Delray students who walk to school Oct. 5 may also improve pedestrian safety for others

0/8/2003 - DELRAY BEACH - Leslie Horenburger (in t-shirt in center of picture) of Delray Beach was among the volunteers who came out early Wednesday morning to walk with children to school at Pine Grove Elementary School. She's a former member of the Delray Beach Pedistrian and Bicycle task Force. They are crossing S.W. 10th Street with the help of a crossing guard. Staff photo by Bob Shanley.
10/8/2003 – DELRAY BEACH – Leslie Horenburger (in t-shirt in center of picture) of Delray Beach was among the volunteers who came out early Wednesday morning to walk with children to school at Pine Grove Elementary School. She’s a former member of the Delray Beach Pedistrian and Bicycle task Force. They are crossing S.W. 10th Street with the help of a crossing guard. Staff photo by Bob Shanley.

DELRAY BEACH — Pine Grove Elementary students are encouraged to walk to school Wednesday, Oct. 5, not just to be healthy and active, but also to help improve their community.

The city is asking students at to ditch cars and buses Oct. 5, and opt instead to walk or bike to school along with several volunteers. It’s part of an initiative coordinated by Human Powered Delray, a pedestrian advocacy group.

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Those same volunteers will hold clipboards and cellphones to note any safety issues along the way, like cracks in the sidewalk, line-of-sight problems or any other safety concerns.

“The idea is to stress to the community the importance of safety to the children,” said Patrick Halliday, co-founder of Human Powered Delray. Any safety concerns noticed by parents and volunteers will be brought to the attention of city engineers.

“By compiling all the data, we’ll be able to use the information to bring to the city and make the walk safer for students,” Halliday said.

Between 6:45 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. that morning, volunteers will accompany young students on their walk to Pine Grove, at 400 SW 10th Street. The initiative was last done in 2003.

Oct. 5 was selected as part of an international campaign held that day, called Walk/Bike to School, which for 20 years has advocated for healthier lifestyle choices for students.

More than 50 parents from Pine Grove Elementary have signed up to participate, either by allowing their child to walk to school, or walking along with them.

This is also part of the city’s larger campaign to keep residents healthy. In August, the National League of Cities recognized Delray Beach with a “gold medal” for outstanding achievements in health and wellness through First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign.

The city implemented health and wellness education in its elementary and middle schools, according to city officials. It also expanded access to meal programs before and after school, as well as during summer months, and encouraged physical activity among its young residents.

For more information about Walk/Bike to School in Delray Beach, visit the Walk/Bike to School website here.

FAU postpones controversial Breitbart reporter’s event after ‘threats of violence’

Milo (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Milo Yiannopoulos (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

BOCA RATON — Florida Atlantic University indefinitely postponed an event featuring controversial Breitbart tech reporter Milo Yiannopoulos after a “threats of violence,” according to university officials.

Yiannopoulos was scheduled to deliver a lecture he called “How Feminism Hurts Women” at the university today, Breitbart writes.

“The threats were related to Mr. Yiannopoulos’s visit to FAU’s Boca Raton campus and are not considered general threats to the university,” wrote Lisa Metcalf, university spokeswoman, in an email. The investigation is ongoing and no other details were provided.

The event, coordinated by a student group called Liberty Caucus, was not funded by the university, Metcalf said.

It isn’t the first time a Yiannopoulos event has been scratched last-minute. It happened at the University of Central Florida in Orlando back in June, following threats of violence on social media, according to Breitbart.

Yiannopoulos was permanently banned from Twitter this summer after he encouraged users to tweet incendiary, and in some cases racist, comments at actress Leslie Jones.  He called the banning a declaration of “war on free speech” on his Facebook account.

 

Things to do: ‘Get Your Grove On’ in Delray celebrates arts with week of events

(Brandon Kruse/The Palm Beach Post) - DELRAY BEACH - A bicyclist rides past a pineapple mural in the Pineapple Grove neighborhood in Delray Beach. Pineapple Grove is known for its eclectic arts and shopping scene.
(Brandon Kruse/The Palm Beach Post) – DELRAY BEACH – A bicyclist rides past a pineapple mural in the Pineapple Grove neighborhood in Delray Beach. Pineapple Grove is known for its eclectic arts and shopping scene.

DELRAY BEACH — Do we really need a reason to celebrate art in Pineapple Grove, the city’s arts district? Well, one week in Delray Beach is dedicated to it, and honors the arts with a series of events.

