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Juror claims she was bullied into convicting Boynton police sergeant

Juror claims she was bullied into convicting Boynton police sergeant

A juror who voted to convict a Boynton Beach police officer of a charge of obstruction of justice now says she was bullied into finding Sgt. Philip Antico guilty and regrets her decision. In an affidavit filed late Friday in federal court, juror Devin Andersen Treadway says she buckled to pressure from other jurors after a roughly weeklong trial in November. “After the trial I just couldn&rsquo...
Report: Boy, 12, shot in Boynton expected to recover

Report: Boy, 12, shot in Boynton expected to recover

A 12-year-old boy who was shot Saturday afternoon is expected to make a full recovery, according to reports. Boynton Beach police say the boy was injured in a shooting in the 1000 block of Northwest Fourth Street. Nearby, at the Cherry Hill Mini Market, three men attempted to shoot at other men in the area, police said witnesses reported Saturday. RELATED: Death, arrest of drug ‘kings&rsquo...
Boynton towing issues: City loses car involved in 2016 attack on woman

Boynton towing issues: City loses car involved in 2016 attack on woman

Joseph Costa pushed his girlfriend to the ground and jumped into his blue 2011 Chevy Cruze. He revved the engine, backed the car up and drove over her. He drove forward, dragging the woman under the car, witnesses told Boynton Beach police. Officers had Costa in cuffs, and an attempted murder case. But about two months later they learned they didn’t have a main piece...
Historic Delray cottage near W. Atlantic Ave. opens as career center... will it signal changes?

Historic Delray cottage near W. Atlantic Ave. opens as career center... will it signal changes?

DELRAY BEACH — A career center opened in a tiny historic cottage in an underdeveloped part of downtown Delray Beach anticipating transformative changes in the near future. Through a partnership between the city and nonprofit CareerSource Palm Beach County, Delray Career Cottage, a nonprofit that offers job training, recruitment and hiring services to the public, opened Thursday at...
Boynton Police investigating string of shootings that may be connected

Boynton Police investigating string of shootings that may be connected

Simon Pierre’s three daughters thought the noises were fireworks. But then a bullet hit one of the front windows. “Get down!” Pierre’s wife, Marlene Guerrier, screamed Tuesday night. The couple’s 10-year-old daughter was doing back flips on the black L-shaped couch beside the window and if she hadn’t moved, she would have been killed, Pierre said. More than 40 shots...
Why was a low-flying plane and helicopter flying circles over Boca?

Why was a low-flying plane and helicopter flying circles over Boca?

BOCA RATON — A low-flying plane and helicopter circling Boca Raton late Monday and Tuesday caused a stir on social media, prompting city police to reassure concerned residents that it was just a Broward County Sheriff’s training exercise. Several residents turned to social media to report a small, but apparently noisy plane flying in circles around south-central Boca Raton, near...
Delray spent $2.1 million after storm sewage chaos; more costs expected

Delray spent $2.1 million after storm sewage chaos; more costs expected

DELRAY BEACH — Delray Beach spent $2.1 million on generators after widespread power outages following Hurricane Irma caused waste water to spill into some streets.  And the city will have to spend even more if it wants to avoid the sewage problems during future storms. For a week after Hurricane Irma in September, Delray Beach residents were asked to avoid flushing ...
Public will get a voice in ideas for new Boca National Golf Club

Public will get a voice in ideas for new Boca National Golf Club

BOCA RATON — The community will have a chance to share thoughts and ideas for a public golf course, school and possible hotel planned in northeast Boca Raton. The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, a taxing body separate from the city, is in the midst of buying, renovating and re-opening Ocean Breeze Golf Club, a 200-acre course on Northwest Second Avenue near Yamato Road, for...
Boynton YMCA community helping instructor who has esophagus cancer

Boynton YMCA community helping instructor who has esophagus cancer

A group of women who like to keep fit by taking water aerobics classes at the local YMCA have joined together to support someone who never fails to do the same for them: Terri Baldwin, their fitness instructor. Baldwin has cancer — a tumor in her esophagus. She’s endured radiation and chemotherapy treatments. If those don’t shrink the tumor, she might need surgery. Baldwin also is...
Boca Raton Regional Hospital has big plans for $35 million in donations

Boca Raton Regional Hospital has big plans for $35 million in donations

BOCA RATON — Three donors gifted the Boca Raton Regional Hospital $35 million, which will help fund a seven-story patient tower and intensive care unit. Stanley and Marilyn Barry, Christine E. Lynn, and Richard and Barbara Schmidt donated the $35 million in what the hospital is calling “one of the most profound displays of philanthropy” in the hospital’s history...
Is it working? Boynton’s four-month red-light camera numbers are in

Is it working? Boynton’s four-month red-light camera numbers are in

The first quarterly report since Boynton Beach ’s city leaders reinstated the red-light camera program is in. The big takeaway: 9,022 red lights run compared to the 6,144 for the same time period the year before when cameras were also used. That’s a 47 percent increase. But what that increase means is in the eye of the beholder. Camera opponent Commissioner...
UPDATE: State to rework Hypoluxo Road bridge over Florida’s Turnpike

UPDATE: State to rework Hypoluxo Road bridge over Florida’s Turnpike

Some good news on the plans to reconstruct the Hypoluxo Road bridge over Florida’s Turnpike: Officials say they don’t expect to ever close all lanes of travel. Instead, one lane in each direction will remain open during construction, said Fiorella Teodista, a construction public information officer with Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise. Still, that piece...
Lantana-area Sam’s Club closing; 191 will lose their jobs

