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NEW: After trips abroad, Riviera mayor draws Chinese educators here

NEW: After trips abroad, Riviera mayor draws Chinese educators here

Mayor Thomas Masters hosted a delegation of Chinese educators to Riviera Beach schools Monday, their tour the outcome of two trips he took to China at the city’s expense. In a press released headlined, “Mayor Thomas Masters makes good on recent trip to China,” the mayor said he would host the officials from Changchun in tours of Suncoast High School, Mary McCloud Bethune Elementary...
NEW: Second pot dispensary opens in Lake Worth; nearby school ‘furious’

NEW: Second pot dispensary opens in Lake Worth; nearby school ‘furious’

A 57-year-old Royal Palm Beach woman was the first in line this morning at Curaleaf, Lake Worth’s second medical marijuana dispensary that opened Monday. “I’m here to get my medicine,” said the woman, who didn’t want to give her name. Her medication is called Sativa. She said she uses it for the pain she gets from when she was hit by a tow truck on Florida’s Turnpike...
Three fun things happening in Lake Worth

Three fun things happening in Lake Worth

1. Art Meets Jazz on J Street Exhibition in Gallery, through Feb. 6, Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery, 15 South J Street.Check out Jazz on J Street inspired photography, sketch art, fine and mixed media artwork. 2. Paint Your Wagon, Lake Worth Playhouse, 713, Lake Avenue. In California in May 1853, Ben Rumson strikes gold and establishes a community in his own name. The show follows the...
Hop on over to Lake Worth Beach’s Bonfire on Friday

Hop on over to Lake Worth Beach’s Bonfire on Friday

The Lake Worth Beach Bonfire started in 1997 as a low-key event, attended mostly by locals. The event has certainly changed over the years. “Now it has grown in not only size, but popularity,” said Lauren Bennett, Lake Worth’s Assistant Leisure Services Director. “Not only are we the only beach in the county that hosts bonfires, but also one of the few beaches in the state...
Lake Worth nixes woman’s plan to turn property into hotel, music, bar

Lake Worth nixes woman’s plan to turn property into hotel, music, bar

Mary Sisoian went before Lake Worth’s City Commission this past week with a request. She wanted to rezone her site at 18 S. Palmway Drive, property records show she bought for $525,000 in 2005, from medium density multi-family residential to downtown. On Oct. 4, the city’s Planning and Zoning Board approved Sisoian running a bed and breakfast from the location. READ: How will Lake Worth&rsquo...
West Palm man has every childhood toy you wish you hadn’t thrown away

West Palm man has every childhood toy you wish you hadn’t thrown away

On their first date, he asked her what she collected. When she said, “stamps,” he gave her another chance. “What’s your favorite TV show from when you were growing up?” he asked. When she answered, “The original Charlie’s Angels,” he told her she should start collecting “Charlie’s Angels” toys. And in that way, Kimmie Magee acquired...
How will Lake Worth’s road repairs affect street painting festival?

How will Lake Worth’s road repairs affect street painting festival?

Lake Worth is in the middle of a $40 million road project and some of the work has stirred up some questions. “The only concern I have is related to dust,” Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell said. “Keep throwing water down.” Another query came from Commissioner Andy Amoroso, who wanted to know when work would start on 2nd Avenue South — one of the streets near the city’s...
Palm Beach developer admits to lying to bankroll Vero condo project

Palm Beach developer admits to lying to bankroll Vero condo project

A 74-year-old developer who operated from offices in Palm Beach faces a possible five-year prison sentence after admitting to a federal judge on Thursday that he submitted phony documents to banks to keep an oceanfront condominium project in Vero Beach afloat. Once facing eight counts of bank fraud, George Heaton pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to commit the offense...
NEW: West Palm agrees to Grassy Waters cleanup near Ibis

NEW: West Palm agrees to Grassy Waters cleanup near Ibis

The city of West Palm Beach and South Florida Water Management District have agreed to a cleanup plan for pollution from Ibis Golf & Country Club into the city’s main water supply, Grassy Waters Preserve, averting a multimillion-dollar re-engineering of the community’s lakes and filtration area but requiring lower-priced fixes and a promise that the city will remove nuisance vegetation...
State OKs making S. Dixie Highway a two-lane road leading into core of West Palm

State OKs making S. Dixie Highway a two-lane road leading into core of West Palm

A redesigned South Dixie Highway, with fewer travel lanes but a central turn lane, on-street parking for businesses, more landscaping and room for pedestrians and bicyclists, has won approval from the state’s district transportation office. The plan would take the mile-and-a-half stretch from Okeechobee Boulevard to Albemarle Road and reduce it from four lanes to two with an additional...
Good and bad news: What Lake Worth’s 2017 drug overdose numbers show

Good and bad news: What Lake Worth’s 2017 drug overdose numbers show

Lake Worth had 565 total drug overdoses last year — almost 100 more than the previous year — with the number of fatalities in the 70s, Lake Worth commissioners were told at Tuesday night’s meeting. “The good news is… (it) has been trending down,” said Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Capt. Todd Baer during his quarterly report. “Hopefully all the things...
Artist illustrated President Trump tweets to help “understand him”

Artist illustrated President Trump tweets to help “understand him”

Shortly after President Trump’s inauguration, cartoonist Shannon Wheeler  was trying to put together a book of his work that had been published in “The New Yorker,” “Mad” magazine and “The Onion.” “But my heart wasn’t in it,” said Wheeler, who said at the time he was still thunderstruck by Trump’s election. “I was...
Getting to Brightline from Clematis Street a hassle… for how long?

Getting to Brightline from Clematis Street a hassle… for how long?

