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Comment by Mary Kate Leming on Wednesday

Camino Real Bridge in Boca Raton to Close Friday, May 1


The Camino Real Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway in Boca Raton will be closed to traffic on Friday, May1, weather permitting.


The bridge closure is necessary to complete milling and paving work on Camino Real between Federal Highway and the Intracoastal Waterway.


The work was originally scheduled to be completed Wednesday, and now will be done over two days. Only Friday’s scheduled road work will require closing the bridge.


Traffic Friday is being detoured via A1A, Palmetto Park Road, S.E. 5th Street, and U.S. 1.

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on April 24, 2015 at 11:47am

Camino Real Bridge in Boca Raton to Close Wednesday, April 29


The Camino Real Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway in Boca Raton will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, weather permitting.


The bridge closure is necessary to complete milling and paving work on Camino Real between Federal Highway and the Intracoastal Waterway.


Traffic is being detoured via A1A, Palmetto Park Road, S.E. 5th Street, and U.S. 1.


Comment by Mary Kate Leming on January 22, 2015 at 1:29pm

Did you get gas at Mr. Mart in Boca Raton? You may be a victim of a crime. 


State of Florida Consumer Affairs Inspector discovered a credit card skimmer/reader had been attached to one of the gas pumps at the Chevron Gas Station – “Mr. Mart” - located in the 11000 block of Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton. 


This incident was reported to PBSO on January 21, 2015. 


If you filled up at this gas station and feel you may have been victimized you are urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on October 6, 2014 at 3:07pm
 Hundreds of Boca Raton Residents are Raising Critically Needed Awareness and Funds 
The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Boca Raton residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the inaugural Alzheimer’s Association Boca Raton Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Last year more than $57.2 million was raised nationwide for care, support and research efforts for those impacted by Alzheimer's.
Walk to End Alzheimer's participants will learn about Alzheimer's disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical trial enrollment, and support programs and services. Walk participants will also join in a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease.
Saturday, October 11, 2014 
6:30am Registration 
7:30am Opening ceremony 
8:00am Walk begins 
Mizner Park Amphitheater   
590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Start or join a team today at or 800.272.3900
Interview and photo opportunities: Check in at the VIP Tent 
o Caregiver Corrie LeMay, Mother had Alzheimer’s at age 49. 
o Emcees Rick Shockley from Sunny 107.9 and Susan Wise from Easy 93.1
o Chapter spokespeople Chair Pamela Higer-Polani and Co-Chair Victoria             Karasin
Jasmine Etienne, Communications Coordinator, 561.762.3799, 
About the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s:
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research.  Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. 
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on January 14, 2014 at 5:45pm

Palmetto Park Road Bridge to Close January 22 for Two Days


On Wednesday, January 22, the Palm Beach County Bridge Section will be closing the Palmetto Park Road Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for 48 hours.


The bridge will be closed at 6 a.m. January 22 and is scheduled to reopen at 6 a.m. January 24. The closure is necessary to replace the 28-year-old hydraulic span machinery for the two west spans.


Another two-day closure will be required in February in order to replace the machinery for the two east spans.


Message boards providing notification will be posted 7 days in advance.


If you have any questions, please contact Bridge Superintendent Barry Meve at (561) 233-3975,

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on October 4, 2013 at 1:54pm

Boca Raton Police warn residents & businesses about FPL Scam


Boca Raton, FL – Boca Raton Police Services Department Crime Prevention officers want to remind residents and local businesses to be aware of a scam affecting many Florida communities.  The scammers attempt to trick FPL customers into thinking their account is past due.  According to FPL, customers around the state are getting phone calls from people identifying themselves as FPL representatives, calling to inform customers that their bill is past due.  The “representative” then gets the unsuspecting customer to give their credit card number to the scammer or to pay the bill by PayPal to another account.


FPL says its employees will never call customers and ask for their personal information unless the customer initiates the phone call.  If you get one of these phone calls, do not give your personal information or credit card number to the caller. Tell them that you will call FPL customer service to verify the status of your account.


