Tuesday, March 20, 2018

“It’s a SCAM!”

Really now, folks!

The City had to send out ANOTHER alert about this scam:

Do you have a business establishment or a home, condo, apartment in the City of Lake Worth’s Electric Utility Service Area?

Have you received a phone call, someone threatening to “shut the power off unless a payment is made immediately”?

It’s a SCAM!
Hang up immediately!
See your instructions below.

If you do happen to get one of these scam phone calls and you do get scammed, hopefully your first call isn’t to the press or news media. Why? Because they cannot help you.

Here is what to do:

If someone calls saying they’re from the Lake Worth Electric Utility and threatens to “shut the power off unless a payment is made immediately with a Green Dot MoneyPak card or personal credit card” HANG UP THE PHONE IMMEDIATELY AND CALL 561-533-7300 (or make a Suspicious Incident Report with PBSO: call 561-688-3400.

More good advice:

Do you ride a stolen scooter? Warning: Do Not call PBSO for help or use a screwdriver to tinker with the engine. The one caveat is, unless you have a fire extinguisher very close nearby with the arrow in the indicator pointing to the green. If it’s pointing to the red it won’t do much good if the scooter catches fire.

And please be suspicious of emails or phone calls from somebody in Africa or Turkey, or anyone with an odd name like “Gooz” asking for money. Why?

It’s a SCAM!

Also. . .

  • Don’t let “a homegirl” you meet at McDonald’s take car keys for a vehicle you don’t own.
  • Don’t engage mentally-ill neighbors. Just walk away.
  • Have someone watch your home while on vacation for a week.
  • Leaving windows open while you take a stroll to the park with your children is also not advised.
Also good advice is this: If someone named “Gooz Adalwin Kenneth” sends you an email from Turkey asking for money there are better options than taking a PBSO deputy off the street to handle your issue. Like learning how to screen your emails and phone calls better.

The ‘crimes’ in the image below are from an actual “Lake Worth Crime Blotter” published in a former tabloid that littered our City three years ago.

Hard to believe but it’s true!
Click on image to enlarge.
Note: This tabloid is not to be confused with
The Lake Worth Herald, the City’s newspaper “Established in 1912”


A young Mark Foley* at his store on 502 Lucerne Ave. Image below from The Palm Beach Post. 

Click on image to enlarge:
Mr. Mark A. Foley is once again serving the City of Lake Worth as a volunteer on the C-51 Advisory Committee. The Sun Sentinel’s Skyler Swisher has the latest news on the Blueway Trail and, as always, The Palm Beach Post continues to drag their feet reporting anything of substance about this very exciting project on the C-51 Canal.

*Mark Foley was a City of Lake Worth commissioner from 1978–1979 and 1982–1984. Later he served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1990–1992; then the Florida Senate, 1993–1994.
     He returned to private life in 2006 after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for 11 years. His most recent accomplishment was saving Spring Training baseball in Palm Beach County.

Yes. The City of Lake Worth needs a public pool or pools. No, we don’t need a large pool at the Lake Worth Beach.

Below, from this blog in May 2017 is a blog post that, well, let’s just say it ruffled a lot of feathers and prompted more than a few ‘slings and arrows’ as well. The blog post from last year started off with this line,

WARNING: A new idea follows that may be disturbing for some readers.

The new idea posited in May 2017 was whether or not the City of Lake Worth should construct another Olympic-sized swimming pool at the Lake Worth Beach. If you’ve been following this blog you know the answer to that question is a big NO!

Our City does need a public pool or pools to teach young children how to swim, for example, and for lap swimmers as well. But we need a future facility or facilities located for the best public access and for the most benefit for the most residents everywhere in this City — no matter what their economic situation — and not having to pay to park a vehicle each and every time!

Residents who support constructing a brand new swimming pool at the Beach CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO DOMINATE THIS DEBATE as they’ve been successfully able to do thus far!

The voices that are not being heard need to be heard, e.g., a family of four west of Dixie Hwy. that cannot afford the $16 ($4/adult, $2/child, $4/two hr. parking) FOR EACH AND EVERY VISIT TO A POOL AT THE BEACH! How many families on a low fixed income can afford that to teach their child how to swim?

If this topic is important to you, please contact your elected representatives. How? It’s easy, just click on this link.

Please remember.

The blog post following is originally from May 2017.

