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POST TIME: The Norleys, Part III: Two deaths and a return to school

POST TIME: The Norleys, Part III: Two deaths and a return to school

(Originally published March 17, 2016) Readers: This is the last of a three-parter on the Norleys; it’s a family story of tragedy and triumph. Dolores and Theodore “Skeeter” Norley already had dealt with their first son, Greg, being born with developmental challenges, and another son, David, vanishing at sea at age 16. The fates weren’t done. Late on a Saturday night in December...
POST TIME: The Norleys, Part II: A brave stand and a tragic vanishing

POST TIME: The Norleys, Part II: A brave stand and a tragic vanishing

(Originally published March 10, 2016) Readers: Last week we began telling the life story of Dolores Norley. Husband Theodore “Skeeter” Norley — many of his patients just called him “Doctor T” — had been just the second orthopedic surgeon in Palm Beach County. But he clashed with the establishment. He refused to treat black people as anything but equals, in an era...
After Irma: Palm Beach’s weeklong shutdown challenged, defended

After Irma: Palm Beach’s weeklong shutdown challenged, defended

Looking to restock his refrigerator three days after Hurricane Irma tore through Palm Beach County, attorney Richard Ryles headed to the Publix in Palm Beach. But, like scores of mainland residents discovered in the aftermath of the storm, the wealthy island was off-limits to nearly everyone who didn’t live or work in the tony town — not just during the storm but for seven days...
West Palm man wants dogs back; county claims he left them during Irma

West Palm man wants dogs back; county claims he left them during Irma

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control took away Joseph Licata’s three dogs two weeks ago, alleging he abandoned them with Hurricane Irma approaching. Licata, desperate to get his dogs back, argues he didn’t abandon them. Rather, he was on vacation in London, a trip he planned for a year, and enlisted a friend to give them food and water and take them inside if the storm got close....
Uninvited early visitor delays Lake Worth’s new book store opening

Uninvited early visitor delays Lake Worth’s new book store opening

Last month I wrote a column on Book Cellar , a new upscale store planning to open this month on 801 Lake Avenue, a vacant site way too long. But after Hurricane Irma hit Palm Beach County, I wondered if the opening date got pushed back, so I called Tamara Ayraud, one of the co-owners, to find out. Good news is the site, which had shutters, didn’t suffer any damages...
Why did Riviera axe city manager? No one, including him, seems to know

Why did Riviera axe city manager? No one, including him, seems to know

Days after he led Riviera Beach through its Hurricane Irma preparations and recovery, a 3-2 majority of the city council fired new City Manager Jonathan E. Evans without explanation or discussion. Late in the Sept. 20 council meeting, council member Terence Davis moved to fire Evans for what he said were performance reasons and council members Dawn Pardo and Lynne Hubbard agreed. None of the three...
Tuesday vote: After years, will Lake Worth lower its millage rate?

Tuesday vote: After years, will Lake Worth lower its millage rate?

If it doesn’t work the first time, try again. At a Lake Worth budget hearing in July, Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell proposed reducing the city’s millage rate by a quarter, but the gesture was opposed 3-1, with Mayor Pam Triolo absent. So, at Tuesday’s city commission meeting and first public hearing to set the rate, Maxwell made the appeal once more, emphasizing that Lake Worth has become...
Lake Worth teacher organizes dinner for power lineman

Lake Worth teacher organizes dinner for power lineman

On Sept. 15, Meredith Abrams, a North Grade Elementary teacher in Lake Worth, was giving out water, Gatorade and candy bars to the lineman working tirelessly to restore the power in the city. “I had to find something to keep me busy,” she said. “It was very rewarding.” The next day Abrams saw a Hurricane Irma linemen restoration page on Facebook. She immediately joined and...
West Palm’s $6.8 million property tax windfall — how it plans to spend it

West Palm’s $6.8 million property tax windfall — how it plans to spend it

Mayor Jeri Muoio and the city commission have moved to increase city spending by 4 percent, taking advantage of rising home values that again will help the city collect more property tax revenue. The commission has tentatively approved a $177.8 million budget for its 2018 fiscal year, a plan to increase spending by $6,850,884 over the current year. A final vote on the budget and tax rate is scheduled...
After a year, Applebee’s returns to Okeechobee Blvd. restaurant scene

After a year, Applebee’s returns to Okeechobee Blvd. restaurant scene

The Applebee’s doesn’t fall far from the Applebee’s tree. One of suburban West Palm Beach’s busiest commercial intersections, Military Trail and Okeechobee Boulevard, will see the opening Tuesday of an Applebee’s restaurant, at the same address where an old Applebee’s closed a year ago. Franchisee Doherty Enterprises, Inc., has scheduled a ribbon cutting for Monday...
Respectable Street’s 30th Anniversary Party: How club transformed West Palm

Respectable Street’s 30th Anniversary Party: How club transformed West Palm

When Rodney Mayo, then 24, returned to West Palm Beach from California’s Occidental College, he brought back with him a new love for the alternative music he discovered in Los Angeles. Finding nowhere locally to experience that sound, he decided that Salvation Army building, bordered by other closed buildings and a corner store, would be the perfect place for the club and cafe he wanted to open...
Celebrity history: F. Scott Fitzgerald stayed in Palm Beach in 1938

Celebrity history: F. Scott Fitzgerald stayed in Palm Beach in 1938

In January 1938, F. Scott Fitzgerald sat down with a reporter from The Palm Beach Post and explained his dilemma: Should he spend his last day of Florida vacation relaxing at The Breakers? Or should he fly down to Key West to see his old friend Ernest Hemingway?
From lawsuit to book chapter, Boca lawyer pursues fight against Trump

