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July 26, 2014

Renewable Energy Facility Completion Approaching

A recent visit to the Palm Beach County Renewable Energy Park located on North Jog road near 45 th Street in West Palm Beach provided a better understanding of the management of public refuse, including the recycling and waste-to energy process. The 1320 acre campus, which includes a 400 acre conservation area and Renewable Energy Facility No. 2 incorporating technology to reduce NOx and N2O emissions, generate energy, and recover valuable metals demonstrates Palm Beach County’s national leadership role in environmental stewardship.

It was a terrific one day “staycation” for Alliance of Delray Board members. The Chief Administrative Officer, Marc Bruner, provided a riding and walking tour of the facilities. Below are photos which show, from top to bottom, CAO Bruner and Alliance Directors viewing a panorama of the campus, massive machinery moving trash within the facility, the PB Renewable Energy Facility No. 2 nearing completion with "Education & Learning Building" in the forefront, water conservation tower behind, and the equipment through which the SWA transfers the energy to Florida Power & Light. Want more information? go to

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July 18, 2014

Getting to Know MorseLife

ANTIGRAVITY%20REHAB%20MORSELIFE.JPGMorseLife is a nationally-recognized provider of health care, housing and support services for seniors. The Alliance of Delray recently toured the facilities situated within a 37 acre area of land on Haverhill Road just north of Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach.
Photo: The Alliance of Delray’s visit on July 14, 2014 to the 6000 square foot rehab therapy area located on the MorseLife campus where patients benefit from the latest rehabilitation technology. Photo center is the NASA-developed AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill and the Biodex System 4, offering neuromuscular evaluation and therapeutic exercise. Pictured from left are: Alliance Executive Vice President Dr. Lori Vinikoor; MorseLife President & CEO Keith Meyers; Alliance President Bob Schulbaum; Alliance Directors Norma Arnold and Larry Zalkin. Rehabilitation servies also include an Innovative community reintegration program with simulated "apartment" to facilitate transition to the home.
The tour also included visiting the housing and independent and assisted living senior retirement community located on the campus. What is most impressive when visiting the “neighborhoods” within the residential buildings or the facilities where programs such as Adult Day Care are offered is the pleasantness of the Staff while providing care and services to the elderly.
We will be seeing more of a physical presence of this non-profit, non-sectarian organization in the south county area in the near future. For example, MorseLife has developed a “Neighbor to Neighbor” program which is being implemented within retirement communities in Delray Beach and surrounding areas.
For more information here is the link to the MorseLife website:

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July 15, 2014

Local MD Will Speak on Crippling Hand Disease Which Affects Many Seniors

charles%20eaton%20md.jpgCharles Eaton, M.D. created the Dupuytren Foundation, a public charity established to promote global research to find a cure for Dupuytren's disease and related conditions. Dr. Eaton is interested in speaking to groups of at risk people both to raise awareness and to engage people who might be interested in foundation work as a board or committee member. He can be reached at or 949-CURE-DUP (949-287-3387)
Here is a video infographic:
And here is some information about Dupuytren’s Disease:
• Dupuytren disease is the most common inherited disabling hand condition.
• It makes the fingers permanently bent and progressively more bent over time. These bent fingers are Dupuytren contracture.
• It's named after the French surgeon Dupuytren, who was Napoleon's personal surgeon, and during his lifetime, the most famous surgeon in the world.
• The English pronunciation is "DOO-pa-trin".
• There's no medicine for it. It's treated by surgeons when fingers become too bent. The problem is that procedures don't cure it: contractures come back, sometimes worse, and may pass the point of being able to be treated.
• It predominantly affects seniors: Florida is the flagship state. Figures from the 2010 Florida census project about 250,000 Floridians affected in the 45-65 age bracket, and over 760,000 Floridians affected over the age of 65. That's over 1.1 million out of a total population of 18.8 million.
• Despite the fact that it's common, many have never heard of it. It doesn't hurt, it isn't lethal, and it's often confused with arthritis. Because it bends the fingers into the position they are when they are relaxed, it can go unnoticed by others even if fairly severe.
• It's pretty common - Ronald Regan, Margaret Thatcher, Mitt Romney, Paul Newman, physicist Max Planck, painter Andrew Wyeth, Sam Becket - who wrote waiting for Godot, comedienne Chelsea Handler, and very likely people you know but you don't know that they have it. And maybe you.
• Every year, 1 out of every 200 people over the age of 50 develop it.
• The single biggest risk factor for developing it is having an ancestor or sibling with it.
• Every year, 2 out of every 100 people with it get bad enough to need treatment.
• For most people it's a nuisance, but for some, it's crippling.

