Mary Kate Leming's Blog – June 2011 Archive (64)

Supporters organize with aim to buy WXEL-TV

By Jenny Staletovich



    A group of WXEL-TV supporters, including its president and CEO, its chief fundraiser and area education and media executives, have until Dec. 31 to work out a purchase agreement to buy the station from Barry University before the sale is opened to other bidders.

    “We’re very optimistic,” said WXEL President and CEO Bernard Henneberg said. “There are people here who want to keep WXEL local. They don’t want us to go away.”

    Henneberg said he first… Continue

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Briny Breezes: Fees may be needed to boost revenue for town

By Tim O'Meilia



     The corporation that operates in tandem with the town council has agreed to pay one-third of the $30,000 it has been withholding from the town in a dispute over the town’s total budget.

The $10,000 payment covers June through September and the corporate board will consider the $30,000 in next year’s budget, corporation park manager Steve Best told the town council at the June 23 meeting.

The town has long supplemented its property tax revenue, its…

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Graduation: Gulf Stream School

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katarina Theresa Sperduto signs pillows with classmates after her eighth-grade graduation ceremony held June 10 at the Gulf Stream School. Photo by
Lauren Loricchio

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A salute to area graduates: High School



 

 

 

 

 

Left: John Doyle, son of John and Andrea Doyle of coastal Boca Raton, graduated from Boca Raton High School. John was one of the 2011 State Science Olympiad Champions, a Science Pathfinder…

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A salute to area graduates: College

 

 

Left: Katie Coz and her brother Joey Coz (rising junior at College of Charleston)

 

 

KATIE COZ

College/Field of Study: Sewanee, University of the South, BA Economics

Hometown: Ocean Ridge

High School: St. Andrew’s School

Parents: Valerie and Steve Coz

Special…

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Obituary — Kenneth Charles Ellingsworth



Kenneth Charles Ellingsworth, life-long resident and ambassador for Delray Beach as the executive director of the city’s Chamber of Commerce for more than three decades, died May 29. He was 84.

Mr. Ellingsworth gave tirelessly to his home town, his son recalled,… Continue

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Obituary — Doris B. O' Leary

By Tim O’Meilia



SOUTH PALM BEACH — Doris B. O’Leary, a gracious New Englander who lived in South Palm Beach for more than half a century — by all accounts longer than anyone else in town — died May 28. She was 102, perhaps the oldest person in town.

Mrs. O’Leary and her husband, Arthur, plunked down cash for a condominium at the Imperial House, which hadn’t been built yet, in about 1960. That pre-construction purchase served the New England transplants well.

The couple never… Continue

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Obituary — Ides Makris

By Ron Hayes



    OCEAN RIDGE — Ides Makris loved to travel.

    “That was her hobby,” remembers her husband, Geris. “Italy, France, Athens — you name it. She said, ‘Live life to the fullest.’ We have a picture of her on the Amalfi coast, leaning over the railing overlooking those azure blue waters, and her scarf is blowing in the wind.

    “That was… Continue

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Obituary — John Joseph Wurster

By Emily J. Minor



    OCEAN RIDGE — John Joseph Wurster died knowing the Colonel’s secret recipe.

    “He knew it, he really did,” said Wurster’s widow, Josephine, the granddaughter of Kentucky Fried Chicken icon and founder Harland Sanders.

    “I don’t know it, but he did mix the spices for my grandfather.”

But while Mr. Wurster claimed that… Continue

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Obituary — Vivian Krick Hill

DELRAY BEACH —  Vivian Krick Hill, a resident of the Cambridge condominium since 2000, died May 27. She was 77 and had been a seasonal resident since 1990.

Mrs. Hill was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and was a graduate of the College of William & Mary, where she earned a degree in sociology and met Roger W. Hill, her husband of 54 years.

During the 1980s, Mrs. Hill served two four-year terms on the township committee of Chatham, N.J. The Hills also were residents of Blairsville, Ga.,… Continue

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A final bow for Florida Stage

By Scott Simmons



The one-time cultural jewel of Manalapan is gone.

