Robert’s Report – November 17 2017

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The Faulk Center for Counseling held its 2017 Community Impact Awards Reception at Broken Sound Club on November 9th. The honorees were Gerald Yass (Caring Heart Award); Rita Thrasher (Mental Health Advocacy Award); and Dr Holly Katz (Education Excellence Award).

The mission of the Faulk Center is to promote emotional well being through a variety of free and low-cost programs for counseling, therapy, and support. The Faulk Center provides a warm, accepting and confidential environment where people who are dealing with life’s problems are helped to make changes or to cope more effectively with things that they cannot change.

Since 1973 the Center has provided a variety of counseling services to people of all ages at its facility on Boca Rio Road and at outreach locations throughout Palm Beach and Broward counties.

This year Veterans Day was commemorated on two days, Friday November 10th (for government employees and many financial institutions) and November 11th (the traditional day). The Boca Raton Regional Hospital held a ceremony to recognizer the many veterans who are associated with the hospital on Friday. The City held its annual commemoration at the municipal cemetery on Saturday. The ceremony included several veterans groups, attendance by the Mayor & City Member, music by the Ft. Lauderdale Highlanders and the Boca Raton Community Boca Raton High School Band; drills by BRHS NJROTC; and the Boca Raton Police and Fire Honor Guards.

That evening. a special concert, “An American Tribute,” was presented by the Florida Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. Kyle Prescott at the Mizner Park Amphitheater.

Also on Friday night, parents, friends and supporters of Grandview Preparatory celebrated the school’s 20th Anniversary at the Renaissance Boca Hotel with their Roaring 20’s gala.

Also, during the weekend, Saint Andrew’s School hosted the Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida. This is an annual gathering for the more than 77 Episcopal parishes, schools and ministries to discuss their work throughout Southeast Florida. Mayor Haynie welcomed Bishop Peter Eaton and the convention participants to our beautiful city.

The YMCA of South Palm Beach County’s 7th Annual Corporate Cup Challenge was held on November 11th. It was a one‐of‐a‐kind Olympic‐style co‐ed team‐building, opponent‐ taunting, skills‐flaunting event promoting health and wellness in the workplace for local companies and organizations. Competition/Event began early Saturday morning at the Peter Blum Family YMCA in Boca.

Yoga to help veterans cope with PTSD and other sources of stress is provided by instructors trained by Connected Warriors, which held its 5th annual gala at the Marriott Boca Raton that evening.

The Junior League hosted the first tree lighting of the season at Boca Center (also on Saturday night). Children from the Boca Ballet Theatre entertained and it was a great time for the many families in attendance.

The lighting of the city’s tree will be held on November 22nd at Mizner Park Amphitheater. The tree lighting and fireworks will begin at 5:30pm.

The “LaneTrain” will not be stopped. Conference USA East Champs, FAU hosts FIU on Saturday with kickoff set for 7PM. The team is playing top-notch football. It’s time to Fill The Stands! Tickets for the next game are are available at: https://m.ticketmaster.com/fau-stadium-tickets-boc…/…/107527

Leave it to Connie Siskowski to plan an event where the tuxedo (and for that matter, the tie & jacket) could be left in the closet. The “Saddle Up Gala” was a great night for a great cause – AACY (American Association of Caregiving Youth) fills a void in the life of a child required to be the caregiver for a family member just when they are supposed to be having fun and learning at school.

The 4th Annual Boca Raton Walk to End Alzheimer’s (which was held on Sunday) has become the #1 Walk in Florida. This A credit to our community and the hard working committee of volunteers, working throughout the year to ensure a successful year!

The Junior League of Boca Raton held Non-Profit Training:  Leadership to Influence Decision Makers on Tuesday for nonprofits looking to broaden awareness of their mission and work. Nonprofit storytelling expert Leon Fooksman led a workshop on harnessing the power of thought and leadership to inspire and move each non-profit’s supporters to action.

In case you haven’t noticed it, the City of Boca Raton is open for Business – and that includes international business. Early next year the TSA is expected to commence operations at Boca Raton Airport (BCT) allowing international flights (and mariners) to clear customs without going south to Fort Lauderdale or north to West Palm Beach.

On Tuesday, the Brazil-Florida Summit was convened at FAU. The summit was the result of collaboration between the Brazilian Business Group and Brazil International Foundation. Boca is open for international business!

On Wednesday, the College of Business and Management at Lynn University hosted the International Business and Entrepreneurship Symposium. The IB&E Symposium was a one-day; on-campus forum featuring nationally recognized speakers, panelists and innovators.

Also on Wednesday, the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County kicked off it’s new season! Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and the Turnstiles, A Billy Joel Tribute Band, entertained them.

Looking ahead, the WanaBeatles will be in town for two shows: The first will be held on Friday November 17th at the Black Box (8221 Glades Rd FL 33434) for an 8PM show. On Sunday November 19th, a concert for the benefit of JARC Florida (Jewish Association for Residential Care) at Olympic Heights Community High School (2101 Lyons Boca Raton FL 33434) at 1PM. Mayor Haynie has declared Friday November 17th Boca Beatles Day in Boca Raton. Dennis Scott accepted the proclamation from the mayor. For tickets or more information, go to: http://bocacal.com/event/the-wanna-beatles/

Also on Friday you’re invited to raise a glass at the 4th Unicorn Foundation Annual Celebrity Bartender’s Battle for the awareness of Neurodiversity. These are children and young adults who think, learn and communicate differently.

Have you heard about the stuffed animal sleepover? Drop off your favorite stuffed animal and enroll it at the Youth Services desk at the Downtown Library on Friday, Nov 17th between 9AM and 5PM for a sleepover! Pick up your stuffed animal friend on Saturday morning, (Nov 18th), at 11AM and watch a video of all the fun it had while enjoying snacks, drinks, and a special surprise activity!

St Gregory’s Church will hold a Bazaar and Bake Sale on Saturday Nov 18th.   Join them for great food and shopping! Grab breakfast or lunch while shopping for attic treasures, books, electronics, knick-knacks, jewelry, kitchenware, holiday decorations, toys, crafts and more! There will also be plenty of homemade baked goods to satisfy your sweet tooth! A portion of the proceeds will go directly to IRMA relief!

FAU BAND-O-RAMA will be held on Sunday Nov 19th and it is free and open to the public. Show is rain or shine.

The Levis JCC and the Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival are proud to present year-round events such as the highly acclaimed film ‘Jungle,’ starring Daniel Radcliffe, the English actor best known for his role as Harry Potter.  ‘Jungle’ is based on the true story and life of Israeli explorer Yossi Ghinsberg.  An exclusive Palm Beach County preview and special speaking engagement by Yossi Ghinsberg will be held on Monday, November 20 at 7PM on the Federation campus in Zinman Hall.

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Robert Weinroth

Robert S Weinroth was first elected to the Boca Raton City Council in a special election in March 2014 and was re-elected to a full three-year term, without opposition, in March 2015. In his first term on the City Council he served as Vice-Chair of the Community Redevelopment Agency. In March 2015 he was elected to serve as Deputy Mayor, succeeding, term limited Deputy Mayor Constance Scott. Weinroth represents the city (along with Mayor Susan Haynie) on the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization where long-range and short-term transportation planning for Palm Beach County is addressed. He was appointed by the PBC Board of Commissioners to serve on the Palm Tran Service Board where he helps to shape policies aimed at providing reliable public transportation in our county. Mayor Haynie, who is currently serving as president of the Florida League of Cities, recently appointed Weinroth to serve on the Legislative Policy Committee. Weinroth is an attorney and small businessman. He is married to Pamela with four boys and two dogs in their blended family.

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