Saturday, May 4, 2013

Pics from the beach today...




A young lady was on the ground, sitting up and being attended to by paramedics.

This required two trucks and blocking of one lane and at least six parked vehicles.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Today is "Lake Worth Centennial Day" in Florida

Click title for link for bill filed by Senator Jeff Clemens designating May 3, 2013 as "Lake Worth Centennial Day" in Florida.

Three companies locate operations in Palm Beach County and... | www.palmbeachpost.com

Three other areas of the county other than Lake Worth will be benefiting from relocations and business expansions.  This does cost us in the long run as the divide gets deeper and we lose non-residential tax base dollars to other communities which means that you and I are the ones left to pay the freight in Lake Worth.  Click title for link to article.

Lake Worth wins greenway grant of nearly $750,000 | www.mypalmbeachpost.com

More good news due to the hard work of the CRA and Lake Worth resident Erica Whitfield.  Click title for link to article.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: New York City bike-share program bans fat riders - NYPOST.com

This is ridiculous and unenforceable.  I do like the attitude of the person that is overseeing the program - that is was more a requirement of the manufacturer than anything else.  For my part, when I began riding my bike again as a New Year's resolution in January 2011, I would have been over that limit.  It's unfortunate that some people will use that as an excuse not to ride and be part of the program - the limit will to some degree become a barrier to people that want to lose weight through biking.  By the way, I think that the kayak purveyor for the Lake Worth Lagoon has a 250 pound limit.  This might make more sense in a kayak than a bike.  Click title for link to article.

A piece of Camelot and presidential history restored in West Palm Beach...

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Astrologist Amy Volkers 05/03 by High Noon in Lake Worth | Blog Talk Radio

Tune in for what should be a FUN show. I have used Amy's services off and on for the past 20 years - she is a well known Palm Beach County-based astrologist and will share the basics of her practice - as well as look at the city of Lake Worth's "natal" chart from 1913. We will get a peek at the clues that make the city what it is today and also get a glimpse of what the future has in store. 

Click the link for the live show between noon and 1 p.m. on 5/3 or later for the archived show.  Leave questions as comments below to be asked during the show.

Waste not, want not: Meet the woman who has scavenged for £80,000 worth of food for family from BINS | Mail Online

The woman featured in this piece looks like a soccer mom from Wellington, but she's not.  This one lives in Arizona.  She is going to be featured on TLC's My Crazy Obsession.  Perhaps they could produce a show here and combine dumpster diving with serial door-knocking and signature gathering - we'd have enough material for a mini-series.  Click title for link.

Recreation facilities turn $1.6 million profit | www.palmbeachdailynews.com

No, the headline is not a typo, it concerns the results of the Town of Palm Beach Recreation Department.  It seems like their docks are a big money-maker, but the golf course (a par 3) is breaking even.  The non-resident fee to play tennis on the Town's courts is just over $700 per year.  This is a highlight from the article:
As part of the budget review process, the commission recommended the town look into hiring another staff member to help reduce the workload of current employees, and to focus on marketing and communications.
The commission thought an additional staff member could provide a “new view” and bring “fresh ideas” to promoting recreational activities. Member Khooshe Aiken suggested the potential hire could do studies on how to best reach the Palm Beach audience, including writing blogs and using social media sites.
I wonder if Poodle Aerobics will be all the rage there that it has proven to be in other locations? 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Pics from the deluge and aftermath today...

This is between 7th and 10th North on Dixie Hwy. this afternoon.  Steve Weagle, Channel 5 meteorologist posted it on his FaceBook feed.  These are other pictures we took today at the south end of Bryant Park.


Notice where the water line was earlier in the day along the seawall.


 Also read about water at the west end of the bridge - did they stop westbound traffic over the bridge today?  Also, a lot of water around G Street and 2nd Avenue North.  The person living there was trying to call the city most of the day and had trouble finding a live person at the other end of the line.  Apparently, there were similar problems all over the city.

This from the EF! website..


Check this out!


Tiny Homes are finding their day in the sun.  Infill for some of our 25 ft. wide lots?

