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The 18th Annual Mark Gerretson Memorial Fishing Tournament: Veterans Park, Delray Beach

The Mark Gerretson Memorial Fishing Tournament, held Aug. 10-11, drew 40 registered boats. Total payout was $8,100. ABOVE: The largest overall fish, a 58-pound wahoo, was caught by the crew of Snowcones Revenge; it  paid $3,000. Pictured: Ryan Grotto, T.J.…

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Beach Volleyball and Dining Out for a Cause: Delray Beach Public Library fundraisers

Top-ranked volleyball pro Steve Grotowski, returning from competing in the London Summer Olympics, was on hand for demonstrations and clinics to support the Beach, Barbeque & Books fundraiser held Aug. 18 at the Delray Beach Club.

Pictured: Jan Kucera, Tandy…

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Recognition from MIT: Unity School, Delray Beach

Unity School second-grader Gemma Ward of Ocean Ridge poses with Director of Educational Technology Dana Fritzinger. On the screen is a page from Gemma’s Scratch project that won the attention of the media lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the developers of the Scratch program. The…

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Paw-ty Time: Shoppes at Village Pointe, Boca Raton

Paw-ty Time, a Boca Festival Days event, raised money and awareness for the Tri-County Humane Society on Aug. 12 at The Shoppes at Village Pointe in Boca Raton. Attendees checked out animals for adoption, showed off…

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Makover for the thrift shop: Florence Fuller Thrift Shop, Boca Raton

On July 16, the Florence Fuller Child Development Center’s Thrift Shop received a special makeover by Neiman Marcus’ Boca Raton employees and a host of dedicated volunteers. Pictured:  Neiman Marcus volunteers Jarrod Gac and Marissa Vinograd. Photo…

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Around Town: Boca Ballroom battle raises record for scholarship funding

Photo slideshow

By Thom Smith

Glen Calder was in on the act, but he just wasn’t sure how. Wife Kristin was competing in the annual Boca Ballroom Battle, so in support of the cause — the George Snow Scholarship…

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Finding Faith: Muslim, Jewish populations thrive in South County

By Tim Pallesen

A new $3 million mosque that opened last month is evidence of the rapidly growing Muslim population in southern Palm Beach County.

    The 30,000-square-foot Islamic Center of Boca Raton will serve as a house of prayer, education center and community gathering…

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Indulgence for a Cause: Hyatt Place, Delray Beach

As a benefit for the Achievement Centers for Children and Families, an event catering to “the woman within” will be held at 6 pm, Oct. 4 at Hyatt Place, 104 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach.  For $50, women enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine, live music, complimentary personal services and shopping. For…

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Artists paint a new cultural landscape in two cities: Trolley tour takes enthusiasts on art-oriented tour

Painters at Artful Dreamers Studio during the tour.

Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star…

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Artists paint a new cultural landscape in two cities: Artist sees flourishing gallery off the beaten path

Vincent Cacace shows off artwork to Anne Walsh.

 Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Keeping an eye out for the president: A political buzz and a (mostly) profitable swarm

By Tim O’Meilia

   

Four things learned from last month’s visit of President Obama and Vice President Biden:

    1. Waiting onlookers and reporters like pizza, ice cream and cinnamon-nut French toast.

    2. Roped-off parking lots mean no parking meter…

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Election: Aug. 14 primary has races for all to decide

By Tim Pallesen

    

Every registered voter in Palm Beach is eligible to vote in nine races on the Aug. 14 primary ballot. That’s a change from the days when primary elections were strictly closed elections for Republicans and Democrats to select their candidates for a November general election.

    Democrats and Republicans still have closed primary elections on the Aug. 14 ballot. But August elections in Palm Beach County have evolved to also include important…

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Goodman drops out of State House race

Gulf Stream resident Pamela Goodman has dropped out of the State House race for coastal South County because of her husband’s health.

“It’s a pretty serious illness. I can’t stay on the campaign trail,” Goodman said after notifying Democratic Party officials. “Family comes first.”

Goodman was set to oppose Rep. Bill Hager, the Republican incumbent for District 89 in the Nov. 4 general election.

Goodman became a candidate after pushing for legislative redistricting as vice…

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Boca Raton: Brown honored for Home Rule advocacy

By Steve Plunkett

    

Deputy Boca Raton Manager George Brown is a “Home Rule Hero” to cities across the county and across the state for helping derail a proposed Florida law on sober houses.

Richard Radcliffe, executive director of the county League of Cities, gave Brown a plaque on…

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Delray settles: Caron keeps beachside sober houses


   CORRECTION:  An article about a Delray Beach legal settlement with the Caron Foundation incorrectly stated the number of times that Caron can rent a bedroom at its two sober…
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Coastal Star: Two left feet and one big heart

To preprare for the competition, Bob Gittlin practices his dance moves with partner Mariya-Khristina Shurupova at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Boca Raton. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Paula…

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Manalapan: Police and the beach occupy staff and commissioners’ time

By Tim O’Meilia

    

Imagine unmanned drones patrolling the Manalapan shoreline or helium-filled balloons surveilling the beach or infra-red cameras spying north and south after dark along the oceanfront. However fantastic and unlikely — except perhaps the cameras — those are some of the solutions town commissioners learned could be used to combat beach-going trespassers.

    Town commissioners will consider those and more mundane and practical solutions, such as…

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Ocean Ridge: Inlet police coverage beefed up over 4th of July

By Margie Plunkett



    Ocean Ridge had full police coverage in county parks for the July Fourth holiday week, protected by marked and unmarked patrol cars, marine patrols, motorcycle officers and even a helicopter as the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office responded to requests to step up efforts against crime.

    “We had no incidents,” said Ocean Ridge Police Chief Chris Yannuzzi, who added, “We greatly appreciated” the effort.

    Both Ocean Ridge and…

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Ocean Ridge: White fly ordinance passed

Ocean Ridge Commissioners passed an ordinance in July that requires residents to remove foliage that’s dead or dying due to pests like the white fly.  The ordinance gives residents 60 days to try to treat the plants; if plants don’t respond, however, they must be removed.
— Margie Plunkett

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Lantana: Town proposes tax rate remain same

By Mary Thurwachter



    Tax rates haven’t been raised in Lantana for 11 years and that won’t change this year.

    Council members set the preliminary tax rate at $3.24 per $1,000 of a home’s assessed value at their July 23 meeting.

    “We’ve been through the worst (of the recession),” Mayor Dave Stewart said, expressing confidence in the town manager’s handling of the budget and adding that the town had sufficient reserves.

    “This is not a good…

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