Tuesday, November 12, 2019

News in Lake Worth Herald: Lake Clarke Shores holding municipal elections on March 17th.


Do you know where the Town of Lake Clarke Shores is located?

Regular readers of LOCAL newspapers such as The Lake Worth Herald are informed each week about nearby news and developments in other LOCAL municipalities in coastal Central Palm Beach County. To become a subscriber to the Herald that information is at the end of this blog post today.

Lake Clarke Shores (see map below) is located west of City of Lake Worth Beach and east of Village of Palm Springs. West Palm Beach, a municipality that DOES NOT have a beach, is also in the vicinity of Lake Clarke Shores.


Click on map to enlarge:

The un-shaded areas in the map above are unincorporated (suburban) Palm Beach County.


Here is the news that appears in this week’s Herald:



NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION
TOWN OF LAKE CLARKE SHORES, FLORIDA

The Town of Lake Clarke Shores, 1701 Barbados Road, Lake Clarke Shores, Florida, 33406, will hold a General Election on March 17, 2020 for the purpose of electing Council Members from Groups 3, 4 & 5 for a term of two (2) years. The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. If a Runoff Election is necessary, it will be held on March 31, 2020, utilizing the same times and precincts identified below. Candidates for Council Member must reside in the Town of Lake Clarke Shores. Candidate qualifying is from NOON November 19, 2019 to NOON December 3, 2019. Voter registration book closing is February 18, 2020 for the General Election. No person will be permitted to vote unless he or she is registered in Palm Beach County and residing in the Town of Lake Clarke Shores, Precinct #3014 & #2127.

Mary Pinkerman, CMC
Town Clerk


To learn more about the Town Council of Lake Clarke Shores click on this link.


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Monday, November 11, 2019

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



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

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

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

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

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


PBSO Graffiti Eradication Unit.


NO COST TO YOU!
IT’S FREE!


Take back your street, neighborhood,
community and parks.


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

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



How the PBSO Graffiti Eradication Unit came to be:


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

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

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

Every Wednesday at Brogues in Lake Worth Beach: Weekly meeting of Rotary.


The Rotary has been serving and continues to serve the Lake Worth region for over 90 years.

Question: What are you doing
this coming Wednesday at noon?

Front cover from the 50th anniversary of Rotary.

 

“The Lake Worth Rotary always has their doors open to new membership. If you are interested in becoming a Rotarian, please don’t be shy and come visit us.”


We meet at Brogues DownUnder for lunch every Wednesday (621 Lake Ave., LWB). It is always an honor to have a new guest to share a joyful experience including a beautiful lunch while our weekly guest speaker shares productive information regarding current events. We want our guests to feel comfortable and among friends.


Here are two more images from the 50th Anniversary publication in 1977.


Two more images (click on to enlarge):

Inside the front cover.

And. . .

An advertisement in the book.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Real estate news from the City of Lake Worth Beach.


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Here is the latest press release issued by the City’s public information officer (PIO) datelined November 6th:

Lake Worth Beach — In-Rel Properties, Inc., a long-term Lake Worth Beach resident has relocated its offices to downtown. This real estate investment firm recently purchased and renovated the former Chase Bank Building at 200 Lake Avenue, a two-story structure comprised of approximately twelve thousand square feet.

According to a company spokesperson:
“In-Rel has spent the last two years searching for new headquarter offices. Concerned by the possibility of leaving this wonderful area, we were elated to find this opportunity to remain in Lake Worth Beach. We brought new life to a significant downtown property, contributed towards preserving the local vibe, and secured facilities that will support our growth for years to come.”
In-Rel has now restored the building’s mid-century modern design, a subtle blend of 1950’s Art Deco and futuristic styles. The project preserved downtown’s culture, showing respect for the artistic community, while repurposing the property for new commercial uses. The avant-garde architecture is highly flexible. The interior offers generous open floor plates and high ceilings, making it easy to build out creative, modern, and functional spaces.

The building is situated between Lake Avenue and Lucerne Avenue, just west of the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge. It is in the heart of downtown Lake Worth Beach and within minutes of the Palm Beach Island communities across the bridge. This locale is ideal for a variety of office and retail tenants, including medical, wealth management, boutique law firm, wellness, art gallery, gourmet food market, and restaurant uses.

