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

Venus Williams Involved in Fatal Crash in Florida

Venus Williams was involved in a car crash in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., on June 9 that resulted in a fatality, a spokesman for the police department there said.

Venus Williams is expected to compete at Wimbledon next week. Credit Kin Cheung/Associated Press

The crash is under investigation, said the spokesman, Maj. Paul Rogers. Palm Beach Gardens police said in a report on the crash that Williams was at fault, but her lawyer noted that she had not been cited or charged.

Jerome Barson, 78, was injured in the car, which was being driven by his wife, and died two weeks later. Palm Beach Gardens police said that witnesses told investigators that Williams ran a red light.

A lawyer for Williams, Malcolm Cunningham, released a statement Thursday that said: “Ms. Williams entered the intersection on a green light. The police report estimates that Ms. Williams was traveling at 5 m.p.h. when Mrs. Barson crashed into her. Authorities did not issue Ms. Williams with any citations or traffic violations. This is an unfortunate accident, and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one.”

Cunningham said that Williams was not ticketed or charged, and was not injured in the crash. The police report said she was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Williams was cited in Palm Beach County, Fla., for driving without proof of insurance in 2011 and for driving with a suspended license in 2013.

Williams, who has won seven Grand Slam singles titles, is expected to play in her 20th Wimbledon starting Monday. She is seeded No. 10.

Williams has had her greatest success at Wimbledon. She has won the singles title five times, most recently in 2008. Last year, she reached the semifinals, her best result at the tournament since 2009.

Williams, who reached the final of the Australian Open in January, losing to her sister Serena, has not competed since the French Open. There, she lost to Timea Bacsinszky in the fourth round on June 4, five days before the accident, which occurred one day before the women’s final in Paris.

Last week, Williams spoke at a leadership conference in Sydney, Australia. It is not known if she has yet traveled to Britain for Wimbledon. She did not attend Thursday night’s WTA pre-Wimbledon party in London.

Partnerships address seniors’ digital divide

Comcast teamed up with The Volen Center in Boca Raton for the south county launch of the Palm Beach County Senior Digital Literacy Initiative, an effort to address seniors’ digital divide.

“This is a countywide initiative for unwired seniors with an emphasis on low-income seniors,” Alex Price, Comcast’s director of Government Affairs & Community Investment – Florida Region, said at the July Fourth-themed luncheon the company sponsored June 27.

“Our seniors need to get into the technology age,” said Patrick Franklin, president and CEO of the Urban League of Palm Beach County. “Technology has left a lot of our seniors behind and we’re trying to bridge the gap.”

The league will instruct the trainers for this and five other sites in the county for free digital training classes.

The Volen Center, 1515 W. Palmetto Park Road, has a computer lab that will be enlarged with more instruction in late summer and early fall, Price said.

“Most seniors tell me they’re not connected,” keynote speaker Kim Clawson, Helpline director for the Area Agency on Aging, told an audience of 225 seniors. “Most of you have family and friends who are out of state.”

“This is great for our families who receive financial assistance,” said Megan Clemmons, executive director of The YMCA Community Outreach Center in the Peter Blum Family YMCA of Boca Raton. “About 1,500 people will get a mailing and there will be signups at the Y.”

The YMCA has a preschool in The Volen Center and The YMCA of South Palm Beach County also oversees the Devos-Blum Family YMCA in Boynton Beach.

“This is helping our seniors to become more independent and pay their bills and buy things online,” said Jared Policano, Volen’s chief operating officer.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams encouraged the audience to learn how to go online to stay in touch with family and get essential county information on hurricanes. Councilman Scott Singer represented the city of Boca Raton.

Comcast brought along 20 employees and set up shop next to the computer to explain Internet Essentials to center users. The program for qualified households offers an Internet connection for $9.95 with no contract or credit check, no installation fee and a discount for a computer.

CHRIS SALAMONE

Boat with 750 pounds of marijuana intercepted off Boca Raton coast

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Six people were taken into custody Saturday after a boat with 750 pound of marijuana was intercepted by the Coast Guard off the coast of Boca Raton.

Officials said a Coast Guard cutter conducted a safety boarding of a 35-foot sport fisher about 11 miles east of Boca Raton.

As the cutter crew came alongside the vessel, they saw a package being jettisoned overboard, which was later recovered by a Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale crew.

The cutter crew discovered an additional 17 bales and three packages aboard — seizing about 750 pounds of marijuana.

Aboard the intercepted vessel were three Bahamians, two Jamaicans and one Guyanese.

“This interdiction is a direct success of our focused efforts to defeat these transnational criminal networks,” said Cmdr. Willie Carmichael, acting chief of enforcement for Seventh Coast Guard District said in a news release. “Our newest fast response cutters have proven critical in defending our maritime border, which these criminal organizations seek to exploit.”

The Coast Guard says they are constantly patrolled the waters between the Bahamas and Florida to detect, deter and stop drug smuggling.

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Ariana Grande to leave Boca, return to Manchester for benefit concert

Pop star Ariana Grande, who returned home to Boca Raton after her Manchester, England concert was the site of a deadly terrorist bombing Monday night, will return to Manchester to hold a benefit concert, the singer announced on Twitter.

“Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before,” Grande wrote on Twitter.

Grande, a South Florida native, returned by private jet to Boca Raton Airport following the bombing. She had just finished her set at the Manchester Arena before the explosion killed 22 people and injured 59.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

Grande shared plans to return to England to spend time with fans and honor and raise money for the victims’ families. The details of the benefit concert and her return to Europe have not been shared.

