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NEW: Wellington warns of discolored water as valves are flushed

NEW: Wellington warns of discolored water as valves are flushed

Notice a strange color in your water? You’re not alone. Wellington recently began a maintenance program to find and flush all water main valves. What does that mean? Utilities Department crews will open, close and make repairs as needed to make sure every valve remains in top shape. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news The process could take...
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...
Wellington awards contracts for license plate readers, new park

Wellington awards contracts for license plate readers, new park

The village council approved a pair of projects Tuesday night that will boost safety and provide new recreational opportunities for residents. As part of its consent agenda, the council awarded contracts of $463,000 to Vetted Security Solutions for an automated license plate reader system, and $408,000 to Kimley-Horn and Associates to design the village’s new Greenbriar Park. RELATED: Heated...
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...
Royal Palm Beach weighs ban on retail puppy sales

Royal Palm Beach weighs ban on retail puppy sales

After years of controversy, a proposed ban on the sale of dogs and cats at retail stores lands before the Village Council Thursday evening. Florida has the highest number of complaints to the Humane Society about animals who suffer from health problems critics attribute to breeding at “puppy mills” or “kitten factories” for sale in stores, according to a village staff recommendation...
Results of Wellington budget survey: What matters most to residents?

Results of Wellington budget survey: What matters most to residents?

The results are in. Wellington wrapped up its annual Budget Challenge earlier this week. All told, 1,015 people completed the survey, which asked for input on Wellington’s budget decision-making process. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news That turnout is better than expected but about where officials hoped it would be. The first week of the...
Get details on Wellington’s Lakeside Family Fun series, Fall Festival

Get details on Wellington’s Lakeside Family Fun series, Fall Festival

Get ready: Wellington has a packed schedule of events lined up for the fall. That includes the return of the popular Lakeside Family Fun series, which kicked off last spring and drew hundreds of people to the village’s Lake Wellington waterfront. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news Wellington last week released its fall Parks and Recreation...
NEW: Eagle Arts school zone lights still flash — but not for long

NEW: Eagle Arts school zone lights still flash — but not for long

There were confused motorists — and a few honked horns — on Wellington Trace on Monday in front of the former Eagle Arts Academy Charter School for the Arts.  Though the Palm Beach County School District voted Aug. 1 to end Eagle Arts’ charter and close the troubled school, there was one sign of back-to-school life in front of the campus Monday: the flashing school...
NEW: Chronic condition inspires Wellington woman to create medical log

NEW: Chronic condition inspires Wellington woman to create medical log

When the diagnosis came for Jordan Ray, it was one she hadn’t heard before: Chiari malformation. But what the Wellington resident did with that diagnosis is launch a mission to help others with chronic conditions by creating a detailed medical journal. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news Ray was 17 and one of the star players on Palm Beach Central...
Wellington hosting Facebook Live session to answer budget questions

Wellington hosting Facebook Live session to answer budget questions

The village of Wellington will host its second annual budget overview virtual town hall Wednesday at 6 p.m. on Facebook Live. The session gives viewers the opportunity to offer input and ask questions about the village’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget, which is $97.3 million. That’s down from this year’s $110.4 million. RELATED: Heated discussion marks OK for higher preliminary Wellington...
Water line break closes splash pad at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park

Water line break closes splash pad at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park

The splash pad at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park has been closed to repair a break in a water line, the village announced Tuesday. The park might reopen later today, parks and recreation director Lou Recchio said. “We’re hoping to get it up later today, but we don’t know for sure,” he said. “There was a break in the line, and we’ve got to get in there.” RELATED...
Amphitheater fun, Senior Expo coming up in Wellington, Royal Palm

Amphitheater fun, Senior Expo coming up in Wellington, Royal Palm

Amphitheater entertainment: Wellington’s weekend lineup for its amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd., includes two free concerts, food trucks and a free movie. Bring your own seating for each event. For more information, go to www.wellingtonfl.gov/events. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news • Food trucks and free concert from...
NEW: Popular Wellington playground to close for maintenance

NEW: Popular Wellington playground to close for maintenance

A popular Wellington playground will close for up to 10 days for maintenance work. Tiger Shark Cove Playground, 13800 Greenbriar Blvd., will close Sept. 4-14. The work could take less time, weather permitting, Assistant Village Manager Jim Barnes said. During the closure, village crews will repair safety surfaces throughout the playground, resurface several poles and repair roofs on several structures...
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...
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...
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...
A Wellington elementary is named for man who brought mangoes to U.S.

A Wellington elementary is named for man who brought mangoes to U.S.

As we approach the beginning of Palm Beach County’s school year — that’s Aug. 13 but no pressure, parents — it’s natural for people to start wondering more about their children’s schools. One curious parent who asked to remain anonymous emailed me last week to inquire about the origin of the name of her son’s school. Elbridge Gale Elementary sits behind the...
Details on back-to-school expo; budget workshop coming in Wellington

Details on back-to-school expo; budget workshop coming in Wellington

Back-to-school expo: Join WPTV NewsChannel 5 personalities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for the station’s annual Back to School Expo at the Mall at Wellington Green, 10300 Forest Hill Blvd. The event coincides with Florida’s tax-free holiday, where families can stock up on a range of back-to-school essentials without paying state sales tax. At the expo, families will meet representatives...
Work to begin Tuesday on widening western portion of Southern Blvd.