Florida Stage rang down its final curtain in June, nearly two decades after it came to Plaza del Mar and one season after it left the barrier island for the Kravis Center.

The theater company was known for its derring-do in developing new works. That’s something most companies cannot afford to… Continue

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Florida Stage Declares Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

By Hap Erstein, http://www.pbartspaper.com/

 

Next week, Florida Stage was supposed to launch its 25th anniversary season, beginning with the return of the musical biography Ella and continuing with a slate of world and regional premieres.

 

But the operative words are “was supposed to,” for the West Palm Beach company devoted exclusively to new work filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection and ceased…

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Bring quarters: Beach parking prices continue to rise

By Angie Francalancia



The beach is timeless, forever lapped by waves and shaped by shifting sands.

Not so the parking meter, a ticking intrusion into the untroubled landscape that is a day at the beach.

 Parking meters or daily fees are the norm at city beaches up and down the east coast, and as cities wrestle with budget shortfalls, they’re making sure to capture money from every potential spot. More parking meters are going in at previously free spots in Boca Raton, and…

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Bad news gets less bad for town coffers: Decline in property values eases

By Tim O’Meilia



South County homes and businesses are still leaking taxable value, but this year it’s closer to a dribble than a dam break.

While eight of nine coastal towns lost more than 5 percent of their taxable real estate value in 2009, only Manalapan declined more than that last year, according to preliminary figures released May 26 by the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser.

In fact, Briny Breezes was one of two Palm Beach County towns — Jupiter Inlet Colony was the… Continue

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County Pocket: Remembering a magical place called Belair Drive

Tami Pleasanton (left) and Kim Jones remember growing up in the county pocket. Photo by Jerry Lower



By Ron Hayes

In the summer of 1969, a registered nurse with two young daughters to raise started looking for someplace to live closer to her job at Bethesda Memorial Hospital.

“I didn’t want to stray too…

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Editorial: Summer is all about numbers

I spent a lovely, breezy evening this past month riding on a golf cart counting trailers in Briny Breezes.  Although the U.S. Census counted 800 housing units in the community, my detailed accounting found 484 — not counting bath houses, public buildings or empty lots.

Go figure.

    I spent a lot of time doing just that — figuring  — this past month.  May was one for the numbers: sea turtles, property tax rates, budget workshops, special assessments, hurricane projections and even the… Continue

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A Coastal Star: Artist dresses up electrical boxes with mosaics — South Palm Beach

By Tim O’Meilia



What to do about the three weathered, rusting FPL electrical boxes in South Palm Beach that keep the street lights on along the town’s 5/8-mile strip of A1A?

Why, ask the town’s unofficial artist-in-residence Penny Davidson, who, conveniently, lives next door to Town Hall. After all, she created the life-sized bronze loggerhead turtle crawling atop… Continue

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WXEL radio will be known as WPBI

By Jenny Staletovich

   

    Seven years after it was put on the selling block, WXEL-FM finally sold to Classical South Florida after the Federal Communications Commission approved a deal with Barry University May 16.

    The 40-year-old station, started to educate migrant workers and home to local public affairs broadcasting as well as national radio programming, will be known as WPBI.

It becomes part of radio empire American Public Media, which owns Classical South Florida… Continue

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Along the Avenues: Steve Forbes pays a visit to Trump’s place

By Thom Smith

For decades the family yacht tied up at local marinas, the better for dad to entertain big clients and the family to enjoy a little respite from Northeast winters.

Malcolm Forbes died in 1990, but the wining and dining aboard Highlander has continued, albeit at its seasonal berth in Fort Lauderdale. So it isn’t like Steve Forbes is unfamiliar with Palm Beach. In fact, he’s a welcome guest at many homes on the…

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Briny Breezes: New clerk and old division on view at meeting

By Emily J. Minor



Briny Breezes has a new clerk, and she’s both experienced and eager to work — driving north from Broward County a few days a week because she says she likes working for small government.

Shari Canada doesn’t live in Briny or own property here, so the Town Council on May 26 appointed alderman Nancy Boczon as the clerk pro tem, meaning for the time… Continue

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