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Youth in Wellington to help teach residents about trash pickup

Youth in Wellington to help teach residents about trash pickup

Wellington is going door-to-door to remind residents about when they should be putting their trash out each week and the village is getting youngsters involved. Over the next few weeks, youth volunteers will be heading into neighborhoods to put a hanger on their doors detailing the trash pickup schedule.  
PHOTOS: Big Dog Ranch Rescue opens first buildings at new home

PHOTOS: Big Dog Ranch Rescue opens first buildings at new home

Big Dog Ranch was born when Lauree Simmons went on the hunt to bring home one puppy and instead rescued 14 dogs on death row. On a whim she piled them into her car and then boarded them in her garage. That project is now a full-fledged nonprofit that boasts saving nearly 20,000 dogs. This summer it opened the first building of a new home. Big Dog’s new home in Loxahatchee Groves is about 5 miles...
Classic tribute bands highlight week at Wellington Amphitheater

Classic tribute bands highlight week at Wellington Amphitheater

Wellington throws it back decades with two tribute concerts at the Amphitheater this week. A 2016 movie based on a book published in 1871 rounds out the weekend entertainment. A Jimi Hendrix tribute band takes the stage tonight at 6:30 p.m. when it plays for the Food Truck Invasion, which starts at 5 p.m. “GIMI JIMI” is a local Hendrix...
Wellington man accused of slamming into PBSO car at over 100 mph

Wellington man accused of slamming into PBSO car at over 100 mph

A Wellington man who allegedly rear-ended a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s patrol vehicle at more than 100 mph and seriously injured a deputy in November was arrested Tuesday. Alexander Kokulak, 21, is facing charges of DUI with serious bodily injury and reckless driving causing serious bodily injury. He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail on $20,000 bail. WHO GOT BOOKED? See mugs of people...

Wellington Art Society to hold reception

The Wellington Art Society is bringing people together at the Wellington Community Center Thursday for an artist reception. The event will feature the works of several artists, and it goes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The public is invited. All of the artwork and books are original creations.  
Construction nears end for Wellington road named after polo legend

Construction nears end for Wellington road named after polo legend

It has been a long time coming, but the construction on Gracida Way is finally nearing the finish line. Crews have nearly finished paving the road, stopping short of the 100-foot section where it will merge with Lake Worth Road. Gracida Way, which is the new name for 40th Street, will take pressure off the busy South Shore Boulevard and Pierson Road intersection by giving drivers another entrance...
Wellington searching for Plan B on what to do with horse manure

Wellington searching for Plan B on what to do with horse manure

Wellington officials smell a problem that could be coming down the road, but the solution isn’t clear. Manure haulers move about 26,000 truckloads of horse waste per year out of Wellington, and about 80 percent of it goes to the Everglades, said horse farm owner and entrepreneur Joe Scarpa. For some years, U.S. sugar has been taking the bulk of that waste and spreading it on the cane fields...
NEW: Florida bar owner arrested after attacking man with meat cleaver

NEW: Florida bar owner arrested after attacking man with meat cleaver

A bar owner in Belle Glade was arrested July 6 after he allegedly attacked a man with a meat cleaver. Lee Scott, 67, is facing a charge of aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon and was released July 7 from the Palm Beach County Jail after posting $10,000 bond. The altercation took place at the Dusk ‘till Dawn Lounge at Southwest Avenue C and Southwest Sixth Street and occurred after a 54-year-old...
Wellington neighbrohood slated for sewer maintenance

Wellington neighbrohood slated for sewer maintenance

Wellington residents will have to deal with sewer maintenance for the next month in the South Sugar Pond area. Crews will be working during the weekdays and there may be some noise. Residents also are asked to put their toilet lids down as a precaution if they see workers in the area. Maintenance trucks may block some roads during the work, but there are no plans to close...
Caught on camera: PBSO uses home surveillance videos to solve crimes

Caught on camera: PBSO uses home surveillance videos to solve crimes

The grainy video isn’t perfect but it shows a skinny teenager rifling through the front seat of an unlocked car in Wellington, and then opening the rear door, emerging with an armful of stolen booty. As imperfect as the images were, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office shared this home surveillance video on its Facebook page and quickly had a name, making the arrest of three teenagers...
Wellington Vice Mayor will seek re-election in 2018

Wellington Vice Mayor will seek re-election in 2018

Wellington’s Vice Mayor has already announced that he will be looking to keep his seat next year. John McGovern was appointed to the village council in early 2015, serving for about a year before being re-elected unopposed in 2016 for the final two years of former councilman Howard Coates’s term. The 2018 run will be for the standard four-year term. He was voted...
Diocese of Palm Beach loses fight to toss priest’s defamation suit

