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Along the Coast: More and more, cities learning to share

By Thomas R. Collins



Across the state and the country, cities are going to back to a principle that was taught in kindergarten: Sharing is good.

For everything from police officers to roadwork to water pipes, cities are teaming up with other governments to provide services to their residents.

The idea of cities sharing services isn’t new, but it’s happening more and more in this tight economic climate, with plummeting tax bases that have brought budgets to…

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Coastal Star: Dedicated condo manager takes pride in relationships

By Allen Whittemore



    If anyone knows this pleasant little stretch of A1A well, it’s Tom Hill.

    He has been working here since 1973 and in the Delray Beach/Gulf Stream area since 1970.  He is the first and only manager of the Ballantrae Condominiums, a 40-unit condo…

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Ocean Ridge: Bonus policy occupies commission again

By Margie Plunkett



The recent retirement of Ocean Ridge police officers Doc Darville and Dan Tinfina renewed a debate among commissioners in November that was reliably divisive: What, if anything, will the longtime employees be given for their departure?

    Commissioners lined up behind two basic concepts: the town’s traditional retirement bonus for longtime employees of $100 for each year employed; and a noncash symbolic gift to be determined — whether a watch, plaque or other…

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Ocean Ridge: Commission wants more specifics from Schenck

Commissioners neither accepted nor rejected Town Manager Ken Schenck’s action plan to address shortcomings described in his evaluation in October. Instead, at the November meeting, they directed him to talk with Commissioner Zoanne Hennigan and revise his plan to be more specific and measurable.

    Hennigan, who said she was “sorely disappointed” with Schenck’s plan, moved to reject it, but received no supporting second motion from the others. The commissioner also had said that while…

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Manalapan: Ocean Ridge bid for dispatch services still on table

By Steve Plunkett



    Manalapan officials are continuing to work with Ocean Ridge to fine-tune their neighbor’s proposal to take over police dispatching and also have asked the Sheriff’s Office for a quote.

    Town Manager Linda Stumpf told commissioners that Police Chief Clay Walker has met four times with Ocean Ridge Chief Chris Yannuzzi and that she also has asked sheriff’s officials to develop a price.

She said she expects to have dollar amounts to report in…

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Along the Avenues: Evert continues to score with tennis classic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Evert…

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Briny Breezes: Briny prunes verbosity and vitriol with new rules

By Tim O’Meilia



    Be warned:  the three-minute rule is now in effect at Briny Breezes meetings. And no cheers or jeers.

    The Town Council unanimously enacted a set of five procedural rules Nov. 17 for public comment at Town Council and board meetings.

    Among them: one three-minute comment per agenda item, no rebuttals. One three-minute comment during the public comment portion at the end of the meeting, so cram all your thoughts into one carefully…

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South Palm Beach: Couple killed in Chicago-area plane crash

An elderly South Palm Beach couple killed in the crash of a small airplane was moving back to their longtime Chicago-area home so the husband could be near family while he was being treated for an illness.

John W. Bialek, 80, his wife, Ilomae, 75, and the pilot died when the plane crashed in a Chicago suburb late Nov. 28. Two others aboard the twin-engine Navajo survived.

The couple owned units at the Le Chateau Royale condominium in South Palm Beach and in the Golden Lakes…

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Gulf Stream: 6-house subdivision can proceed

By Steve Plunkett



The Spence estate is no more.

A demolition crew razed the 74-year-old house in late November, keeping the property on track to become Gulf Stream’s first subdivision in recent memory.        Seaside Builders LLC won approval Nov. 10 to replat the 6-acre-plus estate into six roughly…

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Gulf Stream: Utility project prepayment proves popular

By Steve Plunkett

   

Townsfolk apparently don’t like paying the interest that comes with installment plans.

    Gulf Stream took in $3.2 million in prepayments of the special assessment for the underground utilities project by the Nov. 1 deadline, Town Manager William Thrasher said.

    “The money was coming in so quickly at times that we thought we were desperately understaffed,” Thrasher said.

