Hurricane Season in South Florida

Hurricane season is upon us once again and therefore time to remind everyone to be ready. The predictions for this year is a below-average 2014 Atlantic hurricane season with 10 named storms, 4 hurricanes and 1 major hurricane possibly making landfall. Although we’ve been blessed in the last 10 years with no hurricanes hitting south Florida, we should still be

Hurricane Arthur

Hurricane Arthur

prepared as even a seemingly small storm can bring lots of rain and wind to this area. We’ve already had the first named storm Arthur move up along our coast.

For those who recently relocated to south Florida, it’s even more important to be informed on how to get ready for a hurricane.  Hurricane season starts June 1 and ends November 30. The peak months for hurricane development are August and September. Not everyone may realize that 10 years ago, there were 4 hurricanes that hit Florida and despite warnings, many were just not ready. Even for those of us who had made preparations, it was still hard to adjust to being out of electricity for so long. And if you happen to own a generator, you could at least get some relief from the heat and have a couple of appliances running, but it was a very trying and difficult time for most.

Hurricane Jeanne

Hurricane Jeanne

So stay alert on approaching storms and use common sense. Plan well for the safety of your family! Don’t wait until the last minute to get ready.

What you can do now:
- Have necessary food, water and supplies for your family and pets, medications, first aid kit.
- You should have enough food and water (1 gallon of drinking water per person/per day) to last you one week to a month. Stock up on what your family eats (canned fruits and veggies, cereal, bread, crackers, peanut butter & jelly, can soup, tuna and salmon, beans, rice and pasta, instant coffee and chocolate).

When a storm/hurricane approaches:
- Get shutters, storm panels or plywood in place
- Check generator for working conditions, hurricane suppliessafety precautions, storage fuel
- Fill up your vehicle
- Get cash
- Get supplies (flashlight, batteries, portable radios, manual can opener, paper plates, plastic cups, garbage bags)
- Charge rechargeable cellphones, drills, lanterns, flashlights)
- Put important documents in zip-lock bags
- Cooking device (camp stove for outdoor use)
- Remove swings, patio furniture, potted plants grills.
- Disconnect and remove satellite dish or antenna from your roof
- Remove roof turbines and cap holes with screw-on caps.
- Make preparations for swimming pool and boat
- Emergency Toilet (garbage can with lid, plastic bags for liners, bleach, toilet paper)
- Be a good neighbor and offer assistance in securing their home

Find out if you live in an evacuation route signevacuation/flood zone, click here. Know how to get the exterior of your house ready for a storm. Inspect shutters and know how to secure windows.

Remember shelters are a last resort however you should know where they are located. Always let your relatives know where you are headed. For a list of shelters in PB County, click here.

If you have special needs or serious medical condition, make arrangements now to reserve space for a special need shelter. You must qualify in advance and you will need a registration from your doctor. To register in Palm Beach County, call 561-712-6400.

When a storm hits
Secure exterior windows and doors.hurricane protection
Stay inside, away from windows and doors.
Do not open the refrigerator door except when necessary.
If the storm becomes intense, move to an interior “safe room”.
If you live in a two-story house, avoid upper floors.
Monitor local radio and TV.

Use caution after a storm.
Report any down power lines to your local utilities company. FPL(800-4-OUTAGE)
Be very careful stepping outdoors when standing Hurricane Wilmawater and debris are present.
Carefully assess damage around your property. Look for downed trees and damage to your roof.
Watch and listen for reports.

Phones lines may not work. AT&T’s telephone systems require electricity. If power is out longer than eight hours, some may lose phone service. About 75 percent of AT&T’s fiber-optic lines are underground. The ones above ground are connected to the same utility poles as power and cable lines.
Comcast cable and Internet service will go out if electricity goes out during a storm. Comcast workers will begin restoring service after FPL has restored power.

Driving will be treacherous. Light signals may be out in several intersections. There may be curfews put in place. Check on neighbors and relatives. Do what you can to restore a sense of normalcy. There will be lots of clean up to do so be patient with everyone.

Be prepared but let’s hope for another uneventful hurricane season!

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4th on Flagler 2014 WPB Waterfront

This 4th of July, come celebrate with family and friends fireworks wpbour Independence Day on the WPB Waterfront.