From lawsuit to book chapter, Boca lawyer pursues fight against Trump

When Boca Raton lawyer James Herb filed legal papers last year to have President Donald Trump declared mentally unfit, he had no inkling his personal crusade would earn him a spot in a book that longtime liberal political pundit Bill Moyers said should become “an instant best-seller.” Along with more than a dozen of the nation’s top psychiatrists and mental health experts, Herb was...
A week after Irma, Lake Worth pier finally open again

A week after Irma, Lake Worth pier finally open again

Alan Hogan, standing on the William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier, looks hypnotized as he gazes at the choppy Atlantic Ocean. “I grew up here,” said Hogan, 59. “I’ve seen the ocean, seen everything opened up like it is. It’s beautiful.” The sight was very much welcomed by a Lake Worth community recovering after Hurricane Irma. VIDEO: Hurricane Irma waves smash Lake...
Jake LaMotta dies: When ‘Raging Bull’ punched up Palm Beach County

Jake LaMotta dies: When ‘Raging Bull’ punched up Palm Beach County

The late 1950s were not good years for boxer Jake LaMotta. As anybody who’s seen Martin Scorsese’s masterwork film “Raging Bull” can attest. In that 1980 film, Robert De Niro played the volatile middleweight champion from his brutal determination to win the crown in the ’40s to his disreputable fall a decade later running a nightclub on Miami Beach’s Collins...
Lake Worth manager nixes planned Irma event for servicemen

Lake Worth manager nixes planned Irma event for servicemen

Sunday night, Lake Worth Electric Utility reported that all known power outages had been restored. That was also the day that several community organizations planned to host a barbecue event to thank the out-of-town lineman for their hard work with a dinner. “The community could not have been more excited to contribute,” said Kim Lingle, a Lake Worth resident. “We raised more than...
Shot in the face by deputy, West Palm Beach man sues PBSO

Shot in the face by deputy, West Palm Beach man sues PBSO

A 31-year-old West Palm Beach man who was shot in the face in 2014 as he attempted to flee from a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy has sued the agency, claiming the deputy had no reason to shoot him. In the lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court, attorneys representing Joshua Jett claim Deputy Christopher Cabrera falsely claimed he opened fire because he was afraid Jett was going to drive...
West Palm Beach sues US agencies for approving State Road 7 extension

West Palm Beach sues US agencies for approving State Road 7 extension

UPDATED BELOW: Having failed to stop the county and state plan to extend State Road 7 beside Grassy Waters Preserve, the city of West Palm Beach has sued five federal agencies for approving the “unnecessary and environmentally harmful roadway project in violation of multiple environmental laws.” The city filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Sept. 12, against the...
A week later and still no power is ‘miserable,’ says one homeowner

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

Bill Arnold hasn’t felt a blast of cool air from his house at 5556 Lake Osborne Drive since Hurricane Irma struck. “It’s been miserable,” said Arnold, a former National Enquirer editor. “It’s more than 85 degrees in this house.” Angela Howey has similar issues at her three-bedroom home at Palm Beach National, west of Lake Worth. READ: Lake Worth Utilities...
West Palm Beach dog lost nearly two years ago shows up on Long Island

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

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

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

The week of September 18—22, The Palm Beach Post will be collecting non-perishable food items and toiletries for victims of Hurricane Irma. The newspaper will accept donations in its main lobby at 2751 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The items will be delivered to Oasis Compassion Agency, a Greenacres non-profit that has a food pantry that...
West Palm Beach: The garbage trucks will get to you

West Palm Beach: The garbage trucks will get to you

Hang in there, West Palm Beach residents. The garbage collectors will get to you. That’s the message from the city’s director of Public Works, Pete Bieniek, who says crews have been working 12-hour shifts, seven days a week, since Hurricane Irma’s approach. “It could have been far worse but it still wasn’t something light,” he said. Broken branches, palm fronds...
Hurricane Irma: Is Lake Worth the sweatiest city in Florida?

Hurricane Irma: Is Lake Worth the sweatiest city in Florida?

Bob Lepa had no plans to be in Lake Worth for Hurricane Irma. The 59-year-old financial consultant bought plane tickets to Detroit, where he intended to watch the Detroit Lions’ NFL home opener against the Arizona Cardinals. “I was going for the fun,” Lepa said. “My planning for the storm was nominal at best.” Those plans changed. Fast. READ: The Palm Beach Post&rsquo...
After Hurricane Irma: What you need to know in Lake Worth

After Hurricane Irma: What you need to know in Lake Worth

For the rest of the week, a regular pickup schedule will be to be followed. A hurricane related vegetation amnesty will be in place allowing 6 rather than the usual 4 cubic yards of vegetation. The measurement is equal to roughly 3 regular refrigerators in size. Vegetation must be cut to lengths not exceeding 3-feet. Stumps must be less than 15-inches in diameter. The city is asking residents to  ...
Hurricane Irma: Boats ruined, one windblown as far as 6 miles north

Hurricane Irma: Boats ruined, one windblown as far as 6 miles north

Martha Dyal had Moon Shadow zipped up tight for Hurricane Irma. The 26-foot O’Day sailboat had four lines tied to its mooring, which was screwed several feet into the bottom of the Lake Worth Lagoon. She also had an anchor down west of the mooring and another east of it. But when the sun rose Monday, waves lapped at Moon Shadow’s mooring ball off the Palm Beach Sailing Club, but the ship...
Hurricane Irma recovery: West Palm curfew is over and what else you need to know

