Suspect in Boca Raton car burglaries ID’d

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Police in Boca Raton said one person was taken into custody Tuesday morning in connection with a car burglary case.

Around 5:30 a.m., police asked residents just south of Lynn University to stay indoors while police and K9s searched for car burglars.

Authorities said burglars broke into several vehicles around Banyan Boulevard Circle and Northwest 30th Way near the Boca Bath and Tennis Club.

The suspects were riding around the neighborhood on bicycles, police said.

A police K9 helped arrest one suspect identified as 19-year-old John Perkins of Coconut Creek.

He had property from five car break-ins on the ground near him, police said.

Perkins is facing charges of burglary and grand theft.

Police said he took a bus from Broward County to meet a friend he identified as Chico and they decided to go to Boca Bath and Tennis, smoke weed and break into cars.

Chico has not yet been found.

Move to Boca Raton Creates a Tennis Star

Lauren Davis left everything she knew in her hometown of Gates Mills, Ohio to pursue her professional tennis dreams in Boca Raton when she was only 16-years-old.

Tennis had been a passion of hers from a young age and she was determined to break into the spotlight.

“I played my first tournament when I was nine years old,” Davis recalled. “I made it to the finals and ended up losing. I still have a picture from that day. I have a big frown on my face and a few tears rolling down my face. I was, and am, super competitive.”

Years later, something happened that would go on to change her career forever. While playing in the 2008 U.S. Open Junior Championship, tennis coach John Evert, brother of retired tennis star Chris Evert, invited her to train on a trial period at the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton.

After only a few days of training, Davis knew it was the place for her and just months later, Boca Raton became her new home. It was not an easy transition, but after she settled in, she never looked back.

Her success only continued from there. Many tennis players only dream of making a grand slam, but Davis has been able to play in all four.

“Playing in the grand slams is what every tennis player dreams of, so I’m honored and proud to have done that,” she said. “Now the next step is getting deep in the slams.”

Lauren Davis at the 2014 Toray Pan Pacific Open. Photo courtesy Tatiana Kulitat.

Not to say it has all been easy for Davis. Standing at 5-feet-2 inches, she is well below the average height of the top 10 ranked players in the Women’s Tennis Association. No. 1 ranked Karolina Pliskova is 6-foot-1, while the shortest of the group is 5-foot-6 Simona Halep. Height can often provide an advantage through increased power and bounce when serving the ball, however Davis does not think of that as an obstacle.

“I wouldn’t say that I’m an underdog,” she said. “What I lack in height I make up for with my speed and movement around the court. I use my legs to generate the power and my competitive spirit to win.”

Her ultimate goal is to be one of those top 10 ranked players, but there was a time last year when Davis actually thought about walking away from it all. She decided to hang up the rackets during a six-week sabbatical as she spent some time back in Ohio.

“I took a step away from tennis and tried to see things from a different perspective,” she said. “I was so tired and burnt out at the time that I felt I could take a year or two off. But as weeks went by, I started missing playing more and more. The time away made me realize and appreciate just how much I enjoy playing tennis and how blessed I am to be able to play the sport that I love every single day.”

Davis’ rank had fallen to No. 122, the lowest it had been since her second professional year in 2012, but she aggressively returned to the sport, improving to No. 61 by the end of December. Her success has only continued from there by defeating Ana Konjuh for her first WTA title in January at the ASB Classic.

Lauren Davis at the 2009 U.S. Open Juniors Championship. Photo courtesy Robbie Mendelson.

“God couldn’t have chosen a better first WTA tournament for me to have won,” she said. “Winning the ASB classic in Auckland was an incredible feeling. I fell in love with the city, the people and the tournament. It was an amazing feeling being able to win my first title at one of my favorite tournaments.”

Now with that first title under her belt, currently No. 34 ranked Davis is ready to push for the coveted top 10 spot with an interesting strategy – having fun.

“Enjoying myself on and off the court has been the biggest contributor to my success. When you’re happy off the court, you’ll perform well on the court.”

Boca Raton Regional Hospital Using New Technology To Map Irregular Heart Rhythms Non-Invasively

BOCA RATON, FL – August 1, 2017 – Boca Raton Regional Hospital is the first in Florida and one of only five centers nationally to non-invasively map irregular heartbeats in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias who have not responded adequately to medication or prior ablation procedures. Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure or other heart-related complications. A total of 2.7 to 6.1 million Americans are living with the condition.

The Medtronic CardioInsight™ Noninvasive 3D Mapping System, introduced at Boca Regional by Murray Rosenbaum, MD, Director of Electrophysiology at the Hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute and was first used in February of this year on an 84-year-old patient.

