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Boca Raton: Palmetto Park goes pedestrian Work is welcome, but some question timing





By Angie Francalancia



Barricades block off the two outside lanes of Palmetto Park Road. Confused drivers struggle to navigate through to parking lots. Merchants fear they’ll keep on driving.

It’s the price for progress, said Giuliano Lorenzani, owner of Boca Raton Travel & Cruises. But at what cost?

Construction on the three phases of Boca Raton’s Pedestrian Promenade began in September after years of planning and… Continue

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

Boca Raton: Ocean Strand land-use change weighed

By Steve Plunkett



The city wants to know what plans the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District has for developing Ocean Strand.

City Council member Anthony Majhess proposed sending an official letter after Ocean Strand neighbors again urged the council to change the land-use classification of the coastal parcel while amending other parts of Boca Raton’s comprehensive plan.

Majhess said Ocean Strand’s current residential medium (RM) label would allow up to 9.5 multifamily or… Continue

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Boca Raton: Red-light cameras coming to 5 intersections

By Margie Plunkett



Smile for the cameras when you drive through five busy intersections in Boca Raton that are targeted for installation of red light cameras. You might not be happy later: Get caught running a red light and you can count on getting a $158 ticket in the mail.

The cameras take multiple photos of vehicles going through the detection zone: as a vehicle approaches the red light, in the intersection and then of the license plate.

“There’s no confusion about who is… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on November 3, 2010 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Meet Your Neighbor: Lynne Chandler Novick





Lynne Chandler Novick has lived all over the world — Boston, Switzerland, New Jersey — but she always comes home to Boca Raton.

Novick, who has been president of the Royal Palm Improvement Association for eight years, also sells homes in the luxury division at Lang Realty and owns an art studio off 20th Street in Boca Raton.

“I just love the community so much,” she says of her neighborhood, Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club. “I… Continue

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Around Town: Evert lobs challenges by focusing on family and tennis — Boca



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 Chinese 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

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Thanksgiving food, with gratitude



By Jan Norris



Up against the turkey and dressing and cranberry sauce again? Even some of the chefs have a hard time facing the centuries-old traditional Thanksgiving dinner every year.

“It’s what people what,” said chef Dudley Bell Rich, who will be preparing the dinner for guests and his own family at Carmen’s at the Top of the Bridge restaurant in Boca Raton on Thanksgiving Day. “They don’t want foods they don’t understand at that… Continue

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Boca goes Hollywood for Caridad gala





By Scott Simmons



It’s the classic immigrant story.

A young man comes to New York from India to gain an education. He prospers, but never forgets his homeland, and never forgets what it’s like to be a stranger in a new land.

It also is the story of Sanjiv Sharma, who will co-host this year’s Caridad Center gala with his other half, Nadine Allen.

“Caridad in particular is close to my heart because I am a… Continue

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Obituary: Rene Yucht

By Ron Hayes



HIGHLAND BEACH — During her 12 years in Highland Beach, Rene Yucht enjoyed a retirement filled with music, bridge, canasta, mah-jongg, golf, tennis — and giving.

A member of the town’s Welcome Committee, she was appointed to its Cultural Board.

Mrs. Yacht died Sept. 27. She was 76 and lived in the Dalton Place condominium.

Beyond the town, she also volunteered at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, the Judaica Sound Archives at Florida Atlantic University and the… Continue

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Obituary: Ethel Fuog



Ethel Fuog, surrounded by her children and grandchildren



By Dianna Smith



HIGHLAND BEACH — Ethel Fuog spent many a summer night in her hometown of Chicago, sipping drinks in her daughter’s backyard during one of the many cocktail parties she looked forward to every year.

And though she lived the last 30-plus years in Highland Beach enjoying the sunshine, she often… Continue

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Added by Scott Simmons on September 30, 2010 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Police to use volunteers in office

HIGHLAND BEACH — Town commissioners decided using a free volunteer instead of a paid administrative assistant was OK in the Police Department but not in the Town Hall lobby.



Chief Craig Hartmann assured them other towns use volunteers as a receptionist and first point of contact for residents seeking police help.



“They become the best ambassadors for your department,” he said.



