Suspect in Boca Raton car burglaries ID’d

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Police in Boca Raton said one person was taken into custody Tuesday morning in connection with a car burglary case.

Around 5:30 a.m., police asked residents just south of Lynn University to stay indoors while police and K9s searched for car burglars.

Authorities said burglars broke into several vehicles around Banyan Boulevard Circle and Northwest 30th Way near the Boca Bath and Tennis Club.

The suspects were riding around the neighborhood on bicycles, police said.

A police K9 helped arrest one suspect identified as 19-year-old John Perkins of Coconut Creek.

He had property from five car break-ins on the ground near him, police said.

Perkins is facing charges of burglary and grand theft.

Police said he took a bus from Broward County to meet a friend he identified as Chico and they decided to go to Boca Bath and Tennis, smoke weed and break into cars.

Chico has not yet been found.

American Diabetes Association Honors Boca Raton Regional Hospital

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Source: Boca Raton Regional Hospital) — The Outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Education* Program at Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute has been awarded continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The program was first awarded and accredited from the ADA in 1999.

The ADA Education Recognition effort is a voluntary process which assures that approved programs have met the national standards for diabetes self-management education programs. Accreditation and recognition criteria are sent for consideration every four years for granting excellence in diabetes education and positive patient outcomes.

The staff at Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Diabetes Center is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive diabetes program to empower people with diabetes and their families with support and education. Program participants are taught, self-care skills that promote better management from knowledgeable health professionals. Topics discussed include: the disease process, nutritional management, physical activity, medications, monitoring, prevention, detection and goal setting.

“Our Outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Education Program focuses on high-quality education for patient self-care,” said Nancy Talio, RN, BSN, CDE, CPT, Director of the Program. “Through the support of our team and increased knowledge and awareness, the patient can assume part of their disease management responsibility. We are proud to have earned this recognition once again.”

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How to Tell If Your Moving Company is a Good One

You have a million different decisions to make when you undertake a new move, so the more confidence you can place in your moving company, the better. Once you find the right moving company for you, that organization can provide you with guidance and advice that will see you through the rest of the way. But how do you know what company is the best for your needs? Here are some things you should look for when deciding which group should help with your move.

Location

Ideally, your moving company should have a main office either in the location you are moving from or the one you are moving to. If you are moving to Leduc, for example, it makes more sense to find moving service in Leduc than to seek out a company that has more familiarity with another region. Finding a local moving company is important because it gives you a group that can provide you with information about the region and offers you the resources of somebody who knows the area well. Moving is all about anticipating problems and adjusting to them as they come up. A local mover can do that more effectively than somebody who does not have experience in your area.

Reputation

Thanks to the Internet, you can do your research on moving companies before you make a selection. Online reviews are a good source to mine for this purpose, but you should make sure that you read a wide variety of different reviews so you don’t wind up getting a false sense of perspective based on one or two strong feelings. Getting word of mouth reviews from people you know is even better, since you can take the tastes of the individual person into account. When it comes to good reviews, TopNotchMovers.ca is a mover in Edmonton that has excellent word of mouth and online reviews, making a terrific option for individuals in the Edmonton area.

Experience

Finally, you want to make sure that you hire a moving crew with experience. While there is nothing wrong with supporting a small startup company, you should realize the risks that you are undertaking when you do so. A moving crew with experience can naturally help you move in a faster and more efficient manner, but it can also help you throughout the process. These moving companies can give you advice about the area you are moving to, provide packing materials to help you protect your precious belongings and furniture, and much more. An experienced moving crew is one that can make your entire move simpler from start to finish.

If you can find a moving company close to you that has a solid reputation and the level of experience that you desire, you should reach out to them immediately. Contacting a moving company at least six months before your planned move date can give you a great leg up in terms of resources, packing materials, and advice to make sure that your move is an effective one.

Longtime Boca Raton entertainment writer dies at 69

Skip Sheffield. Photo provided by Mary Gentry.

Norman “Skip” Sheffield Jr., a longtime Boca Raton resident, entertainment writer for the now defunct Boca Raton News and local arts enthusiast, died unexpectedly of natural causes in his home on July 21. He was 69.

Sheffield’s storied career capturing the evolving arts and entertainment bubble in South Florida left a lasting imprint in the community, friends and family say.

He started with the Boca Raton News as a 13-year-old paperboy, eventually working his way through multiple departments before trying his hand at writing. He held writing and editing positions at the paper until it folded in 2009.

“He loved to write,” his sister, Sheila Platt, said from her home on Long Island. “He loved interviewing unusual people. That was a special love of his. He would find someone with an interesting story to tell.”

