Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Palm Tran bus Rt. 62 is returning to the beach in Lake Worth Beach!


Mayor Pam Triolo and Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso have been working very hard for a very long time to bring back the public bus service to the public ocean beach and with the City agreeing to commit 250K to alter the traffic infrastructure and construct a new bus stop/shelter both the County Commission and Palm Tran are on board with the plan as well.

This information about extending bus Rt. 62 was provided by Public Works Dir. Jamie Brown at the work session last evening on discussion of sales tax proceeds (see video below).

Rt. 62 serves Wellington, Greenacres, Palm Springs, Palm Beach State College and all areas in between on Lake Worth Rd. In Lake Worth Beach the bus makes the turnaround on Dixie Hwy. near City Hall (except on Sundays when the turnaround is at Golfview Rd. just west of the Robert Harris Bridge). To download the existing Rt. 62 map and schedules click on this link. Connections with Rt. 62 are routes 1 (serving Dixie Hwy.), 40, 43, 46, 52, 61, 63, and 64.

With a new Palm Tran bus stop at the beach in LWB many more from the public will have public access to the ocean, e.g., Royal Palm Beach and West Palm Beach of which neither municipality actually has a beach for their residents to enjoy.

Two hundred and fifty thousand dollars according to Dir. Brown is the very high end of the cost estimate and he believes the cost to the City will be much lower. Changes will have to made to widen the circle traffic flow at the north corner of the Casino building and then the bus will proceed west off the dune towards A1A to a dedicated bus stop with a shelter and retaining wall next to the County’s Kreusler Park.

Mayor Triolo sees a huge benefit for the City in promoting a bus service to the beach and she explains so in the video. This discussion lasts just about ten minutes and strongly encourage everyone interested in public transportation to hear the entire discussion:


“That’s a whopping figure and stands out like Madonna at a convent.”


“Code Violations Real Shocker”


Remember this “$21 Million Outstanding” next time you read another one of those verbose, repetitive, and tiresome stories from the usual suspects about our Code Enforcement Dept. here in the City of Lake Worth Beach.


Click on image to enlarge.

Commentary published in The Lake Worth Herald, May 23rd, 2002.

“Pride should kick in at some point and help clean up this mess.

*Adjusted for inflation, $29.5M in 2019.

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


. . . 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 tomorrow 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.

Build it and they will come?


Four years ago during some of the most wonderful weather in South Florida the municipal pool adjacent to the Lake Worth Beach and Casino Complex remained for the most part empty of people.

As some consider going down the same lane once again it’s worth wondering whether or not a pool scene in March–May 2025 would look any different than the scenes below in March–May 2015.

When we had a pool open to the public at the beach in Lake Worth. . .


It was a pool that needed people. . .

Monday, August 19, 2019

Elected leaders setting the bar high in Greenacres: Making education, families and children a high priority.


Just recently we learned the City Council led by the honorable Mayor Joel Flores and the administration in the City of Greenacres deserve a lot of credit for creating one of the best After School and camp programs in the United States and the honor of receiving Florida Gold Seal Designation as well. Here is recent news published on the front page in the Coastal and Greenacres Observer headlined, “Greenacres After School Program Receives National Accreditation”:


The Council on Accreditation (COA) has proudly recognized the City of Greenacres After School and Camp Programs (a licensed, year-round, K-12 grade program) as an outstanding provider.

National accreditation demonstrates that the program successfully implements high performance standards and delivers the highest quality services to all of its children, youth and families. In addition to this achievement, the City of Greenacres After School Program was expedited through the Pre-Commission Review Report (PCR) process as a result of not receiving any out of compliance ratings in any of the fundamental practice or core standards.

The assessors were extremely impressed with the City’s operations, extended learning and enrichment programs, community partnerships and resources available. They travel all over and country, and even internationally, and claimed it was one of the best programs they have ever assessed.

COA accreditation allows the City to obtain the Florida Gold Seal Designation, that provides for a higher per child/per day, rate of reimbursement, from the Early Learning Coalition. For more information on the program visit the City’s website at www.greenacresfl.gov or call 561-642-2193.

The COA is an independent not-for-profit international accreditor providing a full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and human service organizations.

Congratulations to the City of Greenacres!


To learn more about the City of Greenacres click on this link.

And in other recent news Greenacres reopened their renovated gymnasium at the City’s Community Center at 501 Swain Blvd. You can learn more about that on the Greenacres official Facebook page.

For more information about all the public parks in Greeenacres, including helpful maps and directions, click on this link.

The Coastal and Greenacres Observer is a FREE weekly publication published by the Lake Worth Herald Press, Inc. To download the Observer click on this link and then use the Options tab to download the PDF. For more information contact the editor at 561-585-9387 or send an email to: Editor@lwherald.com

“A Riddle”. Poem by poet unknown. Guest at Gulfstream Hotel. Lake Worth, Florida. 1963.


