Could this be the final cut for Lake Worth barber?

Longtime Lake Worth barber Malcolm Cain may have to hang up his clippers after his lease expires at the end of May. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Longtime Lake Worth barber Malcolm Cain (left) may have to hang up his clippers after his lease expires at the end of May. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

LAKE WORTH — After giving countless haircuts on Lucerne Avenue at Cain’s Barbershop for more than 50 years, Malcolm Cain could be out of business soon.

This past September, 506 Lucerne Avenue was bought for $350,000 by Peters 506 Lucerne LLC, the same company that also recently purchased the old South Shore Tavern and Patio Bar site next door.

Word is Cain’s lease is up in May and that he’s getting the boot.

Look for my interview with then 80-year-old Cain in the coming days.

Beach cleanup event in Lake Worth this weekend

Beach clean upLAKE WORTH — The 2nd Annual Beach Cleanup & Dive Against Debris at Lake Worth Beach will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Certified divers are welcomed for an underwater cleanup. A dive and master reef cleanup specialist will be on hand to show participants how to clean pylons. Non certified divers can still come and pick up trash on the beach. The event will be at the Lake Worth Casino Building.

Summer arts program for kids at PBSC

PBSC arts programsLAKE WORTH — Palm Beach State College is offering a summer youth arts program on its suburban Lake Worth campus.

The program will be held June 6-July 8 for kids ages 8-14. Students will be introduced to art, film, theater and photography.

To learn more about the program, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/SYC.

 

Who wants a clean beach?

Beach clean upLAKE WORTH — The 2nd Annual Beach Cleanup & Dive Against Debris at Lake Worth Beach will be held on April 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Certified divers are welcomed for an underwater cleanup. A dive and master reef cleanup specialist will be on hand to show participants how to clean pylons. Non certified divers can still come and pick up trash on the beach. The event will be at the Lake Worth Casino Building.

How you can help clean up Lake Worth

Old Bridge Park CleanupLAKE WORTH —  Looking to do something good for the city?

Try the Old Bridge Park Cleanup scheduled for April 24 on the northwest corner of A1A and Lake Avenue from 8 to 11 a.m. You’re advised to wear sneakers and long pants. Gloves will be provided.

For information, call Commissioner Andy Amoroso, 561-398-8340.

 

Lake Worth passes resolution supporting Braves stadium site

Braves logo 3LAKE WORTH — The Atlanta Braves hit a solid triple at tonight’s City Commission meeting.

A resolution supporting the team moving its spring training home to John Prince Park, west of Lake Worth, passed 3-1, with Commissioner Christopher McVoy opposed.

Commissioner Ryan Maier was absent.

“This will have a huge economic and social impact on central Palm Beach County and our city is right in the middle of it,” said Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell. “We can use a shot in the arm.”

Calling himself a “baseball Grinch,” McVoy said while he’s not against America’s Pastime, he’s heard many complaints from residents who live in Lake Osborne about traffic, lighting and noise.

“One of my duties is to listen to residents and their concerns,” McVoy said.

The resolution, drafted by City Manager Michael Bornstein on behalf of Maxwell, states the site would have a “tremendous” economic impact and provide additional tourist bed tax revenue.

It also says the site would add another venue for other sporting and cultural activities in Lake Worth and the surrounding communities.

About 25 residents wearing blue “Bring Home The Braves” T-shirts, staged a 30-minute rally outside City Hall before the meeting to support the plan.

Lake Osborne resident showing her support for the Atlanta Braves moving their spring training home to John Prince Park. (Kevin D. Thompson/The Palm Beach Post)
Lake Osborne resident Kathy Bragg showing her support for the Atlanta Braves moving their spring training home to John Prince Park. (Kevin D. Thompson/The Palm Beach Post)

Ellie Whittey said the facility would bring more jobs to the city, echoing the sentiment of many residents.

“That’s what it’s all about,” she said.

Whittey also said players would most likely shop in the city and may even want to buy a home in the area.

The Braves trained in West Palm Beach for 34 years before moving to the Orlando area in 1997.