This year’s theme is “Together We Create America” which reminds us all that so many have come to this land for opportunities and freedom.

Plan activities for the entire 3-day weekend.
Schedule of Events July 4th to July 6th

Friday, July 4th 2014 -  5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
4th on Flagler with fabulous 16 minutes fireworks display illuminating the Intracoastal waterway.
Fireworks starts at 9 p.m.
Military salute for all branches of the armed forces.4th on Flagler Military
Unfurling of a giant American flag.
Live music from national recording artists “The Lost Trailers and Ryan Star.
Enjoy family friendly putt-putt golf, kid’s area, local art and more.
The nine-hole patriotic theme miniature golf course is open 5 to 9 pm daily until July 5 and from 11 am to 3 pm July 6. The cost is $5.00 for one round of golf.

Saturday, July 5th – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Northwest’s Taste of the South BBQ & Brew
Located 2 blocks North of Banyan Blvd on Rosemary Avenue Downtown WPB
For $5.00 vendors will be serving up southern-style barbecue fixings.
Fun water games for kids
Live Blues and R&B music!

Saturday, July 5th – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.Northwood Village Restaurant
Northwood Village’s Star Spangled Jubilee
Located 2 miles north of Downtown WPB on Northwood Road, 24th & 25th Streets
Classic American foods
Live music
Local art
For their website click here

Sunday, July 6th – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Clematis Street WPB
Red White & Brunch FORE $25,000.
Clematis Street, Downtown WPB
Participating restaurants in Downtown WPB will be offering a special brunch menu.
Floating hole-in-one golf challenge for your chance at $25,000.


Waterfront activities to considerJet Ski Rentals WPB
Catamaran Lunch/Brunch Sails
Jet Ski Rentals
Banana Boat Rides
Paddleboard Rentals
Kayak Rentals
For prices and more information, click here

As you can see, there’s plenty to do for everyone. Be safe and have a Happy 4th of July in West Palm Beach and all over the country!


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Tropical Fruit Festival at Mounts Botanical Garden WPB

Inviting all fruit lovers in PB County to come to this always popular annual event on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mounts Botanical Garden.

Mounts Botanical Garden
531 N. Military Trail
West Palm Beach, Fl 33415

Depending on the weather and how long you plan on staying, always come prepared for these type of events especially with children. Remember to bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable shoes and water. If this is your first time visiting Mounts Botanical Garden, be sure to bring your camera to snap some memorable pictures. It’s such a beautiful garden and there is so much to see.

This event is held in collaboration with the Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International and sponsored taste of tropics festivalby Whole Foods Market in Wellington.

A large tropical fruit display featuring over 100 tropical fruits and a wide variety of fruits and fruit trees will be available for sale such as mangoe, mango treelychee, loquat, jackfruit, sapodilla, citrus, avocado and dragonfruit. This can be exciting for children and surprisingmangoe variety for even some adults to learn just how many fruit trees grow in south Florida.

The first 500 attendees will get free fruit samples so get there early!  Geoffrey Sagrans of Localecopia and Chef Nina Kauder of Rawsome Eats will have cooking demonstrations and recipes incorporating a variety of fruits. Food trucks will also be nearby as well as live music by DYMiN.

Everyone mark your calendars and let’s hope for some great weather! Have a fabulous day at Mounts!


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Flowers in the garden

Spring is a fabulous time of year in Florida especially for those of us who just love to spend time in our garden. So let me encourage you to plant something and watch it grow. For beginners, you will find a great variety of plants that will do very well in south Florida. Pick something that will be easy to maintain and care for. Look at your yard for sunny or mostly sunny areas as most flowers need full sun. If purchasing from your local garden center, take time to read about the plant to determine if this will be a good fit for your garden area. You may feel overwhelmed by the choices out there so perhaps a couple of large pots filled with annuals or perennials would be more your style. Flowers can be placed in the front entrance and a beautiful way to greet visitors to your home.

To watch your garden being transformed little by little into a beautiful place is so rewarding. And you will attract several species of butterflies that will linger around and bring a smile on your face. Here is a few plants and flowers from my garden, Giant Bird of Paradise, Gardenia, Jatropha and Ixora.