Lantana-area Sam’s Club closing; 191 will lose their jobs

Nearly 200 employees of Sam’s Club near Lantana learned Thursday the location will close by the end of January as part of a larger “strategy” that includes the shuttering more than 60 stores nationwide. The West Palm Beach store at 4295 45th St. appears to have survived the cuts. While the Lantana store closed Thursday and is expected to reopen Friday, the West Palm location remained...
UPDATE: Nearly 200 laid off with Lantana-area Sam’s Club closing

UPDATE: Nearly 200 laid off with Lantana-area Sam’s Club closing

UPDATE: With Sam’s Club near Lantana closing at the end of the month, 191 workers will lose their jobs, according to a memo from the company. The store will close to the public. Jan. 26. Hourly employees will be terminated March 16 and workers in management will be terminated April 13. All employees found out Thursday, according to the memo. ORIGINAL POST: The Sam’s Club...
Boca mayor stays in county race despite challenge from onetime ally

Boca mayor stays in county race despite challenge from onetime ally

The south county race for Palm Beach County Commission promises to be divisive as it pits Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie — embroiled in controversy surrounding her past ties to a developer — against a longtime political ally. Boca Councilman Robert Weinroth, a Democrat, is running against Haynie, a Republican, for the District 4 seat held by term-limited Republican Steven Abrams. Haynie&rsquo...
Boynton Beach’s calendar decorated with work of artist with autism

Boynton Beach’s calendar decorated with work of artist with autism

Every year Boynton Beach puts out a calendar of need-to-know events and meetings. The 2018 version might be the most beautiful and meaningful. The calendar features acrylic paintings created by Brandon Drucker , a 26-year-old autistic artist. He painted several popular places in Boynton such as Intracoastal Park, Harbor Marina and The Boardwalk...
Boynton gets photo on national playground catalogue cover

Boynton gets photo on national playground catalogue cover

Boynton Beach has made it to the cover of a national playground catalog this year. The main piece of the Meadows Park playground is from Play & Park Structuresand the Tennessee-based company came to town this past week to hold a photo shoot in search of their cover for the 2018 National Playground Catalog. Residents and children attended the two-hour shoot at 4305 Congress Ave. but were told...
Boca mayor campaign denies she's withdrawing from county commission race

Boca mayor campaign denies she's withdrawing from county commission race

BOCA RATON — With Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s campaign struggling amid investigations into past financial ties to a controversial developer, will Haynie withdraw from the race for Palm Beach County Commission?  Some local political figures say she likely will — a move that would shake up Boca Raton politics in the coming months, and even years.  Haynie's...
Boynton police honor man who tried saving shooting victim’s life

Boynton police honor man who tried saving shooting victim’s life

Richarson Myrthil usually drives his 16-year-old brother to Caloosa Park to play basketball and then leaves to practice his own game elsewhere. But on Nov. 19, the 25-year-old came back to play just before a drug deal became violent. Instead of playing basketball, Myrthil tried to save the life of a man who had just been shot in the back. A crowd of about 50 dispersed into the woods but Myrthil...
Boca golf course deal could drag on... with several jobs on the line

Boca golf course deal could drag on... with several jobs on the line

BOCA RATON — The elected bodies involved in buying a $24 million championship golf course in northeast Boca Raton are bogged down by technical — but seemingly critical — details that could delay the deal. On the line is more than just golf links. There are at least 15 full-time city employees who could lose their jobs.  The Boca Raton council on Monday was expected to finalize...
How did Boca Museum get one of last works by this famous artist?

How did Boca Museum get one of last works by this famous artist?

Boca Raton Museum of Art assistant curator Lanya Snyder didn’t know what to expect when she visited sculptor and ceramicist Betty Woodman in her Chelsea studio in Manhattan last spring. Artists, after all, can be aloof. And Woodman’s career had been a formidable one. She was a feminist force in the once-macho world of ceramics, becoming the first living woman artist to have a retrospective...
Want Trump book ‘Fire and Fury’? Boca/Delray stores, libraries have copies — and holds

Want Trump book ‘Fire and Fury’? Boca/Delray stores, libraries have copies — and holds

BOCA RATON — Good luck buying or borrowing a copy of the sought-after book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, in Delray Beach or Boca Raton. While local bookstores and libraries are expecting to soon get copies of the best-seller — an explosive tell-all about President Donald Trump and his fitness for office — they have a long list of holds and reservations...
Boca Raton board wants water taxi ‘tour boats’ on city waterway

Boca Raton board wants water taxi ‘tour boats’ on city waterway

BOCA RATON — Delray Beach has them. So does Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.  But Boca Raton residents can’t cruise the Intracoastal Waterway on a group boat tour — taking in the natural scenery, waterfront parks and luxury homes — for a small fee. A city board wants the option though. “We are one of the few cities along our...
Lawyer-turned-ice cream maker to open artisan shop on ‘ghost town’ Boca strip

Lawyer-turned-ice cream maker to open artisan shop on ‘ghost town’ Boca strip

BOCA RATON — Rick Felberbaum was tired of being a lawyer, and even more tired of leaving Boca Raton to find a good scoop of ice cream.  So over a year ago, he killed two birds with one stone.  He shut down his real estate law firm on Palmetto Park Road in downtown Boca Raton, and started on plans to open in its place an artisanal ice cream shop. “I just said to my wife...
Hypoluxo’s last large piece of undeveloped land now under construction

