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WELLINGTON August 2017

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BRONCO BAND BRINGS HOME THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP The Palm Beach Central High School marching band triumphed over the competition to claim the state championship crown for the 2016-17 school year. The Bronco band won the Class 3A crown at the Florida Marching Band Championships for the first time in school history. By Y.A. Teitelbaum

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CHEERLEADING DREAM TEAM WINS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP The Wellington High School cheerleading team’s journey to win the 2017 state championship was both magical and challenging. The squad didn’t have a coach until Dan Tyrie took over a few weeks before the start of the fall season. By Y.A. Teitelbaum

WHS BASKETBALL TEAM CELEBRATES A STELLAR SEASON The Wellington High School boys basketball team claimed the regional championship for the 2016-17 school year, marking the team’s second regional championship in the past three years. By Jack Lowenstein

DANCE MARATHON A FUNDRAISING TRADITION AT WHS Over the course of the last five years, the students at Wellington High School have raised $164,829 to help the Children’s Miracle Network through the Dance Marathon program, making it the program’s top high school in the state and the region. By Julie Unger

TRACK STAR KARIMAH DAVIS HAS EYES ON THE OLYMPICS Watching the Olympics is always inspirational, especially when a local athlete is involved. That’s why we’re keeping an eye on track star Karimah Davis. The recent Palm Beach Central High School grad is the state champion in the 400-meter dash. By Deborah Welky

FOOTBALL STAR AHMMON RICHARDS MAKING WAVES AT UM Wellington High School graduate Ahmmon Richards wanted to make an impact as a freshman at the University of Miami. Mission accomplished. Richards, the former superstar wide receiver for the Wolverines, produced an ascendant first season for the resurgent UM football team — and he is just getting started. By Y.A. Teitelbaum

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WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Wellington Rotary Holds Annual Installation And Awards Dinner Wellington Hosts Festive Fourth Of July Celebration At Village Park Copeland Davis Performs At St. Peter’s United Methodist Church PBSO Deputies Lead A Day Of Fun Events At Boys & Girls Club Friends Honor Retiring PBCFR Battalion Chief Michael Arena

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This month’s featured home is a two-story Mediterranean-style estate in the Aero Club of Wellington. The home features lush new landscaping, a paver drive, impact windows and doors, a whole house generator and a four-car garage. By Deborah Welky The new Wellington Trace Tavern is now open in the original Wellington Mall serving a unique, fusion-style menu. In the kitchen is Executive Chef Jeff Cantor, who brings with him a wealth of culinary experience. By Jack Lowenstein

WELLINGTON DESIGNER WELLINGTON SPORTS WELLINGTON REAL ESTATE WELLINGTON HEALTH WELLINGTON DINING GUIDE WELLINGTON CALENDAR AROUND WELLINGTON ON THE COVER Last year’s Palm Beach Central High School band won the state championship. Shown is band student Gina Rand in uniform. PHOTO BY ABNER PEDRAZA

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Bringing You The Best Of Wellington Since 2004

THE MAGAZINE

volume 15, number 8 august 2017

executive editor

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CREATING CHAMPIONS

Our Annual Back To School Issue

Wellington is known for its great schools, principals and teachers, but this Getting Ready For year, more than ever, it is also known for creating champions! Welling- Back To School ton students had a stellar year across the board, including Palm Beach Central High School’s Bronco Band, which took home the state championship for the first time in the school’s history at the Florida Marching Band Championships held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Also completing a championship run was the Wellington High School cheerleading team, which brought home the state title to cap a season that was both magical and challenging. Meanwhile, the Wellington High School boys basketball team celebrated yet another victory, claiming the regional championship for the second time in the past three years. We cannot talk about champions without congratulating the recordsetting Wellington High School Dance Marathon program. In 2017, the tradition continued, and setting a goal of $50,000 wasn’t enough — the students soared past it, raising an astounding $82,444.17, including $3,450.40 contributed by students at Wellington Landings Middle School. That brings the total for the last five years to $164,829, which went to help Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Speaking of champions, we are keeping an eye on track star Karimah Davis as she keeps making record-breaking wins. Davis has her eye on the Olympics, where she draws much of her inspiration. She recently graduated from Palm Beach Central High School, but not before becoming state champion in the 400-meter dash. This month’s Wellington Designer feature takes us to Grandview Kitchens, where Susana Fernandes and her parents, Maria and Francisco Almeida, offer clients expertise on kitchen and bath projects. Wellington Sports catches up with fast-moving football star Ahmmon Richards, a Wellington High School graduate, who made a big impact as a freshman at the University of Miami last year — and he is just getting started on his college football career. Wellington Real Estate chats with Halina Sledz of Ameron Realty, who brings a unique background to her clients. This month’s featured Wellington Home, brought to you by Jason Shinn of Triple Crown Properties, is a two-story Mediterranean-style estate in the Aero Club. Completely renovated, the home features lush landscaping, a paver drive, impact windows and doors, a whole house generator and a four-car garage. Finally this month, Wellington The Magazine stopped by the new Wellington Trace Tavern, which is now open in the original Wellington Mall. Executive Chef Jeff Cantor prepared his Admiral Surf and Turf, featuring filet mignon, grilled jumbo shrimp and vegetables. As families in Wellington prepare their children’s return to school, we wish each a successful new school year and urge those who can to pay it forward. While looking over your child’s supply list, consider picking up an extra item or two and find a way to donate it to our Wellington neighbors, who may just need a hand up this school year. Together, we will continue to make Wellington a great hometown!

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Wellington Rotary Holds Annual Installation And Awards Dinner

(Left) 2017-18 President Debbie Sanacore, Vice President Donald Gross, Treasurer David Berns, Secretary Amber Owen, Immediate Past President Tom Neumann, Administration Randy Pfeiffer, Interact Dr. Debi Yohn, Community Service Maggie Zeller, Public Relations Larry Kemp, Sergeant at Arms Andrew Burr and Director at Large Susan Odell. Not shown: President-Elect Cathy Cole, Membership David Salley and Director at Large Dr. Juan Ortega. (Right) Tom Neumann passes the gavel to Debbie Sanacore.

The Rotary Club of Wellington held its annual awards banquet and officer installation Saturday, June 17 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. The club is celebrating its 37th anniversary. Outgoing President Tom Neumann passed the gavel to incoming President Debbie Sanacore. District Governor Eric Gordon installed the board, and Neumann presented awards to members for their service to the club and the community.

(Left to right) Barry Manning and Donald Gross present the Frank Gladney Award to Jim Sackett; Mickey Smith receives the Rookie of the Year Award from President Tom Neumann; Paul Harris Award recipients Andrew Burr, Brian Hanley, Rudiger Schoenbein, Tom Carreras and Dr. Debi Yohn with Tom Eastwood (left) and President Tom Neumann (right); Donald Gross receives the Rotary Inspiration Award from President Tom Neumann; Larry Kemp receives the Rotarian of the Year award from President Tom Neumann; and Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig with Rotary District Governor Eric Gordon.

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Wellington Hosts Festive Fourth Of July Celebration At Village Park

(Left to right) Councilman Michael Napoleone, Mayor Anne Gerwig, Vice Mayor John McGovern, Councilman Michael Drahos and Councilwoman Tanya Siskind; Dorian and Andreas Rojas; and Angelina DiGiovanni, Addison Tozzo, Francesca DiGiovanni, and Brooklyn and Tony Tozzo enjoy a patriotic evening.

The Village of Wellington hosted its annual Fourth of July celebration at Village Park on Tuesday, July 4. The evening affair was marked by a musical performance from the band Studio 54, food trucks, bounce houses, lawn games, a petting zoo and pony rides, as well as free bingo, other traditional games and face painting. The night culminated with a Zambelli fireworks show, allowing residents to soak in a patriotic summer evening with family and friends.

(Left to right) Michelle, Sylar and Ruben Diaz; Susan and David Banks enjoy a relaxing night at the park; Bertha and Alexis Delgado; Teresa Holt, Melissa Madio, and Tabitha and James Sanders, along with Gino and Gia Madio (front); and Maria Castro, Rosemary Paglia, Maggie Gan, Al Paglia and Jacky Liang with Cheng, Momo and Ling Chen (front).

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Copeland Davis Performs At St. Peter’s United Methodist Church

(Left to right) Copeland Davis performs with Beau Bonaparte; Julie Hausmann and Copeland Davis; and Robert and Carmen English with Sandra Harmon and Brenda Updyke.

