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Boynton’s City Hall, police station and library to temporarily move

Boynton’s City Hall, police station and library to temporarily move

Starting this summer, residents will pay water bills, check out books and file police reports in a makeshift City Hall, library and police station. The city will temporarily move the three for about two years while the current buildings are torn down to make space for new, up-to-date ones as part of the $250 million Town Square redevelopment project. Boynton’s police...
NEW: Overdose numbers continue to dwindle in Delray Beach

NEW: Overdose numbers continue to dwindle in Delray Beach

DELRAY BEACH — Overdoses are on the decline in Delray Beach, continuing a trend that started last year. The latest data collected by the Delray Beach Police Department shows there were fewer citywide drug overdoses in March than that time frame last year and in 2016, when there was a record-breaking number of reported overdoses. As the country grapples with the widespread opioid epidemic...
This weekend: Delray Beach’s Morikami Museum to hold Hatsume Fair

This weekend: Delray Beach’s Morikami Museum to hold Hatsume Fair

DELRAY BEACH — Ring in the spring at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens’ largest annual festival, the Hatsume Fair, with Japanese street food, martial arts and bonsai demonstrations and an anime-inspired costume contest. During the fair, Morikami’s tranquil gardens will transform into a bustling festival to celebrate the first bud of spring with several events...
Take a sneak peek inside Boynton’s remodeled historic high school

Take a sneak peek inside Boynton’s remodeled historic high school

When the public visits Boynton Beach’s historic high school next year in its new capacity as a civic and cultural arts center, they’ll see the 1927 building’s original southern pine wood, the terracotta construction, the 12-inch thick walls and its concrete beams. They’ll see the same stairways students and teachers once walked and they’ll be in a building that had...
Green markets guide: Find the best one near you in Palm Beach County

Green markets guide: Find the best one near you in Palm Beach County

What’s not to love about green market season? The markets provide fresh produce from area farms, artisanal goods, local plants, baked goods, gourmet foods and much more. Plus it’s a great time to just get outside and enjoy South Florida’s fall season.  Here’s info on some of our favorites around the county. Opens: Oct. 7, 2017 through April 21, 2018Hours: 9 a.m. to...
NEW: More than 70 short films showcased this weekend at Boynton Cinema

NEW: More than 70 short films showcased this weekend at Boynton Cinema

Dante Downey can’t wait to see his video on the big screen at Alco Boynton Cinema this weekend. The 16-year-old junior at SouthTech Academy created a video called “SOFT-MORE” with his friend David Bauer, a senior. The film will be shown at the theater at 9 p.m., Friday and Sunday as part of the Boynton Beach Short Film Festival . The festival, which opened...
Boynton Beach weekend events: Live music and fishing/chili tourney

Boynton Beach weekend events: Live music and fishing/chili tourney

1. Music on the Rocks. The Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency will host this free event 6-9 p.m., Friday at the Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre, 129 E. Ocean Ave. The Flyers will perform live. Attendees are encouraged to bring beach chairs and blankets. Food trucks, beverages and cocktails will be available. Free parking is available. For information, contact Azim Hussain at the Boynton...
COBWRA leader to bring focus to mental health, younger communities

COBWRA leader to bring focus to mental health, younger communities

As the new president of the Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations, Phil Barlage will pick up where his predecessor left off in planning for an incoming library and park and will continue the organization’s work to protect the Agricultural Reserve. Barlage, 69, also plans to increase the coalition’s awareness of mental health, and he wants to get...
Boca Mayor Haynie fined, reprimanded over financial ties to developer

Boca Mayor Haynie fined, reprimanded over financial ties to developer

Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie admitted Monday that she violated the county’s code of ethics when she voted on projects that gave “a special financial benefit” to her firm’s client, developer James Batmasian. She was fined $500 and given a letter of reprimand in a settlement with the ethics commission. The ethics commission launched a probe into Haynie’s business...
NEW: Pro golfer Nick Price, Tom Fazio II to design Boca’s new public course

NEW: Pro golfer Nick Price, Tom Fazio II to design Boca’s new public course

BOCA RATON — Professional golfer Nick Price and well-known golf architect Tom Fazio II will design a highly anticipated public golf course that the city’s park district bought less than a year ago. The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, which owns and operates some of the city’s public parks, chose the Jupiter-based design duo to renovate the golf course, formerly...
NEW: Rafael Nadal’s tennis center in Boca is off the table — for now

NEW: Rafael Nadal’s tennis center in Boca is off the table — for now

BOCA RATON — A proposal to build a private tennis center associated with tennis champion Rafael Nadal at a public Boca Raton park is off the table after a wave of public criticism. But it could return in a different form. Nadal, ranked No. 1 in the world, pitched a facility with six indoor tennis courts, a restaurant, a rooftop terrace, sports shops and a gymnasium at Patch...
Boynton Beach could see up to 50 donation bins across city

Boynton Beach could see up to 50 donation bins across city

Residents could see up to 50 bins for unwanted clothing and other items pop up around the city now that Boynton Beach officials have decided to partner with a textile recycling company in a deal that promises the former about $100,000 per year at least. The company, Florida Textile Recycling Programs , said Davie in Broward County has a contract...
VIDEO: Shouting, smashing and a baseball bat all in Delray road rage fight

VIDEO: Shouting, smashing and a baseball bat all in Delray road rage fight

DELRAY BEACH — A short video captured a violent road rage exchange between two women on Lake Ida Road in Delray Beach. The video shows a woman emerge from her car with a baseball bat at Lake Ida Road near Rainberry Boulevard just after 8 a.m. The unidentified woman apparently then smashes the rear end of another driver’s car using the bat. The two drivers shout at each...
NEW: Boca tennis deal with pro Rafael Nadal off the table — for now

