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Florida Highwaymen art show coming to Lake Worth

Florida Highwaymen art show coming to Lake Worth

Art Link International is scheduled to open a big show of Florida Highway paintings July 28 at the Palm Beach Art, Antique & Design Center. The show is curated by Art Link International’s Howard Brassner, a Florida Highway expert. The show will feature more than 150 paintings by the Highwaymen, a group of 26 self-taught black artists from the 1950s to the 1980s who depicted the Florida landscape...
Lake Worth amends chronic nuisance code to help fight overdose problem

Lake Worth amends chronic nuisance code to help fight overdose problem

The opioid crisis is sweeping the nation as heroin overdoses happen way more than anyone could have imagined. Tuesday’s city commission vote on amending Lake Worth’s chronic nuisance property code to include drug overdosing and code enforcement violations as chronic nuisances was unanimous on first reading. “It can be a bit controversial, but it’s the right thing to do,&rdquo...
Police: Palm Springs man raped prostitute after Craigslist ad meetup

Police: Palm Springs man raped prostitute after Craigslist ad meetup

A Palm Springs man is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail without bond after he allegedly raped a prostitute, according to an arrest report. Pierre Myjo Celestin, 30, is facing charges of sexual assault and kidnapping during a commission of a felony. The 25-year-old woman told Palm Springs police she was raped inside a home at the Portofino Apartments at 2787 10th Ave. North on...
How to improve West Palm’s municipal golf course? Ideas, but no answers

How to improve West Palm’s municipal golf course? Ideas, but no answers

And the winner is…? Nobody. City commissioners Tuesday heard 90 minutes of presentations by three firms that would rework West Palm’s venerable but downtrodden municipal golf course. When the panel voted which one to select for negotiations, two tied for first. The board members then decided they weren’t impressed with any of the proposals, though. The outcome: The city will talk...
New 59 single-family home community coming to Lake Worth

New 59 single-family home community coming to Lake Worth

The 12-acre site on 19th Avenue North in Lake Worth has been vacant for years, a giant dumping ground no one enjoys. But that’s about to change as Meritage Homes plans to build a 59 single-home family subdivision, with units expected to cost from the low-to-mid $300,000s to $400,000. “It’s exciting to have a single family home project east of I-95,” Mark Rickards, a land planner...
PBSO: In Lake Worth, more heroin demand leads to more gang activity

PBSO: In Lake Worth, more heroin demand leads to more gang activity

Years ago, when there were gang issues in Palm Beach County, members wore colors or had tattoos. You don’t see that as much anymore. “They learned that’s a good way to get into an investigation if you’re pledging an allegiance or are openly claiming to be a gang member,” Todd Baer, a captain with The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, told The Palm Beach Post....
NEW: Lake Worth man accused of sexually assaulting 14-year-old girl

NEW: Lake Worth man accused of sexually assaulting 14-year-old girl

A 26-year-old man is facing charges that he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl, according to an arrest report. David Sales Gomez, who is from Lake Worth but is listed in court records as homeless, is facing three counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim between 12 and 16 years old. He was being held at the Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday morning in lieu of $60,000 bail. See who&rsquo...
Huge Transit Village project on hold; developer frustrated with city

Huge Transit Village project on hold; developer frustrated with city

Fifteen years coming down the tracks, the West Palm Beach Tri-Rail station project promised bells and whistles that city, county and regional officials said they wanted. Developer Michael Masanoff’s Transit Village would bring sorely needed offices downtown, hotel rooms and hundreds of residences, some with rents low enough that working class people such as teachers and city workers could afford...
$25,000 reward — who’s behind calls labeling downtown developer racist?

$25,000 reward — who’s behind calls labeling downtown developer racist?

The messages started piling up at 6:38 p.m. on July 11 and kept coming in, past 9:30 p.m. Don’t let Charles Cohen develop the downtown West Palm Beach tent site, the callers said, 14 of them. “He discriminates against African Americans,” they said in identical or almost identical words. It was an unprecedented campaign against a West Palm developer. And in an unprecedented counter...
Roosevelt HS ‘61 grad who became noted Harvard professor dies

Roosevelt HS ‘61 grad who became noted Harvard professor dies

Samuel Allen Counter, Jr., a 1961 graduate of the all-black Roosevelt High School in West Palm Beach who went on to become a powerful force for racial equality, a neurology professor at Harvard and a well-known neurophysiologist, died on July 12. Even in high school, Counter was making strides toward racial equality. His first protest was with eight other boys who participated in a “wade-in&rdquo...
Woman finally sentenced for 1997 murder of 5-year-old boy in West Palm

Woman finally sentenced for 1997 murder of 5-year-old boy in West Palm

Twenty years after the body of 5-year-old Michael Malcolm Jr. was found behind a trash bin at a West Palm Beach apartment complex, a woman who was 15 when the boy disappeared has pleaded guilty to his murder. Karla Sevilla, who joined a search at Caribbean Villas when the kindergartner vanished in 1997, pleaded guilty last week to a charge of second-degree murder. During a brief hearing, Palm Beach...
Transit Village deal fails to win West Palm support

Transit Village deal fails to win West Palm support

Artist’s rendering of the proposed Transit Village development, at the corner of Tamarind Avenue and Banyan Boulevard. An office/apartment/hotel project linking Tri-Rail, bus, trolley and car commuters while promising 4,000 jobs, educational programs, local business incentives and home ownership help to abutting poor neighborhoods crashed and burned Monday, with city...
Company asking for $800,000 in move from Gardens to West Palm

