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Touring photo booth puts a face on DACA repeal

Touring photo booth puts a face on DACA repeal

On Sunday, a day after anti-Trump protesters swarmed the streets of downtown, the Inside Out Project set up its photo booth truck on Flagler Shore for an art exhibit on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  If you walk down Flagler Drive, you’ll see dozens of black-and-white pictures on the road. They’re the portraits of “dreamers”...
Taking a leap in Wellington: Bounce house sensory therapy for kids

Taking a leap in Wellington: Bounce house sensory therapy for kids

A new form of occupational therapy with a fun twist for children is coming to Wellington. Therapy Jump, a New Jersey-based practice with locations along the east coast, uses bounce houses to provide occupational therapy to children ages 2-12 with special needs, while giving them the opportunity to develop emotional and social skills, said Miriam Skydell, the program’s founder. RELATED: Identifying...
Royal Palm mayor makes first statement to public since his arrest

Royal Palm mayor makes first statement to public since his arrest

At the first village council meeting since he was arrested on domestic battery charges Monday, Royal Palm Beach Mayor Fred Pinto apologized to his fellow council members and residents for the incident. “My sincerest apologies for causing any embarrassment or concerns,” Pinto said. He noted that he and his wife “are fully reconciled together and moving forward together.” READ...
NEW: Why Wellington delayed controversial airstrip project to January

NEW: Why Wellington delayed controversial airstrip project to January

Wellington’s council will wait another two months before discussing a controversial project that would bring homes, stalls and an airstrip to an area of Flying Cow Road, south of the Wellington Environmental Preserve. The village council was slated to review three requests related to the Flying Cow Ranch project at its Tuesday night meeting, but postponed hearing the applications after the developer...
NEW: With nothing on agenda, Wellington cancels next council meeting

NEW: With nothing on agenda, Wellington cancels next council meeting

Wellington’s village council has canceled its next regularly scheduled meeting. Village Manager Paul Schofield made the recommendation to the council Tuesday night, saying with nothing scheduled for the Nov. 28 meeting he sees no reason to have it. The council next will meet on Monday, Dec. 11. That meeting was moved up from Tuesday, Dec. 12 because the original date conflicted with the beginning...
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...
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...
New details as Bacon and Bourbon Fest moves to Wellington from Delray

New details as Bacon and Bourbon Fest moves to Wellington from Delray

A foodie festival is moving to Wellington, and bringing with it a combination of crispy treats, adult beverages, music and fun. The Bacon and Bourbon Fest will stretch across three days from March 23-25 in the area around the Wellington Community Center, organizer Nancy Stewart-Franczak said at Tuesday night’s village council meeting.  The Bacon and Bourbon Fest left Delray Beach in 2016...
NEW: Royal Palm mayor says he and wife working to move forward after domestic battery arrest

NEW: Royal Palm mayor says he and wife working to move forward after domestic battery arrest

The village’s mayor, arrested for domestic battery this week, said he and his wife are working to move forward after a “heated argument” led to him spending a night in jail. Royal Palm Beach Mayor Fred Pinto was arrested Monday after he said he and wife were arguing, and she slipped and fell outside their home. “She was upset, so she called 911,” he said, adding...
Wellington’s initial OK for medical pot dispensaries has guidelines

Wellington’s initial OK for medical pot dispensaries has guidelines

Wellington’s council took a first step Tuesday night toward allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in the village coincidentally as the first medical pot dispensary in the county opened in Lake Worth the same day. With state law requiring counties and municipalities regulate medical pot dispensaries no differently than pharmacies, the Wellington council voted 3-2 to alter the pharmacy zoning...
NEW: Little Mama, oldest living chimp, dies at Lion Country Safari

NEW: Little Mama, oldest living chimp, dies at Lion Country Safari

A Palm Beach County institution has died. Little Mama, the oldest living chimpanzee on record, passed away Tuesday at Lion Country Safari, the park said Tuesday. She was in her late 70s. PHOTOS: Lion Country’s Little Mama: The little chimp with a big heart The chimp, a favorite of the safari park’s staff and visitors, died surrounded by her family group of eight other chimpanzees and some...
What to do in Wellington: Comedy night, wine dinner return to Grille

What to do in Wellington: Comedy night, wine dinner return to Grille

Two popular events return this week to The Grille, 12300 South Shore Blvd., Wellington. Here are the details on the Wine Pairing Dinner and Comedy Night. The dinner is Thursday night and features five courses. The event regularly sells out, so the $55 tickets must be purchased in advance through fashiongroup.ticketleap.com. The next Wine Pairing Dinner is set for Dec. 14. The Grille’s had...
New RaceTrac opens in Royal Palm with little fanfare, lots of fans

New RaceTrac opens in Royal Palm with little fanfare, lots of fans

With little fanfare but the removal of yellow tape from around the gas pumps, the new RaceTrac in Royal Palm Beach opened about 9 a.m. Tuesday. Gas was $2.49 a gallon for regular and $2.75 a gallon for diesel. The gas station and convenience store at the corner of Southern and Royal Palm Beach boulevards stirred controversy while going through the planning process. Hundreds of opponents and supporters...
NEW: Wellington music store relocates, adds cafe, performance space