Jazz pianist Copeland Davis and his band performed “An Evening of Patriotic Music” on Saturday, July 1 at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Wellington. Davis played familiar songs such as “Fly Me to the Moon,” “McArthur Park” and “Over the Rainbow,” as well as popular patriotic songs. Davis was joined onstage by Beau Bonaparte on bass guitar, Jeff Chafin on guitar, Bill Alexander on drums and Richard Chisholm on keyboards. After the concert, Davis signed autographs for his fans.

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PBSO Deputies Lead A Day Of Fun Events At Boys & Girls Club Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies from Wellington visited the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club on Friday, July 7 to host a field day and career day at the club, engaging with the children and teaching them about the work that the PBSO does every day. Several club members received awards for different activities they participated in during the day’s events.

(Left to right) Victoria Martinez, Deputy Scott Poritz and B&G Club Director Kenda Peterson; Deputy Casey Lussier prepares for a tug of war with club kids; and Thomas Santos, Ian Smikle, Garrens Catul Jr. and Arlen Ferrer with their medals.

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Friends Honor Retiring PBCFR Battalion Chief Michael Arena

(Left to right) Michael, Laura, Mike and Cristina Arena; Tom and Regis Wenham, Fire Chief Jeff Collins, and Laura and Mike Arena; and District Chief Javatis Midget, Division Chief Chris Hoch, Laura and Mike Arena, District Chief Doug McGlynn, Division Chief Nigel Baker and Division Chief Jerry Cooper.

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(Left to right) Union officials Eddie O’Berry, Jeff Newsome, Jose Gonzales and Joel Brier present Mike Arena (center) with a golden ax; Mike and Laura Arena with Battalion Chief Kevin Shaw; and Mike Arena surrounded by PBCFR colleagues.

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Palm Beach Central’s Bronco Band Brings Home The State Championship By Y. A. Teitelbaum

The Palm Beach Central High School marching band triumphed over the competition to claim the state championship crown for the 2016-17 school year. The Bronco band won the Class 3A crown at the Florida Marching Band Championships (FMBC) for the first time in school history last November at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Palm Beach Central earned first place with a score of 87 points, pushing past Miami Coral Park High School, which took second with 85.45 points. “I could tell early on in the summer that the group was special,” said James Yaques, director of bands at Palm Beach Central since 2005. “We were really happy with our show design, and the band was taking the product and bringing it to life.” The Broncos bounced back from an off-year in which the band missed finishing in the top five for the first time in four years. In 2015, heavy rains moved the semifinal competition indoors and the bands performed at a standstill — which hurt the Broncos. “Our show is most effective with the music and visual together,” Yaques said. “With half of the component taken out, we just missed the finals. Based on results from prior events in the season, if the semifinals would have not been rained out, we probably would have finished second or third. I think missing finals [last year] without the opportunity to perform their full show really hurt the kids. It may have been a motivator to be even better.” Bronco band performances throughout the 2016-17 season were impressive, finishing first in the semifinals, in addition to winning a regional competition at Jupiter High School and placing second at a regional competition at Park Vista High School. The championship-winning show was performed to the music of Sleeping Beauty. This upcoming year’s show will be based on the fictional character Poison Ivy, one of Batman’s many enemies. The repertoire changes every year. Emma Pitot, a rising senior, has been a member of the 24

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marching band since her freshman year. Pitot plays the alto saxophone and will be the section leader for the second year in a row, as well as having added responsibilities as band captain. “Our biggest challenge is keeping everybody motivated,” she said, with a current focus on leading the team to a repeat championship. “We have to do the small things to get to the big picture, which is winning states. My job is to help lead, but it’s a team effort.” Pitot’s teammates are proud of their most recent accomplishment and have high hopes for the future. “It’s harder to maintain than to win,” said Madison Pompos, who is entering her junior year. “We have to work twice as hard. Last year we had motivation; this year we have to fight to get that feeling again.” Pompos, who has been in the band since she was a freshman, was one of 12 saxophonists in the 105-member state champion marching band. She has been elevated to the important role of drum major for the upcoming year. The Broncos have spent much of the summer learning new steps and formations because they perform a different show every year, Yaques said. Each show runs approximately 10 minutes. Motorists on Forest Hill Blvd. can often catch a glimpse of the band practicing in the Palm Beach Central parking lot on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. during the school year.


“I could tell early on that the group was special,” James Yaques said. “We were really happy with our show design, and the band was taking the product and bringing it to life.”

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“That’s our main practice field,” Yaques said. “We sometimes practice in the [football] stadium so the students get used to the feel of grass as opposed to asphalt.” Yaques has brought the Broncos to statewide prominence with a culture of excellence. The Florida State University

music graduate served for four years as the principal tuba player for the Second Marine Division band in the prestigious United States Marine Corps Band. He also holds a master’s degree in music conducting from Florida International University. The band season begins in July

and runs through November, with the semifinals and finals for the upcoming school year set for Nov. 18. There were several preseason practices in May and June to get the incoming ninth-graders familiar with the high school band. The entire group learns the basic steps during the summer practices, and the band practices simultaneously for football games and band competitions. Often, they perform at football games on Friday night and head to competitions on Saturdays to hone their skills. The well-respected Broncos have been regular contenders for the state title most of the last decade. The marching band is a two-time silver medalist (2014 and 2012) and also reached the Class 3A state finals (top five) four other years (2013, 2010, 2009 and 2008). Last season was the first time in school history that the Bronco band brought home the state championship title.





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(Above) Last year’s award-winning show was performed to the music of Sleeping Beauty. (Below) Palm Beach Central band members were all smiles after finding out they won the title.

Yaques, who directs all the bands at Palm Beach Central, is very proud of the marching band’s accomplishments. “Winning states is certainly the top goal for the marching band,” he said. “We didn’t do anything differently. The students were really driven and worked really hard.” The 2016-17 championship marching band consisted of flutes (6), clarinets (8), saxophones (12), trumpets (10), mellophones (5), baritones (10),

tubas (5), percussion (16), color guard (32) and one drum major. This upcoming year’s band will have about 20 new members, Yaques said, making the summer practices an integral part of the season, similar to spring practice for football teams. “I think it is going to be tougher to repeat,” Yaques said. “Keeping the same kind of focus we had last year will be tough. But we are reminding our students that we will have to be better

this year to do it again.” Pompos recalls with pride the band’s big triumphant moment. “You realize how much our hard work paid off,” said Pompos, who plans to major in criminal justice while playing in the band at either the University of Cincinnati or Florida State University. “We were overjoyed by the experience. I started crying, everyone was jumping, crying, screaming and taking photos. Every single moment was worth it.”

“We were overjoyed by the experience,” band member Madison Pompos said. “I started crying, everyone was jumping, crying, screaming and taking photos. Every single moment was worth it.”

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Cheerleading Dream Team Brings State Championship To Wellington High School By Y.A. Teitelbaum

The Wellington High School cheerleading team’s journey to win the 2017 state championship was both magical and challenging. The squad didn’t have a coach until former Wolverines cheerleader Dan Tyrie took over a few weeks before the start of the fall season. He stepped in to lead a team still reeling from the sudden passing of beloved cheerleading coach Matt Mounts in February 2016. “At the beginning of the season, we were nervous and hesitant, but we were excited to meet our new coach,” recalled rising senior Jessica Pass, who has been on the team for two seasons. “Without coach Tyrie, we wouldn’t have a team. We were so thankful that he stepped up for us. We were already a difficult group to deal with and gave him a hard time. Coach Tyrie deserves a lot of credit.” Tyrie was a member of Wellington’s 1995 co-ed state championship team before the sport was officially recognized and sanctioned by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA). However, he had never coached before and didn’t intend to stay for more than one year. “Coming in after the team had been selected and practices were already occurring was overwhelming,” recalled Tyrie, who was working two jobs before agreeing to lead the cheerleading squad. “Initially, I silently attended a few practices. I didn’t speak to the girls, but I’m sure they knew why I was there. I did not commit right away, as this was something that I had never even considered doing. It’s something that I never even could have seen myself doing. I was beyond hesitant. I was well-aware that it was a massive commitment, and once 30

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Coach Dan Tyrie and the Wellington High School cheerleading squad celebrate their state championship victory.

