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Area Events: May 16-26

This calendar includes events taking place in Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Loxahatchee Groves and the western communities between May 16 to 26. To submit your event, more »

Green Market Moves to Wednesdays for Summer

The village of Royal Palm Beach has moved its Green Market and Bazaar to every Wednesday - rain or shine - from 4 to 7:30 p.m. through October at Veterans Park, 1036 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. more »

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The highly anticipated event has been moved forward two weeks as Palm Beach County braces for another weekend of wet weather.
Weather Postpones Royal Palm Seafood Fest to June
May 17, 2018

By Kristina Webb

The Royal Palm Beach Seafood Festival now will be June 2-3, postponed from this weekend, organizers said in a news release. “The forecast for heavy rains necessitated a change of dates,” organizers said. Hours for the event remain the same: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 2 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 3. The festival also will stay at Royal Palm Beach’s Commons Park, 11600 Poinciana Blvd.

The event previously was held in downtown West Palm Beach in concert with the popular Downtown Showdown fishing tournament, but moved to Royal Palm Beach this year seeking more space for a growing crowd.

Rain chances increase heading into the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. There is a possibility for some flooding and periods of heavy rain, forecasters said. FULL STORY

Businesses Fed Up With Unruly Teens on Bikes
May 17, 2018

WPTV Channel 5 News

Businesses in Royal Palm Beach are saying they are having issues with kids on bikes threatening and assaulting stores and customers. The unruly teens are riding past stores, swinging doors open, yelling, cursing and throwing items at the window.

Amber Martin, who manages the Festive Cuts Hair Salon off Royal Palm Beach Boulevard with her mom, tells WPTV Channel 5 News that although the atmosphere is pretty relaxing inside her store, when evening comes, employees regularly are accosted in the shopping plaza. Martin's mom has called the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office many times and has taken pictures of the kids causing trouble.

"They're also chasing people throughout the parking lot. They've also chased my mom a couple times leaving at night," said Martin. FULL STORY

Acreage Mom Invents Device to Relieve Bug Bites
May 17, 2018


It's called the "Bug Bite Thing," and Acreage resident Kelley Highney launched it after realizing she was unprepared for the mosquitoes in South Florida after moving from San Diego.

The new mom at the time didn't want to use harsh chemicals on her newborn, so she figured out a better way to get relief from bug bites.

"You get bit. You can remove the problem, which is the irritant under the skin. And by doing that, your body doesn't continue to produce that reaction," Highney said. "So you're eliminating the problem, instead of masking it with creams."

The mother of two says after sharing this relief remedy with her family and friends, she worked with a manufacturer in Denmark and the Bug Bite Thing was created.

"If you're itching, use this. FULL STORY

Judge Denies Class Certification in Toxin Lawsuit
May 17, 2018

By Karen Kidd, The Florida Record

Tens of thousands of residents living in The Acreage won't get to join a class action following a federal judge's decision early last month to deny class certification. The residential community for years has been the focus of industrial contamination litigation.

Judge Kenneth A. Marra of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division, denied certification in the $1 billion case filed by residents of The Acreage who claim the community's property values and residents' cancer was caused by pollution released by the nearby Pratt & Whitney plant. Marra didn't agree.

"Plaintiffs have not met their burden proving a class action is appropriate," Marra wrote in his 42-page opinion, in which he also described plaintiff's proposed class definition as "overbroad. FULL STORY

Lion Country Safari Welcomes Third Baby Giraffe
May 17, 2018


Lion Country Safari welcomed another baby giraffe, the third born at the Palm Beach County nature preserve this year! According to a news release, the latest baby, a female they have named Amanzi, was born at 4:50 p.m. on April 23 during an afternoon thunderstorm.

Amanzi, which means water in the Zulu language, was born in front of of guests driving through the preserve just before closing. The baby giraffe is 6 feet tall and weighs 167 pounds.

While two calves born in February at Lion Country Safari have recently joined the rest of the herd, Amanzi can be seen in a maternity area with mom, Lily.

Lily, who is 9-years-old and father Cupid, who is 13-year-olds, are experienced parents. Lily has birthed four calves FULL STORY

Gymnasts Sparkle at Excel State Championship Meet
May 17, 2018

By Mike May

Twelve gymnasts from Royal Palm Beach and Wellington recently produced standout results during the Excel Florida State (Gymnastics) Championships at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.

Those representing Royal Palm Beach were Morgan Bertisch, Morgan Patrie, Brayli Cottom, Isabela Penaranda, Alexa Jaffe, Skylar Burney and Brianna Gomez. Carrying the Wellington banner into the competition were Julian Milord, Caitlyn Davino, Mia Chang, Madeline Moore, and Kimberly Berg.

All of the girls are members of The Gymnastics Revolution (TGR) team based in West Palm Beach.

Among the stars of the show was Burney, who is only five years old. The rookie gymnast and one of TGR's youngest competitors showed the form of a veteran as she dazzled in her routines. FULL STORY

Royal Palm Brewing Co. Opens in Royal Palm Beach
April 25, 2018

By Kristina Webb

Residents in the western communities now have a new place to grab a craft beer. Royal Palm Brewing Co., the first brewery in the western communities, held its grand opening on St. Patrick’s Day at it’s space in the Commons at Royal Palm shopping plaza. It was an event a year-and-a-half in the making, said co-owners Geoffrey and Pam Shetka.

The family business is run by 30-year-old Geoffrey Shetka, his brother, 38-year-old George Shetka of Royal Palm Beach, and Pam, 43, George’s wife. They were inspired to open a brewery after years of making their own beer at home. Geoffrey was the first to get interested in home brewing while studying environmental science at the University of Central Florida. His enthusiasm spread to Pam and George, and soon every family vacation involved a visit to a new brewery. FULL STORY

Seafood Festival Moves to Royal Palm Beach
April 25, 2018

By Kristina Webb

The event formerly known as the West Palm Beach Seafood Festival is moving to Royal Palm Beach’s Commons Park. It is the second large festival to move west seeking more room. Bacon and Bourbon Fest, made its first appearance in Wellington last month.

The Seafood Festival, which will be June 2-3, had been a one-day event along Flagler Drive at the West Palm Beach Waterfront for three years. The venue is a “beautiful, beautiful spot,” but the city only lets a small number of events schedule for multiple days each year, said Kathy Gilbert, owner of POTTC Events, which organizes the festival.

And the Seafood Festival needed to grow. “It’s what the festival needed to do,” Gilbert said of the move. “For us, it means bringing in more quality to the event. FULL STORY

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