Dorothy Sayers passed in 1957.
Dorothy Sayers would be spectacularly disappointed. Not much has changed.
Notes, news and commentary about the people, places and topics unique to our City of Lake Worth
|The 'facts' above will be the subject of a future post. "Deputy editor of the Miami Herald-owned paper there." Come now, Margaret. Just a SLIGHT exaggeration?|
In John Gilderbloom's experience, the notorious streets are invariably the one-way streets. These are the streets lined with foreclosed homes and empty storefronts, the streets that look neglected and feel unsafe, the streets where you might find drug dealers at night.You might think, this doesn't have anything to do with the little City of Lake Worth. You would be wrong. Many of the one-way streets in the City used to be two-way and then were converted. Some one-way roads are so wide they accommodate car parking, a bike lane, and a car can easily pass another car in the right-of-way.
"Sociologically, the way one-way streets work," he says, "[is that] if there are two or more lanes, a person can just pull over and make a deal, while other traffic can easily pass them by."
It's also easier on a high-speed one-way road to keep an eye out for police or flee from the scene of a crime. At least, this is the pattern Gilderbloom, director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods at the University of Louisville, has observed in San Francisco, in Los Angeles, in Houston and Washington where streets that once flowed both directions were converted in the 1950s and '60s into fast-moving one-way thoroughfares to help cars speed through town. The places where this happened, Gilderbloom noticed, deteriorated.
"I thought about that for a long time," he says. "But we didn’t have much empirical data on it."
Where he lives now in Louisville, he and fellow researchers have begun to prove the curious link between how we engineer roads and what becomes of the neighborhoods around them. Their research offers a lot more fodder for anyone who doesn't like one-way streets simply because they're baffling to navigate.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Complete Streets Policy incorporates context-appropriate roadway designs that accommodate users of all ages and abilities, including cyclists, pedestrians, motorists, transit, and freight. FDOT recognizes 21st Century demographics, business practices and development patterns requiring broad focus beyond just the automobile.This has been a huge debate in the planning world and ever since Jeff Speck's work in West Palm Beach last year. Since then the "Genie is out of the bottle" so to speak.
Because splashpads are known to draw a crowd, their location can also help to transform an underperforming recreational area into a hub of social activity, as did the Highland's Park Splash Pad that has since helped to revitalize an existing community park.I've been receiving many emails about municipal pools and how they've been transformed to meet community needs around the nation. Individuals and families simply want more options and the technology is now available. Splashpads are hugely popular; there is one in John Prince Park. Check it out some day.
"The splashpad in Cottage Grove has turned a fairly underutilized park into a gathering place for the community," Dockter explained. "On any given day, you'll find hundreds of people of all makes and walks of life enjoying not only the splashpad, but the playground, ball fields, courts, picnicking facilities and trails. Residents are making and or/rekindling connections that may not have existed without this recreational feature."
|Larry the Lenz (on right) demonstrates to his friend, Misty Meanor, the actual rate of sea level rise using a slice of Kraft Single White American cheese.|
|Synchronized swimmers: Left side (top to bottom), former Commissioner Cara Jennings, former City Manager Susan Stanton, and former Commissioner JoAnn Golden. Right side (top to bottom), former Commissioner Suzanne Mulvehill, former Mayor René Varela, and stud/synchronized swimmer coach/speedo wearing and CURRENT Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell.|
There has been a lot of talk about turning Lake Worth’s liabilities back into assets, and the Golf Course is an example of doing just that. However when it comes to the City Swimming Pool at the beach the Commissioners need to take a hard look at the economic realities of our pool and the national trend towards municipal aquatic parks.
Stand alone “rectangular pools” are a thing of the past and even our pool’s location by the beach is not enough of an attraction to draw people on a regular basis or attract swim meets. Across the nation older municipal pools are being shut down, often replaced by aquatic parks that cater to whole families. No amount of “out of the box marketing” can succeed in bringing people to a facility that is no longer viable in today’s recreation market.
Swimming lessons and water aerobics can still be held in a smaller pool, and the other features will be attractive to summer camps, handicapped organizations and others to rent. A quick internet search reveals that even public facilities that retain olympic sized pools are installing more family friendly features to cater to a larger customer base and increase revenue.
With the Casino redesign at hand, now is the time to cast aside the sentimental clamor to patch up our city’s biggest white elephant and plan for a water park that will provide families with what they want and attract enough users to make it self-sustaining.
For a couple of years, [emphasis added] City Manager Mike [sic] Bornstein has been hosting a private buffet for commissioners before the public meeting. Bornstein insists the meetings are innocent of Sunshine Law violations. That’s probably true, but McVoy has asked the county’s inspector general for an opinion.Remember now, at no time has this issue of a "private buffet" ever been raised in The Palm Beach Post, neither as a news story nor in the editorial section; or anywhere else for that matter. Not once. If McVoy was so troubled by this "private buffet" why did he wait until February 23rd (15 days prior to election day) to address this issue? On what day did McVoy sit down with the Post editorial board and how soon after his "request for a ruling" from the Office of the Inspector General?
