Free backpacks and school supplies to start the year

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Roosevelt Elementary School students shown at last year’s backpack giveaway event.

 Lawfirm Akerman LLP joined with Dixon Ticonderoga Company, maker of the iconic No. 2 pencil, to donate backpacks filled with school supplies this week to nearly 500 students in-need at Roosevelt Elementary School.

As the third annual backpack event, the donations have benefited nearly 1,700 children in the School District of Palm Beach County.

 

“Many schools across Palm Beach County lack the basic items critical to classroom success,” said Beth Alcalde, managing partner of Akerman’s Palm Beach County offices. “These supplies make it possible for children in need to begin the school year with confidence and focus on their learning.”

Roosevelt students received the supply-filled backpacks during a celebration of education and creativity on Aug. 30. The youngest participated in an arts and crafts session to show their gratitude to their families, teachers, school district leaders and donors in attendance.

Kitten nursery opens at Animal Rescue League

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Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is opening a new Kitten Nursery on its Military Trail campus, to save lives of newborn kittens that require 24-hour care to survive.

The plan is to save hundreds of kittens as part of the Countdown 2 Zero program to save the lives of all adoptable pets in Palm Beach County.

“Some of the kittens whose lives have already been saved thanks to the Kitten Nursery could be available for adoption at the upcoming September 10th Countdown 2 Zero Event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center” explains Rich Anderson, Executive Director and CEO of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League.  Anderson continues, “Event hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission, free parking and nearly 1,000 animals to choose from.”

To keep the nursery disease-free and protect kittens whose immune systems have not yet developed, the nursery is closed to the public as well as staff and volunteers not authorized to enter. When the kittens are old enough to eat on their own (usually around 4 weeks old), they will be placed in foster homes where they will continue to grow and get socialization before returning to the League for adoption, Anderson said.

 

The nursery, which can hold up to twenty litters at any given time, will be staffed 24-hours a day by employees and  volunteers, all  trained in bottle-feeding and the neonatal care.

For information about the Kitten Nursery, visit PeggyAdams.org or call 561-686-3663.

 

Believed gunfire leads to Labor Day Weekend curfew downtown

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West Palm Beach is imposing a 10 p.m. curfew for CityPlace and the rest of downtown for Labor Day Weekend, starting Friday night.

The curfew applies to anyone under 18 years old.

City Administrator Jeff Green said Monday that officials decided on the curfew to ensure public safety, after an incident Saturday night that scattered CityPlace visitors after they thought they heard gunshots. No one was shot, but one person was hit and injured by a car when leaving the shopping area.

Restoration Hardware expands plan for CityPlace ‘mansion’

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UPDATE: Change was approved by City Commission.

There may be more room at the ‘mansion.’

Restoration Hardware is asking for city approval today to expand its mansion-like store planned in the Okeechobee Boulevard median opposite CityPlace.

The home furnishings chain plans to add a 4th-floor cafe and additional parking and a decorative fountain on the ground floor of the site at 560 Okeechobee. The cafe increases the square footage of the furniture gallery to 57,696, up from 51,183.

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Picasso’s Paris — Thursday at the Norton

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On Thursday, the Norton Museum of Art’s Art After Dark program focuses on Picasso’s Paris.

The event starts at 5 p.m. and includes a collection tour and wine tasting.

The Norton is at 1451 S. Olive Ave. For information, call 561-832-5196 or visit http://www.norton.org.

Oxbridge fires woman who alleged sexual harassment by CEO

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Former Oxbridge Academy comptroller and bookstore manager Ulle Boshko

The woman who alleged Oxbridge Academy’s CEO demoted her for refusing his sexual advances, Ulle Boshko, has been fired, even as her Equal Employment Opportunity case against the West Palm Beach high school continues.

The CEO, Robert Parsons, was fired by the school about three months ago, amid an internal investigation of the school’s finances, emphasis on athletics and allegations of staff favoritism. He did not respond to requests for comment about Boshko’s allegations.

Boshko said Wednesday she had received a letter from the school saying she’d been fired for “negative and inappropriate communication  with management,” “failure to comply with school policies and procedures,” and “repeated refusal to cooperate in the company’s investigation.”

The chairman of the school’s executive committee, Bob Kaufmann, said Thursday he could not comment on personnel matters.

Boshko said that her communications with management were negative but not inappropriate. She said the letter didn’t specify what policies or procedures she allegedly violated.

