VIDEO: Delray boy with no arms hits three-pointers in basketball game

Jamarion Styles, 13, who lost his arms at birth, is fitted with a custom set of prosthetic drumsticks made by University of Florida student, Myles Marcus (right) and Jessica Bergau (left) at the Milagro Teen Center in Delray Beach, Florida on December 19, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DELRAY BEACH — Three ESPN commentators watched in awe as a video of 13-year-old Jamarion Styles showed him knocking down three-pointers during middle school basketball game.

No arms. No prosthetics.

The video of the talented Delray Beach teen, who lost his arms to a rare bacterial infection as an infant, appeared on ESPN’s Sports Center on Thursday morning.

“It’s remarkable,” noted Jorge Sedano, co-host of Nación ESPN.

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Styles, who plays for Eagles Landing Middle School in Boca Raton, has wowed spectators before with talents, which go far beyond basketball.

He plays the drums at Delray Beach’s after-school arts hub, the Milagro Center. He rides his bicycle through the neighborhood. He produces and edits his own video blog on Youtube, documenting he and his friends’ teenage endeavors.

“I know this is going to sound cliche and kind of silly,” Sedano said on Sports Center. “But the reality is if a kid like that can go out there and contribute like that, and play basketball and be that good at basketball without any arms, the limitations people put on themselves seems kind of silly.”

Styles was profiled by The Palm Beach Post in December after he was gifted lightweight prosthetic arms by the University of Florida.

Styles told The Post he wants to play football professionally when he grows up.

“I won’t use (the prosthetic arms) though,” he said at the time. “I can do it.”

Watch the video here:

 

 

Man on Boynton Beach stabbing victim: ‘Pray for her’

La Costa in Boynton Beach. Photo taken March 29, 2017 by Alexandra Seltzer

Shannon Habegger was watching television inside her La Costa apartment Tuesday night when she heard someone yelling. She said she recognized the person’s voice.

She ran outside and saw a woman bleeding on the ground and her boyfriend yelling for help beside her, she said.

Boynton Beach Police said the 30-year-old woman was stabbed several times at the complex at the northwest corner of Congress Avenue and Gateway Boulevard. Police know who is responsible for the crime, but haven’t found him yet. Police said the man and the woman knew each other. The woman remains in critical condition at Delray Medical Center.

Police haven’t released any names of the people involved.

While Habegger said she isn’t worried that the man hasn’t been arrested yet, neighbor Brittany Tummillo said she is. She said she’s worried for the safety of the children in the complex.

A man who was pacing outside in the complex Wednesday afternoon identified himself as Scott, and said the woman “didn’t deserve this.”

“She’s just an awesome person,” he said. Scott refused to give his last name, or describe his relationship with the woman. He asked for everyone to pray for her.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 561-732-8116 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS (8477)

 

West Boca will make Chinese president feel right at home next week

BEIJING, CHINA – MARCH 19: Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson before their meeting at at the Great Hall of the People on March 19, 2017 in Beijing, China. Tillerson is on his first visit to Asia as Secretary of State. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

BOCA RATON — When the Japanese prime minister visited South Florida, his wife and First Lady Melania Trump took a twirl around the Morikami Museum’s Japanese gardens west of Delray Beach.

Next week, the Chinese president will join President Donald J. Trump in Palm Beach County — which coincides with the last week of the Chinese Lantern Festival and a Chinese “diplomacy and cultural exchange” event both at Sunset Cove Amphitheater west of Boca Raton.

Will the Trumps or their foreign guests pay a visit to the southwestern-most corner of the county?

It’s too soon to tell, but the organizers of the Chinese Lantern Festival did emphasize in a press release that the final days of the 8-week festival fall in line with Trump’s planned visit.

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Chinese Lanterns that will be on display at the first Chinese Lantern Festival at Sunset Cove Amphitheater west of Boca Raton. (Contributed)

And while Chinese President Xi Jinping and Trump are meeting at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Xi will be staying at the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa in Manalapan, the Palm Beach Post’s Alex Seltzer reports.

It’s a closer trek to Boca Raton from Manalapan.

