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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...
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...
Developer hikes offer on West Atlantic land, but will Delray accept?

Developer hikes offer on West Atlantic land, but will Delray accept?

A handful of Delray Beach residents plan to protest a potential land deal tonight, repudiating the city’s willingness to sell land to a foreign developer for far below market value. The developer, John Flynn of Ireland, recently increased his offer on the downtown land to $2 million from $1.2 million. But that bid is still well below the $15 million market value, according to a city report....
NEW: State ethics body continues probe of suspended Boca mayor

NEW: State ethics body continues probe of suspended Boca mayor

A state ethics agency with the power to recommend an elected official’s removal from office continues to investigate suspended Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie even as she battles criminal charges, The Palm Beach Post has learned. The Florida Commission on Ethics scheduled a private probable cause hearing in early September to assess allegations that Haynie violated state ethics laws. The hearing...
Three mayoral, three council candidates vie in contentious Boca races

Three mayoral, three council candidates vie in contentious Boca races

A state complaint, name-calling and fault-finding shroud a Boca Raton special election for two seats on the City Council, painting a picture of town split on crucial issues. The races for mayor and City Council Seat A offer a chance for a voting bloc on a council poised to make major development decisions and spend more than $60 million in incoming cash from a previous city land sale. Three...
NEW: FAU grads will get rescheduled ceremony and free football tickets

NEW: FAU grads will get rescheduled ceremony and free football tickets

Would-be graduates ushered from Florida Atlantic University’s campus Tuesday before they could collect their diplomas will have a shot at a do-over this week and next. University officials canceled the graduation ceremony after a “targeted” and “credible” threat scribbled on a Post-it note triggered an evacuation and police search. University police continue to investigate...
NEW: Dunkin’ Donuts opens first kosher shop in Palm Beach County

NEW: Dunkin’ Donuts opens first kosher shop in Palm Beach County

The simple act of ditching pork products in favor of vegetarian options opened the door of a 19-year-old Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in suburban Boca Raton to hundreds of kosher families. Dunkin’ Donuts converted the shop on Powerline Road, between Glades and Palmetto Park roads, into a kosher location to serve the large Jewish population in southern Palm Beach County. It...
Fired FAU professor declares it’s his right to call Sandy Hook a hoax

Fired FAU professor declares it’s his right to call Sandy Hook a hoax

Lashing out at his former bosses and a federal judge, former Florida Atlantic University professor James Tracy is back in court, again claiming he was wrongfully fired for publicly and repeatedly proclaiming that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax. In his ongoing quest to get his job back, Tracy insists a federal jury got it wrong in December when it decided the university fired him for insubordination...
Boca podcast takes listeners behind the scenes of city operations

Boca podcast takes listeners behind the scenes of city operations

“Google, take me behind the scenes of Boca Raton.” It’s a command in Boca’s near future, as city employees explore a new way to deliver important information — a podcast, soon to be accessible by virtual home assistants like Google Home or Amazon’s Echo. The city launched “Boca Behind the Scenes,” a weekly podcast that features interviews with municipal...
NEW: Suspended Boca mayor faces fine for failing to file election form

NEW: Suspended Boca mayor faces fine for failing to file election form

Suspended Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie will be fined for not properly filing a form with the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections office, election supervisor Susan Bucher said. Haynie, who withdrew from the race for Palm Beach County Commission after she was charged with public corruption, is required by law to file a termination report detailing how she spent $45,000 she’d collected in...
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...
Delray police chief transitioning to new role; who’s up for the job?

Delray police chief transitioning to new role; who’s up for the job?

Delray Beach Police Chief Jeff Goldman retired his uniform Wednesday and transitioned to the role of assistant city manager, leaving his two assistant police chiefs to run the department. Goldman, 49, will oversee the operational and budgetary sides of the police, fire, parks and recreation and community improvement departments. “I love what I do,” Goldman said. “I’m a police...
EXCLUSIVE: Boca mayoral candidate claims opponent’s blog violates law

EXCLUSIVE: Boca mayoral candidate claims opponent’s blog violates law

Boca Raton mayoral candidate Scott Singer filed a complaint with the Florida Election Commission against opponent Al Zucaro and his blog, BocaWatch, Singer told The Palm Beach Post. Singer, acting mayor of Boca Raton, claims Zucaro operates the blog as an unregistered political committee, a violation of state election law. On July 26, Singer filed the complaint, which has not been made public but...
Delray Police Chief Goldman transitions to acting assistant city manager

Delray Police Chief Goldman transitions to acting assistant city manager

Delray Beach Police Chief Jeff Goldman was promoted Wednesday to the role of acting assistant city manager, where he’ll oversee the police department as well as other public safety agencies. Goldman, sporting a button down and tie in lieu of his usual police uniform, announced the new role on his Facebook page. As acting assistant city manager, Goldman will manage police, fire rescue, parks...
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...
Two Boca attorneys disbarred by Florida Supreme Court

