Jupiter top cop Frank Kitzerow applies to be town manager

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Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow is one of 58 applicants to become the town manager of Jupiter.

Kitzerow, who has been Jupiter police chief since 2005, supervises a department of about 116 sworn officers and is paid about $147,000 annually.

List of Jupiter Town Manager candidates

The annual Jupiter police budget is about $20 million.

Jupiter, with about 60,000 residents, has an annual operating budget of about $90 million. The town has about 380 full-time employees.

Former Town Manager Andy Lukasik, 47, who was paid about $180,000 annually, left March 18 to be village manager in North Palm Beach.
Lukasik had been in the Jupiter position since 2004.

The Jupiter council on May 10 agreed to pay $18,500 to Keller, Texas-based Strategic Government Resources to find applicants. Additional expenses are not to exceed $8,500, according to the agreement.

SGR officials will consider the applicants and present a list of candidates to the council on Sept. 14.

The council is scheduled to determine at a meeting in October who will get an interview.

Former Jupiter town manager Andy Lukasik

 

Paddle with the current — BOTH WAYS — with Club Scrub

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Club Scrub’s Endless Summer River Paddle & Rocking Jupiter Sandbar Party is planned for Saturday, Sept. 16.

The Guided Paddle Adventure is  from Jonathan Dickinson State Park down the NW Fork of the Loxahatchee River to the Club Scrub  Jupiter Sandbar Party (about 5-miles).

Paddle down the Loxahatchee River to our Floating Refreshment Stops, relax then paddle the rest of the way to the Rocking Jupiter Sandbar Party.

They paddle both ways with current.

Launch is about 10 a.m. at JD Park’s River Area Swim Beach.

Organizers ask you arrive by 9:30 a.m.

Live music, food and music are planned.

Click here for to register or for more information.

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Errand Bunnies: Born and raised in Jupiter

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If you live in Jupiter, you’ve probably seen those bright pink Chevrolet Sparks with “Errand Bunnies” written on the sides driving through town.

It all started when two young Jupiter women had an idea…

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

 

 

North Palm Beach residents form human chain to find missing dog

Nahko, a male year-and-a-half old Australian sheepdog who weighs about 35 pounds, was last seen Saturday in Lake Park (Photos contributed)

LAKE PARK – Several local residents gathered this morning in Kelsey Park to form a human chain to help find Nahko, a missing Australian sheepdog last seen running south of Park Avenue on U.S. 1.

A reward is offered.

Anyone with information should call 561-452-4290.

 

North Palm Beach resident Lynette Rainey, center, is seeking the missing dog for her daughter Brooke

 

Lake Park: We want to join the U.S. 1 renaissance

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A parking garage could be built near Lake Park Marina (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Public workshop planned Thursday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. at town hall.

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Gardens Mall event raises about $15,000 for Loggerhead Center

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(Left to right) Michael Brown, winner of this year’s Juno Beach Pier Photo Contest, Loggerhead mascot Fletch and Loggerhead President and CEO Jack Lighton at Aug. 19 event (Photos contributed)

More than $15,000 was raised Aug. 19 for the Loggerhead Marinelife Center at the The Gardens Mall event attended by about 4,000 people.

Events for children and families included hands-on science activities, including Junior Vet Labs and conservation demonstrations.

The Gardens Mall and its retailers hosted various Shop and Support events to raise money for LMC, located in Juno Beach.

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Adrian Farmer and stuffed sea turtle at The Garden Mall fundraiser

 

Jupiter struts its stuff to attract a new town manager

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“Pristine beaches, unmatched recreational offerings, stunning scenic vistas, a high quality of life,” reads the national advertisement seeking a new town manager in Jupiter.

About 50 candidates from across the country sent in their resumes, seeking the position that Andy Lukasik vacated.

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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Love Street in Jupiter: Sept. 7 is the final vote

Wearing red shirts, opponents have attended town council meetings and said the plan will bring too much traffic and pollution to Jupiter’s Inlet Village.

Finally — after three years of revisions, lawsuits and public hearings — the Love Street plan to build an outdoor marketplace on the Jupiter Inlet is scheduled for a final vote before the town council Thursday, Sept. 7.

See full story in The Palm Beach Post.

Love Street developer Charles Modica says the outdoor marketplace will bring recreation, jobs and tax revenue to Jupiter.

 

Veterinary heart center opens in Jupiter

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Dogs are big in Jupiter.

That’s why the North American Veterinary Heart Center, a new state-of-the-art veterinary center off Center Street, opened recently on Center Street.

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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This Gardens restaurant is one of Venus Williams’ favorites

Christopher Slawson, owner of Christopher’s Kitchen in Palm Beach Gardens. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

When Venus Williams isn’t competing at Wimbledon or trotting the globe, she’s relishing the hot dining scene in her adopted hometown of Palm Beach Gardens.

Read the full interview here. 

The tennis star and BallenIsles resident gave a shout out to the popular vegan restaurant Christopher’s Kitchen in a Q&A with the New York Times this week. The eatery in the Midtown plaza on PGA Boulevard has a plant-based menu that’s friendly to Williams’ vegan diet.

RELATED: Christopher’s Kitchen owners open second Meraki Juice in Gardens

She told the Times her favorite dishes at Christopher’s are the raw vegetable lasagna and the smoothies.

Venus Williams and Dick Stockton atthe grand opening of the Wellington Tennis Center. Williams firm, V*Starr, designed the interior of the pro shop featuring her exclusive clothes line, Eleven. (Photo by Lois Spatz)

Christopher Slawson and his uncle Richard Slawson opened the restaurant in Midtown six and a half years ago. They branched out to include Meraki Juice Kitchens, first in West Palm Beach and then in Donald Ross Village in Palm Beach Gardens this June.

READ: Christopher’s Kitchen debuts new West Palm Beach juice bar

When the interviewer asked about her favorite vacation destination, she revealed she prefers more of a stay-cation.

“My favorite vacation destination is Palm Beach Gardens, where I live. People actually come to vacation here, and why wouldn’t they?” she told the Times.

The Q&A made no mention of a June 9 car crash involving Williams’ SUV and a couple’s Hyundai Accent on Northlake Boulevard between BallenIsles and Steeplechase.

Jerome Barson, 78, died two weeks after the crash. His widow, Linda, who was driving the Accent, is suing Williams.

At first, Palm Beach Gardens police declared Williams at fault for the accident. They later said she won’t be cited.

Surveillance video released July 7 showed a third car, a Nissan Altima, cutting left in front of Williams, forcing her to stop to avoid a crash. Police have not publicly identified the driver.