Published On: Thu, Jan 30th, 2020

Boca Beat: 1/30

• In a decision met with rousing applause, the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Parks District unanimously voted to move forward with the Boca National Golf Course project by sending the course design to the City of Boca Raton for approval.

• The Boca Raton City Council has approved a long-term land lease with Bright-line, soon to be Virgin Trains, for the construction of a train station and parking garage near the City’s Downtown Library. By the end of 2020, Boca Raton is expected to be the third new station in the company’s south corridor, joining Aventura and Port- Miami in connecting the privately-operated, intercity rail system. Current stations and stops include West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauder- dale and Miami.

• This past Sunday, under the leadership of the Rotary Club Boca Raton West and their president, Douglas Heizer, all six Rotary Clubs of the Boca Raton area came together for the 13th Annual Boca Raton Toy Drive. The event, which was first put together by Douglas Heizer and David Wilson in 2006 and since then Heizer grew the event from just one Rotary Club to include all local Rotary Clubs in Boca Raton to collect toys for the unprivileged children in our area.

• Palm Beach State College will begin offering the courses for its Business Specialist College Credit Certificate at the Riviera Beach Public Works Center in January as part of a new initiative to enhance access to short-term educational training for the city’s residents.

• Lynn University placed among the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2019 Edition. The annual report profiled the top 413 institutions with commitments to green practices and programs. Schools were chosen based on a 2018–19 survey that analyzed academic offerings, campus policies and practices, and green

• While the clot-busting drug, tPA, has been the gold standard to treat stroke for decades, researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine and Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s (BRRH) Marcus Neuroscience Institute are taking treatment options to the next level. Jang-Yen (John) Wu, Ph.D., distinguished professor of biomedical science in FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine, and Brian Snelling, M.D., chief of cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery and medical director of the Marilyn and Stanley Barry Center for Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke at the Marcus Neuroscience Institute and BRRH, have joined forces to combine a breakthrough interventional procedure for stroke with a novel drug compound that has neuroprotective properties.

• As the speaker to the Class of 2019 DNP graduates last week, Mofmofortawonewah shared her coping strategy: “Grab it (the opportunity) and run with it.”Dr. Newah Mofmofortawonewah admitted being nervous at first. As a graduate of the School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Class of 2017, Mofmofortawonewah had joined a medical oncology practice with two physicians. She was working out of four locations and doing rounds in several hospitals.

• Officials at Boca Raton Regional Hospital today announced the appointment of Kerry- Ann McDonald, MD, to the medical staff of the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute (LWHWI) and Boca- Care® Physician Network. She specializes in benign and malignant breast disease.

• Art enthusiasts can expect to be moved this fall by three exhibits that cover a range of topics including sexual assault and its effect on victims. The exhibits, which will be displayed 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.

• Baptist Health South Florida is once again the most awarded healthcare system in South Florida by U.S. News & World Report with 32 high-performing awards in 14 types of care. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is once again the highest-ranked hospital in Palm Beach County.

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