Palm Beach County http://blog.wlrn.org en Panther Adopted Out By Dying Owner Now At Palm Beach Zoo http://blog.wlrn.org/post/panther-adopted-out-dying-owner-now-palm-beach-zoo <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">It's not unusual to find a Florida panther among the other "big cats" in a typical Florida zoo. &nbsp;But the&nbsp;Palm Beach Zoo's new arrival is one with a poignant history.</span></p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:04:21 +0000 Christine DiMattei 24237 at http://blog.wlrn.org Panther Adopted Out By Dying Owner Now At Palm Beach Zoo Broward, Palm Beach Beat Other U.S. Metro Areas In Jobless Drop http://blog.wlrn.org/post/broward-palm-beach-beat-other-us-metro-areas-jobless-drop <p></p><p>Broward County and Palm Beach’s unemployment rates are dropping faster than it is in any other major metropolitan area, according to a new federal report.</p><p>For August, the most recent month with updated federal data, the Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area saw unemployment plunge to 5.8 percent from 7.7 percent a year before. according to data released Monday. Palm Beach also saw a drop of nearly two percentage points (from 9.7 percent to 8.4 percent), ending Seattle’s six-month run atop the list produced each month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:00:28 +0000 Douglas Hanks 22494 at http://blog.wlrn.org Broward, Palm Beach Beat Other U.S. Metro Areas In Jobless Drop Future Of South Florida Conservation Lands In Limbo; Public Asked To Weigh In http://blog.wlrn.org/post/future-south-florida-conservation-lands-limbo-public-asked-weigh <p>How valuable are state-managed conservation lands? It's a question the <a href="http://www.sfwmd.gov/portal/page/portal/xweb%20protecting%20and%20restoring/land%20assessment#everglades" target="_blank">South Florida Water Management District</a> has put to the public in a multi-month assessment of fee-owned lands throughout the state.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 16379 at http://blog.wlrn.org Future Of South Florida Conservation Lands In Limbo; Public Asked To Weigh In Kravis Center Board Chair: Palm Beach County No Longer A Retirement Community http://blog.wlrn.org/post/kravis-center-board-chair-palm-beach-county-no-longer-retirement-community <p>Palm Beach County's demographics and arts patrons are rapidly changing, and the&nbsp;Kravis&nbsp;Center for the Performing Arts intends to keep up.&nbsp;</p><p>"Palm Beach County is no longer a retirement community," says Jane Mitchell, who was recently elected as board chair for the 28-year-old cultural institution.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:01:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 16151 at http://blog.wlrn.org Kravis Center Board Chair: Palm Beach County No Longer A Retirement Community A Florida Scrub Jay 'Rebound' In Palm Beach County? Don't Get Your Hopes Up http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-scrub-jay-rebound-palm-beach-county-dont-get-your-hopes <p>The future&nbsp;remains uncertain for the&nbsp;struggling Florida scrub jay, an endemic state species that is&nbsp;increasingly difficult -- but not <em>impossible</em> --&nbsp;to find in Palm Beach County. Statewide efforts to study and document the birds' population and habitat use&nbsp;may help&nbsp;to turn the tide for this&nbsp;gregarious bird.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:31:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 15329 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Florida Scrub Jay 'Rebound' In Palm Beach County? Don't Get Your Hopes Up South Florida's New Science Center And Aquarium http://blog.wlrn.org/post/south-floridas-new-science-center-and-aquarium <p>What's in a name change? Plenty, when the new moniker also signals an "emotional change," as is the case with the soon-to-be-unveiled South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. The entity is a rebranding of the popular <a href="http://www.sfsm.org/" target="_blank">South Florida Science Museum</a>. The longtime Palm Beach County institution hasn't received a makeover since its completion in 1969 (which represents an eternity in a region that is eager to "spruce up appearances" on the regular.)&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 20:13:32 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 14137 at http://blog.wlrn.org South Florida's New Science Center And Aquarium Like Kayaking The Loxahatchee River? Public Asked To Weigh In On Future Of State Lands http://blog.wlrn.org/post/kayaking-loxahatchee-river-public-asked-weigh-future-state-lands <p>Several ecologically-significant tracts of public land in Palm Beach County will go under the microscope this month as a state agency continues its multi-region assessment of state-owned lands throughout South Florida.