Coral Springs Police have identified the dead body found yesterday near US-441 and Wiles Road. Weston Faulkner, a 20-year-old male from North Carolina, died of an apparent overdose. The cause of death is not expected to be verified for at least a few months.
Our research indicates that Mr. Faulkner is a graduate of South Rowan High School in China Grove, North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte. He was a lineman on the football team weighing up to or over 300 pounds.
The young man was troubled by drug abuse and depression, and well aware that he was at risk.
It appears he was living in South Florida at least off and on for the past year or two, with at least some minimal connection to Boca Raton. We have not been able to determine more than that.
Update (July 2017): The Assisted Living Facility is now named Symphony at Boca Raton. We called and a recorded message said they expect to open in November of 2017.
Many readers have asked us what’s going on on the northwest corner of Ponderosa and Cobblestone. The location is north of Packy’s and the Montessori school, and borders the Crystal Cove Estates subdivision.
We looked into this further and learned that a 168-bed assisted living facility is being built. The name of it is: Cobblestone Place Congregate Living Facility. This is a form of housing intended primarily for seniors who need substantial nursing or medical assistance but not 24-hour supervision. You can read more on the Florida Elder Affairs website.
From the plan document we reviewed, there will be 90 parking spaces initially as required, with additional space set aside for 74 spaces if necessary.
Addressing concerns we’ve heard from residents, the plan is attempting to minimize the impact on neighbors:
The site has been design[ed] to orient the 3-story portion of the building away from the adjacent residential properties to the north with additional setbacks and required buffers to minimize any impact. In addition, the service driveways and service areas are located in areas away from the adjacent residential properties and are placed towards the interior of the building which will provide screening from any perceived nuisances.
We’re not sure that description fits with the overhead map in the project document, which shows only a fifteen foot buffer between an internal circular driveway and the existing wall on the south side of Crystal Cove:
To us it looks like a large building is being squeezed into a tight space.
Here are some “elevation” images of what the project should look like:
This is an image showing data from the project:
The project is apparently owned by a Delaware corporation controlled by Capital Health Group and a man named Kenneth Assiran.
Here’s a 2014 interview with Mr. Assiran that mentions Boca Raton:
The transcript of that interview is available at Levin Associates.
Got you. Okay, good. Now, that’s a big deal for you to start the year. Do you have anything else like that in the pipeline for the rest of 2014?
Yes, we have other prospects we’re looking at. We’re looking at also developing a couple of deals. As a matter of fact, it’s very opportune that we’re in South Florida because we’ve bought some land in Fort Lauderdale and soon we are going to buy some land in Boca Raton and we’re going to build two large buildings in South Florida. We have a major commitment to South Florida or Florida.
I don’t know if you know this or not, but our management company now manages 75 buildings.
I knew it was up there; I didn’t know it was that high.
Yeah, we have quite a few. I believe we have eight in South Florida, so we’re really making a major investment in the Southeast.
Well, the Florida housing market is getting better, the Florida economy is getting better, so it’s probably not a bad place to be as long as too many people don’t follow you in the new development side.
Well, I think in South Florida, in Boca Raton and in Fort Lauderdale, it seems like in the markets here, there hasn’t been a lot of new product built here and I think the markets are ready for some new product.
The 32-page pdf from 2012 describing the project is below:
West Boca Medical Center is sponsoring two Dinners with the Doctor this June. On June 9th at 5 p.m. Dr. Curtis Kephart, an orthopedic surgeon, will talk about Makoplasty: Minimizing Total Hip Complications with Robotic Assistance. The Dinner will be at Aston Gardens at Parkland Commons, 5999 University Drive.
On June 16th at 5 p.m. Dr. Raul Perez, an internist, will discuss How to Remain Golden during your Golden Years. This dinner will be at Heartland Boca Raton, 7225 Boca Del Mar Dr.
Please call 866-904-9262. All lectures are free and light refreshments will be served.
West Boca Medical Center is sponsoring Dinner with the Doctor on May 14th at 5 p.m. The topic this month is “I’ve been Admitted through the Emergency Room, What Happens Next?” presented by Dr. Humaira Ali, a family medicine physician. The dinner will be held at The Menorah House at 9945 N. Central Park Blvd in Boca Raton. To RSVP, call 877-311-3281.
Strokes: Do you know the Signs? will be the topic of discussion on May 22nd at noon at the West Boca Medical Center Radiology Classroom located at 9960 Central Park Blvd, Suite 240. Maria Torres, MSN, RN, a stroke coordinator, will lead the discussion.
Do you want to learn more about Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement? Dr. Curtis Kephart, an orthopedic surgeon, will answer your questions on May 27th at noon at the Coconut Creek Recreation Complex. The Complex is located at 4455 Sol Press Blvd.
Light refreshments are served at the lectures. To register, call 866-904-9262.
Brian Levine is a student at West Boca High.
Cross-town rivals West Boca High School and Olympic Heights High School are teaming up in order to fight against one common enemy, cancer. This year, these two high schools continue the eternal struggle against cancer by participating in St. Baldrick’s.
St. Baldrick’s is an organization that first started on March 17th, 2000. It began as a challenge Tim Kenny set forth to his colleagues John Bender and Enda McDonnell. One simple question – “How will you give back in return for your own good fortune in business?” – kicked off a massive, international program unlike anything seen before. Today, thousands of people world-wide volunteer, donate, and shave their heads in order to help put an end to children’s cancer. If you want to learn more about St. Baldrick’s, click here.