Hurricane Irma recovery: West Palm curfew is over and what else you need to know

West Palm Beach has lifted its hurricane curfew. As of Thursday morning, 18,000 West Palm Beach utility customers remained without power. That’s down from 60,000 just after Hurricane Irma’s height on Sunday.  .. Trash pickups only take place if it’s your regular pickup day, the city says. -- Scheduled for 5 p.m. today in City Hall: a hearing on the budget for...
After Hurricane Irma: Lake Worth restores more power to residents

After Hurricane Irma: Lake Worth restores more power to residents

About 48 percent of the city’s power has been restored, Lake Worth said late Wednesday night. 12,589 residents now have their electricity. Lake Worth Utilities has about 27,000 customers. After Hurricane Irma hit Palm Beach County Sunday, close to 25,000 residents were without power, the city said..  Lake Worth said city crews have teamed with 13 out-of-state crews to fix the problem.
Mounts Botanical Garden spared devastating blow from Hurricane Irma

Mounts Botanical Garden spared devastating blow from Hurricane Irma

When Rochelle Wolberg visited Mounts Botanical Garden after Hurricane Irma tore through South Florida on Sunday, she steeled herself for the worst. But the director and curator of the gardens on Military Trail was pleasantly surprised by the condition of the 14-acre tropical oasis just west of Palm Beach International Airport. While some trees were down and there is much work to be done before...
32 Palm Beach County residents poisoned by generators, officials say

32 Palm Beach County residents poisoned by generators, officials say

Thirty-two Palm Beach County residents have been treated for carbon monoxide poisoning after inhaling dangerous fumes from generators they fired up after Hurricane Irma wiped out electrical power to their homes, county health officials said Wednesday. The number includes two families in West Palm Beach and one each in Delray Beach and Boca Raton who were treated at area hospitals after they inhaled...
Hurricane Irma: Courts reopen after case, judge selection delays

Hurricane Irma: Courts reopen after case, judge selection delays

Several sentencings in high-profile cases and the selection process to replace two circuit judges have all been postponed by Hurricane Irma, even as business resumed Wednesday at a Palm Beach County satellite courthouse. The north Palm Beach County courthouse in Palm Beach Gardens reopened Wednesday after being closed for a total of four business days because of the storm, whose wide bands reached...
Hurricane Irma: What you need to know in Lake Worth

Hurricane Irma: What you need to know in Lake Worth

As power begins to be restored you can help by turning off your air conditioning unit, the city said. That action can greatly help a smooth transition to your power returning. Once power is restored feel free to turn AC back on and plug your electronics back in. If you have a downed power line on your property remember to leave it alone and call SysOps at 18774-LIGHT-0. As for safety, treat any and...
Venerable plaque honors phone system recovery after 1928 storm

Venerable plaque honors phone system recovery after 1928 storm

Readers: Each year at this time we reflect on Palm Beach County’s most profound event: the great Sept. 16, 1928, Okeechobee hurricane, which struck 89 years ago this week, killing at least 2,500. Most of the dead were poor migrant workers in the Glades who drowned when a 5-foot-high mud berm at Lake Okeechobee gave way. But the storm also inflicted catastrophic damage along the coast, much of...
Hurricane Irma: The latest Lake Worth update

Hurricane Irma: The latest Lake Worth update

Here’s he latest on what you need to know in Lake Worth after Hurricane Irma... Refuse crews continue to clear roads and make the city safe for emergency vehicles and electric crews to travel. Regular scheduled pickups (except recycling) are in progress today.  Initial damage assessments are being completed and sent to FEMA today. Electric crews are focusing on circuit repairs that will...
Lake Worth residents handling power outage best they can

Lake Worth residents handling power outage best they can

Close to 25,000 Lake Worth Utilities customers have no power after Hurricane Irma hit the city Sunday, but they’re handling it well. “This is not something we haven’t experienced before,” said Greg Rice. “It’s never fun, but we knew this was coming.” Rice said he’s been concerned after reading Facebook postings on how some Lake Worth residents want to...
Public and car dealer flock to safety of downtown parking garages

Public and car dealer flock to safety of downtown parking garages

Residents rushing to shelter cars from the hurricane at CityPlace found they immediately had competition for the shopping center’s offer of free spaces to the public: from a car dealership. More than 400 Napleton Hyundai cars were already lining the ramps of the garage off Lakeview Avenue, by the time a Palm Beach Post article and CityPlace press release announced that West Palm Beach and CityPlace...
NEW: West Palm orders non-essential cars off streets starting Saturday

NEW: West Palm orders non-essential cars off streets starting Saturday

With Category 5 Hurricane Irma bearing down on South Florida, West Palm Beach announced a curfew starting 8 a.m. Saturday, to keep cars and people off the streets until at least 8 a.m. Monday. The curfew is mandatory for vehicles but the city also is urging residents to stay indoors during that period. At a media conference Thursday afternoon, Mayor Jeri Muoio said the main point of the curfew is...
Hurricane Irma: Scenes of desperation, weariness in PBIA ticket line

Hurricane Irma: Scenes of desperation, weariness in PBIA ticket line

“Don’t worry! You’ll get a seat!” It’s 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, at Palm Beach International Airport’s Southwest Airlines ticket counter, and for an hour I’ve been trying to get my mom and son on a plane away from Hurricane Irma. The man standing in front of me is trying to be reassuring. He and his wife have booked on the flight we want, but because she drove...
Hurricane Irma: In high-rise construction zone, West Palm holds breath

Hurricane Irma: In high-rise construction zone, West Palm holds breath

Developer Al Adelson figures Hurricane Irma will save him 50k. Adelson, who’s building the 25-story Bristol Tower condo on the city waterfront, was going to pay that much for a hurricane glass test. Instead, “we’ll get a real test,” he said Wednesday. “I’m looking at it as a positive.” With a $2 billion building boom in West Palm alone, Palm Beach County horizons...
Hurricane Irma: Dread, panic and hope in Home Depot parking lot