Company asking for $800,000 in move from Gardens to West Palm

An aerospace engineering company is getting cash — when it creates jobs — to move from one city in Palm Beach County to another. Belcan, up for $800,000 in state, county and city incentives to expand into West Palm Beach would be shifting south from Palm Beach Gardens. The global corporation with offices off Burns Road in Palm Beach Gardens is seeking the incentives to move over 450 employees...
Is gang activity bad in Lake Worth? PBSO captain to present numbers

Is gang activity bad in Lake Worth? PBSO captain to present numbers

Last month, Todd Baer, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s captain, emailed Lake Worth officials the results of the sheriff’s office’s recent gang unit task force operation . Called Perfect Storm, the operation targeted some of the city’s worst areas — 9th Avenue South, South G Street area, Washington Avenue area, 15th Avenue South...
Lake Worth to vote on bike safety ordinance

Lake Worth to vote on bike safety ordinance

Lake Worth plans to remove outdated bicycle regulations and provide laws to get rid of abandoned bikes. Lake Worth Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting are scheduled to vote on an amended ordinance that will allow Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies to ensure bike riders are operating their bicycles safely. The ordinance will allow any abandoned bicycles to be removed after 48 hours...
Town homes, bike paths could be next for West Palm Golf Course

Town homes, bike paths could be next for West Palm Golf Course

Time for another round of figuring out the future of West Palm Beach’s beloved golf course, a 70-year-old feature of the south end with potential to live up to its heyday while adding such suggested features as town homes, bike paths and a kayak launch area. The city’s Golf Commission has a July 18 meeting at City Hall to hear three 30-minute presentations from firms that propose to lease...
Brownie McLean: 100 years of fabulous for Palm Beach icon

Brownie McLean: 100 years of fabulous for Palm Beach icon

Even at 100, the queen bee of Palm Beach continues buzzing. “I’m still out every night,” said Brownie McLean on the phone a week before she reached the centenary mark. “”You have to keep moving. You don’t dare slow down.” Not that McLean has ever spent time in the slow lane. Her life reads like an improbable 1950s Hollywood plot: charming orphaned...
For National Ice Cream Day: Readers pick 3 best local ice cream spots

For National Ice Cream Day: Readers pick 3 best local ice cream spots

Jessica and Mimi doing their best ice cream scooping at Sloan’s in CityPlace. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post) Sunday, July 16 is National Ice Cream Day. To celebrate, we recall the results from our Readers’ Choice poll for the best ice cream in town. Original story posted in 2016: A few weeks ago we announced the winner of our latest Readers’ Choice Award. For...
BEFORE AND AFTER: Dilapidated Lake Worth home gets a 2-year makeover

BEFORE AND AFTER: Dilapidated Lake Worth home gets a 2-year makeover

A little more than two years ago, Anne Fairfax, a Palm Beach architect firm owner, spent $20,000 to buy the one-bedroom home on 226 South L Street . “I believe in Lake Worth,” said Fairfax, who owns about 10 properties in Lake Worth, Palm Beach and New York. “The people who work for this town are all working really hard to make Lake Worth a vibrant community...
Back-to-school community health fair Aug. 5

Back-to-school community health fair Aug. 5

Dr. Litzrudy Justinvil, Health Fair Committee Chair for T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society, and Dr. Oneka Marriott. The T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society and FoundCare, Inc. will partner to host the 17 th Annual Back-to-School Community Health Fair Aug. 5  at FoundCare Health Center, 2330 S. Congress Ave. The fair is designed to offer free health services and education for the community...
Look out for trains downtown! Signal work in progress

Look out for trains downtown! Signal work in progress

    As Brightline upgrades the signal system for its tracks through downtown this week and next, off-duty officers and safety personnel will be stationed at crossings to ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians, the rail line says. Safety personnel will “flag” or block the grade crossings as the trains pass through. The work is taking place...
Diocese of Palm Beach loses fight to toss priest’s defamation suit

Diocese of Palm Beach loses fight to toss priest’s defamation suit

A Catholic priest will be allowed to sue the Diocese of Palm Beach for defamation after a judge this week rejected the diocese’s claim that the constitutional separation of church and state should prevent the lawsuit from being decided in a secular court. In a four-page order, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Meenu Sasser said Tuesday that the Rev. John Gallagher’s claim that the diocese...
Man serving life wins new trial in 2013 murder at Lake Worth area bar

Man serving life wins new trial in 2013 murder at Lake Worth area bar

A 28-year-old Palm Beach County man, who is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, won a new trial on Wednesday when a Florida appeals court ruled that the judge in his case didn’t take the steps necessary to assure he faced an impartial jury. Demetrius Hopkins, who was convicted in October 2015 for the 2013 fatal shooting of Jean Nesca at Brian Boru’s Irish Pub and Sports...
Bad airbags vs. intoxication debated in trial over Jupiter man’s death

Bad airbags vs. intoxication debated in trial over Jupiter man’s death

It was spring break, and 20-year-old Anthony Llera and his 19-year-old friend Heriberto Perez Mendez spent the night celebrating at a bar on Clematis Street. But en route to a friend’s house in the Villages where they planned to continue the party, Llera lost control of his father’s new Mustang convertible on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard near Interstate 95. It plowed into a tree. Both men...
North Bridge to close this weekend as replacement project nears end

