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SHORE THING: 8 local restaurants with great sea views

By Mary Thurwachter

We appreciate restaurants with scrumptious food, good service and a pleasing ambience. But if a dining spot comes with an ocean view, we’re really cooking! Fortunately for us, our islands are blessed with several such gems, where we can share good food and conversation while taking in beautiful ocean views. They range from elegant and pricey dining rooms to casual flip-flop friendly cafes.

Check out these eight seashore treasures. A1A will lead the way.… Continue

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Local Voices: Haiti’s hold—Mission to Haiti haunts and inspires

Kathy Skipper holds a child at Little Children of Jesus Handicapped Home just outside Port-au-Prince. The home was untouched in the quake and all the children are OK.

By Kathy Skipper

Haiti is on my mind.

Like a newfound love, it is the prism that colors everything I see. Like the old and familiar, it is a comfort and a treasure.

Day and night, I think of Haiti.

It’s been… Continue

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Meet Your Neighbor: Barbara Cook

About gardening, Cooks says, "Create beauty and restore order. This in return will inspire others to create beauty and restore order in their own lives.''

Barbara Cook of Ocean Ridge considers gardening her true calling and describes herself “a farmer at heart.”

“I’ve done may things in my adult life, and the garden is where I am the happiest. I’m not tired when I’m in the garden, and I’m… Continue

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Delray Beach: New 'old’ family home a highlight of tour

By Christine Davis

Brimming with vitality and bounding with energy, Gina and Garrett Benders’ charming Mediterranean-style, two-story home on Andrews Avenue will be one of the stops of the March 11 Delray Beach Home Tour. The tour will include seven homes in the beach area of Delray Beach and benefits the Achievement Centers for Children & Families.

“We have a full house,” Gina Bender said of her six-bedroom, seven-bath… Continue

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Delray Beach: Workplace seems like family to grieving Haitian staff

By Dianna Smith

On the day his world fell apart, Kivland Lubin turned to the only place where he feels at peace.

His work.

At Harbour’s Edge, a retirement living facility nestled along the Intracoastal in Delray Beach, more than 80 employees are Haitian. So when a powerful earthquake rocked Haiti on Jan. 12, it rocked the lives of those here, too.

Many workers lost family members, including Lubin, whose six relatives are… Continue

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Briny Breezes: Chislers’ art sale doesn’t scrimp on class

By Linda Haase

Curls of sawdust flutter through the air. Machines whirl and buzz, slicing through conversations. In the din of this two-story 1,800-square-foot shop, crafters are transforming wood into works of art. When the dust settles, intricate bowls and boxes, realistic looking birds, detailed birdhouses and other remarkable objects emerge.

The Chislers, an inspired group of… Continue

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Mind mama: Be alert to sea turtles’ needs during nesting season

By Nirvi Shah

Although the weather feels like anything but spring, sea turtles are already arriving along the coast for the year’s nesting trek.

Sea turtle nesting season officially began March 1 and lasts until Oct. 31, but the first reports of a leatherback crawling onto shore happened Feb. 11 in Miami-Dade County, according to Paul Davis, environmental manager for Palm Beach County’s Environmental Resource Management Department. Most sea turtle species — leatherbacks, green… Continue

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Former Pope house sells at nearly half-price

A Manalapan home purchased last year for $22.4 million has sold for about half its previous sale price: $12 million. The eight-bedroom, 15-bathroom estate at 1370 S. Ocean Blvd was sold to Illinois-based MGM Design LLC.

Bunny Hiatt and Jack Elkins of Engel & Volkers in Manalapan represented the buyer. According to Hiatt, “Timing and market conditions played greatly to our clients favor in acquiring the property, even at the asking price… it was a tremendous value for the area.”

The… Continue

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ENGAGEMENT: Tiernan-Ranson

Michael and Lisa Tiernan of Delray Beach and Charles and Sheryl Ranson of Tallahassee are delighted to announce the engagement of their children, Elizabeth Whitaker Tiernan and Alexander Hunter Ranson. Whitney is a graduate of Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, N.J., and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C. Alex is a graduate of Lawrence Free State High School, Lawrence, Kan., and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,… Continue

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Interfaith21: Pensive student crowd hears message of peace

Listening in as the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet spoke at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, it didn’t take me long to decide on nuances to share that might be different from others in the crush of media. Among the most striking was the juxtaposition of the man and the kids.

