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Delray Beach: Commissioner Boylston agrees to fine to settle ethics violation case

By Jane Smith



Delray Beach Vice Mayor Ryan Boylston has agreed to pay $2,000 for violating state ethics laws over votes taken when he was a board member of a taxpayer-funded agency.



At the June 5 state Commission on Ethics meeting, commissioners plan to review a stipulation of facts concerning two ethics violations when…

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Along the Coast: Virus makes hurricane shelter planning even more vital

By Rich Pollack

Should a hurricane threaten this year, residents could have to choose between leaving their homes to avoid water and wind or remaining home to avoid contracting a deadly and highly contagious virus.



The decision, emergency managers say, is an easy one.



“Don’t not evacuate because of the coronavirus,” says Bill Johnson, director of Palm Beach County’s Emergency Management division.



Throughout Palm Beach…

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Along the Coast: A good rule of foot -- Step aside but not onto road shoulder

Pedestrians in Highland Beach demonstrate good personal protection and social distancing. Although the man on the right can see oncoming traffic and gives the couple on the left plenty of room, police say it’s safer for walkers to stay off road shoulders or bike lanes. Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Along the Coast: Care facilities ask for compassion, help amid struggles with virus

By Charles Elmore

Even as Florida moves to reopen many businesses, COVID-19 deaths of residents at 18 long-term care facilities in or near Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Boca Raton add to a mounting statewide toll that frustrates hopes to relax visitor restrictions at centers that care for older and medically vulnerable people.



By May 18, deaths among residents and staff at long-term care facilities around the state passed 900, state records show. That…

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South Palm Beach: South Palm considering candidates to improve communication services

By Dan Moffett

The Town Council is moving closer to hiring a communications contractor to improve South Palm Beach’s internet connections and emergency messaging with residents.



During their May 12 meeting, council members approved drafting a contract with The Merchant Strategy Inc., a West Palm Beach public relations firm headed by former state legislator Sharon Merchant.



Another West Palm Beach firm, My PR Guru, also remains a candidate for…

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Along the Coast: Signs of changing times during coronavirus outbreak

Birthday celebrations, graduations, hair appointments ­— few things in everyday life look as they did before COVID-19 arrived

Thirteen-year-old Kenzi Mendel rides on the…

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Dining: Restaurateurs adapting to new guidelines for reopening

Customers expecting to pay for meals at Cafe Frankie’s in Boynton Beach watch Dena Balka insist the food is free. She and other employees handed out dozens of meals for a few hours on May 6 after one of the regular patrons gifted them with enough money to ‘feed the needy.’Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal…

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Municipal Meetings

These listings take into account the next edition of The Coastal Star, scheduled for delivery the weekend of July 4.

5/26 & 6/23 - Manalapan - Manalapan Town Hall, 600 S Ocean Blvd. 10 am. Agenda: manalapan.org

5/27, 6/9 & 23 - Boca Raton - Boca Raton City Hall, 201 W Palmetto Park Rd. 6 pm. Agenda: myboca.us

6/1 - Ocean Ridge - Ocean Ridge Town Hall, 6450 N Ocean Blvd. 6 pm. Agenda: oceanridgeflorida.com

6/2 & 16 - Boynton Beach -…

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Lantana: Library on track for renovation, modernization

By Mary Thurwachter



Plans to make better use of space and add a meeting room and outdoor reading garden to the town library won the approval of the Lantana Town Council on May 11.



The proposal, promoted by the Library Foundation and its chairman, Robert Barfknecht, boasts ADA-compliant restrooms, a centralized circulation desk, special spaces for children and teens and a community center for adult activities.



The lead architect for the…

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Business Spotlight: The unusual becomes usual for businesses during pandemic

Online tools allow organizations like the Boca Raton Chamber to provide training seminars with no health risk to attendees. Photo…

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Coastal Stars: Delray men hatch plan to help restaurants survive pandemic

Iain Paterson and John Brewer also volunteer at Trinity Lutheran Church in Delray Beach, passing out produce to people in need during the pandemic. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

Two Delray Beach dads, concerned about how restaurants could survive a…

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MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Robert Barfknecht

Robert Barfknecht, chairman of the Lantana Library Foundation, is as much a part of the library as is the ponytail palm outside. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

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Obituary: Donald Clayman

By Dan Moffett

SOUTH PALM BEACH — Donald Clayman guided South Palm Beach through one of the most difficult periods in its history with an upbeat attitude and a common-sense approach, delivered with a Boston accent.



When he was appointed to the job of mayor in 2010, the town’s budget was in crisis because of the…

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Obituary: Lanie ‘Adaline’ Hall Gray

OCEAN RIDGE — Lanie “Adaline” Hall Gray of Ocean Ridge and formerly of Kinston, North Carolina, died May 7. She was 91.



Born to Frank and Lanie Hall on Sept. 7, 1928, in Lenoir County, North Carolina, the young Ms. Hall attended Contentnea School and Dover High School, graduating valedictorian of her class. She worked at Marston’s Drug Store…

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Editor's Note: Gratitude in the time of COVID-19

It’s been an odd couple of months, right?

There were no beach walks, pedicures or hanging with friends. The neighborhood kids studied at home, and new graduates tossed their tassels only via video streams. Easter and Passover rituals were shared using Zoom.

And yet, I’m grateful. Grateful to live in a place where people help their neighbors. Where clever, caring people find solutions to difficult problems during a deadly pandemic. Where health care workers and first responders go…

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Along the Coast: Delray Beach cancels fireworks; Boynton opts for postponement

By Jane Smith

Fourth of July celebrations with fireworks, music and vendors will not take place this year in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, their leaders decided May 19.



“None of us are excited about canceling it,” said Sam Metott, Delray Beach Parks and Recreation director.



The fireworks and barge would have cost an estimated $70,000, he said.



Delray Beach commissioners asked for a smaller scale event that would not…

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Kinetic art installation Town Square, Boynton Beach — May 1

Mike Rodgers from EES Design, fabricator of ‘Reflections’ by renowned kinetic artist Ralfonso, helps install Town Square’s gateway feature. The 21 bird-like wings on three columns of the sculpture will intersect via the wind and be colorfully lit at night. The display represents Boynton Beach’s diversity and unity. Tim…

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Rules for the beach

As of May 18, all public, municipal and private beaches, including all beach parks, are authorized to reopen from sunrise to sunset. Beach-goers shall follow CDC guidelines by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people and distancing themselves from other parties by 6 feet. Beach concessions (including but not limited to chair, umbrella and cabana services) may operate following CDC guidelines related to social distancing and…

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COVID-19 Testing Site Coming to FAU

In cooperation with American Medical Response (AMR), the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach County is opening a new community based testing site in Boca Raton. The drive through testing site will be located at the FAU Tech Runway on the north end of the FAU campus. The…

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Hallowed ground

The 335-acre South Florida National Cemetery has impeccably maintained burial grounds nestled within pine flatwoods and surrounded by cypress domes that enable it to exude a sense of calm.

Our garden columnist…

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