WARNING: A new idea follows that may be disturbing for some readers. If you begin to feel queasy, start feeling upset or angry, please stop reading this blog post immediately and scroll down to the next post below. You’ve been warned.

And, as always, Thank You for visiting and making last year the best ever for this blog which began in May of 2006 with a very bleak look at the “Pace of Building Permits” in our little City.

The City’s “Budget and Comprehensive Plan Work Session” was last Tuesday [May 10th, 2017] and started off with a bang: the struggling Casino complex, the Beach Fund, the pool, and. . .

“We cannot continue to keep losing money”, said Asst. City Manager Juan Ruiz, and “the [Beach] fund is still hurting with the pool closed.”

How is this mess going to be turned around? Are there ways for the Casino complex to make money? Are there other options to “Stop the bleeding”?

Continue reading for some new ideas. Some of which may be disturbing. So pause for a moment and remember, “If you begin to feel queasy. . .”.

Many of you know I was a big fan of our municipal pool at the Beach when it was in operation. But after the pool was shut down earlier this year [2017], possibly never to re-open, I’m a big fan of the pool at Lake Lytal now.

It’s a little further away and things are much different, there’s free parking at Lake Lytal [emphasis added], open Tuesday to Saturday, only $2.44/visit if you purchase a pass, planes fly overhead to and from PBIA, and always a cheerful staff scrubbing and brushing the pool inside and out — maintenance of the Lake Lytal pool is a priority — it was built around the same time as our pool in the 1970s.

And whereas the novelty of Yours Truly at 6′4″ splashing around with a large blue pool noodle and floating barbells at the Lake Worth pool wore off over time, I’m still quite the source of curious onlookers and befuddlement at Lake Lytal doing my water exercise routine. However. . .

The one question being drowned out right now (pardon the pun) here in the City of Lake Worth is whether or not we should have a pool at the Beach.

If a new pool and aquatic facility is constructed at our Beach we’ll be handing it off to the Millennials. They need to be a big part of this debate. Would they prefer an open theater or a sports facility with volleyball and a skate park? The possibilities are endless but whatever is built has to work hand-in-hand with our Casino next door.

The reason for having a pool at the Beach is much different, it once served a much different purpose. Our City’s pool once served tourists and travelers on U.S. 1 prior to construction of the Florida Turnpike and I-95. A1A used to hug the coastline east of the Casino building until the hurricanes of 1947 and 1949.

Due to infill development the City of Lake Worth is much different now, e.g., Bryant Park, ‘Hot Dog Park’*, the City’s Golf Course, Park of Commerce, and the County’s John Prince Park nearby are just a few.
Aerial view looking south likely pre-WWII. A1A hugs the coast in front of the former Casino structure. Then later, in the 1950s. . .

Note the location of the pool later, at rear of the former Casino structure.

Notice all the parking close by the former Casino and short walk to the beach. The present structure has parking and traffic problems of which most of you are aware. Those weren’t issues “back in the day”. Now for the big question:

If it’s decided to build a new pool, where should it be?

For some time many of us have known the day would come when the pool was shut down. It was only a matter of time. And a lot of people have thought about where our City’s community pool should be located. Here are two of those ideas: 1) Bryant Park. 2) Downtown west of Dixie Hwy. and east of the FEC railroad tracks.

For some people, and some in the press as well, the history of Lake Worth began in 2012 when the new majority took over City Hall and decisions prior to that are conveniently forgotten or glossed over. Why all the attention now? Because this is big news. Many residents want to keep a pool at our Lake Worth Beach and that’s understandable. We’ve had a pool at the Beach for many, many years.

But that shouldn’t be the reason to construct another pool in the very same place, at our Beach. Remember, we “renovated” (actually constructed a new building) where the former Casino structure once sat and we’re still having problems since that project was ‘completed’ in 2012.

Were the Millennials brought into that conversation about where and how our Casino should function for the community back in 2010–2011? 

I’m not opposed to a wading
pool at the Beach!

We have time to figure this out — and get it right for the entire community now and future community of the City of Lake Worth to come — that includes the Millennials, their kids to follow, and the many future residents who don’t know, or possibly even care, why people “Love” a pool at our Beach so much.

*Many residents of Lake Worth will fondly recall why that area (eastern base of the former Lake Worth bridge) was called “Hot Dog Park”. It had to do with ‘free hot dogs’ on a July 4th back in 2009. Former resident and blogger-extraordinaire Tom McGow explained this quite well in a post titled, “PAC your lunch for the 4th of July. . .”.

