Mind the gap: Flagler Bridge lane closure coming

This word, from the Florida Department of Transportation:

The Flagler Memorial Bridge will have nightly lane closures from 9 p.m. to
6 a.m. Monday, April 3, to Wednesday, April 5, with closures alternating between
eastbound and westbound lanes. One lane will remain open during this time.

Flaggers will direct traffic as work is done on the roadway, sidewalk and span locks. The Flagler Memorial Bridge Replacement Project includes replacing the drawbridge connecting the Town of Palm Beach and the City of West Palm Beach over the Lake Worth Lagoon and the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW). The 106 million project is scheduled for completion this spring.
For more information about the Flagler Memorial Bridge Replacement Project, call Public Information Officer Angel Gardner at 561-702-9096 or email her at
Angel.Gardner@qcausa.com. Information can also be found on the project website: www.flaglerbridge.com.

Happy 98th to WWII vet Harold Lynn

Harold Lynn rattles off his list: two kids, six grandchildren and — “are you sitting down? — 22 great-grandchildren.”

Lynn, of Palm Beach, turns 98 on March 20.

A Coast Guard seaman in World War II, for four years he was stationed on a troop transport with hotelier Conrad Hilton at the helm.

When he went into the service at age 23, he’d been married a year. “I got a freebie,” he recalls: “My son was born while I was on a ship, so the government paid for the birth.”

Now that son, Richard, is a 71-year-old retired Palm Beach physician, and his daughter, Sandy Chessman, a Boca Raton nurse, is 66.

Harold spent the war years shuttling troops to Italy, India and the Philippines, with all the crazy unpredictability the war could muster. At one point the ship was on its way to the South Pacific, then got redirected to Boston and when it got there, the orders changed to Calcutta. “It was a madhouse.”

Hilton, he says, was “the most wonderful captain.” Hilton already was in the hotel business at that point, and Lynn recalls that, while they were on liberty one day in New York, he invited the crew to his hotel for dinner. “A hell of a nice guy.”

Lynn, originally from Brooklyn, was born in 1919. During the depression his family was homeless and lived on the street, he recalls. His father was a musician, and when the economy collapsed, the family lost its money and house. Eventually they moved in with Lynn’s grandfather.

Lynn left the service at age 27, in 1946. He spent a year at New  York University and then went into the travel business. He owned two Long Island travel agencies, in Cedarhurst and Lido Beach.

These days, long retired, he takes morning walks for exercise. The 97-year-old gave up tennis this past summer. “It was very hot.”

He’s looking forward to a celebration at synagogue this weekend in Palm Beach, and at his daughter’s club house in Boca on Monday.

He feels lucky to be alive, he says, especially since his mother died at 49 and his brother at 44. Lynn’s wife, Ruth, died 10 years ago, but he has “a lady friend,” Sue Deutsch.

He’s so old, he says, “In my building, they come over and touch me like I’m Moses.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have your say, as West Palm peddles bicycle plan

West Palm Beach is working on a Bike Master Plan to link bike routes throughout the city and get more people on bikes and out of cars, and the city wants your help.

Consultants McMahon Associates is conducting a Bike Master Plan study and will make recommendations as to where the routes should be. The City will host a series of public meetings on the study and solicit public input, starting tomorrow.

Meetings are scheduled in the northern, central and southern parts of the city:

  • March 15, 2017, 6-7:30 p.m., Manatee Lagoon on North Flagler Drive.
  • March 22, 2017, 6-7:30 p.m., Flagler Room at City Hall.
  • March 29, 2017, 6-7:30 p.m., Conniston Middle School.

The City also plans to host events in support of Bike-to-Work Week, scheduled for March 27-31.

Help re-imagine downtown West Palm Beach

Jon Ward (PB Post staff photo)

Finalists in a competition to re-imagine West Palm’s downtown and waterfront have their proposals on display through March 30, in an exhibit outside City Hall on Clematis Street.

The city’s Community Redevelopment Agency is requesting public feedback on the final design concepts for the Shore to Core waterfront design and research competition in partnership with the Van Alen Institute, a non-profit organizer of competitions

The public can view the proposals and text comments about each design to the number provided at the exhibit.  The exhibit will also be on display at the city’s Clematis by Night downtown event on March 30, 6-9 p.m.  The concepts also can be viewed and public comments made on the competition website: vanalen.org/projects/shore-to-core/.

Jon Ward, executive director of the Community Redevelopment Agency, said the competition and public comments “will help West Palm Beach develop a strong framework to help the city be innovative and adaptive.”

By land and sea, boat show to crowd downtown, close roads and docks

The 32nd Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show is coming March 23-26, and that means boaters and motorists need to be aware of upcoming changes in the rules of the road, some of them already in effect.

The city docks are closed through March 31 at 5 p.m., as are Northbound Flagler Drive between Lakeview Avenue and Banyan Boulevard. Two southbound lanes of Flagler are open, at least until next weekend.

