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WELLINGTON Bringing You The Best Of Wellington Since 2004

November 2017


Celebrating WORLD-CLASS Riders, Horses & Venues


Busy Year For Dressage Star Kasey Perry-Glass Father And Son Together At Center For Bone & Joint Meet Up-And-Coming Junior Golfer Vanessa Berrios Premier Café Offers New Way To Think About Coffee


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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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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.


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.


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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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.


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.


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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Our wish: May this be the only broken bone this holiday season. Emergencies don’t take time off for the holidays. Our emergency teams are here 24/7 because we know that no matter how good the holidays can be, bad things have a way of happening at any time. Our emergency patients enjoy the benefits of board-certified physicians, the latest technology and state-of-the-art facilities. So whether it’s a broken bone or the flu, we’re here to help.

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PALM BEACH POLO & CC | EAST LAKE BUNGALOW | $749,000 | With both IPC and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center close by, this newly-renovated home falls nothing short of phenomenal. The property is complete with a 1 bedroom/1 bath guest cottage and a 3 bedroom/2.5 bath main home, in which everything is new, including impact windows and doors, custom-built kitchen and cathedral wood ceilings.

AERO CLUB | $1,450,000 | If hopping on a jet in your own backyard sounds like a dream come true, it’s time that you make your move to this fabulous, beautifully renovated 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home at Wellington Aero Club. The property offers the unique opportunity to build your own hangar for your jet, and features its own personal taxiway lot. Golf cart distance from the world-famous equestrian showgrounds.

AERO CLUB | $1,695,000 | Sleek, stunning, and completely renovated, this Aero Club home features 4 bedrooms and 4 full baths. Light and bright with vaulted ceilings, wood beams, and an abundance of new impact glass windows. Other features include gorgeous wood floors, a brand new kitchen with gas cooking, and a large chef’s island. Exterior renovations include a new roof, new pool, a marble patio area, and a completely fenced spacious backyard. This luxurious and well appointed home is located just a short golf cart ride from the Wellington Horse Show Grounds.

OAK TREE VILLAS | PALM BEACH POLO & CC | $439,000 | Spacious second floor 3 bedroom 3 bath Oak Tree Villa within Palm Beach Polo & Country Club. Features extended screened in patio area, golf course views, and separate living areas for all to enjoy! The living space boasts an open & airy floor plan. The home is further enhanced with high ceilings and tranquil views of water and the 14th hole of the Dunes golf course. Great for entertaining.



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This renovated 6 bedroom 4.5 bath property on ± 2 acres features a new 8 stall center aisle CBS barn with bathroom, laundry, tack and feed rooms. Offered at $2,499,000

This professionally decorated 4 bedroom, 4.1 bath home offers an exquisite first floor master suite. Directly on taxi-way allows room for a hangar. Offered at $1,995,000

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Set on ± 2 acres, this newly renovated 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home features a brand new 8-stall center aisle CBS barn, arena and paddocks. Offered at $1,995,000

This 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home features a pool, 5 stall barn with room for 5 more, bathroom and grooms apartment in the barn. Offered at $1,295,000

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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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Beautiful 690 acres true working ranch with improved pastures of bahia and floralta grasses. Nice area full of oak hammocks perfect for a home or hunting cabin. Property has two large equipment barn and nice cattle pens, electricity, well water and a backup diesel generator. Less than 30 Minutes from the Town of Okeechobee. $2,799,000

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BUSY YEAR FOR DRESSAGE STAR KASEY PERRY-GLASS Coming off a season that began with a medal-winning appearance at the 2016 Rio Olympics and concluded with a top-10 performance at the FEI World Equestrian Games, dressage star Kasey Perry-Glass has big plans for the upcoming season. By Ray Burow



Our 2018 Equestrian Season Preview special section includes overviews of the upcoming season at the Winter Equestrian Festival held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the International Polo Club Palm Beach high-goal season and the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival.





Gladiator Polo is about to return to its birthplace of Wellington after a successful summer series in North Carolina. The concept originated in Wellington last January as a way to expand the reach of equestrian sports to fans of sports like hockey and football. The Center for Bone & Joint Surgery of the Palm Beaches has been serving the western communities for more than two decades, and there’s a unique family element to the practice now that the son of the one of the founders has joined the team. By Jack Lowenstein






Everyone involved with horses knows that dealing with horse waste is part of the lifestyle. There are glamorous facets to being an equestrian, but waste management is not one of them. Luckily, Wellington-based GIT Barn Solutions is there to help. By Deborah Welky There are times when something so momentous has happened that we find it difficult to put into words. We want to commemorate the event but don’t know where to begin. That’s where “modern essayist” J.C. James comes in. By Deborah Welky

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WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Wellington Hosts Halloween-Themed Fall Festival At Village Park Bosom Buddies Group Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Hosts Arthur’s Jam At Palm Beach Polo Binks Forest PTA Holds Party With A Purpose Fundraiser At Romeo’s Kids Cancer Foundation Marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month





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Wellington Home this month visits an Aero Club estate designed as the personal home of a well-known architect. This 4,400-square-foot home has prime access to the community’s taxiway and boasts a new concrete tile roof extending over its four bedrooms, three baths and oversized three-car garage. By Deborah Welky Dr. Mariaclara Bago and Dr. Vincent Apicella have added another extension to their Premier Family Health facility. The married doctors want community members to slow down their daily routines for enough time to sit inside the new Premier Café to experience a cup of its specialty coffee. By Jack Lowenstein


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WELLINGTON Bringing You The Best Of Wellington Since 2004


volume 15, number 11 november 2017

executive editor

Joshua I. Manning


Dawn Rivera

senior graphic designer Stephanie Rodriguez

graphic designers

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photography Abner Pedraza


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

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It seems the summers have become shorter, and many of our equestrian friends are returning sooner — and what another energized season it is shaping up to be! With the hustle and bustle right around the corner, we see horse trailers with beautiful mounts in tow and riding pants in local markets. For many, this marks the official equestrian season kickoff. Again, this year, we are proud to bring you our Official Equestrian Season Preview. We have partnered with the major venues to provide you with an overview of Wellington’s equestrian season, and share all there is to know about the upcoming happenings, changes and additions you will find throughout Wellington this year. Also included is a schedule of events for each facility, allowing you to plan in advance, making sure you do not miss all that Wellington’s equestrian season has to offer. On our cover is top dressage rider Kasey Perry-Glass, who was only five years old when she hopped on her first horse and has been riding ever since. Kasey has established herself as a force in international dressage aboard Dublet, with a medal-winning appearance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, followed by a top-10 finish at the 2017 Dressage World Cup. Now, she is working toward a spot at the 2018 World Equestrian Games. Also this issue, we preview the 2018 Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments, which will celebrate the “Stars of the Community” on Feb. 3, as well as the popular Gladiator Polo series, which is about to return to its birthplace of Wellington after a successful summer series in North Carolina. We also visited the Center for Bone & Joint Surgery of the Palm Beaches, where Dr. Harvey Enrique Montijo Jr., son of founder Dr. Harvey Montijo Sr., recently joined the practice. Wellington Designer profiles Peter and Donna Fayerman, the dynamic duo behind Design Guild Interiors, who strive to help clients every step of the way. Our Wellington Sports series features Vanessa Berrios, a rising star among young golfers. Wellington Real Estate features Shannon Boyd and Mackenzie Scichilone of United Realty Group, who are both renovation specialists, while Wellington Health visits Roger Roque of Kayak-King WaterSports, who helps people stay in shape, one paddle stroke at a time. Wellington Home stops by an Aero Club estate that features plenty of space in a prime location, designed as the personal home of a well-known architect. Finally, Wellington Table takes us to the new Premier Café, where owners Dr. Mariaclara Bago and Dr. Vincent Apicella want to change the way you think about coffee. As the hot South Florida summer gives way to the breezy days of winter here in Wellington, we take a moment to embrace all that we have and all that we have to give. Wellington The Magazine gives thanks to all of our readers, advertisers and their families, wishing everyone a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day!

