sunday and Tuesdays. Sundays, obviously for football, but it’s also all-you-can-eat peel and eat shrimp (four different flavors!) on Sunday — oh yeah, and the bar is open until 2 a.m. Tuesdays rock for those of you who are “in the biz.” You can get 50 percent off all full price items, plus it’s $2 Chicago Hott dog night. I think it’s safe to say that when it comes to food, Chicago knows what it’s doing when it comes to their hot dogs.</p> <p class="Body"><strong>Noteworthy: </strong>“Crabby Hour” is everyday at the bar from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Everything at the bar is half off along with a select $5 food menu and $14 domestic beer buckets. Aside from the specials listed above, there’s also $2 sliders on Thursdays and $15 fish and chips on Friday as well as $4 fireball shots (a favorite of most Hott Leggz barhoppers) with any beverage purchase.</p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> Hott Leggz is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and<strong> </strong>on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><em><strong>••••••••</strong></em></p> <p> </p> <p><em>For more on bars in Boca Raton, click <a href="/blog/tag/boca-after-dark/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p> </p> <center><strong></strong></center> <p> </p> <p><strong>About Shaina</strong></p> <p> </p> <div>Shaina is a Boca transplant, born and raised in South Jersey. Her love of writing began at a young age and followed her through to Rutgers University where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. It wasn't until she sought after a new and exciting journey far away from the cold winters of Jersey that she discovered another love: food. Shaina created her very own food blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca, and has since grown her passion for cooking, baking, and of course sipping and savoring her way around town. She is very excited to be part of the team at Boca Raton Magazine and hopes that you will join her every step of the way as she explores <em>Boca After Dark</em>. You can follow Shaina and all of her foodie adventures in and out of the kitchen at <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div> <div> </div> <p> </p>Shaina WizovWed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Story of Hope<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In the last year, I’ve had three friends hit hard by cancer. So when I came across the story of Dr. Steven Lewis, it immediately caught my eye. For those who have been in affected, directly or indirectly, by the disease, here’s an inspirational story of a local man who defied all odds.</p> <p><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/stevenlewis.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Lewis is a visiting professor in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer not once, but twice, within the past seven years. The first was in 2007 and the second was nearly three years later, when the cancer had spread to his liver.</p> <p>Even when diagnosed early, pancreatic cancer doesn’t have a positive outlook. Nearly three-quarters of the people with pancreatic cancer die within the first year of diagnosis. This particular cancer type has taken away many in the primes of their lives, including Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and actor Patrick Swayze.</p> <p>But Lewis survived, enduring surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy. Despite a scary prognosis, he has been free of cancer and thriving for more than four years.</p> <p>Lewis attributes his good fortune not only to the aggressive treatment but also to a caring community and positive attitude.</p> <p>“A diagnosis of pancreatic cancer presents a terrible emotional burden for patients and their families,” Lewis said in a press release. “It is a better choice to face the mortal threat of this illness squarely than to react with negativity, complaint and despair. Whether individual patients survive or not, maintaining a positive attitude can help patients and their families beat the emotional devastation of pancreatic cancer.” </p> <p>He says he believes that if he and his family had not been able to stay positive, the emotional devastation would likely have drained Lewis’s physical ability to fight the cancer. Building a community of support helped, too. He and his family found social support at <a href=""></a>, an online blog for people with severe diseases.</p> <p>Lewis felt so inspired by his experience and the community support he enjoyed, that he published a book, <em>The Ripple Effect: How a Positive and Caring Community Helped Save My Life</em>. His hope is that the book will help others facing difficult life situations.  </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyTaste of Delray Marketplace<p>Delray Marketplace has more to boast than just an array of fabulous shops. It also has a string of restaurants that you ought to try now if you haven’t already. Hit a slew of them in one go during the Taste of Delray Marketplace on Oct. 9 from  5:30 to 9 p.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="86" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/tasteofdelraymarketplace.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, with a portion of proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen of South Florida in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You can purchase your tickets <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>The fee covers appetizer and cocktail samplings at seven different restaurants in the shopping plaza – see list below – plus all participants will receive a $15 voucher to use at any participating retailer.</p> <p><strong>Participating restaurants:</strong> Bella Amici, Burt &amp; Max’s, Cabo Flat, Japango, Red Brick Grille, Shula Burger and Terra Fiamma.</p> <p>See you there!</p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 30 Sep 2014 17:56:17 +0000 BeachUpcoming EventsTable 42 to Become Farmhouse Kitchen<p>If the rollicking success of Boca’s Farmer’s Table has shown anything, it’s that there’s a huge local market for good food that’s also good for you.</p> <p><img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/garyrack.jpg" width="350"></p> <p>It’s a lesson that’s not lost on Gary Rack, who tomorrow will shut down his Table 42 in Royal Palm Place with plans to reopen in mid-November as <strong>Farmhouse Kitchen</strong>, a restaurant whose mantra is “just good food.” Or as Rack puts it, “better-for-you foods that leave you happily satisfied while not guilty.”</p> <p>Rack’s exec chef Matthew Danaher is crafting the menu, details of which are still sketchy but will hew to the fresh, local, sustainable, healthy ethos that has fueled much of Farmer’s Table’s popularity. Design of the space is being redone too, giving it a homier, more countrified look with honeycomb-style light fixtures and walls decorated with mason jars.</p> <p>There’s lots more info to come, and you’ll get it as soon as I do. </p>Bill CitaraTue, 30 Sep 2014 10:33:10 +0000 & ReviewsFailing Grades<h3>Pension Talk</h3> <p>The latest report on local pension plans in Florida makes clear what is at stake for Boca Raton and Delray Beach.</p> <p>Since 2011, the Leroy Collins Institute at Florida State University has rated the financial condition of cities’ pension funds. The new update came out last week, just in time for today’s executive session meeting of the Delray Beach City Commission to discuss police and fire pensions.</p> <p>Before we get to the grades, we should discuss how the institute calculates them. Five categories go into the ratings, which apply to 2012, the most recent year for which complete information is available.</p> <p><img alt="" height="351" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/money.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>1) How well the plan is funded: It’s simple—how much money does a city have to pay benefits compared to the projected cost of those benefits? Financial experts generally believe that a plan is well-funded at 80 percent. The Collins Institute gives this category the most weight; nearly half toward the grade, with the next four given roughly equal importance. In 2012, only 26 percent of plans statewide were at 80 percent or better.</p> <p>2) Unfunded liabilities compared to payroll: In shirtsleeve English, is a city facing pensions costs based on higher salaries or lower salaries? Not surprisingly, most cities face pensions based on relatively higher salaries.</p> <p>3) How much cities contribute to pensions compared to payroll: Obviously, the lower the percentage, the better. If pension costs rise too much, cities must cut services or raise taxes. In 83 percent of cities, pensions consume more than 30 percent of payroll, up from 78 percent in 2011. Bad trend line. That means taxpayers are spending increasingly more on those who aren’t working, compared to those who are working.</p> <p>4) Assumed rate of return on investments: As the institute acknowledges, this one is tricky. If a pension fund’s holdings do well, as they should have done in 2013, that’s less for the city to pay. If those investments tank, the city must make up the difference. No one really knows what a city should use as a reasonable assumed rate, so the institute uses the 7.75 percent adopted by the state retirement system. Roughly half of the cities use a higher rate, but in 2011 about 72 percent were betting big on the markets. More conservative assumptions is a good trend.</p> <p>5) How much employees contribute: If employees pay more, that’s less for the city to pay. Here, most cities do well. More than three-fourths of them require employees to contribute between 5 percent and 8 percent.</p> <p>On to the grades.</p> <p>Let’s start with the good news. The Collins Institute lists Boca Raton and Delray Beach among the few “top performers” in the state. The bad news? Those ratings are for the general employees pensions funds, those for everyone who isn’t a police officer or a firefighter. Those plans tend to have lower benefits. Getting an A—as Boca Raton does from 2008 through 2012 and Delray Beach does from 2010 through 2012—is helpful (Boynton Beach gets only a C), but the real problems are elsewhere, as we can see with grades for the police and fire pensions.</p> <p>The police/fire pension plan in Boca Raton gets a D from 2010 through 2012. Delray Beach is in even worst shape. The police/fire pension got an F in 2011 and 2012, and the institute lists it among the state’s “worst performers.” Elected officials in both cities say pension reform is necessary to head off long-term financial problems. Boca Raton is at impasse in negotiations with the public safety unions. Delray Beach may determine as early as today’s meeting which approach to take on reform.</p> <p>Union leaders could argue that the grades don’t take into account last year’s big market gains, which for now could have left the plans in better shape. Even there, though, the cities have a legitimate response, noting that boards weighted in favor of the unions decide what those investments will be. If the cities ultimately must pay, why shouldn’t the cities have more say in those investments?</p> <p>None of this is to criticize the work of police officers and firefighter/paramedics in Boca, Delray and all other cities. But their retirement benefits are unsustainable by any objective measure. The grades reflect reality.</p> <p>To view the full report, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <h3>Delray seeks bids for the first time in more than a decade</h3> <p>On Friday, something will happen in Delray Beach that hasn’t happened in 13 years: The city will seek bids for trash collection.</p> <p>The chain of events that has led to this moment began 25 months ago. To appreciate how Delray has changed, let’s compare.</p> <p>In August 2012, the city commission got an opinion from the city attorney that the city did not need to seek competitive bidding, even though the contract is the largest that Delray Beach issues. The reasoning was silly, and the Office of Inspector General disagreed with the city attorney, but the attitude within Delray Beach at that time was, “We don’t need no stinking inspector general.” The commission extended the agreement with Waste Management, Inc., for five years and $65 million because, as then-Mayor Nelson McDuffie basically said, Waste Management had been just swell.</p> <p>And swell Waste Management might have been, though the commission could have confirmed that by asking what other companies might offer. Backlash from that decision helped to change the faces on the commission, and in 2013 Delray Beach pretty much decided to sue itself, claiming that the city had violated its own purchasing rules. The city won.</p> <p>With a new mayor and city attorney, Delray is doing things much differently this time. Almost two weeks ago, the city released draft copies of the Request for Proposal and the Franchise Agreement. Delray thus gives every potential bidder a chance to ask questions or find problems before the formal request for bids.</p> <p>That action will make it harder for a losing company to challenge the award. Delray had to act now, because once the Request for Proposal goes out, the city observes a “Cone of Silence,” meaning no official communication except between the bidders and the purchasing manager.</p> <p>It’s all very complicated (the package contains roughly 200 pages) and very detailed (all proposals must be signed in blue ink). Interim City Manager Terry Stewart will compile a selection committee to rank the bidders, and the commission will make the final choice.</p> <p>The goal, of course, is to get a better deal. Waste Management has continued to provide the service, and it will be interesting to see if the company makes a bid. Whatever the result, Delray Beach at least is starting to operate like a responsibly run city.</p> <h3>"It's Boca"</h3> <p>What a perfect story.</p> <p>I’m walking to my car in the parking lot of the Fresh Market on Camino Real. I see a Porsche Cayenne, with the motor running and the windows down. The car is empty.</p> <p>This is a $70,000 car we’re talking about. While some people in Boca might regard such a loss as a rounding error, the scene strikes me and others in the lot as bizarre. One woman says the Cayenne has an immobilizing device, but that might work only if someone tries to steal the car. This one was there for the taking.</p> <p>I looked at a woman. We shrugged. As she walked toward the store, she turned and called out, “It’s Boca!”</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, 30 Sep 2014 09:48:14 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: Sept. 30 to Oct. 6<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="352" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/ilovelucy.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “I Love Lucy Live on Stage”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $26-$89</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This innovative production, produced and co-adapted by Kim Flagg, is more than just a classic “I Love Lucy” episode presented as a theater. It’s two episodes. And a pre-show introduction. And live commercial jingles. And everything else that happens both in front of and behind the cameras during the filming of a television show in the 1950s. Flagg has described the experience as being nothing less than a time machine, with theatergoers inhabiting the roles of a live studio audience at a time when television was a radical new phenomenon and the sitcom was in its infancy. You’ll see how the sausage is made while also enjoying the final result, with throwback humor that will resonate nostalgically with those who grew up with “Lucy” and act as an entertaining period piece for more recent generations. The show runs through Sunday, Oct 5 only.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="297" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/imagine.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “IMAG_NE” unveiling</strong></p> <p>Where: Sanborn Square, 72 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/393-7995, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If we didn’t have imagination, we wouldn’t have anything—from civil rights advances and political revolutions to space travel, satellites and the iPhone 6. “IMAG_NE,” an interactive sculpture by Australian visual artist Emma Allen, celebrates this spirit of conjuring the previously unthinkable. Allen’s sculpture, measuring 13.7 feet wide and 3 feet high, is cleverly structured like a Scrabble rack whose tiles spell out the word IMAGINE, sans the second “I.” Visitors to the sculpture are invited to “fill in” the missing letter any way they wish, and to disseminate their imaginative creations through social media. Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie will introduce the sculpture’s unveiling on Wednesday night, which will include a performance by the West Boca Raton High School Vanguard Jazz Band. “IMAG_NE” will remain on view through Nov. 30.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="440" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/fawundu.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “The Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers”</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>Image-makers whose work thrives on the nexus of contemporary art and photography are the subject of this international Norton Museum biennial, named after the late New York City real estate developer Lewis Rudin, whose family’s generosity keeps the competition going. Here’s how the Rudin Prize works: Four renowned artists from across the globe each nominated a photographer they believe represents the cutting edge of modern art. The four nominees are then exhibited at this Norton exhibition, with the winner—decided by a separate jury of artists—receiving a $20,000 prize. But as they say in Oscar-ville, it’s an honor just to be nominated, and this year’s four photographers are sure to impress: Guatemala’s Renato Osoy and Israel’s Rami Mayman, who study the “residue” of photography in unique ways; Brooklyn’s Delphine Fawundu (pictured), who explores African-American female identity; and Germany’s Miriam Bohm, who finds mazy complexity in still-lifes. The show runs through Jan. 11, with the winner being announced on Dec. 1.</p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/hillaryclinton_2326613b.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Hillary Clinton</strong></p> <p>Where: Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 3:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Book purchase of $35 plus tax</p> <p>Contact: 305/442-4408, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In the past, Bill Clinton has made several notable efforts to fit Miami’s Books and Books into his exhaustive travel schedule. And this special relationship continues this week with an appearance from his similarly ambitious spouse, a woman who has been spending a goodly amount of time in Iowa for someone who hasn’t yet announced her presidential candidacy. Clinton is supporting her latest memoir “Hard Choices,” and you can expect a veritable mob scene descending on Books and Books. Attendees should be aware that this event is a book autographing only, and that no personal items will be allowed, with the exception of wallets and cell phones. Photos will be permitted from the signing line, but not posed—in other words, the usual precautionary rigmarole, which, for South Florida’s Democrats, should be well worth it for a brief, personal glimpse at their party’s anointed 2016 nominee.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/liberator.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Liberator”</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>Latin America surely wouldn’t be what it is today were it not for Simon Bolivar, the fiery revolutionary who is credited with liberating Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia from the Spanish empire—more than 100 battles in all, covering some 70,000 miles on horseback in the late 18<sup>th</sup> and early 19<sup>th</sup> centuries. “The Liberator” is Bolivar’s long-awaited biopic: an expensive, romantic and sweeping account of his numerous liberations, by land and sea, using handheld weapons and canon fire. Edgar Ramirez portrays Bolivar, and he is no stranger to playing tumultuous historical figures; his filmography includes roles in “Che” and “Carlos.” Danny Huston and Maria Valverde co-star, in what was Venezuela’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at 87<sup>th</sup> annual Academy Awards.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/stitchrock.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Stitch Rock</strong></p> <p>Where: Old School Square Vintage Gymnasium, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: Noon to 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>There aren’t many places you can find a gaggle of demented-looking plush dolls, a heart-shaped plaque depicting smooching skeletons, pieces of octopus jewelry and an airbrushed likeness of Bryan Cranston in “Breaking Bad,” all sharing the same offbeat oxygen. But Delray is a town weird enough to support a cash-and-carry indie craft fair like Stitch Rock, now entering its eighth venerable year. All of these items and much, much more lined the tables of some 80-plus vendors last year, drawing lines around the block for what has become the Vintage Gymnasium’s signature annual event. And we haven’t even mentioned the copious T-shirts, pins, coasters, records, pinup paintings, homemade jams and plenty of cupcakes, both decorative and edible. The vendors often have as many safety pins on their bodies as in their craftwork, and at least half the items in the gym look like they wandered from a Tim Burton set. For unique gifts, we can’t agree more with the event’s tagline: “Skip the Mall, Shop Indie!”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/rsc-27.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: 27<sup>th</sup> anniversary party</strong></p> <p>Where: Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-9999, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Before there was Revolution and Ovation and Metal Factory and Culture Room and Grand Central and Pompano Beach Amphitheater and all the other legendary music clubs in South Florida, there was Respectable Street. The intimate West Palm Beach lounge has long billed itself as the oldest music club in the Southeast, and it remains a vital refuge for bands that operate way left of the radio dial. The venue will celebrate its 27<sup>th</sup> birthday in traditionally grand fashion, with a full 27 bands slated to perform on five downtown stages: a main outdoor stage, inside Respectable Street, on the Respectable Street patio, inside Longboards and on the patio of Hullaballoo. Headliners include Astrea Corp, Astari Night, Symbols, Jangle Leg, Galliminus and, playing outside at midnight, the Smiths tribute act Ordinary Boys.</p> <p>MONDAY, OCT. 6</p> <p><img alt="" height="312" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/st_vincent-2014-670x426.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: St. Vincent</strong></p> <p>Where: The Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25.50-$35</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Tulsa native Annie Clark, better known as her stage name St. Vincent, has been churning out clever avant-pop music since 2006, with each of her four releases surpassing the last one in both quality <em>and</em> accessibility. A former Berklee College of Music student and a graduate of the 20-piece orchestral pop group The Polyphonic Spree, Clark is a silver-haired, postmodern iconoclast whose albums feature imagistic wordplay delivered over loopy, crunchy and unpredictable guitars, keyboards, horns and symphonic flourishes. She rose to mainstream acclaim thanks in part to “Love This Giant,” an album-length collaboration with David Byrne, whose Talking Heads cast a wide shadow over St. Vincent’s theatrical sound. She and her band even perform choreographed movements while playing their songs, which they showcased in a season-closing appearance on “Saturday Night Live” in May that left some viewers baffled. After opening for acts like Arcade Fire and Death Cab for Cutie, St. Vincent finally gets its own headlining tour at a major concert hall.</p>John ThomasonMon, 29 Sep 2014 17:46:11 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsFashion Forward: Trunk Shows, Board-ready looks and more.<p><strong><strong>Roberto Cavalli Trunk Show</strong></strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/robertocavalli.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Get your first peek at the Spring 2015 collection on Oct. 10 at Neiman Marcus in Town Center at Boca Raton. The brand is making an attempt to return to the labels origins. It's new collection features psychedelic prints in reds, blues and greens with airy shapes that take you right back to 1972.  </p> <p><strong>Look Board Ready with Bloomingdale's</strong></p> <p>Women Executive Leadership invites you to get down to business on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 5:30 p.m at Bloomingdale's in Town Center at Boca Raton. Taking cues from the both runway and the realities of everyday life, fashion experts will share the latest looks for busy, high-powered, female executives. Before and after head-shots will be taken so you can watch the transformation unfold before your eyes. Tickets are $35 for Women Executive Leader members and $50 for the general public. For more information, call  <a>813/994-0107 ext. 103</a>.</p> <p><strong>An Evening of Beauty</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/fashionforward.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Lord &amp; Taylor at Mizner Park will host its “Art of Beauty” Cosmetics Trend Show on Oct. 9 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The live show will feature top industry professionals from YSL, Chanel, Lancôme, Estee Lauder, Nars, Clinique, Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown. Experts will offer beauty tips and give personal recommendations on their favorites products. Guests can make an appointment for before or after the show for a one-on-one consultation. Tickets are $25 and will be redeemable towards any cosmetic purchase that evening. To RSVP, call <a>561/394-5656 ext. 201</a>.</p> <p><strong>Walcoal Fit For the Cure</strong></p> <p>Step into the fitting room, and join the fight against breast cancer. On Oct. 4-5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Macy’s in Town Center at Boca Raton will be offering a complimentary fitting in a Wacoal or b.temptd bra from a Wacoal Fit Specialist. For every women that participates, Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen for Breast Cancer Research. Once you find your perfect fit, spend $80 and leave with a free gift.</p> <p><strong>About Annie:</strong></p> <p><em>Annie is a senior at Florida Atlantic Univerity working on her B.A in Multimedia Journalism and Sociology. She loves writing about fashion, beauty and entertainment. She hopes to one day be compared to Carrie Bradshaw.</em></p>Annie PizzutelliMon, 29 Sep 2014 12:47:39 +0000 NewsMellow Mushroom for Breast Cancer Awareness Month<p>Those adorable pink ribbon pretzels at <strong>Mellow Mushroom</strong> are more than just a sweet indulgence. Throughout the month of October, the restaurant will be selling these limited edition desserts for a cause.</p> <p><img alt="" height="402" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/mellowmushroompinkribbonpretzels.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For every order placed, <a href="" target="_blank">Mellow Mushroom</a> (<em>25 S.E. Sixth Ave., Delray Beach</em>) will donate $1 to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of South Florida, a breast cancer organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society.</p> <p>That’s a very sweet cause for this very sweet treat, made with the restaurant’s fresh dough, honey butter, powdered sugar and pink pumpkin icing. The pretzels cost $4.99 for a serving of three and $7.99 for a serving of six.</p> <p>You can also join the Mellow Mushroom team for the Boca Raton Making Strides Walk on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8:30 a.m. in the Mizner Park Amphitheater. For more information, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 29 Sep 2014 10:54:25 +0000 & ReviewsWalden Out, Belleme In at La Ferme<p>In the “you can’t tell the players without a scorecard” edition of this blog, the culinary team at the still-to-open <strong>La Ferme</strong> (<em>9101 Lakeridge Ave., 561/430-3731</em>) in West Boca is being shuffled faster than the Miami Dolphins’ offensive line.</p> <p><img alt="" height="528" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/belleme.jpg" width="350"></p> <p>Just a couple weeks ago the word came out that former Bistro Gastronomie chef William Walden would be heading up the kitchen at La Ferme, a French-oriented eatery from New York-based restaurateurs Bobby, Laura and Alexandra Shapiro. Bistro Gastronomie, you may recall, had the half-life of bacteria, not even making it to the six-month mark before shuttering.</p> <p>Now comes news that Walden is out, reportedly gone back to his old stomping grounds of Washington, D.C., and long-time local toque <strong>John Belleme</strong> is stepping up to the stoves. Belleme has an extensive local resume, having worked multiple positions with restaurateur Burt Rapoport and last seen as chef at another short-lived eatery, Stephane’s. (Now Madison’s, and goddess help them.)</p> <p>In any event, La Ferme is slated to debut on Saturday, Oct. 4, with Belleme turning out dishes like grilled calamari with heirloom tomato and lemon-caper crudo, forever braised short rib Bourguignon and cedar plank salmon with horseradish crust.</p> <p>Get your scorecards (pencil only) ready. . .</p>Bill CitaraMon, 29 Sep 2014 10:27:43 +0000 & ReviewsStaff Picks of the Week<p><strong>Organic Mini Cheese Crackers Sandwiches</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="251" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/backtoschoolsnackmix.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Pictured: TJ's <a href="" target="_blank">Back to School Snack Mix</a></em></p> <p>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant editor</p> <p>"Cheese stuffed between a pair of miniature crackers was a guilty-pleasure snack when I grew up. Trader Joe's offers an organic version, free of corn syrup, of this classic comfort food, which can now be consumed with a little less guilt."</p> <p><em>(855 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p> <p><strong>El Jefe Luchador at Town Center at Boca Raton Food Court</strong></p> <p>Picked by Adrienne Mayer, Production Manager</p> <p>"The Salad 'El Jardinero' with the Heavyweight Option (rice and beans) and carnitas on top tastes better than Chipotle and guacamole doesn't cost extra. Plus, the lines here are shorter!"</p> <p><em>(6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Raw Juce</strong></p> <p>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Assistant Art Director</p> <p>“I love all of the different selections of smoothies and cold-pressed juices they offer and their acai bowls are amazing too! Everything is raw and organic and mostly locally sourced giving you nutrients and enzymes that make you feel AMAZING! Go give them a try and give yourself a boost of health with their yummy selections!”</p> <p><em>(2200 Glades Road, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p> <p><strong>The Grind Cafe</strong></p> <p>Karen Jacaruso, Account Manager</p> <p>"The most delicious desserts and great coffee with a laid back vibe. Check out the Saturday night sandwich menu and keyboard player for an 'after a movie treat.' Also a great during the week hangout."</p> <p><em>(14859 Lyons Road #132, Delray Beach // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p>magazineFri, 26 Sep 2014 13:39:40 +0000 to Carry Melinda Maria Jewelry<p>Quality and affordability. That’s what you’ll get from <a href="" target="_blank">Melinda Maria</a>’s jewelry. This timeless jewelry line, made of sterling silver, 18-karat gold plating and beautifully cut stones, is now available at Bloomingdales in Town Center at Boca Raton. It’s reasonably priced, so you can build up a treasured collection – plus it’s crafted well enough to pass on to future generations.</p> <p><img alt="" height="455" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/melindamaria.png" width="490"></p> <p>The line includes earrings, rings, pendants and bracelets in a number of collections. Probably the best known is the signature Pod collection, pieces of structured concave ovals fixed in intricate assemblies.</p> <p>The designs are a favorite of countless A-list celebrities including Emma Stone. Cameron Diaz and Julia Roberts. They’ve been all over the media, featured as one of Oprah’s favorite things and in shows like Gossip Girl and X-Factor.  