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JUST IN: Boynton police searching for man who robbed Publix store

City police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who stole cash from a Publix Super Market this month. The incident happened on Sept. 4 at the Publix on North Congress Avenue and Hypoluxo Road. According to police, the man went into the store to buy a drink. When the clerk opened the cash register, the man reached across the counter and grabbed an undisclosed amount of money...
NEW: PBSO seeks two who stole flat-screen TV in Greenacres on July 4

NEW: PBSO seeks two who stole flat-screen TV in Greenacres on July 4

Two men are wanted in connection to a Greenacres burglary that occurred on the Fourth of July, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. Investigators say the men stole a flat-screen television from a residence on the 6300 block of Emerald Sky Lane. They were later seen on surveillance video transferring the television from the open trunk of their rented Volkswagen Jetta into the rear...
After Irma: Ways to get some much-needed relaxation in Wellington

After Irma: Ways to get some much-needed relaxation in Wellington

Hurricane Irma has passed. You’ve hauled branches and pieces of your fence to a pile in front of your house. You’ve taken down your shutters, and moved your planters from the garage back to your patio.  Or is this just my to-do list? Now that Irma is gone and we’re cleaning up her mess, I think we can all take a moment to relax, whether solo, with our families or our friends...
UPDATE: Man with dementia missing from Royal Palm Beach located

UPDATE: Man with dementia missing from Royal Palm Beach located

UPDATE: Anthony Scarpati has been found, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reported late Monday. An 81-year-old man with dementia was last seen leaving his home in Royal Palm Beach Monday evening, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. At 6:15 p.m., Anthony Scarpati was seen driving away from his home on the 200 block of Sandpiper Avenue in a 2014 Gray Nissan Altima...
NEW: Man dies after hit by car Sunday night west of Boca Raton

NEW: Man dies after hit by car Sunday night west of Boca Raton

A man who would have turned 55-years-old this week died after he was hit by a car this Sunday night west of Boca Raton, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators say Anthony Bayles walked in front of a vehicle near State Road 7 and Southwest Third Street, just south of west Palmetto Park Road, around 8:20 p.m. Robert Kemen, who lives in suburban Boca Raton, was headed...
After Irma: Juno Park reopens Tuesday; More county parks reopening

After Irma: Juno Park reopens Tuesday; More county parks reopening

Juno Park, located on the east side of the Intracoastal Waterway between Donald Ross Road and PGA Boulevard, is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, Sept. 19. The Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department will be reopening nine other parks and facilities for general use the same day. These parks are in addition to the 54 parks and facilities that were previously opened last week following extensive...
3 reasons why Boynton residents will pay more for firefighters in ‘18

3 reasons why Boynton residents will pay more for firefighters in ‘18

Starting Oct. 1 Boynton Beach residents will have to budget an extra $20 a year to pay the city’s annual fire assessment fee that officials raised from $100 to $120. City staff proposed the increase to pay for rising firefighter pension payments, fully staffing Fire Station 1 and other personnel costs. Resident Virginia Foot said she knows the extra money will only...
UPDATE: Teen in critical condition after Wellington-area crash

UPDATE: Teen in critical condition after Wellington-area crash

3 p.m. UPDATE: Authorities say a teenage girl sustained life-threatening injuries in a crash south of Wellington on Monday. The teen, identified as Tiana Davis, 14, was flown in critical condition to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reports. According to the sheriff’s office, Davis was trying to cross Lyons Road just south of Wokker...
How to score $5 cheeseburger in Wellington for National Cheeseburger Day

How to score $5 cheeseburger in Wellington for National Cheeseburger Day

It’s Sept. 18, and that means it’s National Cheeseburger Day. And yes, there’s a deal to be found in Wellington.  At BurgerFi -- 12836 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington -- for today only, you can grab one of the fast-casual chain’s juicy cheeseburgers for $5.  Just be sure to mention the deal when you order, and the limit is one per customer.  Not in the mood for...
BREAKING: Boynton man arrested in fatal Labor Day shootings

BREAKING: Boynton man arrested in fatal Labor Day shootings

A Boynton Beach man faces a first-degree murder charge in the Labor Day shootings that left one dead and two injured, city police said Monday. Kelcey Riddick, 40, surrendered to police at the department’s headquarters Monday afternoon, police said. Authorities have remained tight-lipped about the shootings, which drew hundreds to the scene late Sept. 4 near the 100 block of Northeast 10th Avenue...
Tuesday vote: Will property taxes be going up or down in Jupiter?

Tuesday vote: Will property taxes be going up or down in Jupiter?

Homeowners would pay slightly higher taxes next year if the Jupiter town council approves the proposed property tax rate at Tuesday’s 7 p.m. council meeting. A home with an assessed value of $350,000 and a homestead exemption of $50,000 this year paid a property tax bill of about $739. That same property owner’s bill under the same evaluation next year would be $757. The property tax rate...
Prisoner jumps out of bus on Florida’s Turnpike in Lake Worth

Prisoner jumps out of bus on Florida’s Turnpike in Lake Worth

A prisoner jumped out of a transport bus Monday afternoon on Florida’s Turnpike in Lake Worth, Florida Highway Patrol authorities said. The bus was taking prisoners down to Florida City after a facility was evacuated due to Hurricane Irma. The man jumped out of a window and was taken to Delray Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition, FHP authorities said.
A week later and still no power is ‘miserable,’ says one homeowner

A week later and still no power is ‘miserable,’ says one homeowner

Bill Arnold hasn’t felt a blast of cool air from his house at 5556 Lake Osborne Drive since Hurricane Irma struck. “It’s been miserable,” said Arnold, a former National Enquirer editor. “It’s more than 85 degrees in this house.” Angela Howey has similar issues at her three-bedroom home at Palm Beach National, west of Lake Worth. READ: Lake Worth Utilities...
Jupiter Mayor Todd Wodraska: Lessons learned from Hurricane Irma

