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Southern Boulevard could see ‘highway level’ traffic as the west grows

Southern Boulevard could see ‘highway level’ traffic as the west grows

With massive growth expected in the western communities over the next two decades, state and local planners face a big question: How will Southern Boulevard handle the load? State engineers and consultants have been working on the answer for the past two years as part of the State Road 80 Corridor Action Plan, a study to develop steps to help the county’s primary east-west thoroughfare...
NEW: Your guide to Wellington Food Truck Invasion on Sept. 21

NEW: Your guide to Wellington Food Truck Invasion on Sept. 21

The lineup is out for this week’s Food Truck Invasion in Wellington, and it’s sure to make your mouth water.  From 5 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 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.  This week’s entertainment is the Neil Young Tribute by Forever Young, which begins...
How to get in fast lane at Zac Brown Band concert this weekend

How to get in fast lane at Zac Brown Band concert this weekend

Want to get through the line more quickly when the Zac Brown Band plays Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach this weekend? IdentoGo, which provides enrollment services for the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program, will have its mobile enrollment center outside the gates before each show from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday to offer people a chance to sign...
NEW: Here’s how long it could take to clear Royal Palm’s Irma debris

NEW: Here’s how long it could take to clear Royal Palm’s Irma debris

It’s a question Royal Palm Beach officials are hearing a lot these days: When will the piles of debris left behind by Hurricane Irma be cleared? Crews have made their first pass over 14 percent of the roads in the village — a rate lower than what Village Manager Ray Liggins had hoped for, he told the Village Council on Tuesday night. » RELATED: Read The Post&rsquo...
PBSO says there’s a reason why a big increase in Royal Palm car thefts

PBSO says there’s a reason why a big increase in Royal Palm car thefts

Though most crime in Royal Palm Beach is down for the first half of the year, one has spiked: auto thefts. That was the message from Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office District 9 Capt. Rick Naujoks to the Royal Palm Beach Village Council on Tuesday night. A review of crime in the area for the first six months of 2017 was requested by officials after a violent home invasion on Sandpiper...

After Hurricane Irma: Wellington getting back to normal

It has been more than a week since Hurricane Irma rolled through Florida, and in many ways Wellington and the other municipalities in Palm Beach County are still picking up the pieces. Regular trash pick-up took days to get back and some homes were still without power as of Monday morning. There were curfews and debris. But in many ways, things are getting back to normal in the village. Back to school...
After Irma: Mosquito spraying in western areas of county Tuesday night

After Irma: Mosquito spraying in western areas of county Tuesday night

Thanks to “a large mosquito hatch” -- ew -- after Hurricane Irma, Palm Beach County Mosquito Control will conduct aerial spraying for all communities west of Military Trail starting at sunset Tuesday, Sept. 19. The spraying is subject to weather conditions. If crews are not able to spray Tuesday night, they will do it on the next night with suitable weather, the county said in...
NEW: Movie theater at Wellington Green gets new owner

NEW: Movie theater at Wellington Green gets new owner

The luxury movie theater that opened earlier this year at the Mall at Wellington Green has a new owner. Paragon Wellington 10 is one of four Paragon theaters purchased in Florida, Illinois and Minnesota by CMX, an arm of the Cinemex theater chain, the company announced in a news release. CMX took over management of the four theaters in August, but no major changes have been made, the company said...
How to score $5 cheeseburger in Wellington for National Cheeseburger Day

How to score $5 cheeseburger in Wellington for National Cheeseburger Day

It’s Sept. 18, and that means it’s National Cheeseburger Day. And yes, there’s a deal to be found in Wellington.  At BurgerFi -- 12836 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington -- for today only, you can grab one of the fast-casual chain’s juicy cheeseburgers for $5.  Just be sure to mention the deal when you order, and the limit is one per customer.  Not in the mood for...
After Irma: How Wellington, Royal Palm got signals running so quickly

After Irma: How Wellington, Royal Palm got signals running so quickly

Just two days after Hurricane Irma tore through South Florida, drivers in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach noticed something crucial: Most traffic signals at major intersections already were up and running. That was not the case after after hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004, and Hurricane Wilma in 2005 as many signals at major intersections remained non-functional for more than a week. AFTER...
After Irma: Wellington resumes regular vegetation pickup

After Irma: Wellington resumes regular vegetation pickup

Good news for Wellington residents: Regular vegetation collection is back this week after being put on pause following Hurricane Irma. Beginning Monday, Sept. 18, Waste Management will be back to its usual schedule of picking up vegetation in the green, rolling containers, in bags and in small piles, the village said.  The large piles of storm debris, however, will have to wait. Those are being...
Hurricane Irma: Palm Beach Post food drive starts Monday in West Palm

