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June 2015 Blog Posts (81)

Harbour's Edge Nurse Wins National Award

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Added by Chelsea March on June 22, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

15 Motivational Quotes That Makes Sense After Graduation

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Manalapan: 60 years on, Chillingworth murders still shocking

By Tim Pallesen



The abduction and drowning of Circuit Judge Curtis Chillingworth and his wife, Marjorie, from their Manalapan oceanfront home still ranks as the county’s most terrifying crime 60 years later.

It was 1 a.m.…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 4, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Editor's Note: Summer doesn’t slow down the news business

The transport carriers are loaded and gone, there’s room to spread a blanket at the beach, and the sea turtles have returned. Ahh … must be summer.

Of course it’s not really all that quiet: A “culture of cronyism” is being investigated in Delray Beach with possible criminal charges pending, ethics violations have been alleged in Boca Raton and we’re still waiting on a judge’s ruling on a recall effort in Ocean Ridge and the beginning of a RICO trial in Gulf Stream. Looks like it’s going…

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Coastal Star: From badge to books, Barton immersed in helping Pearl City

Wayne Barton inside his Boca Raton office. As a police officer,…

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Briny Breezes: Briny lifers pledge life together among old friends

David and Edith celebrate their marriage.

By Ron Hayes



Quiet, please, we’re about to begin.

Shortly after 2 p.m. on a sweltering Saturday in May, a caterer moved…

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Delray Beach: Investigation reveals culture of cronyism; criminal charges possible

By Tim Pallesen



An investigation shows that city employees might have benefited financially by purchasing goods and services for the city from companies that they or their relatives owned.

Investigators from the State Attorney’s Office already have seized records indicating that a company owned by two Environmental Services employees received $230,000 from the city for signs and poles.

The city says several more employees in the Police, Fire, Finance and…

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Gulf Stream: Town to consider fire service alternatives

The Gulf Stream Town Commission poses with the Palm Beach County League of Cities’  Defender…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 3, 2015 at 4:17pm — 1 Comment

Delray Beach: Police programs emphasize connection in communities

Delray Beach police Officers (l-r) Andrew Collaretti and Jared Schumer speak with Lakeland residents Steve and Christa Harold June 1 as they patrol the beach area to meet and greet residents and engage in conversation. Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Roseate spoonbill sighting: Woolbright Road retention pond, Ocean Ridge – May 1

Following a few days of heavy rain in early May, a pair of roseate spoonbills was seen feeding in the shallow waters in the retention pond at Woolbright Road and A1A.  Typically seen much farther inland, the pair departed after the water drained. Jerry Lower/ The…

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Ocean Ridge: Judge rejects developer’s plan for lagoon

By Dan Moffett



An administrative law judge in Tallahassee has rejected developer William Swaim’s request for a permit exemption that would allow him to build an access road behind the Ocean Ridge Town Hall.

Judge Bram D.E. Canter agreed with attorneys for the South Florida Water Management District that Swaim’s plan to fill in up to three acres of the lagoon raised environmental concerns and also was a potential impediment to boaters.

If Swaim’s project went…

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Delray Beach: City/CRA shared-goals meeting takes a turn toward showdown

The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency covers nearly 2,000 acres. Most of the city’s taxable values are in that district. In late April, the city requested the CRA analyze the financial effect if subarea No. 1 was no longer part of the district. The request grew to include all 8…

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Along the Coast: Small changes in annual crime numbers along coast

By Rich Pollack



Crime in southern Palm Beach County’s five small coastal communities remained low in 2014, changing only slightly from a year earlier.

Overall crime in the county dropped about 4 percent while crime in larger South County cities including…

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Ocean Ridge: Still no ruling in commissioner recall

Ocean Ridge resident Haley Joyce, one of the leaders in the recall effort, confers with her husband, Fred, at the May 6 hearing.

Jerry Lower/ The Coastal Star…

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Last day for business in Ocean Ridge: Colby’s Barber Shop, Ocean Ridge – May 28

‘Can you believe it? It looks so different,' exclaimed Lino Marmorato after he sold the chairs,

sinks and mirrors of his barber shop in the 5011 N. Ocean Blvd. building in Ocean Ridge.

A barber for more…

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Added by Chris Felker on June 3, 2015 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Town looking for new town manager, clerk

By Dan Moffett

    An unprecedented year for personnel change in Ocean Ridge is continuing to take shape as town commissioners begin their search for a new town manager and clerk.

    At a special May 27 meeting on succession, commissioners laid out their plans for dealing with the retirement of Town Clerk Karen Hancsak, who is planning to move to North Carolina within the next year.

    Hancsak’s departure not only opens the clerk’s job but also the finance…

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Added by Chris Felker on June 3, 2015 at 3:14pm — No Comments

Briny Breezes: Officials work at filling multiple positions

By Dan Moffett



    Briny Breezes officials are scrambling to fill several key positions that have opened in recent months.

    At the top of the list is the Town Council seat vacated by Karen Wiggins in April. Wiggins, 73, who is moving to California, was the most experienced member of the council, having served several terms beginning in 2008. She also served a one-year term on the Briny corporate board in 2010.

    Council President Sue Thaler said a…

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Manalapan: Commissioners have reached their limit on hedge heights

By Dan Moffett



    Nine of the 144 properties on Point Manalapan have hedges that are 12-feet tall, and town commissioners have decided these homeowners are going to have to do some trimming.

    At their May 26 meeting, commissioners unanimously voted to keep the town’s current 8-foot height restriction on hedges, while allowing some leniency for residents on corner lots to grow their greenery up to 10 feet.

    “Part of the job of the Town Commission is to…

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Boca Raton: Children strut their science skills at FAU Olympiad

Students from Pine Crest School launch a water rocket May 2 during the FAU Science Olympiad.

More than 250 elementary schoolers came to compete from counties as far north as Indian River…

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Added by Chris Felker on June 3, 2015 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Memorial Day: Town Hall, South Palm Beach - May 25

More than 100 residents joined veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan

for a Memorial Day event at South Palm Beach Town Hall.

ABOVE: Paivi Aholaita, Teresa Pylvas,…

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