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Palm Beach County boy’s service dog gets own yearbook photo

Palm Beach County boy’s service dog gets own yearbook photo

  A boy and his dog  have landed in the pages of Frontier Elementary’s yearbook, and mom is so thrilled she’s giving the Palm Beach County school a shout-out on Facebook. Ethan Amara sits in a blue polo, grinning, every hair in place. His service dog, Ketch, a yellow Labrador retriever, sits one school photo away, blue harness in place, also grinning, tongue out. “You want...
Dreyfoos murder suspect admitted he was wanted, but wasn’t arrested

Dreyfoos murder suspect admitted he was wanted, but wasn’t arrested

The man accused of fatally shooting two fellow janitors at Dreyfoos School of the Arts met with law-enforcement authorities in Colombia as early as 2013 and told them he was wanted for murder, but was turned away and not arrested for nearly four years, according to a police report made public Friday. On July 25, 2014, Javier Burgos met with Interpol and Colombian national police officials...
EXCLUSIVE: Victim’s family wants life term for Dreyfoos murder suspect

EXCLUSIVE: Victim’s family wants life term for Dreyfoos murder suspect

As the four-year anniversary of Christopher Marshall’s murder crept closer, his family wondered if his killer would ever face justice. “I thought they had forgotten about this,” said LJ Ugarte, Marshall’s brother-in-law, referring to the criminal investigation. On Thursday morning, a West Palm Beach police detective called a family member to report that Javier Burgos had turned...
EXCLUSIVE: How one mom’s gut check led to teacher on the lam for child porn

EXCLUSIVE: How one mom’s gut check led to teacher on the lam for child porn

Elizabeth’s gut kicked in shortly after basketball season began. Coach Corey Perry was on the phone with her son constantly. Her eighth-grader would walk around the house doing his chores, even the laundry, with coach on speaker phone. Daily. Mom could hear the chatter, and that gave her some comfort — the conversation sounded all sports, nothing salacious, nothing inappropriate....
Valedictorian Perla Cervantes puts heart into book reading, friends

Valedictorian Perla Cervantes puts heart into book reading, friends

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Perla Cervantes, 18 The valedictorian at Glades Central High School this year isn’t just a teenager who snagged a fancy title for her graduation. Perla Cervantes enjoys venturing out of her comfort zone and aims to learn something new every single day. And one of the ways she does this is through book reading. She’s even turned her father’s old, broken-down van...
Katz Yeshiva High students win first place in Earth Day challenge

Katz Yeshiva High students win first place in Earth Day challenge

CALUSA ELEMENTARY “Shrek: The Musical, Jr.” will be performed by third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at 6 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. The school is at 2051 Clint Moore Road, Boca Raton. SEA STAR WALDORF SCHOOL The school has been accepted into the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America as a developing member. The private nonprofit school, formerly called Sea Star Initiative, offers...
Palm Beach Central High’s Interact Club donates to Operation Gratitude

Palm Beach Central High’s Interact Club donates to Operation Gratitude

SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH Erika Woerner-Goldrich has been named the High School Mathematics Teacher of the Year by the Palm Beach County Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Science teacher Kevin Lasagna was a guest presenter at the annual Florida Marine Science Educators’ Association conference at St. John’s River State College in St. Augustine. His presentation, “Shining Light on Ocean...
William T. Dwyer High students win Congressional Medals

William T. Dwyer High students win Congressional Medals

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY The annual book swap is being organized. Anyone may drop off books in the main school office, 10300 Allamanda Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday. As students turn in books, they will receive a ticket to swap for new-to-them books June 1-2. Call 561-803-7200 with any questions. Families are invited to attend Barnes...
POINT OF VIEW Addressing absenteeism key to reading proficiency

POINT OF VIEW Addressing absenteeism key to reading proficiency

Many thousands of children in the United States, including many in Palm Beach County, finish third grade without learning to read proficiently — and that puts them on a dreaded track of dropping out of high school. The ability to read is critical to a child’s success in school, life-long earning potential, and his or her potential to contributing to our nation’s economy and security...
VIDEO: Police release footage from Boca teacher-student kissing case

VIDEO: Police release footage from Boca teacher-student kissing case

City police released a copy of a video involving a Boca Raton teacher who was arrested in February for allegedly kissing a 10-year-old student. Brian Kornbluth, 29, was sentenced to one year of probation after he pleaded guilty to a charge of battery. Police say Kornbluth was caught on a camera as he kissed a 10-year-old, fifth-grade boy on Feb. 9 in an empty classroom at the Somerset Academy. The...

