“Lantana - An Old Florida Community of Friends, Families and Neighbors” LANTANAGRAM October/November, 2007 WWW.LANTANA.ORG The Lantana Community Calendar The coming fall months hold a variety of community-oriented events for the whole family. Mark your home calendar for the following dates: Lantana Beach Park master plan reviewed Lantana residents had a second opportunity to review the progress of the master plan to revitalize the town’s beach park last August. Representatives of Keith and Schnars Consultants presented an updated view of the plans which incorporated changes suggested by residents’ from an earlier workshop. The preliminary master plan includes much improved driveway entry points, parking, picnicking sites, paths, shower facilities, and green areas. A unique “drop-off and pick-up” roundabout is included to allow safer loading and unloading of people and equipment for the playground and picnic areas. As Town Manager Michael Bornstein explained earlier in the planning process, these workshops are the necessary first steps before the town can apply for any grant money that might be available for financing the improvements. Once the latest input from the residents and the town staff has been finalized, another public presentation of the master plan will be announced. Fall Festival, Saturday, Oct. 27, 10:00 A.M. to 2 P.M. “Boootacular,” is a midday fun time for children at Maddock Park, 1200 W. Drew St., Lantana. Featured activities include a Halloween costume contest, health and safety tips, face painting, bounce house, a magician, McGruff, the Crime Dog, and Smokey the Bear. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Guarn Sims Middle School Principal Lantana Middle School began its new school year with a new principal, Guarn Sims, a fourteen year veteran educator who recently transferred here from Galaxy Elementary School. Sims, a native to Boynton Beach, is beginning his second tour with Lantana Middle School after having taught at the school in 1991 through 1994 school years. He is a graduate of Florida A&M in Tallahassee where he received his master’s degree. “I’m so pleased to be back here again and I want everyone to know I’m not here to change things, but to enhance an already excellent program in an already well established school,” Sims said. He said his overall goal for the school is to bring it up to an “A” level school. A new program is being introduced into the middle school curricula starting this year. Sims described this program as a pre-medical course designed specifically for students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades to introduce them to a career in medicine. Since Lantana Middle School is a feeder school for Lake Worth High School the students will be well prepared for the high school’s medical program which has been in existence for some years. “This will be an opportunity for those students who are interested in science and want to know more about a medical career. We want to nurture that interest with this program,” he said. Sims took over the position after Ann Clark, the former principal, was promoted to a position in the School District Restructuring Department. Lantana Library Foundation Annual Children’s Halloween Party, Saturday, October 27, 10 A.M. to Noon The library will sponsor their tenth annual Halloween party for children and will be held at the library. Children are invited to come dressed in their costumes to listen to stories read to them by Jennifer Spitznagel. Another highlight of the party will be an opportunity for children to make and decorate their own treat bags for use on Halloween Night. Children attending the party must be accompanied by an adult. Winterfest plans are underway, Friday, December 7 Once again, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be the guests of honor at the annual Winterfest parade along Dixie Highway, preceded by floats, bands, and appearances by local dignitaries. Prior to the parade, there will be concession booths, music, and fun for kids of all ages at the Rec Center park area. More details will be announced as they become finalized. Parking will be available at the K-Mart parking lot and its use is encouraged since the parade entries form up on the side streets around the Rec Center area. Nature Preserve Halloween Costume Contest, Saturday, October 27, 3 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. The Friends of the Lantana Nature Preserve are sponsoring a Halloween Costume Contest for all children from infancy up to age 12. Kids are invited to dress up and show off their cutest, scariest, most original, or strangest costumes. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be fifteen $25 cash prizes awarded for the best costumes. Registration will be held at the Nature Preserve between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Costume judging will follow the registration. Beach Parking Decals Reminder: Lantana Beach parking lot decals expire on Sept. 30 of each year. If you haven’t purchased a new decal for the coming year, stop by the Town Hall to purchase one. Sexual Offender Search To find sexual predators or offenders in your neighborhood, go to: http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/ Search.jsp and click on “Neighborhood search.” Town Council meeting schedule The Lantana Town Council meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall Council Chambers. Plan to attend and learn more about your community. Thermal