Friday, September 13, 2019

Save The Date!


Saturday, December 14th at 6:00.

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Your safety is our top concern — That’s why the City of Lake Worth Beach wants to make sure you know about emergencies and incidents as they happen.

The City of Lake Worth Beach will begin to use an emergency communication service powered by Everbridge to make sure you know about issues that may affect your safety. This system allows the City to contact thousands of residents in seconds so you can find out about an emergency right away.

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How Does It Work?


The process begins when the City of Lake Worth Beach issues a message about a potential safety hazard or concern. Next, the emergency notification system sends a message through your primary contact path. If you don’t confirm receipt of the message, the system will try to reach your second contact path and continues trying to reach you until you confirm receipt.

The success of this service relies on YOU.

Having your latest contact information is the only way to ensure that we can contact you in an emergency.

Please sign up online by clicking on this link. It only takes about a minute to enroll, or you can sign up by texting LAKEWORTHBCH to 888777 (message and data rates may apply).

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and participation in this important program!

PUBLIC SAFETY REMINDER: Stormwater and drainage.


“Most times there is not a problem, Mabel. It’s only a problem when it rains. Call that reporter again!”


In Lake Worth Beach if you are having problems with water drainage in your neighborhood don’t wait until the next major weather event to call CBS12 or a reporter from the Post. They cannot help you.

What will help is contacting the City’s Stormwater Division at the Public Services Dept. You can contact the supervisor and/or the office if you have a problem. For all that information click on this link.

Whilst on topic here is an idea for the Public Services Dept. in this City: A clever way to get the word out.


 Courtesy of the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District in the fine American State of Ohio.

Click on image to enlarge:

“Thank your storm drain for all it does for you.”

Have YOU thanked YOUR storm drain today?


From the City’s website: Lake Worth was platted in the early 1900s with an extensive network of alleyways. Historically, alleyways were used as service corridors for utilities and deliveries in the back of homes and businesses. Alleyways also provided a rear access to a property where a garage may have been located in residential areas.
     While times have changed — deliveries may no longer take place in alleys and garbage collection takes place out front — many of Lake Worth’s water and electric lines are still located in the alleyways.
     Lake Worth alleys are narrow, ranging in size from roughly 10 ft. in residential areas up to 15 ft. wide in commercial areas. They are barely wide enough to accommodate the big, burly trucks, equipment and teams for the efficient delivery of utilities services when clear.


Who is responsible for
the alleyways?

City’s Responsibility:

  • Mow and grade alleyways.
  • Keep power lines clear of foliage.

Citizen’s Responsibility:

  • Keep alley clear of all trash behind your property.
  • Dispose of any bulk items in the proper manner. Not in the alley.
  • Keep hedges, shrubs, and trees trimmed. Out of the alley.

Two items from the Q&A:

What is an easement?
Portion(s) of a property owner’s land where the City is provided legally granted access for utilities or other City essential services.
Who owns the easement anyway? The property owner or the City utilities?
Property owners own the land. As a property owner, it is your responsibility to keep all areas of the easement free of debris and structures so City utilities crews can do their work.

Festival of Día de los Muertos in Lake Worth Beach. A festival like no other in South Florida.


When is it time to begin the preparations for this year’s Day of the Dead festivities? The time is now:

Para más información o oportunidades
de venta llaman 561-493-2550.

Or contact Emily Theodossakos,
LULA’s
Marketing Program Manager by email: etheodossakos@lakeworth.org


Become a sponsor at this year’s
Day of the Dead festival!

This year’s 4th annual Día de los Muertos will be held on Saturday, November 2nd.

Playa Lake Worth es una ciudad acogedora y un verdadero punto de encuentro para las diferentes culturas.

[Lake Worth Beach is a welcoming city and a true meeting point of different cultures.]

Start getting ready all you face painters, vendors, dancers, musicians, entertainers, and all who wish to honor and celebrate those who have passed on.



The Day of the Dead is one of South and Central America’s most distinctive holidays, Día de los Muertos is considered a day of cheerful celebration rather than one of mourning.

Each November, LULA Lake Worth Arts presents a FREE day of fun for the whole family. This year Day of the Dead, as it is each year, will be celebrated on the first Saturday in November at The HATCH building located at 1121 Lucerne Avenue. The annual celebration will feature traditional foods, folkloric dances, traditional ofrendas, a procession, cultural arts and crafts and children’s activities.


