Friday, May 22, 2015

The taxable value of property in Palm Beach County jumped by 8.7 percent over the past year, its biggest one-year increase in 10 years, according to early estimates released today by the Property Appraiser’s Office.

early estimates show property-value increases enjoyed by the county’s cities ranged from 32.3 percent for Riviera Beach to 1.2 percent for the tiny town of Glen Ridge.  The average growth for all cities is 9.4 percent, and most of the large cities are close to that number: Jupiter, Boynton Beach and Wellington all above 9 percent; Palm Beach Gardens at 7.3 percent; Royal Palm Beach at 10.7 percent and West Palm Beach at 11.5 percent.

“The overwhelming majority of the increase in Riviera Beach was from the power plant,” the Property Appraiser said. “Factor out the power plant, and their increase is probably around 9 to 10 percent.”

The county is poised, in the next year or two, to regain all of the property value losses of the Great Recession.  “If things continue as they have the past two years, that would be true,” Nikolits (Property Appraiser) said, “and I’m not seeing anything to indicate a substantial slowdown in the next year or so.”

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Memorial Day concert "An American Tribute"
Monday, May 25th at 7:00pm
And a schedule of our Summer Series 2015
 Free music and movies under the stars
As part of the City of Boca Raton's Memorial Day observances
Monday, May 25th at 7:00 pm
"An American Tribute"
Full concert band of patriotic music
For information: 561.393.7995 or Click Here


Wednesday, March 25, 2015


THE COMPLETE LIST: Leroy Jethro Gibbs has rules that he enforces with everyone on his team, in 3x05 "Switch" he told Ziva that there are approximately fifty rules. However, not all of the rules have been revealed and some numbers have two different rules. Here are the rules that have been revealed so far:

Rule #1: Never let suspects stay together. (Franks) 1x01 'Yankee White'

Rule #1: Never screw over your partner. 4x14 'Blowback'

Rule #2: Always wear gloves at a crime scene.  (Franks) 1x01 'Yankee White'

Rule #3: Don't believe what you're told. Double check. (Franks) 1x01 'Yankee White'

Rule #3: Never be unreachable. 3x13 'Deception'

Rule #4: The best way to keep a secret? Keep it to yourself .Second best? Tell one other person - if you must. There is no third best. 4x11 'Blowback'

Rule #5: You don't waste good. (…"You're Good" Gibbs says to DiNozzo) 8x22 'Baltimore'

Rule #6: Never apologize — It’s a sign of weakness.  A rule used more often than the others, but finally given a number in 7x12 'Flesh and Blood' during a great Gibbs/DiNozzo moment. The first person to use that phrase was John Wayne in, "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon." "Never apologize, mister, it. It's a sign of weakness." — In the episode 3x23 'Hiatus Part-1' DiNozzo explains to NCIS Director, Jenny Shepard, that Gibbs took this one from "The Duke himself."

Rule #7: Always be specific when you lie. 1x23 'Reveille'

Rule #8: Never take anything for granted. 3x10 'Probie'

Rule #9: Never go anywhere without a knife. 1x13 'One Shot, One Kill' & 1x20 'Missing'

Rule #10: Never get personally involved on a case. (Said by Tony, agreed on by Gibbs) 7x21 'Obsession'

Rule #11: When the job is done, walk away. 6x24 'Semper Fidelis'

Rule #12: Never date a coworker. 1x15 'Enigma'

Rule #13: Never, ever involve a lawyer. 6x07 'Collateral Damage' & 7x24 'Rule Fifty-One'

Rule #14: Bend the line, don't break it. And Gibbs said human smuggling breaks it.

Rule #15: Always work as a team. 5x05 'Leap of Faith'

Rule #16: If someone thinks they have the upper-hand, …break it! (DiNozzo) 8x24 'Pyramid'

Rule #18: It's better to seek forgiveness than ask permission. 3x04 'Silver War'

Rule #22: Never, ever bother Gibbs in interrogation. 4x10 'Smoked'

Rule #23: Never mess with a Marine's coffee if you want to live. 2x09 'Forced Entry'

Rule #27: Two ways to follow: First way, they never notice you, — second way, they only notice you. 7x15 'Jack Knife' & 7x24 'Rule Fifty-One'

Rule #35: Always watch the watchers. 8x22 'Baltimore'

