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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 Friday 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...
Jupiter council to discuss educating residents on plastic straws

Jupiter council to discuss educating residents on plastic straws

Town officials will discuss the possibility of implementing an education program to teach residents and visitors about how single-use plastic straws can harm the environment. Thursday’s special town council meeting will be the first time councilors meet after the beach committee last month unanimously recommended an educational resolution on the issue of plastic straws, rather than an ordinance...
Harbourside developer’s condos on PGA to have private marina, spa, park

Harbourside developer’s condos on PGA to have private marina, spa, park

The downsizing of a once-controversial waterfront condo project on PGA Boulevard is headed to the Palm Beach County Commission for final approval. PGA Partners 100 wants to build 18 fewer luxury condos than previously approved at the site of the former Panama Hattie’s restaurant and rum bar. Zoning officials recommend county commissioners approve the reduction. Three years ago, commissioners...
Gardens to spend $3.5 million on baseball complex improvements

Gardens to spend $3.5 million on baseball complex improvements

When Palm Beach Gardens is finished spending $3.5 million to improve its youth baseball complex, the facility will be rivaled only by surrounding Major League Baseball spring training stadiums. Palm Beach Gardens staff looked to Roger Dean Stadium, the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches and JetBlue Park in Fort Myers for ideas as they planned the ball field expansion at Gardens Park on Burns Road....
‘Put an end to this nightmare’: A plea for justice in teens’ unsolved murders

‘Put an end to this nightmare’: A plea for justice in teens’ unsolved murders

Sharon Dunbar thought she could never have children. So when she found out she was pregnant with a baby boy, she did everything she could to protect him. She wouldn’t stand near a microwave while she was pregnant and was so wary of “jinxing it” that she refused to buy a crib until she brought Se’Sawn home from the hospital. But 17 years later, she couldn’t protect her...
LATEST: Gardens council OKs 12 percent raises for police

LATEST: Gardens council OKs 12 percent raises for police

City police officers will see 12 percent bigger paychecks after officials approved raises to entice them to stay rather than leave for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Officers, sergeants and communications operators were set to receive 6 percent raises Oct. 1 under the terms of their Police Benevolent Association contract. Instead, those raises and an additional 6 percent increase will...
Celebrate National Lighthouse Day with buy-one-get-one offer

Celebrate National Lighthouse Day with buy-one-get-one offer

These days, there seems to be a national holiday for nearly everything. Just this month, there are special days for shapewear, garage sales, even five different kinds of pie (raspberry cream, lemon meringue, ice cream, chocolate pecan and peach, in case you were wondering). Although many of them might have unclear origins, one has a long yet unofficial history. PHOTOS: Jupiter Lighthouse over the...
Cheesman, Coleman, Maryuma have vastly different backgrounds

Cheesman, Coleman, Maryuma have vastly different backgrounds

An assistant public defender, a former prosecutor who practices family law and a scientist turned lawyer will face off on Aug. 28 to replace retiring Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Peter Blanc. The three candidates not only practice different types of law but come from vastly different backgrounds. KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES: Complete guide to the Aug. 28 election Maxine Cheesman, 62, was born in Jamaica...
Will a natural and organic store sprout at closed Jupiter Winn-Dixie?

Will a natural and organic store sprout at closed Jupiter Winn-Dixie?

A natural and organic grocery chain may soon sprout a location in Jupiter. An application for Sprouts Farmers Market has been filed with the town to replace the closed Winn-Dixie at 3757 Military Trail in the Admirals Crossing plaza, according to town spokeswoman Kate Moretto. READ MORE: Woman buys last of groceries at Jupiter Winn-Dixie, donates them Jupiter Palms Associates LLC, a subsidiary of...
Watch out for these Jupiter triathlon road closures on Saturday

Watch out for these Jupiter triathlon road closures on Saturday

Portions of major Jupiter roads will be closed for several hours Saturday because of the annual Jupiter Medical Center Loggerhead Triathlon. State Road A1A will be closed from Van Kessel Parkway to Donald Ross Road from 6:30 to 10 a.m., and Van Kessel from A1A to the inlet will be closed from 6:30 to 11 a.m. READ MORE: Post reporter’s widower carries friend with ALS through triathlon The triathlon...
Charity event put off by Dirty Martini’s abrupt closure finds new venue

Charity event put off by Dirty Martini’s abrupt closure finds new venue

A children’s charity that was sent scrambling when a popular Palm Beach Gardens bar closed days before its fundraiser has found a new venue. Instead of a “Christmas in July” event scheduled for last Friday at Dirty Martini, Palm Beach Trykers will celebrate “Christmas in August” at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ in West Palm Beach in two weeks. The charity hopes to raise at...
Melgen will stay in prison while he appeals health care conviction

