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New head of Palm Beach Atlantic franchising center wrote the book

New head of Palm Beach Atlantic franchising center wrote the book

John Hayes knew next to nothing about franchising when he agreed to write a book on the topic three decades ago. Now, he’s such an expert on the topic that he runs Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Titus Center for Franchising. In the 1980s, Hayes was a journalism professor at Temple University when he was hired to co-author the book “Franchising: The Inside Story.” “It...
Hoffman’s Chocolates opens annual Winter Wonderland

Hoffman’s Chocolates opens annual Winter Wonderland

Holiday lights glistened in the background and the moon sparkled above 13-year-old Isabella Paciletti as she zipped around an outdoor ice-skating rink at Saturday’s opening of Hoffman’s Chocolates’ 27th Annual Winter Wonderland. “It’s fun to have the rink outside in Florida since it’s not that cold,” Isabella, of Greenacres, said catching her breath as she...
Hires, promotions in Palm Beach County business, non-profits

Hires, promotions in Palm Beach County business, non-profits

COMMUNITY SERVICE The Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County has named Selena Smith executive manager. Smith is principal of Quad S Solutions. She has held executive-level positions with companies and nonprofits including Roger Dean Stadium, Palm Beach Kennel Club, HomeSafe and Families First of Palm Beach County. Smith is a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County and has served on...
J. Crew apologizes after photo of black model with messy hair sparks controversy

J. Crew apologizes after photo of black model with messy hair sparks controversy

J. Crew is facing criticism after a photo of one of its models and her seemingly unkempt hair surfaced online. The black woman, dressed in a Madewell dress, was photographed with her natural hair messily pulled back in a ponytail. But everyone wasn’t impressed with the look. >> Read more trending news One Twitter user took to the platform to express her disapproval. She uploaded the...
Editorial: Boca mayor puts reputation on line with Batmasian votes

Editorial: Boca mayor puts reputation on line with Batmasian votes

The nagging question about Susan Haynie, the now embattled mayor of Boca Raton, is: why would she put her integrity at so much risk for so little? We see Haynie as a smart, tough, visionary public official. Qualities that helped her win this newspaper’s endorsement for mayor over opponent Al Zucaro in March. But, as documented exhaustively by the Post’s Lulu Ramadan, Haynie has voted a...
SWA accused of delaying minority study until after trash contracts set

SWA accused of delaying minority study until after trash contracts set

Firms owned by women and minorities may not be assured of getting a piece of garbage hauling contracts worth as much as $450 million from the Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority because it has failed to respond promptly to a study that found women- and minority-owned firms have not had a fair shot at SWA contracts in recent years. That’s the contention of County Commissioner Mack Bernard...

If association president won’t follow will of board, replace him

Question: I live in a new townhome golf cart community with a newly established HOA, of which I am the secretary. The community has one road with a gated entrance and a posted 20 mph speed limit. We have mailed several newsletters to owners regarding speeding, which is dangerous for pedestrians and children. The board finally voted to install one custom asphalt speed hump, 4 inches high and 6 feet...
One arrested in alleged animal abuse at Okeechobee dairy

One arrested in alleged animal abuse at Okeechobee dairy

One man has been arrested in connection with an investigation into alleged animal cruelty at Larson Dairy, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office said Friday. Helias Cruz, 49, is charged with one count of kicking an animal. Warrants have been issued for three other employees in the wake of an undercover video from activist group Animal Recovery Mission, or ARM. Owner Jacob Larson assisted...
Palm Beach County unemployment rate hits lowest level in a decade

Palm Beach County unemployment rate hits lowest level in a decade

Palm Beach County unemployment hit its lowest point in a decade in October, the state labor department said Friday. Palm Beach County’s jobless rate was just 3.6 percent, down from 3.7 percent in September and 5 percent a year ago. The last time the region’s unemployment fell so low was early 2007. “October’s hiring burst largely reflects a rebound from Hurricane Irma,&rdquo...
4 of the best ways to turn your home into a cash cow

4 of the best ways to turn your home into a cash cow

Your house is a large expense with many associated costs like a mortgage payment, insurance, maintenance and more. It provides a roof over your head, of course, but since it usually costs you money each month, why not put it to work for you and earn some cash in the process? The following are four ways your house can make you money: If you're planning to be out of town for a few days or don't mind...
Airbags like ‘grenade’ in car, but fewer than half fixed, report says

Airbags like ‘grenade’ in car, but fewer than half fixed, report says

A  new report says it’s like having a “grenade” in your car. Stephanie Erdman of Destin, who was seriously injured by the airbag explosion in her Honda Civic during a traffic crash, testifies during a hearing before Congress in 2014. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Years into the largest and most complex vehicle recall in U.S. history, fewer...
6 things to know about working for Uber

6 things to know about working for Uber

Uber has been making headlines in recent months for everything from a new CEO to industry regulation. But if you want to work as a driver for the service that revolutionized the taxi-transport industry, there is more important information about Uber you'll want to check out. Here are six things you need to know about Uber before working for them as a driver: Uber has its own system for estimating...
Restoration Hardware to open at CityPlace on Sunday — get a glimpse here

