Jupiter Farms man released from South Korea jail

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Julius Malinowski (Family photo)

Julius Malinowski is coming home.

The 79-year-old retired Federal Reserve vice president, who winters in Jupiter Farms, has been released from jail in South Korea and arrives Tuesday night in Miami. He’ll spend a few days at the Jupiter Farms home of his son Kent before returning to Virginia, Kent said in an email.

Julius Malinowski has been in a South Korea jail since Nov. 10, charged with fraud, his son said. The family says he is the real victim, set up by people posing as executives of North Carolina-based BB&T Bank to unknowingly rip off a South Korean businessman.

Kent Malinowski said Dec. 21 that his father’s attorneys have told him his father agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a 1-year sentence that was suspended.

Kent said at the time he had an emotional phone call of less than 10 minutes with his father, who was awaiting clearance to leave. He said his father “choked up, and said to me, ‘Thank you… thank you…for all you did to get me out.  You saved my life.’  That’s when I couldn’t hold back my own tears. Both of us… on the phone… sobbing like little kids. This phone call was the single greatest gift of my life…it’s taken me 57 years to experience the unrestrained joy of a Christmas miracle.”

 

 

 

 

Palm Beach County Commission to set sales tax advisory panel

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Palm Beach County Commissioners, at their regular meeting today, will formally establish a 17-member advisory committee that will monitor how dollars from the 1-cent sales tax surcharge will be spent. Voters Nov. 8 approved the extra penny, which is projected to raise $2.7 billion over the next decade. Half will go to county schools, 30 percent to the county and 20 percent to individual cities.

Other items on the agenda:

Lifeguards: Will hold a closed session to discuss an agreement with ocean rescue lifeguards over pay, training and “special risk” status.

Legislature: Would approve a priority list of county requests to the Legislature’s 2017 session.

5-year plan: Will hear the county engineering department’s 5-year plan for road projects.

Airport: Would approve $950,000 — $760,000 of that from a Florida Department of Transportation Grant — to build hangars at the Palm Beach County Glades airport in Pahokee.

Jail: Would approve a change order that would mean $126,609 in savings in a $4.1 million contact to replace water lines under the east tower of the Palm Beach County Jail.

Incentives: Would approve $25,000 in incentives for “Project Chop,” which now can be revealed as West Palm Beach-based Granite Telecommunications. The firm will move its regional headquarters.

Palm Beach County Commission Meeting

When: 9:30 a.m. today. Public comment at 2 p.m. Where: Sixth-floor chambers, Weisman Palm Beach County Governmental Center, 301 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

 

Prehistoric tooth from extinct seal found in Palm Beach

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Archaeological and Historical Conservancy
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(National Museum)

No one has seen a Caribbean monk seal for six decades, and none have been sighted in Florida in nearly a century.

Now archaeologists say they have found a prehistoric tooth from the extinct animal along the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach. They say it’s the first evidence ever that the seal lived in what’s now Palm Beach County, which was mostly uninhabited — at least by white settlers — until the late 1800s.

Archeologists from the Broward County-based Archaeological and Historical Conservancy found the tooth last month, executive director  Robert S. Carr told the Palm Beach Post Tuesday from Davie. He said his group is “99.9 percent sure” it’s from one of the long-gone seals; “the tooth is “very distinctive.”

He said it’s 500 to 1,000 years old.

Carr also said in a press release that the seal’s “occurrence at a prehistoric site in Palm Beach indicates that it was also hunted by prehistoric peoples including the Jeaga. He added that monk seal remains in Florida “are rare, but also have been found (at) Tequesta sites at the mouth of the Miami River and other sites along the Florida coast and the Bahamas.”

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

 

Boogie on and recycle that eight-track!

mnde-travolta-dancing-jpgSolid-Waste-AuthorityLeave it to the folks who recycle many of your throwaways to invoke the image of the eight-track tape player.

The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County can recycle many of the electronic items that have been sitting in your attic along with those lava lamps and leisure suits, as well as any you’ve gathered in the ensuing years.

Accepted items include audio/visual equipment such as VCRs, and stereos; cellphones and rechargeable batteries; computer central processing units (CPUs) and monitors; laptops; accessories such as keyboards, mouse devices, printers and scanners; televisions; telephones and FAX machines; and even holiday lights.

To recycle items, don’t leave them at the curb; instead take them to one of the authority’s seven recycling Centers. Large quantities might require special disposal; call ahead.

The authority will sort the items and a private contractor will haul them off. Any useful components are processed for reuse; the rest is shredded, with the materials separated by type and recycled into new products.

For more, visit the authority’s electronics recycling web page or call 561-687-1100.

 

Mark “America Recycles Day” Saturday at Solid Waste Authority

082713-met-recycle-11Every day should be America Recycles Day, but the official day is Saturday, and the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County is marking the day with a free event from 8 a.m. to noon at its Education Center, 6751 N. Jog Road in West Palm Beach.

People will be able to watch garbage get burned and turned into energy, and household hazardous wastes get safely recycled, and will watch identities protected by shredding of personal documents.

