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Enjoy Your Fourth Of July Revelry, But Make It A Safe Holiday

By at July 3, 2015 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

As we embrace celebrating our nation’s 239th birthday this weekend, the Town-Crier encourages residents to think before they drink, party safely and leave fireworks to the experts. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office will be enforcing its ban on illegal fireworks this weekend, and with good reason. Every year, thousands of people and animals are killed or more...

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Jason Budjinski: Remembering Our Co-Worker And Friend

By at June 26, 2015 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

We lost a member of our family last week when longtime Town-Crier employee Jason Budjinski lost his battle with the rare liver disease primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). He touched many in the western communities through his writing and his music. Jason joined the Town-Crier as a reporter in 2001, not long after he graduated from Florida Atlantic University. He more...

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A Few Simple Steps Can Protect You From Property Crime

By at June 19, 2015 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

It’s summer in South Florida, and there’s a definite potential for an increase in crime opportunities here in the western communities — but you don’t have to be the next victim. Many people believe what is considered a general assumption in society: as school lets out for the summer and kids have more freedom and less supervision by adults, bored teenagers more...

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Teachers Have A Right To Be Concerned With New Contract

By at June 12, 2015 | 12:02 am | 3 Comments

It may be summertime, but please forgive many professional educators employed by the School District of Palm Beach County if they feel like their first week of break was anything but joyful. That’s the takeaway from a contract negotiation between the district and the Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association (CTA), which has left a sour taste in the mouths of more...

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Changes In New ‘Patriot Act Lite’ A Step In The Right Direction

By at June 5, 2015 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

Over the past 13 years, in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, billions have been spent by federal, state and regional governments in an attempt to choke off such attacks from ever happening again. We can speculate forever whether the multitude of actions taken have been truly effective, and to what degree. We can even ponder how much 9/11 led to the more...

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Be Prepared For A Storm As Hurricane Season 2015 Arrives

By at May 29, 2015 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

Things that are a fact of life in Florida: snowbirds, political wrangling in Tallahassee, lousy drivers and hurricane season. It is that last item on the list that’s in the spotlight this week. After all, the Atlantic hurricane season begins on Monday, June 1. As we enter storm season, many take comfort in knowing that, since Hurricane Wilma in 2005, southeast more...

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It’s Time To Show Our Appreciation For All Those Who Served

By at May 22, 2015 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

Memorial Day is a time to remember fallen soldiers — members of the U.S. military who gave their lives in service to our nation. While many will get to enjoy a day off from work, it is also important to recall the meaning of the holiday and show appreciation for those who were lost, as well as the veterans who survived. Yet too often, we have not paid our veterans more...

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Thoughts For The Class Of 2015: ‘Be Not Afraid Of Greatness’

By at May 15, 2015 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

Next week, the South Florida Fairgrounds will host commencement exercises for the four public high schools serving the western communities, starting with Royal Palm Beach High School on Monday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m., followed by Palm Beach Central High School on Wednesday, May 20 at 8 a.m. Wellington High School’s graduation ceremony follows on Thursday, May 21 at noon, more...

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Open Communication Will Keep Unrest From Flaring Up Here

By at May 8, 2015 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

In the wake of civil unrest in Baltimore over the past few weeks — on the heels of similar unrest in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson last summer — there have been a multitude of questions in residential areas large and small, urban and rural, about the likelihood of such unrest taking place in other communities across the nation. This is not the first, nor will it more...

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New Law Just The Start Of Changes Needed To Testing Regime

By at May 1, 2015 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

Commencement exercises for area high school students are on the immediate horizon, and for those about to walk across the stage donned in cap and gown, escape from the complex world of high-stakes testing cannot come soon enough. For those students still stuck in Florida’s increasingly strange quagmire of standardized testing, don’t be fooled by the recent public more...

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