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January 2014 Blog Posts (137)

Pet Supply Drive: IberiaBank branches, Palm Beach County – November

IberiaBank reached out to Tri County Humane Society as part of the company’s ‘i Gives Back’

community-outreach program by collecting cash donations, pet food, cat litter, cleaning supplies

and other items for the…

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Wee Dream Ball: Boca West Country Club, Boca Raton – Dec. 13

Soaring columns of fire and ice crowned by explosions of pastel hydrangeas wowed the crowd at the dream-themed benefit for Florence Fuller Child Development Centers. More than $400,000 was generated — to ensure that disadvantaged children will continue to have access to the centers’ programs and services. ABOVE: Jackie Reeves, Robin Deyo, Jerry and Terry Fedele and Karen…

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YMCA breakfast: Delray Dunes Country Club, Delray Beach – Dec. 6

Volunteers, board members and employees of the YMCA of South Palm Beach County celebrated the success of the 2013 Annual Campaign with an event recognizing the $366,000 raised for the financial-assistance program. Each attendee received a YMCA-branded pedometer, as the campaign’s theme was ‘walk a mile in their shoes.’ ABOVE: Randy…

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Great reads: Four novel approaches from local authors

By Ron Hayes

    A TV fishing host goes in search of a secret love child. An African warrior finds adventure on that war-torn continent. A hurricane tears through a tiny oceanside trailer park. And a Palm Beach County firefighter recounts his real-life memoirs.

    While some of us walk the beach, surf, sail or play golf, others stay inside, patiently scribbling and pecking, writing and rewriting, turning out books.

    This year, four…

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Prism Concert: Kravis Center, West Palm Beach – Dec. 17

Best-selling author and Palm Beach resident James Patterson, along with wife Sue, a Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation board member, sponsored a sold-out performance of the school’s annual Prism Concert. For the second consecutive year, the Pattersons bought out the Kravis Center’s 2,100-seat Alexander W.…

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Best Bite on the Avenue: Crane’s BeachHouse Hotel & Tiki Bar, Delray Beach – Nov. 14

More than 500 hungry friends turned out for a restaurant competition and charity fundraiser featuring drum-line, jazz and patriotic performances. The winning establishment, Tryst Gastropub, received $500 to donate to Project Holiday, an organization that supports local families who have loved ones serving in the military. Nine other charities…

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NSAL season opener: Private home, Highland Beach – Nov. 9

The National Society of Arts and Letters, Florida East Coast Chapter, celebrated the start of the season with the music of Stephen Sondheim at an event themed ‘Broadway Under the Stars.’ More than 70 guests enjoyed an evening of socializing, spirits and stellar entertainment at the home of Robert and Dorinda Spahr. ABOVE: Jon Robertson and…

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Community Foundation luncheon: Boca Raton Resort & Club – Nov. 19

A luncheon and discussion with Brad Hurlburt, the new president  and CEO of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, highlighted an event designed to educate donors and supporters about the ways the nonprofit organization assists causes to build a healthier place to live, work and play. Guests at the luncheon shared…

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Florida Green School Awards: Hyatt Regency, Orlando – Oct. 29

The Florida Department of Education’s Office of Environmental Education, along with the Florida Green School Network’s partners, recognized 15 — out of a pool of more than 100 — honorees for their green initiatives. Among them: Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School’s Live Green Campaign eighth-grader Erin Donahue (with check). Erin, 13, earned the…

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Medical Scholarship Awards Luncheon: Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Boca Raton – Nov. 4

Members of the Boca Raton Woman’s Club were thrilled to be able to share proceeds totaling $28,000 raised at the 2013 Honor Your Doctor event. Colleges receiving funds to assist students studying in the medical field included Florida Atlantic University, Lynn University and Palm Beach State College. ABOVE: Marlaine Smith, Helen Babione, club…

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Sea Coast Toast: Spanish River Library, Boca Raton – Nov. 8

The Friends of Gumbo Limbo raised more than $10,000 during an evening of food, drinks, music and auctions, with all proceeds going to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s educational and conservation programs. The Friends recognized Jim Abernethy, a conservationist whose  educational efforts aim to change public views of the ocean’s largest fish. ABOVE:…

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Holiday mixer: Delray Beach Public Library – Dec. 9

The Delray Beach Public Library thanked its donors and sponsors at a mixer that took place following the lighting ceremony for the 100-foot Christmas tree on Atlantic Avenue. Guests, who had a birds-eye view of the tree lighting and the fireworks from the library’s terrace, were treated to refreshments and holiday cheer that…

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Holiday Trunk Show: The Seagate Hotel & Spa, Delray Beach – Dec. 3-4

The Naoma Donnelley Haggin Boys & Girls Club saw more than 250 guests attend the 11th annual fundraiser that featured 30-plus specialty vendors and a variety of gift items. The more than $80,000 raised will help support programming for the 300 local children who use the club.

LEFT: Co-chairwomen Susan Mullin and Kari Shipley and a…

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Building dedication: Gulf Stream School – Dec. 13

Parents, board members, supporters and students gathered to dedicate an expanded wing of Gulf Stream School.  The Crocker Family Pavilion, Julien Family Classrooms and Davies Family Kitchen were celebrated with a ribbon cutting and the serving of snacks.

LEFT: Penny Kosinski, Lisa Morgan, Bobby and Dr. Joanne Julien, Hilary Lynch, Head of School Joe…

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Impact 100 reception: Delray Beach Marriott – Dec. 3

Wendy Steele, who believes philanthropy should be a party to which everyone is invited, was the featured guest at an event for the organization the Cincinnati woman founded 12 years ago. More than 100 members of Impact 100 and their guests gathered to learn about ‘The Power of Women Giving as One.’ Tandy Robinson, one of the founders of…

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The Plate: Enjoying our salad days at Little House

The Plate: Grilled Portobello Salad

The Place: The Little House, 480 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach; 420-0573 or thelittlehousebb.com.

The Price: $9.

The Skinny: The aroma alone of this salad could have sold it for us, the dressing was so intoxicating.

The recipe goes something…

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Editor's Note: A wish list for a calm, collective 2014

     Maybe I had a little too much eggnog over the holidays, but as I contemplate a new year of covering our coastal communities, I’m going out on a limb with my Coastal Star wishes for 2014. Here goes:    



    Boca Raton: I wish the city would regain a sense of community. Boca must find a way to get residents out from behind their gated communities and involved in the future of their city. With a March election on the horizon, I hope Boca is able to bring out…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 1, 2014 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

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