Newcomers to Brightline’s West Palm train station may be frustrated and confused if they try to park or walk in from Clematis Street. The frontage road is a muddy playground for earth-moving machinery and won’t be a completed road with sidewalks until the end of February. When it’s done, it will make access easier from the city’s main commercial street. High-speed rail service...
PBSO: Drug overdoses trending down in Lake Worth

PBSO: Drug overdoses trending down in Lake Worth

City Commissioners met tonight and here’s a brief synopsis on what happened.  1. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Captain Todd Baer made his quarterly report, saying the city had a total of 565 drug overdoses within city limits in 2017. “Good news is, although there was a slight uptick in December, (this) has been trending down,” Baer said. “ Hopefully all the...
Santino: Removal from office for election infraction unconstitutional

Santino: Removal from office for election infraction unconstitutional

In what is likely Palm Beach County Judge Dana Santino’s last chance to convince the Florida Supreme Court not to remove her from office, she insisted on Tuesday that other judges have been allowed to keep their jobs after committing far more serious infractions. Removing Santino for blasting her 2016 opponent for representing “murderers, rapists, child molesters and other criminals&rdquo...
How Lake Worth’s Martin Luther King mural gets worldwide attention

How Lake Worth’s Martin Luther King mural gets worldwide attention

It’s an iconic image: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s expressive face, beaming with hope and purpose, his arm stretched above the rapt crowd at the Lincoln Memorial gathered to hear what will come to be known as his pivotal “I Have A Dream” speech. But as reimagined by Brazilian muralist Eduardo Kobra, King is rendered in brilliant kaleidoscopic color against the black and white...
Celebrate MLK Day in Lake Worth on Monday

Celebrate MLK Day in Lake Worth on Monday

1. MLK Day: There’s a unity interfaith breakfast at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church on South E Street and 10th Avenue South from 7:30 to 9 a.m.; a Candlelight March at 5 p.m. at Lake Worth City Hall; an MLK Commemorative Program and Re-dedication of the MLK Memorial Foundation at 5:30 p.m. at the Cultural Plaza and to wrap up, an MLK Fellowship Dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Andrew&rsquo...
Local author coming to Lake Worth’s Book Cellar this month

Local author coming to Lake Worth’s Book Cellar this month

Richard Crossley, an internationally known birder, photographer and author, will be speaking Saturday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. at Book Cellar on Lake Avenue. Crossley, who lives in Lake Worth during the winter, is scheduled to speak for about 30 minutes. He expects a lot of questions and answers. “I do creative books, very unique and I’ll talk about how I do it,” said Crossley, author...
Happy rails to you: Brightline high-speed trains roll into action

Happy rails to you: Brightline high-speed trains roll into action

Over, almost before it began. That’s how it felt as Brightline’s first train pulled into Fort Lauderdale, a quick 35 minutes after rolling out of downtown West Palm Beach. Barely had the seat-back trays come down, laptops opened, Wifi connected and snack-and-beverage cart made the rounds, then the destination city skyline came into sight and it was time to de-train. “It’s...
Lake Worth’s Gulfstream Hotel partners continue court battle

Lake Worth’s Gulfstream Hotel partners continue court battle

The corporate partners in the project to transform the downtown historic Gulfstream Hotel into an 87-room hotel with a downstairs restaurant, champagne room and rooftop sky bar continue to fight in court. HH Gulfstream, a company run by developer Hudson Holdings, filed an amended motion Monday requesting that CDS Gulfstream close on selling its interests in HH Gulfstream, the company behind the $65...
Lake Worth’s first brewery and taproom ready for customers

Lake Worth’s first brewery and taproom ready for customers

David Mathews, a guy from Tampa who loves beer, music and dogs, knows a little something about home brewing. He’s been doing it for more than 20 years from his West Palm Beach home. “It’s been my hobby,” he says. But as time passed, Mathews, a 53-year-old who ran his own engineering company for years, got tired of the rat race. So, he sold his business for between $2 to $3...
Indoor tennis, anyone? Billionaire developer sees a need in West Palm

Indoor tennis, anyone? Billionaire developer sees a need in West Palm

When his kids needed a school, he built a school. Now developer Jeff Greene wants to play tennis out of the heat and wind, so he plans to build an indoor tennis and health club next to the Greene School. It’s still in the planning stages, and Greene’s M-O is to sit on land a long time before building but tennis is a big motivator. He’s even talked to Venus Williams about designing...
Ideas to improve Clematis Street? West Palm wants your input

Ideas to improve Clematis Street? West Palm wants your input

1. The City is seeking comment from Clematis Street merchants, area merchants, residents and the public, about potential upgrades to the street to enhance public life. Enhancements may include shade and tree canopy improvements, better lighting, café seating, paving, clearly marked pedestrian crossings and more. To put in your two cents, there are two sessions you can attend: • Planning...
Will WPB man lose townhouse for refusing association’s $25 late fee?

Will WPB man lose townhouse for refusing association’s $25 late fee?

What started with a $25 late fee three years ago for townhouse owner David Silva has grown to a foreclosure fight over a $47,554 bill that had Silva in court two days this week, fending off an effort by his property association to take away his $340,000 home. His fate rests with Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Robert Panse, who on Monday and Tuesday heard arguments at the south county courthouse that...
UPDATE: Nearly 200 laid off with Lantana-area Sam’s Club closing

UPDATE: Nearly 200 laid off with Lantana-area Sam’s Club closing

UPDATE: With Sam’s Club near Lantana closing at the end of the month, 191 workers will lose their jobs, according to a memo from the company. The store will close to the public. Jan. 26. Hourly employees will be terminated March 16 and workers in management will be terminated April 13. All employees found out Thursday, according to the memo. ORIGINAL POST: The Sam’s Club...
Appeals court tosses $22.4 million verdict against PBSO in shooting

