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

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

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

November 10, 2018

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

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.

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

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.

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.



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 Check out our website at  Visit and like us on FACEBOOK

The 2018 Summer Camp Directory is Here!

Camp at the J – Marleen Forkas Theater Camp, at the Adolph and Rose Levis JCC , 21050 95th Avenue S., Boca Raton. To register, call Alan Nash at 561-558-2512.
Camp Keshet, 6261 SW 18th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33433. For more information, contact Debbie Fried, Camp Director at 561-750-9665 ext 302.
Super Stars Camp, Boca Raton. 954-444-8548.
Creative Heart Dance Studio, 8212 Glades Road, Boca Raton. 561-419-7290.
Center Stage Performing Arts Camp, 7200 W. Camino Real #330, Boca Raton. 561-750-7824.

Now in its 3rd year, our Theater Camp, in partnership with Chicken Coop Theatre, is an exciting, comprehensive four-week program for 8-14 year olds that builds to a rewarding final production both parents and camper-actors will be proud of! Kids enjoy learning about every aspect of live theatrical productions – the creation, production and performance of musical theater in a program tailor-made for elementary and middle school students. In addition to honing their theater skills, campers enjoy the very best of Camp at the J, including: swim, go-carts, carnival, color war,  field trips to Disney World and more.
Join the fun for this summer’s productions of Peter Pan, Jr.  (June 11 – July 6) and The Little Mermaid, Jr. (July 9 – August 3).


A traditional Jewish day camp for campers ages 2-6.  Campers enjoy their very own magical and self-contained part of the B’nai Torah Congregation campus where groups are kept small and staffing is extensive.  Open enrollment begins January 24, 2018.

We also offer the following specialty programs:
*Summer VPK for eligible children
*CIT Program for children ages 13-15

SUPER STARS CAMP offers 3 amazing options for your child!
(Formerly Camp Palmetto)
– Super Stars: K-6th grade, keep your child active all summer with swimming, water slides, a wide range of sports, and much much more (non-travel @Boca Prep International School)
– Super Stars Jr Travel: K-4th grade, 3 field trips/week, arts & crafts, cooking, arcade room, swimming and water slides (@Loggers’ Run Middle School)
– Super Stars Travel: 5-8th grade, 5 field trips/week, trips include Rapids, tubing, Ninja Lounge, Off the Wall and so much more! (@Loggers’ Run Middle School)
2 sites will have a shuttle service for parents convenience!
Summer Performing Arts Camp for ages 5-12. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Classes offered in musical theater, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and acrobatics. Daily arts and crafts projects as well! Weekly sessions available and before/after care available. Weekly themes with a performance for the parents every Friday! Register early before April 30th to receive a 10% discount.
Summer Dance Intensive also available for intermediate and advanced level students. Two 3 week sessions and a “back to school” 2 week morning session taught by master teachers with a performance demonstration at the end of each session. Please call 561-419-7290 for pricing and information.

Center Stage Performing Arts Camp offers 3 one week sessions and two 4 week sessions. Students will have classes daily in Acting, Singing and Dance and will perform in a full scale musical.
Session 1: The Greatest Showman (all ages) June 4-8.
Session 2: Rock of Ages (all ages) June 11-15 and Dance intensive (all ages) June 11-15.
Session 3: Wizard of Oz (ages 5-11) Into the woods (ages 12-18) June 18-July 13.
Session 4: Annie (ages 5-11) Fame (ages 12-18) July 16- August 10. Camp hours are 9am-4pm. After care and before care available for daily and weekly rates. Call (561)750-7824 for more details. 10% discount if you register before March 16th.
Day Camps in Boca and West Delray
American Heritage Summer Day Camp, American Heritage Summer Institute, American Heritage Summer School, 6200 Linton Blvd, Delray Beach, FL. 561-637-2440. Monday-Friday,
A Painting Fiesta, 19635 N. State Rd 7, Boca. 561-961-0735. Summer Art Camp, Ages 5-12. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
AMP Stables, Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Center, Monday-Friday, Ages 5-17.Summer camp that focuses on learning how to ride and care for horses. All levels and they can accommodate special needs. 561-400-0814.
Barclay Performing Arts, Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road #10, Boca Raton. 978-460-5051. Monday-Friday, Times Vary. Musical Theatre Camp and Actors Workshops.
Boca Summer Horse Camp, Staffordshire Equestrian Center, 8656 Surrey Lane, Boca Raton. 561-445-3946. Monday-Friday, 8:30 2 p.m. Aftercare available.