Hurricane Irma: Palm Beach Post food drive starts Monday in West Palm

The week of September 18—22, The Palm Beach Post will be collecting non-perishable food items and toiletries for victims of Hurricane Irma. The newspaper will accept donations in its main lobby at 2751 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The items will be delivered to Oasis Compassion Agency, a Greenacres non-profit that has a food pantry that...
After Irma: Where to donate food in Wellington Saturday

After Irma: Where to donate food in Wellington Saturday

Want to help people in Palm Beach County who were hit hard by Hurricane Irma?  The Palm Beach County Food Bank will collect non-perishable food items and water in non-glass bottles at five locations throughout the county Saturday. In Wellington, the collection point will be at Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road. Volunteers will be on hand from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The collection kicked off Friday,...
After Irma: Wellington, Royal Palm spared brunt of storm’s force

After Irma: Wellington, Royal Palm spared brunt of storm’s force

Spared the worst of the storm. Little major damage. Blessed to be relatively unscathed. Officials and residents describe Hurricane Irma’s effects on the western communities with a sigh of relief. Sure, there are fences down, massive trees that fell across roads and onto roofs. But no lives were lost during the storm. It was only in the days following the storm that one person was killed...
After Irma: Rumor control in Wellington when power comes on, goes off

After Irma: Rumor control in Wellington when power comes on, goes off

Some never lost power, only to see their lights go dark in the days following Hurricane Irma. Others had their power switched back on — then lost it again within hours or even minutes. When power went out for those customers in Wellington, calls poured into village officials, with people angry and rumors beginning to run rampant, Mayor Anne Gerwig said. “There was a rumor that there...
After Irma: Wellington to remove fallen trees from canals

After Irma: Wellington to remove fallen trees from canals

In the past, Wellington’s plan to remove trees near its canals has been controversial. Now, canal clearing is a necessary step in cleaning up after Hurricane Irma, village Mayor Anne Gerwig said Friday. “We have a few large trees that went down into canals,” Gerwig said, emphasizing that although none of the trees are blocking the flow of water now, they could prove more...
After Hurricane Irma: PBSO IDs woman who died in generator incident

After Hurricane Irma: PBSO IDs woman who died in generator incident

A woman is dead and her husband, their son and another relative were in critical condition Friday after firefighters found them at a Loxahatchee home late Thursday with what is believed to be carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator fired up after Hurricane Irma, authorities said. Elaine Kotake, 66, died Thursday night, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday. It did not give...
After Hurricane Irma: Your questions answered in Wellington, Royal Palm

After Hurricane Irma: Your questions answered in Wellington, Royal Palm

Here’s what you need to know in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach today as Hurricane Irma cleanup continues. If your property was damaged during Irma, you now can register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance. How to register: Go online to www.disasterassistance.gov; or call 800-621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Regular garbage collection resumed Tuesday, but bulk...
NEW: Brad Paisley ‘thrilled’ for West Palm concert after Irma

NEW: Brad Paisley ‘thrilled’ for West Palm concert after Irma

Country music superstar Brad Paisley is heading to West Palm Beach on Friday night for his Weekend Warrior Tour -- and he told his social media followers this week that he was “thrilled to confirm” the concert was still on after Hurricane Irma. In the message, posted to his Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts, Paisley expressed excitement to bring his tour to the Sunshine State...
After Irma: How to help Florida Keys dogs and cats

After Irma: How to help Florida Keys dogs and cats

With hundreds of dogs and cats in the Florida Keys in need of help after Hurricane Irma, Big Dog Ranch Rescue of Loxahatchee Groves is starting daily flights to drop off dog and cat food and cat litter.  The first plane left the Lantana airport at noon Thursday, carrying supplies that will be distributed from the Upper Keys Vet Clinic in Marathon. The Keys remain without power, and pet owners...
After Irma: White rhinos have fun in the mud at Lion Country Safari

After Irma: White rhinos have fun in the mud at Lion Country Safari

There were stomps, grunts and whistles of excitement Thursday morning as they waited at the gate. They shuffled their feet and eagerly jostled each other, waiting to be allowed one by one through the passageway that had remained closed before Hurricane Irma blew through Palm Beach County. The 12 southern white rhinos at Lion Country Safari were released from their nighttime enclosure after...
After Hurricane Irma: These parks are open in Wellington, Royal Palm

After Hurricane Irma: These parks are open in Wellington, Royal Palm

With the amount of debris left behind by Hurricane Irma, it’s no wonder it’s taken awhile for crews to clear out the many parks in Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and nearby communities. But there’s some good news: Many parks and recreation facilities are reopening.  Here’s the latest on what’s already open and what’s opening soon. Wellington Community Center...
After Hurricane Irma: Lion Country Safari to reopen Thursday

After Hurricane Irma: Lion Country Safari to reopen Thursday

Lion Country Safari is set to reopen Thursday after being closed for Hurricane Irma. And for two days, the park is cutting entry fees. The park will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with ticket booths closing at 4 p.m., Lion Country said in a news release. The four-mile preserve drive and park of the park — giraffe feeding, paddle boats, mini golf and sprayground — will be open. ...
Hurricane Irma: Courts reopen after case, judge selection delays

