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Tabloid Tattle: Former National Enquirer staffers tell all in ‘Scandalous’

Generoso Pope Jr., the paper’s founder, holds a copy of a 1977 issue showing Elvis Presley in his casket. It’s an image from the film Scandalous: the Untold Story of the National Enquirer.

By Mary Thurwachter…

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Hope Bash Boca: Boca West Country Club, Boca Raton — Nov. 2

The seventh annual Place of Hope event recognized Kelly Fleming and NCCI Holdings as Jay DiPietro Hero of Hope honorees and benefited programs at the charity’s Leighan and David Rinker Campus. ‘Under the Palms’ was the theme, and live and silent auctions, music and dancing were featured. ABOVE: Jeannine and Leland Morris.…

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Pride & Prosecco: Delray Beach Public Library — Nov. 7

With literary-themed cocktails such as Gin Eye, Huckleberry Sin and The Postman Always Brings Ice, the sipping, snacking and shopping event raised more than $10,000 for library programs. More than 200 attended and enjoyed light bites from local restaurants and merchandise from local vendors.

ABOVE: (l-r) Nancy…

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White Truffle Dinner: Café Sapori, West Palm Beach — Dec. 2

The Kravis Center event celebrating the upcoming Palm Beach Wine Auction, set for Jan. 20, included four courses of fine Italian cuisine paired with select wines, all underwritten by Ed and Jen Dudnyk. ‘We’re here because of the more than 80,000 children the Kravis Center reaches with its arts-education programs every year,’…

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Light up the Holidays celebration: Town Hall, Highland Beach — Dec .5

A 28-foot Christmas tree and a 15-foot menorah were lighted as the crowd sang along with Boynton Beach High School’s acclaimed Dimensional Harmony choral group during the annual holiday celebration. The Boca Raton High School ROTC presented the colors of the flag prior to the ‘National Anthem.’ State Rep. Mike Caruso led a…

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Welcome Back: Benvenuto, Boynton Beach — Nov. 17

Il Circolo, The Italian Cultural Society, greeted guests and members at a lively luncheon enhanced by camaraderie, music and take-home gifts. It marked the start of the 2019-20 season. A highlight of the event was the attendance of five Florida Atlantic University students whose summer study program in Venice was supported by…

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Community Inclusion Awards: Boca West Country Club, Boca Raton — Nov. 22

The Unicorn Children’s Foundation annual event coincided with the organization’s 25th anniversary and official rebrand launch. Unsung heroes were recognized for their efforts at building a better and more inclusive community for people with special needs. Nearly 100 nominations were received in 14 categories spotlighting…

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Annual Friends Members’ Dessert Reception: Kravis Center, West Palm Beach — Nov. 6

Nearly 700 Kravis Center supporters celebrated the reopening of the performing arts center with a champagne toast and sweet treats. Taking place prior to the evening’s performance of ‘The Simon & Garfunkel Story,’ the event featured a wide array of desserts and drinks. ‘We have come a long way to improve and…

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Lantana: Judge recommends dismissal of ethics complaint against Mayor Stewart

By Mary Thurwachter

A judge has recommended that the Florida Commission on Ethics dismiss allegations of sexual harassment against Lantana Mayor David Stewart.

Administrative Law Judge Cathy M. Sellers, in her official Recommended Order to the Commission on Ethics filed on Dec. 16, wrote that Stewart did not violate…

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Boca Raton: Council unanimously approves agreement for Virgin Trains station

By Mary Hladky

Boca Raton soon will be home to a Virgin Trains station.

The City Council unanimously voted in favor of an agreement on Dec. 10 that allows construction of a one-story station and 455-space parking garage on city-owned land east of the Downtown Library that the for-profit rail company will lease for $1 per year.

“Tonight was a great win for Boca Raton,” Mayor Scott Singer said after the vote.

“I think it is phenomenal,” said Virgin…

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Boca's cultural ambassador turns 70: Art museum showcases growth, diversity during anniversary

‘Marty’s Cube’ by sculptor Tony Rosenthal is in the entrance courtyard of Boca Raton Museum of Art at Mizner Park.



By Gretel Sarmiento

Dressed up in two trendy exhibitions, Boca Raton Museum of Art kicked off its 70th birthday party last month with the…

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Boca Raton: A towering memorial to lover of ocean

Jacob Kosowsky, shown here just shy of his 18th birthday in 2015, was an outdoorsman who loved the ocean. He died in a car accident last…

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Boca Raton: District learns it can’t sell Ocean Strand — or any other parcel

A developer offered $67.5 million to buy Ocean Strand, which extends across A1A. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Steve Plunkett



The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District can’t sell the undeveloped Ocean Strand parcel, the district’s…

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Highland Beach: County to postpone Milani Park until 2025

By Rich Pollack

The sign proclaiming the large open space at the south end of Highland Beach to be the future location of Cam D. Milani Park is likely to remain there for at least another five years.

What will happen to the 5.6-acre property — and adjacent parcels to the north still owned by the Milani…

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Boca Raton: Chief to leave city force, take No. 2 spot with school police

By Mary Hladky

Police Chief Dan Alexander is retiring effective Dec. 1 from the department he has led for the past 13 years and will move into the newly created position of director of school police for the Palm Beach County school district.

Alexander effectively will become the second in command at the district police department,…

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Boca Raton: Floating wetlands area dropped from Wildflower plan for now

By Steve Plunkett



Downtown’s combined Wildflower-Silver Palm park won’t have a planned floating wetlands area under the Palmetto Park Road bridge when it opens in 2021.

Kona Gray, a principal of consultant EDSA Inc., which is designing the park, told City Council members Oct. 21 that his team missed an application deadline for needed seagrass permits.

“In order to keep our project moving forward, that could happen at a separate date,” Gray said. “It’s not…

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Highland Beach: Town asks state legislators to fund A1A improvements

By Rich Pollack

In what could be seen as a well-crafted end run around the state’s transportation agency, the town is going straight to the Florida Legislature in hopes of getting additional funding for projects along State Road A1A.

Highland Beach officials have enlisted the aid of state Rep. Mike Caruso, R-Delray Beach, who is working on two bills that would send close to $1 million to the town if approved.

House Bill 2185 would provide about $200,000 for…

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Boca Raton: Crocker Partners drops 2 of 3 Midtown lawsuits

By Mary Hladky

Crocker Partners has curtailed its contentious legal battle with the city, dropping two lawsuits that sought to compel city officials to allow it to redevelop Midtown.

But Crocker Partners continues to pursue litigation that seeks $137.6 million in damages the developer and landowner claims it has sustained because Boca Raton illegally prevented the redevelopment.

By dismissing the two lawsuits, Crocker Partners has signaled that it is giving up…

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Along the Coast: Can Tri-Rail, Virgin Trains coexist on FEC tracks?

By Mary Hladky

Tri-Rail has long hoped to offer commuter rail service on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks that run through downtowns along the coast.

Officials of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, which operates Tri-Rail, know that stations along those tracks would be more convenient for many potential commuters eager to have an alternative to Interstate 95.

But as Tri-Rail has tried to make headway in offering service beyond its line…

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Highland Beach: Gun shop owner illegally alerted suspect in theft from widow, investigators say

By Rich Pollack

A Delray Beach gun shop owner whose text let a friend who is charged with bilking a Highland Beach widow out of close to $3 million know investigators were looking for related records was charged last month with criminal disclosure of a subpoena.

Texts in which 34-year-old Michael R. Caruso Jr. of Boynton Beach also recommended his friend David Del Rio contact a well-known Palm Beach County defense attorney led to Caruso’s being named as a witness…

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