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April 2, 2014

Parkinson's Foundation announce scholarships, encourages fundraisers

During the month of April, the Parkinson’s Foundation of Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast announces the Parkinson’s Scholarship Program with the School District of Palm Beach County. During the first year, the National Parkinson’s Foundation has set up a program to fund two scholarships to Florida Atlantic University for Medical Academy high school seniors. Scholarship information will be provided to all medical academies from the Department of Choice and Career Options. The scholarship program will be judged Nov. 16, 2014, at the Moving Day Boca Raton Event at FAU. The program includes any Parkinson’s related research and/or media distribution event.
The National Parkinson’s Foundation is hoping to have fundraisers in participating schools during the month of April, Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Some examples of fundraising activities are: “dollar for collar”, “pretzels for Parkinson’s”, selling popcorn. If you have a personal connection with Parkinson’s or will like to help in the program, please contact Stuart Perlin, executive director of NPF – Palm Beach/Treasure Coast Chapter at 561-306-2090 or StuartPerlin@gmail.com.
For more information please contact Dr. Miguel Benavente in the Department of Choice and Career Options at Miguel.benavente@palmbeachschools.org or 561-969-5827.

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March 28, 2014

County water park now open weekends

Coconut Cove Water is open on weekends through June 5 in Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park in West Boca.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays and open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday April 18 and the same hours on Monday May 26, Memorial Day.
The water park has a 897-foot river ride, lily pad walk, two four-story water slides, a children’s water playground and lap pool, locker rentals and shower facilities and a concession stand for food. There are also seasonal passes and swimming lessons.
The Palm Beach County water park is closest to the park entrance off Glades Road and Cain Boulevard. The water park address for a GPS is 20130 Regional Park Drive, Boca Raton FL 33498.
Here’s the link for ticket prices, hours and rules: http://www.pbcgov.com/parks/aquatics/waterparks/#.UzWE6qJv8dU or call 561-274-1140.

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Memory & Wellness Center opens expansion

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Florida Atlantic University’s Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing recently cut the ribbon on a 5,000-square-foot expansion. Philanthropist Christine E. Lynn, along with Caring Hearts auxiliary board members, Center donors and influential members of the community joined the Green family in celebration of the new facility.
With the additional space, the dementia-specific adult day center now has the capacity to provide services to up to 150 participants per day. Small group activities can be conducted in several locations. Space is also available for larger entertainment performances, special events and educational programs. The building houses a large multi-purpose room, kitchen, art studio, as well as nurse, nurse practitioner and case manager offices, and treatment rooms.
“The Center would not exist without the help of our friends and advocates in the community - both the financial supporters and those who have so freely given their time,” said Louis Green. “We thank them for sharing in this special day with us.”
The Center offers a wide array of evidence-based programs and services to serve the growing and complex needs of persons with memory disorders and their caregivers. These include comprehensive memory evaluations in English and Spanish, the “Sustaining the Caregiver” program, driving evaluations, an Adult Day Center for person’s with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, brain health workshops and more.
For more information or to make a gift, contact David Rutherford at 561-297-2119 or druthe7@fau.edu.

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Beach Bash for people with disabilities draws thousands

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All morning they arrived in wheelchairs, on walkers, gripping canes, led by service dogs, or holding onto the arms or hands of loved ones and caregivers. One by one, children and adults with every conceivable disability poured into Boca Raton's Spanish River Park for the sixth annual Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities.
This year’s Bash was sponsored by Boca Raton-based Unicorn Children’s Foundation, dedicated to education, awareness and research on behalf of children and young adults with developmental, communications and learning disorders.
“We reach out across the state of Florida and the nation to invite families that have a loved one with a disability to enjoy a free day of picnicking, boat rides, live music, and fun and games suited to all abilities, no matter how limited they might be,” says Bash director Jay Van Vechten.
Thousands participated in the March 22 Bash, and there were 400 volunteers. Started in 2009, the first Bash attracted 350 participants. It has enjoyed double digit growth since then, reaching nearly 6,000 attendees by 2013. “The thing that makes this event work is that it is totally free with no strings attached. Everything is taken care of, from complimentary park admission, to a hot BBQ lunch with all the trimmings, a nonstop concert with multiple performing artists, numerous exhibits and attractions and, at the heart of the Bash, the opportunity to ride on dozens of privately owned motor yachts.”
The most popular attraction each year is the opportunity to enjoy a supervised ride aboard any of 20 yachts, lent to the Bash for the day by their generous owners, most being members of Boca Raton’s Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club. The entire operation is administered by 30 active members of the US Coast Guard. When required, even those in wheelchairs are lifted on and off the boats.
For more information about the Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities, write Boating Beach Bash, P.O. Box 99, Boca Raton, FL 33429, or call 561.715.2622. For further information visit www.boatingbeachbash.com, or follow the Bash on Facebook @ Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities.
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March 14, 2014

Memorial Mass set for murder victim

The family of Cindy Moffett, who was murdered on a Lake Worth golf course on March 23, 2006, has scheduled a private memorial Mass in Highland Beach to keep her name and the case before the public.
"The person responsible has yet to be apprehended," Randy Moffett said via email.
"As you know, we normally hold a golf tournament in her memory but this year we decided to have a family memorial at the church and then an immediate gathering at the Fair Oaks Golf Course in Lake Worth where she was murdered."
"This senseless and brutal murder remains as painful today for her family as it was seven years ago," Moffett wrote. "Now a cold case, county detectives remain committed to solving this case. Their leads are fresh and they have several persons of interest. They have pledged they will not stop pursuing the killer and there's probably a misconception from the person who committed this crime that eventually it'll go away, but it will never go away."
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office always had detectives at the golf outing to speak to the media every year, and in lieu of that event has issued this advisory:
Cynthia Moffett was shot and killed while working at the Forest Oaks Golf Club at 144 Lucerne Lakes Blvd. Her body was discovered on the ground just outside the south door of the golf pro shop. She was shot twice in the upper torso.
The PBSO Violent Crimes Division Detectives believe she was shot between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. during the course of a robbery. The subject or subjects left the pro shop with wrapped coins and a number of the coins were found a distance from the pro shop.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.

