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Gardens cop joins top tier of law enforcement as FBI Academy grad

Gardens cop joins top tier of law enforcement as FBI Academy grad

A Palm Beach Gardens officer who discovered his passion for police work in a teen career exploration program joined the upper echelon of law enforcement when he graduated from the FBI National Academy in December. RELATED: Boynton chief joins elite group to graduate from FBI National Academy Maj. Paul Rogers, 37, handed off his responsibilities to head to the academy in Quantico, Va. He took upper-level...
Sportcaster, former NFL player Ahmad Rashad selling Gardens home

Sportcaster, former NFL player Ahmad Rashad selling Gardens home

Former Minnesota Viking and NBC sportscaster Ahmad Rashad has put his Palm Beach Gardens home on the market, realtor.com reports. Rashad is listing his 3-bedroom, 4 1/2-bathroom house in Frenchman’s Creek Beach & Country Club for $740,000. The home has a two-car garage and a pool that’s surrounded by thick landscaping for privacy, but the landscaping could be trimmed for views of one of...
NEW: Here’s why hundreds of bikers will be in Wellington this weekend

NEW: Here’s why hundreds of bikers will be in Wellington this weekend

An 85-mile fundraising motorcycle ride will bring hundreds of bikers to Wellington on Saturday morning. The seventh annual Cruizin’ for Crime Stoppers ride launches from the area around Village Hall, with “kickstands up” at 10:30 a.m. “This is our major fundraiser for rewards, so we’ve got to do it to the top,” Crime Stoppers board of directors president Anthony...
COMMENTARY: Wine-tasting at Cooper’s Hawk hits mark for mall’s future

COMMENTARY: Wine-tasting at Cooper’s Hawk hits mark for mall’s future

Long after Santa has gone back to the North Pole and the crowds have cleared out from foodie events and charitable lunches, one end of The Gardens Mall struggles to entice shoppers. RELATED: Dining review: Wine-loving Cooper’s Hawk brings bold flavors to The Gardens Mall Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant offers a glimmer of hope where Sears has floundered and the Gap closing is imminent...
This weekend in Gardens: Smokey the Bear and an early Mardi Gras bash

This weekend in Gardens: Smokey the Bear and an early Mardi Gras bash

1. Fire Rescue Open House. Children can meet Smokey the Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog at a free Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue open house that’s 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Fire Station 1, 4425 Burns Road. There will be interactive games for children, a coloring contest and fire rescue and police SWAT team demonstrations with an emergency vehicle and a robot. Food from Chick-fil-A, Chicago...
Dynamic water color, oil painting exhibits on display in Gardens

Dynamic water color, oil painting exhibits on display in Gardens

A new set of colorful paintings is brightening up the Burns Road Recreation Center. RELATED: How three weeks of isolation on Lake Superior shaped a Gardens artist “Art x 2,” oil paintings by local artists Marci Bulitt and Roma Josephs, will be on display at the recreation center through Feb. 21. The exhibit is part of the GardensArt program, in which local and nationally recognized artists...
New building on Indiantown Road, leash law approved in Jupiter

New building on Indiantown Road, leash law approved in Jupiter

Demolishing a vacant building to build a 700-unit storage structure and and a new dog leash law were approved Tuesday night by the Jupiter Town Council. The vote was 4-1, with Councelor Jim Kuretski dissenting, on the proposal to demolish the former Ellison Graphics structure on the south side of Indiantown Road at Commerce Way, across from the Jupiter Medical Center Urgent Care Clinic. JUPITER READERS...
NEW: Despite pleas from parents, PBSC closing its Gardens preschool

NEW: Despite pleas from parents, PBSC closing its Gardens preschool

Palm Beach State College will close a preschool on its Gardens campus and convert it into office space, despite pleas from parents who offered to pay higher tuition to keep the school open. RELATED: Parents persuade college to postpone closing beloved Gardens school Late last year, President Ava Parker told parents she planned to close the Center for Early Learning on RCA Boulevard in June because...
Jupiter motorists feel the pain of construction delays in north county

Jupiter motorists feel the pain of construction delays in north county

If you think there’s lots of of road construction out there in and around Jupiter, you’re not imagining things. Here are some of the main projects going on:. The west sidewalk on the southbound side of the Alternate A1A bridge over the Loxahatchee River just north of Center Street is closed. The west travel lane of the bridge between Tequesta and Jupiter is scheduled to be intermittently...

Outdoors in Jupiter: Check out these activities

1. Outdoors: Public tours and fish feeding are free and open to the public every Saturday at the River Center, 805 U.S. 1 at Burt Reynolds Park in Jupiter from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. For information call 561-743-7123 or go to lrdrivercenter.org… Tours along the Indian River Lagoon and sand dunes led by a naturalist are held every Sunday at Blowing Rocks Preserve starting at 11 a.m. The price is $2...
What’s new for this vacant day care spot on Alt. A1A in Jupiter?

What’s new for this vacant day care spot on Alt. A1A in Jupiter?

