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ZOLET ART CAMP IN WELLINGTON

The planned Wellington Charter School will also include a daycare center after members of the Wellington Village Council approved a resolution last week to allow the project’s daycare component. The daycare facility is part of the larger, 1,200student school for kindergarteners through eighth-graders. Page 3

County Initial OK For Animal Waste Controls

In a zoning meeting last week, the Palm Beach County Commission gave preliminary approval to changes in its animal waste and manure regulations aimed in part to improve control over uncontrolled dumping of animal waste in unincorporated areas such as The Acreage. Page 7 Zolet Arts Academy held a summer art camp from Monday, June 24 through Thursday, June 27 in the original Wellington Mall. Children were instructed in a wide variety of art mediums. Shown here, Gianana Morris, Alex Blanchard, Zoe Leitner and Alyssa Cavallo create dinosaur-themed scratch art. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 9 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Royal Palm Rotary Installs New Board

The Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club held its annual awards dinner and induction of its 201314 officers on Saturday, June 29. Awards were given out and new officers were installed, including Selena Smith as president. Page 9

South Beach Tanning Company Celebrates Wellington Location

South Beach Tanning Company held a grand opening on Saturday, June 29 f or its new location in the Pointe at Wellington Green. Page 10

OPINION Tougher Dumping Rules Needed, But Enforcement Is Key

Last week, the Palm Beach County Commission gave initial approval to changes meant to shield residents from uncontrolled animal waste dumping. The issue has brought out people on all sides — from farmers and waste haulers, to annoyed neighbors and those with small backyard farms worried about meeting regulations. Though not perfect, these changes are necessary to protect our communities. Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS ............................. 3 - 11 OPINION .................................4 CRIME NEWS ......................... 6 NEWS BRIEFS........................ 8 SCHOOLS ............................ 12 PEOPLE ............................... 13 COLUMNS .................... 19 - 20 BUSINESS .................... 21 - 23 ENTERTAINMENT ................ 25 SPORTS ........................ 29 - 31 CALENDAR ...................32 - 33 CLASSIFIEDS ................ 34 - 37 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

Proposed Royal Palm Budget Leaves Tax Rate Unchanged By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Royal Palm Beach staff presented their proposed budget to the Royal Palm Beach Village Council on Tuesday. The proposed budget keeps the current property tax rate of 1.92 mills unchanged. At the rate of 1.92 mills per $1,000 of taxable value, a Royal Palm Beach taxpayer with a property valued at $175,000, less a $50,000 homestead exemption, would pay $240 in taxes to the village next year. Village Manager Ray Liggins said that this year is the first time in several years that property values in Royal Palm Beach have increased. According to the Property Appraiser’s Office, the village’s gross taxable value rose from $1.80 billion to $1.87 billion over the past year. “It would appear the negative side of this revenue is over and should continue to rise in future years,” Liggins said, adding that most other major revenues, including state shared revenues, are anticipated to increase slowly. Liggins added that it was not necessary to tap into the $5.5 mil-

lion tax rate stabilization fund that had been authorized by the council earlier this year to balance the budget. The budget increases the level of service in safety with the addition of a motorcycle patrol unit to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office District 9 substation — an initiative requested by Capt. Paul Miles. The budget also increases recreation services with the opening of Royal Palm Beach Commons Park and all the programming planned for that facility. Finance Director Stan Hochman said the total budget proposed is $32.5 million, with 62 percent of that being in the general operating budget, 21 percent in the general capital budget, 10 percent in reserves, 5 percent in debt service and 2 percent in the stormwater utility budget. “This year the economy is rebounding,” Hochman said. “For the first time in six years, our property values are up.” Total revenues have increased by $988,000, while total operating expenses increased by $924,205, he said. The general fund revenue sum-

mary is $22.59 million, with miscellaneous taxes and fees accounting for 24 percent, property taxes 16 percent, licenses and permits 13 percent, intergovernmental revenues 15 percent, charges for services 2 percent, fines and forfeitures 1 percent, miscellaneous revenues 5 percent, current year fund balance 11 percent, and transfers in 13 percent. For expenditures, personal services account for 36 percent and contractual services 37 percent, which is primarily the PBSO contract. “We’re looking here at 73 percent personal services,” Hochman said. Other charges and services make up 13 percent, commodities 3 percent, debt service 7 percent and transfers out 4 percent. Merit raises are programmed at an average of 2 percent for all employees, with a cost-of-living adjustment of 1.8 percent. For position additions and deletions, Hochman said Public Works is deleting one foreman while Parks & Recreation is adding two part-time building attenSee RPB BUDGET, page 14

Lox Council Tables Discussion On Hiring Engineering Teams By Anne Checkosky Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council voted Tuesday to wait until their July 16 meeting to make decisions on whether to hire a town engineer, traffic engineer and surveyor. “We have two of the three contracts ready, but it’s not a major problem to wait until July 16,” Town Manager Mark Kutney said. Town staff had prepared reports, including fee schedules, regarding the engineering firm Keshavarz & Associates based in West Palm Beach and Simmons & White, a traffic engineering firm also based in West Palm Beach, which they plan to recommend the council hire. The staff did not have a report

prepared on the recommended surveying firm. “To move forward, we need to go on faith on some things,” Councilman Jim Rockett said. But Mayor Dave Browning said he needed more time to look over staff recommendations on all three firms. “I’d like to have a continuance,” he said. Councilman Ryan Liang agreed. “Let’s just put it off rather than trying to have a 20-minute discussion now,” he said. Kutney said that rate-wise, the engineering and traffic firms were in line. Two projects he would like the firms to get started on are dealing with the traffic signal at D Road and Okeechobee Blvd. and reviewing the new flood maps

proposed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Kutney said. According to staff reports, Keshavarz & Associates can provide general town engineering services such as consultation and civil engineering design, environmental engineering services and civil engineering inspection services. Simmons & White can provide arterial analysis, traffic signal design and review, and prepare traffic studies, among other duties. Both firms would be retained on a monthly basis, and the terms of the agreements would run for three consecutive years. The agreements could be terminated after 90 days by either party. The motion to table discussion to July 16 was unanimous.

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Residents Complain About Weeds In Royal Palm Canals By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Complaints by several residents about excessive weeds in canals led to protracted discussion about weed control at the Royal Palm Beach Village Council meeting Tuesday. Ronald Blicksilver of Van Gogh Way said the weeds in canals were particularly troublesome considering that the village was scheduling several fishing and boating events for the Fourth of July celebration on Thursday. He pointed out that the aquatic weed control contractor had applied herbicide that killed the weeds but that the dying plants floated to the surface, making the canals impassable before they are harvested by the contractor. “The canals look like death warmed over,” Blicksilver said. “Can we please pick some other time of the year when you have

less than 48 hours for that fishing contest? It’s almost impossible to get boats down most of the canals. If there’s anything that can be done to expedite it or plan it differently so that it doesn’t happen this time of the year, it would be greatly appreciated.” Blicksilver added that the odor of the chemicals put in the canal to kill the weeds and grass is overwhelming. Village Manager Ray Liggins said Blicksilver had summed up the situation well. “There is a lot of growth, and it’s a mess,” Liggins said. “Unfortunately, the way the canals are, how small they are and how shallow they are, the lack of depth, we have some enormous growth, and with this warm weather, it does get that way.” Liggins said the contractor has been doing aggressive spraying See WEEDS, page 14

BEST OF BROADWAY

The Wellington Children’s Theatre Musical Theatre Camp Players presented “The Best of Broadway” on Saturday, June 29 at Wellington High School. The children learned songs and routines from classic Broadway shows over the three-week summer camp and performed for family and friends. Shown here, Jayna Manohalal as Peter Pan is joined by the cast singing “I Won’t Grow Up.” MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 10 PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

Grace Period For Extended Business Hours Ends July 15 By Anne Checkosky Town-Crier Staff Report Business owners within 300 feet of residential properties in Wellington who want to keep operating after hours have until July 15 to file an application to do so without being charged. After then, an extended-hours-of-operation permit application will require a $500 fee. The new code for these businesses sets indoor activity hours from 5 a.m. to midnight and outdoor activities from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Those wanting a later closing or an earlier opening will require a permit. In addition, business activities later than 2 a.m. will require Wellington Village Council approval. Since the 60-day grace period for the extended-hours permit began back in May, seven businesses applied for and were granted extended-hours permits, said Bill Nemser, principal planner for the village.

“We were trying to be businessfriendly and reasonable,” Nemser said regarding the grace period. But the seven businesses that were approved weren’t just rubber-stamped, either. Each application was reviewed separately and some conditions were put in place, he said. For example, the application for one business was granted as long the owners agreed to cease outdoor service by 11 p.m. In another example, parking would be for employees only after a certain time, Nemser said, adding that in all seven cases, the businesses were aware they were out of compliance with the old code. Wellington Chamber of Commerce President Victor Connor is a little concerned, however, that not all businesses affected by the rules change are aware they are subject to it. He thought the 60day grace period was on the short side. Nemser doesn’t anticipate an See BIZ HOURS, page 4

ITID’s Dunkley Sees Positives In District Upheaval By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report After seven months on the Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors and the recent resignation of former District Administrator Tanya Quickel, followed by a number of subsequent staff resignations, Supervisor Gary Dunkley told the Town-Crier this week that he is not worried. “As a new member of the board, I am pleased at the direction we’re going in, in terms of putting more focus on rebuilding our infrastructure,” Dunkley said Monday. “I’m sorry that Tanya Quickel left, but the administration budget was way, way too high.” Dunkley, who serves as the

board’s treasurer, early on called for a forensic audit of ITID’s books. He said the audit is aimed at no one in particular. “Since I was the treasurer and I heard certain things that I wasn’t sure of, and it is not my money, I have a fiduciary responsibility to make sure that everything was correct,” Dunkley said, noting that he seconded the call for an audit originally made by Supervisor Carol Jacobs. “Seven months later, we still don’t have a forensic audit.” At a more recent meeting, Dunkley made another motion for a forensic audit, which he hopes will gain traction. “I don’t think anything is wrong with the books, but I think that when a new adminis-

trator gets in, we should have a level playing field,” he said. As part of the forensic audit, Dunkley said he wants the board to review the function of all the district’s departments. “After the forensic audit, we’re going to have an active evaluation of each department to find out their functions and find out what they do so we can make policies that go forward,” he said. “We can’t make policies on our departments if we don’t know what our departments are doing. So, little by little, I just think we are making things realistic. It’s rough in the beginning, but the direction that we’re going in is a very positive direction.”

Although Dunkley does not support Jacobs’ advocacy of a weaker administrative position, he does believe the administrative budget is too high. “The administrative budget was $1.2 million,” he said. “I’ve owned businesses for over 30 years, and I really can’t justify why administrative expense is 30 percent of our budget. That doesn’t make sense to me. That’s what I mean by topheavy. We really have to dissect each department and understand the responsibilities and functions.” Asked whether he thought Quickel did not share departmental information freely enough with See DUNKLEY, page 14

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Wellington Council OKs Daycare Center At Charter School On SR 7 By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The planned Wellington Charter School will also include a daycare center after members of the Wellington Village Council approved a resolution last week to allow the project’s daycare component. At the June 25 meeting, Growth Management Director Tim Stillings noted that the daycare facility is part of the larger, 1,200-student school for kindergarteners through eighth-graders. While the school will encompass 75,000 square feet, the proposed daycare would be 15,000 square feet. “The daycare originally was proposed with 200 children,” Stillings said. “Tonight’s approval would increase that to 228 children.” Though traffic was a key issue for many council members, Stillings said that the proposed circu-

lation plan for the site includes provision for the daycare. “We believe [the plan] will adequately deal with site circulation and ensure that there is no stacking onto State Road 7,” he said. Another change to the proposal will have the applicant pay the cost upfront of a crucial traffic light at SR 7 and Palomino Drive, Stillings said. “They will pay the full amount of the light,” he said. “Wellington will reimburse them $141,000 when it’s received from the other parties.” Though two other property owners are on the hook to pay for a portion of the light, Wellington Charter School owners offered to front the cost of the light to get the project underway in time for the 2013-14 school year. Councilman Matt Willhite said the traffic light would alleviate many of his safety concerns. “That concern goes back to

when the county approved the development that is on Palomino,” he said. “I think the traffic light should have gone in then. It didn’t, and that’s why we’re in the position we are in today. But I think we are in a good place now.” Willhite also commended the applicant for working to alleviate traffic problems. “That was my very first concern,” he said. “I’m very happy to see that the applicant has put everything aside, including financial support, to make sure this traffic light comes forward.” He said he is glad to see something being built on the property that will bring value to the community. “This is the third project I’ve voted for on that property, and I’ve never seen something come to fruition,” he said. “I’m so excited that the applicant is committed 100 percent to building this school and the amenities that go with it that

they’re willing to put up the funding to get this done.” Vice Mayor Howard Coates asked why the daycare center was increasing from 200 students to 228 students. “Will that have an impact on traffic issues?” he asked. Agent for the applicant John Schmidt said that the difference is because of the way age groups are divided among staff. “It was an error on our part, but 228 students is the best number that works with the mix of teachers in the daycare,” Schmidt said. “The traffic impacts are based on the square footage of the daycare, not the number of [children] within the daycare.” Councilman John Greene asked Wellington staff to work with the county to get the traffic signal installed. “It’s critical that the light is installed prior to the [next] school year,” he said. “I’ve expressed some concern in the past about

who is paying for it and who isn’t paying their fair share, so I thank [the applicant] for stepping up. It was essential, from a public safety standpoint.” Willhite made a motion to approve the resolution with the amendments, which passed unanimously. In other business, council members directed staff to include $51,000 in the upcoming budget for the Wellington Seniors Club. Wellington has provided money to the club for many years, Director of Operations Jim Barnes said. “The funds would be subject to availability,” he told the council. “You will have the opportunity to give final approval during budget hearings.” Greene asked whether the proposed amount was in line with the budget. Barnes said that council had to direct staff to include the financing. “[The club] requests it early so

we can factor it into the budget,” he said. Willhite asked whether the approval needed to mention that the funds were pending approval during the budget. Village Manager Paul Schofield said that was not necessary. “I just need direction from [the] council to put it in the budget,” he said. “This is the same amount we’ve been funding for as long as I can remember. This is one of those things that we do for our seniors.” Coates said he supports adding the money into the budget for discussion purposes but didn’t want anyone mistaking it for a guarantee. “Without seeing what the whole budget is going to be, it’s hard for me to say definitely that this will survive the process,” he said. He made a motion to direct staff to include the funds, which passed unanimously.

County Residents Might Have To Pay Entire Cost Of Paving Projects By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Commission gave preliminary approval Tuesday to an ordinance that would make people living on private roads who want paving to pay 100 percent of the cost. The ordinance would amend the county’s municipal service tax unit (MSTU) ordinance to allow for assessments and collections from affected residents at 100 percent of the total cost of improvements, with certain exemptions, as opposed to 50 percent previously. During public comment, Andy Schaller commented that he had been trying to get improvements on his unpaved road for about five years and was still waiting. Schaller’s property is in Palm Beach Ranchettes, a community on the east side of State Road 7 north of Lake Worth Road where Lyons Road passes through. County Engineer George Webb said his department was still designing Lyons Road, which will tie in with the roads in Palm Beach Ranchettes, and had run into delays with roundabout design and other issues. Commissioner Jess Santamaria asked what the legal responsibility of the county was to maintain

roads that are fully or partially private, and County Engineer George Webb said the county has responsibility in Palm Beach Ranchettes, which has a paving project underway and regularly grades the unpaved roads. “We will be maintaining, and it is our responsibility for any paved road that currently exists within the boundaries of the Ranchettes,” Webb said, explaining that there are several miles of paved road there already that have been installed under the MSTU program. Santamaria said the MSTU program is designed to assist community improvements, but asked, “Prior to the MSTU program, there is no legal responsibility of government, is there?” “That’s right,” Webb said. “That’s how we interpret it. We have many, many roads in the unincorporated areas of Palm Beach County that Palm Beach County never accepted for maintenance. They’re open for the public to drive on just by legal dedications in the past.” Santamaria pointed out that there have been two requests from residents on private roads in the Loxahatchee area for intervention by the county, which it refused on the grounds that it had no responsibility on those properties.

