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JFS at Home Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Boca Based, Non-Profit Home Care Agency Provides Companions, HHA’s and CNA’s

Boca Raton based JFS at Home, a non-profit private home care agency affiliated with Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS), recently partnered with Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for its offices in west Boca Raton.

Operating as an independent entity, JFS at Home has been providing quality care at home for the elderly since its soft opening this past May. The Agency’s mission is to “promote healthy aging by enabling clients to maintain their quality of life while they continue to live at home, safely and with dignity.” The Agency is accomplishing this by providing trusted, compassionate, Companions, Home Health Aides and Certified Nursing Assistants to clients residing primarily in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach. These professionals are available around the clock to offer quality care and assistance to promote wellness and independence.

Aging in place, the familiarity and security of living in one’s own home, offers much comfort, which is why most seniors want to remain residing at home as long as possible. “When a loved one is challenged with health issues, additional assistance and care may be required,” stated Danielle Hartman, JFS President & CEO. “JFS at Home is committed to providing exceptional care and offer affordable options in home health care to its clients. While it’s often emotionally difficult to make decisions about how to best care for a loved one, there comes a time when the next step must be taken. JFS at Home provides families a sense of comfort knowing that their loved ones are cared for at home safely.”
“In 2015 the JFS Board of Directors approved a strategic plan which included planning for the future needs of seniors in our community. As a result, the JFS Board approved the creation of a separate yet affiliated homecare agency, JFS at Home. As the Treasurer of the JFS Board of Directors and the President of the JFS at Home Board of Directors, I am very excited to be a part of the launch of this new endeavor,” said David Schimel.
Since opening in May, JFS at Home currently services 75 clients and is on track to reach their goal of becoming a $1M entity by the end of 2017.
JFS at Home is seeking additional client focused and professionally experienced Companions, Home Health Aides and Certified Nursing Assistants to add to their team.

For additional information  contact Marissa Gordon, Administrator, at 561.852.3116 or marissag@jfshome.org.

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Berger Bullies Shant? Video

A press release from County Commission Candidate Taniel Shant accuses Mary Lou Berger of censoring and intimidating him at a community meeting that was open to the public.

BOYNTON BEACH, FL – On Wednesday, September 21, the Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations (COBWRA) held their September delegates meeting which featured presentations from Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker and Palm Beach County School District Superintendent Robert Avossa, who both spoke in support of the 17% Sales Tax increase that will appear on the November 8 ballot. The COBWRA meeting was advertised as open to the public.

Taniel Shant, Republican candidate for Palm Beach County Commission District 5, opposes the 17% Sales Tax increase and was present to listen to the presentations. County Commission District 5 includes the areas west of Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Boynton Beach.

Near the end of the presentations, COBWRA President Glen Harvie approached Mr. Shant and, in a disrespectful manner, told him that he would not allow Mr. Shant to ask a question. Mr. Harvie then attempted to unlawfully remove Mr. Shant, who was standing near the back of the room peacefully listening to the presentations.

Upon his arrival, Mr. Shant witnessed Mary Lou Berger canvass the room and inform her allies that Mr. Shant was present.

It appears that Mr. Harvie, who supports the 17% Sales Tax increase, was acting on behalf of sitting District 5 County Commissioner Mary Lou Berger, who was present at the meeting. In 2014, Commissioner Berger nominated Mr. Harvie to the Palm Beach County Community Advisory Committee.

“Although I was bullied, censored, and intimidated, the real victims in all of this are the residents,” stated Taniel Shant. “The entire meeting was a setup to deceive the residents of West Boynton Beach. They had two presentations in support of the 17% sales tax increase, didn’t have anyone speak in opposition to it, refused to allow public comments, then immediately held a vote for COBWRA to endorse and support the 17% sales tax hike, which unsurprisingly passed unanimously. I don’t know if Mary Lou Berger put him up to it or not, but he clearly was acting on Commissioner Berger’s behalf in an attempt to censor me,” Shant said.

We have previously written about Shant’s campaign and we agree with him in opposing the sales tax. However we did not attend this meeting and have no additional information to verify Shant’s claims. In our experience it is typical for challengers to encounter such tactics. Readers should, of course, use their own judgment.

