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

ARAGON LUXURIOUS OCEANFRONT CONDOS FOR SALE IN BOCA RATON




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

CATS AGE CONVERSION CHART




CAT YEARS
HUMAN YEARS
1
15
2
24
3
28
4
32
5
36
6
40
7
44
8
48
9
52
10
56
11
60
12
64
13
68
14
72
15
76
16
80
17
84
18
88
19
92
20
96

 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

TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL MOVE



·      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

I-95 TRAFFIC RELIEF COMING TO BOCA AND OTHER COUNTY AREAS


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.

THESE SIGNS YOU WILL PROBABLY NOT SEE


  


   

Saturday, November 29, 2014

LANDMARKS COMMISSIONER TO SPEAK ABOUT ADDISON MIZNER AT HISTORICAL SOCIETY


The most singular name associated with this century’s Palm Beach history is that of architect Addison Mizner.  Immediate pictures come to mind upon mention of his name, of fabulous buildings he built in the area for the Palm Beach elite.  Mizner led a colorful personal life and became the prolific “go to man” for designing and decorating grand palaces in the 1920’s, some of which are visible as you drive along the famed coastline of Palm Beach and amidst its streets, though others have been torn down.


In keeping with their mission to collect, preserve and share the history of Palm Beach County, the non-profit Historical Society of Palm Beach County includes a program in their Distinguished Lecture Series about the world-famous, talented, colorful architect, whose influence over the appearance of Palm Beach was enormous, and continues to be imitated to this day.  



Members of the Historical Society (admitted for free) and non-members ($20 admission fee) are welcome at 7 pm on December 10th at The Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, 300 North Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach.  Head to the 3rd Floor Courtroom inside the historic 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse where the Museum is housed.  You can stay afterwards for the reception and book signing.  Free parking is available directly across the street of the north side of the Courthouse.  Entry is at the southeast corner of 4th Street and Dixie, across from the WPB Fire Rescue Station, from 6 pm on.  For further information call 561-832-4164.



Author Richard Silvin, born in Switzerland, former health care corporate executive, began to write non-fiction books when he retired.  Silvin, who is a Landmarks Preservation Commission member, will give a lecture about “Villa Mizner, The House That Changed Palm Beach”, which was Mizner’s own house, and people of note in Palm Beach, in those times, mentioning others who lived in the house after Mizner passed away in 1933.  Other non-fiction books he wrote include, “Noblesse Oblige: The Duchess of Windsor as I Knew Her,” “I Survived Swiss Boarding Schools,” and “Walking the Rainbow.”



The Historical Society has archives with almost 2MM photographic images, maps, newspapers, journals, periodicals, architectural drawings and research files regarding events and people who shaped Palm Beach County.  They offer educational programs to schools about Palm Beach’s history which goes back 12,000 years.

Friday, November 14, 2014



ABOUT WEICHERT REALTY

·       Independent research ranks Weichert.com among the top five of all real estate broker websites

·       Site averages over 3MM visits monthly and 700,000 to mobile website

·       Average visit duration of 11+ minutes outpaces most major real estate companies and in some cases nearly doubles them

·       Our full-time internet marketing team ensures maximum exposure by bidding on over 1MM keywords on major search engines to lead to Weichert.com

·       Weichert.com listings gain additional exposure on an ever-growing list of sites like Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, Wall St Journal and New York Times

MARILYN FARBER JACOBS is licensed with WEICHERT-Heath & Joseph, Boynton Beach – 82 agents in our office who may come to a caravan of your property when Marilyn lists it, for an open house!  Keep in mind that MARILYN KNOWS THE COUNTRY CLUBS, THE WATERFRONT, ACTIVE ADULT COMMUNITIES, HOMES IN A-RATED SCHOOL DISTRICTS and can list and quickly sell your property (even if it did not sell so far) and find you “the home of your dreams”!  Need an agent in another area?  No problem… ASK MARILYN!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

MANDATORY CHANGES COMING TO YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE








Homeland Security developed the federal REAL ID ACT OF 2005 for the issuance of state-issued drivers licenses and identification cards.  After 2016, those under age  50  will need the new star on your drivers license for access to federal buildings and commercial airline flights (though 2 forms of ID suffice for airlines).  For those over 50, the date is 2017.  The purposes of this change are to reduce fraud and to fight terrorism.

