Mandel Public Library of WPB Offers Kids, Parents A Full Spectrum of After School Needs
Students offered homework centers, resources, activities, free school supplies
Free homework help, free resources, free after-school activities plus free school supplies…parents can get all the help they need to engage and encourage their children at the Mandel Public Library!
The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach offers students and parents numerous free programs, tools and resources to help kids and teens succeed in school. Free academic support for students is the cornerstone of the library’s after-school initiatives with its popular and successful homework centers that operate Monday through Thursday each week, plus Sundays for elementary kids, and are funded by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation. In addition, the library will offer a variety of free programs and activities for preschoolers and students of all ages that focus on literacy, technology, wellness and fun starting on September 4. Visit http://mycitylibrary.org for a complete schedule.
The library’s Homework Centers will open on August 14, coinciding with the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, with a special teacher Meet and Greet and School Supplies Giveaway. On August 14-16, 4:00 PM – 7:30PM, parents and elementary students can meet and chat with the certified teachers at the Homework Center, enjoy free refreshments, and get tips to make their school year successful. Elementary students who attend the Meet & Greet and register for the Homework Center will also receive free school supplies (while supplies last) courtesy of the West Palm Beach Library Foundation.
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City of West Palm Beach Recent Policy Actions
City Commission Meeting 7/16/18
Below is a summary of some of the approvals and decisions made by the City Commission during a recent meeting. To see the entire list of approvals/decision and, also, items coming up on agendas for future meetings, visit: http://wpb.org/Meetings-Events/City-Commission-Meeting-Agendas. To watch meetings live, please visit: http://wpb.org/Meetings-Events/Live-Video-Ch-18. To watch recorded meetings on-demand, please visit: https://vimeo.com/cityofwpb/channels.
The City Commission approved a Community Redevelopment Agency Resolution, No. 18-31, granting interlocal project funding between the City of West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency for the Tamarind Avenue Streetscape. The project will augment the available pedestrian crossings and connections along Tamarind Avenue. The improvements, which have been under development since 2014, will involve both the City and the CRA working together on the design and construction of the Streetscape. In accordance with the City’s “Right of Way” policy, the City will spearhead construction of the Streetscape projects, while the interlocal agreement also stipulates that the CRA funds the project’s construction fees.
The City Commission approved Resolution No. 162-18, granting up to $250,000 in financial support from the City to Gulfstream Goodwill Industries for the construction of six multi-family rental housing units in the Coleman Park area. The project is being facilitated by the City in the form of land donations, as well as additional program funds from the County, and grants from the Quantum Foundation. Additionally, the City will contribute $250,000 in construction costs in the form of a loan, made available by the City’s Housing Trust Fund and/or the State Housing Initiative Program.
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City of WPB ‘Summer of Paradise’ Auction Raises Nearly $15,000 for Nonprofits
The City of West Palm Beach’s annual “Summer in Paradise" (S.I.P.) campaign went out with celebration and cheer at the most recent Clematis by Night as guests at the waterfront event bid on the summer-long art installation, the “Fairy Tale Playhouses.” In partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, the playhouses aimed to raise awareness of the need for affordable housing while also being a source of summer fun for young children. The child-sized homes, painted by local artists and depicting popular fairy tales from all over the globe, made their debut on June 7 and were sent off with much fanfare, as each playhouse was auctioned off in support of a pre-assigned charity. In addition, corresponding mailboxes were also auctioned. In total, the City raised $14,680 for 15 local nonprofits, including Habitat for Humanity, Autism Speaks, The Lord’s Place, Inc., and Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County, among others. TO CONTINUE READING, PLEASE VISIT: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/CITY-OF-WPB-SUMMER-IN-PARADISE-AUCTION-RAISES-NEAR
Community Budget Workshop Update & Location Change
Please be advised of a location change for the August 2, 2018 City of West Palm Beach Community Budget Workshop.
***This workshop (which was originally scheduled to take place at Fire Station #2) will now be held at the South Olive Community Center located at 345 Summa Street at 6pm.***
This year, the City is hosting a total of six budget workshops to discuss the Fiscal Year 2019 budget. Members of the public are invited to attend and to participate as decisions are made about funding for City projects and programs.
Please note the dates and locations for the City’s remaining budget workshops:
July 31, 2018, 6:00 p.m.; Fire Station #7, 8011 Okeechobee Boulevard
August 1, 2018, 6:00 p.m.; U.B. Kinsey Community Center, 720 8th Street
August 2, 2018, 6:00 p.m.; South Olive Community Center, 345 Summa Street
The first public hearing to adopt the tentative budget and millage rate is scheduled for September 13, 2018. The final public hearing to adopt the final budget and millage rate is scheduled for September 27, 2018. FY 2019 Budget will go into effect October 1, 2018.
For more information, contact Budget Manager Linda McDermott at (561) 822-1342.
WPBPD to Co-Host Citizen Police Academy
The City of West Palm Beach Police Department and the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission are set to host their 36th annual Citizen Police Academy. The Citizen Police Academy, which instills education and appreciation of law enforcement, will instruct participants in specialty units that operate inside of the police department itself. Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in a police ride-along and tour the police dispatch center. The course will begin on September 24, 2018 and run through December 10, 2018, and classes will be held on Mondays from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at several specified locations. For registration information, please contact Valerie Moore at (561) 822-1621.
