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Palm Beach and Broward Youth Go the Distance with Pop Warner Football and Cheer

The 2018 season has been an especially exciting one for the youth football players and cheerleaders in Boca Raton, Florida.  The Boca Braves, a non-profit Pop-Warner youth league, has had four of their football teams make it to the Pop-Warner Superbowl playoffs this season, and all three of their cheer squads are advancing to the Southeast Regional Pop-Warner Cheer Competition in Orlando at the end of November.
This past weekend, their Junior Varsity football team played  in the second round of Superbowl playoffs at Tropical Park in Miami at 4 pm.  While some Palm Beach and Broward leagues receive city funding, the Boca Braves rely on registration fees, fundraising and the support of local organizations to pay for travel costs, field permits, referees, uniforms, and equipment.  With over 35% of their players receiving full or partial scholarships to cover registration, funding needs continue to be a challenge.
“This league does more than coach football and cheer,” explains Mark Sainmervil, President of the Boca Braves.  “We teach discipline, sportsmanship, and the importance of teamwork.  Plus, youth sports give our children a much-needed outlet.”
To support the Boca Braves, consider donating to their GoFundMe page, or visit BocaBraves.com to inquire about sponsorship and volunteer positions.
About the Boca Braves:
Boca Braves Pop Warner Youth Tackle Football & Cheerleading is a non-profit organization that serves almost 150 of Palm Beach and Broward County youth aged 5 to 15 years old. The league seeks to provide fun athletic learning opportunities for children while emphasizing the importance of academic success.  Specifically, Pop Warner seeks to familiarize players and spirit participants with the fundamentals of tackle football, cheerleading, and dance. Pop Warner strives to inspire youth, regardless of race, creed or national origin, to practice the ideals of sportsmanship, scholarship and physical fitness as reflected in the life of the late Glenn Scobie “Pop” Warner.

34 Violations at Odyssey Diner: RatOn Restaurant Report

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Odyssey Diner on Jog Road in Delray Beach had the worst numbers for this report with 34 violations including 6 marked high priority and with multiple stop sales.

  • 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….cutting onion for salad with bare hands . Employee discarded food at time of inspection. Discussed with operator. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit….butter 55°, cream cheese 58° in two door tall reach in cooler at server station ( other food 43° in same cooler). Operator stated that keep opening door made temperature high . Operator ice down on food at time of inspection. **Corrective Action Taken** **Repeat Violation**
  • 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…..ham, eggs, feta cheese, cut tomatoes, cut lettuce. Operator discarded food at time of inspection. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above….sweet potatoes 81° in warmer drawer at servers station being held from yesterday. Stop sale issue. Operator discarded food at time of inspection. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Stop Sale issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition.
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse….. Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above….sweet potatoes 81° in warmer drawer at servers station being held from yesterday. **Repeat Violation**

But that may not be the worst inspection of the week. Taverna Trela on Linton in Delray had a couple disturbing notes among the 8 high priority violations (23 total):

  • Presence of insects, one live worm like insect on handle of rice cooker.
  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 4 live roaches under prep table at cook line. 1 live roach on floor under 2 compartment sink next to ice machine. 3 live roaches inside oven next to gyro station. 4 live roaches under gyro station. 3 live roaches under flip top cooler across from fryer. 2 live roaches under dish machine. 2 live roaches on floor under hand wash sink next to fryer. 20+ live roaches in side convection oven at cook line. 2 live roaches in wait area. No doors separating any of the areas.

In West Boca the biggest number was for Lemongrass Hot Pot in the Boca Grove plaza with 21 violations, 3 of them high priority. Other notables with 10 or more violations include the Steak N Shake on 441 in Coral Springs (15 violations, 2 high priority), Positano (13, 2) and Renzo’s Cafe Pizzeria (13, 1) on Federal Highway in East Boca, and Duffy’s on Hillsboro in Coconut Creek (13, 2).

Good News

Two places in West Boca scored perfect inspections with zero violations: Jon Smith Subs in Mission Bay and Press Creamery in the Reserve at 441 and Clint Moore.

The McDonald’s in Shadowood, LuBlu in Somerset Shoppes (Lyons and Glades) and Kapow Noodle Bar in Mizner Park all had near perfect inspections with 1 violation each.