Appeals court tosses $22.4 million verdict against PBSO in shooting

A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a $22.4 million verdict against the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office — the largest in the agency’s history — in connection with a 2013 shooting that left a 24-year-old West Palm Beach man paralyzed from the waist down. In a split decision, a widely divided 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new trial on claims by Dontrell...
Lake Worth residents not happy with dusty North M Street road delay

Lake Worth residents not happy with dusty North M Street road delay

On Dec. 11, a contracting company hired by Lake Worth started tearing up North M Street as part of the $40 million Neighborhood Road Program. Workers didn’t return until Jan. 4, two days after they were scheduled to. “We were all happy because we want the road to be fixed,” said one resident who lives on the street and didn’t want his name used. “But a week goes by, nobody...
Want Trump book ‘Fire and Fury’? Boca/Delray stores, libraries have copies — and holds

Want Trump book ‘Fire and Fury’? Boca/Delray stores, libraries have copies — and holds

BOCA RATON — Good luck buying or borrowing a copy of the sought-after book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, in Delray Beach or Boca Raton. While local bookstores and libraries are expecting to soon get copies of the best-seller — an explosive tell-all about President Donald Trump and his fitness for office — they have a long list of holds and reservations...
Why are President Trump’s Tweets going on display in West Palm Beach?

Why are President Trump’s Tweets going on display in West Palm Beach?

What would it look like if Donald’s Trump’s tweets came with pictures? Cartoonist Shannon Wheeler took on that challenge in his book, “My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump, ” whose actual title is prefaced by a word we can’t use online that can be roughly translated as “stuff.” Wheeler is bringing some of his book’s illustrations...
Muoio’s heavy lift: polishing downtown vitality, chipping at poverty

Muoio’s heavy lift: polishing downtown vitality, chipping at poverty

The pieces will start coming together in 2018, Mayor Jeri Muoio says. At a slow, governmental pace, to be sure, but the public will begin to see results of two years of plans crafted by city leaders, consultants and community members to create “a world class city where people want to be,” as West Palm’s mission statement puts it. Clematis Street, the city’s downtown centerpiece...
NEW: ‘All we can do is pray’ for missing Lake Okeechobee fisherman

NEW: ‘All we can do is pray’ for missing Lake Okeechobee fisherman

A three-day fishing tournament on Lake Okeechobee ended Thursday after just a day. No one felt like fishing, anyway. They were too busy looking for a brother. Rescuers spent Thursday night and all day Friday in the bitter cold and unforgiving waters of the big lake, searching for champion angler and military veteran Nik Kayler, who fell into the water sometime during the first day of the bass-fishing...
Audit finds $7 million in questioned costs at Lake Worth Water Utility

Audit finds $7 million in questioned costs at Lake Worth Water Utility

Ever wonder how your tax dollars are being spent in Lake Worth? County Inspector General John Carey does. After a year-long audit last month, his workers found more than $7.1 million in questioned costs at the Lake Worth Water Utility Services department. SEE: Lake Worth’s Gulfstream Hotel project snarled in partner lawsuits “They should develop and implement policies and procedures or...
West Palm man’s dream garden still recovering from Hurricane Irma

West Palm man’s dream garden still recovering from Hurricane Irma

Gene Joyner gingerly leads the way through the tangle of rare plants and trees known as Unbelievable Acres, his private botanical garden that’s still recovering from a brutal punch by Hurricane Irma. He shuffles slowly these days since diabetes began numbing his feet, yet he can’t stop educating visitors about the plants he loves and has dedicated his life to introducing...
Lake Worthians love the cold weather

Lake Worthians love the cold weather

Frigid and windy in Lake Worth Thursday morning, as temperatures were in the mid 40s. Not your typical South Florida weather. But that didn’t bother Kelly Kingston, a, 41-year-old resident. “I think it’s awesome,” she said, wearing a gray wet suit. “We don’t get it that often and right now, I’m toasty.” Ryan Heavyside, 33, was just as happy. &ldquo...
Judge throws out charges against Lyft, driver in girl’s death

Judge throws out charges against Lyft, driver in girl’s death

The fact that a girl died in a crash more than four hours after a Lyft driver dropped her off “superseded any liability that may even remotely be attributable” either to the ride-hailing company or the driver, a Palm Beach County judge has ruled. Circuit Judge Judge Donald W. Hafele this week threw out the lawsuit by the family of 13-year-old Karenine St. Louis against Lyft and driver...
LIST: 7 new things to check out at the 2018 South Florida Fair

LIST: 7 new things to check out at the 2018 South Florida Fair

While the Midway Sky Eye -- North America’s largest portable Ferris wheel -- grabs headlines ahead of its debut at the 2018 South Florida Fair, there are plenty of other new features to check out at the popular event, which runs from Jan. 12-28. Here’s a look at seven new ways you can have fun at the fair: 1. The theme: This year’s theme is “magical parades.” Eight parade...
North America’s biggest mobile Ferris wheel comes to South Florida Fair

North America’s biggest mobile Ferris wheel comes to South Florida Fair

It stands 155 feet tall, weighs more than 400,000 pounds and requires special clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to erect. North America’s largest portable Ferris wheel, called the Midway Sky Eye, makes its debut at the South Florida Fair, which runs Jan. 12-28. The wheel, which was manufactured in the Netherlands and had its inaugural run at last year’s Florida State Fair...
Lake Worth’s Gulfstream Hotel project snarled in partner lawsuits

Lake Worth’s Gulfstream Hotel project snarled in partner lawsuits

The partners behind the $65 million Gulfstream Hotel renovation project have sued one another, meaning the next step could be in court — and not on the site. CDS Gulfstream, headed by south county developer Bill Milmoe, owns 51 percent of the project and was started to arrange financing for it. It sued partner HH Gulfstream, a company led by developer Hudson Holdings...
JUST IN: High winds, dangerous surf close Lake Worth pier

