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Obituary: James T. Heverin

 

James T. Heverin

BOCA RATON — Gumbo Limbo Nature Center was near and dear to James T. Heverin’s heart. He spent many hours there as a volunteer.

So when Mr. Heverin died last month, the family asked that donations in his memory go to the nature center.

Mr. Heverin,…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Susan K. Epling — Highland Beach

 

Susan Epling’s son Brandon was 4 when the pair first

began planting flags throughout Highland Beach to mark the

Fourth of July. It’s been a patriotic tradition for 20 years now. Photo by Tim Stepien



 

 

Highland…

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InterFaith21: Singing teens make musical impression for Israel

Members of the Israeli Scouts Friendship Caravan performed recently at Abbey Delray North. Photo by C.B. Hanif



 

By C. B. Hanif

The Israeli Scouts Friendship Caravan rolled into Abbey Delray North on a June morning, 10 teens showing off great voices…

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Obituary: Jeanne Bice



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By Emily J. Minor

 

BOCA RATON — Jeanne Bice, who took her love for glitter, paired it with a young widow’s instinct to provide for her children and then parlayed all that into QVC fame and fortune, died June 10. Mrs. Bice was…

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Paws Up for Pets: Vet a veritable font of advice on dog care

 

           Veterinarian Marty Becker recently published Your Dog:

The Owner's Manual
. Up next is a guide for cat owners.

By Arden Moore

Cars, flat-screen television sets and even irons come with owner’s manuals to explain how they operate and how to make them perform at their best. Alas, our pets do…

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Florida Stage Declares Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

By Hap Erstein, http://www.pbartspaper.com/

 

Next week, Florida Stage was supposed to launch its 25th anniversary season, beginning with the return of the musical biography Ella and continuing with a slate of world and regional premieres.

 

But the operative words are “was supposed to,” for the West Palm Beach company devoted exclusively to new work filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection and ceased…

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Bring quarters: Beach parking prices continue to rise

By Angie Francalancia



The beach is timeless, forever lapped by waves and shaped by shifting sands.

Not so the parking meter, a ticking intrusion into the untroubled landscape that is a day at the beach.

 Parking meters or daily fees are the norm at city beaches up and down the east coast, and as cities wrestle with budget shortfalls, they’re making sure to capture money from every potential spot. More parking meters are going in at previously free spots in Boca Raton, and…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on June 1, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Bad news gets less bad for town coffers: Decline in property values eases

By Tim O’Meilia



South County homes and businesses are still leaking taxable value, but this year it’s closer to a dribble than a dam break.

While eight of nine coastal towns lost more than 5 percent of their taxable real estate value in 2009, only Manalapan declined more than that last year, according to preliminary figures released May 26 by the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser.

In fact, Briny Breezes was one of two Palm Beach County towns — Jupiter Inlet Colony was the… Continue

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County Pocket: Remembering a magical place called Belair Drive

Tami Pleasanton (left) and Kim Jones remember growing up in the county pocket. Photo by Jerry Lower



By Ron Hayes

In the summer of 1969, a registered nurse with two young daughters to raise started looking for someplace to live closer to her job at Bethesda Memorial Hospital.

“I didn’t want to stray too…

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Editorial: Summer is all about numbers

I spent a lovely, breezy evening this past month riding on a golf cart counting trailers in Briny Breezes.  Although the U.S. Census counted 800 housing units in the community, my detailed accounting found 484 — not counting bath houses, public buildings or empty lots.

Go figure.

    I spent a lot of time doing just that — figuring  — this past month.  May was one for the numbers: sea turtles, property tax rates, budget workshops, special assessments, hurricane projections and even the… Continue

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A Coastal Star: Artist dresses up electrical boxes with mosaics — South Palm Beach

By Tim O’Meilia



What to do about the three weathered, rusting FPL electrical boxes in South Palm Beach that keep the street lights on along the town’s 5/8-mile strip of A1A?

Why, ask the town’s unofficial artist-in-residence Penny Davidson, who, conveniently, lives next door to Town Hall. After all, she created the life-sized bronze loggerhead turtle crawling atop… Continue

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Boca Raton: Creative ideas sought for Ocean Strand park

By Steve Plunkett

 

The folks planning a park at Ocean Strand want a few creative ideas on what to put there.

The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, which owns the coastal parcel, launched a new website, www.mybocaparks.org, which it hopes the public will use to keep up to date on Ocean Strand. Ideas can be sent to the district by clicking “Contact Us.” 

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WXEL radio will be known as WPBI

By Jenny Staletovich

   

    Seven years after it was put on the selling block, WXEL-FM finally sold to Classical South Florida after the Federal Communications Commission approved a deal with Barry University May 16.

    The 40-year-old station, started to educate migrant workers and home to local public affairs broadcasting as well as national radio programming, will be known as WPBI.

It becomes part of radio empire American Public Media, which owns Classical South Florida… Continue

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Along the Avenues: Steve Forbes pays a visit to Trump’s place

By Thom Smith

For decades the family yacht tied up at local marinas, the better for dad to entertain big clients and the family to enjoy a little respite from Northeast winters.

Malcolm Forbes died in 1990, but the wining and dining aboard Highlander has continued, albeit at its seasonal berth in Fort Lauderdale. So it isn’t like Steve Forbes is unfamiliar with Palm Beach. In fact, he’s a welcome guest at many homes on the…

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Correction: Walk of Recognition

An item in Around the Town in the May issue of The Coastal Star mentioned Boca’s Walk of Recognition, but incorrectly called it the Wall of Recognition. Presented by the Boca Raton Historical Society, the Walk of Recognition at Royal Palm Place recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to serving the interest of Boca Raton.

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Boca Raton: Big check to boost beach renourishment project

By Steve Plunkett

 

The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District has given the city $2 million to help pay for a 2010 beach renourishment project that fell victim to federal budget-cutting.

Boca Raton officials expected to get $5.3 million from the federal government for the nearly 1.5-mile project just north of Red Reef Park. But three months before the project began, federal officials told the city it would receive only $531,000. City officials…

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Editorial: Resorting to close-to-home perks a perfect remedy for getaway blues

 

 

By Mary Thurwachter

For 20 years, my husband and I have spent a considerable amount of time traveling the Sunshine State. We have been everywhere from the Panhandle to the Keys, staying in homey bed-and-breakfasts, intimate boutique hotels, large luxurious resorts and one wildlife refuge for lions and tigers retired from the circus (but that’s a…

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Briny Breezes: New clerk and old division on view at meeting

By Emily J. Minor



Briny Breezes has a new clerk, and she’s both experienced and eager to work — driving north from Broward County a few days a week because she says she likes working for small government.

Shari Canada doesn’t live in Briny or own property here, so the Town Council on May 26 appointed alderman Nancy Boczon as the clerk pro tem, meaning for the time… Continue

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Along the Coast: ‘Retirement’ a mere turn of the page

Arthur Jaffe’s passion is books. Photo by Tim Stepien



 

By Ron Hayes    

 

One lazy summer day when he was a boy, Arthur Jaffe wandered over to the Carnegie Library in Butler, Pa., and asked the helpful librarian to recommend a…

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Coastal Star: Volunteer weaves love of arts, crafts, gardens — Boca Raton

                                                                                                Christine Carton

By Angie Francalancia

 

  It was Christine Carton’s love of adventure, appreciation for self-improvement and admiration of Japanese artwork that first led her to the Morikami Museum when she…

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