Grab free coffee and chat with Boca Raton police officers at this meet-up

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(Contributed)

BOCA RATON — The city police department is the latest law enforcement agency to participate in “Coffee with a Cop,” a series of informal gatherings between residents and police officers.

On Thursday, Dec. 1, officers from the Boca Raton Police Department will be at the McDonald’s at 1776 N. Military Trail between 8-10 a.m.

Anyone who shows up for the “Coffee with a Cop” event will get a free small coffee and a chance to ask questions and get to know local officers, according to the department.

The Boynton Beach Police Department held a similar meet-up earlier this month. And the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office recently held a “Coffee with a Deputy” event west of Boca Raton.

Police departments throughout the area are partnering with McDonald’s to build relationships between patrons and police through these events.

Delray police laud citizens for helping nab criminals this weekend

delray-policeDELRAY BEACH — City police made three arrests this past weekend using tips called in by residents, according to the department’s Facebook page.

A post on the page reads: “We rely on astute residents to help us keep our city safe, so when you see something, SAY SOMETHING. It works!”

Twice within 24 hours, residents called 911 to report men tugging at car door handles, presumably to burglarize the vehicles, a problem the police department has been warning about for months.

Also within 24 hours of those calls, a resident reported a suspicious person jumping a wall and cutting through neighborhoods by foot, police said.

All three incidents resulted in arrests.

Have library fines? Erase them by donating to the hungry in Boynton

063011(Bill Ingram /The Palm Beach Post): Boynton Beach: Exterior view of the Boynton Beach Library Thursday in Boynton Beach.
063011(Bill Ingram /The Palm Beach Post): Boynton Beach: Exterior view of the Boynton Beach Library Thursday in Boynton Beach.

Boynton Beach’s library is offering residents a chance to reduce fines you might have on your library card.

If you donate one nonperishable food item, $1 in fines will be removed from your account.

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This offer ends Wednesday.

The food will be given to The Community Caring Center of Boynton Beach.

For information, call the library at 561-742-6390.

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Coast Guard offers safe boating classes in Boynton Beach

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 54 has a new sign outside their building.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 54 has a new sign outside their building.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 54 is hosting a safe boating class Saturday at Harvey Oyer Park on Federal Highway.

The class is $20 and starts at 8 a.m. and will end about 4:30 p.m.

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The PowerPoint course includes boat handling, seamanship, necessary safety equipment, docking, line handling and knot tying, as well as heavy weather running conditions, rules of the road, elementary navigation, and the new federal and state laws.

Each student will receive a certificate of completion and information will be given to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which will then give the students a “safe boating” card.

For information and to enroll, call 561-331-2429.

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Video: Volunteers did the ‘Mannequin Challenge’ while building Delray’s 100-foot Christmas tree

A screen-grab from Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative's "Mannequin Challenge" video at the site of the 100-foot Christmas tree. (Contributed)
A screen-grab from Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative’s “Mannequin Challenge” video at the site of the 100-foot Christmas tree. (Contributed)

DELRAY BEACH — Volunteers who helped piece together Delray Beach’s 100-foot Christmas tree attraction paused — literally — to record a “Mannequin Challenge” video.

The “Mannequin Challenge” is the latest internet video trend that was even performed at the White House during President Barack Obama’s Presidential Medal of Freedom awards this past week. Each “Mannequin Challenge” video consists of people staying motionless while the camera winds its way through an area.

The Delray Beach 100-foot Christmas tree, at Old School Square, is the most popular holiday attraction in the city. Volunteers participated in the video earlier this month, and it was posted on Facebook by the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative.

The annual tree-lighting ceremony will be held Thursday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. at Old School Square.

And as you’d anticipate in a Mannequin Challenge involving a 100-foot Christmas tree, there’s at least one person hanging motionless from the tree.

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Boynton Beach restaurant to become more ‘inclusive’ with menu change

Brass Tap in Boynton Beach
Brass Tap in Boynton Beach

The Brass Tap in Boynton Beach offers 100 beers on tap, and more than 300 craft beers. Plus wine. But not everyone drinks beer, and not everyone likes wine. What about those people?

Corporate is pushing the local restaurant at Boynton Village to add liquor to the menu, and in the next month or so, it’ll happen.

The topic came up at a City Commission meeting this month.

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The business was designated a “restaurant” use by the city because 51 percent or more of the place’s gross monthly revenue came from food sales. But, Matthew Baum, the owner, said if the restaurant was to sell liquor, the majority of sales would no longer come from food. It’d be alcohol, and that would change the land use to a “bar and nightclub.” The zoning district The Brass Tap is in allows a bar and nightclub to operate only as a conditional use, which requires the commission’s approval.

This month, the commissioners said OK to the change.

Serving liquor will help The Brass Tap be a more “inclusive” restaurant, Baum said.

Commissioner Justin Katz, who said he is a customer of The Brass Tap, said the business is in a location that “already facilitates this type of activity.”

“If this will increase revenues …I’m fully in favor of it,” he said.

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Park for free in downtown Delray’s garages on Thanksgiving Day

DELRAY BEACH — If you’re not awaiting a home cooked meal on Thanksgiving day, and instead opt to head to downtown Delray Beach, two parking garages will be free of charge on Thursday.

