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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wellington needs summer identity to help business during quiet months

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

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

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

Melgen Medicare fraud trial costs both sides big bucks

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

$18 million Canyon library supported by returning Boynton West leader

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Busy Wellington intersection could finally get turn lanes in 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Traffic issues delay vote on Wellington equestrian hotel project

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

Non-profit opens non-perishable food pantry for Wellington seniors

Wellington’s population is filled with retirees, but some of its oldest residents have one less worry: Where their food is coming from in a pinch. Wellington Cares, a non-profit senior aid organization in the village, recently started a non-perishable food pantry. Actually the “pantry” is more of a closet for now, Volunteer Coordinator Diane Gutman said, but she is confident it will...
Juror holdout causes mistrial in malpractice case against St. Mary’s

Juror holdout causes mistrial in malpractice case against St. Mary’s

The qualms of one juror blocked what could have been an “eight-figure” verdict for a former Wellington woman who has been in a permanent vegetative state since being treated at St. Mary’s Medical Center four years ago, an attorney for her family said Thursday. After a mistrial was declared last week in the multi-million medical malpractice case against the West Palm Beach hospital...
Wellington to re-introduce fluoride in water

Wellington to re-introduce fluoride in water

The fluoride in the village’s water supply is finally making its return. Wellington announced that fluoride will be re-introduced to the water on May 15, nearly a year after the Village Council unanimously voted to re-introduce it in the water supply.
Commentary: More public input needed on equestrian hotel project

Commentary: More public input needed on equestrian hotel project

I was surprised when I walked into Village Hall for the Equestrian Preserve Committee meeting last week. Sure, it was a meeting of an advisory board that wasn’t making an final decisions, but I was expecting a much bigger crowd. Developer Mark Bellissimo’s proposal to build hotels at the International Polo Club was starting the public hearing process. The usuals showed up but that was...
Training them early: 90 Wellington children compete in Kids Triathlon

Training them early: 90 Wellington children compete in Kids Triathlon

The kids of Wellington got a chance to sweat a little bit this month. The village sponsored a Kids Triathlon on April 2 with age divisions from “Super Seniors,” who are ages 13 and 14 to “Trikes,” who are ages 4, 5 and 6. The distances varied on the runs, bikes and swims were different for each age group. Overall, 90 kids competed. The winners: Super Seniors (Birthdays in 2003...
King’s Academy students get thrill of seeing Chinese, U.S. presidents

King’s Academy students get thrill of seeing Chinese, U.S. presidents

King’s Academy freshman Allison Sun has only been in the United States for about a year. She never thought she would see the planes from Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump on the same day. “I think maybe it was the most exciting experience in my life,” said Sun, who is planning to finish her schooling in this country. She was one of about 30 Chinese...
Hotels in Wellington Equestrian Preserve? Here’s where it stands now

Hotels in Wellington Equestrian Preserve? Here’s where it stands now

The Wellington Equestrian Preserve Committee gave Mark Bellissimo its stamp of approval on his International Polo Club hotel proposals Wednesday in a four-hour meeting. It was the first time the public was invited to voice opinions on the issue, but it did not generate much buzz from a surprisingly low turnout. The committee voted 7-0 to recommended that the Village Council pass all of the proposals...
Equestrian Preserve Committee moves hotel proposal forward

Equestrian Preserve Committee moves hotel proposal forward

The Equestrian Preserve Committee is on board. The advisory board to the Village Council approved developer Mark Bellissimo’s proposals to remove much of the International Polo Club property from the equestrian preserve and eventually build hotels on the property. It voted separately on five ordinances including removing the property from the preserve and changing the zoning to allow...
UPDATE: Belle Glade man missing for two months found safe

UPDATE: Belle Glade man missing for two months found safe

Update, 6:30 p.m. Thursday: Lenwood Stevens has been found safe, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Original Story: The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in finding a Belle Glade man missing for nearly two months. Lenwood Stevens, 59, was last seen Feb. 15 about 3 p.m. in the area of Southwest Avenue D and Southwest Sixth Street and...
Hotels vs. green space: Wellington equestrian hotel debate hits public

