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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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GREENVIEW SHORES

Charming custom built 2-story, 3 bedroom/3 bath home. Immaculate inside and out with screened pool and over sized yard and lot. (.35 acre). Fireplace, renovated kitchen and baths, move in condition. 2-car garage. $399,900.

MUIRFIELD

Palm Beach Polo and CC - major renovations including roof/gutters, impact windows, a/c to this 4 bed (plus den)/5 bath, 2-story home with golf views, private pool, on quiet culde-sac. Master suite on the ground floor, guest room and loft on upper floor. $1,695,000.

GOLF COTTAGE

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. $285,000.

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HUNTER’S CHASE ESTATES

Palm Beach Polo and CC - 3 bedroom/4.5 bath/2-car garage. Superior built, 1-story Eccelstone estate home. Featuring high end finishes including Impact windows and whole house generator. Water and golf course views. Fully-fenced yard with pool and spa. $1,395,000.

HUNTER’S CHASE

Palm Beach Polo and CC - 3 bedroom/3 bath pool home. Marble floors, all redone. Large master bedroom suite that cabanas to over-sized private pool area. Screened and open patios, fully-fenced yard. 2-car garage. $799,000.

POND VIEW DRIVE

Palm Beach Polo and CC - 3 bedroom/3 bath second floor unit. Tile throughout, updated kitchen and baths, new washer and dryer. Partially covered, all screened rear balcony accessed from living, dining and master. Eat-in kitchen with open balcony. $329,500.

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Mile-Long Lake

More than 20 miles of scenic trails loop around the sparkling Arden Lake, connecting our parks, playfields and neighborhoods. When you add the resort-style, split-level pool, Clubhouse with its roomy, state of the art fitness center and our five-acre community farm with an event barn, you can have it all… at Arden. With friends out your front door and green space out the back, Arden magnifies the connection between nature, healthy living and happiness. A-rated schools in Wellington and the new campus for Palm Beach State College are close by.

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PALM BEACH BRIDES 2017: TELL US YOUR WEDDING STORY From the first step down the aisle to the last kiss of the evening, your wedding day will be the highlight of your love story — one that will be shared with generations to come. In this special bridal issue, we asked four couples to “Tell Us Your Wedding Story” in an effort to give our readers a peek into how the featured bride and groom’s magical day came together. In this issue you will meet Kerstin & Rick, Jessica & Matthew, Daniella & Danny and Melissa & Christopher. By Deborah Welky

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When planning a wedding, everyone has advice to give. As part of this issue, we went to experts from local wedding venues. Check out our Palm Beach Brides 2017 section for question-and-answer sessions with experts from the International Polo Club Palm Beach, Suri West, the Wanderers Club, the Wellington National Golf Club and the Wellington Community Center. By Julie Unger

3 YEARS CANCER-FREE: THREE WAYS YOUR LIFE CHANGES Three years ago, successful Wellington businesswoman Jennifer Martinez finished her chemotherapy treatments, which followed surgery, to rid her body of breast cancer. Since that time, much has remained the same, but there have been some major changes.

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ZACHARY THOMPSON BRINGS HOME THE TAEKWONDO GOLD

When designer Rigoberto Garcia-Beliz walks into a room, he sees possibility. He sees the potential that a room has. He sees what can be, what isn’t quite right, and how to take someone on the journey from an ordinary room to a room that is amazing. By Julie Unger

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Zachary Thompson’s commitment to taekwondo has paid off in a big way. Thompson won the gold medal at the 2017 AAU National Taekwondo Championships, highlighting a year of huge successes after voluntarily sitting out a year. By Y.A. Teitelbaum

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WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Wellington Rotary Club Hosts Annual Peace Ceremony At Peace Park Volunteers Gather To Clean Primrose Park After Hurricane Irma American Family Care Urgent Care Opens Location On Southern Blvd. Wellington Hosts Graduation Ceremony For New Student Program CFF Hosts Women In Sports Lunch With Golfer Michelle McGann

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Wellington Home this month visits a Meadow Wood house with both curb appeal and practicality. Softly swaying palm trees provide a hint of shade and shelter for the home, but the real protection comes from its solid roof, metal hurricane shutters, new electrical panel and dual air conditioning units, both recently upgraded. By Deborah Welky

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The culinary finale of a great wedding is an amazing wedding cake, and Johnson’s Custom Cakes has been creating delectable masterpieces for the past nine years. Owner Jennifer Johnson has made a name for herself not only in South Florida, but nationwide through appearances on TV and at cake competition events. By Jack Lowenstein

WELLINGTON DESIGNER WELLINGTON SPORTS WELLINGTON REAL ESTATE WELLINGTON HEALTH WELLINGTON DINING GUIDE WELLINGTON CALENDAR AROUND WELLINGTON ON THE COVER Recent bride Kerstin Villano on her wedding day. Kerstin and her new husband Rick are among the couples featured in our “Tell Us Your Wedding Story” section. PHOTO BY STACIA MORGAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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WELLINGTON Bringing You The Best Of Wellington Since 2004

THE MAGAZINE

volume 15, number 10 october 2017

executive editor

Joshua I. Manning

publisher

Dawn Rivera

senior graphic designer Stephanie Rodriguez

graphic designers

Nancy Pobiak Yolanda Cernicky

account managers

Betty Buglio Evie Edwards Wanda Glockson Joetta Palumbo

bookkeeping

Jill Kaskel Carol Lieberman

photography Abner Pedraza

contributors

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

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Barry S. Manning Wellington The Magazine is published monthly in Wellington, Florida. Copyright 2017, all rights reserved by Wellington The Magazine, LLC. Contents may not be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising. The publisher accepts no responsibility for advertisement errors beyond the cost of the portion of the advertisement occupied by the error within the advertisement itself. The publisher accepts no responsibility for submitted materials. All submitted materials subject to editing.

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PALM BEACH BRIDES 2017: Tell Us Your Wedding Story!

Putting together our annual Palm Beach Brides issue was very special this year, as we heard from some young couples in our community who grew up here, worked here and met the love of their lives here. In our “Tell Us Your Wedding Story” special section, you can learn all about their big day. Also on theme, we visit Wellington venues to ask the experts questions that couples may want to consider when organizing their wedding. At our first venue, we met up with Director of Catering Patricia Miele and Creative Director Cheryl Gaydas-Eng at the elegant International Polo Club Palm Beach. Each shared a bit about their position and how they could help with every stage of wedding planning. Then we were off to the Wanderers Club, where we were greeted by Director of Catering Whitney Garcia, who shared her inspiration on what makes her venue so unique. The party train took us next to Suri West, where we sat down with Maureen Pata, owner and banquet manager, who shared how her years of experience and attention to detail can put the minds of wedding couples at ease. Continuing our tour, we jetted over to the newly renovated Wellington National Golf Club for a meet-and-greet with Director of Catering Melanie O’Brien, who explained how the club prides itself as being flexible, ensuring that couples can make their special day their own. Finally, our trip would not be complete without a visit to the newest venue in town, the Wellington Community Center, where we got a tour of the spacious ballroom and had a chat with Administrative Coordinator Debbie Liquori. Also on a wedding theme, we popped by longtime Wellington The Magazine friend Johnson’s Custom Cakes and spoke with owner Jennifer Johnson, who works with couples to create amazing wedding masterpieces. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this issue we feature breast cancer survivor Jennifer Martinez. Martinez finished her chemotherapy treatments three years ago. What has remained the same since her recovery is that she still leads a successful Wellington public relations firm; she is still wife to husband Gil; and she is still mother to their two daughters. We invite you to read her encouraging story, which we hope will inspire those currently going through a breast cancer battle. And if you haven’t been screened recently, get tested this month! Wellington Real Estate visits with Bill and Jody Jorgensen of the Jorgensen Team at Keller Williams, while Wellington Health chats with Dr. Z. Catherine Navarro, who offers decades of experience in vein care. Wellington Designer features Rigoberto Garcia-Beliz, who enjoys bringing together different cultures and styles, and our Wellington Sports series continues with a profile of Zachary Thompson, who recently brought home the gold from Taekwondo Nationals. Finally, Wellington Home rings the bell at a Meadow Wood house with both curb appeal and practicality. Unfortunately, as we go to press, this year’s deadly storm season has touched South Florida. While our area survived Hurricane Irma without much damage, other places were not as lucky. We continue to pray for all those affected by the recent storms, and wish our family and friends in Puerto Rico and throughout the islands a speedy recovery, and we ask all of our readers to find a way to make a difference with the relief efforts.