Restoration Hardware to open at CityPlace on Sunday — get a glimpse here

The 80,000-square-foot Restoration Hardware gallery that will mark the gateway to the city’s growing downtown will open its doors to the public for the first time on Sunday, Nov. 19, ending more than a decade of debate over what should rise on the prime piece of real estate. The site was originally pegged for a 200,000-square-foot office building, but after a failed bit to...
Achilles set to kick off Mar-a-Lago’s first charity gala of the season

Achilles set to kick off Mar-a-Lago’s first charity gala of the season

The Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Vets, one of only three charities that did not flee Mar-a-Lago this summer, is gearing up for its winter fundraiser, the first charity slated to hold an evening gala at President Donald Trump’s private Palm Beach club this season. The non-profit, which helps disabled veterans participate in running events, will hold its “Spirit of America” dinner...
EXCLUSIVE: Bank of America said to delay marijuana ID cards

EXCLUSIVE: Bank of America said to delay marijuana ID cards

Want a medical marijuana ID card? After getting a doctor’s permission, you’ll need to mail a paper check to Tallahassee and wait about 30 days. State officials say that issuing tens of thousands of ID cards is being slowed in part by Bank of America’s refusal to touch online payments for medical marijuana cards. NEW: Palm Beach County’s first medical marijuana dispensary opens...
Free things to do with kids Thanksgiving week

Free things to do with kids Thanksgiving week

School is out for an entire week this Thanksgiving holiday, but don’t fret. There are plenty COMPLETELY FREE things to do with your kids in Palm Beach County over the holiday week. Here are our picks for the best events.  To get lists like this delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our new Palm Beach Parenting Newsletter by clicking HERE. Where: Palm Beach When: Nov....
The Dixie Design District? New kitchen showroom livens up WPB

The Dixie Design District? New kitchen showroom livens up WPB

The cabinets slide, lift and sparkle with lights. Dishwashers open with a tap of the fist. Vent hoods rise up from a flat surface, then disappear into the finish. Oh, Palm Beach County, this is not your mother’s kitchen. Instead, it’s one of 12 sleek kitchen designs at Global Kitchen Design, a firm that could have landed anywhere in South Florida but found its way to a once-sleepy...
Robocalls: Feds OK new tools to fight IRS scam, others

Robocalls: Feds OK new tools to fight IRS scam, others

Consumers receive an estimated 2.4 billion illegal robocalls a month, and many come with caller ID that can make it look like calls are from across town or an official government agency like the IRS. Federal regulators took action this week to make it easier for phone companies to block some of these numbers before they ever get to your phone. The idea is to allow “phone...
Second Okeechobee dairy faces allegations of animal abuse

Second Okeechobee dairy faces allegations of animal abuse

Alleged abuse of dairy cows and calves at Burnham Dairy, the second Okeechobee County dairy accused of mistreatment of dairy cows within the last week, was revealed Thursday in a surveillance video released by Animal Recovery Mission. In response, the Publix supermarket chain has halted shipments from Burnham. In addition, the cooperative that counts Burnham as a member has launched a probe. All this...
What retail glut? Fast-growing Orangetheory Fitness says lack of space a challenge

What retail glut? Fast-growing Orangetheory Fitness says lack of space a challenge

Orangetheory Fitness, the fast-growing chain of gyms, is scouting for 500 locations nationwide. It’s no easy task: Despite the well-documented demise of retailers from Sports Authority to RadioShack, retail vacancy rates are at rock-bottom levels. “There’s just a lack of space in the shopping centers where we want to be,” said Dave Long, founder of the Boca Raton-based company...
Florida agriculture still reeling from Irma damage, relief sought

Florida agriculture still reeling from Irma damage, relief sought

Most years attendees at the annual Farm-City Week luncheon at the South Florida Fairgrounds leave with a box full of locally-grown produce such as sweet corn, green beans, peppers and radishes. At the annual event held Wednesday that didn’t happen. That’s because Hurricane Irma’s arrival Sept. 10 left Palm Beach County’s farms flooded and soggy, delaying planting. More rain...
Thanksgiving travel to grow, despite higher gas prices

Thanksgiving travel to grow, despite higher gas prices

More than 50 million Thanksgiving revelers are expected to hit the road this year, marking the holiday’s busiest travel weekend since 2005, according to AAA’s annual travel forecast released Thursday. In Florida, more than 2.6 million residents will travel at least 50 miles from their home for the holiday, a 3.2 percent increase from this past year. Locally, Palm Beach International Airport...
Office Depot CEO is new owner of Palm Beach County mansion

Office Depot CEO is new owner of Palm Beach County mansion

Office Depot Chief Executive Gerry P. Smith is the new owner of a five-acre estate west of Delray Beach, according to property records. When the listing agent for Wayne Huizenga Jr.’s mansion announced the sale Wednesday, he said only that an unnamed CEO of a Fortune 500 company was the buyer. Listing agent Billy Nash of The Keyes Co. said the property fetched the full asking price of $6.75...
Mayor: State of county good but housing scarcity, opioids of concern

Mayor: State of county good but housing scarcity, opioids of concern

Palm Beach County’s economy is thriving, but the continuing scarcity of affordable housing and the spiraling opioid crisis are major concerns, County Mayor Paulette Burdick said Wednesday morning in her “State of the County” address. “Things are good in Palm Beach County,” Burdick said, “but we have some emerging issues.” Burdick noted that the county has...
Reverse mortgage losses threaten taxpayers, borrowers, FHA says

Reverse mortgage losses threaten taxpayers, borrowers, FHA says

Actor and pitchman Tom Selleck assures seniors that reverse mortgages are not “too good to be true,” but  government officials said Wednesday they represent a “substantial economic drain” on federal programs backing them — with a negative net worth growing to $14.5 billion from $7.7 billion a year earlier. Actor Tom Selleck makes the...
Head of cultural council to step down in January

Head of cultural council to step down in January

As the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary, the non-profit is planning to launch a national search for a new chief executive. After leading the council for 13 years, Rena Blades will step down as the non-profit’s president and CEO in January, the organization announced Wednesday. The group plans to begin a national search to find her replacement...
Worth Avenue rents dip, but posh street remains among priciest in the U.S.

