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Coasting Along: Concierge security at Boca Raton's Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club





By Tim Norris



Beyond energetic disputes between New Englander and chief of security Ray Lavin and New Yorker and lieutenant Mike McHale over the baseball fortunes of the Red Sox and Yankees, about the only fighting that the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club security force sees might be a rare domestic dispute, a too-hearty party, rowdy teens, a disgruntled nanny, a missing garbage can or a fuss over where laborers park.

There… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on December 1, 2010 at 7:47pm — No Comments

Editorial: Friendship, hope and a flash of sparkle

I love the winter holidays.

There’s a certain sparkle in the air — regardless of whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, the winter solstice or Kwanzaa.

And that sparkle symbolizes hope. It symbolizes faith. And it symbolizes family and friendship.

It’s a time for giving, and a time to assess all the good things in our lives. It’s also a time for forgiving and moving on, because that is the greatest gift you can give yourself.

And in that spirit of giving, I invite you… Continue

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Around Town: Hot chef's calendar cooks up money for charity



By Thom Smith



With visions of cheesecake dancing in her head, Taylor Morgan, host of South Florida Dines radio show and founder of SouthFloridaDines.com, envisioned a calendar, racier than a chocolate mousse — a ladle here, a toque there — of South Florida’s hottest chefs.

Only one problem, chefs may subject chicken skin to air, but not their own.

So nudity was out, but Morgan got her… Continue

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Boca Raton: City, children's museum agree on lease


The Children’s Museum has a second lease, after theCity Council approved it paying $1 a year for 60 years.
The second lease agreement, between the museum and the city, is for the existing Singing Pines and Arvida house buildings and expanded museum expansion studio.
— Margie Plunkett

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Highland Beach: Town's police force grows by two





By Steve Plunkett



Highland Beach’s police force has taken a cosmopolitan turn in recent months.

The latest hires are Jon Alvarez, who was born in the Dominican Republic, and Tatsuaki Hayashi, a native of Japan.

“We’re building a great, diverse little department and team, and I’m proud of them,’’ Chief Craig Hartmann said as he introduced Alvarez to town commissioners in November.… Continue

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Coastal Stars: Highland Beach couple helps make world ‘a better place’





By Scott Simmons



Walk away from a meeting with Sandra and Bernard Meyer, and you remember the laughter.

But behind the laughter is a formidable advocacy for the arts.

“If I could clone them, and if other arts organizations could clone them, the world would be a much better place,” says Karen Davis, artistic director of the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, which runs through Dec. 12.

The Meyers’ passion comes from a…

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Boca Raton: Historic bungalow may face bulldozer

By Mary Thurwachter



Quiet, for a moment, please. Listen carefully and you can hear an SOS coming from the Boca Raton Historical Society. The wrecking ball looms and it’s threatening to take away a slice of the city’s history.

In this case, it’s the Luff House, a unique Boca Raton example of the Florida coral rock-bungalow style. The two-story home at 390 Palmetto Park Road was…

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Highland Beach: Plan calls for town to establish taxing unit for beach cleanup

By Steve Plunkett



HIGHLAND BEACH — Ocean-front property owners would pay roughly three-fourths the cost of keeping beaches clean under a proposal being groomed by the town’s Beaches and Shores Advisory Board.

The plan calls for Highland Beach to establish a municipal special taxing unit, or MSTU, to clean the beaches three times a week, maintain the dunes, empty trash cans and remove waste. The taxing unit would need voter approval.

“All beach-goers will find their beach… Continue

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts to to enchant and inspire

It’s not the snow, it’s not the frost.

And it’s not even the holly.

It’s the spirit that makes the holidays merry in Florida.

We have surf and sand and palm trees galore.

And tropically themed gifts for the ones you adore.

Savor and shop, and avoid all the malls.

And keep local merchants in mind when decking your halls.



— Scott Simmons



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Meet Your Neighbor: Mary Mills



Mary Mills has a passion for golf.

She has played since the age of 11, when her father signed her up for lessons, back in the day when folks from the Midwest would head south to her home state of Mississippi to spend a few weeks on the links.

“I could ride my bike to the course,” Mills says of growing up near Gulfport and Biloxi. “I was always the jock.”

At the age of 12, she won a putt-putt golf championship and won an opportunity… Continue

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Elves’ training available for the cheerily inclined

Elves practice singing Christmas songs during ‘elf training’

at Boca Raton Community Center on a recent evening.

