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Traffic - Construction Report in Palm Beach Week of June 27
Download a copy of the construction traffic report and maps from the Town of Palm Beach for the week of June 20 by clicking on the link below.
This Week in Palm Beach - June 23, 2016
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. June 23, 2016 edition.
Michele Dargan Joins Civic Association as a Freelance Reporter
The Palm Beach Civic Association announces that Michele Dargan has joined the organization as a freelance reporter.
Zika Virus - How to Stay Safe This Summer
Referred By: Jeff Levitt, Civic Association Healthcare Committee Chairman. Chances are you probably hadn’t heard of the Zika virus just a few months ago. That’s because the illness was localized to certain tropical areas. But now it is spreading.
Cathy Coleman Joins Civic Association as New Office Manager
The Palm Beach Civic Association announces that Cathy Coleman has joined the organization as office manager.
Traffic - Construction Report in Palm Beach Week of June 20
Download a copy of the construction traffic report and maps from the Town of Palm Beach for the week of June 20 by clicking on the link below.
ZIKA VIRUS UPDATE IN PALM BEACH June 21, 2016
We have learned more about the Zika Virus and here are some facts:
City of West Palm Beach Water Treatment Plant to Flush Lines with Chlorine
Town of Palm Beach News Release: The City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department will temporarily modify the disinfection process used to treat drinking water supplied to the Town from June 20 to July 22, 2016.
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Traffic - Construction Report in Palm Beach Week of June 27
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 27 June 2016 10:35

Download a copy of the construction traffic report and maps from the Town of Palm Beach for the week of June 20 by clicking on the link below.

Activity this Week

June27 2016TrafficMap1.  Flagler Memorial Bridge.
2.  Town Square.
3.  Signalization and Mast Arm Improvements.
4.  Cherry Lane Drainage Improvements.
5.  Via Marila Outfall Repair.
6.  1900 South Ocean Blvd.
7.  Lake Trail - Atlantic Avenueto Dunbar Road.
8.  FPU Gas Line Replacements.
9.  Town Wide Palm Tree Replacement Program.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD MAPS & DETAILS FROM THE TOWN OF PALM BEACH

 

TRAFFIC HELP-LINE

A dedicated traffic telephone line is also available from  8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday to report excessive traffic delays or concerns.  Please call 561-838-5410.  After hour concerns can be reported to the Police Department at 561-838-5454.

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This Week in Palm Beach - June 23, 2016
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Thursday, 23 June 2016 20:25

Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. June 23, 2016 edition.

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Michele Dargan Joins Civic Association as a Freelance Reporter
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 23 June 2016 13:17

The Palm Beach Civic Association announces that Michele Dargan has joined the organization as a freelance reporter.

Mrs. Dargan will focus on general assignment reporting and in-depth feature stories for the Civic Association News  on their website and in their popular e-newsletter This Week in Palm Beach.

“Michele knows the Palm Beach beat,” said Mike Brown, Communication Director of the Civic Association. “She's a great researcher and writer and is a super addition to our team.”

Michele Dargan Bio

MicheleDargan W300Michele Dargan is an award-winning reporter with 28 years experience working at various newspapers in Connecticut and Florida.

An avid show jumper, she began writing freelance articles for equestrian publications while working as an English teacher in Connecticut.

She landed her first full-time newspaper job as an education reporter and sports editor at a start-up weekly in Weston, Conn. A year later, she moved to a daily newspaper as a sportswriter, when it was still a novelty to have women covering sports. While there, she won first place for sports column writing from the Society of Professional Journalists, topping longtime beat writers for New York area professional teams.

Since then, she has covered courts, religion, politics, police, fire, health, business and real estate. She also has worked as an editor of a community news section.

In 1994, she moved to Palm Beach County and worked for the Palm Beach Post covering Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee and The Acreage. Two years later, she landed a job at the Palm Beach Daily News, retiring in April after 20 years.

In 2014, Dargan won the Florida Press Club’s Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting for a three-part series detailing the fallout in the police and fire departments from the town’s pension reform.

Among the high-profile cases she covered while at the Daily News: the Jeffrey Epstein sex offender case, the James Sullivan millionaire murder trial and sentencing in Atlanta, the Bernard Madoff case and sentencing in New York City and the Fred Keller millionaire murder case, which included two criminal and three civil trials.

 

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Zika Virus - How to Stay Safe This Summer
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:27

Referred By: Jeff Levitt, Civic Association Healthcare Committee Chairman. Chances are you probably hadn’t heard of the Zika virus just a few months ago. That’s because the illness was localized to certain tropical areas. But now it is spreading.

 

ZikaCoverIn fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared Zika as a public health emergency of international concern.

Mosquito-borne viruses are not new; so, why is Zika such a concern? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it has the potential of spreading to areas where residents have not developed any immunity. There is also no vaccine or treatment.  Zika is also associated with serious complications like birth malformations and neurological syndromes. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe.

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Cathy Coleman Joins Civic Association as New Office Manager
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 22 June 2016 11:54

The Palm Beach Civic Association announces that Cathy Coleman has joined the organization as office manager.

CathyColeman w300Ms. Coleman will focus on office operations, bookkeeping, account receivable and payables, records management, and being the friendly receptionist at the front office.

“She’s a great addition to our team,” said Ned Barnes, president of the Civic Association. “This summer she’s getting up to speed on our operation so we’re ready for the upcoming season.”

Ms. Coleman previously was an office manager for Water Glades POA and a full-charge bookkeeper for Bristol Management Services, plus experience at Jupiter Hills Golf Club and The Club at Admirals Cove.