Grove Week’s motto this year is “Get Your Grove On.” It begins Monday, Oct. 3, with a day dedicated to fitness, and lasts through Saturday, Oct. 8.

A silent disco, massive drum circles that shut down the streets and guided art tours are all planned that week.

Here’s the full list of events:

» Monday, Oct. 3: Bootcamp by PurLife from 6-7 p.m.; Recess Run by Fleet Feet from 7-8 p.m.; and visit PurGreens for some refreshments at 8 p.m.

» Tuesday, Oct. 4: Celebrate “Taco Tuesday” at El Camino in downtown Delray at 7 p.m. A live muscial performance by the Hispano Latino Cultural Alliance will be coordinated just outside the restaurant.

» Wednesday, Oct. 5: On The Ave, along Northeast 2nd Avenue in Pineapple Grove from El Camino to Brule, will shut down the streets for drum circles, activities for children and a performance from Lynn University students.

» Thursday, Oct. 6: The Fieldhouse at Old School Square will host a silent disco at 9 p.m. It costs $15 and ticket can be purchased here.

» Friday, Oct. 7: First Friday Art Walk, a self-guided tour of the art galleries and studios downtown, starts at 6 p.m.

» Saturday, Oct. 8:  A free guided art tour ( about 1 ½ hours) starts at 10 a.m. Old School Square Park. (RSVP to tmazer@delraybeach.com.) The tour includes visits to the Arts Garage for the Delray Art League Exhibition, plein aire artists, sidewalk sales and Jazz Trio at City Walk.

For more information about the events, visit www. ontheavedelraybeach.com.

 

Microsoft store opening at Boca Raton’s Town Center Mall is first in county

(Contributed: Microsoft)
(Contributed: Microsoft)

BOCA RATON — Hundreds have a chance to win free giveaways at the grand opening of the Microsoft store at Town Center Mall, the first of its kind in Palm Beach County.

The store will open Thursday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m., but customers are invited to line up outside the store beginning at 7 a.m. The first 500 customers in line will get “surprise gift cards” ranging from $10 to $1,000, according to Microsoft. More than 100 of the gift cards will be worth $100 or more, while only one gift card will be worth $1,000.

On top of that, the first 200 customers in line will also get a ticket to attend a meet-and-greet with retired Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino on Nov. 5.

The 1,482-square-foot store will be near Bloomingdale’s in the west-central portion of Town Center. Microsoft will sell its latest products and offer expert advise, troubleshooting and repairs.

The store is one of only eight in Florida, and the first to open in Palm Beach County.

 

Things to do: Ukulele, cooking, philosophy? Free events at Delray library

DELRAY BEACH — Love ukulele, philosophical discussion or cooking and eating? Those hobbies and many others are the focus of a series of free events at the Delray Beach Public Library this month.

The downtown library, at 100 West Atlantic Avenue, is offering several free book clubs and classes, ending the month with a Halloween-themed extravaganza, according to library officials.

The Halloween event, which they’re calling “BOOooOOktober,” will include trick-or-treating, crafts, costumes and a movie screening of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”

Here’s a list of all the other free events planned during October:

  • Saturday, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 |10am| “The Writer’s Studio” writing workshop
  • Monday and Thursday, Oct. 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, & 31 |1pm – 4:30pm| “Empowerment Zone” resume-building, and job and computer assistance
  • Monday, Oct. 3 |2pm| “Reducing Stress and Inflammation the Natural Way” presented by Li Zheng, a Palm Beach County acupuncturist
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4 |6pm| “Stress Less, Achieve More” presented by Aimee Bernstein, author of a book by the same name
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4 |6pm| Evening book group on “The Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5, 12, 19, & 26 |11:30am| “Socrates Café,” a philosophy discussion group
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5 & 19 |5:30pm| Boynton Delray Uke Society, a gathering of ukulele lovers
  • Friday, Oct. 7 |3pm| “First Friday, First Stop” screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 film “Rebecca”
  • Monday, Oct. 10 |3pm| Monday matinee screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film “The Birds”
  • Thursday, Oct. 13 |12pm| “What’s Cookin’?” Cookbook Club, a monthly cookbook, food lit and potluck club, “The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook” edited by Katie White
  • Thursday, Oct. 13 & 27 |10:30am| “Knit ‘N’ Purl,” a discussion of knitting/crocheting stories and resources
  • Friday, Oct. 14 & 28 |2pm| “Adult Coloring Club”
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18 |6pm| Gold Coast Paranormal Society, a West Palm Beach-based group of ghost hunters, will share their stories of the paranormal and demonstrate the special equipment they use.
  • Thursday, Oct. 20 |2pm| “The Painting and the Piano” book presented by authors Adrianne Lugo and John Lipscomb
  • Monday, Oct. 24 |1pm| Afternoon Book Group – “An Unnecessary Woman” by Rabih Alameddine
  • Monday, Oct. 24 |2pm| “Cercle Francais,” a French-speaking study group
  • Monday through Thursday, Oct. 24, 25, 26, 27 & 31 |2pm| Lifelong Learning Community Institute will present various courses. Registration and fee required.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25 |5pm| “Family Movie Night” screening the 1993 film “Hocus Pocus”
  • Monday, Oct. 31 |4pm| “BOOooOOktober,” including treats, crafts, costumes and a movie presentation at 7 p.m.’