Dawn Rivera Dawn Rivera, Publisher

In This Issue, We Sit Down With Four Couples To Learn More About Their Special Day…

Palm Beach


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Situated on 5 + acres, this 4 bedroom, 4 bath estate features an office, game room and a detached 1 bedroom 1 bath guest home with a kitchen. The exterior is complete with a heated pool, sand and grass ring, 3 stall barn with separate feed and tack room. Offered at $2,995,000. James Pefanis

This fully appointed, 4 bedroom 4 bathroom equine estate is nestled in the heart of Wellington on the bridle path and is surround by tall hedges offering ultimate privacy. This estate consists of 8 stalls, grass paddocks, and a state of the art riding arena with irrigation. Offered at $2,250,000. Melanie Peterson

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Located in the fly-in community of Aero Club, this professionally decorated residence offers a first floor master suite, spacious living areas, an oversized pool area, and many exquisite details. Situated on the taxi-way allows room for a hangar. Offered at $1,995,000. Melanie Peterson, James Pefanis

Experience the ultimate in privacy on this tranquil estate surrounded by your own private lake and protected state land. Minutes from the Turnpike, This 5 bedroom, 5 bath custom builder’s home has everything you need to enjoy your hideaway in Homeland. Offered at $1,625,000. Melanie Peterson

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Wellington Rotary Club Hosts Annual Peace Ceremony At Peace Park

(Left to right) Wellington Councilwoman Tanya Siskind, Councilman Mike Napoleone, Mayor Anne Gerwig, former Mayor Kathy Foster, Vice Mayor John McGovern and Councilman Michael Drahos; Olivia Henley sings the national anthem; and Jayme DeRamus of Palm Beach Central High School is presented with the SMART Award by Jay Broder.

The Rotary Club of Wellington held a World Peace Ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 24 at Wellington Rotary Peace Park on Royal Fern Drive. At the event, Mayor Anne Gerwig proclaimed the day United Nations Day of Peace in Wellington. The club also presented awards to student contest winners and gave its annual Community Peace Award to former Wellington Mayor Kathy Foster, founder of the nonprofit Wellington Cares.

(Left to right) Randy Pfeiffer presents the Community Peace Award to Kathy Foster; the PBSO Honor Guard stands at attention; Rotary Peace Initiative Chairman Larry Kemp with Scott Armand; award-winning students included Ryleigh Villapando, Colten Pride, Jayme DeRamus, Catherine Paulitz and Stephen Benhardus; and Dr. Wes Boughner releases doves to symbolize peace.

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Volunteers Gather To Clean Primrose Park After Hurricane Irma

(Left) The volunteers from Palm Beach Central High School and around the village stand together during the cleanup at Primrose Park. (Right) John Webber, Fernelize Henry, Donna Baxter, Rosemary Antonacci and Anne Gormley of Palm Beach Central with (center) Community Services Director Paulette Edwards.

Wellington’s Community Services Department hosted students from Palm Beach Central High School and other volunteers for a post-Hurricane Irma cleanup community service project at Primrose Park on Thursday, Sept. 14. Community members and students worked together with village staff to clear away large amounts of debris deemed unsafe to leave in the park. The Community Services Department also worked on clearing out debris from other parks that day.

(Left to right) Tauben Brenner stands in the truck to receive debris from fellow volunteers; Joshua Fitter, Bryanna Jennings, Talia Fitter and Kaitlyn Theroux collect debris; John Jennings, Angelo Del-Valle, Richard Joseph, Joey Piso, Krishan Govin, Jacob Weiss, Joey Hyppolite, and Tauben and Scander Brenner; Chase Strelec and Farah Eid; Ace and Evie Eliason; and Elizabeth Margolis, Fernelize Henry and Nathan Isaac.

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American Family Care (AFC) held a grand opening celebration on Thursday, Aug. 31 at its new urgent care center location at 15689 Southern Blvd., Suite 101, in the Loxahatchee Groves Commons shopping plaza. This American Family Care location is the first in Palm Beach County, the 11th in Florida and the 188th overall. For more information, call (561) 6141116 or visit www.afcurgentcare. com.

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Wellington’s Community Services Department held a graduation ceremony Tuesday, Aug. 29 for students who were a part of the inaugural Students Working to Achieve Greatness (SWAG) program. The program consisted of weekly seminars, college tours and a summer internship. The students were honored at the Wellington Municipal Complex, joined by the Wellington Village Council, village department leaders, high school principals, school faculty, friends and family.

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CFF Hosts Women In Sports Lunch With Golfer Michelle McGann

(Left) Event committee members Colette Beland, Kimberly Sundook, Lana Fonts, Kathryn Koufos, Madison Koufos, Judith Schumacher, Shelly Power, Kim Jenard, Vickie Gallagher and Stephanie Koch. (Right) Mari Pati and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Development Director Colette Beland.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation held a fundraising luncheon celebrating Women in Sports on Thursday, Aug. 24 at Palm Beach Polo & Country Club. The luncheon featured a champagne meet-and-greet with pro golfer Michelle McGann. BeachHouse Etc. provided clothing and ladies accessories for a fashion show. This event served as a kickoff for the 21st annual Arthur’s Jam gala, set for Saturday, Oct. 7, also at Palm Beach Polo. Visit www.cff.org/palmbeach for more info.

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From the first step down the aisle to the last kiss of the evening, your wedding day will be the highlight of your love story — one that will be shared with generations to come. In this special bridal issue, we asked four couples to “Tell Us Your Wedding Story.” We wanted to give our readers a peek into how the featured bride and groom’s magical day came together. Our hope is that by sharing their story, detailing their journey to the altar, you will find some inspiration when planning your special day. wellington the magazine | october 2017

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“I was beginning to get stressed when his grandmother gave me a gift from him. It was a beautiful Tiffany pendant necklace with two hearts and my new monogram engraved on the back. He also wrote a touching note to his ‘new wife’ that made me feel better and know that everything was going to be OK.”


Kerstin and Rick Villano were just teenagers when they first met at Wellington’s Cold Stone Creamery. Both were working there after school and on weekends. Kerstin was 16, and Rick was 17. Unlike many high school romances, theirs stuck. Years went by and Kerstin and Rick were still going strong. But when did she realize that they were destined to be together forever? “He took me to the Keys a few years back,” Kerstin recalled. “The entire trip was packed with tons of fun activities he had planned for us. During a sunset cruise we went on, I remember looking at him and thinking that I just knew.” Rick entered the military, and Kerstin went on to college. It was a trying time, with such distance between them. “Rick was stationed in New York, and I was finishing up my bachelor’s degree in Florida,” Kerstin said. “We often had to go months at a time without seeing each other.” One Christmas, unbeknownst to Kerstin, Rick came home. “My family and I went to lunch at Ta-boo. After lunch, we walked down to the clock tower, and he was there, waiting,” Melissa said of Rick’s unexpected proposal. “Both of our families were there to capture and share the moment with us. It was very special because that was the same place my dad proposed to my mom.” Kerstin chose a wedding dress by Alfred Angelo. “It was actually the very first dress I tried on,” she said. “I knew it was the perfect one immediately.” They wed on Jan. 7, 2017 with both

the ceremony and reception taking place at the Playa Largo Resort in Key Largo. “We were getting ready for the ceremony, and my nerves were getting the best of me,” Kirsten said. “I was beginning to get stressed when his grandmother gave me a gift from him. It was a beautiful Tiffany pendant necklace with two hearts and my new monogram engraved on the back. He also wrote a touching note to his ‘new wife’ that made me feel better and know that everything was going to be OK.” Alexandra Bannon was Kirsten’s maid of honor, while Rick’s younger brother Nick Villano served as best man. The couple’s first dance was to “From the Ground Up” by Dan + Shay, but it was the mother/son and father/ daughter dances that caused the most buzz. “He asked his mom to pick the mother-son dance song, and I asked my dad to pick the father-daughter song,” Kirsten said. “Without knowing, they both picked the same song! It was ‘My Wish’ by Rascal Flatts.” Stacia Morgan did an amazing job as the wedding photographer, and when it came time to plan a honeymoon, Rick’s parents stepped in with an offer the couple could not refuse. “His family sent us to Europe. We spent a couple of weeks in France, Spain and Italy,” Kirsten said. “Hands down, our favorite part was seeing the Amalfi Coast in Italy — heaven on earth with the decadent gelato, giant yellow lemons bigger than your head, and the smell of the leather goods.”

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What is your most favorite part of working at the International Polo Club? I love working at IPC and putting together so many different events, including weddings, and creating new ways to make them exciting, fun and memorable! I enjoy working with all of our offerings, including an extensive menu that includes exceptional desserts, a customized bar service, as well as stunning florals to create an enchanting ambiance. Our talented teams of artists design original events within a budget and timeline that work for our clients. Why is the International Polo Club unique? The club offers a very unique setting between polo matches being played in the background, to the beautiful lush landscaped grounds, or brides being brought to the venue in horse and carriage. IPC is a truly picturesque wedding venue. What are the most popular menu hits? Chef William Sellner Jr. is extremely creative and very talented. He creates food that is both flavorful and visually beautiful. Our most popular menu item is our Duo of Stuffed Chicken Breast and Walnut Crusted Halibut. Chef William’s Antipasto Display is a hit as well. On this display, we offer the traditional Italian meats and imported cheeses, but he also mixes in fresh grilled vegetables, which adds a lot of flavor and colors to the plate. What are some of the current food trends? A top food trend is really just keeping it clean and healthy.

