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Literacy Coalition offers summer reading event

Summer is a time for families to have fun, relax and enjoy time together away from the daily routine, but it’s also a time when school aged children can fall behind academically. Studies show that some students lose anywhere from one to three months of learning over the break. When reading skills are lost, children fall even further behind when they go back to school. If this pattern continues every summer, catching back up is often a daunting task that could…

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Farm Animal Activist Gene Baur To Promote New Vegan Cookbook in Boca Raton

By Teresa Bono

 

When you’ve done as many good deeds as Farm Sanctuary President, Gene Baur, you’re bound to get a good karmic return. So when the Dietary Council Association 2015 report endorsed a plant-based diet for better health and a greener planet six weeks before the release of Baur’s cookbook “Living The Farm Sanctuary Life”, vegans across the country rejoiced on social media. …

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Ocean Ridge: Commissioners vote to fight recall movement in court

By Dan Moffett



 On a 4-1 vote May 4, Ocean Ridge commissioners decided the town should enter the court case and oppose the recall movement against Commissioner Richard Lucibella.

 Town Attorney Ken Spillias told the commission he had examined the…

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Boca Raton: Elad tower plan changes architect, project scope

By Mary Hladky

The New Mizner on the Green “ultra-luxury” condo project has a new name, a new architect and a completely new look.

 The project’s prominent “starchitect” Daniel Libeskind, whose list of credits includes the original master plan for rebuilding the World Trade Center in New York and the Jewish Museum in Berlin, is out. West Palm Beach-based architectural firm Garcia Stromberg is in.

 City officials and activists who have been told about the…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 2, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Palm Beach County property values expected to increase steadily in 2015

By Tao Woolfe

The Palm Beach County property appraiser's staff is still crunching numbers, so the specific municipal increases in property taxes for 2015 are not yet available. But Property Appraiser Gary R. Nikolits, spoke about the general upwards trend in real estate transactions and tax revenues at a recent city manager's luncheon.

Overall, he said, there will be a 5-10% increase in taxable values throughout Palm Beach County. There is an expected 22.7%…

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Along the Coast: Delray drops out of Inspector General lawsuit

By Tim Pallesen



Delray Beach has dropped out of a lawsuit to determine how cities pay for the county Inspector General’s Office.

“The Inspector General has been instrumental in helping us focus on best practices,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said in explaining the City Commission’s unanimous April 6 vote. “This sends a signal that we appreciate what they have done for us.”

The Inspector General has acted like an external auditor for the city since Glickstein and…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 29, 2015 at 4:08pm — 1 Comment

Gulf Stream: Town attorneys win three rulings against O’Boyle, O’Hare

By Dan Moffett

Lawyers for the town of Gulf Stream are having a good spring, winning three court rulings in cases raised by Martin O’Boyle and Chris O’Hare, the town’s litigious duo.

Meanwhile, Town Manager William Thrasher says his early budget estimates call for setting aside $800,000 to cover the town’s rising legal costs during the next year, and commissioners are planning a special budget workshop to update taxpayers on all that’s going on.

The rulings…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 29, 2015 at 4:07pm — 2 Comments

Editor's Note: Contracted phone services skirt public records law

Let me say up front that this is not about the former Ocean Ridge police chief. It is not even about what led up to his more-than-$80,000 settlement with the town. This is about the right of taxpayers to know how the government they support operates.

    It should be simple: File a public records request and get a copy of the records within a reasonable amount of time, with a bill for expenses the town incurred fulfilling the request.