NEW: Boca tennis deal with pro Rafael Nadal off the table — for now

Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has been flirting with Boca Raton as the location for his first tennis learning academy in the United States for at least a year — but community resistance has apparently thwarted that plan. Nadal, ranked No. 1 in the world, pitched an indoor tennis facility with a restaurant, a rooftop terrace, sports shops and a gymnasium at Boca Raton&rsquo...
Boynton CRA to buy church site for $3 million for downtown parking

Boynton CRA to buy church site for $3 million for downtown parking

The city’s Community Redevelopment Agency will pay a church $3 million for its property on Federal Highway, making space available for a potential parking garage to complement the incoming downtown redevelopmentto be built over the next several years as well as a planned train station. The Congregational United Church of Christ is selling its property to downsize and hopes to relocate...
Boynton Beach’s redevelopment plans put nonprofit theater in limbo

Boynton Beach’s redevelopment plans put nonprofit theater in limbo

Peter Pagliaro always knew this could happen but hoped it never would. Pagliaro is the managing and artistic director of the nonprofit Boynton Beach Playhouse, which operates out of the city’s Madsen Center. The city is embarking on its Town Square redevelopment plans and is demolishing several city buildings including the center. Demolition could start in June,...
FAU student’s family not satisfied as last of his murderers sentenced

FAU student’s family not satisfied as last of his murderers sentenced

On Wednesday, Adonis’ mother told Colbath she taught her son to respect all people but her influence waned when he began hanging out with his older cousin. After blaming Alexander Gillis for her son’s downfall, Kavell Scott turned to the Acosta family and tearfully apologized.
NEW: Boca’s Camino Real Bridge closes for one-year, $9 million repair

NEW: Boca’s Camino Real Bridge closes for one-year, $9 million repair

BOCA RATON — One of the oldest bridges in Palm Beach County closed Thursday for a $9 million repair expected to last a year. The 79-year-old Camino Real Bridge that stretches over the Gulfstream Canal, connecting southeastern Boca Raton to the city’s barrier island, is closed to vehicle traffic for construction. The county plans to repair the aging drawbridge, but it will look...
Sober home operator sentenced for burglarizing sober homes

Sober home operator sentenced for burglarizing sober homes

A former sober home owner, who pleaded guilty last week to federal charges in connection with health care fraud that has gripped some of Palm Beach County’s drug treatment industry, admitted Tuesday he also was responsible for a string of burglaries at homes where people struggle to beat their addictions. Albert Jones Saye, 29, was sentenced to 5½ years in prison after pleading guilty...
Boynton Beach-area woman creates mural out of artist’s paintings

Boynton Beach-area woman creates mural out of artist’s paintings

Jane Burke’s quilts are popular within her family and the Cascade Lakes community she lives in west of Boynton Beach. But one she recently created might be her most popular. The quilt is on display at City Hall through April and then Burke will give it as a gift to artist Brandon Drucker, whose artwork is featured in this year’s City of Boynton Beach calendar. The quilt, which...
Boynton Woman’s Club gives record number of scholarships

Boynton Woman’s Club gives record number of scholarships

The Boynton Woman’s Club has awarded a record eight scholarships to Boynton Beach residents planning to attend a Florida college in the fall. Club members paid for the scholarships with money from the Community Redevelopment Agency when it bought the club’s building on Federal Highway. The club has awarded scholarships for more than 40 years. This year each...
Brewery tours for $10 on weekends in Boynton

Brewery tours for $10 on weekends in Boynton

2. “Enchanted Evening: A Night of Bliss, Beauty, & Boldness.” The Boynton Beach Mall is hosting this free event Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Center Court. At this prom fashion show, the public will see the newest and stylish looks by local designers for gowns, prom dresses and spring trends. The mall is at 801 N. Congress Ave. For information or to attend the event,...
Boca to join multi-city lawsuit over Florida’s local gun-control ban

Boca to join multi-city lawsuit over Florida’s local gun-control ban

BOCA RATON — Boca Raton leaders want the power to regulate guns on the local level without the threat of removal from office. The city council voted, 4-1, Tuesday to join several cities in a lawsuit filed against Gov. Rick Scott and other state officials over a law that bans local gun-control measures. Municipal leaders, like the Boca Raton City Council, are discouraged from enacting...
NEW: Why this Boynton detective received top honor by department

NEW: Why this Boynton detective received top honor by department

The Boynton Beach Police Department awarded several officers and employees on Tuesday for savings lives, getting drugs and guns off the streets and for keeping a man who had just been shot seven times calm until first responders arrived. At the quarterly awards ceremony they also named Astrel Labbe as Detective of the Quarter. Labbe works in the Special Victims Unit and partners with a beagle...
EXCLUSIVE: Fired prof James Tracy tells why he guest lectured at FAU

EXCLUSIVE: Fired prof James Tracy tells why he guest lectured at FAU

James Tracy stepped into a college classroom Thursday for the first time since Florida Atlantic University fired him two years ago. And not just any classroom — the same Boca Raton school he’s suing to get his job back. An FAU professor invited Tracy — a former professor known for posting controversial conspiracy blogs about...
Should Boca Raton build a performing arts center downtown?

Should Boca Raton build a performing arts center downtown?