North Bridge to close this weekend as replacement project nears end

As the Flagler Memorial Bridge nears completion, the span will close this Friday at 10 p.m. to switch traffic on the east side of the bridge. It will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday. Eastbound and westbound lanes will be moved from the inside lanes to the outside lanes between Cocoanut Row/Bradley Place and the east end of the bridge. As a result, the traffic configuration at the intersection of Royal Poinciana...
Immobility study? West Palm explores how to ease parking crunch

Immobility study? West Palm explores how to ease parking crunch

(Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)   This, from the office of Mayor Jeri Muoio: As a next step in West Palm Beach’s mobility study, city planners are reaching out to merchants and other downtown groups for their ideas on easing downtown parking problems. According to the Mayor’s Office, city planners recently met to discuss availability and affordability of parking downtown...
This South Florida sandwich made the ‘Best Sandwiches in America’ list

This South Florida sandwich made the ‘Best Sandwiches in America’ list

 Rating sandwiches, subs or any other combination of meaty goodness and rabbit food (veggies) against each other sounds unfair; considering there are so many variations and flavors that make each creation uniquely delicious. However, the editors at Tasting Table have decided to choose the best sandwiches from coast to coast.  This South Florida one made the list. A Cuban favorite...
Scores strip club faces second suit over drunken patron who died

Scores strip club faces second suit over drunken patron who died

For the second time in less than two years, a Palm Springs strip club has been accused of causing the death of a patron who died in an alcohol-fueled traffic accident. A case now winding its way through Palm Beach County Circuit Court claims Scores Palm Beach should have stopped serving Jeremy Standridge before he became inebriated. The 26-year-old mechanic died in a March 2016 single-vehicle crash...
Why is West Palm considering paying $100K to lure two new companies?

Why is West Palm considering paying $100K to lure two new companies?

The city is considering dishing out about $100,000 to entice two unidentified firms to move in, one in aerospace/aviation, the other in life sciences. City commission votes are scheduled for July 17 for “Project Falcon” and “Project Cell,” respectively. Both companies are considering moving to locations in City Commission District 2, which is in the central part of West Palm...
West Palm in code name mode as companies shop the city

West Palm in code name mode as companies shop the city

The city is considering dishing out about $100,000 to attract two unidentified firms, one in aerospace/aviation, the other in life sciences. City commission votes are scheduled for July 17 for “Project Falcon” and “Project Cell,” respectively. According to the commission agenda, Project Falcon is the code name for an aerospace or aviation firm that wants to relocate...
Clean-up costs lower but legal costs mount in battle over State Road 7

Clean-up costs lower but legal costs mount in battle over State Road 7

Ibis Golf and Country Club homeowners won’t be charged the tens of millions feared might be needed to clean contaminants from the sprawling community’s lakes, an official of the Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District said this week. But while the clean-up costs are lower than expected, legal costs mount. Northern’s executive director, O’Neal Bardin Jr., said the South...
Police: Venus Williams legally entered intersection before fatal crash

Police: Venus Williams legally entered intersection before fatal crash

Newly released video of a car crash involving Venus Williams last month shows the tennis star entered the intersection on a green light but stopped to avoid hitting an oncoming car turning left just before her SUV was hit from the side by a third car, according to Palm Beach Gardens police. Based on the new evidence — surveillance video acquired from the Steeplechase gated community —...
Charges dropped against accused strangler; family says state messed up

Charges dropped against accused strangler; family says state messed up

The Broward County State Attorney’s Office dropped its manslaughter charge Friday against Joni Donley, a Riviera Beach man accused of strangling his calculus tutor, after prosecutors failed to secure the testimony of the key witness to the 2012 homicide before he moved back to his home country. According to police reports, Donley and his tutor, David Grant of West Palm Beach, had agreed to meet...
7 hot stops for a daycation in Palm Beach

7 hot stops for a daycation in Palm Beach

Need a daycation? Skip the flight and the long drive. You live in Palm Beach County, my friend. That means you live a quick drive away from Palm Beach Island.... Where the palm trees make anyone with a smartphone an amateur photographer. Where the abundance of Teslas and Rolls Royces and Maseratis make the streets feel like a 24/7 car show. Where one-of-a-kind restaurants and flower-framed courtyards...
‘Oh my god, I took a life.’ So why are charges being dropped?

‘Oh my god, I took a life.’ So why are charges being dropped?

UPDATE: At a hearing in the Broward County Courthouse this morning, the Broward State Attorney’s Office dropped all charges against Joni Donley. After being tracked down, arrested and charged with premeditated murder and left alone in an interview room, Donley was heard saying to himself, aloud: “You killed somebody, Jon. How could you? How could you have done that? Oh, my God. I took...
Downtown West Palm park finds artistic way to discourage skateboarding

Downtown West Palm park finds artistic way to discourage skateboarding

Barely had the dust settled last December on West Palm’s newest corner park than skateboarders discovered its centerpiece: an artistic, curving bench of soft Florida stone. The bench and pathway leading to it, at the corner of Fern Street and South Dixie Highway, were designed to reflect the region’s geologically and ethnically layered history. But from almost the day the park next to...
New West Palm brewery to include 12,000-bottle wine vault, Tuscan food

