Boynton police: Light red nearly a minute when driver runs it, hits car

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The Boynton Beach Police Department has posted a video from July 20 on their Facebook page of a driver running a red light at Congress Avenue and Woolbright Road.

The light was red for 58 seconds before the driver of the 2003 Lincoln Town Car drove into a 2013 Lexus ES350.

No one was injured, police said.

Here’s the video:


Here’s what the post on the Boynton Beach Police Facebook page says:

“In our ongoing effort to keep you safe and informed, our Traffic Unit will be sharing videos of red light camera violations on a regular basis. We hope that these videos create a constructive dialogue about the dangers of distracted driving. We all need to slow down, put the cell phones down and pay attention to everything going on around us. Lives depend on it. ‪#‎slowdown‬ ‪#‎savinglives‬ ‪#‎distracteddriving‬ ‪#‎redlightcameras‬ ‪#‎bbpdpride‬

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FDOT to host workshop about I-95 interchanges in Boynton

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The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting a public workshop Thursday night at the Inn at Boynton Beach.

FDOT will discuss project development and environmental studies for projects including the Interstate 95 interchanges with Boynton Beach and Gateway .

The event is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 480 W. Boynton Beach Blvd.

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Famous chicken and waffles restaurant coming to Boynton next month

Chef Vaughn Burrs, kitchen manager, prepares a Signature Chicken & Waffles; 2 piece White (breast and wing) chicken served at Bay Bays Chicken and Waffles at 2400 Okeechobee Blvld. in West Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, February 19, 2013. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)
Chef Vaughn Burrs, kitchen manager, prepares a Signature Chicken & Waffles; 2 piece White (breast and wing) chicken served at Bay Bays Chicken and Waffles at 2400 Okeechobee Blvld. in West Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, February 19, 2013. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)

UPDATE on July 27, 2016: Bay Bay’s Chicken and Waffles was expected to open in June, but if you have driven by you have noticed it didn’t.

Here’s the new opening date: Aug. 4, according to an employee of the West Palm location.

We’re almost there!

ORIGINAL POST on May 28, 2016: Bay Bay’s Chicken and Waffles is getting a new home and it’s in Boynton Beach.

The famous restaurant is expected to open at the end of June, said Albert Bullock, the manager of the location on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard.

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The Boynton location will be at 326 N. Congress Ave., just north of Boynton Beach Boulevard.

Read more about Bay Bay’s here: Which restaurant has the best fried chicken in Palm Beach County?

Boynton Beach police officers to read to children at mall event

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Boynton Beach Police officers will be at the Boynton Beach Mall on Saturday for a Storytime event.

The officers will read stories to children and interact with them from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the play area.

The event is free and is at 801 Congress Ave.

For information, visit boyntonbeachmall.com

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Witness spots man with rifle on shoulder in Boynton, leads to arrest

PBSO blotter photo of Eddie Gentry
PBSO blotter photo of Eddie Gentry

A 32-year-old Boynton Beach man was arrested this past weekend after a man saw him with a black Kel-Tec rifle slung over his shoulder, and then police found it on the floor of a car where he was sitting.

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On Sunday just before 1 a.m. Boynton Beach Police were called to 2821 S. Federal Highway, the Homing Inn, to investigate a suspicious person. The caller said he saw a man, later identified as Eddie Gentry, walk toward a parked 2008 Chrysler 300 backed into a parking space at the hotel. Gentry had a black rifle slung over his shoulder, the witness told police. In the driver’s seat was a man later identified as Kendrick Hughes, police said.

The witness followed the car as it pulled out of the parking lot and gave officers information regarding the driver’s location.

Officers pulled the driver over in the 2200 block of Northeast Fourth Street. An officer saw the Kel-Tec under the front passenger seat where Gentry was sitting.

Hughes was released since he wasn’t in possession of the firearm. He told police he didn’t know why Gentry had the gun. Gentry was arrested on a charge of a weapons offense and was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail about 3 a.m. Sunday. He was released on his own recognizance about three hours later, jail records show.

 

Here are a few things to do in the Boynton Beach area this weekend

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1- Learn to boat.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 54 in Boynton  is working with the Perry J. Cohen Foundation to make sure boaters are educated before they go out in the water. The foundation is paying for a safe-boating class Saturday. It is a PowerPoint class from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Harvey Oyer Park on Federal Highway. The course encompasses boat handling, seamanship, necessary safety equipment, docking, line handling and knot-tying, heavy weather running conditions, rules of the road, elementary navigation, and new federal and state laws. Each student will be given a certificate of completion and the information will be forwarded to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for a safe boating card. To enroll, call 561-331-2429.

