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Great view, great exercise on a stand-up paddleboard



By Mary Katherine Stump



Don’t let the barefoot, strapping 20-somethings with the sideways caps at Nomad Surf and Sport fool you — they’ve got a sport for the non-risk takers on the beach: stand-up paddleboarding.

“The great thing about stand-up paddling is that you don’t have to be pro to do it,” says Ryan Heavyside, manager of Nomad Surf Shop. “You can be a young kid all the way to a grandfather and it’s something you can pick… Continue

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Traffic study shows pedestrians and drivers both careless at crosswalks: Delray Beach

By Ron Hayes



For two days in May, the Florida Department of Transportation monitored both pedestrians and drivers at six crosswalks along State Road A1A here.

And they found accidents waiting to happen.

Apparently, pedestrians have forgotten their parents’ warnings, and drivers have forgotten just who has the right of way.

According to the weekend study, which was conducted on May 9 and 10, at the three crosswalks immediately north and three south of Atlantic… Continue

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Clean out freezer, stock pantry for heart of hurricane season

By Jan Norris



The dog days of summer inevitably signal hurricane season in earnest. We’ve been lucky so far, but it’s definitely time to get your house ready for a storm, and that includes your kitchen.

Now’s the time to clean out the freezer and whittle down the big meats and quantities of fish that you really hate to lose. Cook them up, and then start buying only what you need for a few weeks at a time. Resist “bargain buys” that could leave you out money if the power goes out… Continue

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Special needs planning for hurricane evacuation

By Mary Thurwachter



People with physical, medical or other disabilities, as well as the elderly, need to plan for their safety during a storm like anyone else. But their needs may call for more detailed planning and entail friends, family, neighbors and health care attendants.

“You can go online and sign up if you need help with transportation, or to reserve a bed,” said Manalapan Police Chief Clay Walker. “Our residents are gone during hurricane season and we deal with property… Continue

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Optimism, skepticism greet record turtle nesting numbers

By Nirvi Shah



More leatherback turtles have made their way onto Palm Beach County beaches this nesting season than in the last five years — to the cautious delight of sea turtle protectors.

Early totals show there were at least 457 leatherback nests along the beaches tracked by the county since the season began, said Carly DeMaye, who oversees sea turtle protection for the county. The previous record was 429 nests in 2007.

“We… Continue

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Effort brings out Old-Florida charm in cottages

By Christine Davis



Cottages are one place where “cute” and “old” are often used in the same sentence.

And who knows why? They certainly have their share of ailments and complaints, but they are so darned adorable, we just get out the hammer or call the handyman and remedy the problems.



Key West in Delray Beach

Consider this cute, old, Key West-style cottage belonging to Viki and Al O’Donnell on Nassau… Continue

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Meet Your Neighbor: Diana Taylor

Listen to an inspirational interview with Diana Taylor at: http://inspiredbysteve.podbean.com/

Diana Taylor’s multi-media company, Pug at the Beach — which she says is part Dalai Lama and part Jimmy Buffett — offers books, Pug jewelry and apparel, talks and other tools, which can be seen at:… Continue

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Hard-working writer Pratt put Briny on Big Apple map

See more photos from the Pratt collection



By Ron Hayes



Seventy-two years ago, you could park a trailer in Briny Breezes for $2.75 a week.

You could do your laundry in a reasonably clean clapboard building and cleanse your face in washbowls open to those briny breezes. You could attend to nature’s more private needs… Continue

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Obituary — Barbara Latham Keresey: Delray Beach

By Ron Hayes



DELRAY BEACH — Several years ago, Barbara Keresey shot a hole-in-one on the ninth hole of the St. Andrew’s Club. She went north for the summer, returned in the fall, and shot a consecutive hole-in-one at the same ninth hole during her first game of the season.

On July 26, Mrs. Keresey died peacefully at home, in a bedroom overlooking the scene of her two-in-a-million golfing triumph.

She was 89, and had lived at the… Continue

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Women’s Circle works on literacy with Boynton library help

By C.B. Hanif



Some are shy and simply seeking a better life. Others seek no attention unless it helps them to better help. They are flip sides of the same coin: the served and the servants who can be found most days at The Women’s Circle of Boynton Beach.

“Anywhere in our world where there is poverty, women tend to be impacted even more than men,” said the circle’s coordinator, Sister Lorraine Ryan.

“We can’t do everything, so we… Continue

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Obituary — Eugene A. 'Gene' Cericola: Boynton Beach

Boynton Beach — Eugene A. Cericola, (Gene) died Aug. 27, following a brief illness at the age of 69.