An Enterprise Rent-A-Car Car store at the southeast corner of North Alternate A1A and Old Jupiter Beach Road unanimously was recommended for approval by the town’s planning and zoning commission. The plan is scheduled for a town council vote Feb. 20. The town council is not bound by the commission’s approval. No structural changes are planned to the existing yellow, 2,500-square-foot building...
NEW: Jupiter heroin-related first-half ‘17 overdose numbers released

NEW: Jupiter heroin-related first-half ‘17 overdose numbers released

Last year’s spike in numbers of heroin-related overdoses in Jupiter shows the opioid epidemic is tightening its grim grip — at least in the first half of 2017. Calls to Jupiter police on heroin overdoses increased more than 400 percent last year between January and July compared to the same period in 2016. Eight died from heroin-related overdoses during the first seven months of last year...
Gardens teacher gives gift of life to student’s mom

Gardens teacher gives gift of life to student’s mom

Donna Hoagland wasn’t even supposed to be Troy Volk’s fourth-grade teacher - just filling in while his was on maternity leave - but the two are forever linked, now that she gave a kidney that’s keeping his mom alive. Hoagland knew enough to ask what was wrong when the young math fanatic was too distracted to answer basic questions in his Marsh Pointe Elementary class. His answer...
Rory McIlroy's Gardens mansion is for sale. It will cost you $13 million

Rory McIlroy's Gardens mansion is for sale. It will cost you $13 million

PGA pro Rory McIlroy’s waterfront mansion and the lot next to it are for sale for $12.9 million, GOLF Magazine has reported. See the photos on Zillow here. McIlroy bought the 6-bedroom house along the Intracoastal Waterway five years ago for $9.5 million. The house down a lane off Prosperity Farms Road has a pool, outdoor fireplace, reflection pond and dock, according to Palm Beach County property...
NEW: Actress Mariel Hemingway speaks up for suffering kids in Gardens

NEW: Actress Mariel Hemingway speaks up for suffering kids in Gardens

Actress Mariel Hemingway’s own family history is riddled with mental illness, addiction and abuse, but spending two days at a West Palm Beach home for abused children was an eye-opener, she said Friday. RELATED: Center for kids in foster care expanding Hemingway, granddaughter of Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ernest Hemingway, spoke at a sold-out KidSanctuary Campus charity lunch and...
Unique ‘taxi service’ at Jupiter’s Inlet Village takes off

Unique ‘taxi service’ at Jupiter’s Inlet Village takes off

Entertainer, concierge, parking attendant and promoter — Jeff Isaacs wears lots of hats as he steers his golf cart to ferry visitors to and from the attractions in Jupiter’s waterfront Inlet Village. “I can find a good restaurant table with an ocean view,” he boasts. “Want to rent a kayak? I’ll sing happy birthday like Elvis. I have a blanket if it gets cold. Plus...
Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter gets new name - Sort of

Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter gets new name - Sort of

Jupiter’s Roger Dean Stadium is now Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. The 10-year agreement to rename the stadium in Abacoa was announced today.  The stadium is the spring training home of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals.  Roger Dean Chevrolet has been the only naming rights partner in the 21-year history of the stadium. “We are thrilled to have Roger Dean Chevrolet...
Jupiter restaurant partly owned by Michael Jordan opens in 3 weeks

Jupiter restaurant partly owned by Michael Jordan opens in 3 weeks

Opening is planned in about three weeks for 1000 NORTH, the Jupiter waterfront restaurant partly owned by NBA star Michael Jordan. Employees were practicing, movers were hauling in furniture and landscapers were planting in the parking lot on Thursday. JUPITER READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly Jupiter newsletter here 1000 North will be a welcome addition to the restaurant community on the...
Jupiter High grad is on Playboy magazine cover

Jupiter High grad is on Playboy magazine cover

Headlining the January/February edition of Playboy magazine is Megan Samperi, a Jupiter Community High School graduate and former hostess at Guanabanas restaurant. Samperi, who is now living in California, worked at Guanabanas for about six years, said Chad Van Boven, the owner of the restaurant on A1A in Jupiter. “She is a very sweet girl, great personality. She wanted to go to California and...
Sweet 16 ‘quilt cake,’ girls fashion show, groovy concert in Gardens

Sweet 16 ‘quilt cake,’ girls fashion show, groovy concert in Gardens

CONCERTS IN THE COURT Groove Merchant, an ecletic band that plays jazz, pop and blues tunes, will play this week’s free Concert in the Court 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Downtown at the Gardens, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave. GIRLS FASHION SHOW Athleta will throw a launch party for The Athleta GIRL line 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Grand Court of The Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Blvd. Allamanda Elementary...
Man living his dream selling Rochester’s favorite hot dog on Northlake

Man living his dream selling Rochester’s favorite hot dog on Northlake

Tom Carlisi’s food truck is somewhat of an oddity, parked in front of undeveloped property on Northlake Boulevard west of Ibis and the Sandhill Crane Golf Club. The offerings of the “Rochester Hots” truck include boiled peanuts, Cuban coffee, jams and raw honey, but the big draw is the Zweigle’s hot dogs — a Rochester, N.Y., delicacy, he said. “This was my dream...
Golden retriever rescue welcoming 100th dog from Puerto Rico

Golden retriever rescue welcoming 100th dog from Puerto Rico

Even lovable, loyal golden retrievers face a bleak plight in Puerto Rico, and it’s been that way long before two hurricanes battered the island and left behind catastrophic living conditions. RELATED: Group helps golden retrievers find homes Golden Rescue South Florida has been flying the dogs to new homes here since 2016, volunteer Lisa Hodgson, of Palm Beach Gardens, said. RELATED: Rescued...
New Hobby Lobby opens on Northlake Boulevard

New Hobby Lobby opens on Northlake Boulevard

The wait is over for crafters, decorators and sewers holding out for a Hobby Lobby in northern Palm Beach County. The craft store at 1220 Northlake Blvd. had a soft opening Dec. 26 and a grand opening Jan. 1. It’s next door to a Burlington that opened in September in the same plaza as Chick-fil-A. The strip mall was home to Kmart before it closed and a Rooms To Go outlet that moved down the...
Trump-bashing book draws big demand at Palm Beach County libraries

Trump-bashing book draws big demand at Palm Beach County libraries

Fire and Fury, the popular Trump-bashing book written by Michael Wolff, has been reserved by 845 library card-carrying members of the Palm Beach County Library system. County librarians have not yet received copies of the book at the county’s 17 branches. When the books are received, they will be lent out in the order the reservations were made. Such high demand is common for popular books,...
Jupiter resident helps picks annual winner in national dog show

