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Nonprofit raises funds to help with reading

Delray nonprofit Roots and Wings has been awarding $5,000 checks to principals to help students with reading and reading comprehension.

Recipients include Village Academy, Plumosa School of the Arts and Banyan Creek.

Those donations are in addition to the Above and Beyond Awards the nonprofit presents to thank teachers and support staff at local schools for performing their hard work.

The group was recently honored as a Community Asset honoree during the Go4it! Youth Entrepreneurial Summit held at the Delray Beach Public Library.

11th Generation Japanese pottery artist donates two pieces to Morikami

Just after his lecture, “The Spirit of Japanese Craftsmanship (Kogei)” at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, renowned Japanese pottery artist Ohi Toshio Chozaemon XI donated two pieces to the museum for display in a collection of traditional Japanese pottery.

Born in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Ohi is the 11th generation in a family of potters known for “Ohi Yaki” pottery, a traditional style of pottery used for tea ceremonies dating back more than 350 years. The pieces donated by Ohi are valued at more than $10,000.

Ohi’s art works have been collected by the David Rockefeller Office in New York, the Rothschild in Sweden, the Huntington Library of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Musée National de Céramique de Sèvres in Paris, the Jingdezhen Ceramics Museum in China, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan.

Ohi was recognized in a ceremony at the culmination of a series of events organized and presented by the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami. During his visit to South Florida, he hosted lectures and hands-on pottery workshops to sell out crowds.

Delray promotes interim attorney to city attorney Lynn Gelin is the city of Delray Beach’s full time attorney.

Last month, commissioner Shirley Johnson proposed promoting Gelin from her interim role to full time.

She had been filling in since interim attorney Max Lohman resigned before he was nearly fired in November.

The city hasn’t had a permanent city attorney since Noel Pfeffer left in 2016. Lohman’s firm was contracted to do legal work for the city.

Johnson said she liked the way Gelin was performing in her role. And the rest of the commission agreed.

Commissioner Adam Frankel said he has always advocated for an attorney who is on the city’s staff.

Delray Fire Rescue wins Hazmat Symposium championship

Delray Beach Fire Rescue’s competition hazardous materials team claimed the state championship at the Hazmat Symposium of Fire Rescue East 2019.

The team included Driver/Engineer Paul Britt, Captain Brian Fiorey and Captain Crista Mockenhaupt.