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.

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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


Boynton Beach High’s Theatre Academy Presents Evening of Student’s Original Work

By Bito David

Students in the Theatre Academy at Boynton Beach Community High School will perform their humorous, moving and thought-provoking work on Nov. 7 and 8 at 7 p.m.

The 6th Annual Evening of Monologues, directed by Joe Ametrano, will take place at the BBCHS Black Box Theatre, 4975 Park Ridge Blvd, Boynton Beach.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students with valid ID and are available for both performances.

The School District of Palm Beach County encourages student participation in fine arts.  Student performances throughout the School District play an important part in the overall academic success of students. 

A growing body of research indicates that students with more arts education have higher academic achievement across the curriculum when compared to students who have less exposure.

For more information, contact Ms. Iraida Colon-Loehrig at 561-752-1526 or email iraida.colonloehrig@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

 


FAU Student Says he was Denied Laptop Because he's gay

By Tyler Kingkade

The Huffington Post  |

 

An openly gay student at Florida Atlantic University believes a campus librarian denied him the use of a laptop due to his sexuality.

Abdul Asquith attempted on Oct. 23 to check out a laptop at the Wimberly Library on the Boca Raton, Fla. campus. The laptop checkout requires valid university-issued identification, but when Asquith showed his FAU ID, the librarian refused him

dbt Abdul AsquithAsquith said the librarian looked at the ID and remarked, “You sound, look and act like a girl and in this ID is a man, therefore I’m not giving you a laptop.”

Asquith was “appalled,” “embarrassed” and “distraught,” he said. He was finally able to obtain a laptop after speaking with several librarians.

“Because he acts a certain way, he can’t possibly be this? It shouldn’t even be like that,” Samantha Lemessy, who witnessed the incident, told WPTV.

“People need to start speaking out and addressing this every time this happens,” Asquit added.

FAU spokesperson Lisa Metcalf confirmed in a statement to The Huffington Post Monday that the student was initially denied his request.

“The situation was quickly corrected and an FAU administrator issued an immediate in-person apology,” Metcalf said. “The University takes allegations of discrimination seriously and continues to investigate the incident.”

For FAU, a public university in Florida, it adds to a growing pile of controversies over the past year.

Another FAU employee with unpopular views, tenured professor James Tracy, claimed the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre and the Boston Marathon bombings were likely staged.

An FAU professor also began receiving threats after a student took offense to a classexercise in the spring where pupils were asked to write “Jesus” on a piece of paper and step on it. And early in 2013, the university received heated backlash after agreeing to name their stadium after a controversial for-profit prison group. One student protester said the university’s president clipped them with her car at one demonstration in March. The deal was eventually scrapped and the president resigned.


$3.025B Revenue Collection Begins Early

Constitutional Tax Collector Anne M. Gannon announces that her office is accepting 2013 property tax payments early.

 “I’m pleased to announce that this is the first time in anyone’s memory the office has accepted property tax payments early,” Gannon said.  “Our employees organized a terrific team effort and worked diligently in preparing for the 2013 tax season.  They finished ahead of schedule.”

DBT Taxes 2The official 2013 Property Tax Season starts Nov. 1.  Gannon’s office mails 686,556 property tax bills, representing total tax revenue of $3.025 billion which is up $60 million over last year.  The ad valorem tax, calculated by the Property Appraiser, represents $2.7 billion in property values.  The non-ad valorem tax makes up the balance of $320 million.

The five cities in Palm Beach County that pay the most in property taxes are West Palm Beach ($69.7 million), Boca Raton ($59.1 million), Delray Beach ($47.3 million), Palm Beach Gardens ($47 million) and Town of Palm Beach ($41 million). DBT Taxes

Palm Beach County’s top 2013 taxpayers by the amount of taxes billed are:

  1. Florida Power & Light Company                                $76,320,222.41
  2. Town Center at Boca Raton Trust                              $  7,142,931.02
  3. Bellsouth Telecommunications, Inc.                       $  5,753,841.39
  4. US Sugar Corporation                                                     $  5,125,974.09
  5. Garden Venture LLC (PGA Mall)                                 $  4,740,004.13
  6. Breakers Palm Beach Inc.                                              $  4,328,181.17
  7. Okeelanta Corporation                                                    $  3,442,570.05
  8. Comcast of Florida                                                            $  3,376,057.38
  9. Panthers BRHC LTD (Boca Resort Hotel & Club)   $  3,360,136.54
  10. TJ Palm Beach Assoc. LTD Ptnrs (Wellington Mall)    $ 2,960,821.12

Florida Statutes, Chapter 197.162, provides discounts for early payments as follows:

  • 4 percent  in November
  • 3 percent in December
  • 2 percent in January
  • 1 percent  in February
  • March payments receive no discount

Payments received after close of business Monday, March 31, 2014 are delinquent.  Penalties and fees apply to delinquent taxes.

Approximately eighty percent of all payments are received in November.

Gannon encourages online payments.  “It’s easy and our online payment center is open 24/7,” said Gannon.  “The best benefit of paying online is zero wait time.”

Property owners can ePay taxes at www.pbctax.com. For those new to the agency’s ePay website, they can check out the “Property Tax Help” features.  There is even a list of the Top 10 Mistakes to avoid when paying taxes online.