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Police chief honored for deaf-services efforts: Manalapan

By Emily J. Minor

There are people you like and people you love.

And then there are people like Manalapan Police Chief Clay Walker — the kind you’d pretty much like to clone.

“He’s not just doing this because it’s the law,” said Joan Gindlesperger, who 25 years ago started the Deaf Service Center of Palm Beach County. “He’s doing this because he cares.”

Walker, a Clewiston boy and fourth-generation Floridian, recently… Continue

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Obituary—Elizabeth G. Beinecke: Gulf Stream

By Emily J. Minor

Gulf Stream — Elizabeth G. Beinecke, a generous benefactor of the arts and the environment who had a winter home in Gulf Stream for many years, died April 14 in her sleep. She was 89.

Known as Betty to her friends and family, Mrs. Beinecke had been married to her husband, Bill, for nearly 68 years. She had been recovering from heart surgery and was unable to make the winter trip to Florida this year.

Even though Mrs. Beinecke led a successful life of… Continue

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Manalapan weighs allowing larger beach houses

By Margie Plunkett

Manalapan commissioners bumped up the size of beach houses to 750 square feet in a preliminary vote that compromised between the current allowance and a proposed increase to 1,000 square feet.

An ordinance that encompasses this and other zoning revisions will be the subject of a second public hearing at 9:30 a.m. on May 26. The ordinance also addresses dune walkovers, fire pits, building heights, setbacks and hedge heights, among other concerns.

The beach… Continue

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Site plan approved for mixed-use downtown project: Delray Beach

By Margie Plunkett

Commissioners approved the site plan for the $250 million Atlantic Plaza II project — two blocks of living, office and retail space on eight acres downtown — at a crowded public hearing April 7.

Residents there voiced support for the project, but also raised concerns about traffic safety and environmental practices.

The mixed-use project, which is less than half the size of Mizner Park in Boca Raton, still has another 18 months to go before construction… Continue

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End of sewage’s ocean-ward trek took activism, work, money: Delray Beach

By Thomas R. Collins

It ended simply: Somebody turned a valve and presto, no more greenish-brown plume of water gushing from the South Central Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant into the ocean a mile off the Delray Beach coast. Instead, that water was redirected deep, deep underground.

Getting to that point, though, took three years of work, $17 million, and came only after a staredown between plant officials and environmentalists, especially from Palm Beach Reef Rescue, who… Continue

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Seeing motherhood at its most primeval

The following is an edited excerpt from a letter written by Kate Livingstone to her mother, Barbara Keenan, who shared it with The Coastal Star. It describes the rare, before-dawn encounter Livingstone and her family had with a green turtle on the beach in Gulf Stream last year:

She would have been born on this beach, and had traveled thousands of miles to return here to give birth.

She was lovely and hard at work. She had already dug out the small, deep cavity with her… Continue

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Atlantic Plaza II: Delray Beach

Atlantic Plaza II

Location: Between East Atlantic Avenue and Northeast First Street, and between Northeast Sixth Avenue and Veterans Park.

Description: A mixed-use development built in three phases on more than 8 acres. The development is in six buildings that vary from two to five stories. Less than half the size of Mizner Park in Boca Raton, Atlantic Plaza II’s statistics are as follows, with some comparisons to Mizner Park:

Atlantic Plaza… Continue

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A Coastal Star of the Month—Call her 'Granny Nature": Delray Beach

Alieda Riley

When Lt. j.g. Alieda E. Nelson, communications officer, married Lt. Cmdr. Melville “Hank” Riley in 1946, they honeymooned in Cuba, then moved to the Riley family home on South Ocean Boulevard in Delray Beach. Mrs. Riley Sr. had built the house in 1939. It still stands, two houses south of the Seagate Beach Club. There the young couple raised their six children.

After most of the children were grown, Alieda moved to Delray’s Marina Historic District, where she… Continue

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INTERFAITH21: Uniting people of faith, or no particular faith, in the 21st century

By C.B. Hanif

A different way of thinking about the Bible — namely through the lens of modern biblical scholarship informed by reason — is the premise of Thomas G. O’Brien III’s 15-week course at Bethesda-by-the-Sea. Each class is a treasure, thanks to his love of the richness of the Bible, his encyclopedic knowledge of its history and his depth of spiritual insight.

“He provides great information in an understandable way without… Continue

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Wood boardwalk in works for park: Boynton Beach, Ocean Ridge

By Linda Haase

When the Oceanfront Park boardwalk was replaced with recycled plastic in 1986, city officials hailed it as the latest and greatest in the green movement.

But, as they say, you can’t fool Mother Nature. The harsh winds and corrosive saltwater warped the 900-foot walkway; the coarse sand made it slippery. “It was done with great intentions, but it didn’t hold up as well as the industry predicted,” said Boynton Beach Parks Superintendent Jody Rivers.