I agreed to do it, there was no turning back… The first football game was just weeks away.” Although Tyrie knew it was a huge commitment, he didn’t realize how much time it really would take. He is very thankful for the help of the choreographers and parents. “I did not realize until a few weeks into the school year just how large a commitment it was,” he said. “The time commitment alone was more than double what I had anticipated.” There are two seasons for cheerleaders — football season and competition season. During football season, the team practices their cheers and band dances. New team members are coached by the veterans. They are also broken down into stunt groups and practice their basic stunts, which are performed after touchdowns and during timeouts. The squad practiced as a team two afternoons each week for two hours, and

some also attended private coaching sessions with Stephanie Brodbeck and Robbie Gregory of Pro Cheer International. There’s an occasional Saturday practice and some strength and conditioning workouts are included during practices. During competition season, the same schedule is maintained, except instead of Friday night games there is a Friday afternoon practice. “At that point, the intensity gets cranked up,” said Tyrie, referring to the road to the state championship. “Their routine is choreographed, and they begin practicing more advanced stunts, a fast-paced dance and routine transitions.” Throughout the season, Tyrie said the girls talked about Mounts and honored him continuously. “They loved that man, and I’ve never heard an ill word spoken about him,” said Tyrie, who had never met Mounts and didn’t raise the topic himself. “They

had their own thoughts and feelings about him, and I respected it and left it alone, aside from telling them that he would have been extremely proud of them, as was I.” Mounts’ initials were monogrammed into each of their matching team backpacks and practice T-shirts, as well as a stuffed cat that was the team’s personal mascot. His initials were also written on their white shoes in permanent marker. In addition, the team had a special chant that they would do before each competition. It was a chant that Mounts did with them. One of the team captains, Courtney Kleino, led it. The competition music that was custom-prepared for them also centered on the late coach and referred to them as “Coach Mounts’ Dream Team.” The love for Mounts goes beyond the cheerleaders. His famous “Rule No. 4” — “Love Each Other” — is painted high on the wall of the high school courtyard for all to see every day. wellington the magazine | august 2017

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At the finals in Gainesville, the Wellington cheerleaders were excited and nervous. Tyrie told them that they were going to do great and to do their best to enjoy it. The Wolverines had finished second the year before. “We knew it was going to be difficult [to win],” Pass said. “Hearing our name when they called first place was a relief and one of the best moments of my life as a cheerleader. I felt that all of our hard work and dedication for the team had finally paid off and that we had made coach Mounts proud.” Jhona Navarrete was a senior and on the varsity squad for three years. “Coming together as a team definitely was what won it for us,” Navarrete said. “It wasn’t individuals on the floor, it was one team. Winning states meant the world to me with it being my senior

year. All the work we put in throughout the season paid off, and it was a great way to end my last year with the team.” The Wolverines scored 70.70 points and were crowned champions in Class 2A Medium Non-Tumbling Division. Ocoee High School placed second with 63.50 points. It was Wellington’s first competitive cheerleading championship sanctioned by the FHSAA, and Tyrie believes the Wolverines will win again. “We all started screaming and crying as soon as we heard our name called,” Navarrete said. “Jessica [Pass] and I hugged immediately and didn’t stop crying. We were all hugging each other. Winning states was a major goal.” Pass said all the work they put in was worth it. “Competition season was stressful,

but we were definitely rewarded for our hard work, and I wouldn’t trade this team for any other,” she said. “The past seasons have brought us closer as friends, and this team really does feel like a family.” And Wellington High School’s cheerleading dream team honored Mounts in perpetuity by inscribing his initials on their state championship rings.

“Coming together as a team definitely was what won it for us,” Jhona Navarrete said. “It wasn’t individuals on the floor, it was one team. Winning states meant the world to me with it being my senior year.”

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Wellington High School Basketball Celebrates A Stellar Season

By Jack Lowenstein

The Wellington High School boys basketball team claimed the regional championship for the 2016-17 school year, marking the team’s second regional championship in the past three years. Head coach Matt Colin was on the sidelines for both achievements, but this year’s championship belonged to a strong team of young men, who slotted into roles that propelled the Wolverines to yet another championship banner. The Wellington Wolverines defeated Coral Springs High School 82-62 in the finals to win the regional title. “It makes the game so much easier when you’re able to control the game the way we were able to control it,” Colin said. “We always had four players out there who could handle the basketball. It made it so that we were the team that dictated what was going on, not the other team. Anytime you do that, you get the momentum.” This latest accomplishment was all about the team working together and playing within the system that Colin and his assistant coaches set up for Wellington’s program. In years past, the game might have relied on the play of individuals, but this year was about ev-

Trent Frazier makes a last-minute slam dunk to put an exclamation point on Wellington’s regional finals victory over Coral Springs.

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The 2017 Wellington High School boys varsity basketball team. PHOTO BY GENE NARDI

eryone getting their hands on the ball to make plays for the team. “That was something that we stressed. We always talk about team basketball,” Colin said. “Obviously, we have some good players on this team.

But good players alone don’t win you championships. I think this group was mature enough to understand that.” Trent Frazier, Miguel Peart and Sage Chen-Young were team captains this past year, and they fit right into their

roles. They led by example, and therefore were able to be strong leaders for a young team. “The years before, we were so used to winning. This year, we lost a lot of talent, so we had to work with what we had and play smaller,” Chen-Young said. This year was about building off last year’s weaknesses. Coral Springs kept the Wolverines from repeating in the regional championship the year prior. Chen-Young said the team took the loss hard last year, and the rematch was a must-win for the season and for pride. “We were already state champs, and it was the game to go back to states, to go back-to-back, and they beat us,” Chen-Young said of the 2015-16 season-ender. “They ended up winning states.” So, facing Coral Springs at the re-

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Trent Frazier, Bryan Williams, coach Matt Colin, Miguel Peart and Sage Chen-Young in the trophy room at Wellington High School. PHOTO BY JACK LOWENSTEIN

gional final, the Wellington boys came back and emerged victorious. “My sophomore year is when we had a lot of talent. We were a good team,” Frazier said. “That’s what made us get our run into the state tournament and get our first ring, but this year was mostly off of everyone playing their roles.” This was a year when Wellington basketball’s system worked. “That’s what helped us out, because we were young and little,” Frazier said. “A lot of guys, we weren’t big. We didn’t have a lot of skill, but everyone played their role, and everyone trusted each other, so that’s how we did it.” Peart agreed that roleplay was much more important for winning games than making plays for glory. “I just felt good knowing that I was able to get out there and do everything I could,” Peart said. “That’s what I felt

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like I was, just the everything guy. If you needed a rebound, needed effort, I just went out and gave it my everything.” A younger athlete on the team this past year was junior Bryan Williams. Colin saw room for growth and contribution from him on the varsity squad. He also looks to fill a captain’s role next year, helping the team continue to match the gameplay of the previous year.

“I felt like I was a good player, but the coach saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself,” Williams said. “The chemistry that we had — I want to continue to grow and keep leading on throughout the years because I’m going to miss my seniors, and I just want all that to stay. I hope nothing changes with it.” The players embraced their coach


Jonathan Philistein powers his way down court during a game against Seminole Ridge. PHOTO BY GENE NARDI

and all that came with being a winning team. “I think toward the second half of the season, as a team, every player, especially the starters, we all toughened up,” Peart said. “We stopped letting little things get to us. We kind of really started to just play.” Colin finds power in preparation, and this season was about making strengths better and eliminating weaknesses, particularly in rebounding. “I was always looking to find new rebounding drills, whether it was going online, whether it was calling former colleagues or college coaches,” he said. “Whatever it may be, throw at me a rebounding drill that you do in practice, so I can apply it to my guys, so they don’t get stagnant with what we’ve been doing. We can still accomplish the goals with what we’re trying to do by winning the rebounding battle out there every night.” The night before the finals, Colin said the team was ready for the highly anticipated rematch against Coral Springs. “I think there was a lot of emotion going into that game. Trent [Frazier], actually, and he still has it saved on his

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(Left) The WHS dance team joins in the Dance Marathon fun. (Right) Student organizers announce this year’s record-breaking fundraising total.

