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Published On: Fri, Jun 16th, 2023

Boca Beat ed. 619th – 06/16/2023

  • The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District is about to create one of the nation’s most inclusive and accessible playgrounds. In response to constituent David Ogman’s presentation requesting a more inclusive playground for his son, Jordan, District Commissioners voted unanimously to redesign the Pirates Cove playground within Patch Reef Park to make it more accessible for special needs children
  • The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) announced the upcoming arrival of “A Journey Through Time at Old School Square” with LAPS, a new temporary interactive art installation. The colorful, interactive, and playful installation, which features six giant hourglass modules that reach nearly eight feet in height, will debut in Florida with its arrival on Thursday, June 22, in Delray Beach. A kick-off celebration will take place on Friday, June 23 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm and include an overview presentation in addition to live music. The exhibit is part of “Summer at the Square,” a months-long series of exciting summer happenings at Old School Square in downtown Delray Beach.
  • Fuller Center, a not-for-profit organization focused on meeting the needs of local children and families, invites the community to serve as ambassadors for local kids through its new Auxiliary Committee.  Interested individuals can learn more by joining Fuller Center for a happy hour on Monday, July 10 at Yard House, 201 Plaza Real in Mizner Park in Boca Raton from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Appetizers and cocktails will be served, and tickets are $35.
  •  Everyone from families and window shoppers to car aficionados will enjoy the 11th Annual Mizner Park Downtown Drive Car Show on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mizner Park, 327 Plaza Real.  Admission is FREE.
  • The Public Safety Training Center on Palm Beach State College’s Lake Worth campus was selected by the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects as a distinguished example of public safety architecture in the state. It is now a candidate in the 2023 People’s Choice competition, which this year is a tribute to the architecture that is keeping Florida safe.
  • Gumbo Limbo Coastal Stewards (GLCS), an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes sea turtle and coastal conservation, today announced the exclusive and free Boca Raton screening of “We’re All Plastic People Now,” a film that investigates the hidden story of plastic and its effects on human health, presented by GLCS.
  • Florida Atlantic University’s College of Education has received a three-year $1.5 million grant through the Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities (FCSUA) for the FAU Academy for Community Inclusion. The funds will help sustain the academy, an approved Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program (FPCTP) that serves the community through continuing employment and independent living skills opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities. Unemployment and under-employment for people with intellectual disabilities far exceed the norm – less than 10 percent of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are employed in integrated settings. In addition, adults with intellectual disabilities in Florida make the lowest annual earnings of any disability population, earning approximately $30,000 annually.
  • As a part of Comcast’s commitment to supporting local communities, and its strong connection to the military community and its veteran employees and their families, it has a special program to replace American flags at homes and businesses in Palm Beach County.
  • Earlier this year, Palm Beach State College was honored with the esteemed Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense designation. This is a mark of national recognition that highlights the college’s dedication to providing an exceptional standard of cybersecurity education. The recognition was amplified during an awards presentation on June 7 at the National Initiative for Cyber Security Education Conference held in Seattle. The event offered a platform for our program principals to network, stay updated on community developments, and present their research to the larger cybersecurity community.
  • The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) recently appointed a representative from Florida Atlantic University to serve in an official committee role for the first time in its history.
  • After nearly two years of construction on its former headquarters, The Lord’s Place is “home for good” at the Fortin Family Campus, located at 2808 North Australian Avenue. The new 25,000-square-foot client service center is fully open and began serving clients on June 7, 2023. 

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