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Filing open for March 9 municipal elections

By Margie Plunkett

Municipal elections are scheduled for Tuesday, March 9, and candidates for open seats face deadlines in the second week of February.

Election dates at seven municipalities in The Coastal Star’s coverage area run in synch with Palm Beach County Supervisor of Election’s uniform election date this year, the second Tuesday of March. All but one town has seats up for election, although all contenders won’t be known until the end of the candidate qualifying… Continue

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SOUTH PALM BEACH: Petition drive falters with clerk’s ruling

By Tim O’Meilia

A petition drive to banish a high-rise hotel permanently from the South Palm Beach landscape was rejected by town officials Jan. 26.

More than 20 percent of the town’s 1,300 registered voters signed petitions to put three charter questions on the March 9 ballot. But Town Clerk Janet Whipple ruled that the paperwork did not meet town charter or state law requirements. If approved by voters, new buildings would have been limited to a 60-foot height, voters would have… Continue

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Art and antiques events will whet a collector's appetites for finery.

It’s high season for antiques in South Florida. In the next month alone, there will be four major art and antiques shows in Palm Beach County, two of them noteworthy for the caliber of their wares. In addition to those, there also is a specialty glass and dinnerware show in Pompano Beach, and an estate sale that’s guaranteed to be loads of fun. And, if that’s not enough, you even can party among the finery in West Palm Beach.


— Scott Simmons

West Palm Beach… Continue

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Manalapan: Sand plant work goes on; new town manager sought

By Margie Plunkett

The sand transfer plant at South Lake Worth Inlet is up and running, but the new silence of its electric motor may be offset by the pounding of pilings through March, according to Manalapan Mayor Tom Gerrard.

“The plant was dead quiet from the outside,” said the mayor. The quiet motor pumps more efficiently than the old, smoky engine — and the mayor said during the town’s January commission…


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Recipes for Romance

Photo model from 32 East in Delray Beach — Photo by Tim Stepien

By Jan Norris

Perhaps the romantics are right — the past is more dreamy than today. It was a time when linens and china dressed the tables, and more formal wear dressed the diners — who had real conversations and lingered at the table. Meals were served by a staff trained to know the proper silver to lay out, and which wine to uncork. For a little romance on… Continue

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Before Flagler, there was Woodward — and her paintings

Reproductions of Laura Woodward’s work can be seen at the Boynton Beach City Library, 208 S. Seacrest Blvd., through April. A similar exhibit at the Delray Beach Historical Society, 3 NE First St., runs through May.

By Ron Hayes

In the 1890s, that golden Gilded Ager, Henry M. Flagler, enticed his fellow multimillionaires to discover the subtropical splendor of Palm Beach.

But who enticed Flagler?

In the… Continue

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Meet Your Neighbor: Sheree Ladove Funsch

I just followed my heart and let it take me on this amazing journey.

Sheree Ladove Funsch wears many hats. She’s the CEO of her company, La Dove, Inc., which is about ready to introduce a new high-end haircare product line. She’s a busy mother with two daughters, Samantha, 14, and Ashley, 8, and three step children, Dane, 21, Connor, 18, and Maclaine, 13. And because her business is here in Florida, and husband Daniel’s business is… Continue

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Local Voices: Mom and me

By Thomas R. Collins

A month ago I watched an adult film with my mother. Let me explain.

My mom has advanced dementia and lives in a nursing home. Her roommate has satellite TV, with the TV big enough to share, but she’s not so good at working the remote.

The roommate was surfing the channel guide, ended up in the adult pay-per-view section, and before I knew it, the “Confirm” button was highlighted on the screen. I got up… Continue

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Delray Beach designers create dramatic spaces on a smaller scale

By Christine Davis

The 2010 Red Cross Designers’ Show House takes up residence at CityPlace South Tower in West Palm Beach through Feb. 20. This year, 18 designers transformed four units on the 19th-floor middle-penthouse level of the 20-story luxury tower.

Two designers are from Delray Beach. One of the four units, a 1,968-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath unit with a den houses Excentricities South’s boutique, organized by Frank Maguire, and Virginia Courtenay decorated the… Continue

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Cold forces end to inshore gamefish harvest

By Mike Readling

The unprecedented cold temperatures that sent shivers up the spines of South Floridians in early January did a lot more than provide intriguing video of chilled iguanas falling out of trees.

Waters from the Keys north absorbed the more than a week of blistering north winds and temperatures dropped to levels not seen in recent memory. The result was a fish kill that choked up waterways with bloated fish carcasses across the state.

