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November 3, 2011

Sitting down with Shawn McDougall, director of health, fitness and wellness education at the Ross JCC

Age 42

He was born in Minnesota and lives in Boca Raton.

The Lore and Eric F. Ross Jewish Community Center is located at 8500 Jog Road in West Boynton.

McDougall is responsible for coordinating a pink treadmill fundraising event and for the Pink Ribbon Wellness Club.

A pink treadmill was at the JCC for the past month and Gym Source, an equipment supplier, is going to donate 10 cents for every mile put on the treadmill to the Pink Ribbon Wellness Club scholarship so women battling breast cancer can use the program.

What is the JCC Pink Ribbon Club?

“A 12-week wellness plan for breast cancer survivors or high-risk women. We meet twice a week and focus on improving exercise habits and overall health. After a cancer diagnosis, people go into a shell … this functions as a support group to share stories with

one another and then see the big changes physically.”

The pink treadmill was there until Oct. 31. How much money was raised?

“We won’t know till they actually come in. We know at minimum they are going to give us $500 in addition to the miles and on top of the 10 cents, so that is a nice gesture.”

How did this program start?

“A local vendor Gym Source came across the info about our club and said he had this pink treadmill. The scholarship is to help those who can’t pay for the 12-week offering.”

What is the club’s goal?

“The big picture is to bring awareness and taking care of the issue of breast cancer and getting it diagnosed.”

How did you get involved with the JCC with fitness?

“For me, I come from a small town and have always been athletic. I ran track in college and still stay active … I just see the importance in quality of life.”

What are your future plans for the JCC?

“I am looking to add a support group to the Pink Ribbon Club and get us involved in the Komen Walk at end of January next year.”

November 4, 2011

Woman's Club to have 'Music Across the Decades' concert

Women trying to re-enter the workforce after a recent divorce or death of a spouse are getting help from a local source.

The Boynton Woman’s Club, 1010 S. Federal Highway, is having a concert called “Music Across the Decades” at 2 p.m. Sunday with proceeds to benefit Crossroads, a program through Palm Beach State College, in which women return to school to learn a skill in an effort to gain employment.

Barbara Erlichman, Woman’s Club spokeswoman, said Dragonfly Productions of Vero Beach plans to have seven singers performing music from the 1950s to the ‘90s.

“They will be singing live for 35 minutes a session, with a 30-minute intermission, where we serve wine and soft drinks,” she said. “These people did the Andrew Lloyd Webber concert last year here and it was a hit.”

Erlichman said originally the show was called “From Rock to Pop” but the club decided the new title was more encompassing.

“Beatles songs, I love the Beatles!” she said of what she is looking forward to hearing at the show. “Anything by them will make me happy. They are from Liverpool, one town over from Manchester where I grew up.”

The concert will take place at the ballroom inside the club and tickets are $20 per person in advance or $25 the day of the event.

Terry Markey, the program’s chairwoman, said some of the club officers attended a performance by Dragonfly and were impressed a few years back so they decided to bring them in last year.

“They have a listing of some of their performances and its from the beginning of rock with Elvis to the pop era,” she said. “The songs range from the Temptations to the Jackson Five … Quite a nostalgic journey across the decades.”

Markey said being a Woman’s Club, the Crossroads program was a perfect choice to help women in need.

“We need to support women in transition who are just trying to better themselves and get education to find occupations and jobs,” she said.

About a hundred guests attended the show last year and Markey said she hopes for even more this year.

For tickets, call the Boynton Woman’s Club at 561-369-2300 or Terry Markey at 561-364-9559.

Veterans Day events planned at Bicentennial Park

It wouldn’t be Veterans Day if the Boynton Veterans Council didn’t put on an event at the bustling Bicentennial Park, 411 N Federal Highway.

The park has become the epicenter of tribute to local veterans through the efforts of Tom Kaiser and the council.

This Friday is no different with a ceremony from 10 to 11 a.m., a time that Kaiser said has significant meaning.

“Veterans Day originated after World War I on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.,” he said. “That is why we start at 10 a.m. and run till 11 a.m. so we can stop and have a firing squad to pay respect.”

Kaiser said the event would have as many flowers as possible decorating the park to make things look festive to show appreciation for the veterans’ efforts.

“We will have a rose or two on each of the stones, which alludes to the guys who didn’t make it back,” he said. “Guys like me came home after the war and lived a normal life. It's not about me.”

Guys who didn’t come home included Kaiser’s brother Robert who served in World War II on a submarine. Kaiser said this event is for young men like Robert who gave everything for freedom and America.

“This day was originally called Armistice Day and later on they changed it to celebrate all the wars,” he said. “After World War I all the firing stopped on this day in 1918.”

Kaiser said this would be a special Veterans Day taking place the 11th month, 11th day, 11th hour and 11th year.

“We got four 11s this year,” he said.

