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Mary Kate Leming's Blog – July 2018 Archive (32)

Delray's Downtowners

Ryan Spaargaren, co-founder and chief financial officer of the Downtowner, cruises past the Silverball Museum as he demonstrates one of the six-seat electric vehicles the company uses to transport riders in Delray Beach. Photos by Tim Stepien/The…

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Philanthropy Notes: Junior League of Boca Raton names coordinators for volunteer luncheon

(l-r) Pat Thomas, Nikki Stelzer and Junior League President Renata Sans de Negri are planning the Nov. 16 event. Photo provided…

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Women Build: Delray Beach — May 10-12

More than 125 women teamed up to raise $208,000 for the Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County’s initiative. Many of the volunteers went above and beyond their personal fundraising goals of $1,000 to underwrite the cost of construction materials…

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Literacy Coalition reception: Blume Literacy Center for Education, Training and Outreach, Boynton Beach — June 20

The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, celebrating the fifth anniversary of its Blume Literacy Center for Education, Training and Outreach on the Brenda and C.P. Medore Campus in Boynton Beach, welcomed donors to the 12,000-square-foot building. The…

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Make-A-Wish: Boca Beach Club, Boca Raton — July 21

Naomi Hied, 8, of Homestead, was granted her wish at the Boca Beach Club by Make-A-Wish Southern Florida to meet and swim with mermaids. Naomi has been in and out of hospitals because of a blood disorder. Friends and family joined in the festivities. ABOVE: Mermaids…

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Community Theater: Boynton Beach community playhouse in search of new home

A scene from the Boynton Beach Playhouse's production of Cliffhanger. The theater needs new headquarters after the Madsen Center closed to make way for Town Square. Photo provided…

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Religion Notes: St. Joseph’s Episcopal plans session on centering prayer

By Janis Fontaine

The Rev. Wendy Tobias, associate priest at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Boynton Beach, will present an Introduction to Centering Prayer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 18.

“We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words, but this…

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Dining: M.E.A.T. founder works to open Union 27 in downtown Boca

By Jan Norris

George Patti is on the move — literally. Bouncing between M.E.A.T. in Boca Raton and the one in the Keys, he now has a third spot in Boca Raton he’s working on feverishly to pull together before September. 

“Rent,” he explained of the rush, “there’s a monthly rent.”

The new Union 27 — representing a union of cultures, and 27 for Florida’s spot on the statehood…

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Launch for kayakers with disabilities: Harvey E. Oyer Jr. Park, Boynton Beach — July 13

Boynton Beach showed off its latest effort to help people with disabilities with its EZ Kayak Launch at Harvey E. Oyer Jr. Park on the Intracoastal Waterway. The EZ Kayak Launch, which provides a lift in and out of the water, cost $58,870 to purchase and install. Boynton…

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Tots & Teens: Samaritans365 clubs teach children to be kind, giving

Children in Samaritans365 help local charities and encourage kindness. Photo provided

By Janis Fontaine

The adage “Children learn what they live” is at the core of…

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Health & Harmony: More folks finding out strolls at Morikami can lift spirits

Wendy Lo (r), curator of education for the Morikami Museum and…

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Health Notes: Clinical trial uses engineered polio virus to treat brain tumors

By Christine Davis

Researchers at Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Marcus Neuroscience Institute are investigating the effectiveness of using an engineered polio virus, PVSRIPO, in the treatment of patients with aggressive brain tumors. “When induced at the tumor site, it directly kills tumor cells and elicits inflammatory events that engage the immune system,” said Dr. Sajeel Chowdhary, the Neuroscience Institute’s director of…

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Paws Up for Pets: Veterinarian’s house calls relieve stress on pets, owners

ABOVE: Steve Teisch, center, and his technician, Chris Griffin, make a house call in Boynton Beach to perform an annual checkup on Shada Overton’s 13-year-old dalmatian, Hannah. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star.…

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Boca Raton: Judge sets hearing Sept. 11 to review Haynie attorney’s dismissal motion

By Mary Hladky and Emily J. Minor

   The state’s case against suspended Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie took a small step forward July 26 when the judge set an Oct. 26 hearing to again review pre-trial progress.

   Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley also set aside 30 minutes on Sept. 11 to consider a request from Haynie’s attorney, Bruce Zimet, to dismiss all seven charges against her.

   Haynie, 62, was arrested April 24 on charges that she…

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Along the Coast: Municipalities scramble to make live-streamed events ADA compliant

By Rich Pollack

When Highland Beach residents tuned into their local public access channel or logged on to the town’s website late last month expecting to see live video streaming of the Town Commission workshop, they discovered they were no longer able to watch the meeting in progress.

A technical glitch maybe?

Not quite. Instead, the decision by the town to temporarily stop live-streaming…

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Highland Beach: Commission opts for quick search for new town manager

By Rich Pollack

The clock is ticking on the search for a new town manager.

Highland Beach has been without a permanent town manager since early May, when the Town Commission fired Valerie Oakes in a 3-2 vote and asked her to leave immediately.

Commissioners hired interim Town Manager William Thrasher in mid-May to fill in, and now it appears he will leave before Labor Day.

That…

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Boca Raton: Mural artists sought for empty Red Reef wall

By Steve Plunkett

Armed with $20,000 from the City Council, Boca Raton’s fledgling Art in Public Places advisory board is tackling an ambitious first project — finding artists to paint cutting-edge murals on the walls of a maintenance yard at oceanfront Red Reef Park.

“It’s a good place to start, you know. It’s not a place where anyone can really worry about. It’s the right place for it,” Boca Raton council member…

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Philanthropy Notes: Cultural Council receives gift to support arts growth

Donald Ephraim and Maxine Marks, on behalf of the Donald M. Ephraim Family Foundation, have made a $250,000 gift to the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County to support the nonprofit’s mission to grow the arts in the community.

The donation will pay for planning, advocacy and community relations, as well as a five-year capacity-building program that includes training for cultural organizations and their leaders.

“Don and Maxine are…

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Literacy Links Golf Tournament: Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course — May 22

The event was a big success thanks to generous sponsors, good players, a gorgeous golf course and cooperation from the weather. Lunch and a silent auction followed. The benefit brought in $20,000 for the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County. ABOVE:…

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Women of Grace reception: Bethesda Hospital East, Boynton Beach – May 17

At an evening event, the chairwomen of the Women of Grace Luncheon announced the 2018 honorees. More than 75 guests attended, including hospital administrators, committee members and family and friends of the six distinguished women. ABOVE: (l-r) honorees…

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