BOCA RATON — Boca Raton is poised to spend millions of dollars to build a multi-purpose government center downtown, but should that include an indoor performing arts center? That’s a question city leaders are debating as they design a dream municipal campus.  Boca is in the planning stages of developing the government center on 22 acres of downtown land that currently...
Countywide beach cleanup Saturday: Here’s where to help out in Boca, Delray

Countywide beach cleanup Saturday: Here’s where to help out in Boca, Delray

BOCA RATON — Volunteers will take to Palm Beach County’s coastline Saturday and clear trash from the beaches from Boca Raton to Jupiter. It’s the Great American Beach Cleanup — an annual spring cleaning of Palm Beach County’s beaches and parks hosted by nonprofit Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful. Volunteers can register to clean beaches parks in various...
NEW: Boynton Beach-owned land to sit; public-park deal falls through

NEW: Boynton Beach-owned land to sit; public-park deal falls through

More than 3 acres adjacent to Palm Beach Leisureville will remain vacant instead of the city selling it to the 55-and-older community for a park. The city wants it open to the public, but the community says it can’t do that. “Unfortunately when you have an HOA, you have documents and insurance issues, and it was not something that we could move forward with...
Stormy Daniels’ lawyer no stranger to Palm Beach County or Trump

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer no stranger to Palm Beach County or Trump

The last time California attorney Michael Avenatti took on a sometime Palm Beacher, there were allegations of backroom deals, exploitation and furtive payments of tens of thousands of dollars. The long and winding lawsuit involving the 2003 sale of a Boca Raton cemetery sullied the reputation of a successful developer, cost a prominent attorney his license to practice law and found a Palm Beach County...
Family sues Boynton, cop after boy killed by fleeing driver

Family sues Boynton, cop after boy killed by fleeing driver

The family of a 5-year-old boy who was killed when a man fleeing from a Boynton Beach police officer lost control of his car and struck him has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver, car owner, city and officer the man allegedly fled from. Jayden Readon was walking on the sidewalk with his grandparents and brother on Feb. 13, 2016 on Miner Road near Summit Road when he was hit by a car...
Community honors woman who pushed for Boynton Beach preservation

Community honors woman who pushed for Boynton Beach preservation

A little bit of old Boynton Beach is gone with the passing of Eleanor “Marie” Shepard . The former Boynton Beach resident, named Palm Beach County’s healthiest baby in 1921 and who made a name for herself fighting for the preservation of Boynton Beach’s school and Woman’s Club buildings, died March 13 at 96 from natural causes. A group of about...
Why is a firefighter walking 640 miles from Key West to Tallahassee?

Why is a firefighter walking 640 miles from Key West to Tallahassee?

It’s too late for Butch Smith. The veteran Palm Beach County Fire Rescue firefighter died last year from Stage IV multiple myeloma. And it’s too late for 23 other firefighters from here who also died of cancer. But retired firefighter Tom “Bull” Hill is carrying their message. With two replaced knees, Hill is walking along Federal Highway through Palm Beach County this...
Another ‘outrageous, anti-Semitic’ post from Delray leader sparks backlash

Another ‘outrageous, anti-Semitic’ post from Delray leader sparks backlash

DELRAY BEACH — Days after a Delray Beach board member was publicly chided for sharing “anti-Semitic” Facebook posts, another controversial post is circulating.  This Facebook post is the third from Reggie Cox, a board member on the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, to be described as anti-Semitic and offensive. Vice Mayor Adam Frankel, who is Jewish, condemned...
Delray’s free trolley costs city about $1,170 a day — but won’t be around long

Delray’s free trolley costs city about $1,170 a day — but won’t be around long

DELRAY BEACH — Running two novelty trolleys through Delray Beach’s downtown costs taxpayers about $90 an hour. That’s about $1,170 a day. And an annual contract of $365,000 a year. City commissioners narrowly approved that temporary one-year contact Tuesday night, with the intent of ditching the trolley system in the near future and replacing it with a more environmentally-...
Holes in downtown Delray railroad fence prompts worry over safety

Holes in downtown Delray railroad fence prompts worry over safety

Two aluminum fences placed to prevent people from darting across railroad tracks that cut through downtown Delray Beach’s most traveled artery are littered with gaping holes. They’re big enough for people to slip through the 5-foot fence and cut across the train tracks illegally — defeating the fence’s purpose. The city will apply temporary fixes...
FPL center near Boynton Beach now fit for Category 5 hurricane

FPL center near Boynton Beach now fit for Category 5 hurricane

Just in time for the dreaded hurricane season, Florida Power & Light Company unveiled its new hardened service center west of Boynton Beach that can withstand a Category 5 storm. In the event of a hurricane, up to 100 employees will be able to ride out the storm at the center, and equipment will be staged there as well. The center is at 9329 S. Military Trail, just south...
April marks Drowning Prevention month in Palm Beach County

April marks Drowning Prevention month in Palm Beach County

April is Drowning Prevention Awareness Month in Palm Beach County. Boynton Beach and the county have safety opportunities for the public to take advantage of. The Drowning Prevention Coalition is offering vouchers for free swimming lessons. The vouchers are a $50 value and good for six to eight swim lessons at more than 15 pools in the county. The vouchers are for children between the ages of 3 and...
THINGS TO DO

THINGS TO DO

1- Movies in the Park The Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is hosting this free event 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre, 129 E. Ocean Ave. The movie, “Enchanted,” will be shown on a big, inflatable screen. Attendees are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket. Food, snacks, and beverages will be available to buy. For information, contact Mercedes Coppin...
NEW: What caused 100-gallon grease spill into downtown Delray Beach streets?

NEW: What caused 100-gallon grease spill into downtown Delray Beach streets?

