Still No Signed Lane Kiffin Extension for FAU

Tweet from FAU Coach Lane Kiffin: https://twitter.com/Lane_Kiffin/status/943178921499090950

On December 19, 2017, football coach Lane Kiffin announced that he had reached an agreement with FAU for a 10-year contract extension. The extension still hasn’t been signed, according to FAU.

The same day the agreement was announced we submitted a public records request to FAU for a copy of the new contract. The immediate response, the next day, was that the contract had not been signed yet and would be forwarded to us when it was.

We followed up a few weeks later and were told:

Coach Kiffin’s extension is an agreement in principle and the written details are still being worked out. I will be provided a copy of the new contract when it is completed.

So we waited. Yesterday we asked again and an exchange of e-mails revealed that Coach Kiffin’s extension has not been signed, and that he is still working under the terms of the previous contract.

[T]here is no written contract yet with the extension. Coach Kiffin is still employed under the terms of his existing contract. He and the AD and President reached an agreement in principle on a ten-year extension, which is what he tweeted about. That verbal agreement in principle has not yet been reduced to a written contract.

This matters because some in college football think Lane Kiffin’s stay at FAU is only temporary until he lands a deal with a bigger football school.

From ESPN:

Since his coaching career began in 1997 as an assistant at Fresno State, Kiffin’s longest stop at one place was six seasons as an assistant at USC from 2001 to 2006. As a head coach, his longest stop also was at USC, where he was fired five games into his fourth season.

One would expect that the contract extension would make it harder for Kiffin to leave FAU. If it hasn’t been signed, that means he’s still relatively free to leave for somewhere else.

We would like to hope that Kiffin is here in Boca for the long haul. He’s a great coach and we’d love to see FAU continue to improve. But the lack of a signed extension suggests that he may still be waiting to see if a new opportunity comes up.

We reached out directly to Kiffin and to FAU Football but neither has responded.

Q & A with Owners of Dynamite Dance, Lisa Bradby-Towers and Alan Towers



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What year did your business start?
We opened our studio, Dynamite Dance, in the Shoppes at Loggers’ Run in West Boca in 2008. We also run a studio in Coral Springs.
What is your background?
We represented Great Britain in Figure Skating from 1985 to 1990. Our highest achievement was a silver medal at the World Professional Championships in 1990. After our competitive career we toured with ice shows all over the world, primarily with the company called Holiday on Ice. We have coached figure skating in the UK, Canada and the U.S. and served on the coaching staff at the Panthers Ice Den in Coral Springs from 2000 to 2014.

How and why did you get into the business?
Lisa has been dancing since the age of five. Her love of dance and music led her into ice dance. When she retired from ice dancing, she decided she wanted to continue working with kids. And she didn’t want to be cold anymore!
What classes do you offer?
Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Acro. We offer the American Ballet National Training Curriculum. We also have programs for dancers as young as 18 months and a competition dance team. See our schedule.

What do you love most about the business?
The flexibility and meeting new people.
What do you think is your biggest challenge with the business?
Getting the word out that we are in the area.
What do you want the community to know about you?
We are a family kid friendly business and we like what we do. We are not a high drama studio of the type typically shown on TV shows. We are professional and courteous!

 

Tiger Woods DUI Arrest Documents

Second update: An additional set of documents was released by the Jupiter Police Department later in the day. While it adds statements from additional police officers (unusual for a routine DUI), there isn’t much new information and it still does not include anything from the “Drug Recognition Expert.” The new pdf is at bottom.
Update: We now have more documents. They show Tiger cooperated, blew 0.000 twice, and voluntarily supplied a urine sample. Documents will be added soon.
The breath test showed no alcohol at all.

Woods breath test showing 0.000 twice on subject samples.
Image copyright Warren Redlich 2017 (based on added markings); media may use by crediting West Boca News or @WestBocaNews.

