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March 2015 Blog Posts (86)

Highland Beach: Voters to choose vice mayor, decide on water projects

By Rich Pollack

    Voters in Highland Beach will be selecting a vice mayor on March 10 and will have a chance to approve spending on two water service-related projects, one replacing aging water mains and another designed to improve the quality of water. 

    Incumbent Vice Mayor Ron Brown, 68, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and commercial airline pilot, will be facing a challenge from clinical psychologist Bill Weitz, 69.

    Brown is…

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Boca Raton: City drops red-light cameras in wake of ruling

By Sallie James

    Boca Raton has discontinued its red light camera program in the wake of recent litigation that red-flagged the issuance of traffic tickets by a third party vendor.

    At a Feb. 10 council meeting, City Manager Leif Ahnell announced the city was ending its program. Council members, aware of the litigation, said they understood.

    As of Nov. 1, Boca Raton had stopped citing red-light runners in anticipation of a ruling from the…

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Boca Raton: Major gift for Marcus Neuroscience Institute



Peggy and Phillip DeZwirek

    Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation received a $2 million donation from Phillip and Peggy DeZwirek to name the Phillip and Peggy DeZwirek Center for Spinal Disorders and Back Pain in the hospital’s new Marcus Neuroscience Institute. 

    The gift will fund programs, technology,…

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Boca Raton: City attempt at e-cig ban goes up in smoke

By Sallie James

    To vape or not to vape? That was the question.

    The answer came with a 3-2 vote in February when Boca Raton City Council members tabled a proposal to ban electronic cigarette use in public places, citing concern over a lack of medical information.

    “I really think there needs to be a statewide uniform system of regulation, rather than having a patchwork of municipal ordinances,” said council member Robert Weinroth, at a Feb.…

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Pay it Forward: Notable children’s author to keynote literacy luncheon

Love of Literacy Luncheon committee members (in front) Penny Kosinski, Bettina Young, Chiara Clark, (in back) Gina Brody, Cristy Fimiani, Sylvie Bergeron, Kristin Calder and Megan Mulry. Photo provided

By Amy Woods



The chairwoman of this year’s Love of Literacy…

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Boca Raton: Delray company suggests power to (move) the people

By Sallie James

    A free, on-call electric cart service may be coming to Boca Raton’s downtown as an alternative mode of transportation to ease a chronic parking crunch.

    The owner of Delray Beach’s Downtowner has expressed interest in expanding his service into Boca. The city is waiting to receive a proposal in writing.

    The electric cars were just one of several ideas addressing mobility challenges that were discussed during the Feb. 9…

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Boca Raton: Gumbo Limbo 30 years old, and still growing

Paul Homer, of Boca Raton, leads a nature walk during Sea Turtle Day at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

on Feb. 28. The event featured a critter corner, craft activities, aquarium feedings, nature walks and a food truck area. 

Photos by Madeline…

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Boca Raton: Monument to tout airport’s historical status, if scout succeeds

By Rich Pollack

    Before he started working on his Eagle project, 16-year-old Boca Raton Boy Scout Charlie Schmidt didn’t know all that much about the Boca Raton Airport. 

    He knew that during World War II what is now an executive airfield used by private planes had been part of a much larger airbase, but he never…

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Culture & Cocktails: The Colony, Palm Beach – Feb. 2

More than 200 guests attended the season’s third conversation, featuring Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan. Adler is an author, designer and potter, and Doonan has worked in fashion for three decades. Both are part-time Palm Beach residents. ABOVE: Penny and Alan Murphy, with Elaine Meier. Photo provided by Corby Kaye’s Studio Palm…

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Walk for Homeless: Lynn University, Boca Raton – Jan. 10

Walkers are led by Kiwanis Club of Boca Raton President Ro Robozzi (in red shirt) as more than 150

Key Club students from three Boca Raton high schools — together with Kiwanians, city officials and sponsors —

participated in a one-mile…

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Boca Raton: Pathway closed while Gumbo Limbo studies options

By Steve Plunkett

    Severe corrosion of metal connectors on Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s popular boardwalk has forced Boca Raton to close the wooden pathway until it can be repaired or renovated, a task that could take at least six months and more than $1 million.