JUST IN: High winds, dangerous surf close Lake Worth pier

The Lake Worth Pier will be closed to the public effective immediately due to storm conditions, the city said. High winds through the night and dangerous surf have caused a danger to public safety, the city said. Conditions will continue to be monitored and when the high winds and surf subsiding stop, the pier will reopen. The pier was built in 1959 as a platform for laying a sewage outfall pipe into...
JUST IN: West Palm mourners hold vigil for slain mother, 11-year-old daughter

JUST IN: West Palm mourners hold vigil for slain mother, 11-year-old daughter

The warmth of huddled neighbors and friends with memorial candles took some chill off the doorstep vigil Saturday night for Kaladaa Crowell and her 11-year-old daughter, Kyra Inglett, slain Thursday in their home just north of downtown. About three dozen gathered after sundown, around a memorial of stuffed animals, a pink roller skate and two golden letter “K” balloons. The balloons...
After a tumultuous year in Riviera Beach, what’s ahead in 2018?

After a tumultuous year in Riviera Beach, what’s ahead in 2018?

As the year limps to a close in Riviera Beach, the city government, led for now by its former deputy finance director, heads into 2018 with seven top positions unfilled and an eighth about to be, city council member spending under audit and a majority of the council under threat of voter recall. The Palm Beach Post reported in October that while the city struggled with poverty, mold-infested city...
Check out West Palm’s proposed $333,000 glass art display at Canopy hotel

Check out West Palm’s proposed $333,000 glass art display at Canopy hotel

The downtown hotel isn’t built but officials say banyan roots will crack through its atrium ceiling and pierce a lobby wall. That’s not a construction defect. That’s the plan. The city commission on Dec. 18 approved a $333,000 work of public art by Miami glass artist Terje Lundaas, for the Canopy by Hilton West Palm Beach hotel, set to start construction next year at 1718 S...
Trump, Tiger, clown killer: Top 10 Palm Beach County stories of 2017

Trump, Tiger, clown killer: Top 10 Palm Beach County stories of 2017

Storms were major news in Palm Beach County in 2017, from the glancing blow dealt by Hurricane Irma to the tumult surrounding visits from our most famous part-time resident, President Donald Trump. The county’s top ten stories of the year include an arrest in a sensational 27-year-old murder case and the prison sentence that put an end to the career of one of the most notorious figures in the...
Development, transportation, murders: West Palm’s top 5 stories of 2017

Development, transportation, murders: West Palm’s top 5 stories of 2017

1. Hurricane Irma rocks the city. In September, expecting a dead-on hit from a hurricane of Category 5 or worse, West Palm got off with Cat 1 gusts, escaping disaster for the second year in a row. Nonetheless the hours of roaring horizontal rain and blistering wind left a debris trail throughout the city, as tree trunks snapped onto cars and houses, fences flattened and downed wires left...
JUST IN: Schools win $5 million ruling against city of West Palm

JUST IN: Schools win $5 million ruling against city of West Palm

A circuit court judge says the school district doesn’t owe West Palm Beach $5 million in stormwater drainage fees, dealing a blow to the city’s five-year-long attempt to collect. Circuit Judge Lisa Small issued an order Dec. 22, backing the School Board of Palm Beach County argument that school districts have immunity from city stormwater fees. The case resolves — for now &mdash...
Irma power outage, gang killings: Lake Worth’s top 5 stories of 2017

Irma power outage, gang killings: Lake Worth’s top 5 stories of 2017

1. Hurricane Irma knocks out power: After Hurricane Irma hit Palm Beach County on Sept. 10, close to 25,000 of the city’s 27,000 Lake Worth Utilities customers were without power. “Sleeping becomes a challenge when there is no breeze,” said city resident Bob Lepa. Lake Worthians know all about darkness during a hurricane, especially since residents had experienced...
UPDATE: 2 dead in Greenacres crash caught by grocery’s security camera

UPDATE: 2 dead in Greenacres crash caught by grocery’s security camera

Two people were killed in a violent crash that took place in a Greenacres neighborhood early Saturday morning, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said. Security cameras at Family Grocery recorded the crash about 4:30 a.m. at Swain Boulevard and Second Street, showing at least one person being ejected from a vehicle and laying motionless on the ground. » ALSO SATURDAY: Dog...
Court gives ex-cop another shot at disability benefits from Lake Worth

Court gives ex-cop another shot at disability benefits from Lake Worth

Seventeen years after Joseph Viera claims he was catastrophically injured while working as a Lake Worth police officer, the 51-year-old father of four is still battling the city over health care benefits that injured officers are suppose to receive under a special Florida law. In a ruling that could help other police officers in similar straits, a West Palm Beach-based appeals court recently ruled...
Lake Worth’s 10th Avenue North project causes problems for businesses

Lake Worth’s 10th Avenue North project causes problems for businesses

It’s about 3:30 p.m. on a recent afternoon in front of Diamond Auto Painting and Collision Center. Traffic is moving steadily along 10th Avenue North as cars breeze by the shop, a Lake Worth fixture for decades. But in another 90 minutes, the scene changes. A sea of cars, SUVs and trucks are bumper to bumper, heading east towards Interstate 95. “Yes, traffic really sucks,” said Kenneth...
Lake Worth’s Art Studio Cafe finds a new home on J Street

Lake Worth’s Art Studio Cafe finds a new home on J Street

Lake Worth’s Art Studio Café has found a new home. The popular spot will be moving to 16 S. J Street, owner Maria Paz said in an email statement. “We are excited about the new location (and) being more downtown,” she said. Paz could not be reached for additional comment. LAKE WORTH READERS: Be in the know with our weekly Lake Worth newsletter....
Winter in Florida: Enjoy winter fun with the Florida sun!

Winter in Florida: Enjoy winter fun with the Florida sun!

