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Subject: UHC vs BRRH

Since my last letter to Boca First, I did finally receive a telephone call from UHC from the Texas office. I was told that the problem lies with BRRH in that they do not want to accept the pay scale that UCH offered, which they emphatically told me was in line with what is paid to ALL THE OTHER HOSPITALS IN OUR AREA. The representative I spoke with checked was is paid to Delray Medical Center, Boca West, Imperial Point, etc. The rep suggested we continue to contact the Administration Office at BRRH. She further stated that they will continue to negotiate as long as BRRH is willing to talk. I don’t know who really is at fault, but I believe they are all playing the blame game!

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Subject: Save Community Garden

“I’ve been a community garden member since it first opened years ago. I’ve seen this arid piece of land turn into a fruitful garden, and have found the feeling of growing your own food to be both exhilarating and rewarding.
We donate 100s of pounds of food to the Boca Helping Hands kitchen. Mizner Park’s Kapow grows fresh herbs and vegetables for their restaurant. We have plots for people with mobility issues, as well as a wildflower/native plants walk, a gazebo and pagoda, swings and benches, and a composting center. We host several events through the year, including composting classes, monthly pot lucks and programs for schoolkids. This is our way to connect and unify as a community.
The mayor and city council members have this crazy idea that they are doing something positive by giving city land to a private enterprise.
I’d like to remind city officials that this land is first and foremost owned by the us, the taxpayers, and we should come first. If Brightline/Virgins want a train station in Boca, let them find another location. I’m sure they will.
In closing, I say leave our garden alone. It belongs to the people and should not be for sale, let alone given away.
I hear Joni Mitchell singing: “You pave paradise and put up a parking lot…”
Thank you”

Nora Prado Greenberg
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Subject: UHC/BRRH

“Regarding UHC and BRRH, I had written an email to Lincoln Mendez at Baptist Health to express the unacceptable lack of a successful agreement between the two parties. I just wanted to let you know that I did not receive the courtesy of any reply!”

Aphrodite Peter Petinakis
(Boca Resident for 30 years)
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“I see your primary effort as one that is to be factual and informative.  I don’t mind the opinion section, I just like the fact that you don’t let it be your only driving force.  Everyone else seems to be agenda driven.  Your product is unique and refreshing. Thank you for providing this publication.  It fills a void. Thanks for what you do!”

Larry Snowden
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“Bikesafety is a key issue in Boca and recently I wrote the mayor about the lack of bike lanes and access on Palmetto from Federal Highway  to A1A and got no response. It’s dangerous to bike on Palmetto with four lanes of traffic and two lanes of parking – there’s no room for bikes.  It’s an accident waiting to happen and I feel the city and one city Council woman don’t care. I find in general the city unresponsive to citizens. Obviously money talks.”

Scott Shabot
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