Saturday, June 8, 2019

Flag Day 2019 is Friday, June 14th. Everyone is invited to Lake Worth Beach to honor American flag.

The City’s American flag flying full mast in
Bryant Park for Flag Day 2018.

Flag Day is celebrated at the Bryant Park Bandshell each year attended by dignitaries and a huge crowd. There is plenty of free parking nearby and the program begins at 6:00.

Here is an excerpt from a 2016 article in The Lake Worth Herald about Flag Day:

     In 2008, then Mayor Rene Varela invited the Flag Day ceremony back home to Lake Worth, where it has been magnificently celebrated and greatly revered annually ever since. The ceremony this year was hosted by Scottish Rite General Secretary, Mike Cribbit who said he was pleased to see more people than ever in attendance.
     The brief but moving ceremony in recent years has included hailing the names of our sons and fathers who attended Lake Worth High School since the school began in 1922, and who have given their lives in service to our Country. Another treasured part of the ceremony is the recitation of “What the Pledge Means to Me,” written and originally performed by the late Richard “Red” Skelton [see video below], a 33 degree Mason in the Scottish Rite Fraternity.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Press Release.

Lake Worth Beach, FL — Due to the unfavorable weather conditions for Friday, June 7th the June Lake Ave Block Party has been cancelled. The Lake Ave Block Party will return next month on Friday, July 5th at the usual time.

Archery Tag / Screen on the Green will be back in Bryant Park next Friday, June 14th with a showing of How to Train Your Dragon 3.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused. For more information please call 561-493-2550.

Recycling in Lake Worth Beach: Front page news in this week’s Herald.

Before we get to the news in The Lake Worth Herald do you remember the leadup to Recyclemaggedon in the City of Lake Worth in October last year when the expected public outrage and public confusion that was predicted never happened? (For a look back click on this link for a blog post from September 2018.)

According to County press and news media reports last year there was anxiety and confusion amongst some in the public about the switch from single-stream recycling (one 55-g container of mixed recyclables) and going back to double-stream recycling using two 18-g bins (blue container for bottles/containers; yellow for paper and cardboard).

But when Monday, October 1st rolled around the Recyclemaggedon some were predicting never happened. Things worked out perfectly with nary a complaint and eight months later all is still going well with the recycling program in Lake Worth Beach.

What happened to make everything work so well?

This is what happened: The City and the County’s Solid Waste Authority teamed up with a comprehensive public information campaign early in 2018, this news story published in WasteDive received an immense amount of attention both the County and statewide, and The Lake Worth Herald was all over this story informing the public from the very beginning.

In short, LOCAL newspapers matter. At the end of this blog post today is more information about the Herald and where to pick up this week’s print edition.

Two excerpts from today’s paper headlined, “LW Beach Has New Garbage/Recycling App”:

Lake Worth Beach has announced the launch of a mobile and web app [see links below] that contains all of the information residents need to know, tailored specifically to their neighborhoods, about the city’s residential garbage and recycling services.

The mobile and web app, developed by Recycle Coach™, provides residents with a full range of information that is normally on the website or in the collection schedule that Lake Worth Beach distributes.

and. . .

“Once residents have downloaded the app, they can set it up to give them regular reminders for any of the collection programs. For example, they can set a reminder for the day that recycling is collected or for their monthly bulk waste collection days,” said Jason Yaeger, Lake Worth Beach’s Solid Waste Supervisor.

“This is a new way for us to connect with residents about our solid waste and recycling programs. We’ll be able to update the information on the mobile and web app as necessary during the year, so it will always be current. Residents will never forget a collection day and that should lead to increased recycling rates. Everybody wins,” Yaeger said.

The Recycle Coach app is FREE to download and is available from the iTunesStore and available on Google Play as well. For more information one can also contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Division in Lake Worth Beach at 561-533-7344.

To see this week’s front page headlines in
the Herald click on this link.

The Herald print edition is available at the City’s newsstand located at 205 N. Federal Hwy. and is still only ¢50! To contact the editor at the Herald call 561-585-9387 or send an email to:

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Blog post from June 2017.

The blog post was titled, “It’s incredibly unfair that the message isn’t out”.

“Stop sending your children and your loved ones to South Florida because we’re sending them back in body bags.”
—Lake Worth Commissioner Andy Amoroso quoted in radio interview by WLRN reporter Peter Haden.

To listen to the entire interview use this link. Two more excerpts from the text of the news article:

“You see these wonderful ads: ‘Come to South Florida. Beaches. Palm trees. Ocean breezes. You can get clean,’ ” said Lake Worth City Manager Michael Bornstein.
     According to a 2014 insurance industry report by Optum, 75 percent of people getting treatment at private rehab centers in Florida came from other states. And with more than 2.5 million Americans addicted to opioids, there are plenty of potential patients.
     “We’re now having tourists come in for treatment,” said Bornstein, “these young folks in their 20s from New Jersey, New York, Michigan — wherever the heck they’re coming from — and their families send them here.”

Bornstein continues. . .

“It’s incredibly unfair that the message isn’t out: Don’t send them here. Keep them where you are. We should focus on our own residents and people that have issues. Now we’ve got the burden of the rest of the country’s being shipped here.”

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Recycling update in Lake Worth Beach.

From the City Commission meeting last evening:

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Lake Worth Beach official website still not available for the public. Down for over two months.

There is a City Commission meeting tonight. Here is agenda page 1 of 3; click on image to enlarge:

Also on the agenda tonight is Item 12A, New Business, “Ordinance No. 2019-05 – First Reading – Increase Business Tax Receipt rates by five percent (5%) and set the second reading and public hearing for June 18, 2019”.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

City Commission meeting in Lake Worth Beach on Tuesday, June 4th at 6:00.

It’s been several months since Lake Worth Beach has posted City Commission agendas online for the public. Having an official Facebook page for LWB would help to fill the information gap but this City does not have an official Facebook page.

So, just as a reminder what all this information looks like on your computer and/or smartphone click on this link to see the agenda and backup information posted by the City of Boynton Beach for their City Commission meeting next Tuesday beginning at 6:30.

And the City of Boynton Beach has an official Facebook page too!

For example, here is a recent posting about nuisance tires in the community posted on the Boynton Beach official Facebook page:


Put them by the curb on your regularly scheduled residential trash pick-up days, between June 3 to June 7, and we will pick them up for FREE! Questions? Call the Public Works Department at 561-742-6200 or email

To learn more about Boynton Beach please visit their official website for, “What’s Happening”, news, public meetings and special events.

Very important information.

Budget workshops scheduled for the 2019/2020 proposed budget in the City of Boynton Beach will be held at the Intracoastal Park Clubhouse:
  • Monday, July 15 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 16 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 17 at 2:00 p.m.

Now that it is officially Hurricane Season click on this link for emergency information in Boynton Beach which includes FAQs, flooding and locations of emergency shelters.