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After appearance on NBC News, North Palm teen’s charity goes global

After appearance on NBC News, North Palm teen’s charity goes global

An excited Kayla Abramowitz and her family gathered around the TVs at Duffy’s just before 7 Monday night, soaking in every moment her charity was in the spotlight on the NBC Nightly News. The “Inspiring America” segment condensed three days of filming into a minute and 30 seconds, capturing the essence of Kayla’s work with Kayla Cares 4 Kids, a non-profit she started four years...
Juno Beach Council postpones vote on Frenchman’s Creek Club

Juno Beach Council postpones vote on Frenchman’s Creek Club

After an outcry from dozens of residents, the Juno Beach Town Council on Wednesday voted to hire an outside, expert attorney to advise them on the longstanding, thorny issue of the Frenchman’s Creek beach club. Frenchman’s Creek, a community of 606 luxury homes with two golf courses, is a few miles away in Palm Beach Gardens. It has a beachfront club on Celestial Way in Juno Beach across...
Gardens protesters want special investigator of Trump’s Russia ties

Gardens protesters want special investigator of Trump’s Russia ties

Jupiter resident Colette Wilt spent her Tuesday morning along PGA Boulevard holding up a protest sign of President Donald Trump kissing Russian President Vladimir Putin. Wilt was one of about 70 protesters from Palm Beach Indivisibles who gathered outside of Sen. Marco Rubio’s office in PGA Commons. One side of Wilt’s signs contained the words “TRUMP’S BFF NOT USA’S&rdquo...
Which famous female rock band greeted fans at a Singer Island hotel?

Which famous female rock band greeted fans at a Singer Island hotel?

Editor’s Note: In 2001, the Go-Go’s rocked Singer Island. They didn’t play any of their hits but their fans lined up for a charity meet-and-greet. The Post’s Staci Sturrock covered the event, where the band proved they still had the beat. In 1982, Lisa Brown, her sister and two friends got dolled up in their finest Valley Girl garb to see the Go-Go’s play the West Palm...
Burt Reynolds: I voted for Trump but worry about his ‘ego’

Burt Reynolds: I voted for Trump but worry about his ‘ego’

Never count the Bandit out. RELATED: OUR BURT REYNOLDS PHOTOS THROUGH THE YEARS Burt Reynolds may be 81 and physically ailing because of numerous injuries over the years, but he still knows how to draw the spotlight. RELATED: WHAT DID BURT REYNOLDS SAY GOV. SCOTT WAS ‘DUMBER THAN’? Last weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival, the longtime Jupiter and Hobe Sound resident was posing for pictures...
Melgen Medicare fraud trial costs both sides big bucks

Melgen Medicare fraud trial costs both sides big bucks

Accused of defrauding Medicare out of $105 million and eventually released from jail on an $18 million bond package, Dr. Salomon Melgen has been at the center of a case that has turned on eye-popping dollar figures since his arrest two years ago. Monday — the last day of testimony in the Palm Beach County ophthalmologist’s nearly two-month trial — was no exception. The difference...
Lighthouse will close for repairs next month

Lighthouse will close for repairs next month

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse will be closed in May while $152,000 in repairs is done. Experts in the restoration of lighthouses have been hired to work on the project, which is expected to take about a month. “These historic preservation professionals have restored many of the lighthouses in Florida and around the country,” said Jamie Stuve, the president and CEO of the Loxahatchee River...
This Jupiter restaurant is becoming a magnet for celebrities

This Jupiter restaurant is becoming a magnet for celebrities

Is Guanabanas be the newest celebrity hot spot in Jupiter? Stars apparently are smitten with the waterfront restaurant that opened in 2008 following a $2.5 million renovation. Opened by surfers as a sandwich shop in 2004, it has grown into a popular outdoor venue thanks to its tropical setting complete with tiki huts, banyan trees and stone pathways. Not to mention the cuisine and cocktails. Pop musician...
Readers remember when Palm Beach County was filled with cows, pastures

Readers remember when Palm Beach County was filled with cows, pastures

Our story last week recalling the last cows of Boynton Beach, on the land near the Boynton Beach Mall where Renaissance Commons stands, set off a frenzy of memories on our Facebook pages: RELATED: WHEN BOYNTON’S RENAISSANCE COMMONS WAS COW PASTURE You remembered other places throughout the county where cows and livestock once grazed. You remembered the joy of a more rural time, when there were...
Boaters welcome new Jupiter $6.5 million public park with boat ramps

Boaters welcome new Jupiter $6.5 million public park with boat ramps

Palm Beach County’s newest waterfront park— the first since Jim Barry Light Harbor Park was built in Riviera Beach in 2009 — opens Saturday on the Intracoastal Waterway on Indiantown Road. “We are meeting the booming demand in boating, especially from the residents who live in the western part of the county,” said Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Director of Park...
Will $15 million redevelopment revive Jupiter Center Street property?

Will $15 million redevelopment revive Jupiter Center Street property?