Peter Blum Family YMCA of Boca Raton, 6631 Palmetto Circle S., Boca Raton. 1-800-798-4531. Traditional and Special Needs Day Camp, 3-15 years old. M-F, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Beth El Summer Adventure Camp, Temple Beth El, 9800 Yamato Road, Boca Raton. 561-391-9091. Day Camp for ages 2-5.  3 or 5 days, full or half day.
C’s Kenpo Karate, Inc., Shadowood Plaza, 9793 Glades Road, Boca Raton. 561-451-1481. Karate Summer Camp, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
CWS Camps, Spanish River Church, Boca Raton. 561-271-8191. Water sports camp. M-F, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ages 7-15.
Don Law Golf Academy, Osprey Point Golf Course in South County Regional Park. 561-451-1128. Juniors Golf Camp, ages 4-16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Grand College Tours, 1-877-354-1080. 4 Full Day College Tour.
Delbo Cartoon Camp, Donna Klein Jewish Academy, 9701 Donna Klein Blvd, Boca Raton. 561-715-0447. Animation and Digital Media. Ages 5-14.
Emerging Minds Montessori Academy, on West Campus of First United Methodist Church, 9087 Glades Road, Boca Raton. 561-487-3535.  Summer Camp for children ages 2 through 6.
Green Art Studio, 21000 Boca Rio Rd, Suite A-6, Boca Raton. 561-477-1500. Day camp with arts & crafts, field trips and more. Monday Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Gymnastics Plus, 9793 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33434. 561-353-1974.
Camp MECE, United Methodist Church of Boca, 625 NE Mizner Blvd. 561-368-1215. Ages 2 1/2 to 6. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mission Bay Tennis Center, 10910 Diego Drive North, Boca Raton. 561-487-9390. Summer Junior Tennis Camp for ages 9 and up. Camp open to residents and non-residents. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Camp Nageela Boca,  561-544-2854. Jewish Day Camp. Ages 5-13. M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.
Ovation Music and Studios, 8194 Glades Road, Boca Raton. 561-487-0451. Summer Band Camp.
Pine Tree Camp, Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton. 561-237-7310. Traditional day camp for ages 3-14, Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pinitos Learning Center, Loggers Run Plaza, 11443 W. Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton. Sports, Performing Arts, Spanish and more. Ages 1-5. M-F 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 561-558-1488.
Saint Andrew’s School Day Camp, 3900 Jog Rd, Boca Raton. 561-210-2100. Traditional Day Camp, Sports, Adventure and Sports Travel Camp. M-F 8:45 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Ages 3-10. Before and after care available.
School of Rock Summer Camp, 141 NW 20th St Suite F2, Boca Raton. 561-430-2411. Live performance thru workshops, clinics and private instruction. Children learn to play together in a band. Ages 8+.
Slomin Family Center Inclusion Summer Camp, (Morikami Park) 16705 Puzzle Place, Delray Beach. 561-495-4443. M-F 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. An inclusion camp for children ages 3-11 including weekly swim and swim lessions, yoga, science, music, sports and more.
Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Calvary Chapel at 10660 Sandalfoot Blvd or Boca Glades Baptist Church at 10101 Judge Winikoff Road. 561-688-3984. Ages 6-12. M-F, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
SOAR Camp, Spanish River Christian School, 2400 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. 561-994-5006. Traditional Day Camp, Ages 3-5 and K-6th grade. M-F 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Early bird and after care available.
Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. 561-347-3900. A variety of summer specialty programs. Open to non-residents of the City of Boca.
Under Blue Waters, Red Reef Park, 1400 N. Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. 561-367-7081. Campers learn watersports like snorkeling, boogie, boarding, sailing and more. M-F, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. After care available.
West Boca Karate, Loggers Run Plaza, 11435 W. Palmetto Park Rd, Ste A. 561-482-9049. Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.

