Here’s a great location to watch the eclipse near Jupiter

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(Photo/Melanie Bell)

The Juno Beach Pier is located just south of Marcinski Road in Jupiter.

It costs $1 to walk on the pier, $4 to fish on the pier.

When you will see the eclipse in Palm Beach County.

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Making a pin-hole projector for eclipse – Learn how in Lake Park

Want to learn how to safely watch the eclipse through safety glasses? Or how to build a pin-hole projector?

That’s the subject of a Saturday, Aug. 19  gathering at 1 p.m. at the Lake Park Library, 529 Park Avenue, said Lake Park Librarian Judie Cooper.

READ: 1918 solar eclipse — what was Palm Beach County like then?

On Monday starting at 1 p.m. an eclipse gathering is planned at the Lake Park library. Light refreshments will be served. Viewers can either watch the eclipse outside or from inside the library. A monitor will be streaming the NASA station showing the eclipse.

Cooper, who has friends in Columbia Missouri which is in the area of totality, plans to call her friends during the eclipse. Listeners will get a play-by-play description.

“I’m hoping they can tell us give us how dark it is, how the animals react and other reactions,” said Cooper.

Both Lake Park events are free and open to the public.

Michele Jacobs is no longer director of marketing at The Gardens Mall

Michele Jacobs (File Photo)

Michele Jacobs is no longer listed as the corporate director of marketing at The Gardens Mall on the mall’s website.

Read a profile of Jacobs published in 2014 in The Palm Beach Post.

Jacobs in 2007 joined The Forbes Company, which owns the mall on PGA Boulevard.

Jacobs’ job was to oversee functions related to the company’s portfolio including facilities management, guest services, advertising and marketing, security and special events as well as corporate responsibilities supporting leasing and branding.

Mall management and Jacobs could not be reached for comment.

Before joining The Forbes Company in August 2007, Jacobs was vice president and general manager of Saks Fifth Avenue at The Gardens Mall.

Lindsay Leffler is now listed on the website as the special events and public relations director.

 

 

Video: The new walkway under US 1 at Jupiter’s Burt Reynolds Park

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This lighted walkway allows boaters and their passengers to walk underneath U.S. 1 to get to and from the east and west sides of Burt Reynolds Park in Jupiter. Before, they had to tote their coolers and equipment across busy U.S. 1, which was often dangerous. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Here’s good news for boaters in north County: Burt Reynolds Park West is open with a lighted underpass for pedestrians to walk under U.S. 1 to get to and from the east and west sides of the park.

Click on this link for a view of the new walkway under U.S. 1:

https://vimeo.com/229650439

No changes to the public boat ramps have been made for the park on the west side of U.S. 1 north of Indiantown Road.

Total cost for the the project, funded with county and state dollars, was about $1.1 million.

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The public boat ramps are usually busy at Burt Reynolds Park West in Jupiter (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Good news for boaters – More parking at Burt Reynolds Park in Jupiter

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This lighted walkway allows boaters and their passengers to walk underneath U.S. 1 to get to and from the east and west sides of Burt Reynolds Park in Jupiter. Before, they had to tote their coolers and equipment across busy U.S. 1, which was often dangerous. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Here’s good news for boaters in north County: Burt Reynolds Park West is open with about two dozen more parking spaces for boat trailers

Also finished is a lighted underpass for pedestrians to walk under U.S. 1 to get to and from the east and west sides of the park.

No changes to the public boat ramps have been made for the park on the west side of U.S. 1 north of Indiantown Road.

Total cost for the the project, funded with county and state dollars, was about $1.1 million.

More boat trailer parking is expected to stop boaters from parking their trailers like this along U.S. 1 at Burt Reynolds Park West  in Jupiter (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

 

 

What’s the latest on the two paramedics killed in crash in Jupiter?

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Allison Besaw salutes her father Paul Besaw at Celebration of Life ceremony at Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach Gardens (Photo/Bruce Bennett)

The man accused in the fatal crash that killed two paramedics is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail without bond.

Genaro De La Cruz Ajqui, 39, a citizen of Guatemala living in Jupiter, is accused in the June 1 crash that killed emergency-medical technicians Lahari Garcia and Paul Besaw. De La Cruz has had a detainer placed on him by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Jupiter Police declined to comment on the specifics of the case.

“We are waiting for the case to go to trial,” Vince said.

The fatal crash occurred shortly before 3 a.m. near West Indiantown Road and Philadelphia Drive. Authorities say De La Cruz was driving under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his 2000 Chrysler convertible into the ambulance occupied by Garcia and Besaw.

Jupiter police arrested De La Cruz on multiple charges, including DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and driving without a license on June 15. De La Cruz was taken into custody when he was released from St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Any criminal court proceeding would take priority over an immigration hearing, according to ICE spokesman Nestor Yglesias.

