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City’s ‘Community Solutions Action Plan’ Finalist in National Competition

Lula Butler, Director of the city’s Community Improvement Department, cuts the cake in celebration of the city being named a finalist for the national All-America City Award.

By C. Ron Allen An initiative to improve third-grade reading in Delray Beach has been chosen as one of 32 finalists for the national All-America City Award. The award, sponsored by the National Civic League, is given annually to 10 communities for outstanding civic achievement. This year the League focused on gradelevel reading initiatives; 102 communities applied. Winners will be announced July 2 in Denver. Miami-Dade County and the City of Orlando are also finalists. The city won the AllAmerica City distinction in 1993 and 2001. “To be a finalist is a distinct honor to all of the Mayor’s Collaborative Implementation Team members who worked hard to put this plan together,” said Janet Meeks, the city’s education coordinator, who is spearheading the effort. “This is an outstanding team effort and demonstrates to the entire community and nation that we are on the right track.” The National Civic League, an organization that works directly with communities to foster cross-sector collaboration and grassroots problem solving, is putting its model of community engagement and community solutions to the test by challenging applicant cities to help increase the number of low-income children reading on grade level by the end of third grade. Educators and researchers have long recognized the importance of mastering

reading by the end of third grade, yet two-thirds of U.S. schoolchildren are not reaching that benchmark. And children who don’t read by the end of third grade and live in poverty are four times more likely to drop out of school, according to a 2011 study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The worst readers are nearly six times more likely to drop out. Poverty compounds the problem. “The reading problem is stark, but the solutions are clear,” said Ralph Smith, the Annie E. Casey Foundation senior vice president who is managing director of the Campaign. “By working together and focusing on school readiness, attendance, and summer learning, communities can start to improve reading success today.” The findings of the 2011 Casey Foundation study prompted the creation of the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, an effort by dozens of funders nationwide to improve third-grade reading among cont. on pg.2

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Cops, Teens Giving Back, Demystifying Fears See page 3 Community News

Galaxy Elementary to Honor First Principal See page 4 Municipal News

IMAX Theater Planned for West Delray See page 11 Life & Arts

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Police Chief, Sheriff Charles A. McCutcheon, a Man of Honor

By Natasha Leonard and Danielle Armour Charles A. McCutcheon, an educator and leader who had a distinguished career in law enforcement, died peacefully at his Boca Raton home on June 19. He was 83. Mr. McCuatcheon got his humble start in law enforcement in 1954 by accident. The 22-year-old US Army veteran and his wife, Joan, left his hometown of Washington, PA, in their 7-year-old Studebaker for her parent’s house in Ft. Lauderdale. The car had been burning excessive amounts of oil and the couple made it to Ft. Lauderdale just in time, family members said. With little money to make it back home, Mr. McCutcheon contacted a family friend who also was the chief of police in Washington, PA. The chief strongly suggested Mr. McCutcheon stop by the Boca Raton police station to see then Chief W. Hugh Brown. Brown saw potential in him and gave Mr. McCutcheon his first police job. Mr. McCutcheon worked as a deputy constable for two years and was transferred to the Boca Raton Police Department in 1956. He climbed the ranks having served as a detective, detective sergeant, lieutenant and assistant chief. He reached the capstone of his career in 1970 when he was named the city’s fifth police chief, a tenure, which spanned 10 years. On Mr. McCutcheon’s last day as the top cop, Mayor Jeff Milner declared “Charles McCutcheon Day” in honor of his outstanding work in the community and police department. Ten years later, then- Sheriff Richard Wille then brought him on as chief deputy. In 1995, Gov. Lawton Chiles appointed him Palm Beach County’s 13th sheriff after Wille retired before his term finished. Wille had served as sheriff from 1977-1995. Mr. McCutcheon retired in December 1996 after losing the Sheriff ’s race to former FBI Agent Bob Neumann. “He was a good guy to be around,” said Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, who knew him for 30 years. “We played golf several times. He was just one those guys where you meet him once and you like him, you know?” He fought for competitive wages and benefits and was a stalwart supporter of education in policing, those who knew him said. “He was big on education and professionalism, not only throughout the department but for the other agencies as well,” Bradshaw said. Mr. McCutcheon genuinely cared for his community, not only the Boca Raton area but the entire Palm Beach County, Bradshaw added. He also was a good role model for his two sons, Patrick, a commander with the Palm Beach County School District Police, and Michael, who retired as a sergeant from the Boca Raton Police Department. Hal Shepard, a retired Boca Raton police lieutenant, did not work with Mr. McCutcheon but knew him for 30 years from visiting his

home several times. “He was the consummate gentleman,” said Shepard who started on the force the same day as Michael McCutcheon. “He always remembered your name and would always shake your hand.” After Mr. McCutcheon retired his badge, family members said he spent years giving back to the community by teaching in the Criminal Justice Department of Palm Beach Community College and his Alma Mater Florida Atlantic University. Mr. McCutcheon earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from FAU and a Master’s from John Jay College in New York. He also was a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and the US Secret Service School. He was the past president of the Palm Beach County Police Chiefs Association and chairman of the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee at the Palm Beach Community College.    He also served as the vice president of Florida Atlantic University Alumni Association and was also a member of Cities in Schools and American Society of Public Administration.  A service for Mr. McCutcheon was on Saturday, June 23 at St. Joan of Arc in Boca Raton. Along with his sons, he is survived by his two daughters-in-law Page and Clara, six grandchildren, Katie, Sean, Barre (Jonis), Chris, Karlie, and Michael; and two great grandchildren Skyler and Bo Michael. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to the Boca Raton Police Athletic League (PAL) in memory of Charles McCutcheon. Natasha Leonard is a sophomore at Dreyfoos School of the Arts and Danielle Armour is a graduate of Fort Lauderdale High School. Obituaries EVELYN A. BERNOTSKY Evelyn A. Bernotsky, 93 of Boynton Beach, died June 22. Former resident of New Jersey. Beloved wife of George, mother of George and Robert. Survived by Robert, grandchildren and great grandchildren. CHARLOTTE BECK ENGELHARDT 1913 - 2012 Blessed with 98 years of life, she was an artist, and an intellectual, with a vibrant personality and a great sense of humor who loved her family and friends dearly. She was a life-long member of Hadassah and B’nai B’rith and in her 80’s taught art for 10 years to the residents of the Willow Bend community in Lake Worth. Born in Newark, NJ, she lived in Orange and  Deal, NJ before moving to Lake Worth in 1990. She will be remembered with love Preceded in death by her loving husband, Ben, she leaves two daughters, Carol Engelhardt and Marjie Coopersmith (Jeff); five grandchildren, Amy Engelhardt (Alex Stein), Todd Engelhardt (Tanja Jones), Lorie FitzGibbon (John),

