Published On: Fri, Apr 21st, 2023

Boca Beat ed. 611th – 04/21/2023

  • In an effort to increase its sustainability initiatives, SunFest 2023 is going green behind the scenes and inviting festival goers, artists and vendors to join the effort. Always committed to recycling and sustainability, SunFest organizers have also joined the BYOBottle campaign for 2023 – a music industry effort to turn the tide on plastic pollution.
  • Taylor Scala, class of 2023, balances the best of both worlds as a Lynn University softball player and student in the cybersecurity program. Described as a sensible team leader by her coach, she applied skills from the field to her internship at AXIS Communications. As a team player, Scala exceptionally articulated the knowledge and coding for an inventory system at AXIS. Executives were so impressed with her work that they offered her the opportunity to replicate the inventory system code in the company’s Atlanta office. Then, when the Security Industry Association (SIA) opened applications for the Women in Security Forum scholarship, her supervisor suggested she apply for it.
  • As Lynn University concludes another academic year, 977 graduates will earn their diplomas on May 4. Genesis Morlabaez ’23 will address the graduating class as this year’s commencement student speaker. Morlabaez is earning her Bachelor of Science in biology, a career path sparked by her calling to help others. While she was growing up, she was inspired by watching her father, a United States Marine, sacrifice to care for those in need. When her mother was diagnosed with a medical condition, it motivated her even more to make a difference.
  • Youth mental and emotional health is a matter of high priority in Florida. A 2019 Florida Department of Health survey showed that 12.7 percent of Florida high schoolers (grades 9 to 12) had carried a weapon; 21.2 percent were involved in a physical altercation; 24.2 percent reported having been teased about their size, weight or physical appearance; and 11.3 percent and 14.9 percent were bullied electronically or on school property, respectively.
  • About 500 local high school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to learn more about Palm Beach State College this month thanks to the generosity of Mary’s Giving Fund. The Fund, which was established in honor of philanthropist Mary Durstine McArtor Reynolds, gave more than $3,300 to provide bus transportation to Palm Beach State from 14 local high schools so that students can attend Explore PBSC, a recruitment event at each of PBSC’s five campuses throughout April.
  • More than 65 teams, comprised of over 250 professional firefighters, police and paramedics from Tallahassee to Miami as well as Canada, will compete to see who can most capably and quickly solve complex rescue challenges at the Palm Beach State College Invitational, May 1-6.
  • Achievement Centers for Children & Families (ACCF) will hold its 4th Annual Swing to Achieve Golf Tournament at the Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Club, 2345 South Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL 33480 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, April 29. 
  •  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at FAU Jupiter served as the perfect setting for the Mind, Music and Movement Foundation for Neurological Disorders (M3F) to announce an exciting partnership with Florida Atlantic University’s Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute and Schmidt College of Medicine. Over 200 guests gathered for M3F’s annual symposium to discuss alternative therapies and research for Parkinson’s and neurodegenerative diseases. This “Extraordinary Evening” offered an opportunity for attendees to hear about the benefits of incorporating the arts in medicine and watch demonstrations of a few classes offered by M3F programming.
  • The Economic Council of Palm Beach County Foundation is thrilled to announce the twenty-eight finalists for the 39th Annual William T. Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education presented by Hanley Foundation. The announcement was made via Facebook @DwyerAwards on March 31. The finalists were honored with a beautiful waterside reception at Rybovich Marina on April 11, 2023, hosted by Huizenga Holdings.
  • Mizner Park, 327 Plaza Real, will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22 with a kick-off of an Earth Day Art Exhibit featuring “green” themed art from students at Saint Andrew’s School at 10 a.m. Artwork from students grades Pre-K to 12 will be displayed at the South end of Mizner Park in front of the Office Tower, across from the Yard House, and along Federal Highway, behind Yard House, starting April 22.

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