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Boynton approves status quo at inlet, sends report to county

By Linda Haase

After years of discussions, the Boynton Inlet will remain as it is. At least for now.

Boynton Beach commissioners voted June 2 to adopt the Boynton Inlet Committee’s recommendation to bypass other options, including widening or deepening the channel, ebb shoal dredging, shifting the south jetty and replacing the A1A bridge over the inlet.

However, they didn’t shut the door entirely on future changes that would improve the safety of the popular inlet. They’re… Continue

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Ocean Ridge: Signs sought to aid pedestrians

OCEAN RIDGE — Signs that warn motorists to stop for pedestrians, set for four crosswalks on A1A, got the go-ahead from commissioners in June at a cost of $2,000. The panel wants to install the signs in the middle of the road on breakaway poles at lower than seven feet high, and still has yet to determine whether the Florida Department of Transportation will allow it. The crosswalks are perilous without signage, commissioners said, because motorists… Continue

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Pedestrians skip crosswalk in favor of jay walk

By Ron Hayes

DELRAY BEACH — What if they built a crosswalk and nobody came?

Last November, workers from the state Department of Transportation resurfaced State Road A1A by Atlantic Dunes Park.

They added new sidewalks, new bike paths, and a new crosswalk between the parking lot on the west side of the highway and the beachfront park on the east.

Nine months later, the new road is being driven on; the bike paths are being biked.

But the crosswalk? Not so much.

“What… Continue

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Gulf Stream: New permit rates aim to cover town costs

GULF STREAM — The town set out a new schedule of building permit application fees designed to ensure that Gulf Stream’s costs are covered.

“It’s not a mechanism to generate more revenue,” said Town Clerk Rita Taylor, “but to cover our costs.”

The new sliding schedule for application fees is in increments of $5,000, $50,000 and $500,000 of construction value and starts at a minimum of $85 for construction valued at up to $4,999. A sampling of fees within the schedule: $750 for value of… Continue

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Ocean Ridge to resume summer spraying for no-see-ums

By Margie Plunkett



OCEAN RIDGE — Ocean Ridge will resume barrier spraying to combat no-see-ums for three months through the end of the summer season at a price of up to $18,650. The commission’s vote to proceed followed a lengthy debate that spanned several meetings: Issues included residents’ discomfort, environmental harm and whether no-see-ums were a public or private nuisance. The town had decided not to spray this year, but public protest against being eaten alive by no-see-ums,… Continue

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Delray Beach: Unified design sought for beach area features

By Margie Plunkett



DELRAY BEACH — There may be no harnessing the power of the sea, but the Beach Property Owners Association would at least like to design around it.

The Beach Property Owners Association proposed to Delray Beach commissioners during a June workshop that they support an effort to create a master plan for the beach area, to set a design and concept for the oceanfront park as the city has done with areas like Pineapple Grove.

Commissioners embraced the concept… Continue

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Delray Beach: Yacht Club plans for restaurant not slowed by foreclosure

By Rod Proctor



A recent foreclosure action against owners of The Yacht Club at Delray Beach has not slowed plans to expand amenities and services at the Delray Beach landmark, according to the club’s membership director.

Efforts continue to open a restaurant and tiki bar at the club’s aquatic center, and remodeling remains on tap for the marina’s main building, said membership director Chris Cantwell.

“We’ve got eight of the nine… Continue

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Glass House condos get qualified approval from board

By Margie Plunkett

DELRAY BEACH — The site plan for the oceanfront Glass House condominiums got the go-ahead in June, following objections from opponents concerned that it was intended as a rehabilitation facility and that it was environmentally harmful.

The Site Plan Review and Appearance Board conditionally approved the plan for the condominiums at 2225 S. Ocean Blvd. The property would have 11 units on 1.7 beachfront acres and would be a… Continue

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Resale therapy: Area thrift shops help you stretch your dollars

By Scott Simmons



I love my Robert Graham shirt. But I didn’t love the big $200 price tag it carried new.

So I was thrilled to find it for $15 — unworn — at a local thrift shop.

I’m not alone. As the economy continues to tighten, more folks are turning to thrift and vintage shops to replenish their wardrobes.

And those shops are filled with items worn once or twice, or not at all.

In this world of reuse and recycle, it also is good for the environment, as well as… Continue

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Boynton library goes green with book sales

By Ron Hayes



BOYNTON BEACH — Every book is a new book if you haven’t read it yet. Now the Boynton Beach City Library is recycling old books in a new way.

While local libraries might sponsor periodic used-book sales, or find a spare table here or there to unload redundant or damaged copies, Boynton Beach boasts the area’s first public library to open a real, self-contained used-book store.