DELRAY BEACH — About 100 gallons of grease from a downtown Delray Beach restaurant spilled into the streets in late March, which rarely happens, according to city officials and a state report released last week. The grease flowed from a trap at Tramonti Restaurant, at 119 E. Atlantic Avenue, on March 22 and spilled into a parking lot behind the building. “This type of spill rarely...
NEW: Delray vice mayor condemns board member’s ‘anti-Semitic’ Facebook posts

NEW: Delray vice mayor condemns board member’s ‘anti-Semitic’ Facebook posts

DELRAY BEACH — Delray Beach Vice Mayor Adam Frankel publicly condemned a city board member Tuesday night for sharing “anti-Semitic” posts on Facebook.  Frankel, who was elected in March, didn’t name the board member during his brief comments about the posts at a city commission meeting, but a political ally, who asked not to be named, provided the public social media...
Boynton hopes its $500 million downtown ‘renaissance’ makes big splash

Boynton hopes its $500 million downtown ‘renaissance’ makes big splash

Downtown Boynton Beach within a few years will no longer be an afterthought as a destination spot for retail, residences and restaurants.  In the shadow of the vibrant downtowns of West Palm Beach, Delray Beach and Boca Raton, Palm Beach County’s third largest city is getting a $500 million makeover that is expected to finally transform Boynton.  This quadrant in the city&rsquo...
Police report details suicide by veteran, 76, in Boynton City Hall lot

Police report details suicide by veteran, 76, in Boynton City Hall lot

A 76-year-old Vietnam War veteran ended his life last week in a Boynton Beach public parking lot shared by City Hall and the police department. City police said John Troyan of suburban Boynton Beach died from a single-gunshot wound to his head Tuesday, March 27. Police video shows Troyan driving into the parking lot at 100 E. Boynton Beach Blvd. in a grey Dodge Caravan...
Judge sets $25,000 bond for Belle Glade woman accused in drive-by shooting

Judge sets $25,000 bond for Belle Glade woman accused in drive-by shooting

WEST PALM BEACH — A Belle Glade woman accused of driving a getaway car while her boyfriend fired a rifle at a man will be held in jail on $25,000 bond, a judge said Saturday. Handcuffed at the wrists and in blue jail garb, Kekeria Davis, 21, stood in a courtroom at the Palm Beach County Jail as Judge Reginald Corlew reviewed her case. A state attorney prosecutor asked that Davis...
Boca Blue Martini fights $45,000 fine for ‘unusually loud’ music

Boca Blue Martini fights $45,000 fine for ‘unusually loud’ music

A popular late-night lounge in Boca Raton is fighting a $45,000 fine issued after its “unusually loud” music disturbed neighbors and allegedly violated city noise ordinances. Blue Martini is fighting a hefty fine that was hiked tenfold after bar management told city officers it would rather pay fines than lower the volume of its music, according to court documents...
Boynton Beach police thank volunteers for patrolling, saving $343,000

Boynton Beach police thank volunteers for patrolling, saving $343,000

While on patrol in the Sausalito Place community of Boynton Beach, Rita Hess spotted an elderly woman facedown in her driveway. She pulled over, called 911 and stayed with her until first responders arrived. “She was going for her newspaper, and she must have tripped and fell,” Hess recalled Wednesday. Hess, 85, went into the woman’s home to make sure the stove wasn’t on and...
Three Palm Beach County attorneys barred from practicing law

Three Palm Beach County attorneys barred from practicing law

Two Palm Beach County attorneys voluntarily surrendered their licenses to practice law — one after pleading guilty to 15 felonies — and a third is contesting the Florida Supreme Court’s decision to suspend his license while authorities investigate claims that he misappropriated $34,000. The disciplinary action against Boca Raton attorneys Steven Slootsky and Gary Kovacs and West...
April grand opening planned for Smoothie Whirl’d

April grand opening planned for Smoothie Whirl’d

A couple who own a successful smoothie shop in West Palm Beach has expanded the business and opened a second location in Boynton Beach . Charlie and Renee Thornton opened Smoothie Whirl’d on Saturday at the southeast corner of Old Boynton Road and Military Trail. They’ll host a grand opening Saturday, April 21. “Smoothie Whirl’d’s ‘bread...
Women of Boynton Beach’s golf course beat area teams for first place

Women of Boynton Beach’s golf course beat area teams for first place

For the second consecutive year, the women players of The Links at Boynton Beach Golf Course took first place in Palm Beach County’s Interclub Match Play League. That means they beat the teams in Atlantis, Cypress Creek, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, PGA National Resort, North Palm Beach and West Palm Beach. Atlantis and PGA tied for second, said Boynton’s team...
Celebrate Easter in Boynton: Look who’ll be hopping around at the mall

Celebrate Easter in Boynton: Look who’ll be hopping around at the mall

1. Meet the Easter Bunny: Saturday is the last day to meet the Easter Bunny at the Boynton Beach Mall, 801 N. Congress Ave. The Easter Bunny will be in the Center Court from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For information, call (561) 736-7902. 2. Boynton Beach Reggae Fest: This free event is Saturday from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 129 E. Ocean Ave. Musical guests include ARTIKal Sound, Reggae Brew,...
Dividing Handelsman real estate empire takes center stage in divorce

Dividing Handelsman real estate empire takes center stage in divorce

After spending a month trading barbs about who did more to build their estimated $500 million real estate empire, Burt and Lucille Handelsman returned to a Palm Beach County courtroom Tuesday to begin laying out the thorny details of how to divide the remarkable spoils of their now defunct 70-year marriage. Trying to figure out a way to evenly split property that houses such landmarks as the Hog&rsquo...
Delays on restaurants at Boynton historic sites frustrating officials

Delays on restaurants at Boynton historic sites frustrating officials

Boynton Beach officials more than two years ago sold two historic properties on Ocean Avenue so they could be redeveloped into restaurants, and planned that the new retail would spur development. The restaurants still haven’t opened, but the development has happened without them. 500 Ocean residential and retail at Ocean and Federal Highway is open and nearly complete. Still, the repeated...
Publix isn’t the oldest grocery store in Palm Beach County. This is.

