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To do in Gardens: Lifting with ‘the doc,’ bridal bash, hunger walk

To do in Gardens: Lifting with ‘the doc,’ bridal bash, hunger walk

LIFTING WITH THE DOC Hard Exercise Works, 10190 Riverside Drive, No. 101, will host a free “Lifting with the Doc” seminar 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday. After the workout of the day, Matthew DiLallo, a chiropractic physician from Performance and Wellness Chiropractic, will lead a small group through stretches and give tips to help with lifts and overall fitness. READ: From near-death to CrossFit...
Jupiter Police Department names K-9 after Burt Reynolds character

Jupiter Police Department names K-9 after Burt Reynolds character

Jupiter Police Department has named its newest K-9 officer after one of Burt Reynolds’ best-known characters. Bandit, an 11-week-old bloodhound, will join the department once he completes eight to 10 months of training. This Bandit isn’t going to smuggle bootleg beer across state lines or be chased by Sheriff Buford T. Justice — rather, Bandit the dog will work to sniff out missing...
Nelson, Rubio want Hobe Sound refuge renamed to honor Nat Reed

Nelson, Rubio want Hobe Sound refuge renamed to honor Nat Reed

Friends and family of Nathaniel “Nat” Reed have welcomed the idea of renaming Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge to honor the late environmentalist. On Tuesday, Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio filed a bill to change the Martin County wildlife refuge to the Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge. Lia Bohannon, Reed’s daughter, called it a “fitting tribute...
Sprouts officially announces new location for Jupiter

Sprouts officially announces new location for Jupiter

The natural and organic grocery store chain Sprouts Farmers Market has officially announced it will open a location in Jupiter. Sprouts will be at 3757 Military Trail in Admirals Crossing plaza, replacing the Winn-Dixie that closed in April. PREVIOUS: Will a natural and organic store sprout in Jupiter? Jupiter joins Clearwater, Deerfield Beach, Naples, Oviedo, Riverview, Trinity and Wellington in...
Ban on medical pot dispensaries up for final vote in Jupiter Thursday

Ban on medical pot dispensaries up for final vote in Jupiter Thursday

Town councilors are expected to pass a $92.9 million operating budget for fiscal year 2019 on Thursday, as well as maintain its tax rate at 2.4633 mills. It’s also decision day for allowing medical marijuana dispensaries within town limits. Twenty-two medical professionals in Jupiter have completed the Low-THC Cannabis Continuing Medical Education course with the state department of health,...
North Palm suspends enforcement of storage ordinance for boats, RVs

North Palm suspends enforcement of storage ordinance for boats, RVs

After hearing from residents last week at a packed council meeting, the village council decided to suspend enforcement of a controversial ordinance related to the storage of boats and recreational vehicles in residential neighborhoods. About 70 people showed up to Thursday’s regular council meeting, with 12 pleading their case that the village’s boat and RV ordinance is too restrictive...
Treasure Coast teacher sues over shooting at Jacksonville tournament

Treasure Coast teacher sues over shooting at Jacksonville tournament

Treasure Coast history teacher Dalton Kent was competing in one of the final rounds of a gaming tournament in Jacksonville last month when the deafening roar of gunfire pierced his concentration. Diving under the table, the 22-year-old Port St. Lucie man was convinced he was going to die. While two gamers were killed during the Aug. 26 rampage at a Madden tournament in a sports bar in The Jacksonville...
Henri Bendel closing stores, including Gardens and Boca

Henri Bendel closing stores, including Gardens and Boca

A luxury retailer in The Gardens and Town Center malls will go dark as fashion brand Henri Bendel closes all of its 23 stores. RELATED: Gardens wooing luxury retailers Henri Bendel is known for its brown-and-white striped shopping bags and cute but stylish and sophisticated purses, wallets and accessories. The store at the Town Center Mall opened in 2008, and the one at The Gardens Mall followed in...
Two men accused of “fishing” checks from mailboxes at post offices

Two men accused of “fishing” checks from mailboxes at post offices

Using duct-tape and shoestrings, thieves have stolen more than $400,000 from blue collection mailboxes throughout Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast over the last three years, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. As part of ongoing efforts to stamp out the crimes that have claimed more than 275 victims, two men were indicted last week in connection with mail that has disappeared...
The end is in sight for these Jupiter area road projects

The end is in sight for these Jupiter area road projects

Tired of seeing construction barricades? Here are status updates for Palm Beach County and Florida Department of Transportation road projects in the Jupiter area. Interstate 95 resurfacing from Indiantown Road to Bridge Road This project involves repaving a 9.8-mile stretch of Interstate 95 from south of Indiantown Road (exit 87) to Bridge Road (exit 96), as well as repairing shoulders and guardrails...
In Jupiter: Mariachi music, Taste of Jupiter and organic gardening

In Jupiter: Mariachi music, Taste of Jupiter and organic gardening

MARIACHI MUSIC As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Jupiter Branch of the Palm Beach County Library System will host an hour of festive music from Mariachi Pancho Villa. The event will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 705 Military Trail. To preregister, call 561-744-2301. For more Hispanic Heritage Month events hosted throughout the Palm Beach County Library System, visit events.pbclibrary.org/events-and-classes/hispanic-heritage-month...
Popular Gardens restaurant is getting outdoor bar and fire pit

Popular Gardens restaurant is getting outdoor bar and fire pit

A popular seafood restaurant on the city’s PGA Boulevard dining strip is getting an outdoor bar and fire pit, along with a new look. RELATED: The Cooper closes for kitchen repairs, to reopen this week The renovations at Spoto’s Oyster Bar — including floors, ceilings and lighting — should be finished by Thanksgiving, owner Ralph Benfante said. Openings: Anzo brings Mediterranean...
Harbourside cancels concerts over noise dispute with Jupiter

