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Along the Coast: Feds give cities leeway to decide sober home sites

As Delray Beach begins

ordinance changes,

others in area plan to stand pat…

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South Palm Beach: Friends on self-appointed mission to keep town’s beach clean

Mike Felice fills a trash bag with debris as Dennis Aten picks up a flip-flop on the beach.…

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Holidays, with all the trimmings

Roberto Bentez and Roberto Baster, Meisner Electric employees, use a cherry picker

to construct the 100-foot Christmas tree at Old School Square on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach.…

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Editor's Note: Wishing you joys of seasons past and present

Kelly Sellers and Katie Morris, the editor’s nieces,

make their grandmother’s family cookie recipe in the early 1990s.

Family photo…

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Coastal Star: Volunteer recalls the hungry child inside the successful man

Harry Adwar volunteers at the Caring Kitchen, a hot-meal program in Delray Beach.

He does cooking, cleaning and raises money for the organization.

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Delray Beach: Tie votes delay decision on vacant commission seat

By Jane Smith



    Delray Beach city commissioners tried to fill a vacant commission seat temporarily, but they remained tied after three votes. They will try again at the Dec. 6 meeting to select a commissioner to serve until the March elections.

    The seat was held by Vice Mayor Al…

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Delray Beach: Acting city manager post to be filled by recruitment

By Jane Smith

    

    A traditional recruiting firm will present at least three choices for the Delray Beach City Commission to interview in December for the acting city manager position, which will be open next year.

    City Manager Don Cooper, who started with Delray Beach in January 2015, announced his resignation in late October. He will stay through Dec. 30. He said family medical issues would not allow him to devote his full attention to the…

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Delray Beach: City employees’ ethics infractions addressed

By Jane Smith



    Two city employees received “letters of instruction” recently from the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics. Another Delray Beach employee’s case was too unclear for the commission to make a ruling.

    City firefighter Joseph Lang had a side business that supplied automated external defibrillators to the city’s Fire-Rescue Department.

    He told investigators that one of the fire chiefs asked whether his company could supply the…

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Ocean Ridge: With probe ongoing, Lucibella case vexes town

By Dan Moffett



    Mayor Geoff Pugh says he has been fielding the same two questions from Ocean Ridge residents since Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella’s arrest after a scuffle with police in October:

    What do you think about it?

    And what are you going to do about it?

    Pugh says residents aren’t always satisfied with his answers, or the lack thereof.…

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Gulf Stream: Town reports only a small decline in public records requests

By Steve Plunkett



    Gulf Stream officials and outside attorneys spent an estimated 4,670 hours processing, evaluating, researching and answering requests for public records in fiscal 2016.

    The town’s new staff attorney, Trey Nazzaro, making his first annual…

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Lantana/Hypoluxo Island: License-reading cameras to be replaced

By Mary Thurwachter



    A pair of new license plate-reading cameras are destined for Hypoluxo Island. The Lantana Town Council voted Nov. 14 to replace the current readers for $29,257. In 2007, residents of Hypoluxo Island chipped in $28,000 to buy two license plate readers at the intersection of Atlantic Drive and East Ocean Avenue.

    Those cameras are antiquated, out of warranty now and suffer from routine operating issues, officials said.

    “The…

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Gulf Stream: Town manager leaving after two decades

By Steve Plunkett

    

    Gulf Stream’s town manager, who has worked in Town Hall more than 20 years, has given notice that he is retiring — plenty of notice.

    William Thrasher tendered a resignation letter dated Nov. 1 and effective April 28.

    In it he thanked Mayor Scott…

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Briny Breezes: Town hires new deputy clerk

By Dan Moffett



    Briny Breezes has had to look for a deputy clerk three times in the last three years, so Town Council members hope they’ve found a long-term solution with the hiring of Jackie Ermola in November.

    A transplant from the Philadelphia area, Ermola has experience in…

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Ocean Ridge: Town getting new police and security equipment

By Dan Moffett



    Ocean Ridge took a $213,000 hit to its budget this year when Briny Breezes decided not to renew a police services contract with the town, choosing instead to sign on with Boynton Beach.

    Despite the loss, Ocean Ridge won’t have a problem covering the costs of new police and security equipment that the town has been planning to buy for years.

    Town Manager Jamie Titcomb managed to find about $84,000 for capital expenditures by…

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Along the Coast: Boynton Inlet a hot spot for backgammon champ

Eugen Gantea, left, finds himself ahead 6-0 against Florida state backgammon champion

Jim Macdonald at Ocean Inlet Park.

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Manalapan: Town questions firefighters’ exit during hurricane, but county says it’s policy

By Dan Moffett

    As Hurricane Matthew headed on a collision course with the Florida coast in October, Palm Beach County firefighters vacated the Manalapan station and drove their vehicles to shelter on the mainland.

    Now town commissioners are wondering why.

    “It seemed to a lot of us sitting up here that that was really inappropriate in the event there was an emergency on our side of the bridge,” Mayor David Cheifetz told county Battalion Fire Chief…

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South Palm Beach: 3550 Ocean project to give South Palm a luxurious windfall

The 30 units in the 3550 Ocean building all will have ocean views.

Rendering provided

By Dan Moffett



    What may be the…

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Along the Coast: Coastal Star brings home 10 press awards

By Ron Hayes



    The Coastal Star has been honored with 10 awards for writing, photography and design, including six first-place winners, in the Florida Press Club’s 65th annual Excellence in Journalism competition.

    Writer Sallie James took a top honor for her coverage of the “Homeless in Boca Raton.”

    First-place recognition for feature page design went to Scott Simmons for a trio of entries.

    Photographer Tim Stepien won a first for his…

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Veterans Day Service: Harbour’s Edge, Delray Beach – Nov. 11

Eighty-two veterans (79 men and three women) residing at Harbour’s Edge Senior Living Facility

felt appreciated on Veterans Day, with each arriving at a flag-raising ceremony in a decorated golf cart.…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Norman Provost

Carpenter-turned-sculptor Norman Provost with some of his work.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

    Norman Provost has a passion…

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