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Lake Worth power outage: Lack of a warning signal concerns officials
 The biggest fail of Lake Worth’s mysterious power outage two weeks ago for Lake Worth utility officials wasn’t the failure of an 8-foot tall current transformer, which caused more than 26,000 customers to be in the dark for hours. Rather, it was the lack of a warning signal — much like an engine service light or low gas...

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The biggest fail of Lake Worth’s mysterious power outage two weeks ago for Lake Worth utility officials wasn’t the failure of an 8-foot tall current transformer, which caused more than 26,000 customers to be in the dark for hours. Rather, it was the lack of a warning signal — much like an engine service light or low gas...
3 fun things happening now — and soon — in Lake Worth
 1. Oliver: The award-winning musical adaptation of the classic Dickens’ novel springs to life at the Lake Worth Playhouse through April 29. Follow Oliver’s journey on the streets of Victorian England from poor house to pickpocket and finally the true love of family. For tickets, click 
               here. 2. Coffee Clatch at...

Posted: 13 hours ago

1. Oliver: The award-winning musical adaptation of the classic Dickens’ novel springs to life at the Lake Worth Playhouse through April 29. Follow Oliver’s journey on the streets of Victorian England from poor house to pickpocket and finally the true love of family. For tickets, click here. 2. Coffee Clatch at...
How to sell a pilot: Lake Worth TV writer to speak at Book Cellar
 When Book Cellar opened late last year, Hal Cantor was really excited. “We were worshipping at their feet,” he said. “Lake Worth needs more places like Book Cellar.” Cantor, a 53-year-old television and film writer, also saw an opportunity for himself. “I met the owner of the store and said I’d love to...

Posted: 2 days ago

When Book Cellar opened late last year, Hal Cantor was really excited. “We were worshipping at their feet,” he said. “Lake Worth needs more places like Book Cellar.” Cantor, a 53-year-old television and film writer, also saw an opportunity for himself. “I met the owner of the store and said I’d love to...
Lake Worth latest city that wants to ban assault weapons
 “Persistence pays off.” Those were the three words Lake Worth Commissioner Herman Robinson said at Tuesday’s meeting, and about 40 minutes before the city unanimously drafted a resolution banning assault weapons in the city. “Guns have become a religion,” Robinson said. “We need to talk about it and it&rsquo...

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“Persistence pays off.” Those were the three words Lake Worth Commissioner Herman Robinson said at Tuesday’s meeting, and about 40 minutes before the city unanimously drafted a resolution banning assault weapons in the city. “Guns have become a religion,” Robinson said. “We need to talk about it and it&rsquo...
Designated beach parking decals for sale in Lake Worth
 Planning to spend some time at the Lake Worth Beach? The city began selling beach parking decals Monday for residents and seasonal residents who live in the 33460 or 33461 zip codes. The beach decal period will be for May 1 to April 30, 2019. The price remains the same at $42.80 for full-time residents and $64.20 for seasonal residents. &ldquo...

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Planning to spend some time at the Lake Worth Beach? The city began selling beach parking decals Monday for residents and seasonal residents who live in the 33460 or 33461 zip codes. The beach decal period will be for May 1 to April 30, 2019. The price remains the same at $42.80 for full-time residents and $64.20 for seasonal residents. &ldquo...
Steven Michael, Hudson Holdings out of Gulfstream Hotel project
 Steven Michael and his company, developer Hudson Holdings, are officially out of the $65 million Gulfstream Hotel renovation project. “I’m emotionally attached to hoping this becomes a successful hotel in Lake Worth,” Michael told The Palm Beach Post Monday morning. “Anything we can do to help them get to...

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Steven Michael and his company, developer Hudson Holdings, are officially out of the $65 million Gulfstream Hotel renovation project. “I’m emotionally attached to hoping this becomes a successful hotel in Lake Worth,” Michael told The Palm Beach Post Monday morning. “Anything we can do to help them get to...
Earth Day coming to Lake Worth April 21
 For the past three years, Brian Kirsch of the Gray Mockingbird Community Garden has been helping the Lake Worth Kiwanis Club stage Earth Day, the city’s annual event. “The Kiwanis Club has been doing Earth Day for the last 18 years,” Kirsch said. “There has been a few years they didn’t have it….but it&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

For the past three years, Brian Kirsch of the Gray Mockingbird Community Garden has been helping the Lake Worth Kiwanis Club stage Earth Day, the city’s annual event. “The Kiwanis Club has been doing Earth Day for the last 18 years,” Kirsch said. “There has been a few years they didn’t have it….but it&rsquo...
NEW: 3 cool things happening this week in Lake Worth
 1. Public charrette: Hosted by the city and CPZ Architects on April 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at HATCH 1121, 1121 Lucerne Avenue. The goal is to get public input on the Lake Worth Beach Complex Conceptual Design Improvements project. All residents are invited to participate and provide suggestions for the upcoming improvement project of the...

