Published On: Thu, Nov 29th, 2018

Boca Beat: 11/29

  • It’s that time of the year again! The Boca Raton Holiday Parade will take place this Wednesday, December 5. The parade will run from 7:30pm til 9pm. The parade route begins at Federal Hwy & SE 5th Street, traveling north to Mizner Park Amphitheater
  • Boca Raton Football Club has announced they are bringing back head coach Jim Rooney for the 2019 Season. Rooney led Boca Raton FC to a 10-10-2 record across all competitions in 2018, taking Boca Raton FC to their fourth straight APSL Semifinals and growing a young team from scratch to recreate a winning culture within the organization. With only four players over the age of 25, Boca Raton FC was one of the youngest teams in both the NPSL and APSL last season, giving Rooney and his staff much room for growth as these young college stars mesh together in years to come.
  • Sparks of excitement are flying in PBSC’s Residential and Commercial Electrician program—and for good reason. Agapito Arvizu, Jr. has placed first among Florida electrician students and apprentices in the 2018 IDEAL National Championship, giving him the chance to win $30,000 when he represents the state at the competition finals in Orlando Dec. 1-3. Sponsored by IDEAL Electrical, a leading manufacturer of electrical tools, this annual race-against-the-clock competition determines the best electrical professionals and students/apprentices in North America and awards more than $600,000 in cash and prizes to the champions.
  • On the heels of a historic 2018 season, two more honors have come in for Florida Atlantic University women’s soccer, with Ebba Blomqvist and Mary O’Hara earning All-South Region recognition from United Soccer Coaches.
  • The Boca Raton Children’s Museum has a brand new white picket fence surrounding the property thanks to the Rotary Club of Boca Raton. Diane Shawcross, a staff member of the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, the affiliate of the museum, first brought the idea of the fence to the Rotary Club of Boca Raton. The club loved the idea and decided to raise the money necessary to make it happen.
  • Boca Helping Hands relaunched its Hospitality Job Training Program in September 2018 in conjunction with SouthTech Academy. This Job Training Program prepares students for careers in South Florida’s vibrant hospitality industry. The curriculum of the redesigned program focuses on fundamental cooking and kitchen skills, dining room preparedness (server, busser, hostess, and front of the house training), as well as industry-specific certifications (SafeStaff and TIPS certification)
  • The Leon Charney Diplomacy Program at Florida Atlantic University recently competed in the National Model United Nations competition in Washington, D.C. and finished first overall out of 60 competing universities. This is the first ever national title for the program.
  • We at the Boca Raton Tribune are thrilled to announce that Jon Carter will start writing a weekly column for the online edition of our paper titled “Carter Talks” where the FAU student will write about anything and everything. If you have any ideas on what he should talk about, reach out to him or email us at news@bocaratontribune.com, welcome Jon!
  • A beloved Christmas tradition that has been a part of the Glades community for three decades is ending on a high note this year. On Dec. 2, Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade campus and the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center will present the 30th and final production of its Living Christmas Tree performance. The event, titled “A Holiday to Remember: 30 Years of Favorites,” will feature more than 100 children and adult volunteer choir members from the Glades community who will sing popular selections from the past three decades such as “Holiday Rock,” “Light Up the Tree” and “Let it Snow.” It takes place at 3 p.m. in the Dolly Hand. Tickets are $5.
  • On Feb. 20, New York Times bestselling author, James Patterson will be Palm Beach State College’s keynote speaker for the 2019 STEAM Luncheon. The 7th annual event, themed “A Conversation with James Patterson: Transforming Lives through Literacy” and  chaired by South Florida businesswoman and philanthropist Yvonne Boice, takes place at 11:30 a.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion in West Palm Beach
  • Florida Atlantic University and Miami Dade College (MDC) recently announced a new partnership to establish the LINK Transfer Success Program. This program is a collaborative effort to facilitate the admission and smooth transition of students from an MDC associate degree to an FAU baccalaureate degree. “We are excited to formalize this partnership with Miami Dade College, the largest institution of higher education in the Florida,” said Jessica Acevedo-Lopez, director for new student recruitment and LINK Program.
  • Even though Palm Beach County is known for its vast wealth, one in six residents do not know where their next meal will come from according to the Palm Beach County Food Bank. Since the majority of Palm Beach State College students are residents of the county, they too may be struggling to get enough to eat. To help ensure they have this basic need met, the College has relocated and expanded its food pantry, now called Panther’s Pantry.

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