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Mary Kate Leming's Blog – October 2017 Archive (37)

On their toes: Budding ballerinas team up with pros to stage ‘Cinderella’

Jolie Lavaux (front, with pink flower) of Boca Raton leads the dance troupe during rehearsal for Cinderella at Organic Movements in Boca Raton.

By Janis Fontaine

Tiny dancers pool around Ekaterina Shchelkanova’s perfect feet like a dozen ducklings, their bright eyes glued to the…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on October 31, 2017 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Pay it Forward: Gala to celebrate Boynton group’s 30 years of feeding those in need

Michele Wright, former WPEC-TV news anchor and honorary chairwoman of last year’s Community Caring Center event, with Doreen Robinson, chairwoman of this year’s Dreams Come True Gala set for Nov. 16.   Photo provided

By Amy Woods

    Thirty years of creating a healthier…


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Philanthropy Notes: Rotarians get good news from Delray Beach education coordinator

The Rotary Club of Delray Beach had Janet Meeks as guest speaker for its August meeting. Meeks, the city’s education coordinator, reported that students in public schools are receiving exceptional support, which is resulting in improved proficiency in reading. She also informed the club that her position was created to address the need for an instructional reading program in the community.

“It is in the best interests of all concerned that our students are served with quality,…


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Pay it Forward: Bicycle as artwork to be peddled at Boys, Girls Club fundraiser

Ralph Papa, in his Delray Beach studio, shows a rim and fender from the bike that will be sold to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Delray. 

By Lona O’Connor

    A bicycle is only a bicycle until Ralph Papa makes it a vehicle of art. Papa, a Delray Beach artist and teacher whose…


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Celebrating Finland: Private home, Gulf Stream – Oct. 20

Pohjan Laulu, a 110-year-old all-male choir from a small town north of the Arctic Circle (Oulu, Finland), is visiting the United States as part of Finland’s 100th-anniversary celebration as an independent nation. The first local performance took place at the home of Robert and Anneli Ganger. The performance was sponsored by Kaarina Langeland,…


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‘Woman of Distinction’ Breakfast: Boca West Country Club, Boca Raton – Oct. 18

Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach celebrated its 44th annual event, at which Barbara Gutin received the Soroptimist International Lifetime Achievement Award from honorary Chairwoman Terry Fedele. The award recognizes Gutin’s dedication and concern for the welfare of women and children. More than 300 attended and…


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Woman Volunteer of the Year: Boca Raton Resort & Club – Oct. 5

Joyce DeVita was named the 2017 Woman Volunteer of the Year at the Junior League of Boca Raton’s 30th annual luncheon and fashion show. DeVita was nominated by the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum. Forty-two women from nonprofits around Palm Beach County were recognized for their dedication as volunteers. ABOVE: The 2017 Woman…


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High school fair: St. Joseph’s Episcopal School, Boynton Beach – Sept. 26

Seventeen high schools gathered in the Judith Rogers Gymnasium for the 13th annual event, which welcomes families to learn about the offerings from each school. Attendees met faculty members and sat in on a roundtable discussion, with the goal of obtaining knowledge from a student perspective. ABOVE: (l-r) Natalee Sama, Jenna DeFrances,…


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Private dinner: The Lotos Club, New York – Oct. 5

As part of the celebration of its 2017-18 season, Palm Beach Opera had a private dinner sponsored by board member Florence Kaufman and attended by 60 supporters. The evening began in the ballroom with a cocktail reception featuring passed hors d’oeuvres. Prior to a recital by two of the company’s artists, general director Daniel Biaggi…


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Donation presentation: Aqua Gulf Transport, Deerfield Beach – Oct. 4

Members of the Highland Beach chapter of UNICO National lent a helping hand to Aqua Gulf Transport by providing products needed in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Erick Espino, son of chapter member Ana Cohen, started the initiative and reached out to company owner Robert Browne. ABOVE: Cleve Guy, treasurer / recording secretary, with…


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Breakfast of Champions: Kravis Center, West Palm Beach – Sept. 27

United Way of Palm Beach County had breakfast with 350 of its closest friends to kick off the annual fundraising campaign. The breakfast is a signature event attended by business representatives who run employee-giving programs, nonprofit leaders and community supporters. The theme this year, on education, is titled Achieve Palm Beach County.…


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Around Town: Addison Mizner’s Town Hall turns 90; Boca Resort welcomes Joan Lunden, mermaids

In the early days, the building served as Town Hall and Fire Station.  Photo provided by Boca Raton Historical Society

By Thom Smith

With the Twenties roaring…


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Boca Raton: Boca Artists Guild returns to city

By Lucy Lazarony

    The Artists Guild of the Boca Raton Museum is moving to a new gallery at 2910 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton. Part of Elegance Plaza, the new gallery is 3,000 square feet and almost double the size of its former home on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, where the gallery was based for the past nine years.

    The gallery’s grand opening is set for 6 p.m. Nov. 15, with a ribbon cutting by the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce at 6:30.



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Along the Coast: Literary Coalition’s annual reading campaign underway


Time to pull out the reading glasses. The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County’s ninth annual “one book, one community” reading campaign is underway and runs through early December.

    The aim of the campaign, called “Read Together Palm Beach County,” is to get adults to read the same book at the same time and to discuss the book.

    The program…


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The Plate: A stack of blueberry delights at John G’s

The Plate: Blueberry pancakes

The Place: John G’s, Plaza del Mar, 264 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan; 585-9860 or

The Price: $6.85 (cash only)

The Skinny: I love John G’s. The gazpacho is some of the best anywhere, served…


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South Palm Beach: SPB fires Town Manager Vitas

By Dan Moffett


  South Palm Beach Town Manager Bob Vitas returned from a vacation in Europe thinking he would resolve the last details of his new contract at the Oct. 24 council meeting.

 Instead it turned out to be his last council meeting.

 In a swift and surprising move, the Town Council unanimously voted to fire Vitas without explanation or stated cause. The vote for a…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on October 25, 2017 at 9:10am — 1 Comment

Ocean Ridge: Lucibella trial postponed a 3rd time

By Steve Plunkett


Former Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella’s felony trial will not start before next year.

His defense attorney, Marc Shiner, and Assistant State Attorney Danielle Grundt both agreed this month to the postponement — the trial’s third delay. Circuit Judge Charles Burton rescheduled the case for February 2018.

Shiner also complained that Police Officer Nubia Plesnik’s lawyer, Richard Slinkman, has made it impossible for him…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on October 17, 2017 at 4:45pm — No Comments

October King Tides — Photos

The Coastal Star will be photographing the King Tides in October/November and sharing photographs from our coastal communities.

As you see flooding in your neighborhood, we hope you'll share your photos as well.…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on October 6, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

ArtsPaper: Season Preview


Added by Mary Kate Leming on October 5, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Along the Coast: Boca Raton may use eminent domain to preserve beach

Related story: A Line in the Sand: At issue is whether building should continue east of the Coastal Construction Control Line

By Steve Plunkett

    The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District is considering dusting off its power of eminent domain to…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on October 4, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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