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Chris Felker's Blog – April 2013 Archive (32)

Editor's Note: Defeating ALS is a cause we can all support

    Most adults have heard of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Approximately 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year, according to the ALS Association. The incidence of ALS is two per 100,000 people, and it is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans may have the disease at any given time.

    With no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries, ALS can strike anyone. So, it’s not unlikely that many of us know or have known…

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Boca Raton: Officials searching for ways to keep airport tower open

By Margie Plunkett

    

    The proposed closure of the air traffic control tower at the Boca Raton airport — one of 149 set to be closed nationwide because of sequestration — has been the hot topic in aviation. Local sentiment mirrors that of Lauren Crocker, chief operating officer of South Trac Air Charter: “It really stinks.”

    Airport, city and county authorities have been working the political channels, preparing arguments and rustling up comment against…

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Boca Raton: Parking meters proposed for Gumbo Limbo

By Cheryl Blackerby

    

    Attendance is up 50 percent at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, which is a good thing, except for a growing parking problem. On busy days, one or two park rangers have to manage parking.

    A big part of the problem is beach-goers who park free at Gumbo Limbo and then go across the street to Red Reef Park East to avoid paying the $18 daily rate on weekends ($16 weekdays) at the beach.

    The solution: Parking meters for…

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Boca Raton: Fireworks flap part of district and city power struggle

By Cheryl Blackerby

    

    Boca Raton’s July Fourth celebration may determine who knows best how to manage Boca Raton’s parks and beaches: the Boca Raton Beach & Park District or the city of Boca Raton.

    The simmering war over management of beaches and parks showed signs of boiling March 28 when a resolute Mayor Susan Whelchel called a halt to debate about where the city should hold its July Fourth fireworks celebration.

    Whelchel said the City…

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Boca Raton: Friends of Gumbo Limbo have a grand old ride

The Friends of Gumbo Limbo Board of Trustees members, (L-R) Steve Alley, President Michele Kurucz Peel, Susan Walker, ‘Luna’ The Green Sea Turtle, portrayed by Michele’s daughter Delaney, Treasurer Judy Gire and volunteer Elisabeth Hoffman, cheer on the riders participating in the Grand Fondo Garneau ride at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center…

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Boca Raton: Archstone gets city OK to build downtown apartment complex

By Tim Pallesen



     Boca Raton’s centerpiece for downtown redevelopment, as city leaders call it, starts construction this fall.

    Archstone won City Council approval March 11 to build 378 apartments in the heart of what city leaders hope will become a pedestrian-friendly downtown where young professionals live, work and play.

    “Young professionals want to be in the thick of the action in an urban setting,” Archstone developer Mark Guzzetta…

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Highland Beach: Feathers smoothed in flap among manager, library director and Friends

By Rich Pollack

    

    A resident who in February publicly shared neighbors’ concerns about the town manager’s oversight of the library and its director now says he is satisfied that the issues have been resolved.

    “We are very pleased to have been advised by Mari Suarez, our library director, that she and Kathleen Weiser, our town manager, have reconciled their differences and are committed to a mutually respectful and productive relationship,” Mike Stein…

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Highland Beach: Feldman fills Trinley’s seat on commission

Outgoing Highland Beach Commissioner Doris Trinley holds up her old name placard as Mayor Bernard Featherman (left) and Town Attorney Glen Torcivia applaud her during a special commission meeting on March 13.…

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Highland Beach: Holocaust commemoration April 8

A May 1943 photo of the family that harbored Jojo (front, second from right) during WWII,

including girls named Giselle (far left) and Michou (front, holding stuffed bear).…

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Delray Beach: Realtor charged with money laundering and fraud

Mug: Jon D. Rashotsky

By Angie Francalancia

    

    A yearlong investigation by Delray Beach police resulted in the arrest of former Mizner Grande Realty agent Jon D. Rashotsky, suspected of misappropriating more than $2.8 million in escrow funds from 83 clients. Rashotsky was scheduled to be arraigned April 2 on felony charges of money laundering and fraud. …

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Highland Beach: Fire truck ready for retirement; sidewalk repairs on tap

By Rich Pollack

    

    Highland Beach’s 18-year-old firetruck has been out of service since the end of October because of needed repairs and should be replaced as soon as possible, town commissioners were told during a workshop meeting last month.

    While Delray Beach Fire-Rescue, which has a contract to operate Highland Beach’s Fire Department, is providing a backup ladder truck at no cost, fire officials say the town’s truck is long overdue for…

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Around Town: Protesters prevail in FAU stadium naming rights controversy

By Thom Smith

    For two days in October 1969, several hundred students camped in the quadrangle west of the Florida Atlantic University administration building during the nationwide moratorium to protest the Vietnam War. No incidents save for raising a flag bearing an image of Mickey Mouse instead of the Stars and Stripes.

    The next spring, a group of students protested the dumping of waste from Boca Raton’s overworked sewage plant into the…

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Coastal Star: Buff brings media background to film fest

John Oxendine says the Palm Beach International Film Festival

is a boon for the county’s economy. See the ArtsPaper for more on the film festival.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Chris Felker

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‘Birdies to Black Jack’: Via Mizner Golf & Country Club, Boca Raton

April 19: Join the Junior League of Boca Raton as it goes from the 18th green to a full house at its Golf Classic & Casino Night fundraiser, ‘Birdies to Black Jack.’ Time is 11 am. Cost is $225 for the Golf Classic and $65-$125 for Casino Night. Call 620-2553 or visit…

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Pay it Forward: Challenge grant offered for symphony orchestra

Joe Griffin with conductor Sebrina Maria Alfonso.

By Rich Pollack



    If it weren’t for a last-minute birthday present from his friend Claudia Willis, chances are Joseph Griffin probably wouldn’t have discovered the South Florida Symphony Orchestra.

    Willis, knowing that Griffin…

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Concours d’Elegance: Boca Aviation, Boca Raton – Feb. 21

The seventh annual charity event for Boys & Girls Club of Broward County began with a spectacular hangar party displaying exotic cars, motorcycles, boats and jets. Twenty of South Florida’s top restaurants sponsored the event and served gourmet food, fine wine and signature cocktails.…

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2013 Allianz Championship: The Old Course at Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton – Feb. 4-10

A celebrated roster of 81 PGA Champions Tour players took to The Old Course at Broken Sound Club for the 2013 Allianz Championship vying for a $1.8 million purse. The Moabery Family Foundation pledged an annual ‘champions challenge,’ donating $1,000 for each birdie and $5,000 for each eagle scored by the defending champion to benefit Boca…

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Culture & Cocktails: Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Lake Worth – March 4

This season’s final Cultures & Cocktails event attracted more than 80 to the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. Among the attendees were Donald Ephraim (left), Maxine Marks and Linda and Jay Rosenkranz of Boca Raton.

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Boca Raton Regional Hospital Ball: Boca Raton Resort & Club – Jan. 12

An enthusiastic crowd of more than 750 attended the 51st annual affair that celebrated the new Wold Family Center for Emergency Medicine and raised $1 million in the process. Guests paid tribute to Honorary Chairwoman Elaine Wold and 10 physicians.

Photo: Elaine Wold with David…

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Boca Raton Garden Club Luau: Garden Club Clubhouse – March 22

Polynesian foods, drinks, music and a performance by a professional hula troupe highlighted the Boca Raton Garden Club Luau March 22 in the clubhouse. Proceeds of the event will go to Junior Gardening, Garden Therapy for Alzheimer’s Patients and College Scholarships.

Photo: Alan and…

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