The Doctor is In

stethoscopebLecture Series at West Boca Medical Center: August
The Breast-Feeding Support Group meets twice this month on August 4th and August 25th at noon. Anne-Marie Sawicki, MS, RN, IBCLC leads this group at the Education Center, 21644 State Rd 7, Boca Raton. On August 4th, giveaways and refreshments will be provided to celebrate World Breast-Feeding Awareness Week.
jackiefrostChat with a Pharmacist on August 15th at noon. Jackie Frost, PharmD, BCPS will lead a discussion at the Education Center.
reubenhochEnjoy Dinner with the Doctor on August 20th at 5 p.m. at Whitehall, 7300 Del Prado Circle South, Boca Raton. Dr. Reuben Hoch, a pain management specialist, will speak on Does it Have to Hurt? Current Approaches to the Treatment of Pain. Please RSVP at 877-311-3281.
SleepCenterLogosREV_WYour Sleep May be Killing You, August 5th at noon. Chris Apergis, Director of Cardiopulmonary & Sleep Diagnostic Center and Allan Gross, Dental Sleep Physician will lead this presentation at the Education Center.

Olympic Heights Gets Coach Berger

Ray Berger after his Spanish River team won.
Ray Berger after his Spanish River team won.

Olympic Heights High School has a new football coach in Ray Berger. Berger was kind enough to speak with us on the phone today.
He’s been involved in football for many years, including coaching at Spanish River for a few years and several years at Santaluces in Lantana. Most recently he’s been working with disabled kids at Spanish River as their “Crisis Intervention” teacher. In the past he’s coached several successful athletes including Vince Wilfork at Santaluces, now a star defensive tackle for the New England Patriots.
bergerThe main thing we picked up from Coach Berger is fun: He used the word a lot. “Every kid would want to play for me. It’s all about fun.”
He feels high school coaches here don’t face the same pressures we see at the college level. “No one takes care of the kids like I take care of them. I don’t treat them like a piece of meat. I want them to have fun.”
His short term goals are to get ready for practice, which starts Monday, and get kids back out to football.
We asked about what kind of systems he expects to run, such as a 3-4 vs. a 4-3 on defense. His answer was simple: “Run an offense fitting the talents we have. I coach to what I have.” He said the same about defense.
He’s made some progress on assistant coaches. He wasn’t ready to release the entire staff but his offensive coordinator will be Andrew Immler, who played for Berger at Spanish River.
Andrew Immler
Andrew Immler

He’s 21 years old and is finishing up at FAU. Berger says there’s a trend in athletics of working young assistant coaches. Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is probably the best example of that we can think of. Immler was also a West Boca Dragons head coach and board member.
Dick Hopkins will be defensive coordinator. He was the defensive backs coach for FAU under Howard Schnellenberger.
Dick Hopkins
Dick Hopkins

Weekend Roundup: July 31-August 3

hightolerance High Tolerance Band, July 31st at 6 p.m., Delray Marketplace. Free concert at the amphitheater from 6 to 8 p.m. A top 40s band. Bring chairs and blankets.
Daggerwing Nature CenterMommy, Mother Nature and Me: Outdoor Classroom, August 1st at 10:30 a.m., Daggerwing Nature Center. Ages 2-5, $4 per child. For reservations, call 561-629-8760. Introduction to nature through music, stories and actitivities.
jimmystowJimmy Stowe and The Stowaways, August 1st at 7:30 p.m., Mizner Park Amphitheater. Free concert by Jimmy Buffet tribute band. Bring chairs and blankets but no coolers or pets allowed.
raccoon bannerScience Stories, August 2nd at 11:30 a.m., Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park. Free program.
dunlapandpenningtonDunlap and Pennington Present: Everybody’s Favorites!, August 2nd at 11:30 a.m. Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University. Two internationally acclaimed keyboard sensations will perform hits from The Beatles, Les Mis, Gerhwins’s Rhapsody in Blue and more. This will be filmed for a PBS special Tickets are $18 per person. Buy tickets online or call 561-237-9000.
back2schoolC is for Cookie Back 2 School, August 3rd at The Shops at Boca Center. 10 a.m. to noon. Bring a donation of school supplies for Children’s Home Society of Florida and recieve a free lunch bag to decorate. Cookie decorating at Panera Bread with Cookie Monster.
Make and Take a Solar Oven, August 3rd at 11:30 a.m., Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park. Learn about solar energy and create your very own smores to eat!
guardianofthegalaxySOL Children Theatre fundraiser, August 3rd at 2 p.m., Paragon Deerfield 8. $15 per ticket. RSVP directly to

Editorial: They Are Anti-Israel

Yesterday we mentioned in a Facebook post that readers had told us about a protest on Glades Road near Boca Rio.
That sparked quite a comment thread, mostly favorable but with some angry opposition. One common objection to our post was that we should not have referred to the protest as “anti-Israel.”
The most eloquent critic was Farrah Ibrahim, an FAU graduate who is now a law student at Nova Southeastern.