Posted: 7 days ago

1. Public charrette: Hosted by the city and CPZ Architects on April 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at HATCH 1121, 1121 Lucerne Avenue. The goal is to get public input on the Lake Worth Beach Complex Conceptual Design Improvements project. All residents are invited to participate and provide suggestions for the upcoming improvement project of the...
When is Lake Worth’s new Peruvian restaurant opening?
 At the start of February, Gonzalo Gutierrez, a co-owner of Victoria’s Pisco Lounge, said his new downtown Peruvian restaurant was going to open in about a month. “This will bring new life and another culture to downtown Lake Worth,” he said of the site at 806 Lake Avenue. But William Waters, the city’s community sustainability...

Posted: 7 days ago

At the start of February, Gonzalo Gutierrez, a co-owner of Victoria’s Pisco Lounge, said his new downtown Peruvian restaurant was going to open in about a month. “This will bring new life and another culture to downtown Lake Worth,” he said of the site at 806 Lake Avenue. But William Waters, the city’s community sustainability...
Lake Worth’s Forgotten Soldiers Outreach staying put thanks to donor
 Forgotten Soldiers Outreach
            won’t have to move. The organization will stay put at the 1,925-square-foot location in Lake Worth at 3550 23rd Avenue, off Boutwell Road, near Interstate 95, thanks to an anonymous donor who has agreed to pay the rent the next three years. “This was a blessing in disguise,” said Lynelle...

Posted: 7 days ago

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach won’t have to move. The organization will stay put at the 1,925-square-foot location in Lake Worth at 3550 23rd Avenue, off Boutwell Road, near Interstate 95, thanks to an anonymous donor who has agreed to pay the rent the next three years. “This was a blessing in disguise,” said Lynelle...
Democrat Berman wins Florida Senate special election in landslide
 Democrat Lori Berman scored a knockout victory over Republican Tami Donnally in Tuesday’s special election to fill the Florida Senate District 31 seat vacated by Democrat Jeff Clemens last fall. According to the final results posted by the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections at 9:44 p.m., Berman won handily, taking 75...

Posted: 10 days ago

Democrat Lori Berman scored a knockout victory over Republican Tami Donnally in Tuesday’s special election to fill the Florida Senate District 31 seat vacated by Democrat Jeff Clemens last fall. According to the final results posted by the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections at 9:44 p.m., Berman won handily, taking 75...
Lake Worth power outage: Residents suffer through a night of misery
 It was a little hotter in Lake Worth last night. At 11:20 p.m., an overhead wire used to divert lightning, broke loose and made contact with an energized, high voltage equipment at the main point of power delivery for Lake Worth Electric Utilities, causing a fire and a power outage. More than 26,000 people in the city woke up this morning...

Posted: 11 days ago

It was a little hotter in Lake Worth last night. At 11:20 p.m., an overhead wire used to divert lightning, broke loose and made contact with an energized, high voltage equipment at the main point of power delivery for Lake Worth Electric Utilities, causing a fire and a power outage. More than 26,000 people in the city woke up this morning...
Lake Worth commissioner adamant: No weapons of war for civilians
 After 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Valentine’s Day, Lake Worth Commissioner Herman Robinson has spoken at four meetings on banning assault weapons in the city. “We’ve been almost morally bankrupt in bringing up weapons in that conversation,” Robinson said last week. &ldquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

After 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Valentine’s Day, Lake Worth Commissioner Herman Robinson has spoken at four meetings on banning assault weapons in the city. “We’ve been almost morally bankrupt in bringing up weapons in that conversation,” Robinson said last week. &ldquo...
3 fun events in Lake Worth happening soon!