A $15 million plan to redevelop about a dozen acres that are “the heartbeat of Jupiter” was given initial approval Thursday night by the town council. The commercial property is behind Miller’s Jupiter Ale House restaurant on the southwest corner of Alternate A1A and Center Street. Many local businesses, from tile companies to bicycle shops, are in the area. The application for the...
Airline horror stories: Locals tell of being treated poorly, rudely

Airline horror stories: Locals tell of being treated poorly, rudely

You! Yes, you! Stand up! No, sit down. Here … no, not there, HERE! We’ve got our eye on you. You’re guilty of …something. We’re not sure what yet. But when we do we’ll let you know. We have no idea when that will be, of course. But just sit tight and don’t complain about it, because if you don’t, we’ll give you something to complain about. Is...
Gardens children’s choir to sing at Carnegie Hall — if it gets the money

Gardens children’s choir to sing at Carnegie Hall — if it gets the money

A Palm Beach Gardens youth chorus has the “pinch me” opportunity that even accomplished musicians would envy: performing on the stage of the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York City. They need your help making their dreams come true, though. Despite yard sales, bake sales, pizza nights and letter-writing campaigns, about a dozen hard-working singers haven’t been able to come up with...
Average salary for those working in this new Gardens building — $83,000

Average salary for those working in this new Gardens building — $83,000

The construction of a $115 million technology showcase hit a milestone Monday — the placement of the final beam in the steel framework. The UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings on the south side of Donald Ross Road should be finished this year, according to Ashley Barrie, a UTC Climate, Controls & Security spokeswoman. The building will serve as a showcase for United Technologies’ products...
Bieber fever at Guanabanas: Pop star, Rickie Fowler stop in for lunch

Bieber fever at Guanabanas: Pop star, Rickie Fowler stop in for lunch

Pop musician Justin Bieber and golf great Rickie Fowler stopped in Guanabanas for lunch Wednesday afternoon, wowing other diners and drawing a crowd to the waterfront restaurant on State Road A1A. “I heard and I called my manager. He said ‘Yes, Bieber is here with Rickie Fowler. They are on the patio.’ My daughter said “Dad, can we go over,” said Chad Van Boven,...
Astronaut tells students a record high jump on moon almost killed him

Astronaut tells students a record high jump on moon almost killed him

Charlie Duke had the thrill of hearing Neil Armstrong’s voice crackle over the radio in Mission Control when Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon in 1969. Three years later, NASA astronaut Duke left his own footprints on the moon as a crew member of Apollo 16. And 45 years to the day after going into lunar orbit, Duke offered a vivid description of the moon’s mountains to...

Gardens couple can seek cash from drunk driver who hurt them in crash

A Palm Beach Gardens couple who incurred nearly $150,000 in medical bills after they were severely injured in an October 2014 alcohol-fueled crash may be able to recover money from a Loxahatchee man who caused it. State prosecutors should have been allowed to seek restitution for Daniel and Eileen Ruda after Paul Sandomeno pleaded guilty to two counts of DUI in connection with the crash on Northlake...
Why no Easter helicopter in Jupiter on Saturday? Blame it on Trump

Why no Easter helicopter in Jupiter on Saturday? Blame it on Trump

What happened to the Easter helicopter? Well, you can blame President Donald Trump. Advertisements had been circulated saying a helicopter would drop about 50,000 candy Easter eggs inside Roger Dean Stadium on Saturday at about 3:30 p.m. See more coverage of President Donald Trump in The Palm Beach Post But the helicopter, which was to take off from North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport...
Adios, snowbirds: Glad Palm Beach County’s tourist season is over?

Adios, snowbirds: Glad Palm Beach County’s tourist season is over?

It’s after Easter and that means only one thing: The snowbirds are leaving. Which brings up our annual dilemma: Snowbirds, we love you. And sometimes we don’t. RELATED: 5 REASONS WE’RE HAPPY TOURIST SEASON IS OVER Palm Beach County’s winter economy gets a vital boost from the money you spend and the taxes you pay. Many of the restaurants and small businesses that cater to visitors...
Witness stunned by gap between Melgen, him in number of tests ordered

Witness stunned by gap between Melgen, him in number of tests ordered

A Clearwater retinal specialist who is defending Dr. Salomon Melgen performed a miniscule number of tests and procedures on his own patients compared to the tens of thousands of tests ordered by the Palm Beach County ophthamologist who is accused of bilking Medicare out of as much as $105 million. While Dr. Dana Deupree on Tuesday continued to insist that Melgen’s methods were justified, he...
Local pro-Trump rally put spotlight on tax reform, Trump’s returns

Local pro-Trump rally put spotlight on tax reform, Trump’s returns

Two dozen Donald Trump backers rallied in support of him here Tuesday, offering an enthusiastic if small-scale counterpoint to the Easter weekend protest in West Palm Beach, where several hundred opponents demanded that the president release his tax returns. Both sides — the anti-Trump protesters and the backers of the president — sought to draw attention to their cause by linking their...
Trial set in 2015 alleged hate-crime murder of Guatemalan teen

Trial set in 2015 alleged hate-crime murder of Guatemalan teen

A trio of teens accused of a hate-motivated beating death of an 18-year-old Guatemalan immigrant probably will stand trial in November. A Palm Beach County judge on Tuesday set a Nov. 27 trial date for brothers David and Jessie Harris and Austin Taggart, charged with robbery and murder in the 2015 death of Onesimo Marcelino Lopez-Ramos, who police discovered unconscious exactly two years ago Tuesday...
Melgen’s methods innovative, not criminal, eye specialist says