We Rock the Spectrum Boca Raton, 19635 N State Road 7. 561-218-0128. Summer Camp presented by Autism Care Center. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ages 8-14.

Palmetto Pines, Boca Springs, Boca Trails and Tudor Woods Homes Sold 2017

In this report we look at the ungated single family home communities south of Palmetto Park Road, west of 441 and east of Loggers’ Run. This includes Palmetto Pines, Boca Springs, Boca Trails and Tudor Woods.
Palmetto Pines

10605 Ermine Ave sold for $315K; image by Google.

Palmetto Pines sold well in 2017. 42 homes sold in 2017 with prices averaging $310,000 and a healthy $205 per square foot. The average home sold after 40 days on the market. Typical of the middle of the range was 10605 Ermine Avenue, a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house with 1500 square feet that sold for $315,000.
At the high end 22540 Logwood Ave sold for $355K with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths in 1900 square feet. Right behind it at $350K was 4661 Bison St with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in only 1350 square feet. That house had many upgrades and the price works out to a whopping $257/sq.ft.
The lowest price was $233K for the small 4883 Attaman St with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in just over 1100 square feet – still over $200 per square foot.
Palmetto Pines shows up in property records as Holiday City.
Boca Trails
Nine homes sold in Boca Trails for the year, averaging $274,000 in a fairly tight range from $259K to $300K. 10249 Sleepy Brook Way was the top price with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in 1600 square feet at $300,000. The homes sold quickly with most going in less than 10 days.
Boca Springs
Seven homes sold in Boca Springs, all in a month or less, with an average of $366K. The lowest price was 10315 Sunstream Lane at $300,000 with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in 1750 square feet. Two homes broke the $400K mark. The 2800 square foot 5-bedroom at 11140 Sandpoint Terrace sold for $425K, while a 2200 square foot 4-bedroom at 10871 Fox Glen Drive went for $415K.
Tudor Woods
In Tudor Woods two bank-owned homes sold for under $200K, while the remaining seven transactions were between $220K and $240K. 22846 Sandalfoot Boulevard is a typical model that sold for $240K with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in 1300 square feet. The average home took a month and a half to sell with a few selling in less than a month. The REO homes took closer to 3 months.
Tudor Woods appears in property records as Boca Heights. Most of the homes are 3 bedroom models with between 1100 and 1400 square feet.

Easter Events 2017

Easter Egg Hunt on April 8th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Delray Marketplace. Free.
South Florida Parenting’s Eggapalooza on April 9th at 11 a.m. at Mizner Park Amphitheater. $8 per person. Babies under 18 months are free. Cash only.
Get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny at Town Center Mall, March 24th through April 15th. Go to to reserve your appointment.
Lady Bug Release, Easter Egg Hunt and Ice Cream Social on April 15th at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church
Lynn University Egg Hunt on April 15th at 12:30 p.m. Hunt for more than 10,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes. Bring your own basket. Admission and parking free. Lacrosse game at 1 p.m. Lynn University is located at 3601 N. Military Trail in Boca.

