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Meet Your Neighbor: Neil Hennigan

Retired pilot and Ocean Ridge resident Neil Hennigan at home with his dog, Potter. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Brian Biggane

Neil Hennigan, chairman of the five-person sewer/septic committee appointed by Ocean Ridge to explore options for a town-wide conversion to a sewer…

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Briny Breezes: Town Council approves infrastructure repairs

By Dan Moffett

Briny Breezes has fallen behind on maintenance for its sewage lift stations, and that means some unexpected costs for the Town Council.

Town Manager Dale Sugerman told council members during their meeting on Sept. 26 that Harvel Utility Construction, Briny’s infrastructure contractor, says cleaning and inspecting the town’s seven lift stations will cost about $5,000.

Repairs to two fire hydrants are expected to cost about $2,000 more. Ocean…

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Briny Breezes: 9/11 Memorial Service

About 20 Briny Breezes residents and friends gathered at the Memorial Fountain on Sept. 11 to remember those lost in the 2001 terrorist attacks. Seven flags, including one from the New York City Fire Department, were flown around the fountain. ABOVE: Briny residents Barbara and Roger Klink recently developed a…

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Along the Coast: With right methods, efforts to control iguanas make progress

Iguana droppings are a major source of concern for residents. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Stephen Moore

Iguanas have become as big a part of the South Florida landscape as sunburned snowbirds. The invasive reptiles are here, they are staying and there are a lot of…

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Lantana: Council changes mind, opts to install less-intense street lamps

By Mary Thurwachter

An effort spearheaded by Hypoluxo Island resident Media Beverly persuaded the Lantana Town Council to change an earlier vote on the intensity of new streetlights.

On July 8, the council approved an agreement with FPL to switch out its high-pressure sodium streetlights with 4,000-Kelvin energy-efficient LEDs, or light-emitting diodes. FPL will cover the expense and the change would save about $1,000 in annual energy costs.

While a…

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Ocean Ridge: Lucibella seeks acquittal or retrial on battery conviction

By Steve Plunkett

Former Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella wants the 4th District Court of Appeal to vacate his February conviction of misdemeanor battery and tell the judge who sentenced him to enter instead a judgment of acquittal or give him a new trial.

Lucibella, 66, was found not guilty of resisting arrest with violence but guilty of misdemeanor battery, a lesser charge, instead of felony battery on a law enforcement officer. He was ordered to pay $675 in court…

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Delray Beach/Boca Raton: IPic won’t pursue restaurant in Delray Beach complex

By Jane Smith and Mary Hladky

IPic movie theaters in Delray Beach and Boca Raton remain open two months after the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

But iPic Entertainment founder and chief executive Hamid Hashemi has abandoned efforts to persuade Delray Beach officials to allow him to open a restaurant on the third-floor terrace of the luxury theater that opened earlier this year just south of Atlantic Avenue between Southeast Fourth and Fifth…

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Delray Beach: Proposed cut-through would help traffic, but neighbors don’t approve

By Jane Smith



A cut-through from the Trader Joe’s plaza to the Delray Place South retail center on Federal Highway in Delray Beach was approved in early September with one condition.

Under a “look-back” condition, the developer must re-evaluate the traffic exit pattern on Tropic Boulevard one year after the project is…

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Obituary: Sidney Arthur ‘Sid’ Patchett

By Ron Hayes

LANTANA — The Friends of the Lantana Public Library has about 150 dedicated members, but all would agree that when Sid Patchett died on Sept. 18, that library lost its best friend.

And he didn’t even live in Lantana.

Five days a week, from September 1996 when he was named its director until earlier this year, Mr.…

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Obituary: Ted Withall

BOCA RATON — Ted Withall was born on Nov. 20, 1918, in El Paso, Texas, to Sam and Katy Withall. He died Aug. 8 at the Boca Raton Hospice, at age 100.

He was born just nine days after the end of World War I, when his father was discharged from the Army and he moved his family back to California.

Ted Withall was a man of many talents.

His high…

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Lantana: Apartments may be in Kmart shopping center’s future

By Mary Thurwachter

The Lantana Town Council approved a change to the comprehensive land-use plan that could pave the way to replace the Kmart-anchored shopping center with apartments.

A petition asking for the 18.6-acre site at the northwest corner of Hypoluxo Road and South Dixie Highway to be changed from commercial to mixed-use development was filed by the center’s landlord, Lantana SDC LLC, represented by Miami attorney Ryan Bailine.

“Big-box stores are…

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Business Spotlight: New play space in Boynton Beach aims to be dogs’ best friend

Hannah Wickins, CEO and founder, gets kisses from her dog Chase, 4 1/2, who is listed as the playground administrator on Dog Activity World’s website. Photos by Rachel O’Hara/The Coastal Star

By Christine Davis

Hannah Wickins operates her dog retreat on this…

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Boca Raton: Beach, Park District keeps taxes at same rate

By Steve Plunkett

After first proposing a nearly 36% tax increase, then trimming it to a 19.43% hike, commissioners of the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District succumbed to pressure from the City Council and kept their tax rate the same.

“But be aware, even if we don’t have a millage rate increase this year, it’s coming,” Commissioner Steve Engel said, anticipating a similar financial squeeze in 2020. “I’m lucky I still have my arms in my sockets they way…

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Health Notes: FAU gets grant for study on cataract therapies

By Christine Davis

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine received a five-year research project grant totaling $1,738,565 from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health for a project that uses a new tissue engineering approach.



This research could help in the development of new therapies to prevent and treat cataracts.



The project is focused on identifying the role of…

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Health & Harmony: Delray event to showcase new Alzheimer’s documentary

In a moment from the documentary When All That’s Left Is Love, Marilyn Gordon cares for her husband, Sheldon ‘Shelly’ Gordon. He died in 2013, and their son Eric’s film shows how Marilyn coped as an Alzheimer’s caregiver. Photo provided

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Paws Up for Pets: Local shelters step up after Dorian displaces dogs, cats in Bahamas

Columnist Arden Moore is surrounded by Bahamian potcakes, mutts named for the leftover rice in the bottom of cooking pots that islanders occasional feed them. Early this year Moore visited a shelter in the Bahamas that Hurricane Dorian destroyed last month. Photo provided

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Finding Faith: A sisterhood of artful ladies

Linda Prior, Marie Buss and BJ Mays (l-r) wear crocheted baby blankets they created for Holly House at First Presbyterian Church in Delray Beach. Buss is 93 and Mays is 91. On this occasion they gathered at Buss’ house. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Secret Garden: Varied fauna inhabits park oasis, from butterflies to bobcat

A yellow sulphur butterfly takes flight after laying eggs on the leaves of a candle bush plant near the Okeeheelee Nature Center’s main building. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley

Okeeheelee Nature Center, situated within the 1,700-acre…

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On the Water: Local boaters shuttle supplies to Dorian-battered Bahamas

Hurricane relief supplies jam the boat showroom floor at Tuppen’s Marine & Tackle in Lake Worth Beach. Tuppen’s co-owner Steve Sprague, along with others from Palm Beach County, used their boats to transport donated goods to West End, Grand Bahama Island, on Sept. 7, the Saturday after Hurricane Dorian pummeled the northern…

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