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      Did You Know?

      The Gardens Mall Turned 35                         as a mini-Macy’s parade, a world-class fashion show and six
                                                         grand pianos spread throughout the mall to serenade guests.
      On Oct. 5                                            Robin Leach, the host of the then-extremely popular
                                                         television show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, attended
        Originally called The Gardens of the Palm Beaches, the   as a guest of Macy’s. Then-Florida Governor Bob Martinez
      mall opened to much fanfare on Oct. 5, 1988. A reported   spoke, although he twice misstated the name of our city as
      100,000 people attended on that first day to see such things   Palm Gardens.
                                                           Built for an estimated $150 million by The Forbes Co.,
                                                         on 100 acres leased from the John D. and Catherine T.
                                                         MacArthur Foundation, the mall encompassed 1.35 million
                                                         square feet of retail space.
                                                           On opening day Sears, Macy’s and Burdines were the
                                                         anchor stores joining 140 specialty stores (112 were actually
                                                         ready on opening day). Burdines, which was a Florida-based
                                                         department store chain that closed in 2004, had built its
                                                         largest store to date and anchored the end of the mall now
                                                         occupied by Nordstrom.
                                                           Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue were added by
                                                         1990. The retail mix was carefully selected and many of the
                                                         smaller stores were opening either their first stores or their
                                                         first stores in Florida.

        Special Olympics Florida

        ‘Yacht Hop’ Sails Into Palm Beach                                                                    Do you have a favorite mall store? Do you own any mall

                                                                                                           relics you’d like preserved? We’d love to see them or hear
          Special Olympics Florida will host the Palm Beach   with dignity and given the opportunities they deserve.  your original Gardens Mall stories. Please add a comment or
        Yacht Hop on Dec. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the West Palm     “For more than 50 years, Special Olympics Florida has   send us an email at to let us know.
        Beach Lake Pavilion. Guests will enjoy signature cocktails,   used sports as a catalyst for social change,” said Wheelock.     Above is an aerial photograph from 1980. Notice I-95
        live music, incredible food, and much more. Fundraiser   “We are profoundly grateful to the sponsors and partners   ends at PGA Boulevard and the land now occupied by the
        proceeds from the event will benefit Special Olympics   who make events like the Yacht Hop possible. Their   mall towards the upper left corner is vacant.
        Florida and the more than 60,000 athletes and families   commitment to helping the athletes of Special Olympics     Interested  in  supporting  the  Palm  Beach  Gardens
        that it serves.                                  Florida and to building communities of inclusion and   Historical  Society? Whether  you  volunteer,  become  a
          The evening will feature luxurious yachts, specialty   acceptance is truly inspiring.”           member, or make a donation, you support our ongoing
        cocktails, dazzling entertainment, and an array of culinary     To buy tickets or learn more about Yacht Hop, contact   mission to collect, preserve and share the rich history of the
        delights prepared by the renowned Chef de Cuisine of   Jacqueline Draizin at  City of Palm Beach Gardens for the education and enjoyment
        Laura Ashley Catering. Guests will have the opportunity     Special Olympics Florida provides year-round sports   of current and future generations!
        to meet and talk with Special Olympics Florida athletes   training and competition, crucial health services, and life-
                                                         changing leadership programs to people with intellectual
        and fellow Special Olympics Florida supporters.  disabilities, at no cost to the athletes or their caregivers. The  School Shouldn’t
          Sponsors include Cleveland Clinic, AMG and Garda
        Capital Partners.                                organization serves 60,000 athletes statewide and seeks to build
                                                         communities where people with intellectual disabilities are
          Special Olympics Florida President and CEO Sherry   treated with respect and given the opportunities they deserve.  Be This Difficult
        Wheelock thanked event sponsors for joining the mission
        to ensure people with intellectual disabilities are treated   To learn more, visit
                                                                                                           By Jim Forgan, Ph.D.,
                                                                                                           School Psychologist
                                                                                                             “I hate school. School is
                                                                                                           like jail for kids.” Margaret’s
                                                                                                           son’s reaction captured how
                                                                                                           many boys perceive school.
                                                                                                           It can be a battle to get your
                                                                                                           child to school and a battle
                                                                                                           to get homework completed.
                                                                                                           Many parents feel embattled
                                                                                                           by emails, texts, or phone calls
                                                                                                           about your child’s behavior or
                                                                                                           effort. Learning is a slow process and your child’s behind. Many
                                                                                                           parents come to us for school neuropsychological testing seeking
                                                                     747-PALM                              answers because they realize school should not be this difficult.
                                                                                                             Children struggle in school for various reasons and
                                                                          747-7256                         for adolescent boys I often hear, “He is just lazy and
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                                                                                                           learning disability and that your son is feeling inadequate.
                                                                                                           When a boy does not feel good enough or that he can meet the
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                                                                                                           he is not lazy but feeling inadequate and believes, “Why try?”
           Peripheral                                                                                      The good news is this can be changed with proper support
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                                                                                                           Statistics, 15 to 20 percent of public school students in the
                                                                                                           United States receive special education services. In Florida,
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                                                                                                             Trust your parental instinct and seek additional
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                                                                     561-745-1002                          an IEP, or 504 Plan is often needed to start closing gaps and
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