Work to begin Tuesday on widening western portion of Southern Blvd.

Orange cones will be going up Tuesday along a 7.2-mile stretch of Southern Boulevard in the western communities. A $33 million Florida Department of Transportation project that is expected to take three years to complete will widen the existing roadway from four to six lanes from west of Lion Country Safari Road to the intersection of Forest Hill and Crestwood boulevards. Crews also will add a 12-foot...
Forest Hill High teacher celebrating 21-year perfect attendance streak

Forest Hill High teacher celebrating 21-year perfect attendance streak

Tony Watson had planned on taking a sabbatical from teaching when his oldest son was a senior in college. But then he remembered where Tony II attended school. “He was at the University of Buffalo, where it’s so cold,” said Watson, a Royal Palm Beach resident who teaches P.E. at Forest Hill High School and also coaches the school’s boys varsity basketball team. “I told...
New lighting along Okeechobee Boulevard approved by Royal Palm Beach

New lighting along Okeechobee Boulevard approved by Royal Palm Beach

A two-mile stretch of Okeechobee Boulevard is getting new lighting after the village council approved a nearly $1 million project Thursday night. Pedestrian and roadway lighting will be installed along the the stretch of road between Folsom Road and State Road 7. Approximately 86 light poles will be added as part of the project, according to Village Engineer Chris Marsh. “We’re improving...
COLUMN: Wellington jewelry store plans move to Trader Joe’s plaza

COLUMN: Wellington jewelry store plans move to Trader Joe’s plaza

A Wellington mystery is solved: We now know who will occupy the space in a new building going up next to Trader Joe’s. In addition to a drive-through Starbucks, the building will be the new home of Designer’s Touch Jewelry, which will move from just up the road in Wellington Reserve. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news Designer’s...
Details on Wellington’s free Back-to-School Block Party this weekend

Details on Wellington’s free Back-to-School Block Party this weekend

Back-to-school bash: Wellington’s Back-to-School Community Block Party is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wellington Community Center, 12150 Forest Hill Blvd. Free backpacks stuffed with donated school supplies will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be games, live music and food. It is a free swim day at the Wellington Aquatics Complex, so bring your swimsuits...
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...
BREAKING: Water main break leads to boil water order in Wellington

BREAKING: Water main break leads to boil water order in Wellington

A precautionary boil-water notice has been issued for about 15 homes near the northwest corner of Big Blue and Wellington traces because of a water main break in the area. Residents at 13448-13482 Hyacinth Court, 13419-13515 Barberry Drive and 12463 Jonquil Place are affected by the notice, Wellington said in a news release. No businesses are affected, a village spokeswoman said, but Temple Beth...
Royal Palm Beach council votes to keep current tax rate

Royal Palm Beach council votes to keep current tax rate

The village council approved keeping the tax rate unchanged as officials had their first public workshop on the proposed $44 million budget. Royal Palm Beach officials plan to hold the property tax rate at $1.92 per $1,000 of taxable value for another year. The preliminary rate was approved as part of the council’s consent agenda Thursday night. Two public hearings on the rate are set for 6...
Loxahatchee Groves council delays discussion on proposed Wawa, Aldi

Loxahatchee Groves council delays discussion on proposed Wawa, Aldi

A proposed development that would include a popular convenience store chain, discount grocer and bank will have to wait a little longer to try for necessary approvals. The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council on Tuesday night postponed hearing the master plan for the Groves Town Center, which sits on about 90 acres on the northeast corner of B Road and Southern Boulevard and where developers want to build...
Loxahatchee Groves council OKs higher preliminary tax rate to ‘rebuild’

Loxahatchee Groves council OKs higher preliminary tax rate to ‘rebuild’

After a fiscal year that saw the town get pummeled first by Hurricane Irma and then by brutal road conditions, it’s time to rebuild, Town Manager Bill Underwood told the council at Tuesday night’s meeting. “This is the year of rebuilding,” he said as he presented the proposed budget for the coming year. RELATED: Loxahatchee Groves landowners vote to fold water district into...
Wellington Star Liquors demolished; what will take its place?

Wellington Star Liquors demolished; what will take its place?

