Prateek Shrestha owns the Carvel. While he’s managed other locations, this is the first he owns. He said the area needed a Carvel location. Shrestha said he has heard more people talking about Carvel and thought now was a good time to open a location.
Shrestha found out he was correct on opening day. He said customers came in and talked about growing up in New York or other places and how they grew up eating Carvel ice cream.
BOCA RATON — Nearly 2,600 people moved to Boca Raton last year. That breaks down to about seven people per day, according to recently released census data.
Estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau suggest the city’s population grew more than 2.5 percent in 2016, one of the largest percent increases of Palm Beach County’s cities. There’s an estimated 96,000 people living in Boca Raton.
That growth appears to be consistent with new developments in Boca Raton, including about 1,200 units built downtown and 1,000 units built in the northeast end, said Mayor Susan Haynie.
Boca added the highest number of new residents, apart from unincorporated Palm Beach County. The city added more people than the county’s 30 slowest-growing cities combined.
The growth is taken into consideration with some new projects, called Planned Mobility Developments, that encourage alternative forms of transportation to alleviate traffic in the city. The new units in the northeast end of Boca Raton, on Broken Sound Boulevard, were built into an office-retail complex to encourage short commutes.
Fun 5 Camp, for ages 5-12, is held at the Art Center, 125 SE 2nd Avenue, June 5-9 from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and includes daily field trips to Laser Quest, Strikes Bowling, Boynton Cinema, Ninja Lounge and Coconut Cove Splash Park. Fees are $130 for residents and $163 for non-residents.
The Gold Coast Ninja Challenge, for ages 5-14, is held at Ezell Hester, Jr. Community Center, 1901 N. Seacrest Blvd from June 5-9, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Participants will learn and practice skills with the pros from Gold Coast Gymnastics. Flexibility and increasing core muscle strength will be emphasized. Fees are $145 for residents and $181 for non-residents. Additional recreation hours (7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) are also available for an additional $25.
Basketball Camp, for ages 6-15, is held at Ezell Hester, Jr. Community Center, 1901 N. Seacrest Blvd, August 7-11 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Led by experienced high school coaches, players will improve their fundamentals. Kids will take part in a variety of drills and participate in actual games during the week. Fees are $90 for residents and $113 for non-residents. Additional recreation hours (7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) are also available for an additional $25.
During the Fab 5 Days of Summer, ages 5-12 can keep busy having fun before school starts with daily field trips. This camp is held at the Art Center, 125 SE 2nd Avenue, August 7 – 11 from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Fees are $29 for residents and $35 for non-residents per day. The registration deadline is August 4.
Surf Camp is at Oceanfront Park, 6415 N. Ocean Blvd., from Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. the following weeks: June 12-16, June 19-23, June 26-30, July 10-14, and July 17-21. Program fees per week are $200 for residents and $250 for non-residents.
Hula Surf and Paddle School offers one of the most comprehensive and educational surf and ocean safety camps in the area. Kids will learn to surf and refine their skills. Instructors are first aid and CPR certified and their enthusiasm in the water will ensure tons of fun! All equipment, including surfboards, is included.
BOCA RATON — A Boca Raton restaurant is now offering the trendy and Instagram-worthy “Unicorn Milkshake,” a frozen treat that’s sweeping social media.
Relish & More, a burger joint at the plaza at Northwest 20th Street and Federal Highway with another location in West Palm Beach, is now offering a “Rainbow Unicorn Milkshake” for a limited time, according to the restaurant.
The colorful shake is made with three fruit-flavored ice creams and topped with a rainbow cereal and “unicorn horn” lollipop.
While the purchase price for the 214-acre course and hotel in Boca Raton’s northeast end isn’t sitting well with some residents, the district chose to move forward with the “take-it-or-leave-it” deal.
Ocean Breeze, appraised by a district contractor at no more than $10 million, is owned a Wells Fargo subsidiary under contract with developer Lennar Corp.
“Am I happy with the price? No. I’d rather have it for something closer to what the appraised values were,” said district chairman Commissioner Robert Rollins. “Is Lennar willing to negotiate that price? No.”
Boynton Beach Police will have a new assistant police chief starting May 31.
Assistant Chief Suzanne Crawford will retire, and will be replaced by Joe DeGiulio, currently a captain, said police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater. DeGiulio has worked for Boynton since 2001, according to the city’s Human Resources department. Crawford has been with Boynton since 1996.
Chief Jeffrey Katz has three assistant police chiefs. The two others are Vanessa Snow, who started with Boynton about two years ago, and Kelly Harris, who started in 1997.
Katz also promoted Paul Deale from lieutenant to captain. He replaces Mike Johnson, who was promoted to major. He replaces Thomas Wallace, who was fired in March.
The department has 150 sworn officers, according to Slater.
DELRAY BEACH — Delray Beach Police arrested 10 suspected drug dealers Wednesday just as heroin-related overdoses and deaths in the city are skyrocketing.