Q & A with Gina Nespoli, Owner of Creative Heart Dance Studio and Summer Camp

What year did your camp start?
I started the camp in 2015.
How and why did you get into the business?
I got into this business to teach and share my creativity with passion and love.
What is a typical daily schedule for a camper?
A typical day involves Jazz dance, snack, Acro, lunch, Hip Hop, games, Contemporary, Arts and Crafts and Dance Games.
What makes your camp special?
Our camp is very special as everyone is part of our family. You may come in knowing no one but will go home with at least 10 friends! Our teachers are fun and loving!
What are the camp hours and do you offer before/after care?
Camp hours are 9:00-4:00 and we have before and after care.
Describe your training and background and your staff’s training and background.
Gina Nespoli (Artistic Director) received her dance education from the University of Houston in 1998. She has been a performer and choreographer for over 30 years with a strong focus in Modern Dance. Her training is centered on the Cunningham Technique, the Lester Horton Technique and the Alvin Ailey Technique. In addition, she studied with Frank Hatchett at the Broadway Dance Center in NY, New York and with the Houston Ballet Academy in Houston, Texas. Her professional experience includes teaching dance at Broward College, Memorial Middle School (Houston, TX) where she founded the dance program, Delray Beach Playhouse, and Lake Worth Playhouse. Gina is best known for her musicality and intricate choreography.

Pattie Obey is a committed professional bringing her experience, creativity, passion, and humor to the teaching profession. A Chicago native and the daughter of a dancer, Pattie began her professional career touring internationally with Gus Giordano’s Jazz Dance Chicago. Her performance credits both in the USA and abroad includes Broadway musicals, films and television. Her personal style is greatly influenced by her mentor Gus Giordano, former Hubbard Street artistic director Lou Conte, jazz master Matt Mattox and her own elegant and powerful femininity. Pattie credits her extensive classical background to her training with ex-Royal ballet soloists Richard Ellis and Christine DuBoulay. Currently, Obey makes her home in Delray Beach, Florida after living in Europe for 28 years. She has been a guest teacher at Harid Conservatory and on faculty at Boca Ballet Theatre in Boca Raton, Florida. She has also mentored for “1st Step” an outreach program serving the Boca Raton community.
Pattie has been on the faculty of numerous dance festivals in Germany, Austria, Finland and Mexico. She is a master teacher for both Dance Educators of America and Dance Masters of America. For 8 years she has been a guest artist at the University of Performing Arts in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Pattie has taught for colleges, universities, dance companies and eminent dance studios in 37 states and 16 countries.
She has choreographed works for LaJazDanz, Ormao Dance Company, Spectrum Dance Theatre, Houston Met Dance, Jazz Dance Theatre, Boca Ballet Theatre, Illusionists’ Ted and Marion Outerbridge, The Playhouse Dance Company at Point Park University and Pori Dance Company in Pori, Finland to name a few.
Dance Magazine proclaims Obey as being “Dance Teacher Extraordinaire”. And most recently Dance Studio Life Magazine as “The Leading Lady in Jazz”
In 1992, she was the first woman to teach at the Jazz Dance World Congress and has been on the roster of master teachers ever since.
She is also the recipient of the “2000 Jazz Dance World Congress Award” in recognition of her considerable contribution to the world of jazz dance. “My dedication and passion for jazz dance continues to inspire young dancers in this art form, like how my mentor Gus Giordano inspired me.”
Kara Schwarz received her BFA in Theater at FAU and has been dancing since the age of 5. Her studies include Tap, Jazz, Modern, Acro, and Character dance with a main focus of Ballet and Pointe. At 8 years old, she continued her training under the Royal Academy of Dance at Giselle’s Dance Studio where she mastered her ballet training through level 7. (RAD) is a UK-based examination board specializing in dance education and training, with an emphasis on classical ballet. Over the years, Kara has participated in many dance competitions and workshops. Her love of dance has brought her into the wonderful journey of teaching.

What do you think is your biggest challenge with the business?
The biggest challenge is advertising and hoping that all parents will take the time to look at our website and facebook posts and know that we will teach their child with much love!
What do you want the community to know about you?
Many parents and people I talk to in the industry frequently will hear me say “Dance is taught last at my studio”… well, it is. These children first learn respect, humility, thankfulness, discipline, etiquette, kindness, perseverance, determination, and the ability to grow in the face of constructive criticism. They are taught to win with grace and lose with dignity.  Backstage, they are kind to each other, help each other, help other studios and wish them good luck, smile, laugh, cheer each other on, say please and thank you and they are always respectful of their teachers. THIS IS EXCELLENCE! I am proud to say I am the owner of Creative Heart Dance Studio and I am more proud to walk with my wonderful dancers, parents, and teachers who represent my mission.

