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NEW: Russian yacht docks in port; Will Putin friend pay Trump a visit?

NEW: Russian yacht docks in port; Will Putin friend pay Trump a visit?

Days before President Trump flies into town for Thanksgiving, one of the world’s most expensive yachts, owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, sailed into the Port of Palm Beach Friday afternoon. The 533-foot Eclipse, valued at $400 million to $500 million, comes equipped with a pool, helipad, submarine and room for a crew of 92, according to marine websites. It made its way past The...
Hundreds attend St. Jude’s walk/run on Flagler Shore

Hundreds attend St. Jude’s walk/run on Flagler Shore

On Saturday, over 700 people participated in St. Jude’s Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer where they raised over $70,000 for cancer treatment and research.  Hundreds were up bright and early at Flagler Shore to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Some walked alone while others formed teams. One of the top 5 fundraising teams was Hispanics for St. Jude, started by the ...
U.S. Rep. Frankel: GOP tax, health plans spell pain for middle class

U.S. Rep. Frankel: GOP tax, health plans spell pain for middle class

With the Trump Plaza condo towers as a backdrop, not to mention a handful of Trump supporters with a megaphone, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel and a couple dozen supporters took to the West Palm Beach waterfront Friday to protest what she called a “Robin Hood in reverse” GOP tax proposal. WEST PALM READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly West Palm newsletter here The former West Palm Beach...
Touring photo booth puts a face on DACA repeal

Touring photo booth puts a face on DACA repeal

On Sunday, a day after anti-Trump protesters swarmed the streets of downtown, the Inside Out Project set up its photo booth truck on Flagler Shore for an art exhibit on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  If you walk down Flagler Drive, you’ll see dozens of black-and-white pictures on the road. They’re the portraits of “dreamers”...
Portrait of American diversity unfurls with Flagler Drive street mural

Portrait of American diversity unfurls with Flagler Drive street mural

One-hundred fifty-four people were flattened on Flagler Drive. And yet they smiled. A stretch of the waterfront road just south of Fern Street on Sunday became the latest canvas for artist JR’s nationwide Inside Out/Dreamers project, in which he invited the public to have portraits taken in a special photo booth truck. The portraits were affixed to the street as a patchwork mural, seven across...
What to expect as Palm Beach’s second season of President Trump begins

What to expect as Palm Beach’s second season of President Trump begins

When President Donald Trump returns to Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday for a second season of golfing and governing, he’ll find a different mix of tenants in his ballroom and a large construction project where protesters and supporters used to gather to watch his motorcades. The White House has not yet confirmed details of Trump’s first trip to his part-time home for the 2017-2018 season...
Mayor: State of county good but housing scarcity, opioids of concern

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

Palm Beach County’s economy is thriving, but the continuing scarcity of affordable housing and the spiraling opioid crisis are major concerns, County Mayor Paulette Burdick said Wednesday morning in her “State of the County” address. “Things are good in Palm Beach County,” Burdick said, “but we have some emerging issues.” Burdick noted that the county has...
‘Saturday Night Fever’ at 40: Remember Palm Beach County’s discos, boogie nights?

‘Saturday Night Fever’ at 40: Remember Palm Beach County’s discos, boogie nights?

— “Night Fever,” The Bee Gees It was a riotous explosion of slinky dance rhythms and propulsive beats, accompanied by some of the most singular fashion horrors ever inflicted on the American public in the latter half of the 20th century. Forty years ago, we were all swept up in disco fever. We boogied. We hustled. We got down. We wore silk shirts, flared pants, stacked shoes...
BREAKING: Man tries to rob West Palm bank branch; police seek suspect

BREAKING: Man tries to rob West Palm bank branch; police seek suspect

A man either robbed or attempted to rob a Wells Fargo bank branch on Southern Boulevard on Wednesday morning, West Palm Beach police said. The man entered the bank, at Southern Boulevard and Lake Avenue, just west of Dixie Highway, shortly after 10 a.m., West Palm Beach police Sgt. David Lefont said. He said the man made a threat to harm employees, then fled in a dark-colored vehicle. No one was injured...
Obama aide tells Forum Club: Engage with those who think differently

Obama aide tells Forum Club: Engage with those who think differently

For David Simas, Obama Foundation CEO and former White House political director, the country’s hope lies in Americans’ ability to elevate citizenship over partisanship. The polls and eight years of Pennsylvania Avenue experience make it clear that’s an uphill battle, he conceded Tuesday at a luncheon of the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches. But he learned it’s possible from his...
Group says it has signatures to force Riviera recall election

Group says it has signatures to force Riviera recall election

A citizens group seeking to oust three city council members who fired a popular city manager said it would submit more than 8,000 signatures to the city clerk by Tuesday morning, several hundred more than required to force the recall election. Amon Yisrael, one of the leaders of the recall drive, said Monday he was making copies of the signed petitions and would deliver the originals to the clerk...
U.S. Supreme Court takes second Fane Lozman case against Riviera Beach

U.S. Supreme Court takes second Fane Lozman case against Riviera Beach

In what U.S. Supreme Court watchers say may be a first, longtime Riviera Beach critic Fane Lozman on Monday learned he will get the chance to air another grievance against the city before the nation’s highest court. Justices agreed to decide Lozman’s claims that the city retaliated against him by having him arrested him for exercising his First Amendment rights. Oral arguments are expected...
Motorcyclist killed, passenger hurt in crash with car west of Lantana

Motorcyclist killed, passenger hurt in crash with car west of Lantana

The owner of a Boynton Beach stone restoration firm was killed, and his wife seriously injured, when their motorcycle crashed into a car west of Lantana Saturday afternoon, a Florida Highway Patrol report said. According to the report, around 5 p.m. Saturday, a 2016 Infiniti driven by Marie Alcindor, 43, of the Lake Worth area, was heading east on Lantana Road and was in the left turn lane to turn...
Hispanic students, artists join Trump protesters downtown West Palm