The key issue in Lake Worth’s municipal election seems to be trust, or the lack thereof. The question is, which candidates are best positioned to improve that trust?
|From left to right: Richard Stowe-Chair of the Lake Worth Tree Board, Marta Edwards-SmartyPlants, Dave McGrew-City Horticulturist, Ted Brownstein-Resident.|
|OUR NEW TREE!|
Good Morning!A big Thank You to the CRA and everyone involved in this wonderful effort.
I wanted each of you to know that the new Gumbo Limbo is being installed in the Cultural Plaza this morning. Thanks in part to a donation of $1000 by the CRA. We use this great outdoor space for many of our events and thought it was important to participate in this activity. The dedication for the tree will take place next Saturday at the Earth Day celebration 10am-6pm, April 25th. The event is free!
Have a great day!
Joan C. Oliva
Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency
The Classical Christian Academy of the Palm Beaches located at 128 North C Street will be opening August of 2015 with kindergarten through fifth grade. The school will be using the facilities of Lake Worth First Church of the Nazarene, but will be operating as an independent non-denominational private school. [emphasis added] There are around 169 private schools in the county. This school is distinctly different because it is the only classical Christian school in the county.This effort by CCA stands in contrast to another effort to start a school teaching the classics called the Lake Worth Classical Academy (LWCA). The LWCA went the route of becoming a charter school and that idea failed. Here is what Andrew Marra reported in The Palm Beach Post:
Also Wednesday, the Board of Education upheld the school board’s decision to reject another charter school: Lake Worth Classical Academy [emphasis added], which proposed to teacher Latin and Greek language and literary classics.Most everyone familiar with this issue knows the proposed LWCA is the brainchild of Ms. Margaret Menge. She writes this in August of last year:
The school board had determined the school’s plan was not financially viable, in part because it depended on winning private grants and donations. The school’s managers appealed, but the board of education unanimously vote to reject the appeal.
The charter application is in and we are swiftly moving forward with plans for the Lake Worth Classical Academy.It would be interesting to know what Ms. Menge believes happened in the 1940's to the public school systems around the country. And the irony isn't lost that she's asking for tax dollars to teach her own version of "high standards". Ever since January 16th of this year, starting with Vol. 1/Issue 1 of her tabloid, the people of Lake Worth have been regaled by her 'high standards'—her fascination with suicide and a complete lack of understanding of a government process—to name just two. Trust me when I say there are many other examples.
There's a lot to be done. But I remain undaunted. I am willing to do whatever it takes to establish this model of excellence in the Lake Worth community. Are we returning to an "old-style" of education? Well, yes. In a way. We are going to reintroduce the rigor, the in-depth study of history and the high standards that were hallmarks of public education in America until around the 1940s.
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann appeared on the End Times broadcast “Understanding the Times with Jan Markell” over the weekend, where she claimed that America is facing the wrath of God in the form of “natural disasters” because of President Obama’s Mideast policy. Later in the program, Bachmann said that Obama has thrown the world into the End Times.Heavy sigh.
The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium invites the public to “Eww! What’s Eating You?,” on Sunday, May 3, a “parade of parasites, including preserved and live specimens – specifically those that enjoy feasting on humans.”IF YOU GO (no pun intended):
What’s Eating You? admission to the Science Center is $15.00 for adults, $11.00 for children ages 3 to 12, and $13.00 for seniors over the age of 60. Children under 3 and Science Center members are free.
Smoke will rise over the Everglades of western Palm Beach County Wednesday and Thursday, as wildlife managers begin burning 12,000 acres of freshwater marsh to improve wildlife habitat and reduce the risk of future fires.
The Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, which runs west of U.S. 441 from Boca Raton to Wellington, plans to conduct the burns across an arc of wetlands running from west of Delray Beach to west of Lake Worth, along the canal running north and south near the refuge's border.
a place where powerful or influential persons, especially politicians, meet to plan secretly or from which they exercise control in an indirect mannerLauren Hills refers to a meeting by neighbors of the Gulfstream Hotel with the new owners. Here is a letter from a witness who was at that meeting:
Editor’s note: The city is weighing a proposal by Hudson Holdings, owner of the historic Gulfstream Hotel, to turn parts of the oceanfront Lake Worth Casino into a members-only beach club.Wrong. Print a correction.
Leave our Lake Worth Beach alone, real estate salespeople and developers. You’d have only wealthy people enjoying it soon.Ms. Murnane, nothing is happening with the "Lake Worth Beach".
