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Contractor working to solve recurring issue with new Flagler Bridge
 After only a few months of being open, the Flagler Memorial Bridge is already experiencing mechanical issues. The bridge was a multi-million-dollar project that took five years to complete and was built with the intention of lasting 75-years. But over the past month and a half, it’s had issues where a breaker on the southeast leaf of...

Posted: 2 days ago

After only a few months of being open, the Flagler Memorial Bridge is already experiencing mechanical issues. The bridge was a multi-million-dollar project that took five years to complete and was built with the intention of lasting 75-years. But over the past month and a half, it’s had issues where a breaker on the southeast leaf of...
UPDATE: Boynton Beach Police identify woman fatally struck by Brightline train 
 UPDATE 9:10 a.m.: Boynton Beach Police said Melissa Lavell, 32, was fatally struck by the Brightline train Friday night.  Witnesses told police that Lavell appeared to be crossing the tracks after the guard rails were in the down position in an attempt to make it across before the train came.  The train was traveling north on the...

Posted: 5 days ago

UPDATE 9:10 a.m.: Boynton Beach Police said Melissa Lavell, 32, was fatally struck by the Brightline train Friday night.  Witnesses told police that Lavell appeared to be crossing the tracks after the guard rails were in the down position in an attempt to make it across before the train came.  The train was traveling north on the...
Synagogue, church members plan ‘thank you’ mission to Guatemala
 What started as a mission of gratitude to Guatemala for two local Jewish congregations is turning out be something bigger. Now, it’s a trip that also sends a message of unity. Rabbi Moshe Scheiner along with members from the Palm Beach Synagogue originally planned to go on this trip with Rabbi Leonid Feldman from Temple Beth El in West...

Posted: 5 days ago

What started as a mission of gratitude to Guatemala for two local Jewish congregations is turning out be something bigger. Now, it’s a trip that also sends a message of unity. Rabbi Moshe Scheiner along with members from the Palm Beach Synagogue originally planned to go on this trip with Rabbi Leonid Feldman from Temple Beth El in West...
Trump in Palm Beach: President, Melania and Barron arrive at Mar-a-Lago
 UPDATE 7:10 p.m.: Trump family arrives at Mar-a-Lago.  UPDATE 7:06 p.m.: Trump, Melania and Barron were seen descending the stairs at PBIA before heading to Mar-a-Lago.   UPDATE 6:45 p.m.: President Trump lands at Palm Beach International Airport.  UPDATE 6:40 p.m.: Throughout Palm Beach County, dozens...

Posted: 5 days ago

UPDATE 7:10 p.m.: Trump family arrives at Mar-a-Lago.  UPDATE 7:06 p.m.: Trump, Melania and Barron were seen descending the stairs at PBIA before heading to Mar-a-Lago.   UPDATE 6:45 p.m.: President Trump lands at Palm Beach International Airport.  UPDATE 6:40 p.m.: Throughout Palm Beach County, dozens...
Garden Club to have flowers popping up around Palm Beach today
 Look out today for a pop-up display of fresh flowers somewhere in town. It’s a celebration — in a secret-for-now location — of the Garden Club of Palm Beach’s big anniversary this year. “It’s our 90th birthday and our flowers are a gift to the town,” club member Sue Strickland said. “We want...

Posted: 7 days ago

Look out today for a pop-up display of fresh flowers somewhere in town. It’s a celebration — in a secret-for-now location — of the Garden Club of Palm Beach’s big anniversary this year. “It’s our 90th birthday and our flowers are a gift to the town,” club member Sue Strickland said. “We want...
‘Fire and Fury’ a hot ticket at area bookstores
 The new tell-all book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, hasn’t hit shelves in Palm Beach yet and some stores are already sold out. The Palm Beach Book Store, on Royal Poinciana Way, is expecting its shipment Tuesday, but all copies are reserved for patrons, according to store owner Candice Cohen. Cohen said she has...

Posted: 10 days ago

The new tell-all book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, hasn’t hit shelves in Palm Beach yet and some stores are already sold out. The Palm Beach Book Store, on Royal Poinciana Way, is expecting its shipment Tuesday, but all copies are reserved for patrons, according to store owner Candice Cohen. Cohen said she has...
NEW: Martha Stewart gets pampered in Palm Beach after  flight is canceled 
 After the north was battered by the “bomb cyclone,” which cancelled thousands of flights, getting “stranded” in Palm Beach doesn’t sound so bad, and this celebrity might agree.  Martha Stewart, who has visited Palm Beach in the past, tweeted on Jan. 4 that “due to cancellations in travel...

