Boynton Methodist church to host Sunday Easter event

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The First United Methodist Church’s Chancel Choir is hosting its Easter Cantata on Sunday.

The event will happen during the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services, according to a news release.

The church is at 101 N. Seacrest Blvd. For information, call 954-947-1951.

“At the Ninth Hour” by Allen Pote and Tom Long, under the direction of Tom Bates, will feature the Choir, Handbells and Stradivarius Chamber Ensemble, according to the news release.

Residents invited to learn about Boynton’s crime-fighting tool

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Boynton Beach Police have proved that SmartWater CSI is a successful crime-fighting tool, and now more residents will be able to learn about it on Saturday.

Vice Mayor Joe Casello and Boynton Crime Prevention Officer Rita Swan will be at fire station 3 on North Congress Avenue to host a seminar on the product. The event is geared toward residents of Lawrence Estates, Citrus Glen, Nautica, Estates of Boynton, Sausalito, Lawrence Grove, Palmyra, Knollwood and Nautica Sound, according to a news release.

The event is 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free kits will be given to attendees.

The fire station is at 3501 N. Congress Ave. For information, call the city at 561-742-6010.

Read more about SmartWater here: Exclusive: What crime tool is halting Boynton would-be thieves?

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Latest numbers: newcomer beats incumbent to Boynton commission seat

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Christina Romelus
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With late night counting of ballots, it appears that Christina Romelus was able to pull ahead of incumbent Mike Fitzpatrick, 62, and win the majority of the votes plus one to claim the Boynton Beach District 3 commission seat.

City Clerk Judy Pyle told The Palm Beach Post on Wednesday morning it appears that  political newcomer Romelus, 27, has won, but she has a call in to the Supervisor of Elections to make sure that is correct.

It is unknown if all provisional ballots have been counted yet.

The mayor’s race is still going to a runoff. Incumbent Jerry Taylor, 80, received the most votes but didn’t reach the majority plus one. He will go head-to-head with political newcomer Steven Grant, 33.

The runoff is March 29.

Read more about the races here: March 29 runoffs are next for Boynton Beach mayor, commissioner races

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Incumbent, newcomer to head to runoff for Boynton commissioner seat

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Mike Fitzpatrick
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Christina Romelus

It appears it’s back to the polls for Boynton Beach for at least one race.

Candidates for the District 3 commissioner race had to win the majority of the votes plus one, and no one did. Now, the top two candidates in each race will faceoff in the March 29 runoff.

Incumbent Mike Fitzpatrick, 62, will go up against political newcomer Christina Romelus, 27, for the southeast end of the city’s commission seat.

Romelus said she decided to run against one-time commissioner Fitzpatrick to speak for those whose opinions are not heard and are underrepresented. She often describes herself as a mother, entrepreneur and an educator.

Fitzpatrick, who was at Banana Boat in the Boynton Harbor Marina as the results came in, said he expected a runoff.

“There’s been a lot of indications,” Fitzpatrick said when reached by phone. “With early voting, they did a good job with absentee ballots so I got hurt.”

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Taylor, Romelus lead so far in Boynton Beach elections

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The absentee ballots and early voting results are in!

Here’s what’s going on in Boynton Beach so far:

 

MAYOR:

Jerry Taylor: 50.38 percent (in the lead)

Steven Grant: 17.31 percent

David Merker: 16.05 percent

Carl “The Real” McKoy: 12.95 percent

Piotr Blass: 3.31 percent

Total votes: 4,194

DISTRICT 3 COMMISSIONER:

Christina Romelus: 69.02 percent (in the lead)

Mike Fitzpatrick: 19.38 percent

James Brake: 11.60 percent

Total votes: 1,569

Stay tuned for more election results. 

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Boynton police department welcomes nine new officers

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Boynton Beach Police Chief Jeffrey Katz welcomed nine officers to the department on Wednesday in a 20-minute, standing room-only ceremony at the Intracoastal Park clubhouse.

Also, Detective First Grade Daniel Dugger was promoted to sergeant. Dugger has been with Boynton since February 2005.

With the new nine, the department has 147 officers, said Stephanie Slater, the police spokeswoman.

These are the new officers: Jervis Daley; Andrew Berben; Daniel Ramos; Diana Hayes; Danielle Wagner; Eric Lampe; Daniel Bumgardner; Jarvis Hollis; and Amanda Eichorst.

Some of the officers came from other departments. Berben was hired by North Palm Beach Police in July 2014. Wagner was hired by the Atlanta Police in Georgia in November 2012.

And for others, police work is in their blood.

Eichorst is the daughter of Boynton’s Crime Scene Technician Rob Eichorst, Slater said.

Mayor Jerry Taylor thanked the officers for entering the law enforcement field and reminded them of how they will constantly be in the public eye.

“You are never off duty, even when your shift ends,” he said, while adding that he is familiar with the role because he served for 26 years with the U.S. Air Force.

While the group celebrated the officers, the police families were also thanked.

Katz called them the “unsung heroes.”

“Without your support and your sacrifice what we do would not be possible,” he said.

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Developer eyes retail/residential project at busy Boynton intersection

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Breaking News from the Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency board meeting Tuesday:

Boynton Beach is getting even closer to having a downtown.

The owner of a property on the east side of Federal Highway and Boynton Beach Boulevard has come to the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency to build an 8-story residential and retail project.

Owner Davis Camalier would create the project with land he owns, and land the CRA owns. He wants the CRA land, which is appraised at $460,000, for free.

On Tuesday night at the CRA board meeting, the majority of the board members voted to move forward with the plan. Commissioner Mike Fitzpatrick voted against it.

The board accepted a letter of intent from the developer, and will now have to issue a 30-day notice of intent to dispose of the CRA’s property. The project still has to go through the planning approval process.

“This basically starts the clock ticking so the city can start to review the project and give them comments back,” said CRA Director Vivian Brooks.

Check back Wednesday for more information on this breaking news story.

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Apartments in Boynton expected to open in about four months

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What a difference a couple of months make!

The apartments at Gateway and Quantum boulevards in Boynton Beach look nearly done.

We last wrote about the apartments in November. We stopped by Tuesday and saw they have come a long way. Crews at the scene said they might be finished in about four months.

There will be 80 apartments in four, two-story buildings.

Read more here: Story

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Walk, run to raise money for Boynton’s Community Caring Center

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Boynton Community Caring Center.

This Saturday is the Community Caring Center Annual Hunger Walk and 5K Run in Boynton Beach.

The route is along the two western lanes of southbound Federal Highway between Gateway and Boynton Beach boulevards. Events start at 6:30 a.m., according to the city’s calendar.

Parking, vendor set up, registration and an awards ceremony will be held in the parking lot of the Twisted Fish at 511 Northeast Fourth Street.

The event helps raise money for the center’s programs.

For information and how to register, visit the center’s website

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VIDEO: Driver runs red light in front of Boynton police officer

Boynton Beach Police posted another video of a driver running a red light, and as we say each time: We thought we had seen the worst. Until now.

This video shows a driver running the red light right in front of a police officer.

It happened at Boynton Beach and Seacrest boulevards while an officer was conducting a traffic stop.

Take a look:

Here’s why the police department is showing these videos:
“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.”

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