May 24 Palm Beach County Commission workshop canceled

palm-beach-county-logoThe Palm Beach County Commission’s May 24 workshop is canceled for lack of agenda items.

County Administrator Verdenia Baker alerted commissioners of the cancellation in a Friday email.

The next scheduled workshops are July 19, Aug. 23, and Sept. 20.


Honor Flights gets matching grant

April 2015 flight
April 2015 flight

The Levitetz Family Foundation has come to the aid of Southeast Florida Honor Flight again by issuing a match challenge to raise money to fly World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington, DC.  The foundation has said it will match the first $37,500, guaranteeing $75,000 for the scheduled Sept. 10 flight.

Since 2009, Stuart-based Southeast Florida Honor Flight has taken more than 1,600 veterans at no cost.

Last fall, the foundation donated $45,000 for the October 2015 flight, which that was in jeopardy after a longtime donor had to pull out. This year, Levitetz has said it will make its donation both an annual one and as a matching challenge.

The next honor flight is Saturday, followed by flights Sept. 24 and Oct. 22. People are asked to come Saturday to greet veterans when they return.

Saturday’s flight consists mostly of Korean War veterans, a first for the Honor Flights, but a grim reality, as the ranks of World War II veterans continue to dwindle.

For more or to donate, call 855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838). Web page: Or by mail at Southeast Florida Honor Flight, Inc., PO Box 1503, Stuart 34995.

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Palm Beach County Inspector General: We handled 536 contacts in past six months


OIGPalm Beach County’s Office of Inspector General fielded 536 contacts — 399 phone calls and 137 pieces of written correspondence — in the last six months, with 84 of those alleging wrongdoing, Inspector General John A. Carey said Thursday.

Of the 84, the office started investigations on three and referring a fourth to contract oversight, Carey said in his 6-month update to the county’s Inspector General Committee. The panel is comprised of the board of the county’s Commission on Ethics, plus State Attorney Dave Aronberg and Public Defender Carey Haughwout.

Carey said agencies targeted accepted each of the 16 recommendations his office made in the cases it investigated.

Carey said his office currently has nine open investigations. He did not elaborate.

Since the office was formed in 2010, Carey said, its staff of 22 has handled nearly 9,000 phone and written contacts.

Six Months ending:
May 2016
Delray Beach 24
Riviera Beach 19
Loxahatchee Groves 12
West Palm Beach 6
Boynton Beach 3
November 2015
Delray Beach 61
Riviera Beach 14
Loxahatchee Groves 5
Pahokee 4
West Palm Beach 3

Inspector General: Palm Tran consultant has “substantiated” critical report

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An independent consultant hired by Palm Tran has “substantiated” a Palm Beach County Inspector General report detailing manipulation of on-time performance of Palm Tran Connection,, Inspector General John A. Carey told his agency’s executive committee Thursday at its semi-annual meeting.

Carey’s 103-page March 31 report outlined what it called a systematic doctoring of software at the Palm Tran subsidiary that provides call-ahead bus service for the elderly, disabled and ill. It says managers altered, or directed dispatchers to alter, between 21,000 and 46,000 reports.

Clinton Forbes, who’s been Palm Tran’s director since November. later hired David Rishel, head of a suburban Philadelphia transit-based consulting firm.

Forbes (Richard Graulich/staff)

Forbes (Richard Graulich/staff)

Carey told The Palm Beach Post after Thursday’s meeting that he met recently with Rishel and the consultant “was not completed with his work but my discussions with him seemed to substantiate the information that we found.”



But Forbes said late Thursday that he spoke with Rishel, who told him that he has not spoken to Carey.

Palm Beach County Historical Society to hold Armed Forces Day May 21

Armed Forces Day at the Johnson History Museum in the 1916 Court House in downtown West Palm Beach at 300 North Dixie Highway.

