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INSIDER Newsletter (1/21/2018)

 

 

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January 21, 2018

 

 

WEST PALM BEACH ACHIEVES FAVORABLE LEGAL OUTCOME IN FIGHT TO PROTECT GRASSY WATERS PRESERVE

Grassy Waters Preserve of West Palm Beach

Photo courtesy: George Reid

 

The City of West Palm Beach has achieved a favorable legal outcome in its effort to protect the environmental quality of Grassy Waters Preserve, a 23-square mile remnant of the Everglades, home to protected and endangered species, an Aquatic Resource of National Importance and the source of the drinking water for the City of West Palm Beach, the Town of Palm Beach, and the Town of South Palm Beach.

 

On January 16, 2018, the City and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) entered a Stipulated Dismissal of the District's Administrative Complaint and Order for Corrective Action against the City of West Palm Beach. In effect, the SFWMD is now withdrawing a September 2016 administrative complaint against the City which incorrectly alleged that the City is responsible for the pollution from Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District's (NPBCID) lakes (located in the Ibis neighborhood) which has produced adverse environmental impacts into Grassy Waters Preserve.

 

This dismissal will allow the CIty of West Palm Beach to focus its attention on an upcoming hearing on improving the adequacy of action plans submitted by NPBCID to SFWMD to correct the pollution of Grassy Waters Preserve. The City is confident that the evidence will show that the adverse environmental impacts to Grassy Waters Preserve can be addressed only through corrective action plans that substantially reduce phosphorus loading into the Ibis Preserve and, ultimately, into the Grassy Waters Preserve. 

 

The City will continue to challenge SFWMD and NPBCID for permitting harmful discharges into Grassy Waters Preserve that will result from the proposed SR 7 roadway.

 

Mayor Muoio to Deliver 'State of the City' 

***Registration Deadline is Monday for Wednesday's

Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches Event***

 

State of the City 2017

 

West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio will review the past year's successes and share her vision for the City of West Palm Beach in her annual State of the City address. The Mayor will deliver remarks during the January breakfast of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches.

 

WHEN: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

  • 7:00 a.m. Early Bird Coffee, Check-In and Networking
  • 7:30 a.m. Program begins
  • 9:15 a.m. Program concludes

WHERE: Palm Beach County Convention Center; 650 Okeechobee Blvd.

 

TO REGISTER:

https://palmbeaches.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/19091.

 

***REGISTRATION DEADLINE MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 2018 AT 5PM***

 

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: Marissa Kosiec, (561) 833-3711, x231. 

 

 

 

City of West Palm Beach Highlights Rail Safety
 
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio urges residents and visitors to be safe around railroad tracks. With the recent start of service of a new passenger rail system operating along the Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) through West Palm Beach, the City is spreading the word about ways to keep you, your friends and family safe around railroad tracks. 
 
Currently, two active rail corridors traverse the City: the FECR and the South Florida Rail Corridor. Both passenger and freight service operate on the South Florida Rail Corridor. Brightline and FECR operate along the Florida East Coast Railway, located along the eastern portion of Palm Beach County and parallel to U.S. 1 or Dixie Highway in most places. 
 
“Ensuring the safety of City of West Palm Beach residents and visitors is our top priority,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We want to remind everyone to use caution around railroad tracks and at railroad crossings in our City. Whether you are a pedestrian, a bicyclist or motorist, never try to beat a train. They are quieter and faster than you may think. I urge everyone to make the right decisions near railroad tracks and to be careful.”
 
Keep yourself, family and friends safe by following these rail safety tips, courtesy of Operation Lifesaver:
  • Today's trains are quieter than ever, producing no telltale "clackety-clack" sound. Any approaching train is always closer and moving faster than you think.
  • Remember to cross train tracks only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings, and obey all warning signs and signals posted there.
  • Stay alert around railroad tracks. No texting, headphones or other distractions that would prevent you from hearing an approaching train! Never mix rails and recreation.
  • All train tracks are private property. Never walk on tracks. It's illegal to trespass and highly dangerous. By the time a locomotive engineer sees a trespasser or vehicle on the tracks it's too late. It takes the average freight train traveling at 55 mph more than a mile—the length of 18 football fields—to stop. Trains cannot stop quickly enough to avoid a collision.
  • Freight trains don't travel at fixed times, and schedules for passenger trains change. Always expect a train at each grade crossing.
  • A train can extend three feet or more beyond the steel rail, putting the safety zone for pedestrians well beyond the three foot mark. If there are rails on the railroad ties always assume the track is in use, even if there are weeds or the track looks unused.
 
