Driver in Boynton given $606 ticket for speeding through school zone

092310 (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post) PALM BEACH COUNTY - Deputy Rafael Ugalde uses radar in the school zone on Lake Worth Road at Panther Run Elementary School.
092310 (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post) PALM BEACH COUNTY – Deputy Rafael Ugalde uses radar in the school zone on Lake Worth Road at Panther Run Elementary School.

Slow down for school zones!

Boynton Beach Police on Monday afternoon gave four drivers tickets for speeding in the 20-mph zone at Crosspointe Elementary on South Congress Ave. One driver hit 50 mph, which is a $606 ticket.

Read: This Boynton Beach road could be down to one lane for ‘five weeks’

The same happened at Imagine Chancellor Charter School on High Ridge Road. Two drivers were fined for speeding, and one has to pay $306.

“Please slow down and pay attention, especially in a school zone. A child’s life depends on it,” a police spokeswoman wrote on the department’s Facebook page.

Boynton Police: How not to be a victim when selling items online

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The Boynton Beach Police Department is warning residents of a new scam.

Last week, three people tried to sell their iPhones using the app OfferUp. A potential buyer asked them to meet at 1901 N. Seacrest Blvd., which is Ezell Hester, Jr. Community Park. Once there, the potential buyer snatched the phones from the sellers’ hands and ran away.

Read: Safest place to sell on Craigslist? Police lobbies

The department is recommending people use the lobby, at 100 E. Boynton Beach Blvd., as a place to make these transactions.

“Plus…if the buyer or seller doesn’t want to meet you in a police department lobby, that’s a clue something’s not legit,” a police spokeswoman wrote on the department’s Facebook page.

Delray man won $3 million from Florida lotto scratch-off from Boca liquor store

Stephane Lallier (right) poses with his father and a check after claiming a $3 million prize in Florida Lottery scratch-off game. (Contributed)

DELRAY BEACH — A 48-year-old Delray Beach man won the $3 million top prize from a scratch-off lottery ticket he bought at a liquor store west of Boca Raton , Florida Lottery officials said Tuesday.

Stephane Lallier  chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $2,185,434.00. He bought the winning $20 Gold Rush ticket from Holiday Liquor, at 9101 Lakeridge Blvd.

The $20 Gold Rush game launched in September 2014. The overall odds of winning are 1 in 2.95, according to lottery officials.

» READ: See 800 illuminated lanterns at first Chinese Lantern Festival west of Boca

 

 

 

This Boynton Beach road could be down to one lane for ‘five weeks’

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One of two southbound lanes of Federal Highway just before Woolbright Road has been closed for a few days now, and it could continue to be closed for several more weeks, according to an assistant city manager.

A car hit a fire hydrant in front of the vacant Kwik Stop and broke a valve in the road, said Colin Groff, the assistant city manager and director of utilities.

The repair is complete. But a contractor has to finish the restoration, which could take about five weeks.

Groff said it could take that long to open the lane, but the city is hoping for much sooner.

 

 

Weekend event to put on your radar: Movie under the stars in Boynton

Already looking ahead to the weekend?

On Friday, the Boynton Beach CRA is hosting a Movies in the Park event.

You’ll be able to watch “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away” outside on an inflatable screen under the stars at the Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre.

The free event at 129 E. Ocean Ave. starts at 7 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket. You’ll be able to buy food, snacks and beverages.

For information, call Mercedes Coppin at the Boynton Beach CRA at 561-600-9097.

 

Shred your documents in Lantana and help the community while doing so

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Have you done some cleaning for the new year and need to shred some documents?

The Lantana Chamber of Commerce can help you out. The chamber is hosting a Charity Shred Event on Saturday.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Lantana Recreation Center at 418 S. Dixie Highway. The event is in the parking lot.

The price to shred documents in a bin about the size of a recycle bin is $5.

All proceeds will go to Dress for Success in Lantana.

For information, call Lynn at the chamber at 561-585-8664.