Two Boca attorneys disbarred by Florida Supreme Court

Four Palm Beach County attorneys are among 21 statewide who were recently disciplined by the Florida Supreme Court. Two Boca Raton attorneys - Jason Dalley and Lori Kovacs - were disbarred, another Boca attorney was suspended for three years and a Palm Beach lawyer was suspended from the practice of law indefinitely, according to orders the high court issued between May 15 and July 12. Dalley lost...
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...
Boynton man convicted of taking lewd videos of teen family member

Boynton man convicted of taking lewd videos of teen family member

A 56-year-old Boynton Beach man on Wednesday was convicted of charges of producing and possessing child pornography of a teenage family member. ALSO: Army recruiter at Dwyer High pleads guilty to child porn charges A federal jury convicted Tommy Findley of the charges on the third day of trial. He faces a mandatory 15-year sentence and a maximum 40-year term when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge...
State Attorney threatens ‘gag order’ for Boca Mayor Haynie’s attorney

State Attorney threatens ‘gag order’ for Boca Mayor Haynie’s attorney

The State Attorney’s Office threatened to request a “gag order” Thursday on suspended Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s attorney after comments he recently made to the media. Haynie, charged with four felonies and three misdemeanors stemming from public corruption allegations, was absent from the court hearing. She filed a second motion to dismiss and waived her right to...
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...
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...
Delray neighborhoods plagued by gunfire from decade-long family feud

Delray neighborhoods plagued by gunfire from decade-long family feud

A few blocks west of downtown Delray Beach’s most popular strip of upscale restaurants and boutiques are a handful of worn homes — some blue, others pink, several littered with holes coated in gray plaster. They’re bullet holes; the fallout of a feud between two families who have fired at one another for the past nine years often without regard to what’s between them and their...
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...
State Attorney amends criminal charges against Boca Mayor Susan Haynie

State Attorney amends criminal charges against Boca Mayor Susan Haynie

The State Attorney’s Office amended the criminal charges against suspended Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie mid-case, leading her attorney to call the case “sloppy” and “rushed.” Haynie, 62, still is charged with four felonies and three misdemeanors, but the allegations in five of the seven charges were amended, court records show. The changes come after Haynie filed a motion...
Boynton library closes to make way for new site; interim space coming

Boynton library closes to make way for new site; interim space coming

In the days before the Boynton Beach City Library closed this past Thursday, children gathered there — before the building is razed — and wrote messages on its walls, making sure that they left their mark on the library that clearly left its mark on them. “I will continue to follow my dreams,” one child wrote. Another: “Don’t give up.” A third one: &ldquo...
Bucking pleas, Delray to negotiate controversial West Atlantic deal

Bucking pleas, Delray to negotiate controversial West Atlantic deal

A Delray Beach board is on the cusp of selling downtown land to a developer for a fraction of its market value rather than launching a competitive, public bidding process. Despite harsh criticism from residents, past and current elected officials and city organizations, Delray’s Community Redevelopment Agency — a board made up of five city commissioners and two volunteers —...
Barry Epstein, South Florida public relations ‘guru,’ dies at 76

Barry Epstein, South Florida public relations ‘guru,’ dies at 76

Barry Epstein was a vanishing species. He was a schmoozer.  The longtime public relations man, who lived west of Boca Raton, died at 76 Tuesday at a suburban Boca Raton rehabilitation center following a long neurological illness, longtime friend Howard Appell confirmed Thursday. "This has been a long process, and we are grateful he’s finally at peace," wife Joanne posted...
Boca Raton attorney ordered to stop practicing law for three years

Boca Raton attorney ordered to stop practicing law for three years

A 66-year-old Boca Raton attorney was suspended on Thursday from the practice of law for three years by the Florida Supreme Court. The punishment imposed on Byron Petersen was far more severe than the 91-day suspension recommended by court-appointed referee, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Catherine Brunson, and supported by the Florida Bar. Justices unanimously agreed the tougher punishment was in...
Top 3 things to do this weekend in Boynton Beach

Top 3 things to do this weekend in Boynton Beach

Barnes and Noble: Children are invited to Barnes and Noble at 333 N. Congress Ave. for storytime at 11 a.m. Saturday featuring the book “Neck & Neck” by New York Times bestselling author Elise Parsley, which comes out July 5. Parsley also is the author of the popular children’s book “If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t!” For more information...
Boynton activist sues city for discrimination over summer camp program

Boynton activist sues city for discrimination over summer camp program

Activist Bernard Wright is suing Boynton Beach, claiming it’s discriminating against black children by barring them from using the Carolyn Sims Center while it hosts summer day camps that are beyond the financial reach of low-income families who live nearby. “The recreation center should be free and open to these children all year round,” Wright said on Tuesday less than...
PBC Judge Dana Santino removed from office by Florida Supreme Court

PBC Judge Dana Santino removed from office by Florida Supreme Court

Palm Beach County Judge Dana Santino on Monday became the first jurist in county history to be booted from the bench when the Florida Supreme Court removed her from office for attacks she made against her opponent during her 2016 campaign. In a 4-3 decision, the high court ordered the 50-year-old former guardianship and probate attorney to leave office by 5 p.m. on Monday. But, as a...
Resign-to-run law forces Peyton McArthur out of PBC commission race