POINT OF VIEW:

The Florida Legislature passed an $82.4 billion budget and received a well-deserved grade in a recent Palm Beach Post editorial (Legislature earns an ‘A’ for boosting universities, May 3). This legislature’s $587 million increase in higher education funding deserves applause, indeed. However, proponents and sponsors of this significant boost seem to have overlooked a vital economic...
PBC’s 3rd-graders improve on reading but fall further behind state

PBC’s 3rd-graders improve on reading but fall further behind state

Palm Beach County’s public schools are falling further behind the rest of the state in one of their most crucial tasks: teaching third-graders to read at grade level. The percentage of the county’s third-graders passing the state language arts exam rose two points this year to 54 percent, according to state test results released Friday. But across Florida, third-grade proficiency improved...
NEW: Port St. Lucie teacher accused of having sex with student

NEW: Port St. Lucie teacher accused of having sex with student

A Port St. Lucie High School chemistry teacher was arrested this week on allegations that she had sex with a 17-year-old male student. City police arrested Tiffany Michelle Geliga, 35, of Port St. Lucie on Thursday night on two counts of sex assault by a person 24 or older on a victim who is 16 or 17 years old. The teen disclosed the relationship — which police say included late-night calls...
54 percent of PBC 3 grade pass state reading test – and that’s an improvement

54 percent of PBC 3 grade pass state reading test – and that’s an improvement

Palm Beach County’s third graders have made gains on Florida’s statewide reading exam, but they still aren’t passing at the rates of their peers across the state and almost half didn’t pass and will have to prove themselves in order to be promoted to fourth grade. The school district landed a 54 percent passing rate on what is known as the Florida Standards Assessment of English...
Pathfinders showcase the hidden wealth of our high-achieving teenagers

Pathfinders showcase the hidden wealth of our high-achieving teenagers

If you’re looking for a simple way to become instantly inspired, humbled, and reassured about the future, here’s what you need to do. Read the nomination packets for the local teenagers applying for the annual Pathfinder Scholarship Awards presented by The Palm Beach Post. For the past 34 years, this program has presented millions of dollars in scholarships to graduating high school seniors...
LATEST: Woman recorded man performing lewd act near school, PBSO says

LATEST: Woman recorded man performing lewd act near school, PBSO says

A woman recorded a 55-year-old man touching himself last week while he sat in the bushes near a school outside the city limits, Palm Beach County sheriff’s authorities said. Lawrence Dunn, a homeless man who is known to spend time in southern Palm Beach and Broward counties, was arrested Wednesday on trespassing and indecent exposure charges. Judge Dina Keever-Agrama ordered he undergo a mental-health...
Hidden Oaks principal steered school donations to son’s charity drive

Hidden Oaks principal steered school donations to son’s charity drive

Hidden Oaks Elementary (file photo 2005) The principal of Hidden Oaks Elementary steered $1,300 from school fundraisers to an out-of-town charity drive organized by her son without disclosing her family connection to the event, an investigation by the Palm Beach County School Board’s inspector general has found.
Post’s high school Pathfinders out to change world: How they’ll do it

Post’s high school Pathfinders out to change world: How they’ll do it

The high school seniors who rose to the top of the Pathfinder Scholarship Awards announced Wednesday night have not only secured bragging rights for their academic careers to date, they are poised to represent the region for years to come. LeeAnn Hewitt has plans to compete in the next summer Olympics. Sabrina Ginsberg aspires to become a doctor to NASA astronauts. Celinie Nguyen is...
Mother’s support helped science-minded senior stay on track

Mother’s support helped science-minded senior stay on track

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Seanna Clark, 17 The lack of women in the field of science did not deter or intimidate Palm Beach Lakes High School valedictorian Seanna Chanel Clark from pursuing her dreams of having a career in this field because she has a strong mother who supports her goals completely, she said. Clark aspires to be a forensic scientist and said her mother, Joy Clark, encouraged her. &ldquo...
Schools end year with musicals, concerts, talent shows

Schools end year with musicals, concerts, talent shows

ALEXANDER W. DREYFOOS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS Matthew S. Nadel was among the recipients of a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. Kathryn Stenberg has been named a 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar. BENOIST FARMS ELEMENTARY The annual Talent Show begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, featuring the Benoist Farms Rock Band, Concert Band, Guitar Group, recorder players, and other singers and dancers. Admission is free. The...
Nina Haven Scholarships presented to Martin County seniors

Nina Haven Scholarships presented to Martin County seniors

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS SUNCOAST HIGH National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners include Meher Kalkat, Jacqueline Chen and Justin J. Hancock. WATSON B. DUNCAN MIDDLE The Literary and Fine Arts Academy Band will present the spring musical, “Xanadu,” at 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5. The school is at 5150 117th Court North, Palm Beach Gardens. The Spring Band Concert...
SouthTech hosts inaugural Boynton Beach Short Film Festival

