City of West Palm Beach votes to provide approx. 100,000 meals/snacks for after school programs

City of West Palm Beach votes to provide approx. 100,000 meals/snacks for after school programs

Research shows that well-nourished children are healthier, more attentive, and have better mental performance than children who are under-nourished.

In Palm Beach County and in the City of West Palm Beach, many children only receive one balanced meal a day, qualifying for free and reduced lunch in our schools. The State of Florida Department of Health (FDOH) in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture administers this reimbursement childcare food program for childcare providers.

The City’s after school program asked the commission for the ability to provide a snack and when appropriate an evening meal to children in their programs. In a unanimous vote the commissioners of the City of West Palm Beach decided to allocate $200,000 for snacks and meals served, food program administration and supplies. The money will be reimbursed through The Childcare Food Program.

South Olive After School Program put on their annual Holiday performance

South Olive After School Program put on their annual Holiday performance

I’m happy that we were able to work with the State to make these snacks and dinners available to underprivileged children in our neighborhood,” Commissioner Materio, whose district includes the South Olive community center, commented. “It’s been proven that nutrition and education go hand in hand. It’s the responsibly of everyone to make sure that less fortunate kids have proper nutrition. These summer programs provide great learning experiences as well and are a big benefit for the whole community.

This program will initially be rolled out to South Olive and Gaines Park community centers, but will later provide snacks/meals to the Youth Empowerment Center, Coleman Park Community Center and Howard Park Community Center.

Apart from the locations above, the Child Care food program lists the following locations as also being CCFP providers.

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When reporting this story in an evening news broadcast, CBS12 chose to focus on the  wording of the item on the consent agenda and spin it into a story about government spending. According to the city it was explained to them that each meal would cost approximately $2, however they chose to go with their story that the city is paying $44 per snack. This is a ridiculous and I look forward to seeing CBS update their story with the actual numbers and the data on the difference this program is having in the lives of underprivileged children in our neighborhoods.

South Olive School WINS $1000 for largest participation in South Florida Fair's mile race.

South Olive School WINS $1000 for largest participation in South Florida Fair’s mile race.

Be a Philanthropist TODAY with the #GreatGive15

Be a Philanthropist TODAY with the #GreatGive15

Starting at 5 PM yesterday the Great Give, a 24-hour online giving event, got off to a roaring start.

With $10 or more you can be a philanthropist!

The Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties is a partnership between three organizations that share a common mission – to help build vibrant communities. Together we are amplifying our impact on the communities we live in and love.

Anyone can make a secure donation of $10 or more on this website or by calling 1-844-GIVE-DAY (1-844-448-3329), and every gift will be multiplied with bonus dollars. Please help our local nonprofits raise significant funds that will make a direct, positive impact on the lives of our neediest residents.

Watch a summary of how the difference the Great Give made in 2014 here:

Lexi Savage, Sr. Vice President at United Way of Palm Beach County, who was up at 4am this morning, sent over this update.

“We’re off to an amazing start and hope that our community will only continue to support the 437 participating Nonprofits in a big way so we can exceed all expectations. Last year, great give raised $2.2 m for 330 orgs in just one day. We know, with even more nonprofits this year, we can raise more for an even bigger impact! Literally, every cause is represented. :)”

I’ve listed a few of my favorite local charities below – but there are a LOT more – to find the charity of your choice, please use the search function provided at

Young Singers of the Palm Beach

Young Singers of the Palm Beaches is Palm Beach County’s premiere community-based children’s choir. We are a multi-cultural, all inclusive arts education organization based centrally in West Palm Beach at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Our current enrollment is comprised of over 350 singers in grades 2-12 from all parts of Palm Beach County’s diverse racial, ethnic, geographic, and socio-economic communities.

Click here to DONATE – also LIKE the Young Singers page on Facebook.


Jack the Bike Man

The Mission of “Jack the Bike Man” is to strengthen our community through bicycle education and programs.

Our Vision, to create a community of healthy active individuals by providing hope to the less fortunate through support, training, and access to bicycles.

Click here to donate


Palm Beach Opera

Last year, Palm Beach Opera raised $48,070 in the Great Give which was the most raised by an arts organization in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

“We’re thrilled to participate in the Great Give for the second year,” said General Director, Daniel Biaggi. “We are grateful for the support we received last year, and we are excited to see how the community will once again show its enthusiasm to the many local organization who are working for the greater good.”

