Weekly Newsletter

We’re starting a weekly newsletter. Most people find out about our articles through Facebook, which doesn’t show every article to every person who “Likes” our Facebook page. Some articles do very well, while others don’t reach many people.

We can tell a lot of people miss a lot of our articles. Some complain that all we write about is crime, when that’s at most 20% of what we cover. Others ask questions that we’ve already answered (“What’s going on with the old Walmart?”).

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West Boca Rocks the Cappies

West Boca High celebrates the Cappies evening

Boca High and West Boca High both did well at the South Florida Cappies Gala on Tuesday evening at the Broward Center. The Cappies is an awards program for high school theatre and theatre journalism. The South Florida chapter includes 28 high schools, mostly in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

For the biggest awards of the evening, Boca High won the Musical award and Trevor Wayne won Lead Actor for their performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, while West Boca High’s Alexia Assuncao won for Lead Actress in a Musical from their show, Chicago.

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Something Fishy at Sushi Yama: Restaurant Inspection Report

Sushi Yama; image by Google

The biggest number for West Boca in our restaurant inspection report goes to Sushi Yama, with 22 total violations including 5 marked high priority. It seems like they were tagged 3 times for the same rice cooker problem.

  • Nonexempt fish offered raw or undercooked has not undergone proper parasite destruction. Fish must be fully cooked or discarded. **Admin Complaint**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food held using time as a public health control marked with a time that exceeds the 4-hour limit. See stop sale. … **Repeat Violation** **Admin Complaint**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food identified in the written procedure as a food held using time as a public health control has no time marking and the time removed from temperature control cannot be determined. See stop sale. – for 4 rice cookers of what the chef describes as “Old from this Morning Sushi Rice” **Repeat Violation** **Admin Complaint**
  • Self-service salad bar/buffet lacking adequate sneezeguards or other proper protection from contamination. **Warning**
  • Stop Sale issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition. for 4 rice cookers of what the chef describes as “Old from this Morning Sushi Rice” — … **Repeat Violation** **Admin Complaint**

This is the latest in a series of not-so-great inspections for Sushi Yama. They’re never terrible, but rarely near perfect.

The worst inspection for East Boca looks like Flashback Diner, with 19 total violations and 10 marked high priority including multiple references to handwashing and food temperature problems. In January they had 12 violations but only 2 were high priority.

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Real Estate in The Oaks, Long Lake Estates, and Le Rivage

The Oaks is a gated family community with a large clubhouse and pool, 12 court tennis center and luxurious spa. Students go to Sunrise Park Elementary School, Eagles Landing Middle School and Olympic Heights Community High. Bordering Clint Moore Road, 441 and Lyons Road, it is close to shopping and dining.

17766 Cadena Drive; image and map data by Google

The brand new Mediterranean style home at 17766 Cadena Drive sold for $ 1.2 million. It has 4 bedrooms and 4.2 bathrooms in 4383 sq. feet of living space. The open floor plan features high ceilings, Spanish hardwood flooring and a winding staircase to the second floor. The master bedroom and home office are on the first floor. The gourmet kitchen has custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances including a double wall oven and a very large island. The master bathroom has double vanities, a spa shower and free standing tub. The backyard has a lovely pool and spa with a covered patio. Built in 2015.

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Teacher Awards: Coral Sunset, Hammock Pointe & Whispering Pines

This is the second of a series of articles recognizing teacher of the year award winners in West Boca.

Teachers Nicole Scalisi, Deborah Woolsey, and Linda Josaphat

Thee videos below are from a recent award ceremony with Rotary and the school district. They are available in higher resolution on the West Boca News YouTube channel.

Coral Sunset Teacher of the Year – Deborah Woolsey was named Teacher of the Year at Coral Sunset Elementary School. She works with younger students.

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Boca Italiana Review: Excellent

There’s a new Italian restaurant in West Boca and it’s excellent. Boca Italiana is located in Piccadilly Square (north side of Glades just west of the Turnpike), close to Jimmy the Greek and not just in physical distance. The Karaloukas family runs both restaurants.

Boca Italiana replaces Armadillo Café. The interior layout is the same, but the design changed. When you walk in the door you enter a smaller bar area:

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