NEW: Wellington music store relocates, adds cafe, performance space

When Donna Willey received a letter from Citibank saying the chain was closing its branch outside the Mall at Wellington Green, her reaction was opportunity, not disappointment. “I thought, ‘This is the spot,’” Donna said Monday from the former bank location, which now is home to the expanded Village Music, a store that offers instruments, lessons, rock and roll camps...
Wellington to talk medical pot, airstrips, bacon and bourbon Tuesday

Wellington to talk medical pot, airstrips, bacon and bourbon Tuesday

Wellington’s village council faces a packed agenda Tuesday, with two controversial items leading the lineup: medical marijuana dispensaries and a proposed aviation-equestrian development. Here is a look at some of the topics most likely to generate discussion among council members and the public at the meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall. Medical marijuana dispensaries As other Palm Beach...
NEW: RaceTrac in Royal Palm Beach opens this week

NEW: RaceTrac in Royal Palm Beach opens this week

It’s finally happening: The new RaceTrac in Royal Palm Beach will open this week. The much-debated gas station and convenience store will be ready for action Tuesday morning, said RaceTrac spokeswoman Liz McIntyre.  The location on the northwest corner of Southern and Royal Palm Beach boulevards will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There will not be a grand opening event...
Who’s the man behind secret video of alleged abuse at Okeechobee dairy farm?

Who’s the man behind secret video of alleged abuse at Okeechobee dairy farm?

Richard Couto is a risk taker. He broke his neck riding motocross. He sailed America’s Cup races in the icy Pacific Ocean. He even developed property on South Beach during the boom. But none of those gambles is the reason there’s a rumored $50,000 bounty on his head. Or why he had to move five times in less than two years and had his home address unlisted. On a sunny Wednesday afternoon...
Want a latte with your vaccine? Sleek cafe, medical practice pair up

Want a latte with your vaccine? Sleek cafe, medical practice pair up

If you miss the entrance to the Premier Cafe in Wellington, don’t worry: You can enter through the Wellness Center. Or Urgent Care. You’ll be directed past trademarked supplement blends and a cryo-stimulation chamber, through rooms decorated in warm colors with dark granite counter-tops, to a space unlike anything else you’ve likely seen before. The cafe is the latest offering...
Don’t miss these two fall events this weekend in Royal Palm, Wellington

Don’t miss these two fall events this weekend in Royal Palm, Wellington

This weekend is packed with events for families in Wellington and Royal Palm. From a 5K for the more adventurous types, to events honoring Veterans Day, to a charity bingo fundraiser, this is one of the busiest weekends so far this season. Add to that list two festivals happening this weekend: The Fall Festival at Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church, and the Fall Carnival...
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...
NEW: Fast-acting Wellington teachers credited with saving boy’s life

NEW: Fast-acting Wellington teachers credited with saving boy’s life

Two Wellington teachers are to thank for saving the life of one of their students last week. Third-grader Kolston Moradi was waiting to be picked up from Equestrian Trails Elementary School on Nov. 1 when in a “freak accident” his freshly sharpened pencil stabbed into his arm near his armpit as he sat down — without him feeling a thing, according to a Palm Beach County School...
NEW: This 5K coming to Royal Palm Beach is unlike any you’ve seen

NEW: This 5K coming to Royal Palm Beach is unlike any you’ve seen

A fun run coming to Royal Palm Beach will be the largest event yet to use the village’s new 5K course — while serving as a unique challenge for participants. The Insane Inflatable 5K on Saturday morning at Royal Palm’s Commons Park features 11 blow-up obstacles intermittently stretched along the run’s path, part of which will be on the new Commons Park 5K pathway...
Plans for new Starbucks, medical offices in Wellington move forward

Plans for new Starbucks, medical offices in Wellington move forward

A developer’s plans to add a Starbucks and medical office building to a Wellington shopping center have taken a step forward. Wellington-based Ward Real Estate brought its proposal for the Village Green Center at the corner of Stribling Way and State Road 7 – currently home to Trader Joe’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, PDQ and more – before the village’s Planning, Zoning and Adjustments...
How playing bingo in Wellington can help the American Cancer Society

How playing bingo in Wellington can help the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is hosting a Pay to Play Bingo Fundraiser from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at JoJo’s Raw Bar and Grill, 13889 Wellington Trace, Wellington. Bingo cards are $1 each. The event will feature raffles, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle with prizes including tickets for Lion Country Safari, Kennedy Space Center or Butterfly World, a $25 gift card for Bolay...
South Shore or Southshore? Wellington has an answer — and new signs

South Shore or Southshore? Wellington has an answer — and new signs

Driving west on Forest Hill Boulevard into Wellington, attentive readers might notice something that would cause them to raise their eyebrows. The sign approaching one of the village’s main intersections reads “Southshore Blvd.” But the sign at the intersection says “South Shore Blvd.” So is it one word or two? READ: Why Wellington’s water may taste, smell different...
NEW: Why Wellington’s water may taste, smell different this week