In-Rel now occupies the building’s top floor and has made up to six thousand square feet on the ground floor available for lease. A quick visit to In-Rel’s offices reveals the exciting possibilities for the use of the available space.
End of press release.

For more information about In-Rel Properties use this link.

The City’s PIO in Lake Worth Beach is Mr. Ben Kerr. For media inquiries contact Mr. Kerr at 561-586-1631; email: bkerr@lakeworth.org

About Lake Worth Beach:

Located in Central Palm Beach County, Lake Worth Beach is a dynamic, multi-cultural city with an individualistic style. People are drawn to the City by its acceptance of different cultures and lifestyles, historic districts, hip downtown and colorful arts district.


Remember! Public safety is a top priority. If you are planning a beach day in Lake Worth Beach leave the plastic straws at home and pack plenty of sunscreen:


“At first I thought it was a joke,” board member Phillip Spinelli said. . .


“[T]hey were dead serious, and then I was like, ‘Oh my God.’
It’s like calling the Vatican
Church Joey.”


Below is more recent history about the Gulfstream Hotel in the City of Lake Worth Beach many of you will find drop dead hilarious. And many long-time residents will recall a name or five from an old newspaper clipping published in the Post thirteen years ago. This clipping had to be cut and pasted the old-fashioned way for this blog because the news article in print spanned recto with five very short columns above the fold.

You’ll also note the spelling, “GulfStream” with a capital ‘S’ as some liked to title this famous landmark. The historic name for the hotel was ‘Gulf Stream’ (two words) and blended over time into one (called a portmanteau). The current and most commonly accepted usage is “Gulfstream” with a lowercase  ‘s’.

And it did not go unnoticed earlier this year when an elected leader on the Lake Worth Beach City Commission referred to the City’s Historic Resource Preservation Board as the “Hysterical Board”. What followed was a lot of rolling eyes and some chuckles too. When one is elected and then re-elected four times one is entitled to a good old joke now and then. Moving on!


Without further ado. . .

Hope you enjoy this blog post about
“Frank discussions”.


Take special note of the date,
December 23, 2005:

“Frank” as in Frank Zappa? Frank Sinatra?
Or other famous “Franks”?


Column one under banner headline.
Click on image to enlarge:

CSC Lake Worth was the developer that owned the Gulfstream in 2005. The Great Recession began in 2007 and the rest is history as they say.

And the balance of the article by staff writer
Tanya Wragg continues. . .


“At first I thought it was a joke,” board member Phillip Spinelli said Thursday. “Then they were dead serious, and then I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ It’s like calling the Vatican Church Joey.”
     Spinelli, who said he otherwise thought the project was “a great idea,” added: “That may be OK in South Beach or downtown Clematis with a brand-new hotel of something, but this is the GulfStream. It’s a historic building.”
     During the meeting, which lasted more than five hours, CSC Lake Worth, which paid $13 million for the hotel in July [2005], asked the board to approve modifications to the 1925 structure. They include adding French doors and balconettes, reducing its units from 160 to 90, and demolishing three adjacent buildings.
     Hotel Frank would be a tribute to famous “Franks”, such as Frank Zappa, Frank Sinatra and comedian Frank Miller, said CSC Lake Worth President Adam Schlesinger, adding his attorney, former CRA board member Frank Palen, to the list.
     “Frank is such a great name and so many great people in American history have been named Frank. It’s (Lake Worth) a city that is receptive and warm to everybody,” Schlesinger said Thursday.
     Board member Jon MacGillis said he would have liked an emphasis on The GulfStream, rather than Hotel Frank.
     “The applicant did stand up and give a good explanation behind Frank,” he said Thursday. “Some board members were concerned that maybe residents would be offended by taking out the GulfStream name. It’s a new hip idea and concept they’re trying to float to attract a new type of clientele they see is in that area.”
     The announcement was made at an otherwise empty meeting, which only a handful of residents attended. The city might have seen more had the locals Schlesinger said he planned to pay to speak for his project showed up.
     Schlesinger on Wednesday confirmed reports he planned to hire local actors to talk for the project meeting. He said he went through an advertising agency to look for extras. He planned to show them the project. Then, if they were in favor of it, he’d pay them to support him at the meeting, he said.
     “We just want to get as many permanent residents as excited as we are,” he said.
     The historic board approved many of CSC Lake Worth’s modification requests, but deferred voting on the demolitions until February.
     Sharon Jackson, the city’s community redevelopment director, said the preservation board may negotiate on the name with CSC, which does not need the board’s approval for the name.