Melgen will stay in prison while he appeals health care conviction

Dr. Salomon Melgen will remain behind bars while he appeals his conviction on 67 charges of health care fraud and his 17-year prison sentence, a federal judge ruled this week. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra rejected arguments from Melgen’s attorneys who claimed the 63-year-old disgraced Palm Beach County retinal specialist is not a flight risk and that he is likely to win a new trial in connection...
Back-to-college shopping, tennis challenge, boat class in Gardens area

Back-to-college shopping, tennis challenge, boat class in Gardens area

RED BALL CHALLENGE The Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center, 5110 117th Court N., will host a Family Fun Day and Red Ball Team Challenge 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 4. All will play in ability-based groups for 60 to 90 minutes, then kids and adults will take the courts together. The cost is $10 per person or $20 per family. Light refreshments will be served. Call 561-775-8277 to register. GARDENS UNIVERSITY College...
Retrofit or retreat? Candidates give their solutions to sea-level rise

Retrofit or retreat? Candidates give their solutions to sea-level rise

What should Palm Beach County focus on when it comes to addressing sea-level rise and flooding? Should near offshore drilling be banned? Would you tell President Donald Trump that climate change isn’t a hoax? Those were some of the questions WPTV’s Michael Williams posed to 12 candidates for port commissioner to the U.S. Congress during Tuesday night’s Tidal Town Hall at First Unitarian...
More businesses announce openings in Gardens’ Alton

More businesses announce openings in Gardens’ Alton

Months before the first store opens in Palm Beach Gardens’ Alton, the list of businesses leasing in the town center continues to grow. OXXO Care Cleaners announced that it plans to open a store in the 360,203-square-foot retail project early next year, joining a slew of restaurants and a Publix. The dry cleaning service is known for its ATM-style pickups and eco-friendly method. Juan Lara and...
Candidate for circuit court admits affair with client in 2013

Candidate for circuit court admits affair with client in 2013

A Palm Beach County circuit judge candidate on Tuesday admitted she had sex with a client she was representing in a 2013 divorce, a violation of Florida Bar rules. Royal Palm Beach family law attorney Marybel Reinoso Coleman, who has garnered support from the county’s legal elite in a three-person race to replace retiring Circuit Judge Peter Blanc, made the admission in response to two letters...
Here’s why Gardens is giving cops a 12 percent raise this year

Here’s why Gardens is giving cops a 12 percent raise this year

Fearing an exodus to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach Gardens is poised to offer its police officers sizable raises that aren’t part of their original agreement. RELATED: Police to get 6 percent raises under new agreement in Gardens Palm Beach Gardens staff, facing the possibility of losing up to 14 officers to PBSO, met with Police Benevolent Association representatives...
Jupiter budget workshop will focus on capital improvement projects

Jupiter budget workshop will focus on capital improvement projects

The town of Jupiter will hold the second of two budget workshops Thursday before council members finalize the budget in September public hearings. The previous budget workshop on June 14 centered on the proposed operating budget, where council members learned there would be no significant tax increase and no grant funding available for an education committee. Town Manager Matt Benoit told members...
Mamie Eisenhower’s former social secretary dies in Juno Beach at 106

Mamie Eisenhower’s former social secretary dies in Juno Beach at 106

Mary Jane McCaffree Monroe, former social and press secretary to first lady Mamie Doud Eisenhower, died in Juno Beach on July 23. She was 106. Born in New York City on Oct. 28, 1911, Monroe worked her way up the secretarial ladder for various organizations before she made it to the White House. She was the secretary for higher ups in the New York World’s Fair in the late 1930s, the Rustless...
Jupiter-based ‘retirement home’ for pets, looks to expand

Jupiter-based ‘retirement home’ for pets, looks to expand

Mornings for Wendy Derhak, the owner of The Pet Cottage, start before sunrise. She dishes out chow for Elvis, Dash, 2-2 and Charlie Brown before taking three of them out for walks. Elvis is a shepherd mix who Derhak adopted from a rescue that had saved him from a high-kill shelter. He and 2-2, a terrier mix, usually like trotting together, while Dash, an energetic pit bull mix, needs Derhak&rsquo...
How to solve sea-level rise? Join discussion in North Palm Tuesday