We have obtained initial documents from Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest. Below are the two tickets, one for “Improper parking” and the other for DUI.
The probable cause affidavit shows the circumstances leading up to the encounter, with the officers saying they found Woods sleeping his car in the right lane.
From the Tiger Woods probable cause affidavit. Image copyright Warren Redlich 2017. Media may use by crediting West Boca News or @WestBocaNews.

Woods did poorly on the “Field Sobriety Tests” but these are designed to look for alcohol impairment and the breath test shows that Woods had no alcohol in his system.
Field sobriety tests and breath results on Tiger Woods DUI arrest; image copyright Warren Redlich 2017; media may use by crediting West Boca News or @WestBocaNews.

There are a couple more key details:
1. They did urine but did not draw blood. Blood testing is generally far more reliable than urine testing.

2. An Officer Borrows “did DRE”. This refers to a “drug recognition expert” doing additional tests. They are not really experts. They typically are high school graduates with perhaps a couple weeks of training.
The affidavit does not show the results of any DRE testing and it’s unclear if it was documented at all.
We created “jpg” versions, below, and the original pdf documents are at the bottom of the page.
First, Tiger’s parking ticket, which is likely the reason police approached his vehicle in the first place.

The ticket says specifically that his vehicle was “stopped on roadway in right hand lane and right shoulder,” in violation of Florida Statute 316.1945. The ticket does not indicate a specific subsection within the statute. There’s some chance this could be a problem for the prosecution if the case is fought.
The ticket also indicates Woods was driving a black 2015 Mercedes sedan (4 door), and that the incident took place at 2999 N. Military Trail in Jupiter, at or near Indian Creek Parkway. Our best guess is that this was somewhere south of that intersection, and north of Dakota.
Military Trail in Jupiter between Dakota and Indian Creek Parkway; image and map data by Google.

Next up is the DUI ticket:

It’s also noteworthy that the tickets show no crash and no injuries. Together this suggests that Woods was stopped on the side of the road, leading to police approaching his vehicle. We are hoping to get additional documents including the probable cause affidavit and breath test results but so far they are not available. These will be much more helpful when we get them.

The DUI charge is indicated as 316.193(1). Unlike the parking ticket this does indicate a subsection but there is not enough detail to say whether it involves alcohol or drugs.
It appears that the parking ticket was issued by an Officer Palladino of Jupiter PD, and the DUI ticket was issued by an Officer Fandrey, both assigned to the road patrol unit.
Update: Full pdfs of the probable cause affidavit and breath test report are below, then the tickets follow.
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Full pdfs of the tickets are below, DUI ticket first.
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The most recent set of papers is below:
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Trump Announces Trump Sandalfoot

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Donald Trump’s main holding company, The Trump Organization, LLC, announced yesterday that it will open the Trump Sandalfoot Golf Resort and Casino in West Boca. The company has purchased all the properties in West Sandalfoot, aka Watergate Estates.
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The area comprises approximately 150 acres of land. The golf course is expected to take up 100 acres with a hotel and casino to occupy the remaining 50 acres.

Image and map data by Google
Image and map data by Google

Often Trump pays substantial sums for existing resorts, such as the $150M he paid for Doral, and then improves them. In this case he was able to acquire the various properties for significantly less, reportedly $150.
Also, Trump developments often face significant hurdles from local government, as he did in Mar-a-Lago. But with Sandalfoot it appears Palm Beach County is letting him do whatever he wants. West Boca’s county commissioner, Mary Lou Berger, said it was an easy call: “We did a survey and 85% of area residents preferred a landfill to the existing use. So a golf club is huge!”
Mary Lou Berger endorses Donald Trump
Mary Lou Berger endorses Donald Trump

The biggest hurdle Trump faced was a hold-out resident who did not want to sell. But he was able to win the man over after a conversation.
Kelsey Hayes, aka The Sandalfoot KKK guy, now Executive Vice-President of Trump Sandalfoot in charge of vetting new members.
The Sandalfoot KKK guy, now Executive Vice-President of Trump Sandalfoot in charge of vetting new members.

