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Q&A with Nilson Silva, owner of Master Touch Pools

What year did your business start?

Our business started in February 2009.

How and why did you get into the business?

I was in college and was not happy doing computer engineering/science. Since I grew up with a pool, I felt that I couldn’t be in a better place to start a pool company. After doing some research, I was faced with the fact that most companies in South Florida weren’t reliable, didn’t answer their phone and didn’t provide the quality of work that clients deserved.

What is your training background?

I’m a certified pool operator with a range of knowledge in pool remodeling. I hold a state license for repairs.

What services do you provide?

We provide pool cleaning, pool repairs, pool remodeling, pavers, pressure cleaning and sealing and automation. We also create outdoor kitchens and pergolas, install baby fences and lay travertine. We can deal with salt systems, heaters and cleaners.

What hours are you available?

We can usually start service within 24 hours. We are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

6. Are you involved with any community groups?

I support my local church and other local non profits.

What do you think is your biggest challenge with the business?

Our biggest challenge is competing with unlicensed competitors who don’t know what they are doing and destroy reliable companies’ image.

What do you want the community to know about you?

We are a family-owned business, we are here to help with quality work at a fair price. We love what we do and our goal is to make our clients happy.

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No Mercy for Gramercy: Roach Closure Again

Gramercy Bagels on Jog Road in Delray Beach; image by Google

Gramercy Bagels and Deli in Delray was closed again for roaches on the 19th. The inspection report showed 23 violations including 9 high priority:

  • All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods i at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit…..Sausages , cheese , ham, cut tomato , mushroom , smoked salmon,blintzes , waffle batter 50°/53° below stove , grill in cook line . …..butter 52°, cream cheese 52° in reach in cooler below toaster in server station at kitchen .Food being held more than 4 hours . Stop sale issue . Pic discarded food.
  • Live, small flying insects, 4 flies in kitchen.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit…..cut tomato 58°, Cole slaw 50°, cut lettuce 63°, meat loaf 48°, potato cakes 48° being held less than 4 hours ( pic moved food to walk in cooler ) waffle batter 61° being held more than 4 hours in flip top coolers in cook line . Stop sale issue . Pic discarded food. **Corrective Action Taken** **Repeat Violation**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above….cooked Carrots , pasta 80° on stove being held less than an hour , again reheating food 182°**Corrective Action Taken** **Corrected On-Site**
  • Raw animal food not properly separated from ready-to-eat food….raw shall above lintel soup in walk in cooler . Pic separated it. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Raw animal food stored over or with ready-to-eat food in walk-in freezer – not all products commercially packaged..raw salmon top of open spinach in walk in freezer. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found…..2 live roaches in server station, 2 live roaches in cook line floor, one live roach on the prep table in kitchen. **Repeat Violation**
  • Small flying insects. Numerous small flying insects around drains in storage area and bagel prep area.
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse…..see stop sale report.

As we reported a couple weeks ago, Gramercy was also closed for roaches on October 5th. We’re actually more concerned by the stop sales.

The biggest number closer to home was for Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in the Boca Grove plaza on Powerline. It wasn’t terrible but 9 violations with 3 high priority isn’t great either. Bonefish Grill in the same plaza also got hit – maybe worse – with 7 violations, 5 of which were high priority:

  • Cooked meats or poultry hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. – on cook line white sauce 120° garlic sauce – steam table plugged in. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food. – in kitchen then.
  • Employee handled soiled dishes or utensils and then handled clean dishes or utensils without washing hands. – Dishmachine operator.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Diced boiled eggs, cut tomatoes at 48F on the flip top reach in cooler by the heat lamp, operator put lids on.
  • Thermotape failed to turn black to indicate the sanitization temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit was achieved on the dish surface. Discontinue use of dishmachine for sanitizing and set up manual sanitization until dishmachine is repaired. – failed on each of five cycles.

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The best local inspection goes to Outback Steakhouse on SW 18th, with just 2 minor violations. Sicilian Oven did okay with 2 violations including 1 high priority. The popular Shake Shack on Glades had 3 minor violations.

