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Obituary – Howard A. Kloss: Ocean Ridge

By Mary Katherine Stump

OCEAN RIDGE — Howard A. Kloss passed away on Dec. 29. He was 85 years old.

Mr. Kloss was born and raised in Chicago, and worked as a stationary engineer for the Chicago School Board until his retirement to Florida in 1990. He also invested in real estate during his time in Chicago. He served in the Merchant Marines during WWII and spent much of his time in Florida gardening. He was preceded in death by his wife of over 40 years, Alice Kloss, who passed… Continue

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Obituary - Lenore G. Rubinstein: South Palm Beach

By Tim O’Meilia

SOUTH PALM BEACH — When the men went off to World War II, Lenore Rubinstein went to the ballpark. A reporter for Newsweek, her editors made her a sportswriter during the war.

But the male sportswriters refused to allow her in the press box, times being what they were. So she bought tickets and covered the games from the stands. She kept track of her own game statistics, since the official numbers were handed out… Continue

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Obituary —Elena Forrester: Gulf Stream

By Emily J. Minor

GULF STREAM — Elena M. Forrester, a native of San Francisco and a world traveler who moved to Gulf Stream in 1972 and told her family she’d never leave, died in her sleep at her beloved home on Jan. 11. She was 99.

Mrs. Forrester’s son, Alex Lilley, said they thought perhaps his mother would make it to her 100th birthday in May. “She’d never really been sick,” he said. But over the summer, she suffered a bad… Continue

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OBITUARY — Nora Priest: County Pocket

By Ron Hayes

COUNTY POCKET — When she wasn’t strolling the beach, chatting with friends and strangers alike, Nora Priest was contacting politicians with letters and phone calls in support of liberal causes.

In Boston, where she spent summers, Mrs. Priest fought for civil rights during the school integration crisis of the 1970s. In Palm Beach County, she agitated to keep bus service along State Road A1A.

“She was the hippie… Continue

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Obituary — Godfrey A. Rockefeller: Delray Beach

By Ron Hayes

DELRAY BEACH — He had a name that inspires awe, and accomplishments to match, but Godfrey Rockefeller wore both lightly.

“He was very much a gentlemen, with a wonderful reaching out to people from all stations of life,” says his daughter-in-law, Regina Rockefeller. “He treated everyone the same, whether the person parking a car or the president. He was respectful of everyone in life.”

The executive director of the… Continue

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Interfaith21: Pay it forward: message from Delray Prayer Breakfast

By C.B. Hanif

It is a basic principle of people of faith that our Maker will judge all. So to suggest which was best among the prayers at a prayer program would be a fool’s errand. Better to report what touched this beneficiary of all the goodwill articulated during Delray Beach’s ninth annual Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast.

Mayor Woodie McDuffie, in his introduction, showed again why his is a two-time All America City, with his… Continue

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Trunk show to help Wayside House continue rebuilding lives

Teresa Bayer, who went through the Wayside House in-house treatment program, gives back a lot of time and energy to the center. She loves the monthly alumni meetings, when women stand to tell their emotional stories of recovery and sobriety. Bayer has been sober since September 2007. Photo by Jerry Lower

By Emily J. Minor

There’s a saying among the women who’ve been to Wayside House: God lives in these… Continue

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2009: A year of rejuvenation along the coast

By Mary Thurwachter

Despite a sluggish economy, 2009 brought some upscale and needed improvements to the barrier islands. From new seaside hotels, clubs, restaurants and pampering spas, to new roofs on town halls and an end to the roadwork on A1A, the past year came with plenty of welcome change:

The Delray Beach Club completed a $5 million renovation … and won a Site Plan Review and Appearance Board award from the city for new… Continue

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South Palm Beach: Imperial House looks ahead to shaky future

By Tim O’Meilia

Just over the dune at the Imperial House is a bungalow where industrialist, movie maker and aviator Howard Hughes once lived, or so the story goes.

Long-time residents of the six-story co-operative have heard the tales and spin the yarns themselves. “We’d hear stories of how Howard Hughes would bring movie stars in here and sneak them out,” said Phyllis Williams, whose family has owned an apartment for more than 30… Continue

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Home, sweet dome: Manalapan's hidden house of the future

By Ron Hayes

To Gyora Novak, there’s no place like dome.

In January 1968, the self-described “artist, designer, innovator, poet, writer, humanist” erected three geodesic domes at 1860 S. Ocean Blvd. in Manalapan, and lived in them for the next 10 years.

At the time, the county property appraiser valued Novak’s dome homes at $60,000.

Now they’re for sale again.

Asking price, $10.5 million.…


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Editorial: 2010 resolutions

Happy New Year!