Hurricane Irma: Dread, panic and hope in Home Depot parking lot

Dread and an adrenaline-fueled hyper-vigilance. Panic, nervous acceptance and magical thinking that we’ll still shrug off the bullseye on our backs. That was the range of emotions in just one Home Depot parking lot Tuesday, as Palm Beach County residents do what they can to mitigate what could be a big punch from Hurricane Irma this weekend. RELATED: Our complete Hurricane Irma coverage Michael...
West Palm commission to vote on medicinal pot shops

West Palm commission to vote on medicinal pot shops

West Palm Beach officials are divided whether to allow medicinal marijuana shops, or to let other towns bogart them for now and to watch the effects. Florida lawmakers recently opened the door to licensed pot shops but it’s up to municipalities whether to blunt their own land use restrictions to allow them. At a mayor-city commission work session Tuesday, three commissioners — Paula Ryan...
UPDATE: West Palm garbage fee won’t be annual tax bill

UPDATE: West Palm garbage fee won’t be annual tax bill

The plan was to put the fee for garbage pick-up and recycling on West Palm residents’ annual tax bills, instead of tacking it on monthly water bills, as the city does now. It wouldn’t cost residents more — the $219.66 annual charge would be $6 less than they pay now, in fact — it would just be a more efficient way to bill — once a year instead of 12 times a year, Assistant...
Suit: Lyft drove girl, 13, in her pajamas. Lyft: We didn’t cause crash

Suit: Lyft drove girl, 13, in her pajamas. Lyft: We didn’t cause crash

A Lyft driver who spoke no English and didn’t know the ride-sharing company barred transporting minors picked up a 13-year-old girl sneaking out of her gated-community home in her pajamas at 1:30 a.m. one July morning, and then took her to her boyfriend’s home hours before she was killed in a crash, lawyers say in an amended lawsuit complaint. But in a motion to dismiss, lawyers for Lyft...
After $200,000 facelift, who’s moving into Hoffman’s Chocolates spot?

After $200,000 facelift, who’s moving into Hoffman’s Chocolates spot?

The site at 705 Lake Avenue, the one that housed Hoffman’s Chocolates for four years , recently got a major upgrade. “This space has been rebuilt,” said one of the owners, who declined to give her name. “It has everything.” The owners went north of $200,000 adding new floors, windows, doors, plumbing and air conditioning. The project took about...
NEW: Publicity drive latest salvo in Singer Island marina dock duel

NEW: Publicity drive latest salvo in Singer Island marina dock duel

The Buccaneer has raised its Jolly Roger and fired a renewed legal salvo at neighboring Sailfish Marina Resort’s plan to expand a dock within cannon range of the condo’s slips. In July and August, the Buccaneer Condominium filed a lawsuit in circuit court and a petition for an administrative hearing with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, alleging that Sailfish Marina&rsquo...
Vigil tonight to raise supplies for hurricane victims

Vigil tonight to raise supplies for hurricane victims

A candlelight vigil is scheduled for 8 p.m. tonight (Friday) to gather donations for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. The event will be held at Calvary Community Church, 1109 N. Australian Ave.  Items needed include bottled water, non-perishable foods, diapers, baby food, dry dog food, animal crates, clothing, batteries, among others.  The event is hosted by The Clergy Alliance...
13 PBSC students get chance to visit NASA this fall

13 PBSC students get chance to visit NASA this fall

Thirteen Palm Beach State College students will travel to a NASA center in the fall to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program, the school said. “I wanted to do something with my mind and less with my hands,” said Vitas Diktanas Jr., a master plumber with his own company who returned to PBSC this year. “I’ve always loved space ever since I was a...
Why is a Nigerian king visiting a West Palm disaster relief nonprofit?

Why is a Nigerian king visiting a West Palm disaster relief nonprofit?

Wednesday was a typical day at 514 14th St., an old warehouse on a sunburned dead end two blocks off North Dixie Highway, just shy of the railroad tracks. The west side of the building houses a landscaping company, which puts food on the table when Scott Lewis and his nonprofit Pathfinders Task Force or its for-profit sister company, Disaster Solutions, aren’t out saving the world. In the eastern...
Car hits pole west of Lantana near Wal-Mart; person taken to hospital

Car hits pole west of Lantana near Wal-Mart; person taken to hospital

A person was taken to a hospital early Friday after a vehicle struck a pole near the Wal-Mart Supercenter west of Lantana. The crash happened at about 6:30 p.m. on Military Trail just north of Hypoluxo Road, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue said.
Lake Worth school: Future pot dispensary is way too close

Lake Worth school: Future pot dispensary is way too close

Every morning, about 130 low-income kids in kindergarten through eighth grade make their way to Academy for Positive Learning, an A-rated public charter school on North Dixie Highway. The school has been at the site for five years and in Lake Worth for 14. Across the street, the academy is about to get a new neighbor — a medical marijuana dispensary run by Modern Health Concepts...
Lake Worth 100-year family reunion will have 200+ in town this weekend

Lake Worth 100-year family reunion will have 200+ in town this weekend

One hundred years. That’s how long the Fritz family has been in and around Lake Worth. It started when Anthony Fritz, in 1917, moved from Chicago to Lake Worth with his wife where he bought 40 acres on 2nd Avenue North to start a farming business he ran for decades. READ: Lake Worth Art Center gets new name Now, all these years later, close to 200 Fritz family members — some from as far...
Love inspired lawyer to raise $1 million to help kids’ dreams come true

