Children with disabilities to get ‘pro’ treatment Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium

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All base runners are safe in The Miracle League

The first pitch of a baseball game featuring children with disabilities is scheduled Saturday, March 19 about 4 p.m. at Roger Dean Stadium, right after the game between the Florida Marlins and Detroit Tigers.

The Miracle League’s players will receive the ‘pro’ treatment during Saturday’s game in Jupiter as their names will be called on the P.A. system,  their pictures will scroll on the outfield billboard and each player will get their own ‘walk up’ music as the get ready to bat.

League organizers hope this first-time exposure to the Miracle League and its mission will open the door to developing a North Palm Beach County branch of the league. Currently the League plays its games on a special field built in Delray Beach.

The Miracle League’s mission is to provide opportunities for all children to play baseball regardless of their ability. For over 10 years, the Miracle League Association has made it possible for children all over the country with physical and mental disabilities to achieve the same dream as their healthy peers – to play ball.

The field is complete with a cushioned synthetic turf to help prevent injuries, wheelchair accessible dugouts, and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to the wheelchair bound or visually impaired players. The Miracle League is a non-profit (501) c (3) organization.

The rules of league play are simple:

Every player bats once each inning
All base runners are safe
Every player scores a run before the inning is over (last one up gets a home run)
Each team and each player wins every game
Community children and volunteers serve as “buddies” to assist the players

Nature walks are free at Hobe Sound Nature Center

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Nature hikes led by naturalists at Hobe Sound Nature Center are open to the public every Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m.

The hikes, which last about an hour, are free. Reservations are not required.

Participants explore the banks of the Indian River Lagoon, go through coastal scrub and hammock areas and observe wildlife.

For information, call 772-546-2067 or go to hobesoundnaturecenter.com.

 

Mort Levine, Mayor of Juno Beach, dies

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Mort Levine, mayor of Juno Beach since 2009, died Saturday at hospice in Jupiter. Mr. Levine was 84.

“(Mr. Levine) was a giant in our small town. He was incredibly dedicated to Juno Beach. He readily shared his talents and skills to promote the town,” said Vice Mayor Pro Tem Bill Greene.

Mr. Levine, who often referred to Juno Beach as “World Headquarters,” became a member of the town’s planning and zoning board in 1999. He was elected to the town council in 2008, and appointed mayor of the 3,500-resident town on March 25, 2009.

“(Mr. Levine) just loved being mayor of Juno Beach. He treated everybody with respect. He had no agenda. He cared for his community. What else can you ask for in a mayor?,” said Town Manager Joe Lo Bello.

The town charter calls for the town council to appoint a replacement for Mr. Levine’s position.

Mr. Levine, who had been battling lung cancer for the past year, served on the Palm Beach County American Cancer Society board for more than 25 years.

A lawyer for about 50 years, Mr. Levine specialized in litigation and trial law. He served in various elected and appointed positions, including: Assistant District Attorney of King’s County; Associate Counsel and Assistant Counsel to various standing and joint legislative committees of the New York State Legislature including the Senate Committee on Banks and Chief Counsel of the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, Second Department Judiciary Relations Committee and Attorney for the New York Telephone Company (now Verizon).

Mr. Levine’s family plans a private service.

 

Rib lovers: Today’s opening day at this new Jupiter eatery

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New PA BBQ in Jupiter is in former Applebee’s restaurant (Photo by Bill DiPaolo)

The Park Avenue BBQ Grille plans to open Thursday, March 17 at 5 p.m. in its new U.S. 1 location on Indiantown Road in Jupiter West Plaza, just east of I-95.

The new restaurant has a bar and indoor seating for 176 patrons.

The PA BBQ on U.S. 1 in Tequesta recently closed.

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Here’s the bar inside the new PA BBQ in Jupiter (Photo by Bill DiPaolo)

 

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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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.