Welcome to our first Weekly Newsletter

Hello Friends,

Thanks for signing up for the aGuyonClematis Newsletter. The goal of this newsletter is to summarize the events and pictures taken in the previous week. I’m also planning on listing events which will be taking place during the week, so that you can plan your weekend accordingly.

Enjoy.

City of West Palm Beach + Waze = Real-time traffic information. ??

City of West Palm Beach + Waze = Real-time traffic information. ??

Construction is happening around town. The 100 & 300 Blocks of Clematis are closed for the Green Market. The 500 Block of Clematis now host the awesome and car-free 500BLK party every weekend till March.

The Palm Beach Boat show will close Flagler for several weeks, and SunFest will start immediately thereafter.

Sometimes it’s enough to make you ?

Fear not! The City of West Palm Beach just partnered with Waze GPS App (owned by Google) to update the public with real-time traffic information.

So now before you leave your house you can map out your route to avoid road closures and traffic.

The city is using the Waze for Cities partnership to accomplish this.

Waze’s primary goal is to be your partner in mobility. That means getting Waze-reported incident data to government officials who can help, whether it’s a five-car pile-up or a pothole. It means getting data from government partners to ensure Waze drivers have the best real-time, location-based information about what’s happening in their communities. And of course helping cities improve congestion, sustainability, and access through carpooling.

Waze for Cities website.
Downtown road closures seen on Waze
Downtown road closures seen on Waze

Check out these case studies that show how Waze has worked with other cities.

“The City is increasingly using data and technology to help improve the lives of our citizens, business owners, and visitors,” said Mayor Keith A. James. “The information-sharing partnership with Waze helps us to communicate with the public and inform decisions. This is one of many steps we are taking to utilize technology to improve quality of life and shape our city’s future.”

You can also learn about road closures at these links.

West Palm Beach Race for the Cure 2020 is Saturday

West Palm Beach Race for the Cure 2020 is Saturday

Saturday is Race for the Cure 2020 – dress up in pink and come and support an organization which is making a difference in our local community.

Through events like the Komen South Florida Race for the Cure®, Komen Florida has invested over $14 million in community breast health programs in Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie counties, has invested nearly $57 million statewide, and has helped contribute to the more than $920 million invested globally in research.

Breast Cancer Facts

  • 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • The two most common risk factors for breast cancer are:
    • Being female
    • Getting older
  • All women are at risk for breast cancer.
  • The risk of getting breast cancer increases with age. Most breast cancers and breast cancer deaths occur in women 50 and older
  • Breast cancer in men is rare, but it does happen.
  • Breast cancer screening can help find breast cancer early when the chances of survival are highest.
  • A mammogram is the best screening tool used today to find breast cancer.

Race Schedule

January 25, 2020

5:30 a.m.    Race Day Registration opens at Palm Beach Post Centennial Park (South Flagler
7 a.m.          Main Stage Program begins at Meyer Amphitheatre
7:30 a.m.    Women’s and Men’s 5K USATF Run (3.1 miles)
8:15 a.m.     Runner’s Awards Ceremony and Entertainment at Meyer Amphitheatre
8:30 a.m.     Acknowledgements/Entertainment at Meyer Amphitheatre
9 a.m.           Warrior/Survivor Recognition Ceremony at Meyer Amphitheatre
9:30 a.m.      5K Walk (3.1 miles) and 1-mile Family Fun Run
10:15 a.m.    Kids T-Shirt Art Contest Awards at Meyer Amphitheatre
10:30 a.m.    Tots Run for the Cure (ages 5 and under) at Flagler & Evernia near Kid Zone
10:45 a.m.    Kids Run for the Cure (ages 6-12) at Flagler & Evernia near Kid Zone
11 a.m.         Event concludes

Interview with 2019 Warrior in Pink: Angel Trubeville

As heartbreaking as it is to lose our friends and loved ones to cancer, there is hope. And this weekend at the Race for the Cure we will celebrate those we lost, those who are still fighting and those who are celebrating their victory against breast cancer, and working to find a cure.

Last year before the race, I had a chance to interview one of the Race for the Cure “Warriors in Pink”, Angel Trubeville.

This interview appeared in my newsletter last year.

AW: Can you tell us about yourself?  
AT: I am 41-years-old, single and originally from Lakeland, FL.  I lived in Washington DC for 15 years before returning to Florida in August of 2017. I am in full time ministry.  My current position is Campus Director at Family Church Village which, means I minister to people at our church, run our staff, and all of the ministries on campus. 

AW: When did you learn you had breast cancer? 
AT: I learned I had breast cancer on April 28 of 2018.  I am very new to the journey.  I had surgery in June and started chemo in August of 2018.  I just finished the hard part of chemo and am currently receiving targeted therapy every 3 weeks through July of this year.   

AW: After the initial shock, did you feel hopeful and inspired to use your experience to help others?  
AT: After the initial shock, yes, I did feel hopeful. My faith and my relationship with God are very important to me.  I started seeking God’s hope and purpose through Scripture and prayer.  I had a few verses I took with me to every appointment so I could stay focused and choose hope while going through doctor’s appointments, tests and making decisions.  My prayer when all of this started was that God would use my story to bring His hope to others. 

