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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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Art is a way of expression, a form of passion and often a dream to obtain. For those of us who have the fine taste for high quality art and want a new variety of museums to check out, Downtown Delray Beach has a few just for you. What makes a day persusing the local galleries of Atlantic Avenue spectacular is Delray itself. Known for its art and culture and of course its nightlife, Delray Beach is the perfect destination for Palm Beachers, Jupiter folks and Miamians to go for a day of shopping and art.  

3 local art galleries you must visit in Delray Beach are: the Cornell Art Museum, The Sundook Fine Art Gallery and the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum. 

The Cornell Art Museum 

The Cornell Art Museum is located in downtown Delray Beach in a

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Come visit “downtown” and meet the friendly locals, shopkeepers and the entire community known as a Sociable City and recently awarded "Best of the Road - Most Fun Small Town in America" by Rand McNally & USA Today. Delray Beach is a great city o live in. There is no shortage of things to do in Delray Beach, recently named "The Most Fun Small Town in America". Whether you're into extreme sports, wine tastings, festivals, arts, or cultural experiences there is literally something for everyone.

Leading Urban Retail Consultant, Robert Gibbs, named Atlantic Avenue. Delray Beach, as one of the top 10 great American Shopping Streets. In an USA Today article about urban shopping districts, he said, “They have what I call the X-Factor of Urbanism. Very

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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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Gardens are beautiful and butterflies seemingly bring the garden to “life” with fluttery movement from plant to plant. South Florida is a great area to have a butterfly garden. Butterfly gardens come in all shapes and sizes. It can begin in a single pot or a plot of land. It is possible to add a few plants to a couple of beds or a window box or transform an existing garden.

A garden full of butterflies requires a good mix of butterfly nectar and select plants so that butterflies will not only be attracted to your shrubbery for a drink, but they will also lay eggs. This provides a place for the entire butterfly life cycle to ensue.

The butterfly life cycle includes various stages: eggs, caterpillars, chrysalis and finally, butterflies. All the

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When staging your Palm Beach County home for sale, your furniture placement will be adjusted to invite buyers into the property and allow them to walk freely in the room and then pass to the next.  It may not be the layout you prefer or use, but it is to facilitate the sale of your house.

 Ideally, a home stager can be your ace in the hole to sell quickly. The home stager will suggest to you what stays and goes, what to put away and what needs to be upgraded.  According to the National Association of Realtors, home stagers start with an “evaluation in which they’ll review your home from curbside to back fence offering a list of instructions and suggested enhancements, changes and upgrades for you to get done.”

The goal of staging is to showcase

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One of the many reasons to reside in South Florida or live seasonally is the beauty and abundance of waterways.  Nothing is more serene than gazing out your backyard and see the sunshine glistening on the water behind the house knowing it is at your beck and call.

The climate in South Florida is almost always conducive to fishing, leisure boating, swimming or watersport activity.  To keep Palm Beach County waterways safe the Florida Wildlife Commission encourages boating safety courses. 

The U.S. Coast Guard's Boating Safety Division also supports this concept.  The Coast Guard's Boating Safety Division is dedicated to “reducing loss of life, injuries, and property damage that occur on U.S. waterways by improving the knowledge, skills, and

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