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Vacant slips a concern to city and marina residents

By Margie Plunkett

Boaters once clamored for a spot in Delray Beach’s marina, but the ebbing economy has left nearly half its slips vacant and forced the city to drop rates to entice new business.

Acknowledging increasing competition among area marinas, Delray Beach commissioners cut annual rates to $16 per foot per month from $21 in September, even as live-aboard residents of the marina argued that more drastic action was necessary to revitalize their waterfront… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on October 1, 2009 at 6:20pm — No Comments

With school district money problems, WXEL sale again up in the air

By Thomas R. Collins



Another deal might have turned to static for perennially for-sale WXEL.

Nine months after the Palm Beach County School District expressed an interest in buying the public radio and TV stations from Barry University, the School Board voted to pull half the money it had set aside for the deal to balance its economy-rocked budget.

The pullback might clear the way for other groups to again begin making a bid for the stations.

The School Board never… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on October 1, 2009 at 6:04pm — No Comments

Obituary - Pauline Deibert Marquis

Obituary



PAULINE DEIBERT MARQUIS



Pauline 'Polly' Deibert Marquis, originally from Palmerton, PA and Greenwich, CT, died on her 104th birthday. She was the daughter of Franklin W. and Lydia Gregory Deibert, and the sister of Jonathan Deibert. Polly graduated from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. She was married to Byron St. Croix Marquis for 55 years becoming a widow in 1988. A son, Gregory Ewing Marquis, died in 1988.

Initially a French teacher, later in life Polly… Continue

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Obituary - Matthew Duncan: Briny Breezes

Obituary



MATTHEW DUNCAN



By Ron Hayes



BRINY BREEZES — When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Matthew Duncan immediately quit his job at the Buick plant in Flint, Mich., and joined the Marines.

He was 20 then, and embarking on a lifetime of service to his country, community and friends, including 16 years on the Briny Breezes Town Council.

Mr. Duncan died Sept. 9, eight months after being diagnosed with cancer, and two days before his… Continue

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Former CRA member appointed to City Commission



By C. B. Hanif

Angeleta Gray says she will “continue to meet with people, listen to their views and bring all the players to the table. I think that will be instrumental in helping us to continue to move forward.”

There’s agreement that her fellow Delray Beach commissioners helped advance the city by appointing her to Seat 4 that was vacated by Mack Bernard.

Citing the former Community Redevelopment Agency board member’s longtime… Continue

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Diverse fish should find reef ‘pods’ attractive

By Margie Plunkett



The county started reef construction off the Ocean Ridge coast this summer, required to restore the natural reef covered by beach renourishment.

The mitigation reef, within an area of about 16 acres, will “get covered in critters” — attract fish — and should make great snorkeling, according to environmental analyst Janet Phipps of Palm Beach County Environmental Resource Management.

“It provides a lot of nursery… Continue

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InterFaith21: Muslim, Jewish communities unite to find common ground

By C.B. Hanif



Sundown on Friday, Sept.18 marked the beginning of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.

The next day, others began observing Eid-ul-Fitr, marking the completion of Ramadan, the Muslim month of rededication.

Still others, including Christian friends (some of whom The Washington Post noted had joined in Ramadan fasting) were honoring both holidays with wishes of “L’shana tova” (for a good year)’ and “eid mubarak” (a blessed Eid).

Among them all are those… Continue

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Obituary - Mary Alice Pugh: Delray Beach

Obituary

Mary Alice Pugh



By Ron Hayes



DELRAY BEACH — Mary Alice Pugh’s life was all about finding new horizons.

Born Mary Alice Selby on Jan. 14, 1944, in Martins Ferry, Ohio, she earned a bachelor’s degree in laboratory medicine at West Virginia University. She married David Pugh in 1966; they started a family.

After her two sons were raised, Mrs. Pugh returned to college to earn a master’s degree in education… Continue

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Paws Up for Pets: Done right, dining out with your doggie can be a treat

By Arden Moore



Lacking thumbs makes it tricky for dogs to use utensils, but that shouldn’t stop them from displaying good manners when dining out with their people. In fact, inviting dogs to eateries is proving to be a smart strategy in these lean economic times. Case in point: the Saba Sushi Bar and Lounge in Boca Raton. Every night from 4 to 7 p.m., well-mannered dogs (on leashes) are welcome to participate in “yappy hour.” Canine guests… Continue

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Blessing of the Pets Planned at First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach

Get ready to commemorate our furry, feathered and finned friends! The First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach Board of Deacons is planning an exciting benefit for its scholarship fund that will be fun for the whole family including our four-legged family members!



