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Business Spotlight: DAR salutes female veterans with a day of beauty

The veterans enjoy lunch at 50 Ocean following a day at nSpa in Delray Beach. The 10 women were honored for their service by the Henry Morrison Flagler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. They also were recognized during the city’s Veterans Day ceremony and attended a lecture at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach. Photo provided

By Christine Davis

    Ten female veterans were honored for their service — and treated to pampering beauty treatments and seaside dining — by the Henry Morrison Flagler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The special attention provided for the women, with help from several local businesses, was the DAR’s way of celebrating Veterans Day this year.
    On Nov. 10, the women were treated to a day of beauty at nSpa at the Delray Beach Marriott, followed by lunch at 50 Ocean on A1A, just steps away from the hotel and across the street from the Atlantic Ocean.
    On Nov. 11, Veterans Day, they were recognized during a ceremony in Delray Beach presided over by Mayor Cary Glickstein. Following the ceremony, the women were taken to the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach for recognition and a lecture was given by curator Janel Trull.
    “We want our brave women veterans to know how much we appreciate them for their service to America,” said Marjorie Ferrer of the Henry Morrison Flagler DAR Chapter.
    The veterans clearly felt the love.
    “The thought of giving us a wonderful day of beauty treatments to celebrate our military service is more than we could ever ask for,” said U.S. Marine Sgt. Judith Kephart, a retired nurse. “The massages, manicures and pedicures were much appreciated. The ladies of the DAR really know what women enjoy to feel pampered and appreciated. We made new friends and we will never forget the special treatment.”
    Besides Kephart, honored veterans were Jennifer Hughes, Army (retired); Violet Galloway, Army enlisted veteran; Laquantis Morton, Army enlisted veteran; Yvette Avila, Army enlisted veteran; Eileen Torricelli, Army sergeant; Anna Torres, Navy enlisted veteran; Debra Carter, retired Navy nurse; Mary Anderson-Kokeel, Army enlisted veteran; and Tiffany Jackson, Army enlisted veteran.
    Businesses donating gifts to the project include nSpa, Sequin Jewelry, Spodak Dental and The Flower Market.
    Arielle Feinberg is now the spa and leisure director of Eau Spa. Previously, she served as general manager of Haven on the Lake, a mind-body wellness center in Columbia, Maryland.
    Throughout her career she has been a spa and fitness director at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, California; Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee; Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Singer Island, and The Bath Club in Miami. A certified master personal trainer, she also served as director of the U.S. Marshals Fitness Facility where she led training of U.S. marshals.
    Douglas Elliman agents Zaicha Martell-Spodak and Gayle Clark were named to lead sales at 3550 South Ocean condominiums in South Palm Beach. It’s a DDG development, and construction is expected to be completed early 2019. Each of the 30 two- and three-bedroom residences will have direct elevator access, entry foyers, balconies, direct water views and layouts ranging from 2,700 to over 3,000 square feet. Five penthouses, with ocean and Intracoastal Waterway views, will have rooftop terraces with plunge pools and outdoor kitchens.
    The design team includes Garcia Stromberg of Palm Beach, Kobi Karp Architecture of Miami and Champalimaud of New York. KAST Construction is the general contractor. The sales office is in Plaza del Mar at 205 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan. For information call 232-2976, email, or visit

    Ocean Ridge resident Valerie Coz has moved from The Fite Group to Douglas Elliman’s Delray Beach office, joining as senior director of luxury sales, and bringing with her four listings totaling $5.5 million. Coz is a member of the Top Broker Forum, an industry organization of multimillion-dollar sales agents. Previously Coz co-founded SafferCoz Real Estate in Delray Beach.

    Kaufman Lynn Construction, a construction management and general contracting company, has moved to new 23,298-square-foot headquarters at 3185 S. Congress Ave., Delray Beach. Since establishing itself as part of the community in 1989 with a team of 10, Kaufman Lynn Construction has grown into a multimillion-dollar company, with 130 associates.
    Abbey Delray senior living community broke ground in November on a $36 million expansion and redevelopment project. The expansion will add 48 assisted-living apartments, 30 memory-support suites, a new dining venue and enlarged meeting spaces.  
    Abbey Delray is at 2000 Lowson Blvd., Delray Beach.
    The old Beachway Therapy Center on North Federal Highway in Delray Beach is becoming the Delray Oasis Business Park.
    The .75-acre property contains five small buildings from five decades, said David Marulli, an owner. “They will be unified through the Mediterranean style of architecture,” he said.
    The renovated buildings will have barrel tile roofs, canopies and trellises.
    Marulli and partner Howard Dean, of Tarrytown, New York, found the property listing on the site. They paid $1.59 million for the property in March 2016. Their first tenant was Loosen Up Massage.
    Twelve blocks north of Atlantic Avenue, Delray Oasis is a viable alternative to that high-rent district, Marulli said.
    The partners secured a $50,000 Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency grant in June to help with exterior upgrades of nearly $400,000, Marulli said. One tenant, the Family Yoga Zen Zone, received a $6,000 CRA rent-assistance grant.
    The complex is about 80 percent leased, with rents ranging between $35 and $50 a square foot, Marulli said.
    This year, Florida Redevelopment Association honored the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, city of Delray Beach and Delray Beach Community Land Trust for their Courtyards on 12th Workforce Housing Project partnership.
    The Courtyards on 12th project, consisting of six duplexes, adds to the city’s affordable housing stock. In 2012, the CRA, Delray Beach and Palm Beach County funded the beautification of SW 12th Avenue and two other streets, along with adjacent alleyways.
    They then acquired and renovated the first five duplexes in 2013, and partnered with Delray Beach Community Land Trust, a nonprofit that specializes in affordable housing. In 2016, the remaining duplex was purchased and renovated.
    The Boca Chamber celebrated its 65th annual gala in October at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. The event honored Ethel Isaacs Williams, who will serve a second term as chair of the board of directors during the coming year. Also, Jerry Fedele, president and CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, and his leadership team were presented with the M.J. “Mike” Arts Award of Excellence, for the impact they’ve had on the Boca Raton community.
    Bring the children to see Santa, and visit Delray Beach’s “famous 100-foot Christmas tree,” which is brand new this year, says Stephanie Immelman, executive director of the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative, which puts on the city’s holiday celebrations.
    Other holiday happenings throughout the month include The Holiday Boat Parade, the Holiday Parade, Screen on the Green, the Menorah Lighting, and the family-friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration in Old School Square Park from 5 to 9 p.m. with fireworks.
    Also, in partnership with nonprofits, donations can be dropped off at the Gingerbread House located next to the Christmas tree in Old School Square during December. For a list of local nonprofits participating, as well as a detailed schedule of events, visit

Delray Beach Fashion Week swim and surf show models pose near the railroad tracks for the 2017 event. The 2018 Fashion Week is scheduled for Jan. 24-28. Tickets are available online. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit two local charities. Photo provided

    VIP passes, priced at $160, for Delray Beach Fashion Week, Jan. 24-28, are available online. Ticket proceeds benefit the Achievement Centers for Children and Families and the Arts Garage’s educational programming for children. The event, created by the Downtown Development Authority and downtown merchants, highlights local designs and will take place throughout downtown Delray Beach.
Fashion Week sponsors include In the Grove Hair Studio, Glavidia Hair Studio, VUP Media, Victoria DeSilvio Group, Park View Realty, Che!!!, The Colony Hotel & Cabana Club, The Sandy Shoppe, Shear Luck Salon, Tipsy Salonbar.
    For information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 243-1077.

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