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Mary Kate Leming's Blog – January 2013 Archive (72)

Mike and Lillian Levine, Abbey Delray South

This couple counts 69 years — so far — of married life. They were friends for a decade before he popped the question, and they remain best of friends today.

They got hitched in 1943, just four days after Mike graduated officers school, and only a couple days after they first discussed the idea of marriage.…

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Lia Schultz and Tyrone Halfhill, Briny Breezes

Living proof that opposites attract — Lia and Tyrone found one another in 2004.

“I like a beer on the beach and she likes classical piano,” Tyrone explains. She’s the introvert; he most definitely is not.

When they met, Lia was an Iowa farm girl with just a few years of Florida living.…

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Lenny and Roz Sutton, Harbour’s Edge

The Sutton’s first met in 1960, at a family wedding. Roz’s sister was married to Lenny’s brother, and the clan was always getting together.

“I loved her husband and she loved my wife,” explains Lenny, a retired cardiologist with perfect diction and a twinkle in his eye. “I was Uncle Lenny to her sons!”…

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Highland Beach: Pet registration

More than 40 pets, mostly dogs, had their photographs and their owners’ contact information entered into a database during a Highland Beach Police Department pet registration event held earlier this month. The information and photographs will be kept on file and used by the police department to help get pets…

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Celebrations: Beach Clubhouse Dedication McCormick Mile, Ocean Ridge – Jan. 6

The recently completed remodeling of the clubhouse for the McCormick Mile neighborhood was celebrated with a party.  In addition to new windows and floors and a higher roof, the Ocean Ridge beachfront facility features architectural enhancements and new landscaping.…

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Celebrations: King David Society Home of Jeff and Barbara Feingold, Delray Beach – Nov. 15

The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s King David Society kicked off the season with a briefing by guest speaker David Makovsky, of the Washington Institute’s Project on the Middle East Peace Process. Those who contributed $25,000 or more to the federation’s…

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Celebrations: Red Hat Women’s Club John G’s, Manalapan – Jan. 16

Members of a local Red Hat Society stopped for lunch recently at John G’s in Manalapan. The chapter has members from the Boynton Beach area. Photo…

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Celebrations: Wrapping up Your Holiday Wishes Four Seasons Resort, Palm Beach – Dec. 8

Coastal South County residents tied a bow on their gift giving at the 12th annual Caridad Center fund-raising gala. The event raised more than $252,000 to support the center’s free medical, vision and dental clinic serving the uninsured and low-income populations of…

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Celebrations: 73rd Annual Library Association Meeting Delray Beach Public Library – Dec. 10

A business meeting started off the proceedings with library board President John Burke (left) giving a State of the Library address. The re-election of board members and the nomination of new ones followed. After the vote, Alan Kornblau (right), the library’s director, talked about the…

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Celebrations: Caribbean Cowboy Ball Red Reef Park, Boca Raton – Jan. 26

Carmel Pasquale and Peter Baranoff enjoy the 20th Annual Caribbean Cowboy Ball held on the ocean in Boca Raton. The boot-stomping event helps to raise money for the George Snow Scholarship Fund.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Celebrations: Park Dedication Tranquility Park, Manalapan – Jan. 19

A crowd gathers to mark the dedication of Tranquility Park in honor of longtime Manalapan resident Phyllis DeStefano. The park includes a gazebo, a walking path and a dog fountain.…

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Pay it Forward: 2013 Spring Boutique Colony Hotel & Cabana Club, Delray Beach

Feb. 25-28: Shop for merchandise among the more than 30 vendors from across the country to help benefit the substance-abuse-treatment programs and outreach services of Wayside House. Special preview event is 6-8 p.m. Feb. 25. Cost is $75. Boutique is open 10 a.m.-5…

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Delray Beach: Neighbors challenge Atlantic Crossing developers in court

By Tim Pallesen

    

A citizens group has sued  Delray Beach, saying its density approval for Atlantic Crossing violates the vision for Delray to always be “a village by the sea.”

    City commissioners approved 40 housing units per acre for the East Atlantic Avenue project formerly known as Atlantic Plaza II on Dec. 4. The developer still needs site plan approval before construction can begin.

    The lawsuit claims the Dec. 4 vote was inconsistent with the…

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Along the Coast: Boynton fire station will return to full staff

By Angie Francalancia

    

Boynton Beach’s downtown fire station that helps serve Ocean Ridge and Briny Breezes will be brought back up to full staffing, thanks to a two-year grant that the Boynton Beach Commission agreed last month to accept.

    Boynton Beach will hire seven new firefighters with the $967,000 grant, which will cover the cost of their salaries and benefits for two years. The city had cut its crew last year to save money in the 2011-12 budget.…

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Manalapan/South Palm Beach: Police departments get new contracts from their towns

By Tim O’Meilia

    

More than two years after collective bargaining began, the seaside towns of Manalapan and South Palm Beach signed three-year agreements with their unionized police departments in January.

    While similar in length and many other details, the contracts differ vastly in wages.

    Manalapan’s eight union members will receive 7 percent pay raises retroactive to Oct. 1, 2011, and another 3 percent retroactive to Oct. 1, 2012. They’ll…

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Delray Beach: Beach-cleaning dustup ends with victory for Universal

By Margie Plunkett

    

Universal Beach Services Corp. nearly saw 30 years of cleaning the sands of Delray Beach come to an end in the undertow of a low bidder. Commissioners, however, finally awarded Universal the contract after it protested that the beach couldn’t possibly be cleaned for that low price.

    Universal of Delray Beach was the middle of three bidders for the beach cleaning contract, offering to do the job for $94,896 annually. Beach Raker was the…

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Lantana/South Palm Beach: Imperial House’s beach stairs approved

By Mary Thurwachter



    The Imperial House lost its beach stairs to Hurricane Sandy in October and has plans to replace them. But first, the South Palm Beach co-op needed — and received — a go-ahead from the Lantana Town Council.

    A six-story, 58-unit building adjacent to Lantana’s public beach, the Imperial House has been fighting a slowly encroaching ocean for years, and the stairs are just the latest wound.

    The stairs are being moved to the west…

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Boynton Inlet: Post-storm dredging won’t close jetties

By Cheryl Blackerby



Dredging of Boynton Inlet, and some structural repairs due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, is scheduled to start in mid-February, but won’t affect public access.

“We had some minor damage in the sand transfer plant at the inlet,” said Dan Bates, deputy director of Palm Beach County Environmental Resource Management. “We were able to get it back working pretty quickly. Some of the stainless steel railing got damaged, as well as some of the…

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Ocean Ridge: Town commends dispatchers for police training course

By Margie Plunkett



Ocean Ridge’s dispatchers have saved the town time and money by writing post-911 dispatcher certification training — a curriculum that was just approved by the Florida Department of Health.

Dispatch coordinator Jessica Simpson and dispatcher clerk Brandi Gonsman developed the curriculum despite challenges including staff shortages, according to Police Chief Chris Yannuzzi, who during the January meeting commended them to the Town Commission for their…

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Delray Beach: Historical society hire looks back at history, forward to development

Frances Hansen is the new executive director of the Delray Beach Historical Society. Rich Pollack/The Coastal Star

Clarification: A story in the February…

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