Weekly Newsletter

We’re starting a weekly newsletter. Most people find out about our articles through Facebook, which doesn’t show every article to every person who “Likes” our Facebook page. Some articles do very well, while others don’t reach many people.

We can tell a lot of people miss a lot of our articles. Some complain that all we write about is crime, when that’s at most 20% of what we cover. Others ask questions that we’ve already answered (“What’s going on with the old Walmart?”).

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Homecoming in West Boca

Homecoming: A high school game or other event to which alumni are invited.

Tonight is homecoming in West Boca. The WBHS Varsity Football team plays Palm Beach Central at home. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Spanish River HS Football played last night at Atlantic Community High School tonight, and lost badly.

Olympic Heights HS Football is at William T Dwyer High School tonight. Kickoff at 7 p.m.

Boca Raton HS Football is at Pahokee High School tonight. Kickoff at 7 p.m.

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Why Sue the School District?

A recent post on our Facebook page lit up with comments from readers. We posted a Palm Beach Post article about Attorney Paul Kunz, whose child attends Addison Mizner Elementary (south of Palmetto east of I-95) sued the school district over class size issues. As we understand it, his 5-year-old child is in a kindergarten class with 21 students, 3 more than the maximum of 18 set in the Florida Constitution.

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Do you need Community Service Hours?

Consider becoming a READING BUDDY. The Glades Road Library needs volunteers in grades 6-12 on Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. Volunteers assist children in grades K-5 with reading skills.

To be a volunteer, pick up an application at the children’s desk. A complete application packet and a one hour training session must be completed to become a reading buddy.

Call 561-482-4554 for more information.

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School District Strategic Plan Meetings: Spanish River

The planning is unlikely to fix parking lot flooding, but we just love this photo. Credit: Christine Alfano

Parents, students, district employees and community members are invited to a series of community meetings in October to give their input into the strategic plan that will guide the School District of Palm Beach County for the next five years.

The public meetings will begin Monday, Oct. 5 and continue through Monday, Oct. 19. Meetings will be at various schools throughout Palm Beach County, and each meeting will have two sessions – one for teachers and employees, followed by a second for parents and community members.

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Is Facebook Underestimating Engagement?

A couple days ago we wrote an article that did well on Facebook. Reach and engagement were much stronger than our typical post. As you can see above Facebook’s “insights” on the post show it reached over 40,000 people and had a lot of likes, comments and shares. It was almost viral with far more comments and likes on the shares than on the post itself.

We noticed, however, that the number of link clicks were fairly low. Less than 3000 people appeared to click on the link, and 8600 clicked on something on the post.

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