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COMMENTARY: Too many road rage incidents in northern Palm Beach County

COMMENTARY: Too many road rage incidents in northern Palm Beach County

Agreeing on politics seems to be tougher than ever these days, but can we at least get along during our morning and evening commutes? READ: FHP ID’s victim in I-95 road rage stabbing, two questioned I was alarmed, but not completely surprised, to read a story about a mother mourning the loss of her 26-year-old son, who was fatally stabbed on the side of Interstate 95 near Blue Heron Blvd. in...
Whew! Why Palm Beach Gardens seniors exercised for 12 straight hours

Whew! Why Palm Beach Gardens seniors exercised for 12 straight hours

Every day a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease can feel like the longest. RELATED: Gardens doctor in drug study for dementia that plagued Robin Williams For the Alzheimer’s Association’s aptly named “Longest Day” campaign to raise money for support and research, residents and staff of the La Posada senior living community near The Gardens Mall took turns exercising for...
Land clearing starts at Jupiter’s new dog park

Land clearing starts at Jupiter’s new dog park

Fenced-in areas for little dogs and big dogs are planned (Photo/Bill DiPaolo) Land in being cleared in Jupiter for the $2.5 million dog park at Center Street and Indiantown Road. Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.   Location of new dog park is outlined in red Dogs in Jupiter can go to Dog Beach, located north of Marcinski Road  
Movies, bowling and more approved in Jupiter’s Abacoa

Movies, bowling and more approved in Jupiter’s Abacoa

Artist rendition Despite concerns about parking, the town council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a $22 million plan for CineBowl & Grille, an Abacoa entertainment center with restaurants, bowling lanes, pool tables and a movie theater. See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.  
Jupiter Restaurant partly owned by Michael Jordan takes shape

Jupiter Restaurant partly owned by Michael Jordan takes shape

Here’s the latest view of 1000 North, scheduled to open by the end of the year in Jupiter (Photo/Bill DiPaolo) Exterior work has started on 1000 North,  cthe waterfront restaurant in Jupiter that will be partly owned by former NBA star Michael Jordan. The 50-foot-tall restaurant on the Loxahatchee River with a view of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is expected to open by the end of the year...
Jupiter council approves CineBowl in Abacoa

Jupiter council approves CineBowl in Abacoa

Despite concerns about parking, the town council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a $22 million plan for CineBowl & Grille, an Abacoa entertainment center with restaurants, bowling lanes, pool tables and a movie theater. “CineBowl will add to the vibrancy of the area,” said Josh Simon, the owner of Downtown Abacoa. The agreement calls for Rich Rendina, the owner of the Aries...
Dog surfing coming to Jupiter’s Carlin Park

Dog surfing coming to Jupiter’s Carlin Park

Surfing dogs? That’s part of the action planned at the 3rd Annual Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic on Saturday, Aug. 26th at Carlin Park’s Civic Center & Beach from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Your dog don’t surf? No worries. Surf Dog lessons are being held July 4th and go through mid-August. See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.  
Surfing dogs coming soon to Carlin Park in Jupiter

Surfing dogs coming soon to Carlin Park in Jupiter

Surfing dogs? That’s part of the action planned at the 3rd Annual Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic on Saturday, Aug. 26th at Carlin Park’s Civic Center & Beach from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Your dog don’t surf? No worries. Surf Dog lessons are being held July 4th and go through mid-August. Lessons are $30 per pooch for 30 minutes. (See above poster.) This year’s lineup includes dogs...
Missing teens: Court civil suit may be next step

Missing teens: Court civil suit may be next step

On Friday, a Florida report said “the egregious lapse in judgment and failure to exercise due care” caused the 2015 disappearance of Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, tw0 14-year-olds who left the Jupiter Inlet and never returned. Today, the lawyer for Perry Cohen’s mother told the Palm Beach Post the family may file a lawsuit fighting a court action she says limits her ability to...
Abacoa’s $22M entertainment center up for vote Tuesday

Abacoa’s $22M entertainment center up for vote Tuesday

A $22 million plan for restaurants, bowling lanes and a movie theater with a dozen screens in Abacoa is up for final approval at Tuesday’s 7 p.m. council meeting. “(The entertainment center) will bring back live/work/play idea of Abacoa. It will be the anchor tenant downtown Abacoa needs,” said Scott Hedge, the project manager. Now a grass field across from the 7,000-seat ...
LATEST: New, detailed look at Jupiter Riverbend Park’s $3M overhaul

LATEST: New, detailed look at Jupiter Riverbend Park’s $3M overhaul

The $3 million in improvements of Riverbend/Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park, which many park users say are long overdue, is on schedule to roll out in late August. Many are looking forward to what they say is the biggest step forward — drinking water and toilets at the 1-square-mile county park on the south side of Indiantown Road about a mile west of Florida’s Turnpike. “It&rsquo...
Vote on Wendy’s restaurant renovation postponed in Jupiter

Vote on Wendy’s restaurant renovation postponed in Jupiter

Proposed changes would reduce traffic backups, say Wendy’s officials (Photo/Bill DiPaolo) A town council vote on  renovating the Wendy’s restaurant on Indiantown Road,  where lunchtime bottlenecks are common, has been rescheduled to July 18. The plan calls for redesigning the parking lot and drive-through for better circulation of vehicles. The renovations will make coming and...
Expect Saturday to be a busy surfing day

