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The Perfect Blend of Sport, Lifestyle, and Family

Wellington’s Private Golf, Tennis, and Social Club Traditional golf with no tee times. Casual dining at The Duke’s Bar, Veranda, and poolside Fine dining at Stables Restaurant Tennis, fitness, a junior Olympic-size pool, kiddie pool, and play area Year-round social calendar and child-friendly programs


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$10,000 non-refundable initiation with annual dues of $10,500. $25,000 refundable initiation with annual dues of $10,500. 1900 Aero Club Drive • Wellington, FL 33414 561-795-3501 | info@wanderersclubwellington.com

Executive Chef Jeff and Owners Tetyana and Alex

Executive Chef Jeff with Diners

By Joe Nasuti Join us in welcoming Wellington Trace Tavern, the newest restaurant in Wellington! Add to that a very special warm welcome to the tavern’s full-time owners, Tetyana and Alex. You can feel the excitement and enthusiasm of these two young entrepreneurs and their desire to make Wellington Trace Tavern one of the best destination restaurants and taverns, not only in Wellington, but all of the Palm Beaches. Every night it is a local gathering place for regulars, first-timers and tourists alike. Executive Chef Jeff has an impressive background with his experience from New England to California to New York, with stops along the way in Arizona and the Carolinas. Most recently, he had a stint at the amazing Tuscany at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. Chef Jeff’s philosophy is “Food with Integrity.” Along with that driving passion, his tag line of “Great Food, Great Wine, Great Friends, Best of Times,” shows his passion, along with an unwavering high standard he insists upon in his kitchen. Everything I saw and tasted was of exceptional, fresh quality. The community is also fortunate to have Chef Jeff as a local resident. With Tetyana, Alex and Jeff, great things are surely coming to

Wellington Trace Tavern. To round out the team, Christina is at the helm of the management taking care of dining room and bar service. Owners that are present every day, a decorated chef and a veteran manager are all ready to serve you. I highly recommend Chef Jeff’s Amazing Chicken Wings! These extra-crispy, very meaty wings are the best in the area. The abundant menu features many unique items and plenty of options for everyone. Along with wings, you can indulge in pot stickers, calamari and grilled brie. For entrees, Chef Jeff scores again with his own creation of Dr. Pepper Filet Mignon. For a twist, pair it with citrus grilled shrimp! The menu also includes southern pecan and gorgonzola salad, pork chops, chicken parmesan, coconut fried shrimp and gourmet chicken salad stuffed avocado, just to name a few items. Call or stop by today and say hello to the team at the new Wellington Trace Tavern. Tell them Joe Nasuti, The Phantom, highly recommended Wellington Trace Tavern! Wellington Trace Tavern is located inside the original Wellington Mall at the southeast corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For additional information, call (561) 469-1109 or visit www.wttavern.com.

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Palm Beach Polo and CC - 2 bedroom/2 bath second floor unit. Totally remodeled. Granite counters, Stainless appliances, marble flooring. Newer A/C and water heater. Offered Turn-key furnished. Centrally located to all club amenities. $289,000.

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‘GET FIT, NOT HIT’ AT TITLE BOXING CLUB IN WELLINGTON With the tagline “get fit, not hit,” Title Boxing Club is out to change the image of the sport from power fighting to high-energy workouts. Title Boxing Club, now open in Wellington, is affiliated with Title Boxing, the well-known boxing gear company. By Julie Unger

CYCLING CLASSES KEEP ULTIMA FITNESS MEMBERS MOVING Ultima Fitness has been helping people get and stay fit for more than 20 years. Along with its general exercise space, Ultima offers group classes led by more than 30 instructors, and among the most popular are the cycling classes. By Jack Lowenstein

PURE BARRE’S UNIQUE WORKOUT GAINING IN POPULARITY Micah Peters fell in love with Pure Barre and its unique workout when she was studying at Florida International University. Paired with her cheerleading and dance background, Pure Barre, a combination of Pilates and ballet, was the perfect fit. By Julie Unger

HEART-RATE-MONITORED TRAINING AT ORANGETHEORY Orangetheory Fitness Wellington is one of more than 500 Orangetheory locations worldwide offering heart-rate-monitored personal training, interval fitness programs. One of the main goals at Orangetheory is to strive for a calorie afterburn. By Jack Lowenstein

NEW LEVEL II NICU OPENS AT PALMS WEST HOSPITAL Long regarded for its focus on family-centered care, Palms West Hospital recently opened its new Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and renovated 10 maternity suites located in the adjacent birthing center. By Deborah Welky Recognizing the prevalence of stroke-related hospital visits, Wellington Regional Medical Center made a commitment to the community to become a Comprehensive Stroke Center, which allows the hospital to care for some of the most complex cases.

BETHESDA OFFERS AN ARRAY OF SERVICES IN WELLINGTON Bethesda Health now offers services in Wellington to help you feel better fast. For starters, Bethesda Health Urgent Care provides convenient medical care 365 days a year. Bethesda also has a local imaging center, women’s health center and doctor’s group.


WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Wellington Art Society Hosts Annual Dinner & Officer Installation Village Of Wellington Hosts Memorial Day Parade And Ceremony Mall At Wellington Green Presents Indoor Summer Green Market Women’s Group Hosts Installation And Scholarship Presentation





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When a carpenter builds his dream home, it looks like a model house — with plenty of upgrades and personal touches. Located in the Olympia community, Wellington Home visits a five-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home that is like no other. By Deborah Welky Lori and John Giattino came to South Florida to make their dreams come true, and this summer, they will invite the community to enjoy food that tastes great and is good for you when Giovanni’s Healthy Café opens on State Road 7. By Jack Lowenstein


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volume 15, number 7 july 2017

executive editor

Joshua I. Manning


Dawn Rivera

senior graphic designer Stephanie Rodriguez

graphic designers

Nancy Pobiak Yolanda Cernicky

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

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Summer is a great time to re-evaluate your fitness and health, and in our annual health and wellness issue this month, we bring you some fun ways to get fit and stay in shape. We visited local fitness facilities to check out great fitness ideas. We cycled our way to the popular cycling class offered at Ultima Fitness, which is sure to keep you moving. We checked our heart rate at Orangetheory’s heart-rate-monitored training, which helps members meet their goals. Next, we were off to Pure Barre, where we discovered one of their typical 55-minute classes, which helps target each muscle group to shake fatigue and stretch them out to create long, lean muscles which will look great in that new swimsuit this season. This month’s cover brings us to the newest workout studio in Wellington, Title Boxing Club. With the tagline “get fit, not hit,” Title Boxing Club is out to change the image of the sport from power fighting to high-energy workouts. These are just some of the ways that Wellington residents can find their way to a healthier, more energetic life. We invite you to check out these options as you work to create your new fit and healthy lifestyle. We also caught up this month with what’s new at our local hospitals. Celebrating the grand opening of its new Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Palms West Hospital can now help expecting parents put their fears aside with the latest technology to care for the tiniest of babies, as well as infants with serious medical issues. The hospital also offers 10 newly renovated maternity suites located in the adjacent birthing center, with a team of doctors ready to take care of every need. Meanwhile, Wellington Regional Medical Center is on trend to help Wellington residents in search of immediate assistance following a stroke. They have made the commitment to the community to become a Comprehensive Stroke Center, which allows the hospital to care for some of the most complex stroke cases, allowing residents to receive the care they need without having to leave the Wellington area. Bethesda Health now offers a wide array of services in Wellington to help you feel better fast. For starters, Bethesda Health Urgent Care provides convenient medical care 365 days a year, seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Bethesda also offers a new imaging center, women’s health center and doctor’s group in Wellington. Wellington Designer this month visits with John Grimes and Tara Lordi of Idlewild Furnishings, where out-of-the-ordinary is the norm when it comes to unique, equestrian-themed pieces. Wellington Sports hits the field with Palm Beach Central High School lacrosse star Tia Drew, and Wellington Real Estate profiles the Shockley Team at Keller Williams Realty, featuring mom Maryjo Shockley and daughter-in-law Mary Shockley. Wellington Home knocks on the door of an Olympia house that boasts custom millwork and unique décor, making it stand out from the crowd. Finally, Wellington Table brings us to Giovanni’s Healthy Café, where you can enjoy food that tastes great and is good for you as well. We hope your summer is filled with days that memories are made of, and you make getting fit and staying in shape one of your priorities.

Dawn Rivera Dawn Rivera, Publisher

Fun Ways To Get Fit And Stay In Shape


The Team at Visions Salon is honored to have been voted by Wellington readers, Best in the West 2014 and repeated the same for 2015! Visions is set in the heart of Wellington Florida, and boasts 2500 square feet of modern interior design. Clean lines, metals, dark woods, and pops of color illuminate this bustling New York Style Salon. Every stylist is passionate about their profession and passionate about transforming each client.The key is cultivating a culture of education within the staff which equips each stylist with the ability to execute each unique design with awless technique and unbeatable precision and artistry.

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Wellington Art Society Hosts Annual Dinner & Officer Installation

(Left) The Wellington Art Society’s 2017-18 board members. (Right) Sandy Axelrod (center) presents pearl and crystal handmade bracelets to Lynn Doyal, Faye Ford, Jean Bootz Brown, Barbara Powell, Betty Brodie, Susan Mosely, Leslie Pfeiffer and Toni Willey.

The Wellington Art Society held its annual dinner and installation of officers on Friday, June 2 at the Mayacoo Lakes Golf & Country Club. Outgoing board members received recognition and gifts for their hard work at special events and art shows. New board members were sworn in as outgoing President Sandy Axelrod turned over the gavel to incoming President Toni Willey. For more information about the Wellington Art Society, visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org.

(Left to right) Incoming President Toni Willey takes the gavel from outgoing President Sandy Axelrod; Gael Hahn, Joanne Baker MacLeod, Sandy Axelrod, Maria Lentine, Donna Donelan and Adrianne Hetherington; Lynn Doyal, Carolina King and Sandy Axelrod; Jack Rosen and Sandy Axelrod; and outgoing board members are thanked for their service.

