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Postal Service delivers good news to Lantana

By Mary Thurwachter



Christmas came early in Lantana, where officials received word on Nov. 20 that the town’s post office will stay in business, after all. The branch at 201 West Ocean Avenue was taken off the list of 241 post offices facing possible closure by the U. S. Postal Service in an effort to stop the bleeding in deficits.

Town Manager Mike Bornstein, also known as the Barefoot Mailman for his portrayal of the local legend,… Continue

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Imperial House’s beach work runs into brick wall with neighbors

By Tim O’Meilia

Thirty-three years ago Bonnie Fischer found the dream retirement home — an affordable first-floor oceanfront condominium apartment at Imperial House with a view of a beach several hundred feet wide.

In mid-November, an angry north wind sent churning waves one after another onto that shrinking beach, clawing through a temporary wall of three-ton blocks and undermining a walkway that ran along the seaside building.

“I had… Continue

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Volunteer call, traffic planning precede race

Lantana’s Nature Preserve is preparing for thirsty runners at the Dec. 6 Palm Beach Marathon, putting together the only “wacky” water station in Lantana, according to Ilona Balfour, a director for the preserve. The station will be located on Ocean Avenue at Bicentennial Park at the western foot of the bridge.

The water station plans a mariachi theme, with bright, Mexican-style clothing and lively music to revive runners’ spirits, Balfour said, adding that the race’s water stations vie for… Continue

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Lantana stands firm on beach access costs

By Margie Plunkett



Lantana council members took a hard stand against helping the neighboring Imperial House condominium building at taxpayers’ expense and said it would charge $213,500 to allow the co-op to stage equipment to fix its rapidly deteriorating temporary sea wall.

The figure equals the added expense Lantana has incurred to rebuild its weather-damaged sea wall because the Imperial House had not made repairs on its sea wall at the time of construction, according to… Continue

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A dozen December delights

Twelve tiny treasures I was challenged to find.

In shops and boutiques — even online.

So I hunted and searched

Our coastal communities.

From Delray to Lake Worth.

I sought with impunity

Objects diminutive,

Either in price or in size,

Perfect for stuffing in stockings

oh my!

In this season of giving,

May the spirit burn bright

With these 12 little items

Of Coastal delight.




— Scott Simmons…




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Some gift books for kids are home-grown

By Ron Hayes



There’s a world of titles to choose from when deciding which children’s books to give this holiday season — and some of them were written close to home, by local neighbors.

Here’s a sampling set in Palm Beach County and written by Palm Beach County authors:



The Tree That Went Sailing

Author: Dennis Johnson, West Palm Beach

Illustrator: Sherrie Tengbergen

For ages:… Continue

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Vast tree still twinkles and shines in memory

By Ron Hayes



O Tannenbaum! O Tannenbaum!

We miss you, Tabloid Tannenbaum!

Has it really been 20 years since all those lights went dark for the last time on The World’s Tallest Christmas Tree?

Those 16,000 twinkling lights?

Or was it 20,000 lights?

Or 36,000?

Quibble about the lights if you want.

No one doubts that for 17 years, Generoso Pope Jr., owner of The National Enquirer, gave Lantana the world’s… Continue

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Meet Your Neighbor: Bev Myers



Blame it on her genes, said Manalapan resident Bev Myers, whose artwork is featured at the town of South Palm Beach’s first art show of the season. It’s because of her father that she’s an artist.

“My father was a very creative individual. He was a belt and pocketbook designer in New York at the end of the Depression,” she said. “I was only 2 when he died.”

Her daughter is creative also, she said. “Jane is a licensed architect. She and… Continue

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Obituary: In life and death, beach and friendships defined Bill Dunn

Photos from Bill Dunn's memorial



By Ron Hayes



Bill Dunn must have had six or seven different addresses during his 25 years in the county pocket. But mostly he lived on the beach.

He slept at home, but he lived on the beach. And when he died, family and friends brought him back to the beach, to say goodbye the way people in… Continue

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Obituary - Ruth E. Littlefield: Briny Breezes

By Emily J. Minor



BRINY BREEZES — Ruth Littlefield, a longtime Briny Breezes resident who moved here in the 1950s and nurtured a reputation for her generosity, artistic talent and getting herself in and out of mostly hilarious jams, has died at age 95.

“She was feisty,” said Edith Behm, a family friend who spent a lot of her growing years with the Littlefield family. “Sometimes she would open her mouth and she’d just stick her foot in… Continue

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Obituary - Frederick ‘Pete’ Schoeni: Briny Breezes

BRINY BREEZES — Frederick “Pete” Schoeni, a resident of Beloit, Ohio, and Briny Breezes passed away on Nov. 11 in Ohio. He was 85 years old.

