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Scott Simmons's Blog – December 2010 Archive (28)

Coastal Star: South County’s own star-maker

 



Flossy Keesely lives in Highland Beach with her Yorkie, Schatzi.

Photo by Tim Stepien

By Scott Simmons



The phone doesn’t stop ringing at Flossy Keesely’s Highland Beach home.

Brrrring!…

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Added by Scott Simmons on December 30, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Obituary —Donald W. Curl, author and historian: Boca Raton

By Dianna Smith



BOCA RATON —When someone had a question about Boca Raton history, Donald Curl usually knew the answer.

Mr. Curl’s knowledge of the area was so vast that he recorded most of his knowledge in books that will live on forever. Mr. Curl, 75, died in December after a battle with lymphoma,…

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Along the Coast: Area cities try new ways to attract businesses



By Thomas R. Collins

                  The website’s home page has an aerial shot of the coastline, with turquoise waters washing over the sand and sunbathers dotting the beach.

                  Delray Beach, says the site recently created by the city’s Chamber of Commerce and its Community Redevelopment Agency to…

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Editorial: Transitions and new beginnings

 

 

By Scott Simmons, managing editor

 

When opportunity knocked, I hesitated. Agonized, even.

But when a newspaper in northern Palm Beach County offered me a position to write full-time, I decided to accept.

But acceptance doesn’t mean abandonment.

I will continue to… Continue

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Along the Coast: Nature’s garbage crew; Vultures come south

 

 

Black vultures, shown basking in

the sun to warm up on a recent chilly morning,

are smaller than turkey vultures, which can weigh up

to 6 pounds. Photo by Jerry Lower

 

By Joanne Davis



They start…

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Added by Scott Simmons on December 30, 2010 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: ‘Crown Vic’ phase-out has police departments researching options

 

 

Vinnie Laudicina, Lantana Police Department

fleet manager (left), and Simion Pavlov,

with one of the department’s

2006 Ford Crown Victorias.  Photo by Tim Stepien 

By Rich Pollack



For almost two…

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Added by Scott Simmons on December 30, 2010 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Grant aims to boost border security

 

 

By Steve Plunkett



A $100,000 Homeland Security grant will boost border patrols in coastal communities, County Commissioner Steven L. Abrams said.

“This money will provide additional security for our community, especially along our coastline, a large portion of which I represent,” Abrams said in a news release.

The money will be used for overtime to provide additional patrols associated with crime suppression and intercepting people who have illegally…

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Added by Scott Simmons on December 30, 2010 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Highland Beach: Ethics office could cost $10,848

By Steve Plunkett



The county’s new ethics watchdog office could cost the town of Highland Beach up to $10,848 in its first year.

“We do not know yet which particular contracts might be exempted from the fee, and there’s going to be some that are exempted from this fee,’’ Town Manager Dale Sugerman reported at the commission’s December meeting.

Municipalities are obligated to fund the office by paying one-quarter of 1 percent of the total cost of contracts awarded. Sugerman said… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on December 30, 2010 at 11:41am — No Comments

Boca Raton: New push to keep Ocean Strand public

By Steve Plunkett



Boca Raton residents are mounting another assault in their campaign to ensure that Ocean Strand becomes a park.

A new group, Keep Your Boca Beaches Public, is circulating petitions to place an ordinance and a charter amendment targeting the coastal parcel on the March ballot.

 “We started collecting signatures aggressively this weekend, and I have to say that we have hundreds of them already,’’ Martin Siml told City Council members at a Dec. 13 workshop. “It… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on December 30, 2010 at 11:34am — No Comments

Boca Raton: Three families give $600,000 to FAU peace

 

FAU President Mary Jane Saunders (left) celebrates

a $600,000 gift with Dick Schmidt, Christine Lynn,

Barbara Schmidt and Manjunath Pendakur,

dean of the College of Arts and Letters.

