Tuesday, December 30, 2008

LIFELONG LEARNING BEGINS SEMESTER AT FAU

Florida Atlantic University has announced its Lifelong Learning Society course offerings for the winter 2009 semester, which begins Jan. 5 at the Barry & Florence Friedberg Lifelong Learning Society complex on the Boca Raton campus. Offerings are divided into four categories – special conferences, special performance lectures, performance lectures and lecture series. Taught by FAU professors and guest lecturers, course offerings, presented in one-day, four- and eight-week formats, include such subjects as foreign policy, political science, film, art history, music and literature. To register or to receive a free winter course catalog, contact Virginia Huntzinger at 561-297-2447.

Monday, December 29, 2008

INTERNATIONAL TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS COMING TO DELRAY

Courts are being readied and tickets are already on sale for the Delray Beach International Tennis Championship competition that will take place in from February 21 to March 1, 2009. Tommy Haas, the 2006 Delray ITC champion and one of 12 ATP players featured on the world Tour 2009 calendar, is returning for another shot at the top spot. The Bryan Brothers, top-notch doubles players who lost last year to Max Mirnyi and Jamie Murray will also be back. The 17th annual court competition will be held at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. This will be the 11th year it will be held there. Tournament Director is Mike Baron.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

2009 - CHOOSING A MEDIGAP POLICY




... What a Medigap (Medicare Supplement Insurance) policy is
... What Medigap policies cover - details of plans
... Your rights to buy a Medigap policy
... Steps to follow when you buy a Medigap policy

... Switching Medigap policies
TO ORDER A FREE COPY of this booklet, email marilynfjacobs@gmail.com and you must include your name, address and phone number.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

PALM BEACH COUNTY ARTISTS SUBMISSIONS NEEDED



The Palm Beach County Art in Public Places Program asks visual artists who live in the county to submit artwork. Deadline is January 22 at 4 pm. Submissions will be considered for a 4-month Palm Beach International Airport exhibition from February 4th to June 3rd. Theme is “Come Out & Play!” Artists are invited to submit works featuring locals and tourists enjoying a variety of sports and lesure activities offered in the county. For more information email esinger@pbcgov.org or see www.pbcgov.com/fdo/art/calls.htm

Monday, December 22, 2008

ANOTHER WAY FOR SOME FUNDING FOR LONG TERM CARE TYPE NEEDS

Statistics tell us that on average, 69% of people age 65 today will need some form of long-term care. While 92% of Americans age 65+ listed poor health as the most serious problem facing older adults, only 43% believe that purchasing a form of long-term care coverage is important for their future. If you do not have a long term care policy, or wish to increase benefits, be aware that some annuities offer Enhanced Rider Benefits which are not long term care benefits, but funds from the annuity can be used for in-home care and other needs or can enhance long term care issues already in place. These require no underwriting or invasive medical questions. Balances left, if the annuitant passes away, go to beneficiaries. For more information, call Marilyn Farber Jacobs, Licensed Advisor/Independent Insurance Agent at 561-988-0070.

Friday, December 12, 2008

5 OPEN HOUSE TOURS 5 - Sunday 12/14 from 1 to 4 pm - no equity, no HOA-If you would like to see any of these homes call MARILYN at 561-988-0070


























































ORDER OF PHOTOS: B, A, 1, E, C


NEW WEIGHT LOSS TIPS… BOTTOM LINE: I’M NOT GIVING UP CHOCOLATE

The current (January) issue of Reader’s Digest has some newer thoughts on weight gain, including a fat cells discussion about how they got there (genetic or external factors when Mom was pregnant), how they “work,” who might have more of them, and how to work them down (exercise… you’ve heard that one before). Again we read that exercise can change our metabolisms, so maybe we should try that if we don’t do it yet. There is lots of convincing evidence. GET ON THAT TREADMILL more often, go to the health club, or take long walks every day. Stress fattens, they write, because it sparks cravings (we knew that!), so they suggest yoga or quality family time to down tone stress. More sleep could mean more weight loss, meaning seven to eight hours a night. Your spouse’s weight loss could trigger stress, e.g. jealousy, so jump on the bandwagon and lose weight too. An experiment they describe showed that stem cells attacked by a virus can cause weight gain, which calls to mind what Mom used to tell us, “Feed a cold and starve a fever.” Your taste buds can be get a weight gain trigger from an ear infection. Antioxident-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables can keep obesity away. The article reminds us that we CAN be fit AND fat. It’s almost time for New Year’s resolutions, so let’s make some about weight loss, or lack of weight gain right now.