“We’ve always accepted used books,” says… Continue

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Make your own ice cream

Under her mother's watchful eye, Lana Valdez from Delray Beach concentrates on shaking a mixture of sugar, milk and vanilla for 15 minutes to freeze the ice cream at the 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social at the Schoolhouse Children's Museum in Boynton Beach on June 13. Photo by Mary Kate Leming



Recipe:



What you'll need:

1 Tablespoon sugar

1/2 cup milk or half & half

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

6… Continue

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You scream, I scream for ice cream!

By Jan Norris



It’s always sundae at the local ice cream shops – especially in summer when melting residents look to ice cream for a chill thrill.

July is National Ice Cream Month, so parlors and shops around the country celebrate the frozen treat. Get in on $8 gourmet sundaes at the Ritz-Carlton throughout the month.

Ice cream has a long and sweet history in the U.S. – it was served in the colonies as early as 1700, when… Continue

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Meet your neighbor: Ed Manley

Caption: Briny Breezes resident and 101st Airborne Infantry Division, 502nd Parachute Battalion veteran Ed Manley returned to Normandy on the 50th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1994, to jump again.





Through good, bad and worse, he’s lived life ‘full tilt’

Ed Manley grew up in a foster home because his father was dead and his mother was too poor to take care of him. She visited him on weekends.

He learned life the…

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Summer brings opportunities at close-to-home clubs

By Mary Thurwachter



Despite a slumping economy, many private island clubs are sitting pretty this summer.

At the Delray Beach Club, a 40-year-old beauty designed by architect Samuel Ogren Jr., summer membership is up 20 percent over last year, said general manager Shane E. Peachey.

“This is a very family-orientated place and people aren’t taking the trips this year,” he said. The club recently completed a $5 million renovation,… Continue

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McCarty departs sentencing straight to jail

By Emily J. Minor



Former Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary McCarty’s life as a public servant ended with emotion and a bit of surprise in early June when she was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in federal prison, then whisked off that very morning to begin serving her time.

McCarty, 54, whose husband, Kevin, had already started his eight-month sentence in federal prison for failing to report his wife’s crimes, sat in court June 4, ramrod straight, her new dark hairdo a… Continue

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Public hearing will air city’s definition of family: Delray Beach

By Margie Plunkett



How do you define a family? Delray Beach’s version will be that a family is no more than three unrelated people living in a single-family house if commissioners vote to approve an ordinance at their first meeting in July.

The ordinance, passed on first reading in June with dissenting votes, was one of three addressing transient housing uses that during public hearings generated debate on the government’s right to define family and about group homes and halfway… Continue

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Obituary — Alice Nan Edge

By Mary Katherine Stump



Hypoluxo Island — Alice Nan Edge, 80, a long-time resident of Hypoluxo Island in Lantana, passed away peacefully at her home on June 16 following an extended illness.

Mrs. Edge was a life-long resident of Palm Beach County, having been born and raised in West Palm Beach, daughter of Wilbur F. and Lucile Weaver Divine, and graduating from Palm Beach High School in 1945.

“She was a committed resident of Hypoluxo,” said Mayor David Stewart. “She was the… Continue

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Obituary – Elizabeth Matthews Paton

By Ron Hayes



DELRAY BEACH — During her 40 years in the area, Elizabeth Matthews Paton played golf at The Little Club in Gulf Stream, and she wrote its history. She enjoyed the beach, and worked to beautify it.

Mrs. Paton, who died May 22, had celebrated her 90th birthday with a gathering of 20 family members on Dec. 6, 2008, at the St. Andrew's Club, where she had lived since 1994.

A Par 3 course built on the site of a former polo… Continue

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Interfaith21: Obama’s speech in Cairo addressed many audiences

By C.B. Hanif



There he was in Cairo, our president, stealing our lines: Uniting people of faith, or no particular faith, in the 21st century.

President Barack Obama bestrode multiple worlds, representing Americans in ways that hasn’t happened since … ever.

He affirmed that Islam and America “share common principles — principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.” He made clear that extremists and certain cultural practices no more… Continue

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Paws Up for Pets: Now flying is really going to the dogs

By Arden Moore



Some of the best ideas are born during the worst economic times. The latest gem: an airline that caters strictly to pets — or, “pawsengers.” Pet Airways officially takes flight on July 14.



Credit this new flying venture to the husband-and-wife team of Dan Wiesel and Alysa Binder of Delray Beach. The pair adores Zoe, their 17-year-old Jack Russell terrier, who is just a tad too big to fly in a carrier under the seat in the cabin.…

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