Jupiter resident helps picks annual winner in national dog show

Deciding who is the best among 6,000 four-legged competitors — including Alaskan malamutes, German shepherds and , cocker spaniels — is no easy task. But being a judge at the annual American Kennel Club National Dog Show is a job Ron Menaker has enjoyed for the past 17 years. JUPITER READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly Jupiter newsletter here The Jupiter resident is the Chairman...
Here’s what could take the place of dive shop on Northlake

Here’s what could take the place of dive shop on Northlake

Medical offices and an urgent care facility could replace a dive shop on Northlake Boulevard in the shadows of I-95, if Palm Beach Gardens approves a pitch from a doctor. RELATED: Hurricane Irma: Man recalls pulling scuba diver from Intracoastal Divers Direct closed its only Palm Beach County store, at 4074 Northlake Blvd., on Oct. 30, according to a recorded phone message. Jason Merrick, vice president...
Should term-limited Gardens council members be allowed to run again?

Should term-limited Gardens council members be allowed to run again?

After a series of contentious meetings filled with hours of debate, Palm Beach Gardens council members have agreed to ask voters to extend their time in office and change how they are elected. RELATED: Term limits debate gets testy in Palm Beach Gardens The City Council approved four questions Thursday that will be put to voters on March 13, when no Gardens council races appear on the ballot. Three...
New boss wants brighter spotlight on Jupiter’s Busch Wildlife Sanctuary

New boss wants brighter spotlight on Jupiter’s Busch Wildlife Sanctuary

“Don’t mind the rattlesnakes.” That’s what Amy Kight, the new executive director of Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, says when a visitor steps into her small office off Central Boulevard. The grey and black snakes, curled up in wire boxes, were brought from their outdoor cages and placed on the floor a few feet from her desk to keep warm during this past week’s cold snap. JUPITER...
Gardens sculpture designed by artist who created Olympics graphics

Gardens sculpture designed by artist who created Olympics graphics

Palm Beach Gardens will probably never have splashy murals like those scattered throughout downtown West Palm Beach and Lake Worth, but there’s no shortage of art to the north. RELATED: What counts as art? Gardens office tower project sparks debate The art in Palm Beach Gardens is subtler, hidden in plain sight. The carousel at Downtown at the Gardens and that obelisk that lights up at night...

Jazz, snakes and original Nintendo gaming this weekend in Gardens

MEET THE SNAKE John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, will host a Snake Talk with King Henry, the resident snake, 2 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Visitors will learn about the habits and habitats of King Henry and other snakes during the presentation, free with park admission, $5 per vehicle. JAZZ SUNDAYS Relax to the sounds of live jazz 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Centre Court of Downtown...
Dwyer students will return to entrance with $50,000 donated makeover

Dwyer students will return to entrance with $50,000 donated makeover

It wasn’t their typical luxury high-rise condo or a shiny, new shopping center. RELATED: Palm Beach Gardens school relaunches theater program On their most recent job, crews from Kast Construction — the ubiquitous South Florida building company — have been spiffing up William T. Dwyer High School so 2,000-plus students will come back from winter break Monday to a beautified main...
New year, new boat? This Lake Park class can keep you safe

New year, new boat? This Lake Park class can keep you safe

If one of your Christmas presents is docked at a marina, you may want to check this out.  The Palm Beach Power Squadron hosts a safe boating class once a month, and it’s coming up this weekend. The class at the squadron’s headquarters covers knowing your boat, fueling procedures, navigation rules, anchoring, emergencies and other topics. It runs 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1125...
Jupiter drivers: Lane closes on Atl. A1A  bridge starting Tuesday 

Jupiter drivers: Lane closes on Atl. A1A  bridge starting Tuesday 

The west lane on the southbound side of the Alternate A1A bridge over the Loxahatchee River just north of Center Street is scheduled to be intermittently closed beginning Tuesday, January 2nd.  Work on the water transmission main is planned on the span, which is known as the Damon Bridge. The adjacent sidewalk is planned to be closed during construction.  Completion is scheduled for March...
Sea turtles get the star treatment, then cheers from Juno Beach fans

Sea turtles get the star treatment, then cheers from Juno Beach fans

Amid cheers from about 700 fans, Brother Kenny and Brieanna crawled across the sand in Juno Beach and swam home into the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday morning. “Wow, the sea turtles crawl slow. But they swim fast,” said Patrick O’Keefe, 11, from Rhode Island, who was among the crowd with his parents Bob and Diana. JUPITER READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly Jupiter newsletter...
Trump, Tiger, clown killer: Top 10 Palm Beach County stories of 2017

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

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

Big crowd cheers sea turtle release in Juno Beach

One of the largest crowds ever -- about 700 people -- packed the beach just south of the Juno Pier Thursday morning to watch two sea turtles swim home. “Wow, I’ve never seen a sea turtle up close before. They crawl slow, but they swim fast,” said Patrick O’Keefe, 11, who was with his parents Bob and Diana visiting from Rhode Island. The O’Keefe family was one of about...
No traffic stops planned for New Years Eve fireworks at Jupiter’s Harbourside

No traffic stops planned for New Years Eve fireworks at Jupiter’s Harbourside

Traffic is not scheduled to be stopped on U.S. 1 for the New Year’s Eve fireworks planned for midnight Sunday to light the skies over Harbourside Place. When Jupiter officials approved the overall “Countdown to 2018” plan earlier this month, there was discussion about closing U.S. 1 north and south of Harbourside during the 10-minute display. Police and firefighters will...
From Trump ties to a tornado: Palm Beach Gardens’ top stories of 2017

