CROS Event

CROS has scheduled its eighth annual End Hunger Palm Beach event for Monday, Nov. 25 at DIG restaurant, 777 Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach.     

CROS Ministries is a nonprofit organization collaborating with people of different faiths and organizations on solutions to the unmet needs of people in our community. Among its programs are the Caring Kitchen, community food pantries, Nutrition in a Knapsack, and gleaning and food recovery.

All of the funds raised go directly to purchase food for CROS Ministries hunger programs. Entry is $35 per person and includes iced tea, coffee, soda, water and five buffet stations. There is also a cash bar.

For more information on either of these events, contact Gibbie Nuaman at 561-233-9009 x106 or gnauman@crosministries.org.

Dreyfoos Sets ‘Flash Mob’ Fundraiser

On Nov. 13, hundreds of men and women will dress all in white, have their picnic dinner in hand and wait to hear where they will be attending the Dreyfoos in White event to benefit the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation.

As a flash-mob style event, the location will not be announced until one hour beforehand. Ticket buyers will learn the pop-up dinner site in downtown West Palm Beach via text, email or phone one hour before the 6-10 p.m. event.

Party-goers will wear all white, and bring their own white table décor and picnic dinner.

Extravagance is encouraged and prizes will be awarded for the best white table décor. Tickets are $40 per person or a premier table for 10 for $750. Prix fixe meals are available from The Lord's Place Café Joshua Catering (www.thelordsplace.org or 561-494-0125 x 1114) to be ready for pickup at registration. The event — modeled after Diner en Blanc held annually for 25 years in Paris — features live entertainment by Dreyfoos students, the Dreyfoos alumni band Girlfriend Material and a prize drawing for a weekend trip for two to Paris.

Social Hours

Annual Block Party May 19

The FPNA Annual Block Party is planned for Saturday, May 19 in the 600 block of Flamingo Drive. If you’d like to volunteer to help organize this fun-filled annual event, please contact Margie Yansura at 561-313-5028. Tasks include contacting food vendors, ordering the port-o-lets and rental needs, with all of the contact info provided for you. We also need help organizing children’s activities.

Come one, come all to this great annual affair!

2014 Flamingo Park Historic Home GARDEN TOUR

Nine beautiful gardens, one perfect afternoon. The Flamingo Park Historic Home Garden Tour returns for the first time since 2008! Join us on April 6, 2014, starting at 1 PM and explore nine exquisite gardens of various styles — formal, cottage, informal, Florida native — each encircling one of Flamingo Park's historic homes. Master gardeners, horticultural experts (including Florida native plant experts), and garden hosts will be located at each home to help you identify plants and answer your botanical questions. Visitors will enjoy light refreshments at each garden, catered cuisine at several homes, and live music - including jazz, a string trio and more. Plant sales will occur at several gardens on the tour, so you can bring some of the botanical beauty home to your own garden!

TICKETS: $25 on tour day. Tickets are available for purchase online (click yellow "BUY NOW" button below), or at several of locations throughout the area. Ticket sale locations include: Palm Beach Motors (915 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach); Serenity Garden Tea House (316 Vallette Way, West Palm Beach); Hall Hardware (2750 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach); the Armory Art Center (1700 Parker Ave, West Palm Beach); and Uncle Bim's Garden Center (926 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach).

WHEN: Sunday, April 6, 2014, from 1 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Nine gardens located at homes throughout the historic Flamingo Park neighborhood in West Palm Beach. Registration and will-call are located at 706 Avon Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

PARKING & GETTING AROUND: Free street parking available throughout the Flamingo Park neighborhood. The tour route is easily and comfortably walkable, however, a free trolley will also be available to take visitors from house to house throughout the tour. 

MORE DETAILS: 

*  Each home will offer guests a choice of iced tea, white wine, sparkling wine or water. In addition to freshly baked treats made by the volunteer Flamingo Park Baking Brigade, other catered food providers along the tour include Sushi Jo, A Matter of Taste Palm Beach, and Mary Beth’s Baked Goods (vegan and organic!). All food and drink is included with the price of admission.

*  Refreshments at one home are provided by premiere catering sponsor Serenity Garden Tea House! Savor their homemade cranberry orange scones with raspberry preserves and clotted cream, then enjoy refreshing orange cinnamon mango tea!

*  Tour guests can peruse plant sales on the tour and buy orchids, bromeliads and other blooming beauties from Pamela’s Petals, as well as a selection of beautiful native Florida plants offered by Indian Trails Native Nursery. Plant experts stationed along the tour will share their knowledge about gardening, fruit trees and using native Florida plants in your garden.

 

Online sales for this event have been closed. Tickets are available for $25 at 1PM at the check-in located at 706 Avon Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

2014 Flamingo Park Garden Tour

The FPNA is pleased to announce the return of the Flamingo Park Garden Tour on 6 April 2014 beginning at 1 PM. The tour will feature 10 gardens representing numerous styles (formal, cottage, native, produce), each set around one of Flamingo Park's historic homes. Tour goers will enjoy light refreshments at each garden, along with live music, plant sales, master gardeners and horticultural experts.

We are looking for volunteers to assist with baking goods for the gardens a day or so ahead of time, day-of preparations (delivery of goods, set-up, tear-down, neighborhood clean up), and garden staffing (docent, food/beverage service, ticketing and sales). If you are interested in volunteering, advertising in the tour brochure, or participating as a vendor, please contact event co-chairs Pam Bohm (pam@pamelaspetalsllc.com) and Brian Paegel (briandna@gmail.com).

SAVE THE DATE! 2014 Holiday Home Tour Announced

Save the date! The 2014 Flamingo Park Holiday Home Tour will take place on Sunday, December 7. Plans are currently underway to make this the best home tour yet, so stay tuned for news and updates in the weeks ahead. We'll be using our Flamingo Park Facebook page extensively in the weeks leading up to the tour, so make sure you're following us there for all the details. 

If you are a Flamingo Park homeowner and are considering placing your home on the tour, we still have openings! Please contact Linda Cullen at 561-758-5227 to learn more.

We'll also soon be asking for volunteers for this year's tour. Volunteers are what make this event so special, so if you are are a Flamingo Park resident and are interested in being a volunteer at this year's tour, make sure you have joined our online community on Nextdoor, as we'll be sharing more details there soon. Thank you!

Holiday Home Tour on Hiatus for 2015

It is wth a heavy (collective) heart that we announce the Flamingo Park Holiday Home Tour will be on hiatus this year, returning in December 2016. Also - stay tuned for announcements soon regarding our Spring Garden Tour, tentatively slated to return in the spring of 2016.

 

Happy Holidays from Flamingo Park!

Annual FPNA Board Election Set for March 29, 2016

This year’s annual meeting and election of directors is scheduled for Tuesday, March 29, 2016. In addition to the election of directors, we will have updates on neighborhood projects and area crime, as well as our annual report on finances and accomplishments.

Are you interested in running for the Board, or do you know someone who might be? It's a fantastic way to get involved and make a HUGE positive difference in your neighborhood! Click the link below to read more and download the PDF nomination form. All nominations are due by Feb. 18!

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Flamingo Park to Host Botanically Blissful Afternoon Garden Tour on April 3, Amid Downtown Neighborhood’s Historic Homes

Framed by picturesque streets lined with Mahogany, Coconut Palm, Southern Oak and Royal Poinciana trees, the Flamingo Park Historic District invites the community to come wander through 10 verdant gardens and indulge the senses with live music and delicious cuisine at the neighborhood’s biennial Historic Home Garden Tour, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, 2016.

