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Coastal Star: Parent uses family experiences to shed light on mental illness

Posted on October 4, 2017 at 3:35pm 0 Comments

Rita Thrasher is president and CEO of the nonprofit Boca Raton’s Promise. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Amy Woods

    Rita Thrasher dedicates her work to her daughters. Her youngest died at age 43. Her…


Editor's Note: Irma, lawsuit affirm we’ll fight to keep publishing

Posted on October 4, 2017 at 3:25pm 0 Comments

    In between the National Hurricane Center’s every-three-hour updates, I grew anxious thinking what it would mean for our area to have the eye wall of a Category 4 or 5 Hurricane Irma blow directly up the I-95 corridor.

    “If the eye passes east of the lake, we leave. If it goes west, we stay.”

    That was the thin piece of logic I held to as we rushed through storm preparations. My husband was determined to stay regardless of the path. He’d laid the groundwork for survival —…


Along the Coast: Majority of turtle nests had hatched before Hurricane Irma arrived

Posted on October 4, 2017 at 3:02pm 0 Comments

By Ron Hayes

    Hurricane Irma spared Palm Beach County the worst it could do, and the county’s sea turtle nests seem to have been spared its worst as well.

    “In general, the beach was in better shape than we expected,” said Kirt Rusenko, the marine conservationist at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center who monitors nesting turtles along Boca Raton’s coast.

    “We lost about 80 nests and 96 nests survived the storm and are still on the beach,” he said. “Pretty…


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