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Got Care? Bethesda Health Urgent Care! Get back to doing what you do best at the new Bethesda Health Urgent Care. From colds and flu to minor cuts and sports injuries, our experts are ready to care for you. Designed with state-of-the-art treatment rooms and on-site imaging, the Bethesda Health Urgent Care provides care for a comprehensive array of medical conditions with convenient hours to fit your family’s needs.

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BETHESDA HEALTH Urgent Care 10520 Forest Hill Blvd. • Wellington, Florida 33414 • (561) 204-WELL • www.BethesdaHealthUrgentCare.com Affiliated with Bethesda Hospital West and Bethesda Hospital East

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Photos by Jack Lowenstein

Village Of Wellington Hosts Memorial Day Parade And Ceremony

(Left to right) Mayor Anne Gerwig and American Legion Post 390 Commander Alan Ziker lay one of the wreaths; veterans gather at the Wellington Veterans Memorial; and Alan Gerwig and Dennis Rhat at the ceremony.

The Village of Wellington held its annual Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony on Monday, May 29. Hundreds were in attendance for the special event, including many veterans. The parade began at the Wellington Municipal Complex and headed down Forest Hill Blvd. to the Wellington Veterans Memorial at South Shore Blvd., where the ceremony was held.

(Left to right) Palm Beach Country Fire-Rescue’s pipe and drum band; members of American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Wellington Post 390 march in the parade; the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office honor guard; Palm Beach County Vice Mayor Melissa McKinlay shares a Memorial Day message; and Regis and Tom Wenham.

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Mall At Wellington Green Presents Indoor Summer Green Market

(Left) Fiamma Stein gets a sample from Almotti Cookies & More Pastry Chef Carlo Raciti. (Right) Niji Silva from “La Montagne Des Saveurs” (A Mountain of Flavors) talks about cheese with Marty Bullock.

The Mall at Wellington Green hosted its first monthly indoor farmers’ market on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11 in the City Furniture court. Vendors featured cheese, orchids, fresh juices and cookies, breads and candy for sale. There was honey, specialty oils, jams and jellies, and more. The event will be held monthly the second Saturday and Sunday each month through October. For more info., call (561) 227-6900 or visit www.shopwellingtongreen.com.

(Left to right) Linda Messina looks over the orchids from Orchids Designs by Reyna; Gerbaud Bakery owners Matthew and Joanne Cyr; Valerie Hobbs and Michael Hobbs at the Oilicious display; Sean Radford plays Spanish folk and jazz music; and Elijah Dia gives Cass Stryker some shea butter cream.

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Eliezer Hernandez, M.D. F.A.C.C., F.A.S.N.C., R.P.V.I. Board Certified in Cardiovascular Medicine • Board Certified in Internal Medicine Board Certified in Nuclear Cardiology • Board Certified in Echocardiography Fellow of the American College of Cardiology Fellow of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation

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Women’s Group Hosts Installation And Scholarship Presentation

(Left) Incoming board members Phyllis Gauger, Lynda Chicano, Terri Wescott, Mair Armand, Donna Kuebler, Maria Pergola and Cheryl Dunn Bychek. (Rght) Scholarship recipients Sydney Meve, Kianna Anderson, Adriana Serrano and Jocabed Martinez.

Women of the Western Communities held its end of season meeting, officer installation and scholarship presentation on Thursday, June 8 at the Wanderers Club. There was a buffet dinner and a program that featured guest speaker Kathy Stackhouse. Four students received scholarship awards, the 2017-18 board was sworn in by Allyson Samiljan and there was a check presentation to the YWCA Harmony House. For more info., e-mail Mair Armand at mair@wwc-fl.com or call (561) 635-0011.

(Left to right) Incoming President Cheryl Dunn Bychek is sworn in by Allyson Samiljan; Phyllis Gauger thanks guest speaker Kathy Stackhouse; Co-President Lynda Chicano, guest speaker Kathy Stackhouse and Co-President Donna Kuebler; Greater West Palm Beach Women’s Club members Mary Evelyn Mitchell, Phyllis Gauger, Jean D’Ambrosio, Kathy Stackhouse, Cathy Hopkins, Janet Carlson, Fran Green and JeffAnne Pike; and the scholarship committee with the scholarship recipients.

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‘Get Fit, Not Hit’ At Title Boxing Club’s New Studio In Wellington Story by Julie Unger • Photos by Abner Pedraza

With the tagline “get fit, not hit,” Title Boxing Club is out to change the image of the sport from power fighting to high-energy workouts. “We deliver the best hour of your day. That’s what we do. We are an individualized workout in a group setting. The music is on high, the instructor leads the workout. You come in, and we do the rest. All you have to do is follow along,” General Manager Scott Lewis explained. Lewis manages both the Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens franchise locations, which are owned by Robert Prince. The Wellington location opened March 1. Title Boxing Club is affiliated with Title Boxing, the well-known boxing gear company that provides equipment for martial arts, boxing, mixed martial arts and more. It seemed only fitting

that the company expand into Title Boxing Club, a place where the average person can learn the sport of boxing using Title Boxing gear. Unlike the popular image of boxing, Title Boxing Club members feature a high percentage of women. “When I saw the first class,” Prince recalled, “I walked in, and it was 60 percent women. As I was talking to them, it struck me that this is something that would help people, and people would like.” Title Boxing Club offers both boxing and kickboxing classes in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere, with different membership packages, including unlimited classes, with the club’s seven in-

structors, including UFC fighter Jorge Rivera. “Our instructors are all pro and amateur mixed martial artists and boxers, as well as certified fitness professionals, and they will walk you through the class,” Lewis said. “They show you the technique, but also give you a killer workout that will burn 600 to 1,000 calories per class. With our classes, you learn a skill as you get an amazing workout.” Classes are offered throughout the day from 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Noon classes Monday through Friday are a half hour. There are also signature hour classes called “Power Hour” that include a 15-minute warmup, 30 min-

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Title Boxing Club General Manager Scott Lewis with owners Deann and Robert Prince.

utes of bag work and 15 minutes of core work. On Saturday and Sunday, there is a 75-minute morning class. Group strength training, fundamentals classes and private training are also offered. “It’s not Rocky where there’s a ring and somebody spitting in a bucket. It’s a completely different experience. We’re a club, we’re a studio, basically, that has bags,” Prince said. “We have an instructor every day who is teaching you what to do. All you have to do is get over the threshold.” The clubs are up to 75 percent women, Lewis said, explaining that the workout is tough enough for a man but designed to be empowering and comfortable for women. There are lockers available, and loaner gloves for first classes. There are 48 heavy bags that weigh more than 100 pounds. There’s an interlocking cage system holding up 48 elevated heavy bags. “You get a resistance workout as you hit it, as well as a cardio burn, so you build lean muscle as you’re burning calories,” Lewis explained. “Here, you can always learn a new technique with your punching and kicking.” The typical bag weighs about 50 pounds, he said, pointing out that the bags they use are approximately 6 feet long. 24

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“That’s what differentiates us and our workouts from our competitors,” Lewis said. Other specialized equipment includes a speed bag, a double-end bag, as well as medicine balls and other weightlifting equipment, providing for an engaging workout that allows members to focus on the workout rather than their problems of the day. “We’re completely non-threatening. You don’t have to be in any particular shape, size, you just come,” Prince said. “You can be uncoordinated, you can be coordinated. You can have boxed. You could have kickboxed before, or, like 98 percent of our members, you’ve never touched a glove before. You just want a good workout — somebody to help you to achieve the goals that you want.” At Title Boxing Club, boxing gear is available for purchase, ensuring that the proper gear is used at the high-energy, community-centric club. “The initial concept of Title Boxing really was to train the average person like a fighter trains. A fighter doesn’t come in and spar every day — we don’t do that here, nobody gets hit here — we do everything else that a fighter does. Eighty-eight percent of what a fighter does is conditioning,” Prince explained. Attending and participating in classes with the trainers helps members

reach their goals. “At the end of the day, personal training is always important, especially in the case where somebody comes in and they want to get stronger, or in the case where they want to lose weight,” Prince said. “We’re here, and we believe in our members, and we want to meet what their needs are. Everyone likes a challenge.” Prince likened Title Boxing Club to golf, where practice and participation increases skills. “You want to get more involved, and you want to get better at it,” he said. Wellington’s Title Boxing Club holds special community events with partners Buffalo Wild Wings, Glazed and Confused, Hand & Stone and other local companies. Recently, there was a special event called Boxing After Dark, with glow-in-the-dark accessories. “It’s a community club,” Prince said. “We do fun events, like member get-togethers and member socials.” They also work within the community, including the Knockout Parkinson’s program, offering classes for those with Parkinson’s disease to have workouts that help with their symptoms. Employees also visit at St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital with mitts and gloves. “We probably get more out of it than the kids,” Prince said. Special classes will also take place at the Mall at Wellington Green, including jiu-jitsu, strength/conditioning and women’s self-defense as part of a group of fitness businesses working together with Nordstrom. Each month, Title Boxing Club holds an open house event with a different theme. Prince offers the first class for free, allowing people to learn more about the facility. Prospective members should come in a half hour early to get settled. Title Boxing Club Wellington is located at 2863 S. State Road 7, Suite 100. For more information, call (561) 660-8212 or visit www. titleboxingclub.com/wellington-fl. Find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/titleboxing clubwellington.

Ultima Fitness members listen to 1980s music and Judy Duany’s instructions during a cycling class.

