Historic Boynton Beach site continues on its way to becoming tapas cafe

041612 (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post) Boynton Beach the historic Ruth Jones Cottage
041612 (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post) Boynton Beach the historic Ruth Jones Cottage

UPDATE on June 22, 2016: The Boynton Beach City Commission also signed off on the project at Tuesday’s meeting.

ORIGINAL POST on May 29, 2016: The historic Ruth Jones Cottage at 480 E. Ocean Ave. is on its way to becoming a tapas restaurant.

The Boynton Beach planning and development board voted this past week in support of the owner’s plan to add 525 square feet of enclosed dining space to the 936-square-foot property.

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The Cottage was bought by Richard Lucibella and Barbara Ceuleers and it’ll be leased to Lisa Mercado, the owner of The Living Room on Congress Avenue. Before this, it was home to the Little House tavern and cafe.

The owner will also slightly modify the covered deck seating and fully enclose the space for additional indoor dining, according to documents.

Commissioners will vote on the project June 21, according to the documents.

 

 

Three things to do this weekend in Boynton Beach

Saint Joseph's Episcopal School fifth graders grab flags to place on the graves of veterans as fellow student Natalie at the Boynton Beach Cemetary, May 23, 2014, in Boynton Beach. Veterans, school children and other volunteers from Home Depot participated "It warms our hearts to do something for the veterans who have done so much for us. No matter what you do, its not enough. " said veteran Dave Orkin. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach)
Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School fifth graders grab flags to place on the graves of veterans as fellow student Natalie at the Boynton Beach Cemetary, May 23, 2014, in Boynton Beach.
Veterans, school children and other volunteers from Home Depot participated “It warms our hearts to do something for the veterans who have done so much for us. No matter what you do, its not enough. ” said veteran Dave Orkin. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach)

*Write a letter to a soldier. The Boynton Beach library is asking the public to take a second if in the library and write a letter to a soldier. Free cards are available at the library. The library is at 208 Seacrest Blvd.

*Give back to the community and help someone battle cancer. On Saturday, Art of Speed Auto Events is presenting the “Cool Cars For Nicholas” Car Show at Club 66 in Boynton. It’s from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Club 66 at 2051 High Ridge Rd. Visit www.carshowtv.com/carshow.

This is a first for Car Show TV, a TV show that airs in South Florida and has been on for three years, and was organized to raise money for the son of Car Show TV Co-Founder Andrew McClary. His son Nicholas was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer that attacks only young people.

“The road ahead for the McClary family will be fraught with uphill battles, not the least of which will be the major bills from hospitals- even AFTER insurance- that the family will have to face,” according to a news release.

Nicholas is in Jacksonville receiving experimental proton therapy and chemotherapy.

Car registration is $20 per car. All proceeds will help the McClary family with the hospital bills.

*Remember and honor veterans we have lost. Boynton will host its annual Memorial Day event on Sunday at 2 p.m. The event, planned by the city and the Boynton Beach veterans, will be at the Boynton Beach Memorial Park at the corner of Woolbright Road and Seacrest Boulevard (1611 S. Seacrest Blvd.). The event is open to the public.

 

Best under-the-radar beach towns? One is here in Palm Beach County

080310 (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post) Lantana - Kids prepare to leave on the Lady K deep sea fishing boat during the Palm Beach County Fishing Foundation's 23rd Annual Kids Fishing Day program Aug. 3-5 at Bicentennial Park in Lantana Tuesday.
080310 (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post) Lantana – Kids prepare to leave on the Lady K deep sea fishing boat during the Palm Beach County Fishing Foundation’s 23rd Annual Kids Fishing Day program Aug. 3-5 at Bicentennial Park in Lantana Tuesday.

Lantana is being recognized for a great reason by realtor.com.

The town came in fourth in a list of “America’s Best Under-the-Radar (and Affordable!) Beach Towns.”

