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October 31, 2010

South County Road Work Week of Oct. 31

Southern Palm Beach County Projects: Powerline Road / S.R. 845 from the Broward County Line to Glades Road
Construction on this 3-mile project began Monday, May 18, 2009. Work consists of repaving the roadway, minor widening and reconstruction, signalization, lighting, drainage, bridge replacement, irrigation and landscaping. The project will cost an estimated $9.7 million. The work is being performed by Ranger Construction South and is expected to be completed summer 2011.

Restrictions: Two lanes are closed around-the-clock on the L-47 canal bridge for bridge work. Traffic is shifted to one lane in each direction on the east side of the road through this area. Single travel lanes may also be closed at various locations between the Broward County Line and Glades Road, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. until 6:30 a.m., Monday morning through Friday afternoon, until the end of November 2010. Turn lanes will be closed temporarily as needed. At least one lane will remain open in each direction at all times. Motorists should use caution driving in the project limits. Delays are expected.

Glades Road / S.R. 808 from Boca Rio Road to Renaissance Way--Construction on this 2.9-mile project began Jan. 18, 2010. Work consists of repaving and restriping Glades Road from just west of the Turnpike to just west of I-95, storm water drainage improvements, new sidewalks and curb ramps to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, traffic signal upgrades at St. Andrews Boulevard, new signs, landscaping, and irrigation. The estimated construction cost is $3.7 million. Work is being performed by Community Asphalt Corporation and is expected to be completed winter 2010.

Restrictions: One lane will be closed in each direction, daily, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., with two lanes closed, nightly, 9 p.m. until 6:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, until the end of November 2010. At least two lanes will remain open during the day in each direction, and at least one lane will remain open at night in each direction. Turn lanes will be closed temporarily at various locations as needed, and access to local residences and businesses will be maintained. Motorists might experience delays.

Dixie Highway from Hillsboro Boulevard in Deerfield Beach over the FEC railroad tracks and the Hillsboro Canal to S.W. 18 Street in Boca Raton--Construction of a four-lane overpass (flyover) began Ap. 16, 2010. The project includes bicycle lanes and sidewalks on both sides above the railroad tracks, canal, N.E. Second Street, N. River Avenue and N.E. Second Avenue. A pedestrian bridge will be built over Hillsboro Canal east of the overpass. Drainage and landscaping will be added. Construction is expected to be completed summer 2012. Cone & Graham is the prime contractor.

Restrictions: Deerfield Beach—One lane will be closed in each direction, intermittently, at the intersection of Hillsboro Boulevard and Dixie Highway, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Federal Highway / S.R. 5 / U.S. 1 from Yamato Road to the C-15 Canal--Construction on this 1.944-mile resurfacing project began Thursday, June 17, 2010, in the City of Boca Raton. Work consists of repaving and restriping the roadway, adding five-foot paved shoulders in both directions, minor storm water drainage, replacing sidewalks and curb ramps to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, and installing a video detection system on existing traffic signals. The estimated construction cost is $1.9 million. Work is being performed by Weekly Asphalt Paving, Inc. and is expected to be completed winter 2011.

Restrictions: One lane of U.S. 1 will be closed northbound, 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, until the end of November 2010.

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October 30, 2010

Modernity and Nostalgia: November 2, 2010-February 20, 2011

Yōshū Chikanobu was one of the last great ukiyo-e print designers. He produced images of the kabuki stage, beautiful women (bijin-ga), and historical and legendary events. Chikanobu also illustrated murders and other sensational news of the day and chronicled the modernization of Japanese society in the late 19th century.

The exhibition at the Morikami, Modernity and Nostalgia, presents over 50 woodblock prints from this prolific artist on subjects ranging from customs and manners of Japanese women to the Sino-Japanese War to nostalgic representations of the recently ended feudalistic Edo Period (1600 – 1868). A series of prints for which the artist is well known imaginatively portrays the lifestyle of the Meiji Emperor and his family, depicting scenes Chikanobu never actually witnessed but was able to imbue with tremendous authority and veracity.

The exhibition was organized by the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College in Claremont, California, and is funded in part by the Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation and the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation.
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October 29, 2010

CITY OF DELRAY BEACH Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center

CITY OF DELRAY BEACH
Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center and Living Green Fair
October 28, 2010: The City of Delray Beach has partnered with the Wyland Living Green Fair to showcase the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center at the City's Kidsfest on Saturday, October 30th. The Center, a mobile classroom that educates children and families about water conservation, will be located at Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st Street (Atlantic Avenue and the Intracoastal) from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Admission to the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center is free and open to the public.

The Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center is a 1,000 square foot interactive science museum on wheels, equipped with a 40-person movie theater, running river, video microscopes and actual rainfall. Visitors are encouraged to engage, play, experiment and learn about the value of our water resources through fun, hands-on activities.
The Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center will also be featured at the Wyland Living Green Fair, which will be held at Mizner Park in Boca Raton on Saturday, November 6th and Sunday, November 7th. Festivities begin at 10:00 am with fun activities, delicious food and more from South Florida's premier eco-friendly businesses. There is no charge for admission and a variety of exhibits and programs will entertain families and friends including:
• Wyland 45' Mural Painting Initiative
• Wyland Waters Extreme Journey Maze
• Food and Wine Sampling
• Cooking Demonstrations
• Concerts and Presentations
• The Latest in Solar, Wind, Water Technologies
• Games & Activities for Kids
• Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center
For information on Kidsfest, contact Danielle Beardsley at (561) 243-7277. For more information about the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center, contact Jodi Yamane at Jodi.Yamane@wylandfoundation.org or visit www.wylandfoundation.org. For information on the Wyland Living Green Fair, including a schedule of events and activities, contact Bonnie Kaye at bkaye@kcompr.com or visit www.livinggreenfair.com.
About the Living Green Fair

The Living Green Fair is about you. Your health, your prosperity, your enjoyment, and your planet. The state of the environment is something that affects each one of us. By taking a few simple steps, you can do better for the earth and live a higher quality of lifestyle.

