Top 9 local news stories for the week of 7/7 – 7/14

1. The Best of the Palm Beaches: The Winners You Selected

Jupiter Mag We’ve been polling Jupiter Magazine and The Palm Beacher readers since fall on everything from their favorite beaches to the best brunch spots. The tallies are in! Everyone knows Palm Beach County has a lot to offer. But now, we present the definitive guide to the best of the best.

2. Wacky Wednesday Trivia starting at the Waterfront

aGuyonClematis Calling all trivia champs… the City of West Palm Beach is inviting the public to test their knowledge and enjoy a fun-filled evening of trivia at Aesop’s Tables. Every Wednesday evening during Summer in Paradise, beginning July 12 through August 30, 2017, from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m., the City will reward those who know the most about random facts related to history, pop culture, science and more. In addition to trivia host Duane Hamilton, table hosts will also be on hand to help facilitate lively discussions, encourage participation and unite the community.

“This year’s Summer in Paradise is all about community, and we think adding Wacky Wednesday Trivia Nights will certainly bring people together,” said Mary Pinak, Community Events Manager for the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation. “Residents and visitors can enjoy the artwork on Aesop’s Tables while testing their range of knowledge on a variety of topics.”

3. Testa’s restaurant in Palm Beach to close after July 15

Palm Beach Daily News Testa’s Restaurant says it’s closing its doors after the evening of July 15 to make way for demolition and redevelopment of the 1.3-acre site on Royal Poinciana Way.

“We knew this day would come and it is with great sadness that we must say goodbye for now,” Tom Testa said in an email Thursday.

4. Palm Beach approves marathon running onto the island

Palm Beach Daily News Runners will be allowed to cross onto the island this winter as part of the Palm Beaches Marathon. But, they’ll get a lake view instead of an ocean view.

The Palm Beach Town Council broke from tradition Wednesday in voting 3-2 to grant a permit that allows half marathon and full marathon runners to enter the island over the Flagler Memorial Bridge, run south down the Lake Trail and leave over the Royal Park Bridge. The races are scheduled for Dec. 3.

5. Palm Beach Tech strives to connect tech entrepreneurs, start-ups

Palm Beach Post In a 1920s West Palm Beach building that boasts an adjacent carriage house with a crank elevator, Joe Russo envisions a hub for technology entrepreneurship.

Russo is the executive director of Palm Beach Tech, a non-profit that is part co-location workspace, part trade association. It was founded two years ago with the goal of bringing together tech entrepreneurs and start-ups.

6. Why is West Palm considering paying $100K to lure two new companies?

Palm Beach Post The city is considering dishing out about $100,000 to entice two unidentified firms to move in, one in aerospace/aviation, the other in life sciences.

City commission votes are scheduled for July 17 for “Project Falcon” and “Project Cell,” respectively.

7. Escape South Florida Traffic: Take the Train

Wall Street Journal features the Brightline connection between West Palm Beach and Miami.

8. Just In: Brightline hopes to woo commuters with Park-Line apartments

Palm Beach Post The residential tower rising next to Brightline’s station in downtown West Palm Beach will be part of a new real estate brand run by the private rail venture’s parent company, Florida East Coast Industries.

The Park-Line brand will offer 290 rental units at the 24-story building currently under construction just west of Brightline’s train station in West Palm Beach, officials announced Wednesday.

9. Immobility study? West Palm explores how to ease parking crunch

West Palm Beatt As a next step in West Palm Beach’s mobility study, city planners are reaching out to merchants and other downtown groups for their ideas on easing downtown parking problems.

According to the Mayor’s Office, city planners recently met to discuss availability and affordability of parking downtown. They are evaluating policy changes to manage demand, especially during events and tourist season.

