Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Hurricane Preparedness 2019

Hurricane Preparedness 2019

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Hurricane season begins on June 1st of each year but the season seems to kick into high gear mid August through the beginning of October in for the Caribbean and southern US states. As the first hurricane threatens to approach Puerto Rico and the coastal US, many families should prepare. Here is a list of things you may need, should a storm approach and what you need after.

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  • Non-perishable food (enough to last at least 3 days)
  • Water (enough to last at least 3 days)
  • First-aid kit 
  • Any medications you may need + prescription medication 
  • Personal hygiene items and sanitation items
  • Flashlights 
  • Battery operated radio 
  • Batteries
  • Waterproof container with cash and important documents
  • Manual can opener
  • Lighter or matches
  • Books, magazines, games for recreation
  • Special needs items: pet supplies and baby supplies if applicable
  • Cooler and ice packs
  • A plan for evacuation and for if family members are separated

Preparing your Home

  • Cover all windows and doors with hurricane shutters or wood. (Although tape can prevent glass from shattering everywhere, be warned that tape does not prevent the window from breaking.)
  • Make sure all trees and shrubs are trimmed and clear rain gutters.
  • Reinforce your garage doors.
  • Bring in all outdoor furniture, garbage cans, decorations, and anything else that is not tied down.
  • If winds become strong, stay away from windows and doors and close, secure and brace internal doors.

After the Storm 

  • Gas: Make sure your car tank is full in advance, as many gas stations will run out of gas and there is a last minute rush. If your home water heater and/or oven runs on gas, make sure it's full. 
  • ATMS: Have extra cash on hand as most ATMs and cash registers run on electricity/internet and cash may not be accessible.
  • Cell Phones: Charge your cell phone and limit use after power is out. Charge all portable phone chargers before the storm. 
  • A/C: This can be the most uncomfortable side effect of losing power during a storm. If you have back-up or battery operated fans, don't run them unless you are in the room. Fans create a difference in perceived temperature but do not cool the room; instead they create a cooling effect by dispersing the heat off your skin. It is said they can actually add heat to a room just by running.
  • Water: Fill bathtub and large containers with water for washing and flushing only.
  • Food: Turn your fridge temperature down and/or freeze any food or drinking water that can be frozen if you expect a power outage. Here is a guide on freezing food: Freezing and Food Safety. Have a cooler with ice packs prepared to cool your drinks and snacks after power has been out for more than 4 hours. And importantly, check out this food safety guide for when to discard your perishable food:
  • Health/Safety: The CDC has a great guide on how to stay safe in the event of a power outage: Power Outages

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Palm Beach Curry Festival - September 1, 2019

Palm Beach Curry Festival 

 Sunday, September 1, 2019

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The official end of the summer party will be held this Sunday, September 1 at the Jupiter Civic Center. This is a free, family friendly event where everything curry will be served from 2:00pm until 10:00pm. Bring the whole family down for live entertainment and music, culture, food, refreshments, and plenty of curry. Beach chairs and swimwear are encouraged. Please drink responsibly. 

Everything Curry on the Beach
Palm Beach Curry Festival
Time and Date:
Sunday - September 1, 2019
2:00pm - 10:00pm
Jupiter Civic Center
351 Old A1A
Jupiter, FL 33477

Free Admission
Food is additional


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Friday, August 23, 2019

Westlake: A Brand New City Coming to Palm Beach County

Westlake: A Brand New City Coming to Palm Beach County

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Freshly manicured streets with names like Rain Lilly Way make up the newest city in Palm Beach county, the City of West Lake. Minto communities, who had built the city of Tradition, in St Lucie county, hopes to bring the same all-inclusive idea to Palm Beach. Similar to Tradition, this would include a downtown shopping center, restaurants, a fire station, hospital, and other services. All of which are within golf cart ride away from any home within the city. Each brand new home usually has a golf cart parked in the drive way for an easy way to get around. Residents and their guests can enjoy the Westlake Adventure Park which features a concert pavilion, grill and picnic areas, a splash zone and lagoon style pool. Additionally, 50 acres has been set aside for a sports fields, basket ball courts, and more.  This leaves the question of how the city of Westlake will handle the seemingly rural lifestyle out of it's pristine, quiet gated community.

