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South Palm Beach: Drought prompts tight water-use restrictions

By Tim O’Meilia



    South Palm Beach now has two water problems: too much salty ocean water from the east and not enough treated water from the west.

    While erosion from the ocean has been an ongoing concern, a dwindling supply of water for drinking and lawn sprinkling has cropped up with the continuing drought that began in October.

    As a result, the town’s 28 condominiums and four single-family homes and the Town Hall have been placed on severe water-use…

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Manalapan: Tough trade-offs needed to trim police budget

By Steve Plunkett

   

Town commissioners struggled with reshaping the Police Department — or at least budgeting less money for it — in their latest strategy workshop.

    “We have a force and policies which would support a community two to five times the size of ours,’’ Vice Mayor Robert Evans said in a report to his colleagues after he studied the department.

    Evans noted Manalapan’s force is almost the same size as Gulf Stream’s, 10 vs. 11, but because Gulf Stream has… Continue

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Supporters organize with aim to buy WXEL-TV

By Jenny Staletovich



    A group of WXEL-TV supporters, including its president and CEO, its chief fundraiser and area education and media executives, have until Dec. 31 to work out a purchase agreement to buy the station from Barry University before the sale is opened to other bidders.

    “We’re very optimistic,” said WXEL President and CEO Bernard Henneberg said. “There are people here who want to keep WXEL local. They don’t want us to go away.”

    Henneberg said he first… Continue

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Briny Breezes: Fees may be needed to boost revenue for town

By Tim O'Meilia



     The corporation that operates in tandem with the town council has agreed to pay one-third of the $30,000 it has been withholding from the town in a dispute over the town’s total budget.

The $10,000 payment covers June through September and the corporate board will consider the $30,000 in next year’s budget, corporation park manager Steve Best told the town council at the June 23 meeting.

The town has long supplemented its property tax revenue, its…

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Graduation: Gulf Stream School

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katarina Theresa Sperduto signs pillows with classmates after her eighth-grade graduation ceremony held June 10 at the Gulf Stream School. Photo by
Lauren Loricchio

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A salute to area graduates: High School



 

 

 

 

 

Left: John Doyle, son of John and Andrea Doyle of coastal Boca Raton, graduated from Boca Raton High School. John was one of the 2011 State Science Olympiad Champions, a Science Pathfinder…

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A salute to area graduates: College

 

 

Left: Katie Coz and her brother Joey Coz (rising junior at College of Charleston)

 

 

KATIE COZ

College/Field of Study: Sewanee, University of the South, BA Economics

Hometown: Ocean Ridge

High School: St. Andrew’s School

Parents: Valerie and Steve Coz

Special…

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Obituary — Kenneth Charles Ellingsworth



Kenneth Charles Ellingsworth, life-long resident and ambassador for Delray Beach as the executive director of the city’s Chamber of Commerce for more than three decades, died May 29. He was 84.

Mr. Ellingsworth gave tirelessly to his home town, his son recalled,… Continue

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Obituary — Doris B. O' Leary

By Tim O’Meilia



SOUTH PALM BEACH — Doris B. O’Leary, a gracious New Englander who lived in South Palm Beach for more than half a century — by all accounts longer than anyone else in town — died May 28. She was 102, perhaps the oldest person in town.

Mrs. O’Leary and her husband, Arthur, plunked down cash for a condominium at the Imperial House, which hadn’t been built yet, in about 1960. That pre-construction purchase served the New England transplants well.

The couple never… Continue

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Obituary — Ides Makris

By Ron Hayes



    OCEAN RIDGE — Ides Makris loved to travel.

    “That was her hobby,” remembers her husband, Geris. “Italy, France, Athens — you name it. She said, ‘Live life to the fullest.’ We have a picture of her on the Amalfi coast, leaning over the railing overlooking those azure blue waters, and her scarf is blowing in the wind.

    “That was… Continue

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Obituary — John Joseph Wurster

By Emily J. Minor



    OCEAN RIDGE — John Joseph Wurster died knowing the Colonel’s secret recipe.

    “He knew it, he really did,” said Wurster’s widow, Josephine, the granddaughter of Kentucky Fried Chicken icon and founder Harland Sanders.

    “I don’t know it, but he did mix the spices for my grandfather.”

But while Mr. Wurster claimed that well-protected… Continue

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Obituary — Vivian Krick Hill

DELRAY BEACH —  Vivian Krick Hill, a resident of the Cambridge condominium since 2000, died May 27. She was 77 and had been a seasonal resident since 1990.

Mrs. Hill was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and was a graduate of the College of William & Mary, where she earned a degree in sociology and met Roger W. Hill, her husband of 54 years.

During the 1980s, Mrs. Hill served two four-year terms on the township committee of Chatham, N.J. The Hills also were residents of Blairsville, Ga.,… Continue

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Boca Raton: Exhibit chronicles computer giant’s big footprint

 

IBM announced its plans to open a plant in Boca Raton

in 1967. Courtesy of the Boca Raton Historical Society



 

By Mary Jane Fine

 

Earlier this summer, the Boca Raton Historical Society opened an…

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A final bow for Florida Stage

By Scott Simmons



The one-time cultural jewel of Manalapan is gone.

Florida Stage rang down its final curtain in June, nearly two decades after it came to Plaza del Mar and one season after it left the barrier island for the Kravis Center.

The theater company was known for its derring-do in developing new works. That’s something most companies cannot afford to… Continue

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Along the Coast: Brown pelicans to fly off the threatened species list

 

The brown pelican was listed  as a threatened species in 1973. Photo by Jerry Lower.

By Ron Hayes

 

On June 8, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission voted unanimously to remove the brown pelican from its list of threatened species for the first time in nearly 40 years.

The…

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Penthouse sells for $10.4 million

The sale of a 6,900-square-foot penthouse at One Thousand Ocean in Boca Raton for $10.4 million is the highest priced condominium purchase in Palm Beach County this year.

It’s also the first penthouse closing (June 2) at the condo since its 2006 launch.

Corcoran Realtor Senada Adzem represented the buyers, a young family from Europe.

With two private terraces totaling 4,000 square feet of outdoor living space, the home comes with 14-foot ceilings, a private cabana,…

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$5 million gift for Boca hospital

Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s foundation received a $5 million donation from Elaine J. Wold and the family of the late Dr. Keith C. Wold to start the Wold Family Center for Emergency Medicine.

The new program will enhance the hospital’s emergency department with expedited emergency care and an emphasis on clinical excellence, efficiency and privacy, according to Jan Savarick, president of Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation.

Keith Wold was a board member at the hospital…

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Boca Raton: Construction complete on Palmetto Park Road

By Margie Plunkett

Drivers can lay off the horn on Palmetto Park Road. After nearly a year of construction, the Pedestrian Promenade was completed with a final pressure wash in the last weekend of June.

With the exception of pergolas, the roadway construction was expected to be complete, said Municipal Services Director Bob DiChristopher. 

The $7.2 million Pedestrian Promenade project by Burkhardt Construction Inc. began in September — and had…

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Editorial: Good news is always welcome

 

By Mary Thurwachter,

In this down economy, where cities are doing everything they can to balance budgets —including Boca Raton’s putting up parking meters in Mizner Park and at the beach — good news continues to come out of South County. 

For starters, there is encouraging news on the real estate front: A 6,900-square-foot penthouse at…

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Boca Raton: Exhibit chronicles computer giant’s big footprint

 

BM announced its plans to open a plant in Boca Raton in 1967.

Courtesy of the Boca Raton Historical Society



 

By Mary Jane Fine

 

Earlier this summer, the Boca Raton Historical Society opened an…

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