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What is your title? I am the director of catering for the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The facility aims to make any event extraordinary, for any occasion, size or theme. A full bridal package is offered, and our expert staff ensures a successful and stress-free event.

We offer custom menus for all palates. Some trends are Casual Meals, Farm to Table, Nostalgia Foods and Dessert Tables. A fancy plated meal is typical for a wedding reception, but 2018 is all about creating a more laid-back atmosphere. After all, shouldn’t the “best day of your life” be all about having the time of your life? Relax the rules with passed plates, small bites or even serving up a meal family-style. Local, organic products are the buzz as well, so we plan to see more of that farm-to-table philosophy extend to wedding menus, and we are ready and excited for this trend! How do you customize events to differ from weddings versus corporate events? Clients trust us for our meticulous planning, management and execution of successful special events. Events, regardless of the size, require experienced hands for both the creative and practical details. Creating a seamless and memorable event that aligns with your goals and reflects your organization’s personality is what we do. The International Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue South in Wellington. For more info., call (561) 204-5687 or visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. wellington the magazine | october 2017 37


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Speaking of the International Polo Club Pavilion, how would you describe this venue? This is a relatively new venue for us since its purchase over a year ago. We are all very excited about this unique venue, because there are so many possibilities from ceremony to reception with the vast, beautiful polo fields and adjacent pond. What separates IPC, in my opinion, from other venues is that it is so iconically linked to polo and the “equestrian lifestyle.” Even if you are not a horse person, the beautiful grounds and authenticity encapsulate you. I believe it adds another dimension to your event as a result. One might say it is #veryT&C (Town & Country). What are your favorite trends? Yves Saint Laurent said, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” I am very much of this school. However, in saying that, I like to keep events fresh, current and chic. I try to encourage wedding clients to incorporate maybe only one or two of the current trends, while keeping the other elements timeless. Other events, such as corporate, birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs, etc., have the opportunity to be a little more trendy, in my opinion.

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What is your title, and what does that position entail? I am the creative director. On an event level, that means that I am responsible for the design, look and feel of the event, including the florals. I try to customize the look of each event to reflect the customers’ vision and dreams, and bring that to life while keeping a cohesiveness throughout. On a broader level, I am involved with the redecorating and redesign of many of our public spaces at our venues, including our receptions hall and ballroom, including the one featured here. We gave it a bit of a face lift last year with new classic wall paneling, cream-colored grass cloth walls and 10 new beautiful three-tier transitional chandeliers, which can be dressed up or down according to the event.

What are the up-and-coming color trends? Metallics are a big trend this coming year. They are the new neutrals, and we know how much everyone loves neutrals! However, in addition, we are seeing much bolder color statements and complementary colors as well. We started seeing part of this trend in home furnishings over the last year, with the RH dark jewel toned velvet sofas, charcoal-colored wall paint and a pop of gold. This is now trickling down into the event market as well. How do your corporate events compare to weddings? As I touched on earlier, I think there can sometimes be a bit more freedom with corporate events. Some corporate events we do are themed, and those are always very fun to do, while others can be very strict, only using corporate colors so the look is consistent from year to year. On many levels, however, they are much the same. Each company, like each bride and groom, are unique, and we are here to make their event specially designed to fit their wishes. Whether their style is contemporary or traditional, we seem to do a mix of all, and I love all of the variety. It is important to me that each event has a uniqueness of its own. The International Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue South in Wellington. For more info., call (561) 204-5687 or visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. wellington the magazine | october 2017 39


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It was the intervention of matchmaking friends that led to the happy union of Jessica and Matthew Leow. “We met for the first time at the old Wellington Community Center,” recalled Jessica, who won the annual Wellington Idol musical competition in 2014. “I was singing the national anthem for a 9/11 memorial tribute. Our two mutual friends were coming to watch and brought Matthew along to meet me. Afterward, we went to Olive Garden for dinner and Friendly’s for ice cream.” It was the best kind of blind date. “I knew that Matthew was the one after just a couple of dates,” Jessica said. It didn’t take long for Matthew to feel the same. “I knew Jessica was the one after a month of knowing her,” he said. “At that point, I was asking her to be my official girlfriend, and I just knew that I wanted to marry her.” He didn’t waste any time. “Matthew took me to the beach on Palm Beach to watch the sun rise and proposed to me as the sun rose above the ocean,” Jessica remembered. The wedding was held on March 11, 2017 at Family Church in downtown West Palm Beach, with a reception to follow at, of course, the new Wellington Community Center. Since their first meeting, the old building had been replaced with a completely new building featuring a ballroom overlooking beautiful Lake Wellington. Photographers Timothy Pereira and

Gene Potter worked alongside videographer Sean Plank to capture every moment. Jessica’s dress was an Alfred Angelo design, and Kristina Pereira served as the maid of honor with Timothy Leow as the best man. But for all the fancy invitations, flowers and food; for all the planning, scheduling and hiring; for all the excitement that arrives with a very exciting day, their vows were the most important part for the couple. “The most magical moment for us was definitely the proclaiming of our wedding vows,” Jessica said. “Not only were they beautiful but, fully understanding the meaning and saying them from the heart, it was incredible. We were so grateful to be committing to one another forever before God, and to be sharing that moment with our friends and family.” The calmness of the ocean sunrise was one part of their journey. Coming full circle with a reception at the Wellington Community Center was another. Friends and family were involved so much of their relationship, but following the wedding, they choose an out-ofthe-way place for their honeymoon. “We honeymooned in Helen, Ga.,” Jessica said. “We rented a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains.” Friends and family were not around this time. Matthew was on his own. And that was just fine with him because, as Brad Paisley so eloquently put it during the couple’s first dance as husband and wife, “She’s Everything.”

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Suri West What is your position, and what does that job entail? I am the banquet manager and owner. As far as for weddings, that entails making sure the event goes as planned. I oversee all of them. I not only book the weddings, I also work them — making sure that everything the couple wanted and requested happens. I’m not a coordinator, I am the manager. What is the most enjoyable part of your job? I love my job. I love to see wedding plans come to life. I love to see the start of the couple’s journey. I feel like I’m a part of their beginning. What makes your venue unique as a wedding location? The setting. I think our location is beautiful, from the property to our brand-new wedding gazebo that we built. We used to have a small trellis, and it wasn’t sufficient. We wanted to give our guests who are getting married something beautiful. The gazebo is a replica of the gazebo that I got married in at Disney, 23 years ago. It is really, really special for me, especially that our gazebo is exactly like the one I got married in. We are right beside the polo fields, and we have beautiful bougainvilleas surrounding the property. I’ve actually had couples tell me it looks a little like Italy. The property itself is surrounded by flowers. Our patio, where cocktail hours often take place, was voted the best patio space in Wellington. Because we have separate locations to utilize, for instance, the patio bar, the upstairs ballroom, the brides come down the stairs from the bridal suite — there are so many different elements to it that make it different than typical banquet facilities. Our guests have the option of getting married on site at the gazebo and then heading upstairs to the ballroom. I think that wellington the magazine | october 2017

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convenience sets us apart. While they’re in the bridal suite getting ready, they can see their guests arriving through the windows. How do you work with couples to customize their celebrations? I sit down and find out what their goals are, what they envision their wedding to be, and I try to make that a reality for them. We talk about budget, alternatives and things we can do together to make sure that their perfect dream wedding comes to life. I help them achieve that.

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What are some current wedding trends that you have noticed? I’m seeing many more grooms more involved in the planning process. I find that refreshing, to actually have grooms who want to be involved, who want to have their take on it, to have their own ideas in the mix. I love that. I think it should be exactly what the groom and the bride both dream of. Also, as far as the reception, I’ve been seeing many weddings getting away from the traditional seating charts with a lot of open seating weddings taking place recently. Why should couples choose your venue for their wedding? A: The location. B: Our food. Yes, we offer traditional banquet food, but we also offer our tapas. We try to incorporate that into the banquets. That sets us apart and gives you something a little bit out of the ordinary. Our food is fabulous. And last, because I oversee the events, I make sure that everything goes according to plan. That’s my job. I think location, food, ambiance and me, are the reasons couples should choose Suri West for their wedding.

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Suri West is located at 13410 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 795-0080 or visit www. surirestaurant.com.

