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Editorial: What a difference a year makes

Last November, my husband and I bucked the trend of Web-based news delivery and published the inaugural edition of The Coastal Star. We delivered 6,000 copies of our hyper-local, free-distribution newspaper to homes and businesses along the coast. Since then our circulation has grown to 7,500 and this November we are proud to publish a Coastal Star with 32 pages plus a 32-page Palm Beach ArtsPaper insert. Between the two publications, we are delighted to have advertising support… Continue

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A Coastal Star: Susan Mullin

Caption: Susan Mullin hosts a meeting of volunteers for this year’s trunk show benefiting the Boys and Girls Clubs. The event will be held Dec. 2-3 at the new Seagate Hotel in Delray Beach. Photo by Tim Stepien

A friend for Boys and Girls clubs

Susan Mullin of Gulf Stream is the kind of friend any head of a non-profit organization would love to have. She raises lots of money and doesn’t need any… Continue

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Along the Avenues: Wine, lobster and song in Delray

By Thom Smith

Dave Spitzer spent 40 years in the hospitality industry — working for Hilton hotels, owning a restaurant in Woodstock, Ill., and running Mike Ditka’s Da Coach restaurants in the Windy City. But about 10 years ago he moved to Delray, and the more time he spent, the less enthralled he became with corporate living. Four years ago he considered a move into a franchise, but what he really wanted was to be his own boss.

“The idea of becoming a small town… Continue

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Briny Breezes: Water rates come up for further discussion

By Margie Plunkett

Armed with history and a 1926 plat map, Briny Breezes Mayor Roger Bennett appealed to Boynton Beach to extend lower, resident water rates to the town that he said is “technically an extension of Boynton Beach.” Briny Breezes’ water charges rose 51 percent when Boynton Beach boosted water rates earlier this year, compared to the 25 percent increase in the residents’ rate, which Ocean Ridge pays, Bennett said during his presentation to Boynton Beach commissioners. The… Continue

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Boynton discussing where, or if, new City Hall could be built

By Thomas R. Collins

The City Hall and police station in Boynton Beach might be about to move farther away from the coast, leaving the traditional downtown area.

Three developers’ proposals call for moving city operations west of I-95 near Congress Avenue. Only one would keep it in the downtown area near Ocean Avenue and Federal Highway.

Where to put the City Hall and police station — and it’s possible that only a new police… Continue

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Delray Beach: Residents’ input sought for beach-area planning

By Margie Plunkett

A residents group and Delray Beach government are collecting community thoughts early in November on a master plan for the beach area, to guide its design in the future.

The Nov. 7 charrette is for all city residents. “We hope to get something on paper that is a vision of what the whole community would like to see, not just the beach-area people,” said Andy Katz, a member of the board of trustees of the Beach Property Owners Association. “The beach is a very public… Continue

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Couple’s lawsuit claims retaliation against family

By Tim O’Meilia

Backwash from the convictions of two Delray Beach priests continues to roil waters at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church as a couple sued parish officials Oct. 13, claiming their two children were expelled from the parish school in retaliation for their questioning of school finances.

Longtime parishioners Paul and Michele Maresca of Boynton Beach said their children, Michael, 11, and Danielle, 7, were expelled on the… Continue

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Talented teen ‘only wants to be with the music’

To hear performances by Anthony Arcaini, please visit:

By Emily J. Minor

His mother knows when he’s up to something.

He’s up later, perhaps past 11 or so on a school night, and he’s distracted at the dinner table — if he appears at all.

He abandons the computer… Continue

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Gulf Stream: Town voices opposition to Intracoastal master plan

By Margie Plunkett

Gulf Stream is following the town of Palm Beach’s lead in opposing certain actions of the Intracoastal Waterway master plan, both deeming some items in the plan “a wasteful and unnecessary expansion of government.”

“I think this is something we want to be proactive on,” said Gulf Stream Mayor William F. Koch Jr. during the October commission meeting. Commissioners agreed to authorize a letter from Koch to the county opposing parts of the plan.

The master… Continue

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Fans say plan to close Lantana P.O. is just (coco)nuts

By Mary Thurwachter

Close the Lantana Post Office? Now that’s just nuts — or coconuts, in this case.

So say town leaders and about 150 fans from Lantana and surrounding communities who convened for a rally in the parking lot between the post office and the library last month.

To deliver the punch, fans of the Ocean Avenue post office sent more than 500 coconuts to Postmaster General John E. Potter in Washington, D.C. Coconuts harvested by city workers and others were given away… Continue

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Palm Beaches Marathon adds Lantana to course

The Dec. 6 Palm Beaches Marathon takes runners through Lantana for the first time.