Thank You for visiting today and on a
more serious and somber note. . .


Excerpt from a Letter to Editor in The Palm Beach Post dated April 4th, 1994 written by “Wes Blackman”:


“It [the Pennsylvania Hotel] is one of the few remaining structures from the city’s glorious but fading past.


Click on image to enlarge: 

Gulfstream Hotel in the City of Lake Worth,
the Pennsylvania Hotel, and the Belleview Biltmore in Belleair: What history teaches us about historic preservation.


Newspaper clipping, front page of Palm Beach
Daily News (aka, The Shiny Sheet), Sunday,
February 19th, 1995:

The process of demolishing the Pennsylvania Hotel began much earlier than 1995. There is a name for that. It’s called “demolition by neglect”.

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


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


Dear Editor,

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

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

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

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

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

Cindy Ansell


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Monday, November 4, 2019

Neighborhood meeting tonight: Two timely guest speakers and two timely topics.


Come on out and meet Lake Worth Beach Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso at the College Park Neighborhood Assoc.! This is a public meeting. Everyone from the public in encouraged to attend.

This meeting will be held from 6:30–8:30 at The Beach Club bistro located at #1 7th Ave. North (at the LWB municipal golf course).

Also guest speaking tonight will be Mr. Felipe Lofaso, the Asst. Dir. of Public Works.

Vice Mayor Amoroso will talk about the ubiquitous Airbnb’s in Lake Worth Beach and the regulations pertaining to this practice and Mr. Lofaso will give the public updates on upcoming road improvement projects.

The College Park neighborhood is one of sixteen unique neighborhoods in the City, a member of the greater Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council. To learn more about each of these special neighborhoods and where they are located click on this link.

Saturday, May 16th, 2015: “Today at the Lake Worth pool”.


How the “charming” municipal pool at the Beach
looked most of the time.

Should our City construct a new pool at the beach? Or somewhere else in the City? You decide. Enjoy the blog post below from four years ago prior to the pool being condemned:


I went for some self-paced water exercise today. The lanes are still in the north/south direction, which creates about nine 50-meter lanes for lap swimming. Two of the lane dividers were down for people who just wanted to enjoy the pool, so lap swimming lanes were reduced by two. There were 25 people inside the pool area but only about 10 in the pool at any one time. There was a mixture of families and individuals. This during the time from about 12:30 to 1:30.

It should be noted the pool facility is approved for a maximum occupancy of 312 people. At the most, and I go there two to three times a week, I’ve seen about 60 people. That amounts to about 20% of what the pool and surrounding areas could hold. Here is the sign that shows the capacity of the pool:




And you really have to keep in mind that if the pool is set up for lap swimming, the capacity is significantly reduced as only one or two people can really occupy one lane comfortably. Most of the time it is just one person in a lane. When the lane markers are switched east/west, you have a large area in the center that can be used for “free” swimming, but it’s 10 feet deep, frightening for many people.

So you don’t find parents with their children in this area of the pool unless they are using the diving board. There are more lanes in this configuration, but it’s this 25-meter distance which lap swimmers do not like as much; they have to turn around more frequently.

The question has to be asked: is such a large pool really the kind of pool the city needs going into the future?

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Save the Dates: The 2019–2020 Lake Worth Beach bonfires at the beach!


Please share this important and topical update
with all our returning Snowbirds!

How to stay current with all the news and upcoming events in Lake Worth Beach? Very simple. Receive email updates and the latest press releases from the City by clicking on this link.


For example, here is a recently issued press release:


Lake Worth Beach — The City of Lake Worth Beach Leisure Services Department received six awards at the Florida Festival & Events Association (FFEA) Convention and Trade-Show in Bonita Springs, Fl. The competition this year was high with over 500 applications representing Florida’s best and brightest event organizers. Lake Worth Beach’s awards were won in the following categories:
  • 1st Place Event Photo: Independence Day Celebration photo by Sean Moss.
  • 1st Place Outdoor Signage: Lake Ave Block Party Billboard by Ben Kerr.
  • 2nd Place Promotional Marketing: Poster for Nutcracker Holiday Parade.
  • 2nd Place Facebook: Street Painting Festival.
  • 2nd Place Instagram: Street Painting Festival.
  • 3rd Place Outdoor Signage: Street Painting Billboard by Ben Kerr.