In South Florida the major… Continue

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Obituary – Howard A. Kloss: Ocean Ridge

By Mary Katherine Stump

OCEAN RIDGE — Howard A. Kloss passed away on Dec. 29. He was 85 years old.

Mr. Kloss was born and raised in Chicago, and worked as a stationary engineer for the Chicago School Board until his retirement to Florida in 1990. He also invested in real estate during his time in Chicago. He served in the Merchant Marines during WWII and spent much of his time in Florida gardening. He was preceded in death by his wife of over 40 years, Alice Kloss, who passed… Continue

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Obituary - Lenore G. Rubinstein: South Palm Beach

By Tim O’Meilia

SOUTH PALM BEACH — When the men went off to World War II, Lenore Rubinstein went to the ballpark. A reporter for Newsweek, her editors made her a sportswriter during the war.

But the male sportswriters refused to allow her in the press box, times being what they were. So she bought tickets and covered the games from the stands. She kept track of her own game statistics, since the official numbers were handed out… Continue

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Obituary —Elena Forrester: Gulf Stream

By Emily J. Minor

GULF STREAM — Elena M. Forrester, a native of San Francisco and a world traveler who moved to Gulf Stream in 1972 and told her family she’d never leave, died in her sleep at her beloved home on Jan. 11. She was 99.

Mrs. Forrester’s son, Alex Lilley, said they thought perhaps his mother would make it to her 100th birthday in May. “She’d never really been sick,” he said. But over the summer, she suffered a bad… Continue

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OBITUARY — Nora Priest: County Pocket

By Ron Hayes

COUNTY POCKET — When she wasn’t strolling the beach, chatting with friends and strangers alike, Nora Priest was contacting politicians with letters and phone calls in support of liberal causes.

In Boston, where she spent summers, Mrs. Priest fought for civil rights during the school integration crisis of the 1970s. In Palm Beach County, she agitated to keep bus service along State Road A1A.

“She was the hippie… Continue

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Obituary — Godfrey A. Rockefeller: Delray Beach

By Ron Hayes

DELRAY BEACH — He had a name that inspires awe, and accomplishments to match, but Godfrey Rockefeller wore both lightly.

“He was very much a gentlemen, with a wonderful reaching out to people from all stations of life,” says his daughter-in-law, Regina Rockefeller. “He treated everyone the same, whether the person parking a car or the president. He was respectful of everyone in life.”

The executive director of the… Continue

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Interfaith21: Pay it forward: message from Delray Prayer Breakfast

By C.B. Hanif

It is a basic principle of people of faith that our Maker will judge all. So to suggest which was best among the prayers at a prayer program would be a fool’s errand. Better to report what touched this beneficiary of all the goodwill articulated during Delray Beach’s ninth annual Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast.

Mayor Woodie McDuffie, in his introduction, showed again why his is a two-time All America City, with his… Continue

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Trunk show to help Wayside House continue rebuilding lives

Teresa Bayer, who went through the Wayside House in-house treatment program, gives back a lot of time and energy to the center. She loves the monthly alumni meetings, when women stand to tell their emotional stories of recovery and sobriety. Bayer has been sober since September 2007. Photo by Jerry Lower

By Emily J. Minor

There’s a saying among the women who’ve been to Wayside House: God lives in these… Continue

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2009: A year of rejuvenation along the coast

By Mary Thurwachter

Despite a sluggish economy, 2009 brought some upscale and needed improvements to the barrier islands. From new seaside hotels, clubs, restaurants and pampering spas, to new roofs on town halls and an end to the roadwork on A1A, the past year came with plenty of welcome change:

The Delray Beach Club completed a $5 million renovation … and won a Site Plan Review and Appearance Board award from the city for new… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 1, 2010 at 1:27pm — No Comments

South Palm Beach: Imperial House looks ahead to shaky future

By Tim O’Meilia

Just over the dune at the Imperial House is a bungalow where industrialist, movie maker and aviator Howard Hughes once lived, or so the story goes.

Long-time residents of the six-story co-operative have heard the tales and spin the yarns themselves. “We’d hear stories of how Howard Hughes would bring movie stars in here and sneak them out,” said Phyllis Williams, whose family has owned an apartment for more than 30… Continue

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Home, sweet dome: Manalapan's hidden house of the future

By Ron Hayes

To Gyora Novak, there’s no place like dome.

In January 1968, the self-described “artist, designer, innovator, poet, writer, humanist” erected three geodesic domes at 1860 S. Ocean Blvd. in Manalapan, and lived in them for the next 10 years.

At the time, the county property appraiser valued Novak’s dome homes at $60,000.

Now they’re for sale again.

Asking price, $10.5 million.…


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