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October 28, 2010

Senior Center Open House

The new Ruth Rales Senior Center on West Atlantic Ave. next to Temple Anshei
Shalom final Open House today, Thursday, October 28 from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M.

People who have volunteered to teach a class will be manning their exhibit tables to answer questions about the course they will teach.

I will be among them. I have volunteered to teach a course in "How to Write The Story of Your Life." Stop by and say hello. Look forward to meeting you!

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To read my story in Sunday's Oct. 24 Sun-Sentinel CLICK HERE.

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October 27, 2010

Senior Center has Open House Today

The new Ruth Rales Senior Center on West Atlantic Ave. next to Temple Anshei
Shalom will have an Open House today, Wednesday and tomorrow Thursday, October 27 and 28 from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. each day.

People who have volunteered to teach a class will be manning their exhibit tables to answer questions about the course they will teach.

I will be among them. I have volunteered to teach a course in "How to Write The Story of Your Life." Stop by and say hello. Look forward to meeting you!

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To read my story in Sunday's Oct. 24 Sun-Sentinel CLICK HERE.

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October 26, 2010

Senior Center on West Atlantic Open House

The new Ruth Rales Senior Center on West Atlantic Ave. next to Temple Anshei
Shalom will have an Open House Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, October 26, 27 and 28 from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. each day.

People who have volunteered to teach a class will be manning their exhibit tables to answer questions about the course they will teach.

I will be among them. I have volunteered to teach a course in "How to Write The Story of Your Life." Stop by and say hello. Look forward to meeting you!
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Message from Sheriff’s Dept. District 4 Lt. Pete Ebel: We just had a report of another vehicle burglary this morning, where someone left a purse on her passenger seat and came back to find  her window smashed and her purse gone.
Probably our No. 1 problem in this district is people making it easy for vehicle burglars. They either:
1.       Leave valuable in their vehicles in plain sight: GPS, cameras, purses, laptops, etc. This takes the chance out of it for the burglar. He/she knows what he/she is getting when they can look into the car and get a preview.
2.       Leave their cars unlocked.
It really drives up our crime statistics and affects everyone in the district.
 
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October 25, 2010

Palm Beach County Traffic Report--Oct. 22 through Oct. 29, 2010

Palm Beach County – Palm Beach County traffic will be affected this week by ongoing construction projects and maintenance work, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) officials report. Weather permitting; closures will be in effect on I-95 and in other areas throughout Palm Beach County for construction activities.

For around-the-clock, real-time, I-95 traffic information, call 511. To view real-time video of I-95 in Palm Beach County, visit the Florida Department of Transportation’s Palm Beach SMART SunGuide Transportation Management Center (TMC) website at www.smartsunguide.com. FDOT and the SunGuide™ Partners provide these free services. For updated lane closure information, please refer to www.pbfdot.com.

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CITY OF DELRAY BEACH

FDOT Road Work Advisory for October 25-29, 2010

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has advised that two lanes of I-95 will be closed in each direction, north of Lake Ida Road, 8:00 pm until 5:00 am, from Monday evening, October 25th, through Friday morning, October 29th, as part of the I-95 Intelligent Transportation (ITS) Deployment Project. For more information, please call (561) 641-6440.
ONGOING PROJECTS: The George Bush Boulevard Bridge, over the Intracoastal Waterway in the City of Delray Beach, is closed to motorist and pedestrian traffic for bridge rehabilitation through December 2010. Traffic will be detoured via A1A, East Atlantic Avenue, and U.S. 1/ Federal Highway. For more information about this project, please contact Palm Beach County Construction Services at (561) 684-4000.

About the I-95 Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Deployment Project:
This $24.5 million, 38.6-mile Design/Build ITS Deployment project, which began in October 2008, is establishing a permanent Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) network along I-95 through Palm Beach County and includes installing Dynamic Message Signs on I-95 and on crossroads with entrance and exit ramps to/from I-95, and installing Highway Advisory Radio and other ITS-related equipment. The project is being done in two phases: Phase A is underway between the Broward-Palm Beach County line and PGA Boulevard, and is expected to be completed by winter 2011; Phase B, from PGA Boulevard to the Palm Beach-Martin County Line, will start after Phase A is completed, and should last approximately one year. Work is being performed by Transcore ITS.

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The new Ruth Rales Senior Center on West Atlantic Ave. next to Temple Anshei
Shalom will have an Open House Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, October 26, 27 and 28 from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. each day.

People who have volunteered to teach a class will be manning their exhibit tables to answer questions about the course they will teach.

I will be among them. I have volunteered to teach a course in "How to Write The Story of Your Life." Stop by and say hello. Look forward to meeting you!

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To read my story in Sunday's Oct. 24 Sun-Sentinel CLICK HERE.

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October 24, 2010

Look What’s Happening in the Agricultural Reserve:

LEARNING AGRARIAN IDEALS

A SCENE FROM LAST WEEKEND: BEDNER’S PUMPKIN PATCH AND TRACTOR RIDES WERE ENJOYED BY ALL.

