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South Palm Beach: Cuts to music program may help budget

By Tim O’Meilia

South Palm Beach music lovers will no longer have a choice of two nights to watch their favorite performers, as the town’s cultural committee decided to cut the traditional back-to-back performances to a single night for each artist in its winter music series.

The committee also will concentrate on local talent for both the music and lecture series to cut travel expenses and help put the cultural program in the black.

“Tickets for the music series have been… Continue

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Briny Breezes: Town and board work to ease strain

By Tim O’Meilia

    The Briny Breezes Town Council and the corporation that owns most of the town took steps during July town budget meetings to ease the tensions between them.

    The council and the president of Briny Breezes Inc. discussed signing a contract that would guarantee the corporation pays 30 percent of the fire-rescue and police services for the 2012 budget year.

    While the corporation traditionally has contributed a similar percentage, the board members… Continue

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Boynton Beach: Building's historical value agreed upon, but future still up in the air

By Ron Hayes

In 1925, the famed society architect Addison Mizner agreed to design a building for the Boynton Beach Woman’s Club, provided the construction cost did not exceed $50,000.

Today, that wouldn’t keep his beautiful landmark open a year.

“Our annual operating budget is about $80,000,” says Patti Owens, president of the 102-year-old club. “Last year, our insurance alone was $30,000.”

And while the structure’s historical significance appreciates with each passing… Continue

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Grant focuses on turtle-survival

Sea turtles earned government attention last month, when the county accepted state grants to perform a sea turtle population study in the Lake Worth Lagoon and to publicize the need to douse artificial beach lighting during the spring turtle nesting season.

    The Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resource Management will spend $4,810 to print educational materials and erect signs noting the danger of lighting to turtle hatchlings.  The glow of urban lights contributed to 68… Continue

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Obituary — Robert Hudson Neff

By Ron Hayes

DELRAY BEACH — Some men are blessed with long lives, and some are blessed with full lives.

Robert Hudson Neff had both.

    He was born on Jan. 24, 1916, in Canfield, Ohio, and died here on July 24, at exactly 95½ years of age.

In between, Mr. Neff filled his days with personal… Continue

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Obituary — William Henry Coleman Jr.

GULF STREAM — William Henry Coleman Jr., 88, of Gulf Stream and Watch Hill, R.I., passed away on July 18. He was born in Providence, R.I., to W. Henry Coleman Sr. and Margaret Martin Coleman.

Mr. Coleman was a graduate of Dartmouth College. He joined his father in the real estate business in Providence and… Continue

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Obituary — Howard E. Hassler

MANALAPAN — Howard E. Hassler, a former president of Allied Stores Corp., died July 7. He was 82 and had been a local resident since 2001.

Born June 9, 1929, in New York City, Mr. Hassler was a graduate of Long Island University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

“He worked his way through college on a basketball scholarship,” recalled his wife, Joanne. “He had wanted to be an architect, but they told him it would require too many hours from basketball. He asked,… Continue

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Pirate will head to sea with friends one last time

By Ron Hayes

COUNTY POCKET — The American flag at 12 Surf Road in the county pocket flew at half-staff last month, to mark the passing of a pirate.

Here in the pocket, this cozy warren of beachside bohemia, pirates are granted the same respect as presidents, and 12 Surf Road was not the only yard with a… Continue

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Obituary — Mary Wattles

By Emily J. Minor

BRINY BREEZES — Mary Wattles, who discovered the magic of Briny Breezes back in 1985 and loved it from that first moment on, died June 20 in the Florida home she so loved. She was 85.

Her daughter, Beth, who lived with her for years in their Briny mobile home, gave her mother the… Continue

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John G's prepares for mid-August opening in Manalapan

By Jan Norris


John G’s restaurant, the landmark eatery torn down in the Lake Worth Casino reconstruction project, is only weeks away from its reopening in its new Manalapan locale.