Resign-to-run law forces Peyton McArthur out of PBC commission race

Palm Beach County commission aide Peyton McArthur’s last-minute decision to run for his boss’s seat backfired on Friday when he was forced to pull out of the commission race because he failed to resign from his post as a Port of Palm Beach commissioner. In a one-sentence letter to Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, McArthur wrote: “Please accept this as a formal request to withdraw...
These two towns in Palm Beach County are leading the fight on plastic straws

These two towns in Palm Beach County are leading the fight on plastic straws

“We need to do something,” was the phrase that almost every member of the public and Jupiter’s Beach Committee used at a special meeting to discuss the proposed plastic straw ban ordinance. But after more than two hours of public comments, presentations and discussion, the Beach Committee was split on whether the ordinance is the something that the town needs. “We are not unanimous...
These two Palm Beach County towns are among the best for beach living

These two Palm Beach County towns are among the best for beach living

A pair of Palm Beach County towns are ranked among the nation’s best beach communities in which to live. Boca Raton is No. 7 on the list released Wednesday by WalletHub, while Jupiter is No. 11. RELATED: Here are the best beaches in Palm Beach County In order to compile the list, which is divided into two categories — towns located by oceans and towns located by lakes — WalletHub...
Boca man pleads guilty in connection with “IRS impersonation” scam

Boca man pleads guilty in connection with “IRS impersonation” scam

A Boca Raton man faces a maximum 25-year prison sentence in connection with a lucrative scheme in which he posed as an IRS agent or other government official and threatened people with arrest if they didn’t pay up. Bradley Wright pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of conspiracy to launder money and identity theft. He is to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks on Sept. 13...
Toys R Us closing: Palm Beach Gardens store looks like ghost town

Toys R Us closing: Palm Beach Gardens store looks like ghost town

It used to be teeming with toys, a wonderland of games and bikes and dolls and video games for kids of all ages, from babies to adults. Now, the Toys R Us store on PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens looks like a ghost town. The signs say it all: Final 8 days. 70 percent off. No cash. Everything must go. Yellow caution tapes rope off swaths of empty shelves. Even the fixtures are for sale...
Lake Worth photos: What city roads, beach, buildings used to look like

Lake Worth photos: What city roads, beach, buildings used to look like

Happy 105th birthday, Lake Worth. Well, belated birthday. The town, according to our records, was officially incorporated on June 14, 1913. But it had been there for years before under a variety of monikers: Jewel (or Jewell), Lucerne, Linton and for a mercifully brief time: Lakeworth. (No, that’s not a typo.) In 2012, there was a campaign to change the name to Lake Worth Beach. Fortunately...
Dying Lake Worth woman fights to take lawsuit against JFK to court

Dying Lake Worth woman fights to take lawsuit against JFK to court

A year ago, Joyce Sirico was working as an auditor and thinking about her looming retirement, which promised carefree days at the beach and plenty of time for travel. Today, the 60-year-old Lake Worth woman barely has the strength to get out of bed. Ravaged by cancer, Sirico describes her new reality with a wave of her hand. “I’m dying,” she said matter-of-factly. But, while she...
Lake Worth case could spur review of 2,000 inmates sentenced as teens

Lake Worth case could spur review of 2,000 inmates sentenced as teens

Before Dennis Hart was sentenced in 1997 for breaking into three homes and robbing nine people at gunpoint, the Lake Worth High School student apologized to everyone he hurt and thanked everyone who helped him — including the prosecutor and the cops who put him behind bars. “Thank you, thank you for catching me and locking me up and giving me the chance to find myself. Thank you,&rdquo...
Boca man accused of bilking Miami public housing agency

Boca man accused of bilking Miami public housing agency

A Boca Raton man, who is an owner of a Hialeah construction firm, has been charged with wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud the Miami-Dade Public Housing and Community Development agency, federal prosecutors said. Diego Alejandro Estepa Vazquez, 36, who is vice president of Aaron Construction, and 47-year-old Javier Estepa, who is president of the company and lives in Davie, were each...
Manalapan investment advisers sentenced in $2.7 million scam

Manalapan investment advisers sentenced in $2.7 million scam

Two Manalapan investment advisers were sentenced to federal prison for bilking $2.7 million from clients and for lying to the Internal Revenue Service. Shawn O’Sullivan, 60, who has lived in Palm Beach and in the Lake Worth area, on Tuesday was sentenced to 16 months in prison by U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas for his role in the scam. In May, 49-year-old Finnish native Heidi Wivolin...
Policing Boca Bash cost $45K. Someone died. There’s little Boca can do.

Policing Boca Bash cost $45K. Someone died. There’s little Boca can do.

