Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas poem from the 1891 Tropical Sun:

Lotus Cove was a small settlement just north of Lantana, perhaps the southern part of present-day Lake Worth.

Little City of Lake Worth leads the way in renewable solar energy. A must-see video about the project:

Check back to this blog for further updates and date of the unveiling:
 
The unveiling scheduled for October was delayed.

Remember: The solar field is in addition to the Citys new LED Street Lighting program which is getting rave reviews from every neighborhood, the Countys attention, and throughout the State of Florida as well. Even the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada has taken notice.

The City of Lake Worth is just one little City. But why does news between our City and the Village of Wellington get mostly ignored?

A month ago an extempore ad libitum poll was taken. The results are clear. Lake Worth is willing to give up our very very special status (see below) in The Palm Beach Post and share that space with our friends in Greenacres, Atlantis, Palm Springs, Lake Clarke Shores, suburban Lake Worth, and the Lake Worth Corridor as well that are regularly ignored by the Post. It’s also important to remember we never asked for that special status in the first place. Lake Worth discovered one day we were very, very special and it was never explained to us why.

Sort of takes the ‘air out of the balloon’ when you’re so very special and don’t know why, right? Well, anyhow. . .

The print edition of The Palm Beach Post’s Lake Worth Very Very Special Monday Collector Print Edition (LWVVSMCPE) is on Monday. Every Monday. Each and every Monday. Again and again and again and no one knows why. Do you live in Greenacres or Palm Springs? Need the phone number for the Lake Worth sewer department? Parks and recreation? Recycling and trash pickup? That’s right. You’ll find it every Monday in the Post.

It’s never been explained why the little City of Lake Worth is so special and cities like Greenacres and Palm Springs aren’t.
Every Monday the City of Lake Worth is highlighted along with much larger cities. Greenacres is a little city too? So is Palm Springs. Why can’t those cities be special every now and then?

If you’ve been paying attention, read this blog, or get The Lake Worth Herald you have a real good idea what’s going on in Lake Worth. But imagine you live in Greenacres and have been trying everything to get the attention of their beat reporter. You grab that morning’s paper and it’s the LWVVSMCPE again. Really? This question is certainly being pondered by residents, City governments, and politicians in Greenacres, Palm Springs, Atlantis, and other cities. But now imagine you’re an official in Lake Worth (either elected or not) and you find this City the focus, or target if you will, of the County’s paper of record.

The logical question is “Why?”, right? That’s never been explained. Does Lake Worth deserve all this attention?

Six square miles. Six. 6. That’s the size of the City of Lake Worth. Palm Beach County is 2,386 square miles. Lake Worth is 0.25% of that. Lake Worth’s percentage of the County population? 0.0026. That’s it. However, if you’re a regular reader of the Post you’d think this City is a much bigger player on the stage. It’s not. We’re a blip compared to our neighbor to the north, West Palm Beach.

However, each and every week Lake Worth gets special attention along with 5 other cities and you have to wonder why (square miles/population from Wikipedia):
  • Lake Worth 6/35,000
  • West Palm Beach 58/100,000
  • Boynton Beach 16/68,000
  • Jupiter 21/61,000
  • Wellington 45/62,000
  • Palm Beach Gardens 55/49,000
Why the Post has decided to focus so much attention on this City is anyone’s guess. This is a disservice to the news reading public, especially to all those communities west of this City who get ignored for the most part.

Do you live in Greenacres? Palm Springs? The Lake Worth Corridor? Have news you would like to see published in the Post? There’s always next year. Keep the faith.

The City of Lake Worth’s left-handed big league pitcher: The legendary Herb Score

“Herb Score is the toughest pitcher I’ve faced. I just can’t hit him.
—Mickey Mantle

What a great article by Dave George at The Palm Beach Post:

“LAKE WORTH – There is a way to tell the story of Herb Score that doesn’t begin with the sensational lefty being struck in the eye by a line drive and, in that instant, forfeiting the kind of momentum that carried Sandy Koufax, his contemporary, all the way to Cooperstown. 
     You could start instead at a Dairy Queen that no longer exists in downtown Lake Worth, where Herb worked as a teenager and always made sure his friends got an extra scoop.