Diocese of Palm Beach loses fight to toss priest’s defamation suit

A Catholic priest will be allowed to sue the Diocese of Palm Beach for defamation after a judge this week rejected the diocese’s claim that the constitutional separation of church and state should prevent the lawsuit from being decided in a secular court. In a four-page order, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Meenu Sasser said Tuesday that the Rev. John Gallagher’s claim that the diocese...
Bad airbags vs. intoxication debated in trial over Jupiter man’s death

Bad airbags vs. intoxication debated in trial over Jupiter man’s death

It was spring break, and 20-year-old Anthony Llera and his 19-year-old friend Heriberto Perez Mendez spent the night celebrating at a bar on Clematis Street. But en route to a friend’s house in the Villages where they planned to continue the party, Llera lost control of his father’s new Mustang convertible on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard near Interstate 95. It plowed into a tree. Both men...
Zaxby’s coming soon to Royal Palm Beach

Zaxby’s coming soon to Royal Palm Beach

A popular chain restaurant known for its chicken is coming to Royal Palm Beach. Zaxby’s is scheduled to open this summer at 1005 N. State Road 7. The owner has targeted an opening in the next few weeks but hasn’t locked down a specific date yet. The 3,800-square-foot restaurant will have seating for 55 people and is expected to bring 20 jobs to the area. (Photo...
Loxahatchee man’s family sues PBSO over his December shooting death

Loxahatchee man’s family sues PBSO over his December shooting death

The grieving parents and children of a 46-year-old Loxahatchee man sued the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and a sheriff’s deputy on Tuesday, claiming the deputy had no reason to fatally shoot their mentally ill son when they called the agency in December because they feared their son might be suicidal. Ricky Kevin Whidden was running from Deputy Justin Rigney when the deputy shot...
Wellington’s large budget has million for improvement projects

Wellington’s large budget has million for improvement projects

Wellington officials will spend the next couple of months discussing the points of its $110 million proposed budget — a $21 million increase over last year. The village council is due to approve it in late September. Here are some of the highlights: “WILL MY TAXES GO UP?” The proposed tax rate is down slightly from last year, but property values in the village have gone up 7.7 percent...
PBSO organizes ‘field day’ for 250 kids at Wellington Boys & Girls Club

PBSO organizes ‘field day’ for 250 kids at Wellington Boys & Girls Club

What began with a plan for Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies to engage with the local kids in a friendly game of basketball morphed into a day of tug of war, relay races, kickball, basketball and a Hula-Hoop contest. The field day went down last week at the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys and Girls Club with about 250 kids from around the area, said Club Director Kenda Peterson. The activities...
Who has applied to replace Greenacres councilwoman accused of theft?

Who has applied to replace Greenacres councilwoman accused of theft?

Former city councilman John Tharp has applied to fill Lisa Rivera’s Greenacres council seat after she was suspended by Gov. Rick Scott for allegedly stealing more than $23,000 from Boca Raton High School where she had worked as school treasurer. Scott suspended Rivera, a two-term, District I councilwoman, last month. A state statue gives the governor the authority...
Royal Palm Beach announces schedule for ‘Parks and Recreation Month’

Royal Palm Beach announces schedule for ‘Parks and Recreation Month’

Royal Palm Beach announced that it will be celebrating “Parks and Recreation Month” with three free events on Saturdays at Commons Park. The first will be a “Family Fun Bike Ride” on July 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be free refreshments for riders, who will be slowly going through the park’s pathways. The next event...
Black woman rises to polo’s highest ranks, thanks to Wellington owner

Black woman rises to polo’s highest ranks, thanks to Wellington owner

It might be the sport of kings, but credit for the latest milestone in the centuries-old game goes to two women. One is 19-year-old Shariah Harris, the first black woman to play at polo’s toughest level. The other is Annabelle Garrett, a Wellington resident who gave Harris the opportunity just two weeks ago. Garrett invited Harris to play for Garrett’s Postage Stamp Farm team at a high...
NEW: Neighbor says Royal Palm women described two hours of brutality

NEW: Neighbor says Royal Palm women described two hours of brutality

Two women were brutalized for 2½ hours in their Royal Palm Beach home, they told the neighbor on whose front door the frantic victims knocked early Thursday, “Hair on the back of my neck stood up,” recalled Atte Gudrian Jr., who lives across from the home near Commons Park, where the women said three men waving guns pushed their way in at about 3 a.m. Thursday. Before the men were...
Wellington launches 2017 budget challenge