A wild and often out-of-control boating party that brings thousands to the Intracoastal Waterway in Boca Raton is costly and, this year, was even deadly. But there is little Boca Raton can do to manage the event. The music and booze-drenched Boca Bash draws thousands of boaters, kayakers and paddle boarders to Lake Boca every April for a non-sponsored, social media-fueled party. After...
Former Boca council candidate sues opponent over ‘defamatory’ mailer

Former Boca council candidate sues opponent over ‘defamatory’ mailer

A former Boca Raton City Council candidate is suing the opponent who defeated him, claiming a March campaign mail piece “defamed, smeared and denigrated” him and cost him the election. Armand Grossman, a retired educator, filed a defamation suit against Councilwoman Monica Mayotte centered on a mail piece sent to Boca Raton voters two days before the March election. The piece opens with...
Delray Beach delays paid parking in downtown until June 25

Delray Beach delays paid parking in downtown until June 25

The city won’t charge for parking  along its popular downtown strip Atlantic Avenue beginning Monday, as it initially planned. Instead, Delray Beach will roll out its parking renaissance June 25, after the city’s marketing arm has a chance to advertise the sweeping changes. The city will place signage explaining the parking changes, and check that the parking meters are...
NEW: Veterans recall D-Day 74 years ago in Boynton salute

NEW: Veterans recall D-Day 74 years ago in Boynton salute

Jim Dougherty, 101, stood next to a handful of veterans Wednesday as they unveiled a monument honoring them at a ceremony marking 74 years since D-Day, the beginning of the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control in World War II. Dougherty landed on Omaha Beach in France for the massive military operation on June 6, 1944. He was an U.S. Army sergeant in charge of a crew of linemen. He&rsquo...
Things to do in Boynton: Health fair, ‘The Incredibles,’ BBQ restaurant’s anniversary bash

Things to do in Boynton: Health fair, ‘The Incredibles,’ BBQ restaurant’s anniversary bash

The Boynton Beach Mall will host the Marigold Nursing Health and Wellness Fair starting Friday and running every weekend through June 23. The hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The free fair will be in the Center Court and will include screenings of blood pressure, blood glucose, heart rate, oxygen saturation level and weight to body mass index. For information, call (561)...
Delray passes parking plan: Say goodbye to free parking on Atlantic Ave.

Delray passes parking plan: Say goodbye to free parking on Atlantic Ave.

DELRAY BEACH — It’s been a long time coming, but free parking along Delray Beach’s popular Atlantic Avenue will be no more by Monday.  The city commission passed a downtown parking plan Tuesday night, an effort more than a decade in the making. Beginning Monday, the city will charge for parking at coveted side-street spots along East Atlantic Avenue and one block north...
NEW openings in Delray: Doughnut shop, ramen eatery, juice bar

NEW openings in Delray: Doughnut shop, ramen eatery, juice bar

DELRAY BEACH — There are a few new places to nosh in downtown Delray Beach. Among the additions to Delray Beach’s bustling Atlantic Avenue: An artisanal doughnut shop, a ramen restaurant and a healthy juicery. With an assortment of bite-sized doughnuts and creative concoctions, Doughnut Works brings the first bakery/doughnut shop to West Atlantic Avenue, the quiet strip just west...
Boynton fallen soldier’s family elated, honored with White House visit

Boynton fallen soldier’s family elated, honored with White House visit

It’s been six years since her son Michael was killed in Afghanistan, but Boynton Beach’s Kim Metcalf says she continues to feel his presence in people she meets or events and circumstances that have somehow landed in front of her. A visit to the White House on Monday evening to meet with President Donald Trump and other Gold Star families — relatives of U.S. military...
New Boca National Golf Club could open in a year, but how much will it cost?

New Boca National Golf Club could open in a year, but how much will it cost?

BOCA RATON — The long-awaited opening of a public golf course in the city’s north end could come as soon as summer 2019, but the cost of the project, which taxpayers will endure, is still up in the air. The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District bought the closed-down Ocean Breeze Golf Club, on Northwest Second Street north of Yamato Road, using a $27 million bond it will...
State pushes back deadline of I-95 interchange completion in Boynton

State pushes back deadline of I-95 interchange completion in Boynton

State officials have again pushed back the deadline for completion of improvement work at the Interstate 95 interchanges at Woolbright and Hypoluxo roads. It’s officially one year late — but the end is near, they hope. Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Transportation continues to fine the construction company, Community Asphalt Corp., $8,491 per day since Nov. 4, said FDOT spokeswoman...
Boca-based water bottler adds national grocer to distribution list

Boca-based water bottler adds national grocer to distribution list

Boca Raton business owner Jose Fernandez found his niche in the water flowing from the foothills of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Five years ago, Fernandez sought out a natural source to create his own brand of bottled alkaline water. The springs, Fernandez says, are what set his brand apart from other bottlers, many of whom he says use water from municipal taps. “I got interested in...
Boynton Beach police arrest group of alleged car burglars

Boynton Beach police arrest group of alleged car burglars

Boynton Beach police say they arrested six teens — ages 13 to 18 — who they believe are responsible for “numerous” car burglaries on the west side of the city. They credited an “astute resident” for helping them. Jessica Tassy called city police Monday to report several people rummaging through a silver Infiniti on Northeast 17th Avenue south of the Gateway Boulevard...
NEW: Delray 4th in county to silence Brightline, freight train horns

NEW: Delray 4th in county to silence Brightline, freight train horns

Trains along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks that cut through the heart of Delray Beach will stop blowing horns at several crossings beginning midnight Saturday. Quiet zones along 13 crossings in Delray Beach, including the popular pedestrian strip Atlantic Avenue, will go into effect. Delray is the fourth city in Palm Beach County to implement quiet zones, areas along the FEC route in which...
Developer Crocker Partners accuses Boca of stalling Midtown project