This process cannot be done online.  You must appear in person at a service center (https://www.pbctax.com/locations) and have with you proof of date of birth, social security number and residential address.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

LOCAL "TASTE HISTORY CULTURAL TOURS OF HISTORIC PALM BEACH" PROVIDES HISTORY, CULTURE, ART AND TRAVEL INFORMATION


This multi-cultural culinary tour is for history buffs and foodies.  The Culture Trip, an international news agency cited this tour among their Florida’s 10 Best Food Festivals and Fiestas.   TripBuzz ranked this tour as #7 out of 118 nearby activities.  South Beach Wine and Food Festival and the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival recognize this tour.



Visit 3 to 4 restaurants for hearty food tastings and trips to historic districts, unique restaurants, historic buildings, art districts and art galleries.  



Areas toured include Northwood Village/West Palm Beach; Lake Worth and Lantana; Delray Beach and Boynton Beach and private tours can be arranged. These local tours are available year-round and go on, rain or shine.



These guide-narrated 4-hour tours are done by bus for 15-20 people.  In Delray Beach, it’s early history is described from its first Midwest founders, William Linton and David Swinton, to early landowners including Henry Flagler and William and Sara Gleason.



Some eating experiences are standing-only.  Dietary restrictions and substitutions cannot be provided.  Some eateries are cafes, restaurants, bakeries, pastry shops, markets, food stands, an urban farm, historic buildings, cultural centers and art galleries.  See their facebook page for pix.




Tours are held on 2nd, 3rd and4th Saturdays at 11 a.m.  There is about 4-6 blocks of walking.  Tours travel through historic districts and neighborhoods.  Each tour varies its stops. 



Pre-payment of $40 per person is required; children under 18 are free when accompanied by an adult, but you must call to verify that space is available.  After February 15, 2015, the new tour rate will be $45 per person for Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and Lantana; $50 per person for West Palm Beach as bus rental and insurance fees have gone up. 



Tours board at Macy’s outside east entrance at the Boynton Beach Mall in Boynton Beach.  The tours are sponsored partly by Macy’s, famous for its culinary tools department, and discounts are given to trip participants.





Monday, October 13, 2014

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY BECOMING A CONDO CONVERSION sez THE REAL DEAL


As a condo conversion, it would be hard to find the privacy, security and exclusivity plus the historic feeling and water views... and it is a landmark!

The article states that parking will be featured at the base of the statue along with high-end retail stores, a five star restaurants and maids quarters.  Affordable housing would be limited.  Applicants just have to pass the reasonable credit check.

See more including layout of condos and prices at: http://therealdeal.com/blog/2014/10/12/what-if-
the-statue-of-liberty-was-condo-conversion/#sthash.SFI2GuqF.dpuf

(THIS IS A SATIRE BUT CLICK THE LINK TO SEE THE 

IDEAS FOR THE INTERIOR OF THE STATUE) 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

PALM BEACH CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS ARE FORGING AHEAD WITH NEW DEVELOPMENTS






The Dreher Park Zoo and Science Center are planning an ecotourism complex that is estimated to attract 2.2MM annual visitors, and to be the largest destination in the US focused on conservation and environment.  Cost slated to range between $93MM and $123MM, and result after 10 years, in an annual impact of $300MM. Joint venture agreement discussions to lay out roles and responsibilities are being held.  Plans call for a butterfly haven, rope canopy tour, IMAX theatre, outdoor Everglades exhibit, environment education center, and more.  Next February, completion is scheduled for the science center’s west wing, doubling its usable space over the past four years to 40,000 sq ft.  It’s last fiscal year ended with a $30,000 surplus.  By the end of the year, the zoo will have doubled the size of its Malayan tiger habitat.