Webb said there is a large segment of property in the central area of the county that has flooding and road maintenance issues for which the county takes no responsibility. “In a way, it is a selective process when we decide to apply the MSTU program to assist a community that may have some problems or just a request for paving,” Santamaria said. “It’s not really a right, but an extension

of assistance to apply the MSTU program.” Webb agreed that it is a policy call resting with the commissioners. Assistant County Attorney Marlene Everitt distinguished between private roads, such as those in a gated community where the roads are truly private and there is no governmental interest to maintain the roads, and roads in the

county that are private but perhaps owned to the center line by the property owners. “The county has no responsibility to maintain those, but they are open to the public, and as a result of that, the statute is that the county has jurisdiction if it chooses,” Everitt said. “So part of the assessment process is that the property owners have to give up a private right they have to those

roads, and that is a condition of moving forward with any improvement. Those are the type roads that are included in our MSTU program. Once that’s determined as policy by the board, which ones are eligible, then they turn those roads over to the county and they become county government roads, and they are maintained.” Everitt emphasized that the See PAVING, page 14

County Approves New Road Striping Contract By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report For anyone having trouble making out the lane lines on Palm Beach County roads lately, you probably don’t need an eye checkup. The problem is that the county has fallen behind on scheduled lane marking. On Tuesday, the Palm Beach County Commission approved a $4.5 million road pavement marking contract that is anticipated to help bring many neglected county streets back up to par, but still will continue a pattern of too little financing for striping maintenance. “We were very fortunate over the last 10 years to do a lot of road

widening and improvement projects, so with that came new striping,” County Engineer George Webb told the Town-Crier on Monday. “We also were able to keep our striping budget to handle the roads that weren’t being redone, but our new road-building and widening projects have dropped down.” Striping lasts typically for about 10 years, depending on the amount of traffic on a road, Webb said. “The road striping budget, because of other budget pressures, has not kept up with the need,” he said. “We are substantially behind now as far as where we would have liked to have gotten out there with

our new, refreshed striping. We did what we did, and we try to make do.” Webb said the striping has gotten progressively worse over the past five years because the striping budget has not increased. “If I looked five years ago, it’s about what it was then, yet more lane miles and more markings have reached the end of their, for lack of better term, useful life,” Webb said. He said the lack of maintenance is becoming more noticeable. “I was riding down Belvedere east of State Road 7 in front of the Walmart,” Webb said. “We’re benefiting because we put in the raised reflective pavement markers.

They’re there, but the actual white stripes, it’s very hard to see them anymore.” The contract is with the sole bidder, Southwide Industries of West Palm Beach, not to exceed $4,470,000 to install pavement marking material along with raised, reflective pavement markers on an as-needed basis for various roadways throughout the county. Southwide’s bid was $3,415,773. The contract will include 1.9 million linear feet, or about 361 miles, of 6-inch white thermoplastic pavement marking compound lines at a cost of 55 cents per linear foot, and 1.26 million linear feet, about 238 miles, of 6-inch yellow marking at the same price.

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Tougher Manure Dumping Rules Needed, But Enforcement Is Key Last week, the Palm Beach County Commission gave initial approval to changes meant to shield residents in unincorporated areas from uncontrolled animal waste dumping. The issue has brought out people on all sides — from farmers and waste haulers, to annoyed neighbors and those with small backyard farms worried about meeting regulations. Though not perfect, these changes to the county’s animal waste regulations are necessary to protect our communities. But it will take strict enforcement to eradicate the problem. For years, residents of Loxahatchee Groves and The Acreage have complained about illegal dumping of manure on empty lots, and Wellington recently tightened its regulations on manure haulers to make sure the loads get properly disposed of. While we believe the county must be mindful of small property owners — those on little more than an acre who don’t necessarily cause a problem by spreading manure on their own property for gardening purposes — the fact is that illegally dumping manure is wrong and must be controlled. It’s a significant problem that has long been an issue not adequately addressed. Aside from being a nuisance to neighbors who don’t appreciate the smell, there is concern about the manure seeping into the groundwater. New Environmental Protection Agency water control guidelines are on the horizon, and many communities are struggling with controlling phosphates in the water. The county’s unin-

corporated areas have a higher density of horses and other livestock, which means more work must be done to meet those standards. This is a good first step toward meeting the new standards. It’s a regional problem, and having each community coming down harder on violators is important to keep it from spilling over into an unprotected community. Having strong regulations on all sides will hopefully make manure haulers think twice before dumping illegally. But a major issue in this has been a lack of enforcement. For these regulations to really make a difference, it is crucial that the county enforce them — especially against egregious and repeated violators. Critics of the new regulations have pointed out that the county has not been effective in policing the problem with its current rules. We hope that the increased regulations make it easier for county compliance officers to identify and curb problems. While it is prudent to have more discussion about some provisions that would affect backyard farms, the message to those who dump illegally must be strong: dispose of manure through proper channels. The regulations will face another round of scrutiny from county commissioners later this summer. To learn more about the new rules, see the story on page 7 of this week’s issue or visit www.pbcgov.com.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR To Understand Today, Look Back To Yesterday To understand the present on the main issue, one needs to understand the past. The previous Wellington Village Council had an open-door policy for developers, and then went as far as them not coming into the front of our village offices and checking in (like I must do) but rather, rear building parking and back doors were facilitated. That’s wrong. Next, the citizenry has no lobbyist, but as we recently found out, Mark Bellissimo’s lobbyist had continuous access and was recently faulted by our ethics committee for not registering as a lobbyist. The obvious question: Why was this allowed, especially since the affected citizenry’s voices are quashed by this favoritism? Is this our village manager’s fault? No. He was fulfilling his responsibilities to the majority of the previous council, who never said no to commercialism, larger signage than permitted and overlooked Mr. Bellissimo’s initiating construction without completed paperwork and even worse, tearing down a village sign concerning safety. Mr. Bellissimo admitted this to some degree, saying he was revamping his process. The Wellington Chamber of Commerce, which put forth the majority of the “business-only” council, having lost the council’s control (by their members losing their election), started from day one to denigrate the new council, and even the village as a whole, making statements to local press and later others outside Wellington, calling this an “anti-business Wellington,” which hurts the entire village. Now the whipping boy for Bellissimo is Jeremy Jacobs, a gentleman who lives on a property contiguous to Bellissimo’s plans. Mr. Jacobs wants to protect his investment, doesn’t want a huge hotel and commercialization next door to him, so using his deep pockets, he gets involved in Wellington politics. Prior to any of this, he was not an active participant in our elections. Fortunately, he is on the side of the majority of Wellingtonians because the preserve, and the insight of the vision conference of Wellington citizens, always proclaimed the Equestrian Preserve, just that. Hotels, commercialism

and traffic and horses don’t mix, especially in our exquisite equestrian community. Village Manager Paul Schofield has had to do a balancing act, first under one administration and now another, and with the truly pugnacious attitudes now prevailing, it has become untenable and difficult for him, because he is only a facilitator of the majority of the council, which changed dramatically in one election. Here in our village, we see a new developer, with lobbyists, having access that John Q. Citizen does not. We witness initiating construction without permits that no average citizen can, and so, in short, favoritism based on money, political influence and in this arena, the mutual aid society of the Wellington Chamber. The Town-Crier has suggested meetings (council/staff and the developer), and I see this as the only available reasonable option. I don’t think Bellissimo’s numerous lawsuits show any Wellington respect for the citizenry, but I do understand his right to fight for what he wants, even though I vehemently disagree with him. As of late, the only news we get on this is a constant flow from Wellington Chamber letters, friends of theirs and what appears to be a monthly letter from Mr. Bellissimo in the press. Our elected officials cannot and do not engage in tit-for-tat letters of accusation, but that lack of information has hurt them and the village. It is my hope that the dressage aspect, which has never been negated by anyone, even though it is constantly mentioned, be allowed and facilitated immediately, and a truly scaled down, commercial aspect be considered and that any hotel be built on the State Road 7 corridor (for aesthetics and traffic considerations) or perhaps at the K-Park site. George Unger Wellington

Which ‘Informed’ Voters? Ah, yes! My longtime friend Frank Morelli trusts “informed voters” — also known as those voters whose position on political matters mirror his own (“Morelli Trusts Informed Voters,” Letters, June 28). The thought of “Mayor” Steven Abrams having or offering a “brilliant” idea gives me

pause and makes me shudder a bit. I can see why “in the name of saving money,” a thought which eluded him in other ideas, like the recent Waste Management garbage site on Southern Blvd., but I digress. To continue, the idea to merge the inspector general’s office with and under the control of the county clerk, or some such office, may give special interests a way to control too much “oversight” by an independent inspector general’s office, and God knows we can’t have independent oversight. It would threaten the very foundation of the “honest government” that we’ve enjoyed all these years. I don’t believe it was an accident that the 72 percent that Judge Morelli used in his example matched the voter approval for the creation of the inspector general’s office. It was merely that Frank did not believe anyone would notice the mocked comparison. I did notice, and so did many in the 72 percent you mocked. And I, for one, do not see anything worthy of satire going on in Palm Beach County. Your observation is correct though, that most voters prefer the activities of an independent inspector general’s office be monitored by the voters and not special interests. The merger on the table (the brilliant idea of Mayor Abrams) may be cheaper than doing it another way in the short term, but in the long term, in terms of benefit to special interests, would, in my opinion, just continue the same deals that have plagued us for years. “Republican form of government,” Frank? That’s just another coded message and double entendre. Use of the word Republican in this case presents not a form of government, but just double speak for party preference. Opinions are like elbows, and we all have a right to them, but what we don’t have a right to is our own facts cloaked in opinion but failing the “smell test.” Mayor Abrams “brilliant” idea would cost us less. We have 14 cities suing over funding the office now. Will you guarantee that adoption of his plan will eliminate all those litigants? And who says and what evidence is there to support this conclusion? No, Frank, what we are left with, in light of no concrete evidence or proof, is someone’s opinion cloaked as fact. And yes, it is “replete,” just not factual. I would leave it up to the 72 percent who

voted for the inspector general whether they wanted an independent office, or controlled by the very people the office was created for oversight. I would leave it up to these voters whether the money spent now for an independent inspector general’s office wisely may result in a much-needed reduction in “Corruption County” of deals they will have to pay for with their taxes. Richard Nielsen Royal Palm Beach

Kudos To The Council It was reported in the Town-Crier’s June 14 issue that Wellington was offered $10 million for the KPark property. Is this the same property that some members of our previous council wanted to give away for nothing? If so, I hope this council plans to stay on the job awhile. This proposal is a $1.5 million profit, and some members of the council want to entertain more proposals. I like this council. Alfred R. Longo Wellington

Keeping Liggins Right Decision This month, the Royal Palm Beach Village Council deliberated on Village Manager Ray Liggins’ annual performance and whether to renew his three-year contract. Five years ago, when Mr. Liggins took the interim position of village manager, the question was, was he the right person at the right price? Much has changed in the past five years, both in the expertise of Mr. Liggins and in the state of the village. First, Royal Palm Beach is now in a maintenance position with its focus on infrastructure of roads, canals, drainage and a large number of parks. It is clear that Mr. Liggins’ engineering background is a real plus for the tasks facing the village. Second, Mr. Liggins has shown exceptional perseverance in learning the broader skills of municipal management. He has actively expanded his certifications and encouraged his staff to earn professional credentials and expertise. He has reached out as a leader on numerous boards and has played a valuable role in contributing to solutions during regional crisis, notably the recent flooding in the western communities.

These attributes do not mean that Mr. Liggins is lacking in vision. It is his task to serve the council; so when and if the current council decides on visionary leadership, he is able to take them where they wish to go. Ray is serving the village well, however, it is also the time for the village and the council to allow Mr. Liggins to come out of the shadow of his predecessor and recognize him for his own unique contributions to Royal Palm Beach. Martha Webster Royal Palm Beach Editor’s note: Mrs. Webster is a former member of the Royal Palm Beach Village Council.

Recent Police Shootings A Terrible Thing I am appalled that the shooting of our fellow American citizens/ residents has continued unabated with no end in sight. Why are so many law enforcement officers so trigger happy? Why are their bosses so “quick” to jump to their defense (even before the official investigation) and conclude that all these shootings were justified? The fact that these trigger-happy cops are very seldom charged, and if charged, are almost certain to be exonerated, has led to complacency by law enforcement and muted outrage by the general public. I urge everyone to obey the instructions of all law enforcement officers at all times. It is far better to comply, then complain later. It might just save your life. Do not say or do anything that could be interpreted as a threat. Even the most trigger-happy cop will not shoot you if you obey his or her instructions. There are three levels of threat: no threat, likely threat and obvious threat. I firmly believe that more respect for law enforcement should be shown. I also firmly believe that proper meticulous training and respect for human life by the cops would eliminate most if not all of these deadly shootings. Why

can’t our American cops learn from the British cops? Just recently, in South London, a British soldier (in uniform) was murdered in broad daylight on the street in London. The attacker cut his throat from behind. When the cops arrived on the scene, one attacker fired his gun at them but it misfired. Despite the obvious threat, these British cops shot the attacker in the leg then arrested them both. In America, these armed attackers would most certainly have been shot dead, no doubt about it. Regarding a recent such shooting in Martin County, for Sheriff William Synder to say that, “At the end of the night, the deputy (Sgt. James Warren) went home to his family” is insensitive, troubling, outrageous and offensive. What about the victim’s family? Where is the remorse? I am still trying to figure out the recent shooting in Royal Palm Beach. Sheriff Ric Bradshaw is by far the best sheriff we have had in Palm Beach County for decades. I have told him to keep up the good work. The humanitarian efforts by Bradshaw and his better half, Dorothy, should be applauded. The work of Chief Deputy Michael Gauger is also worthy of much praise. Having said that, I disagree with Sheriff Bradshaw’s quick defense of deputies who are involved in fatal shootings, also his defense of overtime hours, which need to be reduced. Karl Witter The Acreage

For The Record The photos that appeared with the Wellington Chamber of Commerce ribbon cuttings for Hack Tax and Accounting Services and attorney Daniel Alan Terner published last week were inadvertently transposed. The Town-Crier regrets whatever confusion this might have caused.

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‘Spiking’ Pensions Violates The Reasons Why Pensions Exist Ever wonder how so many industry and business bigwigs wind up with huge pension payoff , often higher numbers in retirement than when they were working full time? Say hello to “pension spiking,” that shady procedure which sweetens the end-of-career padding of the pension structure. Let’s look at Ventura County,

Footloose and... By Jules W. Rabin

Calif., for example. Here its chief executive wound up with a pension of $272,000 per year-for life. In her last year on the job, she earned $228,000. This financial whiz piled up added bucks by inserting unused vacation time and sick leave plus education incentives into her retirement numbers. There are actually some 60 cate-

gories on non-salary payments that local rules allow for conversion according to The Los Angeles Times. In the past 18 months, the California State Controller’s office has investigated many cases of suspected pension abuse. It confirmed over two dozen “inappropriate benefit enhancements.” In Ventu-

ra County, the pension system is already underfunded by $761 million. Yes, pension guideline vary by state and county. Thus far at least 11 states have enacted “anti-spiking” legislation. Bills are pending in four more as more public officials realize how the game is being played. Such actions go against

the spirit of what a pension plan is supposed to do — provide income during retirement to help people maintain their standard of living, noted expert Jean-Pierre Aubry of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. It seems there are endless numbers of greedy people who don’t get it.

when the issue was last discussed, there was some debate among council members about the exemption in the rules for professional offices. A motion was made at that meeting by Councilwoman Anne Gerwig to table the issue until the council could hear from business owners. “You can see how there would be circumstances that there

would be someone there besides yourself, and you may be doing more than checking your e-mail,” she said then. But her motion failed on a 3-2 vote. Businesses that are denied an extended-hours permit can always appeal the decision, Nemser said. The new code goes into effect July 15.

