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Fourth of July Things to Do


This year at the Abacoa Town Center the all American holiday of 4th of July will be celebrated for two days! Kicking off on July 3rd is the classic car show, Main Street Cruise. This event features some of the sweetest rides in the area including, classic cars, muscle cars, custom rods and sports cars. There will be a Palm Beach Cardinals vs. the Jupiter Hammerheads game followed by fireworks and live music. 

The 4th of July is sure to be a smash hit and is perfect for people of all ages. To start the holiday of right, a parade through the streets will get the party started. The parade will begin at 4 pm. From 4pm-9pm there will be several live performances from local DJs and bands offering a variety of

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Friday is Independence Day. Here is how the holiday will affect area services.


GOVERNMENT OFFICES:  Federal, state, county, and municipal offices, courts, banks and post offices will be CLOSED on FRIDAY, JULY 4.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATIONNO Palm Tran bus service FRIDAY, JULY 4.  Tri Rail train service WILL operate on a weekend schedule.

PUBLIC LIBRARIES: All public libraries in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties are CLOSED on FRIDAY, JULY 4.

GARBAGE COLLECTION: Most garbage pickups are on a regular pickup schedule in Palm Beach County. Exceptions include North Palm Beach where Friday pickup will be on Thursday.  In Boca Raton, Thursday pick up will be will be on Wednesday and Friday pickup will be on Thursday.


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Have you ever wished to fly like Tony Sparks?  Flyboarding is close.

Flyboarding…how do you do that? A flyboard is a board connected to by a water hose to a Jet Ski or a Wave Runner. The Jet Ski engines force water into the hose at high pressure and out through nozzles on the board, and rider as high as 45 feet, 12-15 feet for beginners.

West Palm Beach officials redesigned the downtown waterfront and in addition to strolling and boating, one can try the extreme fun of flyboarding.  Get set for takeoff from the center pier on the east end of Clematis Street in front of E.R. Bradley’s Saloon. SoFlo Flyboarding was licensed by the city commission to offer a flyboarding instruction program from a floating dock from the aforementioned center pier.

The owners

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Six weeks after opening in Wellington, Trader Joe’s announced the grand opening dates of three additional stores in our area.  A store in Delray Beach is scheduled to open Friday, September 5, at 1851 South Federal Highway.  A Palm Beach Gardens store located at 2560 PGA Boulevard will open September 19 and finally another market will open September 26 in Boca Raton at 855 South Federal Highway.

Trader Joe’s is an American held privately held chain of funky specialty stores headquartered in California. It started in the 50’s as a small chain of convenience stores.  They made the stores bigger “decked the walls with cedar planks and donned the crew in cool Hawaiian shirts.”

Trader Joe’s is known for its eclectic collection of branded products that range

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Evacuees can return home.  Gas leak has been contained.  Roads open.

The Tequesta gas leak began yesterday when the Amerigas tank on Old Dixie Highway was filled. The tank held 30,000 gallons and was about 85 percent full.  Fire rescue crews spent more than 12 hours trying to stop the leak and succeeded about after 5 a.m. when they replaced a valve.

According to fire rescue officials, on the Martin County side over 500 homes were asked to evacuate and on the Palm Beach County side the number was somewhere between 1,000 to 2,000 because of the number of apartment complexes in the area.  

First responders stated the tank was being filled when it began to leak and it was 85 percent when it began to leak.  Emergency crews were trying to contain the leak

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LeBron James has decided to exercise his option for early termination of his contract with the Miami Heat.  James will become a free agent on July 1. James’ agent confirmed the decision.  He has all the leverage and it is logical that he use it.

Miami Heat President, Pat Riley stated this past Tuesday “I was informed this morning of his intentions.  We fully expect LeBron to opt-out and exercise his free agent rights, so this does not come as a surprise.  As I said at the press conference last week, players have a right to free agency and when they have these opportunities, the right to explore their options.”

Opting out does not mean James will necessarily leave the Heat, but it does allow him to explore opportunities.  James was set to earn

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According to the KIPLINGER REPORT, home prices will rise in 2014 but a slow steadier pace compared with historical trends.  The housing recovery has pushed up homes prices nearly everywhere. 

Over the past year, home price rose in 225 of the 276 cities tracked by Clear Capital, a provider of real estate data and analysis.  Good news for people who have waited to sell their houses.  Prices nationwide rose by 10.9%, up by $30,000 to $215,000!

In 2013, a sense of urgency drove buyers to take advantage of affordable home prices and low mortgage prices.  However, buyers were forced into bidding wars.  Sellers reaped the rewards of quick sales and often receiving above asking price.   

Kiplinger market observers agree that home prices will rise  4%

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Rendering courtesy of Kolter Urban LLC.

Endless possibilities. The Palm Beaches like never before. Two architecturally distinctive towers with twenty luxurious villa residences.   Located at the at the water’s edge in the center of it all.  Water Club is an exhilarating new way to live.

It is a private club at the water’s edge and your gateway to all the desires of South Florida living.  World class shopping and dining, pristine white sand beaches, boating, and championship level golf.  Sizzling nightlife and culture, art and music festivals.  With The Gardens Mall, and Worth Avenue, and major international airports within minutes, Water Club is in the center of it all.

Water Club offers a resort style amenity rich enclave designed to exceed every

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FAMILY FUN at PALM BEACH ZOO:  Safari Nights:  Fairy Tale Nights runs from 4:15 to 9pm today June 20, 2014, Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach.  Guests can meet fairy tale princesses, enjoy music by kid friendly DJ in Fountain Plaza.  There will be animal encounters and more.  Admission prices vary.  Please call the Zoo at 561-533-0887 or visit www.palmbeachzoo.org for more details.

“RING OF FIRE:  The Johnny Cash Musical” opens tonight and continues through July 13 at the Theater Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First Street, Delray Beach. The performance focuses on the music of Johnny Cash and celebrates the songs that reflect his life.  It is described as a “Jukebox musical”, features over 30 hits, and tells the story of Johnny Cash. 

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A little over a year ago Brooks Keopka had no status on any professional tour. Playing on the European Challenge tour (The European Tour's minor leagues or version of the Web.com Tour) Koepka started to turn some heads and win some events. He quickly gained access to the European Tour through his wins on the Challenge Tour where he continued to play impressive golf. Spending most of his time in Europe, he would play the occasional PGA Tour event via sponsors excemptions including his third place finish at this year's Frys.com Open.

Fast forward one year and the Wellington native and current Palm Beach Gardens is now a full-fledged member of the PGA Tour. He earned special temporary membership a few weeks ago as a result of finishing high enough in

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