Brightline continues working on safety upgrades at crossings in the City of West Palm Beach. These safety upgrades are required before the implementation of quiet zones along the FECR. Once implemented, a quiet zone would mean that freight and passenger trains will not be required to blow their horns as they approach at grade crossings due to the installation of the supplemental safety measures. However, a train engineer may blow the horn if there is an emergency on the tracks, such as a trespasser or a vehicle. These quiet zones are not operational yet, and Brightline officials have told the City the safety upgrades will be complete in March.
 
While vehicle-train collisions in the U.S. have dropped by 83 percent in the last four decades, there are still more than 2,000 vehicle-train collisions annually across the U.S., and in 2016 more than 900 injuries and fatalities occurred to people walking, playing or taking photos on train tracks. These incidents are devastating to families, communities and train crew members – and are often preventable. 
 
To view more rail safety tips, please visit Operation Lifesaver: https://oli.org/

 

FLAGLER SHORE UPDATE

 

 

Have you ever heard of or visited the High Line in NYC, The Embarcadero in San Francisco, or Millennium Park in Chicago? These iconic locations are all examples of cities reclaiming public spaces for the people who use them, similar to our Flagler Shore pilot project.  Flagler Shore, in keeping with Mayor Jeri Muoio’s vision of a city built and designed with quality of life at the forefront, aims to repurpose the waterfront in a variety of ways to be more actively used by residents and visitors on a daily basis.

 

Some pretty BIG and CREATIVE ideas are emerging  for the West Palm Beach waterfront from our recent Community Think Tank and neighborhood meetings. They include:

  • Floating restaurants and pubs;
  • A dog park;
  • Kayak races, canoe races and paddleboard races;
  • And kids' play stations.

What do you think would bring you downtown more frequently, encourage more visitors to our beautiful waterfront and create a more vibrant city for people? Tell us what you think…and please be specific.  Be sure to give us your input, and tell us what you would like to see along the waterfront at flagershore@wpb.org. Some of the feedback we are receiving also includes the following:

  • Art (interactive art, live art, iconic art, an outdoor museum…)
  • Park space (more greenery, kids playgrounds, more benches, more shade…)
  • A market (daily/weekly/monthly, local artisans, pop-up shops, flowers/food/gifts…)
  • Food vendors (food trucks weekly, permanent food carts with snacks, more restaurants…)  
  • More activities (wellness, community gatherings, music, street performers…)

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” - Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

 

The Flagler Shore pilot project temporarily reduces Flagler Drive between Lakeview Avenue and Banyan Boulevard to two lanes in order to reclaim 63,000 sq. ft. of additional public space for pedestrians, bicyclists, merchants and additional programming on the West Palm Beach waterfront.  

 

For more information and to give us your thoughts on how to create a more dynamic waterfront, visit wpb.org/flaglershore.

 

This week on Flagler Shore:

Urban Stories Festival

January 27       12:00 to 6:00 PM        At Flagler Shore

January 28       1:00 to 4:00 PM          At the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

Free

 

Listen to the stories of West Palm Beach at this two-day storytelling event at Flagler Shore and the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.  With story circles, soapboxes, speakers, spoken word, art, photography, music and more, guests can come listen or tell their own story of this great City we live in.  The festival aims to support literacy while sharing experiences, celebrating diversity and helping the community find common ground.  For more information and a complete schedule, visit https://www.urbanstoriesfestival.com/.

 

 

e4 Home Scheduled for January 26-28, 2018

City of West Palm Beach Sustainability Series

 

 

 

Join us for an exciting e4 Home! We've partnered with the Palm Beach Home Show for the 4th year to help you make your home more green and sustainable through informative presentations and green vendors and products. West Palm Beach residents will receive free conservation kits! Sea to Shore Alliance's H2O Bus will be joining us at the event. The bus serves as a traveling learning lab to educate others about the increasing threat of marine debris and what we can do to help protect native wildlife.

 

 

WHERE: PBC Convention Center; 640 Okeechobee Blvd.