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continued from page 1 influx of applications now that the grace period is ending because most businesses in Wellington

can operate for 24 hours if they wish, but most of them don’t. This ordinance affects only those located within 300 feet of residential areas. The new code also makes clear that business activities are defined as work with patrons. So, businesses owners who want to go into the office at 3 a.m. and catch up on work can do so, as long as

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WELLINGTON SUMMER CAMPS OFFER YOUTH DIVERSE FUN THROUGH AUGUST

Wellington is offering its summer camp through Aug. 16 at Village Park. Activities include sports, games, T-shirt painting, movies, swimming and many more fun things to do. For more information, visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or call (561) 791-4005. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Ryan Delgado, Zach Duckworth, Jonathan Buzek and Asher Prescott show off their painted T-shirts.

Lory Mills from Celebration Cake Design gives instructions for T-shirt painting.

Megan Peterson with Lory Mills from Celebration Cake Design.

Kyleigh Kravchenko, Rachel Ferguson, Abby Molsee, Amber Mistry and Jessica Margolies use stencils to paint T-shirts.

Jake Spuck with Lory Mills from Celebration Cake Design.

Camp counselor Danielle Kent (standing) oversees a freeze dancing game.

DR. ABEL ST. AMOUR HOLDS BOOK SIGNING AT WELLINGTON BARNES & NOBLE

Dr. Abel St. Amour held a book signing and discussion at the Wellington Barnes & Noble on Thursday, June 27. St. Amour’s book, Beyond The Mission, was the topic of the evening, and guests enjoyed excerpts as well as a brief question-and-answer session. Beyond The Mission examines burnout in the helping professions, specifically missionaries. For more info., visit www.drabelstamour.com. PHOTOS BY ALEXANDRA ANTONOPOULOS/TOWN-CRIER

Joaquin Ribon, Stacey Oak, Dr. Abel St. Amour, Louise Villao and Meschac St. Amour.

Reading an excerpt from Beyond The Mission, Dr. Abel St. Amour prepares to open the discussion to audience questions.

Dr. Abel St. Amour with his wife, Shirley.

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By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report JUNE 22 — A Pahokee woman contacted the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach on Saturday, June 22 after she was robbed at a bus stop on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. According to a PBSO report, the victim sat down at the bus stop at approximately 5:06 p.m. when she noticed an unknown man bend down and tying his shoe. The victim took out an iPad Mini when the suspect approached her and asked her for the time. According to the report, the suspect grabbed the iPad and fled northbound. Deputies arrived on scene, and a K-9 unit tracked the suspect’s scent near Royal Palm Beach Blvd. and Camellia Drive, but could not locate him. According to the report, the suspect was described as a black male in his mid-20s, approximately 5’7� with a skinny build and a goatee. He was wearing a black doo-rag, white tank top, khaki shorts and black shoes. There was no further information at the time of the report. JUNE 23 — A resident of Counterpoint Estates called the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach on Sunday, June 23 to report a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between noon on Sunday, June 16 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, someone opened the victim’s unlocked vehicle and removed a Springfield semi-automatic pistol with a nylon holster. The victim said the pistol was in the center console. The stolen item was valued at $500. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. JUNE 23 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to a home in Strathmore Gate West on Sunday, June 23 regarding a suspicious incident. According to a PBSO report, a resident called to report an event his mother witnessed. According to the report, at approximately 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22, the witness was walking her dog when she observed a red SUV speed into the parking lot. According to the report, the SUV slowed down and drove closely to her, and as she tried to walk away, the vehicle sped up and blocked her path. The victim said that an unknown Hispanic man leaned out the window and commented on her dog before speeding away. There was no further information available at the time of the report. JUNE 25 — APahokee man was arrested last Tuesday afternoon on shoplifting charges from the Walmart Supercenter on Belvedere Road. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Royal Palm Beach substation was dispatched to the store after a loss prevention officer observed 30year-old Jesse Dortch enter the electronics department and select a Sony Blue Ray surround sound system. Dortch then entered the hardware department and selected a pair of wire cutters, before moving to the mens clothing department and beginning to cut the anti-theft device on the system. According to the report, Dortch discarded the device on the shelf and then exited the store, passing all points of sale without attempting to pay for the item. A loss prevention officer stopped him, and the sound system was recovered.

The stolen item was valued at $248. Dortch was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail where he was charged with petty theft. JUNE 30 — A resident of Orange Grove Blvd. contacted the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation last Sunday morning to report a stolen vehicle. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 9 p.m. last Saturday and 11 a.m. the following morning, someone stole the victim’s beige 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck and attached trailer. The trailer was described as a white 2005 Pace trailer. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. JUNE 30 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched to a home in the Aero Club last Sunday morning regarding a home burglary. According to a PBSO report, the victim’s daughter had a party at the victim’s home while he was out of town and sometime between 11 p.m. last Saturday and 3 a.m. the following morning, someone removed a safe from the master bedroom closet. The victim said the safe contained several pieces of jewelry, gold bars, gold coins and important documents. According to the report, the victim’s daughter did not know who took the safe. The stolen items were valued at more than $60,000. There was no further information available at the time of the report. JUNE 30 — A juvenile was arrested early last Sunday morning on charges of burglary following a chase through Royal Pine Estates. According to a PBSO report, at approximately midnight, a deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach responded after a witness reported a burglary in progress. According to the report, the witness saw two men looking into a neighbor’s vehicle. Approximately one hour later, the deputy was driving on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. when he observed a white male juvenile biking down the sidewalk matching the description the witness had given. According to the report, when the juvenile saw the PBSO car, he began to flee, turning into the road and attempting to elude the vehicle. The deputy followed and requested that he stop, but the juvenile continued to ignore him. According to the report, the chase came to an end when the juvenile attempted to turn sharply between two homes and ran into a concrete wall at full speed. He then attempted to flee on foot, but the deputy stopped him. According to the report, a search revealed that the juvenile had several credit cards, a cell phone and several other items that appeared to have been stolen during burglaries. He was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center. JUNE 30 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was called to a home on 82nd Lane North last Sunday regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 9 a.m. last Wednesday morning and 5 p.m. last Friday, someone entered the vacant home and stole the power meter. According to the report, someone cut the power meter from the outside and through the breaker box, and then pulled out the wires. There was no further information available at the time of the report.

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RBPHS Graduate Wins At National Speech And Debate Competition By Anne Checkosky Town-Crier Staff Report A recent Royal Palm Beach High School graduate was named the national champion in dramatic interpretation during the National Forensic League’s speech and debate championship in Birmingham, Ala., on June 20. More than 5,000 students from across the country competed in the four-day event, and Anthony Nadeau from Royal Palm Beach took top honors in his category. Nadeau, 17, didn’t think he would win. But being the best of the best in the nation is “pretty awesome.” “I’m really happy,” he said. His coach, Eric Jeraci, director of speech and debate at RPBHS for the past three years, was also thrilled with Nadeau’s perfor mance. “He’s our first champion at Royal Palm Beach,” Jeraci said.

Dramatic interpretation is basically competitive acting. Nadeau had to give a 10-minute monologue in character. He selected Lady Chablis from the book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt, which was published in 1994 and eventually became a New York Times bestseller. Nadeau stumbled onto the book last summer at a garage sale, Jeraci said. He read it and loved it. The competition is intense and ran from Monday until Thursday. There are six preliminary rounds, then two rounds of the top 60 students with two judges, two rounds of the top 30 students with two judges, one round of the top 14 students with five judges and then the final round, where 11 judges critique the performances, Jeraci said. That’s a lot of performing. Students must rely only on dialogue, facial expression and ges-

turing to bring their characters to life. “It was emotionally draining,” Nadeau said. But the repetition also helped him build on his performance. “You learn more about your character and stay true to character,” he said. It was probably to his advantage that he was on the speech and debate team for all four years of high school and that he’d performed this particular interpretation and won at competitions at Harvard and Princeton universities and at the University of Florida earlier this year. Yet Nadeau still gets nervous. “But I like telling the story, so I focus on that,” he said. There were 3,000 in the audience for the final round, Jeraci said. In addition to being crowned national champion, he took home about $7,000 in scholarship mon-

ey, something he’ll put to good use in the fall when he enrolls at Palm Beach State College. He plans to study at PBSC for two years and then transfer to UF. And while he’s not sure if he’ll join the college debate team yet, he’s pretty certain he’ll become involved with performing at some level. Perhaps theater, Nadeau said. Three students in all from RPBHS competed at this year’s national event, Jeraci said. (Right) Eric Jeraci, director of the speech and debate team at Royal Palm Beach High School, left, with national champion Anthony Nadeau, a recent graduate. Nadeau took top honors at the National Forensic League’s speech and debate championship in the category of dramatic interpretation.

County Gives Initial OK To Controls On Animal Waste Dumping By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report In a zoning meeting last week, the Palm Beach County Commission gave preliminary approval to changes in its animal waste and manure regulations aimed in part to improve control over uncontrolled dumping of animal waste in unincorporated areas such as The Acreage. The change, going through as part of the year’s first round of Unified Land Development Code amendments, are intended to prevent property owners in the county from allowing their lots to be completely covered with several feet of animal waste hauled in from other areas, which creates health concerns. At the June 24 meeting, Acreage residents Anne and Gert Kuhl opposed changes to the animal waste rules, instead asking the county to strictly enforce the existing regulations. Gert Kuhl said he thought people were abusing the existing animal waste regulations, specifically by taking waste from horse shows in Wellington and dumping it illegally in other areas. “Dumping a whole bunch of manure in one place is not agriculture,” he said. “I think there is nothing broken here in the laws.” Anne Kuhl said she would pre-

fer that the county and other regulatory agencies enforce existing regulations. She pointed out that proposed setbacks of 25 feet would adversely affect owners of the predominantly 1.25-acre lots in The Acreage. Speaking in favor of the amendments, Nick Aumen of Las Flores Ranchos near White Fences said he was not concerned about the reasonable use of compost and manure for soil enrichment and gardening, but rather the broadscale application of animal waste, explaining that one of the owners of a 5-acre lot near his home completely covered his land with animal waste recently, up to 4 feet deep in some areas. He thanked County Administrator Bob Weisman and County Commissioner Jess Santamaria for coming out and looking at the lot he was particularly concerned about. “We live about three lots away, and the amount of flies and smell was just unbelievable, and after the recent rains, the roads were absolutely brown with runoff from this manure,” Aumen said. He also pointed out that another lot owner had covered his lot with animal waste in the same manner a few years previously. “I do want to respectfully disagree with the previous speakers,” he said. “I’m just trying to fix the

egregious nature of this, not the regular use on small lots. I’m a horse owner, and we have two horses on our property, and I’m all for being able to spread that manure over. In our case, we have 5 acres.” Aumen said the lot owner who had piled up the animal waste most recently had told him it was to prevent flooding. “It wasn’t for agricultural purposes, and for me, it doesn’t matter what the reason is — too much is too much,” he said. Aumen said he thought the limit of 20 cubic yards per acre in 12 months, allowed under the proposed changes, was plenty for even the most ambitious agriculturalist, and that the setbacks for water bodies and well fields were also important. “I’m a water quality specialist,” he said. “I’ve been working in the field of water quality for almost 40 years, and this is a very transmissive substrate. This runoff from these areas leach very quickly down into the groundwater.” Palm Beach County Zoning Director Jon P. MacGillis explained that the amendments were aimed at striking a balance between people applying fertilizer for gardening and dumping farm animal waste on their property. “We do have provision for exemptions if you’re spreading com-

mercial fertilizer or compost manure, so people can still put that on their garden at any amount,” MacGillis said. “Ten cubic yards is allowed in a 12-month period. You can increase that up to 20, but this requires somebody to get a soil analysis off the existing soil conditions and working with the Agricultural Extension Office to determine... if that’s warranted based on the composition of the soil. I think what we’ve tried to do is provide balance.” MacGillis explained that the amendments do not prohibit somebody from using manure on their property, but specify using it in a fashion that they are actually enhancing what they are trying to grow and not just dumping for some other reason. Deputy County Administrator Verdenia Baker said her staff had met with concerned residents and listened closely to what they had to say, and then modified the proposal. “We definitely did not want to put the small tomato-growing farmer out, but we definitely wanted to protect the neighbors and not continue with the issue that was going on,” Baker said. “We narrowly tailored this particular issue so we could address the issue that was brought forward.” Baker said she believed that what was being recommended

specifically addresses the application of proper amounts of fertilizer with the appropriate exemptions, in coordination with agencies that have oversight over manure. Santamaria agreed that proper balance is needed to take care of everyone’s needs and concerns. He asked whether there will be time for further fine-tuning of the amendments, and MacGillis said the first reading would be July 28, with adoption scheduled in August. Santamaria said he wanted to continue meeting with the parties involved to see if there are other appropriate changes to be made to take care of everyone’s needs and concerns. Palm Beach County Vice Mayor Priscilla Taylor asked about soil analyses, and MacGillis said the intent was to determine how much more fertilizer, if any, was needed to enhance the soil on a particular piece of property. “The Agricultural Extension Office has indicated there are some properties that don’t warrant bringing any type of fertilizer in because of the condition of the soil already,” MacGillis said. Planning, Zoning & Building Director Rebecca Caldwell said that after public input, staff set the amount to a maximum of 20 cubic yards per acre allowable before a soil analysis and nutri-

ent plan was required. She said county staff avoided the dumping regulations that have been put in place in Wellington and Loxahatchee Groves, where illegal dumping was an issue, because the county’s concerns were more specific. “The phosphorus and nitrogen specifically are the items that can cause severe problems,” Caldwell said. “Wellington has a severe phosphorus overabundance right now. If you bring that onto your site, you can kill everything that’s there if it comes in inappropriately. That’s why the nutrient plan makes all the sense in the world.” Commissioner Shelley Vana said she favored the amendments. “This discussion has been ongoing forever,” Vana said. “As I represented Wellington in the legislature many moons ago, that had been an ongoing discussion. I think it’s really good that we have the Ag Extension involved and the Department of Environmental Protection, because this phosphorus, be it biological phosphorus from animals, it still is going into our water supply, and it will be a problem we have to deal with eventually.” Taylor made a motion to grant preliminary approval to the amendments, which carried unanimously.

383 PBCHS Seniors Celebrate Success At Project Graduation Palm Beach Central High School’s graduation celebration May 23 lasted until 5 a.m. for the 383 seniors who joined in the allnight party organized by their parents called Project Graduation.

“Project Graduation is an allnight alcohol- and drug-free party for graduating seniors,” event cochair Audrey Valentine explained. “Parents organize the event with help from teachers and staff. Mon-

ey is raised throughout the year to hold the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. event at Wellington’s Village Park gymnasium.” The event — themed “Party in Paradise” — had activities all night

long. Seniors could run through giant obstacle courses; test their skills at carnival games; play pool, ping pong and air hockey; and compete on an inflatable Twisterlike game for 10 people. Seniors

Palm Beach Central High School grads dance the night a way (left) and enjoy a game of Twister (right) during the Project Graduation party.

could also get a temporary tattoo or have a caricature made. More than 100 parent and teacher volunteers worked all night to make the event a huge success. There was plenty of food and drinks donated by restaurants and businesses in the community. Seniors danced to a DJ until 3 a.m., when the laughs began as a hypnotist put 20 seniors under his spell and entertained the crowd. “This event couldn’t happen without the support from the parents, PBCHS staff and teachers, and the business community,” sponsorship co-chair Terri Priore said. “We received over $22,000 in cash donations and another $8,000 in donations of food and prizes for the seniors.” The PBCHS Project Graduation Committee thanks the following sponsors: marquee sponsor Equestrian Sport Productions LLC and platinum sponsor the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge; gold sponsors Minto Com-

munities LLC, Wellington Dunkin’ Donuts and the Mall at Wellington Green; and silver sponsors MedExpress Urgent Care, the Village of Wellington, Buckeye Plumbing Inc., the Priore Family, Tahiti Joe’s Hot Sauces, the Wellington Preservation Coalition Inc., Armand Professional Services Inc., Successful Women’s Mastermind Alliance, Palms West Hospital and Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith PLLC. “Project Graduation kept our seniors safe graduation night with one last chance to be with friends before they start the next chapter in their lives,” co-chair Hellen Cook said. “Seeing the seniors dance, play and laugh with their friends all night was an overwhelming experience that all parents should be involved with.” Anyone interested in more information about Project Graduation 2014 and getting involved as a sponsor or volunteer should call Cook at (561) 389-5083.