Jupiter Mayor Todd Wodraska: Lessons learned from Hurricane Irma

How did Jupiter handle Hurricane Irma before and after? I reached out to Jupiter Mayor Todd Wodraska, who answered the following questions via e-mail. The shelter at Independence Middle School in Jupiter filled up Saturday and had to turn people away. Any suggestions? We have such a large coastal population, we need to look at building another shelter north of Independence Middle School. I see the...
NEW: Honor Flight soon to offer D.C. tribute trips to Vietnam vets

NEW: Honor Flight soon to offer D.C. tribute trips to Vietnam vets

With the years taking their toll on the ranks of World War II and even Korean War veterans, Southeast Florida Honor Flight — which has a journey set for Saturday — is about to start opening up to veterans of Vietnam. “We still have a substantial waiting list of Korean War veterans (and) we are still getting WWII veterans as well, although their numbers are sadly dwindling,&rdquo...
After Irma: Jupiter residents can donate to help Key West victims

After Irma: Jupiter residents can donate to help Key West victims

Donations are being collected in Jupiter and other locations to help Key West victims of Hurricane Irma. Stand UP Foundation, a non-profit organization together in collaboration with multiple other businesses, groups and individuals, is steering “Conch-Aid to the Keys” Campaign. READ: Staff Writer Barbara Marshall’s story on Hurricane Irma’s impact on Key West Palm Beach and...
UPDATE: 10 displaced after Palm Beach Gardens-area apartment

UPDATE: 10 displaced after Palm Beach Gardens-area apartment

Fire Rescue crews responded to an apartment fire this afternoon at the Gardenway Condominiums just outside the city limits. Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue authorities, who assisted the county’s fire rescue crews, said the fire was contained to one apartment at the building on Alternate State Road A1A south of Hood Road. By 2 p.m. the fire was under control, county fire rescue crews said. Fire...
NEW: Ex-Miami football player Jason Geathers tased twice during arrest

NEW: Ex-Miami football player Jason Geathers tased twice during arrest

Jason Geathers sat in a Palm Beach County Jail cell Sunday, not far from the local football fields the Delray Beach native once dominated. Geathers, 37, was arrested early Sunday by Delray Beach police after he was allegedly found in possession of heroin, cocaine and marijuana. When Geathers jumped off a bicycle and ran from officers, he was tased twice before being subdued and handcuffed. Police...
Rodney Clark jury hears testimony to decide life or death sentence

Rodney Clark jury hears testimony to decide life or death sentence

A Palm Beach County jury on Tuesday will likely begin deciding between a sentence of life in prison or the death penalty for Rodney Clark, the 50-year-old Jackson, Miss. man whose murder case is the first local test of Florida’s death penalty process since state lawmakers revamped the system that the U.S. Supreme Court had deemed unconstitutional. Testimony resumed Monday after an 11-day break...
UPDATE: All-clear given after suspicious bag closed PBIA baggage claim

UPDATE: All-clear given after suspicious bag closed PBIA baggage claim

12:10 p.m. UPDATE: The baggage claim area was cleared and reopened, airport authorities said. “All operations are back to normal. Thank you for your patience,” the authorities tweeted. ORIGINAL POST: A suspicious bag left on the first floor of the Palm Beach International Airport closed the baggage claim area Monday afternoon. Airport authorities evacuated the first floor of the airport...
Jupiter police send two crews to help out in Marco Island

Jupiter police send two crews to help out in Marco Island

Jupiter police sent 18 officers to help with the relief efforts in Marco Island following damage from Hurricane Irma. READ: Joe Capozzi’s story on Hurricane Irma’s damage to Marco Island The officers left in two groups starting Tuesday, Sept. 12 in a rescue vehicle with hurricane supplies and generators. The first group of 10 officers returned Friday. A second group of eight left Friday...
After Irma: How Wellington, Royal Palm got signals running so quickly

After Irma: How Wellington, Royal Palm got signals running so quickly

Just two days after Hurricane Irma tore through South Florida, drivers in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach noticed something crucial: Most traffic signals at major intersections already were up and running. That was not the case after after hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004, and Hurricane Wilma in 2005 as many signals at major intersections remained non-functional for more than a week. AFTER...
BREAKING: One killed in crash west of Boynton Beach

BREAKING: One killed in crash west of Boynton Beach

One person is dead after a wreck Monday morning west of the city limits, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews said. The wreck happened at about 10:30 a.m. near the intersection of Woolbright and Hagen Ranch roads. The two vehicles involved in the crash suffered heavy damage, Fire Rescue crews said. This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.
After Irma: Mosquito spraying in western areas of county Tuesday night

After Irma: Mosquito spraying in western areas of county Tuesday night

Thanks to “a large mosquito hatch” -- ew -- after Hurricane Irma, Palm Beach County Mosquito Control will conduct aerial spraying for all communities west of Military Trail starting at sunset Tuesday. The spraying is subject to weather conditions. If crews are not able to spray Tuesday night, they will do it on the next night with suitable weather, the county said in a news release...
After Hurricane Irma: Man hurt using chainsaw in suburban Boca

After Hurricane Irma: Man hurt using chainsaw in suburban Boca

A man cutting roadside debris was injured using a chainsaw Monday morning west of the city, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue reports. Emergency crews responded at about 10 a.m. Monday to reports of a traumatic injury near Southwest 16th Road and Lyons Road. The injured man was taken to an unspecified hospital.
After Irma: Wellington resumes regular vegetation pickup

