No tuition increase at PBSC for sixth straight year

LAKE WORTH — Tuition at Palm Beach State College will not increase for the sixth straight year, maintaining the college’s standing as one of the most affordable higher education institutions in the state.

The PBSC District Board of Trustees approved the college’s $129.9 million general fund budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. It calls for in-state tuition and fees to remain at $101 (including $76.92 for tuition) per credit hour or $303 for a three-credit hour course.

Tuition and fees for postsecondary adult vocational program courses are fixed at $83.40 per credit hour and $2.78 per contact hour. The cost of bachelor’s degree courses, regulated by the Florida Legislature, remains at $122.85 per credit hour or $368.55 for a three-credit hour class.

“It’s good for the students this year,’’ said Richard Becker, vice president of administration and business services, in a statement.

Becker presented the budget to the trustees at their meeting July 11.

While technology and capital improvement fees rose slightly twice, and the student activity fee rose once, Palm Beach State’s tuition has remained flat for six years. To compare, in 2012-2013, students paid $98.25 per credit hour or $294.75 for a three-credit hour course.

The move by trustees helps keep the cost of a college education affordable for students and their families, which has been an initiative pushed by Gov. Rick Scott. It also comes in the midst of growing dialogue about the mounting national student loan debt, now at a reportedly $1.4 trillion.  A new state law went into effect on July 1 requiring colleges and universities to give students detailed annual reports on their federal student loan debt so they can keep track of what they owe.


Why is the FWC honoring this Lake Worth resident?

LAKE WORTH — Philip Stone, a law enforcement officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), has received the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Award for Marine Conservation.

“He exemplifies all that Guy Harvey and our foundation stand for — an unwavering lifetime commitment to understanding, conserving and appreciating the irreplaceable creatures that inhabit our oceans,” Greg Jacoski, the foundation’s executive director said in a statement.

Philip Stone

Stone, who lives in Lake Worth, was honored for his dedication, particularly to the protection of sea turtles, at the FWC Commission meeting in Orlando.

As an FWC officer, Stone has worked with local law enforcement agencies to minimize impact to nesting and hatchling turtles while they conduct essential nighttime beach patrolling. He also helped Palm Beach and Martin county businesses and homeowners reduce coastal lighting that can disorient turtle hatchlings, luring them away from the ocean.

When off duty, Stone continues to serve as a sea turtle volunteer, conducting nesting surveys, responding to sea turtle strandings, and ­­­­­– as a volunteer and officer – helping recover sick or injured turtles.

Founded by marine biologist and artist Guy Harvey, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation is an organization of philanthropists, conservationists, scientists and educators focused on developing sensible strategies for promoting the conservation of our oceans and nurturing the next generation of marine scientists and guardians of our seas.

How can you get cooler at Hoffman’s Chocolates?

In celebration of National Ice Cream Day, Hoffman’s Chocolates will offer a special buy one ice cream cup or cone, get one ice cream cup or cone free (of equal or lesser value) promotion on Sunday.

Hoffman’s Chocolates is not only offering the offer on National Ice Cream Day, but it’s also celebrating National Ice Cream Month with the continuation of its “Two Buck Tuesday Ice Cream,” where every Tuesday customers can enjoy one scoop of Hoffman’s ice cream for $2.00 per cup or cone.

As a bonus, from today through Sunday, guests can share a photo of themselves enjoying gourmet ice cream at a Hoffman’s Chocolates store on social media with the hashtag #CelebrateWithHoffmans, for a chance to win free ice cream for a year. Posts must be shared publicly on Twitter, Instagram, or posted on Hoffman’s Chocolate’s main Facebook page (@HoffmansChoc).

The winner will be announced on Monday, the company said.

Here’s a guide for the best ice cream in the county.



Time for a party in Lake Worth

LAKE WORTH — Art Studio Cafe‘s first supermodel drag queen Phylhis Johnson will premiere Tuesday night at the “Drag & Draw” show.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the studio, located at 410 2nd Avenue North.

Participants are being asked to draw or paint Johnson.

There will be prizes and music. Cost is $15.

Call 561-667-3923 to reserve your space.