“I’m a great negotiator,” Trump said, “but in this case it was easy. We saw eye to eye on a lot of issues, especially social issues. So we found a way to include him on our team in a role that fits what we do. It’ll be great. I promise you. Believe me.”
Trump Sandalfoot is expected to open a year from now, on April 1, 2017. A rumored expansion into Palmetto Pines was nixed by Trump. “It doesn’t have the same cachet.”

West Boca High School Bulls Baseball Team Barnstorms Through Jacksonville

Story and photos by Alan Shimel, a friend of West Boca News
The WBHS Bulls varsity baseball team took advantage of the spring break vacation to travel upstate to Jacksonville where they competed in a high school baseball tournament held at the Providence School.
The Bulls led by Coach Nathan Underwood took a full squad of 23 players up to Jacksonville for the tourney. While only playing in three games, Coach Underwood was able to get just about every player into a game for some play and experience. The team went 1-2 but were competitive in every game.
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Driving up on Monday the Bulls first game was Tuesday against an overmatched St John Lutheran team. The Bulls big bats came alive early and they won a mercy rule shortened game 16-5. Senior Chris Charlock went the distance for the Bulls in this game as pitcher. Lawrence Ghougasian, Cory Kuchtam Dom Iagrossi and Chris Cavallo were among the almost 20 Bulls players with hits this game.
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The next day’s game had the Bulls moving up in competition against the Bozeman Bucks. Ryan Powers started as pitcher for the Bulls. The Bucks scored a run early and held the lead throughout the game. The final was 5-2. Some excellent relief pitching by Landon Shimel kept the Bulls in the game. The West Boca squad had several chances to take the game but left the bases loaded twice in the late innings.
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The Bulls played their last game this morning before heading back to the confines of friendly Boca Raton. They played Ravenwood HS from Tennessee. Chris Cavallo was the starting pitcher for West Boca. The game was a nip and tuck affair throughout. The Bull lost when Ravenwood hit a walk off sacrifice fly in their last at bat 9-8.
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Win or lose it was a great experience for the players on the team. They travelled, lodged and ate together as a team. Parents were present and encouraged to participate but this is about high school athletes growing up into young men. Road trips like this are important in that process.
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Thanks to the coaches and administration for putting together this trip and to parents who volunteered to drive and chaperone the players. The Bulls continue their season with Senior night on March 31 at home against Iliana Christian HS. Senior night ceremonies start at 4:45 and the game starts at 6. Go Bulls!

Loggers' Run Wrestler Wins State Championship

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Chase Thompson, a 7th grader at Loggers Run Middle School, wrestled for a state championship where he pinned every opponent all the way through the finals to become the Cadet 195 pound state champion. The Cadet division was made up of 9th & 10th grade wrestlers.
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Chase had suffered a knee injury during practice in January, with a fractured patella (kneecap) and strained ligaments. After extensive physical therapy and cryotherapy he was able to get read for the tournament on March 13th.

Chase with his coach 2x Olympian Shawn Sheldon
Chase with his coach 2x Olympian Shawn Sheldon

Chase Thompson was initially registered to wrestle in the USA Wrestling’s Florida Amateur Athletic Association (FAWA) State Championship in his respective division/weight class “Schoolboy” 190 lb. When there was no one entered in that weight class, he was asked to move up to the next division.
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Chase was also awarded the Outstanding Wrestler for that division for the most pins and fastest pins. Congratulations to Chase for his hard work and success.
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Doctor Arrested in Allianz Holocaust Protest

Jay and Genie Lieberman
Genie and Jay Lieberman

Boca Raton Police arrested Dr. Jay Lieberman for trespassing, arising out of a protest related to the Holocaust. Lieberman is a Margate podiatrist who lives in Parkland. His wife Genie is a director of the Gloria Drummond Rehabilitation Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
Medium.com reports (we have confirmed some details but not all) that Mrs. Lieberman’s late father was Holocaust survivor Ivar Segalowitz. He was unable to pursue his claims against Allianz. He was 11 years old when his family was deported to a concentration camp, leaving him unable to even determine if his family was covered by a policy. However, he said then that his family lived a typical upper middle class lifestyle and he was certain that members of his extended family or parents would’ve carried such insurance.
Allianz protester
Allianz protester