After Irma: Wellington resumes regular vegetation pickup

Good news for Wellington residents: Regular vegetation collection is back this week after being put on pause following Hurricane Irma. Beginning Monday, Sept. 18, Waste Management will be back to its usual schedule of picking up vegetation in the green, rolling containers, in bags and in small piles, the village said.  The large piles of storm debris, however, will have to wait. Those are being...
After Irma: What Jupiter needs to know on Monday

After Irma: What Jupiter needs to know on Monday

Storm debris removal begins Monday in Hamptons/Maplewood, Martinique, Pine Gardens North and the Shores neighborhoods. Additional neighborhood collection schedules will be announced. Some reminders as you collect and pile debris: - Do not combine yard debris and construction/structural debris in the same pile for pick-up. - Do not place pick-up piles near or around any structures such as fire hydrants...
NEW: State rules thwart Jupiter dad’s work to memorialize son at park

NEW: State rules thwart Jupiter dad’s work to memorialize son at park

August Zoratti finds solace among the trees and the sludge at J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area that swallowed his son in December. There, just past the curve on the paved path that sent his son’s pickup upside down early one morning into the canal, the 52-year-old father has chipped away at his grief. He has carved benches, built a bridge and molded the earth where his son, who shares his...
After Hurricane Irma: How Gardens family juggles storm, Rosh Hashanah

After Hurricane Irma: How Gardens family juggles storm, Rosh Hashanah

Jennifer Sabin and her daughter had always planned to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, with her parents in New Jersey this week. But because of Hurricane Irma, it’s the second time they’ll have made that trip in two weeks. And she didn’t think twice about it. RELATED RECIPE: A cookie baked apple pie for Rosh Hashanah “I think it’s important for my daughter...
NEW: Woman, 82, gets into dispute at Publix, spits on officer’s face

NEW: Woman, 82, gets into dispute at Publix, spits on officer’s face

An 82-year-old West Palm Beach woman was arrested Thursday after she became embroiled in a dispute with a customer at a Publix Super Market, then spit on a police officer’s face, according to an arrest report. Josette Jordan is facing charges of resisting an officer, aggravated battery on an officer and resisting arrest without violence. She was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Sunday...
Hurricane Irma: Jupiter man arrested on DUI, hit-and-run charges

Hurricane Irma: Jupiter man arrested on DUI, hit-and-run charges

A bloodied driver stumbled out of an SUV early Sept. 11 as Hurricane Irma’s outer bands crossed Palm Beach County. Jupiter police pulled over Zachary Salzer, 25, at about 12:30 a.m. that day after watching him swerve along Roebuck Road in a 2007 Lexus SUV near Quail Run Drive. The Jupiter-area man was “driving erratically and all over the road,” an officer wrote. One of the headlights...
2 p.m. UPDATE: Hurricane Maria’s top winds increase to 125 mph

2 p.m. UPDATE: Hurricane Maria’s top winds increase to 125 mph

2 p.m. UPDATE: Hurricane Maria’s strongest sustained winds have increased to 125 mph and its eye is expected to move through the Leeward Islands late this afternoon or evening, the National Hurricane Center said. Maria remains a Category 3 storm, with top winds increasing about 5 mph since the last update. The track currently steers it northwest and  potentially...
Former UM football player arrested on drug charges in Delray

Former UM football player arrested on drug charges in Delray

A former Spanish River High School football star who played for the University of Miami Hurricanes during its 2001 national championship season was arrested early Sunday in Delray Beach and charged with trafficking in heroin, possession of cocaine and marijuana and resisting an officer without violence. Jason Geathers, who turns 37 on Monday, was stopped by police on the 900 block of Northwest...
After Hurricane Irma: Palm Beach Synagogue offers bags of hope to needy

After Hurricane Irma: Palm Beach Synagogue offers bags of hope to needy

The Palm Beach Synagogue gathered town residents and members of their congregation Sunday to assemble 200 bags of sandwiches, toiletries and even scratch off cards for those in need of help after Hurricane Irma. The baggies were to be delivered to communities as diverse as nursing homes, the homeless and special-needs families. Why the scratch-offs? “We need to give people hope and optimism...
After Hurricane Irma: Palm Beach lifts checkpoints at bridges, curfew

After Hurricane Irma: Palm Beach lifts checkpoints at bridges, curfew

The town removed checkpoints at its three Intracoastal Waterway bridges Sunday morning as it continues its recovery from Hurricane Irma. Palm Beach also has lifted its midnight-to-dawn curfew. As of 9:30 a.m., there were a few hundred Florida Power & Light Co. customers in the town without power. FPL was working to restore power Sunday. Anyone with concerns about their outage shoudl contact the utility...
JUST IN: Tractor-trailer crash near Lake Okeechobee kills man, 68

JUST IN: Tractor-trailer crash near Lake Okeechobee kills man, 68

A 68-year-old man died Friday morning in a tractor-trailer wreck northwest of Indiantown, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Nathaniel Hawthorne Jr. of Lake Placid was a passenger in a 2000 Kenwood Truck that crashed at about 10:30 a.m. Friday as it was westbound on Southwest Martin Highway near Lake Okeechobee, FHP said in a crash report. The truck was “negotiating a left curve” but overturned...
After Hurricane Irma: Lake Worth restores power to all known outages

After Hurricane Irma: Lake Worth restores power to all known outages

6 p.m. UPDATE: Lake Worth Utilities has restored electrical power to all known places where it went out during Hurricane Irma, the city said Sunday night. The city’s all-clear comes six days after crews began work following the storm, which struck Florida on Sept. 10. Original post: Lake Worth Utilities late Saturday had restored electrical power to 95 percent of the city in the wake of Hurricane...
After Hurricane Irma: FPL restores power to nearly all of region