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Traffic - Construction Report in Palm Beach Week of June 20
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Tuesday, 21 June 2016 13:45

Download a copy of the construction traffic report and maps from the Town of Palm Beach for the week of June 20 by clicking on the link below.

Activity this Week

June20 2016TrafficMap(1) FLAGLER MEMORIAL BRIDGE
(2) TOWN SQUARE
(3) SIGNALIZATION AND MAST ARM IMPROVEMENTS ON NORTH COUNTY ROAD
(4) SOUTH OCEAN BOULEVARD STREET LIGHT UPGRADE
(5) RIDGEVIEW DRIVE DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS
(6) VIA MARILA OUTFALL REPAIR
(7) FPU GAS LINE REPLACEMENTS
(8) TOWN WIDE PALM TREE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM


TRAFFIC HELP-LINE

A dedicated traffic telephone line is also available from  8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday to report excessive traffic delays or concerns.  Please call 561-838-5410.  After hour concerns can be reported to the Police Department at 561-838-5454.

Click Here for More Information and Maps

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ZIKA VIRUS UPDATE IN PALM BEACH June 21, 2016
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 20 June 2016 17:14

We have learned more about the Zika Virus and here are some facts:

• The mosquito that carries the virus is categorized as a "container mosquito." That means that it breeds and stays near a container that has liquid inside. That can be as small as a soda can, water bottle, even a water bottle cap that has a small amount of liquid left over - or a pool of water as big as a bird feeder, boat/bilge, or swimming pool.

coke bottle half empty• These mosquitos don't travel far. They typically stay within 150 feet of the standing water where they hatched. That can cause an infestation in a limited area.

The following is the latest Zika Virus update from the Town of Palm Beach:

What We Know

• There are still no known cases of Zika virus which were contracted in the United States. However, there have been over 600 diagnosed cases as of June 1, 2016, all of which were contracted while traveling.
• There is no vaccine to prevent Zika virus disease.
• Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite mostly during the daytime.
• Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus also spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.
• Zika virus can be spread during sex by a man infected with Zika to his sex partners.
• Mosquito bite prevention measures should be taken when traveling in areas of the world where the virus is prevalent.
 

What You Can Do

MosquitoAnimationCover w600• Prevent mosquitoes from breeding by eliminating sources of water they can live in. Some of the key actions property owners can take include:

o Ornamental Ponds: Stock with mosquito-eating fish. Avoid spraying with garden insect sprays. Keep water level up.
o Swimming Pools: Operate filter and skimmer continuously. If a pool cover is used, keep it tightly sealed.
o Boats: Store small boats and kayaks upside down or cover to keep out the rain. Bail out standing water and check bilge for larvae.
o Rain gutters: Keep cleaned and cleared of leaves.
o Tree holes: Fill tree holes with sand where possible.
o Containers: All  containers  should  be  stored  upside  down. Discard unwanted containers that might collect rain water or water from sprinklers.  This includes: barrels, buckets, wading pools, and watering pans under potted plants.
o Surface Depressions: Level off surface depressions with standing water so it can run off.
o Bromeliads: Flush out bromeliads every 3 to 4 days.

• Protect yourself by using insect repellents that contain DEET when outside (at all hours of the day) and wear long sleeve clothes if at all possible.

• Contact the Mosquito Control District

o Any resident or property owner experiencing excessive mosquitos should call or email the County's Mosquito Control Division to request an inspection of their property.  
o The phone number is 561-967-6480 and the website address to report mosquito activity is www.pbcgov.com/erm/mosquito
o Mosquito Control staff will assess each individual complaint to determine the source of the mosquito problem and take the appropriate measures, which can range from isolated to neighborhood-wide spraying if a high mosquito population is discovered.


Helpful Links


Click on this link for additional information on mosquito bite prevention and travel guidance.

 

Press on the Subject

Palm Beach reminds residents to remain vigilant about Zika virus (Palm Beach Daily News)

 

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City of West Palm Beach Water Treatment Plant to Flush Lines with Chlorine
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Monday, 20 June 2016 11:05

Town of Palm Beach News Release: The City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department will temporarily modify the disinfection process used to treat drinking water supplied to the Town from June 20 to July 22, 2016.

waterplant w600Residents may notice a slight chlorine taste or odor in the tap water during this period. These temporary conditions will not cause adverse health effects.

If you are especially sensitive to the taste or odor, keep an open container of drinking water in your refrigerator for a few hours to allow the chlorine to dissipate.

If you have any questions, please call the City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department at 561-822-1300.


City of West Palm Beach News Release:

Water Treatment Plant to Flush Lines with Chlorine Starting June 20, 2016

To maintain high water quality in the City's water distribution system, the City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department will temporarily modify the disinfection process used to treat our drinking water.

The City will use a somewhat stronger disinfection process to produce chlorine residual instead of a chloramine residual from June 20th to July 22nd, 2016. The City will also increase hydrant flushing during this time. This is a preventative maintenance process.

Customers served by the City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department, [including the Town of Palm Beach], may notice a slight chlorine taste or odor in their tap water during this period. These temporary conditions will not cause adverse health effects.

If you are especially sensitive to the taste or odor of chlorine, keep an open container of drinking water in your refrigerator for a few hours to allow the chlorine to dissipate.

Users of home dialysis machines, owners of tropical fish and managers of stores and restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks are advised to seek professional advice as the method for removing chlorine residuals differs from removing chloramine residuals from tap water.

Should you need more information on this change in the water treatment process, please call the City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department at (561) 822·1300.

 

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