Where is Amanda the sea turtle?

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Amanda, an adult loggerhead sea turtle was rescued by a group of divers about a mile offshore from the Lake Worth Inlet on December 28, 2014. She was brought to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center for treatment.

Amanda’s latest position is 130 miles (211 km) south of Key West.

To track Amanda and other sea turtles that have been released from LMC, go to marinelife.org.

Amanda suffered from mechanical trauma to both front flippers. The wounds were healed at LMC and she was medically cleared for release.

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A cell phone-sized radio transmitter is attached to her shell that allows LMC officials to track her location.

The 300-pound sea turtle was successfully let go back into the Atlantic Ocean off of Juno Beach on June 11, 2015.

 

Winners announced in Young Entrepreneurs Academy in Jupiter

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A 16-year-old Benjamin School sophomore who overcame an affliction that drove her to pull out her hair was awarded $1,200 at Thursday night’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy to help other young people with mental illness.

“People will be able to relate to me. It’s a silent battle,” said Sophia DeRosa, a Jupiter resident who was chosen to advance to the YEA regional competition in May in Rochester, New York. Her business, Beat the Stigma, will be an on-line learning center for teenagers.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

 

New coffee shop coming soon to Abacoa in Jupiter

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New coffee shop in Abacoa expected to open later this month (Photo by Bill DiPaolo)

The owners of Crux Coffee Roasters, a coffee shop in Abacoa that plans to roast its own coffee, hope to open at the end of this month.

“We’ll have 10 single-origin coffees from countries such as Colombia, Costa Rica, Bali and other locations,” said Dan Rudden, who is opening the coffee shop with his wife Victoria.

The couple, who live in West Palm Beach, both have restaurant backgrounds. Dan grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey, and Victoria in Bogota, Colombia.

Along with coffee, Crux plans to sell pastries and snacks. The store will be open seven days. The exact hours have not been determined.

The shop, on Main Street near the Copacabana restaurant, will have seating for about 40, including seats on an outdoor patio.

FLF ATC LLC  paid $5.1 million in 2014 for Abacoa Town Center property that includes the former Rooney’s restaurant, Civil Society Brewing Company and JJ Muggs Stadium Grill.

Since then, new development has been growing in and around the property.

The Allure apartments in Abacoa are opening, with businesses on the bottom floors. The town finished a $4 million renovation of the nearby Abacoa Community Park. The Marriott Hotel opened across from Roger Dean Stadium. The Abacoa Golf Course finished a $1 million renovation.

 

 

Dad of missing Tequesta teen to urge safe-boating classes for youngsters in Jupiter

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Austin Stephanos holding a cobia

The father of Austin Stephanos, one of the Tequesta teens lost at sea last year, plans to be in Jupiter this morning to urge young people to take boating classes taught by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Blu Stephanos is scheduled to be at the Loxahatchee River Center at 11 a.m.

Austin and his friend Perry Cohen, also 14, were reported missing July 24 after leaving the Jupiter Inlet in a 19-foot Seacraft boat.

The Coast Guard called off its search that stretched from Daytona Beach to South Carolina on July 31. The families of the two missing boys called off the private search Aug. 9.

About 800 friends and family of Austin Stephanos gathered Nov. 13 at Jupiter First Church to say goodbye to the 14-year-old boy.

 

 

Public invited to grand opening for DuBois Home on Wednesday

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The DuBois Pioneer Home is open for public tours (Photo by Bill DiPaolo)

After a $600,000 renovation, the DuBois Pioneer Home is scheduled for a grand opening Wednesday, March 2 at 10:30 a.m.

The DuBois Home is located in DuBois Park, 19075 DuBois Road, Jupiter.

The event is free and open to the public.

Built on an ancient Indian shell mound in 1898 by north county pioneers Harry and Susan DuBois, the two-story, historic home attracted a steady stream of visitors until tours were halted after damage from hurricanes led to its closing in 2008.

Palm Beach Gardens getting garden, art for parents who lost children

Local artist Mark Fuller designed a sculpture that will be the centerpiece of a memorial garden in Palm Beach Gardens for parents who have lost children to reflect.
Local artist Mark Fuller designed a sculpture that will be the centerpiece of a memorial garden in Palm Beach Gardens for parents who have lost children.

Parents who have endured the heartache of losing a child will soon have a quiet place to reflect in Palm Beach Gardens.

The city’s Art in Public Places advisory board approved spending about $145,000 for a sculpture and memorial garden with a brick plaza along the lake at the Burns Road Recreation Center. Local artist Mark Fuller designed the sculpture of a heart with wings floating between two hands.

About a dozen members of Compassionate Friends of North Palm Beach attended the Art in Public Places board meeting to show their support for the memorial garden and sculpture. Among them was Dominick Capodiferro, whose wife Barbara made it her life ambition to see the garden come to fruition. She died Jan. 12.

“This has been her dream come true,” he said after the project got the green light from officials.

The Compassionate Friends started in England in the late 1960s as a way for parents whose children died to support one another. The chapter that meets locally once a month has about 40 active members, leader Theresa Iervolino said. They’re finding the need is growing, she said.

The sculpture and garden will provide parents with a more comfortable, serene place than the cemetery to remember their lost children, she said.

Read more about the project on mypalmbeachpost.com later today.

To learn more about compassionate friends, contact Theresa Iervolino at 772-333-2315 or co-leader Stephanie Hesse at 561-882-1426.