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December 26, 2008

Restaurants are closing their doors

Restaurants are having a hard time staying open. Several of my favorite
places to dine have closed their doors, after many years of service to
loyal customers. In order to survive, some restaurant eateries have begun to offer creative choices for "supper," including smaller portion options, unique
combinations, and even allowing meals to be shared, with a small added
surcharge.
Some restaurants now offer free beverages with meals, or dessert, without
additional charge. I have noticed some restaurants asking for "cash only,"
to help defray their costs. If the consumer is paying more at the supermarket,
then the restaurant owners are certainly paying more for all of their ingredients
and services. Waiters and waitresses report fewer and smaller tips.

Are we eating out less because of our worsening economy, higher gas prices,
or are we spending more on other choices?

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December 20, 2008

Wakotahatchee Wildlife Preserve - nature at our doorstep

Whenever we have friends and relatives visit, we invite them to stroll
along the boardwalk at Wakotahatchee Wildlife Preserve, right here
in Delray Beach, on Jog Road (between Lake Ida Road and Flavor Pict Road).
This morning, in addition to hundreds of water birds, dozens of turtles, an
occasional duck and some squirrels, we actually saw an alligator climb out
of the water.
Our seven year-old grandson, Jonathan, captured the moment.

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December 16, 2008

West Boynton Park and Recreation Center

The West Boynton Park and Recreation Center is located at 6000 Northtree
Boulevard, Lake Worth - directly behind the Park Vista High School.
phone # 561 355-1125. Stop by and pick up their brochure of sports
activities, lessons, and events.
Their hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 9:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M
Saturday 9:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. Closed on Sundays.


There is a gymnasium, meeting room and teen room and a helpful staff.
The REC Center is surrounded by a lovely park featuring lighted basketball courts,
baseball fields, softball fields, hockey rink, skate park, sand volleyball court, and
tennis courts. All of these courts are lighted for evening use.

There is parking, however, it appears to be insufficient for the needs of the participants
involved in so many sports. Write letters! Make yourself heard. If more parking is
needed, this should be brought to the attention of community leaders.

There is lots of room to run around in the gated playground for children. There is
a playground for really young children and then another one for older ones.
You can reserve a group picnic pavilion or picnic shelter. The restroom facilities are
clean and safe.

For more information visit www.pbcparks.com/recreationcenters

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December 12, 2008

Message from Commissioner Burt Aaronson

MESSAGE FROM COMMISSIONER AARONSON

2008 is quickly coming to a close. As I reflect back over the year, I realize that you and I were able to work together to accomplish many things. I would like to take a moment to mention some of the most exciting highlights.

In February, Palm Tran launched “The Link”, a route deviation service that serves residential and gated communities where fixed route service is not available. In October, the new Magenta Link route began service. It runs on Mondays from 9:00am to 6:00pm and travels from Atlantic Avenue and Jog Road to Lyons Road and Yamato Road. It includes service to Kings Point and Century Village. Palm Tran Director Chuck Cohen said that this route is proving very popular so far. For additional information, call 561-649-9848 and select option 5.

We held the Grand Opening of South County Regional Park’s Sunset Cove Amphitheater in March. It was the biggest County celebration I’ve attended since becoming your County Commissioner. Many of you were there and enjoyed the live music, food vendors and fantastic fireworks display. It was truly a community event that brought seniors, adults, teens and families together for a wonderful evening of entertainment. There have been movie nights, concerts, live theater and holiday celebrations held since the opening. You can visit the County’s website, www.pbcgov.com for a calendar of events.

April brought the opening of the Sheriff’s Office Park Vista/District 6 substation. We now have Sheriff’s services available to West Boynton, West Delray and West Boca. I will continue to work with Captain Marty Bechtel, Captain Jeff Calise and Captain Matt Eisenberg to insure that we have the highest quality of life possible. We also celebrated Earth Day and the opening of the Daggerwing Nature Center’s expanded facility at South County Regional Park. This is an amazing Center that particularly appeals to the young people. I highly recommend it for your children or grandchildren.

