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Boynton library goes green with book sales

By Ron Hayes

BOYNTON BEACH — Every book is a new book if you haven’t read it yet. Now the Boynton Beach City Library is recycling old books in a new way.

While local libraries might sponsor periodic used-book sales, or find a spare table here or there to unload redundant or damaged copies, Boynton Beach boasts the area’s first public library to open a real, self-contained used-book store.

“We’ve always accepted used books,” says… Continue

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Make your own ice cream

Under her mother's watchful eye, Lana Valdez from Delray Beach concentrates on shaking a mixture of sugar, milk and vanilla for 15 minutes to freeze the ice cream at the 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social at the Schoolhouse Children's Museum in Boynton Beach on June 13. Photo by Mary Kate Leming


What you'll need:

1 Tablespoon sugar

1/2 cup milk or half & half

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

6… Continue

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You scream, I scream for ice cream!

By Jan Norris

It’s always sundae at the local ice cream shops – especially in summer when melting residents look to ice cream for a chill thrill.

July is National Ice Cream Month, so parlors and shops around the country celebrate the frozen treat. Get in on $8 gourmet sundaes at the Ritz-Carlton throughout the month.

Ice cream has a long and sweet history in the U.S. – it was served in the colonies as early as 1700, when… Continue

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Meet your neighbor: Ed Manley

Caption: Briny Breezes resident and 101st Airborne Infantry Division, 502nd Parachute Battalion veteran Ed Manley returned to Normandy on the 50th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1994, to jump again.

Through good, bad and worse, he’s lived life ‘full tilt’

Ed Manley grew up in a foster home because his father was dead and his mother was too poor to take care of him. She visited him on weekends.

He learned life the…


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Summer brings opportunities at close-to-home clubs

By Mary Thurwachter

Despite a slumping economy, many private island clubs are sitting pretty this summer.

At the Delray Beach Club, a 40-year-old beauty designed by architect Samuel Ogren Jr., summer membership is up 20 percent over last year, said general manager Shane E. Peachey.

“This is a very family-orientated place and people aren’t taking the trips this year,” he said. The club recently completed a $5 million renovation,… Continue

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McCarty departs sentencing straight to jail

By Emily J. Minor

Former Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary McCarty’s life as a public servant ended with emotion and a bit of surprise in early June when she was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in federal prison, then whisked off that very morning to begin serving her time.

McCarty, 54, whose husband, Kevin, had already started his eight-month sentence in federal prison for failing to report his wife’s crimes, sat in court June 4, ramrod straight, her new dark hairdo a… Continue

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Public hearing will air city’s definition of family: Delray Beach

By Margie Plunkett

How do you define a family? Delray Beach’s version will be that a family is no more than three unrelated people living in a single-family house if commissioners vote to approve an ordinance at their first meeting in July.

The ordinance, passed on first reading in June with dissenting votes, was one of three addressing transient housing uses that during public hearings generated debate on the government’s right to define family and about group homes and halfway… Continue

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Obituary — Alice Nan Edge

By Mary Katherine Stump

Hypoluxo Island — Alice Nan Edge, 80, a long-time resident of Hypoluxo Island in Lantana, passed away peacefully at her home on June 16 following an extended illness.

Mrs. Edge was a life-long resident of Palm Beach County, having been born and raised in West Palm Beach, daughter of Wilbur F. and Lucile Weaver Divine, and graduating from Palm Beach High School in 1945.

“She was a committed resident of Hypoluxo,” said Mayor David Stewart. “She was the… Continue

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Obituary – Elizabeth Matthews Paton

By Ron Hayes

DELRAY BEACH — During her 40 years in the area, Elizabeth Matthews Paton played golf at The Little Club in Gulf Stream, and she wrote its history. She enjoyed the beach, and worked to beautify it.

Mrs. Paton, who died May 22, had celebrated her 90th birthday with a gathering of 20 family members on Dec. 6, 2008, at the St. Andrew's Club, where she had lived since 1994.

A Par 3 course built on the site of a former polo… Continue

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Interfaith21: Obama’s speech in Cairo addressed many audiences

By C.B. Hanif

There he was in Cairo, our president, stealing our lines: Uniting people of faith, or no particular faith, in the 21st century.

President Barack Obama bestrode multiple worlds, representing Americans in ways that hasn’t happened since … ever.

He affirmed that Islam and America “share common principles — principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.” He made clear that extremists and certain cultural practices no more… Continue

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Paws Up for Pets: Now flying is really going to the dogs

By Arden Moore

Some of the best ideas are born during the worst economic times. The latest gem: an airline that caters strictly to pets — or, “pawsengers.” Pet Airways officially takes flight on July 14.