Also doing well were Panera in Mission Bay, Jersey Mike’s Subs in Somerset Shoppes, and Lucille’s BBQ in Woodfield with 2 violations.

The Melting Pot on Federal Highway had 3 violations, 2 high priority.

Also worth a mention:

  • Renzo’s on Clint Moore (4 violations, 1 high priority)
  • Dominic’s on Glades near Boca Rio (4, 0)
  • Little Brazil near Dominic’s (7, 3)
  • Panera in Boca Center (4, 0)
  • Bluefin Express on Yamato (4, 1)
  • McDonald’s on Palmetto just west of Powerline (4, 1)
  • Sushi Rock in East Boca (5, 1)
  • Mississippi Sweets BBQ in East Boca (5, 2)
  • Cannoli Kitchen on Powerline (6, 4)
  • Villa Rosano in the Reserve (6, 1)
  • Kee Grill on Military Trail (6, 0)
  • Casa Tequila on Glades near Boca Rio (6, 0)
  • Subway next to Casq Tequila (6, 1)
  • Bonefish Grill in Boca Grove (6, 0)
  • Hashi Sushi Thai in Shadowood (7, 2)

Our full spreadsheet for this report is below:

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Little Women, Eagles and Assasins

Lots to See and Do in West Boca This WeekendNovember 9, 2018

Little Women, West Boca High School Theater. 8 p.m. Tickets: $16. Buy tickets online at www.wbhsdrama.com

The Long Run: Eagles Tribute, Boca Black Box. 8 p.m. Tickets: $35. Buy tickets: www.bocablackbox.com

A Tribute to Diana Ross & the Supremes, Mizner Park Cultural Center. 7:30 p.m. Call 844-672-2849 for tickets.

Friday Night at the Museum, Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park. 6 to 9:30 p.m. 7-12 year olds. Pizza and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movie. Preregister at https://www.scienceexplorium.org/friday-night-the-museum

November 10, 2018

Little Women, West Boca High School Theater. 8 p.m. Tickets: $16. Buy tickets online at www.wbhsdrama.com

Comedian Bobby Slayton, Boca Black Box. 8 p.m. Tickets: $30.

Light the Night Walk, Mizner Park Amphitheater. 6 to 10 p.m. Free and open to public. http://www.lightthenight.org/palm-beach

Lynn Philharmonia No. 3 at the Wold Performing Arts Center, Lynn University. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35. 561-237-9000. Also on November 11th at 4 p.m.

Approaching the Speed of Life, Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. Call 561-347-3948. Also November 11th at 2 p.m.

Baby Alligator Feeding at Daggerwing Nature Center. 3:15 p.m. Free.

Saturday Toddler Time, West Boca Library Branch. 10:30 a.m. Ages 1-2. Call 561-470-1600 to preregister.

November 11, 2018

Little Women, West Boca High School Theater. 2 p.m. Tickets: $16. Buy tickets online at www.wbhsdrama.com

Mitzvah Day, Bnai Torah Congregation. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, call 561-392-8566.

Assassins, Barclay Performing Arts at the Boca Black Box. 2 p.m. Tickets: $25. Call 561-483-9036. And Veterans Day Fair with Bounce House, Snow Cones, Food Trucks, Pie-eating contest. 1 p.m.

Veterans’ Day Concert, Mizner Park Amphitheater. Free and open to public. Doors open at 6 p.m., Music starts at 7 p.m.

Veterans Day Fair in Picadilly Square

Join BARCLAY Performing Arts located in West Boca Raton for our Americana themed Veterans Day Fair in Picadilly Square on Sunday Nov. 11th, 2018! The festivities will begin at 11am sharp with the National Anthem and a tribute to our Veterans and fun & festivities are FREE! The event will include a host of surprises and fun including a bounce house, cotton candy machine, DJ, food trucks, pie-eating contests, leadership tables, a visit from Captain America (and other guests!) and more! The event precedes BARCLAY’s production of ASSASSINS; an American Musical starring Cameron Kasky as Lee Harvey Oswald at 2pm at the Boca Black Box Theatre in Picadilly Square.