NEW: Why Wellington’s water may taste, smell different this week

Wellington residents may notice a different smell and taste to their water this week. Through Nov. 13, the village is changing the disinfection process used to treat drinking water as crews replace the aerator on the lime softening plant, which helps remove iron from the water, said Shannon LaRocque, Wellington utilities director. READ: Why some Wellington meetings go past 11 p.m. — and then...
Hey teens: Sign up now for Royal Palm’s Battle of the Bands

Hey teens: Sign up now for Royal Palm’s Battle of the Bands

Royal Palm Beach’s Teen Night and Battle of the Bands is coming, and teens interested in taking part in the musical showdown have just a few days to sign up.  The Battle of the Bands and Food Truck Invasion is from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park, 11600 Poinciana Blvd. It will feature live performances along with a range of food trucks, contests and a fun zone. ...
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...
NEW: How Wellington, Royal Palm are honoring Veterans Day

NEW: How Wellington, Royal Palm are honoring Veterans Day

Both Wellington and Royal Palm Beach are honoring veterans with services on Veterans Day this year.  Here are the details: Wellington’s annual Veterans Day Parade begins at 8:15 a.m. Nov. 11 at Village Hall, 12300 Forest Hill Blvd. Veterans are invited to walk the parade route to the Veterans Memorial at the corner of Forest Hill and South Shore boulevards. A ceremony will begin at the...
Jimmy Mandala, staple of Wellington dressage community, dies at age 48

Jimmy Mandala, staple of Wellington dressage community, dies at age 48

Jimmy Mandala, the facility manager of the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington who was entrenched in the village’s equestrian community, died this week after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 48. Mandala passed away on Halloween at a hospice in Easton, Md., according to an obituary posted on the local Star Democrat newspaper’s website. Mandala’s father...
NEW: Polo Park Middle’s Night of Science draws 1,000 people

NEW: Polo Park Middle’s Night of Science draws 1,000 people

Polo Park Middle School held its fifth annual Night of Science on Oct. 25, drawing about 1,000 community members to the school to learn about its science and technology programs. “With the onus of science education geared toward curriculum and testing, it’s nice to offer students an opportunity to explore science and technologies geared toward their interests,” event organizer Shaun...
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: What you need to know about Wellington’s Holiday Parade

NEW: What you need to know about Wellington’s Holiday Parade

The Wellington Holiday Parade returns Dec. 10 for its 34th year. The popular event, presented by the village and the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, typically draws about 20,000 people to its route along Forest Hill Boulevard.  This year, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and Sheriff’s Office personnel will be the parade’s grand marshals “as a way to thank them...
There’s a holiday boat parade in Wellington, and you could be part of it

There’s a holiday boat parade in Wellington, and you could be part of it

There’s something uniquely Florida about a holiday boat parade. With vessels adorned in brightly colored lights and decorations, boaters cruise bodies of water to celebrate the season. But while hundreds of people flock to holiday boat parades in Palm Beach County’s coastal communities, few know of the one on Lake Wellington -- an issue the event’s organizer hopes to remedy. &ldquo...
That new taco joint near the mall in Wellington? It’s opening soon

That new taco joint near the mall in Wellington? It’s opening soon

A highly anticipated new restaurant near the Mall at Wellington Green is set to open next week. Don Chepo’s Taco Shop, in the Fresh Market plaza, will have its grand opening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nov. 9, with regular hours kicking off Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily. The taco joint is the latest offering from Wellington-based Fashion Cuisine Group, which also owns Oli’s and The Grille...
NEW: Shutters still up after Irma? Is it finally time to remove them?

NEW: Shutters still up after Irma? Is it finally time to remove them?

It’s time to take down your hurricane shutters, Palm Beach County. Nearly two months after Hurricane Irma littered the area with debris, code enforcement crews are hitting the streets with another eyesore to monitor: shutters and plywood covering windows and doors. In Wellington, code requires residents remove hurricane shutters from windows within 72 hours of “a storm event...
How this Wellington 5K helps cancer patients pay their bills

How this Wellington 5K helps cancer patients pay their bills

Registration is open for the Beacon of Hope 5K Run/Walk in Memory of Kevin P. Enterlein on Nov. 12 in Wellington, which will benefit the Cancer Alliance of Hope and Help, an organization that helps cancer patients and their families pay bills associated with treatment and recovery. The 5K is named for longtime Wellington resident Enterlein, who died last year from colon cancer. Enterlein established...
NEW: What’s being built near the fairgrounds in Royal Palm Beach?

NEW: What’s being built near the fairgrounds in Royal Palm Beach?

A new hotel is rising on a two-and-a-half acre property in Royal Palm Beach just west of the South Florida Fairgrounds. With a working title of “The Flamingo Inn,” the hotel is in the perfect location to appeal to concert- and event-goers who face a shortage of available lodging in the western communities, said Ascension Inc. vice president Ashok Paul, who is behind the inn. Royal Palm...
NEW: Superhero window-washers bring Halloween to sick kids at hospital

NEW: Superhero window-washers bring Halloween to sick kids at hospital

Four-year-old Mason Mueller stood with his hand on a window at Palms West Hospital on Halloween, his white socks sliding just slightly as he stood on his tiptoes and craned his neck to get a better look at a person sliding down two cables on the hospital’s north face. Then, there he was: Batman, dangling against the building, waving to Mason and other children. Soon Batman was joined by Spider-Man...
Trick or treat: Which Wellington celebrity turns 50 on Halloween?