           “ A lake ~ and swinging palm trees,

                                      The Ocean ~ deep and green ~ ”



Click on image to enlarge:
The image above is from the 2015 Coastal Observer series about the history of the Gulfstream Hotel. The first issue was titled, “Dog Days and Glory Days”.

From that series, a poem. . .


. . . can you guess My riddle?*


Some folks, they like a riddle,
Now here is one for you.
It’s square, not deep, but open
Soft breezes blowing through.

Beyond the sky is lovely,
While clouds go sailing o’er.
I hear the call of song birds,
A distant train’s low roar.

A lake ~ and swinging palm trees,
The Ocean ~ deep and green ~
Now can you guess My riddle?
It’s my window ~ at Gulf Stream



*Poem about the Gulfstream Hotel from December, 1963 titled, “A Riddle”, written anonymously by a visitor to the hotel. Poem reprinted in the Coastal/Greenacres Observer (publisher: Lake Worth Herald) on October 29th, 2015.

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.

Heeding the advice below can save you a lot of time, money, and effort.


Are you considering a new project here in Lake Worth Beach? Or are you considering a renovation? A new restaurant? A new retail opportunity?

If so, you need to learn about the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council (NAPC). Find out
more about the NAPC below.


They can help you engage the neighborhood and the public prior to or even after approaching the City staff with your idea. The NAPC can help you engage the neighbors and neighborhood, provide as much information available at the time to the public, and maybe even quell the rumor mill from churning out one rumor after another.

How do I know this can actually be accomplished? Because there is a lot of proof that this approach works. Use this link for just one example:


The Planning and Zoning Board approved the site plan unanimously and recommended the rezoning request be approved by the City Commission. These approvals were made with conditions which addressed many of the issues which had been discussed between the developer, the City and the neighborhood beforehand.


In the excerpt above, the words ‘and the neighborhood beforehand’ are what one needs to focus on.

So “beforehand” consider approaching the NAPC. What you’ll discover is that sometimes the neighborhood understands their neighborhood much better than the City does. For the NAPC website click on this link, for their Facebook page use this link, or send an email to: napcinfo@gmail.com

Saturday, August 17, 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

Start Preparations. International Talk Like A Pirate Day (ITLAPD) is two fortnights away.


ITLAPD is always held on September 19th.


“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”

—Quote. Mahatma Ghandi, 1928.


Those who knew Ghandi well understood his sense of humor and that humor, “was one of his strongest features and one of the things people most liked and admired about him.”


“Whereas, it is fun to talk like a pirate by using words like Arrrrr, ye and bilge rat”

Excerpt. International Talk Like a Pirate Day proclamation at Lake Worth City Commission on Sept. 19th, 2018 read by Lake Worth Beach Mayor Pam Triolo.

Ghandi and bilge rats and silly proclamations!
How did we get here?
 


Here’s how the scheme went down. Former Palm Beach Post reporter Willie Howard, on learning of the first annual ITLAPD coming up on September 19th, 2012, reached out to a City resident who called this annual celebration in the L-Dub, “juvenile, nonsensical — a day that might occur in a kindergarten class.”

Then Willie Howard in his 2012 article titled,
“ ‘Talk like a pirate day’ in Lake Worth
has some up in arms” continued. . .


She [City resident] said the city should not waste time on such foolishness because it has serious problems. Bornstein [City Manager Michael Bornstein] responded in part with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi:
“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”
     “I’m so sorry you find this fun, silly proclamation anything more than that,” Bornstein wrote in his response to [former commissioner JoAnn] Golden. “I could easily become consumed with a sense of over correctness in almost everything involved in government. However, I refuse to become devoid of all the wonderful human emotions including, most importantly, humor.”


Save the Date!

The 7th Annual ITLAPD in Lake Worth Beach is on September 19th.


Here is official text of the ITLAPD proclamation presented at the City Commission:


PROCLAMATION


Whereas, old pirate culture from the Caribbean is popular in TV shows, movies, literature, products, and rafting; and
Whereas, pirates are colorful, adventurous, mischievous and flamboyant; and
Whereas, two re-enactors, John Bauer and Mark Summers instituted International Talk Like A Pirate Day in 1995; and
Whereas, humorist Dave Barry liked the idea so much he promoted it in his nationally syndicated column in 2002, igniting a powder keg of followers worldwide; and
Whereas, it is fun to talk like a pirate by using words like Arrrrr, ye and bilge rat; and
Whereas, everyone would like to think they have a little bit of pirate spirit inside of themselves.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Pam Triolo, Mayor of the City of Lake Worth, Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me, do hereby proclaim:
SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 as INTERNATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY and urge all citizens of Lake Worth as well as all the less worthy sailors and scalawags in other communities to celebrate in a hearty and fun loving way on September 19th!
IN WITNESS WHEREOF,
I have set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Lake Worth, Florida to be affixed this 19th day of September, 2017.

______________________
Pam Triolo, Mayor ATTEST

Residents in Lake Worth Beach: How much do you know about the POC?


