School board member: ‘We want our students….to be the best they can be’

LAKE WORTH — With school starting this week, city commissioners invited Erica Whitfield, a District 4 Palm Beach County School Board member, to speak at tonight’s meeting.

Whitfield said the district is focusing on creating a positive school climate.

“We want our students to come to our schools and be the best person they can be,” she said.

She also noted how the district will be looking at breaking down  between different ethnicities and how they perform on tests.

“We hadn’t really looked at that.” Whitfield said. “We have to tackle these problems head on.”

Whitfield said Lake Worth High School has struggled with graduation rates, but the school has shown recent improvement.

In 2012, the school had a 71 percent graduation rate. That number increased to 75 percent last year.

“The numbers are actually going up,” Whitfield said.

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Vietnam-era plane being towed to G-Star School on Wednesday

PALM SPRINGS — A Vietnam-era Grumman Mohawk gunship airplane that saw action in Vietnam, The Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq will be towed to G-Star School of the Arts for Film, Animation and Performing Arts Wednesday morning.

The mohawk will be towed on its own wheels from the Palm Beach County Park Airport in Lantana six miles north on South Congress Avenue to the school around 11 a.m.

The plane will be parked next to a historic WWII Douglas C-47 Dakota Skytrain that flew into Normandy on D-Day in 1944 and that was delivered to the school several years ago.

“They will sit side by side,” said Greg Hauptner, the charter school’s CEO. “The kids sit out under the wings of the airplane for lunch. It’s great.”

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Annual Women’s Health Conference coming to Lake Worth soon

LAKE WORTH — The Annual Women’s Health Conference will be held Aug. 26 at Compass Community Center on N. Dixie Highway.

The event focuses on the needs and concerns of straight, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender women in Palm Beach County.

Breakout sessions will include Tai-Chi, acupuncture, mindfulness, reducing cancer risks and career entrepreneurship.

The conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center on 201 N. Dixie Highway.

Tickets are $20 for general admission. Students and seniors tickets are $10.

Lake Worth sneaker girls ink deal for TV show

The Peters sisters will be starring in a new show on The History Channel (Palm Beach Post file photo)

LAKE WORTH — The Peters sisters — the ones who are starting an interactive sneaker store in downtown Lake Worth next year — will be starring in a new show on The History Channel.

Ariana Peters confirmed the news this afternoon.

The sisters –Ariana, Dresden, Dakota, — will star as sneaker collectors in the show, according to an industry letter.

Shortly after The Palm Beach Post in January published a story about Chicks With Kicks , an interactive sneaker store the Peters girls plan to open with the more than 6,000 pairs of sneakers they own, the family was immediately contacted by six TV production companies.

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Who will be crowned Miss Oktoberfest this weekend?

LAKE WORTH — A new woman will be crowned Miss Oktoberfest on Saturday.

The American German Club of the Palm Beaches will host the event that will run from 5 to 11 p.m. at the club’s main office, 5111 Lantana Road, west of Lake Worth.

Eight women will be competing for the title.

For more information or tickets, call 561-967-6464, ext 2.

 

 

What award did Lake Worth recently win?

LAKE WORTH — The city’s Special Events Division received 1st place in the under-$50K event category for their Lake Worth Car Show poster at the Florida Festival & Events Association (FFEA) Convention and Trade-Show in Orlando.

The award winning poster is used in the marketing of the monthly Road Rascals Car Show.

The FFEA is a non-profit dedicated to supporting and promoting more than 3,500 festivals, events, and fairs in the state of Florida through education, networking and dissemination of information.

The FFEA awards program recognizes the creativity, innovation and excellence of member organizations.

What award did Lake Worth recently win?

LAKE WORTH — The city’s Special Events Division received 1st place in the under-$50K event category for their Lake Worth Car Show poster at the Florida Festival & Events Association (FFEA) Convention and Trade-Show in Orlando.

The award winning poster is used in the marketing of the monthly Road Rascals Car Show.

The FFEA is a non-profit dedicated to supporting and promoting more than 3,500 festivals, events, and fairs in the state of Florida through education, networking and dissemination of information.

The FFEA awards program recognizes the creativity, innovation and excellence of member organizations.

 

Lake Worth updates bicycle, chronic nuisance property code, laws

LAKE WORTH — Three new ordinances became law in the city last night.

City Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting on second reading passed a bike ordinance to remove outdated regulations, amended the Chronic Nuisance Property Code to include overdosing and code enforcement violations and updated the nuisance abatement code to also include overdosing.

Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell said the bike ordinance could be an opportunity for the city and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to help solve the bike theft problem and to get the bicycles back to the rightful owner.

 

Lake Worth passes settlement agreement for casino repairs

LAKE WORTH — The Morganti Group and REG Architects will continue fixing the Lake Worth Beach Casino at no cost to the city.

By a 4-1 vote, city commissioners tonight approved a settlement between the city and the two companies. The city’s experts will perform routine inspections and issue a certificate once the work is finished.

The work is scheduled to be completed by February 15.

“If this is successful, we will enjoy an improved casino,” said Glen Torcivia, the city’s attorney.

But Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell, who opposed the settlement, was less than enthused.

“In my mind, you will never make this whole,” he said.

 

In June 2010, the city hired REG to design the new casino building. Five months later it tapped The Morganti Group to build it, while securing a public construction bond for its work with The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania.

When the building, which cost $6 million, was opened in 2013, it was riddled with issues, including water intrusion, bad drainage, leaking and rusting.

In March 2016, Rick Gonzalez, REG’s president, acknowledged the building was in “horrible” condition when his company was awarded the contract. He said the best solution was to “bring back the essence” of the historical casino, adding how it sits in a harsh environment and is exposed to rain, sand and water.

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