It's that time of the year again. That time when we brag about our nice Florida weather while the rest of the country freezes.  But for those of you who actually enjoy the white stuff falling from the sky and wrapping up in scarves before leaving the house — ya know, the traditional Christmas vibe  — this list of winter activities, South Florida style, is for you. ...
Season to Share: How your donations are making the holidays brighter

Season to Share: How your donations are making the holidays brighter

Money cannot cure cancer. But, given joyfully with a spirit of generosity and community, it can at least greatly lift a flagging spirit. “To us, it was very amazing,” said Margaret Lennon, describing the feeling of having thousands of dollars literally fall from the sky for her family, thanks to the Clerk and Comptroller’s Office of Palm Beach County and their contribution to...
Not enough wreaths — some ‘distraught’ at South Florida Veterans cemetery

Not enough wreaths — some ‘distraught’ at South Florida Veterans cemetery

For the past three years, Michael Gersley’s parents — Richard and Sally Gersley — have been buried at The South Florida National Cemetery . Richard was in the Air Force. He served in Korea. He died from cancer on Sept. 11, 2014, at age 84. His wife, Sally, was gone two months after her husband, dead from heart failure. She was 80. Michael visits his parents...
Who was the man taking pictures at this Lake Worth house?

Who was the man taking pictures at this Lake Worth house?

Christina Blanco and her husband, Roger Gonzalez, were having lunch at their Lake Worth home recently. While eating, Blanco, 32, saw a man, late 20s, early 30s, approaching their N. D St. home they’ve shared for two years and taking pictures of their place on his cell phone. Gonzalez, 31, went to the door and asked theman, who was wearing an ID card around his neck, what he was doing. LAKE WORTH...
Are cats taking over John Prince Park, west of Lake Worth?

Are cats taking over John Prince Park, west of Lake Worth?

You can call Susan Carmichael the Feral Cat Woman. She has been rescuing the four-legged cuties for years. Carmichael, founder of Florida’s Forgotten Felines, a group that cares and feeds cats in Palm Beach County, has over 58 colonies and takes care of more than 700 cats. Carmichael, 71, says she has about 10 cats at her Lantana home. It’s probably more. “I do foster cats as well...
Lake Worth church celebrates, reflects on 90 years in business

Lake Worth church celebrates, reflects on 90 years in business

Our Savior Lutheran, the church across the street from Lake Worth High School, recently celebrated its 90th anniversary as several former members and friends visited. “There was lots of hugs, tears, smiles and warm embraces,” said Stephen Wipperman, church pastor. “It was delightful for everyone.” The church was started in 1927 with about a group of 25 people. “We built...
Inside or outside, dog attacks can sometimes be fast and inexplicable

Inside or outside, dog attacks can sometimes be fast and inexplicable

On Thanksgiving afternoon, about 2 p.m., Nailande White, known as “Lucy,” was walking her two dogs in the Emerald Lakes development on Sixth Avenue South. Layla, a 5-year-old schnauzer Chihuahua mix, and Oreo, a 1-year-old Chihuahua-French bulldog mix, were on their way home. Suddenly, Lucy, a 28-year-old PetSmart groomer in Delray Beach, spotted Lesi, a 3½-year-old boxer mix sniffing...
The story behind West Palm’s longest mural, among its most colorful

The story behind West Palm’s longest mural, among its most colorful

“Hybrid Infinity,” the latest outdoor art to adorn a downtown structure, brings color to CityPlace’s Hibiscus Garage along Quadrille Boulevard. The mural, which stretches 581 feet on the garage’s east facade, was hand-painted in three weeks by artist Frankie Cihi. Cihi’s website describes her as a half-Japanese, half-American artist who moved back to Tokyo after receiving...
Study: Flagler Shore not clogging traffic on downtown waterfront

Study: Flagler Shore not clogging traffic on downtown waterfront

The city has fielded plenty of complaints about its pilot project to give half of Flagler Drive back to pedestrians and cyclists. There have been calls to city hall, while social media sites where downtowners gather online, and our letters-to-the-editor columns, also have served as sounding boards for those who hate the public art, hate the road barriers and fear Flagler Shore: From...
2-mile-long stretch of Australian pines on Village Blvd. to get cut down

2-mile-long stretch of Australian pines on Village Blvd. to get cut down

The Australian pines along Village Boulevard and Brandywine Road buffer the roar from Interstate 95, shade the local roadway from sun and create a tunnel of green through what otherwise would be a barren, asphalt landscape. They’re also an invasive species that soaks up too much water, spreads branches too close to passing cars, sheds pine needles that clog drains and costs the city a small...
3,000 Lake Worth utility customers lose power for 2 hours today

3,000 Lake Worth utility customers lose power for 2 hours today

Lake Worth experienced a power outage Thursday morning that affected 3,000 customers after a car hit a pole onLake Worth Road between Gulf Stream and Davis Road, the city said. The outage occurred at 6:31a.m. The electric utility dispatched a team which temporary fixed and restored power to all customers by 8:31 a.m. Further repairs will be carried out later today, the city said. “We sincerely...
This tiny structure is Palm Beach County’s oldest commercial building

This tiny structure is Palm Beach County’s oldest commercial building

Every day, motorists on downtown West Palm Beach’s Flagler Drive speed past a funny little building that is older than the city itself. Across 120 years, the doors of Palm Beach County’s oldest commercial building, a distinctive octagonal cone-roofed structure, have, at times, opened to bank tellers, to a kaleidoscope of grotesque Halloween masks and Santa costumes, and, over the last...
Palm Beach dermatologist pleads guilty to health care fraud, obstruction

