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July 2014 Blog Posts (122)

Boca Raton: Downtown parking options weighed

By Sallie James



    Motorists who park downtown may eventually have to feed a meter. But not yet.

    The city is mulling a variety of options to deal with a downtown parking crunch that has become problematic, due to a mix of construction workers using existing spaces and high numbers of vehicles during the seasonal influx of visitors.

    Exactly how to deal with the issue was the focus of a June 21 meeting of Boca Raton’s Community Redevelopment Agency.…

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Highland Beach tax rate may see slight decrease

By Rich Pollack

    

While Highland Beach residents are likely to see a slight reduction in their municipal tax rate on their property tax bill in the next few months, the amount of taxes they pay for municipal services could actually increase.

    A proposed budget presented to town commissioners last month recommends keeping the town’s operating tax rate at $3.95 per $1,000 of assessed property value for the third consecutive year.

    Thanks to a…

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'Skeeter eating and showy — What's not to like about dragonflies?

A female marl pennant, an unusual species that breeds in brackish ponds and often along the coast, perches in Ocean Ridge. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

See more photos of…

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Feast of the Sea Maestro del Mar Chef Challenge

Feast of the Sea’s third Maestro del Mar Chef Challenge took place July 24 at Salt 7 in Delray Beach. Chefs from four Delray Beach restaurants competed, presenting a signature dish that included mahi-mahi. The dishes were created in less than 60 minutes and judged on visual appeal, taste, creativity, execution and overall presentation.…

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Around Town: Soccer star has ‘day’ named for him in Boca

Soccer sensation Jozy Altidore (right ) poses with Boca High School student Michael Vanaki, and a signed American flag at Waterstone Resort & Marina.  Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Thom Smith

     Twenty minutes into the U.S. Team’s World Cup opener against Ghana,…

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Summer Arts: Grunge for all and ballet dreams heat up August arts scene

By Greg Stepanich

    This might be a good month to get your grunge on.

    The pestilential heat of an August in South Florida has to be tempered some way, and perhaps an evening of rough-edged rock from rain-soaked bands that made it big in the 1990s will do the trick.

    On Aug. 10, Seattle’s Soundgarden joins…

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Rotary Club Installation Lunch: The Delray Beach Club – June 24

The Rotary Club of Delray Beach gathered for official business to install its 2014-15 board of directors. ABOVE: (l-r) Anne Bright, Bill Arnst, Ernie Simon, Peter Beck, David Harden, Mike Campbell, Betsy Owen, Jimmy Weatherspoon, Candace Etzler, Alan Kornblau, Harvey Brown, Jess Sowards and Tom Coyne.

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Soroptimist Officers Installation Dinner: Waterstone Resort & Marina, Boca Raton – June 22

Members of Soroptimist International of Boca Raton and Deerfield Beach celebrated their organization’s 54th-annual dinner in special sunset style. Kathi Pease, past governor, installed the officers for the 2014-15 year as former President Kim Champion presented a gift to outgoing President Mariela Montgomery. Special guests included 11 past presidents, three new…

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Celebrations: Kiss the Pig Contest Pope John Paul II High School, Boca Raton – April 11

Students raised $3,000 to benefit the Brother Mutien-Marie School in Mbalmayo, Cameroon, West Africa, during a contest that saw a teacher kiss a pig. The teacher, Eufrasio Volpe, who heads the Italian Club, did the deed at a pep rally. The pig was on loan from a local farm. Proceeds will pay for annual tuition for 20 children in the…

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Pope John Paul II High School: Student planting project Oceanfront Park, Boynton Beach – June 4

‘Sea oats are our first line of defense in dune protection,’ Ocean Rescue Chief Tom Mahady says. So six students from Pope John Paul II High School joined Mahady in planting 250 sea oat seedlings. ABOVE: (l-r) Mahady with students Zachary Markle, Jonathan Gray, Christopher Cantazaro, Jonathan Pugh, Tim Morris and Dominic Polimini and marine…

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‘Sip, Snip and Savor’: ZPro Salon & Med Spa, Boca Raton – July 15

A special evening with special prizes benefited The HARID Conservatory, a professional training school for ballet dancers. Guests enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres, along with hair, make-up and skin consultations with aestheticians. ‘We are thrilled that our inaugural event was so well-received and supported by our clients and guests,’ salon owner Shimi Avni said.…

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Ocean Ridge’s got talent: 13-year-old’s version of ‘Call It Stormy Monday’ gets her to Judgment Week

Lily Forte performs with the School of Rock during its 2013 summer tour to the Northeast, which included a show at the Lincoln Memorial. Photo provided

Watch video of Lilly…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 29, 2014 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

The Plate: Chewing the fat (duck, of course) and some sublime chicken

The Plate: The Country Pulled Chicken Sandwich

The Place: M.E.A.T. (Meat Eatery and Taproom), 980 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 419-2600 or www.meateateryboca.com

The Price: $10

The Skinny: We at The Plate have a message for you, gentle…

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Tots & Teens: Black-belt techniques encourage back-to-school success

Shelley Gilken teaches an Action Karate class to young students in May. Photo provided

By Shelley Gilken

When people think of karate, they often conjure up images of punches, kicks or hand-to-hand combat.

    Those are all part of karate and self-defense, but…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 29, 2014 at 11:42am — No Comments

On the Water: Popular charity tournament marks 20th year

Mark Gerretson, who loved to fish, started the Holiday Toy Drive Fishing Tournament

in 1994 to benefit the Delray Beach Police Department’s annual drive.

After his death in 2005, friends named the fishing tournament for Gerretson.…

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Added by Chris Felker on July 29, 2014 at 11:13am — No Comments

Arts: Late Nights are for browsing, learning, creating

The Boca Raton Musuem of Art in Mizner Park.

By Lucy Lazarony

    

    Sip a complimentary glass of wine, take in the art, people watch, grab a sketchpad and create your own version of an inspiring museum piece.

    Welcome to Late Night Thursday at the Boca Raton…

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Added by Chris Felker on July 29, 2014 at 10:48am — No Comments

Paws Up for Pets: Summer’s heat can stress pets several ways

Summer sun and heat can turn the inside of a car or truck

deadly in just a few minutes, so don’t leave your pet inside your vehicle.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Arden Moore…

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Along the Coast: Author draws on family life for book topics

By Ron Hayes

 

    In her 2009 memoir, Minor League Mom, Pamela Carey shared the humor she found among the home runs and foul balls after her sons, Tim and Todd, joined a Boston Red Sox farm team back in the 1990s.

    Now she’s back with a humorous look at the other end of life’s game.

    In Elderly Parents With…

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Golf: Longer course, tournaments planned for Seagate

The 17th hole at Seagate Country Club at the Hamlet is considered one of the best holes

at the club, which is lengthening its course to nearly 7,100 yards.

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By Steve Pike…



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Home, Health, Harmony: A stroke of healing art

Guild creates art to soothe patients

of health center at Harbour’s Edge…

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