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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...

Posted: 20 days ago

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...
Florida’s highest court says OK to red-light cameras
 The state Supreme Court on Thursday gave a green light to the contentious red-light camera programs. The question now is whether cities will step on the gas. “We have no plans to revisit the program. Period,” West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio said. The high court wrestled with whether an outside company could review the photograph...

Posted: 21 days ago

The state Supreme Court on Thursday gave a green light to the contentious red-light camera programs. The question now is whether cities will step on the gas. “We have no plans to revisit the program. Period,” West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio said. The high court wrestled with whether an outside company could review the photograph...
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...

Posted: 22 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 22 days ago

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...
This weekend in Boynton: Outdoor movie, park cleanup, school play
 1- Movies in the Park The Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is hosting this free event Friday at 8:30 p.m. “The Incredibles” will be shown on a large inflatable screen at the Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre, 129 E. Ocean Ave. Attendees should bring their own beach chairs or blankets. Food, snacks and beverages will be available...

Posted: 23 days ago

1- Movies in the Park The Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is hosting this free event Friday at 8:30 p.m. “The Incredibles” will be shown on a large inflatable screen at the Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre, 129 E. Ocean Ave. Attendees should bring their own beach chairs or blankets. Food, snacks and beverages will be available...
Parkland shooting: Father of Meadow Pollack files wrongful death suit
 Andrew Pollack said he doesn’t care about the money. Even if he wins the lawsuit, he said, he wouldn’t keep it for himself. But Pollack has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the following: - Suburban Boynton Beach resident Scot Peterson, because he says he wants the public to know that the former school resource officer...

Posted: 23 days ago

Andrew Pollack said he doesn’t care about the money. Even if he wins the lawsuit, he said, he wouldn’t keep it for himself. But Pollack has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the following: - Suburban Boynton Beach resident Scot Peterson, because he says he wants the public to know that the former school resource officer...
JUST IN: Boynton Beach to move forward with pursuing allowing dogs at Oceanfront Park
 UPDATE at  9 p.m. Tuesday: After a spirited discussion, the majority of the City Commission decided to move forward with the idea to allow dogs at Oceanfront Park beach for a trial period.  Vice Mayor Christina Romelus and Commissioner Mack McCray voted against the move.  Commissioners and the public raised several questions...

Posted: 24 days ago

UPDATE at 9 p.m. Tuesday: After a spirited discussion, the majority of the City Commission decided to move forward with the idea to allow dogs at Oceanfront Park beach for a trial period.  Vice Mayor Christina Romelus and Commissioner Mack McCray voted against the move.  Commissioners and the public raised several questions...
4 shot, 1 dead in nightclub shooting in suburban West Palm Beach
 Only eight hours had passed since the nightclub next door was the scene of a fatal shooting that left three others injured, and church was about to start. Allen Mortin, a deacon at Living Word Christian Community, wanted the parishioners to feel safe while they walked in so he stood outside, acting more like a security officer. He greeted...

Posted: 26 days ago

Only eight hours had passed since the nightclub next door was the scene of a fatal shooting that left three others injured, and church was about to start. Allen Mortin, a deacon at Living Word Christian Community, wanted the parishioners to feel safe while they walked in so he stood outside, acting more like a security officer. He greeted...
Driver named in Delray Beach crash that killed four on South Federal Highway
 A 21-year-old who recently moved from Fort Lauderdale to Delray Beach and is in a pretrial diversion program for a burglary charge plowed into a minivan Saturday night, killing the four people inside. Paul Wilson Streater, who was driving a Chevy Silverado truck, stayed at the scene and is cooperating with city police. He was allowed...

Posted: 26 days ago

A 21-year-old who recently moved from Fort Lauderdale to Delray Beach and is in a pretrial diversion program for a burglary charge plowed into a minivan Saturday night, killing the four people inside. Paul Wilson Streater, who was driving a Chevy Silverado truck, stayed at the scene and is cooperating with city police. He was allowed...
Parkland shooting: Hair Club founder helps a father’s passionate pitch
 Despite vast differences in lifestyle and background, Sy Sperling, whose previously bald head made him and his Hair Club for Men famous, actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Andrew Pollack, a father living in Coral Springs, have all found common ground. Pollack’s daughter, Meadow Pollack, was one of 17 students and adults killed...

Posted: 27 days ago

Despite vast differences in lifestyle and background, Sy Sperling, whose previously bald head made him and his Hair Club for Men famous, actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Andrew Pollack, a father living in Coral Springs, have all found common ground. Pollack’s daughter, Meadow Pollack, was one of 17 students and adults killed...
Boynton’s director of public works has adventurous retirement plan
 “Jeff Livergood’s retiring. Good freakin’ riddance.” That’s what Livergood, the city’s director of public works and engineering for nearly 18 years wanted his final send-off to be — no attention or farewell party. But City Manager Lori LaVerriere gave him a nod and a word at a recent commission meeting...

Posted: 27 days ago

“Jeff Livergood’s retiring. Good freakin’ riddance.” That’s what Livergood, the city’s director of public works and engineering for nearly 18 years wanted his final send-off to be — no attention or farewell party. But City Manager Lori LaVerriere gave him a nod and a word at a recent commission meeting...
Single-family homes plan scrapped in Boynton Beach for more apartments
 A developer tossed his plan to bring 115 single-family homes to the western part of the city off Congress Avenue and instead proposes more apartments and townhomes. Boca Raton-based JKM Developers has asked the City Commission to approve its change for the Cortina project in Boynton Village and Town Center, on the east side of Congress at...