Gardens on the tour surround Flamingo Park’s distinctive historic homes, most built in the 1920s in the Spanish and Mediterranean Revival architectural styles. Gardens range widely in style from formal and cottage gardens populated by lush tropical trees and plants, to native Florida landscapes, elaborate vegetable and herb gardens, and outdoor living spaces showcasing unique pools and inviting patios.

SPECIAL TOUR FEATURES

Each home on the tour is more of a destination on a 10-stop roving garden party, with live music performed by an impressive lineup of local musicians from many musical genres, and complimentary food and drink provided by some of West Palm Beach’s finest restaurants, including Sushi Jo, Serenity Garden Tea House, and the highly acclaimed new Italian bistro Grato.

As a special bonus for Garden Tour participants, the new multi-disciplinary art gallery and restaurant EMKO will open their lush garden patio as a “last stop” on the tour, serving tour guests coffee and dessert from 3 to 5 p.m.

Horticultural experts will be on hand at several homes to provide gardening advice and answer any questions visitors may have. For guests seeking an expert-led guided tour experience, this year’s Garden Tour will offer two such tours during the event. Larry Grosser, a retired environmental scientist and certified Master Gardner, will lead visitors on a tour exploring the many aspects of tropical fruit trees and produce gardening. Jeff Nurge, also a Master Gardener, will lead a tour focused on butterfly gardening and Florida native planting. Nurge is owner and founder of sustainable landscape consulting company Florida Native Gardening, as well as co-owner of Native Choice Nursery. These expert-led tours are both roughly one hour in length and available to interested Garden Tour guests for no additional charge. Due to limited space, participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

WHERE TO START

The starting point for the tour is 720 Ardmore Road [view map], where tour goers can pick up tickets purchased online, along with their tour guide booklet. This is also the starting location for the expert-led guided tours. Tickets can also be purchased here on tour day for $40 with cash, personal checks or major credit card. Children are welcomed and child tickets (age 5-17) are $15 and must be purchased on tour day at the check-in tent. Since this event serves alcohol, guests age 21 and up will be issued a wristband. 

For your convenience, the check-in tent will open at 12:30 p.m., but all gardens will open promptly at 1.

PARKING & GETTING AROUND

Parking is free and readily available throughout the Flamingo Park neighborhood. Visitors who wish to park close to the check-in tent at 720 Ardmore Road are advised to park on adjacent Lake Avenue. Parking here is limited, so ample parking is also available in a large parking lot located on Florida Ave. at Westwood Rd. CLICK HERE FOR MAP It is only a 5-minute walk from this lot to the check-in tent at 720 Ardmore.

The tour route is easily and comfortably walkable. A free open-air electric mini-bus will also be available for guests wishing to ride between locations on the tour. The route will be provided in the tour booklet distributed to all guests at the check-in tent. 

WHERE TO BUY TICKETS

Tickets for the 2016 Flamingo Park Historic Home Garden Tour include admission to all 10 neighborhood gardens (plus EMKO visit from 3-5 p.m.), optional participation in one or both of the expert-led walking tours, and all-you-care-to-enjoy food and drink. Tickets may be purchased at the check-in tent, located at 720 Ardmore Road.

 

2014 Board election approaches

Nomination deadline Feb. 13

It is that time of year again: The Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association annual election for Board of Directors is coming up at our annual meeting, Tuesday, March 25. Serving with your neighbors on the board can be very fulfilling. Odds are that pretty much everyone can find a way to contribute some of their time and talents for the betterment of our historic neighborhood. Board membership is one such way. Meetings are once a month at the Armory Art Center for about 90 minutes. Our bylaws are silent on when; it’s been the second Tuesday of the month for a long time, but it might change this year to the second Wednesday so as not to overlap with city meetings. Board members work together on assorted events and issues that are important to the functioning and future of our shared community. In addition, directors are encouraged to attend all membership meetings (about four a year, not counting the election).

Four board seats are open for election, for two-year terms, at this membership meeting on March 25. The 2009 bylaws created staggered two-year terms. Board members Susan Hill, Joe Quinty and Linda Fraser are entering the second year of their two-year terms. The seats held by recent appointees Gregg Weiss and Steve Roy, plus veteran directors Margaret Yansura and Linda Cullen are open for election. Under the bylaws, incumbents are free to run again, but at this writing Roy and Yansura have said that they will not be seeking re-election (we thank them heartily for their service!). Weiss and Cullen will file forms for intent to seek re-election. As always, it is hoped that volunteers will step forward to nominate themselves for service on the board. The bylaws do term-limit board officers’ positions to two consecutive years. Officers — president, vice president, treasurer and secretary — are appointed annually by consensus of each new board, at the March election meeting. Representation on the board must cover each of three “districts” of Flamingo Park (see box below).

If you are a resident member of FPNA with paid-up dues, are 18 years of age or older and would like to serve on the board, nominate yourself by completing the nomination form on the back of the yellow Business Directory enclosed (it’s also available on our website). Mail the completed form to FPNA, P.O. Box 1112, West Palm Beach, FL 33402 so that it is received by 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 (40 days prior to election, per the bylaws). The election will take place at the FPNA annual meeting on Tuesday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Armory Art Center. If you have questions, ask any board member about her or his experience (contacts are on the back page of this Flyer).

New Flamingo Flyer - Sept/Oct 2014

The latest edition of the Flamingo Flyer - that pink-hued source of neighborhood and city information - was delivered to mailboxes last weekend! The new edition features a ton of useful and interesting information including:

  • Four-neighborhood picnic in Howard Park on 9/20; [View on Nextdoor]
  • Updates on proposed changes to WPB's gun range ordinance;
  • Neighborhood Halloween Block Party on 10/25 [View on Nextdoor]
  • Update on the 2014 Holiday Home Tour plans
  • and much more!

If you did not receive your copy, please email Linda at cullen@digital.net.

Flamingo Park Home Tour Featured in Florida Weekly

Flamingo Park's Historic Home Tour was recently featured in Florida Weekly's annual "The Best of the Palm Beaches" issue. The publication described our neighborhood's annual holiday event as the "Best Home Tour" in the region. From the homeowners who graciously open their beautiful houses each year to the intrepid band of volunteer coordinators who make the event come together, we are humbled and grateful!

Click HERE or on the image below to read the full text of the feature on Florida Weekly's website.

Florida Weekly Cover Image

2014 membership drive is underway

You will have received the annual membership dues mailing just recently, right before the New Year. $30 is the amount for property owners (regardless of how many folks in your household). The $30 entitles you to vote for the Board of Directors and on any other issue that might need a vote. And you have free admittance to Social Hours, our annual Block Party and a free listing in the yellow Business Directory, if you wish. Non-property owners may pay $20 for associate membership (free admittance as above, but no voting rights) and $20 extra if an associate wants a listing on the yellow Business Directory for the membership year. We very much appreciate your membership; it’s our second biggest source of funds (after the Home Tour) and, as always, any monies go directly back into our neighborhood. Please make sure that you fill in your phone and email information (even if you think we already know them). We’re starting a brand new database for contacting you by email with neighborhood messages

2013 Flamingo Park Holiday Home Tour

2013 Holiday Home Tour

Please note: no ticket(s) will be mailed. We will have a list of all prepaid tickets at our check-in. Please check-in as a pre-paid order on Dec 8th at the Armory Art Center located at the corner Lake Avenue and Park Place.