Drivers traveling along Forest Hill Boulevard on Tuesday may have noticed a bit of a commotion as the longtime Star Liquors building came tumbling down. Crews demolished the structure to make way for a new standalone CVS in the Wellington Town Square plaza on the corner of Forest Hill and South Shore boulevards. Once the drive-through CVS is completed, Star Liquors will move back to the plaza...
NEW: Discussions continue on Wellington Seniors Club membership cap

NEW: Discussions continue on Wellington Seniors Club membership cap

What is the solution to what the village’s seniors say is a space crunch that has caused the planned capping of membership to one of its largest community groups? Discussions continued Thursday as Wellington’s Senior Advisory Committee planned its next steps toward finding solutions regarding the Wellington Seniors Club’s planned cap, which is scheduled to take effect Sept. 1. WELLINGTON...
NEW: 5K at the Commons this weekend in Royal Palm Beach

NEW: 5K at the Commons this weekend in Royal Palm Beach

Run — or walk — a 5K: Royal Palm Beach will have its 5K at the Commons starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at Commons Park, 11600 Poinciana Blvd. All ages and skill levels are welcome, along with baby strollers and dogs on leashes. The run/walk takes place on the paths around Commons Park. Free refreshments are available and there will be giveaways. For more information, go to www.royalpalmbeach...
Wellington to get county’s first specialized memory care group home

Wellington to get county’s first specialized memory care group home

Palm Beach County’s first memory care group home designed specifically for people with developmental disabilities is set to open just after the New Year in 2020. The home, in the Little Ranches area of Wellington, will be built and operated by the Palm Beach Habilitation Center, a private, nonprofit organization based in Palm Springs that provides services to people with mental, physical and...
Who is responsible for maintaining Rustic Ranches roads in Wellington?

Who is responsible for maintaining Rustic Ranches roads in Wellington?

When it comes to communities within the village’s borders, Rustic Ranches stands out as among the most unique. It is fairly new to the village, one of the more recent annexations after entering Wellington’s boundaries in 2004. It also features larger homesites, with everything from tree farms to horse barns to a replica of a 12th century Irish castle. Now the community is poised to face...
Build-A-Bear promotion yields vouchers, not bears, for some customers

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

After waiting in long lines Thursday at Build-A-Bear stores, some customers walked away with stuffed animals. Others got vouchers. The chain’s first-ever Pay Your Age Day event, in which parents could pay their child’s current age for a plush bear, drew huge crowds to Build-A-Bear locations throughout the country. As a result, many stores were forced to turn customers away when lines grew...
First Bank of the Palm Beaches opens new branch in Wellington 

First Bank of the Palm Beaches opens new branch in Wellington 

The First Bank of the Palm Beaches this week opened its second branch. The full-service bank center is at 12796 Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington Plaza and opened Monday, the bank said in a news release.  The branch is managed by James Seder, a longtime Wellington resident and vice president/market executive for First Bank of the Palm Beaches.  “When we decided to open in Wellington...
Wellington budget survey sees more responses in first week than last year’s total

Wellington budget survey sees more responses in first week than last year’s total

Wellington launched its annual Budget Challenge survey July 2, and in its first week it received a higher number than the total responses to last year’s survey. According to a weekly update sent to Wellington’s council, 360 people completed surveys from July 2-9. Last year’s survey was completed 343 times, and the survey was completed 541 surveys in 2016.  The Budget Challenge...
NEW: Wellington spends nearly $1.7M to pay off bond, become debt-free

NEW: Wellington spends nearly $1.7M to pay off bond, become debt-free

The village is now debt-free. Wellington’s council Tuesday night approved paying off early a public service revenue funding bond with a nearly $1.7 million remaining balance. The early payoff will save Wellington taxpayers $16,568 and lower the coming year’s budget, Administrative and Financial Services Director Tanya Quickel said. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly...
Yes, work will happen at Wellington’s K-Park, but don’t get excited

Yes, work will happen at Wellington’s K-Park, but don’t get excited

Residents are about to see workers bustling along the property line at one of the village’s more controversial properties. But officials want to make sure you understand: It doesn’t mean larger plans are in play. Wellington’s council on Tuesday night voted 4-0, with Councilman Michael Napoleone absent, to approve a $360,000 contract with A Cut Above Landscape and Maintenance to build...
Belle Glade football stadium to get $3 million in renovations

Belle Glade football stadium to get $3 million in renovations

Glades Pioneer Park is getting a major face-lift. The Orange Bowl Committee and Palm Beach County broke ground Wednesday for a $3 million renovation of the existing football stadium and field at the park, which is home to the Glades Youth Football League. The league is a member of the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance, a nonprofit sports organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community...
Heated discussion marks OK for higher preliminary Wellington tax rate

Heated discussion marks OK for higher preliminary Wellington tax rate

Village residents could see a rise in next year’s tax bill. The village council on Tuesday approved increasing the preliminary tax rate for the coming fiscal year. The vote was 3-1 with Mayor Anne Gerwig dissenting and Councilman Michael Napoleone absent. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news The vote set the stage for a more heated discussion...
Lion Country to mark first World Chimpanzee Day Saturday

Lion Country to mark first World Chimpanzee Day Saturday

It’s World Chimpanzee Day Saturday, and Lion Country Safari plans to celebrate. The wildlife park will host a handful of events to mark the occasion, which debuts this year. Park guests can participate in a special VIP tour for an additional fee, which will be donated to chimp conservation. There also will be celebratory chimp-themed activities in Safari World. Lion Country Safari cares for...
NEW: Wellington council OKs first step toward license-plate cameras

NEW: Wellington council OKs first step toward license-plate cameras

The village council has voted to approve spending money taken from seized and forfeited assets to pay for a license-plate reading system officials say could help solve and prevent crimes. Wellington has more than $350,000 available in Law Enforcement Trust Fund cash, but Florida law requires a council vote to approve spending that money on the license-plate cameras. Tuesday’s 4-0 vote &mdash...
Wellington, Royal Palm plazas eye alternatives to typical retail