Hotels vs. green space: Wellington equestrian hotel debate hits public

Wellington has enjoyed just more than a year of peace from the dueling political factions that have come to define the town in many ways this decade. That discord, however, will likely catch fire again Wednesday. Developer Mark Bellissimo’s plan to skirt a 2016 referendum and build hotels on his properties in the now-equestrian preserve is hitting a public meeting when the Equestrian Preserve...
Melgen’s diagnoses of macular degeneration an ‘epidemic,’ Boca doc says

Melgen’s diagnoses of macular degeneration an ‘epidemic,’ Boca doc says

Knowing Dr. Salomon Melgen had trained under a renowned Harvard eye researcher who pioneered retinal surgery, ophthalmologist Dr. Alan Aker was pleased when Melgen agreed to spend one day a week treating patients at his busy Boca Raton practice. But soon after Melgen began working at the Aker Kasten Eye Center in 2002, optometrists began voicing concern that every patient Melgen examined was receiving...
The buzz in Wellington: CVS could be swapping spots with liquor store

The buzz in Wellington: CVS could be swapping spots with liquor store

If you’ve recently been to the Wellington Town Square plaza at Forest Hill Boulevard and South Shore Boulevard, you’ve likely seen bright yellow signs at the entrance to the parking lot. “PUBLIC NOTICE,” it says in all caps. “This property is subject to the following request.” The check box “variance” is marked and there is a brief description written...
WATCH: PBS special features Wellington

WATCH: PBS special features Wellington

Wellington was the latest city to be featured on the PBS show, sponsored by Discover the Palm Beaches. The show covered everything from equestrian life, to local businesses, the history of the village and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Everglades Habitat. You can watch the full, 26-minute show on YouTube.
Middle School teacher’s mentoring plan — manners, self defense, service

Middle School teacher’s mentoring plan — manners, self defense, service

Duana Daniels is proof that teachers really can shape a person. Growing up in the Glades, she says things could have gone a lot differently in her life if some teachers didn’t take special interest in her and help point her in the right direction. Now a math teacher herself, Daniels has been doing the same for girls in Royal Palm Beach’s Crestwood Middle School. READ: Hands-on learning...
Wellington to host triathlon for kids

Wellington to host triathlon for kids

Combining running, swimming and bicycling, the triathlon is one of the tougher physical activities that adults can do.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe open in Loxahatchee Groves

A new food and smoothie restaurant is hosting a grand opening celebration in the Loxahatchee Groves Commons plaza along Southern Boulevard. Tropical Smoothie Cafe, which has seven other locations in Palm Beach County including one in Wellington, is holding the event today and Saturday. The chain has more than 545 locations nationwide.
‘Time capsule’ at Wellington Barnes & Noble marks 15 years of change

‘Time capsule’ at Wellington Barnes & Noble marks 15 years of change

It started with a simple request from a store manager to one of her employees: Check under some old shelves to see if there was carpet beneath. But what came of that request was something entirely unexpected: A startling find that ignited a look back at how one place over a span of 15 years can tie people together and create relationships — including my own. The long, compressed-wood shelving...
Husband having sex with wife in fatal DUI crash gets 5 years prison

Husband having sex with wife in fatal DUI crash gets 5 years prison

Calling it one of “the most senseless, tragic acts” she’s ever come across, a Palm Beach County judge sentenced a 33-year-old Loxahatchee husband and father to five years in prison Wednesday for a 2014 wreck that killed his wife as they had sex while he drove drunk. The sentence for Matthew Notebaert came just over three years after the death of his wife, Amanda, in a crash that...
Surprise! Wellington cancer survivor, 8, gets day with Astros pitcher

Surprise! Wellington cancer survivor, 8, gets day with Astros pitcher

Drew Dawson got all of it. The toss from Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. smacked off the 8-year-old’s bat up the middle of the field and he was already running. He finished a full sprint rounding the bases with a slide into home and a big smile on his face. McCullers joked that he hung a change-up and Drew’s mother, Tristan Dawson, called it Drew’s “victory lap&rdquo...
Scammer who flipped on PBSO deputy gets 11 years in prison

