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• Florida Atlantic University Libraries has announced a digital version of the Marvin & Sybil Weiner Spirit of America Collection. FAU Libraries faculty and staff worked to create a digital presentation of items from this world-class collection of more than 13,000 books, pamphlets, government publications, newspapers and serials, including rare works from as early as the 16th century. • Palm Beach Outlets has extended the weekly Drive-Up Food Distributions with Feeding South Florida; the distribution is held every Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and will continue through March 29, 2021. Palm Beach Outlets has served as a distribution center for Feeding South Florida since April 2020. Over the past ten months, Palm Beach Outlets has held more than 43 drive-thru distributions with over 2,540,000 lbs. of food provided to those in need. The drives have seen 2,116,000 meals served to more than 40,000 area households. • The Boca Raton City Council and municipal planning staff will employ the expertise of “an expert” as they move forward with the effort to draft a lease and other legal documents needed to create the proposed Boca Raton Center for Arts & Innovation at Mizner Park. • Crocker Partners, a full-service commercial real estate investment firm, has announced that Vivo Pizza Pasta has opened its first U.S. location at Boca Center at 5150 Town Center Circle in Boca Raton. Crocker also announced several additional tenants that have or will soon open, significantly expanding offerings at the center. Vivo Pizza Pasta is a quick casual concept serving authentic Italian cuisine with eight locations throughout Canada; Vivo opened at Boca Center on January 26 and offers dine in, take out and a Prendi e Vai (Grab n’ Go) market. Though the concept was born in Canada, all the chefs at the Boca Center location come straight from Italy, according to owner and operator Seth Horowytz.

school history. Yuri Andrade, the 31-year-old Boca Raton resident, was arrested at Raymond James Stadium after running through the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LV. Andrade charged the field in the middle of the game between Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs, holding his arms in victory while evading two security guards before eventually sliding into the end zone where State Troopers waited. • Seven-time Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close will be the keynote speaker at this year’s JFS Reflections of Hope Event taking place virtually on February 11th. This compelling program was created in an effort to break the stigma associated with mental illness, a critical issue affecting one in four adults. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit JFS’ Counseling & Mental Health Services, including the Welcome Home Program. • Gynecologic oncologist Thomas Morrissey, M.D., FACOG, FACS, has joined the Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida, as director of gynecologic oncology. He is a specialist in the surgical and chemotherapeutic treatment of ovarian, uterine, cervical and other female genital tract cancers. • Palm Beach State College has received a $75,000 grant from Lockheed Martin to help students in the Electrical Power Technology program navigate challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic. Through the Impact Grant, 24 students in the Associate in Science degree program received $1,000 tuition scholarships and an additional $300 to help buy textbooks for this semester. The College also purchased additional lab equipment and take-home lab kits for students to continue learning hands-on skills under social distancing guidelines.

• A total of 30 Florida Atlantic University High School students have been named finalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Competition, the largest group in February 19 - February 25, 2021

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COMMUNITY Boca mayor’s ‘state of city’ address cites COVID impact, recovery efforts By: Dale King Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer delivered his 2020 “State of the City” address at the Cultural Arts Center in Mizner Park. Due to the COVID pandemic, he presented this year’s events summary “virtually” Wednesday evening via the city’s online broadcast system. In fact, COVID-19 and efforts to avoid and prevent the scourge that has taken hundreds of thousands of lives across the globe set the stage for the look back at 2020 and at hopes for the future. Singer immediately set a positive theme and used video segments during the address to highlight the progress Boca has made despite the raging ailment. “No one knew what the year would bring,” he said, noting that the 42-minute address would show “how we united and examine the role innovation played in our recovery.”

cue calls for the year were 1,900 EMS calls that specifically involved the coronavirus – an eye-opening 29%. Wood also offered an update on Fire Station 6, which was razed in 2020 and is being rebuilt at Clint Moore Road and Military Trail. “It will open soon.”

Miuccio told how police dealt with street protestors following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. All demonstrations in Boca were “peaceful,” she said, in particular, a “Unity Walk” in June. She said the department also set up a threat assessment unit in a year that saw “challenging times.” With the pandemic bearing down on local businesses, a Small Business Recovery & Relief Act program was created and mortgage assistance became available. Construction continued, despite COVID, perhaps assisted by a streamlined permitting process in City Hall. Two new apartment complexes — Aura Boca near Yamato Road and Congress Avenue and Manor Broken Sound near Yamato Road He said the speech would also reveal and Military Trail ? will expand housing in the “burgeoning buzz from Boca Raton.” the city, the mayor said. Thanks to vidSoon after 2020 e o, S i n g e r wa s began, Boca Raton transported from declared a state of Looking at the nation’s current situation, an indistinct room emergency as into the golf course dividuals locked the mayor said, “companies are taking at Boca Country down, stores locked notice of Boca” and are moving south Club, where he told up and fears of the watchers how the spreading pandemfrom high-tax, high-COVID level climes. location was donatic grew. ed to the city this Facing stay-atpast year by the Bohome orders and closings, Boca citizens began getting CO- ca Raton Resort & Club. With the outdoors beckoning, RecreVID-19 tests at places like Florida Atlanation Services Director Michael Kalvort tic University. As the year passed, the city established said bids have been advertised for Silver programs to help those in need who were Palm Park and Wildflower Park. Recreation cut off from jobs, food supplies and other facilities are open again after a pandemic pause, and plans to restore Lake Wyman necessities, Singer said. “We started the Ready, Steady, Boca and Rutherford Park, and to open the program, in which people pledged respon- Ocean Strand are in the offing. Looking at the nation’s current situasibility.” Speaking in individual segments, Fire tion, the mayor said, “companies are takChief Tom Wood and Police Chief Mi- ing notice of Boca” and are moving south chele Miuccio told how their departments from high-tax, high-COVID level climes. joined in not only to fight crime and fires, Boca, like the rest of Florida, has no state but to lead people through the wilderness tax. The city “has a triple-A bond rating and the tax rate has not increased in a decade.” of pending illness. “Boca Raton,” Singer noted, “is strong, Wood said firefighter/EMTs were trained to deal with COVID. Among res- united and resilient.”