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Wellington Hosts Halloween-Themed Fall Festival At Village Park

(Left to right) Costume contest winners Harper Genchi, Luke Paylor and Lucy Belanger; costume contest winners Quinn Kuntze, Cassia Pedron and Jayden Vasquez; and Lizz Smith, Councilwoman Tanya Siskind, Regis Wenham, Mickey Smith, Councilman Michael Drahos with Sophia and Julia, Councilman Michael Napoleone, Tom Wenham and Vice Mayor John McGovern.

The Village of Wellington held its annual Fall Festival at Village Park on Saturday, Oct. 21. Families got to take part in bounce houses, haunted hallways, face painting, costume contests, trick-ortreating and more. The event was highlighted by costume contests for different age groups and other activities throughout the day and into the night.

(Left to right) Adalia, Rosie and Ava Santana; Councilwoman Tanya Siskind reads Quackers by Liz Wong to children; Molraima Padron and Jose Vergara; Jessica and Jaxon Linke; and Janaya Ackermann with Sophia Naranjo.

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Bosom Buddies Group Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

(Left to right) Donna Gray, Andrea Mattis, Abbe Felton, Dr. Amy Aqua, Lorna Johnson, Marie Phillips and Tee Franzoso with a check for $10,000 from ThinkPinkKids to help the local support group; Palms West Hospital Breast Center Coordinator Colleen Campbell with Gwendolyn Johnson; and Bosom Buddies Founder/President Tee Franzoso with new member Luisa Vivas.

Your Bosom Buddies II held a special dinner outdoors for its monthly meeting at Palms West Hospital on Thursday, Oct. 12 to honor October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The support group was joined by the hospital’s Breast Cancer Coordinator Colleen Campbell and staff members to celebrate. To learn more about Your Bosom Buddies II, visit www.

(Left to right) Joanna Stevens, Pat Linton, Colleen Campbell, Donna Gray, Nancy Mendenhall and Dot Militello; Lorna Johnson, Abbe Felton, Marie Phillips, Tee Franzoso, Andrea Mattes, Donna Gray and Linda Ireland; Dr. Kathleen Minnick and Abbe Felton; and (front row) Linda Vaillancourt and Roz Pamatat with (back row) Michelle Probert, Debbie Brooks and Cheryl Rappolt.


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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Hosts Arthur’s Jam At Palm Beach Polo

(Left to right) Geoffrey Fear, J.J. Grodensky, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Executive Director Chanda Fuller and Paul Torrey; Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Development Director Colette Beland with Arthur’s Jam Committee Chair Kimberly Sundook; and Kristin Lee with former Miami Dolphin Jeff Cross.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation held its annual Arthur’s Jam gala on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Palm Beach Polo & Country Club in Wellington. Arthur’s Jam was started after Arthur Weiss passed away in 1996 from cystic fibrosis. His friends created the event to celebrate Arthur’s life and raise money to cure cystic fibrosis. This year’s “Sports Tailgate” theme had guests dressed in their favorite team attire.

(Left to right) Greg Koufos, Jack and Vickie Gallagher, Laurie Galler, Cathryn Koufos and Bob Galler; Cystic Fibrosis Foundation ambassador Cassidy Taylor sings an original composition “More Than They Know” as her mother Lisa holds the mic; Norman Gitzen, Mari Pati and Jim Leo; Alan and Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig; and Connor Roessler with Amelia Weiss, daughter of Arthur’s Jam namesake Arthur Weiss.

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Saint Andrew’s School MIND, BODY, SPIRIT

Recognized as a leading independent school in the Episcopal tradition, Saint Andrew’s School is a day and boarding school for students in grades Pre-K through 12

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Middle and Upper School Open House Saturday, November 18, 2017

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Binks Forest PTA Holds Party With A Purpose Fundraiser At Romeo’s

(Left to right) PTA board members Jesse and Kristen Kearney, Jamila Abraham, Farryl Brooke, PTA President Jenn Appel and Michelle Chamleel; Binks Principal Michella Levy with Kristina and Gene O’Neil and Ryan Levy; and Gil and Jennifer Martinez.

The Binks Forest Elementary PTA held its “Party With a Purpose” fundraising event at Romeo’s Italian Cuisine in Wellington on Saturday, Oct. 7. PTA members were joined by Principal Michella Levy, school parents, family and friends, as everyone enjoyed food and drinks while playing casino-style games. For more information, visit www.

(Left to right) Jennifer Benevides, Kristin Balcomb, Brandie Soto, Courtney Finnerty, and David and Ashley Hirsch; Jessica Hoffston and Sarah Hill; Lindsay and Andrew Kelley; Daisy and Anthony Manglaviti with Craig Balsam and Sebastian Romeo of Romeo’s Italian Cuisine; and Lori Palermo and John Michaels.

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Modern Mountain Home 4036 SF 3 bed/3.5 bath home with stunning mountain views, 4000 SF fully equipped 8-stall barn with 2 heated birthing stalls on 20.61 acres, 4 fenced pastures + 1 bedroom apt. Offered at $1,395,000 Custom-built state-of-the-art home on 13.5 acres with 270-degree 80-mile views, 3 fireplaces, 4854 SF, 3 bed/2.5baths, 2-stall barn, 2 run-in shelters, + workshop and fruit orchards. Offered at $1,390,000 Leatherwood Equestrian Center is a gated community which offers 80 miles of horseback riding trails, multiple barns and training pens, riding ring, walking trails, bike trails, community pool, tennis courts, stocked fish ponds, campground and restaurant. Airports in Boone and Wilkesboro NC.