Monday, December 01, 2008

BUYERS ARE LOOKING AND BUYING NOW

Both local residents looking to upsize or downsize and out-of-towners seeking second homes are looking in the market right now. The common theme is, "Find me a bargain." Home owners who are willing to negotiate and are realistic about fair market prices have the best chance of selling, particularly if the homes are upgraded with newer kitchens and baths. When readying your home for show, DO YOUR OWN STAGING - paint the interior and if needed, the exterior, remembering that curb appeal gives the buyer their first impression. Clear out the clutter - either donate it to charity, give it to Goodwill or get a storage room. Buyers need to visualize how large your quarters are.

It may be wise to use your local Realtor who knows your neighborhood, but another Realtor might have new and different ideas, and if your property is their only listing in your neighborhood they might work harder to get it sold than an agent who has many houses to focus on within a small area. When interviewing an agent, ask for their Marketing Plan and where on the internet they will be featuring your property. More and more agents are using the internet to get their listings shown all over the world, internationally as well as nationally.

When you are looking to purchase a property, check with the listing agent about details. If you have pets, check out pet restrictions. Check out age restrictions - is it an age 55+ community and is that what you want? How far is shopping from the neighborhood? What security does the neighborhood offer? What do your Homeowners Association dues cover? Be sure to read the Community Documents as soon as you get them, focusing on Rules and Regulations.

While an agent's responsibility is to get you the most EXPOSURE, EXPOSURE, EXPOSURE they can to get that one buyer over to your property, once the house is under contract, the agent may have various obstacles to overcome on the way to the closing. Ask about their title company, home inspector, if they have a contractor to do any needed fix-up, whether they have a good plumber and electrician and any other kinds of services you might need.

If you want your agent to give you feedback, ask for it...but the reality is that when YOUR BUYER comes to look, they will make an offer, and that is the ultimate feedback you want to hear. Sometimes the feedback is helpful in fixing something you did not know was "in the way of a sale," and that is helpful information your agent will pass back to you.

Best wishes to all buyers and sellers in finding a property that you will love. Remember that home values WILL GO UP in the future, and if you have found a property that you love and the bottom line price is more than you want to pay, the value WILL be going up in due time. BUY WHAT YOU LOVE that is within your price range.


MARILYN FARBER JACOBS, Realtor, ePRO - Keller Williams Realty Services
Lic. Mortgage Broker - Iberia Mortgage Corporation, Lic. Correspondent Lenders
Lic. Independent Insurance Agent - Health and Life Insurance, Medicare Supplements, Annuities, Long Term Care, Life and Structured Settlements.
December 1, 2008. Marilyn Farber Jacobs is a Realtor and ePRO specializing in listing and selling properties in gated golfing communities and on the waterfront. SEARCH THE MLS and EXPLORE THE AREA at http://www.MarilynJacobs.com. COMPARE waterfront condos at http://www.FLWaterfrontCondos.com. Marilyn's territory includes Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Highland Beach, Ocean Ridge, Lake Worth and Lantana in Palm Beach County.

Pictured above: 2006 Palm Beach Farms Estate For Sale, boat dock, 4616 sq ft, beautiful interiors, 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, gourmet kitchen, French Doors, Crown Moldings, Automatic Generator, 3 car garage, solid pour walls, elevator, private Master Bedroom with balcony in established neighborhood with playground. House has boat dock, is on waterfront. $2,500,000.

THIS ARTICLE APPEARS ON SMARTGUY.COM, written by Marilyn Farber Jacobs

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

CHOCOHOLICS TAKE NOTE…

Recent research indicates that brisk walking might control chocolate urges… but suggests you do not walk in the direction of the candy store. After 3 days of chocolate abstinence, 25 regular chocolate eaters took brisk 15-minute walks and tests showed that exercise reduced chocolate urges. Shall we all try this? We MIGHT become “all-around healthier” as exercise increases mental alertness, brings oxygen into the body and is very good for all of us in other ways as well.

