Olympic Heights Autism Fundraiser at Packy's

Packy’s Bar & Grill will host a fundraiser for the autism unit at Olympic Heights High School. The event takes place on Tuesday, October 21st from 5-8 pm. Packy’s will donate 20% of the event’s proceeds to the unit’s “community-based instruction budget.”
In addition:

The teachers [Sharon Dix-Stark and Kelly Brown] started a non-profit business, Pawsability, to teach the kids job skills and to raise money for the classes. They hope that Pawsability will become big enough to give students paying jobs. They are looking for a store or stores that would be generous enough to put their dog treats in their stores. They can only get so far by word of mouth & flyers.

For more details on the October 21st fundraiser, please click on the image below:
We encourage area businesses and individuals to help this effort.

Olympic Heights or Olympic Heat?

It’s getting hot at Olympic Heights High School. We’ve been getting complaints from a few students and parents about the air conditioning failing repeatedly.

Yes it’s every building we are sweating and people are calling home because of heat exhaustion my name is Alexia Rodgers I am in grade 12 this problem had been going on for the past year and I’m ready to take a stand on this issue. The school doesn’t act on it. It’s about 89 in the buildings.
Yes please quote me and I have others named Gabby Dowzall and Ally Berstein whose phone switched to the temperature sign and died because of the extreme heat. It is very hard for us because we have to stay in dress code and we can’t take our sweaters off because of our tank tops.

A parent contacted us as well:

My daughter called me from Olympic Heights saying the AC is out … I guess its a good thing she has senior privileged, but the others are sweating … She has called me many times saying the AC is out. … My daughter had classes in the 6000, 8000, 1000 buildings and ALL rooms were HOT.

We tried to call the school and were unable to get through. We then called and e-mailed the school district’s media office. So far we have not had any response.
This follows on previous complaints about school buses being very late and leaving kids out in the heat at the bus pickup line.

Spanish River Football Wins

Thanks to a reader tip we’ve learned that the Spanish River High School football team, the Sharks, won their first game this year. Our reader tells us this is their first win since 2011, and sent us this photo, below:
The Sharks defeated Pope John Paul II High School by the score of 32-13. We were also able to track down a celebration video:

The Sharks’ next game is against West Boca rival Olympic Heights with new coach Berger.
You can see more photos from the game (400 of them) on their Facebook photo album for the game.
We do not have any statistics from the game yet, but will add them below if they come in.

Senior Shooter: Aggravated Assault Near Town Center

Friday night got heated in the Estada townhomes near Town Center mall. Irving Feingold was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Multiple sources have provided details on the incident.
It all started, according to 18-year-old Eric King, with an incident on nearby roads where Feingold allegedly cut King off. Feingold then followed to King’s home – both live in Estada – and a confrontation ensued. During that confrontation Feingold drew a low-caliber pistol from its holster. Sources differ on whether he pointed the gun at King or merely unholstered it, but that doesn’t seem like much of a difference.
From the alleged victim:

If you want a story look up 81 year old man points gun at teen. It was Friday night and I was the victim.
I just wanna make it clear to everyone that if he “felt threatened for his life” then why did he follow me to my house and wait for me to come back outside just so he could point a gun at me?
And that’s besides the fact that I live on the other side of the neighborhood from him and he [drove] past his house to go to mine to point a gun at me in front of my family.
Thanks for reading this. Please let me know if you can make a story. Thanks.

From what we can tell, King is a recent grad of Olympic Heights with a sense of humor and friends.
The story reminds us of a recent case where retired dentist Wayne Tover was acquitted by a jury after a “road rage” incident where he actually shot into a car with teens. Feingold’s defense that he was in fear of his life may be undercut if King is correct that Feingold followed him to his home.
Estada is southwest of Glades and St. Andrews.

Olympic Heights Grad Julian Maura Arrested Again

Julian Maura was arrested on Friday by Florida Highway Patrol and charged with Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle. Despite being only 19 years old, this is not the first felony case the Olympic Heights High School graduate has faced. Back in December he was arrested for the same thing by Boca Raton Police, as covered by our friends at Boca News Now.
Police then wrote:

On Thursday, December 19, members of the Boca Raton Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit located a stolen Dodge Charger in the area of 1400 West Glades Road. The driver of the vehicle was Julian Maura. Inside the car, officers located an iPod that showed the auto burglary victim’s name on the screen, along with a credit card belonging to another resident of 1401 South Federal Hwy.
Maura admitted to stealing the Charger Friday night when he was at a party. Maura also admitted to breaking into several cars at 1401 S. Federal Hwy. He also confessed to breaking into cars on Monday night in another jurisdiction.

Mr. Maura was sentenced in that case to 147 days in county jail and 2 years probation. He now faces a violation of probation charge for the new offense, along with the new charges. At this writing he remains in custody.
He was apparently not a happy camper in the days leading up to his arrest.
Mr. Maura’s reported address is in the Boca Park townhouses off Palmetto Circle.

Olympic Heights' Matt Klotz Arrested – Bomb Threat?

matthewklotzThe Palm Beach Sheriff’s blotter shows that Matthew Klotz was booked early this morning, after being arrested by Boca Raton PD. Court records indicate the arrest happened the night before. He’s accused under the Florida statute regarding: “False reports concerning planting a bomb, explosive, or weapon of mass destruction in, or committing arson against, state-owned property.” The blotter entry itself says “Threat to Bomb.”

Update: Our legal analysis of the case.