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Happy couple Daniella and Danny came together through an online dating success story. While they eventually met for the first time at Bull Bar, it was a more family-oriented atmosphere that sealed the deal. The couple had been dating for two years, approaching with caution, as each had been married previously. But it was at home, surrounded by their children, that Danny surprised Daniella with a proposal. “He cooked dinner for the whole family — his famous spaghetti and spicy meatballs — and, as he served my plate, he got down on one knee and, in front of all the children, he asked me to spend the rest of my life with him,” Daniella recalled. “After two years, that was the first time he cooked for me!” However, the proposal was a bit bittersweet. Daniella’s mother would not be in attendance at the wedding. She had died suddenly from pancreatic cancer just before Daniella and Danny first met. “Danny knew how sad I was that she didn’t get a chance to meet him, and that she wouldn’t be there to be a part of our day,” Daniella said. “So, he and my wedding planner, Jackie Bressler Events, found a picture of my mother and put it in a gold heart locket that they attached to my bridal bouquet. They presented it to me at my rehearsal during an emotional moment.” The wedding ceremony took place on Oct. 10, 2015, and was captured on film and video by Andreo Studio Photography & Cinematography. It took

place on the lawn at Suri West in Wellington with the reception following in the Suri West ballroom. The bride wore a gown by Sophia Tolle and was attended by Maid of Honor Kristina Hollister. Jaimie Saldana served as Daniel’s best man. A honeymoon in Las Vegas followed. But the hardest-won victory — and most pleasurable moment for the couple — came after the ceremony, in the ballroom. “The most important highlight was our wedding dance as husband and wife,” Daniella said. “I love to dance, and due to the fact that my father was pretty good at ballroom dancing, Danny wasn’t so confident that he would be able to pull that off.” The couple had chosen Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” for their first dance together, and for 10 weeks, the couple worked with a local dance choreographer to get their moves just right. Keeping their skill levels in mind, the choreographer put together a dance custom-designed just for Daniella and Danny. “Working together, helping each other, showing patience, laughing at ourselves — it drew us closer together,” Daniella recalled. “Knowing we had this special surprise for the wedding gave us something to be so excited about. Then, going out there on our wedding day and performing that dance was the most magical moment for us. We were nervous, but so proud of what we accomplished together!”

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The Wanderers Club What is your position, and what does that job entail? I am the director of catering at The Wanderers Club. My position entails working with brides from their very first tour of the club to the last dance of the night. With more than 10 years of experience, helping turn a bride’s dream into reality has become my true passion. The perfect menu, the ideal room setup, linen colors and custom cocktails are just the beginning. It is a day the couple will never forget, and I am honored to be a part.

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What is your favorite part of working at The Wanderers Club? The Wanderers Club is an incredibly unique venue with so much to offer. I would have to say my favorite part is the flexibility and customization we are able to extend to every couple. Both our culinary team and our service team are always looking for a new challenge and a way to make each wedding its own. Whether your dream menu is designed around an elegant filet mignon topped with foie gras or made-to-order Mexican street tacos and a macaroni and cheese bar, we are excited and ready to bring it to life. Why is The Wanderers Club unique? The Wanderers Club is a vast property with countless areas available to our brides on their special day. However, I must say our newly renovated ballroom is the real star. The new design is light and fresh with the perfect blend of modern and elegant. It truly takes your breath away when you step into the room. The new design is neutral in color with high ceilings and crystal chandeliers. Whether your vision is a garden feel with jeweled tones or blushes with pops of gold, our ballroom feels like it was designed for your wedding. It is really incomparable to any other venue. wellington the magazine | october 2017

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What are the most popular menu items? Our Sautéed to Perfection station paired with our Made to Order Parmesan Risotto station is extremely popular and offers quite the wow factor. The aroma of garlic draws in the guests as chefs prepare anything from shrimp scampi to miniature steak Diane flambé style. While the garlic draws them in, the flames illuminating the station and food being tossed in the air provides the entertainment. The sautéed entrees pair perfectly with the madeto-order risotto. Chefs sauté the risotto and then toss it in a huge wheel of parmesan cheese. It is dinner and a show!

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What are some current food trends? Current food trends are so fun and creative. The traditional plated dinner is, and always will be, a popular choice for wedding receptions. However, we are seeing more and more personal touches shining through in menus. Your wedding day should be all about you and what you like. It should represent you as a couple. Food trends are starting to lean that way. Whether your favorite cocktail is a cucumber martini, or your first date was over tacos and margaritas, let’s build it into the menu! The phenomenon of all things mini and petite is also still dominating the catering industry, which I love. Another trend I cannot get enough of is brunch weddings. We have created really unique brunch menus that will both surprise and impress guests. Omelet stations are replaced with made-to-order biscuit bars, and carving stations replaced with fried chicken and jalapeño cheddar waffles. It is fun and delicious.

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How do you customize events to differ between weddings and corporate events? The Wanderers Club is ideal for any type of event. From bar/ bat mitzvahs to quinceañeras to corporate events, we excel at creating the perfect affair. Of course, each client’s wants and needs may differ, but at the end of the day, every event is special and deserves the same attention to detail and customization. The overall goal is always a beautiful, fun, memorable event that even the client can sit back and enjoy. The Wanderers Club is located at 1900 Aero Club Drive in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 795-3501 or visit www.wanderersclubwellington.com. wellington the magazine | october 2017

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John Lennon once sang, “Nothing’s Gonna Change My World,” but today, the world of technology has changed everything. In the case of Melissa and her new husband Christopher, it was responsible for bringing them together — through an online dating site. After analyzing each other’s photographs and typing thousands of characters, the two knew it was time to meet face-to-face. “We first met at a coffee shop for the typical ‘screener date,’ as we like to call it,” Melissa recalled. “It was the most easy-going date I had ever been on.” That feeling of comfort and familiarity led to an ever-growing closeness between them. “It also doesn’t hurt that we share a love of movies that borders on obsessive,” Melissa noted. Yet she never experienced an “ah-ha” moment in which she knew that Christopher was “the one.” “It was just something that happened over time,” she said. “As we kept dating and got to know each other, we realized that we had similar values, a similar sense of humor and made a great partnership.” Christopher felt the same way but, when he suddenly popped the question, Melissa was caught off guard. “We were hanging out at his place,” Melissa recalled. “He was working in one room, and I had just finished some online shopping in the other. He came out of the room, held my hand and started giving a speech from one of my favorite movies. I recognized it right away, and eventually noticed how uncharacteristically nervous he was. He

finished his speech, asked the question and put the ring on my finger. I was so surprised! We had talked about getting married, but I did not see the proposal coming.” Melissa and Christopher were married at the Wellington National Golf Club on July 15, 2017, with Melissa’s sisters Stephanie Marty and Kimberly Lee as bridesmaids, and Parry Silcox as best man. The bride wore a gown designed by Oleg Cassini and carried a rosary wrapped around the stems of her bouquet. “It was my ‘something blue.’ My godmother gave it to me, and she passed away before the wedding, so it was also a way to remember her,” Melissa said. Photographer Isabel Belfor captured all their special moments — from their first dance to “Le Vie en Rose” by Louis Armstrong, to the Chinese lion dancers at the start of the reception. “Our bridal party entered first and the performers entered as we did,” Melissa said. “It was our big surprise moment of the reception, and everyone loved it.” Their honeymoon included a road trip to Orlando, St. Augustine and Charleston, S.C., but for Melissa, the reception will always remain one of her brightest memories. “The best moment of the day was, during the reception, looking out and seeing all our guests; and subsequently partying with them on the dance floor, at the bar and in the photo booth,” she said. “There’s nothing better than having all the people you love in one room.”

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What is your position, and what does that job entail? I serve as the director of catering at Wellington National Golf Club. My primary responsibility is to help promote the club’s unique facilities for social and corporate events, and I also spend a good deal of time in meetings and corresponding with clients. Guests interested in touring the venue will arrange their tours through me, so that I can outline how our facility may best fit into their plans. I really enjoy helping our clients achieve their vision for the event, and that includes creating unique menus, proposals and assisting with making arrangements on the client’s behalf, such as hiring entertainment, rentals, etc. I am also directly responsible for making sure that all last-minute details, including the coordination of timelines, floor plans and staffing, are complete in order to execute the event exactly the same way that the client has envisioned it. What is the most enjoyable part of your job? I love the creative aspect of what I do. Every event is different, and I really enjoy the fast-paced and ever-evolving environment. I thrive on collaborating with others, as well as researching themes and menus, all to achieve the client’s vision.

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What makes your venue unique as a wedding location? Wellington National Golf Club has so many great characteristics for all types of events, including weddings, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and more, and we are a large venue that can accommodate up to 400 guests. The ballroom has beautiful ceiling draping, as well as plank-style flooring, in addition to picturesque natural light, as it opens up onto a beautiful piazza, which is tropically landscaped and perfect for an outdoor ceremony. My favorite room is the Wine Bar, which is handcrafted with wine barrels, and chandeliers made from wine bottles, but the focal point is really the ceiling, because it is crafted from unique wine

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boxes that have been hand cut and stained to reflect old-world style. It’s the perfect spot for rehearsal dinners or your cocktail hour before your reception. It’s definitely a must-see! How do you work with couples to customize their celebrations? I think that it is important to be flexible with the couples who choose to work with us. We want their special day to be exactly that — special! We are happy to customize menus and cocktails for them, and we encourage them to outline their vision of the perfect day, and then it’s our job to make that vision come to fruition. What are some current wedding trends that you have noticed? I think the best part of weddings today is that couples are encouraged to make it their own and put their twist, taste and style on the festivities. Today the trend is an anti-trend.

