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Coastal Election Results

Results:

MANALAPAN

Louis DeStefano - 77.88% | Gerald Kent Shortz - 22.12%

Total votes: 208

Howard Roder - 57.64% | Thomas Thorton - 42.36%

Total votes: 203



OCEAN RIDGE

Lynn Allison - 74.44% | Nancy Hogan - 25.56%

Total votes: 313



SOUTH PALM BEACH (Top 2 win seats)

Richard Akin - 9.17% | Isabella Ralston-Charnley -… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on March 10, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Gulf Stream School student wins national essay contest



Gulf Stream School eighth-grader Olivia Gaudree is one of only four students in America recognized by the USA Today Sportsmanship Essay Contest on March 2. Read her touching essay below:



Une, deux, trois, quatre, cinq- I counted with my eyes closed. Reaching twenty, I slowly scanned the lawn for any obvious hiding places, while keeping my eyes on the ball in the middle of the field. Although this… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on March 5, 2010 at 11:57am — No Comments

South Palm Beach Election: Candidates

In South Palm Beach two incumbents aren’t seeking re-election March 9. The top two vote recipients among six candidates will win the two open seats on the Town Council. The candidates in order of appearance on the ballot:





Richard Akin

PERSONAL: 64; married; no children; journalism degree Georgia State University.… Continue

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Delray Beach Election: Candidates

Candidates for the March 9 Delray Beach City Commission election in order of appearance on the ballot:



Seat 2



Fred B. Fetzer (incumbent)

PERSONAL: 65; Bachelor's mechanical engineering, University of Tennessee.

PROFESSIONAL: Retired from AT&T.

POLITICAL BACKGROUND: City commissioner 2006 to present; liaison to the Delray Beach… Continue

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Ocean Ridge Election: Candidates

Candidates for the March 9 Ocean Ridge Town Commission election in the order of their appearance on the ballot:





Lynn Allison

PERSONAL: 59; two children; married; BA psychology, American University; MSW, Howard University, PhD management and administration, Indiana University Watson Institute.

PROFESSIONAL: Owner,… Continue

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Manalapan Election: Candidates

Candidates for the March 9 Manalapan Town Commission election in order of appearance on the ballot:



Seat 2

Robert Evans, unopposed incumbent



Seat 4



Louis DeStefano

PERSONAL: 67; single; bachelor’s in English, Long Island University.

PROFESSIONAL: CEO of Thermatix company.

POLITICAL… Continue

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Ocean Ridge: Police chief bids farewell after 17 years of leading force



Chief Edward Hillery

Age: 69

Years in Ocean Ridge: 17 years as chief of police

Past life: Spent 23 and a half years with the Boynton Beach Police force, retiring as chief of police before coming to Ocean Ridge; spent seven years as a county investigator in Essex County, N.J.… Continue

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Along the Avenues: Spring? Spring!

By Thom Smith



Chilly temperatures be damned, we’re warming up. I mean, what else are we supposed to do in South Florida? Fortunately, a little chilly weather here is better than most of the weather up north, and the folks who live and work along the beach avenues don’t let a few degrees get in the way of a good time.

There are not too many places this time of year where you’d find John McEnroe playing tennis in the middle of the street.… Continue

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Editorial: Life-saving agreement deserves speedy resolution

None of us are happy with the speed of change.

Many of our neighbors who live in the Tradewinds and Place Au Soleil neighborhoods

are upset at how quickly the city of Boynton Beach has embraced and

approved a Walmart where the former Gulfstream mall sits crumbling

today.

While no one debates the need to replace this strip-mall eyesore, there is a strong feeling that the approval process has been

fast-tracked with too little public discussion. Contrast that… Continue

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Kitesurfers and sharks often mix



By Emily J. Minor



These days, news travels fast — even when you’re a bohemian sort like Billy Blackman — and that’s how Blackman found out a man died while kitesurfing up in Martin County.

Fast, and right to the point.

“I got a text,” Blackman said. “I was actually giving a (kitesurfing) lesson, and a friend of mine texted me.”



Blackman, 46, likes it on the edge. A Boynton… Continue

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Group wants to plant signs, seed safety

By Margie Plunkett



Watch public service announcement from zMotion



Plant signs and you might grow safety and cooperation: At least that’s the hope of a cyclists’ advocacy campaign that would use new road signs to instruct A1A motorists and bicyclists how to share the road.

