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September 2010 Blog Posts (90)

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Added by Scott Simmons on September 30, 2010 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Police to use volunteers in office

HIGHLAND BEACH — Town commissioners decided using a free volunteer instead of a paid administrative assistant was OK in the Police Department but not in the Town Hall lobby.



Chief Craig Hartmann assured them other towns use volunteers as a receptionist and first point of contact for residents seeking police help.



“They become the best ambassadors for your department,” he said.



Plus the town would save up to $75,000 a year in salary and benefits by not hiring a… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on September 30, 2010 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Highland Beach to vote on whether to replace aging fire truck

The old Highland Beach fire truck was used in a dramatic rescue at the Toscana condos.

Photo courtesy of Delray Beach Fire-Rescue





By Steve Plunkett



It’s in the shop a lot, and repair bills are mounting. It’s not easy to drive in tight places. And every time it gets back to the station, the life support equipment has to be taken out and plugged… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on September 30, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

South County’s life-savers





By Mary Jane Fine



Patrick McGlamery wasn’t nicknamed Squid for nothing. A water-baby who learned to swim at three months, he surprised no one when he dived into life guarding just out

of high school. He joined Boca Raton’s…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 30, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

New Intracoastal manatee signage months away

By Nirvi Shah

New signs that warn boaters of speed limits and note the possible presence of manatees in the Intracoastal Waterway could be months away from being installed.



The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission has plans for several new signs throughout Palm…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 30, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

A Coastal Star: Gulf Stream's croquet connection

By Tim O’Meilia

Picture a neighborhood agitator. A troublemaker. An interloper. Now imagine a white-haired thoracic surgeon dressed in his croquet whites — cotton Bermuda shorts and polo-style shirt — propping a croquet mallet on his shoulder at a jaunty angle.…

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A Coastal Star: An advocate for reading, library



By Scott Simmons



With Betty Grinnan, her voice says it all.

It is at once authoritative and humorous. Focused, but sweetened with the honeyed accent of her native Virginia.

And Grinnan uses that voice to get things done.

As a member of the Friends of the Boca Raton Library and as liaison between the Friends and the Library Advisory Board, Grinnan helped prod the City Council into agreeing to build a larger library a few… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 30, 2010 at 3:52pm — 1 Comment

Editorial: Looking ahead to our cultural future



Another season is upon us, and that’s cause for celebration.



As writer Hap Erstein underscores in his report on the state of the arts in eastern Boca Raton and Highland Beach, our cultural leaders are cautiously optimistic in these times of economic strife.…



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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 30, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Boca votes to build library north of current location

By Margie Plunkett



The direction Boca Raton council gave its city manager on where to locate the new library: Two blocks north from the current building at the former Causeway Lumber site.



The council favored the new site 3 to 1, and made its wishes known after a Sept. 13 public…

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The State of the Arts: Cultural organizations voice cautious optimism about prospects



By Hap Erstein



Upbeat, but not without concern.



That is the way professional arts institutions describe their view of the season ahead, which they certainly hope will be the last for a while that is riddled with economic challenges.



“The verbal reports that I’m getting from our…

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Classic film, theater options expanding in Boca Raton



By Hap Erstein

Despite economic challenges, there are are two new venues on Boca Raton’s arts scene. A completely new art film complex is opening at the end of the month at Florida Atlantic University, and Lynn University’s new theater continues to…

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Around Town: An away game? Mizner Park is the place for Dol-Fans to gather



By Thom Smith

Mustard and ketchup. Bees and honey. Beer and pretzels. Abbott and Costello. The Miami Dolphins and Boca Raton. They just naturally go…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 30, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

What's cooking in downtown Boca?

Mizner Park and Royal Palm Place are home to new restaurants and new concepts









By Jan Norris …

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 30, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Meet Your Neighbor: Patricia Fleitas — Highland Beach

Patricia Fleitas’ story is the classic story of immigrants who came to America to escape oppression and built lives in the new land.

But, as director of choral and vocal studies at Florida Atlantic University, Fleitas has taken her role a step further and inspired generations of singers, each of whom has trained with her for a career in music.

“You have to be an educator, an artist and a taskmaster,” said Fleitas of her role as… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 30, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Ready for their ocean journey

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They came. They relaxed. And then they headed out to sea from the same beach their ancestors have used for thousands of year.

The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center helped more than 50 baby loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles on their journey to the ocean during a recent hatchling release.

The… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 30, 2010 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Autumn's high tides may cause flooding

By Steve Plunkett



Fall has come and, with it, the season of higher-than-usual tides.

In the Intracoastal Waterway west of Ocean Ridge, for example, tides crested at 3.3 feet above mean low water levels in September. They’ll hit 4.1 feet with the new moon Oct. 7-9 and 3.9 feet again Nov. 3-4.

In March, April and May, by comparison, the tides will max out at 2.8 feet.

Tides peak twice each month, during the new and full phases of the moon, said Robert Molleda, a meteorologist… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 30, 2010 at 10:35am — No Comments

Reef predator is exotic, spiny and edible



By Jan Norris



The pest from the Pacific Ocean called a lion fish could soon be called dinner.



Scott Hardin, exotic species coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 30, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Delray Beach: Residential trash rates fall



Residential trash collection rates will fall as of Oct. 1 after commissioners voted to reduce them about 3 percent. Despite the rate cut, many commercial users will

see costs go up, because the Solid Waste Authority raised disposal charges,

according to a memo from City Manager David Harden to commissioners.…



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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 30, 2010 at 9:46am — No Comments

Gulf Stream: Paying for underground powerlines may be a community event

By Steve Plunkett



Coming to your mailbox as soon as this month: a straw ballot asking whether the town should spend $4.6 million to bury electricity, cable TV and phone lines.



Town commissioners unanimously agreed at their September meeting that Town Manager William H. Thrasher…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 30, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

South Palm Beach: Police officers opt for union

By Tim O’Meilia



South Palm Beach police officers are following the lead of those in neighboring Manalapan and will join the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association.



The town’s five rank-and-file officers voted unanimously last month to have the PBA as their collective…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 30, 2010 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

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