After CANVAS outdoor show, there continues to “Be Art”

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“Be Art” by Laura Kimpton
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The Canvas Outdoor Museum Show has furled its official events for the year but leaves behind a wealth of art downtown and in Northwood, including some that’s still in the works.

“Be Art,” the Laura Kimpton piece that invites viewers to connect with it, is almost done, with all five letters in place beside North Flagler Drive near the Darth Vader building. It’s partly hidden behind construction materials from the Flagler Memorial Bridge project, but you can sneak a peak by walking around the west side of the building.

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At the Northwood container art farm, two views of the same container, front and back

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There are too many good pieces to mention, but also be sure to check out the murals under the middle bridge, visible only from the sidewalk, or from the water. There are some nice pieces by South Florida artists, as well, in Northwood, painted on the sides of shipping containers.

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The installers: Chief fabricator Jeff Schomberg, left, with Dion Allen, welding each letter of “Be Art” into position.

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‘Coffee with Cops’ draws community interest

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Officers Richard Howard (left) and Anthony Goindoo (right) with students from Forest Hill High School’s Criminal Justice Academy.

About two dozen people turned out Wednesday morning for a meet-and-greet with West Palm Beach police, at a McDonald’s on 45th Street.

The ‘Coffee with Cops’ event, from 8 to 10 a.m., included an appearance by Chief Bryan Kummerlen and several other members of West Palm’s Finest.

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Motorcycle Officer Mike Lemoine

Many McDonald’s franchises have been hosting sessions with cops around the county, amid a nationwide call for closer ties between police officers and the communities they watch over.

This was the second such event in West Palm. Det. Lori Colombino, spokeswoman for the department, said the first one already resulted in closer ties between police and city utility workers, whose frequent travel around the city allows them to alert police to what they see.

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(Left) Captain Tameca West, (Center) Chief Bryan Kummerlen, (Right) Ricky Wade (owner of the store), students from the Forest Hill High Criminal Justice Academy.

‘Coffee with a Cop’ Wednesday at 45th Street McDonald’s

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West Palm Beach police officers will be available to chat with area residents over a free cup of coffee this Wednesday morning at the McDonald’s at 4275 45th St.

McDonald’s has been sponsoring ‘Coffee with a Cop’ events at various locations in Palm Beach County.

The 45th Street event, Nov. 30 from 8 to 10 a.m., involves no speeches or agenda, just a chance to chat with police about whatever issues are on your mind. It’s the McDonald’s that’s on the north side of 45th, between I-95 and N. Military Trail.

 

Take a seat — Tickets on sale for new spring training ballpark

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Even as construction is still rounding third base, Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is inviting you to its new home.

The spring training stadium of the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals has posted on its website (ballparkpalmbeaches.com) that season tickets go on sale today, Nov. 28, and that single game tickets will be available in January.

The stadium, on North Haverhill Road just south of 45th Street, is scheduled for opening day on Feb. 28, when the Astros and Nats will play each other.

Season ticket prices range from $360 for infield boxes for 15 Astros games, to $1,271 for home plate box seats for a full season, for both teams.

For more info or to buy seats, go to the website or call 844-676-2017, ext. 2.

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Florida’s Funniest Comedian finals at CityPlace

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Palm Beach Improv is hosting the Florida’s Funniest Finals on Dec. 1.
The venue at 550 S Rosemary Ave. plans to name Florida’s Funniest Comedian 2016, showcasing  undiscovered talent.

The winners of each round will be chosen by industry experts and the finals are being judged by big names in South Florida comedy, the men and women who book comedians day in and day out.

Tickets are $15, 18 & over, two drink minimum, all sales are final and show times are subject to change.

The show starts at 8 p.m., doors open at 7. For information, visit http://www.palmbeach.improv.com.

Learn more about plans for I-95 interchange at Southern Boulevard at upcoming meeting

The Florida Department of Transportation is having an open house this week for those interested in learning about plans for the Interstate 95 interchange at Southern Boulevard.

The workshop, which is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 with a presentation at 6 p.m., will review the different alternatives being considered by the state as it plans for an expected surge in traffic at the interchange over the next 10 years.

Southern Boulevard facing west toward the I-95 interchange, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)
Southern Boulevard facing west toward the I-95 interchange, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

An October presentation by FDOT to the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization about the project grew tense, as MPO Board members expressed concern for what they said was a lack of communication from the state, particularly regarding the need for the interchange to be redone.

The project is in the very early planning stages, with engineers and consultants now reviewing options for what could be done to make sure the interchange can handle the amount of traffic it’s estimated to see over the next two decades.

Among the options for the interchange discussed in October are adding one or two flyovers, adding or changing lane configurations on all of the ramps, updating signals and widening bike lanes.

The state has a website where residents can keep up with the latest on the project: www.i95atsouthern.com.

Work is planned for nearly every I-95 interchange in Palm Beach County over the next 20 years, part of the state’s efforts to take a long-range look at traffic levels along major arteries.

If you go

What: Florida Department of Transportation Alternatives Public Workshop for the Project Development and Environment Study for the I-95/Southern Boulevard interchange in West Palm Beach

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1

Where: Palm Beach Airport Hilton, 150 Australian Ave., West Palm Beach

Information: Contact project manager Anson Sonnett at 954-777-4474 or anson.sonnett@dot.state.fl.us.

Carvel today has buy-one-get-one-free to benefit Hurricane Matthew relief

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Carvel today has a Buy-One-Get-One Free Cone Day at all Florida shops to help collect money for The American Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew.

West Palm’s new downtown curfew starts

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The city’s tightened curfew law takes effect this weekend.

Anyone under 18 is persona non grata downtown from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., unless accompanied by a parent or going to or from work.

Sandi’s back: Holiday sand tree rises on waterfront

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Team Sandtastic tamps down the sand before carving sand tree

The boys are back at it with their pails and shovels. They’re rebuilding Sandi, the holiday tree that will grace the waterfront.

No Douglas fir for West Palm Beach. Sandi, which will rise 35 feet above the city’s Great Lawn, is being constructed of 600 tons of tamped down and intricately carved sand. A group called Team Sandtastic is creating the annual feature now through Nov. 23.

Rain tamped down the fun last year, sending the team back to rework the design as best they could. This year they’ve dried out the sand more in advance, so that Sandi’s water content will be lower to begin with and more likely to withstand a downpour.

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Fern Street closed at rail crossing through Nov. 22 for Brightline work

Fern Street at the Florida East Coast Railway crossing in downtown West Palm Beach closed this morning, and will remain closed for nearly two weeks.

The road will reopen at 6 p.m. Nov. 22, after crews complete work on the grade crossing to prepare for All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger-rail service.

A rendering of All Aboard's Florida's West Palm Beach station sits on the top floor of the building, overlooking downtown, after "topping off" ceremonies, signaling construction of the building has hit a new milestone and reached its top elevation, Friday, September 30, 2016. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)
A rendering of All Aboard’s Florida’s West Palm Beach station sits on the top floor of the building, overlooking downtown, after “topping off” ceremonies, signaling construction of the building has hit a new milestone and reached its top elevation, Friday, September 30, 2016. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

This closure follows one to perform similar work at the rail crossing just south of Fern Street on Gardenia.

Suggested detours: access locations west of the tracks on Fern via either Sapodilla or Tamarind avenues; access locations east of the tracks on Fern via Quadrille Boulevard.

Get the latest news on All Aboard Florida’s Brightline rail service.