Storms coming here in Jupiter

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Storm clouds are forming just east of I-95, south of Indiantown Road, facing north(Photo by Bill DiPaolo)

Skies are darkening and thunder is starting here in Jupiter

No rain yet.

Wind is picking up.

Storms in north county are expected later this afternoon.

 

A1A project in Jupiter heading toward finish in May

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Motorists and bicycle riders should use caution on A1A in Jupiter. (Photo by Bill DiPaolo)

Motorists and bicycle riders on A1A in Jupiter heading north and south will be shifted to the right for the next couple weeks from Jupiter Beach Road north to U.S. 1.

Orange barrels and caution signs have been placed in the middle of the roadway near Love Street and Guanabanas restaurant while the construction work is ongoing.

The $8 million project started in November, 2014.

The work includes landscaping, on-street parking, burying power lines, bicycle lanes on both sides, crosswalks, sidewalks, streetlights and new drainage.

Completion is planned in May.

Lanes in both directions will remain open while the work is being completed.

Drivers and bicyclists should slow down and use caution.

For questions, go to jupiter.fl.us or call 561-741-2372.

 

 

Todd Wodraska becomes Jupiter’s new mayor

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Todd Wodraska, standing with his wife Tracy and sons Jackson and Tanner, takes the oath of office Tuesday night at the Jupiter council meeting. (Photo by Bill DiPaolo)

Wodraska replaces Karen Golonka, who served eight straight three-year terms.

 

Karen Golonka steps down after a quarter-century as Jupiter mayor

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In a tearful address to a crowded council chambers, Karen Golonka stepped down as mayor of Jupiter on Tuesday night after serving eight straight three-year terms.

“I never set out to be mayor…Leadership is about accomplishing goals and standing up for what’s right…I thank you for allowing me to pursue my dream of helping this community,” said Golonka.

The council began Golonka’s last meeting as mayor with announcing a Top 10 list of Golonka’s accomplishments.

They included bringing Scripps Research Institute to Jupiter, controlling growth along Indiantown Road, preserving Fullerton Island and bringing Abacoa to Jupiter.

Number one?

Riverwalk, the town’s 2.5-mile pedestrian/bicycle lane that is planned to run from the Atlantic Ocean at Ocean Way to the Jupiter Inlet.

North County whiz kids are in robotics competition

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MARS (Mega Awesome Robotic System) from North County is participating in the The FIRST Robotics Competition South Florida Regional planned March 31-April 2, at 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach.

The event is free and open to the public.

MARS consists of students from Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and William T. Dwyer High Schools, Watson B. Duncan Middle School, as well as private and home-schooled students.

This is the first year the South Florida Regional will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

The competition is scheduled to have 59 teams. Teams from 10 states and international teams from Costa Rica, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Turkey will be attending the event.

On average each team consists of 30 students (plus parent chaperones, teachers and mentors), so organizers expect to have at least 2,500 people attending each day during the three-day competition.

In 2016, there are 3,128 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams comprised of 78,000+ students from 24 countries around the world.

 

Here’s how to learn about bicycle safety

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The Florida Department of Transportation and Palm Springs Police Department are hosting a pedestrian and bicycle safety event to help you when your feet or wheels hit the street.

Volunteers will be handing out pedestrian safety literature along the Lake Worth Road corridor and in the Lake Worth Swap Shop in conjunction with the statewide Alert Today Florida program to bring increased awareness to pedestrian safety.

For more information about the event, contact Carmen Pullins, FDOT District Four Community Traffic Safety Program Manager, at (954) 777-4361 or camen.pullins@dot.state.fl.us.

 

Seminole War history presentation planned Saturday near Jupiter

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The Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists present History in the Park, Saturday, March 19th at 10 a.m., Riverbend/Battlefield Park, 9060 Indiantown Road.

The presentation is free and donations are accepted.

The presentation features author/historian Richard J. Procyk in a living history presentation in costume as General Thomas S. Jesup: “Jesup: the maligned General”-Osceola captured under a white flag of truce.”

Procyk plans to discuss that General Jesup was in sympathy with the Seminoles plight in Florida.

Jessup  was of the few who was against Indian removal and was finally recalled from active duty when he suggested in writing that the Seminoles be allowed to remain in Florida.

A battlefield tour will follow the presentation. For information, call 561- 741-1359.

 

Children with disabilities to get ‘pro’ treatment Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium

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All base runners are safe in The Miracle League

The first pitch of a baseball game featuring children with disabilities is scheduled Saturday, March 19 about 4 p.m. at Roger Dean Stadium, right after the game between the Florida Marlins and Detroit Tigers.

The Miracle League’s players will receive the ‘pro’ treatment during Saturday’s game in Jupiter as their names will be called on the P.A. system,  their pictures will scroll on the outfield billboard and each player will get their own ‘walk up’ music as the get ready to bat.

League organizers hope this first-time exposure to the Miracle League and its mission will open the door to developing a North Palm Beach County branch of the league. Currently the League plays its games on a special field built in Delray Beach.

The Miracle League’s mission is to provide opportunities for all children to play baseball regardless of their ability. For over 10 years, the Miracle League Association has made it possible for children all over the country with physical and mental disabilities to achieve the same dream as their healthy peers – to play ball.

The field is complete with a cushioned synthetic turf to help prevent injuries, wheelchair accessible dugouts, and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to the wheelchair bound or visually impaired players. The Miracle League is a non-profit (501) c (3) organization.

The rules of league play are simple:

Every player bats once each inning
All base runners are safe
Every player scores a run before the inning is over (last one up gets a home run)
Each team and each player wins every game
Community children and volunteers serve as “buddies” to assist the players

Mort Levine, Mayor of Juno Beach, dies

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Mort Levine, mayor of Juno Beach since 2009, died Saturday at hospice in Jupiter. Mr. Levine was 84.

“(Mr. Levine) was a giant in our small town. He was incredibly dedicated to Juno Beach. He readily shared his talents and skills to promote the town,” said Vice Mayor Pro Tem Bill Greene.

Mr. Levine, who often referred to Juno Beach as “World Headquarters,” became a member of the town’s planning and zoning board in 1999. He was elected to the town council in 2008, and appointed mayor of the 3,500-resident town on March 25, 2009.

“(Mr. Levine) just loved being mayor of Juno Beach. He treated everybody with respect. He had no agenda. He cared for his community. What else can you ask for in a mayor?,” said Town Manager Joe Lo Bello.

The town charter calls for the town council to appoint a replacement for Mr. Levine’s position.

Mr. Levine, who had been battling lung cancer for the past year, served on the Palm Beach County American Cancer Society board for more than 25 years.

A lawyer for about 50 years, Mr. Levine specialized in litigation and trial law. He served in various elected and appointed positions, including: Assistant District Attorney of King’s County; Associate Counsel and Assistant Counsel to various standing and joint legislative committees of the New York State Legislature including the Senate Committee on Banks and Chief Counsel of the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, Second Department Judiciary Relations Committee and Attorney for the New York Telephone Company (now Verizon).

Mr. Levine’s family plans a private service.

 

Rib lovers: Today’s opening day at this new Jupiter eatery

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New PA BBQ in Jupiter is in former Applebee’s restaurant (Photo by Bill DiPaolo)

The Park Avenue BBQ Grille plans to open Thursday, March 17 at 5 p.m. in its new U.S. 1 location on Indiantown Road in Jupiter West Plaza, just east of I-95.

The new restaurant has a bar and indoor seating for 176 patrons.

The PA BBQ on U.S. 1 in Tequesta recently closed.

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Here’s the bar inside the new PA BBQ in Jupiter (Photo by Bill DiPaolo)