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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

Uninvited early visitor delays Lake Worth’s new book store opening
 Last month I wrote a column on 
               Book Cellar
            , a new upscale store planning to open this month on 801 Lake Avenue, a vacant site way too long. But after Hurricane Irma hit Palm Beach County, I wondered if the opening date got pushed back, so I called Tamara Ayraud, one of the co-owners, to find out. Good news is...

Posted: a day ago

Last month I wrote a column on Book Cellar , a new upscale store planning to open this month on 801 Lake Avenue, a vacant site way too long. But after Hurricane Irma hit Palm Beach County, I wondered if the opening date got pushed back, so I called Tamara Ayraud, one of the co-owners, to find out. Good news is...
Tuesday vote: After years, will Lake Worth lower its millage rate?
 If it doesn’t work the first time, try again. At a Lake Worth budget hearing in July, Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell proposed reducing the city’s millage rate by a quarter, but the gesture was opposed 3-1, with Mayor Pam Triolo absent. So, at Tuesday’s city commission meeting and first public hearing to set the rate, Maxwell made...

Posted: a day ago

If it doesn’t work the first time, try again. At a Lake Worth budget hearing in July, Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell proposed reducing the city’s millage rate by a quarter, but the gesture was opposed 3-1, with Mayor Pam Triolo absent. So, at Tuesday’s city commission meeting and first public hearing to set the rate, Maxwell made...
Lake Worth teacher organizes dinner for power lineman
 On Sept. 15, Meredith Abrams, a North Grade Elementary teacher in Lake Worth, was giving out water, Gatorade and candy bars to the lineman working tirelessly to restore the power in the city. “I had to find something to keep me busy,” she said. “It was very rewarding.” The next day Abrams saw a Hurricane Irma linemen...

Posted: a day ago

On Sept. 15, Meredith Abrams, a North Grade Elementary teacher in Lake Worth, was giving out water, Gatorade and candy bars to the lineman working tirelessly to restore the power in the city. “I had to find something to keep me busy,” she said. “It was very rewarding.” The next day Abrams saw a Hurricane Irma linemen...
A week after Irma, Lake Worth pier finally open again
 Alan Hogan, standing on the William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier, looks hypnotized as he gazes at the choppy Atlantic Ocean. “I grew up here,” said Hogan, 59. “I’ve seen the ocean, seen everything opened up like it is. It’s beautiful.” The sight was very much welcomed by a Lake Worth community recovering...

Posted: 3 days ago

Alan Hogan, standing on the William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier, looks hypnotized as he gazes at the choppy Atlantic Ocean. “I grew up here,” said Hogan, 59. “I’ve seen the ocean, seen everything opened up like it is. It’s beautiful.” The sight was very much welcomed by a Lake Worth community recovering...
Lake Worth Pier opens today at noon
 The Lake Worth Pier is scheduled to open today at noon, the city said. The Lake Worth Beach and Casino complex opened this morning. There was some action at the pier this morning, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. At 7:26 a.m., crews responded to reports of a person in distress on the beach just south of the pier at Lake Worth Beach...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Lake Worth Pier is scheduled to open today at noon, the city said. The Lake Worth Beach and Casino complex opened this morning. There was some action at the pier this morning, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. At 7:26 a.m., crews responded to reports of a person in distress on the beach just south of the pier at Lake Worth Beach...
Lake Worth approves $195 million operating budget on first reading
 City commissioners at tonight’s meeting approved an annual operating budget for fiscal year 2017-2018 of more than $195 million for all Lake Worth funds. The vote was 3-2, with Mayor Pam Triolo and Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell in opposition. Commissioners also approved setting the millage rate at 5.4945 to help fund the city’s operation...

Posted: 4 days ago

City commissioners at tonight’s meeting approved an annual operating budget for fiscal year 2017-2018 of more than $195 million for all Lake Worth funds. The vote was 3-2, with Mayor Pam Triolo and Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell in opposition. Commissioners also approved setting the millage rate at 5.4945 to help fund the city’s operation...
Lake Worth manager nixes planned Irma event for servicemen
 Sunday night, Lake Worth Electric Utility reported that all known power outages had been restored. That was also the day that several community organizations planned to host a barbecue event to thank the out-of-town lineman for their hard work with a dinner. “The community could not have been more excited to contribute,” said...

Posted: 4 days ago

Sunday night, Lake Worth Electric Utility reported that all known power outages had been restored. That was also the day that several community organizations planned to host a barbecue event to thank the out-of-town lineman for their hard work with a dinner. “The community could not have been more excited to contribute,” said...
A week later and still no power is ‘miserable,’ says one homeowner
 Bill Arnold hasn’t felt a blast of cool air from his house at 5556 Lake Osborne Drive since Hurricane Irma struck. “It’s been miserable,” said Arnold, a former National Enquirer editor. “It’s more than 85 degrees in this house.” Angela Howey has similar issues at her three-bedroom home at Palm Beach...

Posted: 5 days ago

Bill Arnold hasn’t felt a blast of cool air from his house at 5556 Lake Osborne Drive since Hurricane Irma struck. “It’s been miserable,” said Arnold, a former National Enquirer editor. “It’s more than 85 degrees in this house.” Angela Howey has similar issues at her three-bedroom home at Palm Beach...
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...

Posted: 8 days ago

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...
Hurricane Irma: Is Lake Worth the sweatiest city in Florida?
 Bob Lepa had no plans to be in Lake Worth for Hurricane Irma. The 59-year-old financial consultant bought plane tickets to Detroit, where he intended to watch the Detroit Lions’ NFL home opener against the Arizona Cardinals. “I was going for the fun,” Lepa said. “My planning for the storm was nominal at best.&rdquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

Bob Lepa had no plans to be in Lake Worth for Hurricane Irma. The 59-year-old financial consultant bought plane tickets to Detroit, where he intended to watch the Detroit Lions’ NFL home opener against the Arizona Cardinals. “I was going for the fun,” Lepa said. “My planning for the storm was nominal at best.&rdquo...
After Hurricane Irma: What you need to know in Lake Worth
 For the rest of the week, a regular pickup schedule will be to be followed. A hurricane related vegetation amnesty will be in place allowing 6 rather than the usual 4 cubic yards of vegetation. The measurement is equal to roughly 3 regular refrigerators in size. Vegetation must be cut to lengths not exceeding 3-feet. Stumps must be less than...

Posted: 8 days ago

For the rest of the week, a regular pickup schedule will be to be followed. A hurricane related vegetation amnesty will be in place allowing 6 rather than the usual 4 cubic yards of vegetation. The measurement is equal to roughly 3 regular refrigerators in size. Vegetation must be cut to lengths not exceeding 3-feet. Stumps must be less than...