6 tips to living long from a healthy 103-year-old Delray Beach hospital volunteer

Charles Carroll, a 103 year old volunteer at Delray Medical Center, celebrates his birthday with fellow volunteers, nurses and doctors. (Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post)
Charles Carroll, a 103 year old volunteer at Delray Medical Center, celebrates his birthday with fellow volunteers, nurses and doctors. (Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post)

When Charles Carroll walked through the waiting room of Delray Medical Center on Thursday, people whispered.

“Unbelievable,” one person said.

Another quickly replied: “What’s his secret?”

They’d overheard a nurse congratulate Carroll, whose birthday was Saturday, on turning 103 years old while he wheeled around an empty wheelchair in his teal hospital scrubs. Carroll, a volunteer at the hospital for nine years, was later surprised by a crowd in the cafeteria with cake and balloons.

“If we do this again next year, we’ll need a bigger room,” he teased as he walked through the door.

Beloved by patients, doctors and nurses alike, Carroll volunteers twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the hospital by wheeling patients to and from their rooms and assisting with bookkeeping. Despite a bout with colon cancer and a heart attack nine years ago — which inspired him to volunteer at the hospital — Carroll is fit and healthy enough to make his way around.

When patients learn his age, they’re awestruck, said Becky McCoy, director of volunteers at the medical center.

“They want to jump out of the wheelchair and wheel him around,” she joked. “They’re just amazed, as we all are.”

Caroll’s daughter, Judith Stern, one of his two children and two grandchildren, also joined in the celebration. Carroll has an aide, Stern said, but is able to get around independently and loves his work at the hospital.

Charles Carroll (in teal), a 103-year-old volunteer at Delray Medical Center, celebrates his birthday with hospital employees. (Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post)
Charles Carroll (in teal), a 103-year-old volunteer at Delray Medical Center, celebrates his birthday with hospital employees. (Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post)

“It gives him purpose,” Stern said. “It’s wonderful and he loves it. We all need a purpose at that age.”

And during his celebration, Carroll naturally fielded several questions burning through everyone’s minds. What are the secrets to living long and healthy?

Here are his tips:

» Do nothing in excess. “I don’t drink in excess. I don’t eat in excess. I try to have good health habits,” Carroll said.

Carroll stays on a fairly strict diet, Stern said, although he did down a decent-sized piece of birthday cake on Wednesday.

» Listen to your body to stay healthy. Much of Carroll’s health care is holistic, Stern noted. She prefers he avoid prescription medication when possible and noticed “incredible” improvements in his health following his heart attack.

Carroll spent nearly a month at Delray Medical Center recuperating from the ailment nine years ago. The visit inspired him to come back and brighten patients’ days.

» Laugh often. Carroll is constantly cracking jokes with fellow volunteers, nurses, doctors and patients. During the interview with The Palm Beach Post, he joked that he was mostly glad he still had his hair.

“He’s truly a delight to work with,” McCoy said.

» Be active and athletic while you’re young. Growing up, Carroll played hockey, baseball and golf.  Carroll is a retired army officer and a former third baseman for the University of Massachusetts baseball team.

“Of course now he can’t play sports, so he just watches them on TV,” Stern said.

» Spend time with family. Carroll attributes his longevity first to his wife, who died in 2014 at the age of 93. “I had a lovely wife,” he said, when asked about his secret to living long.

» Believe in luck. “There’s a lot of luck involved in it too,” he said. “There were a lot of people in this hospital that helped me out. I had certain problems. I never doubted that it would still work out. And here I am.”

 

Celebrate the Fourth of July early in Boynton Beach

The July 4th holiday is means more than just fireworks and barbecue to many Lake Worthians.

In the mood to celebrate early?

The Boynton Senior Center is hosting a Fourth of July celebration Thursday.

The event is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and will include music by the A.N.T.H.U.M. Jazz Band and free refreshments.

The event at 1021 S. Federal Highway is free for center members and $2 for non-members.

For information, call the center at 561-742-6570.

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Boynton landmark restaurant to celebrate 20 years with public party

Lona O'Connor Hurricane Alley in Boynton Beach
Lona O’Connor Hurricane Alley in Boynton Beach

Hurricane Alley opened up in Boynton Beach 20 years ago and has since grown to be a city landmark. To celebrate, owner Kim Kelly is planning something big.

Kelly is hosting a Summer Sizzle event for July 30. The free event is from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and will celebrate the restaurant’s anniversary. It will include live music, a DJ, games and vendors. It’ll be behind the Harvey Oyer buildings on East Ocean Avenue, in Dewey Park and on Northeast Fourth Street, city documents say.

Boynton’s Community Redevelopment Agency is helping out and giving a $5,000 grant to Kelly.

We plan to sit down with Kelly later this month for a story about how she’s seen the restaurant and the city grow over the past 20 years. Check back for that.

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Boynton Beach police successfully shut down illegal parties at park

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Just because the city isn’t giving out permits for parties at Sara Sims Park in Boynton Beach doesn’t mean the gatherings aren’t happening. But when they do, the police are shutting them down.

