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Palm Beach Film Festival gets permanent venue

By Hap Erstein

ArtsPaper Film Writer



Remember when the Palm Beach International Film Festival was born? Believe it or not, that was 20 years ago, and the eight-day celebration of movies from around the world that begins on March 26 will “dazzle and surprise our audiences like they’ve never seen before,” according to the festival’s president and CEO, Randi Emerman.

Some 130 films — features, shorts and documentaries — will unspool at…

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Calling all nonprofits!

The registration deadline to participate in the Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties is March 30 at 5:00 p.m. This year’s exciting, 24-hour online fundraiser will start on May 5 at 5:00 p.m. and end on May 6 at 5:00 p.m. Hosted by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, United Way of Palm Beach County and United Way of Martin County, the nationwide event is designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in a single…

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Gulf Stream files RICO suit against O'Boyle, O'Hare

Read the RICO case

By Dan Moffett



     The Town of Gulf Stream has rolled out the heavy artillery in its legal war against residents Martin O’Boyle and Christopher O’Hare, filing a class-action RICO lawsuit Feb. 12 in U.S. District Court.

     The 48-page federal complaint alleges that the two men engaged in a…

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In memoriam: Adam Sahlin Van Arnem

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Plastics to avoid

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Along the Coast: The problem with plastics

Part I: Florida's environmental disaster hits the beaches

By Willie Howard



Environmental groups are…

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Ocean Ridge: Dispute with commissioner results in chief’s departure

Ocean Ridge resident Joelen Merkel hugs Chief Yannuzzi following the Jan. 15 special meeting. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

Hear contested …

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Along the Coast: Learning Ally volunteers bring speech to the printed word

Hear a recording of this story 

By Ron Hayes

 

    How would you describe a map of Africa to a blind person?

    How would you explain a chart of the fluctuating U.S. economy to someone who cannot see that chart?

    How would you talk like a pirate?

The Gladys Davis Pavilion at Florida Atlantic…

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Editor's Note: Issues must be discussed and voted in Florida Sunshine

     "I understand it’s already been decided.”

     I hear these words far more frequently than any taxpayer or reporter covering town hall should.

    Florida law requires elected officials and government employees to operate in a way that is transparent and accountable to their constituents.

    Yet, I frequently overhear pre- and post-meeting discussions on topics scheduled for public meetings. I hear (and hear about) discussions in parking lots, at fundraising events, at…

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Pay it Forward: Go back in time at benefit for old Boynton School

Children pose at their desks inside the old Boynton School, circa 1959. Today, the building is home to the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center. Photo provided

By Amy…

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10th-anniversary celebration: Eleven Salon & Spa, Delray Beach – Nov. 11

Eleven Salon & Spa celebrated its first decade of doing business with an aviation-themed party benefiting Wheels from the Heart. The evening saw more than 550 guests and featured the awarding of a Toyota minivan to Navy Reserve veteran Michele Trinidad. ABOVE:…

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Leadership Gifts Event: St. Andrews Country Club, Boca Raton – Dec. 4

One hundred fifty of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s top donors gathered for an elegant cocktail reception and dinner, where they heard from former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren and U.S. Rep Ted Deutch (D-Fla.). ‘We’re thrilled to pay highest…

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It’s What You See Luncheon: Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Lake Worth – Jan. 5

The council attracted nearly 50 arts fans to the first of two luncheons, this one featuring former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Nancy Brinker. ABOVE: Peg Greenspon, Brinker and council President and CEO Rena Blades. Photo provided by Jacek…

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Culture & Cocktails: The Colony, Palm Beach – Jan. 12

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County welcomed an audience of more than 200 to the series’ second social gathering, titled ‘A Conversation with Two Fascinating Couples.’ The evening featured celebrated photographer Harry Benson and wife and editor Gigi,…

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Wrap-Up Breakfast: Delray Dunes Country Club, Delray Beach – Dec. 5

The YMCA of South Palm Beach County’s board and staff members, along with volunteers, celebrated

the success of the 2014 campaign at a morning event with the theme ‘Stories.’ Guests shared their experiences with the agency and recognized the fact the $380,000 goal…

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Angel Moms Founders’ Day Luncheon: Delray Beach Club – Jan. 8

Celebrating its first anniversary, Angel Moms, a support group of Place of Hope at the Haven Campus in Boca Raton, welcomed 100 supporters of foster-care children to an event that featured a guest speaker addressing the topic of human trafficking. ‘By providing…

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Community Foundation luncheon: The Capital Grille, Boca Raton – Jan. 9

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties sponsored an intimate afternoon for donors and supporters.

During the luncheon, Barbara Stark, executive director of the Milagro Center, spoke about the organization’s $18,000 grant from the foundation, which created a…

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‘Keep Memories Alive – Exercise Your Mind’: Town Center at Boca Raton – Nov. 2, 2014

Florida Atlantic University’s Caring Hearts Auxiliary, of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, raised more than $210,000 at the ninth annual walk. The fun-filled event brought together nearly 400 participants…

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Walk of Recognition: Royal Palm Place, Boca Raton – Nov. 20

The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum had its 18th annual event celebrating those who have been leaders in shaping the future of the city. ABOVE: Andrea Garcia, honoree Connie Siskowski and sponsor Alyce Erickson. Photo…

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Around Town: Lantana’s Ocean Avenue goes Italiano

Stiletto Race: Fashion Week, Delray Beach – Jan. 23

The third annual Vince Canning Stiletto Race took place along Southeast Fourth Avenue in downtown Delray Beach, with registration proceeds going to the…

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