Harbourside cancels concerts over noise dispute with Jupiter

The long-running feud over noise between Harbourside Place and the town took a new turn Friday when Harbourside announced that it had cancelled all concerts for the foreseeable future. Nick Mastroianni III, vice president of Allied Capital & Development, the developers of the $150 million outdoor entertainment center, called the back-and-forth over noise “pointless.” “No one wins...
To do in Gardens: Friday night jazz, Gardens Got Talent show, Dwyer 5k

To do in Gardens: Friday night jazz, Gardens Got Talent show, Dwyer 5k

MUSIC IN THE GARDENS A weekly Friday night live jazz series “Jazz in the Gardens” begins Friday with nationally known trumpeter Carle Wayne Vickers and New York-based pianist Mark Doyle. The concerts will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday at the PGA Arts Center, 4076 PGA Blvd. Tickets are $15 and include hors d’oeuvres. Beer and wine will be for sale. The South Florida Society...
Panel drops ethics claim against S. Indian River district supervisors

Panel drops ethics claim against S. Indian River district supervisors

The state ethics commission didn’t find probable cause in complaints against four of five supervisors of the South Indian River Water Control District. In December, former supervisor Bob Berman, of Palm Beach Gardens, filed complaints against board President Stephen Hinkle, and supervisors John Meyer, John A. Jones and Michael Howard, claiming that they violated the district’s code of...
Teen athlete’s heart condition spurs heart walk, free EKGs in Gardens

Teen athlete’s heart condition spurs heart walk, free EKGs in Gardens

A Tequesta teen athlete and his family are pushing other parents to get their kids’ hearts checked to detect any conditions that could prove deadly before they take the field. RELATED: Nicklaus Hospital using $19,500 mannequin to prep for trauma patients Many people with the same hereditary heart disease as Aidan Hackett don’t even know it. But after several members of his family &mdash...
Audit finds Jupiter spent thousands without approval; town disagrees

Audit finds Jupiter spent thousands without approval; town disagrees

An audit of Jupiter town employees’ credit card activities found $83,741 in “questioned costs,” according to the Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General. However, the town maintains it was victim to the office’s high demands and was therefore unable to avoid a negative audit. The town spent more than $6.4 million on credit cards in the last fiscal year and had the highest...
Election 2018: Four appellate judges seek merit retention

Election 2018: Four appellate judges seek merit retention

Along with deciding hotly-contested gubernatorial, U.S. Senate and other political races, Palm Beach County voters on Nov. 6 will be asked to weigh the performance of four judicial officeholders who have no opposition. As part of a 42-year-old ritual, voters will be asked to simply give a thumbs up or thumbs down to Florida Supreme Court Justice Alan Lawson and Judges Burton Conner, Jeffrey Kuntz...
Quiet trails, fishing to draw visitors to 13,000 wild acres in Gardens

Quiet trails, fishing to draw visitors to 13,000 wild acres in Gardens

The county’s environmental guardians will transform a sprawling 13,000 acres off the Beeline Highway into a wild paradise where people can pass the time fishing, photographing nature or walking through the woods. Palm Beach County is adding a fishing pier, nature trail and observation tower to the Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area, which it owns and manages on PGA Boulevard west of Florida&rsquo...
Jupiter collecting books for its Little Free Libraries

Jupiter collecting books for its Little Free Libraries

The paint has dried on Jupiter’s newest libraries. Now they need books to fill them. The town has started collecting books for their Little Free Library program. The miniature library serves as a free book exchange in which a person takes a book and replaces it with a different book. A donation of books should be able to fit inside of a Publix grocery bag, and one bag per household can be donated...
Abacoa won’t be getting 12-screen theater/bowling combo and here’s why

Abacoa won’t be getting 12-screen theater/bowling combo and here’s why

The $22 million proposal to bring a luxury movie theater and bowling alley to Abacoa is dead. Local developer Richard Rendina, CEO of Aries Land Acquisition, told The Palm Beach Post that the company parted ways in mid-July with Frank Entertainment Cos. One month later, Frank and two related companies filed for bankruptcy. Rendina’s company owns the 2-acre site and planned to partner with Frank...
Dormant plaza on U.S. 1 north of Gardens to see reboot with annexation

Dormant plaza on U.S. 1 north of Gardens to see reboot with annexation

Palm Beach Gardens officials are rolling out the welcome mat for new owners who plan to annex a vacant shopping center into the city so that they can rejuvenate it. 11940 Highway One Realty bought the former Carl’s Furniture Plaza from Bass Pro Shops for $7 million this spring and asked to join the city. The 5.7-acre property is on the east side of U.S. 1 just north of PGA Boulevard. The city...
Reynolds taught this man the importance of giving back to community

Reynolds taught this man the importance of giving back to community

When Andrew Kato had the chance to return to Jupiter after spending about 14 years in New York, the answer to the offer was an “easy yes,” he said. After all, it’s what his idol Burt Reynolds had done, and he could do no less. Kato is the producing artistic director and chief officer of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, where he started as producing director in...
Work underway on new clubhouse at North Palm Beach Country Club

Work underway on new clubhouse at North Palm Beach Country Club

A new 37,000-square-foot clubhouse at the North Palm Beach Country Club is beginning to take shape. Work began Aug. 3 on the $18 million project, which is expected to be complete by the end of next summer. Crews spent much of last week preparing the ground for the building’s floor and foundation, and will pour cement this week, village spokesman Ed Cunningham said. When complete, the clubhouse...
Petition nixes plan to change road name for Reynolds; opts for memorial sign

Petition nixes plan to change road name for Reynolds; opts for memorial sign

The petition to change Jupiter Farms Road to Burt Reynolds Road after the actor died Thursday skyrocketed past the expectations of Jupiter Farms resident Debi Oliva. Many seemed to love Oliva’s idea, but all the property owners who live off Jupiter Farms Road would have to agree. The “Smokey and the Bandit” actor owned a 153-acre ranch off the road, which is now a 30-home community...
In Jupiter: Birding; cops and teens chat; cleanup at Coral Cove Park