 

WHEN: Friday, January 26th; Noon - 7pm

Saturday, January 27; 11am - 7pm

Sunday, January 28; 11am - 5pm

 

SCHEDULE: 

Friday, January 26
  • 1:00 PM Energy Conservation
  • 2:00 PM Homeowner H2O
  • 3:00 PM PACE - Financing Energy Efficiencies for Your Home
  • 4:00 PM Water Conservation/Rain Barrel Raffle
  • 5:00 PM Climate Change & You
Saturday, January 27
  • 12:00 PM Reuse Hacks at Home
  • 12:30 PM New Flood Maps and Requirements 
  • 1:00 PM Composting
  • 1:30 AM Vegetable Gardening
  • 2:00 PM PACE - Financing Energy Efficiencies for Your Home
  • 2:30 PM Energy Conservation
  • 3:00 PM Benefits of Trees in the Landscape
  • 4:00 PM Homeowner's Guide to Going Solar in West Palm Beach
  • 5:00 PM Water Conservation/Rain Barrel Raffle
  • 6:00 PM Climate Change & You
Sunday, January 28
  • 12:00 PM Reuse Hacks at Home
  • 12:30 PM New Flood Maps and Requirements 
  • 1:00 PM Composting
  • 1:30 AM Tropical Fruit
  • 2:00 PM Homeowner's Guide to Going Solar in West Palm Beach
  • 3:00 PM Water Conservation/Rain Barrel Raffle
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please visit http://wpb.org/e4 or call (561) 804-4994.

 

 

SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS INVITED TO LEARN HOW TO DO BUSINESS WITH PRIME CONTRACTORS ON FEB.1, 4-6 P.M.

 

 The City of West Palm Beach begins the new year with a new twist on doing business. The Procurement Department will feature some of its Prime Contractors at the next outreach event, so small business enterprise owners can talk with them one-on-one.

 

Frank Hayden, the City’s Director of Procurement, will host the “Meet the Prime” networking event and panel discussion. It will be held 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, at the Mary V. McDonald-Wilson Center in Gaines Park, 1505 N. Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Guests can RSVP to  Aisha Darrough at 561-822-2103.

 

SBE owners can talk with and learn about upcoming projects from panelists Pamela Toussaint, Owner/CEO of Ultimate Image Coach; Maziar Keshavarz, owner/CEO of Keshavarz & Associates, Inc.; Brian MacClugage, executive vice president of Poole & Kent Company of Florida; Kevin Schanen, vice president of Kimley-Horn and Associates; Joseph Sanches, president of D Stephenson Construction, Inc.; and Neil Johnson, principal/project manager of Stantec/MWH.

 

Guests will also be able to talk with City representatives about how to become Small Business Enterprise (SBE) certified, how to bid on City projects, get details on scheduled projects for 2018, and how to do business with the City. Hayden will be joined by Patricia Armstrong, senior purchasing agent, and Kevin Volbrecht, director of Engineering Services.

 

Hayden is encouraging more SBE owners to learn about City opportunities through his department. New procurement programs have been designed to increase the number of small businesses, women-owned businesses, minority-owned businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses certified to bid on new contracts and to increase the amount of contract work awarded to these businesses. The results of a recent Disparity Study have increased the need for greater inclusion among women-owned and minority-owned businesses on certain types of work available from the City.

 

In 2016, the Procurement Department introduced the Sheltered Market Program, bid equalization, the elimination of the Good Faith effort and new small business thresholds. Hayden has set a goal to increase the number of small businesses certified by the City by 5 percent annually and to increase the number of dollars spent with certified businesses by 5 percent annually, as well.

For example, the Sheltered Market program is created for only certified small business enterprises (SBEs) to be able to bid on contract opportunities valued at $500,000 or less. The ‘shelter’ allows SBEs to compete against each other instead of larger enterprises.

 

Bid equalization enables certified SBEs to compete with non-certified SBEs. If a bid by a certified SBE is within 10 percent of a bid by a non-certified SBE, the City can make the award to the certified SBE, even though its bid could be up to 10 percent higher, Hayden said. The City has also eliminated the Good Faith Effort, which created a loophole for larger enterprises to avoid awarding a percentage of their subcontract work to SBEs.

 

The City of West Palm Beach Procurement Department offers opportunities for all suppliers, including small businesses. It values business relationships and strive to promote fair and equitable treatment of all suppliers. To learn more about its procurement opportunities in the area of goods and services, construction and professional services, visit www.wpb.org/procurement or call 561-822-2100.