Trick or treat: Which Wellington celebrity turns 50 on Halloween?

I was born on Halloween I do the unexpected… That would be Robert Van Winkle, a k a Vanilla Ice, the rapper turned Wellington TV home rehab specialist, who turns the big 50 years old today on Halloween. RELATED: DID YOU KNOW THESE 33 CELEBS LIVED IN WELLINGTON AREA? Happy birthday, Ice! Does this mean you get cake and candy? Celebrate with some of our latest Ice-related stories: VANILLA ICE...
NEW: One day left to donate to Wellington’s holiday food drive

NEW: One day left to donate to Wellington’s holiday food drive

Wellington is accepting donations for its Hometown Holiday Food Drive, providing families in need with free Thanksgiving meals. But you only have one day left to donate, if you want to help.  Items can be dropped off through the end of the day Friday at these locations:  Village Hall, 12300 Forest Hill Blvd.  Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road  Wellington Community Center, 12150...
Wellington reschedules trunk-or-treat for Halloween night

Wellington reschedules trunk-or-treat for Halloween night

Organizers said Monday that a planned trunk-or-treat event at Wellington Community High School has been rescheduled after the effects of Tropical Storm Philippe washed out the fun on Saturday. Wellington’s Community Services Department and Wellington High’s DECA Club now will have its annual Trunk or Treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Halloween night, in the student parking lot at Wellington...
NEW: Starbucks, medical offices planned in Wellington near Trader Joe’s

NEW: Starbucks, medical offices planned in Wellington near Trader Joe’s

A new Starbucks could be coming to the plaza that now houses Trader Joe’s in Wellington.  Two new buildings, including one with a Starbucks drive-through and retail space, are planned for the Village Green Center shopping plaza in Wellington. The other proposed outparcel would be a three-story medical office building, according to documents filed with Wellington’s Planning, Zoning...
NEW: Despite rain, hundreds pack Westlake for first look at new city

NEW: Despite rain, hundreds pack Westlake for first look at new city

Julian Martinez sat excitedly tapping his foot in a sales center west of Royal Palm Beach on Saturday afternoon waiting to sign the paperwork to buy his first home. With a nervous smile, and joined by his two aunts, he gazed at a TV screen that showed the floorplan he selected. “It’s all happened so fast,” the 29-year-old firefighter said. In writing the check for the down payment...
NEW: Here’s how Wellington could handle medical pot dispensaries

NEW: Here’s how Wellington could handle medical pot dispensaries

Wellington officials are considering a rule change that would allow medical marijuana dispensaries in the village if they meet the same requirements pharmacies face. To do that, the village council would need to pass tighter restrictions on pharmacies, something council members discussed at an agenda review workshop Oct. 23. RELATED: Lake Worth to be home to Palm Beach County’s first pot dispensaries...
NEW: Palm Beach County’s newest city has grand opening Saturday

NEW: Palm Beach County’s newest city has grand opening Saturday

Check out the homes in Palm Beach County’s newest municipality at the Westlake grand opening from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at 16610 Town Center Parkway North off Seminole Pratt Whitney Road near Seminole Ridge High School in The Acreage.  This will be the first look at the massive development’s model homes and sales center for residents in the surrounding area. Builder Minto Communities...
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...
NEW: What you need to know about Royal Palm’s Fall Fest

NEW: What you need to know about Royal Palm’s Fall Fest

Royal Palm Beach’s Fall Fest returns this weekend, with a combined 10,000 people expected over the two-day event at the village’s Commons Park. If the weather holds out — rain is expected Saturday — Royal Palm community and cultural events superintendent Carlos Morales said this year’s Fall Fest should draw its usual throngs of people to enjoy the haunted, family-friendly...
NEW: These food trucks are coming to Wellington this week

NEW: These food trucks are coming to Wellington this week

It’s that time of week again: This lineup is out for this week’s Food Truck Invasion in Wellington on Thursday, Oct. 26. From 5 to 9:30 p.m., more than a dozen trucks will line the parking lot next to the Wellington Amphitheater, offering dinner, desserts and snacks at the popular weekly event.  » RESTAURANTS ON WHEELS: Your guide to food trucks in Palm Beach County ...
Wellington’s Top Firefighter for 2017 has ‘bright future,’ supervisor says

Wellington’s Top Firefighter for 2017 has ‘bright future,’ supervisor says

Wellington’s council on Tuesday presented the village’s top firefighter award for 2017. Firefighter/paramedic Bradlee Doerzbacher was nominated by his supervisor Capt. Jody Marlow, who wrote in a letter to village officials that he saw first-hand Doerzbacher’s “level of professional integrity, and drive for career and personal excellence.”  Doerzbacher has been with...
Wellington library celebrates 20 years inspiring, educating community

