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Obituary: Florence Brody

By Steven J. Smith

BOCA RATON — Resident and patroness of the arts Florence Brody died Nov. 26. She was 93.

Born Florence Gropper in Newark, N.J., she attended Upsala College. Following World War II, she met Martin Brody on a blind date and the two were married six months later, according to her daughter, Renee Brody Levow. …

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Business Spotlight: Downtown Delray retail and office building sells for $31 million

By Christine Davis

In December, Delray Beach developer Craig Menin’s Rosebud 110 LLC paid $31 million for a retail and office building at 110 E. Atlantic Ave. from a company tied to RMS Properties, a Schaumburg, Ill.-based property management firm. Menin financed the deal with a $26.5 million loan from BankUnited.

The property last sold for $8.5 million in 2014, according to public records. The building, which sits on…

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Meet the Pro: New teaching pro at St. Andrews hustles to learn croquet part of job

New St. Andrews Club pro Jackson Moore volleys with a club member during a tennis lesson. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Brian Biggane

David Bent didn’t know anything about croquet when St. Andrews Club in Delray Beach installed its 105-by-84-foot…

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Spirit of Giving honors Boca couple: Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl, FAU — Dec. 18

Anne and Peter Vegso of Boca Raton and two of their grandsons acknowledge the crowd before the couple were honored at halftime of the Boca Raton Bowl last month at FAU Stadium. Their philanthropic giving was celebrated by Spirit of Giving Network President David Dunston (left), who gave the Vegsos the Show Your…

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Delray Beach: Coastal portion of comprehensive plan approved

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach city commissioners unanimously approved the revised Coastal Management segment of their comprehensive plan on Dec. 11.

The Coastal Management element is one chapter of the city’s plan, which acts as a wish book to guide the city over the next decade. With the help of a branding firm, Delray Beach planners dubbed the plan update “Always Delray.”

On Dec. 11, commissioners…

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Obituary: Arthur Remillard

By Rich Pollack

BOCA RATON — Arthur Remillard was a successful business owner, a dedicated family man and a generous philanthropist best known for his support of Boca Helping Hands and for providing the bulk of funding for the organization’s $3 million, 15,000-square-foot resource center.

“He was a man with an unquenchable curiosity…

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Delray Beach: Garage parking tracker will guide drivers to empty spaces

By Jane Smith

Drivers who use the Old School Square parking garage in Delray Beach soon will be told where the empty spaces are.

On Dec. 4, city commissioners approved spending $260,000 for a parking program from Park Assist, based in New York with regional headquarters in Fort Lauderdale.

Jorge Alarcon, the city’s parking manager, said drivers no longer will have to risk driving to the roof…

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On the Water: Waterfront park beautified, thanks to Boynton group

Matthew Simmons of Boca Raton plucks trash from clumps of seaweed along the shoreline. Simmons and his 12-year-old son, Hayden, were among the 30 or so volunteers who turned out for the monthly cleanup. Photos by Willie Howard/The Coastal Star

By Willie…

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Boca Raton: Area plan for Midtown addresses beautification and safety, not development

By Mary Hladky

City staffers have issued their long-awaited “small area plan” for Midtown that makes no recommendation on the most important issue for the 300-acre area — whether residential development should be allowed.

Development Services Director Brandon Schaad presented the staff’s proposed plan, 11 months in the making, to residents on Dec. 4. The Boca Raton City Council is expected to consider it later this month.

Schaad did not mention residential…

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Gone... But not forgotten: Community bids emotional farewell to aging sculpture, hears artist’s plea not to neglect elderly ­— or our own dreams

When Are You Coming to Visit? ­­— which spent eight years on display in Boynton Beach — was designed to have a limited lifespan because it depicted an old woman. Photo provided …

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Tots & Teens: Tyrannosaurus rex and friends return to Science Center

South Florida Science Center's animatronic dinosaurs move, roar and appear to interact with visitors. Photo provided.

By Janis Fontaine

They’re back! There are more of them. And they look hungry!

Twenty animatronic dinosaurs have returned to the…

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Secret Garden: Visit scrub area to see an early version of Florida

The Yamato Scrub habitat is dominated by white sandy soil, saw palmetto (foreground), scrub oak (top left) and sand pine (top right). Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley

An armadillo lumbers across the path ahead of us. Low growing plants cling to…

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Paws Up for Pets: Some greyhounds will find new purpose as service dogs for veterans

Veterinary students at South Tech Academy in Boynton Beach receive hands-on experience working with greyhounds that trainer Carolee Ellison provides. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Arden Moore

Greyhounds sport reputations for running fast. Very fast.…

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Finding Faith: Interfaith Café offers safe place to discuss beliefs

At Interfaith Café programs, people of all beliefs can discuss spiritual issues. Photo provided

By Janis Fontaine

Most people, at one time or another, ponder the big questions: Why am I here? What’s my purpose? Is there one God, many gods or no god at all? What happens…

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Philanthropy Notes: Quantum Foundation sends $750,000 in grants to nonprofits

Quantum Foundation has distributed $750,000 to 94 grassroots nonprofits in Palm Beach County that provide for society’s most basic needs.

Grants were announced during a breakfast celebrating the eighth-annual Quantum in the Community initiative. The grantees represent all corners of the county, including Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach.

“Quantum Foundation is a health foundation,” said Donna Mulholland, board chairwoman. “We always…

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Annual Angel Tree Dinner Holy Redeemer Episcopal Church, Lake Worth — Dec. 14

St. Joseph’s eighth-grade students contributed food and prepared a Christmas dinner for about two dozen homeless and needy people at Holy Redeemer Episcopal Church in Lake Worth. ‘This is a wonderful opportunity to help the students understand that the true spirit of Christmas is about giving,’ said the Rev. Lynne E. Jones,…

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Les Girls of Palm Beach: Ocean Club of Florida, Ocean Ridge — Dec. 1

Les Girls of Palm Beach, a group of multinational women who have met for the past 46 years to foster friendship and understanding and exchange ideas among various cultures, enjoyed a holiday gala in Ocean Ridge. Henya Betras, Andree Dowling and Carlene Kolbe organized the event. ABOVE: (l-r) Sophia Isaac…

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Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon: Boca Raton Resort and Club — Nov. 16

Jeannette DeOrchis won the annual Junior League of Boca Raton award from a field of 50 nominees recognized for their charitable endeavors. DeOrchis volunteers for Delray Beach-based Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse.  ‘Every year, we are inspired by the accomplishments and…

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Palm Beach Opera season-opening celebration: Private home, Manalapan — Nov. 30

Henry and Marsha Laufer welcomed opera supporters and guests into their residence to usher in the new season. The evening featured a three-course dinner and an intimate recital. Scheduled performances this year include La Traviata, running Jan. 25-27, Don Giovanni, running Feb. 22-24, and Die Fledermaus, running March…

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Caridad Center gala reception: Renato’s Palm Beach — Dec. 3

Friends, patrons and special guests cheered the Caridad Center’s 30th year of service in Palm Beach County and its Call to Heart Ball fundraiser, set for Jan. 26 at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. Throughout the evening, amid the colorful gardens and low-lit ambiance on the outdoor patio, supporters mixed and mingled…

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