Christine DiMattei

Anchor/ Reporter

Years ago, after racking her brains trying to find a fun, engaging, creative nighttime gig to subsidize her acting habit, Chris decided to ride her commercial voiceover experience into the fast-paced world of radio broadcasting. She started out with traffic reporting, moved on to news . . . and never looked back. Since then, Chris has worked in newsrooms throughout South Florida, producing stories for radio broadcasts and the web.

In her other life, she has been married to 12 husbands (including a not-so-wild boar and a garden slug), given birth to 15 children, died four times, twice taken vows as a nun and once been abducted by pirates in the Caribbean. And all this by doing English language dubbing for dozens of foreign films, soap operas and cartoons.  Both lives, she says, have been "a most excellent adventure."

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Golf Course Fight
8:30 am
Fri January 25, 2013

West Palm Seniors Teed Off Over Plans For Golf Course

Residents from the Century Village in West Palm Beach during Thursday's County Commission meeting.
Credit Christine DiMattei

Thousands of West Palm Beach senior citizens will have to wait another month for a decision on a controversial development planned near their retirement community.

After hours of public comment on Thursday, a Palm Beach County Commission meeting ended in a tied vote on the future of the project, named "Reflection Bay."

Developers want to turn an unused golf course next to the West Palm Beach Century Village into a neighborhood of homes and retail stores.

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Hurricane Sandy
7:30 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Drill, Baby, Drill: Post-Sandy Restoration Work Begins On Fort Lauderdale's SR A1A

Workers begin drilling along a section of State Road A1A in Fort Lauderdale.
Credit C. DiMattei

A four-block stretch of State Road A1A in Fort Lauderdale that got a pounding from Mother Nature last fall is now getting a drilling by construction workers.

Between October and November, crashing waves, high tides and storm surge from Hurricane Sandy destroyed parts of the beach, seawall and roadway just north of Sunrise Boulevard. 

This week, an enormous rig positioned along the beach will drill about 40 feet down, to prepare the way for the installation of a new seawall.

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Poetry
6:49 am
Wed January 23, 2013

The President's Poet Came From The Paradise Of Poetry: South Florida

NOT MELANCHOLY: Palm Beach Poetry Festival director Miles A. Coon.
Credit C. DiMattei

Poets are melancholy and morose, right?

“I’m so happy,” says a beaming 23-year-old Marci Calabretta of Hallandale Beach.

People who write poetry can’t relate to others, correct?

“I love people.  I adore people,” says 23-year-old Jose Villar of South Miami.

Most poetic souls are lonely and live in dusty attic rooms in ancient houses.

“I live in one of those over-55 ‘active’ communities,” laughs 64-year-old Adele Alexandre of Coconut Creek.

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Diversity In South Florida
7:30 am
Tue January 22, 2013

On Inauguration And MLK Day, South Floridians Agree That Diversity Takes 'Work'

Audience inside Adrienne Arsht Center's Knight Concert Hall watching simulcast of Monday's inauguration
Credit Christine DiMattei

In recent years, parallels have often been drawn between South Florida's diverse population and the multi-cultural America that President Obama will be presiding over for a second term.  But some South Floridians feel that cooperation between various racial and cultural groups is still a work in progress.

Among the hundreds of who filed into the Adrienne Arsht Center Monday to watch a live simulcast of President Obama's inauguration was Janette Kemp of Tamarac.  She says that when it comes to multiculturalism, our region has more work to do.

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Inauguration Day
11:30 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Obama's Florida Body-Double In D.C. For Inauguration

Lynn University student Eric Gooden with a life-sized cut-out of President Obama, days before the Oct. 22nd debate.
Credit Lynn University

Among the throngs of people gathered at the National Mall to watch today's inauguration ceremony is Boca Raton's "President Obama."

That would be Lynn University student Eric Gooden.  Last fall, the 24-year-old senior served as a stand-in for the President during Lynn University's final preparations for the presidential debate in late October.

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Arts
10:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

In D.C. and Delray, 'Poetry' Is The Word On The Street

Credit Palm Beach Poetry Festival

From the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to Old School Square in Delray Beach, poetry class is in session.

Today, 44-year-old Richard Blanco, the Miami-raised son of Cuban immigrants, becomes the fifth poet ever to take part in a President's inaugural ceremony.  Blanco is scheduled to read an original poem after President Obama is sworn in for his second term.

Meanwhile, poetry fans are converging upon Delray Beach for the 9th Annual Palm Beach County Poetry Festival, which runs through Saturday.