Why should couples choose your venue for their wedding? Couples should choose Wellington National because not only is our venue beautiful, unique and centrally located, but we are here to make things as easy and stress-free as possible for them. We pride ourselves on being flexible with almost every detail to ensure that each couple gets the day that they have been waiting their whole lives for! The Wellington National Golf Club is located at 400 Binks Forest Drive in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 3335731 or visit www.wellingtonnationalgolfclub.com.

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Wellington Community Center What is your position, and what does that job entail? As administrative coordinator, I do the facility rentals, meaning weddings, business meetings, parties, quinceañeras, bar and bat mitzvahs, small meetings, large meetings, church services and more. I meet with the customer, and I show them the facility. We have a beautiful back patio that overlooks the lake. Some choose to have their wedding ceremonies here at the facility, so we do have the outdoor patio where they can have it overlooking the lake. I help them coordinate their wedding and work with them on the contract. We offer table linens for them, and we have our preferred vendor list where we can help them with catering. We have a catering kitchen with commercial ovens and commercial refrigeration. They can use our preferred vendors, or they can use their own. We have an upstairs grand ballroom that holds larger parties up to 250 people, and a downstairs area that holds approximately 150. What is the most enjoyable part of your job? The actual night of the event, when I do work some of the events, I get to see, from start to finish, the wedding ceremony, to the cocktail hour, to the reception. Sometimes they have it out on the patio, sometimes they have it upstairs in the lobby area, and we can dress it up. We set up the tables for them, we work with them on setup and what the best flow is for them. The most enjoyable part of it is the event itself, seeing it all come together. What makes your venue unique as a wedding location? The Wellington Community Center overlooks Lake Wellington. We have a beautiful fountain that is lit up in the back of the facility. Whether they use the patio for their wedding ceremony, or they’re just having access to it, there’s a window upstairs that is overlooking the lake, and it’s just a beautiful view.

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help them with preferred vendors. We work with the vendors to do taste-testing here, if needed. We also go over table linens. Right now, we are introducing more colors to the facility. Anything that they need, if they need a band, if they need a DJ, if they need uplighting, if they need a florist, if they need a photographer — we have vendors on our list, and we have contacts so we can give suggestions. What are some current wedding trends that you have noticed? Simplicity. People are planning simpler weddings. There are definitely elaborate weddings, but there’s definitely the simplicity of some. This is a very affordable facility that I think fits the needs of many people. It’s not only a beautiful facility, but it’s affordable for couples who are paying for it on their own. They don’t have a big budget, but they want a really nice, special place to hold it, and the Wellington Community Center is definitely the place.

Why should couples choose your venue for their wedding? It’s affordable, it’s beautiful, it’s new and it has a beautiful view. The ambiance is really, really amazing. They can customize the way they want it set up. It’s not a standard facility. Couples have access to round tables or long tables. It’s a customized way of doing things. Budget wise, a lot of people have used the Wellington Community Center because the facility is very affordable, where people can come in and customize their wedding. The Wellington Community Center is located at 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 753-2484 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov.

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P alm Beach Brides 2017 THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS

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Jennifer Martinez with daughters Annabelle and Madison near her Warrior in Pink board at the Race for the Cure.

3 YEARS Cancer-Free: Three Ways Your Life Changes

For breast cancer survivor Jennifer Martinez, the more life changes, the more it remains the same. Three years ago, Martinez finished her chemotherapy treatments, which followed surgery, to rid her body of breast cancer. What has remained the same since her recovery is that she still leads a successful Wellington public relations firm; she is still wife to Gil Martinez, who works with State Farm; and she is still mother to their two daughters. She still exercises, travels with her family, laughs with her mother, Bobbi, and remembers her father, Mitch, who died of cancer due to a late diagnosis. Life is still good. But how life has changed since being told she was “cancer free” is another matter — one that many cancer survi-

vors live with every day. Consider it a “new normal.” Not better, not worse — just new — in three meaningful ways. Becoming Part of Hope. “When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 32, I decided to have surgery immediately, which was over the holidays, so no one would be suspicious if I was not around as much. I didn’t want to worry my clients or my friends about my health or my ability to accomplish my work,” Martinez recalled. “Plus, I didn’t want anyone’s pity. But once I had entered chemotherapy, I had an opportunity to work with breast cancer awareness organizations that were raising money to educate and support others. It was time to share my story, and

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in doing so, I became a somewhat reluctant symbol for hope. I’ve gotten more comfortable with that role, as I see how important it is to share my experience, particularly with other young patients and survivors.” Martinez’s firm, JLM Communications, now works with Susan G. Komen South Florida, promoting its annual Race for the Cure and programs to support women and men affected by breast cancer. A Warrior in Pink, she understands the mission, the impact and the significance of the nonprofit organization. “Komen has touched just about every advance in the fight against all cancers,” Martinez said. “When I had the chance to play a role in this, I had to do it. To know that what we are doing is saving lives is not something I take lightly.” wellington the magazine | october 2017

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Maintaining Constant Vigilance. Being “cancer free” doesn’t mean being without worry. For Martinez, every ache, pain or errant symptom takes her right back to her cancer diagnosis and the possibility of its return. For her, there is no such thing as a minor ailment. “You’re constantly aware of your health, and you learn to manage the fear that the cancer could and might come back,” she said. Recognizing Her Family Has Changed, Too. For her husband Gil, mother Bobbi and her daughters, life after cancer is different, as well. A close family, they do not miss opportunities to travel. Vacations are required, and relaxation is essential. “We don’t dwell on the fact that Jen had cancer or that we lost her dad to cancer,” Gil said. “But we don’t take for granted that she’s healthy and she’s with us. Cancer made us grow up fast and, fortunately, it brought us even closer. Nothing has changed, and honestly, that’s what makes it all so special. We are normal, even after cancer.” Jennifer Martinez with some of her closest friends after her first race.

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Rigoberto Garcia-Beliz Enjoys Bringing Together Different Cultures And Styles

By Julie Unger

When designer Rigoberto Garcia-Beliz walks into a room, he sees possibility. He sees the potential that a room has. He sees what can be, what isn’t quite right, and how to take someone on the journey from an ordinary room to a room that is amazing, colorful, elegant and fit for a magazine. Garcia-Beliz moved from Cuba to the United States when he was 22 years old, and has been living here, designing, honing his craft, for the past 37 years. “I went to school for interior design,” he explained. He studied at several different schools, including Florida International University. He has worked in Viva Furniture in Panama, El Dorado Furniture, and now, Rooms To Go, where he designs show rooms in different styles. When he isn’t working with major retail stores, Garcia-Beliz designs private homes, including those in Wellington.

Creating amazing rooms is something that Garcia-Beliz has been doing for more than 20 years, and his passion for design, for melding together difficult cultures, countries and styles, is apparent. Whether it is modern or traditional, the bottom line is that he wants to make a home look beautiful. “For me, it’s the creativity, and to make a house look really beautiful,” Garcia-Beliz said. “Sometimes you walk through houses and you don’t see that everything is proper. They buy something from here, from there and from there. They pick

those things, and it doesn’t work. You see the mistakes, and I like to help.” Garcia-Beliz takes great pride in helping others. He can see when they are overwhelmed, such as when they are shopping for that missing piece to complete their home. He is often able to listen, and then direct them toward a solution. wellington the magazine | october 2017

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He will tell them, “Why don’t you buy this,” which opens their eyes to the possibilities. When they see everything put together, they are often amazed by the results. It’s a special ability that Garcia-Beliz has, and one that he shares willingly. As an interior decorator, he is able to work with any and all styles. Personally, he favors a more traditional style. While Victorian styles are not his cup of tea, he prefers Asian, French, English, Italian and Spanish styles. “I love to mix,” he said. “I like to mix

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from different styles to make the room richer.” Garcia-Beliz has albums with decades’ worth of designs archived, including images of his personal home, where he showcases a variety of cultures, designs, ideas, styles and more. Everywhere you turn, there is something different to look at, with each piece telling a story, whether it is a patterned pillow, framed artwork, a decorative mirror, elegant furniture, decorative lighting, figurines or coffee table books — there is always something of interest.