Rule #36: If you think you're being played, you are

Rule #38: Your case, your lead. 6x16 'Bounce'

Rule #39: There is no such thing as coincidence. 7x21 'Obsession'

"The 40's are for Emergency Use Only!" (Mentioned by Abby) 7x24 'Rule Fifty-One'

Rule #40: If it seems someone is out to get you, they are. (Said by Abby, agreed on by Gibbs) 7x22 'Borderland' & 7x24 'Rule Fifty-One'

Rule #42: Don't ever accept an apology from someone who just sucker-punched you

Rule #44: First things first. Hide the women and children. 7x23 'Patriot Down'

Rule #45: Clean up your own mess. (Gibbs Said, "Left a mess I've got to clean up." — DiNozzo commented that's basically Rule #45) 7x24 'Rule Fifty-One' (See Below)

Rule #51: Sometimes — You're Wrong! 7x24 'Rule Fifty-One'

Rule #62: Always give people space when they get off the elevator. Season 11, episode 13. Quoted by Abby to Gibbs.
Rule #69: Never trust a woman who doesn't trust her mom. 

Rule #69: "Always carry a lighter (Marine Corps Zippo)." I believe the Quote attributed to #69 above was said to Tobias by Gibbs during the episode involving former wife Diane and the disappearance of her current husband. It was "Never trust a woman who doesn't trust her man."

I believe Gibbs lives by an unwritten rule #1,as I do. Don't start no shit and there won't be none.
Gibbs says to Tony that a rule was “You may only break 2 rules”.

Rule #70: McGee created a new one:. Keep digging long enough and you'll hit bottom.

Should be a rule number 71: you don't have to be Gibbs or an NCIS agent to live by these rules.

Saturday, March 21, 2015


There are five upscale homes in Regent Park, with 1959 Regency-style homes just south of Mar-a-Lago Club and seven Parc Monceau homes about 1.5 miles south of Regent Park, all by Clarence Mack who resided in Regent Park. Located at 400 Regents Park, the lakefront 6-bedroom, 7 bath property is for sale for $12.3MM and includes a dock and about 118’ on the intracoastal waterway.  For $24,000/month you can rent the 4 bedroom, 7 bath home at 500 Regent Park, which features 12’ ceilings, crown moldings, a long private circular drive and expansive pool deck.

The Landmarks Preservation commission has just approved a plan to add a lantern and bronze plaque to the front of each of the two 12’ columns at the entrance to Regent Park, repave the long driveway and beautify the large oval median, shrinking it so that trucks do not crush its landscaping.  Column height is restricted to 8’ in today’s building code, and these higher columns were built before this regulation was enacted. 

The Commission is also considering designating Regent Park and the Parc Monceau neighborhoods as historic districts, and it is the Landmarks Commission, therefore, rather than the Architectural Commission who are reviewing changes.  According to Spokeo, the average property value in Parc Monceau is $4.9MM, average owners income is $209,000.  The Parc Monceau group want to demolish an area, and unless a property is landmarked, demolition requests cannot be denied.  The Architectural Commission approved demolition last September of demolition of this area in Park Monceau.


Median improvements in Regent Park include adding a Belgian block raised curb around it and green island ficus shrubs and tree-sized bougainvillea, lining the north and south sides of the median.  Regent Park is a public street, but the homeowners are paying for the improvements and will pay for ongoing maintenance.
WEBMISTRESS' NOTE: Please excuse if some of the above post runs into information in the sidebar.  As this moves down after more posts, that will not be the case.  If I reduce the size of the maps, the street names disappear.  Thank you!  MARILYN JACOBS

Thursday, March 19, 2015


On the National Register of Historic Places, Grandview Heights in West Palm Beach, established in 1910, includes twelve homes in Craftsman, Florida Bungalow, Spanish Mission, Dutch Colonial Revival, Art Deco and Mediterranean Revival-style homes to view.  Their Annual Grandview Historic Home Tour will be held Sunday, March 29th from 3-7 pm.  Tours began in 1995.  There are 13 Historic Districts in West Palm Beach.

