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November 2010 Blog Posts (46)

South Palm Beach: Millar to face hearing on ethics complaint

Correction: In the following sentence the proposed height of the building is incorrect. The current proposed height is 10-stories. Our apologies for the error.



Millar said in January he filed complaints against Planning Board members Michael Nevard, Dee Robinson and Pat Festino, accusing them of bias against a proposal to build a

19-story condominium hotel…
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Manalapan: New manager is shown the door in swift reorganization

By Steve Plunkett



In the end, the firing was much quicker than the hiring.



Manalapan commissioners spent less than 70 minutes collapsing the duties of finance director into Town Manager Tom Heck’s job, dismissing him and offering Finance

Director Linda Stumpf the reorganized…

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‘Her friend, Jack Kennedy’: Letter’s publication stirs dream-like memories

By Ron Hayes

In the weeks and months after Nov. 22, 1963, Mrs. John F. Kennedy received more than a million letters.



Expressions of shock at her husband’s assassination and sympathy for his family arrived at the White House from world leaders and religious figures,…

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Her heart went ‘boom’ when he crossed that room





By Ron Hayes

On Feb. 7, 1964 — only ten weeks after the assassination of JFK — a shaggy pop group called The Beatles landed at the recently renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, and that new generation of…

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Along the Avenues: Evert lobs challenges by focusing on family — South Palm Beach through Delray Beach





Racquet back, eye on the ball …

Pop! And another shot strikes the clay inches inside the baseline. “That’s it, that’s it!,” the encouraging words follow as a young girl, barely in her teens, struggles with the fusillade that tests her forehand and backhand. Poor child, she’s definitely in over her head, so young she probably doesn’t appreciate that she’s being challenged by one of the greatest women ever to play tennis.

Maybe,… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on November 3, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Coasting Along: Old school still applies in this family business



By Tim Norris



The secret to the Meating Place, the heart of it, waits somewhere unexpected, past the vintage refrigerated display cases and their parade of steaks and chops and ribs and roasts.

Most customers don’t get that far. The meat, in red and pink and pale white array, captures them.

The meat also captures the staff, who put their backs and backbones to it, every day.

Mike Baitz, for instance, came in just around… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on November 3, 2010 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Editorial: What am I grateful for? Just turn a page

November.

It’s a time of reflection.

It’s a time to look back at the year so far and to think about what remains.

And it’s a time for gratitude.

I turn to this newspaper sometimes, when I need to get my priorities straight — to look back on just how much for which there is to be grateful.

I am grateful to the citizens who regularly attend the city council and town commission meetings and remind our officials that what they do affects each of us.

I am grateful to our… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on November 3, 2010 at 5:14pm — No Comments

Coastal Star of the Month: Bring your jammies to his party



By Scott Simmons



Dan Bellante has a history of being inspirational.

Years ago, he inspired young people to create art. He ran a studio in Fort Lauderdale and he taught at Broward Community College.

But now, the Highland Beach resident inspires others to help others.

Bellante hosts Pajama Parties at his home in Jamaica Manor.

No, his guests don’t wear jammies, but they bring them, sometimes by the dozens.

Working… Continue

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Boca Raton: Lynn donates $10 million to Boca hospital



Staff Reports



Boca Raton Regional Hospital founder Gloria Drummond turned 80 this summer, but the hospital received the biggest present at her birthday party on

Sept. 30.

At the party, Christine Lynn announced a $10 million gift in Drummond’s honor to name the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute.

Lynn joked during her speech about having another building named after herself, but said in a statement, “I… Continue

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Boca Museum’s long-time director to retire





Staff Reports



The big man of the Boca Raton Museum of Art plans to retire next year.

George Bolge, who has been executive director of the museum since 1995, and led the museum through the construction of a new building a decade ago, will leave his post at the end of June.

Paul W. Carman, president of the museum’s board of trustees, said in a statement that he will form a committee to begin the search process for Bolge’s… Continue

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Highland Beach: Wetlands restoration in first phase of park plan

Landscaping and a 6-foot concrete buffer wall are going in at the planned Cam D. Milani Park on State Road A1A at the south end of town.

Also included in Phase 1 of the project is restoration of wetlands at the site, now a turn-around for police cars on patrol.

Anzco Inc., based west of Boca Raton, submitted the winning low bid of $157,669. The next-lowest bid was $183,300. Palm Beach County, which owns the site, expects the project to be finished by early February.