Melgen’s methods innovative, not criminal, eye specialist says

Dr. Salomon Melgen’s claims that he was an innovative ophthalmologist who would do anything to save his patients’ sight got a boost Monday from a Clearwater retinal specialist. Contrary to two nationally renown eye doctors — who blasted Melgen’s methods as antiquated, unnecessary and potentially harmful — Dr. Dana Deupree said he uses some of the same tactics as Melgen...
Riviera Beach police continue hunt for killer of 18-year-old man

Riviera Beach police continue hunt for killer of 18-year-old man

Riviera Beach police continue to look for theperson who shot and killedan 18-year-old man Sunday afternoon. Jeffree Pierre was shot to death about 1 p.m. as he was talking to individuals in two cars that were parked alongPark Manor Drive.Pierre ran a short distance to595 Silver Beach Roadwhere he collapsed, police said. Records show that Pierre lived at the address. » Download our PostNOW app...
See vintage cars you grew up with at Super Chevy Show this weekend

See vintage cars you grew up with at Super Chevy Show this weekend

If you like Chevrolets, the Super Chevy Show is the place to be Friday and Saturday at Palm Beach International Raceway. Chevys, from muscle cars to touring vehicles, will be on display by collectors, many who spend thousands of dollars fixing up their prized rigs. Buffing, sanding and painting a vintage car can cost as much as $20,000. Toss in air conditioning, fancy wheels and new brakes, and that...
Dr. Freeze nitrogen-frozen ice cream shop in Gardens is first in U.S.

Dr. Freeze nitrogen-frozen ice cream shop in Gardens is first in U.S.

A frozen dessert shop selling ice cream made with liquid nitrogen that started in Brazil now has its first store in the United States in Palm Beach Gardens. Jorge and Helena Belem opened the Dr. Freeze franchise near Blaze Pizza and Christopher’s Kitchen in the Mainstreet at Midtown shopping center on April 8. The shop specializes in made-to-order ice cream, milk shakes, artisanal and other...
Fence is up, work to start soon at Jupiter’s new dog park

Fence is up, work to start soon at Jupiter’s new dog park

Completion is expected around the end of the year (Photo/Bill DiPaolo) The fence is up around the property and work is set to start soon at the new dog park at Cinquez Park in Jupiter. Plans for the first phase, expected to take about eight months and cost about $2.5 million, calls for the dog park, shaded areas, picnic tables, lighting, walking trails, fencing, landscaping, bicycle racks and removal...
Out with old, in with new buildings on Center Street in Jupiter

Out with old, in with new buildings on Center Street in Jupiter

    Current buildings would be demolished. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo) A application to redevelop about a dozen acres on the south side of Center Street just west of Alt. A1A is scheduled to be heard by the town council on Thursday. The application for the project called Center Park, located behind Miller’s Jupiter Ale House restaurant, calls for a storage building and offices/warehouse...
Celebrate Earth Day at Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Celebrate Earth Day at Loggerhead Marinelife Center

  A natural area cleanup, sea turtle yard tours, hiking and a composting presentation are scheduled at Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. A Great American Clean-up is planned from 9-11 a.m. LMC staff and volunteers plan to install educational signage in the Juno Dunes Natural Area. Also planned is a planting demonstration...
Dan Rooney, Pittsburgh Steelers chairman, had ties to Jupiter

Dan Rooney, Pittsburgh Steelers chairman, had ties to Jupiter

Rooney’s Public House in Jupiter’s Abacoa closed in 2014. The restaurant opened in 2000. Dan Rooney, the powerful and popular Pittsburgh Steelers chairman whose relatives were owners of the former Rooney’s Public House restaurant in Jupiter’s Abacoa, died Thursday. Dan Rooney was 84. Read Eliot Kleinberg’s obituary on Dan Rooney. Declining business in 2014 caused the...
Slowly, Harbourside vs. Jupiter case moves forward

Slowly, Harbourside vs. Jupiter case moves forward

Neighbors have complained about noise from amphitheatre (Photos/Bill Ingram) Eight months after a federal court hearing on the constitutionality of playing outdoor music at Harbourside Place, the trial has been delayed. Meanwhile, outdoor music continues at the $150 million entertainment complex at the northwest corner of Indiantown Road and U.S. 1. Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post. Outdoor...
UPDATE: Latest on trial on outdoor music at Jupiter Harbourside

UPDATE: Latest on trial on outdoor music at Jupiter Harbourside

Eight months after a federal court hearing on the constitutionality of playing outdoor music at Harbourside Place, the trial has been delayed. The trial was scheduled for May. No new date was set by U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra, who presided over three days of hearings in September in West Palm Beach. Harbourside Place lawyers in September asked Marra to grant a temporary injunction to allow...
Serenity draws hundreds to outdoor Easter service at Juno Beach pier

Serenity draws hundreds to outdoor Easter service at Juno Beach pier

Easter service at Juno Beach Fishing Pier is Sunday morning (Photo/Rich Graulich) Thousands of Easter worshippers — floating on surfboards, dressed in pajamas and toting their fishing poles — are once again expected Sunday morning at the annual sunrise service at the end of the 990-foot-long Juno Beach Fishing Pier. The sunrise service has been drawing larger crowds every year since Holy...
Public hearing on Jupiter’s Fisherman’s Wharf postponed

