Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
From 10 am to noon on Saturday, February 7th, bring the kids to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center on A1A below Spanish River Drive for an art workshop and contest, “I am drawing with Pascal,” combining art with an environmental education. Sponsoring artist, Pascal Lecocq, will facilitate the workshop, along with staff and volunteers. Lecocq’s passion for the arts and environmental education led to the formation of the Pascal Foundation for the Arts and Environmental Education. The foundation’s goal is to encourage children to express themselves by painting and showing concern for the environment. He has created templates for the children, to which they can add color and designs, and they will answer five questions related to this year’s theme, “Plastic is Forever.” Contest Winners will be announced on Sea Turtle Day, March 7th. An adult must participate with the child. To reserve space, call 561-338-1473. There is no fee. Founded in 1984 as a cooperative venture between the City of Boca Raton, Palm Beach County School District, Florida Atlantic University and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Incorporated, the Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex is designed to provide marine and coastal environmental education for the community through classes, workshops, field trips and research. Volunteers are welcome. The current Gumbo Limbo volunteers put in over 22,000 hours annually. That is the equivalent of 11 full-time employees!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Encouraging local Delray Beach residents to attend and participate in local issues, folks are urged to attend the January 27th annual Citizens Roundtable at 7 pm at Old School Square, 51 North Swinton Avenue. Opening remarks will be given by Mayor Rita Ellis in the Crest Theatre with presentations following from tDelray Beach Planning and Zoning, Community Redevelopment Agency and City Manager David T. Harden. Then the audience will be invited to the Old School Square Gymnasium for roundtable discussions. For more info call 561-243-7190.
Monday, January 12, 2009
According to the Florida Association of Realtors, United Van Lines tracks its moves each year and compares the number of people moving into each state versus the number moving out. In 2008, the company found Florida to be perfectly "balanced," meaning the number of inbound and outbound moves was virtually even. The Mid-Atlantic states saw growth while states to the north saw decreases.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
A recent federal law temporarily suspends minimum required distributions (MRDs) from tax-deferred savings for policyholders over age 70½. This suspension is for 2009 only and does not apply to MRDs for 2008. If a policyholder turns 70½ in 2009, no MRD is required. If a policyholder turned age 70½ in 2008, an MRD for 2008 is still required by April 1, 2009. Although MRDs are not required for 2009, policyholders who need the monies can still take minimum withdrawals. The suspension allows funds that would have been withdrawn to continue to grow tax-deferred for 2009. Impacted plans include IRAs, 401(k)s, and other defined contribution plans. The law also applies to distributions under the five-year rule, where beneficiaries are required to deplete the annuity value within five years of the owner’s death. The new law provides an additional year to meet the depletion requirement. Systematic withdrawals taken by IRA owners or beneficiaries under MRD rules can be suspended. However, these policyholders must notify Policyholder Services to cancel withdrawals for 2009 and then restart them for 2010. For legal, tax or investment advice, please consult a qualified advisor.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Born October 28th weighing 2 lbs., female jaguars can grow to 200 lbs. And 7’ in length. The baby jaguar has been named Maya, and is very important to the overall conservation of jaguars. Maya will be part of the Jaguar Species Survival Program.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
More than 4-million passengers rode the commuter Tri-Rail in 2008, the highest amount in it’s 20-year history, up nearly 23% over 2007 and up 50%+ over 2005. Tri-Rail is the second fastest growing commuter rail system in the United States during the third quarter of 2008, outranked only by a new commuter train in Albuquerque, New Mexico. With gas prices down below $2 a gallon, there has been a slight dip in the number of passengers, but there are still between 15,000 and 16,000 riders a day. Tri-Rails efforts to tax rental cars to help pay for their operations have been rebuffed by the Legislature.