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Effort brings out Old-Florida charm in cottages

By Christine Davis



Cottages are one place where “cute” and “old” are often used in the same sentence.

And who knows why? They certainly have their share of ailments and complaints, but they are so darned adorable, we just get out the hammer or call the handyman and remedy the problems.



Key West in Delray Beach

Consider this cute, old, Key West-style cottage belonging to Viki and Al O’Donnell on Nassau… Continue

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Meet Your Neighbor: Diana Taylor

Listen to an inspirational interview with Diana Taylor at: http://inspiredbysteve.podbean.com/

Diana Taylor’s multi-media company, Pug at the Beach — which she says is part Dalai Lama and part Jimmy Buffett — offers books, Pug jewelry and apparel, talks and other tools, which can be seen at:… Continue

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Hard-working writer Pratt put Briny on Big Apple map

See more photos from the Pratt collection



By Ron Hayes



Seventy-two years ago, you could park a trailer in Briny Breezes for $2.75 a week.

You could do your laundry in a reasonably clean clapboard building and cleanse your face in washbowls open to those briny breezes. You could attend to nature’s more private needs… Continue

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Obituary — Barbara Latham Keresey: Delray Beach

By Ron Hayes



DELRAY BEACH — Several years ago, Barbara Keresey shot a hole-in-one on the ninth hole of the St. Andrew’s Club. She went north for the summer, returned in the fall, and shot a consecutive hole-in-one at the same ninth hole during her first game of the season.

On July 26, Mrs. Keresey died peacefully at home, in a bedroom overlooking the scene of her two-in-a-million golfing triumph.

She was 89, and had lived at the… Continue

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Women’s Circle works on literacy with Boynton library help

By C.B. Hanif



Some are shy and simply seeking a better life. Others seek no attention unless it helps them to better help. They are flip sides of the same coin: the served and the servants who can be found most days at The Women’s Circle of Boynton Beach.

“Anywhere in our world where there is poverty, women tend to be impacted even more than men,” said the circle’s coordinator, Sister Lorraine Ryan.

“We can’t do everything, so we… Continue

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Obituary — Eugene A. 'Gene' Cericola: Boynton Beach

Boynton Beach — Eugene A. Cericola, (Gene) died Aug. 27, following a brief illness at the age of 69.

A resident of the Boynton Beach area for over twenty years, he was a member of Grace Community Church where he served as a deacon and supervised the Church’s soup kitchen.

Mr. Cericola attended Niagara University and was graduated from Brockport State Teachers College of New York, Class of 1960.

Mr. Cericola served as the president of… Continue

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Obituary — Kathleen A. 'Kay' Cunningham: Ocean Ridge/Boynton Beach

Kathleen A. ‘Kay’ Cunningham



Boynton Beach — 'Kay' Cunningham, formally of Ocean Ridge and Cotuit, Mass., died at home on August 27, after a long illness while being cared for by family and friends.

She was born February 23, 1938, in New York City to Joseph and Josephine Mozes.

Kay attended New York schools and went on to graduate from Newton High School, Newton, Mass., in 1956.

She has resided in Florida since 1989 but leaves many close friends on Cape Cod.

Kay… Continue

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Is yours a tidy cat household?

By Arden Moore



Leave it to a litter company to launch a national campaign to put a positive spin on being catty. The “Tidy Cats Campaign to End Cattiness” has been unleashed to debunk misperceptions and to celebrate millions of people who happily share their homes — and hearts — with cats.

In fact, 71 percent of all domestic cats in the United States live in multiple-cat households. Despite the fact that two or more cats share a common… Continue

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Bridge tenders have luck of the draw

By Ron Hayes



If you think waiting for the drawbridge to go down takes patience, spare a moment to honor all those dedicated men and women who spend eight hours a day waiting to lower it.

And raise it again.

And lower it again.

And know whom to call when it sticks.

“A lot of people say, ‘I'd like to be a bridge tender,’ ” says Barry Meve, the county’s bridge superintendent, “but they get bored and can’t take it. You can’t… Continue

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Editorial: Tap local brains for municipal savings ideas

Call me crazy.

This past month I’ve been attending the annual budget workshops of our coastal towns, and have (almost) enjoyed the experience. I’ve learned a lot about how municipalities operate and how difficult balancing a budget can be in a year with a depressed economy and decreased property values. It will be difficult for any municipality to avoid either tax increases or reduced services — no one will come out unscathed.

Different towns have chosen different tactics to find… Continue

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Boynton Beach: For Federal Highway, plans frozen in time by economy

By Thomas R. Collins



As you enter Boynton Beach from the north, the alluring Peninsula development greets you — a shiny new collection of townhomes and condos.