The festival features 800 vibrantly decorated lanterns — handmade in China— that illuminate the Sunset Cove Amphitheater in the evening. The lanterns have been on display since Feb. 24.

There will be a closing reception, themed around diplomacy and cultural exchange, for the Chinese Lantern Festival at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 7, the day Trump is scheduled to arrive in Palm Beach County.

The reception nods to Nixon-era ping-pong diplomacy, a term that refers to the exchange of table tennis players between the United States and China in the 1970s in what morphed into an unlikely diplomatic move. The shared sport led to renewed dialogue between the two countries, and paved the path for President Richard Nixon’s China visit in 1972.

According to Chinese Lantern Festival organizers, some of the best table tennis players in the United States will be attending the closing reception, including Terese Terranova, a two-time para-Olympic gold medal winner and the president of the Broward County Table Tennis Club.

 

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Boca Raton over plans for synagogue near beach

A rendering of the Chabad of East Boca’s proposed 18,000-square-foot synagogue and museum along E. Palmetto Park Blvd. (Contributed: City of Boca Raton)

CORRECTION: Because of a reporting error, a story published April 3 about the dismissal of a federal lawsuit by Kathleen MacDougall and Gerald Gagliardi incorrectly stated that they sued the City of Boca Raton and Chabad of East Boca Raton. In fact, MacDougall and Gagliardi did not sue Chabad. Chabad voluntarily intervened in the lawsuit without objection by MacDougall or Gagliardi. The story appeared on the front of the Local section.

BOCA RATON — The battle between a handful of Boca Raton residents and a synagogue planned east of the Intracoastal just blocks from the beach may be near an ending.

A federal judge Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed against the city of Boca Raton and Chabad of East Boca Raton in an attempt to bar the controversial development of a synagogue and museum on East Palmetto Park Road. The 18,000-square-foot building planned for a 0.84-acre parcel would be the first religious structure in Boca Raton east of the Intracoastal Waterway.

Kathleen MacDougall and Gerald Gagliardi, who live less than a mile from the proposed synagogue site,  filed a federal lawsuit last year that claimed secret dealings led to changes in city ordinances — such as building-height restrictions — that allowed approval for Chabad of East Boca. The lawsuit also claimed the synagogue would affect property values, cause traffic and parking woes and increase the risk of flooding on the barrier islands.

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Shortly after the lawsuit was filed,  Rabbi Ruvi New, of Cha­bad, called the lawsuit “pre­posterous and anti-Semitic.”

Rabbi Ruvi New of Chabad of East Boca. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Federal Judge Kenneth A. Marra dismissed the case Tuesday, citing a lack of jurisdiction.

“After years of patience and perseverance, the Chabad has now removed a big barrier to building a home for their congregation,” Daniel Blomberg, attorney for the Chabad of East Boca, said in a statement. “It’s sad that some people would rather have a tattoo parlor or a liquor store in their community than a synagogue. Despite ugly anti-religious hostility toward the Chabad, it’s an inspiration to see their undaunted commitment to move forward.”

Chabad of East Boca, currently located a block north of Palmetto Park Road west of the Intracoastal, said there have been a string of attacks on the synagogue since the barrier island development was proposed, including theft of sacred scriptures, a smashed synagogue door and the attack of a teen member of the synagogue who was told to “go back to Auschwitz” and that “Hitler was right.”

When the city approved Chabad’s request to allow a 40-foot building in an area that typically limits building height to 30 feet, residents opposed to the project said they would prefer if the synagogue were smaller. Opponents were also bothered possible parking problems, traffic and the proximity to nearby homes.

MacDougall, who owns a home in the adjacent Por La Mar neighborhood, campaigned heavily against the synagogue approval. She handed out fliers and had hundreds sign a petition against the project.

Plans call for a two-story synagogue with a 26,265-square-foot underground parking garage. The second floor would house a 5,967- square-foot My Israel exhibit center that New describes as a high-tech, interactive educational museum.

Boynton mayor: Why are we still paying when red light cams are off

Even though the city is no longer giving out red light camera tickets, Boynton paid $5,769 in February on legal fees for the tickets.

