Road and dock closings for SunFest

Fireworks light up the crowds watching during the final night of Sunfest in downtown West Palm Beach on May 3, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

City docks will close for SunFest next week, and there’ll be road closings and detours downtown. Here’s the official schedule from the City of West Palm Beach:

Road Closures
Wednesday, April 26, 9 a.m. – Wednesday May 10, 6 p.m.:
Flagler Drive Closed between Banyan Blvd. and Lakeview Ave.
Narcissus Avenue between Evernia Street and Datura Street.
North Clematis Street between Lantana Avenue and Flagler Drive.
Evernia Street between Narcissus Avenue and Flagler Drive.
Limited Access 
S. Clematis Street between Narcissus Avenue and Flagler Drive.
Datura Street between Narcissus Avenue and Flagler Drive.
Fern Street between Olive Avenue and Flagler Drive.

Sunday May 7, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Limited access

Access from Australian Ave. to West Bound Okeechobee Blvd. will be closed.
The Police Department may close portions of Clematis Street to allow for pedestrian traffic.

No On-Street Parking
Wednesday, April 26

Flagler Drive between Banyan Boulevard and Lakeview Avenue.
North and South Clematis Street (east of Narcissus).
100 Block of Datura Street.
Narcissus St. between Datura St. and Evernia St.
Friday, April 28

Palm Beach Post Park Parking Lot.
100 Block of Fern Street.

Wednesday to Sunday, May 3 to May 7
Portion of the 200 block of Datura Street (Handicapped parking).
Trinity Place between Olive Avenue and Chase Avenue.
Banyan Boulevard between Narcissus and Flagler Drive.
Friday to  Sunday, May 5 to May 7
300 Fern Street between Olive Avenue and Dixie.
300 block of Datura Street (Handicapped parking).

All road closures and meter bags are subject to change.

SunFest will re-open all roads by 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 10.

Dock Schedule
Thursday, April 27 – Wednesday, May 10, docks will be closed.
All docks will re-open Wednesday, May 10 at 6 p.m.

‘Bioclimatic domes’ for West Palm’s waterfront?

West Palm’s waterfront redesign competition has been won by Ecosistema Urbano, with a proposal that  includes what could be the first public “bioclimatic domes” in the U.S., the Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency announced Thursday.

The domes, adorned with hanging gardens, create “climatically comfortable spaces 365 days a year, thereby supporting a more socially cohesive city,” according to a release from Van Alen, which oversaw the competition the proposal.

Ecosistema Urbano’s design, called Open Shore, answers the Shore to Core competition’s call for a comprehensive, forward-thinking urban plan to make West Palm Beach’s waterfront a year-’round destination for locals and visitors, the release said.

“The proposal also illustrates how the city’s Banyan Garage could be ‘up-cycled’ into a mixed-use building with both public- and private-sector roles, featuring adaptive climates suitable for a range of activities, including a farmers market, co-working spaces and skyline viewing platforms. Additional amenities include vibrant thematic alleyways—with such features as a rock climbing wall, interactive exhibition space, and immersive foliage—that harness the cultural values and experiences unique to West Palm Beach, while also providing shade and introducing new elevated programming spaces,” the release said.

The Shore to Core competition invited international designers, planners and architects to envision what the West Palm Beach waterfront could look like over the next 20 to 30 years, taking population, the economy and the environment into account.

Ecosistema Urbano  is scheduled to present the proposal next month to the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, which will identify priority projects within the Banyan Garage and downtown alleyways and then contract with the company. This will be followed by outreach to the community about the individual elements that are scheduled for possible implementation in late 2017 or early 2018.

 

 

Vice Admiral Jan Tighe to Discuss Cybersecurity, Cyberwarfare

 Vice Admiral Jan Tighe will join the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches on Friday, May 5, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center to share insights on the United States’ use of technology to enhance our military operations and combat cybersecurity attacks. She will also discuss the new methods being employed to not only exploit our enemies but defeat them.

Tighe assumed duties as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and the 66th Director of Naval Intelligence in July 2016. She is one of the highest ranking women in the U.S. Navy and the highest ranking female Information Warfare Officer. She was also the first woman to command a numbered fleet (U.S. 10th Fleet).

This event is open to the public, and tickets may be purchased online at forumclubpalmbeach.org or by contacting Wendy Norris at 561-881-9977 or wnorris@forumclubpb.com. For more information about the event, visit www.forumclubpalmbeach.org.

 

The event takes place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. and the program begins at noon.

Cost:  $40 for member tickets; $50 for guest tickets ordered by members; $75 for public tickets; $450 for a table of 10 ordered by members.