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Pauli & Uribe Architects Architects Monika Pauli and Juan Uribe are building upon the legacy of their former mentor and partner, renowned Boston Architect, James McNeely, by specializing in historically correct projects demanding attention to detail. Their passion for perfection draws on classical forms, integrating modern materials, ideas and technology, to create one-of-a-kind dwellings. The Pauli & Uribe portfolio boasts private estate homes; renovations and additions; and the design of an equestrian facility for the Bina Farm, which includes two large indoor riding arenas, swimming pool and yoga studios. With over 30 years of experience connecting discerning clients to their surroundings, they are equally at home in New England, Palm Beach, Wyoming, Costa Rica, France and Mustique. Combining traditional hand drawings, rich with texture and dimension, as well as stateof-the-art computer animations, the talented P&U team bring their clients’ functional and aesthetic goals to life. “In the design process there can be no technological substitute for that direct, organic, mind-to-hand connection, which has served artists and architects so well in the past”


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Kids Cancer Foundation Marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

(Left) Amanda Apfel and Kelly Wiener (front) with Cheri McBrayer, Nicole Guererri, Renee Ford and Michelle O’Boyle (back) of the Kids Cancer Foundation. (Right) The Journey Church group volunteered to keep kids busy with Home Depot wood crafts.

The Kids Cancer Foundation held a Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 30 at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Wellington. September was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Park Avenue BBQ catered the buffet, while a DJ kept the dance music booming. There were face painters, characters, rock painting, bounce houses, a petting zoo and more. Kids, including many young cancer patients, had several jam-packed hours to have fun. For more info., visit

(Left to right) Polo players Nic Roldan and Brandon Phillips paint rocks with Emma LaPaglia; Aaliyah Coppin-Horton, Arielle Coppin-Horton, Ashlyn Guererri and Savannah Guererri; Kinleigh Apfel pets a miniature horse; Spider-Man visits with William Tarman; Brenda Monst with therapy dog Phoebe; and Madison and Jay Bubla enjoy cotton candy.

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Busy Year Ahead For Dressage Star Kasey Perry-Glass Story by Ray Burow • Photos by Ken Braddick

Top dressage rider Kasey Perry-Glass was five years old when she hopped on her first horse. The steed was kept at a local barn, which her mother visited as a getaway from the kids. It was not quite an escape, however, since the 5-year-old, along with her brother and four sisters, followed their mother to the stable. Soon after, Perry-Glass got her first pony, and she has been making history ever since. Dressage competitions dot the globe, and as elite equestrian competitors, the Olympic bronze medalist and her horses are international travelers. “I’ve been over in Europe for the last three summers now, competing on Nations Cup teams, Olympic teams and events like that for selections,” Perry-Glass said. The winter months signal a calmer time for her horses, which have earned a well-needed travel break when Perry-Glass settles down in Wellington. Though “settles down” isn’t quite an accurate description of her time here. Neither Perry-Glass nor her bay, Dublet, rest on their laurels, but rather take advantage of the milder temperatures and top local competitions to prepare for the next big, international event. “In the coming winter months, I will be competing to, hopefully, get a spot on the World Equestrian Games team,” Perry-Glass said. Tryon, N.C., is the site for the 2018 World Equestrian Games, where Perry-Glass hopes to gain a little bit of a home-court advantage when the equestrian world heads to the United States next September. “[Tryon is] known for having great facilities, and now it’s just about preparing them for the WEG and being able to accommodate all the horses and grooms and riders,” PerryGlass said. “I think that they really have a good layout there to make our country look really good.”

As a young girl, Perry-Glass learned to ride western style and went on to hunter/jumpers. As she grew, so did her love for horses and her desire to compete. An introduction to Pony Club, the equestrian educational organization, fueled her affection. “It is a great organization that helps kids get involved with horses in a healthy way; to really learn the basics about anatomy, the care, the riding part,” Perry-Glass said. “They really go over a large spectrum of the horse and the discipline.” Over the course of her career, Perry-Glass has been under the tutelage of top professionals in the field of dressage. She connected with Carmela Richards’ Oak Creek Training Stables in California. It was there that PerryGlass gained many friends with the same interest, including many competing at high levels of eventing. Richards introduced Perry-Glass to her first dressage trainer, Gina Duran. Under 10 years of Duran’s watchful eye, Perry-Glass competed extensively, increasing her desire to compete on a higher level. “It kind of spiraled into me wanting to be international and really push for a career in it,” Perry-Glass said. At the level at which she would go on to compete, Perry-Glass would require an incredible horse with which to partner. Dressage coach and trainer Christophe Theallet traveled to Europe with her to find that perfect horse. They came back to the United States with Dublet. wellington the magazine | november 2017


Kasey Perry-Glass is overcome with emotion after her stunning ride on Dublet at the FEI World Cup Final.

training really hard, she got me on the Olympic team. It’s pretty impressive to say that someone can do that, coachwise.” Lots of kids dream of competing in the Olympics, but it’s hard to comprehend the cost until it happens for you. “It is a lot of sacrifice,” Perry-Glass said. “It’s nice for people to know that

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The gelding proved to be the right choice, as he and Perry-Glass forged a winning partnership at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The pair were further established as a force in international dressage with a seventh place dressage Grand Prix finish at the 2017 FEI World Cup Final in Omaha, Neb., in March — one of only three Americans to land in the top 10. Olympian Debbie McDonald has been Perry-Glass’ coach for the last three years and is credited with getting the now 30-year-old to the Olympics last year. They met the prior year in Europe, where Perry-Glass was on the Pan American Games selection team. Unfortunately, she didn’t make the Pan Am team but confesses to begging McDonald for the chance to train with her in Sun Valley, Idaho. “I knew that the next year was going to be pretty intense, and she welcomed me in,” Perry-Glass said. “Within a year,

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these athletes who go to the Olympics are in everyday training, whether it means physical training, emotional training. You know, all the psychology around it. We’re training constantly, and it’s also a lot of sacrifice for a family.” Surprisingly, in her formative years, Perry-Glass was a homebody. She never relished going too far away from her parents. Nevertheless, she was the first of the six kids to leave home and now travels around the world. She knew this had to happen if she was to achieve her goals, and as a result, she moved to Spokane, Wash. “I loved the idea of a new place,” Perry-Glass said. “Something inside me just clicked.” Still, leaving home was a sacrifice for both Perry-Glass and her family. She only saw them if they were able to attend a show, or on the off occasion when she would make it home for Christmas.

“It’s a lot of sacrifice to train for that goal, but it’s well worth it,” Perry-Glass said. “It pays off in the long run. Any dedication like that pays off.” She speaks glowingly of her family, referring to them as “Team Believe,” a motto they adopted when she first started competing. The family’s focused attention over the last four years has been on her. According to Perry-Glass, there’s no question in her mind that “Team Believe” shares the same goals. “We really push ourselves as a family. We push ourselves to be better people and to really fight for what we want and to really believe in ourselves.” PerryGlass said. The dedication and sacrifice required to succeed was passed down from her parents. Her mother is a constant champion for the importance of believing in oneself, and her father, a psychologist, once played Major League Baseball.