    Bridge Designs Associates Inc., the city’s consulting engineers, inspected the quarter-mile boardwalk and warned parks officials Feb. 22 that a number of joists under the planks had “no…

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‘Gratitude’: The Colony, Palm Beach – Feb. 9

The American Humane Association honored philanthropist Lois Pope at a special event with the theme ‘Lois Pope: Our Light of Compassion.’ Pope was recognized for her generosity and leadership in building a more humane world. ‘We can think of no humanitarian making a greater difference for children, animals and veterans than Lois Pope,’ said…

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South Palm Beach: South Palm voters to choose mayor, decide on four amendments

By Dan Moffett

    South Palm Beach voters will have plenty to think about when they go to the polls March 10 to elect a mayor and decide the fate of four charter amendments.

    Councilwoman Bernice “Bonnie” Fischer gave the town its first contested race for mayor in years with her 11th hour filing to challenge incumbent Donald Clayman.

    “I think it’s time for a change,” said Fischer, who has been the town’s point person on environmental issues…

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Building Hope Gala: Boca West Country Club, Boca Raton – Feb. 6

Honoree Mary Wong and Grammy Award-winning reggae star Shaggy shined a light on Haiti’s housing needs during the 20th-annual fundraiser, where guests pledged enough money to build homes for 40 destitute families in the area surrounding Pon Batay. ‘Everyone in this room is a voice for the voiceless,’  Food for the Poor President and CEO Robin Mahfood told the crowd of…

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Boca Raton: New foundation to help fund discretionary items for police

By Steven J. Smith

    Boca Raton police will have an extra $200,000 for training and equipment, thanks to the new Boca Raton Police Foundation launched in late February.

    Former Boca Raton Deputy Mayor Peter Baronoff and his wife, Carmel, hosted the launch party for the nonprofit organization at their home.

    Among those in attendance were Marc Bell, chairman of the foundation, Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander, Mayor Susan Haynie,…

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Along the Coast: Law firm settles on Boca for expanded offices

By Jane Smith

    The Kanner & Pintaluga law firm finally has a new Florida home in downtown Boca Raton after a multiyear search from Boynton Beach south to Fort Lauderdale.

    The personal injury firm is renovating 45,000 square feet of space in the Wells Fargo Plaza at the northwest corner of Federal Highway and Camino Real, with plans to move in June. It has an option for another 5,000 square feet.

    The 10-year lease is valued at $13…

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Boca Raton: Gumbo Limbo celebrates sea turtles — and 30th anniversary

Loggerhead sea turtle Betty White peeks over the edge of her enclosure during Sea Turtle Day

at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton.

Madeline Gray/The Coastal Star…

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Boca Raton: Canal dredging project aims to improve boat navigation

By Sallie James

    Keeping the waterways free of navigation-clogging silt so boats can pass freely is a pricey proposition. 

    To help cover the cost of a huge dredging project to clear the silt from the Hillsboro Canal, Boca Raton officials are hoping to receive grant money from the Florida Inland Navigation District Waterways Assistance Program. The project is estimated to cost $550,000 and the city’s share will depend on the size of the grant.

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Boynton Beach: Project gets CRA funding to boost downtown residency

The projected view of the project at the southwest corner of Ocean and Federal.

Rendering provided

 

By Jane Smith

    Boynton Beach finally has a project to jump-start its mostly vacant…

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Faculty vs. Student Soccer Game: Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School, Boynton Beach – Feb. 6

The annual matchup ended in victory for the faculty team, with a final score of 5–3. Competitive spirit aside, this year’s game brought the community together to share in the school’s ‘Live Green, Live Healthy’ initiative. ‘We really appreciate opportunities where our faculty and students can enjoy a chance to spend time outside the…

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