Developer Crocker Partners accuses Boca of stalling Midtown project

BOCA RATON — In the latest move in a legal battle between Boca Raton and one its most prominent developers, Crocker Partners filed suit accusing Boca Raton of illegally stalling a major development. Boca Raton-based Crocker Partners, the developer behind Mizner Park shopping center, filed a lawsuit in Palm Beach County Circuit Court last week alleging misdeeds on the part of Boca&rsquo...
Photos: Boca Airport unveils customs office for international flights

Photos: Boca Airport unveils customs office for international flights

With the snip of a red ribbon Wednesday, Boca Raton further established itself as an international destination. The Boca Raton Airport unveiled its new U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, which, beginning Thursday, will allow international travelers to fly directly to Palm Beach County’s southernmost city. Those flying into Boca Raton from other countries previously had to stop at Palm...
National Spelling Bee: Palm Beach County kids trip on these four words

National Spelling Bee: Palm Beach County kids trip on these four words

Affricate. That’s the word that Tommy Cherry spelled incorrectly at the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, ending his run to the finals. He spelled it with only one “f.” “Hard word. Never heard of it,” Tommy’s mom, Amy Cherry, told The Palm Beach Post. Heck, neither have I. And unfortunately, neither had Tommy, a student at Christa McAuliffe Middle School...
Wawa competitor wants to move in to suburban Boynton Beach

Wawa competitor wants to move in to suburban Boynton Beach

Watch out, Wawa. A Murphy Express gas station and convenience store has been proposed for the northeast corner of the Military Trail and Coconut Lane/Flavor Pict Road intersection. BOYNTON BEACH READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly Boynton Beach newsletter here Murphy Express stations are affiliated with Murphy USA, which is based in Arkansas. The express stations typically offer coffee and...
This weekend in Boynton Beach: Outdoor movie, local crafts, Dr. Seuss

This weekend in Boynton Beach: Outdoor movie, local crafts, Dr. Seuss

1- Movies in the Park The Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency will host this free event Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre, 129 E. Ocean Ave. “Jumanji” will be shown on a large, inflatable screen. Attendees are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket. Food, snacks and beverages will be available for buy. For information, contact Mercedes Coppin at the Boynton...
NEW: Boca Raton third city in PBC to silence Brightline train horns

NEW: Boca Raton third city in PBC to silence Brightline train horns

Neighbors of the Florida East Coast Railway train tracks will soon have a welcome respite from blaring horns — but city and county officials are warning the public that safety is paramount. Quiet zones — areas along the tracks in which train horns are silenced — go into effect midnight Wednesday in Boca Raton, the third city in Palm Beach County to quiet the horns. West Palm Beach...
Boynton firefighters moving stations… will response times change?

Boynton firefighters moving stations… will response times change?

Firefighters and paramedics who work out of the City Hall station will soon respond to calls from firehouses to the north and south of there starting in June. The move will free up Station 1 so the building can be torn down while the city continues to the next stage of the Town Square redevelopment project. A new Station 1 will be built by March 2020, according to a Town Square schedule...
NEW: Unit destroyed in late-night Delray Beach warehouse fire

NEW: Unit destroyed in late-night Delray Beach warehouse fire

DELRAY BEACH — A warehouse unit was destroyed by a fire in southeast Delray Beach late Monday, city fire rescue reports. The complex at the northwest corner of Linton Boulevard and Dixie Highway caught fire just after 8:45 p.m. Firefighters contained the fire to just one unit or bay, which was “a total loss,” said fire rescue spokesman Kevin Saxton.  No one...
NEW: Two teens arrested in slaying of suburban Boca Raton man

NEW: Two teens arrested in slaying of suburban Boca Raton man

Two 17-year-olds were arrested Sunday on first-degree murder charges for the shooting death of a suburban Boca Raton man in early May, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Carlos Dacosta, 53, was shot May 3 inside a home on Hollandaire Drive West, in the Amberwoods of Boca community east of Powerline Road and north of Palmetto Park Road. He died a week later. The teenagers...
NEW: Three downtown Boca Raton restaurants — two in Mizner — close

NEW: Three downtown Boca Raton restaurants — two in Mizner — close

Two longtime restaurants at Boca Raton’s Mizner Park closed in past months while another downtown restaurant shut down after a brief one-month run. Truluck’s seafood and steak restaurant, an 11-year tenant at Mizner Park, announced its April 30 closing on Facebook, citing lease negotiation issues. MoBu Fusion Cafe, on Federal Highway south of Camino Real, was open only a month...
He’s got sick Rubik’s Cube skills … but his spelling savvy? Behemothic

He’s got sick Rubik’s Cube skills … but his spelling savvy? Behemothic

A seventh-grader at Christa McAuliffe Middle School broke the world record this year for solving a Rubik’s Cube with his feet in the fastest average time — 26.13 seconds. He can also solve the cubes blindfolded.  But that’s old news. Tommy Cherry’s latest achievement? He’ll represent Palm Beach County next week at the Scripps National Spelling Bee...
Local boy who lost his father gets a wonderful surprise at graduation