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By layering different styles, a piece from here, a piece from there, GarciaBeliz is able to create visual interest, true conversation pieces and something that matches the needs of the home and its owners. In addition to decorating homes, Garcia-Beliz has also decorated venues for special events and parties, weaving together different pieces and decorations to create the perfect environment for a celebration. Garcia-Beliz offers assistance, but prefers to maintain a pressure-free situ-

ation. He likes to share his vision, after learning about the vision clients have, and work with them. Spending some time shopping with clients is the norm, where Garcia-Beliz is able to learn what they like, what works for them, what fits their lifestyle, and what will best fit the space that he is designing. It is this unique personal service that Garcia-Beliz offers to his clients. To contact Rigoberto Garcia-Beliz, call (786) 458-0738 or e-mail decorbella31@hot mail.com.

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Zachary Thompson Brings Home The Gold From Taekwondo Nationals Story by Y. A. Teitelbaum • Photos by Abner Pedraza

Zachary Thompson’s commitment to taekwondo has paid off in a big way. Thompson won the gold medal at the 2017 AAU National Taekwondo Championships in early July in Fort Lauderdale, highlighting a year of huge successes after voluntarily sitting out a year. The Wellington High School freshman, who is a second-degree black belt, dominated at the AAU singleelimination Olympic sparring tournament, where matches consisted of three 90-second rounds. None of Thompson’s opponents made it to the third round. “It was very exciting,” Thompson said. “I was actually amazed I won this.” Taekwondo sparring consists of kicks and punches. A kick to the body is worth two points, and a kick to the head is three points. A punch to the chest area is worth one point. The competitor with the most points wins. Punches to the head are not allowed, nor is grappling, like mixed martial arts or wrestling. A competitor can win the match before the end of the third round if they “point gap” their opponent, by having a lead of at least 20 points. Thompson point-gapped each of his opponents in the 12 to 14 age division (134.6 to 143.3 pounds). However, he had to overcome several obstacles just to continue at a high level. When Thompson was 12 years old, his team decided it was best for him to sit out a year of competitions, but still continue practicing. He was often randomly paired against bigger, stronger and more experienced opponents. That’s a good way to learn, but also could lead to someone becoming discouraged after constantly losing. “I hadn’t had my growth spurt yet,” explained Thompson, who has since developed into a lean and muscular 5-foot-11 and 140 pounds. “Fighting as a 12-year-old in the 12 to 14 division, I 72

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had to fight 13-year-olds and 14-yearolds, and I wasn’t ready to fight them.” Thompson, who graduated from Emerald Cove Middle School, said that sitting out for a year was tough on him mentally. He would train and train, and then go and cheer for his teammates at tournaments. If patience is a virtue, then Thompson is extremely virtuous. “At first, it kind of stung a little bit, but I knew why,” said Thompson, who is now 14. “I didn’t want to quit because I knew I was going to [be able to] do it next year.” But sitting out taught Thompson several key life lessons, and he always kept a positive attitude, a trait he got from his parents. “I learned to be patient and things will go your way,” Thompson said. “If you keep practicing and practicing, you will get better.” Thompson’s start in the sport was fairly typical. He and his younger

brother, Logan, signed up for a fitness academy that included tennis, soccer and taekwondo while living in the Fort Myers area. “I was good at tennis, not soccer,” said Thompson, who was in the third grade at the time. But he really took to taekwondo. The roundhouse kick was his favorite when he first started. Now the axe kick is his preferred kick. “I liked more of the kicking and the punching, and I could learn it for selfdefense if I needed it,” Thompson recalled. “I was kind of on the chunkier side and got picked on.” The taekwondo master invited the brothers to a Saturday practice, and then asked them to sign up for summer classes. They never looked back. For the last two years, since the family moved to Wellington, Thompson has been training six days a week with Master Jung Han at U.S. Pro Tae Kwon Do in Jupiter. Training runs about two hours on Monday through Thursday, and at least two hours on the weekend. He starts out stretching, and then moves to working on the bags, followed by speed drills and sparring, and finishes with strength training. Friday is a day off. Thompson trains with his teammates; his brother Logan, Kristina Teachout and Madison Yan. They are a close-knit group that often trains and travels together. “He’s very dedicated,” Master Han said. “It’s not easy. I see his improvement, and he’s getting more confident.” He had success immediately upon his return to tournament competition, earning the silver medal in the Taekwondo U.S. Open in Las Vegas in January, foreshadowing his summer accomplishments. Over the summer,


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Bill & Jody Jorgensen Of The Jorgensen Team Keep The Focus On Their Clients By Matthew Auerbach

Bill and Jody Jorgensen of the Jorgensen Team at Keller Williams Wellington could be referred to as a duo or perhaps a partnership, but when you cover all the bases and supply satisfaction to your customers every step of the way, “team” nicely sums up the operation. The Jorgensens went to school in South Florida and were childhood sweethearts. A job promotion brought them to Wellington in the early 1980s. “We have brought together decades of talent and expertise to form a highly successful partnership,” Jody said. “With more than 25 years in the western communities, we understand the unique personalities of the various neighborhoods and have seen Wellington evolve into the vibrant village it is today.” It doesn’t take much prodding to get one member of the team to sing the praises of the other. “Jody is a successful second-generation Realtor with decades of exposure to the South Florida real estate market,” Bill said. “She is also a popular real estate home design stager. The staging service is complimentary and will help to showcase your home and maximize its value to prospective buyers. Her successes include a strong residential and

property management background, including Fortune 500 global re-locations.” Jody is equal in praise for her husband. “Bill is brilliant, and he brings a wealth of knowledge of real estate acquisitions to his new position at Keller Williams,” Jody said. “He is E-Pro certified and receives high praise for his aggressive, state-of-the-art marketing campaigns, including powerful social media advertising strategies and his ability to get the deal done. He is our go-to Realtor for luxury home communities, international clients and clients with a keen interest in golf club and ‘fly in, fly out’ neighborhoods like Wellington’s beautiful Aero Club. He easily bridges the gap between first-time home buyers and CEOs looking for a new home.” Like any successful team, the talents of the individuals involved come together to create an entity that is truly more than the sum of its parts. “You get the best of both worlds with the Jorgensen Team,” Bill said. “You get the personalized service and communication of working with a single agent, and you also get the diversity and strength of experience of working with our team. The Jorgensen Team offers a collaborative approach to the evaluation process for both buyers and sellers, as well as the ability to leverage the expertise of more than one real estate professional.” As experienced as they are, the Jorgensens realize that a deal is only truly successful if it works on an emotional level. “Our relationships matter, and we believe that a good reputation is a person’s greatest asset,” Jody said. “We know that finding a home for your family is about more than an address. It’s deeply personal and perhaps the largest investment you will ever make in your lifetime. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer looking for a seasonal home, in the market for a luxury estate or selling to move up or downsize, our team can make it happen.” The Jorgensen Team puts their clients first. “Your home is our priority, and we are honored and committed to providing both buyers and sellers the very best client experience,” Bill said. “Our goal is to far exceed our clients’ expectations. We are their trusted partner on this journey and beyond.” For more info., call Bill Jorgensen at (561) 8013212 or Jody Jorgensen at (561) 281-7908, or visit them online at www.thejorgensenteam.com. wellington the magazine | october 2017

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Dr. Z. Catherine Navarro Brings Decades Of Experience In Vein Care

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Story by Deborah Welky • Photos by Abner Pedraza

Dr. Z. Catherine Navarro of the Vein Center of the Palm Beaches always did well in her science classes, but early on, she dreamed of a career as an oceanographer. However, when a friend asked Navarro to become her “science buddy,” her mind was opened to a career of helping people through medicine. A “science buddy” was required for the volunteer hospital program that her friend wanted to do, an extension of the co-ed Boy Scouts Explorer program. Agreeing to join the program would change Navarro’s life. “My sister was very ill as a child, and this friend was interested in becoming a doctor,” Navarro recalled. “I agreed in order for her to be part of this medical program at Coney Island Hospital.” The more time Navarro spent at the hospital, the more interested in medicine she became. Born and raised in New York City, she went on to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with further medical training through the Boston University system. Navarro had her sights set on becoming a plastic surgeon — but halfway through her residency, she was ready to quit. “My legs were killing me. I was going to drop out,” Navarro confessed. Her problem? Varicose veins and spider veins. The American doctors she was talking to had no real solutions to offer. “I met one physician who had trained in France,” she said. “He got me connected with his friends, and I went to Europe.” There, her studies continued, but her focus changed completely. “The Europeans did things differently. They were more preventative, used more herbs and supplements, and were big proponents of exercise,” Navarro said. “They also had special stockings that they didn’t have here. In Europe, I got interested in sclerotherapy [vein care]. In France, most of this work was done by dermatologists, so I also learned about skin care, peels and fillers.” When she returned to the United States, Navarro was wellschooled in skin care and vein care, choosing South Florida to set up her practice in the 1980s. “I chose the Wellington area because it wasn’t as crowded as New York City, but it still had sophistication,” she said. “I didn’t end up having children, but it was a community that was good for children with good schools. It was also exciting because two new hospitals were going to go in at the same time.” Over the course of her practice, Navarro has enjoyed being

