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Along the Coast: Municipalities in mutual talks on response to sea-level rise

Oct. 6: Lake Boca Raton crested over a seawall, flooding the Por La Mar neighborhood in Boca Raton and allowing mullet and other marine life to swim into the streets and yards of homes. 

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Boca Raton: IBM pioneers celebrate 50 years

By Sallie James



    IBM is often credited with cementing the place on the map for this little city on the south end of Palm Beach County. And the company and an initial group of 12 engineers then went on to change the world.

    “We were given the job of coming up with a personal computer,” recalled retired IBM engineer Dave Bradley, 68, one of the “dirty dozen” IBM engineers who in 1980 were given the top-secret job of developing the company’s first…

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Highland Beach: Coming together to heal

Disasters spark interfaith service

By Rich Pollack



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Boca Raton: City aims to douse fears about Mizner Park Amphitheater’s future

By Mary Hladky



    The Boca Raton City Council has made one thing very clear: The Mizner Park Amphitheater is safe — for now.

    Media reports about a developer’s offer to build a 1,500-seat indoor performing arts center within nearly 30 city-owned acres around City Hall in exchange for building as many as 400 residential units where the amphitheater now sits sparked fears among some residents that the outdoor venue is facing the wrecking ball.

    Not so,…

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Boca Raton: City tees up sale of municipal golf course out west

By Steve Plunkett



    Developer GL Homes, which out of the blue offered $73 million last fall to purchase the city’s western golf course, was the winning bidder Oct. 24 to perhaps seal the deal.

    City Council members, clearly unhappy that GL reduced its offer to $65 million, nevertheless chose the builder over rival Lennar LLC, which was willing to pay $73 million minus contingencies that could have cut the price by unknown millions.

    “We are…

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Highland Beach: Commissioner wants to consider underground power service

By Rich Pollack



Vice Mayor Bill Weitz wants to know if underground power lines are a feasible option for the town.

Still reeling from the small town being without electricity after Hurricane Irma for as long as eight days in some sections, Weitz at the Oct. 31 meeting asked fellow commissioners to support an effort to explore the feasibility of converting the town to a system of underground utilities.

“We need to know what the benefits would be and what the…

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Boca Raton: City maintains marijuana dispensary ban

By Sallie James



    If you use medical marijuana, you’ll have to shop outside this city to buy it.

    City Council members at their meeting Oct. 24 approved an ordinance that prohibits marijuana-dispensing facilities in every zoning district in the city after voicing frustration that the existing state law governing the issue is poorly written.

    A yearlong moratorium on the dispensaries expires Nov. 8.

    According to state statute, cities can…

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Boca Raton: 70 luxury condos get council OK

By Sallie James



    A seven-story, 70-unit luxury condominium will soon rise on the southwest corner of South Ocean Drive and East Palmetto Park Road, with sprawling penthouses, 8-foot-wide sidewalks and a public park along Palmetto Park Road.

    The Ocean Palm project, reviewed and recommended for approval twice by the Planning and Zoning Board, got the green light at the Oct. 24 City Council meeting.

    “Public access to greenways [and] to the parks;…

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Boca Raton: Beach-park executive director awarded 33 percent raise

By Steve Plunkett

    

Grateful commissioners of the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District started off the new budget year in October by giving their executive director a 33 percent raise.

    “I do think that he should be compensated for some of the extra time that he’s putting in —hours and hours and hours on our behalf,” Commissioner Susan Vogelgesang said in urging a $30,000-a-year pay hike for Arthur Koski.

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Boca Raton: Study: Making Federal, Dixie one-way would save motorists time

By Steve Plunkett

    

Turning Federal and Dixie highways into a pair of one-way roads downtown could shave two minutes off each southbound trip and almost four minutes off northbound travel, consultants say.

    But such changes will not come quickly, consultants Jim Sumislaski and Chris Heggen told the Boca Raton Community Redevelopment Agency last month. A typical timeline would show the project finishing in 2031, they said.

    “I’d still love to find…

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On their toes: Budding ballerinas team up with pros to stage ‘Cinderella’

Jolie Lavaux (front, with pink flower) of Boca Raton leads the dance troupe during rehearsal for Cinderella at Organic Movements in Boca Raton.

By Janis Fontaine

Tiny dancers pool around Ekaterina Shchelkanova’s…

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Pay it Forward: Gala to celebrate Boynton group’s 30 years of feeding those in need

Michele Wright, former WPEC-TV news anchor and honorary chairwoman of last year’s Community Caring Center event, with Doreen Robinson, chairwoman of this year’s Dreams Come True Gala set for Nov. 16.   Photo provided

By Amy…

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Philanthropy Notes: Rotarians get good news from Delray Beach education coordinator

The Rotary Club of Delray Beach had Janet Meeks as guest speaker for its August meeting. Meeks, the city’s education coordinator, reported that students in public schools are receiving exceptional support, which is resulting in improved proficiency in reading. She also informed the club that her position was created to address the need for an instructional reading program in the community.

“It is in the best interests of all concerned that our students are served with quality,…

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Pay it Forward: Bicycle as artwork to be peddled at Boys, Girls Club fundraiser

Ralph Papa, in his Delray Beach studio, shows a rim and fender from the bike that will be sold to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Delray. 

By Lona O’Connor



    A bicycle is only a bicycle until Ralph Papa makes it a…

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Celebrating Finland: Private home, Gulf Stream – Oct. 20

Pohjan Laulu, a 110-year-old all-male choir from a small town north of the Arctic Circle (Oulu, Finland), is visiting the United States as part of Finland’s 100th-anniversary celebration as an independent nation. The first local performance took place at the home of…

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‘Woman of Distinction’ Breakfast: Boca West Country Club, Boca Raton – Oct. 18

Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach celebrated its 44th annual event, at which Barbara Gutin received the Soroptimist International Lifetime Achievement Award from honorary Chairwoman Terry Fedele. The award recognizes Gutin’s dedication and…

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Woman Volunteer of the Year: Boca Raton Resort & Club – Oct. 5

Joyce DeVita was named the 2017 Woman Volunteer of the Year at the Junior League of Boca Raton’s 30th annual luncheon and fashion show. DeVita was nominated by the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum. Forty-two women from nonprofits around Palm Beach County were…

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High school fair: St. Joseph’s Episcopal School, Boynton Beach – Sept. 26

Seventeen high schools gathered in the Judith Rogers Gymnasium for the 13th annual event, which welcomes families to learn about the offerings from each school. Attendees met faculty members and sat in on a roundtable discussion, with the goal of obtaining knowledge…

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Private dinner: The Lotos Club, New York – Oct. 5

As part of the celebration of its 2017-18 season, Palm Beach Opera had a private dinner sponsored by board member Florence Kaufman and attended by 60 supporters. The evening began in the ballroom with a cocktail reception featuring passed hors d’oeuvres. Prior to a…

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Donation presentation: Aqua Gulf Transport, Deerfield Beach – Oct. 4

Members of the Highland Beach chapter of UNICO National lent a helping hand to Aqua Gulf Transport by providing products needed in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Erick Espino, son of chapter member Ana Cohen, started the initiative and reached out to company…

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