Love inspired lawyer to raise $1 million to help kids’ dreams come true

If life can be measured in milestones, Patricia Lebow counts March 31, 2007, as one for the books. It was her husband Alan’s 80th birthday. They had just thrown “an incredible, very very special dinner party” at Club Colette in Palm Beach and were driving home on A1A when Alan noted that Patricia’s 60th birthday was coming up that August. Two big birthdays in one year &mdash...
‘Leaky Teepee’ at 50: West Palm arena had circus, wrestling, Elvis, U2

‘Leaky Teepee’ at 50: West Palm arena had circus, wrestling, Elvis, U2

The first time Randy Carrillo saw the Leaky Teepee, he was about to interview for a job there. He wasn’t sure what he was looking at. “I pulled up with the taxi driver and said, ‘What is that? It looks like a spaceship,’” remembers Carrillo, who for a time was the executive director of the West Palm Beach Auditorium, which garnered its nickname because of its pointed...
Former judge’s daughter first black woman to lead local Bar Association

Former judge’s daughter first black woman to lead local Bar Association

A daughter of Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Moses Baker has become the first black woman elected president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Rosalyn Sia Baker-Barnes, a shareholder at the West Palm Beach personal injury law firm, Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, took over the organization of 3,000 lawyers in June. The theme of her year-long term is: “You’ve Been Served...
How millennials are rewiring West Palm Beach’s new urban lifestyle

How millennials are rewiring West Palm Beach’s new urban lifestyle

At Subculture Coffee, the short story dispenser had more than 1,600 hits in its first month. Instead of coffee or sweets, push a button and a 1-, 3- or 5-minute story prints out. The cafe’s Tacos & Hip Hop event, “an old school community party we do,” has been drawing more than 1,000 people, co-owner Sean Scott said. “It’s a simple concept, a time to meet and eat...
Sexiest movie made in Palm Beach County came out 36 years ago

Sexiest movie made in Palm Beach County came out 36 years ago

It’s probably the best — and undoubtedly the sexiest — movie ever made in Palm Beach County. Certainly the sweatiest. Thirty-six years ago, on Aug. 28, 1981, the murder-for-lust thriller “Body Heat” was released, putting downtown Lake Worth and Hypoluxo on the moviemaking map. It made stars out of William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Ted Danson and Mickey Rourke. And to think...
In 3D virtual reality, PBSC students will see texting/driving dangers

In 3D virtual reality, PBSC students will see texting/driving dangers

Texting while driving is serious, illegal and can lead to accidents — even death. AT&T is trying to show people how serious it is. On Monday, Palm Beach State College students can find out how dangerous texting while driving is through AT&T’s 3D Virtual Reality tour. The experience is part of AT&T’s “IT CAN WAIT” campaign that was launched 10 years ago to address the...
Fight to reopen teen sex case against Jeff Epstein may set precedent

Fight to reopen teen sex case against Jeff Epstein may set precedent

Nearly 10 years after billionaire Jeffrey Epstein signed a plea deal that let him escape federal prosecution on charges of sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls at his Palm Beach mansion, the 64-year-old politically-connected money manager faces the possibility that the agreement could be thrown out. In court papers filed this month, attorneys representing two of the 30 young women prosecutors...
Who paid the bill to clean up Mulligan’s grease spill in Lake Worth?

Who paid the bill to clean up Mulligan’s grease spill in Lake Worth?

The messiest part of a Sunday afternoon food grease spill at Mulligan’s Beach House restauraunt on Lake Worth Beach wasn’t the cleanup. Rather, it was who was paying the $8,000-$9,000 bill to sweep away the unsightliness on the street — the city or the restaurant? The mess overflowed onto AIA from an outlet pipe that was connected to a grease tank trap...
Is motel known for drugs, prostitution improved? Depends who you ask

Is motel known for drugs, prostitution improved? Depends who you ask

Moving slowly from his red car inside the Holiday House motel parking lot on North Federal Highway, Anthony Bradley sets up his wheelchair. Bradley, 33, said he was shot 10 years ago in Chicago and now must use the chair and a walker to get around. For the past 30 days, he’s been staying with his family at the art deco motel that a Lake Worth special magistrate recently declared a “nuisance...
The fascinating story of a British 1964 double-decker bus in West Palm

The fascinating story of a British 1964 double-decker bus in West Palm

Aaron Menitoff waited for the bus for several years. Finally it lumbered into view, the one he’d been looking for: a red, 1964 British double-decker. Menitoff, who owns the events firm Wellington Hospitality Group, always has an eye out for creative ideas to spark attention at parties, polo grounds and corporate gatherings. He caught wind of the old double-decker for sale in Texas, where it...
The thing to have: When getting your car repaired, enjoy a waffle (or two)

The thing to have: When getting your car repaired, enjoy a waffle (or two)

The Place: Donna Road in West Palm Beach Why you’re there: When it comes to getting your car fixed, polished, or tuned, Donna Road in West Palm Beach is a one-stop destination. There's more than 15 shops to spoil your vehicle.  My visit to the auto repair shop last month wasn’t the best. Not just because car problems are so annoying, but because I got hangry while waiting...
Flashback: The day that the Ku Klux Klan picketed The Palm Beach Post

Flashback: The day that the Ku Klux Klan picketed The Palm Beach Post

One day in 1982, The Palm Beach Post sent a photographer to shoot picketing local Ku Klux Klan members. The photographer did not have to go far. The Klan men were right outside. On Oct. 29, 1982, nine robed Klansmen stood along South Dixie Highway at Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach, at the headquarters of the Post and its-then sister paper, the Evening Times. “The Post Times reporting is biased...
PHOTOS: Wrapped in giant sheet, old City Hall turning to dust, debris

PHOTOS: Wrapped in giant sheet, old City Hall turning to dust, debris

The transformation has begun. The 37-year-old stomping ground of mayors and minions is but a shell of its former self, as hard-hat crews dismantle the old City Hall to make way for a waterfront hotel, apartments and restaurants. Layers of blue tarp and clear, plastic sheeting billow against the east face of building like a giant Genoa sail, unfurled to keep wind from buffeting the structure...
Lake Worth bakery moving to larger space on Dixie Highway

Lake Worth bakery moving to larger space on Dixie Highway

Tasty Bakery plans to have a new location by October. The 15-year-old Haitian business is moving from 430 S. Dixie Highway to 419-21 North Dixie Highway. “The space and parking at the old location is too small,” said Frantz Gaston, the bakery’s owner. “The other next door company can’t do any business because we have so many cars coming in and out, so we had to move.&rdquo...

