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Mary Kate Leming's Blog – December 2011 Archive (7)

Delray Beach: Island residents rally against recovery business in neighborhood

By Margie Plunkett and Tim Pallesen

                  Beach area residents rallied in protest of planned luxury beachside sober houses in December, filling commission chambers at two meetings and spurring city leaders to scour law in search of changes that will protect residential neighborhoods.

                  Neighbors protested laws that allow houses in residential neighborhoods to be rented in such a way that dozens of unrelated people can reside there during the course…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 29, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Mom’s beautiful bounty cheers families facing hard times

By Emily J. Minor

                  This is the time of year so many of us dread — packing up all the Christmas gear, and stowing it away until next — but at Valerie Miller’s house in Delray Beach, they’re probably doing it with happy hearts.

                  Christmas, you see, came to them this year courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, a husband-wife team with great generosity, and an amazing lady named Jeanne Bice — perhaps best-known for slapping…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 26, 2011 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Manalapan: Police Chief Walker to retire after holidays

By Steve Plunkett

Police Chief Clay Walker will end 12 years of safeguarding the town when the holidays are over.

‘’Careers do come to a close and I have decided to retire effective at the end of the business day January 2, 2012,’’ Walker said in an e-mail giving Manalapan residents a month’s notice. ‘’I look forward to the opportunity to say personal goodbyes to as many of you as possible over the next few weeks.’’

Walker was named the town’s director…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 6, 2011 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Briny Breezes: Park’s sale deadline approaches — but buyers don’t

By Tim O’Meilia


It’s been more than four years since the $510 million sale of Briny Breezes blew apart like, well, a mobile home in a hurricane.

And it’s not likely anyone will offer anything near half a billion dollars for the 43-acre oceanfront mobile home park in the 16 months remaining that the Duane Morris law firm has to sell the park.

“There’s no interest and they’re not marketing it,” Briny Breezes Inc. board President Mike Gut said of Duane Morris’ efforts.…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 1, 2011 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Free Family Holiday Events

12/3 - Winterfest Lantana is presented by the Greater Lantana Chamber of Commerce and Palm Beach School for Autism at the Lantana Sports Complex on Lantana Road just east of I-95. Rides, food, crafts, Santa, entertainment and more. Noon-midnight. Free. 585-8664.

12/3 - Boynton Beach Holiday Extravaganza and Annual Holiday Parade…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 1, 2011 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Local Voices: Keep safety in mind for holidays

Here are 10 holiday safety tips from the Boca Raton Police Department:

1. Minimize the amount of cash and the number of debit or credit cards you carry.

2. Keep gift cards close and secure. They are easily redeemable and difficult to recover once they are stolen.

3. If you are shopping with small children, have a plan in place if you are separated. Teach them to get help from a store clerk or a police officer.

4. Stay alert and avoid talking on your cell phone while walking…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 1, 2011 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Holiday Tree Lighting: Mizner Park, Boca Raton













ABOVE: What better way for Florida children to ring in the holiday season than with a spirited snowball fight.  Aca McGowen takes aim at…


Added by Mary Kate Leming on December 1, 2011 at 12:02pm — No Comments

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