Hispanic students, artists join Trump protesters downtown West Palm

About 100 people from around South Florida gathered at the entrance of Trump Plaza on Flagler Drive on Saturday to voice their thoughts on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), civil rights, police brutality and the lack of aid for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, among other issues. Everyone had their own reasons for showing up on a wet, windy night and marching through downtown...
Man jailed on attempted murder charge in Oct. 25 shooting near Lantana

Man jailed on attempted murder charge in Oct. 25 shooting near Lantana

A man who had been living at the Seminole Manor housing development west of Lantana is charged with attempted murder in a shooting there last month. Terrance Jenkins, 28, was booked Saturday evening at the Palm Beach County Jail, records show. They give an address for him of Dothan, Ala. Jenkins is charged with attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and with being a felon in possession of a...
NEW: Man stabbed near West Palm, taken to hospital via helicopter

NEW: Man stabbed near West Palm, taken to hospital via helicopter

A man was stabbed tonight in a mobile home park near West Palm Beach and taken to a nearby hospital by helicopter, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue reports. The man, who was not identified, was stabbed around 7:30 p.m. on 61st Avenue South in the Casa Del Monte Mobile Home Park on Forest Hill Boulevard at Jog Road. No other details were released.
Lake Worth neighborhood changes when fence is taken down

Lake Worth neighborhood changes when fence is taken down

Brenda Smith has lived in Lake Worth more than 10 years. The 53-year-old retired office manager said she loves the city and its residents. “Lake Worth is amazing,” Smith said. About 2½ years ago, she paid $53,000 for a unit on 212 N. K St., a Hovianna XII condominium three blocks down the road from where she lives. Her son, Allan, 25, now lives there. READ: After killings and gunfire...
Trump protesters take to the streets Saturday in downtown West Palm

Trump protesters take to the streets Saturday in downtown West Palm

About 100 protesters taking aim at President Donald Trump stormed the streets of downtown West Palm Beach on Saturday night in a fairly tense display, halting traffic and surprising patrons. The group, marching to mark the anniversary of a local Trump protest held the same day a year ago, was a fraction of the size of that demonstration, which drew hundreds to West Palm Beach. But the organizers...
Lake Worth middle schoolers get CPR training

Lake Worth middle schoolers get CPR training

In 2016, state legislation began encouraging for cardiopulmonary resuscitation in schools and new laws in many states will soon require students to be trained in CPR before high school graduation. Team Certified, a group of local teens from John I. Leonard High School in Greenacres, might be paving the way for something that will become a standard for all Palm Beach County schools. The students pitched...
In West Palm, this downtown issue will shape the next local election

In West Palm, this downtown issue will shape the next local election

City Commissioners Shanon Materio and Sylvia Moffett have fielded competitors in their race for re-election in March, a race that will no doubt be overshadowed by the drive to shape West Palm Beach’s growth and waterfront height limits. In Moffett’s race, real estate executive Kelly Shoaf has jumped in to seek the District 1 seat. Shoaf is vice president of purchasing for Chatham Lodging...
Who’s the man behind secret video of alleged abuse at Okeechobee dairy farm?

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

Richard Couto is a risk taker. He broke his neck riding motocross. He sailed America’s Cup races in the icy Pacific Ocean. He even developed property on South Beach during the boom. But none of those gambles is the reason there’s a rumored $50,000 bounty on his head. Or why he had to move five times in less than two years and had his home address unlisted. On a sunny Wednesday afternoon...
After killings and gunfire, a Lake Worth community reveals fear, anger

After killings and gunfire, a Lake Worth community reveals fear, anger

John Oja moves slowly in his motorized wheelchair along the 500 block of South F Street in Lake Worth. He doesn’t mind the leisurely pace. Oja, who recently had knee surgery, is just glad its daylight. “It’s very dangerous around here,” said Oja, 62. “You hear gunshots at night. You don’t want to come into the neighborhood at night. There might be some gangs around...
HIV-infected ex-Greenacres cop’s case ends in mistrial; state to retry

HIV-infected ex-Greenacres cop’s case ends in mistrial; state to retry

The case of a 41-year-old former Greenacres police officer charged with failing to tell a lover he had HIV is headed to trial again after a jury on Thursday failed to reach a verdict. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer declared a mistrial in the trial of Ervans Saintclair after jurors spent nearly eight hours over two days deliberating his 2014 case and ultimately told the judge...
Green markets are open for season, check this guide for the best near you

Green markets are open for season, check this guide for the best near you

What’s not to love about green market season? The markets provide fresh produce from area farms, artisanal goods, local plants, baked goods, gourmet foods and much more. Plus it’s a great time to just get outside and enjoy South Florida’s fall season. Here’s info on some of our favorites around the county. Opens: Oct. 7, 2017 through April 24, 2018Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p...
Historical home battle passes first test in Lake Worth

Historical home battle passes first test in Lake Worth

For years, hundreds of Lake Worth residents who own a designated historic home have been complaining to city officials about the problems they’ve had replacing doors, roofs and windows, saying applications took forever to be approved. That could be changing. After an 80-minute discussion Tuesday night, city commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance that updates and clarifies the city&rsquo...
Riviera council: Information on manager firing can be found in minutes

Riviera council: Information on manager firing can be found in minutes

A resident’s legal effort to pry loose documents that explain why Riviera Beach City Manager Jonathan Evans was fired in September resulted in no mystery documents Wednesday — just more mystery. An attorney for the city council, in an email response to a judge’s order, said the “documentation and information” City Councilman Terence Davis referred to was videos and minutes...
One year later, local Trump supporters, foes still bitterly divided

One year later, local Trump supporters, foes still bitterly divided

Is it the anniversary of the Apocalypse or are we a year closer to making America great again? One year after Donald Trump was elected president, many of Palm Beach County residents’ opinions on the part-time Palm Beacher are almost exactly what they were 12 months ago. At the same time, a Florida Atlantic University poll says Trump’s approval rating is down to 41 percent a year after...
15% of Lake Worth’s lights still out post-Irma … are LEDs to blame?

