Wednesday, October 16, 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:

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.

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 or publisher Jerry Lower at

— 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.

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.
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.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

LOCAL community news. Join volunteer team in Village of Palm Springs and news from City of Greenacres too.

Support LOCAL small town newspapers.
Support LOCAL small town journalism.

LOCAL coverage of LOCAL small town news including community news from the Village of Palm Springs, a municipality called the “Garden Spot of Palm Beach County”.

The news this week from Palm Springs is below and there is news too from the City of Greenacres as well.

To see this week’s front page headlines in the Coastal & Greenacres Observer and The Lake Worth Herald click on this link. To contact the editor, that information is at the end of this blog post today.

Without further ado, here’s the news from the Village of Palm Springs headlined, “Village of Palm Springs Looking for Volunteers”:

The Village of Palm Springs would like to invite everyone to join their volunteer team. There are many areas and departments in which someone is able to serve. If you are interested, contact 561-641-3421 to request a Volunteer Application or stop by the Village to pick up an application and submit to Human Resources [Village Hall is located at 226 Cypress Lane].

Looking for volunteers in the following positions:

Community Outreach Team: Volunteer would assist at various community and public awareness events hosted by the Village of Palm Springs and the Palm Spring Police Department throughout the year. An interest in engaging within the diversity of our community is optimal for the success of our outreach events. This position requires evening and some weekend availability.

Community Patrol Officer: Volunteer would supplement law enforcement efforts and enhance relationships with the community. The volunteer would have no law enforcement authority, but would provide extra patrol, be called on to assist stranded motorists, visit and provide wellness checkups for residents, etc. The volunteer would also assist with community outreach events hosted by the Village and the Palms Springs Police Department.

Office Assistant: Volunteer would be responsible for providing customer services to members of the public who come into the Palm Springs Police Department. Responsibilities would include answering phones, directing requests, organizing, mailing, scanning, etc. On the job training would be provided. Office Assistants need to be available between 8–10 hours a week.

Library Volunteer: Palm Springs Library volunteers are the backbone of community engagement providing information, resources, and valuable support. Volunteers complement staffing needs during programs and events throughout the year. Students can earn Community Service Hours through three of our volunteer programs geared for teens. Youth Volunteer, Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and On-Call Teen Volunteers all require their own applications and are handled through the Library. Library volunteers may require evening and some weekend availability.

Parks and Recreation: Parks and Recreation volunteers assist with offering a wide range of recreational activities for all age groups and interests. Volunteers engage in special events, year-round programs, classes and activities offered to the community for residents and visitors alike. Community Service hours are offered to students. Parks and Recreation volunteers may require evening and some weekend availability.

Reading and Mentoring Program: Change the life of a child by become a reading mentor. This program encourages struggling elementary school students with reading and fosters positive academic achievement for first grade students. This program is seasonal and occurs between the months of January and April. The program coordinator provides guidance and instruction during sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Mentors tutor and work one-on-one with first grade students the rest of the time. Mentors are required to participate in mentor training.

For more information contact Indira Safaddid at 561-641-3421.

Here is the front page news from the City of Greenacres headlined, “Property Enhancement Program Moving Forward”:

City of Greenacres Building Official Michael Grimm presented the preliminary plans for the recently approved Property Enhancement Program (PEP) for the City.

The PEP is intended to enhance the aesthetics and visual appeal of the subject property. The City will provide residents and businesses with matching grants to assist with property improvement. To qualify for the grant the improvements must improve areas that are visible from the street.

Grimm told the council he thought the program should begin with $50,000 for grant matches. He also gave some ideas of what would be eligible for the program.

The Council agreed Grimm was on the right track and authorized him to continue and bring back a more formal presentation on the program for the Council to discuss.

The grants are a 50/50 match up to a $5,000 in grant proceeds.

To learn more about the City of Greenacres use this link for official website.

Your LOCAL newspapers, 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 contact the editor call 561-585-9387 or send an email to

Do you have more news to share from Palm Springs? Have community news from suburban Lake Worth and the cities of Greenacres and Lake Worth Beach? The goings on from the towns of Lantana and Lake Clarke Shores? Then share your LOCAL news with the editor today!

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.

“. . .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?

Saturday, October 12, 2019

“FEC [Florida East Coast] Railway station at Lake Worth, Florida”.

Image Number: DG01369. 1965 or 1966. Source: Howard C. “Pappy” Yochum. Description: 1 digital image, b&w. Click on image to enlarge:

For interesting history enter “Lake Worth” into the search bar at “Florida Memory: State Library & Archives of Florida” some time soon. If you would like to contact the State Archives use this link.

