JFS at Home Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

jfs-at-home-prBoca 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.

Deals This Week: Valentine's Day and More

Here are some of the best deals available this week in or near West Boca, both for Valentine’s Day and otherwise.
Boca’s Best BBQ has a breakfast deal: “Any breakfast plate for $9.99.”
From Stella’s Pizzeria: “We’re running a dine-in wine special on Valentine’s Day. All glasses and bottles are half-off! (Reg $7/$28 now $3.50/$14). And we’re still running the buy 5 get 1 free large pizza special as well.”
Boca Black Box is doing a Girls Night Out deal on Thursday:
Girls Night Out at Boca Black Box
The password is “peekaboo” (when you get to checkout) for advance tickets online at www.bocablackbox.com for this show only. We tried it and it saves you $7.50 on the front orchestra seats.
Also they’re doing the Jackie Mason Musical on Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th – comedy can be romantic!

Here are some offers from Groupon:
Deals at Sakred Nightclub (Palmetto & Powerline)
$79 deal on hair straightening, 441 near Palmetto
$35 for adult swim fitness classes, in Mission Bay south of Glades and west of 441
Golf lessons at Osprey Point (South County Regional Park)
Two weeks of unlimited Pure Barre for $39, in Westwinds plaza (Home Depot)

Be wary of private companies selling copies of deeds and other documents

From the Palm Beach County Clerk:
Be wary of private companies selling copies of deeds and other documents
Several Palm Beach County residents have called my office because they recently received official-looking solicitations in the mail from companies selling certified copies of property deeds. I encourage everyone to be cautious of private companies trying to sell public records that can be easily obtained at the courthouse or online.
These companies often send letters advertising the government’s recommendation that all citizens have certified copies of their records, such as property deeds. They then offer copies of the records for fees ranging from $40 to $89 or even more.

Sharon Bock
Sharon Bock

Uncertified copies may be downloaded and printed for free by using the Official Records search on our website.
Certified copies of Deeds and other official records can be obtained from my office for just a few dollars — not for the excessive prices these companies are charging. You can obtain documents from the Clerk’s office for $1 per page and they can be certified for an additional $2.
In addition to property deeds, other public records available from our office include mortgages, liens, court judgments, marriage licenses and tax deeds.
Solicitations like this may be legal, but they are misleading. Every few years, we hear from residents who have received these notices and want to know what they should do. I want to remind people that this information is readily available online and at the courthouse – there is no need to pay that kind of money to view a public records database when you can easily find one on the internet.
For more information on receiving copies of your public records, please contact the Records Services Center at (561) 355-2976.
Best regards,
Sharon R. Bock, Esq.
Clerk & Comptroller
Palm Beach County

Boca Theater & Automation Opens New Facility in Hamptons Plaza

Boca Theater and Automation (“BTA”) the premier provider of turn-key, custom built luxury A/V and building automation systems in South Florida, announced today that it will be relocating its corporate headquarters and Technology Experience Center to a brand new state-of-the-art facility in Boca Raton, Florida. West Boca locals may remember them in their previous location next door to Ben’s Deli in The Reserve shopping center at 441 and Clint Moore.
“This move is a milestone in the evolution of our business,” said BTA’s CEO and Founder Jeff Galea. “We reached a turning point that necessitated choosing a new location that would not only accommodate our growing team, but also better serve our customers. We can now showcase the top of the line systems we are proud to provide, and demonstrate the value we bring to these solutions. We could not have taken this company to the next level without the incredible support of our customers, the talented BTA staff, and the close relationships we have cultivated with the manufacturers with whom we partner.”
The new 8,500 sq. ft. facility located in Hamptons Plaza (on the southwest corner of Lyons and Kimberly) features the latest technology for collaboration with BTA’s customers and partners. Featuring audiovisual displays capable of demonstrating BTA’s cutting edge integration techniques, a fabrication facility designed for enhanced productivity and quality assurance, and a workspace for employees that maximizes the flow of information through the use of the latest networking technologies, BTA is poised to transform the luxury A/V industry. The former Wells Fargo Building was also retrofitted with premier LED and solar lighting throughout, providing an energy efficient and optimal lighting environment for our customers and staff.
“This new facility is equipped with all the necessary resources for our experienced in-house staff to have complete flexibility in testing, designing, installing, and supporting customized integrated solutions for our clients nationwide,” said BTA’s General Manager, David Vranicar. “This high-quality workspace will help us continue to attract and retain the most qualified talent in the industry.”
BTA’s new Technology Experience Center and corporate address is 9020 Kimberly Blvd., Boca Raton, Florida 33434.