 

See 800 illuminated lanterns at first Chinese Lantern Festival west of Boca

Chinese Lanterns that will be on display at the first Chinese Lantern Festival at Sunset Cove Amphitheater west of Boca Raton. (Contributed)
Chinese Lanterns that will be on display at the first Chinese Lantern Festival at Sunset Cove Amphitheater west of Boca Raton. (Contributed)

BOCA RATON — Eight-hundred vibrantly decorated Chinese lanterns will illuminate Sunset Cove Amphitheater west of Boca Raton next month for the first Chinese Lantern Festival.

Aside from a display of lanterns, the festival will also include live Kung Fu action and interactive coaching sessions, folk artists creating clay portraits, paintings and handmade items using palm weaving and embroidery and children’s rides, among other attractions.

The theme of the Chinese Lantern Festival is “The Wild,” and will be reflected in the decor and interactive events, with animal-shaped lanterns and a Dinosaur Empire, an exhibit with detailed, moving replicas of the pre-historic animals. The amphitheater will be staged as a safari, giving visitors an opportunity to walk through different “continents.”

» READ: Will Boca sell its western golf course for up to $73 million?

The festival will be held at Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 20405 Amphitheater Circle, on Feb. 24 – April 9 on Wednesdays through Sundays beginning at 5:30 p.m.

A Chinese lantern that will be on display at the planned Chinese Lantern Festival at Sunset Cove Amphitheater west of Boca Raton. (Contributed)
A Chinese lantern that will be on display at the planned Chinese Lantern Festival at Sunset Cove Amphitheater west of Boca Raton. (Contributed)

Chinese Lantern Festival is new to western Boca Raton, having just been approved by the Palm Beach County Commission in November. This festival has been successfully held in Texas, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Virginia.

Leading up to opening day, professional artists from China will create the lanterns in a temporary factory, according to event coordinators.

“While these lighted artistic structures are referred to as ‘lanterns,’ they should not be confused with hand-held candle-lit lamps. With the use of satin, rayon, ceramic, glass, paint and steel wires, it takes nearly 30,000 hours to design the intricate shapes seen at Hanart Culture’s Chinese Lantern Festival,” George Zhao, president of Hanart Culture, which is coordinating the event, said in an email.

Tickets can be purchased at the event or online at www.ChineseLanternFestival.com.  Tickets are $25 at the door or $22 online for adults, $15 at the door or $12.50 online for children ages 4-12 and free for children ages 3 and younger.

What: Chinese Lantern Festival

Where: Sunset Cove Amphitheater

When: Feb. 24 – April 9 on Wednesdays through Sundays beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

How much: $22-$25 for adults, $12.40-$15 for children

More info: www.ChineseLanternFestival.com

What changes should happen at Old School Square? Delray resident input sought

Seventeenth Annual Delray Beach Garlic Festival Saturday January 30, 2016 at Old School Square in Delray Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)
Seventeenth Annual Delray Beach Garlic Festival Saturday January 30, 2016 at Old School Square in Delray Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

DELRAY BEACH — Major changes are envisioned for the cultural epicenter of Delray Beach, Old School Square, and residents are encouraged take part in new planning.

A survey was posted online seeking resident input on what changes should be made at Old School Square — which in the past has drawn 30 percent more visitors annually than the West Palm Beach’s Kravis Center. The survey, which asks participants 29 questions about how Old School Square is used and should be used, will be active until Sunday, Jan. 29.

The survey can be found here.

» RELATED: Delray’s iconic 100-foot Christmas ‘unsafe’ and needs to be replaced

Old School Square is traditionally host to several of Delray’s most beloved events — the iconic 100-foot Christmas tree lighting; the weekly open-air Green Market; and several events and festivals.

Changes are already underway at the cultural center, however.

The 100-foot Christmas tree that for years has lit Delray Beach’s holiday season and has been an attraction for local families will relocate from its spot along Atlantic Avenue to deeper into the Old School Square campus.

Old School Square Pavilion and lawn (Contributed)
Old School Square Pavilion and lawn (Contributed)

Several events and festivals, such as the longtime Garlic Fest, were relocated to neighboring cities after Delray Beach leaders passed a rule to limit the number of downtown events to preserve Old School Square’s historic district-designation.

