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Mary Kate Leming's Blog – May 2009 Archive (59)

Obituary — Robert John Wibbelsman Jr.: Gulf Stream

Robert John Wibbelsman, Junior passed away on May 2nd, 2009 at the age of forty-one in his home in Venice, California.



Mr. Wibbelsman was born in New York City on May 16th, 1968. He was raised in Los Angeles, California and Louisville, Kentucky, where he graduated from the Saint Francis School. He went on to graduate from Union College in Schenectady, New York, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1990. He was a member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. After… Continue

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Home sale sets Ocean Ridge price record

Lothar Mayer, the former president of Liberty Hardware Manufacturing, a supplier of decorative cabinet hardware and bath accessories, sold one of his two Ocean Ridge properties, a home at 6017 Old Ocean Blvd.

The house was listed for $11.5 million and the recorded selling price is $9 million.

The six-bedroom and 8.5-bath house, with 13,687 total square feet, and 9,266 square feet under air conditioning, was bought by Yves Moquin.

Says… Continue

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Paws Up for Pets: Taking care of pets in emergency is easy as A-B-C

By Arden Moore



With Mother Nature unleashing hurricane season upon South Florida this month, our dogs, cats and other pets depend on us for protection. I remember sitting in the bathtub with my two cats in Lantana while listening to the winds of Hurricane Andrew back in 1992. Back then, I relied on prayers but did not properly prepare for myself or my pets.

Lesson learned.

Since then, a slew of hurricanes going by the names of Charley, Frances, Jeanne, Ivan, Wilma, Dennis… Continue

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Obituary — Lucienne Driskill: Delray Beach

By Mary Katherine Stump



Delray Beach — Lucienne Driskill, of Delray Beach and Greenwich, Conn., passed away on May 17.

Mrs. Driskill was preceded in death by her husband, Walter S. Driskill, with whom she helped to found Dribeck Importers in 1967. Dribeck was the first importer of Beck’s beer in the United States. Mr. Driskill was also the former owner of the Baltimore Colts, serving as president and general manager.

Mrs. Driskill… Continue

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Obituary — William Seach: Delray Beach

By Mary Katherine Stump



DELRAY BEACH — William Seach, a resident of Delray Beach and Pittsburgh, Penn., died April 26 after a long illness. He was 81 years old.

Mr. Seach was a native of Clairton, Penn., and a longtime resident of Bethel Park, Penn., where he was actively involved in the Saint Germaine parish, most specifically with its missionary work in Chimbote, Peru. In nearby Pittsburgh, he operated a homebuilding and development company, Seach Homes Inc., with his brother… Continue

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Obituary — Dominic Paul DiMaggio: Ocean Ridge



Photos courtesy The Boston Red Sox




By Ron Hayes



OCEAN RIDGE — His older brother was “Joltin’ Joe,” the baseball legend with the 56-game hitting streak. He was the “Little Professor,” the 5-foot-9 center fielder with spectacles. But in the hearts of Red Sox fans, Dom DiMaggio was as big a hero, and a nicer man.

A seasonal resident of Pelican Cove for more than 20 years,… Continue

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Meet your neighbor: Howard Schnellenberger

10 questions



Howard Schnellenberger has proved to be one of football’s enduring coaching figures. An all-America tight end at the University of Kentucky, Schnellenberger went on to complete his playing career with stints at Hamilton and Vancouver in the Canadian Football League and in the U.S. Army.

After his military service ended, both his college coaches called him to work as an assistant. First was Blanton Collier, who was… Continue

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Beach brews: Which beer is best for summer?

By Dan “the Beer Man” Oliver



Standing a hundred yards from the Atlantic Ocean, enjoying the balmy

breeze, cold beer and good conversation, I had this thought: "Why don't I

do this more often?" Now this may qualify as a "duh" moment to many of you,

so I'll go even further to contend if you haven't taken a six pack to the beach, you are not a true Floridian. It's a simple pleasure, but a good one.



I must admit it was… Continue

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Take a ’cue from the pros for best barbecue

By Jan Norris



Here’s an easy Father’s Day gift: Clip this article and slip it inside a nice new charcoal grill.

Sure: He’s got a gas one already, but a real wood-and-charcoal fire is the fuel of choice for making great ribs, at least according to three pro ribbers we talked to.

Their tips parallel with only a few differences. Key words are know, low and slow.

First, you have to know your meats, said Rufus Allen, of Rufus’s Ribs. He sells his from a white trailer set up… Continue

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Sand in my hair, wind in my feet, and vice versa

By Mike Holliday

There’s something inherently special about walking on the beach barefoot. Ninety percent of my reasoning for living along the coast is related to being able to feel sand between my toes. The other 10 percent toggles between an affinity for sea breezes and an aversion to insects and alligators.

