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Condo News Online - Food, Fun & Entertainment Page

On This Page:

• Palm Beach Model Railroaders Celebrate 40 Years

• 2015 South Florida Fair, January 16th - February 1st

• Il Circolo Christmas Party, 2014

• Thai Bay Restaurant has New Location

• Tippi's Pizzeria — Delizioso!

F O O D ,  F U N  &   E N T E R T A I N M E N T

Last updated: 03/10/2015

Palm Beach Model Railroaders Celebrate 40 Years

Harold Machiz, of Village Green H condominium in Palm Springs, has been a member of the Palm Beach Model Railroaders club for 3 years. Originally from Long Island, Machiz has been in Florida since 1995. He is an avid hobbyist and has had trains in his basement in Long Island. His first model train was a Lionel at age 12, followed by HO scale models.

Modal Railroad Club members Nick Litwin and Vincent Cuomo.

Since 1975, the Palm Beach Model Railroad Club has maintained a model railroad layout in Heritage Hall, Building 8, Palm Beach County Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach, FL. The building is owned by the South Florida Fair Corporation. The layout is HO scale which is the ratio of one inch equals eighty seven inches, or approximately 1/8 of an inch to a foot of actual size. There are 25 club members who live from Jupiter to Pompano Beach, FL.

The club models the area of the United States from Virginia south along the east coast into Florida. Their time era is from the 1950s. The layout is in a nearly constant state of maintenance and improvement and members perform various tasks such as scenery, electrical wiring, electronics, trackwork, rolling stock and motive power maintenance, operations, painting, lighting and design. Club members also give lectures and demonstrations to interested community groups that wish to develop an appreciation of their hobby and actual railroads as a vital part of American history.

The club meets regularly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 6pm and other times as needed. The club is open for public viewing during the South Florida Fair and other events at the Fairgrounds throughout the year.

For more information go to their website at: or call Fred Bohle, president at 561-951-6561.


Il Circolo Christmas Party, 2014

Carlos Gonzalez,Marco Capoccia,Sally Valenti,

Kristen Noffsinger, Tony Phillips, James Derry

Il Circolo, the Italian Cultural Society of the Palm Beaches, combined with Sons of Italy, Pompano Chapter, to celebrate an Italian Christmas at Via Mizner Country Club in Boca Raton on December 7, 2014. Members were invited to bring their children and grandchildren as activities were being planned for them. Guests brought Toys for Tots which were given to Marines James Derry and Carlos Gonzalez to be delivered to the local collection center. A jolly Santa appeared by surprise to give gifts to the attending children as they gathered around the tree. Marco Capoccia showed a video filmed in a small town in Italy where young, costumed dancers sang and performed a typical holiday dance.

A delightful lunch was served while Gino DeMarco played seasonal music, often with guests chiming in. Many door prizes of wines, candies etc., donated by Tony Phillips, President of Pompano’s Chapter of Sons of Italy, were awarded to the lucky ticket-holders, but the big prize, a basket of wine and food, was given to Francine Scaffidi who won the Tombola game, the Italian version of Bingo, traditionally played by families at Christmas time.

A good time was had by all due to the well-planned event orchestrated by Chairmen Tony Phillips and Marco Capoccia and assisted by Il Circolo’s Executive Director, Kristen DiNonno Noffsinger.

Buone Feste

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Thai Bay Restaurant Has New Location

By Betty Thomas

Thai Bay Food Restaurant has been a favorite of Palm Beach County diners for the past 24 years. Formerly located on Okeechobee Blvd., west of I-95.

They have moved to 1000-A Old Okeechobee Rd., West Palm Beach. Owner/operator Boon Som has been serving up some of the best Thai food in the county for 24 years --- all home made with fresh vegetables, spices and her own sauces and over 100 menu items to choose from.

This writer had the pleasure of dining there Saturday night and I can assure you that you will be totally pleased. The service is courteous and efficient.

My favorite Thai dishes are the curries. I had the chicken vegetable red curry. So-o-o-o good. My co-taster, Jimmy, had the broccoli stir fry with shrimp in a brown sauce. Both our entrees were scrumptious. Soup came with our dinners. He had wonton and I had the hot and sour. Delicious.

Their prices are moderate and their menu is a full menu for lunch and dinner complete with appetizers, beverages, desserts, and, of course, Thai Bay Specialties.

Thai Bay has inside and outside seating and also features a complete take-out menu.

For more information or to make reservations, please call them at (561) 832-6091. Or visit their website at:

Tippi's Pizzeria — Delizioso!

Photo & Story by Jimmy Shirley

A business profile

Tippi Redzepi

Tippi’s Pizzeria is an established business on Okeechobee Boulevard, across from Century Village. Tippi Redzepi, an immigrant from Albania, first moved to New Jersey more than 30 years ago, where he opened two pizza stores.

He moved his family to Florida in 1991 and opened a store at Belvedere Road and Georgia Avenue and ran it with his son, Reggie. Eleven years ago, they moved to their present location at 5778 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach.

They offer a wide range of Italian-type foods, such as spaghetti, calzone, parmigiana, salads, hot and cold sandwiches and so on. This writer has sampled their meatball sandwiches, their Greek salads, and of course their pizza. It can honestly be said you won’t find better fare around.

The late Sam Koppleman, long time adv. salesman for the Condo News, was a frequent patron of Tippi’s. He used to use his quirky sense of humor on them when he would complain they had not properly arranged the beans in his soup, or that they had inadvertently placed the sauce under the cheese on his pizza.

Tippi’s Pizzeria is open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 11pm, Saturday from 11am to 12 midnight, and on Sunday from 12 noon to 10pm. They offer take-out, delivery, and limited sit down, and catering. Call them at (561) 681-9224 or just stop by the next time you want to eat Italian. And, please tell them you saw their ad in the Condo News.


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