In 2010 I resolve to lose weight, get my finances in order, paint the bedrooms, clean the garage and stay in touch with all my friends and family who aren’t on Facebook. Oh, and do my best to edit a newspaper that informs, entertains and provides our readers with the news overview needed to make informed decisions about the future of our coastal communities.

If you’ve driven past our office on nights and weekends, you know we are committed to this effort and… Continue

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Trio of ‘stars’ behind Women’s Circle fundraiser

By C.B. Hanif

“The triumvirate,” is how an admiring colleague described them.

“They all work together so much that as far as the Women’s Circle is concerned, they’re kind of inseparable,” said fellow volunteer Mary Crawley.

That would be the Women’s Circle, whose Circle of Hope dinner gala fundraiser, Feb. 8 at Benvenuto in Boynton Beach, will profit from the toil of many volunteers, not the least its co-hosting trio of Eileen… Continue

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Beach case could extend beyond Florida

By Kelly Wolfe

In a case that could have implications for shorelines around the country, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in December about whether homeowners in Florida must be compensated when beach-widening projects make private beaches public.

Six homeowners living on the Gulf of Mexico in Fort Walton Beach have challenged a Florida Supreme Court decision that said a private beach became public after a beach re-nourishment project. The state Supreme Court said in a 5-2… Continue

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Along the Avenues : Florida Stage's 'no-brainer' move is no help to Plaza del Mar

By Thom Smith

After producing cutting-edge theater in Manalapan’s Plaza del Mar for nearly 20 years, Florida Stage is cutting out, heading to a new home at the Kravis Center. The move, announced in November, won’t be made until July, but tickets for the summer musical go on sale in January.

While it’s a blow to Plaza del Mar, which lost its anchor Epicurean gourmet market last spring, it was not a bolt from the blue.

For years, Producing Director… Continue

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Petters guilty on 20 counts

Former part-time Manalapan resident Tom Petters was found guilty Dec. 2 of masterminding a $3.5 billion Ponzi scheme.

Jurors in St. Paul, Minn. found the Minnesota businessman guilty on 20 counts including wire fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.

According to the government, Petters attracted massive investments from hedge funds and other institutions, ostensibly to buy consumer electronic goods and re-sell them to national big-box stores like Wal-Mart and Costco. But… Continue

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Manalapan: Residents and commissioners debate swale-planting plans

By Margie Plunkett

Following months of work by a committee, Manalapan officials and residents met in a December workshop to debate ways to landscape town swales yet protect electric, cable and water utilities.

The efforts seek a landscaping plan that provides guidance for residents who want to plant trees, but also allows the town to determine what trees are appropriate and won’t threaten infrastructure, either underground or overhead.

While commissioners can’t take action… Continue

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Reef artificial, but affection real: Family names spot for Manalapan diver

By Nirvi Shah

For Donald Silpe’s 70th birthday, he got the ultimate gift for a lifelong scuba diver: an artificial reef built and named in his honor.

Silpe, who lives in Manalapan, said his family came up with the idea to make a donation to the county in exchange for a reef named in his honor. After months of paperwork, the family foundation’s $10,000 donation led to the creation of the Donnyboy Silpe Reef — just minutes from the… Continue

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South Palm Beach seeks county intervention in beach dispute

By Tim O’Meilia

With the Imperial House facing another winter without a seawall, the South Palm Beach Town Council voted on Dec. 15 to ask Palm Beach County to intervene in a dispute between the condominium and the town of Lantana over beach access.

The 58-unit co-op adjoins the north end of Lantana’s oceanfront beach and needs the access to move construction equipment onto the beach to erect the seawall.

“We can’t support them financially but at least we can support them… Continue

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LANTANA: Town remains at odds with co-op over beach access

By Margie Plunkett

The Lantana Town Council dismissed as “insulting” a counterproposal from the Imperial House to pay $5,000 for beach access to fix its failing seawall, and said it would investigate if, under an agreement for emergency work, it could demand Imperial House put the beach back together and vacate within seven days. Mayor David Stewart and other council members balked at the counterproposal during a Dec. 14 meeting — a day before South Palm Beach voted to request… Continue

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BOYNTON BEACH: Preservationists seek funds, plan for saving high school

By Thomas R. Collins

Of all the tense exchanges over the years between city leaders and residents over whether to save the old Boynton Beach High School, it might be hard to find one more openly bitter than the one between Mayor Jerry Taylor and 50-year resident Victoria Costello recently.

“You could tear it down and build something as nice or better for less money than that,” Taylor said, to catcalls, as the commission considered a historic-preservation ballot… Continue

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