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Three planning board members face ethics complaint

By Tim O’Meilia



The shadow of a proposed 10-story hotel — rejected by a single vote by the South Palm Beach Town Council in October — continues to darken town politics.

Urged by one of the owners of the Palm Beach Oceanfront Inn, the council voted 3-2 on Nov. 18 to file a complaint with the state ethics commission against three town planning board members. Moments earlier, the council declined to remove two members from the board by a 3-2 vote.

Mayor Martin Millar charged… Continue

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City buildings’ future prompts tense exchange

By Thomas R. Collins

A debate over east vs. west — and where the City Hall and police station belong — has erupted in Boynton Beach, fraught with questions over the identity of the city, biting exchanges between city commissioners and impassioned pleas from residents that the city’s headquarters stay near the coast.

City commissioners have decided to ask voters whether they want to pay for a new police station in the already existing Renaissance Commons complex on Congress Avenue,… Continue

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Church marks pastor’s quarter-century

By C.B. Hanif

How typical of Dr. Theodore “Ted” Bush: His church congregation was celebrating him. But he was celebrating them.

That would be the First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach, whose members assemble at a historic site a block from the ocean, and whose letterhead proclaims it “The Community Church by the Sea.”

Two Nov. 8 services marked their senior pastor’s 25 years. Yet during those services, which featured classical… Continue

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Lighting survey illuminates turtle hatchlings’ challenge

By Nirvi Shah

A two-year survey of lighting violations along Palm Beach County’s coast found just about what sea turtle protectors expected: More than 40 percent of the properties on the beach have lights that could lead hatchlings astray.

The findings have led to questions about the effectiveness of a county law that allows some cities to monitor lighting violations on their own.

The way the 20-year-old law works, the county is… Continue

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Book now to celebrate library’s past, future

By Margie Plunkett



The Delray Beach Library is commemoratining its 96th year at a December meeting and celebrating four years at the current location in January with its annual Laugh with the Library fundraiser.

“The library is older than the town of Delray Beach,” said Library Director Alan Kornblau. The nonprofit library, the only one in Florida except for a Winter Park library, was founded in 1913 by the Ladies Improvement… Continue

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Dessert shop duo melt away

Both employees forced to hand over free ice cream to an insistent Delray Beach police officer last April have since moved on to other professions, a co-owner of the shop said.

One employee is now in the medical profession and the other — in an ironic twist — works at the Broward County State Attorney’s office, said Randy Schmidt, a co-owner of the Ben & Jerry’s on East Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. Schmidt said he wasn’t in the shop the night his employees were held up for two… Continue

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Postal Service delivers good news to Lantana

By Mary Thurwachter



Christmas came early in Lantana, where officials received word on Nov. 20 that the town’s post office will stay in business, after all. The branch at 201 West Ocean Avenue was taken off the list of 241 post offices facing possible closure by the U. S. Postal Service in an effort to stop the bleeding in deficits.

Town Manager Mike Bornstein, also known as the Barefoot Mailman for his portrayal of the local legend,… Continue

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Imperial House’s beach work runs into brick wall with neighbors

By Tim O’Meilia

Thirty-three years ago Bonnie Fischer found the dream retirement home — an affordable first-floor oceanfront condominium apartment at Imperial House with a view of a beach several hundred feet wide.

In mid-November, an angry north wind sent churning waves one after another onto that shrinking beach, clawing through a temporary wall of three-ton blocks and undermining a walkway that ran along the seaside building.

“I had… Continue

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Volunteer call, traffic planning precede race

Lantana’s Nature Preserve is preparing for thirsty runners at the Dec. 6 Palm Beach Marathon, putting together the only “wacky” water station in Lantana, according to Ilona Balfour, a director for the preserve. The station will be located on Ocean Avenue at Bicentennial Park at the western foot of the bridge.

The water station plans a mariachi theme, with bright, Mexican-style clothing and lively music to revive runners’ spirits, Balfour said, adding that the race’s water stations vie for… Continue

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Lantana stands firm on beach access costs

By Margie Plunkett



Lantana council members took a hard stand against helping the neighboring Imperial House condominium building at taxpayers’ expense and said it would charge $213,500 to allow the co-op to stage equipment to fix its rapidly deteriorating temporary sea wall.

The figure equals the added expense Lantana has incurred to rebuild its weather-damaged sea wall because the Imperial House had not made repairs on its sea wall at the time of construction, according to… Continue

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A dozen December delights

Twelve tiny treasures I was challenged to find.

In shops and boutiques — even online.

