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Boca Raton: Camino bridge set to reopen this month after restoration

Residents in the area have given good reviews of the restored Camino Real bridge, which is set to reopen to land traffic on June 20 after more than 14 months of repairs. Photo provided

By Steve Plunkett…

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Tops in toe shoes: Boca Raton’s Harid Conservatory trains ballet stars of the future

ABOVE: Students of The Harid Conservatory perform a scene from the classical ballet, Raymonda, during a dress rehearsal at Countess de Hoernle Theatre at Spanish River High School. BELOW: Alexis Valdés and Lauren Leb practice the grand pas de deux from…

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Along the Coast: Preliminary property values

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Boca Raton: City pleased with update on Intracoastal park combo

By Steve Plunkett

The combined Wildflower-Silver Palm park won’t have access stairs on the north side of the Palmetto Park Road bridge after all.

A team from consultant EDSA Inc., which is designing the combined park, toured Deerfield Beach’s new Sullivan Park “and they have stairs. It seemed to make sense to us,” EDSA principal Kona Gray said.

“But Palm Beach County requested that we make it…

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Highland Beach: No agreement yet on regional planning council’s bill

By Rich Pollack

Weeks after Highland Beach officially canceled its consulting contract with the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council following the defeat of a multimillion dollar bond referendum, the two organizations are still at odds over who owes money to whom and how much.

In an April letter to the planning council’s chair and executive director, Highland Beach officials said they were disappointed and not…

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Highland Beach: Vice mayor: Get public input before decision-making

By Rich Pollack

Highland Beach Vice Mayor Greg Babij knows that some residents have good ideas, and he hopes a new process he is proposing will make it easier for those ideas to surface before town commissioners make important decisions.

Babij late last month asked his fellow commissioners to consider changing procedures at commission meetings to allow residents a chance to comment on each agenda item shortly after…

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Boca Raton: Museum renovation to provide livelier reckoning of city’s past

In the proposed ‘Boca Raton in World War II’ room, a one-fifth scale…

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Boca Raton: Generous gift will allow new, improved Gumbo Limbo tower to rise

By Steve Plunkett

An unnamed benefactor will pay a substantial part of the $450,000 cost to make Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s three-story observation tower ADA-compliant.

Michele Peel, president of the Friends of Gumbo Limbo,…

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Boca Raton: Council demands more financial details on golf course project

By Steve Plunkett

City Council members came expecting to be told how much it will cost to build the planned Boca National Golf Course.

Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District commissioners came hoping to secure council members’ blessing of the conceptual design.

Both sides left the May 28 joint meeting unfulfilled.

Beach and Park Commissioner Robert Rollins told council…

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Made for Shade: Sunglasses are vital when it comes to eye protection

Scott Koedel of Ocean Ridge models Electric Swingarm glasses with matte black frames and bronze green mirror lenses. $200.99.

By Brian Biggane 

Did you know that one sunglass lens is better for fishing…

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Philanthropy Notes: Dancers named for Boca’s Ballroom Battle scholarship fundraiser

The Boca’s Ballroom Battle contestants will include (l-r) Jody Saffert, Fran Nachlas, Dr. Minelle Tendler, Jason Hagensick, Diana Riser and Margaret Blume. Photo provided

By Amy Woods

The competition has begun for Boca’s Ballroom…

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Italian Festival: Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort — April 6

Il Circolo participated in its first such festival, which featured a spaghetti-eating contest without forks. Guests came to enjoy food, laughter and all things Italian. The organization is already gearing up for the next one. RIGHT: Marco Capoccia and Paul Finizio call to the crowd. Photo provided by Joan…

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‘Too Cool for School’: Benvenuto, Boynton Beach — April 11

Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center, a nonprofit that serves as a popular arts and culture destination, threw a party to honor its supporters. The evening program celebrated the power of play. Guests enjoyed food, drinks, dancing and a silent auction. The event grossed nearly $40,000. ABOVE:…

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Belle Arti Luncheon: Kravis Center, West Palm Beach — March 7

Dreyfoos School of the Arts students dressed in Venetian costumes welcomed more than 180 guests to benefit the Dreyfoos foundation. The Italian theme was carried throughout the event, from the decor to the menu to the performances. A total of $70,000 was raised.…

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Annual Gala: Kravis Center, West Palm Beach — March 1

The 2018-19 Kravis season’s evening of elegance struck a chord with the 400-plus guests who attended to see legendary artist David Foster play the piano. A red-carpet pre-show reception and a spectacular post-show dinner dance netted more than $600,000 for the performing-arts hall. RIGHT: Aggie and Jeff…

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Butterfly Release: Faulk Center for Counseling, Boca Raton — May 9

The nonprofit observed Mental Health Awareness Month with a symbolic networking event in support of its mission. Like the transformation of a butterfly representing change, rebirth and renewal, patients who seek help from the center experience transformations. The organization provides free and low-cost counseling to…

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Spring Soirée Gala: Woodfield Country Club, Boca Raton — March 30

Parkinson’s Foundation South Palm Beach County Chapter’s signature event was celebrated in style, attracting more than 150 guests and raising more than $65,000. The chapter recognized longtime supporter Robin Muir. Live music, dancing, entertainment, cocktails and fine dining were among the highlights. RIGHT:…

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Be Great Celebration Dinner: Seagate Country Club, Delray Beach — March 7

A warm night provided a beautiful backdrop for the seventh annual event benefiting the Naoma Donnelley Haggin Boys & Girls Club of Delray Beach. The dinner crowned Derry Gaspard as the club’s Youth of the Year. Nearly 230 guests and an auction raised $165,000 to benefit local children.…

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Philanthropy Guild Reception: Boca Raton Resort & Club — March 21

Boca Raton Regional Hospital celebrated with hundreds of supporters to applaud lead donors of the capital campaign who have given $1 million or more to Keeping the Promise … The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. ‘This is our opportunity to recognize and thank the hospital’s benefactors for their amazing…

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Painting presentation: John G’s, Plaza del Mar, Manalapan — May 21

Lake Worth artist Gary Orrock presents a painting he did of Tess and John Giragos to the couple’s niece, Susan Costello, at  John G’s Restaurant in Manalapan. Orrock painted the piece in remembrance of the couple who founded John G’s. Their children have managed the…

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