Please take note: All parents with young athletes who have been hoping and praying to play football some day. . .

It’s time to get those young athletes registered to play Jaguars football for our proud City of Lake Worth!

For football players ages 4–15.

Registration has begun!

Call Mr. Michael Byrd at 561-722-2125, call the City of Lake Worth’s Leisure Services Dept. at 561-533-7363, or click on this link for more information about the Youth Enrichment Assoc. for Academics & Athletics (YEAA&A) football league. This football program is,

“[A] non-profit, recreation-oriented youth program that relies heavily on athletics and recreational activities to create and cement the bond between the adult volunteers and the youth in the community.”

Become a Jaguar!

Start getting prepared to play Lake Worth
High School Trojans Football:
Important dates: Coaches clinic on June 16th and June 23rd. Football practice begins June 9th. Then on August 18th is THE SEASON KICK OFF!

Dear citizens of the City of Lake Worth:

District 4 City Commissioner Herman C. Robinson needs your help.

Please note: Tonight at 6:00 is a Lake Worth City Commission meeting at City Hall. The next scheduled meeting of the City’s Recreation Advisory Board is tomorrow (Wednesday) in City Hall beginning at 6:15 in the conference room.

Why does this matter?
Because. . .

If something isn’t done — and very, very soon — the City of Lake Worth’s Recreation Advisory Board will be “Sunset” for lack of public interest.

The word ‘sunset’ is a nice way of saying:

Eliminated, erased, expunged, wiped out, disposed of, gotten rid of, liquidated, exterminated, bumped off, set aside, stamped out, ousted, eradicated, and/or taken out for all time.

To no avail thus far, the City has been trying to resurrect the Recreation Advisory Board (RAB), but there just doesn’t seem to be any interest. Just like in 2015 when former Commissioner Ryan Maier did everything he could to help save the Sister City Board (SCB), that effort failed and last year the SCB had to be eliminated after not reaching a quorum for a long, long time.

The good news is those remaining volunteers on the SCB, and the City staff as well, had more time to focus on other volunteer boards. But sadly, the RAB continued to languish.

At the City Commission meeting on March 6th, City Commissioner Herman C. Robinson made it quite clear that if not enough people show up on March 21st, at the next scheduled meeting of the RAB, this board may very well be eliminated for good:

Kaput. Sayonara. Done with. Over with. Blacked out. “See you later, alligator”.

So if you want to help resurrect the RAB, contact Commissioner Robinson as quickly as possible, or “ASAP” as they say. Like really really quick. And ask Herman what you can do to help save the RAB.

Call Commissioner Robinson at 561-586-1734 or send an email to: hrobinson@lakeworth.org

“For The Love of Lake Worth!“

Prior to being elected in March 2017, here is one
of then-Mr. Herman C. Robinson’s campaign flyers,
“For The Love of Lake Worth!”
“Let’s work Together”!

Help Commissioner Robinson:
Volunteer and help Save The RAB!

Carleton Varney on “The Cottages of Lake Worth” hardcover book. Special to Daily News, aka, “The Shiny Sheet”.

Read the book review below. But first, where to go and see this book for yourself in Downtown Lake Worth?

Two convenient places to go and thumb through this book or purchase the “Cottages” hardcover book is the City’s newsstand located at 600 Lake Ave. in the Downtown and the other is The Book Cellar bookstore located at the corner of “Jumpin’ J Street” and Lake Ave. just right up the street.

Use this link for “The Cottages of Lake Worth” Facebook page.
From the Book Review by Carleton Varney* are these two excerpts:

“Every so often a design-oriented book arrives on my desk that I find delightful, charming, informative and truly beautiful to look at, explore and wonder about. Such is a book published by The Cottages Press in Lake Worth, and the book’s title is similar to the name of the publisher — The Cottages of Lake Worth.
     Since I first saw it, I have purchased several copies from Studio 205 at 600 Lake Avenue in Lake Worth, a magazine and bookshop that’s also a boutique with trinkets extraordinaire. Andy Amoroso, the proprietor, will fetch you a copy of the book if one is not on display.”

and. . .

     “If you delight in color, charm and old world Florida, The Cottages of Lake Worth is a must for your home library! I just cannot say enough good things about this book.”

To read the entire book review click on this link.