Monday, November 24, 2008

HOMES LISTED FOR OVER $100MM HIT BY REAL ESTATE SLOWDOWN

























Culling the list of most expensive properties that are for sale from published property listings, high-end brokerages and conversations with real estate agents, here are updates us on the state of the high-end real estate market. Note that in Europe especially many estates and luxury markets are shopped privately for undisclosed prices. Financier Leonard Ross took his Beverly Hills Hearst Mansion listed for $165MM off the market, as did Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia with his $125MM Aspen Ski Lodge. But “our Donald,” Donald Trump, closed on the sale of his $100MM Maison de L’Amitie in Palm Beach, Florida to Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev, having given away the largest single residence price concession of all time of $25MM. Trump bought the house for $41.4MM four years ago, so still made a nice profit. Two houses remain on the market right now for $125MM each. The “Fleur de Lys,” in Beverly Hills, CA, modeled after Louis XIV’s Versailles palace, with Versailles-style decor, is 45,000 sq ft. Built over 5 years, included are a 50-seat screening room and library filled with 1st Edition books. There is a 9-car garage, 12 bedrooms, and 15 bathrooms. This Holmby Hills estate is sandwiched between Beverly Hills and Bel Air. A Jacobean manor with interior features similar to Dunnellen Hall, the estate has features such as vaulted ceilings, travertine marble floors, bay windows, limestone walls and wood paneling and sprawls over 40 acres of rolling hills edged with tall trees, is 21,897 sq ft and has a 52-foot long indoor swimming pool.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT…. Well, not quite…

Time for Boat Parade Registration. The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. is advertising free registration for the 2008 Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade. Over $10,000 will be given out in prizes. Power and sail boats from 0-20’ up to 49’ and up can participate. Email elilly@ci.boca-raton.fl.us, call 561-239-1536 or 561-393-7827 or fax 561-367-7079 for more information and application form.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

TALLER BUILDINGS COMING TO BOCA'S DOWNTOWN AREA

Just approved by City Council: a new 140’ standard for construction with an additional 20’ for decorative and other elements. The building’s density would not increase, so a height increase would require a decrease elsewhere on the structure. The change would allow for more open space, wider sidewalks and more attractive architecture. Downtown is considered between Glades Road and Camino Real, with Palmetto Park Road and Federal Highway. This will give an additional 40’ to the current 100’ maximum. Residents have opposed a “box-like look,” and new designs are expected to offer staggered rooftops to create a more dimensional look, described by Mayor Susan Whelchel as “quality over quantity.” These guidelines will apply to an office building planned for the southeast corner of Palmetto and Federal, scheduled to begin construction in late 2009. This building also would have a boutique hotel with 153 rooms, 105 residential units, a restaurant and retail space.

Friday, November 14, 2008

TECHNOLOGY TO PLAY MAJOR ROLE IN TACKLING GLOBAL DISEASE AND BATTLING CLIMATE CHANGE

Stressing that “ideas, flexibility and entrepreneurship” are even more important than donating money, Larry Brilliant, Executive Director of Google.org, the philanthropic wing of the highly successful and famous search engine, said that their charitable arm has donated about $150MM to charitable organizations since 2004 and allotted about $350MM in online ad space to not-for-profit organizations. Google Maps and News technology are used to track disease outbreaks globally to help avoid epidemics. He also told about Google.org’s tackling climate change, and said, “Global warming is something that happens to all of us. We are in this together. It’s critically important for corporations to step up. Organizations, he said, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carter Center and Rockefeller Foundation have the potential to do even more.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

PUT ON YOUR RUNNING SHOES AND JOIN THE ANNUAL TURKEY TROT RUN/WALK NOV 22 IN DELRAY BEACH

The 22nd Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Health Walk will take place on Saturday, November 22nd at 7:30 am. Registration starts at 6 am. Run will start and finish at Anchor Park on South Ocean Boulevard (A1A) going north on A1A to George Bush Boulevard, then back south to Anchor Park. Entry fee for runners is $20 prior to race day and $25 on day of race. Walkers pay $15 prior to race and $20 on day of race. Proceeds go to Keith Straghn Feed the Hungry Thanksgiving Drive for needy families in Delray Beach, Boca Raton and Boynton Beach. Results will be computerized and recorded in case a national record is set. The Course is certified by the USA Track and Field Association. Trophies will be awarded and all runners and walkers will receive a commemorative T-shirt and ribbon. TO register call DELRAY BEACH PARKS & RECREATION at 561-243-7277.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

