Barbara Marshall

Barbara Marshall writes profiles of interesting people and stories that tug at the heart strings, as well as features about Florida travel and local history.

Latest from Barbara Marshall

What Boca Raton art show adds extra ray of sunshine to South Florida?
 You wouldn’t think Boca Raton needed an additional dose of sunshine, but it’s got one anyway this season in the new Alex Katz show that opened recently at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. “No sad songs. No minor key. Not for me,” Katz recently told the New York Times and that cheerful mood is particularly evident in the...

Posted: 9 days ago

You wouldn’t think Boca Raton needed an additional dose of sunshine, but it’s got one anyway this season in the new Alex Katz show that opened recently at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. “No sad songs. No minor key. Not for me,” Katz recently told the New York Times and that cheerful mood is particularly evident in the...
One year later, local Trump supporters, foes still bitterly divided
 Is it the anniversary of the Apocalypse or are we a year closer to making America great again? One year after Donald Trump was elected president, many of Palm Beach County residents’ opinions on the part-time Palm Beacher are almost exactly what they were 12 months ago. At the same time, a Florida Atlantic University poll says Trump&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

Is it the anniversary of the Apocalypse or are we a year closer to making America great again? One year after Donald Trump was elected president, many of Palm Beach County residents’ opinions on the part-time Palm Beacher are almost exactly what they were 12 months ago. At the same time, a Florida Atlantic University poll says Trump&rsquo...
‘Yes, yes’: Boca High teacher gets marriage proposal at football game
 She knew it was coming. Or hoped it was. But Emily Parks, a Spanish teacher and assistant cheerleading coach at Boca Raton High School, wasn’t sure how or when her boyfriend, Zac Trahan, would propose. RELATED: Astros’ player proposes after World Series win The idea that “this is it” idly crossed her mind during halftime...

Posted: 16 days ago

She knew it was coming. Or hoped it was. But Emily Parks, a Spanish teacher and assistant cheerleading coach at Boca Raton High School, wasn’t sure how or when her boyfriend, Zac Trahan, would propose. RELATED: Astros’ player proposes after World Series win The idea that “this is it” idly crossed her mind during halftime...
PHOTOS: What Clematis Street used to look like, why we mispronounce it
 The street names themselves must have been an intoxicating advertisement for the tiny settlement across the lake from the posh Palm Beach resort. Hibiscus, Banyan, Gardenia, Sapodilla and Tamarind. Who up north in the 1890s had ever heard such exotic names, like balmy breezes wafting from an Eden being built alongside Mr. Flagler&rsquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

The street names themselves must have been an intoxicating advertisement for the tiny settlement across the lake from the posh Palm Beach resort. Hibiscus, Banyan, Gardenia, Sapodilla and Tamarind. Who up north in the 1890s had ever heard such exotic names, like balmy breezes wafting from an Eden being built alongside Mr. Flagler&rsquo...
In love, Lake Worth woman gave online stranger $1 million, lost it all
 After placing her profile on an online dating site seven years ago, Debby Montgomery deleted most of the responses. “The guys were losers,” she recalled. “Some asked for money within a week of meeting online.” But when she logged on to the site on November 14, 2010, one message spoke to her soul. “I am in...

Posted: 28 days ago

After placing her profile on an online dating site seven years ago, Debby Montgomery deleted most of the responses. “The guys were losers,” she recalled. “Some asked for money within a week of meeting online.” But when she logged on to the site on November 14, 2010, one message spoke to her soul. “I am in...
Horror stories from the graves at Woodlawn Cemetery in West Palm Beach
 There was no moon the night we went searching for the graves of murderers and the murdered. We knew the damp earth of Woodlawn Cemetery in West Palm Beach hid century-old secrets. Photographer Lannis Waters and I were hoping to find them. Here among the gnarled roots of brooding banyan trees lie the final resting places of some of Palm Beach...

11:45 AM Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

There was no moon the night we went searching for the graves of murderers and the murdered. We knew the damp earth of Woodlawn Cemetery in West Palm Beach hid century-old secrets. Photographer Lannis Waters and I were hoping to find them. Here among the gnarled roots of brooding banyan trees lie the final resting places of some of Palm Beach...
The Sloppy Joe’s of Lake Worth — Harry’s Banana Farm celebrates its anniversary this week
 Lou Destout first walked into this “shot-and-a-beer” bar on Dixie Highway in Lake Worth in the early ’80s. But that still doesn’t make him an old-timer at Harry’s Banana Farm. “I know some regulars who have been coming for 40 years,” said Destout. Judy Fischer figures that over the 32 years she&rsquo...

4:32 PM Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

Lou Destout first walked into this “shot-and-a-beer” bar on Dixie Highway in Lake Worth in the early ’80s. But that still doesn’t make him an old-timer at Harry’s Banana Farm. “I know some regulars who have been coming for 40 years,” said Destout. Judy Fischer figures that over the 32 years she&rsquo...
Cuban travel restrictions may hurt island’s emerging entrepreneurs
 I’ve been thinking about how anxious Yolanda, Juan Carlos and Ana must be in the face of the latest Cold War-style tensions between the U.S. and Cuba. The three young Cuban entrepreneurs (I’ve changed their names to avoid any possible repercussions) were some of a dozen or so my husband and I met during an August trip to Havana...

11:30 AM Thursday, Oct. 05, 2017

I’ve been thinking about how anxious Yolanda, Juan Carlos and Ana must be in the face of the latest Cold War-style tensions between the U.S. and Cuba. The three young Cuban entrepreneurs (I’ve changed their names to avoid any possible repercussions) were some of a dozen or so my husband and I met during an August trip to Havana...
‘The Witch of Wellington’ is being honored as style icon in Los Angeles
 In Los Angeles, she was an iconic celebrity. In Wellington, they called her the Witch of Wellington. For more than a decade, Suzan Strauss glided mysteriously around Wellington on towering platform boots, dressed in head-to-toe black even during a suffocating South Florida summer, prompting the insensitive to call her the “Witch of...

11:15 AM Monday, Oct. 02, 2017

In Los Angeles, she was an iconic celebrity. In Wellington, they called her the Witch of Wellington. For more than a decade, Suzan Strauss glided mysteriously around Wellington on towering platform boots, dressed in head-to-toe black even during a suffocating South Florida summer, prompting the insensitive to call her the “Witch of...
Clown murder shattered Wellington’s innocence: ‘My friends were fearful’
 Violent, brutal crimes were not supposed to happen here. By 1990, 20,000 newly-arrived residents had moved into this sprawling suburb’s freshly-built homes. They came to send their children to Wellington’s sparkling, modern schools and to play in the pristine parks, amid safety and security. For families who could afford...

3:44 PM Friday, Sep. 29, 2017

Violent, brutal crimes were not supposed to happen here. By 1990, 20,000 newly-arrived residents had moved into this sprawling suburb’s freshly-built homes. They came to send their children to Wellington’s sparkling, modern schools and to play in the pristine parks, amid safety and security. For families who could afford...
Irma left many with that same empty feeling
 Hurricanes force us to do a lot of things we ordinarily wouldn’t do. For example, I spent a hot, steamy night in a tent in the Keys with a man who’s not my husband. Covering Hurricane Irma’s march across the Lower Keys, photographer Lannis Waters and I had no place to stay in the storm’s powerless, waterless aftermath...

4:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017

Hurricanes force us to do a lot of things we ordinarily wouldn’t do. For example, I spent a hot, steamy night in a tent in the Keys with a man who’s not my husband. Covering Hurricane Irma’s march across the Lower Keys, photographer Lannis Waters and I had no place to stay in the storm’s powerless, waterless aftermath...