Palm Beach County http://blog.wlrn.org en Palm Beach County Prepares For Chikungunya http://blog.wlrn.org/post/palm-beach-county-prepares-chikungunya <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Palm Beach County is now joining efforts to fight the mosquito-transmitted virus known as Chikungunya, which so far has infected one person in the county and</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;10 people total in the state.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The virus is rarely fatal but symptoms can include chronic pain that lasts for years.</span></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:48:22 +0000 Constanza Gallardo 33437 at http://blog.wlrn.org Palm Beach County Prepares For Chikungunya South Florida's New Pro Basketball Team Plays In What League? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/south-floridas-new-pro-basketball-team-plays-what-league <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While the Miami Heat dribbles an orange basketball up and down the court, the South Florida Gold will dribble a red, white and blue ball.</span></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 22:42:10 +0000 Selima Hussain 32645 at http://blog.wlrn.org South Florida's New Pro Basketball Team Plays In What League? Palm Beach County Students Can Pay Off Library Debt By Reading http://blog.wlrn.org/post/palm-beach-county-students-can-pay-library-debt-reading <p>Students in Palm Beach County now have the opportunity to pay off library fines in a rather constructive way: They can read their way out of it.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Children up to age 17 can now redeem one “Dewey dollar” for every 15 minutes they read in their local public library. They can read books, magazines, newspapers, or even on electronic devices.&nbsp; As long as the reading takes place in a Palm Beach County library, students are eligible.</span></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 12:57:55 +0000 Selima Hussain 32004 at http://blog.wlrn.org Palm Beach County Students Can Pay Off Library Debt By Reading 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