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Sitting down with Shelly Weil, community activist

Shelly Weil, a longtime resident and community activist, helped put a large map up in the Delray Beach Public Library showing local pinpoints of where residents are originally from.

You’ve been a member of more than a dozen clubs and committees for Delray Beach. What are you up to this summer?
“I’m really excited to be hosting the Israeli Scouts 2009 Caravan Gefen. They’re making 25 appearances at events in Palm Beach County and mainly Delray Beach Sunday, June 7 to Monday, June 15.”

Is this the first year you’ve helped out with the caravan?
“No. Actually I’ve been a part of it for 36 years. It’s one of four caravans with selected Israeli Scouts that tour throughout the country and perform in 28 states bringing a message of peace and love before returning to Israel.”

How long have you been involved in scouting?
“Since the age of 10; for the past 66 years, my life has been guided by traits of leadership and character.”

Is it giving back to the communities you live in?
“Scouting has always reminded me to continue to give back all that has been given to me through my life and others.”

What’s something people that aren’t in your immediate life circle don’t know?
“I was the founder and CEO of Miss Chocolate Company from 1967 to 1995.”

How long and where do you live in Delray Beach?
“I’ve lived in Delray for 22 years. I live in Hamel Country Club.”

What are you hobbies?
“Running marathons, cycling, golf and tennis.”


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Dave DiPinoDave DiPino
David DiPino joined Forum Publishing Group in August 2006. As a reporter for the Delray Forum, David covers community news and writes a dining column twice a month that focuses on restaurants in South Palm Beach County.

He also is one of the writers of the twice-monthly Hometown Downtown column that looks at events, celebrations, and organizations in Delray and Boynton Beach. He freelances for the Sun-Sentinel during high school football and basketball seasons.

David spent 12 years working in the restaurant industry, and did just about every job in the back of the house, including line cook, sous chef, and dessert chef. A Florida native who lives in Jupiter, he studied Multimedia Journalism at Florida Atlantic University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree. David enjoys playing the guitar, golf, boating and snorkeling during his free time.

Contact him at or 954-621-5000.


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