Expect Saturday to be a busy surfing day

(Photo/Lannis Waters) If you see more surfers riding the waves on Saturday, here’s why: Saturday is International Surfing Day! Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.
Amateur Radio Operators: Tune in June 24 in Jupiter

Amateur Radio Operators: Tune in June 24 in Jupiter

Reservations are being accepted for the Jupiter Tequesta Repeater Groups Annual Field Day at the Carlin Park Civic Center in Jupiter on June 24th and 25th, 2017. For information about the Jupiter Tequesta Repeater Group, go to jtrg.org The nationwide event consists of Amateur Radio Operators operating for 24 hours straight using emergency radio communication equipment to make as many contacts as possible...
Saturday is big day for surfers

Saturday is big day for surfers

Photo/Lannis Waters If you see more surfers riding the waves on Saturday, here’s why: Saturday is International Surfing Day! Surfrider’s goal is “to bring 1 million people to the beach on June 17 to ‘share what you love.'” The Surfrider Foundation and partners started the day in 2005 to raise support for the world’s beach and coastal environments. Events are planned...
North county motorists: Stay away from A1A on Saturday morning

North county motorists: Stay away from A1A on Saturday morning

Motorists in north county should stay away from A1A for a few hours Saturday morning — the road will be closed for about 500 runners expected for the Run 4 The Sea sponsored by the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. See the full story in The Palm Beach Post. A1A will be closed to traffic from Donald Ross Road north to Marcinski Road starting at about 5 a.m. The road is expected to reopen at noon...
Art, culture of Guatemala on display in Lake Worth

Art, culture of Guatemala on display in Lake Worth

With about 55,000 former residents of Guatemala now living in Palm Beach County —  about 7,000 in Jupiter and about 8,000 in the Lake Worth/Greenacres area — there is a growing cultural connection. The OneJupiter project is celebrating that connection through art at an exhibition at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth. See the full story in The Palm Beach Post...
North County residents love their fishing pier

North County residents love their fishing pier

Showing off a snook caught on the Juno Beach Fishing Pier (Photo/Willie Howard) The Juno Beach Fishing Pier ’s may not be the prettiest in Florida. It’s not the longest. And other piers offer more activities. But folks in north county love their 990-foot-long structure, even when it’s raining. Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post. The Juno pier has floating wooden popouts...
Jupiter’s unique connection with Guatemala showcased in Lake Worth

Jupiter’s unique connection with Guatemala showcased in Lake Worth

Paintings, weavings and the history of Guatemala are all rolled into the OneJupiter exhibit at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. “We are representing the people of Palm Beach County on our walls,” said Trish Halverson, manager of arts and cultural education at the center on Lake Avenue. The exhibit is a joint effort between the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, El Sol Neighborhood...
Out of hospital, Jupiter man charged in deaths of two first responders

Out of hospital, Jupiter man charged in deaths of two first responders

The man accused in a June 1 Jupiter crash that killed two paramedics was arrested Thursday and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail, town police said. Genaro Delacruz Ajqui, 39, is charged with with two counts of DUI manslaughter, two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of DUI damage to person/property, and one count of driving without a license causing death. A person who is convicted...
COMMENTARY: Three ways to help revitalize Downtown at The Gardens

COMMENTARY: Three ways to help revitalize Downtown at The Gardens

The collective reaction to news of a makeover at Downtown at the Gardens might be summed up as “it’s time.” The 35-acre complex off PGA Boulevard and Alternate 1A1 has “had its ups and downs,” as one tenant described. Its cavernous, central common areas are less than enticing, as is the design that forces drivers and pedestrians to look at dumpsters on their way to the...
Arrests made in deaths of two Jupiter first responders

Arrests made in deaths of two Jupiter first responders

Lahiri Garcia (left) and Paul Besaw The man accused in the Jupiter crash that killed two paramedics on June 1 was arrested Thursday, town police said. See the full story in The Palm Beach Post. Allison Besaw, 6, at her father’s Celebration of Life (Photo/Bruce Bennett)  
Foster care nonprofit building $4.6 million outreach on Northlake

Foster care nonprofit building $4.6 million outreach on Northlake

Place of Hope, a faith-based foster care organization that serves six counties, is building a $4.6 million hub on Northlake Boulevard just east of its main offices next to Christ Fellowship. The nonprofit will use about half of the 18,000-square-feet in two buildings for its offices, recruitment and training activities for foster families, CEO Charles Bender said. The rest of the space will be leased...
North Palm Beach’s Crystal Tree Plaza complex set for renovation

North Palm Beach’s Crystal Tree Plaza complex set for renovation

Crystal Tree Plaza, a 35-year-old shopping center and office building on U.S. 1 in the heart of North Palm Beach, is set to get a multi-million dollar face lift — a transformation the plaza’s new owner says is part of a renaissance that’s drawing new high-end homes and businesses to the area. But some local business owners with shops in the complex fear they mightmay be forced to...
Car that slams into Jupiter fire station causes flooding, major damage

Car that slams into Jupiter fire station causes flooding, major damage

Firefighters are used to working with thousands of gallons of water… but not like this. A vehicle hit an above-ground water pipe, spraying about 1,500 gallons of water a minute onto the roof and flooding the building at Palm Beach County Station 19 in Jupiter. “The water inside was about a foot deep. The floor tiles were popping. The water was coming through the electric outlets. Trash...
Man accused of DUI in Jupiter paramedic deaths crash remains hospitalized