*About the writer: Palm Beacher Carleton Varney is president of Dorothy Draper & Co., an international design firm with offices in New York, West Palm Beach, London and White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Visit his website or email him at: cvarney@dorothydraper.com

Is Artsy Fartsy Décor & More leaving the City of Lake Worth for good?

Is the owner still ‘mad’ at our City?

Take some time very soon and don’t dillydally! Go visit Artsy Fartsy Décor & More and find out for yourself! The address and phone number are below.

Remember the happier times at Artsy Fartsy on Lucerne Ave.?

“Key West-ish on Lucerne Avenue” in the L-Dub!

The beat reporter from the Post wrote, “That brings me to Lake Worth, OK, work with me here.”

Click on image to enlarge:
Artsy Fartsy was leaving L-Dub to set up shop on Clematis St. in WPB but the rents were too damn high!

Let’s all recall happier times:

A Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) newsletter, featured on the front page last year was a Q&A.

Excerpts from that Q&A are below to learn more about Artsy Fartsy Décor & More and the proprietor, Mr. Brian Schlitz. Artsy Fartsy is located at 506 Lucerne Ave. in Downtown Lake Worth. The phone number is 561-469-7348.

Tell us about yourself?

I was born and raised in Staten Island. . . . After originally making Boca Raton home, I stumbled upon this one of a kind, close knit and charming town of Lake Worth.

What made you choose Lake Worth?

Lake Worth is a very artsy, charming town and the perfect place for a specialized, fun décor store. The locals and tourists, alike, love our pieces and feel right at home.

What do you like best about having your business within the City of Lake Worth?

Lake Worth’s top business assets are the public officials in place, the downtown (two downtown streets running east/west which allows for double the amount of walkability and opportunity), the beach casino and the artistic, quaint and close knit feel that makes Lake Worth so unique.

We’re all very happy the City of Lake Worth was home for Artsy Fartsy Décor & More! Even if it may end it was for a very brief time. Best of luck Artsy Fartsy.

Radical environmentalists you’ve supported in the past now just a disappointment? Then consider Deep Green Resistance (DGR).

Please Note: The following blog post is not an endorsement for DGR or for tactics such as “Decisive Ecological Warfare”.
     However, since so many of our coastal communities in Palm Beach County are the home base for radical environmentalist (rad enviro) cells, instead of them trying to monkeywrench local city politics and initiatives — which only drains rad enviro resources, time, money, and personnel — don’t you think the rads need to focus instead on the big issues such as western sprawl, the Ag Reserve, and saving the Florida Everglades?

Are you a supporter of radical environmentalism
and looking for bold ideas?

Are you tired of protesters banging pots and pans, obnoxious noise-makers from the dollar store?

Tired of reading about another lawsuit against FPL that everyone knows is just a fallback and delay tactic? Money to fund these lawsuits drains resources and money that are desperately needed elsewhere.

Tired of retelling old stories of tree-sits? Public relations fiascos like a rad enviro throwing a battery into a lake? Confusing ‘musicals’ sending mixed messages too?
“Yes! It is Happening!”

Two years later, what did this ‘musical’ accomplish except for a well-written account by Rachel Monroe in the Oxford American?

“Community Action Group”?
Click image to enlarge. Pretty clever, huh?
The 1960s is calling and they want their
Lake Worth hippie back.

The self-described rad enviros in Palm Beach County are a big disappointment, especially when it comes curbing or at least slowing down western sprawl. You would be hard-pressed finding any proof of their success if you read the newspaper every day. Especially the “Real Estate” section.

If you’re looking for new ideas “outside the box” then consider donating much needed funds to DGR. Consider this:

     Throughout history all resistance movements have faced ruthless enemies that had unlimited resources. And, unlike the past, now everything’s at stake.
     We are battling those who are destroying the planet for their profit, not ours. Not all of us can participate on the frontlines. Many people have important reasons to stay back – families, children, or character traits. [emphasis added]

[and. . .]

     We are a young organization, but we have a message that is more unique and strategic than anything else we have seen. The DGR strategy – Decisive Ecological Warfare – lays out a simple (though not easy) plan to get from here – a society based on wholesale exploitation and destruction of human communities and the natural world – to there – thousands of local communities based on respect, human rights, and balance.
     As an aboveground organization, our work is strictly nonviolent. 
     Our tasks are simple: to promote the need for an underground, to shift the culture of activism, to normalize resistance, and to build movement towards true justice, sustainability, and equality.
     Join those of us who cannot be on the front lines in supporting the struggle for life and justice. With your help, we will make this dream a reality.

