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      Downtown Abacoa Happenings from page 6
      Summer Camp Expo and Children’s Festival

      Downtown Abacoa!

         Put April 3 on your calendar! The Summer Camp Expo
      and Children’s Festival is sure to be a great family-friendly
      event filled with games, crafts, entertainment, Jupiter Bounce
      giant LEGO and Connect 4, and more. Plus, enter to win a
      free week of camp! The first 150 kids with an Eventbrite
      ticket will receive a camp backpack to fill with goodies. So,
      get your free tickets today! Sponsored by Little by Little
      Pediatric Dentistry.
      Summer Camp Expo And Children’s Festival
      • Sunday, April 3
      • 12 to 4 p.m.
      • Downtown Abacoa (in front of amphitheater, 1200 Town
      Center Drive, Jupiter)
      • Free tickets by visiting                                                    About Macaroni KID
                                                                                                              Macaroni KID is a unique publishing platform dishing
        Sitting On A Rainbow                                                                               the scoop on local events and activities for millions of
                                                                                                           parents across the United States. For our passionate
                                                                                                           readers, we are a lifesaver … a one-stop resource for
        Palm Beach Gardens                              Book Review:                                       community-minded parents looking to find their family fun.
                                                                                                             Macaroni KID was founded in 2008. Local parents

                                                          Taylor Hagood, a Professor of Literature at FAU,
        Resident, James Patrick                         and among other impressive achievements author of the   publish electronic newsletters with information about
                                                                                                           activities for children in communities across the country.
        Rooney, Is Proud To                             upcoming Stringbean: The Life and Murder of a Country      Each Macaroni KID community is managed by a local
                                                        Music Legend had this to say about Sitting on a Rainbow:
        Announce The Release Of                            This debut novel is full of magic, Irish folklore and   publisher who publishes weekly, hyper-local e-newsletters
                                                                                                           and websites featuring events, activities, products and
                                                        history, and  romance  all wound around experiences
        His First Novel: Sitting On A                   of disability and drama inside a high-stakes wealth   places for parents, kids and families. They host local
                                                                                                           events and parties and connect with their communities
                                                        management firm in West Palm Beach. James Patrick
        Rainbow: A 21st Century Irish                   Rooney gives the reader a great yarn with intriguing   via social media. They enrich communities by connecting
                                                                                                           the libraries, schools, rec centers, community centers and
        American Morality Tale                          characters and a fully realized protagonist whose defeats   all of the wonderful organizations and businesses that
                                                        and triumphs are attuned to an excellent soundtrack.
                                                          Jim extends his gratitude to the accomplished Professor   create programming and fun for kids and families with
                                                        Hagood for his generous comments.                  local families.
                                                          Sitting on a Rainbow: a 21st Century Irish American      Simply put, Macaroni KID publishers are the go-to
                                                        Morality Tale (ISBN: 9781958729625 /9781958729571)   resources for families in their communities and connect both
                                                        can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble,   online and off. They know their local communities and their
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                                                        through Ingram. Review copies, signed copies, interviews,      To learn more and receive a free weekly e-newsletter
                                                        and book club appearances may be available upon request.  highlighting all the great things for kids and families to do
                                                                                                           in your community go to the Macaroni KID website https://
                                                        About The Author:                        
                                                          First time author James Patrick Rooney was born in
                                                        Bronx, New York, raised in Westchester County, and has
                                                        been living and working in Northern Palm Beach County for
                                                        his entire adult life. After having been blessed to reside in
          Sitting on a Rainbow: a 21st Century Irish American  such world-class communities as PGA National, Admiral’s
        Morality Tale is a story of severe loss and courageous  Cove, Tequesta Country Club, Seminole Landing, and Old
        resilience, financial markets and malfeasances, Irish  Marsh, he and his wife, Cindy, now live in the exceptional
        history and mythology, justice served, and broken promises  community of BallenIsles. To accomplish this impressive
        remaining to be mended.                         array, in sum, they always bought early and sold too soon.
          Set in West Palm Beach, Florida, in the early 2010s, the    Young Jimmy’s first loves included sports, particularly
        novel follows Patrick Connelly, a mid-fifties paraplegic  ice hockey, a variety of music and culture, and his adopted
        who works as a stockbroker and financial advisor at a major  homeland of Ireland. When an ice hockey-related injury
        Wall Street firm. The protagonist, whose life experience  at age nineteen left him a paraplegic, he turned his focus
        oftentimes mirrors the author’s, not only faces the adversity  away from the physical toward developing his mind. Soon
        of disability each day, but also has a front row seat to the  after finishing college at (then infamous) “Suntan U” in
        financial difficulties plaguing so much of society. Through  Coral Gables, he began a successful thirty-year career in
        his journey, from disruption in his career to struggles with  financial advisory with a major Wall Street firm. At about
        love, powerful friendships to moments of despair at the state  that same time, he met his enduring love—his family.
        of humanity, readers are pulled into a rich, detailed world  Married to Cindy ever since, together they’ve raised
        that combines elements of history, Irish myth, finance, the  two superb children—Patrick and Megan—who are now
        arts, and beyond. As the story unfolds, Patrick must take  thriving young adults.
        bold action to save his career—and maybe even his life.    While managing an ambitious reading group (Old
          Complete with a playlist of relevant songs to enjoy  Marsh—2005-2014), Jim fell in love with fine literature
        while reading, Rooney’s book is a unique approach to  and was inspired to write more competently (i.e., several
        memoir, fiction, and education that ultimately digs into  college-level creative writing courses and other modes of
        what it means to live a life of joy and purpose. Readers  self-learning). To hone his skills further, he wrote short
        will encounter romance, business, mystery, and folklore in  stories, imaginary book reviews for his reading group,
        this textured and detailed narrative, and feel inspired by  and later edited and authored articles for a now defunct
        the main character’s determination to find the magic and  lifestyle website (2018-2020). After stepping away from
        beauty all around him.                          financial advisory in 2014, Jim began working on his first
          With messages of hope, lessons from both history and  novel. As is often said, starting with a few core ideas the
        present day, and a window into the daily experiences of  story then wrote itself.
        disability, Rooney’s sweeping story contains eye-opening    To learn more, please visit Jim’s related website at:
        insights and inspiring moments for readers of all kinds.
        Jim hopes his lighthearted, romantic, suspenseful, and
        cautionary morality tale will entertain all who come and
        sit on the rainbow with him.

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