“His motto in life was, whatever you do, you have a responsibility to do your best,” said his daughter Bonnie Pinkerton.

Mr. Schoeni was a lifelong farmer in Ohio, raising cattle, chickens and potatoes. During the farming off-season, he and Violet, his wife of 65 years, spent their time traveling in… Continue

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Obituary - Matilda Miller Young: Delray Beach

Matilda Miller Young with her husband, Willard, near the Seagate Condominium in 1970.



By Mary Katherine Stump

DELRAY BEACH — Matilda Miller Young, a resident of Delray Beach, passed away on Oct. 19 at the age of 103.

“She was determined to live ’til 100,” said her son-in-law, Oswald “Os” Peters.

Mrs. Young was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and later lived in Detroit, Philadelphia and Boston before her move to… Continue

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Obituary - Mary Howard Hudgins: Gulf Stream

By Emily J. Minor



GULF STREAM — Mary Howard Hudgins, a longtime Gulf Stream resident who, in her younger years, competed in many sports long before that was considered mainstream for women, has died. She was 91.

For many years, Mrs. Hudgins and her husband, Edward, spent winters in Delray Beach and were longtime members of the Gulf Stream Bath & Tennis Club and the Gulf Stream Golf Club.

When Edward Hudgins died in 2005, they… Continue

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Interfaith21: Choices abound for celebrating winter’s holy days

Nearly 100 people gathered for the Interfaith Friendship Festival at Abbey Delray North. Photo by Waymon Dixon.



By C.B. Hanif

That hint to humanity in the annual convergence of winter holidays? It keeps getting louder and louder. This year is no exception. With Thanksgiving and Christmas, Hanukah and the Hajj, Kwanzaa, New Years, Three Kings Day and others in such proximity, conditions are great for all kinds of… Continue

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Paws Up for Pets!: Hidden talents can appear when pets find secure homes

Caption info: Nora the cat photo courtesy of Burnell Yow!



By Arden Moore



As a reporter covering Palm Beach County for the Sun-Sentinel years ago, I quickly learned to expect the unexpected. I reported on lottery winners who died penniless and hospice patients who delivered messages of hope for the living. I also discovered surprising skills in headline-makers — like a former university president who was a whiz at fixing up… Continue

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Bill Dunn aka The Pineapple Man

Deeply sad over the loss of a wonderfull person. RIP Bill, you will be missed.

Added by John K on November 9, 2009 at 11:08am — 1 Comment

A GRRRREAT SUCCESS! INAUGURAL BLESSING OF THE PETS AT FIRST PRESEBYTERIAN CHURCH OF DELRAY BEACH RAISES OVER $1,500 FOR DEACONS’ SCHOLARSHIP FUND

First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach held its inaugural Blessing of the Pets Sunday, October 25th garnering over $1,500 for its Deacons’ Scholarship Fund, which assists deserving members of the church pursuing full-time higher education. From a pet goat to pet caterpillars to dogs and cats, nearly 90 animals and over 120 adoring humans convened in the church courtyard for this special worship service dedicated to pets and creatures of all sorts.… Continue

Added by Kim Winker on November 2, 2009 at 9:29am — No Comments

Busch's: The bartenders kept it flowing

All the Busch’s regulars knew Jerry and Liam, the bartenders, and no one seemed to know their last names.

“Jerry Mangles and Liam Wood,” says Bill Lambrakis. “They could remember the drinks when people left for the season, and the first time they came back, that drink would be on the bar, and on the house.”

Jerry Mangles came to Busch’s from Taboo, the Palm Beach restaurant. Liam was a friend of Jerry’s.…

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Old Florida lives on in misty memories of Busch’s



By Ron Hayes



Nostalgia’s funny that way.

You start out reminiscing about someplace specific. A seafood restaurant, maybe, and the she-crab soup you loved there.

The drinks at the bar while you waited for a table.

The show tunes you sang around the piano after a few of those drinks.

And the next thing you know, it’s not just the old Busch’s Seafood Restaurant you miss, but a whole other time and place. Back when you… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on October 30, 2009 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Surfing: It’s all in the family — and the neighborhood

See more photos from the Eastern Surfing Association championship



By Tim O’Meilia



North Atlantic Drive has earned a new name. Call it Pipeline Point or Cutback Court or, simply, Surfers Street. But never Wipeout Way.

The northern end of Hypoluxo Island juts into the Lake Worth Lagoon like one of those giant, foam “We’re #1” fingers. For good reason. Three of… Continue

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