Kevin D. Thompson

Kevin D. Thompson writes news stories, features and blogs on Lake Worth for The Palm Beach Post. He has more than 30 years of newspaper and magazine experience as a writer, editor, reporter and blogger. Kevin joined the Post in January 1996 as an entertainment writer. He was the paper's television critic for 12 years (1996-2008) and theater critic for one (2008-2009). In his career, Kevin has held various positions – researcher, business reporter, small business editor, senior editor, entertainment correspondent, television columnist, education writer. He was an associate editor and small business editor at Black Enterprise magazine for six years in New York City and worked as a reporter and entertainment correspondent for People magazine for two years in New York City and Los Angeles. Kevin has covered entertainment extensively and written celebrity profiles for such newspapers and magazines as the New York Daily News, the New York Post and Essence while working as freelance writer and before joining The Palm Beach Post. Kevin has been working on a novel the last several years with the ultimate goal of becoming a published author who sips cocktails by the pool. Kevin has two adult children and a faithful cat named FeFe. He lives in West Palm Beach with his wife, Sharon.

Latest from Kevin D. Thompson

Lake Worth’s Shred Shed gears up for Street Painting Festival
 Joe Varricchio, owner of Shred Shed, a new Lake Worth skateboard shop on Lake Avenue looks a little nervous. With the city’s popular Street Painting Festival about to hit town, Varricchio, admits he doesn’t really know what to expect. “I hope to see 100,000 people walk by here this weekend,” he says. “But I have...

Posted: 4 hours ago

Joe Varricchio, owner of Shred Shed, a new Lake Worth skateboard shop on Lake Avenue looks a little nervous. With the city’s popular Street Painting Festival about to hit town, Varricchio, admits he doesn’t really know what to expect. “I hope to see 100,000 people walk by here this weekend,” he says. “But I have...
THINGS TO DO: Check out Lake Worth’s last bonfire of season on Friday
 The sun slowly sets over Lake Worth Beach. The fire is hot and crackling. The 74-degree temperature is perfect. “I didn’t even know this was going on,” says Tannvania Stanford, 23, who just wandered onto the beach. “It’s so nice and relaxing we’ll be here for a few hours.” The place: Lake Worth Beach...

Posted: 2 days ago

The sun slowly sets over Lake Worth Beach. The fire is hot and crackling. The 74-degree temperature is perfect. “I didn’t even know this was going on,” says Tannvania Stanford, 23, who just wandered onto the beach. “It’s so nice and relaxing we’ll be here for a few hours.” The place: Lake Worth Beach...
Lake Worth’s eateries can’t wait until Street Painting Festival
 The calendar says it’s February, but for downtown Lake Worth restaurant owners, this weekend will feel more like Christmas. On Saturday and Sunday, the 24th Annual Lake Worth Street Painting Festival rolls into town as more than 600 artists turn Lake and Lucerne Avenues into a giant outdoor art gallery. More than 100,000 people are...

Posted: 2 days ago

The calendar says it’s February, but for downtown Lake Worth restaurant owners, this weekend will feel more like Christmas. On Saturday and Sunday, the 24th Annual Lake Worth Street Painting Festival rolls into town as more than 600 artists turn Lake and Lucerne Avenues into a giant outdoor art gallery. More than 100,000 people are...
New womens clothing store coming to downtown Lake Worth
 Magnolia Boutique, a new womens clothing store, is moving into 11 S. J Street next month. “We’re going to have designer clothes, mostly resort wear and also evening wear for special occasions,” said Phyllis Plaskett-Brooks, store owner. “All of our prices are curated by us, which means we go out and meet with designers...

Posted: 6 days ago

Magnolia Boutique, a new womens clothing store, is moving into 11 S. J Street next month. “We’re going to have designer clothes, mostly resort wear and also evening wear for special occasions,” said Phyllis Plaskett-Brooks, store owner. “All of our prices are curated by us, which means we go out and meet with designers...
Lake Worth program helps families read, spend time together
 Cindy Ansell knows a thing, or two, about reading. She was a school principal for 15 years and a librarian for 25 at the Lake Worth Library. “Reading is key to success in school and success in school opens up many opportunities in life for people,” said Ansell, 62. “Reading also contributes to a higher quality of life.&rdquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

Cindy Ansell knows a thing, or two, about reading. She was a school principal for 15 years and a librarian for 25 at the Lake Worth Library. “Reading is key to success in school and success in school opens up many opportunities in life for people,” said Ansell, 62. “Reading also contributes to a higher quality of life.&rdquo...
NEW: 3 cool, fun things in Lake Worth this weekend
 1. Street Painting Festival, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m., downtown Lake Worth: More than 600 artists will use the asphalt as their canvas to change the streets of Lake Worth into an outdoor art gallery. The paintings – made only of chalk – remain until traffic returns to the streets and the tires act as giant erasers and the...