How to solve sea-level rise? Join discussion in North Palm Tuesday

Solutions for sea-level rise and flooding will be the subject of a Tidal Town Hall in North Palm Beach on Tuesday. Tidal Town Halls are being held in 15 cities throughout Florida, giving voters the opportunity to meet with candidates and have a discussion on issues related to climate change. Previous town halls have been held in Fort Lauderdale, Santa Rosa Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach and Brandon. From...
Palm Beach Gardens council evaluates city manager’s job performance

Palm Beach Gardens council evaluates city manager’s job performance

After 17 years on the job, Palm Beach Gardens City Manager Ron Ferris earned glowing performance reviews from his bosses on the city council who encouraged him not to retire any time soon. RELATED: Gardens manager Ferris granted 5-year contract extension The council evaluated Ferris’ performance at its July 12 meeting, praising him for his vision and ability to assemble a first-rate staff. Ferris...
Tennis star Venus Williams cuts ribbon at new Roger Dean skyboxes

Tennis star Venus Williams cuts ribbon at new Roger Dean skyboxes

Tennis star Venus Williams traded in her racket and sneakers for a a multi-colored maxi dress and sparkly sandals Friday for her company’s ribbon-cutting event at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. V*Starr Interiors, a West Palm Beach-based company owned by Williams, spent about $300,000 to redesign the skyboxes, which hold about 20 people. “I have seen the design before on the board...
Dodie Thayer, daughter of pioneers John and Bessie DuBois, dies at 91

Dodie Thayer, daughter of pioneers John and Bessie DuBois, dies at 91

Doris “Dodie” DuBois Thayer Hawthorn, the daughter of pioneers John and Bessie DuBois, who designed status-symbol Lettuce Ware pottery starting in the mid-1960s, died July 19 after a “brief illness,” according to an obituary from Jupiter-based Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home. She was 91. Better known as Dodie Thayer, her pottery, which started as a hobby, was a hit with the likes...
U.S. 1 redesign causing traffic headaches for Tequesta motorists

U.S. 1 redesign causing traffic headaches for Tequesta motorists

Chris Monroe’s commute through Tequesta has gotten a lot more challenging since construction began on a 1.4-mile stretch of U.S. 1 last fall. As part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s Complete Streets initiative, which configures roadways to allow equally safe passage for motorized vehicles, bicycle riders and pedestrians, the six-lane section of U.S. 1 between Beach Road and...
Tequesta has a double dose of Medina with its police, fire chiefs

Tequesta has a double dose of Medina with its police, fire chiefs

For the record, Gus Medina and Joel Medina aren’t related. The village’s new police chief and veteran fire chief share a last name as well as a passion for helping others, so it’s understandable when residents confuse one for the other. “We do a community walk where we actually go into the community and we talk to residents and business owners,” said Gus Medina, who was...
Residents’ pushback leads Jupiter to halt work on Sawfish Bay Park dock

Residents’ pushback leads Jupiter to halt work on Sawfish Bay Park dock

The town has halted engineering and grant-seeking plans for water taxi docks at Sawfish Bay Park and Lighthouse Park after receiving pushback from its residents, according to Vice Mayor Ron Delaney. “As of now it’s been stopped,” Delaney told The Palm Beach Post this week. “The town council can revisit it at a later date and time.” Stephanie Thoburn, Jupiter’s assistant...
Gardens council painstakingly crafts gun safety measure post-Parkland

Gardens council painstakingly crafts gun safety measure post-Parkland

Gut-wrenching sorrow. Utter helplessness. Motivational anger. The Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead unleashed a wave of emotions and a slew of new legislation. RELATED: Gardens feels helpless: Official didn’t know about gun show in town days after Douglas massacre While the power to change the state’s gun laws and increase money for mental...
Dirty Martini temporarily shuts down, and a charity is sent scrambling

Dirty Martini temporarily shuts down, and a charity is sent scrambling

The unexpected closure of a popular martini bar has sent a charity scrambling to find a new venue for a fundraiser that was supposed to be Friday night. RELATED: New Orleans-style restaurant planned for Palm Beach Gardens Dirty Martini in Downtown at the Gardens temporarily closed Monday, operating partner Jeremiah J. Pitts said Wednesday night. PHOTOS: Avocado Grill in Palm Beach Gardens The temporary...
Baby boot camp, pool party, play with food; 3 things to do in Gardens

Baby boot camp, pool party, play with food; 3 things to do in Gardens

BABY BOOT CAMP Nationally-certified instructors lead Baby Boot Camp stroller fitness classes 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the Centre Court of Downtown at the Gardens, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave. The classes combine a workout for moms with educational interaction for stroller-age children. The first class is free. RELATED: What it takes to be a ‘CycleStar’ at new...
Nonprofit aims to protect Jupiter Inlet’s natural resources, history