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

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!

Sunday, October 6, 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.

Support LOCAL small town journalism.
Support your LOCAL small town newspaper.

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:

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

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.

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,
Marketing Program Manager by email:

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.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Paper towels are expensive. Recycling tip #47: How to use newsprint instead!

What is newsprint?

Newsprint is a “cheap, low-quality, absorbent printing paper made from coarse wood pulp and used chiefly for newspapers.” For example, see tabloid newsprint below.

Don’t just throw newsprint away.
Use old newsprint to clean windows on the cheap!

This former un-‘Worthy’ tabloid once littered the streets
of Lake Worth Beach. But now it has value. . .

Click on image to enlarge:

To clean windows using newsprint you need a newspaper and a spray bottle with this mixture:
2 cups of water, ¼ cup of vinegar (unflavored),
and ½ teaspoon of liquid detergent, e.g.,
Palmolive® works exceptionally well.

Stay tuned for recycling tip #48:
How to re-purpose those plastic straws!

Friday, October 4, 2019

One could call this blog post, “How not to do a project at the Lake Worth Beach.”

What you’ll see below is from:

April 13th, 2012.

So as we proceed forward let’s hope we never see anything like this ever again. . .

I took a drive up to the beach Friday afternoon [in April 2012] and captured these pictures. Below you will see a group of people trying to navigate the main walkway from the lower parking lot to the PEDESTRIAN ACCESS leading to the actual beach. I say “navigate” since the walkway was covered by water from some unknown source (this was before any of yesterday’s rain).

Click on all images to enlarge.

The former Casino had been demolished by 2012. And the new Casino was nearing completion. And officials said the Beach ‘was open’. 

Moving into the future, whatever is decided to do at the Beach, let’s make certain the Beach truly remains open for the public.

You can check out the video of these girls trying to negotiate the water covered path.

Benny’s on the Beach.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

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

PBSO Graffiti Eradication Unit.


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.

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?

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

How to properly give public comment at Lake Worth Beach City Hall.

Tonight at LWB City Hall is a regularly scheduled City Commission meeting. This public meeting will begin at 6:00. For more information and to download the agenda and backup click on this link.

When. . .

Mayor Pam Triolo announces the time for public comment this evening,

then. . .

The rules are quite simple.

Here is a short summary of the major points:

First and foremost, be respectful and follow the instructions of Mayor Pam Triolo.

You are not required to use all of your allotted time to speak! Once you’ve made your point just say “Thank You” and return to your seat. 

It is worth noting the mayor is charged with running City Commission meetings and she has the perfect right to remove anyone from the chambers who acts improperly. Disruptions of any sort will not be tolerated. You may be upset about something and you may decide to act rudely. But you better not be rude when a PBSO deputy asks you to stand up and walk to the door.

Proper dress is encouraged. Being dressed casually like a City commissioner is proper. 

Never address any commissioner, the city manager, city attorney or any administration or staff member directly. ONLY THE MAYOR CAN BE ADDRESSED.

Any attempt to address anyone but the mayor is breaking the rule unless the mayor allows it.

The mayor will tell everyone the time limit. At the end of that time limit a little bell will sound. Ding. Ding. Ding. After that bell sounds say, “Thank You” to the mayor and return to your seat. When your time is up your time is up speaking on that item.

It is highly recommended one prepares public comment ahead of time and use a timer. If you go over your time hand your comment to City Manager Michael Bornstein and he will give it to the City Clerk who will have it entered into the record.

Acting theatrically may seem like a good idea at the time but when the video comes out you will probably wish you hadn’t done what you did.

Clapping and hooting and howling is breaking the rule. Please try to remain silent at all times while seated in the chambers. Turn off your phone. While the meeting is in progress if you have to speak to someone nearby keep your voice very low and do not whisper. Whispering travels further than a very low speaking voice.

And whilst on the topic of change in Lake Worth Beach all our elected officials are now serving three-year terms.

Your Lake Worth Beach City Commission:

Next to the flag of the United States of America flanking Mayor Pam Triolo are District 2 Commissioner Omari Hardy and District 1 Commissioner and Vice Mayor Pro Tem Scott Maxwell. Nearest the flag of the State of Florida are District 4 Commissioner Herman Robinson and District 3 Commissioner and Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso.

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!

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.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Lake Worth BEACH! and Pier, 1977.

