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Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse goes blue for autism

JUPITER, Fla. - The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is going blue to recognize National Autism Awareness Month. 

“The Lighthouse is the beacon of our community, everybody sees it in their backyard. It's important for us to be that beacon of the community, and what better way to support this part of our community," said Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse program manager Amanda Dixon.

On Wednesday, families who have children on the autism spectrum were invited to the lighthouse for food and fun.

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Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin layoffs in Jupiter possible

JUPITER, Fla. -- As many as 200 employees at the Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky facility in Jupiter could be affected by potential layoffs this summer.

The workers union representing the employees -- Teamsters Local 1150 -- said they are doing everything they can to find people new positions within the company.

WPTV first heard about the likely layoffs from employees who reached out earlier this week and expressed concern about who would be on the chopping block.

The layoffs involve workers in the Blackhawk military helicopter program, which shares space at the United Technologies facility off Beeline Highway in Jupiter. There are a total of 500 employees working there.

No names or positions of who will be laid off have been finalized.

"This has been coming for a while," said Rocco Calo, a board member for Teamsters Local 1…

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Party animals damage AC units at Jupiter shopping center

JUPITER, Fla. - It was a bizarre week for a local shopping center in Jupiter.

Some vandals picked the wrong place to party this week, resulting in the air conditioning going out and causing panic for business owners.

On Wednesday night, business owners say some hooligans decided to sneak up to the roof top through a small ladder in the back. After they were done, they left behind liquor bottles, trash and broken air conditioning units.

Paola Armstrong makes hundreds of chocolates at her Jupiter chocolate shop, Tasty Image Chocolate, so she usually keeps the temperature cool.

"Yesterday unfortunately, it went from 72 to 81 degrees within an hour," she told WPTV on Friday.

Armstrong scrambled to save her sweet creations.

"I was calling the landlord, calling the electricians," she said. "I was freaking out. I put t…

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Whiz kid from Jupiter to appear on NBC’s Genius Junior

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Intense studying for 10-year-old Treasure Stein involves learning how to spell hundreds of words-- backward.

"Please spell unsophisticated? she is asked.

Her answer: "d-e-t-a-c-i-t-s-i-h-p-o-s-n-u."

She's preparing for the new N-B-C show "Genius Junior"-- a game show for whiz kids.

She is one of more than three dozen kids nationwide who made the cut.  

"We would study for a long period of time and I would get maybe two hours of free time," she said.

Treasure follows a strict training schedule: "Sleep, eat, study, sleep, eat, study."

She's doing crunches; number crunches. She's become a human GPS, memorizing locations around the country.

Cheering for her on Sunday is her Benjamin School teacher, Alex Clarke.

"Not only is she a smart kid, but she has a work ethic like ma…

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Jupiter semi wreck closes one northbound lane of Florida’s Turnpike near Indiantown Road

JUPITER, Fla. - A jackknifed tractor-trailer Monday on the Turnpike has closed one northbound lane of the Florida's Turnpike. 

At 6:30 a.m., Chopper 5 flew over the area, which showed the semi went over the guardrail.

The cause of the crash has not been released. 

It's unclear if anyone was hurt.

At 6:30 a.m., northbound drivers cannot exit at Indiantown Road due to a separate semi leaking fuel.

NB Fl turnpike at Indian town rd Jackknifed tractor trailer crash 1 left lane open for now

— Johann Hoffend (@Chopper5WPTV) April 16, 2018

UPDATE: SEMI jackknifed off the Turnpike. Went over the guardrail. Turnpike (NB) before Indiantown Rd. CANNOT exit OFF Indiantown Road. Exit ramp is CLOSED!

— WPTV Traffic (@wptvtraffic) April 16, 2018 …
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Turnpike reopened after semi truck fire

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. -- All northbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike have reopened after a semi truck fire on Saturday afternoon.

All lanes were closed for a few hours while crews worked to extinguish the fire and clear the debris just south of the Indiantown Road exit in Jupiter.

No injuries were reported.

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