LYNN REGIONAL CANCER CENTER AT BOCA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL OFFERS NON-INVASIVE TREATMENTS





More than 3000 cancer patients are treated at the Lynn Cancer Institute every year with multimodality care, where a patient has an entire medical team in one location. Departments included are BRCH Outpatient Imaging and Radiation Oncology, The Center for Hematology-Oncology, chemotherapy and infusion center, multimodality clinic, administration offices and high tech conference center. The Radiation Oncology department will offer “Novalis TX” and Rapid Arc Linear Accelerator allowing steretactic radiosurgery treatment at any location in the body, which are not offered anywhere else in Florida. Treatments are offered from outside the body, outpatient imaging, to destroy tumors or ablate targeted abnormalities without an incision, avoiding hospitalization and recovery periods and possible complications. Radiologists reading the results are nationally renowned, board certified and fellowship-trained with sub-specialty expertise. Advanced imaging tools are also available at the Lynn Cancer Center. The building is located on a 4-acre site at NW 13th Street and NW 7th Avenue in Boca Raton. Satellite locations are in operation in West Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach. If you would like information about a Supplemental Cancer Plan, call Marilyn at 561-988-0070. Marilyn Farber Jacobs is a Licensed Advisor, an Independent Insurance Agent selling life and health insurances, annuities, long term care, life settlements, Medicare Supplements.

Monday, November 03, 2008

2Q US SALES OF FIXED ANNUITIES JUMPS 54.1% OVER 2Q 2007


Beacon Research reports that sales of fixed annuities had their best quarter in several years when they rose to $2.46BB in the 2nd quarter OF 2008. With weakness in the equity markets, folks are looking for safe investments. Did you know that the Florida State Guaranty Laws and Provisions guarantees your principal against loss for up to $100,000 in an annuity and an aggregate of $300,000 for all insurance lines? For example, if you were investing $300,0000 in annuities, you could use three carriers, investing $100,000 in each, and ladder them (have them fall due in different years). For information on CDs vs. Annuities and rolling over 401ks to defer income tax liability on interest earned (and get interest on the interest you are NOT paying for taxes in the meantime) email marilynfjacobs@gmail.com or call 561-988-0070. Marilyn is a Licensed Advisor for Fixed Annuities, Life and Health Care, Long Term Care and Medicare Supplements in Florida. She is an Independent Insurance Agent and gets quotes from many carriers for her clients to assure the most suitable policy available is quoted to them.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

FIRST BOCA SCHOOLHOUSE PICTURED NOW IN ALL CITY SCHOOLS

Built in 1908, the Schoolhouse is now enjoying a centennial anniversary. The Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum has presented framed photographs to all city schools as part of the observance of Boca Raton’s Centennial School Year. The first students and the teacher are pictured standing in front of the building. In 1920, a new masonry school building was constructed at the site of the present Boca Raton Elementary School. A new DVD, “The History of Boca Raton,” was also presented to all the city’s schools. Information about school programs and Boca Raton history can be found at www.bocahistory.org.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

DELRAY BEACH POP-UP BOOK GREAT GIFTS FOR THE KIDS AND GRANDKIDS!

With proceeds earmarked for the Education Endowment Fund to help schools in the Delray Beach area, the City Education Board created a pop-up book about Delray Beach in 2006 and it is available either on line at http://www.delraypopupbook.com/buy.htm or in local stores. The six pop-up spreads are colorful, fact-filled about the rich history and culture of the city, recreational activities and celebrations. The cost is $28.

Friday, October 17, 2008

WONDERING WHAT THAT ANTIQUE IS WORTH?