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Marquee Theater Company presents “Fiddler on the Roof”

In the musical, “Fiddler on the Roof”, Tevye is the guide and narrator of his story; living in rural Russia in a small Jewish town. There, he is raising five daughters and although, it is a Jewish custom for a matchmaker to choose husbands for the daughters of the village, his daughters have other ideas in mind. Three of his five daughters each fall in love with a man that doesn’t quite fit the image Tevye had in mind. However, love does win overall. In the midst of the love triangles, Teyve is concerned about the war in his town as the Russian Tsar, the ruler of Russia, is trying to run out all the Jewish people from the country. Throughout the musical, Tevye examines his Jewish beliefs and questions how he can walk the pathway of his faith when the world around him is changing. “Fiddler” is a perfect show for the family to see together. With the songs and melodies we all know, the show touches your heart and reconnects you to what really matters; family, love, and tradition!

“Fiddler on the Roof” stars Peter Librach, Joanne Shultz, Andrew Shultz and Erica Mendez. Directed by Co-Founder and President of Marquee Andrew Shultz, Choreographed and Costumed by Co-Founder, and Vice President Ben Solmor, and Musically Directed by Paul Reekie.

The Marquee Theater Company’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” runs September 30th through October 9th. Friday the 30th at 8pm, Saturday the 1st and Saturday the 8th at 8pm, and Sunday the 9th at 2pm.

The Marquee Theater Company performs at West Boca Performing Arts Theater, 12811 Glades Rd. in Boca Raton. Single seats are $40; and Industry or Student tickets are $25; (with valid I.D. at the door).

Tickets are available for purchase at the door, online at www.marqueetheatercompany.com or by phone at (954) 464 – 8249.

Doors open at 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and our closing performance on Sunday October 9th, the doors will open at 1:30pm.

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Recent Home Sales in Boca Falls, Boca Winds, Parkview Estates and Loggers Run

Zip code 33428 is located west of Lyons Road and south of Glades Road. Neighborhoods include Mission Bay, Boca Falls, Boca Winds, Loggers’ Run, and Avalon. The area is known for great schools and low crime.

Want to buy or sell a house in West Boca?

Boca Falls is a gated community with manned entrances west of 441 between Glades Road and Palmetto Park Road. The community has a new exercise room and other recent upgrades.

21307 Rockledge Lane; image by Google

The Mediterranean style estate home at 21307 Rockledge Lane sold for $965,000. It has 6 bedrooms and 7.1 bathrooms  in 6884 sq. feet of living space. The home also boasts a 4 car garage. The home underwent a complete renovation in 2010. Special features include soaring ceilings, floor to ceiling fireplace, a grand staircase and hardwood floors. The gourmet kitchen has top of the line appliances, custom cabinets and massive island.  The lavish master suite has a morning bar, dressing area and huge bathroom. In addition, there is a movie theater, gym and game room. The backyard overlooks the lake and has a resort style pool and spa.  Built in 1998, it was previously sold in 2008 for $960,000.

21681 Fall River Drive; image by Google

The large ranch home at 21681 Fall River Drive sold for $696,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3.1 bathrooms in 3488 sq. feet of living space. Completely remodeled in 2015, it has a new kitchen and new bathrooms. The kitchen has 42″ cabinets, a large island and granite counters. The master bath has custom double vanities and a frameless shower. The den has a built in bookcase. There are travertine floors and wood floors in the bedrooms. The back overlooks the lake and has a pool and putting green. Built in 1996, it sold for $566,151 in 2015.

The home at 21461 Halstead Drive sold for $508,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 3388 sq. feet of living space. The San Francisco model has one bedroom and the master suite on the ground floor. New tile floors have been installed throughout the living areas and kitchen. The covered patio has a screened in pool. The home also has a 3 car garage.  The home was built in 1997 for $299,800.

Parkview (Avalon) Estates is a gated community just east of 441 on Palmetto Park Road, behind Lowe’s. Students attend Sandpiper Shores Elementary, Eagles Landing Middle School and Olympic Heights Community High School.

The home at 9605 Parkview Avenue sold for $665,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms in 3369 sq. feet of living space. This 2 story home has a ground floor master suite with bamboo floors and a completely remodeled bathroom and bath.  The new kitchen has granite counter tops, a extra large peninsula and stainless steel appliances. A special feature is a gourmet full summer kitchen under a custom covered patio.  French doors lead out to the heated salt water pool which has a new control panel and is surrounded by travertine pavers. Built in 1998, it was originally purchased for $367,000 and sold in 2013 for $615,000.

The custom home at 9725 Parkview sold for $580,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms in 3369 sq. feet of living space. The dramatic entry has custom wood moldings. There is a spacious open kitchen with a cozy breakfast nook. The master suite and guest room with cabana bathroom are on the first floor. The fenced in yard has a pool and lovely garden.  The home was built in 1998 for $342, 500.

