Mary Kate Leming's Blog – November 2011 Archive (79)

Editorial: Coastal Star begins fourth year … already?

I usually approach birthdays with mixed emotions. On one hand, I’m grateful I’ve lived as long and as well as I have. On the other hand, I can’t help shaking my head in disbelief over how old I’ve become.

The same holds true for the third birthday of The Coastal Star. Our heads are spinning a bit that we’ve survived this long — and yet we’re excited to pop a cork to… Continue

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C.R.O.S. MINISTRIES

By Mary Jane Fine

Doris Mingione is in departure mode. She’s a widow, moving to Colorado to be near her son, so today is her all-but-final day to deliver hot meals to some of West Delray’s homebound elderly and disabled. The typed route — names, addresses, number of portions for each of 17 homes — is taped to the dashboard of her tan Toyota…

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Coastal Stars: Caring — and busy — Women of Grace to be honored

 

2011 Women of Grace honorees are Peggy Martin (left), Pamela Avalos, Linda Gunn, Connie Siskowski and Nilsa McKinney. Photo provided



By Linda Haase



    They’ve raised money for playgrounds and gardens. They‘ve fed the hungry, offered solace to the poor and provided help for earthquake victims.…

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Delray Beach: Boston's re-opens

Bartender Philip Worth Gaines Jr. (right) got the chance to meet his childhood idol when the 1980 Olympic Team hockey star Mike Eruzione was the motivational speaker for the staff of Boston’s.  The popular Delray Beach club re-opened for business on Oct. 21 after significant renovations. Photo by Jerry… Continue

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Along the Avenues: Bridge closings span short, long times for travelers in Delray, Lantana

 

By Thom Smith

Call it the tale of two bridges. But the climax, thrilling or depressing, won’t be written for months … or even years.

    Delray’s Atlantic Avenue Bridge will be closed until Nov. 23 for a face lift. Crews will work from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., so only late-night revelers will be inconvenienced, if anyone. Those who want to leave Blue Anchor or Deck 84 and breathe in that salt air at the newly…

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Station No.1 at center of fire-rescue discussions

By Angie Francalancia



  Mayors find consolidation consultants price steep

Less than a month after Boynton Beach city commissioners had put to rest the idea of closing Fire Station No. 1, which serves island residents, the topic popped up…

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Along the Coast: Staging a simple beach wedding can get complicated

By Margie Plunkett



    Beach weddings are such popular commodities that Boynton Beach is giving one away as a contest prize. And seaside ceremonies come highly touted by the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau — which counts Delray Beach among the cities it serves.

    But smitten couples who call the Delray Beach parks and recreation office to inquire about nuptials are told beach weddings are not allowed.

    That news came as a surprise to some city lawmakers… Continue

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Ocean Ridge: Not as bad as it looks

 

 

Palm Beach County hazmat team members prepare to enter the Ocean Ridge home of Frank Biden on Oct. 1 after a suspicious substance was delivered to his home on Ridge Boulevard. The hazmat team was carrying isolation buckets and a dog-collaring device after members of the bomb squad determined there were no explosives involved. 

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Gulf Stream: Spence property first subject for new commissioner

By Steve Plunkett



    Gulf Stream’s next and perhaps final subdivision was sidetracked another month in October and Gulf Stream’s recently annexed residents got their first commission seat.

     Ballantrae resident W. Garrett Dering was appointed Oct. 24 to take Commissioner Chris Wheeler’s seat after Wheeler sold his house in Hidden Harbor Estates and resigned from… Continue

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Delray Beach: Back-door trash pickup being phased out

By Margie Plunkett



    Come January, Sherwood Park residents will no longer have the choice of rear/side yard garbage pickup. While they’re losing a service option, they’re gaining an advantage.

    “They’ll have their rates lowered,” said City Manager David Harden.

    Delray Beach, served by Waste Management, recommended the conversion after taking a survey of the Sherwood Park and barrier island neighborhoods to determine if they still wanted to receive rear/side yard… Continue

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Delray Beach: Time to get public involved in city parking discussion

By Margie Plunkett



    With its year-old parking study in hand, Delray Beach is reaching out for public discussion on how to operate and pay for parking in the city.

