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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...
GL Homes wants to move giant project from Acreage to Ag Reserve

GL Homes wants to move giant project from Acreage to Ag Reserve

GL Homes wants Palm Beach County to consider a proposal that would allow it to unlock development in the Agricultural Reserve, a south-county farming zone where building is limited by county rules but home sales are lucrative. RELATED: Former commissioner Tony Masilotti rips county in comments on GL Homes plan Instead of moving forward with recently approved plans to build a giant development of 3...
Wellington mom beats cancer, throws out first pitch for Miami Marlins

Wellington mom beats cancer, throws out first pitch for Miami Marlins

Michelle Thompson Cortes doesn’t like being in the spotlight, so she was predictably nervous standing on the mound in Marlins Park to throw a ceremonial pitch to Billy the Marlin as thousands of fans looked on. The Wellington resident was so nervous, she forgot everything her sons had hurried to teach her. The pitch she’d hoped would sail into Billy’s glove instead hit the dirt a...
Juror, lawyer confirm: Patrick Swayze widow was holdout in Seth Adams trial

Juror, lawyer confirm: Patrick Swayze widow was holdout in Seth Adams trial

After failing to convince one juror — the widow of actor Patrick Swayze — that Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Custer had no justification for fatally shooting Seth Adams, other members of the panel on Tuesday voiced relief that Adams’ parents will be paid $2.5 million by the sheriff’s office to end the lawsuit. “I felt the family got a little bit...
Left for dead a year ago, Wellington non-profit has lifted community

Left for dead a year ago, Wellington non-profit has lifted community

The Wellington Community Foundation was almost dissolved. The previous Village Council board kicked around that idea of shutting it down in 2015 after it accomplished its original goals of raising money for Scott’s Place Barrier Free Playground and the Patriot Memorial. Ultimately, they decided to turn it over to some community leaders in the Wellington on the chance that they could pump new...
Why these Wellington elementary school kids didn’t take bus to school

Why these Wellington elementary school kids didn’t take bus to school

Wellington Elementary School students bucked the idea of buses or parents driving them to school last Wednesday, instead opting for two wheels. Dozens of students biked to school as part of the Florida Safe Routes to School Walk and Bike initiative. They were joined by Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig. The national effort sponsored by the National Center for Safe Routes to School is designed to create...
Love it or hate it? Wellington residents react to fluoride return

Love it or hate it? Wellington residents react to fluoride return

The decision has been made, the notices have been sent out and fluoride is going back into Wellington’s water today. But Wellington residents are getting one last chance to speak their mind before that happens. People this week took to social media, including the Palm Beach Post’s “Post on Wellington” Facebook page to voice their concerns, praises or indifference to the fluoride...
Wellington woman re-appointed to state commission

Wellington woman re-appointed to state commission

A Wellington woman got re-appointed to a state position by Florida Governor Rick Scott this week. Donna Elam, 65, was re-named to the Florida Commission on Human Relations. She must be confirmed by the state senate. Elam is the president and chief executive officer for Elam Leadership Institute.
Hundreds of citations west of Boynton as street racing escalates

Hundreds of citations west of Boynton as street racing escalates

On the hunt for street racers west of Boynton Beach , a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy spotted a blue Saturn Ion heading west at more than 20 miles above the 45 mph speed limit. Behind the wheel, Jeremiah Doerr crept up next to another car on Hypoluxo Road near Military Trail. The two drivers took off, accelerating from 25 mph to about 65, according to a police...
Jacobs family lobbies residents against Wellington hotels with mailers

Jacobs family lobbies residents against Wellington hotels with mailers

They’re back. Fourteen months after a divisive election where two dueling political factions spent millions on advertising and flooded residents with mailers, the glossy flyers have returned. Wellington Equestrian Preserve Alliance, a corporation associated with billionaire businessman Jeremy Jacobs’ family, sent out an initial mailing urging residents to call village council...
Wellington Amphitheater to host two tribute bands

