Lake Worth mayor’s cooking show gets new time slot

pam-triolo-in-the-kitchenLAKE WORTH — “The Food Lady,” the new cooking show hosted by Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo, hasn’t aired yet, but it already has a new time slot.

The show was scheduled to premiere Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on WFLX-Channel 29, the Fox affiliate. It will now debut at 10 a.m., immediately following “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.”

The show will feature chefs, restaurants  and dining news in and around Palm Beach County.

 

Superheroes coming to John Prince Park to help foster kids

superhero-5k-fun-dayLAKE WORTH — Batman, Superman, Thor, The Hulk are coming to save the day!

OK, they’re really coming to John Prince Park, west of Lake Worth, to help raise money for Friends of Foster Children‘s “2016 Superhero 5k and Fun Day” on Oct. 8.

The superhero-themed event is for programs that help more than 1,700 children in Palm Beach County that have been abused and placed in foster care.

Registration and sign-in starts at 6 a.m.

The 5K race and walk starts at 7:30 a.m. Kids dash begins at 7:45 a.m..

Cost is $30.

You can pre-register by clicking here.

 

Lake Worth adds tax calculator on website for road repair costs

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LAKE WORTH — The ad valorem calculator that can help residents better determine how much they can expect to pay for road repairs if the $40 million bond passes in November was posted on the city’s website today.

Click here to use it.

Why now’s the time to return overdue library books in Lake Worth

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LAKE WORTH — We’ve all been there one time or another.

We check out a library book. Read it, or maybe not. Then we toss the book somewhere and forget it’s there as overdue fees pile up.

Sound familiar?

It does to city officials.

That’s why the Lake Worth Library is offering a one-time-only Fine Forgiveness Program in celebration of the library’s 75th anniversary.

The program starts Saturday and runs through Oct. 31.

So, look for those books, DVDs, audio books you borrowed, but never returned and you won’t be charged a cent. If fines are on a user’s account from previously returned items, those fines too will be forgiven if users visit the library and update their mailing address.

But, keep in mind, you will be charged for books that were lost and not returned.

 

 

PBSO: Crime down in Lake Worth, but drug overdoses rising

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LAKE WORTH — Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Todd Baer at Tuesday’s City Commission meeting gave his quarterly community policing report.

The good news: Crime is down 4.5 percent. Arrests are up 5.5 percent. The city saw decreases in reported robberies (107 to 79), burglaries (722 to 666) and vehicle thefts (103 to 87). Non-violent crimes were down 6.8 percent.

The bad news: A big spike in drug overdoses in July and August.

There have been 220 overdoses in the city from Jan. 1 through Aug. 31, with 45  of them fatal, Baer said.

“If we had 45 homicides, we’d probably have the National Guard here with us.” Baer said. “That’s quite a bit and it’s rising.”

There were 62 overdoses in July and 39 in August for a total of 101, Baer said. To put that in perspective, there were 119 overdoses for the first six months of the year.

Of the 62 overdoses in July, 8 were fatal. There were four fatalities in August.

Baer said the data is somewhat skewed since many of those who overdosed are repeat offenders.

“We’ve had people who overdosed more than once in one day,” Baer said.

He also noted how the sheriff’s office doesn’t always get overdose calls.

“(When Palm Beach County)Fire Rescue comes out and if (the victims) are not combative, we don’t get called,” Baer said.

Baer also touched on the city’s partnership with Assistant State Attorney Christy Rogers. About 10 months ago, the city arranged to have Rogers assigned to Lake Worth.

“This is one of the best things that’s happened since I’ve been here,” Baer said.” She works all our cases…she knows now who the bad guys are. We can arrest a guy 10, 12 times a year and it would go to 10 or 12 different state attorneys.”

Baer said Rogers is focusing on repeat offenders and helping the city with prostitution.

Lake Worth’s Rolando Chang Barrero art gallery moving to West Palm

Rolando Chang Barrero inside The Box Gallery, his West Palm Beach location that opened in June. (Allen EyestonE/The Palm Beach Post)
Rolando Chang Barrero inside The Box Gallery, his West Palm Beach location that opened in June. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

LAKE WORTH – The Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art Gallery on Lucerne Avenue is moving.

Barrero said the gallery will merge with The Box Gallery, a 4,000-square-foot space which recently opened on Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach. The location is Barrero’s third in Palm Beach County.

The Lake Worth gallery is scheduled to close Oct. 31.

“The Box Gallery allows for larger scale work, installation for art, film, video and performance art,” Barrero said. “I’ll miss all the visits from the community in Lake Worth, but I’m not relocating too far so I suspect it’s not the end of those cherished relationships.”

In July, Barrero told The Palm Beach Post he was in talks with Bruce Webber to move into his gallery, also on Lucerne Avenue. Barrero had been renting the space that once belonged to artist Maryanne Webber and her old gallery.

“I love Bruce and am sad to part ways with him and Maryanne who have been nothing less than great and supportive,” Barrero said.

Mayan Festival coming to Bryant Park this weekend

mayan-festivalLAKE WORTH — The 6th annual Mayan Festival is scheduled to be held Saturday at Bryant Park Amphitheater from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hosted by the non-profit group, Maya Iq’ Balam, there will be several performances, including the Guatemalan singers at 11 a.m., the “Danza Azteca” at noon and “Baile de Venado” at 1:30 p.m.

A marimba band will be playing throughout the festival. Several vendors will be on hand serving Guatemalan food.

For more information, call Domingo Julian, 561-932-2164.

 

 

Lake Worth delays vote on law banning groups from soliciting on public roads

Lake Worth City CommissionLAKE WORTH — City commissioners were scheduled to vote tonight on a Palm Beach County law that bans charitable groups and organizations from soliciting or distributing goods on public roads, but the item was pulled from the agenda.

City Attorney Glen Torcivia said the measure, which the county adopted in June 2015, will be brought back before commissioners at a later meeting.

The county said the law not only could be applied to public highways within unincorporated areas but also to public roadways if a municipality chooses to adopt it.

The ordinance prohibits a person from going on a public road for the purpose of displaying information of any kind, distributing materials or goods or soliciting business or charitable contributions of any kind.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office may issue a notice to appear to persons who violate the ordinance, the city said.

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Online grocery shopping coming to Walmart on Lake Worth Road

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Starting Thursday, Walmart’s online grocery pickup service will be available at the store at 4105 South State Road 7, west of Lake Worth on the corner of Lake Worth Road.

The free service allows customers to order groceries online and pick them up. Customers can visit walmart.com/grocery online or go through the Walmart Grocery mobile app, enter their zip codes to select a local store and start creating their shopping lists.

Customers can select a time to pick up their groceries. Once they get to the pickup location, there will be reserved parking spaces marked in orange and a designated number to call to alert an associate to bring out the order.

Walmart’s grocery pickup service features about 30,000 items, including fresh produce, meat and organic groceries, the company said.

 

Lake Worth votes on law to stop groups from soliciting on public roads

Lake Worth City CommissionLAKE WORTH — City Commissioners at tonight’s meeting are expected to vote on adopting a Palm Beach County ordinance that prohibits charitable groups and organizations from soliciting or distributing goods on public roads.

The ordinance went into effect in the county June 23, 2015. The county said the law not only can be applied to public highways within unincorporated areas but also to public roadways if a municipality chooses to adopt it.

The ordinance prohibits a person from going on a public road for the purpose of displaying information of any kind, distributing materials or goods or soliciting business or charitable contributions of any kind.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office may issue a notice to appear to persons who violate the ordinance, the city said.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m., City Hall, 7 North Dixie Highway.