Hurricane Irma: Courts reopen after case, judge selection delays

Several sentencings in high-profile cases and the selection process to replace two circuit judges have all been postponed by Hurricane Irma, even as business resumed Wednesday at a Palm Beach County satellite courthouse. The north Palm Beach County courthouse in Palm Beach Gardens reopened Wednesday after being closed for a total of four business days because of the storm, whose wide bands reached...
BREAKING: Crews battle fire at home in Loxahatchee

BREAKING: Crews battle fire at home in Loxahatchee

One person was displaced after a fire in Loxahatchee Wednesday morning, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said. The blaze, in the 17000 block of 49th Street North, was put out just before 10 a.m., according to a Fire Rescue tweet. This story will be updated. Download The Palm Beach Post mobile app, PostNOW, for the latest breaking news: iPhone download | Android download
Hurricane Irma: 5 free things for families to do in Wellington, Royal Palm

Hurricane Irma: 5 free things for families to do in Wellington, Royal Palm

Parents all over Palm Beach County are facing the same question this week: With children out of school until Monday because of Hurricane Irma, what activities are available to keep kids busy, get out of the house -- and maybe get into some air conditioning? Here are five free things to do this week: Wellington’s Aquatics Center reopens Wednesday at 10 a.m., with free admission for everyone,...
Hurricane Irma: Seeking cold air, hot food? Head to Wellington mall

Hurricane Irma: Seeking cold air, hot food? Head to Wellington mall

Wendy Williams of West Palm Beach and her family packed into the car and headed to the Mall at Wellington Green on Tuesday seeking two things. “A/c,” she said. “A/c and hot food.” With limited options, residents from as far as Boynton Beach drove to the mall and surrounding stores to get a break from the monotony of life post-Hurricane Irma. Though some stores inside the mall...
Hurricane Irma: How to know which Wellington traffic signals are out

Hurricane Irma: How to know which Wellington traffic signals are out

With several traffic signals out around Wellington after Hurricane Irma, drivers may want to plan their routes to avoid intersections where they’ll face a blank signal instead of the usual red, yellow or green.  Wellington offers an interaction map showing which traffic signals are off. Click here to access the map. Here’s the latest list of intersections without signals...
Hurricane Irma: Trash pickup, what’s open, more in Wellington, Royal Palm Tuesday

Hurricane Irma: Trash pickup, what’s open, more in Wellington, Royal Palm Tuesday

The Hurricane Irma cleanup continues in the western communities, as utility and public works crews continue restoring power and removing trees and debris from roads. Here’s what you need to know today in Wellington and the western communities: Regular garbage collection resumed Tuesday, but bulk collection -- including vegetation -- did not. Recycling will be picked up beginning Wednesday. Regular...
Hurricane Irma: How long will it take to pick up debris in Wellington?

Hurricane Irma: How long will it take to pick up debris in Wellington?

Wellington loves its trees. The village has been named a Tree City by the Arbor Day Foundation for 20 years running. And Wellington has a Tree Board to review planting projects and maintain Tree City guidelines.  But Wellington’s wealth of trees was shaken during Hurricane Irma, as many towering pines and banyans fell or lost limbs, and heavy branches snapped and blocked sidewalks and some...
Hurricane Irma: Photos show damage, utility work in Wellington

Hurricane Irma: Photos show damage, utility work in Wellington

As residents did their best to stay safe inside their plywood- and hurricane shutter-fortified homes, Palm Beach Post photographer Allen Eyestone ventured into Hurricane Irma’s early winds to capture images of the storm’s scope and damage. After being wrapped by village crews on Friday, the plastic-covered glass panes of Wellington’s Patriot Memorial served as a backdrop Sunday...
Hurricane Irma: PBSO in Royal Palm tracks ‘sight-seekers’ out in storm

Hurricane Irma: PBSO in Royal Palm tracks ‘sight-seekers’ out in storm

Officials can’t say it enough: Residents should not be outside right now as Hurricane Irma moves through. To illustrate their point, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office tweeted video of a white SUV moving through Royal Palm Beach in front of a PBSO cruiser as winds gust and rain pounds both vehicles.  The video shows the SUV moving south along Crestwood Boulevard toward Okeechobee...
Hurricane Irma: The latest from Wellington, Royal Palm, Acreage

Hurricane Irma: The latest from Wellington, Royal Palm, Acreage

UPDATE: Palm Beach County could see wind gusts up to 100 mph from now through midnight as Hurricane Irma moves up the Florida peninsula, the National Weather Service said Sunday evening. Sustained tropical storm force winds should pass sometime after 5 a.m. Monday, the weather service said.  Wellington Village Manager Paul Schofield said in a video posted to Facebook that though crews were...
Hurricane Irma: When to expect worst of the storm in Wellington