After Hurricane Irma: FPL restores power to nearly all of region

While air conditioning has begun to flow and lights are back on in most South Florida homes after Hurricane Irma, some residents are still struggling as they remain without power Sunday. One older West Palm Beach woman marked a week without full electricity and a downed power line in her backyard. Marilyn Jordan, 82, said she has been trying to stay hydrated in her 92-degree home on Washington...
UPDATE: Maria now an 80-mph hurricane, aims for Caribbean

UPDATE: Maria now an 80-mph hurricane, aims for Caribbean

8 p.m. update: Hurricane Maria is now packing 80-mph winds as it moves west-northwest at 15 mph toward the Lesser Antilles. It’s about 125 miles east-northeast of Barbados, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. France has issued a hurricane warning for Martinique. Previous warnings remain in Guadeloupe; Dominica; and St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat. There...
From Wilma to Irma: Assessing FPL’s post-storm grid, restoration effort

From Wilma to Irma: Assessing FPL’s post-storm grid, restoration effort

Hurricane Wilma roared through South Florida in 2005 and left 6 million people in the dark. It was the worst disaster in Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light’s history — until this week. Hurricane Irma made its first U.S.landfall Sunday at Cudjoe Key and took the dubious “worst disaster” title from Wilma. Overall, Irma knocked out power to 90 percent of FPL’s 5 million...
Hurricane Irma: Employees ‘work tirelessly’ to maintain lift stations

Hurricane Irma: Employees ‘work tirelessly’ to maintain lift stations

At the time, jumping into a pool of sewage mixed with sea water was just an unpleasant task that needed to be done. Now that the Hurricane Irma has passed, Will Campbell, the public works employee who was given the necessary job, laughs about the incident. Sometime while Hurricane Irma’s outer bands were slashing the island, lightening struck near an underground sanitary lift station on Via...
After Hurricane Irma: Greenacres home catches fire when power restored

After Hurricane Irma: Greenacres home catches fire when power restored

A kitchen fire broke out in a Greenacres-area home late Saturday when electrical power was restored following Hurricane Irma, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said. The flames and smoke forced seven people — one of them a child — from the home on the 4800 block of Clinton Boulevard just east of the city limits. No one was injured, said Capt. Albert Borroto, Fire Rescue spokesman...
BREAKING: One injured in downtown West Palm shooting late Saturday

BREAKING: One injured in downtown West Palm shooting late Saturday

City police early Sunday were investigating a shooting late Saturday in downtown West Palm Beach that left one person injured. The shooting took place just before 11 p.m. on the 200 block of Rosemary Avenue, just west of City Hall and adjacent to the police station. Police said Sunday morning that are non-life threatening and that they interviewed several witnesses overnight. Anyone with information...
West Palm Beach dog lost nearly two years ago shows up on Long Island

West Palm Beach dog lost nearly two years ago shows up on Long Island

Most people spent Tuesday cleaning up after Hurricane Irma, Many didn’t have power and were sweaty and tired and dirty. For most it was a pretty lousy day. Not for 18-year-old Richard Moneck. He had a great day. He got a call that his dog, missing for nearly a year and a half, almost as long as he’d owned her, had been found. And linked back to him by a microchip. But Relay wasn&rsquo...
BREAKING: Convenience store employee shot by gunman in Riviera Beach

BREAKING: Convenience store employee shot by gunman in Riviera Beach

A convenience store employee was shot Saturday inside the business in Riviera Beach, a police spokeswoman said. The unidentified man was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The shooting took place in the 3000 block of President Barack Obama Highway. Riviera Beach police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown said an investigation is underway and added that robbery does...
NEW: Standout Wellington football player arrested on burglary charge

NEW: Standout Wellington football player arrested on burglary charge

A standout Wellington High School football player was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly stole a wallet from a man, according to a police report. Marvin Max Pierre, 18, is facing two counts of burglary, including one to reflect that the alleged crime was committed during a state of emergency due to Hurricane Irma. He was released from the Palm Beach County Jail and placed on in-home arrest. Records...
In Boynton, amid overdose, scams, tension, a community came together

In Boynton, amid overdose, scams, tension, a community came together

Boynton Beach may have been spared the worst of Hurricane Irma, but there were other ramifications on the streets from the wind and rain. A 23-year-old woman died at The Inn at Boynton after overdosing on drugs, likely heroin, during the storm, police said. And two men fooled a 95-year-old woman into thinking they were electricians but really...
Hurricane Irma: Palm Beach Post food drive starts Monday in West Palm

Hurricane Irma: Palm Beach Post food drive starts Monday in West Palm

Starting Monday, The Palm Beach Post will be collecting non-perishable food items and toiletries for victims of Hurricane Irma. The newspaper will accept donations in its main lobby at 2751 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The items will be delivered to Oasis Compassion Agency, a Greenacres non-profit that has a food pantry that donates more than...
Alec Baldwin needles Trump after winning an Emmy for playing him 

Alec Baldwin needles Trump after winning an Emmy for playing him 

After years of appearing on the big and small screen, Alec Baldwin’s best-known role might now be his portrayal of President Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” and when Baldwin took home an Emmy for it Sunday night, he couldn’t resist rubbing it in. Baldwin was handed the award and stepped to the microphone, saying, “I suppose I should say, at long last, Mr. President, here...
PBC to hold final budget hearing tonight