The arrests came after undercover officers bought heroin from these dealers, most of whom are from Delray Beach, over the past few months, the department reports. Warrants were issued and the suspected dealers were taken into custody Wednesday.
The arrest were made as part of an ongoing operation called “Street Sweeper,” in which police are targeting local dealers. The operation has netted 55 arrests since last year, police say.
Already in May there have been 49 overdoses, police say.
Six have been fatal, which police say is likely because of the powerful drug fentanyl being cut into heroin. The anti-overdose drug Narcan, which police and paramedics are equipped with, does little to reverse the effects of fentanyl, officials say.
The department has also arrested 35 people for possession of heroin this year.
These actions are part of a three-pronged approached ultimately aimed at reducing the number of drug overdoses.
“By focusing on enforcement, as well as education about heroin abuse and life-saving efforts such as Narcan, we are committed to reducing the number of overdose deaths in Delray Beach,” Chief Goldman said in a statement. “Unfortunately, with fentanyl on the streets, that’s easier said than done.”
The highest number of overdoses in the city was 88 in October.
Sober homes are places where addicts live together and support one another after undergoing treatment to overcome addiction.
The city plans to adopt regulations that would force sober homes to voluntarily certify with a nonprofit that requires them to meet business and housing standards — or prove they meet those standards without certification; and limit the number of homes allowed to open in a given area.
Mayor Cary Glickstein told The Palm Beach Post that new regulations will likely curb the the number of overdoses throughout the city.
“I think that when these concentrations are reduced we’re also going to see the opioid-related overdoses drop,” Glickstein said. “It’s much easier for a drug dealer to sell heroin in a neighborhood that is all recovering addicts.”
Pollack Shores, which acquired the development in December, is painting the property, renovating the clubhouse, updating and replacing the pool furniture and refurbishing the inside of the apartments.
The clubhouse is still in the design phase. While the complex is now a dark beige color, the plan is to have the buildings painted in warm white colors mixed with a “coastal/hacienda feel.” The residential units are getting: vinyl plank flooring; new quartz counter-tops; new modern lighting, faucets, and ceiling fans, kitchen back-splashes and USB outlets.
“The improvements we’re making to Las Ventanas will add modern touches and style to our property in the heart of Boynton Beach,” Steven Shores, Pollack Shores President & Co-Founder, said in a statement. “Value-add acquisitions are a key part of our overall strategy at Pollack Shores, and when our residents come home, they will know they are living in one of the premier communities in South Florida.”
There are a bunch of things to do this weekend in Boynton Beach. Here are some ideas:
The Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is hosting a Music on the Rocks event Friday. The Jeff Harding Band will perform. The event is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and includes a food truck invasion. Attendees are encouraged to bring beach chairs or blankets. Food, beverages and cocktails will be available to buy. The event is at the Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre, 129 E. Ocean Ave. For information, contact Mercedes Coppin at the Boynton Beach CRA (561) 600-9097.
Copperpoint Brewing Company is celebrating its two-year anniversary Saturday. The event is 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Beers to be specially released include: Sweet Tea Lager; Cherry Sour; Coco for Coxness Imperial Stout; Smoked Oyster Stout; 2016 Bourbon Barrel Aged Cox Diesel Imperial Porter; 2016 Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Cox Diesel Imperial Porter; Passionfruit A10 Red IPA; Pineapple Double IPA; Key Lime Wit and Cold Brewed Coffee Lager. Beer tickets are $5 and all beers will be served in 9-ounce or 14-ounce pours. The brewery is at 151 Commerce Rd. For information, call (561) 508-7676.
St. Mark Catholic Church will host a First Responders Ecumenical Service on Sunday. The service is at 2 p.m. at the church, 643 Northeast Fourth Ave. Light refreshments will follow in the parish center. For information, call the church at (561) 734-9330.
The city will celebrate artist Conrad Pickelon Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday The event includes historical tours and presentations to honor the stained-glass artist who left an imprint on South Florida.From 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., registered participants will take a bus tour to four Conrad Pickel points of interest, including the Boynton Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Ascension Lutheran Church, St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church and Gallery Fantasia. Ginger Pedersen, Boynton Beach Historical Society Recording Secretary, historian and author, will narrate the tour. To register for the bus tour, call (561) 742-6010.The next part of the event will take place at the library for presentations that include: “Conrad’s Historic Timeline and Imprint” by Warren Adams, Boynton’s historic planner; “Window of the Radiant Christ at the Iglesia Adventista Church” in West Palm Beach by Ginger Pedersen, Boynton Beach Historical Society Recording secretary, historian and author; and “A Tapestry in Stained Glass,” a new pictorial biography authored by Gene Moody, presented by Paul Pickel.Following the presentations, Leslie Miller will present a stained glass demonstration.For information visit http://bit.ly/BB17CP or email Debby Coles-Dobay, public art manager at colesDobayD@bbfl.us.