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County’s Ruling Majority Is Using The Gavel To Stifle Dissent

By at November 21, 2014 | 12:02 am | 3 Comments

This week, a majority of the Palm Beach County Commission effectively censured one of its own for nothing more than holding unpopular points of view. Without giving specific reasons, Commissioner Paulette Burdick was passed over for her turn at the gavel — and the largely ceremonial title of “mayor” — in favor of Commissioner Shelley Vana. It was, of course, more...

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Help Make Thanksgiving Holiday Brighter For Families In Need

By at November 14, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

From its origins in Plymouth colony to its modern-day incarnation, Thanksgiving has always been a uniquely American celebration of family and community. It gives us perspective, reminding us of what’s really important. But it’s also a reminder that there are many people who don’t have it so good. And in this regard, it’s a holiday that brings out the best in more...

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Take Some Time To Honor America’s Veterans On Veterans Day

By at November 7, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

America will observe Veterans Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11 to honor the sacrifices made by those who have fought for our freedoms. It is a holiday that dates back nearly 100 years to the end of World War I. While Memorial Day honors those who died in combat, Veterans Day thanks those who served and returned home. It was President Woodrow Wilson, who first recognized Nov. 11 more...

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Send Mark Pafford Back To Tallahassee For Another Two Years

By at October 31, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

It is crucially important for voters to have choices, and voters in State House District 86 have two interesting candidate choices at the polls next week. District 86 includes all of Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and Loxahatchee Groves, along with several communities to the east. The Democratic candidate is three-term incumbent Mark Pafford, who is being challenged by more...

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Elect Michelle Santamaria To The District 6 Commission Seat

By at October 24, 2014 | 12:02 am | 15 Comments

The race for the District 6 seat on the Palm Beach County Commission features three candidates, all with unique attributes. The Democratic nominee is Melissa McKinlay, who has worked numerous governmental posts and is currently with Palm Beach County’s legislative affairs office. The Republican nominee is local businessman Andrew Schaller, who has made a name for more...

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On Nov. 4, Vote YES On Both Countywide Ballot Questions

By at October 17, 2014 | 12:02 am | 1 Comments

The Nov. 4 ballot will feature two countywide questions before voters for approval. One asks voters whether or not to reauthorize the Children’s Services Council, while the other would continue the Palm Beach County School District’s .25-mill levy to fund fine arts and other special programs for another four years. Question 1: Children’s Services Council more...

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Make Safety A Priority When Enjoying Halloween Festivities

By at October 10, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

In Florida, with our mild fall season, Halloween takes on a unique feel. Reservations are thrown to the wind as young and those young at heart enjoy the masquerading potential of the holiday. Teens and adults enjoy the freedom to dress in ways that might be unthinkable in daily life, while babies and toddlers are dressed to be as cute as can be. However, for most kids, more...

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Join The Fight: October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By at October 3, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

For nearly 30 years, October has been recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This annual observance is a lifesaving exercise in awareness through visibility and education. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lifetime, but the good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s more...

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Better Laws, Cultural Shift Needed To Stop Texting And Driving

By at September 26, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

It has been one year since texting and driving finally became illegal in the State of Florida. Lagging dangerously behind most other states, it took Florida until the 2013 legislative session to finally pass restrictions on texting while driving. However, the ban was set up as a secondary offense, meaning that drivers cannot be pulled over for texting and driving alone. A more...

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Firing Paul Schofield Would Be A Grave Mistake For Wellington

By at September 19, 2014 | 12:02 am | 2 Comments

A particularly nasty rumor surfaced this week. The word on the street is that members of the Wellington Village Council plan to present a motion calling for the dismissal of longtime Village Manager Paul Schofield. That would be the same Paul Schofield who helped Wellington weather the economic storm of recent years, slashing the budget without gutting village services. more...

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