Wellington launches 2017 budget challenge

Wellington officials are working through the budget for the next fiscal year and they want to hear from residents. The annual “Budget Challenge” went online July 1. It’s a chance for residents to tell the village staff and council what they want and how they would spend money. It will be available through August 15 at wellingtonfl.gov. Wellington...
Wellington releases new schedule for ‘walk and talk’ events

Wellington releases new schedule for ‘walk and talk’ events

Wellington announced the schedule for its  “walk and talk” events designed to let residents speak directly to officials and Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies about problems in their neighborhoods. The third-quarter schedule includes: Hawthorne (North Side) on July 11, Folkestone/Yarmouth on July 25, Hyacinth on August 8, White...
Wellington Amphtieather to host 2 concerts, movie

Wellington Amphtieather to host 2 concerts, movie

Even after all the Fourth of July fun, Wellington will be hosting a full schedule of events this week at the Amphitheater. First up will be Emily Brooke — a nationally known artist from Wellington, who finished 24th on American Idol when she was 18. She has performed with artists including Charles Kelley, Tracey Lawrence, David Nail, and she will take the stage...
Wellington woman to be named ‘hometown hero’ at Fourth on Flagler

Wellington woman to be named ‘hometown hero’ at Fourth on Flagler

West Palm Beach’s annual Fourth on Flagler celebration will have a little Wellington flair this year. Wellington resident Sophia Eccleston will be honored with the 2017 Hometown Hero award — one of the event’s big draws. The military ceremony will start at 8:30 p.m. and will also include a tribute to all branches, a capella performances and the unfurling of a three-story American...
Former Wellington Mayor honored at military concert

Former Wellington Mayor honored at military concert

As the Air National Guard Band of the South honored Tom Wenham at its Wellington Amphitheater concert last Thursday, he wasn’t thinking about himself. The former Wellington mayor’s mind drifted back to the 59 members of his Korean War bomb squadron who didn’t come home from their 1953 tour overseas. Wenham has dedicated his life to public service, playing an integral part in Wellington&rsquo...
Born in 2016, Westlake starting to see first homes built by Minto

Born in 2016, Westlake starting to see first homes built by Minto

It started with a handful of residents and one developer wanting to become Palm Beach County’s newest city. Now, that developer, Minto Communities, has started home construction in that city, Westlake, whose incorporation last year surprised and angered some county officials. Minto has begun building one- and two-story homes in what is expected to be a city of 4,500 homes and 2.1 million square...
Where to have Fourth of July fun in the western communities

Where to have Fourth of July fun in the western communities

Both Wellington and Royal Palm Beach will be hosting Fourth of July celebrations Tuesday. WELLINGTON Wellington will kick off its event with a “Patriotic Pool Party” from noon to 5 p.m. at the Aquatics Complex. Admission is free for children ages 2 and under, $3 for ages three to 17, $5 for adults ages 18 to 54 and $2 for seniors ages ...
Use of illegal credit card skimmers surging at Florida gas stations

Use of illegal credit card skimmers surging at Florida gas stations

Motorists beware. More credit card skimmers than ever before are being detected at gas stations in Palm Beach County and statewide. The number of skimmers found and removed at Palm Beach County gas stations as of June 23 is 58, more than twice the 22 found for all of 2016, according to data released Friday by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Statewide, 276 skimmers...
PBSO, Wellington residents on high alert after knife attack, robbery

PBSO, Wellington residents on high alert after knife attack, robbery

Natalie Menn moved her family to Wellington from West Palm Beach to avoid some “sketchy” neighborhoods, but this past week’s robbery and attack of a young woman has her on alert. Wellington is considered one of the safest areas in Palm Beach County, but violent crime can happen anywhere. “I think every city has its ups and downs, but it’s always scary to hear of incidents...
Soil and Water Conservation District opposes GL Homes’ Ag Reserve plan

Soil and Water Conservation District opposes GL Homes’ Ag Reserve plan

GL Homes’ proposal to build more in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve has drawn additional opposition, this time from the Soil and Water Conservation District. The builder plans to ask the county to allow it to preserve land it owns in The Acreage/Loxahatchee area in exchange for permission to build more in the Ag Reserve, a 22,000-acre farming and land-conservation zone west of...
St. Peter’s United Methodist Church to host jazz pianist