Julie Myers and Aubrey Lipscomb (David) along with four great-grandchildren, Jane and Lily FitzGibbon, Sophie and Hannah Lipscomb. Funeral Services were held at Beth Israel Memorial Chapel, 11115 Jog Road, Boynton Beach at 1:45 PM on Wednesday, June 26. Death Notices Allen, Herbert, 71, of Delray Beach, died Wednesday. Shuler’s Memorial Chapel, Delray Beach. Anderson, Delores, 77, of Boynton Beach, died Sunday. Avatar Cremation Service & Crematory, Boca Raton. Birthdays Happy Birthday to: Anyah Williams of Riviera Beach – June 24 Capt. Javaro Sims of Delray Beach - June 27 Ellen Aguero of Boynton Beach - June 29 Hortence Shapiro of West Delray Beach - June 30 Sgt. John Evans of Delray Beach – July 1 Faye Marie Boyce of Boynton Beach – July 5 Francis Dolcie of Delray Beach – July 8 Lt. Michael Coleman of Delray Beach - July 11 Kuchner Botex of Delray Beach – July 12 Lynchie Botex of Delray Beach - July 13 Ethan Dolcie of Delray Beach – July 17 Jessica Hall of Boynton Beach – July 30

City’s ‘Community Solutions Action Plan’ Finalist in National Competition low-income kids. So far 124 communities have joined the Campaign’s Community Network. The Mayor’s Collaborative Implementation Team, comprised about 60 participants, submitted a “Community Solutions Action Plan” for national adjudication in March and has now been chosen as a finalist. Finalists are chosen from 34 states, representing small towns with fewer than 50,000 people and large metropolitan areas with populations over 500,000. This year, more than 120 cities and regions joined the national Campaign for GradeLevel Reading Community Network and submitted plans for improving early-childhood reading levels community-wide. A small contingent from the Collaborative Implementation Team will join city and county leaders, educators and early childhood advocates from around the country in Denver from June 30 to July 2. They will then formally launch the campaign network, exchange ideas and meet with reading experts and potential funders. The National Civic League will announce the 2012 AllAmerica City Award winners during a July 2 celebration and awards presentation. The All-America City award is one of the oldest and most prestigious community recognition awards and recognizes grassroots community “Powered by Text-Enhance” problem solving and the ability to work collaboratively to achieve results. Winners of the award receive national attention, a status that strengthens economies and increases tourism and grant opportunities. Each year, award is given to 10 communities that exemplify outstanding civic accomplishments. In 2012, NCL will focus on communities that have developed the most comprehensive, realistic and sustainable plans to increase grade-level reading proficiency by the end of 3rd grade. Award-winning communities will develop strategies in three areas that have real potential to drive improvements in grade-level reading: school readiness, school attendance and summer learning.

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Cops, Teens Giving Back, Demystifying Fears By CRA News Service DELRAY BEACH – Chanler Ferguson recalled the values, techniques and discipline he learned from the police officers who were his coaches at a baseball camp two summers ago. So when the opportunity arose this year to be a student coach, the Boynton Beach resident, who has outgrown the camp, embraced the offer. “I’m a helpful person so I’m just

giving back,” the rising Atlantic High School freshman said recently during a lunch break. “This program helped me with my techniques and it kept me on track.” Ferguson was among a handful of alumni who returned to share the knowledge they learned with the campers in the Delray Citizens for Police Kids n Cops baseball camp. The program, in its seventh year,

Chanler Ferguson, left, was among a handful of alumni of the Delray Citizens for Police Kids n Cops baseball camp, who served as junior coaches for this year’s camp.

is the brainchild of Rodney Stevenson, a Delray Beach police officer, who got tired of the divide between some area children and police officers. He wanted to demystify any fears they had against police so he enlisted the help of a few colleagues and began the camp. He is pleased with the overall progress. “We’ve had a good group of kids and we have some better ballplayers,” the former Major League Baseball pitcher said. “You can see the improvement from year to year.” With the help of volunteers from high school baseball teams, the officers conducted the free three-day camp on the first days after school got out at Pompey Park. Stevenson and his team, instruct participants, ages 8 to 12 years, in hitting and fielding drills. They also teach the 60 boys and girls discipline and life skills. Each child receives a free t-shirt and lunch, donated by local merchants. The students also had an inspiring pep talk from one of their peers, JoeJoe Matuella,13, a cancer survivor.

“I told them there’s no need to fear having cancer,” the aspiring sports medicine doctor and Boynton Beach resident said. “There are far worse things to fear. You can still go on with your life.” Ferguson thinks the camp is effective in breaking down stereotypes. “Some people think that police officers are bad people but when you come out here and play with them it changes your mindset,” he said. Ed Deptel, a former Delray Beach Police officer and a longtime volunteer coach, recalled going to calls where parents ordered the children not to interact with police officers. He was pleased to see the level of interaction between the lawmen and youth, many whose relatives previously despised the police. “It says that the people who are involved in this camp are doing a good job,” he said of the bond. “It’s good to see that whole mentality is changing. It’s not going to change overnight but over generations it will.” To see more photos from the camp, visit

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Galaxy Elementary to Honor First Principal Betty Thomas By Vickie Middlebrooks Special to the Delray Beach Tribune BOYNTON BEACH - Betty Thomas, the first principal of Galaxy Elementary and a well-known member of the Boynton Beach community for more than 60 years, will be honored when the new Galaxy Elementary opens its doors in August 2013. As fund-raising efforts continue for the “green” campus, the Historical Society of Boynton Beach has announced it will pay the cost of furnishing the principal’s office and the office will be named after Mrs. Thomas, who died last summer at age 86.  “Betty Thomas was one of our most active and dedicated members who often worked on various projects for the Boynton Beach Historical Society,” said Voncile Smith, president of the Boynton Beach Historical Society. “We are so pleased to be able to honor her many contributions.” Groundbreaking for the reconstruction of Galaxy Elementary took place last spring and Mrs. Thomas attended the

ceremony. Mrs. Thomas served as Galaxy’s first principal from 1976 to 1987. She began her teaching career in Florida at South Grade School. Later, she joined Boynton Beach Elementary, where she eventually became assistant principal. She then went on to lead Galaxy and finished her career in education as principal of Calusa Elementary. After retiring from the School District in 1993, Mrs. Thomas was involved with various education committees, city government, and community clubs with Galaxy Elementary always one of her top priorities. Joseph Schneider, principal of Galaxy Elementary, thinks Mrs. Thomas would be extremely proud of the new school. “The school’s goal is to offer incoming PreK-5th graders an amazing educational experience and introduce a lifelong love of learning in all areas, especially in science and math, a goal Mrs. Thomas was committed to each and every day,” he said The new replacement school has a

