Published On: Thu, Feb 11th, 2021

Boca Beat 11.02

  • Florida Atlantic University Libraries has announced a digital version of the Marvin & Sybil Weiner Spirit of America Collection. FAU Libraries faculty and staff worked to create a digital presentation of items from this world-class collection of more than 13,000 books, pamphlets, government publications, newspapers and serials, including rare works from as early as the 16th century.
  • Palm Beach Outlets has extended the weekly Drive-Up Food Distributions with Feeding South Florida; the distribution is held every Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and will continue through March 29, 2021. Palm Beach Outlets has served as a distribution center for Feeding South Florida since April 2020. Over the past ten months, Palm Beach Outlets has held more than 43 drive-thru distributions with over 2,540,000 lbs. of food provided to those in need. The drives have seen 2,116,000 meals served to more than 40,000 area households.
  • The Boca Raton City Council and municipal planning staff will employ the expertise of “an expert” as they move forward with the effort to draft a lease and other legal documents needed to create the proposed Boca Raton Center for Arts & Innovation at Mizner Park.
  • Crocker Partners, a full-service commercial real estate investment firm, has announced that Vivo Pizza Pasta has opened its first U.S. location at Boca Center at 5150 Town Center Circle in Boca Raton. Crocker also announced several additional tenants that have or will soon open, significantly expanding offerings at the center. Vivo Pizza Pasta is a quick casual concept serving authentic Italian cuisine with eight locations throughout Canada; Vivo opened at Boca Center on January 26 and offers dine in, take out and a Prendi e Vai (Grab n’ Go) market. Though the concept was born in Canada, all the chefs at the Boca Center location come straight from Italy, according to owner and operator Seth Horowytz.
  • A total of 30 Florida Atlantic University High School students have been named finalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Competition, the largest group in school history.
  • Yuri Andrade, the 31-year-old Boca Raton resident, was arrested at Raymond James Stadium after running through the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LV. Andrade charged the field in the middle of the game between Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs, holding his arms in victory while evading two security guards before eventually sliding into the end zone where State Troopers waited.
  • Seven-time Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close will be the keynote speaker at this year’s JFS Reflections of Hope Event taking place virtually on February 11th. This compelling program was created in an effort to break the stigma associated with mental illness, a critical issue affecting one in four adults. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit JFS’ Counseling & Mental Health Services, including the Welcome Home Program.
  • Gynecologic oncologist Thomas Morrissey, M.D., FACOG, FACS, has joined the Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida, as director of gynecologic oncology. He is a specialist in the surgical and chemotherapeutic treatment of ovarian, uterine, cervical and other female genital tract cancers.
  • Palm Beach State College has received a $75,000 grant from Lockheed Martin to help students in the Electrical Power Technology program navigate challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic. Through the Impact Grant, 24 students in the Associate in Science degree program received $1,000 tuition scholarships and an additional $300 to help buy textbooks for this semester. The College also purchased additional lab equipment and take-home lab kits for students to continue learning hands-on skills under social distancing guidelines.

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