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Competing signs send conflicting message on Gardens ballot question
 Dueling signs outside an early voting site could confuse voters on a city ballot question. RELATED: Palm Beach Gardens voters to get 3 ballot questions in August The nearly identical signs from two opposing factions are side-by-side in the landscaping median of the Gardens Branch of the Palm Beach County Library. One sign on a plain white...

Posted: 3 days ago

Dueling signs outside an early voting site could confuse voters on a city ballot question. RELATED: Palm Beach Gardens voters to get 3 ballot questions in August The nearly identical signs from two opposing factions are side-by-side in the landscaping median of the Gardens Branch of the Palm Beach County Library. One sign on a plain white...
What’s the deal with that pyramid atop new Gardens office tower on PGA?
 People have one of two reactions to the prominent, white pyramid atop the newest office tower on PGA Boulevard: they either love it or hate it. RELATED: Pyramid promise: New Palm Beach Gardens towers set to lure firms The 58-foot pyramid on a gleaming, 11-story office building on the outskirts of Downtown at the Gardens is easy to see from...

Posted: 4 days ago

People have one of two reactions to the prominent, white pyramid atop the newest office tower on PGA Boulevard: they either love it or hate it. RELATED: Pyramid promise: New Palm Beach Gardens towers set to lure firms The 58-foot pyramid on a gleaming, 11-story office building on the outskirts of Downtown at the Gardens is easy to see from...
In Gardens: Safari party, rockin’ ‘pink’ cycling, college football roast
 SAFARI PARTY Lion Country Safari animal keepers will help children explore how hedgehogs hunt for dinner, how big a tortoise can grow and if owls really are wise. They can capture all the memories from the encounter in an interactive photo booth in the Kids’ Clubhouse in the Nordstrom Court at The Gardens Mall. Children will also get...

Posted: 4 days ago

SAFARI PARTY Lion Country Safari animal keepers will help children explore how hedgehogs hunt for dinner, how big a tortoise can grow and if owls really are wise. They can capture all the memories from the encounter in an interactive photo booth in the Kids’ Clubhouse in the Nordstrom Court at The Gardens Mall. Children will also get...
School employees give sick days for Gardens High teacher’s cancer fight
 World history teacher Robert Goodman burned so many sick days fighting colon cancer last spring that he was scheduling chemo around his classes this fall. But a spontaneous Facebook plea went viral, and nearly 60 other teachers and school employees from Jupiter to Boca donated their sick days so that Goodman can fight colon cancer full time...

Posted: 5 days ago

World history teacher Robert Goodman burned so many sick days fighting colon cancer last spring that he was scheduling chemo around his classes this fall. But a spontaneous Facebook plea went viral, and nearly 60 other teachers and school employees from Jupiter to Boca donated their sick days so that Goodman can fight colon cancer full time...
Some Gardens homeowners can replace roofs and windows at no cost
 Homeowners with the lowest incomes and often the oldest houses are reaping the benefits of federal grant dollars doled out to patch roofs and replace windows — anything to “harden” up against a hurricane. Take, for example, Christin O’Connor’s house on Holly Drive. Her unfinished roof leaked for eight years,...

Posted: 6 days ago

Homeowners with the lowest incomes and often the oldest houses are reaping the benefits of federal grant dollars doled out to patch roofs and replace windows — anything to “harden” up against a hurricane. Take, for example, Christin O’Connor’s house on Holly Drive. Her unfinished roof leaked for eight years,...
North county pirate-themed bar getting overhaul after grease fire
 A popular north county watering hole is getting an overhaul after it was ravaged by a fast-moving grease fire. The Pirate’s Well in an unincorporated pocket near Lake Park has been closed since the blaze that broke out about 6 a.m. Mother’s Day, owner Larry Marble said. A banner hanging on the side of the bar announces &ldquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

A popular north county watering hole is getting an overhaul after it was ravaged by a fast-moving grease fire. The Pirate’s Well in an unincorporated pocket near Lake Park has been closed since the blaze that broke out about 6 a.m. Mother’s Day, owner Larry Marble said. A banner hanging on the side of the bar announces &ldquo...
Raise a pint for 31,000 acres of pristine wilderness to explore in PBC
 In the early morning light, a great blue heron, two great egrets and white ibis soar above 2,000 acres of wilderness along Indiantown Road in search of breakfast. The croaking of frogs and high-pitched calls of black-bellied whistling ducks pierce the air before the sun rises over a restored wetland. The smooth, black surface of the...