Man accused of DUI in Jupiter paramedic deaths crash remains hospitalized

Paul Besaw (left) and Lahiri Garcia Genero D. Ajqui, the driver of a car involved in a Jupiter crash that killed two paramedics on June 1, was in fair condition Wednesday morning at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, said Ryan Lieber, hospital spokesman. Ajqui was drinking alcohol before the crash, according to a report obtained by The Palm Beach Post on Tuesday afternoon...
Tear-jerking moment at today’s memorial for Jupiter paramedics

Tear-jerking moment at today’s memorial for Jupiter paramedics

Photo/Bruce Bennett)   Allison Besaw, six-year-old daughter of Paul Besaw, surprised the crowd with a song at a dedication honoring her dad and fellow first responder Lahiri Garcia on Wednesday. Besaw, 36, and Garcia, 51, were alone about 3 a.m. June 1 in the American Medical Response ambulance and on their way to the ambulance station on Indian Creek Drive west of Central Boulevard in Jupiter...
Girl, 6, sings song at dedication ceremony for dad killed in crash

Girl, 6, sings song at dedication ceremony for dad killed in crash

Remembering Paul Besaw and Lahiri Garcia as two men who dedicated their lives to helping others, about 100 friends, family and first responders attended a dedication Wednesday at Jupiter Medical Center for the two medical technicians killed June 1 in a crash on Indiantown Road. “They never took the limelight. They were always learning from each other. They always gave 110 percent,&rdquo...
Roof dining, waterfront shops part of Downtown at Gardens redesign

Roof dining, waterfront shops part of Downtown at Gardens redesign

Plans to create waterfront shops, a boutique hotel and a main street through an outdoor shopping mall off PGA Boulevard are creating a buzz among the restaurant and small business owners there. Real estate executives said they also want to add Class A office space and a “premier” residential tower to the mix at Downtown at the Gardens if Palm Beach Gardens officials sign off on the plans...
Driver involved in death of paramedics facing DUI charges

Driver involved in death of paramedics facing DUI charges

Genero D. Ajqui, the driver of a car involved in a Jupiter crash that killed two paramedics on June 1, lived just a block away from where the 3 a.m. collision occurred and was drinking alcohol before the crash, according to a report obtained by The Palm Beach Post on Tuesday afternoon. Jupiter police say a preliminary investigation has revealed that Ajqui of Southwest Drive in...
What’s a luxury waterfront condo in North Palm look like? Take a peek

What’s a luxury waterfront condo in North Palm look like? Take a peek

Two new, gleaming high-rise towers of luxury condos could be the start of the revitalization of the U.S. 1 corridor in North Palm Beach. Sales are strong for both the condos and the villas at The Water Club, Kolter Urban senior vice president Ed Jahn said. Of the 162 finished units, there have been 134 closings, he said. The condos start around $900,000 and go up to around $3 million. The gated...
New bakery opens in former dd’s Cupcakes in Jupiter

New bakery opens in former dd’s Cupcakes in Jupiter

Nina Tomasik, owner of Nina’s Fresh Bakery (Photo/Bill Ingram) Nina’s Fresh Bakery plans to open 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 13 on the north side of Center Street, just west of Alt. A1A. The store, which had the pink and blue mural of cupcakes on the outside wall just west of Ralph’s Stand Up Bar, was dd’s Cupcake Shoppe. That store, open about 11 years, closed several months ago...
Jupiter Medical Center opens 3rd clinic — this one in Palm Beach Gardens

Jupiter Medical Center opens 3rd clinic — this one in Palm Beach Gardens

Jupiter Medical Center has opened its third off-site urgent care center in four years — this one in Palm Beach Gardens. “We are committed to ensuring our community has access to immediate care of the highest quality. By adding rehabilitation services at the same location, we are making physical therapy as convenient and accessible as urgent care is today,” said Jupiter Medical Center...
Not the longest or showiest, but here’s why people love Juno Beach Pier

Not the longest or showiest, but here’s why people love Juno Beach Pier

Despite heavy rains last week, fishermen were still out on the Juno Beach Fishing Pier — a 990-foot-long attraction where fishing is just one activity. “The rain doesn’t stop the diehards,” said Jerry Evans, the pier attendant who collects tickets and helps operate the bait shop and snack bar. Fishermen pay $4. Walk-ons pay $1. Parking is free in Juno Beach Park and along A1A...
Kids playground out, new dining room at redone McDonald’s in Jupiter

Kids playground out, new dining room at redone McDonald’s in Jupiter

(Photo/Bill DiPaolo) Minus the kids’ playground but with a  new dining room and a second drive-thru lane, a remodeled McDonald’s is scheduled to reopen tomorrow, June 13 on the south side of Indiantown Road just east of I-95 in Jupiter. The dining room has been closed for the last month but the drive-thru has stayed open while the work has been completed. The plan also calls for...
Jupiter retiring lifeguard leaving “paradise for paradise”

Jupiter retiring lifeguard leaving “paradise for paradise”

After 30 years working Jupiter beach, lifeguard Rob Rogerson retired June 9 and is moving to the Virgin Islands to operate a charter sailboat. “I’m leaving paradise for paradise,” said the 56-year-old who grew up in Palm Beach Gardens. Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.
After 30 years, retiring Jupiter lifeguard says he’s leaving ‘paradise’

