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Book signing event at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 26, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

2014 calendar now available

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 24, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Story reading and book signing

Parents and children are invited to a story reading and book signing at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at Sandoway House Nature Center, 142 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach.…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 18, 2013 at 3:55pm — No Comments

Rosie's Song

Join us at Delray Beach Center for the Arts on Sat. 12/14 for a book signing of Rosie's Song along with live music and tons of children's activities!

Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 13, 2013 at 8:34am — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Commission shows little support for floor-area ratio change

    A Planning and Zoning Board recommendation to allow Ocean Ridge homes a little more living space doesn’t have support from town commissioners.
     Only Commissioner Ed Brookes agreed with the advisory board to increase living space by reducing how garages…
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Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 5, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

2013 Holiday Gift Guide

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 5, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Dogs won’t get their paws on public beach

By Tim Pallesen



    Everyone wants it clear that Delray Beach loves dogs — but city officials will continue to outlaw them on the municipal beach.

    “We all love our dogs, but we just can’t police it,” city manager Louie Chapman Jr. told city commissioners, who voted to reject the latest push to designate a dog beach where dogs could splash in the surf.

    The Beach Property Owners Association applauded their decision at a Nov. 12 workshop. “We all love…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 4, 2013 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Beach renourishment projects delayed

By Cheryl Blackerby



    Storm fronts with 30-plus mph winds throughout November stalled four beach renourishment projects.

    The dredge was originally scheduled to start work on the south Boca Raton beach Nov. 5. But the dredge was forced to return to the Port of Palm Beach Nov. 29 for the second time because of high winds and rough seas. The new start date was Dec. 2.

    The dredge, owned by Marinex Construction based in Charleston, S.C., is small…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 4, 2013 at 5:35pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Bookmobile’s new stop serves Ocean Ridge bookworms

Ocean Ridge Police Department officer Nubia Savino looks through books inside the Palm Beach County Bookmobile as it is parked outside of Ocean Ridge Town Hall.  Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 4, 2013 at 5:31pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Small-town memories big part of reunion

Zicky Simon, class of 1942, shares a light-hearted moment with Rose Machek Sloan, who came from a flower-growing family and whose father was a beloved scoutmaster.   Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 4, 2013 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Sunday morning alcohol sales approved

Alcohol can now be sold on Sunday mornings at Delray Beach grocery and convenience stores.

City commissioners approved an ordinance change on Dec. 3, making Delray the last city in Palm Beach County to allow alcohol sales between 7 a.m. and noon on Sundays.

Commissioner Angeleta Gray said she had received complaints from residents who had to drive to Boca Raton to buy beer and wine for their Sunday parties.

 “I’m happy that our business owners now can receive those revenues,”…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 4, 2013 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Pavilion work anticipated to wrap up in February

Workers tear apart the last vestiges of the old Delray Beach pavilion on A1A, just south of Atlantic Avenue.  Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

Construction is under way on the new $249,210 pavilion that will be the centerpiece to adorn…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 4, 2013 at 5:14pm — No Comments

Gulf Stream: Town charter could be in for an updating, after review process

By Dan Moffett

 

    At the urging of the town’s civic association, Gulf Stream commissioners are planning to take a hard look at their elections and consider changes to the charter.

    Last month, the civic association sent a letter to the commission that called for staggering the three-year terms of commissioners so that seats come open in different years. Currently, Gulf Stream is one of only a handful of South Florida municipalities that elects all its…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 4, 2013 at 5:05pm — 1 Comment

Briny Breezes: Feral cat roundup coming to Briny

By Dan Moffett



    Probably the only population at Briny Breezes that’s shown any real growth over the years is its colony of feral cats.

    Town officials say there are more than several dozen of the wild felines roaming the community, and soon management and law enforcement will be trying to round them up.

    General Manager Carl Forrest says the plan is to trap the cats and turn them over to Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control.

    “The…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 4, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Manalapan: Hotel name change to be etched in stone

An artist rendering of the new logo for Eau Palm Beach.

By Dan Moffett

    

After grumbling for months over the loss of the Ritz-Carlton name at Manalapan’s landmark hotel and spa, town commissioners took a major step…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 4, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

A Coastal Star: Evidence of Hurd’s success has grown up all around her

Nancy Hurd sits with a few of children of the Achievement Centers. 2008 photo provided

By Rich Pollack

    

For 44 years, Nancy Hurd followed a simple guiding principle as she led Delray Beach’s…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 4, 2013 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Editor's Note: A busy year closes — with new products and gratitude

   

I can’t really explain why I have written a children’s book about a sea star named Rosie — although, I do fancy myself a writer, and The Coastal Star’s masthead does feature a sea star.

    So … mix those elements with a friend’s recommendation that I write a children’s book, and voilà!,…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 4, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Message in a Bottle: In on the tide, a timely message of hope

Tim Paller stands with the wine bottle that carried a message sent by Russian newlyweds in Cuba. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes



Early on the morning of his mother’s death, Tim Paller…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 4, 2013 at 4:27pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: Appeals force Crossing vote by City Commission

A view of the planned Atlantic Crossing project seen from Atlantic Avenue at Veterans Park. Rendering provided

By Tim Pallesen

    

City commissioners will review Atlantic Crossing, the…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 4, 2013 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Lantana Bridge: The dollars and the cents of the bridge

Before and during construction, merchants on either side of the Intracoastal Waterway fretted about how the Ocean Avenue bridge closing would hurt their businesses. Now that the new span has opened, some confess it wasn’t so bad, after all. But others found their revenues dipped significantly.

Here’s a sampling of comments from merchants.

— Jane Smith…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 4, 2013 at 3:23pm — No Comments

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