Let there be light! Towers rise at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches

Until last week, the construction site at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches didn’t offer any hints that it would one day be home to a Major League Baseball spring training facility.

That changed Thursday when crew installed light towers on one of the Washington Nationals’ six practice fields.

Light poles went up Thursday on one of the Washington Nationals' six practice fields at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Light poles went up Thursday on one of the Washington Nationals’ six practice fields at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Photo courtesy of The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches and McNicholas and Associates.)

Now, “Driving by it, it stands out as ‘That’s a baseball field,”’ said Brady Ballard, general manager of the ballpark.

The Nationals and Houston Astros will share the $144 million facility starting in January just south of 45th Street between Haverhill Road and Military Trail.

“We all know it’s a tight schedule but we are on schedule,” Ballard said.

Each team will get six practice fields. Of the 12 fields, two will be up to Major League Baseball standards, including light poles.

The light poles at the main stadium haven’t gone up yet. In fact, the main stadium doesn’t quite look like a baseball facility yet, at least not from your car window on Military Trail or Haverhill Road. But that will change in the coming months.

In about two weeks, crews will start to install grass on some of the practice fields.

On Friday, the teams loaned some of their construction crews to help make improvements at a nearby church just north of the baseball facility.

 

Orlando shooting: Scenes of resilience and reflection

A few scenes of resilience and reflection in downtown Orlando on Monday, a day after the Pulse nightclub massacre. Images taken from my iPhone.

Keith Payne holds photo of slain friend, Eman Valentino, at candlelight vigil for Pulse nightclub victims
Keith Payne holds photo of slain friend, Eman Valentino, at candlelight vigil for Pulse nightclub victims.
Julissa Leal holds photo of her brother Frank Hernandez, who was slain in the nightclub.
Julissa Leal holds photo of her brother Frank Hernandez, who was slain in the nightclub.
Frank Hernandez was killed in the massacre. His sister shared his photo from her smartphone.
Frank Hernandez was killed in the massacre. His sister shared his photo from her smartphone.

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The crowd in downtown Orlando before the candlelight vigul
The crowd in downtown Orlando before the candlelight vigil.

 

 

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At Orange Avenue and Miller Street, about four blocks north of Pulse
At Orange Avenue and Miller Street, about four blocks north of Pulse

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Denise Diaz holds photo of her friend Gilberto Silva, who was slain in the nightclub massacre.

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What kind of fentanyl killed Prince?

An overdose of the potent painkiller fentanyl killed Prince but how the drug got into the superstar’s system remains unknown.Prince

An autopsy report released Thursday shows Prince died of an accidental, “self-administered” overdose. However, the report does not say whether the drug was injected, swallowed or delivered via a transdermal patch. No other drugs were mentioned in the report.

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid only prescribed to those already taking opiates for severe pain. The drug is so potent – 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine – that it is measured in grains. The drug is fast acting and those who overdose die quickly.

Fentanyl is increasingly found mixed with heroin. The drug combination is being blamed for the spike in overdose deaths. Fentanyl was found in at least 20 percent of the 380 suspected overdose deaths in Palm Beach County last year.

Read more about the addiction epidemic in Palm Beach County in The Post’s investigative series Addiction Treatment: Inside the Gold Rush.