Publix isn’t the oldest grocery store in Palm Beach County. This is.

The traffic never stops here at The Federal Market. Barefoot guys in T-shirts and shorts. Snowbirds in sports cars. Nearby residents picking up supplies. Vets, day laborers, dog walkers — they’re all streaming in and out of this two-story house at 211 S. Federal Highway in Lake Worth. What do they want? Lotto tickets, beer, smokes, a cappuccino, a sandwich, maybe stuff they forgot...
NEW: Popular ‘escape room’ coming to Boynton Beach

NEW: Popular ‘escape room’ coming to Boynton Beach

By way of an entrepreneurial Boynton Beach resident, an international escape room franchise is opening the first business of its kind in the city. Michael Watts, a realtor and instructional coach for a Boynton charter school, will open Novus Escape Room with his business partner, Aldo Trevino. Escape rooms are a popular family-friendly game...
Charity sues after high bidder fails to pay for Trump portraits

Charity sues after high bidder fails to pay for Trump portraits

When a wealthy Naples businessman reneged on his promise to pay $21,530 for 6-foot-tall paintings of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump at a gala charity auction at Mar-a-Lago last month, the nonprofit sponsoring the auction, The Truth About Israel, filed suit. Timothy Lane, 70-year-old CEO of the Hong Kong-based Everest Advisors, “is in breach of his agreement with The Truth...
These two Palm Beach County cities named among ‘10 Best Places to Visit’

These two Palm Beach County cities named among ‘10 Best Places to Visit’

Two tropical towns in Palm Beach County with beach, cultural and nature destinations landed on Livability.com’s 2018 “10 Best Places to Visit” list. Boca Raton and Jupiter both ranked top 10 among more than 2,000 cities considered by Livability, a website that showcases the best places to live and visit. They’re the only two Florida cities on a list topped by...
A new spring break activity in Boynton: How to be a firefighter

A new spring break activity in Boynton: How to be a firefighter

Children have been given the chance for the first time in Boynton Beach to spend their spring break learning how to be a firefighter. For a fee, they can participate in the Junior Fire Academy, put together by Boynton Beach Fire’s Deputy Chief Latosha Clemons and Frank Ireland, the recreation supervisor at the Carolyn Sims Center. “We’ve been talking about how we can collaborate...
This weekend in Boynton Beach: Easter events, police K9 competition

This weekend in Boynton Beach: Easter events, police K9 competition

Things to do in Boynton Beach this weekend: 1- South Florida Police K9 Competition The Boynton Beach Police Department is hosting this event for the seventh year Saturday at Boynton Beach High School, 4975 Park Ridge Blvd. More than 30 K9 teams representing 20 law enforcement agencies statewide will participate. Police officers and their K9 partners will take the field at 2 p.m. The competition starts...
‘March For Our Lives’ rallies planned Saturday in Delray, Boca, West Palm

‘March For Our Lives’ rallies planned Saturday in Delray, Boca, West Palm

More than 800 rallies springing from the deadly school shooting in Parkland are planned throughout the nation Saturday, and among the sites are downtown Delray Beach, Boca Raton City Hall and West Palm Beach — near President Donald Trump’s “winter White House.” Palm Beach County students plan to march on: - Delray Beach’s Old School Square cultural center, on Swinton...
Investigation finds no wrongdoing in Delray $1.1M lifeguard tower deal

Investigation finds no wrongdoing in Delray $1.1M lifeguard tower deal

Delray Beach fell on the radar of the Palm Beach County Inspector General after it spent $1.1 million on enhanced lifeguard towers , prompting a complaint that alleged the purchase was inappropriate and excessive. But the inspector general found that there was no wrongdoing in the deal, according to a report released by the inspector’s...
Two men sentenced in Lantana plot that put corroded plane in air

Two men sentenced in Lantana plot that put corroded plane in air

Two men who conspired to put an airplane with rusted and corroded parts into the sky were placed on probation Tuesday for falsifying documents to make sure the Federal Aviation Administration didn’t know about the scheme they hatched at the Lantana airport. U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg sentenced the mastermind of the plan, pilot Ulipiano Luis Amy, 63, to six months of house arrest in...
Gov. Scott visits Boca Raton, signs bill limiting opioid prescriptions

Gov. Scott visits Boca Raton, signs bill limiting opioid prescriptions

With Palm Beach County leading the state in opioid-related deaths, Gov. Rick Scott came here Monday to ceremonially sign into law a bill aimed at fighting the epidemic in its early stages. The law will “help limit the chance of drug addiction,” said Scott, a Republican, during an appearance at the Boca Raton Police Department. “The best thing we can do...
St. Patrick’s Day 2018: Celebrations in Palm Beach County

St. Patrick’s Day 2018: Celebrations in Palm Beach County

Grab your favorite green party favors, put on that fabulous green outfit and head to these fun parties, parades and events for St. Patrick’s Day!  St. Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a day to celebrate Irish culture on or around March 17. Here a list of ways to enjoy this holiday weekend: The parade will take place Friday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Lake...
Boynton sisters write book from their dog’s view — and his silly antics

