Coronavirus

Health Care District opens online form for local businesses to request mobile COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County invites local businesses and organizations to submit an online request if they would like a Health Care District mobile clinic team...

Palm Beach CSD online portal for emergency rent and utility assistance is open and accepting applications

The Palm Beach County Community Services Department (CSD) has opened its online portal for emergency rent and utility assistance.

West Palm Beach VA to host a walk-in COVID-19 vaccine evening clinic June 9

The West Palm Beach VA COVID-19 Vaccine crew is leaving their doors open and extending hours of operation to offer the vaccine to veterans...
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Human Interest
At age 11, Damon Weaver interviewed President Obama at the White House.

Young Pahokee reporter who interviewed Obama has died at age 23

WEST PALM BEACH - Damon Weaver, the KEC Canal Point Elementary School student who famously interviewed President Barack Obama in 2009, has died at the age of 23.
At age 11, Damon Weaver interviewed President Obama at the White House.

Stories from the past: Kid reporter lands Obama interview

Stories from the past: Weaver lands Obama interview
Smith & Moore Family Teen Center grand opening, March 31, 2021

Belle Glade celebrates opening of Smith & Moore Family Teen Center

BELLE GLADE – The Belle Glade community celebrated the opening of a new Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County facility on March 31.
Community
The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) announced a new easy-to-use website for employers and job seekers to post and find jobs
LABELLE - It has been 70 Years since President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 as National Flag Day.
In order to maintain compliance with regulatory water quality requirements in the water distribution system, the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department (PBCWUD) will temporarily modify...
Police/Fire
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) arrest report beginning June 7 through June 14.
Stuart Del Hughes is registered as a sexual predator. Hughes is 60 years old, 225 pounds, 6 feet 2 inches tall, white male, gray hair, brown eyes and he has multiple tattoos.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a countywide Occupant Protection Enforcement on Saturday, June 12, 2021.
Over the last year, ACA audit teams from across the country visited Apalachee, Liberty, Hamilton, Baker, Columbia, Okeechobee...
Opinion
On June 2, Congressman W. Gregory Steube sent the below letter to Secretary Pinkham, Lieutenant General Spellmon, and Colonel Kelly concerning the lake levels of Lake Okeechobee.
In the current discussion over the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM), Congressman Mast has been pursuing a plan that would prioritize...
Weather
When a hurricane threatens, do you have a plan for your pets? Do you have a safe spot for them in your home? What will you do with them if you can’t stay in your home?
Weathering storms is a part of every Floridian’s life. As the 2021 Hurricane Season begins, please take a few minutes to review some of the mandatory supplies.
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Schools
New degree and certificate programs in construction and the health sciences are slated to begin this fall term at Palm Beach State College to meet industry hiring demands.
The next series in the free “Living Well Wednesdays” virtual workshop will offer tips to repair and maintain common issues seen inside and outside the home...
FLORIDA- The Jan La Belle Scholarship Program was established in 2009 to provide a financial resource to Florida residents with disabilities who desire to pursue their personal and career goals …
Government

Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners news in brief

At the June 8, 2021, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following actions ...

Scam Alert: FEMA calling? It’s yet another government impostor scam

A new United States federal program is helping to pay funeral expenses of people who died from COVID-19. Unfortunately, scammers are using this...

County parks win NACPRO Award for Social Justice Initiatives

The Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department (PBC Parks) was selected by the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials...
Health

Keep your family safe this summer tips from your Poison Control Center

As we swing into summer, Florida’s Poison Control Centers - Jacksonville is providing some helpful tips to keep your family safe.

Brain Bus presents virtual events to help you understand Alzheimer's, dementia and memory loss

The Virtual Brain Bus will hold the following event that covers Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss.

Unlocking the Power of Balance

In this week’s YMCA Yoga class, practitioners awakened this habitual movement, often taken for granted, until there is a fall.
Business
The Rail Passengers Association applauded Amtrak’s Corridor Vision document released earlier May 28, which provides additional details on the railroad’s plan...
Leadership for the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties announced new officers and members of the Board of Directors...
Consumers can purchase qualifying disaster preparedness supplies exempt from tax during the 2021 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday
OKEECHOBEE – Recently an Okeechobee resident posted a message on social media wondering which of the local businesses might be hiring
Veterans
Palm Beach Air Force Base is a former United States Air Force base located in Palm Beach County, just west of West Palm Beach, Florida. During its operational use by the military, its major mission was air transport and as a training base. It was closed in 1962. During World War II, it was known as Morrison Army Airfield, taking its name from the civilian airport, Morrison Field, from which it originated.

WPB Morrison Field and the B-29 'Superfortress'

On June 15, 1944, 51 B-29 "Superfortress" bombers dropped their payloads ...
Congressman Greg Steube

Stories sought for Veterans History Project

VENICE, FL – U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-FL) is  encouraging local veterans to share their stories. 
The Grey Team: Major James Hall, Cary Reichbach, Rep. Al Baldasaro (NH), Dr. Frank Marangos, and David Kirkland.

Local nonprofits joins forces to help veterans R.I.S.E.

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County is proud to announce its partnership with The Grey Team, a local nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to prevent PTSD-related veteran suicides.
Opinion
The U.S Army Corps of Engineers shares the concerns of local, state and federal health experts concerning the toxicity of the harmful fresh water algal blooms on...
The burdens and responsibilities of the pandemic have strained organizations, families, and each of us in very personal ways.
Parents concerned about child care during a pandemic/covid, don’t worry, every childcare has stepped up its sanitizing protocol...
Traffic & Road Work
A major milestone in national toll interoperability has been achieved with interoperability between two of the largest customer bases in the country.
TAMPA – The Colonial Pipeline is still down, yet Florida remains well supplied with fuel. While there is not considered to be a gasoline “shortage” in Florida, there are reports of …
Long lines at the pump in some Florida cities were reminiscent of hurricane season this week, as some drivers appeared to panic over a potential gasoline shortage.
Agriculture
Strawberries growing in plasticulture at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm, Florida.

Robots may eventually help kill weeds that impede strawberry yield

With their research, Boyd and Schumann hope to eventually help growers unleash surgical strikes on weeds – without vanquishing their fruit.

New Florida-Friendly plant app guides you to the right plants for a sustainable landscape

The UF/IFAS Florida-Friendly Landscaping ™ (FFL) program has just released a new mobile app. It’s called the “FFL Plant Guide,” and it has information on over 450...
Wildlife & Environment

Scientists discover how a native fish prevents the establishment of a globally invasive species

In the battle of mosquitofish against guppies, University of Florida scientists found that the native mosquitofish won, and that’s good for our ecosystems.
Black Skimmer feeding chick.

Give birds space this Memorial weekend and save the original beach babies

Audubon is calling on beachgoers to help make beaches safer for birds by avoiding their nesting areas during this busy holiday weekend...
State News
Fla. governor signs bill requiring moment for school prayer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited a South Florida Jewish temple to denounce anti-Semitism and stand with Israel, as the Republican governor cloaked himself in religion …

Florida man charged with manslaughter after toddler drowns

Florida town accidentally sells municipal water tower

National and World
Extra COVID vaccine may help protect transplant patients

A small study offers the first hint that an extra dose of COVID-19 vaccines just might give some organ transplant recipients a needed boost in protection. Even as most vaccinated people celebrate …

ICC seeks to probe Philippines' crackdown on drug crime

Putin calls accusation of cyberattacks against US 'farcical'