PBC to hold final budget hearing tonight

Hurricane Irma has forced lots of postponements and cancellations across South Florida, but Palm Beach County’s final budget hearing will be held this evening as previously scheduled. The county’s 2018 budget is expected to be approved during the hearing, which will be held at 6 p.m. on the sixth floor of the Weisman Governmental Center at 301 N. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach. It is not...
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Kate Walsh faced real-life medical battle with brain tumor

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Kate Walsh faced real-life medical battle with brain tumor

“Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” star Kate Walsh is very familiar with playing a doctor on TV, but nothing could have prepared her for the moment she learned she had a brain tumor. Walsh opened up about the diagnosis in a new interview with Cosmopolitan, explaining that she was diagnosed with a benign meningioma the size of a lemon in 2015. She had the...
Take steps to reduce risk of injury during post-storm cleanup

Take steps to reduce risk of injury during post-storm cleanup

Hopefully you’re reading this in air-conditioned comfort, power fully restored. As if we South Floridians needed any reminding, the stifling post-Irma heat is not only unbearable, but can be downright deadly. So it seems inconceivable that summer officially ends on Friday. Yes — for the rest of the country, fall means raking leaves that trees have naturally shed; in Florida, this year...
Pro wrestling commentator Bobby ‘The Brain’ dead at 73

Pro wrestling commentator Bobby ‘The Brain’ dead at 73

He called himself “The Brain” and his enemies called him “The Weasel.” Regardless of the name attached to him, Bobby Heenan was a force in professional wrestling as a manager and commentator. >> Read more trending news  Heenan died Sunday at the age of 73, according to a tweet from wrestling announcer Jim Ross. Former wrestling broadcaster "Mean" Gene Okerlund ...
Should you monitor your sleep with a fitness tracker?

Should you monitor your sleep with a fitness tracker?

Dear Mayo Clinic: I wear a fitness device that tracks my sleep. It shows that most of my sleep is light sleep and that I rarely am in deep sleep. Is this kind of sleep tracker reliable? If so, is there a way I can get better sleep? I sleep about six or seven hours each night. A: When it comes to identifying the difference between light sleep and deep sleep, research has shown that fitness trackers...

Virtual reality game gathers data for dementia researchers

Navigating an ice-walled lake or scouring a swamp for a hidden monster may sound like a fun premise for a virtual-reality video game. But there’s a serious purpose behind the new game Sea Hero Quest VR: helping neuroscientists design a new test for dementia. London-based game design firm Glitchers worked with researchers from British and Swiss universities, as well as dementia and Alzheimer&rsquo...
Giving more smiles to more folks

Giving more smiles to more folks

WISE, Va. - Larry Bays has seen his share of hard times, but on this day he was blessed. The 71-year-old goat farmer from Gate City, Virginia, had come to the annual free medical clinic held recently here in coal country so his wife, Joyce, could have her asthma and arthritis checked. When her doctor realized that she had no teeth, he sent the couple over to a trailer operated by the Mission of Mercy...
Home visits help new parents raise healthy children

Home visits help new parents raise healthy children

EL CENTRO, Calif. — Seated at a kitchen table in a cramped apartment, Rosendo Gil asked the young parents sitting across from him what they should do if their daughter caught a cold. Blas Lopez, 29, and his fiancee, Lluvia Padilla, 28, quickly answered: Check her temperature and call the doctor if she has a fever they can’t control. “I’m very proud of both of you knowing what...
Did Hurricane Irma loosen your screws? Maybe it’s time for change

Did Hurricane Irma loosen your screws? Maybe it’s time for change

“You can’t run away from trouble. There ain’t no place that far.” — Uncle Remus, “Song of the South,” 1946 Trouble will always find us. Sometimes, trouble can even be good for us — because disasters, natural or man-made, strip us down to our basic needs and strip away our veneer of crap. Trouble reveals the core of who we are, experts say. Therapist...
Boynton Beach post-Hurricane Irma info: things to do, where to eat, debris pickup

Boynton Beach post-Hurricane Irma info: things to do, where to eat, debris pickup

We are at Day 5 post-Hurricane Irma and conditions are definitely improving.  Here’s some helpful info for Friday.    -The city has started to pick up household garbage, recyclables and vegetation. -The vegetation should not have anything else mixed in with it and should not be wrapped in anything, including bags. -Jeff Livergood, the city’s director of public works, said...
Watch those red lights, the cameras are back on in Boynton Beach

Watch those red lights, the cameras are back on in Boynton Beach

The warning period is over.  As of Friday, any driver who runs a red light in Boynton Beach and is caught on camera will have to pay a fine.  The city commissioners decided in August to resume the program of 15 cameras at seven locations starting Sept. 1. The first two weeks were a warning period and drivers received a notice in the mail.   Boynton is the only Palm Beach County...
Nicki Minaj, Nas fuel dating rumors at rapper’s birthday party

Nicki Minaj, Nas fuel dating rumors at rapper’s birthday party

Are Nicki Minaj and Nas an item? It certainly looked that way Thursday night when the two were photographed with their arms around each other during Nas’ 44th birthday party, People reported. >> Read more trending news Nas celebrated his birthday during a private dinner at The Pool Lounge in New York. Minaj, 34, posted a picture of her and Nas on her Instagram account. She has her...
Troy Gentry remembered in final farewell at Grand Ole Opry memorial service 

Troy Gentry remembered in final farewell at Grand Ole Opry memorial service 

Emotions ran high as family, friends and fans packed into the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Thursday to bid a final farewell to Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry, who died on Sept. 8 in a helicopter crash. Gentry’s flower-covered coffin shared center stage with a guitar and Gentry’s Batman costume. He was a big Batman fan. Troy’s life and career were highlighted a video that...
Why Larry King is talking about his secret lung cancer surgery 