If De La Cruz is convicted, he would serve whatever time is imposed by a judge before being turned over for deportation proceedings. If he is charged with a crime, but acquitted, they could still face deportation hearings. He could also negotiate a plea agreement, according to ICE regulations.

Palm Beach County records show De La Cruz was cited several times for traffic violations over the years.

Dawn Besaw, the widow of Paul Besaw, said she does not understand how De La Cruz could be driving after being cited several times for traffic violations.

“How can you explain that to me?” she asked.

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Genaro De La Cruz Ajqui makes his first appearance in West Palm Beach Friday, June 16, 2017. The 39-year-old was arrested Thursday on two counts of vehicular homicide and of DUI manslaughter in the deaths of Lahiri Garcia, 51, and Paul Besaw, 36, two drivers for the American Medical Reponse ambulance company. (Photo/Bruce Bennett)

Here’s how to help Honor Flight veterans in Jupiter, Treasure Coast

World War II veteran, Irwin Lightman, Delray Beach, high fives the crowd upon returning from an Honor Flight at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fl on April 16, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

 

Two fundraising events in August are planned to benefit Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a non-profit organization that flies local WWII and Korean War veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

Upcoming Southeast Florida Honor Flight dates are Sept. 23rd and Oct. 28th.

For information, call Kathy Sreenan Southeast Florida Honor Flight 561-758-0722 or go to honorflightsefl.org

The first event is a 3-day fundraiser, August 4-6, comprised of group fitness classes for a $5 donation at three Gold’s Gym clubs. The specialty classes are open to the public at the Jupiter, Port St. Lucie and Palm Beach Gardens locations. The variety of exercise classes is designed for a wide range of fitness interests including Barre, Cardio, Cycling, Yoga, Zumba and more.

Southeast Honor Flight Facebook page.

The second event is a Salute to Service Scramble golf tournament on Aug. 26th at Abacoa Golf Club, 105 Barbados Drive in Jupiter.

The day’s schedule begins with a 1:00 p.m. Golfer Check-In and a 2:00pm Shotgun Start. A reception is planned to start at 5 p.m.where four area Honor Flight veterans will briefly speak.

Live music, small bites and club access are planned

Golf tournament with reception tickets are $150. Tickets solely for the reception are $60.

To register or for information, go to goldsgymsouthflorida.com/salute/

All proceeds from the fitness classes and golf tournament will benefit Southeast Florida Honor Flight.

The flights include: a chartered American Airlines A320, four motor coaches for the day’s transport, police escort, meals, t-shirts and hats.
Each Honor Flight agenda in Washington, DC includes visits to the U.S. Marine Memorial (Iwo Jima), Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the World War II Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.

The public is encouraged to attend “Operation Homecoming” at Palm Beach International Airport the evening of each of these Honor Flights to help give the veterans a star-spangled welcome home.

For information, call Kathy Sreenan Southeast Florida Honor Flight 561-758-0722 or go to honorflightsefl.org

Like those free dog waste bags at Jupiter Beach? Here’s how to help

The non-profit Friends of Jupiter Beach distributes about 400,000 dog waste bags for free annually (Photo provided)

The Friends of Jupiter Beach are seeking to raise $20,000 to replace 39 boxes that distribute free waste bags to dog owners on Dog Beach, on A1A from Carlin Park south to Marcinski Road.

A gofundme page has been established.

The plan is to remove all current boxes, repair and paint poles and then install new boxes where the waste bags are stored for free distribution to dog owners.

The non-profit organization organizes monthly beach cleanups south of Carlin Park.

For information go to friendsofjupiterbeach.org or call 561-748-8140.

Jennifer Weston and her German Shepherd at Dog Beach in Jupiter (File photo)

New principals coming to north county public schools

Palm Beach County School Superintendent Robert Avossa

Jerry Thomas Elementary and Jupiter Elementary are among 10 north county public schools will not only welcome new students when they open Aug. 14  — they welcome new principals.

Read Sonja Isger’s story in the Palm Beach Post.

 

 

Participate in National Night Out on Tuesday in Jupiter

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(Photos/Bill DiPaolo)

National Night Out at Roger Dean Stadium is planned Tuesday, Aug. 1 starting at 4:30 p.m.

The game between the Jupiter Hammerheads and Lakeland Tigers starts at 6:30 p.m.

Both events are free and open to the public. Donations are suggested.

National Night Out is a national community-building campaign that promotes police/community partnership and neighborhood camaraderie.

For information, go to RogerDeanStadium.com or call 561-775-1818.

Events at Roger Dean Stadium include:

  • safety demonstrations
  • kids’ activities
  • visits from emergency personnel and exhibits

Proceeds go to Jupiter Police Explorer Program