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July 13, 2014

Prepare for the 2014 Election: Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Now is the time to begin reviewing and researching the 2014 Ballot Amendments. Here is what we have so far:
Ballot #1: Water and Land Conservation - Dedicates funds to acquire and restore Florida conservation and recreation lands
Funds the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to acquire, restore, improve, and manage conservation lands including wetlands and forests; fish and wildlife habitat; lands protecting water resources and drinking water sources, including the Everglades, and the water quality of rivers, lakes, and streams; beaches and shores; outdoor recreational lands; working farms and ranches; and historic or geologic sites, by dedicating 33 percent of net revenues from the existing excise tax on documents for 20 years. For more information:

Ballot #2: Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions
Allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients’medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers. Applies only to Florida law. Does not authorize violations of federal law or any non-medical use, possession or production of marijuana. For more information:

Ballot #3: Prospective Appointment of Certain Judicial Vacancies
Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution requiring the Governor to prospectively fill vacancies in a judicial office to which election for retention applies resulting from the justice’s or judge’s reaching the mandatory retirement age or failure to qualify for a retention election; and allowing prospective appointments if a justice or judge is not retained at an election. Currently, the Governor may not fill an expected vacancy until the current justice’s or judge’s term expires.
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July 1, 2014

Wow! What a Tropical Fruit Festival at the Mounts Botanical Garden

On Saturday June 26, 2014 the Public experienced a real treat at the Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach. Hundreds of attendees meandered among the Garden and, using all their senses, were wowed by the variety of tropical fruits which could be tasted and touched.
Above is a photo of the massive fruit display containing many examples of exotic fruits that can be grown outside your door here in Palm Beach County. Garden Director Allen Sistrunk (photo right behind display) compiled the collection that was viewed by hundreds of attendees.
Director Sistrunk had this to say about the event: "Five years ago, a generous donation came to Mounts Botanical Garden for the promotion of tropical fruit in our midst (Palm Beach County- residents and visitors). This donation from the Fritz and Marge Bell Family, through the Garden Club of Palm Beach had five key points: 1. A brochure in both English and Spanish promoting the gardening-growth of tropical fruit 2. Additional labeled tropical fruit trees planted in our garden 3. Educational panels placed in our garden promoting the gardening-growth of tropical fruit trees 4. A pineapple garden installed in our edible gardening area 5. Revival of our Tropical Fruit Festival. Our Botanical Garden Board and Staff took this gift and made the most of its resources and have now realized all points."
Also pictured behind the display is Joel Vinikoor, Editor of the Palm Beach Rare Fruit Council's newsletter and one of the many volunteers who assisted in making this event a success. To learn more about the Mounts Botanical Garden go to

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July 4th & July Line Up for Musicfest at the Delray Marketplace

July Musicfest at the Delray Marketplace:

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Fourth of July in West Boca

Fourth of July Celebration at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater

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July 4 th Celebration in Delray Beach

FourthofJuly1_0.jpgThe City of Delray Beach will celebrate Independence Day on Friday, July 4, with free events and activities on Delray's Municipal Beach at Ocean Blvd/SR A1A and Atlantic Avenue. Festivities will begin at 8:00am and include a sand sculpting exhibition, the six (6) story American Flag Raising Ceremony and live entertainment. At 9:00pm, the Zambelli fireworks grand finale will pay tribute to our country's birthday.

In observance of the holiday, please note:
•Delray Beach City Hall will be closed on Friday, July 4.
•The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will suspend all non-emergency road construction work on Friday, July 4.

STREET CLOSURES AND TRAFFIC ADVISORIES - On Friday, July 4, beginning at 2:00pm, east Atlantic Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from the east side of NE/SE 7th Avenue to Ocean Blvd/SR A1A, including all side roads. In addition, Ocean Blvd/SR A1A will be closed from the south side of Thomas Street to the north side of Miramar Street. Road closures will remain in effect until approximately 10:00pm.

All southbound traffic on Ocean Blvd/SR A1A will be detoured via George Bush Blvd/NE 8th Street to US1/Federal Highway. All northbound traffic on Ocean Blvd/SR A1A will be detoured via Linton Blvd to US1/Federal Highway.

BOAT TRAFFIC ADVISORY & BRIDGE CLOSURE - Atlantic Avenue Bridge will be closed to marine traffic from approximately 9:00pm until 11:30pm on Friday, July 4 to facilitate holiday celebrations. Boaters are advised to use caution during this time.

PARKING - Handicap parking will be available at the north and south ends of the SR A1A closures near Vista Del Mar and Miramar Street on a first come, first served basis. Handicap vehicles must have placards and registration when approaching checkpoints. The public is urged to park in Downtown Delray Beach and take the short walk to the beach.