The City’s Park of Commerce (POC) has been a major topic of debate for many decades. Many previous commissions and administrations have failed at the POC. Then in 2001 there came a major breakthrough. Then that failed too. The POC continued to languish once again for another fifteen years until another breakthrough in Feb. 2016 courtesy of the Federal Government and then in March 2017 another breakthrough courtesy of the State of Florida.

And then on March 31st, 2018 is a brief eight-second video. The City Commission heralding in new infrastructure and road construction along Boutwell Rd.

In this video, from left to right, are commissioners Herman Robinson (District 4) and Omari Hardy (District 2), Mayor Pam Triolo, Vice Mayor Pro Tem Scott Maxwell (District 1), and City Manager Michael Bornstein. Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso (District 3) was in Washington, D.C. on City business.


Enjoy the video.



About that place called the POC. . .


Below is a map, and another video (this one with music!), helpful images, and much more information as well about that now-legendary place in this City.

The best news of all is last March Florida Gov. Rick Scott DID NOT line out an item in a spending bill, $1.4M in the 2018 State budget for the POC which made Lake Worth Commissioner Scott Maxwell very happy. Despite all the slings and arrows Maxwell fought for the POC for many years and even lobbied the governor in person that year. Again.

This item in previous budgets was lined-out three times in a row by the governor three years in a row.

Maxwell wasn’t alone. Mayor Pam Triolo and now-Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso fought hard for the POC. Traveling to Tallahassee and back so many times everyone lost count. And to see their faces on learning that the governor lined out the POC for the third time in 2017 was heartbreaking. But the next year it finally made the state budget and was passed into law.

And for years groups opposed to the POC staged all kinds of nonsense and PR stunts, for example just a few years ago the POC was, according to a former ‘reporter’ at WPEC/CBS12 was the site of a “forced relocation” akin to the internment camps for Japanese-Americans during WWII and a news report in The Palm Beach Post had to be retracted as well.

But most recently you may recall the “Boutwell Road Groundbreaking Ceremony” in March 2018 and prior to that news about the Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant for $1.4 million.

Past city commissions have tried, and failed, to make this area (see map below) a major contributor to the City’s commercial tax base giving homeowners less of a burden. Some former electeds were so desperate to have something happen in the POC, anything, even a chicken farm was suggested. Really. That’s true. Luckily, that idea didn’t go far.

The POC one could say has had its share of “ups and downs” over the years which included floods, overflowing canals, mobile home residents fleeing ahead of major storms, crime, pestilence, and also home to many wonderful French-Canadian Snowbirds each Fall/Winter season and persistent talk of voters too with out-of-state vehicles who miraculously appeared every year just in time to send in their absentee ballot.


Welcome to the “Lake Worth Park Of Commerce”:

This image will surprise many of you and is explained later in this blog post.

New residents in this City, if they’re not cautious where they get their information from, will be misinformed by ‘facts’ on other blogs, social media, or even news reporters that don’t understand the entire story.


So where exactly is the POC?


By the way, the POC lies within the Lake Worth Drainage District although most of the City does not.

To see this map for yourself go to the Citys zoning map. And while you’re at it you can see how your neighborhood is zoned.


In the map above is the POC: Roughly it’s the dark shaded area west of Boutwell Rd., east of the E-4 (Keller) Canal, north of Lake Worth Rd. (the County’s John Prince Park) and south of 10th Ave. North. Now that you understand where the POC is, how long has this been a matter of debate in the City?

Let’s look at one example of many (the first image above is the front cover of this “Citizens’ Master Plan”).


Click on image to enlarge: 

The Lake Worth Park of Commerce Citizens’ Master Plan, Charrette Draft Report prepared by the TCRPC in October 2001.


Over eighteen years ago. I have this original report prepared by the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC); if you would like to borrow it let me know (my email address is wesblackman@gmail.com).


Recognize anyone? Ever heard of a gentleman named Dana Little?


There are names throughout this document many of you will recognize. Enjoy this charming video I did of the POC back in 2014, a small area in the City of Lake Worth with so much potential, “the P-word” if you will:


Enjoy the video!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Get excited! Christmas and Snowbird Season in City of Lake Worth Beach.


This upcoming 2019–2020 Holiday Season will be an exciting one for our returning Snowbirds, the old and confusing ‘Lake Worth’ has now become Lake Worth Beach, a city with a new name!

It’s important to remember whether one uses ‘Lake Worth’ or Lake Worth Beach in the mailing address the regions zip codes remain the same.

When exactly is the right time to start coming up with cleverly new holiday ideas for downtown Lake Worth Beach, the Casino and beach, and the Dixie Hwy. Corridors both north and south?


The time for all those new and exciting ideas for downtown holiday displays to arouse our returning Snowbirds and get all those cars to slow down for a closer look, interesting crafts and activities to electrify and foment the imagination, and the art to provoke and stimulate the passersby to come in and check out your Hipster fashions, L-Dub dishes and Quirky fare?