St. Peter’s United Methodist Church to host jazz pianist

St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Wellington will be hosting nationally renowned jazz pianist Copeland Davis and his band Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Davis, a longtime member of St. Peter’s has performed on The Tonight Show and Good Morning America. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Copeland Davis (Photo provided).  ...
More mosquito spraying set for Saturday night west of Military Trail

More mosquito spraying set for Saturday night west of Military Trail

Rarely has aerial spraying for mosquitoes been greeted with as much relief as earlier this week, when Palm Beach County’s contractor took to the skies to combat a booming bug population that had drawn complaints in northern and western parts of the county. The county Division of Mosquito Control will resume its aerial attack with a Huey helicopter Saturday night to spray about 270,000 acres...
Air National Guard Band of the South to perform at Wellington Amphiteahter

Air National Guard Band of the South to perform at Wellington Amphiteahter

Wellington will host two events at its Amphitheater this week. The festivities kick off tonight with a concert and Food Truck Invasion. The food trucks pull up at about 5 p.m. and the Air National Guard Band of the South takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. The band supports the Air Force and the Air National Guard by lifting the spirits of the active duty...
Appraiser: Palm Beach County property values up 7.3 percent

Appraiser: Palm Beach County property values up 7.3 percent

The Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office has refined its estimates for how much property values have risen, showing that cities will collectively have less money to work with than previously thought while the county government will have a little bit more. The new figures, released Wednesday, will be used by the county and cities to set their budgets and new property tax rates for...
Regular gas dips below $2 a gallon in Palm Beach County

Regular gas dips below $2 a gallon in Palm Beach County

Just in time for Fourth of July travelers, $1.99 a gallon gasoline is being sold in Palm Beach County. As of Wednesday afternoon, only five stations had reached the price point coveted by consumers, according to reports on GasBuddy.com They were Rocket Fuel, 100 N. Federal Highway in North Palm Beach and four in suburban West Palm Beach — Murphy USA, 1050 N. Military Trail; Raceway, 288 N. Haverhill...
Councilman flips vote, but Wellington bans conversion therapy 3-2

Councilman flips vote, but Wellington bans conversion therapy 3-2

Wellington passed a second and final vote to ban so-called conversion therapy on minors, but it was a tighter call then expected. Earlier this month, Mayor Anne Gerwig because the first local official to vote against a conversion therapy ban of the municipalities that discussed it. This time, Councilman Michael Drahos joined those ranks, making the final vote 3-2 after 21 of the 22 speakers said that...
PBSO gives brief update on last week’s Wellington knife attack

PBSO gives brief update on last week’s Wellington knife attack

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office gave the Wellington Village Council an update on the knife attack that left a former Wellington Idol winner with seven stitches in her hand. The man who attacked Jessica Leow last week to steal her purse is still on the loose, said Capt. Rolando Silva. Leow described him as 6-foot to 6-foot-2, between the ages of 15...
NEW: Governor suspends Greenacres councilwoman Lisa Rivera

NEW: Governor suspends Greenacres councilwoman Lisa Rivera

Gov. Rick Scott suspended Greenacres Councilwoman Lisa Rivera late Wednesday. Rivera was arrested Monday on charges of stealing more than $23,000 while she was a treasurer at Boca Raton High School. She is a two-term Greenacres councilwoman. A state statute gives the governor the authority to suspend elected officials charged with crimes. Rivera, 47, did not respond to a request for comment...
Dr. Salomon Melgen may declare indigency in $105 million fraud case

Dr. Salomon Melgen may declare indigency in $105 million fraud case

Wearing a blue prison jumpsuit and a wan smile, Dr. Salomon Melgen on Tuesday bore little resemblance to the wildly successful retinal specialist who befriended politicians and raked in millions while treating roughly a hundred patients a day at clinics in Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties. While Melgen’s appearance has changed since he was convicted in April of 67 charges of health-care fraud...
Wellington road construction update — where the work will be this summer

Wellington road construction update — where the work will be this summer

The ‘off-season’ in Wellington means fewer cars on the roads, but it also signals the start of ‘construction season’ in the village. Wellington likes to get the majority of its road work out of the way in the summer months before the horse trailers and increased traffic return. This year’s work doesn’t include major construction on Forest Hill Boulevard like last...
What to look for at Wellington Council meeting

What to look for at Wellington Council meeting

The Wellington Village council meets tonight where they will get a presentation on the safety of public shopping centers and likely take a final vote on a conversion therapy ban. The shopping center presentation by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office District COmmander Rolando Silva follows a broad-daylight attack of former Wellington Idol winner Jessica Leow. She was...
Don’t mess with this Wellington debate team — they are among nation’s best

