Category Archives: Delray Digest

4 Injured in Collision With bus

 DELRAY BEACH – Four people were injured in a chain crash involving a sports utility vehicle, a pickup truck and a Palm Tran bus Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The crash occurred shortly before 10 a.m. along Federal Highway north of Linton Boulevard.

Delray Beach Fire-Rescue officials say that the SUV rear-ended the large pickup truck causing it to crash into the rear of a Palm Tran bus.

The drivers of both the SUV and pickup truck and two passengers on the bus were transported to local hospitals in stable condition, Fire-Rescue personnel said.


Head-on Crash Sends 1 to Hospital

DELRAY BEACH – A head-on crash sent one driver to an area hospital Thursday, authorities said.

The crash occurred shortly before 7 a.m. on South Dixie Highway, just south of Lindell Boulevard.

One vehicle crossed the center line and was struck by another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction, Delray Beach Fire Rescue Capt. Kevin Saxton said.

One driver was taken to a hospital in stable condition. The other driver was treated at the scene.

Delray Beach police are investigating the cause.

Delray CRA to Hear Redevelopment Presentations for West Atlantic Avenue

Three Development Teams Compete for 6.23 Acres

The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Board of Commissioners will hear presentations from three development groups vying for a chance to redevelop land along the West Atlantic Avenue Corridor at a meeting scheduled for 5:30 pm on Thursday, Oct. 10.

The presentations will be given during the regular CRA Board meeting, which will take place in the City Commission Chambers at Delray Beach City Hall, 100 NW 1st Avenue.

In August, the CRA received three responses to a Request for Proposals for 6.23 acres of land, between SW 6th and 9th Avenues. The proposals call for a variety of mixed-used buildings, including residential units, Class A office space, retail, and other community service businesses. The developers scheduled to present include Equity Enterprises USA; Jones New Urban Delray; and Prime Investors & Developers, the developers of the Fairfield Inn hotel in the 900-block of West Atlantic Avenue as a result of a 2010 CRA-issued RFP.

In September, the CRA previously heard a financial analysis of the three proposals. The board is expected to make a decision on the RFP at the meeting scheduled for Oct. 24. The CRA will allow members of the public to give their opinions about the development proposals at both October meetings.

Copies of all three developer proposals, along with a copy of the RFP and supporting documents, are available for review and download on the CRA website at For more information about the Delray Beach CRA, call the CRA office at 561-276-8640. To learn more about the CRA, its programs and initiatives, visit the CRA website at


Delray Medical Center Hosts Trick or Treat Themed Child Safety Event

DELRAY BEACH – The Delray Medical Center Pediatric Trauma Council is hosting “Passport to Safety,” a community outreach event, on Oct. 26.

The free event will be at Fire Station No. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  It is in collaboration with West Boca Medical Center and Delray Beach Fire-Rescue. The goal is to promote safety and reduce injuries in children.

As guests arrive to the “Passport to Safety” event, they will receive pretend passports. The firehouse will be set up with multiple booths, which will educate on topics ranging from water and bike safety to texting and driving. Participants will make their way to each of the stations until they receive a stamp of completion on their passport. Once the passport is filled, it can be turned in for a fun prize and/or face painting. Children will also have the opportunity to ‘trick or treat’ at each station to receive candy and prizes.

“We are proud to be a part of such an exciting outreach effort,” said Mark Bryan, chief executive officer of Delray Medical Center. “This event will be a great educational experience for the children in the community.”

To sign up for this event, or for more information, contact the Trauma Department at 561-495-3166.

Police Seek Witnesses to Crash Near ICW

DELRAY BEACH – Police are seeking witnesses to a crash on Atlantic Avenue near the Intracoastal Waterway Saturday night.

The crash occurred around 8:30 p.m., as the driver of a red pickup truck was eastbound on Atlantic Avenue.

As he crossed the ICW Bridge, he lost control of his truck. The car spun out and jumped a curb, striking a pedestrian, police said. The pedestrian, whose name was not released, was transported to Delray Medical Center as a trauma alert.

The truck came to final rest against a tree, just a few feet from the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway.
The investigation is ongoing; therefore no charges have been filed. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Traffic Homicide Investigator Daniel Cramer at 561-243-7800.

Dunkin’ Salutes National Coffee Day With Free Joe for Folks who Down-load the Dunkin’ app to Their Smartphones

By Chris Reidy

Globe Staff

Sunday is National Coffee Day this year, and Dunkin’ Donuts is not about to let such a red-letter day go by without a salute to caffeine.

In this case, the Canton-based coffee-and-baked-goods chain plans to give away free small cups of hot or iced coffee to folks who have downloaded the Dunkin’ app to their iPhones, iPod Touch devices, or smartphones that use Google’s Android operating system. The offer is good only on Sept. 29 at participating stores.

And the deal is: No app, no free Joe.

(The Dunkin’ App, which launched in the summer of 2012, is available for free from the App Store on iPhone or iPod touch or at and from the Google Play Store at

Participating Dunkin’ Donuts stores plan to celebrate National Coffee Day in other ways as well. On both Saturday and Sunday, 16-ounce packaged coffee will be available for a discounted price of $5.99 (typically it’s $8.99) , and a 14-count box of Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup packs can be had for a special price of $7.99, the company said. Generally, a 14-count box of K-Cup packs goes for $11.99.

“As the nation’s coffee leader, National Coffee Day is one of our favorite days of the year and a wonderful opportunity for us to recognize the important role our coffee plays in keeping millions of our guests running all day, every day,” John Costello, Dunkin’ Brands president of global marketing and innovation, said in a statement. “We are very much looking forward to celebrating this holiday by thanking our loyal guests through our mobile offer for a free cup of our famous coffee, special discounts on our packaged coffee and K-Cup® packs, and other exciting National Coffee Day programs still to come.”

Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. is the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and sister chain Baskin-Robbins, which has a focus on ice cream.

At the end of Dunkin’ Brands’ fiscal 2012, there were more than 10,500 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,000 Baskin-Robbins restaurants worldwide. For the full-year 2012, the company had franchisee-reported sales of $8.8 billion.

Chris Reidy can be reached at


Gospel Event Features top Performers

DELRAY BEACH – One of the biggest and most impressive gospel events of the year, Saturday’s Best, will take place at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m.
The Gospel Explosion will bring out some of the biggest gospel acts in South Florida, including Justified and Curtis Brunson, the Boynton Beach High School Dimensional Harmony Choir and St. John Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir.
These gospel music heavyweights will be supported by a number of up-and-coming acts in what is sure to be an unprecedented explosion of faith.

It’s free and open to the public but a love offering will be lifted.

For more information, call Clayton Bell 561-860-7372.