The Time Is Now!


One of the most exciting Christmas ideas ever in this City was something so cleverly simple from back in 2013. It was simply called “Mail Art”.

Hope you enjoy this look back:


Send your Mail Art to:

Lake Worth Beach City Hall
7 North Dixie Hwy.
Lake Worth Beach, FL 33460

 
The deadline is now looming. We’ve had lovely responses and hope you will send us an embellished envelope.
     We set up a web site where we post all those that arrive. We have showcased the envelopes in Libraries and made presentations to Calligraphy guilds.
     One more large Christmas exhibition is planned and then they will be presented to the Lake Worth Historical Museum. Dont hesitate to send another piece of mail art, if you already have.
     The deadline is Nov. 15, 2013. None will be rejected if they are a bit wee late. We so enjoyed getting the envelopes from around the globe.

Thank You.
AnnaMaria
Project art consultant


Click on images to enlarge:

Hint #1: Lappeenranta, Finland is the City of Lake Worth Beach’s Sister City.


Hint #2: The festival Día de los Muertos is on November 2nd this year.


Hint #3: The holiday Boxing Day is celebrated in Canada on December 26th.

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


When is it time to begin the preparations for this year’s Day of the Dead festivities? The time is now:

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.

Greetings from Lake Worth Beach, Florida!


Getting ready for 2019–2020 Snowbird and Holiday Season at the Lake Worth Beach Visitors’ Center:

Stop by the LWB Visitors’ Center in the City Hall Annex (414 Lake Ave.) and pick up several post cards today. Remind your favorite Snowbird that the Winter Season officially begins on December 21st this year.

Get signed up for “Critical Event” alerts in Lake Worth Beach.


You can get signed up today and it only takes a few moments. Continue reading to find out how. Here is information from the City:


Get up-to-the-minute information about severe weather, road closures, and much more.


Your safety is our top concern — That’s why the City of Lake Worth Beach wants to make sure you know about emergencies and incidents as they happen.

The City of Lake Worth Beach will begin to use an emergency communication service powered by Everbridge to make sure you know about issues that may affect your safety. This system allows the City to contact thousands of residents in seconds so you can find out about an emergency right away.

Receive important messages from the City of Lake Worth Beach via email, phone, and much more.


How Does It Work?


The process begins when the City of Lake Worth Beach issues a message about a potential safety hazard or concern. Next, the emergency notification system sends a message through your primary contact path. If you don’t confirm receipt of the message, the system will try to reach your second contact path and continues trying to reach you until you confirm receipt.

The success of this service relies on YOU.

Having your latest contact information is the only way to ensure that we can contact you in an emergency.

Please sign up online by clicking on this link. It only takes about a minute to enroll, or you can sign up by texting LAKEWORTHBCH to 888777 (message and data rates may apply).

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and participation in this important program!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Sports news in Lake Worth Beach: Upcoming registration for youth basketball.


Support your LOCAL newspaper and LOCAL community journalism.


For most recent front page headlines click on this link. The Herald serves Lake Worth Beach, suburban Lake Worth and nearby cities, towns and villages here in coastal Central Palm Beach County.

The Herald is still just ¢50! For subscription rates use this link. Have community news or an update to share? Call the editor at 561-585-9387 or send an email to Editor@lwherald.com


Besides LOCAL meetings, events and club news also published in this week’s paper is the 2019 Lake Worth High School football schedule, the public school dress code for students (proper jackets, shirts, pants and shoes), and an article on school health requirements (immunization requirements and physical examination).

Here is the news about youth basketball registration:


The City of Lake Worth Beach will begin holding early registration for their Youth Basketball League August 31 through October 5. Ages 3–6, $45; 7–16, $65.

Regular registration will be held October 6–December 20. Ages 3–6, $50, 7–16, $75. Late registration, December 21–January 4. Ages 3–6, $55, 7–16, $85. The draft will be held on January 11. All games begin at 9:45 and are played at the Norman J. Wimbley Gymnasium located at 1515 Wingfield Street. Shirts will be provided.

You do not need to be a Lake Worth Beach resident to participate, however identification is required.

Registration will be available at the Wimbley Gym, at the Osborne Community Center located at 1699 Wingfield St., or online by using this link.

For more information contact Anthony Marshall at 561-227-4518 or by email at AMarshall@lakeworthbeachfl.gov

News vans are packed and ready for the next major storm.


Scenario.

You are a young and eager weather reporter.

The assignment editor wants you to do a quick news segment along the seawall at the beach in Lake Worth Beach but when you get to the scene nothing is really going on. Just a normal beach day but really crowded. But you have to do something because you’re a weather reporter!

But there is a solution. You can create your own weather if you want. Find out how below.

So a week or so earlier hotter than normal water and wind churned off the Ivory Coast and went heading west. Some claim they can feel a storm coming and those people are feeling something.

