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On the Water: Sharks frustrating anglers by eating hooked fish

Angler Doug Sarmousakis holds what remains of a kingfish that was mostly eaten by a shark during the Aug. 10 Mark Gerretson Memorial Fishing Tournament. Photo provided by John Miller

By Willie Howard

Sharks are lingering around…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on September 1, 2019 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Religion Notes: Love music? St. Paul’s programs let you learn, perform

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Delray Beach is inviting people who love music to join one of its musical programs. Opportunities are available for young people and adults, and participation is open to people of all faiths who share a love of music. Rehearsals begin soon. Programs include:

The chorister program includes the Cherub Choir, Jubilate Youth Choir, and Chancel Choir. The Cherub Choir is a pre-reading choir for children ages 4 through 6. Kids must be…

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Paws up for Pets: Rescue group to treat pet lovers to a double dose of goodness

Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue plans a fundraising dinner comedy show Oct. 4 in Boca Raton and a beachside blessing service for your pets Oct. 6 at Lake Worth. Photo provided

By Arden Moore

Sure, some dogs fetch the TV remote. And some…

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Health & Harmony: A few tips to keep you cool during the sweltering season

Bright, happy colors can have a cooling effect, Kathie Orrico says. ‘It's hard to feel miserable when you're smiling.’ Photo provided

By Joyce Reingold

Fans twirl on the sidelines and from ceilings, supporting the work of A-list air…

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Health Notes: FAU’s White Coats-4-Care raises more than $185,000 for class of 2023

White Coats-4-Care, FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine’s principal scholarship fundraising event, raised more than $185,000 to “dress and equip” the incoming class of 2023 and fund scholarships.

Several donors increased their annual gifts.

The initiative, developed nine years ago and co-chaired each year by Bonnie and Jon Kaye, has raised more than $600,000 since its inception.

Supported by honorary co-chairs…

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Tots & Teens: Safety advocate donates helmets to lacrosse team

Bill Dorton, co-founder of Head Injury Treatment Corp in Delray Beach, speaks to students at St. Joseph’s Episcopal School about sports-related head injuries. Photo provided by Carol Cunningham

By Janis Fontaine

For kids who play sports, back-to-school…

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Boynton Beach: Aug. 30 deadline for requesting return of bricks from Schoolhouse Museum

The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center is redoing its front patio as part of the Town Square redevelopment in Boynton Beach. Many of the bricks are worn and need to be replaced.

If you donated to have an etched brick and would like to have that brick returned, please contact the museum’s executive director, Suzanne Ross, by Aug. 30. Call: 561-742-6780 or email: suzanne@schoolhousemuseum.org. Let her know when you can…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 19, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

Briny Breezes: Briny rehires Ocean Ridge police, drops Boynton

By Dan Moffett

 Briny Breezes’ three-year partnership with the Boynton Beach Police Department ended Thursday afternoon and a longstanding relationship with Ocean Ridge was restarted.

 The Town Council voted not to renew its law enforcement contract with Boynton and instead approved hiring Ocean Ridge, whose department had provided services to Briny for 33 of the last 36 years.

 “It was our history of working with Ocean Ridge,” said Councilwoman…

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Ocean Ridge: Commissioners want budget help from public at special meeting

By Dan Moffett

Conflicted over whether to close a sizable budget deficit with reserve funds or a tax increase, Ocean Ridge commissioners are asking for advice from the people who elected them to make decisions.

The commission has scheduled a special budget meeting beginning at 2 p.m. on Aug. 5 at Town Hall. The public is invited to attend and weigh in on which option the town should choose.

“Let’s…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2019 at 11:29am — No Comments

Briny Breezes: Town Hall to test longer business hours

By Dan Moffett

In an effort to improve accessibility for contractors, Briny Breezes council members agreed to expand the hours Town Hall is open for public business.

Beginning in August, the office will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The office used to close at noon on those days.

