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Ocean Ridge: Historic home goes on market for first time

Built in 1924 and remodeled in 1988 and 2001, this Mizner-style beach house was one of the first homes built in Ocean Ridge.

The…

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Along the Coast: Aquatic muralist, living her dream, reels in Vegas TV-show project

Judy Dempsey, owner of Art Explosion of South Florida, decorated her Boynton Beach home with underwater scenes, such as this one on a living room wall.…

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Delray Beach: Arts Garage gets chance to buy its home

By Betty Wells



    The Arts Garage, Delray’s Beach’s small, popular music and theater venue, needs to raise $2.5 million in 30 months to pay the city for its home — 10,000 square feet of retail space at the Old School Square parking garage. The executive director believes it can happen.

    Dozens of residents praised the nonprofit during an April 16 public hearing packed with more than 200 people at City Hall. The City Commission then voted to let the Arts…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Christina Benisch

Christina Benisch uses elements found in her Ocean Ridge garden for her award-winning flower arrangements.

This year she represented the Grass River Garden Club at the Society of the Four Arts, and in 2010,

she represented the Ocean Ridge Garden Club at the…

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Coastal Star: South County’s own star-maker

 



Flossy Keesely lives in Highland Beach with her Yorkie, Schatzi.

Photo by Tim Stepien

By Scott Simmons



The phone doesn’t stop ringing at Flossy Keesely’s Highland Beach home.

Brrrring!

“Ah, so good to hear from you.”

Brrrring!

“Definitely! Plan…

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Obituary —Donald W. Curl, author and historian: Boca Raton

By Dianna Smith



BOCA RATON —When someone had a question about Boca Raton history, Donald Curl usually knew the answer.

Mr. Curl’s knowledge of the area was so vast that he recorded most of his knowledge in books that will live on forever. Mr. Curl, 75, died in December after a battle with lymphoma, leaving behind his work and a reputation of being the town’s…

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Along the Coast: Area cities try new ways to attract businesses



By Thomas R. Collins

                  The website’s home page has an aerial shot of the coastline, with turquoise waters washing over the sand and sunbathers dotting the beach.

                  Delray Beach, says the site recently created by the city’s Chamber of Commerce and its Community Redevelopment Agency to…

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Editorial: Transitions and new beginnings

 

 

By Scott Simmons, managing editor

 

When opportunity knocked, I hesitated. Agonized, even.

But when a newspaper in northern Palm Beach County offered me a position to write full-time, I decided to accept.

But acceptance doesn’t mean abandonment.

I will continue to follow news in Boca Raton, Highland Beach and the… Continue

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Along the Coast: Nature’s garbage crew; Vultures come south

 

 

Black vultures, shown basking in

the sun to warm up on a recent chilly morning,

are smaller than turkey vultures, which can weigh up

to 6 pounds. Photo by Jerry Lower

 

By Joanne Davis



They start migrating in October, and by early to mid-November they are…

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Along the Coast: ‘Crown Vic’ phase-out has police departments researching options

 

 

Vinnie Laudicina, Lantana Police Department

fleet manager (left), and Simion Pavlov,

with one of the department’s

2006 Ford Crown Victorias.  Photo by Tim Stepien 

By Rich Pollack



For almost two decades, the police car you were likely to see in your rear view mirror,…

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Along the Coast: Grant aims to boost border security

 

 

By Steve Plunkett



A $100,000 Homeland Security grant will boost border patrols in coastal communities, County Commissioner Steven L. Abrams said.

“This money will provide additional security for our community, especially along our coastline, a large portion of which I represent,” Abrams said in a news release.

The money will be used for overtime to provide additional patrols associated with crime suppression and intercepting people who have illegally…

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Highland Beach: Ethics office could cost $10,848

By Steve Plunkett



The county’s new ethics watchdog office could cost the town of Highland Beach up to $10,848 in its first year.

“We do not know yet which particular contracts might be exempted from the fee, and there’s going to be some that are exempted from this fee,’’ Town Manager Dale Sugerman reported at the commission’s December meeting.

Municipalities are obligated to fund the office by paying one-quarter of 1 percent of the total cost of contracts awarded. Sugerman said… Continue

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Boca Raton: New push to keep Ocean Strand public

By Steve Plunkett



Boca Raton residents are mounting another assault in their campaign to ensure that Ocean Strand becomes a park.

A new group, Keep Your Boca Beaches Public, is circulating petitions to place an ordinance and a charter amendment targeting the coastal parcel on the March ballot.

 “We started collecting signatures aggressively this weekend, and I have to say that we have hundreds of them already,’’ Martin Siml told City Council members at a Dec. 13 workshop. “It… Continue

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Boca Raton: Three families give $600,000 to FAU peace

 

FAU President Mary Jane Saunders (left) celebrates

a $600,000 gift with Dick Schmidt, Christine Lynn,

Barbara Schmidt and Manjunath Pendakur,

dean of the College of Arts and Letters.

Photo provided

Staff Reports



Florida Atlantic University has received a $600,000 donation to its peace studies…

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Around Town: Boca strikes gold with Town Center vending machine

 

Customers buy gold chips and coins from the

Gold-to-Go vending machine at Boca Raton’s

Town Center. Photo provided

 

By Thom Smith

 

Like bees to honey, shoppers are converging on a new hive at Boca’s Town Center. This honey is golden, all right, but you’re not…

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Along the Coast: Boca ‘Daughters’ are hep to history, service

 

 

Betty-Jane Lee, a 71-year member of the Daughters

of the American Revolution, sips tea during

a recent meeting of the Estahakee Chapter at the

Highland Beach Holiday Inn. Photos by Tim Stepien

 By Ron Hayes…

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Society Spotlight: Holiday Champagne Reception At the Boca Raton Museum of Art

 

 

 

The event committee for the Friends of the Boca Raton Museum of

Art’s Holiday Champagne Reception included Ann Conte (left),

Barbara Scott, Robin May, Nancy Wright and Marjory Bitson.

The event featured a variety of items for sale by local artisans as well as refreshment.

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Society Spotlight: Boca Raton Regional Hospital Ball Kick-off At Bogart’s, Boca Raton



 

Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation hosted a kick-off reception for its 49th annual ball at Bogart’s.

The reception honored the members of the Medical Staff Executive Committee, who will be recognized as honorees at a black-tie gala to…

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InterFaith21: Diverse congregation walks together in faith

Henrietta Smith reads the Litany of Commemoration at the

50th anniversary commemoration of the first communion

of the Church of the Palms in Delray Beach on Nov. 14.

Other officers of the Women’s Fellowship pictured are:

Margot Beck (left), Marlene Hambleton, Polly Champ and Edie Kutz.

Photo provided



By C.B.…

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Added by Scott Simmons on December 29, 2010 at 5:55pm — No Comments

Paws Up for Pets: For relaxation techniques, watch your pet

 

By Arden Moore



    We can learn a lot from our cats and dogs when it comes to keeping limber, shooing away muscle aches and reveling in the moment.

    In fact, cats and dogs are born yoga teachers, if we just pay closer attention to how they move and stretch with purpose and grace.

    “Yoga is an art that is more than 5,000 years old…

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