In Jupiter: Birding; cops and teens chat; cleanup at Coral Cove Park

COASTAL CLEANUP Those who want to keep the Jupiter area’s environmental treasures trash-free can participate in the International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday. The Loxahatchee River Center is hosting the event at Coral Cove Park from 9 to 11 a.m. Participants should bring a refillable water bottle, closed-toe shoes, sunglasses, a hat as well as a bucket and garden gloves. For more information...
A once-lost baseball glove found 40 years later and 1,000 miles away

A once-lost baseball glove found 40 years later and 1,000 miles away

Each Wednesday before church, Julie Anne and Mike Lisi peruse the aisles of the Jupiter Goodwill Super Store in search of treasures. Mike seeks out Starbucks cups and mugs, while Julie Anne veers toward the toys for anything that would be good to send on mission trips. The Lisis have spent half the year in Tequesta since 1989. On Aug. 29, during their regular perusing, Julie Anne’s eyes were...
Cinépolis Jupiter to show 5 Burt Reynolds films back-to-back

Cinépolis Jupiter to show 5 Burt Reynolds films back-to-back

Cinépolis Jupiter is offering Burt Reynolds fans a unique opportunity to watch five of his films in theaters on Wednesday, nearly a week after he died. The theater, 201 N. U.S. 1, will show “City Heat” at 12:15 p.m., “Cannonball Run 2” at 2:30 p.m., “Boogie Nights” at 5 p.m., “Deliverance” at 8:15 p.m. and “Striptease” at 10:45 p.m...
Some residents want to rename Jupiter Farms Road after Burt Reynolds

Some residents want to rename Jupiter Farms Road after Burt Reynolds

An online petition with a fast-growing number of signatures is calling for Jupiter Farms Road to be renamed Burt Reynolds Road. As of 1:30 p.m., the Change.org petition had hit 1,200 signatures. Actor Burt Reynolds died Thursday after he experienced difficulty breathing and chest pains at his Tequesta home. He was 82. “This should have been done before he died,” said Jupiter Farms...
Jupiter High receives $310K from Perry J. Cohen Foundation

Jupiter High receives $310K from Perry J. Cohen Foundation

A project to transform a stormwater retention pond at Jupiter High School into a wetlands habitat received its final financial push during halftime at Friday’s football game. The Perry J. Cohen Foundation presented the school with a $310,000 donation for the pond outside the Perry J. Cohen Wetlands Laboratory and outdoor classroom. The environment was one of Cohen’s passions, his mother...
Fire destroys Lake Park food pantry that served 400 families

Fire destroys Lake Park food pantry that served 400 families

More than 400 families are without their weekly food supplements after a fire last week destroyed the Community Food & Clothing pantries at Bethlehem Baptist Church. An early morning electrical short Aug. 28 sparked a blaze that gutted the interior of the pantry, which is operated by Club 100 Charities. The Palm Beach Gardens-based service organization helps meet the needs of underserved families...
911 call: Burt Reynolds was having ‘difficulty breathing’ at Tequesta home

911 call: Burt Reynolds was having ‘difficulty breathing’ at Tequesta home

Actor Burt Reynolds was transported to the hospital just before 1 p.m. Thursday after experiencing difficulty breathing and chest pains, according to a 911 call released by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. �� Read more: Complete coverage of Burt Reynolds He was at his Tequesta home, 16815 S.E. Federal Highway, when a caretaker called the Martin County Sheriff’s Communication...
Here’s what upscale stores are joining The Gardens Mall’s lineup

Here’s what upscale stores are joining The Gardens Mall’s lineup

The Gardens Mall is adding new stores to its directory in the coming months, and staples like Lilly Pulitzer and Tory Burch are undergoing changes of their own. Here are the plans for this fall and winter at the mall. RELATED: What’s changing at The Gardens Mall? A lot COMING ATTRACTIONS: Yvel — This 2,000-square foot luxury jewelry store specializing in pearls will open in the lower level...
TO DO IN GARDENS: Cruisin’ Food Fest, ‘magical’ dinner, yard sale

TO DO IN GARDENS: Cruisin’ Food Fest, ‘magical’ dinner, yard sale

CRUISIN’ FOOD FEST The Cruisin’ Food Fest is back noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. There will be cool cars, live music, giveaways and a food truck invasion. Park admission is $5 per vehicle. RELATED: To do: Craft beer bash, open mic night, mom convention in Gardens ‘MAGICAL’ DINNER DOWNTOWN Dinner guests can enjoy a progressive, three-course dinner...
Jack and Barbara Nicklaus attend Golden Cub Mini Golf grand opening

Jack and Barbara Nicklaus attend Golden Cub Mini Golf grand opening

The first mini golf course from Jack Nicklaus’s design company celebrated its grand opening in Abacoa on Wednesday. And, what better way to celebrate the opening than with the golf legend himself? Surrounded by friends, family and a few town councilors, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus helped kick off the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Golden Cub Mini Golf, which had a soft opening in July. “We&rsquo...
Wrongful death suit filed against Riviera man in wife’s 2017 shooting

Wrongful death suit filed against Riviera man in wife’s 2017 shooting

A year after a Riviera Beach firearms dealer was accused of shooting his wife dead, her grieving parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against him while he sits in the Palm Beach County jail awaiting trial on a murder charge. Dwight Luton, 33, acted with “gross negligence” when he shot his 31-year-old wife, Ashley Balius, in March 2017 outside their house on Canterbury Drive North...
Here’s how Seacoast plans to avoid boil water notices in future storms

Here’s how Seacoast plans to avoid boil water notices in future storms

A northern Palm Beach County water supplier is changing its storm protocol after severe lightning and thunder triggered a power failure that caused a boil water notice for two days. RELATED: Boil water advisory lifted for Seacoast Utility customers The issue began about 5:30 a.m. Saturday and resulted in a boil water advisory for all Seacoast Utility Authority customers. The advisory was lifted early...
Jupiter’s Food Yacht restaurant featured on Food Network

