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FAU Medical School
FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine received initial accreditation for residency programs in general surgery and emergency medicine. The general surgery training program is based at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and is a six year program.
The three-year emergency medicine training program is based at Bethesda Hospital East. Other hospitals involved include Delray Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center and West Boca Medical Center.
Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District elections
Two Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District commissioners will face challengers in the Aug. 30 election.
Commissioner Dennis Frisch will face two opponents, Craig Ehrnst, a one-time city council candidate and Shayla Enright, a medical physicist.
Commissioner Earl Starkoff, an information technology services executive, will face John Costello, an accountant, and Erin Wright, who co-owns a home inspection service.
Vice chair Steve Engel was re-elected to his second four-year term without opposition.
Commissioners are paid $80 for each meeting they attend and they are responsible for overseeing a $46 million budget.
FPL announces improvements for Boca
Florida Power & Light has plans to invest $1.75 billion over the next three years to improve its systems.
Part of its plans include a three-year storm hardening plan to deliver more reliable service to Boca residents.
This year, there have been upgrades to three main power lines, which will allow the system to better withstand major storms and allow power to be restored quicker.
FPL will also install 21 automated switches on main power lines and two automated switches on smaller power lines serving neighborhoods and subdivisions. The automated devices detect and prevent potential problems along the energy grid, as well as restore and reroute power, when necessary, to reduce the number of customers affected by an outage, according to a news release.
Enter Sugar Sand Park’s 5th Annual Kids’ Scary Film Festival
Grab a camera, film a scary film and enter it for a chance to win a GoPro camera and have your film featured at the 11th annual Shriek Week in October.
The 5th Annual Kids’ Scary Film Festival is accepting submissions from filmmakers ages 6-17. The suggested theme is “Florida’s Terrifying Tourist Traps.”
To enter, submit the film on DVD, a completed entry form and $5 to the Community Center by Sept. 23.
Film formats can include stop-motion animation, film, animation, music videos and digital comic books. Entries will be judged by a panel of professionals.
In addition to the Judge’s Choice, fans can watch and vote for their favorite films online Oct. 1-31 including the People’s Choice.  The selected films will also be played in the Willow Theatre during Shriek Week while patrons are waiting in the queue for the Haunted House Tours.
Awards and prizes will be presented at a November ceremony at Sugar Sand Park Community Center.
For the entry forms and full rules, visit www.SugarSandPark.org/shriek-week-film-festival.
For more information, call the Community Center at 561-347-3900 or visit the website at www.SugarSandPark.org. Sugar Sand Park is located at 300 S. Military Trail in Boca Raton.
FAU receives $25 million from state
Florida Atlantic University has received $25 million from the state for its continuing improvement and the school plans to spend the money on raises and research.