About BTA:
Boca Theater and Automation is a premier provider of turn-key custom built, luxury A/V and building automation systems in South Florida. They create easy to use systems that simplify your life, increase safety and save energy. Founded in 2001 by Jeff Galea, BTA is focused on delivering luxury A/V and building automation systems to residential and commercial properties. The systems integrate entertainment, lighting, shading, climate, communications, security and life safety controls into your home or office environment.
For more information about Boca Theater and Automation visit www.bocatheater.com or call 561-999-9024.
This article was sponsored by Boca Theater and Automation.

Deals on Deva Curls Hair Care Products: West Boca Stores and Online

hairLast year, I took my daughter to Curls Rock Hair Studio in Boca Raton and discovered DevaCurl. DevaCurl makes hair products for girls and women with curly hair. This wonderful product really enhanced her curls and cut down on the frizz. Her hair has never looked better! Unfortunately, these hair products are not cheap.
Luckily I discovered that Amazon is selling the 32 oz size for under $30. Other DevaCurl products are also being sold at very good discounts.

In comparison, Sephora sells a 12 oz bottle of the no poo conditioning cleanser for $20 and the 32 oz bottle for $40.  Ulta, located at 9882 Glades Road (Westwinds of Boca, near DSW), sells the same product for $19.95 and $39.95. Harmon Face Values, located in Boca Greens Shopping Center, also sells DevaCurl products. The price is the same as Ulta but you can use a 20% Bed, Bath & Beyond coupon.
If you have curly hair, I highly recommend these products! The Amazon deal is particularly good if you have Amazon Prime’s free shipping.

Donations Needed at The Levis JCC Thrift Shop

thriftshopjccYour donations of new or gently used furniture, art, clothing and more impact our community in truly meaningful ways. All proceeds from the sale of our inventory directly support vital Levis JCC programs. Giving is convenient and tax-deductible. Drop off by December 31st to receive a tax deduction for 2014. Call (561) 368-3665 to schedule a pick up of furniture and larger items or drop off items in bags and boxes to the Levis JCC Thrift Shop located at 141 N.W. 20th Street in Plum Park Plaza or on campus at the Sports & Wellness Center or the Levis JCC Sandler Center. And enjoy the best prices daily on upscale, resale, new, vintage and designer items daily at the Levis JCC Thrift Shop!

Volunteer Opportunities for Teens and Tweens

colourful-volunteer-vectorStudents entering ninth grade in Palm Beach County must complete 20 hours of community service in order to graduate from high school. In addition, middle and high school students must complete community service hours to be members of Honor Society or to become bar/bat mitzvah. Luckily, there are many opportunities to volunteer locally.
Those in sixth grade and above may become a Reading Buddy at the West Boca Library. On September 2nd, beginning at 10 a.m., applications will be available at the children’s information desk. A reading buddy reads to elementary school children and plays literacy games with them. The student must commit to Mondays at 5:30 p.m. for 45 minutes for the school year. The program starts September 8th.
The West Boca Medical Center accepts volunteers over age 15 who can commit to a 4 hour shift per week. Students may staff the gift shop, attend daily rounds or provide hospitality services. Call 561-488-8178 or 561-488-8293 for more information.
tricountyanimalrescueDo you like animals? You can volunteer at the Tri-County Animal Rescue if you are over 16 years of age. Student volunteers clean the cat room and feed feed the cats between 8 to 8:30 a.m. Once a volunteer is familiar with the cat room, he/she can help answer questions from prospective adopters between 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The shelter is located at 21287 Boca Rio Road in Boca Raton. Call 561-482-8110 for more information.
Daggerwing Nature CenterNature lovers can also volunteer at Daggerwing Nature Center. Teens ages 15 and up who are willing to commit to 2 hours per week for 6 months can volunteer at the Center. Volunteers greet visitors, assist with the office and special events and help care for the animals. For more information, call 561-629-8760.
For more volunteer opportunities, check out these sites:
Boca Helping Hands
Volunteer Match
If you know of volunteer opportunities, please email us at warren@westbocanews.com.

