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Woman’s frustrating housing ordeal exposes Boynton’s crime issue

Woman’s frustrating housing ordeal exposes Boynton’s crime issue

Lasendra Wilson has asked Boynton Beach officials to install speed bumps on Northwest 12th Avenue — but not to slow drivers or make it safer for children to cross the street. “It’s hard to do a drive-by if you have speed bumps in the neighborhood,” Wilson told city commissioners in October. Wilson, a married mother of three, has owned her home in the Cherry Hills neighborhood...
Boynton police chief wants outside review of 2014 chase, beatings

Boynton police chief wants outside review of 2014 chase, beatings

City Police Chief Jeffrey Katz wants to hire an outside expert to review the actions of all officers involved in a 2014 chase and beating of a car’s driver and two passengers — a case already investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that ended with the felony convictions of two city officers who could remain on paid administrative leave for months. “I think it’s...
Boynton sergeant second city officer guilty of felony in 2014 case

Boynton sergeant second city officer guilty of felony in 2014 case

Flanked by fellow officers, a shaken Boynton Beach Sgt. Philip Antico left the federal courthouse on Friday as a convicted felon, his roughly 15-year career in law enforcement in tatters. After deliberating for roughly 8½ hours over two days, a jury found the 37-year-old officer guilty of obstruction of justice for lying to FBI agents when they asked him if he helped officers change their reports...
Parents persuade college to postpone closing beloved Gardens school

Parents persuade college to postpone closing beloved Gardens school

Palm Beach State College has put on hold plans to shutter a preschool it operates for more than 80 children near its Palm Beach Gardens campus. The pause came in response to concerns raised by dozens of parents at a trustee meeting in Boca Raton on Tuesday. RELATED: Guy Harvey to headline college’s STEAM lunch in West Palm Beach Earlier this month, college President Ava Parker notified parents...
Have you seen this artist’s big ‘toys’ all over Palm Beach Gardens?

Have you seen this artist’s big ‘toys’ all over Palm Beach Gardens?

Mark Fuller was at Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens one day when he struck up a conversation with a stranger. “The person said, ‘What do you do?’ “I said, ‘I do public art.’ “‘Where?’” the stranger asked. “‘That one right there,’” Fuller said, pointing to his giant sculpture of a record player turntable at the...
Boca to ask for probe of mayor’s voting controversy. But has one begun?

Boca to ask for probe of mayor’s voting controversy. But has one begun?

At the tail end of a six-hour meeting, a combative city council decided Tuesday to formally ask whether Mayor Susan Haynie has misinterpreted an ethics opinion for years, voting on projects proposed by controversial developer James Batmasian despite her financial ties to him. The council decided, with Haynie’s support, to go back to the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics, which issued an...
Attorney calls GL Homes’ plan for Agriculture Reserve a ‘pivotal moment’

Attorney calls GL Homes’ plan for Agriculture Reserve a ‘pivotal moment’

A land use attorney hired by an influential group of suburban Boynton Beach residents encouraged those members Wednesday to continue their fight against a developer’s proposal to build 3,900 homes in the Agricultural Reserve and to tell the county’s commissioners why this is such a “pivotal moment” in the area&rsquo...
Live like a Finn this weekend and sweat it out in a sauna

Live like a Finn this weekend and sweat it out in a sauna

Why sweat outside in South Florida when you can do it in the comforts of a traveling sauna? Well, a traveling sauna — it’s on wheels and literally travels around the country — has made it to the Boynton Beach area and is ready to be enjoyed by the masses this weekend as a nod to Finnish culture. Boynton officials first considered the idea this summer...
‘Saturday Night Fever’ at 40: Remember Palm Beach County’s discos, boogie nights?

‘Saturday Night Fever’ at 40: Remember Palm Beach County’s discos, boogie nights?

— “Night Fever,” The Bee Gees It was a riotous explosion of slinky dance rhythms and propulsive beats, accompanied by some of the most singular fashion horrors ever inflicted on the American public in the latter half of the 20th century. Forty years ago, we were all swept up in disco fever. We boogied. We hustled. We got down. We wore silk shirts, flared pants, stacked shoes...
NEW: Boca to sell golf course to developer GL Homes for $65 million

NEW: Boca to sell golf course to developer GL Homes for $65 million

Boca Raton will part with its 190-acre public golf course west of city limits for $65 million, city leaders decided Tuesday. The buyer? Sunrise-based developer GL Homes, which has built single-family homes throughout central and southern Palm Beach County. With little discussion Tuesday — over a year after the land sale was first discussed — a majority of the city council members approved...
NEW: Police say woman forged mom’s checks, stole $30,000 with boyfriend

NEW: Police say woman forged mom’s checks, stole $30,000 with boyfriend

A woman stole her 77-year-old mother’s checks and conspired with her boyfriend to forge them to obtain at least $30,000, Boca Raton police say. Irene M. Crisman, 54, was booked Saturday evening to the Palm Beach County Jail, charged with fraudulent use of identification and fraud of between $20,000 and $50,000. She was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail. Crisman’s jail entry gives no address...
Boca council members want investigation of mayor’s voting controversy

Boca council members want investigation of mayor’s voting controversy

A majority of Boca Raton City Council members called for an investigation of Mayor Susan Haynie’s voting controversy Monday but couldn’t yet agree on who would do it or what they would investigate. Haynie said little in the two-hour public airing of a conflict that’s gripping the city. Haynie, who is running for Palm Beach County Commission, has taken at least 12 votes on proposals...
Boynton mother, 25, killed while helping driver on Interstate 95