Local boy who lost his father gets a wonderful surprise at graduation

Boynton Beach police officer Joe Crowder couldn’t be there for his son Kaleb’s 5th-grade graduation. Joe Crowder died in December 2016 after suffering a heart attack while exercising. But Joe Crowder’s brothers and sisters in uniform promised him they’d be there for his two sons, so when Kaleb looked at the audience Friday morning, he didn’t see his dad, but he saw...
IN DEPTH: How Boca’s landmark 1972 ‘population cap’ set off lasting feud

IN DEPTH: How Boca’s landmark 1972 ‘population cap’ set off lasting feud

BOCA RATON — It’s 1972 in Boca Raton. The population is just over 28,000 — five times the size a decade earlier. The biggest fears in the city are urban sprawl, road congestion, unmanageable growth, crowded schools and living in the shadows of high-rises throughout the city. Sound familiar? Growth and development, and the complaints that inevitably follow, have long been at...
UPDATE: Boca Mayor Susan Haynie’s court arraignment today canceled

UPDATE: Boca Mayor Susan Haynie’s court arraignment today canceled

Update Thursday at 6:30 a.m.: Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s arraignment hearing Thursday was canceled.  The hearing hasn’t yet been rescheduled. Haynie pleaded not guilty to the four felony and three misdemeanor charges. Original story: The first court hearing in Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s public corruption case is this morning. It isn’t clear whether Haynie...
VIDEO: Delray officers save woman, two half-naked toddlers from apartment ledge 

VIDEO: Delray officers save woman, two half-naked toddlers from apartment ledge 

DELRAY BEACH — Officers rushed to a Delray Beach town home Saturday afternoon after a disturbing call came in: A woman and her two toddlers were perched on the narrow ledge of the building, refusing to come down. The scene itself, said Delray Officer Rob Addea, was a bit more jarring: The children were half-naked. Rain trickled down on the one-foot ledge near the slanted roof. And...
At least 20 car burglaries reported to Boynton police since Thursday

At least 20 car burglaries reported to Boynton police since Thursday

Claudia Perales didn’t lock the doors to her 2014 Volkswagen Jetta when she came home Saturday afternoon because she planned to head out soon after. Then the 38-year-old and her family decided to stay in and watch a movie instead. The next morning, while eating breakfast, Perales looked outside and saw her trunk was open. She looked inside her car and found that a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses...
This weekend in Boynton: Memorial Day, health fair, tennis tourney

This weekend in Boynton: Memorial Day, health fair, tennis tourney

1- Health and Wellness Fair The Boynton Beach Mall will host the Marigold Nursing Health and Wellness Fair every weekend through June 23 starting Friday. The hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The free fair will be in the Center Court and will include screenings of blood pressure, blood glucose, heart rate, oxygen saturation level and weight to body mass index. For...
Boynton historic home-turned-restaurant plan hits another snag

Boynton historic home-turned-restaurant plan hits another snag

A restaurant won’t be opening at the historic Oscar Magnuson home anytime soon. Boynton Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency sold the home to Shovel Ready Projects about two years ago and the company still has not received its building permit, according to an email from CRA Director Mike Simon. City officials have gone back and forth with the developer on the property, at 211 E. Ocean...
Boca Mayor Susan Haynie seeks to get criminal charges against her dismissed

Boca Mayor Susan Haynie seeks to get criminal charges against her dismissed

BOCA RATON — Ahead of a planned court appearance this week, Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie filed a motion to toss the criminal charges leveled against her, in part because a state law aimed at public corruption has changed in recent years. Haynie, who faces four felony and three misdemeanor charges and up to 23 years in prison, filed the motion Friday, according to court documents...
Fists fly, docks destroyed as war over drifting boats rages in Boynton

Fists fly, docks destroyed as war over drifting boats rages in Boynton

Already forking over about $90,000 to replace docks destroyed by a boat after its anchor broke loose during Hurricane Irma, Gateway Marina braced for a similar disaster Monday as severe storms rolled through southern Palm Beach County. This time, neighbors spotted a captain-less power boat quickly drifting, giving the marina enough notice to catch the vessel before it caused more damage. While...
Boca mayor hires lawyer who defended developer at center of scandal

Boca mayor hires lawyer who defended developer at center of scandal

Embattled Mayor Susan Haynie hired a criminal defense lawyer who previously represented the real estate developer at the center of her public corruption scandal. Haynie, suspended from office while she faces four felonies and three misdemeanors, dropped her attorney this week and hired Bruce Zimet, a former federal prosecutor with a long list of high-profile clients, including developer James Batmasian...
Apartments, townhomes and bigger dog park coming to Boynton Beach

Apartments, townhomes and bigger dog park coming to Boynton Beach

More apartments and townhomes are coming to Boynton Beach off Congress Avenue by way of a developer who also plans to throw about $500,000 more to expand a dog park overlooking a lake in the same neighborhood. Boca Raton-based JKM Developers planned to build 115 single-family homes as the last of three phases at Cortina in the Boynton Village and Town Center. But a change in the market...
Delray’s Atlantic Ave., garage parking about to change