For more information you can visit the FPL Scam and Fraud page at:

Comment by Gregory Mertz on March 31, 2013 at 4:00pm

Please join us for the First Annual Boca Raton Community March of Remembrance

For additional information, please visit:

or contact us at


Comment by Mary Kate Leming on October 15, 2012 at 10:58am

Presidential Debate Road Closures


Beginning at 6:00 am Monday, October 22, 2012 and lasting until 2:00 am Tuesday, October 23, 2012 the following roads will be closed by the Boca Raton Police Services Department for the Presidential Debate at Lynn University.


  • Military Trail from Yamato Road to Potomac Road.
  • Potomac Road from NW 24th Ave to Military Trail.
  • Spanish River Blvd from Broken Sound Blvd to Military Trail.


*Other road closures should be anticipated throughout the debate period.


For up to the minute information please visit

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on August 21, 2012 at 1:24pm

Two Leading Nonprofits - AVDA – Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse and

Habitat for Humanity of Southern Palm Beach County

Team Up for Pick-up and Sale of Donated Goods



AVDA – Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc. is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity of Southern Palm Beach County for the collection and sale of donated items such as furniture, and home goods to strengthen the opportunity to serve those in need.

  Individuals and businesses, who wish to donate new or gently used items to AVDA, now have a new number to call to arrange for pick up of goods: 1-855-288-AVDA (2832).  Items that cannot be used in AVDA’s emergency shelter will be sold in Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores with the proceeds benefiting AVDA.

  Items intended for AVDA donation may also be dropped off at Habitat for Humanity’s two “ReStore” locations in Southern Palm Beach County:

  • 272 South Dixie Highway, Boca Raton 33432
  • 1900 North Federal Highway, Delray Beach 33483

  For more information about locations, please visit

  AVDA’s corporate office will continue to accept donations of clothing, food and personal care items for use in their emergency shelter. Call 561-265-3797 for more information.


“It’s important in these tough economic times for nonprofits to come together and offer creative solutions to fund important and critically necessary programs,” said Pam O’Brien, AVDA’s President and CEO.  “Nonprofits are held to a higher level of accountability and stewardship and AVDA is thrilled to be collaborating with another strong local nonprofit organization, such as Habitat for Humanity of Southern Palm Beach County


AVDA promotes violence-free relationships and social change by offering alternative choices to end violence and domestic abuse. For over twenty-six years, AVDA has been providing emergency shelter and support services for victims of domestic abuse and their families


AVDA is a leader in the violence prevention arena, engaging students and offering education and professional training to healthcare professionals, law enforcement personnel, social service agencies, employers and community groups on the topic of domestic violence.


For more information about AVDA and how you can help, please visit

The crisis hotline is available 24-HOURS a day at 1-800-355-8547

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on March 16, 2012 at 3:43pm

30-day warning period for red light cameras begins in Boca Raton


Boca Raton, FL – On October 13, 2010 the Boca Raton City Council approved red light cameras for certain intersections in the City.  Cameras began taking photos of red light runners at designated intersections in the City of Boca Raton on Thursday, March 15, 2012.  Cameras will operate 24 hours a day and capture still images and video of every vehicle running a red light at the intersections listed below. 


During the next 30 days, a warning notice will be issued to the registered owner of vehicles running red lights.  There will be no fine for this warning notice.


On April 14, 2012, the warning period will end.  Each violation thereafter will be reviewed and approved by the Boca Raton Police Services Department prior to an actual citation being issued. The registered owner may review the images online, and has the option to pay the fine or appeal the citation in court. These citations do not result in any points on the driver's record.


The safety cameras are located at:

  • East & West bound Glades Road at NW 15 Street
  • East bound Glades Road at St. Andrews Blvd

North bound St. Andrews Blvd at Glades Road

  • North and South bound Federal Highway at NE 20 Street
  • North and South bound Military Trail at Spanish River Blvd
  • North and South bound Congress Avenue at Clint Moore Road
  • East and West bound Glades Road at NW 2nd Avenue

For more information about the program, including a downloadable informational brochure and

answers to FAQs, please visit the Red Light Safety Program page on the Boca Raton Police Services Department’s Web site:  



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