Learn about future growth in Delray Beach at this interactive city workshop

An April 24, 1970 arial shot of Delray Beach taken by staff photographer Tom Purin. (Palm Beach Post archives)
An April 24, 1970 arial shot of Delray Beach taken by staff photographer Tom Purin. (Palm Beach Post archives)

DELRAY BEACH — Learn more about the city’s plans for economic, intergovernmental and education growth in the next decade at an interactive workshop on Monday, Jan. 9.

The workshop is the second in a four-part series that focuses on Delray Beach’s comprehensive plan, which describes how the community looks today and how much it’s expected to grow in the future.

On Jan. 9 at 6 p.m., residents will convene at Old School Square’s Fieldhouse, at 51 N. Swinton Ave., to learn more about the comprehensive plan.

Each of the four workshops focus on a portion of the comprehensive plan’s slogan, “Live. Work. Play. Grow.”

Each of these topics comprises sections of Delray’s comprehensive plan, which lays out the city’s plans for land use, transportation, housing, recreation, conservation, capital improvement, intergovernmental coordination, infrastructure and coastal management, among other topics.

On Sept. 26, the city held a workshop focused on “play,” which included discussions of Delray’s coastline and recreational facilities.

For more details on the Jan. 9 workshop, visit alwaysdelray.com.

 

Boynton community donates food to help families during the holidays

Boynton Beach High School football players painted, mulched, trimmed trees, removed trash and tore down a hazardous fence last month at the Boynton Community Caring Center.
Boynton Beach High School football players painted, mulched, trimmed trees, removed trash and tore down a hazardous fence last month at the Boynton Community Caring Center.

The Boynton Beach community made sure to help those residents in need this holiday season.

Residents donated 559 food items as part of the library’s Food for Fines program, which allows library-card holders to donate canned goods and other food items in return for a reduction in their library fines.

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That, along with two boxes of non-perishable food items from The Links at Boynton Beach Golf Course, were given to the Community Caring Center’s food pantry, at 145 Northeast Fourth Ave.

“The City’s partnership with the Community Caring Center in helping us to collect food is invaluable in our ability to provide for the children and their families at this time of the year,” said Sherry Johnson, executive director of the Community Caring Center, in a statement.

If Boynton plaza project passes, what will happen to restaurants?

Outdoor menu at Josie's Ristorante in Boynton Beach, June 16, 2016. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post
Outdoor menu at Josie’s Ristorante in Boynton Beach, June 16, 2016. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post

The Boynton Beach City Commission is expected to vote this month on whether to approve the redevelopment plans for Riverwalk Plaza at Federal Highway and Woolbright Road. The first of two votes will happen Tuesday.

Plaza owner Isram Realty wants to tear down the vacant Winn-Dixie that once anchored the plaza and in its place build a 10-story waterfront residential apartment building. Isram also wants to update the entire 117,000-square-foot center with a more modern and pedestrian-friendly feel.

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In addition to demolishing the Winn-Dixie building, Isram plans to renovate the building that houses Walgreens and Jo-Ann Fabrics, build a commercial building fronting Federal Highway, and demolish the building that houses restaurants such as Primo Hoagies, Josie’s and Rice Fine Thai restaurants.

Residents have been wondering what will happen to the existing restaurants if the plan is approved.

The Prime Catch restaurant is not part of the plan and will remain as is, said Steven Wherry, on behalf of Isram. The Wendy’s will be renovated.

Here’s a rundown of the future for other existing Riverwalk restaurants, according to Wherry:

  • Josie’s: Deciding whether they want to relocate to the Walgreens/Jo-Ann Fabric building or somewhere off property
  • Primo: Isram will give them an option to relocate within the property
  • Bond & Smolders: Isram will give them an option to relocate within the property

 

Here’s when healthy bowl restaurant Bolay is opening its Boca location

At Bolay, diners can build their own bowls, choosing a protein, base, vegetable and sauce. Photo by Alissa Dragun of Southmoon Photography
At Bolay, diners can build their own bowls, choosing a protein, base, vegetable and sauce. Photo by Alissa Dragun of Southmoon Photography

BOCA RATON — The Boca Raton location of popular fast-casual restaurant Bolay, known for its build-your-own healthy bowls, will open its doors on Saturday, Jan. 27, according to the restaurant.

