Boca Briefs


FAU makes college rankings list

Florida Atlantic University has made the 2020 U.S. News Rankings for the first time.

FAU was listed No. 281 out of 381 national universities. FAU also made the nation’s top public universities list coming in at 140.

Local couple open Boca’s second Firehouse Subs location

There is a new Firehouse Subs location in Boca.

The second store recently opened under the ownership of first-time Firehouse Subs Franchisees Sadia and Sher Baig at 7148-B Beracasa Way.

Firehouse Subs serves a variety of hot specialty subs, piled high with premium meats and cheeses that are sliced fresh daily in-restaurant and steamed together to bring out the ingredients’ natural flavors, served “Fully Involved®” with fresh produce and condiments. In addition to its signature subs, the restaurant offers a variety of catering options from sandwich and dessert platters to salads and snacks.

This is the husband and wife duo’s first venture into the restaurant industry. Sadia Baig has a background in economics and accounting while Sher Baig works in the healthcare industry. The two fell in love with the brand after their first taste of Firehouse Subs’ hot specialty subs shortly after moving to Florida three years ago.

“My husband and I are huge advocates of giving back to the community, and we are excited to do that through our first Firehouse Subs restaurant,” Sadia Baig said. “When we found out how the brand helps first responders and communities across the country through Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, we knew this was the perfect fit for us. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome the Boca Raton community in to our family business.”

Founded by former firefighting brothers, the restaurant décor includes a custom, hand-painted mural by Chief Mural Artist Joe Puskas, featuring local heroes from Boca Raton Fire Rescue in front of the scenic Boca Raton coastline. The Baigs’ two sons, Rafael and Rayan are also featured in the mural along with their family dog, Zeus. Since the opening of the first Firehouse Subs in 1994, Puskas and his team have painted more than 1,170 murals from his studio at Firehouse Subs Headquarters in Jacksonville.

The Boca Raton Firehouse Subs restaurant is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Boca Library, FAU Division of Research present ‘Technology for Improving Healthcare and Treatment’

Researchers at Florida Atlantic University are using healthcare engineering to find solutions for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of illness.

Join FAU’s Behnaz Ghoraani, Ph.D., as she shares the latest information and research in “Technology for Improving Healthcare and Treatment.”

In this free presentation from 2-3 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the City of Boca Raton’s Downtown Library, Dr. Ghoraani will present her team’s novel engineering solutions to address the need for individualized therapeutic approaches in chronic diseases that occur more frequently as people age, such as atrial fibrillation and Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Ghoraani is a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering at Florida Atlantic University. She completed her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, in 2010. Dr. Ghoraani is the founder and director of the Biomedical Signal and Image Analysis (BSIA) Lab at FAU.

The “FAU Research in Action” series is a yearlong collaboration between Florida Atlantic University’s Division of Research and the City of Boca Raton Libraries in which researchers share their innovative work and seek input from the community.

“Boca Raton is fortunate to have an active research university in our own backyard,” Oyuki De Santiago Poletz, Program Services Librarian said. “This series is an excellent opportunity for our residents to engage with the experts at Florida Atlantic University and contribute to the direction of ground-breaking research.”

“Technology for Improving Healthcare and Treatment” is free and open to the public. Register through the calendar at or call the library at 561-393-7852.