Scammer who flipped on PBSO deputy gets 11 years in prison

A 47-year-old Wellington man, who helped federal prosecutors build an identity theft case against a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy, on Wednesday was sentenced for his own involvement in the scam, as well as a home rental scam. Kesner Joaseus, 47, was sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in a rental scam, to be followed by an additional two years in prison for his role in an identity...
Wellington approves proposal for second hotel in village

Wellington approves proposal for second hotel in village

Wellington looks like it is going to get a second hotel. The Wellington Village Council unanimously approved a motion Tuesday night to allow a hotel near the Mall at Wellington Green where previously only the Hampton Inn and Suites was permitted. The hotel, which is expected to be a Fairfield Inn, can be five stories and have 125 rooms. Birch Development would build the hotel and it would be managed...
Cassie Ortiz, 16, sings her way to American Equestrians Got Talent win

Cassie Ortiz, 16, sings her way to American Equestrians Got Talent win

Everyone knows that equestrians can ride horses but many of them also have other talents. They’ve been showing them off all season during the third annual American Equestrians Got Talent competition that ended this month. Dressage rider Cassie Ortiz, 16, won in the finale, showing off her pipes and collecting a check for $10,000 on March 19, according to a news release. In her first performance...
Successful Wellington Equestrian season ending soon

Successful Wellington Equestrian season ending soon

The arrival of spring means the Winter Equestrian Festival will soon be coming to an end for the year. But there is still a final weekend of events at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and a couple more weeks at the International Polo Club before many of the seasonal residents pack up their horses and head out of town. In many ways it was a historic year for the sport locally. This was...
Would President Trump be jealous of the perks on ‘Air Horse One’?

Would President Trump be jealous of the perks on ‘Air Horse One’?

Editor’s Note: Sure, President Donald Trump’s got Air Force One. (And even his own private plane, Trump Force One.) But even he might be jealous of the accommodations on Air Horse One, which flies horses in and out of Palm Beach County during the height of the equestrian and horse racing season. Here is Staci Sturrock’s story from February 2015: It’s boarding time for the Boeing...
Acreage Facebook group finds more than one thousands lost pets a year

Acreage Facebook group finds more than one thousands lost pets a year

A growing Acreage non-profit that has nearly 11,000 members in a Facebook group and reunites more than 1,000 pets with their owners every year all started with one lost dog. Gail Bass created “Loxahatchee Lost and Found Pets” in 2012 to help find a neighbor’s dog named Daisy. The dog was never found, but she thought the group could help find other pets in the sprawling, rural area...
JUST IN: PBSO arrests 11 men in Greenacres prostitution sweep

JUST IN: PBSO arrests 11 men in Greenacres prostitution sweep

Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies arrested 11 men Friday in a prostitution sweep in the city, a spokeswoman said. See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail The men range in age from 20 to 54 and all face a charge of soliciting another to commit prostitution. The operation happened on the 3600 block of South Military Trail, along the Greenacres-Palm Springs border north of...
Reggae 4 Cure to benefit Sickle Cell Foundation

Reggae 4 Cure to benefit Sickle Cell Foundation

The Reggae 4 Cure benefit concert is coming to the Wellington Amphitheater Saturday to benefit the Sickle Cell Foundation of Palm Beach County & Treasure Coast. It will feature live music from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., and anyone interested can purchase tickets at www.reggae4cure.com. The foundation provides care for more than 30,000 people across Palm Beach, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St...
UF student from Wellington gets ‘sweet’ trivia contest deal from ESPN

UF student from Wellington gets ‘sweet’ trivia contest deal from ESPN

Wellington resident and University of Florida student Paul Wassel III was sweating his Gators a little extra hard in their second round NCAA basketball tournament matchup against the University of Virginia. If the team advanced to the Sweet 16, Wassel and two fellow students would be flown to Chicago to compete for a share of $100,000 in Bracket Genius, a new ESPN general knowledge trivia show that...
Palm Beach County population growth outpaces most of nation in 2016

Palm Beach County population growth outpaces most of nation in 2016

Turns out, blue skies, warm weather, palm trees and beaches are a bit of a draw. Palm Beach County’s population grew by nearly 22,000 people from July of 2015 to July of 2016, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. That growth put the county’s population at 1,443,810. Only four other counties in Florida — Orange, Hillsborough, Broward and Lee &mdash...
Wellington Amphitheater to host concert, movie

Wellington Amphitheater to host concert, movie

A concert and a movie highlight Thursday and Friday night at the Wellington Amphitheater. A Jimi Hendrix tribute band will take the stage Thursday at 6:30 p.