Hypoluxo’s last large piece of undeveloped land now under construction

A snip of a red ribbon and a shovel full of dirt marked the start of construction on Hypoluxo Commons — the town’s last remaining large piece of undeveloped land. “You always hate to see the last piece developed but you can’t stop progress,” Hypoluxo Mayor Michael Brown said Monday of the land on the east side of Overlook Road at Hypoluxo Road ...
Boca residents angered by plan to build homes at unused golf course

Boca residents angered by plan to build homes at unused golf course

BOCA RATON — With a looming threat of development on yet another Boca Raton golf course, residents attended a meeting Thursday and emailed city leaders about a proposal to build homes on a small golf course in the city’s northeast end. Developer Steven Wallace, a Boynton Beach lawyer, presented a plan to build a gated community called Boca Royale. It would have 101 homes surrounding...
Boynton woman fulfills dream to expand home daycare; to open in spring

Boynton woman fulfills dream to expand home daycare; to open in spring

For two of the three years she’s had a home daycare, Cristine Thibodeau has dreamt of a bigger space where she can accommodate more children instead of having them sign up on a waiting list. She expects it’ll happen by this spring — and be called Soleil Early Learning Academy. The Boynton Beach resident will rent a one-story office building on Southwest 23rd Avenue off Seacrest...
NEW: Delray’s latest opioid overdose numbers show a massive shift 

NEW: Delray’s latest opioid overdose numbers show a massive shift 

While Palm Beach County  drug overdoses and deaths climbed last year, the area’s unofficial recovery hub, Delray Beach, saw overdoses dwindle. With sober homes and treatment providers shutting down and moving out, police expanding outreach efforts and the city and state tightening restrictions on the recovery industry, Delray Beach helped repress its reputation as the recovery capital...
Judge throws out charges against Lyft, driver in girl’s death

Judge throws out charges against Lyft, driver in girl’s death

The fact that a girl died in a crash more than four hours after a Lyft driver dropped her off “superseded any liability that may even remotely be attributable” either to the ride-hailing company or the driver, a Palm Beach County judge has ruled. Circuit Judge Judge Donald W. Hafele this week threw out the lawsuit by the family of 13-year-old Karenine St. Louis against Lyft and driver...
Man on boat in Boynton dies after hitting head on bridge

Man on boat in Boynton dies after hitting head on bridge

Scott Keegan loved to spear fish, scuba dive and kite board, giving his family plenty of reasons to worry about him. But he safely excelled at it all. Instead, it was a “freak accident” in Boynton Beach that took his life just a couple days before Christmas, Keegan’s sister Christine Keegan Hamrick told The Palm Beach Post. Keegan of Pompano Beach was on a boat with a group of friends...
This week in Delray Beach: Walk with police to curb violence, and more

This week in Delray Beach: Walk with police to curb violence, and more

DELRAY BEACH — Police officers and community leaders will take to the streets of downtown Delray Beach on Saturday and stand together against violence.  The peaceful demonstration, called the Walk Against Violence, is in its fourth year. Last year, more than 250 people marched shoulder to shoulder from the city’s community center, on Northwest 1st Avenue just north of Atlantic...
Boynton firefighters getting raises; new salary ranges are set

Boynton firefighters getting raises; new salary ranges are set

Boynton Beach’s firefighters represented by a union are the latest group of city employees to be awarded raises for this year. On Tuesday, city commissioners approved a 0.75 percent cost-of-living increase to each of the levels in their step plan. That’ll increase a probationary firefighter’s annual salary — the lowest position in the plan &mdash...
Boynton Beach’s love for dogs grows — even at the brewery

Boynton Beach’s love for dogs grows — even at the brewery

Our furry friends are allowed on airplanes, at beaches — they even have their own parks — so why not be allowed to tag along at the brewery? That’s what Due South Brewing says. They have invited their customers to bring dogs to a special area for “man’s best friend” that was unveiled Tuesday. “People are pretty excited,” said...
RaceTrac proposes spot west of Boynton near Canyon Town Center

RaceTrac proposes spot west of Boynton near Canyon Town Center

RaceTrac wants to build at the northeast corner of Boynton Beach Boulevard and Acme Dairy Road on a portion of a flower nursery just east of Canyon Town Center. The convenience store would be 5,411 square feet and the RaceTrac would have 24 pumps. The County Commission will have to approve the project, which is in the Agricultural Reserve. A date has not been set. The majority of the...
Boca New Year’s Day yoga festival first of several free fitness classes

Boca New Year’s Day yoga festival first of several free fitness classes

BOCA RATON — A sea of bright mats, colorful yoga pants and fitness-focused visitors flooded Boca Raton’s Mizner Park on the morning of New Year’s Day, just as it happened a year ago.  The event was Something BIG, an annual group yoga class on the lawn at Mizner Park to kick off the new year with personal health in mind. Led by Leslie Glickman, who owns Yoga Journey...
BurgerFi, Whole Foods, salon, gym to open at planned Delray Plaza

BurgerFi, Whole Foods, salon, gym to open at planned Delray Plaza

DELRAY BEACH — A BurgerFi restaurant, a hair salon, a spa and a gym all are expected to join Delray Beach’s first Whole Foods store at a planned plaza on Linton Boulevard. Delray Plaza, an 85,000-square-foot mixed-use commercial space at 660 W Linton Blvd, will include the popular burger chain, which has a location on Atlantic Avenue and Ocean Boulevard, Club Pilates...
Boca Raton’s new golf course could open around when municipal course closes

Boca Raton’s new golf course could open around when municipal course closes

BOCA RATON — A sought-after public golf course near the Boca Teeca neighborhood could open within two years, around the time hundreds of regular golfers will lose Boca Raton Municipal Golf Course west of city limits. The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, a taxing body separate from the city, is in the process of buying Ocean Breeze Golf Club — a long-closed, decrepit...
Wawa, grocery store new to area coming to west of Boynton Beach