Total Eclipse of the Arts By Raymond Campbell, Jr. Arts Columnist Title: A Man by God’s Design Mood: Appreciative From the start as a boy, inside we hope to see the day we can say, I am a man. Often it’s natural for the woman to feel that I can raise a boy without a man. So the man is forgotten on the day God created man and woman, man was made first and from a man’s rib a woman was created. Man was put on earth by God to be the provider for the woman. That’s why the man was given the sperm to give to the woman who holds the egg. A woman can’t teach a boy how to walk and talk like a man because she’s a lady. For a woman cannot teach a man how to protect and how to be strong. A woman is kind and gentle, so she can

teach a man how to love but not how to provide. So when a boy is born he seeks his father because his father is who he wishes to resemble. Therefore when that father is not there he is now starting life lost. He no longer is able to see a man who knows how to support his family, be strong and love his wife. He no longer has the opportunity to see what it is like to be that provider or what a provider should look like. So he grows up searching for that role model to show him the path, whether it’s right or wrong, he does not know. He only knows what he’s missing and needs to grow. As a man, if you are being that positive father figure keep doing so, and for those who are what I may say is a sperm donor, it’s time to step up and be a man because there’s no room for grown boys in this world. Raymond Campbell, Jr., is a Junior at Village Academy. He is compiling a poetry anthology.

LEED Platinum certification target and is designed for a unique E3 “Choice” curriculum in Environment, Energy and Engineering. At the heart of the school’s design is the Wonderment Center, with interactive science exhibits and four skills labs. The “Project Based Learning” curriculum at the new school will prepare students to better compete for college and job choices with above average competency in science, math and technology. Energy, Environment and Engineering will be the focus of the educational program, with the building itself serving as a “3-D” textbook. The School District has funded the basic construction of the project with more than $22 million. “We are within reach of our goal of raising an additional $1.4 million, allowing for this extraordinary elementary school and a future showpiece for downtown Boynton Beach,” said Carrie Parker Hill, former School Board member and a Galaxy All Star volunteer. “Grants from supporters such as the

Betty Thomas and Principal Joseph Schneider Quantum Foundation, FP&L, the Lattner Foundation, the Batchelor Foundation, and the City of Boynton Beach have contributed to this success.” Principal Schneider added: “With the generosity of our supporters and the community, Mrs. Thomas’ commitment and dedication to Galaxy will soon be reflected in the joyous faces of every student that attends our new state of the art school.”

The Magic of Laughter

Magician Karl Koppertop’s wallet catches on fire when he tried to give Tyler Green, 7, a dollar. Tyler, from Kidsville, was among hundreds of kids who attended the show at the Delray Beach Public Library recently during the Library’s summer program. Photo by Francis A. Dolce

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Founded January 15, 2010 DOUGLAS HEIZER, Publisher

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Ever since the news broke that former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with sexually abusing 10 young boys, several of you have asked my thoughts on the whole saga. I refrained from joining the talking heads and waited until the evidence was presented. As journalists, we are taught to weigh the evidence and I’m reminded of the principle “innocent until proven guilty.” Still, being human and having covered as many cases involving pedophiles during my tenure, I had my reservations. I was ready to call out the deputies, tighten the cuffs and haul the bastard to prison the moment, back in November, when he admitted to Bob Costas on national television that he “horsed around” with kids, showered with them, hugged them and touched their legs. With one less pedophile behind bars, before we begin celebrating, we need to take from this despicable experience some lessons: 1: There are no winners. The victims, who were young and powerless, are scarred for life. Sandusky is the classic enterprising predator, who created opportunities for himself with his Second Mile charity to “help” children in need so that he could groom them to need and trust him, and then eventually sexually assault them. He handpicked the most vulnerable boys from the charity and brought them into his web of football camps, and his home, which was filled with children coming and going. He dazzled them with a front seat experience of Penn State football; with trips to Bowl games; with hobnobbing with Penn State coaches and players; with money, athletic shoes and equipment; and with what these boys needed most of all: attention. In the end, he betrayed them.

2: This is not just a Penn State thing or this does not only happen in other communities. Right here in our city, far too many children are being sexually abused every day and most of them do not get their day in court. Thanks to those of you who refuse to support wrongdoings, some of these perpetrators have been held accountable. Remember, the Boynton Beach police officer who was charged in September 1992 for allegedly molesting a teen on an explorer trip? How about the teacher at a Boca Raton school who was accused of sexually abusing a young boy at a summer camp over two years, and need I add the Delray Beach ministers who were convicted of abusing kids in their care in 2001 and 2004? My friends, these pedophiles are not scuzzy strangers in trench coats. They generally cloak themselves in respectability. They are more likely to be respected teachers, doctors, coaches, scout leaders, clergy or others with jobs that give them access to young people. 3. Maybe more victims will feel safe enough to come forward; maybe even some people who have abused children, or are thinking of hurting a child will have the courage to seek help; maybe organizations who work with children will strengthen their safety policies and procedures; and maybe some of us will act more quickly and more decisively when we suspect that something may not be right. Oh, lest I forget, maybe parents will become more involved in their children’s lives. If any of those things happen, then something positive will have come from this tragedy. Your responsibility is to start the conversations, ask questions, and really challenge ourselves to know that we are doing all that we can to protect our children.

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Get Rid of the FCAT I am a parent with two children in the Palm Beach County School system, a junior and a secondgrader, and I am very concerned about the methods in which the FCAT is being administered and executed. My son informed me that as he was taking the test, the system kicked him out several times, causing interruptions. He has never failed the FCAT and he has exceeded the state standards. I am very unhappy with the results I received on June 6. This was the first year the FCAT was administered by computer and I understand that it was made a little more difficult to raise the bar. I do not have a problem with raising the bar for excellence, however when that bar is raised so high that it is unobtainable, I have a problem with that. I am fully aware of what a failed school system can do to a child psychologically and I will not allow this to happen to my children or any other child. I have stood in the background for years while witnessing the injustices as it pertains to our children’s education. I can no longer stand on the sidelines and witness this atrocity. I understand that there is a board that exists that makes the decisions regarding public schools. I’m almost certain the majority, if not all the board members, have never visited an inner city school to understand the needs of inner city youth. From where I am standing, you are setting the children up for failure. Your so-called system is hurting more than it is helping, and that is a major problem! Get rid of the FCAT, testing is not teaching. If you allowed one woman to remove prayer from school, then surely it should not be a problem removing the FCAT. Pamela Brinson Delray Beach Provide Summer Jobs for Teens Thank you for highlighting the need for increased teen employment during the summer months in your June issue. Employed teens learn skills that are crucial for securing a better future and lifting the community as a whole. In addition to unemployment, today’s teens face an array of hurdles that prevent success later in life. Among these obstacles is the ability to drop out of school. Consider that preventing just 1,000 youths from dropping out each year will add $15 million in earnings to our state’s economy. Our community needs to pool its resources and ensure that teens have options for success. Such partnerships could result in programs to provide academic support and hands-on assistance from volunteers at career days, SAT prep, financial aid assistance counseling and personal essay coaching. I encourage members of our community to employ, mentor or volunteer with teens this summer. By contributing to their lives we can directly impact the future of Palm Beach County and Florida. Heather Oleary, Retired CEO, Delray Beach

