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Couple’s lawsuit claims retaliation against family

By Tim O’Meilia



Backwash from the convictions of two Delray Beach priests continues to roil waters at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church as a couple sued parish officials Oct. 13, claiming their two children were expelled from the parish school in retaliation for their questioning of school finances.

Longtime parishioners Paul and Michele Maresca of Boynton Beach said their children, Michael, 11, and Danielle, 7, were expelled on the… Continue

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Talented teen ‘only wants to be with the music’



To hear performances by Anthony Arcaini, please visit:

http://www.thecoastalstar.ning.com



By Emily J. Minor

His mother knows when he’s up to something.

He’s up later, perhaps past 11 or so on a school night, and he’s distracted at the dinner table — if he appears at all.

He abandons the computer… Continue

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Gulf Stream: Town voices opposition to Intracoastal master plan

By Margie Plunkett



Gulf Stream is following the town of Palm Beach’s lead in opposing certain actions of the Intracoastal Waterway master plan, both deeming some items in the plan “a wasteful and unnecessary expansion of government.”

“I think this is something we want to be proactive on,” said Gulf Stream Mayor William F. Koch Jr. during the October commission meeting. Commissioners agreed to authorize a letter from Koch to the county opposing parts of the plan.

The master… Continue

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Fans say plan to close Lantana P.O. is just (coco)nuts

By Mary Thurwachter

Close the Lantana Post Office? Now that’s just nuts — or coconuts, in this case.

So say town leaders and about 150 fans from Lantana and surrounding communities who convened for a rally in the parking lot between the post office and the library last month.

To deliver the punch, fans of the Ocean Avenue post office sent more than 500 coconuts to Postmaster General John E. Potter in Washington, D.C. Coconuts harvested by city workers and others were given away… Continue

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Palm Beaches Marathon adds Lantana to course

The Dec. 6 Palm Beaches Marathon takes runners through Lantana for the first time.

At mile 9 of the 26.2-mile race, which starts and ends in West Palm Beach, runners enter Lantana on North Lakeside Drive, continue south to East Ocean Avenue, and cross the Intracoastal to the beach. There, at mile 11, marathoners turn and head back through Lantana on Federal Highway.

The Old Key Lime House and the Friends of the Nature Preserve will host “wacky water stations,” according to Ilona… Continue

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Delray Beach: Proposed water rates would serve a dose of reality

By Margie Plunkett



Bigger water users in Delray Beach will pay more after commissioners signed off on a rate restructuring designed to encourage conservation.

Commissioners adopted an ordinance to adjust residential, nonresidential and irrigation rates at their Oct. 20 meeting. Under the rate changes, 75 percent of users will pay less for water, Richard E. Hasko, director of environmental services, said. Anyone who uses less than 32,000 gallons a month will…

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Green markets offer fresh-picked fare

Real tomato-tasting tomatoes, fresh greens, fresh flowers — you can’t beat the offerings at local green markets sprouting this month. Most are at new locations. Here’s a list of those handy for the Coastal Star readership:

Delray Beach Green Market

• In the street on Southeast Fourth Avenue, just south of East Atlantic Avenue

• Opens Oct. 31, and continues Saturday through spring, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• A number of activities held here throughout the year —… Continue

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Thanksgiving: Falling in love with Florida

Caption: Fall is brought to the South Florida Thanksgiving table by using tropical colors and textures. Arrangement provided by From Roehm With Love. Table, setting and location provided by Village Square Home Interiors. Photo by Tim Stepien.



Backyard and beach provide tables with fall look in subtropics



By Jan Norris

Fall leaves, acorns and pumpkins all scream fall — but beautiful as they are, they’re… Continue

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South Palm Beach approves fire-rescue service change

The town council revised its 10-year contract for fire-rescue service Oct. 27 to allow Palm Beach County to bill property owners directly beginning in 2010.
The change will remove the $1.1 million fire-rescue cost from the town’s budget Instead, homeowners will be billed separately on their annual property tax bill. The fire-rescue tax rate of $3.50 per $1,000 of taxable property value will not change.
— Tim O’Meilia

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South Palm Beach: Hotel plan meets with surprise rejection

By Tim O’Meilia



For the second time in two years, the South Palm Beach Town Council rejected a plan to replace the two-story Palm Beach Oceanfront Inn — the town’s only business — with a luxury 10-story hotel.