Up until his death, he wrote for The Boca Raton Tribune, which honored Sheffield by publishing multiple pieces recalling the late writer in July.

His coverage of theater, film and music branded him in the community as a champion of the arts. As the local scene grew, so did Sheffield’s involvement.

He wrote reviews of productions performed at Boca Raton’s Wick Theater, films that screened at various theaters and festivals, and profiles of interesting players in the local arts world.

Sheffield’s unique view of Boca Raton, gained through five decades of living and working in the city since he moved there as a teen in 1959, prompted vocal advocacy against over-development in the city.

“It became ingrained in him to try and guard against unwise over-expansion,” Platt said. “It stemmed from those early memories of Boca.”

Sheffield’s fondness for Boca Raton is evident in the mementos he left behind, said his eldest daughter Mary Gentry, an English instructor at Florida Atlantic University.

When Sheffield learned a building was facing demolition, he would keep a piece of it — a sign, a flyer, or some other memorabilia.

“He held onto everything,” Gentry said.

Over the years, he’s donated some of the memorabilia to the Boca Raton Historical Society. He coordinated the donation of some 8,000 Boca Raton News photographs primarily from the 1980s and 1990s to the historical society shortly before the newspaper folded.

“Skip was a real Boca pioneer and longtime journalist,” the historical society wrote in a Facebook post, adding that the photos “would have gone into the trash without Skip.”

Sheffield’s interest in arts writing branched from a love of music and film that began as a child. He played bass and guitar with brothers Richard and John in the Sheffield Brothers Band for more than 40 years.

When he wasn’t writing, you’d find Sheffield surfing, riding his bicycle to the beach or traveling.

He graduated from Seacrest High School in 1965, from Florida Southern College in 1969 and from Florida Atlantic University with a masters degree in 1973.

Sheffield is survived by daughters Mary (Aaron Gentry), Laura (Ash Otocki) and Anna (Negean Mohi), grandson Milo Gentry, brothers Richard (Leslie), John and David (Julie), and sister Sheila (John Platt).

A memorial service is planned Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Boca Raton.

Donations in Skip’s memory can be made to the Boca Raton Historical Society or the Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association.

Ubereats Expands To Boca Raton

UberEATS is available in Boca Raton thanks to a partnership with McDonald’s and McDelivery.

You can now order a burger, fries and other McDonald’s menu items from seven locations in Boca Raton.

“We are excited to bring a new level of convenience and personal service to our customers in Boca Raton with UberEATS,” said Brent Upchurch, owner/operator of two of the Boca Raton McDonald’s.

Upchurch also owns and operates 28 Broward County McDonald’s, where McDelivery on UberEATS has been well-received since its launch in January.

“McDelivery on UberEats is a win-win for our customers. Whether they are home, the office, or somewhere in between, McDelivery provides McDonald’s fans more ways to enjoy their favorite menu items during the day and into the evening and early morning hours.”

Customers can place McDonald’s orders on the UberEATS mobile app or on UberEATS.com, using the same account they use to take Uber rides to track their order.
After choosing a restaurant, consumers can order McDonald’s food on the app, paying with the credit card that’s on file, then track their order as an UberEATS delivery-partner brings their meal directly to them. The full menu at participating McDonald’s restaurants will be available for delivery with the exception of soft serve cones and the McPick2 menu. An UberEATS delivery fee applies to each order.

“With UberEATS, you can get the food you want, where you want it, delivered at Uber speed,” said UberEATS South Florida General Manager J.P. Restrepo. “We’re thrilled to partner with McDonald’s to give fans easy access to their McDonald’s favorites. People in Boca Raton search the UberEATS app often, so we’re excited to expand our reach and deliver what they’ve been craving.”

Move to Boca Raton Creates a Tennis Star

Lauren Davis left everything she knew in her hometown of Gates Mills, Ohio to pursue her professional tennis dreams in Boca Raton when she was only 16-years-old.

Tennis had been a passion of hers from a young age and she was determined to break into the spotlight.

“I played my first tournament when I was nine years old,” Davis recalled. “I made it to the finals and ended up losing. I still have a picture from that day. I have a big frown on my face and a few tears rolling down my face. I was, and am, super competitive.”

Years later, something happened that would go on to change her career forever. While playing in the 2008 U.S. Open Junior Championship, tennis coach John Evert, brother of retired tennis star Chris Evert, invited her to train on a trial period at the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton.

After only a few days of training, Davis knew it was the place for her and just months later, Boca Raton became her new home. It was not an easy transition, but after she settled in, she never looked back.

Her success only continued from there. Many tennis players only dream of making a grand slam, but Davis has been able to play in all four.