Nonprofit aims to protect Jupiter Inlet’s natural resources, history

A new nonprofit has lofty goals to preserve the Jupiter Inlet’s natural and historical treasures. The first step: protecting the area’s sensitive seagrass beds. The Jupiter Inlet Foundation began last summer after a group of five “like-minded individuals” came together concerned about the future of Jupiter Inlet’s resources, said board President MB Hague. RELATED: Jupiter...
“POST TIME”: Fifty years: The mysterious death of Trapper Nelson

“POST TIME”: Fifty years: The mysterious death of Trapper Nelson

Readers: Few characters in Palm Beach County history are as colorful as Victor Nostokovich, more commonly known as Trapper Nelson. Fifty years ago, on July 30, 1968, the recluse suffered a demise as mysterious as the man himself. Here’s more from a 1999 essay written by former colleague Jeff Houck for The Post’s history book, “Our Century”: How did Victor Nostokovich...
Loggerhead sea turtle hit by boat found dead on Jupiter Island

Loggerhead sea turtle hit by boat found dead on Jupiter Island

A dead female loggerhead sea turtle was found Saturday on Jupiter Island, marking yet another victim of boat strikes this nesting season. Boats have injured 18 sea turtles in the northern Palm Beach County area since March 1, according to Cassidy Sparks, marketing and social media coordinator for Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Some turtles were found dead and others were taken into the center as patients...
Global teens pitch fix for climate change to UTC engineers in Gardens

Global teens pitch fix for climate change to UTC engineers in Gardens

The combined brainpower of six teens from five countries imagined a skyscraper designed to mitigate the effects of climate change — a building they showed United Technologies engineers Monday afternoon. Their answer to the New York Academy of Sciences challenge: a carefully-designed, roughly 32-story tower of businesses and apartments with solar panels on the roof and a south-facing wall, &ldquo...
Push to ban plastic straws in Jupiter fails by one vote in committee

Push to ban plastic straws in Jupiter fails by one vote in committee

After months of back and forth, Jupiter’s beach committee decided not to support an ordinance to ban single-use plastic straws, and instead will recommend a resolution to the council. “I think tonight went very well,” Betsy Munson, vice chair of the beach committee, said after Monday’s meeting. “I know there were a few people who wanted an ordinance, but this is Jupiter...
Lawyers sought to replace ousted Palm Beach County Judge Dana Santino

Lawyers sought to replace ousted Palm Beach County Judge Dana Santino

Attorneys interested in replacing Palm Beach County Judge Dana Santino, who was removed from office on July 2 by the Florida Supreme Court, have until July 31 to submit applications to the local Judicial Nominating Commission. Gov. Rick Scott has asked the commission to move quickly to select candidates to replace Santino, who was booted from the bench by the high court for violating judicial canons...
Jupiter wants community’s help to restore historic Aicher pioneer house

Jupiter wants community’s help to restore historic Aicher pioneer house

A 1913 house that was built by one of Jupiter’s pioneers has been saved, but the town needs help restoring it. The Aicher House, which was built by Harry Aicher when he was a teenager, was donated to the town on March 16, 2017 by owner Dana Anderson. The beige house with metal roof and green trim around the windows is in need of some improvements so it can be a place for people to visit...
Neighbor complaints lead to arrest of Jupiter man on drug charges

Neighbor complaints lead to arrest of Jupiter man on drug charges

Between Nov. 27, 2011, and June 19 of this year, 56 service calls were placed to the Jupiter Police Department concerning suspicious activity at a yellow-and-white, single-family home in the Riverside Drive Park community. The first 12 calls covered a 3 1/2-year span, with the majority of those calls occurring in May and June of 2015. A month later, three people were arrested at the home on narcotics...
Drive-in movie memories: 71 years of double features and even death

Drive-in movie memories: 71 years of double features and even death

— The Beach Boys When it opened 71 years ago this month — on July 11, 1947 — the first drive-in theater in Palm Beach County didn’t have a name. Just called “Drive In Theatre” or “The Family Theatre,” the one-screen operation was in an empty lot west of Morrison Field, now PBIA, on Southern Boulevard. “See and hear your favorite movies...
Gardens tennis center used by Williams sisters to get new clubhouse