Students comprised the majority of the 3,000 at the FAU Center Feb. 24. Elsewhere on campus, another 2,500 students and faculty watched a simulcast in the auditorium. What a good thing, I thought as I watched… Continue

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Paws Up for Pets!: Learn before you leap into bunny life

By Arden Moore

Years ago, I attended the Palm Beach County Fair and, on impulse, adopted a dwarf silver-coated bunny who’d received a second-place ribbon. I was a reporter for the Sun-Sentinel, fated to finish second in many journalism contests. Being a byline bridesmaid, I felt an instant affinity for this bridesmaid bunny, whom I named Huny Buny (misspelled on purpose).

Although I had grown up with dogs and cats, I was… Continue

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DELRAY BEACH, Fla., – Feb. 5, 2010 – Beginning Friday, Feb. 19th, Taizé prayer services will resume at First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach located at 33 Gleason St. The 8:00 am Friday morning services will continue through Good Friday, April 2nd and will be led by Parish Associate Reverend Linda Harper and musician…


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Boynton Beach: Coming to a major intersection near you: Walmart?

By Thomas R. Collins

For years, city planners in Boynton Beach have been trying to cultivate an urban feel to Federal Highway, with attractive buildings close to the roadways to make life more pleasant for walkers and to draw new residents to the east.

Now, here comes along a business that has a reputation of being about as un-urban as you can get: Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

The big-box staple of small-town, rural life wants to build a store at the city’s southern entryway: the… Continue

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Lantana: Bornstein requests — and gets — a pay cut

The Lantana council approved Town Manager Mike Bornstein’s annual evaluation and accepted Bornstein’s proposal to reduce his salary of $102,000 to $97,000 and to extend his contract through 2012.

Council approved it despite sentiment voiced by several members that Bornstein was worth his salary — and that they would only support the proposal because he asked them to.

Bornstein, who also drew praise from residents attending the meeting, said later that over the last couple of years he… Continue

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Officials monitor tragedy, prepare for mass exodus from Haiti

By Dianna Smith

As the world watches Haiti’s collapse just a few hundred miles from South Florida, are preparing for some of Haiti to end up right here, along Palm Beach County’s shores.

The Jan. 12 earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands in the poor, desolate country prompted Palm Beach County Emergency Management Center Director Charles Tear to meet with city representatives recently; assuring them the EOC is ready should a mass exodus head our way. The county has a mass… Continue

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Rip currents are the biggest danger in the ocean

By Ron Hayes

In 1975, Steven Spielberg made a movie called Jaws, and we’ve all been terrified of shark attacks ever since.

John Fletemeyer wishes he’d made Rips instead.

By any measure, rip currents are far more deadly than sharks, and South Florida’s winter season brings together both the rough seas that help spawn them and the family and friends from up north who know the least about them.

“In reality, sharks account for only one or two serious incidents a year in… Continue

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Proposal would have Boynton fire rescue respond to ‘pocket’

By Nirvi Shah

The November night Bill Dunn choked to death, it took Palm Beach County Fire Rescue nearly 13 minutes to get to his home just outside the Boynton Beach city limits.

During the painful wait for paramedics, the dispatcher tried to help Dunn’s friends fill his lungs with air, and get him to vomit and dislodge the food caught in his throat. His friends attempted to follow the dispatcher’s instructions, pleading with the dispatcher to send help, but Dunn had a… Continue

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Coastal Star: Marine gave mom early hint of direction

Looking back, there really wasn’t much doubt about what John D. O’Connell was going to be when he grew up. “I have a picture of him when he was 3,” said his mother, Debby O’Connell, a Realtor with Hampton Real Estate in Ocean Ridge. “He was saluting.”

Flash forward 21 years. The saluting toddler is now a 24-year-old Marine, a first lieutenant stationed in Afghanistan.

“When he heard he was going to Afghanistan, he was thrilled,” Debby… Continue

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Editorial: Just the facts ma'am

We don’t publish advertorials.

You know: the stuff that looks like a news story, but when you begin to read it you recognize it as being purely promotional.

It’s been suggested by other small publishers that we do this as a way to increase revenue and get editorial content for free.

We won’t.

True, we are trying to make a living from The Coastal Star, but we are also attempting to deliver a publication that is trusted by our readers. That’s important to us.

We… Continue

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New sea turtle rehab center comes to the rescue in a big way

By Mary Thurwachter

January’s longer-than-ever cold snap had us all crawling under our covers and turning up the heat. But for sea turtles, warming up wasn’t so easy.

When the water dropped below the normal body temperature of the cold-blooded sea turtles, their metabolic rate dropped as well. They became lethargic and stopped swimming and eating. Many were left floating, and sometimes washed ashore.

By the middle of the month,… Continue

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