If you live in West Boca, there are a few options that are close to home.
1) Camp Palmetto
Located at Loggers Run Middle School, this camp offers eight weeks of enriching activities and field trips for children from first grade through eighth grade. Typical trips include Boca Bowl, Laser Fun Zone, Lion Country Safari and Rapids Water Park. Regular camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. but pre and post camp supervision is available for an additional fee. The camp is divided into two four week sessions beginning June 11th. For more information, check out the website.
2) Summer Camp at Levis JCC
The Levis JCC has been offering summer camps for more than 20 years. They offer camps for infants, preschoolers and grade schoolers as well as a CIT Program and a program for campers with disabilities. The Upper Camp, for K through 9th grade, offers a variety of acitivities and entertainment. There are also field trips throughout the summer and occasional late nights or overnights. To register and find out rates, go to www.levisjcc.org/landing-pages/summer-camp.
3) Camp FLA
This summer fun camp program is for ages 5-14 and located at Boca Prep International School. The camp day runs from 9 am to 3:30 p.m. and extended day is available. They also offer a half day camp for swimmers aged 5 to 8. Campers are divided into 3 groups depending on age and swimming ability. The program runs from June 10 to August 16. In addition to swimming, campers enjoy other activities such as soccer, kickball, basketball and frisbee. An advanced competitive camp for ages 9-17 is also offered at FAU. To learn more about the camp, click on www.flaswim.com.
4) Delbo Cartoon Camp
The Cartoon Camp, started over 13 years ago, is an “Adventure into the Arts and Beyond.” This camp is for kids ages 5 to 14. Campers have the opportunity to choose from a variety of activities including comic book creation, animation station, computers and digital media, painting, sculpting and crafts. The sessions take place at Donna Klein Jewish Academy in Boca Raton. There are four 2 week sessions available from June 10 through August 9. To learn more, visit their website.
State Representative Kevin Rader spoke at this morning’s West Boca Chamber breakfast. He provided a legislative update on politics and policy in Tallahassee.
Rep. Rader was introduced with a lengthy biography. He is an insurance agent operating out of an office at Palmetto and Powerline, which he described as West Boca.
Rader talked about Medicaid expansion, describing it as for the working poor. It passed in the Senate and had support from the Governor. But it did not pass the house primarily due to opposition from Speaker Weatherford. Rader did not attempt to explain what motivated those opposed to it. For those interested in Weatherford’s thinking, see this article in Forbes.
He then went to give brief descriptions of several laws passed this session, as well as a few that did not pass.
There was a question and discussion about Rader’s bill to create a traffic violation for loud car stereos, which passed the House but failed in the Senate on a close vote. It sounded like a vague standard (clearly audible at 25 feet).
There was also discussion of proposals to accelerate the foreclosure process. And there was a question about why the legislature meets for only two months a year.
On Friday, May 10th, Spanish River High School’s seniors said their final goodbyes. The class of 2013 was amazing.
From an academic standpoint, this year’s class has been historic. Last year’s valedictorian wouldn’t have even finished in the top 15 of this year’s class. This year’s valedictorian finished with a 4.0 GPA and 5.5 HPA. More student’s then ever before have been admitted to Ivy League schools such as Princeton and MIT. On top of that, most of the graduating seniors who will be staying in Florida, will be going to UF and FSU.
It is inspiring to see the academic progress the school is making. It gives a lot of underclassmen and incoming 9th graders the message that if you take school seriously from day one, you will be rewarded!
Upcoming lectures put on by the West Boca Medical Center:
Thursday May 16 – AARP Driver Safety Court, 9 am to 3 pm, in the WBMC Education Center
Monday May 20 – Breast Disease Detection (Dr. Moss-Mellman & Dr. Blumhofe), noon at Glades library
Tuesday May 21 – Women’s Health: Unspeakable Joy, with MSN Lisa Neu, noon in the Education Center
Wednesday May 22 – Evaluating your breast cancer risk with Dr. Dudak, noon at Glades Library
Call 866-904-9262 to register.
On May 2, 2013 a huge thunderstorm hit parts of Boca Raton and Delray Beach. Spanish River High and surrounding areas experienced 7-9 inches of rainfall that day.
As a student at Spanish River, it was really unbelievable to see the destruction a storm could do in just one day to our school. I stepped outside after school that day to see a student parking lot that almost resembled a lake. I was one of the several hundred students who had to trudge through the knee deep waters to get to my car.
Due to the fact that there was water past cars’ exhaust pipes in some areas of the student and teacher parking lot, about 40 cars were stuck and had to be towed. Along with that, a couple accidents occurred due to the poor conditions in the lot and a few students were splashed by the wake the cars created. On the other hand, a couple of students decided to take advantage of the opportunity so they brought out their boards and skim boarded around the parking lot.
For some, this storm was a really unfortunate event; for others, the storm and flooding was a fun and unique experience.
Overnight, the lot had drained, and school resumed as usual.
Credit: Christine Alfano