Wellington library celebrates 20 years inspiring, educating community

There are few places I love more than the library. Some of my best memories growing up are at libraries — well, with the exception of one librarian in Massachusetts who told 6-year-old Kristina she couldn’t take out every book in the Berenstain Bears series at one time. I was an ambitious reader. What can I say? RELATED: Why I read more than 100 books in 2016, and what I learned So I was...
Wellington Fall Fest hayrides and haunted hallways a big hit for kids

Wellington Fall Fest hayrides and haunted hallways a big hit for kids

Despite the clouds, about 7,500 people turned out for Wellington’s Fall Fest on Saturday at Village Park, officials said. The event, which has been held for more than 20 years, featured extended hours so families with younger children could enjoy the spooky festivities and still make it home for bedtime, said Michelle Garvey, the village’s community programs manager. This year&rsquo...
Royal Palm man wins $2,500 a week for life with Florida Lottery

Royal Palm man wins $2,500 a week for life with Florida Lottery

A Royal Palm Beach resident is the winner of a Florida Lottery prize of $2,500 a week for life. Craig Harris, 52, claimed his prize this week at the lottery’s headquarters in Tallahassee, according to a Florida Lottery news release. Instead of taking the $2,500 a week, Harris chose to get annual $130,000 payments guaranteed for a minimum of 20 years.  He bought his winning ticket at the...
PBSO seeks man in ‘El Chapo’ hoodie who robbed Wellington gas station

PBSO seeks man in ‘El Chapo’ hoodie who robbed Wellington gas station

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is looking for man they say robbed a gas station in Wellington while wearing a distinctive hooded sweatshirt.  The man was wearing a royal blue hoodie with “El Chapo 23” emblazoned on the back when he walked into the Chevron in the 1300 block of Greenview Shores Boulevard about 11:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and demanded cash, cigarettes and cigars...
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...
Vanilla Ice returns for massive Winterfest in Wellington with KVJ Show

Vanilla Ice returns for massive Winterfest in Wellington with KVJ Show

Two huge Palm Beach County events are merging this year and Wellington officials are preparing for a massive December crowd at the amphitheater. The KVJ Show’s annual Vanilla Ice Block Party has joined Winterfest, a partnership between the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and the village, to put on the mega event from 6-10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8 at the Wellington Amphitheater complex....
Wellington polo estate sells for $17M, back on market within a week

Wellington polo estate sells for $17M, back on market within a week

An expansive polo estate in Wellington that has been home to Venezuelan polo team Lechuza Caracas was sold for $17 million – less than half the original $39 million price tag on the 62-acre property – and now is back on the market.  According to a deed filed Oct. 13 with Palm Beach County, PBC Polo Properties LLC purchased the land at 4370 South Road from PF Polo Properties...
NEW: Developer plans shops, restaurants, senior care in Royal Palm

NEW: Developer plans shops, restaurants, senior care in Royal Palm

A long-stagnant piece of land has given birth to a new neighborhood during the past year — and there’s more to come, with commercial development set to bring more businesses to the already bustling Southern Boulevard corridor through the western communities. The Cypress Key project includes the townhouses and single-family homes behind it and sits just east of the Publix shopping...
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...
NEW: First home closes in ‘agri-hood’ Arden as new home-builder added

NEW: First home closes in ‘agri-hood’ Arden as new home-builder added

A new development with an agricultural twist west of Lion Country Safari on Southern Boulevard hit two milestones Friday. The first home sale in Arden closed Friday, the same day project developer Freehold Communities announced a new home-builder has signed on. Joining Ryan Homes in building Arden’s first phase is Kennedy Homes, which will offer six single and two-story models ranging in size...
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...
Accused killer clown’s husband to ABC: She’s ‘falsely accused’

Accused killer clown’s husband to ABC: She’s ‘falsely accused’

The husband of a woman arrested in a notorious Wellington cold case told a national news show his wife is “falsely accused” of the crime. “This is very serious and very unfair,” Michael Warren told ABC’s “20/20” about his wife Sheila Keen-Warren’s alleged role in the 1990 shooting death of his then-wife, Marlene Warren, by a person dressed...
‘A reason to fight’: Cancer-stricken vet’s family gets free house

‘A reason to fight’: Cancer-stricken vet’s family gets free house

When cancer survivor and Marine Sgt. Brian Lowe and his wife Viviana stepped into their new suburban Royal Palm Beach home for the first time Wednesday, it wasn’t just the start of their first venture into home ownership. “It’s completely changing everything,” Viviana Lowe said. “It’s giving us a new reason to fight.” The Lowes are the recipients of a mortgage-free...
NEW: Wellington expects more than 8,000 for this year’s Fall Fest

NEW: Wellington expects more than 8,000 for this year’s Fall Fest

Fall Fest, Wellington’s signature Halloween event, is growing again this year, with more than 8,000 people expected to pack Village Park off Pierson Road on Saturday. To accommodate more spooky activities, the village has extended the event’s hours. Where Fall Fest used to begin later in the evening, this year it will be from 3 to 10 p.m. to allow families with younger children to enjoy...
Local Girl Scouts leader: Will Boy Scouts be ‘girl-centric’ enough?