Wellington Amphitheater to host two tribute bands

The Wellington Amphitheater will host two tribute concerts this week. The first concert will be on Thursday when “On the Roxx,” a 1980s tribute band, takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. to play a show for the Food Truck Invasion. Two nights later, a Billy Joel tribute will play a show starting at 8. Attendees are asked to bring their own seating for both events.
Wellington taking signups for summer camps, classes

Wellington taking signups for summer camps, classes

School with be out for the summer soon and that means that Wellington is starting to take sign-ups for its summer camps and classes. The Wellington Community Center will be hosting a FAME Camp — a high-energy dance and acting camp for children ages 4 to 18. They will also have a Summer Fishing Academy, for ages 6 to 14, which will be located behind the Community Center at the Lake Wellington...
In Wellington, it’s the last week without fluoride in the water

In Wellington, it’s the last week without fluoride in the water

This will be the last fluoride-free week in Wellington. Starting Monday, the village will begin treating its water supply with element just about 10 months after the village council voted to re-institute it. So what took so long? The village has been talking about expanding its water treatment center and re-installing the fluoride machine at that point. READ: After two-year absence, fluoride returning...

Man charged with setting fire at Wellington home he shares with mom

A man who’d been charged last week with battering his 72-year-oldmother set fire Sunday to the bathroom of the Wellington home he shares with her, according to authorities . Gino Vincent Difonzo, 46, is charged with felony arson of an occupied dwelling. On Monday, Palm Beach County Judge Caroline Shepherd ordered him held without bond while he undergoes a mental health evaluation. According...
Upscale projects envisioned for west Boynton Beach Boulevard

Upscale projects envisioned for west Boynton Beach Boulevard

Three of the last sizeable pieces of available land west of the city are expected to transform Boynton Beach Boulevard from a route used to get from here to there, to a boulevard so inviting that residents and visitors will pull over and explore. Developments at two of these will be walkable, heavily landscaped, modern, and will appear more like residential communities...
In Gainesville hometown, few thought Tom Petty would become rock star

In Gainesville hometown, few thought Tom Petty would become rock star

Editor’s Note: With Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers returning Friday night for a Florida homecoming concert at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, it seemed like a perfect time to revisit this 2006 story that traces his roots in Gainesville. There is no Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers wing at the Matheson Museum in Gainesville, maintained by the Alachua County Historic Trust in a cozy downtown building...
Wellington equestrian hotel plans detailed, but face a legal fight

Wellington equestrian hotel plans detailed, but face a legal fight

Developer Mark Bellissimo and his team submitted a plan for hotel and condos on the International Polo Club property, but the project looks like it will face more delays, including a lawsuit from his rival. Bellissimo wants to build a 100-room condo hotel, 72 condos, an equestrian stadium, a restaurant, show rings and an expanded clubhouse. It’s similar to his plans proposed last year, but it...
Mock crash warns Wellington teens of distracted driving dangers

Mock crash warns Wellington teens of distracted driving dangers

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s Trauma Agency wants to keep high schoolers safe during prom season this year. The group organized a mock crash scene event at Wellington High School Friday morning to show the teens the dangers of drunken and distracted driving, according to a news release. About 750 juniors and seniors participated in the event. “It was an amazing experience...
Wellington wants non-village communities to stop using its name

Wellington wants non-village communities to stop using its name

The Wellington Village Council thinks the village has a branding problem. Or, more specifically, it has a problem with developers and businesses using the Wellington name even though they’re not in the village. The most recent case is Arden, a nature-focused new community that’s located miles west of Wellington’s borders. It’s in unincorporated Palm Beach County, west of Loxahatchee...
BREAKING: Counterfeit ring busted by PBSO at Royal Palm motel