The system uses a 252-electrode sensor vest that is worn by the patient to match body surface electrical data with heart anatomy. The non-invasive technology creates 3D electro-anatomic maps of the heart by collecting electrocardiogram (ECG) signals from the chest, and combining these signals with data from a computed tomography (CT) scan of the heart. The vest technology contours to the patient’s body and allows for continuous and simultaneous panoramic mapping of both atria or both ventricles non-invasively prior to the procedure. The 3D maps can be created by capturing a single heartbeat and enable rapid mapping of these heart rhythms.

“This non-invasive mapping system has streamlined the clinical planning process for specialists like myself and has made it easy for patients to receive exquisite mapping results right at the bedside,” said Dr. Rosenbaum. “The technology allows mapping of certain arrhythmias with high accuracy prior to entering the cath lab so that the entire procedure can be planned before touching the patient.”

The most important role, Dr. Rosenbaum emphasized, is the fact that this technology offers a chance to rid atrial fibrillation when no other treatment is effective. This includes cases where initial ablation has failed, or in cases of persistent or chronic atrial fibrillation.

CardioInsight has the ability to locate with great precision what are called cardiac rotors. These points in the heart’s electrical system are analogous to the eye of a hurricane; around which electrical activity called initiating spirals rotate causing the arrhythmia. Using this new mapping technology, the electrophysiologist can position an ablation catheter on the rotor centers. In some cases a single ablation can terminate the atrial fibrillation and restore the heart to normal rhythm. With conventional treatment, hours of ablation over a large area of the heart are needed, and results
worldwide have been disappointing.

“The advantages of this new technology are material,” noted Dr. Rosenbaum. “It is a major paradigm shift in how we manage patients with chronic AFib and allows us to be more efficient and achieve better outcomes.”

The Medtronic CardioInsight Noninvasive 3D Mapping System at Boca Regional was made possible through a generous philanthropic gift by Ronald H. and Joanne Willens.

About Boca Raton Regional Hospital – Advancing the boundaries of medicine.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an advanced, tertiary medical center (BRRH.com) with 400 beds and more than 800 primary and specialty physicians on staff. The Hospital is a recognized leader in oncology, cardiovascular disease and surgery, minimally invasive surgery, orthopedics, women’s health, emergency medicine and the neurosciences, all of which offer state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging capabilities. The Hospital is a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).

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Boca Raton asks court to toss third attempt at lawsuit over Chabad synagogue project

Two Boca Raton residents are trying for a third time to sue the city over a pending synagogue project in one of the city’s busiest areas.

Boca Raton is asking for the court to dismiss the lawsuit a third time after Gerald Gagliardi and Kathleen MacDougall challenged the legality of the project.

The two residents accuse Boca officials of bending land-use rules for a religious facility that they say would be a burden to neighbors.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra threw out the lawsuit in March after dismissing it last summer, but Gagliardi and MacDougall filed an appeal in June. Their lawyers were not immediately available for comment Monday.

“It is past time to drop the legal shenanigans and let Boca Raton welcome the Chabad into the community,” Daniel Blomberg, a lawyer representing the Chabad of Boca Raton, said in a news release Monday.

City officials approved site plans in the summer of 2015 for the Chabad of East Boca’s $10 million, 18,000-square-foot synagogue and museum that was supposed to go into less than an acre at 770 E. Palmetto Park Road, a piece of undeveloped land east of the Intracoastal Waterway.

The beachside project, dubbed the Boca Beach Chabad and My Israel Center, gained approval by the city after the Chabad’s founder Rabbi Ruvi New

debuted the project in early 2015.

In response, Gagliardi and MacDougall, who live less than a mile from the site, sued the city in February 2016 claiming the city had given the Chabad special treatment. They also said the project would cause traffic and parking headaches for nearby residents.

More than a hundred people showed up to the initial Planning and Zoning Board meetings last year, some expressing similar concerns.

Due to a separate lawsuit by a neighboring real estate firm, a judge shot down the Chabad’s design for the synagogue and its museum. As of now, it is unclear when the project will move forward.

Bank robbery suspect arrested in Boca Raton

Bank robbery suspect arrested in Boca Raton. (MGN)

Boca Raton police arrested a suspect in an early morning bank robbery.

The robbery happened at the Valley National Bank on North Federal Highway.

Boca Raton Police say officers arrested the suspect along Spanish River Boulevard.

No word yet on whether the suspect had a weapon during the bank robbery. Check back for more information as it becomes available.

The $165m home in Palm Beach, Florida — and other bargains

Generation Z has officially entered college. And just as the Millennials before them, this generation is disrupting the way learning happens in higher education. But these differences go beyond just a greater dependence on technology. Gen Z-ers tend to embrace social learning environments, where they can be hands-on and directly involved in the learning process. They expect on-demand services that are available at any time and with low barriers to access. And they tend to be more career-focused earlier on in their college careers.

