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It’s Time For An Independent Redistricting Panel In Florida

By at August 28, 2015 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

The embarrassing failure of the Florida Legislature to craft new congressional districts in accordance with a recent order by the Florida Supreme Court has once again demonstrated that such a nakedly political body cannot craft the “fair districts” now called for in Florida’s constitution. Therefore, it might be time for Florida to follow the lead of other states more...

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The Height Of Storm Season Has Arrived… Are Your Prepared?

By at August 21, 2015 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

To paraphrase Elton John: Danny is traveling today in the sea; it’s in the Atlantic but making its way from the east. Now, I can see Danny’s a tropical storm, but it looks like Danny might hit the Florida shores. The six weeks from the middle of August through the end of September tend to be the most active weeks of the Atlantic hurricane season, and while this more...

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Careful On The Roads As Schools Countywide Begin New Year

By at August 14, 2015 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

For students across Palm Beach County, this Monday is when summer comes to its fateful — and, in the minds of some, far-too-soon — conclusion. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were writing about the Class of 2015 graduating, congratulating them on their accomplishments and the hard work they had done to earn their diplomas. Yet here we are again, on the cusp more...

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Preparing For Sea Level Rise Requires Action, Not Rhetoric

By at August 7, 2015 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

While the politicians debate if and why the climate is changing, Florida needs action — especially regarding one key factor that could spell doom for our low-lying state: sea level rise. Last weekend, the third annual Sea Level Rise Symposium took place at the Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches, featuring a series of presentations, workshops and forums on topics more...

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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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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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