This Veterans Day, November 11th will be the 100 year anniversary of the Armistice Deal. This deal was signed in 1918 on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, ending World War I. This is the origin of Veterans Day, so at 11am we will celebrate 100 years of honoring our Veterans who fight to protect our country, no matter what may be going on inside our own borders. We welcome you to celebrate and stand in unity and solidarity with us and our community.

This Free Americana themed event will conclude with Joe’s Dawg’s hot-dog eating contest and J&D’s Cakes’ (Cake Wars Winner!) pie eating contest at 1pm! Contestants of the American Apple Pie & Hot Dog contests will compete to win 2 free tickets to BARCLAY’S production of ASSASSINS (along with other prizes)! ASSASSINS will be performed in the Boca Black Box Theatre, also located in Picadilly Square, Sunday, November 11th at 2pm and Monday, November 12th at 7:00pm (Cameron Kasky will take the stage as Oswald for the Veterans Day 11/11 performance!). Tickets for the performance are $25 for reserved seating, $35 VIP seating, and $15 Student Rush at the door. Picadilly Square is located at 8221 Glades Rd, Boca Raton FL where the International Jewelry Exchange is located.

For more information about or to donate, sponsor or partner with this event, please email BARCLAYPerformingArts@gmail.com or follow our event on facebook by like us at BARCLAYPerformingArts!

Weekend Roundup for November 2-3, 2018

Friday, November 2nd

Craft Like an Egyptian, Glades Road Library branch. 4 p.m. Ages 8-12. Create a paper sarcophagus and learn hieroglypics. Call 482-4554 to preregister.

Comedian Bobby Collins with special guest ventriloquist Taylor Mason, Boca Black Box. 8 p.m. Tickets: $45-55. Call 561-483-9036. A Time for Peace: The Life and Song of Pete Seeger, Mizner Park Cultural Center. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35. Call 844-672-2849 for tickets.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, SOL Children’s Theatre. 7 p.m. Call 561-447-8829

Pirates of Penzance, The Wick Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $85. Call 561-995-2333.

Saturday, November 3rd

Boca Raton Fine Art Show, Mizner Park Amphitheater. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open and free to public. Fine arts and craft displays.

Previously Owned Treasure Sale, Patch Reef Park. 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Geology Rocks, Daggerwing Nature Center. 10:30 a.m. Ages 8+, $3 per person. Reservations required: 629-8760. Join a naturalist to learn amazing geology facts, hands-on exploration.

Comedian Bobby Collins, Boca Black Box. 8 p.m. Tickets: $45-55. Call 561-483-9036.

A Tribute to the Jersey Boys, Mizner Park Cultural Center. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $27.50-$35. Call 844-672-2849 for tickets.

Richard H. Blake: Thinking Back, Wold Performing Arts Center. Blake reflects on his powerhouse career as a child actor to seasoned Broadway veteran. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $50-70. Call 561-237-9000.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, SOL Children’s Theatre. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Call 561-447-8829

The Pirates of Penzance, The Wick Theatre. 2 p.m & 7:30 p.m. Call 561-995-2333.

Sunday, November 4th

Boca Raton Fine Art Show, Mizner Park Amphitheater. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open and free to public. Fine arts and craft displays.

Comedian Steve Hofstetter, Boca Black Box. 8 p.m. Tickets: $45-55. Call 561-483-9036.

Orquesta Nostalgia: Latin Jazz Band, Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park. 2 p.m. Tickets: $25. Call 561-347-3948. Limited ticket availability.

November Make and Take: Ice Cream in a Bag!, Science Explorium in Sugar Sand Park. 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. $5 per project.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, SOL Children’s Theatre. 2 p.m.  Call 561-447-8829

The Pirates of Penzance, The Wick Theatre. 2 p.m. Call 561-995-2333.

 

 

A Transportation Revolution is Coming to West Boca and the World

This post was motivated in part by a conversation the other night with a junior at West Boca High.

Our world has changed dramatically over the last hundred years or so. It’s already visible in West Boca and the changes are accelerating. For one take on all the changes and the coming artificial intelligence revolution see this great blog post on Wait But Why.