The 3-2 vote on Oct. 21 surprised most of the nearly 200 residents packed into the council chambers and a nearby lobby, since most speakers favored the plans for the hotel and the council had previously backed the proposed change in the town’s comprehensive plan by the… Continue

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ENGAGEMENT: Alexandra Brown and Michael Bell

Alexandra Brown, a daughter of Lucy and Terry Brown of Ocean Ridge, is engaged to Michael Bell of California. The couple met while working on a coastal marine fishery conversation project in Moro Bay, Calif.

Brown attended local area public schools, including Citrus Cove Elementary and Congress Middle School, graduating from the Atlantic High School International Baccalaureate program with high honors. She attended the University of Miami on a… Continue

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Oyster reef project planned for next month

By Margie Plunkett



Volunteers will gather along the Lantana Nature Preserve shore on Hypoluxo Island in December with nets in hand not to fish, but to build an oyster reef.

Intended to attract juvenile fish and to provide other environmental benefits, it will be the first restoration project of its kind for Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resource Management.

Lantana, ERM and the West Palm Beach Fishing Club will build the oyster reef on a tentatively… Continue

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Ocean Ridge: Personnel changes afoot at Police Department

By Margie Plunkett



The Ocean Ridge Police Department is two officers stronger, and back to full staff, but more changes are in store come spring with the planned retirement of Chief Edward Hillery.

Hillery is expected to retire as of April 1, Town Manager Ken Schenck said, adding that the chief hasn’t yet officially submitted his intent. Schenck plans to recommend Lt. Chris Yannuzzi as Hillery’s successor, whose appointment is subject to approval by town… Continue

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Library stays, but so does county tax

By Margie Plunkett



The Palm Beach County Library System closed the book on Ocean Ridge’s request to opt out of the library taxing district because it has its own community library.

Ocean Ridge’s pitch was the first of its kind, according to Library Director John J. Callahan III, who turned the town down in a July letter that said the volunteer library with donated books doesn’t have a separate town allocation and its services don’t meet Florida Public Library Standards. “It came… Continue

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Meet Your Neighbor: Stacey Dowdle

10 Questions

Meet Your Neighbor: Stacey Dowdle



Stacey A. Dowdle is all heart. She is, after all, vice president of the Palm Beach chapter of the American Heart Association.

But the Delray Beach woman is so much more than that. She’s a wife, a mother, an avid runner and a young professional who was honored this year as an Athena Award finalist for actively engaging in the promotion of women in leadership roles.

She serves on a… Continue

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Perpetual motion keeps children’s museum going

By Linda Haase



The cry went out, “Save the school.”

Boynton Beach city officials got the message loud and clear, and today the two-story 1913 elementary school building is the thriving, award-winning Schoolhouse Children’s Museum. As the museum enters its ninth year, the staff, like the children who visit, is in perpetual motion looking for new ways to educate and enthrall visitors.

The museum, recently chosen the best museum in South Florida in Nickelodeon’s Parents’ Picks… Continue

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Obituary - Lucy Linn Stewart: Delray Beach

Obituary

Lucy Linn Stewart



By Mary Katherine Stump



Delray Beach — Lucy Stewart, a 37-year resident of Delray Beach and an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the community died peacefully at her home on Oct. 14. She was 96.

“Everyone knew Lucy,” said Patsy Westall, the daughter of Helen Toal, one of Ms. Stewart’s longtime friends. “If there was a need, there was Lucy. I believe that one of the… Continue

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InterFaith21: First year of helping families is cause for celebration

InterFaith21



First year of helping families is cause for celebration




By C.B. Hanif

Unite 21 interfaith congregations in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach to address homelessness among children and families, and you have Family Promise of South Palm Beach County.

Coming soon is a celebration of the nonprofit organization’s first year of advancing faith-based social service beyond proselytizing to the service that is the true hallmark of… Continue

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Paws Up for Pets!: In life and death, feline friend teaches lessons

CAPTION: Callie pokes her head out the carrier after receiving a senior wellness exam at the vet clinic in 2007.



In life and death, feline friend teaches lessons



By Arden Moore



Fifteen years ago, my co-worker Diego brought an itty-bitty calico kitten into the newsroom at the Sun-Sentinel’s office in Delray Beach. Diego knew I was looking to adopt a kitten and he found this one dodging cars on Biscayne… Continue

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Private schools are a mainstay in the education of coastal kids

Although all our local elementary private schools are committed to offering quality education, they come from diverse backgrounds and histories.

The oldest of these schools, Gulf Stream School, was started in 1938 by Ada Belle and William Johnson, and originally served seasonal students who came with their families for the winter. It has 250 children enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade, with 130 of them being from the barrier islands.

Trinity Lutheran School is the next… Continue

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