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NEWS BRIEFS Bock’s Office Honored With Budget Award The budget for fiscal year 2013 from the Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller’s Office has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, the highest honor given by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). It is the first time that the clerk’s office submitted its annual budget for review by the GFOA, which judges budget documents based on how well they serve as policy documents, financial plans, operations guides and communications devices. “Winning this award the first time we entered our budget for review is a significant achievement,” Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock said. “I’m so proud of my team for their hard work in creating this budget and submitting it for this exhaustive review by the GFOA. It’s an honor to share this award with them.” The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association offering benchmarking and independent analysis of public accounting prac-

tices and financial reporting. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting. As the independently elected chief financial officer of the county, Bock and her office provide checks and balances as the accountant, treasurer and auditor, handling finances, investments and county financial reporting. For more information about the clerk’s office, visit www.mypalm beachclerk.com or call (561) 3552996.

WPC To Provide Summer Camp Scholarships The Wellington Preservation Coalition is offering scholarships for 10 Wellington children to attend a free week of summer camp. The camp is available to youth ages 5 to 15 and will be for the week of July 15 at Village Park on Pierson Road. Interested Wellington residents are required to complete a camp application, which can be picked up at the Village Park or found at www.wellingtonfl.gov.

The Wellington Preservation Coalition is a group of Wellington residents committed to preserving and maintaining the character, nature and quality of life in Wellington. Call the Neighborhood Services office at (561) 791-4796 to apply. Scholarships are limited and recipients will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ballet Boot Camp Week Of July 8 Sign up now for ballet boot camp to be held at Dance Arts Conservatory in Wellington from July 812, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for ages 5 to 10. Instructed by Melissa Waters, the first hour of dance each day will concentrate in classical ballet technique at the barre and with center exercises. Additional daily studies will include subjects such as acrobatics, character, modern with strength and stretch, and contemporary. Arts and crafts will also be included and a project will be sent home. There will be a small performance on Friday at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $200/week or $60/day. To register, call (561) 296-1880 or e-

mail info@danceartsconservatory. com.

Zoo To Host Food Truck Safari Go on safari inside the Palm Beach Zoo at the first-ever food truck safari. Search out some of South Florida’s best food trucks scattered throughout the zoo on Saturday, July 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. Live music will be provided by SeKond Nature and Medicine Hat, and reasonably priced beer and wine will be offered by Potions in Motion. Plus, the whole zoo will be open featuring some special, up-close, wild animal encounters. Admission is $10 and parking is free. The food trucks accept cash and credit cards. They will donate a portion of their proceeds to the zoo. Gate proceeds support the Palm Beach Zoo’s daily operations. This is an all-ages event. A rain date is set for July 27. The trucks currently scheduled to appear, thanks to Food Truck Connection, are: Crazydilla, Mediterranean Grill, PS561, the Daily Special, Hot Wheels Pizza, Churasco Grill, Dough Dough Donuts

and Paradise Shaved Ice, with more to be added. Details of the event can be found at www.palmbeachzoo.org. For more info., call (561) 533-0887.

Tropical Fruit Tree Sale July 20 The Palm Beach chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International has held tropical fruit tree and edible plant sales twice a year for more than 30 years. The next sale will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Agriplex on Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Established in 1970, the chapter is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and furthering the cultivation and use of tropical and rare fruit in South Florida and throughout the world. There will be hundreds of varieties of fruits and thousands to choose from including: avocados, bananas, Barbados cherry, black sapote, canistel, carambola, citrus, dragon fruit, figs, guava, grumichama, Jackfruit, jaboticaba, longan, lychee, macadamia, mamey sapote, mango, miracle fruit, mulberry, papaya, peach, persimmon, soursop, sugar apple, star apple,

tamarind, herbs and spices, specially formulated fruitilizer and more. The organization includes several hundred members interested in learning about, growing and enjoying tropical fruits. Monthly meetings are the second Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Mounts Building, 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. Each meeting has an educational lecture by a speaker in the field of fruit science or a related field, a fruit tree auction, a seed and plant exchange, and the famous “tasting table” — a chance to taste various tropical fruits grown by members. Membership is $25 yearly. Member benefits include a monthly newsletter filled with informative articles about growing rare fruits and related topics, propagation classes where members learn how to graft and air-layer tropical fruit trees, and an annual ice cream social for members and their guests only, among other benefits. The ice cream is handmade with fruits grown by members. Those attending the July 20 sale should enter through Gate 5 on Southern Blvd. Admission and parking are free.

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ROYAL PALM BEACH ROTARY INSTALLS BOARD AT MAYACOO LAKES CEREMONY

The Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club held its annual awards dinner and induction of its 2013-14 officers on Saturday, June 29 at the Mayacoo Lakes Country Club. After cocktails and dinner, awards were given out and new officers were installed. There were also raffles, happy dollars and music from DJ Tony the Tiger. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

The newly installed Royal Palm Beach Rotary board.

Selena Smith is installed as president by her father, Gus Samois.

Past President Scott Armand received a crystal gavel from Selena Smith as PBSO Chief Deputy Mike Gauger looks on.

David Eisenson, Linda and John Spillane, and Roland Amateis.

Past President Scott Armand with his wife, Mair.

Distinguished Service Citation recipients with Past President Scott Armand.

KIDS LEARN DIFFERENT ART MEDIUMS AT ZOLET ARTS ACADEMY SUMMER CAMP Zolet Arts Academy held a summer art camp from Monday, June 24 through Thursday, June 27 in the original Wellington Mall. Children were instructed in a wide variety of art mediums, including wood working, papier mache, painting and crafts. The next art camp is in September. For more info., call (561) 793-6489. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Alyssa Cavallo, Megan Shah, Josie Moskovitz and Logan Castellanos paint their wood fish seascapes.

David Liu, Gabrielle Barton, Mohamedameen Osman, Jacob Liu and Alrik Blanchard paint papier mache animals.

Linda Zolet demonstrates scratch art.

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WELLINGTON CHILDREN’S THEATRE PERFORMS ‘BEST OF BROADWAY’ AT WHS The Wellington Children’s Theatre Musical Theatre Camp Player s presented “The Best of Broadway” on Saturday, June 29 at Wellington High School. The children learned songs and routines from classic Broadway shows over the three-week summer camp and performed for family and friends. For more info., call (561) 223-1928 or visit www.wellingtonchildrenstheatre.com. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

Amelia Haymond leads the chorus in “Not for the Life of Me” from Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Mary Gresh as Oliver Twist and Sasha Victome as the Artful Dodger perform “Consider Yourself.”

Jayna Manohalal as Peter Pan leads the campers in “I Won’t Grow Up.”

Lily Edmiston and Anna Gilbert in “Marry the Man.”

Sebastian Diaz performs “Under the Sea” as Sebastian the Crab.

Richard Paul as Nicely Nicely Johnson leads the chorus in “Sit Down You're Rockin’ the Boat” from Guys & Dolls.

SOUTH BEACH TANNING COMPANY CELEBRATES NEW WELLINGTON LOCATION South Beach Tanning Company held a grand opening on Saturday, June 29 for its new location in the Pointe at Wellington Green. Guests enjoyed special offers on tanning beds and spray tan sessions. For more info., call (561) 333-3644 or visit www.southbeachtanning company.com. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Mr s. Greenacres Stacey Steele-Yesnick, Denise Beasley, Lauren Faxas, Ashley Sawyer, owner Patti Mar tel and Siobhan Parker.

Bryan Wardlaw tries out a tanning bed.

Ashley Sawyer, Kaela Strelec, owner Patti Martel, Denise Beasley and Rachael Stolpman.

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EQUESTRIAN TRAILS CAMPERS EXPERIENCE THE OKEEHEELEE NATURE CENTER Equestrian Trails Elementary School day campers visited the Okeeheelee Nature Center on Friday, June 28. Kids were given an archer y lesson with chances to shoot a bow and arrow, and then got to meet several reptiles. The Okeeheelee Nature Center will host its own camp Aug. 5-9. For more info., call (561) 233-1400, ext. 4 or visit www.pbcparks.com/nature. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Campers gather around an alligator skull.

Naturalist Kelli Dorschel and Esteban Rodriguez with a turtle.

Alyssa Plaez examines apple snail eggs under the magnifying glass.

Briana Bermudez and naturalist Kelli Dorschel with a baby alligator.

Okeeheelee Nature Center Manager Clive Pinnock instructs Destiny Jacobs in archery.

Valetina Cortes and Mathew Weiss with a corn snake held by naturalist Kelli Dorschel.

Royal Palm Beach Director Gary Davis To Premiere Zombie Movie

The movie poster.

Actress Annya Bright.

The post-apocalyptic zombie movie 2057 Return to Zombie Island, a film by Royal Palm Beach movie producer and director Gary Davis, premieres July 31 at Alco’s Boynton Cinema (9764 S. Military Trail). The show starts at 7 p.m. Starring Nicely “TaxMan” Jean of Boynton Beach, the sci-fi film is set in a post-apocalyptic future after the Asian Powers dropped weapons of mass destruction on the world. As the war nearly destroyed everything, people are living like they did in the past. Some, including the corporal (Jean), still maintain their military outfits, even though there are no armies or countries. In 2057, a military officer, played by Annya Bright, has kidnapped the president and taken her back to the island to find the secret to

her super soldier project in order to control the balance of power. Private Kelly (Sherrah Hill), who has strong feelings for the corporal, returns with him to the island to rescue the president. There, the corporal runs into a female friend who he hasn’t seen in years. How will the balance of power be maintained amidst the chaos? Find out at the Boynton Cinema premiere. This new film was entirely filmed in Palm Beach County by Chocolate Star Entertainment. Davis currently airs his TV show Gary Davis Presents on the South Florida CW network, and also works with talent including cast and crew that live in South Florida. The producer invites all moviegoers to be part of the summer premiere. Admission costs $10 and space is limited.

Director Gary Davis will premiere his film in Boynton Beach.

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TKA Production Of ‘Hunchback’ A Success The King’s Academy’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame in April was not only a theatrical triumph, but also an inspiring collaboration with Disney Executive Studios to produce and premiere the amateur stage adaptation of its well-known 1996 animated film. TKA’s superb cast combined brilliant acting, dramatic vocals, and large chorus and dance num-

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bers to present a sensitive account of Victor Hugo’s novel that engaged audience members on an emotional level. “The story was so beautifully crafted and displayed in new and fresh ways,” Disney representative Brian Turwilliger said. “I believed in what was happening. I didn’t feel manipulated or coerced to believe this tale of the bell ringer because I sincerely felt that I

Bernie Pino as Quasimodo in a scene at the Feast of Fools.

was in the tale. The trueness of the storytelling swept me away to another realm of existence.” Disney will begin preparing The Hunchback of Notre Dame to be produced on hundreds of school and amateur stages across the country, just as they did in 2000 with their TKA collaboration of Beauty and the Beast. The King’s Academy is continuing its pursuit of excellence in the arts with an impressive schedule for the 2013-14 school year. Productions will include a fall play, the original stage play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, better known by its musical version, My Fair Lady; a fall middle school musical production of The Wizard of Oz based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel; a spring black box theatre production of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott; and a spring high school musical production of The Phantom of the Opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is sure to be another hugely successful year for performing arts at TKA.

Andrew Titus as Frollo. The King’s Academy is a nationally recognized, private Christian school serving approximately 1,200 students from preschool through 12th grade. The King’s Academy serves students and their families across Palm Beach and Hendry counties. More information is available online at www.tka.net.

STUDENTS ENJOY NEW HORIZONS CAMP INVENTION Camp Invention at New Horizons Elementar y School had a very successful week. A total of 120 campers enjoyed experimenting, discovering and creating sciencerelated concepts. Pictured here are the 120 campers and counselors.

Teacher To Attend Holocaust Seminar Darrell M. Schwartz, a teacher at Royal Palm Beach High School has been selected, with a full scholarship, to attend Appalachian State University’s 12th annual Martin & Doris Rosen Symposium on Remembering the Holocaust: A Summer Symposium for Educators and the Community. Schwartz is the lead teacher of the International Business Academy as well as the Holocaust and Jewish history. He recently founded the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, which is the first of its kind in Palm Beach County. Schwartz has studied the history of the Holocaust at Yad Vashem in Israel, Facing History and Ourselves in New York City, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and at Florida Atlantic University.

The purpose of the Martin & Doris Rosen Symposium is to provide a wide audience of public school teachers, university faculty, students and concerned citizens with information and insights about the victims, perpetrators and consequences of the Nazi Holocaust. The symposium will raise basic questions about intolerance, indifference and human courage in a dangerous world. “I have personally dedicated myself to teach our students about the history of hate that leads to genocides and the Holocaust, in hopes they will become better citizens and not let this happen in the future,” Schwartz said. The 2013 summer symposium takes place July 13 to 18. For more information, visit www.holocaust. appstate.edu.

Chess, Video Game Camps At #1 Education Place #1 Education Place, in conjunction with Active Learning Services Ltd., will be the site of three unique learning experiences in a five-day session from July 29 through Aug. 2. USA Chess, the largest chess camp organizer for children in the United States, will present chess camp for ages 5 to 15, introductory to advanced levels. Options include morning, afternoon and allday sessions. For children ages 8-15 interested in computer programming and gaming, two new courses are Introductory Video Game Creation and Video Game Creation: The Se-

quel. Students will learn basic commands and game design and will create their own unique games. At the end of the session, they will be provided with access to a custom download site, where they will be able to download their own games, as well as specialized software, which will enable them to create more new games. #1 Education Place is located in the original Wellington Mall, Suite 23. For more information, visit www.activelearningcamps.com or call (888) 652-4377. Registration must take place directly with Active Leaning Systems, not with #1 Education Place.

Huntington Learning Center Offers ACT & SAT Preparation Tips If your high school student is headed to college in the next year or two, there is a lot to do to get ready — including ACT and SAT preparation. Mary Fisher of the Wellington Huntington Learning Center reminds parents that students entering their senior year and still planning to take the ACT or SAT need to develop a study timeline and strategy this summer. “A student’s SAT or ACT score is a critical component of his or her college application package, and for that very reason, it’s so important

to plan ahead to prepare well,” Fisher said. Huntington Learning Center offers parents and students a stepby-step exam prep checklist: 12 Weeks Out • Develop a test prep schedule with the guidance of a tutor who specializes in SAT or ACT test prep. • Take a full-length practice exam to get familiar with it. Huntington offers initial evaluations as part of its test preparation services. • Evaluate the results of the exam to create a targeted study

plan that will focus on weaker areas and capitalize on current strengths. Divide study schedule into major exam sections and sub-sections. • Start getting familiar with multiple choice questions, response (essay) questions, fill-in-the-blank questions, improving sentence/ paragraph questions and other question types. 8 Weeks Out • Register for the exam. The Sept. 21 ACT registration date is Aug. 23, and the Oct. 5 SAT registration date is Sept. 6.

• Get familiar with the length of each exam and its sections, the approximate time your student should allow for each question, how each exam is scored and other important details. • Work on speed. Students must be able to quickly identify wrong answer choices and manage their time well during the actual SAT or ACT. • Continue to work on staying focused under pressure. • Take two or more full-length, timed practice tests. Adjust studying to focus on weakest areas.

