Published On: Fri, Sep 14th, 2018

Boca Beat: 9/14

• Congratulations to Mayor Singer and Councilman Thomson on being sworn in this week at city hall. I’m excited to work with both of you!

• Hooters of Boca Raton partnered with the Boca Raton Firefighters and Paramedics Benevolent for the 2ndannual Corn Hole Tournament on Friday, August 31st. The event raised $3,000.00 for the Boca Raton Fire Explorers. Congratulations to the 1stplace winning teamsCornHolioswith Terry Collins and Lee Mohler (Upper Division) and Step Brother with Danny Murray and Christian Dicks (Lower Division). Both teams received a $150 prize.

• Palm Beach State College has become a hiring pipeline for the nation’s No. 1 eye hospital. Twelve graduates of the Ophthalmic Medical Technology program currently work at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Palm Beach Gardens as ophthalmic technicians, comprising almost one-half of the facility’s technician staff of about 25.

• Florida Atlantic University’s Public Ethics Academy within the School of Public Administration in the College for Design and Social Inquiry recently received a $475,000 endowment from the LeRoy Collins Legacy Group, Inc. to name the LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy in honor of former Florida Gov. LeRoy Collins.

• The popular STEM Saturday that draws dozens of children to Palm Beach State College each month is going big with STEAM Fest 2018, a new initiative slated for Sept. 22 at the Lake Worth campus.

• Boca Raton Regional Hospital has again been recognized as a top-ranked regional hospital in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018–2019 annual review of its Best Hospitals. The Hospital is currently ranked 13th out of approximately 300 hospitals in Florida and 3rd in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area, making it the highest ranked hospital in Palm Beach County. Last year, Boca Regional was ranked 16th in Florida and 6th in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area.

• Fright Night at the South Florida Fairgrounds returns this fall. The events will run from Oct. 11-13, Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 25-27. Midway hours are from 6 to 11 p.m. (midnight on Fridays and Saturdays).

• Florida Atlantic University’s A.D. Henderson University School has been named the No. 2 Best Public Elementary School and the No. 8 Best Public Middle School in America by Niche, the largest website for researching public and private K-12 schools.

• Palm Beach County schools will be closed on Tuesday, August 28, after the School Board approved a revision to the 2018-2019 school calendar. August 28 is Primary Election Day in Florida, and many School District of Palm Beach County schools are used as polling places. The School Board proposed the change following discussions with Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, Susan Bucher.

• The Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute (LCI) at Boca Raton Regional Hospital has once again received a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a program of the American College of Surgeons. The CoC evaluates cancer care programs on their commitment to provide comprehensive, high-quality and multidisciplinary patient-centered care.

• Art enthusiasts can expect to be moved this fall by three exhibits that cover a range of topics including sexual assault and its affect on victims. The exhibits, which will be displays at The Art Gallery at Eissey Campus and The Gallery at Lake Worth Campus, showcase stories, ideas and perceptions through paintings, drawings, photography, graphic design and more. They are free and open to the public and feature artwork created by PBSC students and community artists.

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