 

 

MANDEL PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENTS
for February 2018
Events free unless otherwise noted. Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is located at 411 Clematis Street.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Taxes Filed Free with VITA volunteers
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Saturdays, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
DIY Studios, 2nd Floor
United Way of Palm Beach County has partnered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to bring free tax preparation service to those in our community with an annual household income of $66,000 or less in 2017 and focus on those who may be eligible to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) of up to $6,318.  Walk-in basis, no appointments available.  Supported by IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers.  Call 2-1-1 for more information.
 
Friday Night Jazz:  Lisa Remick & Friends
Friday, February 2
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Auditorium
Tickets: Friends Members $5, Non-members $10 
Presented by the Friends of the Mandel Public Library, this popular music series features live jazz performances the first Friday of each month (Dec-Apr).  This month enjoy a performance by Lisa Remick, performing songs of the Great American Songbook and jazz standards.  Wine and sparkling water will be available for a small fee and light snacks are complimentary.  Seating is first come, first served.  For more information, visit www.friendswpblibrary.org or call 561-868-7709.
 
Get to Know Josephine Baker 
Monday, February 5
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Clematis Room 
Join Palm Beach State College professor Terryl Lawrence, Ed.D., and learn about the many sides of Josephine Baker - singer, Civil Rights activist, dancer, spy, and French Resistance agent.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Art Day Celebrating Black History Month
Friday, February 16
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
KidSpace - 3rd Floor
Kids can join Artist and Children’s Librarian Ms. Taylor to celebrate Black History Month.  Listen to the story Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, a Young Artist in Harlem, and explore various materials, paint, and collage techniques to create your own art work inspired by a young Jacob Lawrence.  Lawrence was a celebrated African-American painter and educator known for his portrayal of African-American life.  Dress to get messy!  For children, ages 5 – 12 years.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.
 
 
ADULT PROGRAMS:
Hula Hoop Fitness Class
Sundays 
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Pre-Function Lobby
Join Connie Mullen (ACE and AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, Pound Pro, FXP Hoop Fitness and Hoopyasa Trainer) and learn how to be fit by using a weighted hula hoop.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Rollology Exercise Class
Mondays 
12:05 PM – 12:50 PM
Auditorium
Rollology stems from the Feldenkrais method and Pilates, which work together by stretching and strengthening the abdominal area to properly align and support the body for optimal posture.  This class is for all ages, body types and athletic levels.  Please bring a roller; there will also be rollers available to borrow.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Basic/Intermediate Guitar Class 
Mondays (no class February 19)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Hibiscus Room
If you love music and have a guitar, come jam in our group guitar class.  No matter your skill level or playing style, this workshop led by Phill Fest, local guitarist and composer, will help you learn more about your instrument so you can have more fun while you play.  Bring your own guitar.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Taxes Filed Free with VITA volunteers
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Saturdays, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
DIY Studios, 2nd Floor
United Way of Palm Beach County has partnered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to bring free tax preparation service to those in our community with an annual household income of $66,000 or less in 2017 and focus on those who may be eligible to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) of up to $6,318.  Walk-in basis, no appointments available.  Supported by IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers.  Call 2-1-1 for more information.
 
Essentrics Exercise Class
Wednesdays 
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Auditorium
Bring your mat and join instructor Jan Bostic for Essentrics class.  Essentrics is a dynamic, full-body workout suitable for all fitness levels that simultaneously combines stretching and strengthening while engaging all 650 muscles. This class will increase flexibility and mobility for a healthy, toned, and pain-free body.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
22 Minute Hard Corps™ Workout 
Wednesdays
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM and 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Auditorium 
Join Marie-Elena Aruta, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, for 22 minutes for the next 4 weeks (thru Feb. 28) and you will learn how to get great results in a short period of time.  The challenging but simple-to-follow CORPS workout program was created by legendary trainer Tony Horton and inspired by military training techniques.  Reservation Required.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.    
 