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THE RECENTLY OPENED FARM MARKET AT 441 AND LEE ROAD IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW RESIDENTS FROM LOCAL PLANNED COMMUNITIES LEARN AGRARIAN IDEALS AND SHARE IN A MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH LOCAL FARMERS.


PHOTO COPYRIGHT 2010 LORI VINIKOOR ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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The Alliance Community Counselor brings you:
Surviving a troubled foreclosure market, a guide for Florida’s community associations by Joshua Gerstin, Esq.

Click here: http://allianceofdelray.com/sub_category_list.asp?category=23&title=Community+Counselor

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Follow State Senator Elect Maria Lorts Sachs trip to Israel, seeking to bring business and jobs to Florida: http://mariasachs.com/

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October 21, 2010

Leslie Goldstein, Boca Raton Plumber asks BP to recognize the efforts...

Leslie Goldstein, Boca Raton Plumber asks for BP to recognize the efforts of all the people that were involved in cleaning up the BP Gulf Oil spill.

Leslie Goldstein is a 69 year old hard working plumber who learned his trade the old fashioned way--from his father. He has been repairing pipe leaks under pressure and changing valves under pressure for the last 55 years. His companies are Plumber I Am and for air conditioning, Air I am, Inc.
When the BP oil disaster in the Gulf occurred Leslie watched the TV reports and read about it in the newspapers with avid interest.

Being a man who works with plumbing pipes every day, he developed a solution using a plumber’s mind, not an oil man’s mind.

Goldstein began researching how he could get his idea into the hands of the BP engineers in charge of stopping the oil leak way back when the tragic explosion occurred with the loss of eleven brave workers.

He contacted the local newspapers and TV stations. He went to State Representative Maria Lorts Sachs. She called Gov. Crist and he directed her to BP officials and Commander Fat Allen. He even sent a drawing of his pipe solution to Pres. Obama, and won a thank you note from him.

The weeks he spent trying to find a person that would listen to his solution turned into months, while millions of gallons of oil befouled the Gulf waters and destroyed the marine life.

During all this time thousands of people were employed by BP to rescue oil drenched birds; police the beaches, inlets and coves to get rid of oil residue that washed up on the previously pristine sands of the Gulf shores.

BP sent the fisherman, whose livelihoods were ruined by the spill, out in their boats to try and harness the oil spill. There were no shrimps, oysters or fish left alive eliminating their opportunity to earn a living. Families, who for generations were fisherman, suddenly were out of business. Naturalists tried to clean oil off the birds impacted by the spill. City and state leaders reported that BP would send people out at night to clean up dead fish, birds and animals so the media and public would not see the resulting massacre of wild life.

The U.S. Coast Guard staff worked long hours trying to control the massive spill.

And the relatives of the eleven men killed in the explosion that caused the massive spill grieved for their loved ones.

Finally one day in September, Goldstein’s drawings of his pipe solution arrived in the hands of BP executives and engineers on the rig. However, they claimed they used their own design, and the leak was finally capped by BP. Goldstein received a letter from BP thanking him for his design, stating it was one of 1,100 received from all over the world, but their own capping device had finally succeeded in stopping the leak.

Goldstein showed me his drawing next to the drawing of the BP capping device they used to stop the flow.
“Looks similar, doesn’t it,” he asked?
Hey, I’m no engineer,” I replied, but to my untrained eyes there is a resemblance.”

“I was never looking for money,” said Goldstein. “I worked on developing a solution to a simple plumbing problem because I love this country, and all the animals and people of the earth. I just wanted to stop the darn leak.

The oil spill and well in the Gulf is capped for good, but in my opinion the story is not over. Thousands of American volunteers were not thanked for their help. I haven’t heard too much from BP thanking the people that worked to contain the leak, and clean up the mess they made. It may be decades before the marine life returns to what it was before the spill. The least they could do is recognize all the people that helped in this disaster.”

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CRA to Update Downtown Cluster Study at Two Public Meetings

The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is inviting city residents and business owners to attend two public meetings that will be used to update a portion of the 2004 Cluster Analysis and Retail Development Strategy, more commonly referred to as the "Cluster Study." The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 3rd in the Ocean Breeze Room at Old School Square, 51 North Swinton Avenue, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. A second meeting will be held on Thursday, November 4th at the Delray Public Library, 100 West Atlantic Avenue, 9:00 am - 11:00 am.

The meetings will be used to gather input from community stakeholders about their current shopping habits and the area's unmet needs. This input as well as an empirical analysis of retail/restaurant market demand will be used to update the recommendations for development in downtown Clusters 1 and 2, which include the West Atlantic Avenue corridor from Interstate-95 to Swinton Avenue.

There are several vacant parcels in the area, and this update will serve as a guide to determine what types of future development projects are both desired by the community and financially feasible. The CRA has assembled two large parcels for redevelopment in Cluster 1, and will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) as early as December to solicit plans from developers.
The update will be conducted by H. Blount Hunter, the private research consultant who authored the original Cluster Study. Mr. Hunter's firm specializes in feasibility studies for retail and real estate development. Mr. Hunter will be assisted by James Williams Consulting who will facilitate the public meetings and help obtain community input.

For more information, visit the CRA website at www.delraycra.org and select Downtown Cluster Study under Plans, Studies and Ordinances or contact the CRA office at (561) 276-8640.

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October 20, 2010

WHAT IS FLORIDA 511?

The Florida Department of transportation's free 511 Travel Information System provides bilingual (English and Spanish) real-time traffic information, including commuter travel times, congestion, construction, lane closures, severe weather and emergency evacuation information on all Florida interstate highways; toll roads including Florida's Turnpike; and many other metropolitan roadways.

