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Highland Beach: Town inches toward clerk’s appeal review

By Steve Plunkett

 

More than 10 weeks after Town Clerk Beverly Brown appealed an unpaid one-month suspension for forwarding racist and off-color emails at work on her official computer, town commissioners told their attorney to hire someone to review the case.

Town Attorney Tom Sliney said he had spoken several times since the election with new Mayor Bernard Featherman about who should hear the appeal.

“Probably a retired judge, many of whom…

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Highland Beach: Yom HaShoah program set for library

 Georges Banet  and his mother, Thérèse, in

May 1942.  Two months later, the French police

came for them in the Vel D’Hiv round-up.

His mother died in Auschwitz.



 

 

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Boca Raton: Master plan for Ocean Strand due in six months

By Steve Plunkett

 

The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District expects to have a master plan for some kind of park at its controversial Ocean Strand parcel within six months.

Curtis + Rogers Design Studio Inc., the firm hired to gather public input and develop a design, began work on March 21 and should be finished in September, said Art Koski, the beach and park district’s attorney.

But that may be too late to avoid a city ordinance…

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Editorial: Charity 'season' ends, but needs continue

“If you ever want to feel good about yourself, go help someone else.”

— John Ferber, Secret Millionaire



As season begins to wind down, so do the numerous charity events that keep our coastal area hopping through the winter months. It seems this season was exceptionally busy with galas, luncheons, home tours, comedy nights and trunk shows galore.

Beyond all of the great food donated by local restaurants and hotels, the seemingly endless bottles of wine and…

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Coastal Star: Workplace classes help staffers with language

Iris Froham, workplace and community education coordinator for The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, teaches English to employees at The Ritz-Carlton in Manalapan.  The Ritz-Carlton sponsors the program and pays its employees to attend the classes. Photo by Tim…

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Delray Beach: History gets casual intro with happy hour group

Roy Simon (left) and his brother Ernie (far right) — with assistance from Amanda Herrick and daughter Laura Simon — entertained the crowd at Boston’s with stories of their childhood in Delray Beach. Photo by Jerry Lower…

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County Pocket: Around here, millionaire John Ferber is, well, just John Ferber

County Pocket resident John Ferber (right), who participated in ABC’s Secret Millionaire, watches an emotional segment of the  March 27 broadcast with his girlfriend Jenna Wehner.



By Emily J. Minor

   

Around the county pocket, everyone knows John Ferber and his man-version… Continue

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New faces on Manalapan commission

New faces on the Manalapan commission include: (l-r) David Cheifetz, who won the Seat 1 race with 57.5 percent of the vote, Mayor Basil Diamond, whose Seat 1 term had expired, won Seat 7 unopposed.  Seat 3 incumbent Donald Brennen was elected unopposed and William “Bill” Quigley won Seat 5 with 61.8 percent of… Continue

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Manalapan: New commission wrestles with costs in casual session

By Steve Plunkett



Town commissioners used a group microphone instead of individual ones and sat at a U-shaped table in front of their usual chairs. None wore a suit, sport coat or even a tie.

Their first informal workshop generated nearly three hours of talk about Manalapan’s expensive Police Department, its expensive fire-rescue service and its very expensive water plant.

In the end, all agreed it would take many more workshops to resolve the town’s financial ills. The next…

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Food: Easter or Passover — A cheesecake for brunch or dinner

 

Ricotta and sour cream make this cheesecake smooth and creamy.  

Photo by Gianna Miles, Palm Beach Pastry

 

 

By Jan…

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Boca Raton: Safety Council lauds 3 Boca public servants for heroism

By Paula Detwiller

 

In an age when the word “hero” is used to describe sports figures, celebrities and various unremarkable achievers, the stories of real heroes — people who put themselves at risk to save others — become more meaningful. 

Consider the stories of Boca Raton Police Officer Jimmy Jalil, Police Sgt. Shannon Wendlick and park maintenance supervisor David Hill. Their acts of spontaneous bravery in the face of personal risk won them…

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Automobiles: MPG Fuel efficiency catching on with car manufacturers

 

By Rich Pollack

With gas prices soaring, a lot of drivers are looking for ways to save money at the pump. One answer is to drive more efficiently — avoiding jackrabbit starts and slowing down on the interstate — but for others the answer may be to ditch the gas-guzzler for a more efficient car or SUV. 

That might be a good idea, but before buying a new car, it’s best to do the research and make sure the one you choose meets your driving needs and is one you’re…

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Mary McCarty back in Florida

By Emily J. Minor



Former County Commissioner Mary McCarty is back in Palm Beach County, done with her federal prison time in Texas and living in a West Palm Beach Salvation Army halfway house.

“I have not seen Mary, but Mary got out of prison [March 24] and flew from College Station and then went directly to the halfway house,” said Reeve Bright, a Delray Beach lawyer who is a longtime family friend of McCarty and her husband, Kevin.

McCarty, 56, was the third county…

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Along the Avenues: Lights! Camera! Action!

By Thom Smith

Seems like everywhere you turn these days, you’ll find a film festival. No sooner does the Palm Beach International Festival wrap than two others hit local silver screens.

The first Palm Beach Women’s International Festival opens April 7 for a four-day…

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Society Spotlight

 

Bethesda Ball, ‘Evening at the Oscars’

At The Breakers, Palm Beach

 

Bethesda Hospital Foundation…

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10 Questions: Meet You Neighbor Judi Getch Brodman

 

Judi Getch Brodman is an engineer who

took up painting about 20 years ago. There

is an exhibition of her watercolors at

the Highland Beach Library
. Photo by Tim Stepien…

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InterFaith21: Speaker expounds on healing power of prayer

 

Elise Moore speaks to an audience member after

one of her talks on texting God. Photo by C.B. Hanif



 

 

By C.B. Hanif

On…

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Paws Up For Pets: Don’t drive dogs into danger

A gate kept Arden Moore’s dogs Chipper (left)

and Cleo from possibly hurtling through the windshield when

she was rear-ended in traffic
. Photo by Arden Moore…

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Obituary: Lydia Theurer Mikell Pfund

By Emily J. Minor

 

HIGHLAND BEACH — Lydia Theurer Mikell Pfund, a popular docent at the Norton Museum of Art whose tours were always lively and informative, died March 8. She had just finished up a recent exhibit of her own paintings at the Delray Beach Club,…

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Obituary: Joseph J. Redington, III

By Liz Best

 

BOCA RATON — A longtime friend describes Joseph J. Redington III as being “outrageously handsome, caring, interested and engaging.” Mr. Redington, of Boca Raton, died March 15. He was 69.

“Joe and I first met in September 1955, when we were assigned…

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