Imagine taking a time machine back to 1750 … When you get there, you retrieve a dude, bring him to 2015, and then walk him around and watch him react to everything …

This experience for him wouldn’t be surprising or shocking or even mind-blowing — those words aren’t big enough. He might actually die. …

Because of the Law of Accelerating Returns … the 21st century will achieve 1,000 times the progress of the 20th century. If … correct, then we may be as blown away by 2030 as our 1750 guy was by 2015

One piece of this change has already started happening with Uber and Lyft changing how we get places. Cars that drive themselves are becoming reality. But that’s just the beginning.

There’s a 2016 report from McKinsey on autonomous cars that gives some idea of what’s coming, though it may underestimate the speed of these changes.

Once technological and regulatory issues have been resolved, up to 15 percent of new cars sold in 2030 could be fully autonomous.

Companies like Tesla and Google subsidiary Waymo are pushing hard toward fully autonomous cars. They may only be a few years away. Combine this with the Uber/Lyft ridesharing model as Tesla plans to do, and the cost of a ride drops by 50% or more because you no longer have to pay the driver. There are other potential savings including reduced insurance costs and lower operating costs for electric vehicles.

But that’s only part of the transportation revolution. Along with Tesla, Elon Musk is also pursuing another radical change through tunnels The Boring Company. There are two big ideas in this. For local transport within a metropolitan area they’re pursuing Loop:

Loop is a high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported on autonomous electric skates traveling at 125-150 miles per hour. Electric skates will carry between 8 and 16 passengers (mass transit), or a single passenger vehicle.

For longer distances such as trips between cities they’re talking about Hyperloop:

Hyperloop is an ultra high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported on autonomous electric pods traveling at 600+ miles per hour in a pressurized cabin. Similar to Loop, Hyperloop pods will transport between 8 and 16 passengers (mass transit), or a single passenger vehicle.

Musk and his Boring partner Steve Davis discussed what they’re doing in an hour long session this past May:

There’s a good summary of that on GeekWire.

On a local level picture a typical metropolitan area like South Florida with several tunnels. A couple of them run north to south from Miami to Jupiter and several run east to west such as underneath Glades Road in Boca, Atlantic in Delray, and Hillsboro south of the county line. The vast majority of residents live and work within a few miles of a tunnel. You can get where you want to go with a short and inexpensive rideshare from home, a high speed loop ride, and another short walk or rideshare to your destination. You go from your home in West Boca to the American Airlines Arena in 30 minutes for $10. You can go to Mizner Park or the beach in 10 minutes for $6. Add Hyperloop to this story and you get to DisneyWorld or UF in 30 minutes for $25. New York City is a 2 hour ride for maybe $60. If you really get into it SpaceX may deliver travel to anywhere in the world in under an hour.

This may be only 20 years away. Many people will decide not to bother owning a car, saving thousands of dollars a year. This frees up a lot of money for consumer spending in other areas, and it will impact existing industries.

From an investor perspective many car companies and airlines will collapse. BMW and Mercedes sedan sales are already starting to go down due to Tesla’s rise. We already see a lot of this in and near West Boca with a Tesla store in Town Center Mall and a large Tesla charging area at Delray Marketplace.

New Tesla charging station at Delray Marketplace; image from https://www.teslaownersflorida.org/Public-News/6353657

Some car companies will manage to join the electric revolution, but others will fail. Autonomous tractor-trailers like the Tesla Semi could deliver a death blow to conventional truck manufacturers and the rail industry, all while lowering the cost of consumer goods. Car insurance companies will be toast as rideshare companies self-insure. Reduced car accident deaths will increase life expectancy. Miami may become tolerable.

The shift to electric transportation will dramatically reduce demand for oil. According to the US Energy Information Administration 71% of US oil consumption goes to gasoline and diesel for cars, trucks, trains and boats. The price of oil will plummet, taking oil companies down. Millions of jobs in the US will vanish, and the same for millions more overseas.

Some of the effects are harder to see. Parking garages will become unnecessary as riders are dropped off by the rideshare. Plazas like Mizner Park and Promenade could replace their parking structures with apartments or more shops. The parking nightmares at Westwinds and Delray Marketplace would be over.

Individual and family housing decisions might change. Some might choose to live near a tunnel for convenience, but it also becomes easier to live out in the sticks. New homes won’t need garages – though many of us use garages for storage rather than cars.

As these changes take place, capital will be freed up along with consumer dollars that can open up new markets, industries and job creation that are very hard to predict.