City Commissioners decided earlier this year to stop giving out the permits after a rash of out-of-control block parties. Earlier this month, they decided to continue the moratorium until changes are made at the park.

But this past weekend, there were two parties police broke up.

One of the parties had two bounce houses, DJ speakers, and a generator. The people in charge of the party told police they weren’t aware they needed a permit to have the party.

“They were then educated as to the proper procedure to operate an active party and children activities in City Parks. They promptly deflated the bounce houses, removed the sound equipment and generator, and left the park without further incident,” police said.

As far as the second party, police were called to investigate “a very large and loud crowd” at the park.

“A crowd of approximately 1,000 people was found to be in the area, and several surrounding streets were clogged with vehicles. A traffic pattern was established, and all persons left the area without incident,” police said.

Vice Mayor Mack McCray at Tuesday’s City Commission meeting thanked the police, especially Assistant Chief Vanessa Snow, and complimented the officers’ efforts to stop the parties.

“I want to thank you for a job well done,” McCray said. “I want to thank you all for sending a message that Sara Sims, we are not open for business.”

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Boynton Beach police arrest man for brandishing firearm

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UPDATE: Because of incorrect information given to The Palm Beach Post, a story published Tuesday said Jacob Scott Campbell had a warrant for murder in South Carolina.

He is not wanted for murder.

Instead, the warrant was for obtaining property by false pretense.

ORIGINAL POST: Boynton Beach Police on Monday night arrested a man for carrying a concealed handgun without a permit.

Jacob Scott Campbell, 30, was arrested in the 7000 block of Chesapeake Circle in Nautica Sound. Officers were called there to investigate a man “brandishing a firearm at multiple individuals,” a police report says.

Police say Campbell was carrying a concealed handgun in his waistband and didn’t have a permit.

Campbell was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail.

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Tequesta-based juice bar and health food café opens location in Boca

Franchisees Mike Christie and Amanda Folsom at the newly opened 3 Natives juice bar at 1200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton. (Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post)
Franchisees Mike Christie and Amanda Folsom at the newly opened 3 Natives juice bar at 1200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton. (Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post)

The light reggae music and wooden furniture give off a beach-vibe, but the menu options at the newly opened 3 Natives juice bar scream fresh-from-the-garden.

To appease the ever-growing raw juice craze, the Tequesta-based juice bar chain opened its fifth location in Boca Raton, where franchisees Amanda Folsom and Mike Christie hope the all-natural, mostly organic options will fit right in.

“There’s a very healthy, active lifestyle in Boca,” said Folsom, who runs the Abacoa location of 3 Natives, which opened in February. The juice bar’s most popular items include its acai bowls, with pureed acai berry, topped off with granola, yogurt and other combinations of fresh fruit, and its cold-pressed juices made fresh each morning and served in glass bottles.

The menu items, which include vegan options, are all $10 or less.

It’s the first in the chain to open in southern Palm Beach County, with locations in Tequesta, Jupiter, Juno Beach and Gainesville. Folsom and Christie are franchisees of the Boca and Jupiter locations.

(Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post)
(Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post)

While the restaurant is well-known for its juices and colorful acai bowls, 3 Natives, 1200 Yamato Road, also serves lunch options, like wraps and salads. It sets itself apart from other juice bars by using fresh ingredients delivered to the restaurant each morning, Folsom said. The juices are made at the flagship location in Tequesta every morning and delivered to Boca.

The juice bar joins others of its kind in Boca, like Raw Juce near the Town Center mall and Jucieateria in Mizner Park.

(Contributed: 3 Natives)
(Contributed: 3 Natives)

Folsom and Christie, both of Boynton Beach, hope the laid-back, friendly vibe in the juice bar makes customers comfortable with sitting and relaxing in the café.

“People already come in and we know their orders right away,” Christie said. “We have a solid group of regulars already.”

Boynton Beach police: Car burglaries are up, lock your doors

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Lock your car doors!

Auto burglaries in the county, and specifically in Boynton Beach, are on the rise.

The Boynton Beach Police department has investigated 74 auto burglaries since June 1.

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Of those, 30 of the cars were unlocked. In 44 cases, the thieves smashed the passenger side windows, according to a statement on the police department’s Facebook page.

The thieves have taken cell phones, purses, wallets, passports, cash, iPods, iPads, designer sunglasses, and a handgun.

“Auto burglaries are crimes of opportunity. We urge you to remove all valuables from your cars and lock the doors to keep what is yours. The best crime prevention is YOU! Take is before a thief does,” the statement says.