Gardens tennis center used by Williams sisters to get new clubhouse

A new, two-story tennis clubhouse six times the size of the current one will usher in a bevy of players in 2019. RELATED: New Gardens mayor talks property values, updates on athletic fields The Key West-style clubhouse will include an indoor cafe, outdoor dining and observation decks, a sports performance room, pro shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms and two rooms that can be rented for...
Royal Palm Beach hosts free senior expo in August

Royal Palm Beach hosts free senior expo in August

Royal Palm Beach is having a free senior expo in three weeks, according to The Village’s website.  From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 10, seniors can head to the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center, at 100 Sweet Bay LN., to meet vendors and talk about wellness, improved health care, caregivers, educational and travel opportunities among other topics.  There also will be free raffle...
Hobe Sound doesn’t need more government, incorporation opponents say

Hobe Sound doesn’t need more government, incorporation opponents say

There are two sides to every story, and the opponents of Hobe Sound incorporation efforts want to make sure theirs is heard. For the past three years, a group of pro-incorporation residents has fought to get a referendum on the ballot that would let voters decide if they wanted the town of 13,308 to become Martin County’s sixth municipality. Their efforts were successful, and voters will...
How a sweet, scrappy stray dog from Baghdad found a home in Gardens

How a sweet, scrappy stray dog from Baghdad found a home in Gardens

Before Socks made a meandering, 7,000-mile journey from Baghdad to Palm Beach Gardens, the stray dog endured getting shot at and pelted by rocks as he roamed the war-torn streets of the Iraqi capital. He was scrappy, sure, but he had a soft side, too. Lots of strays wander the city, but the golden retriever/lab mix was the only one who came to Adam Schank when he beckoned, Schank’s wife Denise...
Home Depot expansion project wins OK from Jupiter

Home Depot expansion project wins OK from Jupiter

The town’s only Home Depot is getting a makeover. The home improvement supplies store on West Indiantown Road won unanimous approval from the town council Tuesday night to demolish the vacant Sports Authority building next door as well as a portion of the existing Home Depot building and construct a 39,575-square foot expansion. Sports Authority closed its doors in 2016 when the company went...
Gardens pop-up experience uses s’mores, candy to teach science to kids

Gardens pop-up experience uses s’mores, candy to teach science to kids

An experience that entices children to take interest in STEM with 3D-printed s’mores and candy “flavor explosions” is popping up in Downtown at the Gardens this weekend. Sue’s Tech Kitchen opens Friday in a space below the Cobb Theatre next to Hot Yoga Downtown and continues through Sunday. It’s especially popular among the 6- to 12-year-old set, General Manager Steve...
Jupiter Medical Center wins town approval for NICU, new entrance way

Jupiter Medical Center wins town approval for NICU, new entrance way

Jupiter Medical Center’s proposal to add an intensive care unit for newborns as well as a new main entrance won approval from the town council on a 3-0 vote Tuesday night. Vice-Mayor Ron Delaney was absent from Tuesday’s council meeting, while councilor Ilan Kaufer abstained from the vote. Kaufer sits on JMC’s corporate board. The hospital plans to add a five-story, 41,231-square-foot...
Turtle fun, golf simulator, tasty samples: 3 things to do in Gardens

Turtle fun, golf simulator, tasty samples: 3 things to do in Gardens

SLIDING INTO SUMMER TASTING EVENT Publix GreenWise Market at Legacy Place will host a tasting event 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, giving samples of chili-chicken sliders and falafel party sliders. Sunny 107.9 will be at the Slide into Summer Tasting Event 1 to 3 p.m. with chances to win Publix gift cards. There will be giveaways while supplies last, according to Legacy Place. The store is at 11231 Legacy...
State legislators proud of bills crafted after Irma, Parkland

State legislators proud of bills crafted after Irma, Parkland

Five state legislators representing Palm Beach County joined the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday to talk about recent legislative issues including school safety, Hurricane Irma and home rule bills. “We really did face a lot of challenges in Tallahassee because of the hurricane and then the tragedy in Parkland,” said District 85 Rep. Rick Roth. “We spent two weeks...
Bus driver from West Palm to be honored for helping to save child’s life

Bus driver from West Palm to be honored for helping to save child’s life

Sharonda Akins, a bus driver who was dubbed a hero after a saving a kindergartner’s life, is being honored at Wednesday’s Palm Beach County School Board meeting. Superintendent Donald Fennoy is presenting Akins with a “game ball” in recognition of her quick-thinking, which helped saved a 6-year-old girl’s life in May. “The superintendent enjoys recognizing district...
Delray teen tennis phenom Coco Gauff wants to be next Serena Williams