Designer Melinda Maria has even been dubbed “The Queen of Bling” by E! entertainment television.</p> <p>The pieces may not be fine jewelry, but they’re about as close as you can get to the real deal. Made in India by craftsmen who typically only make and set fine jewelry, the finished product is more delicate and eye-catching than other costume jewelry out there.</p> <p>Melinda Maria is completely self-taught. Since she was a little girl she couldn't keep her hands out of her mother’s jewelry box. As a teenager she started designing pieces for her and her friends. She took off from there, starting her own jewelry company in her 20s. Since its debut in 2005 the line has taken off as a must have accessory around the world.</p> <p>“My hope is that my jewelry reminds you to sparkle, to follow you passion, and follow the life you dream,” she writes on her website. “I want to make you feel beautiful, sexy, and unstoppable.”</p> <p>To find out more about the collection call Bloomingdales at <a>561/394-2000</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Annie:</strong></p> <p><em>Annie is a senior at Florida Atlantic Univerity working on her B.A in Multimedia Journalism and Sociology. She loves writing about fashion, beauty and entertainment. She hopes to one day be compared to Carrie Bradshaw.</em></p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 26 Sep 2014 13:23:38 +0000 Review: &quot;The Skeleton Twins&quot;<p>To paraphrase a classic epigram from “Arsenic and Old Lace,” suicide doesn’t run in the family of Maggie and Billy, the main characters in “<a href="" target="_blank">The Skeleton Twins</a>;” it gallops.</p> <p><img alt="" height="304" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/the-skeleton-twins.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>When we meet them at the beginning of the film, these once-inseparable siblings are estranged, approaching middle age, and fatherless, ever since their dad took his own life some time ago. Billy, a wannabe actor, cranks a Blondie song on his stereo, scribbles a perfunctory note on the side of a torn envelope, slits his wrist and sinks into his bathtub. Halfway across the country, Maggie is staring at her own bathroom vanity, about to gulp down a handful of lethal pills when she receives a call from the hospital: Her brother, whom she hasn’t seen in 10 years, has just been rescued from his self-inflicted wound and is recuperating in a hospital.</p> <p>The best solution for these two tortured souls? Cohabitate in Maggie’s New York City home, and hopefully reach a truce with Life.</p> <p>“The Skeleton Twins” is not perfect; the ending, which strains for a full-circle climactic callback, is too improbable to accept. But otherwise, this sophomore feature from writer-director Craig Wright is an unusually observant and deeply reflective portrait of middle-class malaise, addressing universal themes of drift and disappointment with smart, economic and truthful writing that may very well be remembered come Oscar time. But what makes the story all the more special is its cast, namely the quartet of funny people who excel at everyday drama with remarkable subtlety.</p> <p>As Billy and Maggie, “SNL” alumni Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig fully capture their characters’ tortured souls—and certainly their scabrous, dry wit, which burbles to the surface in their occasional reprieves from depression—with shades of nuance that “SNL,” in all its broad simplicity, could never forecast. “The Skeleton Twins” does for these two under-utilized talents what “Nebraska” did for Will Forte.</p> <p><img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/cdn.indiewire.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But just as impressive is the work of Ty Burrell, the likable if familiar stock character in “Modern Family,” who is gifted a meaty supporting role as a teacher with a repressed secret. Burrell’s performance, coupled with Wright’s sensitive direction, elevates what could have been a one-dimensional villain into a three-dimensional character that earns our pity.</p> <p>The best praise, though, is reserved for Luke Wilson, another funnyman whose best roles, from “The Royal Tenenbaums” to HBO’s “Enlightened,” hug an uncomfortable border between drama and comedy. So too is his turn in “The Skeleton Twins” as Maggie’s husband Lance, the sort of energetic, square, well-adjusted bro who calls people “chief” and “amigo” and who wears douche-y shoes and eats syrupy pancakes with his hands. But he’s also a sweet, funny, caring guy who deserves better than his deceitful spouse. In a lesser movie, he would be an object of ridicule, but Wright avoids judging any of his characters—and when Wilson finally draws out his character’s pathos, the film is never so moving.</p> <p><em>“The Skeleton Twins” opens today at Cinemark Palace and Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton, Muvico Parisian in West Palm Beach, Cobb Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens, the Classic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale, AMC Aventura 24, Regal South Beach 18, and the Coral Gables Art Cinema.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 26 Sep 2014 13:16:15 +0000 & EventsMoviesBiting the Dust in West Palm<p><img alt="" height="379" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/bb-king_blankneon-jpeg1.jpg" width="200"></p> <p>They’re (not) singing the blues at <a href="" target="_blank">B.B. King’s Blues Club</a> in CityPlace, which has closed after almost five years of dishing Southern-style comfort fare and live music. Reportedly, a new concept from the same folks called Lafayette’s Music Room will slip into that slot, just part of the restaurant churning that has plagued the West Palm shopping/entertainment complex for most of this year. More details when they become available.</p> <p>Also in West Palm, <a href="" target="_blank">Cabana</a> restaurant on the west end of Clematis Street has shut its doors. While the eastern end of Clematis is thriving, to the point of being almost impossible to navigate at peak hours, on the nether end of the street across Quadrille it’s a different story. Too bad, since I really liked the Nuevo Latino fare at Cabana, which was a welcome respite from the burgers, tacos and pasta that’s available just about everyplace else. </p>Bill CitaraFri, 26 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & Reviews“New Benchmark” for Boca, more on FSU&#39;s fumble, plus more.<h3><span style="">Hyatt Place is coming to downtown</span></h3> <p><img alt="" height="163" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/hyatt_delray.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>(Pictured: Hyatt Place in Delray Beach)</em></p> <p>The vote Monday on the most prominent piece of land in Boca Raton was oddly anticlimactic.</p> <p>For decades, the city council had sought a suitable project for the southeast corner of Palmetto Park Road and Federal Highway. Success finally came Monday afternoon. Acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, the council unanimously approved DDRI I.D.A. No. CRP-08-03R2—the plan for a Hyatt Place hotel.</p> <p>The 200-room hotel will be 140 feet tall, with structures on the roof making the overall height 160 feet. It will be part of Ram Realty’s mixed-use Mark at Cityscape project. Hyatt Hotels pitches its Hyatt Place brand to business travelers, but the Hyatt Place in Delray Beach, which opened in 2012, also draws vacationers. The hotel’s general manager says things have been “terrific.”</p> <p>Since Boca had tried to fill that downtown hole for about 30 years, you might have expected applause and Champagne after Monday’s vote. Instead, the discussion featured only a few questions from council members and just the faintest squawking from holdout critics who misunderstood setback rules for the hotel. The clerk recorded the vote, and CRA Chairman Scott Singer moved on to the next agenda item.</p> <p>But make no mistake; this is a big deal. In downtown Boca, this vacant lot has stood out like a missing tooth. The city believed that you couldn’t just fill it with, well, anything. It had to be special. There were repeated references Monday to a “landmark project” on a “landmark corner.” Councilman Mike Mullaugh called it a “new benchmark” for downtown development.</p> <p>Despite fears among some residents that a hotel will overwhelm the property, the Hyatt Place seems like a good fit. The one in Delray Beach works well in the Pineapple Grove neighborhood north of Atlantic Avenue. Though the Boca Hyatt Place will be one-third larger, the site also is more urban. In addition, the design is stylish, and the developers worked with the city’s staff and consultants to maximize the hotel’s compatibility with what the city wants to be a pedestrian-friendly section of downtown after all the buildings is done.</p> <p>“We wanted to break the project down to a human scale, and I think we achieved that for the most part,” says Paul Slattery, whose Boca Raton firm did the architectural work for the Hyatt Place, as it did for the Hyatt Place in Delray. The main issue, he says, is how to “mass” the building—to make it work with the surroundings.</p> <p>A key meeting, Slattery says, took place in February with Urban Design Associates, the city’s downtown consultant. Councilman Robert Weinroth praised the cooperation between the development team and the city. Slattery agreed: “It was a good team effort.” Changes were made to ease the impact from traffic. Example: Valet parking will be available only for the restaurant, not the hotel itself. Other requirements will encourage carpooling and the use of bicycles and buses.</p> <p>Though Hyatt Hotels is a global company with more than 550 properties, the team for this Hyatt Place is intensely local. The engineering firm, like Slattery’s company, is from Boca. The landscape architect is from Delray Beach. West Palm Beach-based Kolter is developing the hotel, as it developed Hyatt Place Delray.</p> <p>Slattery says Hyatt Place Boca will be a “visual landmark,” with recessed lighting at the top making the building visible to guests arriving on Palmetto Park Road after leaving Interstate 95. He says construction should start in March, with the hotel opening 16 to 18 months later, in time for the 2016 high season. If that happens, expect the city to throw a party that will be 30 years in the making.</p> <h3><strong>Look Who Wants to Be City Manager</strong></h3> <p>The list of applicants to be Delray Beach’s city manager is complete at 91, and the list contains some interesting names.</p> <p>The most interesting is Mike Woika, who has been assistant city manager in Boca Raton for the last 10 years, part of a long-term triumvirate that includes City Manager Leif Ahnell and Deputy City Manager George Brown.</p> <p>Other applicants are from South Florida, but they also come with questions.</p> <p>Pat Salerno was city manager in Coral Gables, the affluent (average household income $114,000) city of 50,000 near Miami that is home to the University of Miami. But Salerno resigned unexpectedly last April, giving no single reason for his departure. Salerno’s supporters praised his record of raising the city’s reserves from $1 million to $28 million even during and after the recession. Salerno told the <em>Miami Herald</em>, “We turned this organization around. We changed the culture, the work ethics and the professionalism of the staff.”  Salerno’s critics cited what the <em>Herald</em> called a “brusque management style.”</p> <p>Also applying is Bob Vitas, the former city manager of Key West. He resigned in June and accepted a buyout before the city commission was to take a vote of confidence or no confidence. News reports said Vitas likely would have been fired. The flashpoint was Vitas’ decision in June to name a new utilities director at a much higher salary than the previous director had been making. Vitas and the city attorney also reportedly clashed over whether the attorney had authority to review the utility director’s contract.</p> <p>Still another applicant is Don Cooper, chief financial officer of the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies in Port St. Lucie. Cooper spent two decades as city manager of Port St. Lucie, and former members of the city council praise him for helping to transform what had been a massive subdivision into a city.</p> <p>In 2009, however, Port St. Lucie sank roughly $40 million into bonds to build a headquarters for the Digital Domain movie animation company. Cooper cited what he believed to be a “commitment” to the city by Digital Domain’s CEO. In 2012, however, the company declared bankruptcy and laid off all its employees in the city. A year later, Port St. Lucie unloaded the building for $14 million, leaving the city with years of debt payments on a building it doesn’t own.</p> <p>Among the applicants are people running governments from Hobbs, N.M., to Berks County, Penn. Another aspirant is Robert Kuvon, who lists himself as the founder of 7th Avenue Shakedown. It appears to be a community activist Facebook page focused on Delray issues.</p> <p>On Tuesday, I reported that the city’s consultant in the manager search expected to choose about two dozen serious candidates from the list. In an interview Wednesday, Colin Baenziger declined to name any of those candidates. “I don’t want to get hopes up,” he says, adding that the list could shrink soon to about a dozen. The plan is to have the commission pick the manager on Nov. 3.</p> <p>Does Baenziger think that the commission would prefer someone with Florida experience? “All things being equal,” he says, “they probably would prefer someone from Florida. But all things are never equal.”</p> <h3><strong>Delray and The Pension Issue</strong></h3> <p>While Boca Raton is at impasse with the police and fire unions over contract talks, Delray Beach is still checking the city’s options.</p> <p>As in Boca, public safety pension benefits in Delray will overwhelm the city’s budget if changes aren’t made. Boca Raton chose to reform the current pension system by reducing the benefits. Another option would be for Delray Beach to get out of the pension business.</p> <p>That would happen if the city shifted employees to the state system. Most employees in the Florida Retirement System are teachers, along with state and county employees. But some municipal police officers and firefighters also are members.</p> <p>If Delray Beach switched, the city no longer would have a fire/police pension board that—because of rules about who serves on the board—essentially is under the unions’ control. The board makes decisions about investments, but the city is responsible for any shortages that result from bad investment choices.</p> <p>Police officers and firefighters also might benefit from the switch. They contribute 9 percent to the city’s pension plan. Employees in the Florida Retirement System must contribute 3 percent, and that started only three years ago. The risk, of course, is that the Florida Legislature could increase that contribution if the state system seems inadequately funded. The state system, though, is in better shape than most local fire and police pension funds.</p> <p>First, though, Delray Beach must run the numbers on all options. That has taken longer because in the last six months Delray has had a new—and at this point interim—city manager, a new city attorney, a new chief financial officer, a new human resources manager and a new police chief. We should know much more after the city commission and top administrators meet Tuesday in executive session to discuss collective bargaining issues.</p> <h3><strong>It’s Trader Joe’s Time in Boca</strong></h3> <p>As reported here last month, the Trader Joe’s in Boca Raton will open Friday with a temporary certificate of occupancy. The developer of East City Center, where Trader Joe’s will be the main tenant, did not bury power lines in front of the store, despite the city requiring it as part of the development order. Once the power poles were up, the developer tried to claim that burying the lines wasn’t feasible, but the city council didn’t buy that argument. The store will open as scheduled, but the lines must go underground, in about 90 days, depending on when Florida Power &amp; Light can schedule the work.</p> <h3><strong>FSU Fumbles Again</strong></h3> <p>What a jolly two weeks it’s been for the Florida State University family. First, FSU’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Jameis Winston, embarrassed the university yet again with a profane, sexist outburst in the Student Union that got him suspended for last Saturday’s game against Clemson. Then on Tuesday, as predicted here, the trustees ignored strong opposition from faculty and students and made John Thrasher FSU’s new president.</p> <p>Forget that Thrasher has no background in higher education, not even as an adjunct professor. Thrasher has supported the two most detrimental developments to higher education in Florida: abolition of the Board of Regents and creation of Florida Polytechnic University. The first ended statewide oversight of the university system, which had avoided wasteful duplication of programs. The second drained money from all other 11 universities.</p> <p>Florida Atlantic University did it the right way last January, choosing John Kelly. FSU did it the wrong way, choosing John Thrasher.</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, 25 Sep 2014 14:52:58 +0000 WatchCommunityCelebrate National Coffee Day With These Delicious Deals<p>Perk up your Monday by celebrating National Coffee Day on Sept. 29. Coffee retailers throughout South Florida are roasting up special promotions for the occasion. We’ve rounded up where you can get the sweetest deals.</p> <p><img alt="" height="334" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/coffee.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co.</strong> is offering a free cup of iced or hot coffee with the purchase of any menu item. This includes its signature Iced Coffee Cubsta, which features ice cubes that are made completely out of freshly roasted coffee, keeping your java strong until the last sip. Visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> to find which of its nine Palm Beach County locations is closet to you.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Rhino Doughnuts &amp; Coffee</a> in Lauderdale By the Sea is offering any size of its signature hand-crafted fair-trade coffees for just .99 cents. Known for their robust flavor, an iced or hot coffee goes perfectly with one of their gourmet donuts.</p> <p>The party’s going on all week at <strong>McDonald’s</strong> where a free small McCafé coffee will be offered during breakfast hours now until Monday.</p> <p><strong>Dunkin' Donuts</strong> will reveal its newest and boldest brew and offer free medium cups of their iced or hot dark roast coffee. It will also be offering all varieties of the 16-oz. packaged coffee and packs of K-cups, which normally cost $8.99 for only $6.99 from Sept. 26-29.</p> <p><strong>Krispy Kreme</strong> will be handing out free 12-oz. cups of its house, decaf or dark roast coffee. For just a dollar, you can upgrade to a specialty mocha, latte or iced variety.</p> <p><strong>Starbucks</strong> will be celebrating the birthplace of coffee by offering tastings of its Ethiopian Blend.</p> <p>Try not to hit the cup too hard on Monday. With so many great offers there’s enough Joe to go around.</p> <p><strong>About Annie:</strong></p> <p><em>Annie is a senior at Florida Atlantic Univerity working on her B.A in Multimedia Journalism and Sociology. She loves writing about fashion, beauty and entertainment. She hopes to one day be compared to Carrie Bradshaw.</em></p>Annie PizzutelliThu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsArtists Bring Brooklyn Streets to Delray Beach<p>Delray’s <a href="" target="_blank">Cornell Museum of Art</a> opened its fall exhibitions earlier this month, with the<strong> Florida Watercolor Society</strong> absorbing nearly all of the wall space, upstairs and downstairs, for its 43<sup>rd</sup> annual exhibition. This overwhelming survey of more than 100 pieces abounds in pictorial beauty, but their surface pleasures are conventional and fleeting. The exhibition that more closely reflects the current vanguard of contemporary art is the one gallery <em>not</em> devoted to watercolors.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/cornellmuseum_gallery-june2014_.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Looking for a way to extend the museum’s showcase of paper sculptor <a href="" target="_blank">Will Kurtz</a>’ colorful representations of New York street life—which were one of the highlights of the “Paper as Art” show this past summer—senior curator Melanie Johanson has linked Kurtz’ work to that of two other Brooklyn artists, in a fascinating if frustratingly small exhibit titled “From the Borough to the Beach: Brooklyn-Based Art.” Thus, Kurtz’ “Linda the Dog Walker” and “Church Ladies” make encore appearances following their residencies in the paper exhibition.</p> <p>So does his stunning “Laid Out,” a 3-D wall hanging of a nude woman splayed across a bed, covered entirely in newspaper. As I wrote this past summer, “There’s a raw urgency to this piece, a self-reflexiveness that displays the artist’s materials, his labor and his choices right in front of us. It’s both marvelous and a call to action, seeming to say that with these everyday materials, you can create a masterpiece like this too.”</p> <p>That same sense of egalitarian inspiration colors Kurtz’ additional pieces in “From the Borough to the Beach.” “Tallulah” depicts a girl in a makeshift Lilly-style dress, perched on a mini scooter and smiling up at us. She’s constructed, as usual, out of tape, glue, wood and newspaper, all of which are evident in the finished work; the process is inherent in the result, and the labor is tactile. The artist’s sense of humor and deadpan bluntness is never more pronounced than in his smallest entry in “From the Borough to the Beach,” the bluntly titled “Poor Little Mouse, Caught in a Trap.” The sculpture, presented under glass, is self-explanatory, though the mouse is a paper-clad rodent more colorful than the familiar ashen variety. It’s funny and a bit sad at the same time—not to mention characteristically Brooklyn.</p> <p><img alt="" height="626" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/cornellmuseum_brooklyn_jennifer-lilya_reddelicious_web.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A clear sense of the borough also imbues the exhibit’s second artist, <a href="" target="_blank">Jennifer Lilya</a>, a fashion illustrator known for her acrylic paintings of runway models. Her cleverly titled, small-scale, inevitably vertical images of leggy and stylish young women (“Instaglam,” “Nice Cream Cone”) run the fashion gamut, from sparkling formal wear to punk-rock-chic, and they usually stand in front of white backdrops festooned with colorful flourishes of pastel paint.</p> <p>Contrary to first glance, these particular works are not from fashion shows. They are inspired by the street fashion the artist encounters in Brooklyn. Lilya finds the glamour while Kurtz honors pedestrians’ more earthen qualities.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Mike Cockrill</a>, the artist rounding out this borough trifecta, is something else entirely, a cut above in both his technique and his ability to provoke. A fine artist since 1979, Cockrill is one of the most well-known artists to grace the walls of the Cornell, establishing his controversial style by subverting innocent images from the Little Golden Books series of children’s books. And in the ‘90s and beyond, he created a number of works in which children murder clowns. “I didn’t know if Delray could handle a clown-killing painting, so I stayed away from that,” Johanson says.</p> <p>The pieces she selected from Cockrill’s oeuvre are unsettling enough—especially given that until recently, the Cornell was known as a pop-culture museum that ruffled few feathers. The blocky and severe oil painting “Birthday Girl” and the clean gouache “Struck Woman” both depict young females howling—at what or at whom is anybody’s guess. In the graphite drawing “Railroad Crossing,” a train bears down on a boy and girl as they scurry over the tracks ahead, injecting danger into an atmosphere of childhood innocence. In the most jarring Cockrill inclusion, “Forbidden,” two girls pause in an Edenic environment; one stares suggestively and penetratingly at the viewer, while the other pulls an apple off a tree and a snake slithers up the branch.</p> <p><img alt="" height="578" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/cornellmuseum_brooklyn_mike-cockrill_forbidden.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>On the face of it, the piece shouldn’t be disturbing. It’s only when viewed through our sociological and religious filters that the painting accumulates controversy: The girl is only sexualized because our culture has deemed her so. Occasionally, Cockrill will leave in a “mistake,” such as the white paint dripping from the bottom of the girl’s top, but that only makes his work seem more unreal, and therefore more interesting.</p> <p>And then the show ends, just like that, and we’re back to the placid calm of the watercolors, ushering us back into orbit. “From the Borough to the Beach” is not nearly extensive enough to do these artists justice, and I look forward to the time when Johanson will be granted free reign of the museum—presumably with the Cornell’s winter exhibition, “Language Art.”</p> <p>The steps are small ones right now, but as Delray Center for the Arts ushers in a new period of leadership for both its art and theater programming, change is most definitely in the air.</p> <p><em>“From the Borough to the Beach” runs through Nov. 16 at the Cornell Museum at Delray Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Admission is $5. Call 561/243-7922 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 24 Sep 2014 10:05:38 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachTennis event to raise money for local teaching pro<p> <img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Help raise money for local tennis professional Muzi Dagidir. Dagidir, who teaches at <a href="" target="_blank">Patch Reef Park Tennis Center</a>, sustained major injuries in a car crash on I-95 Aug. 1. As Dagidir faces a long and expensive road to recovery, fellow tennis teachers have rallied to host a fundraiser in his honor, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the tennis center (<em>2000 Yamato Road, Boca Raton</em>).</p> <p><img alt="" height="315" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/muzi_crop.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A long-time local tennis icon, Dagidir joined Patch Reef in 1998. Dagidir was born in Turkey and grew up in Istanbul, according to the Patch Reef web page. He fell in love with tennis while working as a ball boy at the Istanbul Hilton Hotel. He won the Istanbul Junior Championships then moved to the U.S. in 1998 to play for Santa Rosa Jr. College. Following his career there, he moved to South Florida, where he played for FAU.</p> <p>Here’s the scoop about the “Rally for Muzi.”</p> <p>While attending the event is free, there will be a small charge to participate in some specialty tennis clinics. Attendees can take part in tennis carnival, which is cardio tennis, including obstacle courses on tennis courts; and the longest rally, longest volleys and fastest serve competitions; as well as games focused on hitting targets and hitting against the pros.</p> <p>There will be cake, coffee and Gatorade. This family-friendly event will also provide cookies and candy for kids. Reps from tennis brands Babolat, Bosworth, Prince and Wilson will be bringing their racquets for people to demonstrate.</p> <p>To raise money, there will be raffles and a silent auction. Donations are also welcome, whether people can attend or not. All the money raised will go to Muzi Dagidir. For more about how to donate, go to the event’s <a href="">Facebook</a> page or visit the Patch Reef Park Tennis Center, where they have fliers about it.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyUpcoming EventsFarmer’s Table Restaurant Picks<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>It’s  been almost a year since Farmer’s Table restaurant opened in Boca Raton off Military Trail. Now that I’ve sampled all the veggie dishes, I want to spill the beans (pun intended) on my dish suggestions.</p> <p><strong>Favorite Appetizer: Cucumber Tartare.</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/alina_blog2.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>This is a must-try starter that features delicate pieces of cucumber and avocado that are lightly tossed with ginger-chili dressing. Though there’s an option to add tuna to the dish, I suggest skipping this high-mercury fish and put your money toward a nice glass of Round Pond Sauvignon Blanc instead. It goes great with veggie dishes and takes your plant-based meal to a whole new level.</p> <p><strong>Favorite Salad: Health and Wellness</strong></p> <p>You are what you eat, so why not fill yourself up with health and wellness? I love this salad because it has a small serving of quinoa added to it, making it more filling than a regular plate of greens. If you’re looking for complete protein, I recommend adding a side of organic sprouted beans. When you combine beans with grains, you get a full spectrum of amino acids that’s usually obtained from animal products. And because beans are sprouted, their nutritional value is amplified and they’re easier to digest.</p> <p><strong>Favorite Handheld: Baked Falafel (with a minor change)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/alina_blog1.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>Though the baked falafel wrap usually comes in a whole wheat tortilla, you have the option of swapping it for collards – which I highly recommend. Did you know that one collard leaf has only 11 calories, takes less time to digest than grains and can help boost your energy? Kudos to the chefs for incorporating collard leaves in their meals and using them as an alternative to grain wraps. Sweet and savory sides of five-spice sweet potatoes and fresh coleslaw gives this meal a satisfying finish.</p> <p><strong>House Specialty: Vegetable Lasagna</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/photo-1.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>If you think that you can’t get full on veggies, I suggest trying this delicious terrine of garden vegetables in a rich tomato sauce. I usually get this meal when I’m looking for something warm and comforting and it’s definitely my go-to meal in the fall. Even though this dish doesn’t have any pasta, it does feature layers of sweet potato that will make you feel satiated in no time. I like to order my vegetable lasagna drizzled with Daiya mozzarella cheese – a great dairy-free alternative to cheese.</p> <p><strong>Dessert: Sweet Ginger Tea</strong></p> <p>Every time I eat at Farmer’s Table, I’m too full for dessert and end up ordering the sweet ginger tea. Ginger is a great digestive aid, and because I usually have a hard time controlling my portions of the delicious foods listed above, I find this tea to be the perfect ending to my meal. It also has hibiscus, lemon myrtle and strawberry, which give you a hint of sweetness without adding any sugar. If you’ve tried desserts at Farmer’s Table and have a favorite, please leave a comment below to share with other readers!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</p> <p>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</p>Alina Z.Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsTech-Centric Yoko-San Debuts in Boca<p>If you like your contemporary pan-Asian cookery with a side order of high-tech, you’ll want to check out the new <a href="" target="_blank">Yoko-San</a> (<em>99 S.E. Mizner Blvd., 561/430-3565</em>), a sleek new eatery in the star-crossed Boca space that in the last couple of years has seen at least three restaurants come and go faster than you can say, “86’d!”</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/yokosan.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The uber-sleek restaurant from Israeli resto-preneur Stiv Ostrovski bills itself as a “hibachi fushion [er, that would be “fusion”] Japanese steakhouse,” with a 200-plus item menu that ranges all over Southeast Asia, from sushi and Thai curries to Korean-style short ribs and Mongolian beef.</p> <p>If you want to get all fusion-y, there are dishes like salmon Wellington with lemongrass beurre blanc and crispy spicy duck breast over baby bok choy. If you’re not feeling all that adventurous you can get a crab and avocado salad or seared beef tenderloin with foie gras. And, of course, there’s a roster of proteins that can be cooked on the hibachi grill, from chicken and Wagyu beef to sea bass and lobster tail.