Not everyone, however, supports the stadium.

“What brings people to that area is the park,” said  one Lake Osborne resident. “The wildlife there is exceptional and stadium construction will destroy it all.”

Former Commissioner Jo-Anne Golden said she also wasn’t in favor of the facility.

“What are the benefits to our residents?” she asked “This is a public park and we need to keep it that way.”

Check back at mypalmbeachpost.com to read more about what commissioners and residents had to say about the planned facility.

 

Lake Worth touts new water main as part of $17 million project

City crews replacing a 1,000-foot water main on North N Street.
City crews replacing a 1,000-foot water main on North N Street.

LAKE WORTH —  To help improve water quality, the city replaced a 1,000-foot, two-inch water main on North N Street, the first of a six-phase, $17 million project.

“This is one of the biggest quality of life projects for our residents,” Mayor Pam Triolo said during a brief ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon. “We’re looking at a cohesive way to move this city forward.”

Triolo said she’s always been concerned about the city’s water as well as the inconsistent water pressure.

“I always wondered why I wasn’t getting the best water from my faucet,” she said.

Water Utility Director Brian Shields said city crews performed the work for about $50,000. He said the job would have cost over $100,000 if it was bid out to contract.

Mayor Pam Triolo cuts the ribbon where a 1,000-foot water main was replaced as Water Utility Director Brian Shields, Commissioner Andy Amoroso and City Manager Michael Bornstein look on. (Kevin D. Thompson/The Palm Beach Post)
Mayor Pam Triolo cuts the ribbon where a 1,000-foot water main was replaced as Water Utility Director Brian Shields, Commissioner Andy Amoroso and City Manager Michael Bornstein look on. (Kevin D. Thompson/The Palm Beach Post)

Two-inch water mains were replaced with four-inch water mains on North N Street between 13th Avenue North to 15th Avenue North to increase water flow from 100 gallons a minute to 600 gallons a minute.

The next phase, scheduled to start in about a month, will be on Lakeside Drive, south M Street and South J Street between 11th Avenue South and 18th Avenue South. That should take about a month to complete, Shields said.

When the project is finished in six years, Shields said 22 miles of water mains will have been replaced.

That’s the length of more than 300 football fields for those keeping score at home.

Will Lake Worth commissioners play ball with the Braves?

Braves pic 2Lake Worth City Commissioners tonight are expected to vote on a resolution supporting the Atlanta Braves’ bid to build a spring training facility in John Prince Park, west of Lake Worth.

The resolution, drafted by City Manager Michael Bornstein on behalf of Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell, states the site would have a “tremendous” economic impact and provide additional tourist bed tax revenue.

It also says the site would add another venue for other sporting and cultural activities in Lake Worth and the surrounding communities.

The Braves trained in West Palm Beach for 34 years before moving to the Orlando area in 1997.

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Lake Worth Outdoor Art Show running all day today

Lake Worth Outdoor Art ShowLAKE WORTH — The Lake Worth Art League is hosting an all-day outdoor art show today at the Cultural Plaza on Lake Avenue.

It’s not too late to check it out. The show runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and you’re likely to find some great works.

For more information, call
561-586-4271.

Family of a sick little kid looking for big help

Nico's JourneyLANTANA — Little Nico turned 1-year-old on Thursday.

So far, life hasn’t been easy for him. Nico, you see, was born with a congenital heart defect known as Transportation of the Great Arteries, meaning his two main arteries were reversed, not allowing him to make oxygen for himself.

When Nico was born, he had has liver, kidney and brain damage from lack of oxygen. He suffered six seizures in the first 48 hours of his short life.

He underwent eight hours of open heart surgery. The battle, however, was far from won as Nico still needed blood transfusions and help breathing.

Nico’s family is holding a fundraiser on Sunday at Heroes Sports Bar and Grill on N. 3rd Street to help the little guy’s fight against a dreadful heart disease.

If you want to support, a $10 donation buys food, live music, raffles and an auction.

The event is scheduled for 2 to 6 p.m.

For more information, call 561-328-9909.