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Mary Kate Leming's Blog – August 2012 Archive (70)

Arts: One day was all that was needed for One Year

Justin Hearn used a DSLR camera to shoot his short film One Year. It was produced in less than a day, as part of a contest called 24HourFilmRace. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Ron Hayes

    

On your mark ... Get set ... Make a movie!

At exactly 10 p.m. on May 18, the rules…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Larry Rosensweig

If you’ve heard the name Larry Rosensweig, it’s probably because of his longtime association with the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach. He was, after all, the founding director of the museum and remained at the helm for 28 years. He has traveled to Japan many times, speaks Japanese fluently, and was decorated with the “Order of the Rising Sun” by the…

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Junior League of Boca Raton

The Junior League of Boca Raton, Inc. recently announced the Board of Directors for 2012-2013. Leading the board is President Jackie Reeves, a JLBR member since 2001. ABOVE: Bottom L-R:  Elizabeth Kelley Grace, Jennifer Barner, Cyrstal McMillin, Jackie Reeves, Kristine Kuntz and Kellie Mejia. Top L-R: Kirsten Stephenson, Jackie…

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Boca Raton: Council proposes 10.5 percent tax increase

By Steve Plunkett



    The recent years of low or no tax increases appear to be over in Boca Raton.

    City Manager Leif Ahnell proposed that property owners pay $3.66 per $1,000 of taxable value for the coming budget year, up 4.3 percent from this year’s $3.51 rate.

    “Remember, this is the maximum. You can always lower it in September but you can’t increase it beyond this,” Ahnell said, adding that his rate would provide $250,000 for security at the…

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Boca Festival Days events underway

8/4 -  Wine & All That Jazz: Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 E. Camino Real. 7-9 pm. $50/general, $100/VIP.

 8/7 - FondueRaiser: Melting Pot, 5455 N. Federal Highway. Fondue, cocktails and prizes. 4:30-10 pm. 30 percent of proceeds go the Lynn Cancer Center.

 8/9 - Cocktails for a Cause: Blue Martini, 6000 Glades Road. 6- 8pm. $12  benefits JARC Florida and the programs they offer to developmentally disabled adults.

 8/10-…

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Boca Raton: Beach and Park District election draws three candidates

By Steve Plunkett



Three men are running in the Aug. 14 election to replace Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District Commissioner Dirk Smith, who resigned his seat at the start of the year.

The candidates are Steven Engel, Felipe Martinez and Tom Thayer.

Chairman Earl Starkoff and Commissioner Dennis Frisch were reelected without opposition.

This is a first run for office for Engel, 62, a senior advertising consultant to Forum Publishing Group and…

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Highland Beach: Town aims for tax rate that won’t have its ‘hands being tied’

By Steve Plunkett

    

With little discussion, Highland Beach commissioners proposed a 13.9 percent tax increase to finance renovations to Town Hall, repairs to the town’s walk path and provide increased code enforcement.

    A residence valued at $500,000 after exemptions this year paid $2,170 in Highland Beach taxes. Assuming its value increased the same as the town’s average 1.4 percent, its owner would pay $2,471 in taxes for the coming year, or $301 more,…

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Highland Beach: Commissioners disagree on charter debate

Call it Showdown at the Charter Change Corral.

Mayor Bernard Featherman and Commissioner Doris Trinley split sharply with Vice Mayor Ron Brown and Commissioners Dennis Sheridan and Louis Stern on how big an expense has to be to trigger a town referendum.

The Highland Beach Charter requires voter approval on any project costing more than $350,000. The Charter Review Board recommends making the limit 7 percent of the town’s general fund budget, or about $777,000 in the coming…

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23rd annual Frank Stark Bicycle Ride: Along A1A from Boca Raton to Palm Beach

About 850 riders took part in the 23rd annual Frank Stark Bicycle Ride on July 15. Frank Stark was an airline pilot who was forced to retire after quadruple bypass surgery and two heart attacks. Starke, who died in 1999 at the age of 70, took up cycling as rehab and worked up to the point that he would ‘ride his age’ every year on…

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Boca Raton: City approves condo’s oceanfront deck restoration

The oceanfront Chalfonte Condominiums had to get Boca Raton City Council approval to renovate its swimming pool deck because most of the structure is now seaward of the state’s Coastal Construction Control Line.

The waterproofing system under the deck had failed over time, said Luis Piedra, the high-rise’s representative. To replace the waterproofing, the deck will be stripped to its structural base, he said.

    Improvements to be added during the project include new planters, a…

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