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Meet Your Neighbor: Bradley Stewart

Beekeeper Bradley Stewart minds his own beeswax, although you’ll find him doing that in other people’s yards.

Condos just aren’t the place to set up beehives, he points out, so thanks to friends and neighbors throughout the county, he farms his 17 hives out for production of his “Backyard…

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The Art of Tea and Company: Brew up a special blend for Mother's Day

By Antigone Barton



There’s something about tea: Soothing and restoring, a comfort and a tradition, it provides both a lull and a lift to the day. Let fathers celebrate their day with tee times, Mother’s Day tea is an occasion for finger food and flowers.

And tea,…

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Local Authors: Waterfront duo hopes to hook readers’ interest in second outing

By Steve Pike

Shagball and Tangles are back.

Lantana author A.C. Brooks’ second book, Dead on the Dock, follows the former TV fishing show host and his pint-sized friend (and former Elvis impersonator) through a labyrinth of adventures that includes one sinking boat, a contract…

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Local Authors: Imagined realm not so far from author’s Earth

                                                                                                  By Steve Pike



Stuart Malin’s home is in the county pocket, but he lives much of the time in a world called Atria. It’s the world of a young man named Ahmenar Ishtam, whose…

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Arts: ‘Much Ado’: ’Tis a skirmish of wit not to be missed!

By Rich Pollack

Niki Fridh is a master at multi-tasking.

A theater-arts teacher and a kindergarten assistant at Gulf Stream School, Fridh’s world revolves around the stage.

When she’s not instilling wonder, creativity and confidence in her young charges, Fridh is…

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Health & Harmony: Aromatherapy: Get a whiff of this

A look at how therapists believe brain chemistry responds to aromatherapy. Image provided

By Paula Detwiller

In an era when everything from pet shampoos to plug-in air fresheners are advertised as…

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Boynton Beach: Church turns over building to new congregation

Pastor Scott Baugh (left) of Journey Church and Elwood Holley of Grace Community in front of the Boynton Beach building that is changing hands. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star



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Summer Arts: Plaza Theatre founder has had a long affair with the arts

Alan Jacobson in his new home, The Plaza Theatre in Manalapan. He has opened the theater with a series of revues. Kurtis Boggs/The Coastal Star



By Greg…

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Paws Up for Pets: ‘Pet Hero’ throws herself into rescue efforts

By Arden Moore

Meet Amy Restucci, a self-described big-mouth, low-maintenance chick who never complains when she makes the trek down I-95 in bumper-to-bumper traffic from her West Palm Beach home to rural Miami.

She doesn’t mind the drive because she possesses an unparalleled drive when it comes to rescuing abandoned, skinny strays roaming the Everglades and rural, impoverished areas in south Miami-Dade County.…

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The Elves and the Shoemaker: St. Joseph’s Episcopal School, Boynton Beach

Middle school students at St. Joseph’s Episcopal School’s Acadamy of the Arts presented The Elves & The Shoemaker to students and the community April 25-27.  This is the seventh year the school has performed a public production. Shoes used as props in the play were…

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Centennial Celebration: Delray Beach Public Library

The Delray Beach Public Library celebrated its 99th birthday April 11 by kicking off a year of centennial activities. More than 785 members of the community including city officials, library board members and volunteers attended. ABOVE: Librarian Kathleen Hensman (left) and volunteer Susan Goodreds. Photo…

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Greeting the sunrise on Easter Sunday

A woman greets the dawn on Easter Sunday at Oceanfront Park.…

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Finding Faith: Caring Kitchen nourishes stomachs, souls

By Tim Pallesen

Feeding the poor is a challenge for people of faith.

    Volunteers responded by serving 88,691 hot meals last year at the Caring Kitchen in Delray Beach.

    That’s a 50 percent increase over the 59,034 meals served in 2005, and…

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Judge hears arguments in Caron vs. Delray suit

By Tim Pallesen

   The Caron Foundation can’t sue Delray Beach for denying a Seaspray Avenue sober house because the request hasn’t been officially denied, an attorney for the city argued Monday.

    The surprising twist came during a…

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Briny Breezes: Briny tells developer, ‘thanks, but no thanks.’

By Tim O’Meilia

About that plan to build high rise condos, an oceanfront hotel and shops where the mobile homes of Briny Breezes have set for decades?

Never mind.

The nine-member board of the corporation that owns the park unanimously decided April 11 not to pursue the proposal by a New York developer to buy the park at a price to be named later.

“We did not have enough information on the sales price or the cost that would be incurred for…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 13, 2012 at 12:35pm — 2 Comments

Boca Raton: City Council member says negative ad backfired - Contentious campaign fueled with outside PAC money

Three commissioners and the mayor took part in a TV ad supporting challenger Frank Chapman. YouTube Video

By Tim…

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Delray Beach: Caron ordered to pay for extensive records search

By Tim Pallesen



    A judge says the Caron Foundation must pay $27,788 to Delray Beach in a public records request for more than 200,000 emails that Caron wants to investigate in its lawsuit against the city.

    Caron wants to review all email communications sent and received by 16 city officials since August 2007 to learn who said what to whom before Delray Beach approved three ordinances to restrict sober housing in February.

    “We’re trying to uncover…

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Delray Beach: Protest signs vandalized

Police were called last month when vandals destroyed about 60 signs that coastal residents had placed in their yards to protest transient housing in their neighborhoods.

About 35 signs were destroyed or stolen March 28 from Seaspray Avenue and two neighboring steets. Residents replaced them, only to have 25 new signs taken three nights later.

“We want to know who is behind not wanting us to express our right to free speech,” Seaspray resident Ray Jones said.

Police dusted for…

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Our Private Clubs: Life’s a beach and so much more at the Delray Beach Club

The Delray Beach Club, located just south of Linton Boulevard, has provided beach and recreational activities to its members since 1969. Jerry Lower/ The Coastal Star



By Mary Thurwachter



    Stretching out on a…

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Editor's Note: Police Department an important facet of Ocean Ridge

I have lived in Ocean Ridge for going on 30 years. In that time I’ve felt the need to contact the Police Department on very few occasions. To me that means I live in a safe place.  

    When I tell people about Ocean Ridge I always mention the frequently patrolling police cars, the dark house inspections and friendly cops with dog biscuits. Every time, the response is, “Really? I wish I lived in a town like that!”  

    Our commission should not forget this.

    How many real…

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