U.S. Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY-2nd) has been named DCCC Chairman, by Minority Whip and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, beating out South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, which puts him in charge of helping democrats get elected or re-elected to the US House of Representatives. He is the brother-in-law of our own local FL State Representative, Dr. Steve Perman (D-Boca Raton). Rep. Israel's wife Marlene Budd, a Suffolk County family court judge, is the sister of Rep. Perman's wife, Irene.
Word has it that Old Navy will be opening in the Shadowwood Center currently housing Borders.
County Commissioner Steven L. Abrams announced the approval of an agreement with the City of Boca Raton to continue and enhance one of the countys busiest Palm Tran bus routes, Route 94. This route provides service between the Boca Tri-Rail station and Florida Atlantic University/Palm Beach State College for approximately 1,000 passengers a day, an increase of almost 50% from last year. The funding for this bus route, originally provided by South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFTRA), was due to expire and Route 94 was in jeopardy of being reduced. For more information on this and/or other Palm Tran routes, please contact Palm Tran at 561-841-4287 or toll free at 1-877-030-4287.
Part time Palm Beach resident Donald Trump is lobbying University of Miami president Donna Shalala to hire Texas Tech coach Mike Leach as the Hurricanes next head football coach.
FAU Graduate student Charles Michael Burdman was the recipient of the South Florida Public Relations annual student recognition certificate for achievement. Mr. Burdman received much praise for being an active and positive force for promoting the new FAU stadium and other campus activities and is a graduate assistant of alumni relations. Michael received his gift at the Coach Schnellenberger breakfast last Friday, Dec. 3. His award included a gift certificate for F.Y.E.
Gloria and Emilio Estefan opened their Bongos Cuban Café yesterday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. On Tuesday night, they hosted a private party with a red carpet celebration, Cachao band, cigar rollers and live music, with the Estefans pulling in some of the glittering Miami crowd. (If they were not too tired after Art Basel.) The 7,000-square-foot Bongos also has a 5,000 square foot rooftop lounge with a 360-degree view of the entire Hard Rock property. The Estefans own Lario’s on the Beach in Miami Beach and Bongos restaurants at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Miami International Airport and Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. The Hard Rock location will be open for lunch and dinner daily. The rooftop lounge will open until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
The 34th annual City of Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade will be Saturday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m. from the C-15 canal (Boca-Delray city limits) south to the Broward County line, sponsored by Summit Brokerage, The Boca Raton Resort & Club, Marine Industries of PBC, barry r. epstein associates and others.
Temple Beth Shira 5th annual Yard Sale will be Sunday December 19th from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 912-1453 for one of the only 200 spaces available. 5,000 attended last year/They expect 6,000 this year.
The swing and jazz preservation society season kicked off Tuesday at the Spanish River Church, 2400 Yamato Road. The next concert is Dec. 21. Tickets are $18 for members, $26 for nonmembers. Subscriptions are available at $102 for six shows. Membership in the society is $30 the first year, $25 every year thereafter. Call 561-499-9976 or visit http://www.swingandjazzpreservationsociety.org.
The Ultimate Jersey Boys tribute concert, Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons will be the Temple Beth Shira fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. in the Countess de Hoernle Theatre at Spanish River High School. Call 912-1453 for the $35 tickets.
The Jewish War Veterans of Palm Beach County are holding their next meeting on January 16th, 2011 at 9 a.m at the Hagan Ranch Road Fire Station north of Atlantic Ave on the west side of Hagen Ranch Road in Delray Beach . New Veterans members from all WARS are welcomed as well as regular members. Free Coffee, Bagels etc. included. Cpl. Burt Richards of The Veterans Speakers Forum for educating School students will speak on the accomplishments the veterans have had since last meeting. The programs are designed to educate the students in Palm Beach County Schools and more speakers are needed. Friends and guests are welcomed. For more information, call 561-734-4527.
Movies opening this week include The Tourist, The Chronicles of Narnia and Hemingway’s Garden of Eden.
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