[and. . .]

      “The scene was Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, a cavernous Depression-Era structure long since demolished and dumped into Lake Erie, piece by piece, to make an artificial reef. On this Tuesday afternoon, however, the place was alive and buzzing for a visit by Mickey Mantle and the defending World Series champion New York Yankees. 
     Cleveland Indians fans were more wound up than worried. 
     Their starting pitcher, 23-year-old Herb Score, was coming off consecutive shutout victories over the Yankees the previous season. In his two full seasons in the major leagues, Score had a 3-1 record against the game’s most glittering franchise, with 54 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings pitched against the Yankees, and with Mantle’s endorsement as the toughest American League left-hander that he faced.

Thank you for a great story about Lake Worth!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Tough words from Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo: A “Proclamation” about the heroin epidemic

Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo didn’t hold back last August (see video below) following the proclamation: “Item 5B: Proclamation declaring August 31, 2016 as Overdose Awareness Day”. At the 1:50 mark she finishes reading the prepared words, pauses, and then has her thoughts. To say it hits hard is an understatement. I was there taking this video and you could feel the emotion in the room.
Please share this video with your friends, family, and neighbors. Send the video to people up North who may believe they’re sending family members to Florida for treatment of addictions. It’s not always the case. Many of them will never return home.

Here is the link to this blog post.
Here is the link to the video.

The video is less than 4 minutes. Maybe Mayor Triolo’s “Proclamation” will save someone’s life some day. Please share this video:

From Butch Ward: “Want your newsroom to collaborate? Help veterans and beginners learn from each other”

Here is the link to the entire article and an excerpt:

     Editors frequently ask me the secret to managing millennials.
     After all, they say, they act entitled, quit on a moment’s notice and seem more concerned with how much vacation they get than whether they should work some extra hours.
     Of course, editors also ask me how to manage veterans who, they say, are resisting the need to learn the skills everyone needs in a digital newsroom. 

[and. . .]

     Fact is, people of all ages and experiences populate newsrooms (as they always have), and they bring a variety of talents, motivations and ambitions to their jobs. Asking how to manage discrete groups of people is the wrong question.
     Instead, here’s the question I think editors should be asking:
     How can I best manage an entire staff of individuals — some young and inexperienced, others seasoned by work and life — and help them discover how to learn from each other, work with each other?

Just trying to help.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Do you live in Greenacres? Get your community news in The Lake Worth Herald.

This week’s Herald has another article about Greenacres titled, “Two City of Greenacres Employees Pay It Forward”. Here’s an excerpt:

     The two Greenacres city employees [Greenacres building inspectors] had gotten to know a man named Allen, as he rode his bike everywhere around the city.
     Allen’s bike was recently stolen leaving him without his joy of riding around Greenacres. Hearing of his plight, these two, kindhearted employees, Wayne and George, decided to pay it forward by presenting Allen with a new bike.
     Wayne and George reached into their own pockets and purchased a new bike for Allen. On Monday they presented him with a brand new bike. 

And did you know the City of Greenacres has an election coming up next March? It’s true. Read more about that below.

Check out the new website for The Lake Worth Herald and Coastal/Greenacres Observer.

Interestingly, the City of Greenacres and the City of Lake Worth both have the same reporter from The Palm Beach Post but you would be hard pressed finding any news about Greenacres in that newspaper. But almost every week in the Herald you’ll find community news about our friends in Greenacres. What gives?