Popular Cycling Classes Keep Members Moving At Ultima Fitness Story and Photos by Jack Lowenstein

Ultima Fitness has been helping people in the Wellington area get and stay fit for more than 20 years. Along with its general exercise space, Ultima offers group classes led by more than 30 instructors. Among them is longtime Ultima staff member Judy Duany. As operations manager and group fitness director, Duany works to form and maintain relationships with Ultima’s membership. She also instructs a cycling course, and you will not find her on the sidelines when you get on a bike. She is exercising with the group, selecting the music that will propel the attendees into better shape. “We’re family owned, so you get a feeling of community here,” Duany said. “Friendships are developed here, so members share a common bond when they come in here. It’s more than just show up, do your thing and leave. Everybody is very encouraging and supportive of each other.” Duany is thoughtful when she says that anybody can

get on the exercise bike in her class and have fun. The class allows you to work at your own pace and capability. “All of our classes are pretty universal, meaning you are in control of your own bike,” Duany said. “You can adjust the tension freely, and you can make it as hard or as challenging as you like.” Duany uses music in all her classes as a catalyst for a positive workout experience. “Music is huge, and that’s pretty much what is going to make it or break it in a cycling class,” Duany said. “It’s going to be a long ride if it’s bad music.” She enjoys the family-oriented feel of the class. “Friendships continue out of the cycle room,” Duany wellington the magazine | july 2017


Ultima Fitness President Jill Merrell and Group Fitness Director Judy Duany.

said. “You’ll see many of them walk right across to get coffee together after.” All of Duany’s classes are by request from the membership, and she keeps the focus on the individuals in the classes. “In order to have fun, it has to be about them,” Duany said. “In order to make it about them, every week is by

request, so I take all of the requests, and I build all of my classes around the type of music.” During one of her classes, music from the 1980s was the theme, and it got everyone up and cycling. There is room to start and grow in the cycling class. Duany feels that cy-

cling can be a universal exercise to fit different areas that people want to personally improve. “Mostly people are trying for cardio reasons, weight reduction, strengthening legs, and a lot of people are intimated by cycling,” she said. “They think it’s too hard, or they can’t do it, or they’re not going to be able to keep up. But like I said, everybody can do it.” Having a great trainer is a major part of the success in cycling classes. “I just think they need the motivation, and that is what the instructor is here to do — help encourage them and keep them coming back and be their cheerleader,” she said. Duany feels a great sense of satisfaction from her role as an instructor. “I love to see when members hit their goals, and they come and tell me, and they either are training for a triathlon, or they’re just trying to increase their cardio, or they’re rehabbing their knee, and I love to hear the success of what it’s

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doing for them and how much it’s impacting their lives,” Duany said. She finds that her class, and cycling in general, is a great way to constructively let out negative stress. “It’s a matter of sometimes just having a bad day, and you just need to come in and cycle and not think about it,” Duany said. “They can choose to do anything, they can choose to go anywhere, when they choose to come to your class. It comes back to being a part of the community and being a part of something, so they feel safe in your class.” Duany has been part of the Ultima family for close to two decades now. Her role and her hours have changed, since she has become a wife and mother. It is because of the love and support of the family-operated business that she has been able to grow into her leadership roles today. “I’m more in the back office, addressing member concerns,” Duany said. “It’s

another good thing about me being an instructor as well. The relationships that I form, it’s not so formal when people have to come in and ask about their account or speak about their account. I know their faces, and it’s not intimidating. You come in, and you can talk to me in class. It’s the benefit of me crossing over in departments.” Duany encourages newcomers to her cycling classes. “It does not require much once you are all set up on your bike,” Duany said. “It’s not like you have to keep thinking and overthinking. You can come in, and you can make it as challenging or as light a workout as you want, compared to some of the other machines out there, where you need to be trained on.” She also makes sure that members do not get discouraged after one class. “We have 30 instructors on staff. So, if you don’t like one, try another,” Duany said. “Don’t give up after your first

Judy Duany leads one of her popular cycling classes.

one. That’s what I keep saying, whether it’s any class. There are multiple instructors, definitely something here to fit you, fit your needs and what you’re looking for.” Ultima Fitness is located in the Wellington Plaza at 12799 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more information about classes or other services, call (561) 795-2823 or visit www. ultimafitness.com.

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Pure Barre’s Unique Workout Is Gaining Popularity In Wellington Story and Photos by Julie Unger

Micah Peters has been a fixture at the Pure Barre studio in Wellington since it opened. She has been the manager of the location since May 2014. “I’ve been managing the studio since then, but I took over in November,” said Peters, who now owns the local fitness studio. “It was an opportunity that I could not pass up.” Peters fell in love with the Pure Barre community and its unique workout when she was studying at Florida International University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics. Paired with her cheerleading and dance background, Pure Barre, a combination of Pilates and ballet, was the perfect fit. After Peters graduated, she learned that Pure Barre was opening in Wellington — her hometown. She knew it was the perfect opportunity to get involved as a teacher. “If you can hold onto the bar, you can do Pure Barre,” she said. Pure Barre offers a beginners’ class called Pure

Foundations for anyone who has taken five or fewer classes, where participants learn the various building blocks to the exercises in a hands-on, individualized small-class setting. The typical 55-minute class can have up to 23 participants. “We target each muscle section to shake fatigue, and then stretch them out to create long, lean muscles, stretching each muscle section after we work it,” Peters said. “It’s low impact and easy on the joints. The workout was created by a woman and is geared toward a woman’s body, targeting the areas that women struggle with.” However, men are also encouraged to join, and there are often special events to introduce men to Pure Barre. Nationwide, some NFL players take classes to sharpen their skills. wellington the magazine | july 2017


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Participants must be 16 or older to take the class, which uses body weight for resistance, medicine balls, resistance tubes, and two-, three- and fivepound weights. There are more than 450 studios across the country, with a similar layout

in each, Peters explained, with a welcoming area, retail section, studio and cubbies for personal items. The dress code is leggings or capris — shorts aren’t allowed because you want to keep your legs warm — a tank top or T-shirt, but no bare midriffs,

and socks. Socks with grips are recommended. Pure Barre isn’t just a workout, Peters stressed. “It’s the community. It’s the environment. Seeing women come in here every day, the changes in their body, mentally, physically… it’s more than just a workout,” she explained. “The mental capacity, the physical capacity, the mind-body connection you have in it and seeing the change in others, and inspiring others and being inspired by clients as well. It’s amazing to see results in clients.” Clients see results in as little as 10 classes, she said, and are able to find a familiar environment and workout when they travel. They also form lasting relationships. “Clients will have met here, and they go on trips to New York together,” Peters said. “This is more than a workout. Friendships are developed here.” Pure Barre has different milestones

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that are celebrated, be it 100 classes, 250 classes, 500 classes, 750 classes or 1,000 classes. When a client hits one of those milestones, they sign a bar in the back and receive a pair of socks. Peters has seen clients overcome injuries and grow stronger, enjoy the challenge and transform their bodies. Pure Barre offers multiple membership packages, including those for brides-tobe and those who want to bounce back from having a baby. Pure Barre is a challenge whether it is your first class or 1,000th class, she said, but always a great experience. “Once you’re hooked, you’re hooked,” Peters said. “Once Pure Barre is in your life, it’s one of those things where you don’t ever want to let it go.” For those who have never taken a class, Peters suggests coming a few minutes early — and be sure to keep an open mind. “The first class can be a little bit overwhelming,” she said. “That’s completely

normal. Give it a few tries, and you’ll definitely see results, because it is an effective exercise. It’s also fun to bring a friend because they hold you accountable, and you’re able to work out and have a good time together while changing your body.” The Pure Barre experience is one that Peters truly enjoys sharing with her community. “Pure Barre has always been a positive thing in my life,” Peters said. “It’s a dream for me to be able to actually say, ‘this is mine.’” Pure Barre classes are listed online, where attendees are able to sign up and reserve a spot morning, afternoon and evening. Unlike other classes, attendees are able to sign up weeks in advance or on their way over. Walk-ins are accepted, and attendees can sign up for a class in the Pure Barre app. The Wellington location offers a new client special, as well as other promotions and packages. Pure Barre Wellington is located at

Pure Barre’s Micah Peters does a stretching exercise.

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Orangetheory’s Heart-Rate-Monitored Training Helps Members Meet Goals Story and Photos by Jack Lowenstein

Orangetheory Fitness Wellington is one of more than 500 Orangetheory studio locations worldwide offering heart-rate-monitored personal training, interval fitness programs. One of the main goals at Orangetheory is to strive for a calorie afterburn or the “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption” (EPOC) effect, as Studio Manager Kevin Cohen explained. According to this method, the body will continue to burn calories after exercise when pushing the body to its limits during workouts. “Depending on your height and your weight, things like that, you could burn from 300 to 700 calories 36 hours after the workout, as well as however many calories you burn in your workout,” Cohen said. The fitness club is a group-training facility, so clients are always working in groups when training at an Orangetheory location. Still, Cohen said they set up consultations with members who are working toward their own specific goals while exercising alongside others.

“Before anybody takes their first class with us, we have them come in 30 to 40 minutes early,” Cohen said. “We develop a personal touch and have them fill out a clientele intake form.” Those personal touches are what Orangetheory locations work toward to give every member a unique experience. “We go over their goals and see what they’re trying to accomplish, as well as introduce them to the trainer,” Cohen said. “It’s 20 minutes with us and 20 minutes with the trainer, and that’s pretty much how we get an idea for exactly what kind of workout we’re going to have for them and what we need to modify.” The moment they step into the gym, clients are given heart rate monitors to use during exercise, and then personal heart rates are displayed on LED wellington the magazine | july 2017


Orangetheory trainer Amanda Lide and Studio Manager Kevin Cohen.

screens throughout the gym. There are five color-coded levels, which correlate with a percentage of your maximum heart rate: Gray, Blue, Green, Orange and Red. “There is not going to be one person who is going to try to keep up with

another person’s speed throughout the whole class,” Cohen said. “Everyone is going to go at their own pace.” The goal is to be exercising with heart rates in the orange and red zones for the majority of the time. This gives the body the best chance to reach EPOC,

the afterburn effect. “You can definitely push yourself more with the heart rate monitor,” Cohen said. “Just seeing your zones up there on the screen, you know if you’re slacking or not.” Each class is 60 minutes long. They feature intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. During an individual’s consultation with an Orangetheory trainer, the client will get to work on goals and key in on personal fitness areas, whether it be weight loss, strength building, muscle tone and more. When you leave the Orangetheory gym, the heart rate training doesn’t have to stop. “The heart rate monitors that we use here can also be used outside the studio. If you’re going for a jog or going to play basketball, you can download the app, hook it up, and then you can actually see what heart rate zones you’re in,” Cohen said. Cohen originally started working for Orangetheory at its headquarters

