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Florida Atlantic University just received a gift of $3.8 million worth of fine art. The charitable gift from Attorneys Rick Stone and wife Lesley Blackner includes 17 paintings, with works by Henri Matisse, Edward Willis Redfield, David Park, and John Henry Twachtman.

The paintings will comprise the “Rick and Lesley Stone Art Collection”, and will be on display at the Ritter Art Gallery on FAU’s Boca Raton campus.

The Stones also provided additional support for the establishment of an art history teaching laboratory in the Ritter Gallery, which will provide college students with the opportunity to study art up close.

“We are pleased to provide these works with a lovely permanent home where they can be enjoyed up close by FAU students forever,”

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Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of attending an event at the Kravis Center for Performing Arts in Downtown West Palm Beach understands the level of class and brilliance this venue provides. I was lucky enough to walk across the Kravis Center stage as part of a graduating class of Alexander W. Dreyfoos High School of the Arts, and have experienced the wonderment of their regal ballet performance, The Nutcracker, as one of our family holiday traditions. While the Kravis Center is most notable for the performances it produces, this year outstanding remarks will be made about The Center itself after $50 million worth of upgrades are polished off.

Aside from an expanded lobby, additional restrooms, behind-the-scenes technology improvements, a valet

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Even though Palm Beach County has some exemplary public school options, some parents choose to enroll their children in private schools. There are almost 150 private schools in Palm Beach County serving more than 29,000 students.

When relocating to a new community, it’s important to make the right decision when evaluating your children’s education opportunities. Luckily, quality education is abundant in Palm Beach County. Below is a list of private education options for High School students in the Palm Beach County area.  

 

American Heritage School, Delray Beach FL

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American Heritage School is nationally-recognized as a rigorous college preparatory day school with a technologically advanced campus. More than 60% of the

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The School District of Palm Beach County is the tenth largest in the nation and the fifth largest in the State of Florida serving more than 193,000 students who speak 146 languages and dialects. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the school district has 22,340 employees, including more than 12,900 teachers. Considering graduation rate, college readiness*, and student-to-teacher ratio, below are the top 5 public high schools in Palm Beach County. All five of these schools happen to be magnet schools, which means that all residents of Palm Beach County are eligible to apply for attendance regardless of zoning.

 

1. Suncoast Community High School, Riviera Beach FL

Suncoast Community High School is a “magnet school” which means that all

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Living in Southeast Florida is a dream come true. A seemingly endless summer.  Live life like it’s one long weekend. Perhaps its to early to quit your job and run away from all responsibilities but you can get as close as it gets to the island life vibe here in the Palm Beaches.

We all have thought about it occasionally while sitting in a horrendous traffic jam, a boring meeting, or even as you’re shoveling snow out of the driveway, your thoughts turn to paradise. Walking along the beach, drinking frozen umbrella drinks from coconut shells, and never having cold feet again that a pair of socks and flips flops can’t warm up.  Oh, the smile on your face as drive to work along a beach road or winding intracoastal drive.

The fact of it is while some

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Within Southeast Florida you’ll spot all types of creatures in their natural habitat. If you’re looking to get wild just drive out west of town and visit Lion Country Safari, 2003 Lion Country Safari Road in Loxahatchee. This is Florida’s only drive-through safari and walk-through amusement park. Come spend the day on safari with over 1000 wild animals. It’s worth the trip!

This is a self-guided drive through the safari . You will have the opportunity to observe the animals from the comfort of your own vehicle.  When you enter the park, an informative CD will be offered to guide your safari.  Lion Country Safari has wild animal exhibits and encounters.   Animal feeding experiences such as feeding the giraffes.  Groups of young kids and adults

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Classical music has the curious ability to elicit broad ranging emotions when played well.  Lynn University, 3601 North Military Trail, Boca Raton, offers an acclaimed Conservatory of Music.  The Lynn University Philharmonia performs classical masterpieces, for the enjoyment of the community during their concert sequence. 

Lynn University’s highly trained students of the music conservatory present a seasonal concert series.   Concerts and performances are held at the Keith C. and Elain Johnson World Performing Arts Center, Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall and Snyder Sanctuary the community enjoyment.  

Classical Music Archives, by definition, is music written in the European tradition during a period lasting approximately from 1750 to 1830.  Such

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The state of Florida is just one of 15 states to offer a Tax-Free Holiday on School supplies during the first few days of August. According to the Palm Beach County 2019 School Calendar the first day of school for students is Monday, August 12th and several retailers and online websites offer tax breaks on school supplies and clothing.

During the sales tax break period, Florida law states that there will be no sales tax or local option tax (also known as discretionary sales surtax) will be collected on certain purchases. These purchases include:

• Clothing, footwear, or certain accessories selling for $60 dollars or less per item.
• Certain school supplies selling for $15 dollars or less per item.
• Certain computer-related accessories or personal computers

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With two weeks off from school for the holidays many local museums, science centers and after care programs offer Holiday camps to keep the little ones occupied during their holiday break.

Here are some of the holiday camps happening around Palm Beach County this holiday season.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach offers a full marine-science experience where kids will learn about the journey of the sea turtles and ocean conservation through their programs. The camp runs from Wednesday, December 26th through Friday, December 28th and then again Wednesday, January 2nd through Friday, January 4th from 9 am to 4 pm. The cost to sign up is $60 dollars per day. Ages 6 through 10 are welcomed to attend. Click here to learn more.

The South Florida

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It’s November, and this month is usually associated with the holidays and cooler wintery weather however it is also National Diabetes Awareness Month.  Did you know those diagnosed have face challenges daily?  Diabetes can affect every decision – what to eat, wear, do and other decisions about how they'll take care of themselves. Yet the 24/7 burden of diabetes management is often misunderstood. National Diabetes Month is observed every November so individuals, health care professionals, and communities across the country can bring attention to this chronic illness and its impact on millions.

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health

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