Published On: Fri, Jun 9th, 2017

Boca Beat: 6/9

•Del Prado second grade teacher, Melissa Pierce, and her Panther students have something to roar about. Ms. Pierce’s third annual “Good Panther” project was unveiled on June 1, as Panther students wrapped up their school-year.

• Eight local graduates are among 17 from the School District of Palm Beach County who have earned National Merit Scholar- ships from the college or university, the School District has announced. Each student will receive between $500 and $2,000 each year, for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution funding the scholar- ship, according to the news release written by Kathy Burstein.

• Governor Rick Scott signed HB 7109, which cuts taxes by $180 million for Florida families and businesses. This brings the total amount of taxes cut since Governor Scott has been in office to more than $6.7 billion.

• Boca Raton Regional Hospital today an- nounced that it is the first hospital in Palm Beach County to offer the world’s smallest pacemaker for patients with bradycardia. The Medtronic Micra® Transcatheter Pac- ing System (TPS) is a new type of heart device that provides patients with the most advanced pacing technology at one-tenth
the size of a traditional pacemaker. The first procedure at Boca Regional was performed in late April by Martin Kloosterman, MD, an electrophysiologist and Director of the Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute.

•Lane Kiffin will make his official FAU debut in prime time in front of a national television audience. Conference USA announced on Thursday that the FAU season opener at home against Navy has been moved to Friday, Sept. 1 at 8PM and will air on ESPNU. It will be the second time in three years that FAU elected to move a Saturday game to Friday night in order to accommodate a national network. In 2015 FAU played Miami on a Friday night in a game broadcast on Fox Sports 1.

• Florida Atlantic University’s Tech Run- way® has selected its fifth and largest Ven- ture class of startup and early-stage compa- nies to participate in its business accelerator program.

•Boca Raton resident Dr. Patricia Cayne won her first title on the Jacoby Open Swiss Teams at the North American Bridge Championships. Cayne said in an interview that she had played bridge on and off for about forty years. (NABC) This was one of fifteen championship events held in Kansas City from March 9-19.

• Summer is approaching as the school year is coming to a close, and along with the fun in the sun, children are also able to take part in the annual summer reading program. In Boca Raton, however, it is not only the kids who encouraged to take part in summer reading, but residents of all ages.

• Caffe Luna Rosa, Delray Beach’s favorite beach- front restaurant, recently donated $1,000 to Steve Weagle’s annual Ride for the Red Cross. Weagle,
the chief meteorologist for NewChannel 5, WPTV, stopped by the restaurant over lunchtime on Friday, June 2, to receive the donation during his five-day, four-county bicycle ride from Sebastian to Boca Raton, which raised close to $60,000.

• Three star tennis student-athletes from Lynn Uni- versity have been selected to the 2017 CoSIDA Aca- demic All-America® Division II At-Large Teams, as announced on Wednesday. Jean-Baptiste Mateo and Rosalie Willig were chosen to the second team while Grace Mpassy picks up third-team honors.

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