</p> <p>The restaurant itself is a riot of design elements and color, starting with the bright blue awning over the front door and continuing inside, where the former occupants’ limestone walls, drum chandeliers and pressed-tin ceiling are augmented by vibrant graphics and stylish modern furnishings. Then there’s all the tech stuff, like photo menus that change language with the touch of a button, displays that let you take the now-obligatory selfies and even play memory games at the table.</p> <p>Remember when you went to a restaurant just to, you know. . . eat?</p>Bill CitaraTue, 23 Sep 2014 11:26:52 +0000 & ReviewsThe Women of Distinction Nominees<p><img alt="" height="242" src="/site_media/uploads/image003[1].jpg" width="302"></p> <p>Last week we got to meet the <a href="" target="_blank">Soroptimist</a> Women of Distinction at a reception at the Wick (we are loving this new venue in our city, by the way) who will be honored at the breakfast of the same name coming up next week on Oct. 1. It’s a big group, and a very diverse one, from women in the healthcare industry to businesswomen to consultants, attorneys and social workers. Some you will know, others you may not. But they all share one thing in common and that is a genuine desire to help make their community a better place.</p> <p>Please join us next Wednesday morning at Boca West for this annual breakfast honoring a truly outstanding group of women. For more information, call Judith Hinsch at 561/859-1883 or Deborah Bacarella at 561/239-2300. Tickets are $55, and some seats may still be available.</p> <p>We will see you there!</p> <p>And….here are the honorees:</p> <p>Liliana Abramson, RN, CCM,</p> <p>Kathy Adams of Project Linus</p> <p>Martha (Kathy) Bass, Bass Reporting Services and board chair of  the St. Laurence Chapel Homeless Day Shelter</p> <p>Marta Batmasian, local volunteer, philanthropist and co–owner, Investments Limited</p> <p>Althia Ellis, MPA, Founder/Owner of Thompson-Ellis Consulting and board director of Zonta Club of Deerfield Beach</p> <p>Annette Failla-Phelps, ABR, CRS, member, Boca Raton Woman’s Club Hope Friedman, founder, Gift of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation</p> <p>Alina Gagnon, CVS manager and board member, KidSafe</p> <p>Roxana Garciga, Republic National Distributing Company with involvement in Kids in Distress, Veritage Miami, the Audobon Society, among other groups</p> <p>Phyllis Green, businesswoman and author of <em>Fired at 50 a Survivor’s Guide to Prosperity</em>, as well as creator, “Clubs for Kids” for the Palm Beaches’ Boys and Girls Clubs</p> <p>Karen Harwood, MSW, social worker and original member of the Caregiving Youth Project team</p> <p>Pamela Higer-Polani, JD, chairperson, of the first National Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease in Boca Raton</p> <p>Victoria Hughes, director, Florida Women’s Business Center</p> <p>Cathy Johnson, volunteer for Boca Regional and the Hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute, and Boca Helping Hands</p> <p>Victoria Karasin, organizer, National Walk to End Alzheimer’s disease and treasurer, Women’s Executive Club Palm Beach County</p> <p>Beth King, RN, PhD, Slattery Center for Child Development, Boca Helping Hands, Boca Library, Debbie Rand, Junior League and others</p> <p>Crystal McMillin, CPA, past President of the Junior League of Boca Raton and developer, the JLBR Diaper Bank</p> <p>Louise Morrell, MD, medical director of the Lynn Cancer Institute and the Morgan Pressel Center for Cancer Genetics</p> <p>Stacey Mullins, Esq., board member, South Florida Susan G. Komen Foundation and founder, EBC Foundation</p> <p>Robbin Newman, Esq., Supreme Court Circuit Civil Certified Mediator</p> <p>Pam O’Brien, MSW, JD,  president, and CEO, AVDA</p> <p>Frances “Betsy” Owen, leadership positions with Rotary, board member,  Executive Women of the Palm Beaches and the Children’s Home Society</p> <p>Renee Plevy, businesswoman, career development specialist and philanthropist</p> <p>Wendy Poe, chief customer officer at Bluegreen Vacations</p> <p>Ana Rosacker, MSN, Director of Nursing, Bethesda Hospital West</p> <p>Philippa “Fina” Reboli , board member, National Society of Arts and Letters  </p> <p>Diane Sawchuk, member, Zonta Club and volunteer at Boca Helping Hands, Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots and others</p> <p>Ashley Sherman, director of marketing, Oceans 234</p> <p>Donna Greenspan Solomon, JD,  principal of Solomon Appeals, Mediation and Arbitration</p> <p>Denise St. Patrick-Bell, PhD, National Kellogg Fellow, executive director, Boca Raton Children’s Museum</p> <p>Lowell Van Vechten, public relations and fashion event specialist, co-founder, Boating &amp; Beach Bash for People with Disabilities</p> <p>Rhoda Warren, co-founder of a recruiting firm and volunteer with Hope House of the Palm Beaches, Jewish Guild for the Blind, WXEL-TV and  Florence Fuller Child Development Centers</p>Marie SpeedTue, 23 Sep 2014 10:30:06 +0000;s next for Boca union talks, how FSU may be getting thrashed, plus more.<h4><span>City vs. unions: what happens next</span></h4> <p><img alt="" height="330" src="/site_media/uploads/police___fire_pension_talks_delayed_351270000_20130225171833_640_480.jpg" width="440"></p> <p>With Boca Raton and the police and fire unions at an impasse over pension, wage and work-rule issues—things like promotions—here’s what will happen next:</p> <p>The Florida Public Employees Relations Commission will send the city and the unions a list of potential special magistrates. The city and the police union will choose a magistrate to hear their dispute. The same will happen with the city and the fire union for that dispute.</p> <p>Each side will present its case to the two magistrates, who will act essentially as judges and issue recommendations for resolving the disputes. Either side can reject a recommendation, but there is a powerful motivation for the unions to accept. If either side objects, the final decision rests with the “legislative body,” which is the city council, though the council can rule only on the issues that went before the magistrates.</p> <p>And the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Firefighters don’t have to wonder what the council would do. The unions spent big on Anthony Mahjess in the mayoral election last March, but he lost to Susan Haynie. Her goal, which the four members of the city council share, is to make the police and fire pensions “sustainable for the next 30 years.”</p> <p>To that end, Boca Raton proposed major changes not just in pension benefits but also in wages and work rules. Haynie calls them “significant but fair.” The last two affect the first. What police officers and firefighters make in salary determines how much they make in pensions. Work rules can determine who gets overtime, which can allow police officers to artificially inflate their pensions. The city wants to end the use of overtime in police pensions. Firefighters already can’t use overtime toward pensions.</p> <p>In an interview Monday, Haynie said there are 13 items in dispute with the police union and 10 items with the firefighters. Councilman Robert Weinroth said in email, “The city had asked the police and fire unions to scale back their pension benefits and raises to a level affordable to the taxpayers of Boca Raton. Unfortunately, after 17 meetings with the union officials, the city has not been able to achieve this goal.”</p> <p>As with many full-service cities in Florida, the pension crisis has been coming for more than a decade. It started with a big favor the Florida Legislature did for police and fire unions in 1999, and it continued through the real estate bubble, when too many cities gave out too many overly generous benefits. The trend line has cities being forced to raise taxes or cut services to pay those pensions.</p> <p>Credit Boca Raton for not giving in. As Haynie said, “The voters spoke” in March. Now the city has to make a persuasive case to the magistrates. Haynie hopes for a final resolution by Jan. 1.</p> <h3>Delray city manager search   </h3> <p>The search for a Delray Beach city manager already is going better than the last search, which resulted in the selection of someone who lasted little more than a year.</p> <p>That search took place during the Thanksgiving-Christmas holiday period in 2012. It drew only about 30 applicants for a job that should have drawn many more, given Delray’s appeal as a growing full-service city with big hopes.</p> <p>As of Friday, when what the city’s consultant calls the “recruiting period” ended, Delray Beach has 87 applicants, 31 of them from Florida. Louie Chapman, whom the commission forced out in July, had worked in Connecticut. Colin Baenziger, president of <a href="" target="_blank">Baenziger &amp; Associates</a>, which is conducting the search, says the firm is “still speaking with several candidates we particularly like and hope to have them in the mix shortly.” Chapman is African-American. At this point in the search for his replacement, Baenziger said in a memo the commission, “We have some diversity but not a great deal. This situation reflects the profession as a whole, however.”</p> <p>Once the pool is complete, the firm will cull the applicants and expects to send the commission a list of between eight and 12 semi-finalists by Oct. 15. The choices will be based on experience, the consultants’ “personal observation and recommendations,” diversity and likelihood of success.</p> <p>Baenziger said the firm has “selected approximately two dozen candidates that we want to consider further.” A good bet is that Interim City Manager Terry Stewart, who has applied, will make that first cut. Baenziger said that he plans to meet with commissioners on Oct. 21 to choose finalists—the number is unspecified at this point—with interviews planned for Nov. 1 and the commission choosing the new manager two days later.</p> <p>For all the turmoil Chapman caused, the irony is that it may have helped the city. By exposing his weaknesses so quickly and so dramatically, Chapman allowed the commission—minus Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet—plenty of justification to move on quickly.</p> <p>The goal now, of course, is to distinguish this search from the last one in the most important way: by getting someone good.</p> <h3>Play ball?       </h3> <p>A big proposal before the Palm Beach County Commission today may not affect Boca Raton and Delray Beach directly, but it could affect the area indirectly.</p> <p>The commission must decide whether to spend roughly $150 million in tourist tax revenue over the next two decades on a new dual-team baseball spring training complex in West Palm Beach. It would house the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals.</p> <p>If the commission approves the deal, the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins almost certainly would renew their lease at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. That lease expires in 2017. The tourist tax revenue—raised from the 5 percent levy on motel and hotel rooms—now paying off the bonds to build Roger Dean would go toward construction of the new stadium.</p> <p>Without a deal, the Astros and Nationals—who now train in Kissimmee and Viera, respectively—would look elsewhere in Florida or to Arizona. Also, the Cardinals and Marlins might bolt, given the small number of teams in Southeast Florida—the Mets are in Port St. Lucie—and the long bus rides for the Cardinals, Marlins and other teams during the month-long spring training exhibition schedule.</p> <p>There are two problems with the Astros-Nationals proposal. One is that it depends on the county acquiring 160 acres for the site from West Palm Beach. In return, the city wants four county-owned parcels in downtown West Palm Beach. The commission isn’t prepared to make the swap. Without that land, there likely is no site. A previous plan to use county land in Palm Beach Gardens sank when neighbors objected to the increased traffic.</p> <p>The second problem is that the Astros and Nationals don’t want just the money now going toward Roger Dean. They want increasingly more each year—an “escalator.” Allocating that extra amount to the stadium could result in shortages for other uses of tourist tax money—such as beach restoration. That worries County Commissioner Steven Abrams, in whose Boca Raton-Delray Beach-based District 4 there are 22 miles of beaches.</p> <p>In an interview, Abrams said the stadium debate is separate from discussion of whether to raise the tourist tax to 6 percent, to increase overall spending on tourism promotion. The hoteliers he has heard from, Abrams said, are OK with the increase—if the added money boosts the number of visitors.</p> <p>Tourism promotion is the argument for the second stadium, but the impact of spring training in large counties probably is shrinking. Broward County, for example, had a record year for tourists in 2013—without spring training. And how much should the public—even if the money isn’t from property taxes—subsidize someone like Astros owner Jim Crane, whose net worth is a reported $2 billion?</p> <h3>Thrashed by Thrasher?</h3> <p>We will find out today if Florida State University follows Florida Atlantic University’s example and picks a president the right way.</p> <p>FSU’s trustees will vote today on a successor to Eric Barron, who left to become president of Penn State. Speculation is that the trustees will pick state Sen. and former Florida House Speaker John Thrasher. That would be the sort of mistake that FAU did not make last January.</p> <p>Some FAU trustees approached Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a former Florida Senate president. Atwater, though, never has worked in higher education. The supposed logic was that a politician who knows Tallahassee can work the Florida Legislature for a university’s benefit. Eventually, however, the FAU job correctly went to John Kelly, who at Clemson University had shown that he knows academics and fundraising. That’s the proper combination.</p> <p>Thrasher has shown neither. He may have an undergraduate and law degree from FSU, but his career has been one of politics and special-interest lobbying. Like Atwater, he never has worked in higher education. His qualification? He is co-chairman of Gov. Rick Scott’s reelection campaign, and Scott appoints the trustees. One of them is Kathryn Ballard. She and her husband, lobbyist Brian Ballard—Mary McCarty’s brother—raised the money to finance Scott’s inauguration.</p> <p>The FSU search committee at first wanted to interview only Thrasher, which prompted much public criticism. So the committee sought more applications and tried to make the search look credible, but many in Tallahassee still don’t buy it. If Thrasher gets the job, he will probably be paid at least $500,000—capping a career in which he has done favors for FSU but undermined the overall push for excellence in higher education. Perhaps only in Florida could someone so unqualified get so important a job.</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, 23 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: Sept. 23 to 29<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/carl-hiaasen-010.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Carl Hiaasen</strong></p> <p>Where: Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 305/442-4408, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Fort Lauderdale’s native son and a <em>Miami Herald</em> columnist since 1976, Carl Hiaasen holds fort in his original stomping ground for this reading and signing in support of his latest young-adult novel, <em>Skink: No Surrender</em>. The book, which was recently long-listed for this year’s National Book Award for Young People in Literature, will likely cross over to adult readers as well; after all, its popular title character Skink, a hermetic and one-eyed ex-governor of Florida, was introduced back in <em>Double Whammy</em>, Hiaasen’s adult novel from 1987. This time around, the erratic Skink leads a search for a missing girl that results in “blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets and giant gators.” As always with Hiaasen’s YA work, a passionate environmental message undergirds the adventure.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="364" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/jeangenet-hanskoechler1983-cropped.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Reading of “The Maids”</strong></p> <p>Where: Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free, but donations welcome</p> <p>Contact: 305/442-4408, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Few theater companies in this region would be willing to stage a play by Jean Genet (pictured), the French surrealist known for his controversial explorations of race, politics, prison life and sexual deviance. Miami’s Mad Cat Theatre is one of those companies, and while its version of “The Maids” is a reading and not a full production, it is most certainly better than nothing. The 1947 play, which premiered the year before Genet was famously imprisoned on his 10<sup>th</sup> burglary charge, is based on the real-life account of two French maids whose sadomasochistic rituals eventually lead to a plot to murder their mistress, the sinister Madame. Carey Brianna Hart, Makeba Henry and Jade Wheeler will perform in this stylized classic, under the direction of Jessica Farr.</p> <p> </p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="281" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/tajweekes.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Taj Weekes &amp; Adowa</strong></p> <p>Where: The Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15-$30</p> <p>Contact: 561/395-3946, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Bob Marley’s “One Love” aside, reggae music has long had an unsavory association with homophobia, thanks to gay-bashing references in tunes by Buju Banton, Beanie Man and a number of other high-profile artists. Taj Weekes, a reggae star from the island of St. Lucia, is hoping to change that perception through his music and activism. The talented Rastafarian is currently touring behind his fourth album “Love Herb &amp; Reggae,” which is something of a mission statement for his worldview: Love is inclusive, herbs are not limited to marijuana, and reggae music can and should encapsulate the best of what life has to offer. The music, which he performs with his band Adowa, is filled with lush arrangements and an eclectic style that marries a number of Pan-Caribbean influences. South Florida’s own reggae stalwarts, Spred the Dub, will open this weekend’s Boca Raton performance.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/frank-movie.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Frank”</strong></p> <p>Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 5 and 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6-$9</p> <p>Contact: 561/296-9382, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For an aspiring singer-songwriter in the U.K. (Domhnall Gleeson), a chance meeting on a beach leads to an opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to play keyboards in an eccentric avant-garde pop band called Soronprfbs, whose lead singer, Frank, dons a giant cartoon head which he never removes, even offstage. That’s the premise behind this strange and beautiful dramedy about loneliness, fame, social media and social anxiety, directed by Dublin’s Lenny Abraham and based loosely on the real-life cult musician Frank Sidebottom. The movie, which charts a tumultuous recording session in a remote Irish cabin on through to the band’s volatile booking at Austin’s South by Southwest festival, is deftly amusing for a while, until the dramatic reality of its characters’ damaged lives hits you like a sucker punch. One of the year’s finest films, this surprising and one-of-a-kind movie also includes top-notch performances from Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michael Fassbender.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/debraehrhardt.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Jamaica Farewell”</strong></p> <p>Where: Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35</p> <p>Contact: 954/678-1496, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Empire Stage, a communal black box-style theater space in east Fort Lauderdale, scored a coup as when it secured the South Florida tour of this acclaimed one-woman show, which won a number of awards in 2007 and has provided a national platform for its writer-performer, Debra Ehrhardt. A storyteller, in one form or another, since the age of 5, Ehrhardt grew up in Kingston, Jamaica with dreams of moving to America and pursuing an acting career. At 18 she did so, but, refusing to adapt her strong Jamaican accent and identity to obtain more “American” roles, she decided to write plays for herself—and only herself. “Jamaica Farewell” is an autobiographical work tracing her escape from revolution-toward 1970s Jamaica to her adventures in the States, and she plays more than 20 parts in all, from her father to a prostitute—all without a scenic design, and with the barest of props. Don’t wait to order your tickets; they are selling fast. The show runs through Oct. 19.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="232" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/deborahsilver.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Deborah Silver</strong></p> <p>Where: Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 2 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact: 561/237-9000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Cabaret singer Deborah Silver comes to Boca Raton by way of Mississippi, where she grew up in an environment saturated by the blues. It’s a sound that continues to infuse her sultry vocals, but so does the pop and punch of Broadway grandeur. She’ll bring a bit of both to this local cabaret engagement, a selection of ballads and toe-tappers that will serve as both a preview to her high-profile New York shows in October and as a benefit for Jan McArt’s Theatre Arts Guild at Lynn University. A ticket purchase includes complimentary valet parking and a glass of Champagne. Better yet, if you buy Silver’s CD, which includes unique takes on classics like “At Last” and “Cheek to Cheek,” all proceeds will benefit research into a cure for ALS.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="374" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/pup-crawl.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Fourth Annual West Palm Beach Pup Crawl</strong></p> <p>Where: 200 block of Clematis Street, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>No, that’s not a misprint: This downtown “crawl” isn’t about trying different brewskis but about enjoying a dog day afternoon with your four-legged friends. Activities at the “Pup Crawl” include a noon pet parade judged by celebrity guests, a doggie fashion show at 2 p.m., and a “dog bone stacking contest”—think Jenga with dog biscuits—at 3 p.m. There also will be raffles all day long, face painting, pet adoptions and vaccinations, and food and drink specials from local restaurants. While the event is free, on-site charities such as Kibblez of Love and Dogs 4 Disabled Veterans would love your support.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="290" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/belle-and-sebastian.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Belle and Sebastian</strong></p> <p>Where: Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $44.50</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For fans of indie rock who are drawn, in many cases, to dissonant music and atonal warbling, Belle and Sebastian has always been the band to bring home to Mom: A Scottish sextet with a reputation for unabashed sensitivity and a sonic canvas rooted in neo-classical baroque pop. And despite minimal mainstream support, they’re also one of the successful bands to emerge from Glasgow, claiming the mantle of Scotland’s greatest band in a 2005 poll. If you’ve never heard B&amp;S, start with its sophomore release, 1996’s “If You’re Feeling Sinister,” a landmark LP that defines the band’s soft-tinted cynicism, hooky melodies and colorful instrumental palette. The group’s most recent albums have embraced a vintage ‘70s ambience that suits them just as well, though expect the group’s live set to dig deep into its copious back catalog in a supremely rare South Florida appearance.</p>John ThomasonMon, 22 Sep 2014 18:19:59 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsSocial House Coming to Delray<p>A few more details on the latest Dennis Max eatery, set to debut in late October in the old Ceviche location in the historic Falcon House space in downtown Delray.</p> <p><img alt="" height="282" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/maxsohologo.png" width="490"></p> <p>To be called <a href="" target="_blank">Social House</a>, the restaurant will bring Max’s “farm to fork” ethos to a gastropubby concept that will feature small plates, artisan cocktails, boutique wines and craft beers. One feature will be the Fusion Tower, a quartet of giant chrome-and-glass devices (which cost about $10K each) that can infuse anything from vodka to beer with just about any flavors you can imagine.</p> <p>The menu is still under development by Max Group exec chef Patrick Broadhead and Social House chef de cuisine Scott Pierce. But the interior and exterior are already undergoing a thorough renovation by Manhas Design, which will show off the original brick fireplace behind the bar and spiff up the outdoor patio.</p> <p>Earlier on, Max was toying with the idea of calling the restaurant The Blind Pig, a name I thought was rather cool but probably wasn’t the best call from a marketing standpoint. Which is probably one reason why I’m not opening any restaurants.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 22 Sep 2014 08:30:31 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsWVOY Nominees Announced<p><img alt="" height="467" src="/site_media/uploads/wvolinvite.jpg" width="350"></p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Junior League of Boca Raton</a> revealed the names of the 25 deserving candidates for the 2014 <strong>Woman Volunteer of the Year</strong> at a kickoff event Thursday night at the new Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina (<em>999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton</em>). <em>Boca Raton</em> is a proud media sponsor of the 27th annual ceremony, which is slated for Nov. 7 at Boca West Country Club and includes a special runway show by Alice + Olivia founder Stacey Bendet, courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue at Town Center.</p> <p>Here are the 25 nominees and the organizations for which they volunteer:</p> <p>• Marina Morbeck: Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse</p> <p>• Laura Clarkson: American Association of Caregiving Youth</p> <p>• Kelli-Ann McLeod: Best Foot Forward Foundation</p> <p>• Valentina Martinez: Boca Ballet Theatre</p> <p>• Margi Cross: Boca Helping Hands</p> <p>• Robin Deyo: Boca Raton Historical Society &amp; Museum</p> <p>• Peg Greenspon: Boca Raton Museum of Art</p> <p>• Evie Zimmerman: Caring Hearts Auxiliary of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center</p> <p>• Tiffany Rodriguez: C.R.O.S. Ministries</p> <p>• Mildred Strom: Debbie-Rand Memorial Service League</p> <p>• Kathy Adkins: Florence Fuller Child Development Centers</p> <p>• Marysol Gonzales: Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce</p> <p>• Debora Kellogg: HomeSafe</p> <p>• Tandy Robinson: Impact 100 Palm Beach County</p> <p>• Mary Csar: Junior League of Boca Raton</p> <p>• Laura Wissa: Junior League of the Palm Beaches</p> <p>• Wendi Lipsich: KidSafe Foundation</p> <p>• Bettina Young: Literacy Coalition of PBC</p> <p>• Shari Upbin: NSAL, Florida East Coast Chapter</p> <p>• Laura Campbell-Held: Place of Hope at the Haven</p> <p>• Donna Robins: Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park</p> <p>• Mariela Montgomery: Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach</p> <p>• Marilyn Wilson: South Florida Women's Executive Club</p> <p>• Ann Rutherford: Spirit of Giving Network</p> <p>• Michelle Yellin: Unicorn Children's Foundation</p> <p>In addition, the Junior League announced two Lifetime Achievement nominees: Helen Babione (Boca Raton Women's Club, GFWC) and Connie Berry (Caridad Center).</p>magazineFri, 19 Sep 2014 16:56:20 +0000 BBQ Debuts in Delray<p>Smoke may not get in your eyes but it will get in your meat at the new <a href="" target="_blank">Smoke BBQ</a> (<em>8 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/330-4236</em>), which just made its debut in the old Union location in downtown Delray.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/smokebbq.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Smoke is the showcase for one of the country’s premier competition pitmasters, Bryan Tyrell, who hails from the famed Oklahoma Joe’s in Kansas City and is a member of the barbecue team that took Grand Champion honors in the World Series of BBQ.</p> <p>The Kansas City-style ‘cue Tyrell is dishing up at Smoke includes 15-hour smoked beef brisket, ribs, chicken, turkey and pulled pork, as well as the much lusted-after burnt ends every Wednesday (while they last, which won’t be long). In a nod to health-conscious locals, Smoke will even feature vegetarian dishes, fresh fish specials too.</p> <p>South Florida has never been known as a hotbed of serious barbecue. Here’s to hoping Smoke will change all that.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraFri, 19 Sep 2014 10:49:31 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsArt Show Captures Pulse of Miami&#39;s Music Underground<p><img alt="" height="460" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/snakehole.jpg" width="360"></p> <p>As I’m writing this review, I’m listening to Snakehole, an intense all-girl trio from Miami that categorizes itself as having a “punk doom metal-fused sound.” That may be so, but to my slightly older ears, it sounds like New York No Wave music, particularly the atonal caterwauling of Lydia Lunch—a staple in my record collection whenever I want to let out some aggression.</p> <p>I could be listening online to the six songs on the group’s new, self-titled EP, but I’m cranking it the old-fashioned way, on the band’s officially released cassette tape. As with a lot of noise bands, the cassette tape, revived from technological obsolescence, has become Snakehole’s format of choice, which requires my dusting off a tape/CD/radio boombox that hasn’t been plugged in since the Clinton Administration. The sound is analog and terrible, and yet it’s awesome. The only way it would sound better is if one of the speakers was blown.</p> <p>In other words, this is not pretty music. It’s not tuneful. You can’t dance to it, unless you slam-dance to it. You won’t hear it in a salon or over a car commercial. But it is <em>very</em> Miami, whose Churchill’s Pub has become grand central for music of all sorts of grimy and radical stripes, from garage rock and noise to speed metal, doom metal and “fastcore,” whatever that is.</p> <p><img alt="" height="286" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/bleeding-palm.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Enthusiasm and reverence for the scene, for Churchill’s, and for Miami’s underground music culture fills the galleries at the Art and Culture Center through Nov. 2, in what is likely the most cultish and esoteric exhibition I’ve seen at the eclectic venue. Organized as a way to honor the connection between local music and visual art, the exhibit, titled “Echoes Myron” (named after a classic Guided by Voices cut), thrives on this nexus. A soundtrack of more than 20 tunes plays on repeat in the main gallery, showcasing the music of Snakehole (who performed at the exhibition’s opening), Shroud Eater, Holly Hunt, Nunhex and other staples of the 305 sonic underground.</p> <p>The art, meanwhile, is a wildly varying collection of art by musicians, art inspired by music, and art advertising music, with Churchill’s acting as a frequent signpost. One piece, Beatriz Monteavaro’s “Castle Churchill,” is a totem to the storied venue, a fortified tribute made of recycled cardboard, cat litter boxes and show flyers; like the club itself, it feels like it’s put together with glue and tape and TLC, a fragile concoction that somehow feels eternal.</p> <p>Monteavaro, who curated the show with North Carolina artist Priyadarsini Ray, originally was supposed to open a solo show during this slot in the Art and Culture Center’s schedule. But Monteavaro, who performs and tours in Holly Hunt, proposed “Echoes Myron” instead, an exhibit that could integrate her own musical bent as well as those of her peers and a few strangers.</p> <p>The result runs a gamut from the ethereal to the blunt, the amusing to the disturbing, the quiet to the bludgeoningly loud. The show-stopper of them all is Niuvis Martin’s “Paradise,” a triptych of wood panels featuring painted images of his heavy-metal photography plastered atop religious iconography in Bosch-like abandon. The piece successfully pinpoints the similarities between religious faith and metal fandom, lasering in on the music community’s black-and-denim clad congregants dancing and, in their own head-banging way, davening to their musical messiahs.