SouthTech hosts inaugural Boynton Beach Short Film Festival

BOCA RATON HIGH Yuri Utsumi was named a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winner. EAGLES LANDING MIDDLE The Chorus Concert starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday on the campus of Olympic Heights High, 20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton. CALUSA ELEMENTARY “Shrek: The Musical, Jr.” will be performed by third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at 6 p.m. May 25 and 27. The school is at 2051 Clint Moore Road, Boca Raton...
Editorial: Terrible budget for public education deserves Scott veto

Editorial: Terrible budget for public education deserves Scott veto

Gov. Rick Scott is signaling that he may veto all or part of the recently passed state budget and an accompanying bill that spell big trouble for Florida’s public schools. On Monday, he said words that ought to cheer the thousands of educators and parents who have flooded his office with emails, petitions and phone calls, begging him to torpedo a budget and accompanying bill that add a skimpy...
Lawsuit filed against Jupiter police chief for not paying HOA fees

Lawsuit filed against Jupiter police chief for not paying HOA fees

Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow owes about $1,600 in homeowner association fees, according to a lawsuit filed against him in Palm Beach County Circuit Court. The homeowner’s association could foreclose on its claim of lien on the house if the foreclosure complaint is not settled. Kitzerow’s house then could be sold by Palm Beach County for the homeowner’s association to recover...
U.S.: Pell grants for low-income students OK for summer classes

U.S.: Pell grants for low-income students OK for summer classes

Despite broader political turmoil in Washington, D.C., and Tallahassee, federal and state lawmakers have agreed to dramatically increase financial aid to the neediest college and university students. On May 4, the U.S. Senate approved a series of budget bills that will fund the federal government through Sept. 30, including the extension of Pell grants to cover summer classes for the first time since...

POINT OF VIEW: Public ‘schools of hope’ could be anything but

Misguided goals have been driving education policy in Tallahassee. Chief among these is the ill-advised rush to the effective privatization of our public schools via charter schools. Having taught in public schools for eight years (middle and high school English), I’ve seen first-hand the dedication, professionalism and struggle of our public schools. I’ve experienced overcrowded classrooms...
Christie commentary: Don’t let Bak theft put a chill on volunteering

Christie commentary: Don’t let Bak theft put a chill on volunteering

As a father of three kids who went through Palm Beach County Schools — elementary to high school — I did a good bit of volunteering. Along with many other parents, I participated in Parent-Teacher Organizations, School Advisory Councils and myriad fundraisers over the years. It was gratifying work. That’s why I still do it despite the girls having long graduated. It’s why I&rsquo...
Cerabino: Dear graduates, I can’t ( thank you / remember ) enough for this speech

Cerabino: Dear graduates, I can’t ( thank you / remember ) enough for this speech

Dear High School Graduates: I am ( thrilled / perplexed ) that you asked me here to speak to you on this noteworthy day in your lives. It’s a real ( honor / indication ) that your first choice ( was me / didn’t show up.) Because of this, I have ( carefully / hurriedly ) crafted my remarks into a message I hope you will find ( thought-provoking / brief ) and ( ...
EXCLUSIVE: FAU, Glades are county’s big winners if Scott signs budget

EXCLUSIVE: FAU, Glades are county’s big winners if Scott signs budget

Florida Atlantic University and the Glades are poised to be big winners in Palm Beach County if Gov. Rick Scott signs the state budget legislators have cobbled together. The university’s Honors College could get $1 million for an expansion project. Another $14.5 million could be directed to the university for a new STEM/life sciences building on the Abacoa campus in Jupiter, the replacement...
POST INVESTIGATION: Eagle Arts charter in chaos: Are kids being educated?

POST INVESTIGATION: Eagle Arts charter in chaos: Are kids being educated?

Like hundreds of families before them, Jill Sheffield and her mother walked the halls of Eagle Arts Academy last summer with growing excitement. Touring the sprawling campus, the shy 11-year-old and her mother followed the school’s director across the dance studio’s shiny wood floors, through the guitar-filled music room, and into the gleaming computer lab, listening as he explained...
Teacher Corey Perry and child porn: Victims found at his middle school

Teacher Corey Perry and child porn: Victims found at his middle school

By the FBI’s estimation, middle school science teacher Corey Perry had been involved in child pornography for at least three years, insinuating himself into the lives of teenage boys, including those who passed through the halls of Howell L. Watkins Middle, where he’d been teaching since 2010. Though Perry, 33, short-circuited the investigation by first fleeing authorities and then shooting...
Slime science: Why slime is like leftover pasta