For more information, visit www.delraylibrary.org or contact the library at (561) 266-0194.

Boca Raton woman reunited with dog lost 8 years ago

Penny Howard and her 13-year-old terrier Pia, who Howard was reunited with Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 after eight years. (Contributed)
Penny Howard and her 13-year-old terrier Pia, who Howard was reunited with Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 after eight years. (Contributed)

BOCA RATON — Penny Howard read stories online about owners being reunited with their beloved pets after being separated by years and miles.

For eight years she stared at a framed portrait of her cairn terrier named Pia and thought, “Why can’t that be me?”

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That is, until she got a call from Animal Care and Control on Friday evening.

“They told me, ‘We found (Pia),’ ” Howard recalled Wednesday. “I started screaming, ‘She’s alive? She’s alive!’ ”

The lost dog flier Penny Howard posted after losing her terrier Pia back in 2008. (Contributed)
The lost dog flier Penny Howard posted after losing her terrier Pia back in 2008. (Contributed)

Pia, who was about 4 years old when she went missing in 2008, was found just one mile from Howard’s home. Pia, who is microchipped, had worms, ticks, a heart murmur, a skin infection and an eye infection, but to Howard’s shock and comfort, she was alive.

“It’s a miracle, a dream come true,” said Howard, who also has two other rescue dogs.

Howard first adopted Pia from the Tri-County Humane Society, where she’d been placed after being picked up at a junkyard.

“I’m one of those crazy people that goes to the Humane Society and gets the dogs that nobody wants,” she joked.

Pia wasn’t friendly or receptive to perspective adopters.

Eventually, Howard and Pia bonded after a year. Months later, however, a worker left the door of Howard’s home open while she was on vacation. Pia got spooked and ran off, Howard said.

“I did everything, made calls, posted posters,” Howard said. “It was a nightmare.”

Last week, Pia nipped the finger of a passerby, who called Animal Care and Control. They ran her chip and contacted Howard.

Pia was taken to Regency Veterinary Clinic in Boca Raton, where they groomed and nursed the dog to health.

Said Howard: “Now I have the chance to spoil her.”

Boynton intersection to be closed for All Aboard Florida construction

View of a Brightline locomotive under construction at the Siemens plant in Sacramento, Tuesday June 7, 2016, in Sacramento. (Jeff Ostrowski / The Palm Beach Post)
View of a Brightline locomotive under construction at the Siemens plant in Sacramento, Tuesday June 7, 2016, in Sacramento. (Jeff Ostrowski / The Palm Beach Post)

Heads up!

Northeast Fifteenth Avenue and the Florida East Coast Railway intersection will be closed starting Thursday at 7 a.m. through Monday at 6 p.m.

All Aboard Florida crews will be doing construction.

For information, visit http://allaboardflorida.com/construction/grade-crossings.

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Things to do: Delray’s annual ‘Race for Hope’ benefits domestic violence victims

2015 Race for Hope in Delray Beach (Contributed)
2015 Race for Hope in Delray Beach (Contributed)

DELRAY BEACH — Nonproft Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) provides shelter for hundreds of domestic violence victims each year, and one day per year, more than a thousand locals head to a Delray Beach race to help make that happen.

The 17th annual Race for Hope is planned for Saturday, Oct. 8 to benefit AVDA, a Palm Beach County nonprofit that offers emergency shelter, outreach programs, education material and more to victims of domestic violence. Each year, the event, which includes 5k and 10k races, draws a larger crowd than the previous year, according to event coordinators.

More than 1,000 showed up in 2015.

While registration begins at 6:30 a.m., the races will start at 7:30 a.m. at oceanfront Anchor Park, along Ocean Boulevard south of Atlantic Avenue.

Groups who register to run are encouraged to raise money.

