Saturday, June 22

Career fair being held in Riviera Beach for ex- felons

Inside Badcock Home and Furniture in West Palm Beach, General Manager Diane Ervin knows what it takes to run a store.“We’ve been around 115 years,” she said. “I’ve been at my location for 30 and you get a lot of sense of the community.”She said it’s important to hire directly from the community.“We do everything from credit, collections, sales, delivery, customer service,” Ervin said.So, Wednesday Ervin will be one of the employers at a job fair in Riviera Beach focusing on those in need of a second chance, meeting candidates like Kawana Brown.“It was very, very, very hard,” Brown said. “About 8 days ago I was released from federal prison in Miami.”She spent the last 7 years behind bars for aggravated identity theft and wire fraud.“They don’t even give you a card to refer you to a job site...

Martin County School District, teachers’ union, raise starting salary for new teachers

Teacher salary negotiations are now over in Martin County after months of back-and-forth discussion."We are relieved that it's over," said Arian Dineen, Murray Middle School Teacher.Martin County was the last county in the state to allocate funds after the passage of House Bill 641, raising starting teacher pay, in June of 2020."It was a lot of factors this year," said MCSD Superintendent Dr. John Millay. "Martin County was one of the first, the first school district not just in Florida but one of the first in the nation to open. Their eyes were focusing on the students."Now all teachers, regardless of experience, will earn at least $45,200."They deserve it," said Dineen. "We all deserve it. Teachers don't get paid enough anywhere in the country but most definitely not in Florida."The pay ...

Mass vaccination site in West Palm Beach can give 1,000 doses a week

Final preparations are underway for a mass vaccination site in West Palm Beach.The long-term site launches Thursday at Gaines Park inside the Mary V. McDonald Wilson Center at Gaines Park. It's located at 1501 N. Australian Avenue,The site will be open Thursday through Saturday each week through July. It will have the capacity to distribute 1000 doses of the Moderna vaccine.Shots will be administered by firefighters with the West Palm Beach Fire Department.The site is available to all Floridians who meet current state guidelines.Mayor Keith James said the site will help expand access to those living in minority communities and areas hit hard by the pandemic."It is not lost on me, kind of the parallel between COVID when it first hit and the impact on communities of color to get tested and c...

Freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee impacting oyster beds, seagrass

Freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee are playing havoc with the salinity needed for oyster beds and seagrass.SPECIAL COVERAGE: Protecting ParadiseWPTV spoke with Mark Perry, the longtime executive director of the Florida Oceanographic Society, at the St. Lucie River Estuary just off downtown Stuart. Perry was checking oyster beds, and WPTV NewsChannel 5 anchor Michael Williams waded along to see him at work. Perry found live oysters, but also plenty of dead or stunted ones. Too many, he said. "These oysters filter algae. They filter algae out of the water and feed on it. They're the sentinel species of the estuary. It means if they are going down, the estuary is going down," Perry said.Perry said the oyster beds in the 1940s and 1950s once covered 470 acres of the estuary.Now, those ...

Tech tools help older adults age in place

By Robyn A. Friedman City & Shore PRIME In April 2020, 64-year-old David Ratcliff fell and couldn’t get up. After his sister, Susan Daigle, couldn’t reach him, she drove to his home and found him on the floor. That’s when Daigle and her sister, April Billups, began researching technology that would help all of them stay connected. Fiercely independent – but with significant health issues – Ratcliff isn’t easy to reach. He doesn’t always carry his cell phone and often forgets to charge it. But Daigle and Billups no longer have to worry because they signed up for CarePredict @Home, a service that allows them to monitor their brother remotely. “We wanted to know that he is doing all right and have the means to reach him easily during an emergency,” Daigle says. “David appreciates CarePred...

Hot property: Sinai Residences

By Robyn A. Friedman City & Shore PRIME Construction is underway on a new building at Toby & Leon Cooperman Sinai Residences Boca Raton, an expansion of the 4.5-acre LifeCare Plan Community on the campus of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. The 240,000-square-foot building will feature 111 independent-living units, and over 75 percent have already been reserved. Operated by Federation CCRC Development and managed by LifeCare Services, Sinai Residences opened in 2016 and offers a full continuum of care, including assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing and memory care. The new independent-living apartments will be a mix of one- and two-bedroom units, along with two-bedroom plus dens (up to 3,200 square feet). The expansion is expected to meet the rising dema...

Swimming for fitness, and community

By Carol Brzozowski City & Shore PRIME South Florida has an abundance of opportunities for swimming, from the Atlantic Ocean to backyard pools, municipal complexes and fitness facilities. “Swimming is great because it is a full-body workout,” says Barbara Protzman, 66. “It is non-weight bearing and so much easier on your joints than running. It is great for your cardiovascular system. It can be done for your entire life. It is also great for stress relief. Swimming is considered the best anti-depressant among all sports.” Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Protzman loved tennis, field hockey, volleyball, gymnastics and ballet. Her favorite form of exercise, though, was swimming. She spent summers with her brothers swimming in a pool. She participated in a summer swim league, swam ...

How to build wealth after age 50

By Robyn A. Friedman City & Shore PRIME You’ve just turned 50. Now’s the time to kick back, start planning for retirement and monitor the performance of your portfolio – no need to invest further, right? Wrong. People are living longer these days. In past generations, many workers started saving for retirement at age 25 and then retired at 65, giving them 40 years to save and accumulate money for retirement. Then, they’d typically have 10 to 15 years to spend it. While that equation worked well for prior generations, that strategy may leave retirees with insufficient funds today. “This is the first generation facing retirement that may have many more years in the spending phase of retirement than the accumulation phase,” says Michael Silver, a certified financial planner with Baron Sil...

Study ranks Florida tops for retirement

By Robyn A. Friedman City & Shore PRIME If you’ve noticed that houses in your community are selling like crazy lately, blame it on the Northeasterners and residents of high-tax states who are flocking to Florida. And why not? In addition to our fabulous weather, beautiful beaches and year-round golf, Florida has no state income tax. And where else can you social distance in your backyard pool rather than spend the winter cooped up in a city apartment trying to avoid riding the elevator with your neighbors? If our secret weren’t already out, it is now, because Florida was recently ranked the top state for retirement in a study by personal finance website WalletHub. To identify the most retirement-friendly states, WalletHub looked at affordability, quality of life and healthcare, using 4...