Biz Briefs


West Boca Medical Center appoints new director of maternity services

West Boca Medical Center recently appointed Nina Jack, R.N., as its new director of maternity services.

She will oversee labor and delivery, maternal-fetal and antepartum units, nursery and postpartum staff, ensure that the obstetrics department continues to meet the highest standards in patient experience and develop and implement quality improvement initiatives.

“Nina has over 20 years of clinical experience that will be of great value to families that are selecting to deliver at West Boca Medical Center,” said Mitch Feldman, CEO. “We know that under Nina’s leadership, our hospital’s obstetrics department will continue to exceed the expectations of patients throughout the communities we serve.”

Two Boca Raton Merrill Lynch financial advisors recognized by Forbes for second year

Boca Raton-based Merrill Lynch financial advisors Rachel Barzilay and Christina Cleveland, were named to Forbes’ “Top Women Wealth Advisors” list, which spotlights 250 standout financial strategists across the country, for the second consecutive year.

Barzilay is a partner in the Barzilay Group, where she works alongside her father Arthur Barzilay, who has been with Merrill Lynch for more than 35 years. She joined Merrill Lynch in 2008 and focuses on advising clients about municipal bonds, retirement and estate planning services, education savings accounts, philanthropic trusts and foundations as well as corporate lending through access to Bank of America, N.A.

Cleveland, who joined Merrill Lynch in 1983, focuses on a custom wealth management process and multigenerational planning for affluent individuals, families and business owners. In addition, Cleveland, a Delray resident, was also recognized on the the Forbes “Best-In-State Wealth Advisors” list earlier this year.

The Forbes ranking of America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative data, rating thousands of wealth advisors with a minimum of seven years of experience and weighing factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and best practices learned through telephone and in-person interviews.

Local business owner sponsors drum circle

Candy Cohn, CSA, Owner of Oasis Senior Advisors South Florida in Boca Raton, recently sponsored a Drum Circle at the Alzheimer’s Community Care adult daycare center in Delray Beach.

“Drum therapy is an ancient approach that uses rhythm to promote healing and self-expression,” Cohn said. “It has been used for thousands of years to create and maintain physical, mental, and spiritual health. These Alzheimer’s patients truly enjoy the rituals.”

Delray eatery using facial recognition to take orders

Now you can order with just your face at localgreens in Delray Beach.

The tech-friendly experience uses facial recognition technology for in-store ordering at digital kiosks.

Your previous orders and favorites from the fast-causal restaurant will be logged into the system and remembered once the machine registers your face.

The new feature uses facial geometry capabilities to identify customers and pull prior orders without the storage of image files to facilitate a completely seamless dining experience.

localgreens’ new advanced tech capabilities will allow guests to quickly access previous orders and save favorite dishes and menu items at the touch of a button. It will even recall custom orders. As an alternative, customers may leave their phone number as an access option.

Benihana opens in West Boca

Benihana is now open in West Boca.

The Japanese-inspired teppanyaki and sushi restaurant is located at 9918 Glades Road.

The 7,800-square-foot restaurant includes 21 teppanyaki dining tables where guests can enjoy the full Benihana experience. There is a full-service cocktail bar with seating for 30 people.

Summer wine dinners return to Caffé Luna Rosa

Head to Caffe Luna Rosa on July 24 for a four-course, wine paired dinner for $49 per person.

Through the end of November, wine dinners will take place on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

Diners will receive four courses specially selected by Executive Chef Ernest DeBlasi with wine pairing chosen by sommelier Nikola Stijak.

“Our wine dinners are fun way to experience Caffé Luna Rosa,” said Bonnie Beer, a partner in the restaurant. “They’re our way of giving back to our valued customers who are here all year.”

Wine dinner guests each receive an appetizer first course followed by a salad course. There are two choices of main courses followed by a house-made delicious dessert. Each is accompanied by a glass of wine, specially selected to pair with the course.

Taken separate and ordered ala carte, each wine dinner would cost about twice the $49 special summer price, according to Beer. The price does not include tax and gratuity.

“The wine dinners are a great value,” she said.

Dinners are scheduled for July 24, August 14, Sept. 4 & 25, Oct. 26, and Nov. 6 & 27. Wine dinner menus are available online at