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Boca Raton: ‘Untended’ grass has new lower limit

    Boca Raton property owners, rev your lawn mowers. The allowed length of grass — and other untended vegetation — just got shorter.

    The City Council approved an ordinance in February that reduced the permitted maximum height of untended vegetation by 4 inches, dropping it from 12 inches to 8.

    The ordinance is aimed mostly at vacant lots and houses in foreclosure, said Deputy City Manager George Brown. “The key word is ‘untended,’ ” he noted.

    “Untended vegetation”…

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Boca Raton: Beach and park district seeks audience with City Council

By Steve Plunkett



    The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District plans to hand-deliver a check for $3.7 million — as soon as the City Council finds time to accept it.

    The money is half the local cost of renourishing the city’s beaches from the Boca Raton Inlet north to the southern end of Red Reef Park. District commissioners decided at their Feb. 16 meeting that they would pay for half of the bill, up from their previous contribution level of one-third…

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Boca Raton: Mobility mats will improve access at annual Boating & Beach Bash

‘Who wants to go for a boat ride?’ Guests outfitted in the mandatory life jackets

are ready to be helped aboard one of the 20 yachts offering rides to attendees

of last year’s Boating & Beach Bash for People With Disabilities.…

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Boca Raton: ‘Animal attraction’ once referred to tourist draw

The park’s entrance was at Camino Real, about where the gates to Camino Gardens stand today.

All that is left is an asphalt pathway and the geyser base in the lake.…

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Highland Beach: Town passes ordinances to better control construction sites

By Rich Pollack



    Highland Beach town commissioners unanimously passed a package of five local ordinances at their March 1 meeting, with several designed to keep the town from looking unsightly during construction.

    “Most of these ordinances have the effect of making sure property is maintained according to the high standards of Highland Beach,” said Town Attorney Glen Torcivia.

    As pent-up demand for custom-built new homes led to an increase in…

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Obituary: Kersen De Jong

By Dan Moffett



    MANALAPAN — Kersen De Jong was the most controversial citizen in Manalapan because that’s what he wanted to be.

Born in the Netherlands, De Jong said he believed it his duty as a naturalized American to speak out whenever he found injustice. And in Manalapan, he thought he found it a lot.

    His criticism of the town was public and spirited, and his complaints went beyond the spectrum of routine municipal governance. De Jong complained…

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Obituary: Dr. Björn Nils Anders Lamborn

By Emily J. Minor



    BOCA RATON — Dr. Björn Nils Anders Lamborn, a prominent physicist who held a key role in establishing the Ph.D. program in physics at Florida Atlantic University, died Jan. 14 after suffering a bad fall following cataract surgery. He was 78.

    In addition to his scholarly accomplishments, of which there were many, Dr. Lamborn was revered for his impressively dry sense of humor and an endless love for his Corgi dogs, said his sister,…

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Briny Breezes: French researcher collecting WWII stories from U.S. vets

Florent ‘Flo’ Plana and cameraman Hugo Le Gourrierec record Ed Manley

as he talks about photos from his days in the service during World War II.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…

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Along the Coast: More safe roads enforcement coming to State Road A1A

By Rich Pollack

 

    Motorists traveling along State Road A1A in southern Palm Beach County from March 7 to 13 may be seeing more flashing emergency lights as the South Florida Safe Roads Task Force conducts another in a series of concentrated education and enforcement efforts.

    Officers from several coastal communities, as well as from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol, will be out in force that week to highlight the…

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Business Spotlight: Sweetwater’s success prompts owners to open new bar next door

Owners Sean Iglehart and Clint Reed opened Sweetwater Bar & Grill in 2011

in Boynton Beach. This month they are opening Saxon, which has a different flavor.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Health and Harmony: Breastfeeding station: PBIA, West Palm Beach

‘Hello, mamas!’ says the sign on the new portable breastfeeding and pumping station

at Palm Beach International Airport. The 5- by 9-foot portable lactation suite,

located past the security checkpoint across from Gate C1, includes seating, an electrical…

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Free labor at the fore

Volunteers donate their time at the golf course

to get reduced fees

Volunteer Francis Sanatan rakes a sand trap at Red Reef…

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Obituary: Joann Freeman

By Ron Hayes



    HIGHLAND BEACH — Joanne Freeman loved books.

    Ms. Freeman, a former bookstore owner who volunteered with the Friends of the Highland Beach Library and later was a part-time member of the staff, died Feb. 6 after battling cancer. She was 77.

    “She was a wonderful person,” said Mari Suarez, the library’s director…

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Health and Harmony: Boca hospital’s milk bank helps preemies fend off ills

Jenny O’Sullivan (right), with her husband, Morgan, and children, Caitlin, 6, Sean, 4,

and Molly, 6 months. Jenny O’Sullivan donates breast milk to the Toppel Family Place

at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Tim…

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Health and Harmony: Celebrating 50 years: JFK Medical Center, Atlantis – Feb. 17

Gina Melby, CEO of JFK Medical Center, addresses employees and board members

as part of the cele­bration of the 50th year of the hospital.…

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Finding Faith: St. Paul’s Day School has a new director

Liz Ryan

By Janis Fontaine

   Liz Ryan has accepted a position with St. Paul’s Day School in Delray Beach as day school director.

    Ryan, who has a degree in music/theater, started her child- care career as a…

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Religion: Rabbi reaches out with new congregation

Rabbi Joan Cubell, right, with Cantor Geniene Miller, left,

and Adina Baseman Sharfstein at a recent Shabbat service.

Photo provided by Norman Karl Garrett

By Janis…

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Health and Harmony: Boca hospital’s milk bank helps preemies fend off ills

Jenny O’Sullivan (right), with her husband, Morgan, and children, Caitlin, 6, Sean, 4,

and Molly, 6 months. Jenny O’Sullivan donates breast milk to the Toppel Family Place

at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Tim…

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St. Lucy Catholic Church fashion show: Via Mizner Golf & Country Club, Boca Raton ­— Feb. 23

Sleeves To Go model Susan Costanza walks the runway during the church’s

44th annual fundraising luncheon and fashion show.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Paws Up for Pets: WWII vet helps others get service dogs

Irwin Stovroff plays with his golden retriever, Cash.

Photo provided by Maria Teresa Creations

By Arden Moore

   Meet Irwin Stovroff, an energetic 93-year-old from Boca…

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