Q&A with Nilson Silva, owner of Master Touch Pools

What year did your business start?
Our business started in February 2009.
How and why did you get into the business?
I was in college and was not happy doing computer engineering/science. Since I grew up with a pool, I felt that I couldn’t be in a better place to start a pool company. After doing some research, I was faced with the fact that most companies in South Florida weren’t reliable, didn’t answer their phone and didn’t provide the quality of work that clients deserved.
What is your training background?
I’m a certified pool operator with a range of knowledge in pool remodeling. I hold a state license for repairs.
What services do you provide?
We provide pool cleaning, pool repairs, pool remodeling, pavers, pressure cleaning and sealing and automation. We also create outdoor kitchens and pergolas, install baby fences and lay travertine. We can deal with salt systems, heaters and cleaners.
What hours are you available?
We can usually start service within 24 hours. We are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
6. Are you involved with any community groups?
I support my local church and other local non profits.
What do you think is your biggest challenge with the business?
Our biggest challenge is competing with unlicensed competitors who don’t know what they are doing and destroy reliable companies’ image.
What do you want the community to know about you?
We are a family-owned business, we are here to help with quality work at a fair price. We love what we do and our goal is to make our clients happy.

Halloween Happenings

Shriek Week at Sugar Sand Park is October 21, 22, 28, 28 and 29. Film Festival, Haunted House and more.
Halloween at the Peter Blum Family Y on October 22nd from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Call 395-9622 to RSVP. Haunted house, hay ride, dance party and more. Free for Y members with bag of candy, $15 for non-members.
Hallo-Tween Spooktacular on October 25th at 6 p.m. at the Glades Road Library. Listen to some scary stories and learn how to write your own! Ages 8-12. Preregister at 482-4554.
Haunted House on October 26th at 6 p.m. at the Glades Road Library. Our teens will scare you in our annual walk thru Haunted House. Ages 5 & up.
Halloween Trick or Treat at Delray Marketplace on October 26th from 6 to 9 p.. Hay rides, crafts, face painting, train rides, costume parade and more. Free.
Monster Mash on October 27th at the West Boca Library at 3:30 p.m. Stories, short film game and crafts. Ages 5-10. Call 470-1600 to preregister. Free.
Halloween Hoot ‘N’ Howl at Daggerwing Nature Center on Octber 28th from 6 to 8 p.m. Wear a costume and enjoy activities and crafts while learning about spooky creatures of the night. Bring a flashlight and bug spray to explore the boardwalk. Free
Halloween Party at Drop In Action Sports Complex on October 28th, 6 to 8 p.m. Scary Contests, Costume contest and live performance by GoalKeeper. $5.
Trick’em Treat’em Costume Party on October 28th in Patch Reef Park from 10 a.m. to noon. Ages 2-5.  Games and munchies in the Community Center. $5 per child.
Trick or Treat Tales on October 28th at Glades Road Library at 4 p.m. Enjoy stories, songs, games, a craft and a movies about Halloween with a costume parade around the library to follow. All ages. Preregister.
Tennis Halloween Party!! Boca Boo Days at the Tennis Center in Patch Reef Park on October 29th from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For ages 3-10. Games, prizes, raffle and music. Wear sneakers with your costume.  Call 367-7090 to sign up. $3 per child.
Halloween Crafts on October 31st at 3 p.m. Wear a costume or come as yourself and make a special craft and listen to fun Halloween music. Ages 3 & up. 482-4554.
For events in Greater Boca, go to www.bocaboodays.com

Marquee Theater Company presents "Fiddler on the Roof"