Dr. Z. Catherine Navarro (above and right) offers her own line of skin care products.

on the staff at Palms West Hospital, JFK Medical Center and Wellington Regional Medical Center, where she served as director of medicine in the 1980s. Navarro is board certified in internal medicine and phlebology, and currently serves on the faculty of the American College of Phlebology. She is also a member of the American Medical Association and the American Society of Internal Medicine. At her Vein Center of the Palm Beaches, Navarro specializes in all the latest treatments for vein care, including laser vein treatment, ambulatory phlebectomy, endovenous laser ablation, closure, ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, Asclera injection, sotradecol sulfate and more. The practice also includes a wide range of skin treatments. Navarro stressed that she does not operate a clinic, where you see the doctor for your initial visit and then are handed off to a technician. “I do all my own work,” Navarro said. “Most people coming to see me now, they don’t like the way their face looks, or are concerned about the hair on their head. They want injections to regenerate their skin, face or hair. Or they have swelling or pain in their legs. Or they have spider veins and haven’t been able to get rid of them.” By helping others, Navarro feels she has come full circle. “I often say I didn’t choose my practice, my practice chose me,” she said. The Vein Center of the Palm Beaches is located at 955 Sansburys Way, Suite 209, in West Palm Beach. To schedule a consultation or appointment, call (561) 333-6366. Visit www.drnavarro.com for more information. wellington the magazine | october 2017

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Dining Room: A fully mirrored accent wall doubles the light while giving the formal dining room a contemporary edge. Oversized floor tiles extend throughout most of the home, providing a seamless transition from room to room. Master Bedroom: The master bedroom has plenty of room for a desk and dressing table, but it’s what you don’t see that matters the most — an en suite bath with a jetted Jacuzzi tub, a private sauna and a large walk-in closet.

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Exterior: Mature landscaping highlighted by palm trees brings great curb appeal to the home, which has four bedrooms and three bathrooms and is located on a quiet cul-de-sac.

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Meadow Wood Home Features Both Curb Appeal And Practicality Story by Deborah Welky

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Softly swaying palm trees provide a hint of shade and shelter for this home in Wellington’s Meadow Wood neighborhood, but the real protection comes from its solid roof, metal hurricane shutters, new electrical panel and dual air conditioning units, both recently upgraded. There are also cameras and a security system protecting the entire home. With an oversized side-entry two-car garage, this 2,652-square-foot home has both curb appeal as well as practicality.

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Pool Deck: With its generous deck, weather-forgiving overhang and plenty of room for guests, the luxurious pool and spa area is a great place to entertain guests. Bathroom: Sleek and modern, the home’s guest bath features a cool green glass-topped vanity with molded double sinks, as well as a full shower. Sauna: Not every home has a built-in sauna, but this one does! Located in the master bathroom, it’s an extra luxury that helps create a private oasis for the homeowner. Front Entrance: A quietly soothing water feature sets the tone for the main entrance, which includes sleek double doors with glass panes to greet guests. Aerial View: Dense landscaping, a circle drive, a fenced-in pool and a gently rippling canal all adds up to plenty of privacy for the homeowners.

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Johnson’s Custom Cakes Works With Couples To Create Amazing Wedding Cakes By Jack Lowenstein

The culinary finale of a great wedding is an amazing wedding cake, and Johnson’s Custom Cakes in Wellington has been creating delectable masterpieces for the past nine years. Owner Jennifer Johnson has spent most of the last decade making a name for herself not only in South Florida, but nationwide through appearances on the Food Network and at cake competition events. She might have flair as a competitive cake artist, but her business is her livelihood, and that is focused on building relationships with her clients. Johnson calls soon-to-be-married couples her “cake babies,” because that’s usually where her business begins when serving a new client. “The brides and grooms, they come to me for their wedding cake, and we call them Johnson’s cake babies,” she explained. “Often, the bride and groom come back for their bridal shower, and then we get to do their baby showers and their christenings and their baby’s first birthdays.” When a couple visits Johnson for her cake artistry, she stresses the need to book her services with ample time before the wedding date. “It’s really beneficial to book your wedding cake at least three to six months in advance,” Johnson said. “Some of the brides are coming in two weeks or one week before their wedding, and unfortunately, sometimes we cannot do it because we are a custom shop, so quality comes before quantity.” An important part of the process is identifying the spirit of the wedding for each client.

Jennifer Johnson of Johnson’s Custom Cakes creates unique wedding cake designs. INSET PHOTO BY JEFF KOLODNY CAKE PHOTO BY POIRIER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

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“We draw the sketch in front of them, and then they make the changes,” Johnson said. “Their input on their wedding cake is really, really important. We want to make sure that it’s all about them. When it comes to design, taste, everything, we really listen to them. It comes from our soul, but it also comes from their minds.” Johnson credits her staff for being equally as important to the process of giving a client their special dessert, for weddings and all other events. “They’re all artists,” Johnson said of her staff. “We’re able to feel the bride out on the colors. All the other aspects of the wedding are important for the cake as well, like the floral, the color palette, the décor, what the bride is wearing, her dress pattern, if her dress is ivory or white. All those things affect the cake in some way, because we want

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to make sure the cake matches the décor.” After Johnson and her team have seen all the wedding colors, they will often ask to see samples of the décor items. Then Johnson and her team show the client their own ideas, and it all comes together for a personal, custom cake. “It’s teamwork with that aspect of it, because we want to create what the vision is,” Johnson said. “If they don’t have a vision, we try to give them some pointers or try to create it with them.” Some of the most creative cake ideas may come from competition shows on television, but Johnson also gets interesting requests for personal wedding cakes. “We’ve done crazy things,” Johnson said. “One bride and groom, they wanted what they eat for breakfast on their wedding cake, which was like a spiced


wellington | table cake with peanut butter and pecans and fresh fruit. They wanted something that is memorable to them.” At Johnson’s Custom Cakes, Johnson and her staff have the skill to add many different features to a cake that you may not see every day. “We’re artists, so we actually do a lot of modeling and super sculpting, so we can actually form the bride and groom on top of the cake,” she said. “If they’re a firefighter or a nurse or a doctor, we can customize their cake to what they do. We’ve put their pets on the cake.” Johnson cherishes the long-term relationships she maintains with her clients once the first cake has been served. “The most important thing is I get to watch their families grow, and that’s humbling to me how their babies are six, seven, eight years old, and they come in and they sketch their own birth-

day cakes,” Johnson said. “The children come in, and they look forward to seeing me every year.” Johnson’s passion for her work is as strong as her passion as a cake artist, and she welcomes the challenges that she faces as a business owner. “I’ve learned that business is about growth, and you learn from your mistakes,” Johnson said. “You always try to do something different. We are not just a bakery that does one thing. We push ourselves to try to explore all different mediums. We want to give you what you want. So, if it takes us until 5 o’clock in the morning to get something right, we’re going to make sure we do it.” Johnson’s Custom Cakes is located in the Kobosko’s Crossing shopping plaza at 9148 Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 422-0303 or visit www.johnsonscustomcakes.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 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

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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.

Strathmore Bagels & Deli is a New York-style deli serving everything from smoked fish to corned beef. It is located in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at 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.

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 Monday, Oct. 2 • The Wellington Garden Club will meet Monday, Oct. 2 in the Lakeview Room at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) with a light breakfast at 9:30 a.m., a business meeting at 10:15 a.m. and a program at 11:15 a.m. on the “History of Tropical Fruits in South Florida” presented by Larry Grosser. RSVP to Mary Drexler at mkdrexler@ comcast.net. • The Loxahatchee Chapter Florida Trail Association will meet at the Okeeheelee Park Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) on Monday, Oct. 2 with a social at 7 p.m. and program at 7:30 p.m. Call Margaret Brabham at (561) 324-3543 for more info. Tuesday, Oct. 3 • The Domestic Violence Council of Palm Beach County will hold its Domestic Violence Awareness Month opening ceremony “Out of the Shadows: Serving High Risk Communities” on Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Clayton Hutcheson Agricultural Center (559 N. Military Trail). For more info., visit www.facebook.com/DVCPBC. • Audubon of the Everglades will hold its monthly meeting and lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at the FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center (6301 Summit Blvd.). The topic will be “Voyagers on the Open Sea: The Pelagic Birds of Florida” featuring Michael Brothers. For more info., visit www. auduboneverglades.org. Wednesday, Oct. 4 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Spooky Trivia for ages 12 and up on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. Does your knowledge of trivia leave your family and friends in awe? Join a team and see who is the trivia king. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host a speed networking event on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wellington National Golf Club (400 Binks Forest Drive, Wellington). For more info., visit www.wellingtonchamber.com.