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studio in Fort Lauderdale, where the Orangetheory fitness journey began in 2010. Cohen was once a skeptic of heartrate-monitored training, but has since found it to be personally effective. “I really started focusing on that and going into some details with that and learning about it, and, personally, I’ve already lost a lot of weight, and my condition has gone up [by] huge numbers,” Cohen said. “I would definitely say it’s the EPOC effect.” Cohen enjoys the culture at Orangetheory Wellington. “The whole reason I took on a job with Orangetheory two and half years ago was because of the different vibe. It’s more family based,” he said. “We don’t just go like big gyms, ‘Oh, another person in here; enjoy your workout.’ We try to get personal with our members.” Cohen continues to add personal touches to the fitness experience at Orangetheory, calling his members to ask

During the interval program, trainer Amanda Lide has members using medicine balls, running on the tread mill, performing rows and more.

about their dieting outside of the gym and pushing them to meet their goals. “If somebody comes in here and tells me they’re looking to lose 15 to 20 pounds, two weeks later I’m going to call that person and ask them how it’s going,” Cohen said. “I’m going to ask

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New Level II NICU Open At Palms West Hospital For Tiniest Patients Story by Deborah Welky • Photos by Julie Unger

Forty weeks is a long time to look forward to any event. If that event is the birth of a child, you will probably experience a full range of emotions while you wait — everything from joy to anxiousness. When the baby is born, you will be flooded with a sense of relief that everything has gone well. But what if everything has not gone well? What if the baby is born too early or has a serious medical issue? The all-consuming emotion then is likely fear. Palms West Hospital can now put those fears to rest. Long regarded for its focus on family-centered care, the hospital recently opened its new Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and renovated 10 maternity suites located in the adjacent birthing center. Originally opening in 1986, the New Life Center at Palms West Hospital has spent 30 years listening to what parents want and what doctors need. The new state-of-art Level II NICU is the result. Because not every baby born is a “well baby,” nor even a Level I baby, parents of infants with complex medical conditions can now stay together and focus on providing the needed support to their newest family member in comfortable, secure and private NICU suites while highly trained special-

The new Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Palms West Hospital features state-of-the-art equipment.


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ists do their jobs using the latest state-of-the-art technology. “Our private rooms allow for intimate bonding time, which is ultimately difficult to achieve in a semi-private setting,” said Eric Goldman, CEO of Palms West Hospital. “Our NICU’s family-centered care environment provides these newborns and their parents with all the loving support they need and deserve.” Each room is equipped with incubators, ventilators and other specialized equipment for premature newborns. Because family-centered care is such a priority at Palms West Hospital, the upgrades incorporate NicView Streaming technology, which allows families to view their newborn from a secure camera portal anytime, anywhere, on any device with internet access. “NicView Streaming was a priority for us. Families should not miss a second of their baby’s early moments,” New Life Center Clinical Director Toni Ahern said.

Dr. Bernardo Pimentel, Palms West Hospital CEO Eric Goldman and Director of Women’s Services Toni Ahern.

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Palms West Hospital VIPs take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Level II NICU.

Palms West Hospital is one of only five hospitals in Florida with this unique technology. “We are thrilled to unveil the upgrades to our New Life Center,” Ahern added. “The expansion is much more than decorative — we have expanded our staff and services to ensure that it is the safest place to welcome your baby.” The new Level II NICU is staffed around-the-clock by board-certified neonatologists, experienced nurses, respiratory therapists, anesthesiologists and social workers in a unit that is equipped with the technology and equipment required to provide the most advanced and specialized care. Dr. Bernardo Pimentel of South Dade Neonatologists specializes in the treatment of premature babies. He is very excited that the new Level II NICU is open at Palms West Hospital. “Level II is level of care provided to newborns who weigh one kilo or more,” Pimentel explained. “Typically, five to seven percent of all pregnancies result in premature births, often to younger mothers, diabetics, those with hypertension or drug addicts.” Construction began on the new Level II NICU in January and was completed in mid-April at a cost of $4.9 million. “This unit is brand new,” Pimentel said. “There are big rooms. We can keep the mother there and they can see what we are doing with the caKrista Atwell, Caren Bock, Tammy Baergen-White, Kathryn Walton, Nancy Rabin and CEO Eric Goldman.


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pability of a camera. After she is released, the mother can see the baby from home. If the father is a soldier or out of state, he can see the baby through the internet.” The fact that a neonatologist is on site 24 hours a day is also a real advantage, Pimentel stressed. No longer does the onsite doctor have to call for a specialist, then wait for the specialist to arrive. Pimentel is also pleased with the highly trained neonatal nursing staff. “They are very capable nurses there,” Pimentel said. “They are well-prepared, and now they will get even more experience because they have the opportunity to deal with sicker babies. The babies will get the best care. We have always encouraged the participation of the parents in the baby’s care. Yet, in the past, a baby with issues had to be transferred somewhere else because we didn’t have the space, and it was only a Level I NICU. The expanded New Life Center is a good thing for the community and the entire area.” Goldman said that new Level II NICU is an important upgrade for the hospital. “The addition of the neonatal intensive care unit was the missing piece of the Palms West Hospital puzzle,” he said. “For 31 years, we’ve been providing outstanding care in our children’s hospital, utilizing the most comprehensive group of physician specialists in more than 25 different pediatric specialties. Now we are able to extend that care, which is typically only found in university settings, to our newest and most fragile patients. This serves as an example of our commitment to the western communities to be the leader in providing quality care with the most advanced technology to the patients we serve.” Palms West Hospital is located at 13001 Southern Blvd. For more info., call (561) 798-3300 or visit www.palmswesthospital. com.

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Officials from Wellington Regional Medical Center and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association with the FAST letters designed to remind people about the signs of stroke. PHOTO BY JULIE UNGER

Wellington Regional Medical Center Designated A Comprehensive Stroke Center Recognizing the prevalence of stroke-related hospital visits, Wellington Regional Medical Center made a commitment to the community to become a Comprehensive Stroke Center, which allows the hospital to care for some of the most complex cases and allows residents to receive care without having to leave the Wellington area. WRMC is one of only 40 hospitals in Florida with this advanced designation. “Previously, residents of Wellington and the surrounding communities were transported out of the area for stroke care,” WRMC CEO Robbin Lee said. “Now, not only can we treat our residents here in their community, we provide stroke care that follows nationally recognized guidelines that ultimately saves lives and improves the outcomes of stroke.” The Comprehensive Stroke Center designation is given to hospitals that have distinct abilities to treat the most complex neurovascular diseases, such as stroke. WRMC’s dedicated, multidisciplinary stroke team, which is spe-

cially trained and available to care for stroke patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, includes a neuro-interventionalist, neurosurgeon, neurologists, emergency room physicians, intensivists, critical care registered nurses and a stroke coordinator. To support the program, WRMC invested in a state-of-the-art neurointerventional lab that features a biplane angiography system to diagnose and treat strokes and other neurovascular diseases. The new equipment provides 3D technology, allowing for optimal evaluation of the neurological vascular system for diagnostic and treatment purposes. The neurointerventional program is led by Medical Director Dr. Juan Go-

mez, a board-certified radiologist with fellowship training in neurointerventional radiology, neurodiagnostic radiology and vascular/interventional radiology. Gomez performs procedures in the neurological field and has vast experience in endovascular treatment of lower extremity arterial disease, venous disease and aortic aneurism treatment. According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. WRMC recently received the AHA/ ASA’s Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate wellington the magazine | july 2017


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End Stroke community partner. Fourfoot-tall red letters that spell out “FAST” have been touring Palm Beach County since February, warning people to look for the following signs: F - Facial drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven or lopsided? A - Arm weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? S - Speech difficulty: Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is the person able to correctly repeat the words? T - Time to call 9-1-1: If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and say, “I think this is a stroke.” This will help get the person to the hospital immediately, since time is of the essence. The FAST letters were recently on

display at the Wellington Community Center, where Gomez addressed a group of nearly 60 people on the signs and symptoms of stroke. The engaged crowd asked several important questions, understanding that spotting the signs of someone having a stroke and reacting quickly can make a big difference in the outcome of a person’s stroke. The letters are scheduled to make appearances at the Palm Beach Zoo, Lion Country Safari and the Mall at Wellington Green, among other places throughout the county. The hospital was also recognized in a proclamation by Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig, declaring May as National Stroke Month and lauding the hospital for its efforts to make Wellington a healthier community through education and providing important lifesaving programs. “Stokes can occur to anyone at any time. Leading a healthy lifestyle, includ-

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ing exercising, eating a balanced diet and not smoking, can reduce the risk of stroke,” Gomez said. “Recognizing the signs of stroke, calling 9-1-1 and getting someone to a hospital like Wellington Regional Medical Center, which is prepared to treat complex strokes, is extremely important. I am proud to work with WRMC and the AHA/ASA

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Bethesda Health’s new offices on Forest Hill Blvd. in front of the Mall at Wellington Green are now open to serve Wellington-area residents.