Salsa and Bachata Dance Classes
Wednesdays 
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
PreFunction Lobby
Bring your dance shoes and learn how to bachata and salsa with instructor Eliseo.  Bachata, a genre of music from the Dominican Republic, is sweeping the Latin American world, while the Cuban-originated Salsa remains ever-popular.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Cardio Drumming Class
Saturdays 
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Auditorium
Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, this class is an incredibly effective way of achieving an exhilarating full-body workout while jamming to music!  Join Connie Mullen (ACE and AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, Pound Pro, FXP Hoop Fitness and Hoopyasa Trainer) for this fun and energetic class suited for all levels.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
P90X Workout    
Saturdays 
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Auditorium 
Join Diana Muñoz, a certified P90X Trainer, to help you get in shape.  Attendees will be able to check out a full set of P90X DVDs with a valid library card.  Registration required.   Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.    
 
Paint a Portrait in the Style of Paul Klee 
Thursday, February 1 
9:45 PM – 12:00 PM
Hibiscus Room 
Join local artist Norma Anne Chattin and capture the humorous and playful style of famed German artist Paul Klee while creating portraits on canvas using acrylic paints.  All supplies provided.  Open to all skill levels.  Reservation required and begins on Wednesday, January 31 at 10:00 AM.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information. Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.    
 
Art of Interviewing
Thursday, February 1
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Hibiscus Room
Master the art of interviewing by prepping with a pro.  Practice those tough-to-answer questions with career coach Kathy Shabotynskyj.  Registration required.  Call 561-868-7760 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.
 
Great Art - Once Private, Now Public
Friday, February 2
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Auditorium
Join Joan Lipton, Ph.D., an independent lecturer and art historian, as she explores the fascinating way great art changes hands across time from private homes and collections to public museums.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.  
 
Friday Night Jazz:  Lisa Remick & Friends
Friday, February 2
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Auditorium
Tickets: Friends Members $5, Non-members $10 
Presented by the Friends of the Mandel Public Library, this popular music series features live jazz performances the first Friday of each month (Dec-Apr).  This month enjoy a performance by Lisa Remick, performing songs of the Great American Songbook and jazz standards.  Wine and sparkling water will be available for a small fee and light snacks are complimentary.  Seating is first come, first served.  For more information, visit www.friendswpblibrary.org or call 561-868-7709.
 
Chinese Culture in Song and Dance
Sunday, February 4
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM 
Auditorium
Shen Yun is a performance through music and dance that tells the stories and legends that span China's history.  Learn about the popular and stunning performing arts show that will visit Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.  Jada Derry from the Florida Falun Dafa Association, will present historical and cultural elements of China’s history and provide some foundation to the stories presented in the Shen Yun show.  Listen and learn about these stories and get introduced to the classical Chinese instruments that are part of a Shen Yun symphony orchestra.  For more information about Shen Yun, visit: http://www.shenyun.com/.
For more information about the lecture, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Get to Know Josephine Baker 
Monday, February 5
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Clematis Room 
Join Palm Beach State College professor Terryl Lawrence, Ed.D., and learn about the many sides of Josephine Baker - singer, Civil Rights activist, dancer, spy, and French Resistance agent.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Monday, February 5
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Square One, 2nd Floor
Join Associate Librarian William Hollis to learn about and discuss the late Stephen Covey’s world-renowned “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and how to utilize these habits in everyday life.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7707.
 
Learn the Art Technique of Stippling
Tuesday, February 6
9:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Auditorium 
Local artist Amanda Linton will teach the technique of stippling, one of six basic drawing techniques in which a pattern of dots of one solid color of ink is used to create an image.   All supplies provided.  Open to all skill levels.  Reservation required and begins on begins Wednesday, January 31 at 10:00 AM.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.    
 
African Art & Artists 
Tuesday, February 6 
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Auditorium
Join Joan Lipton, Ph.D., an independent lecturer and art historian, as she explores the talents and tenacity of great African-American artists across continents and centuries.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701. 
 
The Miami Indians of Lake Okeechobee 
Tuesday, February 6 
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 
Clematis Room
Learn about the Miami Native American people who lived around Lake Mayaimi (now Lake Okeechobee) in the Belle Glade area of Florida until the 18th century.  Butch Wilson, Clewiston Museum Director and a sixth generation Floridian, will be displaying and discussing various historical artifacts from the museum as part of this lecture.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org for more information.    
 
The Art of Cajun & Creole Seasoning & Cooking
Wednesday, February 7
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Hibiscus Room
Join native born Louisiana girl and local WPB entrepreneur Susan Pincus of SoLa Seasonings and learn about the art, tradition and flavors of Cajun and Creole seasoning and cooking – you’ll find out that they are not the same.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org for more information.    
 
