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U.S. Department of Education Awards FAU $4.4 Million Grant

Economic indicators show that the fields of computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering provide great potential career pathways with large numbers of available jobs in Florida — particularly South Florida. Hispanics make up 29 and 22 percent of the working age population (over 16) in Broward and Palm Beach counties respectively, and these numbers continue to increase. Despite their growing numbers, Hispanics as well as low-income workers are underrepresented in the bachelor’s degree level computer-related workforce and are among the most underrepresented groups in these career fields. See page 3 for full story

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Boca Regional Hospital Earns National Research Corporation’s Consumer Choice Award Boca Raton Regional Hospital has been named a 2016/2017 Consumer Choice Award recipient by National Research Corporation (NRC). The annual accolade identifies hospitals across the United States that healthcare consumers choose as having the highest quality and image. Boca Regional again joins such prestigious institutions as Massachusetts General Hospital, Cleveland Clinic and The Johns Hopkins Hospital in this year’s listings, and is the sole provider in the Palm Beach County service area to receive the distinction. “For each of the past 21 years, winning hospitals have provided outstanding experiences that have transcended their four walls to drive consumer preference, trust, and loyalty in their markets. We are honored to congratulate this year’s winners on a job well done,”

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“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.” - Psalms 119:9

Mayor Haynie accepted a certificate of appreciation from Kris Calder, CEO of the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County for the City of Boca Raton’s participation in the Reading for the Record program.

Boca Raton officially welcomed the 2016 Holiday Season with their annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at Mizner Park last week. The tree lighting ceremony was attended by many from the city as well as neighboring cities. At the last League of Cities meeting, Mayor Haynie accepted a certificate of appreciation from Kris Calder, CEO of the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County for the City of Boca Raton’s participation in the Reading for the Record program. For the 33rd consecutive year, Congregation B’nai Israel’s Kantor Family Center for Justice and Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Boca Raton partnered to serve Thanksgiving dinner to more than 4,000 people in need. The festivities were held at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church on November 22. Mayor Susan Haynie and councilmember Robert Weinroth attended the 2016 Florida Automated Vehicles Summit this past week. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn welcomed them to city and described the introduction of autonomous vehicles to their roads.

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Corporation (NRC). The annual accolade identifies hospitals across the United States that healthcare consumers choose as having the highest quality and image. Boca Regional again joins such prestigious institutions as Massachusetts General Hospital, Cleveland Clinic and The Johns Hopkins Hospital in this year’s listings, and is the sole provider in the Palm Beach County service area to receive the distinction. The Friends of the Boca Raton Library’s “Sunday Matinee Music Series” presents 33 YEARS band with Paula and Kevin Tolly, John Grillo, and Dr Robert Watson, Sunday, December 4th, 3-4pm, at the Downtown Library located at 400 NW 2nd Avenue in Boca Raton. Reservations are required. Computer users need to enroll via the Library Event Calendar on the Library website, Non-computer users may call (561) 807-7141 for enrolling. My Son the Waiter is at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center in Mizner Park, 201 Plaza Real. Boca Raton. Call toll free, 1,844 HIT Show or visit At a time when young people are hearing increasingly more about the importance of saving money and avoiding too much credit card debt, a local mentoring organization is holding a workshop to help them make smart choices about the different ways they can save and invest their money. The free program will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Catherine Strong Park, 1500 SW 6th St., Delray Beach. Participants will be taught how to raise their own money, crunch the numbers and make calculated decisions on where to invest.

Excitement is in the air as the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers (FFCDC) prepare for their largest annual fundraising event, the Wee Dream Ball, to be held Friday, December 2, 2016 at Boca West Country Club. The Wee Dream Ball has become one of the foremost anticiThe Unicorn Children’s Foundation held its pated philanthropic events of the year. Last first ever cabaret-themed role reversal drag year the gala hosted over 370 attendees and show at LIPS in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, raised more than $740,000 for disadvanand is pleased to announce that it was a taged children. FFCDC’s goal is to remain resounding success! More than $32,000 was a premier provider of child and family raised to help kids with special needs excel education and support services for low- to in our community. moderate-income families living in southern Palm Beach County and northern BroBoca Raton Regionward County, Florida. Please join us to al Hospital has been Congratulations to all celebrate the children, our community’s named a 2016/2017 future leaders. Consumer Choice Award recipient by National Research Boca Raton Regional Hospital has been Corporation (NRC). named a 2016/2017 Consumer Choice Award recipient by National Research