    Instead, a public records request filed by…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 29, 2015 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments

Coastal Star: Editor turns to helping people after career with prose

Louise Mirkin poses in front of a portrait of The Faulk Center founder, Dr. Elizabeth H. Faulk. Faulk, the first woman to receive a doctorate in psychology from the University of Florida, established a successful private practice in Boca Raton.…

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Boynton Beach: New uses planned for old Riverwalk Plaza

By Jane Smith



The Winn-Dixie grocery store’s absence from Riverwalk Plaza cleared the way for the center’s owner to plan a better use of the nearly 10-acre property. The 119,199-square-foot shopping center sits along Woolbright Road, from Federal Highway to nearly the…

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Ocean Ridge: Developer wants road into town’s mangrove lagoon

SOURCE: PBC Property Appraiser. Graphic by Bruce Borich/The Coastal Star

By Dan Moffett



Developer William Swaim wants Ocean Ridge to create an access road to property he wants to buy in the…

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Ocean Ridge bicycle patrol Briny Breezes — April 23

Ocean Ridge police officer Richard Jones stops in Briny Breezes to talk with Judy Dugan and her dog Rudy.  Jones recently suggested that Briny might be served by a bicycle patrol to allow for easier movement in the community and promote more interaction with…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 29, 2015 at 3:24pm — 1 Comment

Ocean Ridge: Ocean Ridge names Hutchins police chief

By Dan Moffett



Ocean Ridge town commissioners have decided they already have their best police chief candidate in uniform.

The Town Commission unanimously approved interim Chief Hal Hutchins as the permanent choice on April 6 and abandoned plans to advertise the position or consider outside candidates.…

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Lantana: Code enforcement to crack down on trash violations

By Mary Thurwachter



They were talking trash at the Lantana Town Council meeting on April 13, and it wasn’t the first time. Some residents continue to put yard trimmings curbside on the wrong day and other residents are complaining about the lingering mess.

Earlier this year the town encouraged its trash handler, Republic Services, to distribute fliers outlining the rules. Officials said the problem was largely due to confusion about the proper day, and way, to…

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Lantana: ‘Ice’ theft charges dropped in plea deal

By Mary Thurwachter



Grand theft charges will be dropped against Robert Matthew Van Winkle, aka rapper Vanilla Ice, as long as he fulfills a plea deal that will have him doing 100 hours of community service and meeting a few other conditions during the next year.

Van Winkle, a former rapper turned real estate renovator, lives in Wellington and was arrested Feb. 18, accused of taking a patio set, furniture, bicycles, a pool heater and other items from a vacant…

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Along the Coast: Law officers on the water navigate various duties

Lake Boca was filled with boats, partiers and music on April 26 for Boca Bash, an annual party on the Intracoastal Waterway between the Camino Real and Palmetto Park Road bridges. The Boca Bash takes place each spring. In the foreground is a boat…

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Delray Beach: Spiffy new gazebos will complement beach pavilion

Artist’s rendering of a gazebo to be built on Delray Beach. Provided by Currie Sowards Aguila Architects

By Tim Pallesen



The citizen-inspired beautification of Delray’s municipal beach…

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Ocean Ridge: Judge sets hearing on Lucibella recall petitions

By Dan Moffett



Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Gregory Keyser has scheduled a May 6 hearing to consider whether organizers of the movement to recall Ocean Ridge Town Commissioner Richard Lucibella have submitted legally valid petitions.

Lucibella’s attorney, Sidney Calloway, has asked the court to throw out the petitions, claiming they contain errors and are improperly filled out — “legally insufficient,” he says.

Haley Joyce, one of the movement’s…

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Delray Beach: Smaller summer GreenMarket gets green light

By Jane Smith



    For the first time in more than 19 years, Delray Beach will offer a summer GreenMarket. The question is where.

    Market Manager Lori Nolan proposed the Block 60 parking lot on Northwest First Avenue, just east of the Tennis Center and west of Swinton Avenue.

    She said the community had asked for the summer GreenMarket when making her presentation April 23 to the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency board, which runs the program. She…

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Delray Beach: Academics and character are in focus at Unity school

In the early days, the school founded in 1964 was referred to as the Wee Wisdom School, and VW microbuses served as student transportation. Photo provided

By Ron Hayes



If you want to know why the…

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