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Practice patience and be happy, author says

Pollay

By Mary Jane Fine



David Pollay has told this story a quintillion times by now: He was in New York, his hometown, cabbing it to Grand Central Station. A black car zipped out of its parking place, cutting off the taxi, whose driver jammed on the brakes, avoiding a rear-ender by an inch. The guy behind the wheel of the black car, the bum, had the gall to curse the cabbie. So what’d the cabbie… Continue

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Interfaith21: Sharing and caring are best messages of season

Delray Beach Interfaith Clergy Association president the Rev. Kathleen Gannon of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (right) , with Maya Malay. Photo by C.B. Hanif



Once again (and be thankful you can’t hear me sing it), “It’s that most wonderful time of the year.”

At Jewish temples around South Florida —… Continue

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'Air Force Cowboy' story spurred by wartime memories

Ocean Ridge author Bill Finley and his novel, Air Force Cowboy. Photo provided



By Mary Jane Fine

Oh, does Bill Finley have stories to tell! About his growing-up years in a Chicago tenement. About his Uncle Jack, who taught him at 16 to fly a Piper Cub. About meeting Anita, his wife of 36 years now,… Continue

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Paws Up for Pets: Expert coaches dog owners to coach their dogs

By Arden Moore

One aspect about dogs that I enjoy is that they don’t care if you make minimum wage or your name is Oprah. They could not care less if you drive a 10-year-old sedan or a brand new BMW. They never would text their canine pals to diss about your lack of fashion sense — even if they did possess opposable thumbs.

When it comes right down to it, dogs love us purely and completely.

So, why are we turning far too many of them… Continue

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Cookies as gifts? Just wrap 'em up!



A basket full of cookies is great for a host; line it with decorative tissue or a pretty dishtowel as a bonus.

By Jan Norris



A whole lot of baking is going… Continue

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South Palm Beach: Millar to face hearing on ethics complaint

Correction: In the following sentence the proposed height of the building is incorrect. The current proposed height is 10-stories. Our apologies for the error.



Millar said in January he filed complaints against Planning Board members Michael Nevard, Dee Robinson and Pat Festino, accusing them of bias against a proposal to build a

19-story condominium hotel…
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Manalapan: New manager is shown the door in swift reorganization

By Steve Plunkett



In the end, the firing was much quicker than the hiring.



Manalapan commissioners spent less than 70 minutes collapsing the duties of finance director into Town Manager Tom Heck’s job, dismissing him and offering Finance

Director Linda Stumpf the reorganized…

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‘Her friend, Jack Kennedy’: Letter’s publication stirs dream-like memories

By Ron Hayes

In the weeks and months after Nov. 22, 1963, Mrs. John F. Kennedy received more than a million letters.



Expressions of shock at her husband’s assassination and sympathy for his family arrived at the White House from world leaders and religious figures,…

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Her heart went ‘boom’ when he crossed that room





By Ron Hayes

On Feb. 7, 1964 — only ten weeks after the assassination of JFK — a shaggy pop group called The Beatles landed at the recently renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, and that new generation of…

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Along the Avenues: Evert lobs challenges by focusing on family — South Palm Beach through Delray Beach





Racquet back, eye on the ball …

Pop! And another shot strikes the clay inches inside the baseline. “That’s it, that’s it!,” the encouraging words follow as a young girl, barely in her teens, struggles with the fusillade that tests her forehand and backhand. Poor child, she’s definitely in over her head, so young she probably doesn’t appreciate that she’s being challenged by one of the greatest women ever to play tennis.

Maybe,… Continue

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Coasting Along: Old school still applies in this family business



By Tim Norris



The secret to the Meating Place, the heart of it, waits somewhere unexpected, past the vintage refrigerated display cases and their parade of steaks and chops and ribs and roasts.

Most customers don’t get that far. The meat, in red and pink and pale white array, captures them.

The meat also captures the staff, who put their backs and backbones to it, every day.

Mike Baitz, for instance, came in just around… Continue

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Editorial: What am I grateful for? Just turn a page

November.

