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Tom Peeling

Tom Peeling is a graduate of Penn State University with a double major in journalism and history. He began work as a reporter for The Pocono Record in Stroudsburg, Pa., in late 1978 and within two years was promoted to Sunday Editor. He started work at The Palm Beach Post in 1985 as a copy editor on the news desk, and has also been op-ed editor, assistant city editor, assistant business editor, suburban editor and assistant community editor at The Post. Tom is a native of West Palm Beach and is married with two sons.

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Waterspout drops down off Singer Island
 As a brief shower hit West Palm Beach about 10 a.m. Labor Day, Mike Rannels was at work just to the north on Singer Island. Despite a generally breezy and sunny day, a dark cloud over the island dropped a waterspout about 10:15 a.m. onto the ocean that Rannels said lasted about 10 minutes. Another spout also formed, but dissipated quickly...

7:34 PM Monday, Sep. 04, 2017

As a brief shower hit West Palm Beach about 10 a.m. Labor Day, Mike Rannels was at work just to the north on Singer Island. Despite a generally breezy and sunny day, a dark cloud over the island dropped a waterspout about 10:15 a.m. onto the ocean that Rannels said lasted about 10 minutes. Another spout also formed, but dissipated quickly...
Solar eclipse 2017 puts sleepy town of Franklin, N.C., on the map
 Not since the days of biblical Noah have so many longed to see the sun. Here Comes the Sun was not just a Beatles anthem. It was a wish, a prayer, a hope for so many, not just in western North Carolina, but across a 70-mile-wide swath of sky from the beaches of Oregon to the shores of South Carolina. In the past week, 60 percent chance of...

4:57 PM Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

Not since the days of biblical Noah have so many longed to see the sun. Here Comes the Sun was not just a Beatles anthem. It was a wish, a prayer, a hope for so many, not just in western North Carolina, but across a 70-mile-wide swath of sky from the beaches of Oregon to the shores of South Carolina. In the past week, 60 percent chance of...
Florida man vs. Fitbit: 10,000 steps a day, every day, for a year
 Even at a young age, it was hard to keep me still. My parents tied a fishnet over my crib to keep this toddler in. So as I approach my 60th year on this planet, my latest feat (or possibly feet?) surprises no one in the family. When my youngest son gave me a hand-me-down Fitbit this past year to keep track of my steps on my morning walks...

3:57 PM Thursday, Jun. 08, 2017

Even at a young age, it was hard to keep me still. My parents tied a fishnet over my crib to keep this toddler in. So as I approach my 60th year on this planet, my latest feat (or possibly feet?) surprises no one in the family. When my youngest son gave me a hand-me-down Fitbit this past year to keep track of my steps on my morning walks...
Video: Gray fox seen strolling through Hypoluxo nature preserve
 When you live two blocks from U.S. 1 in Palm Beach County and someone mentions wildlife, the local nightclubs probably come to mind. Wild animals? Those are probably the patrons of those establishments. But thanks to a nine-figure bond issue to buy conservation land passed by county taxpayers many years ago, it’s possible to see a different...

2:02 PM Saturday, May. 06, 2017

When you live two blocks from U.S. 1 in Palm Beach County and someone mentions wildlife, the local nightclubs probably come to mind. Wild animals? Those are probably the patrons of those establishments. But thanks to a nine-figure bond issue to buy conservation land passed by county taxpayers many years ago, it’s possible to see a different...
‘Make America Great Again’? Trump didn’t invent that slogan
 Political slogans come and go. And sometimes they come back again. For instance, back in the 1980s, Ronald Reagan’s campaign captured hearts with the slogan “Making America Great Again.” It’s a slogan that made a return this year as Donald Trump brought us a variation – “Make America Great Again.&rdquo...

7:34 PM Monday, Nov. 07, 2016

Political slogans come and go. And sometimes they come back again. For instance, back in the 1980s, Ronald Reagan’s campaign captured hearts with the slogan “Making America Great Again.” It’s a slogan that made a return this year as Donald Trump brought us a variation – “Make America Great Again.&rdquo...
Enjoy Michigan-style pies at Motor City Pizza
 MENU It starts with breakfast and moves into lunch and dinner with sandwiches, salads, burgers, hot dogs and great pizza. ATMOSPHERE It’s a small place, with lots of takeout action, in an out-parcel near Home Depot and Staples. We noticed when we drove up that the back door was propped open when someone was working behind the restaurant...

4:00 AM Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2016

MENU It starts with breakfast and moves into lunch and dinner with sandwiches, salads, burgers, hot dogs and great pizza. ATMOSPHERE It’s a small place, with lots of takeout action, in an out-parcel near Home Depot and Staples. We noticed when we drove up that the back door was propped open when someone was working behind the restaurant...
No frills, just good food at Palm Beach Diner
 MENU It’s typical American diner food, with a large breakfast selection, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, salads and a few dinner platters. ATMOSPHERE It’s a diner — think Seinfeld or Mel’s on the old TV show “Alice.” Nothing fancy. We loved the old-style Florida paper place mats. It reminded us of Proctor&rsquo...

4:00 AM Wednesday, Jul. 06, 2016

MENU It’s typical American diner food, with a large breakfast selection, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, salads and a few dinner platters. ATMOSPHERE It’s a diner — think Seinfeld or Mel’s on the old TV show “Alice.” Nothing fancy. We loved the old-style Florida paper place mats. It reminded us of Proctor&rsquo...
Good food, water views at Banana Boat
 MENU There is a good selection of fish, steaks, ribs, sandwiches and salads. ATMOSPHERE It’s a tropical décor, with great outdoor seating on the Intracoastal or inside the restaurant. Watch the boats go by from right next to the water. OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE My wife, sister and I stopped by for lunch on a Saturday. We ordered...

4:00 AM Wednesday, May. 11, 2016

MENU There is a good selection of fish, steaks, ribs, sandwiches and salads. ATMOSPHERE It’s a tropical décor, with great outdoor seating on the Intracoastal or inside the restaurant. Watch the boats go by from right next to the water. OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE My wife, sister and I stopped by for lunch on a Saturday. We ordered...
Twilight dinner menu a good deal at Streb’s
 MENU While you will find steak, chicken, chops and ribs on the menu, the highlight is certainly seafood. Entrees are pricey, ranging from $21 to $37, with most in the mid to upper $20s. ATMOSPHERE The dining room is certainly upscale, with lots of beautiful woodwork. There is an outdoor seating area as well. OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE We both...

4:00 AM Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2016

MENU While you will find steak, chicken, chops and ribs on the menu, the highlight is certainly seafood. Entrees are pricey, ranging from $21 to $37, with most in the mid to upper $20s. ATMOSPHERE The dining room is certainly upscale, with lots of beautiful woodwork. There is an outdoor seating area as well. OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE We both...
Just the right mix at Lemongrass Asian Bistro
 MENU It’s a good mix, as the business card says, of Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese food. The menu is extensive, with a large selection of sushi rolls. ATMOSPHERE Inside, it’s quiet and subdued. OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE We arrived a little after 5:30 p.m. on a Sunday and decided to sit outside since the weather was beautiful. We...

4:00 AM Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2016

MENU It’s a good mix, as the business card says, of Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese food. The menu is extensive, with a large selection of sushi rolls. ATMOSPHERE Inside, it’s quiet and subdued. OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE We arrived a little after 5:30 p.m. on a Sunday and decided to sit outside since the weather was beautiful. We...