Plus the town would save up to $75,000 a year in salary and benefits by not hiring a… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on September 30, 2010 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Highland Beach to vote on whether to replace aging fire truck

The old Highland Beach fire truck was used in a dramatic rescue at the Toscana condos.

Photo courtesy of Delray Beach Fire-Rescue





By Steve Plunkett



It’s in the shop a lot, and repair bills are mounting. It’s not easy to drive in tight places. And every time it gets back to the station, the life support equipment has to be taken out and plugged… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on September 30, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Boca Raton: Ocean Strand zoning controversy stirs residents to action

By Steve Plunkett



If change is coming to Ocean Strand, it isn’t coming quickly.

At least not quickly enough for the coastal parcel’s neighbors, who have been asking City Council, the Planning and Zoning Board and the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District to protect the undeveloped site from becoming anything but a park.

Penn-Florida Companies proposed a private cabana club in December to complement a luxury hotel in Via Mizner, a $1 billion redevelopment project planned… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on September 1, 2010 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Coastal Boca Raton/Highland Beach: Store, gas station generators may ease aftermath of future storms

By Mary Thurwachter



Who can forget Hurricane Wilma, the menacing Category 3 storm of October 2005 that sneaked up on us from the southwest and left us without power for days?

Now here we are smack dab in the middle of another hurricane season that experts predict to be busier than usual and we wonder what, if anything, has changed to help us navigate another big storm.

There’s nothing we can do to prevent a hurricane from blowing our way, but some improvements have been made… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on September 1, 2010 at 3:31pm — No Comments

Boca Raton Preservation Board wants historic status for 1927 house-turned-restaurant

The Boca Raton Preservation Board voted in July to pursue a Historic Preservation designation for the Giles House, long home to La Vieille Maison Restaurant at 770 E. Palmetto Park Road.

The city’s Planning & Zoning board recommended denying it in 2009, and City Council put the issue on hold. The restaurant closed in May 2006 and the property is for sale.

The owner of the property, identified as Irving Litwak, “does not feel this building qualifies for historic designation,”… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on September 1, 2010 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Editorial: Welcome to your newspaper

I love Palm Beach County.

It’s home to me — from the sweet stench of the Glades to the bracing spray of the ocean and everything in between.

I was born here, grew up on Florida’s west coast, and returned to Palm Beach County to attend Florida Atlantic University.

When I arrived in 1984, the Boca Raton phone book was about an inch and a half thick. It covered all the towns from Boynton Beach through Pompano Beach, with Boca and Highland Beach in the middle.

And The Boca Raton… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on September 1, 2010 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Boca Raton CRA takes over Mizner Park amphitheater

The Boca Raton Community Redevelopment Agency voted in August to assume ownership of the Count de Hoernle Amphitheatre at Mizner Park.

The city ended its 99-year lease with the Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park, the nonprofit group that built the amphitheater in 2002 on city land, and will take over the amphitheater’s remaining $588,000 mortgage. The city also will pay off up to $300,000 in debt incurred by the Centre for the Arts for such cultural events as Festival of the Arts Boca.… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on September 1, 2010 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Highland Beach budgets an additional $20,000 for library

By Steve Plunkett



For the second time in two years, Town Manager Dale Sugerman wanted the library to spend less. And for the second time in two years, he was rebuffed.

Library director Mari Suarez had asked for $85,000 for new books and publications for the budget year that starts Oct. 1; Sugerman trimmed $20,000 from her request.

“I stayed with the same number that I have recommended to the commission for the past two years, which is $65,000. I’ve not flinched,’’ Sugerman said… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on September 1, 2010 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Around Town: Ballroom Battle waltzes into Boca Raton Resort & Club

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By Thom Smith



Affluent. Great weather. Diverse population. Good schools. Beautiful beaches. Great restaurants. Swinging nightlife.

But until recently it was always known as a resort town. Sprung from a hotel, it was a place to visit, not… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on September 1, 2010 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Boca hospital marks founder's 80th birthday



By Skip Sheffield



Gloria Drummond marked her 80th birthday on Aug. 20, but festivities are being delayed so the whole community can join in.

A celebration of Drummond and the Boca Raton Community Hospital she was instrumental in founding will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 30, at the Harvey and Phyllis Sandler Pavilion of the hospital’s Eugene and Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute. The public is… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on September 1, 2010 at 3:14pm — No Comments

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