How do you think this might play out? Let us know in the comments.

Warren Redlich, the author of this blog, is an investor in Tesla, along with other companies (such as Honda) that might be affected by these projections.

Halloween Happenings for Kids

There are lots of Halloween events to take the kids to this weekend and the days surrounding Halloween.

The West Boca Target at 441 is hosting Paw Patrol Trick or Treat on Saturday, October 27th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Put on your costume and rick or treat through the store. Watch the new Paw Patrol episode.

The Shoppes at Loggers Run is having its 9th Annual Halloween Spooktacular on October 28th from 11 am. to 2 p.m. There will be a costume runway parade, magic show, character appearances and more. Trick or Treat around the plaza. You can even bring your dog!

Trick or Treat at Delray Markeplace on October 29th, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Kids 10 and under. Pumpkin decorating, balloons and face painting.

Haunted House! at the Glades Road Library Branch on October 29th at 6 p.m. Ages 5 & up. Call 561-482-4554 to preregister.

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH STUDENTS AND PARENTS OF CREATIVE HEART DANCE STUDIO!
COME TRY A CLASS FOR FREE!

Creative Heart Dance Studio teaches dance with creativity, passion and love. We offer recreational dance, unlimited class packages, family packages, Master Classes and Competitive Dance. Call us at 561-419-7290 or check out our website: https://creativeheartdance.com/

Located at 8221 Glades Road in the plaza with the International Jewelers Exchange and the Boca Black Box.

Twas the Night Before Halloween at the West Boca Library Branch on Tue, Oct 30, 3:30 p.m. Wear your costume, and come for Halloween stories, a game and a craft. Grades K-5. (60 min.) Call (561) 470-1600 to preregister.

Peek-A-Boo! at the West Boca Library Branch on
Wed, Oct 31, 10:30 a.m. Come in costume or just as you are for a not-so-scary Halloween story. We’ll also sing some of our favorite songs and fingerplays. Ages 1-2. (30 min.) Call (561) 470-1600 to preregister.

Wear your favorite costume and go trick-or-treating at Boca Town Center on Wednesday, October 31st from 5pm-7pm.

 

 

 

Open House and Youth Scholarship Auditions

 Bring your instrument, a music stand, and enjoy playing in a Symphony Orchestra

Boca Raton, Florida-The Florida Intergenerational Orchestra is set to celebrate its 14thseason in Boca Raton, with an open house to be held at Edgewater Point Estates Ballroom , 23315 Blue Water Circle both on Thursday, November 1stand November 8that 7 P.M. Edgewater Point Estates is located on the Southeast Corner of Powerline Road and 18thStreet in Boca Raton.

“Come and play! The FLIOA members invite new and returning musicians to its open house/rehearsal to play, explore, listen and learn. Through this event, we are delighted to welcome the community to “Come Be Inspired” by sampling all that FLIOA has to offer, experiencing it hands-on and up close.This engaging, power-packed rehearsal encourages participation from our members as well as prospective musicians and audience. All ages are welcome.. Our eldest member just turned 100 and we will be celebrating him at all of our concerts this season.   You will find Mel in our percussion section. The FLIOA  a  working model of ”Healthy Aging with Music” Young and old, experienced veterans, and anxious rookies, we are waiting for you with open arms.  “

 New members are given two rehearsals to decide if they wish to join and pay the fee.  The orchestra is similar in style to the Boston Pops Orchestra in repertoire. Light classics, Broadway, some jazz, and popular music, plus an array of surprises often fills our programs which this season will consist of two major concerts at O’Shea Hall on the grounds of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Boca Raton.  Parents of students and family members in the orchestra are encouraged to help out on various committees.  

 If you would like more information about the orchestra, or to schedule an interview with Lorraine Marks-Field, our conductor, or to consider joining the orchestra, please call Bob Field at 561-482-8206 or e-mail strings4all@aol.com. Check out our website at www.flioa.org.  Visit and like us on FACEBOOK

RatOn Raton – A Good Week for Restaurant Inspections

We’re happy to say there’s no terrible news in our latest inspection report. The worst numbers came from the main dining room in the Gleneagles Country Club, and that was the only one with more than 20 violations. Among regular places West Boca residents might go to, Henry’s on Jog north of Clint Moore had 15 violations with 5 high priority. The Sea Southeast Asian in the same plaza had 10 violations.