Service and sacrifice by the military past and present will be honored Saturday, May 21 at the annual Armed Forces Day program by the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, at the 1916 Courthouse, 300 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach.

It starts at 11:15 a.m. with a color guard presentation by a local detachment of the U.S. Marines Reserves. That’s followed by a tour of the exhibit “By Land and Sea: Florida in the Civil War,” and at 12:30 p.m. by a historic weapons demonstration.

Also on display on the courthouse lawn: military re-enactors and their encampments and vehicles such as a Huey Helicopter and military trucks. Food trucks will be parked along Third Street.

The event is free and open to the public; nearby parking is free.

For more, visit



Free bicycle helmets to be given away at Palm Beach Outlets

Free bicycle helmets will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis Saturday at Palm Beach Outlets as part of Safe Kids Day.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 500 helmets will be given away near the water fountain at the front of the mall, which is located at 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard.

Tiffany Rivera of West Palm Beach will help distribute the helmets. In March, her 11-year old son, Jaden, fractured his skull when he fell off his bike while not wearing a helmet.

Rivera wrote a Facebook post that went viral in which she stressed the importance of wearing a helmet.

Safe Kids Day is an event organized by Safe Kids Palm Beach County to illustrate what parents can do to protect their children. Safe Kids Palm Beach County is funded by the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County.





Palm Beach County offers adventure tours this summer

A photo taken at the Pine Glades Natural Area, west of Jupiter Farms. (Photo: Tania Melendez)
A photo taken at the Pine Glades Natural Area, west of Jupiter Farms. (Photo: Tania Melendez)

Grab your camera and discover the natural beauty of Palm Beach County with a series of summer “Adventure Awaits” programs from May 24 to Aug. 27

The 13 adventures, including two photography workshops, are presented by the county’s Department of Environmental Resources Management. All but one will take place in Palm Beach County natural areas .

Naturalists from ERM will lead the events, which the agency hopes will expose local residents and visitors to natural areas. It conducted 10 such “adventures” earlier this year.

Here’s the current schedule:

Events are free, but space is limited and advance registration is required. The programs vary in skill and fitness level from beginner to more advanced. Call (561) 233-2400 or visit

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Glades to host criminal justice academy

PHi_j0193This summer, for the first time, the Glades will host a “citizens’ criminal justice academy.”

The academy will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays, June 9, 16, 23, and 30, at the Belle Glade Library/Civic Center, at 725 N.W. 4th St., in Belle Glade.

Sponsors are the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, and Palm Beach County Office of Community Revitalization.

The academy is designed to teach lay people about specific aspects of the criminal justice system and how decisions are made. Participants will see demonstrations, meet with decision makers involved with criminal justice, and tour the jail.

Participants must be at least 16 and can earn up to 12 community service hours.

Applications are required; visit or call 561-355-4943.

PBC Commission, school board members approve new sales tax plan

During a joint meeting to smooth over differences, Palm Beach County commissioners and school board members agreed on a joint plan to raise the county’s 6-cent sales tax by a penny on the dollar.

Commissioners and school board members had previously agreed on the broad outlines of the tax increase, which would generate $2.7 billion over 10 years for repairs to roads, bridges, schools and county buildings. School board members expressed concern, however, when commissioners changed the plan, stripping out a combined $161 million in funding for cultural projects and for economic development incentives.

On Tuesday at Palm Beach State College’s Lake Worth campus, commissioners and school board members agreed to a revised plan, which includes a provision to end the tax early if $2.7 billion is generated earlier than 10 years.

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Commissioners, school board members to meet on sales tax

Palm Beach County commissioners and county school board members will hold a joint meeting today to discuss their plan to raise the 6-cent sales tax by a penny on the dollar.

Such an increase would generate $2.7 billion over 10 years to pay for repairs to roads, bridges, schools and county buildings.

The meeting is scheduled to be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Center for Bachelor’s Programs building on Palm Beach State College’s Lake Worth campus.

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