AIDS Memorial Quilt coming to Lake Worth

A visitor checks out the AIDS Memorial Quilt at Compass Community Center in Lake Worth. The quilt will be on display Dec. 1-10. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
A visitor checks out the AIDS Memorial Quilt at Compass Community Center in Lake Worth. The quilt will be on display Dec. 1-10. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

LAKE WORTH — Once again, as part of World AIDS Day, Compass Community Center will display 132 panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

For the past eleven years, Compass has displayed colorful panels from the quilt, a 54-ton, handmade tapestry that serves as a tribute to those who died from the disease — and to those who are prospering despite having it.

On Thursday, the nonprofit will host “A Night of Remembrance” reception that will include the grand opening of the quilt display, a performance by Voices of Pride, a candlelight vigil, calling of the names and an interfaith memorial service.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

On Dec. 8, there will be a Community Education Dinner that will include a tour of the quilt. RSVP is required —

The next night, Compass Youth and Entourage will host a screening and discussion of “It’s Not Over,” a documentary about three millennials living with  HIV.

The quilt will be on display through Dec. 10.


Holiday event: Lake Worth to light holiday tree on Friday

lake-worth-holiday-treeLAKE WORTH — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the L-Dub.

Related: Best Christmas lights in Palm Beach County

On Friday the city is scheduled to host its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Avenue. There will be caroling, performances by Downtown Dance, photos with Santa, face painting, food and more.

For vendor opportunities, contact the Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency at 561-493-2550.


State crime report released: Violent crimes drop in Lake Worth for first half of 2016


LAKE WORTH – Violent crimes — murder, rape, robbery — fell in Lake Worth for the first half of 2016 compared with the same period last year, according a semi-annual crime report released Monday by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Last year for the first six months of 2015, there were four murders, 22 rapes and 107 robberies. Those numbers dropped slightly to three, 21 and 79, repectively, the report showed.

While larceny and motor vehicle thefts decreased, aggravated assaults were on the rise, increasing from 113 to 154. Burglaries remained about the same, 214 this year versus 212 last year.

Overall crime was down 4.6 percent in the city.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Todd Baer said PBSO has reassigned deputies to the Community Policing Unit to get them on the streets more often.

Baer also cited the city’s partnership with Assistant State Attorney Christy Rogers as to why crime is down. About a year ago, the city arranged to have Rogers assigned to Lake Worth.

“This is one of the best things that’s happened since I’ve been here,” Baer told city commissioners in the fall.” She works all our cases…she knows now who the bad guys are. We can arrest a guy 10, 12 times a year and it would go to 10 or 12 different state attorneys.”

Baer said Rogers is focusing on repeat offenders and helping the city with prostitution.

With a 1,224 total crime index, Lake Worth ranked sixth in Palm Beach County behind the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (7,796), West Palm Beach (3,150), Boynton Beach (1.953), Delray Beach (1,591) and Boac Raton (1,325).,

The semi-annual Uniform Crime Report  calculates crime volume and the number of index crimes known to law enforcement.

Lake Worth art gallery offering Black Friday deals

wine-glassesLAKE WORTH — Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery in downtown Lake Worth is kicking off the holiday season with sales on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

The gallery is offering 10 percent off all purchases over $30. The gallery is also asking customers to fill  out a raffle ticket. After every tenth purchase, a ticket will be drawn for someone to win a free bottle of French red or white wine — the winner’s choice.

If you buy ten items, you will automatically get a free bottle of wine. Over 100 bottles are available.

The gallery is creating a holiday gift market, where 30 different artists will have gifts starting from $8.

The gallery is on 15 South J Street.

Lake Worth publisher donates book sales money to Haiti

independence-2LAKE WORTH — A children’s book publisher will donate half of all October and November sales to benefit schools in the Grand-Anse Department of Haiti where the Hurricane Matthew did significant damage.

“Our connection to Haiti is personal,” said Rebecca Hinson, who recently published “Independence, Endepandans,” “Citadelle La Ferrière,” and “Sitadèl Laferyè,” books steeped in Haitian history.

Rebecca Hinson Publishing produces Caribbean, Central American, and North American children’s books which teach history through art.

Jet ski races at Lake Worth Beach this weekend

Lake Worth Beach

LAKE WORTH — The Grand Prix of the Sea Jet Ski Race is scheduled to be held Saturday and Sunday at Lake Worth Beach.

The race will feature both international and amateur races and will air on Fox Sports Sun and Comcast Sportsnet.

The north side of the beach will be closed to the public. Access to the beach will be south of the Lake Worth Pier. Fishing will be prohibited starting today and will resume on Monday.

The races start at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.


Former TV, film actress hosting fundraiser for Lake Worth Commission bid

maryann-polizziLAKE WORTH — Maryann Polizzi, who’s running for the District 4 City Commission seat held by Ryan Maier, is scheduled to host a fundraiser next week.

The event will be held on Thursday, 6:30 p.m. at the Birthday Cake Castle, 1 5th Ave. South.

The 59-year-old Polizzi, a former film and TV actress who has lived in Lake Worth for nearly 40 years, is President of the South Palm Park Association and Vice Chair of the Sister City Advisory Board.

Polizzi said she would like to see sober home regulated and out of neighborhoods. She also wants to press for regulations on where homeless persons can go within the city.

“I want to put my full attention to the great city of Lake Worth,” Polizzi said.


Lake Worth celebrating Veterans Day with a downtown parade

lake-worth-vets-dayLAKE WORTH — The city will celebrate Veterans Day tomorrow with a parade at 11 a.m. in downtown Lake Worth. There will be a Ceremony of Honor immediately after the parade at the Cultural Plaza.

Lake Worth sets winter pool hours

Lake Worth poolLAKE WORTH — Lake Worth Casino Pool has set its winter hours of operation.

They are Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The pool will be closed Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24); Christmas Day (Dec. 25); Dec. 26, New Year’s Day (Jan. 1) and Jan. 2.

Heaters will be installed by December, according to pool operator Sally Chapela.




Auto dealer and local artists team up to benefit charities

Lake Worth’s reputation as a hub for the arts is being used to help out not only local artists but also several charities for the “StArt” Gallery Night.

The event, sponsored by Wayne Akers Ford, will benefit three charities, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Autism Speaks and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, according to a statement.

There will be interactive art installations, wine, snacks and live music at the event on Friday, Nov. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Wayne Akers Ford, 2000 10th Ave N. in Lake Worth.start-at-wayne-akers-ford_1

Those interested in attending are requested to RSVP at the event’s Facebook page.