To help, send a check or use one many other options:

Deep Green Resistance
PO Box 925

Infill development and City of Lake Worth history: The one constant is constant change.

Many of the things City residents take for granted wouldn’t exist today were it not for infill development: Bryant Park, the Snook Islands, ‘Hot Dog Park’*, the City’s Golf Course, Park of Commerce, and the County’s John Prince Park are just a few.

For another example of infill development, coastal hardening and protection, you’ll be interested to learn what happened after the hurricanes of 1947 and 1949: A1A used to hug the coastline east of the Casino building but was moved west, away from the ocean and closer to the Intracoastal.

Later on in the 1950s more areas west of the Casino building were “filled in”. That is where the large Casino parking lot is located and where the Farmer’s Market meets during The Season. This first image is from Facebook and the next two color images are courtesy of Frank Palen, a long-time City resident many of you know very well:

Aerial view looking south likely pre-WWII. A1A hugs the coast in front of the former Casino structure. Then later, in the 1950s. . .

Note location of the pool (rear of building). The pool at the Beach now is condemned. Due to modern trends and market forces, a municipal pool at the Beach is unlikely an option going forward (but one may be constructed somewhere else in the City).

Notice all the parking close by the former Casino and short walk to the beach. The present structure has parking and traffic problems of which most of you are aware. Those weren’t issues “back in the day”.

*Many residents of Lake Worth will fondly recall why that area (base of the former Lake Worth bridge) was called “Hot Dog Park”. It had to do with ‘free hot dogs’ on a July 4th back in 2009. Former resident and blogger-extraordinaire Tom McGow explained this quite well in a post titled, “PAC your lunch for the 4th of July. . .”.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Period for “airing of grievances” ends today: Calling the Election Day winners ‘corrupt’ and those who lost ‘angels’.

Traditionally here in the City of Lake Worth — the day after Election Day until the day prior to the next City Commission meeting following the elections — is reserved for what’s called “the airing of grievances” and not to be taken too seriously.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 20th at 6:00
is a City Commission meeting.

So this year’s grievance period began last Wednesday (March 14th) and ends today (March 19th). The typical six (6) day period.

Just as a reminder, click on this link for a refresher: How to properly give public comment at Lake Worth City Commission meetings.

The municipal elections in this little City of Lake Worth are over with this year and ‘the Fat Lady’ has finished singing, which is quite a famous historical phrase in America referencing the stereotypical overweight opera singers such as Kate Smith, “The First Lady of Radio”.

From Wikipedia,

“It ain’t over till the fat lady sings is a colloquialism which is often used as a proverb. It means that one should not presume to know the outcome of an event which is still in progress.”

The elections are indeed over with in this City. So you can ‘count your chickens now’ and yes, last Tuesday’s Election Day results are even ‘carved in stone’ after the Swearing In ceremonies last Friday for Mayor Pam Triolo and commissioners Scott Maxwell and Andy Amoroso.

So. At the City Commission meeting tomorrow night at City Hall please be nice and pleasant and please be respectful when giving public comment too!

In short, be congenial!
Add remember the #1 rule: Always be respectful of the Chair at City Commission meetings.

Most of the time the Chair at City Commission meetings is Mayor Pam Triolo:
FYI: One should note, sometimes Mayor Triolo “passes the gavel” and Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell becomes the Chair. If Maxwell is not present then the Chair is Vice Mayor Pro Tem Andy Amoroso.

Wikipedia and MYTH vs. FACT.

Never trust everything you read
on the City of Lake Worth’s Wikipedia page.

Always verify what you’ve read using trusted sources as backup, e.g., the City of Lake Worth’s official website.

To see this demonstrated for yourself — why you should never trust Wikipediaclick on this link for the City’s Wikipedia page and look for text citation #21 that was recently added to the City’s Wiki page in the last day or two.

Text citation 21 corresponds to footnote no. 21 in the “References” section.


Click on image to enlarge:
Now go back and find text citation #35 on the City of Lake Worth’s Wikipedia page and footnote
no. 35 in the reference section:


“Lake Worth is the most gay-friendly community in Palm Beach County. The annual Gay Pride Parade for the county is held in Lake Worth. The county’s only GLBT center, Compass, is located at 201 N. Dixie Highway.”

Below are your elected officials in the City of Lake Worth at last year’s Pride Parade.*

Click on images to enlarge:
City of Lake Worth Commissioner
Herman C. Robinson. . .

