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Published On: Fri, May 19th, 2023

Boca Beat ed. 615th – 05/19/2023

  • Palm Beach State College received a special proclamation recognizing its 90th anniversary from the city of West Palm Beach May 15. Accepting the honor on behalf of the College from Mayor Keith James was Provost of the Lake Worth campus Barbara Cipriano. Joining her was Susan Del Portal, external affairs manager; Matthew Lenihan, business and community relations director; David Rutherford, chief executive officer of the Foundation for PBSC; Ana Thomas, corporate partnerships director; Debra Gordon, corporate and continuing education director; and Ronnie Malave, dean of student services.
  • Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine has received initial accreditation from the national Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for its fifth university-sponsored fellowship. The FAU Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship will be based at Boca Raton Regional Hospital , part of Baptist Health – the primary site for the program – as well as Bethesda Hospital, also part of Baptist Health, and the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center . All are members of the FAU College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium.
  • Ava L. Parker, J.D. has received the Ed Tancer Community Leader of the Year Award from the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce. She was one of six distinguished nominees for the award. It was presented on May 11 at the Pelican Club in Jupiter, Fla. by George Gentile, the founder and senior partner of 2GHO and the 2022 Ed Tancer Community Leader.
  • Palm Beach State College held a groundbreaking ceremony May 16 for its high-tech $50 million Dental & Medical Services Technology Building on its Loxahatchee Groves campus. Construction is set to begin next month on the four-story, 83,500-square-foot building, which will be part of the Frank DiMino Center for Medical Innovation and include a fully equipped dental clinic, a surgical technology suite, and science labs that incorporate cutting-edge equipment and technology for students pursuing careers as dental hygienists, dental assistants, surgical technologists and other health care occupations. The building is set to be completed by February 2025. Classes will begin in the fall of 2025.
  • With the goal of developing a local talent pool for local employers, the City of Boynton Beach, Palm Beach State College, and CareerSource Palm Beach County are partnering to provide college credit certificate programs for City of Boynton Beach residents. The Workforce Readiness Initiative will help those who are unemployed, underemployed, or simply looking for a career change, to gain the in-demand skills that meet the City’s specific employment needs.
  • On Saturday, May 27th, Memorial Day weekend, 2023, Southeast Florida Honor Flight volunteers will be escorting a full load of veterans on the free trip of a lifetime as the second Honor Flight of 2023 takes off for a daylong trip to Washington, D.C. On this particular flight will be veteran Edward Striegel, who served the United States in World War II, the Korean War, and during the Vietnam War. Striegel entered the military service in 1943 and served as a Naval Aviator and Patrol Plane Commander with over 5,000 flight hours. He served in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and when he completed his service with the military, he continued to fly corporate aircrafts, with a total of approximately 17,000 flight hours. If you’d like to help honor Striegel and all of the veterans who will be on this Honor Flight mission, it’s as easy as showing up at Palm Beach International Airport with a smile and a heart filled with gratitude and respect for those who served.
  • After a three-year pandemic pause, one of  the largest convention organizations in the world has once again chosen West Palm  Beach to host its global three-day event, the 2023 “Exercise Patience”! Convention.  
  •  State Farm announced its support of a Florida based teen traffic safety group, the Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition and has awarded a $60,000 grant to promote traffic safety education among parents, teens, and law enforcement statewide. The grant will fund several projects aimed at reducing the number of teen-related traffic crashes in Florida.
  • Place of Hope, one of the area’s largest providers of affordable housing, is expanding its transitional affordable housing program at The Leighan and David Rinker Campus in Boca Raton. The nonprofit, which is dedicated to ending the cycles of abuse, neglect, homelessness, poverty, and human trafficking, will be expanding two single-family homes into duplexes and constructing three new apartment-style buildings that will more than triple the number of single mothers, aged-out foster youth, and otherwise homeless young adults it currently helps daily on the Boca campus. 
  • The prestigious American Heritage Schools are pleased to announce that their Speech and Debate Team from their Broward Campus was awarded State Champions for the fourth consecutive year. The team competed at the Florida Forensic League (FFL) Varsity State Championship Tournament in Orlando, Florida.
  • Some 200 paddlers will cross the Atlantic Ocean overnight on June 25, from Bimini, Bahamas to Lake Worth Beach, Florida, to support Crossing For Cystic Fibrosis through a non-profit, Piper’s Angels Foundation.  In celebration of its 10th anniversary, The Crossing supports the families of those suffering from cystic fibrosis. 
  • Nonprofits serving the greater Boca Raton community selected to receive Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton (RCDBR) “Service Above Self” Grants were presented their funds at last week’s RCDBR membership meeting. Each had the opportunity to speak about their organization and how the monies will be used to help their constituents.  Funds were raised from the 2022 Boca Raton Mayors Ball to specifically serve the health and wellness needs of nonprofits. 
  • The Florida League of Cities(FLC), the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments, recently honored City of Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer, Council Member Yvette Drucker and Deputy City Manager George Brown with the 2023 Home Rule Hero Award for their hard work and advocacy efforts during the 2023 Legislative Session. They all worked tirelessly throughout the session to promote local voices making local choices, protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s municipalities and advance the League’s legislative agenda.

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