• Review the ACT and SAT testtaking tips. 4 Weeks Out • Hone in on the weakest areas with timed section exams that concentrate on those areas. • Focus on practice questions that are the most difficult for your student. • Practice relaxation techniques to keep calm and focused during the exam. • Continue taking full-length, timed exams. Day of the Test • Review the test-day checklist

to make sure your student does not bring prohibited items to the exam and has everything he or she needs. “To prepare well for the SAT or ACT, students should give themselves plenty of time to improve subject areas where they are not as strong, get acquainted with the exam and get comfortable with the test-taking setting,” Fisher said. To schedule a diagnostic evaluation and test prep consultation, contact Fisher at (561) 594-1900 or FisherM@hlcmail.com or visit www.huntingtonhelps.com.

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A FARMING FUN TIME FOR ALL AT PALMS WEST ALLIANCE CHURCH VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Forty local children enjoyed “Hay Day!” Vacation Bible School at Palms West Alliance Church held June 10-12. Wednesday evening topped off the farm-themed fun with a petting zoo and pony ride by “Every Kids Dream,” a hay ride by Danny Moore, face painting and outdoor games.

Wellington Seat 2 incumbent Councilwoman Anne Gerwig held a campaign kickoff party on June 26 at the Grille in Wellington. Shown above is Gerwig with supporters. PHOTO COURTESY LOIS SPATZ

Wellington Rotary Holds Scholarship Ceremony The Rotary Club of Wellington held its annual college scholarship awards ceremony at the Wanderers Club on June 26. Eight seniors from Palm Beach Central High School and Wellington High School were awarded college scholarships ranging from one to four years at $1,000 per year. The scholarship committee interviewed applicants and reviewed grades, community service and financial need to select recipients. The winners of the scholarships were as follows: Danny Duprey,

Mark McClean Scholarship; Sarah Baldeo, Marylou Alexander Scholarship; Megan Keiser, Joan Boughner Scholarship; Brandon Krock, Joshua Candreva Scholarship and Wellington Rotary Club Scholarship; Tilon Powenecki, Karen J. Hardin Scholarship; Lauren Philmus, Wellington Rotary Club Scholarship; Megan Stanford, Neil August Scholarship; Lena Weeks, Paul Fortorney Scholarship; and Jonathan Wittel, Wellington Rotary Scholarship and “Service above Self” Interact Scholarship.

Branch Named HomeSafe LifeSkills Supervisor HomeSafe, a nonprofit organization helping victims of child abuse and domestic violence in Palm Beach County and South Florida, has announced Wellington resident Yvette Branch as its LifeSkills development supervisor. In her position, Branch will be responsible for ensuring that all HomeSafe youth secure quality access to education, and develop and implement HomeSafe’s comprehensive LifeSkills independent living program. She has more than 20 years of experience specializing in children and family issues involving substance abuse and dual

diagnoses, mental and emotional disorders. Branch most recently was program director for PANDA (Pregnant and Addicted). She earned her master’s degree in behavioral, emotional and learning disabilities from Long Island University, and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and elementary education from the City College of New York. Branch completed her coursework and is finalizing her dissertation to receive a doctorate in philosophy in marriage and family therapy at Nova Southeastern University.

Jessica Terkovich and Corey McPherson.

Pastor Randy Clarke and Alicia Clarke. Zenyza DeJesus, Analisia DeJesus and Megan Allison.

(A bove) Noah Bamber, Emma Luchini and Rose Bamber. (Right) Decaris Lee.

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Gannon Has Sent Out Biz Tax Renewals Tax Collector Anne Gannon recently announced that her office has mailed local business tax renewal bills to 104,102 businesses in Palm Beach County. Businesses can renew their local business taxes anytime between July 1 and Sept. 30. Online payments can be made at www.pbctax.com. E-checks and credit cards are accepted online. There is no charge for e-check payments. Credit card vendors charge a $2.35 convenience fee per transaction. Payments can also be made by mail or at a service center.

State agencies or commissions regulate approximately 37,000 Palm Beach County businesses. For this group of businesses, the law requires validation of state licensing or certification prior to renewing a local business tax receipt. These businesses should include a copy of their state license certification with their renewal if mailing or paying in person. A change in requirements this year impacts seal coating and striping businesses. The Construction Industry Licensing Board of Palm Beach County ruled that all seal

coating and striping services be performed by licensed contractors effective Jan. 1, 2013. Businesses in this industry must get a certificate of competency from the Palm Beach County Planning, Zoning & Building Department. The law requires every business selling merchandise or services in Palm Beach County, including one-person and homebased companies, to obtain a local business tax receipt. Businesses are required to display it in a location viewable to customers. For info., visit www.pbctax.com.

Foundation To Hold Symposium On Sea Level Rise, Everglades July 26 The Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades and the Florida Environmental Institute, which champions the restoration and preservation of the greater ecosystem of Florida’s historic River of Grass, will co-host a sea level rise symposium from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 26 at the Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches. “It is particularly important to outline sea level rise challenges to current science and engineering graduates because they are the ones who will inherit consequences of what previous generations left in their wake,” said John A. Marshall, chairman of the institute. “Certainly, more consideration of the consequences of sea level rise is needed in long-range planning by local, county, state and federal governments, including educating the public about the probability of a markedly different coastal landscape in the years ahead.” The Marshall Foundation and its summer interns are co-hosting the symposium along with the Oxbridge Academy and the League of Women Voters. Among the 45 expert speakers who will participate in a series of presentations, breakout sessions and workshops will be: John Englander, oceanographer and author of High Tide on Main Street; Stan Bronson, executive director of the Florida Earth Foundation;

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continued from page 1 the board, Dunkley reiterated that he was sorry to see her leave. “Every manager has a different style,” he said. “Whether I agreed with her or not, she only had another year in her contract, and I was hoping she would have stayed through the forensic audit. I know the books are all right, but it is to quench everybody’s suspicion and gossip so we can just drop all this gossip and move forward. We keep looking back, but we have to go forward.” One of Dunkley’s campaign promises in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaac was to improve drainage in The Acreage. “The board is taking a new direction,” he said. “We’re dealing with rebuilding our infrastructure. We have already started cleaning out the canals. We started with improvements in terms of retrofitting, and we’re identifying it. It’s not going to be a problem that’s solved overnight because our infrastructure has been deteriorating and people haven’t been paying attention to it.” Dunkley said canals and drainage should be priorities rather than park improvements, such as a community center at Acreage Community Park. “Our weather has been becoming more and more extreme,” Dunk-

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Camille Coley, assistant vice president for research at Florida Atlantic University; Pat Gleason, former member of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board and past president of the Grassy Waters Preserve; Anne Henderson, an engineer working with FAU on a NASA-funded curriculum on climate science investigations; Gary Hines, senior vice president of development at the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County; Bonnie Lazar, president of the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches; Jim Murley, executive director of the South Florida Regional Planning Council; Jayantha Obeysekera, technical lead for climate change and sea level rise investigations for the South Florida Water Management District; State Rep. Mark Pafford (D-District 86); Robert Robbins, director for Palm Beach

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County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management; Chuck Shaw, chairman of the Palm Beach County School Board; Fred Sklar, Everglades division director for watershed management; and Jon Van Arnam, assistant county administrator. The symposium is open to the public, community leaders, policymakers, government officials and employees, scientists and teachers. The cost is $30 per person, and reservations can be made online at www.artmarshall.org/registration. Scholarships to attend the symposium are available for high school teachers and both high school and college students. Exhibitor space and sponsorship opportunities also are available for the event. For more information, call (561) 233-9004.

continued from page 1 dants, six part-time summer interns and one part-time program coordinator, and deleting three aerobics instructors. In the newly created stormwater utility fund, 100 percent of the $710,000 in revenue will come from

the new stormwater utility fee, Hochman said. The capital improvement fund of $10.17 million includes 43 percent for recreation improvements, 19 percent for impact fees, 2 percent for a recreation facilities fund, 3 percent for a beautification fund and 33 percent for reserves. The council will discuss the budget at its July 18 meeting. Public hearings are scheduled for Sept. 3 and Sept. 19.

ley said. “I’m not saying we’re going to have a terrible flood, but that’s a wake-up call that means that we have to pay more attention to our infrastructure. Before, the leadership had a favoritism toward parks.” Dunkley said that the district’s nine parks should continue to be maintained but that the drainage infrastructure needs to be improved to protect residents’ property. “People moved out here to have space and have a home, and flooding... threatens all of our homes,” he said, explaining that he thinks some of the money allocated for the community center should be put into drainage improvements. “I’m saying divert some of that funding that you want to make the community center, and put it into our infrastructure. I think that our board is going in that proper direction, and I agree with that.” While there was widespread street and yard flooding during Isaac, only one actual home flooded, and that was due to a faulty pad elevation. Nevertheless, Dunkley is very dissatisfied with how the district fared. “I and many other residents were stuck in our house for seven days,” he said. “That is not acceptable. It is expected that we flood, but not for seven days.” He pointed out that The Acreage’s elevation is 21 feet compared with Wellington’s 14 feet, yet Wellington drained quickly, and The Acreage is listed as a flood zone

on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s new flood maps, along with most other areas of the western communities. “That’s going to affect our residents because now they might have to get flood insurance,” Dunkley noted. He added that he hopes that The Acreage’s drainage allotment will be increased to more than a quarter-inch per day after Isaac drew attention to the situation. “Our attorneys, finally for the first time in 20-something years, have an opening that we are going to get increased drainage,” Dunkley said. Many people see Dunkley as aligned on the board with Jacobs and ITID President Jennifer Hager, but he does not agree. Dunkley said his only alignment is with the people of the community. “Whatever topics come up, I vote my conscience, and I think it’s in the best interest of our community. That’s the way I’m voting,” he said. “If I was aligned with someone, I would have fired Tanya Quickel at the first meeting. I was the vote that said ‘no.’ I’m not aligned with anyone; I think for myself.” Dunkley admitted that he had a lot to learn about the job, but said he’s doing his best to get up to speed. “I’ve been doing all types of research so I can know about the topics and know what I’m talking about,” he said.

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Young Country Singers To Perform At Norton’s Art After Dark July 11

Throughout the year, the Norton Museum of Art, located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, celebrates art in all forms during its weekly Art After Dark series, held Thursday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Music highlights an exciting evening of activities that includes guided tours, wine tastings, film screenings, cooking classes and more. And for Florida residents, Norton admission is free every Thursday through Aug. 29. Among the musical acts scheduled for Art After Dark on July 11 are Wellington’s Emily Brooke, 14; Maggie Baugh, 13; and Savannah Maddison, 12. All are local aspiring, country singer-songwriters participating in the Chrystal Hartigan Presents Songwriters Showcase series at Art After Dark being presented by WRMF (97.9 FM). This is the second showcase in the series presented by Hartigan, who is thrilled that the three musicians will perform at the Norton. “It’s amazing how young they are, and how extremely talented,” Hartigan said. “What I really love is the support they all get from their families.” She also noted that each young lady is beginning to find success. Baugh, for example, has been performing this summer in Nashville and Boston, and Maddison is scheduled to perform July 7 on Michael Stock’s popular “Folk

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continued from page 3 county does not maintain or do MSTU assessments to pave private roads owned by homeowners’ associations. “These roads that we bring to you under the MSTU are private but publicly used, and that is what the MSTU ordinance was designed to do,” she said. Everitt said the original MSTU program was put into place in the early 1970s. Santamaria said his concern has been how individual property owners are notified before they are charged the shared cost of the road improvements. “What is the process of notifying the property owners?” he asked. Webb said there are several different procedures, including a petition that gets circulated usually by an interested resident in the

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continued from page 1 over the past month to stay ahead of the growth. “We’re to the point that we’re taking sections of a canal and killing all the growth in the canal, but we just can’t keep up with the growth,” he said. The dying plants do float to the surface and find their way down to the M-1 Canal, he added. “It isn’t pretty. That’s why we put $125,000 in our budget to do a full three-dimensional survey of our canals and identify the worst areas with the highest growth,” Liggins said. “Once we get that study of the canals, we’re going to come up with a plan to find what would be the best way to keep the growth to a minimum without spraying so badly that we’re telling people they can’t irrigate for weeks at a time.” Liggins said the present condition is not what staff desires. “The canals are more than just stormwater collection areas,” he said. “That is what they were designed

Wellington’s Emily Brooke will be one of the featured performers at the Norton Museum of Art on July 11.

and Acoustic Music” program on the NPR station WLRN (91.3 FM). The July 11 Art After Dark also will feature a performance from world fusion band Treebo, a Curator ’s Conversation on Dorothea Lange’s iconic 1936 photograph Migrant Mother and a Blue Bell Ice Cream truck offering free samples to help beat the heat. “I try to book different kinds of music to attract diverse audiences every week,” said Norton Edu-

cation Programmer Yael Matan, who organizes the weekly cultural gatherings. “The goal is to appeal to the entire community.” The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach. It is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Mondays and major holidays. For more information, call (561) 8325196 or visit www.norton.org.

neighborhood asking whether there is general neighborhood support for a project. “If we deem there is, we move forward with the design process and then go into the bidding process,” Webb said. Santamaria said it is still unclear how it is determined what votes count toward approval or disapproval. Webb said when they receive petitions or send them out, they explain that if they return a “yes” or “no” vote, each of those will be counted. “We have counted a non-returned petition as a ‘no,’ not in support of the project,” Webb said. “That is historically how we have been doing it.” Santamaria suggested that the unreturned non-responses be sent a second notice to either agree or not agree to the project, and specify how a non-response will be counted. “In my opinion, silence means consent,” Santamaria said. “In my opinion, somebody who does not respond probably feels that is not

important enough, so I’d like the final notice to specify how his non-response is going to be counted, and in certified mail, to be sure that he gets it.” Webb said that question had been raised previously by Commissioner Shelley Vana. “It is not included in this ordinance,” he said. “We intend to operate that as board direction under a policy. My intent was to bring that back and have that as a separate discussion with the board, about how you want us to handle the petitioning process.” Webb pointed out that such a determination will be an important policy decision because both the engineering and water utility departments utilize the MSTU process. Webb estimated that question will probably come before the commissioners again in September. Commissioner Priscilla Taylor made a motion for preliminary approval, which passed unanimously.

for, but they are amenities, and for them to be an amenity, to be an asset to our community, they can’t be as you just described them.” The long-range plan, he said, is to find a way to break the cycle of summer canal weeds. “These months where we go through this pain and suffering isn’t pleasant for the residents who live on these canals,” Liggins said. “It isn’t pleasant for us to try to deal with these canals. Unfortunately, the solution is more long-term than immediate.” Public Works Director Paul Webster said he has met with the contractor to correct operational problems and discuss strategies to correct the current issue. Councilman David Swift said the canal running along Sparrow Drive is the perimeter access from the village boat ramp to all the other canals. “You’ve got three things going on there,” Swift said. “The depth is very shallow, plant growth is very rapid because light gets to the bottom, and all the boats go through there and cut the weeds, and they all float to the top there.”

Blicksilver asked whether something has changed in the ecosystem to cause the problem, but Swift said it happens every summer. “This year seems to be worse than the year before,” Blicksilver said. “Global warming, I guess,” Swift answered. “As long as you recognize there is a problem,” Blicksilver replied. Councilman Richard Valuntas said the problem is not restricted to the canals of Royal Palm Beach. He has seen issues in neighboring Wellington. Valuntas asked Webster whether the contractor can be more active in getting the weeds out of the canals and how much more it would cost. Webster said the $125,000 that Liggins mentioned would help, along with dredging, which is planned for future years. “We programmed the maintenance level on the dollar amount based on the current contract that we have,” Webster said. “We’ve had discussions with our contractor on future changes we may need to put us in a better position.”