Click here to donate


Palm Beach Symphony

The mission of the Palm Beach Symphony Society is to engage, educate and entertain the greater community of the Palm Beaches through live performances of inspiring orchestral music. We are delighted that you have taken the time to learn more about our musical organization. The Palm Beach Symphony was founded in 1974 in recognition of the need for a professional orchestra in Palm Beach.


The Palm Beach Symphony will also be at Swoozie’s at Downtown at the Gardens Tuesday 5/5 and Wednesday 5/6 taking donations if anyone would like to stop by  they are offering 20% off purchases and 10% of the sales will go to the Symphony during the 24-hour Great Give period.

Click here to donate

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Palm Beach Photographic Centre

The minimum donation is only $10 so everyone can
support our museum on this day.

As always, we thank you for your support of the arts in Palm Beach County and we hope that you will share your love of Palm Beach Photographic Centre with all for this important fundraising event!
#GoFundPBPC for #GreatGive15

Click here to donate


School of the Arts Foundation

Every gift of $10 or more will be matched by a percentage from a $550,000 bonus pool! The more money we raise, the higher percentage we receive!

Your gift to the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation makes a huge impact on our students by providing world class arts educators, technology in the classroom, financial support for artistic endeavors and extracurricular opportunities, and so much more.

Click here to donate

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Yesteryear Village

The South Florida Fairgrounds is home of Yesteryear Village. Established in 1990, the Village is comprised of authentic and replicated buildings and structures from days gone by. The mission is to promote and preserve early Florida life from 1895 – 1945. Many collections, exhibits and artifacts can be found on this 10 acre history park. When visiting Yesteryear Village, patrons will gain an insight of how their ancestors were taught in a one-room schoolhouse and will develop an understanding of how life has changed throughout the years. Furthermore, information provided during the educational tours has been developed in conjunction with the Palm Beach County District’s curriculum.

Your donation of a little as $10 will go a long way in helping Yesteryear Village’s mission to preserve Florida history through education. Plus, gifts made today and tomorrow will receive a portion of bonus funds – making your dollar go even further than it would on any other day.




An interview with Patrick Painter on Saturday’s Village People Pub Crawl on Clematis

An interview with Patrick Painter on Saturday’s Village People Pub Crawl on Clematis

I know we just finished SunFest yesterday, but it’s time to start planning our next party & I have one that I’m sure you’ll enjoy!

This Saturday (May 9th) from 5 – 10 p.m the Young Friends of the Y (YFOY) will host a Village People Pub Crawl in downtown West Palm Beach on Saturday, May 9 from 5 – 10 p.m. to support the YMCA of the Palm Beaches.

Musical Interlude, please stand by… (feel free to dance)

Guests will enjoy a complimentary drink and drink specials at each stop, starting at LongBoards on Clematis Street and proceeding to Roxy’s, The Alchemist, Tin Fish, and Camelot. There will also be raffle prizes and additional surprises along the route. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. All ticket sales will directly benefit a new YMCA bus that transports kids daily to and from the YMCA of the Palm Beaches.

WHEN: Saturday, May 9 at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Clematis Street
West Palm Beach

Starting at Longboards at 5pm

To purchase tickets visit


Patrick Painter, who lives on Clematis Street is putting together this event – so I took some time to pick his brain about this event and his work with the Young Friends of the Y.

aGuyonClematis: We are all familiar with the YMCA, tell us a little about YFOY?

Patrick Painter: The Young Friends of the Y (YFOY) is a group of young professionals who seek to promote and advance the YMCA of the Palm Beaches and the community in which it serves through fundraising, service and creating awareness of the YMCA. We started YFOY primarily to spread the YMCA’s mission, but we also wanted to create opportunities for Palm Beach County young professionals to get out of the office and network in a fun atmosphere. Thus far, we have hosted several happy hours that have each drawn 75+ attendees and raised thousands of dollars for the YMCA. The YFOY “Village People Pub Crawl” will be our biggest event to date and planning the pub crawl has been a blast! We have a great team of inspired individuals who are all passionate about the YMCA and its mission.

aGuyonClematis: How is downtown connected to your mission?