Credit this new flying venture to the husband-and-wife team of Dan Wiesel and Alysa Binder of Delray Beach. The pair adores Zoe, their 17-year-old Jack Russell terrier, who is just a tad too big to fly in a carrier under the seat in the cabin.…


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City of Delray Beach’s review process for renovating historic properties

Delray Beach has five historic districts, where the architecture is protected in order to maintain Delray Beach’s character: Nassau Park, east of the Intracoastal Waterway; Old School Square, the initial footprint of the town; the Del-Ida Park District, the city’s first planned subdivision; West Settlers District, north of Old School Square; and the Marina Historic District on the Intracoastal.

A property is considered historic by the city of Delray Beach if it is at least 50 years old and… Continue

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Delray Beach designer lauded for preservation efforts

By Christine Davis

See photos of the house

When you think of an “old” house in Florida, a 1920s Spanish Mediterranean villa or a 1930s Key West-style cottage might come to mind.

But time waits for no man, or building either, it seems. And now, mid-century modern architecture is “old,” and can be designated historic.

Take, for example, interior… Continue

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Obituary — Robert John Wibbelsman Jr.: Gulf Stream

Robert John Wibbelsman, Junior passed away on May 2nd, 2009 at the age of forty-one in his home in Venice, California.

Mr. Wibbelsman was born in New York City on May 16th, 1968. He was raised in Los Angeles, California and Louisville, Kentucky, where he graduated from the Saint Francis School. He went on to graduate from Union College in Schenectady, New York, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1990. He was a member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. After… Continue

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Home sale sets Ocean Ridge price record

Lothar Mayer, the former president of Liberty Hardware Manufacturing, a supplier of decorative cabinet hardware and bath accessories, sold one of his two Ocean Ridge properties, a home at 6017 Old Ocean Blvd.

The house was listed for $11.5 million and the recorded selling price is $9 million.

The six-bedroom and 8.5-bath house, with 13,687 total square feet, and 9,266 square feet under air conditioning, was bought by Yves Moquin.

Says… Continue

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Paws Up for Pets: Taking care of pets in emergency is easy as A-B-C

By Arden Moore

With Mother Nature unleashing hurricane season upon South Florida this month, our dogs, cats and other pets depend on us for protection. I remember sitting in the bathtub with my two cats in Lantana while listening to the winds of Hurricane Andrew back in 1992. Back then, I relied on prayers but did not properly prepare for myself or my pets.

Lesson learned.

Since then, a slew of hurricanes going by the names of Charley, Frances, Jeanne, Ivan, Wilma, Dennis… Continue

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Obituary — Lucienne Driskill: Delray Beach

By Mary Katherine Stump

Delray Beach — Lucienne Driskill, of Delray Beach and Greenwich, Conn., passed away on May 17.

Mrs. Driskill was preceded in death by her husband, Walter S. Driskill, with whom she helped to found Dribeck Importers in 1967. Dribeck was the first importer of Beck’s beer in the United States. Mr. Driskill was also the former owner of the Baltimore Colts, serving as president and general manager.

Mrs. Driskill… Continue

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Obituary — William Seach: Delray Beach

By Mary Katherine Stump

DELRAY BEACH — William Seach, a resident of Delray Beach and Pittsburgh, Penn., died April 26 after a long illness. He was 81 years old.

Mr. Seach was a native of Clairton, Penn., and a longtime resident of Bethel Park, Penn., where he was actively involved in the Saint Germaine parish, most specifically with its missionary work in Chimbote, Peru. In nearby Pittsburgh, he operated a homebuilding and development company, Seach Homes Inc., with his brother… Continue

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Obituary — Dominic Paul DiMaggio: Ocean Ridge

Photos courtesy The Boston Red Sox

By Ron Hayes

OCEAN RIDGE — His older brother was “Joltin’ Joe,” the baseball legend with the 56-game hitting streak. He was the “Little Professor,” the 5-foot-9 center fielder with spectacles. But in the hearts of Red Sox fans, Dom DiMaggio was as big a hero, and a nicer man.

A seasonal resident of Pelican Cove for more than 20 years,… Continue

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Meet your neighbor: Howard Schnellenberger

10 questions

Howard Schnellenberger has proved to be one of football’s enduring coaching figures. An all-America tight end at the University of Kentucky, Schnellenberger went on to complete his playing career with stints at Hamilton and Vancouver in the Canadian Football League and in the U.S. Army.

After his military service ended, both his college coaches called him to work as an assistant. First was Blanton Collier, who was… Continue

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