Published On: Thu, Jul 15th, 2010

Boca Bits by Barry Epstein

– Tony Award-nominated Robert Cuccioli comes to the Caldwell Theatre Company in Boca Raton this summer to star in the world-premiere drama “The Comfort of Darkness.”  Written by Joel Gross, the piece is one of two plays the theater will present in July and August. “Secret Order,” a psychological thriller by Bob Clyman, opens the summer season July 7 and runs through Aug. 1. However, well known South Florida actor Gordon McConnell was taken to hospital between the matinee and evening performance on June 10th.  McConnell was performing the leading role of Dr. Bob Brock.   He began to feel disoriented and the Caldwell management immediately cancelled the evening performance. McConnell underwent a battery of tests and continues to be monitored.  He spent the night in the hospital and was resting comfortably.   At this time no other information was provided. Caldwell Artistic Director Clive Cholerton will be a guest on barry epstein live, internet television show on at 10 a.m. Friday, July 16.

– Please go to to help this Boca Raton toddler survive.

– Boston Patriot football star Randy Moss was spotted watching Predators at the Regal Shadowwood theatre in West Boca. Miami Vice town will now be known as Miami Thrice.

– The July 22 network for the West Boca Chamber of Commerce will be at Ben’s N.Y. Kosher deli from 5:30 to 7:00. Details at RSVP to or call 561.482.9333. Upcoming Chamber breakfasts include: Sheriff Ric Bradshaw at European Café on August 10 sponsored by the Gardens Memorial Park and FAU President Mary Jane Saunders on Sept. 14 at Boca Lago Country Club, sponsored by West Boca Medical Center. Details will be on the Chamber website. Chamber memberships are now 50% off for the balance of 2010.

– Olympic Heights High School’s Sekayi Smith, received the fourth $500 scholarship from the West Boca Chamber of Commerce Foundation at the Tuesday breakfast at Boca Lago Country Club sponsored by All Year Cooling, presented by Chamber chair Jeff Schildkraut, Guardian Life Insurance and past Chamber chair Tom Kruse, Sir Speedy Margate. Sun-Sentinel editorial page editor Antonio Fins was the guest speaker.

– Social media Tilson tweet-up is Tuesday, July 20 at 5:30 p.m. at Dunkin’ Donuts, Yamato Road between Military Trail and Congress. No charge. All attendees get a free donut and a free coffee.

– The Boca Museum of Art will be closed from Aug. 9 to Oct. 12 for renovations, the Original Pancake House will be moving to a portion of the former Wilt Chamberlains in the Somerset Shoppes on Glades and Lyons Road in West Boca, the Clock restaurant in West Boca has closed, Saba’s restaurant on South Federal Highway in Boca has closed and the venerable Cove restaurant in Deerfield Beach is for sale.

– A new Plato’s Closet will be opening at 2240 NW 19 St. in Boca in the next six months.

– The George Bush Blvd. Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway in Delray Beach is closing July 20 thru Dec 13 for repairs.

– Leadership Delray is accepting applications. Contact Tami Lustig, MSW, Program Director,
Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, (561) 279-1380 or visit The Annual Teachers’ breakfast is Friday, Aug. 13. Call the chamber for details.

– Former Senator and HUD Secretary Mel Martinez will join JP Morgan Chase & Co. to be its Chairman of Florida, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. He will serve on JPMorgan Chase’s Executive Committee and will be the firm’s senior executive in Florida and the region, representing the firm at the most senior levels to clients from businesses to large corporations to non-profits and governments.

– PGA National Resort & Spa, home of the newly-reinvented Ironwood Grille restaurant and trend-setting iBAR lounge, announced that Kenneth “Kenny” Gilbert has been named new Executive Chef of the AAA Four Diamond property and will oversee the resort’s culinary operation. Currently a season seven contestant on Bravo’s Emmy Award-winning series “Top Chef,” Gilbert comes to PGA National from Capella Telluride, where he was executive chef for the ultra-luxury Colorado resort. With more than 17 years as a top name in the industry, Gilbert has been invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York on multiple occasions. At 23, he became the youngest African American chef to run a Ritz-Carlton Hotel restaurant at the AAA Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.

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