Posted: 13 days ago

1. Lake Worth Sidewalk Sale: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., downtown. Looking for nice stuff to buy at a reasonable price? Check out this event. Vendors always welcome. Call 561-398-8340 for information. 2. Lake Worth Farmers Market: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Old Bridge Park. Go get some yummy treats and snacks to enjoy your weekend. 3. Earth...
PREVIEW: Special election to replace Clemens’ Senate seat is Tuesday
 Two women are in a special election Tuesday for the vacant Senate District 31 seat left vacant since late October when Jeff Clemens of Atlantis resigned after admitting to having an affair with a lobbyist. Florida Rep. Lori Berman of Lantana, who handily beat first-time candidate Arthur Morrison on in a Jan. 30 primary, will face Lake Worth&rsquo...

Posted: 14 days ago

Two women are in a special election Tuesday for the vacant Senate District 31 seat left vacant since late October when Jeff Clemens of Atlantis resigned after admitting to having an affair with a lobbyist. Florida Rep. Lori Berman of Lantana, who handily beat first-time candidate Arthur Morrison on in a Jan. 30 primary, will face Lake Worth&rsquo...
More than 27,000 people went to Lake Worth Playhouse last year
 Daniel Eilola, artistic director of the Lake Worth Playhouse, had some good news to spread about the famed theater at Tuesday’s City Commission meeting. Eilola said the Playhouse, one of the oldest and most respected art organizations in Palm Beach County, was asked to conduct a detailed survey with 500 patrons for Americans For The...

Posted: 15 days ago

Daniel Eilola, artistic director of the Lake Worth Playhouse, had some good news to spread about the famed theater at Tuesday’s City Commission meeting. Eilola said the Playhouse, one of the oldest and most respected art organizations in Palm Beach County, was asked to conduct a detailed survey with 500 patrons for Americans For The...
Tacos al Carbon’s new Lake Worth location is doing great, owner says
 It’s been about six months since 
               Tacos al Carbon
             opened on North Dixie Highway in Lake Worth, an eternity in restaurant time. So, I decided to check in with Victor Gonzalez, Jr., the site’s 28-year-old owner, to find how how it’s faring. Question: How are things going? READ: Lake Worth finance...

Posted: 15 days ago

It’s been about six months since Tacos al Carbon opened on North Dixie Highway in Lake Worth, an eternity in restaurant time. So, I decided to check in with Victor Gonzalez, Jr., the site’s 28-year-old owner, to find how how it’s faring. Question: How are things going? READ: Lake Worth finance...
Lake Worth finance advisory head out on possible Sunshine violations
 Lake Worth Commissioners fired finance advisory board chairman Richard Guercio on Tuesday for possible Sunshine Law violations. City Attorney Glen Torcivia said Guercio unilaterally called a board meeting on Sept. 18 at a downtown Lake Worth restaurant, giving members only 28 hours notice. “He didn’t have the authority to call...

Posted: 16 days ago

Lake Worth Commissioners fired finance advisory board chairman Richard Guercio on Tuesday for possible Sunshine Law violations. City Attorney Glen Torcivia said Guercio unilaterally called a board meeting on Sept. 18 at a downtown Lake Worth restaurant, giving members only 28 hours notice. “He didn’t have the authority to call...
Lake Worth passes future land-use map changes
 In an attempt to make Lake Worth the best version of itself, city commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting passed a controversial future land-use map change that won’t introduce high rises into the city or turn Lake Worth into Delray Beach or West Palm Beach. “We’re at a critical point where it’s time to build or set...

Posted: 16 days ago

In an attempt to make Lake Worth the best version of itself, city commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting passed a controversial future land-use map change that won’t introduce high rises into the city or turn Lake Worth into Delray Beach or West Palm Beach. “We’re at a critical point where it’s time to build or set...
New Lake Worth women’s boutique specializes in resort, evening wear
 Magnolia Boutique
            , a new woman’s clothing store in downtown Lake Worth, is now open at 11 S. J Street. “We had a cocktail reception (at the end of March) just to welcome our new neighbors,” said Phyllis Plaskett-Brooks, store co-owner and chief merchandising officer, said. “We had about 30 people attend...

Posted: 18 days ago

Magnolia Boutique , a new woman’s clothing store in downtown Lake Worth, is now open at 11 S. J Street. “We had a cocktail reception (at the end of March) just to welcome our new neighbors,” said Phyllis Plaskett-Brooks, store co-owner and chief merchandising officer, said. “We had about 30 people attend...
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