Posted: 11 days ago

In the early morning light, a great blue heron, two great egrets and white ibis soar above 2,000 acres of wilderness along Indiantown Road in search of breakfast. The croaking of frogs and high-pitched calls of black-bellied whistling ducks pierce the air before the sun rises over a restored wetland. The smooth, black surface of the...
Car burglars caught on home security video in Palm Beach Gardens
 City police are warning residents to lock their car doors and be diligent about removing valuables in light of a seasonal trend of car burglaries and thefts. READ: Vehicle burglaries reported at four West Palm hotels When a band of teens loots a laptop or drives off in a stolen car, it’s usually a crime of opportunity, department spokesman...

Posted: 11 days ago

City police are warning residents to lock their car doors and be diligent about removing valuables in light of a seasonal trend of car burglaries and thefts. READ: Vehicle burglaries reported at four West Palm hotels When a band of teens loots a laptop or drives off in a stolen car, it’s usually a crime of opportunity, department spokesman...
How a thriving yoga scene emerged from joining of Gardens studios
 Yogis Karen Burnett and Jill Romano first rubbed elbows when they were teaching yoga poses in the streets of Midtown, the restaurant, shopping and residential community on PGA Boulevard. They were there for Midtown’s “Peace, Love and Wellness” festival, and Burnett wondered who the other woman was who was so passionate...

Posted: 11 days ago

Yogis Karen Burnett and Jill Romano first rubbed elbows when they were teaching yoga poses in the streets of Midtown, the restaurant, shopping and residential community on PGA Boulevard. They were there for Midtown’s “Peace, Love and Wellness” festival, and Burnett wondered who the other woman was who was so passionate...
Harbourside developer’s condos on PGA to have private marina, spa, park
 The downsizing of a once-controversial waterfront condo project on PGA Boulevard is headed to the Palm Beach County Commission for final approval. PGA Partners 100 wants to build 18 fewer luxury condos than previously approved at the site of the former Panama Hattie’s restaurant and rum bar. Zoning officials recommend county commissioners...

Posted: 14 days ago

The downsizing of a once-controversial waterfront condo project on PGA Boulevard is headed to the Palm Beach County Commission for final approval. PGA Partners 100 wants to build 18 fewer luxury condos than previously approved at the site of the former Panama Hattie’s restaurant and rum bar. Zoning officials recommend county commissioners...
Gardens to spend $3.5 million on baseball complex improvements
 When Palm Beach Gardens is finished spending $3.5 million to improve its youth baseball complex, the facility will be rivaled only by surrounding Major League Baseball spring training stadiums. Palm Beach Gardens staff looked to Roger Dean Stadium, the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches and JetBlue Park in Fort Myers for ideas as they planned...

Posted: 14 days ago

When Palm Beach Gardens is finished spending $3.5 million to improve its youth baseball complex, the facility will be rivaled only by surrounding Major League Baseball spring training stadiums. Palm Beach Gardens staff looked to Roger Dean Stadium, the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches and JetBlue Park in Fort Myers for ideas as they planned...
‘Put an end to this nightmare’: A plea for justice in teens’ unsolved murders
 Sharon Dunbar thought she could never have children. So when she found out she was pregnant with a baby boy, she did everything she could to protect him. She wouldn’t stand near a microwave while she was pregnant and was so wary of “jinxing it” that she refused to buy a crib until she brought Se’Sawn home from the...

Posted: 16 days ago

Sharon Dunbar thought she could never have children. So when she found out she was pregnant with a baby boy, she did everything she could to protect him. She wouldn’t stand near a microwave while she was pregnant and was so wary of “jinxing it” that she refused to buy a crib until she brought Se’Sawn home from the...
LATEST: Gardens council OKs 12 percent raises for police
 City police officers will see 12 percent bigger paychecks after officials approved raises to entice them to stay rather than leave for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Officers, sergeants and communications operators were set to receive 6 percent raises Oct. 1 under the terms of their Police Benevolent Association contract. Instead...

