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February 2009 Blog Posts (20)

Putting the pedal to the mettle

By Rochelle E.B. Gilken



I swam in alligator-infested lakes. I went rock climbing without a harness. I fought until I was bloody in a boxing ring.



But I was never more nervous about my mortality than I was while preparing to embark on this journey: a death-defying bike ride from Linton Boulevard and A1A to the Ritz Carlton in Manalapan.



It may not sound frightening, but I calculated the odds.



Even a Smart Car, hitting the scales at 1,600 pounds,… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 15, 2009 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Local leaders recall McCarty’s support

By Ron Hayes



Talk to the mayors, managers and civic activists who run the coastal communities once represented by Mary McCarty and you'll hear a common theme. Gratitude.



Whatever her failings or felonies, they say, the former District 4 commissioner was a loyal supporter of local government, and a generous friend to the cities in her district.



“I think District 4 cities to a one will tell you she was always the commissioner who stood up and was a strong advocate… Continue

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Humbled McCarty faces prison term



By Thomas R. Collins



After years of taking on her fellow county commissioners, calling her own shots, blazing her own trail, Mary McCarty was the picture of obedience.



More than punctual to her first court appearance on federal corruption charges — she got there two hours and 10 minutes early, perhaps to avoid clicking cameras and microphone-thrusting reporters — McCarty sat in the front row of the courtroom. Then she was… Continue

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MAUREEN ANN BLUM: Manalapan

By Ron Hayes



MANALAPAN — Maureen and Peter Blum were baptized in the same church as children, met in high school, wed young and remained devoted to each other through 60 years of married life. “She was the love of my life,” said her husband, a town commissioner since 1973. “We married young, but we both had good families who loved us both, so that was part of our success.”

Mrs. Blum passed away Jan. 30 at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton, seven months after suffering a stroke.… Continue

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Coastal Stars: Gulf Stream

In working to encourage violence-free relationships and promote social change that can help end domestic abuse, Barbara Murphy and Ann Bennett have given extraordinary amounts of their time and talent to Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse Inc.

Most recently, the Gulf Stream residents have worked together to create AVDA's newest event — the Heart of A Woman Luncheon. This event celebrates the strength and courage of women, with proceeds going to support victims of domestic abuse and their… Continue

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Quick pipe repair may also be lasting one: Briny Breezes

By Hector Florin

A busted sewer pipe that led Briny Breezes officials to warn residents to limit their water usage is still being closely monitored, though the pipe is believed to be in good shape and won’t need to be replaced.

The 6-inch force main, operated by Boynton Beach and hooked up to Briny’s wastewater system, was clamped and repaired hours after the leak was called in Jan. 22 around 1:45 p.m. Someone near the sewage lift station at St. Andrews Country Club noticed a leak and… Continue

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Boynton Library to close for final renovations

To complete the transfer of library materials and furnishings, the Boynton Beach City Library will be closed from Monday, Feb. 16 to Friday, March 6.

The building will reopen with a pre-grand opening gala fundraiser to benefit the children and teen programs at the library the evening of March 6.

The library will reopen to the public on Saturday, March 7.,

Information for library patrons while building is closed:

* The northeast doors of the library building will stay open… Continue

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Paul McCarthy: Briny Breezes



By Ron Hayes



BRINY BREEZES — Not long after Paul and Joan Ruopp moved to Briny Breezes in 1993, a stranger knocked on their door, bearing a golf bag and a smile. “I hear you folks are from Ocean Grove,” Paul McCarthy said. “So are we.”

For the next 15 years, the two Pauls played golf almost every week, both in Florida and New Jersey.

“I’m going to miss him terribly,” Ruopp said.

Mr. McCarthy died peacefully Jan. 19 in… Continue

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Town debates whether docks can grow to 100 feet long: Manalapan

By Hector Florin

Will longer docks on the north end of Manalapan create eyesores and bring bigger boats to town? That’s a question being mulled as the town considers allowing dock lengths to extend, in some cases, to 100 feet, depending on the size of the property. Town commissioners debated the code change on Jan. 27, stemming from discussion by the Zoning Commission in November, but decided to postpone any decision for one year. Commissioner Robert Evans led the charge to study the… Continue

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Irving Sloane: Delray Beach

By Ron Hayes



DELRAY BEACH — In the days before his death, a nurse at Bethesda Memorial Hospital called Irving Sloane’s wife aside.

“I think his mind is wandering,” the well-meaning nurse told Pearl Sloane. “He told us he ran the New York marathon when he was 66 and learned to water-ski at 72.”