Mayor Steven Grant mentioned the legal fees at this past week’s City Commission meeting. He asked for City Attorney Jim Cherof to total up all the outstanding red light camera tickets by the end of March so the commission can decide if they still want the tickets to be prosecuted.

Grant said while a ticket is $158, the hourly rate for the city attorney is $195.

Cherof said legal expenses for the tickets are decreasing, and will continue to, since the city no longer issues the tickets.

“You’ll see those numbers continuing to go down over the next few months and then disappear completely,” Cherof said.

However, there still are pending court cases. The court cases include one class-action suit in which the petitioners are asking for refunds.

Boynton was the last city in Palm Beach County to continue the red light camera program until commissioners decided to end it effective the start of 2016.

This Delray Beach restaurant landed on OpenTable’s Top 100 Hot Spots in nation

Mural at El Camino (15 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach) (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

DELRAY BEACH — Turns out this hipster taquería isn’t just a favorite for locals, it’s nationally recognized.

El Camino, a popular downtown Delray Beach Mexican restaurant and tequila bar, made it onto OpenTable’s Top 100 Hot Spots in America for 2017. It’s one of three Palm Beach County spots to land on the list, compiled by the online restaurant-reservation service.

Chicharrones with cactus slaw and pickled jalapeno at El Camino restaurant in Delray Beach on Friday, March 14, 2014. (Madeline Gray / The Palm Beach Post)

OpenTable’s annual listicle highlights restaurants with good food and drinks, vibrant bar scenes and festive atmospheres. OpenTable narrowed the top 100 from a vast list of more than 24,000 restaurants with 10,000,000-plus reviews.

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El Camino landed on the list for the second year in a row. It’s joined by two other Palm Beach County favorites: Contemporary American restaurant Buccan in Palm Beach; and Italian restaurant Grato in West Palm Beach.

El Camino, on Atlantic Avenue at Northeast Second Street, offers more than 200 types of tequilas and menu of Mexican soul food. It’s defined on The Ave by its artistic facade — a mural of artist Frida Kahlo and Mexican Revolution hero Emiliano Zapata in a Day of the Dead theme air-brushed on the outer walls of the downtown eatery.

(You can watch a time-lapse video of the mural’s creation by Dominican-born artist Ruben Ubiera on the restaurant’s website.)

Builder reveals name of first store for Lantana’s Water Tower Commons

Rendering of Water Tower Commons at the former A.G. Holley site in Lantana. (Handout: Mike Langolf)

A Walmart Neighborhood Market is one of the businesses that plans to open in Water Tower Commons in Lantana, according to town documents.

The grocery store is the first business name to be made public that is planned for the Lantana Road development.

Read the full story here:  Water Tower Commons’ 1st announced store? Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market

The Water Tower Commons development team will be at Monday’s Town Council meeting asking for a variety of changes. One of the changes is regarding the accepted signage for the grocery store. Walmart wants to have a mural that would reflect locally grown fruits and vegetables to promote the “Farm to Table” movement.

Lantana Development, a partnership between Southeast Legacy, headed by Kenco Communities’ Endelson, and Wexford Capital, owns the former A.G. Holley State Hospital land. They paid the state $15.6 million for the more than 70 acres of land in 2014.

Water Tower Commons will be a mix of retail and residential.

The town councilmen already approved the commercial portion of the project. That section includes a 43,502-square-foot grocery store, a 34,000-square-foot fitness center, a 13,100-square-foot pharmacy, restaurants, drive-thrus and more than 120,000-square-foot of retail.

 

Dr. Oz will make a guest appearance at this Boca film festival screening

Dr. Mehmet Oz of ABC Television fame addressing guest at the Palm Beach Gardens Mall Saturday April 02, 2016, in Palm Beach Gardens. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

BOCA RATON — Television talk-show host Dr. Mehmet Oz, better known simply as Dr. Oz, will make an appearance at the Boca Raton screening of his daughter’s first feature film during this year’s Palm Beach International Film Festival.

Oz will be in attendance Thursday, March 30 for the screening of “When The Starlight Ends,” starring his daughter Arabella Oz, according to film festival organizers.

Following the 3:45 p.m. screening, Arabella Oz, a Columbia University graduate, will take part in a Q&A session. Arabella Oz stars opposite Sam Heughan, who plays a struggling writer who must choose between his work and the love of his life.