Lake Worth Beach is home to many of Palm Beach County’s most unique and popular events representing the diverse demographics and cultures that make up the City.

The FFEA is a not-for-profit association dedicated to supporting and promoting more than 3,500 festivals, events, and fairs in the state of Florida through education, networking and dissemination of information and the cultivation of high standards. The FFEA awards program recognizes the creativity, innovation and excellence of member organizations.

Please contact Ben Kerr, the City of Lake Worth Beach Public Information Officer with any questions or comments. Call 561-586-1631; email: BKerr@lakeworth.org


Located in Central Palm Beach County, Lake Worth Beach is a dynamic, multi-cultural City with an individualistic style. People are drawn to the City by its acceptance of different cultures and lifestyles, historic districts, hip downtown and colorful arts district.

From The Interfaith Prayer Book: “Reading of Popul Vuh”.


A traditional reading of Popul Vuh is below, an ancient Mayan prayer originating from what is now called Guatemala.

This ancient prayer is from a compilation of prayers by author Ted Brownstein and the Lake Worth Interfaith Network* in the 2014 expanded edition of The Interfaith Prayer Book:


This Expanded Edition adds prayers from eight additional traditions; Native African, Native American, Zoroastrian, Taoist, Confucian, Shinto, Jain and Sikh.

Additional information about the Popul Vuh.


According to Joshua J. Mark writing for the Ancient History Encyclopedia the Popol Vuh is,


[T]he story of creation according to the Quiche Maya of the region known today as Guatemala. [emphasis added] Translated as ‘The Council Book’, ‘The Book of the People’ or, literally, ‘The Book of the Mat’, the work has been referred to as “The Mayan Bible” although this comparison is imprecise. The Popol Vuh is not regarded by the Maya as ‘the word of God’ nor as sacred scripture but rather as an account of “the ancient word” and the understanding the Quiche had of cosmology and creation before the coming of Christianity.


Included in the chapter titled, “Native American Prayer” in The Interfaith Prayer Book:


Harmony with nature is a predominant theme in many native traditions, ranging through North, Central and South America. The world is structured according to the four cardinal compass points, east, west, north and south, and by the vertical axis linking Mother Earth below with Father Sky above. All of creation, mountains and plains, plants and fruits, humans and animals are seen as interconnected sacred elements. The well-being of each is dependent upon the whole. 


Now to the “Maya prayer for visitation to sacred sites and reading the creation epic, Popul Vuh” from p. 23 in author Ted Brownstein’s prayer book:


Make my guilt vanish,
Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth;
Grant me a favor,
Give me strength, give me courage
In my heart, in my head,
Since you are my mountain and my plain;
May there be no falsehood and no stain,
And may this reading of the Popul Vuh
Come out clear as dawn,
And may the sifting of ancient times
Be complete in my heart, in my head;
And make my guilt vanish,
My grandmothers, grandfathers,
And however many souls of the dead there may be,
You who speak with the Heart of Sky and Earth,
May all of you together give strength
To the reading I have undertaken.


*The Lake Worth Interfaith Network (LWIN) is a group of individuals and faith-based communities dedicated to promoting acceptance and understanding among our diverse spiritual traditions through devotions, education and compassionate action.

Friday, November 1, 2019

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


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


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

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

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

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


Here’s a blast from the past in LDub!

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

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


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



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

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


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




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

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


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

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

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

A reminder. Have you gotten a phone call from Gooz Adalwin Kenneth?


If you ever happen to receive a phone call from someone named Gooz or anyone else claiming to be from the Lake Worth Electric Utility and 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 did happen to get one of these scam phone calls and you do get scammed, hopefully your first call wasn’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 (please refer to
newspaper clipping below):


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” calls and/or 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 3½ 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”
.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Found this Lake Worth Beach postcard of the “Tropical Inn”.


The “Tropical Inn” (see below) location is described as follows:  


“Lake Worth FL Hotel Tropical Inn Federal Highway and Lucerne, opposite the City Hall. Enjoy the comfort of a hotel with home atmosphere. Modern hotel rooms with private bath. Short distance to beach, fishing, 18-hole golf course and shopping district. Owner Management Mr. and Mrs. Harold Chamberlain.