Admission and parking to the festival and
exhibitions are always FREE.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Lake Worth Beach, suburban Lake Worth and Greenacres: Help PBSO eliminate graffiti in your neighborhood.


PBSO Graffiti Eradication Unit.


NO COST TO YOU!
IT’S FREE!


Take back your street, neighborhood,
community and parks.


Help PBSO District 14 (Lake Worth Beach) and District 16 (City of Greenacres) and help PBSO in unincorporated Palm Beach County as well (e.g., places like John Prince Park in suburban Lake Worth and Lake Osborne Estates). . .

  • If you see GRAFFITI IN PROGRESS call 911 immediately!
  • Non-emergency number: 561-688-3400.
  • Have a chronic graffiti problem? Call CrimeStoppers at 800-458-8477. Be eligible for a reward and remain anonymous.



How the PBSO Graffiti Eradication Unit came to be:


In early 2005 Sheriff Ric Bradshaw established this program to rapidly respond and remove graffiti within unincorporated Palm Beach County and select municipalities that now include the cities of Lake Worth, Greenacres, South Palm Beach and Palm Beach Shores.

It is very worth noting that Greenacres received high honors for “Safest Cities in Florida 2018” in Palm Beach County; however, the data from City of Lake Worth was late arriving to the judges showing a significant drop in crime.

The villages of Wellington and Royal Palm Beach — also patrolled by PBSO — were also ranked very high on the “Safest Cities” list as well.

Press Release. LWB Public Library with exciting news: CloudLibrary service.



Lake Worth Beach — Over 97,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks available with Lake Worth Beach Public Library’s new cloudLibrary service. Residents will be able to access eBooks with their Lake Worth Beach Public Library card using the cloudLibrary app (see link below).

The cloudLibrary app is easy to use on a mobile device, computer or tablet. Apps are downloaded directly from the Apple Store or Google Play. Other options include downloading the app for Windows PC or Mac OS X. Once the app is downloaded a user can log in with their library card number and then browse and borrow eBooks. Borrowed books will remain available through the app for up to 2 weeks.

The cloudLibrary app is available using this link: https://www.yourcloudlibrary.com/

For information about cloudLibrary or to learn how to get a library card residents should contact the library by calling 561-533-7354 or send an email to: lwlibrary.org

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Lake Worth Beach sounds off: “[S]ay ‘yes’ to a pool, but ‘no’ to a pool at the beach.”


The following is a call to action, a Letter to the Editor published in The Lake Worth Herald:


Dear Editor,

I do not understand why so many people think that the only place for a City pool is at the beach. Our town has a lot more to offer than just a beach, which is wonderful, and should be developed as a beach!

I am suggesting that the City build an aquatic/recreation complex at the south end of town, near the gym. This location puts the pool near the recreation headquarters and near the home of our summer camp. Swim lessons could be offered. Plenty of room for [FREE] parking. Nighttime event lighting would not bother the sea turtles. A state of the art recreation complex including a pool and splash area would appeal to City residents of all ages. Who wouldn’t want to relax in the pool after a soccer game or other athletic event?

Instead of crowding our lovely beach let’s spread out our City attractions and develop an underutilized area into a modern and exciting complex in the south end of town.

Just because we had a pool at the beach in the past doesn’t mean that the beach is the best location for a pool today. I propose that we say “yes” to a pool, but “no” to a pool at the beach.

Lake Worth Beach — we’re more than a beach — let’s make it happen.

Cindy Ansell


Support your LOCAL newspaper and
support LOCAL journalism.

To become a subscriber to the Herald click on this link.

The Herald is still just ¢50! 

To contact the editor send an email to Editor@lwherald.com, call 561-585-9387, or send a letter to: 1313 Central Terrace, Lake Worth Beach, FL 33460

Friday: Come out and enjoy the fun in Downtown Lake Worth Beach!


It’s the monthly Lake Ave. Block Party from 6:00–10:00.



Let’s begin with traffic, detours and pedestrian areas.

