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Mary Kate Leming's Blog – August 2016 Archive (27)

Marketing a savory menace

Capt. Clay Brand poses in front of a mural at Capt. Clay & Sons Seafood Market in Delray Beach with a lionfish that he speared. He harvests a variety of seafood for his market, including lionfish. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 31, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Boca Raton: Voters approve raises and council appointments

By Sallie James

City Council members who have waited years to get a raise finally got the green light on Aug. 30: A charter change establishing the raises squeaked through with 50.4 percent of the vote.

Voters resoundingly approved a second charter change — it won 69.1 percent of the votes — requiring council vacancies be filled by special election.

Council member Robert Weinroth proposed the salary increase.

He  said higher salaries would make it…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 30, 2016 at 11:07pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: No clear winner in Beach and Park District; runoffs set

By Steve Plunkett

Round 2 in the battle for two seats on the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District Commission is just beginning.

A Nov. 8 runoff will pit incumbent Dennis Frisch against challenger Craig Ehrnst for Seat 1, and challenger Erin Wright against incumbent Earl Starkoff for Seat 3. The rainy Aug. 30 primary eliminated challengers Shayla Enright and John Costello.…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 30, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Finding Faith: Mitzvah program brings High Holidays to homebound seniors

Residents of The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, the senior residence on MorseLife’s Katz Seniors Campus, participate twice a year in the Homebound Mitzvah Program, as part of  their commitment to giving to people less fortunate. From left: Rosalie Shapero, Hal Bogdanoff, Sylvia Mandell, Carolyn Patterson, Yetta Pearlman and Minnie Grosman.…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 30, 2016 at 10:53pm — No Comments

Health & Harmony: Garden adventures give children an appreciation of fresh food

ABOVE: A group of home schoolers and their parents weed the Gray Mockingbird Community Garden in Lake Worth. The group grows fruits and vegetables on the plot of land run by Brian Kirsch, the garden founder.

BELOW: Kristen Litteken gives her daughter Ryker Litteken, 3, a cherry to taste.…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 30, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Mark Gerretson Memorial Tournament: Delray Beach – Aug. 13

Members of the fishing team Nailed It won the 22nd annual Mark Gerretson Memorial Fishing Tournament by catching the heaviest fish of the tournament for the second year in a row — a 43.4-pound wahoo. That’s far smaller than the 71.6-pound wahoo they caught in the 2015 event, but still top fish in this year’s 38-boat tournament. From left are…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 30, 2016 at 10:24pm — No Comments

On the Water: Mermaid sculpture becomes reef

By Willie Howard

The Riviera Beach Maritime Academy, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Palm Beach County sank a mermaid sculpture off Singer Island Aug. 11 to create a new dive destination in honor of a woman who has survived breast cancer three times.

Andrea’s Reef is named for Andrea Torrente of Loxahatchee, whose face was used as the model for the mermaid sculpture created by artist Thomas McDonald.

Students at the Riviera Beach Maritime Academy built the…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 30, 2016 at 10:21pm — No Comments

Paws Up for Pets: International greyhound protection group to meet in Delray

Kathy Pelton, Florida director for GREY2K USA, with her pair of lovable greyhound rescues named Jack and Jill.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Arden Moore

The first time I met a greyhound, it was a blur. Chipper, my…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 30, 2016 at 9:50pm — No Comments

Old statue of football’s ‘Bald Eagle’ finds new home at Atlantic High School

Don Seiler meant for his sculpture to go at the Orange Bowl. No. 14 is a nod to former NFL quarterback Y.A. Tittle, known as the Bald Eagle. Brian Biggane/The Coastal Star

By Brian Biggane

    The statue that has been a symbol of the Atlantic High School football…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 30, 2016 at 9:45pm — No Comments

Pre-gala reception: Boca Raton Resort & Club – Aug. 16

More than 100 committee members, dignitaries and sponsors joined to celebrate the sold-out success of the 2016 Mayors Ball, which is set for Oct. 8. Proceeds from the ball benefit the Rotary Club of Downtown Boca Raton. ABOVE: (front, l-r) former Boca Raton City Councilwoman Constance Scott, former Mayor Bill Smith, Mayor Susan Haynie, Deputy…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 30, 2016 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Education Breakfast: Delray Beach Golf Club – Aug. 11

The Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce had its annual celebration to welcome new teachers to the city’s schools and hear success stories from principals. Originating in the ’70s, the event is one of the chamber’s most meaningful and rewarding, as each principal receives a $500 Office Depot gift card for back-to-school shopping. ABOVE:…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 30, 2016 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Buddy Walk…Uncorked: The Wine Cellar, Boynton Beach – Aug. 3

More than 100 supporters attended the fifth-annual Uncorked event, which raised $3,000 for the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization’s resource center. It kicked off this year’s Buddy Walk, which will take place Oct. 16 at John Prince Park in Lake Worth. ABOVE: (l-r) Co-Chairwomen Erin Allen, Anne Dichele and Bethany Pauley. Photo…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 30, 2016 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Around Town: Tristan Nunez has a need for speed — and to discourage distracted driving

Boca Raton race car driver Tristan Nunez, shown here with his high-tech race course simulator, visits schools to stress to students the dangers of distracted driving.  Photo by Thom Smith

By Thom Smith

When most 20-year-olds are choosing their college majors, Boca Raton native Tristan…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 30, 2016 at 4:26pm — No Comments

The Plate: Hooking sweet crab at Prime Catch

The Plate: Baked Florida Lump Crab

The Place: Prime Catch, 700 E. Woolbright Road, Boynton Beach; 737-8822 or

The Price: $15.95

The Skinny: The view alone makes Prime Catch a destination.

Fortunately for…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 30, 2016 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Latest campaign reports filed in Beach and Parks District race

By Steve Plunkett

Candidate Craig Ehrnst has taken a commanding lead in raising cash for his campaign to become a Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District commissioner.

Campaign finance reports filed for the period ending Aug. 26, the last deadline before the Aug. 30 vote, showed Ehrnst with $10,300 in contributions, compared with incumbent Dennis Frisch at $5,055 and challenger Shayla Enright with $450 in the Seat 1 race.

For Seat 3, candidate Erin…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 29, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Briny Breezes: Boynton and Ocean Ridge compete to police Briny Breezes

By Dan Moffett

            Neighborly relations between Ocean Ridge and Boynton Beach have frayed in recent months, mostly because of the city’s support for high-density residential projects on Federal Highway.

            Now the two municipalities have found something else to dispute: Who will protect and serve the good citizens of Briny Breezes?

            Ocean Ridge thought it had a three-year contract to provide police services to Briny…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 19, 2016 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Houston’s closes its Pompano Beach dock to boaters

Houston's in Pompano Beach will no longer provide dockage for dining boaters. Photo provided.

By Steve Plunkett

South Florida boaters have lost a restaurant destination on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Houston’s in Pompano Beach will no longer allow diners to tie…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 16, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Luncheon meeting: City Fish Market, Boca Raton – May 11

WPTV-TV news anchor Michael Williams was the featured speaker at the Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club’s May program, which addressed the state of politics in America. The club meets monthly, disseminating information ‘straight from the tiger’s mouth.’ ABOVE: (l-r) Lawrence Greenberg, David Schwartz, Eric Kaplan and Timothy Louzy. Photo…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 2, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Installation luncheon: Delray Sands Resort, Highland Beach – June 7

The Boca Raton Garden Club installed Patty Moum (left) and Emilie Palmieri as co-presidents for a two-year term. Donna Berger, the District 10 director of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, conducted the ceremony, which included the installation of seven new officers. Outgoing President Grace Johnson thanked club members for their hard…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 2, 2016 at 6:28pm — No Comments

Grant awards: Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, West Palm Beach – July 19

‘Educating and equipping citizens with opportunities to help themselves’ is one of the organization’s guiding principles, and its board did just that when it approved $1.2 million in community-impact awards to 23 area nonprofits. ABOVE: (l-r) Recipients Patricia Salamon, Sharon Blake, Gina Burks, Deidra Kinneman, Matthew Constantine, Maria…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on August 2, 2016 at 6:26pm — No Comments

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