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03/29/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, film critic Dan Hudak previews the 18th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival.  Our musical retrospective features Nicole Henry, Paulette Dozier and Aaron Lebos’ Reality.

Hit Us With Your Best Block

Mar 18, 2013
Laurent Bolli

WLRN’s search for South Florida’s best block continues.

WLRN, the Miami Herald, the Townhouse Center and the Knight Foundation have joined forces to identify and celebrate the most vibrant city streets in South Florida.

So what does it take to be a best block?

“We’re trying to focus on areas where there’s mixed-use type buildings, where you might have a restaurant at the bottom floor, maybe some living spaces above it,” said Debra Acosta, a multimedia producer for the Miami Herald.

Dinner Set Gang

Mar 18, 2013
Lyn Millner

The writer Somerset Maugham called Florida a “sunny place for shady people.”  A couple of decades before Bernard Madoff hit Palm Beach, a pair of cat burglars hit mansions up and down the coast.  Lyn Millner tells us where they are now.

 

Before becoming a jewel thief, Dominick Latella played guitar with a band called Two + Two in New York.  Here are some songs from the band’s record:

Palm Beach Poetry Festival

From the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to Old School Square in Delray Beach, poetry class is in session.

Today, 44-year-old Richard Blanco, the Miami-raised son of Cuban immigrants, becomes the fifth poet ever to take part in a President's inaugural ceremony.  Blanco is scheduled to read an original poem after President Obama is sworn in for his second term.

Meanwhile, poetry fans are converging upon Delray Beach for the 9th Annual Palm Beach County Poetry Festival, which runs through Saturday.

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A West Palm Beach art gallery is taking collectors on a trip back in time to the golden -- or silver glitter -- age of disco.

Items from the personal collection of Studio 54 owner Steve Rubell are going on the auction block tomorrow at Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

They include hundreds of photos taken in the hey-day of the legendary New York City nightclub.  Rubell, who died in 1989, was known for his celebrity-studded parties.

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A false alarm at a shopping mall has a Palm Beach County commissioner asking if local businesses are doing enough to protect the public.

Two days before Christmas, Commissioner Shelley Vana was shopping at the Boynton Beach Mall with her five-year-old granddaughter when she heard cries of "Get down!"

"I grabbed my granddaughter and pulled her down behind a planter,” says Vana.  “We were outside of the enclosed play area and I could see the people in the play area getting down behind stuff."

Palm Beach Opera

Ever wanted to be on the operatic stage?

Now’s your chance – and you don’t even have to carry a tune or know a Gotterdamerung thing about opera.

Palm Beach Opera is expanding its talent pool of supernumeraries (non-singing extras) for its 2013 Season.

The “supers,” as they’re called, perform as guards, maidservants, townsfolk, water sprites, matadors, etcetera, according to the needs of the production.

Arianna Prothero

For the second year in a row, West Palm Beach has opted to decorate the city in a very South Florida fashion this holiday season.

Large, intricate holiday themed sand sculptures have been erected all down Clematis Street between Rosemary Avenue and the waterfront.

City of West Palm Beach spokesman Elliot Cohen said the sculptures have been more than festive, they've been good publicity. The largest sculpture is a 35-foot-tall Christmas tree made with 400 tons of sand.

NEWSCAST: Palm Beach County Schools To Place GPS On Buses

Dec 14, 2012
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Parents of school children in Palm Beach County will soon be able to track the location of their child's bus.

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One of Palm Beach County's oldest public schools is hoping to become one of Florida's greenest.

One In Five Floridians On Food Stamps

Nov 15, 2012
NDReedplayer

One in five Floridians - about 3.6 million - is receiving food stamp benefits and the number is rising in South Florida, according to new data released by the state..

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties all saw increased enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in October.

The Sun Sentinel reports that the trend is particularly troubling for Broward County

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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport will be a very busy airport this Thanksgiving holiday.

In fact, it's going to be the 10th busiest in the country, according to booking data from the travel company Orbitz.

Every year Orbitz releases lists of the busiest and least busy airports for Thanksgiving.

NEWSCAST: Broward Joins Miami-Dade With Final Vote Tally

Nov 9, 2012
Arianna Prothero

Broward has joined Miami Dade in wrapping up its final vote count.

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Here at WLRN, we've gotten a report of at least one person was allowed to vote in South Florida because officials did not believe the signature on his ballot was indeed his.

A Broward election official said situations like this could be remedied by a voter simply updating their signature in person at the supervisor of elections office in the county they vote in.

NEWSCAST: Millions Have Already Voted In Florida

Nov 1, 2012
Terence Shepherd

State election officials say they have received just over 1 million early votes and more than 1.5 million absentee ballots. Meanwhile, election officials are visiting Palm Beach County again.  The county's election office has been plagued with printing problems on its absentee ballots.

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