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As we celebrate our annual Memorial Day with backyard barbecues, beverage filled coolers, national memorial day concerts, and star-spangled pyrotechnic displays let us not forget to give thanks to the courageous members of our armed forces. Our armed services draw on members of communities across the entire nation. Not only do our troops serve, but they have families and businesses who also sacrifice for this service.

And importantly, those who have honorably served in the past – whether during armed conflicts or fulfilling vital functions on military bases. These folks are our fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, sons and daughters who proudly stepped-up to defend our great nation. They are those who braved carry both the physical and

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Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May.  It was formerly known as “Decoration Day” and it commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States of America.  Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is known as the informal start of the summer season! 

This Memorial Day weekend try something that involves beach, fun and sand.  Peanut Island, the 80-acre tropical island located at the west end of the Palm Beach (Lake Worth) Inlet. It’s a get-there-by-only-boat county park, where long strings of boats raft up while hundreds of people socialize in the shallow off-shore water.

If you don’t have your own boat, you can still get to Peanut Island.  The Peanut Island Shuttle leaves

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Located in Palm Beach Gardens, Frenchman's Reserve Country Club, combine resort style living with family friendly warmth and charm. Frenchman's Reserve Country Club is a distinct place featuring sophistication and a challenging golf course for those with a passion for the finest things in life.

Frenchman’s Reserve offers a remarkable environment, stimulating and diverse activities, as well personalized services for members and guests.  Frenchman’s Reserve is a luxurious and welcoming gated golf course community. It features Mediterranean-style residences like Palm Beach mansions designed by architect Addison Mizner. Frenchman's Reserve homes priced at $1 million and higher, additionally range in size from 3,400 to 7,500 square feet. Take a look

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Florida Atlantic University's Jupiter Lifelong Learning Society is devoted to elevating the intellectual and social lives of mature learners by “offering stimulating educational opportunities, taught by outstanding university faculty and guest lecturers, designed to broaden students' understanding of diverse cultural, societal, scientific and global issues.”

Each year more than 70 courses are taught by FAU professors and distinguished guest lecturers, in topics including foreign policy, music, art, history, science, literature, philosophy, current events, films and many others, along with concerts and entertainment. Last year more than 7,300 LLS students registered for classes resulting in over 22,000 registrations for the year.

The Lifelong

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Treat Mom to an extra special brunch for Mother’s Day at one of the many top rated restaurants in Palm Beach County. Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the moms everywhere, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.

Mother's Day remains one of the biggest days for sales of flowers, greeting cards, and the like; it is also the biggest holiday for long-distance telephone calls.  Listed below are a handful of Palm Beach County favorite eateries to try.   

Express how much you appreciate your Mother by setting up a reservation at The Pelican Café located in Lake Park or Stuart.  Enjoy upscale American fare and authentic Italian cuisine; Eggs Benedict, juicy gourmet burgers, Tuscan style pizzas, pasta,

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Palm Beach County divers take a dive to a 60,000-pound mermaid sculpture reef. This area has many reefs to dive offshore. This underwater landmark honors a local three-time breast cancer survivor. “Andrea's Reef”, an enormous mermaid honoring the courageous woman.  “Andreas Reef” has is located just 3/4 miles east off the Lake Worth Inlet, submerged under 75 feet of water. The sculptures for the reef were deployed off Ocean Reef Park on Singer Island, August 11, 2016.

Thomas McDonald, a sculptor, found the motivation to model his mermaid after the local woman who has survived breast cancer. Susan G. Komen South Florida selected Andrea Torrente, a Palm Beach County resident, for the distinctive honor.  The sculptor started work on the project during

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Many Americans view Cinco de Mayo as a day for margaritas and Mexican food. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's independence day. Mexico’s independence is celebrated on September 16. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla. The very first versions of those May 5 celebrations did not begin in Mexico. They began in the U.S. during the Gold Rush era and the Civil War. The early celebrations were and more about taking a side in a then-ongoing geopolitical conflict and less about food and margaritas.

Since today is Cinco de Mayo  and there are plenty of fiestas in town and most people enjoy a great gathering for any reason.  South

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Have you ever been up close and personal with a long legged pink bird?  If not, the opportunity exists at the Palm Beach Zoo.  The impressive Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society,1301 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33405 has made the opportunity to feed flamingos a reality!

Each afternoon the 'Flamingo Experience' at the Palm Beach Zoo offers clientele an intimate encounter for just $35 a person.  A maximum of eight guests are escorted into a sequestered feeding area where the Chilean Flamingos come out to meet their fans. Touching the elegant birds is not encouraged, but the flamingos can touch you with their nares. Obviously, they don't have hands so they check out the everything with their mouths.

The flamingo snack/meal is on the menu

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Jupiter Island mansion sold for a drastically reduced price after nearly four years on the market.  International icon, Céline Dion, has finally found the perfect buyer for her multimillion-dollar home.  After trying to sell her Florida estate for $72.5 million for years it will now finally close for $38.5 million.

Dion and her husband, René Angélil, built the stunning oceanfront mansion in 2010.  Sadly, Angélil, died of cancer last year.

A Canadian real estate broker helped sell the property, along with a real estate broker in Florida. The identify the new owner has not been disclosed but said the American buyer wanted the property as a vacation home. The $38.5 million transaction finalized last week.

For more information on other homes

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When I grew up, Saturday entailed us mowing and weeding.  Not quite my American dream, or that of my brothers as young teens, but we had a lush green lawn and it was every suburbanites dream. To some, a lawn is the crowning glory of their South Florida home. Yet to others it is a tremendous hit on their checkbook.

Everyone loves the appearance of an impeccable lawn.  Don’t you enjoy the smell of fresh cut grass and the feel of it under bare feet.  The cost to maintain it, mowing, edger’s, mowers, aerators, chemicals and fertilizers.  This is the bare minimum to achieve a beautiful lawn or hiring a lawn service.

Lawn service can be a tremendous hit on the checkbook. Studies show that well maintained landscaping can add 15% to the value of a home. 

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