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Delray Beach Tribune Prints Third Edition, Sees Continued Success We are so proud of the Delray Beach Tribune on the publication of its third print edition! We hope to continue providing the city of Delray Beach with newsworthy articles the city can be proud of. We hope for continued success and look forward to many more print editions. We would also like to congratulate our sister publication, the Coral Springs Tribune. After one year of providing local news on an online website, we are happy to report that the first print edition has been published this week. In its initial phase, the publication will be printed on a monthly basis. But we hope to have weekly print editions in the near future! To do so, it is crucial that we gain support from the Coral Springs community and local business owners. To efficiently run a news-

paper, it is imper ative to have the proper resources and funds. For the Delray Beach Tribune, we are counting on the generosity from businesses both inside of and outside the Delray Beach area. H o w e v e r, we would like to encourage more support from bu s i n e s s e s in the city of Delray Beach to place ads in the newspaper. The city of Delray Beach is a comm u n i ty that is large enough to provide prominent stories rather than small e x c e r p t s. We would like to see these news stories d e l i ve r e d with many ads within the printed publica-

tion. This will help the Tribune to extend its coverage in order to provide the community with relevant information. Like our sister publications, the Boca Raton Tribune and the Coral Springs Tribune, we promise to serve the city of Delray Beach in the same way. We promise to provide news articles pertinent to the city of Delray Beach and its surrounding area. We hope to provide local news that everyone can depend on. I would like to thank you for your continuing support and wish the Delray Beach Tribune a bright future. My goal is to always provide the city with local news because we truly are “Your Closest Neighbor.”

POSITIVE LIVING By Dr. Synesio Lyra, Jr.

Finding the Right Words Having a vocabulary is essential for all human interactions. It is with words that we share our accumulated knowledge, and communicate our deepest emotions about any issue important to us, or a new idea being considered by us. People remain free to convey such feelings, or not, but it is with clearly formed phrases that our evaluation of any situation can best be expressed, and our personal opinion made known! Again, we need the right words if what we say is to be understood and a positive impact is made! Nevertheless, there are situations in life when the most loquacious persons find themselves at a loss for words which best verbalize their mindset at a particular moment. It is also true that sometimes a person’s actions speak louder than words. Children, which might fail to employ the magic words “thank you” after receiving a present, may still manifest their enormous gratitude. Most often, it comes by the interest immediately shown for the gift, by the manner of treating the gift, and by a variety of other positive reactions to it, short of the specific, appropriate terms of appreciation. Right words, however, remain the best vehicles to

express one’s thoughts and anything a person wishes to communicate. Some people may utilize bumper-stickers on their cars, wear T-shirts with a message, carry posters or banners to manifest their opinions on a variety of concerns. Yet, words coming directly from a person’s mind and mouth are most preferred. This is so, especially, in conversations between individuals. Developing a good vocabulary is the most adequate way for anyone to select the right words in any interpersonal, human exchange. And the most effective manner to be in control of language is through much reading and the quick employment of new terms learned, as one converses with others, writes in a diary, produces an article or essay, or utilizes public platforms to address any audience. Using the right words in any situation is always the most ideal route to follow. Addressing any issue with clarity seldom leaves any doubt in people’s minds as to what is being conveyed. The communicator is the one responsible to make the ideas fully lucid, for the benefit of readers or hearers. This is especially significant when to goal of what is conveyed demand the right words to convey our messages, regardless of their content!

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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Doing the Right Thing

If you know of someone in your community who distinguished himself or herself through their behavior when no one was watching and by establishing themself as a role model, we need to know. Send us an email to” describing the circumstance. If you have a photo, that will even be a bonus. Mayor Woddie McDuffie presents

Joseph Vashlishan of Environmental Services with a SPIRIT award. From Monday through Saturday and sometimes on Sunday, Vashlishan works overtime when there is a city event “and he does this with a smile on his face and never complains” Jennifer Buce, Litter Prevention Coordinator, said.


As one of my students puts it, “Summer School, Time that could have been spent lounging around, reading magazines, eating ice cream and doing my nails. Unfortunately, I’m stuck in Summer School!” Last month I got a last-minute phone call asking whether I was interested in teaching Summer School at Toussaint L’Ouverture High School, my employer for the past two years. Wow! Another opportunity to create opportunities with movies. How could I say no to that? I couldn’t, so I quickly agreed. The first day of class I explained to the students that bees, like ants, have a leader, who is known as a queen. I told them it is okay to be an ant or a bee worker and follow the leader. But if they knew they were leaders, be one. I had to let them know that they were indeed leaders, movers and shakers. How can you lead if you don’t know you are a leader? How could they be expected to produce a movie, if they didn’t know to lead the cast and crew? My students’ mindset changed 100 percent after they realized who they were. All it took was me telling them. Do your children know who they are? Not only did my students realize opportu-

nity in movies, they realized the opportunity of life. They now know that they can do anything and only they can stop themselves. I recalled inviting my friends, actor Ron Shimshilashvili, and Renaud Mariotti, a Miami businessman, to speak with a few students the last week of the school year. Renaud brought a $200,000 Lamborghini, which impacted the students in ways that I could have never imagined. It was a huge deal. He told them how he came to America 10 years ago with nothing, like most of them who came from Haiti, perhaps with very little or nothing. Now he has a company that buys and sells the best cars made in the world. He also told them to ignore people who may tell them they can’t do anything in life. “With hard work, you can make your dreams come true too,” he assured them. They listened and took as many pictures as they could. Later that day, the car was used in a movie, “She is a Spy,” which will premier in theaters later this month. Already, I think we have created opportunities with movies this summer. Gary Davis teaches filmmaking at Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts & Social Justice.