Riviera police investigating shooting of 16-year-old boy

A 16-year-old boy was taken to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after he was shot in Riviera Beach, a city spokeswoman said. Riviera Beach police are attempting to determine if the boy was shot by another person or if the wound was self-inflicted. The teenager sustained non-life threatening injuries. The shooting took place in the 1300 block of West 34th Street. Check back for more details.
BREAKING: Health department issues advisory for four county beaches

BREAKING: Health department issues advisory for four county beaches

A health advisory has been posted at four Palm Beach County beaches that have shown elevated levels of bacteria in the water, state health officials said. Jupiter Beach Park, Carlin Park, Palm Beach and Lake Worth Beach all showed bacterial levels greater than 71 colonies per 100 milliliters of marine water, putting those beaches in the “poor” category. Water quality is divided into poor...

Pedestrian seriously injured after being struck by car in Lantana

A pedestrian was flown to a trauma center Monday night after being struck by a vehicle on South Dixie Highway in Lantana, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. The injured man was found on the roadway at the intersection with Sterns Street. The crash took place around 8:15 p.m. » Get the latest breaking news at PalmBeachPost.com
In West Palm Beach, eclipse glasses are the holy grail

In West Palm Beach, eclipse glasses are the holy grail

Deirdre Krause of Loxahatchee went online at 6 a.m. Monday to reserve eclipse glasses for her grandchildren so they could witness the once-in-a-lifetime solar spectacle. She drove the half-hour to West Palm Beach to pick up the glasses, then back to Loxahatchee to retrieve her four grandchildren and bring them back to West Palm for the eclipse festivities at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium...
Leslie Jones: She tweeted “Game of Thrones” from West Palm Beach hotel

Leslie Jones: She tweeted “Game of Thrones” from West Palm Beach hotel

Where was “Saturday Night Live” star and “Game of Thrones” fanatic Leslie Jones doing her weekly GoT tweets from Sunday night? A West Palm Beach hotel. And before regaling fans with her weekly Twitter impressions of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” she made a brief but lasting impression on cancer survivor and activist Barbara Abernathy during...
What are the seven best cities for hipsters in Palm Beach County?

What are the seven best cities for hipsters in Palm Beach County?

On the surface, Palm Beach County, with its tony island dwellers and western horse set, doesn’t automatically come to mind as a haven for hipsters, the authenticity-conscious connoisseurs of carefully curated experiences. But there are corners of the county providing places to eat, drink and do stuff with a youthful, iconoclastic flavor. The words “curated” and “artisanal&rdquo...
Photos: When Jerry Lewis made a really bad movie in Palm Beach County

Photos: When Jerry Lewis made a really bad movie in Palm Beach County

Jerry Lewis, who died Sunday at the age of 91, was no stranger to South Florida. He made one of his best movies here — “The Bellboy” was shot at Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau hotel. When he made one in Palm Beach County, though, it was one of his worst. And Palm Beach County didn’t make it easy for him, either. In 1979, he came here to star in and direct &ldquo...
UPDATE: Preservation Foundation, H.O.W. pull events from Mar-a-Lago

UPDATE: Preservation Foundation, H.O.W. pull events from Mar-a-Lago

The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach and H.O.W. appear to be the latest nonprofits to pull an event from the Mar-a-Lago Club, the Palm Beach winter home of President Donald Trump. The Preservation Foundation, which celebrates and protects the architectural and cultural heritage of Palm Beach, planned to host a dance in March at the club, which has long been an oasis for charities and their...
LATEST: Jupiter man’s bond set at $7,500 after road rage shooting

LATEST: Jupiter man’s bond set at $7,500 after road rage shooting

A 49-year-old Jupiter resident who was arrested Friday on three charges after shooting at another driver on Interstate 95 was given a $7,500 bond Saturday morning at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office court. Michael Allen Shepherd was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, discharging a firearm from a vehicle and discharging a firearm into a vehicle, according to a Florida Highway...
BREAKING: Man shot in West Palm Beach mobile home park

BREAKING: Man shot in West Palm Beach mobile home park

An adult male was shot Saturday morning at Holiday Ranch Mobile Home Park in West Palm Beach, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. Crews responded at 10:11 a.m. to the shooting at the 4600 block of Holiday Circle South. The victim was transported to a local trauma center. Reportedly the shooting was an accidental discharge. Check back later for a more detailed story
After $500K restoration, book store coming to downtown Lake Worth

After $500K restoration, book store coming to downtown Lake Worth

Practically every day, I’m driving on or walking up and down Lake and Lucerne Avenues, looking for anything interesting or newsworthy. You know, something that’s worth a story, a blog, or, at the very least, good dinner conversation. I’ve been keeping an eye on 801 Lake Avenue for some time. The two-story, Mission Revival-style structure has been vacant in the Old Town Historic...
Are ‘heavy-handed’ state rules slowing Lake Worth historic home repair?

