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Chris Felker's Blog – December 2015 Archive (109)

Our History: Recalling Boca during World War II

For a child living on beachfront,

intrigue of wartime was exciting…

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Highland Beach: Agreement close for new fire-rescue equipment, services

By Rich Pollack



    After months of negotiation, the town of Highland Beach is close to signing a fire and rescue service agreement with Delray Beach that would make it possible to have a new fire truck and a new rescue truck in its station.

    Last month, Highland Beach town officials voted to sign an agreement with the city of Delray Beach — pending approval of final cost numbers — that would enable the city’s fire-rescue department to continue to staff the…

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Highland Beach: Former volunteer takes helm at library

New Highland Beach Library Director Lois Albertson (left) with Suzi Hayes,

who is stepping down as the director of the library but will stay part time, working 20 hours a week.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Delray Beach: Sober home ‘bad actors’ blamed in push for change

'There is no one here who can guarantee how this is going to unfold,’ state Rep. Bill Hager said

about a new bill targeting dubious practices associated with the drug-rehab industry. He spoke during

a news conference at Delray Beach City…

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Ocean Ridge: Retiring clerk, praised as historian, sage, says 35 years went by in flash

Ocean Ridge Town Clerk Karen Hancsak sits at her post on the Town Hall dais. She retires Jan. 29.

Photo by Tim Stepien

By Dan Moffett



    Ocean Ridge is bracing itself for a case of…

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Editor's Note: A wish for residents in 2016: Be informed, get involved

    As I sit at my desk the day after Christmas — with several extra pounds on my waist and a purring office cat on my lap — I think about how much there is to be thankful for as we slip into the New Year.  

    Because I’m in the business of publishing a community newspaper, I also think about all that we need to keep an eye on in 2016. No matter how sated we may be with the sugar and tryptophan of the holidays, it’s important to remember that we can’t protect democracy by building…

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Coastal Star: Survivor of abuse co-chairs event to help others like her

A domestic abuse survivor, Jeannette DeOrchis will co-chair AVDA’s Heart of a  Woman Luncheon on Jan. 20.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack



    Jeannette DeOrchis has a great career…

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Ocean Ridge: New town clerk earned honors in Maine

By Dan Moffett



    During Jamie Titcomb’s interviews for the Ocean Ridge town manager’s job last summer, he told commissioners that one of his strongest attributes was an ability to assemble talented teams of employees.

    Titcomb didn’t have to look far to choose his first team member in December. He picked Tracey Stevens to be the town’s new…

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Delray Beach: City responds to amended Atlantic Crossing complaint

By Jane Smith

    

    Delray Beach officials took the high road when responding to the second amended complaint filed by the Atlantic Crossing developers in federal court for the Southern District of Florida.

    The response, filed Dec. 14, kept to the legal issues of the complaint and why it should be dismissed. Many, the response said, were not ready to be heard, failed to state a cause of action or follow proper procedures when suing a municipality.

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Letter to the Editor: Ban would hurt collectors, not help animals

    In your last issue, I read a letter submitted by Ed Harris of the National Humane Society. In it he suggests that the collection of ivory is a barbaric, horrendous and shameful hobby that should be ended.

    It is well-known that his group is attempting to ban all sales of any object made wholly or in part from animal ivory. This would include antiquities purchased legally by passionate and responsible collectors. Such a ban would render their collections worthless.

    This…

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Along the Coast: Many warned, several cited during road safety week

Florida Highway Patrol Officer Paul Croy speaks to a group of cyclists he pulled over in Highland Beach

after observing them violating a law regarding road-sharing. None of the cyclists received a ticket.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Gulf Stream: No resolution of legal cases in sight

By Dan Moffett

    It should surprise no one in Gulf Stream that Mayor Scott Morgan and the town’s two litigious residents, Martin O’Boyle and Chris O’Hare, look back on 2015 with radically different opinions about their dueling court cases.

    O’Boyle and O’Hare have dozens of lawsuits pending against the town, most dealing with hundreds of public records requests. In recent months the two men have publicly trumpeted their successes.

    Most notable is a…

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Added by Chris Felker on December 30, 2015 at 12:29pm — 1 Comment

Along the Coast: Frankel, Deutch agree to redistricting swap

The new Florida congressional map includes redrawn South Florida boundaries:

District 21 - Ted Deutch

District 22 - Lois Frankel.

Deutch and Frankel have agreed to switch districts.

SOURCE: League of Women Voters…

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Delray Beach: Restraint called for in redo of ‘Central Park’

By Jane Smith

    

    After months of butting heads on the future of the Old School Square grounds, the City Commission and Community Redevelopment Agency board sat down and agreed to redo the process to upgrade the green space, often called the “Central Park” of Delray Beach.

    “Keep it simple,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said. “Don’t let the designers and architects drive the process,” he added, recalling the message delivered by Fred Kent at a Town Hall lecture…

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Parting gifts: Town Hall, Manalapan – Dec. 15

Tom and Mary Thornton laugh as they are presented with gifts at the Dec. 15 Manalapan Town Commission

meeting by Mayor David Cheifetz and Town Manager Linda Stumpf.  Commissioners passed a resolution

honoring Tom Thornton, a former commissioner, for his…

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Manalapan: Engineering miscue complicates bridge project

By Dan Moffett

    An engineering misstep will force Manalapan to keep weight restrictions on its Audubon Causeway bridge for a couple of months longer than expected while workers replace the aging span.

    Commissioner Peter Isaac said when engineers originally drew up the project, they failed to take into account moving Florida Power & Light poles during the bridge demolition. Dealing with the power poles means that it could take until April to remove…

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Delray Beach: Missing details continue to vex iPic theater proposal

By Jane Smith



    Drama continues to swirl around the iPic movie theater as it makes its way through the Delray Beach approval process.

    The proposed luxury movie theater just south of the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Federal Highway will have to return to the city’s Site Plan Review and Appearance Board. The site plan was tabled Dec. 16 because it lacked details allowing the members to judge whether the project meets the city code for such areas as…

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Delray Beach: City’s planning review to cast a wide net

By Jane Smith

    

    Delray Beach is starting an ambitious review of its comprehensive plan, Planning and Zoning Director Tim Stillings told commissioners at their second December meeting. The revision will take nearly two years to complete, he said.

    The plan, required by Florida law, must be evaluated every seven years, he said. The last evaluation was finished in 2008.

    Since then, in 2011 the state Legislature repealed part of the law that…

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Lanana: Town wins Read for the Record honors — again

By Mary Thurwachter



    Never let it be said that Lantana Mayor David Stewart doesn’t enjoy a good challenge — especially when it comes to his town and reading to children. So when the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County invited the public to participate in Jumpstart’s 2015 Read for the Record on Oct. 22, Stewart and his team of volunteers rallied.

    The national celebration involves thousands of adults reading a nationally selected book on a single day…

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Delray Beach: City moves to join coastal urban greenway

The Delray Beach portion of the East Coast Greenway (green line)

next goes to the Florida Department of Transportation for approval.

Map provided

By Jane Smith

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