Commissioner Omari Hardy.

No parade is complete without District 1 Commissioner Scott Maxwell who also serves as the City’s Vice Mayor. . .

. . . and here is Vice Mayor Pro Tem Andy Amoroso. Unfortunately, Mayor Pam Triolo was out of town on City business and was unable to attend last year.

*Have a lot of fun this coming weekend at PrideFest and at the parade on Sunday in the little City of Lake Worth!

But, unfortunately — as was learned in previous PrideFest parades — this can also be an opportunity for troublemakers as well.

“If You See Something, SAY SOMETHING”!
PBSO is always looking for volunteers: “Volunteering not only fosters a great feeling of accomplishment but helps your community become a safer place.”

BY REQUEST. Stroll down memory lane. Former Commissioner Suzanne Mulvehill and “Mission Impossible”.

Please Note: If you are short on time, at the end of this blog post is the now-famous video produced by Liana Werner Gray, the Australian food and entertainment reporter who interviewed former District 4 Lake Worth City Commissioner Suzanne Mulvehill at the former John G’s restaurant at the Lake Worth Beach eight (8) years ago now.

UPDATE: It’s interesting to note that former Lake Worth Commissioner Suzanne Mulvehill was indeed a visionary. Have you heard about the Blueway Trail?

It was Mulvehill, former Post reporter Willie Howard, and many others back in 2008–2012 that lamented the fact kayakers and those using canoes had no way to bypass the S-155 Spillway on the C-51 Canal to explore the inland Chain of Lakes.

The process was both risky and outright dangerous for most people — trying to climb the “goat trails” up the steep hills along the canal — then drag your equipment another ¼ mile or so west and then slog through the slick vegetation and debris (tires, trash, sharp objects) to re-enter the water on the other side of the Spillway.

But that’s all going to change.

Within 2–4 years, or maybe even sooner, the
Blueway Trail will become a reality
This image is from the inimitable former Lake Worth blogger extraordinaire Tom McGow. Ecotourism and public waterway access was one of Mulvehill’s biggest issues as an elected.

Suzanne Mulvehill, tongue-in-cheek, was a member of what their supporters back in 2010 called the Best Commission Ever! or BCE! for short.

Below is a popular video of Mulvehill which remains steady in the top 10 (now #9) of the most-viewed videos all-time on my YouTube channel. To look over the most-watched videos click on this link (to become a YouTube subscriber click on the red “subscribe” icon and you’ll get an email when new videos have been uploaded).

Apparently, and this is hard to believe, there are still a handful of people that don’t know what happened to John G’s!

That iconic restaurant moved south from the Lake Worth Beach down A1A to 264 South Ocean Blvd. in Manalapan. It ended up ‘saving’ John G’s at the Lake Worth Beach was “Mission Impossible”.

Hope you enjoy this stroll down memory lane to April 2010. If you wish, proceed to the 1:45 mark in the video where it gets highly entertaining.

Hope you enjoy a little more recent history about this little City of Lake Worth:

Scene: Dennis walks up to Mrs. Wilson and asked curiously, “Hi, Mrs. Wilson.
Is Mr. Wilson busy Wednesday?”

. . . well, Dennis, you know Mr. Wilson gets up early and scoots like hell over to World Thrift every Wed-
nesday morning and lunch at Tacos Al Carbon!

That’s right.
Every Wednesday is Senior Citizen
Day at World Thrift!

Looking for something to do this Wednesday but you’re not sure exactly what? Maybe watching a few episodes of Dennis the Menace? Well, guess what! Senior citizens from all over the area go to World Thrift every Wednesday. And you’ll meet Hipsters there and Apatharchists too (they are completely harmless and highly entertaining!), and there are Millennials and families with kids there as well.

World Thrift is located at 2425 N. Dixie Hwy in Lake Worth, open Monday–Saturday, 9:00–6:00. Call 561-588-4050 for more information.

Following your shopping experience pack your stuff in the car and walk across the street for breakfast, lunch or dinner at Tacos Al Carbon. It’s the new hot spot everybody is raving about in Central PBC and the latest stop on the Taste History Culinary Tour!

When you get to World Thrift say,
“The Skipper and Gilligan” sent you!
So. You’ve been wondering where everyone goes every Wednesday? Well. Now you know.

