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Mary Kate Leming's Blog – February 2011 Archive (38)

Ocean Ridge: Election qualifying ends, commissioner steps down, campaign sign rules explained

 

By C. B. Hanif



The qualifying period for Ocean Ridge’s March 8 municipal election ended at 3 p.m. on Feb. 11 with…

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Gulf Stream votes to bury power lines

 

Gulf Stream Town Clerk Rita Taylor and Town…

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Lantana: Bridge closing expected to be 'very traumatic' — Construction will affect residents, businesses, motorists and boaters

By Tim O’Meilia



Start saving your change for extra gas money. Not because gas prices may reach $4 a gallon this summer, but because the round trip from South Palm Beach, Hypoluxo Island or Manalapan to the mainland will be six to 10 miles longer by Thanksgiving.

Replacement of the…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 6, 2011 at 1:10pm — 1 Comment

Valentine's Day: Wrapping the perfect present

A palm tree husk tied with raffia cradles a hot-pink eyelet sundress from The Petite Connection in Delray Beach. Photo by Tim Stepien

By Paula Dettwiller



When Don Draper of the hit TV series Mad Men needed a Valentine’s Day gift for his…

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County Pocket: New response criteria outlined for county pocket

By Angie Francalancia



If a county pocket resident were choking today, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue would call Boynton Beach to race to his aid, shaving several minutes off the response time from the county’s nearest station.

Since November 2009, when 48-year-old Bill Dunn choked on a bite of steak and died while Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue took nearly 13 minutes to arrive from its closest station — near Military Trail — residents in the pocket have pushed for faster response… Continue

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Gulf Stream: Vacationing mayor gets hearty military greeting

By Steve Plunkett



A holiday visit to his daughter in Phoenix included a surprise Gulf Stream Mayor William F. Koch Jr. will never forget.

Plus, he’ll rarely have to pay for drinks with military friends from now on.

Koch, who in World War II was the bombardier-pilot on a B-17 Flying Fortress, was… Continue

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Whale tail

Residents and surfers were delighted by the January sighting of a migrating whale, seen here just offshore Briny Breezes and heading south. Photo by Ira… Continue

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Gulf Stream: Residents eager to learn about power-line plans

By Steve Plunkett



More than one snafu marred the straw poll on Gulf Stream’s underground utility project and the proposed referendum on annexing the county pocket.

A couple dozen straw ballots, including the one to Gulf Stream Civic Association President Bob Ganger, were chewed up in the mailing process and delivered in shreds in a plastic bag.

Town police officers were pressed into service to deliver reprinted ballots.

And some part-time residents’ forwarding addresses had… Continue

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Gulf Stream: A 'little' slice of paradise

Our private clubs: An occasional series



By Emily J. Minor



There’s nothing tricky about understanding why the longstanding Little Club in Gulf Stream is called the Little Club.

There’s no Mr. Little who grew up in a little town a little bit down the road.

 Little Club is…

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Women's Circle 'Circle of Hope' Gala is planned

Women's Circle chairs and co-chairs are preparing for the Celebration of a Decade of Caring 'Circle of Hope' Gala, scheduled for 6 p.m., Feb. 28 at Benvenuto Restaurant in Boynton Beach. Standing, from left: Honory Charis Bob and Frances Bourque and Gail and Bob Murphy. Seated, from left:… Continue

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Ocean Ridge: New entrance signs installed

Nick Tirs and Mario Hategan from Valentin Fodor of TMV Inc., assemble one of the four new entrance signs to Ocean Ridge. Three of the signs have been installed with a fourth being installed at the south end of town once approval is given by the Florida Department of Transportation. Total cost for the project is… Continue

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Editorial: Statistics hit home when friend gets hit

When we started this newspaper, my husband was thrilled to trade in his I-95 commute for the leisurely beauty of roughly 10 miles of A1A. No more dodging ladders in the center lane, truck tires flying into the front grill or the all-too-frequent slowdowns near tragic accident scenes.

Without the I-95 commute, we now felt secure in our coastal cocoon.

Sure, we know that cars and bicycles often collide along our main street, and the frequent sirens from Boynton Beach Fire-Rescue across… Continue

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Coastal Star: Joe Santarella — Gulf Stream

By Ron Hayes



When Joe Santarella left New York for South Florida in 1982, he brought the New York accent along. It’s still here.

“My father was a laborer, and my mother was in retail,” he says. “I was the first or second in my family to attend college. I’m basically an Italian guy from Staten… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 3, 2011 at 2:34pm — 1 Comment

Briny Breezes: Town readied Q&A for residents’ queries

By Emily J. Minor



About 50 residents packed the Briny Breezes Town Council’s January meeting to listen to a civics lesson on why the town handles its money the way it does.

“Many people don’t understand what we are forced to spend money on,” said Mayor Roger Bennett.

Although the turnout for the meeting was far above average, most residents just listened. Few spoke.

Relying on a written Q&A that she had prepared in advance, Clerk Kathleen Bray went through the…

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Manalapan: Water, sewer rate increase not going down well

By Steve Plunkett



Manalapan town commissioners raised water and sewer rates, but not before hearing from a handful of unhappy customers.

Josh Nichols, who shares a Hypoluxo townhome with his wife, complained that they were being charged too much for having a 1-inch water meter and not enough for the water they actually use.

His monthly base rate of $101 will go to $106 this month and $129 by 2014.

“If I leave my faucets on all day for an entire month, I may pay another 15,… Continue

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Manalapan: Town tackles dilemma of Plaza Del Mar — Shopping center has lost tenants, faces rising sewer rates

By Steve Plunkett



Manalapan is ramping up efforts to breathe new life into flagging Plaza Del Mar.

Daryl Cheifetz, who sits on Manalapan’s Architectural Commission, told town commissioners in December that with this year’s planned closing of the Ocean Avenue Bridge they should encourage the shopping center to find tenants that sell basic necessities. She was immediately tapped as an emissary.

For resident John Murphy, it wasn’t enough. Plaza Del Mar lost longtime tenant Florida… Continue

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Delray Beach: Team plans talent show to help pay for beach pavilion

Architect Bob Currie has designed a beach pavilion to replace the current one at Atlantic Avenue and A1A in Delray Beach.

Photo by

Tim Stepien

By Mary Jane Fine



Right now, the project…

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South Palm Beach: Citizen board appointed... to fill other boards

By Tim O’Meilia



Q: What’s the best way to fill a town advisory board?

A: Form another board.

That’s what the South Palm Beach Town Council did Jan. 25. They had to. The town charter says so.

It’s right there in Art. II, Sec. 2-9:  “To assist the Town Manager in making recommendations for appointment to boards and committees … a citizen advisory council shall be established …”

Never mind that there hasn’t been a Citizens Advisory… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 3, 2011 at 12:36pm — 4 Comments

Municipal governmental seats up for grabs

By C.B. Hanif



It’s been said that all politics is local. For folks seeking to resolve local issues, the second Tuesday in March — Election Day — is the traditional date for significant civic action.

Public offices from mayor to town councils will be up for vote that day in Briny Breezes, Delray Beach, Gulf Stream, Lantana, Manalapan, Ocean Ridge, South Palm Beach and other Palm Beach County municipalities.

Here are seats up for election, the candidates who have filed to run as… Continue

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