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Obituary — Margaret Rockefeller: Delray Beach


By Ron Hayes

DELRAY BEACH — When she lived on Vista Del Mar, Margaret Rockefeller’s home was affectionately known to friends as “Chez Margo.”

The nickname was a testament to a woman whose life balanced irrepressible wit with a serious devotion to both animals and art.

“She was just always full of surprises,” recalled Marilyn Brown, a friend of nearly 10 years. “She was interesting, and funny, and you… Continue

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Summer Camp Sampler

NOTE: With so many Summer Camps offered in our area, we selected those located between the Boca Raton Inlet and the Port of Palm Beach. We kept our listing east of I-95. Not all Summer Camp schedules have been set. Please check back next month for additional information as it becomes available. If your organization offers a camp not listed, please send your information to…


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Abrams joins commission with ideas in hand: Palm Beach County

By Florence Kizza

“It should be an interesting next few years,” says Steven Abrams, fresh out of his swearing-in ceremony as Palm Beach County District 4 commissioner at the end of March.

Abrams, the former mayor of Boca Raton, replaced Commissioner Mary McCarty, who resigned in January amidst a federal probe.

Abrams brings with him familiarity with the movers and shakers in the district.

“I… Continue

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Absent an upset, Delray moves on with mostly familiar faces

By C.B. Hanif

Adam Frankel, Delray Beach’s new Seat 4 commissioner, noted that in the March 10 municipal election he won the only race in which there was no incumbent. Voters also returned Commissioner Gary Eliopoulos to Seat 1 and elected Woodie McDuffie mayor.

“It seems to me the public felt comfortable with what they’ve done and wanted to give them two more years,” Frankel said.

As for the insider-outsider undercurrent that had hinted at upset possibilities,… Continue

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Boynton Library cafe on the horizon

BOYNTON BEACH — Latte at the library?

It could happen this summer at the long-awaited café at the Boynton Beach City Library.

The 800-square-foot café moved one step closer to reality on March 17 after city commissioners approved a contract with Ellie’s Catering to operate the eatery.

The catering firm, part of the venerable Ellie’s ’50s Diner, will sell coffee, salads, wraps, baked goods and other beverages, said library director Craig Clark.

“They are… Continue

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Senate bill stirs new chatter of building up Briny

By Thomas R. Collins

A bill in Tallahassee is causing buzz again about a topic that can make even the most laid-back seaside residents here grow tense: Briny Breezes development.

The consideration of the bill by state lawmakers has conjured the not-too-distant memories of two years ago, when a developer’s bid to buy the 43-acre mobile-home town — and make the 1,000 residents millionaires — spawned dreams of new lives, criticism from neighbors and eventually lost hopes when… Continue

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Epicurean Market closes: Manalapan

Just shy of its sixth-month anniversary in Plaza de Mer, Epicurean Gourmet Market has closed.

A phone message to customers lays out numerous problems the store’s owner, Jacob Schlesinger, had with the plaza lease corporation. Air conditioning, flooding, leaks and parking issues were cited as reasons the store could no longer continue to operate in the plaza at S.R. A1A and Ocean Avenue in Manalapan.

Schlesinger has filed suit against the plaza owners to recoup money he says the store… Continue

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Boynton budget woes vex city officials

BOYNTON BEACH — The city faces a budget shortfall of $10.5 million to $16 million, and there’s no easy fix, city commissioners were warned at their March 17 meeting.

“That's a reduction of 15 to 22 percent," said Barry Atwood, the city’s finance director. “I fear it’s going to be toward that higher amount, if not higher, and that’s too much money to come from one area.”

Instead, the city needs to find ways to increase its revenue while reducing expenses, he told… Continue

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A subdued McCarty pleads guilty

By Thomas R. Collins

WEST PALM BEACH — Mary McCarty, who for 18 years represented the southern coastal area on the Palm Beach County Commission dais, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit honest services fraud.

With sentencing set for June 4, the former commissioner is facing a federal prison term that could last five years.

The once-verbose politician said very little, wearing a more muted outfit than her… Continue

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Delray Beach weighs changes to historic district

The Delray Beach City Commission moved closer in March to changing the name of the Nassau Street Historic District, adding properties to the district and expanding its period of significance.

A resurvey report before the commission recommended correcting the name to the Nassau Park Historic District and expanding its historic period of significance to 1935-1964 from the previous 1935-1943. Five properties would be added to the district, which includes lots on Nassau Street between… Continue

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Investigation finds little amiss, advises new procedure: Delray Beach

An independent investigation has concluded that Delray Beach did not substantively violate laws or city policies while it worked with bond issue underwriting companies that employed Kevin McCarty, husband of former County Commissioner Mary McCarty.