Tickets will be available for purchase at the Armory Art Center at 5:00PM. Look forward to seeing you on the tour!

2014 HOLIDAY HISTORIC HOME TOUR!

THANK YOU to everyone who came out and enjoyed this year's Holiday Home Tour! We'll see you again in December 2015!

Flamingo Park's 23rd Holiday Historic Home Tour will take place Sunday, December 7, 2014. This year, eight festively decorated homes will be open, including five homes that have never been on the tour! Homes open at 5 p.m. and the tour runs until 8 p.m.

Each home offers visitors delicious refreshments (light food and drink options), included in the ticket price. In addition, the hospitality tent will host an after-tour reception with music, coffee and homemade holiday sweets!

Tickets are $35 on the day of the tour and can be purchased at the Hospitality Tent, located in the 700 block of Claremore Drive. Street parking is available throughout the neighborhood. Tickets that were purchased online will be held at will-call at the hospitality tent. For tour guests who prefer not to walk the tour, a free trolley will be running during tour hours.

Important tips and reminders:

  • Please wear comfortable shoes. To preserve the floors in our host homes, high heels are NOT permitted.
  • Don't worry about the weather - the tour will take place rain or shine.
  • Adults only, please. 
  • Check-in for ALL tour guests opens at 5 p.m. Check-in, along with will-call and the post-tour reception are ALL located at the hospitality tent, 700 block of Claremore Drive.

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Autumn yard sale

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Due to residents’ requests, the “annual” yard sale is having a bonus appearance on Saturday, Nov. 16. About 20 homes are signed up as of this writing.

Apparently this is a good time of year to clear out some clutter and get ready for the holiday season.

There is still time to add your name and house to the list, but email today!

If you aren’t familiar, it goes like this:

• Residents sign up by email with coordinator Victoria Preuss at vmp735@mac.com, with the following info: name, street address and brief list of available goods. If you lack email access, leave a voicemail at 561-655-0726.

• FPNA markets the event using the Palm Beach Post classifieds, Craigslist, Facebook and www.Flamingopark.net. On the weekend of the event, signs are placed on streets entering the neighborhood. A map listing all sellers and a brief list of wares is designed for buyers’ convenience and posted online.

• Sellers set up at their own homes, handle their own sales and keep all the proceeds! (If you haven’t become an FPNA member by this time, set aside a few bucks and join. Memberships paid now apply to 2014. See the form on the back page of the Flyer.)

This sale does not replace the 2014 Presidents Day weekend sale, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15. We’ll remind you about that in the January Flyer.

Meanwhile, get crackin’ on those bulging closets!

 Yard sale tips

✓ Recruit some help, or have a friend join you with her/his sale items.

✓ Mark prices or use signs for table-priced items.

✓ Have an apron or belt-pack with small bills — and change, if you are selling items for a dime or quarter.

✓ We advertise the sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m, but early birds always show up. Be prepared.

✓ Keep your doors locked and don’t allow visitors into your home.

Candidate Answers Your Questions

 
Friday March 8, 2013
FPNA posed the following questions to the two candidates running for our district for West Palm Beach City Commission.We received the following responses from Shanon Materio today.
1. Why are you running for City Commission? Since the untimely death of former City Commissioner Bill Moss, I was appointed by the City Commission and have been serving as your current City Commissioner. For over 35 years I have lived and worked and together with my husband Phil, raised our three children, all in the South end of West Palm Beach. I was one of the founders of the South End Neighborhood Association (SENA) and later served as President. The neighborhoods of the City are what make it a hometown. It is my hometown and my children’s hometown. While it’s easy to spout catch phrases like “create jobs” or “economic development” it is much harder to understand the fabric of our community and the special character each neighborhood holds. I am running to preserve what we have in West Palm Beach. People naturally sense a special place and want to live there. Preserving that sense of place is what being a commissioner is all about.
2. What professional expertise and personal experience do you feel makes you a good candidate? Having raised three children who all attended South Olive Elementary, played sports in almost every park in our city and had friends from every section of our city, I have a firsthand historic knowledge built up over decades of working on community restoration projects. These are 35 years of experiences that cannot be taught through a college degree. I am an artisan, specializing in stained and art glass creations. It is detailed work that carries a sense of pride and accomplishment that carries over in to my service to the community and my service as a commissioner. By having over 20 employees in our family business, McMow Art Glass, I know how to treat employees; what it has felt like to go without in order to make payroll each week; paying taxes and surviving ever increasing government red tape. I am proud that McMow is now one of the largest businesses of its kind in Florida doing business all over the world. I have served on the Lake Worth CRA and the West Palm Beach Art in Public Places Board as well as being past president of the South End Neighborhood Association (SENA).
3. What have you done specifically to assist or improve the Flamingo Park neighborhood? I am not a member of the FPNA Association so I cannot boast of specific clean-up initiatives or neighborhood projects for the Flamingo Park neighborhood. I can however, cite 35 years of south end activities from bake sales to efforts to finally narrow S. Olive Ave. that I have been intimately involved in which impacts the entire South End. Since being a City Commissioner, I also led the effort to stop the construction of an unnecessary solid waste facility which staff wanted to build with $25 million dollars of taxpayer money. I also voted to cut my own commission salary by 10% and those of my fellow commissioners by 10% as well. I am also currently working on solutions to our long term drinking water supply which will benefit all residents.
4. If you are elected to the commission, what are the top three “wish list” items for the neighborhoods in this district? How realistic is your list in getting accomplished?1.Infrastructure improvements to eliminate flooding on Flagler and our south end feeder streets.2.Making South Dixie Highway more pedestrian friendly in order to attract more retail shops and restaurants.3.Beautification of the Woodlawn cemeteryThese are not wishes. As your Commissioner I am currently working to make it happen and happen quickly.
5. What do you think is the most important problem the city needs to address? Our City’s drinking water supply. There is no greater issue facing our long term growth for future generations to come than our water supply. We cannot survive another drought like the one we experienced in 2011, which was not even that severe. We are currently not prepared and cities like Palm Beach that purchase water from us must be assured we can meet their needs. From lawn watering to new businesses to new hotels and project developments, if we cannot supply water when our customers need it, there will be a financial burden created that will drive our individual water utility rates through the roof. As a member of the City Commission, we just hired our own independent consultant to help us make what will likely be the most significant decision to face West Palm Beach in decades. Every neighborhood; every section of our city; and every business in our community needs to get involved and pay close attention to what the commission will be evaluating and voting upon in the coming months.
6. What do you feel is the best process for neighborhood residents to have their needs addressed by the city?  Of course the City has a 24 hour help line which is really a great service. We also have an interactive web site that is equipped to return answers quickly. Neighborhood associations like FPNA also have a voice directly with the Mayor on a regular basis. As you know, West Palm Beach is a strong Mayor form of government, which means the Mayor is responsible for the day to day running of the city. This includes addressing day to day resident issues. Commissioners are the legislative branch. We are responsible for setting the budget and policy issues such as our drinking water supply. We do allow public comment at all commission meetings. Most recently, I voted to along with my fellow commissioners to move public comment to the start of every commission meeting as a convenience to residents who should not be asked to sit through an entire meeting just to voice a concern.
7. Describe the appropriate working relationship between city commissioners and senior level city staff. Florida has a very strict Government in the Sunshine Law which means we cannot discuss any issues outside of a public meeting with any other Commissioner or the Mayor. This unfortunately makes for a very formal way to conduct business but ensures that all decisions are made in the open.Therefore, we meet every other week in a Mayor/Commission workshop. This is our primary way of asking questions or making requests of the Mayor who in turn directs staff. When not meeting, we are bound by ordinance to direct our requests or questions directly to the City manager, who in turn deals with staff. It is sometimes hard for the public to misunderstand the dynamic between the Mayor’s role and the Commissioner’s role and think we are not communicating or not getting along. This is simply not true. The strong Mayor form of government requires it to work this way.
8. Recent media coverage has labeled the behavior of some city commissioners when dealing with the mayor and senior staff as being “juvenile.” What can you do, if elected, to help improve the working relationship between the mayor and the commission, and to develop a more positive public persona of our city? First, the media coverage is to be taken with a grain of salt. I frequently sit through an entire Commission meeting only to read the next day an entirely different Commission meeting report! While it is true, the Commission often feels like it’s not getting enough back up material and not getting it far enough in advance, it is an age old problem that goes on between every commission and Mayor going back to the Nancy Graham administration. It is this give and take that should not be interpreted as juvenile. The Mayor and her staff do a great job, they love the City and are doing everything possible to make West Palm Beach a great place to live. The Commission also loves the City and we too want to see great things accomplished. There is nothing wrong with agreeing to disagree. After a vote, we all move on. Please don’t let people try to drive a wedge between the Commission and the Mayor. One does not exist and we don’t need to try and create one. We are all working together for the same goal.
9. Is there any topic that your opponent has raised that you would like to address to the residents of Flamingo Park? Yes. Don’t pay attention to the negative barbs being thrown at me by my opponent. I never said “never” when being interviewed for Commission appointment. The PB Post has corrected my opponent three times on this point and yet he continues to say it. Next, I have never, ever attacked my opponent’s religion. When asked when or how he thinks that I have, he clams up and refuses to answer. I have come to learn that when you are the sitting office holder as I am in this case, the challenger must attack and try and discredit you. I don’t like it but I understand. I wish campaigning were different, but it is not. I have developed a tough skin as of late, but it still hurts.
10. Is there any issue that you would like to address to the residents of Flamingo Park that has not been asked here? I have been endorsed by the Palm Beach Post; Senator Jeff Clemens; Representative Bill Hager; Representative David Kerner; County Commissioner Jess Santamaria; School Board member Jen Prior Brown; City Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell; Commissioner Keith James; Commissioner Ike Robinson; and numerous community leaders and former elected officials.Please remember to vote Tuesday!
Thursday March 7, 2013
The Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association urges all residents to inform themselves on the issues and the positions of the candidates and VOTE for the candidate of your choice on Tuesday, March 12.