Kaiser recalled the Battle of the Bulge and other historic events during his tour in World War II, in which thousands of Americans were shot out of the sky and fighting was taking place on every continent.

A call to colors, Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem and keynote address by Mayor Jose Rodriguez is expected at the ceremony.

The mayor was adamant about paying tribute to the fallen heroes and those veterans that are still here today.

“[It is about] honoring those that fought for our freedoms and liberties,” he said. “Some paying the ultimate price.”

A firing squad and God Bless America will close the ceremony.

The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. opens in Boynton

No more driving to Delray Beach to get those bagels made with Brooklyn water.

The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. opened on Sept. 26 at 1790 N Congress Ave., Suite 600, in Boynton Beach.

Mike D’Angelo, the company’s Palm Beach County development agent, said in December of 2009, he walked into the Delray Beach store after moving to the area from New York.

“I ordered a plain bagel, took one bite and said, ‘I’m home,’” he said. “I met the owner, he showed me a video and I became the first franchisee in Palm Beach Gardens.”

Now, D’Angelo is opening a store in Jupiter, too.

“These are good locations for the product,” he said. “The demographics are strong and the products are the best.”

With three stores open in Palm Beach County, D’Angelo said the water makes his bagels the best in the world.

“We don’t skimp at all on ingredients and the bagel is crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside, just like it should be,” he said. “We also bake on demand, not just in the morning like other places.”

He said the muffins are a popular item as well, along with scoop melts, where the inside of the bagel is scooped out and chicken, tuna, spinach and even mushrooms are placed inside for a melted sandwich.

“In the morning, our most popular is the bacon, egg and cheese,” he said. “We also make our own egg salad and offer free refills.”

Allan Lampert, owner of the new Boynton Beach store, said coming from Long Island, the store is a bit of home right here in Florida.

“I was looking for a new business and I walked into the Delray store last March,” he said. “I did my homework; I tried different bagels and did my ‘bagel 101’ if you want to call it that.”

After doing the taste test, Lampert decided that Original Brooklyn Water had the best bagels in the business.

“The owner is a good honest person and wants the company to grow and I want to grow with the company,” he said.

Aside from sandwiches, when it comes to specialty bagels, Lampert said the Asiago is something everyone has to try at least once.

There is also an iced coffee drink called the Cubsta with special cubes that actually have coffee inside them. For a full menu, visit brooklynwaterbagels.com/menu.php.

The Boynton Beach store is open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week. For information, call 561-424-2272.

Valencia Lakes brings fitness to its seniors

Rose Orlen had a heart attack at 48 with 97 percent of her heart's left artery blocked. She decided then it was time to take care of her health.

“I’ll be 65 in March,” she said. “At 57, I started to have the mornings to myself and decided not to think about it but just go to the gym and exercise.”

The Valencia Lakes resident ran the first health expo last year at the clubhouse, 11600 Valencia Lakes Blvd., and 50 vendors attended with about 500 guests.

“We are trying to get this community more active than it has ever been,” Orlen said.

With this year’s health expo coming up at 10 a.m. Dec. 1, she expects 700 people to attend the event, which will feature three rooms of lectures, exercise demonstrations and tables with doctors.

“To grow old gracefully, we must be proactive. I have muscles now that I have never had in my life,” she said.

Classes at Valencia Lakes include Zumba, water aerobics, yoga, Tai Chi, nutrition counseling and meditation.

Linda Alessandro with Body Wellness Fitness and Management of Boca Raton helps the seniors at Valencia Lakes run the classes.

“We have been around for 23 years and do onsite corporate wellness,” she said. “We also do gated communities here in South Florida.”

Alessandro said she has more than 250 programs to get the seniors involved and help their quality of life.

“Seniors want to be involved; they have the free time,” she said. “They are retired and starting to have health issues. Doctors recommend exercise and most working people don’t.”

She said the difference when working with seniors is the classes are a bit slower but they are usually just as committed to fitness as anyone else.

Valencia Lakes has 44 classes a month not counting lectures and other activities. Alessandro said water aerobics is one of the most popular because there is no resistance.

For information about the classes at Valencia lakes, call 561-731-3503.

November 10, 2011

Sitting down with Elaine Levy, Boynton resident who has been involved in the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival for the last seven years

She is also vice president of programming for her Hadassah group.

She also loves the Metropolitan Opera.

She was born in Baltimore.

The Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival starts Dec. 7 and will feature 35 films, documentaries and shorts from seven countries. Elaine got the movie, “If I Were A Rich Man,” into the festival.

She is also a retired medical technologist.

What is the Palm Beach Jewish Festival?

“All the movies have Jewish content and are playing in six different places. The Kravis Center opening night then other places in the county.”

What was the movie you worked hard to get in?