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To address the projected gap between computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering occupations and workers with enough skills to fill these positions in South Florida, Florida Atlantic University has received a $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase the number of degrees awarded to Hispanic and low-income students in these fields, and to facilitate the rate of successful student post-degree computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering /STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) employment or graduate school enrollment. This funded Hispanic Serving Institution project (Title III) helps eligible institutes of higher education to become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality and institutional management. It is a collaboration between FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, FAU’s College of Education, Broward College (BC), and Palm Beach State College (PBSC). The project also adapts a welldeveloped articulation model from the Computer Accelerated Pipeline to Unlock Regional Excellence (CAPTURE) program supported by the Florida Board of Governor’s initiative three years ago in collaboration with PBSC and BC to increase computer science and computer engineering enrollment of high quality students who transferred to FAU from PBSC or BC. “Hispanic students enrolling at FAU, Broward College and Palm Beach State College are often first generation college students who encounter significant barriers associated with progressing through a complex, multi-tiered system,” said Ali Zilouchian, Ph.D., project director and principal investigator, and a professor and associate dean for academic affairs in FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. “These students also encounter academic challenges that impact their success in computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering gateway courses. This new collaboration will help us to have a significant impact on the educational success of Hispanic students, which will ultimately enable them to have successful careers in these fields.” Zilouchian, along with Nancy Romance, Ph.D., co-principal investigator and

a professor of teaching and learning in FAU’s College of Education, will work with the FAU Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science’s chair and faculty, and collaborators from PBSC and BC to implement curricular analysis and refinement of five key gateway courses (algebra, calculus, Introduction to Programming in C, Foundations of Computer Science, and Introduction to Logic Design), whose high failure rates serve as barriers to students remaining in the computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering programs. They will work toward a careful, iterative course revision process to increase the student success rate for this key group of courses. The program also will provide student academic support consisting of specific, mentor-led peer learning teams as well as motivational support consisting of an ongoing computer learning community. Only 12 percent of Hispanic students graduating from high school score at or above the proficient level in mathematics, and score 25 percent at or above the proficient level in reading. The National Assessment of Educational Progress reports similar trends for other underrepresented groups (Black and low-income students) for whom 17 percent score at or above the proficient level in reading and 7 percent in mathematics. Poor preparation and proficiency in mathematics continue to be identified by almost every governmental agency report as a key barrier to success in and completion of any STEM degree. “This exceptional program developed at Florida Atlantic University, in collaboration with our partners, is designed to expand representation of Hispanics in the STEM workforce, and will provide them with a wide range of employment opportunities in a variety of settings including general business, industry, health care, science, education and energy,” said Daniel C. Flynn, Ph.D., vice president for research at FAU. FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science offers a flexible schedule of courses delivered through a variety of formats such as e-learning, distance learning, daily-recorded live lectures, downloadable video streaming, podcasts as well as interactive video courses broadcast to remote locations and featuring twoway audio and video. The college offers a number of sophisticated technological resources to support students enrolled in the computer science programs including 450 workstations, virtual desktops, 19 teaching and research laboratories, five instructional laboratories in computer science, and four laboratories dedicated to support computer programming. The college also is expanding its cloud technology to support network virtualization for in-class and online instruction.

Workshop to Teach Kids the Art of Investing By Staff Writer At a time when young people are hearing increasingly more about the importance of saving money and avoiding too much credit card debt, a local mentoring organization is holding a workshop to help them make smart choices about the different ways they can save and invest their money. “We’re on a mission to teach these children all the important stuff about money that they will never hear in school,” said C. Ron Allen, CEO of KOP Mentoring Network, which is offering the workshop. “I think this is a great start. They will have readings, they certainly will have lots of questions and they will get answers from some of the country’s leading business mentors.” The free program will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Catherine Strong Park, 1500 SW 6th St., Delray Beach. Participants will be taught how to raise their own money, crunch the numbers and make calculated decisions on where to invest. That may sound like a risk in itself, but it’s probably the best way for these students to learn how the market works and, more importantly, how to deal with the consequences, organizers said. “Our goal is for these children to learn how to invest real money,” said presenter Ann McNeill, pesident/CEO of the International Mastermind Association, an organization that helps people create work/life balance through goal setting. Investment clubs, where members share research and invest as a group or individually, have been popular among adults for years. Many parents and experts

