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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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A wave of change: Program teaches kids to swim, surf, instilling confidence and self-esteem

Cameron Hicks, Guerdy Laurent, Jeremiah Decius and Gatshby Estimable (above from left) surf in Deerfield Beach as part of Streetwaves. Maurice ‘Maui’ Goodbeer (below) of Delray Beach runs the nonprofit and plans to bring Saturday sessions to Delray.…

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Check presentation: Boca Helping Hands, Boca Raton — May 2

Karen Swedenborg, development manager at Boca Helping Hands, accepted a $1,000 donation from the Highland Beach chapter of UNICO National. The funds were made possible by the Ralph J. Torraco Food Bank/Shelter Fund Grant. ABOVE: Swedenborg with Frank LoRe…

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Summer Camp Paint Party: Vino Van Gogh, Delray Beach – June 10

Every year, Dollars 4 Tic Scholars brightens the summer for two children by sponsoring their attendance fees for a special summer camp. At the organization’s fourth annual event, a group of supporters gathered to enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres…

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Soroptimist International breakfast: Babione-Kraeer Funeral Home, Boca Raton — May 23

Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach, which focuses on improving the lives of girls and women, honored 16 local nonprofits that do the same. Breakfast Chairwoman Lisa Jensen, with Co-Presidents Marybeth Keenan and Dr. Heidi Schaeffer,…

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UNICO National meeting: Arturo’s Ristorante, Boca Raton — May 7

The Highland Beach chapter of UNICO National gathered for its May meeting, attended by special guests Dr. Frank and Linda DeFrank. Dr. DeFrank addressed members and presented Frank LoRe Jr., the chapter’s district governor, with a 25-year pin. Keynote speaker…

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Dining: Dine Out Downtown Delray highlights summer events at eateries

By Jan Norris

Locals finally get relief on the roads, in shops and at restaurants now that the snowbirds have flown.

They’re the beneficiaries of a city’s or region’s Restaurant Week (or month) — when programs all around South Florida showcase the new eats in town, as well as old favorites dusting things off with new menus or other changes.

Such as it is with Dine Out Downtown Delray, set for Aug. 1-7. More than 25…

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The Plate: Something that’s better than just desserts

The Plate: Banana cake

The Place: Tin Muffin Café, 364 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton; 392-9446

The Price: $8; cash only.…

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Finding Faith: Boynton church pleased with prospect of sharing space with city library

Members of Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Boynton Beach gather after a service. The Rev. Dr. Bruce Turner (center) is interim pastor. The church sold the property to a city agency and plans to lease part of the space. Photos by Tim…

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