From Trump ties to a tornado: Palm Beach Gardens’ top stories of 2017

1. TERRIFYING TORNADO: A tornado with 90 mph winds tore through a swath of Palm Beach Gardens and Juno Beach in January, collapsing windows and sending roof tiles flying into the bedrooms of houses in the Mirabella at Mirasol community about 2 a.m. The Benjamin School athletic fields and William T. Dwyer High School sustained millions of dollars in damage that disrupted spring sports practices and...
Triple homicide, Tiger Woods arrest: Jupiter’s top 5 stories in 2017

Triple homicide, Tiger Woods arrest: Jupiter’s top 5 stories in 2017

The case was closed when a second man was arrested Nov. 29. Marcus Steward, 25, was arrested on three first-degree murder charges in Riviera Beach by the United States Marshals Service. The West Palm Beach-area man also faces one count of attempted murder and one car-theft charge in the Feb. 5 Mohawk Street shootings that killed Kelli J. Doherty, Sean P. Henry and Brandi El-Salhy. Christopher Vasata ...
As derelict boats hauled, houseboat owner works to free beached vessel

As derelict boats hauled, houseboat owner works to free beached vessel

Derelict boats, eyesores and environmental hazards to many locals, were being hauled away Friday afternoon off Burt Reynolds Park West. Meanwhile, the owner of a 42-foot houseboat that washed ashore off the park earlier this month was trying to push the 12-ton craft offshore on Friday afternoon. The boat, which does not have a motor, washed ashore at the park after Hurricane Irma. READ: Jupiter residents...
From Texas to Jupiter: New town manager relishes a challenging job

From Texas to Jupiter: New town manager relishes a challenging job

Coming to coastal, affluent Jupiter from a smallish town in inland Texas — where there are no zoning laws, lighthouses or turquoise inlets to the ocean — is a welcome challenge, said the town’s new manager Matt Benoit. “I’m taking this job with no pre-conceived notions. I’m going to show up, keep an open mind and listen,” said Benoit, 43, who is moving his...
What was decided at contentious Gardens council meeting on term limits

What was decided at contentious Gardens council meeting on term limits

Voters will not have the option of permanently banning term-limited City Council members from seeking office again. RELATED: Term limits debate gets testy in Palm Beach Gardens At a contentious Thursday night meeting in which council members publicly accused each other of bad manners and deception, the council voted 3-2 to ask voters if officials forced out by term limits should be allowed to run...
Derelict boats being removed from off Jupiter 

Derelict boats being removed from off Jupiter 

Derelict boats, eyesores and environmental hazards to many locals, were being hauled away Friday afternoon off Burt Reynolds Park West. Meanwhile, the owner of a 42-foot houseboat that washed ashore off the park was trying to push the 12-ton craft offshore on Friday afternoon. The boat, which does not have a motor, washed ashore at the park after Hurricane Irma. Palm Beach County sited the boat on...
Jupiter Medical Center plans $120 million expansion, its largest ever

Jupiter Medical Center plans $120 million expansion, its largest ever

Jupiter Medical Center, the town’s largest employer, is planning a $123 million expansion that includes a cancer institute, an intensive care unit for heart patients and infants, and a stroke program. “We want our patients not to have to leave our community to get the care they need,” said Dale Hocking, JMC vice president of finance and chief financial officer. JUPITER READERS: Sign...
Gardens moves to annex 500 homes west of Ibis; will residents say yes?

Gardens moves to annex 500 homes west of Ibis; will residents say yes?

Residents of more than 500 homes on the western edge of Palm Beach Gardens are grappling with whether they want to pay more in taxes in exchange for the promise of better emergency services and recreation perks. RELATED: Would joining Palm Beach Gardens help two communities in long run? The decision on whether to join the city or remain in an unincorporated pocket of Palm Beach County pits the rural...
Late PBSC president Ed Eissey recalled as ‘legend’ at Gardens memorial

Late PBSC president Ed Eissey recalled as ‘legend’ at Gardens memorial

His love for his family. His devotion to his community. And his ever present sense of humor. Those were just some of the memories shared as hundreds gathered Thursday afternoon to celebrate the life of former Palm Beach State College president Edward Michael Eissey. RELATED: PBSC’s Ed Eissey dies at 89 “Ed Eissey was more than a man, he was an experience,” the Rev. John Frerking...
Parents: Gunman in Singer Island murder-suicide ‘happy’ before shooting

Parents: Gunman in Singer Island murder-suicide ‘happy’ before shooting

Minutes before he shot and killed his girlfriend Wednesday, then turned the gun on himself in a murder-suicide inside a Singer Island apartment, Richard Travis Timilty was hanging out with friends at a restaurant and appeared “happy.” What caused the 27-year-old boat captain to kill girlfriend Holly Given, 26, left Timilty’s parents dumbfounded Thursday. “He was smiling,&rdquo...
FPL ordered to pay nearly $24 million in Fort Myers teen’s death

FPL ordered to pay nearly $24 million in Fort Myers teen’s death

A Lee County jury on Wednesday ordered Florida Power & Light to pay nearly $24 million in connection with the 2011 electrocution death of a Fort Myers 15-year-old. The jury ordered the Juno Beach-based utility to pay the mother of Justin Dominguez $8.75 million in compensatory damages and $15 million in punitive damages, said West Palm Beach attorney Julie Littky-Rubin. Littky-Rubin assisted Fort...
Why lawyers gave 375 backpacks filled with shoes to Lake Park students

Why lawyers gave 375 backpacks filled with shoes to Lake Park students

More than 300 elementary school students chattered excitedly as they plucked brand new pairs of shoes from a backpack and tried them on during Santa’s visit to their classroom Tuesday. RELATED: Gardens High helps Santa make special delivery to elementary students The jolly man in the red suit had help from his elves at the West Palm Beach law firm law firm of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith. The...
How Post readers helped homeless women have a happier holiday