Bring your treasure to the Boca Museum of Art in Mizner Park for a “Road Show,” on November 17th from 1:30 to 4:30. Appraisal cost is $50. Appraiser is Dr. Lori is a certified fine art and antiques appraiser who reviews about 20,000 items a year and is a nationally syndicated columnist and RV personality who has appeared on network and cable programs. For more information, email aglgl@bocamuseum.org or call 561-392-2500, extension 208.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

POLICE SUBSTATION OPENS AT TOWN CENTER MALL & BOCA POLICE ATTAIN “FLAGSHIP STATUS”

New 1700 sq ft substation and closed-circuit television command post added to Mall for use by Boca Raton police. It will serve as the operational base for the police officers currently assigned to patrol Town Center Mall and will include workspace for four Crime Prevention Unit members. Civilian volunteers and a Community Service Officer will assist patrons with police reports and fingerprinting. A video surveillance monitoring room, separate processing area and conference room are included. More cameras have been added to the 900 cameras already on the property in parking areas, on decks and within the Mall’s interior. These cameras give comprehensive views of the areas, and the area around the property. The Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies has given the Boca Raton police department “flagship status” as a model for other police departments.

Monday, September 29, 2008

ACCREDITED VIRTUAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMING NEXT YEAR IN FLORIDA

Believed to be the most wide-ranging virtual mandate in the US, a new Florida state law requires districts to create full-time virtual schools, collaborate with other districts, or contract with providers approved by the state. Your children and grandchildren who live in Florida will be able to go to school entirely online from kindergarten through 12th grade, never setting foot in a classroom, but about 20% of the curriculum may be taught online and parents must commit to walking their children through the rest of the lessons. School superintendents must be ready by August with details from how to provide the needed technology to how to engage kindergartners attention spans as they sit at the computer for many hours in a row. While this program may eliminate the need to build more schools, the districts still must pay teachers, revamp their curriculum appropriately, and purchase new technology. Districts can choose to pay a state-approved private company to do that . Two online schools are already funded, one for students from kindergarten through eighth grade, and the Florida Virtual School offering middle and high school courses. During last year’s school year, 57,000 students took at least one Florida Virtual School course, but very few committed to an all-online experience. The new Web-based education is expected to attract many students. This year the district will start with 12 students, kindergarten through 8th grade, who are registered for online school through a state program. Students and parents will be asked for input. For accountability, virtual students must meet state standards and take the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. There is concern that the virtual experience cannot be provided to students whose families cannot afford home computers and internet access. Opening school computer labs is one alternative being considered. The North American Council for Online Learning will be watching, as will the rest of us, to see how it goes. For more details see http://www.flvs.net/. Online courses are available for adults too. Check it out!

Monday, September 15, 2008

COME AND SEE SPOTS BEFORE YOUR EYES…

On September 20th, the Palm Beach Zoo in Dreher Park, 301 Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach, will be celebrating “all things spotted,” in support of jaguar conservation. One of the resident jaguars, “Izel,” will be celebrating a third birthday! Learn about these beautiful creatures from keeper talks and enrichment sessions. Games, arts and crafts will be featured throughout the day for children.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

FLAGER'S PERSONAL RAIL CAR ON DISPLAY IN PALM BEACH










Henry Morrison Flagler’s personal rail car, built in 1886, is now on view, and you can walk through the new 8100 sq ft Pavilion at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach to see it.
The railway car has been restored to its original appearance, using records from the National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian, the Delaware State Archives and the Hagley Museum and Library in Delaware. See the salon, master bedroom and bath, guest quarters and kitchen. The car is called “A Palace on Wheels.” See the fine appointments, including the oak paneling and desk. Flagler traveled by this railcar in 1912 along the Overseas Railway to Key West to celebrate completion of the FEC Railyway, a phenomenal engineering feat. This is the first public Beaux-Arts style building built in the US in 60 years. Its design is consistent with Whitehall, which was completed in 1902. The Museum’s Pavilion CafĂ© is also in the building. Flagler owned much of the land along both sides of the hundreds of miles of track, and has been called “Florida’s Godfather.” For more information, go to http://www.flaglermuseum.us/ or call 561-655-2833.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

BOCA MUSEUM OF ART PRESENTS AMERICAN MODERNISM

Exhibiting more than 40 paintings in their permanent collection, we see art from 1920 to 1950 trying to define the "quintessentially American" idea, using competing forces of innovation and tradition. Artists, including social realists, regionalists, figurative modernists and early abstractionists, struggled to define a changing America during a pivotal period. Included are works by Vaclav Vytlacil and Richard Florsheim. This exhibit is on display from September 2nd, 2008 through March 8, 2009. Museum hours are Sat/Sun noon to 5 pm; Tues/Thurs/Fri 10 am to 5 pm; Wed 10 am to 9 pm; closed Mondays and holidays. For more information call 561-392-2500 or email info@bocamuseum.org. The watercolor and pencil and paper pictured here was done in 1930-1040 by James Daugherty, Untitled, from Modernist Heroic Figures, 12" x 13".