Don Feder of the World Congress of Families is out today with a column titled “Top Ten Reasons Why Hitlery Will Never Be President,” in which he calls the former secretary of state “a frustrated, middle-aged feminist who's perpetually incensed.”Here is reason number 10 referenced above:
Feder, decrying Clinton as an elitist and a radical ideologue, ends his piece by asserting that Clinton will be brought down by “the hideousness factor.”
10. The Hideousness Factor – Lyndon Baines Johnson was the last profoundly ugly candidate to be elected president, and he was a legacy of the martyred JFK. Voters don't want a leader who looks frazzled or frumpy. We're told that Lincoln was too homely to be elected president in an age of television and paparazzi. But Lincoln's homely face had a dignity, a gravitas. If nothing else, we want a face that reassures us, not one that scares us, a la Night of the Living Alinskyites.Note that Don Feder of the "World Congress of Families" refers to Hillary Clinton as "Hitlery". Charming, isn't it?
Coral Gables' Venetian Pool reopened Saturday March 14th after only the third renovation since its creation in 1923, a restoration and preservation that sought to change as little as possible while giving the venerable pool some tender loving care. Commissioned by George Merrick, who wanted to turn a rock quarry that had been used to build many of the Gables' early houses into a 'Venetian Casino' (in those days a 'casino' was any building used for pleasure or social amusements, sometimes with swimming), artist Denman Fink and architect Phineas Paist created an 820,000 gallon lagoon that would be emptied and refilled every day in the spring and summer seasons by the underground Floridan aquifer, waterfalls, grottoes for swimming, a sandy beach, an island, and of course the casino itself, flanked by two tall lookout towers.You have to look at the pictures in this photo tour. Absolutely amazing.
Palm Beach County homes are selling at a faster clip than last year with half of properties snatched up within 60 days of being listed.
Last year, 40 percent of Palm Beach County homes were purchased within their first two months on the market, according to a study released today by housing research firm Trulia. Trulia housing economist Ralph McLaughlin said Palm Beach County’s increase in selling times is likely a function of stabilizing prices and a continued strain on supply.
“If you are selling your house, this is a great thing,” said McLaughlin. “If you are buying a house in Palm Beach County, you’re probably going to have to move a little faster and get your ducks all in a row with financing."
[Delores] Key walked up to Dee [McNamara], according to Laurence McNamara, and asked her to move, telling her the front row was reserved for the candidate's family.[and later. . .]
"She [Mrs. McNamara] pointed at her own skin and said, 'Are you calling me a n[----]r?' " Laurence remembers.So, there you have it. Confirmation from Mr. McNamara that the incident did indeed occur. Mrs. McNamara's supporters fall into two camps: one is the incident never happened and the other is Mrs. McNamara was exercising her Free Speech. The one camp, "it never happened", has now been debunked. Now on to Mrs. McNamara's use of the 'N-word' and Free Speech: she has every right to use the 'N-word'; whenever or wherever she pleases. (Although I wouldn't encourage her to do this in certain neighborhoods.)
Dolores Key, who is white, took offense.
"She [Dolores Key] got all bent out of shape," said Laurence, and told Dee about seven times to apologize.
|Ms. Menge (on left) angrily confronts Serge Jerome, Jr. at a protest in front of Mrs. McNamara's house.|
Those emails were dug up by a private citizen, says Mark Parrilla—Himself.[and. . .]
[Mr. Parrilla] did a public records request for all of the emails Dee McNamara ever sent to the city. And then he started organizing a protest, inviting everyone, via Facebook, to join him in protesting in front of the McNamara's home on North Lakeside Drive.So? And the point is exactly? Here is more creative writing by Ms. Menge:
He [Mr. McNamara] said Dee [Mrs. McNamara], a former fashion designer turned real estate agent, lost the listing at 402 North Lakeside Drive due to Parrilla's calling the owners and blasting her as a racist. The McNamaras [sic] have held open houses at the home for months, and spent many hours painting and fixing up the property so that it could be sold. The home was listed for $745,000.You can see that property here and the new listing agent.
|Picture from second floor of the Casino building (outside the Ballroom).|
|Darrin Engel (left), Jimmy Zoellner, and The Mary Lindsey.|
|Mayor Pam Triolo and National Volunteer Week Proclamation.|
|Volunteer Coordinator Silvina Donaldson (left) and Human Resources Director Germaine English.|
|City Manager Michael Bornstein with closing remarks.|
|City volunteers received these: "Certificate of Appreciation". This one for Yours Truly.|
The City Commission approved a measure Monday to encourage construction of office towers downtown, to address a shortage of top-flight office space and avoid companies going elsewhere.
The measure, approved unanimously, is an amendment to the city’s zoning and development regulations that would create an incentive for construction of Class A offices and hotels in what is known as the Quadrille Garden District.
