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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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Paws Up for Pets!: Hidden talents can appear when pets find secure homes

Caption info: Nora the cat photo courtesy of Burnell Yow!

By Arden Moore

As a reporter covering Palm Beach County for the Sun-Sentinel years ago, I quickly learned to expect the unexpected. I reported on lottery winners who died penniless and hospice patients who delivered messages of hope for the living. I also discovered surprising skills in headline-makers — like a former university president who was a whiz at fixing up… Continue

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Bill Dunn aka The Pineapple Man

Deeply sad over the loss of a wonderfull person. RIP Bill, you will be missed.

Added by John K on November 9, 2009 at 11:08am — 1 Comment


First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach held its inaugural Blessing of the Pets Sunday, October 25th garnering over $1,500 for its Deacons’ Scholarship Fund, which assists deserving members of the church pursuing full-time higher education. From a pet goat to pet caterpillars to dogs and cats, nearly 90 animals and over 120 adoring humans convened in the church courtyard for this special worship service dedicated to pets and creatures of all sorts.… Continue

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Busch's: The bartenders kept it flowing

All the Busch’s regulars knew Jerry and Liam, the bartenders, and no one seemed to know their last names.

“Jerry Mangles and Liam Wood,” says Bill Lambrakis. “They could remember the drinks when people left for the season, and the first time they came back, that drink would be on the bar, and on the house.”

Jerry Mangles came to Busch’s from Taboo, the Palm Beach restaurant. Liam was a friend of Jerry’s.…


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Old Florida lives on in misty memories of Busch’s

By Ron Hayes

Nostalgia’s funny that way.

You start out reminiscing about someplace specific. A seafood restaurant, maybe, and the she-crab soup you loved there.

The drinks at the bar while you waited for a table.

The show tunes you sang around the piano after a few of those drinks.

And the next thing you know, it’s not just the old Busch’s Seafood Restaurant you miss, but a whole other time and place. Back when you… Continue

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Surfing: It’s all in the family — and the neighborhood

See more photos from the Eastern Surfing Association championship

By Tim O’Meilia

North Atlantic Drive has earned a new name. Call it Pipeline Point or Cutback Court or, simply, Surfers Street. But never Wipeout Way.

The northern end of Hypoluxo Island juts into the Lake Worth Lagoon like one of those giant, foam “We’re #1” fingers. For good reason. Three of… Continue

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Editorial: What a difference a year makes

Last November, my husband and I bucked the trend of Web-based news delivery and published the inaugural edition of The Coastal Star. We delivered 6,000 copies of our hyper-local, free-distribution newspaper to homes and businesses along the coast. Since then our circulation has grown to 7,500 and this November we are proud to publish a Coastal Star with 32 pages plus a 32-page Palm Beach ArtsPaper insert. Between the two publications, we are delighted to have advertising support… Continue

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A Coastal Star: Susan Mullin

Caption: Susan Mullin hosts a meeting of volunteers for this year’s trunk show benefiting the Boys and Girls Clubs. The event will be held Dec. 2-3 at the new Seagate Hotel in Delray Beach. Photo by Tim Stepien

A friend for Boys and Girls clubs

Susan Mullin of Gulf Stream is the kind of friend any head of a non-profit organization would love to have. She raises lots of money and doesn’t need any… Continue

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Along the Avenues: Wine, lobster and song in Delray

By Thom Smith

Dave Spitzer spent 40 years in the hospitality industry — working for Hilton hotels, owning a restaurant in Woodstock, Ill., and running Mike Ditka’s Da Coach restaurants in the Windy City. But about 10 years ago he moved to Delray, and the more time he spent, the less enthralled he became with corporate living. Four years ago he considered a move into a franchise, but what he really wanted was to be his own boss.

“The idea of becoming a small town… Continue

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Briny Breezes: Water rates come up for further discussion

By Margie Plunkett

Armed with history and a 1926 plat map, Briny Breezes Mayor Roger Bennett appealed to Boynton Beach to extend lower, resident water rates to the town that he said is “technically an extension of Boynton Beach.” Briny Breezes’ water charges rose 51 percent when Boynton Beach boosted water rates earlier this year, compared to the 25 percent increase in the residents’ rate, which Ocean Ridge pays, Bennett said during his presentation to Boynton Beach commissioners. The… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on October 29, 2009 at 5:37pm — No Comments

Boynton discussing where, or if, new City Hall could be built

By Thomas R. Collins

The City Hall and police station in Boynton Beach might be about to move farther away from the coast, leaving the traditional downtown area.