Our full spreadsheet is below:

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Recent Home Sales in Broken Sound, Woodfield Country Club, Seasons and Azura

Homes in the 33496 zip code are located between 441 and Military Trail, north of Yamato Road to the Delray line. Neighborhoods in this area include Long Lake Estates, St. Andrews, The Oaks, Woodfield Country Club, Newport Bay Club, Boca Gardens, Broken Sound, Whisper Walk, The Polo Club, Lakeridge and Seasons.

Broken Sound is a large gated country club community located on Yamato Road. There are 27 villages and 1600 homes within the community. Amenities include a golf course and putting green, tennis courts and basketballs courts. There is also a clubhouse, exercise room and large pool. Students attend Calusa Elementary School, Omni Middle School and Spanish River Community High School.

2653 NW 64th Boulevard; image and map data by Google

The expansive estate home at 2653 NW 64th Boulevard sold for $690,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 5 full bathrooms in 4361 sq. feet of living space. The home also boasts a 2 bedroom private cabana suite and guest house. The home boasts a resort style pool with lush landscaping and garden views. The large open floor plan has lots of windows with views of the garden. The kitchen is open to the family room and eat in dining. The master bath has double vanities and a spa bath. Build in 1991.

The gated community of Woodfield Country Club has a clubhouse, jogging and biking paths, a pool and tennis courts. It has been recognized as a 5 star Platinum Club of America since 2006. Owners must purchase membership equity in the club which features an 18 hole championship golf course and pro shop. Students go to Calusa Elementary School, Omni Middle School and Spanish River Community High School.

3210 Harrington Drive; image by Google

The traditional home at 3210 Harrington Drive sold for $725,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 3400 sq. feet of living space. The lakefront home has lush grounds, beautiful views of the lake and a pool. There is an open and split floorplan with marble flooring throughout. The rooms have large windows looking out on the lake. The kitchen has lots of counter space with stainless steel appliances. The bathrooms have separate tub and showers. There is a 3 car garage. Built in 1987.

5888 Saint Annes Way; image by Google

The large ranch home at 5888 Saint Annes Way sold for $715,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3.1 bathrooms in 3267 sq. feet of living space. Solid oak floors are throughout the living areas and there is marble and tile in the bathrooms. The oversized kitchen has a bar, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. The backyard features a private covered outdoor dining and sitting area overlooking the pool. Built in 1988.

The Seasons community is located on the west side of Jog Road between Yamato and Clint Moore Road, just north of Omni Middle School. The gated community has a large clubhouse, exercise room, basketball, tennis and a pool. Students in Seasons go to Calusa Elementary, Omni Middle and Spanish River High.

6449 NW 30th Ave; image by Google

The Mediterranean style courtyard home at 6449 NW 30th Ave sold for $769,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3.1 bathrooms in 3722 sq. feet of living space. The home boasts a stunning 2 story entrance and formal living room a magnificent view of the lake. The spacious ground floor master suite also has a lake view. There is a spacious loft and private guest house overlooking the lagoon style pool and spa. The gourmet kitchen has a cook island and dark custom cabinets with stainless steel appliances. Outside there is a secluded pool, outside covered dining and kitchen. The bathrooms have been remodeled. built in 1991.

One of the newest communities is Azura by Toll Brothers, located on the east side of Jog Road between Clint Moore and Linton. Azura is a gated community with many amenities including a clubhouse, tennis courts, pool and sauna. The clubhouse has a business center, library, fitness room and billiards. Students here go to Calusa Elementary School, Omni Middle School and Spanish River Community High School.

17403 Balaria; image and map data by Google

The ranch home at 17403 Balaria sold for $850,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3.1 bathrooms in 3139 sq. feet of living space. The gourmet kitchen has a center island, subway tile backsplash and granite counter tops with stainless steel wolf and sub zero appliances. Special features include under counter lights and a large breakfast nook. The master bathroom has a jetted tub and frameless shower. The backyard has a private pool and outdoor kitchen overlooking a beautifully landscaped yard. Built in 2016.