The city has four such towers, including two at Phillips Point, as well as the Esperante building and CityPlace Tower. City officials say the buildings, with more than 1 million square feet of office space, are virtually fully occupied.
Because of the dearth of space, the city has lost opportunities to attract corporations.
“Since his election to the United States Congress in 2012, Patrick Murphy has quickly proved himself to be an up-and-coming champion for America’s Everglades… Congressman Murphy has worked above and beyond in his service to Floridians and indeed all Americans to reach across party lines and facilitate meaningful progress for the Everglades.”
"From the beginning of time, people have immigrated when their roots at home have failed them," said Jill Skok of Guatemalan Maya Center in Lake Worth.
Skok said she feels the country has plenty of room for the newest wave of young illegal immigrants. She feels all they want is a better life.
Alvarenga said all he wants is to go to school and become a doctor.
"To save others lives," said Alvarenga.
Teachers at the Guatemalan Maya Center said what they need the most are volunteers who can come in and help the young children learn English.
"Fabulous. They've exceeded our expectations. The Sheriff has done a fantastic job and it's unquestionable that we want them to stay."This quote is from May 2011. Mulvehill and former City Manager Susan Stanton were instrumental in the failed effort to kick PBSO out of the City of Lake Worth. They even went so far as to commission a study, a flawed one (the Willdan Study), showing how our City would save money by having our own Lake Worth PD. There used to be a Lake Worth PD; PBSO came into the City because the former LWPD has lost control of the City to the gangs.
Artisans on the Ave offers three colorful showrooms at their well-appointed gallery on  Lake Avenue in Lake Worth. On Friday, April 17th, five new artists’ work will be featured. The public is invited to stop in, meet the artists and be amazed at the depth of professional artistry being offered. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. Lake Worth is home to many artists whose work is sold internationally. This is a chance for art lovers to speak with the artists personally and learn about their creative process. There will also be live music and refreshments.Another wonderful source for information on the Lake Worth art scene is this written by Pari Chang. This blog post continues to be a big hit with my readers. Pari Chang's piece received national attention and created a lot of buzz around the nation.
West Palm Beach has won first place in the "best tasting drinking water" contest by the Florida section of the American Water Works Association.NBC5/WPTV also has the story and you can see that here.
An award ceremony is set for 2:15 p.m. today at the plant, at the corner of Australian Avenue and Banyan Boulevard.
West Palm Beach Public Utilities competed against 18 municipalities. Each one submitted a gallon of water collected less than 24 hours before the taste test. Each sample was tasted at room temperature, to allow for any tastes or odors to be detected more easily.
In the United States as a whole, the white share of the population is declining as Hispanic, Asian and black populations grow. But the shift to a more diverse nation is happening more quickly in some places than in others. [emphasis added]
From 2000 to 2013, 78 counties in 19 states, from California to Kansas to North Carolina, flipped from majority white to counties where no single racial or ethnic group is a majority, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data. (Our analysis includes only counties with a minimum population of 10,000 in 2013.)
Overall, 266 of these 2,440 counties are less than half white. However, many are in urban areas that together account for about one-third (31%) of the nation’s population, despite making up just 11% of U.S. counties with a minimum population of 10,000. These counties are concentrated in California, the South and the East Coast, bypassing much of the country’s middle section.
The skills, experience and culture of groups such as EF!, who straddle the line of aboveground and underground action, can play a significant part in creating contexts where things like anti-industrial blockades and office occupations occur in tandem with generalized uprisings, providing inspiration and social space for militant attacks and strategic sabotage to also take place.[and later. . .]
It’s not exactly a new formula for subverting society. And contrary to common sentiment among cynical US anarchists, it’s not something that only happens outside the US. That is illustrated by a 2013 document leaked by the FBI, Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and Pennsylvania State Police. In the document, a presentation intended to profile groups seen as threats to fracking companies, the JTTF creates a timeline of regional opposition to fracking in which several EF! blockades and tree sits are interspersed with a drive-by shooting and multiple alleged attempts at incendiary device attacks on fracking sites, between July 2012 and May 2013.
The future of ecological resistance is not something that needs an elaborate blueprint, rigid structure or dizzying intellectual dogma.
In short, we need to continue doing much of what we’ve been doing. We have the basic elements for fomenting ecological rebellion. It’s the scale of our opposition that is lacking. As we’ve been seeing in recent uprisings around the world that can all change very quickly.Mr. Tsolkas' reference to "dizzying intellectual dogma" is a criticism of Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith, and their organization called Deep Green Resistance. The reason he resists 'intellectual dogma' may be due to this, "The author [Mr. Tsolkas] has no credentials in academia. On the contrary, he doesn’t have a High School diploma."