Crowds welcome Macy’s Backstage to Boynton Beach on opening day

Shoppers enter Macy’s Backstage at Stamford Town Center, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Stamford, Conn. (Jessica Hill/AP Images for Macy’s)

Macy’s Backstage, the company’s outlet store, is officially open in Boynton Beach.

Mayor Steven Grant cut the ribbon at the grand opening Saturday morning. He said about 250 shoppers showed up.

“It went very well,” Grant said.

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He said the outlet store is within the actual Macy’s department store of the Boynton Beach Mall at 801 N. Congress Ave. The items in the outlet portion are not available online.

“The point is, is that retail is changing from 20 years ago where there was no internet to buy things online so this is an opportunity for the treasure hunters that are looking for the right priced item that they can only find in the store,” Grant said from the store. “And you get to take it home with you and don’t have to wait for the mail to get delivered.”

Grant said he planned to buy a pair of shorts.

 

 

 

 

 

‘The Simpsons,’ Disney artist to teach free anime workshops in Boca

(Contributed by Boca Raton Libraries)

BOCA RATON — The animation artist who worked on sitcoms “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill,” as well as projects for Disney, will teach a free anime workshop for teens at Boca Raton’s libraries.

Carlos Nieto III, a Los Angeles-based artist, will teach teens the basics of sketching in the Japanese illustration style anime at two Monday, May 22 “Anime Your Way” workshops, according to the libraries.

The first workshop is at 4:30 p.m. at Spanish River Library, 1501 NW Spanish River Blvd. The second is at 6 p.m. at the Downtown Library, at 400 NW 2nd Ave.

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Nieto has conducted comic book-making and anime workshops at libraries throughout the country and has taught at various colleges, according to his website.

He created sketches and art for set designs used by film studios Disney and Universal as an artwork consultant.

“Drawing has many benefits, such as developing problem-solving skills and self-confidence. It increases imagination and motor skills,” Su Kenworthy, library youth services supervisor, said in a statement. “With the anime drawing program, teens and tweens can also learn a little bit about Japanese culture and may be inspired to become a world-famous illustrator one day!”

Enrollment is recommended ahead of the workshop through the calendar at bocalibrary.org.

After washout, Boca Bash boat gathering is back on

Boaters gather at Lake Boca for the annual Boca Bash in 2016. (Courtesy of The Night Vibe)

BOCA RATON — Scores of local boaters will flood the Intracoastal Waterway in Boca Raton this weekend for an annual boating bash — for the second weekend in a row.

The Boca Bash, an unofficial annual water party planned through social media, was rained out last weekend, although a crowd converged at Lake Boca, south of Palmetto Park Road and north of the Boca Raton Inlet, despite the weather, according to the event’s Facebook page.

But the loosely organized event, planned and promoted through a Facebook page, will happen again this Sunday.

Hundreds of boaters, paddle boarders and kayakers are drawn to the waterway each year for the full-day, music and drinking-drenched floating party.

It isn’t a city-sponsored event, but still has an effect on city resources.

Boca Raton Police are preparing for a second weekend of increased presence at the waterfront during the event.

“While Boca Bash is not an ‘official’ event, we will be increasing our coverage to keep it a safe event as we do every year,” said Mark Economou, police spokesman. “Our plan is the same as it was last Sunday.”

The event isn’t a strain on resources, Economou said, but does require additional police planning to ensure coverage.

The event, which has taken place for at least the past five years, happens each year at Lake Boca sometime in April. The details trickle in early in the year through The Boca Bash’s Facebook page.

To accommodate the event, Silver Palm Park, at 600 E. Palmetto Park Road, will be open only for the launching and recovery of vessels, police say. No pedestrians or vehicles will be allowed in the park from 6 a.m. to midnight.

And while rainy weather plagued last week’s bash, only bright skies and summer-like heat are expected this weekend.

 

Why did dozens of officers wearing red shirts run down Hypoluxo Road?

Palm Beach County law enforcement officers participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run on April 26, 2017. (Alexandra Seltzer/The Palm Beach Post)

Law enforcement officers across the state are participating in the Torch Run to raise money for the Special Olympics Florida event in May.