Want to Have the Best Summer Ever!?

Check out our 2017 Summer Camp Directory

Does your child want to go to a traditional camp? The Levis JCC offers a traditional day camp for ages 2-16 as well as special programs, CIT Program and Camp Kavod for children with special needs. Pine Tree Camps at Lynn University also has traditional and specialty camps for ages 3-14. Camp Nageela Boca is a traditional day camp for children ages 5-13 offered at Omni Middle School.

Does your child like to dance, act or jump around? The Levis JCC Theater Camp is performing Seussical Jr. The Musical and Beauty and the Beast. Center Stage Performing Arts Camp offers summer camp for ages 5-11 and 12-18.  Your kid can take classes in musical theater, dance, acrobatics and arts and crafts at the Creative Heart Dance Studio. Or they can flip, jump, and climb at Camp Gymnastics Plus. Do you have a preschooler? Camp Keshet offers the Cure for the Summer Time Blues!

To find out more about these camps and other summer options, go to Or Call Camps4U, a free camp advisor who can help you find the right summer program for your child.

Q & A with Patrick, Co-Owner of Stella's Pizzeria

What year did your business start?
I opened Stella’s Pizzeria with my brother Daniel in October of 2008.
Where are you located and were you always in the same location?
We are located in the Boca Greens Shopping Center on the north end of the plaza (behind The Tire Kingdom). We’ve been in this location since our opening in 2008.
How and why did you get into the business?
I began working in the restaurant business at the age of 17. My mother, Stella, owned Perrini’s Pizzeria and convinced me to start working part-time. I started out washing dishes and after saving up enough money to buy a car, began running deliveries. From there I learned to cook, make pizzas and began managing. After graduating high school I was working full-time while taking classes to pursue a degree in education…And then things got a little crazy.
In 2004, my mother was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and the future of the restaurant was at best uncertain. I put school on hold and began taking on more of a leadership role. At the age of 22, I decided to become a working partner in order to keep the restaurant open.
Unfortunately, in September of 2008 my mother lost her battle with Myeloma. My brother and I decided to partner together and change the name of the restaurant from Perrini’s to Stella’s. It just seemed like the right thing to do. Since changing the name, the business has grown more than we ever could’ve imagined. We truly are lucky and we owe our success to our amazing staff and even more amazing customers!
How many generations have been running the business?
We are first-generation owner/operators. With my first child due late this March (I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am!!!), who knows…There might just be another generation of Stella’s owner/operators in the making.
Are you known for anything special?
Great question. As far as our menu is concerned, I think it’s fair to assume that aside from our pizza, our homemade meatballs and our crispy Stella’s eggplant are the crowd favorites.
Food aside, I think the thing that sets us apart from other small pizzerias is the fact that we are committed to giving back. We’ve partnered with multiple schools, youth sports teams and non-profits and whenever possible we raffle off/donate pizzas for their events. We also give discounted rates for all schools and non-profits.
What hours are you open?
Our hours of operation are Sunday-Thursday 11:00am – 9:00 pm and on Friday/Saturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm. If there is an event or special occasion that requires us to open early we always do our best to accommodate.
Are you involved with any community groups?
As I mentioned previously, we work with multiple schools and non-profits. One of the groups we’ve worked with that I’m most proud of is The Camp Shalom campers with special needs.  We close down the restaurant for an hour or two and teach the kids how to make their own pizzas! They always have a blast and we look forward to seeing them again.
What do you love most about the business?
What I love most about the business is that we get to interact with some of the most interesting people you’ll ever meet. We have so many regulars that we’ve known for years – we literally consider them family.
What do you think is your biggest challenge with the business?
Our biggest challenge with the business are the ever fluctuating food costs. Being a small, single-unit restaurant makes negotiating with large vendors tough at times. Our relationships with our food reps has been key to our success.
What do you want the community to know about you?
I think what we’d like the community to know about us is that we take pride in what we do. We’re proud of the business we’ve been fortunate enough to build over the years and we pay it forward whenever possible.