Wacky Wednesday Trivia starting at the Waterfront Tomorrow

Wacky Wednesday Trivia starting at the Waterfront Tomorrow

Calling all trivia champs… the City of West Palm Beach is inviting the public to test their knowledge and enjoy a fun-filled evening of trivia at Aesop’s Tables. Every Wednesday evening during Summer in Paradise, beginning July 12 through August 30, 2017, from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m., the City will reward those who know the most about random facts related to history, pop culture, science and more. In addition to trivia host Duane Hamilton, table hosts will also be on hand to help facilitate lively discussions, encourage participation and unite the community.

“This year’s Summer in Paradise is all about community, and we think adding Wacky Wednesday Trivia Nights will certainly bring people together,” said Mary Pinak, Community Events Manager for the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation. “Residents and visitors can enjoy the artwork on Aesop’s Tables while testing their range of knowledge on a variety of topics.”

Prizes include Downtown WPB merchant gift certificates – $100 for the first place winner and $50 and $25 for the second and third place winner, respectively. Additional Summer in Paradise branded prizes will also be randomly given out. There will be free popcorn for participants who work up an appetite matching wits with one another and beer, wine and soda will be available for purchase.

Table hosts include:

  • July 19 – Habitat for Humanity, Amy Brand
  • July 26 – Rebecca Peterson
  • August 9 – Children Seen and Heard, Esther Joseph
  • August 16 – Rebecca Peterson
  • August 23 – Habitat for Humanity, Amy Brand
  • August 30 – Take Heed Theatre

Aesop’s Tables is a whimsical art installation of 25 painted picnic tables, with each one depicting one of Aesop’s fables. A direct tie to Mayor Jeri Muoio’s pledge declaring West Palm Beach as a City of Kindness, the storybook setting provides an opportunity for all to connect, explore local art, share their own stories and enjoy family-friendly activities on the West Palm Beach waterfront. Aesop’s Tables is presented by the City of West Palm Beach Art in Public Places and celebrates the talents of local artists. The tables feature depictions of “The Jay and the Peacock,” “Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Lion and the Mouse,” and more.

7 top stories from West Palm Beach for the week of 7/3 – 7/7

1.  The 20 best restaurants in Palm Beach County right now

Palm Beach Post: Here’s a current snapshot of Palm Beach County restaurants we’re loving best at the moment. Next month, the snapshot might be different. This list, which is organized by city, includes only restaurants we have visited.

 

2. Dining out? Restaurants in Palm Beach offer sweet summer deals

Palm Beach Daily News: Dining out on the town is a bargain these days — at least relative to high season — so if you hunger for sales, now is the time for a feast.

As restaurants seek to lure diners during the off-season and thank year-round patrons after winter residents’ exit, deals abound. They range from lunch and dinner prix-fixe menus to meal discounts, bring-your-own-wine nights, $1 oysters and more.

 

3. New West Palm brewery to include 12,000-bottle wine vault, Tuscan food

Palm Beach Post: You could argue that if every Crossfit gym converted into a craft beer brewery, there’d be a lot less pain and a lot more gain in the city, and less weight to lift, if maybe more around the hips.

We’ll get to see if that proves true, as West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault, under construction downtown at 332 Evernia St., is scheduled to open Oct. 1.

 

4. Why is it so hard to develop West Palm Beach’s most visible site?

Palm Beach Post: From the world’s tallest building to a high-end medical campus, a digital animation studio and a financial tower of undulating glass topped with a spire, the site at the confluence of Okeechobee Boulevard and Dixie Highway has stirred developers’ imaginations with concepts ambitious and unusual.

 

5. What’s in PBC’s $4.5B budget?
Eye on PBC blog: Palm Beach County staff members have put their final touches on a $4.5 billion budget, which commissioners are now mulling in advance of Tuesday’s meeting, when they will set property tax rates.

 

6. See which new store just opened at CityPlace
Malled blog: Natuzzi Italia has opened a 9,000-square-foot store at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, a move that signals the shopping, dining and entertainment center continues to boost its home furnishings offerings.