Palm Beach dermatologist pleads guilty to health care fraud, obstruction

A Palm Beach dermatologist on Wednesday pleaded guilty to federal charges of health care fraud and obstruction of a criminal health care investigation in connection with his operations of clinics in Port St. Lucie and Okeechobee. Dr. Gary Marder faces a maximum 15-year prison term and $500,000 fine in connection with what federal prosecutors described as a scheme to defraud government...
Have a drink, read a book: Cafe to open in Lake Worth book store

Have a drink, read a book: Cafe to open in Lake Worth book store

Book Cellar , Lake Worth’s new book store on Lake Avenue, plans to open a cafe on Friday selling, wine, beer and pastries. “We’re paying rent on the whole space so we needed the income for the entire space,” said Tamara Ayraud, co-owner of the store on 801 Lake Avenue, a 2,300-square-foot historic space. Book Cellar opened in October . At the time, Ayraud said she...
As West Palm grows, city has ideas to make downtown parking easier

As West Palm grows, city has ideas to make downtown parking easier

As much as 20 percent of downtown traffic is caused by cars circling for open parking spaces, according to Deputy City Administrator Scott Kelly. Here’s another fun fact: Despite the fact that downtown parking spaces are at a premium, two full floors of the public garage at Clematis Street and Sapodilla Avenue are reserved for cars taken as evidence in criminal cases. The city stores vehicles...
What drugged-up rock star changed his life in Jupiter 32 years ago?

What drugged-up rock star changed his life in Jupiter 32 years ago?

David Crosby was a fugitive from justice and a freebasing cocaine fiend when he arrived at a boat dock in Jupiter on Dec. 12, 1985. It wasn’t the happiest of holidays. The rock and roll legend was “isolated, frightened, paranoid and broke,” as he later wrote in a memoir. The previous August, he had failed to appear at a hearing in Texas where he was appealing a 1983 conviction for...
NEW: FAA OKs developer Greene’s One West Palm 30-story towers

NEW: FAA OKs developer Greene’s One West Palm 30-story towers

UPDATED Developer Jeff Greene to city: One West Palm is gonna happen. The last hurdle has been cleared for West Palm Beach’s first luxury office tower in years and its accompanying hotel and apartment tower, with a determination Monday by the Federal Aviation Administration that the two 30-story downtown buildings would not interfere with Palm Beach International flights. The finding for the...
Jake is back! Lake Worth’s store horse returns from hurricane hiatus

Jake is back! Lake Worth’s store horse returns from hurricane hiatus

The horse is back! Yes, Jake, the large black horse that has sat in front of McLelland’s Saddlery on North Dixie Highway since the store opened in 1958, has returned. “It’s no easy chore,” said Ted McLelland, store owner. “Getting it up there, getting it turned around, getting it bolted takes time — about an hour.” So, what happened? The horse was taken down...
Quadrille Boulevard a danger zone for downtown West Palm pedestrians

Quadrille Boulevard a danger zone for downtown West Palm pedestrians

As police search for the Mazda SUV that struck a Tennessee couple Sunday night near CityPlace, city and regional officials say they’re facing up to the broader problem of how to keep pedestrians safe in a downtown burgeoning with development. The hit-and-run accident, at the corner of Quadrille Boulevard and Hibiscus Street, left 47-year-old Paul McKee dead and his wife, whose name was not disclosed...
For Trump! Against Trump! Lake Worth street reflects national split

For Trump! Against Trump! Lake Worth street reflects national split

North Lakeside Drive in Lake Worth is filled with lovely homes, neatly manicured lawns, quiet streets. It almost looks like a Norman Rockwell painting. But the street, or one small corner of it, takes on another life as a kind of hotbed for and against President Donald Trump. One homeowner, for instance, has four Trump signs around her house supporting the president. A large sign is tied around two...
West Palm couple discovers tunnel in home… and its 1920s secrets

West Palm couple discovers tunnel in home… and its 1920s secrets

In retrospect you can imagine 1920s-era cars racing up the back roads of Northwood Hills, revenuers hot on their tails as the bootleggers screech into darkened garages. It’s just not what you imagine when you buy a West Palm Beach home these days. But sometimes history is waiting for you in the basement, as George and Barbarann Paddick found out. The Paddicks bought their home in the historic...
This big Interstate 95 display will get you in the Christmas spirit

This big Interstate 95 display will get you in the Christmas spirit

Sound barriers. Concrete overpasses. Amber alert signs. Weary commuters on Interstate 95 have little to see that pleases the eye. And, then, there he is: A smiling goofball, with top hat cocked, a corncob pipe in mouth and his gigantic green mittens hanging over the roof of the Cheney Brothers food distribution headquarters in Riviera Beach. It’s not the holidays until I-95&rsquo...
Fixing an historic home in Lake Worth could be easier now

Fixing an historic home in Lake Worth could be easier now

In March, Jon Jordan and his wife bought an old house on South Palmway, an historic district. They planned to replace the front door and many windows so they applied for a permit from the Historic Resources Preservation Board. “We assumed they approved everything we submitted,” Jordan said. Turns out, that didn’t happen. Jordan said the board instead asked them to keep the old door...
PHOTOS: Check out this stunning West Palm Beach show house makeover

PHOTOS: Check out this stunning West Palm Beach show house makeover

When the local Red Cross chapter last year pulled the plug on its designer show house after 40 years, it opened a vacancy in the world of wishful thinking and aspirational home envy. Into the breach stepped the 44-year-old Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club Decorator Show House, a New York City institution since 1973. The day after Thanksgiving, the organization opened its first designer...
Riviera recall organizers pledge lawsuit to fight signatures’ rejection

Riviera recall organizers pledge lawsuit to fight signatures’ rejection

Organizers petitioning to recall three city council members say they’ll sue to undo the county election supervisor’s rejection of the nearly 9,000 signatures they collected, saying the rejection was based on incorrect information about when they started the effort. John Whittles, the group’s attorney, said at a City Hall press conference Wednesday that the suit will be filed...
Why does Mounts Botanical Garden have all these ‘trashy’ sculptures?