Slime science: Why slime is like leftover pasta

Is slime a fading fad? Maybe. (Those fidget spinners look a lot less messy.) But the one thing slime has over spinners and bottle flipping, and whatever other fad you can thing of is its potential for a lesson in applied science.
BREAKING: Swastikas, racial slurs painted on walls at Santaluces High

BREAKING: Swastikas, racial slurs painted on walls at Santaluces High

Swatiskas and racial slurs were found painted on the walls of Santaluces High School early Wednesday, the second incident involving racially offensive graffiti at a southern Palm Beach County high school in a week. Tameka Robinson, the school’s principal, called parents Wednesday morning to inform them about the incident. School officials are working with school police to review surveillance...
2017 GRADUATION DATES AND TIMES

2017 GRADUATION DATES AND TIMES

Note: Unless otherwise stated, ceremonies will be held at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach Wednesday Indian Ridge School, 2 p.m., at Indian Ridge School Thursday Royal Palm School, 1 p.m., at Royal Palm School Monday Palm Beach Virtual School, 5 p.m., at Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts Tuesday Village Academy, 6 p.m., at Plumosa School of the Arts Wednesday...
Sons and Daughters of Italy present scholarships to local seniors

Sons and Daughters of Italy present scholarships to local seniors

JUPITER HIGH Allensandro D’ Innocenzo is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the state organization of Sons and Daughters of Italy in America. PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY The annual talent show takes place at 6:30 p.m. May 10 in the cafeteria, featuring everything from comedy to classical piano. The school band also will entertain. MARSH POINTE ELEMENTARY A Spring Band Concert featuring...
Oxbridge Academy students sign Kindness Pledge

Oxbridge Academy students sign Kindness Pledge

PALM BEACH CENTRAL HIGH The annual Cappies Awards Gala, celebrating outstanding achievement in high school theater, begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Nominated for “Shrek” were: Supporting Actor in a Musical, Stephen Coley; Male Dancer, Ben Shaevitz; Featured Actress in a Musical, Chava Hadar; Props, Lindsay Nichols; and Hair...
Saint Joseph’s School students hold Business Day

Saint Joseph’s School students hold Business Day

WATERS EDGE ELEMENTARY Fourth- and fifth-graders will present Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” at 4 and 6:45 p.m. Thursday. The school is at 21601 Shorewind Drive, Boca Raton. OLYMPIC HEIGHTS HIGH The End of Year Band Concert begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at the school, 20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton. Admission is $5 for students, $10 for adults. DEL PRADO ELEMENTARY Fifth-grade students will perform...
Volunteer of the year has always been involved with her kids’ schools

Volunteer of the year has always been involved with her kids’ schools

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Jacynth “J.B.” Brown-Woodside, 54 For nearly a decade, Jacynth “J.B.” Brown-Woodside has been volunteering in the schools her kids attend because she wanted to get involved. She continues to volunteer even though her youngest child recently graduated from high school. For her commitment to education and nurturing youth, Brown-Woodside was named the Palm...
True to their school

True to their school

Lots of people stay true to their school. Some people stay so true, they put their money where their heart is. That’s what former Lake Worth High School Principal David Cantley and a few devoted alums did, way back in 1999 when they decided to form a scholarship fund for Lake Worth students, Dollars for Scholars. Tonight, this dedicated group of Lake Worth High School supporters will hit a milestone...
From immigrant to valedictorian in seven short years

From immigrant to valedictorian in seven short years

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Kristina Lemajic, 17 When Kristina Lemajic first arrived in the United States from Serbia, she was 10 years old and didn’t know a bit of English. She remembers struggling in school, while other kids her age were enjoying the lessons and being with their friends. Today, seven years later, Lemajic has not only mastered the English language, but she’s also conquered the...
Scott berates budget as ‘backroom deal,’ says he could veto whole thing

Scott berates budget as ‘backroom deal,’ says he could veto whole thing

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, whose priorities were largely ignored by the Florida Legislature in passing an $83 billion budget Monday night, accused lawmakers on Tuesday of acting “largely behind closed doors” and mentioned the possibility he’ll veto the entire spending blueprint. Florida governors regularly exercise line-item veto authority, but a governor hasn’t vetoed an entire...