Being safe Lake Worth Beach sends out a press release advising the public to be careful of swimming in the ocean and of course everyone then heads to the beach. Not much is happening at the moment except for some brisk wind and surfers taking advantage of the higher waves. So the reporter, with his or her back to the ocean, needs something to air and quick!

What a reporter could do is just deliver the press release from LWB.

But another method will get you noticed called the “gale force” approach.

This approach is not advised in most situations but it certainly will get attention from the public (note the ‘gale force’ method may be encouraged in some newsrooms when assigned to report on anything that looks red-tidish or anything blue-green in the water).

So to quickly go Live with the news which isn’t news but you have to do something please take a few moments and watch a CNN segment, an example of the gale force method being employed.

“Don’t Do It!”

Hope you enjoy this video and remember,
“Don’t Swim In the Sea! Incredibly. . .”

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Prayers and insight from “The Interfaith Prayer Book”, expanded 2nd edition, published in 2014.


The Interfaith Prayer Book was compiled by Lake Worth resident Ted Brownstein and the Lake Worth Interfaith Network (LWIN). Learn more about this organization at the end of this blog post.

From p. 31 by Siddur Avodas HaLev titled,
“A Jewish View of Prayer”:


“Prayer: Its Hebrew name is, tefillah, a word that gives us an insight into the Torah’s concept of prayer. The root of tefillah means to judge, to differentiate, to clarify, to decide. In life, we constantly sort out evidence from rumor, valid options from wild speculations, fact from fancy. Thus, prayer is the soul’s yearning to define what truly matters and to ignore the trivialities that often masquerade as essential.”


From p. 69, the “Hymn of the Good Samaritan”:


From every race and land,
The victim of our day,
Abused and hurt by human hands,
Are wounded on life’s way.

The priest and Levite* pass
And find not time to wait.
The pressing claims of living call;
They leave them to their fate.

But one of different faith
To care he felt compelled.
His active love like Jesus’ own
Uplifted, healed and held.

May this example lead,
Inspire and teach us all
That we may find in others’ faith
The God on whom we call.


From p. 23 in the chapter titled, “Native American Prayer” is the ancient reading from the Popul Vuh, a region in South America now called Guatemala:


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.


To learn more about the “Reading of Popul Vuh” in The Interfaith Prayer Book and the Ancient History Encyclopedia click on this link.

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. . . . LWIN hopes that sharing our experience will be helpful to other communities who desire to create similar local interfaith organizations.”


*Levite: “[M]ember of the tribe of Levi; descendant of Levi, especially one appointed to assist the priests in the temple or tabernacle.” Learn more at Wikipedia.

The Koreshan Unity: A religious utopian community in early Florida history.


“Among the most interesting beliefs of Koreshanity was the cellular cosmogony, or the hollow earth.”

Click on image to enlarge:

Image from the Florida Memory collection.


The State Library and Archives of Florida has fascinating documentation of the Koreshan Unity. They have links to pictures and documents about this religious group that no longer exists. Here is an excerpt:


     With its warm climate and seemingly endless coastline, Florida was a natural magnet for settlers from colder northern climates and all manner of pioneers. In the 1890s, Florida became home to one of the state’s most interesting and influential pioneering communities: the Koreshan Unity. [emphasis added]
     The Unity was a late-19th/early-20th century religious utopian community originally founded in upstate New York by Dr. Cyrus Teed and later headquartered in Chicago before finding its permanent home on a 320 acre plot of land in Estero south of Fort Myers, where Teed intended to found the “New Jerusalem.”
     Among the most interesting beliefs of Koreshanity was the cellular cosmogony, or the hollow earth. According to the cellular cosmogony, the earth was not a convex sphere but instead a hollow, concave cell containing the entire universe with the sun at its center and Earth's populace living on the inside surface of the hollow cell.

News from Shiny Sheet staff writer Margie Kacoha: “Donald Trump looked positively presidential”.


Please take a deep breath. In the blog post below is a news article which cites a citizen named Mr. Donald Trump, many years prior to becoming U.S. President Donald J. Trump.

What follows is not a political statement or a political position. What follows is an account of what happened at Mar-a-Lago over twenty-four years ago.


About the reporter at the Palm Beach Daily News (aka, the Shiny Sheet):


Margie Kacoha was one of the most interesting and fascinating reporters, very clever and very funny. A memorable sense of humor.

Sadly, she passed away in April 2014. The news from Shannon Donnelly, an excerpt: “Margie was always fair and objective as a reporter,” said Kirk Blouin, town director of public safety [in Palm Beach]. “She was always cordial and was very well-liked by the members of the police and fire departments. Personally, I will miss her kind heart and strong sense of humor. We shared many good laughs through the years. Just the thought of her brings a smile to my face. She will be sorely missed.”

Now to the news. . .

Opening paragraph from front page news, above the fold, published in the Shiny Sheet headlined, “Trump expects club to open this week”:


“Flanked by his attorneys, property manager and club manager, Donald Trump looked positively presidential [emphasis added] as he signed more than two dozen documents Saturday night, transforming his palatial weekend home into the Mar-a-Lago Club.”