FPNA posed the following questions to the two candidates running for our district for West Palm Beach City Commission, asking them to return the answers by March 4.
We received the following responses from Gregg Weiss. We have not received any response to date from Shanon Materio. If we do, we will forward those responses to you.

Responses from Candidate Gregg Weiss:
1. Why are you running for City Commission?
I am running for the City Commission to improve the lives of our residents through policies that will keep us safe and our costs low. I want to insure that we are competitive in maintaining our existing economic base and attracting new businesses with the jobs they bring into our community. I want to preserve and protect the diverse neighborhood quilt that makes up the city through long and short term planning that allows for sensible redevelopment while maintaining the character and charm of our city.
2. What professional expertise and personal experience do you feel makes you a good candidate? 
I have degrees from the University of California in Economics and Social Ecology (emphasis in Criminal Justicehttp://socialecology.uci.edu/ ) and over 30-years of business and management experience, responsible for managing multi hundred million dollar budgets and negotiating multi-million dollar contracts. I have lived in numerous places around the country and the world that provides a background of different solutions to some of the challenges we face. I have served on the City’s Planning Board, the Affordable housing Committee, Citizen’s Committee on Airport Noise, Mayor’s Transition Team, volunteer with the Police Department, and participating in the Dixie Redevelopment Visioning, PBIA Environmental Impact Study, and coordinate the South End Court Watch program appearing on behalf of all of the South End neighborhoods holding suspects accountable.
3. What have you done specifically to assist or improve the Flamingo Park neighborhood?
I have served as the neighborhood Environmental Committee chair, Airport Liaison and Police Liaison for the FPNA board and volunteer on numerous projects. I have helped clean up the neighborhood, planted vegetation in the bulb-outs and swales, replaced and repaired street signs, volunteered at neighborhood fund raising events, and as a COP patrolled the streets of the neighborhood. I participated in the effort to narrow Parker and provide for safe space for bicycles. I built and help maintain the FPNA website.
4. If you are elected to the commission, what are the top three “wish list” items for the neighborhoods in this district? How realistic is your list in getting accomplished?
Improvement of South Dixie Highway
Reduction in crime
Decrease in neighborhood blight and code violations
All three items are realistic and doable in the short term by prioritizing our resources to address these needs.
5. What do you think is the most important problem the city needs to address?
Economic development that provide local jobs while maintaining and protecting our neighborhoods leading to lower crime rates, well maintained neighborhoods and lower taxes.
6. What do you feel is the best process for neighborhood residents to have their needs addressed by the city?
I think local government should have a multi-model approach to communication to understand the needs and provide feedback as to the implementation of solutions to keep residents informed. If elected I plan to have regular drop-in office hours, community forums (including in Spanish), and attend neighborhood meetings to facilitate two-way conversations with our residents.
7. Describe the appropriate working relationship between city commissioners and senior level city staff.
The appropriate working relationship should be professional and business-like, working together to solve the city’s challenges with a free flow of ideas and information that leads to solutions. I believe that Commissioners should be able to work with the Mayor, fellow commissioners and senior level staff on community issues and concerns they want information on or want to see addressed. The commissioner should also be able to come up with ideas and that takes a real understanding of what the community needs are and the experience to bring working solutions to the table – I believe I can do that better than my opponent.
8. Recent media coverage has labeled the behavior of some city commissioners when dealing with the mayor and senior staff as being “juvenile.” What can you do, if elected, to help improve the working relationship between the mayor and the commission, and to develop a more positive public persona of our city?
I will work respectfully with the Mayor, fellow Commissioners, City staff and residents maintaining a business-like professional dialogue. I will focus on solutions and not personalities, willing to disagree while not being disagreeable and keeping an open mind to understand the perspective of others. I plan to be an independent and effective voice on the commission. I am concerned that my opponent will follow what other commissioners suggest rather than coming up with solutions. In addition, I believe the recent attacks by my opponent against the Mayor have created a hostile environment in which she will be less effective as a Commissioner than I would.
9. Is there any topic that your opponent has raised that you would like to address to the residents of Flamingo Park?
I believe an individual’s religion/faith have no business in a political campaign however since my opponents campaign has made it an issue I would like to let people know I am Jewish and I am proud of my Jewish heritage My opponent also attacked me with false information earlier in the campaign and was forced to correct her statements. My opponent is not listening to residents who all made it clear that any person appointed to finish the remaining term, after Bill Moss passed away, would not run for this seat.
10. Is there any issue that you would like to address to the residents of Flamingo Park that has not been asked here?
The issue of increase activity on the FEC train tracks. I will work to monitor the impact and propose solutions due to the increased number and length of time of the closures due to the impact of longer trains and frequency of trains on our adjacent rail line. I will also work to negotiate for less environmental impact by through the implementation of “Quite Zones” on the FEC tracks in the City.

