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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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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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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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A healthy lifestyle is crucial to a long and healthy life. Developing healthy eating habits is not as baffling or as restrictive as many people imagine. The essential steps are to eat mostly foods derived from plants such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes and limit highly processed food. Most people in Palm Beach County strive to have a healthy lifestyle.

Vegetarian diets are low in cholesterol, saturated fats, high in fiber and folate, with zero animal protein.  It has been studied that in western countries most vegetarians live longer than most non-vegetarians live. They have substantially reduced risks for heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure and reduced risks for such cancers, particularly lung cancer and colon cancer.

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Enjoy springtime in Palm Beach County by attending one of the area’s Easter Egg Hunts from Jupiter to Delray Beach.  April is an exciting and fun month to celebrate with spring festivals and egg hunts for the entire family.  Easter bunnies, colorful baskets and running around for decorated eggs are not the only things planned, there are many other fun family-friendly events to engage in.

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JUPITER EASTER EGG HUNT

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017

Where: Jupiter Community Park, 3377 Church Street, Jupiter

Details: 9:30 a.m. The hunts are for children 10 and younger, who will be divided into the following age groups: 1 & younger, 2-3, 4-6, 7-10. The family event will have

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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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