The concrete… Continue

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Boca Raton: Party leaves parents facing charges

By Steve Plunkett



An after-homecoming party along the Intracoastal Waterway left the parents of a Boca Raton High School student in legal hot water.

Paul, 51, and Ingrid Paolino, 45, of the 2800 block of Spanish River Road, are charged with hosting an “open house party’’ where minors drank alcohol, a violation of Florida law. The misdemeanor carries a penalty of up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

“What am I supposed to do? If they don’t drink here they’ll drink somewhere… Continue

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Boca Raton: Palmetto Park goes pedestrian Work is welcome, but some question timing





By Angie Francalancia



Barricades block off the two outside lanes of Palmetto Park Road. Confused drivers struggle to navigate through to parking lots. Merchants fear they’ll keep on driving.

It’s the price for progress, said Giuliano Lorenzani, owner of Boca Raton Travel & Cruises. But at what cost?

Construction on the three phases of Boca Raton’s Pedestrian Promenade began in September after years of planning and… Continue

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Boca Raton: Ocean Strand land-use change weighed

By Steve Plunkett



The city wants to know what plans the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District has for developing Ocean Strand.

City Council member Anthony Majhess proposed sending an official letter after Ocean Strand neighbors again urged the council to change the land-use classification of the coastal parcel while amending other parts of Boca Raton’s comprehensive plan.

Majhess said Ocean Strand’s current residential medium (RM) label would allow up to 9.5 multifamily or… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on November 3, 2010 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Red-light cameras coming to 5 intersections

By Margie Plunkett



Smile for the cameras when you drive through five busy intersections in Boca Raton that are targeted for installation of red light cameras. You might not be happy later: Get caught running a red light and you can count on getting a $158 ticket in the mail.

The cameras take multiple photos of vehicles going through the detection zone: as a vehicle approaches the red light, in the intersection and then of the license plate.

“There’s no confusion about who is… Continue

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Delray Beach: City approves Marriott renovation, addition

By Margie Plunkett



Two years after the city gave Delray Beach Marriott the go-ahead for a renovation that would include a four-story addition, the hotel company received a two-year extension to complete the construction.

The Marriott, owned by Ocean Properties Ltd., hasn’t started construction yet, but the first phases could get underway as early as the beginning of the new year.

The expansion of the ocean view hotel at Atlantic Avenue and Ocean Boulevard was first approved… Continue

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Delray Beach: City tightens up sidewalk cafe permitting

By Margie Plunkett



Putting safety first, Delray Beach changed the rules for sidewalk cafés to keep seating at least two feet away from moving traffic.

“It’s our job to help the businesses to create this ambiance that we’ve got going on, but we still owe it to the public to protect them,” said Commissioner Gary Eliopoulos.

The comments came as commissioners addressed changes for sidewalk cafés that would also limit who operates them and increase fees 50 percent for permitting… Continue

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Delray Beach: Amid financial struggles historical society seeks help

By Pilar Ulibarri de Rivera



City commissioners voted Nov. 2 to help the Delray Beach Historical Society supplement its operational costs, potentially keeping it from becoming history itself.

“We are having financial constraints,” said historical society President Tom Stanley. “And we’ve had to reduce our budget, like most charities in the county.”

Stanley told the commission he earned the title “The Slasher” during the process of trimming the annual budget from about $250,000… Continue

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Meet Your Neighbor: Lynne Chandler Novick





Lynne Chandler Novick has lived all over the world — Boston, Switzerland, New Jersey — but she always comes home to Boca Raton.

Novick, who has been president of the Royal Palm Improvement Association for eight years, also sells homes in the luxury division at Lang Realty and owns an art studio off 20th Street in Boca Raton.

“I just love the community so much,” she says of her neighborhood, Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club. “I… Continue

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Around Town: Evert lobs challenges by focusing on family and tennis — Boca



Racquet back, eye on the ball …

Pop! And another shot strikes the clay inches inside the baseline. “That’s it, that’s it!,” the encouraging words follow as a young Chinese girl, barely in her teens, struggles with the fusillade that tests her forehand and backhand. Poor child, she’s definitely in over her head, so young she probably doesn’t appreciate that she’s being challenged by one of the greatest women ever to play tennis.

Maybe,… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on November 3, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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