Here’s what the website says about Lantana:

“Located 10 miles south of ritzy West Palm Beach, Lantana exudes a whole different vibe—the place retains the flavor of an old fishing village in its dock, fishing pier, and annual fishing tournament.

In addition to sun-drenched beaches, the area also offers no shortage of shark diving, boating, and other activities for adventurers. Nature lovers can check out the Lantana Nature Preserve, a re-creation of Florida’s coastal environment intended to serve as a living classroom for ecological education.”

The town came in behind Ocean Park in Washington, Cape Canaveral in Florida, and Crescent City in California.

Congrats!

Brush up on boating skills in Boynton before Memorial Day

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Want to brush up on your boating skills before heading out on the water this weekend?

The Flotilla 54 USCGAUX is offering a safe-boating class on Saturday. The class will be paid for by the Perry J. Cohen Foundation, named after one of the two boys who became lost at sea while fishing last year.

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The class is at Harvey Oyer Park on Federal Highway in Boynton Beach just south of Gateway Boulevard. The PowerPoint class is from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“The course encompasses boat handling, seamanship, necessary safety equipment, docking, line handling and knot tying, as well as heavy weather running conditions, rules of the road, elementary navigation and the new Federal and State laws,” according to a news release.

After completing the course, each student will receive a Certificate of Completion. Their information will then be forwarded to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission who will give a plastic Safe Boating card to each person.

For information and to enroll, call 561-331-2429.

Family of slain Boynton man to speak Thursday, ask public for help

Sketch of the murder suspect. handout: BBPD
Sketch of the murder suspect. handout: BBPD
Edward Morton
Edward Morton

The family of Edward Morton, who was shot and killed in Boynton Beach one year ago, will speak at a news conference Thursday and ask that if anyone has information about the 27-year-old’s murder, to speak up.

Morton, 27, was shot in the face May 26, 2015 after answering the front door about 10 p.m. at 420 Northwest Third Ave., just north of Boynton Beach Boulevard. Boynton Beach police detectives believe Morton was familiar with the man who killed him.

The lead detective on Morton‘s case will also speak at the news conference, which starts at 2 p.m. at the police station at 100 E. Boynton Beach Blvd.

Anyone who recognizes the man in the sketch should call Boynton Beach Police Det. William Muhleisen at 561-732-8116 or Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted via www.bbpd.org or the MyPD app. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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Police: Selfie-stick assault result of disagreement in Boynton Beach

Titonia Palamino's mugshot from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's booking blotter
Titonia Palamino’s mugshot from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s booking blotter

A 23-year-old Lauderhill woman was arrested in Boynton Beach on Tuesday after she swung a metal selfie-stick at an Enterprise Rent-A-Car employee because of a disagreement, according to city police.

She did so with her right hand while she held her 2-year-old child in her left hand, police said.

Titonia Palamino was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail about 3:40 p.m. and faces charges of aggravated assault and child neglect, according to jail records.

Police were called about 11:40 a.m. to the Enterprise at 1009 N. Federal Highway, north of Boynton Beach Boulevard. Palamino had spoken with the employee and threatened to come to the business “to commence a physical confrontation,” according to police. When she arrived and swung the selfie-stick, the employee took “evasive action” and waited for police to come.

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Family feels ‘cheated’ in death of Boynton-area woman, 95, killed in crash

Handout photo of Anne Guttman
Handout photo of Anne Guttman

UPDATE at 3:15 p.m.: Anne Guttman, 95, was “loving her life,” her daughter Nancy Newfield told The Palm Beach Post.

She had many friends in the Indian Spring community in suburban Boynton Beach, she was adored by her family which included 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, and she was physically and mentally healthy.

“She was a person who was just living a wonderful life and enjoying her life at 95,” Newfield said. “It was a very happy life. It’s sad it was cut short. The family is having a hard time dealing with this because she was so vibrant and involved in her life and enjoying her life. We feel that we got cheated and that she got cheated.”