Join us October 25th at 4:00pm in the church courtyard located at 33 Gleason Street, Delray Beach 33483 for a Blessing of the Pets worship service. Bring your pets for this… Continue

Added by Kim Winker on September 30, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Movin' on up!

The support of our readers and advertisers over the past 10 months has been truly inspiring.

Thank you.

As a result, The Coastal Star is taking a leap of faith and cracking open the piggy bank for some real office space — finally.

It's not very big, but the office is located in the geographic heart of our community. You'll find us nestled between Colby's Barbershop and Transition-Area Triathlon shop in that tiny commercial space that still exists on A1A in Ocean Ridge.

All… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 4, 2009 at 12:12pm — 2 Comments

Parish celebrates ‘new beginning’ after renovations, scandal

See more photos from the blessing



By Tim O’Meilia



When Roman Catholic Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito flicked a holy water sprinkler to bless the new chapel at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Delray Beach, he had some divine assistance.

The skies opened and heaven’s own rain christened the Perpetual Adoration… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Towns wrestle with tough budget choices

By Margie Plunkett



Briny Breezes was the poster child of budget uncertainty this season. The only town in the county with increasing property values, Briny Breezes at the last minute more than tripled its proposed tax rate to cover its bases on rising expenses that were still unknown variables in its budget equation.

While Mayor Roger Bennett expects the town will adopt something much lower than its proposed 10.0 millage rate, it had to play it safe: There is little leeway in… Continue

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Embracing commercial, Lantana bucks U.S. 1 trend

By Thomas R. Collins



Mention the condition of U.S. 1 in Boynton Beach and Delray Beach to Lantana Town Manager Michael Bornstein, and it’s all he can do not to roll his eyes.

Such tall buildings. So many condos. Not enough tenants. Not enough good jobs created. In that respect, Lantana is preparing to be the anti-Boynton.

With so much residential space already crammed into the coastal areas, especially along U.S. 1, Lantana is turning in the opposite direction: Its idea for… Continue

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A Coastal Star : Steven Leveen

By Ron Hayes



Steven Leveen always assumed he’d volunteer at some point with the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition.

As the co-founder and CEO of Levenger, the Delray Beach-based purveyors of “tools for serious readers,” words are both his livelihood and his passion.

Of course, he’d become a literacy volunteer.

Once the kids were out of the house.

“Then my two sons had to fulfill a community service requirement in high… Continue

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Officer’s firing upheld by Ocean Ridge commission

Ocean Ridge commissioners upheld the termination of former Police Officer David Cazzolli, which the officer appealed during a special commission meeting Aug. 27.

Cazzolli was terminated in July after a citizen’s complaint prompted an internal investigation by the Ocean Ridge Police Department, Town Manager Kenneth Schenck wrote in a letter to Cazzolli that noted the file included violations of Police Department policy.

Cazzolli can further appeal the case to circuit court, according… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 8:43pm — No Comments

Boynton water rates to rise, but less than expected

Boynton Beach city commissioners voted to roll back a recent water rate increase by 7 percent, effective in September. The reduction is across the board — applying to water, wastewater and the base rate and commodity charges, according to Public Affairs Director Wayne Segal.

The resolution on the rate reduction noted that the rate hike approved in April had a significant negative effect on ratepayers. That rate change boosted the base rate from $4.84 to $10.77 for residential users in the… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 8:42pm — No Comments

League of Cities pushes state action on beach erosion

A Palm Beach League of Cities resolution wended its way through coastal cities in August requesting Gov. Charlie Crist to address beach erosion with appropriate funding and legislation. It also encourages the state to fund research and infrastructure to solve the problem.

Lantana and Gulf Stream were among cities supporting the resolution.

A 2008 study by the Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems for the state of Florida said five coastal counties have 96.8 miles of critically eroded… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 8:40pm — No Comments

Briny Breezes tax rate in limbo because of Boynton fees

In Briny Breezes, if the proposed tax rate of $10.00 per $1,000 of assessed home value was adopted, a resident with a home valued at $170,000 would pay municipal taxes of $1,700 compared with $510 under a $3.00 rate. The town initially proposed the lower rate, but boosted it at an impromptu special meeting late in the month.

Property tax rolls rose 2.3 percent in Briny Breezes – not spectacular unless compared with neighbors like Boynton Beach, where property values sank more than 18… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 3, 2009 at 8:38pm — No Comments

Residents, neighbors fighting to keep Lantana post office

By Mary Thurwachter



In a small town rich with community spirit, talk of closing the lone post office really rankles residents. That’s what’s happening in Lantana, where the downtown office faces extinction.

Debbie Fetterly, spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service for the South Florida District, said that of the 13 locations in South Florida being considered for closure, there is more local interest in the Lantana office than any other.… Continue

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