New West Palm brewery to include 12,000-bottle wine vault, Tuscan food

You could argue that if every Crossfit gym converted into a craft beer brewery, there’d be a lot less pain and a lot more gain in the city, and less weight to lift, if maybe more around the hips. We’ll get to see if that proves true, as West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault, under construction downtown at 332 Evernia St., is scheduled to open Oct. 1. John Pankauski, a West Palm Beach probate...
West Palm news briefs: Cat surgery, parking spaces and homelessness

West Palm news briefs: Cat surgery, parking spaces and homelessness

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, 3100-3200 N. Military Trail, will offer free cat surgeries for the entire month of July, for to domestic cats belonging to residents of Palm Beach County and free roaming cats. Limited space is available and all interested are asked to visit PeggyAdams.org/schedule-an-appointment to complete the online application. ...
PBSO deputies smash window, rescue woman who drove into lake

PBSO deputies smash window, rescue woman who drove into lake

Three Palm Beach County deputies on Saturday smashed out a window of a woman who had driven her car into Lake Osborne and then pulled the woman to safety, the sheriff’s office confirmed this week. At about 3:30 p.m., the sheriff’s office said, deputies went to John Prince Park, west of the city, after a woman called 911 to say she planned either to shoot or drown herself...
Lake Worth man gets jail, probation for offering cash to teens for sex

Lake Worth man gets jail, probation for offering cash to teens for sex

A Lake Worth man was sentenced to a year in jail and five years of probation Friday in a case where he was accused of offering a pair of teens $600 in exchange for sex two years ago. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Charles Burton sentenced Jean Rodnez, 63, after he pleaded guilty to charges of online solicitation of a minor, child exploitation, false report of a crime and two charges of battery on...
Thousands pack West Palm waterfront for fireworks

Thousands pack West Palm waterfront for fireworks

Congrats to West Palm Beach’s events staff for packing the waterfront with happy revelers on the 4th. Here are a few photos of the fireworks display over the Lake Worth Lagoon:
Mrs. Muoio goes to Washington to press for West Palm Beach priorities

Mrs. Muoio goes to Washington to press for West Palm Beach priorities

This may be Independence Day but cities these days are as dependent as ever on Washington, D.C. for money and approvals for local projects. For that reason, Mayor Jeri Muoio traveled to the nation’s capital last week, shaking the money tree and the policy tree. The mayor, along with City Attorney Kimberly Rothenburg, took the city’s issues to U.S. Reps. Alcee Hastings and Lois Frankel...
4th on Flagler: 4 things you need to know

4th on Flagler: 4 things you need to know

Hey, Palm Beach County! This is an Independence Day celebration you can’t miss. Head over to Downtown West Palm Beach and attend the 29th annual “4th on Flagler,” Tuesday, July 4 starting at 5 p.m.  Thousands of people attend this FREE, family-friendly and interactive event every year. This is just one of many 4th of July events happening in Palm Beach County...
Born in 2016, Westlake starting to see first homes built by Minto

Born in 2016, Westlake starting to see first homes built by Minto

It started with a handful of residents and one developer wanting to become Palm Beach County’s newest city. Now, that developer, Minto Communities, has started home construction in that city, Westlake, whose incorporation last year surprised and angered some county officials. Minto has begun building one- and two-story homes in what is expected to be a city of 4,500 homes and 2.1 million square...
$4 pet adoptions today at PBC Animal Care

$4 pet adoptions today at PBC Animal Care

  Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control is offering pet adoptions for $4 dollars today for all animals. Whether you’re looking for a dog or cat, rabbit or guinea pig, your new best friend is available and will be spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, current on vaccinations, and come with a free bag of Science Diet pet food and more. Adoptions hours are from 11 a..m. to 6 p.m...
Free classes in short story writing at downtown library

Free classes in short story writing at downtown library

A free class in “Mastering the Short Story,” starts at 6 p.m. today with Nicole Cassanetti as presenter in the Mandel Public Library. Cassanetti gives participants an in-depth look at the art of short story writing, covering a different aspect each week, from the first idea for a story to getting it published. She will examine elements of good storytelling that...
DDA Director: To boost downtown, city must flex with national trends

DDA Director: To boost downtown, city must flex with national trends

You don’t often hear downtown’s biggest booster stand before the mayor and city commissioners and ask, “What’s wrong with downtown?” But there was Raphael Clemente, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority, with slide No. 1 of his Powerpoint presentation at Tuesday’s mayor-commission work session, asking just that. Some might have wondered if Clemente...
Use of illegal credit card skimmers surging at Florida gas stations

Use of illegal credit card skimmers surging at Florida gas stations

Motorists beware. More credit card skimmers than ever before are being detected at gas stations in Palm Beach County and statewide. The number of skimmers found and removed at Palm Beach County gas stations as of June 23 is 58, more than twice the 22 found for all of 2016, according to data released Friday by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Statewide, 276 skimmers...
Why is it so hard to develop West Palm Beach’s most visible site?

Why is it so hard to develop West Palm Beach’s most visible site?