Public hearing on Jupiter’s Fisherman’s Wharf postponed

Artist rendition of Fisherman’s Wharf Tonight’s public hearing on a plan for three six-story residential buildings on Jupiter’s waterfront has been postponed at the request of the property owner. No date has been set for a new hearing. Denial of the plan is recommended by the town’s planning staff said. “The proposed building mass, height and scale are not compatible...
Doggy ‘divas’ strut their stuff at Palm Beach Gardens fashion show

Doggy ‘divas’ strut their stuff at Palm Beach Gardens fashion show

When I arrived at Devonshire at PGA National to judge the retirement community’s Doggy Diva Day, it was almost impossible to resist the urge to rush over to the dolled-up dogs and lavish them with affection. I had to maintain my objectivity, though, so I watched from a distance while the pooches sniffed and gave each other kisses before lining up for their fashion show in honor of National Pet...
New Gardens mayor talks property values, updates on athletic fields

New Gardens mayor talks property values, updates on athletic fields

As new homes and businesses continue to spring up in Palm Beach Gardens, the city is doing some construction of its own. Mayor Maria Marino highlighted all of that growth in her yearly “State of the City” speech for about 150 business leaders in the PGA Corridor Association at its breakfast Wednesday at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott, 4000 RCA Blvd. Marino, appointed two weeks ago, said...
New neighborhood park with zip lines is a hit in Palm Beach Gardens

New neighborhood park with zip lines is a hit in Palm Beach Gardens

Three-year-old Chance Boynton could hardly contain his excitement when he got to Palm Beach Gardens’ new park Monday afternoon. “Daddy, Daddy, I want to go on the swings,” Chance, sporting a pair of Spiderman sunglasses, told his dad. Every evening after school and before dinner, a parade of young children like Chance and their parents from the surrounding neighborhood arrive at...
What’s with all the seaweed on north county beaches?

What’s with all the seaweed on north county beaches?

Sargassum south of the Jupiter Inlet Tuesday afternoon (Photo/Bill DiPaolo) Easterly winds — the same winds that are creating dangerous rip currents — have delivered piles of sargassum on north county beaches. The brown/green stuff is a few inches thick just south of the Jupiter Inlet and has also piled up around the Juno Beach Pier. The seawood accumulation is not unusual whenever there...
This Palm Springs kid stars with Diesel, The Rock in ‘Fate and Furious’

This Palm Springs kid stars with Diesel, The Rock in ‘Fate and Furious’

On Friday, James Ayoub will make his motion picture debut in a global action blockbuster that’s expected to make $400 million world-wide. He shares the screen with huge stars, including an Oscar winner, in a film on which he had his own trailer and shared a driver with the actor Forbes Magazine ranked as the highest-paid in 2016. But he’s not talking much about it. He’s got Cheerios...
This Jupiter man made Peeps candy an Easter phenomenon

This Jupiter man made Peeps candy an Easter phenomenon

Editor’s Note: Peeps candy and Easter go together like bunnies and egg hunts. Every year, the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery in Lake Worth holds a Peeps diorama contest. This year, it’s a tribute to Mr. Peeps himself, Bob Born, the unassuming Palm Beach County retiree who put a small regional candy on the map with a simple invention. Here is Barbara Marshall’s profile of Born from...
Post Time: The rise and fall of Lake Park’s Harry Kelsey

Post Time: The rise and fall of Lake Park’s Harry Kelsey

Readers: L.J. Parker is a familiar name to readers of Post Time. In 2015, he received the Judge James Knott award, the highest honor bestowed by the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, for his work operating theLake Park Historical Society. One can’t say Lake Park without saying Kelsey. After all, the town originally was Kelsey City, named for Harry Kelsey, its founder. In the October edition...
Rip currents bring no swimming signs to Jupiter Beach

Rip currents bring no swimming signs to Jupiter Beach

No swimming signs up Tuesday at Jupiter Beach (Photo/Bill DiPaolo) Area lifeguards continue to  report strong rip currents in area beaches. Venal Valliant, a 16-year-old student at West Centennial High School, drowned Saturday in Jensen Beach after being swept out to sea by a rip current. The Palm Beach Daily News is reporting a girl was saved Monday from rip currents by her father as a high...
Gardens swim parents irked by league disqualifying rec team from meet

Gardens swim parents irked by league disqualifying rec team from meet

Parents of recreational swimmers in Palm Beach Gardens are bristling after their children were barred from competing in a championship meet in Miami on Saturday. Kids on the Makos Swim Team were apparently caught in the middle of an issue between adult organizers. The South Florida Recreational Swim League said the team could have avoided disqualification if only the team had registered on time. READ...
Profile Art Gallery could be out in Jupiter, condos in

Profile Art Gallery could be out in Jupiter, condos in

Condos would have access to Riverwalk (Photo/Bill DiPaolo) Demolishing the three-story Profile Art Gallery across Indiantown Road from Harbourside Place and replacing it with a five-story building with 15 condominiums is scheduled for a public hearing Thursday at 7 p.m. at town hall. See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.  
Els Center hosting international autism conference in Jupiter

