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Health Notes: Inpatient tower’s name honors Boca Raton hospital’s founder

Boca Raton Regional Hospital is paying homage to its founder by naming its existing inpatient facility the Gloria Drummond Patient Tower. The action was taken in response to a $25 million gift from philanthropist Elaine J. Wold and the Bay Branch Foundation in April. Wold requested that a new seven-story patient tower, which is part of the hospital’s proposed $260 million expansion and renovation, carry the name of Drummond, Boca Regional’s founder and Wold’s…

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Tots & Teens Notes: Two writing challenges and a backpack drive

Do you have a tale to share with Luna the sea turtle ambassador?

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton invites budding writers to submit stories about Luna the sea turtle ambassador, who returns to the beach…

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Boca Raton: Haynie's attorney asks for more time to prepare; next hearing set

By Emily Minor  
    The attorney for embattled Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie told a judge at a “status check” hearing Tuesday that his team had just received discovery materials from prosecutors and needs more time to prepare.…
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Ocean Ridge: Resident offers possible bargain on license plate recognition cameras

Ocean Ridge resident Finbarr O’Carroll and Police Chief Hal Hutchins are working on a proposal for license plate recognition cameras that could save the town tens of thousands of dollars.

O’Carroll, a telecommunications executive with the Kerry Group, thinks he might be able to install a camera system as part of a test program for $13,000, roughly $200,000 less than retail estimates.

An enthusiastic Town Commission told Hutchins to work with…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 30, 2018 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Ocean Ridge: Ocean Ridge says Boynton hasn’t shared plan for dog beach

Former Ocean Ridge Commissioner Ed Brookes said he got nowhere trying to persuade Boynton Beach to drop the idea of creating a dog beach at Oceanfront Park when he attended the city’s commission meeting in May. Brookes criticized town officials for not going to the meeting and voicing their opposition.

Town Manager Jamie Titcomb and Mayor James Bonfiglio said they can’t oppose what doesn’t exist. They’re waiting to hear what Boynton’s plan looks like. So far, the…

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Memorial Day

ABOVE: Members of the Boca Raton Police and Fire Honor Guard pause amid silence during the Memorial Day ceremony at the Boca Raton Cemetery. The May 28 event featured veterans groups, city officials and drills by Boca Raton Community High School’s Navy Junior…

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Highland Beach: Frequent turnover of managers comes with hefty cost

Related story: Thrasher returns to public service as interim town manager

By Rich Pollack

By forcing out three town managers in about three years, Highland Beach faces costs — in dollars…

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Boca Raton: With plea of not guilty, Haynie seeks dismissal or trial

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Mayoral candidate in dispute over repayment of 2003 loan | At least four residents hope…

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Boca Raton: Mayoral candidate in dispute over repayment of 2003 loan

BocaWatch publisher Zucaro in race again

By Steve Plunkett

Al Zucaro, who is running for the second time in 17 months to be mayor of Boca Raton, has not repaid a $406,000 business loan a judge ruled that he owed nine years ago, the lender’s lawyer says.…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 30, 2018 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Highland Beach: Suspicious death leaves building’s residents on edge

By Rich Pollack

Residents at the normally peaceful Penthouse Highlands community in Highland Beach have been on edge for more than a month after town police found the body of Elizabeth Cabral, 85, in her fifth-floor apartment.

While the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has stopped short of classifying Cabral’s death as a homicide, detectives are calling it a suspicious death, leaving many in the 82-unit building…

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Boca Raton: Beach-park district takes a breather after paying unexpected bills

Related story: Beach-park director may drop job as its lawyer

By Steve Plunkett

Red Reef Park just had emergency repairs made to its seawall and is in the process of getting two new restrooms…

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Boca Raton: Crocker sues city in bid to save Midtown plan

By Mary Hladky

Developer and landowner Crocker Partners is making another attempt to keep its proposed Midtown development alive, this time by filing a lawsuit that accuses the city of treating Crocker Partners differently from other property owners and not following its normal procedures for project approval.

The lawsuit, filed May 23, seeks to have a judge compel the city to write land development regulations for…

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Boca Raton: At least four residents hope to fill empty council seat

By Steve Plunkett

The dust had barely settled over Mayor Susan Haynie’s suspension from office when City Council wannabes began opening campaign accounts to run for the resulting vacancy when Deputy Mayor Scott Singer assumed the mayor’s spot.

Haynie was suspended a little before 3 p.m. on April 27, a Friday.

Lawyer David Milledge filed his papers for Singer’s Seat A the following Wednesday,…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 30, 2018 at 11:37am — No Comments

Boca Raton: Drainage district’s plan to trim vegetation upsets residents at lake

By Henry Fitzgerald

Several Boca Raton property owners are complaining that the Lake Worth Drainage District is improperly planning to cut trees, shrubbery and other vegetation from their backyards abutting a lake.

“They’re going to take out everything up to 6 feet from the back of my house,” said Mike Jurus, who lives in the 1000 block of Southwest Seventh Street in Boca Square on Sabal Palm Lake. He said he and…

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Boca Raton: Beach-park director may drop job as its lawyer

By Steve Plunkett

Arthur Koski, the executive director of the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District, is ready to shed his duties as its legal adviser and focus on the Ocean Breeze golf course.

“What I’m looking for is that golf course…

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Father Knows Best: Three coastal dads share lessons they learned about fatherhood from the men who raised them

Former Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein with his children, Lily (left), Madison and Jack. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

Cary Glickstein…

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Philanthropy Notes: Flavors event raises money for child welfare

Flavors Honorary Chairs Thom and Joyce DeVita, Chairwoman Karli Vazquez-Mendez and Honorary Chairs Joni and Al Goldberg. Photo provided by Munoz Photography

By Amy Woods

The Junior League…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on May 29, 2018 at 6:32pm — No Comments

Sequins and Sparkle: Woodfield Country Club, Boca Raton — April 14

More than 150 guests attended the inaugural gala for the Parkinson’s Foundation South Palm Beach County Chapter. The event honored Robert and Gail Milhous, longtime supporters, and was dedicated to the nonprofit’s vision of making life better for those…

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