“I’m a big opera fan … I was reading the magazine “Opera News” and have since 1961 cover to cover. They reviewed “If I Were A Rich Man” about the late Jan Peerce, a famous opera singer and committed Jew.”

Why are movies important to you?

“Movies are part of our culture in the United States today. Almost everyone goes to the movies and American film producers don’t produce much Jewish content.”

How have you liked living in Boynton Beach for the past 15 years?

“Fine; we love it here and made lots of friends. We have made a good life here.”

What are your future plans?

“My husband and I travel for the opera and for figure skating; we are skating fans. In January, we travel to San Jose for the US National competition … We travel with a group called the Silver Blades. Then in March we go to Sarasota for the Sarasota opera.”

New rental community breaks ground in Boynton Beach

With South Florida foreclosures still at a high, locals are looking at other viable options for housing that do not include a mortgage or taking out loans. With buying a home off the table, high-end rentals are becoming popular for small families and singles.

Six weeks ago, the first phase of Seabourn Cove broke ground on the corner of Federal Highway and Gulfstream Boulevard in Boynton Beach.

Jeff Meehan, managing partner at The Housing Group in Tampa, said this is not the first project his company has built in South Florida.

“We have a sister project Cypress Pointe in Coral Springs built in 2005 [with more than 300 residences],” he said. “We do everything from marinas to office buildings to housing.”

Meehan said people today want flexibility in a down economy, especially those burned by the housing market who don’t want to get stuck in a buying situation again.

“They [especially the younger demographic] also want to be able to change jobs without selling a home,” he said.

Seabourn Cove will be flats and town houses, and the first residents who sign a lease can move into the gated neighborhood in April or May, Meehan said.

Charlie Funk, also a managing partner with The Housing Group, said the market is ripe for rentals in the city and vacancy is at a low. He said a second phase would start when the first is well along in construction. The almost 23-acre property should be completed by mid-2013, he said.

Funk said the Cove is a two or three-story product with garages. And when construction is completed, he said the project will include just more than 450 residences.

The Cove will run from single, corner apartments, at more than 800 square feet, to three-bedroom town homes with their own parking accommodations - a mix for both the young professional and a family just starting off.

Funk said the economic impact on the city’s infrastructure would also get a boost. The project is set to bring hundreds of jobs to the city because of multiple years of construction.

For information about Seabourn Cove, call 855-812-2683.

November 11, 2011

Boynton Library gives residents chance for expanded searches

If you’ve ever gone to the library and couldn’t find the book you were looking for, a new program at the Boynton Beach City Library might help quench that thirst for knowledge.

Library spokeswoman Karen Abramson said the Sunshine Library Card program allows patrons to borrow outside the city’s library.

Florida Atlantic University and Palm Beach State College libraries, the county library system and the School District of Palm Beach County Professional Library can be accessed through this new program.

Boynton Beach City Library Executive Director Craig Clark said because the library participates in the Southeast Florida Library Information Network, it can be part of the program.

“It expands resources,” he said. “A Boynton citizen may not have been able to go to a FAU library before but now because of this, our citizens with a Boynton library card can use any of the FAU facilities.”

Clark said the premise of not being a student and being able to use FAU libraries and other colleges is the key aspect of this program.

“If someone is looking for advanced level resources like a book on physics of solar cells that we don’t have in our collection here, they can go there [FAU],” he said.

He said if a person visits the city library and can’t find something, a book can be looked up in the system and the person would be on their way to a participating library.

“You know things like advanced design concepts for engineers,” he said. “Public libraries are generalized collections.”

Clark said about five people have signed up so far for the program and he expects many more. Applications are available at the Reference Desk on the second floor of the library at 208 S. Seacrest Blvd.

City Commissioner Bill Orlove said the program is a great idea, especially in a down economic time, in which more and more people are using public libraries to learn for free.

“I’m always looking for films and music,” he said. “Boynton usually fulfills my appetite for both but there have been some occasions I have looked in other libraries.”

Orlove said the program is beneficial to anyone looking for continued education.

For information, call 561-742-6390.

Boynton doctor urges those with diabetes to get eye exam

Randy Katz, a doctor with Florida Eye Microsurgical Institute, 1717 Woolbright Road, said a top cause of blindness in the country is related to diabetes and not properly handling the disease.

“Diabetes affects the eye and vision loss from diabetes is the No. 1 cause in the country,” he said. “It affects the working class and their ability to perform their duties and jobs.”

The first and foremost thing those with diabetes should do is get an eye exam and the proper handling of a specific disease is the doctor’s call, Katz said.

He said by the time most get around to seeing a doctor, it is too late and vision loss has already taken place.

“It needs to be checked on a regular basis, at least once a year, regardless of problems,” he said.

This national lack of attention to the problem prompted the full month of November to be Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, Katz said.

“You need to at least eat right, control your blood sugar and control high blood pressure,” he said. “Also quit smoking!”

