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Coastal Star: Music, people, good vibes are all healing medicine for Arts Garage volunteer

Harry Valentine of coastal Boca Raton says people at the Arts Garage are like family to him. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Stephen Moore

Harry Valentine’s love affair with the Arts Garage began a year and a half ago when he was wandering…

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Boca Raton: Hospital merger a done deal

By Sallie James

Boca Raton Regional Hospital has finally officially merged with Baptist Health

South Florida.

The official merger was announced on July 1, more than a year after Boca Regional began

discussions with Baptist in hopes of elevating the hospital’s position as an academic referral

center in South Florida.

It was the final step in growing up for a beloved community hospital born out of tragedy in 1967.

The poisoning deaths of two…

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Delray Beach: Four firefighter jobs added, completing replacement of recession cuts

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach commissioners agreed to add four firefighter/paramedics when approving a $1.95 million mid-year budget amendment on June 18.

The four firefighter/paramedics will cost $160,000, said Laura Thezine, acting finance director. The amount covers the entire cost of the firefighters for the rest of the budget year that ends Sept. 30, according to Kevin Saxton, Fire Rescue spokesman.

Adding the positions fulfills the previous commission’s…

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South Palm Beach: South Palm approves merger deal with sheriff

By Dan Moffett 

 After running its own police department for more than a half-century, the town of South Palm Beach has decided to join forces with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

 The Town Council voted 4-1 on June 18 to approve a draft contract for services with the sheriff that would begin on Oct. 1 and run for 10 years. Councilwoman Stella Gaddy Jordan voted against the merger agreement, saying she wanted to see the final version of the contract before…

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Editor’s Note: A summer snowstorm in South Palm Beach

Who says it doesn’t snow in June? At South Palm Beach’s June 18 workshop meeting, I watched a town get snowed under so deep that resident “snowbirds” will see Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office cars and uniforms patrolling their 5/8ths of a mile stretch of A1A when they return next winter — and for the next 10 years.

The “this isn’t a sales pitch” sales pitch from PBSO created a paralyzing white-out for both residents and the Town Council. How could…

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Manalapan: Manalapan budget rises with police expansion

By Dan Moffett

The full cost of Manalapan’s plan to dramatically expand its Police Department is reflected in a proposed total budget for 2019-20 that has grown about 37 percent over the last two years.

During a workshop on June 26, Town Manager Linda Stumpf told commissioners the proposed budget of $5.5 million is up $319,797 over last year, with most of the increase ($214,243) because of an upgrade to the police pension plan.

After a series of car thefts…

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Letter to the Editor: Hunger is a year-round problem

As Palm Beach County public schools break for the summer, it’s important to remember that not every student looks forward to days away from school. In fact, one in four children doesn’t know where they will get their next meal.

Palm Beach County is the 10th-largest school district in the country, and more than 60 percent of our students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.  For many, breakfast and lunch at school may be the only meals they eat. 

In 2018, Palm Beach County Food…

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Letter to the Editor: Warm handoff or cold bodies?

In April, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced $26 million in additional federal funding for Florida’s State Opioid Response Project. The project aims to reduce opioid deaths, prevent opioid abuse among youth, and increase recovery services and access to treatment.

That last part needs to be a top priority of the project. Recovery services and access to quality care — specifically, equitable access to care — needs to become a hallmark of every comprehensive opioid response program, so…

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Boynton Beach: First walls of City Center rise in Town Square project

A prefabricated four-story wall is lifted into place at the site of the old community center, across from the restored high school (far left) and Schoolhouse Children’s Museum. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

After 20 years of talking and planning, another…

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Boca Raton: Least terns make comeback on beach

ABOVE: A chick pleads with an adult for food. BELOW: A few minutes later, its wish was granted. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Rich…

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Ocean Ridge: Commissioners say town can cover budget shortfall

By Dan Moffett

Years of neglected infrastructure maintenance have left Ocean Ridge with a hole in its budget that town commissioners will have to reach deep to fill.

“I’m the bearer of bad news,” acting Town Manager Tracey Stevens told the commission during a May budget workshop. “Your capital expenditures are going way up this year due to the infrastructure needs.”

The good news for Ocean Ridge is that it has a healthy reserve fund and a growing tax base to…

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Ocean Ridge: Ocean Ridge hires consultant for septic-to-sewer conversion

By Dan Moffett

Ocean Ridge has taken the first small steps in what figures to be a very long journey to replace the town’s septic tanks with a municipal sewer system.

During their regular meeting on July 1, town commissioners unanimously approved hiring Raftelis Financial Consultants from the Orlando area to assess the costs and financing options for the conversion.

Raftelis, the only bidder for the assignment, has municipal clients across the country but…

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Gulf Stream: Town agrees dock rules apply to ‘promenade’ over canal

By Steve Plunkett

Town commissioners rejected an appeal by resident Martin O’Boyle to let him build a “promenade” 30 to 36 inches higher than his sea wall and extending 12 feet into the canal behind his yard, unanimously agreeing that the structure should comply with the building code for docks.

At the outset of a June 14 hearing by commissioners sitting as Gulf Stream’s Board of Adjustment, O’Boyle attorney Scott Weires challenged Town Manager Greg Dunham over…

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County Pocket: Townhouse project neighbors complain of flooding ­­— already

ABOVE: Project engineer Michael LaCoursiere uses renderings and photos as he explains Gulf Stream Views to Briny Breezes and Pocket residents. BELOW: Pocket resident Marie Chapman expresses frustration with flooding in her neighborhood. She said it wasn’t a problem until construction started. LaCoursiere said the area…

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Briny Breezes: Boynton Beach, Ocean Ridge compete to police Briny

By Dan Moffett

Two very familiar suitors have come forward and offered to provide police services to the town of Briny Breezes for the next three years.

One is Boynton Beach, the holder of Briny’s current police contract, which expires on Sept. 30. The other is Ocean Ridge, which policed the town for some 30 years before raising its price and losing the contract to Boynton Beach in 2016.

The proposal Briny’s next-door neighbor submitted to the Town Council…

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Briny Breezes: Flag Day honors for veterans

Briny Breezes park manager Donna Coates jokes with World War II veterans Ed Manley (left) and Peter Bialowas during a Flag Day event on June 14. When asked whether they would serve again if duty called, Bialowas was quick to answer that he would. Always the joker, Manley said that ‘considering the shot I took to the tush, I…

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Business Spotlight: Ground broken for new hotel in Pineapple Grove

Construction of the Ray, a 141-room hotel in Delray Beach, is expected to begin later this summer. Rendering provided

By Christine Davis

Delray Beach-based Menin Development landed a $72 million loan to finance construction of the Ray, a 141-room…

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Our new neighbors: Refugees from high-tax states

The numbers are in: Crime |…

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‘Slow, steady’ growth: Appraiser calls trend healthy, likely to continue

The numbers are in: Census |…

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‘Technology is deterrent’: Security devices help drive down burglaries

The numbers are in: Census |…

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