Hurricane Irma: When to expect worst of the storm in Wellington

Wondering when Hurricane Irma’s winds will peak in Wellington? According to the National Weather Service, the highest winds will arrive Sunday evening.  Irma’s sustained winds will climb as high as 48 mph, with gusts to 72 mph, between 4 and 8 p.m. Sunday. Wellington officials said they expect the worst part of the storm to last from 4 p.m. to midnight.  Here&rsquo...
Hurricane Irma: Wellington call center now open 24 hours

Hurricane Irma: Wellington call center now open 24 hours

Live in Wellington and want to know if you should boil your water? Questions about which roads are flooded? The village of Wellington’s call center is now operating 24 hours a day, from now until Hurricane Irma has passed. To reach the call center, dial 561-791-4000. Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig said Friday that the call center would be staffed with 10 lines so residents shouldn’t have...
Hurricane Irma: While most retreat to shelters, some seek one last treat

Hurricane Irma: While most retreat to shelters, some seek one last treat

Before Hurricane Irma’s winds reached Palm Beach County, dozens of residents went out for a last-minute dining experience late Saturday morning at one of the only open eateries nearby: McDonald’s on U.S. Highway 441 near Stribling Way.  Those diners included Angel Decoro, his 22-year-old daughter Adriana Reyes and their 4-year-old Rhodesian ridgeback mix named Mason. The family...
Hurricane Irma: Wellington facing Category 3 hit by storm, mayor says

Hurricane Irma: Wellington facing Category 3 hit by storm, mayor says

Wellington residents should be ready for Category 3 winds when Hurricane Irma moves through the area, village Mayor Anne Gerwig said Friday. This won’t be Gerwig’s first hurricane: She weathered hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004 and Wilma in 2005 at her Paddock Park home. During Frances, she said, there were 23 people and five dogs in her house. She encouraged Wellington residents...
Soup kitchen director opens doors to homeless, will stay with them during storm

Soup kitchen director opens doors to homeless, will stay with them during storm

He’s there every single day.  The man who sits on the bridge at the corner of Boynton Beach Boulevard and U.S. Highway 441 goes by the name Indian, and is a familiar face to anyone whose daily trek takes them through that intersection.  He has a bike, a chair, an umbrella, water, all the personal belongings he says he needs. That includes his dog, a Chihuahua named Chickey, that a...
Hurricane Irma: What to know in Wellington, Royal Palm as storm approaches

Hurricane Irma: What to know in Wellington, Royal Palm as storm approaches

As the western communities face Hurricane Irma’s arrival, residents and officials are preparing for the effects of possible Category 4 winds. Here’s what you need to know heading into the weekend. Yard waste and trash collection  Wellington’s regularly scheduled waste pickup is canceled beginning Saturday. Village spokeswoman Liz Nunez said officials will make a decision...
Hurricane Irma: Wellington, Royal Palm not in evacuation zones

Hurricane Irma: Wellington, Royal Palm not in evacuation zones

Royal Palm Beach Mayor Fred Pinto said it’s the question he’s been asked the most as Hurricane Irma approaches Palm Beach County: Do Royal Palm residents need to evacuate?  Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Loxahatchee Groves and The Acreage are not in evacuation zones. If you live outside the western communities and need to if you are in an evacuation zone, click here...
Hurricane Irma: Tips to get your pool ready for the storm

Hurricane Irma: Tips to get your pool ready for the storm

As Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida, the state of your pool may be the last thing on your mind. But there are a few things people can do to prepare to make sure they limit any damage to their pools. Here are a few tips from Grant Moshier, manager of Pinch-a-Penny pool supplies store in Wellington: “They just eat whatever finish you have on there,” Moshier said.  Some pool owners...
Hurricane Irma: At this Wellington restaurant, margaritas will flow through Friday

Hurricane Irma: At this Wellington restaurant, margaritas will flow through Friday

Businesses all over Wellington are beginning to close ahead of Hurricane Irma, with storm shutters and plywood covering windows along shopping plazas throughout town.  But though one restaurant begins boarding up Thursday night, a manager said it plans to keep what it calls “the best margaritas in town” flowing and its grill cooking through the day Friday. >> HURRICANE...
Hurricane Irma: These Wellington residents waited in line for hours to get gas

Hurricane Irma: These Wellington residents waited in line for hours to get gas

One person was there at 7:30 a.m. Another got in line at 8.  Then there was Wellington resident Elana Figueroa, who got in line at 5:15 a.m. Thursday to get gas at the Chevron at Wellington Trace and Greenview Shores, where dozens of drivers shouted in joy as a tanker carrying fuel pulled in about 2 p.m. as residents prepare for Hurricane Irma.  >> HURRICANE IRMA: Latest...
Hurricane Irma: What to know in Wellington, Royal Palm on Thursday