Jupiter’s Food Yacht restaurant featured on Food Network

A Jupiter restaurant’s unique setting helped it land a spot on a Food Network show. On Sunday, Justin Lindemann’s Food Yacht was showcased on “Food Boats,” which follows Chef Jordan Andino as he tracks the “new food craze” and tastes their small-kitchen creations. Lindemann told The Palm Beach Post he wasn’t sure how producers found him, but he was ecstatic...
‘Whimsical’ mural of Jupiter map to grace Harbourside wall

‘Whimsical’ mural of Jupiter map to grace Harbourside wall

Walking into Go Coastal Studio in Harbourside Place is like stepping into a love letter to Florida. The bright white walls accentuate the electric pinks, greens and blues of Melissa Rinaldi’s art. Her work highlights what many love about the Sunshine State: its flora, its fauna and the places people call “home.” Rinaldi, 35, has been operating out of her 118 Coastal Way location...
You’ll have to wait a little bit longer for Jupiter’s Cinquez dog park

You’ll have to wait a little bit longer for Jupiter’s Cinquez dog park

Fido might have to wait until the dog days of summer are over before he can lay a paw in Cinquez Park. The completion of Phase I of the project, which includes a dog park, may not be ready for the public until October. “The park is likely to have a soft opening … in October with a grand opening to follow,” according to Jupiter spokeswoman Kate Moretto. Sign up for the weekly Post...
Boy, 3, hospitalized after being pulled from Dubois Park lagoon

Boy, 3, hospitalized after being pulled from Dubois Park lagoon

A 3-year-old boy was hospitalized Sunday afternoon after being pulled from the water at the Dubois Park lagoon in Jupiter. Ocean Rescue lifeguards were treating the toddler when Palm Beach County Fire Rescue arrived on the scene at 3:15, according to a release from fire rescue. He was taken to an unidentified hospital, where his condition is not known. The boy’s identity is being withheld. His...
Socks, dog rescued to Gardens from Iraq, is center of custody fight

Socks, dog rescued to Gardens from Iraq, is center of custody fight

A Texas animal rescue group that rehomes and transports retired working service dogs has sued to take custody of a stray dog a Palm Beach Gardens-area woman rescued from Iraq. Mission K9 Rescue filed the complaint against Debra Cohn in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, alleging Cohn violated the terms of an agreement by inviting the media to a homecoming for Socks, the rescued dog, without Mission...
Tequesta nixes finalists, starts over with village manager search

Tequesta nixes finalists, starts over with village manager search

The village is going back to the drawing board in its search for a new manager. After narrowing its list of candidates to two Aug. 10, the council decided to move in a different direction, village spokesperson Lori McWilliams said. Three new candidates will be interviewed Tuesday, she said. The two previous finalists — former Perth Amboy, New Jersey, business administrator Adam Cruz, and Fairmont...
Two of three Gardens ballot questions fail but lawsuit continues

Two of three Gardens ballot questions fail but lawsuit continues

Now that three city ballot questions have been decided, what happens with the lawsuit challenging them? RELATED: Election is Tuesday but lawsuit aims to block Gardens ballot questions Days before the election, Palm Beach Gardens resident Sid Dinerstein sued the city, the Voters in Control political committee and Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher to stop what he called “false and deceptive...
Cabo Flats in Jupiter shut down temporarily after failing inspections

Cabo Flats in Jupiter shut down temporarily after failing inspections

A popular Mexican restaurant was closed temporarily last week after failing state inspections. Cabo Flats at 1352 U.S. 1 in Jupiter was shut down Aug. 22 and Aug. 23 after inspectors with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation found rodent droppings, undercooked food and soiled equipment, among other violations, according to records. Inspectors found a total of 32 violations...
Community rallies behind family after pastor’s wife unexpectedly dies

Community rallies behind family after pastor’s wife unexpectedly dies

Nicole Arnold had a “quiet spirit” and an inviting smile, said Tiffini Brown, a friend of 18 years. She was the “quintessential” homemaker, the mother of three daughters — Kaitlyn, 18; Olivia, 14; and Alexis, 7 — and wife and soul mate to Scott Arnold, Journey Church’s senior pastor, for 21 years. “There’s nothing she wouldn’t do for a friend...
How a new North Palm office will help grow teen-led charity

How a new North Palm office will help grow teen-led charity

A two-room office painted a soft shade of “Kayla blue” is a dream come true for 16-year-old CKO — Chief Kid Officer — Kayla Abramowitz. RELATED: It’s more than business for the seventh grader For the better part of two years, she has been searching for office space to grow Kayla Cares 4 Kids, the charity she founded that helps sick kids feel better by providing them with...
Nearly 20 cars broke down after pumping bad gas in Jupiter Farms

Nearly 20 cars broke down after pumping bad gas in Jupiter Farms

Debby Hodig thought it was unusual that the gas that flowed sluggishly through a pump at the Jupiter Farms Mobil station. It was around 11:15 p.m. on June 30. Neither Hodig nor her wife Lynda Foster realized the gas tank in their 7-month-old Land Rover was pushing toward “E,” and they had just picked up their friend’s dog to watch for 11 days. They wouldn’t make it back home...
To do: Craft beer bash, open mic night, mom convention in Gardens

To do: Craft beer bash, open mic night, mom convention in Gardens

CRAFT BEER BASH PGA National Resort & Spa, 400 Avenue of the Champions, is hosting its Craft Beer Bash 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 8. On tap are release tastings, live music and unlimited samplings of more than 150 craft beers and ciders. They can vote for the best craft brewery and hard cider, and an expert panel will judge a home brewers contest. Food will be available for purchase. Tickets are $39 in advance...
U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney on short list for Palm Beach County judgeship

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney on short list for Palm Beach County judgeship

After questioning retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney’s legal chops, a local judicial nominating commission on Tuesday agreed he is one of six attorneys Gov. Rick Scott should consider for an opening on the Palm Beach County bench. Rooney, 47, who announced he will retire in January when his fifth term in Congress is up, made the short list after the Judicial Nominating Commission interviewed 32 applicants...

