Boca Briefs


Gift establishes Association of Performing Arts of India Legacy Fund at FAU

Florida Atlantic University will be promoting the music and dance of India thanks to a contribution by the Association of Performing Arts of India.

The group recently made a contribution to FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters to create the Association of Performing Arts of India Legacy Fund. The endowed fund will be used to promote and showcase the music and dance of India.

APAI was founded in 1998 by Dr. Deenbandhu and Bharti Chokshi, along with friends, to preserve and promote India’s classical music and dance, and to educate people of all ages in South Florida, including young people of Indian descent, about Indian traditional arts and culture as a living heritage for all. The fund at FAU was established to continue this important work through student academic and community programs in perpetuity.

“We are delighted and honored to be chosen to steward this important work of preserving and promoting India’s rich music and dance tradition here in South Florida,” said Michael J. Horswell, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Letters. “This effort fits perfectly into our University’s mission to be a hub for the diverse cultures and arts of the world that make our community such a vibrant and exciting place to live and study. I thank the Chokshi’s for their leadership over the years and for entrusting us with their organization’s legacy.”

APAI chose FAU because of a long working relationship with James Cunningham, Ph.D., associate professor of music  and ethnomusicologist, and Clarence Brooks, associate professor and director of dance, and APIA Advisory Board Member.

“Ever since I first met Dr. Deenbandhu and Bharti Chokshi in 2005, I have shared their dream of incorporating Hindustani and Karnatak classical traditions from North and South India into the curriculum of the Department of Music at FAU,” Cunningham said. “That dream has at last come to fruition.”

Over the past decade, APIA has supported numerous guest speakers in classical Indian dance and sponsored three courses in Bharatanatyam in the dance program. In the future, Brooks  will offer dance classes in bharatanatyam and other classical dance forms of India taught by experts in these genres.

For information about contributing to the APAI Legacy Fund at FAU, visit

Boca Regional Hospital announces potential partner list

Boca Raton Regional Hospital has identified five potential healthcare provider partners.

Culled from a group of 12 health systems that responded to the hospital’s request, the providers selected include: Baptist Health South Florida, Cleveland Clinic, Memorial Healthcare System, Novant Health and Orlando Health.

“This group represents some of the most accomplished and respected healthcare systems in the country,” said Jerry Fedele, President and CEO at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “We believe it is an affirmation of our capabilities and strengths as well as our attractiveness as a potential partner.”

In June of 2017, Boca Raton Regional Hospital established a steering committee that included hospital board members, community and medical staff leaders and volunteers to explore the possibility of a strategic partnership with another provider.

In announcing the formation of that committee, BRRH stated that such a partnership would enhance the Hospital’s ability to develop nationally recognized clinical programs to better serve its patients, mitigate the challenges of a stand-alone organization in a complex and evolving healthcare industry and provide greater access to capital.

It is currently anticipated that the preferred partner will be identified by this summer.

Boca downtown library hosts Derek Coghlan

Professional storyteller Derek Coghlan will be at Boca’s downtown library from 3:30-5 p.m. on April 14 as part of the library’s “Discover Your Stories” series.

Raised in Castlepollard, Ireland, Coghlan came to the U.S. in 1990 and now resides in St. Augustine. He has a background in theatre and was a founding member of the Atlantic Shakespeare Company. Inspired by the tradition of storytelling in Ireland, Coghlan performed his first one-man show in Jacksonville, FL, in 2004—a blend of Irish storytelling with comedic flair called “How to Borrow an Egg and Other Stories.”

In his new show, “I’ll Give You a Day,” Coghlan turns his attention to days when our lives turn on a dime—the seemingly random moments on days when the world shifts and nothing will ever be the same again. He shares five stories on subjects ranging from Stephen King to funerals to after-hours clubs in Mississippi. These are days that, with the piercing 20/20 clarity of hindsight, changed his life.

Touch a Truck in Boca

It is all about trucks in Boca Raton.

The Spanish River Library has teamed up with the city to host “Touch a Truck” on April 14.

Head to the library parking lot from 10 a.m. to noon and learn about the city’s trucks and vehicles.

Truck operators will be on hand to demonstrate how their vehicles work and explain what they do. Check out a fire engine, sanitation truck, aerial bucket truck, dump truck, beach tractor, rescue boat and much more.

Visitors are also invited inside the library for special story times and coloring pages featuring the trucks on display.

“The 2018 National Public Works Week theme, ‘The Power of Public Works,’ gives voice to the impact that public works have on modern civilization. Whether it’s providing clean water or disposing of solid waste; building roads and bridges or planning for and implementing mass transit or alternate modes of transportation; or devising emergency management strategies to meet natural or manmade disasters, public works services determine a society’s quality of life,” notes Dan Grippo, PE, CEM, Municipal Services Director. “This year’s Touch a Truck event provides an opportunity for the public to come out and join us, have fun climbing on our big trucks, and learn about the vital contribution public works professionals make every day in our community.”

No enrollment is required. The program will take place rain or shine. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Financial literacy classes at Boca library

Take part in Money Smart Week this month at the Boca Raton Library.

From April 21-28, both library locations will hold classes to help consumers better manage their personal finances and improve financial literacy.

The 2018 Tax Bill: What You Need to Know ~ April 25, 11 a.m., Downtown Library CPA Lynn Brewer presents an informative discussion of the 2018 Tax Bill, including new deductions, credits, rates and brackets, and more.

Cut the Cord: Current State of the Market ~ April 27, 11 a.m., Downtown Library Looking to break up with your cable or satellite company? Ken Holloway presents options for accessing your favorite shows, and discusses latest developments and devices.

Credit 101 ~ April 28, 10 a.m., Spanish River Library

Find out what affects your credit score and how to improve it, whether checking your credit hurts your score, how many credit cards is too many and more from the Debt Management Credit Counseling Corporation.

Financial Planning, Saving, and Investing with Christina Cleveland ~ April 28, 3:30 p.m., Spanish River Library Christina Cleveland was named to the Forbes inaugural list of America’s Top Women Wealth Advisers for 2017. Join her for a through overview of financial planning strategies, including saving and investing for your future.

Get Money Smart Online (Grades 6-12) ~ April 24, 4:30 p.m., Spanish River Library

Tweens and tweens will explore apps and games to hunt for answers to their money-related questions.

See the full list of classes and register through the calendar at

Chill out Day at Patch Reef Park

If tax season has  you stressed out, head to Patch Reef Park from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 17.

Kona Ice of Boca Raton will help you “Chill Out” with free Kona Ice in the park.

For more information, contact Patch Reef Park Community Center 561-367-7035