It’s just about to open its doors to happy new residents.

Peninsula

Waterbrook Peninsula LLC

30 townhomes, 40 condos

Project status: Abandoned, in foreclosure



Or it was, anyway.

Getting its timing all wrong, the project got whacked by… Continue

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Hypoluxo Island/Manalapan: Tree lovers dig in for better town planting plan

By Emily J. Minor



You’d think planting a tree would be easy. Pick the tree, dig a hole, hook up the garden hose.

But Daryl Cheifetz knows better.

Cheifetz lives on the southernmost point of Hypoluxo Island in the small enclave of wealth and beauty called Point Manalapan. She’s been there five years now and loves the intimacy of her neighborhood.

“It’s quiet. It’s beautiful. It’s serene,” she said. “And the people are fantastic.”

But there is something about coming… Continue

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Coastal Star wins 3 honors

The Coastal Star won two first place awards and one second place from the Florida Press Association in its 2008 Weekly Newspaper Contest. The first place awards were given to the staff for Overall Graphic Design and Newspaper Promotion.
Artists Margot Snyder, Bonnie Lallky-Seibert, designer Scott Simmons, editor Mary Kate Leming and publisher Jerry Lower shared in those awards.
Lallky-Seibert took second for Informational Graphics.

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A Coastal Star — Ilona Balfour: Hypoluxo Island

There’s only a bit of truth to the legend that Ilona Balfour chained herself to a spreading ficus tree to protect it from destruction.

“I only threatened to tie myself to that tree,” she says in the lilt of her native South Africa.

“I had to sign a document that I wouldn’t protest anymore.”

Balfour, of Lantana, lost that battle, but she continues, at age 72, to keep fighting the good fight. And because of Balfour’s efforts, and those of… Continue

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Gulf Stream: New fire services contract boosts tab by 80 percent

By Margie Plunkett



Gulf Stream will pay $286,250 annually for fire rescue services provided by Delray Beach, an 80 percent increase from last year and an amount some argued should have been higher.

During a special meeting late in July to approve the contract, Mayor William Koch offered perspective on prices of fire services: In 1947, Gulf Stream paid $500 a year for fire services. In 1939, it cost $12 for a fire call.

And from another angle, consider that Gulf Stream is… Continue

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Delray Beach: Bernard leaves commission with vacancy, as he runs for state House

By C.B. Hanif



“District 84 goes all the way out to the Glades, so I have to do a lot of traveling,” said former Delray Beach Commissioner Mackenson Bernard. He’ll be doing a lot more if he wins the Florida House of Representatives seat he is seeking.

“Mack” Bernard has resigned his commission seat to run for the state House district that stretches from North Palm Beach to West Palm Beach and the Glades.

With the July 28 qualifying… Continue

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Lantana Bridge replacement on drawing board

By Ron Hayes



Detour ahead.

Designs are currently being drawn to replace the Ocean Avenue bridge in Lantana, probably within the next two or three years.

“Sometimes we build a new bridge next to the existing one so traffic can keep flowing, then take down the old bridge,” says county bridge superintendent Barry Meve, “but in this case we’re going to put the new bridge right where it is now, so it won’t be passable during construction.”

Built in 1950, the current Lantana… Continue

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Local governments sue state, opposing new development law

By Nirvi Shah



Several government agencies have sued the governor and other state officials over a growth management law they believe is unconstitutional and will foster unbridled growth, with local governments powerless to control it.

The Community Renewal Act, which passed easily in the House and Senate, was proposed to spur economic development and signed into law by Gov. Charlie Crist in June. Those who advocated for the law said it would allow more development, because… Continue

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Ocean Ridge: Merger with Briny explored

Town Attorney Ken Spillias will review Ocean Ridge’s options — including re-annexation of Briny Breezes — to guard against the effects of Senate bill 360, development legislation that maximizes density along the east coast. The legislation raises concerns because it removes responsibility from a developer to provide roads to handle increased traffic, among other things, Commissioner Terry Brown explained. That, combined with the possibility that Briny Breezes could be sold in the future… Continue

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Briny Breezes: Water rates up, but effect on residents delayed

By Margie Plunkett



Water rates won’t go up before this fiscal year is out — but that’s only because Briny Breezes absorbed the costs of a steep increase from Boynton Beach. Residents might want to brace themselves for times to come. “We’re trying to deal with it this year,” said Mayor Roger Bennett. “An increase would come next year.” Water provider Boynton Beach boosted rates 49 percent — 60 percent including the utility fee — to Briny Breezes effective May 1, Bennett said. Even… Continue

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