Hurricane Irma: What to know in Wellington, Royal Palm on Thursday

For those living in Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and the other western communities and preparing for Hurricane Irma, Thursday so far is all about getting shutters and plywood secured on homes and making sure last-minute supplies are in place.  A hurricane watch was issued Thursday morning for South Florida, from Jupiter south and including all of Palm Beach County.  Send tips on...
Big Dog Ranch Rescue houses pets saved from Hurricane Harvey

Big Dog Ranch Rescue houses pets saved from Hurricane Harvey

Organizations in Palm Beach County are helping give aid to Texas after Hurricane Harvey, but the efforts aren’t limited to just people. Big Dog Ranch Rescue is Loxahatchee Groves is sheltering more than 65 animals brought back from Houston Sunday after the major hurricane caused devastating flooding throughout Houston area, spokesman Chase Scott wrote in a news release. The plane that brought...
Wellington man’s community legacy: Shoes for kids, scholarship to FSU

Wellington man’s community legacy: Shoes for kids, scholarship to FSU

About 250 Wellington students showed up on the first day of school with new shoes thanks to the legacy of a man most never met. Christopher Aguirre has been gone for more than a decade, but his family has been using his name to make Wellington a better place. What started as just a small softball tournament to honor the memory of a brother, son and friend has turned into meals for families around...
Wellington scammer says he feared PBSO deputy, wins reduced sentence

Wellington scammer says he feared PBSO deputy, wins reduced sentence

Claiming he should be rewarded for helping prosecutors bring down a corrupt Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy, a convicted Wellington scammer on Wednesday asked a federal judge to cut his 11-year sentence in half. Instead, U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg shaved 3½ years off Kesner Joaseus’s sentence to reward him for ratting out former sheriff’s deputy Frantz Felisma...
At Wellington Elementary, ‘throw-able microphone’ is a hit with students

At Wellington Elementary, ‘throw-able microphone’ is a hit with students

When second grade students get the chance to answer questions into a microphone and then throw it to one of their classmates, they’re going to have a good time while learning. That was the idea behind Jennifer Cloutier’s “Asking and Answering Questions” unit recently at Wellington Elementary School.  The students used a “Qball,” which is a wirelesss...
Lake Worth or Loxahatchee Groves: Who will win the new PBSC building?

Lake Worth or Loxahatchee Groves: Who will win the new PBSC building?

Palm Beach State College President Ava Parker is getting plenty of suggestions on where a new dental and medical services technology building should be located, and at least two western community village councils want to make sure it’s out west. Both the Wellington and Royal Palm Beach councils sent letters to Parker, telling her they want that new building at the college’s new Loxahatchee...
What Wellington celebrity is celebrating her 28th birthday today?

What Wellington celebrity is celebrating her 28th birthday today?

A happy birthday to Wellington High’s Cassadee Pope. The “Voice” winner turned country music star, who was born in West Palm Beach, is 28 years old today. RELATED: DID YOU KNOW THESE SUPERSTARS LIVED IN JUPITER? Over the years, she’s played everywhere from CityPlace, Clematis By Night and the Trump International Golf Course to opening for other country music superstars at Coral...
New sand-based surface for some Wellington polo fields will help costs

New sand-based surface for some Wellington polo fields will help costs

In his goal to make the “Sport of Kings” more accessible to the masses, International Polo Club owner Mark Bellissimo is working to develop new low-maintenance polo fields. Right now, if an amateur polo team wants to rent out a field in Wellington to practice, it costs about $3,000-$5,000 per time or upward of $125,000 for the whole season, said Bellissimo’s Gladiator Polo Manager...
Royal Palm street getting 11 speed bumps after decades of issues

Royal Palm street getting 11 speed bumps after decades of issues

Residents along Sandpiper Avenue in Royal Palm Beach have been talking for decades about slowing traffic on their street. It’s finally going to happen. The Village Council recently changed its traffic calming policy, which will allow 11 speed bumps on the road between Royal Palm Beach Boulevard and Bobwhite Road. It it expected to take a year before construction is completed. The council approved...
Lion Country Safari history: Animals bit, gored and mauled visitors, staff

Lion Country Safari history: Animals bit, gored and mauled visitors, staff

Fifty years ago, visitors lined up for miles for the opening day of Lion Country Safari , a drive-through wild animal park that was the country’s first cageless zoo. In its half-century history, the park in rural Palm Beach County has been a favorite of local residents and of famous chimp researcher, Jane Goodall, who still visits once a year to study the park’s chimp population...

