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.
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.
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.
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.