The Post’s slogan is, “Real News Starts Here”. So the “Real News” only happens in Lake Worth? Anyhow, if you live in Greenacres did you know you have an election coming up next March 14th? Here’s more news from the Herald:

CITY OF GREENACRES, FLORIDA
NOTICE OF MUNICIPAL GENERAL ELECTION
TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017

The 2017 Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of electing the following public officials for two (2) year terms:

Office of the Mayor
Council District I
Council District V

All candidates must be registered voters of Palm Beach County and a resident of the City for one continuous year. Candidates for the Office of the Mayor must reside within the City’s boundaries. Candidates for Districts I and V must reside within their respective districts. The filing/qualifying period opens at Noon, Tuesday, January 31, 2017 and closes promptly at Noon, Tuesday, February 14, 2017. For more information, please contact the City Clerk’s office at 642-2006.

Signed:
Joanna Cunningham
City Clerk/Filing Officer

The City of Lake Worth’s municipal golf course is featured once again: “A Coastal Paradise”

Have family and friends up north who like to golf? Send this link to them (copy/paste to your email):
http://wesblackman.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-city-of-lake-worths-municipal-golf.html
Or use this embedded link. As always, Thank You for visiting my blog. Don’t forget to mention Babe Ruth liked to play golf here in the charming little City of Lake Worth:

The writer of this superb article about Lake Worth’s golf course is Mike May (more about the writer below).

Below are excerpts from an excellent article about our City’s golf course and club. First, here is information the writer sent to Dolores Key, Lake Worth’s Economic Development/Marketing Director:

Hello Dolores,
     Wellington-based golf writer Mike May touching base. I am the correspondent who wrote the story about the Lake Worth Golf Club which appears on the wall in City Hall.
     I want to let you know that I have another editorial affiliation in the world of golf, as I'm now a staff writer with GoGolfandTravel.com.
     One of the sections of this website is going to focus on my stories about the golf courses which are part of the Florida Historic Golf Trail many of which are in Palm Beach County. My first story which has been posted is on the Lake Worth Golf Club. Here's the link. Enjoy and share the link with others.

[Mike May is a south Florida-based golf writer. He can be reached at mmaymarketing@gmail.com]

Here are three excerpts from the article:

     While golfers in Palm Beach County, Florida have access to a number of well-known, nicely manicured layouts such as Emerald Dunes, Madison Green, Osprey Point, and PGA National, one of the forgotten ‘gems’ is actually one of the oldest golf courses in the area -- Lake Worth Municipal Golf Club (www.lakeworthgolfclub.org), which is also one of the 53 courses on the Florida Historic Golf Trail in the Sunshine State. It’s ‘worth’ noting that Lake Worth Municipal (17th Avenue, Lake Worth, FL; 561-582-9713) was a winter golfing destination for former baseball slugger Babe Ruth, back in the day!

[and. . .]

     While the championship tees measure less than 6,200 yards, short by today’s standards, the course will play longer and tougher than it appears on paper. One other twist worth noting is that in 2014, the course went through a switch. The original back nine became the new front nine and vice versa. Why the change?
     According to Christopher Fletcher, the director of golf at Lake Worth Municipal, there were two reasons for the switch: tradition and customer service.
     According to Christopher Fletcher, the director of golf at Lake Worth Municipal, there were two reasons for the switch: tradition and customer service. “The south nine was the original front nine in the ‘20s,” says Fletcher. “More importantly, my bag staff can better see the golfers coming down the par 4 (of the north nine), rather than over by the par 3, which allows them to be better prepared when people finish. Thus, providing better customer service.”

[and. . .]

     When you walk off the 18th green, I highly suggest that you check out the spectacular views are and the menu at the club’s ‘19th hole’ -- The Beach Club [link added] On the Waterfront, which overlooks the Intracoastal. In addition to enjoying the views, I highly suggest you enjoy what’s on the menu, especially the Nachos Beach Club and the Beach Club Catch.
     The Lake Worth Municipal Golf Club awaits your arrival.

Thank you for the article, Mr. May. It won’t be too long now before our friends up north will miss being able to play a few rounds of golf outside in the warm air.