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Leon Gerard hosts clinics with trainer Julius von Uhl periodically at his Border Fox Farm in Wellington. Von Uhl’s system, which he calls Ride Like You Walk, works for every discipline: English, western, hunters, jumpers, dressage, reining, cutting and more. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 19

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BMX Racers Celebrate Olympic Day At Okeeheelee

Local BMX racers gathered at the Okeeheelee BMX Race Track on Saturday, June 22 to celebrate the sport’s annual Olympic Day by competing in races while promoting the sport. Host racing venues conduct the annual event across the country to recognize and promote the sport. Page 29

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John Brebbia came to Wellington in 2008 for his senior year of high school. He found a home on the mound for the Wolverines, going 10-1 with 55 strikeouts and leading the team to a district title. He was drafted in the 30th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft by the Yankees and now plays for the single-A Charleston RiverDogs. Page 29

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Trainer Julius Von Uhl Offering Clinics In Wellington “That’s it, darling! That’s the way to do it.” Sitting in a plastic lawn chair, Julius von Uhl booms at the rider who makes the correction. “There, now. Isn’t that better?” It is, indeed, better. Thirteen-year-old Chirsten Zubka smiles and pats Max, her Quarter Horse gelding, whose walk has now gone from short and pokey to long and working. “See how he can engage his hind legs and really use them now?” von Uhl asked. Zubka nodded. Everyone watching nodded. We can all see the difference. “I love riding with Julius,” said Leon Gerard, who hosts the clinics held periodically at his Border Fox Farm in Wellington. “Julius is great with riders of all levels, beginner through advanced, and any kind of horse, from green to made. He has a great system for starting horses or fixing problems. I’ve seen him take horses who are throwing everyone off to working smooth, light and easy within 30 minutes. His system, which von Uhl calls Ride Like You Walk, works for every discipline — English, western, hunters, jumpers, dressage, reining, cutting and more. “You can apply it to all horses,” Gerard said. “A lot of people don’t believe it until they see it for themselves. He has been teaching this system for 50 years, and his lessons are guarGet updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at twitter.com/HorseTalkFL or stop by the Tales from the Trails page on Facebook and click “like.”

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg anteed. If you’re not happy with it, if you feel you didn’t learn anything, then you don’t pay him. Now that’s different.” The clinics are reasonably priced at $75 per private lesson, $125 for the whole day or $275 for five rides: one on Friday, two each Saturday and Sunday. Stabling is available for $25 per night, and auditing is $35 a day or all three days for $50. It’s very informal: comfortable clothes and any tack, and von Uhl recommends recording each lesson for later review. “It’s all about the riding, not what you or your horse look like,” Gerard said. “His lessons are wonderful and unique. He’s quite a character. In addition to training horses, he used to own a circus and worked with lions and elephants. He’s quite a showman.” Von Uhl was definitely fun to be around when I observed part of a recent clinic. He lives in Peru, Ind., and flies into Wellington for clinics every so often. Now 75, he was born in Hungary but grew up in the United States. His father was a brain surgeon and expected him to follow in his footsteps, but he played hooky

Julius von Uhl with Chirsten Zubka aboard Max. and ended up working at a circus. “I learned a lot there,” von Uhl said. “I also learned military horsemanship from my grandfather, who was a Hessian cavalry officer.” I had hoped to ride one of my horses, but

ended up leaving her home. It was the week Tropical Storm Andrea sent us feeder bands and tornadoes. I hadn’t been able to ride in two weeks, and my trailer was sitting in the middle See ROSENBERG, page 20

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Let Me Count The Reasons Why I Love The Fourth Of July

Did you have a wonderful Fourth of July? I did. I mean, even though I am writing this in advance of the holiday, I know I will have a wonderful July 4. In the first place, this year it’s in the middle of the week. A free day! There is nothing like a holiday messing up your work schedule to help one relax. While all the other holidays have been moved to Monday and/or merged together, a Thursday holiday is so refreshingly retro. (“When I was young, we had Lincoln’s Birthday and Washington’s Birthday — none of this Presidents’ Day garbage.” “Wow, Grandma. How old are you?”). Get your Sonic Boomer humor every day! Follow Deborah Welky on Twitter at twitter. com/TheSonicBoomer or stop by “The Sonic Boomer” page on Facebook.

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The Sonic BOOMER Celebrating July 4 on the fourth day of July reminds me of the olden days when we celebrated holidays as they occurred. We also had real time instead of Daylight Saving Time, but I am being redundant, if delightfully dotty. In the second place, the Fourth of July does not require activity. No cards must be sent, presents wrapped, phone calls made. If you want to make a big deal out of it, grill some weenies then head on over to the park for the fireworks. Done.

In the third place, fireworks. Unless you’re a dog or a horse — and most of my readers are not — there is just something awesome and breathtaking about exploding balls of fire in the sky. There are some unusual shapes and colors these days, but my favorite fireworks continue to be what my dad calls “duds.” They whistle their way up there, pause for effect, and then BOOM! No colors, just the leaves shaking right off the trees. In the fourth place, that’s it. Following the traffic jam leaving said park, people simply go home. No one has to stand around waiting for a ball to drop or for a guy in a red suit to show up. It’s a family thing — everyone in bed by 10. Of course, if you want to, you can reflect on the reason for the day off work and the weenies and the fireworks — America’s independence. My version goes something like this: The British, who came to America to colo-

nize, it were seeking freedom, but they still liked their tea. When Parliament decided to tax them for it, that was the last straw. “They don’t even invite us to vote in Parliament! We’ll grow our own tea leaves; it can’t be that difficult,” was the prevailing school of thought. So they dumped the tea into the Boston Harbor (one fine mess, that was) as a form of rebellion. The reality also dawned that this country had plenty of non-plundered natural resources (thanks to the conservation-minded Native Americans) and the colonists could be self-reliant. They could grow their own corn, make their own soap, dip their own candles and never, ever put a tax on anything. Ever. Of course, that was before they needed roads. And schools. And libraries. Not to mention public parks to shoot off fireworks in.

McCarthy And Bullock Make A Terrific Team In ‘The Heat’

The new comedy The Heat is funny. Of course, it is also a copycat. Just think of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the Lethal Weapon series and you can see the template. But somehow when Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock team up with almost exactly the same kind of story, it comes out funny. People were amused at Gibson’s antics, but McCarthy, being female, is able to take them a few steps further. When Gibson showed off his weapons, it was a moment that demonstrated his disintegration; this new film shows a refrigerator/arsenal as a comedy prop. Bullock plays Sarah Ashburn, a scarily efficient FBI agent, who manages to alienate all the men around her. In this film, you never see any women officers other than the two stars — and the men are not particularly useful, grateful or intelligent. There is a smug “we’re the women and we’re so much smarter than all those men” motif that would be ruined by having other women in that position. Ashburn loves to show off how smart she is (and she is) and is amazed to realize that no one wants to work with her. She is sent to

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of a lake. In fact, as we sat in Gerard’s covered arena watching others ride, the skies opened yet again and thunder boomed. We edged our chairs inward to avoid the blowing rain. “My system is very simple, very easy, very horse friendly. Horses like it. You become one with the horse,” von Uhl told me. ”Horses remember everything, and you can’t erase or bury bad habits. They’ll pop up again. But good training can provide different behaviors. Every time you ride, you’re teaching your horse something, either good or bad.” I watched Gerard ride Maestro, his Lipizzaner gelding, whom von Uhl had trained

Boston to deal with a powerful, murderous drug importer who seems invisible. She quickly offends McCarthy’s Shannon Mullins (she is never called by her first name), a foul-mouthed, boisterous, over-the-top cop. The two women battle each other and then start to grudgingly work together. And, as in all movies of the type, they begin to bond as they try to find the drug lord. McCarthy’s character comes from a large, boisterous Irish family that brings stereotypes to a new high (or low). She has been alienated from them ever since she arrested her brother on drug charges and sent him to prison. Watching Ashburn dealing with them, while

Mullins grills her brother in a separate room, was a great way to remember how effective Bullock is at comedy. There are a number of set pieces that are ferociously funny. Watching Mullins go over to a john trying to pick up a hooker, grabbing his phone and calling his wife to tell her what’s been going on, pulling him out of the car through the window, then learning that his reason for cheating is that his wife just gave birth and that “things down below are sort of strange” was very funny. The two women trying to get sexy in the ladies’ room of a fancy nightclub was great, as was anytime Mullins dealt with her family. The two actresses pair up well. Both are masters of physical comedy; McCarthy for her use of her size and Bullock for her awkwardness. Together, they create a wonderful symbiosis: they play off each other really well. They also don’t hide the physical elements. Bullocks gets a wonderful sequence where, after being stabbed in the leg, she has to make her way to the right hospital room to save the day. Her trials with a wheelchair,

not to mention crawling through the halls, was hysterically funny at a time when most movies would have simply focused on coming to the climax. This is a great pairing; with luck, we will see them again, whether in The Heat 2, or some other movie. Director Paul Feig, who did a great job with Bridesmaids last year, was able to not only follow in the footsteps of all the genre films that he emulates, but brought in a sentimental element that sets it apart. Having women in the traditional roles allowed that. A final scene during the credits brought “ahhs,” from the women in the audience. In the season when most of the movies are blockbusters, where super and other heroes reign, The Heat is a wonderful change of pace. You can sit back, relax and watch a couple of masterful actresses doing what they do best. And, of course, they caught the bad guy in the end. Go and enjoy the film. There are not too many comedies this summer, and not very many really good ones at any time.

since he was a colt. They worked at a number of exercises: shoulder in, haunches in, half passes, turns on the forehand and back hand. “The shoulder in is very important,” von Uhl said. “You can fix almost any problem with a shoulder in — running away, shying, not engaging the rear end. When all else fails, do a shoulder in. And the walk — the walk is the most important gait. If you don’t have a good walk, you won’t have a good canter.” While Gerard rode, I spoke with Galen Miller, who used to own the Arabian Nights show in Orlando, where von Uhl has been a trainer and consultant for many years. “I consider Julius the greatest trainer across all riding disciplines alive today,” Miller said. “I’ve ridden and shown all my life, bred hundreds of horses, yet within five minutes of riding with him, I found out I didn’t know anything.” When searching for a trainer, von Uhl fit the bill perfectly.

“For the Arabian Nights show, we needed a trainer who was horizontally integrated,” Miller said. “Many trainers are vertically integrated and know a lot about one single discipline. We needed someone who could teach horses to work under saddle and at liberty, all sorts of different disciplines from western to dressage. Julius had no problems with that.” She noted that his training system is based on making the horse feel more comfortable doing what you’re asking him to do, moving toward comfort rather than away from pain or punishment. “I’ve never seen him hurt a horse. All his fixes make sense to the horse,” Miller said. “Julius can take you where you want to be, lead you to a movement where you may not have confidence in your ability, but he puts you in the right position, and there you are, doing a passage or a piaffe or whatever it is. It’s all in the seat, where to put your hands and butt. He’s especially good with what I

call survival lessons, where you have a green rider on a green horse. He can help any rider make progress without fear.” Gerard had brought Maestro back to the barn, and we watched Zubka ride Max. “You need to strengthen him by bringing his hind legs in and under him,” von Uhl called, trying to be heard over the rain. “Make him use all his muscles so he’s balanced and supple. Make him use all four of his corners, darling.” “I really enjoy taking lessons from Julius,” Zubka said after the lesson. “He’s taught me how to get Max on the bit and keep him in a nice frame. Even though I love to jump, dressage is fun. It has really improved Max’s gaits. Julius gives me a lot of good information in a short period of time. He fixes problems that need to be fixed.” For more information, or to sign up for the next clinic, call Leon Gerard at (561) 504-6666 or e-mail Linda von Uhl at lions@ rtcol.com.

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Divine Fitness Brings Passion And Fun To Personal Training

By Alexandra Antonopoulos Town-Crier Staff Report Beginning with a personal trainer might seem like a daunting task — being pushed to physical limits in a gym full of gawking onlookers is a tall order if a person is at all hesitant. Many people imagine exercise as a scary endeavor that equates to more hours of work in an already crowded week. But Divine Fitness, a private personal training studio in Wellington, is trying to change that perception by offering clients a fun and inviting approach to fitness. Damon and Darren Divine — brothers, owners and personal trainers at Divine Fitness — share the philosophy that, when it comes to exercise, most people simply want to look and feel their best without the fear of failing in front of strangers and their instructor. “Everybody should figure out a way to make fitness a part of their lifestyle,” Darren said, adding that a person doesn’t need to love working out to make time for it. Staying fit allows people to do what they love, longer. The pair opened Divine Fitness after years of working in other fields, finally getting the opportunity to live their dream and become business owners when Darren moved to Wellington in 2007. Both always had a passion for fitness, and after working in a corporate gym and building a steady clientele, the Divine brothers were ready to strike out on their own, together. “We saw the things we would change if we had our own place,” Damon said of their time in the corporate gym setting. He added that their training sessions are determined by the needs and goals of individual clients, not by an arbitrary calendar of rotating exercise routines. In essence, the Divines aim to keep every workout fresh, effective and stress-free for clients.

“We always try to make it enjoyable, so when you come in, it’s not such a chore,” Darren explained. A walk through the studio tells a great deal about the culture of the people who work and work out there: a vibrant, blue wall keeps clients focused and at ease; the music is current and usually varies according to clients’ tastes, while a cork board full of photos of the Divines with friends, clients and loved ones show that working out at Divine Fitness means becoming part of the family. Damon noted that one of the most rewarding parts of his job is helping his clients reach the fitness goals they set for themselves, and insisted that anybody with drive and dedication can do it. “You don’t have to be an athlete to hit those goals, you just need to be determined,” he said. The brothers explained there isn’t a typical client at their studio, and they have trained children as young as 10 and adults as old as 90. “Divine Fitness is for anyone looking to be pushed a little or who just wants a great, safe workout experience,” Damon said. Recently, the Divines hired Allyson Serrӑo, an elite runner, as their newest trainer. Serrӑo was a client who showed an interest in becoming a personal trainer herself, and when the time came to expand their staff, they reached out to her. Since then, things have been going well, and Serrӑo’s passion for helping clients echoes their own. “We really enjoy training people,” Damon said. “We always try to do a little bit more [for clients] and go the extra mile for them,” Darron added. Divine Fitness is located at 3080 Fairlane Farms Road, Suite 3. For more information, call (561) 784-3333 or visit www.divine1 fitness.com.

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Tara Weldon Brings Back Latest Trends From Major Hair Show

Wellington Chamber of Commerce officials with representatives from Extremely Fun Bouncehouse and Waterslide Rentals.

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Extremely Fun Bounce House Joins Wellington Chamber Of Commerce The Wellington Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Extremely Fun Bouncehouse and Waterslide Rentals. Established in April 2012, the company is a family owned party rental company with an extreme edge. The company owns the newest and largest water slide in the South Florida region. Kids of any age will have a blast with their friends plummeting down the Blue Crush Waterslide from an astounding 35 feet.

The company also retains many popular theme-related bounce houses and slides for boys and girls of all ages. Extremely Fun Bounce & Slide is dedicated to providing timeliness, loyalty and cleanliness. Its committed team, known as “The Extreme Team,” has more than five years of assembly experience in the inflatables rental industry. For more info., call Amy Kaiser at (561) 213-2721 or visit www. extremelyfun.com.

It was a weekend of education, fun and inspiration as Tara Weldon of Visions Salon in Wellington traveled to the Trend Vision Conference in Orlando on June 5. The show, which is held in locations around the world, brings together the top hairstylists in the Wella family to inspire and create the latest trends and styles in hair. Weldon, who is a board-certified colorist and Wella educator, was excited to be a part of the convention. “It is such an honor to be invited to this show with some of the top stylists from around the world,” said Weldon, a master colorist who has been with Visions for more than 10 years. “The tools and training I have access to with Wella provide me access to the newest techniques and the upcoming trends so I can always give my clients a cutting-edge, super stylish look.” The Trend Vision show is known for fuelling the passion of stylists, celebrating the directional hair looks on its fashion podium and propelling up-and-coming talent onto the global stage. In addition to this show, Weldon has worked with celebrity stylist Nick Arrojo, was an on-set stylist for the TV show Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition and has had work published in a number of media outlets. To learn more about the new techniques that Weldon is providing to clients at Visions, call (561) 790-1696. Visions Salon is located at 12793 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Wellington Plaza. (Right) Visions stylist Tara Weldon.