2013 Yard Sale

This Saturday, Feb. 16, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.!

The Flamingo Park neighborhood yard-sale extravaganza has gone annual.

We have 30+ sellers at homes all around the historic West Palm Beach neighborhood.

Goods range from antiques to baby things to vintage vehicles to clothes to decor items to furniture to garden things to kitchenware to photography equipment to ... you-name-it!

There is a major plant sale and a bake sale included.

DON’T MISS IT! This event is rain-or-shine.

A couple of residents will also sell on Sunday; see list with map.

Flamingo Park is in West Palm Beach: north of Belvedere, south of Okeechobee; east of I-95, off Parker Avenue; and west of Dixie Highway. 

 

Feb 16, 2013 FPNA Yard Sale Map - b

Feb 16, 2013 FPNA Yard Sale List

2012 Flamingo Park Home Tour

21st Flamingo Park Holiday Historic Home Tour Set for Dec. 2

Tour features Historic Homes,plus Holiday Art Sale, Gallery Shows and Silent Auction at Armory Art Center 

Sorry Online Ticket Sales has closed. Please go to the Armory Art Center to purchase tickets

If you had bought an online ticket.  Your name will be on the pre-paid list at the Armory Art Center.

2012 Final FPNA Tour Poster

Save Sunday, Dec. 2 for the Flamingo Park Holiday Historic Home Tour in West Palm Beach. This is the 21st home tour in this historic West Palm Beach neighborhood presented by the Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association in partnership this year with the Armory Art Center.  The tour is suitable for adults only — no children allowed. 

The public is invited to tour eight beautifully appointed historic homes and gardens decorated for the holidays. The homes will be open from 5-8 p.m. Guests are invited to come to the Armory Art Center from 4-5 p.m. prior to the tour for its Holiday Studio Sale, featuring handcrafted items ideal for holiday gifts. The tour will be followed by a homemade holiday desert reception andsilent auction and gallery exhibitions at the Armory Art Center from 8-9 p.m.

 Tastings from some of the area’s finest caterers and restaurants, along with complimentary beverages, will be provided for tour guests at each of the homes and gardens. Parking is available at the Armory Art Center and throughout the historic Flamingo Park Neighborhood. A free trolley will provide transportation between the homes, but guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes. And please, no high heels as they mar the hardwood floors in the homes.

One of the homes on the tour, a three-story Mediterranean-revival home built in1925 by the Rice Family and owned since 1989 by the Yansura Family, features a two-story living room with massive fireplace, original pecky cypress ceilings and doors throughout the home, and a sunken courtyard in the back garden. Two of the homes will feature special holiday decor provided by Marjorie Bennett of  MB Florals, providing inspiration for your own special holiday touches.

Tour tickets are $30 if purchased prior to Dec. 2 and $35 if purchased at the door. Ticket outlets includeWest Palm Beach locations: The Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Ave., and at Belle and Maxwell’s, 3700 S. Dixie Highway.  In the north end, tickets may be purchased at Park Avenue BBQ & Grille locations in Tequesta at 236 U.S. 1 and in North Palm Beach at 525 U.S. 1.  Tickets are also available at Park Avenue BBQ & Grille, 13897 Wellington Trace in Wellington and at Sandoway House Nature Center, 142 S. Ocean Blvd. (A1A) in Delray Beach. Ticket outlets accept cash and checks only; online purchases are with credit cards or through PayPal accounts.

Ticketing/check-in and tour map distribution will be at the Armory Art Center, located just east of Parker Avenue on Park Place, 10 blocks north of Belvedere Road and on the south end of Howard Park in West Palm Beach. Items purchased at the Armory Art Center Holiday Studio Sale will be held for pickup after the tour.

The silent auction will feature items from local businesses and will be held from 8-9 p.m.  Silent auction and Holiday Studio Sale items may be purchased with cash, check or credit/debit cards.

Flamingo Park is a neighborhood of historic homes, many in the Spanish Mission and Mediterranean Revival styles, built during the 1920s boom era.  Neighborhood residents decorate their homes and yards with holiday lights for the night of the tour as judging for the annual Neighborhood Holiday Lighting Contest will also take place that evening.

For more information, call 561-820-1383.

2012 ANNUAL HOME TOUR

Spring 2012 Yard Sale

Flamingo Park's spring yard sale is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

22 houses will have everything from clothes to furniture, antiques, home goods and kids' stuff, to a vintage convertible, a boat and a huge plant sale. And there's a bake sale!

The weather forecast looks good, so PRINT this MAP and LIST and come on out.

For a printable version click here

Spring 2012 Map

20th Home Tour!

Can you believe it?

It is the 20th Holiday Tour of Historic Homes in Flamingo Park, presented by the Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association. Save Sunday, December 4 from 5-8 p.m. for this grand West Palm Beach tradition.

Flamingo Park is a neighborhood of historic homes, many in the Spanish Mission and Mediterranean Revival style, built during the 1920s boom era.  

The public is invited to tour nine beautifully appointed historic homes and gardens decorated for the holidays, followed by a homemade holiday dessert reception and candlelight concert at 8:15 p.m.  

Tastings from some of the area’s finest caterers and restaurants, along with complimentary beverages, will be provided for tour guests in each of the homes and gardens.  

A special addition to this year’s tour will be presentations and displays by the West Palm Beach Historic Preservation Division and the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.

One of the homes on the tour, a two-story Mediterranean-revival home built in 1925 and owned by Barbara Marshall and C.J. Walker, was also on the inaugural Flamingo Park Holiday Historic Home Tour in 1990.  Other homes include the historic “Studstill Mansion” on Kanuga Drive, now owned by Gregg and Rebecca Weiss, along with the newly-remodeled home of Ed Zielenski, theone-time home of former Palm Beach County Sheriff Heidtman, on Sunset Road.

The tour is suitable for adults only – no children allowed.   

Ticket and tour map distribution will be in the 700 block of Claremore Drive, located five blocks north of Belvedere Road between Lake and Georgia avenues in West Palm Beach. 

Trolley service along the route will be available during tour.  Remember to wear comfortable shoes and no high heels as they mar the wood floors.

 Proceeds benefit the programs and services of the Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association.

COST:  Tickets are $25 before Dec. 4; $30 day of the tour.

ADVANCE TICKETS can be purchased using the button on this page.

If you prefer, you can buy in person, with cash or check, at these outlets.

The Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach

Belle and Maxwell’s, 3700 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach

Sam Jon’s Salon at Downtown at the Gardens next to Whole Foods.  

Park Avenue BBQ Grille, 13897 Wellington Trace in Wellington 

Sandoway House Nature Center, 142 South Ocean Boulevard (A1A) in Delray Beach.

Also available for sale during the tour will be the Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association cookbook, Create a Stir.  All of the recipes in the cookbook come from the kitchens of homeowners in this friendly West Palm Beach neighborhood.

  Save the Date home tour

We are sorry but the pre-sale of tickets is now closed but you can still get tickets tonight on the 6oo block of Claremore (between Georgia & Lake). We hope to see you.

