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Plane Lands Safely at PBIA With Engine Problems

WEST PALM BEACH — A commercial airplane landed safely at Palm Beach International Airport with engine problems Monday afternoon, the Delray Beach Tribune has learned.

The Southwest Airlines  737 flight reported that an engine was out, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

Ninety-one people were on board the plane when it landed shortly after 1:15 p.m.

No injuries were reported.


Communication is the Best Defense in the Fight Against Bullying

By Detective Daniella Quinn

 

It has to be a very painful and scary thing for parents to learn that their child is being bullied. As parents, you may find yourself pondering the tough question: Do I intervene on behalf of my children or hold back and let them work out the problem themselves?

DBT Bullying 1At times, it wasn’t until after the fact that parents learned their children were being bullied. And I think that’s probably true more often than not —  kids go through these things and never tell their parents.

One in 10 teens tells parents if they have been a cyber bully victim. Less than one in five cyber bullying incidents are reported to law enforcement.

Bullying is a repeated and hurtful act of someone intimidating or hurting another person.  This behavior includes taunting, teasing, spreading rumors, social exclusion, hitting or pushing, taking or breaking another’s property. Cyber bullying is online harassment to include sending mean texts, emails or instant messages, posting nasty pictures or messages about someone else.

In this fight against bullying and cyber bullying, communication is key. Parents should:

  • Talk to your children and explain to them what bullying is and that it is unacceptable
  • Teach your children about how to resolve conflicts peacefully and accepting everyone’s differences
  • Always keep open communication with your children; know their friends and most of all know their concerns
  • Encourage your children to not be afraid and report, to any trusted adult, any bullying that occurs to them or even if they see it occurring to someone else.  Let’s get the children to begin to speak up for one another and help their peers
  • Ask questions daily about what your children are doing in school; monitor their Internet and cell phone activity, set rules and guidelines for its use.  As a parent of a child using social media, educate yourself about the Internet and its various forms of communication and use parental controls.  Importantly, take the time to look at the social media conversations, the pictures/videos on your child’s profile page and make sure your children are aware of the consequences of any negative posts or comments.

There are, of course, a million forms of bullying, and sometimes the worst thing adults can do is look the other way. We’ve seen the worst cases where teenagers have used social media in horrible ways that has resulted in their peers committing suicide.

Though bullying is as old as classrooms, it is only in recently that states have moved to address this issue with legislation. Previously, this was simply the domain of schools. In 1999, only Georgia had an anti-bullying law. Today, every state except Montana does. In the past 14 years, states have enacted nearly 130 anti-bullying measures, half of them since 2008.

Spurred partly by the Columbine shootings in 1999, when it was reportedly that the suspects had been bullied, states began rapidly addressing bullying, according to a 2011 U.S. Department of Education report. Victims in 18 states now have legal recourse either from schools that fail to address the issue or from the bullies themselves.

The hopeful news is that in my lifetime, schools and law enforcement have become much more aware of the dangers of bullying and the need to be proactive. The bad news is it is still not enough.

Remember that bullying is not only wrong; it’s a crime and should be reported right away. Now is the time to stand up against bullying. Let’s continue to work together to keep the children in our community safe.

 

 

 


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.


Crash Snarls Traffic on I-95 in Boca

 BOCA RATON – A crash on Interstate 95 in Boca Raton has resulted in a traffic tie-up for miles.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash just north of Yamato Road.

There are injuries, according to the FHP.


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.


Olympic Heights High Students Build Holocaust Memorial Wall

Olympic Heights Community High School students are building a beaded Holocaust Memorial Wall to acknowledge and recognize the victims of this tragedy.

The project, under the direction of literacy teacher Abbe Snyder, came to life as an initiative from Snyder, Michael Klein, Judith Cohn and many other teachers at the high school after reading We Remember the Children about the Child Survivors/Hidden Children of Palm Beach County.

“The research goes along with all of the benchmarks and when students realize what happened, there is a common empathy and grief for this senseless tragedy in human history,” said Maureen Carter, Holocaust Studies program planner.

Students are currently in process of collecting and researching names of those murdered during the Holocaust. The following Synagogues located around Palm Beach County are helping to fund this project:

  • B’nai Torah Congregation, Boca Raton
  • Congregation B’nai Israel-Boca
  • Congregation Shirat Shalom, Boca
  • Congregation Torah Ohr at Century Village, Boca
  • Kol Ami of Boca Raton
  • Temple Beth Shalom of Boca Raton
  • Temple Sinai of Palm Beach, Delray Beach 

This will be a permanent exhibit at Olympic Heights Community High School.  A dedication ceremony will be organized during Yom Hashoah (Days of Remembrance) in April 2014

For more information contact Abbe Snyder at abbe.snyder@palmbeachschools.org or Maureen Carter at 561 434-8933 or maureen.carter@palmbeachschools.org

 


Black Violin to Perform at Plumosa

Students at Plumosa School of the Arts in Delray Beach are getting excited.  On Friday afternoon, Nov. 15, Plumosa students and teachers will take part in a concert and conversation with Black Violin, the classically trained hip hop artists.  

Black Violin’s Wil and Kev will share stories of their own personal journey and talk about the impact that music has had on their lives and the importance of establishing a solid foundation of positive values.  Wil and Kev are originally from Ft. Lauderdale, but travel internationally performing.  In Fact, Black Violin has performed at President Obama’s Inauguration, sold out the New Victory Theater on Broadway, wowed audiences at the legendary Harlem Apollo Theatre, accompanied Alicia Keys at the 2004 Billboard Awards, and collaborated with P.Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith and the Eagles.  Kev Marcus plays the violin, and Wil B plays the viola.

The rest of the school community can experience Black Violin at a benefit for Plumosa School of the Arts Foundation.   Black Violin (www.blackviolin.net), will perform their inspired combination of hip hop, rock, and R&B in a concert at the Plumosa School of the Arts on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. in Delray Beach. The concert is part of the Plumosa School of the Arts Foundation’s “Shooting for the Stars” evening to benefit the elementary school’s students.

The concert will be held at the Plumosa School of the Arts Auditorium, 2501 Seacrest Blvd., Delray Beach.  Tickets are $35 for general admission and $75 for VIP and can be purchased at: www.plumosafoundation.org.   VIP tickets includes an after concert reception with Black Violin.

Plumosa School of the Arts Foundation’s mission is to promote the vital importance of arts education for children and secure the resources to make it happen. Plumosa is a K-5, B-rated school.  For more information on the Foundation, visit www.plumosafoundation.org