Every year more than 60 children under the age of 5 drown in Florida — enough kids to fill an entire school bus. This year there already have been 28 reported cases of children drowning in the state and we haven’t even reached summer. Within just the last 20 days, there have been five reported near-drownings in Palm Beach County alone.
As part of the ongoing “What If?” child safety campaign, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County and Safe Kids Palm Beach County will be distributing about 500 free door alarms to Palm Beach County families with pools. An alarm easily can be attached to a sliding glass door and will buzz any time the door is opened.
A Florida Department of Health grant funded the door alarms.
While there is no substitute to supervising your children around water, the door alarms act as a barrier to keep children safe, said Kelly Powell, program director of Safe Kids Palm Beach County.
“Even a near-drowning incident can have lifelong consequences,” Powell said. “Kids who survive a near-drowning may have brain damage, and after four to six minutes under water the damage is usually irreversible.”
The Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County, a “What If?” campaign partner, urges caregivers to always remember the ABCs of water safety: A- Adult Supervision, B- Barriers, beach safety and boating safety and C- Classes to teach children how to swim and adults CPR.
“We strongly recommend that everyone utilize layers of protections/barriers such as door/window/gate alarms and locked, properly working isolation pool fencing and pool alarms,” said Anna Stewart, manager of the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County. “If one mechanism fails there is another to hopefully prevent a tragedy from occurring.”
To qualify for a free door alarm, a family must fill out a six-question survey by going to www.whatifpbc.org, scrolling down and clicking on the water icon. Families then will be contacted about where they can pick up their free door alarms.
To talk to local Safe Kids director Kelly Powell on camera and get a demonstration of the pool alarm, please contact Jon Burstein at 561-374-7616 (office) or 561-703-2192 (cell).
The What If? campaign is a child safety initiative by the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County to provide parents and caregivers vital, life-saving information that protects children in the home and in the community. What If? campaign partners include: Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County, Florida Department of Children & Families, Palm Beach County Government, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Palm Beach County Health Department, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Safe Kids Palm Beach County, Safety Council of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County School District and many other child safety advocates.
Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County provides leadership, funding and research on behalf of the county’s children so they grow up healthy, safe and strong.
T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society (TLJMS) will host a community health and wellness fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 2 at FoundCare Health Center at 2330 S. Congress Avenue. The event, titled “Start This School Year with Clean Air, Nutritious Meals, Exercise and Preventive Check-Ups for the Entire Family,” will allow the underserved, uninsured and at-risk members of our community to access health care services and health education.
The health fair is free and open to the public. Offerings will include: back-to-school immunizations, dental screenings, vision testing, pap smears, breast exams, diabetic testing, blood glucose and cholesterol level checks, HIV testing, and breathing capacity checks. The event will also include presentations on living healthier lifestyles and health conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), HIV, diabetes, and heart disease. There will also be presentations on smoking cessation, physical fitness, nutrition, healthy lifestyle choices, and fire safety. Infant car seat education/training and free backpacks will be available. Free transportation will be available from Washington Elementary in Riviera Beach and from the Urban League in West Palm Beach every half hour during the event.
“T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society and our community partners are very pleased to offer access to health care to those who might otherwise go without it,” states Dr. Dudley Brown, who is the TLJMS Health Committee Co-Chair along with Dr. Seth Crapp. Event sponsors include Children’s Medical Services, FoundCare, Florida Health Department, Palm Beach County Immunization Coalition and the Palm Beach County Safety Council.
The T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society is a West Palm Beach-based 501(c)3 organization. TLJMS is comprised of a group of dedicated health care professionals united to improve the health and wellness, access to medical care, academic and career opportunities, and the quality of life for underserved populations through the provision of health care, education and youth development services. For its members, TLJMS seeks to elevate the professional success of members through information, education and networking opportunities.
Join us for a day of shopping, sharing, and supporting the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. on Saturday, August 16, 2014. The Gardens Mall will donate 5% of the day’s logged sales to the Education Foundation to support K12 public education in Palm Beach County. In order for a donation to be credited to the Foundation, shoppers must validate their receipts at the Information Desk, Lower Level, Grand Court (across from Macy’s). “Partnering with The Gardens Mall is an exciting opportunity for the Foundation. Parents, students and teachers will be able to do their back to school shopping and support the Education Foundation. It’s a winwin!” said Mary Kay Murray, Executive Director, Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. For more information please contact Teresa Dabrowski at email@example.com or 561-351-7196.
About The Gardens Mall: The Gardens Mall is located one mile east of I95 on PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The luxurious, 1.4millionsquarefoot, superregional shopping center features more than 160 worldclass retail specialty shops and restaurants. It is anchored by Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, and Sears. The Gardens Mall is owned and managed by The Forbes Company. For more information about The Gardens Mall, call 561.775.7750 or visit the mall online at thegardensmall.com.
