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Gulf Stream: Utility project prepayment proves popular

By Steve Plunkett

   

Townsfolk apparently don’t like paying the interest that comes with installment plans.

    Gulf Stream took in $3.2 million in prepayments of the special assessment for the underground utilities project by the Nov. 1 deadline, Town Manager William Thrasher said.

    “The money was coming in so quickly at times that we thought we were desperately understaffed,” Thrasher said.

    The remaining $1.8 million will be paid over the years on property tax…

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Delray Beach: Seagate neighborhood break-ins spark interest in crime watch

By Angie Francalancia



    It started this summer with a string of annoying vandalisms to cars. Over Labor Day weekend, a neighbor was cleaned out in what police described as a professional burglary. In October, a neighbor scared off a would-be robber who had entered his home.

    Then last month, the neighbors in Delray Beach’s Seagate area got another shock — another home burglarized in the middle of the day in a neighborhood where lots of residents are home.

    Residents…

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Delray Beach: Littlefield gets swath of Fox property for garden

By Margie Plunkett



    The Fontaine Fox property is losing a 50-foot swath of land to a garden owned by the daughter of Miracle-Gro’s founder.

    Now owned by developer Frank McKinney, that slice of Fontaine Fox history will become the property of Kate Littlefield, whose father, Horace Hagedorn, started Miracle-Gro, but it will still retain its historic designation and be subject to Historic Preservation Board regulations. 

    “It’s all about her garden,” architect Gary…

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Delray Beach: Red tape ties up potential assist for beach pavilion

By Mary Jane Fine

   

A generous offer from Seaside Builders to provide services, labor and material at cost has potentially moved Delray’s back-to-the-future beachfront pavilion one hurdle closer to realization.

    “It is very encouraging,” says Bob Currie, the architect who has donated his own…

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Along the Coast: Gift disclosures roll in, under new ethics rules

By Steve Plunkett



Will Palm Beach County’s renewed emphasis on ethics become the Grinch who stole Christmas gifts from municipal employees?

    The Commission on Ethics was set to discuss gift-giving guidelines for town workers and other government employees at its Nov. 30 meeting. A proposed opinion said a holiday gift of cash from someone besides a vendor or lobbyist “is not prohibited provided it is not given in exchange for the past, present or future…

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Food shopping: When one door closes, a lot of open doors are nearby

By Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley



When it comes to food shopping, you probably have a favorite store you regularly visit. You are familiar with the layout, have a preferred day to shop and know the cashiers who will speed you through the line.

    So when that store closes, if only temporarily, it can upset routine.

    And that’s what’s happened to the customers of the Publix Super Market in Sunshine Square. Closed for renovations in October, the store in…

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Boca Raton: Council approves 7-Eleven

A rendering for the proposed 7-Eleven shows 8-foot-wide

sidewalks and enlarged window panels.

Rendering provided by Mummaw & Associates

 

By Margie…

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Junior League Today

 

Junior League past presidents at a Junior League of Boca Raton president’s luncheon in 2008: Seated, from left: Mary Csar (1990), Carole Putman (1989), Dorothy MacDiarmid (2005), Kristin Calder (2007), Kathy Adkins (2006), Lisa Mulhall (1997), Lisa Bariso (2004);…

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Boca Raton: La Vieille Maison falls to bulldozer, but delicious memories remain

The Giles House, home for 31 years to the restaurant

La Vieille Maison, deteriorated as it sat vacant.

Photo courtesy of the Boca Raton Historical Society



By Tim Pallesen

 The 1927 house fondly…

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Editorial: Let us hear from you as we swing into a new year

Mary Kate Leming

 

By Mary Kate Leming, 

 Can it really be December already? Those of us who live here year round may be stunned to realize that summer is over and the holidays are just around the corner, but the…

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Boca Junior League chapter marks four decades

Junior League of Boca Raton past presidents and other members

gather around a sand castle on the beach.

Photos courtesy of the Junior League of Boca Raton

 

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Coastal Star: Preserving and enjoying the outdoors is in her nature

In addition to the natural areas, Elisabeth Hoffman

is proud of the community gardens in Pearl City.

 Photo by Jerry…

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Along the Coast: Two island resorts sparkle with Forbes 5-star ratings

 

The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach

 

 

By Mary Thurwachter

 

When Forbes Travel Guide (formerly Mobil Travel Guide) revealed its 54th listing of five-star hotels last month, Florida had two winners and both are…

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Boca Raton: Boardwalk work price up, but still under budget

Refurbishing Red Reef Park’s three-decade-old boardwalk wound up costing $129,600 more for additional support beams and other timber, plus $23,758 to make a beach ramp accessible to the disabled.

Engineers examining the dune crossovers to prepare the bid could not see the covered support timber, Buddy Parks, the city’s deputy recreation services director, said in a letter to the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District.

“As the old boardwalk was demolished, extensive wear and…

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Lantana: Parks’ lease agreement puts spark into fireworks budget

By Margie Plunkett

and Tim O’Meilia

   

Lantana’s Ocean Avenue bridge closed for two years — bummer.

    Lantana’s lease of sections of two parks for two years — cause for fireworks. Literally.

    The new $33.2 million Ocean Avenue bridge will not only be wider and safer for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and fishermen, it will also stuff cash into Lantana’s bank account and make the Fourth of July more spectacular.

    The town will pocket $654,000 over the…

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Lantana: Hypoluxo Island drainage project moves ahead; Town Manager Bornstein lauded

By Margie Plunkett

   

A long-awaited drainage and pavement project on Hypoluxo Island is taking shape with a newly awarded contract for design and construction assistance for paving improvements.

    Council approved at its Nov. 14 meeting a $26,623 contract with Kimley-Horn and Associates for engineering services on the project, which is to resurface North Atlantic Drive from Ocean Avenue north and Beach Curve Road from Southeast Atlantic Drive to Barefoot Lane.

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Around Town: Evert continues to score with tennis classic

Chris Evert (top) taunts Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan (above) after lobbing a ball at…

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Boca Raton: Ornament a tribute to Pearl City

 

The new Boca Raton Garden Club ornament highlights the 



 

The Boca Raton Garden Club released its 18th annual holiday ornament, a commemoration of the Pearl City section of the…

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Boca Raton: Apartment complex being built on old Levitz site

 

Construction for a $62 million, 384-unit rental apartment and townhouse complex called Broadstone at North Boca Village has begun next to the Caldwell Theatre in the old Levitz Plaza.

Permits and plans for the 17-acre site at 7801 N. Federal Highway were approved by the Boca Raton…

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South Palm Beach: Firefighter charged, evaluated following condo mayhem

By Tim O’Meilia

   

The off-duty Palm Beach County firefighter-paramedic who shot up his South Palm Beach condominium hallway and claimed a bomb had been planted may be a familiar face to town residents.

     Jean A. Pierre II, 37, was assigned to Station 38 at the Manalapan Town Hall,…

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