Lake Worth Public Library turns 75…and it’s getting a big party!

The Lake Worth Library under construction in 19440. (Contributed)
The Lake Worth Library under construction in 19440. (Contributed)


LAKE WORTH — Lake Worth Public Library fans, circle Sept. 24th on your calendars.

That’s when the city is scheduled to host an open house event to showcase the library’s unique history and to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

Tours featuring historical artifacts are scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. at the library, 15 North M Street.

Some of the artifacts on display include paintings by Reginald Sherman Winston, woodcarvings by Samuel J. Schlappich and a bullet that was found on the men’s room floor in 1942.

Drink wine and dance in France, er, really, Lake Worth

Lake Worth wine event

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, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is on 100 N. Palmway.


Lake Worth will fix close to 450 roads if $40 million bond passes

Lake Worth City HallLAKE 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 releases map of potholed streets it plans to fix

LW potholesLAKE WORTH — The city this morning released a map of the proposed streets that will be fixed if a $40 million bond referendum passes in November.

Click here to view the map.

The city is hosting a public workshop at 6 p.m. at City Hall to discuss which potholed streets will be repaired.

Where is Lake Worth’s road report on potholed streets?

LW potholesLAKE 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.

Is this considered transparency?

Race and music take center stage at Palm Springs Library show

Dr, Kitty Oliver
Dr. Kitty Oliver

PALM SPRINGS — Kitty Oliver on 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 or call 561-965-2204 to RSVP.

South Shores Tavern site deal falls apart in Lake Worth

A deal to lease the old South Shores Tavern and Patio Bar site fell through, (Kevin D. Thompson/The Palm Beach Post)
A deal to lease the old South Shores Tavern and Patio Bar site fell through, (Kevin D. Thompson/The Palm Beach Post)

LAKE WORTH — Looks like the old South Shores Tavern and Patio Bar site on Lucerne Avenue will be vacant a little longer.

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 Hotel project now moving ahead, Peters said she’s confident the space will be filled shortly.

The South Shores Tavern, billed as Lake Worth’s favorite playground, closed last year after the gastropub was sold.

Lake Worth City Manager’s job performance to be evaluated

Lake Worth City Manager Michael Bornstein
Lake Worth City Manager Michael Bornstein

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.

“I think it’s a healthy thing to do,” he said.

Lake Worth’s Compass hosting Women’s Health Conference on Saturday

Women's Health ConferenceLAKE WORTH — Compass is hosting the 2nd Annual Women’s Health Conference on Saturday that will include everything from free on-site HIV testing to empowerment seminars.

While lesbian, bisexual and transgender women are at greater risk for certain health problems, they often face significant barriers to address them.

Breakout sessions will include transgender health, nutrition and wellness, meditation and women’s self defense techniques.

Registration is free, but Compass will be asking for a $10 suggested donation for lunch at the door.

The conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Compass’ Lake Worth headquarters, 201 North Dixie Highway.


Lake Worth mayor on drug overdose problem: ‘It’s happening everywhere’

Drug-Overdose-Deaths-Rise-Across-America-300x200LAKE WORTH — Many times, when the city issues a proclamation, it’s to celebrate a happy occasion.

Not Tuesday.

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.”