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Delray Beach Senior Living Community Fills Top Position

Abbey Delray announce Grace Pfordresher as its new executive director. Pfordresher is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations…


Added by Chelsea March on July 27, 2015 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Delray Beach Resident's Career to the Moon and Back

With NASA's New Horizons spacecraft taking the first detailed pictures of Pluto this year, a Delray Beach man reflects on his involvement with "firsts" in space.

Little did Sid Schildkraut know that tinkering with the inner workings of radios at the age of 13 would lead to the first lunar…


Added by Chelsea March on July 16, 2015 at 11:15am — No Comments

2015 Taxable Real Estate Value

Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 3, 2015 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Memories ... Gulf Stream woman’s sketchbook records a rapidly changing area

Caryn Foltz has sketched images of the area

and paired them with her thoughts that day in a book she calls SandScript.

Bruce Borich/The Coastal Star…


Added by Chris Felker on July 2, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Editor's Note: Some coastal communities’ communications need a boost

    I’ve lived on the barrier island for more than 30 years. I’m a big fan of home rule and local government. I enjoy being able to pick up the phone and talk with someone I know when I call Town Hall. I like it when police officers wave while I’m out for my morning walk. I enjoy living in a small town.

    It’s one of the primary reasons my husband and I started this newspaper; we believe we live in a very special place and want it to stay that way. We want to be good…


Added by Chris Felker on July 2, 2015 at 9:45am — No Comments

Coastal Star: Retired airline exec serves on board to help keep town’s finances aloft

Gerald Gitner poses with a collection of TWA model airplanes in his Highland Beach condo.

He is putting his extensive airline-management experience to good use

as chairman of the…


Added by Chris Felker on July 2, 2015 at 9:42am — No Comments

Letter to the Editor: Meeting report gave wrong impression

    The recent article, “City/CRA shared-goals meeting takes a turn toward showdown” was more gossip-like than the journalistic quality your readers have come to expect.

    First, a made-up “rift” (between city and CRA) that does not exist cannot “continue to widen.” The recent joint workshop referenced in your article was to discuss important current and future goals and to provide guidance where both organizations are intently focused.

    These are not perfunctory, social…


Added by Chris Felker on July 2, 2015 at 9:37am — No Comments

Letter to the Editor: Horrific crime made impression on youngster

    The June Coastal Star cover story on the infamous Chillingworth murders took me back to my childhood, when I vividly remember reading an account of this horrific crime in “The Justice Story” of the New York Daily News. As an impressionable youngster, I was intrigued by the story, and followed up on it by reading Jim Bishop’s book a few years later.

    Circuit Judge Curtis Chillingworth, a well-respected jurist in Palm Beach County, was beyond reproach in his…


Added by Chris Felker on July 2, 2015 at 9:34am — No Comments

Letter to the Editor: Kudos to creative colon health campaigners

    Thank you to Lona O’Connor for writing the piece, “Bathroom is flush with creative campaign for colon health,” about Wendy and Jamie Greenhut and their efforts to raise awareness regarding inflammatory bowel diseases.

    I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when I was 35 years old. I’ve lived with this insidious disease for over 20 years. When people learn of my disease, I often hear the comment, “It’s hell getting old.” I then attempt to explain that…


Added by Chris Felker on July 2, 2015 at 9:33am — No Comments

South Palm Beach: New manager riles residents, resigns; council begins search for replacement

By Dan Moffett

    Three months after leaving Princeton, N.J., and taking over as the town manager of South Palm Beach, Jim Pascale told residents they should think about whether the town should continue to exist.

    Many were caught off guard. They were planning to celebrate South Palm Beach’s 60th anniversary later this year.

    Bad timing aside, Pascale won’t be remembered for a lack of chutzpah in talking about offing the town that just hired him.…


Added by Chris Felker on July 2, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Judge tosses out Gulf Stream’s RICO suit

By Dan Moffett


    Gulf Stream’s legal offensive against Martin O’Boyle and Chris O’Hare suffered a huge setback late last month when a West Palm Beach judge threw out the town’s federal racketeering suit against the two men.