Worth Avenue rents dip, but posh street remains among priciest in the U.S.

Average rents on Worth Avenue fell a bit this year, according to a study by commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield. Even so, Palm Beach’s high street moved up a bit in the rankings of North America’s poshest retail strips. The average rent on Worth Avenue is $145 a square foot this year, down from $150 last year, Cushman & Wakefield said. Worth Avenue moved into eighth place on...
Lower mortgage interest tax break: “All-out assault” or glancing blow?

Lower mortgage interest tax break: “All-out assault” or glancing blow?

If there’s one thing that’s certain to mobilize the nation’s largest trade group, it’s any talk of reining in tax breaks for homeowners with mortgages. House Republicans on Thursday passed a tax plan that caps at $500,000 the amount of debt eligible for the mortgage interest deduction. The National Association of Realtors responded by revving its lobbying engine into overdrive...
Palm Beach County’s first pot shop is open -- but what about the second?

Palm Beach County’s first pot shop is open -- but what about the second?

Palm Beach County’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened Tuesday, when Knox Medical began selling cannabis from a former bank branch at 1 S. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth. What about the county’s second pot shop? Curaleaf, formerly known as Modern Health Concepts, says on its website that its location at 1125 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth is “coming soon.” Curaleaf...
Papa John's CEO apologizes for comments on NFL anthem protest controversy

Papa John's CEO apologizes for comments on NFL anthem protest controversy

The Papa John’s pizza CEO Twitter account issued an apology on Tuesday night for comments made about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. The chain’s CEO, John Schnatter, had blamed slow pizza sales on the national anthem protests, saying in a Nov. 1 earnings call that “NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders” and that the protests “should...
Wayne Huizenga Jr. sells Palm Beach County mansion for full asking price

Wayne Huizenga Jr. sells Palm Beach County mansion for full asking price

So much for a slowdown in the mansion market: H. Wayne Huizenga Jr. just sold his spread west of Delray Beach for the full asking price of $6.75 million. The 11,000-square-foot mansion on five acres was on the market for just 10 days, said listing agent Billy Nash of The Keyes Co. The property is at 16191 Quiet Vista Circle. The buyer was the unnamed CEO of a Fortune 500 company, Nash said...
Subscription boxes are the ideal gift this year: Here are 9 of the best

Subscription boxes are the ideal gift this year: Here are 9 of the best

Allow your holiday gift giving to be a little different this year. Subscription boxes are personal and some are even customize-able. With these cute little boxes, you skip the hassle of wrapping and waiting in long retail lines. Whether it’s a box full of themed collectibles from the hit show “Stranger Things” or a selection of gourmet foods from all over the country, a...
Understanding the government pension offset

Understanding the government pension offset

Getting ready for retirement requires evaluation of all your sources of retirement income. Even if you worked for the government and didn’t pay the FICA tax on your earnings, you may be eligible for benefits from your spouse’s work under Social Security. However, when you receive both your own non-covered government pension and a Social Security spousal benefit, your Social Security benefit...
High-speed rail bill opposed by Brightline clears first hurdle

High-speed rail bill opposed by Brightline clears first hurdle

As All Aboard Florida’s Brightline prepares to launch service between West Palm Beach and Miami, a proposed bill regulating the company’s passenger trains and similar high-speed rail projects cleared its first hurdle on Tuesday, winning the support of a Senate committee. The decision came as All Aboard Florida officials said the company is set to start construction early next year on the...
Graham calls for repeal of nuclear fees, ban on fracking charges

Graham calls for repeal of nuclear fees, ban on fracking charges

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham vowed on Tuesday to put an end to what she called “utility taxes” for advanced nuclear power plant costs and to ban utilities from charging customers for natural gas fracking if she is elected. Graham, a former U.S House member who lives in Tallahassee, also pledged to appoint consumer-friendly commissioners to the Florida Public Service Commission...
5 ways to get the most out of your health insurance plan

5 ways to get the most out of your health insurance plan

Health insurance has a large impact on your finances, so it pays to get the most out of your plan. Understanding its ins and outs can be confusing, but it's worth your time to check on benefits you could be losing out on or mistakes that could cost you money. Here are five ways to ensure you're getting the most out of your health insurance: When it's time to renew your health care coverage, consumer...
Palm Beach airport has the fastest customs line in U.S., study finds