2- Bowl for a good cause. 

The Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches is hosting the first Jamie Frank Memorial Bowl-A-Thon on Sunday at the Greenacres Bowl. The event is to raise money for the Jamie Frank Camp Tikvah Scholarship Fund in honor of Jamie Frank, a girl who spent her summers at Camp Tikvah at Camp Shalom. She was born with a lethal bacterial infection. The event is at 6126 Lake Worth Road from 10 a.m. to noon. The event includes two games, pizza and refreshments. Registration is $15 per person through July 21 and $20 per person after. To register, donate or get more information, go to http://www.jcconline.com/bowlathon, contact Leah Rosenberg at LeahR@JCConline.com or 561-712-5235.

3- Go to an in-store event at The Disney Store at the Boynton Beach Mall. 

Here’s what the website says, “You’re invited to Summer Play Days! Join us for awesome in-store events EVERY DAY through September 5. Receive a FREE Tsum Tsum wristband each week for participating in an event (this week is Donald). The activities include Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime.*”

 

Atlantic Avenue to re-open on Thursday evening

Atlantic Avenue and the Florida East Coast Railway has been closed for the All Aboard Florida crew to perform construction on the Brightline passenger rail service since Sunday.

“No vehicular traffic can cross the tracks at the intersection while it’s under construction and the second track is being added because the roadbed is temporarily removed,” wrote Ali Soule, Public Affairs Manager of All Aboard Florida in an email to The Palm Beach Post.

The reopening of Atlantic Ave will be tomorrow at 6 p.m.

At a later date, a second railroad track will lay in between crossings and welded to the rail stub that was previously installed.

Drivers should detour via Linton Boulevard to US 1.

 

Brush up on boating tips in Boynton Beach this weekend

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 54 has a new sign outside their building.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 54 has a new sign outside their building.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 54 in Boynton Beach is working with the Perry J. Cohen Foundation to make sure boaters are educated before they go out in the water.

The foundation is paying for a safe-boating class Saturday. It is a PowerPoint class from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Harvey Oyer Park on Federal Highway.

The course encompasses boat handling, seamanship, necessary safety equipment, docking, line handling and knot-tying, heavy weather running conditions, rules of the road, elementary navigation, and new federal and state laws.

Each student will be given a certificate of completion and the information will be forwarded to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for a safe boating card.

To enroll, call 561-331-2429.

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Boynton fire chief: Station 1 is understaffed, need $400,000 to fix it

The Boynton Beach Fire Station No. 1 in Boynton Beach, Florida on December 28, 2015. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
The Boynton Beach Fire Station No. 1 in Boynton Beach, Florida on December 28, 2015. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

A fire station in Boynton Beach has been staffed below the minimal level, and city officials need to find more than $400,000 in this year’s budget to bring staffing up to standards.

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Regulations require three people be sent out per truck when responding to calls. Fire Station 1 at City Hall on Boynton Beach Boulevard has only two available per truck.  To make up for that, the city has been sending out a second truck with two people so they can have four people at the scene.

Commissioner Joe Casello brought this up Monday at the city’s first day of budget workshops. Workshops continue through at least Tuesday afternoon.

Casello said the extra firefighters are being put in danger, and sending out extra equipment is increasing “wear and tear.”

He recommended a firefighter be paid overtime to bring the count up to three per truck.

However, it would be more cost effective to actually hire someone, Fire Chief Glenn Joseph said Tuesday. He said it would be about $417,501 per year to fully manage Station 1 and about $712,976 per year to pay for overtime.

A decision on how to come up with the money is expected to be made later Tuesday. 

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Get to know Boynton Beach police with these stats

Jeffrey S. Katz, Boynton Beach Police Department. courtesy photo.
Jeffrey S. Katz, Boynton Beach Police Department. courtesy photo.

Boynton Beach Police Chief Jeffrey Katz held a Town Hall meeting last week and gave some stats about his department. Here they are:

  • The department hires 1.2 percent of those who apply. That’s 26 hires out of 2,159 who applied over a year and a half. Chief Jeffrey Katz describes them as “first-round draft choices.” They hope to hire those with a college education, who represent minorities, who have prior police experience and who are veterans.
  • Officers responded to 63,221 calls for service in 2015. That’s a 10 percent increase from 2014.
  • They gave out 5,796 citations in 2015.
  • They made 2,394 arrests in 2015. 95.2 percent of those arrests did not involve use of force.
  • They investigated 3,029 traffic crashes in 2015. Eleven people died.
  • Police made 8,255 extra patrols in 2015.
  • They investigated 18,998 code compliance calls.
  • From 2013 to 2015 police encountered 318 firearms.