The Royal Palm Beach-based eatery saw success in its first year and moved to expand with two new locations in Palm Beach Gardens,which opened in November, and Boca Raton.

The Boca location will open in the former Voodoo BBQ space at the Polo Club Shoppes plaza, on Military Trail north of Clint Moore Road.

Bolay’s build-your-own bowls are filled with clean, gluten-free and nutritious grains, veggies and meats. The restaurant offers seared proteins — such as Ponzu tuna, Caribbean-spiced steak and lemon chicken — and vegan-friendly options — like the miso-glazed tofu.

The interior of Bolay's Royal Palm Beach location before it opened in December 2015. (Contributed)
The interior of Bolay’s Royal Palm Beach location before it opened in December 2015. (Contributed)

Bowl bases include Peruvian quinoa, gluten-free cilantro noodles and marinated kale and currant salad. Veggie selections include roasted Brussels sprouts, smoky cauliflower and Cajun sweet potatoes.

For the sipping, there’s fresh-pressed juices and herbal teas.

Bolay joins an array of eateries at the Polo Club Shoppes plaza, including TooJay’s Gourmet Deli, Manhattan Joe’s Pizzeria and Bangkok Thai Cuisine.

Plaza west of Boynton Beach to add Chipotle, Starbucks

Construction at Canyon Town Center
Construction at Canyon Town Center

Chipotle and Starbucks aren’t slowing down any time soon.

They’re both moving in to suburban Boynton Beach.

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The franchises will open at Canyon Town Center plaza on Boynton Beach Boulevard. They’re both expected to open in late summer 2017. The entrances are in front of the plaza facing the boulevard.

The plaza is already home to Publix, Panera Bread, Massimo’s Italian Restaurant and Alabama Joe’s.

Delray police toy delivery leads to arrest of felon with stolen gun and car

Luc Tismeus, 23, was arrested on Dec. 23 with a stolen gun (right) and key to a stolen car, according to Delray Beach Police. (Contributed)

DELRAY BEACH — Days after a Delray Beach police officer connected with a resident over a holiday toy delivery, the resident called in a tip that led to the arrest of a convicted felon in possession of a stolen gun and stolen car, according to the police department.

On Friday, police caught Luc Tismeus, 23, with a stolen, fully loaded Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver, a magazine for another gun and the key to a stolen Mitsubishi Eclipse, according to a post on the police department’s Facebook page.

They found Tismeus after the resident called to report someone had been suspiciously tugging at car door handles in the Lucaya Delray neighborhood, at Linton Boulevard and Congress Avenue. Officers first met the resident who called in the tip while they delivered donated toys to the neighborhoods while dressed as Santa Claus as part of the department’s annual toy drive, according to police.

Tismeus was charged with grand theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, grand theft auto, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, carrying a concealed firearm and loitering and prowling.

 

Boca synagogue to host director at free screening of Oscar-nominated ‘Spectres of the Shoah’

A Boca Raton synagogue will host a free screening of the short-form documentary "Spectres of the Shoah" on Jan. 4. (Contributed)
A Boca Raton synagogue will host a free screening of the short-form documentary “Spectres of the Shoah” on Jan. 4. (Contributed)

BOCA RATON — A local synagogue in coordination with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will host a free screening and discussion of the Academy Award-nominated HBO documentary “Spectres of Shoah” on Jan. 4.

B’nai Israel, in Boca Raton, will screen the 40-minute documentary, which explores the 12-year journey in creating and releasing French filmmaker Claude Lanzmann’s 1985 documentary “Shoah,” a nine-hour exploration of the Holocaust.

Adam Benzine, the short-form documentary’s director, will be in attendance for the Boca Raton film screening and discussion. Benzine’s documentary uses picture and sound reels from 220 hours of Lanzmann’s outtakes, preserved by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in a $1 million venture.