</p> <p><img alt="" height="171" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/echoesmyron2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Rene Barge’s three-part “Extended Play” (pictured above) is the artist’s example of “post-digital cubism,” a series of manipulated metallic-print abstractions that resemble the noise of so many Miami bands converted to imagery, while Autumn Casey’s “Timeless Viscosity” examines the link between music, sexuality and decadence, highlighted by a beat-up guitar case filled with gummy worms. The collector-nerd in me appreciated Kevin Arrow’s contribution, a wooden shelf full, on both sides, of Grateful Dead bootleg cassettes, fastidiously titled with the city and year of recording.  Other pieces lack a direct connection to music, though musicians presumably created them: David Alexander Bennett’s profound “Transference,” for instance, depicts a human’s midsection being overtaken by machines, a prescient warning about transhumanism and the coming Singularity.</p> <p><img alt="" height="482" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/echoesmyron.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>More pieces than not aim to unsettle, much like the music for which they are associated. Rick Smith’s “Alternative MIA” is a compilation of his flyers for underground shows at Churchill’s and other local snakeholes, many of which feature images of gaping skulls, punctured eyeballs, men in hazmat suits, car crashes, and shadowy figures with guns—an appropriately doom-laden way to advertise acts like Eyehategod, Shitstorm, Shroudeater and Drop Dead. The illustrations in the adjoining room are even darker, but there is also plenty of kumbaya on display, as in Teajay Smith’s “Front of the House:” eight photographs taken at Churchill’s shows that speak to the communal aspect of this crazy musical culture.</p> <p>Obviously, this exhibition isn’t for everyone; if you don’t like the music and you can’t dig the scene, you may not find much value in “Echoes Myron.” But it’s a fascinating state-of-the-culture sort of a show, and if it strains to come up with an overarching coherence, it’s probably because it reflects both the anarchy and diversity of the music.</p> <p>Now, if you don’t mind, I have a tape to flip.</p> <p><em>“Echoes Myron” is at the Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood, through Nov. 2. Admission costs $7 for adults and $4 for students, seniors and children age 4 to 17. At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24, the venue will host a panel discussion with five of the artists, which is free for members and $7 for nonmembers. Call 954/921-3274 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 19 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000 & EventsStaff Picks of the Week<p><strong>The Rebel House</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/rebelhouse2.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Assistant Art Director</p> <p>“Every time I eat and drink here, it's the best I’ve ever had. They're always coming up with something new, unique and delicious and I wonder if this time can be as good as last time – it always is! This restaurant never fails to impress.”</p> <p><em>(297 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton // <a href=""></a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Funky Buddha’s Blueberry Cobbler Ale</strong></p> <p>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</p> <p>“While I’m generally a Belgian pale ale and porter kind of girl, I’d trade in my favorites for this deliciousness. A hint of blueberry and cinnamon mixed together to make a fruit ale that’s not overwhelmingly fruity. (And yes, overwhelmingly fruity is definitely a thing.)”</p> <p><em>(2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Hannibal</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/hannibal.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Picked by David Shuff, Videographer and Video Editor</p> <p>The second season of this amazing adaptation was recently released for home video, but watch from the very beginning. The cast includes Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) as Hannibal Lecter, but playing the character very differently from Anthony Hopkins' version; Hugh Dancy (Black Hawk Down) investigating at the very edge of his own sanity as FBI profiler Will Graham; and Lawrence Fishburne (The Matrix) as Special Agent Jack Crawford, head of the Behavioral Sciences division. The show is suspenseful from the start, since the audience knows who and what Hannibal is long before the other characters realize it. Warning: the show features disturbing imagery that makes Silence Of The Lambs seem quaint. But it's one of the most beautifully shot programs ever shown on television, definitely worth viewing for those who can take it.</p> <p><em>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Mothers and Sons</strong></p> <p>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</p> <p>"GableStage, Miami's most prestigious theater company, opens its regional premiere of this play by four-time Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally. Expect a amusing, powerful and provocative script and knockout performances in this story about a mother still attempting to reconcile with her late son's homosexuality, two decades after his death from AIDS."</p> <p><em>(1200 Anastasia Ave. #230, Coral Gables // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p> <div><em><br></em></div>magazineFri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Forward: Two big shopping events + new gift shop<p><strong> <img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/lookbooklive.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Runway Ready:</strong> Join Town Center at Boca Raton for its biggest fashion event of the year. From 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, the mall will be hosting <a href="" target="_blank">Look Book Live</a>. A collaborative fashion showcase between GQ and Glamour, Look Book Live will offer the inside scoop on fall’s latest trends. Expect giveaways, styling sessions, beauty and grooming tips and much, much more. <em>(6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton // 561/368-6001)</em></p> <p><strong>Gifts Galore:</strong> Now open at Delray Marketplace: <a href="" target="_blank">Pizazz</a> gift store. Owned by a mother-daughter duo, the boutique will sell home décor, gifts and fashion accessories.  <em>(14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach // 561/865-4613)</em></p> <p><strong>Fashion Fest:</strong> The Gardens Mall is celebrating its first ever <a href="" target="_blank">Craving Fashion</a> event on Friday, Sept. 26, from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy an unlimited sampling of food, wine and beer from local establishments and a gift bag full of incredible goodies. General admission tickets are $75 – with a BOGO offer going on now! – and VIP tickets are $100. Purchase your tickets <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsGo Beyond Your Typical Mom’s Night Out<p dir="ltr">It’s time to call in the babysitter. On Tuesday, Sept. 23, <a href="" target="_blank">Mom, Baby, and Beyond</a> is hosting The Ultimate Mom’s Night Out at the <strong>Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs</strong> (<em>11775 Heron Bay Blvd., Coral Springs</em>) from 6-10 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" height="197" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/mombabybeyond.jpg" width="490"></p> <p dir="ltr">General admission tickets are $15 and include access to all of the vendors, seminars and the fashion show as well as a gift bag. VIP tickets are $35 and will also include admission to the VIP dining room and a swag bag with full-size products, samples and exclusive offers from the event sponsors. </p> <p dir="ltr">The event will feature more than 60 exhibitors, featuring everything for moms, moms-to-be and their little ones. A fashion show on the main stage in the Grand Floridian Ballroom will feature the latest styles by Belly Love Maternity Boutique and The Trendy Truck.</p> <p dir="ltr">Seminars will be held by Sara Haley, the pre/post natal fitness guru that Shape Magazine named one of the hottest trainers of 2014 and Pam Mazzella DiBosco, a board certified lactation consultant and labor doula of Birthing &amp; Beyond, Inc.</p> <p dir="ltr">Attendees will be treated to food samples from Whole Foods Coral Springs, pampered with massages from Belly Love Spa and gifted with overflowing swag bags of skin care, health products and more.</p> <p dir="ltr">One hundred percent of raffle proceeds and a portion of ticket sales will be donated to 2-year-old James Edwards, while he recuperates from his near drowning accident on May 30.</p> <p dir="ltr">Grab your girlfriends now and go purchase your tickets to an unforgettable night at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><strong>About Annie:</strong></p> <p><em>Annie is a senior at Florida Atlantic Univerity working on her B.A in Multimedia Journalism and Sociology. She loves writing about fashion, beauty and entertainment. She hopes to one day be compared to Carrie Bradshaw.</em></p>Annie PizzutelliThu, 18 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000 EventsCity-Union Talks at Impasse<h3>Wildflower update</h3> <p><img alt="" height="299" src="/site_media/uploads/960x623.jpg" width="460"></p> <h3>News flash: Talks at standstill</h3> <p>Not surprisingly, Boca Raton has been unable to reach agreement with the police and fire unions on new contracts. According to Assistant City Manager Mike Woika, an impasse has been declared. In an email Wednesday, Woika said there was agreement on "many issues," but also disagreement on others—wages and pensions. Those, of course, are the main issues. The showdown has been inevitable since March, when Susan Haynie ran for mayor on a platform of pension reform and beat the union's candidate, Anthony Majhess. The city's proposal to the Police Benevolent Association makes major reductions in what are financially unsustainable pension benefits. I will have more next week.</p> <p>Last week, the Boca Raton City Council authorized the staff to begin negotiating with <a href="" target="_blank">Hillstone Restaurant Group</a> on a formal lease proposal and site plan for a Houston’s restaurant on the Wildflower property. What are the main issues, what are the chances of agreement, and which side has the stronger position?</p> <p>There is general agreement that the two main points are traffic and the lease terms. The site, on the north side of Palmetto Park Road and east of Fifth Avenue, is on the Intracoastal Waterway at the foot of the Palmetto Park Road Bridge. Fifth Avenue is just two lanes, with East Boca Raton Road feeding into it just north of the intersection. On the south side of Palmetto Park Road— also just two lanes—is Silver Palm Park, which includes Boca’s popular public boat launch. Just to the west is the planned Archstone project, with 378 apartments and 18,000 square feet of retail development.</p> <p>Where will all that traffic go? Could all those customers at the Houston’s manage to park on the property? What if there is valet parking? What about traffic if trucks have to service the restaurant?</p> <p>As the discussion ended, Mayor Susan Haynie offered a helpful perspective on the property—which the city purchased in 2009 for $7.5 million—and the area.</p> <p>Haynie said the original plan for the Wildflower bar/club/restaurant called for only 70 parking spaces. Thus, it was no surprise that traffic was a problem during the Wildflower’s go-go days in the 1980s. Hillstone and the city have been talking about 128 spaces, and the number could rise to 141 if the spaces are made smaller.</p> <p>Still, the area has grown since Wildflower closed, and other changes have exacerbated traffic problems even before the city and Hillstone begin talking. Haynie said, correctly, “We need to fix this intersection.” She pointed out that Fifth Avenue doesn’t align from one side of Palmetto Park to the other, and that the city took out turn lanes to make beautification improvements in the median. The city, Haynie said, might need to revisit that action.</p> <p>Another idea is to seek additional property. Nearby is the site of the closed Maxwell’s Chop House restaurant, on roughly half an acre. City Manager Leif Ahnell said the city had discussed a sale with the New York owner, but the price was more than the property’s appraised value. It sold for $600,000 in 1989. The sense, though, was that the council would like to keep looking for land.</p> <p>A resident who lives three blocks north of the intersection offered interesting ideas, such as extending the median into the intersection, routing traffic under the bridge and otherwise changing the flow, to move vehicles more smoothly. He got a much more receptive hearing than neighbors who continued to argue for a park that would complement Silver Palm. Disagree all you want, but the city did not buy the property for a park; the city bought it to create a gathering spot and to make money from it.</p> <p>Which brings us to the lease. The entry point for negotiations is $500,000 annually in lease payments to the city, plus a percentage of sales, for 20 years with a 5 percent increase every five years. After that, there could be five renewals for five years each.</p> <p>There seems little doubt that a Houston’s would do well on the site, even though there’s a Houston’s near Town Center Mall and another on the Intracoastal in Pompano Beach. “Upscale casual” restaurants are what Hillstone does, and all the council members were “impressed,” to use Robert Weinroth’s description, by Hillstone’s reputation and willingness to keep coming back. Last week was Hillstone’s third version of a plan.</p> <p>If Boca Raton got, say, $600,000 a year, the return would pay for the property in little more than a decade. But if resolving traffic issues means adding property or creating new roads, that expense will figure into the negotiations. I can’t see how the two sides get to a number on the lease until they get to a solution on the traffic. That solution will have to include preventing diners—whether coming by car or boat—from using Silver Palm Park.</p> <p>And the council wants that boating option. Hillstone did not include dockage in its latest proposal, and Haynie and others stressed that the company must allow boats. There also must be public access to the waterfront. In West Palm Beach, developers of a condo project on the Chapel-by-the-Lake property got city approval on their fourth try by, among other things, designing a public walkway in front of the condo for walkers and joggers.</p> <p>“I’m very optimistic,” Weinroth said, that Boca Raton and Hillstone can work out a mutually beneficial deal. What could work against the city, though, is that Hillstone was the only bidder for the site. The council clearly was disappointed that, post-recession, such a spot didn’t generate more interest.</p> <p>Hillstone surely knows that developing the site is a council priority. City staffers certainly do. Ideally, Boca Raton will get a thriving business that will help the neighborhood, not overwhelm it. But as with any negotiations, Boca Raton must be willing to walk away if the deal doesn’t work for the city and the neighbors.</p> <h3>New Mizner news</h3> <p>Scott Singer is the third member of the Boca Raton City Council to weigh in on the proposed <strong>New Mizner on the Green</strong> project: four condo towers, averaging 300-plus feet in height, where the Mizner on the Green rental complex stands.</p> <p>“I have concerns with the size, scale and scope” of the project, Singer told me. “It’s hard for me to envision approving anything close” to what <a href="" target="_blank">Elad National Properties</a> has outlined in documents submitted to the city. Singer cited the 100-foot height limit on the property. Approving an exemption that significant “would have impacts beyond this parcel.” Singer is “willing to discuss” the project, but he’s clearly skeptical.</p> <p>With Councilman Robert Weinroth, Singer makes it two of five council members who are decidedly dubious of this grandiose proposal. Michael Mullaugh sounds more open. The council may to hold a workshop on New Mizner on the Green next month.</p> <h3>ESPN Boca Bowl</h3> <p>These are lousy times for football. With the National Football League, it’s players who beat up women and children. With Florida State University, it’s the latest embarrassment from Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. He was suspended for half of Saturday’s big game against Clemson for yelling a misogynistic vulgarity in the Student Union. Nice move for a guy who nearly was charged last year with sexual assault.</p> <p>On Tuesday, though, the Boca Raton City Council will approve an annual expenditure of $200,000 a year for six years to promote itself through what will be called the <a href="" target="_blank">Boca Raton Bowl</a> at Florida Atlantic University Stadium.</p> <p>The deal is with ESPN, which will televise the game, and Palm Beach County. The game will feature teams that play in Conference USA, which includes FAU, the American Athletic Conference, which includes the University of South Florida and the University of Central Florida, and the Mid-American Conference, which includes teams from Michigan through the Midwest to Massachusetts.</p> <p>This year’s game will take place on Dec. 23. The agreement says future games “probably” will also be played before Christmas. It’s hard to tell how much publicity Boca Raton will get from the game, but fortunately the TV audience won’t hear that the teams are playing at “GEO Group Stadium”—even if prison and football are looking more and more like related subjects.   </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, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityMovie Review: &quot;The Trip to Italy&quot;<p><img alt="" height="224" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/zah_italy_lw-20140515174800479533-360x0.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>I would estimate that about 80 percent of Michael Winterbottom’s “<a href="" target="_blank">The Trip to Italy</a>” resembles outtakes from another feature—the kind of meandering, off-script banter that usually shows up on home-video supplements or that plays over the credits of more structured comedies. This is not, in any way, an insult: Actors riffing from spontaneous inspiration often yields more comic gold than material that has been rehearsed to the point of exaction, and it helps provide the film its wit, its scruffy immediacy—even its creeping pathos.</p> <p>Like its forbear, 2010’s “The Trip,” “The Trip to Italy” is a feature cobbled together from scenes of a BBC sitcom of the same name. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, playing fictionalized versions of themselves, visited upscale restaurants in Northern England in the flagship series, under the auspices of a food-criticism assignment from a newspaper. This time, the premise is exactly the same, only the pair of personalities have been granted access to the finest Italian restaurants and hotels from Liguria to Capri. As Coogan and Brydon converse, usually about culture both popular and esoteric, we occasionally cut away to chefs preparing their delectable four- and five-course meals, and we see the impossible bucolic and verdant countryside fill the widescreen frame around their convertible. Less pleasant acting jobs exist than this enviable culinary traipse.</p> <p>We have to suspend some disbelief here; Coogan and Brydon are anything but foodies, and the idea that they would be offered a tour of Kansas’ cuisine is ludicrous, let alone the world’s birthplace of <em>ribollita</em> and <em>cotoletta alla Milanese</em>. The plates of steaming heaven are just the smokescreen for the old friends’ epic rambles—the trivia, the folderol, the inside jokes, the impressions of celebrities more A-list than themselves, the backhanded compliments, the outright insults and the occasional insights, all of them reached through consistently unpredictable conversational byways.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/slashcomment-the-trip-to-italy-02-800x450.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>It’s these insights that will stick with you beyond the gut-punching humor (though it’s hard to top Coogan’s response to Brydon’s inquiry, “where do you stand on Michael Buble?” “His windpipe”). Their trip to Italy retraces the steps of Romantic poets Lord Byron and Percy Shelley during their Italian exiles, with the implicit understanding that Coogan and Brydon are insignificant of heart and mind compared to these titans of English culture. Indeed, both have problems: The Coogan of the film is divorced and pines for a stronger relationship with his son, who lives with his mother. Brydon is unhappily married with a 3-year-old, and he is on a vastly different wavelength than his spouse. We begin to recognize that his constant and hilarious impersonations of actors ranging from Michael Caine to Woody Allen are an avoidant mask for his own insecurities about everything from his marriage to his career.</p> <p>In the end, that’s what the duo’s trips are really about; certainly they’re not about food or travel. They’re a reprieve from middle-aged malaise, an escape from lives that, as time moves inexorably forward, feel more adrift with every passing year. Often, their discussions wend toward a grotesque finality—what would they look like on a slab, and, if hopelessly abandoned on a frozen mountaintop, would they cannibalize themselves?—or meditations on their legacies. The most affecting scene in the film involves Brydon having a one-way “conversation” with a primitive, petrified human displayed under glass in one of Italy’s rustic tourist enclaves. When this lonely traveler indicates that he envies this mummified creature’s life, we kinda believe him. </p> <p><em>“The Trip to Italy” is now playing at Living Room Theaters at FAU in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray, Movies of Lake Worth, and the Classic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 17 Sep 2014 10:30:23 +0000 & EventsMoviesBoca After Dark: Banana Boat<p class="Body"><strong>Where: </strong>739 E. Ocean Ave, Boynton Beach //  561/732-9400</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="378" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/bananaboat.jpg" width="475"></p> <p class="Body"><strong>Lowdown: </strong>One of Florida’s most attractive features is being able to spend time outside all year round. Restaurants and bars with outdoor seating and entertainment are definitely at an advantage — especially when they’re situated right on the intracoastal, much like <a href="" target="_blank">Banana Boat</a> in Boynton Beach.</p> <p class="Body">This landmark destination aims to give locals and visitors a real Florida experience — and it does it well. Immediately upon entering Banana Boat, you’re smacked in the face with just how “Florida” it really is. You get a full view of the waterway with passing boats, with many docked while their owners grab something to eat or drink.</p> <p class="Body">The beachy vibe is exaggerated even more so by the casual atmosphere. Employees are in tank tops and shorts and there is certainly no fancy dress code for guests. Everyone’s friendly and talkative, and it’s obvious everyone’s there to have a good time.</p> <p class="Body"><strong>Intangibles: </strong>Bartenders call Friday night their best night — people come in after work for happy hour and end up staying much later than anticipated. Words of advice? If you’ve got plans to head over to Banana Boat to toast the weekend, don’t make any other late night plans. The live entertainment and energetic crowd are likely to convince you to keep the party going well past happy hour.</p> <p class="Body">If you’re into cocktails, try the Banana Margarita, a mix of house tequila and a splash of banana liqueur, for only $5.50. It’s tropical without tasting too much like banana, and salty without reminding you too much of a traditional margarita. But don’t look for this unique combination on the regular menu, it’s one of the Daily Drink Specials listed on a menu available at the bar. Craft beer lovers can get their taste of craft varieties from Cigar City and Dogfish, among others.</p> <p class="Body">Plenty of wine options and other cocktails are available to keep guests happy while they indulge in seafood favorites such as Blue Point oysters and fresh Florida blackened mahi-mahi.</p> <p class="Body"><strong>Noteworthy: </strong>Ladies Night is every Tuesday from 9 p.m.  to close, with a live D.J. providing the music all night long. Ladies get two free drinks or shots, and appetizers are half-price for all. Poker player? Then you’ve gotta get over to Banana Boat on Thursday nights for their weekly Texas Hold’em style tournaments. They start at 7 p.m. with free buy-ins. Domestic beers are $2, house shots are $4 and you can order off the appetizer menu all night.</p> <p class="Body">Live music on Friday and Saturday goes from 7-11 p.m. You can hear the music as soon as you pull into the parking lot. It’s a pretty inviting way to entice people to stay at Banana Boat instead of continuing driving to the restaurant next door.</p> <p class="Body">Happy Hour is Monday through Saturday at the bar from 4-7 p.m. Lunch is available everyday from 11-4 p.m.</p> <p class="Body">There is plenty of room for docking your boat, as well as complimentary valet.</p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> Banana Boat is open Monday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><em><strong>••••••••</strong></em></p> <p><em>For more on bars in Boca Raton, click <a href="/blog/tag/boca-after-dark/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <center><strong></strong></center> <p><strong>About Shaina</strong></p> <div>Shaina is a Boca transplant, born and raised in South Jersey. Her love of writing began at a young age and followed her through to Rutgers University where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. It wasn't until she sought after a new and exciting journey far away from the cold winters of Jersey that she discovered another love: food. Shaina created her very own food blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca, and has since grown her passion for cooking, baking, and of course sipping and savoring her way around town. She is very excited to be part of the team at Boca Raton Magazine and hopes that you will join her every step of the way as she explores <em>Boca After Dark</em>. You can follow Shaina and all of her foodie adventures in and out of the kitchen at <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div>Shaina WizovWed, 17 Sep 2014 10:09:44 +0000 Tourney Open to the Public<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Get five people together to form a dodgeball team, and get ready to play in the <strong>National Recovery Awareness Month Dodgeball Tournament and BBQ</strong> at Lake Ida Park, Sept. 20.</p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/dodgeball.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The outdoor tournament at <em>1455 Lake Ida Road, Delray Beach</em>, will run from from noon to 5 p.m. It’s sponsored by <a href="" target="_blank">Lighthouse Recovery Institute</a>, a licensed drug, alcohol and eating disorder treatment center, specifically for women.</p> <p>There’s more than dodgeball at this event. Participants can look forward to food, refreshments and raffle prizes, says Jordan Whitehead, director of business development at the Lighthouse Recovery Institute. Plus the entire team can sign up for only $25.</p> <p>Whether you’re in recovery or not, you can join in the dodgeball fun, Whitehead says.</p> <p>“Even if they’re not a recovering alcoholic or an active alcoholic, usually, through six degrees of separation, they know someone who is affected by the disease,” he says.</p> <p>National Recovery Month is about making people more aware of the reality behind addiction. Whitehead says its purpose is to dispel common stigma that people suffering from addiction are all homeless, carry brown bags with bottles and don’t take care of themselves.</p> <p>“We’re all, for the most part, adults trying to move forward in our lives,” he says.</p> <p>Money raised from the tournament will be donated to an addiction- or alcoholism-based charity, but the specific charity has not yet been identified, Whitehead says. This is the first tournament of its kind for the recovery institute.</p> <p>To sign up, email or call 561/859-3413. To find out more Lighthouse Recovery Institute (<em>4733 W. Atlantic Ave., Suite C-17</em>) visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 17 Sep 2014 08:52:19 +0000 Elia Rebrands Restaurants + Opens in Coral Springs<p>While its widely known restaurant concept will remain the same, <a href="" target="_blank">D’Angelo Pizza, Wine Bar, Tapas</a> is changing face. The chain of South Florida restaurants will now be known as <strong>Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar, Tapas</strong>.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/angeloelia.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The name change will come with new menu items, like the Angelo Burger, crafted with fontina cheese, fried egg and black truffle arugula mayonnaise; a slew of paninis made with your choice of whole wheat or ciabatta bread; and salads like the chopped antipasto, a mix of prosciutto, ham, salami, mozzarella, ceci romaine, radicchio, roasted peppers and topped with a black olive lemon vinaigrette.</p> <p>The new Coral Springs restaurant (<strong>5920 Coral Ridge Drive</strong>), which opens Sept. 25, will be the first to bear the rebranded name. The restaurant will mirror its sister establishments modern feel, featuring ebony wood finishes, white-stone countertops and flat-screen TVs mounted on the walls. </p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 16 Sep 2014 09:10:49 +0000 & ReviewsMore train talk, some Delray news &amp; other reflections<h3><img alt="" height="309" src="/site_media/uploads/24814239_bg1.png" width="315"></h3> <h3>More train talk</h3> <p>There’s always more to write about <a href="" target="_blank">All Aboard Florida</a>.</p> <p>In <a href="/blog/2014/09/11/all-aboard-is-off-and-running-too-big-for-boca-and-never-forget/" target="_blank">Thursday’s posting</a>, I explained that despite strong public opposition in some parts of Palm Beach County and especially north of the county through the Space Coast, the new passenger service between Miami and Orlando is going to happen. The effort is to make All Aboard Florida as compatible as possible.</p> <p>To that end, I wrote, horns will sound at crossings, not on the trains themselves, and those “wayside horns” will be quieter. A spokeswoman for All Aboard Florida emailed this clarification: “Between West Palm Beach and Hallandale, there will be a continuous quiet zone, meaning the trains will not sound horns unless the conductor sees a trespasser or an emergency need to do so. All Aboard Florida will not be installing wayside horns.”</p> <p>I checked this with Nick Uhren, director of Palm Beach County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The group has been working with All Aboard Florida, federal railroad officials and local governments on safety upgrades at rail crossings that would obviate the need for trains to blow horns.</p> <p>Uhren said the All Aboard Florida spokeswoman’s scenario is “our intended outcome” and the “likely outcome.” If the improvements happen—and the MPO has set aside a local share of federal money to pay for them—the Federal Railroad Administration will approve a quiet zone for the 83 crossings on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks between 15th Street in West Palm Beach and the Broward County line. (Trains will travel much faster north of West Palm, requiring a different set of improvements.) Broward’s Metropolitan Planning Organization is working on a separate quiet zone for that county.</p> <p>Still, Uhren says of the Palm Beach County portion of that West Palm-Hallandale quiet zone, “We’re not there yet.” All Aboard Florida is “forecasting an outcome in advance.” So how do we get there?</p> <p>Since the federal government is involved, things can get interesting. The feds assign risk ratings to each crossing, based on car and pedestrian traffic, safety features and accidents. But, Uhren says, the feds don’t tell the locals how they calculate those ratings. The locals must rely on a certain level of trust.</p> <p>Uhren stresses that even without federal designation of a quiet zone, all crossings will be safe for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians who do nothing illegal, such as trying to drive or walk around gates that have closed. Quiet zones, with their enhanced improvements, are designed to prevent that illegal behavior.