The Boca Raton Preservation Board voted in July to pursue a Historic Preservation designation for the Giles House, long home to La Vieille Maison Restaurant at 770 E. Palmetto Park Road.
The city’s Planning & Zoning board recommended denying it in 2009, and City Council put the issue on hold. The restaurant closed in May 2006 and the property is for sale.
The owner of the property, identified as Irving Litwak, “does not feel this building qualifies for historic designation,”… Continue
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I love Palm Beach County.
It’s home to me — from the sweet stench of the Glades to the bracing spray of the ocean and everything in between.
I was born here, grew up on Florida’s west coast, and returned to Palm Beach County to attend Florida Atlantic University.
When I arrived in 1984, the Boca Raton phone book was about an inch and a half thick. It covered all the towns from Boynton Beach through Pompano Beach, with Boca and Highland Beach in the middle.
And The Boca Raton… Continue
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By Thomas R. Collins
When I visited my mom at the nursing home the other day, I talked with the wife of another resident there.
In the dining room, with a crime drama on the TV in the background,… Continue
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The Boca Raton Community Redevelopment Agency voted in August to assume ownership of the Count de Hoernle Amphitheatre at Mizner Park.
The city ended its 99-year lease with the Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park, the nonprofit group that built the amphitheater in 2002 on city land, and will take over the amphitheater’s remaining $588,000 mortgage. The city also will pay off up to $300,000 in debt incurred by the Centre for the Arts for such cultural events as Festival of the Arts Boca.… Continue
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By Steve Plunkett
For the second time in two years, Town Manager Dale Sugerman wanted the library to spend less. And for the second time in two years, he was rebuffed.
Library director Mari Suarez had asked for $85,000 for new books and publications for the budget year that starts Oct. 1; Sugerman trimmed $20,000 from her request.
“I stayed with the same number that I have recommended to the commission for the past two years, which is $65,000. I’ve not flinched,’’ Sugerman said… Continue
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By Thom Smith
Affluent. Great weather. Diverse population. Good schools. Beautiful beaches. Great restaurants. Swinging nightlife.
But until recently it was always known as a resort town. Sprung from a hotel, it was a place to visit, not… Continue
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By Ron Hayes Continue
In the fall of 1936, two country boys arrived in Columbus, Ohio, to begin their freshman year at the
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By Skip Sheffield
Gloria Drummond marked her 80th birthday on Aug. 20, but festivities are being delayed so the whole community can join in.
A celebration of Drummond and the Boca Raton Community Hospital she was instrumental in founding will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 30, at the Harvey and Phyllis Sandler Pavilion of the hospital’s Eugene and Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute. The public is… Continue
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By Dianna Smith
OCEAN RIDGE — In his 83 years of life, Roy Titus started more than 15 businesses and he watched carefully as his four grown children continued what he had started
so many years ago.
Titus, responsible for Minuteman… Continue
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By Emily J. Minor Continue
Ives, who for many years traveled seasonally between her beloved Michigan and
her beloved Florida, died Aug. 5 after a fairly brief illness. She was
March 3, 1923, outside…
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Joe and Winnie Pedalino may be retired, but they never quit working.
The couple, who live just north of the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, have volunteered for nearly 11 years at the educational and sea turtle rescue center, a place they think of as a second home.
And they love that others think of the center that way, too.
After 9/11, Winnie says she noticed an increase in visitors to the center.
“People felt more… Continue
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By Steve Plunkett
Educational field trips to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in coastal Boca Raton may continue despite the school district’s budget having no money for them.
In June, Palm Beach County School Superintendent Art Johnson advised Boca Raton City Manager Leif Ahnell that ‘’we will no longer be able to fiscally support our Gumbo Limbo personnel.’’
That didn’t sit well with the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, which helps operate the nature center in… Continue
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By John William Johnson
Boynton Beach city commissioners have opposed the sale of local public radio station WXEL to Classical South Florida, citing the potential loss of jobs — and perhaps local programming.…
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By Greg Stepanich
Before James Cameron made his dream of 8-foot blue people on a distant planet come stunningly to life, makers of film and television had much more modest resources on hand when they wanted to bring the creatures of nightmare to screens large and small.…
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By C.B. Hanif
September is a very busy month in the Jewish faith, and one can learn a lot about the coming holidays from Rabbis Robert A. Silvers and Randall J. Konigsburg.
For example, Silvers, of Congregation B’nai Israel in Boca Raton, said Sukkot and Simchat… Continue
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By Arden Moore
From the day we adopt our pets, we promise to always be there for them. We whisper in their ears that we will care for them for their entire lives. We look forward to growing old together.
Our vows are well intended, but we can’t predict or control life’s wicked… Continue
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By Scott Simmons
She was born in Cuba. She grew up in Puerto Rico. And she lived in New York.
But now, Highland Beach is home to Martha Pando, who delights in her position as library assistant at the town’s library.
“I love the people who come in,” Pando says. “Our director is a visionary, and each staff member has his or her expertise. But the patrons make it a treat.”
Her job is a source of relaxation for Pando, who had a… Continue
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By Tim O’Meilia
Manalapan Mayor Tom Gerrard, who served on the Town Commission for more than six years, resigned suddenly July 28.
“Pressing family issues require that I spend extended amounts of time away from the town and the state,” he wrote in a five-sentence resignation letter delivered to Town Hall.
Gerrard said his resignation had nothing to do with recent criticism from a town commissioner and others that he acted out of… Continue
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By Margie Plunkett
Nearly a month after Ocean Ridge approved 12 hour-shifts for police officers, effectively cutting their hourly wages, commissioners found themselves voting to budget added attorney fees for representation on a town policemen’s petition seeking to unionize.
Commissioners agreed at the Aug. 2 meeting to budget another $5,000 for legal fees. Otherwise, their discussion of the petition to the Florida Public Employees Relations… Continue
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BRINY BREEZES — We are sorry to report the passing of Nicholas “Nick” A. Lee, 27, of Melbourne on July 25.
He was the son of Jack (Ann) Lee of Briny Breezes and Jill Lee of Illinois. Other survivors include his brother, John Lee, sisters Jaime Lee and Gina Smith, and stepsister, Karen Steinmarch; plus many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Some may remember Nick when he lived in Briny Breezes from 1996-1997. He had many fond memories of… Continue
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