Wawa, grocery store new to area coming to west of Boynton Beach

With construction of the massive Cobblestone Commons at Boynton Beach Boulevard and Lyons Road underway, the owners hope residents can shop and dine there as the calendar turns to 2019. The Commons development brings a new grocery store to Palm Beach County: Earth Fare , marketed as an organic and natural foods grocery store, which is in seven...
How Boynton will distribute $800,000 in raises to employees in ‘18

How Boynton will distribute $800,000 in raises to employees in ‘18

In the past year, Rivera Beach ’s city manager was fired, Jupiter’s town manager left for a neighboring city, and Palm Beach ’s is leaving next year after officials decided not to renew his contract. Boynton Beach Commissioner Joe Casello wanted to give City Manager Lori LaVerriere a good reason to...
Soon-to-open Delray doughnut shop a ‘cross between Harry Potter and Willy Wonka’

Soon-to-open Delray doughnut shop a ‘cross between Harry Potter and Willy Wonka’

DELRAY BEACH — Doctor Doodle’s Donuts shop on bustling Atlantic Avenue will be a place of fantasy — and tasty baked goods. That’s what the owners of the soon-to-open bakery promise of the newest addition to downtown Delray Beach.  Situated between Lemongrass Bistro and Aqua boutique on Atlantic Avenue near Southeast Fifth Avenue, the doughnut shop is...
Outdoor art showcase returning to Boca Raton in January

Outdoor art showcase returning to Boca Raton in January

BOCA RATON — An outdoor showcase of paintings, jewels, photography and more returns to Boca Raton for the 31st year in January. The annual Boca Fest — a free, outdoor juried art event — returns the weekend of Jan. 13 and 14 at Town Center Mall, on Glades Road and St. Andrews Boulevard. The festival will feature 175 artists with creations that range in size, medium...
How to ring in the new year in Delray and Boca for under $25

How to ring in the new year in Delray and Boca for under $25

DELRAY BEACH — If you’re looking to say your warm goodbyes to 2017, and ring in the new year in Delray Beach or Boca Raton, we have your guide. And you don’t have to break the bank to do it. Here are a few events in Delray Beach and Boca Raton on New Year’s Eve for $25 or under: NEW YEAR'S EVE DOWNTOWN: Delray’s Old School Square has an annual free, family-friendly...
I-95 wreck happened despite new warning signs at crash-prone Boca overpass

I-95 wreck happened despite new warning signs at crash-prone Boca overpass

Despite recent addition of signs and markers directing drivers at a crash-prone highway overpass, a woman was killed in a wreck at that overpass early Thursday. Jasmine Tinesha Fairell, of Opa Locka, smashed into a concrete barrier at the Congress Avenue exit of Interstate 95 around 6:30 a.m. The 26-year-old failed to turn right onto the overpass, struck the concrete center median and veered...
UPDATE: Police identify woman killed in wreck at Boca I-95 overpass

UPDATE: Police identify woman killed in wreck at Boca I-95 overpass

BOCA RATON — Update at 1:15 p.m.: Authorities identified the woman killed in the Thursday morning wreck as Jasmine Tinesha Fairell, of Opa Locka. Fairell, 26, died at the scene of the crash, Florida Highway Patrol reports. It isn’t clear yet whether drug or alcohol impairment played a role in the crash, the report indicates. Original story: A woman was killed early Thursday after...
High-profile golf names want to partner with Boca to build new course

High-profile golf names want to partner with Boca to build new course

A few big names in the golf industry — including Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus Design, Robert Trent Jones and Arnold Palmer’s design company — want to partner with Boca Raton’s park district to design a 27-hole course it will buy for $24 million. The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District sent out a request seeking architects to transform the dilapidated Ocean Breeze Golf...
Eclectic Indian restaurant opens at popular downtown Boca Raton plaza

Eclectic Indian restaurant opens at popular downtown Boca Raton plaza

BOCA RATON — An eclectic Indian restaurant opened its doors at downtown Boca Raton’s Royal Palm Place plaza. Tanjore Indian Cuisine, which offers a modern twist on Southwest Indian staples, opened last month in place of Sapphire Indian Cuisine at Royal Palm Place, the shopping plaza at Federal Highway south of Palmetto Park Road. Chef Yogi Dhwale and restauranteur Chris Corda partnered...
Nine candidates qualify for Delray Beach’s March election

Nine candidates qualify for Delray Beach’s March election

DELRAY BEACH — Nine candidates will vie for four of five seats on Delray Beach’s commission in the upcoming election. With a majority of the city commission seats on the line, including the mayor’s seat, the March municipal election in Delray Beach is likely to draw a high voter turnout. The election pits two sitting commissioners against one another in a race for the mayor&rsquo...
From golf course sales to football wins, top stories from Boca Raton in 2017

From golf course sales to football wins, top stories from Boca Raton in 2017

BOCA RATON — For better or for worse, Boca Raton had a significant 2017. A scandal mires the Boca mayor’s office. The city sold one of its golf courses, pocketing $65 million. And the Florida Atlantic University Owls landed a new football coach and a record-setting season. And that’s not all that happened this year.  Here’s a look at the top stories in Boca Raton...
Top stories: A look back at 2017 in Delray Beach

Top stories: A look back at 2017 in Delray Beach

DELRAY BEACH — The loss of a Delray Beach police officer shook the city. A development that has been in the works years finally broke ground. And Delray Beach grappled with the scourge of addiction, and fought back with a lawsuit against Big Pharma. Those are just a few of Delray’s defining events in 2017. As the new year approaches, and with it other newsworthy events, we look back...
Irma in Boynton, pot dispensaries OK’d: Boynton’s top 5 stories of 2017