“It’s a little bit different in this sport, because a lot of people don’t really have that, and I feel really lucky,” Perry-Glass said of her family’s involvement. “They keep me balanced.” Her parents and siblings aren’t her only cheerleaders. Married two years ago, Perry-Glass said that her husband, Dana, keeps her grounded. Glass also works with horses and helps to run a family business in Colorado where the couple met. “He knows the idea around the sport and the discipline,” Perry-Glass said. “He gives me an outside perspective of what life is like outside of the sport.” The newlyweds are also combining their talents into a new business. Two Worlds Equestrian will encompass both the dressage and western disciplines. 2018 will be Perry-Glass’ fourth season in Wellington, where she lives close to the show grounds. “I can get into a class or just get some

extra training there,” she said. “It sets you up very nicely for other venues and gets you the mileage that you need.” Perry-Glass expects to compete in four shows this winter, two in February and two in March. Her long-term goals are more personal. “I really want to have a family. It is very important for my husband and I,” Perry-Glass said. “We want to have at least two kids. As of right now, that’s my other dream and goal.” Learn more about Kasey Perry-Glass at

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on Wednesday, Jan. 10 and continue through Sunday, April 1. The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), longstanding home venue of the Winter Equestrian Festival, is free and open to spectators from Wednesday through Sunday each week, highlighted by the Saturday Night Lights competition each Saturday evening. The most popular night of the week features top riders of the sport competing at the highest international levels. Free entertainment and activities

including carousel rides, face painting and crafts, creating a family-friendly atmosphere for equestrian and nonequestrian enthusiasts alike. Equestrian Sport Productions is once again at the management and operational helm of WEF, producing a competition unlike any other in the world, welcoming Olympians and world champions, while simultaneously providing opportunities for any level of competitor, pony level to Grand Prix. “While WEF is a massive undertak-

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Equestrian Season Preview ing, we feel that each year we continue to expand interest in equestrian sport and introduce and engage new audiences,” said Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions and managing partner of Wellington Equestrian Partners. “We’re looking forward to welcoming back many of the world’s top competitors to the venue this year and hope that citizens of the Palm Beach County area will come out to enjoy the season and experience horse sport at PBIEC.” Last year, WEF saw an increase in number of participants, represent-

ing more than 35 countries and all 50 states, a testament to the quality and impact of the competition on a global scale. Riders of all ages, competing in more than 80 divisions, will descend upon the show grounds in early January to begin the winter season. The 2017 season debuted renovated footing and riding surfaces in the major arenas, including the International Ring, the massive main stadium, used for a variety of classes, but most commonly for international FEI show jumping competitions. The growth of competition has triggered the expansion of

the show grounds, and now 18 arenas provide ample competition space for the three variations of the English discipline hosted at the show: show jumping, hunter riding and equitation. Just across Pierson Road is an additional extension of the PBIEC facility, Equestrian Village, which is home to the Van Kampen Arena, the largest covered arena in the world. Equestrian Village also boasts its massive grass Derby Field, once used for elite polo competition and now host to top show jumping and hunter competition throughout the season.

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While many come to immerse themselves in the equestrian competition, there is much to do at PBIEC during the high season. Hundreds of vendors set up shop at the venue, offering everything from high-end clothing to handworked leather, jewelry, antiques, art, horse and rider wear, and more. Vendors are located around the grounds and can be found on Vendor Row or surrounding the exterior of the International Ring. PBIEC also caters to night life and entertainment. The Suites in the Special Events Tent offer the perfect space for large parties to enjoy Saturday evening classes and include buffet dining and bar service. The Gallery, Central Park and the Wellington Club all host social activities and gatherings, and can be reserved for private event space, but most popularly shape into a dancing and after party atmosphere following

the main class on Saturday nights. Food and beverage options are plentiful. The Tiki Hut and Tito’s Tacos are perfect stops to grab a quick drink and a bite to eat with a group of friends, or specialty food vendors offering pizza, kettle corn, ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgers and crepes can be found throughout the night. The season will begin once again with the Battle of the Sexes, now an intense tradition to kick off the WEF season, on Saturday, Jan. 13. The evening pits top female riders against top male riders to see who will reign supreme. The ladies have topped the competition for years and always have the crowd’s support. The Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments, which has raised more than $10 million for more than 200 charities in Palm Beach County since its inception, will take

place on Saturday, Feb. 3 with an exciting pro-am relay race under the lights. It will be themed after notable feature films this year. The Nations’ Cup CSIO 4* will be held Friday, March 2, as nations compete on teams against each other in a unique and exciting format. The venue will once again play host to four elite CSI 5* competitions, the highest designation of international show jumping competition anywhere in the world, offering major prize purses for the winner. Only the best of the best are able to qualify for these impressive competitions, which will be hosted this year on Feb. 12, Feb. 14, March 10 and conclude with the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix on March 31. Join in on the fun this season at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. To learn more, call (561) 793-5867 or visit

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nent and well-equipped polo facility. The 2018 high-goal season opens on Sunday, Dec. 31, and will conclude 16 weeks later with the USPA 114th U.S. Open Polo Championship final on Sunday, April 22. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating options that includes elegant grandstand viewing,

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return for children to enjoy each Sunday afternoon. Bounce houses, games, face painting and more will be available to any child attending the 3 p.m. polo match. Multiple vendor areas and retail spaces are also accessible to all spectators while they are on-site Sunday. During half time of each Sunday match, spectators are invited onto the field for a complimentary glass of champagne and ice cream during the ever-popular divot stomp. IPC offers a collection of nine polo

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INTERNATIONAL POLO CLUB 2018 High-Goal Tournament Schedule

DECEMBER 31 Herbie Pennell Cup Final

FEBRUARY 11 Ylvisaker Cup

MARCH 25 Gold Cup Final

JANUARY 7 Joe Barry Cup

FEBRUARY 18 Ylvisaker Cup Final

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Equestrian Season Preview Adequan Global Dressage Festival’s 2018 Season Expected To Be Largest Yet Since launching in 2012, the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) has matured into one of the largest dressage circuits in the world. The festival will rise to the occasion once again in 2018, setting the stage for top horse and rider combinations, and laying the stepping stones leading up to the 2018

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FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, N.C., next September. The 2018 AGDF will once again take place at the Stadium at Equestrian Village in Wellington, from Jan. 4 through March 31, 2018. The winter circuit will provide indispensable opportunities for riders seeking scores for the World

Equestrian Games (WEG). The festival will host four qualifying events throughout the circuit. “We are incredibly excited for this upcoming dressage season,” AGDF Director of Sport Thomas Baur said. “This year, we will see riders from all over the world coming to Wellington to prepare

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Equestrian Season Preview for the World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018. We are presenting a new structure of classes at the Grand Prix level as well as Small Tour levels, and will welcome top judges that will also be featured at the WEG.” The 2018 AGDF season features four CDI-Ws, a CDI 4* and CDI 5*, as well as a CDIO3* and two CPEDI competitions. Local spectators are welcome to come out and enjoy world-renowned competition. The show is always open to the public with free general admission.