Posted: 17 days ago

City police officers will see 12 percent bigger paychecks after officials approved raises to entice them to stay rather than leave for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Officers, sergeants and communications operators were set to receive 6 percent raises Oct. 1 under the terms of their Police Benevolent Association contract. Instead...
VIDEO: Gardens cops who saved choking baby at mall are ‘angels,’ mom says


Two Palm Beach Gardens police officers are heroes to a panicked mom whose 14-month-old daughter turned blue while choking on a chicken nugget at The Gardens Mall two weeks ago.
RELATED: Gardens cops’ quick action saves man from bleeding to death

Posted: 17 days ago

Two Palm Beach Gardens police officers are heroes to a panicked mom whose 14-month-old daughter turned blue while choking on a chicken nugget at The Gardens Mall two weeks ago. RELATED: Gardens cops’ quick action saves man from bleeding to death
New cheesesteak restaurant opening in Gardens Mall
 UPDATE 7:20 p.m.: Charley’s Philly Steaks is still under construction and not ready to open, according to Whitney Pettis, director of merchant relations and events for The Gardens Mall. A news release from Charley’s provided the incorrect information. ORIGINAL POST: Charleys Philly Steaks, a new addition to The Gardens Mall food...

Posted: 18 days ago

UPDATE 7:20 p.m.: Charley’s Philly Steaks is still under construction and not ready to open, according to Whitney Pettis, director of merchant relations and events for The Gardens Mall. A news release from Charley’s provided the incorrect information. ORIGINAL POST: Charleys Philly Steaks, a new addition to The Gardens Mall food...
Charity event put off by Dirty Martini’s abrupt closure finds new venue
 A children’s charity that was sent scrambling when a popular Palm Beach Gardens bar closed days before its fundraiser has found a new venue. Instead of a “Christmas in July” event scheduled for last Friday at Dirty Martini, Palm Beach Trykers will celebrate “Christmas in August” at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ in...

Posted: 18 days ago

A children’s charity that was sent scrambling when a popular Palm Beach Gardens bar closed days before its fundraiser has found a new venue. Instead of a “Christmas in July” event scheduled for last Friday at Dirty Martini, Palm Beach Trykers will celebrate “Christmas in August” at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ in...
Back-to-college shopping, tennis challenge, boat class in Gardens area
 RED BALL CHALLENGE The Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center, 5110 117th Court N., will host a Family Fun Day and Red Ball Team Challenge 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 4. All will play in ability-based groups for 60 to 90 minutes, then kids and adults will take the courts together. The cost is $10 per person or $20 per family. Light refreshments will be served...

Posted: 19 days ago

RED BALL CHALLENGE The Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center, 5110 117th Court N., will host a Family Fun Day and Red Ball Team Challenge 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 4. All will play in ability-based groups for 60 to 90 minutes, then kids and adults will take the courts together. The cost is $10 per person or $20 per family. Light refreshments will be served...
More businesses announce openings in Gardens’ Alton
 Months before the first store opens in Palm Beach Gardens’ Alton, the list of businesses leasing in the town center continues to grow. OXXO Care Cleaners announced that it plans to open a store in the 360,203-square-foot retail project early next year, joining a slew of restaurants and a Publix. The dry cleaning service is known for...

Posted: 20 days ago

Months before the first store opens in Palm Beach Gardens’ Alton, the list of businesses leasing in the town center continues to grow. OXXO Care Cleaners announced that it plans to open a store in the 360,203-square-foot retail project early next year, joining a slew of restaurants and a Publix. The dry cleaning service is known for...
Here’s why Gardens is giving cops a 12 percent raise this year
 Fearing an exodus to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach Gardens is poised to offer its police officers sizable raises that aren’t part of their original agreement. RELATED: Police to get 6 percent raises under new agreement in Gardens Palm Beach Gardens staff, facing the possibility of losing up to 14 officers...

Posted: 20 days ago

Fearing an exodus to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach Gardens is poised to offer its police officers sizable raises that aren’t part of their original agreement. RELATED: Police to get 6 percent raises under new agreement in Gardens Palm Beach Gardens staff, facing the possibility of losing up to 14 officers...
Palm Beach Gardens council evaluates city manager’s job performance
 After 17 years on the job, Palm Beach Gardens City Manager Ron Ferris earned glowing performance reviews from his bosses on the city council who encouraged him not to retire any time soon. RELATED: Gardens manager Ferris granted 5-year contract extension The council evaluated Ferris’ performance at its July 12 meeting, praising him...

Posted: 21 days ago

After 17 years on the job, Palm Beach Gardens City Manager Ron Ferris earned glowing performance reviews from his bosses on the city council who encouraged him not to retire any time soon. RELATED: Gardens manager Ferris granted 5-year contract extension The council evaluated Ferris’ performance at its July 12 meeting, praising him...
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