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Boynton police collecting school supplies, toiletries for children | Southern Palm Beach County

Boynton police collecting school supplies, toiletries for children | Southern Palm Beach County | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

The Boynton Beach Police Department is hosting a Back to School Drive to benefit Abbey’s Angels, a program that benefits children who are homeless or in foster care.

The organization collects suitcases and fills them with essentials for the children. It’s run by Abbey Peterman, 18, and her mother, Charlie.

The police department will collect items such as toothbrushes, towels, crayons and coloring books to give to the organization.

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Palm Beach County schools ready for more students

Palm Beach County schools ready for more students | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Palm Beach County schools could be a bit more crowded this year.

Enrollment for Palm Beach County public schools, including pre-K and charter schools, is expected to be about 195,000 this year, Superintendent Robert Avossa said at a back-to-school news conference Monday. That would be about 3,700 more students than last year, although Avossa said the growth could be anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000.

District officials will have a better idea Aug. 15, when students show up for the first day of school.

"The demographers are having more and more of a challenge, because we're starting to see a lot more families move in," Avossa said. "Typically, in the past, you just look at how many 4-year-olds you had in the county and you know how many will be here the year after."

 
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Ninth Annual Boca Ballroom Battle Coming Up Fast | Boca Raton Magazine

Ninth Annual Boca Ballroom Battle Coming Up Fast | Boca Raton Magazine | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

This week three years ago I was counting down in my head the number of days (10) and hours (225) before the Big Night, the one where I’d find myself standing in front of 750 people in a ballroom the size of Rhode Island getting ready to dance to the fastest show tune ever composed by man. I recall telling myself  quite seriously that I could easily lose 30 pounds by then; at three pounds a day, it was entirely doable. And my routine would become second nature, I’d look wonderful, and the “Dancing With The Stars” judge would hand me a bouquet of roses.

In other words, I was terrified. And delusional.

That happy job falls to others this year as eight brave souls make the final preparations for the Ninth Annual Boca Ballroom Battle Friday, August 20, at the Boca Resort. This is one of the best and most fun events of the year—and the highlight of the summer—and all proceeds benefit the beloved George Snow Scholarship Fund. Tickets sell out every year but there are a few left so best to snag them now while you can.

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Boca man admits he faked his death at sea, agrees to pay $1 million for Coast Guard search

Boca man admits he faked his death at sea, agrees to pay $1 million for Coast Guard search | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Boca man admits he faked his death at sea, agrees to pay $1 million for Coast Guard search
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Vietnam wins its first ever Olympic gold medal with 10m air pistol victory

Vietnam wins its first ever Olympic gold medal with 10m air pistol victory | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Vietnam has been competing in the Olympic Games for 64 years. Now the nation has its first gold medal thanks to Hoàng Xuan Vinh, who won the men’s 10 meter air pistol on Saturday. Like Vietnam, he had his own long struggle to win a medal.

The 41-year-old last competed in 2012 in a London Olympics that ended in heartbreak. Hoàng failed to make the finals by a single point and finished 9th in the 10 meter air pistol. This was followed by a crushing fourth place finish in the 50 meter air pistol that saw bronze escape him by just 0.1 points.

 

Hoàng’s fortunes changed in Rio. He was locked in tight duel with Felipe Almeida Wu. The pair traded shots that were near-indistinguishable when they struck the target, but Hoàng ultimately held off his nearest competitor by just 0.4 points.

Hoàng’s total overall score of 202.5 set a new Olympic record due to a new scoring system being adopted following the 2012 London Olympics.

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Here's the Insane Amount the Average Parent Will Pay for After-School Activities

Here's the Insane Amount the Average Parent Will Pay for After-School Activities | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

If you feel like the cost of your kid’s sports, musical activities and school clubs is getting out of hand, it’s not your imagination. A new survey confirms that the expenses parents will incur this year for extracurricular activities have skyrocketed.

According to this year’s Backpack Index — an annual look at the cost of school supplies and other expenses compiled by The Huntington National Bank and nonprofit Communities in Schools — the increase is a little over 7%, across all grade levels. 

