Saturday, December 8, 2018

City of Lake Worth news from yesterday you may have missed.

Mr. Ben Kerr was published in this week’s Lake Worth Herald.

Mr. Ben Kerr is the City’s public information officer (PIO). By the way, briefly, how Mr. Kerr became the City’s PIO is an interesting one. Post reporter Joe Capozzi recently penned a fascinating article about Kerr but prior to that, back in 2016, it was another Post reporter that ended up creating the need for the position of PIO following an egregious story that should have never been published. Read all about that by clicking on this link.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program today.

Kerr penned a column this week about the contest called, “Best. Municipality. Ever.” Lake Worth City Manager Michael Bornstein was the contest winner. A huge honor for both Bornstein and this City of Lake Worth.

The news this week by Ben Kerr is below. But first, more backup about this story.

This contest was one created by author and Pulitzer Prize winning satirist Dave Barry. Barry is the author of the wildly popular book titled,

Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man
Defends His Homeland.

Learn more about this longtime best-selling book below.

The Best. Municipality. Ever. contest was held at the Harriet Himmel Theater last week. An event organized by the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County.

In a news story about this event themed “Read Together Palm Beach County” an editor at The Palm Beach Post misspelled Dave Barry’s last name. Not once. But four times!

How could Dave Barry’s last name be spelled “Berry”?

By an editor at the Post! Unbelievable. And don’t think the good folks at the Literacy Coalition were amused at all. Read more about that a little later.

To the news article by Ben Kerr headlined,

Lake Worth Wins Best. Municipality. Ever. Contest

Lake Worth’s City Manager, Michael Bornstein, submitted an entry to the Read Together Palm Beach County “Best. Municipality. Ever.” essay contest last month and on Wednesday, Nov. 28, his essay was announced as the winner.

After the awards ceremony, Mayor Triolo said that “working with the City Manager on this was so much fun! He truly captured the spirit of our City and its people, and our beautiful diversity and quirkiness with humor. And it’s true, if Dave Barry was a city, he’d be Lake Worth!”

This contest gave the City an opportunity to showcase what makes Lake Worth such a special place to live. Mayor Triolo, Vice Mayor Amoroso and Commissioner Robinson joined the City Manager to record a special reading of the essay [see video below] for all to enjoy and share.

As we embark on the holidays it is a perfect time to remember what makes Lake Worth, and all the friends and neighbors who form the Lake Worth community, the Best. Municipality. Ever!

Enjoy the video!

And following this video learn more about Dave Barry’s award-winning book “Best. State. Ever.” and that very unfortunate typo in the Post.

Without further ado. . .


Because of an editing error, a story in Wednesday’s [Nov. 28th] Post misspelled author and columnist Dave Barry’s name. The brief appeared on Page B3 in the Local section.

Yes. Hard to believe but true.

An editor at the Post misspelled Dave Barry’s name. Not just once. Four times.

The irony here is this ‘news’ is about an event sponsored by the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County’s “Read Together Palm Beach County”. About that event at the Harriet Himmel Theater here is an excerpt published in the Post:

The title selected for the 2018 “Read Together,” was bestselling author, columnist and humorist Dave Berry’s “Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland.”

Berry? Really? 

Briefly, before we proceed, the book Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland is available on Amazon:

A brilliantly funny exploration of the Sunshine State from the man who knows it best: Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times best-selling author Dave Barry.

We never know what will happen next in Florida. We know only that, any minute now, something will. Every few months, Dave Barry gets a call from some media person wanting to know, “What the hell is wrong with Florida?”

Anyhow, if you would like to learn more about the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County click on this link. And you can also say “Thank You” to the Literacy Coalition for bringing such wonderful authors such as Dave Barry to inspire the public to learn how to read and to appreciate how important literacy is here in Palm Beach County.

And Gee Wiz! Dave Barry won a Pulitzer Prize and wrote for the Miami Herald for over twenty years.

Shouldn’t every single editor at the Post know who Dave Barry is? And just wondering. Has a ‘satirist’ at The Palm Beach Post ever won a Pulitzer Prize for humor?

From Wikipedia:

David McAlister Barry (born July 3, 1947) is an American author and columnist who wrote a nationally syndicated humor column for the Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005. He has also written numerous books of humor and parody, as well as comic novels. Barry’s honors include the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary (1988) and the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism (2005).

And in conclusion. . .

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