Boca Winds is a large community west of 441 on Palmetto Park Road. Community amenities include a clubhouse, basketball and tennis courts, a pool and sidewalks. Students attend Waters Edge Elementary School, Loggers’ Run Middle School and West Boca Raton High School.

12613 Little Palm Lane; image by Google


The beautiful two story home at 12613 Little Palm Lane sold for $510,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3.1 bathrooms in 3252 sq. feet of living space. The spacious master bedroom suite has a large master bathroom and is located on the first floor. The home boasts a loft on the 2nd floor for entertaining. The gourmet kitchen has upgraded cabinets, granite counters, new appliances and under counter lighting. The backyard has a screened in pool with a great view of the lake.  Built in 1998, it was last purchased in 2012 for $425,000.

The Loggers’ Run development consists of fifteen subdivisions. Most of the subdivisions are not gated.  The development features a common swimming pool, tennis courts and a playground. There are also jogging and biking trails.  Students go to Sandpiper Shores Elementary School, Loggers’ Run Community Middle School and West Boca Raton High School.

22070 Woodset Way; image by Google

The ranch home at 22070 Woodset Way in the Tamarron subdivision sold for $610,000. It has 5 bedroom and 4 full bathrooms in 3819 sq. feet of living space. This spacious home is located on a quiet cul-de-sac. A special feature is the sunken marble floor living room with a coral rock fireplace. Wood flooring is located in the main living areas. The master bathroom has a jetted jacuzzi tub and separate shower. A large covered patio with a built-in grill overlooks the private backyard with a heated swimming pool. Built in 1982 for $245,900, it was last purchased in 2009 for $737,500.

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Whale Fail? 27 Violations in Restaurant Inspection Report

The Whale in Parkland, image by Google

The Whale Raw Bar leads off our latest restaurant inspection report with a total of 27 violations. This is a double whammy for the restaurant, which had a shooting just a couple weeks ago.

Four of the violations were marked high priority:

  • All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in reach-in cooler cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Chicken ,burger, fish 46-48°F. Operator transfer to walk in cooler. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food. Cook not washing hands before putting gloves on. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Shrimp chowder,clam chowder , Loster soup found 120°, operator increase temperature on steam table. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Toxic substance/chemical stored by or with clean or in-use utensils. WD40 stored with clean utensils. **Corrected On-Site**

Their follow-up inspection the next day still had 12 violations, one of them high priority.

Davinci’s of Boca in Town Center only had 9 violations but 6 of them were high priority including a stop sale:

  • Cooked potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within 6 hours, Osso buco 48°-49°. Chef stated food cooled since last night, over 6 hours. (See Stop Sale)
  • Employee touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands – food was not being heated as a sole ingredient to 145 degrees F or immediately added to other ingredients to be cooked/heated to the minimum required temperature to allow bare hand contact. Establishment has no approved Alternative Operating Procedure, server plating bread. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit, Cheese, butter, squid ink, cooked eggplant, all between 48° and 50°. True unit across from salamander. All TCS food in cooler since last night. (See stop Sale)
  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food, raw salmon and cooked octopus in same container on cookline. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse.
  • Wiping cloth sanitizer solution exceeds the maximum concentration allowed, test strip tuned black immediately.

Other notable inspections include:

Cheesecake Factory with 7 violations including 4 high priority on a complaint

Chen’s Yokohama in Boca Lyons Plaza with 7 violation, 4 high priority on a callback, leading to an administrative complaint

Ichiyami Buffet near Royal Palm in East Boca (7 violations, 2 high priority)

Maggiano’s near Town Center (6, 2)

California Pizza Kitchen in Town Center (5, 2)

La Granja Town Center (5, 3)

Madison’s New York Grill (5, 3)

Nick’s New Haven Pizza near Town Center (5, 0)

McDonald’s in Sandalfoot (5, 2)

Sushi Yoshee on 441 near SW 18th (4, 2)

El Balcon de las Americas at 441 and Sandalfoot (4, 1)

Carrabba’s on SW 18th (3, 1)

TooJay’s near Town Center (3, 1)

Davito’s in Boca Greens (2, 0)

Seasons 52 near Town Center (2, 1)

Jasper’s on 18th near Howard’s Market (1, 0)

Abe & Louie’s on Glades (1, 1)

Our spreadsheet from this report is below:

Download (PDF, 53KB)

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