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Manalapan: Library’s fundraising and planning move briskly

By Margie Plunkett

The Manalapan library’s refurbishment wish list could soon take shape if the newly kicked-off fundraising effort continues at the current pace: The drive has received more than $26,000 in donations and pledges, according to organizers.

“We’re very fortunate to have this library. We want to make it more comfortable, inviting for people to come,” said Joan Bernstein, who is heading coordination and fundraising… Continue

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Delray Beach: City pays trash bill, gives review board time to work

By Margie Plunkett

Delray Beach commissioners will pay Waste Management in full for last month’s bill, declining to deduct possible discrepancies until the city’s Financial Review Board has completed a study of the account.

“Until we’re absolutely certain of our numbers, we pay the bill until we know no other reason to act differently,” said Mayor Woodie McDuffie before the panel unanimously voted to pay the city’s contracted trash hauler in full.

Commissioners turned a… Continue

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South Palm Beach: Hotel development votes garner ethics complaints

By Tim O’Meilia

Palm Beach Oceanfront Inn owner Pjeter Paloka filed complaints with the state ethics commission against two South Palm Beach Planning Board members in February and said he plans to file against a third.

Paloka alleged that Planning Board Chairman Michael Nevard and member Dee Robinson were biased against his family’s plans to replace the two-story hotel with a 10-story hotel-condominium and actively worked against the proposal while sitting as board members.… Continue

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The Book Thief may steal of the heart of County readers

By Ron Hayes

For the 2010 "Read Together Palm Beach County" campaign, almost 3,000 area book lovers have reached back to Nazi Germany in 1939, to choose a title they hope will steal readers' hearts this year.

They also made local history by choosing, for the first time, a young adult novel for the "One Book, One Community" project.

"The Book Thief," a 2005 novel by Australian author Markus Zusak, is the story of 9-year-old… Continue

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Delray Beach: Man digs into trash bills looking for bottom line

By Ron Hayes

One day in January 2009, a neighbor on Del Haven Drive asked Ken MacNamee a casual question.

“Do you realize we pay more for trash pickup than people on the other side of the Intracoastal?”

That can’t be, MacNamee thought. But he decided to investigate.

His monthly charge was $23.60. On the mainland, it was $13.50.

MacNamee kept investigating, and a year later, the Delray Beach City Commission has unanimously approved a vote of “no confidence” in… Continue

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South Palm Beach: Full house at ice cream social gets info on census

By Christine Davis

Quiet please. Counting calories is voluntary. Taking part in the census count is mandatory.

South Palm Beach’s ice cream social on Feb. 21 at Town Hall, offered an opportunity for free ice cream and cookies, free U.S. Census T-shirts and a free talk explaining the census.

“We have been pushing hard since day one — Jan. 6.” Town Councilman Donald Clayman said about his group of 16 volunteers.

“We want to… Continue

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Briny Breezes: Briny ponders police protection providers

By Margie Plunkett

Briny Breezes residents and government leaders tallied their pros and cons of Boynton Beach and Ocean Ridge police departments, both contenders for the town’s police contract, pondering factors such as policing style, patrol frequency, training and price at the February council meeting.

The town will decide by its May or June meeting which police department will win the contract, Briny Breezes President Sharon Kendrigan said. It must notify Boynton Beach… Continue

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Boynton Beach: Yes or no to police move? For now, it’s no

By Thomas R. Collins

After a majority of Boynton Beach city commissioners pursued, full-throttle, a new police building along Congress Avenue, all five are now practically falling over themselves to postpone that effort. Plans for a move of the police station to the Renaissance Commons development on Congress Avenue — a controversial switch from east to west — have been put off indefinitely.

Most likely, city commissioners will review plans in its budget process later this year,… Continue

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Boynton Beach: Boynton to greet Wal-Mart at city’s southern edge

By Thomas R. Collins

Attention Walmart shoppers: In about a year, you’ll be able to shop at a new store at Federal Highway and Gulfstream Boulevard — to the chagrin of some residents.

Residents from nearby Gulf Stream, particularly residents from the Place Au Soleil neighborhood across the street from the store site, urged commissioners to delay a vote and work to make the store more aesthetically pleasing. They also implored that the store not be 24 hours, a request that was… Continue

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Lantana: Two docks planned for Sportsman's Park

By Margie Plunkett

Lantana’s plan to build two docks to provide staging for the boat launch at Sportsman’s Park will cost about $224,000, part of $300,000 county funds earmarked for the project.

Council approved the design presented by Kimley-Horn & Associates Feb. 22, which consists of a two-dock structure built with timber decking and concrete piles.