Vegas adult and topless pools continue to make a splash

Who says that pools can't be moneymakers?!  All we need to do is loosen the reins a bit, turn up the volume and take off some clothes.  Who's with me?  Click title for link.

Coast to Coast Connector: $50 Million to Link Bike Trails Approved | TheLedger.com

This made it through the state legislature, now it awaits Governor Scott's signature.  It would be a real asset and there are other opportunities around the state for similar trail extensions.  Click title for link.

A Powerful Measure of Urban Health: the Stroller Index

How does Lake Worth compete when looking at the Stroller Index?  How are the schools here?  Is this a place where parents are comfortable raising children?  Click title for link to article.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Construction over eight years of One World Trade Center in New York...

West Palm Beach Approves Historic Domestic Partnership Measure | City of West Palm Beach

"The new city ordinance, introduced by West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, would provide funds to domestic partners to compensate them for the federal tax dollars they are forced to pay for health benefits. The funds would effectively eliminate any additional cost for health insurance that a domestic partnership would pay when compared to a married couple. Only two other cities in the United States currently provide this compensation to their employees. They are Cambridge, Massachusetts and Hallandale Beach, Florida." 

Click title for link to press release on the city's website.

Friends of the Library New Meeting Place

Dear Members, Friends and Supporters,

The next meeting of the Friends of the Lake Worth Library takes place onTuesday, May 14 5:30 till 6:30  pm. at Coasters Coffee (South J Street between Lake Avenue and 1st Avenue South - across form Poutine Dog).

We had to change our meeting place because Mother Earth closes at 4 pm now. We are changing our meeting 
time back to to 5:30 till 6:30 pm this month so that we will be finished before their entertainment starts.

We will try out this place and see if those who attend want to continue meeting there. Coasters does not serve meals but they have pastries and coffee. Suggestions about meeting places will be discussed at thos meeting. 
Bring your idea and share them.

Come hear about how well our Spring Book Sale and Mimi Book Sale went. Vickie Joslyn, Library Services Supervisor, will give a report on projects and events at the library and she will tell us about the summer program.. 

Best Regards,
June
June Evans, President of the Friends of the Lake Worth Library

Fire destroys abandoned home in Lake Worth | www.palmbeachpost.com

Only one of the 2,000 or so abandoned homes in Lake Worth.  Fire.  Something else to be concerned about.  Click title for link.

'Amish Las Vegas': What happens in Pinecraft stays in Pinecraft - TODAY.com

Is Lake Worth the Anarchist's Las Vegas?  Maybe not, but check out Pinecraft, Florida and how it seems to be home for Amish snowbirds.  Another market to go after!  Click title for link.

How Wynwood Went From Abandoned Warehouses To Hipster Hangout | WLRN

A Miami neighborhood under-going an arts/developer led gentrification process.  Click title for link to article and don't miss the WLRN interview.  Hit "play" underneath the pictures on the linked page.  From the article:
"For us, we're artists so we like gentrification in a way," said Álvarez. "We like the colors. We like the galleries. We like the cafes. We like Panther Coffee, Lester's. We enjoy Wynwood. But at the same time, we do think about the other effects of gentrification, what gentrification is doing to the people that live there, because if you think about it, gentrification is a modern type of colonization."
She says she characterizes it this way because new people are going into Wynwood and making decisions for the people who've been living there since the 1960s.
"What I would like people to think about is how we can do this in a different way, how we can give [these] people something good as we take something good from the neighborhood," said Álvarez.

Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative

I know we are not Delray Beach and we don't want to become another Delray Beach, but look at the sort of experience they are looking for in an Executive Director and Associate Executive Director for the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative.  Also look at the duties they wish to have these professionals undertake.  Who is doing this for the city of Lake Worth?  This sort of thing shows just how far we need to go just to step up to the starting line.  Check out their website.

May 2013: Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts for State and Local Governments

This message provides details about 11 upcoming webcasts being offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.
 
