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Chris Felker's Blog – May 2013 Archive (26)

Highland Beach: Neighbors hope latest condo plan succeeds

Tentative plans for the condo at 3200 S. Ocean Blvd. would call for 22 units.

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By Rich Pollack

    Highland Beach’s first new high-rise condominium in more than a decade is one step closer to being built,…

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Boca Raton: A new chapter for Boca library — New $9.5 million space is not just about books

Tarps cover benches to keep them dust-free in the new Boca Raton Library.

Jon Castro of B&I Contractors checks the ceiling in the young…

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Along the Coast: Old school, cutting edge — Barbers happy to keep traditional shops

Vito Damiani, of Mr. Vito Men’s Hair Designers, gives a massage to Boca resident Jerry Martin.

Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Highland Beach looks ahead to beach restoration options

By Rich Pollack

    Although the signs of Hurricane Sandy are all but gone and overall the beach in Highland Beach is in good shape, town officials still might want to take steps now to offset potential weather damage in the future, a recent study concluded.

    The study, by Coastal Planning and Engineering at a cost of $15,158, found that the northern section of beach along the town’s 2.85 miles of coastline is doing well, thanks in large part to sand from Delray…

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Boca Raton: Memorial Day service

Members of the Boca Raton Community High School unit of the Navy Junior ROTC

stand at attention during a Memorial Day Observance at the Boca Raton City Cemetery.…

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Boca Raton: Departing board member criticizes airport salaries

By Rich Pollack

    Minutes after being censured for violating bylaws, a member of the Boca Raton Airport Authority abruptly resigned, but not before raising questions about the salaries of airport staff, specifically the airport director.

    Dave Freudenberg, a former Boca Raton City Council member wrapping up his two-year term on the authority, told other members he began looking closely at the authority’s budget when the federal government announced it might stop…

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Boca Raton: Committee honors landscape excellence

Sea Ranch Club’s entrance is dominated by native sabal palms.

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By Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley

    On May 15, a perfect spring day, about 30 people…

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Boca Raton: Council, auditors take opposite sides on lunch meetings

By Steve Plunkett

    The City Council quickly disposed of $5,600 in questions the county Office of the Inspector General raised in an audit of city expenses.

    Council members voted unanimously that buying food for its three-day goal-setting sessions in May and its budget presentation to the Chamber of Commerce in August serves the public good.

    “As you know, the inspector general is going around the county inspecting things, and they have expressed a…

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Boca Raton Women’s Club Installation of Officers: Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Boca Raton – May 6

Members of the Greater Federated Women’s Club, Boca Raton Chapter,

celebrated the installation of new officers and a unique designer fashion showing

at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Joining in the celebration were members of the…

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Alzheimer’s Association Fundraiser: Boca Country Club, Boca Raton – March 14

Julia Vassalluzzo served as hostess for an event featuring shopping, hors d’oeuvres,

wine, entertainment and door prizes, all for the benefit of the organization’s

Southeast Florida Chapter. Each of the more than 85 guests received a signed…

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Portrait of a Woman: Sailfish Club, Palm Beach – March 21

The spring luncheon that raised $15,000 for Quantum House honored its 2013 nominees:

Grand Matriarch Sydelle Meyer, along with Melissa Potamkin Ganzi, Rosemary Krieger and Ruth Young.

The women were on display throughout the event via individual oil…

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Red Rose Gala: Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club, Boca Raton – April 4

The National Society of Arts and Letters’ Florida East Coast Chapter presented Daniel Biaggi,

general director of the Palm Beach Opera, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership and Artistic Excellence.

To honor Biaggi, soprano Nadine Sierra,…

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Obituary: Mary McKenzie

By Ron Hayes



    BOCA RATON — Her family called her “Mary Detail,” and during the final years of her life, the Boca Raton Historical Society benefited from Mary McKenzie’s love of detailed work.

    A resident for 30 years, Mrs. McKenzie died April 10 after a short illness.“If we couldn’t remember somebody’s birthday, or something that had happened, we’d call her up,” remembers her sister, Pat Gilmour of Margate. “Her memory was phenomenal, right up until…

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Highland Beach: Commissioners revisit spending cap issue

By Rich Pollack



    A Highland Beach spending issue that appeared to have been resolved last fall has resurfaced, this time at the urging of a new commissioner who believes residents want stronger veto power over purchases of big-ticket items.

    At an April 30 commission workshop meeting, Commissioner Carl Feldman, elected in March, revisited a spending cap that requires voter approval on any purchases exceeding 10 percent of the town’s $10.4 million operating…

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Boca Raton: Exhibit depicts native lifestyles of 19th and 20th centuries

Seminoles sit at a chickee at Pirates Cove.

Photo courtesy of the Boca Raton Historical Society

By Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley



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Boca Raton: Boca art collector survived Andrea Doria

Collector Jerry Reinert shows an etching by artist Winslow Homer.

Dale King/The Coastal Star

By Dale King



    Jerome “Jerry” Reinert loves beauty…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Doris Trinley

Doris Trinley served Highland Beach for 25 years, including six as a commissioner.

Now she has retired and has time to enjoy the town she loves.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

     Few people understand the inner workings of Highland Beach…

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Mother's Day: If tea suits Mom, there are plenty of choices brewing

Friends Josepha Peters of Winter Haven, Shake Potoukian of Fort Lauderdale, Cecile Guekjian of Miami

and Rosemary VanWitzenburg of Fort Lauderdale raise a cup at TeaLicious Tea Room

in Delray Beach. The women meet all…

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FOR THAT GEM OF A MOM: The right jewelry adds sparkle to the magic of Mother’s Day

Necklace of multicolored shell pearls, $195-$225. At Unique Boutique, Delray Beach.

Casta…

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Paws Up for Pets: Vet seeks better legal status for police canines

Dr. Ken Simmons visits with Zeek Moore, Hannah Banana Marinus and Lexi Panitz

in the Doggie Day Care at the Barkeritaville Lagoon at Simmons Veterinary Hospital in Lake Worth.

Inset below: A special memorial statue will…

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