Top 10 things you need to know in Boca Raton this September

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  1. Joshua Davidow is the new principal of Boca Raton’s Waters Edge Elementary.
  2. FAU Owls will play three games in September. On Sept 10 they will take on the UM Hurricanes in Miami at 6 p.m., at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 they will head to Kansas State to play the Wildcats and they will return home and face the Ball State Cardinals on Sept. 24.
  3. Boca officials adopted an updated policy on the city’s open space rules, which requires open space areas to be “predominately visible from and connected to the public realm.” The update will prevent developers from building all the way to the street and from concealing open spaces behind buildings.
  4. Boca’s tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year totals $3.68 per $100,000 of assessed property value. Residents can expect to pay more in taxes because property values increased about 6.5 percent throughout the city.
  5. A federal judge ruled Boca didn’t violate the First Amendment ban on government establishment of religion when the council approved Chabad of East Boca. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra ruled the plaintiffs couldn’t prove how the Chabad would injure them. The city already prevailed in a lawsuit alleging the council shouldn’t have permitted extra height. A third suit, which opponents prevailed in stating city code doesn’t permit a museum on the site, has been appealed.
  6. Boca residents and commercial property owners will see an increase in the fire fee. Residents will see an increase of $20 on the bill to total $105. Commercial owners will pay based on size of the property.
  7. Boca has identified five neighborhoods northwest of the city, near Clint Moore and Jog Roads that it would like to annex into the city. Those neighborhoods are Newport Bay Club, Le Lac, Azura, Fieldbrook Estates and Boniello Acres. The annexation likely won’t happen this year.
  8. Lynn University is one of eight Florida institutions to be recognized as a College of Distinction. The national award recognizes schools based on engaged students, teaching, community and outcomes. Lynn also was recognized as a Top 10 Most Affordable Master’s Degrees in International Business from Best College Values and was ranked ninth in College Choice’s Top 10 Most Affordable Online Psychology Programs.
  9. Support the Junior League of Boca Raton’s diaper bank at Eau Spa’s inaugural baby shower from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sept. 10. Moms-to-be will get tips about pregnancy-safe products, exercises and spa services. Admission to the upscale baby shower is $25 with the donation of a pack of 120 diapers, which will support the Junior League of Boca Raton’s diaper bank. Without a donation, access to the event and spa facilities is $60. Guests will be treated to samples of pregnancy-safe spa products; prenatal mini treatments; a mini prenatal yoga class; baby shower games and raffles to win spa prizes; a diverse panel of speakers on prenatal health and wellness; gift bags; and discounts on prenatal spa services.
  10. The League of Women Voters of Florida is hosting a “2016 Florida Ballot Initiatives Explained” event at the public library from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 21. The free presentation will explain the initiatives in layman’s terms so voters are better prepared before going to the polls. Funded by the Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library, this program will be presented by a speaker from the League of Women Voters of Florida. Visit the calendar at bocalibrary.org to register.