The switch was made from Tuesday to a Saturday to allow for better community pariticpation, Ben Kerr, city spokesman told The Palm Beach Post.
The city cleared out a few Australian pines and native vegetation to make way for a pavilion, benches, a sidewalk and mulch at the site on South G Street between South 8th and 9th avenues where residents play dominoes, checkers and host picnics. The project took about three weeks, with the mulch and benches expected to be added this week, the city said.
Lake Worth used money from the Community Development Block Grant program for the project, with the city adding $11,000 of its own money.
LAKE WORTH —The elections may be over, but they’re not for Rebecca Hinson.
No, she’s not running for office. But the South Grade Elementary school teacher is trying to win a $25,000 grant in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, a program that awards ten small businesses with grants of up to $25,000.
Hinson, owns and operates a small Lake Worth publishing company that prints a series of children’s books Hinson wrote and which are aimed at celebrating diverse cultures. She uses the books as a teaching tool.
The books have covered Guatemala, Haiti, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States. The subjects range from Mayan backstrap weaving to the art of Haiti to the Emancipation Proclamation.
“This grant will go a long way in helping my business,” Hinson said.
One winner gets $25,000. The second place winner receives $15,000. There will be eight $7,500 grant winners.
Voting ends April 5.
The top 100 finalists will be announced April 13, with the winners revealed April 25.
LAKE WORTH — Since President Donald Trump was elected, the immigration issue has been in the news frequently, making Palm Beach State College’s upcoming discussion more timely than ever.
On Thursday, the college is scheduled to host “Immigration & Civil Liberties in a New Era” on the campus west of Lake Worth, 4200 S. Congress Ave.
There will be three speakers: Nancy Abudu, director of legal operations at the Florida American Civil Liberties Union; John DeLeon, attorney and past president of the Miami-Dade ACLU and Wilfredo Ruiz, communications director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The discussion starts at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Public Safety Building, room 108.
To help promote The Lord’s Place10th Annual SleepOut, Mark Montgomery, the event’s chairman, on Friday will walk 15 miles from the group’s administrative offices in West Palm Beach to the Men’s Campus in Boynton Beach.
The SleepOut, scheduled for April 7, is where hundreds from across Palm Beach County call attention to the issue of homelessness by sleeping outside overnight. The event will be held at United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches, 900 Brandywine Road, West Palm Beach.
Montgomery will spend the night sleeping outside at The Lord’s Place Men’s Campus.
The public is invited to join Friday’s walk. Leaders from each of the five municipalities along the walk route — West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Lantana, Hypoluxo and Boynton Beach — have been invited as well.
The walk starts at 8 a.m., with the route primarily on U.S. 1, from West Palm Beach to Boynton Beach, ending about 5:45 p.m.
Progress will be posted every 30 minutes on The Lord’s Place Facebook page.
LAKE WORTH — Palm Beach County Fire Rescue received 1,000 more calls for service in fiscal year 2016 in Lake Worth, mostly because of the opioid and overdose crisis that’s been sweeping the county, City Commissioners were told Tuesday night.
The number of opioid-related and overdose calls in Lake Worth increased from 442 in fiscal year 2015 to 644 in 2016, Matt Gafney, Fire Rescue’s district chief, said.
“That’s one of the things we’re working on with the Heroin Task Force,” Gafney said, noting how the rescue office is expanding.
A social worker was recently hired to reach out to residents who need it the most.
“We can’t continue to run the same calls on the same people, bring them to the hospital because they just go right back into the system,” Gafney said. “They have other needs and that’s what we’re trying to bridge.”
Although the number of calls increased, Gafney said response times got better in Lake Worth, dropping 13 seconds.
“That’s the best time in the past five years,” Gafney said. “It’s something we’re seeing across the board.”
LAKE WORTH — It’s official: Omari Hardy and Herman Robinson are city commissioners.
Hardy, 27, who will serve District 2 and Robinson, 71, a District 4 commissioner, were sworn in today by City Attorney Glen Torcivia at a special meeting at City Hall.
Hardy, a civics teacher at Roosevelt Middle School, thanked his parents and sister and pledged to serve all residents.
“I believe it’s my job to represent this whole city,” Hardy said. “If you find I’m dismissive…or not listening, please let me know.”
He also thanked former Christopher McVoy for his service.
Hardy, who moved to Lake Worth three years ago, said his motivation to serve started about a year ago when he went to a Tropical Ridge Neighborhood Association meeting and heard residents’ frustrations.
“I wasn’t sure how I was going to give voice to those frustrations.,” he said. “I hope to solve some of those problems that gave rise to those frustrations.”
He added that many city residents, especially those who live west of Dixie Highway, feel the government doesn’t work for them.
“It’s the responsibility of everybody on this dias to inspire trust and to bring information to the people,” Hardy said.
Robinson, a long-time community organizer who has served on several city boards, echoed Hardy’s comments, saying it’s important for the commission to work for all resisdents.
Building trust is one of the keys to doing that, Robinson said.
Robinson also stressed he wants to see the Gulfstream Hotel renovation project move forward.
LAKE WORTH — Looking for a spring break event for the family this week?
The city has one.
It’s hosting a “Spring Break Beach Concert” Saturday at Lake Worth Beach Casino and Beach Complex. The concert is free and starts at noon and is for all ages. Featured performers include Guavatron; Bron Burbank Band; The Holidazed Spidercherry and Chemradery.
Common Ground Church Pastor Mike Olive is leasing the 1,784-square-foot space where the center will serve as an incubator for artists and budding entrepreneurs who are in recovery.
“We want to help entrepreneurs and artists develop their gift,” Olive, who has been managing the famed Bamboo Room since May 1, told The Palm Beach Post in January. “We want to help the city become everything it’s meant to be.”
Bx Beer Depot, the home brew supply store and brewpub, closed in January after seven months in business.
Maeva Renaud, executive director of Common Ground Community Development, a nonprofit that promotes artists and entrepreneurs, has said the center will offer a safe space for those trying to get their lives back on track.
There will be a stage, a reading center and a coffee bar.
“We want to make this space available for family friendly events,” Renaud said earlier this year.
City Commissioner Andy Amoroso has been critical of the center’s location.
“Recovery in a downtown entertainment business district where there is alcohol should not be,” Amoroso said in January. “It’s not conducive to what recovery is.”