Local Girl Scouts leader: Will Boy Scouts be ‘girl-centric’ enough?

Angela Frankland always looked forward to Cub Scout camping. But she wasn’t a Cub Scout. “I used to love camping with (my brother) when he was in Cubs,” says Angela, 11, who lives in West Palm Beach. “Since he crossed over into Boy Scouts, I haven’t been able. And I miss it.” Now, in the wake of the announcement that Boy Scouts of America will admit girls...
NEW: 5 great things about green markets in Wellington, Royal Palm

NEW: 5 great things about green markets in Wellington, Royal Palm

It’s finally fall in Florida. And although we have yet to experience a shift in temperature that those in the northern U.S. are privy to, we definitely get a shift in atmosphere. My favorite thing about fall in Palm Beach County is the opening of our green markets. In the western communities, we’re blessed with two: Saturdays in Wellington and Sundays in Royal Palm Beach. The Green...
Teen’s death blamed on shopping center entrance in Royal Palm Beach

Teen’s death blamed on shopping center entrance in Royal Palm Beach

A 16-year-old girl suffered fatal injuries while riding her bicycle home from her first night of classes at Royal Palm Beach High School in 2016 because of a flawed design of a shopping center driveway, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Palm Beach County Circuit Court. The configuration of the driveway at Village Shoppes Plaza in Royal Palm Beach made it impossible for a driver of a BMW to see...
LIST: Halloween and fall events in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach

LIST: Halloween and fall events in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach

Here are some of the fun fall events coming up in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach: Movie night and food trucks: 5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, with the movie beginning at 7 p.m. at Commons Park, 11600 Poinciana Blvd. Check out more than 15 food trucks and a special showing of the delightfully creepy “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” Information: 561-753-1232 or www.royalpalmbeach...
Here’s how to get involved in Relay for Life of Western Palm Beach County

Here’s how to get involved in Relay for Life of Western Palm Beach County

Want to learn more about or get involved with Relay for Life of Western Palm Beach County? The event’s kickoff party is from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Wellington Community Center, 12150 Forest Hill Blvd. Residents will have a chance to talk with Relay for Life committee and team members to find out how they can help.  » RELATED: Volunteers gain perspective on life as they drive...
Caloosa couple get $1.3 million in son’s death, still want law changed

Caloosa couple get $1.3 million in son’s death, still want law changed

Two years after their 29-year-old son was killed while bicycling home on PGA Boulevard, Raul and Susan Lozano have reached a $1.3 million settlement with an Acreage man who escaped criminal charges by saying he thought he had hit a wild hog. But the money the Lozanos got from George Meada’s insurer to settle their civil lawsuit isn’t enough, said attorney Ryan Fogg, who represents the...
LATEST: US Open Polo Championship to stay in Wellington through 2021

LATEST: US Open Polo Championship to stay in Wellington through 2021

One of the top polo tournaments of the year, the U.S. Open Polo Championship, will stay in Wellington through 2021, the United States Polo Association announced this week.  The event has been at the International Polo Club Palm Beach since 2004. It’s the final event of the Florida High-Goal Winter Season and is known for drawing some of the biggest names in the sport, the USPA said in a...
NEW: Group raises $12,000 for laptops at Binks Forest Elementary

NEW: Group raises $12,000 for laptops at Binks Forest Elementary

The Binks Forest Elementary School PTA rallied parents, teachers and community members last weekend to raise nearly $12,000 to help equip the school’s students with in-class laptops. Currently, the school has one laptop for every three students, the PTA said in a news release, with a goal of one laptop per student. The money was raised at the PTA’s first Party with a Purpose fundraiser...
Get ready to laugh: The Grille brings comedy night to Wellington

Get ready to laugh: The Grille brings comedy night to Wellington

There are a lot of places to catch a show in the western communities, from Wellington’s murder mystery dinners to movie theaters to the occasional open-mic nights. But for those who like to laugh, there’s one offering conspicuously absent from the lineup: a comedy club. The Grille Fashion Cuisine in Wellington hopes to help fill that void when it hosts its first comedy night...
Two controversial proposals push Wellington meeting to 2:21 a.m.

Two controversial proposals push Wellington meeting to 2:21 a.m.

A pair of controversial development applications in Wellington could face an uphill battle as they head to the village council after a board voted to recommend largely denying one application and completely denying another during a contentious seven-hour night meeting that ended close to 2:30 a.m., Thursday. The recommendations of the village’s Planning, Zoning and Adjustment Board came amid...
PBSO: Stolen credit card used to make $500 purchase in Royal Palm

PBSO: Stolen credit card used to make $500 purchase in Royal Palm

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man they say used a stolen credit card to make a purchase of more than $500 at a Royal Palm Beach gas station. Have you seen them? Wanted fugitives in Palm Beach County After using the stolen card on Sept. 30, the man — seen in surveillance footage wearing dark, square-rimmed glasses and a blue T-shirt, and sporting a short hair cut...
LATEST: PBSO seeks man who used stolen credit card in Royal Palm

LATEST: PBSO seeks man who used stolen credit card in Royal Palm

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man they say used a stolen credit card at the GameStop in Royal Palm Beach. Have you seen them? Wanted fugitives in Palm Beach County The suspect, a black male in a long-sleeved blue shirt, bought about $350 from the store on Southern Boulveard west of State Road 7 on July 25, the sheriff’s office said. Anyone with information is...
NEW: What’s going in at former Wellington Buca di Beppo site?