PBSC needs your help…it involves teeth

LAKE WORTH — The Florida Legislature recently allocated $5 million for a new facility for the dental health education programs at Palm Beach State College.

Now the college said it’s is looking for additional support.

The Dental & Medical Sciences Technology Building would replace the current 55-year-old structure at the suburban Lake Worth campus, allowing PBSC to incorporate current and future technology required in the core components of the Dental Hygiene Associate in Science degree and the Dental Assisting postsecondary adult vocational certificate programs, PBSC said.

The programs, both established in 1964, are the only such programs in Palm Beach County accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Health, according to the college.

While the legislature put aside $5 million, the college said it was seeking about $22 million for a new building. PBSC said it will pursue more money from the state next year while also seeking community support.

The $5 million allows the planning phase to begin, PBSC said.

PBSC is scheduled to host a reception Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Center for Bachelor’s Programs (Room 103) on the campus west of Lake Worth for members of the dental community, the Program Advisory Council and alumni to provide a status update on the project and discuss ways for the community to get involved.

The event is free and open to anyone interested, but attendees must RSVP.

“This project is a priority because it prepares our dental program students and serves as a critical resource for people in our community who need access to low-cost dental care,’’ PBSC President Ava L. Parker said in a statement. “We need this project fully funded. We also need the community’s support to continue our efforts to secure funding.”

The facility is used as not only a training site for students, but also to provide continuing education for about 200 local dentists who are members of the Atlantic Coast Dental Research Clinic, which has been a partner of the college since 1964. Participating dentists of the nonprofit clinic provide low-cost dental treatment, including fillings, implants and oral surgery, to patients in the community, which also provides the required clinical training for the dental assisting students.

The Dental Hygiene Clinic, as well as the clinic used jointly by the Atlantic Coast Dental Research Clinic and the dental assisting students, were renovated in 1999 and 2002, respectively. However, the college said a 2008 study indicated that it would be more cost-effective to construct a new building than pursue additional renovations in order to plan and meet the growing demand for educating dental health professionals and the technology required to provide treatment on patients.


JUST IN: PBSO identifies man shot and killed in Lake Worth on north F Street

The area on the side of 914 N. F Street was roped off on June 17 after a Hispanic man was shot and killed. (Kevin D. Thompson/The Palm Beach Post)


LAKE WORTH — The Hispanic man shot and killed in the early morning hours on June 17 at 914 N. F Street has been identified as Jose Aquilar Juarez, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

He was 46.

The sheriff’s office didn’t provide any additional information, saying the crime is still under investigation.

PBSO deputies received a “shots fired” call around 1:30 a.m on June 17. When deputies arrived, they found Aguilar dead from gunshot wounds. They also found another man with non life threatening injuries. That person was transported to a local hospital, PBSO said.

It was the second murder in Lake Worth this year and the 52nd in the the county, according to the Palm Beach Post’s homicide tracker

The shooting came two days after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement released its annual crime report that showed crime dipped slightly in Lake Worth in 2016, compared to the previous year.

The city reported 2,388 crimes in 2016, down from 2,465 in 2015.

While the number of murders increased 43 percent from 7 to 10, the city saw declines in the number of reported rapes, robberies, burglaries, larcenies and motor vehicle theft.

Residents, many of whom who are from Central America, have said the neighborhood has had its share of troubles with drugs, theft and public drinking.

“I don’t feel safe around here anymore,” one told The Palm Beach Post the day after the shooting.




Democratic Veterans group raising money in Lake Worth for Honor Flight

The Palm Beach County Democratic Veterans Caucus would like to help World War II veterans like John Doran fly to the nation’s capital to see the National World War II Memorial through Honor Flights of South Florida. (Kevin D. Thompson/The Palm Beach Post)

LAKE WORTH — The Palm Beach County Democratic Veterans Caucus said it wants to help World War II veterans take a trip on Honor Flight of South Florida, a nonprofit that flies veterans to the nation’s capital to see the National World War II Memorial.

Although the flight is free, the Caucus said there’s a $400 fee that must be paid for a sponsor to fly with the veterans, who are selected by Honor Flight.

