Gene Fant: A Driving Force at Palm Beach Atlantic University


There is a myriad of factors that students must consider when choosing a university. Potential sources of appeal range from a challenging curriculum and impressive facilities to smaller class sizes or an emphasis on community service. Now imagine combining all these elements and packaging them at a picturesque location on the West Palm Beach waterfront. What you’re picturing is Palm Beach Atlantic University.

At the forefront of Florida’s top Christian university is its provost and chief academic officer, Dr. Gene C. Fant Jr. He’s a man with an energized plan to drive unparalleled interest in campus participation with a solid foundation for life beyond graduation.

“No matter what my duties are, I’m a teacher at heart,” Fant said. More…

Seminole Wind Farms: Local Home for Paso Fino Horses


The Spanish word paso fino translates to “fine step.” It’s a fitting name for this proud and elegant horse breed, which is prized for the smooth, natural, four-beat lateral gait that makes it popular among trail riders.

“I have had an interest in horses for many years but, after a bout of back pain, I didn’t ever think I would be able to own one,” said Rich Ross, owner of Seminole Wind Farms in Palm City. “It wasn’t until I met a man with a back worse than mine, who showed me the Paso Fino breed, that I began the search for my own Paso. The breed is amazing; there is no bouncing, they’re affectionate, and the horse we chose, Bandido, nothing shook him.” More…

Going Places: Place of Hope Expands Foster-Care Program with New Campus in Boca Raton


A 27-year-old case-management worker at Place of Hope owes her life to the Palm Beach Gardens-based organization that aids foster children.

Separated from her drug-abusing mother at a young age, she entered the system of state-certified care and began to ramble down a road to nowhere. Then, as a teenager at Palm Beach Lakes High School, she fraternized with gangs, got into fights and ended up homeless.

“I was steps away from a juvenile-detention center because I was so violent,” Dawn Marie Turner recalled. “By grace of God it never went that far.” More…

Making the Grade


Say goodbye to summer, because school is just around the corner! As we switch gears and accelerate into a new school year, shift into viewing mode with this year’s school venue. From ESE to enrichment to gifted programs, there is a wide assortment of educational options for all school ages conveniently located in and around Palm Beach Gardens as well as Martin County.

Renaissance Learning Center
5800 Corporate Way, West Palm Beach | (561)

Delve into the rich educational environment of Renaissance Learning Center in West Palm Beach, a nonprofit charter school that serves children with autism spectrum disorder ages 3-14. All teachers are certified ESE instructors and strive to provide continuous and systematic intervention while encouraging students to be independent, self-sufficient and socially interactive. More…

Dr. Civin - Palm Beach Gardens Cosmetic Dentist

A local foundation recently received not one, but two grants from two South Florida organizations.

KidSafe Foundation in Broward County was awarded a Capacity Building Mini Grant from the Children’s Service Council Nonprofit Capacity Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward, as well as a LEFT Grant from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. This is the foundation’s second grant from the sheriff’s office.

Sally Berenzweig, co-founder of KidSafe Foundation, said in an email that the most rewarding aspect of winning this grant is “being able to give the gift of books to children in need. Literacy plus an important message – it is a win-win.” More…

LT Expo Flyer

The 29th annual Jupiter Medical Center Loggerhead Triathlon, hosted by the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, will take place August 2. On that day over 600 athletes from around the country will swarm Carlin Park in Jupiter, Florida to participate in the sprint triathlon. Sponsors of the event include the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, Miami Children’s Hospital Nicklaus Outpatient Center, Southern Waste Systems, Bike Street, Allegro and Tequesta Terrace.

The Loggerhead Triathlon includes a 3/8-mile swim in the Atlantic off of Carlin Park, a 13-mile bike ride down A1A, and finishes off with a 3.1-mile run to the Jupiter Inlet and back to Carlin Park. Registration for this event opened on May 1 and sold out within weeks.

“We are really pleased with the response year after year,” explained Hannah Sosa, VP of marketing & operations for the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. “This year we will have a seminar for first-time triathletes which is hosted by Linda Neary from Tri Running Sports and Marty Fuchs, a USAT referee, the day before the race.”

In addition to the seminar for the athletes, the NPBCCC will also host a Health & Fitness Expo on August 1 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Jupiter Beach Resort. The expo is free to attend and will feature local companies that specialize in the health and fitness industry – everything from sporting goods, local gyms, chiropractors and even health food companies such as Deliver Lean will be in attendance.

“We are also going to host several seminars during the expo,” Sosa said. “This year there is an entire seminar about the benefits of juicing – so many people are trying that, so that will be an interesting one to attend!”

Even though you may not be competing, make sure you head down to the expo and, if you’re an early riser, cheer the race participants on at Carlin Park! For more information about the race or the expo, visit or call the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce at (561) 746-7111.

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but a carbon-footprint-free lunch may be little more realistic. For those of you who live to help Mother Nature breathe a little easier, here’s a way to pack your lunch without packing the land-fill.

Meet Ecocozies, reusable food containers that keep food fresh, eliminating the need for plastic baggies, aluminum foil and plastic wrap, so you save money and the planet!

“Ecocozies are made of neoprene on the outside,” said Diana Richardson, owner and founder of Daisy Container Company, makers of Ecocozies. “Neoprene is used for many purposes, including wet suits, because of its ability to expel water and retain body heat.” More…

Summer Cabaret Showcase and acting classes at BRIFT

by Hollie Hosler

Calling all thespians, comedians and those who just want to have fun! The Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theatre (BRIFT) is hosting a slew of classes to help you get one step closer to those casting calls. Find one that sparks your artistic interest and register right away, as classes have limited enrollment.

  • Side by Side Summer Sessions – A weekly improvisation class taught by Todd Vittum in which adults and children work together on stage to improve their impromptu speaking and acting skills on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. Adults: $25/week; kids: $15/week.
  • Adult Improv – Hone your improvisational skills with a class led by Todd Vittum. With this course, you will improve your ability to think on your feet and build self-esteem. This class is on Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. More…

All the world loves a lover, and when those lovers are celebrities on the verge of having babies, we’re all about being in the know.

Will it be a boy or a girl? Who will it look like? And of course, the ever=important question, what will the name be?

If you’re a fame-lovin’ celeb, you’re not going with a simple John, Michael or Julie – those are names for commoners. You’re a true artist; you have to show the world your creativity by providing a one-of-a-kind moniker for your little magpie. More…