For information on diabetes or the Institute, call Gwen Cohan at 561-736-5050 or visit www.fleyedocs.com.

November 15, 2011

Schoolhouse Museum nominated for a national award

The Schoolhouse Children's Museum & Learning Center, 129 E Ocean Ave., has some important supporters in high places.

The award-winning museum was nominated by Congressman Alcee Hastings for an award through the Institute of Museum & Library Sciences. 

Amy Hever, executive director for the museum, said she won’t know until next October whether the museum will win the National Medal for Museum and Library Service or not but just being nominated ups the credibility of her establishment.

“Five museums and five libraries win annually for exceptional service in their community,” she said. “They are looking to pick museums that are adopting the 21st century model. How museums change to meet the needs of their constituents.”

If the museum wins, it will get $10,000 in funding from the Institute of Museum & Library Sciences but in no way is that what Hever is after with this award.

“We are trying to differentiate ourselves and build our brand. This is huge for that,” she said. “Plus we will find it a little easier to receive further funding with this national recognition.

For information about the museum, call 561-742-6780 or visit schoolhousemuseum.org.

Two Boynton women try and spread the 'Hugs'

Karen Rapport moved to Florida several years ago and watched a friend battle cancer.

So she went to the store, bought a hat, wrote “Feel The Hugs” on it and gave it to her friend Adrianne.

“She put it on and said, ‘Karen, I feel the hugs,’” Rapport said.

The Boynton Beach resident lost her friend to cancer four years ago. Now, she’s watching her husband battle stage 4 kidney cancer that he was diagnosed with three years ago.

Enough was enough and Rapport decided to get together with Leslie Bruce and create a company that spreads joy to those dealing with life-threatening illnesses and people just wanting to spread “the hugs.”

“Cancer patients can resonate with this,” she said. “It started in the beginning as a way for patients to feel love.”

Rapport, 60, said her Boynton Beach-based company Feel The Hugs donates 10 percent of all proceeds to cancer research.

Bruce, Rapport's business partner and lifelong friend, said their merchandise started with a shirt featuring Arely, a happy, brave character as a decoration. She said now in addition to cancer patients, military, firemen or a child going to kindergarten for the first time can be the recipient of these shirts.

“The character always has a smile on his face and wraps his arms around a heart,” she said.

What started with shirts has grown into caps, totes, Teddy bears, stationery and water bottles.

“Say your mom lives far away or you have a best friend with a big birthday coming up,” she said. “If you can’t be with them, ship them a hug.”

The “Hug Movement” is what Bruce said the company is trying to get families and friends to continue by shipping one of their products to someone else right after someone shipped it to them.

As for Arely, the mascot, customers have started taking pictures with him all around the world. Pictures have come in from Italy, Paris and China.

Bruce and Rapport are set to release a compilation of their work, “Allow Your Vision To Soar,” in March.

“Our next goal is to bring Arely to life through a series of children’s books on positive values,” Bruce said.

For information about Feel The Hugs, visit feelthehugs.com.

November 16, 2011

Business profile: Mitch's Westside Bagels

Almost two decades ago, Mitch Shidolfsky moved to South Florida from New York to spend more time with his son, Jordan, who was 4 at the time.

He was desperately looking for a business that would give him free time and have him out of work early to pick Jordan up from school, among other things.

A decade ago he opened Mitch’s Westside Bagels in Coral Springs out of this desire to finish work by 3 p.m. or earlier.

In 2009, Mitch’s Westside Bagels Too, 10833 S. Jog Road, suite 200, opened in Boynton Beach. With its success, the company is now ready to open a fifth location in Miami to add to its other locations in Boca Raton and Weston.

“When I was looking for a business, I promised myself I would be available to him [Jordan],” he said. “With a bagel shop you are out by 3 p.m.”

The Boynton Beach store is open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. seven days a week.

Matzo ball soup ($4.99), tuna fish and New Jersey sloppy Joes with roast beef, corned beef and turkey on rye bread ($14.99) are among the big sellers at Mitch’s, according to Shidolfsky. Breakfast specials include two eggs, a bagel and a side for $3.99.

“We have your basics,” he said. “We are not fancy like Einstein’s but an old school-type deli from New York. Boynton is definitely an area of it’s own … very seasonal.”

A couple years ago when Shidolfsky decided to expand further, he brought in his stepbrother Cory Shidolfsky to help grow the business from two stores to five.

“I moved down from New Jersey for this,” Cory said. “Up there, I was in retail sales not in the food business ... now I am becoming food manager certified.”

Cory said he has the ability to go from store to store and no matter if it’s Boynton Beach or Boca Raton, the customers have smiling faces.

“That is the highlight of my day,” he said.

For information on the Boynton Beach Mitch’s Westside Bagels, call 561-733-7233 or visit mitchswestsidebagels.com.

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