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Editorial: Plastic litter a lethal ingredient in ocean life

When the tide is low and the sand is damp and made for walking, there’s nothing I love more than taking a long, long stroll along the shore.

    I’ve lived near the beach for more than 25 years so my house is a testament to my love of the shore: seashells and beach glass fill jars and windowsills.

    I’ve… Continue

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Lantana: Town afloat in history as it reaches 90th

 

 

 

Left: Ye Tower Restaurant was a landmark along Dixie Highway in southern Lantana. Paul Dunbar operated the restaurant from 1925 until it was torn down in 1987. Photos courtesy of the Lantana Historical Society

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet Your Neighbor: Walter A. Clarke Jr. — Lantana

Walter Clarke of Lantana hadn’t planned to be a career military man. He hadn’t planned to receive medical training, and he never dreamed he’d become an Army surgeon’s assistant, performing amputations and “playing God” in a Mobile Army Surgical Unit during some of the bloodiest battles of World War… Continue

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Gulf Stream: Late annexation objection voted down in Boynton

By Steve Plunkett

   

    A Boynton Beach city commissioner’s saber-rattling over the March annexation caught town officials by surprise and caused weeks of uneasiness in Town Hall and the former county pocket.

    Boynton Beach Commis-sioner Steve Holzman started the dust-up June 7, saying a 2004 interlocal agreement between the municipalities should have blocked the annexation. Further, he said, if Boynton Beach had annexed the property instead of Gulf Stream, it would have taken… Continue

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Delray Beach: Downtown parking is focus of city efforts

Delray Beach commissioners this month will review parking changes as part of a study implementation intended to address Downtown Development Authority concerns about the growing number of restaurants along Atlantic Avenue.

    The DDA called for a moratorium on new restaurants in March in an attempt to keep the mix of businesses in balance, but City Manager David Harden said staff was working on a different approach.            

    The staff’s parking plan discourages restaurants by… Continue

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South Palm Beach: Drought prompts tight water-use restrictions

By Tim O’Meilia



    South Palm Beach now has two water problems: too much salty ocean water from the east and not enough treated water from the west.

    While erosion from the ocean has been an ongoing concern, a dwindling supply of water for drinking and lawn sprinkling has cropped up with the continuing drought that began in October.

    As a result, the town’s 28 condominiums and four single-family homes and the Town Hall have been placed on severe water-use…

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Manalapan: Tough trade-offs needed to trim police budget

By Steve Plunkett

   

Town commissioners struggled with reshaping the Police Department — or at least budgeting less money for it — in their latest strategy workshop.

    “We have a force and policies which would support a community two to five times the size of ours,’’ Vice Mayor Robert Evans said in a report to his colleagues after he studied the department.

    Evans noted Manalapan’s force is almost the same size as Gulf Stream’s, 10 vs. 11, but because Gulf Stream has… Continue

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Supporters organize with aim to buy WXEL-TV

By Jenny Staletovich



    A group of WXEL-TV supporters, including its president and CEO, its chief fundraiser and area education and media executives, have until Dec. 31 to work out a purchase agreement to buy the station from Barry University before the sale is opened to other bidders.

    “We’re very optimistic,” said WXEL President and CEO Bernard Henneberg said. “There are people here who want to keep WXEL local. They don’t want us to go away.”

    Henneberg said he first… Continue

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Briny Breezes: Fees may be needed to boost revenue for town

By Tim O'Meilia



     The corporation that operates in tandem with the town council has agreed to pay one-third of the $30,000 it has been withholding from the town in a dispute over the town’s total budget.

The $10,000 payment covers June through September and the corporate board will consider the $30,000 in next year’s budget, corporation park manager Steve Best told the town council at the June 23 meeting.

The town has long supplemented its property tax revenue, its…

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Graduation: Gulf Stream School

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katarina Theresa Sperduto signs pillows with classmates after her eighth-grade graduation ceremony held June 10 at the Gulf Stream School. Photo by

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A salute to area graduates: High School



 

 

 

 

 

Left: John Doyle, son of John and Andrea Doyle of coastal Boca…

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A salute to area graduates: College

 

 

Left: Katie Coz and her brother Joey Coz (rising junior at College of Charleston)

 

 

KATIE COZ

College/Field of Study: Sewanee, University of the South, BA Economics

Hometown: Ocean Ridge

High School: St. Andrew’s…

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Obituary — Kenneth Charles Ellingsworth



Kenneth Charles Ellingsworth, life-long resident and ambassador for Delray Beach as the executive director of the city’s Chamber of… Continue

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Obituary — Doris B. O' Leary

By Tim O’Meilia



SOUTH PALM BEACH — Doris B. O’Leary, a gracious New Englander who lived in South Palm Beach for more than half a century — by all accounts longer than anyone else in town — died May 28. She was 102, perhaps the oldest person in town.

Mrs. O’Leary and her husband, Arthur, plunked down cash for a condominium at the Imperial House, which hadn’t been built yet, in about 1960. That pre-construction purchase served the New England transplants well.

The couple never… Continue

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Obituary — Ides Makris

By Ron Hayes



    OCEAN RIDGE — Ides Makris loved to travel.

    “That was her hobby,” remembers her husband, Geris. “Italy, France, Athens — you name it. She said, ‘Live life to the fullest.’ We have a picture of her on the Amalfi coast, leaning over the railing overlooking those azure blue waters, and… Continue

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Obituary — John Joseph Wurster

By Emily J. Minor



    OCEAN RIDGE — John Joseph Wurster died knowing the Colonel’s secret recipe.

    “He knew it, he really did,” said Wurster’s widow, Josephine, the granddaughter of Kentucky Fried Chicken icon and founder Harland Sanders.

    “I don’t know it, but he did mix the… Continue

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Obituary — Vivian Krick Hill

DELRAY BEACH —  Vivian Krick Hill, a resident of the Cambridge condominium since 2000, died May 27. She was 77 and had been a seasonal resident since 1990.

Mrs. Hill was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and was a graduate of the College of William & Mary, where she earned a degree in sociology and met Roger W. Hill, her husband of 54 years.

During the 1980s, Mrs. Hill served two four-year terms on the township committee of Chatham, N.J. The Hills also were residents of Blairsville, Ga.,… Continue

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A final bow for Florida Stage

By Scott Simmons



The one-time cultural jewel of Manalapan is gone.

Florida Stage rang down its final curtain in June, nearly two decades after it came to Plaza del Mar and one season after it left the barrier island for the Kravis Center.

The theater company was known for its derring-do in… Continue

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Florida Stage Declares Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

By Hap Erstein, http://www.pbartspaper.com/

 

Next week, Florida Stage was supposed to launch its 25th anniversary season, beginning with the return of the musical biography Ella and continuing with a slate of world and regional premieres.

 

But the operative words are “was supposed to,” for the West Palm Beach company devoted exclusively to new work filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection and ceased…

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Bring quarters: Beach parking prices continue to rise

By Angie Francalancia



The beach is timeless, forever lapped by waves and shaped by shifting sands.

Not so the parking meter, a ticking intrusion into the untroubled landscape that is a day at the beach.

 Parking meters or daily fees are the norm at city beaches up and down the east coast, and as cities wrestle with budget shortfalls, they’re making sure to capture money from every potential spot. More parking meters are going in at previously free spots in Boca Raton, and…

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