Els Center hosting international autism conference in Jupiter

Opened two years ago in the Limestone Creek neighborhood, The Els Center of Excellence is hosting an international autism conference expected to draw experts, parents and teachers. “We started with a dream and an idea. This conference puts us on the map as a global center of excellence,” said Pam Minelli, the center’s director of development. See the full story in The Palm Beach...
Jupiter planners: Fisherman’s Wharf doesn’t fit

Jupiter planners: Fisherman’s Wharf doesn’t fit

Artist rendition of Fisherman’s Wharf in Jupiter A plan for three six-story residential buildings on Jupiter’s waterfront is wrong for the neighborhood and should be denied, the town’s planning staff said. “The proposed building mass, height and scale are not compatible with the surrounding buildings,” according to the planning staff report. Read the full story in the...
New kayak launch coming to Riverbend/Battlefield Park near Jupiter

New kayak launch coming to Riverbend/Battlefield Park near Jupiter

The new building under construction is for county park officials with public restrooms, with an outdoor pavilion for meetings. (Photos/Bill DiPaolo) Work continues on the $3 million improvement project — including flush toilets and drinkable water — at Riverbend/Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park, west of Jupiter. A new launching area for kayakers and parking area, with other additions...
Els Center to host international autism conference

Els Center to host international autism conference

The Els Center of Excellence is hosting an international conference that is expected to draw experts, parents and teachers. “We started with a dream and an idea. This conference puts us on the map as a global center of excellence,” said Pam Minelli, the center’s director of development. The two-day conference,, which starts April 28 features speakers from George Washington University...
Jupiter planners offer reasons why buildings don’t fit on waterfront

Jupiter planners offer reasons why buildings don’t fit on waterfront

A plan for three six-story residential buildings on Jupiter’s waterfront doesn’t fit in the neighborhood and should be denied, the town’s planning staff said. “The proposed building mass, height and scale are not compatible with the surrounding buildings,” according to the planning staff’s report. Fisherman’s Wharf planners counter the project will enhance...
Here’s the scoop on the new dog park in Jupiter

Here’s the scoop on the new dog park in Jupiter

Fenced-off areas for big and little dogs, a dog-drink station, landscaping, 2-acre wetlands area, a gazebo with picnic tables, bicycle racks, a restroom and lighted walkways for pedestrians are planned . “It’s not just a dog park. It will be a central park for the whole town,” Stephanie Thoburn, assistant director of the town’s planning and zoning department. See the full story...
Here’s a list of Easter brunch spots in north county

Here’s a list of Easter brunch spots in north county

Another Broken Egg Cafe, Harbourside Place, Jupiter. 561-406-6556. 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. anotherbrokenegg.com Guanabanas, 960 North U.S. 1, Jupiter. 561-747-8878. 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. 561-747-8878. Guanabanas.com Jupiter Beach Resort. 5 A1A, Jupiter. 11a.m. 2 p.m. 561-277-3001. jupiterbeachresort.com Lazy Loggerhead Cafe in Carlin Park. 401 S.R. A1A, Jupiter.  561-747-1134. Open from 8...
Frenchman’s Creek in Gardens raises $300K for charity in four days

Frenchman’s Creek in Gardens raises $300K for charity in four days

Residents of one Palm Beach Gardens community raised $300,000 in the span of four days to support police and firefighters, schools and charities. Frenchman’s Creek Beach and Country Club residents raised the money during its Charity Weekend from March 30 to April 2, said Syd Shaw, who was a primary organizer for the event with her husband, Gerry. The Frenchman’s Creek Charities Foundation...
More residential units planned along Intracoastal Waterway in Jupiter

More residential units planned along Intracoastal Waterway in Jupiter

Demolishing the three-story Profile Art Gallery across Indiantown Road from Harbourside Place and replacing it with a five-story building with 15 condominiums is scheduled for a public hearing Thursday at 7 p.m. at town hall. Plans for the one-acre parcel, called Cornerstone, call for the first floor to be about 2,500 square feet of commercial space. Parking for about 44 vehicles would be below the...
Dog parks booming: What comes with Jupiter’s $2.5 million new spot?

Dog parks booming: What comes with Jupiter’s $2.5 million new spot?

Barnaby, a French bulldog visiting Jupiter’s Dog Beach on a recent morning, will welcome the town’s new dog park. “He likes it here at the beach. But the big dogs get a little rough. They chase him. He’ll like trying a new place,” his Palm Beach Gardens owner Pam Kemp said. Barnaby and his owner will have that alternative at the end of the year when Jupiter finishes building...
Gardens police targeting PGA, Northlake to make walkers, bikers safer

Gardens police targeting PGA, Northlake to make walkers, bikers safer

Palm Beach Gardens police say they are taking action after noticing a slight increase in crashes involving pedestrians. More Palm Beach Gardens police will be on patrol on Northlake and PGA Boulevards through May to target unsafe behavior by walkers, bicyclists and drivers. The effort is through the Florida Department of Transportation’s Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow campaign. “Our goal...
Fireworks at Roger Dean tonight – Good idea during drought?

Fireworks at Roger Dean tonight – Good idea during drought?

Fireworks are planned after the game tonight at Jupiter’s Roger Dean Stadium (Photo/Bill DiPaolo) The fireworks at Roger Dean Stadium are part of a Star Wars night celebration at the 7,000-seat stadium in the town’s Abacoa neighborhood. Friday night, fireworks started brush fire in Port St. Lucie near First Data Field, the baseball spring-training field for the New York Mets. See the full...