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

NORTON MUSEUM PRESENTS PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT

Featuring as many photographers as possible, the Norton continues its longstanding commitment to furthering the visitor’s understanding of photographic history. A recent donation of 162 photographs, The Hunter Gifts, is now on exhibit until September 7th. The collection includes the work of some of the most important photographers of the 20th century. Six international photographers are paired together for easy comparisons of their work. The Norton Museum of Art is located at 1451 S Olive Avenue in West Palm Beach. General admission is $8, ages 13-21 is $3, children under 13 and members are admitted with no charge.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

FORECLOSURE SEMINAR

EMPOWER YOURSELF! Attend FORECLOSURE SEMINAR, 7-9 pm, Tuesday 8/26 and Thursday 8/28 at the Deerfield Hilton, I-95 and Hillsborough Blvd. FREE pre-registration (561-338-2122 or www.iberiamortgagecorp.com.) or $10 at the door. Who should attend: First Time Buyers, Bargain Shoppers, Investors, Realtors. What you will learn: No credit or Challenged Credit, How to Profit from the Real Estate Mess, How to buy and repair a home with one loan; How the new House Bill benefits you. For further information on foreclosures and short sales call Marilyn Jacobs at 561-988-0070.

DELRAY CULTURAL CENTER OFFERINGS COMING UP – GET OUT YOUR CALENDAR NOW

Songs, lectures and a variety of other special events are planned at Cornell’s Old School Square Crest Theatre, including big and small names with varied talents. “Altar Boyz”, a musical comedy, will open The Crest Theatre Main Stage Series November 14-16. The theatre’s season will conclude with “Romanza, the Art of the Tenor, April 3-5. From December 5-7, Spencer’s Theatre of Illusion will be appearing – maybe disappearing - featuring interesting theatrical elements. December 19-21 the Ballroom World Champion Tour will be held for dance enthusiasts. The latest incarnation of The Kingston Trio will present folk music January 16-18. The American Soul & Rock and Roll Choir will bring us cheer February 6-8. “Footloose,” based on the film, will present their national tour March 6-8. A new Celtic inspired dance production featuring Irish, Ottawa Valley and modern tap dancers, The Stepcrew, will appear March 20-22. The 2009 Lecture Series, held Thursdays at 2 pm, will include Secret Service Director Brian Stafford February 19, Author Michael Gates Gill March 12th and author/photographer Lorraine Salem Tufts April 2nd. Other presentations coming up include Tony Award winners Hal Linden, Tommy Tune, and Christine Ebersole with Grammy winner Billy Stritch, For tickets and more information call 561-243-7922, extension 1. The Crest Theater is located at 51 North Swinton Avenue, just north of Atlantic Avenue near the Delray Beach Tennis Center, in Old School Square. Individual tickets prices for Main Stage and Cabaret Series are $40 for matinee and $42 for evening. Individual lecture tickets are $25 for open seating (balcony) and $40 for reserved seating, which includes valet parking and post-lecture reception. Crest Theatre was voted BEST LIVE THEATRE by Forum Publishing Groups, The Best of Delray Beach Magazine, 2007. For seating chart, and more information on performances, see http://www.oldschool.org/crest.asp.

Monday, August 25, 2008

WHO IS BUYING IN FLORIDA

According to the National Association of Realtors recent study, “2007 Profile of Florida Homebuyers and Sellers”, one in three Florida homebuyers is singe – 21% of 2007 new home purchases were made by single women and 12% by single men. 64% of the buyers had no children under age 18, but the median age of buyers was 43. For first time home buyers, 38% of 2007 home buyers, the median age was 32. 59% of homebuyers were married couples, 6% were unmarried couples. 18% were born outside the US. 27% bought new homes, 58% were detached single-family homes. Typical home had 1700 sq ft and was within 14 miles from their previous home. 98% of buyers ranked honesty and integrity as a “very important factor” when choosing a real estate agent. 90% of homebuyers financed their purchase. The report states that the typical home was on the market for 10 weeks and 33% of sellers did not lower their asking price before selling. Recent sellers typically sold their homes for 96% of the list price. 86% of home sellers reported that their home was listed or advertised on the internet. You can find the report at http://www.floridarealtors.org/LegislativeCenter/Research/index.cfm .

