From Hair Designer to Hammock Designer

Mr. Le and his partner Mr. Diep have launched Wynn Wyse Designs, manufacturer of the first high quality stainless steel hammock stand in the United States Market. It has a simple, collapsible and portable design with no screws and yet is heavy duty. It is designed for both inside and outside the home. The simple but elegant look comes in a variety of colors to match your home.

When asked how and why he decided to sell hammocks, Mr. Le said he was having difficulty falling asleep due to his busy and hectic life and started researching how to fall asleep easier. He came across a few articles about the benefits of sleeping on a hammock (links at bottom of article).

He began looking for a hammock but they were either poor quality, inconvenient, unsafe or didn’t have a swivel movement. He decided to make a safe, portable, swivel hammock that would last a lifetime. After a two year process and testing, he had one certified by the international product officer for quality control. The first prototype was displayed at his salon for customers to use and 99% of people loved it, especially kids!

If you need help relaxing and falling asleep, this hammock is for you! You can take it anywhere: The beach, camping or a road trip. It’s also a great option for those who need to stay overnight with a relative in the hospital or are visiting a friend in Manhattan.

Now selling online at Wynn Wyse, Amazon, in person at the Foodtown Super Market in Davie and the Tien Hung Market in Orlando, and coming soon on EBay. Links below:

Palm Beach Radio Control Association Raises $10,500 for Charity

Five Charities Benefit including the Alexander ‘Sandy’ Nininger State Veterans Nursing Home

The Palm Beach Radio Control Association flies at the West Delray Regional Park.

From November through April, the Palm Beach Radio Control Association sponsored a variety of fundraisers to benefit charities. They kicked off the season with the Annual Warbirds over the Glades fundraiser for Alexander ‘Sandy’ Nininger State Veterans Nursing Home. The Annual Toys for Tots Fundraiser was in December.

Ziggy’s Bird Sanctuary

January’s fundraiser was for the Hepzibah House for victims of human trafficking. There was a fun fly, raffles and prizes. The Annual fundraiser for Ziggy’s Bird Sanctuary was held in February. Ziggy’s Haven Bird Sanctuary is a not for profit parrot rescue organization and a no kill shelter. The Association wrapped up the season with Snowbirds Fun-Fly to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They grilled up some tasty food, sold raffles and flew planes.

The Association would like to thank the community and West Boca News for their support.

Levis JCC Sandler Center hosts Highly-Anticipated 3rd Annual Judy Levis Markhoff Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival

Three Weeks, 40+ Films, Two Thumbs Up

It’s time for ‘lights, camera, action’ as The Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center’s Sandler Center revs up for this year’s newly named Judy Levis Markhoff Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival (BRJFF), which runs from March 10 – March 31, 2019.  Now among the top 10 Jewish Film Festivals in the US, this year’s BRJFF features the best narrative, documentary and short films from around the world.  The broad array of films explores the Jewish experience, culture, history, identity, and topics relevant to Jewish life with a diverse collection of over 44 international and independent premiere films from over 19 countries.  Films will be screened at Cinemark Palace 20 Theaters in Boca Raton from March 10-23 and at Movies of Delray from March 24-30 and at Beifield Auditorium at the Levis JCC Sandler Center on various dates.

The Festival’s opening night on Sunday, March 10 will take audiences on an unlikely adventure with the dark comedy To Dust starring odd couple Matthew Broderick and Géza Röhrig.  To Dust was the winner of both the Audience Award and Best New Narrative Director at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and is a Palm Beach County Premiere.  Director and South Florida local, Shawn Snyder and the star of the film, Géza Röhrig (star of the Academy Award-winning ‘Son of Saul’) will be making special guest appearances and will host a post-screening discussion. 

The closing night film at Cinemark on March 23 will feature the US Jewish Film Festival Premiere of The Bird Catcher, a Norwegian thriller about a 14-year old girl who had to assume a new identity as a boy in order to navigate her survival on a remote snowbound farm amidst the hostility of Nazi-occupied Norway.  The event will be attended by Director Ross Clarke and Producer Lisa Black.

Fans of the BRJFF will mambo their way into the final closing night of the Festival on March 31 at Zinman Hall with the premiere screening of the documentary ‘Mamboniks,’ a film with a huge connection to the New York transplants of South Florida.  Surprisingly, many of Mambo’s biggest fanatics were Jewish, a diverse, offbeat group of devotees whose zeal for mambo dancing earned them the hipster nickname: “Mambonik.”  Following the film there will be a concert and dance party with several local ‘Mamboniks,’ and the Grammy and Latin Grammy-nominated band PALO, who will be performing their own style of Cuban music they call “Afro-Cuban Funk.”

Other not-to-be-missed films:

  • Golda’s Balcony – a film of the original Broadway show starring Tovah Feldshuh
  • The Unorthodox – a film that is one of Israel’s biggest box office hits of the year
  • The Other Story – directed by Avi Nesher, one of Israel’s most renowned filmmakers
  • King Bibi – a film based on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Family Practice – US PREMIERE of a feature situation drama from Switzerland

Additionally, three official entries to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film will premiere at the Festival including Slovakia’s The Interpreter, Austria’s The Waldheim Waltz, and Russia’s Sobibor. 