Six county schools combine to raise about $200k in Dance Marathons

Three western community high schools led the way on Dance Marathon fundraising in Palm Beach County. Wellington High School was thee top school by far, raising $82,444.17 for the Children’s Miracle Network. The school currently has the fifth largest total nationwide. The money will go toward pediatric cancer research, new medical equipment and activities for children enduring long hospital stays...
Is crime up or down in Wellington? Latest PBSO report has the details

Is crime up or down in Wellington? Latest PBSO report has the details

Crime in Wellington is a sore subject for some. The village is branded as a “Great Hometown” that is a safe place to live for families. It’s also an equestrian wonderland in the winter. But some have been starting to question that safety because of recent crimes like two homicides, a sober home raid and a large uptick in burglaries from vehicles. I’ll get emails...
Polo players raise $275,000 for Wellington Boys and Girls Club

Polo players raise $275,000 for Wellington Boys and Girls Club

Some of the biggest names in polo came together this month to raise money for the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington. The 4th annual ‘Great Futures Celebrity Polo Charity Cup & Brunch’ raised $275,000 on March 12 and featured players such as Nacho Figueras, Nic Roldan, John Walsh, Brandon Phillips and Martin Pepa. Busloads of Club children were taken to Grand Champions...
NEW: Former Miami-Dade cop accused of firing gun at Acreage neighbors

NEW: Former Miami-Dade cop accused of firing gun at Acreage neighbors

A former Miami-Dade County police officer remains in the Palm Beach County Jail after he allegedly fired several gunshots Thursday at neighbors in The Acreage, according to an arrest report. Michael Patrick Gallagher, 55, is facing two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and is being held without bond. See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail The alleged victims were...
Alleged Belle Glade gang member accused of stalking PBSO sergeant

Alleged Belle Glade gang member accused of stalking PBSO sergeant

A Belle Glade woman documented in Palm Beach County as a gang member remains behind bars and is accused of repeatedly calling and threatening to kill a sergeant with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, according to an arrest report. Ieshia V. Day, 18, is facing two counts of obscene communication and one count of stalking. She is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $25,000...
Heroin crisis in Wellington? Mayor refuses to sign letter to Scott

Heroin crisis in Wellington? Mayor refuses to sign letter to Scott

Mayor Anne Gerwig refused to sign a letter backed by the rest of the village council to ask the governor to declare a health emergency over heroin overdose deaths. While acknowledging the problem sweeping the county and nation, Gerwig drew the line at Wellington, saying the letter may give the wrong impression about overdoses in the village of 60,000. READ: The Palm Beach’s Post’s special...
Swank’s ‘Farm Market’ Brunch returns this weekend

Swank’s ‘Farm Market’ Brunch returns this weekend

Swank Farm’s  series of “Farm Market”  brunches continues Sunday with U-pick strawberries and live music, all in Loxahatchee Groves’ rural setting.   And like some of the more popular brunches, it will be a casual affair. In this one, however, you purchase a ticket for the dish of your choice.  Brunch ticket prices range from the following: Free...
Despite 10-vote margin, no recount in Royal Palm; Swift ousted

Despite 10-vote margin, no recount in Royal Palm; Swift ousted

The Palm Beach County Elections Office has counted the provisional ballots and it looks like no recount will be necessary in David Swift-Richard Valuntas Village Council race in Royal Palm Beach. After the counting of all votes, including provisional ballots, was completed early Wednesday morning, the two were separated by just 10 votes, but Valuntas won by 0.62 percent. An automatic recount is necessary...
Seth Adams’ parents to keep up fight; PBSO calls mistrial ‘unfortunate’