Connect with early Florida lifestyles and view historical Florida art as early as 1890 at Grandview Gardens Bed & Breakfast.  Paintings are by Highwaymen, the itinerant African-American artists whose work reflects Florida pastoral scenes. 
A block party is included with entertainment by Lotsa Papas and food, a plated meal, from the restaurant Aioli.  Meet and mingle with creative homeowners.
Grandview Heights is located between Parker Avenue and the FEC railroad tracks, just south of Okeechobee Blvd.  Boundaries are Park Place, Alabama Avenue, M Street and Lake Avenue.  Residents with 2-story homes can see the Atlantic Ocean over the island of Palm Beach from 2nd story windows.  Hence, the area name evolved, Grandview Heights.  This is a successful urban neighborhood with great diversity. 
For further information call 561-877-1221.  Tour Admission is $35 with volume and early bird discounts.  A souvenir booklet with a self-guided walking tour and map will be provided.

Friday, March 06, 2015


IMAGINE… a neighborhood that is family oriented, with safe streets and no through traffic, with flocks of green parrots nesting in the trees in an “Old Florida World” setting.  Such is the case in Lake Worth’s historic Parrot Cove.  The area borders on Lucerne Avenue on the south, a golf course on the east, the south side of 13th Avenue on the north and the east side of Federal on the west.  The single family homes date from the 1920’s heydays but the majority of residences were built during the 1950’s and 1960’s.  There is an eclectic mix of colorful homes, inns, and churches. The neighbohood is pet friendly.  Landscaping is lush and blooming.   Virtual tour.  On March 15th, come, attend and enjoy.

A non-profit neighborhood association was formed in April 2000 to provide information to the 600 homes in the neighborhood, on a wide range of issues and to meet neighbors.  General meetings are held at least six times a year.  Cost annually is $10 for an individual and $20 for a family.  Social Membership is available to those who do not live within the boundaries of Parrot Cove. The “Parrot in the Hood” parties for Association members are held in resident’s homes and block parties and private tours are also held.  There is a published newsletter, 6 times a year, delivered to residents’ doorsteps.
Every other year a major fundraiser is held with a Home and Garden tour, when residents’ open their homes to visitors.  This year’s tour will be held on Sunday, March 15, with visits to 9 homes, 3 gardens, 2 inns, a golf course clubhouse and 2 churches.  Purchased in advance at and several local stores and inns, tickets are $25.  If purchased after noon on March 13, tickets are $30.  Tour is held from 2 to 6 pm and starts at Believers’ Victory Church, 918 N. Lakeside Drive.  Check-in will open at 1:30 pm.  The money raised is used to improve the community and to give to local charities.  In spite of morning rain, in 2012 there were 420 participants.

Residents can walk to shops, restaurants and pubs, library, movie theatre, playhouse, post office, city hall, grocery stores, pharmacies, a municipal golf course on the water and ocean public access beach.

Friday, February 13, 2015

WOW! yum!

It was the pictures in an ad on my computer for some oriental dinners that made me head for dinner over to PeiWei off Palmetto in Boca DelMar.  The week before I was headed to Trader Joes on Federal and Linton, to buy fish for dinner, but when I saw a new PeiWei there, I happily succumbed.

They steamed my shrimp and I ordered lo mein to go with it.  Very tasty and healthy.  They had a new item, CRUNCH ROLLS that look delicious, but I was not hungry enough to have that too.  Maybe next time.  Opened and ate three fortune cookies, liking the first one best which said, “Good Times are Ahead.”  I figure if I open three, one is bound to be good.  And, I like the taste of the cookies. Their chocolate chip cookies are crunchy and have chocolate bursts.  There are gluten free alternatives too.  Choose from spicy or not spicy vegetable spring rolls, crab wontons, lettuce wraps  and chicken, shrimp, steak or vegetables and tofu dishes. Top it all off with fresh cut orange slices, found usually where the utensils are.  What is your favorite meal there?

The d├ęcor is “quiet” with dark wood benches, tables and chairs.  Enticing odors waft my way from the open kitchen – all you see are the heads of the cooks, but you can hear them cooking. When you order at the counter, they give you a small plastic sign with a number and that is how the waiter finds you when your order is ready.  There is never a long wait.  My small size portion was around $10.  FYI Pei Wei has 190 locations in the US, including Boynton Beach and West Palm Beach at the Palm Beach Mall.
If you have a favorite Asian food restaurant, drop me a line and tell me about it so we can tell the Readership.