The newspaper clipping below is from Monday, April 3rd, 1995.


Note that twenty-three years ago the Shiny Sheet cost ¢25! And unfortunately, this particular newspaper in the collection was damaged along the way. . .

‘NO DEAL HAS BEEN MORE COMPLEX’

Click on image to enlarge:

This image is from my collection of memorabilia (public relations material, magazines, brochures, newspapers, press releases) from my ten years working at Mar-a-Lago as Director of Projects (1993–2003) for a man I addressed as “Mr. Trump”.

Another excerpt from the 1995 article
in the Shiny Sheet:


     “No deal has been more complex than to have this incredible place turned into a club,” Trump said as he sat in the middle of the estate’s great room, carefully signing one document after another before leaving town early Sunday, “I think this is the most important event to happen in Palm Beach in 50 years.
     “We’re saving Mar-a-Lago, the greatest house in the United States,” Trump said. “And it’s a totally non-discriminatory club.”

and one more. . .

     “As long as he was signing documents — a task that took almost an hour — Trump chatted about other things, like pizza commercials.
     When called to do a television commercial for Pizza Hut to run during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Trump said his first reaction was “What do I know about pizza?”
     With an offer of $500,000 on the table, Trump balked.
     “If they pay me a million dollars, I’ll do it,” Trump reported responding to that initial offer.
     A cool million later, Trump was on the tube with ex-wife Ivana.


This is a look back in time to a very special place in American History, Mar-a-Lago. Just one of the reasons why Marjorie Merriweather Post had Mar-a-Lago constructed was she wanted to invite American presidents, visiting dignitaries, and ambassadors from all over the world — in her day and into the future — to a place in the Town of Palm Beach between the sea (in Spanish, “Mar”) and the once-freshwater lake (“Lago”, now the Intracoastal), a structure that would later be coined in American history the “Winter White House”.

And in what can only be called one of the most amazing twists in American history, “Trump” in April 1995, as reported in the Shiny Sheet by Margie Kacoha, became President Donald J. Trump on November 8th, 2016.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Official recognition by PAPA.


On March 12th the electorate in the City of Lake Worth voted to rename this municipality as Lake Worth Beach and the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Public Access (PAPA) website has since been updated to reflect the name change (see map below).

However, as newsworthy as Lake Worth Beach is and continues to be, there is a much bigger story happening out west that is largely going unnoticed in Central Palm Beach County and that is the growing dominance of the City of Greenacres, a municipality expanding at a rapid rate.


Click on map to enlarge, note the label “Lake Worth Beach” and annexations further to the west:

Many areas west of LWB (unshaded) will keep a ‘Lake Worth’ mailing address until being annexed by Village of Palm Springs (shaded blue) or Town of Lantana (verdenia red). In both square miles and population the City of Greenacres is expanding rapidly, already exceeding Lake Worth Beach.


Which delves into zip codes. . . Lake Worth Beach has two zip codes, 33460 and a portion of 33461:

What if Lake Worth Beach was all one zip code (33460) including all incorporated areas west of I-95 (shaded blue)?

Front page news this week in the Observer: “Greenacres City Manager Praised and Thanked”.


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Here is the front page news this week, above the fold in the Observer:


Andrea McCue, the roll up the sleeves and get it done City Manager of the City of Greenacres sat through being reviewed by the City Commission Monday night [Aug. 5th]. As it would be, McCue was also filling in for the City Clerk, doing double duty as she faced a performance review.

Comments from the Council contained phrases such as, ‘Professionalism’, ‘exemplary’, ‘City is in good hands’, ‘never disappointed our City from day one’, ‘exceeded expectations’, ‘creative thinker’, ‘came here very qualified and far exceeds all expectations’.

After casting these complementary appraisals of McCue’s performance, Council members thanked her and approved an increase in her salary.

Council members expressed a willingness to keep McCue and would hate to lose her to another municipality.

In other action, the Council unanimously approved changing the name of Leisure Services to Community & Recreation Services, in order to better express what they do.

The department does everything from providing seniors with meals to running youth programs.

and. . .


Council members praised Michele Thompson, Leisure Services Director, or now Community & Recreation Services Director for the success of the programs. Thompson pushed the credit to the “wonderful team” she works with.


To learn more about the City of Greenacres browse their continually-evolving and updated website.

For sake of comparison and scale here in Central Palm Beach County, many of you will be interested to learn that Greenacres exceeds Lake Worth Beach in both area and population size and is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Palm Beach County.

“It ain’t over till it’s over.” —Yogi Berra


Enjoy the video!

Once again, from the oft-cited file, “We all have to keep in mind. . .


. . . there are many new residents in the City of Lake Worth Beach that have no knowledge of things that preceded them.”



Many blog readers have seen this blog post before. Some of you many times. Thank You for visiting once again today and please scroll down.