PBSC theater students create film about 2020 Palm Beach State College theater students have released the film “2020: Seeing the World Clearly” to portray what the year meant to them. The film, which runs an hour and 15 minutes, is a collection of monologues written and performed by students who collaborated on the piece with the PBSC film department and the Theatre Lab , the professional resident company of Florida Atlantic University. It was directed by PBSC professor David Hyland and co-directed by adjunct instructor E. Rae Randall. According to Hyland, the piece was created as an alternative to doing a regular stage performance during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I was moved by how invested our students became during this process and some of the topics that they addressed in their

monologues impacted me deeply,” Hyland said. “We asked all our students to write about how 2020 had impacted them individually, and the results proved to be as diverse as the cast itself.” Before filming, the Theatre Lab at FAU held two virtual workshops with PBSC student writers/actors on how to develop original pieces. Matt Stabile, the lab’s artistic director, then provided feedback on a performance of the monologues during a rehearsal. The project was recorded by students in the fall using cameras from the film department. Independent contractor John Carlile edited the film and added sound effects. At Palm Beach State, students have many opportunities to perform and direct, as well as study all aspects of theatre, including stagecraft and playwriting. For more information, visit career-pathways/pathway-art/#aa.

Nike Does Its Best To Make Sure “One Shoe Convenience’s All” Earlier this month Nike released what will be a hand-free slip-on shoe; simply insert your foot and go. However, from one’s life experience, an idea is born. This happens to be the case for Boca Raton native, Matthew Walzer, who wanted just one thing– to put on a pair of shoes on his own and having Cerebral Palsy makes it difficult for him to do just that. Though over the years he has learned to do things physically, individually getting dressed by himself is something Walzer desired. The design of the Nike shoe was inspired by Walzer which began his junior year of high school, back in 2012 when he was already thinking about going off to college and knowing there might not be people around to assist him with his needs.

“It bothered me more and more as I got older, not being able to have shoes that I can put on myself, let alone, obviously I couldn’t tie, but get them on my feet. And so, I wrote this letter to Nike,” Walzer said to CBS 12 reporter Luli Ortiz. The “Nike Go Flyease” are as simple as their name. After Walzer’s wishes, Nike ended up reaching out to him, not long after, and sent him a prototype of the current design. It took years for the designer, Tobie Hatfiel who felt moved by Walzer’s story, to finally come up with “the” shoe. “To see Nike furthering their commitment to disabled community is amazing,” Walzer said. N i k e ’s n e w s h o e r e lease is proof that there is always room for any and ever yone at the table. February 19 - February 25, 2021

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What Keeps This 65-year Marriage Going Through A Pandemic: Love, Laughter, and The Covid-19 Vaccine By: Brianna Smith As vaccines begin to be more accessible to seniors, a Boca Raton couple of 65 years, express what they are most grateful for this Valentine’s day weekend: of course love and their liberty after being vaccinated. Rita and Murray Rubin are full-time residents of Boca Raton but are happy to travel to visit family members out of state after missing some of their family’s most valuable moments. “ M y granddaughter got married, we had to watch it on Zoom,” Rita Rubin said to CBS12 reporter Luli Ortiz. “I just want to see my kids[,] I want to see my relatives. Who knows how many years were going to have left?” The Rubin’s family seems to be bond-

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ed by genuine love as they explain just what has kept them together for so many years. Rita jokingly says that Murray just tells her what she wants to hear and that is the real secret for their successful and lengthy marriage. “I feel like I’m the luckiest guy in the world. I love my wife more today than the day I married her,” Murray Rubin said. Rita foll owe d “ S ay that again.” Sometimes love and laughter is wha t kee ps one grounded, especially in times like today. The couple feels more safe knowing that they are vaccinated. Seniors who r e c e ive t h e treatment have more access to travel, of course, following the Center for Disease Control [CDC] guidelines.

FAU Harbor Branch Hosts Symposium on Indian River Lagoon Research During the Pandemic Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute will host the 2021 Indian River Lagoon (IRL) Symposium on Thursday, Feb. 18 and Friday, Feb. 19. “IRL Research During the Pandemic” will provide a forum to share current knowledge of the IRL and its management. FAU Harbor Branch researchers and experts will address topics such as harmful algal blooms, IRL restoration, ecology, and the lagoon’s biodiversity.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Technical oral and poster sessions will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 12:30 to 5 p.m., and on Friday, Feb. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., virtually via WebEx. To register for the 2021 symposium, visit For more information on the 2021 Indian River Lagoon Symposium, contact Lynda Figueredo Rysavy at 561-475-0960 or, or visit


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6 - Edition 500 The Boca Raton Tribune EDITORIALS & LETTERS East/West Boca Raton, FL

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Newspaper Publishes 500th Edition Newspapers, like people and institutions, celebrate milestones. This week, the Boca Raton Tribune is celebrating its 500th edition. The 20-page paper was launched in 2010 as an online publication and has not missed an edition since. In an era of splintering news and information, and as newspapers find themselves struggling to remain viable, it is good to see that readers in South Palm Beach County are still getting their dose of local news. It is an understatement to say that the news business is in trouble. For more than a decade, in fact, shortly after the Sept. 11, attacks, the economic model – mass circulation that drew advertising – has been crumbling. Gone are the days when your Wednesday newspapers were filled with more ads from department and grocery stores than news. In discussions with my counterparts across the country, I have learned that weekly newspapers’ circulation and household penetration are declining 2 to 5 per-

cent annually. That trend is not sustainable. Knowing that, there is hardly a newspaper editor or publisher around today who do not understand the importance of unique local content. Let us face it, unique local content is the main reason community journalism has been the healthiest part of the traditional news business. And with us being in competition with every other information source, we here at the Boca Raton Tribune know that the news we provide you has to be quality content. We have upped our game to prove our value to our readers. Our veteran newsman, Dale King - like a wire service - has been providing you with fresh and helpful enterprise stories. He has been combining his institutional knowledge of City politics with his story-telling ability to tell you how your leaders’ actions impact you and why you should care. We also are practicing real watchdog journalism to send the message that “We are important to you because we are looking out for your interests.”

We have taken on the local corrupt elected officials and bullies. This was evident when we reported that the City of Delray Beach found itself facing a disaster over its provision of the most basic of services — clean drinking water. An investigation found that pipes carrying reclaimed or toilet water were cross-connected to drinking water pipes in late 2018, causing several residents along the barrier island to become sick. We also told you that Delray Beach city leaders were slow in addressing the COVID-19 crisis and communicating with their residents. We will remain dogged in showing our value to our community. We will continue to produce journalism that helps set the public agenda for our community; that holds public officials and institutions accountable; that provides a fair forum for debate; and that acts as a leader in the community. We are aware that this can be challenging especially for community newspapers.

