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September 17, 2014

Gayle King, Dennis Miller come to Boca for Chris Evert's tennis classic

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Television personalities Gayle King and Rob Marciano, comedian Dennis Miller, actor Timothy Olyphant and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, head a list of celebrities who will participate in the silver anniversary Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic that raises funds to combat drug abuse and child neglect in Florida.

The event will be held Nov. 21 to 23 at the Boca Resort & Club and the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.

“Grey's Anatomy's” Kevin McKidd will be back for a fourth straight appearance, "The Today Show's" Hoda Kotb is returning after playing in the 2011 event and Fox News' Brian Kilmeade is making his first appearance since 2009. The charity event will also feature longtime stalwarts Jon Lovitz, fellow actors Alan Thicke and Maeve Quinlan and singers Gavin Rossdale and David Cook.

Evert, an International Tennis Hall of Famer and South Florida philanthropist, began hosting the event after retiring from professional tennis in 1989, and more than $21 million has been raised during that time. She has a tennis academy in West Boca.
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September 9, 2014

Red Cross fundraiser set for disaster relief

The American Red Cross is having a fundraiser for its Disaster Relief Fund from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 at New York Prime in Boca Raton.
The cover is $25 and includes hors d’oeuvres, drink specials and a silent auction. The restaurant is at 2350 NW Executive Drive in Boca Raton.
Patrons are asked to RSVP by calling Laura Golden at the American Red Cross at 561-245-0997 or pay cash at the door for the same donation.

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August 27, 2014

Tickets on sale for Go Pink

Tickets are now on sale for the 11th annual Go Pink Luncheon with keynote speaker Stacy London.
London, known for her former TV show “What Not to Wear,” is an author and breast cancer awareness activist.
Proceeds from the luncheon go to the Christine E. Lynn Health & Wellness Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
The luncheon is 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Tickets are $150 at https://donate.brrh.com/go-pink-luncheon or call 561-955-4142.


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August 22, 2014

Call for coastal cleanup volunteers in Boca

Volunteers have to register for the local efforts of the International Coastal Cleanup
sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy.
Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful Inc. is coordinating county events and will provide supplies on Sept. 20. The cleanup is 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Registration is required, but there is no cost. Individual volunteers should call 561-544-8606. Community service hours will be awarded.
Children younger than 18 must participate with an adult. No drop-offs are permitted. Registration and the cleanup event will be at Spanish River Park.

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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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