Palm Beach airport has the fastest customs line in U.S., study finds

Palm Beach International Airport has the fastest customs line in the United States, with an average wait time of 5 minutes, according to a new study released by MileCards.com. Even during the 7 a.m. travel rush, the wait at PBIA’s customs line stood at just 11 minutes, the study found. Palm Beach International will offer service this winter to Toronto, Montreal, Nassau and Marsh Harbour. Among...
LOOK INSIDE: Palm Beach County’s first medical marijuana store opens

LOOK INSIDE: Palm Beach County’s first medical marijuana store opens

Palm Beach County’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened Tuesday, and Steve Buchholz of Lake Worth was among the first customers. Buchholz, 57, said he suffers from chronic knee pain stemming from a high school football injury 40 years ago. NEW: Florida’s pot patient count tops 50,000 “Every step I take every day is painful,” Buchholz said as he waited for Knox Medical&rsquo...
Walmart responds after video shows carts of food thrown out after tornado

Walmart responds after video shows carts of food thrown out after tornado

Walmart responded Monday after a man accused the chain of wasting cartloads of food in a video that went viral on Facebook. Gary Joe Ahrns posted a video on Facebook last week showing dozens of shopping carts filled with deli meat, milk, butter, cakes and other foods sitting outside a Walmart in Celina, Ohio. “They don’t let employees have it,” Ahrns says in the video. “They...
FPL leadership team in Puerto Rico, 1,000 power line poles on way

FPL leadership team in Puerto Rico, 1,000 power line poles on way

Florida Power & Light said Monday that it mobilized and transported 1,000 power line poles, previously located in North Florida, to Port Canaveral and then to Puerto Rico to assist with the rebuilding of the electrical grid that was devastated by Hurricane Maria. The poles were part of the company’s storm inventory that is stored near one of FPL’s substations in Flagler County. Thirty-three...
Palm Beach ACO doctors top nation in Medicare savings

Palm Beach ACO doctors top nation in Medicare savings

A doctor group based in Palm Beach County leads the country in saving taxpayers money while meeting goals for keeping Medicare patients happy and healthy. (Getty Images) Palm Beach Accountable Care Organization based in Palm Springs saved taxpayers $62 million and was allowed to keep $30 million of that for 2016 because it earned high scores for patient health and satisfaction...
Come clean: The truth about energy-efficient washers and dryers

Come clean: The truth about energy-efficient washers and dryers

The average American family washes and dries about 300 loads of laundry each year, according to Energy Star. So, you may think it would be wise to replace washers and dryers with newer models. Yet dryers can last longer than washers since dryers have not changed much in recent years. Instead, they can be maintained just by cleaning the lint tray before or after every use. However, the story&rsquo...
Sheriff: Group should have provided video of alleged abuse at dairy farm sooner

Sheriff: Group should have provided video of alleged abuse at dairy farm sooner

The undercover animal cruelty investigative group that recorded the alleged abuse at Larson Dairy should have given the video to the sheriff’s office sooner instead of continuing to record at the farm for three weeks, Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen said Monday. A surveillance video released Thursday by Animal Recovery Mission of Miami Beach shot at Larson Dairy shows workers kicking...
Florida’s pot patient count tops 50,000, Palm Beach County’s first dispensary set to open

Florida’s pot patient count tops 50,000, Palm Beach County’s first dispensary set to open

More than 50,000 Floridians have registered for the state’s budding medical marijuana program, the Florida Department of Health says. As of Nov. 8, some 50,775 patients had visited a doctor and paid for a state medical card. That puts Florida’s cannabis program 10 percent of the way to the half a million people that pot proponents expected to ultimately sign up. Meanwhile, Palm Beach County&rsquo...
Gasoline prices shoot up 9 cents in Palm Beach County

Gasoline prices shoot up 9 cents in Palm Beach County

Gasoline prices normally decline after Labor Day, but fuel prices shot up in the last week after crude oil reached a two-year high. Prices at the pump are expected to remain at their current levels for the time being. Palm Beach County’s average for a gallon of regular stood at $2.63 Monday, up 9 cents from a week ago, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. A year ago the county’s...
Target debuts first 'next-gen' store

Target debuts first 'next-gen' store

It’s a first for Target: The red-themed retailer recently unveiled its first “next-gen” store in Richmond, Texas, near Houston. >> Read more trending news  The 124,000-square-foot store opened last week. It’s the first of hundreds of stores the retailer plans to open in the next two years. “With our next generation of store design, we&rsquo...
Realtors: House tax proposal would cut Florida home values by 13%

Realtors: House tax proposal would cut Florida home values by 13%

A tax bill making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives could slash Florida home values by 13 percent, Realtors said Monday. Realtors harbor “grave concerns” about a Republican proposal to reduce the tax deduction for mortgage interest, end write-offs for property taxes and boost capital-gains taxes on home sales, said Maria Wells, president of Florida Realtors. &ldquo...
This is the salary you need to move to these 5 hot job cities

This is the salary you need to move to these 5 hot job cities

If you're looking for work or a step up on the career ladder, there is no shortage of top-ranking picks for job seekers, according to recent Indeed.com ranking of the top cities for job seekers.  Before you dash off to Orlando (Indeed's No. 2 pick) or pack for Atlanta (No. 14), check out another set of numbers. Eye each new city's cost of living with the help of a nifty calculator...
Holiday shipping tips: 5 things you need to know about mailing your packages

Holiday shipping tips: 5 things you need to know about mailing your packages

The holiday shopping season has started, and more packages are being shipped and delivered to homes across the U.S. than ever before. Shipping services — like FedEx, United Parcel Service (UPS) and the United States Postal Service — have reminded customers to be aware of delivery deadlines. There are some ways consumers can assure their gifts arrive at their destination in tact and...
Black Friday 2017: Museum stores look to snag holiday shoppers

Black Friday 2017: Museum stores look to snag holiday shoppers

As shoppers pack big-box chains and local malls looking for deals this Thanksgiving weekend, Palm Beach County’s museums are hoping a new international campaign will bring the holiday shopping rush to their stores and gift shops. More than 500 museums and cultural groups across the world, including at least five in Palm Beach County, will participate in the newly launched Museum Store Sunday...