Klotz, 22, played football when he was at Olympic Heights High School, and he has studied at Palm Beach State. His reported address is off New England Boulevard near Lyons Road and north of the Southwinds golf course.
Court records show he’s had a few traffic tickets and a few minor criminal cases from 2010 (marijuana and trespassing) and 2013 (marijuana), but nothing more serious before this.
The city police blotter has not been updated in a few days and we do not have the probable cause affidavit yet, so we can’t provide more details at this time. We hope to update soon, and of course we hope for Mr. Klotz and his family that the case turns out to be nothing.

Arrests: Olympic Heights Teen Flees

All defendants are innocent at this stage of the process.

We have several incidents to report his week. We broke them up into two stories. This is the first. For the second please see: A Questionable Assault.
Perhaps the most notable is Nick Lieske (left, 19), arrested Monday by Boca PD for “Felony Fleeing and Eluding.” As the officer described it, he saw a red motorcycle with no plate. When he attempted to pull it over the rider made a few U-turns to avoid him. On the third U-turn the bike went down and Lieske, an Olympic Heights graduate, was apprehended. He was also charged with a few traffic tickets. Lieske’s reported address is in Saddlebrook, just east of 441 and south of Boca Gardens.

Valeria Urbina
Valeria Urbina

On the right in the top set of mugshots is Stephen D’Angelo (47), accused of marijuana possession on Monday evening. He had a prior marijuana arrest in 2010. We’ve met Mr. D’Angelo and like him. We’ve said many times in the past that the drug war is a failure and a waste of time. This is a great example.
Kenneth Plevy (above left, 60) was arrested Wednesday for DUI. A business consultant, his reported address is in the Polo Club development northeast of Jog and Clint Moore.
Above center is Emmanuel Padilla (27), accused of DUI on and booked Tuesday morning. He has had a couple felony cases in the court system from incidents in 2008 and 2010 involving grand theft and burglary. Back then he allegedly burglarized one of the high-end homes (8 beds, 11.5 baths, 18,000 square feet on 6 ½ acres) in the Boca Grande development behind Target. At least he went big. He wasn’t caught for that one until later when his DNA (from a subsequent arrest) matched blood found at the scene. Padilla’s reported address is in the Sandalfoot trailers.
Darren Melendez (above right, 22) was arrested last night in Lake Worth. Allegedly he was speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and nearly caused a crash before being stopped by a deputy. While being placed in custody for DUI, the deputy allegedly found cocaine and a Xanax on him. Melendez is reported to live off Dixie near Yamato.
We have more cases to report but we’ll cover them in a separate story.

Olympic Heights Spring Fling: May 30th

Olympic Heights High School is having a “Spring Fling” event next Friday from 6-10 pm.

Update: See comment at bottom for more details.

We’re not completely sure we understand how the event works, but here’s a video about it from a guy named Nate Horowitz. We haven’t figured out his connection to OH, but maybe he’s a dad.

The event came to our attention when we were in Somerset Shoppes and saw a flyer in a store window.
If anyone at OH wants to give us more details, we’ll be happy to update this article.

Olympic Heights Fights Cancer: Student Article

This article was submitted by Olympic Heights student Jeff Ruben. Thanks Jeff! We added some pictures.

Jeff Ruben (from Facebook)
Jeff Ruben (from Facebook)
Hey, Olympic Heights recently (last week) hosted St. Baldricks… raised over 30K! Here is an article I wrote, let me know if you’d like to post it…
Olympic Heights High School students are supporting childhood cancer research in a much more unique way than donating money – they are shaving their heads.
On Thursday, Olympic Heights hosted their tenth annual St Baldricks shave-a-thon event. To participate in the head-shaving extravaganza, students were asked to raise a minimum of 100 dollars for the St. Baldricks Foundation. Commendably, many students raised above and beyond, as the amount raised totaled over $33,000.
For those not familiar, the St. Baldrick’s foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives.
This year, Olympic Heights had over 200 student volunteers.
“This is an overall great thing,” said senior Ian Wagner. “Raising money to cure childhood cancer is an extremely important cause and seeing high school students raise this much money is an outstanding thing.”
In the past ten years, Olympic Heights have raised over $500,000 in total. What’s truly remarkable about that number is the fact that each event has been entirely student run under the guidance of few faculty.
Gianna Damian (Facebook)
Gianna Damian (Facebook)
“As a high school student, it’s such a great feeling to be able to make a difference like this. When you walk into the gymnasium and see a sea of green shirts, wigs, headbands and shoes, you get really excited for what was accomplished,” said junior Gianna Damian. “It’s important to spread the word.”
At the event, 60 students shaved their heads, including 12 female students.
Senior Elizabeth Siegal is a four year veteran of the head-shaving process. When asked why she shaves her head, Siegal responded “it’s really important for girls to shave their hair. It makes such an impact in these kids’ lives and it makes them feel like they don’t have to go through it alone. They have someone who knows what it feels like to not have any hair on their heads.”
Elizabeth Siegel (Facebook)
Elizabeth Siegel (Facebook)

“36 children are diagnosed with cancer every day. That is 36 families every day in turmoil and grief,” stated Lauren Benedeky, a stage IV neuroblastoma survivor and St. Baldrick’s national ambassador.
It is truly spectacular the amount of money that has been raised for this fantastic cause. This proves that at no matter what age, people can make a difference. As Elizabeth Siegal acutely expressed, “It’s only hair. It will grow back.”
See more at: Olympic Heights St. Baldrick.