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Grande shared a message of unity and positivity following the tragedy, encouraging her fans to not “operate in fear.”

“We will never be able to understand why events like this take place because it is not in our nature, which is why we shouldn’t recoil. We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win.”

Grande, whose “Dangerous Woman Tour” began in February, thanked her fans and fellow celebrities who wished her well following the ordeal.

Friday’s tweet was Grande’s first since she previously shared her disbelief on Twitter shortly after the attack: “broken. from the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry.”

Grande had cancelled European shows through June 5, according to her website. Her next scheduled show is June 7 at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France.

It’s unclear if the benefit concert will affect the rest of her scheduled tour. The tour is not scheduled to come to the United States.

Grande, whose family lives in Boca Raton, has strong roots in South Florida. She was born in Boca, and attended schools in Broward County, The Palm Beach Post has previously reported.

She appeared in children’s theater in Boca and Fort Lauderdale, and sand with Boca Raton-based symphonies.

Following the attack, an emotional Grande reportedly met boyfriend and fellow artist Mac Miller at Boca Raton Airport.

Grande tweeted that music will help heal her fans in the wake of the tragedy.

“Music is something that everyone on Earth can share,” she wrote. “Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy. So that is what it will continue to do for us.”

Salman Abedi, 22, was identified as the bomber and was believed to have been killed in the incident.

The bombing was another incident in which violent extremists have targeted mass entertainment venues.

Last year’s Pulse massacre in Orlando, a street-festiv

al attack in Nice and nightclub killings in Istanbul Kuala Lumpur and Tel Aviv all involved vulnerable, large gatherings of people.

The pop superstar’s worldwide fan base is primarily female and young. Ten of the 22 victims from the bombing were under 20 years old, including an 8-year-old girl. Grande, 23, broke into the national spotlight in 2009 with a powerful voice along with a four-season appearance on Nickelodian’s Victorious.

She has three American Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, three MTV Europe Music Awards and four Grammy Award nominations. All three of her albums have been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

She has close to 107 million Instagram followers, second only to Selena Gomez.

 CHRIS SALAMONE

 

Boca Raton firm sees mad scramble as foreign investors attempt to beat deadline to get green cards

BOCA RATON, Fla. – From hotels to restaurants, foreign investors have made their mark in South Florida. In some cases, investors earned American citizenship through their investment.

Now leaders in Washington, D.C. are debating how to move forward with the EB-5 program as it is set to end next Friday.

Just like fresh ingredients make the perfect meal, the right pieces have to come together to form a successful investment.

When Alex Rudolph took the Tap42 concept from Fort Lauderdale to Boca Raton, foreign investors were part of his recipe.

They’re not just paying for a green card, they’re investing in the business because they have faith in the business like we do,” Rudolph pointed out, adding his has personal relationships with his investors.

The program allows foreigners to fast track their green card by investing at least $500,000 in American projects that create a minimum of 10 jobs.

Families from Vietnam, India, Argentina, and Italy have all expressed interest in partnering with Rudolph. Many of his partners frequent his restaurants. Locations in Coral Gables and Midtown Miami were also funded through the EB-5 program.

“Restaurants, hotels, assisted living facilities, you see it all over Palm Beach County,” explained Lauren Cohen. She connects investors and businesses through her Boca-based company, e-Council, Inc.

Since the program is set to expire, Cohen said there is a mad dash from investors to find out what the future holds.

“Investors want to take advantage of the opportunity while it’s there,” Cohen said.

Critics argue the EB-5 program allows foreigners to buy American citizenship for their families and skirt traditional routes.

But Cohen said she believes EB-5 kept businesses pumping and Americans employed through the Great Recession.

“Projects need money and the country needs economic stimulation, that’s not going away anytime soon,” Cohen said.

She admitted the program could use reforms. It’s basic outline hasn’t changed since 1993. She expects Congress will extend the program at the last minute. And then increase the minimum amount the government requires investors to contribute.

Rudolph hopes Congress serves the program new life so he can open new restaurants. He has plans for two more locations. Each one would employ about 75 people.

“It’s a great opportunity for people from other countries to be able to live the American Dream, and also for us to get to interact and have investors from all over the world, as opposed to a bank giving us a loan, writing a check and saying, ‘We’ll see you later, good luck with your business,’ ” Rudolph said.

A spokesperson from Senator Marco Rubio’s office said Rubio supports the program, but would like to see changes to cut out abuse and fraud.

CHRIS SALAMONE

Boca Raton prepares for annual Boca Bash

On Sunday the party will be on Lake Boca. The annual Boca Bash is a grassroots gathering of people and their boats.

On Saturday boaters were busy prepping their boats for the Boca Bash event. Boca Raton Police and FWC will be out stopping boats.

Authorities will also be making sure captains have life jackets, flares and other legally required safety equipment.

Law enforcement will be out making sure people are being responsible and not boating under the influence.

The city does not control the event, however city leaders say they don’t mind if the event continues as long as people are safe.

“The city takes extra precautions to make sure that its safe. Boca Police and Boca Fire will be on hand along with the federal government. Boca has also closed down the boat ramp just to make sure that boaters can boat there just so that we don’t have people waiting to board boats to get into the lake,” says Councilman Scott Singer.

Rain is in the forecast and according to the event’s Facebook page, it could be rescheduled if the weather is too severe.

CHRIS SALAMONE