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Will The County’s New Inspector General Face The Same Fate?

By at July 25, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

Shortly after former Palm Beach County Inspector General Sheryl Steckler announced that she was leaving, we urged the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics, which serves as the selection committee for a new inspector general, to find a replacement equally as tough — someone committed to the vision of a Palm Beach County free from even the hint of corruption. While more...

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Don’t Become A Victim: ‘Lock It Or Lose It,’ Warns The PBSO

By at July 18, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

It’s the middle of the summer. Days are long, it’s always too hot or too wet, and the magic of summer vacation has dimmed in kids off from school. It’s also prime season for vandalism and petty thefts — especially opportunistic vehicle burglaries. Need proof? Just peruse the blotter. Here in the western communities, violent crime is rare, but property crime more...

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‘Happy Days Are Here Again,’ But Beware Itch To Overspend

By at July 11, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

“Happy Days Are Here Again!” That popular old ditty has become the motto of local municipalities preparing budgets for the upcoming year. After seven long years of austerity, the money has begun to pour in again. Suddenly, projects put on the back burner for the better part of a decade are back in vogue. Positions are being added, not eliminated. And spending plans more...

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Don’t Let Complacency Leave You And Your Family In Danger

By at July 4, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

As the Town-Crier went to press, Tropical Storm Arthur, the first named storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, was swirling off Florida’s east coast. While expected to bring some wet weather, Arthur is not forecast to seriously impact South Florida, as it stays off the coast heading northward, perhaps becoming a hurricane as it approaches the Carolinas. Chalk more...

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Have A Great Fourth Of July, But Leave Fireworks To The Pros

By at June 27, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

The Fourth of July is the highlight of the summer season across the nation. The kids are out of school, parents are out of work and our nation comes together to celebrate its independence. Much like any other holiday, it’s an opportunity for us to kick back and enjoy the day with family and friends. Whether you’re planning a barbecue, a day at the beach or more...

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Let’s Hope Latest Attempt At Equestrian Plan Is A Success

By at June 20, 2014 | 12:03 am | 0 Comment

This week, members of the Wellington Village Council hit the restart button on drawing up what could become the village’s long-awaited equestrian master plan. In a meeting with the Equestrian Preserve Committee, the council took yet another first step in attempting to tackle the issue. While we are glad to see another attempt at planning for Wellington’s equestrian more...

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Let Traditional Public Schools Keep Money For Arts Funding

By at June 13, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

Palm Beach County is considering putting forward a referendum in November that, if passed by voters, would continue the existing .25-mill property tax levy that has helped fund cash-strapped public schools over the past six years. When state budget shortfalls led to major cuts in education funding, the tax was put in place to help finance non-core programs for more...

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State Funding Will Finally Make College Campus A Reality

By at June 6, 2014 | 12:02 am | 0 Comment

After years of false starts, funding for the long-planned new Palm Beach State College campus in Loxahatchee Groves has finally made it through the state appropriations process, getting added to the budget by the Florida State Legislature and given the stamp of approval by Gov. Rick Scott this week. Several times before, the legislature has approved the funds, only to more...

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Make Sure You Are Ready For An Active Hurricane Season

By at May 30, 2014 | 12:04 am | 0 Comment

With the first storm of the Pacific hurricane season churning off the coast of Mexico, and the Atlantic hurricane season beginning in just a few days, now is the time to prepare for hurricane season. Each year, the Town-Crier urges its readers to plan early for storms, and this year is no exception — especially since forecasters are predicting an active storm more...

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Take A Moment To Remember The Meaning Of Memorial Day

By at May 23, 2014 | 12:01 am | 0 Comment

In a week marred by continuing revelations of a scandal in the Department of Veterans Affairs, the entire country is getting a better look at what our men and women who put their lives on the line for our country deal with each day. From hospital overcrowding and alarmingly long wait times, to a system that falsifies information, taking advantage of veterans for its more...

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