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David J Castello is the Editor-in-Chief and Chief Operating Officer for the Castello Cities Internet Network (WestPalmBeach.com, Nashville.com, PalmSprings.com, etc). His debut novel, The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959) was published in 2016.

French Bulldog Is Most Popular Breed In West Palm Beach

The Labrador Retriever may be America’s most popular breed, but the French Bulldog is most popular in West Palm Beach for the fifth year in a row, according to the American Kennel Club’s (AKC®) 2020 ranking of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the United States. The French Bulldog …

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When A German U-Boat Attacked Palm Beach County

When A German U-Boat Attacked Palm Beach County

At 1pm on the sunny afternoon of May 4, 1942, the master of the 9,767-ton British tanker Eclipse was horrified to see a torpedo speeding toward him from the shore near the Boynton Beach Inlet. Incredibly, the 220 foot-long submarine U-564, commanded by German ace Reinhard “Teddy” Suhren, had been …

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The Barefoot Mailman

The Barefoot Mailman

In the mid-19th century, the sixty-eight mile stretch of coastline between present-day Palm Beach and Miami had remained largely untouched since Ponce de Leon sailed past in 1513. Local Native American tribes such as the Jeaga and Tekesta had disappeared in the early 1700s, but it was still wild country …

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WestPalmBeach.com Spotlight: Bob Carter, Founder of Actors’ Rep

Bob Carter - Actors Rep

Bob Carter is the founder and artistic director of Bob Carter’s Actor’s Workshop and Repertory Theatre (Actor’s Rep) in West Palm Beach. In addition to being a student of Lee and Paula Strasberg, he was the first to bring Off-Broadway plays to South Florida. Tell us about your beginnings. I …

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The Ashley Gang – West Palm Beach History

The Ashley Gang by David J Castello

How terrifying were the Ashley Gang? Between 1915 and 1924, they robbed over forty banks. One Florida official said they were the greatest threat to the state since the Seminole Indian Wars. Their appetite for revenge was insatiable. No matter how long it took, once you crossed them they would …

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WestPalmBeach.com Spotlight: Audrey Gruss and Hope For Depression

Audrey Gruss and Hope For Depression

Billy Joel, Ellen Degeneres, Terry Bradshaw, Eric Clapton, Halle Berry, Sting, Ben Stiller, George Stephanopoulos, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Rice, Gwyneth Paltrow and Amy Tan all have one thing in common – they all suffer from the darkness of depression. Another sufferer was Hope – the late mother of Palm Beach …

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Cultural Council for Palm Beach County announces 2020 Muse Awards Recipients

Cultural Council for Palm Beach County

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County recently announced the winners of its 2020 Muse Awards – the county’s premier awards ceremony honoring individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to arts and culture. Recipients will be honored at the 2020 Muse Awards: Step Right Up ceremony on April …

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The Skunk Ape – Florida’s Bigfoot

Skunk Ape

For centuries, Florida’s Seminoles called them the Esti Capcaki (Tall Man). Today, they are known as the Skunk Ape and Palm Beach County has had its fair share of sightings. Understandably, most people are skeptical that such a creature ever existed. Sightings peaked in the 1970s as residential construction began …

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JFK’s Doomsday Bunker on Peanut Island

Kennedy Bunker - Peanut Island

On October 27, 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the aircraft carrier USS Randolph and eleven destroyers detected the Soviet diesel-electric submarine B-59 in the Windward Passage between the southern-most tip of Cuba and Haiti. They began depth charging totally unaware that the Soviet submarine was carrying a nuclear torpedo …

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The Jeaga – Palm Beach County’s Indigenous Tribe

The Jeaga

In late April 1519, Juan Ponce de Leon made landfall at the Jupiter Inlet (Rio de la Cruz) with two ships, the Santa Maria de la Consolacion and the Santiago, to replenish water and firewood, and wait for a third ship, the Cristobal, to rejoin them. They were met by …

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