POINT OF VIEW Boynton Beach needs a safe place for abused teens

There is a problem here in Boynton Beach. We have places for women to go for domestic abuse, but there is no safe place for teenagers. The teachers know firsthand of the problem, and it is monumental with no easy fix. I recently learned about the problem and how bad it is. There is a solution, but it will take a lot of planning. I believe the funding will be there, however. We can handle that with...
PB County teachers union won’t certify election results; recount looms

PB County teachers union won’t certify election results; recount looms

Palm Beach County’s teachers union declined Monday to certify the results of its presidential election after the losing candidate called for a recount. Results tallied Saturday showed that Park Vista High teacher Justin Katz narrowly edged out Pahokee Jr./Sr. High teacher Gordan Longhofer by 28 votes out of 1,356 cast, a 2 percent margin of victory. But Kathi Gundlach, president of the county&rsquo...
Boca teacher accused of kissing student to face trial next week

Boca teacher accused of kissing student to face trial next week

Accusations that prosecutors failed to turn over crucial evidence marked what could be one of the last hearings before the start of a trial next week for a Boca Raton charter school teacher allegedly caught on camera kissing a male student. An attorney for Brian Kornbluth told Palm Beach County Judge Marni Bryson in a hearing Monday that she never received a Department of Children and Families report...
Florida lawmakers finally finish budget, set vote for Monday

Florida lawmakers finally finish budget, set vote for Monday

Florida legislative leaders put the finishing touches Friday on a package of budget-related bills, as the new spending plan weighing in at roughly $83 billion was released to lawmakers and the public. The network of interlocking deals came too late to allow the legislative session to end as scheduled on Friday. Because of a 72-hour “cooling off” period required by the state Constitution...
Lottery warnings, school voucher hikes among bills heading to governor

Lottery warnings, school voucher hikes among bills heading to governor

Among the bills heading to Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Friday, the last day of the 2017 session’s regular schedule: Lottery warnings: Lottery players in Florida would get warnings about the addictive nature of lotto, scratch-off and other games starting next year. Lawmakers reached agreement on the proposal (HB 937) Friday, after the House accepted a Senate change that did away with a provision...

College foundations hit hard by higher-ed bill tied to Florida budget

University and state college foundations would be prohibited from using public funds to pay for their employees beginning in 2022 and would face more disclosure requirements under an agreement reached Friday by legislative leaders. The foundation language is part of a broader higher-education bill (SB 374) linked to a nearly $83 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. The bill includes...
State workers’ pay raise among pieces worked out in $83 billion budget

State workers’ pay raise among pieces worked out in $83 billion budget

Behind schedule late Thursday night, House and Senate negotiators agreed to an $83 billion spending plan for the year that begins July 1, setting up a delayed end to the legislative session. The agreement provides for a modest increase in the main state formula for funding public education, cuts payments to hospitals by more than $500 million and provides a raise to state employees for the first time...
Look for Eta Aquarids meteor shower this weekend

Look for Eta Aquarids meteor shower this weekend

Earth’s path is crossing the ancient trail of one of man’s most recognized comets, colliding with specks of its cosmic dust that fall like fireflies through our darkened skies. The Eta Aquarids light show, a product of Halley’s comet, can be seen through mid-May but peaks this weekend when, in pristine conditions, as many as 30 meteors per hour can be seen hurtling through the Earth&rsquo...
Avossa: State’s budget means schools may struggle to keep the lights on

Avossa: State’s budget means schools may struggle to keep the lights on

The Palm Beach County School District will struggle to pay out a 1.3 percent raise to employees and still cover the hike in its power bill and pension responsibilities with the meager per student increase state lawmakers seem poised to deliver as their session speeds to a close, Superintendent Robert Avossa said Thursday. And this district is one of the lucky ones — more than 20 of Florida&rsquo...
Scott says vetoing budget an option, but one unused since Chiles in ‘92

Scott says vetoing budget an option, but one unused since Chiles in ‘92

An incensed Gov. Rick Scott this week raised the specter of vetoing the state budget, but history shows Florida governors rarely exercise their executive power to red-line the entire spending plan. Angry about the Legislature refusing to go along with his funding requests for tourism marketing, business incentives and Lake Okeechobee dike repairs, Scott said vetoing the new $83 billion budget, which...
NEW: Former Gardens High athletic director to resign following arrest

NEW: Former Gardens High athletic director to resign following arrest

The former athletic director at Palm Beach Gardens High School will resign following his arrest this week on a video voyeurism charge, the Palm Beach County School District said Thursday. Bill Weed’s resignation is effective June 5, when his contract with the school district expires. He has been with the district for 22 years and has worked since 2006 at Gardens High as a teacher, cross country...
UPDATE: Alleged arsonist faces new charge of attacking school employee

UPDATE: Alleged arsonist faces new charge of attacking school employee

A suburban West Palm Beach man accused of setting his apartment on fire last week was back in court Wednesday, this time to face a new allegation — that he had attacked a charter school employee two days before the blaze. Authorities filed additional charges against Tam Cong Bui, 43, who has been in custody since his arrest Friday on one count of first-degree arson. Bui now stands accused of...
May The 4th: What ‘Star Wars’ hero went to Santaluces High?