Seth Adams’ parents to keep up fight; PBSO calls mistrial ‘unfortunate’

Before collapsing tearfully into the arms of a friend who was waiting outside a federal courtroom on Wednesday afternoon, Lydia Adams did a slight fist pump. While a jury, after nearly 14 hours of deliberation during three days, couldn’t agree about whether Palm Beach County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Custer used excessive force in May 2012 when he fatally shot her 24-year-old son, Seth...
NEW: Boynton nurses accused of stealing pain meds from ailing patients

NEW: Boynton nurses accused of stealing pain meds from ailing patients

Two nurses at a nursing home in Boynton Beach have been arrested after they allegedly stole drugs intended for ailing elderly patients and swapped them with Tylenol tablets, according to arrest reports. The thefts left multiple patients at Hamlin Place of Boynton Beach in pain after they did not receive their proper medications, the reports said. See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach County...
Relay for Life mega event at Fairgrounds draws huge numbers, donations

Relay for Life mega event at Fairgrounds draws huge numbers, donations

When the Relay for Life organizers in the western communities needed to combine the four individual events into one big blowout at the South Florida Fairgrounds, they didn’t know what to expect. But after about 1,000 attendees showed up Saturday and raised more than $115,000, they knew the decision paid off. Instead of spending money on separate events in West Palm Beach, Wellington, Royal Palm...
Could battle over road extension cost Ibis homeowners millions?

Could battle over road extension cost Ibis homeowners millions?

West Palm Beach’s efforts to prevent an extension of State Road 7 near the Ibis Golf & Country Club could cost Ibis’ 1,800 homeowners more than $40 million in pollution clean-up costs, and possibly lead to costs for other communities that feed storm water into Grassy Waters Preserve. That’s an estimate by officials of the Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District, a water management...
Village could be getting a second hotel near Mall at Wellington Green

Village could be getting a second hotel near Mall at Wellington Green

Wellington may be getting another hotel. And no, it’s not in the existing equestrian preserve. Not yet, anyway. The Planning, Zoning and Adjustment Board unanimously approved the idea for a five-story, 125-room hotel near the Mall at Wellington Green, which the village’s staff said could help fill the need for more rooms, especially during the Winter Equestrian Festival. It still must...
Acreage mom has a product she says will fix pesky mosquito bites

Acreage mom has a product she says will fix pesky mosquito bites

When Kelley Higney moved to Palm Beach County from San Diego, her family had to deal with something that had never really been a concern before: Mosquitoes. While the southwest was dryer and cooler, Higney said it seemed like the pesky buzzing insects were everywhere in tropical Florida, especially in the Acreage where they live now. She said her daughter Leah was always getting bitten. Higney was...
JUST IN: Woman accused of stealing nearly $14,000 from Lake Worth bar

JUST IN: Woman accused of stealing nearly $14,000 from Lake Worth bar

A Royal Palm Beach woman is accused of stealing nearly $14,000 from a downtown Lake Worth bar where she worked as a server, according to an arrest report. Stefanie Alfano, 31, is facing a charge of grand theft and was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Thursday after posting a $5,000 bond. See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail A second woman, whose name is blacked out...
NEW: Wellington teen charged with pistol-whipping man during robbery

NEW: Wellington teen charged with pistol-whipping man during robbery

An 18-year-old Wellington man remained in jail Friday morning after his arrest this week for allegedly pistol-whipping a man during a robbery. Authorities say David Blackwood and three other suspects used BB guns to rob a 20-year-old man the night of March 2. The robbery occurred west of the city in the Plantation Mobile Home Park south of Okeechobee Boulevard, the Palm Beach County Sheriff&rsquo...
Sheriff’s expert: Seth Adams likely in ‘excited’ phase of inebriation