NEW: Person flown to hospital after accidental shooting in Wellington

One person was flown to a hospital Wednesday afternoon following an accidental shooting in Wellington, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The shooting took place at the Sugar Pond Manor neighborhood on Greenview Shores Boulevard. There was no information on the person’s condition.
NEW: South Florida Fair theme released (Hint: Costumes, floats, music)

NEW: South Florida Fair theme released (Hint: Costumes, floats, music)

If the South Florida Fair organizers took one thing away from the 2017 Mardi Gras-themed extravaganza it’s that everyone loves a parade. So the 2018 fair will be all about costumes, music and floats. The theme will be “Magical Parades,” which will feature one unique parade each day, said vice president and chief operating officer Vicki Chouris. This year’s fair will run is...
Lion Country Safari: Amazing photos, close encounters with lions, apes

Lion Country Safari: Amazing photos, close encounters with lions, apes

For the 50th anniversary of Lion Country Safari this month, we asked readers for their memories of the Loxahatchee park. Readers recalled a time when park rangers would put raw meat on visitors’ cars to draw lions closer. Some visitors were even allowed to feed or cuddle with lion cubs, in the years before regulations were changed. Here are your recollections: In Loxahatchee on a quiet...
UPDATE: Wellington’s Town Square Plaza (CVS, jewelry store) starts work

UPDATE: Wellington’s Town Square Plaza (CVS, jewelry store) starts work

Construction has begun in Wellington’s Town Square Plaza where the Provident Jewelry store will be moving to the east end and CVS will have a store. Workers are building the tower next to where the jewelry store will be headed. It’s just an aesthetic upgrade for the shopping center, said Bob Basehart, Wellington’s Planning, Zoning and Building director. Work has not begun on the...
Nation’s ‘School Lunch Fairy’ to help kids’ lunch debts is from Wellington

Nation’s ‘School Lunch Fairy’ to help kids’ lunch debts is from Wellington

Christian Cordon-Cano recently heard a radio segment about “school lunch shaming” — a practice where some public schools make a spectacle of throwing meals in the trash for kids that have outstanding debts. The response from most who hear that is “I hope someone does something about that.” Instead, Cordon-Cano, a 17-year-old King’s Academy senior, said “I&rsquo...
UPDATE: Preservation Foundation, H.O.W. pull events from Mar-a-Lago

UPDATE: Preservation Foundation, H.O.W. pull events from Mar-a-Lago

The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach and H.O.W. appear to be the latest nonprofits to pull an event from the Mar-a-Lago Club, the Palm Beach winter home of President Donald Trump. The Preservation Foundation, which celebrates and protects the architectural and cultural heritage of Palm Beach, planned to host a dance in March at the club, which has long been an oasis for charities and their...
South Florida Fair organizers reveal theme for 2018

South Florida Fair organizers reveal theme for 2018

The Mardi Gras parades were such a huge hit at this year’s South Florida Fair that organizers have made it the new theme for 2018. In the past, the organizers have often based the theme as a city like New Orleans or Las Vegas, but the 2018 event at the South Florida Fairgrounds will be all about parades from around the world. The specific parades won’t be revealed...
Acreage Library to host solar eclipse party

Acreage Library to host solar eclipse party

If you’re looking for some solar eclipse fun in the western communities Monday, the Acreage Library may be your best bet. The library, at 15801 Orange Blvd, Loxahatchee, will be hosting a party for families and people of all ages that includes “hot solar crafts and cool experiments.” The party starts at 2 p.m., and the peak viewing time for the eclipse is just before...
Fairgrounds filled need as distribution center for Hurricane Andrew

Fairgrounds filled need as distribution center for Hurricane Andrew

Typically when workers are unloading trucks at the South Florida Fairgrounds it’s to set up a Ferris wheel, a carnival game or a food stand. But 25 years ago, thousands of volunteers banded together to help their southern neighbors after Hurricane Andrew ripped through Miami-Dade County. Largely untouched by the category 5 storm, Palm Beach County and the fairgrounds became the epicenter of...
BET founder’s daughter suspended from equestrian competition after Walmart gaffe

BET founder’s daughter suspended from equestrian competition after Walmart gaffe

A groom’s mistake at a local Walmart has resulted in a one-year suspension from equestrian competition for Paige Johnson — the daughter of billionaire BET co-founder Robert L. Johnson. Johnson will miss the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington because of a failed drug test for her horse. A talented rider, Johnson became the first black American to win a major grand prix in 2015...
The latest delay in proposed Wellington condo-hotel project — traffic

The latest delay in proposed Wellington condo-hotel project — traffic

Who knew the word “condo” could have so much sway when it comes to traffic approval plans by Palm Beach County? But that’s the case in developer Mark Bellissimo’s vision to build condos and a condo hotel on the International Polo Club property in Wellington. After Bellissimo’s initial pitch was rejected by the county’s traffic study, he came up with a new one that...
Wellington High School getting a fire engine — yes you read that right

Wellington High School getting a fire engine — yes you read that right

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue is helping out what may be the next generation of local firefighters. The agency donated an old fire engine to Wellington High School’s Fire Academy last week, which will help the students with their hands-on training. The Fire Academy was started at the school in 2013. The one-of-a-kind program in Palm Beach County is critical in getting students ready for the...