Stress Ain’t No Joke By Toni Marshall Since I have an en suite bathroom, I leave the door open following my morning shower. One morning, while standing naked, preparing to do my morning assault of lotions, deodorant, perfume and all the things we ladies do for a proper start, my 6-year-old daughter peered in and said, “Since you are naked, Mommy, you better close the door so the neighbors won’t laugh at you!” The practical side of me brushed away her advice, figuring she was trying to convey “embarrassment,” since I’m always scolding her for running around and doing flips, while baring her naked

rump. The other side of me looked at my reflection and wished for my 17-year-old body or even something close to someone in better shape. I’d picked up about 10 pounds over the past few months, after proudly shedding and keeping off a bunch for almost two years. What happened? Stress! The dirty, six-letter-word. If the Defense Department could contain stress and use it as a weapon, it would be the bomb! Let’s think about stress: It causes hair and weight loss, weight gain, acne, insomnia, body aches, and in worst cases, cancer, suicide and homicide. A lot of us are having a harder time maintaining these days. We can blame it on a poor economy,

inflated expectations, increased job duties, unemployment, and, in many cases, trying to keep up with “The Jones.” So we pig out and wig out to make that anxious feeling go away. My solution was bowls of Blue Bell Pistachio Almond ice cream. We couldn’t keep it in the house. And, I had large cups of McDonald’s Sweet Iced Tea each day for weeks. Hey, don’t judge. That tea is only a dollar. I had sweet tea coming out of my ears. The worst thing, however, was I stopped exercising—walking three miles or more a day- in my case. I think if I’d continued to walk, I wouldn’t have been so stressed or so plump. Exercise is even more powerful than stress. It doesn’t look like our burdens are going away any time soon, but if we could

exercise a few days a week, it would really help. I know. There isn’t enough time in the day for it. And, we black women always complain about the hair nappin’ up from sweat, bustin’ that relaxer. I say, go natural, get a good weave, or wear a wig. Waking up an extra 20 minutes to do some old-fashioned calisthenics or even going to bed 20 minutes later to exercise, can help. They generally don’t advise exercising before bed, but if it’s the best you can do, do it. Grab 20 minutes to walk around the office complex. I figure, if I can manage my stress through exercise, I can indulge in my guilty pleasures, and get dressed without being part of a comedy show, real or imagined.

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Safety Alert Safeguard Your Cell Phones, Wallets My name is Thomas Mitchell and I am a captain with the Delray Beach Police Department, assigned as the Division Commander for Community Patrol. Community Patrol encompasses the Road Patrol officers, the Clean & Safe Unit, which is a team assigned to the Entertainment District, and the Problem Oriented Policing (P.O.P.) Unit, which is a specialized team that focuses on addressing crime in a specific neighborhood. This month, I would like to address the thefts of cellphones and purses from café tables along East Atlantic Avenue. South Florida is a beautiful area to live, work and play. The sun shines just about every day and the weather is warm, the landscape lush and green and the beaches mesmerizing. Unfortunately, when we live in paradise, we become complacent. We forget about problems and let our guards down, which creates an environment that is inviting to criminals, especially the opportunistic ones. Do not leave your cellphone, wallet or tablet on the table while dining, sipping coffee or just enjoying time with friends. There were 24 thefts of  cell phones or wallets along East Atlantic Avenue from Swinton Avenue to Federal Highway in the past six months. Many times the criminal element blends in with the crowd and takes advantage of these types of opportunities, swiping your property right from the table before you even know it and then they quickly disappear back into the crowd. One quick turn of a corner and they are gone. Please put your property in your pockets or place them on your lap or under the table. Ladies, this also includes your purses and bags. I often observe these items draped across the back of your chair, creating another perfect opportunity for the criminal. Delray Beach is a beautiful location and to keep your visit on the happier side, secure your property when out and about, enjoying your time with friends and family. If you observe any suspicious activity, call the police. Of course, if it is an emergency, dial 9-1-1, but if it does not rise to that level of urgency, you may dial the non-emergency number, 561-243-7800 or Crime Stoppers at 561-458-TIPS (8477). You may follow us on Facebook and Twitter at: and  Twitter@#Delraybeachpd.

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“WANTED FUGITIVE” NAME: Darryl Bent ALIAS: RACE: B SEX: M DOB: 10-3-77 HEIGHT: 5’11” WEIGHT: 175 HAIR: Black EYES: Brown IDENTIFYING MARKS: Scar on right hand LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: N.W. 43rd Ave., Delray Beach OCCUPATION: N/A WARRANT FELONY: 1) Failure to appear, dealing in stolen property, false verification of ownership 2) Failure to appear, sale of substance in lieu of a controlled substance “WANTED FUGITIVE” NAME: Alexander Houston ALIAS: Russell Johnson RACE: B SEX: M DOB: 7-16-81 HEIGHT: 6’2” WEIGHT: 180 HAIR: Black EYES: Brown IDENTIFYING MARKS: Multiple tattoos LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: N. Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach OCCUPATION: N/A WARRANT FELONY: Home invasion robbery with a firearm

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The Queen Bee By Jessica Michel

Summer School! This is time that could have been spent lounging around, reading magazines, eating ice cream and doing my nails. Unfortunately, I’m stuck in Summer School. But it’s not all that bad, because recently I discovered, I am a queen. At first I thought I was going to be bored to death, but that was not the case. The first day, my teacher talked for the entire class, or so it seemed. This class was approximately two hours. At the end of the day, it felt as if my head was going to explode. But I learned a lot. Most importantly I learned not just to be a bee, but

to be the Queen Bee. The class taught me how to be a queen bee because it takes decision and determination and I can do that. It’s not easy because you are supposed to be honest, to be a model student and do the right thing. Being a queen bee is just being yourself, doing your own thing and not being afraid to lead the pack. People do follow me. I am not showing off nor am I conceited. I am a leader in many ways: helping my little brothers and in my relationship with my boyfriend. But guess what, I do not lead all the time even if I am a queen bee. There are some places, such as church, where I am pleased to follow and I am OK with that. I really am. Jessica Michel is a senior at Tous-

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July, 2012 • Year I • Number 003

Hundreds Pay Homage to Rushin, South Florida’s Radio Icon

By CRA News Service Friends, family and fans trickled into the Hollywood Improv recently to honor South Florida radio legend Jerry Rushin who retired after four decades in the business. In a five-hour live on-air broadcast, dozens others, including elected officials, celebrities and just loyal listeners, participated. They paid tribute to Rushin for his years of service to the community as a radio leader pioneer to the community of South Florida. “Jerry combined something unique in Miami in that he was the voice of the community and at the same time he was the conscience of that community,” said Bo Rivers, his former boss whose father hired Rushin. “I love this man. I trust this man and I did my best to support this man. He is my family.” Among those present were former Miami County Commissioner Barbara Carey-Shuler, rapper Luther Campbell, and one of Rushin’s teachers. U. S. Representative Frederica Wilson called in from Washington, D.C., and former representative Kendrick Meek also chimed in. Several spoke of how Rushin believed in them and “gambled in them” when no one would give them a job in the business then. In 1973, Rushin began his career at WEDR Radio Communications as “Super Jerry J,” a part-time announcer. Two years later, he became the program/music director and sales rep. In 1980 Jerry was offered the position of general manager, and his leadership since that time has been a hallmark of radio excellence in Miami and around the country.     Rushin began his career at heritage station WEDR (99 Jamz) in 1973 as the part-time on-air personality “Super Jerry J”. Two year later, he stepped away from