Posted: 13 days ago

After the north was battered by the “bomb cyclone,” which cancelled thousands of flights, getting “stranded” in Palm Beach doesn’t sound so bad, and this celebrity might agree.  Martha Stewart, who has visited Palm Beach in the past, tweeted on Jan. 4 that “due to cancellations in travel...
NEW: Palm Beach mentioned in Wolff’s tell-all book ‘Fire and Fury’
 Michael Wolff’s new tell-all book about  Donald Trump’s presidency hits stands today, and  gives a few references to Palm Beach.  The book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,”  has taken social media by storm, and even mentions  Mar-a-Lago.  “At Mar-a-Lago, just before the new year...

Posted: 13 days ago

Michael Wolff’s new tell-all book about Donald Trump’s presidency hits stands today, and gives a few references to Palm Beach.  The book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,”  has taken social media by storm, and even mentions Mar-a-Lago.  “At Mar-a-Lago, just before the new year...
NEW: Florida woman says pet pig died after vet botched surgery 
 A Florida woman in the Tampa-area says her 4-month-old pet pig died from a veterinarian’s botched surgery. Kayla Del Valle hired a mobile veterinarian, who goes by Dr. Larry Britt,  to neuter her pig,  WFTS reports  Britt allegedly told Del Valle that the procedure was simple and would only take 30 seconds. But after...

Posted: 13 days ago

A Florida woman in the Tampa-area says her 4-month-old pet pig died from a veterinarian’s botched surgery. Kayla Del Valle hired a mobile veterinarian, who goes by Dr. Larry Britt, to neuter her pig,  WFTS reports  Britt allegedly told Del Valle that the procedure was simple and would only take 30 seconds. But after...
Frigid Florida temps prompt run on space heaters, crop concerns
 South Florida awakes today to a second round of temperatures in the 30s, wind-chill advisories and crop concerns — lingering tolls of a storm that beat at the Northeast Thursday like a frozen hurricane. While daytime highs in West Palm Beach might reach 60 degrees, the mercury was forecast to drop to 37 in the pre-dawn darkness with...

Posted: 13 days ago

South Florida awakes today to a second round of temperatures in the 30s, wind-chill advisories and crop concerns — lingering tolls of a storm that beat at the Northeast Thursday like a frozen hurricane. While daytime highs in West Palm Beach might reach 60 degrees, the mercury was forecast to drop to 37 in the pre-dawn darkness with...
JUST IN: Looking for a space heater in Palm Beach County? Good luck!
 With temperatures expected to drop into the mid-30s tonight, some people in Palm Beach County are looking for ways to stay warm.   But for those looking to get their hands on a space heater, it might  be difficult because local Home Depot stores are sold out.  Jeff Johnson, an assistant manager at The Home Depot on Okeechobee...

Posted: 14 days ago

With temperatures expected to drop into the mid-30s tonight, some people in Palm Beach County are looking for ways to stay warm.   But for those looking to get their hands on a space heater, it might be difficult because local Home Depot stores are sold out.  Jeff Johnson, an assistant manager at The Home Depot on Okeechobee...
Palm Beach Fellowship award for founding director ‘long overdue’
 Resident and philanthropist Joyce McLendon will be honored as the 2018 recipient of the John C. Randolph Award by the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians & Jews later this month. The fellowship, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary season, believes McLendon is a deserving recipient because of her extensive work “making things...

Posted: 15 days ago

Resident and philanthropist Joyce McLendon will be honored as the 2018 recipient of the John C. Randolph Award by the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians & Jews later this month. The fellowship, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary season, believes McLendon is a deserving recipient because of her extensive work “making things...
Palm Beach resident recalls her time in the White House press corps
 Marine One had just landed on the South Lawn and Anna Wilding was standing 20 feet away among the press with her camera in hand, ready to capture the 44th president head back into the White House when Barack Obama did something out of character. “Obama never does this,” a correspondent with the press corps told Wilding on that...

