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Delray Beach: BCBGMaxazria to open on Atlantic Avenue

BCBGMaxazria, a luxury national-brand women's clothing boutique, plans to open its doors in a storefront in the 411 E. Atlantic Avenue building, Delray Beach, by the end of November, if not sooner, says the soon-to-be store manager Rena Vatch, who is currently working out of the company's Boca Raton Town Center store. Construction is underway and, BCBG  is currently hiring sales staff.

— Christine Davis

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Boca Raton: Walk takes steps to draw attention to Alzheimer’s

Pamela Higer-Polani is instrumental in organizing Boca Raton’s first Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Mary Thurwachter



    When Pamela Higer-Polani approached…

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Building Boom: Boca Raton's downtown construction unprecedented and not abating

By Mary Hladky



    The wait for people yearning to live in downtown Boca Raton is finally coming to an end.

    The first downtown apartment complex to be built in nearly a decade, the 261-unit Camden Boca Raton at 131 S. Federal Highway, began…

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Boca Raton: Central beach’s turn for sand comes next year

By Cheryl Blackerby



    New sand has been pumped on Boca Raton’s south and north beaches, and next year it will be the city’s central beach’s turn to be renourished.

    Although the central beach didn’t lose as much sand to Hurricane Sandy as the north and south beaches, a recent survey showed that the central beach needs sand. And it will get it next year.

    A beach renourishment project is planned for late 2015, said Jennifer Bistyga, coastal engineer…

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Boca Raton: Assessments up, city sets tax rate

Boca Raton officials approved a $136 million general fund budget during a final Sept. 18 budget hearing, setting the property tax rate for 2014-15 at $3.71 per $1,000 of taxable property value.

    Property values have increased 5.63 percent in Boca Raton, with 4.71 percent coming from the reassessment of existing property and 0.92 percent coming from new construction.

An increase in overall property values means the city will automatically collect more dollars without raising tax…

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Highland Beach: Nonprofit status helps police foundation raise funds

By Rich Pollack

    

The Highland Beach Police Foundation is officially a nonprofit organization, recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.

    “Up until now, donations to the foundation were not tax-exempt,” said Highland Beach Police Chief Craig Hartmann. “Now, with the official IRS status, residents can make donations that are tax deductible.”

    Formed in 2012, the foundation is designed to make it easier for residents to support the Police…

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Highland Beach: Retired bond, higher property values improve city budget

By Rich Pollack



    The Highland Beach Town Commission last month gave final approval to a $11.35 million general fund budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year — while at the same time holding the line on the town’s operating tax rate at $3.95 per $1,000 of assessed value.

    Thanks to the retirement of a 20-year-old bond, Highland Beach’s debt service tax rate dropped by 19 percent. As a result, the town’s overall tax rate fell from $4.80 per $1,000 of taxable…

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Highland Beach: Residents get a chance to see town hall’s new digs

By Rich Pollack



After six months and more than $900,000 worth of improvements, Highland Beach’s Town Hall renovation project is all but complete. Now commissioners are trying to figure out how to show off the enhancements.

Commissioners, at a workshop meeting last month, discussed two options for giving residents a chance to see the renovations, which were designed to merge two separate buildings into one, adding convenience and accessibility.

One option,…

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Boca Raton: Trade Joe's opens

Customers are greeted with the aloha treatment, complete with leis, at the opening of the new Trader Joe’s store at 855 S. Federal Highway at the corner of Southeast Eighth Street in Boca Raton on Sept. 26.  Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Boca Raton: Urgent Care center opening

Holy Cross Urgent Care and Imaging Center will open a new office at 1799 S. Federal Highway in Boca Raton.  
A grand opening celebration, with tours, giveaways, paraffin dips, prizes and refreshments, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 15. For more information, visit www. urgentcare.holy-cross.com/#sthash.hJRCwDTZ.dpuf.

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Boca Raton: Sol to partner with FAU on children’s theater project

Mary Huddleston Waxman, a graduate of Florida International University with a bachelor’s of music in applied voice, provides voice instruction to children participating in the joint effort between Sol Children Theatre of Boca Raton and Karen Slattery…

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Boca Raton: City seeks solutions for ‘challenging intersection’

Steve Alley stands on the northeast corner of Palmetto Park Road and Northeast Fifth Avenue across from the busy Trattoria Romana restaurant pointing out traffic issues.

Sallie James/The Coastal Star

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Boca Raton: City prepares for acceptance of medical marijuana

By Sallie James



    If a Florida ballot measure legalizing the use of medical marijuana passes in November, the City of Boca Raton won’t be going up in smoke.

    At least not right away.

    On Sept. 23, the City Council introduced an ordinance that would impose a yearlong moratorium on the operation of medical marijuana treatment centers and dispensing or cultivation facilities.

    The ordinance’s aim is to give the city time to address possible land…

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Boca Raton: Police search for baseball bat attacker

The Boca Raton Police Department continues its search for a man who attacked a woman with a baseball bat on Sept. 18.

    The incident occurred at about 8:50 a.m. in a parking lot in the 900 block of South Ocean Boulevard, just north of East Camino Real. The woman, who was taken to a hospital with cuts and bruises, told police she did not know the man or why he assaulted her, according to Mark Economou, public information manager for the BRPD.

    “We got a description of the suspect…

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Pay it Forward: ‘Indulgence’ gives guests opportunity to pamper themselves

ABOVE: Shelly Himmelrich, with Anita Graham, Sarah Lochner, Stacey Hallberg and Achievement Centers for Children & Families CEO Stephanie Seibel.…

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Pay it Forward: 15 of the best charity events for the season

In honor of the 2014-2015 season, The Coastal Star is randomly highlighting 15 of the charity arena’s top affairs — all benefiting local nonprofits with missions of improving their communities and the lives of people in them. Philanthropy editor Amy Woods invites you to engage in and enjoy the events of the upcoming social season.



1. The Historical Society of Palm Beach County, in partnership with the Boynton Beach…

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Mayors’ Literacy Luncheon: The Omphoy, Palm Beach – Sept. 17

Mayors from all 38 municipalities in Palm Beach County were invited to learn about current strategies and initiatives to encourage literacy as a priority in their communities. Featured speaker was Dione Christy, president of the Council of Great Public Service Leaders and deputy…

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Learn To Live Your Best Boca Life: Wyndham Hotel, Boca Raton – Aug. 27

One hundred guests attended an educational networking event that offered tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and raised $2,500 for the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Part of Boca Festival…

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Mayor’s Appreciation Celebration: Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Boca Raton – Aug. 21

Former Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel helped bring in more than $20,000 in donations for the Spirit of Giving Network to support the nonprofit’s community projects, including its Putting Kids First: Community Back to School Bash. The annual bash provides at-risk…

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School-supply drive: Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Delray Beach – Aug. 9

Barbara Rodriguez, of the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa sales team, along with a group of other hoteliers, participated in a drive that helped stuff more than 20 backpacks for children who are served by the nonprofit that aids families impacted by violence in the…

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