Bethesda Health Now Offering A Wide Array Of Services In Wellington We’ve all been there. You wake up and feel miserable — sniffles, sore throat and achy all over. These are the times when most people want to go straight back to bed and pull the covers over their heads. But when going back to bed is not an option, Bethesda Health now offers new services in Wellington that can help you feel better fast. For starters, Bethesda Health Urgent Care, located on Forest Hill Blvd. near Barnes & Noble in front of the Mall at Wellington Green, provides convenient medical care 365 days a year, seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. There’s never a need to make an appointment, and walk-ins are always welcome. Bethesda’s medical team sees everyone from babies to seniors. With a longstanding reputation for providing trusted medical care since 1959, Bethesda Health Urgent Care provides care for a comprehensive array of medical conditions, including: allergic reactions, asthma attacks, colds, flu, viruses, sports injuries and urinary tract infections. Laboratory services are also available, and most prescriptions, if necessary, are available at check-out, saving time from having to go to the pharmacy after your visit. Plus, whether it is a broken bone, sore throat or the flu, Bethesda’s on-site

imaging center can make accurate diagnoses with the support of on-site Xrays and CT scans. As part of Bethesda Health Urgent Care, the imaging center will help ensure that the right diagnosis is made. Walk-in patients are welcome with a prescription from their doctor. Bethesda Health Urgent Care can also provide school physicals and immunizations, as well as sports physicals, providing Wellington-area families with convenient care — and most insurance plans are accepted. Women have different medical needs, and to cater to those needs, Bethesda’s Women’s Health Care Center is conveniently located next door to Bethesda Health Urgent Care. The center has an all-female staff comprised of physicians, a breast surgeon and breast health experts who provide comprehensive breast care services, using the most advanced technology. Among those services is screening tomosynthesis 3D mammography, the most advanced technology in breast care. Diagnostic mammography and diagnostic breast ultrasound are also of-

fered, with same day results. Plus, there is always a board-certified radiologist to read the results. Bethesda Women’s Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with Saturday and evening hours, available by appointment. For added convenience day or night, Bethesda now offers Care on Demand. This new telemedicine service is available via any mobile device, computer or tablet 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Care on Demand provides immediate access to a boardcertified physician. Physicians are available in family medicine and internal medicine to provide medical care in the comfort of your home. In the event you need follow-up medical care, patients will be referred to a Bethesda physician or a Bethesda facility. Do you have a loved one at a Florida college or university? A Care on Demand telemedicine visit has a flat fee of $59 per visit, payable by credit card at the time of the call. For someone away at a Florida college, Care on Demand not only offers fast, convenient mediwellington the magazine | july 2017


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Young Wellington Survivor Hits Leukemia Out Of The Park When a doctor tells you that your three-and-a-half-year-old son has leukemia, your world stops. As Tristan Dawson listened to a doctor diagnose her son Drew with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2012, the medical terms and treatments that he described were lost on her. Shock blocked any ability to fully comprehend what was happening to her little boy. In the days to come, fear and confusion turned to hope and courage as Tristan and her husband Mark found two sources of strength — the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and the Wellington community, where the Dawson family has lived since 2005. A call to LLS shortly after Drew’s diagnosis gave the Dawsons information about Drew’s blood cancer that was an important first step in understanding what the future held. “It was so helpful for me as a mother to know what to expect,” Tristan recalled. What she didn’t expect was the way LLS would become a central part of their lives. Following three years of courageous treatment — periods where Tristan couldn’t pick up her son without him crying in pain — LLS selected Drew as their “Boy of the Year” in 2015. He was celebrated as an inspiration in the fight against blood cancers, attending events held in his honor. “That was when I really understood how powerful LLS is,” Tristan said. “We met so many people from so many different walks of life who are involved with LLS and support the research that will help more children like Drew.” Many Wellington residents who

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support LLS are in the under-12 set. Drew’s school, Elbridge Gale Elementary School, was the No. 1 fundraising school in the State of Florida last year for LLS’s Pennies for Patients program, presented by Olive Garden. The school, inspired by Drew’s story, raised an as-

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Thanks to LLS, there was something more to come for Drew that Tristan could never have imagined — her son hitting a home run off of Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. Drew was invited to take part in

LLS’s “Day in the Life of the Astros.” McCullers gave Drew the experience of a lifetime, teaching him how to pitch, hit and even play ping-pong as he made every minute of the day special for a young boy who had been through so much. “To see Drew sliding into home base puts our work into perspective,” said Pam Payne, executive director of LLS’s Palm Beach Area Chapter. “Only 60 years ago, survival rates for Drew’s leukemia were 3 percent. Today it’s 92 percent because of our research.”

Tristan Dawson is thankful for those research efforts. “Without LLS, the protocols for my son would not be in place,” she said. “The survival rates would not be what they are today. Drew would not be where he is today.” So what’s next for Drew? His sights are set right where an eight-year-old boy’s should be: playing Little League baseball here in Wellington. To learn more about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, visit www.lls.org/palmbeach-area.

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With any sport comes the inherent risk of injury. In equestrian sports, which adds another, often unpredictable, living being into the equation, that risk can be particularly high. Fortunately for the thousands of equestrian athletes based in Wellington, the village is home to renowned physical therapy specialists skilled in helping riders quickly rebound from an injury Show jumping competitor Wesley Newlands found the help she needed to do just that at Athletes Advantage, located off Pierson Road in Wellington. In September 2016, the 29-year-old Canadian was riding in Belgium, simply walking to cool down her horse after a training session, when the horse tripped and fell. As the horse went down, Newlands’ leg became stuck underneath, shattering her ankle. At a hospital in Belgium, where the staff spoke limited English, making communication difficult, they opted to put Newlands in a cast for 12 weeks rather than perform surgery. Upon returning home to Canada three weeks later, Newlands’ doctors advised that they would have elected to do surgery at the time of her injury. However, since her leg had already been set in a cast for three weeks,

they elected to continue with the recovery plan determined in Belgium. When Newlands arrived in Wellington in late December with plans to compete at the Winter Equestrian Festival, her ankle had been non-weight-bearing for months. Despite the removal of the cast after 12 weeks, she was still experiencing several problems with her foot. “My foot was turning purple, and I was having a lot of swelling,” Newlands explained. “I couldn’t really walk.” That’s where Wellington-based experts Dr. Nicholas Sama and Ed Smith of Athletes Advantage came into play. Sama, an orthopedic and trauma surgeon, X-rayed Newlands’ foot and recommended that she begin working with Smith and Athletes Advantage for physical therapy. wellington the magazine | july 2017


Through two to three sessions per week with Ed Smith at Athletes Advantage, Wesley Newlands has slowly regained much of her former strength and stability.

Inside the expansive warehouse space turned state-of-the-art gym and rehab facility, Smith helped Newlands regain strength and stability, as well as the ability to walk normally again, after atrophy of the foot and leg from lack of use. “With Wesley’s situation, she had an injury that most likely should have been operated on,” said Smith, who founded Athletes Advantage 14 years ago and places a strong clinical focus on post-operative sports medicine rehabilitation. “The result of the downtime — the non-weight-bearing, casting and bracing — was so substantial that she got extremely tight, and she also experienced circulatory deficiencies because she couldn’t use the leg normally.” Smith, a graduate of the College of Physical Therapy at the University of Florida, said Newlands developed many problems simply from not being able to use her foot. “She ended up with Dr. Sama, a trau-

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ma surgeon here in Wellington who knows the equestrian world very well,” Smith said. “Working with him, we were able to develop at as rapid a pace as possible, but she had been non-weightbearing for so long that the bones had actually lost density. Early on, we were concerned that the foot was going to fracture as soon as we put weight on it.” Starting gradually, Newlands visited Athletes Advantage two to three times a week throughout the winter, resulting in returned strength and the ability to use her foot and ankle more normally. By week four of the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival season, Newlands was back in the competition ring. By the end of March, she was able to ride and compete with all of her mounts, including Wieminka B, Geisha van Orshof, Gin Tonic and Isibel d’O. “I was able to get back in the saddle pretty fast,” Newlands said. “I had a lot of psychological nerves when I was coming back to competition, and I’m still

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When show jumper Wesley Newlands first began working with Ed Smith at Athletes Advantage, they focused on strength and balancing exercises.

dealing with the worry that I’m going to hurt my leg again. I protect it a lot, but physically, I’m so much stronger.” Newlands credits the experts in Wellington for her renewed strength and quick return to the show ring, and she is not alone with her success story. Smith has been practicing outpatient orthopedic and sports physical therapy for more than three decades, and Athletes Advantage has helped countless athletes with similar stories. “These athletes play a sport, and we have a defined period of time that we’ve got to get them back to performance,” Smith said. “We built this place because I’ve always felt that there was a large gap between a closed-in, medical office and the sport that the athletes are returning to. So, we tried to build a place that would facilitate that transition. When

they are done working with us, they are fit to return to practicing their sport.” In doing so, Smith developed a unique niche. “We have enough space and enough variety at our facility that we can take people from a day after surgery all the way back to being strong enough to return to their sport,” he said. For Newlands, that has certainly proven to be the case. Thanks to the rehab she underwent, she is spending the summer competing at show jumping events throughout Europe under the tutelage of 2008 Olympic gold medalist and Wellington resident Eric Lamaze. As she continues to regain full strength and function of her ankle, Newlands’ short-term goal is to earn a place on the Canadian show jumping team and, “to be the best rider that I can be.”

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Out-Of-The-Ordinary Show Pieces With Equestrian Style At Idlewild Furnishings By Julie Unger

Idlewild Furnishings is unlike any other furniture and accessory store. Specializing in teak wood furniture and pieces from Indonesia, the treasures found at Idlewild range from plantation-style furnishings reminiscent of what would have been found in Singapore’s famed Raffles Hotel 100 years ago to tables and chairs designed by owner John Grimes and his wife Tara Lordi. Grimes opened Idlewild in 1997 after years of coming to Wellington to play polo. He saw furniture being thrown out and saw the opportunity to bring a new type of furniture that would utilize teak and recycled old beams, helping artisans who create hand-crafted works of art to introduce their work to the equestrian community. His focus is on showcase pieces that become heirlooms, passed from generation to generation. Grimes often travels to the islands of Indonesia, particularly Bali, as well as East Timor in search of exquisite teak. “You go into remote areas in the beautiful part of the archipelago of Indonesia,

that’s 6,000 miles of islands, and every island is a little unique,” he said. Grimes has explored remote areas of Indonesia for the last 20 years searching for the perfect pieces to bring back to clients. “We’re not out there chopping trees; we’re using recycled teak,” Lordi noted. Visiting the Idlewild studio, located on Indian Mound Road in southern Wellington, is like visiting a tropical oasis. The studio is situated on a tree farm featuring a home built in Bali that is used for special events. “I think it’s probably the coolest structure in Wellington,” Grimes said.