We also are aware that editorial timidity is a common characteristic in community journalism, and it’s understandable. Journalists in community newspapers face the fundamental conflict between the personal and the professional. They often are pressured to fit comfortably into a community while having the responsibility to sometimes make others uncomfortable. As a community servant who runs a mentoring program and is often engaged in many community activities, I straddle that thin line daily. We have successfully managed this conflict however, by having a set of clear principles that not only guide our work but let the public know how we think we are supposed to conduct ourselves. We also invite and welcome them into the discussion. As we begin the next phase, be assured that we remain committed to give you accurate, quality and timely news that you cannot get anywhere else. I close with the promise that public service will be at the top of our minds.

By: Dr. Synesio Lyra

“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall!” In contemporary society, it’s extremely rare that any individual would bypass a mirror before starting the day in the presence of others. A mirror helps us see that we want to look to the outside world in the way we prefer and planned. One’s personal confidence is enhanced when a mirror reveals and confirms what we desire to see! One problem, however, is that any mirror will only show one’s external appearance, for it cannot display a person’s inner condition. Yet, the way one feels on the inside inevitably is also manifested on the outside, at least in part. And that is a February 19 - February 25, 2021

work which depends only on one’s self, not anybody else. Cosmetics, as effective or costly as these products might be, cannot really conceal one’s internal disposition unless a disciplined life, a positive outlook, and a healthy mind totally devoid of worries and guilt, will help convey a sense of serenity, and the inner beauty should be there! Nobody can bestow beauty on another. The truism that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is not always true, although some persons may recognize genuine beauty where others don’t! It’s true that one

can acknowledge characteristics of true beauty in a person, apart from what any cosmetic wonder is capable of producing! Whenever true beauty is perceived in another, it’s not exclusively physical in nature but just as potent and real. True beauty usually stems from within and is manifested outwardly, as other lives are attracted to a beautiful person, and tend to gravitate in that individual’s direction! Be sure that consistently you recognize factors in your life that must be improved, attitudes which require change, besides other positive gestures which will accentuate what at-

tracts you to others, as those desirable qualities, far more than mere looks or other extras keep you as an attractive personality. Beauty in humans is a feature that can be perennially restored, as each strives for a positive posture in all actions which are observed by many, and impact quite a few! As you look in the mirror each day, be grateful for what you see, and continue making the inner and outer improvements which decisively contribute to your influence in society, and offer the personal satisfaction you are entitled to enjoy in daily life!

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Pandemic Update – Vaccination Rollout Continues Walmart and Sam’s Club have begun administering COVID-19 Vaccinations. You can find a list of Walmart and Sam’s Club locations administering the COVID Vaccine here. Walmart and Sam’s Club will have a seven-day rolling appointment window, with new appointments being released each day at midnight. You can schedule appointments for Walmart or Sam’s Club near you. You do not need to be a Sam’s Club member to receive a COVID Vaccine at a Sam’s Club location. The Health Care District of Palm Beach County continues to schedule vaccinations for those who had previously signed up using the email, which is no longer supported. The Health Care District of Palm Beach County sent emails to everyone on the Florida department of Health list. Approximately 60,000 individuals, 65-years and older who requested vaccination appointments through the FDOH should have received their email from the Health Care District. The subject line of the Health Care District’s email read “Health Care District COVID-19 Vaccination” and the sender was “noreply@” If you did not receive your email, please check your SPAM file to see if its there. If you did not receive it or failed to respond within 24 hours of receipt please call the Healthcare District at 866.201.6754. The e-mail asks this question: Do you want the Health Care District to provide you with your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine? After all these requests have been fulfilled, future appointments will be made available directly through vaccination sites, and details for these registration systems will be provided at a later date. Palm Beach County has a Vaccine Information Page as well as a Vaccine FAQ that can help address some of the questions you may have about the vaccine and its distribution in PBC. Additional updates on vaccine

distribution will be communicated through the Department of Health’s website,, Twitter account @HealthyFLPBC, and local media. Publix will continue to open up additional appointments on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 7AM. No appointments were taken on Wednesday due to shipping delays caused by the winter storms battering most of the continental US. Please check Publix’s Vaccine Site for more information and to book your appointment when they are available. Here are some tips for getting through the Publix website: Have at least 5 pages up before 7AM and DO NOT REFRESH When they let you into the portal Go down the page as quick as you can and do not select yes for Medicare or Publix employee. For area, select an area that may be less busy. For the day, select the latest one For the time, select the latest one Quickly scroll to the bottom and check the two boxes If all goes well, you’ll be in If the screen locks up, go to your next tab and start again Many people are having success getting appointments at the Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens). To schedule an appointment at the Hard Rock you can call, 786.629.5752, 800.581.5123, or 888.499.0840. Please remember – you will need to return to this location to receive your second dose. Memorial Healthcare System continues to expand its COVID-19 vaccination program. They are now extending vaccines to seniors 65 and older, providing Pfizer BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine by appointment only. Memorial is not accepting appointments for people younger than 65 with an underlying condition or who are immunocompromised at this time. You can schedule an appointment at or with their phone registration system, 954.276.4340.

Perils of Miscommunication There is a simple principle that underscores a common pitfall in communications: “It is not what you say – it is EXACTLY what you say.” Failing to observe this can cause significant, even disastrous problems in business, as well as for relationships, as I learned all too clearly at an event I was overseeing. It was a major business luncheon for our organization, and the event had gotten off to a good start. But as the guests began to finish their salads, I noticed that no lunches were being served. Even though our program was about to start, there were no meals in sight! Our guests were eventually served, and the presentation went on as planned, but the delay caused considerable anxiety for our team, as well as for the hotel’s staff. Only later did I learn that I had signed contracts that clearly stated that our event was to be held from noon to 2 p.m., instead of our accustomed 11a.m-1 p.m Because of my error, failing to carefully read the documents for the events and not being able to correct the time difference, the hotel was understandably not prepared at our normal lunch time. We might regard this as a small miscommunication, but it proved extremely disconcerting to our meeting planners and could have disrupted an otherwise great event. Everything else on the contract was accurate – seating arrangement, number of guests expected, the menu, and other details. But a small miscommunication could have ruined everything. When we talk about communications, we typically focus on what is being said or written, along with how it is expressed. However, what is not said – in this case, confusion over the expected schedule for

our event – can be as critical for determining success or failure. I have found the Bible offers excellent insight into the perils of miscommunication. Realizing that what we say or don’t say can lead to wrongdoing. In Ecclesiastes 5:6 we read, “Do not let your speech cause you to sin…” Paying attention to details, and having people check your work can help prevent painful miscommunications, whether they are spoken or in written form. My intent was definitely not to delay the meal service, but lack of intent can still lead to unintended consequences. Responding to potential mistakes. If I had determined to be more diligent to check and even recheck important details, such as the obvious one about when we and the hotel agreed the meeting would be held, unnecessary inconvenience could have been avoided. “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out” (Proverbs 18:15). Recognizing that even small details can lead to failure. In a beautiful Old Testament book we read an appropriate warning: “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom” (Song of Solomon 2:15). The context of this admonition is not the marketplace, but the idea still applies. The “little foxes” we encounter during the course of any workday may seem inconsequential, but if not attended to properly, they can create more disruption than we could ever imagine. As it tur ned out, despite the delay in ser ving our guests, our event proceeded pretty much as planned However, the outcome of my miscommunication could have been ver y different, a lesson I never forg ot.

