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Letters for July 25, 2002

This sparrow is the key to everything! In regard to Mike Clary's July 11 feature story, "For the Birds," the Cape Sable seaside sparrow in the Everglades is like a canary in a coal mine; if we lose the sparrow, Everglades restoration is sure to fail. The sparrow is the...

Letters for May 9, 2002

And fishing Horan from the drink: On April 25, New Times printed a letter from Mickey Baker chastizing columnist Bob Norman for a biased column and Mike Horan, the subject of Norman's column, for being a sore loser in a lawsuit. I am a 25-year resident of Pompano, a lawyer,...

Letters for May 30, 2002

Distinction, oh yeah: On behalf of ME Productions, I extend a heartfelt thanks to New Times for its selection of ME Productions as Best Party Mavens (Best of Broward-Palm Beach, May 16). It was truly a wonderful honor to be acknowledged with this title of distinction. We will proudly display...

John Waters Does South Florida

3 years ago by Betsey J. Denberg
William Burroughs once called filmmaker, writer, and purely funny man John Waters "the pope of trash," and the title stuck. He gave to the world his regular crew of miscreants (read: geniuses) the Dreamlanders, a singing asshole on the big screen, and the most Divine drag queen of all. He...

Best Bar in Palm Beach

There's an easy way to spot an authentic Irish pub. It's by the beer-to-donuts ratio. Back in June of 2002, during the World Cup of Soccer, the pints at O'Shea's Irish Pub regularly got sticky from Dunkin' Donuts. Soccer fans and regulars packed the place for early-morning football, just as they do every other time of the day. Owner Maurice Costigan, a soccer player himself, designed the pub with an atmosphere similar to a watering hole in his native West Cork, Ireland. After games, he lined up shots of whiskey to celebrate the Irish victories. And this ain't no sports bar: There's a single TV over the billiard table. But then, O'Shea's has never been about anything fancy. During downtown West Palm Beach's heyday, oh, five years ago, O'Shea's was always an oasis of normalcy among Clematis Street discos. Now it's become something real, not far from the Disney-like perfection of CityPlace bars. It's still nothing more than a comfortable place to get a beer poured off the back of a spoon, play nine ball on the cheap pool table, and dig into a pastry-topped Guinness beef pie. Test it out next time there's early-morning soccer on the telly -- and bring donuts.
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