How Post readers helped homeless women have a happier holiday

Three weeks ago, Liz Oliver was sitting in her office looking at a meager pile of clothes. It was the fewest she’d received since she started putting on a day of empowerment for homeless women around the holidays six years ago. RELATED: Homeless are special guests at this Gardens hotel for the holidays The big event was less than a week away, and she still needed shoes, clothes and undergarments...
Gardens hairdresser makes disabled adults feel special with free cuts

Gardens hairdresser makes disabled adults feel special with free cuts

“Look at my hair. I love it!” Roseanne Needleman, 72, exclaimed after examining her new haircut in a tiny compact mirror in a room at Seagull Services. RELATED: Seagull Services: Supporting youth, adults with disabilities Needleman was one of 23 people in Seagull Services’ day program for adults with disabilities who got a free haircut from two Great Clips stylists Wednesday. The...
New town manager’s contract ruffles some Jupiter residents

New town manager’s contract ruffles some Jupiter residents

Jupiter’s new town manager will start in mid-February and will get an annual guaranteed raise of 2.5 percent for the first four years not dependent on his annual performance review. The terms of the contract did not sit well with some residents. “This is a tough pill to swallow for teachers and police officers,” said Indian Creek resident Ben Klug, referring to the guaranteed raises...
Winter in Florida: Enjoy winter fun with the Florida sun!

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

It's that time of the year again. That time when we brag about our nice Florida weather while the rest of the country freezes.  But for those of you who actually enjoy the white stuff falling from the sky and wrapping up in scarves before leaving the house — ya know, the traditional Christmas vibe  — this list of winter activities, South Florida style, is for you. ...
Waterfront condos coming to Jupiter waterfront - Start price is $800K

Waterfront condos coming to Jupiter waterfront - Start price is $800K

Luxury waterfront condos — the second such development this month — won approval Tuesday in Jupiter and will be built on the Intracoastal Waterway just south of Indiantown Road. Cornerstone will be 15 units in a five-story building. Starting price will be about $800,000, according to Richard Witham, the registered agent of Jupiter Investments, the developers of the site. The condominiums...
Jupiter hires new town manager despite conflict over contract

Jupiter hires new town manager despite conflict over contract

Jupiter’s new town manager will start in mid-February — and will get an annual guaranteed raise of 2.5 percent for the first four years not dependent on his annual performance review. “This is a tough pill to swallow for teachers and police officers. It’s a privelege to come to Jupiter,” said Indian Creek resident Ben Klug, one of several residents who opposed the contract...
NEW: Man charged in Jupiter axe murder claims he acted in self-defense

NEW: Man charged in Jupiter axe murder claims he acted in self-defense

A 22-year-old Jupiter man who is accused of killing an Hispanic teen with an axe while he and his friends were out “Guat hunting” tried to persuade a Palm Beach County judge on Monday he acted in self-defense. Assistant State Attorney Jill Richstone countered that when David Harris was initially interviewed by Jupiter police in connection with the 2015 slaying of 18-year-old Onesimo Marcelino...
Gardens officer among 1 percent of cops to complete FBI Academy

Gardens officer among 1 percent of cops to complete FBI Academy

A Palm Beach Gardens major is one of five South Florida police officers who graduated from the FBI’s elite training program Friday. Paul Rogers completed the 10-week FBI National Academy that began Oct. 3 at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. Rogers, a Palm Beach Gardens native, has worked for the department since 1996. Rogers and a class of about 250 other officers learned about law...
Annual holiday event brings cheer to north county senior citizens

Annual holiday event brings cheer to north county senior citizens

About 60 local senior citizens gathered on a chartered bus Thursday night to share holiday stories of nostalgia, view Christmas lights, have dinner, participate in sing-a-longs and attend parties — all put together by local organizations and residents. “Christmas isn’t just for children. We don’t want to forget our senior citizens,” said Edna Runner, executive director...
Mini-golf construction starts in Downtown Abacoa in Jupiter

Mini-golf construction starts in Downtown Abacoa in Jupiter

Mini-golf is coming to Downtown Abacoa. The premier putt at the 18-hole course should be in the summer, said Downtown Abacoa owner Josh Simon. “There will be a food shack that will have rotating items from different restaurants in Abacoa,” said Simon of the course being built on a vacant lot at the northeast corner of Main Street and Chancellor Drive. JUPITER READERS: Sign up for The Post&rsquo...
Another luxury waterfront development up for OK in Jupiter

Another luxury waterfront development up for OK in Jupiter

More luxury waterfront condos — 15 on the Intracoastal Waterway just south of Indiantown Road — are up for approval at Tuesday’s 7 p.m. town council meeting. Starting price for the condos will be about $800,000, according to Richard Witham, the registered agent of Jupiter Investments, the developers of the site. WANT MORE JUPITER NEWS? Follow our Post on Jupiter Facebook page Cornerstone...
Re-imagined Apple Store big hit after reopening at Gardens Mall

Re-imagined Apple Store big hit after reopening at Gardens Mall

The sleek, rebooted Apple Store at The Gardens Mall reopened to a throng of about 75 people eager to get their tech fix Saturday morning. The 8,300-square-foot Apple Store is now the largest in Palm Beach County. Among its biggest fans: the 10 and younger set. Patrick Welsh, 6, tested out the Apple TV 4K while his dad, Mike, held Patrick’s iPad protected by an orange case. Before the store closed...
Horses helping people — and vice versa — in Jupiter Farms