Get excited! Fourth Sunday in March: The City of Lake Worth’s annual Special Keepsake Series called “Hometown Destinations”.*

That’s this next Sunday coming up!

Learn more below about The Palm Beach Post and that special insert published last year in the Sunday paper on March 26th, 2017 (see below). This popular special insert, if you recall, is called the Special Keepsake Series that everyone is raving about: visitors and tourists alike.

So. How did the City of Lake Worth become so “Quirky” with a capital ‘Q’ as Mayor Pam Triolo is fond of saying?

The answer is this: It all began with an artist named Kevin van Derr Werff, a cover designer at The Palm Beach Post. See the image below created by the highly-talented Mr. van Derr Werff that started the ‘Quirky’ craze here in “the L-Dub”!

The slang term ‘L-Dub’ was first popularized by a beat reporter from the Post. Learn more about that below.

And also below are the credits — the designer at The Palm Beach Post, graphic artist, feature staff writers (e.g., Liz Balmaseda), the eight (8) photographers, and a beat reporter, Kevin Thompson — all those people that made this “Special Keepsake” so very special “to the L-Dub”!

“WELCOME TO THE L-DUB” was the headline in The Palm Beach Post in March 2017!

The City of Lake Worth’s Special Keepsake Edition, last year in the series, was published shortly after the riveting and exciting 2016–2017 election season.

This 12-page highly-sought-after collectible edition (colorful images below) published in the Post’s Sunday print edition was subtitled on the front page,

Where SMALL delights create
BIG personality.”


The credits:

  • Cover design: Kevin van Derr Werff.
  • Graphics: Steve Lopez.
  • Feature-article writers: Jan Tuckwood and Liz Balmaseda (with a contribution/photos by a staff beat reporter, Kevin Thompson).
  • Photographers: Jan Tuckwood, Damon Higgins, Bruce R. Bennett, Gary Coronado, Ellie Gutierrez, Richard Graulich, Melanie Bell and Allen Eyestone.

Here’s the front page, above the fold, enticing the
reader, tourists, visitors, and investors to learn
more about “THE L-DUB” last March:
For the standard definition of the slang ‘L-DUB’ used by the Post editors click on this link. [Note that Elle-Dub and El-Dub (Spanish variants), L-Dub and LDub (upper/lowercase with or sans hyphen), and the French/EU LéDûb are also acceptable,
depending on the situation.]

This is the front page as well — below the fold —
of this ‘Special Keepsake’.

[Credit: Mr. Kevin van Derr Werff.]
On page S5 is an incredible article by Jan Tuckwood about City Manager Michael Bornstein titled, “The ‘New’ Lake Worth” and on p. S6, “What makes a town a hometown?”

From p. S12, the back page of this “HOMETOWN DESTINATION” in the Post’s collectible
Keepsake edition:
Meet the iconic City of Lake Worth resident Mr. Greg Rice who is fond of asking the question, “Why would anyone want to live in places where you
have to wear socks?”

*Please note: The City of Lake Worth is the only city in Palm Beach County to ever receive this singular and distinct “Hometown Destinations” honor from the editors at The Palm Beach Post in the print edition, beating out cities such as West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, and Westlake.

Post-Hurricane Irma:

Have you noticed the increased number of cats roaming our neighborhoods?

How many of those cats were “dropped off ” by those fleeing evacuation zones on ‘The Island’ not knowing when they would be allowed back into their condo, apartment, or home?

From the editor at The Palm Beach Post:

“Communities with TNVR programs tend to develop even bigger cat-dumping problems than before the effort began. . .”

Is it time for the City of Lake Worth, and other cities as well, to take another long look at Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, and Release (TNVR)?

Has Lake Worth, because of its efforts promoting TNVR, become one of the County’s destinations for “cat-dumping” of unwanted or unhealthy cats? And. . . surprisingly, Mother Nature may have its own answer to the problem of roaming and feral cats: coyotes.

Below is a blog post from several months prior to Hurricane Irma titled, “How long before coyotes begin roaming and hunting in our little City of Lake Worth? Or are coyotes already here?”

And why having coyotes in our parks at night
and roaming the City’s alley network is
not such a bad thing after all.

How do coyotes factor into controlling the feral cat population? Can coyotes, as stated below, “help restore biodiversity, enrich parks, and counteract decades of environmental damage”? Do TNVR programs for cats even work to control the population or does it make the problem worse, e.g., the continuing devastation of indigenous bird populations?