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ABWA’s Christmas In July Set For July 10 The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will host its monthly meeting Wednesday, July 10 at the PGA Embassy Suites Hotel. Before the dinner and program at 6:30 p.m., the chapter presents “Christmas in July: A Shopping Extravaganza” from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Vendors will be open for business, so get a head start on holiday shopping. Vendors include BeautiControl, Cottage Garden Teas, Dove Chocolate, Elizabeads, Miche Bags, the Ornamator, the Pampered Chef, Stampin’ Up, Tropical Kandle Kreations and 31.

The cost for the dinner is $20 and guests are welcome. The July speaker will be Chapter President Sharon Maupin. The topic will be, “Together We Can; Together We Will.” The fun-filled evening will feature a recap on the chapter’s past year accomplishments and challenges. At the meeting, the group will recognize chapter members’ contributions and use the review to springboard into the coming year. The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and pro-

vide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking, support and national recognition. To make reservations for the event, or for more information, contact Dottie Smith at (772) 5457145 or Maupin at (561) 329-4485. The Embassy Suites Hotel is located at 4350 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. For directions to the hotel, call (561) 622-1000. For more information on the American Business Women’s Association, call Maupin at (561) 329-4485 or visit www.abwanpb florida.org.

Law Firm Listed Among ‘Fastest Growing’ Lewis, Longman & Walker was recently listed as one of South Florida’s “Fastest Growing Companies” and listed as one of South Florida’s “Top Largest Law Firms” by the South Florida Business Journal. Each year the South Florida Business Journal ranks South Florida companies to determine the fastest growing. Companies chosen include both private and public companies and range in industry, size and revenue. The “Top Largest Law Firm”

rankings are based on the number of South Florida lawyers, South Florida partners and total staff. For more information about the rankings, visit www.bizjournals.com/southflorida. For more than 19 years, the attorneys at Lewis, Longman & Walker P.A. have helped the individuals, businesses and governments that have shaped Florida’s future. The firm offers solutions to issues associated with complex local, state and federal laws and regulations.

It focuses on the specific, technical and seemingly ever-changing areas of environmental, land use and governmental law. The Lewis, Longman & Walker team is comprised of well-known and respected attorneys with the experience and skill to quickly resolve difficult legal challenges. For more information, visit www. llw-law.com. The firm has offices in Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and West Palm Beach.

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Gayle Landen Installed As New YWCA President Gayle A. Landen was recently elected and installed as the new president of the YWCA of Palm Beach County. Landen has considerable experience in leading not-for-profit organizations in the local community, especially those supporting women and children. She has served as president of the Center for Children in Crisis; the American Lung Association of Florida, Southeast Area, Palm Beach; the American Society of Training and Development; Executive Women of the Palm Beaches; and the Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She is formerly the executive director of Community in Schools and is currently the commander of the Commandery of the Palm Beaches, Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller. For her professional and volunteer work, Landen has been honored with the Athena Award, the March of Dimes Woman of Distinction Award and the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Woman in Leadership Award for the volunteer sector. Prior to moving to Palm Beach County 26 years ago from Michigan, Landen had a distinguished career in

Gayle A. Landen management with General Motors Corporation. Also installed at the recent annual membership luncheon of the YWCA were: Alexcia Cox, first vice president; Karen Swanson, second vice president; Theresa LePore, secretary; and Eileen Daly, treasurer. Newly elected to the board for a twoyear term were Henrietta McBee, Linda Wartow and Valerie Wright.

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Dramaworks To Present ‘Man Of La Mancha’ July 10-21 Man of La Mancha, the beloved musical that follows the adventures of the eternally optimistic Don Quixote, launches the summer season at Palm Beach Dramaworks on Wednesday, July 10 at 8 p.m., the first of two shows to be presented in concert as part of the Musical Theatre Masters Series. Man of La Mancha plays a limited engagement through July 21 at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre (201 Clematis St.). The production is directed by Clive Cholerton, with musical direction by Caryl Fantel. Stephen Sondheim’s Company follows from Aug. 7 through Aug. 18. Often referred to as “America’s Baritone” as well as a regular on Broadway, William Michals will be cast as the production’s Don Quixote, along with Alix Paige as Aldonza and Oscar Cheda as Sancho. Ken Clement, Natalia Coego, Rodrigo De la Rosa, Nick Duckart, Joshua Grosso, Barry Tarallo and Cassandra Zepeda complete the acting company.

Having last appeared in the landmark revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific at Lincoln Center, Michals made his Broadway debut as The Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and later returned to play Gaston in the same production. His career has continued in such roles as Javert in Les Miserables, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Harold Hill in The Music Man and the title role in Phantom of the Opera. Not only has Michals played the great theatrical venues of the nation, including Carnegie Hall, Broadway’s fabled Palace Theatre, LA’s Ahmanson and D.C.’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, but he’s also entertained in New York’s finest rooms, including the Rainbow Room, the Four Seasons and the grand ballroom at the Plaza. He regularly appears with the country’s leading orchestras, including the San Francisco, San Diego, Utah and Hartford symphonies, the New York Pops, and recently

appeared with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops for another sold-out evening of “Broadway Showstoppers.” The award-winning Man of La Mancha is inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th-century masterpiece Don Quixote, about a madman and self-appointed knight errant who sets out to perform heroic deeds. The show — with a book by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion — takes place in a Seville prison where Cervantes is awaiting trial, and is performed as a play within a play. Man of La Mancha opened on Broadway in 1965 with Richard Kiley in the title role, ran for 2,328 performances and has become one of musical theater’s most enduring works, with four Broadway revivals and countless productions all over the world. The show’s most famous song, “The Impossible Dream,” beautifully captures the piece’s message of hope. The Musical Theatre Masters Series features concert versions of

classic musicals, with limited instrumental accompaniment and minimal staging and design. These full-length presentations include both the score and the book. For 13 years, Palm Beach Dramaworks has brought to the Palm Beaches a distinguished roster of plays under the guidance of Producing Artistic Director William Hayes. Palm Beach Dramaworks is a nonprofit, professional theater and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Florida Professional Theatres Association, Florida Theatre Conference and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. Performances are scheduled Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.. All tickets are $35. Student tickets at $10 and group rates for 10 or more are also available. The Don & Ann Brown Theatre

William Michals will play Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, at 201 Clematis St. For ticket information contact the box office at (561) 514-4042 or visit www.palmbeachdramaworks.org.

The Phantom Loves Summertime In The Palm Beaches The season is always abuzz, with something happening every day and every night. I love all that excitement — but not the traffic associated with all the visitors. It seems that half the people on our highways don’t know where they are, and the other half, like me, are too old to drive! As much as I love the season, I look forward to summertime in the Palm Beaches. Highways are less congested and summertime deals offer incredible discounts on hotel packages, stay-cations and vacations, and all the restaurants throughout Florida are offering up a wide array of prix fixe menus and nightly specials. I also like the Flavor of Palm Beach promotion every September. Fortunately, you

don’t have to wait that long, because a number of summer menus are in place at many Palm Beach County restaurants. I intend to go from Jupiter to Boca throughout the summer and sacrifice my diet to take advantage of the enticing special summer menus that beckon my taste buds! I started my summer menu journey on June 21 — the first day of summer — at one of my favorite eateries, Vic & Angelo’s in Palm Beach Gardens. This wonderful restaurant is featuring two terrific, three-course prix fixe summer menus, for either $25 or $35 per person, which amounts to about a 50 percent savings if ordered from their regular menu. What a great meal deal to kick off the summer season.

These menus are also available at for $25 or three courses Vic & Angelo’s in Delray Beach. for $35. For only $25, the three-course Appetizer choices are menu offers you 10 items from quesadilla, deviled eggs, which to choose, such as Angelo’s fried pickles, grown-up salad (a very Italian combination), tater tots, house-smoked their delicious Caesar salad, or yum- fish nachos, warm baked my fried calamari with San Marzano pretzel bread, side salad tomato sauce for appetizers. Entree (house or Caesar), barselections are their famous pizza becued Chinese chicken (a reason to go to Vic & Angelo’s wings, chicken shu-mai any time), cappellini al telefono, dumplings or sweet pofusilli with crumbled sausage and tato chips. broccoli rabe, chicken Milanese, or Entree choices are grilled shrimp or tuna cobb salad. veggie burger, Office For dessert, there’s a choice of gelato burger, barbecue pulled or sorbet. pork sandwich, buffaFor only $35, there is an up- lo chicken sandwich, graded, three-course menu with grilled marinated hanger 11 items. Diners can choose one steak, baby-back ribs, appetizer: PEI mussels al forno, pan-roasted chicken, grilled calamari (one of my favorite grilled salmon, coconut dishes) or spinach salad. Entree curry PEI mussels, dark The popular Office burger at choices include shrimp penne alla English ale-battered fish the Office in Delray Beach. vodka, chicken piccata with arti- or boneless country fried choke hearts, chicken marsala with chicken. at both the indoor and outdoor bars. wild mushrooms and the incredibly Dessert choices are apple crum- The Office also offers a late-night delicious sweet pea risotto, veal ble, mini ice cream sandwiches, happy hour. Brunch is served on Milanese (very Italian and very maple- and bacon-glazed donuts, Saturday and Sunday at both Vic & delicious), wild salmon with mixed golden raisin and chocolate bread Angelo’s restaurants. veggies or four-cheese pear tortello- pudding, and blueberry creme Vic & Angelo’s in Palm Beach ni with truffle cream sauce. Dessert brulee. Gardens is located at 4520 PGA choices are either house-made These prix fixe summer menus at Blvd. in PGA Commons. Call (561) tiramisu or cannoli. You can add a Vic & Angelo’s in both Palm Beach 630-9899 for info. bottle of Coastal Vines pinot grigio, Gardens and in Delray Beach, and Vic & Angelo’s in Delray Beach chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon or at the Office in Delray Beach, are is located at 290 E. Atlantic Avenue. pinot noir for only $15. offered Sunday through Thursday Call (561) 278-9570 for info. I would be remiss if I did not for lunch and dinner through Sept. The Office is located at 201 E. mention talented restaurateur and 30. Of course, the regular menu Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. entrepreneur John Rosatti’s sister items are also available. Call (561) 276-3600 for info. restaurant, the Office in Delray Both Vic & Angelo’s restaurants Find the restaurants on the web at Beach, which also offers two sum- and the Office serve lunch and din- www.vicandangelos.com and www. The outdoor patio at Vic & Angelo’s in Palm Beach Gardens. mer prix fixe menus: two courses ner, daily with a happy hour daily theofficedelray.com. Joe Nasuti, the Phantom, is a featured writer for the Town-Crier, Forever Young and www.yournews.com. Comments & recommendations are welcome at thephantomdiners@aol.com.

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Health & Fitness Spotlight

Ultima Fitness Holds Successful Clothing, Shoe Drive For Children At Place Of Hope By Tania Artiles Special To The Town-Crier Ultima Fitness is proud to have members with such big hearts. After our fundraiser for Place of Hope, we had such a great feeling of being able to help others in need. During

May and at the beginning of June, members and guests were excited for the opportunity to donate fitness shoes and clothing for the children of Place of Hope. “We are honored that Ultima Fitness would choose to partner with

Ultima staff members with the items collected for Place of Hope.

Place of Hope, and we’re amazed by the overwhelming response from the people who donated to support our kids,” said Chelsea Dasilva, special project assistant for Place of Hope. “We strive to consistently show the children in our care that they are loved and valuable, so when they see so many people in the community taking steps to support and love them, it has a great impact on them. On behalf of the children and staff of Place of Hope, thank you so much to everyone who participated in Ultima’s clothing drive!” Jill Merrell, owner of Ultima Fitness, said the facility believes in sharing the importance of a healthy lifestyle and giving back to the community. “At Ultima Fitness, Xtreme Taekwondo and Wellington BCx Fusion, we consider ourselves a family and are incredibly fortunate to work with so many educated, kind, dedicated individuals,” she said. “With the support of our generous members and charitable organizations, such as Place of Hope, together we are making a difference.”

Besides Ultima’s efforts of helping Place of Hope, it is also rewarding students for their academic excellence in the 2012-13 school year. During the summer, from June to August, students with a 3.5 GPA or higher will be eligible to receive one free month gym or tae kwon do membership. “We want to introduce children and teenagers to a variety of exercises and exercise routines that our fitness center offers all year long,” Merrell said. Being involved continually in our community is a big part of what we do. Not only do we need to exercise our heart for good health, we also need to open our hearts for those in need. With these events we have going on in our community, we make sure our “positive purpose” is heard. The “positive purpose” at Ultima Fitness is to support members, clients and guests in every way possible on their

journey to improved health and wellness. We will provide an open, friendly and fun environment, where people feel welcome and motivated to improve upon their personal well-being. Through exercise, nutrition, stress management, education and social interaction, the staff of certified professionals will assist clientele with integrating everyday lifestyle changes. We believe through finding balance in one’s life, optimum wellness can be achieved. Actively involving our club in community and philanthropic events contributes to our “positive purpose,” and by giving back to others, we hope to create an experience for our clientele that will help them to influence others in a positive way. For more info., call (561) 795-2823 or visit www.ultimafitness. com. Tania Artiles is sales and marketing manager at Ultima Fitness/ Xtreme Tae Kwon Do.

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Local BMX Racers Celebrate Olympic Day At Okeeheelee

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report Local BMX racers gathered at the Okeeheelee BMX Race Track on Saturday, June 22 to celebrate the sport’s annual Olympic Day by competing in races while promoting the sport. BMX made its debut as a medal sport in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The sport gained popularity

in the 2012 games in London and continues to grow around the world. Host racing venues conduct the annual event across the country to recognize and promote the sport. Okeeheelee BMX Director Tommy Cross noted that his track opened in 1988 and has maintained its status as one of the most popular racing sites in the eastern United States. “Many professional BMX racers

Dakota Cody, a racer from Loxahatchee, performs aerial maneuvers.

have trained here, including a few world champions,” Cross said. The local area has sustained solid teams along the way, including Team Force Racing (Loxahatchee), Flying High Race Team and Team Revolution (Wellington). USA BMX is the track’s sanctioning body for local independent racers and teams. “Racers from as far as Miami to Jupiter come to Okeeheelee Park to ride our track,” Cross said. Kids begin racing at age 4, and it is not uncommon to see adults on the track riding as well. “We’ve got a few men in their 60s racing out here regularly,” Cross added. Racers can ride or race as independents or as teams in various divisions, such as novice, intermediate and expert. There is a professional division as well. Cross added that his crew was involved in the design of the National Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., for the Olympic team. He modeled the last section of his track at Okeeheelee from the same mold and it has since earned the name “Chula Vista East.” Racers can race in season competitions, ride and train throughout the year at the track. To learn more, visit www.okeeheeleebmx.com.

A crew of Force Racing Team members from Loxahatchee make their first turn in the race.

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Pitcher John Brebbia Recalls His Days In Wellington

By Josh Hyber Town-Crier Staff Report In the mid to late 1990s, Wellington High School was known for its highly talented baseball teams. Year after year, the school graduated first-round draft picks and earned a reputation as one of the country’s top baseball programs. It was an affinity to play for a team of that caliber that convinced a hard-throwing righty from the Boston area to move to Wellington. He wanted to be the next in line. John Brebbia came to Wellington in 2008 for his senior year of high school having lived in Sharon, Mass., his entire life. But he quickly found a home on the mound for the Wolverines, going 10-1 with 55 strikeouts and leading the team to a district title. He was drafted out of Elon University in the 30th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft by the New York Yankees and now plays for the single-A Charleston RiverDogs. “I wanted to play baseball in college, and I wanted to hopefully move on to a professional career,” Brebbia said of his move to Wellington. “I thought the best way to do that would be to find some warm weather, find a top-quality coaching staff and go from there.”