She also said no investigator called her but that she did speak with the school’s lawyer. The only questions she wouldn’t answer were those relating to her EEOC case, which remains in mediation, she said. The last mediation session was Aug. 9 and the termination letter was dated Aug. 11, she said.

Boshko, along with Parsons and Athletic Director Craig Sponsky, were placed on paid leave while the school investigated allegations past and present staffers raised in The Palm Beach Post and later, The New York Times.

Parsons was fired shortly thereafter and the school declined to renew Sponsky’s and Football Coach Doug Socha’s contracts.

Boshko, who went from being the school’s comptroller to its bookstore manager, hoped to be returned to the comptroller position.

“When I started at Oxbridge I was excited to be a part of what everyone anticipated would be a high-caliber, reputable institution,” she said in an email Thursday. “Over time I realized that the people who Mr. Koch had hired to run the school were more interested in taking liberties with staff members and running a frat house instead of an institution of learning.

“I complained about this and my complaints had merit, as is evidenced by the terminations of Robert Parsons and others. This weekend, however, instead of working toward a resolution which would be acceptable to everyone involved, Mr. Koch and his team of high-priced lawyers terminated my employment.

“I am humiliated, embarrassed and cannot understand why anyone would treat a loyal employee in this manner.”

 

 

Vintage motorcycle event downtown tonight

 

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O’Shea’s Irish Pub will host a Vintage Motorcycle Show this evening, from 6 to 10 p.m.

There’s a growing trend of Millennials, Yuppies and Baby Boomers, of restoring bikes from the 60’s and 70’s and in many cases converting them to Cafe Cruisers.

The 60-70 period of motorcycling in the U.S. is not represented by Harley-Davidson type bikes. This era was dominated by Hondas and to a lesser degree Triumphs and BSA’s from Britain.

 

 

In attendance will be David Plotkin, a motorcycle historian and vintage bike collector whose personal collection extends back to motorcycles used during World War II.

 

Doughnut shop opening on Palm Beach Lakes Blvd

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A Dunkin’ Donuts is opening 2087 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., just west of I-95.

The shop will host a Family Fun Day in honor of the grand opening on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The first 100 guests to arrive will receive a free Dunkin’ Donuts travel mug and any size coffee this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a 99-cents coupon for hot or iced coffee. Families will be able to enjoy activities including donut decorating, face painting and other giveaways from 97.9.

The Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association will also be on-site, and will receive 10% of sales from the grand opening.

Palm Beach County robotics kids are national champs

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Coach Dennis Young with National Champions Jermane Taylor, Summer Cornelius, Malik El-Barati, and Brendon Morris.
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Referee Astronauts Oleg Skripochka and Jeffrey Williams.
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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County won the Zero Robotics National Competition for Middle Schools on Aug. 12 at the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville.

The team from the Marjorie S. Fisher Boys & Girls Club entered the competition as the state champion, accompanied by The Naoma Donnelley Haggin Club of Delray Beach which had placed third, as their consulting team. Twelve teams across the country, as well as Russia, competed for the national title.

Each year’s game is motivated by a problem of interest to NASA and MIT.

The youths directed robots that flew aboard the space station in real time, vying for the national award and competing against an MIT robot. Astronauts Jeffrey Williams, Oleg Skripochka and Gregory Johnson served as referees for the competition.

 

 

RR X-ing at Belvedere near Dixie Highway closing Tuesday

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ALL ABOARD FLORIDA TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE GRADE CROSSING IN WEST PALM BEACH

What:             Crews working for All Aboard Florida will temporarily close the following intersection to perform construction improvements necessary for the introduction of the Brightline passenger rail service.

Where &        Belvedere Road and the Florida East Coast Railway

When:             Tuesday, August 16, 7 a.m. through Saturday, August 20, 6 p.m.

For more information on the future road closures and a map of traffic detours in the area, please visit http://allaboardflorida.com/construction/grade-crossings.

Detour info:

  • Eastbound Belvedere traffic will detour to Parker Avenue, south to Southern Boulevard, east to South Dixie Highway (US-1) and then north to Belvedere Road.
  • Westbound Belvedere traffic will detour to South Dixie Highway (US-1), south to Southern Boulevard, west to Parker Avenue, and then north to Belvedere Road.
  • Interstate 95 traffic from the north should exit at Okeechobee Boulevard, east to South Dixie Highway (US-1), then south to Belvedere Road.
  • Interstate 95 traffic from the south should exit at Southern Boulevard, east to South Dixie Highway, then north to Belvedere Road.