Photo from the Jim Stafford collection: View looking north of our golf course, Snook Islands, and the Intracoastal. To the east is the Town of Palm Beach and Atlantic Ocean.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Please spread the word: Lake Worth’s Little Free Libraries need your help

Search the house and ask your neighbors: Do you have any childrens books laying around?

“Your support of the Little Free Libraries has been amazing and deeply appreciated. With your help we are getting more books than ever before to our children.

The demand for books is almost more than we can keep up with, so were asking everyone to please help us out. We are in desperate need of donations of gently used childrens books for the 55 Little Free Libraries in all our neighborhoods: pre-school up to young adult (science fiction is very popular). 

Email us at LakeWorthLFL@gmail.com and well be delighted to pick the books up.

A message from Cpt. Baer, Lake Worth’s District 14 PBSO*

“I am pleased to tell you that the five positions the city elected to return to the PBSO contract are filled and assisting greatly with our law enforcement mission. Three of them, along with the previous downtown allocation, have formed our new Entertainment District Unit.
     These four deputies provide dedicated patrol to the downtown, Lake Worth Beach, Bryant Park and Snook Islands. Their goal is to make these areas safe, enjoyable and improve the quality of life for citizens, visitors and business owners.
     The other two positions were added to the two night shift squads. These positions are assisting with the high call volume. This allows the night shift patrol deputies more time to address quality of life issues and provide self-initiated activity in your neighborhoods. I want to say thank you to the elected officials and city staff for bringing these much needed positions back to Lake Worth.

Yours in Service, Captain Todd Baer

District Commander, District 14, City of Lake Worth

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office”

*Quote from the City’s newsletter, December 2016 issue.

Get ready to be really ticked off: “Are you looking for sober homes to rent? I have a list!”

[The blog post below was originally posted on January 9th, almost a year ago, and generated a lot of consternation and interest as well. Share this with others who are concerned about the situation with sober homes in Lake Worth*.]

The Craigslist ad below appeared in the “apts/housing for rent” category from a realtor in Palm Beach County:

Here is the title and text from the ad:

$3500 / 4br - 2300ft2 - Are You Looking for Sober Homes to Rent? I have a list! Furnished! (Lake Worth)
If you are looking to run a sober home but are having a difficult time finding a willing homeowner, I can help! I have several options available that are either ready now, or being renovated and will be available in the upcoming week. Homes will be fully furnished and move in ready!!
Please fee free to call, text, or email me at anytime at show contact info XXXXXXX XXXXXX with XXXXXX Realty. [X’d out name and realtor]

I’m sure a lot of people are not going to be thrilled to see this and sorry to start off your day this way. However, if we’re ever going to solve this problem with sober homes everybody has to be involved; and that includes the realtors.

*“Lake Worth” likely includes all 9 Zip Codes, most of which is unincorporated Palm Beach County.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Florida Christmas greetings: 19--?

Florida Christmas greetings. 19--?. Color postcard, 9×14 cm. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.

Seasonal Intermission

With the coming of the Holiday Season, local government meetings many times take a hiatus. For example, Lake Worth just had one City Commission meeting in December on the 13th. If you look at the Commission meeting agenda page from the city's website, you can see the less frequent meeting schedule beginning in November.
There have been only two regular Commission meetings since the 1st of November. There were two meetings on November 3rd outside of the regular Commission meeting schedule. They were held back to back at the Casino building. The first was a quick one to ratify the law enforcement service agreement with PBSO, followed immediately by a workshop on Casino building fixes which you can review here. Expect more on the process by which the issues concerning water penetration and other defects to the Casino building will be addressed by the architect and contractor on future City Commission meeting agendas coming in early 2017.

Campaigns for the various candidates in the District #2 and #4 races will quickly gather steam after the first of the year as well.

This being said, you will find the pace of postings on this blog to taper off over the next two weeks. The focus of this time of year is a combination of inward spiritual renewal, gatherings with family and friends and a time to examine and to plan for events in the coming year. That's what I will be doing and I hope that you take the opportunity to do the same.