Wellington, Royal Palm plazas eye alternatives to typical retail

In plazas throughout the western communities, a shift is occurring from big box retailers to entertainment and other options. The change was highlighted as news broke last week that the former hhgregg in the Shoppes at Wellington Green plaza will become an indoor entertainment venue called Urban Air Adventure Park. The 29,000-square-foot space is set to open later this year, the company said. WELLINGTON...
NEW: Get details on Royal Palm Beach’s Woofapalooza this Saturday

NEW: Get details on Royal Palm Beach’s Woofapalooza this Saturday

Dog day of summer: Bring your pooch to Royal Palm Beach’s Woofapalooza, which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Bark Park at Commons Park, 11600 Poinciana Blvd. The free event includes vendors with information about dog grooming and training. There will be refreshments and giveaways. Dogs, of course, are welcome. For more information, go to www.royalpalmbeach.com or call 561-790-5149. WELLINGTON...
Haverhill man charged with car break-ins, stealing gun in Wellington

Haverhill man charged with car break-ins, stealing gun in Wellington

A Haverhill man was arrested on the Fourth of July after admitting to breaking into at least two vehicles and stealing a gun from one of them, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Adam Nathaniel Francis, 19, was charged with breaking into a vehicle and graft theft of a firearm, as well as resisting arrest without violence. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly...
Bankruptcy stalls controversial Flying Cow Ranch project in Wellington

Bankruptcy stalls controversial Flying Cow Ranch project in Wellington

A controversial proposal to build an equestrian-aviation neighborhood is on hold indefinitely after the project’s developer filed for bankruptcy. Plans for Flying Cow Ranch include single-family homes on large lots with barns or hangars on a 150-acre, triangle-shaped property south of the Wellington Environmental Preserve and west of Flying Cow Road. The bankruptcy filing puts the project&rsquo...
LATEST: Wellington sending notices to 6,000 potential breach victims

LATEST: Wellington sending notices to 6,000 potential breach victims

More than 6,000 customers of six village departments soon will receive notices that they may have been affected by a recent data breach. Wellington is sending 6,125 letters to customers of its building, business license, code, parking ticket, utilities and planning departments, Assistant Village Manager Jim Barnes said. Of that number, not all will have been affected by the breach of the village&rsquo...
Vero Beach doctor gets life in Wellington’s woman death from fentanyl

Vero Beach doctor gets life in Wellington’s woman death from fentanyl

A once respected Vero Beach orthopedic surgeon on Friday was sentenced to life in prison for producing and distributing the powerful narcotic fentanyl that caused the September 2016 overdose death of a 34-year-old Wellington woman. U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas wasn’t swayed by awards Dr. Johnny Benjamin won for helping at-risk kids or the support he offered young athletes in Indian...
NEW: Former Wellington hhgregg to become indoor adventure park

NEW: Former Wellington hhgregg to become indoor adventure park

An indoor entertainment provider is moving into a large retail space left vacant last year after the departure of hhgregg. Urban Air Adventure Park is leasing about 29,000 square feet in the Shoppes at Wellington Green plaza, the company said in a news release. Electronics retailer hhgregg moved out of the space at 10560 Forest Hill Blvd. last year as it closed 88 stores nationwide...
Popular cycling fitness studio to open in Wellington

Popular cycling fitness studio to open in Wellington

A popular fitness chain with a loyal following opens its third Palm Beach County location this month. CycleBar is scheduled to start offering its unique brand of cycling fitness classes July 19 in Wellington’s Kobosko’s Crossing shopping plaza, franchise owner Erin Schiller said. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news The studio features...
Greg Norman company debuts watersports park at Okeeheelee

Greg Norman company debuts watersports park at Okeeheelee

Just in time for Independence Day, Shark Wake Aqua Park is open for business. The inflatable, floating obstacle course at Okeeheelee Park, which was built and operated by a company owned by golfing great Greg Norman, made its debut on Saturday. It will be open during Wednesday’s Fourth of July holiday and throughout the summer at a temporary location near Pooch Pines Park. Later this year it...
Fourth of July events and beyond in Wellington, Royal Palm this week

Fourth of July events and beyond in Wellington, Royal Palm this week

Fourth of July events: Wellington and Royal Palm Beach have several events lined up for the Fourth of July. • Wellington: The day begins with a Patriotic Pool Party from noon to 5 p.m. at the Wellington Aquatics Complex, 12072 Forest Hill Blvd. Regular admission applies. For more information, call 561-791-4770. The 4th of July Celebration is from 6 to 9 p.m. with the Zambelli Fireworks Show at...
Dear Wellington residents: Stop setting off fireworks in neighborhoods

Dear Wellington residents: Stop setting off fireworks in neighborhoods

Go ahead, call me a party pooper — I’m tired of people setting off fireworks in residential neighborhoods in Wellington. I love the Fourth of July: the patriotism, the fellowship with friends and neighbors and, yes, the fireworks. But a professional, permitted fireworks display is a far cry from the people on the cul de sac blowing up mortars. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post&rsquo...
Wellington hot spot The Grille Fashion Cuisine closes