 

“This irreplaceable historical footage is now available online for researchers to access at no cost,” said Sheri Zvi, director of the museum’s southeast region, in a statement.

Lindsay Zarwell, an archivist at the Holocaust Memorial Museum, will moderate the discussion.

Advance registration for the event is required. To register, call the museum at 561.995.6773, email southeast@ushmm.org, or register online at ushmm.org/events/spectres-boca.

 

What: Screening and discussion of documentary “Spectres of Shoah”

When: Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Where: B’nai Israel, at 2200 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431

How much: Free

More info: ushmm.org/events/spectres-boca

Update: Boca’s Sugar Sand Park aims to open playground by late January

Construction is underway at the 17,000-square-foot playground at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton. (Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post)
Construction is underway at the 17,000-square-foot playground at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton. (Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post)

BOCA RATON — Sugar Sand Park aims to open its science playground by late January after an assessment of the project’s status, according to the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District.

The district is addressing safety concerns, but anticipates crews will complete the project by the end of January, Briann Harms, the district’s assistant director, said Wednesday.

Original story, 12:30 p.m., Dec. 27, 2016: The science playground at Sugar Sand Park, which has been closed for 18 months, likely won’t open until early spring due to project delays, according to the Great Boca Raton Beach and Park District.

The playground grand opening was anticipated in December or January, but construction crews are delayed in finding a balance between safety and the preservation of parts of the playground built by volunteers in the 1990s.

“Twenty-five years of a wooden structure in South Florida, it’s not going hold up on its own,” said Briann Harms, assistant director of the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Parks District, which owns and operates Sugar Sand Park, a 132-acre complex at Palmetto Park Road and Military Trail.

While a grand opening date hasn’t been set, the district anticipates opening the science playground —which draws more than 300,000 visitors each year — sometime in spring, Harms said.

A clearer date could not be provided, she added, as the construction crew is presently assessing the status of the project.

A $1.5 million renovation is underway to refurbish the aging, wooden playground and make it accessible to people with disabilities.

Once construction is complete, the park will feature educational interactive elements, like racing lights that will shoot past children at the speeds of different animals, a path of planets in the solar system and images of DNA and animal prints on the rubber playground floor.

The playground will keep much of its original wooden structure, built and funded by some 7,000 volunteers in 1995, including a giant wooden face carved into the side of the structure that has become emblematic of the popular playground.

» Related link: Sugar Sand Park revamp: Interactive additions to familiar Boca playground

Roads near Delray’s Artists Alley will be closed to traffic for two weeks in January

(Palm Beach Post file photo)
(Palm Beach Post file photo)

DELRAY BEACH — Northeast Third Avenue and Artist Alley between Northeast Third Street and Northeast Fourth Street in Delray Beach will be closed to traffic for a couple of weeks in January for a pole replacement project, according to Florida Power & Light.

The project, which includes removing and replacing utility poles, will begin Jan. 9 and last at least two weeks.

The roads will be closed in portions, according to FPL.

This will effect motorist access to the businesses along those streets, such as Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market, Pazzo Italian Deli and 3rd & 3rd restaurant.

Motorists should be alert for workers in the area, FPL said.

FPL does not anticipate any power interruptions during the replacement project.

For more details on the project, call FPL at 561-742-2048.

Boynton Beach names best float, marching band in holiday parade

Forest Park Elementary School at the Boynton Beach holiday parade. Photo handout: Boynton Beach
Forest Park Elementary School at the Boynton Beach holiday parade. Photo handout: Boynton Beach

The results are in!

Boynton Beach staff last week announced the winners of the city’s holiday parade awards. The parade was Dec. 3.

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Here are the winners:

  • Most Outstanding Float: Delray Medical Center
  • Best Marching Unit: Devos-Blum Family YMCA
  • Most Creative and Original Float: Forest Park Elementary
  • Best Performance by Marching Band- Inlet Grove Drumline

Staff members and members of the city’s education and senior boards chose the winners.