After 30 years, retiring Jupiter lifeguard says he’s leaving ‘paradise’

After 30 years working Jupiter beach, lifeguard Rob Rogerson retired June 9 and is moving to the Virgin Islands to operate a charter sailboat. “I’m leaving paradise for paradise,” said the 56-year-old who grew up in Palm Beach Gardens. Rogerson plans on buying a 25-foot sailboat. Over the years, he has vacationed in the islands and gotten to know the owners of the boat. “Whenever...
NEW: This Palm Beach County town is now limiting detox centers

NEW: This Palm Beach County town is now limiting detox centers

No detox centers will be allowed to open in Lake Park after officials approved a moratorium this week. The six substance abuse treatment centers in the town licensed by the Department of Children and Families can continue operations but not expand, town Attorney Tom Baird said. Lake Park will not accept applications for new detox or rehab centers. Mayor Michael O’Rourke said the measure equates...
Taller, wider new bridge in Jupiter to cost about $120M

Taller, wider new bridge in Jupiter to cost about $120M

Building a new bridge over the Loxahatchee River just north of Burt Reynolds Park that will allow taller boats to pass underneath and require fewer openings should start in about three years. “We’re right on target with the scheduling,” said Paul Cherry, the Project Manager with Kimly-Horn & Associates, the bridge contractors. Construction of the $121 million bridge is planned to...
U.S. Honor Flag salutes two first responders killed in Jupiter

U.S. Honor Flag salutes two first responders killed in Jupiter

Honor Flag travels around the country (Photo by Bruce Bennett) Not many people noticed, but national recognition was bestowed Thursday morning during the Celebration of Life for Lahiri Garcia and Paul Besaw, the first responders killed in a crash June 1 in Jupiter. The U.S. Honor Flag was brought in by uniformed members of the organization and placed, unfurled, on a black table in front of the podium...
Honor Flag’s trek: 9/11 monuments, Pentagon, space shuttle and Jupiter

Honor Flag’s trek: 9/11 monuments, Pentagon, space shuttle and Jupiter

Not many people noticed, but national recognition was bestowed Thursday morning during the Celebration of Life for Lahiri Garcia and Paul Besaw, the first reponders killed in a crash June 1 in Jupiter. The U.S. Honor Flag was brought in by uniformed members of the organization and placed, unfurled, on a black table in front of the podium. About 600 family, fellow paramedics, law enforcement officers...
Palm Beach County Animal Control waives cat adoption fees this weekend

Palm Beach County Animal Control waives cat adoption fees this weekend

Because of the high number of cats and kittens that are in need of good homes, an adoption special is being offered Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11 by Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control. The Animal Care and Control shelter at 7100 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, is waiving the adoption fee for all cats and kittens and is offering a “name your price” adoption promotion for...
Palm Beach County scientists: Promising addiction treatment discovery

Palm Beach County scientists: Promising addiction treatment discovery

Two researchers at Scripps have made promising discoveries for fighting addiction, including South Florida’s opioid crisis that shows no signs of relenting. Researchers Laura Bohn and Courtney Miller want to treat addiction, which has two problems — the drugs themselves and the behavior of misuse, Bohn said. Bohn’s lab has developed an oral medication that, when tested on mice, doesn&rsquo...
Gardens company started in a garage in ‘96; now helps stop terrorists

Gardens company started in a garage in ‘96; now helps stop terrorists

A company that started in 1996 with a fingerprint scanner in a garage in Palm Beach Gardens has come a long way. Now, it makes fingerprint scanners used to identify terrorists abroad and wanted criminals domestically and recently completed a more than $2.7 million renovation that positions it for growth in the same city from where it all started 21 years ago. “We started in fingerprints. It...
Daughter says goodbye to her dad

Daughter says goodbye to her dad

Allison Besaw salutes as a procession passes honoring her father, a paramedic who was killed with another medical technician in Jupiter (Photo/Bruce Bennett) Standing at attention at the passing of a procession honoring her dead father, Paul Besaw’s 5-year-old daughter Allison raised her right hand and sharply saluted Thursday afternoon at the entrance to Christ Fellowhip. Besaw, 36, and Lahiri...
Daughter, 5, salutes paramedic who died; hundreds turn out in Jupiter

Daughter, 5, salutes paramedic who died; hundreds turn out in Jupiter

Standing at attention at the passing of a procession honoring her dead father, Paul Besaw’s 5-year-old daughter Allison raised her right hand and sharply saluted Thursday afternoon at the entrance to Christ Fellowhip. “(Allison) has a strong sense of pride. Her dad was a paramedic, so she had lots of exposure to law enforcement. And she loved her dad so much,” said Brett Witherspoon...
Jupiter Lighthouse, Worth Ave clock on display at Gardens Mall — in cans

Jupiter Lighthouse, Worth Ave clock on display at Gardens Mall — in cans

Elaborate sculptures of popular tourist attractions in Palm Beach County displayed at The Gardens Mall are part of the fight against hunger during the difficult summer months. The large-scale sculptures of the Jupiter Lighthouse, Worth Avenue Clock Tower, a manatee, a sea turtle and other Palm Beach County sightings are made of 23,675 cans of food that will be disassembled and donated to the Palm...
COMMENTARY: Can displaying RVs really save Gardens’ Gander Mountain?

COMMENTARY: Can displaying RVs really save Gardens’ Gander Mountain?