Why does Mounts Botanical Garden have all these ‘trashy’ sculptures?

From a distance, Priscilla shimmers in shades of turquoise, blue and orange, just like a parrotfish should. The large-scale 1,600-pound sculpture, with its Margaritaville colors, seems lighthearted, floating above what looks like a tropical reef, placed against a bower of flowering plants at Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach. Move closer, however, and admiration turns to horror. What...
West Palm mayor asks for police gear, drug crisis help from lawmakers

West Palm mayor asks for police gear, drug crisis help from lawmakers

For a sense of the times we live in, ask West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio what’s on her holiday wish list. The mayor is in Tallahassee this week to lobby lawmakers for help with city priorities. West Palm might be a city of modest size but it’s dealing with issues of national scope, from presidential security to opioid addiction and mass-murder response. The mayor’s requests...
High-tech golf driving range/entertainment center coming near PBIA

High-tech golf driving range/entertainment center coming near PBIA

Golfers dreaming of a long, straight fairway need look no farther than the main runway at Palm Beach International Airport. Then look a little to the northeast and you’ll find it, in computerized form, in a Drive Shack golf entertainment center planned for a 12-acre, former cell phone waiting area at 1600 Belvedere Road. The city commission on Monday approved zoning changes needed for Drive...
Joan Rivers’ old jokes about Palm Beach discovered by author

Joan Rivers’ old jokes about Palm Beach discovered by author

Christmas in Palm Beach is different. The nativity scene in front of Neiman Marcus has a concierge, a room service cart, a manicurist… Palm Beach is one of only a few places where plastic surgery falls under the category of “City Beautification.” Contrary to popular belief, money does not grow on Palm Beach trees. Gold leaf does, though. I love The Palm Beach Post. Their international...
Lake Worth’s Art Studio Cafe searching for a new home

Lake Worth’s Art Studio Cafe searching for a new home

The Art Studio Cafe , the downtown Lake Worth gallery on Second Avenue North, is looking for a new home. Gallery owner Maria Paz said the 800-square-foot site is closing Dec. 14 after Patti Sheldon, Paz’s landlord, texted her on the Sunday after Thanksgiving to tell Paz she would not renew the lease. “We’re looking for a new space, hopefully closer and more central,&rdquo...
Riviera mayor’s car repossessed during council meeting

Riviera mayor’s car repossessed during council meeting

It wasn’t on the agenda but in the middle of a contentious city council meeting in October, the mayor’s car was towed away by a repo man. Police records obtained last week through a public information request show that at 6:37 p.m. on Oct. 18, Mayor Thomas Masters’ silver 2014 Subaru was towed from near the meeting at the city’s Marina events center by Strong Recovery, an involuntary...
Man proposes to woman after she finishes the Palm Beaches Marathon

Man proposes to woman after she finishes the Palm Beaches Marathon

As Jamie Sheahan approached the finish line of the Fitteam Palm Beaches Marathonon Sunday, she spotted her boyfriend Brendan Smith-Heafy and was happy to see that he finished his race — the half-marathon — and was there to cheer her on. She had no idea he would soon greet her on one knee with a diamond in hand after she crossed the line. “He knew not to stop me before I finished...
‘There’s so much art to love,’ says Lake Worth’s CANVAS founder

‘There’s so much art to love,’ says Lake Worth’s CANVAS founder

Sitting in a sporty, blue BMW convertible, Nicole Henry is doing something she does often — smile. The founder and curator of CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show, the nation’s largest outdoor show, is happy because she’s talking about art, a process she’s loved ever since she was a baby in a stroller staring at paintings. Just ask her. “What’s your favorite piece of art?&rdquo...
NEW: Want to learn about state plans for Southern Boulevard? Here’s how

NEW: Want to learn about state plans for Southern Boulevard? Here’s how

Residents will get a first up-close look next week at what may be in store for the future of Southern Boulevard. The Florida Department of Transportation will hold two workshops to discuss the results of its State Road 80 Corridor Action Plan, a review of the county’s main east-west thoroughfare stretching from South Bay to West Palm Beach. The workshops — from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the...
Lake Worth movie theater closes for a week for renovations

Lake Worth movie theater closes for a week for renovations

Looking to watch a film at the Stonzek Theatre at the Lake Worth Playhouse? Well, wait about a week, since the theater will be closed for renovations starting Dec. 1 and running through Thursday. “We’re adding platforms and new, movie theater-style seats,” said Moises Reyes, a box office associate. “We’re super excited about it.” When the theater re-opens next week...
‘A humongous blessing’: Loxahatchee students build houses with purpose

‘A humongous blessing’: Loxahatchee students build houses with purpose

It starts in a warehouse-like space at Seminole Ridge High School. It takes shape over a period of months, with young hands bringing it to life. Plywood, drywall, nails and wires come together under the watchful eyes of mentors to create the finished product: A home for Habitat for Humanity, the sixth built by the team of students in the Weitz Construction Academy at Seminole Ridge. RELATEDSchools...
Chauffeurs and concierges? It’s a senior rental home near Lake Worth

Chauffeurs and concierges? It’s a senior rental home near Lake Worth

Arlene Etterman is like most people — she hates moving. It’s especially not fun when you’re 84 and your husband died four years ago from lung cancer. “I’ve been adjusting to my new single life, but I don’t really want to do it anymore,” Etterman said. So, she put her three-bedroom, suburban Lake Worth home where she’s lived the past 14 years on the market...
Lake Worth Finance Director resigns to take Cooper City position