Wellington hot spot The Grille Fashion Cuisine closes

A restaurant that became known as much for its raucous parties as it was for its award-winning cuisine has closed. The Grille Fashion Cuisine shut its doors for good earlier this summer, a spokeswoman for Grille owners Fashion Cuisine Group confirmed. The restaurant opened in 2010 in the Mizner Place plaza off South Shore Boulevard between Big Blue Trace and Forest Hill Boulevard. The space previously...
Where to drop off supplies for Wellington’s back-to-school drive

Where to drop off supplies for Wellington’s back-to-school drive

The start of the school year may be a month and a half away, but Wellington’s Back to School Supply Drive is well underway. Wellington’s Community Services Department will collect the essentials from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through July 20 at these locations: • Village Hall, 12300 Forest Hill Blvd. • Wellington Community Center, 12150 Forest Hill Blvd. • Community Services Office...
NEW: What to know as Wellington’s annual budget survey kicks off Monday

NEW: What to know as Wellington’s annual budget survey kicks off Monday

What has become an annual tradition in the village’s fiscal planning process kicks off Monday morning. The Budget Challenge is a survey that asks how strongly people feel about spending in certain areas. It began in 2012 as an interactive way to “challenge” respondents to cut money from certain areas of the budget. Last year’s survey was completed 343 times, down from the 541...
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...
Wellington Seniors Club plans membership cap, gets heat from committee

Wellington Seniors Club plans membership cap, gets heat from committee

Plans to cap the Wellington Seniors Club’s membership prompted concerns at a recent meeting of the village’s Senior Advisory Committee. But club representatives argue that membership already is too large and has outgrown space available in Wellington, posing a challenge in setting up events and setting the stage for a larger debate on where seniors can gather in the village. WELLINGTON...
Biological dads score win at Florida Supreme Court on antiquated rule

Biological dads score win at Florida Supreme Court on antiquated rule

A Loxahatchee man and scores of other despondent dads throughout the state on Thursday won the chance to help raise their children when the Florida Supreme Court struck down decades-old rules that put the antiquated notion of a child’s “legitimacy” ahead of a biological father’s rights. In a decision hailed by family law attorneys as a giant step into the modern world, the...
Wellington lawyer, councilwoman’s husband runs for attorney general

Wellington lawyer, councilwoman’s husband runs for attorney general

Attorney Jeffrey M. Siskind, husband of Wellington Councilwoman Tanya Siskind, is running for state office. Siskind qualified to run as an independent candidate for Florida attorney general on June 22, according to Florida Division of Elections records. Four other candidates also qualified for the seat: Republicans Ashley Moody of Tampa and Frank White of Pensacola, and Democrats Sean Shaw of Tampa...
DETAILS: Fourth of July events in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach

DETAILS: Fourth of July events in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach

Both Wellington and Royal Palm Beach are planning Fourth of July spectaculars that include music, food and fireworks. Get the details on each village’s events, which take place at multiple venues throughout July 4. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news Wellington Patriotic Pool Party: Noon to 5 p.m. at the Wellington Aquatics Complex, 12072 Forest...
BREAKING: Village Music in Wellington evacuated after A/C issue causes smoke

BREAKING: Village Music in Wellington evacuated after A/C issue causes smoke

The Village Music store in front of the Mall at Wellington Green was briefly evacuated Tuesday afternoon after employees smelled smoke coming from vents. The issue stemmed from a problem with the store’s air-conditioning unit, co-owner Donna Willey said. Several Palm Beach County Fire Rescue units responded to the store but there was “nothing showing on arrival,” Fire Rescue...
Loxahatchee Groves landowners vote to fold water district into town

Loxahatchee Groves landowners vote to fold water district into town

This is no longer a town of two governments. That was the message from the Loxahatchee Groves council Tuesday in a pair of special meetings after landowners voted 2,988 to 879 to fold the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District into the town. It’s a move officials hope eventually will help the town to make much-needed repairs to its dirt roads and canal system. The vote, which allowed landowners...
Wellington online payments safe again as 2 new similar hacks surface

Wellington online payments safe again as 2 new similar hacks surface

The village’s online-billing system is safe to use, Wellington said Tuesday, as reports surfaced of similar breaches in two other cities in the U.S. The Palm Beach Post reported last week that at least nine other local governments have experienced breaches of billing vendor Superion’s Click2Gov systems. Wellington reported its breach on June 7 after being notified the previous day of vulnerabilities...
Clean-up, classic cars, more to do in Wellington, Loxahatchee Groves

Clean-up, classic cars, more to do in Wellington, Loxahatchee Groves

Time to clean up: Residents will clean up Loxahatchee Groves starting at 8 a.m. Sunday and continuing into the afternoon. Bring your own water, gloves and sunscreen. Participants in need of trash bags can pick them up Sunday from the Florida Division of Forestry Ranger Station at 600 D Road, Loxahatchee Groves. The clean-up will be followed by a cook-out for volunteers and those who donate food only...
One-of-a-kind Gettysburg exhibit in Wellington, 155 years after battle