Don’t mess with this Wellington debate team — they are among nation’s best

Two recent Wellington High School gradates and two current students got some national recognition last week. The Florida Oceanfront National Speech and Debate Association District’s World Schools Debate team, which is made up of four Wellington students, took 32nd place out of 175 teams in the 2017 NSDA National Championship Tournament in Birmingham, Ala. Caramen McDaniel, Brandon Schloss, Christopher...
Police: Greenacres councilwoman stole thousands as Boca High treasurer

Police: Greenacres councilwoman stole thousands as Boca High treasurer

Greenacres City Councilwoman Lisa Rivera was arrested Monday on charges of stealing more than $23,000 from Boca Raton High School, where she worked as the school’s treasurer before resigning in 2015 as investigators probed her financial dealings. School district detectives say that Rivera, 47, stole tens of thousands of dollars from the school between 2013 and 2015 by pulling cash from deposits...
NEW: Wellington Idol winner suffers knife wounds in village robbery

NEW: Wellington Idol winner suffers knife wounds in village robbery

A former Wellington Idol winner sustained knife wounds on her hand when a man tackled her and took her purse in the parking lot of a Wellington Chase Bank on Wednesday morning, she told the Palm Beach Post. Jessica Leow, 23, was leaving the bank on the corner of Greenview Shores Boulevard and Wellington Trace at about 11:15 a.m. when she noticed a man walking toward her. Not thinking anything of it...
Mosquito population — and complaints — up; aerial spraying to begin

Mosquito population — and complaints — up; aerial spraying to begin

Palm Beach County is getting bitten on both ends of its mosquito control program, with one resident saying the county has not done enough to control the burgeoning population while another has raised concerns about a chemical used when the county does spray. Jean Bacon said standing water from recent heavy rains has spawned a bumper crop of biting bugs that are posing an increasing health threat...
Mark Bellissimo’s attorney arrested; allegedly grabbed and shook woman

Mark Bellissimo’s attorney arrested; allegedly grabbed and shook woman

Mark Bellissimo’s longtime attorney Dan Rosenbaum was arrested this week after he grabbed a woman out of her seat and shook her, according to an arrest report. Rosenbaum went into an Urgent Care facility in Boca Raton on Tuesday morning and started to yell at a man and a woman in the waiting room, the report said. The woman’s name was redacted from the report. He then grabbed the woman...
Author says new book based on UFO sighting over Wellington

Author says new book based on UFO sighting over Wellington

Three days before he was supposed to meet with a leading UFO researcher, New York Times bestselling author Steve Alten claims he saw something whirling in the sky above Wellington. When he examined the odd lights more closely, he says he saw about a dozen saucer-shaped objects with amber lights on the bottoms flying from south to north along State Road 7. They were going in staggered pairs moving...
Mall at Wellington Green debuts its Live 360° Studio this weekend

Mall at Wellington Green debuts its Live 360° Studio this weekend

The Mall at Wellington Green’s new Live 360° Studio is set to debut this weekend with many free classes for the public. The studio’s grand opening event will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature fitness classes from Fit Unfiltered, Title Boxing Club and Ukrave, according to a news release. It will also have art classes and cooking demonstrations with produce grown from...
Why Wellington’s water may smell, look and taste different

Why Wellington’s water may smell, look and taste different

Wellington residents may have noticed something different about their water in the past week. People served by the village’s water treatment plant may have a taste and smell of chlorine in their water. Here are answers to some of the frequently asked questions: Why are they doing it? Wellington is temporarily switching up its water treatment process to make sure the water stays free of bacteria...
Happy birthday, Westlake: Palm Beach County mystery city is 1 year old

Happy birthday, Westlake: Palm Beach County mystery city is 1 year old

Editor’s Note: Happy 1st birthday, Westlake! Palm Beach County’s newest city was incorporated one year ago today. Here is Barbara Marshall’s 2016 story on what you can see and do in our latest burg: James LaClair, Sr. was dumbfounded. The bar where he and his son, James LaClair, Jr., were having noontime beers was no longer part of rural, unincorporated Loxahatchee. RELATED: RANKING...
Court dismisses suit against Army Corps over Lake Okeechobee releases

Court dismisses suit against Army Corps over Lake Okeechobee releases

A federal appeals court Monday rejected a lawsuit alleging that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ management of water flowing from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River caused pollution problems in the Southwest Florida waterway. A three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based appeals court — in a case described in one document as a “procedural thicket” — upheld a lower...
Royal Palm Beach looks to Wellington for example of senior programs