Dance Marathon Program Grows Into A Student Fundraising Tradition At WHS

By Julie Unger

Over the course of the last five years, the students at Wellington High School have raised $164,829 to help the Children’s Miracle Network through the Dance Marathon program. They started out slowly, raising $11,710.39 in 2013, the first year WHS participated in the program. They raised a bit more in 2014, bringing in $11,802.67, and raised the stakes further in 2015, bringing in an impressive $14,648.25. In 2016, the goal was set at $25,000. The school

surged through that goal, raising a record $42,223.52 and earning the recognition of raising the most money of any Florida high school, noted Student Government Association sponsor Melissa Varvarigos. In 2017, following the previous years’ expectation, the students not only achieved their goal of raising $50,000, they soared past it, raising an astounding $82,444.17, including $3,450.40 contributed by students at Wellington Landings Middle School. Dance Marathon started out as a college fundraiser through the University of Florida. They call the high school Dance Marathon events “mini marathons.” WHS now ranks as the No. 1 school in Florida, the No. 1 school in the southern United States, and the No. 5 school in the entire nation, Varvarigos said. And it wouldn’t be possible without the passion and drive that her students have displayed, with two students in particular, Sam Weingart and Jake Anders, rallying the students and acting as the driving force behind the growth of the Dance Marathon program at WHS. For the first three years, approximately 100 students attended the seven-hour event. Last year, the number doubled to 200, thanks to the efforts of Weingart. In 2017, there were 300 attendees, Varvarigos said. Weingart ran the event in 2016, and Anders took over in 2017. He will once again be running it in 2018, during his senior year. “This is an organization that I love,” said Weingart, now a student at UF. (Top left) Ashley Estrada and Alexa Kovi with “Miracle Children” Zander Wyant with Nathan Ferrell. (Bottom left) Dance Marathon participants Diego Vallecillo, Tiffany Portu, Erica Tornabene, Lizzy Odom, Jake Anders, Lea Schwartz, Aimee Kaufman, Devyn Burnes, Angel Turpin and Lauren Bordeaux. wellington the magazine | august 2017

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“Miracle Children” Zander Wyant and Nathan Ferrell with students, Councilwoman Tanya Siskind, faculty sponsor Melissa Varvarigos, Mayor Anne Gerwig and Principal Mario Crocetti.

Dance Marathon, he added, was the deciding factor for him choosing UF over other schools he considered, such as Emory University. “I couldn’t give up Dance Marathon,” Weingart explained. “At the end of the day, it all came back to Dance Marathon.” He hopes to become a captain, working marathon relations for high schools. “It all started freshman year when I was in the auditorium,” Weingart recalled.

He saw a video about Dance Marathon and the children impacted by the money raised. “It really sunk in to me, and when they turned on the lights, I was in tears,” Weingart said. Weingart is confident that if everyone works together, following their passion, it is entirely possible for the school to raise $100,000 in 2018. “You just need one person to ignite the flame — one person who is really

passionate about something,” he said. And that person is his successor, Anders, joined by the rest of the SGA team. Anders is already setting up a busy calendar of events for Dance Marathon 2018. Last year, the students held car washes, restaurant food nights, a carnival and the move-a-thon at Wellington Landings. This year, they’re looking at adding other events, perhaps even a golf tournament, he said. “It’s a huge group effort, and it’s run through our Wellington High School student government,” Anders said. “We not only work with our student government and within our school, but we also work with the Wellington Chamber.” Dance Marathon had a booth at the chamber’s Winterfest. “There are a lot of people who come together to put on Dance Marathon, even if it’s not for the actual event on that exact day,” Anders said. The day of Dance Marathon is special. “Miracle Children,” those who the

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Principal Mario Crocetti and faculty sponsor Melissa Varvarigos with Dance Marathon Director Drew Carlton.

Wellington Councilwoman Tanya Siskind and Mayor Anne Gerwig point to where they signed the Dance Marathon wall.

In the background, always supporting the SGA students, is Varvarigos. “Mrs. Varvarigos is honestly amazing. She is a mother to two kids, a wife and our SGA sponsor, and basically a mother to all 28 kids in that room. She is incredible. She is there from the start of everything to the end of everything,” Anders said. “We couldn’t have done it without her.” Varvarigos is proud of her students and their ability to engage others with their passion. This year, more than 25 students raised more than $1,000, earning them a spot in the “Comma Club.” Their accomplishments, their passion and their drive, leave her proud of her students, current and former.

“There are so many things that the SGA does, whether it’s the $82,000 or bikes for Rosenwald [Elementary School] or the homecoming events, they put their all into it. You look at that, and you’re really proud,” she said. “They’re just awesome kids.” The students display a special sense of selflessness working on SGA projects. “The kids often say we’re like a little family, and it’s true,” she said. “We have different facets of personality, some crazy, some funny, some quiet. We have kids who run the gamut, but at the end of the day, they’re right. We are a family.” To learn more about the children impacted by Dance Marathon, visit www.floridadm. org/meet-the-kids.

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Track Star Karimah Davis Has Her Eyes On The Olympics By Deborah Welky

Watching the Olympics is always inspirational, especially when a hometown athlete is involved. That’s why we’re keeping an eye on local track star Karimah (pronounced KaREEmah) Davis. The recent Palm Beach Central High School graduate is the state champion in the 400-meter dash (52.91 seconds), and she came in a close second for the 200-meter dash (23.28 seconds). Over Memorial Day weekend, Davis, together with the other top 200-meter runners in the world, traveled to historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, just outside Portland, to compete in the Prefontaine Classic, courtesy of title sponsor Nike. “Nike pays for our flights,” Davis said. “They give us clothes and backpacks and shoes. They treat us like royalty!” The Prefontaine Classic is the premier track and field meet in the United States, and the only stop in North America on the prestigious World Athletics Tour. It was established by distance runner Steve Prefontaine, who died in 1975 at age 24 and was the subject of two major motion pictures. To be eligible to compete in this elite track and field showcase, athletes must be ranked in the top 50 in the world in their event. Televised on NBC, the Prefontaine Classic is where many Olympic track and field stars first establish themselves in the national consciousness and, perhaps because of this, attendance has grown. The Prefontaine Classic has attracted standing-roomonly crowds for the last 10 years. While there, Davis had the opportunity to meet Olympic track and field legends, perhaps picking up some pointers. Then, it was back home for summer track, and on to Florida State University this month — on a full scholarship. So how did all this start? For Davis, it started late. Although the majority of runners start to get serious about the sport around the age of 8, Davis began running less than four years ago as a hobby. “It was just going to be something I could play around with,” she recalled. But coaches quickly took notice. “I feel that’s why a lot of people are interested in me,” Davis said. “I stepped into the field at an older age, and it’s going really good for me — better than it normally should.” Davis was running for Emerald Cove Middle School, just about to enter high school, when seasoned coach Derek Walker came up to her at a meet. “As I was running, he came up to me and said, ‘I can turn you into a state champion.’ Now he’s my club coach,” Davis said. Walker is so convinced of her potential that he is willing to

Palm Beach Central High School graduate Karimah Davis has racked up a number of impressive wins during her track career.

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move to Tallahassee. “He’s trying to move in that area so he can be involved in my future career,” Davis said. So, what started as a hobby has turned into a quest. Davis’ personal records include the 55-meter (7.08 seconds), 60-meter (7.77 seconds), 100-meter (11.49 seconds) and the long jump (5.33 meters). With the Olympics always in the back of her mind, Davis practices three to four hours a day at Palm Beach Central, taking a break only on Wednesday. That makes it difficult to hang out with friends. “Many of my friends have different personalities, different aspirations and are on different routes,” she explained. “It makes it hard to mesh with them.” Davis’ true support system is at home. “My parents are very supportive,” she said. “I probably wouldn’t be as far as I am without my parents putting me there. They keep my mind in the right place. They invest the time and the money.”

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(Left) Karimah Davis got involved in the sport four years ago and has come a long way in a short time. (Right) Davis with Olympian Justin Gatlin, a world champion sprinter.

After her state win, Palm Beach Central celebrated by posting her accomplishment on its Twitter page. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission went further, inducting Davis into its Hall of Fame.

As hobbies go, track and field turned out to be a good choice for Karimah Davis. “It’s turning out really well for me,” she said simply. Then Davis was off... and running.


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Susana Fernandes and Maria Almeida in the showroom at Grandview Kitchens.