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Boca mayor backs Mayotte, Drucker for two City Council seats By: Dale King Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer has sent out an email announcing his endorsement of two candidates running for City Council seats in the March 9 municipal election. “I’m proud to endorse my colleagues, council member Yvette Drucker and council member Monica Mayotte, to continue their service.” Singer also called on the electorate to cast “yes” votes for two City Charter amendment questions that both impact the process of filing for elective city office. He said they are “two common-sense proposals.” The mayor also announced there will be no early voting period for the March 9 balloting. “You can go to to request a mail-in ballot or find your polling place on Tuesday, March 9,” Singer said. “Please note that there is no early voting in this election. You can vote only by mail or on March 9.” Monica Mayotte is currently completing her first term as the councilwoman in Seat D. Drucker’s situation is a bit more complex. Jeremy Rodgers is officially the councilman for Seat C. However, he has been on a leave of absence since last summer when he was summoned to service in the U.S. Navy in Qatar. Rodgers is a member of the Naval Reserve. In November, the mayor and the three remaining council members decided to fill Rodgers’ seat on a temporary basis, either until the March 9, 2021 election or until he returned from military duty. They interviewed 32 people who expressed interest in serving and selected

Yvette Drucker by a 3-1 vote, with Councilman Andy Thomson casting a ballot for Rodger’s wife to serve out her husband’s term. Rodgers is term limited and cannot run for another term on the council in March. It appears he is still on military duty. In his email, Scott said Drucker “has a record of long involvement in our community. Among her many roles, she chaired the City of Boca Raton Education Task Force, served as president of multiple PTAs and the Boca Raton Historical Society, and was statewide chair for the Junior League State Public Affairs Committee.” He also said that “Yvette’s votes on the City Council reflect a careful consideration of resident, business, and neighborhood concerns. She brings a history of service and a

Diaper Drive: Pandemic Increases Need The Boca West Children’s Foundation (BWCF) goal is to collect 100,000 diapers for the Junior League of Boca Raton’s Diaper Bank, during the BWCF Diaper Drive. Diapers can be dropped off at the Vegso Community Resource Center, 261 N.W. 13th Street, Boca Raton now through February 28, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic, diaper requests have increased by 27%. Diapers in size 4 are particularly needed. The Foundation has served as a major supporter of the Junior League of Boca Raton’s Diaper Bank since 2016 as it falls within the organization’s mission to help programs that aid local children. “Clean diapers are as essential as food and shelter for a baby, and access to diapers impacts not only the health of a child, but their parents’ ability to work,” said Pamela Weinroth, Executive Director/COO of Boca West Children’s Foundation. “Last year the Foundation collected 50,000 diapers and, with the need having increased this year, we have doubled our goal.” Infants and toddlers who remain too long in soiled diapers, some children up to 24 hours, are at risk of urinary tract infections and skin infections. Most all child-care centers, even free and subsidized facilities, require parents to provide a daily supply of disposable diapers to care for a baby. Without child-care, parents February 19 - February 25, 2021

cannot go to work or school. Throughout the year, BWCF also accepts monetary donations for the Diaper Bank. A donation of $25 will purchase 120 diapers, $50 will purchase 250 diapers, and $100 will purchase 500 diapers, according to the National Diaper Bank Network. Donations may be made by check to Boca West Children’s Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 3070, Boca Raton, FL 33431, or at https:// A few facts about the need for diapers, according to the National Diaper Bank Network. • Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8. • Disposable diapers can cost $70 to $80 per month per baby. • No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers. • Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large “big box” store can significantly increase the monthly cost of diapers. • Most childcare centers, even free and subsidized facilities require parents to provide a day’s supply of disposable diapers. • The Supplemental Nutrition Supplement Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, do not cover diapers.

fresh perspective to this role.” Also in the running for Seat C are Constance Scott, who held that post from 2009 to 2015; Bernard Korn and Josie Machovec. Singer said Mayotte “has proposed forward-thinking ideas. She supported our important efforts to obtain a new public school for Boca, bring a Brightliine state to downtown and make sensible decisions on COVID-19 to keep residents safe and provide help to residents and business.” “She has been a strong advocate on environmental issues and smart planning. Monica is also a former PTA president and city board chair.” Mayotte is being challenged by Brian Stenberg. Regarding his endorsees, the mayor said,

“We don’t agree on every vote. What I feel we agree on is a willingness to consider all facts and viewpoints, make our independent choices and work together to find common ground.” “Other places lack that, and when I joined the City Council in 2014, a number of residents felt we lacked it, too. We don’t want to see it here or now.” City Charter amendment 1 “would increase the residency period for City Council candidates from 30 days to one year, which is still a modest requirement. It would be very hard to be able to lead this city after living here for only a month.” The proposal also disqualifies candidates who claim a homestead tax exemption outside the city limits. “As in prior races, one of the candidates in this election has received tax benefits from a homesteaded residence outside of the city and yet still claims to live here for election purposes. Let’s close this repeatedly exploited loophole.” Singer’s announcement did not name the candidate. The mayor said he also endorses amendment 2 which “would require a candidate to obtain the signatures of 200 registered voters before qualifying on the ballot.” “This would be only 0.3% of our nearly 65,000 voters, and a smaller percentage than many other cities that require petitions.” Singer said he feels “any serious candidate to lead our city should be able to talk first with a minimal number of residents, and not merely get on the ballot by paying a small fee and filing a few forms.”