say the junior clubs can teach the same money management skills to children and help to ensure their futures. “Many people start worrying about investing when they are 40, 50 and 60 and thinking about retiring," said McNeill, who also is the president/CEO of MCO Construction, the first African American, female owned construction company in Florida. “So we want to reach these young people when they have many, many years ahead of them and can take advantage of compounding. That’s why I want to start with these younger students. They have time, they learn very quickly, and they have tremendous enthusiasm.” Like parents and relatives, it is our duty as mentors to teach children about money, Allen said. Thirty-six percent of investors, polled last year, said they learned about investing primarily from a family member or trusted friend, according to a CNNMoney/E*Trade survey. That was the second most popular way people learned about money and investing, behind only websites and other online tools. Organizers hope the group will be comprised of children from diverse backgrounds, who could contribute from their varied experience to the overall goal of learning about smart investment. “This is definitely a good foundation to build on,” Allen said. “It will give them a basic understanding of what stocks and mutual funds, etc. are.” To register or for more information call or text 561-665-0151. The program is sponsored by the City of Delray Beach, the Delray Beach Police Department, Quantum Foundation and CRA Media Group.

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We Have So Much to be Thankful for With Thanksgiving in our rearview mirror, it is only appropriate that we pause and reflect on the many gifts in our lives and, perhaps, remember those among us who need our help - every day of the year. We have the usual, good health, friends, family, loved ones and yes, an abundance of food. As journalists, we’re thankful for the First Amendment of our nation’s Constitution, which gives freedom of press, speech, religion, petition and assembly. We are also thankful for the democratic process and the diverse community that we cover. Locally we are thankful for two organizations that have consistently made sure the needy in our community have a warm meal, and may I say, much love during this season. Words are not adequate to express our gratitude to Boca Helping Hands and the Wayne Barton Study Center. Volunteers decorated the Food Center at Boca Helping Hands with every autumn hue they had as they served thousands this year. Thanks to the Boca Raton Resort, they also served at least 750 meals to the homebound at their west Boca distribution site.

It was so heartwarming to learn that an anonymous donor loaded 88 turkeys into Fire Chief Thomas Wood’s pickup truck and directed him to the Food Center. Despite the sluggish economy, officials at The Wayne Barton Study Center estimated they fed at least 3,600 children and families a hot meal including all the trimmings. That’s about 800 more than the 2,800 they served last year. Attendees also left the gymnasium with backpacks filled with canned goods and items for Thanksgiving dinner. Kudos to the volunteers from Above and Beyond Community Church, Herbalife Distributors (Miami) and CBRE who worked their hearts out. Like these two charities, there are several other nonprofit organizations that did an outstanding job in our communities this year. Our municipal governments also stepped up. One in particular was the Community Improvement Department in Delray Beach. Under the leadership of my friend, police Capt. (Ret.) Michael Coleman, that department put the community back into Community Improvement. Employees passed out 695 turkeys to residents in the

parking lot at Atlantic High School the evening before Thanksgiving. It was such a beautiful sight to see Mayor Cary Glickstein passing out turkeys. It was even more gratifying to see that unlike many politicians, he was there to work and not just for a photo opp. He stayed the entire two hours. Also present were principal Tara Dellegrotti Ocampo and assistant police chief Javaro Sims. This year has made us thankful for the strength and comfort found in community. Right here in Palm Beach County we were thankful that Omar Mateen, the 29-year-old Treasure Coast resident did not head south and unleash his wrath in June. We saw the friendly faces and concerned friends come together after he killed 50 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the deadliest mass shooting in America’s history. All of us can be thankful that we live in a place as stunningly beautiful as Palm Beach County. Let’s face it, where else, except in the tropics, can we dress like we do here year round? After three decades in this paradise, I'm still finding wonderful places to discover and explore. We are three hours from Key West, four hours from St. Augus-

tine and OK, three hours – by my driving habits – from Orlando. I saw and heard from concerned citizens on both sides about what the Brexit decision and U.S. election meant for their loved ones. And despite the tempers that flared after the recent results, we kept our calm – at least locally. For that we ought to give thanks. I recall each time we lost a celebrity or a talented musician this year, there was an outpouring of admiration from fans. It should not take tragedy or anger to bring a community together though, but times like these emphasize the strength that can be found in numbers. And I, more so than many, am thankful for good health and wish all those suffering from cancer and ill health patience, courage and hope in their healing. Finally, I am very thankful for the people brave enough to serve this country, in all the branches of the armed forces, wherever they may be stationed. I am grateful because they allow me to do what I do. Without them, I don’t write freely, I don’t joke about politicians, I don’t criticize or condemn or congratulate.

POSITIVE LIVING By Dr. Synesio Lyra, Jr.