Jupiter approves park funding, hiring new paramedics

Moving forward with a plan to spend $2.8 million to buy two vacant acres on Indiantown Road near Jupiter High School was approved Tuesday night by the town council. Road improvements on the property along Daniels Way would make coming and going from the 3,000-student school safer for students, parents and employees, Mayor Todd Wodraska said. The vote was 4-1, with Councilman Jim Kuretski dissenting...
Get up close and personal with Air Force One this weekend

Get up close and personal with Air Force One this weekend

Visitors can view Air Force One from this spot for free near Palm Beach International Airport (Photo/Bill DiPaolo) Looking to get a view of the twin presidential aircraft in our back yard? Motorists can get to the grassy area closest to Air Force One’s parking spot from Southern Boulevard. In the distance, until mid-day Friday, visitors can catch a glimpse of the Air China plane used by Chinese...
Pauly & The Goodfellas bring ‘History of Rock and Soul’ to Gardens

Pauly & The Goodfellas bring ‘History of Rock and Soul’ to Gardens

Residents of one Palm Beach Gardens community don’t have to jump on a plane to New York to get enjoy an evening of high-quality theater. Devonshire at PGA National has a cabaret season with four shows from January to April. More than 100 residents attend each of the shows in The Stratford, the community’s performing arts space, according to a news release. The lineup includes: “What&rsquo...
Commentary: The insanity of PGA Blvd. Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot

Commentary: The insanity of PGA Blvd. Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot

Whew. If you think the parking lot of Trader Joe’s is busy on the weekends, you should see the corner of the plaza nearest the Dunkin’ Donuts on a weekday at noon. The cars jockeying for a spot in the too-small-for-parking lot may or may not wait for the cars backing up before zipping through. RELATED: Why Trader Joe’s is winning suburban grocery shopping scene in Gardens &ldquo...
Don Rickles dies: Why he didn’t want to be Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story

Don Rickles dies: Why he didn’t want to be Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story

You may find this hard to believe, but Don Rickles doesn’t think of himself as an insult comic. Anyone who thinks differently is just a hockey puck. “I don’t like to use the word `insult,’ ” says the man once dubbed the Merchant of Venom, speaking by phone from his Los Angeles home. “I’d rather call it putting them on. What I do actually, the best way to describe...
PBS’ Rick Steves in Gardens: ‘Fear is for people who don’t get out’

PBS’ Rick Steves in Gardens: ‘Fear is for people who don’t get out’

Rick Steves sees travel as a political act, a show of defiance against hatred and fear-mongering. “Fear is for people who don’t get out very much,” Steves, an author and host of a popular PBS travel show, declared to a crowd at a Palm Beach Gardens senior living community this past week. Since 9/11, Americans have become “quite fearful” and “ethno-centric,&rdquo...
Former Gardens salesman finds new calling helping Honduran orphans

Former Gardens salesman finds new calling helping Honduran orphans

Spencer Reece had gone to Honduras to learn Spanish after a crisis at work. Reece, an ex-Palm Beach County resident and acclaimed poet who later became an Episcopal priest, had been working as a chaplain at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut in 2009 when a teenage boy was rushed into the ER late at night. Stabbed 25 times, the boy died at 6 the following morning, another gang-war casualty. Reece had...
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is lit up blue for autism

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is lit up blue for autism

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is lit up blue through Thursday for autism awareness. A Light it up Blue fundraiser is planned Thursday, April 6th at the Jupiter’s Square Grouper from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. The Square Grouper will be donating a portion of proceeds from the evening to Els for Autism. For an optional $20 donation, guests will be offered a blue glow stick, autism awareness pin, and...
Three new Gardens Council members take office tomorrow

Three new Gardens Council members take office tomorrow

Matthew Lane, Rachelle Litt and Mark Marciano will be sworn in at the Palm Beach Gardens City Council meeting Thursday, April 5, 2017, Palm Beach Gardens residents, meet your new City Council.
How a Gardens mall salesman for Brooks Brothers became a famous poet

How a Gardens mall salesman for Brooks Brothers became a famous poet

Editor’s Note: In 2004, former Palm Beach Post writer Charles Passy profiled Spencer Reece, a man of diverse talents: He sold bespoke suits and wrote award-winning poetry that merited a full page in The New Yorker. He also wrote book reviews for the Post. To read about the latest twist in Reece’s fascinating life, go here. ) When Spencer Reece finally got the call that signaled his arrival...
Jupiter will offer about $3 M for vacant land near town hall

Jupiter will offer about $3 M for vacant land near town hall

The two acres (red square) are now vacant Moving forward with a plan for the town to offer $2.8 million for two vacant acres next to Jupiter High School to improve safety for students, parents and employees was approved 4-1 Tuesday night. Increasing traffic is a hazard for drivers and walkers, said Colleen Iannitti, principal at the 3,000-student school. “Anything we can do to relieve traffic...
dd’s Cupcake Shoppe is out in Jupiter, new bakery moving in

dd’s Cupcake Shoppe is out in Jupiter, new bakery moving in

Nina’s Fresh Bakery plans to open in May at the former dd’s Cupcake Shoppe in Jupiter (Photo/Bill DiPaolo) Nina’s Fresh Bakery plans to open by the end of May on the north side of Center Street, just west of Alt. A1A, which has been empty since dd’s Cupcake Shoppe closed several months ago. The cupcake shop, with the pink and blue mural of cupcakes on the outside wall just...
STAR WARS night is Saturday in Jupiter’s Abacoa!