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There are outdoor sitting areas set up with planters, garden-friendly lounges, stones and Buddha statues, fountains and seating, all set up to showcase the potential of the unique items that Idlewild is able to procure. At the studio, they place pieces together, figure out how they work, and then put them into homes, Grimes explained. There’s a large white wall for photographing pieces — many of the photos can be found on Idlewild’s web site and Facebook page — and exotic furnishings as far as the eye can see. wellington the magazine | july 2017


Idlewild’s John Grimes and Tara Lordi specialize in unique furnishings from Indonesia.

Each piece has a story. Whether it’s the large wooden bowl that Lordi found that an entire family used to serve food in, the table and chairs they designed or the plantation chairs with a swing-out arm for elevating tired legs after a day working with horses, there is something intriguing and special about every piece that Idlewild carries. “You can come in here and put a couple of these heirloom pieces in your home, and your home goes from some simple statement to something to really talk about,” Lordi said. Whether for indoor or outdoor use, commercial or residential, Idlewild’s furnishings offer a “wow” factor that large stores can’t imitate or duplicate, she said.


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Grimes and Lordi, both equestrians, were married in Indonesia and played polo on the beach the same day. Idlewild’s clientele is a unique group of connoisseurs, many of whom are also equestrians. “Equestrians all have something in common: we like rugged pieces. We’re rugged people,” Lordi said. “We are riding 1,600-pound animals over large fences, or chasing down a field for a ball… We’re getting on these large animals and doing all these crazy acrobatics, whether its dressage, show jumping or polo, and what goes along with our mentality is generally a well-traveled side of us.” Because equestrians travel the world,

they’ve seen some of the exquisite things available, such as furniture made with pegs, without nuts and bolts, similar to what Idlewild offers. “Everything that we make is handmade. There are no production lines,” Lordi said. Teak, a wood often used in boat making, has a special allure. For instance, Grimes explained, a large wood slab table might sell for $3,000. If the table were teak, it could easily be $10,000. The pieces have a special power; they’re designed a certain way because that is how Grimes and Lordi want them designed, and their unique vision leads to highly recognizable pieces. Idlewild works with clients who want to stage a house for sale. Utilizing Idlewild pieces creates a powerful impact, they noted. One of the mottos at Idlewild is, “You can’t afford cheap quality.” The items they carry are wood, throughand-through, Lordi explained, likening their clients to wine or art aficionados. Those who really enjoy fine wine, she

explained, will find the stores that sell the best of the best, forgoing the common wines available at the supermarket. They want to take their passion to the next level. Those people actively seek out the best of the best, just as Idlewild clients seek out the unique items that Grimes and Lordi offer. Lordi also has her own construction company, TLC, where she utilizes advanced technology to build digital renderings of what will later become reality. At Idlewild, she helps to enhance Grimes’ expertise. “This is his vision, these are his ideas,” she said of Idlewild. “This is him… He has cultivated and procured beautiful pieces for years.” Grimes focuses on design while Lordi looks at the flow of the building and what kind of structural changes will enhance its beauty. Over the years, Grimes explained, they’ve developed a special relationship with clients. “A very unusual relationship develops over these kinds of pieces,” he said. “I don’t know how to de-

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scribe it. It’s not like going to the store and buying something.” When people frequent a location decorated by Grimes and Lordi, they often say, “Oh, that must be an Idlewild piece,” Lordi said. “That’s so much fun to hear.” Idlewild Furnishings is located at

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Sticks Are Life For Palm Beach Central High School Lacrosse Star Tia Drew By Y.A. Teitelbaum

For Tia Drew, sticks are life. As in lacrosse sticks. There’s a net in the driveway of her family’s Olympia home, and the 17-year-old Drew is frequently outside playing “wall ball” or tossing the ball around with her younger sister. When she is not practicing or playing, Drew is training, usually at a local CrossFit gym. About to enter her senior season, Drew has been co-captain of the Palm Beach Central High School girls lacrosse team for the past two seasons. She also plays on a travel team during the summer, the Lady Swashbucklers. Marci Singer has been the lacrosse coach at Palm Beach Central for the last three seasons and marvels at Drew’s commitment. “Tia is the quintessential team player and captain, always putting lacrosse and team first,” Singer said. “Whenever there is a newer player on the field, Tia always makes an extra effort to get her involved in the game. She is always encouraging both on and off the field. She is one of the most dedicated players on the team, putting in hours of practice even outside of our daily practices. Tia is very intense, and I do believe some of the younger girls were intimidated by her at first, but as the season continued, you could see intimidation giving way to respect and friendship.” Drew played travel softball for about seven years but put that aside because it became “too repetitive.” She had tried rec lacrosse in seventh grade but didn’t enjoy it. However, two years later, she was a starter at Palm Beach Central.


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Although they have been friends for years, it was a chance meeting at the gym between Singer and Drew’s mother, Rosemary, which launched the teen’s lacrosse path. “When Rosemary told me she was interested in lacrosse, I was surprised, but thrilled,” Singer said. “I knew that she was a dedicated athlete. It was just a matter of teaching her the skills of the game and shifting her focus from softball to lacrosse. Tia caught the lacrosse bug immediately, so the transition was seamless.” And the results prove that Drew made the right decision. She has been recognized as one of the best players in her district and conference by both the Palm Beach Post and the Sun-Sentinel. Drew believes that the future is bright for Palm Beach Central’s lacrosse team. “A lot of new girls are coming out,” Drew said. “We’re building the program. More than half our team is playing club ball this summer, so we’ll all be on the same level [defensively].” The high school girls lacrosse season begins in early January with practice, and the regular season ends the first weekend of April, followed by the playoffs. Girls must wear goggles and a thick headband, but do not wear helmets or pads, making it much less physical and more of a finesse game than the boys game. However, next season the Florida

High School Athletic Association has mandated that girls must also wear headgear. “We practice five days for two hours, unless we have games,” said Drew, which doesn’t leave a lot of time for watching her favorite shows on Netflix, like Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill. “We get some Fridays off. It’s a big commitment. I like games more, but practices are fun because we get to mess around. Sometimes I have to calm my teammates down. I lead by example.” The travel team schedule is also intense. There are usually practices twice a week for about two hours, so players are expected to do conditioning and train on their own. Drew plays defense and attacking midfield for the Broncos and defense for the travel team. “I like playing defense a lot,” Drew said. “It’s fun stopping people from scoring.” The right-hander makes an impact on offense as well, often coming from behind the goal and shooting. She is looking forward to her senior season for the Broncos. “There will be a lot of seniors, and we’re all role models for the new players and underclassmen,” said Drew, who believes that the Palm Beach Central program is on the upswing, especially if they continue to be as close-knit as they were last season. “This year, the team really bonded,” she said. “We would go to the fields on the weekends or we stayed after practice and talked. It showed on the field.”


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Many athletes are superstitious and follow a routine. Drew isn’t superstitious and doesn’t have a consistent pre-game routine or meal. “I usually drink a smoothie,” said Drew, who is a regular at Tropical Smoothie where her favorites are Peanut Paradise, Island Green or Chai Banana Boost. “It depends on what I’m feeling.” On the way to a game, she makes a playlist to listen to in the car. Singer quickly noticed how Drew was a leader and how the team responded to her. “Tia is an extremely hard worker, she has high expectations of herself and of those around her,” Singer said. “She takes conditioning and practice just as seriously as she takes the games, and she expects that of her teammates. Although her serious nature can be somewhat intimidating, she actually has a great sense of humor. She just makes you work a bit to get there.” Drew hopes to continue playing lacrosse in college, preferably in Florida, although she has heard from out-ofstate schools and visited several over the summer. She wants to major in either exercise science or physical therapy. “I’m a one-sport girl, just lacrosse,” Drew said. This year’s Wellington Sports series profiles some of the many athletes across a wide range of sports who call Wellington home.








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Clients Are Treated Like Part Of The Family At Keller Williams’ Shockley Team Story by Matthew Auerbach • Photo by Abner Pedraza

It’s always nice when a mother and her daughterin-law get along. It’s even better when the two join forces to form a successful business partnership. The Shockley Team — mom Maryjo Shockley and daughter-in-law Mary Shockley — are a dynamic duo at Keller Williams Realty in Wellington. Along with her husband and three sons, Maryjo has been a Wellington resident for 15 years. After stops in Massachusetts, Arizona and Alabama, South Florida seemed like the right place to put down roots. “I always research the places in the areas we have moved,” Maryjo recalled. “When we knew we were coming to Palm Beach County, I found nothing but good things about Wellington and decided it was the place to settle our family.” Mary arrived in here in 2011. During a four-year stint as manager of a local pet spa, she met and married one of Maryjo’s sons. “As a side-gig of sorts, I started helping Maryjo with various tasks, paperwork and marketing initiatives,” Mary explained. “After some time, one thing led to another. Thankfully, I passed both my course exam and my state exam on my first attempt a little over two years ago and officially joined the Shockley Team as a licensed agent.” The Shockley Team specializes in the resale of residential homes in Wellington and the surrounding areas. The key to their success is simple: put the customer first. “To us, real estate is not just about having a niche in terms of a specific price range or segment of the community,” Maryjo said. “It’s about building trust and relationships and helping our clients with whatever it is they need at the time. Whether a short-term rental, a small starter home or a luxurious home in the corner of Wellington, we understand that everyone has different needs, and we’re excited to help along the way whenever we can.” Being a member of a successful team means you not only have each other’s backs, but you also combine your individual strengths to create a unified and highly efficient business model. “Maryjo has years of experience under her belt,” Mary said. “She has in-depth transactional knowledge, a great grasp of the buying/selling process and a wealth of relationships in the community. On the other hand, I’m probably more familiar with the increasingly important technological and digital aspect of our business.” The women work hard to make sure they separate them-

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selves from the many other real estate professionals in and around Wellington. “Picking a Realtor often comes down to personal relationships and trust,” Maryjo said. “We’re also working hard to differentiate by incorporating cutting-edge digital marketing strategies to promote our listings above and beyond the traditional means, such as using a targeted approach to Facebook advertising that allows us to promote listings to people who are most likely to have an interest or need for specific homes in specific areas.” Technology and marketing strategies most certainly have their place in today’s real estate world. The Shockley Team blends those tools with what they consider to be something very special. “We have a unique trust and family connection as a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law team,” Mary said. “This trust and connection has historically transferred to our clients and transactions. That’s why our slogan states: ‘Where you’re treated like family,’ and we really live by that.” To reach the Shockley Team at Keller Williams, call (561) 7621609 or (561) 223-5989, or visit www.theshockleyteam.com. wellington the magazine | july 2017


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When a carpenter builds his dream home, it looks like a model house — with plenty of upgrades and personal touches. That is what we find in this month’s featured home. Located in the Olympia community, this five-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath, single-family home is like no other. The custom millwork alone makes it stand out. Factor in its water views, upgraded hurricane protection and convenient location, and there’s much to love about this unique Wellington home.