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

WIDESPREAD US HOME PURCHASES BY INTERNATIONALS

National Association of Realtors has estimated that between 150,000 and 190,000 homes in the US were sold to foreign nationals between May 2007 and May 2008. Florida, California and Texas were the most popular states. With the US dollar weakened compared to foreign currencies, US real estate was recognized as a good investment right now.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

FYI: PENDING SALES JUMP UP

The pending home sales index jumped in July by 5.3%, rising in every region of the US. In the South, the index was up by 9.3%. Is a turnaround underway? This index measures signed sale contracts that are on the way to a closing, which is a leading indicator of home sales for the coming two or three months.

PBIA FEATURING PALM BEACH COUNTY ARTISTS EXHIBIT

An Opening Reception will be held at Palm Beach International Airport on Wednesday, September 10th , 5:30-7 pm in the Airport’s Concession Mall, Level 2 Main Terminal, across from Travelers Lounge for exhibits of local paintings, sculpture, photography and mixed-media works, sometimes depicting the flora, fauna and natural places in the County. To see a virtual tour of the art, go to http://www.pbcgov.com/fdo/art/artworks.htm. The artworks, created by residents of various Palm Beach County cities, are for sale. Parking available in Short Term levels 4-7. The exhibit will be on display through September 24th, and is sponsored by Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places through a grant from the Palm Beach County’s Cultural Council. Selected works with are presented for four months and each exhibition features changing cultural and travel themes. Contact information for artists interested in submitting their works is http://www.pbcgov.com/art/FDORegistry.aspx.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

MORE ON WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE HOUSE… NOW REPORTED TO HAVE SOLD FOR $750,000,000

Now comes word that the anonymous Russian billionaire who bought the exquisite Villa Leopolda historic estate on the French Cote d’Azur paid a higher price than previously reported. This purchase overtakes the previous highest purchase of a London home by Laksmi Mittal for his son for $236,000,000. (WOW these are all a lot of zeros!). Villa Leopolda is between Monaco and Nice, overlooking Cap Ferrat near Villefranche-su-Mer. It is a cream-colored turreted mansion with two guest houses. King Leopold II of Belgium built the villa in 1902. In 1916, King Leopold’s nephew and heir, King Albert I, turned the villa into a hospital for wounded officers during WW1. The Agnelli family later owned the property (Fiat auto tycoons) and held legendary jet-set parties in the 1960’s, with guests including Frank Sinatra and Ronald Regan (in his acting days). Fifty full-time gardeners are employed to take care of 20 acres of gardens and terraces, with 1200 olive, orange, lemon and cypress trees. The grounds are considered among the most spectacular on the Cote d’Azur. Seller was Lily Safra, widow of murdered banking billionaire, Edmond Safra. A Russian oil oligarch is said to be the new owner. But not Roman, Abramovich, owner of the Chelsea Football Club, who owns a $100,000,000 mansion near Antibes. It is reported that 60 villas and mansions on Cap Ferrat are owned by wealthy Russians.

Monday, August 11, 2008

GOOD NEWS: HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE WILL GO ON

Canceled last year because of budget cuts, private sponsors have made it possible for the thousands who watch the Boat Parade to again do so on December 20th 2008 starting at 6:30 pm at the C-15 canal (Boca-Delray line) and moving south along the Intracoastal Waterway. The sponsors to thank for allowing this 31-year old event to go on include Summit Brokerage, The Boca Raton Resort & Club, Loggerhead Marina, Florida Inland Navigation District and Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County and The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District. Other sponsorships are available – email elilly@ci.boca-raton.fl.us or call 561-393-7827. As is the custom, boats will stop along the route at various docks and pick up donations for needy kids.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

PLAN NOW: LOOK WHO’S COMING TO THE KRAVIS CENTER!