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Grandview Kitchens is a one-stop-shop for kitchen and bathroom needs. Owned by Susana Fernandes and her parents, Maria and Francisco Almeida, the company offers everything necessary to transform a kitchen or bath, while working within a budget and adding value and beauty to a home. “We wanted to have a name that had the grandiose-ness, viewing your kitchen in a grand manner,” Fernandes said. Grandview Kitchens dates back to 2005. Originally, the company had a location in Wellington where countertop fabrication was done, as well as a cabinet store in Royal Palm Beach. Four years ago, the location in Wellington was sold, and the business combined to the Southern Blvd. storefront location. “We specialize in designing kitchens and bathrooms to exactly what the customer needs, without pressure,” Fernandes explained. She focuses on not only measure-

ments, but also listening to the customer to determine how to make the kitchen or bathroom functional and beautiful. The Grandview team can work on one part of a room, or lead a complete redesign. “Kitchens and bathrooms are the main things in a house, so when they are beautiful, they make people feel good and happy,” Maria Almeida added. The family started out with a focus on countertops, then grew their business into cabinets and designs, with hardware and more. “The customer doesn’t have to go to

a big box store, or five different places,” Fernandes said. “We can help them here.” Kitchens and bathrooms need to make the family feel at home. Using television shows and magazines as inspiration, people often want to change and update their homes, not only for themselves, but also for entertaining and impressing friends, Fernandes said. “The kitchen is the most important part of a home. It’s where everyone goes and gathers,” she said. “It’s where you catch up on conversations, gather with friends, drink coffee and plan your next getaway.” Bathrooms are also an important part of Grandview Kitchens, focusing on flooring, cabinets and counters. “It just goes hand-in-hand,” she said. Fernandes utilizes 3-D renderings of rooms to create a visual of how a client’s wellington the magazine | august 2017

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(Left) Maria Almeida shows off some of the many cabinetry hardware options available. (Far right) Susana Fernandes can take clients step-by-step through the kitchen design process.

kitchen or bathroom could look using different cabinets, colors, tiles, hardware and more. Grandview Clients has expert designers, and they put together the ideal kitchen or bathroom for customers, providing the best possible product while staying within budget. “We love to work with people, we love this kind of business, and we love to see our customers happy,” Almeida said. Fernandes enjoys learning and working with clients to dis-

cover what they like about their current kitchen, would like in their kitchen, how high they want cabinetry to be, how decorative they want cabinets to be, and how to make the kitchen practical, functional and beautiful. Grandview Kitchens sell inset cabinets, countertops, sinks, backsplashes and multiple brand-name quartz choices that can be coordinated with cabinets, accessories and flooring. “It’s the satisfaction in knowing that the customer is satisfied with everything they’ve envisioned, and we’ve been able to show them and let them feel confident that we can get that for them,” Fernandes said, adding that frequent referrals show that clients enjoyed the process and the final result. Before approaching the idea of redesigning a kitchen or bathroom, Fernandes said that it is important to know your budget. Finding a company that is respectful of that budget is important, because it helps to pinpoint a price.

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Wellington’s Ahmmon Richards Making Waves At The University Of Miami By Y.A. Teitelbaum

Wellington High School graduate Ahmmon Richards wanted to make an impact as a freshman at the University of Miami. Mission accomplished. Richards, the former superstar wide receiver for the Wolverines, produced an ascendant first season for the resurgent University of Miami football team. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder set a freshman record for receiving yards with 934, breaking Hall of Famer Michael Irvin’s mark that had stood for 31 years. Richards started 11 of 13 games and caught 49 passes, averaging 19.1 yards per catch for the Hurricanes. His 934 receiving yards led all freshmen nationally and were the sixth most in a single season in UM history. His outstanding efforts earned Richards freshman AllAmerican honors from numerous national organizations, including ESPN and the Football Writers Association of America. Richards, who was heavily recruited and had more than 20 Division I offers before choosing Miami, has already put his record-setting freshman season behind him and looks to the future. Along with his amazing athletic ability, Richards has received unwavering support from his parents. “My dad always pushes me. Both my parents, actually, and they always pushed me to never settle,” said Richards, who turned 19 on May 20. “And that’s a big thing for me. I never settle. What happened last year, that’s last year.” Richards enters the 2017 season as the Hurricanes primary receiver and expects more attention from defenses, similar to what he experienced during his standout career with the Wolverines. He has improved in numerous areas since arriving on the Coral Gables campus. His speed and catching ability 52

give Miami a deep threat — a gamebreaker that will help its inexperienced quarterback. If Miami can balance Richards with elite running back Mark Walton, the Wellington native has a chance to overcome the inevitable double-teams and flourish. The Hurricanes open up their second season under head coach Mark Richt on Sept. 2 against Bethune-Cookman University, followed by road games at Arkansas State on Sept. 9 and rival Florida State on Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. in a nationally televised contest. Richards is ready for the bright lights and top competition. “When I got here, I was probably running around 4.4, and since I got here, I am running like 4.31,” said Richards, who also added about 20 pounds. “So, the strength staff has definitely gotten me faster and stronger.” Richards has also adjusted to the transition between high school and the university setting, with the biggest difference being the speed of everything. “College is just a different speed, different workouts, time with classes,” Richards said. “I have class right after

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this [interview]. It’s different from high school.” Wellington head football coach Tom Abel strongly believes in Richards. “He was probably the most dominant high school player I have ever coached,” Abel said. “He was the hardest-working player I have ever been around… When he got the ball, magic happened.” Richards led the Wolverines in most offensive categories and finished his senior year with 73 catches for 1,278 yards and 14 touchdowns. He received the prestigious 2015 Palm Beach County High School Player of the Year award presented by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. He was also named the Palm Beach Post All-Area Football Large Schools Offensive Player of the Year. “My favorite memory of him is when he received a hit in a game, and I wanted to take him out because I thought he was injured,” Abel said. “After talking to him, he told me he was OK. We were on offense. I called his number right after his non-injury, and he caught a slant and took it to the house about 70 yards full speed, and then came off the sideline and asked if he could get the ball again to help his team out.” Abel said Richards would do everything he could to contribute to the team and support his teammates. “That mental attitude has carried with him to this day,” Abel said. “He is special, and we love him. He always stayed after practice every day to help the quarterbacks get timing. It worked out great for all of us.” Richards said he enjoyed his time with the Wolverines, which included an 11-2 record and a trip to the Class 8A regional finals as a junior, the most successful season in school history. “It’s a brotherhood,” said Richards,


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Ahmmon Richards runs the ball for the University of Miami during last season’s game against Appalachian State. PHOTO COURTESY HURRICANESPORTS.COM

(Below) Ahmmon Richards during his football career at Wellington High School. PHOTOS BY GENE NARDI

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whose team lost in the first round of the playoffs in his senior season. “Most kids transfer to other schools, but I am from Wellington, and I just wanted to play with my brothers. And that is something that lasts a lifetime.” Richards, who has a younger sister, as well as an older and younger brother, grew up playing in the Western Communities Football League, where players are on a different team each year. He started out as a running back, but a coach switched him to wide receiver several years before his final season. His brother, Mark-Anthony, is currently one of the top high school receivers in the county. Abel said the elder Richards, as a person, is very humble, spiritual and thankful for everything. “He is always willing to do the right thing for everyone,” Abel said. “He is a pleasure to be around. He always stays hungry and focused.” Richards said that playing at UM has been everything he thought it would be. “With the coaches and everything, I believed in them through recruiting, and everything they said is coming to life,” he said. And, hopefully, that will continue as his sophomore season gets underway. 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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Ameron Realty’s Halina Sledz Brings A Unique Background To Real Estate Clients

By Matthew Auerbach

The allure of all things equestrian is what makes Halina Sledz, a broker for Ameron Realty, feel so at home in her adopted hometown of Wellington, a community world-renowned for its equestrian facilities and championship competitions. “I was born, raised and educated in Europe,” Sledz said. “During my university studies in Poland for my master’s degree in civil engineering, an international horse jumping show was held annually at our university stadium. The excitement of preparing for my final exams coincided with the excitement of that competition.” Balancing her scholastic responsibilities with her love of horses was not a problem for Sledz. “My dorm was located next to the university stadium, so I could either take a break from studying and go down to the stadium, or I could watch the horse competition from my dorm window while I was hitting the books,” she recalled. “Over the years, that closeness to the equestrian community allowed me to meet horse owners, breeders and top international equestrian riders of the day.” After marrying and starting a family, Sledz moved to Wellington, where she once again became immersed in the equestrian world. “With my husband being an engineer as well, together we designed and built several spec houses in Wellington and in the western communities of Palm Beach County,” she said. “During the building process, I was involved in hiring and managing several subcontractors. That led me to selling real estate full time. My experience in property construction allows me to give good advice to potential

clients on any issues with property they may be interested in.” Sledz specializes in residential waterfront properties on the island of Palm Beach, as well as selling equestrian properties in the Wellington and the western communities. “If a Palm Beacher desires to own a farm in Wellington, or a Wellingtonian likes to own an oceanfront property, I have that expertise and can assist them from start to finish,” she said. “I always try to fulfill the expectation of any potential buyer. I have world-wide contacts and speak several languages, which allows me to easily communicate with clients all over the world. While I have experience in selling upscale, luxury properties, I also work with first-time home buyers and military veterans.” Sledz is also knowledgeable on investments in commercial properties and sells them, as well. No matter what transaction she is brokering, her top priority is to her clients.