About the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc.: Founded in 1984, the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing excellence in Palm Beach County’s public education by increasing public awareness and inspiring community and business support for programs focused on learning, literacy, and leadership. With the support it receives from contributions and grants, the Education Foundation provides resources for innovative programs to improve academic achievement. For more information about the Education Foundation, call 561.434.8428 or visit online at educationfoundationpbc.org.
About the School District of Palm Beach County: The School District of Palm Beach County is the eleventh largest in the nation and the fifth largest in the state of Florida with 185 schools, serving more than 181,000 students who speak 150 languages and dialects. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the School District has nearly 21,000 associates, including over 12,000 teachers. To learn more about The School District of Palm Beach County, please visit www.palmbeachschools.org.
The Norton’s weekly Art After Dark series – Where Culture and Entertainment Meet – is theme-filled this summer. Many themes are in conjunction with the Museum’s summer exhibition, Wheels and Heels: The Big Noise Around Little Toys, a broad, playful look at the enduring influence of the Barbie doll and Matchbox car.
Art After Dark, sponsored by the Addison Hines Charitable Trust,is held Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Norton, and, like last summer, the Norton is reprising its “Free Thursdays for Florida Residents” through Sept. 4, 2014. (As part of the national Blue Star Museum initiative, the Norton also offers free admission daily to active military and their families through Labor Day weekend. Please note: The Museum is closed on Mondays.)
On July 3, Art After Dark celebrates Independence Day with a curator’s talk about a Norman Rockwell painting (the July Masterpiece of the Month), tours of the American Art Collection, and performances by barbershop quartet Cameo, and country musician Tom Jackson.
Throughout the summer, curators are providing insight into remarkable works featured in the Masterpiece of the Month series, including an encore discussion of the Norman Rockwell masterpiece on July 10 as well as a Picasso masterpiece on Aug. 7 and 28, and a rare ceramic work from China on Sept. 4. Photographer Robert Weingarten’s unique “portraits” of famous individuals, including Don Shula, Buzz Aldrin, Jane Goodall, Colin Powell, and Sonia Sotomayor are featured in a Curator’s Conversation on July 17, the opening day of Living Legends: The Montage Portraits of Robert Weingarten.
Some of South Florida’s most popular music acts, including Jackson, Crazy Fingers, percussionist Chino Nuñez, the Natalie Jackson Trio, and others are also scheduled to perform at the Norton during the summer. French singer Thierry Khalfa provides the musical ambiance for the Norton’s annual Bastille Day activities on July 10, hosted in conjunction with the Multilingual Language and Culture Society again this year. Other partners involved in Art After Dark programs this summer include Mounts Botanical Garden and Blue Bell Ice Cream.
Families can also enjoy DIY (Do It Yourself) Art Projects related to Wheels and Heels and Sketchbook Thursdays, which are held on the third Thursday of every month.
Art After Dark summer themes and highlights are as follows:
July 3 “Go All-American” with a Masterpiece of the Month talk on Norman Rockwell’s Hometown News (1942), and country music by Tom Jackson.
July 10 Learn a little French during Bastille Day festivities, featuring French art, film, music, wines, and crepes.
July 17 Enjoy the exhibition opening and Curator’s Conversation about Living Legends: The Montage Portraits of Robert Weingarten; draw a live model during Sketchbook Thursday. Catch the documentary, Mambo Man, before dancing to the music of Chino Nuñez – a Latin music “living legend” – and his band.
July 24 Celebrate The Great Outdoors, observing plein air painters Dennis Aufiery and Hope Ries in the Museum courtyard accompanied by guitarists playing soft rock music; create a cool collage; join Mounts Botanical Garden Director Allen Sistrunk for a talk on gardens around the globe. Savor free Blue Bell Ice Cream.
July 31 Attend the Norton Summer Interns’ talk at the opening of their exhibition, PLAY! Enjoy the jazz of the Natalie Jackson Trio; join the Trivia Night Challenge.
Aug. 7 Experience “The Genius of Picasso” during a discussion of August’s Masterpiece of the Month, Picasso’s Tête de Femme (Head of a Woman) from 1952.
Aug. 14 Compete during “Family Game Night;” learn to draw awesome cars at a DIY Art workshop; take a tour about Kids in Art; and play classic board games.
Aug. 21 Put on your dancing shoes for a “DJ Dance Party;” take in the Living Legends Curator’s Conversation; Sketchbook Thursday, and DIY portrait collages.
Aug. 28 Sway to the sounds of popular Grateful Dead tribute band Crazy Fingers. PBC Classics Car Club motors in with vintage cars from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.
Sept. 4 Visit the treasures in the Museum’s Chinese Collection and attend the final Masterpiece of the Month discussion.
About the Norton Museum
The Norton Museum of Art is a major cultural attraction in Florida, and internationally known for its distinguished Permanent Collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL., and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays and major Holidays). General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID, and free for Members and children ages 12 and under. Special group rates are available. West Palm Beach residents receive free admission every Saturday with proof of residency. Palm Beach County residents receive free admission the first Saturday of each month with proof of residency. For additional information, please call (561) 832-5196, or visit www.norton.org.