Claire Riccardi (left), Roberta Eberling, Loretta Lombardo and Fran Moran.

Photo by…

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Obituary —Dona Culhane: Boca Raton

By Ron Hayes



BOCA RATON — A former model, accomplished bridge player and 30-year resident of Boca Raton, Dona Culhane, died Nov. 18 after a lengthy illness.

She was 82 and lived at the Stratford Arms.

Mrs. Culhane was born Oct. 1, 1928, in Hudson, N.Y.

After graduating from the Barnard School For Girls, a preparatory school in Manhattan, she worked briefly as a fashion model for the Barbizon School, until her marriage to William Culhane on March…

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Along the Avenues: Evert lobs challenges by focusing on family — South Palm Beach through Delray Beach





Racquet back, eye on the ball …

Pop! And another shot strikes the clay inches inside the baseline. “That’s it, that’s it!,” the encouraging words follow as a young girl, barely in her teens, struggles with the fusillade that tests her forehand and backhand. Poor child, she’s definitely in over her head, so young she probably doesn’t appreciate that she’s being challenged by one of the greatest women ever to play tennis.

Maybe,… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on November 3, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Coasting Along: Old school still applies in this family business



By Tim Norris



The secret to the Meating Place, the heart of it, waits somewhere unexpected, past the vintage refrigerated display cases and their parade of steaks and chops and ribs and roasts.

Most customers don’t get that far. The meat, in red and pink and pale white array, captures them.

The meat also captures the staff, who put their backs and backbones to it, every day.

Mike Baitz, for instance, came in just around… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on November 3, 2010 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Editorial: What am I grateful for? Just turn a page

November.

It’s a time of reflection.

It’s a time to look back at the year so far and to think about what remains.

And it’s a time for gratitude.

I turn to this newspaper sometimes, when I need to get my priorities straight — to look back on just how much for which there is to be grateful.

I am grateful to the citizens who regularly attend the city council and town commission meetings and remind our officials that what they do affects each of us.

I am grateful to our… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on November 3, 2010 at 5:14pm — No Comments

Coastal Star of the Month: Bring your jammies to his party



By Scott Simmons



Dan Bellante has a history of being inspirational.

Years ago, he inspired young people to create art. He ran a studio in Fort Lauderdale and he taught at Broward Community College.

But now, the Highland Beach resident inspires others to help others.

Bellante hosts Pajama Parties at his home in Jamaica Manor.

No, his guests don’t wear jammies, but they bring them, sometimes by the dozens.

Working… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on November 3, 2010 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Lynn donates $10 million to Boca hospital



Staff Reports



Boca Raton Regional Hospital founder Gloria Drummond turned 80 this summer, but the hospital received the biggest present at her birthday party on

Sept. 30.

At the party, Christine Lynn announced a $10 million gift in Drummond’s honor to name the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute.

Lynn joked during her speech about having another building named after herself, but said in a statement, “I… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on November 3, 2010 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Boca Museum’s long-time director to retire





Staff Reports



The big man of the Boca Raton Museum of Art plans to retire next year.

George Bolge, who has been executive director of the museum since 1995, and led the museum through the construction of a new building a decade ago, will leave his post at the end of June.

Paul W. Carman, president of the museum’s board of trustees, said in a statement that he will form a committee to begin the search process for Bolge’s… Continue

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Highland Beach: Wetlands restoration in first phase of park plan

Landscaping and a 6-foot concrete buffer wall are going in at the planned Cam D. Milani Park on State Road A1A at the south end of town.

Also included in Phase 1 of the project is restoration of wetlands at the site, now a turn-around for police cars on patrol.

Anzco Inc., based west of Boca Raton, submitted the winning low bid of $157,669. The next-lowest bid was $183,300. Palm Beach County, which owns the site, expects the project to be finished by early February.

The concrete… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on November 3, 2010 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Party leaves parents facing charges

By Steve Plunkett



An after-homecoming party along the Intracoastal Waterway left the parents of a Boca Raton High School student in legal hot water.

Paul, 51, and Ingrid Paolino, 45, of the 2800 block of Spanish River Road, are charged with hosting an “open house party’’ where minors drank alcohol, a violation of Florida law. The misdemeanor carries a penalty of up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

“What am I supposed to do? If they don’t drink here they’ll drink somewhere… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on November 3, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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