sensor, a new crime fighting tool Criminals on the run will now find it a lot harder to hide from the Lantana police. According to Sgt. Chris Decker of the Lantana Police Department, the police force has recently been equipped with a thermal sensor, a device that can detect a variety of heat sources whether it be body heat, automobile engine heat, or even marijuana grow houses. It can also be helpful in water rescue operations by detecting the warmth of exposed portions of a person’s body. Sgt. Decker described the hand-held device as resembling a camcorder equipped with an LED screen that is sensitive enough to detect subjects or suspicious objects at a distance of 100 yards or more. The $18,000 thermal sensor was purchased with funds provided by the Homeland Security Agency. Sgt. Decker received special training in the operation of the thermal sensor in New Orleans, and will be responsible for training other members of the Lantana police force in its use. Left to right, Charles Bush, Arnaldo Aponte, and Jon Jauch Town employees honored The Town of Lantana’s Operations Department named Jon Jauch 2006 Employee of the Year, Arnaldo Aponte - 1st quarter 2007 employee and Charles Bush - 2nd quarter 2007 employee. Although the department has been operating without a director since last year, these employees stepped up and assumed leadership rolls to help keep the department functioning efficiently. “It’s good to see the operations staff bringing this tradition back to the department,” stated Town Manager Michael Bornstein. “Our public works crews are an essential part of the Town and those outstanding employees need to be recognized.” Christine Burtch displays gifts for lonely soldiers When Christine Burtch of Lantana heard from her brother in Iraq that some soldiers could use a little lift from home, She and her friend Michelle Kay of the Palm Beach Quilters Club responded. The two women came up with the idea of putting together gift bags for the soldiers. Included in each bag is a handmade pillow case along with personal items such as playing cards, post cards, pen and paper, sun block and similar items. Since the project started last July, Burtch and Kay have made over 100 such bags, all at their own expense. They are presently working out the details of shipping the bags to Iraq and Afghanistan. “This is going to be an on-going project and we hope to make many more of these for the troops,” Burtch said. She envisions the project to become even larger in its scope and is looking for volunteers to lend a hand. “We would like to find some help, either by donating time to help us to put the bags together or by helping us pay for the materials to make them,” she said. The cost to sponsor one bag is $8, or $20 for three bags. Anyone interested in supporting this worthy project can contact Christine Burtch at 582-1885. CNEP Meeting schedule The Community Neighborhood Enhancement Program is designed to enhance and improve the overall quality of life and sense of well being in Lantana’s neighborhoods. These meetings give residents the opportunity hear reports as to what is going on in their immediate area such as criminal arrests, code violations, and similar issues. It also provides an opportunity for residents to bring their concerns and issues to the attention of the police and code officers who attend these meetings. October 10: North Lantana neighborhoods including Southwinds, Lantana Heights, Ocean Walk, North Broadway, and East Ocean Ave. October 17: Lantana Cove October 24: Lantana Heights West, Sea Pines, Lantana Pines, and Ocean Breeze. CNEP meetings are held in the Town Council Chambers and begin at 7 p.m. Carl Perdue receives award for 25 years service At a recent council meeting, Carl Perdue, Lantana Building Official, was recognized for his 25 years of service to the community. Perdue was praised by both Mayor David J. Stewart and Town Manager Michael Bornstein for his work and his dedication. “Carl has done a great job and always knows what needs to be done, and does it efficiently,” Mayor Stewart said. Bornstein echoed the mayor’s remarks. “He is known for his care and concern for getting the job done. We really appreciate his dedication,” Bornstein said. 9/11 Remembrance at Lantana Beach Just after dawn on Lantana Beach, the tragic events of September 11, 2001 were memorialized by Mayor David J. Stewart and other speakers who led the assembly in moments of silent prayer and remembrance. The somber occasion was underscored by a contingent of the Palm Beach Fire and Rescue Pipes and Drums corps who played appropriate selections during the event to honor all those who had lost their lives that day. Community Reminders Water restrictions are still in effect for the town and are likely to remain in effect for the foreseeable future. Please limit your outdoor watering to the following schedule: Odd addresses, Saturdays, 4 -8 a.m. Even addresses, Sundays, 4 -8 a.m. Details for Modified Phase III restrictions are available at WWW.LANTANA.ORG website. No computer? The Lantana Public Library has computers available for public use. Control the eyesores of trash pickup days Please observe the pickup rules. Place trash at the curb no earlier than 6 p.m. the evening before pickup and no later than 7 a.m. on pickup day. Just as importantly, retrieve emptied trash cans and recycling bins from the curb promptly and store them out of sight from the street. Keep Lantana clean and beautiful!