Featured EPA Webcast
  • May 1, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Climate Change Adaptation for State and Local Governments: Attracting Funding for Adaptation
EPA Webcasts
  • May 8, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness 101: Risk Assessment Process
  • May 22, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Preparing for Extreme Weather Events Workshop Planner for the Water Sector / Adaptation Strategies Guide
  • May 29, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – On-site Renewables: Lessons Learned from Idea to Implementation
ENERGY STAR Webcasts
  • May 2, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – For Utilities: Designing and Implementing Successful Data Center Efficiency Programs
  • May 7 AND May 22, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – How to Register for EPA’s 2013 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition
  • May 8, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – School Siting: Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities for Communities and Decision-Makers
DOE Webcasts
  • May 1, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) – Solar Finance for Residential and Commercial Customers and Potential Roles of State and Local Government
  • May 9, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) - Commercial Building Partnership Success Story Webinar Series: A Look at The Home Depot’s Most Energy Efficient Store
  • May 29, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) – Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Regional Transmission Planning
***Featured EPA Webcast
 
May 1, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Climate Change Adaptation for State and Local Governments: Attracting Funding for Adaptation
This is the third in a three-part webcast series on climate change adaptation hosted by EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program. This mini-series builds on our popular 2010-2011 adaptation mini-series. Part III will focus on how to secure funding for adaptation. The presentations will provide examples of how communities of various sizes have attracted funding and provide available resources for participants to identify appropriate funds. Experts will discuss how to maximize funding by mainstreaming adaptation planning and how to address adaptation and mitigation simultaneously.
***EPA Webcasts
 
May 8, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness 101: Risk Assessment Process
Sponsored by EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities Initiative, this webcast provides an introduction to CRWU’s risk assessment tool, the Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT). This webinar outlines CREAT’s risk assessment process, how it can help utilities build more resilient systems, and examples of threats and adaptation options. 
May 22, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Preparing for Extreme Weather Events Workshop Planner for the Water Sector / Adaptation Strategies Guide
Sponsored by EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities Initiative, this joint webcast will highlight the Preparing for Extreme Weather Events Workshop Planner for the Water Sector and the Adaptation Strategies Guide, and how a utility can use them both when developing adaptation plans. It will also highlight utility experiences with the tools. 
May 29, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – On-site Renewables: Lessons Learned from Idea to Implementation
Organizations across the country continue to make direct investments in on-site renewable energy generation, indicating a long-term commitment to using renewable energy and securing the benefits of reduced electricity price volatility. This webcast, sponsored by EPA’s Green Power Partnership, will feature two EPA Green Power Partners, SC Johnson and Coca-Cola Refreshments, that have invested in on-site projects powered by landfill gas and wind, respectively, and highlight the companies’ experiences from initial investigation of on-site systems to the results obtained once the projects were brought online.
***ENERGY STAR Webcasts
 
May 2, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – For Utilities: Designing and Implementing Successful Data Center Efficiency Programs
Over the past decade, total data center energy use in the United States has almost quadrupled. Energy-efficiency program administrators can play a significant role in helping customers reduce data center energy use and demand. Based on the new ENERGY STAR guide on data center efficiency programs, this webinar will explore the energy saving opportunities available and share emerging practices for program design and implementation. Mark Bramfitt, former head of PG&E’s data center efficiency program, will lead the presentation and be available to answer questions.
May 7 AND May 22, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – How to Register for EPA’s 2013 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition
Back by popular demand, this year’s competition features new ways to participate and get recognition. For the first time ever, tenants occupying part of a building will be able to compete alongside whole buildings, provided they have access to energy bills or meter data for their space. Plus, EPA will be recognizing the ENERGY STAR MVP for excellence in communication to occupants and the public!

All organizations that apply and provide all required data for their nominated building(s) or tenant space(s) will be invited to compete and work off their energy waste with help from EPA’s ENERGY STAR program. This year’s registration process has changed, so don’t be left out! Attend this webinar to learn how to register and what’s in store for this year.
May 8, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – School Siting: Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities for Communities and Decision-Makers
This webinar will help districts, schools, and communities understand the importance of school siting and the impacts on economic development, communities, public health, and the environment. A panel of experts from U.S. EPA including Suzi Ruhl, J.D., M.P.H, Senior Attorney Policy Advisor in the Office of Environmental Justice; and Regina Langton, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Sustainable Communities; as well as Katherine Moore, AICP, Manager of Georgia Conservancy’s Sustainable Growth program, will provide participants with information and tools that can help districts, schools, and communities weigh school siting decisions.
***DOE Webcasts
 
