January 27, 2011

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Centennial

Events


February 2

Palm Beach Hotel

Plaque Dedication & Concert 

 

February 5

Joseph Urban Children's Exhibit at Flagler Museum 

 

February 7

Children's Story Time at Four Arts

 

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Fire Chief William Amador fired; pension website participation cited
Former Town of Palm Beach Fire Chief Bill Amador

Former Fire Chief

Bill Amador

 

Fire Chief William Amador was fired Wednesday for his alleged involvement with an anonymous website [www.PalmBeachPensions.com] that voices opposition to proposed cuts to town public safety employees' pensions.

 

Mr. Amador, chief since 2007, said he was "taken aback" by his sudden termination and that he has done nothing wrong.

 

Click to See the Palm Beach Daily News Story 

POLICE CHIEF BLOUIN: "CRIME RATE AT ALL TIME LOW IN PALM BEACH"


Chief Blouin

Police Chief Kirk Blouin & Bob Wright, Civic Association Chairman and CEO

The Civic Association hosted a Crime in Palm Beach Symposium with Palm Beach Police Chief Kirk Blouin on January 20. 
 

The Chief reported that, when he first joined the department 20 plus years ago, there were nearly 650 serious crimes (homicide, burglary, assault, etc) per year.  In 2010, under his watch, there were just 150 major crimes committed, the lowest total in recorded history.


In contrast, West Palm Beach reported 5,415 major crimes last year.
 

Town of Palm Beach Police Chief Symposium

Packed house at Civic Association Police Chief Symposium

Click Here to Read the Civic Association Story
 

ONE TOWN, MANY VOICES

The Palm Beach Civic Association encourages constructive discussion on important Town issues.  "ONE TOWN, MANY VOICES" addresses current topics affecting the Palm Beach community.

You can comment!  Go to our website and join the discussion!
 

 Ethics Oversight Should Apply to All
 
Judy Goodman, Contributing Editor, Palm Beach Civic Association
 

A Town Task Force on the Palm Beach County budget wants the county sheriff and school board to fall under the oversight of the county's ethics commission and inspector general with independent authority to investigate matters.
 

We think this is a good idea.  It's far easier for the public to understand what's expected of public officials when there is a uniform system throughout the county that applies to all government. 

 


MEET YOUR NEWLY ELECTED OFFICIALS

 

You're Invited

to the
Civic Association Symposiums 

 

Meet Our New Palm Beach

Mayor-Elect

 

Gail Coniglio

Gail Coniglio

Monday, January 31

10:00 a.m.
Reservations Required
Public Welcome
Call 561-655-0820


Meet Our New Palm Beach

Town Councilman-Elect

 

Michael Pucillo

Michael Pucillo

Wednesday, February 2

10:00 a.m.

Reservations Required

Public Welcome
Call 561-655-0820

Both Events will be held at the Civic Association Community Room at the Paramount Theater Building


HOSPITALS THAT SERVE PALM BEACH RATED BEST IN THE COUNTRY - JFK #1
JFK Medical Center, Atlantis, FL

JFK Medical Center

Healthgrades.com has named West Palm Beach the number one city for hospital care with nine local hospitals earning top marks. The group based its scores on factors including patient death rate, number of medical complications, and success of medical procedures.
Click Here to See the WPTV-NBC5 Story with the Hospitals Listed

Maritime Museum on Peanut Island Pushing for Restaurant

Peanut Island South End

Restaurant proposed for Maritime Museum property

The Civic Association is offering a Symposium on the Peanut Island restaurant proposal on Thursday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m. The featured Speaker is John Grant, Maritime Museum Chairman.  The event is open to Civic Association Members and reservations are requested (655-0820).


Click Here to Read the Rest of the Civic Association Story 

CIVIC ASSOCIATION DIRECTORS
IN THE NEWS

Komen for the Cure adds Perfect Pink Party Gala to

Annual Race

Nancy Brinker

Ambassador

Nancy Brinker

Civic Association Director

For 20 years, the local Race for the Cure has been a way to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure's mission of funding research, detection and education programs designed to reduce deaths associated with breast cancer.

 

This year's event is set to start at 7 a.m. Saturday along the Intracoastal Waterway in downtown West Palm Beach.

 

And, for the first time, Palm Beachers can attend a formal gala in town to aid the organization. The gala, called A Perfect Pink Party, is set for March 11 at Mar-a-Lago. "It's going to be a fun evening," said Ambassador and Civic Association Director Nancy Brinker, who founded the Komen Foundation in 1982, two years after breast cancer killed her sister Suzy at 36.

 

"We're going to celebrate 30 years of progress," Ambassador Brinker said.

Click to See the Palm Beach Daily News Story 

Palm Beach, Fla.: Exclusively Yours

Wall Street Journal Reporting on Centennial
 
The town of Palm Beach is turning a century old in April. And though a new glitzy gang of jetsetters has discovered the once discretion-friendly vacation paradise, the Belgian Loafer Set still rules the roost.
Click to Read the WSJ News Story

TAXPAYER ACTION BOARD (TAB) UPDATE: WATCHING OVER PALM BEACH COUNTY

- Important County Events
- Palm Beach County Pay and Benefits - How Much is Enough?
- TAB Legislative Wish List
- Tax Collector VOIP Project - Necessity or Re-inventing the Wheel?
- Fire/Rescue Sales Tax Surcharge to Make a Comeback
Click Here to See the TAB Update

Unions vs. State GOP in Pension Battle

Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon says state pension reform is "on the agenda." But the subject promises to be contentious, as public-sector labor unions have already ramped up their defenses.
Click Here to See the Sunshine State News Story

Palm Beach County launches charter review that could shake up local government

Palm Beach County commissioners on Tuesday agreed to move ahead with a county charter review that, if approved by voters, could lead to changing the power structure of local government.
Click Here to See the Sun-Sentinel Story

SAVE THE DATE!
Palm Beach Civic Association

First Annual Awards Luncheon

 

David Gregory

David Gregory

NBC's Meet the Press

Civic Association

 

First Annual

Awards Luncheon

 

with Keynote Speaker

 

David Gregory

NBC's "Meet the Press"

 

Monday, March 21

12:00 noon

The Colony Hotel

 

 

 

Michele Kessler

Event Chairperson

 

William "Bill" Brooks

Community Service Award

Stanley M. Rumbough Jr. & Lewis M. Schott 

 

Gen. Alexander M. Haig

Global Impact Award

Nancy G. Brinker

 

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561-655-0820

 

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Upcoming Events

Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce

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MEETINGS & EVENTS

Click Here for Events on the Civic Association Calendar 

            

1/27    Shore Protection Board*

            9:00 a.m. Town Council Chambers

 

1/31    CIVIC ASSOCIATION SYMPOSIUM

            MEET THE MAYOR-ELECT: GAIL CONIGLIO

            Open to the Public
            Reservations: 561-655-0820
            10:00 a.m. Civic Assocation Community Room

2/2      CIVIC ASSOCIATION SYMPOSIUM
            MEET THE TOWN COUNCILMAN-ELECT:
            MICHAEL PUCILLO
            Open to the Public
            Reservations: 561-655-0820 
            10:00 a.m. Civic Association Community Room

2/8      Town Council Meeting*

            Open to the Public

            9:30 a.m. Town Council Chambers 

 

*Town of Palm Beach Meeting