Robert’s Report – March 2 2018

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Upcoming MSD Events:

Casino Night Fundraiser

March 3 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. at Heron Bay Plaza Del Lago, 11535 Osprey Trail in Parkland. The Parkland Pokers baseball team is donating a portion of proceeds from their travel fundraiser to the Stoneman Douglas victims. Tickets $100. Call 954/204-8722 or visit pokers11u.seatyourself.biz.

Stoneman Douglas Victims Fundraiser Concert

March 4 from 1 to 11 p.m. at O’Malleys Sports Bar, 1388 N. State Road 7 in Margate. Crush, The Flyers, Knockdown, The Groove, Chemradery, The Vive, NZM Band, and Scattered State will be performing a benefit concert with proceeds going to the Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund. Plus, a candlelight vigil, raffles, a “forever in our hearts” bracelet in Stoneman Douglas colors, food, and more.

Visit Facebook.com/events/817042348488962.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas FUNdraiser

March 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Little Town Play, 15200 Jog Road in Delray Beach. Bring your little ones for snacks, play time, face painting, a bake sale, and t-shirt sales. Proceeds will benefit Moms Demand Action and the Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund. Call 561/562-5661 or visit Facebook.com/events/145900779419927.

Looking back:

February 24th was picture perfect day to enjoy a Jewel in our community, the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.

Thousands of visitors came to the Nature Center for its annual Sea Turtle Day as they celebrated sea turtles. 

It was a fun-filled family day of environmental education, packed with exciting things to see and do, including presentations, face painting, aquarium feedings, children’s theater, guided tours, crafts and exhibitors.

The GUmbo Limbo Sea Turtle Rehabilitation center treats about 100 sea turtles every year, each with their own specific ailment. Dr. Maria Chadam, the center’s veterinarian, spoke about some of the most interesting cases she has handled.

Guest also got a chance to meet Luna, the center’s green sea turtle ambassador! Luna was available for photos, hugs, and high-flippers.

Guests were also treated to an original performance in the amphitheater by the talented kids from Sol Children Theater Troupe on why our dunes are so important to protect.

Don’t miss the Sea Coast Toast 2018 to be held on Saturday March 24, 2018 6 – 10PM.

It all happens at the Boca Country Club (17751 Boca Club Blvd, Boca Raton FL 33487) where you will enjoy cocktails (full bar), sit-down dinner, live music, dancing, and a live and silent auction. 

All of this is done to fundraise and sustain and enhance the education, conservation, and research programs at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and around the local community.

When you think of Jewish CommUNITY Outreach you think of Rabbi Josh Broide. On February 25th, Boca Raton’s Jewish Community came together as one to remember the 17 innocent victims at Parkland’s Majory Stoneman Douglas HS and the celebrate Purim at the Jewish Federation of SPBC Campus in partnership:

Adolph & Rose Levis JCC; B’nai Torah Congregation – Boca Raton; Boca Jewish Center;

Boca RatonSynagogue; Chabad of Boca Raton; Chabad of West Boca Raton; Congregation B’nai Israel;
Congregation Shaarei Kodesh; Deborah & Larry D. Silver Center for Jewish Engagement;
Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation; Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County;
PJ Library® in South Palm Beach County; andTemple Beth El of Boca Raton.

#ParklandStrong fundraising at Frank & Dino’s, Sunday afternoon, was a great success. Lots of money raised with tremendous community involvement.

Thank you to Carlo Vaccarezza and Nick for hosting the event.

Vaccarezza’s two sons, Nick and Mike, are both students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Take a look at their interview on CBS 12 News with Lynda Figueredo.

http://cbs12.com/news/local/parkland-movement-fundraiser

The Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival opened on Sunday evening at The Polo Club of Boca Raton.

Special guest Nati Dinnar, film’s Creator and Producer was at the World Premier of his movie, RESCUE BUS 300.

Ten years before the blockbuster movie “Speed” starring Keanu Reeves came out, an event similar to that story took place in Israel. 

Four armed terrorists hijacked bus #300, en route from Tel Aviv to Ashkelon, and led the passengers towards the refugee camps in Gaza and from there perhaps to oblivion.

This year the Festival has expanded to 3 weeks, presenting a compelling mix of 40 films about people and cultures around the globe– all with a Jewish theme or connection.

To view the films being presented, go to: http://bocajff.org/the-festival/films/

It’s official …We cut the ribbon on February 28th. There’s a new gateway to the City of Boca Raton, Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach State College and the Boca Raton Airport (BCT) with the opening of the Spanish River interchange on I-95. Access translates into being a more attractive destination.

Over 20 years from paper to reality. Another beneficiary of the project will be users of the El Rio Trail which, as a result of this project, will not need to go onto Yamato Rd to traverse the pathway.

Coming up:

It’s the final weekend for The Festival of the Arts. Don’t miss Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & friends present an evening of music, poetry and prose on Friday March 2rd at 7:30PM. The Festival of the Arts concludes on Sunday March 4th with a special presentation of ET the Extra-Terrestrial. As in years past, the film will be accompanied by The Symphonia Boca Raton & Constatine Kitsopoulos, conductor. The movie presentation begins at 6PM. Tickets to the Festival of the Arts Boca (designed to promote the cultural arts and to enrich the quality of life of the residents of Boca Raton) are available for these events (and others) at www.FestivalOfTheArtsBoca.org or through the box office at 866.571.2787 

Grab your shopping bags and head on over to the Boca Raton GreenMarket held every Saturday, 8am to 1pm, through May 13, 2018. Now in its 21st year of operation, the Market takes place at the south end of Royal Palm Place in the Monument Piazza parking area located at the intersection of S Federal Highway and SE Mizner Blvd. Plenty of parking is available adjacent to the GreenMarket vendor site.

