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Delray Beach: Police clear driver in fatal bike collision

By Angie Francalancia



    Delray Beach police have closed their investigation into the April fatality in which a bicyclist was killed on A1A by a truck. The driver was not at fault, and police have no basis to charge him, said Sgt. Richard Jacobson, who oversaw the investigation. They have forwarded the file to the state attorney’s office for review, which is required under state law any time there’s a traffic accident involving a fatality, he said.

    Adam M. Theall, 38, of…

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Delray Beach: Community meetings bring vigorous discussion of parking

By Margie Plunkett



    To meter or not to meter, that was the question at two Delray Beach meetings last month intended to generate ideas that will get the city closer to resolving its longtime parking issues.

    More than 50 merchants, restaurateurs and residents turned out for meetings at the community center to share ideas on a year-old parking study and how to manage the busy city’s downtown traffic.

    The parking situation “has been going on for 20 years,” said Mayor…

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Boynton Beach: Fire chief dropping ‘interim’ from title

Drop the “interim” in Boynton Beach Fire Chief Ray Carter’s title. He’s permanent now.

    In a release last month, Boynton interim City Manager Lori LaVerriere announced that Carter will take over the job, including overseeing how the department might shift one of its fire stations to Ocean…

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Delray Beach: Early residents’ remains create a stir at home site

By Emily J. Minor

    

Feeling old, like you’ve lived in Florida since the beginning of time?

    Think again.

    Human bones unearthed at an ocean-side estate construction site in Delray Beach are those of an adult and an adolescent and are probably about 1,000 years old, said one of the archaeologists who studied the remains.

    Bob Carr, executive director of the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy Inc., said they studied both the “teethware” and the suturing…

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County Pocket: Recovery center a quiet, longtime neighbor

The Beachcomber Family Center for Addiction Recovery resembles an apartment complex or mom-and-pop hotel. Joe and Jim Bryan run the center, founded in 1976 by their father. The spartan rooms are paneled in Dade County pine.

Photos by Jerry…

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Manalapan: Tunnel work will disrupt traffic on A1A for several days

By Steve Plunkett



    Motorists on A1A will encounter a traffic snag two weeks before the Ocean Avenue bridge closes March 18.

Resident G. John Krediet is building a private pedestrian tunnel under State Road A1A that will close the highway to all but local traffic for up to five days beginning March 5. A temporary shell-rock lane will be built west of the road at 1780 S. Ocean Blvd. for emergency vehicles and neighbors.

    “There will be police stationed at both sides of…

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South Palm Beach: Inn no longer listed for sale

    The owners of the Palm Beach Oceanfront Inn — the only commercial property in South Palm Beach — have taken the 58-unit motel, restaurant and bar off the market.

    The two-story motel has been in foreclosure since February 2011 and was listed on loopnet.com, a commercial real estate sales website, for a reported $12.95 million. The website has listed it as off the market since Jan. 27.

    PNC Bank is trying to foreclose on a $3.4 million loan. A Palm Beach County circuit…

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Spanning the waters: Bridge went from stormy past to state of the art

The current Lake Worth bridge (above) was built in 1973 to replace the concrete bridge built in 1937 (below).

Photo by Tim Stepien



By Tim O’Meilia



    In the mid-1910s, when…

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Obituary — Marie Lucille Scott



BOYNTON BEACH — Their first restaurant back in 1936 was a tiny place in Briny Breezes. “I think it was only about four seats,” remembers Dorothy McNeice, somewhat of a local historian.

“You could come in and get sandwiches and of course they were famous for their mile-high lemon pie.”

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Obituary — Ruth Houseman Thompson

By Liz Best



DELRAY BEACH — Devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and dear friend to many, Ruth Houseman Thompson died peacefully at her home in Delray Beach on Christmas Day, 2011. She was 93 years old.

    Mrs. Thompson was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas “Tim” Thompson, and…

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Obituary — Carolyne Lanxon Kelley

By Emily J. Minor



    BRINY BREEZES — Carolyne Lanxon Kelley, who began coming to Briny Breezes with her husband and children to visit her mother back in the 1960s, died Jan. 18 after a five-year fight with cancer. She was 84.

A lifelong musician with a beautiful soprano voice, for years Mrs.…

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Obituary — Jevgenija Bremanis

By Ron Hayes

HYPOLUXO ISLAND — Jenny Bremanis’ son had a theory about his mother’s longevity.

    “In New Jersey, her house had a basement, two floors and a walk-up attic,” Jake Bremanis recalled not long before her last birthday. “She got a lot of exercise.”

Mrs. Bremanis dined with about 20…

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Obituary — Gregory J. Cunningham

OCEAN RIDGE — Greg Cunningham, 64, of Ocean Ridge, died Jan. 17 at his home.

Greg lived life with salt water in his veins, choosing to spend his entire life in, on, or around boats and the water. In his youth, Greg spent summers on Cape Cod, Mass. learning to race Beetle Cats and Wianno Seniors,…

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Manalapan: One centenarian’s secret to one long life: spicy Greek food

Centenarian Athena Scangas (left) is joined by her daughter Kathryn Diamond at the La Coquille Club as her birthday cake is lit with 100 candles. Photo by Tim Stepien

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Briny Breezes: Manatee Sighting

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Lake Worth offers opportunities for shopping, dining

By Jan Norris

In our quest to help coastal residents replace businesses that will be cut off once the Ocean Avenue bridge in Lantana closes next month, here are those that can fill in for customers using the Lake Worth bridge.

These are just a few of the restaurants on this strip, so venture across and explore all the businesses just across the lake.



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For a bakery replacement, there are several options in and around downtown…

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Lantana: Palm Beach Plein Air Artists

The Palm Beach Plein Air (fresh air) Artists converged on the grounds of the Old Key Lime House in  Lantana recently for a painting meet-up.  

ABOVE: Stan Dornfest of Boynton Beach adds finishing touches to his oil…

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Manalapan: Plaza del Mar Anniversay Celebration

When Plaza del Mar in Manalapan celebrated its 30th anniversary with a series of events that included fashion shows and musical performances, organizers turned to local chalk artist Jennifer Chapparo to create a vintage postcard effect on the grounds of the shopping center.…

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It came from the deep, maybe; washed ashore in Delray, definitely

By Antigone Barton

 

    The beach changes every day. The routine of Delray Beach residents Carolyn Hoffman and her husband does not.

    The Tennessee transplants walk the Delray shoreline at low tide, scanning the sand for trash and treasures.  

They have found, Hoffman…

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Briny Breezes: Dorothy Wilson retirement

Dorothy Wilson (left) served the residents of Briny Breezes in the office of Briny Breezes, Inc. for more than 30 years.  During her retirement party, one of her gifts was a hand-carved golf cart given to her by Ira and Joanne Friedman (right).  More than 300 residents showed…

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