Horses helping people — and vice versa — in Jupiter Farms

Wearing blue boots and toting feed buckets to the four horses in the remodeled wooden barn at Nature Speaks, Inc., Rachel Ibarra is exactly where she wants to be. Once the owner of a public relations company, Ibarra and her husband Tracy bring together recovering horses with children diagnosed with autism and other disorders. They are applying for grants to start a program to unite the horses...
Neighbors want beached 35-foot houseboat in Jupiter hauled away

Neighbors want beached 35-foot houseboat in Jupiter hauled away

A 35-foot houseboat has washed ashore near Burt Reynolds Park West in Jupiter, and some residents want the “eyesore” hauled away. “They should give the owner a reasonable amount of time, maybe seven days. But that boat is dangerous. It needs to be removed,” said Tom Kataras, a boater who lives in Jupiter Cove. READ: Jupiter residents want junk boats littering Jupiter waterways...
Riverbend Park’s $3 million renovation still missing its main feature

Riverbend Park’s $3 million renovation still missing its main feature

Disappointment was the reaction Samantha Livas had when she pulled into the new paved parking lot at Riverbend Park, part of the $3 million renovation completed six weeks ago. “Where’s the place to rent a kayak?” she asked a couple unloading their bicycles from their car trunk. When told the concession stand was gone, she turned to her passengers in the back seat and frowned. That...
North Palm Beach police dog dies after unexpected medical event

North Palm Beach police dog dies after unexpected medical event

Village police said goodbye to four-legged officer Cole after the K9 died of complications from emergency surgery last week, the department said on Facebook. Cole, badge #638, underwent surgery for an “unexpected medical event,” police said. He served the department for nine years with Officer James Kaminski. The 9-year-old German shepherd died 9:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Police use K9 officers...
Derelict vessel washes ashore at Jupiter’s ‘Boating Graveyard’

Derelict vessel washes ashore at Jupiter’s ‘Boating Graveyard’

An abandoned houseboat, one of many derelict vessels Jupiter residents have complained about  floating and sunk in Jupiter waterways, has washed ashore at Burt Reynolds Park West. The beige houseboat, about 35 feet long, was anchored Thursday afternoon about 100 feet off shore, just north of the public boat docks.  An orange tag issued by Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department...
Baseball, turtle, superhero-themed holiday trees for a cause? You bet

Baseball, turtle, superhero-themed holiday trees for a cause? You bet

A festive, holiday tree-decorating contest is making the season brighter for hundreds of children who are spending it away from their families. RELATED: Villages of Hope gives former foster kids a future Step into the lobby of Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, and you’ll be surrounded by 20 Christmas trees and Hanukkah bushes that would make Martha Stewart proud. The hospital staff and volunteers...
EXCLUSIVE: New Alton clubhouse opening in Palm Beach Gardens (PHOTOS)

EXCLUSIVE: New Alton clubhouse opening in Palm Beach Gardens (PHOTOS)

Soon, residents of a new community in Palm Beach Gardens “three miles to everywhere” will also be just a short walk or bike ride to the gym. The clubhouse for Alton, a Kolter development off Donald Ross Road, officially opens for residents Monday. The club at the corner of Grandiflora and Alton Roads is primarily a gym, with free weights, multipurpose machines, exercise bikes and...
New York Times columnist assails Israel myths during talk in Gardens

New York Times columnist assails Israel myths during talk in Gardens

A New York Times columnist speaking at a Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County event endorsed President Donald Trump’s decision last week to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Bret Stephens, who previously worked for The Wall Street Journal and served as editor in chief of The Jerusalem Post, spoke to about 400 people Wednesday night at Eastpointe Country Club. Stephens is also...
FPL’s new $6M Jupiter service center built to get power back faster

FPL’s new $6M Jupiter service center built to get power back faster

Getting electrical power restored faster after hurricanes such as Irma and Matthew is the goal of the new Florida Power & Light service center that opened Wednesday in Jupiter. “We want our technicians out of the gate quicker. They will be focused on getting the power up and running,” said Bryan Olnick, FPL Vice President of Distribution Operations. Built to withstand a Category 5 storm...
Gardens Gators defeat defending champs to win Pop Warner Super Bowl

Gardens Gators defeat defending champs to win Pop Warner Super Bowl

Michael Wright lunged into the end zone with only 18 seconds left to give the Palm Beach Gardens Gators the winning score against a team from California in the national Pop Warner Super Bowl championship game. The Pee Wee Orange football team beat defending champions, the Point Loma Pointers, of Point Loma, Calif., to win the national championship game Friday at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports...
See how far this Gardens Siamese cat leaps for Guinness World Record

See how far this Gardens Siamese cat leaps for Guinness World Record

A rescued 9-year-old Siamese cat from Palm Beach Gardens has made a leap to land in the Guinness World Record Book. Bud D. Boy launched himself 11 feet 2 1/2 inches when he took the stage during Adopt A Cat’s big Spa’cat’ti dinner at the Moose Lodge on Nov. 11. The 11-pound cat’s jump from one chair to another defied the previous record of 6 feet, set by Alley, a cat in the...
YES OR NO? Jupiter rules on New Year’s Eve Harbourside Place fireworks

YES OR NO? Jupiter rules on New Year’s Eve Harbourside Place fireworks

Despite a staff recommendation to deny fireworks at Harbourside Place, Jupiter town officials voted Monday to allow them to light the skies above the Intracoastal Waterway at midnight on New Year’s Eve. “This is validation that we are the entertainment center of Jupiter,” said Nick Mastroianni III, vice president of Jupiter-based Allied Capital and Development, the developers of...
What drugged-up rock star changed his life in Jupiter 32 years ago?