Thanks for the loyalty you have shown this blog over the years. I am happy to report that visits here recently have broken all sorts of records for page views. So, with this, I wish you a blessed holiday celebrations consistent with the traditions and spiritual faiths that you follow.

Wishing you all the best for 2017 and beyond...
And, a reminder, keep sending information regarding your or your organizations' events and happenings. I will be sure to keep up with them during this time.

Monday, December 19, 2016

PBSO Cpt. Baer’s update to the City Commission and a look back: “What’s with that neighborhood west of I-95 ‘with so much crime’?”

Use this link to see the update (in PDF) from PBSO District 14 given to the Commission on December 13th. For the video please scroll down. For the latest on the 10:00 p.m. ordinance banning packaged alcohol sales? Use this link.

At a PBSO update given to the City Commission earlier this year by District 14’s Cpt. Baer there were many interesting items discussed. For example, below are the calls for service in the preceding 6 months prior to the update (click on images to enlarge):

Northern area of the City. Most of the calls for service were in the downtown (note: this is prior to 5 deputies being added to patrols). District 2 is west of Dixie Hwy. and District 3 to the east.
Southern City area. District 1 is west of Dixie Hwy. and District 4 to the east. Note the considerable amount of calls for service in District 4.

What was most surprising was the low number of calls for service in District 1 west of I-95 and south of 6th Ave.

We’ve been regaled over and over ad nauseam about the high amount of crime in that area by members of the ROLO neighborhood and The Obtuse Blogger (TOB) but there were only 68 calls for service in that 6 month period of time? Hello.

That averaged about 11 per month or 1.5 per week. So either they’re exaggerating about crime in that neighborhood (which wouldn’t surprise anyone) or they’re not “Making the Call Y’All” (see below). Either way, be very skeptical of anecdotal reports about crime west of I-95 not supported by the data.

The video below is Capt. Baer’s presentation from last December 13th. You can’t see the slides but it’s interesting to hear his comments:
And, as always:
For more about the City’s PBSO District 14 look in the right-hand column for this image. To leave tips anonymously call CrimeStoppers at 800-458-8477.

Soon-to-be-President Donald Trump slams The Palm Beach Post: “This is not Walter Cronkite anymore, folks.”


FYI: Still awaiting a Facebook live chat by the editors at the Post with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters. They held one to appease the Trump supporters so why not hold one with Clinton and Sanders supporters as well? Read more about that below. Anyhow. . . 

This quote from soon-to-be President Donald Trump at his rally last Saturday in Mobile (as reported by Lawrence Specker at Alabama.com) will not make Trump supporters very happy in Palm Beach County:

“This is not Walter Cronkite anymore, folks. This is not the great Walter Cronkite.” He [Trump] says it’s still happening, saying the Palm Beach Post described him speaking to “hundreds” of people at a recent rally, where he claims 25,000 people or more.


On December 7th (this is not a joke), The Palm Beach Post editorial board held a “Facebook live chat with Trump voters” and. . . 

“We narrowed our invitation down to a dozen or so [emphasis added] Palm Beach County voters.”

However, that brings up the obvious question: Will the editors invite a “dozen or so” Democrats in for a Facebook live chat? Possibly discuss why the editorial board didn’t endorse Hillary? And they didn’t endorse Mr. Trump either. Why didn’t they make any endorsement?

And maybe the editors will discuss this too:

A full page ad in the Post preceding the Nov. 8th election. The editors need to “bridge that gap” with Democrats too, don’t you think?

CRA Press Release: National Trust for Historic Preservation grant for the historic 1000 Lake Ave. building

“The Lake Worth CRA is investing in our community to revitalize and rebuild our neighborhoods and commercial corridors. We are dedicated to maintaining the character of the City, responding to community needs and encouraging sustainable economic growth to improve the quality of life for our residents and the future health of our City.”
—Mission of the Lake Worth CRA.