Guttman was in a car crash on Saturday when she drove through a red flashing light at the Woolbright and El Clair Ranch roads intersection. The signal device was struck by lightning which is why the lights were flashing, according to Palm Beach County.

Read the full story here: Lightning caused flashing lights at intersection woman, 95, was killed

ORIGINAL POST: After reading about the Saturday crash that left a 95-year-old woman dead in suburban Boynton Beach, several readers seemed to be surprised at the age of the driver.

The Palm Beach Post reported in 2014 that in 2004 Florida joined the 40 states requiring vision tests for older drivers. Vision tests are the only requirement the state has for senior drivers.

In the crash, Anne Guttman, of suburban Boynton Beach, was headed north on El Clair Ranch Road and had a flashing red light when she drove into the intersection and into the path of an eastbound Volvo. The driver of the Volvo, Rose Thompson, had a flashing yellow light.

The Volvo hit Guttman’s car on the driver’s side. Thompson, 60, also of suburban Boynton Beach, was not injured.

Here are some of the comments readers wrote on the story:

– Miriam Martis Diaz: 95 and driving OMG..bless her heart.
– Barry CookJust another example of why we need mandatory retesting of seniors.
– Jennie Gallo-Spalding: Florida needs an eye opener and should require seniors to retake driving tests
– Sheldon Harris: Not so easy. Taking away a driver’s license doesn’t take away the ability to drive. They’d just do so without a license. I’ve spoken to a local legislator and he says they’ve tried to put it on the ballot but it’s always contested because old people are the strongest voting bloc and the old folks’ young relatives don’t want to have to drive them around. Very political answer but I actually believe him.
– Ruth Fuller Dauski: This happens regardless the age however I agree seniors should be tested. RIP

Best of Boynton Beach’s food and drink on display at Thursday event

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The best of Boynton Beach in terms of food and drink will be showcased Thursday in The Boynton Beach Food, Wine and Brew Festival, sponsored by The Greater Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce.

The event, previously known as the Taste of Boynton, is at Benvenuto Restaurant from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“Our festival is paradise for all foodies and winos that strive to eat and drink local,” according to a news release.

Benvenuto is at 1730 N. Federal Highway.

Featured restaurants and breweries include: Prime Catch, Banana Boat, Tijuana Flats, Don Che Bistro, Jupiter Donuts, Due South Brewing Co. and Copperpoint Brewing Company.

For information, visit http://www.boyntonbeach.org/ or call 561-732-9501. Tickets start at $35.

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Health clinic west of Boynton gets more than $100,000 in donations

Joel Macher, Laura Kallus, Connie Berry, Dollene Ewing, Howard Boilen. Handout: The Caridad Center
Joel Macher, Laura Kallus, Connie Berry, Dollene Ewing, Howard Boilen. Handout: The Caridad Center

The Caridad Center, a free health clinic in suburban Boynton Beach, was given $112,000 from the Boca West Community Charitable Foundation on May 12.

Some of the money given was a donation from a couple that lives in the Boca West Country Club. That money will go to equipping a pediatric dental room in the new addition under construction at the Center.

The rest of the money will be used for, according to a news release:

  • to provide free medical and dental care to 400 children
  • give 25 families with children at risk for obesity or chronic disease individual family counseling to prevent the onset of debilitating conditions
  •  offer 500 children screenings for obesity and chronic conditions and find them care, when needed
  •  provide disease prevention education to 1500 at risk children and emergency assistance to 500 families

The Center is at 8645 W. Boynton Beach Blvd. For information, visit www.caridad.org.

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Boynton Beach’s Congress Avenue to get new landscaping

Median strip on Boynton Beach Blvd. just east of I-95. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)
Median strip on Boynton Beach Blvd. just east of I-95. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

Congress Avenue in Boynton Beach will be getting a little bit of a sprucing up.

The six medians on the southern part of the Avenue will be receiving landscape improvements.

Similar improvements have been made on Federal Highway and Boynton Beach Boulevard.

The City is paying about $42,000 for the new landscaping.

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