BREAKING: Counterfeit ring busted by PBSO at Royal Palm motel

Five Palm Beach County residents remain jailed after they allegedly used counterfeit bills to pay for food and other items at various businesses, according to an arrest report. The bills were made in a hotel room in Royal Palm Beach and then used at businesses that included Publix, Boston Market, Wendy’s and many others, the report said. Download our PostNOW app to get the latest Breaking News...
First look: New development west of Wellington has community farm, 1-mile lake

First look: New development west of Wellington has community farm, 1-mile lake

After years of planning and construction just west of Lion Country Safari, the public finally got a look at the groundwork for the massive, nature-focused Arden development Saturday. Arden, projected to be 2,000 homes in 10 years, is celebrating the opening of its first neighborhood and taking reservations for homes. The development claims it will be like no other in Palm Beach County. Among...
VIDEO: Army dad returns to surprise daughter, 5, at Royal Palm school

VIDEO: Army dad returns to surprise daughter, 5, at Royal Palm school

Aliana Duce thought her father was coming home from a nine-month Army deployment in Kuwait on Saturday, so she and her Cypress Trail Elementary classmates were practicing songs to sing for him when he got home. That day came earlier than expected when Spc. Johnnie Duce, 25, walked into the school cafeteria to surprise his 5-year-old daughter Thursday morning. “When I saw my daddy I wanted to...
VIDEO: Wellington teen’s fall down steps before prom goes viral

VIDEO: Wellington teen’s fall down steps before prom goes viral

A Wellington teen’s stumble down the stairs before going to his high school prom with his girlfriend has gone viral with 11 million people seeing the tweet and national media picking up the story. Austin Cooper, 18, was walking down the stairs with Jordyn McManus, 16, before going to her Dreyfoos School of the Arts prom Saturday night when one misstep sent him tumbling down a few stairs. McManus...
Palms West has new state-of-the-art feature that new moms will love

Palms West has new state-of-the-art feature that new moms will love

For the 27 years that Toni Ahern has worked at Palms West Hospital, they have always talked about upgrading a newborn intensive care unit. Last week, hopsital held a grand opening celebration for its new NICU, which will allow the staff to treat newborns in house rather than sending them out and sometimes separating mother from child. The state-of-the-art facility features everything the staff needs...
Wellington needs summer identity to help business during quiet months

Wellington needs summer identity to help business during quiet months

Wellington is known as the Winter Equestrian Capital of the World and the Summer Capital of … not a whole lot. The full-time residents still live there, of course. They go to restaurants and venture to the businesses, but for the most part, it’s not enough. Businesses talk about how they thrive in the winter and survive in the summer. It publicly came up recently when the Village Council...
El Cid bar buddies stay friends, confront tragedy one year later

El Cid bar buddies stay friends, confront tragedy one year later

Their story ran in newspapers and on TV stations across the country. RELATED: TWO FRIENDS MAKE BAR PROMISE, PLAN TO REUNITE AFTER 40 YEARS CBS News’ Steve Hartman featured them in an “On the Road” segment, after reading about them in The Palm Beach Post. They were occasionally recognized as the West Palm Beach guys who made an unusual promise four decades ago at the El Cid bar, and...
Melgen Medicare fraud trial costs both sides big bucks

Melgen Medicare fraud trial costs both sides big bucks

Accused of defrauding Medicare out of $105 million and eventually released from jail on an $18 million bond package, Dr. Salomon Melgen has been at the center of a case that has turned on eye-popping dollar figures since his arrest two years ago. Monday — the last day of testimony in the Palm Beach County ophthalmologist’s nearly two-month trial — was no exception. The difference...
Wellington to host Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration

Wellington to host Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration

Wellington will host its annual Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration, which runs from 4 to 7 p.m. today. The Earth and Arbor Day is designed as a free, family event that teaches people about caring for the planet. The village will be handing out free seedlings and Smokey the Bear will attend to teach children about preventing forest fires. The food trucks also will be back to give people a dinnertime...
$18 million Canyon library supported by returning Boynton West leader