From the world’s tallest building to a high-end medical campus, a digital animation studio and a financial tower of undulating glass topped with a spire, the site at the confluence of Okeechobee Boulevard and Dixie Highway has stirred developers’ imaginations with concepts ambitious and unusual. But for all the prominence of these 2.4 acres on the gateway to downtown and Palm...
Probation for mom who tried to kill baby during postpartum depression

Probation for mom who tried to kill baby during postpartum depression

A young woman who tried to smother her 1-month-old daughter two years ago during a bout of postpartum depression was sentenced Friday to 10 years of probation. Barbara Hernanez-Resendiz, of Greenacres, pleaded no contest to a charge of aggravated child abuse. Prosecutors said they downgraded the charge from the original attempted murder charge because their own expert acknowledged that Hernandez-Resendiz...
NEW: Massive Lake Worth undercover gang bust nets drugs, money, guns

NEW: Massive Lake Worth undercover gang bust nets drugs, money, guns

Pistoleros. Exit 61. Spanish Cobras. Bloods. Names of exotic drinks? Hardly. All are gangs the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says are directly tied to an increase in shootings and violent crimes in Lake Worth in recent months. RELATED: Lake Worth neighborhood on edge after shooting To deal with the issue, the sheriff’s office’s gang unit started Operation Perfect Storm, a 30-day...
Judge sticks with life sentence in ‘one of worst cases’ he ever saw

Judge sticks with life sentence in ‘one of worst cases’ he ever saw

Three decades after Robert Hansen was set ablaze in a botched robbery of a pawn shop where he worked part-time, his family on Thursday finally heard the words they hope will put the case to rest. Noting that Hansen, 59, asked medics to shoot him when they found him writhing in pain outside 505 Swap Shop in January 1984, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Charles Burton rejected Kevin Nelms’ request...
NTSB: Pilot in fatal 2015 crash had heart disease

NTSB: Pilot in fatal 2015 crash had heart disease

Investigators say they likely will never know what made a small plane crash into a suburban Lake Worth mobile home in October 2015, killing a college student in her bed. But an autopsy revealed pilot Dan Shalloway “had significant heart disease” and “it is possible that he became acutely impaired or incapacitated” as he tried to land at the Lantana airport, the National Transportation...
‘I heard the pistol go off and saw red’

‘I heard the pistol go off and saw red’

In a back row of Woodlawn Cemetery, near a fence and railroad track, two headstones stand. They are notable for the brief lifetimes associated with the names. And the common year of death: 1923. But there are three graves. Whether because they couldn’t afford it, or for some other reason, the family of Robert H. Lincoln Jr., 14, did not install a marker. Or paid for a wooden one that fell to...
Mrs. Muoio goes to Washington

Mrs. Muoio goes to Washington

Mayor Jeri Muoio Mayor Jeri Muoio has been in the nation’s capital this week, shaking the money tree and the policy tree. The mayor, along with City Attorney Kimberly Rothenburg, has taken the city’s issues to U.S. Reps. Alcee Hastings and Lois Frankel, to Sen. Bill Nelson and a member of Sen. Marco Rubio’s staff. She’s met officials of the Justice and Transportation...
Appraiser: Palm Beach County property values up 7.3 percent

Appraiser: Palm Beach County property values up 7.3 percent

The Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office has refined its estimates for how much property values have risen, showing that cities will collectively have less money to work with than previously thought while the county government will have a little bit more. The new figures, released Wednesday, will be used by the county and cities to set their budgets and new property tax rates for...
Regular gas dips below $2 a gallon in Palm Beach County

Regular gas dips below $2 a gallon in Palm Beach County

Just in time for Fourth of July travelers, $1.99 a gallon gasoline is being sold in Palm Beach County. As of Wednesday afternoon, only five stations had reached the price point coveted by consumers, according to reports on GasBuddy.com They were Rocket Fuel, 100 N. Federal Highway in North Palm Beach and four in suburban West Palm Beach — Murphy USA, 1050 N. Military Trail; Raceway, 288 N. Haverhill...
JUST IN: Twitter photo shows fake Trump Time mag cover at Mar-a-Lago

JUST IN: Twitter photo shows fake Trump Time mag cover at Mar-a-Lago

President Donald Trump, who often derides the mainstream media as producing “fake news,” has an actual bit of fake news hanging in the entrance to his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Among a collection of framed awards and magazine covers hung on the estate’s 15th century Portuguese tile is a fake Time magazine cover from March 1, 2009 featuring the then-reality TV star...
NEW: Governor suspends Greenacres councilwoman Lisa Rivera

NEW: Governor suspends Greenacres councilwoman Lisa Rivera

Gov. Rick Scott suspended Greenacres Councilwoman Lisa Rivera late Wednesday. Rivera was arrested Monday on charges of stealing more than $23,000 while she was a treasurer at Boca Raton High School. She is a two-term Greenacres councilwoman. A state statute gives the governor the authority to suspend elected officials charged with crimes. Rivera, 47, did not respond to a request for comment...
Commissioners to talk over waterfront tower plan

Commissioners to talk over waterfront tower plan

Materio smiles after being appointed to the commission Word that the Mayor Jeri Muoio’s staff was moving ahead with a plan that could put an office tower near the waterfront sent city commissioners’ phones ringing this week. Commissioner Paula Ryan said she’d fielded 700 emails on the hot-button issue. The mayor said she also had a folder filled with inquiries...
Who’s running for office in West Palm Beach?

Who’s running for office in West Palm Beach?