Royal Palm Beach looks to Wellington for example of senior programs

Royal Palm Beach wants to revamp some of its programs for seniors, and it doesn’t need to look much farther than its neighbors to the west for a good example. The village commissioned PMG Associates for a study of its needs and the group looked to Wellington for many of its recommendations that come with an estimated cost of about $150,000. Senior economist Philip Gonot, of the Deerfield Beach-based...
Buyback of conservation zone near Boynton lauded by environmentalists

Buyback of conservation zone near Boynton lauded by environmentalists

Preservationists and environmentalists are on the verge of another victory in their quest to limit building in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve, a 22,000-acre farming and land conservation zone west of Boynton Beach and Delray Beach that has been under increasing development pressure. County commissioners advanced a proposed budget Tuesday that includes $3 million to begin...
Wellington bans ‘conversion therapy’; mayor is lone vote against

Wellington bans ‘conversion therapy’; mayor is lone vote against

Wellington is the latest to join the growing list of Palm Beach County cities that have banned conversion therapy for minors, but it wasn’t unanimous — a first for a municipality in the county. The Village Council voted 4-1 on first reading Tuesday night to ban the practice that many mainstream health organizations have deemed harmful. Mayor Anne Gerwig was the lone vote against the ban...
Performing arts hub in Wellington? Mayor determined to see it happen

Performing arts hub in Wellington? Mayor determined to see it happen

When Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig goes to the Lake Worth Playhouse, she usually spots people from the Wellington community on stage and in the audience. Many village residents make the about 30 minute drive to Lake Worth because there aren’t many places to catch performances in Wellington. Gerwig is trying to change that. READ: Planning the future: How Wellington can improve itself The mayor...
Florida Supreme Court takes up Palm Beach County Geico bad-faith case

Florida Supreme Court takes up Palm Beach County Geico bad-faith case

In a case stemming from a fatal auto accident, a divided Florida Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take up a dispute about the state’s “bad faith” insurance laws. Justices voted 4-3 to hear a challenge to a 4th District Court of Appeal decision in favor of Geico General Insurance Co. in the Palm Beach County case. Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred...
Movie, concert on tap for Wellington Amphitheater

Movie, concert on tap for Wellington Amphitheater

The weekly movie is back tonight at the Wellington Amphitheater. Tonight’s showing of the Disney animated movie Moana will be followed by a concert tomorrow night.
Palm Beach County Animal Control waives cat adoption fees this weekend

Palm Beach County Animal Control waives cat adoption fees this weekend

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

PBSO: Drug lab found in Acreage house

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputies say they found a “drug lab” in an Acreage house, according to a tweet. Deputies had a warrant to search the house on the 1400 block of 88th Place North, and found the drugs with the help of the Drug Enforcement Agency and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. PBSO is testing the evidence found in the house, and there have not been any arrests yet. The...
POST TIME: Who named Lake Okeechobee’s Kreamer, Ritta, Torry islands?

POST TIME: Who named Lake Okeechobee’s Kreamer, Ritta, Torry islands?

Readers: We always enjoy sneaking out to “the Glades:” the western part of Palm Beach County, an area not as populous but rich in character and history. Today we visit three islands that stick out into the southeast corner of Lake Okeechobee: Kreamer, Ritta and Torry. Actually, the three aren’t islands at all; they’re part of the same 7,000-acre land mass, just inside the Herbert...
Soup’s on: 5 best soups, stews in Palm Beach County

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

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

Palms West, Wellington host drowning prevention event in village

Wellington, Palms West Hospital and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue joined forces Saturday with one goal in mind: preventing the next child from drowning. S.P.L.A.S.H., which stands for “Safety and Prevention Leaves All Swimmers Happy,” took over the Wellington Aquatics Complex and included a near-drowning demonstration, basic CPR training and activities to keep the kids engaged. Several...
Acreage man with cancer thanks community: ‘I’m overwhelmed by it all’

Acreage man with cancer thanks community: ‘I’m overwhelmed by it all’

Dave Stewart hasn’t had many close friends during the past dozen years in Florida. The man who was found wandering barefoot around the Acreage last month has been in and out of hospitals this year with few visitors. Now, he has lots of friends. In late May, I wrote about Stewart, who has Stage 4 throat cancer. Strangers from The Acreage came together to help him with money, food, a place to...
How homeless man’s friends, not the system, helped him