Law firm Brown, Garganese, Weiss & D’Agresta, P.A. was hired to conduct the probe after the McCartys were charged with violating honest-services law, said the report submitted March 23 by attorney Usher L. Brown.

The city… Continue

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Atlantic Plaza II garners site board approval: Delray Beach

By Florence Kizza

DELRAY BEACH — Atlantic Plaza II was the main topic of discussion at the Delray Beach Site Plan Review and Appearance Board’s March 11 meeting.

The mixed-use complex, planned for nine acres at Atlantic Avenue and Federal Highway, includes retail, office space and living units. But the six-building project has generated controversy.

While most of the 40 or so Delray residents at the meeting seemed to be on board with the project, not… Continue

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Rabbi at forefront of faith, ethnic dialogue

By C.B. Hanif

South Florida’s winter weather draws many northerners, but Rabbi Marc Schneier of New York has an even better reason to visit: His mother, Donna Schneier Goldberg, and her husband, Leonard, live in Manalapan.

On a recent sunny Sunday afternoon, their waterfront home hosted the Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service’s inaugural Chai Society meeting for its major donors. So what better guest speaker for thanking supporters of the nationally accredited… Continue

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St. Vincent's tuition increase not tied to scandal: Delray Beach

By Cynthia Thuma

The criminal cases against former St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church priests Francis Guinan, 66, and John Skehan, 82, are now completed and the Diocese of Palm Beach has begun trying to separate fact from rumor in issues related and unrelated to the criminal cases.

The diocese stripped the two of their priestly powers and both were sentenced to prison — 14 months for Skehan and four years for Guinan after they were found guilty of skimming hundreds of… Continue

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Former St. Vincent's priests receive prison terms: Delray Beach

By Tim O’Meilia

The titillating tale of two revered Roman Catholic pastors who skimmed hundreds of thousands of dollars from Sunday collection plates at a Delray Beach church and spent it on gambling trips, vacations in the Bahamas and airline tickets for female companions will end in prison for both men.

Already stripped of their Roman collars and their priestly powers, the two stood before separate judges last week — one already in jailhouse garb and the other in gray… Continue

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Cities and towns act on green initiatives: Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Lantana, Briny Breezes, Gulf Stream, Ocean Ridge, Manalapan

By Margie Plunkett

As Earth Day 2009 draws near, municipalities in this 10-mile stretch of beach are measuring carbon emissions, landscaping with eco-efficient plants, replacing gas guzzlers with plug-ins and exploring solar and wind power sources.

Coastal cities are taking a range of approaches to environmental initiatives, from performing basic recycling to establishing green alliances and promoting them on

Not surprisingly, the bigger… Continue

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Manalapan looks into iguana options

Manalapan will live with iguanas a little while longer, since commissioners delayed action at their March 24 meeting to allow more time to explore options for getting rid of the reptiles. Town Manager Gregory Dunham told commissioners, who at February’s meeting had declared iguanas a town nuisance, that he wanted to continue to investigate. The quotes in hand, he said, ranged from someone without the required credentials to an annual service with a… Continue

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These girls fought town hall — and won: Manalapan

By Linda Haase

When sisters Savanah, 11, Cassady, 8, and Amanda, 6, started ManalaPet Sitters, they anticipated being nipped by a zealous cat or beaked by a bird.

But the Manalapan residents never imagined their entrepreneurial venture would end before the dog days of summer began. However, as they and their mom, Gina Hyland, put flyers and business cards on residents’ doors in Manalapan and Hypoluxo Island Feb. 7, a police… Continue

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Gulf Stream sends message with half payment to FPL

GULF STREAM — Town commissioners backed a consortium’s efforts to push Florida Power & Light to bury power lines, but voted to “send a message” to the group by only paying half of a required contribution.

Commissioners voiced concern at their meeting on March 13 that Gulf Stream’s payment is disproportionate to other members’ payments to the Municipal Underground Utilities Consortium, a group of Florida municipalities. Gulf Stream will send about $770 instead of the $1,543… Continue

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Marking a love of history and the shore - A Coastal Star: Delray Beach

A Coastal Star

Robert Hudson Neff’s first ocean/coastal experience was a car trip to Florida in 1920 when he was a small boy. That trip to Miami from Ohio with his parents and two older brothers took nine days. The family camped along the way. Upon their arrival his mother recorded their experiences in a journal — and sought medical treatment for a bad case of mosquito bites!

The family spent about a year in Miami. Neff never… Continue

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