The Florida Department of Transportation is working with cycling group zMotion to post bicycle safety signs with two… Continue

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Lady and her people-person are a hit in therapy settings



By Arden Moore



A few years ago, civic leader Peter Blum, heading home to Manalapan from the Peter Blum Family YMCA of Boca Raton, popped in at an animal shelter.

“Our meeting ended early and I had some time to kill, so I decided I would go to the shelter and just look around,” he says.

A lifelong dog lover, Blum convinced himself that he would just stroll up and down the shelter’s corridors to greet the leaping and yapping… Continue

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MANALAPAN: Candidates narrowed to three for town manager

Three town manager candidates, selected from about 300 resumes received in a search after Greg Dunham resigned from the job, will face Manalapan commissioners at a March 22 interview. Commissioners set a salary range of $80,000 to $120,000, but agreed that they could stretch higher or lower depending on the experience of the candidate when they finally make an offer.

Each candidate will be interviewed separately by the panel during a special meeting that begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by a… Continue

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WPB firm developing Seahorse project

By Margie Plunkett



The Seahorse Bath and Tennis Club, a $90 million oceanfront condominium project swamped by the housing downturn, is being resuscitated by the Kolter Group LLC.

The West Palm Beach-based developer is in the process of taking title to the property, Kolter Residential President Bob Vail said.

“Once that happens,” he said, “we will begin a completely new design process in earnest, with the intention of creating a property that’s respectful of the location and… Continue

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Manalapan: Library’s fundraising and planning move briskly





By Margie Plunkett



The Manalapan library’s refurbishment wish list could soon take shape if the newly kicked-off fundraising effort continues at the current pace: The drive has received more than $26,000 in donations and pledges, according to organizers.

“We’re very fortunate to have this library. We want to make it more comfortable, inviting for people to come,” said Joan Bernstein, who is heading coordination and fundraising… Continue

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Delray Beach: City pays trash bill, gives review board time to work

By Margie Plunkett



Delray Beach commissioners will pay Waste Management in full for last month’s bill, declining to deduct possible discrepancies until the city’s Financial Review Board has completed a study of the account.

“Until we’re absolutely certain of our numbers, we pay the bill until we know no other reason to act differently,” said Mayor Woodie McDuffie before the panel unanimously voted to pay the city’s contracted trash hauler in full.

Commissioners turned a… Continue

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South Palm Beach: Hotel development votes garner ethics complaints

By Tim O’Meilia



Palm Beach Oceanfront Inn owner Pjeter Paloka filed complaints with the state ethics commission against two South Palm Beach Planning Board members in February and said he plans to file against a third.

Paloka alleged that Planning Board Chairman Michael Nevard and member Dee Robinson were biased against his family’s plans to replace the two-story hotel with a 10-story hotel-condominium and actively worked against the proposal while sitting as board members.… Continue

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The Book Thief may steal of the heart of County readers

By Ron Hayes



For the 2010 "Read Together Palm Beach County" campaign, almost 3,000 area book lovers have reached back to Nazi Germany in 1939, to choose a title they hope will steal readers' hearts this year.

They also made local history by choosing, for the first time, a young adult novel for the "One Book, One Community" project.



"The Book Thief," a 2005 novel by Australian author Markus Zusak, is the story of 9-year-old… Continue

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Delray Beach: Man digs into trash bills looking for bottom line

By Ron Hayes



One day in January 2009, a neighbor on Del Haven Drive asked Ken MacNamee a casual question.

“Do you realize we pay more for trash pickup than people on the other side of the Intracoastal?”

That can’t be, MacNamee thought. But he decided to investigate.

His monthly charge was $23.60. On the mainland, it was $13.50.

MacNamee kept investigating, and a year later, the Delray Beach City Commission has unanimously approved a vote of “no confidence” in… Continue

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South Palm Beach: Full house at ice cream social gets info on census



By Christine Davis

Quiet please. Counting calories is voluntary. Taking part in the census count is mandatory.

South Palm Beach’s ice cream social on Feb. 21 at Town Hall, offered an opportunity for free ice cream and cookies, free U.S. Census T-shirts and a free talk explaining the census.

“We have been pushing hard since day one — Jan. 6.” Town Councilman Donald Clayman said about his group of 16 volunteers.

“We want to… Continue

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