Why Larry King is talking about his secret lung cancer surgery 

Larry King secretly underwent surgery after he was diagnosed with stage 1 lung cancer following his annual physical exam. “I didn’t have any pain, but when they took a chest x-ray the doctor said, ‘There’s a little cloud here…,’” King told People. The 83-year-old was first diagnosed in July after a CAT scan and PET scan. “They said I was lucky...
After Hurricane Irma: Boynton police, paramedics deployed to the Keys, west coast 

After Hurricane Irma: Boynton police, paramedics deployed to the Keys, west coast 

After taking care of their home base for days at a time without taking a break, Boynton Beach paramedics and police officers have been deployed to help areas across the state that have been hit much worse by Hurricane Irma. On Wednesday, four Boynton Beach firefighters/paramedics - Georgio Salame, Craig Kovach, Andrew Defilippis and Mike Landress, who is also the EMS coordinator - headed south...
After Hurricane Irma: Things to do in the Boynton Beach area 

After Hurricane Irma: Things to do in the Boynton Beach area 

City facilities that are open:  -The Hester Center and the Civic Center will be open for recreation from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.   -All recreation programs scheduled for the Art Center, Senior Center, Civic Center and Hester Center will continue as scheduled except for the Kids Club after-school program.  -Oceanfront Park is open  -The library is open -The...
After Hurricane Irma: Information for Boynton Beach residents for Thursday 

After Hurricane Irma: Information for Boynton Beach residents for Thursday 

Trash and vegetation pickup:  -Starting Thursday, the city will pick up household garbage, recyclables and vegetation. -The vegetation should not have anything else mixed in with it and should not be wrapped in anything, including bags.  -Jeff Livergood, the city’s director of public works, said it will probably take crews about 60 days to remove all vegetation. City facilities that...
NTSB report: Mechanical problems caused Troy Gentry’s fatal helicopter crash

NTSB report: Mechanical problems caused Troy Gentry’s fatal helicopter crash

Mechanical problems are the cause for the fatal helicopter crash on September 8 in New Jersey that claimed the life of Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry. >> Read more trending news According to the preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board, the pilot reported he couldn’t control the RPM of the engine just a few minutes after takeoff. He discussed options...
Larry King reveals lung cancer surgery

Larry King reveals lung cancer surgery

Talk show host Larry King said he was diagnosed with lung cancer during a routine visit to the doctor, Us Weekly reported. >> Read more trending news  The early diagnosis allowed King, 83, to have surgery and recover from the cancer. "I go for my checkup and they say, 'Let's do a chest X-ray,’ and the doctor said to me, 'Something looks funny,'" King told Us Weekly...
After Hurricane Irma: Boynton Ice employees help keep residents cool

After Hurricane Irma: Boynton Ice employees help keep residents cool

   On a typical day Boynton Ice employees are out delivering to restaurants, convenience stores and bait shops. But this week Hurricane Irma has brought the store a different type of clientele: Her victims.  Around 2 p.m., 36 percent of FPL’s 739,000 accounts were still out of power. No air conditioning. No place to keep food cold. No cold beer after a day of sweating outside...
Meet Serena’s new daughter, Alexis; Instagram post marks baby’s public debut

Meet Serena’s new daughter, Alexis; Instagram post marks baby’s public debut

Tennis great Serena Williams introduced her new daughter to the world on Wednesday with an Instagram post. Meet baby Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., Williams’ first child with fianceé and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Williams gave birth to baby Alexis on Sept. 1 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. The baby weighed in at 6 pounds, 14 ounces. “You...
Palm Beach County judicial hopefuls get extra time to seek 2 opening

Palm Beach County judicial hopefuls get extra time to seek 2 opening

Palm Beach County judicial hopefuls will have until September 21 to prepare their applications because of Hurricane Irma, the local Judicial Nominating Commission said Wednesday. While applications for two circuit court seats were to be due Monday, the deadline was extended until 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 21. The commission is seeking applications from attorneys who want to replace circuit judges...
Hurricane Irma: Wednesday Boynton info on openings, curfew, trash and more 

Hurricane Irma: Wednesday Boynton info on openings, curfew, trash and more 

-Starting Thursday, the city will pick up household garbage, recyclables and vegetation.  -The vegetation should not have anything else mixed in with it and should not be wrapped in anything, including bags.  -Jeff Livergood, the city’s director of public works, said it will probably take crews about 60 days to remove all vegetation. -The Hester Center and the Civic Center will be...
For authentic Cuban fare, head to Tropical Bakery

For authentic Cuban fare, head to Tropical Bakery

MENU Tropical Bakery serves familiar Cuban fare — café con leche, pastelitos, Cuban sandwiches and entrees such as shredded beef, codfish stew and chicharrones de pollo. Most dishes cost less than $10. A couple of types of beer are available. ATMOSPHERE Bustling. The eatery was full during my lunchtime visit. Tropical Bakery includes a lunch counter at one end of the restaurant, a pastry...
Lots of choices in comfort food at Stuart Diner

Lots of choices in comfort food at Stuart Diner

MENU American and Greek comfort food, breakfast includes omelettes, sandwiches, waffles, pancakes, biscuits and sausage gravy, eggs benedict, country fried steak and crepes. Lunch includes appetizers, soup, salads, burgers, paninis, chicken, sandwiches, wraps, seafood, pasta, beef, pork, gyros, desserts, pastries. ATMOSPHERE Modern and comfortable, with nautical-themed photos and paintings of area...
Painting may be from Hunter, unfinished

Painting may be from Hunter, unfinished

Dear Helaine and Joe: In 1972, I went on a trip to Natchitoches and Melrose Plantation in Louisiana. At the plantation, we bought two paintings from an elderly black woman. I asked her if she had any more, and she replied, “only one, that’s not dry.” I bought it, and later found out I had bought it from Clementene Hunter. Aside from being wet when I bought it, it appears to be unfinished...
A courtyard can add a little New Orleans magic to your outdoor space

