Santa and PBSO team up to bring joy to children in Lake Park

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputies teamed up with Santa and a volunteer to bring gifts to children in Lake Park. Photo courtesy of PBSO
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies teamed up with Santa and a volunteer to bring gifts to children in Lake Park. Photo courtesy of PBSO

It’s so hot, Santa swapped his sleigh for a fire truck to deliver presents to children in Lake Park.

Santa, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies and a long-time Police Athletic League volunteer teamed up to bring more than 1,000 toys and stuffed animals to kids in need. The 15-year volunteer, Seth Poignant, built a specialty fire truck to entertain children, according to PBSO.

Poignant gives his time each year at Christmas.

The Sweets Foundation and Lake Park PetSmart donated the toys this year, according to the sheriff’s office.

Eat cake while you shop at this GreenMarket

Palm Beach Gardens City Council members cut the cake at the Palm Beach Gardens GreenMarket's 13th anniversary celebration last year. Courtesy photo
Palm Beach Gardens City Council members cut the cake at the Gardens GreenMarket’s 13th anniversary celebration last year. Courtesy photo

This is one tradition that’s pretty sweet – literally.

No celebration is complete without cake, and the Palm Beach Gardens GreenMarket‘s 14th anniversary is no exception. The market will offer samples of a “quilt cake” and limited edition Gardens GreenMarket shopping bags starting 10 a.m. Jan. 10 while supplies last, according to a news release.

What’s a quilt cake? It’s become a tradition for each vendor to donate a bought or baked cake, pie or cupcakes, which organizers then place together to make one big cake. Organizers then cut the donated goodies to serve shoppers as they browse the array of fruits, vegetables, herbs, honey, crafts and more.

The market 10500 N. Military Trail runs every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

How to burn off that holiday weight you’ve gained

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The Mandel JCC is debuting eight types of fitness classes in the New Year. Photo by VMA Studios, courtesy of Mandel JCC

All those tempting cookies, cakes and cocktails you’ve scarfed down at holiday party after holiday party may have added a few inches to the waist line.

Now what? The Mandel JCC, 5221 Hood Road, will have a fresh line-up of exercise classes in the new year to match the new fitness center that debuted in October. The classes start Jan. 2, with a one-month Commit to Be Fit Challenge starting Jan. 11.

Here are the eight new offerings:

PiYo: Fusion of yoga and Pilates by the creators of P90X

JFit Kidz Workout: Upbeat class for children 7 to 13 to learn how to safely use exercise equipment

TRX Suspension Training: Leveraged body weight exercise using straps

Jillian Michael’s BodyShred

MyZone HIIT Workout: high-intensity interval training workout using heart rate monitors

 

NPF Surf & Turf: Class designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s Disease or other movement disorders

Family Yoga

Stroller Baby Bootcamp

This season, the center also has new small group training sessions, in which three or four like-minded workout buddies meet with a personal trainer once a week for two months.

The Commit to Be Fit Challenge – $175 for members and $200 for guests – includes free access to unlimited fitness classes, emails with recipes and weekly personal training sessions. Prizes will be awarded for biggest weight loss, reduced body fat percentage and consistency.

For more information go to jcconline.com/fitnesscenter or call 561-712-5200.

See the new Palm Beach Gardens fire station (PHOTOS)

Construction crews continued to work on the new Palm Beach Gardens Fire Station 2, shown here from Campus Drive, on Dec. 18. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)
Construction crews continued to work on the new Palm Beach Gardens Fire Station 2, shown here from Campus Drive, on Dec. 18. The city (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

The crews working on Fire Station 2 in Palm Beach Gardens have made some serious progress, but it’s not quite ready for action yet.

The city is tentatively looking at having a certificate of occupancy for the new 9,000-square-foot station on Campus Drive across from Palm Beach State College in late January or early February, according to spokeswoman Candice Temple. A public grand opening for the $2.5 million station will follow.

Construction crews continued to work on the new Palm Beach Gardens Fire Station 2 on Campus Drive across from Palm Beach State College on Dec. 18. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)
Construction crews continued to work on the new Palm Beach Gardens Fire Station 2 on Campus Drive across from Palm Beach State College on Dec. 18. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue continues to use the current Station 2 next door while the new one is completed. One big difference: the new, one-story station will be able to withstand a Category 5 hurricane.

Fire-rescue personnel from the station responded to 2,588 events in 2014, the most of Palm Beach Gardens’ five stations, according to city data provided in September.

 

‘Joy Drive’ puts 5,000 gifts in hands of kids in need

The Joy Drive put more than 5,000 gifts in the hands of more than 1,000 children in need in and around Palm Beach Gardens. Photo courtesy of Officer Ellen Lovejoy
The Joy Drive put more than 5,000 gifts in the hands of more than 1,000 children in need in and around Palm Beach Gardens. Photo courtesy of Officer Ellen Lovejoy

The toys are in and so is the tally.

This year’s “Joy Drive,” sponsored by the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation, provided more than 1,000 children in need with more than 5,000 wrapped gifts. Each gift was wrapped by volunteers from community groups, teachers, students and Palm Beach Gardens staff. The recipients picked up their gifts Friday and Saturday.

