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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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Stolen ID Tax Fraud Is A Growing Problem In Need Of A Solution

By at April 24, 2015 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

We have just come through another record-breaking tax season — and not in a good way. Once a rare, unusual crime, stolen identity tax refund fraud has skyrocketed in recent years, with experts predicting it to soon be a $20 billion problem. While it is certainly important for taxpayers to be proactive and protect themselves, the Internal Revenue Service, and the entire more...

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Earth Day 2015: Do What You Can To Help The Environment

By at April 17, 2015 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

In reality, every day is Earth Day, but the end of April is when special observances are planned to remind us how important it is to take care of our planet. Here in the western communities, we are blessed to have an abundance of green space and natural beauty. From wetlands to open fields to forests, our communities brush up against some of Florida’s most more...

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Charter Changes Should Be Set Up As Separate Ballot Questions

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

For the past year, a special task force has been painstakingly combing through Wellington’s charter, discussing possible changes. Last week, the Charter Review Task Force, headed by former County Commissioner Ken Adams, held a meeting to update the public on its findings. A few dozen residents listened as Village Attorney Laurie Cohen went section by section through more...

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Gift Of Life: April Is The Perfect Time To Become An Organ Donor

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

April has returned, and once we’re past the humor of April Fools’ Day pranks comes the realization that National Donate Life Month has returned. Regular readers probably know that organ donation is important to everyone here at the Town-Crier in honor of longtime friend, colleague and editor Jason Budjinski, who continues to battle primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) more...

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Make Plans To Get Involved In Your Local Relay For Life Event

By at March 27, 2015 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

This time of year is relay time here in the western communities, and as we have done often in the past, we urge all members of the community to get involved in this worthy cause. In April, there will be three American Cancer Society Relay for Life events here in the western communities: • The Acreage/Loxahatchee Relay for Life will take place on Friday, April 10 more...

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Hopefully, Ruling Will End Fight Over Inspector General Funding

By at March 20, 2015 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Catherine Brunson’s ruling that Palm Beach County’s municipalities must fully fund the Office of the Inspector General is a great step forward for good government in Palm Beach County. For the past four years, a collection of municipalities, led by the City of West Palm Beach, has been fighting against picking up their fair more...

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