But the patient’s mind was not wandering. In his 91 years, Mr. Sloane did all that and a good deal more. A resident of Seagate Towers, he… Continue

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George Haller: Briny Breezes

By Ron Hayes



BRINY BREEZES — Look for George Haller any sunny afternoon and you’d find him in his regular chair on the beach, joking, chatting and reminiscing with a group of friends known around town as “the raisins,” because of their devotion to the sun.

“We talked about Briny Breezes and our friends up in the cold,” remembers Paul Ruopp. “We talked about the girls that walked along the beach — George was a great one for that — and… Continue

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Buried power lines attract support, if not action: Gulf Stream, Ocean Ridge

By Hector Florin

The fight for underground utilities along some coastal towns continues, but it lacks momentum due in large part to the faltering financial markets.

Gulf Stream and Ocean Ridge commissioners last month voted to extend support with a group of about 60 Florida municipalities seeking to move power lines underground. Both towns have contributed a few thousand dollars each as part of efforts to negotiate the project’s cost with Florida Power & Light.

Gulf Stream… Continue

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Boynton Beach rezones shopping mall across from Place Au Soliel: Gulf Stream

Re-zoning might give vacant mall near Gulf Stream better shot at development, Boynton hopes.

With hopes fading for a new residential and commercial development at the shabby, vacant strip mall at the northwest corner of Gulfstream Boulevard and Federal Highway, Boynton Beach commissioners have made the property strictly commercial again.

Plans for 166 residences and 19,000 square feet of commercial space, known as Heritage Club, have tanked and property owners Thirty Six Hundred… Continue

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Settlement reached on project: Delray Beach

The developer of a downtown Delray Beach boutique hotel and a neighboring property have reached a settlement to allow the project to move forward, City Manager David Harden confirmed early February.

Legal battles mired Vista Del Mar's plan to build a 70-room hotel and 50-space parking garage at 64 S. Ocean Boulevard just south of Atlantic Avenue, with Ocean Properties, the owner of Boston's On The Beach next door, appealing a city advisory board's decision.

Representatives for Ocean… Continue

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Hoping to skirt legal risk, Lantana skews seawall



By Hector Florin



LANTANA — Upset over the possibility that a state agency could force the halt of the beach seawall’s construction, Lantana Town Council members rushed a vote last month to build an unbuilt portion of the wall 13 feet farther away from the water than previously planned.

During the town’s Jan. 26 meeting, Town Manager Mike Bornstein told the council that comments made by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation… Continue

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Native alternatives to ficus hedges

By Joanne Davis



With the advent of the fig whitefly outbreak, we now have a great excuse to stop being so boring in our landscapes, and to offer something we knew all along and somehow forgot: Plant the natives. These plants will take what nature dishes out and reward us with delight every time we see a painted bunting, a cardinal or a warbler working the trees and shrubs to find food for its journeys. Suddenly, our backyards can become, well, comfortable and fascinating.

Here… Continue

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Perfect pairings by the bottle

By Bob Leone



Now that we've got ’08 behind us — all of it — the joyful holidays and the depressing bank statements and jobs reports, we can look forward to a (hopefully) better ’09.

A good way to start the New Year is by planning for the most romantic holiday of all — Valentine’s Day.

Anyone can make reservations at fancy hi-end restaurants, but to really impress your significant other take the time to find a secluded piece of beach or make the arrangements for the baby… Continue

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Four settings, from ocean to Eden, for Valentine’s Day

French and Italian — the languages of romance — are also the languages of romantic food. All the restaurants are tweaking their menus on Feb.14 to include a few tricks from these cuisines, so expect French Champagne, oysters, pastas, fancy pastries and plenty of chocolates.



Locally, we picked four romantic dinners to choose from — all offering some woo-worthy feature.

First is a newcomer to the scene, the Culinary Café in Delray Beach. Chef/owner Dominick Laudia brings… Continue

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Romantic Weekend: Where will you get away?

Here’s a thought: Get away from it all for a romantic weekend – right here, where others pay major money to come in the wintertime. You’ll save on travel costs and can use the extra cash for a dinner or shopping splurge instead.

Our suggestions include the historic and recently renovated Colony Hotel and Cabana Club in Delray Beach, the stately Breakers in Palm Beach, with concierge treatment that will make you want to move in permanently, and the Old Florida oceanside charmer,… Continue

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Chocolate for your sweetie can’t be ‘beet’

Chocolate for Valentine’s Day is almost too cliché.

We said almost. It remains the perennial favorite no matter who is buying and who is receiving. A few facts: More than $1 billion is spent in the weeks before Valentine’s Day for chocolate candy — most of it bought by men as gifts for women. But annually, women buy and eat more chocolate than men.

Chocolates as a love-gift is relatively new. It’s been popular only since around 1913, when a Swiss confectioner figured out how to fill… Continue

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