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Along the Coast: Cities, towns band together to adapt to climate change

By Mary Hladky

Seven municipalities and Palm Beach County have joined forces to determine how they are threatened by climate change and to devise ways to protect residents from its effects.

Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Highland Beach, Lake Worth Beach, Lantana, Ocean Ridge and the county have approved an agreement to conduct a climate change vulnerability assessment. The County Commission was the last to sign on, voting Dec. 17.

Once the…

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Lantana: Lantana’s new librarian is homegrown and never left town

One of Kristine Kreidler’s goals is to make the library more appealing to young readers. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes



For nearly 23 years, Sid Patchett devoted himself to seeing the Lantana Public Library shine in quality where it couldn’t compete in…

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Briny Breezes: Briny wants to hire former Gulf Stream town manager

By Dan Moffett

The Briny Breezes Town Council spent the holidays examining the résumés of candidates for the open part-time positions of manager and deputy clerk.

During a special meeting on Dec. 19, the council interviewed three candidates for manager and decided one of them was right for the town’s opening.

He was a…

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Obituary: Thomas M. Roland

By Sallie James

OCEAN RIDGE — Faith, family and friends are the values that defined the life of Ocean Ridge resident Thomas M. Roland, a proud World War II veteran, husband and father who also served his country with stints in the U.S. Border Patrol and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. He died on Dec. 15 after a brief illness at age 92.…

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Delray Beach: Board OKs rooftop amenities despite neighbors’ objections

At issue is the proposed structure atop the three-story duplex. Rendering provided

By Jane Smith



Some barrier island residents are hoping the Delray Beach City Commission will tighten the rules to allow only mechanical devices on the roofs of single-family homes and…

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Delray Beach: Seven candidates to pursue two commission seats in March election

By Jane Smith

Seven candidates are vying for two City Commission seats in Delray Beach.

The incumbents for each seat met the city’s qualifying deadline of noon Dec. 19, along with their challengers.

Bill Bathurst, who last time ran unopposed to fill the remaining two years of Jim Chard’s seat, now has three challengers. They are Juli Casale, a community activist; Jennifer Jones, a self-employed businesswoman; and Debra Tendrich, a nonprofit founder.…

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Lantana: Political newcomers challenging incumbents in March election

By Mary Thurwachter

Council members up for re-election in Lantana on March 17 will face opposition from two political newcomers and longtime residents.

Mark Allen Zeitler, 63, an air-conditioning contractor, will challenge Edward Shropshire, 67, for the Group 3 seat that Shropshire won by a 2-vote margin in 2017. Shropshire is semi-retired from Cemex (formerly Rinker Materials) but continues as a driver trainer and safety coordinator.

Karen Lythgoe, 60, is…

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Lantana: Judge recommends dismissal of ethics complaint against Mayor Stewart

By Mary Thurwachter



A judge has recommended that the Florida Commission on Ethics dismiss allegations of sexual harassment against Lantana Mayor David Stewart.

Administrative Law Judge Cathy M. Sellers, in her official Recommended Order to the Commission on Ethics filed on Dec. 16, wrote that Stewart did not violate ethics law.

Sellers presided over a full evidentiary hearing on the case in West Palm Beach on Sept. 24.…

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Boca Raton: Children’s Museum expects city takeover to be boost

By Sallie James

The beloved Boca Raton Children’s Museum temporarily closed its doors on Dec. 19 to make way for changes that will take place under a new boss: the city’s Recreation Services Department.

Boca Raton is taking over the popular, but cash-strapped, kids’ destination in hopes of keeping the facility open for a long, long time. A reopening date had not been scheduled.

Florence Fuller Child Development Centers handed over the keys last month after…

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County Pocket/Briny Breezes: Christmas carols

Carolers from the County Pocket delight their neighbors on Dec. 22 with song before Christmas. Caroling has been a tradition in the neighborhood off and on for the past 20 years. ABOVE: In the front row (l-r) are Lincoln Paul-Haus, Holly Harris, Jillian Chapman, Finn Chapman and Paris Paul-Haus. In the back row…

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Lantana: Monuments to honor veterans planned for Bicentennial Park

The six armed forces monuments will go in front of the Bicentennial Park marker. Rendering provided

By Mary Thurwachter

Monuments recognizing the U.S. armed forces are in the works at Lantana’s Bicentennial Park on East Ocean Avenue. Individual markers about 20 inches high…

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Business Spotlight: Nada’s Italy brings travel, culture to Pineapple Grove

Antonio Falvella teaches an Italian language survival class for travelers at Nada’s Italy. From left are Alan Levy, Joanne Weingarden, and Jeff and Kim Jolicoeur. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Lucy Lazarony

Not everyone has the time or money to fly to Italy.…

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Tabloid Tattle: Former National Enquirer staffers tell all in ‘Scandalous’

Generoso Pope Jr., the paper’s founder, holds a copy of a 1977 issue showing Elvis Presley in his casket. It’s an image from the film Scandalous: the Untold Story of the National Enquirer.

By Mary Thurwachter…

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Hope Bash Boca: Boca West Country Club, Boca Raton — Nov. 2

The seventh annual Place of Hope event recognized Kelly Fleming and NCCI Holdings as Jay DiPietro Hero of Hope honorees and benefited programs at the charity’s Leighan and David Rinker Campus. ‘Under the Palms’ was the theme, and live and silent auctions, music and dancing were featured. ABOVE: Jeannine and Leland Morris.…

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Pride & Prosecco: Delray Beach Public Library — Nov. 7

With literary-themed cocktails such as Gin Eye, Huckleberry Sin and The Postman Always Brings Ice, the sipping, snacking and shopping event raised more than $10,000 for library programs. More than 200 attended and enjoyed light bites from local restaurants and merchandise from local vendors.

ABOVE: (l-r) Nancy…

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White Truffle Dinner: Café Sapori, West Palm Beach — Dec. 2

The Kravis Center event celebrating the upcoming Palm Beach Wine Auction, set for Jan. 20, included four courses of fine Italian cuisine paired with select wines, all underwritten by Ed and Jen Dudnyk. ‘We’re here because of the more than 80,000 children the Kravis Center reaches with its arts-education programs every year,’…

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Light up the Holidays celebration: Town Hall, Highland Beach — Dec .5

A 28-foot Christmas tree and a 15-foot menorah were lighted as the crowd sang along with Boynton Beach High School’s acclaimed Dimensional Harmony choral group during the annual holiday celebration. The Boca Raton High School ROTC presented the colors of the flag prior to the ‘National Anthem.’ State Rep. Mike Caruso led a…

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Welcome Back: Benvenuto, Boynton Beach — Nov. 17

Il Circolo, The Italian Cultural Society, greeted guests and members at a lively luncheon enhanced by camaraderie, music and take-home gifts. It marked the start of the 2019-20 season. A highlight of the event was the attendance of five Florida Atlantic University students whose summer study program in Venice was supported by…

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Community Inclusion Awards: Boca West Country Club, Boca Raton — Nov. 22

The Unicorn Children’s Foundation annual event coincided with the organization’s 25th anniversary and official rebrand launch. Unsung heroes were recognized for their efforts at building a better and more inclusive community for people with special needs. Nearly 100 nominations were received in 14 categories spotlighting…

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Annual Friends Members’ Dessert Reception: Kravis Center, West Palm Beach — Nov. 6

Nearly 700 Kravis Center supporters celebrated the reopening of the performing arts center with a champagne toast and sweet treats. Taking place prior to the evening’s performance of ‘The Simon & Garfunkel Story,’ the event featured a wide array of desserts and drinks. ‘We have come a long way to improve and…

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