Dining Room: No expense was spared when it came to the crown molding and trim work in the formal dining room. A large mirror wall and tray ceiling finish the space, while a built-in display shelf around the corner marks the front foyer. Easy-care tile extends throughout the entire downstairs, making for a contiguous, seamless look.

Kitchen: The light palette of the kitchen is offset by the dark counters, while a bold marble tile backsplash keeps things interesting. The large island features a vegetable sink, and a walk-in pantry offers extra storage.

Staircase: A hardwood staircase with custom-made wrought-iron balustrades commands attention as a focal point of the home. All five bedrooms are conveniently located upstairs, away from the hub-bub of downstairs traffic.

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Lori and John Giattino came to South Florida to make their dreams come true, and this summer, they will invite the community to enjoy the food they love when Giovanni’s Healthy Café opens on State Road 7. Located near the Publix store on the west side of SR 7, just south of Southern Blvd., the Giattinos are completely renovating the space and expect to open this month. Their goal is to have people walk through the door and feel like they have entered the outdoor patio of an Italian café. “Our food is served healthy, with no extra oils. It’s a healthier cuisine by its nature because everything is fresh,” John said. “Most of our dishes really focus on vegetables and what is good for you.” The Giattinos will get their produce fresh daily and their meats fresh every other day, kept fresh in the walkin refrigerator. They have found local vendors to partner with for their daily fresh items and are focusing on alternative ingredients for the foods that they make. One dish that patrons will have the opportunity to

enjoy with a cup of coffee is their signature quiche created by head chef and longtime friend Steve Mlinarz. The quiche is made with two types of cheese — gruyere and cheddar — and also includes diced ham and asparagus. “We will be making these fresh,” John said. “This does not have a regular quiche crust; it has an almond flour crust.” Lori noted that it is “not as high in carbs, as you find in white flour or processed flours.” In particular, the dish is great for people with diabetes. “I’m a diabetic, so white flour is not good for me. It spikes my blood sugar,” John explained. “However, the almond flour, coconut flours, they don’t do that to me. So, I lean more toward a low carbohydrate diet.” wellington the magazine | july 2017


Signature Dish The husband-and-wife team are always looking for ways to satisfy palates in a healthier way. “If you’re going to eat, one, it should taste really good; and two, it should be good for you,” John said. “It shouldn’t add to your weight or your cholesterol. It should just make you feel better.” Lori has always had a passion to own her own restaurant, and Giovanni’s Healthy Café is a dream come true. “I absolutely love food. I love to bake. I love to cook, and one of my favorite things at home was the look on my family’s face when I would prepare a meal,” Lori said. “I wanted to bring that here, where our recipes are so delicious. I want people to smile when they look at the plate.” Along with Mlinarz, Lori is the ar-

tisan behind many of the recipes that people will enjoy at Giovanni’s. “It has taken us about a year and a half to go through so many recipes,” John said. “Everything that we’re going to serve here, we eat at home.” Another staple that will be found at Giovanni’s are Lori’s crafted smoothies. John’s favorite is her Oreo smoothie, which lets him enjoy the closest thing to an Oreo cookie without compromising his diet. “I have created many recipes involving a yogurt base, so that is much healthier than adding an ice cream base,” Lori said. “Everything will include fresh fruit. Instead of chocolate chips, it will be carob chips.” The kitchen will not serve any fried foods. “It’s either baked, broiled or

grilled,” John said. “Some of the recipes originate from my grandparents’ recipes.” With a heritage that is both Irish and Italian, where did Giovanni come from? “My dad was John, and I’m John, obviously, and I found out after my father passed away, when I found his birth certificate, that he was actually baptized Giovanni Giattino, and I never knew that. He always went by John.” Giovanni’s Healthy Café honors this piece of family history. Central to the Giattino family is the idea that food brings people together. Originally from New York, the Giattinos have lived in the western communities since 2014. They both left their day jobs to pursue their dream of shar-

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wellington | table ing Lori’s food creations with a community — and John’s dream to have a place where he could invite the entire community over to sit down, laugh and eat. “Everyone I’ve met has been very nice. It’s quite a different culture from living in New York City or the surrounding areas,” John said. “The people here are a lot more relaxed. They’ll take the time to talk to you.” With renovations nearly complete, the Giattinos are putting the final touches on Giovanni’s Healthy Café. “We’re open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed on Sunday,” John said. “However, there will be several Sundays during the year that we will open up, such as Father’s Day and Mother’s Day.” Giovanni’s Healthy Café is located at 125 State Road 7, Suite 107, in Royal Palm Beach. For more information, visit www. giovannishealthycafe.com or search “Giovanni’s Healthy Café” on Facebook.

Lori Giattino of Giovanni’s Healthy Café prepares to serve a slice of the signature quiche made with two types of cheese — gruyere and cheddar — along with diced ham and asparagus.

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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.


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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, Wellington Trace Tavern serves up American-style cuisine with a wonderful ambiance. For more info., call (561) 469-1109 or visit www.wttavern.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 Saturday, July 1 • The fourth annual Palm Beach Haitian Fest will take place Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. For more info., visit www.palmbeachhaitianfest.com. • Jazz pianist Copeland Davis and his band will perform “An Evening of Patriotic Music” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 1 at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church (12200 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington). To purchase advance tickets, visit www.stpetersumc.org. Click on the “Patriotic Concert” link on the right side of the page. Follow the link to pay online. Indicate “concert” and the number of tickets purchased in the description line. Your printed receipt will serve as the ticket. Tickets can also be purchased at the church office. For more information, call (561) 7935712, ext. 13. • The Maltz Jupiter Theater will present Godspell on Saturday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 2 at 2 p.m. For more info., call (561) 575-2223 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org. Monday, July 3 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Stars & Stripes Bingo for ages 5 to 12 on Monday, July 3 at 3 p.m. Create your own card and see if luck is on your side. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Tuesday, July 4 • Royal Palm Beach’s annual Mayor’s Firecracker Golf Tournament will take place Tuesday, July 4 at the Village Golf Club. The scramble format event will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Golfers are asked to pre-register at any of the following locations: the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way), the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center (100 Sweet Bay Lane) or the Village Golf Club (122 Country Club Drive). The cost is $75 per player or $300 per foursome. For more info., contact Rochelle Wright at rwright@royalpalmbeach.com or (561) 790-5149. • The Village of Wellington will hold a Fourth of July Celebration with a full day of fun, family-

friendly activities, beginning with a Patriotic Pool Party from noon to 5 p.m. at the Wellington Aquatics Complex. A free Fourth of July celebration will be held at Village Park on Pierson Road with events and activities from 6 to 9 p.m., concluding with a Zambelli fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. Come celebrate America at a free event that will offer fun for the whole family. Enjoy live music, bingo for prizes, traditional games, face painting, bounce houses, food and drink vendors and more. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more information. • The Village of Royal Palm Beach will host its Star Spangled Spectacular on Tuesday, July 4 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. For more info., visit www.royalpalmbeach.com. Thursday, July 6 • Bacio Bacio Bridal Salon will participate in Brides Across America from July 6 to July 15, where military and first responder brides will be treated to a free bridal gown. For information on how to qualify, visit www.bridesacrossamerica.com. For more information, call Bacio Bacio at (561) 792-6111 or visit www. baciobacio.com. • The Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension will host “Smart Couples/Elevate: Taking Your Relationship to the Next Level” this summer. Couples who are married, dating, cohabiting or engaged are encouraged to attend this fun, free relationship enhancement workshop. Classes will be held on five consecutive Thursdays: July 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Office (559 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach). To register, visit www.smartcouples.org or call (561) 233-1742. • Wellington will host a Food Truck Invasion at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Thursday, July 6 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with a free concert by country artist Emily Brooke 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, July 6 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, July 7 • Sean’s Dance Factory will present Big Bang XXI on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8 in the Marshall E. Rinker Sr. Playhouse at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. For more info., visit www.kravis.org. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center will host Canoeing 101 on Friday, July 7 at 9:30 a.m. for ages 10 and above. Learn the basics of how to safely canoe in this two-hour program. All equipment is provided. The cost is $10 per participant. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free screening of the movie The Boss Baby on Friday, July 7 at 8:30 p.m. Visit www. wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Saturday, July 8 • The Florida Gun & Knife Show will return to the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9. For more info., visit www.flgunshows.com. • The Mall at Wellington Green will host its monthly indoor farmers’ market on Saturday, July 8 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the court in front of City Furniture. The Mall at Wellington Green is located at 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more information, call (561) 2276900 or visit www.shopwellingtongreen.com. • The South Florida Science Center & Aquarium will hold its e4 Life Green, Health & Wellness Expo on Saturday, July 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info., visit www.sfsciencecenter.org. • The RiverWalk Toastmasters will meet Saturday, July 8 at 7 p.m. at the Ideal School of Leadership (400 Royal Commerce Road, Suite A, Royal Palm Beach) featuring David Brooks, 1990 World Champion of Public Speaking. To RSVP, visit www.davidbrooks 2017riverwalk.eventbrite.com. For more info., visit www.riverwalk.toastmastersclubs.org.