 

 

 

 

Oxbridge seniors win internships with St. Louis Cardinals

Left to right: Jordan Bustabed, Larry Baio and Steven Ginsberg

This news release, from West Palm’s Oxbridge Academy:

Oxbridge Academy students have figured out a way to combine two of their passions: math and baseball for the ultimate summer internship. Seniors Jordan Bustabad of West Palm Beach and Steven Ginsberg of Palm Beach Gardens who have been hired as interns with St. Louis Cardinals’ farm team, the Palm Beach Cardinals.

The students were hired for their knowledge of sabermetrics, which they learned in their Honors Math Seminar Class at Oxbridge Academy taught by faculty member Larry Baio.

Luis Morales, assistant director of International Operations for The Cardinals, visited the Oxbridge sabermetrics class at the invitation of Baio.  He was impressed the students’ expertise on the Trackman software system which tracks and analyses hits in a baseball game, based on sabermetrics concepts they learned in the classroom.  He offered two internships for this summer and invited interested students to apply.  Bustabad and Ginsberg were selected to fill the positions.

“As a math teacher, it’s rewarding to see students get excited to apply a math concept they learned in my class into the real world and, in this case, earn an internship which can help them in their future academic and career pursuits,” Baio said.

At each of the Palm Beach Cardinals farm team games at Roger Dean Stadium from April through September Bustabad and Ginsberg will be stationed in the stadium’s press area, recording the speed, location and trajectory of the ball each time a batter connects with the ball. They will then analyze the resulting data and, per Major League Baseball protocol, share it with both the home and visiting teams.

 

Ginsberg said, “At Oxbridge our teachers help us see how what we are learning has real world applications. This is a perfect example of that concept.  I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to use what I learned in math class in an internship that will be both fun and helpful for my future.”

 

Art glass show coming downtown

Taylor Materio

Downtown West Palm Beach will host Glass Quest 2017 next month, a weekend of education, inspiration and engagement for art glass enthusiasts.

The conference will feature presentations, exhibitions, roundtable discussions and more from glass visionaries and industry leaders.

Glass Quest 2017 is produced by McMow Art Glass and Wardell Products. Event sponsors include the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District, Bullseye Glass Co., Habatat Galleries and Jen-Ken Kilns. It will take place May 26 – 28 at 522 Clematis St.

“Glass Quest 2017 will give local artists the opportunity to network and learn about the evolving world of art glass from industry leaders from around the world,” said Taylor Materio, Creative Director of McMow Art Glass.

For the Glass Quest 2017 agenda or to register, visit www.mcmow.com. Registration for the conference is $350 and includes all workshops and activities.

Free STD/HIV testing today in West Palm Beach

On Tuesday, April 25, Planned Parenthood health centers are offering free STD/HIV testing in Palm Beach County, Miami and the Treasure Coast. As part of a national campaign, ‘Get Yourself Tested’ month is an effort to normalize STD testing and urge people to have open, honest communication around sexually transmitted infections and ways to stay safe.

The West Palm Beach location for testing is the West Palm Beach Health Center, which will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is at 931 Village Blvd., Suite 904 (in the Publix shopping center).

This is also a good time to talk to teens about STD prevention. In Palm Beach County, teens 17 and under can always get an STD/HIV test free of charge at Planned Parenthood health centers. Planned Parenthood also offers educational programs for parents where they can learn best practices for talking to kids about sexuality and safe sex.

 

Florida leads the nation in new HIV infections. In fact, out of all Florida counties, Miami-Dade and Broward continue to stand at number 1 and 2 respectively in the U.S. in new HIV infections, according to state and federal data.

Palm Beach County saw a nearly a 30 percent spike in these STDs (gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis) from 2009 to 2014, increasing from 4,972 cases to 6,419.

 

For more information, please visit www.ppsenfl.org.

Heart & Soul Fest heats up Historic Northwest tonight

Heart & Soul Fest returns today, April 22 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Historic Northwest District, across from the legendary Sunset Lounge

The free event, at Rosemary Avenue and 8th Street features music, soul food and family activities including arts and crafts, face painting, a children’s dance contest, crowd trivia, a health fair and parades.

 

 

The entertainment will include R&B star Chanté Moore, along with local bands Deep Fried Funk, Zion’s Sons Gospel Choir, and Faith’s Place.  There will be activities for the entire family with and more.  Local vendors will dish up tasty soul food including favorites like BBQ ribs, pulled pork, fried chicken, and mac and cheese.

 

Free shuttle service and parking is available in the Palm Beach County Judicial and Governmental Center Parking lot on Banyan Boulevard at Rosemary Avenue.

