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February 2011 Blog Posts (59)

Ocean Ridge: Election qualifying ends, commissioner steps down, campaign sign rules explained

 

By C. B. Hanif



The qualifying period for Ocean Ridge’s March 8 municipal election ended at 3 p.m. on Feb. 11 with…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 11, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Gulf Stream votes to bury power lines

 

Gulf Stream Town Clerk Rita Taylor and Town…

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Lantana: Bridge closing expected to be 'very traumatic' — Construction will affect residents, businesses, motorists and boaters

By Tim O’Meilia



Start saving your change for extra gas money. Not because gas prices may reach $4 a gallon this summer, but because the round trip from South Palm Beach, Hypoluxo Island or Manalapan to the mainland will be six to 10 miles longer by Thanksgiving.

Replacement of the…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 6, 2011 at 1:10pm — 1 Comment

Valentine's Day: Wrapping the perfect present

A palm tree husk tied with raffia cradles a hot-pink eyelet sundress from The Petite Connection in Delray Beach. Photo by Tim Stepien

By Paula Dettwiller



When Don Draper of the hit TV series Mad Men needed a Valentine’s Day gift for his…

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County Pocket: New response criteria outlined for county pocket

By Angie Francalancia



If a county pocket resident were choking today, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue would call Boynton Beach to race to his aid, shaving several minutes off the response time from the county’s nearest station.

Since November 2009, when 48-year-old Bill Dunn choked on a bite of steak and died while Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue took nearly 13 minutes to arrive from its closest station — near Military Trail — residents in the pocket have pushed for faster response… Continue

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Highland Beach: Town manager suspended in flap on e-mailed jokes

By Steve Plunkett

 

Nestled among Highland Beach Town Manager Dale Sugerman’s e-mail last July was a message he wasn’t supposed to see: a collection of jokes Town Clerk Beverly Brown forwarded to him by mistake via the town’s official e-mail.

Sugerman investigated and found more jokes, some “sexually-oriented or defamatory,’’ that Brown had forwarded during work hours, including one alluding to President Obama and using the N-word. He decided a…

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Added by Deborah Hartz-Seeley on February 6, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Highland Beach: Accident sparks discussion on crosswalk safety

By Steve Plunkett

 

A 20-year-old man crossing A1A at the Highland Beach Club crosswalk was struck by a car on New Year’s Eve and hospitalized.

Casuarina snowbird Alan Zuniss, 71, told the Florida Highway Patrol his sandal got caught on the car’s brake pedal and he couldn’t stop in time.

The FHP report said Zuniss was headed south in his 2004 Saab convertible and Tyler Wilson, age not given, Jess Itzikowitz and Drake Laurie,…

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Added by Deborah Hartz-Seeley on February 6, 2011 at 8:29am — No Comments

Boca Raton: City moves to zone Ocean Strand recreational

By Steve Plunkett

 

For land that’s lain idle more than 17 years, Ocean Strand swirled into 2011 with a flurry of activity. 

• Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District Commissioner Dirk Smith met with the Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations to invite ideas on what kind of park Ocean Strand should be. 

• Keep Your Boca Beaches Public submitted 1,522 signatures demanding that  “development for private uses…

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The Boca Resort & Club 85th Anniversary

The Boca Raton Resort & Club as it stand today.

The original Cloister built by Addison Mizner is at right.

Photo courtesy of the Boca Raton Resort & Club

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10 Questions: Meet Your Neighbor Jack Fox — Boca Raton

 

 

Jack Fox has piloted his own planes,

including this Beechcraft Baron, for

more than 50 years. He keeps this plane

at Boca Raton Airport
. Photos by Tim Stepien  …

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Boca Raton Resort & Club Timeline

 

In 1967, Arvida tears down part of the original

Cloister to build the tower. It is the tallest structure

between Tallahassee and Miami at the time.

Photo courtesy of the Boca Raton Resort &…

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Added by Deborah Hartz-Seeley on February 6, 2011 at 8:24am — No Comments

Five Things You Didn't Know About Addison Mizner

Addison Mizner

Courtesy Boca Raton Historical Society

 

By Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley

 

Five things you might not know about Addison Mizner:

1. The Boca…

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Gulf Stream: Vacationing mayor gets hearty military greeting

By Steve Plunkett



A holiday visit to his daughter in Phoenix included a surprise Gulf Stream Mayor William F. Koch Jr. will never forget.

Plus, he’ll rarely have to pay for drinks with military friends from now on.

Koch, who in World War II was the bombardier-pilot on a B-17 Flying Fortress, was… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 3, 2011 at 5:02pm — No Comments

Whale tail

Residents and surfers were delighted by the January sighting of a migrating whale, seen here just offshore Briny Breezes and heading south. Photo by Ira… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 3, 2011 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Gulf Stream: Residents eager to learn about power-line plans

By Steve Plunkett



More than one snafu marred the straw poll on Gulf Stream’s underground utility project and the proposed referendum on annexing the county pocket.

A couple dozen straw ballots, including the one to Gulf Stream Civic Association President Bob Ganger, were chewed up in the mailing process and delivered in shreds in a plastic bag.

Town police officers were pressed into service to deliver reprinted ballots.

And some part-time residents’ forwarding addresses had… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 3, 2011 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Gulf Stream: A 'little' slice of paradise

Our private clubs: An occasional series



By Emily J. Minor



There’s nothing tricky about understanding why the longstanding Little Club in Gulf Stream is called the Little Club.

There’s no Mr. Little who grew up in a little town a little bit down the road.

 Little Club is…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 3, 2011 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Women's Circle 'Circle of Hope' Gala is planned

Women's Circle chairs and co-chairs are preparing for the Celebration of a Decade of Caring 'Circle of Hope' Gala, scheduled for 6 p.m., Feb. 28 at Benvenuto Restaurant in Boynton Beach. Standing, from left: Honory Charis Bob and Frances Bourque and Gail and Bob Murphy. Seated, from left:… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 3, 2011 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: New entrance signs installed

Nick Tirs and Mario Hategan from Valentin Fodor of TMV Inc., assemble one of the four new entrance signs to Ocean Ridge. Three of the signs have been installed with a fourth being installed at the south end of town once approval is given by the Florida Department of Transportation. Total cost for the project is… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 3, 2011 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Editorial: Statistics hit home when friend gets hit

When we started this newspaper, my husband was thrilled to trade in his I-95 commute for the leisurely beauty of roughly 10 miles of A1A. No more dodging ladders in the center lane, truck tires flying into the front grill or the all-too-frequent slowdowns near tragic accident scenes.

Without the I-95 commute, we now felt secure in our coastal cocoon.

Sure, we know that cars and bicycles often collide along our main street, and the frequent sirens from Boynton Beach Fire-Rescue across… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 3, 2011 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Coastal Star: Joe Santarella — Gulf Stream

By Ron Hayes



When Joe Santarella left New York for South Florida in 1982, he brought the New York accent along. It’s still here.

“My father was a laborer, and my mother was in retail,” he says. “I was the first or second in my family to attend college. I’m basically an Italian guy from Staten… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 3, 2011 at 2:34pm — 1 Comment

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