Three developers’ proposals call for moving city operations west of I-95 near Congress Avenue. Only one would keep it in the downtown area near Ocean Avenue and Federal Highway.

Where to put the City Hall and police station — and it’s possible that only a new police… Continue

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Delray Beach: Residents’ input sought for beach-area planning

By Margie Plunkett

A residents group and Delray Beach government are collecting community thoughts early in November on a master plan for the beach area, to guide its design in the future.

The Nov. 7 charrette is for all city residents. “We hope to get something on paper that is a vision of what the whole community would like to see, not just the beach-area people,” said Andy Katz, a member of the board of trustees of the Beach Property Owners Association. “The beach is a very public… Continue

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Couple’s lawsuit claims retaliation against family

By Tim O’Meilia

Backwash from the convictions of two Delray Beach priests continues to roil waters at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church as a couple sued parish officials Oct. 13, claiming their two children were expelled from the parish school in retaliation for their questioning of school finances.

Longtime parishioners Paul and Michele Maresca of Boynton Beach said their children, Michael, 11, and Danielle, 7, were expelled on the… Continue

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Talented teen ‘only wants to be with the music’

To hear performances by Anthony Arcaini, please visit:

By Emily J. Minor

His mother knows when he’s up to something.

He’s up later, perhaps past 11 or so on a school night, and he’s distracted at the dinner table — if he appears at all.

He abandons the computer… Continue

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Gulf Stream: Town voices opposition to Intracoastal master plan

By Margie Plunkett

Gulf Stream is following the town of Palm Beach’s lead in opposing certain actions of the Intracoastal Waterway master plan, both deeming some items in the plan “a wasteful and unnecessary expansion of government.”

“I think this is something we want to be proactive on,” said Gulf Stream Mayor William F. Koch Jr. during the October commission meeting. Commissioners agreed to authorize a letter from Koch to the county opposing parts of the plan.

The master… Continue

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Fans say plan to close Lantana P.O. is just (coco)nuts

By Mary Thurwachter

Close the Lantana Post Office? Now that’s just nuts — or coconuts, in this case.

So say town leaders and about 150 fans from Lantana and surrounding communities who convened for a rally in the parking lot between the post office and the library last month.

To deliver the punch, fans of the Ocean Avenue post office sent more than 500 coconuts to Postmaster General John E. Potter in Washington, D.C. Coconuts harvested by city workers and others were given away… Continue

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Palm Beaches Marathon adds Lantana to course

The Dec. 6 Palm Beaches Marathon takes runners through Lantana for the first time.

At mile 9 of the 26.2-mile race, which starts and ends in West Palm Beach, runners enter Lantana on North Lakeside Drive, continue south to East Ocean Avenue, and cross the Intracoastal to the beach. There, at mile 11, marathoners turn and head back through Lantana on Federal Highway.

The Old Key Lime House and the Friends of the Nature Preserve will host “wacky water stations,” according to Ilona… Continue

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Delray Beach: Proposed water rates would serve a dose of reality

By Margie Plunkett

Bigger water users in Delray Beach will pay more after commissioners signed off on a rate restructuring designed to encourage conservation.

Commissioners adopted an ordinance to adjust residential, nonresidential and irrigation rates at their Oct. 20 meeting. Under the rate changes, 75 percent of users will pay less for water, Richard E. Hasko, director of environmental services, said. Anyone who uses less than 32,000 gallons a month will see a reduction, he… Continue

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Green markets offer fresh-picked fare

Real tomato-tasting tomatoes, fresh greens, fresh flowers — you can’t beat the offerings at local green markets sprouting this month. Most are at new locations. Here’s a list of those handy for the Coastal Star readership:

Delray Beach Green Market

• In the street on Southeast Fourth Avenue, just south of East Atlantic Avenue

• Opens Oct. 31, and continues Saturday through spring, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• A number of activities held here throughout the year —… Continue

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