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Afternoon of food and fun: Café Sapori, West Palm Beach — Jan. 20

Il Circolo, The Italian Cultural Society, celebrated the cuisine of Milano and all things old country during the gathering. Trio Pulcinella, an entertainment group, circled the tables and sang familiar folk songs. More than 110 guests attended. RIGHT: (l-r) Sally Valenti, chef Fabrizio Giorgi, owner Francesco…

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Dinner dance: Kravis Center, West Palm Beach — Dec. 10

Members of the Dress Circle — those who donate $1,000 or more annually to the Kravis Center — were honored in front of 400-plus supporters gathered for a special presentation on the Kravis 2020: The Future Is Now campaign. ‘We exceeded last season’s annual fundraising goal of $6 million in great part due to the…

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Monthly meeting: Arturo’s Ristorante, Boca Raton — Feb. 4

UNICO National President Lee Norelli was the special guest at the Highland Beach chapter’s monthly meeting. Norelli thanked the chapter for all the work it does in Palm Beach County and expressed gratitude for the help it has given UNICO National. ABOVE: (l-r) Milton Armes, the chapter’s sergeant at arms;…

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Call to Heart Ball: Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Manalapan — Jan. 26

Caridad Center’s annual gala was grand in celebration and generous in display with more than 400 guests raising about $500,000 to fund medical care for the underserved. A record-breaking event, it more than doubled net proceeds from two years ago.  ‘The compassion and generosity of our guests was…

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Laugh with the Library: Delray Beach Marriott — Feb. 1

Good humor and laughter were in abundance at the 13th-annual fundraiser, chaired by Chiara Clark and Jennifer Schmuckler. The event, with 400 in attendance, is a perennial favorite for its casual and creative night of cocktails, comedy and dinner-by-the-bite. Cory Kahaney, a well-known stand-up who has appeared on…

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Annual Gala Dinner & Dance: Royal Palm Yacht Club, Boca Raton — Feb. 9

More than 300 guests celebrated a Florida-inspired evening and showed their support at the Boca Raton Museum of Art affair. Inspired by the museum exhibition Imagining Florida: History and Myth in the Sunshine State, the refined elegance of the venue was accentuated by lush, tropical décor, regional cuisine and live entertainment. By the end…

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Hole in one: St. Andrews Club — Jan. 25

Suzanne Pollard, 96, celebrated the first hole in one of her life. She used a nine-iron on the 70-yard seventh hole at the Delray Beach club’s course.

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Art: Kinetic exhibits a moving experience

Attendees enjoy Light Being by Kimon Fotiadis at the 2019 International Kinetic Art Exhibit & Symposium. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star



By Ron Hayes



All great art moves the viewer. But not all great art moves.

Great kinetic art does both.

Over the weekend of…

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Ocean Ridge: Lucibella avoids jail time

Former Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella is all smiles as he leaves the courtroom with his attorneys Heidi Perlet and Marc Shiner after being adjudicated guilty of misdemeanor battery. During sentencing, Circuit Judge Dahlia Weiss ruled that Lucibella must pay only standard…

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Ocean Ridge: Lucibella found guilty only of misdemeanor battery

Ocean Ridge's former Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella speaks with his attorneys Heidi Perlet and Marc Shiner following his week long trial. Lucibella was found not guilty of two felony charges, but was convicted of a lesser misdemeanor battery charge. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Steve…

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Ocean Ridge: Jury deliberates verdict in Lucibella case

Former Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor, Richard Lucibella, testifies in court on Jan. 31. A six-man jury began deliberations about 9:55 am on Feb. 1. Lucibella is charged with two felonies; battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. Jerry Lower/The Coastal…

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Ocean Ridge: Lucibella takes the stand

By Steve Plunkett

Richard Lucibella had his day in court Jan. 31, maintaining his innocence during nearly three hours on the witness stand.

The former vice mayor of Ocean Ridge said he could not act antagonistically toward arresting officer Richard Ermeri and described Ermeri as the aggressor.

“Somebody who has just attacked you, broken your ribs, partially blinded you, knocked you out I believe — I do not believe [that’s me being] antagonistic,”…

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Ocean Ridge: State rests its case against Lucibella; defense begins

By Steve Plunkett

The judge in Richard Lucibella’s felony trial declared Jan. 30 that prosecutors had delivered sufficient evidence against the former Ocean Ridge vice mayor for the case to continue.

“The court finds at this stage the state has presented a prima facie case,” Circuit Judge Dahlia Weiss said after defense attorney Marc Shiner asked her to dismiss both charges against Lucibella, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest…

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Obituary: Roger Bennett

Eight-term mayor navigated ‘crazy time’

By Dan Moffett

Roger Bennett was sworn in as the mayor of Briny Breezes right when the town needed him most. 

“I’m so pleased the…

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Delray Beach: Residents rally to preserve trees on historic Swinton

Residents tied black ribbons on about 50 trees along Swinton Avenue to protest proposed changes to the street.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Editor's Note: Slow change on main street fits ideal of island life

When the windows are open at my Ocean Ridge home, I hear the cars roll by on State Road A1A. Bicyclist friends shout our names as a wake-up call early on Saturday mornings as they ride by. On our morning walks we wave to friends heading out for work or coffee.

And as years tick by, we’ve watched neighbor kids grow up in the back seats as parents dutifully drove them to school.

From inside our newsroom we’ve learned to count the public safety…

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Coastal Star: Delray businesswoman is all heart when it comes to Bethesda Hospital

Stylist and salon owner Dawn Edwards is on the committee working on the 64th annual Bethesda Ball, which will be Feb. 23. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

Related Story: Bethesda fundraiser finds…

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Ocean Ridge: Titcomb to become first Lox Groves town manager

By Dan Moffett

Ocean Ridge Town Manager Jamie Titcomb is resigning his position in March to become the first manager in the upstart town of Loxahatchee Groves.

For Titcomb, the change is a return engagement of sorts. Thirteen years ago, when he was with the Palm Beach County League…

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Gulf Stream: Little Club’s removal of ‘aggressive’ ducks creates controversy

Not all the Muscovy ducks were removed from the golf course: These two and an ibis were present Jan. 23. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Brian Biggane

The decision to remove 24 Muscovy ducks from…

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Gulf Stream: Large ficus the focus of preservation effort

This sprawling ficus tree in front of the home at 3400 Polo Drive is spurring a debate about tree preservation in Gulf Stream. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Steve Plunkett

Town commissioners have sent the architects…

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