15% of Lake Worth’s lights still out post-Irma … are LEDs to blame?

It’s been almost two months since Hurricane Irma hit Palm Beach County, but 15 percent of Lake Worth’s 4,000 streetlights, a lot of which were knocked out by the storm, are still out. And the head of Lake Worth Utilities said it would take his crew months more to finish the repairs. That’s why he’s asking for outside help. READ: Lake Worth veterans cemetery adds burial space...
NEW: Eve Van Engel, of ‘Paws 2 Help’ low-cost animal clinic, dies at 76

NEW: Eve Van Engel, of ‘Paws 2 Help’ low-cost animal clinic, dies at 76

Eve Van Engel, the driving force behind the Paws 2 Help nonprofit veterinary clinics, has died, her son confirmed Wednesday. She died Sunday at 76 at her home in suburban West Palm Beach, Lee Van Engel said. “It was unexpected,” he said. He said the family is waiting to learn a cause of death. Paws 2 Help, founded in 1995, serves as a vet of last resort to thousands of needy pet owners...
Lake Worth changes land use for vacant site

Lake Worth changes land use for vacant site

The vacant 507 South G Street has a new life. City Commissioners at tonight’s meeting unanimously changed the site’s land map use, which will allow Maegher Corp. to renovate and redevelop the site, located on the south side of 5th Avenue South between South G Street and the Florida East Coast Railway. There was no discussion. Maegher is under contract to buy the site for about $800...
Court orders Riviera Beach respond to demand for public info on firing city manager

Court orders Riviera Beach respond to demand for public info on firing city manager

A circuit court judge Tuesday gave the City of Riviera Beach 24 hours to respond to a request for documents that Councilman Terence Davis said spell out the reasons for City Manager Jonathan Evans’ firing in September. In response to legal action by Riviera resident Tradrick McCoy, Judge Peter Blanc at 4:25 p.m. ordered the city to respond to McCoy’s public information demand...
West Palm scratch-off winner gets $1 million

West Palm scratch-off winner gets $1 million

After wasting $20 on a Florida Lottery scratch-off game, West Palm Beach resident Carissa Nadeau woke up $1 million richer. Nadeau, 40, of West Palm Beach and Carol Showman, 63, of Eustis, each claimed a $1 million prize in the $5,000,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. Both winners chose to receive their winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment...
West Palm commission race draws competitors for incumbents

West Palm commission race draws competitors for incumbents

City Commissioners Shanon Materio and Sylvia Moffett have fielded competitors in their race for re-election in March, a race that will no doubt be overshadowed by the drive to shape West Palm Beach’s growth. In Moffett’s race, real estate executive Kelly Shoaf has jumped in to seek the District 1 seat. Shoaf is vice president of purchasing for Chatham Lodging Trust, a hotel real estate...
Vehicles flee after pedestrian hit fatally on 45th Street

Vehicles flee after pedestrian hit fatally on 45th Street

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in finding a 2001-04 Toyota Sequoia with front-end damage, after a 58-year-old man was killed trying to cross 45th Street early Sunday. The pedestrian, identified as Leroy Charles Call Jr., was trying to cross 45th from south to north near its intersection with Jeffrey Avenue at 6:45 a.m., a PBSO spokeswoman said. Two...
Two injured in West Palm Beach arcade shooting

Two injured in West Palm Beach arcade shooting

Two victims were hospitalized Sunday night after a shooting at the Palm Arcade in the 4600 block of Okeechobee Boulevard. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call about gunfire shortly after 7 p.m. and learned two unknown men had entered the arcade and shot two adults. The victims were taken to a hospital. Their conditions were unknown, a PBSO spokeswoman said. The PBSO...
More details unveiled for State Road 7’s Okeechobee-Northlake link

More details unveiled for State Road 7’s Okeechobee-Northlake link

The slow and sometimes torturous bureaucratic trek to link Okeechobee and Northlake boulevards is on schedule for completion in two years, the city’s lawsuit against it notwithstanding, officials said last week. Meanwhile another project, redesigning 45th Street at its Interstate 95 interchange, also is gaining steam. At a State Road 7 panel discussion hosted by state Rep. Matt Willhite and...
Lake Worth community to raise new American flag on Veterans Day

Lake Worth community to raise new American flag on Veterans Day

Residents in Willow Bend, a community west of Lake Worth, plan to raise a new American flag on Veterans Day. “We’re going to raise it right on the property,” said Ruth Levin, 80. “We’re going to put it on a flagpole right in front of Clubhouse 1.” The ceremony starts at 4 p.m. READ: After Lake Worth’s woman’s 4 tires slashed, community rallies to help...
What plans are in store for this vacant Lake Worth site?

What plans are in store for this vacant Lake Worth site?