By the description, it would seem to be the property north of the current City Hall annex at the Downtown Cultural Plaza (the former City Hall), or perhaps across the street to the east. The current City Hall used to be the City’s Municipal Auditorium.


Click on postcard to enlarge, the “Tropical Inn”:

Prior to I-95 our main roadways such as Dixie Hwy. in the City of Lake Worth looked very different. It was called the “Mom & Pop” era of motels and eateries for visitors and tourists.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Hanging out in Lake Worth Beach.


A lot of us in the service economy work from home. While it can be convenient, comfortable and cost-effective can also be a bit mundane. Sometimes you need to break out of routine for a fresh perspective.

For two days late last week I ventured out in my 1969 Corvair for a drive around town and found two different places to hang out and work with free parking nearby. The first day ended up at the Book Cellar Bookstore located at the corner of J Street and Lake Ave. Then the next day went to Starbucks on Dixie Hwy. near City Hall. There are stark differences and similarities with both locations.


Click on photos to enlarge:

Here is the Corvair parked outside The Book Cellar on J Street. And it’s FREE parking!

Now on to Starbucks. . .

Parked outside Starbucks. The Palm Tran bus stop on Lucerne Ave. and Lake Worth Beach City Hall are in the background.


The Book Cellar besides selling books in its retail area also has a café that takes up the other half of the space. They offer coffee, tea, wine and even beer. You can also get snack plates with cheese, fruit, avocado toast and other goodies. I set up my mobile office with tablet, Bluetooth keyboard and headphones. Staying grounded in the analog world also brought along files for various projects, a notebook with paper and pens. During my two and a half hours working ordered two iced teas, one mint and the other ginger for $4 total and a $2 tip.

Whereas The Book Cellar is quiet like you’d expect a bookstore to be Starbucks is quite different. There is a constant din in Starbucks with people communicating and drinks being made for walk-in customers and the drive-thru too. The constant hum and chatter in Starbucks provides its own mutable setting and a level of privacy.

And a very nice service at Starbucks is ordering ahead of your arrival using the Starbucks app.

Depending on your mood both The Book Cellar and Starbucks are both very good temporary work stations.

Would encourage everyone to buy LOCAL and support LOCAL business like The Book Cellar bookstore. Plan a morning, afternoon or evening some day soon for a business outing outside the home for a change of pace. And having a new Starbucks nearby is also a big plus if you prefer a place with more buzz and activity for a few hours.

The Book Cellar is open 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, 9:00 a.m.–8:00 in the evening on Tuesday–Thursday, then 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The phone number is 561-452-5456 and on Twitter as well.

For more information about the Starbucks on Dixie Hwy. in Lake Worth Beach click on this link.

Hope you enjoyed reading about ‘Hanging out in Lake Worth Beach!’

Saturday, October 26, 2019

21st Annual Bill Bone Tropical Triathlon

Over 350 athletes are set to compete in the 21st Annual Bill Bone Tropical Triathlon, scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Lake Worth Beach. Bill Bone has once again stepped up to claim the title sponsorship of this great community event.

The race starts at 7:15am. Male and Female triathletes ages 14 to 80, representing all experience levels come to compete from all over the state of Florida. Lake Worth Beach is the starting point of the race, where triathletes complete a quarter mile swim, followed by a 13 mile bike, taking them along Federal Highway and through downtown, followed by a 3.1 mile run over the intracoastal bridge and through Bryant Park area before heading back to the beach for the finish line.

Packet Pick-up will take place the day before, which is Saturday, October 26th, under the pavilion in front of the pier from 2pm-6pm at our beautiful beach. The Bill Bone Tropical Triathlon is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. Registration is available at www.BillBoneTropicalTri.com. This event benefits Lake Worth High JROTC.

To facilitate the safety of the athletes, certain streets will be temporarily restricted from 7:00am-10:00am. Those streets include:

•Lake Avenue from Dixie Highway to A1A
•Lucerne Avenue from A1A to Dixie Highway
•Federal Highway from 12th Avenue South to Wellesley Drive
•J,K,L,M North O, Ocean breeze from 1st Avenue South to 2nd Avenue North
•Palmway from 2nd Avenue North to 5th Avenue South
•Traffic over the Robert Harris Bridge will be detoured north to Southern Blvd. and south to Ocean Avenue bridges.