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

David Crosby was a fugitive from justice and a freebasing cocaine fiend when he arrived at a boat dock in Jupiter on Dec. 12, 1985. It wasn’t the happiest of holidays. The rock and roll legend was “isolated, frightened, paranoid and broke,” as he later wrote in a memoir. The previous August, he had failed to appear at a hearing in Texas where he was appealing a 1983 conviction for...
Get ready for fireworks at Jupiter’s Harbourside 

Get ready for fireworks at Jupiter’s Harbourside 

Despite a staff recommendation to deny fireworks at Harbourside Place, Jupiter town officials voted Monday to allow them to light the skies above the Intracoastal Waterway at midnight on New Year’s Eve. "This is validation that we are the entertainment center of Jupiter," said Nick Mastroianni III, vice president of Jupiter-based Allied Capital and Development, the developers...
Wendy’s out, this national chain in at Tequesta shopping center

Wendy’s out, this national chain in at Tequesta shopping center

Coffee  and such is expected to start being served by Christmas at the new Dunkin’ Donuts being built in Tequesta’s Countyline Plaza.  The building -- plans call for a drive-through window — is at the southwest corner of Countyline Road and U.S. 1. The new Dunkin’s is in the former Wendy’s restaurant, which closed about a year ago. The closest Dunkin’...
U.S. 1 roadwork continues in Tequesta, businesses are open

U.S. 1 roadwork continues in Tequesta, businesses are open

Businesses remain open on U.S. 1 in Tequesta while roadwork on the year-long, $3 million construction project continues. Completion of the two-mile stretch from the Martin County line south to Beach Road by J.W. Cheatham, LLC is scheduled for the fall of next year. The construction is part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s “Complete Streets Program” ...
Vote tonight in Jupiter on New Year’s Eve fireworks at Harbourside 

Vote tonight in Jupiter on New Year’s Eve fireworks at Harbourside 

 New Year’s Eve fireworks at Harbourside Place — a longtime issue between the town and the owners of the $150 million waterfront entertainment complex — is up for a vote tonight, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at town hall.  Thumbs down was the response the last time Harbourside Place officials asked permission from the town for fireworks launched from the Intracoastal Waterway...
More waterfront condos approved in Jupiter 

More waterfront condos approved in Jupiter 

 More waterfront development — this time 33 townhouses walking distance to DuBois Park — have been approved in Jupiter. Inlet Waters, with 2,000-square-foot units to start at under $700,000, was approved Tuesday unanimously by the town council.  The developer is Larry Wright, who built the Ocean Breeze townhouse development in on U.S. 1 in Juno Beach. The...
This big Interstate 95 display will get you in the Christmas spirit

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

Sound barriers. Concrete overpasses. Amber alert signs. Weary commuters on Interstate 95 have little to see that pleases the eye. And, then, there he is: A smiling goofball, with top hat cocked, a corncob pipe in mouth and his gigantic green mittens hanging over the roof of the Cheney Brothers food distribution headquarters in Riviera Beach. It’s not the holidays until I-95&rsquo...
Gardens team is in Pop Warner Super Bowl championship

Gardens team is in Pop Warner Super Bowl championship

They’re in.  A youth football team that became the first in the city to make it to the Pop Warner Super Bowl is in the championship game. The Palm Beach Gardens Gators Pee Wee Orange team defeated the Union Road Jaguars, of Gastonia, N.C., Tuesday to advance to the big match-up. The score was 47-20. Their next and final game, the championship, is 11 a.m. Friday against Point Loma Pointers...
Palm Beach Gardens seniors get fix of virtual reality adventures

Palm Beach Gardens seniors get fix of virtual reality adventures

Leopold “Bud” Weidlein, 99, wondered how far down he was diving Wednesday morning as he encountered tropical, red fish. Sitting — yes, sitting — next to him, Marvin Greenberg took in the sight of of Michelangelo’s David statue in Florence. RELATED: Whew! Why Palm Beach Gardens seniors exercised for 12 straight hours Across the room, Helen Fenza was maneuvering through...
Park educator awarded for showing teachers how students learn outside

Park educator awarded for showing teachers how students learn outside

The top educator at Palm Beach County’s only state park is getting statewide recognition for her work getting other teachers comfortable taking their students outside to learn. RELATED: Fifth-graders get hands-on studying critters in state park’s waters Veronica Frehm, the director of education at MacArthur Beach State Park, is the Florida Project Learning Tree 2017 Facilitator of the...
Homeless are special guests at this Gardens hotel for the holidays

Homeless are special guests at this Gardens hotel for the holidays

Twelve women with no place to call home for the holidays will experience a day of luxury and empowerment at an upscale hotel next week. Homewood Suites by Hilton has worked with the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County for the past five years to host women from a group home for a day. The special treatment includes a makeshift shopping spree and a makeover from a hairdresser and makeup artist,...
Dr. Melgen lauded, pilloried during sentencing hearing for practices

Dr. Melgen lauded, pilloried during sentencing hearing for practices

Luminaries from Dr. Salomon Melgen’s homeland — including a former Dominican Republic interior minister and the conductor of the island nation’s orchestra — offered glowing accounts of the retinal specialist’s generosity and medical prowess on Tuesday to persuade a federal judge to show mercy when he sentences the physician on 67 charges of health care fraud. The praise...
What heavy metal rock star has found peace living in Jupiter?

What heavy metal rock star has found peace living in Jupiter?

“This is my place. This is my island.” There is a chance, if you live in Jupiter, that every once in a while you walk past, shop near, or enjoy an expertly prepared local fish next to a rock star, a genuine member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Whether or not you’ve noticed likely depends on where you are at the time. “It happens if I’m in a record store, looking...
How young musicians performing at the mall help grieving children

How young musicians performing at the mall help grieving children

More than 150 young musicians will take turns performing for 10 hours straight to help raise money for a camp for grieving children. The guitarists, pianists, violinists and other musicians who are 5 to 17 years old will play their respective instruments from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Nordstrom Court at The Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Blvd., Dec. 16.  A children’s guitar ensemble starts at 12...
What’s the delay on the no-wake zone proposal in Jupiter?

