An Artist in West Sandalfoot

From reader Abby Dworkin Diab, about an artist living in West Sandalfoot aka Watergate Estates:
Those who pass by Stephen Lombardi’s home on Sailfish Road have been treated to an ever changing array of brilliant fine art displayed in the east facing windows. What many do not know is that the showcase is only a small sampling of the work which graces the walls inside. His home has been literally transformed into a museum quality gallery, he possesses no furniture and doesn’t want any, just space to hang beautiful paintings.
When asked when he knew he was an artist, Stephen says, “as a young boy, the joy that I felt scribbling with crayons brought ideas to my mind that blended nature with the unlimited possibilities of my imagination, it was obvious then.” His work, which he calls Visionary Surrealism, is truly unique and inspired. He depicts invented characters such as Sapien and the Colored Man on a mystical journey meeting a wide variety of both imaginary and realistic friends, animals and plant life along the way. Most of his paintings contain hidden messages, faces and other recognizable features nested in the shadows waiting to be discovered by the observer. The longer you look at one of these paintings, the more you see.
A self-taught artist, Stephen’s works have been exhibited in major cities across the country, Boston, Manhattan, Phoenix, and San Antonio to name a few. Currently he has pieces on display at the Boca Raton Artist Guild Gallery, where he is the Gallery Technician responsible for arrangement and hanging of all shows, and at the Linda White Gallery where he does the same. Stephen is available to do custom murals, oil paintings or art instruction, his personal gallery is open to the public.
The Boca Raton Artists Guild Gallery is at 512 East Atlantic Ave, the Linda White Gallery is at 354 NE 4th Street, both in Delray Beach. For a look at Stephen’s body of work click this link or call 508-341-8071 to arrange a viewing at his home gallery in West Boca.
Additional works sent to us by Mr. Lombardi are below:
Rhino Soul, 60 x 48 inches, oil on canvas is on display presently at the Boca Raton Art Museum’s Artist Guild Gallery on East Atlantic in Delray
Keziah, 32 x 28 inches, oil on canvas is on display at the Linda White Gallery in Artist Alley, Delray their 3rd Thursday Art Walk is tomorrow night 6 to 10 p.m.
40 x 30 giclee prints of this work are available.
Rainbow Seed, 40 x 30 inches, oil on canvas
Elephant Soul, 60 x 48 inches, oil on canvas

Good Things in Sandalfoot with Calvary Chapel

West Boca News previously invited this reader to send us notice of events and other good news. We extend the same invitation to all churches, synagogues and other organizations in West Boca.
I have written you in the past about the reporting done regarding the Sandalfoot neighborhood and how it’s always negative. I have compiled a short list of some positive things going on in the neighborhood that you maybe were not aware of.
Since Calvary Chapel West Boca, led by pastor Joe Ferraro, opened our doors 4 years ago:
The Mens Ministry built a ramp for one of the people in the neighborhood with special needs. Members of the body went to a high school ministry’s home and cut her grass, washed their cars and windows because her father had been sick for quite a while.
We have a Bread Ministry thanks to donations from local vendors and go door to door delivering food to the neighborhood, offering prayers with many positive results.
We have gone and helped a single mom by putting in some landscaping in her yard. Yearly backpack outreaches give free school supplies and backpacks to the kids in the neighborhood
We offer help to the homeless in the neighborhood by giving them food, guidance, clothing thanks to the other people in the neighborhood and their donated items.
We have a free after school program every Monday Wednesday Friday for the middle and high school kids where they can come for homework help, mentoring , basketball, football, skateboarding, etc.
Yearly we do the Operation Christmas child shoe box outreach where we fill shoe boxes full of gifts and send to children all around the world Thanksgiving outreach where we deliver thanksgiving dinner to families in the neighborhood including a turkey and all the trimmings.
I’m sure there is a lot more to offer you but I am personally inviting you to come and meet us our address is 10660 Sandalfoot Blvd West, Boca 33428.

Also check out our Facebook page Calvary Chapel West Boca and see lots of pictures of us doing what we are called by God to do.
God bless and thanks for listening.

We also noticed from their Facebook page that they had an outing to Bedner’s Fall Festival:

Major Fire in Boca Del Mar

A very serious fire broke out this morning in an apartment building:

***BOCA RATON*** WORKING HIGH-RISE STRUCTURE FIRE — 5622 Wellesley Park Dr (Somerset Place) — Palm Beach County Fire Rescue R500 onscene of a multi-story apartment bldg, heavy flames coming out of the 2nd story spreading up to the 3rd story — Tac 8A

Somerset Place is an apartment complex in the eastern end of Boca Del Mar, near Military Trail between Camino Real and SW 18th.
Fire Rescue requested additional support after the initial alert:

UPDATE: Boca Raton fire is upgraded to a 2nd Alarm, also requesting 4 more Engines and Rescues

Thanks to Palm Beach County Alerts for the tip.



SWAT Team in Mission Bay

Update: Readers tell us the situation has resolved safely, though it will take an hour or more for life to return to normal.

Several readers notified us of heavy police activity in the Harbour Springs and Baybreeze section of Mission Bay, west of 441 on the south side of Glades Road.

There is some indication from the Sheriff’s office that a man is a danger to himself, intoxicated, armed and he has locked himself in his home. Readers have reported to us that they’ve seen as many as 15-20 police cars. One reader said 30 cars, and multiple readers mentioned the SWAT team. Some residents may have been evacuated. Two readers told us that police told them to stay inside their homes due to the danger of gunshots.
We also received this from Palm Beach County Alerts:

***WEST BOCA*** BARRICADED SUSPECT — Harbour Springs @ Mission Bay (address withheld for officer safety & scene integrity) — ‪#‎PBSO‬ & ‪#‎PBCFR‬ onscene of a domestic incident, suspect refusing to comply w/ orders, PBSO trying to evacuate area houses, SWAT & K9 onscene

We will update this story as we learn more.

9-Foot Gator in Boca Winds

A reader sent us several photos of an alligator in one of the lakes in Boca Winds. The lake, in the Ashley Park subdivision, is near the Loxahatchee canal on the southern border of the county and toward the far west end of West Boca (south of Palmetto Park Road).

Here’s a few pictures from lake in Ashley Park after the “Environmental
Capture and Release” crew caught a 9′ gator outside our back door this

Here are a few more shots:
And here’s one more: