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WELLINGTON Bringing You The Best Of Wellington Since 2004

May 2017

THE MAGAZINE

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PBSO Chief Deputy

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Women Of Wellington Step Up To Help Pets In Need Meet Wellington Village Attorney Laurie Cohen Get To Know Some Of Wellington’s Top Attorneys Authentic Indian Cuisine At Gandhi’s Restaurant


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WOMEN OF WELLINGTON HELP ANIMALS AND CHILDREN The Wellington Chamber of Commerce added its Women of Wellington committee back in 2013 to help women connect and share new business opportunities. The group has helped a number of nonprofits, and in March, they conducted a successful adopt-a-thon in conjunction with Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control. By Deborah Welky

CHIEF DEPUTY MICHAEL GAUGER AT HOME IN WELLINGTON Chief Deputy Michael Gauger is second-in-command at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. With more than 45 years of service with the PBSO, Gauger is well-known in the community, particularly the Wellington area, where he has lived with his wife, Phyllis, for the past 25 years. By Julie Unger

LAURIE COHEN: VILLAGE ATTORNEY AND VILLAGE RESIDENT After four years on the job, Village Attorney Laurie Cohen signed a contract for another two years in the post last month. That means she will continue to bring her unique perspective to her position as Wellington’s in-house attorney. By Julie Unger

LAW & JUSTICE SECTION: WELLINGTON LAWYER PROFILES As part of our Law & Justice issue, we profile well-known Wellington lawyers, including Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig, Blanca Greenstein and Richard Lubliner, Anthony Barbuto, Matthew Lupardo, Marcelo Montesinos and Alec Domb. By Jack Lowenstein Following the success of this year’s Palm Beach Masters CSI3*-W, Deeridge Farms created an entirely new event. While the Palm Beach Masters featured exciting world-class show jumpers, the Deeridge Derby Weekend brought to center stage the outstanding hunter horses and riders that also call Wellington home each winter. By Taylor Renner

SOCCER STANDOUT JAIYA ANDERSON ALREADY A WINNER Jaiya Anderson’s first name means “victory,” and the 16-year-old is a big winner, having overcome leukemia to become a strong, stabilizing force for both the Wellington High School girls soccer team and the Wellington Wave travel soccer team. By Y.A. Teitelbaum

WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Flavors Event Brings Crowd To PBIEC For An Evening Of Great Food Nic Roldan’s Sunset Polo & White Party Returns To Wanderers Club GPL Tournament A Fun-Filled Day Of Friends, Polo And Philanthropy Inaugural Gladiator Polo Season Ends With Spiculus Victorious Wellington Egg Hunt Brings Crowd Of Kids To Village Park Fields

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Wellington Home this month visits a townhome property in Wellington’s Edge that offers a resort lifestyle on a budget. Its pastel exterior and island-style metal roof give it a vacation vibe all year long, as do the neighborhood’s many amenities. By Deborah Welky Gandhi’s Restaurant, located in the Marketplace at Wycliffe, lovingly serves up authentic Indian cuisine. The restaurant offers three unique dining experiences: white glove service dining, sit-down street food, and a grab-and-go tea and dessert cafe. By Julie Unger

WELLINGTON DESIGNER WELLINGTON SPORTS WELLINGTON REAL ESTATE WELLINGTON HEALTH WELLINGTON DINING GUIDE WELLINGTON CALENDAR AROUND WELLINGTON

ON THE COVER Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Michael Gauger, profiled this month. PHOTO BY ABNER PEDRAZA

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publisher’s | message

volume 15, number 5 may 2017

executive editor

Joshua I. Manning

publisher

Dawn Rivera

senior graphic designer Stephanie Rodriguez

graphic designers

Nancy Pobiak Yolanda Cernicky

account managers

Betty Buglio Evie Edwards Wanda Glockson Joetta Palumbo

bookkeeping

Jill Kaskel Carol Lieberman

photography Abner Pedraza

contributors

Matthew Auerbach Ron Bukley Chris Felker Denise Fleischman Jack Lowenstein Taylor Renner Y.A. Teitelbaum Julie Unger Deborah Welky

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LAW & JUSTICE: Our Annual Legal Issue

This month, we visit several area law firms to discuss services offered and how each practice stands out. In our special legal section, you can learn Special Issue more about attorneys Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig of Pike & Lustig, Blanca Greenstein and Richard Lubliner of Greenstein & Lubliner, Anthony Barbuto, Matthew Lupardo, Marcelo Montesinos and Alec Domb. Keeping with our law and justice theme, we visit with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Michael Gauger, second-in-command at the PBSO. With more than 45 of years of service, Gauger is well-known in Wellington, where he lives with his wife, Phyllis. Our chat with Gauger helped us understand how community service is second nature for this key player in local law enforcement. We also profile Village Attorney Laurie Cohen, who recently signed on to remain Wellington’s in-house attorney for another two years. A former member of the Wellington Village Council, she brings a unique perspective to her role. This winter has been an especially rewarding time for the Women of Wellington. The group reached out to help Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control during the month of March and ended up conducting a highly successful adopt-a-thon in which 20 local women came out to film a short segment with an available pet. Read all about this amazing partnership in this month’s issue. Meanwhile, Deeridge Farms showcased top hunters during its inaugural Deeridge Derby Weekend, which followed the success of the Palm Beach Masters. While the Palm Beach Masters featured exciting world-class show jumpers, the Deeridge Derby Weekend brought to center stage the outstanding hunter horses and riders that also call Wellington home each winter. Wellington Designer this month features Jennifer Davis of Elegant Estates, who specializes in finding unique, difficult-to-find items. Wellington Sports catches up with soccer standout Jaiya Anderson, who is already a big winner even before she steps out onto the field. She overcame leukemia and went on to become a strong force for both the Wellington High School girls soccer team and the Wellington Wave travel soccer team. Wellington Real Estate visits with Rosanne and Michael Currie of the Currie Realty Group. This husband-and-wife team have been successfully serving the western communities since 1999. Wellington Health checks in with Dr. Richard Kelleher of Palms West Veterinary Hospital, who discussed his love of helping animals. Wellington Home walks through the doors of a charming Key West-style home in Wellington’s Edge, while Wellington Table made reservations at Gandhi’s Restaurant, where they lovingly serve up authentic Indian cuisine. As this year’s equestrian season begins to wrap up, we must take a moment to thank some of the most loyal advertisers in the community, along with our editorial partners and photographers, who once again did an incredible job for us. We would also like to congratulate both polo teams that made it to the finals of the U.S. Open Polo Championship, which concluded with Valiente defeating Orchard Hill 13-12 in overtime at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.

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Photos by Julie Unger

Flavors Event Brings Crowd To PBIEC For An Evening Of Great Food

(Left) The Bolay team of Tanjier Courtney, Colleen Crais, Justin Brady, Taylor Lamerson, Adieren Mendez, Shayly Ratliff and Jonah Heinl won Best Taste. (Right) Javier Avello, Carlos Vedoya, Victor Duarte and Diago Soler from Rollatini Italian Trattoria.

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce presented its 14th annual Flavors Wellington Food + Wine Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Friday, April 7. Judges Clay Carnes, Mayor Anne Gerwig, Sophia Eccleston, Michael Pike, Tiffany Rodriguez, Roxanne Stein and event co-chairs Debbie Crompton and Michael Ferreira chose the best-of-the-best offerings from local restaurants, caterers and country clubs, while guests mingled, tasted, toasted and danced to 1980s music from the band Stereotomy. For more information, visit www.wellingtonchamber.com.

(Left to right) Seema Matani of Nothing Bundt Cakes, which won Best Dessert; Bunny Pata and Olivia Lorenzo from Suri West; Ana Vicente and Simon Eliphete from the International Polo Club Palm Beach; and Medi and Sebastian Romeo of Romeo’s Italian Cuisine, which won Best Plate Presentation.

(Left to right) The Wanderers Club’s Daphne Urso prepares food plates; the band Stereotomy performed 1980s hits for attendees; judges Michael Ferreira, Debbie Crompton, Tiffany Rodriguez and Michael Pike; and judges Roxanne Stein, Clay Carnes, Sophia Eccleston and Mayor Anne Gerwig.

(Left to right) Brandon West and Marie Falzon of Wines of Wellington/Rich Oak Vineyards, which won Best Cocktail; co-chair Debbie Crompton with Bobbi Rottman; Wellington Chamber Executive Director Michela Green with her son Josh; and Michael and Pamela Pike with Dara and Daniel Lustig.

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(Left to right) Kevin and Jennifer Shapiro; Wellington Village Council members Michael Drahos, Tanya Siskind, John McGovern, Anne Gerwig and Michael Napoleone; Maureen and Don Gross; and Dr. Lori, Tony, Joey and Jacob Mazza. may 2017 | wellington the magazine


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Nic Roldan’s Sunset Polo & White Party Returns To Wanderers Club

(Left) Nic Roldan, Jessica Springsteen, Justin Daniels, Grant Ganzi, Henry Porter, Her Majesty’s Consul General David Prodger, Timmy Dutta, Tony Calle, Nick Manifold, Brandon Phillips, Darren Marotta and Kris Kampsen. (Right) Nic Roldan with Mark, Paige and Katherine Bellissimo.

Nic Roldan, along with Mark and Katherine Bellissimo, hosted the second annual Nic Roldan’s Sunset Polo & White Party on Friday, March 24 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. There were silent and live auctions to benefit Brooke USA, a nonprofit that helps working equines around the world. The poolside party featured live singing performances and a DJ, along with a short polo game. For more information, visit www.brookeusa.org.

(Left to right) Dr. Lisa Palmer and Deborah Lenchus; Brooke USA Chairman Dr. David Jones with Katherine Bellissimo; Carolyn Jones, Gill Johnston, Margaret Duprey and Kressa Peterson; Ashley and Joe Maguire; and Claudine Kundrun, Alisa Lask, Ben Myers and Fritz Kundrun.

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GPL Tournament A Fun-Filled Day Of Friends, Polo And Philanthropy

(Left) The four teams that competed in the eighth annual International Gay Polo Tournament were Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Goshen Hill, RSM and Cedar Crest Stables. (Right) Chip McKinney, Julie Tannehill and Mason Phelps.

The Gay Polo League held its eighth annual International Gay Polo Tournament on Saturday, April 8 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. On the field, Cedar Crest Stables won the Senator’s Cup, while Seminole Casino Coconut Creek won the Founder’s Cup. Awards were also given out to an array of impressive tailgates. Best Team Spirit went to Tim Minerd for Gamma Alpha Epsilon, Most Original went to Grey Gardens, Best Food went to Seminole Casino, the Pride Award went to Tesla and Best-In-Show went to Kevin Clark’s “God Save the Queens.” For more info., visit www.gaypolo.com.

(Left to right) The Cedar Crest Stables team won the Senator’s Cup; Seminole Casino Coconut Creek won the Founder’s Cup; Kevin Clark’s “God Save the Queens” tent won Best in Show; and attendees in the USPA Global Licensing “Haute Harem” tent.

(Left to right) Amy Goorsky and Bobby Llewellyn at the Tesla tent; Bill Doyle and Gert Crawford in the “Grey Gardens” tent, which won the Most Original award; Danni Melita and Julie Menitoff with Tula and Sarah Lee Garrett; and Tana Ford, Kirsten Knowles, Jamie Albury and Mary Angelini.

(Left to right) Jeffree Beringer, Jordi Lopez, David Robi and Brady Robertson; Grant Cutler, Shawn Smith, Mauricio Hernandez, Sunil Narayan and Jose Laos; James Cole and Matthew Tarantino with Amy and Andrew Burr; and Caroline Moran with Aaron Menitoff.

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(Left to right) Michael Schneider, Lauren Sassani and Dr. Russell Sassani; Liz Olszewski, Susan Shelly and Felicity Biggans at the Horses Healing Hearts booth; Rand Hoch and Jay DeDaro enjoy the afternoon; and the gang at the NYY Steak tailgate. may 2017 | wellington the magazine


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Inaugural Gladiator Polo Season Ends With Spiculus Victorious

Team Spiculus won the championship final of Gladiator Polo, presented by U.S. Polo Assn., at the Equestrian Village “Coliseum” on Saturday, April 8. Spiculus, with players Sebastian Merlos, Mariano Obregon and Pelon Escapite, won 17-10 against Team Spartacus, with players Jason Crowder, Felipe Viana and Tommy Biddle. The finals marked the end of the inaugural seven-week arena polo series. For more information, visit www.gladiatorpolo.com.

(Left) Team Spiculus accepts the Gladiator Polo trophy. (Right) Jason Crowder and Sebastian Merlos vie for the ball.

(Left to right) Joonas and Santeri Martin enjoy the opportunity to try on the gladiator helmets; Kelly Jones and Jessica Nichols help Lane Webster experience the simulator; Karl, Eric and Kayla Lindner; Mark and Katherine Bellissimo; and Mariano Obregon of Spiculus gains control of the ball.

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Wellington Egg Hunt Brings Crowd Of Kids To Village Park Fields

(Left to right) Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig, Councilwoman Tanya Siskind with Carla, Councilman Michael Drahos with Julia and Sophia, Vice Mayor John McGovern with Victoria and Emilia, and Councilman Michael Napoleone with Luca; Ryleigh McJunkins collects some eggs; and Noah Ellis, Jaydah Aslin and Kacy Ellis.

The Village of Wellington held its annual Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15 at the Village Park softball fields off Pierson Road. Egg hunts were divided into four age groups: ages 2 and under, ages 3 to 4, ages 5 to 7 and ages 8 to 10. At each egg hunt, two eggs had a pink bunny ticket inside, indicating a special prize. The prize baskets were sponsored by the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

(Left to right) Robyn Shulman and Ella Zarcadoolas; Dave, Jack, Karrie and Faith Balza spend time with the bunny; Blake and Bryson Reddoch with their egg collection; Avery Moody meets the bunny; and Jill Denoff and Nicole Coates with Adriana and Alyssa Kaminski at the prize table.

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Women Of Wellington Reach Out To Help Animals, Children And More By Deborah Welky

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce added its WOW factor — the Women of Wellington committee — back in 2013 to help women connect with each other and share new business opportunities. But, as so often happens when women get together, the group soon began reaching out to help others. The group has helped a number of nonprofits over the past several years, and in March, WOW conducted a highly successful adopt-athon in conjunction with Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control. “Twenty amazing women came out to film segments with an adoption-available dog or cat at Animal Care & Control,” said Michela Green, executive director of the chamber. “Elizabeth Harfmann, community outreach manager at Animal Care & Control, made this all possible. She met with our group daily and provided us with a dog or cat to showcase.” Harfmann provided all the pertinent information, such as the pet’s breed, age and personality, and then a WOW member filmed the video, introducing herself and the pet she was showcasing. The initiative began on March 1, with a

new video posted each day on the chamber’s web site. In addition, the pets’ photos and bios were distributed through social media and an e-mail blast to chamber members. Green set the goal at 31 pets, hoping to have one pet adopted for each of the 31 days in March. By the end of the month, WOW had successfully found homes for 26 — but no one was stopping there. Calls continue to come in. “This was a new initiative, never before done by our group,” Green said. “Last June, I adopted a beautiful 5-year-old dog, Flower, from Animal Care & Control and was able to see how many incredible dogs and cats were available, and how fantastic the volunteers are and how hard they work to get the dogs and cats adopted.” As it turned out, seeing photos of adorable furballs in need made quite an impact among wellington the magazine | may 2017

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Wellington’s business professionals. “I think this affected every person who received the videos and photos — not only those who got to be part of the initiative,” Green said. “We received numerous phone calls and e-mails from members who shared an interest in pet rescue and wanted to help.” And let’s not forget about the 26 success stories, each with its own tug at the heartstrings. “There was one that I was able to personally witness,” Green said. “I was speaking about the program at a local restaurant, and a staff person overheard me talking about what we were doing and actually met me the next day. She and her husband adopted a dog! It was amazing to see the process and how much they loved him at first sight.”

Following the success of the Adopta-thon, WOW is turning its eyes toward children in May. The women are taking part in National Foster Care Awareness Month by supporting Place of Hope, a state-licensed children’s organization providing family-style foster care, family outreach and intervention, maternity care, safety for victims of sex trafficking, transitional housing and support services, foster care recruitment and support, as well as hope and healing opportunities for children and families who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect. “Throughout the month, we will be

utilizing social media to grab the attention of people with the posting of statistics, ways to get involved, and how people within our community are making a difference,” said Brittany Russell, co-chair of WOW. “Then, in mid-May, we will have a luncheon coordinated by the WOW committee and hosted by Place of Hope.” The mission of the luncheon is to invite local women to the Place of Hope campus, allowing them to see firsthand the outreach and services offered there. “The guests will tour the campus and learn about the various programs

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that are making a difference within our community,” Russell said. “Then we will create a call to action in order to facilitate and encourage engagement in whichever way best fits their abilities to get involved.” Over the summer, the WOW members will meet to develop outreach plans for next season. “We have exciting summer socials and idea-sharing initiatives planned to help prepare for the launch of our 201718 agenda,” Russell said. “We love to get together with other like-minded women throughout the community to plan

out our goals… This allows us to bond as a strong council of women eager to make a positive impact, as well as gain new insights and stay relevant.” Next season’s kickoff will take place in August, the beginning of a new series of networking opportunities that go far beyond the chamber. “We are going to be very intentional in creating a call to action for each cause we work alongside in bringing awareness to their mission,” Russell said. “Our goal is to really focus on being a liaison, to connect women with organizations that spark their interest and to help

them follow through in any way they are able to help — whether it is by volunteering, raising awareness or donating.” The Wellington Chamber of Commerce itself presents a golf tournament each October, Winterfest in December, the ColorFest 5K run in February and the Flavors Food + Wine Festival in April. New on this year’s agenda is a fashion show, slated for September. And if you’re thinking about adding a furry family member, Green is standing by to help out. “Adopt, don’t shop!” she said. “I will personally meet anyone who is interested in adopting a pet at Animal Care & Control.” For more information about the Wellington Chamber of Commerce or the Women of Wellington, call (561) 792-6525 or visit www.wellingtonchamber.com.

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Chief Deputy Michael Gauger is second-in-command at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. PHOTO BY ABNER PEDRAZA

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Community Service Is Second Nature For PBSO Chief Deputy Michael Gauger By Julie Unger

Chief Deputy Michael Gauger is second-in-command at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. With more than 45 years of service with the PBSO, Gauger is well-known in the community, particularly the Wellington area, where he lives with his wife, Phyllis. Professionally, Gauger is next in the line of responsibility after Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and is responsible for budgets totaling almost $750 million and more than 3,500 staff members. Personally, the Gaugers are coming up on their 41st anniversary. They have two children, Michael, 31, and Amanda, 35. Gauger was adopted at nine months old into a farming family at a dairy in Illinois. Much to their dismay, he was more interested in sports than working the farm. It wasn’t the idyllic childhood. His late adopted parents became alcoholics, and his adopted mother struggled with mental illness. However, he did learn compassion from his situation. After spending time in the U.S. Army, Gauger left Illinois for Tennessee and later headed to South Florida with a friend. They both worked odd jobs before he met some people who worked at the PBSO. They became friends, and Gauger was hired part-time. He looked young and was assigned to the narcotics division. He was hired full-time on Jan. 29, 1971. It was on the job at the PBSO where Gauger met the woman who would become his wife. Phyllis and her best friend from high school were working at the sheriff’s office. Her friend had her eye on young Gauger and arranged a double date with him and his partner at the time. “As corny as it sounds, we were there first sitting down. He walks in and sits down, and it was love at first sight,” Phyllis recalled. “We just knew.” During his extensive career with the PBSO, Gauger has touched the lives of many residents in Palm Beach County. A perpetual people person, he advocated for the first neighborhood park in the county, which was built in suburban Lake Worth. He knew how much it would cost to build a park, but when asked about the park maintenance — which cost $12,500 a year at the time — he came back with a show-stopping response. Gauger told the Palm Beach County Commission that he could save the county money. If it built the park, he could keep one kid out of jail for the year, saving the county $26,000. Now, there are 25 or so neighborhood parks. “If kids don’t have something positive to do, they will find something negative to do,” he explained.

Phyllis and Michael Gauger with their greyhound Yanni at home in Wellington. PHOTO BY JULIE UNGER

Gauger is also proud of the work he did starting the first community policing unit in the county in the late 1980s, and also working on developing and starting programs in public housing communities. Gauger later earned his master’s degree in social work and is proud of the fact that the PBSO is considered a best-practice agency. When he officially “retired” on Jan. 29, 2004, Gauger didn’t turn his back on the community he worked a lifetime to improve. He worked at the Palm Beach County Housing Authority to set up fraud programs, cleaning up areas with crime problems and volunteering at the State Attorney’s Office working to solve cold-case homicides. wellington the magazine | may 2017

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Gauger supported Bradshaw in his bid to become the 13th sheriff of Palm Beach County. When Bradshaw took office in January 2005, he asked Gauger to come back. “And that was 12 years ago,” Gauger said. “Time goes by fast.” Gauger returned because he and Bradshaw had a mutual respect for one another, and common goals. “We were detectives together, chasing bad guys back in the 1970s and 1980s. We knew each other, we respected each other’s work, and he offered me a position. I said yes, because I loved what I did,” Gauger said. People often credit Gauger with saving their lives, but he is quick to tell them that they made the necessary changes; he just offered suggestions. “I didn’t do the work; you did the work. I can’t change anybody’s behavior. They have to change their own behavior,” he said. Gauger has enjoyed his career in law enforcement and didn’t hesitate to return when called upon. Now, he works with many of the operational agencies within the county. “I think the success of an agency is based upon the network of relationships that you build in an organization,” he said. “Not only networks with businesses and with governmental agencies, but the network that you build within the community.” The Gaugers are very involved in the community. He has long been a member of the Rotary Club of Royal Palm Beach. He has received awards, including the first Peace Award from the Rotary Club of Wellington. He has served on several nonprofit boards, such as the Urban League of Palm Beach County, Families First of Palm Beach County and the Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network. He is also a board member at the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club in Wellington. Phyllis, meanwhile, serves as first vice president of the Women of the Western Communities and has belonged to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs for the past 35 years. When she isn’t volunteering at her own organizations, she volunteers at PBSO events. They are active in their church, St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Wellington, as well as Forever Greyhounds, where she is a board member. Forever Greyhounds has brought them an additional six “children” over the years. Their current greyhound, Yanni, is 11 years old. Her brother, Harry, passed away from cancer. The two dogs were originally adopted by a woman who spent part of her time in Florida. When she passed away, the pair was going to be split up. At the time, the Gaugers had just lost two greyhounds to cancer when Phyllis heard Yanni and Harry’s story. “They were just too old to separate. I couldn’t sleep. We had to take them,” she said. It’s fitting that the couple adopts greyhounds, given that Gauger, one of five siblings, was adopted. He met his biological mother when his own daughter, Amanda, was a toddler. 32

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That’s when he discovered that his biological grandfather was a sheriff in Illinois in 1918, and his uncle was the chief of police. The Gaugers have lived in Wellington for 25 years after residing in Royal Palm Beach for 17 years. During those 42 years, they’ve seen many changes. When they first moved here in the 1970s, Gauger would hunt rattlesnakes in the area. “As it grew a little bit, they were As an adult, Gauger discovered that controlled by the water district. his biological grandfather served as They contracted with the sheriff a sheriff in Illinois 100 years ago. for some patrols out here, but it was nothing like it has become today,” he said. “It’s a thriving, thriving community now. The equestrian business has just blossomed this community and given it an international name.” As the community has grown, Gauger made a promise to his growing family. One thing he has made sure to do was attend his children’s activities. His adopted family, his father in particular, did not support or attend his extracurricular activities. “Football game, track meet, or anything I did,” he said. “I decided that if I have children, it’s going to be different.” And it was. Gauger worked his schedule around to coach and attend games, always being there for his children. “I love my family,” he said. “I always wanted them to have the things that I couldn’t have.” “You’ve done a good job with that,” Phyllis interjected. He has focused on substance abuse in his professional career because of the things he saw as a child. His own hardships helped Gauger become more compassionate, as did others who provided support along the way. “I had people who helped me,” he said. “There were a lot of people who were very good to me. I’ve never forgotten that, and that’s why I’ve always tried to help others, because not everyone’s as fortunate. I truly believe in a hand up, instead of a hand out.”


Laurie Cohen Brings A Unique Perspective To Her Role As The Village’s Legal Advisor Story and Photo by Julie Unger

After four years on the job, Village Attorney Laurie Cohen signed a contract for another two years in the post last month. That means she will continue to bring her unique perspective to her position as Wellington’s in-house attorney. Cohen has worn multiple hats during her almost two decades in Wellington. She started off as a wife, mother, neighbor and friend when she moved to Wellington with her family in March 1998, when her oldest son, Stuart, was not quite one year old. “I was looking for a community that felt like home and a place where my children could actually grow up and have the same feeling about where they grew up that I had about where I grew up,” she said. Cohen grew up in Maryland, attended the University of Maryland for her undergraduate degree and worked in New York for almost 10 years before attending law school at Nova Southeastern University, graduating in 1995. Within a few years, Cohen was looking for a place to settle down. “I wanted a place that had good schools, I wanted a place that had great family neighborhoods and I wanted a place that felt safe,” she recalled. “When I drove into Wellington, I immediately knew that this was the place that we needed to be.” The Wellington of 1998, however, was quite different from the Wellington of today. “At the time, there was no mall. It was very much still a small town. You didn’t have any of the stores and restaurants and things that you have now,” she said. “The equestrians were here, but it wasn’t as noticeable as I think we have now. There has been a tremendous amount of growth since I moved here.” Between her work as an attorney and raising a young family, Cohen didn’t have much free time. However, when a seat become vacant on the Wellington Village Council in 2003, she put her name in for appointment. She was elected to a full four-year term on the council in 2004, serving until 2008. Cohen has utilized her relationships, connections and experience gained as a councilwoman with her work as village attorney, a title she has held since 2013. “Although that experience is helpful to me as the attorney, I try very hard to keep my role as the village attorney separate from my prior service as a councilwoman,” she said. Her current role, she said, is now advisory for both the 34

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council and the village. “I advise council when questions arise on matters that are coming before them. I try to help them navigate the rules of ethics and the Sunshine Law. I try to give them my best legal advice without injecting my own, personal opinion as a resident,” Cohen said. “I try to help them understand all of the nuances of the various matters that come before them, because it is so varied. It could be contractual, it could be land use, or zoning, and some of these things can be quite complex… I spend a fair amount of time talking with them about applications that come through and really just trying to be an advisor to the council and to the various departments.” Cohen deals with many issues while advising Wellington’s various departments, be it purchasing, engineering, platting, human resources, code enforcement, bid protests, ethics, land use and more. “You have to know a little bit about a wide variety of issues that come before you, because it is extremely varied,” she said. “All of these things come before you, and you’re just constantly dealing with one issue after another.” With a background in commercial litigation, where litigation focuses on a wide variety of matters that attorneys often have to learn about as they are litigated, and cases are worked on from start to finish, municipal law is different, but similar. “What is extremely different is the pace at which you have to be able to think and react,” she said, likening municipal law to being a general practitioner. In her role as village attorney, Cohen addresses issues that come up in the course of doing the daily work of the village and constantly shifts gears to focus on an issue, provide advice, and then return her focus to what she was working on previously. Cohen’s time on the council, and longevity in the community, have served her well. She was already familiar with many of the major issues of the community, the parties for pending lawsuits and many of the lawyers who come before her regarding various matters. Even as Wellington has grown, it still retains the smalltown feel that drew Cohen here in the first place.


“I love the fact that I can go to the grocery store and see people I know and see my kids’ teachers and all of that. I love that about this town,” she said. Over the years, just as Wellington has grown, so has Cohen’s family. Stuart is now 20, and her younger son, Eric, is 17. Family friend Joshua, 19, is also living with the Cohens. Between the three boys and her husband, Irwin, Cohen finds herself surrounded by men, she joked, although the family dog and cat are both female. Cohen was honored to have her contract as village attorney renewed for another two years. “This is a wonderful job,” she said. “I love my job. I’m very pleased to be working with the village, and I’m excited about the next two years. I think there are some interesting things that the council will be dealing with. It’s exciting to be involved in those issues and to be advising the council and the departments.” As Wellington evolves, Cohen sees the community continuing to be a great place for families to raise their children.

“There will probably need to be some redevelopment of various areas within the community, but that’s not unexpected. We are getting to be an older community now, and many of the neighborhoods have existed prior to incorporation,” she said. “I think there will be opportunities for redevelopment, and those will be interesting and exciting things for the council to consider. I hope that we continue to have great schools and great neighborhoods like we’ve always had.” Part of what makes her role as village attorney so special is her team and colleagues. “I work with great people,” Cohen said. “I feel extremely honored and proud to be working with these people who are so well qualified for the jobs that they’re doing. It’s not often that you actually wake up looking forward to going to work, and I have that feeling every day. I really do love the work that I’m doing and the people that I’m working with. I have a great respect for all of them. It’s such a privilege and a pleasure to come to work every day.”

Laurie Cohen has utilized her relationships, connections and experience gained as a councilwoman with her work as village attorney, a title she has held since 2013. “Although that experience is helpful to me as the attorney, I try very hard to keep my role as the village attorney separate from my prior service as a councilwoman,” she said.

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Communication Is Key For Attorneys At Greenstein & Lubliner Blanca Greenstein and Richard Lubliner of Greenstein & Lubliner LLP have been practicing law partners since 2014. Originally, Greenstein founded the firm, but she soon realized that she was in need of a litigation partner. Greenstein and Lubliner knew early on that they would make a great pair to serve clients in Palm Beach County and beyond. Today, the law firm that Greenstein and Lubliner operate together is committed to communication with its clients. “One of the largest complaints that clients have for lawyers is that they’re not responsive enough, that they don’t hear from their lawyer,” Lubliner said. “We impress upon our associates and our support staff that connectivity and following up with clients is critical.” Both Greenstein and Lubliner are, of course, licensed to practice in Florida. In addition, Lubliner is licensed to practice in New York. Among their associates, the firm is also licensed to serve clients in California, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. “We also have a national network of local counsel, so some of our clients hire us to serve as a regional counsel or a national counsel and manage overseas cases in different parts of the country,” Greenstein said. Greenstein’s experience working for a large loan service provider has added to their ability to serve current and future clients at the firm, Lubliner added. “We’ve taken what she learned and expanded upon it, so we oversee or act like outside-inside counsel for various companies,” Lubliner said. “We provide strategic advice just to make sure that

their objectives are being obtained, so we’re also like an oversight counsel as well.” Locally, in Wellington, Greenstein and Lubliner are devoted to serving the equestrian community and managing real estate. “In Wellington, the focus is naturally equine-based from a transactional and litigation perspective, but also a lot of real estate work emanates from our Wellington office, because Wellington has experienced extraordinary growth in its real estate development in the past few years due to the investment of out-

side sources and the equestrian community,” Lubliner said. The law firm has multiple locations in Palm Beach County, and there is a New York location as well. “We give very customized attention to our clients. Whether they are an individual or a corporate client, they are all treated with the highest level of customer service, accessibility, high level of communication, respect and kindness. Those are our core values,” said Greenstein, who has lived in the same Wellington home with her family for the past 14 years.

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Originally, it was her parents who asked her to consider practicing her craft in Florida after she received her juris doctorate at Capital University Law School in Ohio. “After I got my law degree, I took the Florida bar, and I got an apartment right down from my parent’s apartment in South Palm Beach,” Greenstein recalled. Originally from New York, Lubliner lives in Boca Raton with his wife, who is a teacher in the area. He received his degree from the Emory University School of Law. “I have a wealth of experience working on billion-dollar workouts, reorganizations and restructurings. In about 2006, I realized that I wanted a change. While I loved practicing in New York, I decided that I wanted to relocate,” Lubliner said. Greenstein and Lubliner became partners at their present-day firm in 2014, changing the name of Greenstein’s original practice, the Law Offices of Greenstein & Associates, to Greenstein & Lubliner LLP.

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ATTORNEY RICHARD LUBLINER Greenstein enjoys being involved in the community and serves on the board of directors for the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. “The chamber has given me a lot of very good business experience because we’ve organized speakers that have taught me about branding, public relations, marketing, writing a press release and giving me confidence as a business leader. A lot of that came from the education of the chamber,” Greenstein said. Lubliner is a member of Leadership Palm Beach County. “We go throughout Palm Beach County to tour vari-

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Attorney Anthony Barbuto Expanding His Wellington Law Practice Anthony Barbuto is licensed to practice law in three different states, but he settled in Wellington and has been practicing his craft here since 2008. “The law is not what brought me to Florida. Family is what brought me to Florida,” he said. “I liked it, and I stayed. I took the bar, and I stayed.” While Barbuto Law & Associates P.A. has been around for some time, he more recently formed Barbuto & Johansson P.A., a practice devoted to personal injury law, with fellow attorney Carly Johansson. “The thousands of clients that I have, they’ll call me up and say, ‘Hey, Anthony, I had an accident,’ or, ‘I know someone who had an accident; can you help me?’ and I wasn’t really focusing on that area,” Barbuto said. “But now I’m going to keep helping my clients in this particular area.” Barbuto Law & Associates still remains the general practice, managing civil litigations, estate planning, wills and trusts, probate, family and equestrian cases. Clients will still go to Barbuto’s current location at 12773 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington for those types of queries, but now can meet specifically for personal injury cases there under Barbuto & Johansson. “Carly has worked with me for several years. She has some background as well in personal injury, and it’s a project that we decided to be partners on,” Barbuto said. “She has a strong litigation background… and I worked for an insurance defense firm, so we decided we have very good synergy together.” Barbuto has been a Wellington resident since 2008, when he succeeded

longtime community lawyer Ann Porath at her firm’s practice upon her retirement. “I came to Wellington from Fort Lauderdale, working for an insurance defense law firm,” Barbuto said. “Ann was the first lawyer to practice in Wellington on a full-time basis back in the 1980s. She was preparing to retire, so I came and took over her practice.” Born and raised in Wayne, N.J., Barbuto is licensed to practice law in Florida, California and New Jersey. He took each state’s bar exams, one after the other.

He is proud to be a resident in Florida, and even more so a member of the Wellington community. “I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else in Florida,” he said. Barbuto does have a home away from home. He and his wife, Rovena, and son, Leonardo, spend at least six weeks each year in Florence, Italy, where Barbuto met Rovena, who is a native of Italy. “I still work, but I do very much enjoy traveling to Italy,” Barbuto said. “We have family there, and we’re trying to raise my son, when he starts talking, to be fluent in the Italian language.”

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Many of Barbuto’s clients live in the equestrian communities of Wellington. “We’re very busy with equestrian law. We do equestrian-related issues, ranging from agricultural classification applications [to] lease agreements for stalls or barns,” he said. “We do equestrian litigation when there are disputes relating to maybe misrepresentation of the sale of a horse [and] disputes relating to the ownership of a horse. We do horse issues in probate. There are horse issues in divorces.” Barbuto has also helped clients from Wellington who own homes in Italy. “I have a lot of Italian clients. I have clients in Italy who are involved in the equestrian business and have business interests or real estate interests here in the U.S., so I do still work there, not only work from Italy for my clients here, but I still generate business and meet with clients in Italy,” he said. Barbuto is a member of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. He does community service work throughout

The thousands of clients that I have, they’ll call me up and say, ‘Hey, Anthony, I had an accident,’ or, ‘I know someone who had an accident; can you help me?’ and I wasn’t really focusing on that area. But now I’m going to keep helping my clients in this particular area.

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Real Estate Law Is A Key Focus For Attorney Matthew Lupardo Born and raised in New York, attorney Matthew Lupardo worked on Wall Street as a financial analyst for several years after earning his undergraduate degree from New York University. But Lupardo wanted to have a more personal experience when he worked with clients and decided to earn his law degree. Heading south, Lupardo moved near family in Wellington and began his law practice, where he has been since 1999. He devotes much of his practice to real estate law for his clients in the Wellington area. “The firm has progressed into a general practice law firm, but we concentrate on real estate,” Lupardo said. “We’ve done very complicated real estate transactions and moved our way through the real estate process.” Lupardo can help people in a number of areas at his practice, but he finds that he has been of great help to people in the community through his devotion to real estate law. “I was particularly helpful to people during the real estate crash because I defended a lot of foreclosures,” he said. “On the flip side, I also helped a lot of people get fabulous deals through short sales… and clearing cloud of title.” Through his understanding of homeownership rules and regulations, Lupardo has helped people clear titles on homes from any debts they may have accrued during the recent recession and other difficult financial times. “During foreclosures, you’d have a house with two or even three mortgages, homeowners’ association liens, village code violation liens,” Lupardo said. “There would be all these liens on this

house, and in order to sell it, I’d have to clear that.” Lupardo was also able to help people get into positive situations with homes in the community. “People during a foreclosure crisis, who bought properties, they’ve appreciated quite substantially since then, especially in Wellington,” Lupardo said. “People who bought short sales in Wellington; there was a big swing in prices up. So, we were able to clear titles.” Being a member of the Wellington community, Lupardo has long been in-

volved with the equestrian community, and also has the ability to process horse purchases and sales, he said. “We also help people out with contracts when people build or renovate houses and/or barns,” he added. “We review the contracts and help them out with the contractors.” In addition, Lupardo is able to draw bridle easements for his clients who need better access around town for themselves and their horses. “Let’s say there is a property blocking a direct access to the show or to the

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road or whatever you need. You may have to go around with your horse,” Lupardo said. So, Lupardo is able to make access around town easier with the ability to draw these riding paths legally. Lupardo is licensed to practice law in New York and Florida. He received his degree from St. John’s University School of Law. Family ties are what brought him to Wellington. “My brother and my sister moved here around 1989, and I was coming down from 1989 to 1998 on vacation, and the place was so lovely that I was always coming on vacation,” he recalled. “When I was in New York, I was thinking about being in Florida, so I said, ‘Why don’t I just move to Florida?’” Lupardo has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Westside West Palm Beach for many years, and he looks forward to attending meetings at the new Wellington chapter that became active recently. He is a parishioner at Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Catholic

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ATTORNEY MATTHEW LUPARDO Church in Royal Palm Beach. He is also a member of both the Wanderers Club and the Wellington National Golf Club. Lupardo has been living and working in the community now for close to 20 years, and he sees himself and his practice as standing the test of time.

“People know we’re reliable. We do very good work, and we’re going to be here down the line. So, if you have a question, you can come back in a year or two,” Lupardo said. Lupardo finds enjoyment in his office, neatly located near the lake in Royal Palm Beach off Royal Palm Beach Blvd. “Look at that, there’s a powerboat. How many people get to have an office with a powerboat doing doughnuts right in front of the window? There’s nothing better than this,” Lupardo said. Having a great office view and enjoying his location are just some of the small things that keep him here and loving the community he serves. “I’m very grateful to my clients, who allow me to make a living here and be able to enjoy everyone else’s fellowship,” Lupardo said. Matthew F. Lupardo P.A. is located at 685 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Suite 104, in Royal Palm Beach. For more info., call (561) 204-2988 or visit www.lupardolaw.com.

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Marcelo Montesinos Focuses On ‘Fighting For The Underdog’ Attorney Marcelo Montesinos was raised in Palm Beach County. Growing up and going to school in the urban parts of West Palm Beach, he discovered a sense of responsibility to represent people who needed help. Originally a public defender, Montesinos transitioned to build his own personal injury law practice. The Law Office of Marcelo Montesinos is devoted to personal injury, wrongful death and car accidents, which involves trucking and motorcycles as well. “It’s making sure that when [clients] are injured, they receive the highest, best-possible compensation for those injuries,” Montesinos said, explaining that insurance companies will often fight even the most justified of claims. His office handles other areas of personal injury law, but trucking and automobile accidents always stay at the forefront of his focus. “If people have slip and falls, we’ll help them because we know how to do it. If there is a medical malpractice, we can take it, but our focus is auto and trucking cases, motorcycle cases, cases that deal with [a person being] a victim of someone else’s negligence,” Montesinos said. Montesinos received his law degree from the Seton Hall University School of Law in New Jersey. His connection to family and the area brought him back to Palm Beach County. “I returned, even though I probably could have stayed in the Northeast, but just because of family ties — my mother, my father and my sister — I

returned. And, I worked in downtown West Palm Beach as a public defender,” Montesinos said. Montesinos spent time while growing up in Wellington, but, at the time, the village didn’t have its own public high school, so he attended Twin Lakes and Palm Beach Lakes high schools in West Palm Beach. “I live here now. I’ll probably continue living here. My friends are council members now. It’s unbelievable to see people you know, either as friends or colleagues, who now have a seat at the table, if you will,” Montesinos said.

Going to school with people closer to urban communities in Palm Beach County, Montesinos noted that many youngsters don’t have the same luxuries and guidance from parents and community leaders the way they do in places such as Wellington. “When I became a lawyer, unfortunately, some of these people sometimes got in trouble,” Montesinos said. “Someone said, you can either be a prosecutor or a public defender, and I chose to be a public defender. I think that was the right choice.” He did that for close to three years.

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In 2001, Montesinos decided to establish his own practice, which he eventually would focus on personal injury law. “Instead of fighting against the government, you’re fighting against huge insurance companies,” Montesinos explained. “It’s my job to prove to them that you’re hurt, through the help of doctors, other professionals, chiropractors, your family and your friends.” Montesinos said he has felt very successful in his field and area of law. He found it was a great transition from criminal defense to personal injury — often sticking up for the little guy in both cases. “It was important for me when I moved on from criminal [defense] to personal injury to take that same kind of focus and say, ‘I will continue fighting for the underdog,’” Montesinos said. “The underdog is the individual, fighting against a huge insurance company.” With his success, Montesinos is able to give back to his community. His law

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practice donates more than $5,000 worth of backpacks and school supplies at the start of every school year. “For two or three weeks, we put radio ads on five or six stations, and honest

to God, we get so many kids who come, and we’re cleared out. And that’s one of the benefits, if you love what you’re doing and you become successful,” Montesinos said. “Success is sometimes measured by accolades, by money; but whatever it is, nothing is greater than giving back to your community.” Montesinos is the sole attorney at his law firm, although he does have lawyers who assist him part-time. “The decision-making process becomes a little more diluted when there are more people,” he said. “However, over time, I’m probably going to have to bring on board, full-time, a couple of associates.” Montesinos continues to practice law and serve people in the communities he was raised in. “For me, I’ve always felt like the underdog, and I’m fighting for the underdog,” Montesinos said. To contact the Law Office of Marcelo Montesinos, call (561) 721-1600 or visit www.montesinoslaw.com.

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Alec Domb Enjoys Being Active In The Wellington Community Alec Domb is a lawyer by trade, but he has also been a community leader in Wellington for many years who continues to run his law practice locally and seek ways to stay involved in the Wellington community. The Law Office of Alexander L. Domb P.A. is focused on real estate, guardianship, probate, estate planning and the litigations associated with those areas of law practice. “In Florida, there are more guardianships for adults than there are for children,” Domb explained. “The guardianship revolves around their mental capacity, whether it involves dementia or Alzheimer’s. Can they manage their own affairs? Do they need a private guardian or a professional guardian? Can one of their relatives do it, or does it have to be a professional?” Domb said he believes that there is a great importance to work with a practiced lawyer when it comes to personal assets in life. “There is a set of documents that every Florida resident, citizen should have, including a will, a durable family power of attorney, a healthcare surrogate designation, which covers HIPAA issues, and a living will. You need these four documents,” he said. “These are the essential elements, and, of course, the higher up you are in years, the more urgent it is that you have these documents, because something could happen to you.” Domb works to protect people’s liberties when he manages a guardianship case. “My job is to make certain that their

rights are protected in that proceeding, and that the person who is petitioning to be the guardian is actually qualified… and it is in the best interest of the allegedly incapacitated person for that person be their guardian,” Domb said. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, N.Y., Domb made his way to South Florida, where he attended the University of Miami and earned his law degree at Nova Southeastern Law Center. He initially started his firm with a partner and took any case that came to the office. “My law practice has evolved over the years,” Domb said. “I started out as a

litigator and went into private practice from school with a partner. We practiced ‘door law,’ which is anything that walks in the door, and we went from there.” Domb was involved in real estate up until the downturn in that market 10 years ago. He still owns a title company and continues to help homeowners with their documentation. “There isn’t a title problem I haven’t seen or had to work through over the last 31 years,” he said. “I’ve seen them all. I’ve worked them all. I’ve fixed them all.” He has lived in Wellington with his

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wife, Melody, since 2005. He enjoys what the village has to offer socially and continues to look for new ways to be involved. He particularly enjoys the equestrian aspect. “I’ve lived in a few places, and I like it here. I like the people. I like the community. I’ve met a lot of really nice people,” Domb said. “I’ve gotten involved to do what I think is right and help people to accomplish what I think is right. There are an awful lot of people who have never been west of 120th Avenue, who have no idea what goes on out there. It’s all fabulous, the horse show, the dressage arena, [the International Polo Club] and all of the ancillary places that feed all of that.” Being a former president of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Domb believes there are many benefits and experiences that come from involvement in village life. “You can get nothing out of the chamber, or you can get a whole lot out of the chamber. It depends on how

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with the chamber came to an end, he has remained active in community organizations, helping develop Wellington Cares, a nonprofit organization that helps seniors in the community. “I did the 501(c)(3), the tax exemption status and all that for them,” Domb said. “I joined the Palms West Hospital Board of Trustees because I knew a few people on it, and they asked me, and I think I can do some good and help people. I’m happy to do that.” Along with continuing his law practice in Wellington, Domb plans to continue to involve himself as an active member of the Wellington community. “I’m going to continue to be involved in some way because I feel it’s important that if you live in the community and work in the community, you should be involved in the community,” Domb said. The Law Office of Alexander L. Domb P.A. is located at 11199 Polo Club Road, Suite 1. For more information, call (561) 578-8900.


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Kristy Herrera and Candid claimed the championship title in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Sunday, March 5, to conclude the inaugural Deeridge Derby Weekend. PHOTO BY TAYLOR RENNER

Deeridge Farms Showcases Top Hunters At Inaugural Deeridge Derby Weekend

By Taylor Renner

Following the success of the inaugural Wellington Masters CSI3*-W in 2016 and this year’s Palm Beach Masters CSI3*-W, Deeridge Farms and the organizers of the CP Palm Beach Masters, presented by Sovaro, created an entirely new event for 2017. While the 2017 Palm Beach Masters featured exciting world-class show jumpers from around the world in one of seven qualifying events for the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals, the Deeridge Derby Weekend brought to center stage the outstanding hunter

horses and riders that also call Wellington home each winter. Deeridge Farms is a 300-acre oasis of serenity and beauty in the heart of Wellington owned by Jeremy and Margaret Jacobs, who have been its stewards since 1980. Following the two consecutive World Cup qualifying events, Deeridge Farms proved itself an ideal setting to host prestigious equestrian competitions. The inaugural Deeridge Derby Weekend, presented by the National Horse Show Association of America, for the benefit of the USHJA Foundation, took place March 1-5 and celebrated the nation’s best hunter horses and riders. The hunter horses and riders competed head-tohead for big prize money on a beautiful, custom-designed grass competition field against the backdrop of Deeridge Farms — the perfect setting to highlight the grace and beauty of the sport. No detail was overlooked, including the popular VIP experience in the Taylor Harris Club, with a sumptuous array of food and beverages in a double-decker ringside tent. The nation’s top hunter horses and riders took over the Deeridge Farms showgrounds at the inaugural Deeridge Derby Weekend. PHOTO BY JEWEL CONNELLY

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Third-place finishers Havens Schatt and Breeze competing in the second round of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Deeridge Derby Weekend. PHOTO BY TAYLOR RENNER

“We were so happy to have the opportunity to host an international hunter derby as well as a pony derby this year at the inaugural Deeridge Derby Weekend,” Katie Jacobs-Robinson said. “We hope everyone enjoyed the new event and had a great time competing.” The Deeridge Derby Weekend kicked off with lower-level young jumper competition on Wednesday and Thursday. Hunter derby competition heated up

on Friday, leading up to the weekend’s feature class: the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by the World Equestrian Center, which consisted of two rounds spanning Saturday and Sunday. Meagan Murray-Tenuta and Editorial claimed first-place honors in round one of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Saturday. It was stiff competition throughout the dura-

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Meagan Murray-Tenuta and Editorial won the first round of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Saturday, March 4, at the Deeridge Derby Weekend. PHOTO BY CAROLINE NICKOLAUS

tion of the class with 40 horse-and-rider combinations seeking the top spots in the round one standings. Murray-Tenuta, who hails from Zion, Ill., left the ring having earned the highest score between the two judging panels aboard Editorial, owned by Rebecca Price. The lakeside hunter derby field welcomed back the top 24 horses on Sunday to show off their style and handiness in the second round of competition.


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Kristy Herrera and Candid with Katie Jacobs-Robinson, president of the Deeridge Derby Weekend; Jennifer Burger, president of the USHJA Foundation; and Mason Phelps Jr., president and CEO of the National Horse Show. PHOTO BY TAYLOR RENNER

While Murray-Tenuta and Editorial led the rankings after the first round, it was Wellington native Kristy Herrera who reigned supreme, crowned the winner of the highly anticipated class aboard Candid, owned by her longtime trainer and mentor, Jennifer Alfano. While Herrera qualified for the handy phase on both of her entries, Candid and Miss Lucy, it was with Candid that she had the most success. The duo was sitting in second place going into Sunday afternoon’s round, just narrowly missing the first-place spot. “Sheldon,” as he is called back in the barn, has far less experience than Miss Lucy, but that didn’t stop Herrera from riding him to victory. “Candid was amazing today. This was only his second derby, and he stepped up like a champion. He was so awesome,” Herrera said. “I want to thank Katie [Jacobs-Robinson] and the Jacobs family, because having hunters go on this beautiful field and having a venue like this to showcase our horses is amazing,” Alfano added. The Deeridge Farms setting left the riders and spectators with a positive feeling as the show came to a close on Sunday. “I’m really thankful to have another venue here,” Herrera said. “I show at the Kat Fuqua leads the victory gallop with Goldhill’s Arresting Charm after claiming both first and second place in the $2,500 Deeridge Pony Derby on Sunday, March 5. PHOTO BY CAROLINE NICKOLAUS

Winter Equestrian Festival most of the time when I’m in Wellington, so it’s a nice break to come here. This is a beautiful course they’ve built, and we are lucky to be able to show here.” Second-place winner Kelli Cruciotti agreed. “It was beautiful,” she said. “The venue — you can’t get anything better. A huge thank you to the Jacobs and Robinson families. I have to say, it is one of the best venues we’ve been at all year.” Third-place winner Havens Schatt shared similar sentiments. “The venue is incredible, and we are so appreciative as hunter riders to be able to be showcased in a place like this,” she said. “We feel very important, just like these grand prix riders do.” Jacobs-Robinson thanked all of the horse and rider pairs for making the first Deeridge Derby Weekend a success. “Thank you so much for coming. It really meant a lot to me to look out and see so many old and new friends,” she said. “You guys really brought a great competition, and it made it really special. We would love to host another Deeridge Derby Weekend in 2018.” For more information on the Deeridge Derby Weekend, visit www.deeridge.com.

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Jennifer Davis with Tilly at Elegant Estates. PHOTO BY JULIE UNGER

Jennifer Davis Of Elegant Estates Specializes In Finding Unique, Difficult-To-Find Items By Julie Unger

Ever since she was a child, Jennifer Davis, owner and operator of Elegant Estates of Wellington, has had a flair for design. “My mother would come home, and I’d have every piece of furniture moved to a different section of the house,” Davis recalled. “It’s what I’ve always done. I come in here on my day off and start moving things around.” Elegant Estates is an antiques and fine furniture consignment store featuring unique, difficult-to-find items. It is located on Fortune Circle in Wellington. Originally from New York, Davis and her family moved to Wellington when her daughter took up show jumping. Davis even competed herself for a few years with the hunter jumpers. “I started working in North Florida for a shop that Rachel Ashwell owned called Shabby Chic,” Davis said. “She started the whole ‘shabby chic’ trend.” After eight years working with Ash-

well, Davis purchased Elegant Estates. That was 10 years ago. “Most recently, I was involved with two projects with Gracie Street Interior Design. I supplied the furnishings, art and accessories to decorate and design the two-story VIP tent at Deeridge Farms for the Palm Beach Masters and the Deeridge Derby,” Davis said. “It’s one of the nicest horse shows in the world, and it was a privilege to work with Gracie Street.” It wouldn’t be possible without her assistant, Jayne Meserlian, Davis said. Tilly, Davis’ dog, is always in the store, too. Refinishing furniture is a passion for Davis, who will strip and refinish furniture for clients, plus items to sell and others to adorn her own home. “My garage is filled with good finds,” she said.

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ably won’t find it anywhere,” Davis said. The store features a little bit of everything: equestrian items, artwork, chandeliers, rugs, dishes, bronze sculptures, scarves, equestrian collectibles, furniture and accessories. Clients and interior designers will tell Davis what they’re looking for, and when she’s out and about at estate sales and events, she is always on the hunt for those items. “It’s about supplying the right items for the right place that they’re designing it for,” Davis said. It’s like a treasure hunt, she added. “I never know what the next good find is going to be,” Davis said. One of the best things she has found, and her current favorite, is an antique ceramic wood-burning stove from Italy that arrived at the store on April 20. “It’s unique; I’ve never seen anything like it,” she said of the stove, which dates back to the early 1900s. “I was at an estate sale in Palm Beach. I met a woman who is selling her home,

and she asked me to come and see if I was interested in anything, and there it was, on her back patio… she imported it from Italy.” Davis enjoys making her customers happy, which she said is the most rewarding part of her treasure hunts. Understanding what a client is looking for, and their budget, while being able to learn their taste, is imperative when working with an interior designer, she added. “It’s not something you can learn; you either have it or you don’t… finding the right thing that is going to be special to them,” Davis said. Interior designers frequently bring their clients to Elegant Estates to browse the ever-changing selection of items to see what would add the perfect finishing touch to a room, or provide the perfect cozy couch, leather chair, desk, illuminating table lamp, or equestrian artwork to decorate the walls. Davis describes the store as “fun and eclectic” and “a little mixture of

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everything; treasures I’ve found along the way in my travels.” She stocks everything from contemporary styles to antiques. “We have fun in here,” Davis said. “You never know what you’re going to find next. Nothing is the same. Every day, something is different, coming in

or finding something different when I’m on the road. And, I love the people I meet. I love helping them.” The most rewarding part of the process, Davis said, is when clients — many of them are equestrians — come back and show her pictures of the treasures in their homes.

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Still A Teenager, Soccer Standout Jaiya Anderson Is Already A Big Winner Story by Y.A. Teitelbaum • Photos by Jack Lowenstein

Jaiya Anderson’s first name means “victory” in Sanskrit, and the 16-year-old is a big winner, having overcome leukemia to become a strong, stabilizing force for both the Wellington High School girls soccer team and the Wellington Wave travel soccer team. Anderson plays sweeper on both teams, providing tough defense, leadership and victories. Although the Wolverines lost to rival Boca Raton 3-2 in double overtime in the Class 5A regional semifinals, the team finished with a superb 22-2-1 record. Anderson spearheaded the defense that allowed just nine goals all season. She was named to first-team All-County by both the Palm Beach Post and the SunSentinel. She also scored six goals and added five assists. Anderson made the high school varsity team as a freshman and started at right midfield. “I was surprised; there were a lot of really good players,” she said of her ninth-grade accomplishments. Now finishing up her sophomore year at WHS, Anderson has played for the Wave travel program for the past four years, always at sweeper, although she moves to forward if the offense needs a spark. “I like playing forward better, [and] I like to stop the other team from scoring,” Anderson said. Brazilian-born Marcone Oliveira is Anderson’s head coach for the Wave. The travel team plays in numerous tournaments and leagues throughout the spring and summer.

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“Jaiya is a very special player,” Oliveira said. “She is very dedicated and always works hard to get better. She improved her technique a lot, and her understanding of the game. She is a very important player on our team.” Anderson is a big fan of the U.S. Women’s National Team and attended a national team game at Florida Atlantic University several years ago. She also watched games of the short-lived MagicJack pro team, led by Abby Wambach, in Boca Raton during its only season in 2011. Her favorite players are Alex Morgan, Julie Johnston and Tobin Heath — a forward, a defender and a midfielder — all her positions. Anderson wants to play soccer in college but will have to add another skill to her repertoire. “I don’t head the ball; I’m too scared,” she said, remembering that her doctor warned against it because of possible concussions. Choosing a child’s name can be daunting. For Anderson, it was perfect foreshadowing. “My cousin suggested I name her Jai, but I wanted a ‘y’ and an ‘a’ at the end,” explained Anderson’s mother, Yulanda. Her mother didn’t realize the significance of her daughter’s name at the time. It has a secondary meaning.

“It also means bright people who bring smiles to people’s faces, and that’s the perfect name for her,” Yulanda said. “She’s always smiling; everybody loves her. So it fits.” Her daughter slightly disagreed, with a smile. “I think I’m shy,” Anderson said. Yulanda is a single parent, and Anderson is an only child. Yulanda is also an only child; her mother lives in Miami. The family is very close. Anderson and her mother both love watching horror movies together but won’t watch them in the dark. She also likes watching Pretty Little Liars and American Ninja Warriors. Anderson began playing soccer when she was 5 years old, playing in the Royal Palm Beach recreation league at Katz Field. Although she didn’t like to practice, she was a good player, and the sport came naturally. Tragedy struck when she was diagnosed with leukemia on June 21, 2011, about five months before her 11th birthday. “I remember lying in the bed, half asleep, and the doctor came in and talked to my mom and grandma,” Anderson recalled. “It changed my world. At the time, I asked ‘Why me?’ I was crying to my grandma… That’s the only breakdown I had.” What calmed her was the understanding that she wasn’t alone. “Seeing other kids in the hospital, I saw they


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had the same thing, and I’m not the only one,” Anderson said. Michelle O’Boyle is the founder and executive director of the Kids Cancer Foundation, which helped Anderson and her mother get through some tough times. Anderson occasionally attends Kids Cancer Foundation events as her schedule allows with school and soccer. “Throughout treatment, her love for soccer made her determined to get through treatment and get back out on the soccer fields,” O’Boyle recalled. “She is a very brave and courageous girl, who has always been very committed and focused on soccer. I think that helped her endure the two and a half years of treatment for leukemia. She is an amazing young lady.” Anderson endured numerous rounds of chemotherapy and several painful procedures, but she persevered. She missed almost two years of school. Anderson’s last treatment was Oct. 18, 2013, and her port was removed about seven months later, a week after school ended in May 2014. “I don’t celebrate those days; I just remember how many years it has been,” said Anderson, who lost her hair and had to wear a wig. “I didn’t like that. I didn’t want to go out of the house.” Eventually, she went out of the house, although she wore a lot of hats. And, true to her name, a resilient Jaiya Anderson was victorious. This year’s Wellington Sports series will profile some of the many up-and-coming young athletes across a wide range of sports who call Wellington home.


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Rosanne And Michael Currie Of The Currie Realty Group Work Hard On Behalf Of Clients Story by Matthew Auerbach • Photos by Julie Unger

The husband-and-wife team of Rosanne and Michael Currie of the Currie Realty Group have been successfully serving the western communities since 1999. Their dedication to creating and acquiring the best deals for their clients is their professional calling card.

The Curries are very good at what they do. Then again, they were also very good at selling soft-serve ice cream. “When Michael and I got married in 1977, we had purchased a Carvel ice cream store that was in my family,” Rosanne recalled. “For the first two years in business, we worked from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., seven days a week. We wanted to build up the business and save enough money to purchase our first home.” Thankfully, their plan worked. “We purchased our first home in 1981 in Long Island, New York,” Michael said. “That is when my interest in real estate first began. I decided to take all kinds of real estate investment courses, and the rest is history. I have been licensed since 1983.” Soon after Michael got his license, Rosanne joined him as his assistant. That’s when she took an active role in the business. “I learned so much from him in reference to buying, selling, renting and negotiating,” she said. “I’ve always worked in sales, so I worked very well with people and was always a top salesperson.” The Curries eventually started a family. They have two children — a son, Dean, and a daughter, Jenna. Together, they would vacation in Pembroke Lakes. The South Florida lifestyle appealed to them, which is why they ended up here in Wellington. “I researched the State of Florida, coming down once a month to see where we were going to move the family,” Mi(Below) Rosanne, Michael, Dean and Jenna Currie at the Currie Realty Group office in Wellington.

chael recalled. “After lots of research, we settled in Wellington, since schools were very important to us.” Looking at different communities, they zeroed in on Coral Springs and the up-and-coming Wellington area. “I went to the schools, police and fire departments. I asked lots of questions and liked what I heard and saw,” Michael said of his research into Wellington. When Rosanne got her real estate license in 2001, the Currie Realty Group was born. They specialize in buying, selling, renting and property management throughout Palm Beach County, with most of their business in Wellington. The Curries credit their success to the consistent effort they put into their work. “We outwork all the other agents,” Rosanne said. “The lights are always on at Currie Realty. When you call us, we always answer our phones. We don’t just input your house on [the Multiple Listing Service]… We advertise it on our own web site, as well as on Realtor.com, Zillow and approximately another 150 other home sites. When we get a listing, we take it from listing to closing, never leaving your side.” Being partners both personally and professionally gives the Curries another edge over the competition. “Rosanne and I offer a husband-and-wife, family point of view, so the buyer and seller can make an educated decision when buying or selling a home,” Michael said. “We each bring something different to our team. Since women make most of the buying decisions in our business, Rosanne relates perfectly with all the buyers and sellers, and nobody does it better closing the deal.” While she focuses on closing the deal, he negotiates the contracts. “I am the numbers man, and Rosanne is the salesperson,” Michael said. “We have the winning combination.” For more information about the Currie Realty Group, call (561) 385-1111 or visit www.currierealtygroup.com. wellington the magazine | may 2017

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Dr. Richard Kelleher Of Palms West Veterinary Hospital Loves Helping Animals In Need Story by Deborah Welky • Photo by Abner Pedraza

They say if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. That might explain why Dr. Richard Kelleher became a veterinarian. “Ever since I was young, I have been just fascinated by animals and the creatures around me,” Kelleher said. “Growing up in New Jersey, I had fish, lizards, pocket pets — it was a God-given passion. When I took our dog to the vet, I think it must have made an impression on me. Animals are such innocent, helpless creatures. It feels good to be able to give them the help they need.” Kelleher attended Virginia Tech for his undergraduate work and went on to receive his veterinary degree there. He has been in practice for 17 years now, eventually moving to Florida, where he has been an associate at the Palms West Veterinary Hospital for the past four years. Much more than a standard veterinary office, the Palms West Veterinary Hospital functions much like a hospital. Animals stay briefly or overnight, depending on their needs. Some may need to be hooked up to an IV. “There’s always a doctor present and a nurse present 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” Kelleher said. “We also are an emergency and critical care hospital. If another vet doesn’t have overnight care, and that’s what the animal needs, they can transfer them here.” With eight doctors on staff, the facility is well-equipped to treat any medical, surgical or dental issue that may arise. Owned by Dr. Ira Grossman, the Palms West Veterinary Hospital primarily serves dogs and cats, although some of the veterinarians work in equine practice on their own. A calming environment in the waiting room was designed to put your pet’s nerves — and yours — at ease. And, just like at a hospital for humans, the staff is always looking toward the next big breakthrough. Kelleher is particularly enthusiastic about recent innovations in veterinary care that are especially helpful to Florida pets. “Florida is such an allergenic state,” he said. “But there are a lot of newer medications to relieve pets of the symptoms of their allergies that are very safe and relieve them of a lot of suffering. One of these innovations has come out within the last four to five years and one — an injection — as recently as eight months ago. They are extremely safe. The allergy injection helps control itching, poses no complications with other medications and can last four to eight weeks.”

Without paying for allergy testing, sometimes pet owners don’t know specifically what is causing their animal’s discomfort. “I’ve been doing this for a while, and it’s extremely gratifying to see pets that have come in in bad shape — whether they have skin issues or injuries — and being able to treat them and return them back to the family,” Kelleher said. “It’s like the family receives a revitalized child.” The Palms West Veterinary Hospital is located at 556 Folsom Road in Loxahatchee Groves. For more information, (561) 798-2780 or visit www.palmswestveterinary.com. wellington the magazine | may 2017

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Front Entrance: As comfortable in Key West as in Wellington, this threebedroom, 2.5-bath home has a charming feel. A large green space runs adjacent to this well-landscaped end unit, making the front yard seem even larger than it is.

Dining Area: Because of how this home is situated, with the front door facing south, the homeowners are never blinded by the sun while perusing the morning paper or enjoying an evening meal. Aside from the dinette area, there is barstool space in the kitchen.

Family Room: One of the nicer upgrades to this Pelican Key townhome is the installation of glass French doors and matching side windows. Even with the media center nearby, the outdoors beckon.

Kitchen: Clean and crisp, this white kitchen beckons. A tall, cabinet-style pantry keeps all ingredients and staples within arm’s reach, and in case of spills, the ceramic tile is quite forgiving, offering easy clean-up.

Great Room: Light, bright and open are key words to describe this living space, with its tall ceilings and loft overlook. Beyond the bookcase and knee wall is the entrance foyer. While all windows have accordion shutters, impact-resistant glass has been installed in all the upstairs windows.

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Townhome In Wellington’s Edge Offers Resort Lifestyle On A Budget Story by Deborah Welky

• Photos courtesy Jacqueline and Paul Morris

If you’ve been looking for a home in Wellington but thought you could never afford the lifestyle, there are plenty of properties available for those with lower budgets. For example, this property in Wellington’s Edge. Located across from the Mall at Wellington Green, Wellington’s Edge offers single-family homes, villas and townhomes, like this one in Pelican Key. Its pastel exterior and island-style metal roof give it a vacation vibe all year long, as do the neighborhood’s three community pools, tennis courts and clubhouse, complete with a fitness center. A manned, guarded entrance gives residents peace of mind, and the many lakes and preserves throughout the community keep nature close at hand.

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Master Bedroom: The first-floor master bedroom offers unrestricted access to the bathroom area. For those with limited mobility, not wrestling with heavy doors can be a real help. Walkin closets also make things easier. Exercise Room: This space, one of two upstairs guest rooms, is currently being used as exercise room, but it could also be a library, home office or craft space. There is additional bonus space in the loft area. Bathroom: Simplicity dominates this spacious bathroom, allowing the homeowners to personalize the neutral space. Screened-In Patio: Kick back and relax on this screened-in lanai, which offers a nicely landscaped, secluded place to escape.

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Gandhi’s is a truly authentic Indian dining experience. Guests are initially greeted by a large image of Gandhi in the cozy living room-style waiting area. The area is furnished with items from the owners’ personal collection, chosen and placed so as to encourage conversation and education. All of the items, in addition to being beautiful and intricate, have a story. Owners Raj and Sherry Vohra, who have been married for 17 years, opened Gandhi’s in January 2016 and have been presenting this unique dining experience ever since. They’ve lived in Wellington for the last 12 years, Raj said, and wanted to share authentic Indian culture and food with the community. He and his wife were proud to name the restaurant in honor of the Indian independence leader. “Because Gandhi was the father of the nation, and because the decision to open a restaurant was probably one of the most important decisions we will ever make in our entire life, we wanted something to really rep-

resent what we were trying to do here, which was create a sense of community, teach about a culture of love, which is India, and expose people to the amazing qualities of Indian food,” Sherry said, adding that Gandhi’s is a place “where food and people matter.” The restaurant offers three unique dining experiences: a white glove service dining experience, a sitdown street food experience, and a grab-and-go tea and dessert cafe. During the day, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. traditional Indian street food is available. At night, the casual dining area reverts to fine dining, where bright red turbans are worn, and food is served on traditional Indian ware. wellington the magazine | may 2017

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Signature Dish “Nothing comes out of a can, container or jar here,” Sherry said. “We make our own cheese here. We make our own yogurt here, so everything is in its highest probiotic state. Everything here is gluten free, except for our breads. If people call ahead, we can certainly back out ingredients that we need to.” Sherry sees herself as the host of the experience and often greets guests with homemade Mango Lassi or Sweet Lassi, or a mug of chai tea to warm the soul. She also enjoys introducing guests to the intricacies of Indian cooking. “I make every cup of chai. That’s my way of loving all of our guests when they come in,” Sherry said. “If you went into a home in India, the very first thing we do is offer water and then a beautiful

cup of tea with a traditional Indian biscuit.” That concept carries over to every dish on the menu. “It’s made with love. Every dish, by the time it goes to the place, for each and every guest who eats with us, is perfection,” Sherry said. When you tell someone that something is spicy, Sherry explained, people often think about heat, rather than flavor. With Indian food, it is full of layers of flavors that infuse the food all the way through. The spices are layered into each component of the cooking process, she said. “With Indian food, it’s very complicated and complex, because the infusion and the mixology of the sauces is what gives the food that very unique quality and taste,” Sherry said. “Right

now, with the reintroduction of Indian food back into society, it’s about teaching people that Indian food doesn’t need a gallon of water to douse the heat, but it is full of beautiful, wonderful, amazing flavors like cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, goda masala, cloves, and it’s infused during the whole process.” In her restaurant’s food, Sherry sees the colors of India. “You have all of these colors which are uniquely India,” she said. “When you go there, you’ll see the colors of Diwali and Holi, and like Easter eggs, it’s a beautiful infusion of color. Indian food is a lot like that.” The recipes at Gandhi’s are authentic North Indian. Whole spices go into each and every dish to bring out the

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wellington | table flavors, Raj explained. The process for each dish takes time. One of the most popular, or signature, dishes is the Chicken Tikka Masala. It comes with homemade naan bread and rice. “Some people think it is just Chicken Tikka Masala, but it’s actually a mixology for the sauce, just like you would a cocktail,” Sherry said. “You have to have just the right amount to really bring out the tradition and flavor of the dish.” The Chicken Tikka Masala has a tomato-based sauce that’s homemade, Raj said. Approximately 10 different spices go into the sauce, which takes almost three hours to prepare before it is served over the chicken breast. All of the spices mix and mingle to create a unique flavor. “There’s the whole flavor of India in one meal,” Raj said. The rest of the menu features a variety of North Indian traditional meals, as well as curries, lamb chops and

shrimp, scallops, goat curry, vegetarian dishes such as Muttar Mushroom, Baingan Bharta, Paneer Tikka Marsala and more. Desserts include homemade ice creams, such as Chef’s Kesar Badam Kulfi, Pistachio Kulfi, Gulab Jamun and more. And, as you leave the restaurant, Gandhi is leaving with you. “This is a destination restaurant. It’s the closest you’re going to get to India without going to India,” Sherry said. Gandhi’s food is available for dinein, catering, take-out, private VIP dinners, delivery through Delivery Dudes, as well as offering the restaurant for special occasions. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with hours from noon to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. Gandhi’s is located at 4075 S. State Road 7, Suite F2B, in the Marketplace at Wycliffe. For more information, call (561) 328-9441 or visit www.mygandhis.com.

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wellington | dining guide Arrabiatas Italian Restaurant serves up traditional Italian cuisine. The restaurant is in Aberdeen Plaza at 8260 Jog Road. For more info., call (561) 336-3862 or visit www.arrabiatas.net. At BurgerFi, gourmet quality is the name of the game. The Wellington location of this growing gourmet burger chain is at the corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. Call (561) 612-7853 or visit www.burgerfi.com to learn more. Catania Italian Restaurant is in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at 4115 S. State Road 7. Hours are 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, staying open until 11 p.m. on weekends. On Sundays, doors open at 2 p.m. For info., call (561) 355-5900. Centanni Italian Restaurant is located in Wellington’s Village Walk community at 2540 Village Walk Circle. Catering is available. Call (561) 6428700 for more info. Gabriel’s Cafe & Grille is Wellington’s oldest restaurant. Serving breakfast and lunch, Gabriel’s is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in the Wellington Plaza at the intersection of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more info., call (561) 793-0675. The Grille Fashion Cuisine (12300 South Shore Blvd., Suite 10) is open for lunch and dinner daily. It is also a popular gathering place, open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. For info., call (561) 7932110 or visit www.thegrillefashioncuisine.com. India Grill & Bar is now open in Royal Plaza at 650 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. serving authentic north and south Indian cuisine. For info., call (561) 249-7168. JoJo’s Raw Bar & Grill (13889 Wellington Trace in the Wellington Marketplace) features steaks, burgers, fresh fish and more, along with a bar stocked with 100 different beers. For info., call (561) 427-1997.

Experience the tastes of the world atop a burger at Lindburgers Restaurant in the Wellington Courtyard Shops at 13860 Wellington Trace. From Florida to the Far East, Lindburgers will take you on a trip as you bite into one of its 50 famous burgers. For info., call (561) 753-0555 or visit www.lindburgers.com. Enjoy great Mexican food in a friendly atmosphere at Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant, located 1179 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in the Village Royale shopping plaza, open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more info., call (561) 798-1229. A warm and welcoming restaurant with a cozy atmosphere, Oak Bistro & Wine Bar at 11051 Southern Blvd., Suite 210, in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza serves up delicious food complemented by great wine varietals. Catering and takeout are available, as are private parties and a great brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. For more info., call (561) 753-6217 or visit www.oakrpb.com. Oli’s Fashion Cuisine & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. For info., call (561) 7922220 or visit www.olisrestaurant.com. Rollatini Italian Trattoria is located at 10107 Southern Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. For more info., call (561) 792-7677 visit www.rollatinitrattoria.net. Stonewood Grill & Tavern in the Pointe at Wellington Green serves up exciting flavors in a casually sophisticated setting. Call (561) 784-9796 or visit www.stonewoodgrill.com for more info. A family tradition since 1905, Strathmore Bagels & Deli is a real New York delicatessen, serving everything from smoked fish to corned beef. It is located in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at the corner of State Road 7 and Lake Worth Road. For info., call (561) 357-0044 or visit www.strathmorebagels.com.

Suri West Tapas Bar & Lounge is located at 13410 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. For info., call (561) 795-0080 or visit www.surirestaurant.com. Taste of India is located at 7750 Okeechobee Blvd. Aside from a full menu, it offers a bountiful buffet for lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch on weekends. For more info., call (561) 721-8600. Tokyo Bay Buffet, located at 165 S. State Road 7 in Royal Palm Beach, raises the Asian buffet dining concept to a whole new level with a large sushi bar and a tasty hibachi grill. For info., call (561) 753-5566. Drop by the award-winning TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli at its new location in Wellington Green Square near Whole Foods Market for breakfast, lunch or dinner. TooJay’s is reminiscent of your favorite New York delicatessen. For more info., call (561) 784-9055 or visit www.toojays.com. Tree’s Wings & Ribs is located at 603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in the Royal Plaza. Eat in or take out wings, ribs, chicken and more. Visit www.treeswings andribs.com or call (561) 791-1535 for more info. Voi-La, located at 13889 Wellington Trace, Suite A8, in the Wellington Marketplace, serves high-quality food that is good for the body and soul, with a focus on Venezuelan and South American favorites. For more info., call (786) 281-1589. Located in the original Wellington Mall, The White Elephant serves up American-style cuisine with a wonderful ambiance. For more info., call (561) 4691109 or visit www.whiteelephantwellington.com. With a wide and varied menu, the Wild West Diner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is located at 12041 Southern Blvd. at the corner of Crestwood Blvd. For more info., call (561) 469-2333 or visit www.wildwestdiner.com.

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wellington | calendar Monday, May 1 • Applications for the Beautiful Wellington Grant Tier IV will be accepted Monday, May 1 through Thursday, May 11 at 5 p.m. All applications will be independently evaluated by a selection committee on May 11. This grant offers homeowners up to $1,500 per address in matching funds for exterior painting and pressure washing, aesthetic-based landscaping, installation of irrigation to maintain vegetation, facade repairs, and driveway/parking pad/ walkway repair or replacement. For more info., call the Community Services Office at (561) 791-4796. • Hair Cuttery and the National Network to End Domestic Violence are joining forces for Hair Cuttery’s latest Share-A-Haircut Program. On Monday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 2, for every haircut purchased at one of Hair Cuttery’s nearly 900 salons, a free haircut certificate will be donated to a victim of domestic violence. Visit www.haircuttery.com/locations for info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host English Exchange for adults on Mondays, May 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 6:30 p.m. Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. Call (561) 894-7529 to pre-register. • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will meet Monday, May 1 at the Okeeheelee Park Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.). Refreshments are at 7 p.m. with the program at 7:30 p.m. Call Margaret Brabham at (561) 3243543 for more info. Tuesday, May 2 • The Audubon Society of the Everglades will meet on Tuesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. at the FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center (6301 Summit Blvd.) featuring the ASE Photography Club’s annual show by Dr. Peter J. Lekos. Visit www.auduboneverglades.org for more info. • Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor (3475 W. Woolbright Road, Boynton Beach) will host its Tzedocrates Discussion Group on Tuesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. The group encompasses an exploration of vital issues and

topics in today’s world, guided by a search for righteousness, employing the Socratic method for discussion. For more info., call (561) 968-0688 or e-mail info@ldorvador.org. Wednesday, May 3 • The American Legion Auxiliary Unit #367 of Royal Palm Beach will meet Wednesday, May 3 at 10 a.m. at the Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd., Loxahatchee Groves). For more info., call Marge Herzog at (561) 798-9875. Thursday, May 4 • The YWCA Run for the Roses Pre-Derby Tea will be held Thursday, May 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the Chesterfield Hotel (363 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach). Call (561) 640-0050 or visit www.ywcapbc.org info. • Wellington will host a Food Truck Invasion at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Thursday, May 4 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with a free Neil Diamond tribute concert at 6:30 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writer’s Critique Workshop for adults on Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve your fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, May 5 • The John Picano Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Friday, May 5 at 7:30 a.m. at the Mayacoo Lakes Country Club. The tournament benefits the South Florida Fair Scholarship Fund. For more information, or to register, contact Lorie Stinson at (561) 790-5245 or lorie@southfloridafair.com. • Spotlight on Young Musicians, a Kravis Center Community Outreach Event, will take place Friday, May 5 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.kravis.org. • The Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group will be at the Kravis Center’s Marshall E. Rinker Sr. Playhouse on Friday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m.

and Saturday, May 6 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.kravis.org. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd.) will hold a free screening of the movie Rogue One on Friday, May 5 at 8 p.m. Visit www. wellingtonfl.gov for more info. • Royal Palm Beach will hold a free Star Wars Movie Night with food trucks featuring the new hit Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on Friday, May 5 at 8:15 p.m. at Commons Park. Call (561) 790-5149 for more info. Saturday, May 6 • The Audubon Society of the Everglades will walk and drive in Stormwater Treatment Area 1E in Wellington on Saturday, May 6 from 7 a.m. to noon. Visit www.auduboneverglades.org for more info. • A fundraising golf tournament to benefit Danny Ponce will be held Saturday, May 6 with a 1 p.m. shotgun start at the Winston Trails Golf Club in Lake Worth. Proceeds will benefit the Ponce family to aid with Danny’s recovery and continued medical treatment. For more info., call Diana Ponce at (561) 6859867. • Palm Beach Atlantic University will hold its 2017 commencement ceremony at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, May 6 at 2 p.m. For more info., visit www.pba.edu. • CAFCI will hold its Student Assistance Award Ceremony on Saturday, May 6 at 6 p.m. at the original Wellington Mall. Funding for the awards is raised by generous donations from CAFCI members, community partners/stakeholders and from proceeds generated from CAFCI’s Annual Friendship Ball. For more info., visit www.cafcipbc.org. • The Young Singers of the Palm Beaches will present American Tapestry on Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit www.yspb.org. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free Led Zeppelin Tribute Concert by Pure Zeppelin on Saturday May 6 at 8 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info.