Press release below. For more information contact Deputy Director Chris Dabros:
  • CRA office: 29 South J Street, Unit 1
  • 561-493-2550
  • cdabros@lakeworth.org
December, 2016, Lake Worth, FL – The Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was awarded a $2,000 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation from the Daniel K. Thorne Intervention Fund. These grant funds will be used to help support financial analysis planning of the historic 1000 Lake Avenue project. [emphasis added]
     The 1000 Lake Avenue building was constructed in 1927 and contains over 20,000 square feet of potential mixed-use space. It is a designated historic structure by the City of Lake Worth and is located in the Old Town National Historic District. The CRA hopes to redevelop 1000 Lake Avenue and has secured a variety of potential funding sources to assist in this process.

[and. . .] 

     “Organizations like the Lake Worth CRA, help to ensure that communities and towns all across America retain their unique sense of place," said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. "We are honored to provide a grant to the Lake Worth CRA which will use the funds to help preserve an important piece of our shared national heritage.”
     Grants from the National Trust Preservation Funds range from $2,000 to $5,000 and have provided over $15 million since 2003.
     These matching grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the country to support wide-ranging activities including consultant services for rehabilitating buildings, technical assistance for tourism that promotes historic resources, and the development of materials for education and outreach campaigns.

A Letter to the Editor* that didn’t make the cut in the print edition, “Don’t let satanic mark spoil holidays”.

[The blog post originally posted on Dec. 6th follows:]

There were 3 letters in the Post online edition on December 5th but the one below by Patty Delaney of Boca Raton didn’t make it into the print edition; two excerpts:

     In mid-December, an individual representing the group Freedom From Religion will display a sign of the satanic symbol, the pentagram, in Sanborn Square Park in downtown Boca Raton. This satanic blood-red symbol and an anti-religious faith message will be positioned in the area next to the Jewish menorah and the Christian Christmas Nativity scene.

[and. . .] 

     A recommended action is that believers reverence and spend time in reflection at the site of the menorah and the Christmas Nativity scene and in their own houses of worship.

May God bless all of us,

PATTY DELANEY, 

BOCA RATON

Editor’s note: Patty Delaney is the communications ministry director to Monsignor Michael D. McGraw at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and School.


*Ever wanted to write a Letter to the Editor? Is there a way to increase your chances of getting published? Yes! You need to follow up. Learn the trick using this link

Sunday, December 18, 2016

A Way-Back Photo: Beauty and charm exudes.

Image from the inimitable and esteemed former City blogger Tom McGow. Read what Mr. McGow had to say about “Miss Congeniality” and the Lake Osborne Reconstruction in 2009 using this link.

Positively positive Lake Worth in the Holiday Spirit: A City on the rebound and proud of it.

Just in case you may have missed this from yesterday, some thoughts about our “positively positive Lake Worth”:

I put together a playlist (see below) of the some of the positively positive presentations made at the Lake Worth City Commission meeting last Tuesday. It was wonderful to watch. We really have a lot to be thankful for in our community. We all know Lake Worth is turning around but sometimes we take many of these things for granted.

What was on display at the beginning of the Commission meeting was the positive, charitable and hopeful look at Lake Worth. I personally lost count of the standing ovations during the presentations.

First, we started with honoring the owners of the Farmer Girl and their long term opening of their doors and hearts to anyone in need of a meal on Thanksgiving Day, without charge. Then the Commission recognized our Fire Rescue Station, singled out as being the best in all of Palm Beach County. And then we were reminded Downtown Lake Worth is the headquarters for the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. They do their best to put out the word about the abundant cultural events occurring, many of them right here in Lake Worth. And the Commission then honored the years of service by our retiring City Clerk, Pam Lopez. There were lots of lighthearted moments during that presentation that you will not want to miss.

To go from one video to another use the "1/4" icon in the top left corner:True to the holiday season, the City of Lake Worth gave itself a gift: honoring the positive in our community and that is not something to dismiss or take lightly, there is a lot of good that goes on in our quirky little City.

