January 2016

There are 71 blog entries for January 2016.

A new, healthy, fast, casual food chain called Freshii is coming to the Jupiter area.  A local chef and former "Food Network" contestant, Josh Lyons, will open the franchise. 

The ultra-healthy Toronto-based fast food chain has about 200 locations, but the only other store in South Florida is located in Miami. Today, there are Freshii locations in over 75+ cities and 15 countries worldwide.

Everything you take from the store biodegrades naturally to the earth or is easily recyclable. They will shake  your meal in a biodegradable bag and produce 5 to 7 times less of a carbon footprint than running even the most energy efficient dishwasher.  Most of Freshii packaging is made from eco-friendly vegetable starches. Amazingly, it biodegrades quickly,

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Riverbend is a 680 acre preserve Park in Jupiter. Riverbend Park has quaint bridges, cypress-lined ponds, shady pine forests, magnificent old live oak trees, a historic battlefield, and resident peacocks. They are all part of the lovely landscape that makes Riverbend Park a delightful place to explore.

This Palm Beach County park is particularly fine for a family bicycling outing. It is also the starting point for the outstanding canoe or kayak trip down the Loxahatchee River. Canoe Outfitters rents boats and bicycles for the Loxahatchee trips.

There is no shortage of wildlife at Riverbend Park, native birds are plentiful, including wild turkeys. Armadillos, white-tailed deer, as well as woodpeckers and wading birds can all be spotted on the

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Jonathan Dickinson State Park is a Florida State Park and a historic site located in Martin County, Florida, between Hobe Sound and Tequesta. The park is packed with wildlife in 13 natural habitats, including sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods, mangroves, and river swamps. The park is named after Jonathan Dickinson, a Quaker merchant who was shipwrecked in 1696, with his family and others, on the Florida coast near the present-day park. He wrote a journal describing their encounters with local tribes, and their journey up the coast to St. Augustine.

Visitors can enjoy paved and off-road biking, equestrian, and hiking trails. Boating, canoeing, and kayaking along the river are also great ways to see the park. Anglers can fish along the riverbank or

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The local golf community has lost a longtime rules official and major player in the local golf community.

H. Mallory Privett, a memmber of both the South Florida PGA and FSGA Halls of Fame, died on December 26th at the age of 79 after losing his battle to a lengthy illness. Privett, who served as mayor of North Palm Beach from 1971-74, spent much of the past 23 years since his retirement serving as a rules official and volunteer coordinator, serving as Volunteer Chairman of the Honda Classic from 2006-12. In November, he became just the third recipient of the Florida State Golf Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

“He was literally the first call I made when we took over the Honda in 2006,” Honda Classic Executive Director Ken Kennerly said

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Graphic image courtesy of HB Smart Home Technology.

With so much emphasis on an eco-friendly living environment, as well as leaving a smaller carbon footprint on our planet, many new homeowners are incorporating "smart home" technology into their new residences. A "smart home" is one that is equiped with special structured wiring which provides its homeowners with energy effciency, security, comfort and convenience knowing that all occupants may remotely access an automated home program whether you're near the home or not.

"Smart Home" is the term commonly used to define a residence that has appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, entertainment, audio & video systems, security, and camera systems that are capable of

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“Does taking the extra step to stage a home make a difference in how much a buyer is willing to pay for a home?” The experts at The National Association of Realtors (NAR) ask this interesting question and they’ve done the research to support their answer. 

The experts at NAR have done extensive research to support the fact that staging a home for sale will bring in higher offers from buyers as opposed to homes that are not staged. Staging is the practice of decorating a home with furniture, art and décor to give the home a vibrant and lively feel. There are many reputable staging companies as well as knowledgeable realtors for hire for personal home staging. 

NAR has asked realtors, homeowners and potential buyers alike what their opinions are on

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A spectrum of colors, beautiful views and friendly vendors will welcome you every Sunday to the Jupiter Farmer’s Market at Harbourside Place in Jupiter, Florida. Live music will flow through the air played by local bands. The market will be taking place every Sunday from December through April, from 9am to 2pm. 

The “just harvested” fresh produce comes from local farmers all over South Florida. As you peruse the different stands you will find seasonal harvests varying from winter to summer fruits and vegetables. You will be able to select things like: organic, locally grown kale, chard, squash, beets, star fruits, citrus and berries. Fruits and vegetables aren’t the only things to buy at the Jupiter Farmer’s Market. You can also buy gorgeous, locally

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Delray Beach Garlic Festival

The Delray Beach Garlic Fest has been featured on the Food Network and in countless national newspapers and magazines and has been affectionately named “The Best Stinkin’ party in town. The Delray Beach Garlic Fest takes place January 29-31 in downtown Delray Beach. Now in its 17th year, the festival celebrates garlic’s culinary possibilities with countless recipes and unique dishes that have been created by professional chefs in the Garlic Chef cooking competition. The event is dedicated to exploring the numerous health and culinary possibilities of garlic.

The health benefits of garlic are as strong as its infamous scent. Garlic is rich in antioxidants and consuming it regularly can maintain a healthy heart by slowing down the hardening of the

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Palm Beach County is well known for its boundless natural beauty and miles of sandy white beaches. If you are looking for an artistic adventure, you will find that The Palm Beaches is full of museums, galleries, world class exhibits, theatre and more.  

ART EXHIBITIONS

 Art in Public Places

The city of West Palm Beach's program brings creative expression to the streets, parks and other public places.  Contemporary works by internationally known artists have become part of the city's landscape. Continuously open to the public on display throughout the city. Art in Public Places

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

253 Barcelona Road, West Palm Beach; 832-5328 or ansg.org. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. 

Featuring nine

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How's the winter season treating you? 82 degrees in paradise today. South Florida set the record for the warmest December and warmest year in recorded history! Guess we will not to see snow again this year. 

While some of area beaches offer a little more tranquility and seclusion, other beaches, like South Beach, are more energized, surrounded by pulsating  nightlife and closer to the action.  Pick your poison,  from Miami to the seaside tranquility of Tequesta, it's up to you. 

South Florida's warm climate promotes good health, as good weather allows people to play and exercise outdoors. Experts say, it also might help those with seasonal affective disorder, also thought of as the "winter blues". The disorder is actually a form of depression

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