Boca Briefs


Boca Library offers foreign language program for kids

Looking for ways to teach your child a second language? The Boca Raton Public Library has partnered with RB Digital to bring online foreign-language learning for children to library patrons through KidSpeak for Libraries.

KidSpeak combines animations with over 40 engaging, interactive activities, puzzles and songs, KidSpeak for Libraries makes learning a second language easy for kids of all ages.

It has three levels of difficulty and printable activities and learning exercises. Languages are hosted by fun cartoon “friends” and their playful pets, using only the language being taught.

Children learn the alphabet, word recognition, simple sentences, using plural and singular, distinguishing between words that look and sound familiar, simple addition and subtraction, telling time, number recognition (matching numbers to written words) and correct pronunciation.

Designed by leading educators for children ages six and up, KidSpeak for Libraries contains more than 700 words and expressions per language. Available languages include English and Spanish, with Chinese expected to follow soon.

The program can be accessed by library members from home.

Boca fire fee to increase

Boca residents and business owners can expect to see a higher fire assessment fee from the city for the second year in a row.

The council agreed to increase the fee from $105 to $125 for residents. Commercial and industrial rates are determined based on size of the building.

The fee was increased last year by $20.

City Manager Leif Ahnell said the fee is not allowed to cover emergency medical services only fire related services.

He said the increase will cover 56 percent of fire services, about $1.7 million of the budgeted $3.7 million the city anticipates spending.

Boca West Community Charitable Foundation names first executive director

For the first time since its 2010 inception, the Boca West Community Charitable Foundation has hired an executive director.

The foundation, which provides grants and volunteers to 25 community non-profit programs that serve needy local children, has hired Jennifer Bate.

“This is a transformative day for the Boca West Foundation. The Foundation’s growth over the past seven years has been both incredible and unprecedented. Due to the growing number of charitable organizations the Foundation serves and the tremendous growth in our fund raising capabilities, we decided it was imperative to name an executive director,” said Arthur Adler, chairman of the board of the Boca West Foundation.

Bate is a two-time graduate of the University of Florida, holding a Master of Arts in Mass Communication and Bachelor of Science in Journalism. She also graduated from Stetson University College of Law with her Juris Doctor. Bate comes to the Foundation having most recently served as the Communications and Marketing Director at Sarasota Yacht Club. Prior to Sarasota Yacht Club, she worked as an associate at Credit Suisse and a compliance intern at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

“Jennifer brings unique credentials and unparalleled passion to the Foundation,”Adler said. “We are very fortunate that she has brought her outstanding managerial, communications and social media skills to better serve our diverse charities.”

The foundation has donated $6.3 million over the past seven years. In the past year, $1.45 million was distributed to the charities.

Bate will be responsible for the implementation of all Board policies and oversee public relations, marketing and communications efforts. She will also oversee the development of a new Foundation website, and conduct a review of all existing programs.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with such a vibrant, successful organization that serves so many underserved kids in South Florida,” Bate said.

West Boca Medical Center receives top rating for labor and delivery care

West Boca Medical Center recently receives a 5-Star Rating for Labor & Delivery recognition from Healthgrades, a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

This 5-star rating indicates that the hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

West Boca Medical Center is now a Five Star Recipient for Vaginal Delivery for three years in a row and a Five Star Recipient for C-Section Delivery for three years in a row.

“People in our community have a choice as to where they will go for their optimal birthing experience and this recognition is confirmation that our hospital has proven to be one of the best in our area when it comes to labor and delivery services, said Mitch Feldman, CEO at West Boca Medical Center. “In addition to having the only level III NICU in south Palm Beach County, accolades such as this make us unique to our patients.

New tournament director named for Boca Raton Regional Hospital Championship

Eddie Carbone has been appointed the Tournament Director of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Championship, the PGA TOUR Champions event held in February at The Old Course at Broken Sound Club.

His first task as director will be finding a title sponsor for the event. Previously, the tournament was sponsored by Allianz.

“The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Championship has been a tremendous event over the last 11 years,” Carbone said. “I’m looking forward to working with the Championship staff and the members of The Old Course at Broken Sound Club to ensure that this vital community continues to deliver for our charities and the community for many years to come.The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Championship has become one of the players’ favorite tournaments on the PGA TOUR Champions and we will continue to showcase this great event.”

Carbone spent the last three years as executive director of the U.S. Senior Open at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass. Prior to that, Carbone spent a decade as executive director of the PGA TOUR event held at Trump National Doral near Miami (the Ford Championship, which later became the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship).

The Boca Raton Regional Hospital is the tournament’s primary beneficiary. The first full-field event on the 50-and-older circuit will be held Feb. 5-11, 2018.

For more tournament information, call 561-241-GOLF (4653), or visit For Pro-Am registration and sponsorship package opportunities, contact Anthony Greco at 561-241-GOLF (4653) or email