Carol Burnett (1/17/09)

Barbara Cook (12/16/2008)

Lily Tomlin (2-10-09)

Jackie Mason (2-2-09)

Steven Sondheim (2-408)

Marvin Hamlisch (3-8-09)

Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, original EVITA stars (3-25-09

Wynton Marsalis (1-28-09)

Dr. John and the Neville Brothers (3-3-09)

Led Zeppelin (1-13-09)

The Pink Floyd Experience (2-14-09)

Blue, a tribute to Joni Mitchell (1/2-4/09)

Kravis Membership is $75 and includes priority seating opportunities based on level of donation. Public tickets go on sale for 2008-2009 at 9 am on September 20th. For more info call 561-832-7469 or go to http://www.kravis.org. Starting in October, for 11 sessions, “Movies by Moonlight” will be presented in the Gosman Amphitheatre including Grease, Sound of Music and Singin’ In The Rain.

COME SEE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE PART OF AN “OCEAN CITY”

The Delray Beach Historical Society is showing “Treasures of the Sea’ in the Archives Room at Old School Square’s Cornell Museum, 51 North Swinton Avenue through August 30th. You will see vintage photos and post cards, artifacts, DVD’s, beach coming collections and other items. This show is being held along with the museum’s exhibit, “Paintings beneath the Sea,” by Jason Mathias. The DBHS website (www.db-hs.org) says, “Throughout the years the sea has provided humans with untold treasures. The people of Delray Beach have always valued their proximity to the sea and it has been a strong part of the identity of our city.” Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. For more info call 561-243-2577 or email dbhs@bellsouth.net.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

AUGUST ADMISSION FREE FOR PALM BEACH ZOO

Want to find something for the kids to do? Grandkids coming for a visit? Palm Beach Zoo admission fees are waived in August and unlimited carousel rides are offered for kids age 12 and younger. There are over 100 shows a week and 1600 animals to visit. The Zoo is located at Dreher Park in West Palm Beach. Mission of the zoo is to provide an outdoor classroom of living creatures to foster awareness, appreciation and respect for the natural world. More info at www.palmbeachzoo.org.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

CELEBRATE BOCA FESTIVAL DAYS AUGUST 1 TO AUGUST 31

Join in MISSION POSSIBLE 2008 on August 7th from 6-8:30 pm at Town Center, and take on the role of sleuth in a mystery mission. Proceeds benefit The Haven, a local home for boys age 9 to18 who have been placed in protective care by the state. Sample more than 100 wines and many hors d’oeuvres on August 16 from 7-9 pm at WINE & ALL THAT JAZZ at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. Gear up for 5k walk August 19 from 5:30-8:30 pm at Marriott Boca Center. Goal is to collect $375,000 for MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER. Local celebrities will compete on the dance floor on August 28th, 6-9:30 pm at Pavillion Grille, 301 Yamato for the BOCA BALLROOM BATTLE with proceeds benefiting the George Snow Scholarship Fund. Local business leaders and representatives from area nonprofit and media groups are working together to present these events and many others (40+) throughout the month of August. C’mon over and don’t miss all the fun!

Friday, July 18, 2008

95th BIRTHDAY COMING UP FOR “SINGING PINES” HOUSE


For the last 30-years, “Singing Pines” house has been the home of the Boca Raton Children’s Museum. Celebrations are scheduled for October, along with the first phase of expansion, and will feature a look back at Boca’s pioneer history, a display “for kids and about kids.” Located at 498 Crawford Boulevard, the museum will soon look like a village green. Author Diane Benedetto has written a book on what it was like to be a kid in the pioneer days and will be taking part. A Memorabilia Closet will hold toys and clothes from that era. Historic photos will be included, in particular on of the aftermath of a 1920’s hurricane where everything is devastated but “Singing Pines” remains standing. The house was built by William Myrick who purchased the property from Henry M. Flagler’s Model Land Company and the Myricks were one of 13 families who settled in Boca Raton in 1913. Phase II will be a high-tech house with a mini-Imax theatre and computer labs that give children an opportunity to create science projects, make films… and more. It will be named “The Voyager,” using designs from H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. Museum Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12-4 pm. For more information call 561-368-6875.