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August 19, 2014

Boca firefighter in Philly cookoff

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Boca Raton firefighter Alex Callegari will be in Philadelphia on Sunday to compete in the Steak-umm Firefighter Challenge Cookoff. He is one of three finalists that could win $20,000.
The cook-off will air on the Steve Harvey show in September.
Callegari will prepare his Boca Steak-umm Sliders and said he is cooking in honor of and would donate money to a scholarship fund for former firefighter and chef John Wilson.

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August 18, 2014

Boca I-95 lanes closures set for new interchange

The outside lanes of I-95 both north and southbound between Glades and Yamato roads will be closed nightly Sunday night through Friday morning through Sept. 7.

The first lane will close at 9 p.m., and the second if needed will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., according to an advisory from the Florida Department of Transportation.

The closures are part of construction on the 2.5-mile new Spanish River Boulevard interchange on I-95.

“Work consists of constructing a new interchange at Spanish River Boulevard and I-95, widening Spanish River Boulevard west of FAU Boulevard, 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,” according to FDOT.

The project is expected to be finished by early 2017. For updated lane closure information, go to www.d4fdot.com.
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August 13, 2014

City's free summer concerts end Sunday with Symphonia

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The city of Boca Raton closes this summer’s free music series with The Symphonia Brass at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17.
The program will include "Adagio," selections from "West Side Story," and songs such as "You Made Me Love You," "Moonlight Serenade" and "Stardust." An intermission will allow concert goers to get up close and personal with a instrument petting zoo.
Blankets and chairs are welcome, but chairs will also be available to rent for $5.
Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, car pool and use free parking at City Hall and the Boca Raton Library.
No coolers, soft coolers or outside food and beverages are permitted. Snack food and beverages will be available to purchase inside the venue. All shows are rain or shine.
Visit www.mizneramphitheater.com or www.downtownboca.org
For recorded information call 561- 544-8600.

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Boca Chamber Festival Days events Aug. 14 through 21.

What: Boca Chamber Festival Days events Aug. 14 through 21.
Festival Days are events through August coordinated by the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce that pair nonprofits with the business community to raise funds and visibility. Tickets are sold through each nonprofit. The events are in Boca Raton and are open to the public.
• “Best of Florida,” to benefit Boca Museum of Art, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday Aug. 14, Boca Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, north Mizner Park. Cocktails by Potions as in Motion and light hors d’oeuvres by Esperanza Catering at Boca Helping Hands. Music by Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways. Tickets $15 advance; $20 door at www.bocamuseum.org or 561-392-2500, ext. 208.
• “Taste of Royal Palm Place,” to benefit Junior League of Boca Raton Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday Aug. 15, Royal Palm Place, 101 Plaza Real. Drinks, light bites at participating restaurants. Tickets $25 advance; $35 door at https://www.jlbr.org/ecommerce/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=14&cat=Tickets or 561-620-2553.
• “Boca’s Ballroom Battle,” to benefit George Snow Scholarship Fund, 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday Aug. 16, Boca Raton Resort & Club. Eight community leaders compete in Boca’s version of “Dancing with the Stars.” Advance tickets start at $225 or $150 at http://www.ballroombattle.com/ or 561-347-6799.
• “Party to the Max,” to benefit Hospice by the Sea, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 19, Max’s Grille, 404 Plaza Real, Mizner Park. Tickets $25 include drink and appetizers, www.hpbcf.org or 561-416-5037.
• “Light Up the Night,” to benefit Junior Achievement of South Florida, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 20, Prime Cigar & Wine Bar, 2240 NW 19th St., drinks, food, cigar and silent auction. Tickets $35 advance/$50 at door or VIP $100 or $125 at www.jasouthflorida.org/lightupthenight or 954-979-7108.
• “Back to School Breakfast,” to benefit American Association of Caregiving Youth, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday Aug. 21, Boca Raton Resort & Club, honoring former Mayor Susan Whelchel. Tickets $50 by Aug. 15, $60 afterward at: http://www.aacy.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=698 or 561-391-7401.
• “Laughs for Cats & Dogs” with comedy hypnosis by Glenn Miller, to benefit Tri County Animal Rescue, 6:30 reception, 7:30 p.m. show, Thursday Aug. 21, at The Shops at Boca Center, 1800 Military Trail. Tickets $30 one or $50 couple; $50 advance/$75 at door at https://tricountyanimalrescue.com/category/events/ or 561-482-8110.
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August 12, 2014

2 early voting sites in Boca for Aug. 26 primary

Early voting for the Aug. 26 Florida primary election continues through Sunday, Aug. 24.

The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Boca Raton and West Boca early voting sites are:

• Old Boca Raton Library, 200 NW Boca Raton Blvd., on the northwest corner of Northwest Boca Raton Boulevard and Northwest 2nd Street, 1/10 mile north of Palmetto Park Road on the east side of the street.
• West Boca Branch Library, 18685 State Road 7/U.S. 441, the first left turn north of Yamato Road on the west side of the street.

The Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections has posted all 14 early voting sites in Palm Beach County and a sample ballot. There’s also a running tabulation of turnouts at each site.

Go to http://www.pbcelections.org/ or call 561-656-6200 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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August 8, 2014

Mosquito spraying out west starts Monday

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The Palm Beach County Division of Mosquito Control will conduct aerial spraying Monday evening, Aug. 11, beginning at sundown, weather permitting in the western suburbs.
The coverage area of approximately 270,000 acres will target populated areas west of Military Trail. The aircraft used is a Huey helicopter.
Should unstable weather conditions prevent spraying Monday, it will take place on the next available night conditions allow.
To further help control mosquitoes, residents are asked to drain or minimize standing water on their properties.
Resident going to be outdoors after dark are advised to us insect repellent containing DEET and wear long pants and a long-sleeve shirt, according to the department.
The aerial spray hotline is 561-642-8775.

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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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