Boynton sisters write book from their dog’s view — and his silly antics

When sisters Sophie and Sabrina Ginsburg adopted Prince, a king cavalier and poodle mix, they found themselves so amused by the dog’s personality that they kept a notepad with them to keep track of his silly antics so they could tell friends and family. “The stories just kept building and building and building,” said Sophie, a junior at Somerset Academy Canyons High west of Boynton...
LATEST: Two dead after motorist strikes shopper, then crashes into Publix

LATEST: Two dead after motorist strikes shopper, then crashes into Publix

An 80-year-old woman and a 71-year-old man both died Thursday after the woman’s car struck the man in front of a suburban Delray Beach supermarket, then crashed into the building, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Friday. According to a report, Sarah Agosta was near the Publix Super Market in the Shops of San Marco plaza on Jog Road north of Atlantic Avenue at about 5 p.m. when...
Boynton High theater students shining despite program finances

Boynton High theater students shining despite program finances

Theater students at Boynton Beach Community High School traveled to Tampa to participate in the Florida State Thespian Festival, but spent their entire budget to get there. “If I don’t come up with $10,000, then there’s really no not coming up with it,” said the program’s sole teacher, Leanna Oliveira. “Even if we do make it up and we go in the black...
NEW: Two cafes to open this spring in Boynton Beach

NEW: Two cafes to open this spring in Boynton Beach

Marina Cafe and Wakey Wakey Eggs and Bakey are coming to Boynton Beach with financial help from the Community Redevelopment Agency. The agency will give $10,800 to Marina Cafe at 100 NE Sixth St. in the Boynton Harbor Marina through a commercial rent reimbursement grant. The CRA is giving $65,800 to Wakey Wakey Eggs and Bakey at 126 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., next to the U.S. Postal Service...
Boynton’s Blarney Bash features costume contest, Jenga and green beer

Boynton’s Blarney Bash features costume contest, Jenga and green beer

Things to do in Boynton Beach: - Blarney Bash The Community Redevelopment Agency is hosting this free event Saturday from 4-9 p.m. along East Ocean Avenue between First Street and Seacrest Boulevard. Attendees are encouraged to wear green and in St. Patrick’s Day attire. The event includes a Shamrock Costume Contests for children and adults and performances by Rogue Theory, Steeltown Religion...
NEW: Boynton gives final OK for new $118 million downtown

NEW: Boynton gives final OK for new $118 million downtown

Downtown Boynton Beach is a go. City officials gave the final OK on Tuesday to pay about $118 million to redevelop 16 acres off Boynton Beach Boulevard into a pedestrian-friendly, town center to live, work and play. The Town Square project calls for the historic high school to become a cultural center with a 500-seat auditorium and restaurant space, a fire station, library and City Hall...
Delray’s top spot: Petrolia captures narrow victory for mayor

Delray’s top spot: Petrolia captures narrow victory for mayor

In a battle between two Delray Beach colleagues for the mayor’s seat, five-year Commissioner Shelly Petrolia narrowly defeated one-year Commissioner Jim Chard in Tuesday’s municipal election. The five-member commission too will welcome back former elected official Adam Frankel along with Ryan Boylston, who narrowly defeated incumbent Mitch Katz. With all precincts reporting, Frankel...
2018 Boca Raton election: Rodgers keeps seat; Mayotte wins soundly

2018 Boca Raton election: Rodgers keeps seat; Mayotte wins soundly

A Boca Raton councilman will keep his seat on the city’s highest board while a race with three candidates and no incumbents yielded a victory for political newcomer Monica Mayotte. With all precincts reporting in Tuesday’s municipal election, Councilman Jeremy Rodgers appears to have defeated political novice Kim Do for Boca Raton City Council Seat C. Mayotte, an environmental sustainability...
Community basketball league provides Boynton Beach teens a ‘safe haven’

Community basketball league provides Boynton Beach teens a ‘safe haven’

Retired Boynton Beach police officer Bill Tome is known in the community for creating the Boynton Beach Bulldogs youth football program in the 1990s. And now he’s back helping another generation of young boys with another sports league. About four months ago, Tome, through The Bill Tome Foundation, started the Stop The Violence Basketball League with his partner...
Coffee-roasting couple in Virgin Islands opening Boynton Beach store

Coffee-roasting couple in Virgin Islands opening Boynton Beach store

Cathy and Ramsey Smith had already planned to expand their specialty coffee-roasting business in the Virgin Islands to Florida; devastation from hurricanes Irma and Maria just pushed them to make that move faster. The couple awaits permits until they can officially open the Virgin Islands Coffee Roasters on Neptune Circle south of Woolbright Road in Boynton Beach. They sell 10 varieties...
Boca park district exec’s fee on $24M golf course deal sparks backlash

Boca park district exec’s fee on $24M golf course deal sparks backlash

A Boca Raton taxing district executive who negotiated a deal to buy a run-down golf course for $24 million in taxpayer money is facing criticism after charging a $120,000 percentage-based fee for the deal in addition to his base income. Arthur Koski, the executive director and long-time attorney for the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District ...
NEW: Delray’s opioid overdose numbers show major shift... what it all means

NEW: Delray’s opioid overdose numbers show major shift... what it all means

DELRAY BEACH — This time last year, Delray Beach recorded more than 100 drug overdoses and 12 death in a city reputed to be the recovery capital of the nation. In the first couple months of this year, that number has dropped by more than half. In January and February, there were 40 reported overdoses, three of them fatal — a major shift from the past two years.  Here&rsquo...
Soup Kitchen gives Boynton Beach woman 100th birthday celebration meal

