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Record Store Day: Why are so many vinyl record stores opening in Palm Beach County?
 Analogopolis Records, Films, Games & Things is a mouthful of a title for a record store. Let owner Tom Procyk explain. “There are all these record stores with crazy names,” he said. “I was looking for something hard to say and hard to pronounce, but once you hear it you won’t forget it.” The 36-year-old music...

Posted: 2 days ago

Analogopolis Records, Films, Games & Things is a mouthful of a title for a record store. Let owner Tom Procyk explain. “There are all these record stores with crazy names,” he said. “I was looking for something hard to say and hard to pronounce, but once you hear it you won’t forget it.” The 36-year-old music...
9 great walks in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Tequesta, Singer Island
 If you’re out for a walk in northern Palm Beach County, there are many familiar spots. Maybe too familiar — just look at all the strollers, runners and bikers crowding any oceanside stretch of A1A from Juno to Jupiter. Perhaps you’re seeking some place not so well-trod, slightly apart from the traffic and bustle, a place...

Posted: 18 days ago

If you’re out for a walk in northern Palm Beach County, there are many familiar spots. Maybe too familiar — just look at all the strollers, runners and bikers crowding any oceanside stretch of A1A from Juno to Jupiter. Perhaps you’re seeking some place not so well-trod, slightly apart from the traffic and bustle, a place...
National Take a Walk in a Park Day: 10 best parks in Palm Beach County
 Amphitheatres. Equestrian centers. Fishing lakes. Golf courses. Artificial reefs. Water parks. Nature exhibits. Aquatic centers. There’s a lot more going on in Palm Beach County’s parks than you might realize. The county runs 83 parks, from tiny playgrounds to thousand-acre behemoths (and then there are state parks, beach...

Posted: 24 days ago

Amphitheatres. Equestrian centers. Fishing lakes. Golf courses. Artificial reefs. Water parks. Nature exhibits. Aquatic centers. There’s a lot more going on in Palm Beach County’s parks than you might realize. The county runs 83 parks, from tiny playgrounds to thousand-acre behemoths (and then there are state parks, beach...
Publix isn’t the oldest grocery store in Palm Beach County. This is.
 The traffic never stops here at The Federal Market. Barefoot guys in T-shirts and shorts. Snowbirds in sports cars. Nearby residents picking up supplies. Vets, day laborers, dog walkers — they’re all streaming in and out of this two-story house at 211 S. Federal Highway in Lake Worth. What do they want? Lotto tickets...

Posted: 27 days ago

The traffic never stops here at The Federal Market. Barefoot guys in T-shirts and shorts. Snowbirds in sports cars. Nearby residents picking up supplies. Vets, day laborers, dog walkers — they’re all streaming in and out of this two-story house at 211 S. Federal Highway in Lake Worth. What do they want? Lotto tickets...
Flashback: Alfred Hitchcock’s forgotten connection to Singer Island
 Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece “Vertigo” returns to the big screen Sunday for its 60th anniversary, so here’s a question to make trivia buffs dizzy: What is the Master of Suspense’s connection to northern Palm Beach County? The director rarely visited Florida, and newspaper accounts indicate that he stopped...

11:30 AM Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece “Vertigo” returns to the big screen Sunday for its 60th anniversary, so here’s a question to make trivia buffs dizzy: What is the Master of Suspense’s connection to northern Palm Beach County? The director rarely visited Florida, and newspaper accounts indicate that he stopped...
Before Publix: The lost, forgotten history of local grocery stores
 A&P, Pantry Pride, Food Fair, Food Lion, Piggly Wiggly, Kwik Chek, Albertson’s, Grand Union. Over the decades, many chain grocery stores have arrived with fanfare in Palm Beach County and slowly dwindled away. Is Winn-Dixie  next? The chain with roots in South Florida recently announced that it may be closing a third...

11:15 AM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

A&P, Pantry Pride, Food Fair, Food Lion, Piggly Wiggly, Kwik Chek, Albertson’s, Grand Union. Over the decades, many chain grocery stores have arrived with fanfare in Palm Beach County and slowly dwindled away. Is Winn-Dixie  next? The chain with roots in South Florida recently announced that it may be closing a third...
Which rock celebrity got a key to the city from West Palm Beach mayor?
 A lot of weird things have happened in city politics over the years in West Palm Beach. But this is still one of the weirdest: The day in February 2010 when then-mayor Lois Frankel gave a key to the city to Ozzy Osbourne. No, we don’t know exactly why. But it rocked. The Black Sabbath singer, reality TV star and the man who put...