After Thanksgiving, What? Our nation just celebrated its annual Thanksgiving holiday – the most American of all national festivities. It’s indeed good to have one day per year, when each citizen is forced to reflect on the good received, instead of remembering only the distresses which also accompany us every year, throughout life! Hopefully this year more people came to recognize that we are a truly blessed country, and individually we are never devoid of manifold reasons for gratitude. No matter how bad and sad this year may have been, on account of varied, positive circumstances experienced, no one is ever without genuine reasons for gratitude. And whatever deserved and received our thankfulness in the course of one specific day, needs to be extended

in the days and months that follow. This needs to be so not only with the things for which gratitude has already been expressed, but also in anticipation of new, positive surprises which shall yet come, to gladden our lives. Sadly, too many people have become self-sufficient to themselves, to the point that they imagine that all the good things that have come to them are exclusively due to their own efforts in seeking those things out, in securing on their own those blessings, with their money and through their own sweat and tears. Although this may be true to a point, the decisive factor is the strength and the ability which came from God Himself, for the attainment of those things! Therefore, our thanks are due, first of all, to Almighty God Who is the

giver of every good and perfect gift. It is He Who grants us ideas, wisdom, physical strength, and all else that leads into the fulfillment of our dreams, and the palpable achievement of our goals. Furthermore, God chooses not to work alone, but sends around some of His many human agents to encourage us, to aid us, and cooperate side by side with us in the performance of significant tasks which enrich our lives and contribute to our well-being and that of those who are dear to us. Through my observation in the lives of others, and on account of my own personal experiences, I have come to learn that the more grateful one is, the more such person opens the way for newer, better, and greater gifts which we can secure. Also, the more we do for oth-

ers, we also open routes for newer compensations that affect us tangibly not only for a moment, but for a much longer and significant period of our earthly journey! Thus, in answering the question before us – After Thanksgiving, What? the answer is simply, more thanksgiving, continual thanksgiving, joyful thanksgiving! Greater perception of what daily comes our way, sincere sensibility to the surprises that the Creator continually dispenses even to those incapable of acknowledging Him for Who He is, and for all He does – these are the necessary ingredients that can open our eyes, hearts and minds to celebrate thanksgiving all the time!

Dr. Synesio Lyra, Jr. is a Florida resident who, for many years, was a professor at the post-graduate level. He is a writer, a sought-after conference speaker, a man who lived in five continents of the world, having received his education in four of them. When he resided in southern California, he wrote a weekly column for the daily “Anaheim Bulletin,” which was carried for about six years, until he moved to south Florida.

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4,000 People in Need Enjoyed Thanksgiving Dinner at 33rd Annual “Feed the Hungry”

For the 33rd consecutive year, Congregation B’nai Israel’s Kantor Family Center for Justice and Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Boca Raton partnered to serve Thanksgiving dinner to more than 4,000 people in need. The festivities were held at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church on November 22. More than 300 volunteers from the two religious institutions joined forces to serve Thanksgiving meals and meals “to go,” which included turkey, fried chicken, corn bread, stuffing, collard greens, and desserts in a community-wide celebration. Entertainment, including singing, dancing, face painting, temporary tattoos, and more was provided by Singin’ with Susan, the West Boca High School

Vanguard, and Boca Pointe Clowns on Call. Attendees this year included individuals and families served by a number of local nonprofit organizations, including In The Pines-South, Florence Fuller Child Development Center, Boynton Beach Boys & Girls Club, JARC, Propel Youth Organization, Pearl City Cats, Barton’s Boosters, Let’s Grow Well Together, Boca Love Outreach, Caridad Center, The Jewish Association for Residential Care, The Lord’s Place, The American Association of Caregiving Youth, and The Farm Workers’ Council. Outreach efforts were also made to the homeless and residents living in transitional housing. Food, beverages, and other products and services were donated or discounted by VIP Caterers, Thomas Produce, Lowe’s, Publix, Victory Wholesale Group, Office Depot Foundation, Sunquest Nursery, Chad and Jake, and many more local business and organizations.

FAU Diplomacy Team Earns Top Honors at Model United Nations By: Kelsia Weekes

Florida Atlantic University’s Diplomacy Program recently received three awards for academic excellence at the National Model United Nations simulation in Washington, D.C. The team of 22 undergraduates joined college students from 80 universities around the world for a week of debates and discussions on global issues. FAU’s Antigua and Barbuda delegation received the Outstanding Delegation Award, the highest award given at the competition. FAU’s United Kingdom delegation received the Distinguished Delegation award, and FAU’s India delegation received an honorable mention. FAU ranked second place overall out of the 80 universities in attendance. “This group of young people is highly talented, motivated and ambitious,” said Jeffrey Morton, Ph.D., politi-

cal science professor in FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. “They worked diligently to excel at this competition.” The FAU Diplomacy Program, part of FAU’s Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative, trains students in world affairs, dispute resolution, speech writing, public speaking and debate. The program has won 18 national and international awards for academic excellence since it was established in 1996. This year’s delegations included the following students: Caitlin Cichoracki, Renzo Broggi, Selene Vasquez, Maria Gloria Contreras Pains, Celina Frye, Marco Parra, Nicolle Barcenas, Laura Lebreton, Grayson Moronta, Juliana Walters, Taylor Tyson, Kristine Sheets, Brittany Husted, Samantha Maesel, Ann Isabelle Baron, Sama Kahook, Balin Kird-in, Nora Douglas, Andrey Piroozgar, Chenchen Su and Nicole Ripoll-Martinez.