Today, — Monday — through Wednesday, March 29 at 5 p.m., Narcissus Avenue will be closed between Evernia and Datura streets.

Next Sunday, March 19, starting at 6 a.m., Southbound Flagler will close between Lakeview and Banyan. (So, Flagler Drive will be closed northbound and southbound.)

Southbound Flagler Drive will reopen March 28 at 5 p.m., and on Friday, March 31 at 5 p.m. all lanes of Flagler reopen.

Clematis by Night festivities on Thursday, March 23 and the waterfront GreenMarket on Saturday, March 25, are canceled.

All city garages, including at Banyan and the courthouse, will remain open.

The boat show will feature more than $1.2 billion  worth of boats,  yachts  and accessories.

The boats range from 8-foot inflatables to power boats, fishing boats, center consoles, bow riders, personal watercraft and super yachts over 150 feet, the latter which you are free to purchase and donate to your favorite journalist. Also at the show: pre-owned yachts, electronics and accessories, seminars, kids fishing clinics, exotic cars and live music.

Making a bicycle master plan — public meetings soon

West Palm Beach is putting together a plan to make the city more conducive to and safer for bicycle riding, and your help is invited.

The city has three public meetings scheduled on the Bicycle Master Plan:

  • In the northern part of the city, there’s a meeting March 15 at Manatee Lagoon, 6000 N. Flagler Drive, from 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Downtown there’s a meeting March 22, 6-7:30 p.m. in city hall’s Flagler Gallery.
  • At Conniston Middle School, 3630 Parker Ave., there’s a meeting March 29, from 6-7:30 p.m.

 

Bike safety campaign at Xing of Forest Hill and Military

 This, from the Florida Department of Transportation:

 

A pedestrian and bicycle safety campaign will be conducted at the intersection of Forest Hill Boulevard and Military Trail on Tuesday, March 7, by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Palm Springs Police Department.

Volunteers will hand out safety literature and talk to pedestrians and bicyclists about ways to stay safe during their daily travels. The goal is to reduce the number of crashes and injuries at the busy intersection.

Other participants include Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Health Care District of Palm Beach County Trauma Agency, St. Mary’s Medical Center and Delray Medical Center Trauma Centers, Village of Palm Springs and South Florida Commuter Services.

For more information, contact Carmen Pullins, FDOT District Four Community Traffic Safety Program Manager, at 954-777-4361 or  carmen.pullins@dot.state.fl.us or Franchesca Taylor, Palm Beach MPO Bicycle, Pedestrian and Transportation Demand Management Coordinator, at 561-684-4170 or FTaylor@PalmBeachMPO.org.

President Trump, you might want to attend this one

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This word, but not the click-bait headline, from the Florida Department of Transportation:

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and its project partners will host a preconstruction open house for the upcoming Southern Boulevard/State Road 80 Bridge Replacement Project on March 15.

The meeting, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., will take place at St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, Cultural Center, 110 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach.

Attendees will have the opportunity to review renderings of the new drawbridge, the construction plans and traffic control plans. Project team personnel will be available throughout the meeting to discuss the project and answer questions.

The Southern Boulevard Bridge Replacement Project consists of replacing the existing bascule bridge and tide relief bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway and Lake Worth Lagoon between the Town of Palm Beach and City of West Palm Beach. The project runs from Washington Road in West Palm to State Road A1A/South Ocean Boulevard in Palm Beach.

New decorative lighting, pedestrian features, traffic signals and drainage are included. A temporary bridge will be built north of the existing bridge to maintain traffic while the replacement bascule bridge is under construction.

Construction will begin in April 2017 and be completed by late 2020. The estimated construction cost is $93 million.

If you need special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or require translation services (free of charge,) contact Angel Streeter Gardner, Public Information Officer, at least seven days prior to the meeting. She can be reached at 561-702-9096 or via email at Angel.Gardner@qcausa.com.

For more information about the project, visit www.southernblvdbridge.com.

Greene school adds robot to staff

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Greene School 3rd Grader Lillie Kniskern talks about an assignment with Satya Rabb, on screen. (contributed)

 

The Greene School has added a robot to its staff, in a manner of speaking.

School officials say that Doublebot — a rolling, “Sheldon Cooper-like” robot with an iPad for a head — is used to let children who are sick at home call in to be part of a class if they’re up to it.

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4th Grader Phoenix Unzuela hangs out with onscreen classmate Bianca Zapatier.

The pre-K to 6th grade school opened in 2016 at 2001 S. Dixie Highway.

Students from the school will showcase their talents in art and dance on March 2 for parents, family and the public at Persson Hall, at the Kravis Center on Okeechobee Boulevard.

General seating is $5. Tickets may be purchased through the Kravis Center Box Office. Online: https://max.kravis.org/websales/ ; Box Office Phone: 561-832-7469

For information about the school, visit www.thegreeneschool.com.