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manager, and later Miami vice president and market manager for Cox Media Group. The company also owns WFLC 97.3 FM, WHQT continued on pg.16

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Hundreds Pay Homage to Rushin, South Florida’s Radio Icon continued from pg. 13 105.1 FM, and WFEZ 93.1 FM. His leadership since then has been a hallmark of radio excellence in Miami and around the country.    Under Rushin’s leadership, both WEDR and WHQT held the top position for more than five years – a notion that what would be considered unthinkable in any radio market, much less the highly competitive industry in South Florida. “During the course of my career, I have had the great opportunity of being mentored by many exceptional people, and, in turn, the privilege of contributing to the growth of many others,” Rushin

said. “My time in Miami radio has been more fulfilling than I could have imagined, and I will always carry deep respect and genuine love for those that have been part of building our brands. “While I am sad to be leaving the day-to-day interaction with a remarkable group of people and a business I love, I am excited about this new phase of my life and the opportunity to contribute even more to the Miami community during my retirement,” Rushin said. For more on the retirement and to see more photos, visit Delraybeachtribune. com

West Boca Chamber of Commerce Business Networking Breakfast • Interested in establishing mutually beneficial relationships with other business people and potential clients and/or customers? • Join me and the West Boca Chamber of Commerce for a business networking breakfast at the Boca Greens Country Club, Tuesday, July 10, 2012 from 7:30am-9:00am.

Our Speaker will be .... Sara Doctofsky Ms. Doctofsky, is the former Keynote Speaker and Marketing Sales Director of the South Florida Business Journal, (Publisher of the annual Book of Lists) She is currently the President of her own, “The PROfessional You”. Ms. Doctofsky will discuss “effective advertising, networking, marketing techniques, time management & other business services to help attract new customers and increase the bottom line.” Start your day off right and join the Chamber at our monthly breakfast meeting where you can meet local professionals from diverse backgrounds and expand your business. It has been often said that the success of a business is determined by how well you market your company’s products and/or services.

Cost: $20 per person Please RSVP on the Chamber website:; or call the Chamber Office at 561-482-9333. You can also contact Madeline EvansErvin directly with any questions at 561-613-7234 Reservations must be made by Monday, July 9th, 2011. Cash, check or credit card payments may be made at the door.

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HEALTHY LIVING By Marcia Perretto

Organic or Conventional? Are organic products healthier? Are they more nutritious? What is the difference? The reality is, organic products are taking space in the grocery stores creating questions and doubts. At one side apples cultivated conventionally, at the other those cultivated in an organic way. Both are rich in vitamins a fibers, free of fat, cholesterol and sodium. But which one should you choose? The produces cultivated conventionally are generally cheaper, but are the organics more nutritious? What is the Difference? The term “organic” refers to the way farmers cultivate fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and meat. The practice of organic cultivation encourages the conservation of soil, water, and helps to reduce the environmental impact. Farmers who produce organics do not use conventional methods for fertilization, weed or bug control. Instead, they practice a rotative system for planting and utilize manure as fertilizer. The United States Department od Agriculture (USDA) established a certification program demanding all organic products must meet a certain criteria. The requirements vary from how these products are cultivated to how they should be handled and processed. All organic products must be USDA certified, and only farmers who sell less than $5,000 per year of organic products are excused from the certification, however they must follow the rules. When a product carries a “USDA Organic” tag it means that it has been processed according with the governmental guidelines. The use of the tag is optional but the majority of the farmers prefers to use it. Products that are completely organic like fruits, vegetables, eggs, and others made of only one ingredient are considered 100% organic and carry the certification tag. Products that contain more than one ingredient like cereals for example, may hold the tag based on the following:

- “100% organic” - this stamp means the product is 100% organic or it is made of Ingredients 100% organic. - “Organic” - to use this seal the product must be at least 95% organic. - “Made with Organic Ingredients” - products that contain at least 70% organic products”. But are “Natural” and “Organic” terms the same? No. “Natural” or “Hormone Free” is stamped on several products and may even be the truth, but should not be confused with the term “organic”. Only products that meet the USDA criteria for organics may hold the seal “Organic”. Practical Nutritional Conclusions When you ingest organic products you avoid the ingestion of chemical substances used in the conventional products like those made of human hair or insects. Just that is already worth the money. But it is very important to pay attention in the quality of the product so called “organic”. In general the best product is the one cultivated in a unpoluted area, where the farmers use biodynamic techniques to prepare the ground. Next, the products “certified organic” followed by products cultivated naturally and organically but without the seal. In each one of these products there is a variation in quality, depending in the knowledge and technique used, and the people involved in the farming. Health Tip of the Week Independently of the produce being organic or not, all fruits, vegetables, and grains must be very well washed to eliminate all residues and contamination from it. Several publications state that the produce with the highest contamination index are: apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, imported grapes, peppers, potatoes e blueberries. Leafy greens including collard greens must be well washed as well.

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The Blue Anchor British Pub Restaurant

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By Marc Kent

This is a congenial British style pub with an accent on some 20 brands of imported beers – both ales and lagers. Generally a pub has a somewhat limited food menu that works well with the brews offered. Here the menu is overwhelming with over 50 major selections. From a list of 12 appetizers we sampled the “Appy Tappie Plate” consisting of a scotch egg, fried banger, fried meatballs and sausage roll – with chili garlic, hot mustard and HP sauces(similar to A-1 sauce). Nice way to get acquainted. We had a bowl of warm mussels served with a baguette and tasty broth. Unfortunately, the smoked fish dip combination of kingfish and mahi was bland and tasteless. Soups of the day included a hearty black bean- very smooth and delicious, as was creamy sherry bisque. The baked brie was a poor choice – almost tasteless cheese covered with almonds, blueberry glaze and served with a couple of cantaloupe slices – I’d skip this one. Six salads are listed but none tasted by us. Good news…the fish and chips had full taste with its light batter coating – very nice. Another winner was “Pirates Pepperpot”, fish, scallops and mussels in a great peppery tomato sauce – it has a bite and an after bite! The Dublin fishcakes were drab and boring, avoid this. There are five other fish dishes listed – all served with green peas or baked beans or Anchor’s fries.