The resource is available 24 hours a day via phone by dialing 511, or on the Web at www.FL511.com.


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October 19, 2010

Bid to close schools on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11th.

American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Jewish War Veterans of Palm Beach County representatives will attend the Board of Education meeting Wednesday October 20 at 5 p.m at their office on Forest Hill Blvd.to spearhead the campaign to close schools in Palm Beach County for all time on November 11th Veterans Day to honor the sacrifice made by our veteran’s.

Broward and Dade Counties have this in effect in their schools.

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October 18, 2010

Road Work Advisory for October 18-22

FDOT Road Work Advisory for October 18-22, 2010--The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has advised that two lanes of I-95 will be closed in each direction, north of Lake Ida Road, 8:00 pm until 5:00 am, from Monday evening, October 18th, through Friday morning, October 22nd, as part of the I-95 Intelligent Transportation (ITS) Deployment Project. For more information, please call (561) 641-6440.

ONGOING PROJECTS: The George Bush Boulevard Bridge, over the Intracoastal Waterway in the City of Delray Beach, is closed to motorist and pedestrian traffic for bridge rehabilitation through December 2010. Traffic will be detoured via A1A, East Atlantic Avenue, and U.S. 1/ Federal Highway. For more information about this project, please contact Palm Beach County Construction Services at (561) 684-4000.

About the I-95 Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Deployment Project:
This $24.5 million, 38.6-mile Design/Build ITS Deployment project, which began in October 2008, is establishing a permanent Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) network along I-95 through Palm Beach County and includes installing Dynamic Message Signs on I-95 and on crossroads with entrance and exit ramps to/from I-95, and installing Highway Advisory Radio and other ITS-related equipment. The project is being done in two phases: Phase A is underway between the Broward-Palm Beach County line and PGA Boulevard, and is expected to be completed by winter 2011; Phase B, from PGA Boulevard to the Palm Beach-Martin County Line, will start after Phase A is completed, and should last approximately one year. Work is being performed by Transcore ITS.

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October 16, 2010

South Palm Beach County Road Projects:

Powerline Road / S.R. 845 from the Broward County Line to Glades Road--Construction on this 3-mile project began Monday, May 18, 2009. Work consists of repaving the roadway, minor widening and reconstruction, signalization, lighting, drainage, bridge replacement, irrigation and landscaping. The project will cost an estimated $9.7 million. The work is being performed by Ranger Construction South and is expected to be completed summer 2011.

Restrictions: Two lanes are closed around-the-clock on the L-47 canal bridge for bridge work. Traffic is shifted to one lane in each direction on the east side of the road through this area. Single travel lanes may also be closed at various locations between the Broward County Line and Glades Road, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. until 6:30 a.m., Monday morning through Friday afternoon, until the end of October 2010. Turn lanes will be closed temporarily as needed. At least one lane will remain open in each direction at all times. Motorists should use caution driving in the project limits. Delays are expected.

Glades Road / S.R. 808 from Boca Rio Road to Renaissance Way--Construction on this 2.9-mile project began Jan. 18, 2010. Work consists of repaving and restriping Glades Road from just west of the Turnpike to just west of I-95, storm water drainage improvements, new sidewalks and curb ramps to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, traffic signal upgrades at St. Andrews Boulevard, new signs, landscaping, and irrigation. The estimated construction cost is $3.7 million. Work is being performed by Community Asphalt Corporation and is expected to be completed winter 2010.

Restrictions: One lane will be closed in each direction, daily, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., with two lanes closed, nightly, 9 p.m. until 6:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, until the end of November 2010. At least two lanes will remain open during the day in each direction, and at least one lane will remain open at night in each direction. Turn lanes will be closed temporarily at various locations as needed, and access to local residences and businesses will be maintained. Motorists might experience delays.

Dixie Highway from Hillsboro Boulevard in Deerfield Beach over the FEC railroad tracks and the Hillsboro Canal to S.W. 18 Street in Boca Raton--Construction of a four-lane overpass (flyover) began Ap. 16, 2010. The project includes bicycle lanes and sidewalks on both sides above the railroad tracks, canal, N.E. Second Street, N. River Avenue and N.E. Second Avenue. A pedestrian bridge will be built over Hillsboro Canal east of the overpass. Drainage and landscaping will be added. Construction is expected to be completed summer 2012. Cone & Graham is the prime contractor.

Restrictions: Deerfield Beach—One lane will be closed in each direction, intermittently, at the intersection of Hillsboro Boulevard and Dixie Highway, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Federal Highway / S.R. 5 / U.S. 1 from Yamato Road to the C-15 Canal--Construction on this 1.944-mile resurfacing project began Thursday, June 17, 2010, in the City of Boca Raton. Work consists of repaving and restriping the roadway, adding five-foot paved shoulders in both directions, minor storm water drainage, replacing sidewalks and curb ramps to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, and installing a video detection system on existing traffic signals. The estimated construction cost is $1.9 million. Work is being performed by Weekly Asphalt Paving, Inc. and is expected to be completed winter 2011.

Restrictions: One lane of U.S. 1 will be closed northbound, 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, until the end of October 2010.

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October 15, 2010

Message from Tax Collector Anne Gannon/Rare Fruit Council Sale

Property Tax Season Begins Next Month

Property taxes are collectable November 1 - March 31. My office will mail 2010 Property Tax Notices on October 30. Discounts for early payment are allowable as follows:
• 4% in November
• 3% in December
• 2% in January
• 1% in February

The postmark date determines the amount of discount. Please note that there are no discounts allowable for the month of March. Taxes become delinquent on April 1.
I’m pleased to offer a new and improved fast payment system to process property tax payments online at www.taxcollectorpbc.com. If you have not received your property tax notice by November 15, you can print a duplicate online.