The property at 507 South G Street has been vacant the past five years, with the city saying the site was most recently licensed for factory uses in 2012. But Maegher Corp., which also operates under the name Technico in Lake Worth, plans to renovate and redevelop the site, located on the south side of 5th Avenue South between South G Street and the Florida East Coast Railway. The site, however, will...
A first dance and a last wish: ‘there’s no such thing as giving up’

A first dance and a last wish: ‘there’s no such thing as giving up’

Nayla Rivera burst from a bedroom, her vibrant red homecoming dress flowing behind and around her. A rhinestone headband gleamed in light from the front window as she walked past the green-topped oxygen tank sent home with her from a hospice. Her first big dance was just hours away, and nothing — certainly not the cystic fibrosis she was born with 16 years ago — was going to keep a smile...
Why some public meetings go past 11 p.m…. and then on and on and on

Why some public meetings go past 11 p.m…. and then on and on and on

The man who lightly snored just after 1 a.m. at an October weeknight meeting in Wellington drew little attention from the dozens who remained in the village’s council chambers. As three controversial proposals were brought before Wellington’s Planning, Zoning and Adjustment Board, its members pushed and plodded through hour after hour of presentations, discussions and public comments &mdash...
Lake Worth veterans cemetery adds burial space in $31 million makeover

Lake Worth veterans cemetery adds burial space in $31 million makeover

The wind blows, gently, this afternoon at The South Florida National Cemetery. Two women, middle-aged, lean over one of the headstones, place a bouquet of flowers, say a few words, bow their heads. They don’t stay long. Ten minutes, tops. But more mourners are expected in the coming years. READ: Veterans Day parade in Lake Worth will end with a special surprise That’s why the national...
8-story hotel rejected; second big win for waterfront view residents

8-story hotel rejected; second big win for waterfront view residents

In a blow to city efforts to allow an 8-story Palm Harbor Marina hotel downtown, an appellate court this week sided with neighboring Waterview Towers condo owners’ contention that property restrictions limiting the site to 4 stories were valid and enforceable. The effort marked the second time in two months that a city plan to allow a waterfront building more than double existing height limits...
Veterans Day parade in Lake Worth will end with special surprise

Veterans Day parade in Lake Worth will end with special surprise

About a year ago, John Endruschat was checking out the city’s annual Veterans Day celebration downtown and noticed something missing. “We saw monuments in other cities that were very prominent for the military and we thought Lake Worth should have one to recognize our veterans,” said Endruschat, a Rotary Club of Lake Worth member for 35 years. “The primary thing is to recognize...
PHOTOS: What Clematis Street used to look like, why we mispronounce it

PHOTOS: What Clematis Street used to look like, why we mispronounce it

The street names themselves must have been an intoxicating advertisement for the tiny settlement across the lake from the posh Palm Beach resort. Hibiscus, Banyan, Gardenia, Sapodilla and Tamarind. Who up north in the 1890s had ever heard such exotic names, like balmy breezes wafting from an Eden being built alongside Mr. Flagler’s new railroad? On November 5, 1894 — 123 years ago...
Rains cause 1.2 million-gallon overflow at West Palm sewage plant

Rains cause 1.2 million-gallon overflow at West Palm sewage plant

Tropical Storm Philippe’s swipe through West Palm Beach on Saturday night brought an early Halloween nightmare, as rain overwhelmed the regional sewage treatment plant off Roebuck Road and sent more than 1.2 million gallons overflowing into a retention pond Sunday. More than 6 inches of rain flowed into the East Coast Regional Water Reclamation Facility, which treats sewage for West Palm, Palm...
Moonfest turns to rain fest, slashing attendance at Halloween event

Moonfest turns to rain fest, slashing attendance at Halloween event

For Maurice Costigan, the scariest part of this year’s Moonfest on Saturday night wasn’t the people walking around downtown with blood streaming from their eyeballs. It was the rain. Costigan and Rodney Mayo, for 25 years the organizers of the Halloween street party, were all-in long before Tropical Storm Philippe tracked across South Florida radar. They hired an event manager...
City’s Flagler bike lanes project gets plenty of flack from residents

City’s Flagler bike lanes project gets plenty of flack from residents

A great man once said, if you want to upset people, change something. Anyone who doubted that only had to read comments on social media and letters to city hall, after the administration that’s all about walkability, bikability and livability launched a pilot project last month to close two of the four lanes of Flagler Drive downtown. The idea was to connect downtown visitors and denizens with...
After Lake Worth woman’s 4 tires slashed, a community rallies to help

After Lake Worth woman’s 4 tires slashed, a community rallies to help

Melanie Hill didn’t know it when she woke up Wednesday, but it was going to be an interesting day. Hill, a 40-year-old display artist, moved near downtown Lake Worth from West Palm Beach nine months ago. “I moved to be closer to work,” she says. “And as an artist, I love the artistic and eclectic community. I also love I can take the boys for a walk downtown and find fun things...
Want more business? Use a free ad on a parked truck in Lake Worth

Want more business? Use a free ad on a parked truck in Lake Worth

“Special Men’s Shirts $1.89.” That’s what it says on a large white truck outside Cocoanut Palm Cleaners at 1714 N. Dixie Highway. No, the cleaners aren’t selling shirts for $1.89. That would be great, wouldn’t it? Actually, that’s how much the company charges to clean and press them. “A lot of people come in for that,” said Lionel Delasanchez,...
Was $12,000 utility district stipend for council members justified?

Was $12,000 utility district stipend for council members justified?