Sylvia Moffett It’s that time of year when campaigns grind into gear for the March 18 city commission races. Three of the five commissioners are up for re-election: Sylvia Moffett in District 1 in the North End, Paula Ryan in District 3, which stretches roughly from the El Cid area to the Northwest, and Shanon Materio in District 5, in the South End. Ryan So far only Moffett faces...
Dr. Salomon Melgen may declare indigency in $105 million fraud case

Dr. Salomon Melgen may declare indigency in $105 million fraud case

Wearing a blue prison jumpsuit and a wan smile, Dr. Salomon Melgen on Tuesday bore little resemblance to the wildly successful retinal specialist who befriended politicians and raked in millions while treating roughly a hundred patients a day at clinics in Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties. While Melgen’s appearance has changed since he was convicted in April of 67 charges of health-care fraud...
Look closely: Why are tiny doors popping up all over West Palm Beach?

Look closely: Why are tiny doors popping up all over West Palm Beach?

What’s on the other side of the door? That question has driven hundreds of horror movies, home tours and the longevity of The Price is Right. But if those doors, decorated and artsy, were shrunk down to the size of cell phones and placed discreetly among places where we conduct our everyday lives, then the doors themselves might become enchanting portals to the imagination. At least, that&rsquo...
Lake Worth has big plans for solo-produced Fourth of July

Lake Worth has big plans for solo-produced Fourth of July

For the past few years, Lake Worth has co-produced its annual July 4 event with AOS Live, an outdoor event promotions company that has also organized Reggae Fest and Hallowscream for the city. While AOS handled the entertainment and alcohol tents for the Independence Day event at Bryant Park, the city took care of permitting, the vendors, the kids area and all non-alcoholic beverage sales, according...
How do you want West Palm Beach to spend your money?

How do you want West Palm Beach to spend your money?

Mayor Jeri Muoio and City Commissioners are inviting the public to participate in a series of Community Budget Workshops, as they make decisions about which projects and programs get how much money. The new budget year starts Oct. 1 and the planning process has begun. Time for the public to weigh in. The workshops will be hosted by Mayor Muoio, Chief Financial Officer Mark Parks, and...
Game night Monday on waterfront green

Game night Monday on waterfront green

Aesop’s Tables. (Contributed) Blogger, Tweeter and international man of mystery Aaron Wormus will host a free community game night at 5 p.m. Monday, June 26, at West Palm Beach’s waterfront green. Wormus, the “guy” behind the aGuyonClematis Twitter account and blog, will lead the event at the city’s outdoor art exhibition, Aesop’s Tables...
Florida homestead law a ‘debtor’s haven’? Not for Beverly Hills dentist

Florida homestead law a ‘debtor’s haven’? Not for Beverly Hills dentist

Facing a $2.1 million court judgment in California, longtime Los Angeles resident Michael Motamed suddenly got a yen to move to Florida, plunking down $1.5 million for an oceanfront condominium in Palm Beach. But attorneys representing a former UCLA pre-med student who suffered horrific injuries in 2012 when Motamed’s Mercedes plowed into her said there was nothing mysterious about...
Woman, 65, earns PBSC degree just before dying from cancer

Woman, 65, earns PBSC degree just before dying from cancer

The story of Sharene Smith and how she earned her long-awaited bachelor’s degree at the golden age of 65 is the stuff of four-hanky Hallmark Channel movies. Smith, a Michigan native, graduated from Palm Beach State College in suburban Lake Worth in December, earning a Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management . “It meant everything to her,&rdquo...
Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County hosts school supply and backpack drive

Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County hosts school supply and backpack drive

Members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County show off their new backpack donated by Tropical Shipping in last year’s school supply drive. (contributed) Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is hosting a school supply and backpack drive, from now through July 21, to benefit club children and keep them on track for academic success. Every year, Boys &...
Woody Allen lover brings ‘Celebrity Sex Tape’ comedy to Lake Worth

Woody Allen lover brings ‘Celebrity Sex Tape’ comedy to Lake Worth

Keith Black may be a New York math teacher, but his childhood idol has nothing to do with numbers. “When I was growing up, I wanted to be Woody Allen,” Black said of the bespectacled filmmaker. “I was so upset I had 20/20 vision. My proudest moment was when I became nearsighted and got my first pair of eyeglasses.” Well, Black, who’s in his 40s, is living an Allen-esque...
Nursery for newborn kittens expands

Nursery for newborn kittens expands

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League this month is expanding its Neonatal Kitten Nursery, a facility that opened last summer to save lives of more newborn kittens that require 24-hour care. The expansion is scheduled to open Monday, June 26. With the expansion, scheduled to open Monday, June 26, the shelter will have additional space for the most at-risk orphans. The nursery can...
Sun sculptures to shine at entries to West Palm Beach

Sun sculptures to shine at entries to West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach will greet you with rays of morning sunshine, starting next year with the city’s latest Art in Public Places addition. The city commission this week approved five gateway works of outdoor art, together titled “Hello Sunshine,” by West Coast art collective Aphidoidea. Each of the city’s five commission districts will get its own cluster of yellow sun rays. Each...
Historic West Palm cemetery getting $20,000 overhaul to arch entryway

Historic West Palm cemetery getting $20,000 overhaul to arch entryway

The dead are getting their due. The city recently approved a $280,000 contract to replace Woodlawn Cemetery’s rusted, chain-link fence with 1,600 feet of better-looking black picket fencing and masonry columns and much of the work is done. But now officials have decided they also need to repair the graceful arched entry to the historic resting place, across from the Norton Museum of Art. The...
Appeals judges hear arguments in deputy’s shooting of Dontrell Stephens