Some 15 meat/poultry items are featured – we had a surprisingly good beer tenderloin stroganoff – unusual for a British pub. Also, the Steak Balmoral was a juicy pan seared filet mignon with mushrooms and scallions in a creamy sherry sauce – very nice, indeed. Sorry – the sautéed calves liver was bland, even with its onions and bacon in a sherry sauce. Try the Shepherd’s pie – one of many variations we’ve sampled and this is a fine rendition with a delightful taste. We were also treated with a delicious seafood pie with its shrimp and scallions in a great sauce. There are six other savory pies to choose from as Blue Anchor does pies to perfection. Of the four desserts, we found the Blue Anchor’s version of the English sherry trifle to be very, very pleasant. Their apple crumb we tried had a nice crust with the apple slices, though the tart’s bottom was blackened and inedible – Chef take note. Blue Anchor lists nine hot sandwiches, covering beef, lamb, bacon and chicken – all with fries, lettuce and tomato, onions and a choice of 6 toppings. We’ll try to taste them in the future. Blue Anchor is open every day from 11:30AM to 2AM.There are happy hour specials Monday through Friday until 7PM. Blue Anchor is located at 804 East Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach (561-2727272). Go and enjoy!



By Skip Sheffield

Though “Brave” is set in 10th century Scotland, it is dedicated to the contemporary memory of Apple innovator Steve Jobs, who bought the studio in 1986 and sold it to Disney in 2006. That alone should tell you this  first  PixarDisney CG 3-D animated fairy tale is no ordinary children’s story. “Brave” is quite extraordinary as a matter of fact. For one thing it has a strong young female hero, Princess Merida, an expert archer voiced by Kelly Macdonald. For another, Merida is a defiant feminist, who does not want to follow the dictates of her traditionbound mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). It comes as no surprise the story was written by a woman, Brenda Chapman, who originally was set to direct as well (Mark Andrews was ultimately tapped as director). It was Merida’s genial father, King Fergus (Billy Connolly) who unwittingly sowed the seeds of rebellion when Merida was a young girl by giving her a bow and arrows for her birthday. When  Merida  defies her mother by declaring an archery competition to win her hand, then humiliates the young suitors, the family fabric is rent both physically and metaphorically. “Brave” is much darker than typical children’s fare, and some parts of it toward the dramatic finale may frighten wee ones. The violent action is lightened with much physical levity (love Merida’s three little red-headed brothers).  The underlying message about the sanctity of family and the healing power of forgiveness add an almost biblical weight. “Legends are lessons,” we are told. Although this legend is brand new, it rings of eternal truth. Don’t miss the charming opening short, “La Luna.” Four stars   “Safety Not Guaranteed” in Time-Travel Romance

“Safety Not Guaranteed” may be the first time-travel romantic fantasy ever based on a newspaper want ad. Derek Connolly won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance Film Festival for a story inspired by an actual ad: “Wanted: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid when we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed.” Time-travel  has been the stuff of fantasy even before H.G. Wells and Jules Verne in the 19th century. “Safety Not Guaranteed” is a modern hipster spinoff, set in scenic Ocean View, Washington. Kenneth Calloway (Mark Duplass), an eccentric, somewhat paranoid, possibly brilliant young man, placed the ad. A young Seattle magazine reporter, Jeff (Jake M. Johnson) and two green interns Arnau (Karan Soni) and Darius (Aubrey Plaza) set out on a possible wild goose chase to see if Kenneth is for real. Director Colin Trevorrow has a wonderfully light touch and balance between absurd comedy and touching, budding romance. It helps that Mark Duplass and Aubrey Plaza are adorable together and we want to believe them. Yes, ultimately “Safety Not Guaranteed” is an effective date flick. You may want to ponder what romance has ever been safe- or life itself for that matter. Three stars

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Thinking about transformation in your house can often cause a headache. The mess… how long it will take… it makes you want to give up entirely! Today I will show a simple and easy way to transform a look. I love to complete small transformations in my house. This idea is incredibly simple, and once you are tired of it you simply take it down. The wall stickers or wall decals make any space look pleasant and inviting. You can find them in various stores such as Amazon, Pier One Imports, or even shopping online. Often do-it-yourself projects are simple and accomplished in less than one day. Let’s see some ideas!!

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By Clay Robinson

How Unbreakable is a Bond Remember when there was such a thing as bonds. Relationships we took for granted and knew they would weather any storm. We used phrases as “Blood is thicker than water” and “A family that prays together, stays together.” Even still included in marriage vows is “Till death do us part.” How strong are the bonds between two people today?  Do bonds even exist anymore?  I sometimes find myself cringing when someone speaks about bonding. Especially when I have worked for bosses who insist that the staff bond and resort to repeatedly having you and your coworkers endure those bonding workshops and exercises that only bring to life why you really don’t like each other in the first place. The strongest bond, we were told, was the bond between parent and child.  I sometimes question to what extent these bonds still exist. At least once a week, you can see on the news or read in a newspaper in any city of a child killing a parent or a parent killing a child. Children are abandoned, abused, and sold every day.  Can you do this to someone with whom you have a bond? Throughout my years of working in and volunteering with social service agencies I have dealt with plenty of mothers who have abandoned their babies in hospitals after giving birth and fathers who have turned their backs on children because the relationship with the mother had ended. I have visited nursing homes where I find parents and grandparents who have been left behind and practicality forgotten and talked to young children who fantasize about ways to tor-

ture their parents when they don’t get what they want. Does this sound like people who share bonds? I think not. I watch my sister, the mother of two teenage children, and I am baffled by her inability to bond with them. I see the loving relationships she has with the children of her friends and her nieces and nephews. Yet when it comes to her own children, it seems there is no bond at all. I speculate as to whether or not it has to do with the poor relationship she had with her mate, their father, who is now deceased. Could it be possible that not having a healthy relationship with the mother or father of your children interferes with the bond or lack thereof you develop with the children the two of you create?  I think so. What is a bond and what makes it unbreakable? Webster’s defines a bond as something that binds, fastens, confines, or holds together. With human relationships this takes some type of commonality along with emotions, such as affection and trust for this bond to be created. But like anything that has been bound, fastened or held together, no matter the glue, if we’re determined enough, it can always be broken, torn apart, or separated.  So I guess there is no such thing as an unbreakable bond. I have seen long-term relationships that include friendships, marriages, siblings, and those between parents and child ripped apart over petty disagreements, money, lifestyle choices, hurt feelings, and envy. When you can give up on a relationship for things that are sometimes small and petty how strong was the bond to begin with?

Clay Robinson is the president of R&R Domestic Services, a local company that prevents domestic violence through early intervention. He teaches anger management and conflict resolution classes with the Knights of Pythagoras Mentoring Network.

