Bands join in march for MLK Day

SOUTH BAY — Rosenwald Elementary School and Palm Beach Lakes High School band members collaborated in performing for the Dr. Martin Luther King Day Parade in South Bay on Saturday, Jan. 11. Some of the two schools’ band members get ready to assemble for the MLK Day parade.

Mentoring program plans YELP at The BRIDGE

SOUTH BAY — The Kings Tutoring and Mentoring Foundation Inc. soon will start a new program called YELP that founder Barbara King plans to put in place as soon as they can into the building they’re calling “The BRIDGE.” No relation to the organization known as BRIDGES of Palm Beach County (a Children’s Services Council […]

Senate bill addresses nutrient pollution

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Legislature is expected to address the nutrient pollution that feeds algae blooms during their 2020 session. Florida Senate Bill 712, has been tagged Florida’s Clean Waterways Act. It was filed by Senator Debbie Mayfield on Oct. 30, 2019, and is on the Jan. 22 agenda of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, […]

Business Development Board ramps up efforts

WEST PALM BEACH — The Business Development Board (BDB) of Palm Beach County has been active on several fronts in recent years in trying to build up the Glades Region’s economy. Shereena Coleman, vice president for business facilitation and the Glades Region for the BDB, was asked last week to talk about their efforts after […]

Mast claims Nikki Fried favoring farmers, Fried response: ‘Mast letter incorrect and purposefully misleading’

JACKSONVILLE — Yet another missive from Congressman Brian Mast was stirring up controversy last week, leading to heated debates on social media. In a Jan. 9 letter to Col. Andrew Kelly of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Rep. Mast, a Republican representing the Treasure Coast, accused the corps of allowing a “grave conflict […]

City of Stuart may sue Army Corps of Engineers over lake plan

The City of Stuart may file a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in protest of the USACOE plan to prioritize water supply for the remainder of the dry season.

Over a million taxpayers left waiting for refund

Last year, the Internal Revenue Service’s anti-fraud filter, Filter X, flagged and stopped the processing of almost 1.1 million tax returns, according to Acting National Taxpayer Advocate Bridget T. Roberts. The refunds of these taxpayers were held for weeks or even months, but over half were eventually paid. One Okeechobee family filed their tax return […]

Winter algae blooms reported in Florida waters

Over the past month, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has investigated 17 reports of algae blooms in Florida. While algae and cyanobacteria blooms are commonly seen in Florida lakes, ponds and waterways in the summer, the algae and cyanobacteria are always present and the right conditions can result in a “bloom” even in the […]

Cultural Council offering $7,500 artists’ fellowships in 2020

LAKE WORTH BEACH — The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County announces a new initiative for 2020: It is launching a new funding program for artists across all disciplines designed to honor and support the creative individuals who comprise Palm Beach County’s cultural sector, according to a flier from the organization. “Through a generous grant […]

Legal age to buy tobacco raised to 21

OKEECHOBEE — It’s official! No one under the age of 21 can legally buy tobacco in any form after President Trump signed a new spending package that included an amendment to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act on Dec.20. Immediately following this, the FDA officially changed the federal minimum age to purchase tobacco from […]