For Riviera Beach council members to get raises, voter approval is required. But the council members didn’t need approval to vote themselves an annual $12,000 stipend in their role as board members of the city’s troubled utility district, in 2015. The justification was they would be spending more time to deal with the crisis-ridden water system and attending one additional meeting per...
SPECIAL REPORT: Riviera leaders big on credit cards, cars, hotels

SPECIAL REPORT: Riviera leaders big on credit cards, cars, hotels

While Riviera Beach struggles with poverty, mold-infested city buildings, deteriorated water systems and administrative chaos, council members and the mayor have indulged in domestic and international conferences, luxury hotels, record-high car allowances and extensive credit card spending. Among the destinations: China. Spain. Haiti. The Bahamas. Little Rock, Ark. Nashville. Dallas. Pittsburgh. They&rsquo...
Turnover, vacancies contribute to internal dysfunction in Riviera

Turnover, vacancies contribute to internal dysfunction in Riviera

Riviera Beach is in disarray. A few months ago, the assistant city manager who’d been passed up for the manager job resigned. The human resources director gave notice this month. The city has no assistant human resources director, purchasing director, IT director or building services director. The police chief, recently the subject of a 67-3 vote of no confidence by the county Patrolmen&rsquo...
Spend your Sunday Funday at Vegfest in West Palm

Spend your Sunday Funday at Vegfest in West Palm

Every Sunday should be spent eating and relaxing outside, in the fresh air. If it’s a perfect Sunday, there’s some light shopping, socializing and lawn games involved. Actually, we just described Palm Beach Vegfest and you should go. It’s happening at Meyer Amphitheater this Sunday, Oct. 29. The local festival for all health enthusiasts is four years old and gets...
New downtown Lake Worth shopping center almost complete

New downtown Lake Worth shopping center almost complete

Neighborhood transformations take time. But the one on the corner of North Dixie Highway and 2nd Avenue North, where an old coin laundry used to be, is almost complete. Downtown Lake Worth, the $2 million, 8,750-square foot shopping center that’s being built, is almost done. Norman Weinstein, president of Boca Raton-based Stateside Partners, the company that’s building the center, said...
Looking for Halloween fun this weekend? Try Lake Worth

Looking for Halloween fun this weekend? Try Lake Worth

Halloween weekend is almost here, folks. And you know that means, right? Good scares and fun for everyone. READ: Scam alert: Be aware of strange phone calls in Lake Worth Here are some of the coolest spooktacular events going on in Lake Worth through Halloween. The event: “Little Scream” The day: Friday What’s going on: Free fun from 6 to 10 p.m. downtown, 414 Lake Avenue, including...
Soup’s on: 5 best soups, stews in Palm Beach County

Soup’s on: 5 best soups, stews in Palm Beach County

Here are five of our favorites: As golden-crusted, dense and oozy as an onion soup ought to be, this creature comfort is one of several hot soups offered at the Jupiter bistro. $6.95. You come here for the range of killer dogs, but then you try the chili and it becomes a go-to favorite. Add the works (cheese, onions, scallions) for a quarter. A cup is $3.75, bowl $4.75. A cup, however, will suffice...
Happy National Pumpkin Day: Best pumpkin patches to visit in Palm Beach County

Happy National Pumpkin Day: Best pumpkin patches to visit in Palm Beach County

Today is the day to celebrate the orange orb, the pumpkin. Happy National Pumpkin Day. Picking out the perfect pumpkin for carving or for your favorite Halloween decoration is lots of fun. Here in Palm Beach County we have lots of pumpkin patches for you and the kiddies to stroll through to find the perfect one.  Bedner’s goes all out for fall! The market is open year round, but they break...
After hiring debacle, Riviera starts over to hire interim city manager

After hiring debacle, Riviera starts over to hire interim city manager

A majority of the Riviera Beach City Council voted Wednesday to start over in the search for an interim city manager to replace the manager they fired with cause but without explanation and to replace the one they tried to hire without a background check. Despite a move by Chairwoman KaShamba Miller-Anderson and Mayor Thomas Masters to bring back fired manager Jonathan Evans on an interim basis to...
POST TIME: Groundbreaking Palm Beach Mall opened 50 years ago

POST TIME: Groundbreaking Palm Beach Mall opened 50 years ago

Readers: This year we’ve reminded you about some famed locales that, coincidentally, stood within blocks of each other along Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard. The West Palm Beach Auditorium, the “Leaky Tepee,” opened in September 1967. West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium (1963-1997), was right behind it And 50 years ago this week, on Oct. 26, 1967, then-Gov. Claude Kirk officiated at the...
Riviera to try again after hiring debacles

Riviera to try again after hiring debacles

A majority of the Riviera Beach City Council voted Wednesday to start over again in the search for an interim city manager to replace the manager they fired with cause but without explanation and to replace the one they tried to hire without a background check. Despite a move by Chairwoman KaShamba Miller-Anderson and Mayor Thomas Masters to bring back fired manager Jonathan Evans on an interim basis...
Scam alert: Be aware of strange phone calls

Scam alert: Be aware of strange phone calls

On Friday, Darin Onam, owner of Hachi Asian Cuisine & Grill on Lake Avenue, got a call. The caller ID said the number was from the city, so, of course, Onam answered. “They said I owed like $2,500 on my utility bill,” she said, sounding shocked. READ: At John Prince Park, yes, there were really some who needed hurricane aid But Onam, who was on the phone 10 minutes, told the caller that...
Consultants rolling out final solutions for West Palm traffic issues

Consultants rolling out final solutions for West Palm traffic issues

After months of studying downtown’s traffic problems, the city’s team of consultants are set to reveal their findings and potential solutions. The public is invited to City Hall at 6-8 p.m. Tuesday to hear urban consultants Alta Planning + Design and Gabe Klein, give their take on what the growing city needs to do to make life easier for commuters, bicyclists and pedestrians. The issue...
UPDATE: Riviera cops looking for Dodge Charger in fatal shooting

UPDATE: Riviera cops looking for Dodge Charger in fatal shooting

A unidentified 23-year-old man was killed and his girlfriend injured in a shooting at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the 2600 block of West 28th Street, according to a spokeswoman for Riviera Beach police. Police are still searching for the man who jumped out of a dark-colored Dodge Charger and shot the 23-year-old when the man took cover in another vehicle parked in front of 2635 West 28th Street, said...
Long waits, traffic jams at last day of Florida for Food program