The City of Lake Worth Beach and the producers of the Bill Bone Tropical Triathlon would like to thank you in advance for your support and hospitality to the athletes and their families.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

BREAKING: The real BEACH plan, kept secret til now, finally exposed in Lake Worth Beach.


No way! Not on my watch. Keep your HANDS OFF OUR BEACH in LDub! Don’t change a thing!


Are you a member of the SRS platoon? Did you take your sign down? Put that thing back out in the front yard! Hurry!



And don’t forget about the pool either. “We don’t care if its condemned and crumbling because its ours! HANDS OFF all you vultures trying to fix our old, broken stuff!”

Hope everyone had a good laugh and, once again, Thank You for visiting today.

Editor Mary Kate Leming needs your input and ideas.


Leming is the editor of The Coastal Star, a premier LOCAL and FREE newspaper serving coastal Palm Beach County. Leming is looking for a solution to a vexing problem: Is there a way to deliver the print edition of the newspaper to readers without a plastic bag to protect it from the elements?

The printed newspaper itself presents few problems for the environment except for the fossil fuels needed to produce and deliver it. Newsprint is a low-quality paper and breaks down very quickly. But the plastic bag will last for decades. Is there a solution to this problem?

At the conclusion of the editorial are ways to contact the editor and publisher at The Coastal Star with your suggestions and comments.

Without further ado here are three excerpts from the editorial published in The Coastal Star:


Editor’s Note: Seeking a better option than plastic for paper deliveries

Plastic is everywhere.

I walk the beach most mornings and pick it up all along the way. I pull bottle caps and fast-food cups out of my front hedge with some regularity. The amount of discarded plastic I see is overwhelming.

This summer on a family vacation we visited Connecticut and Rhode Island and found ourselves impressed with how many places have banned single-use plastics.

and. . .


. . . I thought I should begin supporting some of the local groups pushing to ban single-use plastics, but then I saw that the town of Palm Beach was forced to rescind its single-use plastic ban after learning an appellate court had upheld the Florida Legislature’s preemption against local bans of plastic bags and polystyrene containers.

Oh, Florida.

Sadly, I wasn’t surprised.

So, I decided to look closely at my own consumption of single-use plastics and polystyrene containers. I found we do pretty well at home, but lousy at the office.

All the take-out food containers we throw in the trash each week (way too many) are bad enough, but each month The Coastal Star is inserted in a single-use plastic slip in hopes of keeping it dry when it’s delivered.

So what can we do about the plastic wrapping our newspaper?

We know digital-only publishing is not profitable. We’d go out of business in a heartbeat if we were digital-only. Same thing with becoming subscriber-based rather than being a total market publication. We must make a profit or we won’t be able to continue providing quality, locally produced journalism.

So, how else could we deliver our print newspaper? We’re open to ideas.

Using the U.S. Postal Service is one option The Coastal Star is weighing. But that’s not a cheap or easy route. We are working out the numbers, but so far it appears this delivery method cuts too deeply into our bottom line.

Every business has its challenges adapting to a changing world, and maybe no business is facing more challenges than newspapers. But that just makes the job more interesting.

in conclusion. . .


We’re all in this together, so we’re hopeful you’ll let us know your suggestions on how we keep our company viable, but eliminate the plastic.

To make suggestions, email me at Editor@thecoastalstar.com or publisher Jerry Lower at Publisher@thecoastalstar.com

— Mary Kate Leming, Editor


To read the entire editorial published in The Coastal Star click on this link.

To follow the editor on Twitter use this link.

Support LOCAL journalism and support LOCAL newspapers!


Have you seen the latest print edition of The Coastal Star?

You can pick it up at the popular newsstand in Lake Worth Beach called Studio 205. The proprietor is a man named Andy (see photo below). Stop by and say, “Hello, Andy!”

Studio 205 also has the latest Lake Worth Herald and the Coastal & Greenacres Observer available for customers.

Andy’s juice bar, restaurant and newsstand is at the northwest corner of Federal and 2nd Ave. North. The phone number is 561-533-5272. The store is open at 7:00 a.m. every day of the week and closes at 6:00 p.m. (on Sunday the store closes at 5:00 p.m.).

So. Why not stop by Studio 205 today or later on this week?


Click on image to enlarge.

Meet the proprietor, Andy.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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


. . . well, Dennis, you know Mr. Wilson gets up early and scoots like hell over to World Thrift every Wednesday and has his lunch at Tacos Al Carbon!