POINT OF VIEW Vacation-rental critic not interested in consumer choice

Nothing would make the Florida hotel industry and local governments happier than if they could ban short-term vacation rentals in our state. Since 2011, local governments and hotels have attempted to restrict or outright ban vacation rentals. Flagler County has an ordinance in place that prohibits the rental of private property for less than six months — they currently have over $22 million...
Hires, promotions in Palm Beach County business, non-profits

Hires, promotions in Palm Beach County business, non-profits

ARCHITECTURE Currie Sowards Aguila Architects in Delray Beach has hired two. Jose Jaramillo has been named senior project manager, where he will focus on the Guy Harvey Outpost Clubhouse project. He previously founded and worked for JJ Architectural Group, and oversaw the design, administration and marketing aspects of the business. Keith Beal has also been named senior project manager, where he...
5 car maintenance services you should never skip

5 car maintenance services you should never skip

Forget or ignore your car's maintenance needs at your peril, warns auto authority AAA.  The agency’s data showed that skipped maintenance caused literally millions of breakdowns each year and that consumers who don't keep up with maintenance ultimately pay higher repair costs. "Repair facilities estimate drivers can save an average of one hundred dollars per visit simply by properly...
Veterans Day deals: Where vets get freebies and discounted meals, haircuts and more

Veterans Day deals: Where vets get freebies and discounted meals, haircuts and more

Businesses are saluting veterans and active-duty military personnel Saturday. They’re offering freebies and   special discounts on Veterans Day to show their appreciation for all those who have sacrificed for their country.           Veterans can enjoy free meals, drinks, treats and even a haircut and car wash. For some deals, you don&rsquo...
World’s biggest shopping day tops $20 billion 

World’s biggest shopping day tops $20 billion 

The biggest shopping day of the season has been a record-setter, CNN reported Saturday. But it’s not Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba said Saturday that sales topped $20 billion of sales on Singles Day, topping the $17.8 billion collected during last year’s sale. Singles Day has for years racked up more sales than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined...

POINT OF VIEW: Maybe social media’s problems can’t be solved

Revelations about Russia’s use of Facebook, Google and Twitter to sow discord in the U.S. have led to a lot of discussion about how to keep propaganda out of our social media feeds. Proposals include abandoning “likes,” making people use their real names, and regulating, altering or even eliminating the algorithms the companies use to decide who sees what. But what if the problem...

Most boards can create rules governing units, common elements

Question: There was a brief discussion of limited common areas in a previous column. I understand that a limited common element is appurtenant to the unit to which it is attached, and that it is for the exclusive use of the owner of that unit. My question is, does the board have any control over the use of that area? Can a limited common area be turned into a junklike collection space for storage...

Muster up for Husted’s Army of Computer Righteousness

If this was a perfect world my column wouldn’t exist. If the internet wasn’t a dangerous jungle with all sorts of man-made beasts ready to savage your data and steal your money, using a computer would be no more challenging than warming up the leftovers in your microwave oven. Most of you get by just fine sending email and browsing the web. It’s not all that complicated. The computer...

POINT OF VIEW: Florida veterans’ dedication extends beyond battlefield

It’s no secret that a company’s most valuable asset is its people. So if leaders are looking for a few good men and women to join the ranks of their organizations, they need look no further than our state’s veterans. More than 1.5 million of the nation’s 21 million military veterans call Florida home. At Veterans Florida, we offer several forms of assistance to our veterans...
'I don't feel wealthy': The upper middle class is worried about paying for the tax overhaul

'I don't feel wealthy': The upper middle class is worried about paying for the tax overhaul

On the income distribution charts at the center of tax overhaul plans, Courtney Mishoe knows she's doing well. She works as a tax manager at a firm in the Atlanta suburbs. Her husband is a police officer. Together they make more than $180,000 a year. They are solidly in the upper middle class. But they have a mortgage and three kids, including one in day care and one in high school with plans to go...
See how much Kelly Slater paid for land for Palm Beach County wave pool

See how much Kelly Slater paid for land for Palm Beach County wave pool

Surf icon Kelly Slater and billionaire Dirk Ziff are moving quickly to build what they describe as a world-class wave park in northwestern Palm Beach County. Two weeks after winning zoning approval from Palm Beach County commissioners, the surf park’s developers bought an 80-acre site at the Palm Beach Park of Commerce. An affiliate of Kelly Slater Wave Co. on Friday...
NEW: Real-estate agent accused of duping home buyers of nearly $50,000

