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Lantana: Two federal grants help town prepare buildings for hurricanes

By Mary Thurwachter

It’ll be a year in September since Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc in Lantana and so many other communities.

But this year, with the hurricane season already underway, the town is fortifying two of its buildings with the help of FEMA grants.

News of one of the FEMA grant approvals came late in June. The money is for the police station at 901 N. Eighth St., which functions as the town’s emergency operations center during a hurricane.…

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Along the Coast: State attorney assumes funding of Sober Homes Task Force

By Jane Smith

Two years, $575,000, 54 arrests, 20 convictions and several laws later, the county Sober Homes Task Force will continue. Since July 1, the start of the state’s financial year, the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office is absorbing the cost. The state money given to the Task Force initially was seed money to get the program going. That funding is no longer part of the state budget.

“Our Sober Homes Task Force has helped cause a dramatic drop in…

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Briny Breezes: New town attorney appointed

By Dan Moffett

For the first time in its 43-year history, the town of Briny Breezes has a lawyer who isn’t named Skrandel.

The Town Council on June 28 unanimously approved hiring Keith Davis of the West Palm Beach law firm of Davis & Ashton to replace John Skrandel as town attorney.…

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South Palm Beach: Topping off

DDG and Kast Construction celebrated the topping out of the 3550 South Ocean condominium on the site of the old Palm Beach Oceanfront Inn on June 15. A topping out is traditionally held when the last beam is placed atop a structure during its construction. Two palm…

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Business Spotlight: HGTV’s ‘House Hunt’ includes $11.5 million Boca home

This new 10,000-square-foot home on Enfield Street in Boca Raton takes advantage of the view of the Intracoastal and is a finalist in HGTV’s online Ultimate House Hunt 2018. Photo provided

By Christine Davis

A new Boca Raton house at 899 Enfield St.,…

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Obituary: Roy Miller

By Ron Hayes



BRINY BREEZES — Roy Miller was a child of the Great Depression who never forgot its lessons. You don’t throw broken things away, you fix them. You work hard and appreciate what you have.

“I remember once when I was cooking,” his son Roy Jr. recalls. “I put too much food on his plate. He ate it, and then complained for three days that I’d given him too much food. But he ate it. You didn’t waste anything.”…

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Obituary: Jefferson F. Vander Wolk

GULF STREAM — Jefferson Feigl Vander Wolk of Gulf Stream and Osterville, Mass., died peacefully on June 14 in Boynton Beach. He was 87.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Betty Brown Vander Wolk; his daughter, Hope Morrison Vander Wolk of Santa Fe, N.M.; his sons Philip Jefferson Vander Wolk of Santa Fe and Peter Walton Vander Wolk of Richmond, Va.; as well as seven grandchildren.…

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Obituary: Jack Lanthier

By Emily J. Minor

HIGHLAND BEACH — Jack Lanthier, 87, a widower who retired to Highland Beach with the second love of his life and spent 23 happy years here exploring, volunteering and traveling, died June 21 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. 

Of some comfort to the family was that Mr. Lanthier died on the day his mother had died in 1977. “I think she thought he’d suffered enough and it was time for him to come home,” said Marge Lanthier, who married Mr.…

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Philanthropy Notes: Cultural Council receives gift to support arts growth

Donald Ephraim and Maxine Marks, on behalf of the Donald M. Ephraim Family Foundation, have made a $250,000 gift to the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County to support the nonprofit’s mission to grow the arts in the community.

The donation will pay for planning, advocacy and community relations, as well as a five-year capacity-building program that includes training for cultural organizations and their leaders.

“Don and Maxine are…

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Literacy Links Golf Tournament: Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course — May 22

The event was a big success thanks to generous sponsors, good players, a gorgeous golf course and cooperation from the weather. Lunch and a silent auction followed. The benefit brought in $20,000 for the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County. ABOVE:…

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Women of Grace reception: Bethesda Hospital East, Boynton Beach – May 17

At an evening event, the chairwomen of the Women of Grace Luncheon announced the 2018 honorees. More than 75 guests attended, including hospital administrators, committee members and family and friends of the six distinguished women. ABOVE: (l-r) honorees…

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A wave of change: Program teaches kids to swim, surf, instilling confidence and self-esteem

Cameron Hicks, Guerdy Laurent, Jeremiah Decius and Gatshby Estimable (above from left) surf in Deerfield Beach as part of Streetwaves. Maurice ‘Maui’ Goodbeer (below) of Delray Beach runs the nonprofit and plans to bring Saturday sessions to Delray.…

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Check presentation: Boca Helping Hands, Boca Raton — May 2

Karen Swedenborg, development manager at Boca Helping Hands, accepted a $1,000 donation from the Highland Beach chapter of UNICO National. The funds were made possible by the Ralph J. Torraco Food Bank/Shelter Fund Grant. ABOVE: Swedenborg with Frank LoRe…

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Summer Camp Paint Party: Vino Van Gogh, Delray Beach – June 10

Every year, Dollars 4 Tic Scholars brightens the summer for two children by sponsoring their attendance fees for a special summer camp. At the organization’s fourth annual event, a group of supporters gathered to enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres…

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Soroptimist International breakfast: Babione-Kraeer Funeral Home, Boca Raton — May 23

Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach, which focuses on improving the lives of girls and women, honored 16 local nonprofits that do the same. Breakfast Chairwoman Lisa Jensen, with Co-Presidents Marybeth Keenan and Dr. Heidi Schaeffer,…

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UNICO National meeting: Arturo’s Ristorante, Boca Raton — May 7

The Highland Beach chapter of UNICO National gathered for its May meeting, attended by special guests Dr. Frank and Linda DeFrank. Dr. DeFrank addressed members and presented Frank LoRe Jr., the chapter’s district governor, with a 25-year pin. Keynote speaker…

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Dining: Dine Out Downtown Delray highlights summer events at eateries

By Jan Norris

Locals finally get relief on the roads, in shops and at restaurants now that the snowbirds have flown.

They’re the beneficiaries of a city’s or region’s Restaurant Week (or month) — when programs all around South Florida showcase the new eats in town, as well as old favorites dusting things off with new menus or other changes.

Such as it is with Dine Out Downtown Delray, set for Aug. 1-7. More than 25…

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The Plate: Something that’s better than just desserts

The Plate: Banana cake

The Place: Tin Muffin Café, 364 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton; 392-9446

The Price: $8; cash only.…

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Finding Faith: Boynton church pleased with prospect of sharing space with city library

Members of Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Boynton Beach gather after a service. The Rev. Dr. Bruce Turner (center) is interim pastor. The church sold the property to a city agency and plans to lease part of the space. Photos by Tim…

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Health Notes: Inpatient tower’s name honors Boca Raton hospital’s founder

Boca Raton Regional Hospital is paying homage to its founder by naming its existing inpatient facility the Gloria Drummond Patient Tower. The action was taken in response to a $25 million gift from philanthropist Elaine J. Wold and the Bay Branch Foundation in April. Wold requested that a new seven-story patient tower, which is part of the hospital’s proposed $260 million expansion and renovation, carry the name of Drummond, Boca Regional’s founder and Wold’s…

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