Appeals judges hear arguments in deputy’s shooting of Dontrell Stephens

Using a legal tactic that has protected the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office before, the agency’s attorney on Friday asked a federal appeals court to throw out a $22.4 million verdict for shooting victim Dontrell Stephens because the jury wasn’t asked if sheriff’s Sgt. Adams Lin made a simple mistake when he opened fire on the unarmed man. “Our defense was always that...
“Hello Sunshine” theme for West Palm gateway art

“Hello Sunshine” theme for West Palm gateway art

West Palm Beach will greet you with rays of morning sunshine, starting next year with the city’s latest Art in Public Places addition. The city commission this week approved five gateway works of outdoor art, together titled “Hello Sunshine,” by West Coast art collective Aphidoidea. Each of the city’s five commission districts will get its own cluster...
Lake Worth resident on pothole free road: ‘It’s the way it should be’

Lake Worth resident on pothole free road: ‘It’s the way it should be’

Arnoux Estime, a retired hospital worker, has lived on 14th Avenue South for more than 30 years. For many of those years, the road outside Estime’s four-bedroom home, has been awful. “It was rough,” said Estime, 74. “Whenever it rained, we’d get flooded. My car would get messed up.” READ: Starbucks, T-Mobile coming to new Lake Worth shopping center Wesline Desinat...
BREAKING: Feds explain sweet deal for billionaire sex offender Epstein

BREAKING: Feds explain sweet deal for billionaire sex offender Epstein

Federal prosecutors went on the offensive this month, denying allegations that they bowed to pressure from billionaire Palm Beach resident Jeffrey Epstein and his high-priced lawyers at the expense of dozens of teenage girls he sexually abused. In their first public comment since 2007 — when they negotiated a deal that allowed Epstein to escape federal charges — prosecutors filed...
Science center to add brain center, thanks to $100K donation

Science center to add brain center, thanks to $100K donation

The money contributed by the Stiles-Nicholson Foundation to name this center will be added to funds already raised to build the center’s new permanent exhibit, “Journey Through the Human Brain,” a $2 million project in partnership with Florida Atlantic University’s newly-created Brain Institute.
Why was Army hero killed in botched prisoner escape plan?

Why was Army hero killed in botched prisoner escape plan?

Thirty years ago, two ex-cons hatched a brazen, murderous scheme to free their imprisoned buddy during a trip to a doctor’s office in West Palm Beach. Before the bullet-riddled afternoon ended, one prison guard was dead, another was wounded and a 12-car police chase and shooting spree ranged from Olive Avenue to Palm Beach International Airport. And it all happened because James J. O’Brien...
Voters said ‘no’ to waterfront towers, so why is one in the works?

Voters said ‘no’ to waterfront towers, so why is one in the works?

Despite a voter-approved ban on building skyscrapers on West Palm’s downtown waterfront, the city is pressing forward with a plan that would allow one developer — Related Cos. of New York — to do just that. Related in April submitted an application to create an Okeechobee Business District that would allow the CityPlace developer to build a 25-story office tower 300 feet from the...
Looking up: West Palm Beach by the numbers

Looking up: West Palm Beach by the numbers

The Bristol (artist’s rendering). The city has dozens of projects on its wish list that will take years to complete, depending mainly on how money is tapped to pay for them, whether from bonds, state or federal grants or local taxes and fees.
Starbucks, T-Mobile coming to new Lake Worth shopping center

Starbucks, T-Mobile coming to new Lake Worth shopping center

Starbucks and T-Mobile have signed five-year leases to move into Downtown Lake Worth, a 8,750-square-foot shopping center under construction on North Dixie Highway and 2nd Avenue North. The center is expected to be complete by Nov. 1, according to Norman Weinstein, president of Boca Raton-based Stateside Partners, the company that’s building the plaza, projected...
POST TIME: Woman recalls her time as a roller-skating Lanigan’s girl

POST TIME: Woman recalls her time as a roller-skating Lanigan’s girl

Readers: Our Dec. 22 column on Lanigan’s service station — the place that operated north of downtown West Palm Beach in the 1950s, and sold “dehydrated gasoline”— prompted a call from Leah Smith, who lives west of Lake Worth. She was a friend of William Lanigan’s daughter, Betty Jean — and worked briefly as one of his roller-skating girls. As in “Free...
Micro-apartments downtown get final OK, paving way for compact living

Micro-apartments downtown get final OK, paving way for compact living

With the city promoting downtown living but high rents making it impossible for many, West Palm Beach commissioners Monday gave final approval to developer Jeff Greene’s micro-apartment project. Banyan Place, a 12-story building proposed for the southeastern corner of Banyan Boulevard and Rosemary Avenue, will include 348 apartments that range in living area from 340 to 560 square feet. The...
‘Jaws’ at 42: Did you know shark’s first victim went to Forest Hill High?

‘Jaws’ at 42: Did you know shark’s first victim went to Forest Hill High?

