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.

 

Wanna sign up your kid for a fall baseball league? Better do it now

GREENACRES — The city’s Leisure Services department has started accepting registrations for a newly formed Youth Baseball Fall League for children ages 4 to 14 years old.

It’s a co-ed recreational league where all players are welcome, regardless of skill level or ability. Registration will be open through July 28.

Cost is $90 for residents; $110 for non-residents.

Registration forms and payment are accepted at the Greenacres Community Center, 501 Swain Blvd.,  Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. -to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. -to1:00 p.m.

Parents must provide a birth certificate for each child registered, and proof of residency (utility bill) is required in order to receive the $20 city resident discount. Registration fees include a uniform shirt and hat.

The league is limited to the first 48 participants in each age division.

Age levels are: Shetland: 4-6 years old (a flat $90 fee for this division); Pinto: 7-8 years old; Mustang: 9-10 years old; Bronco: 11-12 years old;
Pony: 13-14 years old.

For more information on the Youth Baseball Fall League with South Florida Young Guns and the Athletic Scholarship Program for Greenacres residents, call 561-642-2090 or Bill at 954-895-4315, or visit www.greenacresfl.gov/leisure/page/youth-athletics or www.southfloridayoungguns.com.

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.

Why is Greenacres mayoral candidate taking his opponent’s sign?

Greenacres mayoral candidate Jonathan Pearce removing a sign of his challenger, Joel Flores.

GREENACRES — Early Tuesday afternoon, a picture of mayoral candidate Jonathan Pearce removing a sign of his challenger, Joel Flores, from the Pine Ridge North II condo, began circulating on Facebook.

Pearce, who lives in the condo on Sea Pine Way and who has served on the council since 2010, admitted he took the sign, but said he did it for a reason.

“Joel was asked by our homeowner’s association to take the signs down because they were in the (Palm Beach) County right of way,” Pearce said. “He’s been doing it all election to cause trouble. They asked him to remove the signs a couple of times and he didn’t do it, so I took ’em.”

Flores denied Pearce’s claim.

“I have not been notified about removing any signs,” he said. “All my signs have been placed near or next to his.”

An attempt to reach the HOA was unsuccessful.

Flores said last week City Clerk Joanna Cunningham notified him by email that a handful of his signs were dumped in a fenced area behind Okeeheelee Middle School on Pinehurst Drive and that he needed to retrieve them.

“They were all thrown behind a barbed wire fence,” Flores said. “I didn’t put them there. I wasn’t going to jump onto private property with barbed wire fence to pick up my yard signs.”

Flores said as of this afternoon about 70 of his signs have gone missing.