The weekly Friday Night Stars events take place every Friday evening during CDI events and present the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle class, where combinations ride to choreographed musical routines. The nights also bring musical acts and various forms of outside entertainment. The season will begin on Thursday, Jan. 4 with the first Para-Equestrian Dressage CPEDI 3* competition. Week 2 will also play host to a CPEDI 3*, beginning on Thursday, Jan. 18. Para-

equestrian sports allow athletes with physical and visual disabilities to excel in equestrian events and competitions designed for the able-bodied, and do so by creating a structured and highly competitive environment. Para-dressage is conducted under the same basic rules as able-bodied dressage, but with riders divided into different competition grades based on their physical abilities. There is no greater evidence of the incredible bond, trust and communication between horse and rider than

“We are incredibly excited for this upcoming dressage season. This year, we will see riders from all over the world coming to Wellington to prepare for the World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018.” AGDF DIRECTOR OF SPORT THOMAS BAUR


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reconvenes on Thursday, Feb. 8 with the season’s only CDI 5*, featuring the very best riders in the world, and producing some of the most thrilling test execution of the season. Week 6 will begin on Friday, Feb. 16 and host three days of national competition. Week 9 also promotes national competition from March 9-11. The third CDI-W will commence during Week 7, on Thursday, Feb. 22. AGDF Week 8 begins on March 1 and welcomes the final CDI-W and the historic Palm Beach Derby, an exciting event that features riders competing at Small Tour level with unfamiliar horses to see who can ride to the best score. Week 10 is set to showcase the only CDI 4* of the 2018 season, while the final week of the season plays host to the FEI Nations Cup CDIO 3*, as well as the final Friday Night Stars competition of the circuit. The FEI Nations Cup CDIO 3* is the only non-championships CDIO


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AGDF 0 – January 4-7 CPEDI 3*

AGDF 6 – February 16-17 National Show

AGDF 1 – January 11-14 CDI-W and National Show

AGDF 7 – February 22-25 CDI-W and National Show

AGDF 2 – January 18-21 CPEDI 3* and National Show

AGDF 8 – March 1-4 Palm Beach Derby CDI-W/1* and National Show

AGDF 3 – January 24-28 CDI-W and National Show

AGDF 9 – March 9-11 National Show

AGDF 4 – February 2-3 Wellington Eventing Showcase and National Show

AGDF 10 – March 15-18 CDI 4*/3*/1* and National Show

AGDF 5 – February 8-11 CDI 5*/3*/1* and National Show

AGDF 12 – March 27-3 CDIO 3*/3*/1* and National Show

Tentative schedule, subject to change. Sponsors listed at time of print. Friday Night Stars freestyles are held on Friday nights of CDI competition with the exception of AGDF 8.

The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Stadium is located at 13500 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. For more info., call (561) 793-5867 or visit Laura Graves and Verdades celebrate winning the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 5*, presented by Diamante Farms, last season at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. PHOTO BY SUSAN J. STICKLE

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Fourth Annual Event Impresses Behind The Bright Lights Of New York City The 2017 Rolex Central Park Horse Show held Sept. 20-24 dazzled spectators in the heart of New York City, showcasing some of the best show jumping, eventing and hunter riders vying for top prizes against a backdrop of skyscrapers in one of the world’s most iconic venues. In its fourth year, the Rolex Central Park Horse Show featured five days of multi-discipline equestrian sport and performances, ranging from Arabians and arena eventing to hunter riders and show jumping. Central Park Family Day, presented by Mars Incorporated, a free event open to the public and designed to promote the benefits of child-pet interaction, featured dog agility demonstrations, performances by the Pompeyo family from America’s Got Talent and multiple opportunities for the public to interact with both dogs and horses. Aljassimya Farm presented the third annual U.S. Open Arabian competition, showcasing the beauty and athleticism of one of the world’s oldest breeds. Classes throughout the night included under saddle competition featuring Hunter Pleasure Pro/Am, Western Pleasure Pro/Am and Country English Pleasure Pro/AM, as well as in-hand and halter competition. The Arabian Mounted Native Costume class featured

horses and riders galloping in traditional dress used centuries ago. Classes alternated between performance classes and in-hand competition. In-hand competition saw junior and senior mares and stallions presented to a panel of judges. Gold, silver and bronze medal champions for each division were honored throughout the evening. Show jumping was highlighted by the U.S. Open $216,000 Grand Prix CSI 3*, presented by Rolex, captured by current world number one rider Kent Farrington aboard Creedance. The U.S. Open $25,000 Hollow Creek Farm U25 Grand Prix saw Jennifer Gates guide Alex to victory, while Hardin Towell’s win in the U.S. Open $40,000 CSX FEI Speed Class aboard Lucifer V kicked-off FEI competition. A crowd favorite, the U.S. Open $50,000 Spy Coast Farm Puissance competition saw Emanuel Andrade, Kama Godek and Todd Minikus split the victory three ways after each cleared the traditional brick wall at a height of 6’9” inches. The $5,000 1.20m Junior/Amateur Jumper Speed Class was topped by Mimi Gochman aboard Gochman Sport Horse LLC’s entry Avoloma BH. U.S. Open Hunter competition at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show

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Top show jumper Kent Farrington rides to victory aboard Creedance.

was presented by the Gochman Family and Dr. Betsee Parker, and featured the $1,000 Pony Hunter Classic, which earned Annabelle Bozzuto a victory aboard Our Song, owned by Robin Bozzutto, as well as the $2,500 Junior/ Amateur Owner Classic, which saw Stella Styslinger and Cassanto ride to the top of the field with a score of 83. The U.S. Open $50,000 Duchossois Cup, presented by the Gochman Family and Dr. Betsee Parker, saw Liza Boyd and O’Ryan return to the Wollman Rink this year to claim the winning round by half a point after finishing in second place last year. Arena eventing jumped into the Wollman Rink for the first time this year and was a sellout crowd favorite, featured in the U.S. Open $50,000 Arena Eventing, presented by the Fite Group Luxury Homes. Many of the world’s top three-day event riders tested a tough and technical track set by Capt. Mark Phillips in the Wollman Rink, but ultimately Ryan Wood and Dominic Schramm topped the class, besting 22 other riders to capture the win in the inaugural event. The Rolex Central Park Horse Show is hosted in the heart of New York City in Central Park and is managed by International Equestrian Group, led by Wellington’s Mark and Katherine Bellissimo. For more information about the show, visit