Notice all the parking available at the BEACH! back then. Compare that to the parking arrangement and traffic patterns at the ‘newly-renovated’ Casino complex. Back in the day it is was very easy to drive to the beach with an elderly person, the handicapped, and young children and find parking at the top of the dune. Unfortunately, a mundane day at the beach has sadly become much too hard for many people; many are forced to park further west and make the long trudge up the dune to their destination.

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:

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:

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Pier at the beach in Lake Worth Beach is named in honor of William O. Lockhart, a former commissioner.

William Osborne Lockhart was the former pier master who passed away in 2003: “[I]t was the city’s pier that Lockhart spent many years of his life.”

The news below is from July 2003 by long-time South Florida editor and reporter Kari Barnett.

Click on image to enlarge:

Newspaper clipping from the Lake Worth Forum dated July 8th, 2003. The Forum is published by the Sun Sentinel for distribution in Palm Beach County.

The caption beneath the photo reads in part:

The pier at Lake Worth Beach, first opened in 1954, was recently renamed by the city commission for long-time activist William O. Lockhart, who died in April at age 71.

Article continues on p. 6 . . . three excerpts:

“William Lockhart was a friend of society and a proud member of this city,” said Paul Martin, who was overcome with emotion at the unanimous vote [July 1st, 2008 at City Commission] to change the name.
     Martin, along with others in Lake Worth, started a grassroots campaign months ago to raise funds to pay for the lettering on a new sign showing that the pier is named in Lockhart’s honor.

and. . .

     Along with his charitable efforts, Lockhart was a city commissioner in the late 1980s who attended many meetings around the city’s neighborhoods.
     After retiring from his city job in 1991, Lockhart was a volunteer with the Lake Worth Citizens on Patrol and was president of Lake Worth Citizens on Task.
     But it was the city’s pier that Lockhart spent many years of his life.

and the article concludes. . .

     Commissioner Nadine Burns took time at the end of last week’s commission meeting to recall what she thought Lockhart meant to the City of Lake Worth.
     “I was cleaning out one of the file cabinets here at city hall and I realized William Lockhart was one of the most repeated names,” Burns said.
     “We did a good thing tonight.”

The William O. Lockhart Pier was one of the sites visited by writer Lori Durante* of the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History in a blog post dated Oct. 2012 titled, “Black Bahamian descendants from Miami tour historic Lake Worth”. According to Durante former Palm Beach Post reporter Willie Howard provided research on Lockhart’s ancestry.

Another stop on the tour was the St. John’s Episcopal Church in the City of Lake Worth: “Lake Osborne Addition was once Lake Osborne ‘Colored’ Addition that was settled around 1917 by black Bahamians.” Durante then states that in 1999 the City deleted the derogatory term ‘Colored’ from City plat maps.

Durante’s tour also visited the Grant AME Chapel, “[E]stablished in 1922 and is the oldest black church in Lake Worth. The church organization originated in the neighboring Town of Lantana.”

More history about the William O. Lockhart Pier: the hurricanes of 2004–2005.

After the pier was renamed in 2003 and according to reporter Kari Barnett some thought the name change would be “confusing for some visitors” and others wanted the name to remain the “Lake Worth Pier” a much bigger issue came along in September 2004. What no one could have predicted and very few were prepared for: hurricanes Frances and Jeanne and then Wilma visited the very next year.

Here is news from 2006 as reported by Palm Beach Post staff writer Nicole Janok on, “Lake Worth moving to rebuild pier”.

“The $2.8 million project is slated to begin in January and take approximately 10 months”.

LAKE WORTH — Longtime surfer James Linkins remembers the days when Lake Worth Beach had sandbars that produced killer waves. But ever since Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne destroyed the William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier two years ago [2004], the waves haven’t been the same.”

Newspaper clipping from October 28th, 2006.

Click on image to enlarge:

On Sept. 4th, 2004, Hurricane Frances pummeled Lake Worth — then two weeks later we got hit by Hurricane Jeanne — winds estimated 120 mph. Then along came Wilma in 2005. Fast forward to 2009. . .

The William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier held its grand reopening on May 9th, 2009 and Lockhart has kept his place in City of Lake Worth history.

*Does the name Lori Durante sound familiar? It should. Durante is one of Lake Worth’s greatest ambassadors. She was featured in an article by Palm Beach Post business reporter Jennifer Sorentrue:

Delray Beach resident Lori Durante launched Taste History Culinary Tours in 2011, combining the idea of a narrated bus tour with the growing popularity of food tastings.
     She started the venture in Delray Beach, and then added tours in Boynton Beach, Lantana, Lake Worth [emphasis added], and West Palm Beach’s Northwood Village neighborhood and Arts and Entertainment District.