One-of-a-kind Gettysburg exhibit in Wellington, 155 years after battle

A one-of-a-kind exhibit on what many historians believe to be the turning point of the Civil War will be on display next week at the Wellington Community Center. The Abraham Lincoln and Gettysburg Exhibit was created by Steven Turchyn, who has lived in Wellington since 2012. At 160 square feet, Turchyn has packed a ton of detail in 1/32nd scale to recount the Battle of Gettysburg, which marks its...
Royal Palm Beach to partner with Lyft to provide rides for seniors

Royal Palm Beach to partner with Lyft to provide rides for seniors

Residents age 65 and older soon will have a new way to get around the village. Royal Palm Beach’s council on Thursday night unanimously approved having Village Manager Ray Liggins enter into a contract with ride-share service Lyft to provide discounted rides for seniors. RELATED: Royal Palm Beach to spray for mosquitoes ahead of Fourth of July The plan has been in the works for months as part...
Plans for popular Metro Diner take step forward in Royal Palm Beach

Plans for popular Metro Diner take step forward in Royal Palm Beach

Plans to bring a popular diner chain to the western communities took a step forward Thursday night as the village council unanimously approved the site plan and architecture for the building that will house a Metro Diner. The 6,800-square-foot building will sit on the south side of the Southern Palm Crossing Shopping Center, which also includes Costco, Panera Bread, HomeGood, Marshalls and Bru&rsquo...
NEW: Why Royal Palm Beach will delay Harvin Center demolition

NEW: Why Royal Palm Beach will delay Harvin Center demolition

The Kevin M. Harvin Center has a little more time to stand, and a child care program has a little more time to find a new home, after the village council gave the facility a stay from the wrecking ball. The Royal Palm Beach council’s unanimous decision at Thursday night’s meeting to not begin demolition until Sept. 1 came after supporters and the director of the YWCA’s Head Start...
Wellington’s not alone: Thousands exposed in municipal website breaches

Wellington’s not alone: Thousands exposed in municipal website breaches

Tammy Avella can’t be blamed for hoping the email saying her credit card number had been stolen was a mistake. She’s aware of the risks of doing business online, but the Wellington resident had been through the same routine just three weeks before: Bank of America detected fraudulent purchases, and Avella shut down the card and started anew. But the email she received while on a cruise...
FPL pays $10 million for land for Palm Beach County’s first solar plant

FPL pays $10 million for land for Palm Beach County’s first solar plant

Florida Power & Light Co. has closed on the site that will be Palm Beach County’s first large utility-scale solar plant. The Hibiscus Solar Energy Center will sit on about 400 acres of land on Westlake’s west side, records show. FPL paid $10 million for the land to Minto Communities, the developer behind Westlake. RELATED: Wellington Regional breaks ground for freestanding ER in Westlake...
NEW: Developer pitches RV park concept in Loxahatchee Groves

NEW: Developer pitches RV park concept in Loxahatchee Groves

A developer is pitching an RV park on about 47 acres of land where a single-family home community previously was proposed. Loxahatchee Groves’ council seemed more receptive during a Tuesday night workshop to the resort-style concept pitched by Joe Lelonek of Atlantic Land Development, an agent representing the investors who own the property. The workshop is required for large-scale developments...
Loxahatchee Groves council considers state of emergency for roads

Loxahatchee Groves council considers state of emergency for roads

Town officials are considering declaring a local state of emergency to gain access to state resources to help pay for repairs on dirt roads in dire need of long-term solutions. The Loxahatchee Groves council on Tuesday night also approved having a local lobbyist work with town manager Bill Underwood to find other new ways to help cover the cost of improving roads. RELATED: Loxahatchee Groves council...
Why Wellington’s water temporarily will taste and smell different

Why Wellington’s water temporarily will taste and smell different

Wellington’s utilities customers may notice a different smell and taste to their water starting Monday as the village temporarily modifies its disinfection process. Done to maintain compliance with water quality requirements and regulations, Wellington will switch from a combined chlorine process to a free chlorine process. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for...
How to celebrate International Yoga Day in Wellington

How to celebrate International Yoga Day in Wellington

Thursday is International Yoga Day, and the Mall at Wellington Green is celebrating by hosting several free yoga sessions throughout the day. The classes will be held around the mall beginning at 9 a.m., with the final class starting at 6:30 p.m. Here’s the full schedule: 9 a.m.: Moksha Yoga - Seniors Yoga in the Live360 Studio (on the lower level near Nordstrom) 10 a.m.: Bodhi Yoga - Vinyasa...
NEW: How a 90-year-old raised thousands for breast cancer research

NEW: How a 90-year-old raised thousands for breast cancer research

Dorothy Simke might be the queen of recycling milk bottles. Those are her words, not mine, as she explained to me last week at her home in The Fountains, just east of Wellington. There, the 90-year-old Wellington Regional Medical Center volunteer explained her passion: Creating miniature scenes inside MacArthur Dairy bottles, then selling her elaborate crafts to raise money for breast cancer research...
How to celebrate 40th anniversary of ‘Grease’ this week in Royal Palm