Long waits, traffic jams at last day of Florida for Food program

Six-hour waits on Dixie Highway, Congress Avenue and Lantana Road greeted applicants as the sun came up Saturday, the last day for the Food for Florida Program. “We got here at 6 a.m. Traffic already way backed up. My wife said we should have been here at 2 a.m. I should have listened to her,” said Peter Gastrons as he and his wife Alice sat in southbound gridlock on Dixie Highway, just...
Indictment of FBI informant complicates West Palm terrorism case

Indictment of FBI informant complicates West Palm terrorism case

Attorney Donnie Murrell was driving to the federal courthouse in Fort Pierce in June when his cell phone rang and he was asked to head back to West Palm Beach to represent a Palm Beach County man charged with wire fraud. He had no idea what he was about to get into. This week, four months after he agreed to represent career con artist Mohammed Agbareia on what appeared to be routine charges in an...
In love, Lake Worth woman gave online stranger $1 million, lost it all

In love, Lake Worth woman gave online stranger $1 million, lost it all

After placing her profile on an online dating site seven years ago, Debby Montgomery deleted most of the responses. “The guys were losers,” she recalled. “Some asked for money within a week of meeting online.” But when she logged on to the site on November 14, 2010, one message spoke to her soul. “I am in search of a long term relationship that…hopefully will...
At John Prince Park, yes, there are really some who need hurricane aid

At John Prince Park, yes, there are really some who need hurricane aid

People talk about the long lines outside John Prince Memorial Park this week during the Hurricane Irma food aid event. Sure, thousands of cars were snaked around Congress Avenue, onto Lantana Road, then back onto Interstate 95 as folks waited for hours to get inside the park to pick up their stamps. There’s also been lip service paid to the expensive cars waiting, with some people saying, &ldquo...
Eat at Five Guys today and aid Puerto Rico hurricane relief

Eat at Five Guys today and aid Puerto Rico hurricane relief

There’s a really good reason to eat at a Five Guys restaurant Saturday. The franchise is hosting a fundraiser all day and hopes to raise at least $20,000 to give to the YMCA in Puerto Rico for hurricane relief. Newk’s Eatery in Palm Beach Gardens is also involved.  The Five Guys locations in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Broward counties are all participating.  Thirty...
It’s all about amour at Loic, upcoming West Palm French bakery-cafe

It’s all about amour at Loic, upcoming West Palm French bakery-cafe

Loic Autret figures he’s on his second or third life, which partly explains why he’s so over-the-top about the bakery/bar/cafe he’s about to open in downtown West Palm near the corner of South Dixie Highway and Hibiscus Street. Tours of duty in Iraq and Cambodia left the French former paratrooper and minesweeper scarred with memories of long hospital stays, but ebullient about his...
For Greenacres WWII vet about to turn 100, getting old is ‘not great’

For Greenacres WWII vet about to turn 100, getting old is ‘not great’

Sitting in front of his two-bedroom Greenacres townhome on Fernley Drive, the one where he’s lived since the early 1980s, Edward Sicard stares intently and slowly reflects on what it’ll feel like to turn 100 on Nov. 1. “It’s not great,” Sicard says, somewhat sharply. “When you get old, all your friends are gone. All your childhood is gone. I think it’s very...
NEW: Riviera Beach picks manager without interview; then he quits

NEW: Riviera Beach picks manager without interview; then he quits

The three Riviera Beach City Council members who fired the city manager last month voted Wednesday night to hire as interim city manager someone they neither interviewed nor vetted. And he withdrew from contention the next day, after media reports about his past. Council members Lynne Hubbard, Terence “TD” Davis and Dawn Pardo voted to hire James A. Poag, a former internal auditor...
Why Jazz pianist Copeland Davis will be in Atlantis next week

Why Jazz pianist Copeland Davis will be in Atlantis next week

Jazz pianist Copeland Davis will play the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County’s annual fund-raising event Oct. 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Atlantis Country Club, 190 Atlantis Boulevard. Tickets are $45, with the luncheon including food, music and a raffle of luxury gift bags. RSVPs are required online at www.lwvpbc.org or by calling 561-968-4123. Copeland...
Broward lawyer drops emoluments clause suit against President Trump

Broward lawyer drops emoluments clause suit against President Trump

Recognizing that others are already accusing President Donald Trump of running afoul of the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments clauses, a Broward County lawyer has dropped his lawsuit that makes similar claims. “(The) argument is being adequately made by others, and with best wishes for their success,” attorney Patrick Goggins wrote last week, alerting U.S. District Judge Robin...
Local Girl Scouts leader: Will Boy Scouts be ‘girl-centric’ enough?

Local Girl Scouts leader: Will Boy Scouts be ‘girl-centric’ enough?

