To help raise awareness — and money — for Floridians who are battling epilepsy, The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida is scheduled to host its annual “Walk the Talk for Epilepsy” on Sunday at John Prince Park, west of Lake Worth.
Registration starts at 8 a.m., with the walk following at 9 a.m.
Walk the Talk for Epilepsy events throughout the state benefit the more than 400,000 Floridians living with epilepsy, the organization said. The John Prince Park walk will feature family-friendly entertainment for children and adults, with Tim “The Byrdman” Byrd as emcee. Byrdman is the publisher of Palm Beach – Live, Work, Play.
Cost is $25 for adults, $15 for children. Day-of registration is $35 for adults, $20 for children.
The event is one of eight walks hosted by the organization taking place in cities across the state through May 20. Other cities hosting Walk the Talk events are: Gainesville, Naples, Daytona, Pensacola, Miami, Broward and Jacksonville.
Epilepsy is a common neurological condition that one in 26 people will be diagnosed with at some point in their lives. The diagnosis is given when a person experiences two or more seizures that can’t be attributed to another cause. It’s a disorder more people live with than autism, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy – combined, the organization said.
Plakas left Washington, D.C. in 1997, where he worked as a Reference Specialist for the Centers for Disease Control’s National AIDS Clearinghouse, to join Compass’ fight against HIV transmission in South Florida. As Compass’ HIV Prevention Director, Plakas represented Palm Beach County and Florida as the Chair of the HIV/AIDS Community Planning Partnership and as a member of the HIV/AIDS Florida Community Planning Group.
In 1999, Tony was named Executive Director of Compass Community Center. Under Tony’s leadership Compass has grown into one of the largest and LGBT Centers of its kind in the nation. Funded by a growing number of federal, state and local government partnerships, contributions from generous individuals, and support from private foundations, Compass provides HIV Services, Youth programming, and community outreach services for nearly 30,000 people annually.
LAKE WORTH — Last week, during his quarterly presentation to city commissioners, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Captain Todd Baer cited a “bad batch” of drugs as the reason for the rise in overdose cases in the city.
“Street level pharmacists must not be lacing (the drugs) well,” Baer said.
There were 53 overdose cases in March where the victims were revived, up from 18 in February, Baer said.
Five cases were fatal last month, an increase from two in February.
“We’ve had more overdoses in March than any month since last July,” Baer said at the meeting. “April is trending the same way… we’re not out of the woods.”
When The Palm Beach Post this afternoon contacted the sheriff’s office to learn more about the ‘bad batch” of drugs Baer referred to and what was being done about it, Teri Barbera, PBSO spokeswoman said in an email, “We have no evidence to prove there is a bad batch of drugs in the community.”
Barbera said Baer was sharing his personal opinion on the issue.
LAKE WORTH — The Lake Worth Pioneers’ Association will be honored at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County‘s annual meeting Tuesday at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, the old county courthouse at 300 N. Dixie Highway.
The association will receive the 2016 Fannie James Pioneer Achievement Award.
Started in 2003, the award recognizes the achievements of individual or organizations that have significantly contributed to preserving and sharing history of the county’s pioneering days.
The award is named after the late Fannie James, an African-American pioneer who served as the first postmistress of the Jewel Post Office (now Lake Worth Post Office) which was open from 1889 to 1903.
The association, started in 1894 by 84 families, is made up of members who claim to be descendants of the area’s early settlers.
A new Dunkin’ Donuts is hosting a grand opening celebration with two Miami Dolphins cheerleaders, donut decorating as well as an assortment of iced coffee flavors, sweet tea and Munchkins.
The event is scheduled for April 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the new 1,345-square-foot store at 6014 S. Military Trail west of Lake Worth.
Those attending can take pictures with the cheerleaders and get autographs. There will also be donut decorating and face painting for the kids, giveaways every 15 minutes with a grand prize drawing at 1 p.m. Travel mugs will be given out while supplies last.
Some of Dunkin’ Donuts latest offerings include: coconut creme pie and butter pecan beverage swirls; fruited iced teas; Dunkin’ Energy Punch powered by Monster Energy and chocolate pretzel and peanut butter delight croissant donuts.
LAKE WORTH — On Monday, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel (D-West Palm Beach) in partnership with the Small Business Administration will host a workshop at Palm Beach State College, west of Lake Worth, to advise local small businesses on federal contracting opportunities.
The federal government awarded over $470 billion in contracts last year, with a goal to provide at least 23 percent of those contracts to small businesses for everything from shoes to aircraft engines, according to statement issued by Frankel’s office. Over the last five years in Florida, Small Business Development Centers have helped small businesses scure $2.1 billion in government contracts.
Monday’s workshop will feature SBA speakers who will teach attendees how to acquire federal contracts.The spearkers will be Joshua Stutzman, SBA Assistant District Director, Business Development Division and Gus Vergara, Florida SBA business opportunity specialist.
The workshop starts at 9:30 a.m. and will be held in the Public Safety Conference facility.