$18 million Canyon library supported by returning Boynton West leader

After a one-year hiatus, Myrna Rosoff is back in the president’s position at what is the suburban Boynton Beach area’s most influential group: the Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations. About 110 communities are part of the group, whose members are influential in incoming development and what it should look like. They vote on incoming projects, and give their recommendation...
Trump administration’s policy change undercuts county puppy-sales law

Trump administration’s policy change undercuts county puppy-sales law

A Trump Administration policy change and complaints tied to a pet store in Royal Palm Beach have led to a renewed call for Palm Beach County to reconsider its policy of allowing existing pet stores to sell puppies and kittens. The County Commission passed a rule last year barring new pet stores from selling puppies and kittens in an effort to kill the profit motive at so-called pet mills, where critics...
What’s her secret? Popular Seminole Ridge counselor is best in Florida

What’s her secret? Popular Seminole Ridge counselor is best in Florida

One reason why award-winning Seminole Ridge High School counselor Melissa Garcia is so successful is she is always there for her students. Senior Rhiannon Boffa remembers e-mailing Garcia with a problem at 9:30 one night and she got a response two minutes later. Boffa leaned on Garcia for advice even more this past school year with the stress of college applications. She’ll be attending the...
Wellington Amphitheater to host concert, movie

Wellington Amphitheater to host concert, movie

Wellington will be hosting its two typical events at the Amphitheater on Thursday and Friday. The Wellington High School Jazz Band will be taking the stage Thursday at 6:30 p.
Green Markets to close up for season soon

Green Markets to close up for season soon

If you’ve been putting off the idea of going to either (or both of) the Wellington Green Market and the Royal Palm Beach Green Market and Bazaar, now is the time.

Gardens couple can seek cash from drunk driver who hurt them in crash

A Palm Beach Gardens couple who incurred nearly $150,000 in medical bills after they were severely injured in an October 2014 alcohol-fueled crash may be able to recover money from a Loxahatchee man who caused it. State prosecutors should have been allowed to seek restitution for Daniel and Eileen Ruda after Paul Sandomeno pleaded guilty to two counts of DUI in connection with the crash on Northlake...
Busy Wellington intersection could finally get turn lanes in 2018

Busy Wellington intersection could finally get turn lanes in 2018

One of Wellington’s most talked about intersections may finally be getting some work done. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The intersection of South Shore Boulevard and Pierson Road becomes one of Wellington’s busiest intersections during the winter equestrian season. Sandwiched between the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and Equestrian Village, the intersection...
Wellington’s $35,000 Ampitheater awning will help performers stay dry

Wellington’s $35,000 Ampitheater awning will help performers stay dry

There is good news for anyone who will be performing on the Wellington Amphitheater stage. Workers are putting the final touches on a $35,000 awning that will keep performers and equipment drier during storms, said Joe Piconcelli, the village’s Cultural Programs and Facilities Manager. The idea for an awning was never part of the original design for the Amphitheater, built about six years ago...
PHOTOS: Owner reveals reason why Acreage horse got stuck in mud

PHOTOS: Owner reveals reason why Acreage horse got stuck in mud

Michael Carman’s three horses typically have avoided the dried-up pond that has become a large patch of muck during the drought of the past few months. But Skip ran straight into it Monday morning and got stuck so badly that it took about a dozen firefighters one hour to get him out on the 18000 block of 47th Court North in The Acreage. Carman found Skip at about 7 a.m. and knew right away that...
Traffic issues delay vote on Wellington equestrian hotel project

Traffic issues delay vote on Wellington equestrian hotel project

Mark Bellissimo’s project to develop the land around the International Polo Club ground to a stop Thursday when the traffic portion wasn’t ready for the Planning, Zoning and Adjustment Board. There have been several changes submitted to the traffic study in the past two weeks and Palm Beach County hasn’t had a chance to comment on it. Those issues were the reason dozens of residents...
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