2019 Changes for West Boca News

Changes are coming to West Boca News. We have been building and growing since roughly 2012. We started with this website then expanded onto Facebook, Twitter, an e-mail list, and most recently we’ve been doing more on Instagram.

Going forward there are two changes for 2019. They won’t affect most of our readers, but they’re big for us.

SUBSCRIPTION CONTENT

We will be offering a subscription option for our followers. If you subscribe, you will get access to premium content. The highlight of this will be the return of detailed local crime reports with analysis. This is something we hope to start soon.

We stopped doing most local crime reporting a couple years ago for a few reasons. Most important for now is the fact that Facebook is anti-free speech and punishes users who post content of various types. Even our recent and less involved local crime reports have been flagged. Facebook specifically points to “judicial proceedings” as a problem. So we’re moving this off Facebook as much as possible.

Subscribers will also get full access to detailed restaurant inspection reports. We will continue some free inspection reporting but it will be limited.

Other content will include videos of incidents, and other things that we have not been publishing because of Facebook restrictions.

We expect the subscriptions to cost $5/month and hope to have this up and running by the end of January. Facebook is offering its own subscription program at $5/month, but we can’t use that because of their restrictions.

ADVERTISING

We are ready to expand our advertising for local businesses. We used to limit ourselves to 15 advertisers which meant one ad post a day. We have been brushing up against that limit for several months.

Going forward we will now accept up to 30 advertisers so our readers may now see two ad posts on some days. To kick this off we are offering a New Year special. If you start in January you’ll only pay $199/month and you’ll lock in that rate through the end of the year. Starting February 1 the rate goes up to $249.

If you’d like to advertise with us, please e-mail warren@westbocanews.com.For those who might complain, please recognize that we put a lot of time into West Boca News and we make very little money at it. As a result we have been inconsistent in our restaurant inspection reports and have limited our efforts in other ways. The subscription model gives us the incentive to do more.

Rock, Animals and Motown

December 28, 2018

Rock Baby Rock featuring Lance Lipinsky & the Lovers. 8 p.m. at The Wick. Call 561-995-2333. Also December 29-30.

December 29, 2018

Wetland Animals at Daggerwing Nature Center. 10:30 a.m. Ages 5+, $3 per participant. Call 561-629-8760 for a reservation.

An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas. 8 p.m. at Mizner Park Cultural Center. Call 844-672-2849 for tickets.

December 30, 2018

Motown Magic Show, 9 p.m. at the Boca Black Box. Free tickets with $20 minimum purchase at the bar. Just mention West Boca News at the box office.

Flamingo, Nut Job and Comedy

Friday, December 21st

Art Walk, 6 to 9 p.m. Free. The Flamingo House, 4160 NW 1st Ave, Boca Raton.

Comedian Helen Hong. 8 p.m. at the Boca Black Box. Also 12/22.

Saturday, December 22nd

This Land is Your Land: The Life and Song of Woody Guthrie, Mizner Park Cultural Center.

Sunday, December 23rd

Family Movie- The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. at Sugar Sand Park. $1 includes movie, popcorn and a drink. Rated G.

Pippin, 2 p.m. at Boca Black Box. Presented by teens of Barclay Performing Arts. Tickets $20 general admission

Mary Poppins, Snow & Sinatra

December 14, 2018

Movie Night Featuring Elf! at Mizner Park Amphitheater. 7 p.m. Free and open to public.

December 15, 2018

Animal Trivia at Daggerwing Nature Center. 10:30 a.m. Ages 5+, $3 per participant. Call 561-629-8760 for reservation.

Mary Poppins Jr. at Boca Black Box. 4 p.m. Starring junior performers.

Sugar Sand Park’s Snow Day! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Snow play for kids ages 5-10 (reservations required) https://www.sugarsandpark.org/piles-of-smiles

Comedian Yakov Smirnoff at Boca Black Box. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets start at $40.

“At Home” A World Premier Play at The J. 7:30 p.m. Call 561-558-2520 for tickets.

Annie the Musical starring Sally Struthers at The Wick.  2p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Call 561-995-2333. Tickets start at $75

December 16, 2018

Sal Valentinetti Holiday Concert at Boca Black Box. 8 p.m.

Sundays with Sinatra at Delray Marketplace. 6 to 8 p.m. Free.


Emmy Winner “Froggy” Arrested for Soliciting Child Over Chat

Agustin Gonzalez arrest photo from PBSO

The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office arrested Agustin “Froggy” Gonzalez of Albatross Road in Delray Beach (off Dixie near The Wick) for solicitation of a minor, traveling to meet a minor, and at least one other charge. Gonzalez is a “two time Emmy Award winning Director of Photography.” It appears he won Emmys in 2018 for “News Promo – Image” and another for Lighting, both for KMGH-TV in Denver.

Detective Malory Wildove was online undercover as part of a task force. She began a conversation with someone identified as “Froggy”, told him she was only 15 years old, and the conversation continued over the course of a month with sexually explicit details including offers of cash for sexual acts, culminating in a meeting in West Palm Beach where Gonzalez was arrested.

Gonzalez’ professional website is: dpFroggy.com and he is on Facebook as well where comments related to his arrest are starting to appear.

Partial screenshot from the dpfroggy website

Detectives believe there could be additional victims.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS or you can remain ANONYMOUS by downloading our new app “PBSO” for your Apple or Android Smart Phone and using the “See Something” feature. The app can also be downloaded from www.pbsoapp.com.