At mile 9 of the 26.2-mile race, which starts and ends in West Palm Beach, runners enter Lantana on North Lakeside Drive, continue south to East Ocean Avenue, and cross the Intracoastal to the beach. There, at mile 11, marathoners turn and head back through Lantana on Federal Highway.

The Old Key Lime House and the Friends of the Nature Preserve will host “wacky water stations,” according to Ilona… Continue

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Delray Beach: Proposed water rates would serve a dose of reality

By Margie Plunkett

Bigger water users in Delray Beach will pay more after commissioners signed off on a rate restructuring designed to encourage conservation.

Commissioners adopted an ordinance to adjust residential, nonresidential and irrigation rates at their Oct. 20 meeting. Under the rate changes, 75 percent of users will pay less for water, Richard E. Hasko, director of environmental services, said. Anyone who uses less than 32,000 gallons a month will see a reduction, he… Continue

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Green markets offer fresh-picked fare

Real tomato-tasting tomatoes, fresh greens, fresh flowers — you can’t beat the offerings at local green markets sprouting this month. Most are at new locations. Here’s a list of those handy for the Coastal Star readership:

Delray Beach Green Market

• In the street on Southeast Fourth Avenue, just south of East Atlantic Avenue

• Opens Oct. 31, and continues Saturday through spring, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• A number of activities held here throughout the year —… Continue

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Thanksgiving: Falling in love with Florida

Caption: Fall is brought to the South Florida Thanksgiving table by using tropical colors and textures. Arrangement provided by From Roehm With Love. Table, setting and location provided by Village Square Home Interiors. Photo by Tim Stepien.

Backyard and beach provide tables with fall look in subtropics

By Jan Norris

Fall leaves, acorns and pumpkins all scream fall — but beautiful as they are, they’re… Continue

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South Palm Beach approves fire-rescue service change

The town council revised its 10-year contract for fire-rescue service Oct. 27 to allow Palm Beach County to bill property owners directly beginning in 2010.
The change will remove the $1.1 million fire-rescue cost from the town’s budget Instead, homeowners will be billed separately on their annual property tax bill. The fire-rescue tax rate of $3.50 per $1,000 of taxable property value will not change.
— Tim O’Meilia

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South Palm Beach: Hotel plan meets with surprise rejection

By Tim O’Meilia

For the second time in two years, the South Palm Beach Town Council rejected a plan to replace the two-story Palm Beach Oceanfront Inn — the town’s only business — with a luxury 10-story hotel.

The 3-2 vote on Oct. 21 surprised most of the nearly 200 residents packed into the council chambers and a nearby lobby, since most speakers favored the plans for the hotel and the council had previously backed the proposed change in the town’s comprehensive plan by the… Continue

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ENGAGEMENT: Alexandra Brown and Michael Bell

Alexandra Brown, a daughter of Lucy and Terry Brown of Ocean Ridge, is engaged to Michael Bell of California. The couple met while working on a coastal marine fishery conversation project in Moro Bay, Calif.

Brown attended local area public schools, including Citrus Cove Elementary and Congress Middle School, graduating from the Atlantic High School International Baccalaureate program with high honors. She attended the University of Miami on a… Continue

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Oyster reef project planned for next month

By Margie Plunkett

Volunteers will gather along the Lantana Nature Preserve shore on Hypoluxo Island in December with nets in hand not to fish, but to build an oyster reef.

Intended to attract juvenile fish and to provide other environmental benefits, it will be the first restoration project of its kind for Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resource Management.

Lantana, ERM and the West Palm Beach Fishing Club will build the oyster reef on a tentatively… Continue

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Ocean Ridge: Personnel changes afoot at Police Department

By Margie Plunkett

The Ocean Ridge Police Department is two officers stronger, and back to full staff, but more changes are in store come spring with the planned retirement of Chief Edward Hillery.

Hillery is expected to retire as of April 1, Town Manager Ken Schenck said, adding that the chief hasn’t yet officially submitted his intent. Schenck plans to recommend Lt. Chris Yannuzzi as Hillery’s successor, whose appointment is subject to approval by town… Continue

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Library stays, but so does county tax

By Margie Plunkett

The Palm Beach County Library System closed the book on Ocean Ridge’s request to opt out of the library taxing district because it has its own community library.

Ocean Ridge’s pitch was the first of its kind, according to Library Director John J. Callahan III, who turned the town down in a July letter that said the volunteer library with donated books doesn’t have a separate town allocation and its services don’t meet Florida Public Library Standards. “It came… Continue

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