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wellington | calendar • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free Beach Boys Tribute Concert on Saturday, July 8 at 8:30 p.m. Visit www. wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Monday, July 10 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Chess Club for Adults on Monday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. Practice strategy skills with other players. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, July 11 • The ninth annual Palm Beach County Summer Golf Croquet League will begin on Tuesday, July 11 and run for six weeks. League play will be split into two divisions, one on Tuesday evenings and one on Wednesday evenings, running for five weeks. Then on Tuesday, Aug. 15, there will be playoffs between the division winners. Complimentary instruction and practice sessions will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 1 and Saturday, July 8 at the National Croquet Club. For more info., call Marie at (561) 478-2300, ext. 3. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center will host a Story Time on Tuesday, July 11 at 10:30 a.m. for ages 2 to 5. Introduce little ones to Mother Nature through stories. Class activities may include live animals, games, nature walks and/or crafts specifically designed for toddlers and preschoolers. The cost is $2 per child. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tween Gaming for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, July 11 at 3 p.m. Bring a friend for Wii gaming and board game fun. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will screen the Alzheimer’s awareness movie You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t on Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. Lee Gorewitz wanders on a personal odyssey through her Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Unit. This film challenges preconceptions of illness and aging. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.


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• The Audubon Society of the Everglades will hold its monthly membership meeting and program on Tuesday, July 11 at 7 p.m. at the FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center (6301 Summit Blvd.). The topic will be “Conserving the Florida Burrowing Owls at South Florida Airports” and features experts on the topic. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more info., visit www.auduboneverglades.org. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, July 11 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Wednesday, July 12 • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will offer its Chamber 101 Program on Wednesday, July 12 at 8 a.m. For more info., call (561) 792-6525 or visit www.wellingtonchamber.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Anime Nation for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, July 12 at 6 p.m. View new anime titles. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Wellington officials and PBSO deputies will hold a Neighborhood Watch Meeting in Black Diamond on Wednesday, July 12 at 6 p.m. Call (561) 791-4764 for more info. Thursday, July 13 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Lego Bricks for ages 5 to 10 on Thursday, July 13 at 3 p.m. Build, 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, July 13 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with a free concert by the band Whitestone at 6:30 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Build a Better Backyard Garden with Farmer Jay” for adults on Thursday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. Get started, whether in a container, raised bed or on flower beds around your house. You will learn organic methods to start, care for and harvest your plants. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

Friday, July 14 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Magical Mystery Tour with Safari Sue for ages 4 to 10 on Friday, July 14 at 11 a.m. Hear tales about the most mysterious buildings in the world. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free screening of the movie Sing on Friday, July 14 at 8:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl. gov for more info. Saturday, July 15 • VSTAR Entertainment will present Paw Patrol Live on Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. For more info., visit www.kravis.org. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Pet Party for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, July 15 at 11 a.m. Gather around for stories, songs and a craft featuring pet pals. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free concert with Cash & Friends on Saturday, July 15 at 8:30 p.m. Visit www. wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Monday, July 17 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Make a Dragon for ages 5 to 10 on Monday, July 17 at 3 p.m. Use craft supplies to create your very own dragon. Call (561) 790-6070 for more information. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Glass Magnets for adults on Monday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. Create little magnets using glass gems and paper. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, July 18 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Paper Airplane Contest for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, July 18 at 2:30 p.m. Create a paper airplane and see how far it can fly. Call (561) 7906070 for more info.

Wednesday, July 19 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Dragon Eggs for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, July 19 at 6 p.m. Do you want a pet dragon? Do the next best thing and create your own dragon egg using paint, thumb tacks, and a Styrofoam egg. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Wellington officials and PBSO deputies will hold a Neighborhood Watch Meeting in Guilford Villas on Wednesday, July 19 at 6 p.m. Call (561) 791-4764 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tai Chi for Adults on Wednesday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. Learn basic moves of Tai Chi. Bring water and wear sneakers or securely fastened shoes. For those who cannot stand for long periods, an alternative form can be done while seated. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Shulamit Hadasssah will hold a movie night Wednesday, July 19 at 7 p.m. at a local home to watch Enemies, A Love Story. A $5 donation is requested. To RSVP, and for more information, call (561) 512-3172 or e-mail coolmama18@hotmail.com.

Time on Tuesday, July 25 at 10:30 a.m. for ages 2 to 5. Introduce little ones to Mother Nature through stories. Class activities may include live animals, games, nature walks and/or crafts specifically designed for toddlers and preschoolers. The cost is $2 per child. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Paper Dolls for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, July 25 at 2:30 p.m. Create your own paper doll to look like you, or any of your favorite characters. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The South Florida Science Center & Aquarium will host a GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math & Science) Club meeting on Tuesday, July 25 at 5 p.m. The theme of the meeting will be “Phenomenal Physics.” For more info., visit www.sfsciencecenter. org/stem-studio-gems. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Zen Doodling for Adults on Tuesday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. Join in an hour of doodling in the Zentangle style. Meditate and relax while creating works of art. All materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

Thursday, July 20 • Wellington will host a Food Truck Invasion at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Thursday, July 20 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with a free Jimi Hendrix tribute concert at 6:30 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. • The Western Business Alliance will hold a Business After Hours Networking event Thursday, July 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Wellington National Golf Club. To RSVP, and for more information, visit www. thewesternbusinessalliance.com.

Wednesday, July 26 • Wellington officials and PBSO deputies will hold a Neighborhood Watch Meeting in Stonegate on Wednesday, July 26 at 6 p.m. Call (561) 791-4764 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Book Discussion: Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison for adults on Wednesday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. Pick up a copy at the research services desk. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

Friday, July 21 • MNM Productions will present the musical Company from Friday, July 21 through Sunday, Aug. 6 in the Marshall E. Rinker Sr. Playhouse at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. For more info., visit www.kravis.org. • The Royal Palm Beach Senior Expo will return to the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center on Friday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Exhibitors will be on hand with helpful product and service information for the senior community. Admission and parking are free. For more info., visit www.royalpalmbeach.com or call (561) 790-5149. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free screening of the movie Alice Through the Looking Glass on Friday, July 21 at 8:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Saturday, July 22 • The Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest will return to the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, July 22. For more information, visit www. palmbeachsummerbeerfest.com. • The Mall at Wellington Green will hold a MallStars Kids Club Summer Party on Saturday, July 22 at 10 a.m. in the Grand Court with entertainment, snacks, crafts and a special gift. For more info., visit www.shopwellingtongreen.com. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center will host a Nature Walk on Saturday, July 22 at 10:30 a.m. Go on a free guided nature walk through the pine flatwoods forest and learn about the plants and animals that live there. Call (561) 233-1400 for additional information. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free Beatles Tribute Concert on Saturday, July 22 at 8:30 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. • The tribute band Simply Tina will feature its Tina Turner tribute show at Suri West (13410 South Shore Blvd., Wellington) on Saturday, July 22 at 9 p.m. For more info., call (561) 795-0080. Monday, July 24 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Craftapalooza for ages 2 to 8 on Monday, July 24 at 3 p.m. Create multiple crafts from fun selections. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Tuesday, July 25 • The Okeeheelee Nature Center will host a Story

Thursday, July 27 • The Zumbathon Family Fun & Fitness Concert will take place at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Thursday, July 27 with proceeds benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Digital Vibez and Eat Better Live Better. For more info., call Wil Romelus at (561) 244-9983 or visit www.digitalvibez.org/ zumbathon-2k17. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Build a Magical World With Brent Gregory for all ages on Thursday, July 27 at 3 p.m. Celebrate the summer with amazing magic, audience participation, music and more. 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, July 27 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with a free concert by That ‘70s Band at 6:30 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Thursday, July 27 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Wii games, board games and more. Bring a friend or make new ones. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Friday, July 28 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free screening of the movie La La Land on Friday, July 28 at 8:30 p.m. Visit www. wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Saturday, July 29 • The Okeeheelee Nature Center will host Canoeing 101 on Saturday, July 29 at 9:30 a.m. for ages 10 and above. Learn the basics of how to safely canoe in this two-hour program. All equipment is provided. The cost is $10 per participant. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • The Maltz Jupiter Theater (1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter) will present James and the Giant Peach, featuring students in grades three through five, on Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 and 9 p.m. For more info., call (561) 575-2223 or visit www. jupitertheatre.org. Monday, July 31 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Adult Coloring on Monday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m. Coloring pages and materials will be provided, or bring your own coloring book. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

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Girl Scouts Donate To Food Pantry — Girl Scouts from Troop 20556 presented a donation of food, drinks and Girl Scout cookies to the local nonprofit Wellington Cares for its food pantry Friday, June 2. Shown above are Junior Girl Scouts Mia Chiocca, Arianna Barrett, Annabelle Poirrier, Sophia Lobello and Sydney Combs, and Daisy Scouts Madelyn Levy, Hazel Poirrier and Shelby Combs, with their donations.

SPLASH Water Safety Event — The Village of Wellington, Palms West Hospital and Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue teamed up to host SPLASH (Safety and Prevention Leaves All Swimmers Happy) on Saturday, June 3 at the Wellington Aquatics Complex. There were water safety demonstrations and vendors on hand to give out water safety information. Shown above are lifeguards Mike Goldman, Caitlin McCoy, Caleb Walz and Dean Smith.

New Location For Two Men And A Truck — Two Men and a Truck franchisees Joel and Janelle Dowley held an open house and Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 24 at their new location in Wellington, located at 3220 Fairlane Farms Road, Suite 13. Shown above, Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig prepares to cut the ribbon with owners Janelle and Joel Dowley.

Wellington Collegiate Academy Graduation — The Wellington Collegiate Academy held its graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 1 at the original Wellington Mall. Awards were given out to students, teachers, volunteers and parents for help throughout the school year. Shown above are the school’s eighth-grade graduates Megane Brien, Kurt McCord, Alexandra Vallejo and Stanley Oaks with school founders Anna and Dana Oaks.

Once Upon A Child Opens In Wellington — Once Upon a Child held its grand opening Thursday, June 8. Located at 13889 Wellington Trace, Suite A9, in the Wellington Marketplace, the new store is part of a unique national recycling retail chain that specializes in merchandise for infants to pre-teens. For more info., call (561) 619-5820 or visit www.onceuponachild. com/wellington.


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