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:01:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 12345 at http://blog.wlrn.org Like Kayaking The Loxahatchee River? Public Asked To Weigh In On Future Of State Lands Volunteers Pull 57,154 Pounds Of Litter From Natural Areas http://blog.wlrn.org/post/volunteers-pull-57154-pounds-litter-natural-areas <p>On a recent Sunday morning, a group of hikers paused on a heavily canopied trail to observe a bird perched high atop a tree, its body&nbsp;silhouetted&nbsp;against the rising sun. A brief hush took hold as binoculars focused in on the back-lit bird, loudly churring&nbsp;its morning song. Bodies shifted for a better view, until: "Yep,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/great_crested_flycatcher/id" target="_blank">great crested flycatcher</a>!"</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:00:55 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 11448 at http://blog.wlrn.org Volunteers Pull 57,154 Pounds Of Litter From Natural Areas 'Horrifically Beautiful' And Bloody 'Salome' Comes To Palm Beach Opera http://blog.wlrn.org/post/horrifically-beautiful-and-bloody-salome-comes-palm-beach-opera <p>Incest. Psychosis. Sexual taboo. Murder. A make-out session involving a severed head.&nbsp;<em>Salome </em>isn't the typical night at the opera. Likewise, the production at&nbsp;<a href="http://pbopera.org/" target="_blank">Palm Beach Opera</a> this weekend is something of a departure for the South Florida cultural institution.&nbsp;</p><p>"For us, German repertoire is not so often done," said Scott Guzielek, Palm Beach Opera director of artistic operations. "It's a great way for our audience to be exposed to a different style of music."</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:01:42 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 10599 at http://blog.wlrn.org 'Horrifically Beautiful' And Bloody 'Salome' Comes To Palm Beach Opera U.S. Lags In Science & Tech Education, While Science Fairs Boom In Palm Beach County http://blog.wlrn.org/post/us-lags-science-tech-education-while-science-fairs-boom-palm-beach-county <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At the recent </span>WLRN<span style="line-height: 1.5;">/</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Miami Herald</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">-sponsored </span><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/wlrn-town-hall-tackles-states-tough-issues-legislatures-2013-session" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Town Hall on Session 2013</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;panelist&nbsp;Sen. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 10452 at http://blog.wlrn.org U.S. Lags In Science & Tech Education, While Science Fairs Boom In Palm Beach County 'Tweet Seats' In Theaters Spark Battle Between Technology And Tradition http://blog.wlrn.org/post/tweet-seats-theaters-spark-battle-between-technology-and-tradition <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On stage at the Kravis Center, Palm Beach Opera is performing Rossini's </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Cenerentola</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the Italian version of Cinderella.&nbsp; In the second to last row of the house, 27-year-old Jennifer Pfaff's thumbs are going a mile a minute on her smartphone:</span></p><p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 11:14:00 +0000 Christine DiMattei 10151 at http://blog.wlrn.org 'Tweet Seats' In Theaters Spark Battle Between Technology And Tradition Delray Beach Postpones Vote on 'Garage' Sale http://blog.wlrn.org/post/delray-beach-postpones-vote-garage-sale <p></p><p>A crowd of about one hundred supporters of the Arts Garage gathered outside the venue Tuesday&nbsp; and marched the few blocks to Delray Beach City Hall.&nbsp; They were prepared to speak out against a bid by the law firm of Kanner and Pintaluga to buy the city-owned space that houses Arts Garage. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:52:14 +0000 Christine DiMattei 9315 at http://blog.wlrn.org Delray Beach Postpones Vote on 'Garage' Sale Polo Season In Palm Beach: Here's a First-Timer's Guide http://blog.wlrn.org/post/polo-season-palm-beach-heres-first-timers-guide <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Polo season has begun. Normally, I shrug off at anything that interrupts watching the NFL playoffs, but ever since my magazine did an article on the </span><a href="http://www.internationalpoloclub.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">International Polo Club</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and polo champion </span><a href="http://jeffhallpolo.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Jeff Hall</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, my interest in the sport has piqued. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 12:59:11 +0000 Nila Do 8357 at http://blog.wlrn.org Polo Season In Palm Beach: Here's a First-Timer's Guide