So I hunted and searched

Our coastal communities.

From Delray to Lake Worth.

I sought with impunity

Objects diminutive,

Either in price or in size,

Perfect for stuffing in stockings

oh my!

In this season of giving,

May the spirit burn bright

With these 12 little items

Of Coastal delight.




— Scott Simmons…




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Some gift books for kids are home-grown

By Ron Hayes



There’s a world of titles to choose from when deciding which children’s books to give this holiday season — and some of them were written close to home, by local neighbors.

Here’s a sampling set in Palm Beach County and written by Palm Beach County authors:



The Tree That Went Sailing

Author: Dennis Johnson, West Palm Beach

Illustrator: Sherrie Tengbergen

For ages:… Continue

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Vast tree still twinkles and shines in memory

By Ron Hayes



O Tannenbaum! O Tannenbaum!

We miss you, Tabloid Tannenbaum!

Has it really been 20 years since all those lights went dark for the last time on The World’s Tallest Christmas Tree?

Those 16,000 twinkling lights?

Or was it 20,000 lights?

Or 36,000?

Quibble about the lights if you want.

No one doubts that for 17 years, Generoso Pope Jr., owner of The National Enquirer, gave Lantana the world’s… Continue

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Meet Your Neighbor: Bev Myers



Blame it on her genes, said Manalapan resident Bev Myers, whose artwork is featured at the town of South Palm Beach’s first art show of the season. It’s because of her father that she’s an artist.

“My father was a very creative individual. He was a belt and pocketbook designer in New York at the end of the Depression,” she said. “I was only 2 when he died.”

Her daughter is creative also, she said. “Jane is a licensed architect. She and… Continue

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Obituary: In life and death, beach and friendships defined Bill Dunn

Photos from Bill Dunn's memorial



By Ron Hayes



Bill Dunn must have had six or seven different addresses during his 25 years in the county pocket. But mostly he lived on the beach.

He slept at home, but he lived on the beach. And when he died, family and friends brought him back to the beach, to say goodbye the way people in… Continue

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Obituary - Ruth E. Littlefield: Briny Breezes

By Emily J. Minor



BRINY BREEZES — Ruth Littlefield, a longtime Briny Breezes resident who moved here in the 1950s and nurtured a reputation for her generosity, artistic talent and getting herself in and out of mostly hilarious jams, has died at age 95.

“She was feisty,” said Edith Behm, a family friend who spent a lot of her growing years with the Littlefield family. “Sometimes she would open her mouth and she’d just stick her foot in… Continue

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Obituary - Frederick ‘Pete’ Schoeni: Briny Breezes

BRINY BREEZES — Frederick “Pete” Schoeni, a resident of Beloit, Ohio, and Briny Breezes passed away on Nov. 11 in Ohio. He was 85 years old.

“His motto in life was, whatever you do, you have a responsibility to do your best,” said his daughter Bonnie Pinkerton.

Mr. Schoeni was a lifelong farmer in Ohio, raising cattle, chickens and potatoes. During the farming off-season, he and Violet, his wife of 65 years, spent their time traveling in… Continue

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Obituary - Matilda Miller Young: Delray Beach

Matilda Miller Young with her husband, Willard, near the Seagate Condominium in 1970.



By Mary Katherine Stump

DELRAY BEACH — Matilda Miller Young, a resident of Delray Beach, passed away on Oct. 19 at the age of 103.

“She was determined to live ’til 100,” said her son-in-law, Oswald “Os” Peters.

Mrs. Young was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and later lived in Detroit, Philadelphia and Boston before her move to… Continue

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Obituary - Mary Howard Hudgins: Gulf Stream

By Emily J. Minor



GULF STREAM — Mary Howard Hudgins, a longtime Gulf Stream resident who, in her younger years, competed in many sports long before that was considered mainstream for women, has died. She was 91.

For many years, Mrs. Hudgins and her husband, Edward, spent winters in Delray Beach and were longtime members of the Gulf Stream Bath & Tennis Club and the Gulf Stream Golf Club.

When Edward Hudgins died in 2005, they… Continue

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Interfaith21: Choices abound for celebrating winter’s holy days

Nearly 100 people gathered for the Interfaith Friendship Festival at Abbey Delray North. Photo by Waymon Dixon.



By C.B. Hanif

That hint to humanity in the annual convergence of winter holidays? It keeps getting louder and louder. This year is no exception. With Thanksgiving and Christmas, Hanukah and the Hajj, Kwanzaa, New Years, Three Kings Day and others in such proximity, conditions are great for all kinds of… Continue

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