Boynton mother, 25, killed while helping driver on Interstate 95

Marcasia Crenshaw stopped on Interstate 95 near Titusville to help a stranded driver late Sunday night because a few months ago someone did the same for her. But that act of kindness turned into tragedy when a man driving a pickup swerved to avoid the disabled van parked in the inside southbound lane. Marcasia and her 25-year-old twin sister Markwonda Crenshaw tried to...
Watch: Official calls for ‘independent review’ of Boca mayor’s voting controversy

Watch: Official calls for ‘independent review’ of Boca mayor’s voting controversy

Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie made some brief comments and answered just a few questionsduring robust discussion by city council members of the controversy over Haynie voting on proposals brought to the city council by the largest commercial property owner sin the city, James and Martin Batmasian.   “I welcome the opportunity to discuss this issue,” she said.  Haynie, a...
Trial begins for Boynton sergeant accused of lying, falsifying reports

Trial begins for Boynton sergeant accused of lying, falsifying reports

Four days after Boynton Beach Police Officer Michael Brown was convicted of two federal charges for using excessive force in an August 2014 arrest, his supervisor on Monday went on trial in U.S. District Court on charges that he helped Brown and other cops hide their misdeeds. In opening statements, Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Osborne told a jury that Sgt. Philip Antico helped officers falsify their...
‘Freak’ air bag rupture kills man working on sewer line west of Boynton

‘Freak’ air bag rupture kills man working on sewer line west of Boynton

John Dillon IV spent his days working at The Plumbing Experts in Delray Beach and his nights at school studying his trade. The 27-year-old had been with the company only two years when he was killed Friday afternoon in a “freak accident” at the Sun Valley East retirement community west of Boynton Beach, said the company’s owner, Clem Winke. Dillon was one of four...
Motorcyclist killed, passenger hurt in crash with car west of Lantana

Motorcyclist killed, passenger hurt in crash with car west of Lantana

The owner of a Boynton Beach stone restoration firm was killed, and his wife seriously injured, when their motorcycle crashed into a car west of Lantana Saturday afternoon, a Florida Highway Patrol report said. According to the report, around 5 p.m. Saturday, a 2016 Infiniti driven by Marie Alcindor, 43, of the Lake Worth area, was heading east on Lantana Road and was in the left turn lane to turn...
Man jailed on attempted murder charge in Oct. 25 shooting near Lantana

Man jailed on attempted murder charge in Oct. 25 shooting near Lantana

A man who had been living at the Seminole Manor housing development west of Lantana is charged with attempted murder in a shooting there last month. Terrance Jenkins, 28, was booked Saturday evening at the Palm Beach County Jail, records show. They give an address for him of Dothan, Ala. Jenkins is charged with attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and with being a felon in possession of a...
Boynton’s bloated Town Square costs — an extra $38.8 million — worry some

Boynton’s bloated Town Square costs — an extra $38.8 million — worry some

Boynton Beach must come up with an estimated $133.3 million to roll out the 16.5-acre Town Square redevelopment project — about $38.8 million more than project leaders told city commissioners in June. Assistant City Manager Colin Groff said he expects the city to release a revenue-generating plan in December. Construction is supposed to begin in March for the new...
Boca mayor says she disclosed ties publicly but she didn’t name names

Boca mayor says she disclosed ties publicly but she didn’t name names

Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie says that her financial ties to developer James Batmasian have not been secret and that she disclosed them to the public in a city meeting. On Friday, for the first time, she said when that meeting was. Haynie has taken a dozen votes on proposals brought to the city by Batmasian. At the same time, her property management firm was collecting thousands in paychecks from...
Boca mayor’s relationship with developer to be aired at public meeting

Boca mayor’s relationship with developer to be aired at public meeting

In a remarkable turn of events, Boca Raton leaders plan Monday to publicly confront allegations reported by The Palm Beach Post that Mayor Susan Haynie hid financial ties with the largest commercial landowner in the city. In a town torn by hostile factions, a councilwoman aligned with Haynie’s opponents put the issue on the agenda when council members meet at 1:30 p.m. Haynie, urged by allies...
What Boca Raton art show adds extra ray of sunshine to South Florida?

What Boca Raton art show adds extra ray of sunshine to South Florida?

You wouldn’t think Boca Raton needed an additional dose of sunshine, but it’s got one anyway this season in the new Alex Katz show that opened recently at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. “No sad songs. No minor key. Not for me,” Katz recently told the New York Times and that cheerful mood is particularly evident in the show’s centerpieces: two of Katz’ heroically-scaled...
Boynton cops cleared in beating of unarmed man laud convicted officer

Boynton cops cleared in beating of unarmed man laud convicted officer

After roughly 15 hours of deliberation over two days, a federal jury on Thursday convicted a veteran Boynton Beach police officer and acquitted two former officers of charges in connection with the August 2014 beating of an unarmed Lake Worth man — a beating that was captured on videotape from a Palm Beach County sheriff’s helicopter that hovered overhead. While former officers Justin...
Green markets are open for season, check this guide for the best near you

Green markets are open for season, check this guide for the best near you

What’s not to love about green market season? The markets provide fresh produce from area farms, artisanal goods, local plants, baked goods, gourmet foods and much more. Plus it’s a great time to just get outside and enjoy South Florida’s fall season. Here’s info on some of our favorites around the county. Opens: Oct. 7, 2017 through April 24, 2018Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p...
One year later, local Trump supporters, foes still bitterly divided

One year later, local Trump supporters, foes still bitterly divided

Is it the anniversary of the Apocalypse or are we a year closer to making America great again? One year after Donald Trump was elected president, many of Palm Beach County residents’ opinions on the part-time Palm Beacher are almost exactly what they were 12 months ago. At the same time, a Florida Atlantic University poll says Trump’s approval rating is down to 41 percent a year after...
Boca mayor welcomes probe into developer ties: I have ‘no conflict’