Sheriff’s expert: Seth Adams likely in ‘excited’ phase of inebriation

By the time of Seth Adams’ fatal encounter with Palm Beach County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Custer, the beer he drank at a bar earlier likely had him in the “excited” phase of inebriation, according to a sheriff’s office hired expert. Forensic psychologist Teri Stockham took the stand Tuesday during what was the first full day of defense testimony in the multi-million-dollar...
Growth and traffic key issues in two Royal Palm Village Council races

Growth and traffic key issues in two Royal Palm Village Council races

The four candidates vying for two Village Council seats in Royal Palm Beach are all concerned with one main, common thing: growth. With growth comes increased traffic, and the western communities are growing at a rapid rate — ramped up by new municipality Westlake to the north and the budding 2,000-home community Arden to the west. RELATED: Complete coverage of Palm Beach County municipal elections...
Combined Relay for Life to hit South Florida Fairgrounds

Combined Relay for Life to hit South Florida Fairgrounds

The annual Relay For Life will hit the South Florida Fairgrounds this weekend and it will be bigger than ever. This year organizers have combined individual events from Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Loxahatchee Groves, Acreage and West Palm Beach to create one big relay to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The event will take place from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday. The gates will open at 2 p...

A year removed from a divisive election, where is Wellington now?

Sit back, relax and take a deep breath, Wellington. You get to sit this one out. As the majority of municipalities around the county are gearing up for the next municipal election, Wellington is one of the few that don’t have anyone or anything on the ballot this year. And that’s probably for the best. Just about one year ago, the village was thrown into one of the most political and certainly...
Largest mobile pet adoption event began near Wellington

Largest mobile pet adoption event began near Wellington

Right at the border of Wellington, the world’s largest mobile pet adoption event began its trek around the country. North Shore Animal League America’s 2017 Tour For Life began Saturday at Jake’s Pet Supply, 4115 State Road 7, with Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig and Vice Mayor John McGovern on hand for a ribbon cutting. The event lasted five hours and 15 animals were adopted. North...
JUST IN: Man allegedly raped girl, 13, in church during funeral

JUST IN: Man allegedly raped girl, 13, in church during funeral

A Pahokee man is facing charges that he raped a 13-year-old girl while she was attending a funeral at a church, according to an arrest report. Andre Brown, 26, is being held without bond at the Palm Beach County Jail and is facing one count of sexual assault on a victim between 12 and 18 years old. Who’s been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail The alleged rape took place April 30, 2016,...
Seth Adams’ mom in tears on stand before PBSO begins its defense

Seth Adams’ mom in tears on stand before PBSO begins its defense

As head of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes division, it was Captain Michael Wallace’s job in 2012 to talk to family members of people harmed or killed in officer-involved shootings. In May of that year, Wallace told a federal jury Monday, it was left to him to call Lydia Adams and offer, on behalf of the agency, condolences over Sgt. Michael Custer’s fatal shooting...
In arguing its case against road, did West Palm put itself in a bind?

In arguing its case against road, did West Palm put itself in a bind?

West Palm Beach has spent more than $2 million to fight extending State Road 7 beside Grassy Waters, a remnant of the Everglades that provides the city’s drinking water. Road runoff and spills would pollute the pristine preserve, the city has argued in fighting the road permit issued by the South Florida Water Management District. But the district says West Palm’s rationale for opposing...
As Mayor Ferreri era ends, he throws support to novice facing rival

As Mayor Ferreri era ends, he throws support to novice facing rival

The year is 1988. President Ronald Reagan is in his final days in office. Gas sells for 91 cents per gallon. Singer George Michael gave us all “Faith.” And Sam Ferreri is appointed mayor of Greenacres. Ferreri was deputy mayor when Mayor Jim Quigley stepped down to run for a seat on the Palm Beach County Commission. Ferreri was then elected in March 1989 and has held the position ever...
Grieving parents of Seth Adams testify in trial against PBSO

Grieving parents of Seth Adams testify in trial against PBSO

At times struggling to maintain his composure, the father of Seth Adams on Thursday told a federal jury about the horror of learning his 24-year-old son had been shot and killed by Palm Beach County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Custer and the indignities he, his wife and their surviving son suffered as they tried to deal with their grief. Richard Adams also told the jury — that is deciding the...
Concessions help Winding Trails equestrian plan pass in Wellington