Angela Frankland always looked forward to Cub Scout camping. But she wasn’t a Cub Scout. “I used to love camping with (my brother) when he was in Cubs,” says Angela, 11, who lives in West Palm Beach. “Since he crossed over into Boy Scouts, I haven’t been able. And I miss it.” Now, in the wake of the announcement that Boy Scouts of America will admit girls...
NEW: West Palm’s art show expanding to Lake Worth this year

NEW: West Palm’s art show expanding to Lake Worth this year

CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show , the nation’s largest outdoor museum show in West Palm Beach, is coming to Lake Worth next month, with 10 artists participating to transform downtown into a giant outdoor museum. “We’re super excited to start with you this year,” Nicole Henry, the show’s founder and curator said Tuesday morning at a 25-minute news conference at...
Expect long lines for Hurricane Irma food stamps at these three spots

Expect long lines for Hurricane Irma food stamps at these three spots

UPDATE: Long lines are being reported today at the John Prince Memorial Park site, west of Lake Worth, as people showed up overnight to get assistance.  Officials had to bus applicants to another parking lot to help with crowding and traffic control.  Original story: The Department of Children and Families, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will implement the Food for...
Downtown Lake Worth location suits women’s clothing store owners fine

Downtown Lake Worth location suits women’s clothing store owners fine

Carrie Childs, co-owner of CarriElle’s Closet , a women’s clothing store in downtown Lake Worth, knows all about ladies and what each should be wearing. Childs, 56, was a former corporate recruiter in the nation’s capital for more than 30 years. She bought all her suits from boutiques because she wanted flair and kick. “I could walk into any boardroom...
Lake Park man, 90, has worked at same job for 65 years

Lake Park man, 90, has worked at same job for 65 years

Not only is Hank Libby 90 years old and working full-time, five-and-a-half days a week, but he’s worked at the same company for 65 years. Go to Maschmeyer Concrete and you’ll see him fixing forklifts or whatever heavy machinery needs attention. Until a few years ago, you could see him climbing on top of 62-foot-tall silos to fix things. “Finally I told Hank, ‘you probably shouldn&rsquo...
Art Lofts at West Village in Lake Worth gets $532,000 from county

Art Lofts at West Village in Lake Worth gets $532,000 from county

Palm Beach County’s Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability recently awarded $532,000 to Art Lofts of West Village , an eight townhome development under construction in Lake Worth. It will make four of the eight homes more affordable to residents. “A lot of the artists are already self employed, so this is really good,” said Michael Pecar, director...
Some people just can’t stand living in Palm Beach County. Here’s why.

Some people just can’t stand living in Palm Beach County. Here’s why.

When Gina Guadagnino moved from New York City to Palm Beach Gardens in 2010, she wanted her son to be raised around family there. “Also, when you have to lug a stroller up subway steps, everyone on the subway looks at you and you can tell they hate you.” Just two years later, Guadagnino, 35, husband Aaron and son Finnegan were back in Manhattan, annoyed subway riders notwithstanding. &ldquo...
West Palm urges Trump to extend haven for Haitians who fled disasters

West Palm urges Trump to extend haven for Haitians who fled disasters

An earthquake, cholera epidemic and hurricane have left Haiti reeling, and the 58,000 who fled for the safety of the U.S. need more time, the city commission said Tuesday, in a vote urging the Trump administration to extend their Temporary Protected Status. In a unanimous vote without discussion, the commission urged President Trump to extend Haiti’s protected status designation 18 months past...
Palm Beach season preview: 13 fall festivals you don’t want to miss

Palm Beach season preview: 13 fall festivals you don’t want to miss

The weather is getting slightly cooler, ya’ll. Green markets are starting back. Holiday cheer is in full effect. And between now and the new year, there’s at least one festival taking place around town that fits your personal taste. Scroll down to read about the ones you don’t want to miss.  Thursday, Oct. 19 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach...
Boatlift project issues leads to shouting match at Lake Worth meeting

Boatlift project issues leads to shouting match at Lake Worth meeting

A plan for a boatlift that would tie area lakes to the Intracoastal Waterway has created questions as to the city’s liability and costs and led to a tension-filled commission meeting that descended into yelling and accusations of turning the issue “into a bloody war.” For the past several years, a “chain of lakes” in West Palm Beach, Lake Clarke Shores, Lake Worth...
Official’s firing angers Riviera crowd, who vow ‘not to take it any more’

Official’s firing angers Riviera crowd, who vow ‘not to take it any more’

The city of 34,000 has no assistant city manager, human resources director, assistant human resources director, purchasing director, IT director or building services director. The public works director is on leave, pending an internal investigation. The police chief is scheduled to retire next month. And yet, after City Manager Jonathan Evans started work March 20, staff morale turned upward. Evans...
He ran from Oregon to West Palm Beach to raise money for homeless vets

He ran from Oregon to West Palm Beach to raise money for homeless vets

He likes West Palm Beach so much he ran 3,500 miles over mountains and through deserts to get here. Dan Cornford completed his journey Sept. 24 at West Palm’s waterfront, after setting out March 31 from Springfield, Ore. He dropped from a weight of 205 pounds to 132 just training for the run and if you look past the puffy white beard, the healthy glow in his cheeks makes him look younger than...
Former Lake Worth teacher still keeping memory of Barry Grunow alive

Former Lake Worth teacher still keeping memory of Barry Grunow alive

MaryAnne Hedrick taught physical education at Lake Worth Middle School for 27 years — mostly in a wheelchair. Hedrick was left paralyzed after she was a passenger in a car wreck on Interstate 95 in 1997. “Our car rolled, but we both survived,” said Hedrick, 60. “I’ve been sitting down the past 20 years, but it’s all good.” READ: Nathaniel Brazill speaks a...
New downtown Lake Worth book store to open Friday evening

New downtown Lake Worth book store to open Friday evening

801 Lake Avenue has a story to tell. The historical property, built in 1920, sits on the corner of Lake Avenue and J Street, a prime spot in downtown Lake Worth. The site was once a grocery store then a meat market, then a drug store. READ: How safe is it in Lake Worth? Check out PBSO’s latest crime stats For years, the site remained vacant, waiting for a new owner to bring it back to life,...
Party hard! 2017 Oktoberfest of The Palm Beaches is here