Gardens voters reject changes to term limits

Palm Beach Gardens voters said no to loosening council term limits but agreed the City Charter should be updated when they decided ballot questions Tuesday. RELATED: Election is Tuesday but lawsuit aims to block Gardens ballot questions Voters struck down a question that asked if a council member should be allowed to serve three consecutive, three-year terms instead of the current two. They also voted...
All three PBC circuit judge races head for decision on Nov. 6

All three PBC circuit judge races head for decision on Nov. 6

Six years after he abruptly stepped down as Palm Beach County state attorney to accept a lucrative job in the private sector, Michael McAuliffe squeaked into a run-off against former county magistrate Sarah Willis in a race for a circuit judgeship. Willis and McAuliffe aren’t the only circuit judge candidates who will be back on the ballot Nov. 6. Attorney Maxine Cheesman will face off against...
Gardens could annex U.S. 1 plaza once slated for high-end fishing shop

Gardens could annex U.S. 1 plaza once slated for high-end fishing shop

The company that bought a long-defunct shopping plaza from Bass Pro Shops wants Palm Beach Gardens to annex the site, city records show. 11940 Highway One Realty submitted the request for annexation of the former Carl’s Furniture Plaza on the east side of U.S. 1 just north of PGA Boulevard in June. The company, a joint venture between NTK Partners LLC and RJS Partners of North Palm Beach, bought...
New seawall nearly complete at North Palm’s Anchorage Park marina

New seawall nearly complete at North Palm’s Anchorage Park marina

The first phase of a $1 million project to renovate Anchorage Park is nearing completion. The village is about a month way from finishing work on a new seawall at the park’s marina, Public Works Director Steven Hallock said. The new seawall will join other upgrades that already have been completed at the 21-acre park. They include a new walking path and landscaping, new irrigation systems park-wide...
Adaptive reuse the new way to preserve Jupiter’s history?

Adaptive reuse the new way to preserve Jupiter’s history?

Ernie Fidanza says he has a simple motto: “A town without history is like a man without a memory.” He’s sticking to this mantra by protecting the home built by one of Jupiter’s founders nearly 100 years ago. In 1924, during the “boom time” in Palm Beach County, Eli Sims built his Mission-style house on Center Street in the Pine Gardens subdivision, one of the first...
Lawsuit accuses Massage Envy of molesting clients in Palm Beach County

Lawsuit accuses Massage Envy of molesting clients in Palm Beach County

What was to be a relaxing mother-and-daughter outing to celebrate Mother’s Day at Massage Envy turned ugly when both women — in separate rooms — said they were abused by masseurs at the national chain’s Boca Raton storefront, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Palm Beach County Circuit Court. The May 2017 incident — one of nearly a dozen separate assaults described...
In Jupiter this weekend: Superheroes night at Roger Dean; history hike; sea turtles 101

In Jupiter this weekend: Superheroes night at Roger Dean; history hike; sea turtles 101

SUPERHEROES, UNITE! Calling all superheroes: it’s your night at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. The first 300 kids who show up at the ballpark, 4751 Main St. in Jupiter, ahead of the 5:30 p.m. game on Sept. 1 will receive a blue superhero cape from Palm Beach Children’s Hospital. Five “Hometown Heroes,” who were nominated by their peers, will be recognized. CBS 12’s morning...
Record-breaking primary early voting hints at high turnout Tuesday

Record-breaking primary early voting hints at high turnout Tuesday

Palm Beach County voters — like their counterparts throughout the state — embraced early voting this year, eclipsing the numbers who voted before election day in both the 2014 and 2016 primaries. When the roughly two-week-long early voting period ended Sunday, 590,000 people had cast ballots at early voting sites throughout the state. At the same time, another 1.2 million had returned...
Here’s what all that construction is on Hood Road in Gardens

Here’s what all that construction is on Hood Road in Gardens

Ongoing construction on Hood Road has left some residents feeling the squeeze. RELATED: Gardens approves 515 homes in Alton and new road, traffic signal First, Kennedy Homes had to raise the road approaching the bridge over Florida’s Turnpike so that drivers coming out of Kennedy’s new townhome community could see traffic coming from the east. The builder also needed to create the driveway...
Election is Tuesday but lawsuit aims to block Gardens ballot questions

Election is Tuesday but lawsuit aims to block Gardens ballot questions

Just days before Tuesday’s election, a Palm Beach Gardens resident has filed a lawsuit, his second this year to stop ballot questions from counting. The suit alleges that the city is wrongly using public money to push for the passage of three questions that appear on the Aug. 28 ballot. It asks a judge to order the city to stop paying for a public information campaign and to declare the three...
Enticed by workforce housing, officials OK 250 apartments near Juno

Enticed by workforce housing, officials OK 250 apartments near Juno

The promise of more workforce housing won out over the pleas of neighbors when Palm Beach County commissioners approved 250 new apartments and townhouses to replace a rundown shopping plaza on U.S. 1, just south of Juno Beach. RELATED: Commissioners advance plan for 250 apartments on U.S. 1 south of Juno Mayor Melissa McKinlay has consistently supported the Lenox North Beach project, citing the need...
Florida Supreme Court rules against priest suing Diocese of Palm Beach