In some areas, like Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach, and many of the beaches along the west coast of Florida, the sand is composed… Continue

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Lose the tuxedo, bring your fishing rod

By Mary Katherine Stump



South Florida is known for, among other things, its fishing and its glamorous black-tie benefits. Rarely do the two pastimes intersect.

Enter Microgiving.com, the brainchild of Advertising.com founder John Ferber, a resident of the county pocket.

For the first benefit, being held June 20, he will host a fishing tournament in honor of Jon Alsop and Jason Strauss, two colleagues and friends who passed away in… Continue

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Abrams digs into appointed role on commission

By Margie Plunkett



Steven Abrams made his “12-city tour” in May, introducing himself as the new Palm Beach County commissioner for District 4 — the successor to former commissioner Mary McCarty, who resigned after public corruption charges.

“It’s been a very smooth transition on the County Commission,” Abrams told Delray Beach commissioners, continuing with what became a common refrain during his visits: “The training we get in local government has served me well. Sometimes I… Continue

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Almost law, bill removes roadblocks to development

By Nirvi Shah



When a developer offered to buy Briny Breezes recently, the deal fell through in part because state planners didn’t warm to the deal. The state was concerned the proposed waterfront high-rises would overwhelm the surrounding area.

But a bill on Gov. Charlie Crist’s desk could kick aside similar roadblocks in the future — and lead to development that doesn’t have to gibe with the capacity of surrounding roadways. Crist must sign it by June 2 for it to take effect,… Continue

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Price drop on home has ‘found bottom’

By Christine Davis



Bob Montgomery has “found the bottom” and it is at $1.5 million.

Montgomery, of Ocean and Intracoastal Properties in Lantana, had been dropping his selling price daily for a couple of months to pique interest in his two-bedroom, two-bath Hypoluxo Island home. His mortgage was the determining factor, he said.

“I thought it would sell, but it didn’t,” he said. Never the less, “It’s listed perfectly. This is a fabulous piece of property. The views, the… Continue

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Little good news in beach erosion battle

By Margie Plunkett



Coastal residents just can’t stop the drifting, shifting sand from slipping through their fingers — or off their beaches.

Palm Beach County is working on beach erosion projects all along the coast, including Lantana and South Palm Beach as well as at the South Lake Worth Inlet, in a never-ending battle with the elements.

Ocean Ridge and Manalapan saw work start this spring on the South Lake Worth (Boynton) Inlet jetties and sand transfer plant that moves… Continue

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Thom Smith: Along the Avenues

By Thom Smith



Rock ’n’ roll legend Dion stopped by for The Dillengers’ last gig there a couple of weeks ago; “Elvis” closed it May 24. After 17 years along the tracks in Delray Beach, the venerable Elwood’s has closed. But don’t despair, the new owners, two Pittsburgh restaurateurs, intend to fix it up and reopen — with Elvis (retired Delray cop Scott Ringersen, a Thursday night regular for… Continue

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Chillingworth Curve accidents: seven crashes in two years

By Ron Hayes



MANALAPAN — Police Chief Clay Walker has asked the state Department of Transportation to study traffic conditions at the Chillingworth curve, where two speeding drivers crashed their Bentleys in a four-day period in May.

“We've had seven crashes there in the past two years,” Walker said on May 14, the same day he wrote the DOT to request the review. “The last two were pretty intense.”

On Thursday, May 7, the… Continue

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Artificial reef planned: Ocean Ridge

Artificial reef planned

Offshore, the county plans to construct about 5.25 acres of artificial reef along the coast of Ocean Ridge, beginning within Ocean Inlet Park just south of the Boynton Inlet and running south for a quarter mile. The reef is planned to provide public access for snorkeling and fishing as well as fish… Continue

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Delray Beach: Changes to U.S. 1 and Atlantic given approval

By Margie Plunkett



Delray Beach commissioners gave staff the go-ahead on permanent design changes to U.S. 1 at Atlantic Avenue, an $11 million project that reduces the highway to two lanes from three in each direction for better traffic and pedestrian safety. The design, which has already been implemented temporarily between SE 10th Street and George Bush Boulevard, would be funded with state and federal money if all requests come through, City Engineer Randal L. Krejcarek told… Continue

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Delray Staff: Bond sales should follow guidelines

Delray Beach city staff propose the city follow best practices set by the Government Finance Officers Association for selling bonds and selecting bond personnel, as set forth in a memo by Delray’s finance director, Joseph Safford.

The recommendations follow the indictment of former County Commissioner Mary McCarty, which raised questions on some Delray Beach bond issue practices. Larry Brown of Brown, Garganese, Weiss & D’Agresta, P.A., was hired to conduct an independent review.… Continue

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