Make Easy Valentine DIY Gifts
Thursday, February 8 
9:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Hibiscus Room
Join Craftcation Conference alumni Peggie Miller and create stunning Valentine DIY gifts that are sure to be cherished.  All supplies provided.  Open to all skill levels. Registration required and begins Wednesday, February 7 at 10:00 AM.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.
    
Create a Clay Sculpture 
Saturday, February 10
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM 
Hibiscus Room
Join world-renowned sculptor Susan Stromberg, with a repertoire that includes over 515 sculptures, for a free class in clay sculpture.  Use your imagination to create a unique sculpture. All supplies provided.  Open to all skill levels.  Registration required and begins Thursday, February 8 at 10:00 AM.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.   Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.
 
Russian Duo: Balalaika & Piano Concert 
Sunday, February 11, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Auditorium 
The balalaika is a Russian three-string guitar that was a popular village folk instrument used to entertain people for centuries.  Oleg Kruglyakov, Siberian balalaika virtuoso, and Terry Boyarsky, American concert pianist, invite audiences into an exuberant, compelling, cross-cultural musical experience.  From Russian roots and classical music to world favorites, vocals, ragtime, tango and bluegrass, explore the many delightful combinations of balalaika, voice and piano. 
 
Creating Art with Graphite & Charcoal 
Tuesday, February 13 
9:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Auditorium 
Join local artist and USAF veteran Ken Dempsey to learn techniques that bring graphite and charcoal to life.  All supplies provided.  Open to all skill levels.   Registration required and reservations begin Monday, February 12 at 10:00 AM.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.   
 
The Self-Created Stardom of Truman Capote
Tuesday, February 13
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM 
Clematis Room
Truman Capote is an American novelist, screenwriter, playwright and actor known for his most recognizable novels Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood.  However, he is even more renowned for his self-created stardom and his scandalous behavior.  Presented by English and Literature Professor at Palm Beach State College Matt Klauza. Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org for more information.    
 
Get to Know Healthy Dark Chocolate 
Tuesday, February 13
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Clematis Room 
Just in time for the sweetest day of the year, join Chef Nina Kauder, a CIA graduate and popular local vegan chef and educator, and discover a guilt free and healthy way to indulge in dark chocolate.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org for more information.    
 
Comic Book & Pop Culture Club
Wednesday, February 14
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Iris Room
Join us in an open, friendly environment where comic book and pop culture fans can gather to discuss all aspects of the industry including comics, movies, TV shows, toys, games, and more.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Learn to Make Whimsical Clay Sculpture Containers 
Monday, February 15 (create the sculpture) 
Monday, February 22 (paint the sculpture)
5:45 PM – 8:00 PM
Hibiscus Room
Join artist Nickie Hennevelt of Tiny Doors WPB as she guides you in creating a “functional art” piece -- a sculpture that doubles as a storage container.  All supplies provided.  Open to all skill levels.  Registration required and begins Wednesday, February 14 at 10:00 AM for both classes.   Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.  
 
Growing your Business with Google
Saturday, February 17
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Clematis Room
Learn how to set up your business for success on Google.  Led by Pamela Starr, one of Google’s professional national trainers, this is a can’t-miss workshop for every small business owner.  Presented by Palm Beach SCORE.  Visit http://palmbeach.score.org/localworkshops to register online or call (561) 833-1672 for more information.
 
Driving Simulator Orientation
Saturday, February 17
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Square One, 2nd Floor
Come learn about how our driving simulator can benefit drivers of all skill levels.  Whether you are a teen looking to obtain a learner’s permit or an adult who wants to learn to drive a stick shift, this orientation is for you.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7707.
 
Foreign Film Series:  If You Don't, I Will
Sunday, February 18
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Auditorium
This month's film is If You Don't, I Will, a 2014 French comedy.  Pomme and Pierre have been together a long time, and their passion and spontaneity have given way to predictability and cold shoulders.  On a hike together one afternoon, Pomme declares her independence by deciding to stay in the woods rather than return to an underwhelming life with Pierre.  In the end, both are left to contemplate the strength and meaning of each other's commitment.  (French with English subtitles, 102 minutes).  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Create a Woven Watercolor Mixed Media Canvas
Tuesday, February 20 
9:45 PM – 12:00 PM
Auditorium
Join local artist Norma Anne Chattin to create a beautiful image from painted paper watercolor pieces that are woven together and layered on a painted canvas background.  All supplies provided.  Open to all skill levels.  Reservation required and begins Monday, February 19 at 10:00 AM.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.  Registration Required.     
 