Boca mayor welcomes probe into developer ties: I have ‘no conflict’

Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie said Tuesday she would welcome a new review by the ethics body that four years ago raised concerns about her business relationship with a controversial developer. After The Palm Beach Post detailed her financial ties to Boca’s largest commercial property owner, Haynie again asserted that a 2013 ethics opinion justified her record of voting a dozen times on projects...
No verdict reached in Boynton police excessive force case

No verdict reached in Boynton police excessive force case

The 12-member jury tasked with deciding whether a Boynton Beach police officer and his former colleagues used excessive force on a man three years ago, and covered it up in their reports, wanted a transcript of the trial on Wednesday, but was told to rely on their recollections instead. And a few hours later, the jury reported they would not - the word underlined in a note to the judge - be able to...
Boynton Beach-area school continues to help out local soup kitchen

Boynton Beach-area school continues to help out local soup kitchen

Students from Franklin Academy Charter School west of Boynton Beach spent Friday, National Sandwich Day, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for The Soup Kitchen west of Boynton Beach. This is the third year the students have held the event, but this year was a little different because they also held a drive for baby supplies, also to be given to the Soup Kitchen...
Jurors to get case Wednesday in Boynton Beach officers’ beating trial

Jurors to get case Wednesday in Boynton Beach officers’ beating trial

A federal jury is expected to start deliberations mid-morning to determine if a Boynton Beach Police officer and two former city officers used excessive force on an unarmed Lake Worth man in 2014 and then lied about it in their reports. Defense attorneys for Officer Michael Brown and former officers Justin Harris and Ronald Ryan call the government’s case “Monday-morning quarterbacking&rdquo...
Land for new Boynton police building could be shared with a Wawa

Land for new Boynton police building could be shared with a Wawa

City-owned land on High Ridge Road will be the site of a new Boynton Beach police station , but a former commissioner is lobbying the officials to sell a portion of the site to a private company for development of a commercial property, possibly a Wawa gas station. If the site off Gateway Boulevard will be used for both a police station and commercial property, the police...
Patrons worried about Boynton library’s relocation while new one built

Patrons worried about Boynton library’s relocation while new one built

Miranda Houston, 16, and her mother, Deb, come to the Boynton Beach City Library nearly everyday after the 10th grader completes her home-school studies. They sit in the chairs by the library’s entrance and use the free WiFi because they don’t have it at home. Deb checks her email, she browses different websites and signs on to Facebook and Instagram. Miranda...
Why some public meetings go past 11 p.m…. and then on and on and on

Why some public meetings go past 11 p.m…. and then on and on and on

The man who lightly snored just after 1 a.m. at an October weeknight meeting in Wellington drew little attention from the dozens who remained in the village’s council chambers. As three controversial proposals were brought before Wellington’s Planning, Zoning and Adjustment Board, its members pushed and plodded through hour after hour of presentations, discussions and public comments &mdash...
Lake Worth veterans cemetery adds burial space in $31 million makeover

Lake Worth veterans cemetery adds burial space in $31 million makeover

The wind blows, gently, this afternoon at The South Florida National Cemetery. Two women, middle-aged, lean over one of the headstones, place a bouquet of flowers, say a few words, bow their heads. They don’t stay long. Ten minutes, tops. But more mourners are expected in the coming years. READ: Veterans Day parade in Lake Worth will end with a special surprise That’s why the national...
Boynton-area country clubs undergoing million-dollar upgrades

Boynton-area country clubs undergoing million-dollar upgrades

Hunters Run Country Club is one of at least three country clubs in the Boynton Beach area planning a multi-million dollar renovation to its clubhouse. The community at Congress Avenue south of Woolbright Road is planning a $13.5 million renovation to its clubhouse, a golf course and its pool area. Construction is expected to start in April and be completed by November. IN DEPTH: What’s driving...
NEW: Timeline announced for Boynton’s massive Town Square project

NEW: Timeline announced for Boynton’s massive Town Square project

The renovation of Boynton’s historic high school is underway and and is expected to be completed by August 2018 as one part of the $250 million Town Square project that will transform 16.5 acres of city-owned land into “Boynton Beach’s family room,” Assistant City Manager Colin Groff said Wednesday. At Wednesday night’s public workshop, city officials and the Town Square...
Two events this week to celebrate opening of Boynton Beach BurgerFi 

Two events this week to celebrate opening of Boynton Beach BurgerFi 

The Greater Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday for the BurgerFi at Gateway Boulevard.  The restaurant is at 1500 Gateway Blvd., at Congress Avenue. The event begins at noon. On Saturday, the restaurant is hosting a grand opening event. The first 100 guests in line for 11 a.m. will receive a free cheeseburger. There will be 50 percent off all...
Boynton Police: 13 cars broken into on Congress Avenue in four hours

Boynton Police: 13 cars broken into on Congress Avenue in four hours

Boynton Beach police officers are investigating 13 car break-ins that happened Wednesday night, according to police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater. All of the auto burglaries happened along North Congress Avenue. They happened in parking lots of Carrabba’s Italian Grill, LA Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness and Orange Theory Fitness.  Whoever is responsible for the crimes broke the car windows...
‘Yes, yes’: Boca High teacher gets marriage proposal at football game