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City of WPB Finance Team Awarded Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
The Budget Team:
Linda McDermott, Budget Manager with Rosanna Santana, Ben Couden, & Mary Ptak
Mayor Jeri Muoio congratulates the City’s Department of Finance for being presented with a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award recognizes the highest principles of budgeting at various governmental levels. 2018 marks the sixth year that the City of West Palm Beach Finance team has been presented with the award.
To be presented with the award, the City of West Palm Beach had to satisfy a series of nationally-regarded budgeting guidelines that demonstrate how effective an organization’s budget is in fulfilling certain criteria. The City’s budget documents had to be rated “proficient” in the following categories and in 14 mandatory criteria within these categories:
- A policy document,
- A financial plan,
- An operations guide,
- A communications device.
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ROAD & DOCK CLOSURES UPDATE:
WEEK OF JULY 29, 2018
CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH CLOSURES
- Clematis Streetscape Project (through October): 300 block of Clematis St. between S. Olive Ave. and S. Dixie Hwy. is closed to road traffic during construction. Pedestrian traffic will remain unaffected, and businesses will remain open.
- Georgia Ave (until further notice): Partial closures between Dobbins St. and Nottingham Blvd. for stormwater improvements. One lane northbound is open to traffic. Southbound traffic is detoured to Nottingham Blvd., Lake Ave. or Bradley St.
- Briggs and Dobbins Streets (until further notice): Closed to local traffic between Garden Ave. and Georgia Ave. for stormwater improvements. Eastbound traffic on Briggs St. may turn right only at Georgia Ave. On-street parking is prohibited in the work zone.
- Clematis by Night (July 26, 2018 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) Road closures on N. & S. Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr., and Narcissus Ave. between N. Clematis St. and Banyan Blvd.
CLOSURES, REPAIRS FOR CURRIE PARK BOAT RAMPS
- Full closure: Effective July 23, 2018, all Currie Park boat ramps at 2400 Flagler Drive will be closed for repairs. Ramps will not be accessible during the construction period of up to 45 days. Currie Park will remain open from sunrise to sunset.
PBC ENGINEERING & PUBLIC WORKS CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB
- Congress Ave. just north of Okeechobee Blvd. to Spencer Dr. (through Aug 5, 2018): the outside eastbound lane will be closed 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for turn lane, sidewalk, and striping installation.
- N. Congress Ave. north of Presidential Way to Embassy Dr. (periodic northbound and southbound lane closures) for water main, driveway and median installation.
- Banyan Blvd. and Australian Ave: Southbound outside left turn lane and eastbound right lane closures for a water main connection.
- Roebuck Rd. (periodic westbound daytime lane closures): FPL pole installation east of Easley Dr. to Haverhill Rd. Westbound traffic will be shifted into one of the eastbound left turn lanes at the intersection of Haverhill Rd.
- Roebuck Rd. from Jog Rd. to Haverhill Rd (periodic lane closures): Alternating traffic with flaggers controlling traffic, due to construction.
- Australian Blvd. just south of 25th St. (periodic northbound and southbound lane closures) for utility work.
- For more information, contact PBC Engineering & Public Works: (561) 684-4000 or http://discover.pbcgov.org.
FLORIDA DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB
- Okeechobee Blvd. at Quadrille Blvd. (through July 31, 2018) One eastbound outside lane closed 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday for underground conduit operations.
- Military Tr. (July 23, 2018 through Friday, September 28, 2018) will have the outside northbound lane between 45th Street and Shiloh Dr. closed,9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for FPL pole replacement.
- Royal Park Bridge (through July 27, 2018) will have one westbound lane of Royal Palm Way closed between the Town of Palm Beach and the City of West Palm Beach, 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday for cable installation.
- Southern Blvd. (through July 31, 2018) will have one westbound outside lane and sidewalk closed, 9:00 a.m., until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Upthegrove Lane (through Aug 3, 2018) will have the northbound outside lane closed, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for curb installation and paving operations.
- For more information, contact FDOT: (866) 336-8435 or http://fdot.gov.
City of West Palm Beach road and dock closure updates are issued weekly by the City and may be viewed online at http://wpb.org/News-Video/Road-Closure-Updates.
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Mayor’s Neighborhood Meetings Schedule
The Mayor's Neighborhood Meetings, facilitated by the City in the Flagler Gallery at City Hall, are an important way for neighborhoods to learn updates specific to their community, to strengthen ties between neighborhoods and the City and for the public to communicate ideas that can help shape City policy. Representatives from City departments are present at the meetings to answer questions previously submitted by neighborhood association presidents for discussion as agenda items. Please note the updated schedule of Mayor’s Neighborhood Meetings for the remainder of 2018:
Western Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 4:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
South End Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
North End Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
This schedule is tentative and subject to change.
To receive email updates about the 2018 Neighborhood Meetings or to receive notices of Neighborhood Meetings schedule changes, please email Jose Tagle, City of West Palm Beach Neighborhood Services Coordinator in the Office of Mayor Jeri Muoio, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, call (561) 822-1412.
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2018 Holiday Sanitation Schedule
There will be regular service on the following holidays:
- Labor Day - September 3, 2018
- Columbus Day - October 8, 2018
- Veterans Day - November 12, 2018
There will be NO service on the following holidays:
- Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018; Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 11/26/18. Recycling will resume on 11/29/18. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
- Christmas Day, December 25, 2018: Residential garbage will resume your next scheduled service day beginning 12/28/18. Recycling will resume on 1/1/19. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
- New Year's Day, January 1, 2019: Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 1/4/19. Recycling will operate on normal schedule. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
The sanitation schedule is produced by the City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Works. For more information, please call (561) 822-2075.
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