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On The Auction Block
10:15 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Bidding On The Glitz: Studio 54 Auction In West Palm Beach

C.DiMattei

A West Palm Beach art gallery is taking collectors on a trip back in time to the golden -- or silver glitter -- age of disco.

Items from the personal collection of Studio 54 owner Steve Rubell are going on the auction block tomorrow at Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

They include hundreds of photos taken in the hey-day of the legendary New York City nightclub.  Rubell, who died in 1989, was known for his celebrity-studded parties.

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Film
6:30 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Pompano Multiplex Gives Indie Filmmakers Some Screen Time

L.A.-based indie filmmaker Luciano Saber awaits preview audiences inside Muvico Pompano.
Credit Christine DiMattei

At Muvico Broward 18 – better known as “Muvico Pompano” -- there's a red carpet rolled out in front of Cinema 6.   Inside, the projectionist is running "Edge of Salvation," a new film by Los Angeles-based director Luciano Saber.

"Actually, my publicist suggested it because she had opened another movie here,” says Saber.  “So I said, 'Alright, let's do it in Pompano Beach, Florida.  Why not?' "

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Sun Life Stadium
6:37 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Miami Dolphins Ask Taxpayers To Go 'Halfsies' On Stadium Facelift

An artist's rendering of a renovated Sun Life Stadium
Credit Sun Life Stadium

The Miami Dolphins say they're willing to foot most of the bill for a badly needed facelift for Sun Life stadium -- and are hoping state and local funding will supply the rest.  But lingering taxpayer anger over another stadium deal could be hanging over the proposal like a dark cloud.

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Environment
6:47 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Fearing Underwater 'Silent Spring,' NOAA Seeks Public Comment On Coral Decline

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Corals are not as visible as panthers, manatees or dolphins.  But scientists say they deserve just as much protection -- and respect -- as other animals beloved by Floridians. 

The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed extending federal protection to 66 species of coral, including seven local species that scientists say are nearing extinction.

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Arts
8:05 am
Thu January 10, 2013

FIU Was Literary Launchpad For Obama Poet Pick, Cuban-American Richard Blanco

Poet Richard Blanco
Credit Nico Tucci

The announcement that a Miami-raised son of Cuban immigrants has been chosen as the inaugural poet for President Obama's swearing-in ceremony is causing a stir throughout South Florida.  And nowhere more than in our region's literary community.

In 1993, a young civil engineer named Richard Blanco wanted to try his hand at writing poetry.  So he took a class at Florida International University, led by English Professor Campbell McGrath.

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News
10:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

After Mall Shooting Scare, Palm Beach County Official Wants Businesses To Beef Up Security

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A false alarm at a shopping mall has a Palm Beach County commissioner asking if local businesses are doing enough to protect the public.

Two days before Christmas, Commissioner Shelley Vana was shopping at the Boynton Beach Mall with her five-year-old granddaughter when she heard cries of "Get down!"

"I grabbed my granddaughter and pulled her down behind a planter,” says Vana.  “We were outside of the enclosed play area and I could see the people in the play area getting down behind stuff."

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The Opera Wants You
7:30 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Extras! Extras! Palm Beach Opera Seeking (Silent) Players

Credit Palm Beach Opera

Ever wanted to be on the operatic stage?

Now’s your chance – and you don’t even have to carry a tune or know a Gotterdamerung thing about opera.

Palm Beach Opera is expanding its talent pool of supernumeraries (non-singing extras) for its 2013 Season.

The “supers,” as they’re called, perform as guards, maidservants, townsfolk, water sprites, matadors, etcetera, according to the needs of the production.

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Delray Beach
10:30 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Delray Beach To Event Organizers: Pay Up Or Be Gone

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If you want to hold a major street fair or festival in Delray Beach, the city wants some cash up front first.

Delray Beach officials say they're tired of the unpaid bills left behind by major event organizers in recent years.  The city is in the hole for about $50,000 after certain festivals failed to cover costs for events not hosted by the city.

Several major fairs – including the Carnevale and the Delray Beach Film Festival -- have been banned for skipping out on the tab.

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News
10:30 am
Thu December 27, 2012

For Lynn University, 2012 Debate Frenzy '100-Percent Worth It'

Credit Christine DiMattei

Many years from now, hundreds of Lynn University alumni will be able to tell their grandkids, "Yep, I was there."

2012 was the year Lynn went from relatively unknown university to center of the political universe when it hosted the final presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Just before the October 22nd event, Lynn President Kevin Ross repeatedly referred to the debate as the moment the university had long been waiting for.

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