Yours Truly yesterday in Downtown Lake Worth. . . click on images to enlarge

The City, Ted Brownstein and the Kiwanis crew did a great job with the stage and sound system for “The Grinch”, a small part in a big show for all the kids.
And look who I saw! District 4 candidate Herman Robinson (left) and District 2 candidate Omari Hardy. . .
. . . and at the Cultural Council, “The Cottages of Lake Worth” book signing by Taylor (left), Janice, and “The Grinch” himself sneaks into the scene.

Good advice from Wellington reporter Matt Morgan for residents and business owners in the little City of Lake Worth.

Remember, the LWVVSMCPE comes out again tomorrow. So why is Lake Worth so special and other cities like Greenacres and Palm Springs aren’t? That’s never been explained.

First, will we be treated to this headline in tomorrow’s print edition of Lake Worth’s Very Very Special Monday Collector Print Edition (LWVVSMCPE) about this important issue: Lake Worth’s ordinance prohibiting packaged alcohol sales after 10:00 p.m.:

“Lake Worth commissioner: Booze ban is working”

The headline should read:

“Lake Worth vice mayor: Alcohol ordinance is working”

Headline writing is a big weakness at the Post and serious news readers would just scratch their heads over use of the word, “booze”. It’s probably now left to the janitors at night to be the “acolytes of alliteration” for headlines in the next day’s paper after more staff cuts.

Anyhow, now for the good advice from Wellington reporter Matt Morgan. He penned this item about an issue that’s no longer an issue any more. That “sidewalk” in Wellington is no longer a problem. The problem is some people weren’t paying attention. 

. . . a couple weeks later, people started showing up to meetings saying they didn’t want it [the sidewalk]. I got calls from locals asking my help to stop the project.
     It was too late.
     The time for telling the council they didn’t want the sidewalk was long over. It’s a lesson on why it’s important to pay attention to what is happening in your town.

[and. . .]

     Make your own decision whether you want it, and tell your elected officials. They represent you and want to hear what you have to say.
     Think this will be a great way to build on a vacant property, raising the home values of the surrounding neighborhoods? Tell them that.

[and. . .]

     If you show up a month after the project is approved and tell the council that you don’t want it, you waited too long. [emphasis added]

Worth Another Look. Crime ‘in Lake Worth’ and using data from zip codes: The result is “Garbage In Garbage Out”.

Every now and then some like The Obtuse Blogger (TOB) put out that recycled garbage about Lake Worth having one of the worst crime rates in Florida. Complete nonsense. This is done to damage the City’s image and that of PBSO as well. Where does this false and misleading data come from? Zip codes.

Lake Worth is a tiny City. Only 6 square miles and uses zip code 33460 and part of 33461. However, there are 9 ‘Lake Worth’ zip codes that go far west bordering on the Everglades. Some like TOB have difficulty understanding this.

Yes, there is crime in the City of Lake Worth. And if you’ve been paying attention to the news in Palm Beach County there is crime in other cities as well. Crime is news and no one is suggesting it be ignored. However, the public is not served well when the issue of crime is misrepresented, misreported, and distorted. 

The Palm Beach Post fell for this garbage data too. Here is an excerpt from the original article by their beat reporter Kevin Thompson in August of last year:

     NeighborhoodScout recently listed the 10 most dangerous cities in the state, with Lake Worth coming in at — drum roll, please! — No. 4., beating out Riviera Beach, listed at No. 7.
     The site said there is a one in 14 chance of being the victim of a violent or property-related crime in Lake Worth.
     The site said it researched all 17,000 reporting agencies for its data and factored in the size of the population.

NeighborhoodScout is a perfect example of data collection and the principle of Garbage In Garbage Out (GIGO):

The City of Lake Worth is 6 square miles in Palm Beach County (shaded light blue, center/right side in image). NeighborhoodScout included all the other blue shaded areas inaccurately/unfairly as “Lake Worth”.