Delray’s Atlantic Ave., garage parking about to change

The days of nabbing a free parking spot in front of the restaurants and shops along Atlantic Avenue or in the parking garage during the week are coming to an end. Delray Beach will soon charge for parking in prime spots throughout downtown. The city commission set the stage for a parking renaissance at a meeting Tuesday evening, when it instructed...
PBSO ‘trying like heck’ to stop active shooters, Sheriff Bradshaw says

PBSO ‘trying like heck’ to stop active shooters, Sheriff Bradshaw says

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw told a group of suburban Boynton Beach residents Wednesday the steps his agency has taken to prepare for an active shooter and compared that to what was “missing” in the Parkland high school massacre. He also spoke about the importance of mental health care and the agency’s interaction with Zachary Cruz, the brother of confessed school-shooter...
JUST IN: Boynton Beach announces three finalists for top cop position

JUST IN: Boynton Beach announces three finalists for top cop position

A recruitment company and city staff has named three men out of 83 applicants as finalists to be Boynton Beach’s next chief and the public is invited to meet the trio in June. The finalists are: Boynton Beach Police Assistant Chief Joseph DeGiulio; Kenneth Ferguson, who retired this year as chief of the Framingham Police Department in Massachusetts after 34 years there; and Michael...
Surprise! Retiring Boynton teacher gives senior his Honda as grad gift

Surprise! Retiring Boynton teacher gives senior his Honda as grad gift

This year’s senior assembly at Boynton Beach Community High was no different than previous years’ until a retiring teacher announced he was giving his car to a graduating senior. “I’m sure it’s going to make a pretty good difference in his life,” Michael Cavanaugh, who teaches American government and economics, said this week after the announcement while sitting...
Weekend events in Boynton: Live music, Haitian festival, food hall

Weekend events in Boynton: Live music, Haitian festival, food hall

1- Music on the Rocks The Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency will host this free event Friday at 6 p.m. Completely Unchained will perform at the Historic Woman’s Club of Boynton Beach at 1010 S. Federal Highway. BOYNTON READERS: Sign up for the weekly Boynton Beach newsletter here 2- Food Hall The Boynton Beach Mall is hosting a Pop-up Food Hall on Saturday and Sunday at the north...
With final nod, Midtown Delray construction to start by year’s end

With final nod, Midtown Delray construction to start by year’s end

DELRAY BEACH — The revitalization of the historic Swinton Avenue corridor in downtown Delray Beach is expected to begin by the end of the year, the developer said Tuesday night when the project landed a long-awaited final nod of approval.  Midtown Delray Beach — a plan to build offices, stores, restaurants, apartments and an underground parking garage around the historic homes...
With increasing growth, city hopes interest grows for Heart of Boynton

With increasing growth, city hopes interest grows for Heart of Boynton

Fresh with promising news that residents might finally see new and affordable housing in the Heart of Boynton community, city leaders are trying their luck with another site. The Community Redevelopment Agency on Monday requested developers send in ideas on how to redevelop more than four acres off Seacrest Boulevard just north of Boynton Beach Boulevard. The land, between Northeast Fourth and Fifth...
Boynton-area WWII veteran receives medals after years without them

Boynton-area WWII veteran receives medals after years without them

Leonard Goldman doesn’t remember whether he had his service medals with him when he got off the subway train in New York after coming home from deployment with the Army, and to this day he doesn’t know where they are. They were misplaced some time ago. BOYNTON READERS: Sign up for the weekly Boynton Beach newsletter here The suburban Boynton Beach resident is 90 now and wants to make...
NEW: Boynton church concerned about recent break-ins, vandalism

NEW: Boynton church concerned about recent break-ins, vandalism

The pastor of a local church  is working to restore a sense of safety to parishioners after it was broken into twice since January and had graffiti sprayed on a brick wall outside. “We want our folks to feel comfortable when they’re here,” Pastor Wendy Woodruff said. “We want them to know this is a place of refuge, a place of sanctuary, that they don’t have...
NEW: $300 million Atlantic Crossing project in downtown Delray breaks ground

NEW: $300 million Atlantic Crossing project in downtown Delray breaks ground

DELRAY BEACH — A $300 million project spanning two city blocks in the heart of downtown Delray Beach is underway. Atlantic Crossing — a project on the northeast corner of Federal Highway and Atlantic Avenue that sparked a two-year legal feud with the city of Delray — broke ground Thursday. Construction is expected to last four years. The plans include 82 luxury...
This weekend in Boynton: Mother’s Day, art walk, brewery anniversary

This weekend in Boynton: Mother’s Day, art walk, brewery anniversary

1- Art Walk The Boynton Beach Art District is teaming up with Foreel Recovery to host an Art Walk on Saturday called Recovery Vibes. The event includes live art, open studios, music, photography, an open mic and food and local vendors. It’s from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 410 W. Industrial Ave. BOYNTON READERS: Sign up for the weekly Boynton Beach newsletter here 2- Storytime with Mom The Barnes &...
Federal judge: Chabad of East Boca a no-go, so resident lawsuit is tossed

