Published On: Fri, Mar 24th, 2023

Boca Beat ed. 607th – 03/24/2023

  • Palm Beach Atlantic women’s golf team concluded the final round of the Buccaneer Invitational. The tournament was hosted by fellow Sunshine State Conference member Barry University with several other SSC teams participating. The Sailfish would finish the tournament in 12th place. 
  • Florida Atlantic baseball fell to 12-10 after a 10-5 defeat at the hands of Miami on Wednesday night. The Owls got off to the perfect start with four runs in the top of the first inning. Nolan Schanuel’s ninth home run of the season started the scoring. Two batters later, Dylan Goldstein lined a two-run shot, his fourth of the season, to right-center. With the next pitch thrown, Caleb Pendleton made it back-to-back home runs and before the UM faithful could settle into their seats it was 4-0.
  • The Palm Beach Atlantic men’s lacrosse team had its nonconference win streak snapped by No. 14 Colorado Mesa 15-8. Dylan Insolia and Jonah Robertson scored 2 goals each for the ‘Fish. PBA goalkeeper Ben Lightsey started in net and made 12 saves. No. 14 CMU outshot PBA 52-23. The Mavericks picked up nine more ground balls than the Sailfish. 
  • The no-quit, history-making, legendary Florida Atlantic Owls are moving on to the Sweet Sixteen. The East Region’s No. 9 seed, the Florida Atlantic University men’s basketball team, took down the No. 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson Knights in a slugfest by a 78-70 final score to advance to the NCAA Regionals. The Owls will play the No. 4 seed Tennessee in basketball’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. The Eastern Regional semifinals will take place on March 23.
  • On March 4, 2023, cars lined up to enter Spanish River Park to welcome back the 14th Annual Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities – the nation’s largest, free, one-day event for people with disabilities, both seen and unseen.
  • Naelys Luna , Ph.D., dean of Florida Atlantic University ’s College of Social Work and Criminal Justice , has been named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for academic year 2023-24. Following nomination by the senior administration of their institutions and a rigorous application process, 36 Fellows were selected this year.
  • On March 10, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens celebrated the rededication of its original museum building, the Yamato-kan. Descendants of the original Yamato Colony, County officials, museum administrators and dignitaries, as well as the Deputy Consul General of Japan in Miami gathered on Yamato-kan Island for a ribbon-cutting event in order to commemorate this auspicious occasion. 
  • Children’s charities throughout Palm Beach County will be granted funds raised from the Boca West Children’s Foundation (BWCF) 11th Annual $100,000 Golf Challenge.  The daylong event, which is almost sold out, including brunch, golf, a cocktail reception, and dinner, takes place on Monday, March 27 at Boca West Country Club. Nonprofits who have foursomes playing will receive a portion of the $100,000.
  • West Palm Beach-based Hanley Foundation has announced that Lilly Davenport has been appointed Chief Financial Officer, effective March 1, 2023. A 20-year resident of Palm Beach County, Davenport has spent the last nine years in Austin, Texas, serving as CFO of MAP Health Management. Prior to that, she worked in public accounting and served as the Finance Director for Hanley Center and Hanley Center Foundation from 2009-2014.
  • Palm Beach Dramaworks is pleased to announce the 10 winners of its sixth annual Young Playwrights 10-Minute Play Contest (YPC). The plays will receive a staged reading by professional actors in front of an audience at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre on Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00pm. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. 
  • Florida’s growing economy continues to need more skilled employees to meet workforce demands. To help, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today announced the company is providing students with an opportunity to apply for a valuable scholarship that can help them achieve their career goals.
  • Maggie McFly’s, a popular Connecticut-based restaurant chain, is set to open its first location in Boca Raton at the Town Center mall. The restaurant, which is known for its expansive menu and diverse selection of craft beers, is set to open in the summer of 2023. The Boca Raton location will be the chain’s eighth location and its first outside of Connecticut. The restaurant will feature an expansive dining room and bar, as well as an outdoor patio for guests to enjoy.
  • The Junior League of Boca Raton (JLBR) Learning Libraries Committee celebrated the “Grow Your Love of Reading” Family Day and Book Drive on Saturday, March 11 at the JLBR Community Garden in Boca Raton. Over 30 families with preschoolers through fifth graders enjoyed storytelling, crafts, Kindness Rocks, and time with Farmer Jay. More than 250 books were donated, bringing the total number of books collected by the committee to more than 7,000. The books will be donated to Title 1 classrooms.
  • Residents and travelers of Boca Raton, Florida can expect to see improvements to the Glades Road interchange at I-95. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), in partnership with the City of Boca Raton, has been working to expedite the remaining work at the interchange to minimize impact to the traveling public. The Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) was temporarily configured to allow for ongoing construction, causing some inconvenience to drivers. However, FDOT has announced that the DDI will be placed into final configuration on Monday morning, March 27, ahead of the originally-scheduled date of May 1. This means that all four lanes will be open and the interchange should work much better than before.
  • More than 35 employers, including child care centers, public and private schools, and recreation centers, will recruit for more than 175 positions at the Early Childhood & Afterschool Job Fair, Tuesday, March 28, from 2 to 6 p.m., at Palm Beach State College’s Public Safety Conference Center, room PSD 108, on the Lake Worth campus, 4200 Congress Ave.
  • Cereal4All, which runs an annual cereal drive organized by twin brothers Jett and Luke Justin, hopes to collect more than 3,000 pounds during its annual cereal drive this Spring and donate it to Boca Helping Hands (BHH). This donation means that Boca Helping Hands will be able to provide clients with approximately 30,000 bowls of cereal. The Justins, 15-year-old twin brothers and Boca Raton residents, attend American Heritage School in Palm Beach County. 
  • Enjoy a variety of food trucks with sweet and savory dishes, lawn games and live music by Singing Sailor Jim Bowman on Friday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail in Boca Raton.

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