Irma in Boynton, pot dispensaries OK’d: Boynton’s top 5 stories of 2017

1. Hurricane Irma rakes Boynton:    Boynton Beach was spared the worst of the storm but there were other ramifications on the streets from the wind and rain. A 23-year-old woman died at The Inn at Boynton after overdosing on drugs, likely heroin, during the storm, police said. And two men fooled a 95-year-old woman into thinking they were electricians but...
Boynton Beach-based barbershop chorus looks to younger generation

Boynton Beach-based barbershop chorus looks to younger generation

Roy Eckert sits up straight with his hands gently placed on his lap. His eyes widen and he reveals the same hopeful smile whether he’s singing “Hello Mary Lou,” “Over the Rainbow,” or “Wait Till the Sun Shines.” The joy on his face would make anyone in the audience feel that he really believes the words he’s singing — even “I’m dreaming...
When will Boca Raton’s Spanish River I-95 interchange be done?

When will Boca Raton’s Spanish River I-95 interchange be done?

A long-awaited highway interchange with a direct route from Interstate 95 to Florida Atlantic University will likely open in February — welcome news to drivers awaiting traffic relief on Boca Raton’s most congested thoroughfare. The interchange at Spanish River Boulevard, between Yamato and Glades roads, is partially open to drivers. But all ramps are expected to open by February, weather...
Delray sues Fortune 500 opioid makers for ‘worst drug scourge ever’

Delray sues Fortune 500 opioid makers for ‘worst drug scourge ever’

Delray Beach filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against some of the largest drug-makers and distributors in the country, holding them responsible, in part, for an opioid epidemic that has cost local taxpayers millions of dollars. The city spent about $3 million responding to more than 700 opioid calls last year alone, the lawsuit claims. Every overdose costs the city about $2,000 in manpower and lifesaving...
Boca Raton OKs $10,000 for free high school mental health counseling

Boca Raton OKs $10,000 for free high school mental health counseling

A $10,000 investment by Boca Raton means students at two local high schools will have access to free mental health counseling to tackle anger management, self-esteem and depression, among other issues. The city is partnering with the Faulk Center for Counseling in Boca Raton to offer group counseling once a week at Boca Raton and Spanish River high schools. It’s the first time a government entity...
Fallout continues in Boynton after board member accused of racism

Fallout continues in Boynton after board member accused of racism

Cathleen McDeavitt worked for Boynton Beach for more than 30 years and has sat on the employee pension board for nearly 20. She routinely reapplied this past week for her volunteer seat , but was initially turned down. Commissioners also turned down Lucas Vogel, who wanted to join the planning and development board, and Terry Liams, who wanted to volunteer with the senior...
The music is back! Boynton Beach band returns with new conductor

The music is back! Boynton Beach band returns with new conductor

After a brief hiatus, Boynton Beach’s Gold Coast Band is back with a new conductor. They had their first concert this month at the Civic Center and will follow with a Feb. 11 show 2 p.m. also at the Civic Center. The theme is For Love and Music and the band will perform popular love songs with standard band arrangements, familiar show tunes and traditional marches...
Governor honors three Boynton siblings for creating toys nonprofit

Governor honors three Boynton siblings for creating toys nonprofit

Three children who created a Boynton Beach-based nonprofit were given the Volunteer Florida Champion of Service Award this month by Gov. Rick Scott. Zakary Smith, 11, Gracyn Smith, 9, and Ari Smith, 7, were honored at the Florida Cabinet meeting Dec. 13. The three, with their parents Tracy and Jarrett Smith, established the nonprofit Smith Smiles Toy Donation, which donates items such as toys, books...
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. ...
Boynton Beach OKs 23 license plate readers to be spread through city

Boynton Beach OKs 23 license plate readers to be spread through city

UPDATE from Tuesday night: The City Commission signed off on the 23 automated license plate readers. Boynton Beach Police Sgt. Phil Hawkins said the readers will be spread through the city. The city already has two readers. Hawkins said they can help find missing or endangered adults, stolen vehicles and vehicles used in crimes, Hawkins said. The sole vote against the readers was from Commissioner...
Wawa wants to open in Boynton Beach at this busy intersection

Wawa wants to open in Boynton Beach at this busy intersection

It might be time for another first for Boynton Beach. The property owner at the northeast corner of Woolbright Road and Congress Avenue wants to build a Wawa gas station and convenience store. It would be Boynton’s first Wawa . “Finally,” Vice Mayor Justin Katz wrote on a Facebook post announcing the proposal. He represents the district where the store...
Plan B - Developer making a redesigned pitch for Swinton Ave. plan

Plan B - Developer making a redesigned pitch for Swinton Ave. plan

DELRAY BEACH — A developer has significantly changed a proposal to rehabilitate and build out part of downtown historic district after it was negatively received by many residents and city leaders. The divisive large-scale development along Swinton Avenue south of Atlantic Avenue, touted as connector between the bustling East Atlantic and sleepy west, will again appear before a city...
Boynton could get 23 license plate readers for free — but with a catch

Boynton could get 23 license plate readers for free — but with a catch

The vendor Boynton Beach uses for its red light camera program is willing to give the city 23 automated license plate readers for free — an option first offered to commissioners as an add-on when they decided in August to rehire the company to help catch red-light runners. But if Boynton takes them, the city will have to use the plate readers through May 2021 or...
School crowding so pressing, Boca considers giving up parkland