What’s the delay on the no-wake zone proposal in Jupiter?

Jupiter, Tequesta and Jupiter Inlet Colony all have approved resolutions to extend the no-wake zone for boaters in north county, but so far there hasn’t been any action. Why the delay? Reviews and approvals by Palm Beach County, the U.S. Coast Guard and The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are required to pass regulations to get boaters to slow down on the one-mile stretch of...
Luxury waterfront condos — starting at $900K — up for vote in Jupiter

Luxury waterfront condos — starting at $900K — up for vote in Jupiter

A vote on final approval to demolish the three-story Profile Art Gallery across Indiantown Road from Harbourside Place and replace it with a five-story building with 15 condominiums is scheduled to go before the Jupiter town council on Dec. 19. The selling price of the individual condos is expected to be about $900,000. Plans for the one-acre parcel, called Cornerstone, call for the first floor to...
Dick’s wants to sell guns at Gardens Mall; city fears horror scenarios

Dick’s wants to sell guns at Gardens Mall; city fears horror scenarios

If gun sales happen in The Gardens Mall, in a store around the corner from Mrs. Fields and Zales Jewelers, who’s going to be able to distinguish a shopper with a new gun from an armed person out to inflict harm? That’s the unanswered question that worries the Palm Beach Gardens police chief and other city leaders, but Dick’s Sporting Goods has the law on its side. Only state lawmakers...
Plan for 300 apartments at mostly vacant strip mall in Juno panned

Plan for 300 apartments at mostly vacant strip mall in Juno panned

A developer is reworking plans to build 300 apartments in place of a mostly vacant shopping center on U.S. 1, amid objections from Juno Beach residents about the size of the project. The North Beach Plaza property, about a half-mile north of PGA Boulevard, is technically in an unincorporated pocket of Palm Beach County — which means the County Commission has the final say in any redevelopment...
Residents want junk boats littering Jupiter waterways hauled away

Residents want junk boats littering Jupiter waterways hauled away

Abandoned boats — sunken sailboats, beat-up motorboats and creaky houseboats — are cluttering up Jupiter waterways and many local boaters and residents want them hauled away. “We call it the boat graveyard,” said Jack Walz, a resident of Jupiter Harbour, of Fullerton Island, a 12-acre island the town bought, dredged and turned into a waterway park. “The town paid $6 million...
New dog leash law, luxury townhouses up for vote Tuesday in Jupiter

New dog leash law, luxury townhouses up for vote Tuesday in Jupiter

A proposal for 33 luxury townhouses on A1A, within walking distance to DuBois Park, is scheduled for a final vote at Tuesday’s 7 p.m. town council meeting. The 2,000-square-foot units at Inlet Waters are expected to start at under $700,000. The developer is Larry Wright, who built the Ocean Breeze townhouse development on the west side of U.S. 1 south of Juno Beach Park in Juno Beach. READ:...
A Snowbird’s guide to dining in Palm Beach County

A Snowbird’s guide to dining in Palm Beach County

You come for the sun, the sea and the right to wear shorts in January, dear Northerner. But no amount of South Florida stone crabs can fix your cravings for the foods of “home,” wherever in the frozen tundra that may be.  This one’s for you: our local picks for tastes of New York, New Jersey, New England, Maryland, Philadelphia and Montreal. Keep scrolling for some shoutouts...
How to have an old-fashioned Christmas when it’s 80 degrees outside

How to have an old-fashioned Christmas when it’s 80 degrees outside

What’s a South Florida transplant to do when the calendar flips to Dec. 1, and there’s not even the remote possibility of snow flurries flying while picking out the Christmas tree? Don’t get me wrong. Like so many of you, I moved to get away from the snow. But can we just admit that it’s a little weird to wear shorts and flip-flops to the tree lot? It turns out there...
How to get a letter to Santa from Palm Beach Gardens

How to get a letter to Santa from Palm Beach Gardens

Children who are desperate to get their Christmas lists to Santa can drop them in the mail at a new box at Downtown at the Gardens. They can bring letters from home or take advantage of a letter-writing station at the Carousel Court. “For many of our guests, writing letters to Santa is an annual tradition. We are pleased to provide a location where families can drop off their letters while enjoying...

AROUND TOWN-PALM BEACH GARDENS

HOLIDAY JOY DRIVE The Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation is again collecting toys for the annual Police and Fire Joy Drive, which started 16 years ago to help families in need. Each year, the foundation is especially in need of toys for children under the age of 15. The non-profit organization also accepts money and gift cards. Checks should be made out to the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation...
Green sea turtle nest -- the latest ever -- found on Juno Beach

Green sea turtle nest -- the latest ever -- found on Juno Beach

A nesting female green sea turtle set a record this year on Juno Beach. A green sea turtle nest north of the Juno Beach Pier was recorded on Nov. 2, the latest ever one of the nests was found by  Loggerhead Marinelife Center research biologists.  The previous latest find of a green turtle nest was Oct., 23 in 2010. Green sea turtles grow to about four feet and can weigh up to about 350 pounds...
New Year’s Eve fireworks closer to returning to Harbourside?

New Year’s Eve fireworks closer to returning to Harbourside?

New Year’s Eve fireworks at Harbourside Place — a longtime issue between the town and the owners of the $150 million waterfront entertainment complex — could get a thumbs up on Dec. 11. Thumbs down was the response the last time Harbourside Place officials asked permission from the town for fireworks launched from the Intracoastal Waterway for July Fourth 2016. Organizers had not...
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