 

7. West Palm Beach Bike Revolution Takes Off
City of West Palm Beach: The City of West Palm Beach will soon release a Bike Master Plan designed to make it easier for cyclists to ride from one end of town to the other, and all points in between. Many residents are already riding their bikes to work, especially those who live and work in downtown West Palm Beach.

 

Best Home in West Palm Beach Photo Contest!

Best Home in West Palm Beach Photo Contest!

Things get quiet in the summer time… so over the next few weeks we will amuse ourselves (and get to know each other a bit better) with the first ever aGuyonClematis Home Photo Contest.

There will be prizes for:

  1. Best House
  2. Most Creative Picture
  3. Best Picture

The pictures will be voted on by readers of aGuyonCleamtis

Note: If you’re a business and want to donate a prize (gift certificate, etc.) please email me!

A few simple rules:

  1. You have to have taken the picture
  2. The home has to be within the city of West Palm Beach

Email pictures to aaron@aguyonclematis.com TODAY add the subject like “PHOTO CONTEST”

You can submit pictures of mobile homes, like this one of Sandy’s beautiful little Airstream parked on the waterfront

You can submit pictures of your condos, yes those are beautiful condos on the top of the Esparante Building

You can submit pictures of your home all dressed up

Or… you can submit pictures of your home going on vacation

Note: This house is not going on vacation, it’s the Stambaugh Cottage from Palm Beach which was homeless for three years, before moving to North Carolina #TrueStory

Father’s Day Events around Downtown

Father’s Day Events around Downtown

Dad’s Day at Dorrian’s
215 Clematis St

Only at Dorrian’s does Daddy-O get free bottomless bacon and a big ole’ Bloody Mary with any brunch entree on Father’s Day… and that’s on top of our regular June brunch special of a free kids brunch with the purchase of any adults brunch entree, as well as live acoustic entertainment by Tony Silver and a kids activity corner complete with crafts, coloring and kids movies. What else does the big guys need on his special day (we’re sure he has a list…)

Father’s Day Weekend at The Butcher Shop

Friday, June 16- Sunday, June 18

Live Music All Weekend Long!

  • Friday, June 16: “Spred the Dub” 10PM-1AM
  • Saturday, June 17: DJ Rey “Chilly Willy” 9PM- 1AM
  • Sunday, June 18: Cecil Anno of “Tank Tops & Flip Flops” 1PM-4PM

Fathers Day Sunday Food & Drink Special: “Tomahawk” Bone-In Ribeye for Two with Sweet Florida Corn and Loaded Mashed Potato $99. Plus One Complimentary Draft Beer & Our Gift to Dad: $10 Gift Card (for use on the next visit.) Also featuring the Dewar’s at 12 on Father’s Day Sunday. For more information call (561) 812-2336. The Butcher Shop is located at 209 6th Street.

Father’s Day at Avocado Grill

Sunday, June 18

Fathers, get ready for incredible specials created just for you at Avocado Grill this Father’s Day! Known for smaller plates of the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients, we’ve got heartier appetites in mind for this holiday. Join us for our regular brunch and dinner menus as well as five special dishes sure to satisfy every craving. Specials will be available for both brunch and dinner. Reservations are suggested. Join us between 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. For more information, call (561) 623-0822. Avocado Grill is located at 125 Datura St.

Father’s Day Brunch at Pistache

On June 18th, 11am – 2:30pm,

We take a moment to thank our fathers. 3-Course Prix Fixe Menu, $65 per person, with a complimentary drink for all dads! For more information, visit www.pistachewpb.com. Pistache is located at 101 N Clematis St.

CUPCAKE EXTRAVAGANZA Father’s Day: Hooked on Dad Hand Print Painting

Uptown Art

Join us at 11 a.m. for Cupcake Extravaganza! Each registration will include one bundtlet from Nothing Bundt Cakes. This class will be held at 510 Evernia Street.