NEW: Real-estate agent accused of duping home buyers of nearly $50,000

A real-estate agent allegedly duped two home buyers into thinking they had purchased a Boynton Beach residence but instead pocketed their down payment and monthly payments, according to an arrest report. Rosa Elena Martinez, 56, of suburban Boynton Beach is facing a charge of larceny between $20,000 and $100,000 and was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday after posting a $5,000 bond...
5 keys to a promotion, according to this international economics expert

5 keys to a promotion, according to this international economics expert

Dumb luck or a friend in high places are pretty rare reasons for promotions. In today's fast-paced global economy, positioning yourself for a promotion is a matter of following some straightforward strategies, according to World Economic Forum behavioral science and education expert Soulamia Gourani. Based on her long experience as a TED Talks mentor and working with corporate clients and leaders...
Jury awards man $7.5M after being injured by Walmart watermelon display

Jury awards man $7.5M after being injured by Walmart watermelon display

An Alabama man has been awarded $7.5 million by a jury after he said he tripped and broke his hip while shopping for a watermelon at Walmart.The verdict was rendered Wednesday in a Phenix City courtroom, The Associated Press reported. The jury awarded $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.  Henry Walker, 61, sued Walmart for the 2015 incident in which he...
Who’s the man behind secret video of alleged abuse at Okeechobee dairy farm?

Who’s the man behind secret video of alleged abuse at Okeechobee dairy farm?

Richard Couto is a risk taker. He broke his neck riding motocross. He sailed America’s Cup races in the icy Pacific Ocean. He even developed property on South Beach during the boom. But none of those gambles is the reason there’s a rumored $50,000 bounty on his head. Or why he had to move five times in less than two years and had his home address unlisted. On a sunny Wednesday afternoon...
Want a latte with your vaccine? Sleek cafe, medical practice pair up

Want a latte with your vaccine? Sleek cafe, medical practice pair up

If you miss the entrance to the Premier Cafe in Wellington, don’t worry: You can enter through the Wellness Center. Or Urgent Care. You’ll be directed past trademarked supplement blends and a cryo-stimulation chamber, through rooms decorated in warm colors with dark granite counter-tops, to a space unlike anything else you’ve likely seen before. The cafe is the latest offering...
Scripps hopes for royalty windfall from potential blockbuster drug

Scripps hopes for royalty windfall from potential blockbuster drug

If the new drug ozanimod achieves blockbuster status, it could generate tens of millions of dollars a year in royalties for the Scripps Research Institute — and provide relief from the ongoing financial challenges facing the nonprofit lab. Scripps won’t say how much it stands to receive from sales of ozanimod, a drug that slows brain atrophy in patients with multiple sclerosis. Scripps...
Hoffman’s Winter Wonderland opens Nov. 18 with new ice rink

Hoffman’s Winter Wonderland opens Nov. 18 with new ice rink

Hoffman’s Chocolates will open its annual Winter Wonderland on Saturday, Nov. 18, and this year’s display will include a new outdoor ice skating rink, the company announced.  The 2,400-square-foot “Panthers in Palm Beach” rink will be located in front of Hoffman's Chocolates Factory, Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour and Gardens at 5190 Lake Worth Road in Greenacres. It will...
Palm Beach County convention center turns profit thanks to hotel

Palm Beach County convention center turns profit thanks to hotel

The once-fledgling Palm Beach County Convention Center has turned an annual profit for the first time in its 14-year history, a shift that tourism officials say is a result of the West Palm Beach Hilton opening next door. The county-owned convention center, which has operated at a loss since it opened in 2003, reported net profit of $118,404 for the fiscal year that ended in September, officials said...
Another middle-of-the-pack ranking for Florida’s tech economy

Another middle-of-the-pack ranking for Florida’s tech economy

Florida’s technology economy ranks 24th among states, according to a report released Friday by the Information Technology & Information Foundation. The study scores states on such factors as high-tech jobs, foreign investment and volume of IPOs, venture capital and patent filings. Massachusetts led all states with a score of 96.6. Mississippi was dead last at 37.7. Florida ranked in the middle...
VIDEO: Alleged abuse at dairy farm as  Publix suspends shipments

VIDEO: Alleged abuse at dairy farm as  Publix suspends shipments

A surveillance video shot undercover by an animal welfare group at Larson Dairy in Okeechobee shows workers kicking cows in the head and torso and beating them with a steel rod inside the barn and milking stalls. It was enough to prompt Okeechobee County police to launch an investigation and for Publix Supermarkets to suspend shipments from the dairy. That followed Thursday’s release by Animal...
5 ways to ensure you're getting the best mortgage rate

5 ways to ensure you're getting the best mortgage rate

When you're buying a home, getting the best possible mortgage rate can have a positive effect on your finances for years to come. Depending on how large your mortgage is and how long you stay in your home, it can save you thousands of dollars over the life of the loan. The following are five ways to ensure that you're getting the best mortgage rate possible: A 30-year fixed rate is the standard loan...
Dream job alert: Get paid $10,000 per month to 'experience' Cancun

Dream job alert: Get paid $10,000 per month to 'experience' Cancun

Love to travel? Looking for a new job?  A new job posting by Cancun.com might be just what you’re looking for.  >> Read more trending news  The travel site is seeking a social media savvy CEO, or a “Cancun Experience Officer.” A description of the position online notes that the company is looking for “an outgoing, authentic and dynamic individual...
Cell phone taxes: Did you know they’re triple the sales tax rate?