School crowding so pressing, Boca considers giving up parkland

Boca Raton’s leaders are so concerned about the city’s crowded schools they are now considering donating, swapping or selling parkland if that will prime the school district to build new or bigger schools. The Palm Beach County School District has been grappling with the crowded conditions and has plans to deliver some relief in years to come, but it’s not clear whether more land...
Atlanta airport mess derails Boynton chief; farewell party on hold

Atlanta airport mess derails Boynton chief; farewell party on hold

Boynton Beach had big plans for its outgoing police chief Monday morning but when the guest of honor became victim to Atlanta airport’s massive flight cancellations the gathering was postponed. Police Chief Jeffrey Katz was to fly on Sunday from Richmond, Va. to Atlanta and then from Atlanta to West Palm Beach. But when he checked in at the Richmond airport, a message from Delta clued him...
Boynton Beach board member resigns amid racist accusations

Boynton Beach board member resigns amid racist accusations

A Boynton Beach volunteer board member accused of being a white supremacist and racist, based on comments she made while discussing sanctuary cities, announced her resignation in a late Sunday night e-mail. Residents accused Cindy Falco-DiCorrado of spewing racial slurs toward them at the Dec. 5 commission meeting when the city’s leaders spoke about whether to become...
The activity that helped a disabled Boca man, 77, re-energize his life

The activity that helped a disabled Boca man, 77, re-energize his life

Arms cranking, leaning into it, Gary Elsner flies past, illustrating the art of the possible in sweat, swiftness and a three-wheel handcycle. “Speed is my thing,” he says, catching his breath after a few sprints around his Boca Raton condo community. “I like a hint of danger and adventure.” It’s a gutsy thing for any 77-year-old to say, but particularly for a man...
LATEST: Death, arrest of drug ‘kings’ dent Boynton’s epidemic - for now

LATEST: Death, arrest of drug ‘kings’ dent Boynton’s epidemic - for now

As officers cleared the scene of a Friday evening disturbance, Sgt. Widy Jean’s thoughts wandered back to the party he had spotted outside a home south of Cherry Hills. He turned to a woman nearby. The Riddick twin? he asked. Probably, she said. The Heart of Boynton’s dead are often celebrated in loved ones’ yards before the next day’s funeral, and in hours it would be Kunta...
Delray’s eight new lifeguard towers will cost taxpayers $1.1 million

Delray’s eight new lifeguard towers will cost taxpayers $1.1 million

DELRAY BEACH — The city’s shorelines are getting the crème de la crème of lifeguard towers — durable and good-looking with enhanced features such as solar panels —but it’s going to cost taxpayers about $1.1 million. And that price tag was a tough sell for some city leaders. “This is a condominium price that we’re paying for a small...
Boynton Beach school food manager gets a huge surprise at lunch

Boynton Beach school food manager gets a huge surprise at lunch

Charlie Peterman, the food services manager for Crosspointe Elementary School, had finished serving lunch for students Wednesday when a coworker brought her into the cafeteria. Peterman thought she had been called in to talk more about a new product ConAgra Foods was testing. Instead, Peterman found herself the center of attention. Principal Ann Marie Dilbert announced that food giant ConAgra Foods...
500 Ocean, catalyst for Boynton’s downtown, won’t be done until summer

500 Ocean, catalyst for Boynton’s downtown, won’t be done until summer

500 Ocean won’t be completed until this summer, but residents are already moving in and businesses are leasing space. The project’s spokesman said Tuesday that 37 apartments are already occupied. The project will ultimately have 341 apartments. And, of the project’s 20,000 square feet of commercial space, about 2,000 is leased. Two businesses will move in to provide high-end women&rsquo...
Boynton water tower lights up for the holidays

Boynton water tower lights up for the holidays

The 168-foot water tower at Woolbright Road and Seacrest Boulevard is lit up at night in blue and white colors to celebrate Hanukkah, which started Tuesday evening. The Hanukkah colors will shine until Wednesday. From Dec. 1-11, the tower was colored in red and green for Christmas, and starting on Dec. 26, it will be black, red and green to celebrate the start of Kwanzaa, which is celebrated until...
NEW: Boca mayor ends business relationship with developer amid controversy

NEW: Boca mayor ends business relationship with developer amid controversy

BOCA RATON — Mayor Susan Haynie announced Tuesday that her husband has ended a controversial business relationship with major developer James Batmasian that was detailed in a Palm Beach Post investigation last month.  “I truly believe I’ve always held myself in the highest standards of ethical behavior ... Hopefully that will put this matter to rest,” Haynie said...
Boynton vice mayor asks resident labeled ‘racist’ to resign from board

Boynton vice mayor asks resident labeled ‘racist’ to resign from board

Boynton Beach’s vice mayor on Tuesday asked a resident who has been labeled a white supremacist — after comments she allegedly made at a meeting — to step down from her volunteer position on an advisory board. But she refuses. Vice Mayor Justin Katz emailed Cindy Falco-DiCorrado asking her to resign, and less than two hours later, Falco-DiCorrado emailed back with...
Big retailers would be lucrative to downtown Delray, but are they welcome?

Big retailers would be lucrative to downtown Delray, but are they welcome?