Pastor Warns of the Power of Words The cutting remark “Your handwriting looks like trash” still echoes in Winner Olmann’s mind every time he picks up a pen. The first time the insult was uttered, 7-year-old Winner was on the receiving end. The sharp words came from a close family member as the left-handed Olmann struggled in a world made for right-handed folks. With that personal story, Olmann introduced a compelling chapel message on the power of words, based on James 3:1-12. Olmann, worship pastor at Family Church Village, spoke last week in a series of Black chapel speakers in celebration of Black History Month. “Words have a way of attaching themselves to our hearts,” Olmann said. The Book of James begins with the call to “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.” In other words, believers should joyfully allow God to use suffering to make them more mature followers of Christ, Olmann said. “We’re supposed to fight against the influence of a world that doesn’t have Christ,” Olmann said. Winner Olmann, worship pastor of

Family Church Village, preaches in chapel on Feb. 9, 2021.James 3 begins with a word of caution that not many should become teachers, because teachers will be judged with greater strictness. The warning does not only apply to those with the gift of teaching or high levels of influence, Olmann said. It is a command to all believers to be wise with their words and walks. Christ-followers must use speech that is controlled, conscious and consistent, Olmann said. “We as believers are not called to be silent in every situation, but we as believers are called to use controlled speech in every situation,” he said. James compares the tongue to “a fire, a world of unrighteousness” that can set a forest ablaze. Olmann pointed to a California wildfire sparked by a gender-reveal party that destroyed thousands of acres last year. Fire can be incredibly detrimental or beneficial, Olmann said. He urged listeners to use their words to encourage their suitemates, professors and coworkers, citing Luke 6:45. “When God’s joy is in you, God’s j oy f l ow s o u t o f yo u ,” h e s a i d . Community

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Steps Everyone Can Take to Help Prevent a ‘Twindemic’ (StatePoint) In the 2019-2020 flu season, influenza caused up to 22,000 deaths in the U.S. This year, with so many medical resources being used to care for COVID-19 patients, it’s especially important to protect yourself from the flu. The annual flu vaccine can help protect you from the flu and lessen severe flu symptoms. It’s not too late to get a flu shot, and there are a number of reasons you should get yours now, if you haven’t already. 1. You’ll save life-saving resources for COVID-19 patients. Last flu season, influenza sent more than 400,000 people to the hospital with flu complications. By protecting yourself from the flu, you can help save those life-saving hospital beds and ventilators for individuals who may contract COVID-19. While we anxiously await the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine, there is one vaccine already available that will protect your lung health this winter: the flu shot. 2. Chronic health conditions make flu

symptoms worse – and deadly. The flu can worsen symptoms of chronic health conditions, such as lung or heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Multiple studies have shown an increased risk of heart attack and stroke in the first few days following the flu, and it can lead to complications among people with diabetes. The flu can also exacerbate symptoms of respiratory disorders, such as asthma and

COPD and can lead to pneumonia. Personal stories about individuals who were impacted by the flu can be found by visiting the American Lung Association’s 3. Adults over 50 are at higher risk. As we age, our immune systems decline and weaken, placing older adults at greater risk for catching the flu and having severe complications. Over 65% of those hospitalized last flu sea-

son were adults over 50. Vaccinating against influenza helps reduce the risk of hospitalizations and dying from the flu for older adults. Yet, despite these benefits, in 2019-2020 only 50% of adults ages 50-64 got their flu shot. 4. Flu shots protect those around you. Similar to COVID-19, the flu is spread from person to person. By getting a flu shot, you are helping reduce the spread of the flu and protecting your family and friends! For additional information about the flu, visit For flu shot resources, including finding a location near you to get a flu shot, visit www.getmyshot. org.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting a flu shot every year. Annual vaccination is important as the body’s immune response from vaccination declines over time. Now more than ever, the flu shot is critical and necessary to help protect ourselves, those we love and our communities at large, especially people at highest risk of flu complications.

5 Tips to Protect Seniors from Financial Scams Right Now (StatePoint) Social isolation among seniors is not only linked to numerous negative health consequences like depression and cardiovascular disease, but it’s also a primary contributing factor in financial exploitation and scams. Estimated to affect one in 10 older adults and cost billions annually, the threat of elder financial fraud is pervasive, and especially so right now. With seniors more isolated than ever due to the pandemic and stimulus checks being sent to millions of Americans nationwide, experts suggest that seniors and their families be extra vigilant. “Scammers look for key time periods where money and private financial information are in motion. Not only is IRS fraud one of the most common and successful types of scams that exists, as a general rule, additional money equates to additional fraud,” says Ron Long, head of Aging Client Services at Wells Fargo. “Scammers are banking on the fact that many seniors are apart from families and friends due to COVID-19. When someone is alone, physically or socially, they often miss out on the added benefit of a second pair of eyes and ears.” Compounding the risks associated with isolation is the number of seniors who feel their chances of falling victim to a financial scam is unlikely. According to a recent Wells Fargo study conducted by The Harris Poll, 69 percent of all seniors age 60 and above believe they’re not likely to be susceptible to a financial scam, despite nearly all seniors (97 percent) acPlus

knowledging that older people are very or somewhat susceptible to becoming a victim. When asked about their peers, the poll found that 47 percent of all seniors knew someone who had already fallen victim to a scam. “The results indicate what most of us want -- the ability to age relatively unaf-

fected from the realities associated with aging,” says Dr. Marti DeLiema, a gerontologist and consultant for Wells Fargo’s Aging Client Services. “The problem is that when someone doesn’t feel they’re at risk, they’re unlikely to take precaution.” To better protect seniors from elder financial fraud and abuse, consider these tips

from Wells Fargo: 1. Don’t wait for a crisis. Seniors should speak with trustworthy family members about financial plans, as well as consult them when something doesn’t feel right. 2. Stay up-to-date. Seniors and families should draft and periodically update legal documents such as wills, healthcare directives and powers of attorney. 3. Automate. Seniors should consider signing up for direct deposit, automatic bill pay and large transaction alerts. 4. Prioritize security. Seniors should keep checks and credit cards locked away, and update passwords when information is compromised. They should also carefully review credit reports, account statements and bills for unusual activity or charges. 5. Be aware. Families can help seniors stay aware of the latest and most common scams, as well as help them identify potential red flags, including: • Alleged emergency situations involving family members, often grandchildren, requiring immediate payment. • Lottery winnings requiring upfront cash payment for taxes and other fees. • Phone calls from alleged government agencies, such as Social Security, threatening arrest or penalties. For more information on fraud prevention, visit “Aging resiliently requires planning ahead and not shying away from difficult conversations,” says Long. “We have to talk with our older loved ones about the risks, the warning signs and prevention -- and we have to keep talking.” February 19 - February 25, 2021

