Little Free Library coming to Greenacres

GREENACRES – The city is scheduled to host a Little Free Library ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday.

The event will be held at 1 p.m., Greenacres Community Center, 501 Swain Blvd.

Greenacres said it will be the first city outside Lake Worth to receive a Little Free Library.

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.

Magic shows to be held at Hoffman’s Chocolates this weekend

GREENACRES — Hoffman’s Chocolates will feature magic shows and face painting on Saturday at its 5190 Lake Worth Road store.

Master Magician Gary will perform two 45-minute shows at 1 and 3 p.m.

Guests can also have their faces painted with creative designs and glitter.

The chocolate store will feature the same show at its Palm Beach Gardens store on Sunday at the same time. That store is on 10957 North Military Highway.

The event is free.

 

Who replaced Lisa Rivera in Greenacres?

GREENACRES — John Tharp is back.

Tharp was named city councilman for District I, replacing Lisa Rivera whom Gov. Rick Scott suspended last month after she was charged with stealing more than $23,000 while she was a Boca Raton High School treasurer.

Rivera, who beat Tharp in the 2015 election, has denied the allegations.

Tharp served on the council for four years.

 

 

Who will fill the District I council seat in Greenacres?

GREENACRES — Three candidates will be interviewed at tonight’s city council meeting about Lisa Rivera‘s District I council seat vacancy.

They are: John Tharp, Carole Portillia and Lori Ross.

Rivera was suspended last month by Gov. Rick Scott after she was charged with stealing more than $23,000 while she was treasurer at Boca Raton High School.

Rivera has denied the accusations.

The council is expected to name the new council person tonight.

The term expires in 2019.

 

Greenacres finally joins the Digital Age

GREENACRES –Welcome to the 21st century.

The city now has a Facebook page and a Twitter account.

Greenacres also unveiled a newly designed website in April.

“So many people use social media to gather information,” City Manager Andrea McCue told The Palm Beach Post. “This was an opportunity to connect with people that we otherwise might not reach.”

Councilwoman Judy Dugo said she was happy with the launches.

“It was a long time coming,” she said. “A lot of residents don’t come to our meetings and this will be a good way to get information to them,”

The goal, McCue said, is to get information to residents on events and what they need to know in case of an emergency.

Both accounts have been created to only push out information, McCue said.

“The city is listed as a government organization for Facebook and the page was set up to not allow back and forth dialogue,” McCue said.

Additionally, the city only designated a couple of staffers who can post information.

Lake Worth has been flirting with starting a Facebook page for some time, but the city said it’s concerned about legal issues.

 

 

Why these Greenacres residents are getting a letter from Trump

GREENACRES — The city at Monday’s City Council meeting is scheduled to honor the 2016 President’s Volunteer Service Award winners.

The awards recognizes citizens of all ages who have made a significant committment to volunteer service. In 2005, Greenacres was approved as an official certifying organization for the awards.

Last year, volunteers mentored and counseled kids; helped children with their homework; assisted with youth program events and worked on community service projects.

At Monday’s meeting, Mayor Joel Flores and the city council will honor 22 volunteers who totalled 6,153 hours, the city said.

Each winner receives an official President’s Volunteer Service Award pin, a personalized Certificate of Achievement and a congratulatory letter from President Donald Trump.

Why these Greenacres residents are getting a letter from Trump

GREENACRES — The city at Monday’s City Council meeting is scheduled to honor the 2016 President’s Volunteer Service Award winners.

The awards recognizes citizens of all ages who have made a significant committment to volunteer service. In 2005, Greenacres was approved as an official certifying organization for the awards.

Last year, volunteers mentored and counseled kids; helped children with their homework; assisted with youth program events and worked on community service projects.

At Monday’s meeting, Mayor Joel Flores and the city council will honor 22 volunteers who totalled 6,153 hours, the city said.

Each winner receives an official President’s Volunteer Service Award pin, a personalized Certificate of Achievement and a congratulatory letter from President Donald Trump.

Greenacres elects new mayor, keeps councilwoman

Joel Flores is Greenacres’ new mayor.

GREENACRES — The city has a new mayor for the first time in 29 years.

Joel Flores, the membership director for the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce and political novice, beat Jonathan Pearce, a city councilman since 2010.

Sam Ferreri, who has been the city’s mayor since 1988 and who supported Flores, didn’t seek a 15th term because he said he was unhappy with the direction of the council.

Flores, 35, received 55 percent of the vote out of a total of 1,657 cast.

In the District V race, incumbent Paula Bousquet, 68, fended off challengers Michael Albert, 36 and Bill Kluth, a 73-year-old retired Greenacres police officer.

Bousquet, a councilwoman since 2011, received 52 percent of the vote out of 1,64 cast. Albert and Kluth received 20 percent and 28 percent, respectively.

Wear pink, stop a school bully in Palm Beach County

Students across Palm Beach County will celebrate  Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday to draw attention to bullying.
Students across Palm Beach County will celebrate Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday to draw attention to bullying.

The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County and its nonprofit partners are asking residents to join in a county-wide celebration of Pink Shirt Day.

The international observance started in Canada when a teen boy was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. Bystanders came to school the next day wearing pink to make a statement and to stand up for others. The Literacy Coalition is calling upon organizations, schools and businesses across the county to wear pink on Wednesday in support of bullying prevention programs.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), one in three students say they have been bullied at school. However, school bullying-prevention programs can decrease bullying up to 25 percent, according to DHHS.
This year’s theme for Pink Shirt Day is “Gratitude is the Attitude.” Pink Shirt Day celebrations will be held at several locations, including Greenacres Youth Programs, 501 Martin Avenue from 2;40 to 4:30 p.m., where children will be greeted by Mayor Sam Ferreri, receive snacks and play games.

For more information, visit www.literacypbc.org or call 561-279-9103.

Which best-selling author is coming to Palm Beach County?

an-invisible-thread

GREENACRES — Laura Schroff, author of the New York Times bestseller “An Inviside Thread,” is scheduled to speak with Okeeheelee Midldle School students on Monday.

The book tells the story of an 11-year-old panhandler, a busy sales executive and and an unlikely meeting with destiny.

All students have been taksed with reading the book.

Schroff will meet with students at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

A luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m.

“The book supports Okeeheelee Middle School’s three shared values, (Repsect Everyone, Be Responsible for Yourself, You Are Part of a Community),” Julie Greene, the school’s media specialist, said in a statement. “It really promotes the power of kindness and connection between people.”

This is the first time Okeeheelee Middle has had a school-wide reading program.