Three Delray Beach senior living communities joined forces to shed the pounds this year in a friendly biggest loser competition. Sixty-five residents, from Abbey Delray…Continue
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By Dan Moffett
By comfortable margins, South Palm Beach voters rejected a call for change from political newcomer Robert Gargano on March 15 and returned incumbents Robert Gottlieb and Stella Gaddy Jordan to the Town Council.
Gottlieb received 337 votes, roughly 43 percent of those cast, Jordan followed with 285 (37 percent) and Gargano got 156 (20 percent). The top two finishers were elected to two-year terms.
Gottlieb, 75, first joined the Town Council in 2005…
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By Dan Moffett
Briny Breezes Town Council members have put the brakes on passing an ordinance to restrict truck traffic after hearing concerns about safety from their police chief.
Hal Hutchins, Ocean Ridge police chief and the town marshal, told the council that too many restricted streets can have the unintended consequence of forcing trucks into risky situations.
“I am concerned with the enforceability of this ordinance,” Hutchins said,…
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By Jane Smith
The city recently agreed to pay more than $221,000 for work done to clean and sanitize two fire stations, including one that serves Ocean Ridge and Briny Breezes.
At station No. 1, which serves the coastal communities, the mold-removal work cost Boynton Beach $69,673. The station, on Boynton Beach Boulevard near City Hall, closed in early December after mold was found. It reopened Jan. 18. Crews worked out of station No. 4 on South Federal…
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By Jane Smith
Over the past 30 years, the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency has spent the most in the West Atlantic neighborhood, according to an analysis released in late March.
In that area, its biggest expense, $24.1 million, went to buy land, according to the CRA draft expense list pulled from the Munilytics Inc. report. The firm was hired last fall to analyze the taxable values in the CRA’s eight subareas. The agency contains about 20…
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Some people count sheep at night, but Annie Davis, owner of Palm Beach Travel in Manalapan, goes to bed thinking about the logistics and routing…Continue
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By Willie Howard
OCEAN RIDGE — Flip Traylor made a living on the water around Boynton Beach most of his life. The Ocean Ridge resident loved fishing, music and his two West Highland white terriers, Dobbie and Duff.
The former pilot, boat captain, real estate broker and commercial fisherman died March 1 at the VA Medical Center in West…
By Emily J. Minor
BOCA RATON — Dr. Herbert Leonard Wachtel, a military cardiologist who left the service in 1969 to join Bethesda Memorial Hospital’s burgeoning heart ward, died Feb. 12 in his sleep at home. He was 81.
After joining Bethesda, Dr. Wachtel would eventually serve as both the hospital’s chief of cardiology and chief of staff. He was also instrumental in helping start Delray Medical Center, said his wife, Lenore.…
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By Rich Pollack
Efforts to educate motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians in parts of coastal Palm Beach County about the importance of sharing the road appear to be paying off.
During a weeklong, stepped-up enforcement effort along State Road A1A in southern Palm Beach County last month, law enforcement officers from six agencies wrote only one moving-violation citation to a bicyclist and did not issue any warnings or citations to pedestrians.
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More than 200 bicyclists are expected in Delray Beach’s Ride of Silence, part of an annual event to honor cyclists killed or injured while riding.
The worldwide event, scheduled for May 18 this year, will begin at 6 p.m. It will include a 10-mile ride starting and ending at Old School Square in Delray Beach.
“This is a slow, casual ride not to exceed 9 miles per hour,” said Patrick Halliday, president of the Delray Beach Bicycle Club.
There is no charge to…
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Lantana Vice Mayor Malcolm Balfour won 69 percent of the votes on March 15 to defeat newcomer Anthony Arsali, with 31 percent. Balfour, who has served on the Town Council since 2013, received 1,116 votes to his opponent’s 512.
Lynn Moorhouse, who has been a council member since 2004, retained his seat with no opposition.
Balfour, 78, has been a Lantana resident for 44 years. Arsali, 29, an attorney, lives on Hypoluxo Island.
— Mary Thurwachter
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By Mary Thurwachter
Natasha Deonath, a former sales director at the Carlisle senior living community in Lantana, was sentenced on March 7 to 18 months in prison for charging the business more than $100,000 for phony resident referrals and taking kickbacks.
The sentence was handed down by Circuit Judge Dina Keever after Deonath, 39, pleaded guilty to one count each of organized scheme to defraud and money laundering.
According to an October 2014…
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By Mary Thurwachter
The final vote on whether to dissolve the Lantana Nature Preserve Commission, which had been scheduled for the March 14 Town Council meeting, has been postponed until April 25.
The town made its first vote to disband the commission at its Feb. 22 meeting.
Town Attorney R. Max Lohman recommended the move, saying the commission, to which the town appoints members, and the Friends of the Lantana Nature Preserve, a nonprofit…
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keeps watch during a roof-raising at 421 SW Fifth Ave. in Delray Beach.
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By Dan Moffett
Town Attorney Ken Spillias retired in March after 17 years on the job in Ocean Ridge and 41 years practicing law.
“I’ve seen good government and I’ve seen very bad government,” Spillias told the commission. “I want you to know that from my perspective, working here has been an absolute pleasure.”
Spillias’ last couple of years were stormy ones for the town, with the forced resignation of Police Chief Chris Yannuzzi, a failed…
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A story in the April Coastal Star misstated the reason the town of Ocean Ridge paid $50,000 in legal fees to Commissioner Richard Lucibella’s attorney. The payment was reimbursement for Lucibella’s legal defense of a failed recall effort against him last year. The fees were not due to his lawsuit against the recall’s organizers, which also named the town clerk as a defendant because of her ministerial role in certifying…Continue
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