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Chris Felker's Blog – April 2014 Archive (69)

A flight plan for the future: Boca Raton Airport looks to continue path to growth

The view of Boca Raton Airport from Glades Road and Interstate 95.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…

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Added by Chris Felker on April 30, 2014 at 11:47am — 1 Comment

Boca Raton: Downtown parking about to get tougher

By Steve Plunkett

    Pay attention to the sign when you pull into a free on-street parking space in downtown Boca Raton. The city is enforcing the mostly two-hour time limits for the first time in at least three years.

    City staff also are putting up new parking signs where there are none and will report back in June on what else should be done.

    “We all know there’s a lot more downtown activity. There’s a lot of development going on in the…

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Added by Chris Felker on April 30, 2014 at 11:38am — No Comments

Boca Raton: New director sees Art School as safe haven for creativity to flourish

INSET BELOW: Walter O'Neill

By Lucy Lazarony

    Walter O’Neill can sum up his vision for the Art School of the Boca Museum of Art in four simple words, “community and building community.”

    O’Neill, who took over as director on April 7, sees the Art School as a second home for artists of all ages and all skill levels, where they can leave the daily stresses of life at the door, come inside and create art.…

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Boca Raton: Tenth annual Boca Bash

Lake Boca was filled with boats, partiers and music on April 27 for Boca Bash,

an annual floating party held between the Camino Real and Palmetto Park Road bridges.…

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Added by Chris Felker on April 30, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Delray Beach: City grapples with panhandling and trolley-riding homeless

By Tim Pallesen

    A majority of city commissioners wants to charge a dollar for trolley rides to discourage the homeless from riding free to a soup kitchen. 

    To stop the homeless from begging for money, commissioners also want a tough new ordinance to prohibit panhandling.

    “We have beautiful trolleys that are supposed to bring individuals to our city to spend money — not to give free rides to the homeless so they can go to a soup kitchen,”…

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Added by Chris Felker on April 30, 2014 at 11:27am — No Comments

Highland Beach: Town studies tech solutions for finding water leaks sooner

By Rich Pollack

    Concern over a water leak that led to one small neighborhood association receiving a $4,000 water bill has Highland Beach town leaders looking into new ways to detect leaks and save not just treated water but also a lot of money.

    The issue surfaced recently after town commissioners received correspondence from Jerry Wolff, president of the Villa Del Alto Homeowners Association, who said that the association’s water bill for a…

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Added by Chris Felker on April 30, 2014 at 11:23am — No Comments

Green Turtle Gallop: Spanish River Park, Boca Raton - April 13

About 600 runners laced up their shoes to take part in the Green Turtle Gallop at Spanish River Park

in Boca Raton. The 6.2-mile run raised about $10,000  for Gumbo Limbo’s Sea Turtle rehabilitation facility.

Runners,…

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Boca Raton: Volunteers package meals to fight world hunger

Stop Hunger Now volunteers recently packed 100,000 meals to be shipped to Haiti.

Photo provided

By Mary Thurwachter

    About 600 students and other community volunteers rolled up their sleeves April 19 to prepare 100,000 meals in the Florida…

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Added by Chris Felker on April 30, 2014 at 11:10am — No Comments

Boca Raton: City looking for way to keep Children’s Museum afloat

By Sallie James

    After news of the Boca Raton Children’s Museum’s financial plight was publicized and emails requesting support were sent out to supporters, donations have been trickling in.

    The financially strapped museum had expected to run out of operating funds April 30, according to Executive Director Denise St. Patrick-Bell. She asked for help from the city during a meeting late in April.

    “The public has stepped forward with…

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Obituary: John Henry Cochrane II

By Jane Smith

    HIGHLAND BEACH — John Henry Cochrane II was 88 when he  died at home on April 14 from complications of COPD. 

    “He was the most kind, sweet and gentle person,” said his wife, Shirley. “He had a way about him that made everyone feel comfortable around him.”

    Mr. Cochrane was…

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Obituary: Elsie Silva

By Ron Hayes

    BRINY BREEZES — Elsie Silva was a single mother who reared six children by herself, made their clothes, cooked homemade meals, worked two or three jobs, and baked molasses cookies that were sweet to eat but hard on a diet.

    “She made cookies all the time,” remembers her daughter, Joanne Friedman. “Homemade bread. Swedish pastries. She’d say, ‘Want a cookie?’ when I was on a diet, and I’d say, ‘Oh, Mom, why’d you do that?’ I’d resist, but…

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Boynton Inlet: Concern for safety leads to beach closure confusion

Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams is joined by mayors from Manalapan, Boynton Beach and Ocean Ridge on April 30 at a press conference held to draw attention to newly installed public safety signs warning swimmers to stay 75 feet away from the Boynton Inlet jetty. Jerry Lower/The Coastal…

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Health & Harmony: Hypnotherapy can be a route to inner motives

Hypnotherapist Annette Annechild with Coastal Star columnist Paula Detwiller.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Paula Detwiller

    Why do we continue unhealthy habits knowing full well we’re paying a price?…

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Added by Chris Felker on April 30, 2014 at 10:32am — No Comments

Just say, 'Spa!'

It's Mom's Day, so why not make her feel special?

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Manalapan

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Finding Faith: Easter gift for Christ Fellowship: A new place to call home

Members of Christ Fellowship Church, above, are led in prayer by the worship team, below, on April 13.

It was the first service at their new permanent location, in the former Dillard’s department store in the Boynton Beach Mall.…

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Secret Gardens: Water a calming centerpiece at Fountains Center

As advertised, the Fountains Center in Boca Raton boasts a spectacular water feature

with waterfalls, fountains and wooden bridges.…

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Paws Up for Pets: Frisky feral felines the focus of rescue league’s cat-control campaign

Finn and Huck are 4-week-old domestic shorthair kittens in the foster program

at Peggy Adams Rescue League. Kitten season runs through the end of August.

Libby Volgyes/The Coastal Star…

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Added by Chris Felker on April 30, 2014 at 10:05am — No Comments

On the Water: Coast Guard events aim to minimize bad boating habits

John Gatti, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet,

says simple steps can help boaters avoid many of the problems that require Coast Guard intervention.

The station in Riviera Beach will hold an open house May 17 as part of…

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Added by Chris Felker on April 30, 2014 at 9:58am — No Comments

Editor's Note: Arrivals and departures are keeping us busy

    The first sea turtles are arriving and the first snowbirds are departing. 

    It’s been a record-breaking tourist season, and most locals have long ago surrendered to the sunburned hordes and no longer try to dine out on weekends or venture anywhere near a public beach.

    Even so, we’re pleased our friends in the hospitality industry are doing well. That reflects on our bottom line and we aren’t complaining.

    Still … once the last car carrier is loaded and…

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Added by Chris Felker on April 2, 2014 at 3:03pm — No Comments

World War II Experience: Delray Beach Historical Society - March 20

World War II Navy veteran Ernie Simon, and his wife, Norma, look at a mannequin

dressed in a WWII 101st Airborne uniform in the Cason Cottage at the Delray Beach Historical Society

during the ‘Delray Beach: The World War II Experience.’…

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Added by Chris Felker on April 2, 2014 at 2:52pm — No Comments

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