‘Yes, yes’: Boca High teacher gets marriage proposal at football game

She knew it was coming. Or hoped it was. But Emily Parks, a Spanish teacher and assistant cheerleading coach at Boca Raton High School, wasn’t sure how or when her boyfriend, Zac Trahan, would propose. RELATED: Astros’ player proposes after World Series win The idea that “this is it” idly crossed her mind during halftime at the Oct. 27 football game with Atlantic High School...
‘Wild’ photos of Boynton Beach nature for all to see

‘Wild’ photos of Boynton Beach nature for all to see

Fourteen framed photographs of nature and animals taken in and around Boynton Beach are on display at the Civic Center, and Boynton is hosting an event Friday to honor the artist. In her exhibit “Wild Capture-PhotoPoems,” Karen Christensen photographed nature and animals at places including Wakodahatchee, Green Cay Wetlands, Boynton Beach Oceanfront Park and the Everglades. WHAT&rsquo...
Memorial building for Boynton’s founding father may get a new name

Memorial building for Boynton’s founding father may get a new name

Now that the Boynton Woman’s Club building is owned by the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, the CRA board needs to decide if they want to change the name of the building. The board, which is the City Commission, spoke about a name change at the last CRA meeting in October, and is expected to make a decision at the Nov. 14 meeting. Boynton Woman’s Club legacy to continue with...
NEW: Boynton neighborhood deals with massive flood problems from storm

NEW: Boynton neighborhood deals with massive flood problems from storm

Kenny Jn Louis’ father called her early Sunday morning to warn her that she wouldn’t be able to make it home from work because rain from Tropical Storm Philippe had flooded her Boynton Beach neighborhood street just west of Interstate 95. When the 20-year-old got off from working at a nursing home, she saw it for herself. “I had to park all the way over on the next street and...
Jury selection to begin for trial of current, former Boynton officers

Jury selection to begin for trial of current, former Boynton officers

Attorneys will begin jury selection Monday in federal court for the trial of a Boynton Beach police officer and two former city officers accused of excessively beating a 25-year-old man in 2014. The trial is expected to last about two weeks. After that, a Boynton police sergeant will go on trial for charges that he helped the three cover up the beatings in reports. That trial is expected to last...
Guardian angel: Did spirit help Boynton woman shot by PBSO deputy?

Guardian angel: Did spirit help Boynton woman shot by PBSO deputy?

A former Boynton Beach mayor is convinced his deceased wife’s spirit acted as a guardian during a recent attempted murder/suicide at the Inlet Harbor Club community. Gene Moore, 88, who retired from practicing law this summer, decided to spread his wife’s ashes in the common area of their Inlet Harbor Club condo. He chose that spot because many years ago, Jan Moore had planted...
Boynton’s Scully’s restaurant closes, to open with new name and owner

Boynton’s Scully’s restaurant closes, to open with new name and owner

On Wednesday night, after 15 years, the restaurant at 2005 S. Federal Highway closed its doors as Scully’s. It’s expected to open under new ownership by December as Driftwood. Kevin Scully sold the building and the property, south of Woolbright Road, in August to Jimmy Everett, 32, and his wife, Ilia Gonzalez, who say they are excited to bring fresh seafood dishes to the community. Scully...
Boynton advisory board OKs Aldi plans; commission vote up next

Boynton advisory board OKs Aldi plans; commission vote up next

The Aldi grocery chain is one step closer to opening its first Boynton Beach location. Aldi representatives presented their plans to the city’s planning and development advisory board Tuesday and they gained the members’ approval, said Mike Rumpf, the city’s director of planning and development. The board’s approval...
Soup’s on: 5 best soups, stews in Palm Beach County

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

Here are five of our favorites: As golden-crusted, dense and oozy as an onion soup ought to be, this creature comfort is one of several hot soups offered at the Jupiter bistro. $6.95. You come here for the range of killer dogs, but then you try the chili and it becomes a go-to favorite. Add the works (cheese, onions, scallions) for a quarter. A cup is $3.75, bowl $4.75. A cup, however, will suffice...
Happy National Pumpkin Day: Best pumpkin patches to visit in Palm Beach County

Happy National Pumpkin Day: Best pumpkin patches to visit in Palm Beach County

Today is the day to celebrate the orange orb, the pumpkin. Happy National Pumpkin Day. Picking out the perfect pumpkin for carving or for your favorite Halloween decoration is lots of fun. Here in Palm Beach County we have lots of pumpkin patches for you and the kiddies to stroll through to find the perfect one.  Bedner’s goes all out for fall! The market is open year round, but they break...
Dilapidated Kwik Stop site in Boynton Beach under construction, again

Dilapidated Kwik Stop site in Boynton Beach under construction, again

There is movement, again, at the former Kwik Stop property on Federal Highway north of Woolbright Road. The property, at 1305 S. Federal Highway, is undergoing a major renovation and will be a laundromat and a high-end convenience store that will serve fresh food and lunch meat, said Mike Rumpf, the city’s director of development. Rajas Family Investments Inc. bought the land in September...
Boynton Beach woman honored for hurricane help by former presidents

Boynton Beach woman honored for hurricane help by former presidents

Boynton Beach resident Leah Halbina was honored Saturday in Texas by the five living former presidents at the Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal concert, which raised money for hurricane relief efforts. Halbina, a 28-year-old director of marketing communications for a digital marketing agency, was one of five to be given a Daily Point of Light award for using...
Boca to sell golf course to home developer for at least $65 million

Boca to sell golf course to home developer for at least $65 million

Boca Raton will sell its municipal golf course west of the city limits for at least $65 million to a developer that aims to build homes in its place, Boca Raton leaders decided Tuesday. After a lengthy public bidding war, the Boca Raton city council agreed to enter into negotiations with Sunrise-based GL Homes to part with its 194-acre golf course, off Glades Road just west of Florida’s Turnpike...
Assisted living to go where detox center was denied in Boynton

