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July 22, 2014

2 Boca artists' work displayed at PBI

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After a life-changing trip to China in 2005, photographer Nancy Brown of Boca Raton focused her lens on the country and its people. “Horsemen in Inner Mongolia” emerges from Brown’s desire to share her love of China with the local community.
A total of 90 artists applied for this show at Palm Beach International Airport, and 20 works of photography, painting and mixed media were selected by members of the Palm Beach County Public Art Committee. The exhibition runs through Oct. 8 and is on Level 2 of the PBIA Main Terminal.
Featured artists include: Nancy Brown and Kandy Lopez from Boca Raton; David Bogia and Patricia Turo from Boynton Beach; Irwin Goldman and Brenda Gordon from Delray Beach; Rick Lewis from Jupiter; Armando Hernandez from Lantana; Frank Navarrete from Loxahatchee; Genie Fritchey, Jody Lane, and Betty Laur from Palm Beach Gardens; and Cynthia Conley, Tracy Guiteau, Kianga Jinaki, Andrea Krausz, Craig McInnis, E.J. Morales, Ricardo Morales-Hendry, and Annie Yarensky-Seaberry from West Palm Beach.
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May 30, 2014

Free Thursdays for the summer at Boca museum

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The Boca Museum of Art will offer free access to the general public every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during June, July, and August.
“Thanks to a generous grant from an anonymous donor, the Museum is pleased to announce it will be free every Thursday this summer,” said Interim Director, Irvin Lippman.
The Museum additionally will be open for extended hours with special activities and programs from 5:30 to 8 p.m.on Thursday June 26, July 24, and Aug. 28. The first Late Night Thursday event on June 26 will include a free glass of wine, a 30 percent museum store discount, gallery tours, and a cash bar. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., curator Marisa J. Pascucci will lead a guided tour of the exhibition gallery.
Through July 27, the Boca Museum of Art presents the exhibition Afghan Rugs: The Contemporary Art of Central Asia, an international exhibition of Afghan war rugs. Also on display is Elaine Reichek: The Eye of the Needle, featuring the works of the conceptual artist known for her needlework with a feminist and multicultural twist.
From Aug. 9 through Oct. 26, the Museum will present the 63rd Annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition.

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May 5, 2014

Temporary city water change may affect dialysis, others

Boca water customers may notice a slight chlorine taste or odor through Sunday, May 18. The city’s Utility Services Department is temporarily using a stronger disinfection process in the water treatment plant, according to a city posted announcement.
The change “will not cause adverse health effects,” according to the user. However, users of home kidney dialysis machines, tropical fish aquariums and managers of stores and restaurants with fish or shellfish in tanks are advised “to seek professional advice,” according to the city.
“Methods for testing and removing free chlorine residuals differ from those used for chloramine residuals. Both types of residuals may adversely affect users of kidney dialysis machines and may be toxic to fish and aquatic animals if not treated properly,” the city said.
The Utility Services department number is 561-338-7310.

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Traffic alert on I-95 Yamato west exit

The outside right lane of the westbound entrance ramp to I-95 northbound from Yamato Road will be closed 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday through Wednesday, May 14.
The closure is part of the work on the I-95 Interchange at Spanish River Boulevard. Part of the work on the 2.5-mile project includes constructing 13 bridges between Spanish River Boulevard and Yamato Road, signalized intersection improvements and the addition of auxiliary lanes on Yamato Road, and sound wall construction along Yamato Road and on the east side of I-95 north of Yamato Road. The project costs an estimated $67 million. The work is expected to be completed by fall 2016.

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West Boca High bands get top honors at state

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On Wednesday, April 30, both West Boca Raton High concert bands went to Florida International University in Miami to perform at the Florida Bandmasters Association ​State Band Assessment.
The bands each played three selections and were evaluated by three adjudicators on their performance fundamentals, technical preparation, and musical effect. West Boca Raton High was the only school from Palm Beach County to have two bands to qualify and perform at the state event.
The Wind Ensemble, which is the top band, received an overall superior rating. This is the highest rating possible at state and was the only high school band from Palm Beach County to receive top honors.
West Boca's Symphonic Band, which is the second, received an overall excellent rating. This is the second-highest rating possible at state and was a strong showing for the No. 2 band.