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A View From The City Council By Robert Weinroth

Time To Shift Focus To Municipal Elections I don’t know about you but I am so done with presidential politics but it seems it’s not over yet as Jill Stein, the Green Party’s presidential candidate, has filed for a recount of the ballots in Wisconsin and will likely do the same for the states of Michigan and Pennsylvania, thus prolonging this election season a but further. We can only hope all of this is settled soon and our new president can be sworn into office on inauguration day. But, as the saying goes, as onedoor shuts, another one opens. We are now less than four months away from the city’s municipal election. Hopefully the rhetoric and candidate campaigns will be more tolerable at the local level. As of this writing, there are six announced candidates for three seats. Mayor Susan Haynie has announced she will be seeking a second term. It appears she will have at least one opponent. Marc Allen Brown has filed the preliminary paperwork necessary to begin soliciting supporters for contributions to fund his campaign. For Council Seat A, Council Member Scott Singer has, likewise, announced he will be seeking a second term. As of this writing, nobody has come forward to oppose his re-election. For Council Seat B, currently occupied by term-limited Deputy Mayor Michael Mullaugh, three announced candidates. Emily Gentile, Andrea O’Rourke and Andy Thomson have an eye on the open seat. It is unknown if additional candidates will enter the race or, for that matter, if the current announced candidates will “qualify” to run (during the first ten days of January). Stay tuned! The municipal election will be held on March 7th 2017. There will be no early voting (although Vote by Mail/ Absentee ballots will be distributed in midFebruary). There was a time when snowbirds would flock back to South Florida in November. While there are, indeed, residents who returned to our City, escaping the falling temperatures up north, we are becoming less driven by this annual migration as year-round residents far outnumber the residents making their way north each summer. With Thanksgiving behind us we realize the year is almost over. It seems as good time a time as any to begin looking back at our accomplishments in 2016. While the downtown can now boast a new Junior’s (straight from NYC), the imminent opening of the Hyatt Place Boca Raton (set to debut in mid-December) and a new 158 room luxury hotel and 90 branded residences managed by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group (set to open

in 2-3 years), the northwest of our city has also begun to receive the attention of developers as our economic picture continues to shine bright. Adjacent to the Office Depot Headquarters (which, thanks to federal regulators, continues to be a major employer in our community), Schmier & Feurring Properties has been constructing a new shopping center. Some of the names we’ll be seeing there include a 20,000 square foot Fresh Market, Habit Burger, Chipolte, Raw Juice, Burton’s Grill and a new restaurant from Burt Rapoport called Rappy’s. Just next door, the Arvida Park of Commerce (affectionately known as APOC) is undergoing a rebranding as the Park at Broken Sound as it transitions from a traditional business park to a live/work center with affordable residential, retail and office all in close proximity to Tri-Rail (all designed to reduce the commute for many thereby taking the pressure off of our main arterial highways). At the intersection of Spanish River Blvd and Military Trail the Kolter Group is constructing seventy new townhouses. Further north, at the intersection of Congress Ave and Clint Moore Road, Danburg properties is constructing another mixed-use development boasting over 200 luxury rental apartments. It is exciting to watch our city mature as it continues to attract millennials and retirees alike. As this build out continues, the Council, in collaboration with the county and state, continue to address the issues of congestion on our roads. Autonomous vehicles, ride sharing and reliable public transportation will change the dynamics of road usage in the near future and planning for those changes is already being done at the state and local levels. Public transportation will also need to take a more dominant role in moving people. This will require the state and county to find additional funding to upgrade and enhance the schedules for buses and trains to attract more “choice” riders (those who can choose to use public transportation or a private automobile). With 300,000 new residents arriving in Florida every year, it is imperative for transportation planners to remain nimble as they view the changing transportation dynamics. This is not the Boca Raton I first visited many years ago. Our city is full of energy offering excellent educational and employment opportunities. It is a place where families can live, learn, work and play. It is a place I am proud to call home.