Delray teen tennis phenom Coco Gauff wants to be next Serena Williams

Cori “Coco” Gauff has an impressive resume at the tender age of 14: junior Grand Slam champion, No. 1 ranked girls tennis player by the International Tennis Federation, and, as of Tuesday, holder of a key to the city of Delray Beach. The tennis phenom and Delray native — who got her start on the clay courts of Delray’s Pompey Park — was presented with the key to the city...
Gardens councilman wants city cops to patrol more schools

Gardens councilman wants city cops to patrol more schools

If Palm Beach Gardens officials have their way, city police officers — and not school police — could be patrolling all the schools in the city limits when students return to class Aug. 13. RELATED: Why Gardens cops will police elementary schools in new school year The city has already agreed to provide Palm Beach Gardens police to patrol five area elementary schools as the district scrambles...
Bridge in Jupiter may get a mural painted underneath

Bridge in Jupiter may get a mural painted underneath

The town could get a mural painted under the bridge at Indiantown Road and U.S. 1. A special art committee meeting will be held on July 30 to discuss preliminary ideas with Town Manager Matt Benoit. This will give the him the opportunity to understand the proposed vision by the art committee and look into what might be needed to complete it, said Jupiter spokeswoman Kate Moretto. Residents can attend...
North Palm to discuss plans for kids’ splash park; pool reopens

North Palm to discuss plans for kids’ splash park; pool reopens

The town will hold a public meeting Tuesday to discuss plans for a children’s splash park next to the pool. The meeting will seek residents’ input about a $250,000 Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program Grant to help finance the project, a requirement the town needs to apply, said village communications manager Ed Cunningham. For residents, the splash park is a big part of the...
New configuration permanently closes two lanes of U.S. 1 in Tequesta

New configuration permanently closes two lanes of U.S. 1 in Tequesta

A $3.2 million project to reconfigure 1.4 miles of road on U.S. 1 between Beach Road and County Line Road has permanently closed the outside northbound and southbound lanes. Two lanes will remain in either direction as part of the Florida Department of Transportation project, which began in November and is expected to be complete by the end of this year. In addition to the permanent lane closures...
Jupiter OKs construction contract for $20M police headquarters

Jupiter OKs construction contract for $20M police headquarters

The Town Council awarded a contract to a Delray Beach firm on Tuesday for the construction of the first phase of the Jupiter Municipal Complex, which is a $20 million project. According to an executive summary submitted to the council by Town Manager Matt Benoit, staff unanimously recommended Kaufman Lynn Construction for construction management services for the project. Jupiter fix-up spree includes...
Power lines buried in Jupiter after four years

Power lines buried in Jupiter after four years

After four years, a project to bury power lines along A1A in Jupiter has been completed. “To my knowledge, the overhead utilities and poles that were scheduled to be removed has been completed on A1A from north of Jupiter Beach Road to U.S. 1,” said Thomas Driscoll, Jupiter’s director of engineering and public works. Bill Orlove, a Florida Power & Light spokesperson, said the...
Busch Wildlife receives ‘outpouring of fans’ within days

Busch Wildlife receives ‘outpouring of fans’ within days

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is feeling the love from the community after receiving more than 30 fans days after a posting on social media. The sanctuary posted to Instagram on Wednesday asking for fans for the animals because they “tend to suffer as much as we do in the heat,” said Amy Kight, executive director of Busch Wildlife Sanctuary. By Saturday, the sanctuary had enough fans for the...
UPDATE: FPL says power is back for North Palm Beach residents

UPDATE: FPL says power is back for North Palm Beach residents

UPDATE 5:00 p.m.: FPL said power has been restored to all North Palm Beach customers affected by this morning’s outage. Ten people in North Palm Beach were without power because of a separate issue also involving a transformer, according to the power company. The library reopened Monday afternoon. UPDATE 2:00 p.m.: FPL expects to restore service to the remainder of North Palm Beach customers...
Gardens Fire Rescue’s new trailer gives public practice fighting flames

Gardens Fire Rescue’s new trailer gives public practice fighting flames

A smoke detector starts beeping loudly as wisps of smoke pour from the oven, where a turkey has caught fire. The smoke quickly fills the room, and the fire spreads to the stovetop. You have seconds to put out the flames before they consume the rest of the small kitchen. With a couple of blasts from the fire extinguisher hanging on the wall, you get the fire under control until firefighters arrive...
Build-A-Bear promotion yields vouchers, not bears, for some customers