The drive has become a tradition after more than 15 years, benefiting thousands of families in and around Palm Beach Gardens, according to a news release. Principals, guidance counselors, community groups, Palm Beach Gardens police and firefighters helped identify children whose families might be in need.

Learn about Islam at this mosque’s open house today

The windows of the Islamic Center of the Palm Beaches are still boarded up, but President Sharif Elhosseiny says they hope to have them fixed by the end of the week. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)
The Islamic Center of the Palm Beaches, shown here with boarded-up windows after the mosque was struck by a vandal, is opening its doors Saturday for people to ask questions about Islam. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

Two weeks after the Islamic Center of Palm Beach was vandalized, its leaders are opening the doors of the mosque to educate people about their religion.

President Sharif Elhosseiny announced at a news conference earlier this week the center at 101 Castlewood Drive will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, for people come with their issues and questions. There’s been an increase in anti-Islam, anti-Muslim sentiment since terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, and they want to “clear the smoke” and erase the ignorance about Islam, he said.

The windows of the mosque were broken and the prayer room left askew early the morning of Dec. 4. Police say Joshua Warren Killets burglarized and damaged the property in what they’re now considering a hate crime.

The Islamic Center of Palm Beach has organized conferences and events to reach out to the public since March 2010.

Need money for college? Here’s an option.

Getting a college education is an expensive undertaking, and every penny counts when you’re trying to pay those tuition bills.

The Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation is again offering two, $1,500 scholarships at the end of the 2015-16 school year.

“The police foundation is pleased to extend our scholarship program into the current school year. We have continued the award amount of $1,500 to recognize the continuing surge in U.S. higher education costs,” foundation Vice President Charles Gusmano said in a news release.

Applications are on the foundation website and through the Palm Beach County School District, private schools and other educational institutions. The scholarship review committee will consider academic performance, community service, letters of recommendation, character references, financial need and an essay.

Completed applications must be returned to the foundation by U.S. mail and postmarked by April 15. Awards will be announced on or about June 1, according to the release.

More information and the application is available on the foundation’s website here.

Gov. Rick Scott welcomes United Technologies to Palm Beach County

This rendering shows how the UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings in Palm Beach Gardens will look when completed. Courtesy rendering
This rendering shows how the UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings in Palm Beach Gardens will look when completed. Courtesy rendering

Gov. Rick Scott started talking with United Technologies executives soon after taking office almost five years ago, and on Thursday, he got to thank them personally for bringing 380 jobs to Palm Beach County.

Robert McDonough, UTC Climate, Controls & Security president, described the first-of-its kind 241,400-square-foot Center for Intelligent Buildings complex in Palm Beach Gardens to a crowd of about 150 business leaders and elected officials at the Business Development Board breakfast at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.

Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach County and Florida together offered millions of dollars in economic incentives to secure United Technologies’ choice of Palm Beach Gardens instead of other locations in the southeast. In exchange, the company will bring an initial capital investment of $115 million and 380 jobs.

“We don’t take those for granted, and you can be assured we’ll hold up our end of the bargain,” McDonough said of the incentives.

He described Palm Beach County as the perfect fit for the showcase for United Technologies’ brands because of its visibility, transportation, climate suited to demonstrate its air-conditioning technology and quality housing. Plus, he said, Florida is encouraging to businesses.

Check mypalmbeachpost.com later Thursday for the full report.

 

United Technologies leader to talk Palm Beach Gardens center

This rendering provided by United Technologies shows what the Center for Intelligent Buildings on the Briger Tract in Palm Beach Gardens will look like. It could be completed in 2016.
This rendering provided by United Technologies shows what the Center for Intelligent Buildings on the Briger Tract in Palm Beach Gardens will look like.

Palm Beach County business leaders will get to hear more about the $115 million investment and job-generator United Technologies is building on the former Briger tract in Palm Beach Gardens.

Bob McDonough, president, UTC Climate, Controls & Security, will speak at the Business Development Board’s breakfast at the Kravis Center Thursday morning. He’ll talk about the UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings that Palm Beach Gardens City Council welcomed earlier this year.

The center on the Alton tract will showcase United Technologies’ brands, including the products and systems of Carrier Corporation, Otis Elevator, Kidde fire suppression and Automated Logic building automation.

The 241,400-square-foot complex is part of an overall 700,000-square-foot proposal, according to city documents. The other 458,600 square feet is identified for future development.

Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach County and Florida together offered millions of dollars of economic incentives to solidify United Technologies’ choice of Palm Beach Gardens instead of other locations in the southeast.

North Pole or North Palm Beach? Ride Santa’s trolley

Santa and Mrs. Claus wave in front of their trolley, which families can ride Dec. 18. Photo courtesy of North Palm Beach
Santa and Mrs. Claus wave in front of their trolley, which families can ride Dec. 18. Photo courtesy of North Palm Beach

Santa’s coming early for those who just can’t wait anymore.

He’ll make a stop at Veteran’s Park, 303 Anchorage Dr. in North Palm Beach, where little boys and girls can sit on his lap to make their last-minute requests. After they’re done, the whole family can take a ride on his trolley to sing carols and check out holiday lights.

Trolleys will run 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 18. The roughly 15-minute ride is $1 per person or $5 per family.