How to celebrate 40th anniversary of ‘Grease’ this week in Royal Palm

Catch a free classic: Watch a free showing of the hit musical “Grease,” celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, at the Royal Palm Beach Branch library, 500 Civic Center Way. The PG-rated movie begins at 2:30 p.m. Friday and runs 110 minutes. For more information, call 561-790-6030. Amphitheater entertainment: Wellington’s weekend lineup for its amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill...
Repaving work starts this week on Pierson, 120th Ave. in Wellington

Repaving work starts this week on Pierson, 120th Ave. in Wellington

Crews this week will begin repaving a busy set of streets around Wellington’s Village Park and the International Polo Club. Work kicks off Wednesday to mill and resurface Fairlane Farms Road from the Stribling Way roundabout to Pierson Road, Pierson Road from Fairlane Farms to South Shore Boulevard, and 120th Avenue South between Pierson and Lake Worth roads, public works director Bruce Wagner...
Controversial Flying Cow Ranch proposal resurrected in Wellington

Controversial Flying Cow Ranch proposal resurrected in Wellington

A controversial proposal to blend two well-know Wellington ingredients — airplanes and horses — in one community is back after being put on hold for several months. The Flying Cow Ranch project would build single-family homes on large lots with the option for barns or hangars, all on a 150-acre property just south of the Wellington Environmental Preserve and west of the wealthy Palm Beach...
Wellington narrows data breach timeline in hit on credit card numbers

Wellington narrows data breach timeline in hit on credit card numbers

The village has narrowed the window for when a breach of its Click2Gov bill-payment software occurred that exposed the debit and credit card numbers of some customers. Forensic analysis contractor Sylint Group reported that utilities customers’ information was exposed from Nov. 28 to June 4, and customers of Wellington’s building, business license, code, parking ticket and planning departments...
NEW: Plans for Wawa, Aldi on Southern Boulevard take step forward

NEW: Plans for Wawa, Aldi on Southern Boulevard take step forward

Plans to bring a Wawa, Aldi and Chase Bank to an undeveloped piece of land along bustling Southern Boulevard took a step forward this week. The Loxahatchee Groves Planning and Zoning Board on Tuesday night voted 4-0, with councilman William Ford absent, to recommend approval of a developer’s requests to modify a previously approved planned-unit development, with a list of conditions. PAST COVERAGE...
Loxahatchee Groves council OKs ballot measure that could help roads

Loxahatchee Groves council OKs ballot measure that could help roads

Voters will decide whether the town should have more time to repay borrowed money after the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council on Thursday night approved a ballot question on the issue. If approved, the measure would allow Loxahatchee Groves to have 11 years to repay loans and other forms of borrowed cash, instead of the three years currently allowed. Officials say approving the measure would allow the...
UPDATE: Wellington data breach hit more customers than first reported

UPDATE: Wellington data breach hit more customers than first reported

A recently discovered data breach hit more customers than initially reported and remains under investigation, a village official said in an update to the council at its Tuesday night meeting. Chief information officer William Silliman also said the breach began as an effort to mine for the digital currency Bitcoin, but at some point expanded to include a sophisticated “skimmer” to capture...
NEW: PBSO seeks suspect in Royal Palm Beach car break-ins

NEW: PBSO seeks suspect in Royal Palm Beach car break-ins

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a person who may have been involved in a string of overnight vehicle burglaries in Royal Palm Beach. Between about 9 p.m. Tuesday and 5:15 a.m. Wednesday, 12 vehicles were broken into and two were vandalized in the Greenway Village community across from Royal Palm’s Commons Park, PBSO said in a news release.  Of the 12 cars broken...
Wellington to consider raising maximum fines for code violations

Wellington to consider raising maximum fines for code violations

The Village Council will consider raising maximum fines for code violations after approving the discussion at a workshop Monday. A Florida statute passed about 15 years ago allows counties and municipalities with more than 50,000 residents to raise the ceiling when setting fines for code violations. Currently, Wellington’s maximum fines are $250 per day for a first violation and $500 per day...
DETAILS: Free summer family movie series at CMX in Wellington

DETAILS: Free summer family movie series at CMX in Wellington

Looking for a fun, free summer activity that doesn’t involve being outside in the blazing Florida heat? CMX Cinemas Wellington, 10312 Forest Hill Blvd., is having a free Kids Summer Movie Escape series that kicks off this week. Two movies begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday to Thursday, with doors opening at 9:30 a.m. each day. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase and yes, admission is free...
PBSO Operation Open Doors nets 35 arrests in Wellington, Royal Palm

PBSO Operation Open Doors nets 35 arrests in Wellington, Royal Palm

As South Florida communities continue to deal with an increase in vehicle break-ins, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office last month launched an effort to crack down on the illegal activity in the western communities. PBSO Districts 8 and 9 in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach came together for Operation Open Doors, from May 7-20, which involved deputies from the sheriff’s office road...
This Palm Beach County community got its first Little Free Library