For everyone else, once every 2–3 months like to remind new and recently new residents why long-time residents don’t get annoyed when they hear PBSO helicopters overhead, especially at night.

Hearing PBSO helicopters was a sign of hope for many people. Things are much different today in this City as Cpt. Baer explained at a Commission meeting earlier this year.


Ten and a half years ago. . .

On August 26th, 2008, then-Mayor Jeff Clemens signed the agreement to begin the process of turning over law enforcement responsibility to PBSO and subsequent disbanding of Lake Worth PD. In response to Cara Jennings (former commissioner, 2006–2010) who supported keeping the LWPD, JoAnn Golden (another former commissioner, 2007–2011) said about the out-of-control crime at the time:

“[W]e have allowed the gangs to get ahead of us.”

Prior to PBSO taking over for the LWPD, crime in the City was so bad a resident actually proposed that LWPD set up checkpoints and vehicle searches on all roads leading into the City.


Listen for yourself:




That never happened. But crime was so bad prior to PBSO taking over many residents and community leaders seriously considered police checkpoints. Now let’s take a stroll down memory lane to 2007:


Check out these crime “Clearance” rates, especially for homicides. . . “but having our own police department was just so charming”. Maybe in a few neighborhoods. But not so much in others.

Oh, and by the way, that PBSO helicopter flying around at night that some people find ‘annoying’ isn
t so annoying in the context of history, is it?

“There’s a rich history here. If you don’t do anything to preserve it, it’s gone.”


Newspaper clipping from The Palm Beach Post, September 3rd, 2003.


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The CDC is not to be confused with Lake Worth Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). The CDC went defunct many years ago.


“One part of the plan will involve interviewing lifelong residents to compile an oral history of the neighborhood.”

The plan, “[A]ims to boost community pride, improve property values and stave off gentrification.*

“The Osborne neighborhood is one of the target areas for the CDC, a nonprofit organization charged with improving blighted areas of the city.”

*Let’s take on that loaded word. . .


‘Gentrification’ is called a “loaded word” in that it’s used to confuse and frighten the public (learn more about that by clicking on this link).

There is no accepted definition of that word and therefore fuels the “politics of fear” just like another loaded word used to confuse and frighten the public: ‘sanctuary city’.

Whilst on the topic of ‘gentrification’, Joan Oliva became the executive director of the CRA back in January 2008 and she remains the leader of that agency to this day.

And also to this day former members of the CDC criticize the CRA for increasing property values which have steadily risen in this City. Ironically, as cited in the newspaper clipping above, one of the goals of the CDC was to “improve property values” whilst at the same time promising to ‘stave off gentrification’.


Ironic is it not?


The former CDC never accomplished much and not much remains from what they did actually do. However, how much do you know about the $23M NSP2 Grant the CRA received in 2010? Learn more about that below.

Enjoy the video (below) about the CRA’s NSP2 Grant. You’ll recognize more than a few people if you were here in Lake Worth during that time. At one point, if you pay close attention, you’ll see a few campaign yard signs of people you might know, including a current city commissioner. About the video:


This video is one in a series of case study videos intended for NSP grantees and partners interested in learning about how other grantees are successfully implementing NSP. In Lake Worth, FL, the NSP2 consortium has taken a comprehensive approach in their stabilization efforts. Nonprofits and community leaders featured in this video demonstrate the keys to running their NSP program, including homebuyer counseling, home-purchase assistance, and connecting stabilization with broader economic development and revitalization initiatives such as the Cultural Renaissance Program.





Now, about all those people who thought the NSP2 was a bad idea, like former city commissioners who didn’t make the effort to apply for the grant. But the CRA did step up and apply. Here is an excerpt from this blog:


“Both the City and the CRA were eligible to apply for the funds. Leading up to the grant application’s deadline, it became apparent that the City administration (Susan Stanton was the city manager in September 2009) and the City Commission (which included Cara Jennings, JoAnn Golden, and Susan Mulvehill) had demonstrated no interest in assisting the CRA or applying for the grant money itself. Wanting to make sure Lake Worth didn’t miss out on this opportunity to address slum and blight in a big way the CRA went ahead and made the application itself, without any help from the City Commission at the time.”


Want to learn more about Lake Worth Beach Community Redevelopment Agency? Click on this link.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

La Guía News y WPTV (NBC5): “Autoridades investigan homicidio en Lake Worth Beach”.


To follow La Guía News on Twitter click on this link. To read the following news report in English go to La Guía and use the translate tool:


LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. — La Oficina del Sheriff del Condado Palm Beach (PBSO por sus siglas en inglés) está investigando lo que parece ser un homicidio, sucedido el miércoles en Lake Worth Beach.

El incidente sucedió a las 5:40 p.m. cuando los agentes recibieron una llamada al número de emergencia, de un negocio en Lake Avenue.

Los agentes arribaron al bloque 1500 de Lake Avenue, y hallaron a un empleado que había recibido impacto de balas. El personal del Departamento de Bomberos e Incendios que acudieron al lugar confirmaron que el empleado había fallecido.