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Westlake is located in the center of Loxahatchee, an unincorporated and also the most recently added city to Palm Beach county, where there were once orange groves and Florida wetlands. Many residents of Loxahatchee often purchase or rent in this area due to the more affordable cost of housing and because the land is not governed by a municipal corporation. This means there is much less restriction on aesthetic home maintenance, noise levels, animals, and vehicles. While most residence are conscientious of their neighbors, you will most likely see loud swamp buggies and an array of wild and domesticated animals. These two different lifestyles will have to find common ground quickly.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Many Celebrities that Call Palm Beach County Home

The Many Celebrities that Call Palm Beach County Home 

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Florida’s sunshine, pristine beaches, and warm weather is what attracts many residents but Palm Beach county has become more and more popular. This large county embodies the south Florida lifestyle but with a much milder lifestyle and much less traffic. Many celebrities call Palm Beach county home from international pop star, Ariana Grande to retired basketball player, Michael Jordan. Famous golfers, equestrians, musicians, news broadcasters, and more live within the county lines. Whether you’re at the beach or dining in the area, keep an eye out for these local celebrities!

Burt Reynolds: Long time Jupiter resident and movie star made a big impact in the Jupiter area. He passed in 2018.
Michael Jordan: A resident of the Bear’s Club, Jupiter, this retired basketball player is a co-owner of 1000 North, a high end restaurant.
Kid Rock: Rockstar, Kid Rock live in Jupiter Inlet Colony
Olivia Newton-John: A resident of Jupiter Inlet Colony is known for her music and her role in the movie “Grease”
Rickie Fowler: The golfer calls Jupiter home.
Brooks Koepka: The West Palm Beach native and U.S. Open winner lives in Jupiter.
Ernie Els: The golfer was born in South Africa but lives in Jupiter. He and his wife are active in the autism community, which includes their son, and opened the nearby Els Center of Excellence for kids with the condition.
Drew Garrett: The Jupiter native and Dreyfoos School of the Arts graduate has played many roles in Hollywood.
Mike Schmidt: The Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Famer resides in Admirals Cove in Jupiter.
Shelby Chesnes: The Jupiter native is a model and former Playboy Playmate.
Tiffany Copeland: Another Jupiter native who’s known for being a cast member of Bravo’s “Below Deck Mediterranean”.
Cassadee Pope: Resident of Wellington and country pop star

Vanilla Ice: This West Palm Beach resident is former pop star known for “Ice, ice baby”.
Ariana Grande: This global pop star calls Boca Raton home.
Bill Gates: This world-famous multi-billionaire owns serval homes in the Wellington area due to his daughter’s participation in equestrian events.
Jimmy Buffett: Known for his Key West inspired, laid back old man music, this musician calls Palm Beach island home.
Ahmad Rashad: The former NFL player and commentator live in Palm Beach Gardens. However, his home was for this time last year.
Jack Nicklaus: This retired golf player still has a large presence in the golf community and resides in the Bears Club in Jupiter.
Rod Stewart: This 74-year-old musician calls Palm Beach home.
Johnny Bench: The hall of fame catcher resides in Palm Beach Gardens.
Joan Lundon: News Anchor and breast cancer advocate, Joan lives in Ibis in West Palm Beach.
Kevin James: Comedic actor best known for his role on “Kings of Queens” lives in his ocean front home in Delray Beach.
Joe Namath: This retired quarterback lives near Jupiter.
Brent Musburger: Jupiter resident and well-known broadcaster for the SEC network.
Serena and Venus Williams: These famous tennis players have their Palm Beach Gardens home for sale but have been long time residents of the area.
Dion Dimucci – Dion was a famous singer and Boca Raton resident. He died in 2016
Greg Norman – This golfer just opened a wake skate park in Wellington Florida but resides in Palm Beach.

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