When Steven Spielberg began casting “Jaws” in early 1974, he envisioned a New York City actress for the role of the skinny-dipper killed in the opening minutes of the movie. But what would become an iconic role in the summer blockbuster that opened on June 20, 1975 — 42 years ago — would go to a West Palm Beach-bred stunt woman who seemed born to play the part. Her name...
UPDATE: ‘It’s scary’… Lake Worth homicide has neighborhood on edge

UPDATE: ‘It’s scary’… Lake Worth homicide has neighborhood on edge

Wawing Christophe was watching “Orange Is The New Black” when he heard four gunshots in the early Saturday morning hours where he lives on North F Street in Lake Worth. “I immediately turned off the lights,” said Christophe, 18. “There can be a hot streak of violence around here.” While Christophe was checking out the popular Netflix series, the Palm Beach County...
Lake Worth’s work/live downtown lofts will give artists financial boost

Lake Worth’s work/live downtown lofts will give artists financial boost

The term “starving artist” may be a cliche, but it’s also very real. For many, paying rent or a mortgage and shelling out money for a studio space is often a recipe for financial disaster. That is where the live-work art community concept comes in. READ: Lake Worth takes major step in ridding the streets of abandoned cars Several cities nationwide, including Lake Worth, are building...
NEW: Latest effort to ease the flight ban when Trump visits Palm Beach

NEW: Latest effort to ease the flight ban when Trump visits Palm Beach

Palm Beach County has drafted a resolution calling on the federal government to exempt the Lantana airport from some temporary flight restrictions imposed during President Donald Trump’s visits to his Mar-a-Lago mansion on Palm Beach. The resolution, up for discussion when commissioners meet on Tuesday, directs County Administrator Verdenia Baker or her designee to work with the county&rsquo...
Packed workshop hears bevy of potential fixes for Okeechobee corridor jams

Packed workshop hears bevy of potential fixes for Okeechobee corridor jams

A receptive group of 300 West Palm Beach residents packed a convention center workshop Thursday night to hear consultants lay out potential solutions to downtown’s busiest and most vexing entryway, the Okeechobee Boulevard corridor. The consultants, a team assembled by Alta Planning + Design, laid out a bevy of long- and short-term options, from depressing the Tri-Rail tracks to adding roundabouts...
Get me out! Family picnic ends with 35 locked in West Palm park

Get me out! Family picnic ends with 35 locked in West Palm park

There’s no shortage of signs at the entrance to Gaines Park in West Palm Beach. There’s the “don’t leave valuables in your car” sign, the “drug-free zone” sign, the “Warning! Alligators in water” sign in English and Spanish. Tonya Preston just wishes the people who run the park would read the signs, especially the one that says in plain English...
Lake Worth takes major step in getting abandoned cars off the streets

Lake Worth takes major step in getting abandoned cars off the streets

Anne doesn’t live near a junkyard. But, at times, it felt that way. There were a bunch of cars — at least 6 — that were always parked in the 500 block of South L Street directly across from Anne’s house. “A few times, they blocked me and my neighbor’s driveways,” said Anne, who didn’t want her last name used. “It seemed like they were collecting...
UPDATE on West Palm’s micro-apartments: Passageway to Clematis proposed

UPDATE on West Palm’s micro-apartments: Passageway to Clematis proposed

A plan for micro-apartments that would change the mix of West Palm Beach residential options won approval from the Downtown Action Committee this past week. The design panel unanimously approved developer Jeff Greene’s Banyan Place project, a 12-story building proposed for the corner of Banyan Boulevard and Rosemary Avenue that would include 348 apartments that range in living area from 340...
The answers to all West Palm Beach’s traffic problems?

The answers to all West Palm Beach’s traffic problems?

The city’s four-day traffic study charrette concludes this evening, as consultants Alta Planning + Design present potential fixes to downtown congestion. It’s the first draft of a plan, as the consultants prepare to continue their work through the summer. The sessions for the past three afternoons at the Palm Beach County Convention Center have invited input from residents and discussion...
A rite of passageway for Subculture Coffee

A rite of passageway for Subculture Coffee

Sean and Natalie Scott at Subculture Coffee. (J. Gwendolynne Berry/The Palm Beach Post) News the Downtown Action Committee approved a landscaped, illuminated walkway connecting Banyan Boulevard with the 500 block of Clematis Street brought cheer an ocean away, where the co-owner of West Palm’s Subculture Coffee, Sean Scott, was traveling in — of course — Scotland.
Suburban Lake Worth kitten survives road trip on truck’s battery

Suburban Lake Worth kitten survives road trip on truck’s battery

They say cats have nine lives. Well, an unnamed, 10-week-old domestic short-haired kitty has already used one of hers. The story starts behind Ansley Ellmyer’s suburban Lake Worth home on a rainy night last week. READ: Lake Worth institution closing in July Ellmyer, an insurance defense attorney, heard what sounded like a kitten meowing in the big brush near the family pool this past Wednesday...
It could be downtown Lake Worth’s oldest business, and it’s closing soon

It could be downtown Lake Worth’s oldest business, and it’s closing soon

The end is near for downtown businesses The Art Shop and The Bruce Webber Gallery. The Art Shop, a picture framing supply store, is a Lake Worth institution that has been in the city for 61 years. It’s believed to be the oldest downtown business in Lake Worth. Both shops will be closing at the end of July after owners Bruce and Maryanne Webber finalize a deal to sell the buildings at 705-711...
West Palm wins grant to put start-ups in empty downtown storefronts

West Palm wins grant to put start-ups in empty downtown storefronts

A proposal to turn empty downtown storefronts into pop-up rentals for start-ups and other small businesses has won a $180,000 grant for West Palm Beach from the Knight Cities Challenge. Expanding on a pilot project, the proposal “12 for 12: Pop-up to Rent,” submitted by Economic Development Director Christopher Roog, aims to have the city work with property owners to activate 12 empty...
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