NEW: What’s going in at former Wellington Buca di Beppo site?

A new restaurant being built on the site of the former Buca di Beppo in Wellington is inching closer to completion. Crews are constructing the new home of Fort Lauderdale-based Kaluz, with the building’s outer shell beginning to take shape over the past several days. In the Nextdoor app, a post inquiring about the new building was one of the top items Wednesday, with several people saying they...
NEW: Royal Palm close to completing Irma debris pickup

NEW: Royal Palm close to completing Irma debris pickup

Royal Palm Beach is close to completing pickup of debris left behind by Hurricane Irma about a month after the storm plowed through the area, toppling trees and fences. The village has completed a first pass around its 12 square miles, picking up more than 18,000 cubic yards at a cost of about $120,000, Village Manager Ray Liggins said Tuesday. A second round of pickups is underway — and expected...
If golf is dying, what will Wellington golf course communities do?

If golf is dying, what will Wellington golf course communities do?

One after another, people stood before Wellington’s Equestrian Preserve Committee last week to oppose proposed changes to golf courses at Polo West and Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country Club. And several of those residents had the same message for the committee: Golf is dying — so does that mean development is coming? Developer Glenn Straub’s two applications for the courses would...
NEW: Wellington OKs $2.3 million to haul massive amount of Irma debris

NEW: Wellington OKs $2.3 million to haul massive amount of Irma debris

With one of the highest debris tallies in Palm Beach County following Hurricane Irma, Wellington’s council on Tuesday night approved $2.3 million for a contractor to haul that debris away. That price tag is the most it will cost Georgia-based contractor Tag Grinding Services to finish picking up the large piles of vegetation, fence pieces and other items left behind by the storm, village staff...
Shouting, tension mark meeting on controversial Wellington proposals

Shouting, tension mark meeting on controversial Wellington proposals

In a meeting that stretched more than four hours and at one point devolved into shouting matches between opposing sides, Wellington’s Equestrian Preserve Committee voted to make recommendations on two controversial applications for proposed changes to golf courses at Polo West and Palm Beach Golf and Country Club. Ultimately, the committee voted Oct. 4 to recommend to the village’s Planning...
Belle Glade man charged with first-degree attempted murder

Belle Glade man charged with first-degree attempted murder

An unemployed Belle Glade man was charged Sunday morning at a hearing with attempted first-degree murder with a gun and is being held without bond. Eddie Holland, 39, was arrested in connection with a shooting on July 15 in Belle Glade after one witness told officers Holland shot a 40-year-old man. The witness told a sheriff’s office detective that Holland was sitting around a table on a sidewalk...
IN DEPTH: In upscale Wellington, being poor is expensive price to pay

IN DEPTH: In upscale Wellington, being poor is expensive price to pay

Tucked amid Wellington’s well-groomed equestrian venues, mansions so luxe they sport private airstrips in the back yard and tidy middle class neighborhoods, there is another nearly invisible contingent in this community — those who live paycheck to paycheck. Despite the village’s swanky reputation , the families of nearly one third of Wellington’s elementary-age children can&rsquo...
NEW: Acreage tortoise, run over by car, saved by — 3-D printed shell?

NEW: Acreage tortoise, run over by car, saved by — 3-D printed shell?

Lenard Hughes has a small statue of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, watching over his small menagerie in the home he shares with his wife Roseanne in The Acreage. It may have been St. Francis or some other divine intervention that saved Hughes’ tortoise, George, after the creature was run over by a small car not half a mile from Hughes’ home last month. Now, George...
LATEST: Wellington, Royal Palm green markets opening soon

LATEST: Wellington, Royal Palm green markets opening soon

Grab your reusable bags, because it’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, not the holidays: green market season. Fresh produce, home-baked goods, artisan crafts – each local green market offers its own charm.  Wellington’s green market opens this Saturday, and Royal Palm Beach’s opens on Oct. 15. They run weekly through April.  Here’s what you need to know...
Coming soon to Wellington: New taco joint from group behind Oli’s

Coming soon to Wellington: New taco joint from group behind Oli’s

A new taco restaurant is coming to Wellington, part of a local restaurant group’s expansion into family-friendly dining. With its opening targeted for later this month, Don Chepo’s will be the latest addition to Fashion Cuisine Group’s portfolio in Wellington, joining Oli’s, The Grille and Whitehorse. But where those restaurants are known for their fine dining, Fashion...
Killer clown in Wellington: 3 notorious crimes in the village