Please read the “Important Information About Your Property Taxes” brochure included with your Property Tax Notice. It includes an explanation of the Tax Notice, Installment Payment Plan Application, Address Change Notice, payment options and other important property tax information.

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Hello Rare Fruit Council Members,

This Saturday morning, October 16th, there will be a sale of jaboticaba trees in pots at the home of Jerry and Jean Mason. They are moving out of the area and must dispose of many 8 to 10 year old trees. The cost is $45 each.
Contact Susan Lerner for details 561-478-7444 or email her at vitallongevity@earthlink.net
15% of the proceeds will be donated to the Rare Fruit Council-Palm Beach Chapter.
Jaboticaba fruit is grape-like in appearance and texture. The gelatinous whitish pulp has a pleasant, subacid flavor similar to muscadine grapes. The fruit is produced from all over the trunk and main branches. The plant may fruit up to five times per year.

Mounts Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale: Chuck Lore needs more members to volunteer a few hours each day at the Rare Fruit Council Booth during the Mounts Botanical Garden Annual Fall Plant Sale on Saturday and Sunday November 6 and 7.
Please contact Chuck 561-968-7194.

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October 13, 2010

Hearing Loss Assoc. South County Chapter/The Dr, Is In

The first meeting of the new season will take place at the South County Civic Center Friday morning, Oct. 15 at 9:45 A.M. You won't want to miss the information packed presentation by Pres. Oscar Segal, and the guest speakers from 2-1-1: Patrice Schroeder, Community Relations Specialist.

Helpful information for those with hearing problems.

Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Richard Cartledge speaks to Vizcaya

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(Shown in photo l. to .r.: Lori Vinikoor, Vice Pres. Alliance of Delray; Dr. Cartledge, Delray Medical Center; Bob Schulbaum, President Alliance of Delray; Margie J. Walden, Executive Vice President, Alliance of Delray; Jared M. Smith, Director Business Development, Delray Medical Center.)

The morning of October 13, more than 100 Vizcaya Community residents enjoyed an information-packed talk by Dr. Richard G. Cartledge, a board certified cardiac and thoracic surgeon from Delray Medical Center. Dr. Cartledge has extensive experience in the full range of cardiac surgical procedures and minimally invasive lung and vascular surgery.
This was the pilot talk of a three part series arranged by Alliance of Delray President Bob Schulbaum with the hospital’s new Chief Executive Officer Mark H. Bryan for Vizcaya. The plan is to expand the program to many of the other Alliance of Delray communities.
Dr. Cartledge began with the ominous statistic that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the world and then went on to say the best treatment is prevention, followed by medical treatment and in the worst case, surgical treatment. Heart problems can be avoided by diet and exercise regimens; controlling blood pressure, diabetes and lipid control.
Asking the question whether coronary disease can be prevented and/or reversed, he cited the Framingham, MA. on-going study of LDL ratings in the population. An LDL count of 100 is healthy. A count of 70 is excellent and can reverse coronary disease.
He pointed out the various treatments for the disease, pointing out the advantages and disadvantages of each:
1. Stents
2. Bypass surgery
3. Valvular surgery
4. Arrythmia surgery
He spoke next about Lung Cancer, stating lung cancer is the Number One cause of cancer deaths and that lung cancer has a proven correlation to smoking. Screening is critical using chest x-rays and CT scans. Early diagnosis is critical. Surgery provides the best chance for cure if caught early enough, with radiation and chemo reserved for advanced disease. He then showed photographic examples of two different approaches to lung surgery: the standard thoracic procedure which results in a long scar and compared this to the minimally invasive approach VATS (video assisted thoracic surgery) which leaves a small circular scar.
Dr. Cartledge answered many questions from residents in the audience and graciously stayed to answer many more after the Q. & A. period.
Two future programs from Delray Medical Center will be presented at Vizcaya: November 10, 10:30am-11:30am. “Managing Chronic Pain” presented by Jeffrey Farber, MD, a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician on the medical staff of Delray Medical Center and December 8, 10:30am-11:30am, Dementia/ Alzheimer’s. Speaker: Ernesto Porras-Polo, MD, an internal medicine physician specializing in geriatrics.
The Lakes of Delray community is included in this pilot program. Check your community TV Channel for times, speakers and location.

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October 12, 2010

Maria Sachs to visit Israel to develop trade partnerships in Florida

THE SACHS SENTINEL *Special Edition*

“It is with great excitement and expectation that I announce my plans to work with Israel to develop new trade partnerships. I am honored by the opportunity to bring new economic opportunities to Florida and to work closely with the leaders of Israel, our great friend and ally.” –Rep Sachs

Rep Sachs’ Announces Trade Mission to Israel

Representative Sachs is currently preparing for her upcoming trade mission to Israel. On October 21, 2010 she will travel to Israel with the purpose of expanding trade relations between the State of Florida and the Nation of Israel. Israel is a world leader in biotechnology and alternative energy research, boasting the most technically trained workforce in the world, with 135 engineers per 10,000 citizens. Israel is also a long valued allied and trade partner, from with which much can be learned and shared. In order to create a sustainable and vibrant 21st century economy, Florida must utilize existing resources and research infrastructure to promote a diverse array of high tech industries in our state.