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Palm Beach County charities will get a chance to showcase what it truly means to be a star this coming February when the Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments, returns to Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. For the past eight years, equestrians and their mounts have been captivating the local community at this event. These teams of riders have one goal in mind: to give Palm Beach County charities a chance to shine and win up to $150,000. Through an open application process, the Great Charity Challenge invited all Palm Beach County-based charities to apply to participate in the ninth edition of the pro-amateur relay show jumping competition. Thirty-four of these randomly drawn charities will meet their “lucky star” on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, to receive a share of the $1.5 million purse. The Great Charity Challenge, founded in 2010 by Mark and Katherine Bellissimo of Equestrian Sport Productions, and their daughter Paige, has distributed more than $10.8 million from the equestrian community to 220 nonprofits in Palm Beach County. All of

the money raised gets distributed to local nonprofits every year, with first place receiving $150,000 and all participating charities being guaranteed a minimum amount of $15,000. Staying true to its roots, a minimum of seven charities, out of the 34 participating nonprofits, are guaranteed to be Wellington based. Over the last three years, the event has brought team spirit to a new level by incorporating themes. With riders dressed up in costumes and horses decked out to match them, the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center welcomed “Superheroes,” “Fairy Tales Characters” and “Animated Characters.” This year’s theme will be “Hollywood Feature Film: A Night When Everyone’s A Star.” “This ninth year honors the local stars of our community,” Mark Bellissimo said. “We hope to give them an opportunity to shine and let them redefine what ‘stars’ are truly made of. This event is truly the legacy of the Winter Equestrian Festival and the sponsors involved. We can’t thank them enough for their support.” Paige Bellissimo, who is actively involved in the community, agreed.


“The GCC is a unique event that allows us to raise awareness of the diverse charitable organizations throughout the community,” she said. “We hope that this year’s edition will help future generations see what stars are truly made of! We are very grateful for our rider teams, sponsors and partners who support the effort.” The drawing to select the 34 charities that will participate in the 2018 event will be held Dec. 2 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. For the latest event information and application guidelines, visit www.greatcharity or charitychallenge.


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New Equestrian Entertainment Awaits Spectators During The Winter Season Gladiator Polo is about to return to its birthplace of Wellington after a successful summer series in North Carolina. The concept originated in the heart of Wellington last January as a way to expand the reach of equestrian sports to fans of action-packed sports like hockey and football. Gladiator Polo combines elements of both field polo and arena polo, and in just under a year has garnered both a national and international following. Unlike traditional equestrian competitions, where audience participation is encouraged only before and after a rider competes, Gladiator Polo is fueled by a rowdy crowd. Spectators are encouraged to cheer on their favorite team throughout the match.

Two teams of three players are pitted against each other in a small, enclosed arena, giving spectators an up close and personal look at the action, similar to sitting on the boards at an ice hockey game. In this Roman-era themed event, horse and rider teams wear distinctive colors covering the players’ helmets all the way down to the horses’ leg wraps, making it easy for spectators to follow

the game and cheer on their favorite side. “We have been thrilled with the support and engagement of the fans and spectators surrounding Gladiator Polo this year at the Tryon International Equestrian Center and have been thoroughly impressed with the level of play we’ve seen across the board from each of the participating players,” said Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of the International Equestrian Group, management entity of Gladiator Polo. “Our goal is to expand this game on both a national and international level. We feel that these players and this atmosphere wellington the magazine | november 2017


translates well anywhere in the world. We’re looking forward to the future of this game and are already planning the return of the series to this venue in 2018.”

The match is played on a 300-foot by 150-foot space, enclosed by walls of four or more feet in height. The game consists of six chukkers of five minutes each. Riders change horses at the end of

each chukker. Gladiator Polo does not require the large number of horses to play that outdoor grass polo demands, making game participation easier for players. The game ball is similar to a mini soccer ball, larger than the small and hard plastic ball used outdoors. While the larger size gives the new player confidence in learning to hit the ball, proper technique is still necessary, since the game is played on a dirt surface with the ball bouncing on the uneven surface and off the arena wall. Gladiator Polo can be played either indoors or outdoors, day or night under lights and weather permitting, all year round. In its inaugural season, Gladiator Polo hosted seven games in Wellington, hosting four teams and offering over $250,000 in prize money. It then continued throughout the summer at the Tryon International Eques-

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The Center for Bone & Joint Surgery of the Palm Beaches has been serving the western communities for more than two decades, and there’s a unique family element to the practice now that the son of the one of the founders has joined the team. CEO Dr. Harvey Montijo Sr. and his original partners Dr. Garvin Yee and Dr. Mark Waeltz have grown the practice since 1994, allowing it to mature into a firm bringing expert orthopedic care here in the western communities and throughout Palm Beach County. Today, there are multiple offices at Wellington Regional Medical Center, and offices in Belle Glade, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens and a new office that will bring the Center for Bone & Joint Surgery into Martin County. The largest location is in Royal Palm Beach and has six orthopedic offices, physical therapy centers and an MRI center. “We’ve been pretty much here since 1998,” Montjio Sr. said of the flagship office on State Road 7. “It started with just a building in the rear, and the parking lot was here in the front where this building stands. As we expanded, we moved the parking lot to the back of the surgery center building. We built this 36,000-square-foot facility. It houses most of our surgeons at this point.” The Center for Bone & Joint Surgery has had the ability to grow in locations in part because it continues to welcome new surgeons to the practice, bringing on board top orthopedic surgeons that have trained and specialized in areas of surgery that are often new to the practice. About a year and a half ago, one of those new

surgeons was Harvey Enrique Montijo Jr., Montijo Sr.’s son, who brought his specialty in foot and ankle surgery to the family practice. “I think everything I’ve trained for, and all the training that’s been done, is definitely going to use here,” said Montijo Jr., who attended Duke University Medical School in North Carolina before continuing his studies with a residency in Charlotte, N.C. “[At OrthoCarolina], we had a very heavy trauma presence, and it has been very surprising the amount of trauma we have here, even being treated at Wellington Regional, Palms West and Palm Beach Gardens. Things that would usually go to a level-one trauma center, I’ve been surprised that we’re using them so much here.” For Monijo Jr., returning to a place he grew up and joining his father and new colleagues has been a small-town surprise. “The one thing that has really surprised me about the community is how small it is,” he said, explaining there’s an inter-connectedness that often leads to referrals. “There are cases where I’ve done a hip fracture on somebody’s mom, and then all of sudden you are getting five or six people who are coming to see you… I think when you grow up here, you kind of know it, but Palm Beach County, no matter how big it is, it’s pretty well-connected.” Not only is there family now at the Center for Bone & Joint Surgery, but Montijo Sr. has worked

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with some of his employees for 20 years. The more than 250 employees today serve the patients as much as the orthopedic surgeons at the practice, he said. “We are an integral part of the western communities as a business. We have been involved with the community on multiple levels and multiple events, supporting a lot of the charity events that the community has,” Montijo Sr. said. “We have a very strong retention rate in our employees, and that has been part of our success. We have these individuals who have weathered the storms with us, and they’re like family.” Montijo Sr. and his partners have been able to continue to grow the practice and stay current, updating to new technologies as they have developed through the years. “Thanks to technology and integration of computers, it’s easy to have the

“We have a very strong retention rate in our employees, and that has been part of our success. We have these individuals who have weathered the storms with us, and they’re like family.” DR. HARVEY MONTIJO SR.

