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On a roll: Teen center fuses fun and life lessons

Luke Hemsher, 7, of Boynton Beach, takes off from a ramp at Hobbit Skate Park at the 505 Teen Center in Delray Beach.

Photos by Taylor Jones/The Coastal Star

By Janis Fontaine



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Health & Harmony: Classes lend thoughtfulness to body movements

Gary Tong instructs a tai chi class at A Touch of Chi in Delray Beach. Tong started his discipline more than 30 years ago with Shaolin Kung Fu under the guidance of Grandmaster Alan Lee. He later discovered tai chi chuan and chi kung (qigong), studying with…

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On the Water: 57.1-pound wahoo sets all-time record for LW tournament

Brett Lang and Doug Konz hold the 57.1-pound wahoo they caught June 27 while trolling in 150 feet north of Boynton Inlet. Their wahoo not only won largest fish in this year’s Lake Worth Fishing Tournament, but also set a record for the heaviest fish in the eight-year history of the…

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Dive teams remove invasive lionfish from reefs in spearing competition

Meaghan Faletti, lionfish outreach coordinator for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, shows two large lionfish harvested during the Gold Coast Lionfish Derby. Willie Howard/The Coastal Star

Dive teams competing in the Third…

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Finding Faith: CROS Ministries fights hunger every day

ABOVE: Volunteers glean the fields of  ‘imperfect’ produce left behind by pickers. Thirty percent to 40 percent of produce used to be left in the fields to rot.…

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Graduation ceremony: Sacred Heart School, Lake Worth – June 4

With jubilant family members and friends filling Madonna Hall, the eighth-grade class of 2015 celebrated its commencement. Speaking at the 70th such graduation ceremony was William Finneran, longtime supporter of the school. Finneran urged parents to be vigilant of their children…

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Year-end awards: Pope John Paul II High School, Boca Raton – June 5

Students contributed to a grand total of 20,366 community-service hours during the school year, including 87 boys and girls who served more than 100 hours each. More than 30 area nonprofits benefited from their hard work. Also recognized by school officials were volunteer…

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French-American elementary school begins in Boca

Céline Von May, director and co-founder of the French American International School of Boca Raton, grew up in Paris. Taylor Jones/The Coastal Star

By Marie Puleo



    The French American…

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Give sea turtles wide berth: Don’t ‘help’ or harass

‘False crawls,’ where the female turtle comes a few feet ashore and then turns around without nesting, have become more common this year. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Willie Howard



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Independence Day: Bicentennial Park, Lantana – July 4

ABOVE: Lilyana Marie Richardson, daughter of Arianna Patterson and James Richardson, was selected as winner of the ‘Most Patriotic Baby’ contest during the July 4 festivities in Lantana.

BELOW: More than 3,000 attendees were onhand for the fireworks and…

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Rotary Club installation dinner: Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton – June 26

One week after being named Club of the Year by Rotary International, members of Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton inducted Jon Kaye as their new president during a Mad Men-themed event. ‘I look forward to an exciting year as we add the Inaugural Mayor’s Ball in October…

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Soroptimist installation luncheon: Tavern at the Wick, Boca Raton – June 20

To commemorate a successful year, Soroptimist International of Boca Raton & Deerfield Beach celebrated by touring The Wick Theatre & Costume Museum and dining beneath antique chandeliers. The highlight of the afternoon was the announcement of the 2015-16…

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Check presentation: Delray Beach Public Library – June 17

A gift of $20,000 was received from the Lions Club of Delray Beach to establish an endowment to assist visually impaired patrons. John Parke, club treasurer, along with other members presented the check to Nancy Dockerty, library board president, and Alan Kornblau,…

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Boynton Intracoastal Group kickoff meeting: Private home, Boynton Beach – July 17

The Boynton Intracoastal Group marked its kickoff with a meet-and greet party at the home of Boynton Beach City Commissioner Michael Fitzpatrick and wife Lisa Hanley.  Residents from Sterling Village, Snug Harbor, Seagate of Gulfstream, Hampshire Gardens, Colonial Clubs I & II and…

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Shall We Dance? Boca’s Ballroom Battle to benefit college-scholarship program

By Amy Woods



A footloose and fancy-free fundraiser for the George Snow Scholarship Fund has brought together eight amateur rug-cutters who will twirl their way across the parquet Aug. 28.

Boca’s Ballroom Battle — an evening of dining and dancing — pairs local volunteers who have agreed to shake their “groove thang” with professionals from Fred Astaire dance studios in Boca Raton. This year’s theme: the ’80s.

“All of these…

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Pay it Forward: Boca Chamber Festival Days spices up summer

By Amy Woods



    August in Boca Raton used to comprise 31 dragging, dripping, doldrum-like days. Not anymore. The month will outshine the summer sun with the arrival of Boca Chamber Festival Days.

    The annual event that pairs for-profit businesses with nonprofit organizations and raises awareness, funds and support for local charities has transformed the off-season.

“The slow month of August is no longer slow,” said Sarah Pearson, senior vice president of…

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Around Town: Delray sisters running for glory on track

By Thom Smith

     Running may be the purest form of athletic endeavor, but except for the Olympics and the Boston Marathon, it is virtually ignored. So most people have never heard of the Schapperts.

    Oh sure, folks connected with Pope John Paul II High School know. And the cognoscenti at Villanova and USA Track and Field. But with a lot of skill and a little luck, Nicole and Stephanie may soon make…

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The Plate: Two Georges at Cove serves 8 perfect shrimp

The Plate: Shrimp Kabob

Where: Two Georges at The Cove, 1754 SE Third Court, Deerfield Beach; 954- 421-9272 or www.twogeorgesrestaurant.com/thecove

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Two South Florida public TV stations seek approval to merge

By Mary Hladky



    One year after announcing they were exploring a merger, WXEL-TV and WPBT2 have agreed to join forces.

    The two public broadcasting stations will combine as South Florida PBS, reaching 2.42 million households from Key West to the Sebastian Inlet, and west to Lake Okeechobee.

    The merger agreement has been approved by the board of trustees of WXEL, which serves the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast, and the board of directors of…

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