A study done by Barnes and Noble College shows that today’s students refuse to be passive learners. They aren’t interested in simply showing up for class, sitting through a lecture, and taking notes that they’ll memorize for an exam later on. Instead, they expect to be fully engaged and to be a part of the learning process themselves.

In fact, Gen Z students tend to thrive when they are given the opportunity to have a fully immersive educational experience and they even enjoy the challenges of being a part of it. For instance, 51% of surveyed students said they learn best by doing while only 12% said they learn through listening. These same students also mentioned they tend to enjoy class discussions and interactive classroom environments over the traditional dissemination teaching method.

And the preference towards a collaborative learning environment isn’t just limited to in-person interactions. Instead, Gen Z is completely comfortable with learning alongside other students, even outside of their own school, using digital tools such as Skype and online forums.

And as a digital generation, Generation Z expects digital learning tools such as these to be deeply integrated into their education. For them, technology has always been a fully integrated experience into every part of their lives. And they don’t think education should be any different. They believe they should be able to seamlessly connect academic experiences to personal experiences through these same tools.

Additionally, they expect that these learning tools be available on-demand and with low barriers to access. For them, learning isn’t limited to just the classroom; it’s something that can take place at any time, anywhere.

And finally, access to unlimited new information has created a more self-reliant and career driven generation. In fact, 13% of Gen Z-ers already have their own business. And many are even taking this entrepreneurial spirit to drive changes in college curriculum, as they show a strong interest in designing their own classroom path in college. For those who haven’t started a business quite yet, early preparation is still key. In fact, nearly half of high school students have taken at least one class that counts as college credit.

Part of this change is due to the fact that they have more access to more information than the generations before them. By the time they’ve reached higher ed, they are already well versed in current events, music popular culture, and global trends. They are well aware of the world around them and are already beginning to think through what their place in it will be.

Generation Z is leading the change in how learning takes place. They are a driving force in the innovation of new learning tools, teaching styles, and unlimited access to resources. And they are proving that college is headed in a direction of a more learner-centric environment where students will become the directors of their own futures.

CHRIS SALAMONE

How Generation Z Is Shaping The Change In Education

Source : Forbes

Generation Z has officially entered college. And just as the Millennials before them, this generation is disrupting the way learning happens in higher education. But these differences go beyond just a greater dependence on technology. Gen Z-ers tend to embrace social learning environments, where they can be hands-on and directly involved in the learning process. They expect on-demand services that are available at any time and with low barriers to access. And they tend to be more career-focused earlier on in their college careers.

A study done by Barnes and Noble College shows that today’s students refuse to be passive learners. They aren’t interested in simply showing up for class, sitting through a lecture, and taking notes that they’ll memorize for an exam later on. Instead, they expect to be fully engaged and to be a part of the learning process themselves.

In fact, Gen Z students tend to thrive when they are given the opportunity to have a fully immersive educational experience and they even enjoy the challenges of being a part of it. For instance, 51% of surveyed students said they learn best by doing while only 12% said they learn through listening. These same students also mentioned they tend to enjoy class discussions and interactive classroom environments over the traditional dissemination teaching method.

And the preference towards a collaborative learning environment isn’t just limited to in-person interactions. Instead, Gen Z is completely comfortable with learning alongside other students, even outside of their own school, using digital tools such as Skype and online forums.

And as a digital generation, Generation Z expects digital learning tools such as these to be deeply integrated into their education. For them, technology has always been a fully integrated experience into every part of their lives. And they don’t think education should be any different. They believe they should be able to seamlessly connect academic experiences to personal experiences through these same tools.

Additionally, they expect that these learning tools be available on-demand and with low barriers to access. For them, learning isn’t limited to just the classroom; it’s something that can take place at any time, anywhere.

And finally, access to unlimited new information has created a more self-reliant and career driven generation. In fact, 13% of Gen Z-ers already have their own business. And many are even taking this entrepreneurial spirit to drive changes in college curriculum, as they show a strong interest in designing their own classroom path in college. For those who haven’t started a business quite yet, early preparation is still key. In fact, nearly half of high school students have taken at least one class that counts as college credit.

Part of this change is due to the fact that they have more access to more information than the generations before them. By the time they’ve reached higher ed, they are already well versed in current events, music popular culture, and global trends. They are well aware of the world around them and are already beginning to think through what their place in it will be.

Generation Z is leading the change in how learning takes place. They are a driving force in the innovation of new learning tools, teaching styles, and unlimited access to resources. And they are proving that college is headed in a direction of a more learner-centric environment where students will become the directors of their own futures.