Lake Worth Finance Director resigns to take Cooper City position

Marie Elianor, Lake Worth’s director of finance, will resign Dec. 15 for the same position in Cooper City where she lives, the city said Friday. “I love (Lake Worth) and although my time with the city has been shorter than I had planned, I hope my contributions have been impactful,” Elianor said in a statement. Elianor, who could not be reached for comment, has served in the position...
1920’s house in El Cid neighborhood is helping Boys and Girls Clubs

1920’s house in El Cid neighborhood is helping Boys and Girls Clubs

A 1920’s house in West Palm Beach’s El Cid neighborhood has been transformed by 17 design firms from around the country as part design show, part fund raiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. The Kips Bay Palm Beach Show House, in a two-story, Mediterranean home at 196 Belmonte Road, will host a series of events open to the public for the next few weeks, featuring authors...
Will West Palm’s ‘tent site’ finally happen? City makes another move

Will West Palm’s ‘tent site’ finally happen? City makes another move

After years of puzzling over skyline heights, road congestion and downtown vitality, West Palm Beach made formal Friday its quest for “a highly experienced qualified master developer” to transform a vacant lot at the city’s Okeechobee Boulevard gateway into a signature work of architecture and urban design. The Community Redevelopment Agency, which controls the 2.4-acre Tent Site...
A Snowbird’s guide to dining in Palm Beach County

A Snowbird’s guide to dining in Palm Beach County

You come for the sun, the sea and the right to wear shorts in January, dear Northerner. But no amount of South Florida stone crabs can fix your cravings for the foods of “home,” wherever in the frozen tundra that may be.  This one’s for you: our local picks for tastes of New York, New Jersey, New England, Maryland, Philadelphia and Montreal. Keep scrolling for some shoutouts...
Matt Lauer, Russell Simmons: Their Palm Beach connection

Matt Lauer, Russell Simmons: Their Palm Beach connection

OK, here’s the pitch … Horse-crazed girl grows up in Welsh village, begins dancing at the relatively late age of 14, wins spot at London dance academy. She comes this close to landing a role in a West End revival of West Side Story, but when the Sharks and Jets take off without her, she jets to Miami for a cruise-ship gig. A few years later, she’s off to Detroit, New York City,...
10 artists painting giant murals in Lake Worth for outdoor museum show

10 artists painting giant murals in Lake Worth for outdoor museum show

The large brown eyes behind the purple mask dare you to stop walking. They’re magical, and almost seem to follow you. The eyes belong to a young child, probably 6 or 7. The child is wearing red boxing gloves, his hands held up to eye level. He looks serious, like he’s ready to do some damage. But the artist, Sipros, a 34-year-old from Sao Paulo, Brazil, who doesn’t use his last name...
NEW: U.S. won’t say how many planes violated airspace during Trump trip

NEW: U.S. won’t say how many planes violated airspace during Trump trip

How many aviators violated flight restrictions during President Donald Trump’s nearly weeklong Thanksgiving weekend stay at the Mar-a-Lago compound in Palm Beach? The Federal Aviation Administration, which made such statistics public almost in real time during the president’s visits in early 2017, won’t do so now. And not for weeks or even months. The agency told The Palm Beach Post...
Company set to open; says Riviera’s stopping them: ‘Beyond frustrating’

Company set to open; says Riviera’s stopping them: ‘Beyond frustrating’

For Riviera Beach, with a third of its population in poverty, a new, $4.1 million business linking the Port of Palm Beach with multiple island nations of the Caribbean would provide jobs, tax revenues and a strengthened commercial base. But a company trying to provide just that says the city’s administrative paralysis has delayed the opening of its cold storage facility near the port by 11 months...
Judge delays, tries to rein in X-rated civil trial of Jeffrey Epstein

Judge delays, tries to rein in X-rated civil trial of Jeffrey Epstein

What promised to be a salacious trial probing billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual relationships with underage girls won’t get underway next week as planned. Citing the many unanswered legal questions that still swirl around the 8-year-old civil lawsuit pitting attorney Bradley Edwards against the 64-year-old Palm Beach convicted sex offender, Palm Beach County Circuit...
Friday is World AIDS Day in Palm Beach County

Friday is World AIDS Day in Palm Beach County

Friday is the 29th World AIDS Day, an event designed to fight the disease and to remember those who died from it. “World AIDS Day is an excellent opportunity for everyone to recognize that HIV/AIDS exists in our community and to help our community achieve zero new infections and to improve that quality of life for those infected,” Alina Alonso, head of the Health Department for Palm Beach...
Golf great Sorenstam to take on half marathon with little training

Golf great Sorenstam to take on half marathon with little training

Running among Sunday’s half-marathoners will be a champion of another sport, golf legend Annika Sorenstam. The winner of 89 worldwide victories spends little time hitting balls with sticks these days. She’s busy designing golf courses, marketing apparel and overseeing her Annika Foundation, when not driving her two children to and from school. But she stays fit by biking, swimming, playing...
Unique ice cream shop to open in Lake Worth

Unique ice cream shop to open in Lake Worth

A unique kind of ice cream shop will soon open at the location where Hoffman’s Chocolates once stood. SoFlo Snoballs, a new shaved ice cream store, will open at 705 Lake Avenue in the 2,400-square-foot site. “It’s a New Orleans tradition and they decided to bring it down here,” said Taylor Castillo, the store manager. “It’s finely shaved ice, but it’s not...
Downtown West Palm Flagler Shore project “doesn’t make sense,” some say

Downtown West Palm Flagler Shore project “doesn’t make sense,” some say

Just before 8 a.m. on a recent weekday, Bodil Burnett had the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront nearly to herself. Clouds periodically blew in from the ocean over three or four people walking dogs on Flagler Drive, and once in a while someone intent on raising their heart rate huffed past, but solitude wasn’t hard to find. “This would never be the case in Copenhagen; there would...
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