Choose your own colors. This class will last between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 hours. Reservations are highly recommended. Once you arrive to the studio, seating is first come first serve, so please arrive early for check in. Ages 5-12 are welcome if accompanied by an adult. This will be taught on a 16 x 20 canvas. All of our classes are BYOB, so feel free to bring your favorite drinks and food! Cost is $25.

Uptown art is located at 510 Evernia Street. For more information, visit: http://www.uptownart.com/.

Celebrate Dad with Father’s Day Brunch Buffet at The Regional
651 Okeechobee Blvd
Sunday, June 18

Thank dad this year with our Father’s Day Brunch Buffet. Sunday, June 18th from 11:00-3:00. $65 per person. For more information, call (561) 557-6460. The Regional is located at 651 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Dad’s Burger & Beer Special at Revolutions
477 S Rosemary Ave
Sunday, June 18

Dads enjoy a FREE Domestic Draft or Well Cocktail with purchase of Any Signature or Platinum Burger. 1⁄2 OFF Domestic Drafts ALL DAY. For more information, call (561) 203-6188 or visit www.westpalmbeach.revolutionsbowl.com. Revolutions Bowling. Bar. Grille. Is located at 477 S. Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Burger Recipe Contest

Share your Best Burger Creation! Submit your original burger recipe to marketing@frankcompanies.com. Contest runs now through 6/27. Enter to Win a $100 Gift Card! For more information, call (561) 203-6188 or visit www.westpalmbeach.revolutionsbowl.com. Revolutions Bowling. Bar. Grille. Is located at 477 S. Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

 

Father’s Day Car Show at CityPlace

Sunday, June 18
Free

Celebrate Dad as you stroll through CityPlace and see a showcase of cars. Supercars, Hot Rods, Muscle, Race, Vintage, Exotic, Electric and more. Enjoy great shopping, dining and entertainment specials. Live music by the Sierra Band. For more information, visit www.CityPlace.com. CityPlace is located at 700 S. Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Father’s Day at Copper Blues

Sunday, June 18

From 2 -6 p.m. we will be grilling turkey legs and burgers outside! Free flight of beer for all fathers. At 8 p.m. enjoy live music by Erik O’Neill Duo. For more information, call 561-404-4101. Copper Blues is located at 550 Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Join me in supporting Raphael Clemente as he Crosses for a Cure

Join me in supporting Raphael Clemente as he Crosses for a Cure

On Saturday, June 17th West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority Executive Director, New Urbanist guru, and all around nice guy, Raphael Clemente will be participating in what promises to be an amazing adventure for a great cause!

Raphael has been training for the last few months to undertake a 50 mile Paddle from Binini to Dania Beach, FL. The trip is a fundraiser to help those suffering from Cystic Fibrosis & he needs our support.

Donate Now to Crossing for a cure.

Here are the details from Raphael Clemente:

“This long-distance endurance stand up paddleboard challenge will take paddlers across the Gulfstream from the island of Bimini in the Bahamas back to the Florida mainland. There are several individuals, including myself, who are doing the entire 50+ miles of the open ocean paddle solo. There are also other groups that will be covering the distance as relay teams.

There has been a tremendous outpouring of interest in this event, including local boaters who have signed on the provide support for the paddlers and event team during the crossing, as well as nearly $90,000 in donations to date. The best part of this bold event is that every penny raised will go to support individuals and families battle Cystic Fibrosis, and to support research to find cure for this awful disease.

The event was created by Travis Suit, who was inspired by of the incredible health benefits of the ocean for those living with Cystic Fibrosis. Travis’s 9 year-old daughter, Piper, was diagnosed with CF when she was just four years old. The fundraising goal of this event is $100,000 – and we are almost there! If you would consider donating this this very worthy cause it would be greatly appreciate and would be just that much more motivation for me to cover what will be a very big stretch of ocean on a SUP! The crossing will be shared “live” on Facebook the day of the event.

Donations can be made by going to my fundraising page: https://www.crowdrise.com/raphael-clemente-crossing-for-a-cure.

Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage and eventually, respiratory failure.

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