DELRAY BEACH — Downtown Delray Beach can support large retailers that would bring in millions of dollars a year, a study shows. But at risk, city leaders say, is the unique charm of its beloved Atlantic Avenue. “With this amount of retail, you could have somebody build a new Mizner Park or CityPlace right at the express way (Interstate 95) and Atlantic (Avenue),” said Robert...
Why a national racing simulator company moved to Boynton Beach

Why a national racing simulator company moved to Boynton Beach

The owner of a national racing and flight simulator business has moved its east coast location to Boynton Beach from Broward County all because of a love for stand-up jet skiing. He is also considering a gaming room at the Boynton Beach Mall off Congress Avenue. “We were excited to move closer to the ocean,” Dimitar Pavlov told The Palm Beach Post. BOYNTON READERS: Sign up for The Post&rsquo...
VIDEO: FAU prof loses free speech battle; lawyer calls media ‘presstitutes’

VIDEO: FAU prof loses free speech battle; lawyer calls media ‘presstitutes’

Minutes after a federal jury rejected claims that Florida Atlantic University fired communications professor James Tracy because he publicly declared the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School a hoax, his attorney lashed out at the media, calling reporters “presstitutes.” “Shame on you fake news,” attorney Louis Leo IV told news photographers and reporters...
Boynton’s ‘sanctuary city’ discussion turns personal and petulant

Boynton’s ‘sanctuary city’ discussion turns personal and petulant

A commissioner’s proposal that Boynton Beach become a sanctuary city sparked deep-rooted response among residents — some have called for her resignation, while other supporters have labeled an outspoken opponent a white supremacist. The turmoil is unraveling even though the issue is moot. The City Commission rejected Commissioner Christina Romelus’ idea...
VIDEO: FAU wins in lawsuit by fired prof who said Sandy Hook a hoax

VIDEO: FAU wins in lawsuit by fired prof who said Sandy Hook a hoax

A federal jury on Monday afternoon found that Florida Atlantic University did not violate the rights of communications professor James Tracy when it fired him. The jury found that Tracy’s blogs that the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax were not a “motivating factor” in Tracy’s firing. FAU attorney G. Joseph Curley voiced satisfaction about...
‘One-of-a-kind’ FAU-Max Planck program creates undergrad opportunities

‘One-of-a-kind’ FAU-Max Planck program creates undergrad opportunities

At a university where undergraduates as young as 14 already are engaged in studies on cancer, opioid addiction and neurological disorders, Florida Atlantic University soon will expand its research capabilities through a one-of-a-kind partnership. The Boca Raton-based school on Monday announced the FAU-Max Planck Honors Program, an undergraduate opportunity that will create a pipeline between young...
After four years, lawsuit over Boynton’s historic high school is over

After four years, lawsuit over Boynton’s historic high school is over

Just as the rehabilitation of the city’s historic high school is finally off and running, Boynton Beach received welcomed — and as its lawyers referred to it — “excellent news” regarding the much fought-over building. An appeals court Thursday threw out a lawsuit against the city, ending a lengthy battle with a developer. About four years...
Dump trucks sign of the terror times, but maybe they can be prettier?

Dump trucks sign of the terror times, but maybe they can be prettier?

Does safety have to be unsightly? Thirty-ton garbage trucks are parked at the ends of Delray Beach’s busiest thoroughfare during packed events, acting as a barrier between crowds and drivers who might aim to plow them down. They aren’t pretty, but the city is looking for artists who can transform these roadblocks into charming murals. POST READERS: Sign up for our weekly community newsletters...
For Trump! Against Trump! Lake Worth street reflects national split

For Trump! Against Trump! Lake Worth street reflects national split

North Lakeside Drive in Lake Worth is filled with lovely homes, neatly manicured lawns, quiet streets. It almost looks like a Norman Rockwell painting. But the street, or one small corner of it, takes on another life as a kind of hotbed for and against President Donald Trump. One homeowner, for instance, has four Trump signs around her house supporting the president. A large sign is tied around two...
It’s a go: Boynton Beach to welcome first Aldi grocery store

It’s a go: Boynton Beach to welcome first Aldi grocery store

Watch out Publix, Aldi is officially coming to Boynton Beach. The store will open at 3452 W. Boynton Beach Blvd. at Knuth Road, but in that location it’s going to have some major competition. It’ll be near the Walmart at 3200 Old Boynton Road, the Publix at 133 N. Congress Ave. and BJ’s Wholesale Club at 1540 W. Boynton Beach...
NEW: Boynton Beach names interim police chief

NEW: Boynton Beach names interim police chief

Boynton Beach Asst. Police Chief Kelly Harris will serve as interim chief starting Wednesday, Dec. 20, according to a Facebook post on the city police department’s page. Chief Jeffrey Katz is retiring this month to move to Virginia and lead the Chesterfield County police. His last day is Dec. 20. Katz has been chief for nearly five years and has worked for the department...
Claims against FAU by Sandy Hook denier headed to federal jury Monday

Claims against FAU by Sandy Hook denier headed to federal jury Monday

A lawsuit accusing Florida Atlantic University of violating the First Amendment rights of a professor who publicly decried the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre as a hoax is expected to be go to a federal jury on Monday. The university rested its case Friday, setting the stage for closing arguments and jury deliberations when the trial of fired professor James Tracy’s lawsuit resumes after...
In Boynton, veterans promise to ‘never forget’ 1941 Pearl Harbor attack

In Boynton, veterans promise to ‘never forget’ 1941 Pearl Harbor attack

Residents and veterans gathered at a war memorial park on Thursday to mark 76 years since the Pearl Harbor attack by singing “God Bless America,” praying in silence and unveiling a monument with an image of the USS Arizona on it. None of the attendees was there for that day — what President Franklin D. Roosevelt called “A date which will live in infamy.” But they...
GL Homes withdraws controversial Ag Reserve development plan

