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1963 News Year’s resolutions

The Dec. 30, 1962, Palm Beach Post woman’s page featured “New Year’s resolutions for women.” Most are variations on a theme: do more good, and do it more efficiently. Or as the president of the Mothers of Twins and Triplets Club said, “I resolve to rush more slowly.”

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Posted in Flashback blog December 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm.

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This week in history: First woman commissioner in West Palm Beach

On April 5, 1949, Estelle Murer became the first woman to serve on the West Palm Beach city commission. It was 26 years before the next woman, Carol Roberts, was elected in March 1975.

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Posted in Flashback blog April 2, 2012 at 6:00 am.

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This week in history: First blacks elected to West Palm Beach commission, and first woman mayor

On March 28, 1978, after West Palm Beach converted to electing commissioners by district rather than at-large, Eva Mack and Ruby L. Bullock were the first blacks elected to the city commission. Helen Wilkes was elected the first woman mayor.

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Ruby L. Bullock celebrates with Ray Hookey (left) and Art Bullard after she won the 1978 West Palm Beach runoff election. Eva Williams Mack won the other seat. They became the first-ever African-Americans elected to the commission. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)

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Eva Williams Mack later became Florida’s first black female mayor when she was elected mayor by her fellow commissioners in 1982. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)

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Helen Wilkes poses in this undated photo in front of the hotel that bore her name after she bought the property in 1973. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)

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Posted in Flashback blog March 28, 2010 at 3:56 pm.

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