The shelves and racks at Gander Mountain are emptying out these days, but as legendary baseball player Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over til it’s over.” Marcus Lemonis, the billionaire businessman, Camping World CEO and star of CNBC show “The Profit,” claims city rules preventing the outdoor display and sale of recreational vehicles are all that stand in the...
Take a staycation: Nine great scenic drives in Palm Beach County

Take a staycation: Nine great scenic drives in Palm Beach County

With summer here, it’s time to get into the car and hit the great American highway for a road trip to remember. Destination: Palm Beach County? With staycations all the rage, you don’t have to go far to add a scenic drive to your summer bucket list. Within the broad borders of the county, there is more to see than you might think. These drives are perfect for a weekend afternoon &mdash...
Memorial for two med techs draws support in Jupiter

Memorial for two med techs draws support in Jupiter

Paul Besaw’s daughter wrote this at her dad’s memorial on Indiantown Road (Photo/Bill DiPaolo) Candles, two small ambulances, flowers and a hand-written note on a telephone pole written by a 5-year-old daughter mark the growing memorial on Indiantown Road for the two medical technicians killed early Thursday.   “I love you Dad, from Allison,” reads the black lettering...
Ambulances, flowers, prayers: Indiantown Road memorial for med techs

Ambulances, flowers, prayers: Indiantown Road memorial for med techs

Candles, two small ambulances, flowers and a hand-written note on a telephone pole written by a 5-year-old daughter mark the growing memorial on Indiantown Road for the two medical technicians killed early Thursday. “I love you Dad, from Allison,” reads the black lettering at Colonial Plaza, on the northwest corner Philadelphia Drive and Indiantown Road. “Allison wrote that. She...
UPDATE: Here’s the latest on land swap for Jupiter’s Love Street project

UPDATE: Here’s the latest on land swap for Jupiter’s Love Street project

Extending the deadline for the town of Jupiter and Love Street developer Charles Modica to agree on the proposed land swap deal for parking in the Inlet Village was extended Tuesday night by the town’s Community Redevelopment Agency. The land proposed for parking is two vacant acres on the east side of A1A south of Parkway Street now owned by Modica. The plan calls for the town getting that...
NEW: This Palm Beach County town is now limiting detox centers

NEW: This Palm Beach County town is now limiting detox centers

No detox centers will be allowed to open in Lake Park after officials approved a moratorium Wednesday. The six substance abuse treatment centers in the town licensed by the Department of Children and Families can continue operations but not expand, town Attorney Tom Baird said. Lake Park will not accept applications for new detox or rehab centers. RELATED: Frustrated Palm Beach Gardens residents want...
Lonely afternoon on the Juno Beach Fishing Pier

Lonely afternoon on the Juno Beach Fishing Pier

(Photo/Bill DiPaolo) This solitary pelican, and a few fishermen, were among the few patrons around the Juno Beach Fishing Pier during Tuesday’s rainy afternoon.    
Loggerheads leading the pack in sea turtle nesting count

Loggerheads leading the pack in sea turtle nesting count

Loggerhead Marinelife Center officials keep count of nests on this board at Loggerhead Park on A1A (Photo/Bill DiPaolo) Three months into the sea turtle nesting season, here’s the scoreboard for nests in north county. Loggerheads are the most common sea turtle in Florida and nest from April through September. Loggerhead turtles weigh 200 to 350 pounds and are about three feet long. Experts are...
Soup’s on: 5 best soups, stews in Palm Beach County

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

You know it’s been raining nonstop in South Florida, so we’re craving soup for lunch and dinner. It’s the craving that comes when we bring out those umbrellas on such rainy days.  With that, let’s take our umbrellas and appetites and go have some belly-warming soup.  Here are five good options: As golden-crusted, dense and oozy as an onion soup ought to be, this...
Wife guilty of Admiral’s Cove murder of ex-husband

Wife guilty of Admiral’s Cove murder of ex-husband

During two separate trials, Radley Horwitz was accused of the most horrific act: killing his 66-year-old father and blaming it on his mother. He said he felt some relief Tuesday, when a Palm Beach County jury agreed for the second time in four years that Donna Horwitz was the one who fatally shot her ex-husband, Lanny, and tried to pin the 2011 murder on him. “I’ve had enough of what&rsquo...
Jupiter residents: The town wants you to get out there!

Jupiter residents: The town wants you to get out there!

Walking, bicycling, dancing and nutrition are among the activities. (Photos provided) Check out Healthier Jupiter, a local program aimed at promoting fitness in the town. Read the full story in the Palm Beach Post. Health screenings are available
Can these four local cyclists race across America in less than 9 days?

Can these four local cyclists race across America in less than 9 days?

Maybe they’re tilting one last time against the immutable windmill of aging, these men in middle-to-senior citizen age. Perhaps they’re delusional. Just plain nuts comes to mind, too. Beginning on June 17, four Palm Beach County men, ages 43 to 65, will embark on the 36th Race Across America, one of the world’s toughest bike endurance competitions, in which riders race almost...
How is Jupiter’s five-year ‘Healthier Jupiter’ program going?

How is Jupiter’s five-year ‘Healthier Jupiter’ program going?