 

Please note: no ticket(s) will be mailed. We will have a list of all prepaid tickets at our check-in. Please check-in as a pre-paid order on the Dec 4th at the corner of Claremore and Georgia in Flamingo Park.

Flamingo Park Neighborhood Block Party

THE ANNUAL FLAMINGO PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION BLOCK PARTY IS SATURDAY MAY 19TH 4PM TO 8PM ~ 600 BLOCK OF FLAMINGO
FOOD PREPARED BY THE LORD'S PLACE CAFE JOSHUA CATERING.  MENU INCLUDES BBQ RIBS & CHICKEN, HOT DOGS, AND ALL THE FIXINGS!!
Kid's activities planned
  
Please bring a dessert to share!!!
  
As always the event is free to all paid FPNA members, $10 for non-paid residents and guests
Dues may be paid at the door
 
FUN, FUN, FUN!!!!
COME MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS!!!

FPNA Officer and Board Elections

Three seats are open on the Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association Board of Directors, for two-year terms.

One seat is in the north sector, one is in the central sector and the last is in the south sector.

If you are a resident member of the Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association with paid dues and 18 years of age or older and would like to serve on the board, nominate yourself by completing the nomination form below and mail it to FPNA, P.O. Box 1112, West Palm Beach, FL  33402 or hand deliver it to the front door mail slot of 714 Claremore Drive by 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17.

The election will take place at the FPNA Annual Meeting on Tues., March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Armory Art Center.

We encourage all members to consider board membership — it is an enriching and fulfilling experience

and a wonderful way to serve your neighborhood!  The Board meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at  The Armory.  Board meetings generally last about 90 minutes.

Click here to download the application

Full, interesting agenda for Jan. 21

At the Jan. 21 general membership meeting, which starts at 6:30 at the Armory Arts Center, agenda items will include:

  • Introduction of Christine Shaw, Executive Assistant to the Mayor.
  • Maggie Cruz giving an update on Code Enforcement issues.
  • Community Oriented Police Office Seth Buxton to give a crime update.
  • Short presentation by member Rob Scott regarding Shop.com so Flamingo Park can decide whether or not to participate.
  • Presentation by Dianne Sauve, Director of Animal Care and Control for the County regarding community/feral cars and discussion of opossums and raccoons,
  • Garden Tour 2014 discussion You may bring dues with you to the meeting if you have not yet renewed or joined.

 Light refreshments will be served.

Social Hour Friday April 27, 2012- ask a neighbor or a board member where the fun will be!

Three nominees for board seats

Three persons were nominated to fill the three vacancies in the 2012 election for the Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association Board of Directors. The slate will be presented to the FPNA membership at the Annual Meeting and Election on Tuesday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m. at The Armory Art Center. They are:

• Linda Cullen, who resides at 828 Biscayne Drive, is a Realtor and has served previously on the Board of Directors, including several terms as president. She has been active in nearly every aspect of the neighborhood association, including historic preservation, airport issues, the home tour and garden tours and the 500 block committee and is chair of the cookbook committee. She said she has a desire "to give back" so is interested in rejoining the FPNA Board.

• Andrea Davis resides at 700 Kanuga Drive and is a registered nurse. She is completing her first two-year term on the FPNA Board of Directors and has served as code enforcement chair and House of the Month chair and is an active member of the environmental committee. She has lived in Flamingo Park for 21 years and wishes to remain on the board to "continue to serve the community."

• Margie Yansura resides at 714 Claremore Drive and is a public relations consultant. She has served for three years on the FPNA Board, serving as president for the past two years. She has been a member of FPNA since its inception and helped establish both the Holiday Historic Home Tour and the Garden Tour. She wants to continue to serve on the board and to continue her involvement with the home tour and other special events as well as writing the Flamingo Flyer. The FPNA board members fulfilling the second year of their two-year terms are: Brian Denney, Linda Fraser, Jeremy Pyle and Joe Quinty.

Preuss leaves board post

Vice President Victoria Preuss, 735 Upland Road, is leaving the board after serving for four years. The FPNA Board of Directors and association members extend a hearty "thank you" to Vic for a job well done! She has rarely missed a board meeting, has taken excellent minutes during her tenure as secretary, suggested and organizes the popular yard sales and edits the Flamingo Flyer. She and Tim Rivers hosted their home on the inaugural 1991 Home Tour and four more times in the years since, as well as a couple of garden tours. As members of the cookbook committee, the pair edited, photographed and designed the award- nominated book. A resident since 1984, Vic intends to stay active and will continue as Flyer editor and Yard Sale coordinator.

Howard Park has been selected for “Heart Your Park”

HOWARD PARK IDENTIFIED AS MACY’S “HEART YOUR PARK” FUNDRAISING PROGRAM RECIPIENT IN WEST PALM BEACH

Macy’s partners with the National Recreation and Park Association to raise  funds for local parks nationwide, with every dollar matched by Macy’s, up to $250,000

Howard  Park has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced
as  part  of  Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign, that aims to raise awareness
and  dollars  for local parks across the country. From March 7 to March 31,
customers  at Macy’s City Place can donate $1 or more at the register, with
100  percent of the donations benefiting Howard Park. To further spread the
love,  Macy’s  will  match  the  total customer donation across all stores,
dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total. The employees at Macys selected
Howard  Park  in this national campaign that will fund 550 parks throughout
the   country  in  a  promotion  with  the  National  Recreation  and  Park
Association.

Fall Yard Sale Nov. 5

36 houses in a coordinated yard sale extravaganza!

This Saturday: Nov. 5, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine

Vintage to like-new, funky to fine, troll for treasures among housewares, collectibles, clothing, furniture, nautical, yard stuff and more. Someone's got a surfboard! Someone's got evening gowns! Whatever you are looking for, someone is likely to have it. Or, at least something you didn't know you were looking for, but now suddenly cannot live without.

We've mapped the event and posted a two-page PDF download right here, with a helpful, though brief, list of each participant's goods for sale.

Print it out and bring it with you the day of the sale.

(Visitors: Our neighborhood is NE of Belvedere and Parker, east of I-95, in West Palm Beach.)

Click Here for a map and description of sale items


Early birds will be out scouring Yard Sale tables

We have 20 homes from Avon to Park Place, from Parker to Florida, taking part in the second spring yard sale, scheduled for March 31, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will also be a bake sale at Claremore and Georgia and a “storage cleanup” sale by Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association. As in three previous spring and fall sales, participants have individual yard sales and keep all their proceeds. FPNA coordinates, advertises and pays the associated expenses. Residents reap the benefit! We map the sale houses, with short descriptions of each home’s goods, and pass out copies. Maps also are available for visitors to print out at www.FlamingoPark.net. Past events have brought a lot of traffic to the neighborhood, and lots of compliments, too! If you can help with the FPNA sale site, put out signs the day of the sale, or have time to help with other chores, email vmp735@mac.com or leave a voicemail at 561-655-0726.

Membership Drive is On!

2012 membership drive is on!

And we are counting on you — our neighbors, friends and the community that is the Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association — to renew or initiate your membership in the association!

We are not a planned community and membership is not mandatory; however, by becoming a member, you show your commitment to what we know and love as our community — and it gives you a voice in shaping our community’s future.

Whether you volunteer for cleanups and plantings, to help with an event, voice an opinion, join us for a general meeting, sit on a committee or enjoy what Flamingo Park has to offer, your dues help keep the association going.