Starting at 4:00 on Friday in downtown LWB — on Lake Ave. east of Dixie Hwy. to Federal Hwy. — this roadway will be closed to traffic. Parking along Lake Ave. will not be permitted on the street after 4:00 and traffic will be diverted eastbound on either 2nd Ave. North or 2nd Ave. South.

Due to the amazing success of this monthly event the City expanded the pedestrian areas to include J Street between 1st Ave. South and Lake Ave. Vehicle traffic will no longer be permitted on J Street betwixt 1st Ave. South and Lake Ave.; traffic will be detoured north on J Street.

If you have any questions please visit City Hall at 7 N. Dixie Hwy. or call 561-533-7300.


Click on image to enlarge:

Hope to see a big crowd Friday
on Lake Ave. in LWB!

Friday at 7:30: Monthly Critical Mass bike ride in Lake Worth Beach (more details below).


Very important: This bike ride the first Friday of each month is AT YOUR OWN RISK!


In some circles this event is still called the “LDub Critical Mass” ride. For those of you unfamiliar with the term ‘LDub’ click on this link for more information.

To be part of this ride show up at Bryant Park along the Intracoastal at 7:00 between 1st Ave. South and Lake Ave. (use 30 S. Golfview Rd. in GPS). There is plenty of FREE parking close by.

There are rules that must be followed. The ride begins exactly at 7:30 sharp. All traffic regulations must be followed by all participants. Bike lights are required (rear red light, white light on front). All children must wear a helmet. Bring along a container of water and plastic straws are prohibited.

Critical Mass rides are referred to as an “organized coincidence” with no leaders or members. Routes are decided either spontaneously or by popular vote and the ride ‘leaders’ (sometimes referred to as corkers) are out front in front and mingled in with the group.


Here’s a blast from the past in LDub!

A pamphlet from 2005: a bike tour
hosted by panagioti e. tsolkas. . .

“featuring visits to the sites of some of Lake Worth’s most heated issues. . .”


Well, anyhow. Continue reading to learn more about the monthly Critical Mass bike this evening and this is very important: tardiness is not acceptable.



Are you a Boomer? Hipster Millennial? A discerning World Thrift shopper? An Apatharchist? If you’ve never been on a Critical Mass ride you don’t know what you’re missing. Get on that Dutch Style 7-Speed Step-Thru Hybrid 44cm Cream Commuter Road bike and show up. Don’t have a bike? Use this link to locate the closest SkyBike kiosk.

The Critical Mass ride in LDub is always on the first Friday of each month and begins at 7:30 sharp. The start time is a major rule for the leaders of this group.


 Here’s a video of a previous LDub bike ride:




“We meet in Bryant Park for a 10–12 mile bike ride
 1st Friday of every month”.

“Brought to you by the Good People of Lake Worth”, so leave your sociogeoanarchopolitical agendas at home!


Things to remember:
  • The ride is AT YOUR OWN RISK.
  • Helmets for children 16 years old and younger ARE REQUIRED BY LAW.
  • Lights are REQUIRED (Red [rear] and white [front]).
  • Pay very close attention to the “corkers”.

But the ultimate rules of the road
are enforced by PBSO:

A “corker” can’t give you a traffic ticket.
But a PBSO deputy can.

Get excited! Christmas and Snowbird Season in City of Lake Worth Beach.


This upcoming 2019–2020 Holiday Season will be an exciting one for our returning Snowbirds, the old and confusing ‘Lake Worth’ has now become Lake Worth Beach, a city with a new name!

It’s important to remember whether one uses ‘Lake Worth’ or Lake Worth Beach in the mailing address the regions zip codes remain the same.

When exactly is the right time to start coming up with cleverly new holiday ideas for downtown Lake Worth Beach, the Casino and beach, and the Dixie Hwy. Corridors both north and south?


The time for all those new and exciting ideas for downtown holiday displays to arouse our returning Snowbirds and get all those cars to slow down for a closer look, interesting crafts and activities to electrify and foment the imagination, and the art to provoke and stimulate the passersby to come in and check out your Hipster fashions, L-Dub dishes and Quirky fare?

The Time Is Now!


One of the most exciting Christmas ideas ever in this City was something so cleverly simple from back in 2013. It was simply called “Mail Art”.

