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Mary Kate Leming's Blog – September 2010 Archive (76)

Briny Breezes: Population figure likely to face challenge

By Emily J. Minor



Town officials in Briny Breezes have finally written some proposed changes for the town’s long-term development plan, and now they’re waiting to see if state planners will agree with what they’ve suggested.

The probable sticking point?

The town’s estimated population — a little something that will help decide future construction numbers if a developer ever wants to swoop in again and try to remake the town from all mobile homes to oceanfront condos or… Continue

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Editorial: Art and inspiration transcend seasons

As I walk into my home I’m greeted with an original encaustic painting of a palm. I love the textures and colors. It puts my mind instantly at ease after a hectic day at the office.



Encaustic (or hot-wax painting) is an ancient art form, but the artist who created my painting was not old. She was 66.…



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Amendment 4 vote: 'A very tough call'

By Steve Plunkett



On one side is Florida Hometown Democracy, the sponsor of Amendment 4, supported by what it calls a “grass-roots group of committed volunteers’’ as well as the Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition, the Florida Public Interest Research Group and the Audubon Society of the Everglades, among others.

On the other side is Citizens for Lower Taxes and a Stronger Economy, which says its ‘‘grass-roots army’’ includes the Associated Builders and Contractors; the… Continue

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Along the Avenues: Boynton Diner scores chef with Ta-boo ties



By Thom Smith

In spite of the tough times and the crazy politics, life goes on in Boynton Beach. In fact, in some cases it’s getting better. Just ask Troy…

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Ocean Ridge: Police to get paid for all added hours

By Margie Plunkett



Police officers will be paid for a full, 104 extra hours they will work annually

because of a schedule change to 12-hour shifts, a reverse by Ocean Ridge

commissioners who initially agreed to pay for only 44 additional…

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Manalapan: Tahitian-inspired house sells for $15.5 million

By Christine Davis



Acqua Liana, the…

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Delray Beach/Gulf Stream: December bridge reopening is on schedule

By Steve Plunkett



Construction is on pace for a mid-December reopening of the George Bush Boulevard Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway.…



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The yarns she can spin: Storyteller becomes the characters of her tales



By Ron Hayes

Sally Leyenberger came to Delray Beach in 1978, and for the first…

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Ocean Ridge: Town agrees to bird-sanctuary status

The town of Ocean Ridge is now a bird sanctuary, taking on the distinction with a vote of the commission at its Sept. 8 meeting. The ordinance prohibits trapping

or molesting birds, or robbing their nests.



The sanctuary status means that “you can shoo them…

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Citizen board opposes public radio station’s sale

By Angie Francalancia



For the first time since the sale of WXEL-FM 90.7 was announced six months ago, the

public broadcasting station’s Citizens Advisory Board had a chance to tell its board of trustees why the members and the community oppose the sale.…



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Shutter up! Hurricane-survival lessons we can learn from old buildings

The evolution of hurricane shutters…



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The evolution of hurricane shutters

Looking at the steel Bahama shutters on Old Key Lime House, Mike Bornstein can picture their evolution: first, wood, with down-tilted slats to let in air and light; then steel, later treated for added strength, then aluminum, later extruded for the same reason; then plastics, and Plexiglas, and Fiberglas clamshells, and carbon composites, and glass annealed or coated with various films, to keep it from shattering. He can see…

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Hypoluxo Island/Lantana: Crowd mixed in reaction to Jet Ski license request



By Margie Plunkett



The buzz of Jet Skis on the Intracoastal Waterway likely won’t subside after Lantana’s Town Council denied issuing a business tax receipt to a rental company that serves the Ritz-Carlton. Captain Morgan’s Watercraft Rentals said it can continue to use the Sportsman’s Park area to launch its jet skis…

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The tangled webs we weave... in the garden

By Joanne Davis

The thought of long, slender legs and a home draped in colorful silk conjure up an image of royalty and elegance. But couple those things with cunning, stealth and entrapment, and we’re likely to be wary.



Fascinating yet scary is one way to describe…

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Meet your Neighbors: Jeff & Ruth Stein — South Palm Beach



Being retired and enjoying physical activities outside is great, agree Jeff and Ruth Stein. But, they add, there’s only so much swimming and golfing they can do.



They do not sit around waiting for the world to happen, and even if they were so inclined, “how long can a person sit at the beach?” Ruth…

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Obituary — Charles Murn: Briny Breezes

By Ron Hayes



BRINY BREEZES — Charles Murn had a degree in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and a citation from NASA for his contributions to the manned space program. In Briny Breezes, he put that know-how to work fixing items donated to the town’s annual charity…

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A GIFT FROM THE PAST: Hidden for more than 80 years, a church’s time capsule makes an unexpected appearance

By Mary Thurwachter



Aaron Strippel keeps an eagle eye out for changes in the landscape at First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach. As head custodian, he scoots around on agolf cart each morning making sure the grounds are in tiptop condition.…



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InterFaith21: Routine acts of kindness contrast with divisive rhetoric

By C.B. Hanif

“For those of us who experienced 9/11 in America, our hearts were heavy in two respects. One, because of the senseless loss of innocent life. But then there was a double blow to us, because in the process, the religion of Al-Islam was blemished, by the conduct of people who called themselves doing something in the name of…

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Paws Up for Pets: Girl helps firefighters get oxygen masks for pets

By Arden Moore



You’re never too young to make a difference. Just ask 12-year-old Monica Plumb of Powhatan, Va. After reading in her local newspaper about firefighters using a pet oxygen mask to save the life of a dog in a house fire two years ago, the then-10-year-old did some research…

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PBSO Marine unit moves office from Boynton Inlet

By Nirvi Shah



The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol unit no longer uses the Boynton Inlet

as its headquarters and the area will also lose the deputies that patrol Ocean

Inlet Park.…



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