Barbara Marshall

Barbara Marshall writes profiles of interesting people and stories that tug at the heart strings, as well as features about Florida travel and local history.

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Hurricane prep: What's the best roof?
 Age and improper installation caused most roof failures in the 2004 and 2005 hurricanes. Metal roofs had the fewest problems, followed by tiles applied with concrete or foam adhesive. 
Nailed-on tiles didn’t fare as well. 
Shingle roofs came off in the thousands. 
When was your roof installed? Roofs installed after the...

Posted: 6 hours ago

Age and improper installation caused most roof failures in the 2004 and 2005 hurricanes. Metal roofs had the fewest problems, followed by tiles applied with concrete or foam adhesive.  Nailed-on tiles didn’t fare as well.  Shingle roofs came off in the thousands.  When was your roof installed? Roofs installed after the...
Top restaurants to dock and dine in Palm Beach County
 Going out to dinner and drinks by boat is one of the perks of living in Palm Beach County, where the Intracoastal Waterway is our aquatic I-95. Whether you’re sticky and salt-covered from a day on the water or dressed for a romantic sunset cruise, there’s a dockside joint to fit your mood.  This is the kind of beach...

Posted: 25 days ago

Going out to dinner and drinks by boat is one of the perks of living in Palm Beach County, where the Intracoastal Waterway is our aquatic I-95. Whether you’re sticky and salt-covered from a day on the water or dressed for a romantic sunset cruise, there’s a dockside joint to fit your mood.  This is the kind of beach...
National Thrift Store Day: You should be shopping at these local thrift stores
 People are passionate about their favorite thrift store! And they do offer a fun way to find unique items at bargain prices. We are lucky Palm Beach County is a wealthy area, which means first-class cast-offs can be found at area re-sale shops while sometimes supporting a good cause at the same time. Here’s a list of some of our...

3:56 PM Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

People are passionate about their favorite thrift store! And they do offer a fun way to find unique items at bargain prices. We are lucky Palm Beach County is a wealthy area, which means first-class cast-offs can be found at area re-sale shops while sometimes supporting a good cause at the same time. Here’s a list of some of our...
Memorial Day 2018: Peanut Island Guide - Things to know before you go
 Every big holiday weekend that involves beach, fun and sand has to include ‘Peanut’ That’s what the locals call Peanut Island, the 80-acre tropical island located at the west end of the Palm Beach (Lake Worth) Inlet. It’s a get-there-by-only-boat county park, where long strings of boats raft up while hundreds...

4:28 PM Monday, May. 21, 2018

Every big holiday weekend that involves beach, fun and sand has to include ‘Peanut’ That’s what the locals call Peanut Island, the 80-acre tropical island located at the west end of the Palm Beach (Lake Worth) Inlet. It’s a get-there-by-only-boat county park, where long strings of boats raft up while hundreds...
What are the planned changes for West Palm’s hip Warehouse District?
 From his used car dealership across the street, Rolf Schilter gazed at Grandview Public Market’s gleaming white building with its large mural of tropical leaves and shook his head. “It’s a nice place but for people from somewhere else; it’s not for the people around here,” said Schilter. “A $15 salad?...

11:15 AM Thursday, May. 03, 2018

From his used car dealership across the street, Rolf Schilter gazed at Grandview Public Market’s gleaming white building with its large mural of tropical leaves and shook his head. “It’s a nice place but for people from somewhere else; it’s not for the people around here,” said Schilter. “A $15 salad?...
Why is everybody in Palm Beach Gardens going crazy for this sport?
 Think pickleball is only for the Velcro shoes-and-Bengay set? That it’s reputation as a easy game for seniors makes it too tame for the CrossFit crowd? Eric Ah-Yuen understands. Not long ago, the former professional athlete turned athletic trainer held the same opinion about the racquet sport that’s booming in popularity...

12:00 AM Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018

Think pickleball is only for the Velcro shoes-and-Bengay set? That it’s reputation as a easy game for seniors makes it too tame for the CrossFit crowd? Eric Ah-Yuen understands. Not long ago, the former professional athlete turned athletic trainer held the same opinion about the racquet sport that’s booming in popularity...
How Dan Rather, at 86, is getting a new online, millennial audience
 At 86 — even he can’t believe that advanced number — Dan Rather seems more relevant today than he was during 44 years at CBS News, 24 of them anchoring the network’s Evening News. His pithy rebukes to President Donald Trump go out to his 2.7 million followers on Facebook and 370,000 on Twitter...

4:36 PM Wednesday, Apr. 04, 2018

At 86 — even he can’t believe that advanced number — Dan Rather seems more relevant today than he was during 44 years at CBS News, 24 of them anchoring the network’s Evening News. His pithy rebukes to President Donald Trump go out to his 2.7 million followers on Facebook and 370,000 on Twitter...
Rare Photos: Before Trump, Kennedys visited Palm Beach for Easter
 With Donald Trump scheduled to arrive today, it has been 55 years since former President John F. Kennedy visited Palm Beach during Easter weekend. In April, 1963, when John F. Kennedy and his family spent his last Easter on the island, near his father’s winter home on the north end. For two local residents, that time...

12:53 AM Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018

With Donald Trump scheduled to arrive today, it has been 55 years since former President John F. Kennedy visited Palm Beach during Easter weekend. In April, 1963, when John F. Kennedy and his family spent his last Easter on the island, near his father’s winter home on the north end. For two local residents, that time...
Why Florida novelist Tim Dorsey returns to Riviera Beach every year
 Tim Dorsey hauls himself behind the wheel of an old, dirty, scratched-up Lincoln Town car that would look at home at a down-at-the-heels retirement village. The air conditioner has quit, a few none-too-clean tropical shirts hang precariously from hangers in the back while various papers and what look like rags populate the front seat. One...

11:15 AM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

Tim Dorsey hauls himself behind the wheel of an old, dirty, scratched-up Lincoln Town car that would look at home at a down-at-the-heels retirement village. The air conditioner has quit, a few none-too-clean tropical shirts hang precariously from hangers in the back while various papers and what look like rags populate the front seat. One...
NEW: Man ordered held without bail related to arson, homicide
 A Miami man will remain in the Palm Beach County jail while waiting for a grand jury to consider murder charges against him following a woman’s death in a trailer fire Saturday near West Palm Beach. Speaking through an interpreter, a judge Sunday told Yulexis Soto Rodriguez, 40, that no bond would be set for him on a slew of charges...

4:29 PM Sunday, Mar. 18, 2018

A Miami man will remain in the Palm Beach County jail while waiting for a grand jury to consider murder charges against him following a woman’s death in a trailer fire Saturday near West Palm Beach. Speaking through an interpreter, a judge Sunday told Yulexis Soto Rodriguez, 40, that no bond would be set for him on a slew of charges...
JUST IN: West Palm man held without bail in Belvedere Road shootings
 A judge Sunday refused to set bond for a man charged with murder following a shooting and car crash last month that left three people dead and closed a stretch of Belvedere Road for hours. Derek Jupiter, 20, of suburban West Palm Beach will remain in jail on first-degree murder charges while his case is reviewed by a grand jury, ordered Judge...

4:12 PM Sunday, Mar. 18, 2018

A judge Sunday refused to set bond for a man charged with murder following a shooting and car crash last month that left three people dead and closed a stretch of Belvedere Road for hours. Derek Jupiter, 20, of suburban West Palm Beach will remain in jail on first-degree murder charges while his case is reviewed by a grand jury, ordered Judge...