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Halloween Happenings

Shriek Week at Sugar Sand Park is October 21, 22, 28, 28 and 29. Film Festival, Haunted House and more.

Halloween at the Peter Blum Family Y on October 22nd from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Call 395-9622 to RSVP. Haunted house, hay ride, dance party and more. Free for Y members with bag of candy, $15 for non-members.

Hallo-Tween Spooktacular on October 25th at 6 p.m. at the Glades Road Library. Listen to some scary stories and learn how to write your own! Ages 8-12. Preregister at 482-4554.

Haunted House on October 26th at 6 p.m. at the Glades Road Library. Our teens will scare you in our annual walk thru Haunted House. Ages 5 & up.

Halloween Trick or Treat at Delray Marketplace on October 26th from 6 to 9 p.. Hay rides, crafts, face painting, train rides, costume parade and more. Free.

Monster Mash on October 27th at the West Boca Library at 3:30 p.m. Stories, short film game and crafts. Ages 5-10. Call 470-1600 to preregister. Free.

Halloween Hoot ‘N’ Howl at Daggerwing Nature Center on Octber 28th from 6 to 8 p.m. Wear a costume and enjoy activities and crafts while learning about spooky creatures of the night. Bring a flashlight and bug spray to explore the boardwalk. Free

Halloween Party at Drop In Action Sports Complex on October 28th, 6 to 8 p.m. Scary Contests, Costume contest and live performance by GoalKeeper. $5.

Trick’em Treat’em Costume Party on October 28th in Patch Reef Park from 10 a.m. to noon. Ages 2-5.  Games and munchies in the Community Center. $5 per child.

Trick or Treat Tales on October 28th at Glades Road Library at 4 p.m. Enjoy stories, songs, games, a craft and a movies about Halloween with a costume parade around the library to follow. All ages. Preregister.

Tennis Halloween Party!! Boca Boo Days at the Tennis Center in Patch Reef Park on October 29th from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For ages 3-10. Games, prizes, raffle and music. Wear sneakers with your costume.  Call 367-7090 to sign up. $3 per child.

Halloween Crafts on October 31st at 3 p.m. Wear a costume or come as yourself and make a special craft and listen to fun Halloween music. Ages 3 & up. 482-4554.

For events in Greater Boca, go to www.bocaboodays.com


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Chinese Top Inspection Report

China Cafe in Loggers Run Plaza and China Wok in Sandalfoot Square; images from Google

Two Chinese restaurants in West Boca had the most violations in this week’s inspection report. China Cafe in Loggers’ Run had the biggest overall number with 15 violations. Three were marked high priority:

  • Food-contact surfaces not sanitized after cleaning, before use. Do not use equipment/utensils not properly sanitized. – observed manual ware-washing taking place without sanitizer step.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. – cooked shrimp is 47°on wok line cold table is double panned in cold table and stacked high in lexan pan. Other foods on cold temperature are within temperature compliance. Shrimp placed in single metal pan and placed on cold table as other foods. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. In WALK IN COOLER – raw shell eggs above a soy sauce and caca cola

Caca cola?

China Wok in Sandalfoot Square was second on the list with 13 violations, 1 of them high priority.

Others with 10 or more violations include:

  • Hotdog-opolis in East Boca (12 violations, 3 high priority)
  • Gyromania (11, 4) and Sushi Yama (11, 0) in the Garden Shops plaza on Palmetto
  • Duffy’s on Hillsboro (10, 3)
  • Brooklyn Water Bagel and Brighton Beach Bagel (each 10, 2) on Military Trail in Delray
  • Pita N Go on 441 near Sandalfoot (10, 3)

The “Italians” had some of the best inspections this week. Pizza Hut Delivery on St. Andrews near Town Center had a perfect inspection. City Boys Pizza on Sandalfoot and Sal’s Italian in Garden Shops on Palmetto were both near perfect with one minor violation each. Brick Yard Microbrewery near Sal’s also had only one minor violation.

Our full spreadsheet for this week is below:

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