</p> <p>The goal, then, is to evaluate those 83 crossings and determine what improvements overall will qualify that stretch of track for designation as a quiet zone. The two main improvements are medians and four-way gates. All Aboard Florida, Uhren says, prefers medians. “So do I.” They are cheaper and more reliable. Easy, right?</p> <p>Nope. The problem is driveways near the tracks. Install the 60-foot medians, and property owners might be able to turn just one way out of their driveways. Uhren says gates will be installed at those crossings.</p> <p>And which crossings have the highest risk? You might be surprised.   </p> <p>According to the federal government, the riskiest crossing in Boca Raton is not Yamato Road or Glades Road but Camino Real, south of downtown. In fact, the Camino Real crossing is rated the riskiest of all 83 crossings, beating out Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach, not far from CityPlace and the Kravis Center.</p> <p>In Delray Beach, the riskiest crossing is not Atlantic Avenue—with all the downtown diners and clubbers—but Northeast Second Street, two blocks north of Atlantic. Well-traveled Linton Boulevard is among the safest.</p> <p>According to a draft plan, the MPO says it will take the closing of two crossings—near the All Aboard Florida station in West Palm Beach—and the addition of 15 exit gates and one median to meet the quiet zone standard. The clock is ticking. All Aboard Florida has begun work on the West Palm-Miami section, and “wants the final list,” in Uhren’s words, so the company’s improvements and those necessary for the quiet zones can happen simultaneously.</p> <p>Though federal money will pay for the quiet zone features, local costs will rise, but not by much. Cities are responsible for maintaining crossing gates. The added maintenance costs in Boca Raton and Delray Beach will be $12,600 each —a good deal if it means no horns from All Aboard Florida’s 32 trains per day.</p> <p>Other improvements also will help the public. Gates will be timed to close sooner for fast-moving passenger trains and more slowly for slower freight trains. The plan also is for sidewalk upgrades at many crossings, paid for with the same federal money that is financing quiet zone upgrades. Eleven of the 12 crossings in Delray Beach will get better sidewalks, thanks in part to lobbying by the Delray-based Safety as Floridians Expect (SAFE). In Boca Raton, sidewalks at Hidden Valley Road, Northwest 28<sup>th</sup> Street, Northeast Second Street and Southwest 18<sup>th</sup> Street will get upgrades.</p> <p>Finally, there’s the question of when the horns will stop blowing. “That’s a sticky issue,” Uhren said. The quiet zone will cover seven cities—Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Hypoluxo, Lantana, Lake Worth and West Palm Beach—and Palm Beach County. Uhren said any one could apply for the quiet zone designation, representing all the governments. The cities are reluctant, Uhren said, because if an accident occurs in another jurisdiction, the city that applied could face liability issues. The county, Uhren said, would be the most logical. With just one applicant, the designation could come sooner.</p> <p>Some elected officials still may not be clear about all the details of the quiet zone and related improvements. The same goes for the public. Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein said after last week’s city commission discussion that there’s “a lot of misinformation” about All Aboard Florida. I hope these last two postings have made more things clear.</p> <h3>Gun thefts</h3> <p>Not long ago, I wrote—with some disbelief—about how someone in Boca Raton left a gun in an unlocked car. The car was in the driveway. The gun was stolen.</p> <p>That happened in Camino Lakes, a neighborhood in the city’s southwest section. Last week, the Boca Raton Police Department reported that a gun had been stolen from a locked car that had been left in the driveway. The incident happened not far away in the Palm Beach Farms neighborhood.</p> <p>One might wonder this: Are the two thefts are related? More important, one might wonder this: Who is irresponsible enough to leave a gun in a car, and leave the car in the driveway?</p> <h3>Domestic violence—closer to home</h3> <p>Like so many people, I’m stunned and outraged by the indifference the National Football League showed to the issue of domestic violence until the <a href="" target="_blank">Ray Rice video</a> forced the league and the Baltimore Ravens to take serious action against a player who knocked his wife unconscious with one punch, and then dragged her out of an elevator.</p> <p>The NFL, though, is just a reflection of a society that too often doesn’t take seriously crimes against women. Flash back nearly a decade in Boca Raton to see how that indifference can happen in the most ironic of places.</p> <p>In Palm Beach County, then and now, an arrest for domestic violence—misdemeanor or felony—means that the accused spends the night in jail. The point is to drive home to the accused—almost always a man—that the matter is not just between him and the woman. He has to deal with the system.</p> <p>On a Friday night in September 2005, police arrested the late Gregory Talbott, a developer and a big backer of Police Chief Andrew Scott. Talbott faced five charges growing out of an incident at a restaurant. One was for domestic battery.</p> <p>Called to the city holding cell, Scott ordered Talbott released. Scott tried to claim that there was a difference between domestic battery and domestic violence, and thus Talbott didn’t need to appear in court. There was no difference. According to a spokesman for the state attorney’s office, there still isn’t.</p> <p>Some on the city council dismissed Scott’s actions, but the pressure kept up as the chief’s story crumbled. That December, Scott resigned. Remember that story as we see whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will survive his own domestic violence controversy.</p> <h3>Delray city attorney news</h3> <p>The Delray Beach City Commission will send a symbolic message tonight if it approves the hiring of <strong>Michael Dutko</strong> as assistant city attorney.</p> <p>Dutko worked previously in the public integrity unit of the state attorney’s office. It was established about the same time as the county commission created the Office of Inspector General and the Commission on Ethics. Under former management, Delray Beach was famously hostile to such outside oversight. That attitude has shifted. Hiring Dutko would show that it has shifted even more.</p> <h3>Inspector General</h3> <p>One of the favors the Office of Inspector General did for Delray Beach was help the city win its case against the 2012 extension—without bidding—of the trash-hauling contract. The hope is that bidding Delray’s largest contract will save residents money.</p> <p>While Delray seeks those bids, the city signed an agreement with Waste Management to keep providing service. The extension was until Oct. 31, but tonight the commission will be asked to extend the extension until May 31. Mayor Glickstein told me last week that the city attorney’s office wants to get everything right on the bid proposal. Fair enough, but it’s been six months since the city won in court. Get things right, but get moving.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzTue, 16 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityAltuzarra for Target<p>Get your wallet ready! The hotly anticipated <a href="" target="_blank">Altuzarra for Target</a> collaboration is now available in stores, online and on Net-a-Porter. The 48-piece collection includes apparel, lingerie, shoes and accessories. Each piece costs anywhere between $17.99 and $89.99, an incredible steal considering a ready-to-wear piece can easily set you back a couple of thousand.</p> <p>A red-carpet favorite of Hollywood’s most stylish leading ladies including Cate Blanchett and Cameron Diaz, Altuzarra fuses French sophistication with American functionality. Fans of the high-end line will be pleased to find that the brand’s Target capsule collection will include a mix of iconic Altuzarra silhouettes and pieces designed specifically for Target.</p> <p>“As a designer, I believe firmly in the transformative power of fashion. It has the ability to not only change how you look, but also how you feel,” said Joseph Altuzarra, the brand’s designer and creative director, in a press release. “I’ve admired the elegance that Target brings to fast fashion. By working together on this capsule collection, we hope to instill a sense of power, confidence and beauty in women everywhere.”</p> <p>The collection channels an eclectic, ‘70s vibe, featuring bohemian maxi dresses, polished suits and high slits. The accessories, though faux leather, are sophisticated and luxe, appearing far more expensive than their price tags would suggest.</p> <p>Flip through the full <a href="" target="_blank">look book</a> to get a head start on your to-buy list and check out my list of standout pieces.</p> <p><strong>Croc Effect Belt in Black</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="263" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/croceffect2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong></strong>This croc effect corset belt is the perfect piece to add a little edge to an outfit; slip it on over a breezy summer dress to easily transition it into fall.</p> <p><strong>Romanian Dress Black Dot Swiss</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/romanian.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>Although the dress comes in both a maxi and midi lengths, the midi feels more “now” and on-trend. (Plus, you can show off your shoes!)</p> <p><strong>Blouse in Python Print</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/blouse.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>Classic yet contemporary, the python print blouse exudes 70s glamour.</p> <p><strong>Crane Embroidery Dress</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/cranedress.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Nothing is more luxe than a tuxedo dress; the slit adds a little sex appeal while still remaining on the conservative side.</p> <p><strong>Over the Knee Boot in Black</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/boot.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>An amazing fall style at an even more amazing price, the over the knee boot is a perfect pairing for your fall dresses, skirts or skinny pants.</p> <p><strong>Shirt Dress White Banker Stripe</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/shirtdress.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>This easy, minimalist dress is a perfect layering piece.</p> <p><strong>Velvet Blazer Ruby Red</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/velvet.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>A perfect addition to your fall wardrobe; wear it with jeans, to work, anywhere.</p> <p><strong>Black Jacquard Skirt</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/jacquard.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>Sexy, yet tasteful, the black snake print pencil skirt is classic yet modern.</p> <p><strong>About Stephanie:</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/stephaniepernas.jpg" width="300"></strong></p> <p> </p> <p>Stephanie Pernas is a personal stylist, fashion writer and style expert. She is the owner of <a href="" target="_blank">A Sparkle Factor LLC</a>, a personal styling and lifestyle consulting business. She also writes and edits <em>A Sparkle Factor</em>, a go-to destination on the web featuring the latest trends, style tips, and fashion news focused on highlighting attainable style for the every-girl. She has almost 10 years of experience in the fashion industry, having worked in the fashion departments of magazines like Glamour, Women’s Health and Teen Vogue. After spending five years in New York, she is currently bringing a little bit of sparkle to the South Florida area where she resides with her family. </p>magazineMon, 15 Sep 2014 17:00:46 +0000 Owens + lulu dk at Deborah James<p>Champagne will be flowing all week at <a href="" target="_blank">Deborah James</a> (402 Via De Palmas, Boca Raton) as the store celebrates the arrival of Rick Owens’ fall 2014 collection.</p> <p><img alt="" height="431" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/rickowens.jpg" width="437"></p> <p>Starting Monday, Sept. 15, through Friday, Sept. 20, the California designer’s collection will be on full display, with the Paris runway show running in a loop at the store. Expect lots of neutral shades and solid colors from the line, which features plush fabrics in futuristic cuts.</p> <p>Also debuting at the store are lulu dk tattoos, temporary metallic jewelry tattoos that are popping up all over the place. Just apply with water and remove with baby oil.</p> <p><img alt="" height="349" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/luludk.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For more information, call 561/367-9600.</p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsStaff Picks of the Week<p><strong>Stache</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/stache.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</p> <p>"This 1920s-style speakeasy is my favorite new spot in downtown Fort Lauderdale. It's the type of establishment where drinks are referred to as libations, your entertainment is a burlesque show and there is no standard attire."</p> <p><em>109 S.W. Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale // <a href=""></a></em></p> <p><strong>Crossfit West Boca</strong></p> <p>Picked by Jeanne Greenberg</p> <p>“A gym that’s guaranteed to whip you into shape. It's such a great workout - something new hurts every day. Both of my daughters and I signed up and love it.”</p> <p><em>19575 State Road 7, Boca Raton // <a href=""></a></em></p> <p><strong>Old Key Lime House for a Gators game</strong></p> <p>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</p> <p>"This place has a million TVs, free jello shots with every touchdown, great wings and a Gator raffle at halftime. But the best thing is that you are packed in with Gator fans of all ages, and the sound system has all the gator sound effects, from the Gator chomp to ‘We are the boys of old Florida’ It's the next best thing to being in the Swamp."</p> <p><em>300 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana // <a href=""></a></em></p> <p><strong>The Barre Studio</strong></p> <p>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Associate Art Director</p> <p>“If you like a good workout like I do, try the barre classes at this fabulous boutique studio! You will see and feel the results after your first class. Get ready to feel the burn!”</p> <p><em>61 S.E. Fourth Ave., Delray Beach // <a href=""></a></em></p>magazineFri, 12 Sep 2014 16:17:30 +0000 Programmer Joins Arts Garage<p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Arts Garage</a> has been a favored jazz joint for locals since its inception, but this summer, the venue turned a corner. If expectations are met, its latest hire should fully elevate Arts Garage from a great South Florida music venue to one of the preeminent music venues in the Southeastern United States.</p> <p><img alt="" height="383" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/toddbarkan_1_jk.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>That new hire would be <a href="" target="_blank">Todd Barkan</a>, a legendary jazz promoter and erstwhile artistic administrator at Jazz at Lincoln Center—an elder statesman of the genre dating back to its original heyday. Perhaps more familiar inside industry circles than outside of them, Barkan’s “fame is largely based on making other people famous,” according to the <em>Wall Street Journal</em>.</p> <p>The Ohio native, himself an accomplished pianist, rose to prominence playing alongside the sort of names that are chiseled in musical marble, luminaries like Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. As an entrepreneur, producer and manager from 1972 to 1983, he worked with the likes of Art Blakey, Jimmy Witherspoon and Stan Getz. The list really does go on and on, including a stint in the ‘90s as a jazz programmer in Japan, running his own jazz label, producing more than 800 recordings and landing the plum Lincoln Center job in the 2000s. And now he’s with us, programming for both Arts Garage and its sister venue, <a href="" target="_blank">The Bailey Contemporary and Ali Building</a> in Pompano Beach.</p> <p>The time couldn’t be better for this major programming shift. As great as Arts Garage has always been, its music schedule had come to feel repetitive—a familiar cycle of names returning every few seasons. That’s certainly not the case looking toward the fall, with Barkan’s extensive experience and exhaustive Rolodex already manifesting in some impressive bookings. Here’s a glimpse at three highlights this month, all of whom will make their Arts Garage debuts.</p> <p><img alt="" height="638" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/polly.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Tonight (Sept. 12)</strong>: The sensational British singer-songwriter <a href="" target="_blank">Polly Gibbons</a>, an artist whose influences range from Leonard Cohen and Charlie Parker to Nina Simone and Buddy Guy, was nominated for a BBC Jazz Award back in 2006, before she had an album to her name. She makes her North American debut at Arts Garage.</p> <p><img alt="" height="638" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/larryc.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Sept. 19-20</strong>: Inspired by rock, jazz and eastern music, the fusion guitarist <a href="" target="_blank">Larry Coryell</a> has been a musician’s musician for more than 45 years, during which time he has released a staggering 43 albums and performed with Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and Charles Mingus.</p> <p><img alt="" height="394" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/cyrus.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Sept. 27</strong>: The list of jazz pianist <a href="" target="_blank">Cyrus Chestnut</a>’s creative collaborations—from Chick Corea and Dizzy Gillespie to Bette Midler, Brian McKnight and opera diva Kathleen Battle—speaks to his versatility. Chestnut’s 16 albums feature his unique and unabashed love for gospel melodies in a jazz setting.</p> <p><em>To purchase tickets and view the entire Arts Garage schedule, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. The venue is at 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach. Call 561/450-6357.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 12 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicUpcoming EventsLa Ferme Coming to Boca<p><img alt="" height="183" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/walden.jpg" width="200"></p> <p>If at first you don’t succeed, well. . . try, try again.</p> <p>That, at least, is the story of <strong>chef William Walden</strong>, whose run at West Boca’s Bistro Gastronomie—and the restaurant itself—had approximately the half-life of bacteria, closing after less than six months in business.</p> <p>But come later this month, Walden will be back, and at the old Bistro Gastronomie location in the Yamato Village Center no less. This time, though, the restaurant is <a href="" target="_blank">La Ferme</a> bistro, with Walden teaming up with <strong>New York restaurateurs Bobby, Laura and Alexandra Shapiro</strong>.</p> <p>The Shapiros are veteran operators, owning two eateries in Manhattan as well as several other restaurants in other parts of the country over the years. Walden too is a restaurant vet, with a resume that includes stints on the “Great Chefs” TV series and several highly regarded spots in Virginia.</p> <p>At La Ferme the French influence will still be strong, though at a lower price point than Gastronomie. Look for such classics as escargot, salad nicoise, foie gras torchon, steak frites, beef Bourguignon, and skate with brown butter. Design is be Wilton Manors-based Shuster Design Associates, who’ve crafted a 120-seat space with indoor and outdoor dining areas and a spacious bar.</p> <p>You can never have too much good French bistro cookery, IMHO, so I hope La Ferme has a longer run than its predecessor.</p> <p>P.S. This blog will be taking a short vacation starting today. I’ll be in California hanging with friends and family and will return next week, when we’ll pick up where we left off. . .</p>Bill CitaraFri, 12 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsCan FAU Make the Grade?<p>On Aug. 18, nearly 5,000 incoming freshman began their journey at <strong>Florida Atlantic University</strong> eager to settle into their surroundings, make new friends, and hopefully learn a thing or two before they graduate. However, if the current trend continues nearly 60 percent of these students won’t earn their bachelor’s degree within the next six years.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/fau.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The graduation rates at FAU have been below average for more than a decade, remaining between 34 and 41 percent, according to university documents. A recent change in legislation finally has put the pressure on FAU to do something about these alarming numbers.</p> <p>Over the summer, the Florida Board of Governors, the assembly that regulates the state’s 12 public universities, approved a <a href="" target="_blank">new performance funding system</a>. Schools are graded on a 50-point system; among the factors considered: the number of students employed after graduation, second-year students who return with at least a 2.0 GPA and that year’s graduation rate (based on completing an undergraduate degree within six years).</p> <p>FAU ranked among the bottom three schools, earning just 21 points. Because of that, the university lost $1.4 million in subsidies—money that is being redistributed to higher-performing schools. If FAU doesn’t show improvement by next year, the school stands to lose as much as $6.7 million.</p> <p>Thomas Wilson, a professor in the sociology department, says that these figures may not be quite as troublesome as they seem. “After students leave FAU we don’t know where they go,” he says. “Sure, some of them just drop out, but many of them may be transferring to better universities.” He believes that in order to fix the problem, the administration needs to find out why these students aren’t graduating.</p> <p>Felicha Philippe, a senior who started at FAU as a freshman in fall 2009, blames part of the problem on poor advising and scheduling issues. “I’ve gone to the same advisor three times, and I’ve been told three different things about which classes I should be taking,” she says. “Then when I finally figure out what course I need, there’s only one section offered—and it’s already full, minutes after registration opens.”</p> <p>FAU has addressed these issues, and others pertaining to graduation rates, in a proposed improvement plan that was released in July. The school intends to increase the number of academic advisors and implement new advising software by December 2014. It also has implemented “Jump Start” summer programs targeted toward at-risk incoming freshmen and will develop “Flight Plan” study programs in 64 of the school’s 89 majors by next term.</p> <p>Since being hired in January, new FAU president <a href="/blog/2014/08/15/web-xtra-john-kelly/" target="_blank">John Kelly</a> has made improving academic standing a top priority. In addition to rebuilding its academic reputation, there is a potential reward down the road. At the end of this year, the Board of Governors will re-evaluate FAU’s graduation rates. If the numbers are trending in a positive direction, the university could see its funding restored.</p> <p><strong>About Annie:</strong></p> <p>Annie is a senior at Florida Atlantic Univerity working on her B.A in Multimedia Journalism and Sociology. She loves writing about fashion, beauty and entertainment. She hopes to one day be compared to Carrie Bradshaw.</p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Aboard is off and running, what&#39;s too big for Boca and never forget<p><img alt="" height="263" src="/site_media/uploads/all_aboard.gif" width="350"></p> <h3>All Aboard picking up steam</h3> <p>Throughout Palm Beach County and points north have come calls for “someone” to “stop” <a href="" target="_blank">All Aboard Florida</a>. But there doesn’t seem to be any “someone” who could “stop” the Miami-Orlando passenger rail project, and there certainly isn’t any consensus that “someone” should.</p> <p>This week, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, the Democrat who represents northern Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, announced that the Coast Guard would hold public hearings to hear comments—meaning complaints—about how the extra 32 trains a day on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks could affect navigation. The first hearing will take place Oct. 2 at the <strong>Embassy Suites in Palm Beach Gardens</strong> (<em>4350 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens</em>) and will concern boat traffic on the Loxahatchee River. The next day, a hearing will be held on Hutchinson Island in Martin County, at the <strong>Marriott Beach Resort &amp; Marina</strong> (<em>555 N.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart</em>), dealing with boat traffic on the St. Lucie River. They will follow an Oct. 1 hearing about traffic on the New River in Fort Lauderdale.</p> <p>Opposition to All Aboard Florida increases as you move north from Miami-Dade and Broward counties, where the FEC runs mostly through industrial areas and over few major bridges. Much of the grumbling in the Boca Raton-Delray Beach area concerned noise from horns as the 16 trains per day each day cruise through near residential neighborhoods. Since money from All Aboard Florida and the federal government—channeled through Palm Beach County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization—will pay for “quiet zones” at crossings, some of that grumbling will stop. South of West Palm Beach, horns will sound at crossings, not on the trains, and will be much quieter. The new passenger trains won’t run late at night.</p> <p>Still, some residents near the tracks complain that they will get just hassles from All Aboard Florida and no benefits, since the only station will be in West Palm Beach. The Delray Beach City Commission held a “discussion” Tuesday night about All Aboard Florida. Some Realtor groups have opposed the project, fearing that it would lower property values of homes near the track. Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits agreed.</p> <p>So let’s look at where All Aboard Florida stands and what might happen.</p> <p>In this story, the main government player is the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The FRA must ensure that All Aboard Florida complies with safety regulations and will determine whether the company gets the $1.6 billion federal loan it has requested. The money would come from the Railroad Rehabilitation &amp; Improvement Financing program, created 16 years ago. All Aboard Florida’s would be the largest loan since at least 2002, according to the program’s website. The company would have to put up collateral. In an interview Wednesday, All Aboard Florida President Michael Reininger said the money would pay for “all aspects” of the project, including trains.</p> <p>The next key moment is release of the FRA’s Environmental Impact Statement for the West Palm-Orlando link. The statement for the West Palm-Miami section found no significant problems, and work on that part of the project—such as building a second track, so trains don’t have to stop—has begun. All Aboard Florida expects to begin service from Miami to West Palm Beach—with a stop in Fort Lauderdale—in 2016, and service from Miami to Orlando—through Cocoa Beach—in 2017.</p> <p>Reininger said the statement will be one factor in the government’s decision on the loan. If the government does not approve it, Reininger said All Aboard Florida will seek other financing. Release of the statement should come soon, and Reininger expects to know about the loan by Dec. 31.</p> <p>Technically, the railroad administration reports to President Obama. Opponents, though, should not assume that pressure even from Democrats with much more clout than the first-term like Murphy would cause Obama to break away from matters like the Islamic State, Ukraine and the economy to involve himself in a regional transportation project.</p> <p>Another big player is the Florida Department of Transportation. Like the FRA, it is an executive agency, but on the state level. Gov. Rick Scott first embraced All Aboard Florida, but then tempered his enthusiasm as local opposition rose. Though Murphy is a Democrat, many of his constituents are Republicans. The district of State Sen. Joe Negron, a Republican, overlaps much of Murphy’s district. Negron also opposes All Aboard Florida.</p> <p>Like Murphy, Scott is running for reelection. So Scott pushed for the department to set high safety standards, which led in part to the quiet zones. Even if the state were unhappy, though, Scott could not block All Aboard Florida. The company is part of Florida East Coast Industries, which owns the track and the right of way along the track. If All Aboard Florida follows the government’s instructions, the company can do what it wants.</p> <p>Which brings us to the Coast Guard and the hearings next month, which Murphy requested. Residents will tell the Coast Guard that navigation will suffer because of All Aboard Florida. In Boca Raton, drivers might wait a minute or so for gates to come down and the train to pass. Bridges that usually are open to let boats pass, though, would have to be closed another 32 times a day. Given the age of the bridges and other factors, critics say, Murphy’s office claims that boats could have to wait as long as 30 to 45 minutes, which over the course of the day would mean big navigational problems and a blow to area businesses.</p> <p>Still, the Coast Guard likely would ask for modifications, not kill the project. A spokeswoman for Rep. Murphy acknowledged that “no agency can stop” All Aboard Florida if the company follows state and federal laws. His office wants people to “speak up and have their concerns heard. . .particularly as it relates to whether or not taxpayer funding is used to support this project.”</p> <p>If All Aboard Florida seems less of a big deal to Boca Raton and Delray Beach at this point, however, that isn’t necessarily so. Adding that second track could mean more freight trains, as more cargo through the expanded Panama Canal comes to South Florida. But there’s a plan to shift some of those trains in Pompano Beach to the CSX tracks, farther west.</p> <p>And transportation planners long have hoped for a commuter rail system on the FEC tracks, which run through downtowns, and could be more popular than Tri-Rail, on the CSX. City officials who are hinky about All Aboard Florida love that idea. All Aboard Florida has made no commitment to allowing such a service, but the discussion between Florida East Coast Industries and public agencies will continue.</p> <p>Critics of All Aboard Florida will have to accept that they can’t stop the project. It also will take several years to determine what All Aboard Florida will mean to South Florida. As Murphy’s spokesman said, citizens can “make AAF address potential harms,” a process that will start when the feds release the second Environmental Impact Statement. All Aboard Florida is leaving the station. The question now is what the ride will be like.</p> <h3>Too big for Boca?                                  </h3> <p>On Tuesday, I wrote about the four-tower New Mizner on the Green luxury condo project proposed for land between Mizner Boulevard and the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club. (<em><a href="/blog/2014/09/09/big-project-broached-for-dowtownand-other-news-of-note/" target="_blank">Click here to see the blog</a>). </em>Boca Raton City Councilman Robert Weinroth agrees that New Mizner is a “beautiful project,” with its high-tech design. Weinroth also says, however, that New Mizner is “not for Boca.”</p> <p>Why not? Height limits, Weinroth said. They are 100 feet on the property itself, 140 feet around the site, and can be stretched to maybe 160 by structures on tops of buildings. New Mizner’s towers, though, would average about 300 feet. “The community,” Weinroth said, “is not ready to embrace it.”</p> <p>Councilman Mike Mullaugh is less dismissive. Mullaugh says Boca has been “most everything” envisioned when voters in 1993 approved Ordinance 4035, which generally set the terms for downtown development. He says the city is entering the next phase of redevelopment—New Mizner would replace 246 rental units with 500 condos—and the council and community should debate what should happen over the next 20 years.