May The 4th: What ‘Star Wars’ hero went to Santaluces High?

Editor’s Note: Today is May The 4th Be With You Day. Did you know that ‘Star Wars’ star Oscar Isaac spent his high school years in Palm Beach County? Here’s the story, adapted from one published originally in the Palm Beach Post in May 2016. RELATED: THIS LOCAL COUPLE GOT ENGAGED IN FRONT OF LUKE SKYWALKER! It happened to Lou Lifson when he was watching a &ldquo...

Lawmakers steer $500 million to schools for construction

Florida lawmakers on Wednesday approved a $500 million list of school construction and maintenance projects, including $207 million for state universities and $115 million for state colleges. The Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) program, which is part of the $83 billion budget agreement, is smaller than this year’s $625 million education construction program and does not use any bonding...
Could gambling deal failure lead to slots at Palm Beach Kennel Club?

Could gambling deal failure lead to slots at Palm Beach Kennel Club?

Thousands of gray-market slot machines could pop up in sports bars and strip malls, full-scale slot machines might launch in at least eight counties and several new cardrooms could open in South Florida, thanks to lawmakers’ failure to pass gambling legislation this session. The potential for a massive expansion of gambling could be the result of recent court decisions, as well as a looming...
Florida Legislature has budget on track for Monday approval

Florida Legislature has budget on track for Monday approval

Florida lawmakers closed in on an elusive budget deal Wednesday, even as Gov. Rick Scott ramped up criticism of the spending plan as he toured the state. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, and Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, announced Wednesday morning that the two chambers have agreed in principle on how to spend nearly $83 billion in the year that begins July 1. RELATED...
No roadblocks so far to closing Boynton area middle school

No roadblocks so far to closing Boynton area middle school

A proposal to close Odyssey Middle in Boynton Beach after years of failing to fill its halls earned a preliminary nod from the Palm Beach County School Board at a non-voting workshop Wednesday. But many hurdles from budgeting to boundary drawing will have to be cleared before the students can be moved and the keys to the campus are handed to South Tech Academy and Prep charter schools by the fall...
‘Finally,’ Scott declares opioid epidemic a public health emergency

‘Finally,’ Scott declares opioid epidemic a public health emergency

Responding to months of public outcry, Gov. Rick Scott declared a public health emergency Wednesday in the fight against the opioid epidemic, a sea change in what had been a hands-off approach by state officials to a crisis that has killed thousands. “Finally,” said Palm Beach County Vice Mayor Melissa McKinlay, who in February sent the first of nearly a dozen local requests for an emergency...
Saint Andrew’s School seniors celebrate College T-Shirt Day

Saint Andrew’s School seniors celebrate College T-Shirt Day

ST. VINCENT FERRER CATHOLIC SCHOOL Seventh-grade students Riley Donelan and Jamee Roegiers are among students honored by the Duke University Talent Identification Program for their exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT. The program identifies students across the country who have scored at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test. BRIEFLY The George Snow Scholarship Fund is accepting...
Olympic Heights top grad wants to spread electricity around the globe

Olympic Heights top grad wants to spread electricity around the globe

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: David Portner, 17 As a member of his school’s Model United Nation’s Club, David Portner realized that many people around the world live without electricity. That’s when he got the idea to make providing reliable energy across the globe one of his life’s missions. “My main career goal is to help develop and design nuclear power plants,” said the...
Bak Middle students to stage ‘Into the Woods’ Friday, Saturday

Bak Middle students to stage ‘Into the Woods’ Friday, Saturday

SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH The English for Speakers of Other Languages Department will hold a parent meeting and ice cream social at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Among the topics to be discussed is summer school. The National Honor Society elected officers for the upcoming school year: Riley Bresnahan, president; Kerven Cassion, vice president; Shane Laurent, secretary; Georgia Williams, treasurer; Bethany Seltzer...

Pinnacle Kids grants wishes of Jupiter Elementary teacher

JUPITER ELEMENTARY Pinnacle Kids recently fulfilled the wish list of teacher Phyllis Svane, who asked for portable CD players, headphones and CDs. She requested the items to help not only her students who are struggling with learning English, but also their families. She uses the CDs for class lessons, but also encourages students to take them home and practice with their families. For more information...
Kravis Center Broadway Reach program enchants local students

Kravis Center Broadway Reach program enchants local students

There’s a special magic each time the curtain goes up at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. And the enchantment is even more special for 100 local students. As part of the center’s annual Broadway Reach arts education program, they not only get to see a live performance of a Broadway national touring production, but get a behind-the-scenes in-depth look at nearly every aspect of...
Florida Legislature fails to get budget on time, must extend session