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The screening is one of several slated for the festival, showing films at Cinemark in Boca Raton, at 3200 Airport Road.

Tickets to the screening cost $12 per person and can be purchased online at www.pbifilmfest.org.

WHAT: Dr. Oz making a guest appearance at Palm Beach International Film Festival screening

WHEN: Thursday, March 30 at 3:45 p.m.

WHERE: Boca Raton Cinemark, at 3200 Airport Road

HOW MUCH: $12 per person

MORE INFO: www.pbifilmfest.org

Mix cocktails with the masters at this Boca craft spirits festival

(Palm Beach Post file photo by Thomas Cordy)

BOCA RATON — Mixed drinks, fine dining and an introduction to South Florida’s cocktail culture are just a few of the features of Mixology, the second annual cocktail-themed event at Boca Raton’s Mizner Park Amphitheater.

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The event, hosted by Boca Magazine, highlights local mixologists along with the nation’s top craft spirits. It will be held Thursday, March 30 at the amphitheater from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

 

Several South Florida restaurants have signed up to participate in the event, and will offer samples of popular dishes and mixed drinks. Those restaurants include Boca Raton favorites  M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom, Tanzy Restaurant, The Little Chalet, Potions in Motions Catering and Villagio Restaurant & Bar.

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Mixologists will offer signature drinks, and representatives of local and national distilleries will share details about their craft spirits.

The event is open only to adults 21 and older, and costs $45 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mixologyboca.com.

WHAT: Mixology 

WHEN: Thursday, March 30 at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mizner Park Amphitheater, at 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432

HOW MUCH: $45

MORE INFO: www.mixologyboca.com

Delray Beach is connecting its neighborhoods through this interactive artwork

Fifteen chairs designed by artist Agata Ren will be placed throughout Delray Beach in an effort to spread public art throughout the entire city, included less-frequented neighborhoods outside the downtown. (Photo contributed by Dan Bellante)

DELRAY BEACH — Each of the 15 decorative chairs artist Agata Ren designed has a back story and strong connection to Delray Beach.

You’ll soon see the art displays scattered throughout the city, each emblematic of the neighborhood visitors have ventured into. The 7-foot chairs, with the word “ART” carved from the top, will be placed throughout the city in April as part of a public art effort called Art Citywide.

“Each chair represents a different city stakeholder and they’re all being connected through the art,” said Ren, of Boca Raton. The design of each piece was selected after Ren interviewed someone with a department or organization meaningful to Delray Beach — such as the fire department, cultural hub Old School Square and nature house Sandoway Discovery Center.

Each piece is inspired by the unique responses to Ren’s questions when she prodded about what each department values most about Delray Beach. For example, the chair inspired by Old School Square is decorated with two drama masks, a paint palette and musical notes to represent “all things culture,” Ren said.

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The piece inspired by Sandoway Discovery Center, a marine life education hub, is adorned with sharks.

The chairs will all be placed in downtown Delray Beach as well as neighborhoods outside the downtown, in an effort to connect all of the city’s areas and encourage tourism in less-frequented neighborhoods.

“That’s one of our main goals: To reconnect other parts of Delray Beach,” said Dan Bellante, chair of the city’s Public Art Advisory Board. “The intent was to spread public art outside the downtown. This is our first project that really does that.”

The artwork connects visitors and residents to Delray Beach, as well as areas of Delray Beach to one another through interactive elements, Ren said.

Each chair will include a QR Code that, once scanned, will lead visitors to a map of Delray Beach with the location of each chair, details about what inspired the design and information about the location in which it was placed.

“This way you can sort of scavenger hunt around town for the other chairs,” Bellante said.

Ren chose go create 15 chairs, identical in frame yet different in design, so people can sit on the artwork and take photos with it, she said.

“I believe public art is supposed to be interactive,” Ren said. “You should be engaged and be able to use it.”

The chairs were assembled and publicly revealed for the first time at Old School Square on March 17. They’ve since been placed into storage until a location is picked for each piece.

All of the chair will be placed by the end of April, Ren said.

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