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FAITH By Casey Cleveland

Intentional Freedom Happy Fourth of July! What a great time to celebrate our freedom and enjoy our independence as Americans. But I must ask if there is more to our citizenship than simply celebration and enjoyment? I am not against those concepts, I am all for a good party like the rest of us, I just have a sense that we, at times, miss the whole point for the sake of a once a year BBQ and some fireworks. I do the same thing when it comes to my faith. The Apostle Paul seemed to somehow know I might miss the big picture when he wrote his letter to the Galatians as he said, “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” I need this everyday, because I will be tempted to make my freedom about me and miss the whole point. Two key observations that can help us reorient around service before we lose ourselves to consumerism. First, freedom always has a cost. For Americans, it was paid for by the life and death of many who believed in something far greater than their own comfort. For those who follow Jesus, it was paid for by the life and death of Christ who went to a cross and took the penalty that our sin had earned. Remembering the severe cost of freedom will bring about humility and grat-

itude that leads to a heart that serves. Second, freedom always has a purpose. For Americans, we have independence for the sake of humanity. We believe it best represents how our Creator has designed us to function. For those who follow Jesus, we have been set free from our sin for the sake of loving God and loving others. Remembering the purpose of freedom will bring about intentionality and purpose that leads to a heart that serves. Freedom is much like the biblical concept of grace. An undeserved gift meant to transform the recipient. I did not earn the sacrifice of the men and women who willingly gave of their lives so that I could live in freedom. I did not earn the sacrifice of Jesus who willingly gave his life so that I could live in eternal freedom. And the wonder of grace is that it never leaves you where it found you. Nothing motivates like grace. So this Fourth of July I invite you to celebrate, enjoy, but most of all serve those in need around you. I challenge you to be known more as a servant rather than one who is served. Look for ways to use your freedom for more than just your personal comfort and convenience. May the eternal truths of the Scriptures be our catalyst in understanding and living out our freedom in such a way that shape our hearts after the One who grants true freedom.

Casey Cleveland, is pastor at The Avenue Church, Delray Beach’s fastest-growing new church. The Avenue Church opened in September 2010 and meets at the Delray Beach Community Center and sometimes at Old School Square. Pastor Casey may be reached at


A Missing Caucus At the United States Congress there are a number of caucuses of the members of the House and Senate. For the most part these are partisan committees whose sole purpose is to stop the sworn agenda of the other political party and remove their political rivals from office. In far too many incidents these sworn objectives are counter-intuitive and counterproductive to the best interest of the country and the best interests of large segments of our citizens. A new caucus is now suggested as the only caucus which can actually help rather than harm the United States of America and you and me, let’s call it “The statesman’s caucus.” By definition a “statesman” is a senator or representative who puts the interests of the country and all its people above his or her own interests, or the interests of his or her own political party. All senators and representatives who seek to join our caucus would have to swear to the following oath: “The undersigned (state your name) agrees to use his or her politi-

cal power and vote for the best interest of The United States of America, whether or not it is in the best interest of his or her political party. The undersigned agrees to consider all options proposed by other members of the caucus without consideration of the political interests of the party from which it comes and further agrees to always choose those propositions which will best serve the interests of the country and all citizens. The members of the Statesman’s Caucus adopt and promise to apply the aphorism that “The art of politics is compromise,” and acknowledge that the best interests of the Country and its citizens are often found in compromise and are more important than the interests of either political party or any candidate for any office.” I would invite Representatives Allen West and Debbie Wasserman Schultz to sign and return their oaths immediately, thereby becoming the co-chairs of the caucus.

Michael H. Gora has been certified by the Board of Specialization of The Florida Bar as a specialist in family and matrimonial law and is a partner with Shapiro Blasi Wasserman & Gora P.A. in Boca Raton. Mr. Gora may be reached at mailto:mhgora@ Support your community newspaper - Patronize The Delray Beach Tribune Advertisers. Let them know you saw their Ads in the Delray Beach Tribune.

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Investments Limited Acquires Mayfair Plaza Shopping Center in Delray Beach

BOCA RATON - Investments Limited recently purchased Mayfair Plaza Shopping Center, a charming 8,216 sq. ft. retail center in the heart of Delray Beach, located between Linton Blvd. and Atlantic Avenue. Tenants include: Scuba Center, Inc, Delray Gold Mine, K & W Gun Works,

Your Body & Life – Vitamins & Nutrition And Salon Trace. The center immediately to the north, Aspen Towers and the center to the south, Portofino Square are also owned and managed by Investments Limited.

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How Effective is Your Personal Presentation? By Alpesh Patel

Last month we examined the effectiveness of your business card in terms of communicating information and establishing an initial impression about you and your firm. Let’s now dig a little deeper into the initial encounter and explore the impact some of your body language and communication style may have on the first impression that you’ll be creating. Body language encompasses many things, but for this quick exercise, let’s focus on the basics of the handshake, eye contact, and posture. Do you shake hands firmly and confidently? Do you make and maintain eye contact?  Do you stand straight and face them directly?  Keep in mind that a weak handshake, wandering eyes, or a casual posture can easily be misinterpreted as disinterested or even worse, disrespectful. When speaking with new contacts, do you talk more and listen less or talk less and listen more? Do you ask inquisitive questions to learn more about the other person and their needs? I know it’s easy to fall into the trap of explaining everything about your business, products and services, and why they should do business with you - we’ve all done it at least once. A great suggestion, to help manage this knee-jerk reaction, is it to have a “thirty second elevator pitch” to briefly explain your business and move grace-

fully to asking questions about their business and interests. Answering questions, for both parties, is much more engaging than simply guessing what the other person might want to hear about. Then, when it’s time to exchange business cards, do you ask permission to exchange cards? Do simply pass your card? Or, do you take the time to confidently and respectfully present your card - making it easy for them to read it as they accept it?  A little diplomacy goes a long way in respecting your business and theirs. And finally, throughout the process, do you share smiles during the dialog and make an effort to inspire a smile from the other person? There is no harm in being pleasant and having fun with the dialog. Special Note: This last point is extremely easy because if you smile, it’s impossible for the other person to not return a smile. Try it today with the next person you encounter. Alpesh Patel is the Chief Brand Harmonist at eSANGHE, a brand and strategic consulting firm. He is a brand and alignment strategist, business development expert, information architect, and for-purpose entrepreneur/activist. He may be reached at  Alpesh@eSANGHE. com  or 877.297.283 or  http://alpesh.

Deadline to Apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans in Florida is July 27

By U.S. Small Business Administration The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding businesses in Florida that working capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private nonprofit organizations affected by severe storms and tornadoes that occurred on Oct. 18, 2011. “Businesses that suffered economic losses as a result of the disaster and want to apply for low-interest loans from the SBA are urged to do so before the July 27, deadline,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA Field Operations Center East. Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) up to $2 million are available at 3 percent for private non-profit organizations of all sizes and 4 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years. The loans are intended to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other expenses that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. To be considered for this assistance, di-

saster survivors need to apply by the July 27, 2012 deadline. These EIDLs are available to small businesses and most private non-profit organizations in the following counties: Broward, Collier, Hendry, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach in Florida. To get disaster loan information and application forms, call the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-ofhearing) or send an email to Loan application forms can also be downloaded fromwww. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website

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