Assisted living to go where detox center was denied in Boynton

About 18 years ago when Dr. George Peck, 90, and his wife Cathy opened an assisted living facility in Jupiter they wondered: Where do the residents go if they developed Alzheimer’s or dementia? In South Florida, the options were a nursing facility without any care or the person’s home. Unsatisfied with either, Peck took 20 beds at his facility and created a separate area to care for those...
Aldi grocery store wants to expand by opening Boynton Beach location

Aldi grocery store wants to expand by opening Boynton Beach location

The city could be getting its first Aldi grocery store. A developer wants to build one at 3452 W. Boynton Beach Blvd. at Knuth Road, but the City Commission has to approve the plan.  This is separate from the Aldi store under construction just west of the city at Hypoluxo Road and Military Trail.  The commission will decide...
Delray Beach Vice Mayor Jim Chard stepping down to run for mayor

Delray Beach Vice Mayor Jim Chard stepping down to run for mayor

DELRAY BEACH — Vice Mayor Jim Chard, elected in March to a three-year term, will step down from the city commission to run for mayor in the upcoming municipal election. Chard, a retired business executive, filed paperwork Monday to run for mayor in the March 2018 election. He will submit a letter of resignation and step down just before the election, meaning...
Ocean Ridge police warn residents after rash of car burglaries

Ocean Ridge police warn residents after rash of car burglaries

Town police officers are urging residents to lock their cars and keep valuables out of sight after a series of car burglaries happened this past weekend. Also, a car was stolen, according to a statement from police released Monday.  The vehicles were left unlocked. In some cases, valuables, garage door remotes and vehicle keys were left inside the cars.  “These crimes are considered...
West Boynton residents asked what they want for their suburban park

West Boynton residents asked what they want for their suburban park

Residents west of Boynton Beach have until Wednesday to fill out a survey on what they’d like a long sought-after district park to include. The county, which is paying for the park, should then have a design plan completed by June, said Myrna Rosoff, president of the Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations, a group of more than 100 area communities that has been pushing for the park...
Long waits, traffic jams at last day of Florida for Food program

Long waits, traffic jams at last day of Florida for Food program

Six-hour waits on Dixie Highway, Congress Avenue and Lantana Road greeted applicants as the sun came up Saturday, the last day for the Food for Florida Program. “We got here at 6 a.m. Traffic already way backed up. My wife said we should have been here at 2 a.m. I should have listened to her,” said Peter Gastrons as he and his wife Alice sat in southbound gridlock on Dixie Highway, just...
In love, Lake Worth woman gave online stranger $1 million, lost it all

In love, Lake Worth woman gave online stranger $1 million, lost it all

After placing her profile on an online dating site seven years ago, Debby Montgomery deleted most of the responses. “The guys were losers,” she recalled. “Some asked for money within a week of meeting online.” But when she logged on to the site on November 14, 2010, one message spoke to her soul. “I am in search of a long term relationship that…hopefully will...
Boom and bust in Boynton: As one area thrives, another struggles

Boom and bust in Boynton: As one area thrives, another struggles

Looking pensively in the distance at a skyline of condos in Boynton Beach, Willie Aikens stands at Northeast Ninth Avenue and Northeast First Street and struggles to understand why there’s so much undeveloped land with “no trespassing” signs surrounding him. Those condo buildings are less than a mile away, but in Aikens’ mind, they might as well be in a different city. Near...
Eat at Five Guys today and aid Puerto Rico hurricane relief

Eat at Five Guys today and aid Puerto Rico hurricane relief

There’s a really good reason to eat at a Five Guys restaurant Saturday. The franchise is hosting a fundraiser all day and hopes to raise at least $20,000 to give to the YMCA in Puerto Rico for hurricane relief. Newk’s Eatery in Palm Beach Gardens is also involved.  The Five Guys locations in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Broward counties are all participating.  Thirty...
Sub shop to close, reopen at another location in Boynton Beach

Sub shop to close, reopen at another location in Boynton Beach

Restaurants in Riverwalk Plaza are starting to move out now that the center at Woolbright Road and Federal Highway will soon undergo a renovation that includes some demolition and a 10-story residential building. Primo Hoagies, a sub shop that opened in 2014, will close starting Monday.  The shop is moving to Cross Creek center at 1313 W. Boynton Beach Blvd. across...
New data reveals three Boynton locations with highest crashes

New data reveals three Boynton locations with highest crashes

Straight A student Karenine Saint Louis, 13, wasn’t wearing a seat belt one day this summer when the Ford F-150 truck she sat in crashed west of Lantana, killing her. And neither was Jeremy Standridge , 26, this past year when he lost control of his pickup, crashed it on Congress Avenue, north of Lantana Road and then died. Peter Olivier...
GL Homes mounts email campaign for its Ag Reserve development plan

GL Homes mounts email campaign for its Ag Reserve development plan

Palm Beach County commissioners are getting an earful — actually, an email in-box full — from backers of a controversial GL Homes development plan. The developer has asked county residents to let county commissioners know they support the builder’s plan to preserve 4,900 acres in The Acreage/Loxahatchee area in exchange for a rule change that would allow it to build more on land...
Planning commissioner quits, citing GL Homes plan, other development

Planning commissioner quits, citing GL Homes plan, other development

A member of the Palm Beach County Planning Commission has resigned, citing frustration with large-scale development projects that have been recommended by the commission. Domenic R. Guarnagia’s resignation comes two months before the Planning Commission takes up a controversial development proposal from GL Homes, which wants the county to change the rules of its Agricultural Reserve so GL can...
Boynton Beach increases rent for boat businesses at marina