“I am always on the lookout for the next great opportunity for my clients,” she said. “I attend to my clients’ needs in a diligent and conscientious way. I am very thoughtful of their time, and I work hard to find the right properties that will be of their interest.” Many of those properties are right here in Wellington, a destination Sledz believes is a perfect place to put down roots. “Having lived in Wellington for many years, I have witnessed firsthand its beauty, peacefulness, yet steady growth,” she said. “What makes the Wellington area special is the aeronautical subdivision, the Aero Club, and world-class equestrian facilities and venues. This makes Wellington a comfortable place to live, with major retail stores, various types of restaurants, excellent public schools and two hospitals.” To contact Halina Sledz of Ameron Realty, call (561) 596-9727 or e-mail ameron1@ bellsouth.net. wellington the magazine | august 2017 57


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Caroline Blanke-Pena Of Holistic Health Palm Beach Specializes In Chinese Medicine Story by Deborah Welky • Photo by Julie Unger

Caroline Blanke-Pena of Holistic Health Palm Beach discovered her calling after dealing with a condition that, for many years, couldn’t be cured by traditional western medical practices. “As a last resort, I decided to try acupuncture,” Blanke-Pena recalled. “I didn’t even know what it was, but I found an acupuncturist I loved and went to her three times in seven days. The very first time, I felt this massive block in my abdomen move. It was a mind-blowing experience. By my third treatment, I was completely cured — never needed another drug or another treatment. That’s an incredible result.” Convinced that eastern and western medicine could — and should — work well together, Blanke-Pena’s life had new purpose. Many courses and four state board exams later, BlankePena is now a licensed acupuncturist and a nationally certified diplomate of Oriental medicine, acupuncture, herbology and Asian bodywork therapy. She graduated from the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine in Florida with a master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in science from Ohio State University. “Chinese medicine really depends on what is going on with the patient. You have to listen in order to tell what would benefit them the most. Is it emotional pain, physical pain, posttraumatic stress?” Blanke-Pena said. “Chinese medicine works best in some cases, western medicine works better in others. That’s why I partnered up with a doctor when I opened Holistic Health Palm Beach. We refer back and forth to do what is in the best interest of the patient.” Blanke-Pena said most of her patients are complaining of three things — physical pain, emotional pain and fertility issues. “Chinese medicine can help with physical pain, especially pain in the back, joints, knees, elbows and fingers — and arthritis,” she said. “Acupuncture has an anti-inflammatory effect. Eight out of 10 of my patients move out of pain within one or two sessions, although some need more. Acupuncture is also particularly successful in treating insomnia and emotional pain.” Blanke-Pena said local doctors often refer patients with pre- or post-menopausal symptoms for help with issues such as night sweats. Reproductive issues can also be treated. Perhaps a woman is having problems getting pregnant or needs support after previous miscarriages. Perhaps a man has a low libido or sperm count. “Chinese medicine has great success in those areas,” Blanke-Pena said. She is particularly happy to see that eastern and western

medicine are starting to work together and does her best to unite the two. “I take the shame out of it,” Blanke-Pena said. “If a patient comes to me and says, ‘I’ve been on Prozac for 20 years. Do I have to go off it?’ I ask, ‘Would you come to me for 20 years and take my meds and do my treatments if you still felt lousy?’ I ask them if they want an alternative. We taper off, and I’ve had excellent results.” Acupuncture and herbal medicine can be an effective alternative to treatments that may require the use of invasive procedures, she said. Rather than resorting to surgery, knee or back pain can be controlled with acupuncture because it improves circulation to relieve pain, Blanke-Pena said. It also tends to have a positive effect on circulation throughout the body, improving energy and stamina while reducing stress and improving emotional well-being, she added. While western medicine tends to concentrate on relieving specific symptoms, the goal of acupuncture is to resolve the underlying source of symptoms, she explained, by focusing on alleviating the origin of the ailment rather than on relieving the symptoms. Holistic Health Palm Beach is located in Palomino Park at 3347 State Road 7, Suite 200, in Wellington. For more info., call (561) 6010999 or visit www.holistichealthpalmbeach.com. wellington the magazine | august 2017

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Completely Renovated Aero Club Home Features High-Tech Amenities Story by Deborah Welky

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This month’s featured home is a two-story Mediterranean-style estate in the Aero Club of Wellington. It was built in 2006 and completely renovated this year. The home features lush new landscaping, a paver drive, impact windows and doors, a whole house generator and a four-car garage. Inside, a pre-wired Creston automated smart system allows the owners to remotely operate all lighting, window treatments, and pool and landscape lighting. The home also has access to all the amenities of the unique Aero Club community, including its 4,000-foot paved runway. Like many homes in the Aero Club, this home features its own airplane hangar. Dining Room: The formal dining room’s pecky cypress barreled ceiling and stunning contemporary pendant lights are typical of the attention to detail evident throughout this 7,733-square-foot home. Note the large Italian marble tiles that run throughout the downstairs, visually connecting the primary living spaces.

Kitchen: Old Chicago brick on the back wall, barnstyle pantry doors, replaned beams on the ceiling and engineered hardwood floors add to the appeal of this rustic-looking kitchen. But don’t be fooled — it has every modern convenience, including a copper range hood, Wolf gas range and a huge Carrara marble island.

Master Bedroom: Decorated in gorgeous earth tones, the ground floor master bedroom features a stunning and dramatic tray ceiling, as well as easy access to the pool deck. An oversized closet offers full-length mirrors and LED lighting.

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The new Wellington Trace Tavern is now open in the original Wellington Mall. In the kitchen is Executive Chef Jeff Cantor, who brings with him a wealth of culinary experience gathered from every region of the United States. His well-rounded career has cemented a signature, fusion style of cuisine. “One of the things that is very important to me is to be original. I don’t want to do what others are doing,” Cantor said. “When you walk into Wellington Trace Tavern, I want you to feel as though, before you even sit down at the table, you’re already going to know that it’s going to be a great meal.” Wellington Trace Tavern is co-owned by Alex Gerasimov and Tetyana Kuzmina. Cantor was searching for a position that would allow him to continue making his food creations, and after his first meeting with the owners, he knew almost immediately that he would have creative control over the new tavern’s menu items. “What I plan on bringing to Wellington Trace Tav-

ern, first of all, is food with integrity,” Cantor said. “I don’t do boxed, ready-to-go, canned, whatever-it-mightbe type of things. I try to do as much as I can from a fresh state. I try to use local ingredients when we can. We get some of our produce right here from a local farmer, and we always try to use fresh, not frozen, seafood whenever possible. The same thing goes for our other ingredients on the menu.” Cantor said there will be many signature dishes to be enjoyed on the menu, but he presented one that he believes will certainly cement itself as a must-have item, the Admiral Surf and Turf. The dish will feature four jumbo shrimp, paired wellington the magazine | august 2017

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Signature Dish with a daily vegetable. “It will have your choice of potato. However, I recommend one of my signature items, which is called a sweet potato soufflé,” Cantor said. “A lot of people say, ‘Oh, I don’t like sweet potatoes.’ I bring them out a little taste of it, and that’s what they order. It doesn’t taste like a sweet potato out of the skin. This tastes like a true soufflé-style, a little sweeter, entrée side accompaniment than you would typically see somewhere else.” Don’t forget the turf. “It’s paired with another one of my signature items, which is a Dr. Pepper, ketchup marinated filet mignon,” Cantor explained. “It’s something that I’ve been serving for years. I picked it up

from a chef in South Carolina.” Keeping true to his originality, Cantor continues to tweak the recipe, but he has a balance for it that can’t be described any better than by the head chef himself. “I’ve described that dish as yin and yang, and the reason I say [that] is quite simple: it’s complementary opposites with a little bit of each still there,” Cantor said. “You’re going to have that sweet savoriness of the marinated filet mignon, and then you’re going to have the grilled jumbo shrimp, which is something that goes together very well. It’s different than you would find elsewhere.” Cantor moved to Wellington at the

beginning of this year with his wife and daughter, Kathy and Annika. Kathy had a job opportunity in Palm Beach County, while his daughter is a chef in her own right. “It’s kind of a family thing right now,” he said. Cantor grew up in New Hampshire. Being New England raised, seafood is a must eat. When he is back home, he can’t leave without having a classic feast. “Being not too far from the coast, fresh seafood was always available, and I’ve come up with a great passion and love for seafood,” Cantor said. “I’m getting clam chowder, and I’m getting right out of the sea, probably two hours ago, lobster that was caught on the boat and parked out back.”