STAR WARS night is Saturday in Jupiter’s Abacoa!

(Photo/Bill DiPaolo) Roger Dean Stadium is hosting STAR WARS night starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. STAR WARS characters will be there at the ballpark. Fireworks are planned. And, by the way, a baseball game is planned between the St. Lucie Mets and Palm Beach Cardinals.
Melgen’s diagnoses of macular degeneration an ‘epidemic,’ Boca doc says

Melgen’s diagnoses of macular degeneration an ‘epidemic,’ Boca doc says

Knowing Dr. Salomon Melgen had trained under a renowned Harvard eye researcher who pioneered retinal surgery, ophthalmologist Dr. Alan Aker was pleased when Melgen agreed to spend one day a week treating patients at his busy Boca Raton practice. But soon after Melgen began working at the Aker Kasten Eye Center in 2002, optometrists began voicing concern that every patient Melgen examined was receiving...
Jupiter “eyesores” soon to be demolished

Jupiter “eyesores” soon to be demolished

Buildings were built in 1983 (Photo/Rich Graulich) Twin eyesores — two boarded-up buildings Interstate 95 motorists see when they exit the eastbound ramp at Indiantown Road to the “Gateway to Jupiter” — are coming down this week. Permits to demolish the two-story buildings, both abandoned with with three apartments each, have been approved by the town. “That’s not...
UPDATE: One taken to hospital after North Palm car crash

UPDATE: One taken to hospital after North Palm car crash

Update 2:10 p.m.: One person was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, according to North Palm Beach Fire Rescue. There were two vehicles involved, said Lt. Anthony Giarrusso, spokesman for the department. Original story: Multiple lanes of traffic were closed at the intersection of Northlake Boulevard and Prosperity Farms Road after an accident involving at least three vehicles Tuesday morning...
Demolition planned for two Jupiter ‘eyesores’ near I-95, Indiantown Rd.

Demolition planned for two Jupiter ‘eyesores’ near I-95, Indiantown Rd.

Twin eyesores — two boarded up buildings Interstate 95 motorists see when they exit the eastbound ramp at Indiantown Road to the “Gateway to Jupiter” — are coming down this week. Permits to demolish the two-story buildings, both abandoned with with three apartments each, have been approved by the town. “That’s not the first impression we want people to have when...
Readers respond: Should airline have barred fliers wearing leggings?

Readers respond: Should airline have barred fliers wearing leggings?

Palm Beach Post readers, an exceedingly well-informed group with a variety of opinions, don’t usually come to a consensus, at least not about the stories I write. But in the case of my column about United Airlines’ controversial decision to not allow two young women flying on free employee passes to board their flight wearing leggings, you mostly seem to agree that the issue comes down...
What celebrity sent police on a 120-mph chase down Florida’s Turnpike?

What celebrity sent police on a 120-mph chase down Florida’s Turnpike?

State trooper Steve Walker was on Florida’s Turnpike, north of Port St. Lucie, in the late evening hours of April 4, 1994 when a blur whizzed by him. He radioed to a dispatcher: “A motorcycle went by me. He’s running over 120. I’m trying to catch up to him.” RELATED: READ POST COVERAGE OF LOCAL CRIME A Florida Highway Patrol dispatcher then sent a message to the Martin...
Should Jupiter spend $3 M for two vacant acres near high school?

Should Jupiter spend $3 M for two vacant acres near high school?

  Spending about $3 million to buy two vacant acres next to Jupiter High School would make coming and going from the 3,000-student school safer for students, parents and employees, Mayor Todd Wodraska said. The town council votes on the plan Tuesday night. Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.  
Why Jupiter wants to spend $3 million for two acres near high school

Why Jupiter wants to spend $3 million for two acres near high school

Spending about $3 million to buy two vacant acres next to Jupiter High School would make coming and going from the 3,000-student school safer for students, parents and employees, Mayor Todd Wodraska said. The plan, scheduled for a vote at Tuesday’s 7 p.m. town council meeting, calls for building a roundabout on the parcel on Indiantown Road at Daniels Way. Many use Daniels Way to get to and...
Cash coming in for Perry J. Cohen wetlands project in Jupiter

Cash coming in for Perry J. Cohen wetlands project in Jupiter

Fundraising, boosted by a $25,000 pledge from the Miami Dolphins Foundation,  is continuing for the Perry J. Cohen Wetlands Laboratory at Jupiter High School. The plan calls for raising about $400,000 to transform an existing storm water retention pond at the front of the school into a wetlands habitat and outdoor classroom. See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.
Sea turtle release planned Wednesday in Juno Beach

Sea turtle release planned Wednesday in Juno Beach

Squash now weighs about 105 pounds (Photo/Loggerhead Marinelife Center) Squash, a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle, is scheduled to be released back home into the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday, April 5 at about 11 a.m. Squash was found last November floating and unable to dive in the Intracoastal Waterway near Jensen Beach. Florida Fish and Wildlife officers brought the turtle to Loggerhead Marinelife...
$400,000 being raised for Perry Cohen wetlands project at Jupiter High

