3 fun things to do in (and around) Lake Worth this weekend

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Call to Install: Here’s your last chance to catch this exhibition at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s main gallery on Lake Avenue. Visual artists aren’t limited to just creating art that hangs on the wall. They also think outside the frame to create site-specific artwork and work that’s designed for a specific space. This art making process has been prevalent in the art world since the mid ’70s. Proposals for site-specific installations have been received from professional artists in the area and vetted for the Council’s main gallery space. Artists on display include Birds are Nice, Katelyn Spinelli, Nicole Galluccio and the Viridis Collective. Themes touch on the environment nostalgia. The exhibition runs through Saturday.

Peter Pan Jr.Peter Pan Jr: Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie‘s play, Peter Pan JR. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up. The score includes new arrangements of classic Disney songs. There’s a 2 p.m performance on Saturday at the Lake Worth Playhouse. To buy tickets, click here.

 

 

jason-bourneJason Bourne: It’s been a decade since badass Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) parted ways with the nefarious agency that trained him to become said badass. Now, Bourne is back and not in the best of moods, which means a lot of folks are gonna get beat up. The film opens today. Could be the best action thrill ride of the summer, you know, the kind of movie that grabs you by the lapels and never lets go.

Award-winning journalist to speak at PBSC on ethics

Award-winning journalist Al Tompkins
Award-winning journalist Al Tompkins

LAKE WORTH —  Award-winning journalist Al Tompkins is scheduled to speak at Palm Beach State College about ethics and the challenges journalists face in such a rapidly-changing field.

Hosted by the college’s Center for Applied Ethics, the talk, “Navigating the News in the New Normal,” will be on Aug. 8 at the Public Safety Training Center conference room 108 on the campus west of Lake Worth.

The event is free and open to the public. To register, click here.

Tompkins is The Poynter Institute’s senior faculty for broadcast and online in St. Petersburg. He has 43 years of experience as a reporter, investigative reporter, producer, photojournalist and news director.

 

For more information, call 561-868-3545 or email ethicscenter@palmbeachstate.edu.

Delays push back Lake Worth’s cottages book’s publishing date

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LAKE WORTH — Readers are going to have to wait a little longer for “Living Large in Small Spaces: The Cottages of Lake Worth.”

The 240-page hardcover book was expected to go to print in the spring, but numerous delays have pushed back that timeline.

“Our timeline was…naive,” Janice Snearer, the book’s project coordinator, said.

The book should be out by October, Snearer said, adding that those who pre-ordered it will be notified about pickup and delivery details.

The book, authored by the late Dean Sherwin and one that features 200 color pictures, details the history of about 60 cottage homes and how homeowners decorate them.

Sherwin passed away in March at the age of 72 from pancreatic cancer. He finished the last chapter of the book while in treatment.

“We’re trying to appeal to people who want to downsize or who like small houses,” Sherwin told The Palm Beach Post shortly before his death. “Not everybody likes living in a mega-mansion.”

Lake Worth drinking water warning lifted

Lake Worth City HallLAKE WORTH — The drinking water warning has been lifted after five samples showed no signs of E-coli, the city said in a statement.

The city said it conducted “extensive” tests to well No. 01, with each test coming back negative. On Friday, samples from the same well tested positive for E-coli. The city then issued a drinking water warning.

Lake Worth issues drinking water warning

Lake Worth City HallLAKE WORTH —  This press release just in from the city’s Water Utilities Department…

 

One of our 13 raw water wells (#01) was sampled July 21 and had a water sample test positive for fecal coliform (E. coli) bacteria on July 22. Raw water well was taken out of rotation on (today) and is not being utilized. Public notification of the positive raw water well sample test is required by the Health Department. These bacteria can make you sick, and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems.

Bacterial contamination can occur when increased run-off enters the drinking water source –for example, following heavy rains. It can also happen due to a break in the distribution system (pipes) or a failure in the water treatment process.

What Should I Do? What does this mean?

 The E. coli bacteria were found in a raw water sample from one well only. All other samples taken at the wells and at the water treatment plant connection with the distribution system point of entry were absent of these bacteria.

 Fecal coliform and E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, and other people with severely compromised immune systems.

 The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. 

What is being done?

Recheck samples are being collected at the well sample point and water treatment plant (point of entry) sample point to validate no contamination of the drinking water supply. (The city) anticipate resolving the problem within 72 hours. For more information, please contact Tim Sloan, Water Treatment Plant Manager at 561-586-1710. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

 

 

Is Lake Worth closer to fixing the nagging casino issues?

The city is still looking for answers to fix the Lake Worth Casino mess.
The city is still looking for answers to fix the Lake Worth Casino mess.

LAKE WORTH — There’s been a soap opera playing in City Hall and its backrooms the past few years called “As The Casino Turns.”

Since the Lake Worth Casino reopened in 2013, the historic building has been riddled with nagging issues — leaks, water intrusion, bad drainage.