Mr. Segalowitz succumbed to cancer in 2014 having never received information from Allianz. Dr. Lieberman also lost family members in the Holocaust, killed at the Treblinka concentration camp.
Dr. Lieberman’s arrest was captured in a photo:
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And his mugshot is available on the Sheriff’s blotter:
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It’s unclear why his glasses were removed for the mugshot, but it may be standard practice.
The protesters claim Allianz has not done enough to resolve claims from Jews who had insurance policies with them before the war, and assert the company owes $2.5 billion to survivors. You can read more about the issue in a recent article in the Sun-Sentinel.
We reached out to Allianz for comment but they did not respond. We also reached out to Congressman Ted Deutch (D-West Boca), who has supported Holocaust survivor issues, but his office did not respond either.
Genie Lieberman’s 2014 prepared statement to Deutch’s congressional subcommittee is below:
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Loggers' Run Student Wins National Journalism Recognition

Benjamin Schiller; photo provided by family.
Benjamin Schiller; photo provided by family.

Benjamin Schiller, an 8th grade student at Loggers’ Run Middle School, has been named to the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps, “the country’s oldest and largest student reporting program.”

For more than 15 years, the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps has delivered news to classrooms nationwide. Stories by the kid reporters appear in select issues of Scholastic classroom magazines, which are read by more than 25 million students nationwide and are available online at www.scholastic.com/news

Schiller is one of only three kids chosen from Florida, and the only one south of Orlando. He is currently working on his first article for Scholastic, about habitat protection issues in the Everglades. He tells us he is hopeful that this experience “will jump start my career in journalism.”
Schiller has written for West Boca News in the past, including these articles:
6 FAU Owls Drafted by MLB
Boca Raton Bowl Coming to FAU
Boca Raton Bowl Report
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West Boca JV Coach Sought Nude Photos From 14-Year-Old

Djamesley Leveille mugshot (left) and Facebook picture (right).
Djamesley Leveille mugshot (left) and Facebook picture (right).

Recent news shows another bad moment for Boca area schools. From the Palm Beach Post:

A coach for a Boynton Beach travel soccer team was arrested Tuesday after soliciting a nude photograph from a 14-year-old girl (8th grade) on the team, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reports.

We heard about the arrest from several sources here in West Boca, but we had a little more detail. As we understand it, Mr. Djamesley Leveille (a Delray Beach resident) was also a coach for the girls JV soccer team at West Boca High and was arrested at the school in front of students. The PB Post article indicates the girl lived in Boca Raton but was not more specific.
The school district offered a terse response to our inquiry:

He was a JV coach at the school, but had been there less than a month. He was immediately terminated.

We asked some follow-up questions (such as how he was vetted) and are waiting for a response. One parent gave us a little more detail:

My daughter was on the team and he was creepy. … Not all of them saw him getting arrested.

Another parent told us:

He was terrible. But was hired by district not school and was NOT a teacher which was terrible for the girls.

If we get more information we will update this article.

Homecoming in West Boca

westbocafootballHomecoming: A high school game or other event to which alumni are invited.
Tonight is homecoming in West Boca. The WBHS Varsity Football team plays Palm Beach Central at home. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
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Spanish River HS Football played last night at Atlantic Community High School tonight, and lost badly.
Olympic Heights HS Football is at William T Dwyer High School tonight. Kickoff at 7 p.m.
Boca Raton HS Football is at Pahokee High School tonight. Kickoff at 7 p.m.
Many of the local high schools also have homecoming dances on Saturday night.
Send us your pictures of the game or the dance!