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In Response to Stephen Colbert, FAU Professor says “Spice It Up” To provoke more interest and excitement for students and lecturers alike, a professor from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science is spicing up the study of complex differential mathematical equations using relevant history of algebra. In a paper published in the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics , Isaac Elishakoff, Ph.D., provides a refreshing perspective and a special “shout out” to Stephen Colbert, comedian and host of CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. His motivation? Colbert previously referred to mathematical equations as the devil’s sentences and an unnatural commingling of letters and numbers – with the worst being the quadratic equation – an infernal salad of numbers, letters and symbols. In response to Colbert’s hilarious and satirical observations of mathematical equations, Elishakoff, lead author and a distinguished research professor in the Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering, suggests that mathematics education needs to be enlivened so that students will recognize that this discipline is not merely a necessary evil, but a vibrant, exciting and fascinating subject. “Of course we know that Stephen Colbert was joking. However, as an avid fan of his show and a reader of his book, we have heard that 90 percent of every joke is truth – or ‘truthiness’ – a term ingeniously coined by Colbert himself,” said Elishakoff. “One means of eliminating boredom and apathy

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in the classroom is presentation of mathematics in its historical context.” All joking aside, Elishakoff says that introducing the elements of history into the classroom will make the experience more meaningful and lively to encourage a deeper learning experience. In particular, history of differential equations will show students that not unlike themselves, famous mathematicians also have made mistakes. History also helps students see clearly that what seemed “impossible” to a great mathematician is now quite possible and straightforward. “Building on the mistakes, confusions, and frustrations of mathematicians sensitizes both students and teachers,” said Elishakoff. “Another potential benefit of using history of mathematics lies in sensitizing the teacher to possible difficulties of students’ understanding; and may yield

clues on how to respond and help the student overcome these obstacles. In addition, history can provide a feeling, for example, for how standards of rigor evolved.” In his research, Elishakoff views mathematics of the past as common heritage and values its serious study for its own sake. However when teaching mathematics, the history coming into the classroom is often supportive rather than central. He suggests introducing some of the historical examples in his published paper into the classroom. “When students make an analogous mistake, they are in good company, committing for example, the mistake of the famous Greek mathematician Heron. The fact that students make this mistake 2,000 years after Heron lived is not that important,” said Elishakoff. “Somehow this fact consoles them as it were, and spurs them to

do better. They do not feel lonely in making the mistake. ‘Don’t worry,’ I tell a student. If Heron of Alexandria was allowed to make a mistake, you are entitled to make it, too. The difference is that you can correct it and try to avoid it in the future.” In one of his courses, Elishakoff conducts a simple test to check the knowledge retained by his students from differential equations. It turns out that most never got the subject and only one or two students could solve simple differential equations. “I continuously try to develop various materials to cure the mathematical state of students,” said Elishakoff. “Young learners of mathematics share a common experience with the greatest creators of mathematics: hitting a wall, meaning, first frustration, then struggle, and finally, enlightenment and elation.” Preliminary results of Elishakoff ’s research incorporating mathematics of the past as a heritage appear to be extremely encouraging. “Understanding complicated differential equations is an integral component of almost every discipline in engineering and computer science,” said Stella Batalama, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. “Professor Elishakoff has identified an innovative and effective method to generate interest, increase confidence, provide encouragement and make a difficult subject more fun for our students as well as other students across the country.”


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Boca Raton Brain Bowl Returns with a Twist By: Megan Mandatta The Boca Raton Brain Bowl will occur on Feb. 28 at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, 20405 Amphitheater Circle for their seventh annual event to aid their efforts in ending Alzheimer’s and other related diseases and disorders. This year, the event will be hosted at an outdoor location out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19. Due to this change, a new twist will be included. The 2021 Brain Bowl will now have a “Bark and Browse” event where attendees are invited to bring their dogs along while shop-

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ping at over 50 vendors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Instead of doing something at the Boca West Country Club, like we always have done, we are reinventing ourselves and we’re having it outdoors and we’re having it outdoors to try to minimize the risk of COVID,” Pamela Higer-Polani, Brain Bowl president and founder said, according to The Sun-Sentinel. “We’re reinventing ourselves this year because we still want to get the message out about what’s going on with Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s.” Tickets are only $20 and the event features over 50 vendors, a DJ, a picture pet station and a goodie bag.

Rotary Club of Delray Beach and Adopt a Precinct Program The Rotary Club of Delray Beach participated in the “Adopt a Precinct” program sponsored by the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, Ms Wendy Sartory Link. Ten (10) members of our Club successfully volunteered to be Poll Workers at the Veteran’s Park voting Station on November 3rd along with members of Kiwanis. Each participating organization “adopts” a precinct for the Election Cycle by recruiting and providing mem bers of

their organization that are registered to vote in Palm Beach County to serve as Poll Workers for each Election Day in 2020. The Supervisor of Elections (SOE) office will provide training, voting equipment, and all resources needed for a successful election. “The Rotary Club of Delray Beach since 1948 has been serving the needs of our community through service and fund raising.”, advises our President, Ms. Judy Mol lica. Attend our ZOOM meetings every Tuesday at Noon to see us in action.


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Colony Capital Inc. moves corporate headquarters to Boca By: Dale King Colony Capital, Inc. has relocated its corporate headquarters from Los Angeles to Boca Raton, according to a statement issued by the company. The firm, founded by Tom Barrack, formally relocated both its main quarters and several staff members to Boca Raton as of Jan. 1 so it can be located near Digital Colony, the company’s digital infrastructure investment management business which has been based in Boca Raton for more than a decade. Colony Capital and Digital Colony located in the building at 750 Park of Commerce Drive, Boca Raton. The firm went on to say the coronavirus pandemic, which has kept office workers at home for months, is fueling the migration away from high-cost cities as companies look to trim expenses and give employees flexibility on where they can live and work. Wall Street firms have increasingly been looking south to Florida for office space. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has been weighing plans to create a South Florida hub for its asset management arm while electronic market maker Virtu Financial Inc. is preparing to move about 30 employees from New York to Palm Beach Gardens. High-profile companies, most notably Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. and Oracle Corp., have also announced plans to leave California. HP is eying Houston and Oracle plans to move to Austin, where it will join the new electric truck manufacturing plant for Tesla. That firm’s co-founder and CEO, Elon Musk, also plans to move his home from California to Austin. The move by Colony to Florida brings the offices of the real estate investment trust to the home turf of its chief executive, Marc Ganzi. The company has recently shifted its focus from hotels and offices to so-called digital real estate, which includes data centers, cell towers and fiber networks. In addition, Colony announced the appointment of select corporate officers to new roles as part of its ongoing digital transformation. Ganzi and Executive Vice President and CFO, Jacky Wu, are already based out


