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March 2012 Blog Posts (31)

Ocean Ridge: Most town commissioners discern improvement in manager

By Angie Francalancia



    Ninety days after the Ocean Ridge Town Commission warned its manager he’d have to improve his job performance, most of the commissioners said they were satisfied with Schenck’s improvement.

    But Commissioner Zoanne Hennigan said she thought it was time for a change.

    “Since the performance review I still see grave issues and a lack of leadership,” she said. “It took 90 days just to complete this action plan, and most of these…

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Delray Beach: Six candidates run for two seats in Delray Beach

Delray Beach voters can vote for a Seat 2 and a Seat 4 city commission candidate and on a charter amendment when they go to the polls March 13. The charter amendment asks voters whether they want to change commissioners’ and mayor’s length of office from the current two-year terms to three-year terms. The current provision that no one could serve more than three consecutive terms remains unchanged. If approved, it would apply to candidates elected in March…

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Delray Beach: Downtown congregation brings church to city

Members of the congregation gather on a chilly Sunday for service at Old School Square.

By Tim Pallesen

    

Delray Beach’s fastest-growing new church began with a chance meeting in a downtown coffee shop.

    The…

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Delray Beach: Pavilion repair saved amid budget cuts

By Margie Plunkett

    

A beach pavilion in disrepair that’s the target of a resident fundraising campaign was rescued from becoming a budget casualty in February, the sole survivor of midyear budget cuts necessitated by a $3.2 million shortfall from the defeated fire tax.

    Commissioners approved a package of budget cuts and the use of $1 million from reserve funds to make up for the shortfall at its Feb. 21 meeting, which had been recommended by City Manager David Harden.…

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Delray Beach: City readies for change in island trash service

By Margie Plunkett



    Delray Beach is stocking up on garbage carts, getting ready for barrier island residents to have regular curbside trash pickup rather than rear-door service.

    The island neighborhood is going to curbside pickup on April 1, when residents’ monthly bills will decrease from $24.01 to $13.61. Residents are already required to bring recycling waste to the curbside.

    City commissioners in February authorized the purchase of $58,150 worth of garbage…

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Briny Breezes: From VHS era to DVD tech, BBC-8 remains resolutely local

Host Beverly Mosher  (left) listens as Lunch Bunch members Paula Robinson, Nancy Aceto and Nancy Greenblatt discuss local restauraunts.  



By Ron Hayes



The show starts promptly at 8 a.m. as a cameraman holds up four fingers … three… two … one…

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Lantana: Optimism, worry mark merchants’ view of bridge closing

By Jan Norris



    Two years is a long time to go without Pamela’s grapefruit pie, or a plate of Peruvian fish and pepper cream sauce or George’s famous chicken salad.

    Once the Ocean Avenue bridge closes, shutting off Lantana from the coastal residents, it will mean a longer drive to get to the businesses lon the other side of the bridge.

    But the business owners say it’s worth it — especially for things you just can’t get elsewhere.

    That includes the…

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Ocean Ridge: Three candidates vie for two seats in Ocean Ridge

Three candidates are seeking the two seats on the March 13 ballot in Ocean Ridge. Longtime mayor and commissioner Kenneth Kaleel is not seeking re-election after 17 years in office. The top two vote-getters win the open seats. 

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Obituary — Marion Cousins

 By Emily J. Minor

    

DELRAY BEACH — Marion Cousins, who ran a meticulous dress shop on Atlantic Avenue back in the day when proper ladies never wore slacks to lunch, died Feb. 13 after a brief hospital stay. She was 100.

    Ms. Cousins was born July 5, 1911, in Detroit, Mich. She spent her early childhood in the small Michigan town of Northville, just outside Detroit, but moved to the larger college town of Ann Arbor when she was a teenager.

    As a young adult, she…

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Briny Breezes: Annual Bazaar

Briny Breezes Bazaar volunteer Eric Wolffbrandt (right) tries out one of the phones for sale with fellow volunteers Sue Thaler (center) and Beth Farr (left) at the Briny Breezes Auditorium on Feb. 18. Kurtis Boggs/The Coastal…

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Boynton Beach: Marina redevelopment still mired in delay

By Angie Francalancia

    

Boynton Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency is no closer than it was two months ago to razing the old building at Boynton Marina after county commissioners insisted on a 30-day delay to try to accommodate the building’s former tenant, Splashdown Divers.

    Boynton’s leaders believe their plans to convert the existing building location to green space and construct a new, smaller building to house only a dock master, public restrooms…

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