You might see more drive-thrus in Wellington soon

More businesses and industries are starting to use drive-throughs as a way to make shopping easier on customers, and Wellington is looking for more of them. The Village Council unanimously passed a motion on first reading Tuesday, which gives businesses more flexibility of where they can put drive-drive-thrus. A 2004 “big box ordinance” removed the ability for Wellington businesses to...
Two boys still suffering from serious injuries after ATV crash

Two boys still suffering from serious injuries after ATV crash

Two crowd funding campaigns have raised nearly $5,000 for two boys who were seriously injured in an ATV crash Aug. 6 in Loxahatchee Groves. The boys were flown to a trauma center after the Sunday evening crash at the corner of D Road and Tangerine Drive when Barric Brown, 16, ran a stop sign and drove the ATV into the path of a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff&rsquo...
10 years later: Community honors fallen deputy from Wellington

10 years later: Community honors fallen deputy from Wellington

Sean Reyka thinks about his late father every day, but the memories were flooding back even harder than usual on Thursday. A decade has passed since Wellington resident and Broward County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Chris Reyka was killed outside a Walgreens in Pompano Beach. Reyka, 51, had spotted the tags of a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of the store when he was ambushed and shot five times...
Wellington gym owner offers 3 key steps to 90-day weight loss plan

Wellington gym owner offers 3 key steps to 90-day weight loss plan

If you’ve been putting off that plan to get in shape, a Wellington fitness center might have motivation for you. Get Fit Wellington, 11596 Pierson Road, recently started a 90-day fitness challenge with prizes for the biggest three-month transformations. The participants don’t have to be a gym member, don’t event have to live in Wellington and will have 90 days. The final day to enroll...
17 dogs get bus ride, homes in northeast, thanks to Wellington Chamber

17 dogs get bus ride, homes in northeast, thanks to Wellington Chamber

Dogs went on a long bus ride this week to find homes. The Wellington Chamber of Commerce leaders teamed up with Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control to find new homes for 17 dogs, bound for Martha’s Vineyard or New Hampshire. The Chamber sponsored a bus to take the dogs up to the northeast where more families are interested in adopting, said Executive Director Michela Green. And they&rsquo...
Horse branded ‘dirty stopper’ focus of trial against Wellington trainer

Horse branded ‘dirty stopper’ focus of trial against Wellington trainer

With Grand Funk Railroad’s “Some Kind of Wonderful” blaring in the background, the reddish-brown horse majestically lifted off the ground and cleared roughly a dozen fences, showing its prowess as a budding champion on the competitive show jumping circuit. But despite the video that was played for a federal jury on Monday, there was nothing wonderful about the horse, its owner contends...
NEW: Teen ran stop sign in crash that left 2 boys seriously injured

NEW: Teen ran stop sign in crash that left 2 boys seriously injured

The 14-year-old driver of an off-road vehicle that crashed Sunday ran a stop sign, causing a wreck that left the driver and a 10-year-old passenger with serious injuries, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Barric Brown, 14, of Wellington, sustained serious injuries after he drove a 2004 Honda four-wheeler into the side of a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500. Anthony Thacker, 10, of Loxahatchee...
The new name for Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre sounds very familiar

The new name for Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre sounds very familiar

Confused concertgoers beware: It’s Coral Sky. Again. Just when we all got used to the name Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, the name of the South Florida Fairgrounds concert venue has reverted back to its original name: Coral Sky Amphitheatre. RELATED: The 20 best shows ever at the Changing Names All The Time Amphitheatre This happens every few years when the corporate branding sponsorship lapses...
What’s important to Wellington residents? Surveys, social media telling

What’s important to Wellington residents? Surveys, social media telling

Wellington isn’t relying on people coming to meetings for input on their $110 million budget. Rather, they are bringing the budget to residents. The village has been circulating a budget challenge survey every year for feedback on specifics of the financial road map, but officials are taking it to another level this year. Staff members are attending every village event to talk to people about...
West Boynton All-Stars open regional play today

West Boynton All-Stars open regional play today

West Boynton Beach begins its quest today to become only the second area team to reach the Little League World Series. READ: West Boynton feeling the love on the way to regionals The West Boynton All-Stars face the Logan Little League (West Va.) All-Stars today at 4 p.m. in their opening game of the Southeast Region in Warner Robins, Ga. The last Palm Beach County team to reach the World Series was...
He’s spent 30 years building an Irish castle in Wellington. Why?

He’s spent 30 years building an Irish castle in Wellington. Why?