Council Member Robert S Weinroth was first elected to the Boca Raton City Council in March 2014. He was re-elected to a full three-year term, without opposition, in March 2015. He is also a city representative on the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning organization (MPo) where Mayor Susan Haynie is currently Chair. Mr. Weinroth was appointed to the Palm Tran Service Board and has served as an appointed member of the Boca Raton Airport Authority. Council Member Weinroth is married to Pamela with four boys and two dogs in their blended family.

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Explore the Hidden World of “Kurios Cabinet of Curiosity”

Unlock the gates of your imagination with “Kurios Cabinet of Curiosity,” the 35th production of Cirque du Soleil since its founding in Montreal in 1984. The show runs under a big top (“Grande Chapiteau” in French) next to Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium Dec. 10- Jan. 29. “Seeing is disbelieving” is the motto of “Kurios,” which is set in an alternate yet familiar past. “We don’t disappoint you,” promises publicist Amelie Robitaille. “The show was inspired by the 19th century industrial revolution, in a time when people believed anything was possible.” The central character is called The Seeker, who discovers a magical world beneath the surface of reality. The secret he learns is to close your eyes to see the fantastic creatures and experience the poetry and humor unleashed from the cabinet. There are 45 circus artists from 15 counties, 20 percent of whom are veterans of Cirque du Soleil. In his imaginary travels The Seeker meets the Curiostanians, who guide him to Mr. Microcosmos, an authority figure; Nico the Accordion Man who is the perfect handyman; Klara, the Telegraph of the Invisible, who has a language of her own; Mini Lili, who at 3.2 foot is one of the smallest women in the world, and The Kurios: Winch and Plunger. The acts include Rola Bola the Fearless Aviator; Accro Net underwater trampoline act; the Comic Act, in which a woman is invited from the audience to participate; the Aerial Straps, Yo-Yos, The Theater of Hands and Banquine, which consists of 13 artists performing synchronized acrobatics. Weather permitting there is a pre-show with three artists high atop the big top. “Kurios” is perhaps the Cirque’s most elaborate and complex show to date. It takes six days just to set it up and two days to tear down. There are more than 100 custom-made costumes and 426 props, including the 750 lb. Mechanical Hand.

It takes 65 trucks to carry 2,000 tons of equipment. “We have an eight-piece Gypsy band with accordion, cello and a Greek singer, reveals Robitaille. “There is a head piece on the Gramophone that commemorates the invention of the gramophone. It was a very impressive era. Imagine if we lived without electricity. It’s a beautiful blend of science fiction and fantasy. We have been on the road two and a half years, since April, 2014. The show is so good it makes my life easy.” Tickets start at $39. Go to www.

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• Financial adviser Marc Allen Brown has filed to run for Mayor as a Republican, which may be illegal as City Council races are non-partisan. • A former financial adviser from Boca Raton will have to pay $1 million for the cost of searching for him after he faked his death at sea. But Richard Winsor Ohrn, 46, won’t have to go to prison. He was sentenced Tuesday to a year of probation. He and his wife are selling their Estuary Drive home, which has an assessed value of $550,000, and Ohrn has agreed to pay his half of the proceeds to the government. He must also pay $400 per month in restitution. • President-elect Donald Trump is planning to name investor and former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin as Treasury secretary, opting for an industry insider with no government experience to helm the agency in charge of the nation’s finances, according to people familiar with the matter. Mnuchin (pronounced mah-NEW-chin) joined Trump’s whirlwind campaign in May as finance chairman, despite the fact that he has never worked in politics and that he donated to Democrats in the past. He quickly earned Trump’s trust as he worked closely with the Republican National Committee to raise substantial amounts of money in a short period of time. On the policy front, he was instrumental in crafting the details of Trump’s proposal to overhaul the tax code. Mnuchin is the latest member of Trump’s top advisers to secure a high-level and influential post in the coming administration, emphasizing the importance the president-elect puts on loyalty as he builds out his White House team, including Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services. • A shopping plaza in West Boca was evacuated after reports of shots fired. A gunman wearing a disguise to conceal his face vanished from a West Boca shopping plaza after causing frightened bystanders to scream and run for cover. Despite the scare, there were no reported injuries. Eric Lipson, 54, of Boca Raton, recalled being inside the Community Family Thrift Store at Boca Center, when two people ran inside shouting, “He’s got a gun!”. SWAT and deputies wearing tactical gear tried to find the gunman, but he got away. Authorities evacuated