Sales Tax Holiday

taxfreepackageAugust 1-3, 2014 is a sales tax holiday for Florida Back to School Shoppers. No sales tax will be collected on sales of clothing, footwear and accessories that are $100 or less per item or on certain school supplies that sell for $15 or less per item. In addition, there is no sales tax on the first $750 of the sales price for computers and computer-related accessories when purchased for home or personal use.

The Use of Alternative Groundcovers: Part 2

As a follow up to the previous article on alternative groundcovers, this entry will explore the costs associated with establishing and maintaining bahiagrass and perennial peanut lawns as alternatives to St. Augustinegrass.
Generally, the cost of establishing a lawn will increase if the vendor furnishes delivery and labor. To avoid these costs, the homeowner can pick up each pallet from the vendor and lay the sod at her or her home. This will require the use of a pickup truck as a pallet will typically contain 400-500 ft2 of sod or approximately 150-180 pieces. For many homeowners, the only practical option is to have the sod delivered and laid by the vendor. In addition, any existing vegetation in the area where the sod is to be laid should be removed. This can be accomplished by spraying all vegetation with Roundup. It may not be possible to destroy all existing vegetation, but as much as possible should be removed to ensure that the muck-side of the sod is touching the soil. In addition, any irrigation lines should be in place prior to laying the sod.
The following table represents cost estimates for each groundcover:

  Total Costs (including delivery and laying sod) per square foot
St. Augustinegrass 45¢
Bahiagrass 30¢
Perennial Peanut $1.25

Bahiagrass is the cheapest sod and requires no watering, even in the dry season, if planted on a level surface. Perennial peanut requires little to no watering (except in periods of severe drought). By contrast, St. Augustinegrass requires approximately 20,000 gallons per 1000 ft2. This equates to approximately $15 per year for each 1000 ft2 of St. Augustinegrass. Therefore, the cost savings of Bahiagrass is approximately $165 per 1000 ft2 relative to St. Augustinegrass (planting and watering). Sodding perrenial peanut costs approximately $800 more per 1000 ft2 compared to St. Augustinegrass. Mowing costs for bahiagrass and St. Augustinegrass are relatively similar. By contrast, perennial peanut requires virtually no mowing. Depending upon the size of the lawn and cost of the lawnmower and/or landscaping fees, the higher establishment costs of perennial peanut may be well worth it in the long run.
Unfortunately, we were unable to locate any nurseries in West Boca that sell perennial peanut or bahiagrass. There are a number of companies in the Delray area that can special order bahiagrass at a rate that is markedly lower than St. Augustinegrass. For those not in need of an “instant lawn,” bahiagrass seed can be purchased at Home Depot or Lowes. The price is $66.98 for 10 lbs. of seed, which will cover 1,000 ft2 of new coverage or 2,000 ft2 of over seeded coverage. As discussed in the previous article, this is the cheapest way to establish bahiagrass and may be the best option for homeowners that can wait for the new lawn to grow in. The use of bahiagrass seed is another advantage over St. Augustinegrass, which can only be established with sod.
For additional information on lawns and lawn care, contact the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension office at (561) 233-1700.

What is pure barre?

purebarrePure Barre is a new fitness studio that recently opened in the Westwinds of Boca (Home Depot Plaza). According to their advertising, it is a total body workout that lifts your seat, tones your thighs, abs and arms in record breaking time. Classes are 55 minutes and designed for all levels of fitness.
One class costs $23 and a package of 5 classes costs $105. Currently there is a New Client Special, 1 month unlimited for $100. The studio is open Monday and Wednesday from 6 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. It is also open Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Classes can be scheduled online.
For more information, call 561-465-5994.