The CEO of NeighborhoodScout wrote this on the website:

With this report on the most dangerous cities, what we’re seeing is a really different picture of the types of locations that have the highest violent crime from what many people expect

Good point. Here is more from NeighborhoodScout:

     Developing a reliable measure of a city’s safety, especially if you’re comparing them, requires a full count of the total number and types of violent crimes in each city, and getting the cities on a level playing field for comparison.

From the flawed data in NeighborhoodScout they ranked the City of Lake Worth as the 34th most dangerous city in the U.S. Then Victoria Winkler from OnlyInYourState used that flawed data to rank Lake Worth as the 4th most dangerous city in Florida (ahead of Miami [population 400,000] at #5):

“. . . which is even more upsetting” is self-described journalists publishing false news using flawed data.

We’re left to wonder since the data is flawed, garbage really, then why did the Post proceed with this story last year? Here is an excerpt:

LAKE WORTH — The numbers aren’t pretty.
     With a crime rate of 71 per one thousand residents, Lake Worth (the city and its suburban surroundings) has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to communities of all sizes, according to the real estate website, NeighborhoodScout.com.

To be fair to their readers the Post should include a map showing the “suburban surroundings” they falsely label as ‘Lake Worth’ along with the actual borders of the City; a map like this one:

The actual City of Lake Worth. Zip codes 33460 and a small portion of 33461 that lies west of I-95.

The City of Lake Worth is named in honor of a military hero, General William Jenkins Worth, “Ducit Amor Patriae”. . .

. . . which translates to “The Love Of Country Leads Me”. The historical connections between New York City and the little City of Lake Worth are numerous including this interesting fact: There are only two historical monuments in Manhattan that serve as mausoleums: one is Grant’s Tomb and the other is an obelisk in honor of General William Jenkins Worth, who the City of Lake Worth, FL, is named for:

Image from Wikipedia.
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Here is a website dedicated to information about General Worth’s obelisk in Manhattan; an excerpt:

     General Worth was a military hero who fought in the Mexican-American War between 1846 and 1848. He died of cholera in 1849 and was originally buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn; but in 1857 his body was moved to Manhattan and placed under the Worth Monument.
     The monument was designed by James Goodwin Batterson and dedicated on November 25, 1857. The obelisk contains four sets of bands with the names of 16 places of importance in the life of Major General Worth. On the south facing front of the pedestal is a bronze tablet with a high relief of General Worth on horseback, with dress military uniform holding his sword in his right hand while pointing it forward. Above this figure is a complex trophy depicting cannons, swords, flags and eagles.

The dado on the east side of the obelisk contains the inscription: DUCIT AMOR PATRIAE (The Love Of Country Leads Me).

Another stroll down memory lane: A ‘grand government conspiracy’ here in the little City of Lake Worth?

The City of Lake Worth “is deliberately attempting to make residents ‘feel the pain’ of inadequate road repairs in order to get their $40 million infusion of cash”? See the entire quote below.
 
Thanks to almost 70% of voters in Lake Worth on November 8th, roadways like North ‘J’ Street on the way to Publix will finally be made safe for the public once again.

But remember all those red/white signs that lined North ‘J’ Street leading up to the bond vote in August 2014?
The cost to repair Lake Worth roads increased $9 million since the “LW2020” bond vote failed in 2014 by just 25 votes. Mr. Mudd didnt mention that:

“I call shenanigans. Could it be that the city [Lake Worth] is deliberately attempting to make residents ‘feel the pain’ of inadequate road repairs in order to get their $40 million infusion of cash that they can control? I can’t prove it so I have to leave it as an open ended question but the underlying facts are more than suspicious.”

—Quote by Brian Mudd on podcast “The Cheat Sheet”, July 26th, 2016 . . . I can’t prove it. . .but the underlying facts are more than suspicious” he said.

Underlying facts? Maybe Mr. Mudd can share his ‘underlying facts’ with Jamie Brown, the City’s Public Services Director: 561-586-1720. Or City Manager Michael Bornstein: 561-586-1689. The mayor? Her phone number is 561-586-1735.