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plaza, situated in the 23200 block of U.S. 441 (State Road 7), following reports of shots fired there. Shortly before noon, after the all-clear, customers and workers were allowed to go back to their businesses and vehicles. The gunman had first targeted Academic High School at 23123 N. State Road 7, demanding access to a safe. When he was told the school did not have a safe, he traveled down U.S. 441 to the nearby plaza, where he began trying to get inside businesses. The gunman approached a beauty supply store in the plaza, where two employees were working. They panicked and ran out of the store. Suspecting the gunman might still be inside, SWAT searched each business in the plaza. Deputies did not find the gunman in the business or at the shopping plaza. The thrift store manager locked the door and gathered about 14 people in the back room of the store, from where they called 911. The employees said there still was a customer in the beauty supply store when they fled. It took about 40 minutes for the Sheriff ’s Office to evacuate those who had taken cover inside the thrift store. Scott Green, 57, of Boca Raton, said the experience was surreal. At one point, two beauty supply store employees showed up at the thrift store. Green recalled one of them appeared shaken. “She was terrified and shaking,” he said. A stretch of U.S. 441 near the scene was closed to motorists for most of the late morning. It was reopened shortly after 12:30 p.m. The Sheriff ’s Office asks anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-8477 or by providing an anonymous tip through the sheriff ’s app, which can be download from the Apple or Google app stores. • The Hip Hop Nutcracker is at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Tickets at www.broward call • An American in Paris is at the Kravis Center Dec. 6-11 Tickets at www.kravis. org or 561.833-8300 celebrating its 25th year. • The Friends of the Boca Raton Library’s “Sunday Matinee Music Series” presents 33 YEARS band with Paula and Kevin Tolly, John Grillo, and Dr Robert Watson, Sunday, December 4th, 3-4pm, at the Downtown Library located at 400 NW 2nd Avenue in Boca Raton. Reservations are required. Computer users need to enroll via the Library Event Calendar on the Library website, www.bocalibrary. org. Non-computer users may call (561) 807-7141 for enrolling. • My Son the Waiter is at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center in Mizner Park, 201 Plaza Real. Boca Raton.

‘Tis The Season to Get Distracted As each calendar begins drawing to a close, we often find a curious paradox. On one hand our desire is to focus these final weeks on attaining annual goals, quotas and deadlines. At the same time, with the many holiday festivities getting underway as seasonal holidays approach, it becomes very easy to lose our concentration on the tasks that need to be done. We could call this “the season of distraction.” With this in mind, I came across a fitting quote from Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister, software engineers, consultants and co-authors of Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams. They observed, “There are a million ways to lose a day of work, but not even a single way to get one back.” What they say is true. Time continually moves forward, and when a minute, an hour, or a day has passed, there is no reclaiming it. It is similar to trying to put toothpaste back into the tube after we have squeezed it out. It may be human nature to want to hit the “Pause” button at the end of a busy and demanding year. We have worked hard and feel we deserve a chance to catch our breath. At the same time, opportunities that present themselves in these last weeks of the year might not be there after the New Year. So we confront the need for balance: Celebrating the fact we have survived another year, with its successes, failures and challenges. But also recognizing there is work that remains to be done. As the Latin adage states, “Tempus fugit.” Time flies. The Bible speaks to the importance of seeing ourselves as stewards of the time and opportunities being afforded to us. For instance, Ephesians 5:16 talks about “redeeming the time (making the

most of every opportunity), because the days are evil.” This passage admonishes us to be wise in how we invest our time each day, not squandering it foolishly on empty, meaningless or unprofitable pursuits. For those that profess to be followers of Jesus Christ in the workplace, Colossians 4:5 says we are to, “Act wisely toward outsiders, redeeming the time.” A different translation also tells us to “make the most of every opportunity.” Perhaps this is especially importance in the midst of the Christmas season, when the emphasis seems on everything except the true reason for the season, celebrating the birth of Jesus. With all the frenetic activity surrounding the conclusion of the business calendar, on wrapping up projects and closing sales, along with the planning of holiday parties and buying gifts, are we serving as effective “marketplace ambassadors for Christ”? Is the presence and power of Jesus Christ being displayed in us despite the stresses and pressures of this season of the year? Here is another look at one of the passages above: Speak and act with wisdom. This time of year could be the ideal time of all for exhibiting and explaining what our faith means to us – and what it could mean for others. “And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Colossians 4:3-6). Heizer Media Group

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LARRY LEE LUING, 86, of Boca Raton, died on November 17, 2016. Born April 24, 1930, in Rhodes, IA, to Donald and Ethel Luing, Mr. Luing was a young entrepreneur, selling milk, strawberries, greeting cards, garden seeds and household items door-to-door. In 1951, he graduated from the University of Iowa and enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was assigned to the 143rd Field Artillery Battalion of the 40th Division in Korea. After the war, Mr. Luing landed a job in the sales department at the Gregg Division of the McGraw-Hill Book Company, where he was responsible for selling textbooks to business schools around the country. In 1965 he joined The Berkeley School as Vice President of Administration, and ultimately became President and Chairman of the Board. Under Mr. Luing’s leadership, the school earned regional accreditation and the license to award associate and bachelor’s degrees, and by the time of his retirement in 2001, had been renamed Berkeley College.