Here in Boca Raton, high school students at Olympic Heights and West Boca are shaving their heads in order to support this cause. West Boca High has been participating since 2013 while Olympic Heights is going on their eleventh year of participation. Now, both schools together have earned well over half a million dollars. Students are working hard to raise money for the event by sending mail and emails and by taking advantage of social media.
Olympic Height’s event will take place on February 26th at their gymnasium. In order to prepare for the event, students and teachers alike are selling custom dog tags ($5), wristbands ($5) and t-shirts ($10). They are being sold in room 8106 at Olympic Heights. Students here must raise a total of $100 dollars in order to get their head shaved. If you would like to help Olympic Heights, you can either write a check out to Olympic Heights, donate in cash to room 8106, or donate online to their website here. Donations can go to the entire school or to an individual student.
West Boca’s event is also taking place on February 26th at the gymnasium in their school. To participate as a ‘shavee’ in the event, students at West Boca High have to raise $50. At the school store and around campus, volunteers are selling St. Baldrick’s bracelets ($5) that must be bought in order to attend the event. To donate and help raise money for West Boca High, you can write a check out to West Boca High, donate cash to the school store, or donate online to their website here. Donations can go to the entire school or to an individual student.
A child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes world-wide. Come support schools and students alike as they work together to help save lives and put an end to cancer this St. Baldrick’s. If you have the opportunity, go bald! After all, hair grows back!
Pictures provided by Joseph Marutollo and Elena McKnight.
Note: Another student wrote up last year’s St. Baldrick’s event at Olympic Heights.
West Boca Medical Center is holding the following medical lectures in January:
Have Dinner with the Doctor on January 12th at Homewood Coconut Creek. Dr. Marc Golden, an orthopedic surgeon, will be talking about advances in partial knee replacement with makoplasty robotic surgery. RSVP at 877-311-3281.
Chat with a Pharmacist on January 21st at the Parkland YMCA. Jackie Frost, Pharm D, BCPS will be speaking at noon at the YMCA located at 10559 Trails End.
Learn more about Strokes on January 26th at noon at the West Boca Medical Building at 9960 Central Park Blvd, Suite 240 in Boca Raton. Maria Torres, MSN, RN will present Minutes Matter: Stroke 101.
Adult Vaccinations will be presented by Dr. Raul Perez on January 28th at noon. Dr. Perez will be speaking at the Coconut Creek Recreation Complex located at 4455 Sol Press Blvd. This lecture is presented in partnership with the City of Coconut Creek’s Wellness Lecture Series.
Light refreshments are served at the lectures. To Register for a lecture, call 866-904-9262.
The West Boca Medical Center will have two lectures in December 2014. On December 16th at noon, Dr. Lisa Neu will speak on The Aging of Mars and Venus: How Men and Women Age Differently. The lecture will take place at the Education Center at 21644 State Road 7 in Boca Raton. Light refreshments will be served.
Eating Healthy Through the Holidays will be presented by Nicole Marchand, MS, RD, LD on December 19th at noon at the Education Center. Please call 866-904-9262 to register for lectures.
OneBlood will be holding a blood drive at Publix Supermarket, and all blood donors will receive a FREE T-Shirt, and an Improv Comedy Club Ticket for two. Also, all blood donors will receive a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening.
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Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute is hosting a free program on pelvic health on November 13, 2014 at Maggiano’s Little Italy. A team of experts will lead a discussion on the medical, surgical and therapeutic management of a host of pelvic conditions. Experts include Linda Kiley, MD, Urogynecology; Elizabeth Harris, DPT, Womens Health Physical Therapist and Joyce DeFrancesco, ARNP.
The discussion will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Admission is free but registration is required. Please call 561-955-5348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Maggiano’s is located at 21090 St. Andrews Blvd in Boca Raton.
Readers contacted us about an incident on Palmetto Park Road just east of 441. A reader at the Walmart saw roughly seven Sheriff cars on the north side of Palmetto near Lowe’s and Walgreen’s.
After that the cars moved first into the parking area of those stores, and later even more PBSO vehicles were seen by other readers at the West Boca Medical Center emergency room.
We contacted PBSO information officer Teri Barbera. She’s not in the office but told us what little she knows at this time:
Deputies were chasing a suspect in a case involving theft. The chase led into an area with bees and deputies were stung. They are being treated at the medical center. Ms. Barbera did not know if the thief was caught when we spoke.
A reader updated us on what she saw:
I personally was there at the scene during almost the entire time. I was on the North side of Walgreens near the wooded area. The young guy who ran from Police to get away and hide stayed down in the murky area with water until the Canine finally arrived.
I only heard one Officer’s request to him to come out before the dog arrived as he would be bitten. All the Officers were standing watching the area where he went in. Nothing was said to try and get him out peacefully before the dog arrived on scene. Must have been 25 minutes before dog arrived. Since I was on the back side, I heard the dog go in and get the guy. I was heading out just after I heard the dog on the South side, making my way around and back to the scene. When I approached, the white guy was laying on the ground with no shirt and handcuffed behind his back. I did see blood on his arm.
Then I heard and noticed all the yelling and jumping…OMG…they were all being stung by bees! I felt so sorry for them all. I looked in my car for anything to help with the swarm of bees, but I had nothing to assist with. They quickly put the guy in the Police car and drove off. Many Officers were clearly visibly shaken with all the bees and stings. I felt so bad for them all.