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Mary Kate Leming's Blog – May 2020 Archive (31)

Delray Beach: Because of rain, the beach reopens without restrictions

By Jane Smith

 The Delray Beach city manager lifted most restrictions on the municipal beach on May 24.

The beach restrooms will remain closed.

“The meteorologists are expecting rain for the next few days. The rain should take care of everyone’s concerns about overcrowding at the beach,” City Manager George Gretsas, wrote in an email sent about 1 p.m. to city commissioners and the mayor.

“And since Broward County will be opening their beaches on…

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Beaches open! A cautious step toward normal

Morgan Didio, a student at Lynn University, walks with her friend Emma Fleurian, a student at FAU, along the beach at South Beach Park in Boca Raton the morning of May 18, the day Palm Beach County reopened the beaches. They were closed for weeks because of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Behind masks: Service club stitchers unite to shield workers

Nurses at Delray Medical Center model the masks provided by Briny Breezes seamstresses. Photo provided

By Ron Hayes

Their mission began in March, when dozens of women took up battle positions at sewing machines along our coast.

Day after day, week after…

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Coastal Stars: Delray men hatch plan to help restaurants survive pandemic

Iain Paterson and John Brewer also volunteer at Trinity Lutheran Church in Delray Beach, passing out produce to people in need during the pandemic. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Jane Smith

Two Delray Beach dads, concerned about how restaurants could survive a…

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Editor's Note: Gratitude in the time of COVID-19

It’s been an odd couple of months, right?

There were no beach walks, pedicures or hanging with friends. The neighborhood kids studied at home, and new graduates tossed their tassels only via video streams. Easter and Passover rituals were shared using Zoom.

And yet, I’m grateful. Grateful to live in a place where people help their neighbors. Where clever, caring people find solutions to difficult problems during a deadly pandemic. Where health care workers and first responders go…

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Rules for the beach

As of May 18, all public, municipal and private beaches, including all beach parks, are authorized to reopen from sunrise to sunset. Beach-goers shall follow CDC guidelines by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people and distancing themselves from other parties by 6 feet. Beach concessions (including but not limited to chair, umbrella and cabana services) may operate following CDC guidelines related to social distancing and…

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COVID-19 Testing Site Coming to FAU

In cooperation with American Medical Response (AMR), the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach County is opening a new community based testing site in Boca Raton. The drive through testing site will be located at the FAU Tech Runway on the north end of the FAU campus. The…

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Hallowed ground

The 335-acre South Florida National Cemetery has impeccably maintained burial grounds nestled within pine flatwoods and surrounded by cypress domes that enable it to exude a sense of calm.

Our garden columnist…

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Philanthropy Notes: Keynote speaker shares abuse experience at luncheon

By Amy Woods

More than 400 members of the community gathered in late February for the Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service of Palm Beach County’s No Excuse for Abuse Luncheon, where they enjoyed boutique shopping from local vendors.

Keynote speaker was Linor Abargil, a lawyer and former Miss Israel and Miss World who is a survivor of sexual violence and now…

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Love of Literacy Luncheon: Kravis Center, West Palm Beach — March 12

Proceeds totaled nearly $200,000 from the 29th annual Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County fundraiser. The money will go toward child, adult and family literacy programs. Jean Kwok, a best-selling author who wrote ‘Searching for Sylvie Lee,’ was the headliner. ‘We could not have asked for a more inspiring speaker,’ said…

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Corporate Partners Business Speaker Series: Kravis Center, West Palm Beach — Feb. 13

George Elmore took the spotlight at the second installment of the Kravis Center’s speaker series, moderated by Kravis board Chairman Jeffrey Stoops. Elmore, founder and president of paving contractor Hardrives, talked about his successes and career milestones. He also praised the Kravis Center and its impact on the area. ‘It…

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Anniversary Gala: The Breakers, Palm Beach — March 8

Il Circolo, the Italian Cultural Society, rang in its 44th annual affair with a theme of Celebrazione delle Donne. The sold-out dinner dance featured music from Gino DeMarco’s band, concert pianists Sergio and Barbara Salani, tenor Carlos De Antonis and Italian pop singer Alessandro Coli. The party began with a Tuscan cocktail…

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Literary Society series: The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach — March 5

MorseLife had its final gathering of the season with best-selling author Andrew Gross, a Palm Beach resident. Gross detailed his life as a writer and how he did not initially set out to become one; instead, he started off as a businessman, with several failed ventures. For 12 years, MorseLife has brought presentations from…

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Autism Speaks Walk: Meyer Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach — March 1

The world’s largest autism fundraising event celebrated a local version along the downtown waterfront to support the mission of Autism Speaks. The sensory-friendly and family-family event attracted more than 3,000 participants. ‘Knowing you have the support of the Autism Speaks community will help families navigate their…

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Luncheon and Fashion Show: Arturo’s Ristorante, Boca Raton — Feb. 29

The women of the Highland Beach chapter of UNICO National put on their second fashion fete with more than 120 guests, who enjoyed a perfectly prepared meal and delightful designs from Mario Pucci Boca. Models ages 3 to 9 strutted the runway, showing off children’s clothing from Once Upon a Time in Delray Beach. Proceeds from…

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Founder Members Dinner: Kravis Center, West Palm Beach — Feb. 19

Nearly 250 of the performing arts center’s major donors attended a special evening in their honor. It featured a cocktail reception, a three-course dinner and a performance by Michael Feinstein. ‘Thank you for your continued support during our Kravis 2020 capital campaign,’ CEO Judith Mitchell said. ‘There is no doubt the…

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Be Great Dinner: Quail Ridge Country Club, Boynton Beach — March 10

The Boys & Girls Club of Delray Beach celebrated its eighth annual event by honoring dentist and philanthropist Dr. Craig Spodak and Youth of the Year Widnie Marcelin while raising more than $100,000. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour and a meal featuring a special performance by youth violinists. Dr. Spodak received the…

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Grand Tasting: Boca Raton Resort & Club — March 7

The 18th annual Boca Bacchanal attracted 1,400-plus attendees and raised more than $275,000 for the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum. In all, four events celebrated the best in food and wine: Bacchus Beckons, Bubbles & Burgers, a series of vintner dinners and the Grand Tasting. ‘We are honored to be supported and…

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Paws Up for Pets: How to ease pets back into spending time alone

Dogs will need to rediscover alone time once home isolation ends for their owners. Photo provided

By Arden Moore

There is no argument that our pets love us tremendously and unconditionally. But after more than two months stuck spending 24/7 with us in…

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Boca Raton: WWII veteran marks 99th birthday with call to protect future generations

Arthur Metzger is surrounded by family and friends on a parade through Mizner Park ahead of his 99th birthday. The march, which urged residents and politicians to make the planet better, was Feb. 29, before the coronavirus halted such gatherings. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal…

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