</p> <p>“It’s great,” Mullaugh said, “that someone (Elad National Properties, in this case) has come up with something this far outside what we expected.” Indeed. Think more of Santiago Calatrava (the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain) than Addison Mizner. “It’s definitely not what Boca has ever been.”</p> <p>Which, as Weinroth sees it, is the problem. “It’s insensitive,” he said, “to ask the community to accept this. It’s going to take a lot to convince this council.”</p> <p>Weinroth and Mullaugh agree that Boca Raton has to “digest”—Weinroth’s term—all the downtown development already approved. Mullaugh, though, sounds more willing to look ahead sooner.</p> <h3>13 years later</h3> <p>Especially after President Obama’s speech last night, everyone in Boca Raton and the area should take a moment today to remember the terrible events of 13 years ago. Even after more than a decade, the pain and anger linger.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p> <p>      </p>Randy SchultzThu, 11 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityNeiman Marcus Hosts ‘Karlito’, Fendi’s Charmed Accessory<p>The fashion world is bugging out over Fendi’s latest accessory, and Neiman Marcus at Town Center in Boca Raton is one of only five stores holding a trunk show for the must-have statement. The limited-edition <strong>Karlito Bug Bag keychain</strong> will be available on Sept. 16<sup> </sup>and 17<sup> </sup>from 10:30 a.m to 4:p.m at the Fendi store inside Neiman Marcus.</p> <p><img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/karlito.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The luxurious mink, fox and goat fur keychain retails for $1,750 and already had a waitlist of more than 600 people as of July.</p> <p>Karlito is modeled after fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld, creative director for the brand. It has his trademark white hair, tailored high-collared white shirt, black tie and his signature black glasses.  It’s even adorned with a colorful ponytail, available in pink, orange, or green.</p> <p>The Karlito charm began as a personal gift from Fendi designer Sylvia Venturini to Lagerfeld. But when it-girl Cara Delevingne opened up the Milan’s Fall Fashion Week show dangling the keychain between her fingers, fashionistas were dying to get their hands on one.</p> <p>This wasn’t the first time Delevingne was seen playing with a Lagerfeld doll. She has posted pictures on her Instagram clutching a knit mini-Lagerfeld, posed with it in magazine shoots and appeared alongside it in Chanel’s 2013 short film “Women Only”. Perhaps this was what inspired Venturini to design the keychain. It was after all Delevingne’s walk down the runway with it that ignited the craze.</p> <p>Only a limited number of charms are available, and Neiman Marcus expects them to sell out very quickly. For more information contact <a target="_blank">561/417-5151</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Annie:</strong></p> <p>Annie is a senior at Florida Atlantic Univerity working on her B.A in Multimedia Journalism and Sociology. She loves writing about fashion, beauty and entertainment. She hopes to one day be compared to Carrie Bradshaw.</p>Annie PizzutelliWed, 10 Sep 2014 16:25:09 +0000 NewsAdvocacy Posters Inspire, Disturb at FAU Exhibit<p><img alt="" height="571" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/65738cb9a0923d57acd3776d395a4184.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>(Hilppa Hyrkas' "Stop Climate Change," Finland; Client: Friends of Earth Finland)</p> <p>One of the best exhibitions of the year is running right now at FAU’s Ritter Art Gallery—and if the turnout during my visit this week is any indication, nobody is seeing it.</p> <p>The touring exhibit “Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age 2001-2012” opened last week courtesy of FAU and curator Elizabeth Resnick of Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The generous sampling of 100-plus advocacy posters cuts across all cultures, topics and degrees, from the simple and subtle to the shocking and loud, and each is an example of what Resnick calls, in her curator’s statement, “dissent made visible.”</p> <p>Created on computers instead of last century’s pencils, ink and graffiti, the works create a collective newsreel of the past decade’s most impactful global events, and they generally hang in clusters of thematic similarity: Income inequality here, Hurricane Katrina there, globing warming on a side wall. Rarely does a poster fail to engage the spectator; the only I one can think of that misses its mark is Robbie Conal’s “Patriot Inaction,” a grotesque polemic against George W. Bush that contains too much hyperbolic vitriol even for a dyed-in-the-wool leftie like me.</p> <p><img alt="" height="565" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/gramlich_götz_mighty-mouse.jpg" width="400"></p> <div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>(Götz Gramlich's "Mighty Mouse," Germany; GGGrafik Design) </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>For the most part, the pictures speak a million words, embedding into your permanent memory—like Erin Wright’s “Death is Not Justice,” an anti-death penalty poster that envisions Christ not hanging on a cross but sentenced to the electric chair, the scales of justice dangling limply from one of his hands. Or Ben Stahl’s “Occupy,” which repurposes the font and colors of Shepard Fairey’s famous Barack Obama “Hope” poster, replacing the president with the sinister, revolutionary smile of Guy Fawkes. Or Mark Gowing’s “Oil Kills Peace,” in which a tar-black, birdlike blob plummets to its death against a spacious, all-white backdrop, like an agitprop Rorschach. (The plight of animals is an especially potent theme running through just about the entire show).</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/3973.jpg" width="283"></p> <p>(Mark Gowing's "Oil Kills Peace," Australia)</p> <p>What is noticeable from the get-go is the range of artists that have contributed these powerful messages. The bold, colorful, language-defying images spring from countries of first-world comforts to those suffering under dictatorial regimes, democratized by the egalitarian freedoms of the Internet. Through this medium, Iranians in the midst of the Green Revolution created artistic representations of their struggles in real time—as well as comment on other sources of injustice and tragedy across the globe. Compassion sprang instantaneously from all regions of the world. As this exhibition reveals, in the wake of the March 2011 tsunami that damaged the Fukushima power plant in Japan, graphic artists from South Korea, the U.S., Italy, Iran, Israel, Ecuador, Spain and the U.K. all created moving and/or disturbing images of the nuclear fallout. Much of the same global support followed in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake of 2010.</p> <p><img alt="" height="314" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/soden_oliver_japanrelief.jpg" width="220"></p> <p>(Oliver Soden's "Japan Relief," U.K.)</p> <p>As political parties, religions and media mouthpieces continue to divide and conquer rather than unite us, “Graphic Advocacy” is a vital reminder that we’re all borne of the same matter, and when we see that something is wrong, we speak out—whether it originates in our locally corrupt seat of power or halfway across the earth. It also offers another powerful rebuke to the notion that millennials are an apathetic generation. Plenty of them are getting the word out in ways they never could before the adoption of digital technology; it’s up to us to receive the message. That means, first and foremost, getting a lot more visitors into the Ritter Art Gallery.</p> <p><em>“Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age 2001-2012” runs through Oct. 25 at Ritter Art Gallery at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. Admission is free. For information, call 561/297-2661 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 10 Sep 2014 13:30:49 +0000 & EventsSeed Food and Wine Festival + Raw Cacao Truffle Recipe<p>The most common question people ask me is: “Where do I begin on my path to healthy eating?” If that is something you are interested in as well, then I invite you to the first ever <a href="" target="_blank">Seed Food and Wine Festival</a> in Miami.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/10513280_241107779431955_7541537497109338792_n.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For years I’ve been saying eating healthy can be fun <em>and</em> fabulous, and Seed is the proof of it. This five-day all plant-based food and wine event is going to be fun, sexy and delicious as it features gourmet dinners with wine pairings, a fabulous brunch, film screening, a kid-friendly event and an all-day festival of food, wine and craft beer from some of my favorite restaurants in South Florida. </p> <p>The festival has signed a stellar cast of celebrity chefs, authors and health experts, such as actress <strong>Alicia Silverstone </strong>(who has a plant-based diet), best-selling author and chef, <strong>Matthew Kenney; 2014 James Beard Award nominees Rich Landau </strong>and<strong> Kate Jacoby; </strong>and author<strong> Brendan Brazier,</strong> a former professional Ironman triathlete considered to be one of the world's foremost authorities on plant-based nutrition. You will also get to meet me, as I will be one of the presenting chefs at the Saturday event, doing a live un-cooking demo.</p> <p>If you are new to plant-based eating, I strongly suggest going to one of the gourmet dinners. You’ll be in for a treat. (I bought my tickets to the Matthew Kenney dinner on Saturday night as soon as they were available for sale).</p> <p>To buy your tickets online, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>In honor of the event, I would like to share one of my favorite recipes – healthy and fabulous raw cacao truffles. They are easy to make, delicious and guilt-free! To see how they are made, watch the video below.</p> <p><strong>RAW CACAO TRUFFLES</strong></p> <p><strong><iframe height="395" src="" width="480"></iframe><br></strong></p> <p>1 cup pitted medjool dates</p> <p>1/2 cup coconut manna or butter (NOT OIL)</p> <p>3/4 cup raw agave</p> <p>½ vanilla bean</p> <p>½ teaspoon mineral salt</p> <p>1 cup cacao powder</p> <p>1/8 cup cacao for rolling</p> <p>Place vanilla bean in food processor with agave and cacao and blend until the bean is chopped. Add the rest of ingredients and process until chocolate mass if formed. </p> <p>Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes. </p> <p>When cooled, roll a small amount of the mixture into a ball and brush with cacao powder so it is not sticky outside. Enjoy!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</p> <p>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</p>Alina Z.Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsRecipes Support Autism: One Step at a Time<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Time to lace up for a good cause: the<strong> Homecoming Run for Autism 2014</strong> is coming up on Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Florida Atlantic University’s track and field complex (<em>777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</em>).</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/autismrun.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Participants can choose between a 5k or a one-mile family fun run or walk, both of which start at the university track. The one-miler comes first, starting at 4:45 p.m., while the 5k run or walk begins at 5:15 p.m.</p> <p>The 5K event takes runners and walkers through FAU’s football stadium and finishes on the university’s track. There are prizes for the top runner and fundraising teams.</p> <p>The run benefits the FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, which provides free expert consulting, training and support to people with autism and related disabilities, their families and the professionals serving them.</p> <p>Cost to register: $27.50 for the 5k and $12 for the one-miler.</p> <p>For more information or to register, visit the <a href="">website</a>. Whether you compete or not, you can make a donation <a href="">here</a>. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 of Distinction just around the corner<p>The annual <strong>Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach</strong> <a href=";ref=Women-Of-Distinction-Purpose&amp;category=Main" target="_blank">Women of Distinction Breakfast</a> is right around the corner—Boca’s first big fall event and one for which Margaret Mary Shuff and I will act as honorary chairs.</p> <p><img alt="" height="242" src="/site_media/uploads/image003[1].jpg" width="302"></p> <p>Why, you say?</p> <p>Because Helen Babione asked us to and I have never in 20 some years said no to Helen. In fact, Helen pretty much embodies what is best about the women of Soroptimist: effective, dedicated to helping those in need and completely unaffected. Many of these women are unsung heroes in our community—but they get the job done and they are true life-changers. Help us honor them at this event, which is Oct. 1, at <strong>Boca West Country Club</strong> <em>(20583 Boca West Drive, Boca Raton) </em>from 8:30-10:30 a.m.  </p> <p>The honored nominees are women who have given back to the community in various ways: professionally, through volunteerism, education, non-profits, etc. There will be a proclamation given by Mayor Susan Haynie.  This year's Life-Time Achievement Recipient is Jan Dymtrow.</p> <p>Soroptimist means "best for women" and this very special breakfast embodies just that.</p> <p>For more information, call Judith Hinsch at 561/859-1883 or Deborah Bacarella at 561/239-2300. Tickets are $55, and tables are available.</p> <p>We will see you there!</p>Marie SpeedTue, 09 Sep 2014 14:37:53 +0000;s Little House to Close<p>It was a good run and a valiant effort but after almost two years in the renovated 1930s-vintage Ruth Jones Cottage in downtown Boynton Beach, Chrissy Benoit is closing her charming little (and I do mean little) <a href="" target="_blank">Little House</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="219" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/littlehouse_(640x286).jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This Saturday will be the last day, the result, Benoit says, of a long-touted downtown development project that has made little progress in upgrading the depressed area and of “so slow” summers that halved the restaurant’s business for five to six months of the year. “It’s tough to keep losing everything you make every summer,” she says.</p> <p>The good news is that Benoit, who went around the country opening restaurants for Wolfgang Puck and gained national recognition when her Havana Hideout in Lake Worth was featured in Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives,” will be landing on her feet. Specifically in Tampa, where she’ll be developing farm-to-table eateries for SoHo Hospitality Management, which in the coming months will be opening several restaurants of Florida’s West Coast.</p> <p>I’ll miss her food and her gracious hospitality, which means I’ll just have to make it over to Tampa sooner rather than later.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 09 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsBig project broached for downtown—and other news of note<h3><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/freedomtower2.jpg" width="490"></h3> <p><em>Image Credit: dbox</em></p> <h3>BIG downtown news</h3> <p>What does Boca Raton need? According to a Broward County-based developer, something as distinctive as the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which at nearly 1,500 feet are among the world’s tallest buildings.</p> <p>This is the language <a href="" target="_blank">Elad National Properties</a> uses to tout its plan for four luxury condo towers on what is now the rental complex Mizner on the Green. The 8-acre site is east of Royal Palm Place on Southeast Mizner Boulevard and just north of the Townsend Place condo. The towers would range from 22 stories to 29 stories and would average more than 300 feet in height in an area where the height limit is 100 feet. Yet as Elad Chief Financial Officer Arik Bronfman essentially put it in his June letter to the city, Boca Raton <em>needs</em> his company’s project.</p> <p>Bronfman said the 500 residences at <strong>New Mizner on the Green</strong> would attract “high net-worth households from across the nation and worldwide” that would support downtown Boca’s “luxury retailers and high-quality restaurants” and perk up space that is “severely underutilized,” thus turning an “ugly duckling” into a “beautiful swan.” New Mizner on the Green would create this transformation by offering “views and world-class architecture” that would break from the Mediterranean-Spanish Colonial that is “no longer unique to Boca.”</p> <p>He’s not kidding about that architectural break. Elad’s design for the futuristic complex comes from Daniel Libeskind, master planner for Freedom Tower (<em>above</em>), which will replace the World Trade Center. Libeskind has studios in New York City and Milan, Italy, and says architecture “is not based on concrete and steel and the elements of the soil. It’s based on wonder.”</p> <p>Indeed, one might wonder how the Boca Raton City Council ever might approve such a deviation from the plan for that part of the city. Charlie Siemon, the land-use lawyer who represents Mizner on the Green, says he can “look out my window (in Mizner Park) and see a considerable number of tall buildings,” among them the 27-story tower at the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club, the city’s tallest building.</p> <p>Siemon wants the council to consider the project “in the context of the area.” He acknowledges the height limit that applies to the site, but says the limit is 140 feet for the adjacent area. That, of course, still would be a hefty deviation, even if Elad wants a setback of 240 feet—Mizner on the Green and Townsend Place have none—and would use two acres of the property for a public park. So Siemon falls back on the financial angle.</p> <p>Most of downtown Boca, Siemon says, doesn’t have “ownership opportunities” that justify prices of more than roughly $200 per square foot. For units of the size proposed at New Mizner on the Green—2,500 square feet to 2,800 square feet—that would be about $500,000. Siemon says the Elad plan would bring prices of between $750 and $800 per square foot, or more like $2 million per unit.</p> <p>For the city, Siemon says, the return could be big. Because the project is within the boundaries of the Community Redevelopment Agency, any new property tax revenue would go the CRA for use within the district—which means downtown. Tax revenue from Mizner on the Green, Siemon claims, would equal or exceed that from all other downtown projects combined. Siemon said that money could finance long-delayed improvement work, such as dressing up Federal Highway, which Siemon called “an embarrassment” for a city like Boca.</p> <p>So when might review of New Mizner on the Green start? There seems to be a semantic difference between the city and the developer. An official with the Development Services Department says no plans for New Mizner on the Green have been officially “submitted.” Siemon says the plan was “submitted but not accepted.”</p> <p>A June letter from Deputy City Manager George Brown to Siemon says Boca Raton needs “a specific proposed amendment” to the city’s plan for the project “even to be considered,” given that Elad is asking for such a “significant policy change.” The plan must go to the city council—acting as the CRA board—for a workshop. For those reasons, Brown wrote, the city is “not processing the submittal.”</p> <p>Whoever is correct is the difference over wording. The CRA is the first stop. Siemon said there is tentative agreement that the CRA will discuss the project at a workshop on Sept. 22.</p> <p>And what about tenants in the 246 condos at the current Mizner on the Green that would be torn down? Elad owns and manages four other rental complexes in and around Boca Raton, and Siemon says the company would “work to relocate” anyone whom the new project—to be built in two phases—would displace.</p> <p>Eighteen months ago, the city council approved the Archstone rental/retail project nearby on East Palmetto Park Road. In that case, the council—minus new members Scott Singer and Robert Weinroth—approved plan exemptions for Archstone on the basis that the city needed those tenants to help downtown merchants. That council practically courted developers. Elad is saying, in essence, that however slick Boca Raton may think it is, Boca still lacks enough wealthy people to make downtown business thrive and also lacks, well, a defining structure. Parisians hated the Eiffel Tower at first. Now they love it. Elad is hoping to get past any hate and get right to the love.</p> <h3>Townhome news</h3> <p>If the Mizner on the Green proposal is sure to be controversial, you can’t say that about another change from Boca’s comprehensive plan that the city council almost certainly will approve at tonight’s meeting.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">APK Homes</a>, part of the Kolter Group, wants to build 75 fee simple—do your own exterior maintenance—townhomes on roughly six acres at Spanish River Boulevard and North Military Trail. The site is just west of the city’s Spanish River branch library and is bordered by Palm Beach County’s Pondhawk Natural Area.</p> <p>In the last decade, another multi-family project was planned for the site. After the real estate bust, the land was zoned commercial. Now it’s back to condos, and everyone seems happy. The Planning and Zoning Board approved the change unanimously, and city staff is recommending that the council go along.</p> <p>There’s no reason for the council not to do so. Homes would generate less traffic than stores and offices. As the staff points out, much of northwest Boca housing is higher end, and the area needs more choices. With Don Estridge Middle School and the Spanish River Athletic Facility nearby, the location could attract young families. Too many people who work in Boca Raton can’t afford to live there.</p> <h3>Wildflower update         </h3> <h3><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/houstons.jpg" width="490"></h3> <p><em>Houston's, Town Center at Boca Raton</em>                          </p> <p>Representative of Hillstone Restaurant Group wanted to talk homemade hamburger buns and terrific Reuben sandwiches. The Boca Raton City Council wanted a larger serving of answers to Hillstone’s proposal for the Wildflower property. At tonight’s meeting, the council may vote to start asking for those answers.</p> <p>On Monday, Hillstone was back with the company’s third proposal for a <a href="" target="_blank">Houston’s restaurant</a> on the city-owned land between Fifth Avenue and the Palmetto Park Road Bridge. The council was acting Monday as the board of the Community Redevelopment Agency. As the Hillstone rep fumbled with getting the right slides for the A/V presentation—council members saw food, not drawings—he asked Mayor Susan Haynie, “Do you like cauliflower?” Haynie responded that she would prefer to see a site plan.</p> <p>Indeed. Both sides agree that Hillstone, with roughly 50 restaurants, would build a stylish, profitable restaurant along the Intracoastal Waterway. Hillstone has operated the Houston’s near Town Center at Boca Raton (<em>pictured above)</em> for more than two decades, and unless you like dinner at 4 p.m. or 10:30 p.m., expect to wait. It’s very successful.</p> <p>But that Houston’s is not in an established residential neighborhood. This Houston’s would be, so one key issue is how the restaurant would affect the area in terms of traffic. Since the council just last year approved the Archstone project just west of the Wildflower property – and did so despite strong community opposition—the council wants to avoid turning Fifth Avenue and Palmetto Park into a traffic chokepoint, even if Deputy City Manager George Brown acknowledged Monday that traffic there never would be “free-flowing.”</p> <p>The other key issue is the lease terms. The current proposal is for 20 years, with five, five-year options. Hillstone would pay Boca Raton $500,000, plus a percentage of sales, with annual increases to be negotiated. The terms would have to be favorable enough to justify the city’s investment of $7.5 million to buy the site.</p> <p>Longtime community activist/development critic Lenore Wachtel suggested that the city could use the land for a park and allow food trucks. Um, sure. Boca Raton wants that return on investment, and an upscale casual restaurant would work well. Hillstone is an established company, and executives agree with the city’s demand that it not use Silver Palm Park on the south side of Palmetto Park Road to help solve any parking issues.</p> <p>As Brown noted Monday, all the council would do by agreeing tonight is to start negotiations that could end in success or failure. “This is not a done deal,” he stressed. But the city and Hillstone are close enough to start work on the final, tough details. After all, if the council members aren’t happy, they can send the deal back to the kitchen.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzTue, 09 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Weeks Ahead: Sept. 9 to 22<p><em>[Editor’s Note: This “Week Ahead” covers the next two weeks of events, to accommodate for a vacation.]</em></p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/duran-duran-unstaged-image-5.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Duran Duran Unstaged”</strong></p> <p>Where: Tower Theater, 1508 S.W. Eighth St., Miami</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $13 to $15</p> <p>Contact: 305/643-8706, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Miracles of miracles, Duran Duran is not, like many of its New Wave peers, a husk of its former self surviving through nostalgia and knee replacements. The group is still together—all four members have been with the band since its ‘80s heyday—and it is still making relevant music: Its 13<sup>th</sup> album, 2010’s “All You Need is Now,” moved more than 14,000 physical units in its opening week, not an easy task in an era when virtually nobody buys music. Apparently, as part of its tour for the album, tickets for Duran Duran’s 2011 performance at Los Angeles’ Mayan Theatre sold out in five minutes, with this unique concert documentary catching the excitement of that night in its entirety. But what makes this movie doubly special is that its director is none other than David Lynch, the avant-garde maestro beyond such enduring slices of disturbia as “Blue Velvet” and “Eraserhead.” His style will be well-represented even in this seemingly formulaic setting, thanks to some groundbreaking integration of animation, special effects and live action footage shot prior to the concert and then overlaid onto the performance.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/katie-ford.jpg" width="208"></p> <p><strong>What: Katie Ford lecture</strong></p> <p>Where: City Fish Market, 7940 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50</p> <p>Contact: 561/297-2337, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The international horror of sex trafficking will be the subject of this illuminating fundraiser, sponsored by Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Katie Ford, former CEO of the globe-spanning Ford Modeling Agency, brought models from more than 50 countries to the United States, an experience that raised her awareness of sex trafficking and prompted her company to speak out against it. She will keynote this event with a discussion titled “Human Trafficking: The Modern Day Slave Trade,” and the program will also include presentations from David Aronberg, Palm Beach County’s State Attorney; and Katarina Rosenblatt, a sex trafficking survivor and founder of a nonprofit aimed at combating the issue. A light dinner and drinks will be served, with all proceeds benefitting FAU’s research initiative.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/dyingcity-presspic.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Dying City”</strong></p> <p>Where: Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 5 and 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7256, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>A recently deceased soldier deployed in Iraq, his culturally divergent twin brother, and his therapist widow form the compelling triangle in “Dying City,” an acclaimed and profoundly layered work by Christopher Shinn. The play is set in the sparse living room of the widow, Kelly, and we soon learn that her husband Craig died in Iraq under mysterious circumstances. Craig’s brother Peter arrives with game-changing news about Craig’s last days, and Shinn’s time-jumping narrative sheds light on present through the past and vice versa. This production, from the minimalist Miami company Ground Up and Rising, features Valentina Izarra as Kelly and Christian Vandepas in the dual role of Peter/Craig. For this weekend only, it runs in free previews in the bucolic Miami Beach Botanical Garden; it officially opens in its indoor home, Artistic Vibes, on Sept. 19, with ticket prices ranging from free to $25.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 17</p> <p><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/dublinermac.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Tastemakers of Mizner Park</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park in Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6 to 9:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: 561/362-0606, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Tastemakers of Mizner Park, the popular showcase of food and drink offerings from the region’s best restaurants, has been reduced from two nights to one this year, but that just means its expert chefs will be even more laser-focused and generously prepared for the onslaught of visitors. Tanzy’s cedar plank salmon, Max’s crispy duck spring rolls and Dubliner’s perennial favorite shepherd’s pie with Guinness mac and cheese are among the 11 eateries’ sample dishes, each presented with a special drink pairing. This year’s Tastemakers theme is “Rock, Roll and Stroll,” named in part for the live music, which will be provided by Shindig Band and AMP in two Mizner Park locations. Attendees can purchase a $30 “passport” to the festivities at any of the 11 participating restaurants.</p> <p> FRIDAY, SEPT. 19</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/h_crucible_uo00115.jpg" width="305"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Crucible”</strong></p> <p>Where: Studio One Theatre at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $23.60</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In most productions, no less than 22 actors will take the stage at one point or another during “The Crucible,” Arthur Miller’s four-act masterpiece—making it a challenging but opportunity-filled project for FAU’s Department of Theater to tackle. It’s a dramatization of the Salem Witch Trials, the shameful series of hearings and prosecutions that tarnished colonial Massachusetts. But when Miller debuted the play, in 1953, he had a more immediate subtext in mind: McCarthyism, which similarly condemned innocent people to vague crimes on an absence of evidence. These days, the hunt for Communists may seem as historic as the witch trials themselves, but the play remains a gripping drama whose message resonates with any minority persecuted for outlandish reasons. “The Crucible” runs through Sept. 28.</p> <p>SATURDAY, SEPT. 20</p> <p><img alt="" height="212" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/amarnick.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: 24-Hour Theatre Project</strong></p> <p>Where: Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/237-9000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>24-hour theater projects are the closest thing any stage community has to an all-day, all-night slumber party, albeit one fueled by plenty of caffeine and probably not much actual slumber. For Lynn University’s ninth annual version of this popular tradition, a group of writers, directors, actors and crew members will gather in the venue’s concert hall on Sept. 19 to begin their creative processes. For the writers, that means penning an all-new short play from scratch, which could take all night. The scripts are due at dawn Sept. 20, and the directors, actors and crew will have the day and early evening to realize the writers’ visions with as few hiccups as possible. Cheer on the results that very night, and see what South Florida’s budding stage talent whipped up in the time it takes Kiefer Sutherland to save the world every season on television.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, SEPT. 20 AND 21</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/siudy.