The city has threatened to sue the companies involvedREG Architects and The Morganti Group — but recently gave them until Oct. 7 to fix the mess.

At Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, commissioners were updated on the progress.

Rick Chaves, the West Palm Beach attorney working with the city on the issue, said REG is testing a waterproofing solution on a small portion of the building. It will take 30 days to determine if that process will work.

“Progress is being made,” said City Attorney Glen Torcivia. “Is it at lightspeed? No.”

That answer didn’t satisfy Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell, the most outspoken commissioner on the casino’s woes. If the technique doesn’t work after 30 days, Maxwell said on the 31st day, the city should finally sue.

“I’m tired,” he said. “It’s a freaking circus.”

Mayor Pam Triolo said since the city gave the companies a deadline, it should stick to that deadline.

“We haven’t exhausted (this) opportunity to fix it,” she said.

City Manager Michael Bornstein said staff is stuffing towels under the doors to stop the water from intruding into areas where the cracks in the floor exist.

“If they solve the issues with the balcony and the doors, those issues should go away,” Bornstein said.

But he added that if the solution does work, it will have to be brought to the commission for approval since that solution wasn’t part of the original design.

“There could be cost differentials,” Bornstein said. “It’s not just find a solution, fix it and everybody is going to be happy.”

Still, Maxwell was far from pleased.

“Sounds like to me, we will be pussyfooting around with you folks for quite some time,” he said.

Lake Worth’s $40 million road repair bond goes to November ballot

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Lake Worth voters will decide if the city will get $40 million to repair its numerous potholes.

LAKE WORTH — Now, it’s up to voters.

Lake Worth Commissioners tonight approved placing a $40 million bond referendum on the November ballot to help fix the city’s crumbling roads.

Unlike the $63 million bond that failed by 25 votes in 2014, this one has been stripped down, with the city saying the money will only be used to address road repairs.

The money for the previous bond would have also been applied to the Park of Commerce project and neighborhood enhancements, a fact that upset some residents. Some were also unhappy with the amount of money the city requested.

There wasn’t any discussion on the bond since the item was placed on the consent agenda, meaning no discussion was allowed.

That the issue wasn’t on the regular agenda concerned Commissioners Christopher McVoy and Ryan Maier.

“That blows circuits in my head,” McVoy said. “We’ve committed to tearing up the roads…(but) we don’t have to put them back the way they were. We might want to use some of that space for traffic calming…a very strong way to add value to properties. That discussion…strikes me as a really good idea.”

Resident Katie McGiveron, who yelled at commissioners at the July 7 potholes work session, said the city should have had an open and honest dialogue about the bond issue.

“”Where the Tropics Begin’ was the old Lake Worth motto,” she said. “‘Sit down, shut up and open your wallets is our new motto.”

Check back at mypalmbeachpost.com for the full story.

 

Lake Worth to vote on resolution supporting Muslim communities

Lake Worth City Hall

LAKE WORTH — Three weeks ago, a few members of the Lake Worth Interfaith Network wrote a proclamation declaring the city a safe place for Muslims.

That proclamation, which speaks out against Islamophobia, is now a resolution supporting Muslim communities in and around Lake Worth.

Lake Worth commissioners are scheduled to vote on the resolution at Tuesday’s meeting.

“We adapted the proclamation from one passed Seattle and are hopeful other cities will follow our example,” said Lisa Stewart, an organization member who asked Commissioner Christopher McVoy to bring the resolution to the commission. “Anything we can do to promote understanding and building bridges to other groups is a good thing.”

 

 

3 cool things to do in Lake Worth this weekend

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The Miles Davis Story:  Jazz on J Street is hosting a viewing and listening party tomorrow at the Glass Metal Stone Gallery featuring “The Miles Davis Story: The Definitive Look at the Man and his Music,” a 2001 documentary film by Mike Dibb. Screening is at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. The Gallery is on 15 South J Street.

National Ice Cream DayCool ice cream promotion: In celebration of National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, Hoffman’s Chocolates will be offering a special “Buy One Ice Cream Cup of Cone, Get One Ice Cream Cup or Cone free (of equal of lesser value). National Ice Cream Month was created in 1984 by President Reagan to celebrate the popularity of ice cream among Americans. Hoffman’s Chocolates is on 705 Lake Avenue.

Art Al Fresco

Art Al Fresco: The city, along with the Lake Worth Art League, will present original works from Lake Worth artists several Saturdays, starting this weekend. The exhibition runs through Dec. 24 at the Lake Worth Casino, 10 South Ocean Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Compass Community Center to host forum on race and bigotry

Compass Town HallLAKE WORTH — In the wake of the Orlando club massacre, the shootings of black men and cop killings in Dallas, a forum on race, bigotry and violence couldn’t be more timely.

Compass Community Center is scheduled to host a Town Hall tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at its offices on 201 North Dixie Highway.

Members of the group, Toward a More Perfect Union will help lead a discussion to raise awareness of the ongoing violence that has taken over our nation like a virus.