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April 2009 Blog Posts (37)

Paws Up for Pets: Technology helps recover wandering pets

By Arden Moore

Everyone loves a good mystery … that is, until the mystery centers on your missing pet. I know. Years ago, my cat Samantha went missing for 57 days before I was reunited with her.

That was before online pet-finding Web sites, microchipped IDs, pet detectives and high-tech GPS navigational devices that can track pets in real time on your cell phone or home computer.

Are the days of Houdini hounds disappearing? I hope so. Even if you do your best to be good pet… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 30, 2009 at 6:11pm — No Comments

Town extends traffic enforcement: Briny Breezes

BRINY BREEZES — The Town Council can enforce traffic citations given on private streets, under a resolution passed in April. The council passed a revised resolution that will be presented to the corporation at a previously scheduled special meeting. Council and corporation said they had not previously formalized their understanding on traffic enforcement, but found that increasing name recognition of Briny Breezes following the proposed sale of the park has boosted traffic as well as illegal… Continue

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Boynton Beach water plant customers will see rates rise: Briny Breezes, Ocean Ridge

By Linda Haase

Residents and businesses in Briny Breezes, Ocean Ridge and parts of Hypoluxo will be hit with higher water bills beginning this month.

The Boynton Beach City Commission voted April 21 to raise rates for 96,000 customers in the city, unincorporated areas to the west, Briny Breezes, Ocean Ridge and parts of Hypoluxo.

The majority of the hike will be in the fixed-base rate — which will more than double — from $6.05 to $13.47 for residential customers outside the… Continue

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Neighbors question Cenacle development plan: Lantana

By Margie Plunkett

The Lantana Town Council set the stage for The Cenacle’s transformation from an Intracoastal spiritual retreat to a luxury resort and spa that would offer repose and tranquility to a new set of patrons.

Despite the objections of neighbors, the council passed an ordinance April 27 to change the land use from residential to commercial, which would open the door for development of the $90 million resort and spa. The sale of… Continue

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10 shells you’re most likely to find on our beaches

10 shells you’re most likely to find on our beaches:

1. Florida Fighting Conch
2. Caribbean Fighting Conch
3. Olive
4. Alphabet Cone
5. Milk Conch
6. Cockle shell
7. Banded Tulip
8. Crown Comb
9. Calico Venus
10. Lightning Whelk

(according to Tom and Paula Honker)

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Diver takes shell collecting to a deeper level: Delray Beach

By Mary Thurwachter

When people find out how dedicated Tom Honker is to shell collecting, they assume he frequently lingers on sandy shores. But that’s not the case.

“I don’t spend much time on the beach,” the Delray Beach conchologist said. “Mostly I’ve been 30 feet or more from the beach diving.”

During a discussion on local shelling at The Sandoway Nature Center on April 23, Honker said “what is found on the beach these days is… Continue

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Test your Lassie Trivia Talents

In my role as host of the radio show, OH BEHAVE! on Pet Life Radio (, I get the chance to chat with "top dogs" in the pet world. One delightful guest was Jon Provost, perhaps you knew him better as "Timmy" on the 1960s TV show, Lassie.

Timmy is all grown up. In fact, he turns 60 next year. On my show, he separated Lassie fact from fiction, including:

* Timmy never did fall in a well during the entire run of the series. He got in a lot of jams that required… Continue

Added by Arden Moore on April 16, 2009 at 7:18pm — No Comments

Everyone has a story to tell: Delray Beach

By Vicki McCash Brennan

People have been sharing stories since the beginning of time. We know myths, legends and fairy tales only because people long ago passed them from generation to generation and place to place.

Although today we have many electronic ways to communicate with each other, people are still telling stories in decidedly low-tech ways.

“Sharing stories across a kitchen table is a wonderful way to… Continue

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Local authorities gain control of private roads: Briny Breezes

Local authorities in the town of Briny Breezes can now issue traffic citations on private streets. With the unanimous passing of a resolution at March’s Town Council meeting, the town acknowledges that it will accept and exercise traffic control jurisdiction over private streets within the town. Mayor Roger Bennett explains that there was a never need for this type of resolution before, because there wasn’t much of a problem with traffic issues on private roads. However, it is now imperative,… Continue

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Meet Your Neighbors: Renny Reynolds & Jack Staub - Manalapan

Renny Reynolds and Jack Staubs. What aren’t those two into?

