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.


Need to learn how to be a property landlord? Lake Worth may show you

Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell believes some city property owners can benefit from taking a ‘How To Be A Landlord’ class Lake Worth is exploring.

LAKE WORTH — Lake Worth’s code compliance division has had its share of problems in recent years. But the city says it’s trying to address some of those problems.

One of the things the city is considering doing is offering a class that teaches property owners how to be a landlord.

At last week’s city commission meeting, Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell said West Palm Beach has one.

Maxwell said Lake Worth code officials recently attended the class with about 30 landlords. The officials spoke with West Palm Beach staff members later.

Maxwell said the city appeared willing to collaborate with Lake Worth on developing a similar class.

Stay tuned…

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.

Some cool things to do in Lake Worth this summer

The Great American Raft Race is always a hoot in Lake Worth. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

LAKE WORTH — Looking for a few cool things to do this summer in the city?

Check out these upcoming events.


3rd of July Star Spangled Band Showcase

The details: Can’t wait for July 4 to get your Independence Day groove on? Well, the city is hosting this pre-July 4th party at the Cultural Plaza. The bands include Sunny South, Rogue Theory and Jahzilla. The music starts at 5 p.m. One of the bands will be chosen to perform at the July 4 concert.

Why it’s cool: Music on a Monday that will feel more like a Friday because Tuesday is a holiday. Got all that?

The 16th Annual Great American Raft Race

The details: A beloved city tradition as a group of competitive rafters battle for supremacy and bragging rights for an entire year. The race starts at 1 p.m. on July 4 at Bryant Park Boat Ramps. The day’s fun actually starts at 11:30 a.m. when the annual Raft Parade begins and where residents proudly march down Lake Avenue to the Intracoastal Waterway carrying their makeshift rafts.

Why it’s cool: It’s like a colorful version of the Olympics.

July 4th Independence Day Celebration

The details: After the rafters have done their thing, it’s time to settle in for some music, food, and, of course, fireworks at Bryant Park. Acts on tap include The Gravel Kings, JM and The Sweets, Showcase Winner, Brothers of Others and Matthew Curry. The skies will be lit up at 9 p.m.

Why it’s cool: One word: fireworks

“Screen on the Green ‘17”

The details: Free movies at the Cultural Plaza. Upcoming movie are: “The Secret Life of Pets” (July 14); “The Book of Life” (July 28); “Finding Dory” (Aug. 4). All movies start at dusk.

Why it’s cool: Did you see the word, “free?’

“Build a Better World”

The details: Lake Worth Public Library’s summer reading program for kids aged 5-10 on Saturdays (June 17, 24; July 8, 15, 22). Each book a kid reads goes into his or her reading log. The kids bring their logs in each week to earn a prize.

Why it’s cool: Books and learning. ‘Nuff said.

Art Al Fresco

The details: Original works by artists from The Lake Worth Art League are on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lake Worth Beach. Only one summer day for this event and that’s July 1, so mark your calendars.

Why it’s cool: Who doesn’t love looking at gorgeous art with a gorgeous ocean as the backdrop? Grinch-y people, that’s who.

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.

Lake Worth sees 3.1 percent drop in crime, report shows

LAKE WORTH — Crime fell 3.1 percent in Lake Worth in 2016 compared with the previous year, according to data released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Thursday.

The city reported 2,388 crimes, down from 2,465.

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.

There were 36 rapes, down from 47; 185 robberies, a decrease from 197; 432 burglaries versus 490 the previous year; 1,261 larcenies, down from 1,290 and 185 motor vehicle thefts, down from 193.

Aggravated assaults increased 16 percent from 241 to 279.

The city’s clearance rate remained unchanged at 16.5 percent, the report showed.

Palm Beach County Sheriff Captain Todd Baer was not available to comment on the report, a sheriff’s office spokesman said.



Mango Festival hits Lake Worth this weekend

LAKE WORTH — The 2nd Annual International Mango Festival is scheduled to be held Saturday at the Cultural Plaza.

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The festival has been held in Miami and West Palm Beach in previous years.

“There are so many mango trees in people’s yards and so many mangos dropping from them,” Patti Sheldon, one of the event’s organizers, told The Palm Beach Post last year. “I thought it would be great to hold the festival in Lake Worth so we can do something about it and collect the mangos and give them to people.”