Cell phone taxes: Did you know they’re triple the sales tax rate?

Imagine purchasing a pair of shoes and being told the sales tax is 21 percent instead of the usual Palm Beach County 7 percent sales tax. Many consumers would no doubt be outraged, but every month, that’s the tax rate Floridians pay on their cellular phone service bills, often without noticing the charge. It’s a tax once considered a levy on wealthier consumers, but in the mass ownership...
Study: Focus on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday sales

Study: Focus on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday sales

There’s Small Business Saturday. And CyberMonday. And Giving Tuesday. Yes, it does seem that there is a day during the holiday season for just about any kind of transaction. But a study released this past week suggests your store or organization still should capture a bigger share of dollars being spent on Black Friday and Dec. 23. Could Toys R Us bankruptcy filing grinch this holiday season?...
Straight talk: 13 things never to say in your job interview

Straight talk: 13 things never to say in your job interview

Job interviews can be stressful, especially if you are new to the job market or have had a hard time securing a job. Thankfully, many resources are available to assist job seekers with their resumes and mock interviews, from LinkedIn to your local department of labor. Though serving up a clean, impressive resume helps, you may not realize the power of your words during a job interview. Those...
Palm Beach County’s first medical marijuana shop to open Tuesday

Palm Beach County’s first medical marijuana shop to open Tuesday

Knox Medical said it will open the first cannabis dispensary in Palm Beach County at noon Tuesday. The location is at 1 S. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth, just across the street from city hall.  Palm Beach County’s second dispensary is set to open a few blocks north in Lake Worth, but that facility still awaits regulatory approval. Since Florida voters approved medical marijuana in 2016, nearly...
Caregiver entrepreneur helps with aging parents, grandparents

Caregiver entrepreneur helps with aging parents, grandparents

Lauren Light is the founder and president of Next Step Senior Relocation, a company offering consulting and concierge services to seniors and their families looking to downsize to smaller homes or move to assisted living facilities. Light launched the company this summer, after going through the difficult task of moving her grandmother from a three-bedroom home in Broward County to an assisted living...
Former IBM campus in Boca: Once tech hub, now set for housing?

Former IBM campus in Boca: Once tech hub, now set for housing?

Could IBM’s former office complex in Boca Raton become more than just a hub of technology — and become a hub for housing, too? Sources say the Boca Raton Innovation Campus , as it is now called, is being marketed for sale by its current owners. This time, potential buyers are taking a look at doing something more with the Boca Raton site than using it only...
Solar panel lead generating robocallers settle FTC charges

Solar panel lead generating robocallers settle FTC charges

Two brothers behind a telemarketing operation that made millions of illegal robocalls promising consumers energy savings have settled a federal complaint brought against them, Federal Trade Commission officials said Wednesday. The FTC complaint said Francisco Salvat and the companies he controlled along with Julio Salvat, an officer of the companies, placed the pre-recorded calls to consumers on the...

POINT OF VIEW: Court was clear: Community comes first on fracking

During the 2016-17 session of the Florida Legislature, a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, had strong support in the Senate but was held up in the House of Representatives in a committee chaired by House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, R-Fort Myers. The reason stated was his concern for individual land rights. Last week, another bill was introduced by state Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, and a concurrent...
Is an energy-efficient dishwasher worth the money?

Is an energy-efficient dishwasher worth the money?

Are you in the market for a new dishwasher? If so, you’ve probably considered an energy-efficient one. Costing an average of $550, according to lifehacker.com, newer dishwashers generally use 5.8 gallons of water per cycle instead of 10 gallons per cycle like some older models, even if you have a working older dishwasher there could be savings you’re missing out on. Before investing...
Pesticides in our food supply: What the latest FDA report found

Pesticides in our food supply: What the latest FDA report found

No one wants to consume pesticides in foods, and a U.S. Food and Drug Administration report released this week found that 98 percent of domestic and 90 percent of imported foods tested met federal pesticide residue limits. But that doesn’t mean the foods, from almonds to fish, milk, soybeans, apples, cabbage and just about everything else in our diets, were deemed pesticide-free. WHAT WAS ON...
Piggy bank vs. savings account: Which is the best way to save?

Piggy bank vs. savings account: Which is the best way to save?

If you're trying to build up your savings, you may be wondering where it's best to stash your cash – in a piggy bank or in a savings account. The best choice depends on what works for you. Do you need to keep your money harder to access, or does seeing it accumulate give you an incentive to keep saving? The following are some advantages of piggy banks versus savings accounts, so you can choose...
Coupon scam: Aldi continues to warn customers of fake offers on Facebook

Coupon scam: Aldi continues to warn customers of fake offers on Facebook

Aldi continues to battle fake coupon scams on Facebook. WNEM reported that the latest fake coupon has a link to an illegitimate website and claims to give out a $40 coupon to customers who complete a survey. “Hey ALDI fans! Looks like another fake ALDI coupon is making its way around the internet,” the low-cost grocery store said in a Monday Facebook post. “We’re...
Mind the gap: Country club GMs make 33 times as much as foreign workers