A courtyard can add a little New Orleans magic to your outdoor space

When my girlfriends want to go out for a special lunch, I tell them to get in my car and trust me. I know just where to go. We hit the highway, bound for a historic town just outside of Kansas City, Mo., where a surprise awaits. Independence, Mo., once a wild frontier town where settlers started their western trek, seems like an unlikely place to find a magical little restaurant that makes you feel...
Native cup plant, one stop café for birds and pollinators

Native cup plant, one stop café for birds and pollinators

When it comes to the backyard wildlife habitat, the cup plant has it all. To me, it is the flag bearer perennial for bees, butterflies, and birds. It is a stalwart native in 34 states from Louisiana north to Canada crossing every border east. Alas however its size is quite imposing. It is big, bold and wonderful, and this is the time of the year it shines the most. If you are getting interested but...
How to get started with vines

How to get started with vines

Trumpet creeper is so large, so willing and so floriferous, it was the West’s favorite outhouse cover-up. Only a reliable plant could survive on these neglected spaces visited only when necessary. All summer long that vine bloomed on very fertile ground, spreading into a privacy barrier that hummingbirds flock to. Pioneers planted cuttings from outhouse vines onto slash piles, rubbish heaps...
5 decorating mistakes people with good style never make

5 decorating mistakes people with good style never make

People say that you can’t learn style — you’re either born with it or you’re not. While this may be true to some extent, we believe you can learn how to make your home polished and put together whether you’re a born stylist or not. But here’s the thing: Just like an effortlessly chic French woman has a certain je ne sais quoi, it’s hard to put your finger...
Things are looking up on Queen Anne

Things are looking up on Queen Anne

SEATTLE — The fourth floor of Herb and Isabel’s gracious 1901 home feels like the top of the world. Poised above most of Queen Anne, this beautifully elevated altitude presents dizzying views from its cozy central den and symmetrical his-and-hers offices. How lovely then that, no matter what, Herb and Isabel can get to it. Today, these two robust octogenarians have more energy than a motivated...
Try these affordable dorm DIY projects

Try these affordable dorm DIY projects

It is quickly approaching that time of year again, when thousands of college students head back to school. Whether a dorm room is shared by a single roommate or many, there are ways to make the room special without breaking the bank. Here are some easy-to-make DIY ideas, guaranteed to glam up any dorm decor. CREATE A COLLAGE Many college students arrive wanting and needing a sense of home. One creative...
Miami ‘Real Housewives’ star has no regrets about fleeing Irma on private jet

Miami ‘Real Housewives’ star has no regrets about fleeing Irma on private jet

Over the weekend, Lisa Hochstein — who appeared on “The Real Housewives of Miami” — was criticized after she shared a photo of her family preparing to flee Hurricane Irma’s destructive path on a private jet. Hochstein’s former co-star, Joanna Krupa, took to Twitter to launch a tirade of vitriol. “All those (expletive) posting and showing off w their private...
UPDATE: Hurricane Irma: Info for Boynton residents on trash, vegetation clean up and everything else

UPDATE: Hurricane Irma: Info for Boynton residents on trash, vegetation clean up and everything else

-The City started picking up household garbage Tuesday. -Starting Thursday, the city will pick up household garbage, recyclables and vegetation. -The vegetation should not have anything else mixed in with it and should not be wrapped in anything, including bags. -Jeff Livergood, the city’s director of public works, said it will probably take crews about 60 days to remove all vegetation from...
Hurricane Irma: Residents head to Boynton library while homes out of power

Hurricane Irma: Residents head to Boynton library while homes out of power

Sergio Sandoval will retire from the U.S. Navy this November and is working on a career in criminal justice in the meantime. He’s taking classes online that require internet connection, which Hurricane Irma snatched from him.  The Boynton Beach resident packed his laptop Tuesday and headed to the city’s library where he and more than a dozen others juiced up their electronics...
Lady Gaga talks heartbreak amid soaring success, ending Taylor Kinney engagement 

Lady Gaga talks heartbreak amid soaring success, ending Taylor Kinney engagement 

Singer Lady Gaga is opening up about ending her engagement with boyfriend Taylor Kinney. In a new documentary, the singer revealed that at the time of the split in July 2016, she and Kinney were not in a great place, according to People. “Me and Taylor are fighting, so that sucks. My threshold for bullshit with men is just — I don’t have one anymore. In relationships, you have to...
‘Little People, Big World’ stars Jeremy, Audrey Roloff welcome new daughter

‘Little People, Big World’ stars Jeremy, Audrey Roloff welcome new daughter

The Roloff family just got a little bit bigger after Jeremy and Audrey Roloff welcomed their first child, a daughter, on Sunday. Little Ember Jean Roloff was born on Sunday, September 10 at 9:40 a.m. and weighed 7.13 lbs. “Labor is such a wild and miraculous process and meeting our baby girl for the first time filled us with uncontainable joy,” the couple said in a statement to US Weekly...
WATCH: Irma’s winds take down massive banyans in Boynton community

WATCH: Irma’s winds take down massive banyans in Boynton community

Jon Ratliff heard on the news a band of high-speed winds would soon be rushing through Boynton Beach and jumped outside with his cell phone in hand to film what Hurricane Irma planned to bring.  He admits now- maybe it wasn’t the best idea. His 41-second video from that Sunday afternoon shows trees swaying side to side as Ratliff screams “whoa, whoa!” The sounds of the...
J.J. is back: Abrams will write, direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