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wellington | calendar Sunday, May 7 • The Women of the Western Communities will host its Diamonds are Forever Spring Brunch, Fashion Show & Auction, featuring the fashions of Dress Barn and Bacio Bacio Bridal Salon with special guest emcees Mo and Sally from KOOL 105.5 on Sunday, May 7 at 11 a.m. at the Wanderers Club (1900 Aero Club Drive, Wellington). Tickets are $25 for members and $50 for nonmembers. For more information, or to order tickets, contact Terri Wescott at tmwescott@yahoo.com or Mair Armand at (561) 635-0011 or mair.armand1@gmail.com. Monday, May 8 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Chess Club for Adults on Monday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. Practice strategy skills with other players. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, May 9 • Kravis on Broadway will present The Sound of Music from Tuesday, May 9 through Sunday, May 14 in the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. Concert Hall. For more information, visit www.kravis.org. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tween Gaming for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, May 9 at 2:30 p.m. Bring a friend for Wii gaming and board game fun. Call (561) 790-6070 for info. • Wellington will hold a Walk and Talk in the Goldenrod Community on Tuesday, May 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Wednesday, May 10 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Legal Resources with government research services librarian Jayme Bosio on Wednesday, May 10 at 3 p.m. Review both print and online resources that will help with legal research needs. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

• The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “It’s Mother’s Day!” for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, May 10 at 3 p.m. Create a fun card for the special lady in your life. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Card Sharks for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, May 10 at 6 p.m. Play Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon or just a regular card game. Play against others, trade and make new friends. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet Wednesday, May 10 at the PGA Boulevard Embassy Suites Hotel in Palm Beach Gardens. Networking takes place from 6 to 6:30 p.m., with the dinner and program following. The cost is $25, and guests are welcome. The May program topic is “How to Navigate our New Community Connections” with speaker Lois Margolin. For more information, call Sam Markwell at (561) 644-2384 or Sally Ott at (561) 373-8727.

tournament will take place Saturday, May 13 starting with registration at 7:30 a.m. at the Dunes Course at Palm Beach Polo & Country Club in Wellington. For more information, visit www.christiescritters.org. • The St. Rita Parish Flea Market will take place in the parish parking lot (13645 Paddock Drive, Wellington) on Saturday, May 13 from 8 a.m. to noon. Vendors are needed at $20 per space. Baked goods and coffee will be for sale. For more info., call Pauline at (561) 247-7087. • CAFCI and the Village of Royal Palm Beach will host Cultural Diversity Day on Saturday, May 13 from 1 p.m. to sundown at Veterans Park in Royal Palm Beach to celebrate cultures while increasing knowledge of others and sharing diverse heritages. For more information, call (561) 790-5149 or visit www.cafcipbc.org. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free Billy Joel Tribute Concert by the Turnstiles on Saturday, May 13 at 8 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info.

Thursday, May 11 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Craftapalooza for ages 2 to 8 on Thursday, May 11 at 2:30 p.m. Choose to create multiple crafts from fun selections. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Wellington will host a Food Truck Invasion at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Thursday, May 11 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with a free 1980s tribute band concert at 6:30 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov.

Monday, May 15 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Monday Morning Coloring for all ages on Monday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m. Take time to relax and color. Coloring pages and materials will be provided, or bring your own coloring book. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

Friday, May 12 • Franklin Academy will present The Adventures of Tom Sawyer on Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 13 at 2 and 7 p.m. in the Kravis Center’s Helen K. Persson Hall. For more information, visit www.kravis.org. Saturday, May 13 • The Christie’s Critters Spring Scramble golf

Tuesday, May 16 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Key Chain Design for ages 6 to 12 on Tuesday, May 16 at 2:30 p.m. Create and design key chains to put on a bag or add to your keys. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Wednesday, May 17 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “I Love Art!” for ages 8 to 12 on Wednesday, May 17 at 3 p.m. Create something new each month. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info.

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• The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Anime Nation for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, May 17 at 6 p.m. View new anime titles. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for info. Thursday, May 18 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Lego Bricks for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, May 18 at 2:30 p.m. Play, imagine and create with Lego bricks. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Wellington will host a Food Truck Invasion at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Thursday, May 18 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with a free tribute concert at 6:30 p.m. by the Doo Wop Mob. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. • The Western Business Alliance will host its May Business After Hours Event on Thursday, May 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Wild West Diner. For info., visit www.thewesternbusinessalliance.com. • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host part three of the three-part series Becoming Your Best Brand Ambassador, presented by Earl Stewart, on Thursday, May 18 at 6 p.m. at Suri West in Wellington. Stewart is well-known for pioneering unorthodox customer service methods at the car dealerships. For more information, or to register, visit www.wellingtonchamber.com. Friday, May 19 • MNM Productions will present Monty Python’s Spamalot from Friday, May 19 through Sunday, June 4 at the Kravis Center’s Marshall E. Rinker Sr. Playhouse. For info., visit www.kravis.org. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free screening of the movie Monster Trucks on Friday, May 19 at 8 p.m. Visit www. wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Saturday, May 20 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will walk in Okeeheelee Park (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) on Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 a.m. Call Margaret at (561) 324-3543 for more info. • The Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International will host its annual Tropical Fruit Tree & Edible Plant Sale on Saturday, May 20. The popular event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Agriplex Building on the South Florida Fairgrounds. For more info., visit www.pbrarefruitcouncil.org. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Things That Go” for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, May 20 at 11 a.m. Zoom on over for some fun stories about cars, trains and planes, songs and a craft. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Letters to Our Military” for ages 7 and up on Saturday, May 20 at 2 p.m. Remember service men and women by making a card to thank them. Lynelle Chauncey Zelnar of Forgotten Soldiers Outreach will lead the activity. Craft supplies will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Palm Beach Children’s Chorus will present “Celebrate the Music 2017” on Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m. in the Kravis Center’s Helen K. Persson Hall. For more information, visit www.kravis.org. • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual gala and business of the year awards Saturday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion. For more info., or to purchase tickets, visit www.cpbchamber.com. Monday, May 22 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Coloring Pokémon for ages 5 to 10 on Monday, May 22 at 2:30 p.m. Bring your favorite Pokémon to life with themed pages. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will offer a French Beaded Flower Craft for adults on Monday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. Learn the basics of French beading by using seed beads and wire to create a timeless little wildflower. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, May 23 • Palm Beach Central High School will hold its commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 23

at noon at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For more information, call (561) 304-1000. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Paper Airplane Contest for ages 5 to 13 on Tuesday, May 23 at 2:30 p.m. Create your own paper airplane and compete against your peers to see how far it can go. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Wellington will host a Walk and Talk in the 12th Fairway Community on Tuesday, May 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. For info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Book Discussion on Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat for adults on Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. Pick up a copy at the research services desk. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info.

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Wednesday, May 24 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Five Steps to a Stress-Free Life for adults on Wednesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. Joe Hamilton of TrustBridge Health teaches easy techniques to lower stress levels. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, May 25 • Wellington High School will hold its commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 25 at 4 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For more information, call (561) 795-4900. • Wellington will host a Food Truck Invasion at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Thursday, May 25 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with a free Grateful Dead tribute concert at 6:30 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. Saturday, May 27 • The Florida Gun & Knife Show returns to the South Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28. For more information, visit www. flgunshows.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Star Wars 40th Anniversary Celebration for all ages on Saturday, May 27 at 2 p.m. Celebrate with Tricia Barr, one of the Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia authors. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Monday, May 29 • Wellington will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony on Monday, May 29 at the Wellington Veterans Memorial. The parade will begin at 8:15 a.m. from the Wellington Municipal Complex parking area and continuing down Forest Hill Blvd. to South Shore Blvd. The ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Wellington Veterans Memorial, immediately following the parade. For more info., visit www. wellingtonfl.gov. • The Village of Royal Palm Beach will hold its Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 29 at the Veterans Park Amphitheater at 9 a.m. A flag-raising ceremony will be followed by a motivational presentation and a performance by the Royal Palm Beach Community Band. For more information, visit www. royalpalmbeach.com. Tuesday, May 30 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Origami for Adults on Tuesday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m. Discover the art of Japanese paper folding and transform a plain piece of paper into an animal or flower with some simple strategic folds. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, May 31 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, May 31 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Wii games, board games and more. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Steve Jobs of the Auto World” on Wednesday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. Father of the Corvette and other innovative lifestyle car creations, Harley Earl’s auto legacy has been compared to Steve Jobs. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

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Art Society Scholarships — The Wellington Art Society held its annual art scholarship awards ceremony at the Wellington Community Center on Wednesday, April 12. The grants were given to graduating high school students who plan to study art at the collegiate level. Shown above are honorees Serena Ho, Seanna Harris, Dalton Taylor, Chrystie Tyler, Sara Khamballia, Madeline Horowitz and Kristina Lemajic.

Reggae4Cure — The inaugural Reggae4Cure Family Fun Day & Food Festival was held at the Wellington Amphitheater on Saturday, March 25. Wellington residents and visitors from across Palm Beach County and beyond partied at the festival in support of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast. Shown above are event organizers Shae Bullock, Gillian Smart, Deedra Lopardo, Tracy Thomas and Jacqueline Burke.

Kids Cancer Foundation Benefit — Uncle Gary’s Rock & Rib Fest was held Saturday, April 1 at the Wellington Amphitheater with music, food and family fun. There was delicious barbecue, refreshing lemonade, fun raffles, vendors, live music and more for attendees to enjoy. All proceeds from the event benefit the Kids Cancer Foundation. Shown above are Carl Rodia, Michelle O’Boyle, Helen Rodia and “Uncle Gary” Rowan.

Wellington Kids Triathlon — The annual Wellington Kids Triathlon was held at the Wellington Aquatics Complex on Sunday, April 2. The events included swimming, biking and running to complete the multi-stage competition. There were five age groups that ranged from children born between 2003 and 2013. Shown above are Patrick McCue, Alona and Lilly Beach, and Linda McCue.

Great American Cleanup Event — The Village of Wellington hosted its Great American Cleanup project on Saturday, April 15. Community members participated in the event that began in front of Tiger Shark Cove Park and saw the participants pick up litter along Greenbriar Blvd. and Greenview Shores Blvd., as well as in the Folkestone/Yarmouth community.

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