Boynton Beach increases rent for boat businesses at marina

Prices are increasing for business owners renting boat slips to offer water sports from the Boynton Harbor Marina . The Community Redevelopment Agency owns the marina , and last week the city commissioners sitting as the CRA board decided to raise the monthly slip lease from $18 per linear vessel foot to $19 for this year and the following year...
Boynton restaurant to celebrate renovation with specials, live music

Boynton restaurant to celebrate renovation with specials, live music

The Banana Boat restaurant in the Boynton Harbor Marina is celebrating its grand re-opening with an event this weekend. The event starts Thursday and ends Sunday.  Certain entrees - such as a Maine Lobster Bucket, Prime Rib and Gulf Shrimp and the Flash Fried Seafood Basket - are $17.95, and there will be live music all weekend, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page...
Boynton to investigate why boy, 5, was left on city recreation bus

Boynton to investigate why boy, 5, was left on city recreation bus

A 5-year-old boy was left on a city recreation bus parked in its overnight spot Friday after the bus driver’s assistant didn’t have an accurate list of children’s names on board and both he and the driver overlooked the kindergartner. The boy, Kevin Wilson III, fell asleep under a seat, so he was missed by the driver and the assistant, according to a police report obtained by The...
No more sweaty drinking; Boynton Beach brewery to get AC in tap room

No more sweaty drinking; Boynton Beach brewery to get AC in tap room

For the past five years Due South brewery has been serving “world class beer,” says owner Mike Halker. Now, it’s time to have a “world class place” where customers can drink it, he said. The brewery at 2900 High Ridge Rd. will have an air-conditioned, 5,000-square-foot tap room by Jan. 1, he said. Construction is ongoing, but the brewery is...
She was shot at, yet this Boynton cop opts to work in the neighborhood

She was shot at, yet this Boynton cop opts to work in the neighborhood

This past March, a man shot at Boynton Beach police officer Jivanet Rivera. Lucky for her, she said it missed. Police later found a bullet in her car. The man, according to Rivera, told her that he wished he would have killed her. “Something has to be done in reference to that,” Rivera said. The crime happened in the Cherry Hill area of the Heart of Boynton, where shots-fired...
Report: Boy, 5, left on bus during Boynton's after-school program

Report: Boy, 5, left on bus during Boynton's after-school program

A 5-year-old boy on Friday was left by himself on a bus parked outside Boynton Beach’s Art Center for about one hour in the afternoon before a Community Redevelopment Agency employee spotted him from outside walking down the aisle, according to a police report obtained by The Palm Beach Post. The boy, Kevin Wilson III, was not injured, and later told police he fell asleep on the bus under...
Boynton Beach looking for someone to lead holiday parade

Boynton Beach looking for someone to lead holiday parade

Boynton Beach is looking for someone to be the Grand Marshal of this year’s annual Holiday Parade on Dec. 2. The deadline to apply or nominate someone is Friday. The parade is 4 p.m. Nominees should have made a lasting impact or significant contribution to Boynton Beach by way of leadership, mentoring or volunteerism, according to a news release. The Grand Marshal will be driven...
Boynton firefighters to host golf event, raise money for juvenile diabetes

Boynton firefighters to host golf event, raise money for juvenile diabetes

The deadline to register for the 19th Boynton Beach Firefighter Benevolent Association Charity Golf Tournament on Oct. 28 is Thursday. The tournament is at Cypress Creek Golf Club. All proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The tournament will be a four-person, best-ball scramble, featuring a 50/50 raffle helicopter golf ball drop. Entry fee is $100 per golfer...
Lantana event to offer haunted trails, hay rides and music 

Lantana event to offer haunted trails, hay rides and music 

Lantana is offering the public a spooky experience ahead of Halloween. The town is hosting the Haunted Nature Preserve on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The preserve is at 400 E. Ocean Ave. The free event includes haunted trail tours, a DJ dance party, a costume contest, hayrides, kid carnival games and prizes.  For information, visit https://www.lantana.org/enjoy-lantana-events If it rains...
Boynton Beach to join Lake Worth in welcoming medical pot dispensaries

Boynton Beach to join Lake Worth in welcoming medical pot dispensaries

Boynton Beach city officials on Tuesday took the first step to make it official: They are joining Lake Worth in welcoming medical marijuana dispensaries. The commission in August said they’d allow the dispensaries but had to vote two times to pass an ordinance regulating them. Tuesday was the first vote. Commissioners Christina Romelus and Mack McCray voted against it. Mayor...
Delray mayor won’t run for re-election; others vie for vacant seat

Delray mayor won’t run for re-election; others vie for vacant seat

Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein won’t be campaigning to retain his seat at the top of the city, he announced Tuesday. “Whoever takes my place, I’ll be rooting for you,” Glickstein said at a city meeting. Glickstein, 58, who has been in office since 2013, had the option of running for another three-year term to City Commission seat No. 5. It’s time for “fresh...
Deputy who shot ex-girlfriend, killed self, got good evaluations

Deputy who shot ex-girlfriend, killed self, got good evaluations

Michael DeMarco, documents show, was an exemplary sheriff’s deputy who consistently earned high marks on his annual evaluations before he stepped out of his patrol car in uniform last week and shot his ex-girlfriend with his service weapon. DeMarco, 55, then killed himself. Yuly Solano, 41, survived the Oct. 12 shooting at the Inlet Harbor Club condominiums and remained in...
Boynton Beach breakfast, lunch restaurant closes