May 1, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) – Solar Finance for Residential and Commercial Customers and Potential Roles of State and Local Government
Sponsored by the DOE and the National Renewable Energy Lab, this webinar will provide an overview of how residential and commercial solar projects are financed and the various roles that state and local governments can play to support the deployment of solar projects within their jurisdictions.
May 9, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) - Commercial Building Partnership Success Story Webinar Series: A Look at The Home Depot’s Most Energy Efficient Store
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) partnered with The Home Depot, one of America's largest home improvement retailers, to develop and implement solutions to build new, low-energy buildings that are at least 50% below Standard 90.1-2007. The effort was part of the Commercial Building Partnerships (CBP) initiative, a DOE initiative that accelerates the transformation of America's energy landscape by demonstrating innovative low-energy technologies and strategies in commercial buildings. DOE is hosting a webinar outlining CPD's work with The Home Depot, focusing on a specific store in Lodi, California. This is the first Home Depot store built using a new prototype design and is the most energy efficient Home Depot store in the country. DOE hopes that interested parties that attend the webinar will gain a clear understanding of the results of successfully implemented energy savings project, how the featured project met its energy savings goals, unique features of the case study, and how these strategies can be replicated in other projects. 
May 29, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) – Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Regional Transmission Planning
Transmission plans for the Eastern and Western Interconnections and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the eight U.S. regional reliability organizations are expanding existing regional transmission planning activities and broadening stakeholder involvement. In this webcast sponsored by DOE and the Western Area Power Administration, hear about the status of the organizations’ plans and evaluations of long-term regional transmission needs.
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EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in more information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Greenfield renews contract with Soledad police chief | Salinas News - KSBW Home

Click title for link - DON'T MISS THE VIDEO.  From the article:
The City Council on Monday night voted 4-1 to renew Eric Sills' contract for another year after Greenfield City Manager Susan Stanton announced she had changed her mind about Sills. Stanton credits a backlash from residents for the change of heart.
"I still feel that the city needs a fully-vested chief of police, but I also understand that maybe now might not be the time," Stanton said.

This about Delray Beach...

I found this old news video (Channel 4, WTVJ) from 1956 on YouTube.  It's about Delray Beach and its issues in accommodating the "Negro" population with a beach and a pool.  There are a few remarkable things about these videos.  One is that this was a noon newscast and this story took the first 15 minutes of airtime - before the first commercial.  What also stands out is the level of detail - given the length of time to address the issue.  What is also unique is that the TV station reporter actually chaired and facilitated the meeting between the two groups - a white city commission and a group representing the "Negroes".  The Mayor talks about how it is important that the cameras are there so that no one can dispute what another person has said.  Both groups are very appreciative of the reporter for running the meeting.

The result, for 1956, seems to be separate but equal facilities, so more work was left to be done for a later time.  But still it is a grainy, black and white moving image with sound of a time about 57 years ago that puts our current political/technological/progressive mindset in some perspective.
Flash forward to today, and you have this review of the 12 critical decisions that made Delray Beach what it is today - the modern Delray - according to former Mayor Jeff Perlman on his blog.

Preliminary Figures from the Property Appraiser's Office - 2013 Taxable Values

At last, we have a glimmer of good news on the taxable property value front - Values are to have increased 3% in all of Palm Beach County and Lake Worth's are expected to have increased 4.2%.  This reflects the bottoming out of the residential housing market, but no part of this can  be attributed to new non-residential development.  It is also worthwhile pointing out that if you have already lost 2/3 of your taxable property value and lost more than any other municipality in the last five years, it doesn't take much of an increase to register a higher percentage gain.  For example, if you have 1 and add another 1, you get 2, or a 100% increase.  But you still have 2.  It's also worthwhile to check out the total taxable value of other municipalities compared to ours.  It doesn't take too long to conclude that Lake Worth is less than some cities we usually consider our "equals."

Belle Glade gained 4.2% as well and Pahokee gained 5.6%.

Click title for link.