The Caucus is hosting a meeting Wednesday at the Guatemalan Maya Center, 430 North G Street from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The group is asking for a $10 donation for Honor Flight and to help fund the Caucus’ upcoming July 4th picnic at John Prince Park, west of Lake Worth at 1 p.m., to celebrate veterans.

The Caucus said it has a pavilion reserved for 125 people.

To RSVP, click here.

“This is a fabulous way to honor our veterans,” said Caucus President Carlton Cartwright.

The caucus is asking those interested in donating to send checks made out to Cartwright to 440 South Rosemary Avenue, Suite #10, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

What is the Sauna Bucket award and why did Lake Worth’s mayor win it?

Mayor Pam Triolo

LAKE WORTH — And the Sauna Bucket Award goes to….Mayor Pam Triolo and Leisure Services Assistant Director Lauren Bennett.

First off, what’s a Sauna Bucket Award?

It’s handed out by the Finnish-American community in the Lake Worth area to those people who made a contribution to preserving the city’s Finnish heritage.

Former recipients include former Mayor Rodney Romano and Tom Ramicio.

The award hasn’t been handed out in 15 years, according to Tom Kuutti, president of the Midnight Sun Festival, an event that celebrates Finnish culture.

Kuutti noted how Triolo was instrumental in bringing back the festival to Bryant Park this year. For the past six years, it’s been held at the American Finnish Club.

“Bringing the Finish Festival back to Bryant Park was really important to me,” Triolo said at Tuesday city commission meeting.

Bennett, Kuutti added, made a crucial contribution by coordinating the event.

The Sauna Bucket Award

“She was Johnny on the Spot with everything,” Kuutti said.

With 1,026 people claiming Finn descent in 2000, Lake Worth has the second largest Finnish diaspora as a percentage of the total population in the world, the city said.

Triolo and Bennett will receive the award Saturday, 7 p.m. at the American Finnish Club Midsummer Bonfire, 908 Lehto Lane in Lake Worth.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $5.

Lake Worth makes panhandling law official on final reading

LAKE WORTH — It is now against the law for anyone to panhandle at several busy city intersections.

City commissioners unanimously passed the ordinance tonight on second reading.

Commissioner Andy Amoroso was absent.

The intersections are:

  • Interstate 95 northbound and southbound on and off ramps at Sixth Avenue South.
  • Interstate 95 northbound and southbound on and off ramps at 10th Avenue North.
  • Lake Worth Road and the CSX Railway, located west of Interstate 95 overpass at Lake Worth Road.
  • Intersection of 10th Avenue North and North Dixie Highway.
  • Intersection of 6th Avenue South and South Dixie Highway.

The ordinance was brought back before the commission at the June 6 meeting on first reading after a few tweaks were suggested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office attorney, according to City Attorney Glen Torcivia.

The original ordinance included any area within 200 feet from the curb or boundary line of the intersection. That was changed to 100 feet, Torcivia said.

The city also removed the part of the ordinance that included all Interstate 95 underpass areas within 400 feet of the curb or boundary line of the intersection, Torcivia said.

The ordinance passed unanimously again on first reading at the June 6 meeting.

The city said it’s experiencing more solicitors at intersections in the western part of the city, with canvassers and solicitors selling goods, services or trying to obtain donations from drivers and passengers.

Those interactions, the city said, are a safety concern.

The ordinance defines a “right-of-way canvasser or solicitor” as any person who sells or offers for sale anything or service of any kind, or who seeks a donation of any kind or who personally hands to or seeks to transmit by hand anything or some sort of service.

The definition doesn’t apply to any person who is holding or displaying a lawfully permitted sign, the city said.

City cancels ‘Screen on the Green’ tonight, cites rainy forecast

LAKE WORTH — If you were planning to check out a free movie tonight at Screen on the Green, time to come up with Plan B.

Due to the rainy forecast, which calls for scattered thunderstorms, the city canceled the event at the Cultural Plaza.

The movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was going to be shown.

The city said Evening on the Avenues will return next Friday. Screen on the Green will be back July 14 with a showing of “The Secret Life of Pets,” the city said.