Along with the races, the event will include live music, prizes and a pancake breakfast courtesy of The Original Pancake House.

“This race is not only an important fundraiser, but is also an opportunity to let those who need help know where to turn for help,” said Jean Magrella, co-chair of the Race for Hope.

Each year, Race for Hope also awards the fastest male and female police officers or firefighters from Palm Beach County with the “Hometown Hero” award.

To register for the race or find more information, visit the Race for Hope’s website here.

What: The 17th annual Race for Hope

When: Saturday, Oct. 8, 7:30-9 a.m.

Where: Anchor Park

How much: Registration ranges between $10-$35

More info: www.avdaonline.org

Delray Fire-Rescue to house ‘hero firefighter’ biking from New Hampshire to Key West

Jerry Lachance (Contributed: Ride 2 Recovery)
Jerry Lachance (Contributed: Ride 2 Recovery)

DELRAY BEACH — The city’s fire rescue department is one of many throughout the nation housing a “hero firefighter” riding his bicycle from New Hampshire to Key West for charity, according to Delray Beach Fire-Rescue.

Jerry Lachance, a 68-year-old New Hampshire firefighter, is raising money and awareness for Ride 2 Recovery, a California-based veterans nonprofit. Lachance, who left New Hampshire on Sept. 2, will arrive in Delray Beach — one of his last stops before heading to his Key West destination — late Tuesday, Sept. 27.

He will spend the night at one of Delray’s fire stations before continuing his journey.

Lachance heads to Delray Beach from St. Lucie County, where he will spend Monday night, according to Delray Beach Fire-Rescue.

Lachance was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968 and served a year in combat in Vietnam, according to Ride 2 Recovery. He’s in his 22nd year as a volunteer firefighter in New Hampshire.

State Rep. Irv Slosberg donates $500 to Delray crash victim’s family

State Rep. Irv Slosberg, D-Boca Raton (Contributed)
State Rep. Irv Slosberg, D-Boca Raton (Contributed)

DELRAY BEACH — Every fatal car crash hits close to home for state Rep. Irv Slosberg, who has dedicated his much of his life to advocating for traffic safety following the death of his teenage daughter, Dori, in a 1996 crash.

When he donated $500 to the family of J.Gerald Smith, killed in a wreck Wednesday afternoon at a troublesome intersection in downtown Delray Beach, he wasn’t just mourning the loss of a local, he was drumming up solutions.

“What I’d really like to take on the education process for bars and restaurants to learn how to deal with people who are drunk because it’s happening everywhere,” said Slosberg, D-Boca Raton.

Gerald Smith, left, and his wife, Eloise. Gerald Smith was killed in a crash Wednesday in Delray Beach. (Provided by the Smith family)
Gerald Smith, left, and his wife, Eloise. Gerald Smith was killed in a crash Wednesday in Delray Beach. (Provided by the Smith family)

Smith, an 82-year-old Uber driver, was killed when a speeding Lamborghini struck his Buick at the intersection of Northeast 1st Street and Federal Highway, just one block north of Altantic Avenue, according to city police. The driver of the Lamborghini, health mogul Roger Wittenberns, told police he and his girlfriend had been drinking downtown before the crash.

“I feel bad, you know, Mr. Smith was doing nothing,” Slosberg said.

The intersection, which city officials say has some visibility issues for drivers trying to cross Federal Highway, is under state investigation to determine whether a traffic light is necessary.

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Slosberg wants voluntary Breathalyzers in bars and restaurants, information on the penalties of drinking and driving readily available and contact sheets for taxi services and ride-sharing options, he said. The idea is to hold restaurants and bars more responsible for the drunk driving wrecks.

“It’s very difficult to sue these restaurants and bars, because one will blame it on another and another and so on,” Slosberg said. “I feel the most effective thing to do would be to educate bartenders and valets on what to do in these scenarios.”

View of a Lamborghini after it was involved in a deadly collision with an SUV Wednesday in Delray Beach, police said. (Photo courtesy Delray Beach Police Department)
View of a Lamborghini after it was involved in a deadly collision with an SUV Wednesday in Delray Beach, police said. (Photo courtesy Delray Beach Police Department)

Slosberg, who has served in the Florida House on and off since 2000, was defeated in the Aug. 30 primary for state Senate District 31, and said he’s probably done with politics. He’s taking over as chairman of the nonprofit Dori Slosberg Foundation, which plans to tackle the issue of educating pubs and taverns on drunk driving, he said.

Said Slosberg: “It’s a huge issue in the state and all over the country.”