PARKING GARAGES - On Friday, July 4, a flat fee of $5 per vehicle will be charged from 12:00pm (noon) to closing at the following public parking garages and locations:
• Robert Federspiel Parking Garage, 22 SE 1st Avenue
• Old School Square Parking Garage, 95 NE 1st Avenue

Parking attendants accept cash only, upon entry, and will monitor parking facilities until the posted closing times.

DOWNTOWN ROUNDABOUT MODIFIED TROLLEY SERVICE - On Friday, July 4, the Downtown Roundabout will operate its regular weekday schedule (ROUTE 1 (6am-7pm; ROUTE 2, 6:45am-11:15pm), providing free roundtrip service along Atlantic Avenue from the Tri-Rail Station on South Congress Avenue to Ocean Blvd/SR A1A.

Beginning at 2:00pm, trolleys will operate on a modified route, providing roundtrip service along Atlantic Avenue from Tri-Rail to NE/SE 7th Avenue. From 7th Avenue, trolleys will travel to SE 1st Street westbound to SE 6th Avenue. Service will continue north on SE 6th Avenue to Atlantic Avenue, and proceed west on Atlantic Avenue. NO SERVICE will be provided east of the Intracoastal until the following day. Due to anticipated traffic, please expect delays during this event.

The Downtown Roundabout is sponsored by the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.

TRI-RAIL HOLIDAY SERVICE - On July 4, please be advised that Tri-Rail trains operate on a revised schedule. For holiday service schedules and additional information, call 800-874-7245 or visit

PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY - The City of Delray Beach wants you to have a safe and happy holiday and asks everyone to be a good neighbor and remember:
•The use of exploding fireworks is illegal, dangerous and a nuisance to your neighbors.
•Loud music at parties may be fun for you but not necessarily for your neighbors.
•Fireworks and public safety ordinances will be enforced.
•It is everyone's responsibility to safeguard our marine life, especially endangered species & critical habitats.
•Firing a gun in public is illegal and can result in an arrest. What goes up, must come down - don't fire a gun.
•Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the beach.
•Recycle! Place plastic bottles, aluminum cans, etc. in recycle bins located throughout the event area.

For information on the July 4 Celebration, including schedule of activities, events and contests, visit or call (561) 278-0424.

For information on parking, road closures and/or trolley service, visit and select Events Street Closures and Roadway Projects on the home page. Additional information is available by contacting the City's Public Information Office at (561) 243-7190 or E-mail

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June 27, 2014

Delray Beach District 4 Sheriff Station Renovations in Full Swing

Photo: Alliance President Bob Schulbaum standing in front of the site of the District 4 Sheriff’s Station which is on schedule at this point to place substantial completion at the end of the year with final completion in January. The site is located near the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Cumberland Drive in west Delray Beach. A move date has not yet been finalized, but the County is looking at a possible late January/early February 2015 date since they are making some additional improvements which will harden the building and they can be impacted by atypical weather. The Count will begin zooming in on move date come October/November.
The construction plans currently include a generator transfer switch so that the building is “generator ready” in the event of a storm. The permanent generator could be installed concurrent with the project if sufficient project contingency funds allow for that purchase. County Facilities Department is re-evaluating the level of contingency as the project progresses. If ultimately the project funds are insufficient to purchase the generator, the generator will be included in a future capital improvement budget.
Photo Credit: Ken Markowitz, Alliance Studio Productions Manager

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Allliance of Delray and AT&T Bring Tech Rallies Into Communities

vizcaya%20-%20webCopy.JPG On Thursday June 26, 2014, the Alliance of Delray and AT&T brought a "Senior Tech Rally" to the Vizcaya Community in West Delray. Residents were "wowed" by the great community service provided by the telecommunications giant and the prominent Civic Organization. More community tech rallies are planned for the Delray Beach area. One in particular will take place at the Delray Community Center. The details appear below. Also, if community leaders would like a Tech Rally brought to their community, contact Alliance President Bob Schulbaum. Contact information appears below.
July 10, 2014 at the DELRAY COMMUNITY CENTER (Ruth Rales) 7091 W. Atlantic Avenue
For Reservations Call:
Bob Schulbaum, President Alliance of Delray Associations
(561)495-9670 or e mail or fax (561)495-0888
Learn How to Better Use Your Devices
Bring your Equipment (lap top, smart phone, tablet)
Personal Service so ENROLLMENT LIMITED TO 30
Sign Up Today! Call 561-495-9670
Sponsored by AT&T Snacks provided

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