Lake Worth commissioner: Booze ban is working

scott-maxwellLAKE WORTH — Earlier this year, the city passed an ordinance banning stores from selling prepackaged alcohol between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. The ban upset many local convenience store owners who said it would cut into sales.

But the new law, according to City Commissioner Scott Maxwell, seems to be doing what it was meant to do — help clean up the city.

“It’s one of the little things that we’ve been trying to do in the city to get a handle on some of the knuckleheads who aren’t behaving like they should,” Maxwell said at Tuesday’s City Commission meeting.

The ban, Maxwell, added, has cut down on public drunkenness, littering, assaults and robberies and drunk drivers.

On another front, Maxwell said the city should host a crime workshop in the new year to discuss the root causes and how the city is addressing it.

“It’s time to have an adult conversation,” Maxwell said. “This is not the Lake Worth of old. Things are getting better,”

Lake Worth plans to increase term lengths for commissioners

Lake Worth City HallLAKE WORTH — Voters may have another ballot question to answer at the March election. This one, however, has nothing to do with potholes.

This time voters will possibly decide if the terms for city commissioners will be extended from two to three years.

By a unanimous vote at first reading at tonight’s meeting, commissioners approved placing a charter referendum on the March 14 municipal general election ballot.

“I like the idea for putting it out for public vote,” said Commissioner Ryan Maier. “I’m glad we don’t have to make this decision ourselves.”

Candidates running for mayor and commissioner from Districts 1 and 3 will be for three-year terms starting March 2018. Candidates running for commissioner from Districts 2 and 4 will be for three-year terms beginning March 2019.

Mayor Pam Triolo said she has no preference on extending term lengths.

“The hardest part is the learning  process and learning governmental budgeting and accounting,” she said. “That first year is a bear. It takes a year to adjust.”

The ordinance does not extend the term for any current commissioner. A public hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 10.

 

 

Lake Worth moves closer to banning conversion therapy on minors

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LAKE WORTH — The city is a step closer to making it illegal for anyone in Lake Worth to use conversion therapy to change the sexual orientation of a minor who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

By a unanimous vote on first reading tonight, city commissioners passed an ordinance that would ban the controversial practice in the city.

“Nationally this has been a topic,” said Commissioner Andy Amoroso who is openly gay and who drafted the ordinance. “Never did I think in my lifetime that I would have to have an ordinance like this. Unfortunately we have to address this for the future of our young adults.”

A public hearing has been set for Jan. 10. The ordinance will need a second vote before becoming law.

West Palm Beach has passed a similar ordinance. So has Miami Beach, Cincinnati, Seattle. New Jersey and California have passed state-wide bans.

The Lake Worth law acknowledges that for nearly 40 years major professional associations of mental health practitioners and researchers have recognized that being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is not a disease, disorder, illness or deficiency that needs to be cured.

The city said that attempting to convert someone to a different sexual orientation or gender is harmful — especially to young people.

Conversion therapy is a practice which proponents claim can convert someone from being gay to straight, mostly by uncovering the childhood trauma through spiritual or psychological treatment that is believed to have caused a person to be gay.

 

 

Lake Worth seeking to extend commissioners’ terms from 2 to 3 years

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LAKE WORTH — City Commissoners at tonight’s meeting are expected to vote on a charter refereundum election on extending commissioners’ terms from two to three years.

If the ordinance passes, the question will be placed on the March 14 municipal general election ballot.

Candidates running for mayor and commissioner from Districts 1 and 3 will be for three-year terms starting March 2018. Candidates running for commissioner from Districts 2 and 4 will be for three-year terms beginning March 2019.

The ordinance does not extend the term for any current commissioner. If tonight’s ordinance passes, a public hearing will be held Jan. 10.

 

 

 

21 immigrants to be become U.S. citizens at Lake Worth ceremony

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LAKE WORTH — Twenty-one immigrants are scheduled to become American citizens on Wednesday during a naturalization ceremony at the Lantana Road Branch Library.

The citizenship candidates are from the following 10 countries: Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The ceremony, administered by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services,  is scheduled to start at 11 a.m., 4020 Lantana Road.

 

Lake Worth seeks to ban conversion therapy on minors

conversion-therapyLAKE WORTH – City Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting are scheduled to vote on an ordiance prohibiting conversion therapy on minors who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

The proposed ordinance acknowledges that for nearly 40 years major professional associations of mental health practitioners and researchers have recognized that being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is not a disease, disorder, illness or deficiency that needs to be cured.

The city said that attempting to convert someone to a different sexual orientation or gender is harmful — espeically to young people.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” said City Manager Michael Bornstein.

The proposed ordinance prohibits anyone in the city who is a “provider” from practicing conversion therapy on a minor.

Similar ordinances have been passed in West Palm Beach, Miami Beach, Cincinnati, Seattle. New Jersey and California have also passed a state-wide ban.

The city would like to set a public hearing on the proposed ordinance on Jan. 10.

Billie Holiday comes back to life in Lake Worth

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Yvette Norwood-Tiger

LAKE WORTH — The late, great Billie Holiday comes back to life at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

On Dec. 16, jazz vocalist Yvette Norwood-Tiger and her ensemble will perform Holiday’s memorable works along with a few holiday standards. This will be Norwood-Tiger’s third performance at the Cultural Council and her first after the sold-out show celebrating another legend, Ella Fitzgerald.

Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door. Space is limited, so the Cultural Council asks you to reserve your tickets by visiting http://palmbeachculture.com/holiday or calling (561) 472-3338.

Drink beer, praise the Lord this holiday season

beer-and-hymnsLAKE WORTH — When is it OK to drink beer and praise God?

When there’s a special Christmas carol edition of “Beer and Hymns.”

On Friday, The First Congregational Church of Lake Worth is sponsoring that very event at Aioli, the West Palm Beach restaurant at 7434 S. Dixie Highway.

“Drink in moderation. Sing with Gusto” is how the flier is billing the event, scheduled to run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Beer, wine and a light menu will be available for purchase.

For more information, call First Congregational at 561-582-6691.

Lake Worth to tout completed, $250,000 greenway project

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LAKE WORTH — To trumpet the completion of the 11th Ave. South Greenway Project, the city is scheduled to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 13 at 1 p.m.

The ceremony will be at the intersection of 11th Ave. South and South D Street.

The $250,000 project involved, among other things, installing a new sidewalk, concrete driveways, street trees and irrigation improvements.

The project took three months to finish and marked the fourth greenway the city has completed , according to Felipe Lofaso, assistant director for public services.

Work on the fifth greenway — 5th Ave. South to South A Street South — will start in the summer, Lofaso said.

 

 

Book launch coming for ‘The Cottages of Lake Worth’

cottages-updated-book-coverLAKE WORTH — An invitation-only book launch for “Living Large in Small Spaces: The Cottages of Lake Worth” is scheduled to be held Dec.7 at the Lakeside Castle, 116 5th Ave. South from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

A book signing, open to everyone, will be held Dec. 17 at from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, 601 Lake Ave.

Janice Snearer, the book’s coordinator and Taylor Jones, the book’s photographer, will be on hand.

The 240-page 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.”

The book will be on display every Saturday at the city’s Farmer’s Market at Old Bridge Park, 10 South Ocean Blvd., through the end of December.

To get a copy of the book, call Snearer at 561- 352-0599 or visit this site.