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Siudy: “Between Worlds”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $39 to $129</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The story behind this unique dance fantasia deserves the sort of gravity reserved for epic movie trailers: In a world where water has virtually disappeared from the planet’s surface, warring tribes battle for the few remaining elements—and the only emotion that can keep humanity alive is love. That’s the dramatic premise of “Between Worlds,” a theatrical extravaganza first developed in 2008 by award-nominated Venezuelan dancer Siudy Garrido. This updated 2014 version features a renovated lighting grid and special guest performers, as Siudy explores the boundaries between flamenco and urban dance/percussion, a hybrid that has earned comparisons to “Riverdance” and “Stomp.” And don’t worry: Though it may be in short supply onstage, water will be available for sale at the Arsht’s concession stands.</p> <p>SUNDAY AND MONDAY, SEPT. 21 AND 22</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/jack-white.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Jack White</strong></p> <p>Where: Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $75 to $210</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Raised in Detroit and currently residing in Nashville, Jack White has spent most of his life absorbing our country’s best music like a sponge, shredding it up and redefining it for a new generation of rock enthusiasts. Bluesy and boozy, rock-y and folky, rustic and ramshackle, White launched his career with the duo The White Stripes, which shot out of a rock ‘n’ roll cannon in the mid-2000s with the same vintage energy the Stones brought to rock music in the mid ’60s. After conquering indie rock and shaking up the Top 40, the group disbanded in 2011, with White forming a successful new act called The Ranconteurs and, in 2012, releasing his first solo album, the accomplished and eclectic “Blunderbuss.” Finally, the man ranked as the 70<sup>th</sup> best guitarist of all-time by <em>Rolling Stone</em> is touring Florida, with back-to-back dates that will feature different set lists, including material from the White Stripes and the Raconteurs as well as surprising covers.</p>John ThomasonMon, 08 Sep 2014 16:09:59 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsDaVinci&#39;s to Debut in Boca<p>“Mall” and “dining” used to be oxy-type morons, but nowadays shopping centers are trying to shed their reputation for offering nothing but cheap, greasy fast food in giant food troughs. . . er, courts.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/davinci.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>One more example will open later this month in the sprawling Town Center at Boca Raton. It’s <a href="" target="_blank">DaVinci’s of Boca</a>, a contemporary Italian restaurant from the Carvelli family, who also own the well-thought-of DaVinci’s on Marco Island.</p> <p>The lengthy menu will feature both traditional dishes and more modern interpretations, with an emphasis on pasta made daily on machines imported from Italy. No details on specific menu items yet, but if the new DaVinci’s follows the Marco Island playbook, look for everything from tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms and asparagus scattered with shaved black truffle to zuppa di pesce served over pasta or crostini to veal DaVinci, thin-pounded veal scallops with prosciutto, tomatoes, basil and mozzarella.</p> <p>Decor will definitely be un-mall-like, with a 60-foot bar hand-crafted from Wisconsin pine, a 3,500-bottle wine room, wood-paneled ceilings and a private dining room that seats up to 40. Nothing cheap or greasy here.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 08 Sep 2014 09:28:10 +0000 & ReviewsIntermix Special Shopping Event<p>The official beginning of the fall season is approaching, and that means stocking up on your favorite fall apparel. But before you head over to just any store, how about dropping by <a href="" target="_blank">Intermix</a>’s special event on Sept. 19? The <strong>Town Center at Boca Raton</strong> store is hosting a fundraiser for the <a href="" target="_blank">Congregation Bnai Israel</a>, with money raised going toward the congregation’s School Kickoff event.</p> <p><img alt="" height="341" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/intermix.jpg" width="490"></p> <center><em>Sara Battaglia fringe shoulder bag, Rag &amp; Bone Noelle bootie, Lisa Freede cuff</em></center> <p>From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 10 percent of all sales will go toward the local organization. The new parent organization president, Rachel Greenberg, will be in attendance at the event.</p> <p>For more information, call 561/393-6942.</p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 08 Sep 2014 08:55:35 +0000 NewsBoca-based DECOLAV launches new collection<p><strong> <img alt="" height="340" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/avalyn.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Boca-based <a href="" target="_blank">DECOLAV</a> has partnered up with the host of DIY Network’s Bath Crashers to produce an ultra-chic collection of modern bathroom furnishings.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Matt Muenster Exclusive Collection</a> comes in seven different styles, all of which are sleek yet functional, that are distinct in their own ways. There’s the Bennett, which combines wood paneling with a quartz countertop; the Kateston, with a distinct design that revolves around piping; the Avalyn (pictured above), defined by its sheer minimalism; plus the Malena Falls (pictured below), the Brockston, the Ethanpointe and the Rylan Falls.</p> <p><img alt="" height="561" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/malenafalls.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>It’s the perfect addition to any modern home and one that will possibly have you and your guests spending more time than usual in the bathroom. For more information on the collection, check out the <a href="" target="_blank">digital catalog</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 05 Sep 2014 20:30:11 +0000 NewsStaff Picks of the Week<p><strong>Love is Strange</strong></p> <p><iframe height="391" src="" width="475"></iframe></p> <p>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</p> <p>"Opening today at Cinemark Palace here in Boca, ‘Love is Strange’ is a subtle knockout, a touching yet unsentimental story about an aging gay couple—played by a pitch-perfect John Lithgow and Alfred Molina—forced to live in different residences after news their wedding disrupts their careers. Turning the personal political and vice versa, this is easily one the year's best films thus far."</p> <p><strong>The Wine Wave</strong></p> <p>Picked by Adrienne Mayer, Production Manager</p> <p>“Not only do they have a great selection of wines at affordable prices, but they also carry hard to find craft beers. They'll even try to stock ones by request.”</p> <p><strong>Trader Joe’s Kona Coffee Truffles</strong></p> <p>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</p> <p>“My current favorite indulgence. Soft and creamy with a hint of coffee granule crunch. Because it’s coffee flavored, it isn’t overly sweet. Best part? All Trader Joe’s branded items don’t have any artificial flavors or colors, GMOs and preservatives.”</p>magazineFri, 05 Sep 2014 19:16:55 +0000 Joe&#39;s opens in Delray Beach<p>If you’re looking to jump in on the <strong>Delray Beach</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Trader Joe</a>’s opening festivities, be well warned. A trip to this neighborhood supermarket, which opened today, isn’t for the light-hearted.</p> <p><img alt="" height="330" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/img_7332.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The store, located on the corner of Federal Highway and Linton Boulevard, is the first establishment to open in Delray Place <em>(1801 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach)</em>. If you’ve been following the Trader Joe’s craze going around town for the past few months, you probably expect it to be a mad house – and, well, it is. Almost 200 people were lined up at the door before the store opened this morning, says Jeff Schall, the store manager (pictured above).</p> <p>A step inside and you’ll think you’ve walked into a scene of The Little Mermaid. There’s a guy in a Hawaiian shirt and lei in the store’s northwest corner, cooing happy tunes as he taps along on his steel drum. I half-expected someone dressed in a crab suit to crawl sideways toward me and ask how I was doing under the sea.</p> <p>All weekend long, there will be food sampling, giveaways, face painting and live music. Today, all customers get a reusable tote bag for free. The store will also be raffling off a bag of treats, so make sure to stop by and enter.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/img_7328.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>While this outpost is just one of many located across the country, Trader Joe’s prides itself on its neighborhood store feel. Murals of Delray Beach hotspots line the store’s walls, Pineapple Grove and the Delray Beach Tennis Center to name a few, plus surfboards, handwritten product prices and chalkboard signs.</p> <p>“It’s going to feel like home when you come in,” Schall says.</p> <p>Everyone in town seems to be there, from Lululemon-clad women trading in their weights for heavy shopping baskets to men in baseball caps hopping out of their pick-up trucks. Not quite surprising, considering the store’s unique items. Roughly 80 percent of stocked items are Trader Joe’s brand, which are free of artificial flavors, artificial colors, GMOs and preservatives. The store also prides itself on carrying authentic ingredients and traveling the world to find the best products.</p> <p>“If you’re looking for Indian fare that tastes like something you would get in India,” Schall says, “you can come into our store and try our Indian fare, and it will be just like you’d find if you were in India.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/img_7330.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Not sure where to start? A few of Schall’s favorite Trader Joe’s items are Speculoos Cookie Butter Ice Cream, Green Fin wine and Honey Mango Moisturizing Cream Shave. Also take note of the chalkboard treasure maps, which mark the locations of all your staple items like milk, bread, fruit … cookies and coffee – hey, they have the right idea – with an X.</p> <p>I’m sad to report the chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels are out of stock, but rest assured that they do plan on restocking them soon.</p> <p>What’s your favorite Trader Joe’s item? Let us know in the comment section below!</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 05 Sep 2014 17:07:13 +0000 BeachNewsThe &#39;Jeselnik Offensive&#39; comes to West Palm<p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/jeselnik.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Anthony Jeselnik started his standup set at Palm Beach Improv last night with a characteristically humble prediction: “This is going to be one of the best shows you’ve ever seen in your lives.”</p> <p>Ego is part of his shtick, of course, as anyone’s who has seen a comedy special by this handsome shock-comic can attest: He peppers his set with arrogant proclamations of his self-worth and his importance in standup history. But darn it if he wasn’t kinda spot-on last night. (He’ll play four more West Palm Beach shows over this weekend).</p> <p>Jeselnik is a rare bird: a truly original and genuinely dangerous comic persona, which few others have attempted to emulate. Once he dispensed with the requisite Florida jokes—we have a lot of old people here, his career should be above slumming it in Florida, etc.—he ventured gradually and deliberately into the dark recesses of his comic psyche, like a swimmer dipping into a pool one toe, then one extremity, at a time. A joke about a child abandoned in the back of car drew a few gasps in between the laughs, but that was just the opening salvo. The audience stuck around for jokes about serial killing, alcoholism, domestic abuse, child molestation, prison rape, gambling addiction, 9-11 and the Holocaust. Yes, even the Holocaust! Lisa Lampanelli once suggested to me that this was one area she couldn’t find any humor; Jeselnik went there, with deadpan gusto, and it worked.</p> <p>Then there was what might called the “dead baby suite,” a string of jokes that made even these off-color riffs seem tasteful by comparison. I’m sure I’m not the first to observe this, but with a mind this sociopathic, it’s a good thing he has comedy as an outlet.</p> <p>And, regardless of the jokes’ coffin-black nature, Jeselnik is a fine craftsman of non-sequitur punch lines, frequently steering our brains in one direction and then making a wild left turn, like a train that is derailed, then torched, then bombed. He proved an excellent crowd-worker as well, generating some immaculate improvisation and fluidly segueing it back into his scripted material.</p> <p>He concluded his set with a question-and-answer session and a discussion of his craft that might <em>almost</em> be called genuine. It was the closest to what one imagines the real Jeselnik is like, and it offered a powerful, un-P.C. defense of his frequent offense—the method to his madness. </p> <p><em>Anthony Jeselnik performs at 8 and 10:30 p.m. tonight and 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday at Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach. Admission is $25, plus a two-drink minimum. Call 561/833-1812 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 05 Sep 2014 14:24:47 +0000 & EventsUpcoming EventsSmall Bites: One and Done in Boca<p>You can never be too rich or too thin or have too many pizza joints.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/sicilianoven.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>At least that’s how it seems in our little corner of paradise. Latest evidence is the new <a href="" target="_blank">Sicilian Oven</a> (<em>21170 St. Andrews Blvd., 561/750-9772</em>) in Boca Raton, the fourth local pizzeria/ristorante for the Broward-based chain. The classier than your usual pizzeria space features an open kitchen, polished concrete floors and black leather banqettes, while the menu boasts an array of wood-fired pizzas and such familiar Italian dishes as rigatoni Bolognese, eggplant caponata and house-made meatballs.</p> <p>Well, that was quick. It took less than four months for <strong>The Filling Station</strong>, the automotive-themed gastropub in Boca’s Royal Palm Place, to run out of gas. The phone has been disconnected and the restaurant appears to be shuttered. Despite replacing the late and very unlamented 101 Cantina, which annoyed both neighbors and city officials with repeated noise and disturbances, the Station got off to a rocky start, with brutal word of mouth on social media and crowd-source restaurant outlets. Maybe the next occupant of this hard-luck space will do better.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 05 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsFAU Sexual assault symposium, kids and guns and other news of note<h3><span>Sexual assault symposium</span></h3> <p>Florida Atlantic University on Wednesday morning hosted an interesting and important but at times frustrating discussion about sexual assault at American colleges.</p> <p><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/girl_worried.jpg" width="488"></p> <p>U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel invited representatives from higher education and law enforcement, who gathered at FAU’s Alumni Center to speak about what Frankel’s office called the “sexual assault epidemic on college campuses.” Problem? For sure. “Epidemic?” Inconclusive.</p> <p>As other lawmakers have done, Frankel cited a <a href="" target="_blank">survey</a> that supposedly concluded that one in five American women is sexually assaulted while in college. Writing last month in <em>USA Today</em>, a professor of criminology at Northeastern University and a professor of sociology at Mt. Holyoke College cited flaws in the survey’s methodology: It was conducted at just two large universities, and there was a large non-response rate, meaning that it could be top-heavy toward victims. Joseph Cohn, of the group Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, told the FAU meeting that the survey classified as a sexual assault any encounter involving alcohol. The survey also classified any “unwanted touching” as a sexual assault.</p> <p>Reports of gang rapes on campus and other horrific actions, though, are real enough. Even in high school, classmates have used cell phones to photograph girls passed out from drinking. There’s compassion for you.</p> <p>I attended both a small, private college and a large, public university in the 1970s and belonged to a fraternity, and I can recall no such terrible incidents. I asked Ashley Sturm, an FAU victim advocate, if sexual assault on campus is up or down. She didn’t know, which isn’t her fault. There are lots of anecdotes but no reliable trend line.</p> <p>Still, helpful points emerged from the discussion. The most important is that victims need to report an assault promptly if they want the legal system to go after their attacker. Michelle McCardle, a sex crimes detective with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, noted that investigators must assemble a rape kit within 96 hours. One college official pointed out that victims have a year to change their minds if they don’t initially want to report the assault. Dennis Nicewander, an assistant state attorney in Broward County, responded flatly that if prosecutors don’t get evidence within 48 hours, “The case is done.”</p> <p>A related point is that while victims might believe it sufficient if a university expels the perpetrator, such action leaves that person free to assault someone else. When speaking with a reluctant victim, Nicewander said, he tells her—on-campus victims are almost always female—that coming forward “could save 20 or 30 others.” For those who are still reluctant, he asks, “Can you live with that?” Those lowlifes taking pictures of victims, Nicewander said, also are collecting evidence.</p> <p>So colleges must create a climate that allows a victim to feel comfortable pressing a case. One participant ventured Wednesday that colleges should provide sufficient services for victims without showing so much compassion that they are disinclined to file charges. Talk about a delicate balance to strike.</p> <p>And if law enforcement is reluctant, the victim could be victimized twice. Last fall, reporting by the <em>Tampa Bay Times </em>showed that the Tallahassee Police Department moved slowly, at best, investigating the alleged assault by Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston. FAU is not FSU when it comes to football, but another important point is that no university should allow an athletic department to lead any investigation into a student-athlete.</p> <p>Another frustrating aspect is that we don’t know the main cause of sexual assaults on campus. Alcohol can be a factor, of course, but what about the “hook-up culture” that can make sex look expected? Do students raised in the digital age have more trouble with face-to-face relationships?</p> <p>Sturm, the FAU victim advocate, believes that it has less to do with technology and more with educating students. For example: It’s a “misconception” that alcohol always is a factor in sexual assaults. “It’s not just at parties.” Young women can be taught to recognize “red flags” and take action. When someone comes to her, Sturm said, the priority is “building a rapport” that can give a victim courage to seek justice and to take responsibility if, say, excessive drinking on both sides was involved.</p> <p>Whatever the debate over the number of on-campus assaults, there is general agreement that it is an underreported crime. There also was agreement Wednesday on the need to educate students, in all ways. Participants spoke of creating more “ethical bystanders”—those who could help to head off an assault by doing something as simple as turning on a light in a dark room where a party is taking place.</p> <p>Credit Frankel for getting all the right people, with differing opinions, in one room. Credit FAU, given its turnout and the statements from its representatives, for taking the issue seriously. The most frustrating thing is that we have to be talking about the issue at all.</p> <h3>Delray city charter change</h3> <p>It didn’t have nearly the immediate impact it might have had, but the Aug. 26 vote in Delray Beach changed the city’s charter in a way that could help future city commissions.</p> <p>By a margin of 62 percent to 38 percent, voters decided that three of five city commissioners can fire the city manager, not four. When the issue went on the ballot at mid-summer, the change was the last-resort way of firing former City Manager Louie Chapman. He would have been gone in May if the commission majority—Mayor Cary Glickstein, Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia—could have had its way. But Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet held out, for reasons they can’t or won’t explain adequately.</p> <p>The four-vote rule was a holdover. The city had imposed it more than 20 years ago, when warring factions on the commission regularly fired managers after taking power. What had been helpful then was harmful now. Chapman could have been gone as early as May, for cause. Instead, he had to be suspended, and the commission finally approved a settlement in July.</p> <p>Without the settlement, Chapman could have been fired tonight, at the first regular meeting since the election. Petrolia, who voted against the deal, would say the city could have saved $75,000. Of course, the search for a permanent manager got a head start of nearly two months, and Chapman can’t sue.</p> <p>A similar situation may never arise again. But Delray voters gave the commission the ability to act if it does.</p> <h3>Guns &amp; kids</h3> <p>The case of the 9-year-old girl who shot and killed an instructor at an Arizona gun range made me think of <a href="" target="_blank">Zuri Chambers</a>.</p> <p>She is the 3-year-old girl who accidentally shot herself in her Lake Worth home last February. A loaded gun had been left within her reach. Though Zuri was the victim and the girl in Arizona was not—at least not in the physical sense—each tragedy resulted from negligence involving children and firearms. The gun in Zuri’s house should have been secured. The gun range in Arizona should not have allowed a child to fire an Uzi.</p> <p>Zuri Chambers’ father—the only other person in the house at the time—is charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child. It is a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. The prosecutor in the case said Wednesday that the state attorney’s office is “trying to resolve” the case. A hearing is set for this month.</p> <p>As when parents leave children in sweltering cars so long that the children die, this case makes some people ask why the charge is necessary. What punishment could the state impose that is worse than what the father already has imposed on himself? But the law is on the books for a reason. And consider that in 1989, the Legislature held a special session after a string of accidental shootings when children had easy access to loaded weapons.</p> <p>The girl in Arizona won’t be charged. Of course not. It wasn’t her fault. Zuri Chambers died because an adult was negligent. If the state isn’t going to enforce the law, why is it on the books?</p> <h3>Accountability issues</h3> <p>In discussing the Palm Beach County Commission’s vote to allow development of the former Mizner Trail Golf Course in Boca Raton, I have mentioned that however angry neighbors in Boca Del Mar are about the decision, they can’t take out their anger at the polls. County commissioners run from single-member districts. Steven Abrams, who represents Boca Del Mar, voted against the request for 252 homes.</p> <p>There might be a way to make more county commissioners accountable to more voters. Like Palm Beach County, Hillsborough and Pinellas are large counties with seven commissioners. But only four are from single-member districts. Three run countywide. As a result, each resident votes for a majority of the commission.</p> <p>There’s no talk now of such a change for Palm Beach County. But the idea makes sense. We will discuss it more.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzThu, 04 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityMovie Review: &quot;The Last of Robin Hood&quot;<p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/the-last-of-robin-hood-banner.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>None of the central characters in the true-Hollywood biopic “The Last of Robin Hood” (opening in South Florida Friday) feel especially new. There’s Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline), every bit the charismatic, womanizing cliché of himself, buckling invisible swash with his arms even when balancing on the diving board of his pool. There’s Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning), the underage ingénue with no apparent talent but with a nubile body that perks Flynn’s insatiable libido. And there’s Florence (Susan Sarandon), the stereotypical ruthless showbiz parent, living vicariously through her offspring’s starry-eyed potential.</p> <p>All of them comprise shopworn archetypes, which might be a complaint if these all-too-real people didn’t help create these archetypes. Just about everything in “The Last of Robin Hood,” written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash West, has a certifiable ring of truth. Familiarity, in this case, breeds occasional insight.</p> <p>The movie is set during the final two years of Flynn’s life, circa 1957 to 1959, a lovingly recreated playground of vintage cars and martinis and three-piece suits and manicured hedges that pop with color. But in the age of television, Flynn’s star isn’t as marketable as it used to be. Gazing out onto the studio lot at the beginning of the movie, he notices one final virgin to deflower: Beverly, whom he later christens “Woodsy,” short for “wood nymph”—a talentless, 15-going-on-21-year-old chorus girl who, with a few disingenuous plaudits from the mustachioed millionaire, might just wind up on a Hollywood marquee. At least that’s how her mother Florence justifies the blind eye she casts toward her daughter’s unseemly relationship with the serial philanderer.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/robinhood-sarandon.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>This is where Glatzer and West might differ from a more simplistic approach, one that would view Flynn as the sole corrupter—the lecherous criminal pursuing jailbait and protected by his celebrity. But Kline’s Flynn is essentially a charming, childish id from whom adult behavior is never expected, or even understood. It’s Florence, despite Sarandon’s own considerable star power, who is the film’s most callow and shameful character, willingly deluding herself into believing Flynn’s purportedly “innocent” advances on her daughter, against her husband’s straightforward wisdom (Flynn is “a walking penis!” he says, in one crackling scene). “The Last of Robin Hood” is not a moral harangue about sex and scandal; it’s a potent statement about the lengths some will go to get themselves, or their families, ahead in Hollywood.</p> <p>“The Last of Robin Hood” might not be a thrill-a-minute, but it’s perceptive, and it spreads its lacerating critique far and wide. All three characters, at various points, come off as both tragic figures and sowers of their own fate. All, unquestionably, are victims of the gutter-press scourge that still documents, and distorts, celebrity culture today. We know all of this, and we know these characters without even knowing them—but it’s still a pleasure to watch the inevitable unfold with such skill and poise.</p> <p><em>“The Last of Robin Hood” opens Friday at Regal Shadowood 16 and Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray, Movies of Lake Worth, The Classic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale, AMC Aventura 24, Regal South Beach 18, the Tower Theater in Miami, and AMC Sunset Place 24 in South Miami.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 03 Sep 2014 13:46:41 +0000 & EventsMoviesBoca After Dark: Johnnie Brown&#39;s<p class="Body"><strong>Where: </strong>301 E. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL   561/243-9911</p> <p class="Body"><strong> <img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/johnniebrowns.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong>The lowdown: </strong>Guests of Downtown Delray can get their fill of classic rock and live entertainment at Johnnie Brown’s, an all-American burger, wings and rib joint located right along the train tracks.</p> <p class="Body">Those train tracks play a big role in the history of this part of Delray Beach, so every time a train rolls by, there’s a special deal on drinks. This is just one of the many reasons why locals love the laid-back, rocker vibe at Johnnie Brown’s. Everyone is in jeans, baseball caps, and band T-shirts.</p> <p class="Body">Johnnie Brown’s is an open-air bar, making it very Florida-friendly, but it’s covered, of course, because Florida loves to surprise us with rain. It’s an elbow-to-elbow kind of place, with people sitting and standing absolutely anywhere they can find to get a good view of whatever band is playing at the time. With such an energetic essence coming from the place, its no wonder people walking by stop and peer in to see what they’re missing.</p> <p class="Body">The clientele is made up of a mostly older crowd — people who know and love the music playing on stage. There’s classic rock seven nights a week, including the Elvis Experience on Mondays with award-winning entertainer Scott Ringersen and a Rod Stewart tribute every Tuesday with The Hot Rod Band, a local Stewart tribute band.<strong><br> The intangibles: </strong>Music starts about between 7:30 and 9 p.m. depending on the night. It’s the perfect place to go for drinks after you’ve enjoyed a nice early dinner on the Ave. The place packs up quickly, and there’s never a cover charge.</p> <p class="Body">Johnnie’s favorite classic rock bands rock the house on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. with bands covering some of the greats: Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, just to name a few. Thursday nights are filled with more live cover bands starting at 7:30 p.m.</p> <p class="Body">Friday and Saturday nights call for rotating live local bands from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. These nights are dubbed Rock ‘n Roll ‘n Ribs — featuring their Real Deal BBQ wood-grilled ribs, a crowd favorite. If you’re looking for some Sunday Funday happenings, check Johnnie Brown’s Facebook for all updates.</p> <p class="Body">Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. with $2 domestic draft beers and bottles, $3 imports and craft draft and bottles, $3 well drinks and $2 off all other drinks and wine. There are also “Shotski” specials — four shots for the price of three. </p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> Johnnie Brown’s is open from Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m.</p> <p>to 2 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><em><strong>••••••••</strong></em></p> <p><em>For more on bars in Boca Raton, click <a href="/blog/tag/boca-after-dark/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <center><strong></strong></center> <p><strong>About Shaina</strong></p> <div>Shaina is a Boca transplant, born and raised in South Jersey. Her love of writing began at a young age and followed her through to Rutgers University where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. It wasn't until she sought after a new and exciting journey far away from the cold winters of Jersey that she discovered another love: food. Shaina created her very own food blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca, and has since grown her passion for cooking, baking, and of course sipping and savoring her way around town. She is very excited to be part of the team at Boca Raton Magazine and hopes that you will join her every step of the way as she explores <em>Boca After Dark</em>. You can follow Shaina and all of her foodie adventures in and out of the kitchen at <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div>Shaina WizovWed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningThirty-seven Local Athletes Head to Ironman Florida<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>While we were riding bikes on A1A recently, a friend mentioned that 37 local athletes from the <a href="" target="_blank">Boca Raton Triathletes</a> were going to compete in <a href="" target="_blank">Ironman Florida</a> on Nov. 1 in Panama City, Fla. I’ve always known that we have some tough athletes in South Florida. But to have such a big group from one local club doing such an ambitious race is amazing.