same information for any particular patient. You have access in any particular office,” Montijo Sr. said. “So, if it’s in Boynton Beach, and the skillset of the

surgeons there don’t match, but they do see the initial orthopedic surgeon there, and they get referred here, they don’t have to redo everything. It’s already integrated into the system. We just have to pull it up.” Montijo Sr. is still very much involved in his craft as a total joint replacement specialist. He continues to be active as a surgeon in artificial hip, artificial total knee and arthroplasty. But Montijo Sr. said that unless it’s completely necessary, many surgeons like himself are conservative in the approach to various injuries for patients who come to his offices. “We’re not just surgeons. Most of what we do is take care of the patients without the blade, without the surgical approach,” Montijo Sr. said. “Physical therapy, bracing, injections, different modalities that you can have short of

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Dr. Harvey Montijo Jr. and Dr. Harvey Montijo Sr. are proud to be working together at the Center for Bone & Joint Surgery of the Palm Beaches, which Dr. Montijo Sr. co-founded in 1994.

surgery, and at the same time give you some options or advice with the physical therapist to modify your training, so you don’t get hurt but still reach your goals as an athlete, or as a weekend warrior, or as a geriatric person who just wants to stay fit.” Montijo Sr. also embarks on international projects to educate surgeons overseas. He recently returned to the practice after a trip in Vietnam, where he has been visiting since 2011. He goes there once a year to train surgeons at an orthopedic and trauma hospital in Da Nang. 68

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“Some of their surgeons have come to be trained here. It has been a twoway street, where they come for training here, and I go over there and do some interesting procedures and surgeries,” Montijo Sr. said. “I’ve also been to Cambodia, training surgeons there. But it has mostly been Vietnam, and now my first experience in Nigeria, in Africa, will be next month.” As he goes to other countries to instill knowledge, his practice here is ready to see the next generation of patients with the next generation of medical professionals and the latest technology.

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Everyone involved with horses knows that dealing with horse waste is part of the lifestyle. In fact, the more involved in the industry, the more manure there is to manage. There are glamorous facets to being an equestrian, but waste management is not one of them. Luckily, Wellington-based GIT Barn Solutions is there to help. As they say, what goes in, must come out. And if you’re a horse owner, you know that horses can consume a huge amount of food. All that food leads to a lot of manure. The amount of total stall waste per horse averages between 60 and 70 pounds per day — or approximately 12 tons of stall waste per year. Given that many equestrians own more than one horse, sometimes a dozen or more, you’re talking about a big problem. What do you do about that pile of waste? You call in the experts. GIT Barn Solutions will travel to your barn and relieve you of the problem. They have the shovels, the containers, the trucks, conveyor belts, gigantic troughs and transport vehicles. They have everything you need to properly dispose of equine waste with-

out the hassle. Best of all, they’re just a phone call away. And when it comes to horse waste, GIT Barn Solutions is one of the leading players in the industry, offering a new manure solution with closed, nonleaking containers that are better looking and keep flies away. Beginning in November 2015, GIT was contracted to remove manure from the thoroughbred racetrack Gulfstream Park West and its associated training center Palm Meadows which, together, attract 1,500 horses each winter. The owner of the company, Giuseppe Iadisernia, an ItalianAmerican breeder of Thoroughbreds headquartered in Ocala, visited Wellington later that year and saw loose manure piled in bins, attracting flies and other insects. wellington the magazine | november 2017


GIT Barn Solutions operates a facility on Fairlane Farms Road in Wellington

As a horseman himself, Iadisernia could calculate the significant amount of waste the Village of Wellington needed to manage in order to protect the water and the land from contamination. He found himself asking, “How is it that such splendid properties do not have a better system to take care of livestock waste?”


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By January 2016, GIT Barn Solutions was operating in the Wellington area, setting up new administrative headquarters on Fairlane Farms Road. To allow for its future development, the company recently acquired the entire property. Three managers keep things running smoothly — Freddy Sanchez (gen-

eral manager), George Falcon (sales) and Brad Smith (operations). Also integral to the business are its four Mack garbage trucks, capable of handling 12 tons of manure; two delivery trucks for containers and shavings; and one dump truck. Their service area of 225 clients extends from MiamiDade north to Palm Beach County. But

The GIT Barn Solutions system is designed to efficiently keep manure issues under control.

that’s in human terms. The number of horses served is 1,200 in July, soaring to 2,500 in the March high season. An expansion into equestrian-friendly Palm City is next on the radar screen. As an essential part of its business plan, GIT Barn Solutions also recently developed a shavings factory in Leesburg, located between Orlando and

Ocala. By offering both clean shavings and manure removal, the company has been able to reduce prices — and headaches — for clients who need both services. GIT Barn Solutions is also sure that the manure is disposed of properly. The company works closely with U.S. Sugar and McGill, but a transfer facility proj-

ect will soon enable them to ship a vast amount of manure to Ocala for recycling. After all, it turns out that one man’s trash is truly another man’s treasure. GIT Barn Solutions is located at 3080 Fairlane Farms Road, Suite 1, in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 6003407 or visit


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‘Modern Essayist’ J.C. James expresses himself through uniquely crafted words.

Wellington Man Creates Art Through Unique Wordcraft By Deborah Welky

There are times when something so momentous has happened, so joyous or so devastating, that we find it difficult to put into words. We want to commemorate the event but don’t know where to begin. That’s where Wellington resident J.C. James comes in. James is a modern essayist — perhaps the only one of his kind. He will interview you, research the event, draw upon artistic inspiration, compose the story in a style he calls “sophisticated rhyme,” then present you with a “Gift of Authenticity” — his words on a gallery-quality display. James has written more than 1,000 tributes, some of them for notable names such as golfers Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els, the late women’s polo pioneer Sunny Hale, and even Arrogate, the Louisiana racehorse that won

the Dubai World Cup last March. Sometimes, the tributes are for public display but, more often, they are intensely personal, destined to remain in the family as treasured heirlooms. Writing other people’s stories wasn’t originally James’ calling. Born in Brisbane, Australia in 1969, he came to the United States in the summer of 2000 as a youth soccer coach. Over the next 10 years, he also did some playing, and that meant a lot of travel. When he wasn’t on the field, James found himself waxing philosophical. “I got reflective,” he said. “I began

writing a few little things, and they started coming out in rhyme with a level of sophistication to them. I continued on from that point. Little stories would enter my mind. One turned into two, two turned into four, and pretty soon I had a collection. A few people I shared them with were very supportive and encouraging. They liked the perspective and introspection.” In those early days, he was writing material from his own head — personal experiences and observations. He was encouraged to publish a collection of those short stories and short rhymes. His first book was published in 2004 by Publish America. “It was a traditional book, marketed and distributed by them,” James said. wellington the magazine | november 2017


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‘Modern Essayist’ J.C. James with his wife and publicist, Mysdee Middleton.