AW: What does it mean to you to be named a 2019 Warrior In Pink?  
AT: It is humbling to be named a Warrior in Pink.  Many of my sisters have been in this fight much longer and have had harder journeys.  I’m thankful for the opportunity to represent the fight against breast cancer and to let other women know they are not alone in this journey.  I love the opportunities I’ve had to talk to others who are in this fight, to pray with them and encourage them that they are not alone.  

AW: Are you excited for the Race for the Cure tomorrow?   
AT: I am excited for the race! This will be my first venture back into anything physical since completing to the hard part of my treatment, so it is a milestone of sorts.  I love that I get to celebrate in such a significant way! 

AW: Do you have a team participating and can people support you? 
AT: Yes, I have a team called “Angel’s Army”.  We’d love to have others race with us! So, if there are people out there without a team, join us!  They can go to www.komenflorida.org/race, click the “Register” or “Donate” button and find my team.

AW: Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?  
AT: I hope to see you at the race.  I’d love to personally meet anyone who is starting out on her journey and still trying to build her support team.  My message and the Race’s message is don’t walk this road alone.  Komen is there to support so many people in our community thanks to the funds raised from the Race.  Readers should know that 75% percent of the Race’s net proceeds remain local to provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment to people in our community who can’t afford potentially life-saving services and 25% is dedicated to research to find a cure. 

Photos from 2019

Maybe you should run for City Commission!

Maybe you should run for City Commission!

Time to talk about POLITICS! I wrote this for my newsletter, it is a bit of a rant and I understand that it doesn’t paint the full picture, but nobody is talking about this so I feel it’s important to put it out there. I hope in the future to write more about this, if you have any questions or comments, you know how to find me.


Have you ever looked at the condition of the road outside your house and thought to yourself “Maybe I should run for a seat in City government”. Guess what? This is your chance.

In March of 2019 the City of West Palm Beach votes for a new Mayor and three commission seats. The deadline to file with the City Clerk is Tuesday, January 8th.

Here is how it works: In West Palm Beach we have five commission districts and City Commissioners have two year terms. On the odd years Commissioners from districts 2 and 4 are elected, and on the even years Commissioners from districts 1, 3 and 5 are elected. 2019 is an odd year, so District 2 and District 4 are up for re-election. Because Commissioner Paula Ryan is running for Mayor the downtown district (District 3) is up for re-election.

They say “all politics are local” and the job of the City Commission is hugely important: setting the policy that will determine the future of the City of West Palm Beach. It’s a part-time job and pays $35,000/year.

Commissioners are voted on by everyone in the city (not just those in their district) and they vote on decisions that affect everyone in the city. So even if your district is not up for re-election, whoever becomes commissioner for the other districts will be making decisions that directly affect you and your district.

Here is a sad fact about our local politics. More often than not City Commission elections are not contested. This means that only one person is running and they automatically are elected and won’t even appear on the ballot on Election Day.

Question: When was the last time we had an contested election in District 3 (Downtown)?
Answer: 2008

Let that settle in… you go on facebook, and see people truly concerned about the issues downtown and the plight of our northwest historic neighborhood. For the last 10 years nobody has stepped up and said “I am going to challenge how things are being done” and thrown their hat into the ring.

Thankfully, this year it looks like we will have a race for our Downtown (District 3) commission seat. But as it stands now, districts 2 and 4 will go uncontested.

People are always encouraging you to “Get Out & VOTE!”, but if you live in a district which won’t have an election because only one person is running, then if you want to see change come to your neighborhood don’t sit on the sidelines of democracy! Get Out and Run for City Commission!

To be clear, I’m not throwing shade at our commissioners. They have my full respect. It is often a thankless job, they stepped up to do the job. What I’m saying is that in the City of West Palm Beach we should have more people (YOU) who want to join our city commission, bring new ideas and vision to the table, and have an active role in how our great City is governed.

We should never have an uncontested election in West Palm Beach.

Don’t get me wrong, as soon as you show interest people will give you many reasons why you shouldn’t run. It takes too much time, it’s too expensive, nobody votes in municipal elections, politics are too dirty, you have no experience.

First off, nobody has more experience than you when they get started. Secondly, the only reason why West Palm Beach politics are dirty/expensive and nobody votes, is because we have so few people who are willing to run! An active democracy, bringing new people and new ideas into City Hall will solve so many of the issues that we’re seeing today.

So… If you care deeply about your community, if you have a vision for what you want for the City of West Palm Beach, if you have friends and neighbors who will support you, if you are willing to spend your evenings and weekends knocking on doors and spreading your ideas, then you should run for City Commission.

If you live in districts 2, 3 & 4 you have until noon January 8th to qualify for the March election. If you’re in districts 1 & 5 you have a whole year to think about it 🙂

If you’re even considering it, stop by City Hall and talk to the City Clerk and they will walk you through everything you need to do to get started.