J.J. is back: Abrams will write, direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

J.J. Abrams is back to helm the last of the current “Star Wars” trilogy. Officials at LucasFilms made the announcement Tuesday morning.  Abrams wrote and directed “The Force Awakens” which went on to gross more than $2 billion, Deadline reported.  It broke the threshold in 53 days after release and is only the third movie to ever earn that much money. &ldquo...
Hurricane Irma: When Mother Nature calls and says, “It’s baby time”

Hurricane Irma: When Mother Nature calls and says, “It’s baby time”

I promise this isn’t one of those Telenovelas you see on Spanish-language TV. This actually happened to a Lake Worth family. It’s Saturday morning when the Velasquez-Perez family heads for shelter from looming Hurricane Irma. German Velasquez, 35, and Elvira Perez, 28, pack their bags and their two kids and head to a relative's house in Lake Worth. With typical-Guatemalan food...
Melissa McCarthy wins Emmy for her ‘Spicey’ SNL portrayal of Sean Spicer

Melissa McCarthy wins Emmy for her ‘Spicey’ SNL portrayal of Sean Spicer

  Comedian/actor Melissa McCarthy was amply rewarded for her popular “Saturday Night Live” impersonation of former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.  McCarthy picked up an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series on Sunday at the Creative Arts Awards for her now classic portrayal of Spicer, according to the Huffington Post. Comedian Dave Chapelle...
UPDATE: Boynton post-Irma: Photos, info of downed trees, debris 

UPDATE: Boynton post-Irma: Photos, info of downed trees, debris 

Despite roads being sprinkled with downed tree limbs and debris, and many traffic signals at major intersections powerless, Boynton Beach residents took to the streets Monday morning even before officials said it was safe to.  While driving around the city to survey damage, Boynton Beach Police Sgt. Phil Hawkins said those out are mostly sight-seeing: Some parking lots such as Riverwalk Plaza...
Boynton Beach post-Irma: What’s open for business?

Boynton Beach post-Irma: What’s open for business?

About a quarter of the city was still without power mid-day Monday, Boynton Police Sgt. Phil Hawkins estimated. Still, businesses opened.  And residents found them.  Drivers waited in a line down Federal Highway south of Woolbright to buy lunch at McDonald’s.  Nick Harb opened the Ocean Food Mart on Federal Highway at 8 a.m. By 11 a.m. he helped hundreds of customers and found...
‘Little Couple’ stars flee Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma, chronicle exit on Instagram

‘Little Couple’ stars flee Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma, chronicle exit on Instagram

The stars of “The Little Couple” reality TV series and their children safely evacuated Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma over the weekend. Dr. Jen Arnold updated fans in a series of videos posted to Instagram as the family drove out of the state as Irma moved in. The couple, along with their two children, Zoey and Will, safely arrived at their final destination early Saturday morning. Dr...
UPDATE: Boynton residents allowed to drive in daylight

UPDATE: Boynton residents allowed to drive in daylight

UPDATE at 8:20 a.m.: The curfew has been lifted countywide including in Boynton Beach, officials said. Residents are now free to drive during the day.  However, residents cannot drive 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. for the next 72 hours.  ORIGINAL POST MONDAY: Hurricane Irma has left Boynton Beach but officials still have the curfew in effect and residents should not be driving.  "...
Best thing about tennis: You can play it a lifetime

Best thing about tennis: You can play it a lifetime

For local tennis fans, Hurricane Irma’s inexorable march toward South Florida put a damper on keeping up with what is usually the sport’s most popular time: the second week of the U.S. Open. Too bad, because not only did American women own the singles draw (all four semi-finalists were from the U.S. — which hasn’t happened since 1981), but the annual fortnight serves (no pun...
Beyonce returns to hometown of Houston to help Hurricane Harvey victims

Beyonce returns to hometown of Houston to help Hurricane Harvey victims

Beyonce returned to her hometown of Houston Friday to sponsor a luncheon for Hurricane Harvey victims. The singer, who announced on Aug. 28 that she and her BeyGOOD Foundation would partner with two local organizations to assist in relief efforts, visited with over 400 victims. Rappers Trae tha Truth and Bun B, who are also Houston natives, joined Beyonce, her daughter Blue Ivy Carter, Beyonce&rsquo...
Irma’s winds still ripping Boynton, but relief not far out 

Irma’s winds still ripping Boynton, but relief not far out 

Boynton Beach residents will start to very slowly see a decrease in Hurricane Irma’s winds through the night, but they’ll still remain powerful and dangerous, and officials do not want residents outside. The National Weather Service predicts sustained winds at 7 p.m. are 52 mph with 78-mph gusts. By 3 a.m. Monday, meteorologists expect sustained winds to be just under 40 mph with gusts...
For undocumented immigrants, Hurricane Irma isn’t the worst storm of their lives

For undocumented immigrants, Hurricane Irma isn’t the worst storm of their lives

There are storms of the earth and storms of the heart. Walter Villa Toro knows this too well.  This is why the 30-year-old undocumented immigrant from Guatemala packed up his young family, boarded up their rental apartment in Lake Worth and sought shelter at Forest Hill High as Hurricane Irma loomed.  Villa Toro says he doesn't want to lose a family again. He left his hometown...
Hurricane Irma: Lake Worth power crews off streets until Monday

Hurricane Irma: Lake Worth power crews off streets until Monday

Lake Worth utilities crews who had been working to restore power are now off the streets because of dangerous winds from Hurricane Irma, city officials said in their latest update. City Manager Mike Bornstein said it will probably be early Monday morning before crews go back out. There are 8,650 customers without power in the city. Bornstein said he also heard a report that a roof blew off a building...
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