Build-A-Bear promotion yields vouchers, not bears, for some customers

After waiting in long lines Thursday at Build-A-Bear stores, some customers walked away with stuffed animals. Others got vouchers. The chain’s first-ever Pay Your Age Day event, in which parents could pay their child’s current age for a plush bear, drew huge crowds to Build-A-Bear locations throughout the country. As a result, many stores were forced to turn customers away when lines grew...
‘Jupiter dungeon’ a development dream that crumbled

‘Jupiter dungeon’ a development dream that crumbled

In 1988, Jack Piatt bought a half-finished plaza in hopes of redeveloping the waterfront property into something luxurious like a hotel, but the construction was never finished. Today, the centerpiece of the site, next to Burt Reynolds Park, is an abandoned graffiti-decorated concrete structure that some say is haunted. Some residents know it as Piatt Place, but many call it the “Jupiter Dungeon...
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary needs fans to help animals beat the heat

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary needs fans to help animals beat the heat

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary took to social media on Wednesday to ask for what some might think is a odd request — fans. “It’s hot out there and animals tend to suffer as much as we do in the heat,” said Amy Kight, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary’s executive director. “It’s our job to keep them as comfortable as possible and the fans help with that.” Right now...
Fane Lozman to Riviera Beach: Ending lawsuit will cost $650K, apology

Fane Lozman to Riviera Beach: Ending lawsuit will cost $650K, apology

A month after the U.S. Supreme Court handed Fane Lozman his second win against Riviera Beach, the city’s longtime nemesis has offered to end his decade-old legal battle for $650,000, an apology and an invitation to address the city council. Lozman described his proposition as a bargain. “I gave them a really inexpensive settlement offer,” said Lozman, a former U.S. Marine...
Gardens vet is among forces rallying to save dog dragged by truck

Gardens vet is among forces rallying to save dog dragged by truck

Destiny has been through a lot in her short life, especially in the past few weeks. The 3-year-old Labrador/American bulldog mix was tied to the bumper of a vehicle and dragged for half a mile before a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over the driver. Deputies took her to the Pet Emergency & Referral Center on Northlake Boulevard, where Dr. Steve Hanson is treating her. The pain from...
Trivia, greenmarket, zen workout: 3 things to do in Gardens

Trivia, greenmarket, zen workout: 3 things to do in Gardens

ZEN AT THE GARDENS Namaste at the Gardens Zen Pop-Up continues with three events on Saturday: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. is Essential Yoga with Dunia in the Grand Court; 12 to 4 p.m. is a live painting by Keri Baynham; 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. is To the Rhythm with Katie Jackson of Gold’s Gym in the Grand Court. SUMMER GREENMARKET The Gardens Summer GreenMarket at STORE Self-Storage continues from 9 a.m. to...
Gardens lawyer, Stormy Daniels’ attorney Avenatti share legal award

Gardens lawyer, Stormy Daniels’ attorney Avenatti share legal award

Palm Beach Gardens lawyer Edward Ricci joined Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti on a stage in Denver on Monday, both accepting an award as the Trial Attorney of the Year from the Public Justice Foundation. Ricci and Avenatti, who became a regular on TV news shows for representing the porn star who claims she had an affair with President Donald Trump, received the award in connection...
Do business in Jupiter? It’s time to renew your business tax receipt

Do business in Jupiter? It’s time to renew your business tax receipt

Business tax receipt renewal season in Jupiter has begun. Business tax receipts, or BTRs, are annual taxes collected by the town from all businesses located in the town or those that do business within town limits. BTR renewals began July 1 and will run through Oct. 31. BTR customers can access their records online via the new Jupiter Community Development System (JCDS). JUPITER READERS: Sign up for...
Young adults with disabilities get creative with pottery painting

Young adults with disabilities get creative with pottery painting

Rachel Arvelo selected a pottery piece shaped into the word ‘LOVE’ during her visit to Craft Haus Tuesday morning, painting it in several shades of pink. “I’m going to give it to Dana, my best friend,” she said. Chris Wilson also planned to give his creation — a skull painted green and red — to somebody special. RELATED: Young adults with disabilities get...
Town’s ‘#iLoveJupiter because’ social media campaign is underway

Town’s ‘#iLoveJupiter because’ social media campaign is underway

From breathtaking sunsets to great restaurants to historic wonders, Jupiter’s got it all. But the town wants to know what residents love about the coastal community. To that end, it is running a social media campaign this summer called “#iLoveJupiter because…” that is asking residents to share why they love their hometown with either words or imagery. “Jupiter has so...
Hearing postponed for Harbourside developer’s plans for condos on PGA