“Due to the overwhelming success of our last two Festivals, we will be joined by more high-profile producers, directors, actors, and scholars from around the world than ever before.  We have been so touched by the outpouring of support from our community for this Festival and for our year-round programming,” said Wendy Honig, BRJFF Artistic Director. 

The full 2019 Program Guide including dates, show times, a synopsis of each film and theater location is available on  For individual general admission tickets or information on sponsorships and passes, please call 561-558-2514 or visit the Levis JCC Sandler Center Box Office located at 21050 95th Avenue S., Boca Raton.

8th Annual celebrating everyBODY: a walk for eating disorders awareness to welcome honored Guest Former Seattle Mariners’ Catcher, Mike Marjama

The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness will hold its eighth annual walk for Eating Disorders Awareness “celebrating everyBODY: a walk for eating disorders awareness on Saturday, February 23, 2018 at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton, FL. Registration will begin at 9:00 am, and speaking will commence at 9:30 am. This year’s theme is #NotOneMore with hopes that not one more life is lost, child is taken, or precious time is destroyed by this insidious disease.

The event will feature guest speaker Mike Marjama, Former Catcher for the Seattle Mariner, who was encouraged to cut weight for the wrestling team. The pressure for weight loss led to the development of an eating disorder. Mike was admitted to inpatient treatment for his eating disorder and found his recovery. Mike ultimately gave up a career as an MLB catcher to help people with eating disorders.

The Alliance is expecting 800+ walkers and hopes to raise awareness of eating disorders, positive body image, and recovery. More than 30 exhibitors will be present, as well as a photo booth, kid’s arts and crafts area, and more.

The 4GirlsFoundation is once again the title sponsor of the walk alongside Alsana, Eating Recovery Center, Veritas Collaborative, Walden Behavioral Care, Center for Discovery, Oliver-Pyatt Centers, The Paderewski Family, Timberline Knolls, The Renfrew Center, DI Law, Advanced Recovery Systems, ViaMar Health, Athleta, and many more. They are all coming together to support The Alliance’s mission and goals of building awareness, education, and early intervention of eating disorders.

The Alliance is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing programs and activities aimed at outreach, education, early intervention, and advocacy for all eating disorders.

Founded in October 2000, The Alliance has worked tirelessly to raise awareness; eliminate secrecy and stigma; promote access to care; and support those susceptible to, currently experiencing, and recovering from eating disorders. The Alliance offers comprehensive services, including: educational presentations to schools, healthcare providers, hospitals, treatment centers, and community agencies; free, clinician-led weekly support groups for those struggling and for their loved ones; support and referrals through both our free help-line and comprehensive referral website,; and advocacy for eating disorders and mental health legislation. In August 2017, The Alliance opened Psychological Services, which offers direct, low-cost, life-saving treatment to underinsured and uninsured adults in our community. Since its inception, The Alliance has offered presentations on eating disorders, positive body image, and self-esteem to more than 300,000 individuals nationwide.

Spring Break Camps

March 18-22 – Lego Robotics & Minecraft! by Digicamp

Students will build and program Lego EV3 Mindstorms or Lego WeDo Robotics* – designed to help children take ownership of the learning process, enabling them to actively develop the problem-solving skills and collaborative outlook necessary to become creators, not just consumers. This session employs a split day format where students get to spend the morning learning robotics and coding skills, and the afternoon is spent completing cooperative Minecraft challenges. Students will be grouped by ages for appropriate level curriculum. $345

March 25 – Storytelling with Scratch & Minecraft by Digicamp

Kids love to tell stories and in this camp we will teach your children how to use computer programming to tell stories. Using storyboards and sequential planning processes, your children will create a short story using Scratch. The afternoon is spent completing cooperative Minecraft challenges.Only $85 for the day

March 18-22, 25: Spring Break Mini Camp at the J

Offering Camp for K-5th grade: games, sports, crafts and swimming; Indoor Soccer Camp for K-8th grade; and Travel Camp for 3rd-8th grade ($65 per day) $275 per week or $60 per day.

March 18-25 Up, Up and Away at Sugar Sand Park 

Offering a variety of programs including Explorium Spring Break Blast, Computer Animation, Circle of Friends, Fun & Fitness, KidzArt, Puppet Workshop and more.

March 18-22: Ocean Adventure Camp Spring Break 2019

Ages 5-15, Co-Ed, Red Reef Park, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Campers get to experience a unique hands on approach to Marine Science while having the time of their life learning and mastering new water sports like snorkeling, surfing, paddleboarding, sailing, and more. $406 non Boca resident, $325 Boca Resident.

March 18-22: Spring Break Camp at the Y

Ages 5-11 years old, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Join the Y After school staff for a variety of activities including swimming, arts and crafts, sports, games and more. $40 per day for members and $70 per day for non-members.