12:15 AM Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

A lot of weird things have happened in city politics over the years in West Palm Beach. But this is still one of the weirdest: The day in February 2010 when then-mayor Lois Frankel gave a key to the city to Ozzy Osbourne. No, we don’t know exactly why. But it rocked. The Black Sabbath singer, reality TV star and the man who put...
Vinyl memories: Palm Beach County’s lost, forgotten record stores
 Music lovers have it made nowadays. You log into Spotify, find a song, click on it. Stick in your earbuds. Done. So why do we persist in a nostalgic reverie about the good old days of vinyl, when you actually had to get in your car and drive somewhere to buy music? When you needed a weirdly-shaped yellow plastic insert to play a...

2:25 PM Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

Music lovers have it made nowadays. You log into Spotify, find a song, click on it. Stick in your earbuds. Done. So why do we persist in a nostalgic reverie about the good old days of vinyl, when you actually had to get in your car and drive somewhere to buy music? When you needed a weirdly-shaped yellow plastic insert to play a...
Happy birthday, Jupiter! Check out what beach, roads used to look like
 Happy early 93rd birthday, Jupiter! The town’s official incorporation date isn’t til Feb. 9, but the party kicks off this Saturday with the annual Jupiter Jubilee. Of course, if there hadn’t been a bilingual misunderstanding, we’d all be going: Happy birthday, Jobe! Or Jove. Depending which story you believe,...

12:15 AM Friday, Feb. 02, 2018

Happy early 93rd birthday, Jupiter! The town’s official incorporation date isn’t til Feb. 9, but the party kicks off this Saturday with the annual Jupiter Jubilee. Of course, if there hadn’t been a bilingual misunderstanding, we’d all be going: Happy birthday, Jobe! Or Jove. Depending which story you believe,...
What are those weird sounds inside the ex-Macy’s building at CityPlace?
 They gave him a key, and 24-hour access. He walked into the abandoned Macy’s building at CityPlace with microphones and a camera attached to his baseball cap. He wandered around the cavernous, empty space for days at a time. He looked. But, mostly, he listened. And from it all, internationally renowned sound artist Stephen...

4:38 PM Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018

They gave him a key, and 24-hour access. He walked into the abandoned Macy’s building at CityPlace with microphones and a camera attached to his baseball cap. He wandered around the cavernous, empty space for days at a time. He looked. But, mostly, he listened. And from it all, internationally renowned sound artist Stephen...
Neil Diamond’s first concert in Palm Beach County might surprise you
 A song sung blue: Neil Diamond announced Tuesday that he will no longer tour because he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. His last South Florida concert was in April at the BB& T Centre in Broward County. But you might be surprised about one of his first concerts in Palm Beach County: It was a benefit show for candy stripers...

10:17 PM Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

A song sung blue: Neil Diamond announced Tuesday that he will no longer tour because he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. His last South Florida concert was in April at the BB& T Centre in Broward County. But you might be surprised about one of his first concerts in Palm Beach County: It was a benefit show for candy stripers...
Jimmy Webb: ‘Special night of music,’ salute to Glen Campbell in Delray
 He’s not searching in the sun for another overload. He’ll just settle for some sun. Singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb, the man who wrote “Wichita Lineman,” “By The Time I Get to Phoenix,” “MacArthur Park” and many other hits, is appearing Wednesday at the Crest Theater in Delray Beach. “I&rsquo...

12:15 AM Monday, Jan. 22, 2018

He’s not searching in the sun for another overload. He’ll just settle for some sun. Singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb, the man who wrote “Wichita Lineman,” “By The Time I Get to Phoenix,” “MacArthur Park” and many other hits, is appearing Wednesday at the Crest Theater in Delray Beach. “I&rsquo...
Burt Reynolds: The real reason I walk with a cane nowadays
 For those who’ve wondered about actor Burt Reynolds walking with a cane in recent years, he’s got a simple answer for you: It adds style to a senior’s step. “I have no health issues at all now,” Reynolds told “The Desert Sun” newspaper in Palm Springs, Calif. “I have a cane, which...