“The goal of the project is to provide slips to reduce the congestion and to provide day slips to let boaters come… Continue

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Lantana/Hypoluxo Island: East Ocean bridge replacement may take two years to complete

By Margie Plunkett

The East Ocean Avenue bridge will rise higher and open less frequently when it’s been newly reconstructed, but some nearby neighbors worry that will mean more noise.

Town Manager Mike Bornstein presented the new design of the county-owned bridge, on which construction will begin in summer 2011, to Council members last month. The bridge, which will cost the county about $30 million to rebuild, won’t reopen for… Continue

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Here’s an up-to-date read on area book clubs

By Ron Hayes

Don’t believe everything you read about how nobody reads anymore.

Those good old-fashioned book lovers are still out there, hungry for intelligent novels, literate histories, provocative biographies, and eager to share their delight — or disappoinment — in the latest feast.

From South Palm Beach to Delray, book clubs are thriving on the coast.

In South Palm Beach, the town’s book discussion group, which… Continue

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SHORE THING: 8 local restaurants with great sea views

By Mary Thurwachter

We appreciate restaurants with scrumptious food, good service and a pleasing ambience. But if a dining spot comes with an ocean view, we’re really cooking! Fortunately for us, our islands are blessed with several such gems, where we can share good food and conversation while taking in beautiful ocean views. They range from elegant and pricey dining rooms to casual flip-flop friendly cafes.

Check out these eight seashore treasures. A1A will lead the way.… Continue

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Local Voices: Haiti’s hold—Mission to Haiti haunts and inspires

Kathy Skipper holds a child at Little Children of Jesus Handicapped Home just outside Port-au-Prince. The home was untouched in the quake and all the children are OK.

By Kathy Skipper

Haiti is on my mind.

Like a newfound love, it is the prism that colors everything I see. Like the old and familiar, it is a comfort and a treasure.

Day and night, I think of Haiti.

It’s been… Continue

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Meet Your Neighbor: Barbara Cook

About gardening, Cooks says, "Create beauty and restore order. This in return will inspire others to create beauty and restore order in their own lives.''

Barbara Cook of Ocean Ridge considers gardening her true calling and describes herself “a farmer at heart.”

“I’ve done may things in my adult life, and the garden is where I am the happiest. I’m not tired when I’m in the garden, and I’m… Continue

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Delray Beach: New 'old’ family home a highlight of tour

By Christine Davis

Brimming with vitality and bounding with energy, Gina and Garrett Benders’ charming Mediterranean-style, two-story home on Andrews Avenue will be one of the stops of the March 11 Delray Beach Home Tour. The tour will include seven homes in the beach area of Delray Beach and benefits the Achievement Centers for Children & Families.

“We have a full house,” Gina Bender said of her six-bedroom, seven-bath… Continue

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Delray Beach: Workplace seems like family to grieving Haitian staff

By Dianna Smith

On the day his world fell apart, Kivland Lubin turned to the only place where he feels at peace.

His work.

At Harbour’s Edge, a retirement living facility nestled along the Intracoastal in Delray Beach, more than 80 employees are Haitian. So when a powerful earthquake rocked Haiti on Jan. 12, it rocked the lives of those here, too.

Many workers lost family members, including Lubin, whose six relatives are… Continue

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Briny Breezes: Chislers’ art sale doesn’t scrimp on class

By Linda Haase

Curls of sawdust flutter through the air. Machines whirl and buzz, slicing through conversations. In the din of this two-story 1,800-square-foot shop, crafters are transforming wood into works of art. When the dust settles, intricate bowls and boxes, realistic looking birds, detailed birdhouses and other remarkable objects emerge.

The Chislers, an inspired group of… Continue

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Mind mama: Be alert to sea turtles’ needs during nesting season

By Nirvi Shah

Although the weather feels like anything but spring, sea turtles are already arriving along the coast for the year’s nesting trek.

Sea turtle nesting season officially began March 1 and lasts until Oct. 31, but the first reports of a leatherback crawling onto shore happened Feb. 11 in Miami-Dade County, according to Paul Davis, environmental manager for Palm Beach County’s Environmental Resource Management Department. Most sea turtle species — leatherbacks, green… Continue

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Former Pope house sells at nearly half-price

A Manalapan home purchased last year for $22.4 million has sold for about half its previous sale price: $12 million. The eight-bedroom, 15-bathroom estate at 1370 S. Ocean Blvd was sold to Illinois-based MGM Design LLC.

Bunny Hiatt and Jack Elkins of Engel & Volkers in Manalapan represented the buyer. According to Hiatt, “Timing and market conditions played greatly to our clients favor in acquiring the property, even at the asking price… it was a tremendous value for the area.”

The… Continue

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