    The commission agreed public input was in order after parking management specialist Scott Aaronson asked for guidance on what organization will operate the city’s parking and how revenues will be raised.

    “The merchants know so much more about this plan than we do. Let them educate us,” said Mayor Woodie… Continue

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Boynton Beach: Proposals sought for old high school

The city of Boynton Beach is seeking qualifications and proposals for the rehabilitation of the 1927 high school building located on Ocean Avenue. Firms, organizations — including not-for-profits — may submit proposals for adaptive reuse/renovation, occupancy and operations/maintenance. 

    A pre-proposal conference was held Oct. 26 with a site visit immediately following.

Consultants have said renovation would cost $4.6  million to $5.4 million.

    The city’s Community… Continue

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Manalapan: Gatehouse beautification plan hits a weedy patch

By Steve Plunkett



A plan to refurbish Point Manalapan’s gatehouse has stalled, frustrating landscape committee members and the man who volunteered to pay for at least part of the project.

    Committee chairwoman Daryl Cheifetz told town commissioners at their Oct. 25 meeting her panel met three times with landscape architect John Lang “and kept following and following up.”

But they’ve never seen a rendering of their ideas.

    “The bottom line to this is Mr. Lang has never… Continue

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Manalapan: $25.5 million estate sale shows luxury homes still selling well

By Christine Davis



    The real estate market for private homes might be in trouble elsewhere, but not in Manalapan. In September, an ocean-to-Intracoastal Waterway Mediterranean-style home and guesthouse at 820 S. Ocean Blvd. sold for a record-breaking $25.5 million.

    That sale marked the highest recorded price paid for a home in Manalapan in as many as 10… Continue

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Ocean Ridge: New hires fill vacancies in Police Department

By Margie Plunkett

   

A new slate of police officers and a dispatcher are moving into position at the Ocean Ridge Police Department, following the latest retirement of department mainstay Officer Doc Darville.

    New names on the roster are Officer Larry Payne, Officer Gary Roy and Dispatcher Michele Alfonso.… Continue

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Ocean Ridge: Town manager given three months to improve job performance

 

By Mary Kate Leming

and Margie Plunkett



    Ocean Ridge commissioners gave their town manager a harsh evaluation in October, but Ken Schenck said he was confident he could correct the review categories in question.    The annual evaluation, in which Schenck’s performance received a majority of conditional marks and several unsatisfactories, was…

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Along the Coast: New speed zones are for protection of manatees

By Tim O’Meilia

   

Manatees — those lovable, lumbering, cow-faced, half-ton marine mammals that putter along in Palm Beach County’s Intracoastal Waterway — will get extra protection from boaters this winter from six new boating speed zones.        The south county zones, aimed at protecting both boaters and manatees, went into effect in March when the last of the speed limit signs were erected. But the warm-water-seeking sea cows will benefit this winter as they migrate…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Caron Dockerty — Gulf Stream

Caron Dockerty of Gulf Stream leads a multifaceted life. She’s a wife, mother of two teenagers, real estate agent and active community volunteer. She’s also, at age 51, a recent graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, which is why she would appreciate the label “multifaceted.”

    “All my life I’ve been interested in jewels and gemstones and gold and silver,” says… Continue

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South Palm Beach: Gottlieb replaces Lillybeck after sudden departure

By Tim O’Meilia

   

South Palm Beach Council-woman Susan Lillybeck, who swept into office on anti-high-rise hotel sentiment in 2010, resigned suddenly Oct. 11 to tend to her Illinois doughnut shop.

    The Town Council moved swiftly Oct. 25 to appoint former Councilman Robert Gottlieb to serve the remaining five months of Lillybeck’s term.

    “I had to resign… Continue

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Lantana: Parking spaces will be limited, but merchant space already emptying

By Tim O’Meilia



    A rainy late afternoon in mid-October on East Ocean Avenue in Lantana. The orange valet parking cones are out in front of Bar Italia, but it’s early and little need for them yet.

    Down the street cars are beginning to pull into the Old Key Lime House lot. Along the south side of the street, the parking spaces are beginning to fill. On the north side, not so much.

See Bicentennial Park with 33 mostly empty parking spaces. Look at Sportsman’s Park with a… Continue

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