Posted: 5 days ago

1. Street Painting Festival, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m., downtown Lake Worth: More than 600 artists will use the asphalt as their canvas to change the streets of Lake Worth into an outdoor art gallery. The paintings – made only of chalk – remain until traffic returns to the streets and the tires act as giant erasers and the...
NEW: Kathie Lee Gifford coming to Lake Worth to promote book
 NBC’s Kathie Lee Gifford is coming to Lake Worth next month. The three-time Emmy-winning cohost of the fourth hour of “Today,” will be at Book Cellar on Lake Avenue on March 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. as part of a “Happy Hour Mingle” to promote her latest book, ‘The Rock, the Road and the Rabbi.” Gifford...

Posted: 7 days ago

NBC’s Kathie Lee Gifford is coming to Lake Worth next month. The three-time Emmy-winning cohost of the fourth hour of “Today,” will be at Book Cellar on Lake Avenue on March 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. as part of a “Happy Hour Mingle” to promote her latest book, ‘The Rock, the Road and the Rabbi.” Gifford...
Lake Worth’s Forgotten Soldiers Outreach needs a new home
 Forgotten Soldiers Outreach is looking for a new home. The anonymous owner of the Lake Worth space where the nonprofit has been shipping care packages to U.S. soldiers serving overseas for 15 years told the group on Friday that he must now rent out the space no later than May 1. The 1,925-square-foot location is at 3550 23rd Avenue, off Boutwell...

Posted: 7 days ago

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach is looking for a new home. The anonymous owner of the Lake Worth space where the nonprofit has been shipping care packages to U.S. soldiers serving overseas for 15 years told the group on Friday that he must now rent out the space no later than May 1. The 1,925-square-foot location is at 3550 23rd Avenue, off Boutwell...
Broward school shooting: Suspect lived west of Lantana after mom died
 After Nikolas Cruz’s adoptive mother, Lynda, died from pneumonia in November, a family friend and previous next-door neighbor welcomed the young man into her mobile home west of Lantana. Cruz lived with Rocxanne Deschamps for only a couple of weeks in the Lantana Cascade community before he moved back to Broward County. Despite his...

Posted: 8 days ago

After Nikolas Cruz’s adoptive mother, Lynda, died from pneumonia in November, a family friend and previous next-door neighbor welcomed the young man into her mobile home west of Lantana. Cruz lived with Rocxanne Deschamps for only a couple of weeks in the Lantana Cascade community before he moved back to Broward County. Despite his...
Lake Worth man wins $2 million in scratch-off game at West Palm store
 A 46-year-old Lake Worth man found himself $2 million richer after claiming the second of eight top prizes in the new Florida 50X The Cash Scratch-off game, the Florida Lottery said. Henry Vasquez Perez chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $1.6 million. LAKE WORTH READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly Lake...

Posted: 11 days ago

A 46-year-old Lake Worth man found himself $2 million richer after claiming the second of eight top prizes in the new Florida 50X The Cash Scratch-off game, the Florida Lottery said. Henry Vasquez Perez chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $1.6 million. LAKE WORTH READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly Lake...
Stuart police accuse Miami woman of stealing, using 9 credit cards
 A 35-year-old Miami woman was arrested and charged with criminal use of personal information after police said nine credit cards belonging to the victim and a counterfeit Florida driver license was found in her possession. Vanessa Cortes, 35, of Miami, was also charged with four counts of grand theft and three counts of fraud. She is...

Posted: 12 days ago

A 35-year-old Miami woman was arrested and charged with criminal use of personal information after police said nine credit cards belonging to the victim and a counterfeit Florida driver license was found in her possession. Vanessa Cortes, 35, of Miami, was also charged with four counts of grand theft and three counts of fraud. She is...