By C. B. Hanif
The qualifying period for Ocean Ridge’s March 8 municipal election ended at 3 p.m. on Feb. 11 with… Continue
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Gulf Stream Town Clerk Rita Taylor and Town Manager William Thrasher (foreground) count votes from the staw ballot to approve the funding of underground utilities… Continue
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By Tim O’Meilia Continue
Start saving your change for extra gas money. Not because gas prices may reach $4 a gallon this summer, but because the round trip from South Palm Beach, Hypoluxo Island or Manalapan to the mainland will be six to 10 miles longer by Thanksgiving.
Replacement of the 61-year-old East Ocean Avenue Bridge in Lantana is expected to begin by November…
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A palm tree husk tied with raffia cradles a hot-pink eyelet sundress from The Petite Connection in Delray Beach. Photo by Tim Stepien
By Paula Dettwiller Continue
When Don Draper of the hit TV series Mad Men needed a Valentine’s Day gift for his wife, his loyal secretary would slip out of the office and into a nearby…
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By Angie Francalancia
If a county pocket resident were choking today, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue would call Boynton Beach to race to his aid, shaving several minutes off the response time from the county’s nearest station.
Since November 2009, when 48-year-old Bill Dunn choked on a bite of steak and died while Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue took nearly 13 minutes to arrive from its closest station — near Military Trail — residents in the pocket have pushed for faster response… Continue
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By Steve Plunkett
A holiday visit to his daughter in Phoenix included a surprise Gulf Stream Mayor William F. Koch Jr. will never forget.
Plus, he’ll rarely have to pay for drinks with military friends from now on.
Koch, who in World War II was the bombardier-pilot on a B-17 Flying Fortress, was treated to a red-carpet tour of Luke Air Force Base as a special… Continue
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Residents and surfers were delighted by the January sighting of a migrating whale, seen here just offshore Briny Breezes and heading south. Photo by Ira Friedman
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By Steve Plunkett
More than one snafu marred the straw poll on Gulf Stream’s underground utility project and the proposed referendum on annexing the county pocket.
A couple dozen straw ballots, including the one to Gulf Stream Civic Association President Bob Ganger, were chewed up in the mailing process and delivered in shreds in a plastic bag.
Town police officers were pressed into service to deliver reprinted ballots.
And some part-time residents’ forwarding addresses had… Continue
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Our private clubs: An occasional series
By Emily J. Minor
There’s nothing tricky about understanding why the longstanding Little Club in Gulf Stream is called the Little Club.
There’s no Mr. Little who grew up in a little town a little bit down the road.
Little Club is called the Little Club for one very big reason.
Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 3, 2011 at 3:15pm —
Women's Circle chairs and co-chairs are preparing for the Celebration of a Decade of Caring 'Circle of Hope' Gala, scheduled for 6 p.m., Feb. 28 at Benvenuto Restaurant in Boynton Beach. Standing, from left: Honory Charis Bob and Frances Bourque and Gail and Bob Murphy. Seated, from left: Co-Chairs Peggy Martin, Eileen Augustyn and Helen Babione. Most Reverend Gerald M.… Continue
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Nick Tirs and Mario Hategan from Valentin Fodor of TMV Inc., assemble one of the four new entrance signs to Ocean Ridge. Three of the signs have been installed with a fourth being installed at the south end of town once approval is given by the Florida Department of Transportation. Total cost for the project is $15,155. Photo by Jerry… Continue
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When we started this newspaper, my husband was thrilled to trade in his I-95 commute for the leisurely beauty of roughly 10 miles of A1A. No more dodging ladders in the center lane, truck tires flying into the front grill or the all-too-frequent slowdowns near tragic accident scenes.
Without the I-95 commute, we now felt secure in our coastal cocoon.
Sure, we know that cars and bicycles often collide along our main street, and the frequent sirens from Boynton Beach Fire-Rescue across… Continue
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By Ron Hayes
When Joe Santarella left New York for South Florida in 1982, he brought the New York accent along. It’s still here.
“My father was a laborer, and my mother was in retail,” he says. “I was the first or second in my family to attend college. I’m basically an Italian guy from Staten Island who was fortunate enough to buy a house in Gulf Stream.”
Now he… Continue
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By Emily J. Minor
About 50 residents packed the Briny Breezes Town Council’s January meeting to listen to a civics lesson on why the town handles its money the way it does.
“Many people don’t understand what we are forced to spend money on,” said Mayor Roger Bennett.
Although the turnout for the meeting was far above average, most residents just listened. Few spoke.
Relying on a written Q&A that she had prepared in advance, Clerk Kathleen Bray went through the…
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By Steve Plunkett
Manalapan town commissioners raised water and sewer rates, but not before hearing from a handful of unhappy customers.
Josh Nichols, who shares a Hypoluxo townhome with his wife, complained that they were being charged too much for having a 1-inch water meter and not enough for the water they actually use.
His monthly base rate of $101 will go to $106 this month and $129 by 2014.
“If I leave my faucets on all day for an entire month, I may pay another 15,… Continue
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By Steve Plunkett
Manalapan is ramping up efforts to breathe new life into flagging Plaza Del Mar.
Daryl Cheifetz, who sits on Manalapan’s Architectural Commission, told town commissioners in December that with this year’s planned closing of the Ocean Avenue Bridge they should encourage the shopping center to find tenants that sell basic necessities. She was immediately tapped as an emissary.
For resident John Murphy, it wasn’t enough. Plaza Del Mar lost longtime tenant Florida… Continue
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Charles Benoit (left) gets a… Continue
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Architect Bob Currie has designed a beach pavilion to replace the current one at Atlantic Avenue and A1A in Delray Beach.
By Mary Jane Fine Continue
Right now, the project has something of the feel of a Mickey Rooney “Hey gang, let’s put on a show!”…
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By Tim O’MeiliaQ:
What’s the best way to fill a town advisory board? A:
Form another board.
That’s what the South Palm Beach Town Council did Jan. 25. They had to. The town charter says so.
It’s right there in Art. II, Sec. 2-9: “To assist the Town Manager in making recommendations for appointment to boards and committees … a citizen advisory council shall be established …”
Never mind that there hasn’t been a Citizens Advisory… Continue
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By C.B. Hanif
It’s been said that all politics is local. For folks seeking to resolve local issues, the second Tuesday in March — Election Day — is the traditional date for significant civic action.
Public offices from mayor to town councils will be up for vote that day in Briny Breezes, Delray Beach, Gulf Stream, Lantana, Manalapan, Ocean Ridge, South Palm Beach and other Palm Beach County municipalities.
Here are seats up for election, the candidates who have filed to run as… Continue
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