Weekly Newsletter

We’re starting a weekly newsletter. Most people find out about our articles through Facebook, which doesn’t show every article to every person who “Likes” our Facebook page. Some articles do very well, while others don’t reach many people.

We can tell a lot of people miss a lot of our articles. Some complain that all we write about is crime, when that’s at most 20% of what we cover. Others ask questions that we’ve already answered (“What’s going on with the old Walmart?”).

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Sales Tax Holiday

August 1-3, 2014 is a sales tax holiday for Florida Back to School Shoppers. No sales tax will be collected on sales of clothing, footwear and accessories that are $100 or less per item or on certain school supplies that sell for $15 or less per item. In addition, there is no sales tax on the first $750 of the sales price for computers and computer-related accessories when purchased for home or personal use.

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Matt Klotz – Legal Analysis

We previously reported that Matt Klotz, a resident of West Boca and Olympic Heights graduate, was arrested for what appeared to be a bomb threat. We now have more details and have reviewed the law he’s accused of violating, as well as the court docket.

Klotz is accused of violating section 790.163 of the Florida Statutes, which is titled: “False report about planting bomb, explosive, or weapon of mass destruction.” According to police, Klotz was at or near the John Legend concert in Mizner Park, and told a private security guard that he had “put a bomb on all the buses.”

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Lynn University Volleyball Camp

The Lynn University Volleyball team is hosting a volleyball camp on August 2nd. The camp is broken down into 3 groups: Beginning and Intermediate, Advanced Setter and Attacker, and Advanced Defense and Liberos. Kids in grades 4 through 9 (beginning and intermediate) will learn basic techniques and skills for all positions. The camp is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $75. Lunch is included.

The sessions for Advanced Setter and Advanced Defense are for those in grades 8 through 12. The Advanced Setter/Attacker Camp is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and costs $40. The Defense Camp is from 1 to 3 p.m. and costs $40. Players are welcome to stay for both sessions and may order lunch.

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Maxine Cheesman: Judge Candidate

Maxine Cheesman at Rancheritos de Boca

Last week I had breakfast with Circuit Court judge candidate Maxine Cheesman. We met at one of my favorite breakfast places, Rancheritos de Boca in Somerset Shoppes. Cheesman is running for an open seat (there is no incumbent) and we previously interviewed the other two candidates for the same spot, Jaimie Goodman and Peggy Rowe-Linn.

We like the other two, and Cheesman also made a strong impression. A few things stand out about her. First, she has a science background which is very rare among attorneys and judges. Cheesman not only has a B.S, but also a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Miami. She applied that knowledge working for the South Florida Water Management District for 15 years.

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Tag Your Dogs

From a reader:

Recently there has been an increase of lost dogs being found by caring strangers. I can’t stress enough the importance of a dog wearing a collar with tags for ID on it.

Not everyone knows about scanning for microchips or may not have the time. For example, you spot a stray dog on the way to work. It would be a lot faster to call the owner per the dogs ID tags than to risk being late or missing work to take the dog to be scanned for a microchip (considering you’re lucky enough that a stranger is going to care enough to do that). Tags can be money people don’t want to spend at the big name pet stores so here is the company I use that is super cheap and mails it right to your home: www.pettags4less.com – Free shipping! I got 3 tags for $5!!

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