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March 12, 2014

Boca High Bobcats win state NJROTC title again

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Boca Raton High School's Bobcat Battalion traveled to Orlando March 8, where they won the Navy Junior ROTC (NJROTC) Florida State Championship.
The Bobcats competed against 23 other high school JROTC unit finalists out of 60 units in the state. This is the sixth state title for the Bobcats.
Cadet Captain Jaymarie Colon-Perez led the Bobcat Battalion to this State Championship.
The Cadets finished first in Academics, "Armed Basic Drill," "Unarmed Basic Drill," and "Overall Drill" and placed second in Personnel Inspection. Cadets Jennifer Menke and Jack Woods took top honors on the Academic Test, placing first.
The field meet was very tight down to the last two events. It was between the Bobcats Battalion and their rivals, When the dust finally settled, the Bobcats prevailed with first place overall, and Flanagan second.
“All these efforts have gained the Cadets a well-deserved undefeated year in competition,” said Lt. Commander Ken Bingham. “Congratulations to the Cadets and Instructors SCPO Tim Core and CPO Edwin Morales.”

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March 11, 2014

Haynie's victory night party

Supporters of Deputy Mayor Susan Haynie piled into her election night party Tuesday, not only to congratulate the new mayor on her win, but to see and be seen.
Developers, chamber members, business people, architects, and anyone with skin in the game joined Haynie supporters, who wore red T-shirts with her logo.
“This was probably the nastiest and most challenging campaign,” Haynie said in her brief victory speech, not mentioning City Councilman Anthony Majhess, who lost and will have to stand down after giving up his seat to run.
“We saw a threat at the door,” she said, adding “we had a comfortable majority.”
Haynie said she and council will be able to “move the city forward.”
“I felt comfortable I did a good job,” incumbent Councilman Mike Mullaugh said to explain his win, in a brief interview on the way into the party in the Biergarten on Royal Palm Plaza.
Scott Singer, who didn’t have to run for his seat, stopped in, but Bob Weinroth, who scored the highest majority, wasn’t there by 9:15 p.m. Supporters said he had his own election night bash. He’ll round out the incoming council seats.
Former Boca Raton Mayor, Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams popped in at the end of the evening.
Frank Chapman, who ran a contentious race against Majhess the last time out, went largely unnoticed in the crowd.

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March 9, 2014

Olympic Heights shaves heads for St. Baldrick's

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Olympic Heights hosted its 10th annual St Baldrick’s shave-a-thon.
To participate, students were asked to raise a minimum of $100 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The total raised by Olympic Heights this year exceeded $33,000 with more than 200 volunteers.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives.
“Raising money to cure childhood cancer is an extremely important cause and seeing high school students raise this much money is an outstanding thing,” said senior Ian Wagner.
In the past 10 years, Olympic Heights has raised more than $500,000. Each event has been entirely student run under the guidance of a few faculty members.
“As a high school student, it’s such a great feeling to be able to make a difference like this. When you walk into the gymnasium and see a sea of green shirts, wigs, headbands and shoes, you get really excited for what was accomplished,” said junior Gianna Damian. “It’s important to spread the word.”
At the event, 60 students shaved their heads, including 12 female students.
Senior Elizabeth Siegal is a four-year veteran of the head-shaving process. “It’s really important for girls to shave their hair. It makes such an impact in these kids’ lives, and it makes them feel like they don’t have to go through it alone. They have someone who knows what it feels like to not have any hair on their head.”
Lauren Benedeky, a stage IV neuroblastoma survivor and St. Baldrick’s national ambassador speaking at the assembly, told the crowd, “36 children are diagnosed with cancer every day. That is 36 families every day in turmoil and grief,”
As Elizabeth Siegal said: "It’s only hair. It will grow back.”


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March 6, 2014

Services for Pearl City pioneer George Spain Sr. Saturday

Memorial services for George R. Spain Sr., a Pearl City pioneer, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 200 NE 12th St.. Boca Raton, according to the Boca Raton Historical Society. He was born in 1926.
Spain passed away on Feb. 23. He was a member of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, organized by his uncle, the late Rev. J. H. Dolphus and others. He served as bookkeeper for 40 years, a Sunday school teacher, deacon, choir member and trustee.
He was leader of Boy Scout Troop 799 of Pearl City and assisted with the Sea Scouts Troop of Boca Raton. Spain was the first president of the Civic League of Pearl City and helped people register to vote. He was associated with the National Urban League; a member of the Housing Board and the Community Relations Board of Boca Raton.
He was a part of the group who organized Florence Fuller Child Development Center in Pearl City and his name can be found on the cornerstone of the building.
He attended Pearl City School where he wrote the school song titled, “Dear Old Pearl City School”. He graduated from Carver High School and attended Florida Normal College (now Florida Memorial College) and joined the United States Army during World War II. He married Cora Oatts (deceased) and they had five children.
He married Mae Reed in August of 1991. Survivors include seven children,19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

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Change of venue for Dick Morris talk March 13

Political consultant, commentator and author Dick Morris will speak before the Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club luncheon meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 13.
The venue has changed to the City Fish Market Restaurant, 7940 Glades Road, across from Florida’s Turnpike ramps in Boca Raton.
The cost is $25 in advance or $35 at the door for members and $35 in advance, $45 at the door for guests. Register at www.goldcoasttigerbayclub.com

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