Mind the gap: Country club GMs make 33 times as much as foreign workers

Two general managers of Boca Raton country clubs made 33 times as much as the low-wage foreign workers who cleaned tables in their dining rooms, according to a Palm Beach Post analysis of federal data and country club tax returns. At Boca West Country Club, former General Manager Jay DiPietro was paid $977,145 for the year ended Sept. 30, 2015. He told the IRS he worked 55 hours a week, which translated...
Stop balance billing by ambulances, state board says

Stop balance billing by ambulances, state board says

The message to legislators from a state health advisory board is simple: Stop ambulance services from billing consumers for whatever is left over after insurance pays, a practice known as “balance billing.” That can leave consumers with surprise bills of hundreds of thousands of dollars after they call 911, The Palm Beach Post has reported. Consumers in an emergency...
Social Security supports veterans

Social Security supports veterans

Supporting veterans and active duty members of the military is a key part of Social Security’s mission. Our disability program has helped countless wounded warriors and their loved ones. Every Veterans Day, the nation collectively honors the brave people who risk their lives to protect our country. For those who return home with injuries, Social Security is a resource they can turn to for disability...
Commentary: NAFTA’s good but could be better

Commentary: NAFTA’s good but could be better

The fourth round of talks aimed at revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement ended recently in Washington, with Canada and Mexico rejecting a variety of U.S. proposals. The negotiators will be back at the table this month in Mexico City. The trilateral trade pact has always had its critics. When it went to Congress for approval in 1993, the opposition’s claims were so over the top, they...
Commentary: Here’s what a better NAFTA looks like

Commentary: Here’s what a better NAFTA looks like

It’s hard to see where the Trump administration’s renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement is going, but we do know what a “good” trade deal, one that benefits working people and their communities, should look like. For millions of working families, NAFTA has meant lost jobs, closed factories and call centers, and lower wages, with most unable to find jobs that...

POINT OF VIEW: Hurricanes underscore need for pro bono legal services

Hurricanes have recently disrupted most of our lives. Many of us are fortunate to have either avoided total disaster or have the resources to fend for ourselves and our families. Millions of Americans, however, face trying times and significant challenges. Our neighbors in Southwest Florida still are digging out, and our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico are struggling to survive. Thousands of them...
Sierra Club launches campaign asking FPL to cancel new power plant

Sierra Club launches campaign asking FPL to cancel new power plant

The Sierra Club launched a campaign Tuesday asking Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Power & Light Co. to cancel plans to build a new natural gas-burning power plant in Dania Beach. The environmental organization opposes FPL’s efforts to have the Florida Public Service Commission determine that ratepayers need another “fracked gas” plant. FPL PLANS TO BUILD MORE SOLAR, NEW DANIA BEACH...
PIP repeal: House panel votes to overturn no-fault plan in Florida

PIP repeal: House panel votes to overturn no-fault plan in Florida

A drive to repeal the state’s no-fault car insurance system after nearly half a century cleared an early hurdle in a renewed run Tuesday. HB 19 sponsored by Rep. Erin Grall,  R-Vero Beach, repeals the state’s Personal Rep. Grall advocates for PIP repeal in the House commerce committee Tuesday. Injury Protection law in place since 1971 and replaces it with required &ldquo...
6 ways to teach your children the value of money

6 ways to teach your children the value of money

If you're a parent, you're probably used to your children's pleas to buy them something, whether it's toys, candy or bigger ticket items.  Instead of feeling like a callous parent for not giving in to their begging, consider a way to turn their requests into a teachable moment. Children need steady guidance from their parents to lead them on solid paths to secure financial futures. So, it's never...
Trump booster bash sells out within two weeks

Trump booster bash sells out within two weeks

The Trumpettes’ Mar-a-Lago gala celebrating the president’s first year in office is all but sold out, 11 days after the Post first reported the event. Organizer Toni Holt Kramer, the founder of the booster club for President Donald Trump, said guests are flying in from all over the world to attend the Jan. 18 Red White & Blue celebration. The party will be held at Mar-a-Lago...
Veterans Day 2017: Publix, PGA Commons shops offer discounts

Veterans Day 2017: Publix, PGA Commons shops offer discounts

Publix is honoring the men and women of the armed forces, along with their families, by offering a 10 percent discount on Veterans Day. To qualify for the discount, active and retired military personnel and family members will need to show their military identification.  “Publix is proud to honor the men and women who serve and protect our country and our freedom, " Maria Brous...
Consumers still in dark about LED lights; what you need to know

Consumers still in dark about LED lights; what you need to know

What type of light bulb lasts the longest and uses the least electricity? About half of Americans — 49 percent — polled recently didn’t know the correct answer is the LED, or light-emitting diode bulb, the Washington, D.C.-based Consumer Federation of America said Monday. “The lighting revolution is still in process. Both consumers and retailers have not fully embraced LEDs...
NEW: West Palm pub manager accused of stealing $15,000 over 10 months

NEW: West Palm pub manager accused of stealing $15,000 over 10 months

A manager for a downtown West Palm Beach bar is accused of stealing nearly $15,000 in cash during the past year, according a city police arrest report. Jeffrey Heron, 38 was arrested Sunday after the owner of Roxy’s Pub on Clematis Street told police that Heron used manager codes to remove petty cash from the business fraudulently. Heron, of Jupiter, faces charges of grand theft and fraud. He...
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