of Boca Raton. In its statement, the company said the transition is consistent with the firm’s strategic realignment to an exclusive focus on digital infrastructure, which is now greater than 50% complete. The move also supports management’s ongoing focus on streamlining the company’s corporate structure and realizing G&A savings. Select corporate maintains its Los Angeles office to support its investment and corporate operations. “We are excited to strengthen our presence in Florida and make Boca Raton our official global headquarters,” said Ganzi. “The move reflects our business transformation and centers the business around our core digital infrastructure platform.” “Making this move improves efficiency, collaboration and cost-competitiveness, while providing an exceptional work environment for our employees. We will continue to have a meaningful presence in Los Angeles, with many key executives and staff based there.” On Dec. 30, the company completed a series of personnel changes as part of its ongoing digital transformation. The Board of Directors appointed Sonia Kim as chief accounting officer. She has been with Colony since 2008 and, prior to this appointment, served as managing director of financial and accounting. Neale Redington has been appointed chief financial officer of the company’s non-digital businesses and Brian Lee has been promoted to corporate treasurer. “I am very pleased that these three accomplished executives have agreed to assume new roles and responsibilities as part of our digital transformation,” said Jacky Wu. “Sonia has been with us for over a decade and the appointment is well earned. Neale’s new role will bring greater focus to the crucial task of managing our legacy businesses and Brian will add treasury oversight to his existing role as head of corporate finance.” The Company manages a $47 billion portfolio of real assets on behalf of its shareholders and limited partners, including more than $23 billion in digital real estate investments through Digital. The firm has 350 employees across 20 locations in 12 countries.

PBSC and nursing students aid in COVID-19 vaccine distribution Palm Beach State College and its nursing students are stepping up to help area residents who are on a waiting list for the COVID-19 vaccine. The Belle Glade campus served as a distribution site on Feb. 5 and may be used in the future for those needing their second dose. That initiative was coordinated by the Florida Department of Emergency Management to help boost access to vaccines for residents in the western communities. The use of the campus as a vaccination distribution site follows efforts that have been underway since mid-January by PBSC’s fourth-semester nursing students, who helped administer the vaccines at JFK Medical Center. Earlier this month, nursing students also began helping administer the vaccine at the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County Belle Glade location and at the Mid-County Senior Center in Lake Worth, which also is a temporary point of distribution. Dr. Deborah Copeland, PBSC’s nursing director, said it is a “win-win” for all involved. The College has nursing programs at its Lake Worth and Belle Glade campuses with students

at varying stages of their studies enrolled. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only fourth-semester nursing students have been able to get into five area hospitals to do their normal clinical rotations. Some hospital chains are not allowing clinicals for students at any level. Those students have instead been getting their training solely through various on-campus and simulation activities. By working with the Health Department on its vaccine distribution initiatives, more nursing students can receive clinical training with actual patients. “Every opportunity our students are given to apply their skills and communicate with people in the community is essential because hospitals have limitations for providing clinical rotations right now,” Copeland said. “This experience has many benefits for all involved, but particularly for the nursing students who can see firsthand the importance of community partnership and public health initiatives. A more direct benefit for students is the ability to work as part of the team to meet the goal of vaccinating our community members.”

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SPORTS Owls Play First Road Match of Season at Jacksonville The Florida Atlantic University men’s soccer team (2-0-1) will look to stay undefeated as the team travels north to face Jacksonville (0-0-1) Friday afternoon. First touch is set for 3 p.m. at Southern Oak Stadium. FAU has commenced the season with a 2-0-1 record after back-to-back clean sheet wins over North Florida (1-0) and Stetson (1-0) and a draw with St. Thomas (1-1, 2OT). Alonso Coello Camarero, Ivan Mykhailenko and Blake Dean lead the team in goals with one apiece for two points. Fabrizio Cubeddu has one point off an assist Mykhailenko leads the team in shots (seven) and shots on goal (three). Neil Strauber has started all three games in net, tallying a 0.31 goals against average, 0.923 save percentage and 12 saves. The junior has earned two shutouts in three starts. Graeme Pratt has held it down at centerback, playing all 290 minutes of the first three matches in full. Daniel Skistad (286 minutes), Coello Camarero (276 minutes) and Luis Sailer Fidalgo (268 minutes) have played almost the entirety of all three matches without a sub The Dolphins have commenced the season with a 0-0-1 record following a draw with the College of Charleston in Monday’s season opener, 0-0 (2OT). JU finished the 2019 season 5-7-2 (0-5-1, ASUN), missing out on the conference tournament. Connar Lufkin was selected to the ASUN Second Team All-Conference last season, and is the Dolphins’ leading returner in points with 10. He also led the way in

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goals with four and tied for a team’s most two assists in 2019 JU was projected to finish fifth in the Atlantic Sun Conference, as determined by the league’s head coaches. In just one game, Olivier Correa and Reed Davis lead the team with four shots and two shots on goal each. Freshman Jabari Gray is coming off his debut having not conceded any goals, while tallying two saves In the past five matches, JU has a 3-11 advantage over FAU, in the last meeting of the series in September 2019, FAU elevated past JU, 2-1. Mykhailenko scored off a throw in by David Schwartzman in the first half. JU found the equalizer in the 48th minute, but Dean earned the game-winner off an assist by Andres Macias in the 76th minute for the Owls FAU played a tough St. Thomas team last weekend, as the game ended in a 1-1 draw in double overtime. The Bobcats found the back of the net first in the 19th minute, but the Owls were able to find the equalizer at the 71st minute when Cubeddu struck a long cross right on target to Dean, who headed it through the back of the net. Strauber played all 110 minutes in double overtime, conceding just one goal and capturing six saves The Owls will continue playing on the road and wrap up non-conference play at Florida Gulf Coast next Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. FAU’s next home matchup is set for March 13 at 2 p.m. against Kentucky. All game days and times are subject to change.