img_9092In the musical, “Fiddler on the Roof”, Tevye is the guide and narrator of his story; living in rural Russia in a small Jewish town. There, he is raising five daughters and although, it is a Jewish custom for a matchmaker to choose husbands for the daughters of the village, his daughters have other ideas in mind. Three of his five daughters each fall in love with a man that doesn’t quite fit the image Tevye had in mind. However, love does win overall. In the midst of the love triangles, Teyve is concerned about the war in his town as the Russian Tsar, the ruler of Russia, is trying to run out all the Jewish people from the country. Throughout the musical, Tevye examines his Jewish beliefs and questions how he can walk the pathway of his faith when the world around him is changing. “Fiddler” is a perfect show for the family to see together. With the songs and melodies we all know, the show touches your heart and reconnects you to what really matters; family, love, and tradition!
“Fiddler on the Roof” stars Peter Librach, Joanne Shultz, Andrew Shultz and Erica Mendez. Directed by Co-Founder and President of Marquee Andrew Shultz, Choreographed and Costumed by Co-Founder, and Vice President Ben Solmor, and Musically Directed by Paul Reekie.
The Marquee Theater Company’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” runs September 30th through October 9th. Friday the 30th at 8pm, Saturday the 1st and Saturday the 8th at 8pm, and Sunday the 9th at 2pm.
img_9088The Marquee Theater Company performs at West Boca Performing Arts Theater, 12811 Glades Rd. in Boca Raton. Single seats are $40; and Industry or Student tickets are $25; (with valid I.D. at the door).
Tickets are available for purchase at the door, online at www.marqueetheatercompany.com or by phone at (954) 464 – 8249.
Doors open at 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and our closing performance on Sunday October 9th, the doors will open at 1:30pm.

The Jim Moran Foundation Provides Grant for JFS Meals on Wheels Program

Meals_on_Wheels_deliveryRuth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) is proud to announce that it has received an $80,000 grant from The Jim Moran Foundation to help fund JFS’ Meals on Wheels program in 2016 and 2017. The program provides nutritionally balanced prepared meals, delivered by volunteers, to homebound seniors residing in south Palm Beach County who are no longer able to cook for themselves. All meals are low sodium, kosher, and include a protein, two side dishes and bread.
For many local seniors, Meals on Wheels is literally the difference between remaining in their own homes and needing to relocate to a nursing facility. The nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks help them cope with three of the biggest threats of aging: hunger, isolation and loss of independence.
“It is important that our community has programs like Meals on Wheels,” stated Danielle Hartman, JFS President & CEO. “Seniors are living longer as statistics show that one quarter of today’s 65-year-olds will live past the age of 90 and many of their daily chores like cooking, will turn into insurmountable everyday challenges. Research proves that when seniors have the right support, they gain greater quality of life, need fewer hospital stays and live longer.”
JFS is in need of additional Meals on Wheels volunteer delivery drivers. Please contact Nadine Greenberg, Director of Volunteer Engagement at 561.852.333 or NadineG@ralesjfs.org. For information on JFS’ Meals on Wheels program, contact JFS at 561.852.3333 or info@ralesjfs.org.

Juggling and Other Bad Habits

Jeff Taveggia will be performing at the Boca Black Box on Saturday, August 13th at 8 p.m. Jeff has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, America’s Got Talent and the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus. Performances on over 100 different cruise ships has cemented his reputation as a world class entertainer. Check out this family friendly evening.
Angel_Salazar1Also appearing this weekend at The Boca Black Box are Angel Salazar, the man most known as Chi Chi from Scarface and Lucas Bohn. Angel will be performing his stand-up routine on August 11th at 8 p.m.
Friday night is “Lesson Plans to Late Night” a one-man comedy show about Lucas’ transition from elementary school teacher to national touring comedian. A one of a kind comedy experience combining live stand up comedy and visual images. It is one of the highest rated main stage shows on Norwegian Cruise Lines. Don’t miss this hilarious show!

Celebrating everyBODY on February 27th

The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness is having their 5th annual “Celebrating every BODY: a walk for eating disorder awareness” on February 27th at Sunset Cove Amphitheater. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the program begins at 9:30 a.m.
100% of the proceeds raised at the walk remain in Florida and pay for printing, production and shipping of the Florida Eating Disorders Referral Guide. They anticipate 850 walkers this year including Congressman Ted Deutch.
Call 561-841-0900 for more information. www.allianceforeatingdisorders.com