    U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Marra said that, while he was sympathetic with the town’s “very difficult situation” because of the hundreds of public records requests O’Boyle and O’Hare had filed, their actions did not meet the…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 2, 2015 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Commencement celebration: Gulf Stream School — June 4

Gulf Stream School Class of 2015 students followed in the footsteps of previous classes by raising money for an improvement to the campus: this year, restoring the old train bell that sits on a podium in the middle of campus. Unveiling the restored bell are Skylar Elder, Aislinn…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 1, 2015 at 4:04pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Sundy House plans will create a historic grouping

Artist rendering of the proposed  new complex that would be on Swinton Avenue.

Provided by Randall Stofft Architects

By Jane…


Added by Chris Felker on July 1, 2015 at 2:05pm — No Comments

Gulf Stream: O’Boyle and Sweetapple clash during deposition

By Dan Moffett

    A heated exchange during a deposition hearing has led a lawyer for the town of Gulf Stream to ask for legal sanctions against Martin O’Boyle.

    Attorney Robert Sweetapple says O’Boyle physically threatened him while he was questioning Chris O’Hare during a deposition at a Boca Raton court reporter’s office on May 20.…


Added by Chris Felker on July 1, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Ocean Ridge: Dead birds found on beach

    Beach walkers found dead birds washing up on the sand on the morning of June 25 — not sea birds but the headless remains of chickens and ducks.

    Ocean Ridge police scoured the town beach after receiving reports from beachgoers and collected the carcasses of four dead chickens along a 2-mile stretch of beach south of Boynton Inlet.

    “So far, this appears to be a localized incident,” Ocean Ridge Police Chief Hal Hutchins said, adding that neighboring towns received no reports…


Added by Chris Felker on July 1, 2015 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Events policy debate draws concerned crowd

By Jane Smith

    Forty-five residents, business owners, band members and festival organizers trotted before the Delray Beach City Commission on a Tuesday night in June. They gave two-minute pitches on special events.

    Most favored the events because they create a “vibe” for the city.

    In particular, they want to save the Garlic Festival. That event shares its carnival-ride income with area nonprofits and allows volunteers to receive credit for their…


Added by Chris Felker on July 1, 2015 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: DDA working out restaurant employee parking plan

By Jane Smith

    The Downtown Development Authority will spend about $25,000 of its approximately $750,000 budget next year on a pilot parking plan for downtown Delray Beach restaurant workers. Starting in October, the agency will run its proposed parking plan at the South County Courthouse garage, its board decided in early June.

    The agency is estimating the six-month cost for security for the free-employee parking program to be $25,000. The agency plans…


Added by Chris Felker on July 1, 2015 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Judge throws out petitions, ends Lucibella recall

By Dan Moffett

    The recall movement against Ocean Ridge Town Commissioner Richard Lucibella died in a Palm Beach County courtroom when a circuit judge ruled that petitions seeking his ouster were legally flawed.

    Judge Gregory Keyser found that the recall organizers had failed to follow state law in the way they articulated their complaint against Lucibella and how they collected hundreds of signatures.

    Keyser’s June 10 ruling said the group’s…


Added by Chris Felker on July 1, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Manalapan: Mixed reports on Audubon Causeway bridge project

By Dan Moffett

    Manalapan’s Audubon Causeway bridge project is turning into a remake of the 1968 western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

    The good: Because of some unexpected windfalls into its general fund, the town won’t have to take money out of its cash reserves to pay for this year’s construction bill.

    The bad: Because of bureaucratic delays caused by permitting, disagreements with engineers and hand-wringing over assorted design…


Added by Chris Felker on July 1, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Briny Breezes: Consultant retiree hired as deputy clerk

INSET BELOW: Steve Cooper

By Dan Moffett

    Briny Breezes solved one of its staffing problems in June with the hiring of Steve Cooper as the town’s new deputy clerk.

    Cooper, a Boston native, left his job as a health care consultant and retired to Delray Beach. He says, timing-wise, that was a mistake.…


Added by Chris Felker on July 1, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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