Sunday, February 08, 2015


2494 So. Ocean Blvd.  Here you have luxury living in a 5-star oceanfront complex. Full service building with 24/7 guard gate, valet and concierge services for 2-4 bedroom units ranging from 2130-8500 sq ft. Larger units have all the features of a house with condo amenities for easy care and security when you are not there, and some have their own private pools-the height of luxury in an oceanfront condo. 
The three sister-towers were built in 1995 on A1A’s Boca Raton Gold Coast, south of Camino Real.  If you enjoy architectural details you will marvel at this complex’s features.  New York designer Melvin Dwork created an Asian-inspired motif.  The curved balconies and building tops present a contemporary element.  Elevators open into the units. Amenities include spectacular oceanfront pool with attendants, direct beach access, clubhouse, fitness center, community room, sauna, squash court, bike storage.  Large units have all the features of a house with condo amenities for easy care and security when you are not there, and some have their own private pools-the height of luxury in an oceanfront condo. 
Lease OK, up to 50+ lbs. pet.  Maintenance includes basic cable.  Area public schools are all A-Rated.

Three 3-bedroom units are available right now, each a little larger than 4000 living sq ft, two on the 4th floor for $2499,500 and $1,299,900,  and 1 on the 8th for $3,395,000.

MARILYN KNOWS THE WATERFRONT and will be happy to show you these or any other properties!

Saturday, January 10, 2015



 For more information about cat’s health

ASPCA/PET STATISTICS: Facts about Pet Ownership in the U.S.: It's estimated that 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats are owned in the United States. Approximately 37-47% of all households in the United States have a dog, and 30-37% have a cat.

Considering a home purchase and want to know if pets are allowed?
Call Marilyn 561-638-9818

Friday, January 09, 2015


·      A few weeks before moving date, get a moving file and calendar for just this purpose, keeping all documents relating to the sale and buy in the files, who to contact for utility turn ons, mortgage or lease contracts

·      Out-of-season clothes can be vacuum sealed and go directly into storage area in your new home

·      Keep sandwich bags handy for small items, e.g. screws for a bed frame or flat-screen and tape the bag to the back of the item, labeling them in case they get separated

·      Stack Styrofoam plates between each dish; put glasses inside clean socks

·      Organize packing boxes using colored duct tape for different rooms they items are going in to

·      Make a box of supplies including paper towels, trash bags, staples, a box cutter, screwdrivers and any other supplies that may help with unpacking and setting up.

·      Replace older items before the move, whether it is a small kitchen appliance or old mattress

     ·      Prepare a “Survival Kit,”  with clothes and toiletries for the “day after”

Thursday, December 04, 2014


Have you noticed changes along the road on I-95 in Boca Raton?

Construction begins on the long-awaited I-95 new interchange, fourteen years in the making, with exit and entrance ramps going on to Spanish River Boulevard just north of the overpass, and leading directly to Florida Atlantic University.  Nearby exits on Glades Road, the most congested roadway in the county, and Palmetto Park Road, will get some traffic relief.  The downside is that this $66.6MM project will take three years to complete.  On the upside, FDOT is extending the city’s El Rio biking/walking trail under Yamato Road.

The ramp network will connect I-95, Spanish River and Yamato Roads with additional lanes on I-95 between the Glades and Spanish River interchanges and between the Yamato and Congress Avenue interchange.  Spanish River Road will be widened west of Florida Atlantic Boulevard.  The new FAU stadium will be more accessible.  One recorded comment from a student/retiree who wants to avoid the ensuing congestion is that her “next class will be in three years”.
New turn lanes or wider ramps are coming at other I-95 interchanges, including this year, construction at Woolbright Road, 10th Avenue North, Hypoluxo Road and Donald Ross Road.  Future improvements will be made at Atlantic Avenue, Linton Boulevard, Blue Heron Boulevard and  PGA Boulevard.

Installation of noise walls along I-95 has begun with construction near San de Vance and homes on Yamato near the entrance ramp.  Two bridges will be built over the El Rio Canal as part of the entrance ramps to I-95 and Yamato from Spanish River.  With one lane of traffic remaining open at all times, other lane closures will occur between 9 am and 5  pm Sunday thru Thursday.  Gear up with magazines in your car to browse when traffic is at a standstill, DVDs or radio to play, and texting to do safely.