Federal judge: Chabad of East Boca a no-go, so resident lawsuit is tossed

BOCA RATON — Because a state court stopped the controversial development of a synagogue on Boca Raton’s barrier island, a federal lawsuit filed against the city is moot, a judicial panel said Monday. The once-proposed Chabad of East Boca has been the subject of several lawsuits, including one in federal court that alleges city officials colluded with Chabad’s developers...
NEW: Nearing deadline, Boynton Beach theater still without new home

NEW: Nearing deadline, Boynton Beach theater still without new home

The Boynton Beach Playhouse, which has been in the city for six years, must move by May 31 but has nowhere to go. Boynton is embarking on its Town Square redevelopment and is demolishing several city buildings, including the Madsen Center, which has been the theater’s home. BOYNTON READERS: Sign up for the weekly Boynton Beach newsletter here Peter Pagliaro, the theater’s managing and...
Boca schedules special election to replace embattled Mayor Haynie

Boca schedules special election to replace embattled Mayor Haynie

BOCA RATON — While suspended Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie isn’t quite out of office, voters will choose her replacement Aug. 28. The embattled two-term mayor was temporarily removed from office by Gov. Rick Scott while she faces four felony and three misdemeanor charges of public corruption. On Tuesday evening, the four remaining city council members unanimously voted...
After 10 years of frustration in Boynton, affordable apartments coming

After 10 years of frustration in Boynton, affordable apartments coming

After more than a decade of wishing and hoping, families might finally be able to rent a new apartment at an affordable price in the Heart of Boynton  community. The state has given approval to Centennial Management to receive federal tax credits the company needs to build a $25.9 million affordable-housing development at Ocean Breeze East on Seacrest Boulevard just south of Martin...
Boca council likely won’t appoint temporary member in Haynie’s absence

Boca council likely won’t appoint temporary member in Haynie’s absence

Deputy Mayor Scott Singer officially stepped into the role of Boca Raton mayor Monday afternoon, but the seat he vacated will likely stay empty for a few months. Singer, 41, was sworn into office as interim mayor Monday, taking over for suspended Mayor Susan Haynie, who faces criminal charges of public corruption. While the four sitting council members had the option of appointing a fifth member &mdash...
UPDATE: State won’t charge Boynton man accused of exposing himself at beach

UPDATE: State won’t charge Boynton man accused of exposing himself at beach

June 7 UPDATE: The State Attorney’s Office is not pursuing any charges against Aniello Lanzetta, according to court records. The office decided Thursday not to file any of the four lewd or lascivious behavior charges against Lanzetta, 77, of Boynton Beach. Original post: A 77-year-old Boynton Beach man is facing lewd or lascivious behavior charges after two women told police he...
Boynton police take John I. Leonard special-needs students to prom

Boynton police take John I. Leonard special-needs students to prom

Faced with expensive prom tickets and no dates, a group of students in a special-needs program at John I. Leonard High decided to skip prom this year. But a group of police officers from Boynton Beach quickly changed their minds. The off-duty officers dressed in their uniforms and took the students to prom Saturday at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. And...
NEW: Man charged with murdering woman at sea: ‘I think about her every waking moment’

NEW: Man charged with murdering woman at sea: ‘I think about her every waking moment’

“I think about my wife and daughter every waking moment and wish we could be together again soon.” So wrote Lewis Bennett, charged with murdering his wife, Isabella Hellmann of suburban Delray Beach, at sea last year, to a pal back in his native England, according to a weekend story in England’s Sunday Mirror. In a handwritten note from his cell at a federal detention...
How a weeknight of basketball is keeping the peace in Boynton Beach

How a weeknight of basketball is keeping the peace in Boynton Beach

After gun violence ripped apart two families with deep roots in the Heart of Boynton community in about two months, resident Maurice Hayes thought it couldn’t get any worse. The city had 11 homicides in 2017 — the most since at least 2009 — and four of them happened nearby. “There was so much bad stuff happening,” said Hayes, 46. “Somebody gotta do something...
Developer Batmasian who paid Boca mayor may have committed perjury

Developer Batmasian who paid Boca mayor may have committed perjury

A real estate mogul at the center of Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s public corruption scandal gave a false statement under oath to a government agency, which could subject her to a felony perjury charge, The Palm Beach Post has found. Marta Batmasian, who with her husband, James, owns more commercial properties in Boca Raton than any other private landowner, gave a sworn statement to ethics...
Boynton to pay bicyclist $50,000 after tire gets caught in sewer grate

Boynton to pay bicyclist $50,000 after tire gets caught in sewer grate

Boynton Beach will pay $50,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a resident who says the tire on the bicycle he was riding became stuck in a dilapidated drainage grate, propelling him over the handlebars and face-first onto the road. Barry Goldman said he fractured his arm and a facial bone, needed 27 stitches in his lips and broke multiple teeth, according to the lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County Circuit...
Community says goodbye to surfing, Briny Breezes legend

Community says goodbye to surfing, Briny Breezes legend

Hundreds gathered at the beach in Briny Breezes on Sunday to say goodbye to and celebrate the life of a legend in the surfing community. Ron Heavyside, who in the 1960s opened the popular Nomad Surf Shop that sells custom surfboards, clothes and beach gear, died in April at 69 from complications while he was in the hospital for an illness, said his son Ryan Heavyside, who runs the shop...
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