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Around Town: Club manager’s quick-step a winner at Ballroom Battle

Jay DiPietro struts his stuff on the dance floor with

Pam Casanave, co-owner of the Fred Astaire Dance

Studio of Boca Raton. 

 

Here are more photos from the…

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Boca Raton: Higher property tax rate and fire-services fee help balance budget

By Angie Francalancia

 

Average taxpayers in Boca Raton would pay about $52 more to the city in the budget year that begins Oct. 1 under a plan presented by City Manager Leif Ahnell that combines increased property taxes and higher fire-service fees.

In a budget workshop in late August, Ahnell outlined how a property tax rate of $3.51 per $1,000 of taxable value plus an additional $20 for fire service would fill the hole in Boca Raton’s $120 million…

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Highland Beach: Town clerk, not taxpayers, to pay her legal fees

By Steve Plunkett

 

Taxpayers will not pick up the $6,000 legal bill Town Clerk Beverly Brown incurred fighting a one-month suspension for sending offensive emails at work on her official computer.

“I decided it wouldn’t be appropriate,” Town Attorney Tom Sliney said following the Town Commission’s Aug. 30 workshop. The issue was not discussed at the meeting.

Sliney reasoned Highland Beach should not pay Brown’s legal fees, Brown said, because…

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Boca Raton: Open house to mark 85th birthday of Addison building

 

The planning committee for the Addison’s 85th birthday 

poses in front of the historic structure at 2 East Camino Real,

Boca Raton. From left:  Patrick Duffy, Addison executive chef;

Chasity Navarro, Greater…

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Boca Raton: New tanks take shape at Gumbo Limbo

Workers from Brang Construction build new tanks at Gumbo

Limbo Nature Center. Photo by Mary Thurwachter



Work continues on the sea tank project at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, which will mean four new…

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Coasting Along: Boutique proves it’s sew true — sewing is fun!

 

Lori Wyllie (center), owner of Sew Much Fun & More,

a sewing store in Boca Raton, is pictured with some of her more

youthful sewing students (back row, from left): Kaitlyn Blade, 13,

Deerfield Beach; Minami Guido, 12, Boca Raton; Megan McGuire,…

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Summer Arts: Musical series parked at Arts Garage

 

 

You Go Girl, by Missionary Mary Proctor, is one of the works that

will be in the Boca Raton Museum of Art’s Outsider Visions: Self-Taught

Southern Artists of the 20th Century.…

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Highland Beach: Library Art Show Features Alan Friedman

 

Reinaldo Padrino (left), Christina Padrino, Gale Padrino, Marlene Roberts and Linda Albertson attended the opening of a show by author and photographer Alan Friedman at the Highland Beach Library.

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MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Alyce Erickson — Boca Raton

Alyce Erickson, with her poodle Miss Puccini,

lives in a home at Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club,

from which she can organize fundraisers for such organizations

as Lynn University and the National Society of Arts,…

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Paws Up For Pets: Pooch Prom ups the ante on doggie dating

 

John Fowler, Sally Mohler, Genie Serrano, Kendall Rumsey,

Cheryl Crowley, Deb Praeg, Jennifer Finnell and Christine DiRocco,

along with some of their ‘pooch advisers’ are working to unleash

the inaugural Pooch Prom on Sept. 24 at…

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InterFaith 21: Pastor reaches out at St. Joseph, finds responsive community

Parishioners unite in prayer at St. Joseph Episcopal Church. Photo by Lauren Loricchio



By C.B. Hanif

The story of St. Joseph Episcopal Church’s pastor of nearly 11 years, the Rev. Martin Zlatic, and the…

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Lantana: Budget direction aims to reward employees, restore fireworks

By Margie Plunkett



    Fireworks may return to Lantana next year and, after three years of flat salaries, Lantana employees could get extra money — both expenses the town is trying to shoehorn into a tight budget without raising the tax rate.

    Council members set the preliminary tax rate at $3.24 per $1,000 of a home’s assessed value at their July 25 meeting, which if finally approved will have been unchanged for 10 years. Council can still lower the rate at this juncture, but… Continue

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Lantana: Younger Stewart arrested

Mayor David Stewart’s son was arrested July 22 on charges of battery and resisting an officer after the two wrestled over a set of car keys in the driveway of the mayor’s home.
    Stewart said he didn’t want his son, David Stewart II, to take the car because he was not taking required medications for an ongoing condition. The younger Stewart, who turned 22 the day after his arrest, was reportedly subdued by police using a stun gun.
— Staff report

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Coastal Garage Sale

 

 

 

Lillie Silirie (right) helps customers at the 3rd annual "garage meets estate sale" fundraiser on…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 3, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Manalapan: Inlet crowds expanding and intruding

Recreational boaters and snorkelers gather along the north side of Bird Island, where Manalapan residents say their presence can be a nuisance. Photos by Jerry Lower



By Steve Plunkett



The summer sun is hot, and so are neighbors of the Boynton…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 3, 2011 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Special Report: Whose water tastes best?

Whose water tastes best?
A Coastal Star tasting ranked tap water of area towns, from best to worst, on a 100-point scale:

1. Boca Raton, 83 points                 
2. Highland Beach, 82 points
3. South Palm Beach/WPB, 73 points
4. Lantana, 69 points
5. Manalapan, 63 points
6. Ocean Ridge/Boynton Beach, 57 points
7. Gulf Stream/Delray Beach, 46 points

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Special Report: Does what's flowing from your tap pass the taste test?

 

Special Report: Public water treatments can be a matter of taste

 

By Jan Norris



Terms like “undertones,” “balance” and “finish” are typical of wine tastings — but…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 3, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Associations challenge pets as emotional support

By Arden Moore



There’s a new “breed” of dog unleashing plenty of debate and controversy. Identified as “emotional support animals” or ESA, these dogs are making their way into housing developments in South Florida, even those with no-pets-allowed policies.

Depending on whom you ask, these ESA dogs are regarded as healthy godsends or reviled as unruly rule breakers. But they have the law on their side. And that is making some property managers and condo association board members… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 3, 2011 at 2:24pm — 1 Comment

Coastal Star: Judge honored to receive award from its namesake — Ocean Ridge

By Linda Haase



    Three little words piqued Judge Lucy Chernow Brown’s interest.

    “Nature all around,” the advertisement boasted, describing a house for sale in Ocean Ridge. Brown and her husband, Terry, both nature lovers, were hooked before they even saw the house. And, 20 years later, it’s still… Continue

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Editorial: Coastal Star staffers earn high honors

Where did I put my keys?    

In a busy world it’s easy to be overwhelmed with the minutiae of life. But once you’ve been exposed to the stages of dementia, fear that this instance of displacement may foreshadow future stages of memory loss hovers behind the question.

I watched both my mother and an elderly aunt struggle with fading memories and fears. In both instances I watched the disease progress until the end. …

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