Rickie Fowler becoming a hometown favorite at the Honda Classic

The biggest names in golf have descended on Palm Beach Gardens for the Honda Classic including one hometown favorite. Rickie Fowler has made quite a name for himself on the PGA tour and that popularity carries a lot of weight around in northern Palm Beach County. 

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“This is my home now, I feel we have a lot of support,” says Fowler.

Ask him where he’s from and he’ll tell you California, except when the Honda Classic rolls into town.

“This is the one tournament that I have them announce me out of Jupiter,” Fowler says. The 8-year resident of Jupiter, currently ranked 7th in the world, teed off Thursday to defend his title. 

We caught up with The 2017 Honda Classic winner last week to talk about golf and life off the course.

"We get out paddleboarding quite a bit, we get…

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‘Douglas Strong’: Marlins show support; meet with Douglas students

Sometimes sports offer an escape from the realities, or tragedies of life. On Friday, the Stoneman Douglas baseball and softball teams got a chance to meet players from the Marlins, during their first spring training game at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter.

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“It was a great experience,” said Jackie McKenna, who is on the Stoneman Douglas softball team. “They came up to us and we got some autographs and pictures. It was really cool. Especially seeing Derek Jeter.”

“It felt good and it was fun,” said Stoneman Douglas student Alex Mayi, who carries a picture of his friend, who was killed in last week’s shooting in his wallet.

The teams from Stoneman Douglas were watching the Marlins play the Cardinals and appreciated the message on the Marlin’s hats: Douglas Strong. 

It’…

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Spring training begins in West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Major League Baseball is back in Florida as spring training kicks off Friday in West Palm Beach, Jupiter and Port St. Lucie. 

After the winter break, teams will square off across the Sunshine State as the teams dust off the rust in preparation for the 2018 season. 

The newly-named FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches will host a 1:05 p.m. matchup between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals in West Palm Beach. 

Friday's Area Baseball Games:

Nationals vs. Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach at 1:05 p.m. Braves vs. Mets at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie at 1:10 p.m. Marlines vs. Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter at 1:05 p.m. 

MLB Players To Wear Hats Honoring Florida Shooting Victims

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Sheriff Israel Must Resign: BSO Could Have Stopped Shooter

All of South Florida has been touched by the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 dead.  We are now learning that an armed deputy, Deputy Scott Peterson, was at the building where the shooting when it was taking place, but didn't go in to help the kids! According to Sheriff Israel, video evidence implied that Peterson remained out for four minutes. The entire mass shooting lasted an estimated six minutes, Israel stated. "Scott Peterson was absolutely on campus through this entire event," Israel said. "He had been armed, he was in uniform. After seeing movie, witness statements." Peterson resigned on Thursday and is going to be eligible for retirement after his resignation. Even more frustrating is that the Broward Sheriff's office visited Nikolas Cruz and his family several times BEFORE the shooting.  The FBI had been alerted about Cruz bragging about being a "school shooter."  The Broward Sheriff Office was aware of all this. The deaths at the …
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Woman known for piano music to play a new tune

JUPITER, Fla. - Kathi Kretzer has spent her life living and breathing music, especially piano music. "I started piano lessons when I was six, my father was a minister and my mother was a piano teacher, so I grew up playing in the church."

And she has spent her adult life -- more than 40 years -- in the piano business.

Now she feels it's the time to retire, so she's closing the doors of her Jupiter piano store-- Kretzer Piano. "I'm going to be 65 next month and I just decided to go out while I'm still healthy and happy and business is strong and thriving."

Because her business thrived, Kretzer said that provided her opportunities to get involved in the community. In addition to playing at concerts with other piano teachers, in 2013 she started the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation.

"We provide music lessons for poor children a…

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