Soup Kitchen gives Boynton Beach woman 100th birthday celebration meal

The Soup Kitchen volunteers who deliver food to Mary Jensen daily as part of the Meals on Wheels program each wanted to take the Boynton Beach resident out for her 100th birthday. The Meals program coordinator, Sunny Hedrick, said instead of individual plans Jensen should be given one big celebration at the kitchen where instead of eating at home, she would dine out. “I just can’t believe...
Boynton Beach middle school secretary named ‘employee of the year’

Boynton Beach middle school secretary named ‘employee of the year’

Angie Ingraham-Rolle always wanted to be the type of person students and teachers would look to at school — whether it be for help with studying, with sports or even with cleaning a stained shirt. She didn’t have anyone like that at school when she was a student. “I always wanted to be that person to go to for whatever they need, like my grandma used to do,” she said. Ingraham-Rolle...
PHOTOS: Boynton police officers team up to rescue distressed manatee

PHOTOS: Boynton police officers team up to rescue distressed manatee

Boynton Beach police officers are known for rescuing injured drivers or crime victims, but beached manatees? Add that to the list. Marine unit and road patrol officers helped the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission last week in rescuing a male manatee. Residents of the Hypoluxo Harbor Club on the Intracoastal Waterway called for help after noticing the manatee, according to Boynton...
Beer, barbecue and fitness top Boynton Beach’s weekend things to do

Beer, barbecue and fitness top Boynton Beach’s weekend things to do

Things to do this weekend in Boynton Beach: 1. Copperpoint BBQ Beer Bash Copperpoint Brewing Company is hosting the second annual event Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. BBQ trucks such as Stash Box BBQ, Smokin Petes Barbecue and Troy’s Barbeque will compete for the Best Ribs, Best Chicken and Best Brisket titles. Customers will vote on Best Overall Food truck. The event also includes live music...
Delray Beach wants outright ban on ‘military-style weapons’ 

Delray Beach wants outright ban on ‘military-style weapons’ 

DELRAY BEACH — Delray Beach leaders took a strong stance on gun control Tuesday evening when they passed a resolution urging lawmakers to ban all “military-style assault weapons” like the one used to kill 14 children and three adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 just 20 miles from Delray. The city commission Tuesday night passed a seven-page resolution...
Palm Beach County cities frustrated they can’t pass gun control laws

Palm Beach County cities frustrated they can’t pass gun control laws

A state law that bans local government from enacting gun-control measures has prompted officials to take the next best step — lobby for reform. In the wake of the Feb. 14 deadly rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, four Palm Beach County municipalities have passed resolutions calling on state and federal lawmakers to strengthen gun laws. Palm Beach Post coverage of the...
How much will Boynton water, new sewer system cost this community?

How much will Boynton water, new sewer system cost this community?

For 42 years Henry Spence was never satisfied with his well water and septic tanks in the West Boynton subdivision in an unincorporated pocket of Boynton Beach . Now, Spence is one of the residents of about 230 homes just west of the Boynton Beach Mall who might be upgraded to city water and sewer systems. But if the city does do the work, the...
Vince Canning Jr. dies at 88; ran Delray Beach shoe store for decades

Vince Canning Jr. dies at 88; ran Delray Beach shoe store for decades

Vincent Canning Jr., whose family’s shoe store has been an institution on Delray Beach’s Atlantic Avenue for six decades, has died at 88. Canning died Feb. 18, “wearing his Buster Brown watch,” his family wrote in an obituary published Sunday. Born Christmas Day in 1929 in Indianapolis, he spent two years in the Marines, then worked for four years for the Brown Shoe Co., famed...
Fear roils in Boca Raton in wake of similar city’s high school shooting

Fear roils in Boca Raton in wake of similar city’s high school shooting

For decades, young parents have flocked to Boca Raton for its schools, some of the highest rated in Palm Beach County and so popular that most enroll more students than they’re built to hold. But a deadly rampage on a high school campus just 10 miles away has pivoted an entire city’s focus from finding ways to fit...
The Lantana-area woman who took in the Parkland school shooter

The Lantana-area woman who took in the Parkland school shooter

Despite facing struggles of her own — money problems, alcohol and domestic abuse — Rocxanne Deschamps chose to honor her late friend’s wishes by opening her Lantana-area mobile home to the woman’s son, according to documents. Nikolas Cruz’s tumultuous stay with Deschamps didn’t extend past more than a month. But his younger brother Zachary still lives with...
Delray mayoral candidate’s Parkland shooting political ad causes stir

Delray mayoral candidate’s Parkland shooting political ad causes stir

DELRAY BEACH — A Delray Beach city commissioner and candidate for mayor spotlighted the Parkland high school shooting in a campaign postcard mailed to residents Monday that reads, “That’s why I’m running for mayor.” The ad from Commissioner Jim Chard is getting mixed reactions among Delray residents and on social media, with some calling it distasteful...
Boca lawyer takes battle over Trump’s competency to U.S. Supreme Court

Boca lawyer takes battle over Trump’s competency to U.S. Supreme Court

After an unsuccessful nearly 18-month legal battle to have President Donald Trump declared incompetent, Boca Raton lawyer James Herb is taking his case to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 67-page petition filed Thursday, the guardianship attorney is asking justices to decide constitutional questions that swirl around his request to have a panel of psychological experts interview Trump to decide...
JUST IN: Two Boca men unhurt in Pompano plane crash, authorities say

JUST IN: Two Boca men unhurt in Pompano plane crash, authorities say

Two men from the Boca Raton area walked away without injuries after the small plane they’d rented crashed into a fence at the end of a runway Thursday morning at the municipal airport in Pompano Beach in northern Broward County, authorities and the treasurer of the flying club confirmed. The Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six, a single-engine six-seater, is reported to be a total loss....
Boca’s popular schools now root of fear, anxiety in wake of Parkland massacre

Boca’s popular schools now root of fear, anxiety in wake of Parkland massacre

BOCA RATON — The Valentine’s Day massacre at a Parkland high school just 10 miles from Boca Raton robbed the community of far more than 17 lives.   It also was the last day of innocence and peace of mind in Boca Raton, a bustling city where young parents have flocked for some of the highest rated schools in Palm Beach County. Boca Raton has long prided itself on its schools...
What to do in Boynton Beach this weekend: How about Wonder Woman?