Entertainment Schedule

All day              Heath Fair

1:30 – 2:15      Parade – Faith’s Place Marching Band and Steel Drummers
2:30 – 3:00      Senior Fit Tips
3:30 – 4:00      Natural Movers Dance Party
4:15 – 5:00      Zion’s Sons Gospel Choir
5:00 – 5:15      Children’s Dance Contest
5:30 – 6:15      Deep Fried Funk
6:30 – 8:00      Chanté Moore

 

 

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Letter from the mayor on traffic concerns: We’re on it

Muoio (City of WPB)

After months of complaints at public forums about downtown traffic and construction that threatens to intensify it, Mayor Jeri Muoio on Friday released this open letter to the public:

An Open Letter from Mayor Jeri Muoio

Whether you are a resident, visitor or business owner, you’ve no doubt appreciated that West Palm Beach is a vibrant, resilient and thriving City. From the new businesses opening each day to the new developments breaking ground; from the creation of the Flagler Financial District to Community Redevelopment Agency projects including the Shore to Core waterfront redesign, the Sunset Lounge revitalization in the Historic Northwest, and the Currie Park redesign; from the Brightline train station opening this summer to the full reopening of the Flagler Bridge by FDOT, this is a time of tremendous progress in the City. Many have begun to realize what most of us here have long known. This is a special place offering the best quality of life for those who live or do business here. The greatness of the City of West Palm Beach isn’t a secret anymore.

With these successes and recognition come “growing pains”. Many of you have voiced concerns about frustrating traffic in our community. Some of you have questioned what the City is doing about it or whether our roads can handle any additional development. We hear you, and we understand your concerns. The City is taking action on this. Balancing mobility with development and livability is more than just my vision. It is a top priority!

Historically, Government’s approach to congested traffic was simply to build more roads and lanes. Unfortunately, by the time these new roads and lanes are completed, new traffic has already overwhelmed them. Instead of spending money on this no-win cycle of endless road building, I believe the key to our City’s future is a more balanced approach to mobility.

More people than ever before are connecting to bikes, trains, and cars thanks to new mobility platforms. Some—like noted mobility planner Gabe Klein with CityFi– have described this as a revolution in urban transportation. West Palm Beach needs its own revolution in mobility. I envision a future where moving people, goods, trolleys, bikes, trains and vehicles is vastly more efficient, sustainable, safe and comfortable than what we are currently experiencing.

Soon, the City will connect a series of studies now underway to develop our future mobility system. You might already know that we have commissioned a mobility study. Conducted by Alta Planning + Design, this study will be the cornerstone upon which we build that revolutionary new system. The City is also developing a Bike Master Plan to interconnect bike routes throughout the City. We have the potential to be the most bikeable City in the nation. On Monday at the Mayor-Commission Work Session, we heard the recommendations from planners with the international design institute, Gehl Architects, who—after studying West Palm Beach for almost a year– reaffirmed our vision and made new recommendations that we are reviewing closely. This summer, we will share with you the results of the studies, solicit your input and develop a plan of action.

We are also taking immediate steps to relieve the congestion downtown by expanding trolley routes, increasing opportunities for biking and optimizing signal timing. West Palm Beach Police will also conduct enhanced traffic education and enforcement.
Developing our future mobility is a process of incremental changes. We need you to be a part of them. And while change isn’t always easy, change in how we approach mobility is what is needed to help us build a better West Palm Beach.

Sincerely,

Jeri Muoio, Mayor

West Palm wants you for Great American Cleanup

West Palm Beach is seeking volunteers to play a role in the Great American Cleanup on Saturday, trimming vegetation and picking up litter.

The effort takes place April 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers can register at the Evergreen Cemetery, 2825 Rosemary Ave. Volunteers must be ages 8 or over and anyone under 14 must have a parent or guardian volunteering with them.

The Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest community improvement program, engaging more than 5 million volunteers and participants every year to create positive change and lasting impact in local communities. For information, contact Rhonda Barona, Department of Parks and Recreation at 561-804-4906.

Reshaping West Palm’s Historic Northwest

This announcement, from the Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County:

Historic Northwest Rising Build Activity & Block Party

Date: April 22.
Time: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Enjoy a fun weekend of experimenting with what the Sunset Lounge and the open space could look like!  Help create sample installations of improvements including benches, tables, street art, and more.

Family fun: Street Mural Painting, Obstacle Course, Games, Vendors, and more. This event is in conjunction with the Heart and Soul Festival.

Sign up to Volunteer and learn more at www.northwestrising.com or contact The Mosaic Group at info@upscalebymosaic.com or 561.651.9565.

  • Friday April 21:

9 a.m. -noon: Help Create an Obstacle Course for Kids.

  • 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Help Make Crosswalk Art and Shaded Areas.
  • Saturday, April 22:
  • 8 a.m. – noon: Help with Final Touches and Multi-Purpose Game Court.
  • 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Clean up

Volunteers will meet at the Sunset Lounge, located at 609 8th St.