Party hard! 2017 Oktoberfest of The Palm Beaches is here

“Prost!” That’s “cheers!” in German, and the only German word you need to know at this year’s 44th annual Oktoberfest  at the American-German Club in Lake Worth starting Friday,  Oct. 13. Submerge yourself in the German culture by enjoying two weekends of family fun, with authentic German meals...
Riviera Beach council won't explain why city manager fired

Riviera Beach council won't explain why city manager fired

A majority of the Riviera Beach city council Wednesday night refused to explain what alleged “misfeasance” led them to summarily fire City Manager Jonathan Evans late last month. Mayor Thomas Masters and Chairwoman KaShamba Miller-Anderson, Evans supporters, said they wanted to hear why council members Terence Davis, Dawn Pardo and Lynne Hubbard voted to fire Evans without discussion at...
How safe is Lake Worth? Latest crime stats are in

How safe is Lake Worth? Latest crime stats are in

Crime is down almost 14 percent in Lake Worth for the first six months of the year, according to the sheriff’s office. “Those are good numbers,” Todd Baer, a captain with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, told commissioners Tuesday night. “But the next six months are going to be hard. We’ll see what happens by the end of the year.” From January...
Federal jury convicts Riviera Beach man in $6.1 million tax fraud case

Federal jury convicts Riviera Beach man in $6.1 million tax fraud case

A 28-year-old Riviera Beach man was convicted of 29 charges this week in connection with what prosecutors described as a $6.1 million tax fraud scheme. Corry Pearson, who operated Tax King in West Palm Beach, was found guilty of eight counts of aggravated identity theft, four counts of money laundering, 16 counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud after a nearly two-week...
Government response to Puerto Rico was ‘piss poor,’ LW commissioner says

Government response to Puerto Rico was ‘piss poor,’ LW commissioner says

To help those without food, water and electricity in Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria, City Commissioner Omari Hardy at Tuesday’s meeting proposed the city donate up to $25,000 to the island. “We can discuss if we want to provide it to a highly rated organization … want to give it directly to the municipal government in San Juan or to outlying areas that aren’t so central...
West Palm to developers: To build bigger, add benefits for public

West Palm to developers: To build bigger, add benefits for public

An incentives plan would let developers on parts of South Dixie Highway and a few other commercial stretches build bigger than currently allowed, if their private projects provided benefits to the public. West Palm Beach commissioners gave planners the go-ahead Monday to complete a draft of the incentives, which would let buildings in general commercial zones grow by as much as one-third. The plan...
G-Star 11th grader gets his big break on new Nickelodeon series

G-Star 11th grader gets his big break on new Nickelodeon series

For about two months, Jayce Mroz, a G-Star School of the Arts student in Palm Springs, took classes in a makeshift classroom at Viacom International Studios in Miami because he was in the middle of filming a new Nickelodeon series. “There were six of us there,” Mroz, 16, recalled. “I was lucky I didn’t have to dis-enroll from (G-Star) or take online school. G-Star really...
Sailfish Marina: Condo opposed to our docks is just pushing for land

Sailfish Marina: Condo opposed to our docks is just pushing for land

Sailfish Marina says it is being pressured to sell a property it doesn’t want to give up. The battle by Buccaneer Condominium against neighboring Sailfish Marina’s dock expansion has ramped up, with an allegation Buccaneer is trying to force Sailfish to sell land so Buccaneer’s marina can expand its own docks. Buccaneer says the allegation is nonsense. The two combatants occupy waterfront...
UPDATE: Two lanes of Flagler Drive off-limits to cars

UPDATE: Two lanes of Flagler Drive off-limits to cars

The two easternmost lanes of Flagler Drive between Banyan Boulevard and Lakeview Avenue are now closed for the city’s Flagler Shore project. RELATED: City to shut 2 Flagler lanes, opening them for walking, biking The eastern half of Flagler is reserved for bicyclists and pedestrians along the Intracoastal Waterway. The two westernmost lanes are still open, and there is still two-way traffic...
PBSC’s unique idea to help Puerto Rican, Texas students after storms

PBSC’s unique idea to help Puerto Rican, Texas students after storms

More than three million people in Puerto Rico are without electricity. Food is also scarce. Good luck trying to make a phone call. The island’s governor recently called Hurricane Maria the “greatest catastrophe” in Puerto Rico’s modern history. Things aren’t much better in Houston, where Hurricane Harvey blasted through in late August as thousands of residents struggle...
Ready to party? Lake Worth’s ‘Evening on the Avenues’ returns soon

Ready to party? Lake Worth’s ‘Evening on the Avenues’ returns soon

After a few weeks off, “Evening on the Avenues,” the city’s weekly Friday entertainment event, returns Friday, Oct. 6. “It’ll be bigger and better,” said City Commissioner Andy Amoroso. “We’ll have our great barbecue coming back, great vendors and we will have adult beverages. People really wanted those.” Amoroso said the event will continue to...
Will billionaire’s downtown two-tower project be in airline paths?

Will billionaire’s downtown two-tower project be in airline paths?

So what’s next, West Palm Beach? For all the talk that Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene will sit on his property and never get a major building out of the ground in West Palm, he’s better positioned to build sooner than any of the other deep-pocketed developers around town. The city commission on Monday knocked Ken Himmel and Related Cos.’ One Flagler office proposal out of contention...
Some in Lake Osborne upset over $1 million water deal with Lake Worth

Some in Lake Osborne upset over $1 million water deal with Lake Worth

In 2014, Lake Osborne Waterworks, a private utility provider, sued Lake Worth, saying it was being forced to pay too much for water. Lake Osborne bought the water from the city and sold it to 466 homes in Lake Osborne Estates, a single-family home community west of Interstate 95 near 6th Avenue South in unincorporated Palm Beach County. The lawsuit argued that the city charged Lake Osborne Estates...
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