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Boca Raton: Historic bungalow may face bulldozer

By Mary Thurwachter



Quiet, for a moment, please. Listen carefully and you can hear an SOS coming from the Boca Raton Historical Society. The wrecking ball looms and it’s threatening to take away a slice of the city’s history.

In this case, it’s the Luff House, a unique Boca Raton example of the Florida coral rock-bungalow style. The two-story home at 390 Palmetto Park Road was…

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Highland Beach: Plan calls for town to establish taxing unit for beach cleanup

By Steve Plunkett



HIGHLAND BEACH — Ocean-front property owners would pay roughly three-fourths the cost of keeping beaches clean under a proposal being groomed by the town’s Beaches and Shores Advisory Board.

The plan calls for Highland Beach to establish a municipal special taxing unit, or MSTU, to clean the beaches three times a week, maintain the dunes, empty trash cans and remove waste. The taxing unit would need voter approval.

“All beach-goers will find their beach… Continue

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Delray Beach Carousel



Ron Foresta Sr. of Ocean Ridge and his grandson Nate wave while riding the carousel at Old School Square in Delray Beach. A 100-foot-tall Christmas tree and skating add to holiday activities that are expected to draw nearly 250,000 visitors to downtown before New Year’s. Photo by Jerry…

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts to to enchant and inspire

It’s not the snow, it’s not the frost.

And it’s not even the holly.

It’s the spirit that makes the holidays merry in Florida.

We have surf and sand and palm trees galore.

And tropically themed gifts for the ones you adore.

Savor and shop, and avoid all the malls.

And keep local merchants in mind when decking your halls.



— Scott Simmons



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Surf's up!

November brought cool breezes to area beaches, where hundreds of people enjoyed the surf last month. Above, a personal water craft tows a surfer along the shore just south of the Boynton Inlet. Photos by Jerry Lower

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St. Joe's flag football

St. Joseph’s Episcopal School hosted its first-ever faculty versus flag football team fund-raising event on Nov. 12. The teams played a 30-minute flag football game in front of parents, friends and other school supporters. Head of School Tami Pleasanton coached the flag football team, while Coach Eric Keiper coached the winning faculty team. …



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Miami Dolphins Cycling Challenge

Ocean Ridge Police Chief Chris Yannuzzi and Officer “Doc” Darville ride through the County Pocket at mile 81 of the Nov. 20 Miami Dolphins Cycling Challenge. The two-day bicycling event traveled between Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens and CityPlace in West Palm Beach. Darville and Yannuzi raised more than $4,000 for the Miami Dolphins Foundation in support of cancer research. …

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Meet Your Neighbor: Mary Mills



Mary Mills has a passion for golf.

She has played since the age of 11, when her father signed her up for lessons, back in the day when folks from the Midwest would head south to her home state of Mississippi to spend a few weeks on the links.

“I could ride my bike to the course,” Mills says of growing up near Gulfport and Biloxi. “I was always the jock.”

At the age of 12, she won a putt-putt golf championship and won an opportunity… Continue

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Turkey Trot 5K Run and Health Walk

Turkey Trot 5K Run and Health Walk to benefit the Keith Straghn Feed the Hungry Thanksgiving Drive for needy families in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Boca Raton was held along A1A in Delray Beach. The Nov. 20 race hosted by Delray Beach Parks & Recreation raised $2,000 which was presented at the Thanksgiving Dinner at Pompey Park on Thanksgiving Day.

Two runners: Gus Plamann, 15 and Scott Heckman, 47 finished 17 & 18 overall with times… Continue

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Benefit for cancer-stricken dive boat captain

Inga Zechner gives a hug to Capt. John Allen during a fund-raiser held at Hurricane Alley in Boynton Beach on Nov. 13. Allen is owner of Loggerhead Dive Charters and a longtime staple at the Boynton Marina. He has been diagnosed with melanoma and leukemia. More than 300 people attended and more than $13,000 was raised to help defray his medical bills. Zechner’s son learned to dive with Allen. Photo by Jerry… Continue

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Thanksgiving Cornucopia Project