Officers in counties across the state have held the run since March. On Wednesday, it was Palm Beach County’s turn.

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What appeared to be dozens of law enforcement officers started the run at 9 a.m. at the corner of Hypoluxo Road and U.S. 1. They ran west on Hypoluxo to Lawrence Road and north on Lawrence to Royal Palm School.

Law enforcement officers from Palm Beach County participate in the Torch Run on April 26, 2017 to raise money for the Special Olympics Florida. (Alexandra Seltzer/The Palm Beach Post)

Money for the Special Olympics Florida is raised through the sale of the Torch Run T-shirts and hats, and through local fundraising events.

The Olympics start Friday, May 19. The events are held at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.

Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Ray Wigfall says the run is a passion of his.

“I have a nephew who has Down Syndrome,” he said. “I’ve always participated.”

Florida Highway Patrol officers participate in the Torch Run on April 26, 2017 to raise money for Special Olympics Florida. From L to R: Capt. Earl Brown, retired Sgt. Archie McNair, Lt. Angel Rogers and Sgt. Ray Wigfall. (Alexandra Seltzer/The Palm Beach Post)

 

Law enforcement officers from Palm Beach County participate in the Torch Run on April 26, 2017 to raise money for Special Olympics Florida. (Alexandra Seltzer/The Palm Beach Post)
Law enforcement officers from Palm Beach County participate in the Torch Run on April 26, 2017 to raise money for Special Olympics Florida. (Alexandra Seltzer/The Palm Beach Post)

Looking ahead to the weekend? Think about this brunch event

File photo of a mimosa (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)Brunching

Brunching is the new “it” thing to do. Pretty much every restaurant offers it. An event this Sunday called Brunch Fest offers something a little different.

The event promises good food and good views. It’ll be held at the Intracoastal Park Clubhouse at 2240 N. Federal Highway. Obviously, the clubhouse overlooks the Intracoastal.

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The event is being marketed as the first “beer and brunch festival on the Intracoastal Waterway in Boynton Beach.”

The event, from noon to 4 p.m., will feature local breweries and eateries, and mixologists will serve select, craft-beer infused cocktails, mimosas, and Bloody Marys.

The event includes games such as cornhole and laddergolf.

For information and tickets, visit http://boyntonbeachbrunchfest2017.eventbrite.com/

VIDEO: Burglars steal money from Boynton barber shop

Screenshot of YouTube video provided by Boynton Beach Police

Boynton Beach Police have released surveillance video of one of four break-ins that happened earlier this month, and that police think are connected.

The video shows what appears to be two men stealing from No Limit Kutz barber shop on Friday, April 14. The burglars broke the front glass door, walked inside and stole about $120 in cash.The front door cost about $1,000, and the burglars also stole two registers. The total value of everything is about $2,120. The store is in Paz Plaza on Boynton Beach Boulevard near Congress Avenue.

Police believe the men responsible for this burglary are also responsible for three other break-ins: Renzo’s Cafe and Pizzeria in Cross Creek Centre; Wing Wah Express in Boynton Plaza; and Dean Anthony’s Pizzeria in Boynton Commons

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Anyone with information should call Inv. Jennifer Worrell at (561) 732-8116 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS. You can also submit info anonymously via the MyPD App and www.bbpd.org.

Boynton Beach company looking to expand south of Woolbright Road

Nurse 1 logo (City of Boynton Beach)

A Boynton Beach home health-care provider wants to expand to a location east of Seacrest Boulevard and south of Woolbright Road.

Nurse 1 wants to open an office on a .3-acre property on the east side of Southeast Third Street, just north of the intersection of Southeast Third Street and Southeast 23rd Street.

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The company is asking the City Commission to approve a change in the future land use to Local Retail Commercial, which would allow a commercial use on the property, according to city documents.

The location Nurse 1 would expand to. (City of Boynton Beach)

The building would be one story and 2,338 square feet. Traffic reports show the project would generate an additional eight a.m. peak hour trips and three p.m. peak hour trips. Code requires eight parking spaces, and the project meets that, with an addition one for handicap use.