Donna Coates, Briny Breezes’ corporate park manager, told the council she has…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2019 at 11:28am — No Comments

Boynton Beach: City outlines penny-tax improvement projects

By Jane Smith

Boynton Beach will use $500,000 from its penny tax proceeds during the next fiscal year to upgrade the eastern end of Boynton Beach Boulevard, the city’s public works director said July 16.

Andrew Mack told city commissioners on the second day of a two-day budget workshop that the project would run east from Federal Highway to the eastern edge of the pond located between the Casa Costa condominiums…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2019 at 11:27am — No Comments

Gulf Stream: Police getting pay boost to keep up with neighbors

By Steve Plunkett

Police patrol officers and sergeants will get a one-time $3,750 raise to bring their salaries more in line with comparable towns in Town Manager Greg Dunham’s proposed 2020 budget.

The increase will set Gulf Stream’s starting police pay at $51,250 — behind Ocean Ridge ($53,902) and Palm Beach ($52,274) but ahead of Manalapan ($51,200) and Highland Beach ($50,400). The figures were drawn from a…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2019 at 11:25am — 1 Comment

Lantana: LED street lights coming; some island residents call choice too bright

By Mary Thurwachter

The streets of Lantana are about to get brighter at night. The reason: The town is switching out its high-pressure sodium street lights with energy-efficient LEDs, or light-emitting diodes.

The Town Council on July 8 approved an agreement with FPL to make the conversion, expected to save more than $844 in annual energy costs.

FPL’s business development manager, Francisco…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2019 at 11:24am — No Comments

Lantana: Quick response results in arrest in mail theft

By Mary Thurwachter

Lantana police made quick work in nabbing a Belle Glade lawn maintenance worker charged with snatching $200,000 worth of checks from a mailbox on South Atlantic Drive on Hypoluxo Island.

According to the police report, Marchello Wilbon, 34, was apprehended at the beach shortly after a resident with a home business found that 39 checks she had placed in her mailbox were missing July 15.…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2019 at 11:22am — No Comments

Lantana: Plans for centennial celebration begin to take shape

By Mary Thurwachter

Lantana has a big birthday coming up in 2021 — its centennial — and plans for the celebration are already percolating.

At the July 22 council meeting, Town Clerk Nicole Dritz outlined proposals from the Centennial Committee.

Suggestions include antique car and boat shows, carnival rides, a talent contest, stilt walkers dressed in old-time costumes, and food trucks.…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2019 at 11:20am — No Comments

Manalapan: Town considers slight tax increase

By Stephen Moore

Manalapan Town Manager Linda Stumpf does not have all the figures to finalize the town’s 2019-2020 budget, but she does have enough information to propose increasing the tax rate for residents by up to 3.7 percent over last year’s rate.

The increase, which is scheduled to be finalized at the Sept. 18 Town Commission meeting, would place the tax rate at $3.1412 per $1,000 of taxable property value.…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

Along the Coast: Nest numbers a cause for optimism among turtle monitors

David Anderson, sea turtle conservation coordinator at Gumbo Limbo, checks a loggerhead nest at Red Reef Park.

By Larry Keller

As surely as the sun rises in the east, David Anderson and others from Gumbo Limbo Nature…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

Boca Raton: Virgin Trains, Boca want to add station

City Council agrees to explore idea for downtown stop

By Mary…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2019 at 10:35am — No Comments

Boca Raton: 4.2 percent increase proposed for city property taxes

By Mary Hladky

Boca Raton property owners will see a minuscule decrease in the city’s property tax rate if the tentative rate set on July 23 wins final approval.

“Taking direction from our goal-setting session this spring, staff is not recommending an increase in the tax rate for next year,” Deputy City Manager George Brown told City Council members.

The tentative rate is $3.6787 per $1,000 of…

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Added by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2019 at 10:31am — No Comments

Boca Raton: New evidence introduced against Haynie

By Mary Hladky

A prosecutor has introduced new evidence showing that suspended Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie cast a another vote that potentially benefited the city’s largest downtown commercial landowner.

Haynie was arrested on April 24, 2018, on charges of official misconduct, perjury, misuse of public office and failure to disclose voting conflicts. She faces more than 20 years in prison.…

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