Are ‘heavy-handed’ state rules slowing Lake Worth historic home repair?

For years, city residents have complained to the Historic Resources Development Board over issues they had replacing doors and windows in their historic homes. “We can’t have a situation where it’s very difficult for people to replace roofs, windows and doors,” Commissioner Omari Hardy said at Tuesday’s city commission meeting. “That’s just completely unacceptable...
Lake Worth students work with police for 10 weeks to build Lego cars

Lake Worth students work with police for 10 weeks to build Lego cars

Breaking the Cycle of Gang Recruitment is in its fourth year and remains Todd Baer’s favorite program at North and South Grade Elementary schools. “The kids are having fun while they’re learning lessons,” the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office captain told Lake Worth commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting. “We like to catch them before middle school...
NEW: West Palm has master plan for 100-mile network of bike lanes

NEW: West Palm has master plan for 100-mile network of bike lanes

There’ll be Zebras running up and down Lake Avenue. The striped, intermittent Zicla Zebra curbs, to be installed on a mile of Lake Avenue, are cycle lane separators that will be part of West Palm Beach’s plan to build the first protected bike lanes in Palm Beach County in the next few months. That, in turn, is part of a Bicycle Master Plan calling for a 100-mile network of bike lanes throughout...
These two national retailers could be coming to Lantana 

These two national retailers could be coming to Lantana 

The developers of the Water Tower Commons project at the former A.G. Holley State Hospital site on Lantana Road updated town officials this week on the stores they hope to bring in.  The Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is expected to be under construction by January, Mike Langolf said on behalf of developer Ken Endelson. Other national retailers the team is in talks with are Marshalls and Ulta...
New islands sprouting in the Lake Worth Lagoon?

New islands sprouting in the Lake Worth Lagoon?

A plan is gaining ground to build scenic islands on the west side of the Lake Worth Lagoon, off the El Cid neighborhood, to provide bird and mangrove habitats and cleanse water. The state Department of Environmental Protection approved the county proposal last month and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is soliciting comment from other federal agencies and the public before weighing its approval. The...
In West Palm, an extra $219.96 on your tax bill? Not exactly

In West Palm, an extra $219.96 on your tax bill? Not exactly

What? Your West Palm Beach tax bill is going up by $219.96? When the city already is raking in property tax money hand-over-fist as property values rise? Calm down. If I told you you were actually saving $6 a year, would you feel better? Me neither, but here’s what’s going on. READ: Boynton throws out higher garbage rates, decreasing budget $460,000 READ: West Palm law firm picks up trash...
NEW: Lake Worth school board member: Must get absence numbers down

NEW: Lake Worth school board member: Must get absence numbers down

Absence, it’s been said, makes the heart grow fonder. But for the School District of Palm Beach County, absence is an issue school officials are working to correct. “If we can’t get our students to school on time or to be there, how are we ever going to teach them?” Erica Whitfield, a District 4 school board member , asked Lake Worth Commissioners...
Nike tribute — not the shoe company — displayed in latest West Palm mural

Nike tribute — not the shoe company — displayed in latest West Palm mural

Mural artist Jayemaich has brought a touch of the classics to a previously bare wall a stone’s throw from the Kravis Center and Dreyfoos School of the Arts. The New York artist has adorned the sides of the Azul Stone building, at the corner of Fern Street and Tamarind Avenue, with a series of three classic figures, David, Nike and Eternal, together titled Vaincre La Mer, which roughly translates...
Man charged in Riviera Beach auto shop owner’s stabbing

Man charged in Riviera Beach auto shop owner’s stabbing

Isaac Louiniste, police say, told his ex-girlfriend he’d harm her family if she didn’t give him some money. And when she refused, authorities allege, he made good on his threat Wednesday by going to her father’s auto repair shop and slashing him. Riviera Beach Police arrested Louiniste, 22, of Lake Worth overnight, according to Palm Beach Jail records. He’s charged with attempted...
West Palm’s new parking meter readers will be on three-wheel Segways

West Palm’s new parking meter readers will be on three-wheel Segways

Perched on new Segways and wearing snappy new uniforms, West Palm Beach’s parking meter monitors have a new assignment: They’ll be “parking ambassadors,” not grim-faced enforcers, said Parking System Administrator Ed Davis, himself a new fixture at city hall. At Davis’ request, the city commission this week approved the purchase of four three-wheeled Segways for its parking...
What Palm Beach County school was once monument to Confederate leader?

What Palm Beach County school was once monument to Confederate leader?

As the nation confronts the issue of Confederate monuments in the wake of Charlottesville and President Trump’s divisive comments, it’s a reminder that Palm Beach County grappled with another aspect of the Confederate legacy in 2005. RELATED: RICK CHRISTIE: Removing Confederate monuments is not removing history
West Palm Beach’s eclipse expert geeked out for Monday’s sky show

West Palm Beach’s eclipse expert geeked out for Monday’s sky show

Eclipse T-shirt? He has it ready. Special eclipse viewing glasses? In multiple pairs. Weather? Fingers crossed. Beach ball and tennis ball? If he needs them. When Marc Wiskoff leads the eclipse viewing party Monday at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach, he’ll be streaming a live NASA feed showing the eclipse as it sweeps across the country. The feed will...
Kids, teachers wowed: ‘67 military plane towed 6 miles to local school

Kids, teachers wowed: ‘67 military plane towed 6 miles to local school

After 6 miles, the long, Kauff’s Towing truck turned right off Congress Avenue, into G-Star School of the Arts for Film, Animation and Performing Arts, carrying something you don’t see sitting at many schools — a plane. Not just any plane. It’s a Grumman Mohawk gunship, a military aircraft, built in 1967 that saw action in Vietnam, The Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq and that...
NEW: West Palm OKs $25M incentive for Transit Village project

NEW: West Palm OKs $25M incentive for Transit Village project

West Palm Beach has long-since approved the proposal for Transit Village on the western side of downtown. Developer Michael Masanoff has promised a master project that will link train, bus and car commuters with the business district, while creating apartments, workforce housing, a hotel and offices that generate jobs and spurs economic revival in the adjacent low-income community. The sticking point...
Is Vanity Fair right to trash Mar-a-Lago’s architectural style?

