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October 31, 2008

Fire Station #44 W. Boynton Beach/Official opening

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On Friday, October 31, 2008, the ribbon cutting "Grand Opening Ceremony"
was spectacular! The program began with the Presentation of Colors by
the Honor Guard and Pipe and Drum Corps of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.
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To open the ceremony, Chief Herman W. Brice introduced the many
dignitaries in the audience, including County Commissioners Robert Kanjiian,
Burt Aronson, and members of COWBRA and the Alliance. The invocation was
given by Chaplain Jeremy Hurd.

Fire Station #44 will enhance service to the residents of Valencia Lakes,
Coral Lakes, Avalon, the Lakeridge communities, and several other
surrounding areas, with a Rescue truck and an ALS Engine with three
personnel on duty daily.

This new three and a half million dollar facility is a continuation of
the County Commission's promise to enhance Fire Rescue
services by reducing response time.

Commissioner Burt Aronson's speech to the audience included his
long-standing commitment to supporting Fire Rescue, commending
Ted Winsberg for his donation of land for this facility, and praising the
skills, dedication, and knowledge of the Fire Rescue men and women.
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Sandy Parker, presented a gift certificate for a basketball hoop to the
Fire Rescue Team, as a welcome gift from the residents of Coral Lakes.

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October 29, 2008

Sandoway House events for Nov & Dec. 2008

Sandoway House Nature Center, 142 S. Ocean Blvd,
Delray Beach

Guided Tours and Coral Reef Shark Feedings
Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 10:30 am
Have a splashing good time and discover what Atlantic Ocean Reef
Fish and Nurse Sharks eat for breakfast! $4 fee for ages 3 and up for
non-members. Members Free

Astronomy Nights
Friday November 7, 2008 6:00 pm
Monday December 1, 2008 5:30 pm
Take a look at our galaxy through Sandoway’s telescopes or view a slide
show on the birth and death of stars if conditions aren't right for viewing
the night sky. $3 for Ages 7 and up. Reservations required,
call 561-274-7263.

Guided Nature/Beach Walk
Saturdays November 22 and Dec 6 2008 9 am – 11 am
Join a local naturalist for a beach hike along Delray Beach’s world famous
beach. See and learn all about local marine life, ecosystems, native shells
and threats to the marine life. Walk ends at the Sandoway House with a
shark feeding and tour of South Florida’s largest private shell collection.
Ages 5 - adult. An adult must sign-up in advance and participate with
children. Cost is $6 per person Call 561-274-7263 to register.

Learn more at HYPERLINK "http://www.sandowayhouse.org"

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October 25, 2008

Schoolhouse Children's Museum Spooky Carnival- big hit!

The Schoolhouse Children's Museum, located at 129 E Ocean Ave,
[at S. Seacrest Blvd], Boynton Beach, held a successful fund-raising
event last week. My grandchildren and hundreds of other children
had a great time! There were pumpkins to buy, faces that were painted,
games played for prizes, pony rides, and a bounce house, too.
After enjoying the museum, we enjoyed the playground swings and
climbing apparatus.
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The museum is a great place to take your children, your visiting friends
and family, and your grandchildren.
There is always so much to do and to see. It is an inter-active museum. Jercow.jpg
Phone: (561) 742-6780
Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. (Closed Sun. & Mon.)


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October 20, 2008

Patients in hospitals need privacy and rest

Friends and family worry about you when you are in the hospital.
Out of their concern for your well-being, they decide to visit you.
Often, hospital stays are frightening to the patient as well as to their family.
Having to put on a "pretty face" or being met by visitors after just returning
from a test or procedure makes everyone feel uncomfortable.

When someone must be in the hospital for surgery, tests, or
monitoring, visitors are exactly what they do not need.
Patients who have had long-term hospital or rehabilitation stays may
"send the word" to their friends that they need company. That is an
invitation to visit. If you do not receive an invitation, please call the
spouse or child of the patient to find out if a visit is welcome.
Visitation preference goes to close family members, not to neighbors, nor to
tennis and bowling buddies.

I hope people cut this out and save it on their refrigerator door or bulletin
board, so that they can remember it before they plan to visit someone in the hospital.

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October 16, 2008

Welcome Fire Station #44

On Tuesday, October 7, 2008, Fire Station #44 finally opened on Flavor Pict
Road, between Jog Road and Hagen Ranch Road, in Boynton Beach.
This three-person Rescue and Engine company began serving our
community by answering 13 calls on the first day! In the first four days,
they had a total of 33 calls. Of that number, 30% of callers were sent to the hospital.
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In charge of this station is Lieutenant Kelly Hoffman. He and his crew
came from Stations 41 and 42 in Boynton Beach. Through "up-staffing,"
this station plans to be able to have 3 persons on Rescue and 3 on Fire Engine
detail. When they are called, they provide basic life support. They stabilize the
patient in non-life threatening situations. When an ambulance is needed,
a private transport company brings the patient to the hospital.

Lieutenant Hoffman estimates that they will receive about 2,500 calls
this coming year. Why not stop by to welcome them to our community.
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October 13, 2008

Free flu shots in Boynton Beach

information below came from State Rep. Kelly Skidmore:

The Boynton Beach Senior Center (1021 S. Federal Highway) will be
offering flu and pneumonia shots to residents on October 15th
and November 5th from 10 a.m. to noon.
Vaccinations are free for those who are covered under Medicare Part B.
In addition, the Area Agency on Aging and the Boynton Beach Fire
Department will provide free flu shots for those without medical
insurance at the same location from 9 a.m. to noon on November 20th.
For more information please call (561) 742-6570.