How homeless man’s friends, not the system, helped him

By the time Darryl Henderson found himself sleeping on an elevated concrete loading slab behind a shabby convenience store in this poor, small town at the south end of Lake Okeechobee, he had reached an end. He was homeless and far, far away from what few services are available in Palm Beach County. His right leg amputated just above the knee, Henderson at age 43 could not walk, much less work...
WATCH: Drone video showcases construction site of new shooting range

WATCH: Drone video showcases construction site of new shooting range

A Palm Beach Post reader took some drone video of the Palm Beach County Shooting Sports Park in the Acreage. Construction started in September on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s 150-acre shooting range, which will allow practice for Olympic-style shooting events and host hunter safety courses. Check out Andrew Ocejo’s video here: [youtube=]
Planning the future: How Wellington can improve itself

Planning the future: How Wellington can improve itself

Wellington is already known for its A-rated schools, but leaders think doubling down on education will be one of the ways to keep the village great in the future. The Village Council and high-ranking staff members recently sat down for a series of “directions” meetings to talk about the future of Wellington, including sprucing up the village’s plazas and parks and continuing to brand...
Summit: Lack of affordable homes in Palm Beach County at ‘crisis’ level

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

More than 500 government officials, lenders and builders packed a ballroom at the Palm Beach County Convention Center Wednesday to come up with ideas on how to address a lack of affordable housing they say is hurting employee recruitment efforts and driving younger people to less expensive locations. Turns out, they fretted, paradise is less idyllic if you’ve got to live with your parents or...
Seth Adams’ parents ask Aronberg to reopen probe into son’s death

Seth Adams’ parents ask Aronberg to reopen probe into son’s death

True to their promise when they signed a $2.5 million settlement with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office this month, the parents of Seth Adams on Tuesday asked the state attorney to reopen an investigation into the deputy who fatally shot their son. Underscoring comments by a federal judge who called the investigation into Adams’ death “shoddy” and “a disgrace,&rdquo...
For now, Wellington explains equestrian hotel proposal in an e-mail

For now, Wellington explains equestrian hotel proposal in an e-mail

The questions about Mark Bellissimo’s condo-hotel proposal are starting to swirl around Wellington and the village is now working to get out ahead of the narrative. Among the critical questions from the public: - Why is the village considering this after the people said they didn’t want it? - Why doesn’t council put a stop to this now? - Why hasn’t the public been able to speak...
RaceTrac in Royal Palm Beach has target summer opening date

RaceTrac in Royal Palm Beach has target summer opening date

Royal Palm Beach’s newest gas station is nearly ready. The once-controversial RaceTrac at the corner of Southern and Royal Palm Beach boulevards is expected to be open from mid-to-late July, according to RaceTrac spokeswoman Ashleigh Womack. The 6,000 square foot store will be similar to the ones in suburban Lake Worth, Lantana and Lake Park — offering “Swirl World frozen treats...
Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery to host Memorial Day event

Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery to host Memorial Day event

Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery will be holding a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday at 10 a.m. The event will celebrate the lives of soldiers that have given their lives in service to the country. It will include “a presentation by the ROTC from a local high school and a procession with Bag Pipes to the cemetery’s Veterans Memorial for a wreath-laying ceremony,” according to a news...
What new law, rulings mean for Palm Beach County’s 7 on Death Row

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

When dozens of law enforcement officers gathered in a Palm Beach County courtroom in March to make sure a convicted West Palm Beach cop killer remained on Death Row, it heralded the beginning of a parade of the county’s most notorious murderers. During the next several months, attorneys representing others who have spent decades on Death Row also will be in circuit court to argue that their...
Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery to host Memmorial Day event

Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery to host Memmorial Day event

Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery will be holding a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday at 10 a.m. The event will celebrate the lives of soldiers that have given their lives in service to the country. It will include “a presentation by the ROTC from a local high school and a procession with Bag Pipes to the cemetery’s Veterans Memorial for a wreath-laying ceremony,” according to a news...
Wellington’s infamous clown murder is still unsolved 27 years later

Wellington’s infamous clown murder is still unsolved 27 years later

On a Saturday morning 27 years ago, death knocked on Marlene Warren’s Wellington front door wearing a clown suit. The murder has remained unsolved for nearly 30 years. Here’s a look back at what happened that rainy morning on Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 1990. Marlene Warren lived in the prosperous Aero Club neighborhood in Wellington, where many of the large homes on one-acre...
Wellington elementary students get a huge jump on learning Spanish

