LAKE WORTH — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is scheduled to host the 11th annual “Picnic in Provence” summer wine and cuisine event on Sunday.
The tasting at 4 p.m. will feature al fresco fare from the Provençal repertoire. Wines will include a selection of reds, whites, and rosés, selected Dave Frankland, proprietor of Vinoutlet in Palm Beach.
The event will feature live traditional French music and dancing. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. They can be purchased by calling the church, 561-582-6609 or by email, SAEpiscopal@aol.com. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is on 100 N. Palmway.
LAKE WORTH — The city will fix close to 450 pothole-filled streets if a $40 million road repair bond passes in November, the City Commission revealed at tonight’s public workshop.
Public comment was not allowed. The meeting lasted 35 minutes.
In 2014, before residents voted on a more comprehensive $63 million bond that failed, the city asked A.D.A. Engineering of West Palm Beach to evaluate the city’s roads. The company gave the city a fair rating with a 74.7 pavement condition index score. Ten percent of the city’s roads were deemed in poor condition.
Since then the company said the road score fell to 68.1 percent, with 22 percent of the roads now considered poor.
“Almost all the streets in the city need some maintenance,” said Brent Whitfield, an associate vice president at A.D.A. Engineering.
If the bond passes, the city will have 30 years to pay it back, but it’s still not clear how much residents will be asked to fork over, a concern raised by Commissioner Christopher McVoy.
“We’re asking the public to shell out money for 30 years on roads that will start declining in 15 years,” he said. “Does the public have confidence that their money will be well spent?”
Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell noted how if the asphalt is maintained, the roads should be fine for longer than 15 years.
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LAKE WORTH — The city’s pothole workshop to reveal which roads will be fixed if the $40 million bond referendum passes in November may be Thursday night, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find any information on what the city plans to present.
The city asked A.D.A. Engineering of West Palm Beach to update data on the condition of the city’s roads. The city was going to use that information to determine which roads would get priority to be repaired first.
Lake Worth officials received the report nearly two weeks ago. The Palm Beach Post made several attempts to get a copy, but the city didn’t make it available as of late Wednesday afternoon.
The Palm Beach Post also reached out to A.D.A. Engineering. In an email Brent Whitfield, an associate vice president, wrote he needed to contact the city to request direction.
“We will proceed according to the direction of our client,” Whitfield wrote.
The report, which is a few hundred pages long, also wasn’t posted on the city’s website as part of the backup material for the workshop agenda.
PALM SPRINGS — Kitty Oliveron Thursday at the Palm Springs Library will headline “An Evening of Music and Multicolored Memories,” a cabaret performance of jazz and personal stories of race an ethnicity in the United States.
Oliver is South Florida author, media producer, oral historian, educator and recording artist. She appears in the new Beatles documentary, “Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years,” scheduled to hit theaters next month. Oliver shares racial memories of the early Fab Four era.
The performance is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. The reception and the performance are free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 561-965-2204 to RSVP.
For the past several weeks, Peters Development, which owns the site, had been in negotiations with a Delray Beach group to lease the space, but the deal fell apart, Ariana Peters, the company’s managing partner, said.
“We will not settle on any deal short of what we envision for both the property and Lucerne Avenue,” Peters said.
She did not say why the deal didn’t work out. She also declined to reveal the name of the group. An industry source, however, said the company planned to open a Mexican restaurant.
With the Gulfstream Hotelproject now moving ahead, Peters said she’s confident the space will be filled shortly.
The SouthShoresTavern, billed as Lake Worth’s favorite playground, closed last year after the gastropub was sold.
LAKE WORTH — City Manager Michael Bornstein is scheduled to be evaluated by city commissioners in January.
“Enough time is behind us,” Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell said at Tuesday’s commission meeting.
Bornstein was named city manager in 2012. Previously Bornstein was the Town Manager in Lantana. Bornstein’s last evaluation was in 2013 when he earned high marks for solving problems, boosting employee morale and improving the city’s image.
The city said Bornstein’s contract doesn’t require that he have an annual evaluation, but Bornstein said he doesn’t mind.
LAKE WORTH — Many times, when the city issues a proclamation, it’s to celebrate a happy occasion.
With a heavy heart, Mayor Pam Triolo declared Aug. 31 Overdose Awareness Day to spotlight what has become a nationwide concern.
“This isn’t the friendliest or most pleasant of proclamations,” Triolo said.
Then the mayor went on to cite some grim statistics. Drug overdoses are the No. 1 cause of injury death in the nation, surpassing deaths from car accidents and guns. There’s an accidental overdose every 11 minutes in this country.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47,055 people died from a drug overdose in the United States in 2014. That’s 19 people per day.
“We’re facing an epidemic in the state, in the country and right here in our community,” Triolo said. “We’re seeing it on our streets on a daily basis. But it’s not just Lake Worth, it’s West Palm Beach, it’s Boynton Beach, it’s Delray Beach. It’s happening everywhere. We’re all in this together and we’ll have to find some solutions.”