Bruce Woods wanted a castle. Not a romantic fairy tale castle, like the one at Disney World. Woods longed for a stout Medieval citadel, inspired by the gatehouse of an Irish castle built in 1184. “I saw a book on castles at the library and found Lohort, which is a small castle,” explained Woods. “I said, ‘Hey, I can build that.’” And so he has, laboring...
Tribute concerts, movie highlight schedule at Wellington Amphitheater

Tribute concerts, movie highlight schedule at Wellington Amphitheater

The Wellington Amphitheater will have a full schedule this week with two tribute concerts and a movie. The action kicks off tonight when a Foreigner tribute band takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. to play for the Food Truck Invasion, which starts at 5. The next night, Wellington will be hosting a movie showing of the 2017 Power Rangers film, slated to start at 8...
After back-and-forth tattletale, food trucks open again in Lox Groves

After back-and-forth tattletale, food trucks open again in Lox Groves

About two weeks after Loxahatchee Groves shut down its food trucks, the mobile eateries are allowed to come back — at least for now. The Town Council voted Tuesday night to allow food trucks on specific types of properties while they deliberate the best way to handle the issue. Code enforcement forced four food trucks to close last month after an anonymous complaint against Big Herm’s...
Waste Management donates backpacks to Boys and Girls Club children

Waste Management donates backpacks to Boys and Girls Club children

A couple hundred students took new backpacks home from the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys and Girls Club this week thanks to Waste Management. The company donated 240 backpacks to the children at the club to help them prepare for the new school year. Representatives spent time with the kids and allowed them to take time in picking which backpack they wanted. Waste Management Territory Manager...
Gas, convenience store coming to golf course site west of Boynton

Gas, convenience store coming to golf course site west of Boynton

A 3.5-acre piece of land formerly part of The Falls Club of the Palm Beaches at Hypoluxo and Jog roads will become retail space to include a gas station and convenience store. Cumberland Farms will open eight pumps and 16 fuel stations and a convenience store, according to Palm Beach County documents. A second retail building on the site is expected to be 6...
Who is posting signs in Wellington threatening to poison stray cats?

Who is posting signs in Wellington threatening to poison stray cats?

After signs popped up near the Wellington Aquatics Complex threatening rat poison would be used on stray cats, the woman who feeds the cats wants answers. Gabrielle Marksz noticed the signs last week that included an image of rat poison and said “Stop feeding the cats. Next time we see cat food, the cats will get very sick. It’s on you! Please wait and take care of them.” READ: FDLE...
Fitness Center challenges Wellington to get in shape

Fitness Center challenges Wellington to get in shape

A Wellington fitness center is challenging locals to get in shape. Get Fit Wellington is hosting the 2017 Get Fit Wellington 90 day health and fitness contest.  Locals can win prize money by making the biggest transformation. Judging is based on “overall body fat lost, lean mass gain, health improvements, before and after photos, transformation video and...
Royal Palm Beach explains why it banned medical marijuana dispensaries

Royal Palm Beach explains why it banned medical marijuana dispensaries

Royal Palm Beach residents looking for medical marijuana will have to buy it elsewhere. The Royal Palm Beach Council recently voted to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in the village by a unanimous 5-0 margin. This comes after nearly 75 percent of state voters wanted to legalize medicinal pot last year. READ: Wellington, Royal Palm Beach talk medical marijuana limits The council initially wanted...
Wellington kids will get back-to-school supplies at summer block party

Wellington kids will get back-to-school supplies at summer block party

Dozens of Wellington families will get help with school supplies when the village distributes donated items at its annual Back-to-School Community Block Party on Saturday. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tiger Shark Cove Park where the village will hand out pencils, paper, glue, rulers, folders, backpacks, crayons and notebooks. The village collected the supplies for families in need...
VIDEO: Beep of the ball: Vision-impaired players excel in Wellington

VIDEO: Beep of the ball: Vision-impaired players excel in Wellington

Baseball games are typically punctuated by the crack of a bat, the snap of a glove and the pop of bubblegum. Beeping? Not so much. But when hundreds of visually impaired athletes descended on Wellington this week, it became part of the game. The National Beep Baseball Association’s World Series stopped here for a co-ed competition among visually impaired athletes — an organization that...
Family of electrocuted worker sues South Florida Fair

Family of electrocuted worker sues South Florida Fair

The family of a 54-year-old New York man who was electrocuted in January while setting up a Ferris wheel at the South Florida Fair has filed a wrongful death suit against the fair and amusement companies involved in the accident. In the lawsuit filed this week in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, the family of Vincent Redd claims that negligence on the part of the fair and others caused the fatal accident...
Jury: Ford airbags not at fault in 2003 crash that killed two men

Jury: Ford airbags not at fault in 2003 crash that killed two men

Faulty airbags in a Ford Mustang were not to blame for a 2003 crash on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard that claimed the lives of two young men, a Palm Beach County jury decided this month. After listening to nearly a week of testimony, the jury last week unanimously cleared Ford Motor Co. of wrongdoing in the deaths of 20-year-old Jupiter resident Anthony Llera and his 19-year-old friend, Heriberto...
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...
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