“Developing a green energy industry in Florida will diversify our economy, creating more stable and sustainable avenues for growth. This new sector will create hundreds of thousands of high tech jobs in research, manufacturing, and distribution. By working with our friends in Israel, we can develop this new sector faster and better and can bring new growth to both of our economies sooner.” Said Rep Sachs.

Rep Sachs has long been a proponent of renewable energy and smart, sustainable economic models as a member of Energy and Utilities Policy Committee and through her many policy forums including the 21st Century Energy Summit and Energy Blue Ribbon Committee.

Rep Sachs Prepares for Trade Mission
In preparation for the trade mission Representative Sachs has reached out to the Israeli and Jewish community in South Florida.

Recently, she met with the Israeli Consul, the Honorable Ofer Bavly and his staff, in order to discuss Israel-Florida relations. “It was an honor to meet Consul Bavly. Our meeting was incredibly productive and his office agrees that this trade mission will provide the necessary steps toward mutual benefit and growth for each of our respective economies,” said Rep Sachs after her meeting.

Be a part of Rep Sachs Trade Mission

“During my travels I will be visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem. I would be honored to carry with me any prayers to be placed on the wall. Please feel free to contact my office.” –Rep Sachs.

For more information visit: http://www.mariasachs.com

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October 11, 2010

Ballot Initiatives Explained Tues. Oct. 12, 2 P.M.-- and more

The Hagen Ranch Road Public Library at 14350 Hagen Ranch Road will have County Legislative Affairs Dept. representatives explain the various ballot initiatives that you will be voting on in November.

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Mark your calendars for Tues., Wed. and Thurs. October 26, 27 and 28th. There will be an Open House on those three days from 10 AM to 1 PM at the new Ruth Rales Senior Center
on Atlantic Ave. adjacent to Temple Anshei Sholom.

Volunteers who will teach an assortment of classes will be exhibiting. You can sign up
for as many classes as interest you.

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OPERATION SHIELD:

PBSO, Palm Beach State Attorney’s Office, U.S. HUD – Office of Inspector General, PBC Housing Authority

WORKING TOGETHER. FOR DETAILS: CLICK HERE

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October 10, 2010

SUPPORT THE SOLDIERS/Halloween Prank Alert

BE A SPORT...SUPPORT THE SOLDIERS!
Boca Raton, Florida - Support Forgotten Soldiers Outreach at a fun-filled football themed party on Sunday, October 17th from 12:30PM to 6PM at the new Neighborhood Sports Bar and Grill in Boca Raton. When you arrive, “Throw for the Soldiers.” Show off your best quarterback moves in our football toss. It’s only $1 a throw and all proceeds benefit FSO. For each winning throw you will receive 15% off your next food bill at Neighborhood Sports Bar, limit five wins per person.
Then come enjoy the games of the day on Neighborhood’s state-of-the-art viewing systems, including the biggest screen in South Florida, innumerable flat screens and individual tabletop TVs, you’ll be able to see every game inside and outdoors on the patio.

Neighborhood will be serving a buffet for the event at $15 per person, with one-third being donated to FSO. The sports bar will also provide tickets for 15% off your next dinner for those guests who bring four or more items that the soldiers need. The specific items must be: beef jerky, batteries, powdered drink mixes, disposable cameras, baby wipes, or travel size only of mouthwash, baby powder, dental floss and shaving cream.

For more information or to reserve a table for a specific game during the day please call The Neighborhood Sports Bar at 561-241-1665. 6450 N. Federal Highway.
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Beware of Halloween!!

Hope this disappears, but be careful.

Subject: Warning: Please Read
This is real, friends. How sad - that such really smart people can use their intelligence so destructively!! Please read and forward.

Warning: Use CAUTION

Kids are putting Drano, tin foil, and a little water in soda
bottles and capping it up - leaving it on lawns. When you go to pick up the
trash, and the bottle is shaken just a little - in about 30 seconds or less
it builds up a gas and explodes with enough force to remove some of your
extremities. The liquid that comes out is boiling hot as well.

Don't pick up any plastic bottles that may be lying in your
yards or in the gutter, etc.

Pay attention to this.
1. A plastic bottle with a cap.
2. A little Drano.
3. A little water.
4. A small piece of foil.
5. Disturb it by moving it; and BOOM!!
No fingers left and other serious effects to your face, eyes,
etc.
People are finding these "bombs" in mailboxes and in their
yards, just waiting for you to pick it up intending to put it in the trash.
But, you'll never make it!!! It takes about 30 seconds to blow after you
move the thing.
See "SNOPES" below...it's true.
http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/bottlebomb.asp
http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/bottlebomb.asp


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October 8, 2010

“Uncle Willy” entertains the children

“Uncle Willy” entertains the children at
Sandpiper Shores Elementary School, Boca Raton

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Professional entertainer Willy Mercier recently did a two-a-day at Sandpiper Shores Elementary School. First he performed for 80 Pre-K to 2nd grade children from 2:00 to 3 PM, then a second show from 3:15 to 4:15 for thirty-five 3d, 4th and 5th grade students.

The children screamed with delight as “Uncle Willy” performed magic tricks, played the keyboard and chatted with his puppet friends.

His array of large puppets included a boy puppet named “Eddie,” an alligator, a dog and a large rabbit. Conversations with his puppets stressed how the youngsters should behave. “Be nice to each other,” one puppet says. “It’s cool to be polite,” says another. “Say ‘Excuse me’ or ‘pardon me’ when the occasion demands. Don’t bully other kids, don’t call people names, and don’t use words like ugly.”