Patrick Painter: We chose downtown WPB primarily because it is the heart of the Palm Beach County, but also because the YMCA hopes to open a downtown location within the next 5 years. This will be much easier if we can get downtown residents and visitors to share in our mission. It’s going to be a great event and we hope everyone will come out to join us!

aGuyonClematis: What motivates you to work with the YMCA?

Patrick Painter: I give back to our community because of how much it has given me. I have lived in Palm Beach County for nearly my entire life and I now live, work and play in Downtown WPB. Having had this opportunity, I believe it is vitally important to continue improving and strengthening our community for generations to come. One of the ways we can do this is by continuing to build a shared civic identity and sense of purpose within our community. To achieve this, we need to continue to build strong institutions that bring us together as a community. The YMCA of the Palm Beaches, which brings Palm Beach County residents from all backgrounds together to share a treasured asset, is just such an institution. That is, our “Y” helps make Palm Beach County the type of community we all want for our children and grandchildren.


Get Social at #SunFestFL – here are the band’s twitter handles & more!

Get Social at #SunFestFL – here are the band’s twitter handles & more!

Part of the fun of SunFest is interacting with both SunFest as well as the bands on Social Media.

When Tweeting about SunFest, use the hashtag #SunFestFL – getting as many people tweeting using the same hashtag will help the hashtag “trend” giving even more visibility to SunFest and the bands performing.


Follow @SunFestFL on Twitter and @SunFest on Instagram

As each band plays, the official SunFest twitter account will be live tweeting about the show. I have created a list that you can follow which has ALL the SunFest2015 artists.

Or you can follow each of the bands individually. Here are their twitter accounts in no specific order.

@theshadowboxers @alldeja @lizzo @wilco @lennykravitz @knoxhamilton @copelandband @paramore @yelyahwilliams @jonniemorgan @ricomonaco @sammyhagar @deartatianaDT @zeale @kaskade @mcnaughstys @beamiller @lindseystirling @morningfatty @thehipabduction @311 @trialbystonefl @sojalive @damianmarley @elliotroot @lettslettsletts @hozier @theinvertedfl @imeddiemoney @dewpendleton @dreamerswtf @stpband @jumboshrimprocks @johnnyswim @edwardsharpe @kingjsthebest @kehlanimusic @scHoolboyQ @stoplightobvs @pixies @wearefelicity @somekindawonder @falloutboy @hundredwaters @milkychance @leavinghaven @bostontheband @siderealmusic @iration @matisyahu @awolnation

Palm Beach Post is doing an Instagram Scavenger Hunt where you can WIN AN APPLE WATCH!!! This is pretty huge (and I have it on good authority that some of the items are going to be FUN!) – follow @pbpost on instagram for more information!


Make sure you download SunFest’s app. It helps you keep the schedule handy, and helps you find food, the nearest ATM, and restrooms.

Thinking that all this social media is going to drain your phone battery? Well you’re in luck! Bring your phone charger, as there are charging stations around Flagler Drive, the map will show you exactly where they are!

Be the life of the SunFest After Party

Be the life of the SunFest After Party

It all starts on Wednesday at 5pm, the music, the art, the food and the thousands and thousands of people who are flowing into our waterfront.

The party is on at the waterfront until 10pm (11pm on Friday & Saturday), but just because your day at SunFest is wrapping up, doesn’t mean your night has to end.

During SunFest Clematis Street is PACKED, with each of the Restaurants, Clubs & Bars serving food, drink and playing music. To make it SUPER simple, I’ve put together a basic itinerary for where you can go for an afterparty on each night of SunFest.

Wednesday (April 29th) Monarchy is the official Kickoff After Party. So as soon as the barges close, make a beeline to the 200 block and let the party continue with DJ Jay R. – Captain Sherman – DJ Stryker & DJ Buza.

SunFest After Party

Thursday (April 30th)

We’re going all the way to the 500 block to O’Shea’s Pub for The Lahinch Mob. It’s a little out of the SunFest hubbub, but certainly worth the 5 block walk (it’ll also help you burn off some of those captain & cokes you drank on the barges).


Friday (May 1st) – Work is done for the WEEK!!! Nothing but SunFest until Monday. Don’t want to hit it too hard, so ease into the weekend with the live sounds of local Singer-Songwriter Mike Mineo at The Alchemist Gastropub & Bar.