A resident of the Boynton Beach area for over twenty years, he was a member of Grace Community Church where he served as a deacon and supervised the Church’s soup kitchen.

Mr. Cericola attended Niagara University and was graduated from Brockport State Teachers College of New York, Class of 1960.

Mr. Cericola served as the president of… Continue

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Obituary — Kathleen A. 'Kay' Cunningham: Ocean Ridge/Boynton Beach

Kathleen A. ‘Kay’ Cunningham



Boynton Beach — 'Kay' Cunningham, formally of Ocean Ridge and Cotuit, Mass., died at home on August 27, after a long illness while being cared for by family and friends.

She was born February 23, 1938, in New York City to Joseph and Josephine Mozes.

Kay attended New York schools and went on to graduate from Newton High School, Newton, Mass., in 1956.

She has resided in Florida since 1989 but leaves many close friends on Cape Cod.

Kay… Continue

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Is yours a tidy cat household?

By Arden Moore



Leave it to a litter company to launch a national campaign to put a positive spin on being catty. The “Tidy Cats Campaign to End Cattiness” has been unleashed to debunk misperceptions and to celebrate millions of people who happily share their homes — and hearts — with cats.

In fact, 71 percent of all domestic cats in the United States live in multiple-cat households. Despite the fact that two or more cats share a common… Continue

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First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach Installs New Associate Pastor Aaron Philip Janklow: Rev. Janklow Selected Unanimously by Congregation

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – August 21, 2009 – First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach proudly announces the installation of its new Associate Pastor Reverend Aaron Philip Janklow on Sunday, August 16, 2009. The position became available at the “Community Church by the Sea” with the retirement of long-time Associate Pastor Reverend Joan Abell. Over 260 members of the congregation including friends and family of Rev. Janklow, who flew in from all parts of… Continue

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Bridge tenders have luck of the draw

By Ron Hayes



If you think waiting for the drawbridge to go down takes patience, spare a moment to honor all those dedicated men and women who spend eight hours a day waiting to lower it.

And raise it again.

And lower it again.

And know whom to call when it sticks.

“A lot of people say, ‘I'd like to be a bridge tender,’ ” says Barry Meve, the county’s bridge superintendent, “but they get bored and can’t take it. You can’t… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 30, 2009 at 11:40am — No Comments

Editorial: Tap local brains for municipal savings ideas

Call me crazy.

This past month I’ve been attending the annual budget workshops of our coastal towns, and have (almost) enjoyed the experience. I’ve learned a lot about how municipalities operate and how difficult balancing a budget can be in a year with a depressed economy and decreased property values. It will be difficult for any municipality to avoid either tax increases or reduced services — no one will come out unscathed.

Different towns have chosen different tactics to find… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 30, 2009 at 10:32am — No Comments

Boynton Beach: For Federal Highway, plans frozen in time by economy

By Thomas R. Collins



As you enter Boynton Beach from the north, the alluring Peninsula development greets you — a shiny new collection of townhomes and condos.

It’s just about to open its doors to happy new residents.

Peninsula

Waterbrook Peninsula LLC

30 townhomes, 40 condos

Project status: Abandoned, in foreclosure



Or it was, anyway.

Getting its timing all wrong, the project got whacked by… Continue

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Hypoluxo Island/Manalapan: Tree lovers dig in for better town planting plan

By Emily J. Minor



You’d think planting a tree would be easy. Pick the tree, dig a hole, hook up the garden hose.

But Daryl Cheifetz knows better.

Cheifetz lives on the southernmost point of Hypoluxo Island in the small enclave of wealth and beauty called Point Manalapan. She’s been there five years now and loves the intimacy of her neighborhood.

“It’s quiet. It’s beautiful. It’s serene,” she said. “And the people are fantastic.”

But there is something about coming… Continue

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Coastal Star wins 3 honors

The Coastal Star won two first place awards and one second place from the Florida Press Association in its 2008 Weekly Newspaper Contest. The first place awards were given to the staff for Overall Graphic Design and Newspaper Promotion.
Artists Margot Snyder, Bonnie Lallky-Seibert, designer Scott Simmons, editor Mary Kate Leming and publisher Jerry Lower shared in those awards.
Lallky-Seibert took second for Informational Graphics.

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A Coastal Star — Ilona Balfour: Hypoluxo Island

There’s only a bit of truth to the legend that Ilona Balfour chained herself to a spreading ficus tree to protect it from destruction.

“I only threatened to tie myself to that tree,” she says in the lilt of her native South Africa.

“I had to sign a document that I wouldn’t protest anymore.”

Balfour, of Lantana, lost that battle, but she continues, at age 72, to keep fighting the good fight. And because of Balfour’s efforts, and those of… Continue

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