    The remaining $1.8 million will be paid over the years on property tax…

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Delray Beach: Seagate neighborhood break-ins spark interest in crime watch

By Angie Francalancia



    It started this summer with a string of annoying vandalisms to cars. Over Labor Day weekend, a neighbor was cleaned out in what police described as a professional burglary. In October, a neighbor scared off a would-be robber who had entered his home.

    Then last month, the neighbors in Delray Beach’s Seagate area got another shock — another home burglarized in the middle of the day in a neighborhood where lots of residents are home.

    Residents…

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Delray Beach: Littlefield gets swath of Fox property for garden

By Margie Plunkett



    The Fontaine Fox property is losing a 50-foot swath of land to a garden owned by the daughter of Miracle-Gro’s founder.

    Now owned by developer Frank McKinney, that slice of Fontaine Fox history will become the property of Kate Littlefield, whose father, Horace Hagedorn, started Miracle-Gro, but it will still retain its historic designation and be subject to Historic Preservation Board regulations. 

    “It’s all about her garden,” architect Gary…

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Delray Beach: Red tape ties up potential assist for beach pavilion

By Mary Jane Fine

   

A generous offer from Seaside Builders to provide services, labor and material at cost has potentially moved Delray’s back-to-the-future beachfront pavilion one hurdle closer to realization.

    “It is very encouraging,” says Bob Currie, the architect who has donated his own…

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Along the Coast: Gift disclosures roll in, under new ethics rules

By Steve Plunkett



Will Palm Beach County’s renewed emphasis on ethics become the Grinch who stole Christmas gifts from municipal employees?

    The Commission on Ethics was set to discuss gift-giving guidelines for town workers and other government employees at its Nov. 30 meeting. A proposed opinion said a holiday gift of cash from someone besides a vendor or lobbyist “is not prohibited provided it is not given in exchange for the past, present or future…

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Food shopping: When one door closes, a lot of open doors are nearby

By Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley



When it comes to food shopping, you probably have a favorite store you regularly visit. You are familiar with the layout, have a preferred day to shop and know the cashiers who will speed you through the line.

    So when that store closes, if only temporarily, it can upset routine.

    And that’s what’s happened to the customers of the Publix Super Market in Sunshine Square. Closed for renovations in October, the store in…

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Lantana: Parks’ lease agreement puts spark into fireworks budget

By Margie Plunkett

and Tim O’Meilia

   

Lantana’s Ocean Avenue bridge closed for two years — bummer.

    Lantana’s lease of sections of two parks for two years — cause for fireworks. Literally.

    The new $33.2 million Ocean Avenue bridge will not only be wider and safer for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and fishermen, it will also stuff cash into Lantana’s bank account and make the Fourth of July more spectacular.

    The town will pocket $654,000 over the…

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Lantana: Hypoluxo Island drainage project moves ahead; Town Manager Bornstein lauded

By Margie Plunkett

   

A long-awaited drainage and pavement project on Hypoluxo Island is taking shape with a newly awarded contract for design and construction assistance for paving improvements.

    Council approved at its Nov. 14 meeting a $26,623 contract with Kimley-Horn and Associates for engineering services on the project, which is to resurface North Atlantic Drive from Ocean Avenue north and Beach Curve Road from Southeast Atlantic Drive to Barefoot Lane.

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South Palm Beach: Firefighter charged, evaluated following condo mayhem

By Tim O’Meilia

   

The off-duty Palm Beach County firefighter-paramedic who shot up his South Palm Beach condominium hallway and claimed a bomb had been planted may be a familiar face to town residents.

     Jean A. Pierre II, 37, was assigned to Station 38 at the Manalapan Town Hall,…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Pamela Murphy — Manalapan

Pamela Murphy has two hobbies that she loves: cooking and exercising. It really does make a good combination. When you put it on, you just take it off.

    Here’s some background on Pam: She’s been coming to Florida for years, attracted to the warm weather and the beaches. She and her husband, John,…

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Obituary — Doris A. Meyer

By Liz Best



    DELRAY BEACH — Doris Asiel Meyer died peacefully at her Delray Beach home on Nov. 5. She was 96 years old.

    She left her hometown of New York City, where she worked in former Mayor John Lindsay’s administration, for the sunny shores of Delray Beach in the late 1970s. Mrs. Meyer…

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