Families will have the opportunity to sort recyclables on an interactive touch table line, see a 9-ton claw feed trash into a machine at Renewable Energy Facility 2, experience recycling processes at the Recovered Materials Processing Facility, and be witness to how much garbage Palm Beach County residents throw away.

The authority also is offering free on-site shredding of up to six boxes of personal documents per vehicle, and will hand out free blue and yellow recycling bins to Palm Beach County residents who need them.

Participants also can bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to the Palm Beach County Food Bank.

And from  7 a.m. to 5 p.m., people can bring home chemicals for proper recycling or disposal to the Home Chemical and Recycling Center, about a mile south at 6161 N. Jog Road in West Palm Beach.

Palm Beach County Mayor Berger gives ‘state of the county’ Thursday

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With the fallout from Tuesday’s national election still settling, Palm Beach County pivots back to local politics Wednesday morning, as the county’s mayor, District 5 Commissioner Mary Lou Berger, presents the annual “State of the County” address at a breakfast meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches.

Berger also will know by Wednesday morning whether she herself is a lame duck, or has fended off a challenge by suburban Boca Raton GOP newcomer Taniel Shant.

She also likely will weigh in on whether voters approved the 1-cent sales tax surcharge the county proposed in order to generated what it said is much needed money for schools, roads and parks.

Wednesday’s event is from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Palm Beach County Convention Center,  650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call (561) 833-3711.

Criminal Justice Commission creates list of police body camera use

cjc0120150116_met_cams_055Law enforcement agencies in Palm Beach County will have a 1-stop source for what their counterparts in the county are doing about police body cameras, courtesy of the county’s Criminal Justice Commission.

The commission has assembled a list of each agency and whether and how it employs body camera technology.

It also was in consensus to create a committee to study the issue and its local aspects.

Commission Executive Director Kristina Henson distributed her “matrix” at the panel’s regular meeting Monday morning and said that as she reaches out to more agencies she plans to expand the list and also show details.

Among the items the commission hopes to gather: If a department employs cameras, what does it pay for the camera and how much for data storage? And how many staff did the agency have to add to manage the records and do redactions when they get public records requests for a video clip?

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

Need a passport? Come on down Oct. 21

Photo caption: Lock up that passport! Photo credit: SwimParallel
Photo credit: SwimParallel

A special  “Passport Fair” is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the three branch offices of the Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller.

In addition to its West County Courthouse in Belle Glade,  the clerk also will have special Friday hours at the North County Courthouse in Palm Beach Gardens and the South County Courthouse in Delray Beach; those two locations usually are closed on Friday. No appointment is needed.

The day was selected because school is out for a teachers’ work day, the clerk’s office said.

Each applicant, whether adult or child, must come in person and bring one piece of proof of citizenship (previous passport, certified copy of birth certificate with names of both parents, or certificate of naturalization) and one piece of proof of identity (previous passport, current drivers license, state identification card or certificate of naturalization)

A new passport book with standard processing and delivery is $110 for an adult and $80 for a child 15 and under, payable to the Department of State, plus a $25 application fee payable to the Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County. Passport cards, photos, expedited processing and overnight delivery are available at an additional cost. Payments to the U.S. Department of State must be by personal check, cashier’s check or money order; no cash or credit cards. A separate application fee to the clerk can be made by cash, check or card.

The clerk’s office also will offer passport photos on site for $11.

You can save time by completing the application online, printing it, and bringing it with you.

If your passport is expired for less than 5 years, this event isn’t for you; you must renew by mail.

For more, visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/passports.

Groundbreaking for Mounts Botanical Gardens’ ‘Windows on the Floating World’ reset for Friday

mounts01mountsmapUPDATE: The county announced today that the Oct. 5 groundbreaking, postponed by Hurricane Matthew, has been reset for 11 a.m. Friday.

Groundbreaking is set for Wednesday afternoon at Mounts Botanical Garden  for its “Windows on the Floating World,” a tropical wetland to complement Palm Beach County’s largest and oldest public garden complex.

Work on the 6,000-square-foot “Windows” is expected to take three to four months, with the garden opening in early 2017.  A small stretch of a walkway will be closed to the public during construction.

Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden raised $470,000 for construction. The Palm Beach County Commission voted on May 3 to throw in $40,000.

The attraction, on the east side of the existing lake, will feature numerous plants from both wetlands and tropical uplands, incorporating them into an existing shade and color garden and an existing bridge overlook.

 

Palm Beach County Property Appraiser: Fewer people appealed assessments

PAO_LogoJPGThe number of people appealing the assessment of their property was low again this year, the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office said Friday.

As of the Sept. 16, deadline, the appraiser’s office said, 4,266 parcels petitioned to the county’s Value Adjustment Board. That’s 0.6 percent of the 635,000 parcels and 58,750 tangible personal property accounts.

In 2015, owners of 5,197 properties submitted appeals; of those, the board granted 259.

The board can agree to accept petitions after the deadline, under certain circumstances.

For more, call the property appraiser at 561-355-3230 or the VAB at 561-355-6289.