Posted: 17 days ago

Marine One had just landed on the South Lawn and Anna Wilding was standing 20 feet away among the press with her camera in hand, ready to capture the 44th president head back into the White House when Barack Obama did something out of character. “Obama never does this,” a correspondent with the press corps told Wilding on that...
NEW: Man denied bond in New Year’s Eve double homicide in Boynton Beach
 A 26-year-old man charged with killing two men in a Boynton Beach neighborhood on New Year’s Eve was denied bond Monday morning by a Palm Beach County Court judge. Joseph Bruny Jr. was arrested Sunday by the Boynton Beach Police Department and faces two charges of first degree murder with a firearm and a charge of armed robbery with...

Posted: 17 days ago

A 26-year-old man charged with killing two men in a Boynton Beach neighborhood on New Year’s Eve was denied bond Monday morning by a Palm Beach County Court judge. Joseph Bruny Jr. was arrested Sunday by the Boynton Beach Police Department and faces two charges of first degree murder with a firearm and a charge of armed robbery with...
Bicyclist fatally struck in Okeechobee County on NYE
 An 18-year-old man died on New Year’s Eve after he rode his bicycle into the path of a car  in Okeechobee County.  Florida Highway Patrol officials said the teenager was riding his bike on the sidewalk on the north side of State Road 70 at about 6:40 p.m. when he veered off the sidewalk and into the road.  The front of a 2010...

Posted: 17 days ago

An 18-year-old man died on New Year’s Eve after he rode his bicycle into the path of a car in Okeechobee County.  Florida Highway Patrol officials said the teenager was riding his bike on the sidewalk on the north side of State Road 70 at about 6:40 p.m. when he veered off the sidewalk and into the road.  The front of a 2010...
Who is using the Trump corporate chopper at Mar-a-Lago?
 UPDATE: 10:26 a.m.: After this story was published on Dec. 30, the White House confirmed that the Trump corporate helicopter at Mar-a-Lago “is not being used for an official government function and that no private entity will be reimbursed for its use.” ORIGINAL STORY: For over a week, a private helicopter bearing the Trump...

Posted: 18 days ago

UPDATE: 10:26 a.m.: After this story was published on Dec. 30, the White House confirmed that the Trump corporate helicopter at Mar-a-Lago “is not being used for an official government function and that no private entity will be reimbursed for its use.” ORIGINAL STORY: For over a week, a private helicopter bearing the Trump...
Man arrested in Boynton Beach New Year’s Eve double homicide
 Just hours before the year drew to an end, a Sunday afternoon shooting left two dead in a Boynton Beach neighborhood, bringing to 100 the number of murder victims in Palm Beach County in 2017, according to a Palm Beach Post database. The victims remain unidentified, with police identifying them only as two males. Later Sunday, Boynton...

Posted: 18 days ago

Just hours before the year drew to an end, a Sunday afternoon shooting left two dead in a Boynton Beach neighborhood, bringing to 100 the number of murder victims in Palm Beach County in 2017, according to a Palm Beach Post database. The victims remain unidentified, with police identifying them only as two males. Later Sunday, Boynton...
Who’s using Trump helicopter sitting on Mar-a-Lago helipad?
 UPDATE: 10:26 a.m.: After this story was published on Dec. 30, the White House confirmed that the Trump corporate helicopter at Mar-a-Lago “is not being used for an official government function and that no private entity will be reimbursed for its use.” Original story: For more than a week, a private helicopter bearing the...

Posted: 18 days ago

UPDATE: 10:26 a.m.: After this story was published on Dec. 30, the White House confirmed that the Trump corporate helicopter at Mar-a-Lago “is not being used for an official government function and that no private entity will be reimbursed for its use.” Original story: For more than a week, a private helicopter bearing the...
Palm Beach board approves new Phipps Ocean Park restroom building
 The Architectural Commission approved the construction of a restroom building at the north end of Phipps Ocean Park — but not before a discussion of how to improve its appearance. At the board’s December meeting, Brett Whitfield, an engineer hired by the town, spoke in detail about plans to demolish the building on the site, an...

Posted: 20 days ago

The Architectural Commission approved the construction of a restroom building at the north end of Phipps Ocean Park — but not before a discussion of how to improve its appearance. At the board’s December meeting, Brett Whitfield, an engineer hired by the town, spoke in detail about plans to demolish the building on the site, an...
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