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April 24, 2014

Impact 100 awards grants to nonprofits

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Impact 100 Palm Beach County has awarded $320,000 to local nonprofits
Florence Fuller Child Development Centers received $100,000 for the Family Preservation Program for 500 family members at their two centers in Boca Raton and West Boca. The program includes family crisis intervention; case management, information and referral; parenting skills development; group and individual counseling for parents and children; job training; a mentoring program; financial and nutrition education classes; and healthy take-home family meals five days a week.
Achievement Centers for Children and Families of Delray Beach received a $100,000 grant for the Pine Grove Afterschool and Summer program. The new program will serve 150 elementary school students at Pine Grove Elementary School. The program will provide affordable aftercare and summer programs that combine academic, cultural, recreational, social and leadership activities.
The final $100,000 grant recipient went to The Creative City Collaborative, also known as the Arts Garage, for the Music and Theatre Education Program. The program will have two components – Drumline and Theatre Education - and will provide quality, no cost, sustained arts education for 1,000 disadvantaged children and youth in south Palm Beach County.
The other finalist organizations, the Coastal Conservation Association and the United Cerebral Palsy of Palm Beach and Mid Coastal Counties each received a $10,000 grant.
The grants were awarded on April 10 when 320 women gathered at Lynn University’s Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center.
The event was Impact 100 Palm Beach County’s Grand Awards Celebration, and guests included women who had made a $1,000 donation to become an annual member. Those funds are pooled every year to make $100,000 grants to charities in the categories of education, environment, arts and culture, family and health and wellness.
“Our mission is to make an impact in our community and the best way to do that is to grow our membership and also retain our current members,” said Sue Diener, co-president of Impact 100 Palm Beach County. “We encourage even more nonprofits to apply for our grants program.”
To join, or to learn more about Impact 100 Palm Beach County, go to http://www.impact100pbc.com/ or call 561-336-4623.

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Alzheimer walk moves to Boca; kickoff May 29 at JAZZIZ

The National Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be in Boca Raton for the first time on Oct. 11 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater.
The kickoff for the Alzheimer’s Association fundraiser is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 29 at JAZZIZ Nightlife Restaurant and Bar, 201 Plaza Real in Mizner Park. The event will include cocktails and appetizers, a silent auction, photo booth and a deejay. Tickets are $25 per person in advance or $30 at the door at http://goo.gl/wq17A5
Registration for the walk is free at www.alz.org/walk. Volunteers are also needed. To get involved, contact walk chairperson Pamela Polani at polani@bellsouth.net or call 561-496-4222.

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Progress report on Hillsboro Canal upgrade

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The South Florida Water Management District has approved a construction contract for the next phase of repair work on the Hillsboro Canal, located along the Broward–Palm Beach county line.
“The Hillsboro Canal is one of our flood control system’s main arteries,” said Jeff Kivett, the district's director of Operations, Engineering and Construction.
Regular inspections on the decades-old canal revealed a 10.5-mile reach from Boca Raton to Parkland that needed significant repairs. Sections of the bank had eroded and fallen into the canal. Sediment had accumulated near a coastal structure that moves floodwater to the coast, potentially limiting the flow of water during storms.
Work on the Hillsboro Canal Bank Stabilization Project began in 2012 with public outreach to more than 700 property owners. Construction on Phase 1 began in October 2013 on a section from US 441/SR7 to 3 miles west. Work on that segment is now about 50 percent complete.
This month’s investment of $7.9 million allows Arbor Tree & Land, Inc., the lowest responsive bidder, to begin work on Phase 2, a section just west of Military Trail near Boca Raton to U.S. 441/SR7. The work includes dredging of approximately one mile of the canal.

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Boca Ballet to perform at Olympic Heights May 3 & 4

Boca Ballet Theatre will present "Dance Fest – A Repertory Concert" at 8 p.m. Saturday May 3 and 2 p.m. Sunday May 4 at Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater.
Tickets are $20 to $35 for adults and $10 to $25 for children and seniors.
The performance is described as a mix of classical, neoclassical and contemporary works by the company's co-artistic director Dan Guin, and Russian masters George Balanchine and Marius Petipa. "Paquita" will featuring guest artists from Louisville Ballet.
The theater is at 20101 Lyons Road in West Boca
For tickets, go to http://bocaballet.interticket.com/search.php or call 561-995-0709.

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Parks & Rec wants public views May 5

Palm Beach County’s Parks and Recreation Department is asking residents to take part and share their views in focus groups.
The West Boca focus group is 1 p.m. Monday, May 5 at the Recreation Center in Coconut Cove Water Park in Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, 20130 Regional Park Drive, West Boca.
Representatives of Management Learning Laboratories of Winston-Salem, N. C. will run the groups. Public comment will be used to develop a questionnaire that will be sent to a random number of county residents in June, according to the county. Survey results are anticipated in the fall and will be used to determine future needs.
Seating for each focus group is limited, and preregistration is required. Contact the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department by Wednesday, April 30 at pbcparks@pbcgov.org or call 561- 966-6610.

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