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Mary Kate Leming's Blog – June 2015 Archive (32)

Manalapan: 60 years on, Chillingworth murders still shocking

By Tim Pallesen



The abduction and drowning of Circuit Judge Curtis Chillingworth and his wife, Marjorie, from their Manalapan oceanfront home still ranks as the county’s most terrifying crime 60 years later.

It was 1 a.m. on June 15, 1955, when the county’s senior judge answered a knock at…

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Editor's Note: Summer doesn’t slow down the news business

The transport carriers are loaded and gone, there’s room to spread a blanket at the beach, and the sea turtles have returned. Ahh … must be summer.

Of course it’s not really all that quiet: A “culture of cronyism” is being investigated in Delray Beach with possible criminal charges pending, ethics violations have been alleged in Boca Raton and we’re still waiting on a judge’s ruling on a recall effort in Ocean Ridge and the beginning of a RICO trial in Gulf Stream. Looks like it’s going…

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Coastal Star: From badge to books, Barton immersed in helping Pearl City

Wayne Barton inside his Boca Raton office. As a police officer, Barton envisioned a study center designed to get young people off the streets and guide them toward a successful future. The challenge to meet the needs of…

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Briny Breezes: Briny lifers pledge life together among old friends

David and Edith celebrate their marriage.

By Ron Hayes



Quiet, please, we’re about to begin.

Shortly after 2 p.m. on a sweltering Saturday in May, a caterer moved among the tables in the Briny Breezes Oceanfront Clubhouse, gently…

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Delray Beach: Investigation reveals culture of cronyism; criminal charges possible

By Tim Pallesen



An investigation shows that city employees might have benefited financially by purchasing goods and services for the city from companies that they or their relatives owned.

Investigators from the State Attorney’s Office already have seized records indicating that a company owned by two Environmental Services employees received $230,000 from the city for signs and poles.

The city says several more employees in the Police, Fire, Finance and…

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Gulf Stream: Town to consider fire service alternatives

The Gulf Stream Town Commission poses with the Palm Beach County League of Cities’  Defender of Home Rule trophy awarded at a May luncheon. PHOTO: (l-r) Town Manager William Thrasher, Commissioners Tom Stanley, Donna…

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Delray Beach: Police programs emphasize connection in communities

Delray Beach police Officers (l-r) Andrew Collaretti and Jared Schumer speak with Lakeland residents Steve and Christa Harold June 1 as they patrol the beach area to meet and greet residents and engage in conversation. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich…

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Roseate spoonbill sighting: Woolbright Road retention pond, Ocean Ridge – May 1

Following a few days of heavy rain in early May, a pair of roseate spoonbills was seen feeding in the shallow waters in the retention pond at Woolbright Road and A1A.  Typically seen much farther inland, the pair departed after the water drained. Jerry Lower/ The Coastal…

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Ocean Ridge: Judge rejects developer’s plan for lagoon

By Dan Moffett



An administrative law judge in Tallahassee has rejected developer William Swaim’s request for a permit exemption that would allow him to build an access road behind the Ocean Ridge Town Hall.

Judge Bram D.E. Canter agreed with attorneys for the South Florida Water Management District that Swaim’s plan to fill in up to three acres of the lagoon raised environmental concerns and also was a potential impediment to boaters.

If Swaim’s project went…

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Delray Beach: City/CRA shared-goals meeting takes a turn toward showdown

The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency covers nearly 2,000 acres. Most of the city’s taxable values are in that district. In late April, the city requested the CRA analyze the financial effect if subarea No. 1 was no longer part of the district. The request grew to include all 8 subareas. The CRA is seeking proposals to do the…

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Along the Coast: Small changes in annual crime numbers along coast

By Rich Pollack



Crime in southern Palm Beach County’s five small coastal communities remained low in 2014, changing only slightly from a year earlier.

Overall crime in the county dropped about 4 percent while crime in larger South County cities including Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach also dropped. …

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High School Graduation Gathering: Saint Andrew’s School, Boca Raton – May 23

Bailey Jane Souaid graduated from the International Baccalaureate Program at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton on May 23. Commencement exercises took place at the Chapel of Saint Andrew on the school’s campus. Bailey was president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and honored as a five-time letterwoman for both the football and basketball…

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American Girl Fashion Show: Boca Raton Marriott – April 18

A doll of a fundraiser for the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County netted $50,000 — a 39 percent increase from last year — and saw nearly 150 local girls serving as volunteer models. Almost 1,000 American Girl fans and their friends and families turned out for the event. ABOVE: (l-r) Emme Modica, Caroline Calder, Dorothea Zarcadoolas,…

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Life's a Beach

Boca Raton Historical Society show explores the area’s love affair with the shore

By Lucy Lazarony



A new exhibition at the Boca Raton…

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Library cocktail reception: Delray Beach Club – April 9

The Delray Beach Public Library’s Foothold on the Future Campaign received a boost from an event sponsored by Harvey and Virginia Kimmel. The campaign will help raise money to renovate and expand the children’s department by 5,000 square feet and add new programs and services for little readers. More than 50 attended, and more than $233,000 was…

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Dave Barry event: Delray Beach Public Library – April 30

The New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist had guests rolling in the aisles during a special appearance to discuss his latest book, Live Right & Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster). The humorist offered an uproarious presentation following a reception and book-signing. Proceeds benefit the library’s Foothold on the Future…

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Tiger Bay Club luncheon meeting: City Fish Market, Boca Raton – May 13

Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly was the Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club’s special guest at the monthly meeting. Kelly discussed his background, changes implemented since his arrival on campus and plans for the future. Questions from the audience followed. ABOVE: Joanne Harrison and Jim Notter. Photo provided by Carol…

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‘A Night of Music’: Private home, Delray Beach – May 1

A fun-filled fundraiser for the Lake Worth-based nonprofit Inspirit generated more than $21,000 for the organization that brings the healing power of music to thousands of elderly, needy, sick and vulnerable residents every year. A crowd numbering 100-plus attended. ‘This is just tremendous,’ Inspirit founder and CEO Ginny Meredith said. ABOVE: (l-r) Lisa and Michael…

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Annual Tea: St. Andrews Club, Delray Beach – March 4

Silence overtook the dining room as a group of 5-year-olds from Sacred Heart School’s William B. Finneran Montessori Academy entered to sing ‘This Little Light of Mine’ for 150 attendees who helped raise more than $12,000 for student scholarships. ABOVE: (l-r) Event hosts Frankie Stevens and Carla Cove, with Principal Candace Tamposi.…

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Style & Substance Luncheon: The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale – March 31

Symphony of the Americas Society had its annual gathering honoring prominent supporters who have distinguished themselves through outstanding commitment and service to the community. The highlight of the day was the presentation of the first Lifetime Achievement Award to Madelyn Savarick. More than $125,000 was raised by 400-plus guests. ABOVE:…

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