“I don’t want to do what others are doing. When you walk into Wellington Trace Tavern, I want you to feel as though, before you even sit down at the table, you’re already going to know that it’s going to be a great meal.” ~ EXECUTIVE CHEF JEFF CANTOR ~

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wellington | table Cantor is happy with the quality of food that has begun to appear and then disappear on patron’s plates at Wellington Trace Tavern. “We’re consistently putting good food on the tables, and, most importantly, we are doing it in a way that others in the area are not,” he said. “I don’t think you’ll find 15 of the items on our menu any place else.” While they are there, Cantor visits his guests to make sure they are having the dining experience he envisions for the tavern. “My motto for the food is ‘great food, great wine, great friends, best of times,’” Cantor said. “I like that to be what people think of after they’ve had a meal here.” Wellington Trace Tavern is located in the original Wellington Mall at 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 20. The restaurant is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. most nights. For more information, call (561) 469-1109 or visit www.wttavern.com.

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wellington | dining guide Arrabiatas Italian Restaurant serves up traditional Italian cuisine. The restaurant is in Aberdeen Plaza at 8260 Jog Road. For more info., call (561) 336-3862 or visit www.arrabiatas.net. Aroma Indian Cuisine, located at 730 Village Blvd. in West Palm Beach, serves delicious Indian food seven days a week, including a buffet lunch and dinner. For more info., call (561) 619-6437 or visit www. aromawestpalmbeach.com. 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 more info., call (561) 3555900. Centanni Italian Restaurant is located in Wellington’s Village Walk community at 2540 Village Walk Circle. Catering is available. Call (561) 6428700 for more info. Gabriel’s Cafe & Grille is Wellington’s oldest restaurant. Serving breakfast and lunch, Gabriel’s is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in the Wellington Plaza at the intersection of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more info., call (561) 793-0675. The Grille Fashion Cuisine (12300 South Shore Blvd., Suite 10) is open for lunch and dinner daily. It is also a popular gathering place, open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. For info., call (561) 7932110 or visit www.thegrillefashioncuisine.com. India Grill & Bar is now open in Royal Plaza at 650

Royal Palm Beach Blvd. serving authentic north and south Indian cuisine. For info., call (561) 249-7168. JoJo’s Raw Bar & Grill (13889 Wellington Trace in the Wellington Marketplace) features steaks, burgers, fresh fish and more, along with a bar stocked with 100 different beers. For info., call (561) 427-1997. Experience the tastes of the world atop a burger at Lindburgers Restaurant in the Wellington Courtyard Shops at 13860 Wellington Trace. From Florida to the Far East, Lindburgers will take you on a trip as you bite into one of its 50 famous burgers. For info., call (561) 753-0555 or visit www.lindburgers.com. Enjoy great Mexican food in a friendly atmosphere at Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant, located 1179 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in the Village Royale shopping plaza, open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more info., call (561) 798-1229. A warm and welcoming restaurant with a cozy atmosphere, Oak Bistro & Wine Bar at 11051 Southern Blvd., Suite 210, in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza serves up delicious food complemented by great wine varietals. Catering and takeout are available, as are private parties and a great brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. For more info., call (561) 753-6217 or visit www.oakrpb.com. Oli’s Fashion Cuisine & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. For info., call (561) 7922220 or visit www.olisrestaurant.com.

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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.

Rollatini Italian Trattoria is located at 10107 Southern Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. For more info., call (561) 792-7677 visit www.rollatinitrattoria.net.

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.

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.

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wellington | calendar Tuesday, Aug. 1 • The Village of Wellington will hold a Neighborhood Watch Meeting for Rye Terrace on Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. Call (561) 791-4764 for more info. Wednesday, Aug. 2 • The Village of Wellington will hold a Neighborhood Watch Meeting for Channing Villas on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. Call (561) 791-4764 for more info. Thursday, Aug. 3 • Wellington will host a Food Truck Invasion at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Thursday, Aug. 3 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with a free Foreigner tribute concert by 4NR2 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, Aug. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, Aug. 4 • The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival will return to the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center from Friday, Aug. 4 through Sunday, Aug. 6. For more info., visit www.wpbaf.com. • The Wellington Community Foundation will hold a Back to School Fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Palm Beach Point home of Dr. Edward and Maria Becker. For more info., call (561) 333-9843 or visit www.wellingtoncommunity foundation.org. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free screening of the movie Power Rangers on Friday, Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Saturday, Aug. 5 • The T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society and FoundCare Inc. will partner to host the 17th an-

nual Back-to-School Community Health Fair on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at FoundCare’s Health Center (2330 S. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach). Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Guest speakers, immunizations, screenings, physicals, dental checkups and more will be provided for the whole family. For more info., visit www.foundcare.org or call (561) 432-5849. • NewsChannel 5 will present a Back to School Expo on Saturday, Aug. 5 in the Mall at Wellington Green (10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Back to School Expo will be an opportunity for parents, teachers and others to connect face-toface with education and health-related organizations and companies. It’s also Florida’s tax-free school shopping weekend, so parents can stock up on clothing and other items. For more info., call (561) 227-6900 or visit www.shopwellingtongreen.com. • Wellington’s Community Services Department will host its annual Back-to-School Community Block Party on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tiger Shark Cove Park (13800 Greenbriar Blvd., Wellington). Attendees can expect back-toschool supplies, entertainment, free food, arts and crafts, face painting, games, music and a kid zone. For more info., call the Community Services Department at (561) 791-4764. • Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will host a Peterrific and Aqualicious Storytime on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 11 a.m. Bestselling author Victoria Kann is back with several new stories in the Pinkalicious series. For more info., call (561) 792-1292. • Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will host a Lego Building Event on Saturday, Aug. 5 at noon. Explore Lego Boost, the new Lego toy that allows you to build, code and play with Vernie the robot. Call (561) 792-1292 or visit www.facebook.com/BNWellingtonFL for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W, Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free Steely Dan Tribute Concert by the Dirty Work band on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info.

Sunday, Aug. 6 • Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will host a Children’s Book Signing & Storytime with Kandra Albury on Sunday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. Albury, author of Leave Us Alone You Mean ’Ole Bully, will be at a special back-to-school storytime that teaches kids how they can be their own superhero against bullies. Call (561) 792-1292 or visit www.facebook.com/BNWellingtonFL for more info. Tuesday, Aug. 8 • State Sen. Jack Latvala (R-District 16), chairman of the Florida Senate Appropriations Committee, will hold a Roundtable Discussion on the Opioid Epidemic on Tuesday, Aug. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Room PSD 108 at Palm Beach State College (4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth). Latvala was invited by State Sen. Kevin Rader (D-District 29) and Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay to visit Palm Beach County to learn firsthand about the issues surrounding the epidemic of opioid overdoses. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tween Gaming for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Bring a friend for Wii gaming and board game fun. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Village of Wellington will hold a Walk & Talk Meeting for the Hyacinth community on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. Call (561) 791-4764 for more info. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl. gov. Wednesday, Aug. 9 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Craftapalooza for ages 2 to 8 on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 3 p.m. Explore your imagination and create multiple crafts from fun selections. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info.

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wellington | calendar • The Village of Wellington will hold a Neighborhood Watch Meeting for Lakeside Shores on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. Call (561) 791-4764 for more info. Thursday, Aug. 10 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Painting Pals for ages 5 to 10 on Thursday, Aug. 10 at 3 p.m. Use vivid watercolors and your imagination to unleash your creative spirit. 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, Aug. 10 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with a free concert by Chain Reaction/Forever Styx at 6:30 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. Friday, Aug. 11 • CAFCI will host auditions for its annual Youth Talent Show: Stars of Tomorrow on Friday, Aug. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Harvin Center (1030 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.) for performers ages 5 to 21. For more info., contact CAFCI at cafci@bellsouth.net or (561) 790-4002, Nadine at (561) 351-6895, Clover at (561) 596-1748 or Junette at (561) 346-2353. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free screening of the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul on Friday, Aug. 11 at 8 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Saturday, Aug. 12 • Florida Gun & Knife Shows will return to the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, Aug. 12 and Sunday, Aug. 13. For more info., visit www.flgunshows.com. • The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County will host a free panel discussion on “Fake News: Alternative Facts or Just Not True” in the Palm Beach Post auditorium (2751 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach) on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 9 a.m. While there is no cost to attend, guests are invited to pre-register at www.lwvpbc.org.

