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Supporters of Boca Helping Hands passed go at the 16th annual Monopoly-themed fundraiser, which attracted more than 150 guests. Boca Helping Hands President Gary Peters served as the tournament mediator. ‘This event is so much fun and unique,’ Peters

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10457038874?profile=RESIZE_710x10457038695?profile=RESIZE_400xHundreds of guests enjoyed ’80s-era entertainment in support of South Florida’s most vulnerable residents. HomeSafe’s 19th annual fundraiser featured celebrity host Nicko McBrain — Iron Maiden’s drummer — and generated proceeds that will go toward th

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10063144870?profile=RESIZE_710xThe exterior makes the Big Red Bus a rolling billboard to promote blood donations. Photo provided

By Joyce Reingold

In January, a month traditionally earmarked for encouraging blood drives and donations, the messaging took an urgent turn: The U.S.

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    I’ve begun to notice the subtle signs of spring. Along the roadways are the blooming frangipanis. At the beach is the calm, aquamarine ocean. All around is the impossibly blue midday sky.
    For a place that Northerners complain doesn’t have seas

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7960686901?profile=originalBrightline celebrates a construction milestone at the station in West Palm Beach.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

Road work to wrap as Brightline comes

on board and airports upgrade

By Mary Hladky

    If there’s one constant in South Florida, it’s the

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7960633271?profile=originalFewer migratory birds, like these blue-winged teals, have been seen this winter.

Possible causes include a warmer winter to the north and more rain in South Florida.

Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

    Migratory birds still flew south th

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7960609481?profile=originalRuff Tales Rescue regularly saves animals such as Christian (above)

from bleak lives in South Florida cages. After being fostered and medically cleared,

the pets are driven to Miami-Opa Locka Airport by Melanie Malanowski (below),

where they board an

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7960598275?profile=originalKelly Martin, an environmentalist with Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management,

digs for a temperature-monitoring device buried more than two feet underground.

7960598488?profile=originalERM intern Lory Gort downloads data from a monitor for later transfer into ER

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7960600652?profile=originalIrving and Barbara Gutin at their home in Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Rich Pollack

    Over the years, Barbara and Irving Gutin have funded millions of dollars’ worth of projects in South Florida and previously

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  Pam O’Brien with some of her miniature creations. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

 

By Jane Smith

Most women would toss out the top of an empty lipstick tube.

Not Pam O’Brien. She can imagine it as an umbrella stand or other item for her dollhouse m

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7960413659?profile=originalSome birds, such as this flock of sandwich and royal terns, are
a common sight along the coast during the winter migration season. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

 

 By Cheryl Blackerby

 “Hopes are shy birds flying at a great distance ... ” 

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