 
The Norton Museum has begun rehabbing six historic houses it owns on Cranesnest Way and is planning an expansion to reorient the Dixie Highway entrance, and to add 15,000 sq ft of new or renovated gallery space.



Palm Beach Atlantic University’s 78-acre Marshall and Vera Lee Rinker Athletic Campus has raised more than $15MM to benefit the athletic campus, academic programs and scholarships.  The President of the College stated that the school’s economic impact on the community is $345MM.


Monday, October 06, 2014

MARK YOUR CALENDAR TO ATTEND “AN AFTERNOON WITH ANN ROMNEY”

 
A most accomplished woman who focuses on being a wife, mother and grandmother, she also works with community and faith-based organizations and served a First Lady of Massachusetts when husband Mitt was Governor.
In 1998 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and volunteers time to raise awareness of this disease.
Mrs. Romney is a beautiful woman in so many ways.  The Romneys just celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary, have 5 sons and 5 daughters-in-law and 22 grandchildren.
As part of the Esther B. O ‘Keeffe Speaker Series, this presentation will be held at 3  pm on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at The Four Arts’ Gubelmann Auditorium.    Show Membership Card (admits 2) at door; non-members pay$35 each and tickets are available one hour before the lecture (cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted).

BOCA RATON VOTED 7TH MOST EXCITING CITY IN FLORIDA BY MOVOTO REAL ESTATE BLOG

Cities with at least 30,000 residents were considered, and 99 were found.  Boca Raton was the 4th place active life and arts ranking with nightlife and music venues scoring high too.  Boca placed third in non-fast food restaurants.

Friday, October 03, 2014

GREAT AMERICAN PLACES NAMES WEST PALM BEACH'S HISTORIC CLEMATIS STREET AMONG TOP 10 BEST STREETS IN AMERICA








Since the 1890’s, Clematis Street has been the commercial district for Palm Beach County.  Initial surveyors and engineers for Henry Flagler’s East Coast Railroad (1893) planned the area’s configuration.  Since 1990 it has been a two-way street.  The 500 block is listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1996.  A waterfront park and pavilion connects the waterfront to Clematis Street.  From the park you can walk the waterfront and admire the really big boats docked there. Since 2009, there is a new library and city hall complex.

Locals and visitors are drawn to the street with festivals, annual events and concerts.  Catch the trolley that connects CityPlace, train and bus stations, Palm Beach Atlantic University and downtown West Palm Beach.  Some call it, “Main Street,” and “the entertainment center of West Palm Beach”, a living room, where people relax, have fun, shop, dine and do business.  There are antique shops to browse, colorful boutiques to find that one-of-a-kind item, nightclubs, a movie plex and some upscale stores and restaurants nearby. Have a drink and dine at Bradleys across from the Intracoastal Waterway and enjoy crowd watching.  Architecture is authentic and eclectic, evolving over the last century, including every era and style. 

Historic buildings abound with shops and restaurants on the ground floors of historic buildings.  On higher floors you can find startups, small tech companies, and artists.  Residents’ non –traditional work schedules activate and energize the street, often in the later hours. Some retailers have been there for 100 years.  Drop in to Segway Tours, “the best way to see the area”, and voted # 1 by Trip Advisor of 24 West Palm Beach Activities.  Rent a self-balancing “Personal Transporter,” a motorized “scooter” that changes direction by leaning that way.  Modern dance clubs and health food emporiums are included.  “Clematis by Night” offers a fountain-side concert series, food art and children’s activities.  .  After browsing an art gallery, sit outside and have coffee or wine and cheese.  “SunFest,” the annual boat show and “Corvettes on Clematis” are well attended events with the area drawing about 80,000 visitors a week.

Nearby places to enjoy are The Kravis Center where top stars perform, the Convention Center with art, antiques and jewelry shows, and lots of interesting street browsing.  The area encompasses 5 blocks from Flagler Drive to Rosemary Avenue.

Next time you are looking to have fun, head over to Clematis Street!