Thursday, Oct. 5 • The Wellington Amphitheater will hold a free Neil Diamond tribute concert and food truck invasion on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. • The Women of the Western Communities will meet Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. RSVP to mair.armand1@gmail. com. Visit www.womenofthewesterncommunities. org for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writer’s Critique Workshop for adults on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, Oct. 6 • The musical La Cage aux Folles will be at the Kravis Center for Performing Arts’ Marshall E. Rinker Sr. Playhouse from Friday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 22. For more info., visit www.kravis.org. • Fright Nights will return to the South Florida Fairgrounds from Oct. 6 through Oct. 28. For more information, visit www.myfrightnights.com or www. facebook.com/FrightnightsSFF. • The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival will return to the South Florida Fairgrounds from Friday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 8. For more information, visit www.wpbaf.com. • Wellington Cares will host its third annual luncheon on Friday, Oct. 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Leonard R. Hock Jr., chief medical officer of Trustbridge Palliative Care and Advanced Illness Management. For more information, call (561) 568-8818 or visit www.wellingtoncaresorg.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Story Salsa With Liz Mangual for all ages on Friday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. Mangual will enchant and delight listeners of all ages with her signature style of interactive storytelling. Call (561) 790-6070 to preregister. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive)

will host Painting Pals for ages 5 to 10 on Friday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. Unleash your imagination to create colorful artwork. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Families First of Palm Beach County will present its Harriet Goldstein Award to Mark and Paige Bellissimo at its 11th annual Children’s Day Awards Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 6 at the Kravis Center. For more info., visit www.familiesfirstpbc.org. Saturday, Oct. 7 • The Green Market at Wellington will open for the season on Saturday, Oct. 7 and be open Saturdays through April 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., visit www.greenmarketatwellington.com. • The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host its Arthur’s Jam “Sports Themed Tailgate” on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Palm Beach Polo & Country Club in Wellington. It will be a spirited event where revelers wearing their favorite team’s gear can attend the best tailgate of the season. Event highlights include a delicious catered tailgate, open bar, dancing and unique live and silent auctions. Visit https://arthursjam2017.eventscff.org for tickets. • The Binks Forest Elementary School PTA will host a special fundraiser to help provide students with much-needed laptop computers. This year’s “Party with a Purpose” will take place Saturday, Oct. 7 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Romeo’s Italian Cuisine, located in the Wellington Marketplace at 13889 Wellington Trace. The event is for adults only, and each ticket includes unlimited tapas, soft drinks and $20 in casino chips. Plus, enjoy a chance to win great prizes. For tickets, visit www.bfespta.cheddarup.com. • The Wellington Amphitheater will hold a free concert with Brass Evolution on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Tuesday, Oct. 10 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tween Gaming for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy Wii gaming and board game fun. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

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wellington | calendar • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Beaded Daisy Chain class for adults on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Create a beautiful daisy chain bracelet using beads, a needle and thread. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. For info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. Wednesday, Oct. 11 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Anime Nation for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. View new anime titles. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, Oct. 12 • The Kravis Center for Performing Arts will host “Shopkins Live!” in the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. Concert Hall on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.kravis.org. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Lego Bricks for ages 5 to 10 on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. Play, imagine and create with Lego bricks. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will hold a free concert featuring the Gypsy Lane Band and a food truck invasion on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Friday, Oct. 13 • The Wellington Amphitheater will hold a free screening of the movie Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. • Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman will be at the Kravis Center on Friday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. For more info., visit www.kravis.org. Saturday, Oct. 14 • Buckler’s 27th Anniversary Holiday Craft Fair will take place Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. For more info., visit www.bucklercraftfair.com.

• The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Festival of Lights Celebration: Diwali” for all ages on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. Discover this beautiful tradition with a colorful presentation that reflects the cultures of Nepal, India, Guyana and Bangladesh. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will hold a free Van Halen tribute concert on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Monday, Oct. 16 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Chess Club for Adults on Monday, Oct. 16 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, Oct. 17 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Coloring Calaveras for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. Create colorful sugar skull masks. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Palm Beach County School District’s Showcase of Schools will take place Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. For info., visit www.palmbeachschools. org/choiceprograms. Wednesday, Oct. 18 • The 2017 Palm Beach County College & Career Fair will take place at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. For info., visit www.palmbeachschools.org. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Book & Film Discussion for adults on Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt with a film viewing Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. and a book discussion Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Wellington will hold a villagewide Neighborhood Watch Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center. Visit www. wellingtonfl.gov for more info.

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Friday, Oct. 20 • Spookyville in Yesteryear Village will take place Oct. 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 and 31 at Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For more information, visit www.southfloridafair.com. • The West Palm Beach Home Show will return to the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center from Friday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 22. For more info., visit www.westpalmhomeshow.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its 20th Year Anniversary Celebration on Friday, Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. The Wellington branch opened its doors 20 years ago in 1997. Celebrate the occasion, meet staff, see old photos, and enjoy cake and refreshments. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Seniors Club 25th Anniversary Gala will take place Friday, Oct. 20 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. Cocktails will be from 6 to 7 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Music will be by the Whitestone Band. The cost to attend is $50 for members and $85 for guests. For more info., call Mae Loglisci at (561) 792-5707. Saturday, Oct. 21 • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual golf tournament on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and awards luncheon at 1 p.m. For more info., visit www. wellingtonchamber.com. • Amber’s Animal Outreach will hold its second

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Tuesday, Oct. 24 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Picture Frame Design for ages 6 to 12 on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Create and design your own picture frame. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. For info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. Wednesday, Oct. 25 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Wii games, board games and more. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, Oct. 26 • The Wellington Amphitheater will hold a free Eric Clapton tribute concert with a food truck invasion on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. Visit www. wellingtonfl.gov for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “The Myth & Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe” for adults on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. In addition to addressing his contributions to literature, this talk explores the truth and lies behind his life and death. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, Oct. 27 • The Wellington Amphitheater will hold a free screening of the movie War for the Planet of the Apes on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www. wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Saturday, Oct. 28 • The Knights of Columbus M.J. Benvenuti Council #8419 will host the Peter A. Benvenuti Golf Classic on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Palm Beach Polo Golf & Country Club in Wellington. Check-in is at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon and dinner at 5 p.m. Call Manny Zapata at (561) 346-7435, Sergio Marquez at (561) 351-7915, Chuck Higgins at (561) 795-2034, Jim Louwers at (561) 537-9578 or John Kingston at (561) 346-7773 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Spooktacular Story Time for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. Come dressed in your best costumes for fun-filled stories, songs, a craft and a library costume parade. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Young Professionals of Wellington will present its Wicked Costume & Casino Night on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. Tickets are $125 per person, and there will be an open bar, appetizers, craps, blackjack, dancing, a silent auction, performers and more. To purchase tickets, visit www.ypwellington.com. Tuesday, Oct. 31 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Creepy Coloring for ages 5 to 10 on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. Enjoy Halloween-themed coloring pages. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

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Labor Day Meal — Olive Garden in Wellington delivered lunch to Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Station 30 for Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 4. This is the 16th year that Olive Gardens nationwide have recognized a first responder agency near its locations in honor of the holiday. Shown above are Capt. George Springthorpe with firefighters Jesse Gomez and Alec Myers.

Whole Foods Artist Reception — The Wellington Art Society held a reception for artist Laurie Snow Hein at Whole Foods Market in Wellington on Friday, Aug. 25. Guests enjoyed food and drink while exploring Hein’s artwork. During a presentation, Hein explained her journey as an artist. Shown above is artist Laurie Snow Hein (left) with Cynthia Hockaden.

Art Cellar Anniversary — Art Cellar in Wellington celebrated its third anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 17. The Kids Cancer Foundation received 20 percent of sales from Clothed4APurpose in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Guests enjoyed painting along with sangria and light bites. Shown above are Art Cellar owner Jennifer Hernandez, Kids Cancer Foundation Executive Director Michelle O’Boyle and Clothed4APurpose owner Brittany Russell.

Garden Club Opens Season — The Wellington Garden Club held its first meeting of the 2017-18 season on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at the Wellington Community Center. The club meets on the first Monday of each month, September through April, at 9:30 a.m. in the Wellington Community Center’s Lakeview Room. The guest speaker this month was Laurie Albrecht, shown above, on “Florida Friendly Landscape.”

American Legion Golf — The Wellington American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Post 390 hosted its seventh annual golf tournament on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Wanderers Club. The proceeds benefit local youth, patriotic and veteran support programs, as well as the Future Heroes Scholarship Fund. The golf format was an 18-hole, four-person, best-ball scramble. Following golf, there was a buffet supper, awards, raffle and silent auction.

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(Above left) First-place winners Roger Buczek, Ed Portman and Mike Chichelli. (Above right) Fred Deironimi gets the door prize from John Isola. (Left) Wellington American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Post 390 members at the golf tournament. october 2017 | wellington the magazine


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