An update on Healthier Jupiter — a local program aimed at promoting fitness in the town — is scheduled at Tuesday’s 7:30 p.m. council meeting. Healthier Jupiter is entering its third year in a five-year community program to promote healthy living. The program concentrates on four areas, which include increasing awareness of resources and risk factors of diabetes, boosting access...
Jupiter Medical boss leaving to run Tampa General Hospital

Jupiter Medical boss leaving to run Tampa General Hospital

John Couris John Couris, whose seven-year tenure as president and chief executive officer of Jupiter Medical Center has brought growth, nationwide publicity and increased community involvement, is leaving to become President and CEO of Tampa General Hospital. Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.  
EXCLUSIVE: Jupiter Medical CEO leaving for Tampa General Hospital

EXCLUSIVE: Jupiter Medical CEO leaving for Tampa General Hospital

John Couris, whose seven-year tenure as president and chief executive officer of Jupiter Medical Center has brought growth, nationwide publicity and increased community involvement, is leaving to become President and CEO of Tampa General Hospital. “I’m looking forward to building the same innovations and the collaborations in the Tampa community as we have done here in Jupiter,”...
Get ready to run on A1A on June 17 in Juno Beach

Get ready to run on A1A on June 17 in Juno Beach

Registration is open or June 17’s sixth annual Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s Run 4 The Sea along A1A at Loggerhead Park. See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.  
About 500 runners expected in Run 4 The Sea on A1A

About 500 runners expected in Run 4 The Sea on A1A

Registration is open for June 17’s sixth annual Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s Run 4 The Sea along A1A at Loggerhead Park. The benefit race includes a four-mile run for adults starting at 7 a.m. A one-mile fun run for kids is scheduled at 8:15 a.m. The event includes food, interactive kids’ activities, a DJ and the awards announcement just behind LMC’s campus in Loggerhead...
Service planned Thursday for two med techs killed in Jupiter crash

Service planned Thursday for two med techs killed in Jupiter crash

Lahiri Garcia, (left) and Paul Besaw A celebration of life for Paul Besaw and Lahiri Garcia, the two medical technicians killed in a vehicle crash, is planned Thursday at 10 a.m. at Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach Gardens. Garcia and Besaw worked for American Medical Response. Garcia, a 23-year employee who lived in Port St. Lucie, was a critical care supervisor. Besaw, a 17-year employee who lived...
Tiger Woods: Jupiter doctor offers tips to avoid ‘drugged driving’

Tiger Woods: Jupiter doctor offers tips to avoid ‘drugged driving’

Until a full toxicology report comes back, we won’t know what drugs were in Tiger Woods’ system on Memorial Day at the time of his DUI arrest. But regardless, the images and dashcam video of the stumbling, incoherent 41-year-old by the side of a Jupiter road are emblematic of a growing and disturbing national trend: drug-impaired driving. According to the National Highway Traffic...
CEO targets Gardens on Twitter over future of Gander Mountain store

CEO targets Gardens on Twitter over future of Gander Mountain store

The liquidation of outdoor clothing and gun store Gander Mountain is going full bore, but what will fill the sprawling custom-built space on Interstate 95 near Northlake Boulevard remains unknown. The site’s future depends on whether Palm Beach Gardens officials will allow the bankrupt outdoor company’s new owners to display campers and RVs for sale outside its roughly 120,000-square-foot...
Gardens weighs ‘resolution’ vs. ‘ordinance’ for banning conversion therapy

Gardens weighs ‘resolution’ vs. ‘ordinance’ for banning conversion therapy

Palm Beach Gardens officials voted Thursday to oppose controversial therapy to convert gay or bisexual children to straight and expressed a desire to enact an outright ban in the future. City Council voted 5-0 to pass a resolution acknowledging the harmful effects of conversion therapy as outlined by professional medical associations such as the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy...
Jupiter police: Report on accident on Indiantown Road not complete

Jupiter police: Report on accident on Indiantown Road not complete

Lahiri Garcia, 51, (left) and Paul Besaw, 36, died in the crash on Indiantown Road Several Palm Beach Post readers have posted comments asking why the name of the person driving a red, two-door Chrysler Sebring convertible that was involved in the crash that killed two medical technicians on Thursday has not been published. The Palm Beach Post has filed a public records request with the Jupiter police...
Days away from dad/daughter dance, Jupiter med tech is killed in crash

Days away from dad/daughter dance, Jupiter med tech is killed in crash

Lahiri Garcia, 51, and Paul Besaw, 36. (Courtesy of AMR) Paul Besaw, one of the two medical technicians killed early Thursday in Jupiter, had been rehearsing for a daughter/dad dance scheduled for Sunday in Fort Lauderdale with his 5-year-old daughter Alison. See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.  
Paramedic in wreck killed days before father/daughter dance recital

Paramedic in wreck killed days before father/daughter dance recital

Paul Besaw, one of the two medical technicians killed early Thursday in Jupiter, had been rehearsing for a daughter/dad dance scheduled for Sunday in Fort Lauderdale with his 5-year-old daughter Alison. “(Paul and Alison) had such a fantastic relationship. He would be goofy, supportive… whatever he needed to be with her. They had the relationship we all wish we could have with our daughters...
Admirals Cove murder: Son testifies against mom in dad’s death

Admirals Cove murder: Son testifies against mom in dad’s death

In a soft measured voice, Radley Horwitz on Friday told a Palm Beach County jury about the confusion he felt six years ago when the sounds of gunfire, his mother screaming and the house alarm, which penetrated the ear plugs he used to block noise while he slept. His mother, Donna, was hysterical, he recalled. “She was running back and forth,” he said of the early-morning scene in the family&rsquo...
Garden-to-table? PGA National residents grew own pineapple for BBQ

