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Chris Felker's Blog – April 2015 Archive (64)

Along the Coast: Check the law before heading off-course in golf cart

A resident maneuvers a golf cart into Briny Breezes, where the use of non-street-legal golf carts

such as this one has been determined to be illegal.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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Along the Coast: Miracle League is a win-win-win for players, families, volunteers

Coach Ted Green gives player August Slat

a hug after August got a solid hit and ran the bases.

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Along the Coast: Snowbirds flocked to beaches/coastal hotels in record numbers this season

Beachgoers packed the oceanfront daily in Delray Beach, making it difficult to find a parking spot or parcel of sand.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack



    You can credit bad weather up North, the recovering national…

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Boca Raton: City delays Chabad project site plan decision

By Sallie James



    A standing-room-only crowd of nearly 300 staunch supporters and fierce opponents of a controversial beachside synagogue packed Boca Raton City Hall last month for a showdown about the project’s site plan.

    But they left without resolution after City Council members stunned some and delighted others by deferring action on…

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Boca Raton: Police and fire-rescue contracts meant to save city millions

By Sallie James



    Calling Boca Raton’s recently negotiated police and fire contracts a “reset” and a compromise, City Council members in April voted 4-1 to approve the long overdue agreements.

    The contracts are expected to save the city approximately $93 million in combined pension obligations over the next 30 years.

    “There’s a saying that a good compromise leaves both sides a little dissatisfied,” said City Council member Scott Singer. “I think…

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Boca Raton: Peace Memorial dedication, Royal Palm Plaza, Boca Raton — April 25

Dignitaries and the creators of the ‘Garden Of Humanity’ take part in the dedication and ribbon-cutting in downtown Boca Raton.

Rev. Fr. Paren Galstyan, pastor of St. David…

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Boca Raton: StoryShare: Time to tell, hear and think about stories

Caren Neile, storytelling class leader, holds a microphone

up to Ellie Lingner as she tells a story at the Boca Raton Public Library.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes



    This…

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Highland Beach: Commissioners praise new manager, clerk and contracts

INSET BELOW: Beverly Brown

By Rich Pollack



    The Highland Beach Town Commission unanimously voted last month to appoint interim Town Manager Beverly Brown to the position permanently.

    Brown had served as the Highland Beach town clerk for eight years and had been interim town manager since January following the mutually agreed upon departure of former Town Manager Kathleen Weiser.

    Replacing Brown as town…

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Boca Raton: Residents protest potential traffic from proposed restaurant

By Sallie James



    A plan to build a Houston’s restaurant on the old Wildflower property near the Intracoastal Waterway continues to draw ire.

    At a Planning and Zoning meeting last month to change the density and zoning of the northern part of the property, many residents voiced protests, citing gridlock in an already congested area. But after much discussion, the board voted to recommend the City Council approve the changes anyway.

    “What about…

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Highland Beach: Library terrace enclosure project stalled again

Plans to enclose two terraces at the Highland Beach Library are estimated to cost $150,000.

2013 file photo Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack



    Long-discussed plans to enclose two terraces at the Highland Beach Library may be stalled…

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Highland Beach: Couple on bicycles seriously injured on A1A

By Rich Pollack

    

    A Friday afternoon bike ride on State Road A1A turned into a tragedy when a car that veered off the roadway struck a Highland Beach couple.

    The couple, 70-year-old Patricia Goldstein and her husband, 75-year-old Howard Epstein, were riding their bicycles south on A1A toward their home in the Toscana condominium at about 12:30 in the afternoon on April 24 when a car driven by William Clever of Boca Raton weaved off the road and struck…

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Along the Coast: Vital Flight pilots fly disabled kids into boundless blue sky

William Peppler flies north along Florida’s coastline above Delray Beach in a 1967 Piper Navajo.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Tao Woolfe



    William Peppler cannot move or speak. The 10-year-old spends most days surveying…

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Secret Gardens: Re-create the magic of Mounts with specimens from its nursery

A frangipani bloom at the Mounts Nursery.

Extracta green sage.…

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Boca Raton: Indoor vaping banned in Boca

By Sallie James



    Smokers who “vape” on electronic cigarettes will have to follow the same smoking rules as regular cigarette smokers, Boca Raton City Council members agreed on April 28.

    What that means is this: Wherever indoor cigarette smoking is prohibited in this city, so is vaping.

    City officials voted 4-1 to approve an ordinance that places the same restrictions on e-cigarette use that the city has already placed on regular cigarette…

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Along the Coast: Sober house rules could rein in ‘bad operators’

By Tim Pallesen



    The Florida Legislature has taken “an important first step” to regulate the sober homes for recovering addicts that cause concerns in Delray Beach, Boca Raton and other coastal communities.

    The new state law awaiting the governor’s signature offers sober homes a voluntary certification with the state. Drug and alcohol treatment centers could only refer patients to certified sober homes.

    Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein said the…

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Obituary: Bernd Anton Schulte

INSET BELOW: Bernd Schulte

   OCEAN RIDGE — After a long battle with pancreatic cancer, Bernd Anton Schulte died peacefully at his home in Ocean Ridge on April 15. Mr. Schulte was born on Aug. 28, 1942, to German parents residing in Sofia, Bulgaria, joining a growing family that would eventually total five children.

    At a young age he…

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Obituary: Charles 'Chuck' Raymond Barnes

By Steven J. Smith



    BOCA RATON — Although some people might consider themselves “Jacks of all trades,” Chuck Barnes proved he was a master of many.

    Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Nov. 18, 1938, Mr. Barnes achieved youthful fame as a track star at Sexton High School in Lansing, Mich., breaking the city record and ranking second in the state in the half-mile, according to his wife, Cris.…

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Obituary: Joan Christine Collins Daly

By Steven J. Smith



    BOCA RATON — If ever one could represent the epitome of a mover and a shaker — someone who overcame adversity and prevailed against all odds — it would have to be Joan Daly.

    Mrs. Daly, 94, died at her home in Boca Raton on April 10.

    She was a native of New York City who, with her husband Robert (deceased 1996), moved to Scarsdale, N.Y., in the 1950s to raise their family.…

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Home, Health and Harmony: A mantra of motion

Yoga helps keep folks moving, despite injuries, growing old…

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Paws Up for Pets: Lawyer making dogged effort to rescue, protect animals

Delray Beach lawyer Mindy Farber, with rescue dogs Cara, Nicky and Abbey,

advocates for nonprofits, veterans, women, minorities and homeless pets.

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