Posted: 28 days ago

A developer tossed his plan to bring 115 single-family homes to the western part of the city off Congress Avenue and instead proposes more apartments and townhomes. Boca Raton-based JKM Developers has asked the City Commission to approve its change for the Cortina project in Boynton Village and Town Center, on the east side of Congress at...
Boynton Beach event celebrates fishing, chili and first responders
 Boynton Beach’s firefighters help drivers injured in crashes, families whose houses disappear in a cloud of smoke and flames and victims of violent crimes. It turns out they’re good at a few other things, too: chili and fishing. Their skills and creativity were on display this past Saturday at the 13th Boynton Beach Firefighter...

Posted: 29 days ago

Boynton Beach’s firefighters help drivers injured in crashes, families whose houses disappear in a cloud of smoke and flames and victims of violent crimes. It turns out they’re good at a few other things, too: chili and fishing. Their skills and creativity were on display this past Saturday at the 13th Boynton Beach Firefighter...
Weekend events in Boynton: Learn a language, children’s storytime
 1- Surfing for children with special needs The city is partnering with For the Love of Surfing to teach children with special needs how to surf. The event is Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Oceanfront Park, 6415 N Ocean Blvd. For the Love of Surfing is a free program developed by Future 6. For information, contact info@f6helpinghand...

3:17 PM Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018

1- Surfing for children with special needs The city is partnering with For the Love of Surfing to teach children with special needs how to surf. The event is Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Oceanfront Park, 6415 N Ocean Blvd. For the Love of Surfing is a free program developed by Future 6. For information, contact info@f6helpinghand...
NEW: Boynton residents fume as drivers speed in secret cut-through
 Charles Kanter sees it. Traffic backs up on Gateway Boulevard near the Interstate 95 interchange and a string of cars line up to turn onto Quantum Boulevard to bypass traffic. The Quantum-to-Congress-to-Hypoluxo route is becoming all too common and brings another annoyance to the neighborhood — speeding. Kanter and his neighbors in...

7:56 PM Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018

Charles Kanter sees it. Traffic backs up on Gateway Boulevard near the Interstate 95 interchange and a string of cars line up to turn onto Quantum Boulevard to bypass traffic. The Quantum-to-Congress-to-Hypoluxo route is becoming all too common and brings another annoyance to the neighborhood — speeding. Kanter and his neighbors in...
Renaissance Commons’ final residential phase in Boynton Beach complete
 Construction of the 86-acre Renaissance Commons’ final residential community is complete and a grand-opening event is Friday. The community, called Santorini, has 226 one- and two-bedroom units in two, six-story buildings. It’s on Renaissance Commons Boulevard behind Sage Dental and Jersey Mike’s Subs. Owner Compson Associates...

5:47 PM Monday, Apr. 23, 2018

Construction of the 86-acre Renaissance Commons’ final residential community is complete and a grand-opening event is Friday. The community, called Santorini, has 226 one- and two-bedroom units in two, six-story buildings. It’s on Renaissance Commons Boulevard behind Sage Dental and Jersey Mike’s Subs. Owner Compson Associates...
Boynton to buy programs to improve garbage pick up, 911 dispatch
 Residents could notice an improvement in the city’s 911 dispatch and garbage pick-up services following the 
               City Commission’s
             approval last week for staff to buy upgraded programs for both. The city’s dispatch program now requires call-takers to ask irrelevant information and provides instructions...

8:10 PM Friday, Apr. 20, 2018

Residents could notice an improvement in the city’s 911 dispatch and garbage pick-up services following the City Commission’s approval last week for staff to buy upgraded programs for both. The city’s dispatch program now requires call-takers to ask irrelevant information and provides instructions...
Developer proposes more apartments in Boynton Beach, off Gateway
 A developer wants to bring more apartments to the city off 
               Gateway Boulevard
             just east of Renaissance Commons, and would call them Quantum Lake Villas West. Olen Development proposes 104 rental apartments in four, two-story buildings on 4.4 acres. There would be 80 one-bedroom units and 24 two-bedroom units. Sign...

3:46 PM Friday, Apr. 20, 2018

A developer wants to bring more apartments to the city off Gateway Boulevard just east of Renaissance Commons, and would call them Quantum Lake Villas West. Olen Development proposes 104 rental apartments in four, two-story buildings on 4.4 acres. There would be 80 one-bedroom units and 24 two-bedroom units. Sign...
Boynton’s City Hall, police station and library to temporarily move
 Starting this summer, 
               residents
            will pay water bills, check out books and file police reports in a makeshift City Hall, library and police station. The city will temporarily move the three for about two years while the current buildings are torn down to make space for new, up-to-date ones as part of the $250 million...

7:43 PM Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

Starting this summer, residents will pay water bills, check out books and file police reports in a makeshift City Hall, library and police station. The city will temporarily move the three for about two years while the current buildings are torn down to make space for new, up-to-date ones as part of the $250 million...
Take a sneak peek inside Boynton’s remodeled historic high school
 When the public visits Boynton Beach’s historic high school next year in its new capacity as a civic and cultural arts center, they’ll see the 1927 building’s original southern pine wood, the terracotta construction, the 12-inch thick walls and its concrete beams. They’ll see the same stairways students and teachers...

10:00 AM Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

When the public visits Boynton Beach’s historic high school next year in its new capacity as a civic and cultural arts center, they’ll see the 1927 building’s original southern pine wood, the terracotta construction, the 12-inch thick walls and its concrete beams. They’ll see the same stairways students and teachers...
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