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Boca Raton: Eminent domain may not be needed with owners of 2 properties ‘willing to sell’

By Steve Plunkett

The Beach & Park District may not have to use eminent domain to seize two controversial properties on the oceanfront.

Arthur Koski, the district’s executive director and legal counsel, has been negotiating a way to take possession of undeveloped 2500 N. Ocean Blvd. and 2600 N. Ocean Blvd. since September.

“The owners of 2500 and 2600 are both willing to sell,” Assistant Director Briann Harms told district commissioners at their…

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Paws Up for Pets: Tended cat communities succeed in reducing stray euthanasia

The Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League provides food and works with volunteers to keep community cat colonies fed and healthy all over the county. Arden Moore/The Coastal Star

By Arden Moore

Hidden in the lush…

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Finding Faith: Palm Beach Quakers looking for new Friends

By Janis Fontaine

How often do you stop to listen?

And even if you do, how often do you encounter silence?

If you don’t, how will you ever hear the “still small voice” of God?

Silent worship is one of the hallmarks of the Quakers’ beliefs, and the Palm Beach Quakers invite you to learn about this topic and more during a “Meeting for Learning” each Sunday this month.

The Palm Beach Religious Society of Friends, as the local Quakers are known, will…

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Boca Raton: Consultant’s vision for Ocean Strand, Gumbo Limbo startles beach-park officials

By Steve Plunkett

A city consultant’s recommendations on undeveloped Ocean Strand and the popular Gumbo Limbo Nature Center caught Beach & Park District officials by surprise.

Kona Gray, of EDSA Inc., which is creating a comprehensive master plan for Boca Raton’s waterfront parks, said the city should make Ocean Strand its No. 5 priority for improvements, after the Wildflower parcel and South Beach, Spanish River and Palmetto Dune parks.

But the…

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Boca Raton: Parks consultant puts top priority on Wildflower site

The Wildflower parcel would be transformed into an urban oasis with flowering trees if Boca Raton adopts the master plan. EDSA Inc. via City of Boca Raton

By Steve Plunkett

If the city does nothing else with its parks, it…

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Boca Raton: City gets pushback on generator proposal for care facilities

By Sallie James

The Boca Raton City Council this month is expected to consider an ordinance to require permanent emergency generators in nursing homes, able to power the facilities for up to 96 hours.

But the executive director from one elder-care facility says it goes too far.

Kevin Wrenne, executive director of the 125-bed Banyan Place, at 2950 NW Fifth Ave., said the proposed ordinance has two major flaws: It requires the installation of…

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Tots & Teens: Middle School Hispanic Food Festival

Students at Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School in Boynton Beach donned cultural outfits, created display boards and served food based on their Hispanic countries of choice Nov. 17 while learning about various cultures and dancing to live mariachi music. Faculty and staff…

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Obituary: Francis ‘Frank’ Peter Cardinale

BOCA RATON — Francis “Frank” Peter Cardinale, age 63, passed away peacefully Dec. 25 at Trustbridge Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton.  He was born Dec. 4, 1954, in Jersey City, N.J.  

He was preceded in death by his father, Peter, mother, Livia, and sister Phyllis. He…

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Tots & Teens: Young ensemble turns passion for classical into regular gigs

ABOVE: Ocean Ridge resident Rebekah Laflin plays at Town Hall with (l-r) Kimmy, Shane, Bobby and Adam Savage. BELOW: Rebekah Laflin plays flute and piano. She, the Savage brothers and Zach Hoffman make up the group Appassionato.…

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Tots & Teens: Back to Basics Angels Program

Students of St. John Paul II Academy in Boca Raton donated clothing and other essentials for more than 200 angels on Dec. 13. The donations included sneakers, socks and underwear, plus small toys for holiday gifts. ABOVE: (l-r) Anthony Pecoraro, Christina Wayt, Francesca…

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Tots & Teens: Sharkfest returns to Sandoway

Kids got a chance to have their pictures taken behind the jaws of a Great White Shark. Photo provided

By Janis Fontaine

    Sandoway Discovery Center will be shark central on Jan. 27 when Sharkfest 2018, a day of fun,…

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FINNISH CENTENNIAL: Independence celebration puts nation’s long heritage in county on spirited display

Arlene Tervakoski (in apron), Jean Lindblad, Anja Laurik and Anja Vikkila attend ceremonies at Finland House to mark the centennial of Finland’s independence from Russia. Finland House’s location in Lantana merits a special street sign. Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Pay it Forward: Racers will strut their stilettos at charity event

The annual race features crazy costumes and even crazier high heels. Photo provided

By Amy Woods

Supporters of a local charity will stomp down the sidewalk in stilettos ranging from stylish to silly during the Vince Canning…

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Philanthropy Notes: Junior League of Boca Raton recognized for diaper donations

Jennifer Rosemurgy and Linsey Desich with a truckload of diapers ready for delivery. Photo provided

Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams and Boca Raton City Councilman Robert…

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Natale in Famiglia: Boca West Country Club – Dec. 10

Il Circolo, the Italian Cultural Society, had more than 120 guests for its annual Christmas party. Music by Gino De Marco with a special appearance by tenor Carlos De Antonis accompanied the feast. Among the guests were Rock & Roll Hall of Famer…

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Flower arrangement workshop: Pelican Cove Clubhouse, Ocean Ridge – Dec. 8

The Ocean Ridge Garden Club gathered to create flower arrangements for the community. Eighteen members made 50 creative arrangements that were distributed to local senior centers, the Community Caring Center of Greater Boynton Beach and Town Hall.  ABOVE: (l-r) Club members…

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Christmas boxes for the troops: Private home, Delray Beach – Nov. 23

Eight to 12 care packages are mailed to U.S. service members every month as one of the community projects of the Highland Beach chapter of UNICO National. The most recent mailing was timed for Christmas. Members not only collect all of the items but also pay for the…

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Anniversary party: Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Manalapan – Dec. 3

The guest list numbered 165 at the resort’s La Coquille Club for a lavish celebration of the club’s 65th anniversary. La Coquille Club filed its application for incorporation in 1952, and today it has more than 300 members. ‘We are delighted to continue the…

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Holiday Gala: Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Manalapan – Dec. 16

esLes Girls of Palm Beach, an international club of foreign-born women founded in 1972, celebrated the end of another season and the start of a new year of monthly meetings for members. Members, 54 in all, represent 31 countries and gather to…

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VIP Kickoff Reception: Cafe Boulud, Palm Beach – Oct. 24

More than 75 Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens supporters attended a special event featuring special guest William Eiland, author of Ann Weaver Norton, Sculptor. Eiland’s presentation was a nice complement to the gardens’ first exhibition of the 2017-18 season, Ann…

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