Garden-to-table? PGA National residents grew own pineapple for BBQ

Sure, the Memorial Day weekend weather was blisteringly hot for barbecues, but some fresh, homegrown fruit was a cool treat for the residents of Devonshire at PGA National. Executive Chef Joseph Marinelli and the Devonshire Chefs Herb Garden Committee recently harvested a pineapple from the retirement community’s garden, according to a news release. The prickly, tropical fruit grew from the...
Tiger Woods’ arrest reflects nationwide surge in drugged driving

Tiger Woods’ arrest reflects nationwide surge in drugged driving

The scourge of the road for decades remained the drunk driver, but now there’s competition as more Americans turn to prescription painkillers and tranquilizers: the drugged driver. The recent arrest of Tiger Woods — the golfing legend and Jupiter Island resident — revealed a startling statistical fact: Drugged drivers may, in fact, be more deadly than their drunk counterparts. Jupiter...
What Olivia Newton-John told us about fighting breast cancer

What Olivia Newton-John told us about fighting breast cancer

Editor’s Note: Olivia Newton-John announced this week that she was canceling her world tour after learning that her breast cancer has returned. The former Jupiter Inlet Colony resident talked to us in 2010 when she was walking in the downtown Komen Race for the Cure. OLIVIA ON BEING DIAGNOSED EARLY: “Wherever I can, I’m educating women about breast cancer and the importance of early...
Gardens residents know it doesn’t take a hurricane to do major damage

Gardens residents know it doesn’t take a hurricane to do major damage

In case you forgot to flip your calendar, let me be the first to remind you that it’s June — in South Florida. The start of hurricane season. This is the time of year when lawmakers give us a sales tax exemption to stock up on items such as battery-powered radios and flashlights, but most of are still oblivious to the fact that we’re one bad storm away from flooded houses and days...
Jupiter boy doing well at national spelling bee

Jupiter boy doing well at national spelling bee

Tyler Berndt Tyler Berndt, an eighth-grader from All Saints Catholic School in Jupiter, spelled both his words correctly Wednesday in Rounds 2 and 3 of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Tyler correctly spelled the word “affogato” (a coffee-based dessert) in Round 2 and then followed up by spelling “ruction” (a disturbance or quarrel) in Round 3. Read the...
After repairs, Jupiter Lighthouse lights up Friday… here’s the time

After repairs, Jupiter Lighthouse lights up Friday… here’s the time

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, dark and closed in May for about $150,000 in repairs, is scheduled to light up again Friday night. “The lighthouse now is in spectacular shape. It’s in good or better shape than it was when it opened 150 years ago,” said Jamie Stuve, the president and CEO of the Loxahatchee River Historical Society, which oversees and maintains the lighthouse, museum...
Medical examiner: Nine bullets hit Lanny Horwitz, but only one fatal

Medical examiner: Nine bullets hit Lanny Horwitz, but only one fatal

Grisly photos of Lanny Horwitz lying in pools of his own blood after being shot nine times in the shower of his Jupiter home dominated his ex-wife’s murder trial on Thursday while a series of law enforcement experts failed to conclusively link 70-year-old Donna Horwitz to the September 2011 slaying. Prosecutors are expected to rest their case today after calling their two star witnesses...
Summit: Lack of affordable homes in Palm Beach County at ‘crisis’ level

Summit: Lack of affordable homes in Palm Beach County at ‘crisis’ level

More than 500 government officials, lenders and builders packed a ballroom at the Palm Beach County Convention Center Wednesday to come up with ideas on how to address a lack of affordable housing they say is hurting employee recruitment efforts and driving younger people to less expensive locations. Turns out, they fretted, paradise is less idyllic if you’ve got to live with your parents or...
National Spelling Bee: Jupiter 8th-grader is perfect after Day 1

National Spelling Bee: Jupiter 8th-grader is perfect after Day 1

Tyler Berndt, an eighth-grader from All Saints Catholic School in Jupiter, spelled both his words correctly Wednesday in Rounds 2 and 3 of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Tyler correctly spelled the word “affogato” (a coffee-based dessert) in Round 2 and then followed up by spelling “ruction” (a disturbance or quarrel) in Round 3. The competitors took...
Could Woods escape DUI charge through first-time offender program?

Could Woods escape DUI charge through first-time offender program?

Tiger Woods could resolve his DUI trouble through a local program for first-time offenders that would allow him to escape permanent criminal charges by instead undertaking classes, community service and probation. The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office will on Thursday mark the four-year anniversary of the launch of a first-time DUI offender diversion program, one of the first programs...
Son looks on as Donna Horwitz blames him for ex-husband’s murder

Son looks on as Donna Horwitz blames him for ex-husband’s murder

With her 42-year-old son looking on from the back of a courtroom, Donna Horwitz on Wednesday pinned the 2011 murder of her 66-year-old ex-husband on the Jupiter couple’s only child. “I’m glad that my dad was alive long enough to know that what comes around goes around,” attorney Grey Tesh told a Palm Beach County jury, indicating he was quoting Radley Horwitz’s reaction...
Police Academy in Jupiter for kids starts June 12