Wow a protest for Gaza automatically means “anti-Israeli”? You can be against the killing of innocent children and condemn Israel’s illegal actions without being “anti-Israeli”.

Farrah Ibrahim
Farrah Ibrahim

The discussion touched a nerve. People in political debates play with words in a way that would make Orwell laugh. Note for example how Ibrahim slightly twists our term, “anti-Israel” into “anti-Israeli.”
Democrats complain about “access” to healthcare as if Republicans are blocking the doors to hospitals. They claim Hobby Lobby is banning birth control when all they’re doing is refusing to pay for some forms of it. They’re not stopping anyone from going to the drug store and paying for it out of their own pockets.
Republicans are just as bad. The whole notion of using the word “defense” to describe our military operations is absurd. Defense is when we defend our own borders – which we don’t do. We’re in other people’s territory. That’s offense. Republicans pretend they’re for small government and fiscal responsibility when their hero, Ronald Reagan, doubled federal spending and tripled the national debt.
It should be obvious by now that we’re not trying to make friends with this editorial.

So we’re not playing games with what the protesters are about. They are anti-Israel. One argued with us that they’re not “anti-Israel,” but rather “pro-Palestine.” We invited these critics to let us know what their proposed long-term solution is to the situation when we all know what they really have in mind is a final solution – no Israel.
Please stop pretending that’s not true. If you’re going to respond to this editorial, the first thing we want to hear is what your proposed solution is that doesn’t involve the elimination of the State of Israel. What borders and conditions do you propose that will satisfy enough Palestinians so that we’ll have peace?
We believe there is no such answer and you know that. But we’re open to a discussion, especially from Ms. Ibrahim. We offered to debate her on our site but she declined.
You can see her real policy agenda in some of her words. She refers to Israel’s existence as an occupation, for example. If that’s what you believe, the only just solution in your eyes is to end the occupation, which means no Israel.
She also uses this phrase: “Israel has been mass murdering the Palestinians for over 60 years.” It is also common for “pro-Palestinian” advocates to call what Israel is doing a “genocide.” This is one of the most blatant and offensive abuses of language I have ever seen.
In a genocide the targeted population gets dramatically smaller. In Israel and the rest of the disputed territories, the Arab population has consistently and dramatically increased.
See this link for more on that. In this idiotic view, Israel is both overpowering in military force and yet incompetent in its genocidal actions.
Some other comments from Ibrahim deserve a response:

Finally, Israel’s indiscriminate use of heavy weaponry in civilian areas is a war crime, not self defense.

This is the United States. We have a long history of using heavy weaponry in civilian areas. Visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Ask the Native Americans about that, and also about occupation. You’re living on their land right now.

Gaza is the most densely populated place on earth.

Sorry for the humor, but maybe y’all should stop working for Hobby Lobby and use some birth control. Gaza is experiencing fast population growth due to very high fertility rates. And yet again that genocide thing isn’t working so well.
Some final words. First, we think the pro-Israel rallies are the wrong response. Having an anti-Israel protest in Boca Raton is hysterical. It might be less stupid than having a KKK march in Harlem, but not by that much. The sensible response would have been to have a chuckle and ignore them. We covered Venezuelan protests a few months ago and most of you probably don’t remember or never noticed. But then we are writing this editorial so maybe we’re guilty too.
Second, I want to be clear on my position about Israel. Yes I am Jewish and pro-Israel. However, I am an American and not a Zionist. I have never been to Israel and have no interest in moving there. I’d take an Irish pub over an Israeli cafe any day. I’m also opposed to all foreign aid, including to Israel. The US government should not take money from American taxpayers and give it to other countries. And we certainly shouldn’t borrow from China, give the money to other countries, and expect our children and grandchildren to pay it back.
Third, I’m not anti-Palestinian. I recognize they’ve been getting screwed for hundreds of years. That is not the fault of Jews or Israel. It dates back long before to the British Empire, the Ottoman Empire and even the Mongols. Today they get mistreated by many Arab countries, but for some reason they fall for the propaganda and blame Israel.
We normally stick to news about West Boca and stay away from foreign affairs, national and even statewide issues. But since these events are happening in West Boca, we figure we should cover them.

Pro-Israel Rally in West Boca: Video and Photos

A “pro-Israel” rally was held today (or is still being held at this writing) on Glades Road near Boca Rio and the Florida Turnpike. We’ve embedded a brief video from it, above, and have some pictures further below.
The rally was apparently organized in response to a protest yesterday in the same location. We described that on Facebook yesterday as “anti-Israel” protest. Some criticized us for that characterization and we’ll respond shortly in an editorial.
Here are a few pictures from yesterday, thanks to readers:
We weren’t planning on going today, but a storm ruined our relaxing afternoon at the pool. So we stopped by around 5:30 pm. It had obviously rained there as well. We’ve seen reports that there were as many as 300 people in attendance, but we did not see that many. The rain and lightning may have diminished the crowd.
We have been told there will be another pro-Israel rally tomorrow, again in the same location. Today’s was promoted by Boca Raton Synagogue. Tomorrow’s looks like it’s by Chabad.
The last photo, below, is from a reader.