• The Mall at Wellington Green will host its monthly indoor farmers’ market on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 13 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 info., call (561) 227-6900 or visit www.shopwellingtongreen.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Doggie Days of Summer for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 11 a.m. Listen to fun stories about favorite fluffy friends. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will host Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody Storytime on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 11 a.m. While poking fun at the clutter and chaos of lab life, this sweet parody of the beloved Goodnight Moon gives scientists of all ages everything they need to say goodnight and rest. For more info., call (561) 792-1292. • The Maltz Jupiter Theatre will stage The Diary of Anne Frank, an impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. For more info., call (561) 575-2223 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org. Monday, Aug. 14 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Chess Club for Adults on Monday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Chess fans unite to practice strategy skills with other players. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, Aug. 15 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Paper Airplane Contest for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 2:30 p.m. Create a paper airplane and see how far it can fly. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • Kretzer Piano Music Foundation’s Music for the Mind Concert Series will present “An Intimate Evening with Jill & Rich” at the Harriet Himmel

Theater at CityPlace on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. featuring the co-hosts of the Morning Lounge on Legends 100.3 FM. Purchase tickets by calling CTS Tickets at (866) 449-2489. For more info., visit www. kretzerpiano.com/kpmf. Wednesday, Aug. 16 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Preserving Your Family Heritage: Scanning Images” for adults on Wednesday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. Bring up to 100 photos in good condition and a flash drive to save the digital images using a high-speed scanner. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Western Business Alliance will hold a Business After Hours Networking Event at CJR Fine Arts & Frame (514B N. State Road 7, Royal Palm Beach) on Wednesday, Aug. 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more info, visit www.thewesternbusiness alliance.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Anime Nation for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. View new anime titles. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Village of Wellington will hold a Neighborhood Watch Meeting for Wiltshire Village on Wednesday, Aug. 16 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, Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Learn basic Tai Chi moves. For those who cannot stand for long periods, an alternative form can be done seated. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, Aug. 17 • The Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce will hold an Economic Forum Luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the West Palm Beach Marriott (1001 Okeechobee Blvd.) featuring Palm Beach County School Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa with remarks by Florida Chamber

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Foundation Executive Vice President Tony Carvajal. Visit www.cpbchamber.com for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Colorful Sea Creatures for ages 5 to 10 on Thursday, Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. Make a splash coloring pages featuring creatures from the deep blue sea. 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, Aug. 17 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with a free concert by the Gypsy Lane Band at 6:30 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. Saturday, Aug. 19 • Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will host a Nothing Rhymes with Orange Storytime on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. We all know nothing rhymes with orange, but how does that make orange feel? When apple notices how orange is feeling, the entire language begins to become more inclusive. For more info., call (561) 792-1292. Sunday, Aug. 20 • Temple B’nai Jacob of Wellington (12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 6) will host an open house on Sunday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families can learn about the religious school, meet the rabbi, purchase High Holiday tickets and learn about special events. For more info., call (561) 793-4347 or visit www.templebnaijacob.com. Monday, Aug. 21 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will celebrate “The Celestial Event of the Year” on Monday, Aug. 21 at 1:15 and 4:15 p.m. For the first time since 1979, the continental United States will be treated to a solar eclipse. The view from Palm Beach County will be partial, so proper eyewear is necessary. Grab a pair of eclipse viewing glasses and observe this astronomical phenomenon, weather permitting. Glasses are available while supplies last. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Pinterest for Beginners for adults on Monday, Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Learn to register with Pinterest, a visual discovery tool. Participants must have an e-mail address and basic computer skills. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, Aug. 22 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Genealogy Help for adults on Tuesday, Aug. 22 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Want to learn about your family tree? Schedule a 30-minute session with a librarian, who will guide you through online genealogy research. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Origami for Beginners for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 2:30 p.m. Learn the art of origami in this introductory class. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • The Village of Wellington will hold a Walk & Talk Meeting in the White Pine community on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. Call (561) 791-4764 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Hand Lettering Workshop for adults on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. With pen in hand, practice simple and easy techniques to make lettering pop and impress. Bring your favorite writing utensils or use some provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Wednesday, Aug. 23 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Keystone Species for adults on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 10:30 a.m. A representative from the Okeeheelee Nature Center will have some Florida animals and will discuss their importance to the local ecosystem. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 11:30 a.m. at the International Polo Club Palm Beach featuring PBSO Capt. Rolando Silva and Village Manager

Paul Schofield. For more info., visit www.wellington chamber.com. • The Village of Wellington will hold Neighborhood Watch Meetings for Pine Valley, Greenbrier Circle and Summerwood Circle on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 791-4764 for more info.

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Thursday, Aug. 24 • The Village of Wellington will host a Food Truck Invasion at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Thursday, Aug. 24 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with a free concert by the Flyers band at 6:30 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Allowing Abundance Into Your Life on Thursday, Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Learn practices that decrease stress, reduce resistance and allow abundance, including breathing techniques, mediation and the use of sound, taught by Joe Hamilton of TrustBridge. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Saturday, Aug. 26 • Our Kids World Family Fun Fest will return to the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27. For more info., visit www.adayforkids.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Gone Camping for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. Come around for fun camping and hiking stories, songs and a craft. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will host a How to Get Your Teacher Ready Storytime on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. A class of students gives tips and tricks for getting a teacher ready for the first day of school and all the events and milestones that follow. For more info., call (561) 792-1292. • CAFCI will host its annual Youth Talent Show: Stars of Tomorrow on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. in the Crestwood Middle School auditorium (64 Sparrow Drive, Royal Palm Beach). Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 12. Refreshments will be for sale. Proceeds will benefit the CAFCI Student Assistance Fund. For additional information, contact CAFCI at cafci@bellsouth.net or (561) 790-4002, Nadine at (561) 351-6895, Clover at (561) 596-1748 or Junette at (561) 346-2353. Monday, Aug. 28 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a class for adults on how to make a Recycled Magazine Bowl on Monday, Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Coil strips of recycled magazine pages into a decorative and functional little bowl. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, Aug. 29 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Line Dancing for adults on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Do you love the Electric Slide and Cupid Shuffle? Learn a few more line dances to keep you moving. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, Aug. 30 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Teen Takeover on Wednesday, Aug. 30 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. • The Village of Wellington will hold a Neighborhood Watch Meeting for the Wisteria community on Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. Call (561) 791-4764 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Book Discussion on Catfish Alley by Lynne Bryant for adults on Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. Pick up a copy at the research services desk. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, Aug. 31 • The Village of Wellington will host a Food Truck Invasion at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Thursday, Aug. 31 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with a free concert by the Rough Shot band at 6:30 p.m. For more info., visit www. wellingtonfl.gov.

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Bacio Bacio Takes Part In Operation Wedding Gown — Bacio Bacio Bridal Salon took part in Brides Across America from July 6 through July 15 for the annual Operation Wedding Gown giveaway. Wedding gowns were donated by participating salons and given to military brides. Shown above, Deborah Paige assists U.S. Navy E5 Evelyn Christie with a dress.

Council, Kiwanis Members Visit B&G Club — The Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club held a luncheon July 3 made possible with the partnership of Kiwanis of Wellington and the Wellington Village Council. Shown above are Mayor Anne Gerwig, Councilman Michael Drahos, Councilwoman Tanya Siskind, Councilman Michael Napoleone with Christopher Napoleone, and Vice Mayor John McGovern with Emilia McGovern.

American Legion Installation — The Chris Reyka Memorial American Legion Post 390 held its installation meeting July 12 at the Wellington Community Center. Shown above are Sergeant At Arms John Isola, Commander James Napuli, Treasurer William Bartels, First Vice Commander Loren Heistand, Adjutant Dennis Masch, Historian Mike Pancia, Chaplin Robert Dugre and Past Commander Al Ziker. Not shown: Second Vice Commander Dale Holland.

Wenham Presented With Flag At Concert — The Air National Guard Band of the South held a concert Thursday, June 29 at the Wellington Amphitheater. The band played patriotic songs and held a special flag ceremony where former Mayor Tom Wenham, a. U.S. Air Force veteran, was presented with a flag. Wenham gave the flag to the Village of Wellington, and veterans in attendance gathered to be recognized.

Patients Enjoy Rock-Painting Activity — The Children’s Hospital at Palms West joined in the trending rock-painting craze, hosting an activity for youngsters on Wednesday, July 12. Staff, volunteers and families sat around tables in the play area to paint rocks, listen to music and have fun. Rocks will be hidden around the hospital campus for everyone to find. Evergreen Insurance Agency in Royal Palm Beach donated the rocks for the day’s event.

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(Above left) Ryan and Eric Jayne join in the rock-painting fun. (Above right) Child Life Specialist Michele Armand shows Skylar Resto stickers for his rocks. (Left) Staff with the Children’s Hospital at Palms West hold some of their favorite painted rocks. august 2017 | wellington the magazine


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