The part-time Manalapan residents also own Horatulus Farm Nursery in Wrightstown, Pa., a 100-acre 18th-century farmstead with 30 acres of formal gardens hosting up to 75 garden and touring groups a year. Yes, they are busy. They come to Florida to relax, or so they say …

Just to give some background …

Landscape architect Renny Reynolds, founder of Renny & Reed,… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 6, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Green awareness seeping into boat sector: Intracoastal Waterway

By Mike Readling

It only takes a short trip along the Intracoastal to see the beauty and elegance of some of the docks and decks that line the waterway. Colorful woods in various designs, small piers jutting out from the sea walls and boats of numerous sizes and classes catch your eye at every turn. It is one of the things that make the Intracoastal such a peaceful, meandering ride during any summer sunset.

What you don’t see during your dusk float is the destruction many… Continue

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Sandoway golf tournament has 1930s origins: Delray Beach

By Cynthia Thuma

DELRAY BEACH — When the Sandoway East Handicap golf tournament was first announced in December 1934, its creators hoped the match-play event would blossom into one of the nation’s most prestigious amateur events.

The first year’s event took place in early March 1935, and its results tended to confirm the rosy outlook for the event. Michiganders, like the city’s pioneer settlers, figured prominently in the results. William McWane, from Birmingham, shot 75… Continue

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Obituary — Margaret Rockefeller: Delray Beach


By Ron Hayes

DELRAY BEACH — When she lived on Vista Del Mar, Margaret Rockefeller’s home was affectionately known to friends as “Chez Margo.”

The nickname was a testament to a woman whose life balanced irrepressible wit with a serious devotion to both animals and art.

“She was just always full of surprises,” recalled Marilyn Brown, a friend of nearly 10 years. “She was interesting, and funny, and you… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 5, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Summer Camp Sampler

NOTE: With so many Summer Camps offered in our area, we selected those located between the Boca Raton Inlet and the Port of Palm Beach. We kept our listing east of I-95. Not all Summer Camp schedules have been set. Please check back next month for additional information as it becomes available. If your organization offers a camp not listed, please send your information to…


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Abrams joins commission with ideas in hand: Palm Beach County

By Florence Kizza

“It should be an interesting next few years,” says Steven Abrams, fresh out of his swearing-in ceremony as Palm Beach County District 4 commissioner at the end of March.

Abrams, the former mayor of Boca Raton, replaced Commissioner Mary McCarty, who resigned in January amidst a federal probe.

Abrams brings with him familiarity with the movers and shakers in the district.

“I… Continue

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Absent an upset, Delray moves on with mostly familiar faces

By C.B. Hanif

Adam Frankel, Delray Beach’s new Seat 4 commissioner, noted that in the March 10 municipal election he won the only race in which there was no incumbent. Voters also returned Commissioner Gary Eliopoulos to Seat 1 and elected Woodie McDuffie mayor.

“It seems to me the public felt comfortable with what they’ve done and wanted to give them two more years,” Frankel said.

As for the insider-outsider undercurrent that had hinted at upset possibilities,… Continue

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Boynton Library cafe on the horizon

BOYNTON BEACH — Latte at the library?

It could happen this summer at the long-awaited café at the Boynton Beach City Library.

The 800-square-foot café moved one step closer to reality on March 17 after city commissioners approved a contract with Ellie’s Catering to operate the eatery.

The catering firm, part of the venerable Ellie’s ’50s Diner, will sell coffee, salads, wraps, baked goods and other beverages, said library director Craig Clark.

“They are… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 5, 2009 at 3:43pm — No Comments

Senate bill stirs new chatter of building up Briny

By Thomas R. Collins

A bill in Tallahassee is causing buzz again about a topic that can make even the most laid-back seaside residents here grow tense: Briny Breezes development.

The consideration of the bill by state lawmakers has conjured the not-too-distant memories of two years ago, when a developer’s bid to buy the 43-acre mobile-home town — and make the 1,000 residents millionaires — spawned dreams of new lives, criticism from neighbors and eventually lost hopes when… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 5, 2009 at 3:40pm — No Comments

Epicurean Market closes: Manalapan

Just shy of its sixth-month anniversary in Plaza de Mer, Epicurean Gourmet Market has closed.

A phone message to customers lays out numerous problems the store’s owner, Jacob Schlesinger, had with the plaza lease corporation. Air conditioning, flooding, leaks and parking issues were cited as reasons the store could no longer continue to operate in the plaza at S.R. A1A and Ocean Avenue in Manalapan.

Schlesinger has filed suit against the plaza owners to recoup money he says the store… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on April 5, 2009 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Boynton budget woes vex city officials

BOYNTON BEACH — The city faces a budget shortfall of $10.5 million to $16 million, and there’s no easy fix, city commissioners were warned at their March 17 meeting.

“That's a reduction of 15 to 22 percent," said Barry Atwood, the city’s finance director. “I fear it’s going to be toward that higher amount, if not higher, and that’s too much money to come from one area.”

Instead, the city needs to find ways to increase its revenue while reducing expenses, he told… Continue

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