Florida Supreme Court rules against priest suing Diocese of Palm Beach

A Roman Catholic priest’s legal battle with the Diocese of Palm Beach ended Thursday when the Florida Supreme Court said it would not decide thorny issues that swirled around Rev. John Gallagher’s claims that the church punished him for refusing to cover up sex abuse by a visiting priest. Attorney Ted Babbitt, who represents Gallagher, said he is contemplating taking the fight to the U...
Is PGA pyramid more like Louvre or Pinocchio’s hat? Readers weigh in

Is PGA pyramid more like Louvre or Pinocchio’s hat? Readers weigh in

Onlookers already have quite a few descriptors for that eye-catching pyramid atop the newest office tower on PGA Boulevard: ice or a snow cone, a dunce cap, Pinocchio’s’s hat. Not all the labels are negative. In the deluge of responses to last week’s column, two readers said the pyramid reminded them of The Louvre. The Paris art museum boasts a 71-foot-tall glass and metal pyramid...
To do in Gardens: Cardio-intensive yoga, kids crawl with seed bombs

To do in Gardens: Cardio-intensive yoga, kids crawl with seed bombs

CARDIO YOGA Palm Beach Athletic Wear & Yoga is hosting a Buti Yoga class 9 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday. The cardio-intensive yoga workout uses the method of spiral structure technique. The technique uses spinal movement, rather than the linear movement of many yoga practices, to tone the core, according to organizers. The movements are considered more appropriate for a woman’s body. The technique...
Councilors are split, but Jupiter may ban sale of medical marijuana

Councilors are split, but Jupiter may ban sale of medical marijuana

Despite more than two-thirds of Jupiter voters supporting the 2016 medical marijuana ballot measure, three of the five town councilors want to ban the sale of medical marijuana within town limits. Mayor Todd Wodraska joined councilors Jim Kuretski and Wayne Posner in their support of the proposed ban during the first reading of the ordinance Tuesday evening. The second reading will take place on Sept...
Here’s what’s happening with Palm Beach Gardens’ biggest new development

Here’s what’s happening with Palm Beach Gardens’ biggest new development

Age-restricted housing is in, and a public school is out for Avenir. Meanwhile, a golf course and a beach-like paradise have emerged as possibilities for the 4,763-acre site. It’s too soon to say what stores will populate the Town Center or what companies will fill out the roughly 2 million square feet of office space, but the mammoth development on the west end of the city is starting to take...
Venus Williams can hire expert to review cellphone at time of crash

Venus Williams can hire expert to review cellphone at time of crash

Tennis star Venus Williams will have to hire an expert to prove she wasn’t on her cellphone when she was involved in a car crash on Northlake Boulevard last year that caused the death of a 78-year-old Acreage man. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge James Nutt on Wednesday agreed with Williams’ attorney that she shouldn’t be forced to turn over her phone to attorneys representing the...
Jupiter Community Center to close for maintenance

Jupiter Community Center to close for maintenance

The Jupiter Community Center will be closed for annual maintenance for one week starting Aug. 29. The center will not hold any activities on Aug. 27. It is one of the polling places for the primary elections on Aug. 28, when it will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The only other activity that will take place on Aug. 28 is the School’s Out Camp from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The center will reopen...
Interested in learning about criminal justice in Palm Beach County?

Interested in learning about criminal justice in Palm Beach County?

Want to learn more about Palm Beach County law enforcement and its criminal justice system? The Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission is seeking applications from people interested in attending a free 10-week course that includes lectures from some of the county’s top cops and tours of the Palm Beach County Courthouse and the medical examiner’s office. The Citizen’s Justice...
Latest episode Jack Hanna show features Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Latest episode Jack Hanna show features Loggerhead Marinelife Center

The latest episode of “Jack Hanna’s Into The Wild” features Loggerhead Marinelife Center. “Jungle Jack” Hanna, the part-time Jupiter resident whose animal expertise is known around the world, filmed an episode during the release of Solana, a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle, on April 3. Solana was found starving and anemic with leeches all over her body at the St. Lucie...
Gardens budget accounts for growth; residents would pay more in taxes

Gardens budget accounts for growth; residents would pay more in taxes

City homeowners will see their tax bills go up under a proposed budget that adds 16 new, full-time jobs, many to handle current and future population growth. RELATED: Here’s why Gardens is giving cops a 12 percent raise this year Six of those jobs are police officers to provide coverage for growth, including recent annexations of communities on western Northlake Boulevard. A police services...
Judge: Edna Hibel museum must leave FAU’s Jupiter campus

Judge: Edna Hibel museum must leave FAU’s Jupiter campus

Works of art by Edna Hibel, and any other personal property from the foundation in the late Singer Island artist’s name, must be removed from Florida Atlantic University’s John D. MacArthur campus by Sept. 24, a judge has ruled. This marks the end of a battle to keep the Hibel Museum of Art at 5353 Parkside Drive in Jupiter through the end of its 40-year lease with the university. The...
Competing signs send conflicting message on Gardens ballot question

Competing signs send conflicting message on Gardens ballot question

Dueling signs outside an early voting site could confuse voters on a city ballot question. RELATED: Palm Beach Gardens voters to get 3 ballot questions in August The nearly identical signs from two opposing factions are side-by-side in the landscaping median of the Gardens Branch of the Palm Beach County Library. One sign on a plain white background is printed with the message: “SAVE TERM LIMITS...
Palm Beach County Judge Peter Evans abruptly ends 30-year career

Palm Beach County Judge Peter Evans abruptly ends 30-year career

Citing mounting health problems and a desire to spend time with his family, Palm Beach County Court Judge Peter Evans ended his nearly 30-year judicial career on Friday. “There is time for all things, and time has come for me to focus on my medical care and enjoying my remaining time with my family,” Evans said in a Aug. 10 letter to Gov. Rick Scott, announcing his resignation. The 67-year-old...
Jupiter moves to officially plan for climate change