Photo provided

Staff Reports



Florida Atlantic…

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Around Town: Boca strikes gold with Town Center vending machine

 

Customers buy gold chips and coins from the

Gold-to-Go vending machine at Boca Raton’s

Town Center. Photo provided

 

By Thom Smith

 

Like bees to honey, shoppers are converging on a new hive at…

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Added by Scott Simmons on December 29, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Boca ‘Daughters’ are hep to history, service

 

 

Betty-Jane Lee, a 71-year member of the Daughters

of the American Revolution, sips tea during

a recent meeting of the Estahakee Chapter at the

Highland Beach Holiday Inn. Photos by Tim Stepien…

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Society Spotlight: Holiday Champagne Reception At the Boca Raton Museum of Art

 

 

 

The event committee for the Friends of the Boca Raton Museum of

Art’s Holiday Champagne Reception included Ann Conte (left),

Barbara Scott, Robin May, Nancy Wright and Marjory Bitson.

The event featured a variety of items…

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Added by Scott Simmons on December 29, 2010 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Society Spotlight: Boca Raton Regional Hospital Ball Kick-off At Bogart’s, Boca Raton



 

Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation hosted a kick-off reception for its 49th annual ball at Bogart’s.

The reception honored the members of the Medical Staff Executive Committee,…

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InterFaith21: Diverse congregation walks together in faith

Henrietta Smith reads the Litany of Commemoration at the

50th anniversary commemoration of the first communion

of the Church of the Palms in Delray Beach on Nov. 14.

Other officers of the Women’s Fellowship pictured are:

Margot Beck (left), Marlene Hambleton,…

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Added by Scott Simmons on December 29, 2010 at 5:55pm — No Comments

Paws Up for Pets: For relaxation techniques, watch your pet

 

By Arden Moore



    We can learn a lot from our cats and dogs when it comes to keeping limber, shooing away muscle aches and reveling in the moment.

    In fact, cats and dogs are born yoga teachers, if we just pay closer attention to how they move and stretch with purpose…

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Added by Scott Simmons on December 29, 2010 at 5:48pm — No Comments

Coasting Along: Concierge security at Boca Raton's Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club





By Tim Norris



Beyond energetic disputes between New Englander and chief of security Ray Lavin and New Yorker and lieutenant Mike McHale over the baseball fortunes of the Red Sox and Yankees, about the only fighting that the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club security force sees might be a rare domestic dispute, a too-hearty party, rowdy teens, a disgruntled nanny, a missing garbage can or a fuss over where laborers park.

There… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on December 1, 2010 at 7:47pm — No Comments

Editorial: Friendship, hope and a flash of sparkle

I love the winter holidays.

There’s a certain sparkle in the air — regardless of whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, the winter solstice or Kwanzaa.

And that sparkle symbolizes hope. It symbolizes faith. And it symbolizes family and friendship.

It’s a time for giving, and a time to assess all the good things in our lives. It’s also a time for forgiving and moving on, because that is the greatest gift you can give yourself.

And in that spirit of giving, I invite you… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on December 1, 2010 at 7:43pm — No Comments

Around Town: Hot chef's calendar cooks up money for charity



By Thom Smith



With visions of cheesecake dancing in her head, Taylor Morgan, host of South Florida Dines radio show and founder of SouthFloridaDines.com, envisioned a calendar, racier than a chocolate mousse — a ladle here, a toque there — of South Florida’s hottest chefs.

Only one problem, chefs may subject chicken skin to air, but not their own.

So nudity was out, but Morgan got her… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on December 1, 2010 at 7:40pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: City, children's museum agree on lease


The Children’s Museum has a second lease, after theCity Council approved it paying $1 a year for 60 years.
The second lease agreement, between the museum and the city, is for the existing Singing Pines and Arvida house buildings and expanded museum expansion studio.
— Margie Plunkett

Added by Scott Simmons on December 1, 2010 at 7:35pm — No Comments

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