Update: Fate of Delray Beach Garlic Fest up in the air until July

Executive Chef Erick Miranda, of Vic & Angelo's Restaurant, pours garlic cooked in olive oil to be emulsified making a vinaigrette while competing in the semifinals of the Garlic Chef Mystery Basket Competition in the Garlic Chef Stadium at the 14th Annual Garlic Fest in Delray Beach, Fla., Sunday, February 10, 2013. Chefs from different restaurants were given a mystery ingredient to use in preparation of a three course meal all using garlic. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)
Executive Chef Erick Miranda, of Vic & Angelo’s Restaurant, pours garlic cooked in olive oil to be emulsified making a vinaigrette while competing in the semifinals of the Garlic Chef Mystery Basket Competition in the Garlic Chef Stadium at the 14th Annual Garlic Fest in Delray Beach, Fla., Sunday, February 10, 2013. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)

Update at 9:40 p.m.: Garlic Fest supporters will have to wait until July to learn whether the long-running festival will be forced out of the city’s downtown.

The city commission met tonight and agreed to defer until July a vote on whether to allow the 18th annual Garlic Fest to run as scheduled in February 2017.

The commission decided more than a year ago to allow only one event per month in the city’s downtown. Garlic Fest is held in the same month as the Delray Beach Open tennis tournament, although the dates and locations do not overlap.

Commissioners have heard complaints from residents and downtown businesses about “too many and too large” events in the downtown area, said Commissioner Shelly Petrolia.

Vice-Mayor Al Jacquet agreed, adding that the issue wasn’t simply about Garlic Fest, but finding a balance in the number of events organized in the downtown to limit traffic headaches and the city’s expenses.

Deputy Vice-Mayor Jordana Jarjura and Commissioner Mitch Katz both voted to grant Garlic Fest the waiver needed hold the festival downtown in 2017, but on the condition that its coordinators would not seek the same waiver in 2018.

Ultimately, the five-member commission, absent Mayor Cary Glickstein on Tuesday night, agreed to defer the decision on Garlic Fest to the next meeting in the first week of July.

Original story: Delray Beach Garlic Fest has been a staple in the city’s downtown for more than a decade, but a commission vote tonight may change that.

The popular garlic-themed festival may be ousted from the city after a decision to limit the number the events in downtown to one per month and place stringent financial restrictions on organizers, said Nancy Stewart-Franczak, the festival’s founder.

“If they don’t want us and force us all out of town, I think they’re going to be faced with a worse reality when events head to other local cities,” Stewart-Franczak said.

She, and several fans of the festival, plan to appeal to the city commission at a meeting tonight for a waiver to allow the 18th annual Garlic Fest to run downtown in February 2017, the same month as the nationally televised Delray Beach Open tennis tournament.

The tournament and Garlic Fest don’t overlap in dates or locations, Stewart-Franczak said.

“I am very hopeful,” she said. “We’ve done a major campaign to reach out to our fans hoping for their support.”

Seventeenth Annual Delray Beach Garlic Festival Saturday January 30, 2016 at Old School Square in Delray Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)
Seventeenth Annual Delray Beach Garlic Festival Saturday January 30, 2016 at Old School Square in Delray Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

The festival, which features live music, chef competitions, activities and, of course, garlic-based cuisine, donates proceeds to 18 different local charities and has raised more than $585,000 to date.

“Moving out of Delray is really something that I would have to look at long and hard,” Stewart-Franczak said. “This isn’t about producing a Garlic Fest, it’s about being a part of our community and giving back to our local nonprofits.”

The limit on the number of festivals and new financial guidelines are part of the city’s effort to restrict the number of road closures downtown and ensure the city recoups any losses.

In anticipation of the city rejecting Garlic Fest’s waiver, the organizers are seeking out other venues, like the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens west of Delray. Stewart-Franczak appealed to the Palm Beach County Commission for appropriate approvals to have the event at Morikami.

Though, no venues organizers have sought out so far have the appropriate infrastructure, such as hotels and parking, Stewart-Franczak said.

New Jersey-based make-your-own-pizza eateries to open in Delray, west Boca

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Contributed: 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza

Looking for a quick and cheap personalized pizza pie? Well, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is opening two locations west of Boca Raton and in Delray Beach in the coming months.

The New Jersey-based fast-casual pizza restaurant will open its west Boca location, at Shadowwood Square on Glades Road west of State Road 7, sometime in August, and its Delray Beach location, on Federal Highway at Linton Boulevard in the plaza with Trader Joe’s, in September, said Nick Anagno, one of the restaurants’ two franchisees.

“The concept is really great,” Agnano said. “It’s a build-your-own customized pizza with unlimited toppings for a set price.”

The restaurant will offer a build-your-own 10-inch pizza cooked in 2 minutes for $8.95. A 14-inch personalized pie is $16.95.

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Contributed: 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza

The chain is similar to Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza restaurant in Boca Raton on Federal Highway north of 20th Street, which opened last year.

1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is the third fast-casual pizza restaurant to set its sights on Palm Beach County.

Although no grand opening dates have been set, both locations will offer free pizza to all customers throughout the day of grand opening, Angano said. The first 10 people at each location will get free pizza for a year.

The grand opening dates will be released in late July.

 

 

Boynton Beach health clinic offers free HIV testing

The Caridad Center is offering free HIV testing on Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The center is at 8645 W. Boynton Beach Blvd.

The event includes raffles, music and gifts.

For information, call Brenda Lopez at 561-737-6336 ext. 133.

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