Sailfish Drop Season Opener Versus Barry

The Palm Beach Atlantic women’s basketball team took the court for the first time in their 2020-21 campaign this afternoon at Barry. The new-look Sailfish squad looked impressive during stretches of their opener but ultimately fell to the Buccaneers 59-50. The Sailfish start their season 0-1 while the Bucs move to 3-1 on the year. The ‘Fish were eager to finally take the floor in SSC action and they jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead in the opening minutes of the game with solid contribution from returners and newcomers. Transfer Shekinah Guthrie looked impressive on both ends of the floor early on and controlled the glass throughout the contest pulling down 15 total rebounds. New starting point guard Maria Benitez-Zayas controlled the tempo and ran the PBA offense effectively early on while returning leading scorer Sia Williams was a focal point of the attack. All three led the ‘Fish in scoring in the first with four points each. After a strong first quarter, PBA led the Bucs 16-15. The Sailfish cooled off from the floor as the first half continued, yet they still shot a solid 44% (12-27) from the field in the half despite going just 1-of-6 from three. The Sailfish struggled with turnovers in the second ten minutes committing seven of their 16 in the quarter. Williams continued to be the catalyst offensively scoring 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. Barry was led by Chiara Fusari who scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half. The Sailfish did a solid job defensively, holding

Barry to 35% shooting but the Bucs were able to hit four three-pointers to PBA’s one and took advantage at the free-throw line going 6-for-7. Barry took a 34-27 lead into the locker room after the first 20 minutes of play. Both sides struggled shooting to open the second half as they combined to go 8-of-32 in the third quarter. Returning starter Avree Carpenter came to life in the quarter scoring seven of her game-high 15 points as a late quarter Sailfish run cut the Barry lead to three, 43-40, as PBA outscored the Bucs 13-9. While it looked like the Sailfish had the momentum heading to the start of the fourth quarter, Barry went on a 13-2 run led by Harriett Swindells who scored eight of her 15 in the final quarter. The Sailfish closed the game going just 3-of-13 from the field and stayed cold from behind the arc finishing the game 2-of-15 from three. While PBA outshot Barry from the floor, 36% (20-56) to 32% (21-66), the Bucs were able to score 18 points off 16 Sailfish turnovers. Williams and Carpenter were the lone Sailfish to crack double figures while freshman big Jada Garbutt finished with nine points and six boards behind a strong fourth quarter. The Sailfish will attempt to get into the win column when they host Florida Southern at Rubin Arena on Feb. 20 at 5 pm. The Mocs are 1-2 on the year after splitting games with Florida Tech and falling at Barry in overtime earlier this season.

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PBSC Baseball Sweeps Weekend Double-Header Baseball wins both games of the double-header against Field of Dreams Academy on Saturday February 13. The bats remained red-hot after previously blistering Polk State College for 17 runs on Friday. In game one, The Panthers got off to a bit of a slow start, allowing six runs in the first two innings. Palm Beach was undone by three errors by members of the infield. After failing to score in the game’s first two innings, the Panther bats started to get going in the 3rd. After the first two batters of the inning failed to reach base, Billy Poure struck some life into the club with a much needed triple into the gap in left-center. Next batter, Brannon Modragon, promptly singled through the left side of the infield, scoring Poure. Next batter, Tristan Moore, drove a ball deep to right field that appeared the fielder could make a play on, but the ball carried out of the ballpark for Moore’s first collegiate home run. Field of Dreams Academy came right back in the top of the 4th, scoring two runs with two outs due to another untimely error. However, the Panther bats took over the game and said, “we’ll take it from here”. After the first three batters of the 4th inning reached base, Justin Tew and Dakota Gaillard drew back-to-back walks, getting back the two runs the Panthers gave up in

the top half of the inning. The inning was capped off with a line drive grand slam by Albert Espinosa on the eigth pitch he saw during the at bat. Dakota Gaillard hit Palm Beach’s third home run on the day leading off the fifth. The home run was Gaillard’s first as a Panther. PBSC would go on to win 14-9. The second game on the afternoon was not nearly as close. After entering the bottom of the third in a 1-1 tie, Tristan Moore drilled another homer, this time a 2-run shot, putting the team up 3-1. Three batters later, Thomas Diaz swatted another 2-run home run, increasing the Panthers’ lead to four. In the bottom of the fourth, Palm Beach poured on eight runs. Brannon Mondragon hit his second home run on the season, the team’s third 2-run home run on the day. Sal Grinstead tripled home a run only two batters after Mondragon’s blast. Jaden Hennel cleared the bases with a 3-RBI double in the 5th, putting the game well out of reach. Hennel led the club with 5 RBI on the day. Tew and Poure each had 3 hits. On the pitching side, the Panthers pitching staff combined to allow six hits and one run over the game’s seven innings. The team struck out an impressive thirteen batters against only one walk.

Palm Beach State Panthers Volleyball Wins Third, Defeats Hillsborough The Panthers defeated the Hillsborough CC Hawks 3-1 in an impressive victory on Friday afternoon. After falling behind one set to zero, Palm Beach took control of the game, winning the next three sets 28-26, 25-16, and 25-22. Madison Young led the Panthers on offense, tallying 15.5 points and 15 kills. Madison Barton tallied 13.5 points along with 12 kills. Lucy Kraljevic, Olivia Marinella, & Kelsie Walker each scored at least 10. Defensively, Jazmine Sustaita and Mad-

Owls Complete Play at Moon Golf Invitational The Florida Atlantic University women’s golf team carded their lowest round on the Moon Golf Invitational’s final day on Tuesday. In a 49-over par effort, the Owls finished 18th at the threeday, Louisvillehosted event. Justine Fournand (T37) shot a 3-over par 219 to become FAU’s top finisher. Her score included a dazzling 70 in Round Two, the lowest single-round output of any FAU player. Fournand, the reigning Conference USA Freshman of the Year, has now recorded FAU’s lowest score in eight of her nine career matches. FAU’s final round was its best, as it posted a 298 - a four-stroke improvement over Round Two. The Owls improved mightily from Day One to Day Two as well, shaving 11 strokes off their Round One 313 in the second frame. “This was a national champion-

ship caliber field,” FAU coach Aimee Neff said. “Competing in tournaments like this helps expedite the learning process and shows us what we n e e d t o work on to get to the level we believe we can achieve at FAU. We improved each round and will keep getting better as the season goes on.” This tourn a m e n t s aw the Owls play two freshmen, Blanka Decker and Olivia Bergner, in their lineup. Decker became FAU’s second-best finisher with an 11-over par 227, while Bergner carded a 78 and 80 in her final two rounds. Next up for the Owls is the River Landing Classic in Wallace, North Carolina The tournament runs March 8-9 with UNC Wilmington hosting. “We look forward to putting in work in the next few weeks to be prepared for our event in Wilmington!” Neff said.

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