What to do in Boynton Beach this weekend: How about Wonder Woman?

Things to do this weekend in Boynton Beach: 1- Celebrate Dr. Seuss The Boynton Beach Barnes & Noble is hosting a Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration on Friday. The free event is at 6:30 p.m. and includes storytime, games and activities. The store is located at 333 N. Congress Ave. For information, call (561) 374-5570. 2- Movies in the Park The Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is hosting this...
Someone say pizza? This new spot just had its grand opening in Boynton

Someone say pizza? This new spot just had its grand opening in Boynton

Pizzeria That’s Amore , the new restaurant in the Casa Costa development, had a grand opening Monday and it wasn’t just your average pizza party. Attendees were encouraged to dress in green, white and red. Vocalist Franco Corso sang Italian tunes for the audience, which included Boynton Beach Mayor Steven Grant and Mike Simon, the director of the city’s Community Redevelopment...
At Boynton Beach High, if you follow the rules, you’ll get rewarded

At Boynton Beach High, if you follow the rules, you’ll get rewarded

If a Boynton Beach Community High student followed the dress code everyday or was always on time for class, in the past he or she might have never received a “good job” or a pat on the back. As part of an overall attempt to change the school’s culture, Principal Guarn Sims decided it was time to give those students the shout-out they deserve and, in January...
How Boca Raton schools are handling security in wake of Parkland shooting

How Boca Raton schools are handling security in wake of Parkland shooting

BOCA RATON — With armed officers at every city school, the elimination of fire drills and ongoing strategic planning to harden schools, Boca Raton schools have made safety a top priority in the wake of the mass shooting just 10 miles away in Parkland.   Students, parents and local leaders say the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that...
Work to begin today on redevelopment of Boynton Beach’s Riverwalk

Work to begin today on redevelopment of Boynton Beach’s Riverwalk

After more than a year since Boynton Beach’s leaders approved the waterfront Riverwalk Plaza redevelopment, construction began Wednesday. Owner Isram Realty plans to provide a major update to the southeast corner of Federal Highway and Woolbright Road, which backs up to the Intracoastal Waterway, and will add 10 stories of rental apartments. One-, two- and three-bedroom units are estimated to...
More luxury condos approved for downtown Boca

More luxury condos approved for downtown Boca

BOCA RATON — A Boca Raton board on Monday approved a plan for nine-story condominium towers near the Intracoastal Waterway in downtown Boca Raton. The proposed project is from Venezuelan developers who have built luxury condos throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties. Dubbed 475 Royal Palm, the planned condo complex and accompanying underground parking garage will be built on...
Boynton Beach agency hires lawyer to handle human resources issues

Boynton Beach agency hires lawyer to handle human resources issues

When the former director of the city’s redevelopment agency three years ago accused a commissioner of inappropriately touching her, it took the board members, who are also the city’s commissioners, two weeks to decide to hire an outside attorney to begin an investigation. A move the Community Redevelopment Agency made this month should make that process happen...
Broward sheriff says state rep.’s call for ouster ‘reckless’

Broward sheriff says state rep.’s call for ouster ‘reckless’

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel attacked Rep. Bill Hager’s call for his ouster as “riddled with factual errors, unsupported gossip and falsehoods,” in a response issued late Saturday night. State. Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott on Saturday calling on him to remove Israel for “neglect and incompetence” over the handling of the Feb....
At long last, here’s when the Spanish River interchange of I-95 will open

At long last, here’s when the Spanish River interchange of I-95 will open

BOCA RATON — A long-awaited Interstate 95 interchange touted as a solution to traffic congestion in Boca Raton will open at the end of the month, Florida Department of Transportation officials say. A ribbon-cutting for the interchange at Spanish River Boulevard, the fifth in Boca, is planned for Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. Construction on the $69 million interchange project has been in the...
Eye doctor Melgen gets 17 years in prison for Medicare fraud

Eye doctor Melgen gets 17 years in prison for Medicare fraud

The friend of a U.S. senator and once the eye doctor of a Florida governor, Palm Beach County retinal specialist Dr. Salomon Melgen was sentenced to 17 years in prison on Thursday for bilking Medicare and other insurers out of as much as $73 million. While the 63-year-old wealthy, politically-connected physician faced a possible 24½-year sentence, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra said a less...
Boynton Beach has timetable for final downtown pitch

Boynton Beach has timetable for final downtown pitch

Boynton Beach’s 16-acre Town Square redevelopment plan received another nod of approval from city commissioners, but not from all. Commissioner Mack McCray voted against the project because he doesn’t know how the city will pay for it and Commissioner Joe Casello is still not happy with the location of the new police station at High Ridge Road and Gateway Boulevard, away from the city&rsquo...
NEW: Search for Boynton Beach police chief officially begins

NEW: Search for Boynton Beach police chief officially begins

The search for Boynton Beach’s next police chief has officially begun. The position was posted Feb. 13 on the Strategic Government Resources website. Those interested have until April 2 to apply, according to the post. Whoever is chosen will lead 155 officers, 53 non-sworn employees and operate a $30.4 million budget. The salary range...
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