It’s lowest in elementary school, since younger kids don’t participate in as many school-sanctioned sports or other activities, but even there you can expect a roughly 3% increase. Parents of middle-school kids will see an average of 6% higher costs. And things really take a jump in high school, where parents face a 10% increase.

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Japanese Olympic champion racks up $5,000 bill playing Pokémon Go in Brazil

Japanese Olympic champion racks up $5,000 bill playing Pokémon Go in Brazil | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
A Japanese Olympics star has blamed Pokémon Go after being hit with a 500,000 yen (about $5,000) bill in roaming charges from his carrier. Artistic gymnast Kohei Uchimura, who won gold at th
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The 3 Best Sushi Restaurants In Boca Raton  - Boca News

The 3 Best Sushi Restaurants In Boca Raton  - Boca News | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

 

In a league of it’s own, Kanpai has everything to make your happy hour happy.

With a massive menu, lively dining experience, and clubbish atmosphere, Kanpai’s the perfect spot to grab drinks and sushi after a long work week. Hungry but want to go out on the town? Kanpai has you covered. Quality sushi, cool music, and a great energy are just a few of the reasons Kanpai’s become one of downtown Boca’s most popular resturants.

Oh, and did we mention how their rolls dance by diners on a revolving sushi bar? ‘Cause it’s pretty awesome.

Their stocked bar serves delicious cocktails. Outside seating on cooler nights is a must. Open till 1am every night, Kanpai’s where you need to be going to grab a drink and late night roll.

We recommend the miso soup. It’s some of the best miso we’ve ever had. The sushi’s fresh and the service attentive. Basically, Kanpai has a rad vibe. What else is there to say? Head on down to Kanpai at 20 N. Federal Hwy or make a reservation for a larger party at (561) 361-8688.

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128 Words to Use Instead of Very

128 Words to Use Instead of Very | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Here is a very, very useful set of tips for bloggers, writers, wordies and PR people. Who wrote this awesome infographic? ProofreadingServices.com is a proofreading and resume writing service.
Via Jeff Domansky
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Yep, it's very, very useful or should I say they're essential tips for wordies?

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Kennedy group puts $2 million into fight against pot-legalization measures

Kennedy group puts $2 million into fight against pot-legalization measures | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
A coalition that includes former Rep. Patrick Kennedy has raised more than $2 million to fight initiatives to legalize recreational pot in five states, including a ballot measure in California.
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Click here to support The Herrera Family Home Fund by Laura Velez

Click here to support The Herrera Family Home Fund by Laura Velez | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The Herrera Family Home Fund by Laura Velez - This page was created to help a family that we all know and love. Fredy, Claudia and Joseph Herrera are currently going through a difficult situation and I'm turning to our friends & family to ask for any help possible in order to get them back on their feet. In April 2015 the Herrera's becam
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Facebook's over-the-top quarterly report owes a lot to the phone in your pocket

Facebook's over-the-top quarterly report owes a lot to the phone in your pocket | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Facebook's average revenue per user stood at $3.82 for the most recent quarter, much higher than the previous period. Mark Zuckerberg can thank mobile ads.
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Yahoo's Marissa Mayer is a reminder that CEO is still elusive for women

Yahoo's Marissa Mayer is a reminder that CEO is still elusive for women | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The Yahoo CEO’s inevitable resignation raises the questions: do women get a fair shot at reaching the corner office? And are they treated equally once they do?
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Palm Beach County adds seats to most popular high schools

Palm Beach County adds seats to most popular high schools | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

In the waning weeks of summer, 75 students were given what many in the Palm Beach County School District consider golden tickets to seats in two of the most in-demand high school programs.

Responding to years of appeals by parent, district administrators added 25 seats at Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach and 50 spots at Suncoast High in Riviera Beach.

Superintendent Robert Avossa announced the additions in his back-to-school news conference Monday morning, a week before students return to school.

The space had been available at those schools, but money for the additional teachers had not until now, said Pete Licata, director of the district’s choice programs.

Most of those seats went to freshmen and some to sophomores chosen by lottery from the waiting pool left over after last spring’s original lottery, Licata said. The majority, but not all, of Suncoast’s openings were in the school’s International Baccalaureate program. At Dreyfoos, the assignments were spread across the various specialties where they could be accommodated, he said.