Police Academy in Jupiter for kids starts June 12

Jupiter police officers Trisha Heuser and Rob Volpe are instructors at the Jupiter Police Department Junior Police Academy. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo) Crime scene evidence, K-9 unit and beach patrol are parts of the training planned for students of the Jupiter Police Department’s Junior Police Academy starting June 12. See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.  
Locals at Harbourside in Jupiter react to Woods arrest

Locals at Harbourside in Jupiter react to Woods arrest

Tiger Woods The woods restaurant in Harbourside Place in Jupiter (Photo/Bruce Bennett) Sympathy and disdain were among the emotions from patrons to Tiger Woods’ restaurant and visitors to Harbourside Place the day after the golfer was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.
Woods’ arrest draws varied reactions from Harbourside patrons

Woods’ arrest draws varied reactions from Harbourside patrons

Sympathy and disdain were among the emotions from patrons to Tiger Woods’ restaurant and visitors to Harbourside Place the day after the golfer was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. “Cut the guy a break. He hasn’t been convicted. And I just heard that there was no alcohol in his system. We need to let this play out before we condemn the...
VIDEO: Skateboarding, piano-playing cats to perform in Lake Park

VIDEO: Skateboarding, piano-playing cats to perform in Lake Park

What do 18 cats, rats and a chicken named Cluck Norris have in common? No, this isn’t the start of a bad knock-knock joke. The unlikely assortment of animals is part of a traveling cat circus trained by ring leader and Chief Executive Human Samantha Martin. The circus is coming Wednesday-Friday to The Kelsey Theater in Lake Park. The 15-cat troupe jumps through hoops, pushes shopping carts,...
Seven questions on the Tiger DUI arrest:

Seven questions on the Tiger DUI arrest:

As we wait for the police report on the Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest in Jupiter, there are a number of questions we hope it will answer. Among them: What were the medications he was taking and were any of them back related? What type of tests did police perform on him? Breathalyzer? Urine? Is there dashcam video of the arrest? Why was Tiger driving south on Military Trail when he lives north? What...
Harbourside developer: “We fully support Tiger”

Harbourside developer: “We fully support Tiger”

Harbourside Place developer Nick Mastroianni Nick Mastroianni, the developer of Harbourside Place where The Woods restaurant is located, issued the following statement Tuesday morning: “We fully support Tiger in his quest to work thorough his recovery following the many surgeries he has undergone in an effort to resume his extraordinary golfing career.  He is an extremely driven person...
What will Jupiter do with its $3 million purchase next to high school?

What will Jupiter do with its $3 million purchase next to high school?

Jupiter has finalized the $2.8 million deal to buy two acres next to Jupiter High School — and the next step is what to do with the vacant property. Preliminary plans call for building a roundabout on the parcel on Indiantown Road at Daniels Way. Using the land for recreation and municipal services is another consideration, Mayor Todd Wodraska said. “We’ll look at all options. Nothing...

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OUTDOORS Registration is open for the fourth annual Jr. Angler Fishing Tournament sponsored by the Loxahatchee River District’s River Center, in partnership with Fishing Headquarters. Points are awarded for the number of fish caught and for the number of different species represented in the submissions. The goal is to encourage contestants to spend time throughout the summer exploring the diversity...
Lake Park man accused of masturbating outside a bank

Lake Park man accused of masturbating outside a bank

A Lake Park man is accused of masturbating outside a bank, when caught he tried to hide in a private homeowner’s yard. Police say they found Hunadieu Lamy, 34, masturbating on the property of a PNC Bank on Northlake Boulevard near Prosperity Farms Road on May 22. An officer made eye contact with Lamy and then he immediately ran east and jumped over a fence, according to a police report. Once...
Why Gardens is spending $96,450 to clean up a canal

Why Gardens is spending $96,450 to clean up a canal

Mounds of mud and dirt were no match for a man operating a large piece of dredging equipment, digging 10 feet below the surface of the water in the Thompson River Canal Tuesday. The banks of the canal off Military Trail backing up to the residences in PGA Commons had slowly eroded. The canal was shallow, said Louis Johnson, stormwater operations manager. The city had to take action. It won’t...
What new law, rulings mean for Palm Beach County’s 7 on Death Row

What new law, rulings mean for Palm Beach County’s 7 on Death Row

When dozens of law enforcement officers gathered in a Palm Beach County courtroom in March to make sure a convicted West Palm Beach cop killer remained on Death Row, it heralded the beginning of a parade of the county’s most notorious murderers. During the next several months, attorneys representing others who have spent decades on Death Row also will be in circuit court to argue that their...
Recall case of 84-year-old dragged, killed by car in Boca Wolfie’s lot?

Recall case of 84-year-old dragged, killed by car in Boca Wolfie’s lot?

More than a decade after Jonathan Griffin was sentenced to life in prison for the car-dragging death of an 84-year-old Boca Raton woman in 1999, the former Riviera Beach man on Friday was given the chance to one day live outside prison walls. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer re-sentenced Griffin to 40 years in prison for the death of Ida Mirel. Griffin, who is now 35 and has...
Kids get chance to ride in marine patrol boats, operate radar devices

Kids get chance to ride in marine patrol boats, operate radar devices

Crime scene evidence, K-9 unit and beach patrol are parts of the training planned for students of the Jupiter Police Department’s Junior Police Academy starting June 12. “We want the students to understand that police officers are not people to be afraid of. We are trying to build that bridge,” said Jupiter Police Officer Rob Volpe, one of the academy instructors. About 28 students...
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