Students from St. Mark Catholic School joined other volunteers in helping to assemble Thanksgiving gift boxes at the Community Caring Center in Boynton Beach on Nov. 17. 200 boxes including a traditional holiday meal were distributed to needy families in the local community. The CCC’s food pantry sustains food security needs for nearly 3,000 households annually and is in need of 4,000 pounds of food each month. …

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GSS Students on Beach

Gulf Stream School teachers Doris Sousa and Marie Boslow recently took the second-graders to the beach, where students were asked to locate items and describe them using nouns and adjectives for a writing assignment. ‘Having access to the beach really adds to our educational environment and made learning grammar that day more fun and memorable for our students,’ Sousa said. Photo… Continue

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Elves’ training available for the cheerily inclined

Elves practice singing Christmas songs during ‘elf training’

at Boca Raton Community Center on a recent evening.

Claire Riccardi (left), Roberta Eberling, Loretta Lombardo and Fran Moran.

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Obituary —Dona Culhane: Boca Raton

By Ron Hayes



BOCA RATON — A former model, accomplished bridge player and 30-year resident of Boca Raton, Dona Culhane, died Nov. 18 after a lengthy illness.

She was 82 and lived at the Stratford Arms.

Mrs. Culhane was born Oct. 1, 1928, in Hudson, N.Y.

After graduating from the Barnard School For Girls, a preparatory school in Manhattan, she worked briefly as a fashion model for the Barbizon School, until her marriage to William Culhane on March…

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Gulf Stream: Information key to annexation vote

By Steve Plunkett



Should Gulf Stream annex the portion of the county pocket just to its north?

Voters in both areas may be asked the question on March’s ballot. Town Manager William H. Thrasher was told to report back to the Town Commission in December on pluses and minuses of the proposal.

At stake are property taxes from $93 million in assessed value and official say-so over what developers can and cannot build in the pocket area between St. Andrews Club and Sea Road on both… Continue

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Coasting Along: At Mercer Wenzel, it's all in the family

By Tim Norris



As customers come through the door of Mercer Wenzel off Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, owner Bruce Wenzel and his son, Mark, can size them up.

The department store’s whole staff can.

This man’s a 42 regular, long in the shoulders, short in the arms. That woman’s a 12 dress, a little wide in the waist. The young girl there is a size 8.

That much they know. The mystery is how, and whether, and on what (or not) the… Continue

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Gulf Stream: Historic early home demolished

A 1940 home on Gulf Stream Road was demolished to make way for a new 6,605-square-foot home. Photos by Jerry Lower



By Steve Plunkett

A gray two-story, wood-sided house that’s a piece of Gulf Stream history had a date with the wrecking crew in mid-November.

County property records say the residence at 3288 Gulfstream Road was built in 1940, one of the… Continue

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Obituary—Mildred Toledano Barrett: Delray Beach



By Ron Hayes



DELRAY BEACH — Mildred Toledano Barrett loved bright red lipstick, getting her hair curled, collecting antiques, dancing, horror movies, red beans, white wine — and people.

She hated being called Mildred.

To friends, she was always Millie. To her four children, she was “Big M.” To her grandchildren, she was MeMe. And to all who knew and loved her, she was an unforgettable character.

Mrs. Barrett died November 17.… Continue

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Editorial: We think locally, and we hope you'll shop locally this season

Now that all the hype of Black Friday and Cyber Monday has passed, it’s time that the less shopping-crazed of us shake off the Thanksgiving food-fog and begin to think about holiday gifts. To that end, I hope you’ll find this edition helpful.

Please scan our advertisements (there are more than 100!) for great local gift ideas. Many, like Village Square Home Interiors on Page 23, offer a variety of gift ideas and are offering special holiday pricing.

Our Holiday Shopping Guide is a… Continue

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Correction

In our November story regarding the state ethics commission’s probable cause findings regarding South Palm Beach’s mayor [Millar to face hearing on ethics], we stated the proposed height of the Palm Beach Oceanfront Inn’s redevelopment was 19 stories. The current proposed height is 10 stories. We regret the error.

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