Becca Lichtblau: Success in Her Sights

 

She calls herself a “Backwoods Barbie.”

Her friends and family have dubbed her “Annie Oakley.” But really, she’s Rebecca Lichtblau. She’s 18 years old, stands 5 feet 3 inches tall, and has long, silky blond hair. She’s also dynamite with a shotgun.

Hoisting a nine-pound Berretta A303 Ducks Unlimited 12-gauge shotgun, the Benjamin School senior can blast four-inch clay targets out of the sky with calm and ease. She is also ranked number one in the country in sporting clays for all women/ages. Her official title is 2014 Sporting Clays Junior Female National Champion; she’s only the fourth woman from Florida to earn this prestigious title.  More…


Inn on Fifth Offers Paradise Without Pretension

 

Fifth Avenue South in Naples boasts a mile-long stretch of river-to-gulf quaintness. The scenic street features 52 shops, 35 restaurants and one historic hotel.

“And we’re it,” said Cathy Christopher, director of sales and marketing for Inn on Fifth.

Nearly three years after a $2 million renovation project that transformed the exterior and interior of the property, bringing a bit of hauteness and hipness to Naples’ nostalgic neighborhood, Inn on Fifth and Club Level Suites continue to dazzle and delight vacationers. This year saw the 119-room establishment earn a Forbes Travel Guide Four Star rating. More…


Sun-sational Summer Fun

 

Ah those lazy, languid, long days of summer. Most often equated with vacation, it’s a time to unwind, kick back and relax – that is, unless you have children. That’s right parents, that last school bell has rung and now those kids are turning to you to fulfill all their entertainment needs.

With cries of “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do,” ringing through your head, you have no choice but to conjure up your inner cruise director and start the search for that perfect something to do. It should be educational but not too academic, cultural but not too highbrow, and of course fun, but not kill-my-wallet kind of fun, all while staying cool under the blazing Florida sun.

Join PBG Lifestyle and peruse our pages as we boldly go where only the bravest have gone before – into the family SUV with our kids.

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Pipe Dreams Do Come True: Junior World Snowboarding Champ Madison Barrett

 

Family Ties

She was a champion before she traveled to China. She was a champion when she returned from China. Her father, mother and brother are champions as well. Above all else, family love and its attendant qualities of respect, understanding, candor and individual growth, nourish champions. Seventeen-year-old Madison Barrett’s clarity of purpose distinguishes her from winners, for champions know the contest begins long before the day a medal is draped around one’s neck or a trophy is hoisted above their shoulders; it begins with strength of character.  More…

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Alas, another holiday is upon is. What’s better is that it falls on a weekend, which gives us another day to celebrate America and enjoy the company of our family and friends. This year, many are forgoing traveling and supplanting it with a home staycation, complete with a cookout, lawn games and fireworks. If you’d like to venture out into South Florida, below is a list of events taking place throughout the holiday weekend.

  • 4th on Flagler – Enjoy a three-day weekend jam-packed with fun! Celebrate Friday with BBQ, brews and blues. Follow up the next day with South Florida’s largest free Independence Day celebration featuring three stages of entertainment including national recording artists and the 13th Army Band, kids’ activities, the exclusive VIP Club 4th and an 18-minute fireworks extravaganza over the Lake Worth Lagoon/Intracoastal Waterway. More…

In May, the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches named the Flagler Museum the winner of the Arts and Culture Nonprofit of the Year Award.

Other finalists included the Historical Society of Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society.

David Carson, the Flagler Museum’s public affairs director, said in an email that the museum’s nomination resulted from its efforts to preserve and educate as well as encourage tourism with both domestic and international visitors. Keeping Henry Flagler’s tradition of community support alive also contributed to the museum’s win.

According to the Chamber’s website, this award recognizes “Palm Beach County companies that lead with confidence, demonstrating a solid commitment to their business goals, their employees and their local community.”  More…


Suzanne Holmes and John Blades

Suzanne Holmes and John Blades

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties celebrated its annual Founder’s Award Luncheon at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, and the house was full as hundreds of supporters gathered to honor the award’s 2015 recipient, William M. Matthews. Matthews, a former board chair of the foundation and a generous philanthropist, has historical roots in the neighborhood; he is the great grandson of Henry Flagler. Matthews quietly accepted congratulations for his years of service to the Community Foundation and acknowledged well-wishers, while he patiently smiled for an array of photographers.

“Will Matthews was a member of our board of directors for nearly 20 years, serving as chairman from 2006-2010. He is an important part of the Community Foundation’s history,” said the foundation’s president and CEO, Bradley Hurlburt. More…


Our days are filled with “To Do” lists that are more often than not dictated by the wants and needs of others. The older we get, the more obligations and unexpected “problems” seem to get delivered to us. That they don’t arrive on a silver platter is a complaint I will have to file some other day. For the moment I have no time. I’ve still got plenty to do; the sun hasn’t even risen yet, I’ve been up for an hour and I’m already behind on my day.

But this problem doesn’t seem to plague some people I know. I’ve got a couple of friends who have nothing but time on their hands. That they both have plenty of money to go with it and still don’t do anything but surf the internet or watch TV makes me absolutely crazy and more than a little jealous. If I had nothing but time and money, my days and nights would be spent making good use of both of them and making sure I would run out of both and leave empty handed. My bucket list would be bottomless and I would replenish it with experiences, people and places that I haven’t had time to enjoy because I was too busy with the busyness of life trying to get from Point A (my station in life) to Point B (where my aforementioned friends are sitting on their sofas). More…


The way technology is growing, you would think one would be hard-pressed to find an industry that hasn’t been revolutionized by gizmos and gadgets galore. However, that’s exactly what has happened to the baking industry; the last major technological advancement in the baking world was the ability to print and plaster an edible picture to a sheet cake.

Let that sink in for a minute…

Now that you’ve recovered from the shock of that revelation, rejoice! Cookie Cutter Kingdom has taken one of the greatest technological advances of our time – the 3D printer – and found a way to help professional bakers, moms, dads and grandparents across the nation create cookies and fondant shapes that are truly tailored to their specific celebration. More…