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To find the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19, please visit the Florida Department of Health’s dedicated …


Added by Mary Kate Leming on March 17, 2020 at 10:00am — No Comments

Gigi postponed at Wold Performing Arts Center

Productions of the musical comedy Gigi scheduled for 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 14, and 4 p.m. March 15 at Keith C. & Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University have been postponed due to concerns about the coronavirus.

Gigi is Lerner and Loewe’s musical comedy about a free-spirited young girl living in Paris at the turn of the 20th century and the wealthy young playboy who falls in love with her as she is transformed into a poised courtesan. It includes…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on March 14, 2020 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Delray Beach: Beatles on the Beach Festival postponed

The International Beatles On The Beach Festival, scheduled for March 26-29 at Old School Square and other venues throughout Delray Beach, has been “postponed.”

     “Although we received countless messages not to cancel, the powers that be have temporarily closed down our venue for your safety,” organizer Daniel Hartwell said in a statement late Friday.

     Asked if and how ticketholders could apply for refunds, Hartwell said, “I'm trying to figure out the rest with Old School…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on March 14, 2020 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Ocean Ridge: Plastic awareness event postponed

The Save the Seas – Plastics Free event scheduled March 21 in Ocean Ridge was postponed “out of an abundance of caution” due to the corona virus. “We look forward to seeing you when the event is able to be rescheduled,” the Town of Ocean and the Garden Club said in their announcement. The daylong event was planned to begin with a beach clean-up and included sessions at Town Hall such as “Rise Above Plastics,” as well as family art activities and exhibitor booths.

— Margie…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on March 14, 2020 at 9:24am — No Comments

Cartoonist cancels Old School Square appearance

Update: Beatles on the Beach Festival postponed

    Ron Campbell, an animator who contributed to the Beatles' 1968 cartoon feature “Yellow Submarine” has canceled his appearance at this year's Beatles On The Beach festival, March 26-29.



Added by Mary Kate Leming on March 13, 2020 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Bethesda Hospital cancels Bethesda Ball


By Amy Woods

The Bethesda Ball would have celebrated its 65th anniversary March 14 at The Breakers on Palm Beach. Instead, because of concern about the coronavirus, the biggest fundraiser of the year for Bethesda Hospital has been canceled.

Nelson Lazo sent an email March 12 to supporters, apologizing for the short notice.

“We take the health of our community very seriously…but as we see a growing number of updates…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on March 12, 2020 at 5:39pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: City provides watering service after reclaimed water turned off

In an effort to help Delray Beach residents who have been without their reclaimed water service since early February, employees like Curtis Duscan, (center)  and city contractors Clay Carroll (left) and Anthony Coates have started watering lawns on the barrier island. …


Added by Mary Kate Leming on March 6, 2020 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Boca Raton: Exploding costs jeopardize tower, ADA elevator at Gumbo Limbo

Six 40-foot-tall wooden posts have stood since last spring at the site of the tower project. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Steve Plunkett

The estimated price of installing an inclined elevator at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center to make a…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on March 5, 2020 at 8:39am — No Comments

Health & Harmony: A Touch Better — Ocean Ridge woman practices, teaches and writes about noninvasive body therapies

Mya Breman uses craniosacral therapy to relieve tension and pain. Breman (right) calls it ‘body psychology.’  Photos provided

By Joyce…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on March 3, 2020 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Health Notes: Light the Night Challenge nets $316,468 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Palm Health Foundation’s ‘Let’s Move! ‘ program this month encourages people of all fitness levels to exercise.  Photo provide

Seventeen local people took part in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2019 Light the Night Executive Challenge, an eight-week…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on March 3, 2020 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Highland Beach: Nativity kidnapping tarnishes New Year’s

Baby Jesus lay in his manger at St. Lucy Catholic Church before he was stolen Jan. 1 and taken to Broward County. He was returned several days later. Photo provided

By Rich Pollack

It was a whodunit with biblical…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 29, 2020 at 1:10pm — 1 Comment

Lantana: Dune Deck secures more employee parking

Dune Deck Café owner John Caruso persuaded the Lantana Town Council to give him five additional decal-parking spaces for his employees. Appearing at the town’s Jan. 27 meeting, Caruso said the outdoor café at Lantana beach currently has 15 parking spaces for employees, but that’s not enough.

“My employees are getting $50 tickets and they can’t afford that,” he said, adding that code enforcement was stricter than ever. Often, others are taking the spots allotted…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 29, 2020 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Meet Your Neighbor: Janie Swanko Souaid

Janie Swanko Souaid is surrounded by Atlantic High seniors during a college football signing day event at the Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa in December. Souaid started a program that provided them with blazers for the occasion. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 29, 2020 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Lantana: Read for the Record

Mayor David Stewart presented a basket of children’s books to library director Kristine Kreidler in January after the town won first place in the Read for the Record event on Oct. 27 for municipalities under 20,000. Lantana has been part of the event for 12 years and been best in the county 10 times. Stewart…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 29, 2020 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Delray Beach: City expands service area for free rides to downtown

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach residents who live in the Lake Ida district or north and south of Atlantic Avenue along the beach will be able to enjoy free rides to the downtown by March.

The city’s Community Redevelopment Agency approved the expanded service area by a unanimous vote on Jan. 28. Board member Adam Frankel was absent.

“I’m absolutely in support of this change,” said Mayor Shelly…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 29, 2020 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Highland Beach: Condo leaders push to trim parking as a way to compromise on Milani Park

Parking for the county’s proposed Milani Park would be in the grassy area west of A1A (upper left). Photo provided

By Rich Pollack

For more than 30 years, Highland Beach and residents of the Boca Highland Beach Club and…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 29, 2020 at 12:11pm — 1 Comment

Boca Raton: Singer, Korn to face off again in mayor’s race

By Steve Plunkett

Along with naming their preference for U.S. president next month, city voters will choose either incumbent Mayor Scott Singer or one of the men he defeated by a more than 20-to-1 margin just 17 months ago.

Qualifying for the March 17 ballot ended Jan. 10. Andrea O’Rourke and Andy Thomson will keep their seats on the Boca Raton City Council after no one filed to challenge them.…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 29, 2020 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Safety issues spur move to replace ‘free flow’ lane to Mizner Blvd.

The heavily traveled  ‘free flow’ lane at the southeast corner of Federal Highway and Southeast Mizner Boulevard will be replaced this summer with a squared-off right-turn lane. Pedestrian crosswalks at the intersection will be improved. Photo provided/Google…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 29, 2020 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Boca Raton: Out with the new park names, in with the old

By Steve Plunkett

The names are in — 294 suggestions for what to call Boca Raton’s soon-to-be integrated Wildflower property and Silver Palm Park on the Intracoastal Waterway.

And the winner is: Wildflower Park and Silver Palm Park.

“I had a feeling that’s the way it would end up,” council member Andrea O’Rourke said. “I think the public has spoken.”

Mayor Scott Singer reviewed…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 29, 2020 at 11:58am — No Comments

Boca Raton: State touts Glades interchange redesign in I-95 project

The new interchange will eliminate left-hand turns in front of oncoming traffic, the key safety feature. Drivers on Glades Road will switch sides of the road as they cross I-95 and then switch back. Traffic signals will control the crossovers. Rendering provided…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on January 29, 2020 at 11:57am — No Comments

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