Hope you enjoy this look back:


Send your Mail Art to:

Lake Worth Beach City Hall
7 North Dixie Hwy.
Lake Worth Beach, FL 33460

 
The deadline is now looming. We’ve had lovely responses and hope you will send us an embellished envelope.
     We set up a web site where we post all those that arrive. We have showcased the envelopes in Libraries and made presentations to Calligraphy guilds.
     One more large Christmas exhibition is planned and then they will be presented to the Lake Worth Historical Museum. Dont hesitate to send another piece of mail art, if you already have.
     The deadline is Nov. 15, 2013. None will be rejected if they are a bit wee late. We so enjoyed getting the envelopes from around the globe.

Thank You.
AnnaMaria
Project art consultant


Click on images to enlarge:

Hint #1: Lappeenranta, Finland is the City of Lake Worth Beach’s Sister City.


Hint #2: The festival Día de los Muertos is on November 2nd this year.


Hint #3: The holiday Boxing Day is celebrated in Canada on December 26th.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management Announcement - Post-Hurricane Dorian

After detailed discussion with the National Weather Service and Hurricane Center, a reentry order lifting the mandatory evacuation orders for Zones A and B will be effective at 4:00 pm.

County offices will be closed on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 and resume normal operations on Thursday, September 5. 

Residents may begin exiting shelters. Shelters will remain open overnight and close at 9:00 am Wednesday morning.

EOC will de-escalate to a Level 2 (partial) activation effective 7:00 pm tonight and will remain at that level until approximately 7:00 pm tomorrow, September 4, 2019. 
Palm Tran will resume full service Wednesday, September 4 starting at 4:30 a.m.

For continuing information on Hurricane Dorian contact the Emergency Information Center (EIC) at 561-712-6400. For more information on the Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management and hurricane preparedness, please visit: ReadyPBC.com
Follow us on Twitter @PBCGOV and watch PBC-TV Channel 20.
#PBCGov #Dorian #ReadyPBC

Scam Alert from the REAL City of Lake Worth Beach...

Please note: @Cityoflwb is a fake account and has no affiliation with the City. This is not a real offer. Please be careful of scammers.


Sunday, September 1, 2019

Palm Beach County Ordering Evacuations and Opening Shelters

The eastern half of Palm Beach County is now under a Tropical Storm Warning due to the approach of Hurricane Dorian. A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm winds are expected in the area within 36 hours. Due to this, mandatory evacuations are being ordered for residential structures in Zone A and Zone B in Palm Beach County, effective at 1 P.M. Sunday, September 1, 2019. The Palm Beach County Emergency Information Center number is 561-712-6400.

Zone A includes mobile homes, sub-standard housing and low-lying areas prone to water intrusion.

Zone B generally includes the barrier islands, land areas north and south of the Jupiter Inlet, and other surge-vulnerable areas south along the Intracoastal Waterway to the Broward County line.

If you choose to not evacuate to a shelter, please evacuate miles not hundreds of miles. Most of Palm Beach County is not being evacuated and residents should shelter within the county if possible. With the unpredictable nature of Hurricane Dorian, evacuating north is not recommended.

To determine if your home is in a storm surge evacuation zone, go to readyPBC.com or download our free app “PBC DART.”  If you are not in an evacuation zone, please shelter in place.

At 1 p.m. today, Sunday, September 1, Palm Beach County will open seven general population shelters, as well as the special needs shelter at the South Florida Fairgrounds and the pet-friendly shelter at West Boynton Recreation Center.

The seven general population shelters are:
Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elem. School, 1501 Avenue U, Riviera Beach
Independence Middle School, 4001 Greenway Dr., Jupiter
Lakeshore Middle School, 425 W Canal St N, Belle Glade
Pahokee Middle School, 850 Larrimore Rd, Pahokee
Palm Beach Gardens High School, 4245 Holly Dr., Palm Beach Gardens
Palm Beach Central High School, 8499 Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington
Park Vista High School, 7900 Jog Rd, Lake Worth

The special needs shelter is located at 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach. If you are registered, you should have received a notification. People with special medical needs should register for our Special Needs Program by calling (561) 712-6400 or visiting our website www.readypbc.org.