Henry’s. Image by Google.

Villagio in Mizner Park had 12 violations with 2 high priority. In West Boca, Bagelworks on Glades Road west of the Turnpike had 13 violations with 3 high priority.

Other notables in this report include:

  • Boca Skewers on NE 2nd and Oishii Japanese on NW 20th in East Boca, each with 12 violations
  • Saito Japanese and Ethos Greek in Promenade, each with 11 violations
  • Di Pizza near Wawa in Parkland with 10 violations, 1 high priority
  • Yokohama in Boca Lyons Plaza and Orchid Gardens off Lyons near Century Village each had 9 violations
  • La Luna in Polo Club Shoppes and Casa L’Italien near Doris Market each had 8 violations
  • Madison’s New York Grill near Town Center, Chops Lobster Bar in Mizner, and Another Broken Egg Cafe in Royal Palm each had 7 violations

Several places had 6 violations including Mozzarita Bar in The Reserve on Clint Moore at 441, Abe & Louie’s on Glades, Outback Steakhouse and Trattoria Nonna (both on SW 18th), Tap 42 in Boca Center, Sushi Boca Cafe in Town Center, and Hunan City near Doris Market.

Also a notable licensing inspection for Anzo, a new restaurant that should be opening soon in Shadowood near Lime Fresh.

As usual our full spreadsheet for this report is below, or you can click to get the pdf:

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Single Point of Entry and Other Stupid School Security Suggestions

Single point of entry is one of the latest stupid ideas in school security. After the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting happened next door to our community, the clamor for school security grew louder. The same Broward officials whose incompetence failed to prevent the shooting have been elevated by the media as experts.

Broward Schools superintendent Robert Runcie is touted in the Miami Herald with his plan: “The goal of the new measures is to create a single point of entry at schools.” Runcie is the “leader” whose “Promise” program kept Nikolas Cruz from being criminally prosecuted before the shooting. Criminal prosecution, even just with probation, might have prevented Cruz from getting and keeping guns.

Anyone who understands guns and game plans a school shooting can see the idiocy of single point of entry. Consider the photo below:

Imagine this area filled with 2000 students trying to get into the building and then picture how this looks to a psychopath with a rifle 100 yards away. It’s that stupid.

We had the joy of experiencing other stupid safety measures Thursday at the West Boca High football game against Palm Beach Lakes. Game time for all county high school football games was moved from 7 pm to 6 pm. Other than making it difficult for working parents to see their kids at the games, this accomplishes nothing. We also experienced the “clear bag only” policy which meant no camera bag for this journalist. I offered to let them search the bag, but they declined and I had to put it in my car. Yes that’s only a minor annoyance for me, but it’s also a minor annoyance for thousands of others.

$300K wunderkind Donald Fennoy heads the Palm Beach Schools. He admitted that these moves do nothing to address the shooting outside Palm Beach Central: “The measures announced Sunday would likely not have changed the outcome, Fennoy conceded.”

I’m not the first person to write about the stupidity of the school security mania. Lenore Skenazy, the free range children advocate, aptly described it as Security Theater for Schools. For those unfamiliar with the term: “Security theater is the practice of investing in countermeasures intended to provide the feeling of improved security while doing little or nothing to achieve it.”

Skenazy put it this way: “Schools are piling on the procedures as if the fact that someone, somewhere experienced a terrible tragedy once means that everyone, everywhere is at risk of terrible tragedies all the time.”

Fear makes folks irrational, which explains why any of these measures morphed into bona fide rules. But now that we’ve had a little time to think, it’s time to re-examine them with the kind of clearheadedness an 11-year-old recently showed.

“They want everyone to go in and out of the same door,” her mother explained. Whereupon the daughter wondered, “Won’t that just make it easier for someone who wanted to shoot or bomb people, because everyone will be in the same place?”

Whenever someone criticizes security measures, we hear the inevitable cry: “We have to do something!”. First of all, no we don’t. And second, we don’t have to do something stupid.

All these security measures cost money, which means less money to spend on things that might actually help, like good teachers. But don’t worry folks. Whatever we do, no administrator will be left behind.