“Playing in the grand slams is what every tennis player dreams of, so I’m honored and proud to have done that,” she said. “Now the next step is getting deep in the slams.”

Lauren Davis at the 2014 Toray Pan Pacific Open. Photo courtesy Tatiana Kulitat.

Not to say it has all been easy for Davis. Standing at 5-feet-2 inches, she is well below the average height of the top 10 ranked players in the Women’s Tennis Association. No. 1 ranked Karolina Pliskova is 6-foot-1, while the shortest of the group is 5-foot-6 Simona Halep. Height can often provide an advantage through increased power and bounce when serving the ball, however Davis does not think of that as an obstacle.

“I wouldn’t say that I’m an underdog,” she said. “What I lack in height I make up for with my speed and movement around the court. I use my legs to generate the power and my competitive spirit to win.”

Her ultimate goal is to be one of those top 10 ranked players, but there was a time last year when Davis actually thought about walking away from it all. She decided to hang up the rackets during a six-week sabbatical as she spent some time back in Ohio.

“I took a step away from tennis and tried to see things from a different perspective,” she said. “I was so tired and burnt out at the time that I felt I could take a year or two off. But as weeks went by, I started missing playing more and more. The time away made me realize and appreciate just how much I enjoy playing tennis and how blessed I am to be able to play the sport that I love every single day.”

Davis’ rank had fallen to No. 122, the lowest it had been since her second professional year in 2012, but she aggressively returned to the sport, improving to No. 61 by the end of December. Her success has only continued from there by defeating Ana Konjuh for her first WTA title in January at the ASB Classic.

Lauren Davis at the 2009 U.S. Open Juniors Championship. Photo courtesy Robbie Mendelson.

“God couldn’t have chosen a better first WTA tournament for me to have won,” she said. “Winning the ASB classic in Auckland was an incredible feeling. I fell in love with the city, the people and the tournament. It was an amazing feeling being able to win my first title at one of my favorite tournaments.”

Now with that first title under her belt, currently No. 34 ranked Davis is ready to push for the coveted top 10 spot with an interesting strategy – having fun.

“Enjoying myself on and off the court has been the biggest contributor to my success. When you’re happy off the court, you’ll perform well on the court.”

Nearly 300 apartments planned for Royal Palm Place in downtown Boca

For years, Royal Palm Place has been a popular downtown Boca destination, home to shops, bars and restaurants.

Now, a developer has new plans for the property: building two 12-story buildings there to offer nearly 300 apartments and condos.

One high-rise would bring 69 condos to the block at 200 S. Federal Highway. The other high-rise would offer 220 luxury apartments, replacing a strip of shops at 101 Plaza Real. The two buildings would be the newest addition to the 14-acre mix of living and retail spaces.

“When it’s all said and done, it’s going to be a 2020 version of Royal Palm Place,” said the project’s architect, Doug Mummaw.

It’s the latest high-rise proposal for Boca Raton’s downtown — at least three buildings reaching 10 stories or higher recently went up around Royal Palm Place, and several others are proposed for downtown over the next several years.

 

At Royal Palm Place, there would parking garages and an art garden with rotating exhibits. Eventually, developers want to include an entertainment district featuring shops, restaurants, clubs and bars in a row of two- to three-story buildings, according to proposal documents.

The proposal raises questions of how the shops, bars and restaurants already there would be affected. Among some of the businesses at Royal Palm Place are Boca Breakfast & Lunch Club, The Wishing Well, Hijinks Sports Grill, Giovanni’s Pizza and Black Rose Irish Pub.

The project is the second step of a larger project by one of the largest real estate owners in town, Jim Batmasian, and his company Investments Limited.

The company couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.

The area, already a big draw for those who frequent shops and restaurants, would benefit from being made more pedestrian-friendly, Mummaw said. Plans call for wider sidewalks and park space within the development.

Faye Weissblum owns Travelgroup International, which is situated in a building that would be replaced by the development.

“It’s going to be a disruption in business, and we’re going to have to move,” said Weissblum, who has been in business for 17 years.

Weissblum said she hadn’t heard about the project from her landlord but does think the area needs a redesign.

Investments Limited.previously built a luxury apartment building on the site about a decade ago as the first effort to kick off redevelopment of the area.

But Mummaw said the Great Recession caused additional redevelopment plans to stagnate and ultimately permission from the city expired.

The latest proposal sits just across the street from the proposed Mizner 200 luxury apartment complex. The proposal, which calls for three 12-story buildings with 389 apartments, has drawn complaints from residents who are concerned about its size.

Boca staff is currently looking over the new Royal Palm Place designs before the plans head to city boards for approval.