The Boynton Beach Fire Rescue offers free flu shots on Oct. 25th at Intracoastal
Park, 2240 N. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach. These vaccinations are offered
by the Area Agency on Aging and the Palm Beach County Health Department.
They will only be offered to people 60 and older who have no health insurance
and no medical doctor. There will also be free health screenings for blood
pressure and cholesterol levels. Free hot dogs and hamburgers, too.

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October 11, 2008

Citizens for Social Responsibility Meeting -10/16/08

Citizens for Social Responsibility
will meet on Thursday, October 16 at 1:00 PM.
The program will feature Congressman Robert Wexler.
Topic: What is at Stake for Our Country in the Coming Election?
at the South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road in Delray Beach.
All are welcome....no admission charge....call # 561-736-7928 for
further information.
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October 10, 2008

Schoolhouse Children's Museum Spooky Carnival

Schoolhouse Children's Museum
129 E Ocean Ave, [at S. Seacrest Blvd]
Boynton Beach ( parking lot on east side)
Directions: 1/4 mile east of Boynton Beach Blvd. South on Seacrest Blvd,
2 Blocks, then East on Ocean Avenue
Phone: (561) 742-6780
Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. (Closed Sun. & Mon.)
Second Annual Spooky Schoolhouse Carnival!

The Spooky Schoolhouse Carnival is back for its second year of fun and prizes!
On October 18th and 19th, from 11 am until 7 pm both days, the Museum on
Ocean Avenue will transform into an old-fashioned carnival, complete with
ponies, music, crafts, games, face painting, concessions, and baked goods.
The Ocean Avenue Green Market will be on-site with their pumpkin patch, and
each evening will feature a special live dance performance by a member of
Hip-notic Dance Company! Admission is $3 per person for ages 2 and up.
Adults: $5 Grandparents: $4 Grandparent and child $6
Activity tickets are available for purchase for .50¢ each for games and rides.
there will be a bounce house and trackless train for the kids. Two free tickets
will be given to every guest in costume.
Group rates are available for 10 or more children with reservations.
If you would like to volunteer to help, call 561 742-6390


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October 6, 2008

Sputnik - lauched 51 years ago

On October 4, 1957, the world's first artificial satellite was launched by a Soviet intercontinental ballistic missile. This 183 pound sphere was named "Sputnik," which means "traveling companion," in Russian. This both startled and terrified Americans, who had long believed that our country far exceeded the scientific knowledge and capabilities of any other nation.
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In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established a new agency to look into this technological surprise, and to prevent anything of this sort to ever occur again. The agency was given the title "Advanced Research Projects Agency" (ARPA). Suddenly, federal money was allocated to fund space exploration. Colleges and universities searched for scientists to do research and to establish courses of instruction to educate a crop of computer technologists to put us into space. In 2000, the name of the agency was changed to Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and it began to focus on military objectives. Who ever imagined that space reconnaissance would involve warfare? Weren't we just exploring the stars and the heavens?
September 11, 2001 was another startling discovery for the United States. How had we been so blind to what was being advanced in other nations aimed at harming us? We can't just wish on a star that our country employs satellites in space that are watching the "bad guys." Hopefully, it won't take something like 9/11 to awaken us to reality. Only 51 years have passed, since this satellite was launched. In that short
time, our world has become "smaller," with the advance technology of computers,
Blackberries, and other miniaturized communication devices.
If you are interested in a more scientific look at Sputnik and technology, read "Happy Birthday, Sputnik," Computerworld, October 1, 2007 .

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October 2, 2008

Free counseling for teens

The Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service of South Palm Beach (nonsectarian) is offering FREE e-mail and phone counseling
(by a licensed therapist) for teens. Teens may correspond with a counselor at www.teentalk4u.org OR e-mail: markc@rrjfs.org. phone # 561 / 852-3333
Here is an excerpt from South Florida Hospital News regarding Mark
Cherny, a licensed clinical social worker at Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service, who
for 10 years, talks to 7,500 students annually, via 300 performances, about
addictions, substance abuse and other important issues.

"Acting Troupe Teaches Kids About Addictions"

The classroom at a Boca Raton middle school was in an uproar. The students
were consumed by a rollicking skit about a teenage boy trying to talk his
girlfriend into taking some prescription medication he stole from his mother.
Some of the kids were up in arms. They were shouting at each other,
"Why isn’t it OK to take someone else’s Percocet? A doctor prescribed it!"

Then, "Why is your boyfriend pressuring you to do something that’s wrong?
Why is he trying to talk you into getting high? Dump him!"

Once the skit ended, an eighth grade girl approached the actor, Mark Cherny,
a licensed clinical social worker at RRJS who for 10 years, talks to 7,500
students annually, via 300 performances, about addictions, substance abuse
and other important issues. "You were the best!" she said. "This was just
like watching The Jerry Springer Show!"
Cherny said he performs many skits on drug and alcohol abuse and is creates
new ones.
"Kids don’t necessarily know that a doctor may prescribe something for
one person, that could be harmful to another. They often tell me if it’s
a prescribed medication that can’t get addicted."
Mark and fellow thespian, Marcy Bezark, who directs volunteer services at Ruth
Rales Jewish Family Service, have performed other substance abuse skits, such
as the one about a wife who is leaving her husband because he drinks too
much and a 16-year-old girl who tries to talk her father into buying beer for
her party; an increasingly common occurrence, Cherny says.

For more information on Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service,
visit www.ruthralesjfs.org or call (561) 852-3333.

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