Mr. Luing was involved in various other business ventures during his lifetime. He had ownership interests in the Concord Motor Inn, Keystone Court apartments and Chateau guest house in Stone Harbor, NJ. He built The Leeward, a 24-unit condominium complex, also in Stone Harbor. He operated Stafford Hall, a secretarial school in Summit, NJ, and was a partial owner of the Taylor Schools, London School of Publishing and London School of Insurance. After retirement, Mr. Luing traveled extensively, including two years aboard his motor sailor, Quixote. He celebrated New Year holidays on each of the seven continents. He was the author of two books and a study guide. Larry had a quick wit and a generous loving heart. He was always ready to help those in need. Larry lived life to the fullest and in his later days had absolutely no regrets. Mr. Luing is survived by his husband, Dario Espinosa, his sons, Kevin, Randy, Timothy and Brian, his grandchildren, Kelsey, Maxwell, Heather, Courtney, Brett, Erica, Allison, Matthew, Cassandra, Tyler, Danielle and Kayleigh, and his sister, Lois Cerka, of Nevada, IA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Luing made be made to the American Lung Association or Boca Helping Hands.

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sports FAU Falls on Senior Night to Old Dominion Photos by: Brandon Harrington The Florida Atlantic University football team had their two-game winning streak snapped on Saturday night as Old Dominion used a big second half to win 42-24.

John Carney To Be 2016 Built Ford Tough Legends Award Honoree West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman alumnus and former New Orleans Saints kicker, John Carney will receive this year’s Built Ford Tough Palm Beach County Football Legends Award for his contributions both on and off the football field. “Palm Beach County is home to some of the nation’s leading kickers and John Carney is one of them,” said Boca Raton Bowl Executive Director Doug Mosley. “John Carney is the type of place-kicker who inspired the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, although his talent passed through Palm Beach County before the inception of the award, his skill set is the foundation and material that make up a Lou Groza Award Winner. We are proud to honor John Carney as this year’s Legends Award Winner.” The award began in conjunction with the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl and was awarded to legendary football coach Howard Schnellenberger in 2014 and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Riedel Anthony in 2015. Its purpose is to honor those in Palm Beach County who have made notable achievements and contributions to the sport of football. Carney was selected as the third recipient by a selection committee that is chaired by Palm Beach County Sports Commission Executive Director George Linley. “John Carney is an iconic football legend from the Palm Beaches. He is a tremendous ambassador for Palm Beach County, both on and off the field,” said Linley. “John Carney’s recognition for this prestigious award is exceptionally gratifying considering the Palm Beach County Sports Commission is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of its Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. John Carney is one of the greatest football players to come from Palm Beach County and arguably the greatest place-kicker to compete in the National Football League. John Carney embodies the meaning of the Boca Raton Bowl’s Legends Award.” Carney graduated from West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman. Born in Hartford,

Connecticut and raised in Jupiter, Carney lettered in football, soccer and track. As a senior, Carney earned all-state honors at kicker and all-county honors at punter. Carney went on to become a four-year member of the Notre Dame Football Program. He left his legacy as a Fighting Irish, becoming the all-time leader in field goals made (51) and the honor of being named to the Sports Illustrated Notre Dame all-time team. Carney was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 1987, which started his quest to a 23-year NFL career. He played his first NFL game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1988. Carney also joined the roster of the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants – spending a majority of his NFL career with the Chargers (11 seasons) and the Saints (seven seasons). Carney departed the Chargers as their all-time leading scorer and departed the Saints as their all-time field goal percentage leader. "I am honored and humbled to be the recipient of the 2016 Legends Award. There is no other place in the country like Palm Beach County,” said Carney. “To grow up here, compete here and experience the sporting opportunities and level of talent, brings awareness to the fact this region is a breeding ground for exceptional athletes. I will always cherish the time spent amongst the great sportsman and coaches of Palm Beach County." Carney will receive the Legends Award and be recognized on Dec. 19 at the Boca Raton Bowl Kickoff Luncheon beginning at 12 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The 2016 Boca Raton Bowl will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m. ET, at FAU Stadium. The game will air nationally on ESPN. For additional information about the Boca Raton Bowl, please visit www. or e-mail media@







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