Saturday (May 2nd) – It’s time for a change of scenery. Camelot is keeping it chill with their nautical themed parties with Enchanted Seas party complete with Whimsical Ballet Dancers, Electrifying Violin and Vivacious Belly Dancers .


Sunday (May 3rd)

You’re coming to the home stretch now – with 4 days of SunFest behind you, you’re going to want to wind down a bit on Sunday morning.

Avocado Grill is the place to be on Sunday brunch -From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy their specialty brunch menu while sipping on bottomless Rosé wine for $15 and half price Rosé champagne. Live music will be performed by Adam Lipson. For more information and to make a reservation, please call 561 623 0822.

Roxy’s Pub knows how to throw a SunFest after-party. Remember when Papa Roach rocked the parking lot in the back? THAT was a party!


This year they are hosting the Closing Party at Roxy’s Rooftop and have SunFest band The Spazmatics performing. If you’re a local you know what a great party goes down on Sunday nights at Roxy’s Rooftop, & you won’t want to miss this one.


Whatever you do after SunFest shuts down have fun and be safe – and remember, if you’ve had a drink or two… get an Uber to drive you home!


The people of SunFest – which are you?

The people of SunFest – which are you?

It’s time for SunFest once again. The time at the end of April where Music and Art take over the West Palm Beach waterfront, and for five days everyone cuts loose and enjoys the largest waterfront music festival.

Whether you came to mosh with the headliners, or would prefer to bring your lawn-chairs and enjoy a low key local or independent band, you will find something that makes you smile.

The Music Lovers

SunFest headlines some of the biggest bands each year. A quick look down the list of artists that have played in recent years shows the breadth of talent available for the music lover.

If you know every word to songs by ZZ-Top (2010), Pennywise (2009), Steve Miller Band (2009, 2005, 1997) or one of the hundreds of other bands that have played in SunFest’s 33-year history, then you certainly qualify as a SunFest Music Lover.

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The Art Aficionados

At 5pm on Friday SunFest starts up The Juried Fine Art & Craft show. This show that stretches down Flagler drive features the work of more than 150 national and local artists. Their works include jewelry, painting, pottery & ceramics, photography, sculpture, wood, arts and crafts, and more.

The SunFest Art & Craft show is a great place to pick up unique pieces of art, and support local independent artists.


The Lawnchair Warriors

The Lawnchair warriors is a meta-category, which includes Art Aficionados some Music Lovers, and then some people who just enjoy being at Sunfest. Your chair may be on one of the great lawns, or in the shade of Flagler Drive, or set up 10-hours early to get the best view of the Sunday night fireworks!

You can choose to bring a chair with you (or choose not to), either way Sunfest is a great place to relax and enjoy the afternoon & early evening music. Grab a beer, or a frozen lemonade and enjoy watching the world go by.


The Barge Party people

For the Barge Party People it’s all about the party barges which are conveniently referred to as: the north, middle and south barges. Once the sun starts to set, the music gets cranked up to 11, and DJs & radio celebrities spin for hundreds of revelers on each of the barges.

I enjoy making fun of the barge crowd, but without fail, each SunFest I’ll find myself on the barge, and guess who else is there? Every single person I know! It’s really fun.

The party ends at 10pm. Thankfully, you’re a block away from Clematis Street where the party will continue at Roxy’s Rooftop, Monarchy, Camelot, Off the Hookah, and just about every other bar on Clematis.


Members of Club SunFest

Now if you’re thinking that SunFest sounds like a great time, but you would prefer a bit more comfort in your music festival experience, then you belong in Club Sunfest. Club SunFest is a way for serious SunFest fans to enjoy the Music and Art SunFest offers with the additional comfort of  private meals, access to a bar, and air-conditioned bathrooms.

Not only does the party happen during SunFest, but Club SunFest members  are treated to a Club SunFest Kickoff Happy Hour at Duffy’s PGA Blvd, as well as a March Happy Hour at Copper Blues West Palm Beach!

If this sounds like it is right up your alley, you’re out of luck as all the Club SunFest tickets are sold out. Set yourself a reminder and snap some Club SunFest tickets next year.

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Regardless of what brought you to SunFest – now that you’re here you’re one of the tens of thousands of the People of SunFest – Enjoy!


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