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Out In The Sun? Beware The Hidden Dangers Of Heat Stress

By at July 31, 2015 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

It’s summertime — the season of cookouts, swimming pools and outdoor fun. But along with these activities come the dangers of extreme heat, and heat stress can be deadly. While the dangers of leaving children and animals in superheated cars are well known, lesser known is the effect of spending too much time in Florida’s summertime heat without proper more...

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Letter: Management RFP Is Necessary

By at July 31, 2015 | 12:01 am | 0 Comment

The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council has not terminated Underwood Management Services. Underwood’s already extended patchwork contract will expire on Sept. 30. Underwood could choose to respond to the request for proposals (RFP) with perhaps the best understanding of the actual work requirements, needs and expectations of our rural town. Boots-on-the-ground involvement more...

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A History Lesson: Gov. Bush And The Confederate Battle Flag

By at July 10, 2015 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

As states across the south grapple with a renewed look at the controversial Confederate battle flag, it is useful to look back to Feb. 2, 2001. That was the day that Gov. Jeb Bush quietly retired the flag from the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee and placed it in the Museum of Florida History. Angry protesters declared his political career over. A year later, he would win more...

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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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