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Mary Kate Leming's Blog – January 2017 Archive (18)

Ocean Ridge: Judge sets Lucibella trial for April 10

By Steve Plunkett
A jury will decide whether former Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella is guilty of felony battery on a police officer and resisting an officer with violence.
Circuit Judge Charles Burton scheduled the trial…

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Ocean Ridge: Town fires police lieutenant over Lucibella incident

By Dan Moffett


 Accepting the recommendation of the police chief and the conclusions of an internal investigation, Ocean Ridge Town Manager Jamie Titcomb fired Lt. Steven Wohlfiel Jan. 4 over his involvement in an alleged shooting incident at the home of former Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella in October.

 Police Chief Hal Hutchins, who oversaw the two-month probe, wrote a letter recommending Wohlfiel’s…


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Some art moves you and some art moves around you

Mya Breman makes a point as she and Pat Saunders lead a tour of the kinetic art. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…


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Spring Boutique & Trunk Show: Old School Square, Delray Beach

Feb. 20-23: Shop at a signature fundraising event for Wayside House, a nonprofit that provides alcohol and drug-addition recovery services to women, that will feature vendors from throughout the country. Time is 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 20 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 21-23. Cost is $100 Feb. 20 and $5 Feb. 21-23. Call 666-9162 or visit…


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Philanthropy Notes: Literacy Coalition receives another 4-star rating from Charity Navigator

The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County has a lot to be proud of, most recently the distinction as a 4-star nonprofit from Charity Navigator.

The high rating is the eighth the Boynton Beach-based organization has received — all consecutively.

“Charity Navigator is the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities,” said Kelly Layne Starling, a coalition volunteer. “Its ratings are equal to an Oscar in the nonprofit sector.”

Coalition CEO Kristin Calder added: “The…


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Read for the Record: Palm Beach County – Oct. 27

The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County is celebrating another successful annual campaign, as the nonprofit coordinated the participation of more than 16,000 adults and children at nearly 450 child-care centers and schools throughout the region. Read for the Record focuses on getting thousands of adults to read a selected book on a single…


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Golf challenge: Boca Woods Country Club, Boca Raton – Oct. 23

Members from Boca Woods Country Club teamed up with athletes from Lynn University’s women’s golf team to hit the fairways in support of Hospice by the Sea Foundation and Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation. More than 100 players competed in an 18-hole challenge for a good cause. The event raised more than $4,000. ABOVE: (l-r) Co-Chairwomen…


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Centennial Gala: The Breakers, Palm Beach – Nov. 19

The crowd dressed up and turned out for Sacred Heart Parish’s formal affair recognizing the church’s 100 years of service in Lake Worth. Proceeds will ensure students at Sacred Heart School have the opportunity to flourish in STREAM (Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Art and Math). LEFT: Frankie and Gary…


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Marshall Foundation reception: Private home, West Palm Beach – Nov. 9

Candles flickered throughout the home of Richard Day and Lisa Swift, who served as hosts of an event to honor ambassadors, donors and volunteers of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades. At poolside, a steel-drum player and an outdoor bar set the scene for guests to reconnect after the summer and talk about the accomplishments…


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Empty Bowls: Delray Beach Old School Square – Dec. 4

The hunger-awareness event to benefit the Palm Beach County Food Bank was a success, with more than 1,100 attendees each purchasing a handmade ceramic bowl for $25 and selecting from among more than 30 soups available to sample. The more than $140,000 in funds raised will help the nonprofit provide meals and nonperishables to 100-plus local…


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Culture & Cocktails: The Colony, Palm Beach – Nov. 7

The first conversation of the series focused on the 25th anniversary of the Kravis Center and featured a fascinating, funny and anecdote-filled dialogue among Chairman Michael Bracci, CEO Judy Mitchell and Senior Director of Programming Lee Bell. The moderator was Lee Wolf, chairwoman of the Lunch & Learn Series. ABOVE: Virginia Mossburg…


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Pay it Forward: Funnyman Flynn to headline 11th-annual Laugh with the Library

    Nancy Dockerty and Caron Dockerty are the event’s new chairwomen. Photo provided


By Amy Woods

Laugh With the Library turns 11 this year. The signature showcase of comedy that sells out every season has raised more than $1 million to promote reading among…


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New Member Social: Private home Boca Raton – Oct. 23

The Florida East Coast Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters kicked off the 2017 season in style when Barry and Joyce Levin opened their Boca Raton home and welcomed more than 40 members – and prospective members. They enjoyed libations and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a performance by students from Lynn University’s Conservatory…


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Making Spirits Bright: Town Center at Boca Raton – Nov. 3

Guests came out to participate in the theme ‘Sip, Shop & Celebrate,’ raising money for the Spirit of Giving Network’s holiday gift drive that aimed to fulfill 4,000 wishes from underprivileged children in the community. There were special promotions throughout the day at participating stores, including discounts, raffles and sweet…


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Corporate Partners Business and Breakfast: Kravis Center, West Palm Beach – Nov. 15

Daniel ‘Rusty’ Staub received an impressive round of applause when the legendary baseball player participated in a lively question-and-answer session at the first breakfast of the series, with more than 110 in attendance. Staub gave an anecdotal look into one of America’s most accomplished professional baseball careers, followed by his tenure…


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The Plate: Rib-tickling fare at Houston’s

The plate: Barbecue ribs

The place: Houston’s, 1900 NW Executive Center Circle, Boca Raton; 998-0550 or

The price: $29

The skinny: Houston’s has been a go-to place for special occasions and for comfort fare for…


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Around Town: Authentic English pub in Delray ready to change hands

The Blue Anchor restaurant and pub, a block west of the Intracoastal Waterway on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, will remain open while it’s up for sale. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Thom Smith

    Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Blue Anchor Pub for sale! Owner going fishing!



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Editor's Note: New days unfold into new years

I am a watcher of the sunrise. Most mornings I observe the dawn, coffee in hand, cat at my side, from the cloistered comfort of my screen porch. No great awakening, just light changing from cool to warm as my coffee goes from hot to cold. It’s a time I use to let my brain molecules align and get organized for the day ahead.

    I can’t recall when I first became devout about following the first light of day, but suspect it came about during a period of my early adulthood when sleep…


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