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Paws Up for Pets: Crabby, tubby cat has huge impact





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Raise your hand if you cruised I-95 back in the late 1980s…

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Better fire rescue response pledged under interim plan

By Nirvi Shah



Fire rescue officials from Boynton Beach and Palm Beach County pledged to improve emergency response times in the county pocket — even without an agreement in hand that would put the city in charge of the area.

Boynton Beach has fire stations much closer to the area and already serves neighboring Briny Breezes and Ocean Ridge, which pay for those services. But city commissioners couldn’t give their blessing to an adoption of more residents to serve without a plan for… Continue

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Casa Alva: From home to club to home again



Private Clubs — The Manalapan Club: An occasional history series

By Mary Thurwachter

Back in 1957, Eisenhower was president, Leave…

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Editorial: Summer comings (arts column) and goings (snowbirds)



When we moved to the area over 25 years ago, Easter marked the beginning of the end of tourist season. I-95 was still

four- to six-lanes wide and occasionally a group of young locals would stand on

the overpasses and wave goodbye to the cars in the northbound lanes: no more

waiting in line at restaurants and movies; less traffic along A1A; fewer people

at the…

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Annexation specter puts island on alert

By Thomas R. Collins

Just south of Briny Breezes, east of the St. Andrews golf course and north of Gulf Stream sit two rarities: pieces of barrier island land that are unincorporated,

belonging to no city.

And the residents have seemed to like it that way.…

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Coastal Stars: Fitness bug an epidemic in this family



By Emily J. Minor


The fitness bug took root many, many years ago, with little notice, when Leonard Griff began teaching his four children through example.

Griff, a retired radiation oncologist, would take the stairs. He’d…

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Local Voices: Police program enriches understanding

We joined the Citizen’s Police Academy sponsored by the Boynton Beach Police Department. This is our second

year taking this class. The class meets on Wednesdays for 10 weeks from 7 to 10

p.m.



During each session we had up to six policemen give us demonstrations and slideshows. Police instructors answered all our questions. We had two or three…

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Along the Avenues: Delray promises another Affair to remember





By Thom Smith



Brace yourselves. It’s April, but it seems like the season is just starting.



Savor the Avenue’s long table has barely been cleared, the last reel…

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DELRAY BEACH: Crosswalk signs judged effective, will be used more places





By Margie Plunkett



Five more sets of crosswalk signs designed to safeguard pedestrians and educate drivers will be installed on A1A after a state study deemed test signs near

Atlantic Avenue effective.…



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LANTANA: Fireworks budget down, but not out

Lantana council members voted to contract Zambelli Fireworks Manufacturing Co. for up to $25,000 to put on the July Fourth display this year, $10,000 less than budgeted. The company will launch fireworks along the Sportsman’s Park seawall, rather than from a barge on the water, producing a savings of about 10 percent, Town Manager Mike Bornstein said at the council’s March 22 meeting. Zambelli, which has put on Lantana’s fireworks display for several years, has already tested the launch site,… Continue

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Officials ready, alert to Haitian refugee potential

By Dianna Smith



Local officials are continuing to comb the seas and beaches for Haitians fleeing their devastated country.



Though no refugees have been spotted in Palm Beach County since January’s deadly earthquake in Haiti, four Haitian nationals came ashore in nearby Martin…

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South Palm Beach: New members join ‘green’ Town Council





By Tim O’Meilia



The South Palm Beach Town Council is going green. Not environmentally speaking, but experience-wise.



Two new council members, Stella Jordan…

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Hypoluxo Island: Neighbors, town seek solution for uprooted playground



By Margie Plunkett and Mary Kate Leming



McKinley Park on Hypoluxo Island has been a meeting ground, a community “piazza” that’s brought parents and children together over the years to bond and play. A main

draw for families, the playground equipment is now gone, removed…

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Manalapan: Utilities, landscaping, turtle-sensitive lighting and signs occupy commission



Incumbent Robert Evans (left), who ran unopposed, is joined by new commissioners Howard Roder and Louis DeStefano. In Manalapan, 209 voters of a total of 353 registered voters, or 59.2 percent turned out for the March elections. Photo by Jerry Lower…

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Delray Beach: Beachfront group moves ahead with master planning

The Beach Property Owners Association is taking the next step toward a long-term plan for the beachfront, after meeting

March 24 with city leaders, city employees and residents.



At its April 1 board meeting, the association intended to set a date to present its report and renderings to the City Commission.…



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Hurricane seasons expected to pick up, but still depend on el Niño











By Tim O’Meilia



South Florida whistled past the hurricane graveyard last summer and nary a storm howled in return. Only three hurricanes formed last year and none sent anyone

scurrying to Home Depot for…

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Ocean Ridge: Town looking into ‘bird sanctuary’ status



By Margie Plunkett



Herons, cranes, spoonbills, terns, pelicans and even red hawks make Ocean Ridge their home. Now, the town is moving toward becoming a bird sanctuary to protect them.



The town was exploring and preparing an ordinance it…

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Gulf Stream: Voters could decide future of power lines





By Margie Plunkett



Burying Gulf Stream’s overhead power lines would cost roughly $4.6 million and entail six months of pre-construction work and six to eight months of construction,

according to a consultant hired to study the feasibility of the…

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Delray Beach: Board lays out plans, achievements in ‘greening’ the city



By Margie Plunkett



Imagine stopping by an automated stand to rent a bicycle and being able to drop it off at a station in another part of town. The board formerly known as the Green

Task Force has this on the roster of projects it wants to make reality.…

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Sale of teacher’s paintings to help scholarship fund

By Christine Davis



Sandra Morrison of Ocean Ridge found a treasure trove of watercolors in Norman Scofield’s garage. Landscapes of all descriptions delightfully alive with

dynamic lines and beautiful colors: tropical island scenes, snow and old barn

paintings, northern vistas and local views, sunny to…

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