Jupiter moves to officially plan for climate change

The town is ready to resubmit to the state its coastal management comprehensive plan text amendments that address planning as it relates to climate change. On Tuesday evening, members of the planning and zoning commission board unanimously voted to amend three existing policies and add four new policies to the town’s proposed Coastal Management Element. Sign up for the weekly Post on Jupiter...
Part of Tequesta Drive will be closed for railroad project

Part of Tequesta Drive will be closed for railroad project

Tequesta Drive at the railroad crossing along North Old Dixie Highway will be closed for four days for a roadway grade crossing project. According to the village, the Florida East Coast Railway project will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday and is expected to end at 11:59 p.m. Aug. 21. The purpose is to replace the track panel. The primary detour route runs along County Line Road, Seabrook Road, Riverside...
National Thrift Store Day: You should be shopping at these local thrift stores

National Thrift Store Day: You should be shopping at these local thrift stores

People are passionate about their favorite thrift store! And they do offer a fun way to find unique items at bargain prices. We are lucky Palm Beach County is a wealthy area, which means first-class cast-offs can be found at area re-sale shops while sometimes supporting a good cause at the same time. Here’s a list of some of our favorites: When cast-offs are too good for the average Goodwill...
Palm Beach pastor linked to pedophile priest scandal

Palm Beach pastor linked to pedophile priest scandal

The longtime pastor of a prominent Palm Beach church where the Kennedys, the late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and other luminaries have worshiped became entangled in the latest pedophile priest scandal that erupted this week in Pennsylvania. Monsignor Thomas Klinzing, pastor of the historic St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, was among church leaders in the Diocese of Greensburg in the 1980s...
Palm Beach County judicial candidate beats $2,000 elections fine

Palm Beach County judicial candidate beats $2,000 elections fine

A Palm Beach County judicial candidate won’t have to pay a $2,000 fine for filing his campaign finance report three weeks late, the Florida Elections Commission ruled this week. Calling the rule absurd, the commission unanimously threw out the fine Palm Beach County Supervisor Susan Bucher imposed against attorney Richard Llerena, who is in a three-person race to replace retiring County Judge...
Prescribed burn scheduled for Jonathan Dickinson park

Prescribed burn scheduled for Jonathan Dickinson park

A prescribed burn on 500 acres of pine flatwoods is scheduled for today at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, if weather permits. The burn will be focused in the center of the park and along portions of the horse trails, according to a Florida Department of Environmental Protection press release. It should begin at 10:30 a.m. and end around 5 p.m., according to a release. Officials look at the Predicted...
What’s the deal with that pyramid atop new Gardens office tower on PGA?

What’s the deal with that pyramid atop new Gardens office tower on PGA?

People have one of two reactions to the prominent, white pyramid atop the newest office tower on PGA Boulevard: they either love it or hate it. RELATED: Pyramid promise: New Palm Beach Gardens towers set to lure firms The 58-foot pyramid on a gleaming, 11-story office building on the outskirts of Downtown at the Gardens is easy to see from the flyover. RELATED: What counts as art? Gardens office tower...
Priest who worked in Boca accused of abuse by Pennsylvania grand jury

Priest who worked in Boca accused of abuse by Pennsylvania grand jury

A priest who was affiliated with Ascension Catholic Church in Boca Raton is accused of molesting a 9-year-old boy and sexually abusing unidentified others in a scathing report issued Tuesday by a Pennsylvania grand jury that conducted a sweeping investigation into clergy misconduct. Monsignor Thomas Benestad was among the scores of “predator priests” the grand jury mentioned...
Jupiter Christian School opens east campus for kids 2 to 7

Jupiter Christian School opens east campus for kids 2 to 7

Jupiter Christian School opened its east campus just in time for the first day of school Wednesday morning, realizing a dream to expand its programming with room to grow. Parents and the 210 enrolled students ranging from PK2, or 2-year-old pre-kindergartners, to first grade were greeted with a small red carpet and an archway lined with red, black and white balloons ready for the perfect back-to-school...
Leaving Congress, Rooney seeks spot on Palm Beach County bench

Leaving Congress, Rooney seeks spot on Palm Beach County bench

Six months after announcing he wouldn’t seek a sixth term in Congress, U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney has applied for an opening on the Palm Beach County bench. Rooney is among 32 attorneys who have applied to replace County Judge Dana Santino, who was booted from office by the Florida Supreme Court last month over inappropriate comments she made about her opponent in the 2016 election. RELATED: Three...
Jupiter’s Burrito Bros. closes; owners plan new spot in Jupiter Farms

Jupiter’s Burrito Bros. closes; owners plan new spot in Jupiter Farms

After eight years, Burrito Bros. and BBQ on Indiantown Road is no more. But the popular restaurant isn’t gone forever. Owners Chris and Elizabeth Taylor announced that their Tex-Mex/barbecue joint had its last day on Sunday. At least four people drove to the 1150 Indiantown Road location in the span of five minutes during the Tuesday lunch hour to find the doors closed with a sign explaining...
Some Gardens homeowners can replace roofs and windows at no cost

Some Gardens homeowners can replace roofs and windows at no cost

Homeowners with the lowest incomes and often the oldest houses are reaping the benefits of federal grant dollars doled out to patch roofs and replace windows — anything to “harden” up against a hurricane. Take, for example, Christin O’Connor’s house on Holly Drive. Her unfinished roof leaked for eight years, and neighbors left notes on her door asking when she was going...
Tequesta narrows village manager search to two candidates

Tequesta narrows village manager search to two candidates

Tequesta narrowed its list of village manager candidates to two Friday afternoon following a busy week of interviews, meetings and social functions. Adam Cruz, the former business administrator for the city of Perth Amboy, New Jersey; and Robin Gomez, the city manager for Fairmont, West Virginia, were approved by the council to move forward with background checks. A third candidate, West Liberty,...
Jupiter water rates, stormwater fees will rise in October