This… Continue

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Obituary—James Kevin Campbell: Manalapan

Manalapan — James Kevin Campbell of Manalapan and Charlevoix, Mich., died

Saturday, April 18, 2009, at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis. He was 90.

Mr. Campbell was born in Detroit, where he spent many years

associated with the automobile industry. He was a financial executive

of Inmont Corp., now known as United Technologies.

He attended the University of Detroit Mercy before entering the U.S.

Army Air Corps during World War II. He became a major and… Continue

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Obituary—Elizabeth Annette Kunik: Delray Beach

By Ron Hayes

DELRAY BEACH — A seasonal resident for more than 20 years, Elizabeth Annette Kunik passed away April 9.

Born March 6, 1927, in Shenandoah, Penn., Mrs. Kunik attended the Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing Cadette Corps program before marrying Robert Kunik in 1950. They lived in Stone Harbor, N.J., and Bryn Mawr, Pa., and wintered in Delray Beach.

In 1976, Mrs. Kunik began playing golf, a game she came to love and often played at The Little Club in… Continue

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Obituary —James W. Davant: Delray Beach

By Mary Katherine Stump

Delray Beach — James W. Davant, retired CEO of PaineWebber Group, died in Delray Beach on April 17 at the age of 93. Mr. Davant led PaineWebber, now a part of UBS Financial Services, from 1964 to 1980.

Mr. Davant was a former resident of New York City and Locust Valley, Long Island. He was born in McComb, Miss., was raised in Memphis, Tenn., and attended both the University of Mississippi and the the University of Virginia.

He served as a naval… Continue

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No-see-um battle returns to Town Commission: Ocean Ridge

By Margie Plunkett

The town is being eaten alive.

No-see-ums are out in force, driving residents indoors.

“I haven’t talked to anyone in Ocean Ridge who hasn’t been bothered by no-see-ums,” Robert Happ told Ocean Ridge commissioners in April. “It’s a big, big problem.”

Ocean Ridge sprayed for no-see-ums for two years, but stopped for one year after residents raised concern about the safety of chemical treatment. The Town Commission has asked Clarke Mosquito… Continue

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At 75, Hand's remains ‘Delray Beach 100 percent’

By Cynthia Thuma

Even a village by the sea needs office supplies.

And so, since it began life as a book shop three-quarters of a century ago, Hand’s Office Supply, in the heart of Delray Beach, has endeavored to serve locals’ and visitors’ needs.

From cerulean blue art paint to custom stationery, from columnar pads to office chairs, it’s clear today that the store’s motto, “Hand’s has it,” is no exaggeration.

The Atlantic Avenue business — this year celebrating its… Continue

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Fire station loses rescue transport because of budget constraints: Gulf Stream, Delray Beach

By Margie Plunkett

Delray Beach Fire Station No. 2 — Gulf Stream’s main station — no longer has a rescue transport to accompany its fire engine to calls, the result of a temporary staff change meant to ensure the safety of the station’s firefighters.

The closest available transport from another station will respond when there is a call, Delray Beach Fire Chief David C. James told Gulf Stream commissioners at their April meeting. Commissioners learned of the change shortly before… Continue

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Obituary —Donald W. Amon: Briny Breezes

By Mary Katherine Stump

Briny Breezes — Don Amon, a resident of Briny Breezes and Flint, Mich., died on April 23 at his Michigan residence. He was 84 years old.

Mr. Amon served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II and was married to his wife of 61 years, Colleen Gibbs, shortly after, in 1948.

“I can’t believe I’m going to have to live without him,” said Colleen. “He was the most wonderful husband.” He owned and operated Corunna Road Hardware in… Continue

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Public to be heard on waterway boating: Delray Beach, Briny Breezes

By Mike Readling

Anita Casey watches in dismay every weekend at the activities in her Delray Beach backyard. Many times dismay turns to outright concern. Casey sees boats — all sizes of boats — motoring up and down the Intracoastal Waterway. They pass each other. They overtake one another. They have little regard for the wakes they leave behind.

Then there are the Jet Skiers who climb those wakes and zip in and out among the boats like… Continue

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Hurricane prep tips for homeowners

By Mary Thurwachter

Whether you are a new resident or have lived here long enough to know the drill all too well, everyone needs to know what to do in the event of a hurricane. So pay attention, folks. And, while you’re at it, keep your fingers crossed that this year the big, bad damaging storms steer clear of our coveted coastline.

For starters, hurricane season begins June 1 and continues until Nov. 30.

“We’re laid back but we take this very seriously,” says Manalapan… Continue

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Hurricane Preparedness: A checklist for seasonal condo dwellers

If you’re one of the seasonal residents who spend winter living in a condo near the beach, you’re probably getting ready to pack your bags and head north. Lucky you! You’ve enjoyed the best of Florida’s sunny weather and will escape the muggy summer and fall months, as well as the threat of the dreaded hurricane season.

But before you go, there are a few things you should know. We talked to several local property managers who offered these reminders to get your home prepared for the stormy… Continue

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