12:15 AM Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

For those who’ve wondered about actor Burt Reynolds walking with a cane in recent years, he’s got a simple answer for you: It adds style to a senior’s step. “I have no health issues at all now,” Reynolds told “The Desert Sun” newspaper in Palm Springs, Calif. “I have a cane, which...
Did you know this Palm Beach music celebrity is 73 years old today?
 Happy Birthday to rocker Rod Stewart. The part-time Palm Beacher turns 73 years old today.  The singer of “Hot Legs,” “Maggie May” and “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?”  made headline news in 2016 when he was knighted  in England by Prince William for his “services to music and charity...

12:45 AM Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Happy Birthday to rocker Rod Stewart. The part-time Palm Beacher turns 73 years old today.  The singer of “Hot Legs,” “Maggie May” and “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?”  made headline news in 2016 when he was knighted in England by Prince William for his “services to music and charity...
What drugged-up rock star changed his life in Jupiter 32 years ago?
 David Crosby was a fugitive from justice and a freebasing cocaine fiend when he arrived at a boat dock in Jupiter on Dec. 12, 1985. It wasn’t the happiest of holidays. The rock and roll legend was “isolated, frightened, paranoid and broke,” as he later wrote in a memoir. The previous August, he had failed to appear at a...

12:15 AM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

David Crosby was a fugitive from justice and a freebasing cocaine fiend when he arrived at a boat dock in Jupiter on Dec. 12, 1985. It wasn’t the happiest of holidays. The rock and roll legend was “isolated, frightened, paranoid and broke,” as he later wrote in a memoir. The previous August, he had failed to appear at a...
'Frosty' display on interstate puts Florida commuters in holiday mood
 Sound barriers. Concrete overpasses. Amber Alert signs. Weary Florida commuters on I-95 have little to see that pleases the eye. And, then, there he is: a smiling goofball, with top hat cocked, a corncob pipe in his mouth and his gigantic green mittens hanging over the roof of the Cheney Brothers food distribution headquarters in Riviera...

1:55 PM Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

Sound barriers. Concrete overpasses. Amber Alert signs. Weary Florida commuters on I-95 have little to see that pleases the eye. And, then, there he is: a smiling goofball, with top hat cocked, a corncob pipe in his mouth and his gigantic green mittens hanging over the roof of the Cheney Brothers food distribution headquarters in Riviera...
This big Interstate 95 display will get you in the Christmas spirit
 Sound barriers. Concrete overpasses. Amber alert signs. Weary commuters on Interstate 95 have little to see that pleases the eye. And, then, there he is: A smiling goofball, with top hat cocked, a corncob pipe in mouth and his gigantic green mittens hanging over the roof of the Cheney Brothers food distribution headquarters...

12:15 AM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

Sound barriers. Concrete overpasses. Amber alert signs. Weary commuters on Interstate 95 have little to see that pleases the eye. And, then, there he is: A smiling goofball, with top hat cocked, a corncob pipe in mouth and his gigantic green mittens hanging over the roof of the Cheney Brothers food distribution headquarters...
Broadway actor, stunning set make Maltz Jupiter’s “Newsies” a must-see
 Stagnant wages. Rapacious business practices. A widening abyss between the haves and have-nots. Ripped from the headlines of 2017? Try 1899. With a sprinkling of Disney magic, the squalor of living and working conditions in turn-of-the-century Manhattan is transformed into a rousing evening of song, dance, romance and social protest...

3:47 PM Friday, Dec. 01, 2017

Stagnant wages. Rapacious business practices. A widening abyss between the haves and have-nots. Ripped from the headlines of 2017? Try 1899. With a sprinkling of Disney magic, the squalor of living and working conditions in turn-of-the-century Manhattan is transformed into a rousing evening of song, dance, romance and social protest...
When the Rolling Stones played and partied in north Palm Beach County
 Dressed in a glammy cape, long red scarf and Uncle Sam hat, Mick Jagger surveyed the concert crowd. This couldn’t be what he was expecting. Two days before, he had been fronting a packed show at Madison Square Garden. Now, only a few thousand people were standing around this rural Palm Beach County race track. It was 4 in...

12:30 AM Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

Dressed in a glammy cape, long red scarf and Uncle Sam hat, Mick Jagger surveyed the concert crowd. This couldn’t be what he was expecting. Two days before, he had been fronting a packed show at Madison Square Garden. Now, only a few thousand people were standing around this rural Palm Beach County race track. It was 4 in...
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