There has also been discussion of turning the perimeter of Old School Square into a passive park that would include adding walkways and shade trees, as well as adjusting the lighting at the campus at night to make visitors feel safer.

The survey will be followed by a series of meeting to discuss the changes at Old School Square, including a discussion March 13 at the Field House at Old School Square, at 51 N. Swinton Ave., followed by a city workshop on April 17.

Delray’s iconic 100-foot Christmas ‘unsafe’ and needs to be replaced

People enjoy the Delray Beach Christmas Tree Saturday night, December 3, 2016 in Delray Beach. Volunteers set up the 100 foot Christmas tree in November for the holidays. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)
People enjoy the 100-foot Delray Beach Christmas Tree on Saturday night, December 3, 2016 in Delray Beach. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)

DELRAY BEACH — It towers above downtown Delray’s tallest buildings, glows with holiday lights and draws thousands of visitors during Christmastime. But Delray’s iconic 100-foot Christmas tree is also not safe enough to to go up next year, city leaders learned this week.

Now Delray Beach is faced with costly options to replace the tree in time to keep the 20-plus year tradition alive this coming Christmas.

Structural engineers hired to sign off on the tree’s structural integrity would not give the OK, city officials said Tuesday.

“That means that we have been very lucky in putting up a tree that is structurally unsound … ” said Mayor Cary Glickstein. “We all feel that the tree is certainly iconic, the tradition is important, but we’ve got public safety issues.”

» PHOTO GALLERY: Delray Christmas tree throughout the years

The 100-foot Christmas tree is a walk-through piece, meaning visitors can stroll inside the steel structure.

The primary reason the tree is unsafe? The condition of steel, said Interim City Manager Neil De Jesus who served previously as Delray’s fire chief.

“The rusting, the bending, the cracking,” De Jesus said.

City staff first brought the problem up to the city commission in 2015, said John Morgan, who runs the city’s environmental services department.

“Why are we learning now that we’ve been putting up a tree that’s unsafe?” Glickstein asked staff at a Tuesday meeting.

The city is looking at buying a replacement tree made from an aluminum structure that is lighter and easier to maintain. To purchase the tree outright would cost about $790,000; to lease it over five years would cost about $805,000, city officials said.

The city may have to dip into reserve funding to buy the tree in time for Christmas, De Jesus said.

City staff looked into renting a tree, but the tallest they could find for rent was 65 feet, which is still an option Delray will consider.

People line up to go inside the Delray Beach Christmas Tree Saturday night, December 3, 2016 in Delray Beach. Volunteers set up the 100 foot Christmas tree in November for the holidays. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)
People line up to go inside the Delray Beach Christmas Tree Saturday night, December 3, 2016 in Delray Beach. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)

There are a few details city leaders want to work out before signing off on a new tree, namely where it will be placed. Traditionally, the tree is placed on the front lawn of Old School Square, visible from Atlantic Avenue.

But construction shuts down the front of Old School Square for a few weeks while the tree is being put together by cranes and city staff.

Old School Square agreed to move the Christmas tree so it’s no longer on the front lawn, but it’s not clear where the tree will land, De Jesus told the city commission.

City leaders are waiting to find out where the tree will be placed and more details about the cost of replacing the tree before moving forward.

“There was no way I was going to recommend to you all that we take a chance on one more year (with the current tree),” De Jesus told city leaders. “It’s not the right thing to do.”

 

 

 

Boynton animal center to host event to raise money for rescued pets

The Colonial Gateway Veterinary Center will host an open house Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m.

The event includes a free pet first aid and CPR training, tours of the hospital and boarding area, an opportunity to meet the staff and doctors and education stations.

Also, a doctor will provide exams and preventative medical services.

Any funds raised will go to Pet Haven Rescue for the care and adoption of rescued pets.

For information, call Erin Porter at the center at 561-732-3629, or email managercolonialvet@gmail.com

The center is at 2235 N. Federal Highway.