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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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A Need Exists, But Is There The Will To Act On Senior Housing?

By at March 13, 2015 | 12:02 am | 1 Comments

Once again, senior issues played a key role in a local election campaign. Will the issue continue to hold sway now that the voting has ended? All three candidates standing in the recent Royal Palm Beach election favored the idea of building a senior living facility at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. It is an idea that has been on the drawing board for several years. more...

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Keep Ron Jarriel & Ryan Liang In Lox Groves

By at March 6, 2015 | 12:02 am | 1 Comments

After meeting with the candidates seeking council seats in Loxahatchee Groves, the Town-Crier offers our opinion in advance of the Tuesday, March 10 municipal election. Loxahatchee Groves Town Council, Seats 1 & 3 — Normally, we evaluate each municipal council seat separately, but in this case, it seems a better idea to look at both seats together. In the race more...

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Re-Elect Dave Swift In Royal Palm Beach

By at March 6, 2015 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

After meeting with the candidates seeking a council seat in Royal Palm Beach, the Town-Crier offers our opinion in advance of the Tuesday, March 10 municipal election. Royal Palm Beach Village Council, Seat 2 — This election features three candidates: incumbent Vice Mayor Dave Swift, former Councilwoman Martha Webster and former Planning & Zoning Commissioner more...

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It’s Time To Re-Evaluate Florida’s High-Stakes Testing Regime

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

High school juniors (and their teachers) breathed a collective sigh of relief this week when Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order to suspend the 11th-grade Florida Standards Assessment for English language arts. At least for now, it’s one less test to take in a seemingly endless barrage of high-stakes standardized assessments that have come to dominate Florida more...

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Keeping Property Crime On The Run Requires Effort From All

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

In a presentation last week to the Wellington Village Council, Capt. Jay Hart, commander of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office District 8 substation, stressed a significant drop in property crime in the community over the past year. Hart attributed the 13.2 percent drop in property crime complaints to a consistent focus on the issue, including detectives who work more...

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