GL Homes withdraws controversial Ag Reserve development plan

GL Homes has withdrawn its application for a controversial development plan in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve, ending — for now — a battle that had already begun to divide the county. GL’s decision came Thursday, one day before the builder was to make a presentation to the county’s Planning Commission, the first step in its bid to win final approval from county...
PBS television show to feature Boynton Beach

PBS television show to feature Boynton Beach

Boynton Beach will be the star of the show Thursday — the On the Town in The Palm Beaches show. South Florida PBS airs the TV show, which explores popular tourist destinations and unique attractions in the county. This Thursday’s show will be all about the Boynton area. The episode will show the Boynton Harbor Marina, Boynton Beach...
Boynton Beach fights for dogs to frolic at beach … in Ocean Ridge

Boynton Beach fights for dogs to frolic at beach … in Ocean Ridge

Boynton Beach won’t give up on Fido. Commissioner Joe Casello is determined to have dogs welcomed at Oceanfront Park beach. The problem is, while Boynton owns the property, it’s located in Ocean Ridge. Casello first raised the idea in August, and in November, staff met with Ocean Ridge officials. That’s when Boynton learned that Ocean Ridge’s ordinances prohibit dogs on the...
Funky hotel pitched for Delray, with limiting carbon footprint in mind

Funky hotel pitched for Delray, with limiting carbon footprint in mind

A hotel with a “tropical” design, shopping strip on the ground floor and a rooftop bar/garden may sprout up in place of a parking lot in downtown Delray Beach’s arts district. The Grove Beach Hotel, also known as The Ray Delray Beach, got a hesitant nod from the city commission Tuesday night. The proposal drew complaints about fire department access to a back alley, and noise from...
Boynton Beach decides: We won’t become a ‘sanctuary city’

Boynton Beach decides: We won’t become a ‘sanctuary city’

Residents across Palm Beach County came to Boynton Beach on Tuesday to sound off on a national political issue that a city commissioner brought home — sanctuary cities. The request on whether the city should pursue that designation — which refers to cities that decide not to cooperate with immigration authorities — was made by Commissioner Christina Romelus, a native of Haiti. But...
Shop with a Cop: Deserving kids get shopping spree with Boynton police

Shop with a Cop: Deserving kids get shopping spree with Boynton police

Anylianis Delgado Rodriguez and her family left Puerto Rico for Boynton Beach about one week ago after Hurricane Maria brought disaster to their lives on the Caribbean island. Her father, unable to find work here, had to go back. And Anylianis, 5, speaks only Spanish, making it difficult to communicate with her peers at Forest Park Elementary. On Tuesday, she and several of her classmates...
FAU boss denies Tracy claim that his firing linked to conspiracy blog

FAU boss denies Tracy claim that his firing linked to conspiracy blog

When word leaked out that Florida Atlantic University communications professor James Tracy was publicly claiming the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax, complaints poured into the Boca Raton-based school, a top FAU administrator told a federal jury Monday. Students, faculty, community residents, alumni and donors weighed in, demanding the ouster of the 11-year tenured...
Boynton Beach’s top cop reflects on years as chief, future

Boynton Beach’s top cop reflects on years as chief, future

After nearly five years of working to improve the public perception of the Boynton Beach Police Department, top cop Jeffrey Katz has a message for his replacement. “This is not an organization in crisis or chaos anymore,” he said in an interview with The Palm Beach Post, just a few weeks before he’ll leave South Florida for a job in Virginia. Katz knows crisis and chaos. It was about...
EXCLUSIVE: Hotel and convention center pitched for FAU

EXCLUSIVE: Hotel and convention center pitched for FAU

Florida Atlantic University is considering a partnership with a private developer that might result in a $250 million complex, with a hotel, convention center, apartments and more, at its Boca Raton campus. The Related Group — a Miami developer — has been in discussions with FAU for months about a partnership to build out 30 vacant acres on the southeast end of campus. Last month, Related...
Ex-FAU prof on trial tries to downplay attack on Sandy Hook parents

Ex-FAU prof on trial tries to downplay attack on Sandy Hook parents

Upset that the South Florida Sun-Sentinel published a letter from parents who lost their son in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Florida Atlantic University professor James Tracy dashed off a retort, disputing the couple’s claims that he compounded their pain by declaring the mass shooting a hoax. “The Pozners, alas, are as phony as the drill itself and profiting handsomely...
FAU professor James Tracy claims school fired him for Sandy Hook rants

FAU professor James Tracy claims school fired him for Sandy Hook rants

James Tracy insists Florida Atlantic University officials fired him from his tenured teaching position because of his conspiracy-laced rants about the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed the lives of 26 students and teachers. But on Thursday, the first day of trial in his wrongful termination lawsuit against the university that is framed as a fight for free speech...
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...
Deli closes only Palm Beach County location

Deli closes only Palm Beach County location

It appears Jason’s Deli in Boynton Town Center has closed. The restaurant opened about 2007 or 2008 with the opening of the plaza at 870 Congress Ave.  It isn’t clear when the restaurant closed, or why. Representatives didn’t return a request for comment. However, the website makes it clear the store is closed. This Boynton store was the only Jason&rsquo...
He’s been helping the homeless and hungry; now he gets to lead a parade

He’s been helping the homeless and hungry; now he gets to lead a parade

Enrique Zuanetto will take a day off Saturday from leading the volunteers at The Soup Kitchen to lead Boynton Beach’s 47th Holiday Parade. Zuanetto, the kitchen’s director, has been named the parade’s grand marshal. He was nominated by a resident and then chosen by the Recreation and Parks advisory board. “I’m very proud,” said Zuanetto, who came to the country...
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