Top 10 Things You Need To Know This July In Boca Raton

  1. The Peter Blum Family YMCA in Boca Raton recently received a $9,075 donation from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Catie Krakow. She wanted to honor her friend Nicholas Dworet, who died in the school shooting. Knowing that Nick was a passionate swimmer, she started a GoFundMe page to honor him and the other 16 victims by raising funds to support aquatics programming at the YMCA. She presented the check to YMCA of South Palm Beach County President & CEO Jason Hagensick.
  2.  Boca Raton Regional Hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. BRRH also received the association’s Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite PlusSM award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
  3.  Ice cream sandwich franchise CREAM Nation, which stands for Cookies Rule Everything Around Me has a new location at the Mission Bay Plaza. CREAM Nation is known for its unique, handcrafted ice cream sandwich combinations, each made with a heaping scoop of super-premium, proprietary flavored ice cream between two warm, freshly baked cookies or other confections such as brownies, waffles or do’sants.
  4.  The Boca Raton Public Library now has free access to, an online service from The Princeton Review. Thanks to a donation from the Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library, K–12 students now have free access to one-to-one help from professional tutors through the site. Students can access practice quizzes, ask for help on a variety of subjects and access the site’s resource library with practice worksheets, test taking tips and more. Library cardholders can access’s Learning Suite from any computer or mobile device by visiting the Research tab on the library’s website. Professional tutoring through is available daily (except major holidays) between 3–10 p.m.
  5.  Boca has implemented Quiet Zones at its railroad crossings along the FEC tracks. It is the third city in Palm Beach County to do so.
  6.  Current Mayor Scott Singer has qualified to run for the seat of mayor in the upcoming special election. Singer will be joined on the ballot by Al Zucaro and Bernard Korn who also submitted the necessary paperwork to run for office.
  7.  Boca Raton has a new Recreation Services Deputy Director. Michelle Zimmer was hired last month. She comes to Boca from the city of Tamarac where she served as the Recreation Superintendent  for 15 years. Zimmer’s first projects as Deputy Director will include working with community centers and Gumbo Limbo to standardize processes and operations, assist with a department wide customer service program and assist the Information Technology Department in streaming the special events permitting process.
  8.  Vote for who you want to see perform the National Anthem during the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl from July 6-July 15. Eight finalists will perform onstage for a panel of judges and live audience on Aug. 1. The performers will be narrowed down to three and they will perform again to win the Boca Raton Bowl Idol title.
  9.  The city has hired its first sustainability manager. Lindsey Roland Nieratk has been hired to  further promote and implement sustainability initiatives. Nieratka started her career as a biologist, spending her time studying ecosystems and nature. Niertaka shifted her focus from biology to environmental studies. This shift eventually introduced her to sustainability at a municipal level, leading her to become accredited as a LEED Green Associate and as the first Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Hollywood.
  10.  Friends of Daggerwing Nature Center, Inc. (FOD) announced that the inaugural Scott Cowan Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Anna (Anya) Al-Salem. Anya, a 2018 graduate of Olympic Heights High School, received the $500 award to pursue advanced studies in the environmental sciences. She will enter Leiden University College The Hague in the Netherlands this fall to study earth, energy, and sustainability.