Wendy Yarbrough, one of the original Giragos family owners, said they’re “really getting into it now. We had a couple of setbacks – we’re having to do a little more than we planned. This is an older building, so we found broken pipes and water in the walls – all that has to be repaired before…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 26, 2011 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

In Gulf Stream it's official: Electric, phone and cable TV are going underground

By Steve Plunkett

       It’s official now—property owners in town will pay non-ad valorem special assessments to put electric, phone and cable TV lines underground, out of the view and away from wind and salty air.

Sitting June 30 as the Board of Equalization, town commissioners voted unanimously that the assessment plan developed by consultant Willdan Financial Services was fair.

‘’I think the proposal is reasonable and we should make the decision,’’ Mayor William Koch…


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South Palm Beach: Town rejects offer of police coverage by Manalapan

By Tim O’Meilia

                  The South Palm Beach Town Council rejected June 21 an offer from Manalapan Mayor Basil Diamond to supply police and dispatch services to the town.

                  In a June 6 letter to the Town Council, Diamond outlined two options that he said would save the town $401,000 to $730,000, or 43 percent to 78 percent of its police and dispatching budget.

                  Mayor Donald Clayman disputed the estimated…


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A caption beneath a photograph of a yoga class at the Highland Beach Library in the May edition of The Coastal Star incorrectly identified the yoga instructor. Her name is Dee Greenberg.

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Hypoluxo Island: Couple hopes to highlight charm of '50s cottage

Left: Candy Heydt opens the front door of the quintessential 1950s Florida cottage.


By Christine Davis

You could go north or south on Hypoluxo Island and still end up at Mason and Candy Heydts’ home.



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Towns rejoice: Ocean Ave. bridge to remain open much of next winter

By Tim O’Meilia

    The closing of the East Ocean Avenue Bridge to begin construction of its replacement has been pushed back to March, giving oceanside residents and avenue merchants an extra winter without detours.

    “That will be wonderful. At least we can get through the season,” said South Palm Beach Mayor Donald Clayman. “It will be a two-year disaster as it is.” Palm Beach County engineers said they didn’t want the start of demolition on the deteriorating 61-year-old… Continue

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Lake Worth: Changes on the menu for city restaurant scene

By Jan Norris

    Though John G’s move from the Lake Worth Casino to Manalapan’s Plaza del Mar is a fait accompli, several other Lake Worth restaurants have changes in the works.

    Brogue’s, the Irish pub that opened in 2002 at the corner of Lake Avenue and K Street, has been sold.

    Emily Regan, owner of the Bees Knees in Lake Worth, bought it, and with her husband, Rob, and daughter, Tania, will convert it to Brogue’s Down Under.

    “We’re going to… Continue

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Lantana/South Palm Beach: Breakwaters look dead in the water

Plans for breakwaters designed to halt erosion on the sand-starved beaches of South Palm Beach and Lantana were cancelled, in effect, by Palm Beach County commissioners at a June 28 workshop.

Faced with the inability to get a federal permit for above-water structures off the Singer Island beach after three decades of discussion, commissioners were not willing to pursue a project of submerged breakwaters, which county officials said would be far less effective and more expensive.

The… Continue

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Boca Raton: Veteran crossing guard lauded for years of excellent service

By Paula Detwiller


It might have been a broad-daylight traffic tragedy. 

The light turned red, but the car didn’t stop. The driver, focusing on his cell phone, swung into the intersection to make his left turn — straight into the path of a young boy.

“That’s when I…


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Boca Raton: House party parents escape conviction

By Steve Plunkett

                  The parents charged with hosting an “open house party” crashed by hundreds of beer-toting high school students in the gated Sanctuary enclave ended their day in court with adjudication withheld.

                  Shlomo and Jeannie Rasabi, who pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge, will not have a conviction on their records. Judge Barry M. Cohen assessed court costs of $253 each but no jail time or fine.



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Boynton Inlet spruced up and spritzing sand

By Tim O’Meilia

Thirty-odd years ago, a barely teen-aged Geoff Pugh and his brother would climb down to the rocks at the bottom of the north jetty of the Boynton Inlet and spear fish until a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy shooed them away.

Other days they would cast nets for sheepshead or whatever…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 29, 2011 at 3:06pm — 2 Comments

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