Candidate Forum October 2nd

There will be a bipartisan candidate forum at the Boca Greens Country Club on Tuesday, October 2nd. Democrats slated to appear include Joe Abbruzzo, Tom Gustafson and David Lutrin. Republican candidates Melanie Peterson and James Ryan O’Hara will also appear. Independent congressional candidate Cesar Henao is also on the list.
Peterson and Abbruzzo are both running for the state Senate seat that represents West Boca. O’Hara is running for the Florida House seat that represents us, with no word yet on whether Democrat Kevin Rader will show up.
Similarly, Henao is seeking to represent us in Congress. Will incumbent Ted Deutch, who lives only a few miles away, show up?
The event is hosted by the Palm Beach County Tea Party and South Florida 912. It opens at 5:30 for the bar. Dinner ($15) starts at 6 pm and the forum itself starts at 7. Questions will focus on fiscal issues, free markets, and limited government.

Chamber Breakfast 10/9: Robert Watson

From the West Boca Chamber, announcing an upcoming event. This should be a good one.
Author, Lynn University Professor and Political Commentator, Robert P. Watson will speak about: “Debating the Presidential Debates”

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Cost: $20 per person
Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 Time: 7:30am-9:00am
Register directly on the Chamber’s website: www.westbocachamber.com or call Annette Levine 561-482-9333
Advanced Reservations must be made by Monday, October 8th, 2012.
Cash, check or credit card payments may be made at the door
Location: Boca Greens Clubhouse
19642 Trophy Drive (west of 441 at Kimberly)
Professor Watson has published 34 books on American political history. He is Coordinator of American Studies at Lynn University, site of the third/final presidential debate of 2012. Many regard him as a dynamic speaker irrespective of your political views.

And from outside the chamber release, we have heard that Watson is a solid speaker. If you’re into politics at all, especially as the presidential debate is coming up at Lynn, this should be a great event.

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West Boca Makes News With Romney

West Boca Raton has vaulted into the national news thanks to a Romney fundraiser held at the Leder home in Long Lake Estates. Apparently this $3M mansion (which is really only upper middle class by Boca standards) was not used by Leder for sex parties in the past.
Here’s a satellite shot of the neighborhood, with the house in question (we think this is the one) at lower left:
House where the Romney fundraiser was held
While the news media is making a big deal of all this, from what we can tell speaking to residents this is not important to them. And this is a swing area in a swing state. That, however, does not explain Leder’s swinging parties.
Here’s a brief video report from the always neutral MSNBC:

And to be fair to Mr. Leder, here are a couple video interviews with him and he seems like a pretty competent guy, unfortunately caught in a vicious news cycle:

West Boca Chamber Golf Tournament

The West Boca Chamber of Commerce will hold a charity golf tournament on October 5th at Boca Greens Country Club. Full details of the event are on their site: West Boca Golf Tournament.
Registration and lunch start at 11:30 am, with the golfing itself starting at 1 pm, and finishing with a reception from 5-7.
It’s not cheap – $105 per golfer or $500 for a foursome (which includes recognition for your business as a hole/tee sponsor). But the price is not unusual for a charity golf event.

Capt. Eisenberg at West Boca Chamber

Captain Matt Eisenberg, head of the West Boca office (District 7) of the Palm Beach County Sheriff, spoke this morning at the West Boca Chamber Breakfast. His talk included an extensive PowerPoint presentation.
The event was held at the Jimmy the Greek Taverna on Glades just west of the Turnpike, with a buffet.

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The food was excellent but the room was not laid out well for the crowd. It worked but it was a little tight in places.
Steve Perman started off the program with a personal thank you to the attendees and thoughtful remarks about September 11th.
Also discussed was the upcoming golf tournament. We will post details in a separate post.
Typical for the group, we went around and introduced ourselves.
Next meeting October 9th with Robert Watson, History professor from Lynn University and involved in the upcoming presidential debate. It will be at Boca Greens. The event will start early.
The event was sponsored by Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs, a law firm whose office is near Town Center.
Captain Eisenberg was accompanied by Lt. Todd Baer.
He started by talking about the See Something, Say Something program, part of the PBSO’s crime awareness initiative.
He discussed residential and vehicle burglaries. Both decreased slightly from the previous year.
Most residential burglaries occur during the day.
A question about home invasions – response that they are usually drug related, targeting a home thought to be selling drugs.
Top stolen items: jewelry, computers, televisions, and game consoles.
Watch for unfamiliar vehicles backed into driveways. Watch for solicitors going door to door.
People walking between homes. People walking out of homes with large items such as televisions.
Vehicle burglaries hitting parks, day cares, gas stations, shopping plazas and fitness centers.
Don’t leave valuables in your car!
There is an organized crew they call “Felony Lane”.
They use rental vehicles and they’ll tint the windows.
Watch for someone exiting a vehicle and crouching between cars or looking in car windows.
Night vehicle burglaries mostly in residential areas and often done by teens. Top stolen items: change, cell phones, wallets, garage door openers, iPods, gps and guns.
Valet parking was also discussed. There was a fair amount of paranoid questions about using credit cards, debit cards and ATMs. The central theme of the advice was situational awareness. If you’re going to an ATM and a guy in a hoodie and sunglasses is lurking nearby, that might be time to step back.
Internal thefts: family, friends, children’s friends, service workers, solicitors (water testers). They may have drug problems.
Suspicious activity: call non-emergency 561-995-2800 (South County) or 911 for emergencies.
Don’t put yourself in danger. Don’t confront a suspect or tell them you’re calling police, unless it is a life safety issue.
The talk was well received.

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