Is Vanity Fair right to trash Mar-a-Lago’s architectural style?

In a recent online Vanity Fair article about the bucolic character of Bedminster, New Jersey, where President Trump is spending his 17-day vacation, the magazine took a swipe at Palm Beach. Trump, cloistered in his private club in the town, hasn’t changed its quiet, horse-country flavor, said the writer. “It isn’t faux cosmopolitan, like Trump Tower, or a...
What is ‘Day of the Dead’ and why Lake Worth gets $14,550 to honor it?

What is ‘Day of the Dead’ and why Lake Worth gets $14,550 to honor it?

The Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency and LULA Lake Worth recently received a $14,550 grant from the state to help market and promote Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead, an event that honors deceased relatives, satirizes the living and entices spirits. The event will be held at HATCH, 1121 Lucerne Avenue on Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. It will be the second time Lake Worth has hosted. The groups got...
Lake Worth to make Aug. 31 ‘Overdose Awareness Day’

Lake Worth to make Aug. 31 ‘Overdose Awareness Day’

City Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting at City Hall will hear a proclamation that will declare Aug. 31 Overdose Awareness Day. The opioid problem in Lake Worth, Palm Beach County and the entire country has reached a crisis level. Drug poisoning is the number one cause of injury deaths in the nation with an accidental drug overdose death occurring every 11 minutes, surpassing deaths from motor...
Can they do it? West Palm 1920s building preps for a 1.5-mile move

Can they do it? West Palm 1920s building preps for a 1.5-mile move

The Edgewater had a good run on Gardenia Street, but now it’s time to move on down the road. The 1920’s-era rooming house at 316 Gardenia, a little ragged around the edges but not bad looking considering its 90-plus years in the Florida heat, is headed for a new life as a bed and breakfast in the city’s Historic Northwest. It will start its block-by-block journey about Sept. 10....
Killing in downtown Lake Worth: Are there enough patrols?

Killing in downtown Lake Worth: Are there enough patrols?

Sitting behind her desk at Affluent Finds, a luxury consignment boutique on Lake Avenue, April Willis is typing. Willis is asked about the Sunday night shooting where Juan Javier Cruz, 22, was killed outside Restaurante y Pupuseria Las Flores, a Salvadoran eatery only a block away from Willis’ store, across the street from City Hall and where Cruz was scheduled to start work Monday. &ldquo...
Why Lake Worth was picked over Delray for 14 new luxury condos

Why Lake Worth was picked over Delray for 14 new luxury condos

If you drive or walk east on Lake Avenue and pass South Palmway near The Gulfstream Hotel, you’ve probably noticed a vacant property on the right, surrounded by a green canopy. The site is for The One, a new 14-unit, four story condo that’s scheduled to be built by SunDream Investment of West Palm Beach. The planned condo, on almost a half-acre at 1 S. Palmway...
Why Serena Williams’ baby shower at beloved West Palm diner almost didn’t happen

Why Serena Williams’ baby shower at beloved West Palm diner almost didn’t happen

They called over and over. Each time the staffers at Nick’s 50’s Diner told them no, the diner doesn’t do catering or parties. Owner Alyssa Cannon, who’s been working at the Okeechobee Boulevard diner since it was her dad’s and she was 10, said Thursday she’s thankful the place is such a success they don’t have to do parties, cater or open during dinner...
Police: Boynton woman with driving ban flees police, causes wreck

Police: Boynton woman with driving ban flees police, causes wreck

A Boynton Beach woman whose driver’s license was suspended for 10 years in 2009 and who has five convictions of driving with a suspended license was arrested Tuesday after she fled police then caused a crash that left a man with serious injuries, according to a police report. Lakisha Shante Frazier, 28, is facing charges of fleeing and eluding police causing injury or death, driving with a suspended...
Former County Commissioner Taylor joins James in West Palm mayoral bid

Former County Commissioner Taylor joins James in West Palm mayoral bid

Former county commissioner and state representative Priscilla Taylor filed to run for mayor Thursday to replace Mayor Jeri Muoio, whose final term ends in March 2019. Taylor dropped out of a Congressional race and lost a contentious county commission re-election bid last year. In the mayoral competition, she faces City Commissioner Keith James. City Commissioner Shanon Materio also indicated she may...
Lake Worth sisters — and sneakers — to appear on The History Channel

Lake Worth sisters — and sneakers — to appear on The History Channel

The Peters sisters — the three young ladies behind a planned interactive sneaker store in downtown Lake Worth — are set to appear on a new TV show on The History Channel. The show profiles people with coveted collections — sci-fi memorabilia, muscle cars, ’80s toys. The Peterses will have more than 6,000 pairs of sneakers they own on display for one episode on the new series...

Pair of crashes causing backups on Interstate 95 in Lake Worth

A pair of crashes has made a mess of travel on northbound Interstate 95 in Lake Worth. A two vehicle crash near south of 10th Avenue North has three lanes blocked, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Two people were taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center as the result of injuries sustained in the wreck. Get all your breaking news at PalmBeachPost.com A second crash involving one vehicle north...
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