Florida Legislature fails to get budget on time, must extend session

The Republican-dominated Legislature will need extra time to finish work on the state budget for the second time in three years, as lawmakers ended Tuesday with no agreement on an $83 billion spending plan for the year beginning July 1. Negotiations between House Speaker Richard Corcoran, Senate President Joe Negron and their budget chiefs failed to work out a final deal that would allow the annual...
Editorial: Give Legislature an ‘A’ for boosting Florida’s universities

Editorial: Give Legislature an ‘A’ for boosting Florida’s universities

The Legislature has done a great thing for Florida’s future by endorsing the package of reforms for higher education advanced by Senate President Joe Negron. Even before the session began, the Republican from Stuart said that he wanted to catapult Florida’s universities into the upper tier of America’s public institutions — to join the likes of North Carolina, Virginia and...
Dwindling student body could see Odyssey Middle School close

Dwindling student body could see Odyssey Middle School close

Unable to fill even half of its nearly 1,500 seats, a Boynton Beach area middle school could become the first traditional public school in the county to close in more than 25 years if the School Board moves forward with recommendations to be presented in a workshop today. Odyssey Middle School, which sits on Woolbright Road west of Military Trail, would lose what’s left of its student...
Police say this woman stole $66,000 from Bak Middle School and got away with it

Police say this woman stole $66,000 from Bak Middle School and got away with it

Parents line up outside Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. The treasurer of Bak Middle School of the Arts stole $66,000 from the school over three years, a police investigation concludes, removing the money bit by bit from more than 100 deposits placed in the school’s safe between 2012 and 2015.
Chamber leaders take over budget talks; all behind closed doors so far

Chamber leaders take over budget talks; all behind closed doors so far

Negotiations over a roughly $83 billion budget continued behind the scenes Monday, as other parts of the complicated maneuvering to successfully end the 2017 legislative session began to lock into place. By early Monday evening, there had been no public meetings on the budget negotiations, now being led by the top Republicans in the House and the Senate, despite assurances than any final deal would...
County scrambling to deal with expanded homestead exemption plan

County scrambling to deal with expanded homestead exemption plan

The Florida Senate passed a measure Monday that could allow voters to expand the homestead exemption in 2018, frightening Palm Beach County officials, who say the move would cost them millions of dollars in property tax revenue. In anticipation of the Senate’s passage of the joint resolution — the House of Representatives approved its version last week — Palm Beach County Commissioner...
Florida Senate committee OKs slimmed-down tax cut package

Florida Senate committee OKs slimmed-down tax cut package

A proposed property-tax break that would go before voters next year and a slimmed-down tax cut package, both tied to ongoing budget negotiations got a key approval Monday in the Republican-dominated Senate. The Senate approved a proposed constitutional amendment (HJR 7105) that, if passed by voters, would increase the non-school homestead exemption by $25,000 and potentially save homeowners hundreds...
Florida state workers to see pay raise, pension changes

Florida state workers to see pay raise, pension changes

State workers will be in line for pay raises, although the plan is coupled with major changes in the state pension fund and employee health insurance, under a bill approved Monday by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The legislation (SB 7030) represents a compromise between the Senate, which supported a pay increase, and the House, which has been pushing for state pension changes for the last half-dozen...
BREAKING: Former Gardens High AD arrested on video voyeurism charge

BREAKING: Former Gardens High AD arrested on video voyeurism charge

The former athletic director at Palm Beach Gardens High School was arrested Monday on a charge of video voyeurism, after a year of reportedly watching a child in their bedroom through a camera hidden inside a digital clock. Weed gave the clock to the child as an unsolicited gift. The child learned about the hidden camera after an incident in February in which the clock started to emit static, similar...
BREAKING NEWS: Vehicle catches fire in middle school’s car loop

BREAKING NEWS: Vehicle catches fire in middle school’s car loop

A vehicle caught fire Monday morning in the Palm Springs Middle School car loop, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue authorities said. https://twitter.com/PBCFR/status/859011247907500032 Fire crews put out the blaze by 7:50 a.m. It is unclear whether anyone was injured in the fire.
Christie commentary: The lost art of balancing a checkbook

Christie commentary: The lost art of balancing a checkbook

You know, sometimes I think the Florida Legislature is just one big tease. For years now, they’ve played with my emotions when it comes requiring a financial literacy course for the state’s public high school students. Time and again, I’ve written, begged and pleaded for one measly half-credit class. Why? Because there’s not a responsible parent out there who doesn’t...

