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Eagle Scout dedication this Friday at Old School Square Park

The bronze statue of a Delray Beach Eagle Scout now overlooks the southeast portion of Old School Square Park and borders dedication stones to the hundreds of residents who achieved the distinction over the past century.

Last year Delray Beach resident and Eagle Scout Shelly Weil came up with the idea to put a 6-foot bronze statue of an Eagle Scout in Mike Machek Boy Scout Park. He also planned a trail made up of bricks engraved with the names of Eagle Scouts.

Fast forward to Friday and the venue has been changed but the mission remains the same. At 7:30 p.m. Weil will unveil the statue at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave. along with about 250 pavers dedicated to Delray Beach Eagle Scouts.

“We have a list of about 350 Eagle Scouts already. There’s more but that’s what we have listed since beginning this search,” Weil said.

Since 2011 Weil has been looking for Eagle Scouts. He's seeking individuals nationwide who achieved scouting's highest honor while living in Delray Beach and also Eagle Scouts now residing in the city who received the distinction elsewhere.

Weil is working with Old School Square and city officials to install the statue and courtyard with pavers honoring the Eagle Scouts.

Email Shelly Weil at K2BS@aol.com or call 561-496-0549.

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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.

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