“Get That Job” Workshop
Tuesday, February 20
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM 
Hibiscus Room
Get free lunch and a flash drive at this workshop that covers resumes, job markets, interviewing skills and more with Career Consultant Angela Wing-Allen.  Registration is required.  Sponsored by a grant from Wells Fargo Bank.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.
 
Modern Female African-American Artists
Tuesday, February 20 
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Auditorium
Join Joan Lipton, Ph.D., an independent lecturer and art historian, and learn about important and influential modern female African-American artists and their contributions.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the WPB Library Foundation. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Get to Know Healthy Leafy Greens  
Tuesday, February 20
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Clematis Room
Join Chef Nina Kauder, a CIA graduate and popular local vegan chef and educator, and discover the lesser-known native Moringa, Purslane and non-native Cassava Root leafy greens that will benefit your health.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org for more information.    
 
The Making of Alice in Wonderland
Thursday, February 22 
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM 
Clematis Room
Learn the curious story behind the creation of the classic and beloved Alice in Wonderland fantasy novel written in 1865 by Lewis Carroll.  Presented by English and Literature Professor at Palm Beach State College Matt Klauza.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Learn About Ballets Russes: A Trailblazing Dance Company
Monday, February 26
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Hibiscus Room
Join Palm Beach State College professor Terryl Lawrence, Ed.D., to learn about Sergei Diaghilev, the founder of the Ballets Russes, widely regarded as the most influential ballet company of the 20th century.  The Paris-based company whose influence lasts today, relied on innovative music and visual art, and introduced audiences to Russian folklore.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org for more information.    
 
What is Addiction?
Monday, February 26
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Clematis Room 
Join George Stoupas, Palm Beach State College Associate Professor, and find out the theories, diagnostic criteria, and controversies surrounding this commonly used term.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org for more information.    
 
Modern Male African-American Artists
Tuesday, February 27 
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Auditorium
Join Joan Lipton, Ph.D., an independent lecturer and art historian, and learn about important and influential modern male African-American artists and their contributions.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the WPB Library Foundation. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.
 
Discover Vegan Chocolate Truffles 
Tuesday, February 27
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Clematis Room 
Join Chef Nina Kauder, a CIA graduate and popular local vegan chef and educator, and learn how to make whole food, plant-based vegan chocolate truffles.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org for more information.    
 
Marketing Your Self-Published Book
Wednesday, February 28
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Hibiscus Room
Join Rick Zullo, local travel author and marketing guru, and learn the techniques that will get your book noticed by the largest number of readers.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org for more information.    
 
 
CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
Kids Can Code
Monday, February 5
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
KidSpace – 3rd Floor
Nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity in this hands-on interactive class designed to introduce kids to computer science.  All skill levels welcome.  For children, grades K-5. 
 
Step by Step … Kindergarten Prep
Starting Tuesday, February 6 (days/times listed below)
Kidspace, 3rd Floor
Through the use of music and movement, songs, rhymes, art and great books, your child will develop the essential skills needed for kindergarten readiness. 
For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.
Step 1: Babies, 12-24 Months with Ms. Kristine
Fridays, 10:30 AM 
Step 2: Toddlers, 2 and 3 Years with Ms. Jeanne
Wednesdays at 10:30 AM
Step 3: Preschoolers, 3-4 Years with Ms. Jin
Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
 
Kids Afterschool Homework Center 
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays  
4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Kidspace, 3rd Floor 
Kids can get help with their homework from certified teachers for FREE!  Students in grades K - 5 will receive assistance with all subjects and projects in Kidspace, 3rd floor.  Sponsored by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.
 
Create Clay Sculptures 
Saturday, February 10
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
KidSpace – 3rd Floor
Children ages 6 - 12 years can join world-renowned sculptor Susan Stromberg, with a repertoire that includes over 515 sculptures, and dream up ideas in a hands-on sculpture workshop designed just for kids.  All supplies provided.  Space is limited. Sign up at the children’s desk upon arrival.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.
 
