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Publisher's Letter: A Hopeful Future

Fall is finally here, and while we don’t have the splendor of watching leaves change color in our part of paradise, the colors of every season explode in vibrant hues at Ramona La Rue, the chic Boca and Delray boutiques featuring artsy couture created by Arianne Brown. Learn all about the multi-faceted and talented clothing designer who brings her mother’s legacy to life one brushstroke at a time on page 32­.

As a mom who just saw her daughter return to school for the fall semester, I felt a sense of relief knowing she is now set in her ways and has all the support she needs away from the nest and throughout this important part of her life. For students who dream of becoming the first in their family to attend college, they now can give thanks to the generosity of Boca Raton resident Aubrey Strul. His $1 million gift to the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program at Florida Atlantic University helps support students who are in need of financial assistance. Five of the 12 inaugural scholarship recipients are already on their way to a promising four-year college degree, with no financial worries. Flip to page 28 to learn more about these deserving freshman Owls paving their ways to success on our own FAU campus.

For the victims and their families at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, many such dreams of the future were shattered that horrific day in February when a typical school day turned into a nightmare. The mere thought of the unbearable pain and loss the parents and families of the 17 victims endured brings tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat. The photos of the students have been published and televised nationally, and have turned regular teens into nationally recognized activists. They are all too familiar to me now, as I sadly reflect on what could have been for so many. The survivors who are still on the mend have shown their resilience to the community and the world. Let’s take a look at the many miracles and milestones that have since occurred for our neighbors in Parkland.

I never lose sight of how lucky we are to live in the beautiful communities that surround us, with so many choices from lakeside villas and ocean view condos, to townhomes and mega mansions. But for many, finding a place to call home in South Florida is no easy task, and certainly not always an affordable one. Read more in our feature “It takes a Village (to save a village).”

I’m rarely at a loss for where to go and what to do during my busy day to day. It’s one of the many pleasures of my profession getting to know my clients and their businesses. Thanks to the superb “Editors’ Picks” in this issue, I just added a whole new go-to, go-see, go-do list that will add even more adventure and temptations. It’s going to be a very busy season with all my newfound fabulous haunts to explore; hope to see you all along the way!

Enjoy a festive November; savor the bounty, the blessings and the Boca Life!