Killer clown in Wellington: 3 notorious crimes in the village

Wellington is known for its peace and quiet. At a recent meeting of the village’s Public Safety Committee, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said the biggest issue in Wellington is vehicle burglaries — with many people not locking their cars at night. So when a serious crime does happen here, it seems to be all the more shocking. It shatters the fragile peace upon which...
Why a Wellington woman’s $45 ‘Death Box’ is just for ladies

Why a Wellington woman’s $45 ‘Death Box’ is just for ladies

Around this time of year, people talk a lot about ghosts. But what happened to Wellington resident Anteria Burgess was a different type of ghosting. Burgess said she had been in a relationship for a year and a half when, five months ago, her boyfriend told her he needed space. She tried to reach him to find out what had happened — but he wouldn’t respond. She was confused, exhausted...
EXCLUSIVE: Wellington sisters detail six hours of horror in Las Vegas

EXCLUSIVE: Wellington sisters detail six hours of horror in Las Vegas

Caught in the barrage of gunfire and human carnage, two Wellington sisters escaped from the Las Vegas shooting in a pickup truck piled with bleeding victims where the wedding planners found themselves transformed into triage nurses.  Lauren and Lulu Farina, once safely back to their Vegas hotel, remained stunned at the depravity of one assassin and the generosity and courage of so many. ...
Tom Petty, RIP: His Florida roots in Gainesville

Tom Petty, RIP: His Florida 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. There is no music video retrospective, or even that freaky-big Mad Hatter hat Petty wore in the Don’t Come Around Here No More video. But if you make your way past the intricately recreated general store and the exhibit about the...
NEW: Why hasn’t RaceTrac in Royal Palm Beach opened?

NEW: Why hasn’t RaceTrac in Royal Palm Beach opened?

It’s the question du jour in Royal Palm Beach: What is holding up the opening of the new RaceTrac gas station? In May, RaceTrac told The Palm Beach Post that the station would open this summer, but the calendar has turned to October and there’s no gas yet. RELATED: Latest news from the western communities A “water meter issue” is behind the delayed opening, RaceTrac spokeswoman...
NEW: Water main break prompts boil notice for Wellington neighborhood

NEW: Water main break prompts boil notice for Wellington neighborhood

Part of one Wellington neighborhood is under a boil water notice after a water main break Monday morning. According to a village news release, residents along Pond View Drive in the Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country Club must boil their water “until two consecutive days of bacteriological samples have produced satisfactory results.” Affected residents received yellow door hangers on...
Sheriff’s Foundation holding annual golf tournament in Wellington

Sheriff’s Foundation holding annual golf tournament in Wellington

For the sixth year, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation is holding its Sheriff’s Scholars Golf Classic in Wellington. This year’s tournament will be on Oct. 9 at the Wanderers Club, 1900 Aero Club Dr. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with lunch, followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. and awards dinner at 5:30 p.m.  At noon, a helicopter will drop 100 golf balls over...
Controversy in Wellington: Developer plans changes at golf courses

Controversy in Wellington: Developer plans changes at golf courses

A proposal to make changes at two Wellington developments is stirring controversy, with some residents saying they’re concerned that what now seems like a simple request could lead to bigger changes in the future. The two communities — Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country Club and Polo West — owned by longtime Wellington developer Glenn Straub, have submitted a pair of...
NEW: Royal Palm’s $48.8 million budget includes raises, money for parks

NEW: Royal Palm’s $48.8 million budget includes raises, money for parks

More money for parks and senior transportation is part of the $48.8 million budget passed for the coming year by Royal Palm Beach. The village council unanimously approved the 2018 budget and tax rate at its meeting Thursday night, which was rescheduled because of Hurricane Irma. RELATED: As crime drops in Royal Palm, PBSO says car thefts are up Royal Palm Beach’s tax rate remains steady for...
Clown murder shattered Wellington’s innocence: ‘My friends were fearful’

Clown murder shattered Wellington’s innocence: ‘My friends were fearful’

Violent, brutal crimes were not supposed to happen here. By 1990, 20,000 newly-arrived residents had moved into this sprawling suburb’s freshly-built homes. They came to send their children to Wellington’s sparkling, modern schools and to play in the pristine parks, amid safety and security. For families who could afford the tile-roofed houses with lofty ceilings and a whisper of...
LATEST: Wellington hauls nearly 60,000 cubic yards of Irma debris

LATEST: Wellington hauls nearly 60,000 cubic yards of Irma debris

Crews have covered about half of Wellington as they pick up debris from Hurricane Irma, the village said Thursday in a news release. As of Wednesday, contractors and Wellington crews have collected 59,726 cubic yards of vegetation as they make their first pass through neighborhoods in the village, according to the news release.  READ: Palm Beach County Irma costs: $100 million in damage, $27...
NEW: Latest on Irma debris removal in Royal Palm Beach

NEW: Latest on Irma debris removal in Royal Palm Beach

Debris removal trucks have made a first trip through most of Royal Palm Beach, Village Manager Ray Liggins told the village council Thursday night. More than 13,000 cubic yards of vegetation from Hurricane Irma have been picked up from about 70 percent of the village, Liggins said, with about 400 truckloads of debris taken to the Solid Waste Authority.  “Everything is working very well...
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