Jupiter water rates, stormwater fees will rise in October

Town councilors last week voted in favor of increasing water rates and stormwater utility fees. Town staff said the water rates would increase by 2.83 percent and stormwater fees would go up by 7 percent “to reflect industry-wide costs” and to make sure there is money for improvement projects. A resident’s monthly water bill is expected to increase by $1.05, and the stormwater fee...
Things to do in Jupiter: Petty tribute show; dance for kids; BMX Jam

Things to do in Jupiter: Petty tribute show; dance for kids; BMX Jam

1. The Petty Hearts, the National Tom Petty Tribute Show: Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Abacoa Amphitheater, 1267 Main St., in Jupiter. The free show is part of the Abacoa Summer Concert Series put on by the Abacoa Property Owners’ Assembly. The five-person tribute band plays “faithful renditions” of songs from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, according to The Petty Hearts’ website...
Job-A-Palooza: Event matches businesses, students with disabilities

Job-A-Palooza: Event matches businesses, students with disabilities

Katie Nunez works two jobs through The Arc of Palm Beach County’s job training program, one at Walgreens and the other at Otis Elevator Co. Thursday afternoon at Palm Beach State College, the 32-year-old Lake Worth resident sat with Otis credit and collections analyst Michelle Swindell as she demonstrated stuffing envelopes to groups of young people with disabilities. Otis, which develops, manufactures...
Palm Beach Gardens youth golf team victorious in Scotland

Palm Beach Gardens youth golf team victorious in Scotland

A smile from golfer Phil Mickelson made Madison Hyndman’s day last month at the 2018 Open Championship in Scotland. Winning the Junior Ryder Cup Challenge several days later wasn’t so bad, either. Hyndman, 11, along with 14 other members of the Palm Beach Gardens Youth Athletic Association junior golf team, defeated a local team from Scotland, 73-71, to claim the championship at Dalmahoy...
North county pirate-themed bar getting overhaul after grease fire

North county pirate-themed bar getting overhaul after grease fire

A popular north county watering hole is getting an overhaul after it was ravaged by a fast-moving grease fire. The Pirate’s Well in an unincorporated pocket near Lake Park has been closed since the blaze that broke out about 6 a.m. Mother’s Day, owner Larry Marble said. A banner hanging on the side of the bar announces “closed due to fire, reopening soon.” Marble said...
Jupiter’s Love Street parking lot to cost half the expected price

Jupiter’s Love Street parking lot to cost half the expected price

Improvements to the Love Street parking lot will cost less than expected. Jupiter town councilors got the news Wednesday evening during a presentation from Thomas V. Driscoll, director of engineering, parks and public works, at a Community Redevelopment Agency meeting. READ MORE: Company promises ‘spectacular’ upscale wedding venue on Jupiter Inlet The town had allocated $44,250 in the...
Raise a pint for 31,000 acres of pristine wilderness to explore in PBC

Raise a pint for 31,000 acres of pristine wilderness to explore in PBC

In the early morning light, a great blue heron, two great egrets and white ibis soar above 2,000 acres of wilderness along Indiantown Road in search of breakfast. The croaking of frogs and high-pitched calls of black-bellied whistling ducks pierce the air before the sun rises over a restored wetland. The smooth, black surface of the water reflects the cypress trees along its banks. As the sun...
Car burglars caught on home security video in Palm Beach Gardens

Car burglars caught on home security video in Palm Beach Gardens

City police are warning residents to lock their car doors and be diligent about removing valuables in light of a seasonal trend of car burglaries and thefts. READ: Vehicle burglaries reported at four West Palm hotels When a band of teens loots a laptop or drives off in a stolen car, it’s usually a crime of opportunity, department spokesman Maj. Paul Rogers said. They’re not looking to...
How a thriving yoga scene emerged from joining of Gardens studios

How a thriving yoga scene emerged from joining of Gardens studios

Yogis Karen Burnett and Jill Romano first rubbed elbows when they were teaching yoga poses in the streets of Midtown, the restaurant, shopping and residential community on PGA Boulevard. They were there for Midtown’s “Peace, Love and Wellness” festival, and Burnett wondered who the other woman was who was so passionate about yoga that she would do it until her feet turned black...
Paddleboarders clad in tutus clear Tequesta shoreline for a cause

Paddleboarders clad in tutus clear Tequesta shoreline for a cause

To some, Jeff Tutt is “The Tutu Guy.” His go-to skirt is hot pink, but he doesn’t care what people think — he does it while volunteering to put a smile on the faces of children diagnosed with cancer. “I always tell people, give two or three hours of your time and it will change your whole outlook on life,” Tutt said. He and about 70 others gathered just south of...
Mold spurs partial closure of North Palm Beach public safety building

Mold spurs partial closure of North Palm Beach public safety building

A leaky roof at the North Palm Beach public safety building has spurred the growth of a stubborn and dangerous mold. Since Thursday, the building’s records division has been closed and its two full-time employees moved elsewhere in the building because of what Police Chief Rick Jenkins called an imminent health issue. RELATED: Families scramble as toxic mold forces them from Wellington homes...
‘POST TIME’: Sixty years ago, time-saving Beeline Highway opened

‘POST TIME’: Sixty years ago, time-saving Beeline Highway opened

Readers: Have you ever driven on State Road 710? If you have had reason to travel to the north shore of Lake Okeechobee, or go from West Palm Beach to Sarasota, or if you live in certain parts of northern Palm Beach County, you very likely have. You call it the Beeline Highway. It turns 60 this month. Here’s more from columns in 2004 and 2008: First, the term “beeline” is believed...
Tequesta to host village manager candidates this week

Tequesta to host village manager candidates this week

The village’s search for a new manager is entering the home stretch. Three candidates, who are bidding to replace retiring manager Michael Couzzo, will visit the village this week for interviews, meetings and tours. They are Adam Cruz, the former business administrator for the city of Perth Amboy, New Jersey; Lawrence McNaul, the city manager for West Liberty, Iowa; and Robin Gomez, the city...
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