This Palm Beach County community got its first Little Free Library

You might not think to look at it, but the blue box on Sunflower Circle is groundbreaking. It is the first Little Free Library in Royal Palm Beach, part of program with more than 700,000 locations in parks and front yards throughout the world. The idea behind the Little Free Library is to create a “take a book, leave a book” free exchange on the neighborhood level, according to the program&rsquo...
Farm life camp and free concerts coming in Wellington and Royal Palm

Farm life camp and free concerts coming in Wellington and Royal Palm

Spend summer ‘on the farm’: Families can get hands-on agricultural experience from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday through July 27 with City Kids on the Farm at Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd. Attendees will be “immersed in agriculture” and participate in activities including seed necklace making, gardening, horse grooming and candle...
NEW: Wellington offering free pickleball clinics this week

NEW: Wellington offering free pickleball clinics this week

Want to learn more about pickleball? Wellington will have two free clinics this week to help beginners and experienced players boost their skills. The beginner-level clinic is from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, and the advanced clinic will be 4 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Both clinics will be at Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road, Wellington, on the pickleball courts on the uncovered hockey rink.  Pickleball...
Last outdoor paintball range in county thrives in Loxahatchee Groves

Last outdoor paintball range in county thrives in Loxahatchee Groves

Over the pops of the guns, you can hear laughter as a group of teens spreads across a field. They race and hide between large spools, dodging colorful paint-filled missiles from their opponents. This is the scene any summer day at Hot Shots Paintball, the last outdoor paintball range in Palm Beach County and one of the largest in Florida. Since 2005, the venue has offered paintball fans a place to...
Fiery discussion marks reorganization of Royal Palm education board

Fiery discussion marks reorganization of Royal Palm education board

A fiery, hourlong discussion led to two Education Advisory Board members storming out of Thursday night’s village council meeting as the council narrowly approved a resolution overhauling the board. The measure redefines who can participate, closes a disqualification loophole, sets more specific goals and addresses concerns raised about the board, village staff said. “This resolution...
NEW: Royal Palm Beach village manager earns rave reviews from council

NEW: Royal Palm Beach village manager earns rave reviews from council

It was nothing but glowing reviews for village manager Ray Liggins Thursday night as he received his annual review from the council. “I think our village manager is hitting the high marks,” said councilwoman Jan Rodusky. Liggins’ evaluation is performed every year, regardless of whether his contract is up for renewal. Because this is not a contract-renewal year, Liggins was not eligible...
Royal Palm Beach prepares to demolish Harvin Center this summer

Royal Palm Beach prepares to demolish Harvin Center this summer

After standing for nearly 50 years along Royal Palm Beach Boulevard, the Kevin M. Harvin Center is set to be demolished this summer. Royal Palm Beach’s council in November approved tearing down the aging facility, built in 1969. The village started last month taking the steps required to do the demolition. PAST COVERAGE: Royal Palm Beach to tear down aging Harvin Center That includes a required...
Work begins on sprawling, $15 million Westlake amenities center

Work begins on sprawling, $15 million Westlake amenities center

Palm Beach County’s newest city continues to break ground on new projects, the latest being a large amenities center on the east side of town. Developer Minto broke ground Tuesday on the 15-acre project, which represents a $15 million investment for the company, Minto USA president Mike Belmont said. “This really starts to set the family-friendly lifestyle of the community,” he said...
Wellington: Potential data breach may have exposed information

Wellington: Potential data breach may have exposed information

A possible data breach may have exposed the information of Wellington’s residents and customers, the village said Thursday. Wellington’s billing vendor, Superion, notified the village Wednesday that the company found “vulnerabilities in their software” for the Click2Gov system after customers reported potential unauthorized charges to credit cards used to pay utility bills...
Loxahatchee Groves residents: It’s time to fix ‘deplorable’ dirt roads

Loxahatchee Groves residents: It’s time to fix ‘deplorable’ dirt roads

Residents vented Tuesday night about the conditions of the town’s dirt roads, just hours after a Palm Beach Gardens woman was critically injured when her car plunged into a canal on the east side of the town. Wanda Thompson Cangelosi, 52, of Palm Beach Gardens was driving east on North Road in her Chevy Impala when she failed to navigate the curve to go south on G Road East just before noon...
Loxahatchee Groves residents now able to buy federal flood insurance

Loxahatchee Groves residents now able to buy federal flood insurance

Residents of Loxahatchee Groves now are eligible to buy federally backed flood insurance. The town announced Tuesday that as of May 7, it is a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program. Until last month, Loxahatchee Groves was the only municipality in Palm Beach County not yet a part of the program, federal records show. To participate in the NFIP, Loxahatchee Groves officials had to approve...
NEW: Repaving to begin soon on Paddock Drive in Wellington

NEW: Repaving to begin soon on Paddock Drive in Wellington

Work is set to begin soon to repave Paddock Drive in Wellington. The road will be milled and resurfaced beginning Monday, according to public works director Bruce Wagner. Contractor Ranger Construction will work from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and work is expected to be completed in about two weeks, weather permitting, Wagner said.  The $382,000 project includes Paddock Drive from Greenview Shores...
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