That’s right. WEDNESDAY,
every Wednesday, is Senior Citizen
Day at World Thrift!


Looking for something to do today 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 Beach, open Monday–Saturday, 9:00–6:00 and closed on Sundays. 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.

“. . .look. . . it’s a pool again!”


Newspaper clipping from April 2008.

Click on image to enlarge:

Next time you and your family go to the beach look at that space south of the Casino and wonder, “When will that space not be a pool again?” Why cant it be a skate park? An outside theater? Why is Lake Worth Beach always left ‘holding the water’ for the Town of Palm Beach?

Friday, October 18, 2019

NYT Book Review of “Savage Appetites”. Writer Rachel Monroe is savagely entertaining and “delightfully untoward”.


Does the name Rachel Monroe sound familiar?

Three years ago Monroe was the talk of the town here in the City of Lake Worth and all of South Florida as well. And no doubt being a writer and journalist Monroe will be quite amused and delighted to learn this little six square mile City changed its name to Lake Worth Beach last March.

Possibly our local bookstore, The Book Cellar in the downtown will be included in the upcoming book tour promoting Monroe’s new book which just recently received an outstanding review in The New York Times!

Many of you here in Lake Worth Beach will recall Monroe’s gripping nonfiction account of the radical enviro monkeywrenching by EarthFirst! back in 2016, a famously popular piece titled Monkeywrench published in the Oxford American.

Later in this blog post today we’ll revisit the piece called Monkeywrench, when this little municipality became ground zero in the world of radicalism and Anarchy fused with entertainment and small town politics too. And Monroe was right in the center of it all. 

But first, on Monroe’s latest endeavor. Her new book is titled, “SAVAGE APPETITES: Four True Stories of Women, Crime and Obsession”; here are two excerpts from the NYT book review penned by Kaitlin Phillips:


In “Savage Appetites,” the journalist Rachel Monroe is interested in a paradox: upper-middle-class women who find that proximity to murder makes them feel more alive. This enthralling book devotes case studies to four bored or directionless women whose fixations on other people’s crimes unlock a sense of purpose and give them a vocation. For such women, someone getting killed is the best thing that ever happened to them. It’s delightfully untoward.

Monroe zeroes in on the aftermath of murder, on the morbid curiosity that draws eager civilians toward the crime scene and catapults them into starring roles. She avoids the formulaic professional tropes of true crime, choosing for her case studies a “detective” who never solved any crimes; a murder victim’s family whose members are apparently victimized by self-appointed victim advocates; a “defender” who is really a litigious jail wife; and, finally, a “killer” who doesn’t pull the trigger. (She gets only as far as picking the perfect outfit for a planned shopping-mall massacre.)

and. . .


The rest of the book delivers more visceral pleasures, focusing on contemporary women who court something other than just impropriety and imaginative philanthropy. “They were immoderate and occasionally unwise” in pursuit of their obsessions. They made phone calls, they wrote letters, they chatted online. They tangled themselves in people’s lives. Then they crossed a line — you might as well call it the Rubicon — that you and I would not.


Now let’s take a stroll back to 2016, when the City of Lake Worth was ground zero for radicalism and Anarchy. . .


Flyers were sent to radical communities all over the country inviting attendees to attend a ‘musical’ in “Lake Worth, Florida” and they began to arrive en masse by bus, train-hopping and beat-up old vans.


“Yes! It is Happening!”

A ‘musical’ is code for direct action. Rachel Monroe was right in the center of the action and chronicled what happened.


“[S]eating based on willingness to risk arrest. Hurrah!”



“There’s an Earth First! tradition of naming the toilet in honor of the enemy of the moment, and so at the final performance in late February [2016], the musical’s audience was invited to use the Wes Blackman Memorial Shitter.”

Excerpt from Monkeywrench published in the Oxford American, August 2016.



Rachel Monroe was all the buzz when Monkeywrench was first published (see more excerpts and link below). That all this was happening just prior to the municipal elections just added more fuel to the fire. Then everything came to a screeching halt on March 15th, 2016. All the incumbents on the ballot, Mayor Pam Triolo and commissioners Andy Amoroso and Scott Maxwell were all reelected in landslide victories. The radical balloon had burst and the show was over.