Los detectives de la División de Crímenes Violentos se encuentran en el lugar investigando.

Hasta el momento no hay sospechosos y se desconocen los motivos.

Cualquier persona con información sobre este suceso llamar a Crime Stoppers al 1-800-458-TIPS.

WPTV contribuyó a esta historia.

Two homicides in Lake Worth Beach: PBSO and Crime Stoppers need tips.


The homicide yesterday in LWB is near another unsolved murder from last April off Lake Ave. on South E St. For more information about the murder of Alonzo Recinos Ramirez use this link. If you have any information about either of these two crimes contact Crime Stoppers and become eligible for a reward. That information is at the end of this blog post.

Here is an excerpt from yesterday’s breaking news report in the Sun Sentinel by reporter Tony Alanez:


A hang-up call to 911 drew sheriff’s deputies to a novelty store in Lake Worth Beach where they found a clerk dying from a gunshot wound, authorities said Wednesday.

After the 5:40 p.m. call, the scene in the 1500 block of Lake Avenue was cordoned off with yellow crime-scene tape, a CSI motor home arrived, as did detectives from the violent-crimes division of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.


Stay anonymous and collect a reward:

To learn more about Crime Stoppers in Palm Beach County use this link.

Barefoot Mailman: Newspaper clipping, Lake Worth Herald, March 6th, 2003.


In the caption below it’s described
“Lantana Town Manager Michael Bornstein. . .”

Click on clipping to enlarge:

Of note on April 16th, 2012 Bornstein was hired to be the city manager in the City of Lake Worth which this year became Lake Worth Beach. 


A short time after Bornstein was hired as city manager back in April 2012 to manage this City long-time Palm Beach Post journalist Willie Howard wrote this opening line in a news report,


After six weeks on the job [Bornstein] is cutting through the tension at city hall, bringing a sense of calmness and teamwork to a city commission known for heated debates and red-eye meetings.

Whatever happened to the bells and whistles, pots and pans, bullhorns. . .


. . . protesters chanting slogans, clever signs, colorful papier-mâché costumes, and noisemakers from the dollar store?


The absence of protests here in Lake Worth Beach has the public all over the County asking, “Whatever happened to good ole Lake Worth?”


This little six-square-mile City was once known as ground zero for the protest movement in Palm Beach County. Almost anyone could start a protest for almost any reason. For example, somebody from ‘Food Not Bombs’ upset about development in the Ag Reserve could rally local radical environmentalists (aka, “rads”) and fellow-travelers from places like Ft. Lauderdale and Sarasota, make a few calls to the press and news media, show up outside Lake Worth City Hall one day and . . . Voilà! A protest!

Getting 40–50 supporters to show up and protest used to be the norm here in the City of Lake Worth until about nine years ago.

Below are newspaper clippings, examples of how it used to be, protesters circa 2003–2005 shutting down traffic and climbing up in trees!


It truly is incomprehensible there has not been a protest of any significance in this City since early January to mid-March 2016, over three years ago during that year’s municipal elections. The Election Season in 2017 was quiet. And so was 2018 and 2019 too. What gives?

Sure, there have been a few polite and non-confrontational gatherings at City Hall and at City parks and a couple of well-controlled and well-mannered ‘marches’ from one place to another, but nothing like what happened in Downtown Lake Worth in early 2016.

One reason could be the tradition of protesting, shutting down traffic and protesters climbing up into trees went by the wayside after PBSO took over in 2009. PBSO, one could say, is a bit less tolerant of such activities than the former Lake Worth PD was. No doubt law enforcement improved greatly after PBSO took over but the case can also be made it’s become a whole lot less entertaining.

For example, the former LWPD had their hands full “back in the day” when the news first hit about a structure called the Lucerne in Downtown Lake Worth.


Front page of The Lake Worth Herald
datelined April 10th, 2003.

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Construction of the Lucerne began in 2003. Despite lawsuits and quite frequent and very creative protests, the structure was completed in 2005.

Now from the archives: Newspaper clippings from The Palm Beach Post and The Lake Worth Herald, protests and protesters circa 2003–2005.


From the Post: An Anarchist suspended from a bamboo tripod being saved by LWPD.

Click on all images to enlarge:

“. . . [W]ho was protesting downtown condominium plans in Lake Worth.” LWPD allowed the protesters a lot of leeway for Free Speech . . . but not when it came to shutting down traffic.


Back then Rodney Romano was the mayor
of Lake Worth.

Clipping from The Lake Worth Herald:

“More than 65 percent of the
condos have been sold.”


Another newspaper clipping from the Post:

“Protester goes out on a limb”: Thankfully our former City horticulturist was trained in
crisis management.


Summertime is always a slow time of year for protesters. Remember, protests are open to the public. So if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to join a protest everyone is welcome to participate. Maybe some time soon the call will go out:


“Hey! Let’s protest like it’s 2016 again!”