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New Clinic opens in Boca
The Derun Clinic of Chinese Medicine has opened at 144 S. Federal Highway. The clinic is a Chinese Medicine clinic bringing that brings expertise all the way from China. Dr. Xin Tong has a background in Western medicine and neurology.
Boca author pens new children’s books
Boca Raton author Victoria M. Howard has released two new children’s books about horses and racing: “The Adventures of Max: Birth of a Racehorse,” and “Junior: The Horse That Won the Kentucky Derby.”
In “The Adventures of Max,” Molly McDoodle, the Standardbred racehorse, gives birth to a filly named Baby It’s Cold Outside. Max the Bolognese Dog becomes the newborn filly’s best friend and companion. Through the story in this book, children learn all about harness racing.
In “Junior,” Junior is a horse who was born to beat the odds. Junior, who eventually is named California Chrome, wins the most prestigious horse race called the Kentucky Derby.
Howard is an internationally published author of 10 books. Her books vary from subjects on relationships, horses and children.
Delray-based We Make People Happy Vacations acquires new site
WMPH Vacations, Inc. (iCruise.com), a leading online retailer of cruise travel services, has acquired CruiseNow.com, a specialized distributor of last minute cruise vacations located in Charlotte, N.C.
CruiseNow.com is known for using the latest technology to communicate discount cruise deals to consumers who can travel on short notice. The company’s SeaSaver email list, CruiseText, and Edutainment videos are a major part of their last minute traveler growth strategy.
CruiseNow.com is WMPH Vacations’ fourth acquisition since 2004 and becomes the eighth company-owned brand.
“This acquisition has strategic value to us because of CruiseNow.com’s success in marketing to those guests who can literally pack-and-go. Additionally, CruiseNow.com’s reputation for great customer service, its tremendous client base, website, content and its established brand name will all be instrumental as we continue to grow this segment of cruise vacationers through our mobile apps and desktop initiatives,” said Uf Tukel, Co-President of WMPH Vacations and iCruise.com.
The Conde Center hires new doctor
Delray’s The Conde Center has hired Dr. Alycia «Allye» Pugh. Dr. Pugh is a New Smyrna Beach native and Jacksonville University alumnus where she studied dance kinesiology and Spanish education.
She graduated Cum Laude with honors from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange with a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree. She was awarded with Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award for accomplishments in the philosophical principles of chiropractic.
Dr. Pugh has a passion for neurological rehabilitation and is currently attending the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies to pursue a Diplomate in Neurology through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. She is seeking to become one of the less than one thousand Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologists in the world.
On her off time, you may find Dr. Pugh surfing the waves at the beach or walking along the Ave with her husband.
All County Paving recognized
All County Pavement Management Solutions was recognized as 2016 Company of the Year from the Underground Contractors Association.
All County Paving has been a leading asphalt paving contractor for more than 30 years.
“We have experienced unprecedented growth here at All County Paving, and are honored to have been awarded ‘Company of the Year’ from UCA,” President and CEO Ken Goldberg said. “We started as a small local company and will now be celebrating more than 400 team members… We take pride in our team and our work; it’s a true testament to our organization.”
Volunteer during tax season
The United Way of Palm Beach County is looking for volunteers to support the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program during the 2017 tax season.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a national program staffed by local volunteers to provide free preparation and electronic filing of tax returns to people with low-to-moderate incomes who are eligible for tax credits.
Volunteers are needed to serve as greeters, tax preparers and site coordinators in locations throughout Palm Beach County. No experience is required but all VITA volunteers must be trained and certified. Once certified, volunteers are required to commit four hours per week during tax season, which ends on April 18. Flexible schedules are available including weekdays, weekends and evenings.
Visit http://www.unitedwaypbc.org/vita-volunteer-recruitment to view the VITA volunteer training schedule (click on View the Volunteer Training Schedule under Training and Certification).  To register as a VITA volunteer, complete the Volunteer Profile Form (click on View the Volunteer Profile Form under Volunteer Opportunities).
For more information, contact Donna Pulda, United Way of Palm Beach County’s Director of Volunteer Services, at (561) 375-6621 or email donnapulda@unitedwaypbc.org.
Technology Business Incubator hosts open house
See what is going on at Boca’s Research Park at Florida Atlantic University.
There will be an open house from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 showcasing emerging companies in the Technology Business Incubator (TBI) program.
Community members will have a chance to learn first-hand about the products and services that are being developed by the companies at the TBI, and get to know its newest members in the business community.
An award ceremony will be held to recognize individuals and organizations in our community who have made a significant impact on economic development through their efforts and initiatives during 2016.