Uncle Willy singled out a youngster named John and brought him on stage. “It’s John’s birthday today,” he shouted. Everyone joined in a loud chorus of “Happy Birthday.”
Uncle Willy had John assist him with magic tricks. He handed John a rigid baton, and it collapsed like it was on a string. Everyone screamed. John was then given a fan that Uncle Willy said he bought on his trip to China last year. When John took the brilliantly hand painted open fan from Uncle Willy it fell apart, looking like useless scraps of paper, generating more laughter. Mercier then demonstrated how to pour water from an empty pitcher into a glass, amazing the young audience with that magic feat.

“I tell the kids they can do anything in life they dream about if they work at it,” said Mercier. I also tell them “If you make a mistake, admit it and apologize.”

At the conclusion of each session he had some of the children share the stage with him. He placed funny hats on their heads and had them dance while he played a Hawaiian hula rhythm on the keyboard. Joyous laughter bounced off the walls of the combination lunchroom/auditorium at Sandpiper Shores.

Mercier is married to his wife Poppi for 34 years. They live near the water in Boca Raton where he loves to sail and fish. He is busy creating material for a CD of stories and original music.

For further information call 561-367-0967, or email: will@willmercier.com.

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October 7, 2010

Bed bugs are an epidemic . . .

Information from an entomologist (insect expert). There is an epidemic of bed bugs occurring in America. Recently it was reported on the news that several stores in NYC have had to close due to bed bug problems, as well as a complete mall in New Jersey.

The entomologist says that since much of our clothing, sheets, towels, etc. now comes from companies outside of America, (sad but true), even the most expensive stores sell foreign clothing from China, Indonesia, etc. The bed bugs are coming in on the clothing as these countries do not consider them a problem. He recommends that if you buy any new clothing, even underwear and socks, sheets, towels, etc. that you bring them into the house and put them in your clothes dryer for at least 20 minutes. The heat will kill them and their eggs.

DO NOT PURCHASE CLOTHES AND HANG THEM IN THE CLOSET FIRST.
It does not matter what the price range is of the clothing, or if the outfit comes from the most expensive store known in the U.S. They still get shipments from these countries and the bugs can come in a box of scarves or anything else. That is why so many stores, many of them clothing stores have had to shut down in NYC and other places. All you need is to bring one item into the house that has bugs or eggs and you will go to hell and back trying to get rid of them.

Send this information on to those on your e-mail list so this prevention information gets around quickly.

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October 6, 2010

Delray Beach's Atlantic Avenue Voted "Best Main Street in Florida"

October 1, 2010: Florida Monthly Magazine readers voted Delray Beach's Atlantic Avenue as "Best Main Street in Florida." The September issue of the magazine highlights the winners of the 15th Annual Best of Florida Awards, from best day trip to best museum.
According to Marlem Woodcock, from Florida Media, Inc., "The award winners are selected by the readers as well as online votes. A variety of main streets were voted on and Delray Beach took the number one spot!"

"We're very excited about this recognition of our Downtown Delray Beach," says Marjorie Ferrer, Executive Director for the Downtown Development Authority (DDA). "We're promoting Delray Beach as the place to be in South Florida both night and day. This award solidifies that through the combined efforts of the City, the DDA, Chamber of Commerce, Community Redevelopment Agency and the Downtown Marketing Cooperative, we are the best of the best and appreciated by tourists and residents that visit our beautiful downtown. Congratulations!"

For more information, please contact the Downtown Development Authority at (561) 243-1077 or visit www.downtowndelraybeach.com.

About the Downtown Development Authority:
The Delray Beach DDA was created by Resolution 9-71, which became law on March 22, 1971, as a dependent district of the City of Delray Beach. The main areas of involvement in downtown redevelopment include involvement in marketing and promotions of the Downtown DDA District, economic development programs, security and crime prevention, traffic and parking, Clean and Safe, physical improvements, reviewing the City Comprehensive Plan within the DDA boundaries and housing and improvement of coordination with local boards and City departments. For the past 17 years, the Delray Beach DDA has assisted in successfully branding Delray Beach as the Village by the Sea. In addition to the main areas mentioned above, the DDA also works closely with merchants to develop seasonal retail awareness campaigns to generate traffic and sales and has created a powerful website (www.downtowndelraybeach.com) that attracts thousands of visits weekly.

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Dear Friend: This is my final weekly update as the Representative from House District 90. It seems like only yesterday that I was first elected, but it has, in fact, been four years. I can’t believe how fast time has passed! As my time as a Florida State Representative comes to an end, I want to let you know how much I have appreciated the opportunity to represent the people of District 90 in Tallahassee and what an honor it has been to serve.

As a State Representative, I have fought for each and every resident and have always done what I thought was in the best interest of the District. Although the partisan divide is wide and deep in the state capitol, I have enjoyed working with colleagues from both political parties on a variety of issues. As a result, I am pleased with the accomplishments I was able to achieve in such a relatively short time frame. In particular, the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), which is legislation I sponsored during the 2009 Legislative Session and was signed into law by Governor Charlie Crist. The PDMP, once operational, will help end the prescription drug abuse epidemic that has devastated so many Florida families.

Despite the bad news and political scandals in the headlines, I sincerely believe that most of those who serve the public do so with a true desire to improve life for those whom they represent, and they far outnumber the bad actors. Please do not focus on the negative news that is so actively pursued by the media. There are countless bright, honest, hard working women and men in both the Congress and the Florida Legislature, as well as in local and county government, working on behalf of all Floridians.

