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Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 1:54 a.m.

Road work in Starke to interrupt traffic

Plan now to avoid driving through Starke during the first two weeks of February or allow additional time to get through the city.
According to the Florida Department of Transportation, State Road 16 will be closed for two weeks beginning Feb. 5 so that a railroad crossing can be replaced.
CSX Transportation will be replacing the crossing east of U.S. 301, a process that will require closing both lanes of SR 16 and detouring all traffic.
Local traffic will be rerouted from SR 16 along Cherry, Washington and Walnut streets. Tractor-trailers will be detoured around the work on Call Street, Water Street and SR 100. Transportation officials said the detours will be manned by law enforcement officers.
- Karen Voyles

Donation to fund new medical center at FAU

BOCA RATON - Boca Raton Community Hospital said Tuesday it received a $75 million donation from a charity to build a new academic medical center on the campus of Florida Atlantic University.
The new hospital will give medical students at the Boca Raton campus the opportunity to complete a full four-year program to receive a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Miami's medical school without having to leave the area. Currently, students can only complete their first two years of training at the campus before transferring elsewhere.
The new facility is expected to be completed in 2011.
The donation was provided by the Schmidt Family Foundation, a Boca Raton-based charitable organization founded in 1982 and ''dedicated to helping people help themselves,'' according to the foundation's Web site.
''This generous gift from the Schmidt Family Foundation is invaluable in helping us break ground on one of the most advanced academic medical facilities in the country, providing the aging population with the biomedical breakthroughs and clinical expertise they need,'' said Gary Strack, president and CEO of Boca Raton Community Hospital.
- The Associated Press

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