Hearing postponed for Harbourside developer’s plans for condos on PGA

A developer’s plans to reduce the number of condos to be built at the former Panama Hattie’s site on the Intracoastal Waterway won’t be publicly vetted until next month. RELATED: Harbourside developer wants to build fewer condos on PGA The Palm Beach County Zoning Commission was scheduled to hear the newest proposal for the site on Monday but heeded the developer’s request...
Jupiter Police Department wants feedback from citizens

Jupiter Police Department wants feedback from citizens

The Jupiter Police Department is looking for feedback from residents. In this year’s Citizen Survey, the department asks residents six questions that range from describing how safe they feel in their neighborhoods to rating how an officer handled a person’s particular incident. The annual survey was started in 2015. New Jupiter police chief wants to continue improving department &ldquo...
New Jupiter police chief wants to continue improving department

New Jupiter police chief wants to continue improving department

The town didn’t look far to find its next police chief. Jupiter bid farewell to longtime Chief Frank Kitzerow on June 28, and the following day it announced Deputy Chief Daniel Kerr would take his place. Kerr, who spoke at Kitzerow’s farewell ceremony at the Jupiter Community Center, brings nearly a half-century of law enforcement experience to the town. RELATED: Jupiter chief tapped to...
After 30 years, what happened to historic Manatee Queen boat tours?

After 30 years, what happened to historic Manatee Queen boat tours?

After more than 30 years, a historic boat tour in Jupiter has come to an end. The Manatee Queen, a business that was started in 1987, drew thousands of guests a year and even some celebrities like Burt Reynolds and Perry Como. But all that remains now is a discontinued phone number and a misplaced-looking sign that says “Manatee Queen Boat” on a fence at a construction site. The dock...
The cost of fixing this North Palm Beach bridge just went up

The cost of fixing this North Palm Beach bridge just went up

A fix to squeeze a few more years out of a 60-year-old bridge is going to cost North Palm Beach more than village officials had hoped but no more than the $250,000 they budgeted. The Village Council unanimously agreed to pay additional repairs to the Lighthouse Bridge seawall, up to $250,000, at its June 28 meeting. Lighthouse Drive runs east to west, and the bridge is just east of Prosperity Farms...
Kids get in free Tuesday for Jupiter Lighthouse anniversary event

Kids get in free Tuesday for Jupiter Lighthouse anniversary event

To celebrate its 158th anniversary Tuesday, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum will offer free admission to children ages 18 and younger between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the museum and visit the Lighthouse & Keepers Workshop, Lighthouse Deck, Tindall Pioneer Homestead and Seminole Chickee, according to a release. Children must be 48 inches tall to climb the lighthouse...
Sample bourbons; do some hard exercise for charity

Sample bourbons; do some hard exercise for charity

FIT FOR HOPE Hard Exercise Works in Palm Beach Gardens is back with another #fitforhope challenge benefiting the enrichment programs offered to Place of Hope’s children and young adults through the Gray Fitness Center. Bolay, Faith Rx’d West Palm Beach and Performance Wellness Chiropractics are joining in. Join the challenge by showing up at 8 or 9 a.m. Saturday at Hard Exercise Works...
I Heart Mac & Cheese, Bolay, Blaze Pizza, Lindburgers on tap for Jupiter

I Heart Mac & Cheese, Bolay, Blaze Pizza, Lindburgers on tap for Jupiter

Sims Creek Plaza on Indiantown Road in Jupiter is getting a total renovation, starting with the building that used to be the iconic Nick’s Tomatoe Pie. Nick’s closed last year, and the 8,000-square-foot building is being gutted so three new businesses can move in. Bolay, Blaze Pizza and MD Now Urgent Care should open in the space by the end of year or early 2019, said Alex Karas, the leasing...
The Gardens Mall to offer return service for online purchases

The Gardens Mall to offer return service for online purchases

A new return service coming to The Gardens Mall will allow online shoppers to get their money back faster and skip the line at the post office. RELATED: Find your zen with The Gardens Mall’s summer wellness series “Happy Returns” opens at the mall July 20. Shoppers can bring their purchases from popular online brands to the concierge desk, and an associate will examine the items...
Roger Dean Stadium gives North Palm residents deal on July Fourth bash

Roger Dean Stadium gives North Palm residents deal on July Fourth bash

Roger Dean Stadium managers are sympathetic to North Palm Beach residents who will miss out on the village’s yearly Fourth of July fireworks display over the Intracoastal Waterway. The village canceled the fireworks, which typically draw a large crowd, because of demolition of the country club and renovations at the golf course. Instead, North Palm Beach residents can take advantage of a special...
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