</p> <p>For those of you who don’t know the Ironman distance, it’s a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2 mile run. Not easy.</p> <p>“This is our biggest group yet,” says Boca Raton resident Kristy Breslaw, president of Boca Raton Triathletes.  </p> <p><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/brt.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Breslaw, 44, is going to Panama City to support the club’s athletes, some of whom have never participated in an Ironman competition. She isn’t doing this particular Ironman but has competed in grueling Ironman events in the past. I asked Breslow what the experience was like.</p> <p><strong>Boca Mag:</strong> When did you start doing triathlons and Ironman distances?</p> <p><strong>Kristy Breslaw:</strong> I started racing in 2002. I did my first Ironman in 2009 at Ironman Florida.</p> <p><strong>BM</strong>: How many Ironman distances have you done?  </p> <p><strong>KB</strong>: I have done two more since: 2011 Ironman Florida and 2013 Challenge Roth in Germany. I am registered for Ironman Whistler in 2015.  I have also competed many other 70.3 [half Ironman] and other distance races.</p> <p><strong>BM</strong>: How many hours a week do you train and for how long? </p> <p><strong>KB</strong>: Depending on the race and time of year, the training is anywhere from 10 to 25 hours a week. </p> <p><strong>BM</strong>: What do you love most about doing Ironman triathlons?</p> <p><strong>KB</strong>: What I love most is the challenge and camaraderie among friends. Training for an Ironman is a long and challenging process. Having others with you through the process to train with and learn from makes the whole experience amazingly special and memorable. When you cross the finish line and your friends are all there, knowing how hard it was to make it to the start and finish line is awesome. I have made my closest and lifelong friends through [the club], training and racing. The people are so supportive and nonjudgmental.  Without them, the journey and the finish lines would never be as much fun or special. </p> <p>Here’s the list of participating triathletes, who represent a wide range of ages:</p> <p>Ari Ginarte, 45; Brian Doherty, 41; Catherine Trejo, 30; Cicily Chun, 43; Dan Bond, 37; David Hoy, 48; David LeClair; Efua Ramdeen, 32; Eric Kalina, 44; Frannie Nachlas, 48; Frank Fernandez-Posse, 44; Jared Koesten, 40; Jason Alviene, 38; Jason Ramdeen, 34; Jay Brandt, 38; Jeff Bielec, 44; Joe Paxton, 53; John Snyder, 52; Kathy Ginarte, 48; Kevin Frey, 35; Kyle Heckman, 18; Lauren Fuchs, 53; Matthew Hert, 47; Mike Jordan, 48; Mitch Zelman, 34; Ornel Cotera, 33; Sandy Lechner, 51; Sara Koesten, 37; Scott Heckman, 51; Stefano Papaleo, 44; Steve Cimaglia, 47; Steven Ross, 46; Sue Caplan, 48; Todd Kough, 41; Tom Turbyfill; Robin Goldber; and Geoffrey Taber, 42.</p> <p>Be sure to cheer for those you know when you see them on the road. Chances are, they’ll be training in the heat of the day to prepare for an event that takes many at least 12 hours to complete.</p> <p>For more about Boca Raton Triathletes, go to: <a href=""></a>. You can register to join at the site. It’s $35.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Town: Starting Over<h3>A local author offers a road map for widows and late-life divorced men.</h3> <p><img alt="" height="381" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/halspielman.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Hal Spielman knew he was in trouble when he couldn’t find the checkbook. That was just one of the everyday obstacles he was facing in the wake of his wife’s death. “I started to realize there was an enormous gap in my operational base,” he says, thinking of that time six years ago when he was suddenly charged with doing the things that his wife used to do for him.</p> <p>Now 86, Spielman has managed to navigate those uncharted waters and he’s been generous enough to help others do the same through <em>Suddenly Solo: A Lifestyle Road Map For the Mature, Widowed or Divorced Man</em>, a book he co-authored with Marc Silbert.</p> <p>“I thought there are people out there who are coping with this issue, so I turned to what I did for a living [he cofounded McCollum Spielman Worldwide, a marketing and communication research company], and we interviewed over 1000 men and over 600 women who were widowed or divorced, mostly in their 60s and 70s, to find out how they were coping and what were the issues,” he says. “Out of that came the book.”</p> <p>Rather than a nurturing guide to the twilight years, Speilman’s book offers far more practical advice based on real numbers, not revelation. His impressive market research and sociology background gave him the chops to find out what was going on in a population of men who found themselves alone—after a lifetime as half of a couple.</p> <p>Retired since 2008 and a part-time Lake Worth resident, Spielman says the book took on a life of its own. He’s been featured on “The Today Show” and talks of a possible radio show.</p> <p>Here are a few things he’s discovered about how to get living again.</p> <p>• Being alone [is] different for men and for women. We immediately saw men were raising issues about where they lived, where they ate, about their health and their finances. Women were raising issues about relationships, dating, sexual activity; they were very open about talking about that.</p> <p>• We aimed the book at men, but more women buy the book.</p> <p>• We separate being alone from being lonely; there is a very marked difference. Loneliness is an issue. About 80 percent of men and women say that the main reason they want to be a couple again is to have shared experiences.</p> <p>• One of the things we have heard is that mature men only want to date young women—this is absolutely wrong. The data says they prefer overwhelmingly to date women in their own age range. They have things to share in their past.</p> <p>• The most important thing is to get prepared to get out there, look for things you are interested in doing that will put you into social situations where you can meet other people. You are going to meet other people who can help make your life more joyful. </p> <p>• Twenty-nine percent of people we talked to who were in a relationship were with someone they had known in the past. What that said to us was: “Go to your class reunion.” The second largest category of people in a relationship—22 percent—met their partner online.</p> <p>• In Florida, happy hour is a big thing.</p>Marie SpeedTue, 02 Sep 2014 23:22:19 +0000 The MagazineThe Week Ahead: Sept. 2 to 8<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="224" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/emerson_book.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: William Rothman</strong></p> <p>Where: Books &amp; Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 305/442-4408, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Book-length studies psychoanalyzing the art and artifice of Alfred Hitchcock are nothing new. I’m looking at several on my own bookshelf—like Peter Conrad’s <em>The Hitchcock Murders</em> and Thomas Leitch’s <em>Find the Director and Other Hitchcock Games</em>. If it’s possible to still find new avenues with which to explore the Master of Suspense’s nearly 70-film oeuvre, Dr. William Rothman has found one. The University of Miami cinema professor, who revisited his landmark study <em>Hitchcock: The Murderous Gaze</em> in 2012, returned with his latest, multi-pronged excavation of the director’s mind, <em>Must We Kill the Thing We Love?</em> It looks at Hitchcock’s movies through the prism of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s writings, finding new correlatives between these seemingly disparate artists. Rothman will discuss some of his revelations, and sign books, at this free event.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/graphicad_methanestudios.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age”</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU’s Ritter Gallery, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/297-2661, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Whether it’s a bandaged Haitian child welcoming a bird onto her palm or a snake mazing its way through the core of an apple, pictures can still speak considerably louder than words—especially when they arrive in the form of an advocacy poster. Combating the perception that young people are too apathetic to rise against corrupt or unjust systems, the touring exhibition “Graphic Advocacy” reveals the modern incarnation of this vintage form of visual protest, which has enjoyed a resurgence thanks to the democratization of digital media. Whether in Russia, third-world African nations or the Arab world, digital posters have become a potent form a protest, raising awareness about regional, national and global issues. This exhibit, curated by Elizabeth Resnick of Massachusetts College of Design, examines more than 120 posters from 2001-2012; Resnick will speak about the exhibition at Thursday night’s opening. The exhibit runs through Oct. 25.</p> <p> THURSDAY TO SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/anthony_jeselnik_600x400.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Anthony Jeselnik</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $25 plus two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you’ve ever seen Anthony Jeselnik perform standup comedy, you know to expect the unexpected—and to prepare for the most morbid conclusion to any setup. Case in point: “You don’t know anything about pain until you’ve seen your own baby drowned in a tub … and you definitely don’t know anything about how to wash a baby.” That’s the Jeselnik formula in a nutshell: Start at Point A with a universal statement and conclude with a 180 into the writer’s dark abyss of a mind. His second comedy album, 2013’s Caligula, includes tracks titled “Rape,” “Death” and “Shut the F**k Up.” Enough playwrights have explored the Theatre of Cruelty, but few funnymen have plumbed the Comedy of Cruelty with as much brilliance as Jeselnik. Look for a review of this performance Friday here at</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="279" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/hero_discoverers.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Discoverers”</strong></p> <p>Where: Regal Shadowood 16, 9889 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $7.50 to $11</p> <p>Contact: 561/482-2638</p> <p>The dysfunctional family dramedy “The Discoverers” enjoyed its premiere screening in a film festival in October 2012. And despite warm receptions at a number of other festivals, it’s taken two full years for the movie to receive a generous theatrical release—such are the vagaries of distributing truly independent movies. But it looks worth the wait, centering on a family whose elderly patriarch has an uncommon obsession with Lewis &amp; Clark, and who insists on re-enacting the explorers’ famous treks, complete with early 19<sup>th</sup> century raiment and language. For his son and grandchildren, who are now tasked with caring for his needs, that means a most unusual road trip, one that travels to the past to help understand their present. The movie’s concept, written and directed by first-time filmmaker Justin Schwarz, is unique enough, but the element that has garnered the most praise is the lead performance by the great and under-used Griffin Dunne, as a washed-up professor who could use some exploration. “The Discoverers” also opens Friday at Movies of Lake Worth and Muvico Parisian 20 in West Palm Beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="417" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/john+densmore+johndensmore.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: John Densmore</strong></p> <p>Where: Radio-Active Records, 845 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Book purchase of $14.95 or $24.95</p> <p>Contact: 954/762-9488, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For anyone other than rock ‘n’ roll purists, the name John Densmore might not ring an immediate bell. As for his former band mates—guys like Robby Krieger and Jim Morrison—that’s another story. For eight heady and tumultuous years, Densmore drummed for the Doors, and today he’s the oldest surviving member. Having since reimagined himself as an actor, dancer, and film and theater producer, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer still keeps the Doors near the front of his consciousness, penning a best-selling autobiography, <em>Riders on the Storm</em>, in 1990, and returning with his most recent book, <em>The Doors: Unhinged</em>. Don’t expect a hagiographic account of rock gossip; instead, Densmore’s latest tome unveils some of the unspoken truths undergirding rock stardom. According to official book description, it looks at “the ‘greed gene,’ and how that part of the human psyche propels us toward the accumulation of more and more wealth, even at the expense of our principles and friendships and the wellbeing of society.” Densmore will sign both books and records and CDs at this rare appearance, as well as pose for photographs.</p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/bleedingpalm-one.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening reception for “Echoes Myron”</strong></p> <p>Where: Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood</p> <p>When: 6:30 to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10, or free for members</p> <p>Contact: 954/921-3274, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Any art exhibition that borrows its name from a song by indie-rock legends Guided by Voices has me at the proverbial “hello.” Such is this case with the Art and Culture Center’s latest group show in its main gallery, “Echoes Myron.” Curated by artists Beatriz Monteavaro and Priyadarsini Ray, the show captures the nexus of art and music, focusing on musicians who make visual art and vice versa. The broad range of mediums on display includes sculpture, painting, flyer art, photography and installations from nearly 40 visual and recording artists, ranging from Kevin Arrow to Viking Funeral. It’s only appropriate that Friday’s opening reception will include live music, from the likes of Snakehole and Bank of Christ. Expect a one-of-a-kind night at the Center.</p> <p> SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="237" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/stevemartin.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Steve Martin and Martin Short</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $59 to $129</p> <p>Contact: 954/797-5531, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Each of these “Martins” could fill a room the size of the Hard Rock on their own. But together? It’s a match made in comic heaven where anything goes, a joint appearance predicated on unpredictable lunacy. The subtitle of the duo’s tour is “A Very Stupid Conversation,” and while this belies each actor’s reservoirs of wit and wisdom, it speaks to off-the-cuff, friends-shooting-the-shit vibe of this cross-country jaunt. The conversation in question is expected to address the evolution of their creative influences and their respective careers, but every night is different—that’s what makes the tour so special. And, as is the norm for any Steve Martin tour, a banjo concert is part of the program too.</p> <p> MONDAY, SEPT. 8</p> <p><img alt="" height="364" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/2d7cb5b81-ac81-d381-ee9cb13f1108505a.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>What: “Rough Patch” play reading</strong></p> <p>Where: Plaza Theatre, 262 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 561/588-1820</p> <p>There’s never anything to do on a Monday night, so why not enjoy an early peek at one of tomorrow’s potentially great plays? That’s the idea next Monday; most theaters remain on summer break, but Manalapan’s Plaza Theatre is opening its stage for a one-night only reading of Charles Gluck’s family drama “Rough Patch.” It’s about a medical crisis that fractures, and then rebuilds, a close-knit family, with unlikely heroes ultimately redefining terms such as “strength” and “weakness.” Avi Hoffman (pictured), who directed and starred in a reading of this play in New York last year, returns to the helm here, joined onstage by such stalwart South Florida actors as Patti Gardner, Scott Genn, Paul Louis, Mia Matthews, Margo Moreland and Mark Della Ventura.</p>John ThomasonTue, 02 Sep 2014 13:49:10 +0000 & EventsMoviesThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsArchstone news, more from Boca Del Mar &amp; police talks imminent in Delray<h3><img alt="" height="160" src="/site_media/uploads/boca-raton.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>Archstone update</h3> <p>The controversial <a href="" target="_blank">Archstone Palmetto Park</a> project in Boca Raton may not wind up being called Archstone, but it also probably won’t change under new ownership.</p> <p>Last week, the 6-acre Archstone site between Fifth Avenue and Mizner Boulevard was sold by Equity Residential of Chicago—the majority partner—and Boca’s Mark Guzzetta –—the minority partner. I am told that the buyer is Charleston, S.C.-based <a href="" target="_blank">Greystar</a>. It is the nation’s largest apartment management company, and this year got even bigger when it bought Riverstone, Greystar’s largest competitor.</p> <p>In March 2013, after a five-hour meeting, the Boca Raton City Council approved Archstone Palmetto Park, a complex of 378 rental apartments and about 12,000 square feet of retail space. Actually, it was the second approval. The current plan is a bit smaller and more set back from the street than the one the council approved in 2012.</p> <p>Residents to the north in the Golden Triangle (the neighborhood north of Palmetto Park Road and east of Mizner Park) protested that the project would overwhelm their neighborhood. Council members—with the exception of Anthony Majhess, one of those residents—responded that Archstone would bring needed business to merchants on East Palmetto Park Road.</p> <p>Though Archstone has remained the name throughout city consideration of the project, the company hasn’t owned the site for more than two years. Colorado-based Archstone, Guzzetta’s original partner when the property sold in March 2012 for $20.1 million, was sold to Equity Residential and another company in November 2012. I’m told that Equity Residential didn’t want to develop Archstone. Thus the sale to Greystar.</p> <p>A source tells me, however, that Greystar does want to build Archstone—or whatever it might be called—and soon will submit plans that follow what the city approved. That would make sense. Any proposed change would trigger a new review by the city. The last review led to a lawsuit challenging the city’s approval. A trial court judge ruled that Boca Raton had to put the issue to voters in a referendum, but the Fourth District Court of Appeal disagreed. That ruling last January cleared the way for construction, which then was delayed because of the sale to Greystar.</p> <p>Even now, longtime Boca Raton residents might wonder if work on the project will start anytime soon. There has been talk of redevelopment on that land for two decades, starting with the late Greg Talbott’s plan for what he called Palmetto Promenade. The property went into foreclosure during the recession, and Fifth Third Bank bought it for $6 million in December 2010.</p> <p>Post-recession, financing has been easier for rental housing than homes and condos, and plans for the property turned from Talbott’s office-retail project to one including apartments. That came as Boca Raton began betting big on housing to energize the downtown. Archstone was just one of several residential projects to go before the council, but it was the biggest and generated the most emotion, with then-Mayor Susan Whelchel claiming during the climactic meeting that opponents just didn’t want renters nearby.</p> <p>Though I am told that the cost of Archstone as approved could top $100 million, the project sounds more like a rounding error in the Greystar portfolio. The merged company manages almost 400,000 apartments, and Riverstone alone had $17 billion in assets. In Boca Raton, however, Archstone—or whatever it may be—is a big deal. The city will be eager to hear Greystar’s plans.</p> <h3>Delray police contract talks</h3> <p>With the end of the city budget year and the end of the city’s contract with the police union coming on Sept. 30, Delray Beach is close to finally making a contract offer.</p> <p>I have written extensively about the long-term financial problems both cities face because of police and fire pensions. Those problems will become harder to hide starting next year, when cities must report the unfunded liabilities on their balance sheets.</p> <p>Discussions about labor issues can take place outside of Florida’s Open Meetings Law, so we don’t know which approach Delray intends to take. The options, though, are easy to identify.</p> <p>1) Most cities try to change elements of the pension arrangement. This is Boca Raton’s approach. The city, which held a bargaining session last week, has proposed— among other things—lowering the “multiplier” used to calculate benefits, lowering the annual cost-of-living adjustment and eliminating the use of overtime in calculating benefits. Other cities have tried, sometimes successfully, to cap lifetime payouts.</p> <p>2) Delray Beach also could get out of the pension business by shifting all employees into the state retirement system. Most employees in the Florida Retirement System work for school districts, counties and the state, but the option for cities has become more appealing as those pension obligations have grown. First, however, Delray Beach would have to see if the switch made long-term financial sense. The city backed away this year from a look at contracting with Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue because the numbers were iffy.</p> <p>3) The nuclear option. Palm Beach stopped taking money from a state-imposed fee on insurance policies that goes to cities with police and fire pensions. (The Legislature created the fee to encourage cities to keep employees out of the state system.) Freed from state constraints that go with that money, Palm Beach then created its own hybrid retirement system that is less like the traditional defined-benefit (set payout) plan and more like a 401(k)-style defined contribution plan. It was nasty, and many police officers and firefighters quit. This seems unlikely for Delray.</p> <p>Still, with so little time left, the chance of an impasse is greater than it was a month ago. Perfect timing for new Police Chief Jeffrey Goldberg, who took over on Monday.</p> <h3>Boca Del Mar still fighting back    </h3> <p>Last week, the Palm Beach County Commission rejected a request to block construction of homes on the <strong>former Mizner Trail Golf Course</strong> while residents of Boca Del Mar appeal the commission’s June approval of the project.</p> <p>The result was expected. By the same 5-2 vote that allowed 252 homes on the property, the commission allowed the developer to proceed. Robert Banks, the county’s land-use attorney, had recommended rejection, saying in a memo that state law provides “no automatic stay when a zoning approval is challenged in court.” Banks said he knew of no such stay that a local government in Florida ever had granted.</p> <p>Don’t be surprised, though, if the developer waits anyway. In his memo, Banks noted, “A developer or property owners who builds while zoning litigation is pending proceeds at their own risk.” Indeed.</p> <p>The Boca Del Mar Improvement Association, which the group’s attorney says represents 10,000 homeowners in the community just west of the city, contends that the county commission illegally permitted homes on what was open space under Boca Del Mar’s plan—open space that was necessary for approval by the county. In 2002, the Florida Supreme Court upheld a ruling by the Fourth District Court of Appeal that Martin County had allowed construction of apartments too near single-family homes, thus violating the county’s growth plan.</p> <p>The developer had ignored the lawsuit and built the apartments, which he then had to tear down. Andre Parke, whose firm represents the plaintiffs in the Mizner Trail case, confirmed in an email that if the developer starts work and his clients prevail, they would ask for the county to “uphold the codes” and “facilitate the removal of any construction.” Expect to hear from lawyers before the residents hear bulldozers.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzTue, 02 Sep 2014 10:22:54 +0000 WatchCommunityAvocado Grill Coming to WPB<p>And speaking of Pistache and PB Catch (which we were just yesterday), the former chef-partner of that restaurant duo, Julien Gremaud, has struck out on his own and later this year will open <a href="" target="_blank">Avocado Grill</a> in the Datura Street space in downtown West Palm formerly home to Barrel &amp; Grain.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202014/avocadogrill.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Gremaud, who grew up in St. Tropez and took his first professional restaurant job at 14, is singing the fresh-local-seasonal tune, seeking out local purveyors of everything from seafood to veggies and promising a menu of locavore-driven cuisine with an emphasis on small plates, sushi and goodies from a raw bar. And, yes, there will be plenty of avocados.</p> <p>The 2,200-square-foot eatery will feature both modern and rustic elements, including a striking black-and-white tile-faced bar. Avocado Grill will be open for dinner nightly and weekend brunch.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 02 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsPaneterie to Debut Wednesday<p>Thierry Beaud and Patrick Leze—the duo behind TITOU Hospitality, proprietors of Pistache, PB Catch and Patrick Leze Palm Beach—will unveil their latest endeavor with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in West Palm Beach this Wednesday.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/paneterie.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paneterie</a> (<em>205 N. Clematis St., 561/223-2992</em>) hopes to bring an authentic French bakery to the West Palm dining mix, with all manner of house-baked breads and pastries, as well as a roster of sandwiches, panini, salads and quiches.</p> <p>The cheery white facade and vivid red awning promise a laid-back bistro ambiance, with moderately priced dishes ranging from pastries starting at $1.75 to salads and sandwiches topping out at $10. Look for croissants, macarrons, chocolates, Danishes and more, plus savory items ranging from quiche Lorraine and nicoise salad to pate sandwich and the classic croque monsieur.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 01 Sep 2014 10:13:19 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsBest of Boca 2014: Dining<p class="p1"><em>**This is an abbreviated version. To view the full Best of Boca feature, click <a href="/guides/" target="_blank">here</a>.<em> Note that this article was published in May 2014 and menu items/personnel may have changed in the interim.</em></em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best New Restaurants</strong></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/13americantable.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">13 American Table</a> <em>(Pictured)</em></p> <p class="p1">451 E Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton // 561/409-2061</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">HMF</a></p> <p class="p1">1 S. County Road, Palm Beach // 561/290-0104</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar</a></p> <p class="p2">5 S.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach // 561/450-6718 </p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Twenty Twenty Grille</a></p> <p class="p1">141 Patio de Fuente, Boca Raton // 561/990-7969</p> <p class="p1">See spotlight on Chef Ron Weisheit <a href="/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-boca-chef-spotlight/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Farmer’s Table</a></p> <p class="p1">1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton // 561/417-5836</p> <p class="p1">See spotlight on Chef Joey Giannuzi <a href="/blog/2014/09/01/best-of-boca-restaurant-spotlight/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Foodie Event</strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Boca Bacchanal</a></p> <p class="p2">Every year in March </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Makeover</strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar</a></p> <p class="p2">5 S.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach // 561/450-6718 </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Kept Secret When Mizner is Packed</strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Jazziz</a></p> <p class="p2">201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton // 561/300-0730</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Five Reliable Local Standouts</strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Max’s Grille</a></p> <p class="p1">404 Plaza Real, Boca Raton // 561/368-0080</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Brio Tuscan Grille</a></p> <p class="p1">5050 Town Center Circle, #239, Boca Raton // 561/392-3777</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">J. Alexander’s</a></p> <p class="p1">1400 Glades Road, Boca Raton // 561/347-9875</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Matteo’s</a></p> <p class="p1">233 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton // 561/392-0773</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Trattoria Romana</a></p> <p class="p1">499 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton // 561/393-6715</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Fountain of Youth</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/biergarten.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Biergarten</a></p> <p class="p1">309 Via De Palmas, #90, Boca Raton // 561/395-7462</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Rebel House</a></p> <p class="p2">297 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton //561/353-5888 </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Most Decadent New Menu Item</strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Taco Bell’s Breakfast Waffle Taco</a></p> <div class="cards-text-truncate-and-wrap">1361 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton // 561/391-7834</div> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Go-To Comfort Foods</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>As picked by locals</em></p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Dorothy MacDiarmand’s Pick: BLTE at Brulé</a></p> <p class="p1">200 N.E. Second Ave., #108, Delray Beach // 561/274-2046</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Jay Van Vechten’s Pick: Grilled New York Strip Steak at Casimir</a></p> <p class="p1">416 Via De Palmas, Boca Raton // 561/955-6001</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Joyce DeVita’s Pick: Chicken Milanese at Couco Pazzo</a></p> <p class="p1">915 Lake Ave., Lake Worth // 561/585-0320</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Tim Snow’s Pick: Jambalaya Entrée at Yard House</a></p> <p class="p1">201 Plaza Real, #1201, Boca Raton // 561/417-6124 </p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Bill Bathurst’s Pick: Burger and Fries at Tryst</a></p> <p class="p2">4 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // 561/921-0201 </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Five Best Food Trends</strong></p> <p class="p1">1. Farm-to-table dining</p> <p class="p1">2. Small plates</p> <p class="p1">3. Gastropubs</p> <p class="p1">4. Independent chef and ingredient-driven restaurants</p> <p class="p1">5. Craft beers get equal billing with wine</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Gone But Not Forgotten</strong></p> <p class="p1">1. Red the Steakhouse, Boca Raton</p> <p class="p1">2. Spice &amp; Tea Exchange, Boca Raton</p> <p class="p1">3. Ovenella, Boca Raton</p> <p class="p1">4. Rosso, Boca Raton</p> <p class="p1">5. The Mexican, Boca Raton</p> <p class="p1">6. Legal Sea Foods, Boca Raton</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Place to Score Dinner Any Night of the Week</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="675" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/royalpalmplace.jpg" width="450"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Royal Palm Place</a></p> <p class="p2">101 Plaza Real S., Boca Raton // 561/362-2984 </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best Brew-haha</strong></p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Funky Buddha</a></p> <p class="p2">1201 N.E