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Boca Raton police seek men who robbed Fresh Market

Boca Raton police seek men who robbed Fresh Market | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Boca Raton police are seeking two men who robbed employees at a Fresh Market grocery store and attacked them with pepper spray Wednesday night.

The robbery happened shortly before 10 p.m. at the Fresh Market in the 100 block of West Camino Real. According to police, a store manager and several employees were preparing to leave after closing up the store. When the manager unlocked a door to let employees out, two men rushed in. One suspect sprayed the group with pepper spray while the other pointed a silver revolver, police said.

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Memorial planned for Boca Raton couple who died a day apart

Memorial planned for Boca Raton couple who died a day apart | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The service for William and Robin Landes will start at 1 p.m. at The First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach and will be open to the public.
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Hacker Creates Fake, Effective Boarding Passes

Hacker Creates Fake, Effective Boarding Passes | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
He can get into lounges and duty-free shops—and past no-fly lists.
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What will it cost to send your student back to school?

What will it cost to send your student back to school? | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Tax free weekend is coming up and while the savings only apply to clothing and shoes, plenty of families will be knocking out those school supply lists.

FOX23 got the lists for a few Green Country schools and took a look at how shopping those lists will impact your wallet. 

 

“At the end of the year, I pulled out the scissors that I knew we could reuse, or school boxes,” she said.

After the prep work, she hit the stores, checking off everything off the list. She planned for around $30-$40 per kid. 

The Pre-K shopping list from Jenks East Elementary ran her $29.95. 

Her third-grader ran the bill just over her estimates. Getting the goods for a year at Jenks East Intermediate hit $43.94.

The fifth grade list came closer, at $41.93. 

Another Jenks Middle mom spent $43.26 shopping the 7th grade list. FOX23 shopped the 8th grade list and racked up $35.92 for the required items.

Two items you won’t find on the required list? A lunch box and backpack- those items can be found cheaper, but many parents easily spend more than $20 just on the backpack. 

The National Retail Federation says the cost of school supplies grew 10 percent over last year. The average family can expect to spend $107.76. 

 

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The astronomical, hidden cost of sending kids to ‘good’ public schools

The astronomical, hidden cost of sending kids to ‘good’ public schools | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

It could cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars (gulp) to send your kid to public school — and that’s above and beyond the costs for things like supplies and extracurricular activities.

The reason: Homes in good public school districts — defined as districts with a minimum of one public school in which student test scores were at least one-third higher than the state average — cost 77% more than homes in average or below-average districts, according to data from real-estate research firm ATTOM Data Solutions. 

The average home cost $427,402 in a good school district in July 2016, compared with $241,096 for other districts. ATTOM analyzed home prices and test scores in more than 4,400 zip codes in the U.S. for this study. “Towns with stronger public school systems will typically cost more to live in,” it says.

Let’s say you bought that $427,402 good-school-district home today, put down 10% buy it, and got a 30-year fixed rate mortgage on it at 3.2%. That house will cost you at total of nearly $600,000 over the life of the loan. On the other hand, if you bought the $241,096 mediocre-school-district house with a 10% down payment and the same loan terms, you’d end up only shelling out a total of about $340,000. 

 
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Watch these biotechs as the Zika virus moves to the U.S.

Watch these biotechs as the Zika virus moves to the U.S. | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Some biotech stocks first got a boost early this year as concerns about Zika virus’ spread intensified — and they’re getting another lift now with last week’s discovery of locally-transmitted Zika in a Florida neighborhood, according to IG analyst Angus Nicholson. 

Four Zika-related biotech companies — BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. BCRX, +1.49%Intrexon Corp. XON, -0.11% Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. INO, +1.46%  and Cerus Corp. CERS, +1.39%  — could potentially benefit from the virus’ spread to the continental U.S., according to Nicholson, though each company has a different approach to fighting the virus.

ReadZika virus spreads to biotech stocks

Initially thought to just be mosquito-borne, Zika virus — which can cause birth defects in pregnant women’s children, though other symptoms are milder — is now recognized to spread sexually and through blood transfusions. 