Concessions help Winding Trails equestrian plan pass in Wellington

After months of discussion and several marathon meetings, the Winding Trails equestrian development project was approved Tuesday night. Ward Real Estate is planning to build nine large-lot equestrian estates including barns with owners apartments and groom’s quarters on the defunct Wanderers Executive Course in Wellington. Similar to previous meetings, dozens of residents came to Village Hall...
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation to give $20k in scholarships

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation to give $20k in scholarships

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation will be handing out $20,000 worth of scholarships to 10 local, college-bound students at a luncheon Sunday at the International Polo Club. Each of the students were nominated by a PBSO deputy, and all 10 will receive a $2,000 scholarship to help pay for their freshman year of college. The luncheon starts at 12:30 The scholarship program for the foundation...
Seth Adams on phone: ‘I’m not kidding. I’ve been shot by a cop’

Seth Adams on phone: ‘I’m not kidding. I’ve been shot by a cop’

David Adams was on the computer and his wife, Raina, was watching TV at their rural Loxahatchee Groves home in May 2012 when shots rang out. “Pop, pop, pop, pop,” Raina Adams said Wednesday of the sounds that interrupted the quiet just before midnight. Seconds later, her phone rang. It was her brother-in-law, Seth, breathlessly telling her he’d been shot. Thinking he was kidding...
Palm Beach State holds grand opening for Loxahatchee Groves campus

Palm Beach State holds grand opening for Loxahatchee Groves campus

The fifth Palm Beach State College Campus has been a long time coming. A really long time. What’s now the Dennis P. Gallon campus in Loxahatchee Groves was first approved in 2005, and school officials have been working to make it happen ever since. Gallon, a former president of Palm Beach State, retired in 2015 after 18 years on the job, passing the baton to new president Ava Parker. She secured...
Commentary: So where does Wellington stand on medical marijuana?

Commentary: So where does Wellington stand on medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana debates are heating up in Wellington and across the state. I wrote a story about the Village Council discussing how to regulate it. When that story went up on the Post on Wellington Facebook page, negative comments started. “How ‘bout we insist that our Village pass legislation keeping these dispensaries OUT of Wellington completely?” one person asked. ” ...
PBSO: Trucker traded $300,000 in vitamins for cash in Belle Glade

PBSO: Trucker traded $300,000 in vitamins for cash in Belle Glade

A Miami-Dade truck driver allegedly swapped a load of vitamins worth $300,000 in Belle Glade for a promised $10,000 payment, according to an arrest report. Jose Manuel Hernandez-Riandes, 54, is facing a charge of grand larceny of $100,000 or more and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. » Download our PostNOW app to get the latest Breaking News Hernandez-Riandes...
Wellington High School has raised $40k for Children’s Miracle Network

Wellington High School has raised $40k for Children’s Miracle Network

After Wellington High Schools’s most recent fundraiser, its total raised for the annual Dance Marathon is creeping closer to a $50,000 goal. The students collected about $750 at the event Saturday and raised more awareness about the March 10 Dance Marathon, which is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. They’ve now raised more than $40,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network. The fundraiser...
Royal Palm Beach speeders beware: New plan expected to slow drivers

Royal Palm Beach speeders beware: New plan expected to slow drivers

People living along Sandpiper Avenue in Royal Palm Beach seen speeding cars for years. The speed limit is just 25 miles per hour on the narrow road with single story houses lining it just off of Royal Palm Beach Boulevard, but locals say most drivers ignore the signs. Mike Gershberg saw a driver exceeding 50 miles per hour lose control and smash into two of his parked vehicles, he told the Royal Palm...
Wellington to host Mardi Paws in the Park

Wellington to host Mardi Paws in the Park

Wellington is hosting its take on the popular New Orleans Mardi Gras Saturday, which will be combined with four-legged friends. The second annual Mardi Paws in the Park will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wellington Dog Park on Greenbriar Boulevard. There will be a costume contest for the dogs and games for both canines and children. All proceeds from the event will go to the Shepherd Help...
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