Art Day Celebrating Black History Month
Friday, February 16
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
KidSpace - 3rd Floor
Kids can join Artist and Children’s Librarian Ms. Taylor to celebrate Black History Month.  Listen to the story Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, a Young Artist in Harlem, and explore various materials, paint, and collage techniques to create your own art work inspired by a young Jacob Lawrence.  Lawrence was a celebrated African-American painter and educator known for his portrayal of African-American life.  Dress to get messy!  For children, ages 5 – 12 years.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.
 
 
TEEN PROGRAMS:
Teen Afterschool Homework Center
Mondays – Thursdays 
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM 
TeenSource, 2nd Floor
Teens can get help with their homework from certified teachers for FREE!  Students in grades 6 – 12 will receive assistance with all subjects and projects in TeenSource, 2nd floor.  Sponsored by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.

 

WPBPD to Host 3rd Annual Farm Share Food Distribution

 

Join the West Palm Beach Police Department and Feeding Florida for the 3rd Annual Farm Share Food Distribution!

Quantities are Limited.

WHEN: February 3, 2018; 10am - 1:00pm

WHERE: Gaines Park; 1501 North Australian Avenue

CONTACT: (561) 822-1621

VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers are needed from 6:30am -3:00pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all volunteers, and water will be distributed throughout the event. To volunteer, contact Valerie Moore at (561) 822-1621.

 

WPB General Election Set for March 13

The City of West Palm Beach will hold its General Election on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, for the purpose of electing three City Commissioners: one residing in District 1, one residing in District 3, and one residing in District 5.

 

District 3 will not appear on the ballot, as Commissioner Paula Ryan was unopposed and is the Commissioner-elect for District 3.

 

For information on who has qualified to run in the March 13, 2018 municipal election, please visit the City Clerk's web page: http://wpb.org/Departments/City-Clerk/Election-Information

 

 

2018 Holiday Sanitation Schedule 

 

There will be regular service on the following holidays: 

  • MLK Jr. Day - January 15, 2018        
  • President's Day - February 19, 2018   
  • Memorial Day - May 28, 2018            
  • Independence Day - July 4, 2018                 
  • Labor Day - September 3, 2018            
  • Columbus Day - October 8, 2018        
  • Veterans Day - November 12, 2018 

There will be NO service on the following holidays:

  • Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018; Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 11/26/18. Recycling will resume on 11/29/18. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
  • Christmas Day, December 25, 2018: Residential garbage will resume your next scheduled service day beginning 12/28/18. Recycling will resume on 1/1/19. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
  • New Year's Day, January 1, 2019: Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 1/4/19. Recycling will operate on normal schedule. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule. 

The sanitation schedule is produced by the City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Works. For more information, please call (561) 822-2075. 

 

2018 Neighborhood Meetings Schedule 

 

Western Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 4:30PM in the Flagler Gallery

  4/4/18

7/11/18

10/3/18

 

South End Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery

1/31/18                7/25/18

3/28/18                9/26/18               

5/30/18              11/28/18

 

North End Neighborhoods Meetings:  All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery  

2/21/18                8/15/18

3/21/18                9/19/18

4/18/18              10/17/18

5/16/18              11/14/18

6/20/18

7/18/18

 

Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change. For more informaiton, please call (561) 822-1412.

 

 

Popular City of West Palm Beach Links

Sanitation Holiday Schedule: http://wpb.org/Departments/Engineering-Public-Works/Sanitation/2016-Holiday-Schedule

 

City Commission, CRA Meetings, Agendas: http://wpb.org/Meetings-Events/City-Commission-Meeting-Agendas

 

City Job Opportunities: http://wpb.org/Departments/Human-Resources/Home/I-want-to-work-for-the-City-of-West-Palm-Beach

 

Utility Bill Payments: http://wpb.org/utilities/paying-your-utility-bill/

 

Road Closure Updates: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Road-Closure-Updates

 

WPB-TV Live: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Live-Video-Ch-18

 

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach: http://wpb.org/Departments/Library/Overview

 

Grassy Waters Preserve of West Palm Beach: http://wpb.org/grassywaters/

 

Public Works Request for Service: http://wpb.org/Departments/Public-Works/Public-Works-Forms.

 

Vickers House of West Palm Beach: http://wpb.org/vickers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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