Although this is goodbye for now, I look forward to working in the community in another capacity and doing my part to contribute to the greater good of beautiful South Florida, a place I have called home for almost forty years.

So, for the final time - I appreciate the opportunity to be of service to you!
All the best,
Kelly Skidmore, State Representative, District 90

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October 5, 2010

Gov. Crist Speaks at Alliance of Delray Oct. 6 Meeting

Florida Gov. Charley Crist will be the featured speaker at the Oct. 6 monthly meeting of
the Alliance of Delray Residential Associations, Wednesday morning at the South County
Civic Center. Meeting begins at 9:30 A.M. The public is always welcome.

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WATER AND WATER MANAGEMENT: Understanding Our Wet Way of Life

ALLIANCE OF DELRAY WATER WEBINAR SERIES WEEK 1

Going with the Flow: YOU are an Integral Part of the Three-tiered System
Explanation of the Three-Tiered System

Tertiary Drainage System: Neighborhood ditches, swales, and conduits

Secondary Drainage System: Local Drainage District/County or City, usually a network of local gates, pump stations, canals, structures, and storage areas. Can cover several hundred square miles and serve a number of communities.

Primary Drainage System: Operated by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). Consists of SFWMD Canals and natural rivers/other waterways. Pump stations are an integral part of the primary system. Gravity-operated gated spillways help to control the amount of excess water discharged to the ocean and can also help block saltwater intrusion.

Drainage system components such as pipes, culverts, swales, and grassy areas need regular maintenance. Taking action to report or correct potential problems, especially before the rainy season, is an effective way in which you can help keep our interconnected system in working order.

For more information on how YOU can help to maintain the system, and for a colorful diagram of the Three-Tiered system, click on the following:
http://allianceofdelray.com/item_list.asp?subcat=259&subtitle=WATER+WEBINAR+WEEK+1%3A+GO+WITH+THE+FLOW

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Citizen Service Requests System Upgrade

CITY OF DELRAY BEACH

Citizen Service Requests System Upgrade
October 4, 2010: In an effort to improve customer service relations and reduce expenses, the City of Delray Beach will upgrade its Citizen Service Requests System, an online tool that enables the public to submit comments, concerns or complaints regarding City operations and/or services via the Internet. During the upgrade, the system will be temporarily unavailable for a period of approximately three (3) weeks.

Requests can still be submitted by contacting the City's Customer Service Desk at (561) 243-7012. Customer Service assistants are available between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday. After hours and on weekends, citizens can leave a message at the telephone number listed above and a City staff member will contact the caller on the next business day.

For more information, please contact Amanda Solomon at (561) 243-7008 or by email at solomona@mydelraybeach.com
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CITY OF DELRAY BEACH
Delray Beach International Tennis Championships Celebrates
Return of Andy Roddick with Discounted Ticket Promotion

2003 US Open Champion Andy Roddick will compete in the 2011 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC) ATP World Tour event. The 19th annual Delray Beach ITC will be held February 18-27, 2010, at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center, 201 West Atlantic Avenue. This event will again include both the ATP World Tour and the 2nd annual ATP Champions Tour featuring John McEnroe.

To celebrate Roddick's signing, the ITC is offering discounted tickets that can be purchased from October 1-17, 2010. All single session reserved seats are 20% off (regular price $35-$85) while single session box seats are 10% off (regular price $65-$85). Reserved series ticket packages will also be discounted 10% (see details below). Fans can order tickets online during this promotion at www.YellowTennisBall.com or by phone at (561) 330-6000.
"I am excited to return to Delray Beach," said 28-year old Roddick. "I received my first wild card as a professional tennis player in Delray so the tournament certainly has a special significance in my career."

Roddick joins 2009 ITC singles champion Mardy Fish and Wimbledon record setting John Isner (longest match in tennis history winner) in committing to play in the ITC's ATP World Tour event, setting up a draw that includes three of the top four-ranked American singles players. Also returning to Delray Beach are the ITC's defending doubles champions and world No.1 Bryan Brothers while the ATP Champions Tour event has already received commitments from McEnroe, Mats Wilander, Pat Cash, Mark Philippoussis, Greg Rusedski and Aaron Krickstein.

The tournament's reserved series ticket packages that will be discounted 10% during this special promotion include the following: $490 (regular price) Diamond package including all 18 sessions of ATP Champions and ATP World Tour action; the $290 (regular price) Champions package (sessions 1-9) combining all ATP Champions Tour matches and four ATP World Tour sessions; the $390 (regular price) World package (sessions 6-18) giving fans all ATP World Tour matches plus two days of ATP Champions Tour matches (including the final); and the popular $200 (regular price) Weekender package including tickets for the ATP World Tour quarterfinals, semifinals and finals (sessions 14-18).

Details on all ticket opportunities, prices and amenities are available at www.YellowTennisBall.com. For more information, please call the tournament office at (561) 330-6000.

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October 1, 2010

Alliance of Delray donates to Caring Kitchen in Delray

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Alliance of Delray Residential Associations presented a check for $500 to the Caring Kitchen in Delray Beach. April Hazamy, Program Coordinator is shown in photo with Alliance Board Members (l. to r.) Stan Goodman, Norma Arnold and Ed Goldwasser.

Ms. Hazamy thanked the Alliance and added: "This support helps children, families and individuals in crisis in our community.
In a recent month the Pantry provided 1,100 individuals, of which 500 were children, with a 4 day supply of emergency food.
The Caring Kitchen provided more than 7,300 meals at breakfast, lunch and supper to homeless; persons with low incomes and shut-ins. The Alliance is providing a blessing that will touch many lives."

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