The City Commission will take a final vote on the project on May 2.

 

 

Delray Fire Rescue shares photos of mysterious RV fire on Atlantic Ave off-ramp

Delray Beach firefighters put out an RV fire at the Atlantic Avenue off-ramp on Interstate 95 on Thursday, April 20, 2017. (Courtesy of Delray Beach Fire Rescue)

DELRAY BEACH — Firefighters responded to a burning RV at the Interstate 95 off-ramp at Atlantic Avenue this morning, and shared remarkable photos of the aftermath.

A severely charred vehicle was all that was left after Delray Beach Fire Rescue quickly put out the blaze. No one was injured, and it isn’t clear yet why the small RV caught fire, according to fire rescue.

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But the agency did share photos of the scene on their Facebook page:

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Actress Blake Lively teams with Boca nonprofit to fight child pornography

Actress Blake Lively and Boca Raton nonprofit Child Rescue Coaltion CEO Carly Yoost attend the L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth Celebration 2016 Arrivals on November 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for L’Oreal)

BOCA RATON — Actress Blake Lively is using her stardom to shed a spotlight on a Boca Raton nonprofit that has for years waged war on an underground child pornography industry.

The 29-year-old mother of two daughters, and spouse to actor Ryan Reynolds, landed on Tuesday’s cover of “Variety” magazine. She used that cover story to promote the work of the Child Rescue Coalition, a Boca Raton nonprofit that uses impressive web tech to track down people who illegally download child pornography and works with police to have them arrested.

“There are millions of files all over the world being traded every single day of child pornography,” Lively told Variety. “It’s so disturbing. A lot of these people are fathers.”

Child Rescue Coaltion CEO Carly Asher Yoost, daughter of late Boca Raton data guru and business millionaire Hank Asher, also chatted with the magazine and once posed with Lively at a red carpet event.

Lively gave the Boca Raton nonprofit a shout out on Instagram back in 2016, when she shared a photo with Yoost and thanked the nonprofit for its work.

The Child Rescue Coalition was profiled by The Palm Beach Post back in 2015, when it first went public with what was once Hank Asher’s secret project.

The data collected by the Boca Raton nonprofit was used in a 2015 case against a Jupiter gymnastics coach who downloaded numerous child porn files online.

Read more about Child Rescue Coalition’s mission here:

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Delray one step closer to ban on gay conversion therapy on minors

DELRAY BEACH — City leaders took the first step in banning doctors from practicing gay conversion therapy on minors.

The city commission unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance Tuesday that would prohibit doctors, psychiatrists, social workers, licensed counselors and other medical professionals from practicing “controversial therapy,” in which a health-care professional tries to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Should Delray Beach approve a final reading of the ordinance, it would join several other cities and states in banning the practice, including Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach.

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“There is no way to change someone’s sexual orientation through psycho-therapy,” Rand Hoch, president and founder of Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, told The Palm Beach Post in February, when the city first floated the idea of a conversion therapy ban. “There are also so many studies saying how harmful this is to the kids.”

There are no medical professionals in the city currently practicing conversion therapy, according to the Human Rights Council and Delray Beach’s attorney Max Lohman.

But this ordinance would prohibit any doctors from offering the therapy going forward.

It doesn’t bar religious organizations, such as churches, from practicing conversion therapy however, Lohman said. It would be unconstitutional to make that demand of local religious groups.

It’s also a difficult ordinance to enforce, Lohman said at a March 30 meeting. Federal health privacy laws, under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or HIPAA, make it difficult to find out if practitioners are doing conversion therapy, he said.

“The enforcement aspect is problematic,” Lohman told the commission.

The commission ultimately decided to move forward with the ordinance.

“If you’re the only city that doesn’t have it, maybe that’s where they flock to,” said Commissioner Mitch Katz.

The Human Rights Council has been on a mission to ban the practice in the largest cities in Palm Beach County, Hoch said.

“It comes down to protecting children,”  he said “It’s very hard to find some politician or public servant who does not want to do everything they can to protect kids.”