Boynton Beach breakfast, lunch restaurant closes

A breakfast and lunch restaurant in Quantum Village on Gateway Boulevard has closed and the plaza’s landlord is searching for a new tenant. The Egg & I closed about a month ago, said Ed Gray, a broker associate with One Investment Group.  Gray said the group is remarketing the space and reaching out to restaurants and operators.  “There’s a lot of interest...
Ex-Delray vice mayor fined; tried to get $35 parking ticket tossed

Ex-Delray vice mayor fined; tried to get $35 parking ticket tossed

Former Delray Beach vice mayor Al Jacquet was fined $300 and issued a letter of reprimand by the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics last week for trying to get a $35 parking ticket tossed while in office last year. In a settlement, the commission found Jacquet guilty of misuse of public office or employment and corrupt misuse of official position, but said the violations were &ldquo...
Voters OK’d medical marijuana but cities aren’t welcoming pot shops

Voters OK’d medical marijuana but cities aren’t welcoming pot shops

Florida voters overwhelmingly supported the legalization of medical marijuana, but shops that would dispense pot in Palm Beach County likely will be few and far between as cities are trending toward banning the businesses. Six Palm Beach County cities already have banned marijuana dispensaries, while others are considering similar bans. Meanwhile, only Lake Worth, Boynton Beach and unincorporated...
Dolphins’ Landry didn’t know how much TD ball meant to grieving Boca boy

Dolphins’ Landry didn’t know how much TD ball meant to grieving Boca boy

Dolphins receiver Jarvis “Juice” Landry was just “showing some love” to a fan when he handed the a touchdown-earning football to little boy in the stands at the Titans game last weekend. “Maybe something comes out of that,” Landry said after the game. What Landry didn’t know — on the other end of the kind gesture was 4-year-old Luca Maguire, of...
South county leaders board yacht to talk climate change, rising tides

South county leaders board yacht to talk climate change, rising tides

In a meeting with panache, leaders from Palm Beach County’s southernmost cities boarded a yacht Wednesday to talk about a pressing problem they all share: Climate change. Delray Beach leaders hosted a “king tide” awareness event, an opportunity for residents to mingle with city experts about the season’s highest tides which flooded coastal areas earlier this month, aboard The...
Delray Beach picks new city manager with local ties

Delray Beach picks new city manager with local ties

DELRAY BEACH — City leaders have selected the person who may fill Delray Beach’s top staff position, pending contract negotiations. On Tuesday, the city commission selected Mark Lauzier, the assistant city manager of Tacoma, Wash. who previously has worked in Pompano Beach and Parkland, Fla., as the Delray Beach manager. Tacoma is city with more than three times the population...
Some people just can’t stand living in Palm Beach County. Here’s why.

Some people just can’t stand living in Palm Beach County. Here’s why.

When Gina Guadagnino moved from New York City to Palm Beach Gardens in 2010, she wanted her son to be raised around family there. “Also, when you have to lug a stroller up subway steps, everyone on the subway looks at you and you can tell they hate you.” Just two years later, Guadagnino, 35, husband Aaron and son Finnegan were back in Manhattan, annoyed subway riders notwithstanding. &ldquo...
Husband-wife team brings some serious soul food to Boynton library

Husband-wife team brings some serious soul food to Boynton library

In the side entrance of the Boynton Beach library is a small cafe where you might find the best soul food in the immediate area. Husband and wife Anthony and Antonier King are the owners and chefs of A Bite 2 Eat Soul Food Grill and Catering. They’re also known as Tony and Toni. Tony handles the grill — chicken, ribs, all the proteins. Toni handles everything else — breakfast, all...
Boca Raton takes steps to ban medical marijuana shops

Boca Raton takes steps to ban medical marijuana shops

BOCA RATON — Palm Beach County’s southernmost city is on track to ban medical marijuana dispensaries from opening within its borders. The Boca Raton council on Tuesday evening introduced an ordinance that would ban pot shops from opening within the city. The rule still requires a vote at an Oct. 24 meeting. The ban would not restrict residents from getting marijuana prescriptions...
Man saved by Boynton cop: God put him in ‘right place at the right time’

Man saved by Boynton cop: God put him in ‘right place at the right time’

Out for a jog around the neighborhood in late August, Brian Smith set a goal to run four miles but made it only to three when his heart stopped beating and he collapsed. Boynton Beach Police Sgt. Brian McDeavitt was driving into work when he spotted Smith on the ground, on Hypoluxo Road between Haverhill and Jog roads, with people around him. McDeavitt pulled over and, with the help of an...
McDonald’s releasing more ‘Rick and Morty’ sauce after weekend chaos

McDonald’s releasing more ‘Rick and Morty’ sauce after weekend chaos

Fans of Adult Swim sitcom “Rick and Morty” can expect more of an advertised special sauce, featured in an episode of the show, at area McDonald’s after chaos plagued several restaurants last weekend. Several of the cartoon’s fans lined up at McDonald’s restaurants throughout the county, including dozens of fans at a location in Wellington that prompted police...
New Boynton business to help people obtain medical marijuana cards

New Boynton business to help people obtain medical marijuana cards

Once home to a Waffle House, a new business is emerging on Boynton Beach Boulevard that’s part of the growing medical marijuana industry in Palm Beach County and the state. Called the Florida Medical Marijuana Health Center, two Boca Raton doctors specializing in medical marijuana will evaluate potential patients interested in using the medicine and will decide whether to recommend it. The center...
Palm Beach season preview: 13 fall festivals you don’t want to miss

Palm Beach season preview: 13 fall festivals you don’t want to miss

The weather is getting slightly cooler, ya’ll. Green markets are starting back. Holiday cheer is in full effect. And between now and the new year, there’s at least one festival taking place around town that fits your personal taste. Scroll down to read about the ones you don’t want to miss.  Thursday, Oct. 19 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach...
PHOTOS: Happy birthday, Delray Beach! How Atlantic Avenue used to look