Local High School Students Win Culinary Accolades

Screen Shot 2016-01-21 at 1.40.30 PMLocal high school students Zac Jacobsen, Brooke Apfelbaum and Jessica Herman, each received recognition for their culinary skils. Zac, a 9th grader at Wellington High School, was chosen as the regional Student Chef Ambassador for South Florida. Zac won first place at the annual Fresh for Florida Kids Student Chef Cook-Off in October. The Cook-Off, sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, challenges Florida students from grades four through 12 to create healthy recipes using “Fresh From Florida” products. Zac created and prepared an original stuffed mushrooms with creamy Sriracha remoulade.
The regional cook-off winners in the high school category will compete on February 6th at the Florida State Fair for the Student Chef Cook-Off Finale. The winner will be crowned the State Student Chef. Zac, wholives with his Dad part time in Lexington Estates, said ” he knows the competition from around the state will be tough but with hard work and a good palate he knows he will win the state title. ” We wish him the best of luck in the competition!
The American Culinary Federation recently named Brooke Apfelbaum, a senior in West Boca’s Culinary Academy, as their Student of the Year. Brooke received this award based on her involvement and accomplishments as a member of of the Junior ACF Culinary Club.  As vice-president of this club, Brooke has been heavily involved as a volunteer for many charity organizations.  This is a high honor for a high school student since she was competing with post secondary students from Lincoln Culinary Institute for this award.
Jessica Herman, a senior in the Culinary Arts Academy, was recognized as West Boca High School’s “Career & Technical Student of the Year” last night at the January Palm Beach County School Board meeting.
In addition, Nancy Hall was named Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation, which is the highest honors bestowed on a chef in this chapter. Ms. Hall is the Department Chair of the Culinary Arts Academy at West Boca High School. Chef Hall has promoted the ACF, the chapter, and the profession, and she has mentored and advanced the learning of future culinarians. She now has possession of the trophy until another chef is named for this honor a year from now. Chef Hall also received a plaque and a medallion.
Congrats to all the winners!

Review of Taking Sides

20160121_193149_Pano~2Intense and riveting! Last night we attended a performance of Taking Sides at the Levis JCC Sandler Center. The award-winning drama by Ronald Harwood opened on Broadway in October 1996. The play is a fictionalized account of the real life post-war investigation in 1946 into German conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler. Did he actually help Jewish musicians escape Germany or support the Third Reich during the height of the war?
The play explores the themes of courage, justice and liberty.  The lead actor Jeffrey Bruce does an excellent job of portraying the emotions of Wilhelm Furtwangler, a proud man defending himself against a relentless foe. Tony Rein is passionate in his role as Major Steve Arnold, a man determined to convict the conductor of war crimes. Their story takes place in Major Arnold’s office in the American Zone of occupied Berlin. Be aware this play contains very strong language.
20160121_193201~2Taking Sides was presented in association with Chicken Coop Theatre and in partnership with Next Generations. Next Generations is a non profit dedicated to promoting holocaust education and ensuring the well being of survivors in need. The Chicken Coop Theatre has a full spring season including Rock of Stages; Grease; and Love, Loss and What I Wore. Call 561-558-2512 for tickets.

Shriek Week is Coming!

Shriek Week at Sugar Sand Park starts on October 16th. There are many exciting activities including a Haunted House, Haunted Walkthrough, indoor blacklight games, a Giant LED Robots and DJ Show, and train rides. Another special event this week is the 4th Annual Kids’ Scary Film Festival. The festival features films from young filmmakers ages 6-17.
If you want to go to The Haunted House, you must reserve tickets ahead of time. The Haunted House is Oct 16, 17, 23 and 24 from 6 to 11 p.m and is for ages 7-12. There is a lite nite for ages 5-12 on Oct 22nd from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 per person. Call 561-347-3948.
Back by popular demand, the Giant LED Robots & DJ Show is only on October 16th and 17th from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is free. The interactive show features GIANT stiltwalking LED lighted robots who dance and shoot CO2 air cannons.
The Amazing Mr. A Magic Show is Oct 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Oct 23 and 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mr. A is a comedian, magician and ventriloquist. The trick or treat trail is free and takes place every night. The Park provides a bag and the candy.
For more information, go to http://www.sugarsandpark.org/shriek-week or call 561-347-3948. Sugar Sand Park is located at 300 S. Military Trail in Boca Raton.

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.
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!