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Sushi Ray and Dean Anthony Struggle in Restaurant Inspection

We cover two weeks in our latest inspection report. Inspectors seem to have slowed down so we waited for this week.

Sushi Ray in Boca Center, image from BocaCenter.com

The biggest total number in the past two weeks was for Dean Anthony’s Express Pizza with 22 total violations, 3 of which were marked high priority by the inspectors.

Sushi Ray in Boca Center (east side of Military Trail south of Glades, aka Town Center Circle) had 19 total violations with 5 marked high priority.

Augy’s Restaurant in East Boca; image by Google

Other notable inspections include:

  • Augy’s in East Boca (16 violations, 5 high priority)
  • Nino’s on Beracasa Way (15, 4)
  • Tobu Teriyaki Grill in Town Center (13, 4)
  • Cheesecake Factory (6, 3)
  • Boston Market in Town Center (5, 3)
  • The Dubliner in Mizner Park (1, 0 – near perfect)

Our spreadsheet for the two weeks ending June 19th is below:

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Real Estate Deals: Boca Grove, Cloisters and Estancia

Boca Grove Plantation is a gated community located on Glades Road, just east of the Florida Turnpike. Amenities include a large clubhouse, exercise room, golf course, tennis, pool and hot tub. There are basketball courts, and bike and jogging paths as well. Owners must purchase equity membership for $70,000. Students in this community go to Del Prado Elementary School, Omni Middle School and Spanish River Community High School.

7478 Valencia Drive; image and map data by Google

The custom estate home at 7478 Valencia Drive sold for $982,500. It has 4 bedrooms and 4.2 bathrooms in 4982 sq. ft. of living space. The wide open floor plan boasts custom his and her bathrooms and marble floors. The gourmet kitchen has granite counter tops, a very large island, stainless steel appliances including sub-zero and a gas range. A unique feature is the glass door wine cellar in the formal dining room. The marble pool deck and heated pool with spa are on the waterfront. Built in 2005.

The European style home at 21296 Bellechasse Ct sold for $570,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 4.1 bathrooms in 3769 sq. ft. of living space. The floor plan is great for entertaining with lots of upgrades and natural light. The chef’s kitchen has been remodeled and includes designer cabinetry and granite counter tops. The master suite has a sitting are and large master bath with his/her bathrooms. The in ground pool has views of the golf course. Built in 1985, it was previously purchased for $765,000 in 2006.

Cloisters of Boca Del Mar
Boca Del Mar is a master planned residential community located off Palmetto Park Road and Palmetto Park Circle, west of I-95 and east of the Florida Turnpike. Boca Del Mar has a population of almost 25,000 residents and is composed of many small communities, including the gated Cloisters.  Students attend Verde Elementary School, Omni Middle School and Spanish River Community High School.

The Mediterranean style home at 6142 Vista Linda Lane sold for $615,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 2927 sq. ft. of living space. The open kitchen has granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and wood cabinets. The master bedroom is on the ground floor and leads out to the patio and pool. The upstairs features a loft and upgrades bathrooms.  Built in 1988.

The courtyard home at 6154 Vista Linda Lane sold for $540,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms in 2816 sq. ft. of living space. The home features carpet and ceramic tile throughout. The bath in the master bedroom has dual sinks and a separate tub and shower. There is an in ground pool and spa. Built in 1993, this home was sold for $625,000 in 2005.

Both properties are located just a bit south of the Outback Steakhouse on SW 18th.

Estancia is a gated community located south of Glades Road near Powerline. Amenities include sidewalks, basketball and tennis courts and jogging paths. Students attend Del Prado Elementary School, Omni Middle School and Spanish River Community High School.

7133 Encina Lane; image and map data by Google

The large ranch home at 7133 Encina Lane sold for $830,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 3734 sq. ft. of living space. The circular drive leads to a covered porte cochere. The family room has a vaulted ceiling, fireplace and wet bar. There is a formal living room and dining room. The kitchen has granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and a double wall oven. The sink overlooks the backyard. French doors lead out to the pool and garden in a bit of a courtyard layout.  This home was originally sold for $290,000 in 1980.

The contemporary home at 7672 Estrella Circle sold for $575,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 2.1 bathrooms in 2981 sq. ft. of living space. The large kitchen has granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and windows looking onto the garden. The living room and family room boast wood floors and a fireplace. A nice feature is the screened in patio and pool surrounded by pavers. The pool has views of the canal.  Purchased for $240,000 in 1992 it was built in 1980 for $286,200.

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Trump’s Butler Speaks at City Fish Market

Anthony Senecal, Donald Trump’s former butler.

Donald Trump’s longtime butler, Anthony Senecal, spoke Wednesday at City Fish Market (Glades near the Turnpike). West Boca based Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club hosted the event which was the biggest we’ve seen. There were roughly 80 guests plus 20 media in attendance.

Senecal has caught a bit of media attention recently, in part for his suggestion that President Obama should be hanged, and before that for his insights into Trump’s lifestyle.

