Published On: Fri, Mar 17th, 2023

Boca Beat ed. 606th – 03/17/2023

  • The American Council on Education (ACE) has chosen Dr. Heather Coltman, Dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), as an ACE Fellow for academic year 2021-2022. The ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration.
  • The YMCA of the Palm Beaches announced a $46 million capital project, in partnership with the Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation department, that will relocate and dramatically expand its flagship branch. 
  • Researchers from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) have successfully established a queen conch farm on Grand Bahama Island. This new development is a significant milestone in efforts to protect the vulnerable queen conch species and support the sustainable seafood industry in the region. The project was led by FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, which worked in collaboration with local stakeholders, including the Bahamian government and community groups. The researchers spent three years developing the technology and methods needed to breed and raise queen conchs in a controlled environment.
  • American Heritage Schools has recently announced that 23 students from the Class of 2023 have been nominated for the prestigious Presidential Scholars award, with 16 of them from the Broward Campus and seven from the Palm Beach Campus. American Heritage Schools is widely recognized as the No.1 ranked PK3 through 12 college preparatory schools in the United States, according to Niche. Furthermore, the school’s combined total of 86 National Merit Scholars semifinalists has made it the No.1 and No.2 high schools in the state of Florida.
  • Only one year after its groundbreaking,El-Ad National Properties, an Elad Group company, celebrated the topping off of ALINA 210 at ALINA Residences Boca Raton, an award-winning, world-class residential destination in the heart of downtown Boca Raton, on March 15. ALINA Residences broke ground on its phase two development in March 2022, which includes two buildings: ALINA 210 and ALINA 220. Once phase two is complete in late 2024, ALINA Residences will be complete, comprising of three total buildings: ALINA 200, ALINA 210 and ALINA 220, which will offer 303 total residences. ALINA 200 is sold out and occupied.
  • Researchers at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) have conducted a study on the impact of independent play on child development, and the results are significant. The study, which involved observing over 300 children between the ages of two and five, found that encouraging independent play can lead to better cognitive and behavioral outcomes in children.
  • Brightline, the leading provider of modern, sustainable intercity rail in the US, has expanded its first and last-mile mobility options in South Florida with the launch of new bi-directional fixed-route shuttles called Brightline+. The shuttles offer pickups at Miami International Airport (MIA), Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL), and three Miami Beach destinations, providing transfers to respective Brightline stations.
  • First Watch, a popular Daytime Dining restaurant known for its chef-driven menu of brunch favorites and seasonal specialties, has announced the opening of its second location in Boynton Beach, Florida. This new location is situated at 1880 N Congress Ave, Ste 170, and spans over 4,060 square feet, accommodating more than 160 guests with its expansive dining room, dedicated to-go entrance, and outdoor patio. The restaurant is also proud to employ around 30 team members.
  • Achievement Centers for Children & Families (ACCF) and Hopportunities hosted the second Annual Cornhole for the Kids Tournament on March 4 at Hopportunities.  The event raised $6,500, which is almost double from last year. Thirty teams with a total of sixty people played. Prizes were awarded for first, second and third place teams. The event featured raffles, music, Rossanos Vintage Neapolitan Food Truck and live entertainment. 
  • 90-year-old Mona Pearl will donate the proceeds of her new children’s book, Children’s Stories by Mona, to Boca West Children’s Foundation (BWCF)Pearl started by reading her stories to her grandchildren at bedtime. In the 1980s, she read stories to sick children at a hospital in New York City. Now, the Boca West Country Club resident will donate all proceeds from the book to Boca West Children’s Foundation.
  • A new AT&T Connected Learning Center at The Salvation Army NW Community Center is helping bridge the digital divide in Palm Beach County by providing internet access and educational tools for youth, families, and seniors.
  • Olympic Heights Community High School sophomores Erica Frishberg and Jacob Carrion were awarded $10,000 at the Philanthropy Tank Finals Event on March 8th for their philanthropic project, “Hearing for a Change.” Hearing for a Change is a program made up of high school students who put on book clubs to listen and discuss audiobooks with struggling readers at Palm Beach County School District elementary schools for 45 minutes a week during aftercare. The goal of this project is to expose these young readers to books so they can increase their vocabulary, knowledge, imagination, and comprehension ability. Frishberg and Carrion will use the awarded funds to expand their program under the mentorship of former Otis Elevator senior executive, Tom Vining.
  • Under a twinkling blanket of stars, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens celebrated its annual gala with over 200 well-heeled guests and museum supporters on March 4.

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