Boca’s GreenMarket has continually been dedicated to local food production and consumption….produce that travels from farm direct to the dining table……and through the process supporting the Florida agricultural industry and the economy of our south Florida area. Each Saturday, fresh locally-grown fruits and vegetables as they become available in their individual growing seasons—along with fresh-read-to-cook chickens, eggs, fresh herbs, soaps & lotions, juices, potted orchids, ocean shells, fresh cut flowers, assorted variety of plants, fresh baked goods, prepared foods, oils & vinegars, gourmet foods, hydroponic and organic foods, fresh fish and seafood, fresh pasta, doggie treats —are available for purchase. Several of the vendors have participated since the Market began in 1996, with a few new vendors joining each year. Community service organizations participate from time to time to share information or to promote a special project.

The market has blossomed into a Saturday morning community meeting place to have a fresh cup of coffee, a bite to eat, listen to some music, pick up some local produce, plants, grab a gift for someone or restock handmade soaps or candles. It’s just a ‘fun’ place to be on Saturday morning in a relaxed atmosphere….a place for the entire family, including the family pup, to enjoy a few hours in the out-of-doors.

The Boca Raton GreenMarket is supported by The Boca Raton Tribune, Florida Health & Chiropractic Medicine, Aurora Nurses Home Health Care, Inc., Investments Limited, Inc., Palm Beach County, Happy Day Creations, Premier Productions LLC, LivingFLA.com, and “FRESH from FLORIDA,” a promotional campaign of Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs.

On March 4th the Boating & Beach Bash welcomes People with Disabilities, America’s largest free fun-day for people with special needs, their families and their caregivers.

The Bash reaches out to embrace the estimated 20% of Florida residents who live with physical and/or intellectual challenges–disabilities that are seen or unseen. In Palm Beach County however, 25% have a disability, among the highest number in the nation.

A true celebration of diversity, the Boating & Beach Bash demonstrates how a community can honor and salute those among us who struggle each day with unimaginable challenges.

Many of the guests are people often overlooked by society. Their challenges place them outside the mainstream, and many of them are never seen at the mall, the movies or even at a fast food restaurant. Once a year they are invited into the sunshine for a joy-filled day that celebrates their diversity and embraces them as the unique individuals they are.

Each March, young and old alike, come together with their families and caregivers to beautiful Spanish River Park in Boca Raton, where they are treated as world-class VIP’s, from the moment they arrive.

The setting for the Bash is Spanish River Park, located at 3001 North Ocean Boulevard (State Road A1A). The park, Boca’s most beautiful setting for an event like the Bash, is set between the Atlantic Ocean, with its pristine beaches on one side, and the scenic Intracoastal Waterway on the other. The heart of the park boasts grassy picnic areas, covered shelters, walkways and playgrounds—all nestled under a canopy of lush, tropical trees.

EVERYTHING is free from the moment our guests reach the park. Admission, parking, lunch, boat rides, the concerts and all Bash related activities are FREE and always will be.

Then, that evening, March 4th, grab your bell-bottoms, platform shoes and your bling! Join Unicorn Children’s Foundation for a fun-filled evening of silent and live auctions, amazing dinner, delicious drinks, and of course boogieing the night away at this Disco & Diamonds themed Gala! Channel your inner John Travolta, and help support kids and young adults with special needs excel in their communities.


On March 7th join the YMCA of South Palm Beach County for a morning of encouragement and motivation as they host their largest fundraiser of the year – the 16th Annual Inspiration Breakfast. This year’s event will feature Head Coach of the Miami Hurricanes, Mark Richt as their keynote speaker. The purpose of the Inspiration Breakfast event is to bring the community together for a time of encouragement and motivation while celebrating the Y’s spirited vision and commitment to promoting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Proudly this event raises funds for the YMCA’s Financial Assistance Program and the Y’s Drowning Prevention Initiatives. Its purpose is to raise funds for the YMCA’s Financial Assistance Program and the Y’s Drowning Prevention Initiatives. Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information, please visit http://www.ymcaspbc.org/inspirationbreakfast or contact Kimberley Trombly-Burmeister at 561-300-3238.

Join Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Boca Raton Children’s Museum, and The Rotary Club of Boca Raton Scholarship Program as we Give Kids a Running Start to benefit the children in our community.

This certified 5k/10k will be on March 10 at Spanish River Park at 7:00am.

That evening you may choose from a variety of events:

  1. Enjoy a wonderful evening of silent and live auctions, happy hour, dinner & dancing at Best Foot Forward’s Bash benefiting children in the foster care system. The event takes place at The Polo Club of Boca Raton.  For information call:  561-470-8300.
  1. Daniel Ulbricht, New York City Ballet principal dancer and founder of Stars of American Ballet, brings his troupe to join forces with Boca Ballet Theatre to present a dynamic concert showcasing iconic works of yesterday and today, highlighting a spectrum of different styles of music and dance. Featuring some of today’s most stunning and versatile dancers from New York City Ballet, Stars of American Ballet will present George Balanchine’s Apollo, as well as Sing Sing Sing and Red Angels accompanied by live music. https://www.facebook.com/events/126201204736814
  1. KidSafe Foundation is thrilled to announce “Gold Medalist and New York Times Best-selling author Aly Raisman to Keynote KidSafe Foundation’s 9th Annual “Shine the Light” Gala. https://www.facebook.com/events/171269580140995

This is just a short list of the events in our beautiful city.  Check out our website www.bocacal.com and follow me on Instagram @bocacalendar and Twitter @bocacalendar

 

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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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