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SENIORNET UNLOCKS WORLD OF COMPUTERS 1,000 TO 1,500 STUDENTS A YEAR ARE GETTING CHAPTER AND VERSE IN HIGH TECHNOLOGY THROUGH PROGRAM.

December 22, 2006 on 8:26 am | In Sun Sentinel | No Comments

Retired executive Ed Ostrowski, 74, of Delray Beach, gets his intellectual satisfaction from working for an organization that keeps seniors in the technology loop.

Since 1995, Ostrowski has been involved with SeniorNet and currently serves as the Boynton Beach chapter’s president. “We teach senior citizens to communicate with their grandchildren by sending e- mail,” he said.

SeniorNet teaches about 1,000 to 1,500 students a year and replaces its equipment about every two years, Ostrowski said.

The chapter has 70 volunteers. Elaine Gronert, 70, is one of them. She has taken computer classes for seven years. “I’ve taken just about every class that they teach,” she said.

Gronert became such an accomplished computer user that she now coaches classes.
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MUSICIANS GUILD HITS A HIGH NOTE

October 13, 2006 on 8:23 am | In Sun Sentinel | No Comments

Jill Gilbert was shopping when she saw a group of musicians. Taking a seat in the audience, she began to sing along. Before she knew it, she was invited up to sing with the group.

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IT’S MUSIC TO THE EARS FROM FOLK, BLUEGRASS, COUNTRY AND WESTERN, ROYAL PALM BEACH GUILD IS UP AND ROLLING ALONG

September 29, 2006 on 8:20 am | In Sun Sentinel | No Comments

Jill Gilbert was shopping at the Wellington Mall when she sighted a group of musicians. Taking a seat in the audience, she began to sing along. Before she knew it, she was invited up to sing with the group.

Now she’s a member of the Royal Palm Beach Musicians Guild.

“It’s fun for me,” said Gilbert, 39, who lives west of Boca Raton. “I like to sing, it’s fun to be singing along with people, and I like to get other people to sing.”

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SIGNS FOR POLO PUSHED CLUB TO REAPPLY WITH STATE DOT

September 6, 2006 on 8:36 am | In Sun Sentinel | No Comments

International Polo Club Palm Beach is going to reapply for directional signs off Interstate 95 and Florida’s Turnpike, after a history of polo clubs in Wellington being denied signs by the state.

The Florida Department of Transportation denied the latest sign request, made in December 2005, saying new criteria for signs for limited-access facilities have to be within five miles of the interchange, and that the polo club is about 11.5 miles away, according to a letter from traffic studies project manager Julio Alegre.

“Furthermore, the subject interchange is currently under construction, and is already cluttered with destination guide signs,” the letter said.
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MOLDING MASTERPIECES THE YMCA PAIRS WITH ART MUSEUM TO LET YOUNG ARTISTS CREATE OUTSIDE THE CRAYON BOX.

June 16, 2006 on 8:22 am | In Sun Sentinel | No Comments

In a dimmed room of the Peter Blum Family YMCA of Boca Raton, doodles come to life, dancing on the classroom wall, grooving to music, speaking in the voices of their creators.

Art classes aren’t just about crayons, paint and clay here. In an age where the lines are blurred between technology and art, children are learning to think about art in different ways. Best of all, it’s not coming from a book or a lecture, it’s completely hands-on.

“I like drawing. Usually, when I’m in class, I draw when I’m not supposed to, like on tests and stuff,” said Jeanette Billups, 12, of Boca Raton. “I thought it would be cool to come to this art class to learn some more stuff, not just the stuff I already know.”
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CAMERA CLUB CAPTURES LIFE ON LOCAL LEVEL MEMBERS’ WORKSHOWN AT CITY HALL

April 30, 2006 on 12:59 pm | In Sun Sentinel | No Comments

Things seem to be clicking for Larry Diou, 86, of Shady Woods in Delray Beach.

A relatively new member of the Delray Camera Club, he won second place in “Vibrant Delray,” the club’s annual members’ showcase.

Diou used his camera to capture a popular city restaurant and inn, The Sundy House.

His prize photo, Gazebo at Sundy House, is of a pristine white gazebo on the edge of a peaceful pond, peeking out behind a dense wall of vegetation.

“It’s a part of Delray that not many people know about,” Diou said. “It’s right in the center of town, but you wouldn’t know it existed.”
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COUPLES SCHMOOZE JEWISH GROUP HELPS ADULTS MOVING TO AREA FIND FRIENDS AND SOCIAL LIFE.

April 21, 2006 on 8:18 am | In Sun Sentinel | 1 Comment

When Irene Berkey moved to Boca Raton 25 years ago, she left behind a lifetime’s worth of close-knit friends and family for a place where she knew virtually no one.

Missing the Jewish culture she left behind, Berkey went looking for that same connection, but there weren’t as many Jewish people living in the area then.

“It was difficult finding other people to be with,” Berkey said.

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UNITY SCHOOL HELPS CHILDREN IN GHANA

April 14, 2006 on 3:12 pm | In Sun Sentinel | No Comments

When Austin Gossett-Seidman, 11, of Boca Raton, needed money to help needy children a world away, he went cushion diving in his living room and turned up $90.

“They raided our whole house. If every family did that, you can come up with some pretty decent money,” said Austin’s mom, Peggy Gossett-Seidman, public relations director of Unity School in Delray Beach and mother to three students participating in the special project.

The school packed up two crates, big enough to fit three SUVs, with 10,000 pounds of humanitarian aid for children in Ghana, in West Africa.
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