In May, my eight-year crusade to have cameras installed at intersections to help prevent red-light running came to an end. The County Commission adopted an Ordinance that authorizes the use of unmanned camera/monitoring systems and approved a civil enforcement system with penalties and an appeal process for red light violations. We are currently preparing a bid for companies that are interested in providing camera service to the County. I will keep you informed of the progress.

July also brought new facilities to District 5. An overwhelming number of residents attended the grand opening of the new library on Hagen Ranch Road. Attendance has been outstanding. I’m looking forward to joining with you next month as we open the new library on US 441 in West Boca. Many residents joined me at the “Unleashing Ceremony” of the Canine Cove dog park and the opening of the boundless playground and new picnic facilities at South County Regional Park.

Last month, we opened the new Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Station No. 44 on Flavor Pict Road in West Boynton. I am pleased that the County will be able to reduce response times throughout District 5 with the addition of this fire station.

Space prevents me from mentioning everything that happened during this year but I think you will agree that we accomplished a great deal and that together we will accomplish even more in 2009.

Finally, Sheila, my staff - Mary Lou, Vivian and Meaghan, and I would like to wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year. I sincerely hope that the coming year brings only good things to you and your family.

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December 10, 2008

HLAA meeting Dec. 19, 2008

Delray/Boynton Chapter of the HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
monthly meeting will take place Friday, December 19, 2008 from
9:45 A.M. to 12 Noon at the South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road,
Delray Beach (opposite Morikami Park.) We meet the third Friday of
every month through June 2009.

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December 9, 2008

COWBRA Meeting - December 17, 2008

The next Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations (COBWRA)
meeting will be held at 9:30 A.M. on Wednesday, December 17, 2008,
at the Tuscany Bay Clubhouse, 5087 Palazzo Place...
Located on the west side of Military Trail at Tuscany Bay Blvd., just south
of Pipers Glen Blvd.
PROGRAM
Vote for Members of Nominating Committee
Plus
A Celebration of COBWRA’s Accomplishments
plus
Entertainment by Avi Hoffman
Open to the public. No tickets or reservations required.
Call 561-789-8140 for more information.

Jack Leicher, COBWRA Program Chair


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December 5, 2008

Schoolhouse Children's Museum- Extraterrestrial trio

Program: A TERRIFIC EXTRATERRESTRIAL TRIO

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Place: Boynton Beach City Library
208 S Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach, FL 33435 AND
Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center
129 East Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach, FL 33435

Description: Become a pioneer to planets at Boynton Beach’s library and Learning Center. The three brightest objects in the night time sky make for a terrific extraterrestrial trio. NASA-certified instructor, Erich Landstrom will lead the exploration of moons and planets. Curator Kelsey Harris will tell stories of pioneers to the planets and offer youth arts and crafts projects. At 8:00 pm, attendees will walk across the street to the museum for some sidewalk astronomy, and stargaze through the museum’s telescope (weather permitting) at the Moon and at Jupiter moons.

Registration: None required.

For more information: 561.742.6390

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December 3, 2008

Sandoway House holiday events for Dec. 2008

Sandoway House Nature Center, 142 S. Ocean Blvd,
Delray Beach
December 9, 2008 through January 4, 2009
Tuesday – Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Visit Sandoway’s Holiday House decorated by the Poinciana Garden Club.
View beautiful and festive nature décor.

Holiday Crafts and Recycled Gifts
Saturday December 13, 2008 11 am to 1 pm
Go Green this year and visit to make your very own decorations and ornaments
from nature and recycled house hold items.

Programs subject to change please call 561-274-7263 or check
HYPERLINK "http://www.sandowayhouse.com" www.sandowayhouse.org
for updates and cancellations. $4 admission fee for ages 3 and up unless
otherwise noted.
Members receive free admission and special discounts on programs.

All New Programs beginning January 2009…

Special Guest Presentations
Meet local scientist, researchers, and divers to learn about sea turtles,
coral reefs, shipwrecks and much more!

All New Family Fun Events! Storytelling and shell crafts to name a few!
Learn more at HYPERLINK "http://www.sandowayhouse.org"


Call 561-274-SAND to Register!


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