$400,000 being raised for Perry Cohen wetlands project at Jupiter High

Fundraising, boosted by a $25,000 pledge from the Miami Dolphins Foundation, is continuing for the Perry J. Cohen Wetlands Laboratory at Jupiter High School. The plan calls for raising about $400,000 to transform an existing storm water retention pond at the front of the school into a wetlands habitat and outdoor classroom. The Perry J. Cohen Wetlands Laboratory will include native plants, educational...
Club Scrub calling all paddlers for big event on April 22

Club Scrub calling all paddlers for big event on April 22

Kayaks, canoes and paddle boards are welcome (Club Scrub photo) Paddling both ways with the current is part of the Spring Fling Guided River Paddle & Jupiter Sandbar Party planned April 22 by Club Scrub. Launch is at Jonathan Dickinson State Park down the Loxahatchee River to the Jupiter sandbar and then back to the park. Floating refreshment stops with drinks and snacks are planned. A party is planned...
This restaurant chain closed its Palm Beach Gardens location

This restaurant chain closed its Palm Beach Gardens location

TGI Fridays in the Legacy Place shopping center has closed.(Jennifer Podis/The Palm Beach Post) TGI Fridays, the restaurant chain best known for its burgers, steaks and booze, has closed its Palm Beach Gardens location.
Meet the Pizza Girls, partners in life, love and all things pizza

Meet the Pizza Girls, partners in life, love and all things pizza

A visitor from the world of branding and hype might believe the whimsical mural splashed across the wall at Pizza Girls, the newest pizza shop in Palm Beach Gardens, is marketing strategy at its most adorable.  Titled “The Pizza Girls Story,” the hand-painted mural tells the tale of two intrepid women who “wanted to bring girl power to a traditional male business&rdquo...
Jupiter free health clinic moves to bigger location on Indiantown Road

Jupiter free health clinic moves to bigger location on Indiantown Road

MyClinic, a north county free health clinic that is serving an increasing number of low-income patients, is now in a bigger center. “(The expansion will) ensure our community gets the healthcare services they deserve, regardless of ability to pay,”said Dr. Ronald Surowitz, chairman of the board of MyClinic. New programs in behavioral health services, health care coordination and dermatology...
$21 million entertainment complex proposed for Jupiter’s Abacoa

$21 million entertainment complex proposed for Jupiter’s Abacoa

A $21 million entertainment complex with bowling, food, movies and music will keep Downtown Abacoa hopping, say supporters of the plan. “(The entertainment center) will bring more life and vitality into Downtown Abacoa,” said Scott Hedge, the project manager for Cinebowl-Grille & IMAX. Now a grass field across from Roger Dean Stadium, the lot has been vacant since 2006 when the 16-screen...
Leave those little critters alone, say Busch Wildlife officials

Leave those little critters alone, say Busch Wildlife officials

Amy Kight, animal care director at the non-profit animal rescue center off Central Boulevard in Jupiter, holds a healthy mourning dove that will be returned to the wild (Photo/Bill DiPaolo) If you see baby animals walking in the woods and are tempted to rescue them, officials at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary have this advice: Don’t. Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.  
More police after reported kidnapping attempt at Downtown at Gardens

More police after reported kidnapping attempt at Downtown at Gardens

Parents are vowing to be more vigilant after a “suspicious” incident in which a woman reported she thought three people were working together to distract her and kidnap her children at an outdoor shopping center. Palm Beach Gardens police say they are increasing patrols around Downtown at the Gardens, where the incident allegedly occurred, although they found no proof of a crime or attempted...
We don’t want a wave pool, say some Jupiter Farms residents

We don’t want a wave pool, say some Jupiter Farms residents

(Photo/Wayne Washington) Opponents to the the wave pool at the Palm Beach Park of Commerce say they fear the same problems that happened at a similar wave pool in Austin, Texas. See Wayne Washington’s story in The Palm Beach Post.  
Jupiter eatery with 3,500-gallon salt water fish tank opens Saturday

Jupiter eatery with 3,500-gallon salt water fish tank opens Saturday

A bar with 15 television screens, a restaurant with seating for 82 customers and a 3,500-gallon salt water fish tank are part of the expansion of the Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf restaurant, scheduled to have it’s grand opening at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The menu, which now includes ice cream, burgers and beer and wine, has been expanded. The 36-hole miniature golf course, opened on 2013 on the...
Time to get walking! Check out these free guided hikes in April

Time to get walking! Check out these free guided hikes in April

Put on your sunscreen, lace up those Nikes and walk until your heart is pounding. St. Lucie County is offering free guided hiking tours this April, giving participants the opportunity to learn about native habitats and wildlife. The hikes will take place at several parks in St. Lucie County. The guided tours require registration prior to arrival. Pick your schedule and hike below and scroll...
Gardens Police up patrols after attempted child abduction reported

Gardens Police up patrols after attempted child abduction reported

Palm Beach Gardens police say they are increasing patrols around a popular outdoor shopping center after a woman reported she thought three people were working together to distract her and kidnap her children. City police said the alleged incident at Downtown at the Gardens happened Monday, March 20, and was reported to them the next day. The details of the alleged incident are circulating in a Facebook...
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