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Religion Notes: ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ author to speak at Congregation B’nai Israel

Acclaimed author and speaker Mitch Albom will be featured in Boca Raton on Nov. 14. Photo provided

By Janis Fontaine

Congregation B’nai Israel will host a special literary event, “An Evening With Mitch Albom,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14 at the synagogue, 2200…

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Tots & Teens: Satisfying effort in big event opens new realm for Boca skater

Boca Raton sixth-grader Emmi Merhi trains in Pompano Beach. Photo provided

By Janis Fontaine

In a rhinestone-studded skater’s dress, hair smoothed into a tight ballerina bun, Emmi Merhi uses long arms and legs to carry her with a luminous grace across the…

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Meet ‘One-in-a-Million Boy’

By Janis Fontaine



By now you’re well into this year’s Read Together Palm Beach County book, The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood, right? If not, don’t worry! There’s still time.



The 11th annual Read Together campaign kicked off Sept. 12 when the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County…

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Health & Harmony: Delray family finds salt air healthy for son with cystic fibrosis

Mom helps organize inaugural fundraiser

Reilly Gardner, 4, reacts to sea turtles on display at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Photo by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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Health Notes: Baptist Health names CEO for Bethesda East and West

By Christine Davis

Nelson Lazo, a chief executive at Baptist Health South Florida for 12 years, will soon be the new CEO of Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West in Palm Beach County. He will succeed Roger Kirk, who will retire in December.



Lazo will oversee the continued integration of the hospitals with Baptist Health following their 2017 merger. He also will oversee the expansion of Bethesda hospitals’…

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Paws Up for Pets: FAU wants robodog to be ultimate companion but with less cost

Astro will be programmed for tasks including search and rescue missions and diabetes alerts. Photo provided

By Arden Moore

Looks like it’s back to the future with a big woof for a team of professors, researchers and students at…

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Lady Eagles Volleyball Pink Out — St. Pope John Paul II Academy, Boca Raton — Oct. 4

The Lady Eagles freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams and rival Spanish River High dedicated their matches to Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Lynn Cancer Institute. Special guest was Jan Dymtrow, outreach coordinator for the hospital’s League of Ribbons. The Lady Eagles have an annual ‘Pink Out’ night to honor those…

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Manalapan: Family-run John G's sold to Boca couple

 By Jan Norris

            A shocker for diners in South County: Wendy Yarbrough confirms she’s sold the family restaurant: John G’s.

            The deal took place over the weekend, and the new owners of the Manalapan eatery are already on site, eager to learn the breakfast-lunch business that has held a place in so many residents’ memories for so long.

            “Don’t make me cry,” Yarbrough said by phone. “It was…

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Boca Raton: We can’t legally sell Ocean Strand, district learns

By Steve Plunkett

The undeveloped Ocean Strand parcel, 15 acres straddling State Road A1A from the Atlantic to the Intracoastal Waterway, cannot be sold, its owner has been told.

“The expressed intent under our special act is to acquire, operate and maintain beach and park property. Noticeably absent from our enumerated powers is the power to sell or to convey,” Jacob Horowitz, a lawyer for the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, told district…

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Delray Beach: Gretsas gets commission nod for city manager

By Jane Smith

City commissioners selected Homestead City Manager George Gretsas to the same job in Delray Beach on Oct. 1 with the hope that he will bring much-needed stability to City Hall.

Gretsas, who will be Delray’s fourth new city manager in six years, will start Jan. 1 at a salary of $265,000, a 23% increase over his…

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Season Preview: Cultural Guide

The cultural season has returned with concerts, theatrical productions,

art exhibitions and other events that enrich each day. Be sure to see what’s on tap

in the ArtsPaper season preview:

Season Preview…

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Editor’s Note: Seeking a better option than plastic for paper deliveries

Plastic is everywhere.

I walk the beach most mornings and pick it up all along the way. I pull bottle caps and fast-food cups out of my front hedge with some regularity. The amount of discarded plastic I see is overwhelming.

This summer on a family vacation we visited Connecticut and Rhode Island and found ourselves impressed with how many places have banned single-use plastics. I figured many people would be upset with not…

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Coastal Star: Junior League led Boca mom to embrace life as volunteer

Amy Kazma, honorary chairwoman of the Woman Volunteer of the Year luncheon, sits with her cockapoo Remy, 10, and mini Australian shepherd Spartacus, 6. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Margie Plunkett



Amy Kazma of Boca Raton recently became an empty nester, but she has…

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Along the Coast: Rising seas threaten wastewater systems

Related Story: Gulf Stream: Town wants to know price of putting in sewers…

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2019 Season Preview: Film

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2019 Season Preview: Books

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2019 Season Preview: Art

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2019 Season Preview: Dance

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Gulf Stream: Town wants to know price of putting in sewers

By Steve Plunkett

Following the lead of Ocean Ridge, Gulf Stream will ask its engineering consultants to estimate what it would cost to build a municipal sewer system.

Mayor Scott Morgan told town commissioners Sept. 13 that he had spoken with Ocean Ridge officials after state Rep. Mike Caruso, R-Delray Beach, in August warned Gulf Stream to expect a mandate from the state for septic-to-sewer transition in the future.

“This will be very expensive — I think…

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2019 Season Preview: Jazz

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