One U.S. government-recognized way to improve the safety of the U.S. blood supply and cut down on Zika is pathogen reduction technology, such as Cerus’ Intercept system. The company’s average rating is a buy, with a stock price target of $9.17, according to FactSet. 

There’s no vaccine yet for Zika virus, and no guarantee there ever will be one, though several companies are rushing to develop one. Inovio, along with GeneOne Life Sciences, recently began early stage trials of its vaccine on human subjects. The average rating is a buy, with a $18.60 price target, according to FactSet.

 

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Hackers Steal £50m Worth Of Bitcoin Currency

Hackers Steal £50m Worth Of Bitcoin Currency | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
More than $1.5bn has been wiped off bitcoin's market capitalisation as a result of the heist, causing concern among investors.
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About – Driftwood Beach Club

About – Driftwood Beach Club | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Driftwood Beach Club – the friendliest resort in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea!

Lounge away poolside in our heated swimming pool, the largest in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, or enjoy our beachside patio and private beach. Our amenities include free WiFi, HBO & Showtime, a new jacuzzi, barbeque grills, and two shuffleboard courts. Nearby, you can find everything for the perfect vacation.  Walk to local restaurants, boutiques, grocery stores, our fishing pier, and tennis courts.  Join us for coffee and doughnuts at our weekly get-together every Monday morning and come to our Wine and Cheese Party on Wednesday afternoons.

Now that you’ve found us, come home to the Driftwood Beach Club! http://driftwoodbeachclub.net

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Selling? Make your house irresistible!

Selling? Make your house irresistible! | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Get Your Home Ready To Sell

A common mistake people make is to spend a lot of money – renovations, new roof, remodeling. While buyers will be impressed with these things, spending $5000 on remodeling will not add $5000 to your sale. Spend as little money as possible, and spend it on cosmetic, readily seen features like interior painting. The time to remodel is when you plan to stay in the house, not when you’re going to sell.

If you think about everything that needs to be done to sell your house, you might throw your hands up in despair, or at least feel some anxiety. Take one step at a time, one small task at a time. Break it down to manageable-sized chores and you’ll have better results. 

First things first – have a garage sale. Whatever doesn’t sell needs to be set out for your favorite charity. Once the clutter is cleared away, it will be easier to see what needs to be done.

This is your first impression, so it had better be a good one.

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After Facebook beat, all eyes on Alphabet earnings

After Facebook beat, all eyes on Alphabet earnings | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Google parent companyAlphabet reports second-quarter earnings after the market closes on Thursday. Here's what to watch.

REVENUE FORECAST: Analysts expect revenue of $20.77 billion, up from $17.7 billion a year ago, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. Alphabet narrowly missed on the top line in April. Net revenue, excluding traffic acquisition costs, is expected to have increased 17% to $16.9 billion.

EARNINGS FORECAST: Analysts expect a profit of $8.04 a share, up 15% from a year earlier. Alphabet reported a big miss in April, causing the stock to fall 5.4% in the next session. In fact, Alphabet has missed Wall Street consensus estimates in eight of the past 12 quarters.

SEARCH  ADVERTISING: Investors are keeping a close eye on trends in search advertising, Google's money-making machine. Some analysts say data from third-party firms suggest a slight year-over-year decline in search revenue growth. Wedbush Securities analyst James Dix says search checks are "mixed." He noted that MAGNA GLOBAL raised its 2016 global search growth estimates to 13.7% from 11.3%. MAGNA's June update estimated second-quarter U.S. search ad growth estimate at 12.7%, up from 11.0%, but a deceleration from 17% in the first quarter.

MOBILE ADVERTISING: Advertisers pay less for each click on mobile ads than they do on desktop computers but the growing number of clicks on mobile ads is beginning to make up for that, analysts say. RBC Capital analyst Mark Mahaney estimates that paid clicks, the number of times people click on Google ads, increased by 29% in the second quarter from a year ago. Cost per click declined 4% in the second quarter year over year, Mahaney estimates.

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How ‘Pokemon Go’ could pave the way for more profits at Nintendo

How ‘Pokemon Go’ could pave the way for more profits at Nintendo | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Nintendo's on the cusp of a change and it could soon unlock the vast potential of its intellectual property in the mobile gaming space, experts say.
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