“While TNVR theoretically should cut down feral cat populations, several studies have shown that they rarely do.”
—Editor, Palm Beach Post (see editorial below).

There’s news below as well from Post reporter Bill DiPaolo. And have you ever heard of the book published and titled, “Coyote Settles the South”? Learn about all these topics and much more later in this blog post.

Hope you find this information helpful and insightful.
As always, Thank You for visiting today.

Warning! Never feed coyotes: These animals have a tremendous fear of humans. When people feed coyotes the animals lose that fear. That is not good for anyone. Especially those with small pets.

Are coyotes roaming the streets and alleys of Lake Worth now? Maybe. But unless one has a motion-activated camera during nighttime you would never know. Coyotes are one of the most stealthy animals around and very careful to avoid the notice of humans. They rest during the day, hunt at night, and coyotes are especially fond of one animal in particular: cats.

Reports began coming in 2015 of coyotes near Greenacres. Is that a bad thing? The reports were of coyotes hunting feral cats which are a big problem in Palm Beach County, especially so in Lake Worth. Another excerpt from the editor at the Post:

“Communities with TNVR programs tend to develop even bigger cat-dumping problems than before the effort began, because people feel emboldened to just release their unwanted animals. And the reality is, animal control programs rarely have the resources to actually trap, sterilize and release the thousands of animals that are out there.”

Last year Post reporter Bill DiPaolo wrote this article titled, “Coyotes blamed for killing two pet goats in Jupiter Farms”; an excerpt:

“Two-year-old Buttercup and 3-month-old Candy, both female Nigerian dwarf goats, were killed between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. while they were in an outdoor area surrounded by a 4-foot-tall wooden fence. The goats — Buttercup weighed 50 pounds and Candy about half as much — were taken to a nearby veterinarian.
     The vet confirmed the bites on the neck and head were from coyotes, said , a lifelong resident of the rural, unincorporated area west of Florida’s Turnpike.”

In the comment section of DiPaolo’s article
is this comment:

“Give credit where credit due. I credit the Coyotes for eliminating the feral cats from our community. Back in the day, I would see feral cats everywhere, every day. Then the Coyotes showed up and it has been months sense we last saw a feral cat. Hats off to the Coyotes for doing their part in keeping the balance of nature alive and well.

The County has essentially conceded that TNVR is the plan until an idea that actually works comes along. Coyotes may be the answer.

Below is an excerpt from The Palm Beach Post editorial board, “Editorial: Wildlife protection must factor into cat release plans”.

     That [TNVR] sounds like the perfect solution, except that it’s not really. Even well-fed cats retain their hunting instinct, and continue to kill significant numbers of wild birds and animals. One study found an outdoor domestic cat is capable of killing 60 birds and 1,600 small mammals in an 18-month period.
     There are so many species of animals that are vulnerable to predation by house cats: ground foraging brown thrashers, oven birds, palm warblers and water thrushes; tiny tree frogs and green anolis; marsh rabbits and Florida mice.
     While TNVR theoretically should cut down feral cat populations, several studies have shown that they rarely do.

Anyhow, back to the coyote:

Watch this news report from CBS2’s Weijia Jiang
from Long Island City, NY:

This article in Slate raises some interesting points. First, you can hardly call coyotes a nuisance because they have a tremendous fear of humans and are virtually impossible to find. The video above is a rare one of a coyote roaming (hunting?) within a city’s borders. And you could argue that coyotes are good for public health and the environment. Here is an excerpt from the article:

     Gehrt [Stanley Gehrt, head of the Cook County Coyote Project] and his team have just completed a large-scale feral cats study, which found that coyotes are repelling them from natural areas within the city. “That has a positive impact on native fauna,” Gehrt says—cats kill a lot of birds. [emphasis added] Recently, researchers at the Illinois Natural History Survey have also been considering white-tailed deer, which are responsible for a remarkable number of automobile accidents; findings suggest that coyotes are making a dent in their population through fawn predation. Out of 15 fawns collared this season, Gehrt says 11 have already been taken by coyotes.
     All of this would seem to be good news for the New York metropolitan area, which could certainly use a better form of rodent control than dangerous poisons. Even a fraction of the effects seen in Chicago could help restore biodiversity, enrich parks, and counteract decades of environmental damage.

Use this link to learn about the book written
by John Lane in 2016.
“A personal narrative about the arrival and flourishing of the American coyote in the Southeast.”

Image from Wikipedia.