Without further ado, now that the stage is set, here are two excerpts from Monkeywrench written by the superbly talented Rachel Monroe:


The first day I showed up for the Earth First! rehearsal in Lake Worth, Florida, a small coastal town thirty-five miles north of Fort Lauderdale, I walked in late to find a dozen tattooed people pretending to be a machine. Tentatively at first and then with increasing enthusiasm, they pantomimed the pulling of levers and the pushing of buttons and other nonsensical but orderly tasks.

“Now the machine speeds up,” instructed Maren, the rosy-cheeked Minnesotan who was codirecting the musical. The imaginary-lever pulling became a little more frantic. “Now it’s breaking down!” Everyone’s movements became strained; a guy in a black hoodie bounced like a deranged spring.

and. . .


Most people in the room were not Floridians; instead, they lived in fringe towns—Ithaca, Bloomington, Oakland—where the rent was cheap enough that radical politics could flourish. They wore black boots and rode bikes; they all seemed to know each other from protests and actions and summers spent picking blueberries in Maine.

They were here because, in October 2015, just as the winter chill had started to creep into people’s bones, a flyer began circulating among activists, inviting anyone willing and able to travel to sunny Lake Worth for the month of February “to help devise, build, perform and otherwise scheme on” a musical that celebrated the history and philosophy of the radical environmental group Earth First! (In 2010, Earth First! had moved its publishing operation from Tucson to Lake Worth, making the town the de facto headquarters of the diffuse, controversial organization.) “The show will involve audiences writing to political prisoners, cast members repelling [sic] down cardboard redwoods, and seating based on willingness to risk arrest,” the flyer promised. “Hurrah!”


For all new and recently new residents of Lake Worth Beach would highly encourage reading the entire piece by Monroe published in the Oxford American. It is quite lengthy and very entertaining. Kick back and relax and then click on this link.

The book “Savage Appetites” is now available on Amazon for both Kindle, audio CD and in hardcover as well.

Another option would be to proceed downtown and visit The Book Cellar bookstore in downtown Lake Worth Beach located at 801 Lake Ave. with plenty of FREE parking nearby. If the book is not available at the moment it can be ordered for you to pick up later on.

Buy LOCAL! Support your LOCAL bookstore!

Next month begins a fresh new season for The Town & Country Garden Club of Lake Worth Beach.


Topical news courtesy of this week’s Lake Worth Herald.

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Your LOCAL Lake Worth Herald is still just ¢50! Do you have news, review subscription options, or would like to contact the editor at the Herald? Call 561-585-9387 or send an email to: Editor@lwherald.com


Here is just one of the many events listed and club news in this week’s paper:


The Town & Country Garden Club will open its 2019–2020 Season Monday, Oct. 14. The Town & Country Garden Club of Lake Worth Beach is a non-profit whose mission is to promote an interest in gardens, their design and management, and to cooperate in the protection of wildflowers, birds, native trees and shrubs, to encourage civic planning and to fund and award scholarships to individuals seeking education in horticulture and landscape design.

The Club welcomes new members. Annual dues are $30. Meetings include lunch and a guest speaker. There are several organized field trips throughout the season. The club meets the second Monday of every month October through May, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, 1415 North K Street, Lake Worth Beach.

For more information contact Erin Allen at 561-312-5925 or erinallen.realtor@gmail.com


Also included in this week’s Herald is a more LOCAL school news, a feature story headlined, “Sacred Heart School Students Clean Up Lake Worth Beach”:


Approximately 65 Sacred Heart School fourth and seventh-grade students, staff, and parents walked from Sacred Heart School (4th and Federal Hwy.) to team up for the 2019 Sacred Heart School Conservation Beach Cleanup. “We are preparing our students to be the next generation of environmental stewards,” stated Interim Principal Tricia Duvall.

The group dispersed throughout the beach covering approximately one mile of coastline gathering trash and debris. The students noted that the majority of the garbage were bottle caps, bottles, clothes, and many cigarette butts.

and. . .


After the cleanup, the students enjoyed lunch and a visit from the Honorable Mayor Pam Triolo. The mayor thanked the students for coming out to keep the beach clean and invited them to continue with their conservation efforts.


The Lake Worth Herald and the FREE Coastal & Greenacres Observer are published by the Lake Worth Herald Press located at 1313 Central Terrace in Lake Worth Beach. To look over this week’s front page headlines click on this link.