Brebbia arrived in Wellington already familiar with the team. He had played fall baseball in Boston for the Hammertime team with Wellington players Bryan Adametz, Trey Ferrano, Lee Reumann and Evan Stermer. He became close friends with the Wellington players. “Everyone was really excited when he announced he would be playing at Wellington his senior year,” Reumann said. “I remember our coaches had the radar guns out at tryouts, and he was throwing 90 to 92 consistently. Word got out quickly, and he lived up to the hype.” It took getting accustomed to a larger school and the weather, but Brebbia found quick success on the mound, beginning with his first start in a game at Park Vista High School. Later in the season, he threw 18 strikeouts against John I. Leonard. “He was one of the best pitchers in the state that year,” Reumann said. Despite his success, Brebbia said what he learned most from his short stay in Wellington was work ethic. He, like all Wellington students who have been on the back0fields of campus around 2 p.m., watched coach Scott Riddle manicure the field. With pitching coach Bob Bradley, Brebbia learned everything should be geared toward perfection.

“Both of those guys were some of the hardest working people I’d ever seen, no matter what it came to, not just baseball, but in anything,” Brebbia said. “Not only did I feed off that, but other people on the team did.” Along with his talent and success, Brebbia clicked with his new friends. “I got to know John only for a year, but in that time, we all realized that he had special talent,” Stermer said. “He had a tremendous work ethic to back up his God-given ability. Off the field, John was a joker and a great friend.” The camaraderie Brebbia and his old teammates had is what he now has with his professional teammates. Brebbia called the friendships he has with the players he’s played with in the minors the highlight of his professional career. Yes, there are long bus rides, but at the end of the day, the positives outweigh the negatives. Last year, in spring training, Brebbia was given the chance to sit in the dugout during a big league game. He said hello to Derek Jeter and grilled Andy Pettitte about his slider. Although Brebbia was recently demoted from High-A Tampa to Low-A Charleston, his goal is still to reach the majors. He plans to hone his fastball command and work on the location of his off-speed pitches

to go level to level to reach the big leagues. “The goal in the end is to play Major League Baseball,” Brebbia said. “That’s pretty much everybody’s goal. Hopefully I can progress to the next level and then the next level, until the final ultimate goal of playing at Yankee Stadium.” If he does make the majors, he’ll be yet another player to make a stop in Wellington before doing so.

“I just remember that whole team being a bunch of not only great baseball players, but great people who I had so much fun with,” Brebbia said. “The whole year was a blast. I couldn’t even have imagined that I could have had that much fun. We had a great team, and we did really well. It was a awesome experience.” Last week’s photo of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kevin Siegrist should have been credited to Scott Rovak/St. Louis Cardinals

John Brebbia on the mount for the Charleston RiverDogs.

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Junior Golf Participants Are National Champions Participants in the Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department’s junior golf program were among the champions crowned at the second annual LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Team Championship on June 12 at the Kiawah Island Club in Charleston, S.C. Mary Janiga of Wellington and Megan Turnquest of Loxahatchee, both 16, won the Bell-McIntyre division. The duo scored a 69 and a 71 for a two-day total of 140, 10 strokes better than their nearest competitors on the challenging River Course. Hannah Foster, 12, of Hobe Sound and Haylie Turnquest, 10, of Loxahatchee, won the Sandy LaBauve division with a two-day total of 145. Megan Turnquest, her sister Haylie, and Mary Janiga are longtime participants in the county’s junior golf program at the Okeeheelee Golf Course. The course offers 27 holes of championship golf and is an official LPGA-USGA site. Golf Professional Services Inc. and the Junior Golf Foundation of America, under the direction of Mary-Lee Cobick, provide junior golf programs in partnership with the Palm Beach County Parks &

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Wellington Wild Silver Fast Pitch Softball Team Takes State Title

The Wellington Wild Silver fastpitch softball team recently won the Independent Softball Association state championship in the 10 and under division. The two-day tournament concluded in Tamarac on June 23. The Wellington team also won two other regional tournaments this summer and will compete for the national title at the USSSA World Series, which begins July 20. The team went undefeated in the ISA state tournament. The Wild gave the Palm City Cruisers a tough loss in the first elimination game. They defeated the Cruisers 2-1 in a defensive battle, during which Alexis Mobilia allowed only two hits and struck out 12 batters. The game was decided by a long home run by Isabella Marshall, which scored two runs in the fourth inning. “These girls love this game,” Team Manager Ron Mobilia said. “We practice hard, and it shows when they go out on the field. This group of girls has bonded so well that I know they will all be friends for a long time to come. Ultimately, the friendships that they develop and the experiences that they share

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team’s 2014 season will be held in August and will be open to girls born in 2001, 2002 and 2003. E-mail wellingtonsoftball@outlook.com for more information.

Wellington Wild Silver — Front row: Carolina Vallejo, Bree Hockett, Jordyn Maybrown, Nicole Gumula and Mia Corcoran; middle row: Alexis Mobilia, Abby Klan, Ashley Mobilia, Danielle Deaton and Isabella Marshall; back row: coaches Charlie Gumula, John Vallejo, Ron Mobilia, Rick Klan and Brett Maybrown. Photo courtesy Adam Marshall

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Royal Palm Bassmasters Visit Lake Toho

The Royal Palm Bassmasters held a two-day fishing tournament March 16 and 17 on Lake Toho in Kissimmee. First place was won by the team of Ed Singleton (boater) with a twoday total weighing 16 pounds, 14 ounces and partner Mike O’Connor (co-angler) with a two-day total weighing 10 pounds, 2 ounces, for a team weight of 27 pounds. Second place was awarded to the team of Bill Latham (boater) with a

two-day total weighing 11 pounds, 14 ounces and partner Mike Addie (co-angler) with a two-day total weighing 9 pounds, 7 ounces, for a team weight of 21 pounds, 5 ounces. Third place was awarded to the team of Phil Northrop (boater) with a two-day total weighing 9 pounds and partner Herman Parker (co-angler) with a two-day total weighing 10 pounds, 7 ounces, for a team weight of 19 pounds, 7 ounces. The day one big fish was caught

by Mike O’Connor weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces. The big fish on day two belonged to Herman Parker weighing 4 pounds, 4 ounces. The Royal Palm Bassmasters meet on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center. The club is now accepting applications for new members. For more info., e-mail rpbassmasters@gmail.com or visit www.royalpalmbassmasters. org.

Coaches Gari Sanfilippo and Jason Hanchuk with the 12U players. Players include: Hunter Markey, Zack Hanchuk, Zack Perkins, Donald Tuckwood, Sean McAllister, Devin Selleck, Tauben Brenner, Michael Lesh, Carson Mango and Niko Sanfilippo. Most are from Wellington.

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Seminole Ridge High School Offers Basketball Camps Seminole Ridge High School is offering basketball camps for ages 6-14. The boys camp, session two, will be held July 8-11 from 9 a.m. to noon. Session three will be held Aug.

5-8 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $65 per session. For info., contact Kai Lee at (561) 379-9841 or e-mail kai.lee@palmbeachschools.org. The girls camp, session two, is

from Aug. 5-8 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $65 per session. For info., contact Scott O’Hara at (561) 818-5733 or e-mail scott.ohara@ palmbeachschools.org.

The Wellington Prowlers 12U travel hockey team took second place in the East Coast Hockey Organization nationals held in Charlotte, N.C., June 12 through June 14. The team lost in the championship game 2-0. The tournament was held at Break Away Sports in Charlotte. The team travelled from Wellington and

fought to get to the championship game on June 14. The game was close, but Wellington lost 2-0 to a strong team named Speed. It was the final tournament for the 12 and under group this year, but Wellington also has 10 and under and 14 and under groups that play at Village Park. For more info., visit www.wellingtonrollerhockey.com.

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Saturday, July 6 • The Royal Palm Beach Parks & Recreation Department will host Crazy Games for children ages 4 to 13 every Saturday, July 6 through July 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Lindsay Ewing Park off Sparrow Drive behind the Village Hall complex. Children will participate in water-oriented fitness games to improve their athletic ability. Registration is available online at www.royalpalmbeach. com or www.crazygamesfl.com. Call (561) 790-5124 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Acoustic Java Jam for adults Saturday, July 6 at 2 p.m. Experience a caffeinated collection of local talent or bring acoustic instruments and jam out. Coffee will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Jove Comedy Experience will appear at the Atlantic Arts Theater (6743 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter) on Saturday, July 6 at 8 p.m. performing a comedy theater production titled “Bourne on the 4th of July Supremacy,” a blend of improvised, sketch and musical comedy with audience participation. Tickets are $16 per person. Call (561) 575-4942 or visit www.theatlantic theater.com for info. Monday, July 8 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Messy Masterpieces for age 3 and up Monday, July 8 at 10:30 a.m. Dig into dirt, sand and other outdoor materials to create one-of-a-kind works of art. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • Wellington Community Center (12150 Forest Hill Blvd.) will feature a Free Book Review for Seniors age 55 and older Monday, July 8 from noon to 2 p.m. The review will discuss Alexander McCall Smith, Scottish writer and emeritus professor of medical law at the University of Edinburgh. A light lunch will be provided. Pre-register in person, at www.wellingtonfl.gov or by calling (561) 753-2489, ext. 0. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Summer Reads & Travel Needs for adults Monday, July 8 at 4 p.m. Develop language skills, find a good read and learn about library resources to explore this summer. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors will meet Monday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the district office (101 West D Road). Call (561) 793-

0884 or visit www.lgwcd.org for more info. Tuesday, July 9 • The Acreage Landowners’ Association is organizing a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Starting July 9 and running through Aug. 1, CERT training will take place every Tuesday and Thursday, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Indian Trail Improvement District Office. Training will be provided by the Palm Beach County Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management. CERT educates citizens about disaster preparedness and more. For information, contact Sandra Love Semande at spsemandepci@bellsouth.net. • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host a mixer Tuesday, July 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Mara Cucina Italiana in the Mall at Wellington Green. To RSVP, call (561) 790-6200 or visit www.cpbchamber.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Chess Club for Kids on Tuesday, July 9 at 6 p.m. Chess fans unite to practice strategy skills with other players. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, July 9 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For more info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. Wednesday, July 10 • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host American Girl: Addy for ages 6 to 12 on Wednesday, July 10 at 4 p.m. Celebrate Addy with games and crafts related to post-Civil War America. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Art Club for ages 8 and up Wednesday, July 10 at 4 p.m. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Jonathan Dickinson State Park Ranger Barry Richardson will tell the story of Trapper Nelson, a captivating figure in South Florida history, on Wednesday, July 10 at 6 p.m. at the Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.). This program is geared for adults. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Anime Origins for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a Japanese snack, check out the latest anime and discuss the culture that inspired it. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. See CALENDAR, page 33

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Community Calendar CALENDAR, continued from page 32 Thursday, July 11 • Wellington Community Center (12150 Forest Hill Blvd.) will offer a free lunch and learn seminar presented by Weiss Family Chiropractics for seniors ages 55 and older Thursday, July 11 at noon. Pre-register in person, at www.wellingtonfl.gov or by calling (561) 753-2489, ext. 0. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Bottled Up Sandcastles for ages 4 to 6 on Thursday, July 11 at 2 p.m. Enjoy sand play and put a castle in a bottle while listening to ocean sounds and stories about playing at the beach. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Hands-on Craft: Bead Bracelets for adults Thursday, July 11 at 2 p.m. Make and take bead bracelets. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Seed Paper Cards for ages 9 to 14 on Thursdays, July 11 and 18 at 3 p.m. Use scraps of recycled paper and seeds to make cards you can plant, and decorate them the second week. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Wellington’s Food Truck Invasion will take place Thursday, July 11 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 7532484 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for info. Friday, July 12 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature Wii Gaming for ages 7 to 12 on Fridays, July 12 and 26 at 11 a.m. Play Wii games and check out the library’s new graphic novels. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Duct Tape Bangles for ages 8 to 12 on Friday, July 12 at 3 p.m. Use brightly patterned duct tape to make cool bangle bracelets. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will present a free screening of the movie Captain America: The First Avenger on Friday, July 12 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www. wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Saturday, July 13 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Under the Sea Story Time for ages 3 and up Saturday, July 13 at 11 a.m. Enjoy stories, songs and ocean

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creature crafts. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Lego Builders Club for ages 6 to 12 on Saturday, July 13 at 2 p.m. Meet fellow builders and work on creative projects every month. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Palm Beach Zoo (1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach) will hold its first-ever Food Truck Safari on Saturday, July 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. Some of South Florida’s best food trucks will be scattered throughout the zoo. There will also be live music and reasonably priced beer and wine. The entire zoo will be open, with some special up-close wild animal encounters. Admission is $10 and parking is free. Call (561)533-0887 or visit www. palmbeachzoo.org for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free Santana Tribute Concert on Saturday, July 13 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Monday, July 15 • The Wellington Preservation Coalition will offer scholarships for 10 Wellington children to attend a free week of summer camp available to youth ages 5 to 15 for the week of July 15 at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road). Call (561) 791-4796 to apply. Recipients will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications can be found at Village Park or at www. wellingtonfl.gov. • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon Monday, July 15 at 11:30 a.m. at the Binks Forest Golf Club in Wellington. Call Mary Lou Bedford at (561) 578-4807 or e-mail marylou@cpbchamber.com for info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Ancient Angry Egyptian Birds for ages 8 and up Monday, July 15 at 3:30 p.m. A live-action version of Angry Birds has gone back in time to ancient Egypt. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host a program for adults on Stray & Feral Animals on Monday, July 15 at 6 p.m. led by a representative from Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. E-mail: news@gotowncrier.com.

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HANDYMAN THE MASTER HANDYMAN — All Types of Home Repairs & Improvements. No job too big or small done right the first time every time 40 yrs of satisfied customers. See me on Angies List. Tom (561) 8012010 or (954) 444-3178 Serving Palm Beach and Broward Counties. BILLY’S HOME REPAIRS INC. REMODEL & REPAIRS — Interior Trim, crown molding, rottenwood repair, door installation, minor drywall,kitchens/cabinets/countertops, wood flooring. Bonded and Insured U#19699. Call 791-9900 or 628-9215 PLACE YOUR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AD HERE CALL 793-3576 TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION

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PLUMBING JEREMY JAMES PLUMBING — Licensed plumber, legitimate estimate. Water heaters, new construction. CFC1426242. Bonded Insured. CFC1426242. 561-601-6458

PRESSURE CLEANING J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, roofs, houses, driveways, patios etc. Commercial & Residential. Interior & Exterior painting. Certified pressure cleaning & painting contractor. Lic. #U21552 Call Butch at 309-6975 or visit us at www.jbpressurecleaningandpainting.com

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SECURITY SECURITY — American owned local security company in business 30 plus years. Protection by officers drug tested. 40 hour course. Licensed & Insured. 561-848-2600

SCREENING JOHN’S SCREEN REPAIR SERVICE — Pool & patio rescreening. Stay tight,wrinkle-free,guaranteed! CRC1329708 call us 7983132. www.poolscreenrepair.com

SHUTTERS/PANELS ACCORDION SHUTTERS — Gutters, screen enclosures, siding, soffits, aluminum roofs, Serving the Western Communities. Since 1985. U-17189 561-791-9777

SPRINKLER SYSTEMS AQUATIC SPRINKLER, LLC — Complete repair of all types of systems. Owner Operated. Michael 561-964-6004Lic.#U17871 Bonded & Ins. Serving the Western Communities Since 1990

TILE / CERAMICS S P ECIA L I Z I N G I N B AT H ROOM REMODELING — Free estimates serving South Florida since 1980. Quality you expect, service you deserve. Lic. bonded & Ins. U21006 561-662-9258

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