Wellington elementary students get a huge jump on learning Spanish

The New Horizons Elementary School Kindergarten students in Wellington who split time between Maureen Rane’s and Rocio Calderón’s classrooms always raise their hand and put up five fingers when it’s time to be quiet. But whether the teacher says “give me five” or “dame cinco” depends on which classroom they’re in. New Horizons is one of three...
Why Acreage residents rallied to help a stranger with throat cancer

Why Acreage residents rallied to help a stranger with throat cancer

If most people saw a stranger trying to get into their neighbor’s house, they could call police and move on. Clint Berryhill didn’t. The Acreage resident saw a barefoot man walking with a dog in his neighbor’s yard, claiming it was his house. The man didn’t know his own identity or even how he got there. But instead of writing him off as crazy, Berryhill found out the man was...
Census: Boca, Boynton and Delray drive growth in Palm Beach County

Census: Boca, Boynton and Delray drive growth in Palm Beach County

Growth in southern Palm Beach County is fueling the county’s steady population rise, figures released today by the U.S. Census Bureau show. A trio of south county cities — Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach — saw some of the biggest population boosts from 2015 to 2016. “They are building a lot of new housing,” said County Commissioner Steven Abrams, whose...
GL Homes gets ITID backing for Acreage-Ag Reserve swap

GL Homes gets ITID backing for Acreage-Ag Reserve swap

GL Homes’ plan to preserve land outside of Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve in exchange for permission to build more in it “cannot be ignored and should be seriously considered,” the president of the Indian Trail Improvement District’s board of supervisors wrote to Palm Beach County commissioners. “After listening to GL’s proposal, the board unanimously...
Social media helps Wellington woman find endangered pet parrot Noodle

Social media helps Wellington woman find endangered pet parrot Noodle

Erica Bayes was on her feet from sunrise to sunset four days in a row looking for her missing pet parrot in Wellington, but social media ended up being the biggest factor in finding her endangered Queen of Bavaria Conure last week. Bayes felt helpless when one of her dogs bumped open the kitchen door and Noodle took flight for the first time. For four days, she was up at 4 a.m. and estimated she walked...
VIDEO: This Wellington pig has almost 8,000 fans on Instagram 

VIDEO: This Wellington pig has almost 8,000 fans on Instagram 

Wellington is known for horses, but it’s a pig that has gained love in that community and even a national following. Blue, the pet pig of Jahaira Zamora-Duran, has been certified as a “therapy pig” and the two visit the rehab center NuVista Living at Wellington Green multiple times a month to cheer up the patients. Blue can be a little shy sometimes, but she really comes out of her...
Traffic issues stall Wellington equestrian hotel proposal again

Traffic issues stall Wellington equestrian hotel proposal again

The proposal for a condo-hotel and condos at the International Polo Club is facing more delays. This time it’s because the proposal failed Palm Beach County’s traffic guidelines, so developer Mark Bellissimo’s team will have to re-submit it before Wellington will take another took. “Basically what it says is ‘you need to re-do your traffic report,’ ” said...
Developers turning golf courses, farmland into homes west of Boynton

Developers turning golf courses, farmland into homes west of Boynton

As considerable pieces of vacant land west of Boynton Beach are quickly disappearing, developers are doing what they can to still have their hands in modernizing the area. Residents will see developers buying properties within plazas for the lone car wash, gas station or convenience store. And they’ll be recycling properties — what once was farm land or a golf course could be...
Rare, endangered parrot goes missing in Wellington

Rare, endangered parrot goes missing in Wellington

Have you seen this parrot? A rare Queen of Bavaria Conure named Noodle flew out of its owners home near Forest Bill Boulevard and Town Center. The parrot will not bite. Anyone with information about the bird should contact Erica at 561-385-3565 or 561-818-4014.  
Greenacres launches Facebook page, Twitter account

Greenacres launches Facebook page, Twitter account

Welcome to the 21st century. Greenacres now has a Facebook page and a Twitter account. Greenacres also unveiled a newly designed website in April. “So many people use social media to gather information,” City Manager Andrea McCue told The Palm Beach Post. “This was an opportunity to connect with people that we otherwise might not reach.” READ: Lake Worth residents step up to...
Wellington resident wins $40k in science contest, headed to MIT

Wellington resident wins $40k in science contest, headed to MIT

Dreyfoos valedictorian Stefan Wan placed in the top 10 of the nation’s most prestigious science competition earning $40,000, but the Wellington resident isn’t planning on the big spending spree that many people his age might enjoy. What are his plans for the kind of money that many Americans don’t make in a year? Books and tuition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Wan...
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