PHOTOS: Happy birthday, Delray Beach! How Atlantic Avenue used to look

Happy 106th birthday to Delray Beach, the Motown of Palm Beach County! Huh? A little explanation is needed: Today, Oct. 9, marks the date that the Delray settlement area, previously known as Linton, was incorporated as the Town of Delray. If you want to be a stickler about when it was incorporated as the Town of Delray Beach, it’s still the same birthday, but that happened...
What’s a band about? Tension, accusations, resignation in Boynton Beach

What’s a band about? Tension, accusations, resignation in Boynton Beach

Teresa Chestnut joined Boynton Beach’s community Gold Coast Band in 1994 when she picked up her flute again, ending a 12-year hiatus. While the 64-year-old played in small groups and on occasion performed solos at church, it wasn’t consistent enough for her to maintain a crisp tone and strong embouchure. But in the past two years, Chestnut said she saw a level...
Grand jury indicts Boynton Beach police officer for beating suspect

Grand jury indicts Boynton Beach police officer for beating suspect

Less than one month from trial, a grand jury has indicted a Boynton Beach police officer on another charge connected to a 2014 beating of a 25-year-old man, saying he repeatedly hit him with his hand that was holding a gun. The indictment, filed Thursday, charges Officer Mike Brown with use of a firearm during a crime of violence. The indictment says he “repeatedly...
NEW: Delray commissioner running for mayor, instead of re-election

NEW: Delray commissioner running for mayor, instead of re-election

Delray Beach Commissioner Shelly Petrolia could have taken the “easy route,” as she described it, and run for re-election to her commission seat, which has drawn no applicants as of Thursday. Instead, Petrolia is running for mayor in the March municipal election, which may include a race against her colleague Mayor Cary Glickstein, who has the option of running for re-election but hasn&rsquo...
Boynton commissioner thinks land for new police station too valuable

Boynton commissioner thinks land for new police station too valuable

With the redevelopment of the city’s Town Square project off Boynton Beach Boulevard, city officials agreed that the police headquarters would be demolished and a new one built. But they’ve disagreed on where the new building should be. The city owns property on High Ridge Road beside the fire headquarters off Gateway Boulevard — a space always meant for...
The tallest piece of public art in the county is in Boynton Beach

The tallest piece of public art in the county is in Boynton Beach

Albert Paley’s artwork “Envious Composure” was on display on New York’s Park Avenue a few years ago and is now on Boynton Beach’smain boulevard. The stainless and cortex steel sculpture is one of six in an exhibit called “Albert on the Avenue.” The art projects were installed by cranes Monday through Wednesday, and the works will be on display for a year...
Boynton Woman’s Club legacy to continue with redevelopment agency

Boynton Woman’s Club legacy to continue with redevelopment agency

The historic Boynton Woman’s Club on Federal Highway has officially been turned over to the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency. The CRA bought the building for $110,000 and the women will use the money to create a scholarship trust in memory of Maj. Nathan S. Boynton, the city’s founding father for whom the building is a memorial. The pinkish-colored building just north of Woolbright...
POST TIME: George Morikami and other ex-Yamato colonists lost assets

POST TIME: George Morikami and other ex-Yamato colonists lost assets

Readers: This is the last of a three-parter spurred by an inquiry from Delray Beach attorney J. Reeve Bright following our February 75th anniversary package on World War II coming to Florida. The question: “Did the Yamato community get compensated for their land? Did Morikami get compensated?” As usual, the answer is yes and no. Here’s more from various Post Time columns and a 2004...
Delray preps for King Tide coastal flooding and a super soaking

Delray preps for King Tide coastal flooding and a super soaking

Genie Holcombe watched inches of sea water overflow from a drain and into her yard on Marine Way in Delray Beach on Tuesday morning. Like an alarm chiming each fall, the expected nuisance flooding reminded Holcombe that the season’s highest tides are approaching — and her flood-prone neighborhood is, as always, in the bull’s eye. “I don’t expect the city to stop the tides...
VIDEO: Bears attack Boynton woman’s car after family evacuated for Irma

VIDEO: Bears attack Boynton woman’s car after family evacuated for Irma

Travis Gonzalez and his wife Denisse, worried about their three sons’ safety ahead of Hurricane Irma, decided to leave Lake Worth. What was supposed to be a 12-hour drive to the closest place with availability — Pigeon Forge, Tenn., a touristy mountain town in the eastern part of the state — took two days. Once there, they met another family of five: Black bears. Sebastian Gonzalez...
Vegas shooting: Why Boynton woman canceled concert trip last minute

Vegas shooting: Why Boynton woman canceled concert trip last minute

Stephanie Kervern has seen Jason Aldean in concert about 15 times, including a recent local appearance at Coral Sky Ampitheatre, and planned to see him again this past weekend at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. The Boynton Beach resident, 44, had never seen the country star in concert in Las Vegas, but has visited the strip many times. And she often stays at the Mandalay Bay Resort and...
Opening of Boynton Beach tapas restaurant delayed again

Opening of Boynton Beach tapas restaurant delayed again

The opening of the Fork Play tapas restaurant in Boynton Beach’s historic Ruth Jones Cottage has been pushed back again. Richard Lucibella, the former vice mayor of Ocean Ridge who with Barbara Ceuleers bought the cottage from the Community Redevelopment Agency, recently told officials construction is not yet finished. The restaurant was supposed to be completed by Sept. 30 per the agreement...
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