Peter Ticktin (left) and Anthony Senecal (right)

Senecal was introduced by attorney Peter Ticktin, who graduated from New York Military Academy with Trump and was close to him at the time. Ticktin spoke highly of Trump as an honorable man, and included an amusing tidbit about how the school taught both of them how to tie a tie (Double Windsor).

Senecal is a great storyteller. He started by describing the history of Mar-a-Lago and his first boss there, Marjorie Post. Most of his stories were entertaining but did not show much substance.

In Senecal’s telling everyone he worked with at Mar-a-Lago, including Post, Trump, and everyone in Trump’s family, were smart, extremely smart, brilliant, incredible to work for, generous, funny, etc. Everything was positive.

Responding to questions from the audience, Senecal admitted the Donald Trump he worked with spoke very differently from the soundbites of his campaign – more intelligently of course. He also admitted that he only remembers the good moments and for the most part has blotted out the bad ones.

It was an entertaining lunch, but not all that illuminating.

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New Principal for Loggers’ Run Middle: Edmund Capitano

Edmund Capitano, from his Twitter page

The school district announced 13 new principals for schools in the county. Edmund Capitano will take over the helm of Loggers’ Run Middle School after Francis Giblin’s retirement.

Another photo of Ed Capitano from his Twitter page.

Capitano (sometimes called Ed) was most recently principal of Galaxy E3 Elementary School in East Boynton Beach. Galaxy has received press for being environmentally conscious and having a science and engineering focus. The school’s most recent school grades were near the bottom of the county, though their student population is heavily minority and economically disadvantaged.

Ed and his wife Rachel, who is principal at Del Prado Elementary, also in West Boca; from her Facebook page.

Before Galaxy, Capitano was a popular science teacher at West Boca High, at least according to RateMyTeachers.com. His wife Rachel is principal at Del Prado Elementary. They are the proud parents of a baby girl, and own a very nice house just off the intracoastal in East Boca.

For those interested in learning and/or following him, see his Edmund Capitano Twitter page.

In other news affecting West Boca, we mentioned earlier this week on Facebook that Dianne Rivelli-Schreiber of Waters Edge Elementary (west end of Palmetto Park Road) is leaving to take over Calusa Elementary (Clint Moore just west of Military Trail). A replacement for Waters Edge has not yet been announced.

And Boca High’s Geoff McKee was recently promoted to a regional “instructional superintendent” position. He will be replaced by Vice Principal Suzanne “Susie” King. While Boca High is in East Boca, its zone extends to Powerline between Palmetto Park Road and the county line. Calusa Elementary’s Jamie Wyatt was also promoted. The Sun-Sentinel wrote about those promotions in April.

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Crime Victim Details Emerge

Brandon Ramineh from his Facebook page

Yesterday on our Facebook page we posted about a pizza delivery guy robbed in the Timberwalk section of Loggers’ Run. The victim, Brandon Ramineh, responded to the post with details:

Pulled up to a delivery (which was obviously fake) and noticed a guy walking away from my car on the phone. I thought nothing of it. Got out of my car and as I turned to get the pizza out of my trunk I notice two African American guys walking up behind me in hoodies. Couldn’t do anything. Grabbed me by my neck, pushed me into the ground with a gun jammed into my back. The other guy reached into my pockets and stole my phone, wallet, keys and all my cash from work. They hopped in my car and floored it off (in manual mode in 1st gear like morons).

I heard they found the car at like 3AM a few miles away, but no one has contacted me yet.

To his credit, Mr. Ramineh seems to have recovered well from the incident and is in good spirits as best we can tell.

We contacted PBSO to see what they could tell us but they have not responded.

Update: PBSO did respond.

On Monday, June 6, 2016, at 11 pm, the victim was delivering pizza for Papa John’s to the 22000 block of Timberly Drive, Boca Raton. The victim parked his vehicle at the bottom of the driveway when he was approached by a black male from behind and placed into a choke hold and told not to move and lay face down. The black male suspect removed his keys from his pocket and three black males, all wearing hoodies, entered the vehicle and fled.

Jacob Cerney Walsh; photo from his Facebook page – Johnny Maserati

In a more serious incident, Jacob Cerney Walsh of Jupiter was shot and killed last night in an “apparent drug deal” in the San Marco community on Military Trail north of Yamato. Walsh was 25 years old.

Boca PD reports:

On Tuesday, June 7 at 12:17 a.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a report of a male who was shot at the San Marco Apartments, 5507 North Military Trail. Arriving officers located the shooting victim, Jacob Walsh, and provided medical attention until Boca Raton Fire Rescue personnel arrived and transported Walsh to Delray Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Boca Raton detectives interviewed numerous witnesses, including people who live in the apartment complex.

There is evidence to indicate that Walsh was involved in a drug transaction when he was shot. The investigation is on-going and if anyone has information about this crime, please call Detective Lazarus Kimsal at (561) 620-6144 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Mr. Walsh had an extensive history in the Palm Beach court system, mostly traffic offenses but also including three felony arrests. The most recent felony case was still open from Palm Beach Gardens with counts for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed firearm.

Image and map data by Google

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