According to city officials, the garages, which typically charge $5 after 4 p.m., will be free of charge until Friday, Nov. 26 at 4 p.m.

The parking garages are at 95 NE 1st Ave. near Old School Square, and at 22 SE 1st Ave., near the South County Courthouse.

And if you’re opting to dine out this holiday, The Palm Beach Post has compiled a list of local restaurants offering holiday options.

 

Boynton Beach woman missing, not believed to be in danger

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The Boynton Beach Police Department is investigating the whereabouts of a missing woman, last seen a couple of days ago.

Samantha Miller was reported missing to police on Saturday by her boyfriend, who said Miller borrowed his car and hadn’t returned, said police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater.

Police do not suspect foul play, Slater said.

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Miller’s mother, Deirdre Miller, has taken to social media to spread the word about her daughter.

She described her daughter as:

  • She is about five-foot-one and weighs 105 pounds
  • Her hair is dark brown, almost black
  • She was last seen driving a 2006 white Mercury Mountaineer with license plate 003PQZ
  • She was last seen leaving her home on Seacrest Boulevard

The family asks anyone with information to call 911 or Boynton Beach Police at 561-742-6100.

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22 needy people got the ‘Gift of Sight’ in Boca Raton today

Dr. Howard Goldman (Contributed: Eye Associates of Boca Raton)
Dr. Howard Goldman (Contributed: Eye Associates of Boca Raton)

BOCA RATON — Twenty-two people were given the “gift of sight” in Boca Raton on Monday, when a clinic arranged for much-needed eye surgeries free of charge.

The Caridad Center, a free clinic in Boynton Beach, arranged for ophthalmologists to voluntarily perform eye surgeries for lower-income people as part of a holiday “Gift of Sight” program. The surgeons are with the Eye Associates of Boca Raton.

Between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, the surgeons performed the medical procedures at the Outpatient Surgery Center of Boca, at 950 NW 13th St.

Eighteen of the surgeries corrected cataracts, the main cause of blindness, according to the Caridad Center. Three were Pterygium surgeries, which remove external eye growths that deform the cornea and often cause serious visual impairment. One surgery corrected badly drooping eyelids due to paralysis that meant the patient could hardly see out of her eye.

“Many of these patients have been affected with eye conditions impairing their vision for years, but they did not have access to or funds for surgery,” Laura Kallus, executive director of Caridad Center, said in a statement. “It’s a miracle to work with an amazing team of ophthalmologists and support staff that can give the gift of sight to those in need.”

The Gift of Sight program was started nine years ago by Dr. Howard Goldman, of Eye Associates of Boca Raton, although Goodman has been performing free surgeries in Palm Beach County as well as third-world countries since the 1990s.

Among those who benefited from the Gift of Sight program on Monday was an 82-year-old woman whose daughter had to stop working when her mother went blind, according to a spokesperson for Caridad Center. Now that the mother had the surgery, the daughter will be able to go back to work.

Granger’s Grille in Delray moving after it is priced out of 21-year spot

Granger's Grille is relocating from its current spot, where it has been for 21 years, to a larger restaurant at 802 NE 6th Ave. The owners were forced to vacate the original location after the rent more than tripled. (Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post)
Granger’s Grille is relocating from its current spot, where it has been for 21 years, to a larger restaurant at 802 SE 5th Ave. The owners were forced to vacate the original location after the rent more than tripled. (Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post)

DELRAY BEACH — For 21 years, Granger’s Grille has been the “great local dive” just north of Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach, owner Tim McLarney said.

That vibe won’t change, but its location soon will. Granger’s Grille was priced out of its spot on Federal Highway after the property changed hands this year. It’s moving about a mile south.

Despite attempts to negotiate with new owners, the rent more than tripled and McLarney’s lease expired in October, he said.

“Coming off The Ave, there was a need for a place like this,” McLarney said, referring to the more upscale eateries on Atlantic Avenue.

McLarney and his wife, Adriana, are paying month-to-month to keep Granger’s, a sports bar-style restaurant that serves comfort foods, open at its current spot through December and then move to 802 SE 5th Ave.

“It was like (the new owner) didn’t even want us there,” McLarney said, adding that going month-to-month through December is costing him four times the rent.

Granger’s is known for its affordable soups, chili and sandwiches, all recipes created and perfected by McLarney, who spends most of his time in the kitchen. Most menu items top out at $12.

“That’s the main thing that’s held us up all these years — the food,” he said.

While it was upsetting to leave its longtime location, Adriana McLarney said, “it was like a blessing in disguise.”

The restaurant’s current 900-square-foot location has only eight parking spots.

“It’s amazing we were able to keep it open as long as we did,” she said.

The new diggs, which they’re renting from the Veterans of Foreign Wars office, has an additional 400 square feet and 48 parking spots.

“And it’s just a straight shot south,” Tim McLarney added.

Their goal is to open by the first week in January, so the restaurant will be closed for only about a week.

“More so than anything else, we want to make sure the employees have jobs,” Tim said. Many have worked at Granger’s for more than a decade, he said.

Granger’s has dedicated customers — some stop by two or three times a week.

“People told us ‘if you move, please don’t change a thing,’ ” Tim McLarney said. And they won’t, at least no on the menu. The decor, however, might get a tweak.

Adriana McLarney added: “Same owners, same food, same great place.”