POINT OF VIEW Teachers benefit from professional coaching

Laura Tomas doesn’t look like a stereotypical coach. She doesn’t pace the sideline during basketball games or wear a whistle on a lanyard around her neck. But Tomas, a veteran teacher at Orchard View Elementary in Delray Beach, is a coach just the same – an academic coach trained to support other teachers and up their game. The idea is simple: If pro athletes like basketball star...
Property tax debate teed up in Florida Senate

Property tax debate teed up in Florida Senate

State lawmakers moved closer Friday to letting voters decide if middle-class homeowners should receive a bigger property-tax break. But Senate Democrats may still be able to block a proposed constitutional amendment, which is drawing opposition from local governments worried about maintaining services. The proposal, which likely will be up for a vote Monday, is a priority of House Speaker Richard...
13 Reasons Why: School superintendent warns parents of danger

13 Reasons Why: School superintendent warns parents of danger

In one of the nation’s largest school districts, the superintendent is warning parents of a “dangerous trend” among students after they watched the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why.”  The series, released March 31 on Netflix, tells the fictional story of the suicide of a 17-year-old girl who leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she said were partially responsible...
Scott pushes for priorities, absent veto threat

Scott pushes for priorities, absent veto threat

Back from a trade mission to Argentina that took place while legislative leaders hammered out details of the budget in private, Gov. Rick Scott continued a push for his top priorities —- the state’s tourism marketing agency, incentives for businesses and Lake Okeechobee dike repairs. Scott’s office announced in his absence that a cut to Visit Florida spending would negatively impact...
Democrats have votes in Senate to block homestead exemption increase

Democrats have votes in Senate to block homestead exemption increase

As a sign of their “increasing weight” in the legislative process, Senate Democrats have enough votes to block a key priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who wants to increase the property tax exemption for homeowners. The House this week voted 84-30 for a proposed constitutional amendment (HJR 7107) that would increase the homestead exemption by $25,000. But the measure is strongly...
VIDEO: Dad back from Kuwait surprises daughter at Royal Palm school

VIDEO: Dad back from Kuwait surprises daughter at Royal Palm school

Aliana Duce thought her father was coming home from a nine-month Army deployment in Kuwait on Saturday, so she and her Cypress Trail Elementary classmates were practicing songs to sing for him when he got home. That day came a little earlier than expected when Spc. Johnnie Duce walked into the cafeteria to surprise his 5-year-old daughter Thursday morning. “When I saw my daddy I wanted to hug...
Florida budget details still not out in public

Florida budget details still not out in public

House and Senate leaders continued negotiating the state budget behind closed doors Wednesday, more than 24 hours after saying they had an early agreement on the overall size of the spending plan. Generally, a deal on the broad contours of the budget - known as “allocations” - would lead in short order to meetings by joint House-Senate committees to hammer out details of state spending...
‘Seussical The Musical’ on stage at Boca Raton Middle School

‘Seussical The Musical’ on stage at Boca Raton Middle School

BOCA RATON MIDDLE The Drama Department will stage “Seussical The Musical” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with a 2 p.m. show on Saturday. Tickets are $5. The school is at 1251 N.W. Eighth St., Boca Raton. BRIEFLY The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing has received a $100,000 grant from Disney to bring the Disney Musicals in Schools program to Palm Beach County during the 2017-18...
Palm Beach Central valedictorian has eyes on defense industry

Palm Beach Central valedictorian has eyes on defense industry

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Tarang Patel, 18 For Tarang Patel, it’s the experiences outside of school that have helped him succeed so well in school. Patel, the valedictorian at Palm Beach Central High in Wellington, thanks his family for the opportunity to travel the globe. From riding elephants in Jim Corbett National Park in India to traveling the Champs d’Elysee in France to Switzerland (his...
Set sail for Pirate Bingo, auction, book fair at Allamanda Elementary

Set sail for Pirate Bingo, auction, book fair at Allamanda Elementary

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS WATSON B. DUNCAN MIDDLE The Spring Arts Festival takes place 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the courtyard and cafeteria of the school, 5150 117th Court North, Palm Beach Gardens. ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Lilly Day is May 4. Ten percent of the sales from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Lilly Pulitzer store in The Gardens Mall will be donated to the school to benefit the Health and Wellness Program...
Education Place students prepare for commencement ceremony

Education Place students prepare for commencement ceremony

BAK MIDDLE SCHOOL OF THE ARTS The Theatre Department presents “Into the Woods” at 7 p.m. May 5 and 2 p.m. May 6. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students. Purchase online at www.seatyourself.biz/bak or at the door. The school is at 1725 Echo Lake Drive, West Palm Beach. PALM BEACH MARITIME ACADEMY Kindergarten Round-Up for registered students will be at 6 p.m. Thursday. CARDINAL NEWMAN...
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