It’s a time of reflection.

It’s a time to look back at the year so far and to think about what remains.

And it’s a time for gratitude.

I turn to this newspaper sometimes, when I need to get my priorities straight — to look back on just how much for which there is to be grateful.

I am grateful to the citizens who regularly attend the city council and town commission meetings and remind our officials that what they do affects each of us.

I am grateful to our… Continue

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Coastal Star of the Month: Bring your jammies to his party



By Scott Simmons



Dan Bellante has a history of being inspirational.

Years ago, he inspired young people to create art. He ran a studio in Fort Lauderdale and he taught at Broward Community College.

But now, the Highland Beach resident inspires others to help others.

Bellante hosts Pajama Parties at his home in Jamaica Manor.

No, his guests don’t wear jammies, but they bring them, sometimes by the dozens.

Working… Continue

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Boca Raton: Lynn donates $10 million to Boca hospital



Staff Reports



Boca Raton Regional Hospital founder Gloria Drummond turned 80 this summer, but the hospital received the biggest present at her birthday party on

Sept. 30.

At the party, Christine Lynn announced a $10 million gift in Drummond’s honor to name the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute.

Lynn joked during her speech about having another building named after herself, but said in a statement, “I… Continue

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Boca Museum’s long-time director to retire





Staff Reports



The big man of the Boca Raton Museum of Art plans to retire next year.

George Bolge, who has been executive director of the museum since 1995, and led the museum through the construction of a new building a decade ago, will leave his post at the end of June.

Paul W. Carman, president of the museum’s board of trustees, said in a statement that he will form a committee to begin the search process for Bolge’s… Continue

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Highland Beach: Wetlands restoration in first phase of park plan

Landscaping and a 6-foot concrete buffer wall are going in at the planned Cam D. Milani Park on State Road A1A at the south end of town.

Also included in Phase 1 of the project is restoration of wetlands at the site, now a turn-around for police cars on patrol.

Anzco Inc., based west of Boca Raton, submitted the winning low bid of $157,669. The next-lowest bid was $183,300. Palm Beach County, which owns the site, expects the project to be finished by early February.

The concrete… Continue

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Boca Raton: Party leaves parents facing charges

By Steve Plunkett



An after-homecoming party along the Intracoastal Waterway left the parents of a Boca Raton High School student in legal hot water.

Paul, 51, and Ingrid Paolino, 45, of the 2800 block of Spanish River Road, are charged with hosting an “open house party’’ where minors drank alcohol, a violation of Florida law. The misdemeanor carries a penalty of up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

“What am I supposed to do? If they don’t drink here they’ll drink somewhere… Continue

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Boca Raton: Palmetto Park goes pedestrian Work is welcome, but some question timing





By Angie Francalancia



Barricades block off the two outside lanes of Palmetto Park Road. Confused drivers struggle to navigate through to parking lots. Merchants fear they’ll keep on driving.

It’s the price for progress, said Giuliano Lorenzani, owner of Boca Raton Travel & Cruises. But at what cost?

Construction on the three phases of Boca Raton’s Pedestrian Promenade began in September after years of planning and… Continue

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Boca Raton: Ocean Strand land-use change weighed

By Steve Plunkett



The city wants to know what plans the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District has for developing Ocean Strand.

City Council member Anthony Majhess proposed sending an official letter after Ocean Strand neighbors again urged the council to change the land-use classification of the coastal parcel while amending other parts of Boca Raton’s comprehensive plan.

Majhess said Ocean Strand’s current residential medium (RM) label would allow up to 9.5 multifamily or… Continue

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Boca Raton: Red-light cameras coming to 5 intersections

By Margie Plunkett



Smile for the cameras when you drive through five busy intersections in Boca Raton that are targeted for installation of red light cameras. You might not be happy later: Get caught running a red light and you can count on getting a $158 ticket in the mail.

The cameras take multiple photos of vehicles going through the detection zone: as a vehicle approaches the red light, in the intersection and then of the license plate.

“There’s no confusion about who is… Continue

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