Large Bird of ParadiseGiant Bird of ParadiseGardenia 001

JatrophaPotted flowers

IxoraDo be careful if you have small children and always check for plant toxicity. Certain plants and flowers may cause irritation to children, others may actually have toxic parts so always choose carefully.  The same goes for your pets. The caladium and oleanders are very common in Florida gardens both of which have toxic parts.

There is an florida front entry landscapeabundance of beautiful gardens here in south Florida. Many homeowners really take pride in their homes. Landscaping your front yard to look pleasant and inviting has many benefits not only for yourself but for neighbors as well. And should you ever decide to put your home on the market, a great curb appeal will definitely pay off. Beautifully landscaped front lawn with shrubs, trees and flowers can make potential buyers just fall in love with your home.

So go ahead this season and enhance your yard with vibrant and colorful flowers. Bring interest to your garden. You may find that gardening will become your new hobby.

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Memorial Day Events West Palm Beach

Memorial Day
Monday, May 26, 2014

Take some time this Memorial Day to honor men South Florida National Cemetaryand women who lost their lives in service to our country.

Memorial Day Events in and around our community

Palm Beach County Veterans Committee 7th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony will be at the South Florida National Cemetery, located at 6501 State Road 7, south of Lantana Road. Program begins at 10:00 a.m. Programs to follow include an opening procession by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Pipe and Drum Band, multiple color guards collaborating in the presentation of the colors, pledge of allegiance led by Battle of the Bulge Army Veteran George Fisher, a specialFreedom is not Free memorial in honor of POWs and MIAs led by former POW Bill Arcuri, Agent Orange Balloon Release (more than 200 biodegradable balloons will be released), Gary Hodges singing the “National Anthem” and “God Bless America,” musical selection provided by Wellington High School Band, a Stearman biplane flyover, keynote speaker staff sergeant Brian Mast, wreath presentation by Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans, and Echo Taps by Tomas Becerra, Roberto Morgan and Armando Cedeno of the 1st Panamanian Drum & Bugle Corps of Miami.

Shuttle transportation will be available from 8:15 a.m. at the Target Superstore: 5900 State Road 7, Lake Worth and Winfield Solutions: 8245 U.S. Hwy 441, Boynton Beach. There will be NO public parking inside the cemetery grounds. Call 561-649-6489.


Memorial Day Ceremony. Boca Raton CemetaryFeaturing veterans groups, city officials, music by Fort Lauderdale Highlanders and Boca Raton Community High School Band; drills by Boca Raton Community High School NJROTC; and Boca Raton Police and Fire Honor Guards. Volunteers provided by Boca Raton Kiwanis. 9 a.m. at the Boca Raton Cemetery, 449 SW 4th Ave., Boca Raton. Call 561-393-7995.


Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony.Veterans Memorial Park Wellington The parade begins 8:15 am in the Municipal Complex parking area and continues down Forest Hill Boulevard to Southshore Boulevard, Wellington. The ceremony begins at 8:30 am at the Veterans Memorial, immediately following the parade. Call 561-753-2484.


Memorial Day program. Veterans Memorial Park BocaFeatures procession of colors, guest speakers, patriotic music. Bring lawn chairs. 9:30 a.m., Veteran’s Memorial Park, 9400 W. Palmetto Park Road, between Lyons Road and U.S. 441, west of Boca Raton.  Free. Call 561-963-6755.


Memorial Day ceremony. EventPalm Beach Memorial Park Lantana includes dignitaries, speakers, patriotic music. Free hot dogs and hamburgers after ceremony. 11:50 a.m., Palm Beach Memorial Park, 3691 Seacrest Blvd., Lantana. Presented by Forgotten Soldiers Outreach.  Call 561-369-2933.


Memorial Day Concert, “An American Tribute,” Music by the New Gardens Band, Indian River Pops and Robert Sharon Chorale. Mizner Park Amphitheatre BocaBring blankets or lawn chairs, $2 chair rental. No coolers, food and beverages available for purchase. 7-9 p.m., Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, off Federal Highway just south of Glades Road, Boca Raton. Free. Call 561-393-7073.

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