We look forward to your participation and to seeing you at future events.

The Flamingo Flyer comes out six times a year and always has a membership form on the back.  

2012 FPNA membership form

Neighborhood Update on 2013 Home Tour

Pitch in for success and for fun

Planning for the 2013 Holiday Historic Home Tour, the neighborhood’s biggest fundraiser, is well underway.

Typically, the tour is the first Sunday in December, but because that falls on the Thanksgiving weekend this year, the tour will be Sunday, Dec. 8.

The Armory Art Center will again host our check-in tables and closing festivities.

The gracious owners of nine homes have agreed to welcome visitors this year. Several of these houses have never before been open during our 21 past home tours.

Food vendors are being arranged for each house — highlighted by the addition of Table 26 to the scrumptious lineup of local restaurants and caterers. Wine and nonalcohol beverages are also to be found at each home.

Homes will be open from 5 until 8 p.m., with closing festivities at the Armory from 8 to 9 p.m.

Usually closed on Sundays, the Armory is opening to partner with Flamingo Park on the day of the tour. Tour guests are invited to shop at the Armory’s Holiday Studio Sale, featuring the handcrafted work of students and faculty, before or after visiting the homes.The studio sale will run 3-8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets —$30 in advance and $35 the day of the tour —will be sold in advance at several area locations and will also be available online.

Online purchases are with credit cards or through PayPal accounts. Only cash and checks are accepted at ticket outlets and at the door.

As before, a trolley will make a circuit on Lake and Georgia avenues for guests, but comfortable shoes are encouraged. High heels, on the other hand, are discouraged, as they can mar wood floors.

The tour is an adults-only event, not suitable for children, and goes on rain or shine. Tickets are not refundable.

This destination event is the main source of revenue for all the things FPNA does, and needs the participation of dozens of volunteers to make it work.

Here are some of the tasks that volunteers tackle to make the tour the countywide destination event it has become:

• Staff homes with greeters and guides, bartenders and food servers 

• Pick up, organize and deliver supplies to tour homes

• Pick up ice and beverages and deliver to homes

• Lend banquet tables and coolers to the tour homes

• Bake cookies for the hospitality area

• Staff the check-in table

• Make coffee and help out at hospitality area

• Decorate the 33 light poles throughout the neighborhood

• Edit and design tickets, posters and the tour brochure

• Photograph the homes and edit home descriptions

• Solicit for and organize a silent auction

• Identify and arrange catering possibilities

• And pick up and deliver to homes a very large amount of wine!

Can you picture yourself doing one or more of these things?

No one denies that putting on the home tour is a big job, but meeting and working with your neighbors is one of the fun parts of it, and one of the many charms of life in Flamingo Park.

Contact tour chairwomen Linda Cullen (cullen@digital.net) or Victoria Preuss (vmp735@mac.com) if you can help.

Street Tree Master Plan

The Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association is embarking on a program to replace trees in the city swale in front of homes in our neighborhood, using a portion of the funds raised through our annual home tour and other events.

The amount of the FPNA contribution depends upon the total number of trees to be replaced, but will likely be limited to $25 per tree. 

Costs for trees are:

$25 for a coconut palm tree in a seven-gallon container. 

$49 for a foxtail palm (6- to 8-feet tall) 

$40 for mahogany (15-gallon container, 10-feet tall) 

$40 for live oak (20-gallon size, 9-feet tall)

FPNA has an established neighborhood landscaping plan, where certain streets are designated for palm trees or hardwoods. A JPG of that plan is below, and homeowners are encouraged, though not required, to follow that plan in selecting the tree(s) to be planted in their swale.

In order to receive tree replacement assistance from FPNA, the homeowner must sign an agreement that he or she will:

Plant or pay for the planting of the tree (FPNA is negotiating a neighborhood-wide tree planting agreement at discounted prices)

Pay for any difference between the price of the tree and the FPNA contribution and 

Provide proper care for the tree. (Care instructions will be provided to the homeowners.)

If you are missing a tree (or a maximum of two) in the city swale in front of your home and you would like the assistance of FPNA in getting a replacement, please contact Jeff Yansura, FPNA Environmental Chair, at bpw714@hotmail.com or at 561-267-0833 by Nov. 1.

*Click map for a full size image*

Street tree master plan

City seeks volunteers for Howard Park Egg Hunt

The “bird” migrates monthly. If you have a neighbor whom you would like to nominate for House of the Month, email committee chair Andrea Davis at aklaeaDavis@bellsouth.net. We like to honor both current work and longtime effort to maintain “curb appeal.” Winners of our avian icon receive a Hall Hardware gift certificate for $25, along with a month- long visit from the lawn ornament extraordinaire. Current winners are:  March: 730 Ardmore, Nancie Virgadamo  April: 744 Claremore, Tammy and Bob Deacy

Flamingo Flyer Sept./Oct. 2011

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2012 Flamingo Park Home Tour

Board sees midterm changes

The September resignations of two Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association board officers and votes taken at the October board meeting have resulted in a new lineup of board members and officers.  With the September departure from the board of former President Andrea Davis and former Treasurer Ed Zielinski, two new members have been named: Stephen Roy and Gregg Weiss.  They round out the seven-seat board with continuing members Linda Cullen, Linda Fraser, Susan Hill, Joe Quinty and Margie Yansura.

Officers named to complete this board year are: President and Treasurer Linda Cullen; Vice President Linda Fraser; and Secretary Susan Hill. Officers’ terms end with the election held at the annual membership meeting in March.

The 2009 bylaws created staggered two-year terms (where previously, all seven board positions were elected annually). Four board seats will be open for election, for two-year terms, at the March 2014 general membership meeting.

Board seats held by Linda Cullen, Steve Roy, Gregg Weiss and Margie Yansura are ending two-year terms. The other three incumbents — Linda D. Fraser, Susan Hill and Joe Quinty — will enter the second year of their current term.

Representation on the board must cover each of three “districts” of Flamingo Park.  Board membership is not term limited. However, the bylaws do limit officers’ positions to two consecutive years. Officers — president, vice president, treasurer and secretary — are named annually by consensus of each new board, following the March election.

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2011 Garden Tour

At this time this year's Garden Tour has been cancelled due to the lack of availabilty of the homes with top-notch gardens. We plan to do a tour next Spring when we hope more of the great homes should be availble for access.

April 1 home tour marks centennial of oldest section of Grandview Heights

The Grandview Heights Historic District will host its 15th Annual Home Tour on Sunday, April 1. The tour will have a special centennial theme for the 100th anniversary of the oldest section of Grandview Heights.

The Home Tour offers visitors a unique opportunity to step inside historic homes in the neighborhood and meet the creative owners.Grandview Heights boasts historic properties in a variety of architectural styles, with Craftsman Bungalow and Spanish Mission styles dominating. The Home Tour highlights the immense diversity of Grandview Heights and demonstrates that an urban neighborhood can successfully include and engage a diverse population.     

  • The afternoon event includes a full buffet dinner and a live band.
  • The 2012 Grandview Heights Historic Home Tour will be on April 1 from 3-7 pm.
  • Tickets are $25 if ordered in advance, and $30 on the day of the tour.
  • Tickets are available at the Armory Art Center.
  • For more info, visit historichometours.com or www.grandviewheights.net

Neighborhood Blog

21st Holiday Historic Home Tour 

Sunday, November 04, 2012 8:47:37 PM

2011 Spring Garden Tour 

Monday, March 28, 2011 9:39:53 AM

At this time this year's Garden Tour has been cancelled due to a number of factors - mainly the lack of availabilty by the homes of top notch gardens.

