Monthly Archives: December 2009

Beacon Update: What’s happening with 1515 Flagler?

By Eric Quinones
Contributing Writer

It looms over south campus, its windows and walls gaping open, its drywall removed and steel supports exposed.

A major project that should already have commenced, the final demolition of 1515 Flagler Dr. is now on hold. The huge condo, located just south of the Palm Beach Atlantic University campus, was supposed to have come down by Oct. 25. Now, the project could eventually end up being delayed until 2010.

It could also become the main focus of an episode of a television show on The Learning Channel.

The show, which carries a proposed title of “The Imploders,” is set to run as a six-part series and is the brainchild of demolition company Advanced Explosives Demolition Inc. Each episode will be an hour long and show different structures like 1515 Flagler coming down. Three of the six episodes have already been filmed. The show premieres on Dec. 17.

Will the City of West Palm Beach have a problem with this going on?

“I understand that The Learning Channel is in conversations with the developer and the demolition contractor about filming the implosion of the building for a television series,” said Peter Robbins, public information officer with the City of West Palm Beach. “The city is not a part of those negotiations. We will support whatever method of demolition the developer chooses and our only goal remains a safe demolition.”

However, the primary problem of insurance still remains, harrying progress of the demolition.

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Nursing students work to create bright Christmas for underprivileged

This contribution was sent to the Beacon by Annetta Babu, president of the Nursing Students Association at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

By Stephanie Adams
School of Nursing, Junior

Most of us have grown up more blessed than we can possibly imagine. Lying in bed Christmas Eve so excited we could barely fall asleep, only to wake up Christmas morning before the crack of dawn to go jump on our parents and beg them to let us open our presents was a yearly occurrence.

Now imagine for a minute that you live in a landfill amidst trash. You have no bed in which to sleep, no knowledge of Christmas or presents and most of all — no knowledge of Jesus, the reason why we celebrate.

Also imagine being that small child who has no toys or nice things to call their own and waking up one day to the sound of trucks and strange voices. These people bring gifts in shoeboxes for every child in your village. Someone you don’t even know has sent you clothes, school supplies, toys, toiletries and candy.

They also tell you about a man named Jesus who they say is God and he loves YOU. These people work for Operation Christmas Child.
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Tenth Avenue North plays in chapel, receives award

Tenth Avenue North is having a great year.

They released a successful debut album. They won a Dove Award for New Artist of the Year. And now they have received a young alumni award from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Mike Donehey and Jason Jamison, both PBA alumni from the class of 2003, along with bandmates Jeff Owen and Scott Sanders, performed in a special chapel service yesterday in the Greene Complex. Students, faculty and staff attended the worship service.

Christina Cernik, Beacon photo editor, was on hand to grab some pictures of the action.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at PBA

This week featured many events around campus to celebrate the Christmas spirit, including Deck the Halls and a campus bazaar. Beacon Photo Editor Christina Cernik was on hand for the Christmas tree lighting in the Warren Library yesterday evening.

Do you have photos from your dorm’s entry into Deck the Halls? E-mail them to

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