The pet-friendly shelter is located at 6000 Northtree Boulevard, Lake Worth. This shelter is available to Palm Beach County residents residing in a mandatory evacuation zone or in mobile homes. Proof of residency is required. Space is limited and restrictions apply. Each pet must be accompanied by only one owner who will stay at the shelter. Other family members will need to stay at nearby Park Vista High School, 7900 Jog Road, Lake Worth,

The available space for each person at a general shelter is 20 square feet. That’s 4 feet by 5 feet of floor space. Please bring snacks with you to the shelter, only dinner will be served Sunday evening. Shelters will be opening in The Glades and residents from Zone A can evacuate to those shelters.

Palm Tran serves many shelter locations. Additionally, all Palm Tran services will be free on Sunday.

The Sheriff’s Office assures they will not be checking the immigration status of any person coming to a shelter.

If you choose to go to a hurricane shelter, please bring the following:
•          3 day supply of water
•          2 changes of comfortable clothes
•          Flashlight with extra batteries
•          Cell phone and a battery-operated charger
•          Medications and prescriptions
•          Snacks/Special diet foods
•          Cash
•          Photocopies of valuable documents
•          Games, books and playing cards for entertainment during your stay
•          Space is limited, so please pack accordingly
•          Weapons are prohibited in shelters

For continuing information on Hurricane Dorian, and for more information on the Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management and hurricane preparedness, please visit: www.pbcgov.com/dem, follow us on Twitter @PBCDEM and watch PBC-TV Channel 20.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Public Affairs Manager Becky Robinson, Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County

No waste collection and solid waste facilities closed in PBC Monday and Tuesday
While regular operations will continue through Saturday, Aug. 31, the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County will CLOSE all facilities and operations on Monday, Sept. 2 and Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in anticipation of impacts from Hurricane Dorian. No garbage, recyclables or yard waste collection will occur. No onsite drop-offs will be accepted.

The SWA is monitoring conditions and will send information regarding the resumption of normal operations following the storm. SWA facilities will be evaluated for damage as soon as it is safe so they can open and begin receiving garbage.

If a resident finds that their recyclables and/or yard waste was not picked up on their regular collection day, they are asked to take them back into their house or secure them in some way until after the storm passes. Residents are also able to bring their debris to the SWA landfill or an SWA transfer station before the end of business Saturday.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Hurricane Dorian Special Update 3 from the City of Lake Worth Beach

At this time it is becoming more likely that the City of Lake Worth Beach is going to experience a significant weather event over Labor Day weekend. You should be finalizing your preparations and ensuring you are ready to enact your personal hurricane plan if necessary. The City for its part is continuing to make preparations to ensure that we are as ready as possible to respond to whatever comes our way.

Please continue to watch for updates and follow the advice of the Governor and other officials.

City staff have been working hard to prepare the City in case the storm is to hit Lake Worth Beach. You can expect multiple information releases to come from the City before, during, and after the storm.

If you haven't already followed us on social media please click the links below and look out for regular updates.

We are all in this together, Irma didn't beat us and neither will Dorian! We are Lake Worth Beach, a strong and resilient community that will stick together no matter what the weekend brings!

Hurricane Phone line

As Hurricane Dorian makes landfall if you need to report anything storm related to the City please feel free to call (561)586-1695. The City has out of state call center teams who will be able to keep taking calls and providing information even if City staff lose phone service.

Please note that if you have a fire, medical, or law enforcement emergency you should contact 911, not call the City.

Lake Worth Beach Casino and Ocean Complex
(Including Beach, Pier, Casino Building, and Parking lot)

The City of Lake Worth Beach will be closing the Lake Worth Beach Ocean Complex for the public’s safety at 11:45pm on Saturday, August 31st. No one will be granted entry after this time and any cars remaining will be towed. This is to allow staff to make final preparations prior to the hurricane's arrival.


After the storm the entire complex including the beach, pier, and casino building will remain closed until further notice. Palm Beach police will not allow anyone who is not a resident of the Town of Palm Beach on to the island so please do not attempt to cross the bridge going east, you will be turned back.

Lake Worth Beach Parks

The City of Lake Worth Beach will be closing all parks for the public’s safety at sunset on Saturday, August 31st. Parks will remain closed to the public until after the storm has passed and the damage has been assessed and made safe.

Municipal Library

The City of Lake Worth Beach Municipal Library is now closed due to Hurricane Dorian. The library will reopen after the storm has passed and it is safe to do so.