The Flamingo Park Garden Tour has been set for Sunday, April 17. If you would like your garden to be featured, please contact any of the FPNA Board Members (listed on the back of the newsletter). We also need volunteers to assist with refreshments, the brochure, tickets, sponsorships, advertising and more! It is a fun event that we are excited to bring back this year. Let us know how you would like to be involved!

Spring yard sale set for April 2 

Monday, March 28, 2011 9:38:53 AM

Our inaugural FPNA Neighborhood-wide Yard Sale was such a success, we’re planning an encore event for Saturday, April 2. 

As with the first sale, this event is organized by FPNA, but all residents participating retain all of the proceeds from their sales.

Thirty homes participated in the Nov. 13 event, and a post-sale survey of those residents gave us some direction for the next one.  Respondents to the survey were split on whether to have more than one sale annually. Some already sold all they had to sell; however, some sellers with vintage and collectible goods were enthusiastic about twice-a-year sales. 

As is usual at events (like the Home Tour) that draw many guests to our neighborhood, many comments were heard about the appeal of Flamingo Park, its homes and events. And some visitors were eager for the prospect of more frequent sales in our neighborhood!

FPNA paid for a print ad in the Palm Beach Post, which ran for three days. A story went on our website and a couple of ads went on Craigslist. All sellers were encouraged to use their own social networks to help the neighborhood publicize the sale.

On sale day, signs were posted on the streets that feed into the neighborhood, some by FPNA volunteers and some by sale participants.

A popular feature of the sale was a map that showed the addresses on one side and listed the main goods at each home on the back. In that way, buyers could zero in on the kids’ toys or power tools or vintage dishes they were looking for.

Maps were given to each participant for distribution, and available on the web beforehand for visitors to print and bring.

The Goodwill pickup of unsold items was appreciated by many sellers, and we’ll look to have a repeat of this service in the spring.

Parker Avenue work to begin in February 

Sunday, March 06, 2011 10:44:18 PM

Miranda Beadles of the city’s Engineering Department reports that the contract has been awarded to perform the Parker Avenue improvements project.

She said work should begin in February.

 We will stay in close touch with the city to alert residents to any road closures resulting from the work.

The renovations, a response to concerns related to safety and speeding, will convert Parker Avenue from four lanes to three.

North- and south-moving vehicles will occupy the two outer lanes, while the middle lane is set up for making turns without holding up traffic. The center turn lane incorporates median islands that can be landscaped. 

The section of Parker that most affects us will be narrowed from Belvedere Road north to the basketball courts at Howard Park.

For more information and updates, visit the city’s website at www.wpb.org/neighborhoods.

 

Garden tour planned for April 17 

Sunday, March 06, 2011 10:43:14 PM

The Flamingo Park Garden Tour has been set for Sunday, April 17. If you would like your garden to be featured, please contact any of the FPNA Board Members (listed on the back of the newsletter). We also need volunteers to assist with refreshments, the brochure, tickets, sponsorships, advertising and more! It is a fun event that we are excited to bring back this year. Let us know how you would like to be involved!

Alley cleanup Feb. 12 

Sunday, March 06, 2011 10:42:46 PM

FPNA is bringing to the attention of city policy makers our concerns about making property owners who live adjacent to alleyways (on Avon Road in Flamingo Park) responsible for the upkeep of the alley even though most of our residents have fences and landscaping which block their view of and access to the alley.

To demonstrate good faith while we work to change this policy, FPNA is organizing an alley clean up on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 8:30 a.m. The city will provide a dumpster for us to dispose of the debris.

We are inviting residents to roll up their sleeves and help in this effort, along with adjacent commercial property owners.

Call Environmental Chair Jeff Yansura to volunteer.

 

House of the Month winners named 

Sunday, March 06, 2011 10:40:02 PM

House of the Month winners, receiving the traveling ‘bird’ and a Hall Hardware gift certificate
for $25, are:

January:
        719 Avon,  Warren Reuther
February:
        810 Kanuga, Jessica and Ken Walters
March:
        610 Claremore, Nancy and John Kennedy
April:
        626 Biscayne, David Hennessee

        Congratulations to all!

If you have a neighbor whom you would like to nominate, e-mail  committee chair  Andrea Davis

Block Party set for Feb. 19 – with a new twist 

Sunday, March 06, 2011 10:38:47 PM

People, prepare to frolic!

This year’s Block Party is going to have a couple of exciting twists.

We will start the Feb. 19 event with a Flamingo Frolic — or for those dignified folks who don’t “frolic,” you can call it a stroll.

On that Saturday afternoon, we will meet at 1 p.m. in the parking lot just north of the Armory Art Center and adjacent to the Howard Park picnic pavilion.

We are inviting everyone to dress in “Flamingo Park pink,” decorate your baby carriage or dog stroller in pink. Kids can ride their flamingo-decorated bikes and scooters, and we will all set off together to frolic (or stroll) the length of the new pathway, part of the beautiful new improvements to Howard Park.

After the Flamingo Frolic, we will gather at the Howard Park Picnic Pavilion at 2 p.m. for a feast! Details of the menu will follow.

 The event is free to all FPNA members (yet another reason to pay your dues now — see membership form on Page 8). A donation of $5 is requested for all non-member residents and guests.

Please join us for this fun annual event. It won’t be as much fun without you!

Flamingo Park Holiday Donation 

Sunday, March 06, 2011 8:51:42 PM

Members of the Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association gathered items to fill holiday gift bags for The Lord's Place clients at their recent holiday party, hosted by Carpenter's Roofing and Sheet Metal in West Palm Beach. Flamingo Park Holiday Donation

Gathering to assemble the items into gift bags were The Lord's Place Director of Volunteers, Human  Resources and Administration Jan Phillips, Carpenter's Roofing and Sheet Metal President Jason Lovelady, The Lord's Place Controller Pam Burns and Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association President Margie Yansura. 

At the holiday party, Carpenter's Roofing and Sheet Metal also announced its Put a Roof on It Free Roofing Contest, awarding a free re-roof for a home in Flamingo Park.  For details, visit www.putaroofonit.com.

 

Flamingo Park Neighborhood Holiday Party 2010 

Sunday, December 26, 2010 10:20:18 PM

The Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association is pleased to invite you to the

Flamingo Park Neighborhood Holiday Party

presented by  Carpenter's Roofing and Sheet Metal

on

Friday, December 17

from 6-9 p.m.

500 Flamingo Drive

  

Come and enjoy * Holiday Refreshments * Kids' Holiday Crafts * A Make Your Own Sundae Bar

 

and the

Exciting Announcement of Carpenter's Roofing and Sheet Metal 

"Put a Roof On It Flamingo Park Historic Roof Give-away"

 

PLEASE RSVP by Wed., Dec. 15 to mywordsmith (at) bellsouth.net  or on Facebook with the number in your party so we can provide an accurate guest count to their caterer.

 

FPNA expresses its sincere appreciation to Jason Lovelady and Carpenter's Roofing and Sheet Metal for this generous gift to our whole neighborhood.

 

Make sure and come to learn how to enter the free roof give-a-way!!


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