“Make no mistake, it was a little cutesy book, but it kept me encouraged. Around 2007 to 2008 is when I started writing stories that were more specific for people. It took the focus off me having to invent things. Fortunately, I had a few private collectors. It wasn’t big rewards or large money, but it got me thinking, ‘Perhaps I have something here.’” Clearly, he did. James’ work has gotten so popular that he has formed a company around it, Expressional Galleries, with his wife and publicist Mysdee Middleton. “It’s an interesting thing that has happened to us in the last few years,” Middleton said. “We are utilizing J.C.’s gift in a purposeful way to honor others. He captures moments, writes in sophisticated rhyme, puts an artistic spin on it.” Clients explain their story, and James will take it from there. “The tribute becomes a permanent reminder of a major event, because it’s a real story about real people in a real moment,” he said. “The quality of the story, coupled with the sturdy mounting system, is designed to last many, many years.” Because each essay is a one-of-a-kind original, James copyrights the work. “We do our research,” James said. “It’s a combination of watching visually

if it’s a high-profile event, along with research done by my lovely wife.” The Sunny Hale tribute was a good example. Composed after the top female polo player’s death last February, James said he tried to write it through the eyes of a young girl, because Hale was “a true trailblazer, a pioneer to be sure, and an inspiration to all women. She was extremely memorable and died far too young.” Hale’s untimely death was a great loss for the polo community, he said. “I think they lost a woman who had not yet finished her mission,” James said. “What I came to learn [through research for the essay] is that she gave so much. Her legacy continues because she established [record-keeping] bloodlines for ponies through DNA and genetics. What polo lost was her further development. Yet it was well and truly balanced out by what polo gained.” But you don’t have to have achieved international fame to warrant a tribute by James. “When it’s a more private tribute, for neighbors or the members of our community, I sit down with them and they relay their story to me,” he said. “The fact that we are able to make them comfortable enough to express themselves freely is the key to our success. Everything has to come from a place of hon-

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esty in order to create their ‘Gift of Authenticity.’ We interact with people on a very personal level.” Especially if the piece is to be read aloud, James also sends an audio file of himself reading it, so people can get the pacing right. “This way they have my interpretation of their story as it was written,” he explained. “I get a lot of mileage out of the Australian accent, too. People are fond of it. And I’ve worked to develop a very steady and comfortable voice. All of my work sounds similar. There’s a rhythm and melody.” James is comfortable growing his business slowly, primarily through word-of-mouth and his Facebook page. “We ask our clients to pass us along in their network of friends. Growth has gone slowly, by that’s by design,” James said. “I want to develop my profile as an essayist. I’m an artist; it really is that simple. Like someone who paints original artwork, there are no reproductions. This is the medium and the method we use. The essay is written for you, about

J.C. James doing research to write has tribute to polo player Sunny Hale.

you, using a propriety method that transfers it into a finished product that we haven’t seen anybody else do. It’s a narrative of substance, written in this specialized method of sophistication.” James enjoys living in Wellington, which he regards as a small community

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Peter & Donna Fayerman Of Design Guild Interiors Help Clients Every Step Of The Way Story by Julie Unger • Photos by Shea Christine

Design dynamic duo Peter and Donna Fayerman of Design Guild Interiors have been designing for decades. Both have impressive backgrounds in the design industry. Donna was the youngest interior design executive with Bloomingdale’s in New York at age 25. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology, is accredited by the American Society of Interior Design, is a licensed commercial interior designer and a published author. Peter is the past president and CEO of Baldwin Hardware Corporation and a previous executive with a Fortune 100 manufacturing company.

“We are dedicated and passionate to helping people live beautifully!” Donna said. The two coming together to create their own design company was a natural fit, she added. Design Guild Interiors is project-oriented from start to finish, design to installation, interior to exterior with every attention to detail considered. “We are a guild of professionals, in constant communication with our client every step of the way,” Peter said. “We personally oversee each project on site, and manage to our budgeted objectives.” While Donna works on the design — she is the principal designer and works exclusively with each client throughout the project — Peter works on budgeting, installation and administrative duties. Their team works together as a family, with the common goal of making design fun, providing a personal experience for clients and creating beautiful design. Donna and Peter recently celebrated

their 34th wedding anniversary, as well as daughter Lauren’s first wedding anniversary. Because of their occupation, they were able to spend a great deal of time with Lauren, who was born with Down syndrome, and against the odds went on to study dance in college. Their strength in family carries over to their work. “When you get one of us, you get both of us,” Donna said. They have a passion for design excellence, which shows through in every project they work on, whether it be designing apartments later purchased by the Ritz-Carlton, working on locations in the Jupiter Country Club, or working on the interior design of a church. For the Fayermans, the journey is as important as the destination. They suggest that anyone looking for assistance with design work be sure that they click with the potential designer, stressing the importance of enjoying the journey. As design has evolved, their personal style has changed to meet the times. wellington the magazine | november 2017


The Fayermans enjoy mixing new with traditional furniture and quality modern artwork to create a crisp and contemporary feel.

“We were very Mizner Mediterranean 10 years ago. Now, we love the eclectic look of mixing new with traditional/transitional furniture with quality modern artwork to create a crisp and contemporary feel,” Donna said. “Many of our clients bring traditional furnishings with them as they relocate to Florida, and our goal is to incorporate this into a new Florida lifestyle setting.”


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Their process begins with learning the client’s style — dark or light woods, color preferences and how they’ll be using the home. From there, they focus on living, kitchen and bedroom areas and choose a focal point. “A complete itemized budget is then developed, room by room, piece by piece, to meet the objective of a per-

square-foot price,” Peter said. “This becomes everyone’s guide to controlling the costs of the project.” Design Guild Interiors works on a cost-plus basis, which is unique in the industry, where they find furnishings at the lowest possible cost, then add a design, administrative and installation percentage. “Our primary goal is to always find

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the client the very best quality and value for their money,” Peter said. Shopping for interior design is different than shopping for new clothes. “We meet so many terrifically dressed clients who struggle with proportion when it comes to furnishings. They have the color, tailored lines and the blending of textures; however, they struggle with proportion of the size of

the furniture, as well as combining old and new together to create a unique style,” Donna said. “We also think that the talent of an interior designer resides in the capability to take a client’s treasured family heirlooms and mix it with their new design style, but always keep the family traditions in their lives.” After all, integrating the family into the home works well for a design com-

pany that has integrated their family into their business. As Donna said, “He’s a designer without portfolio. I’m the designer with portfolio. He’s without portfolio… he’s very good. Some people just have an innate ability.” To contact Design Guild Interiors, visit or call (561) 371-3828.

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Wellington’s Vanessa Berrios A Rising Star Among Young Golfers Story by Y.A. Teitelbaum • Photos by Abner Pedraza

Vanessa Berrios received a set of plastic golf clubs when she was four years old, and her passion for the sport has continued to flourish. Ten years later, Berrios is a rising star in junior golf. Berrios recently earned two major awards — Player of the Year and Most Improved Player — at the annual Junior Golf Foundation of America (JGFA) banquet, which recognized leading performers in junior golf from ages 4 to 17 during the 2016 season, while she was still a student at Wellington’s Emerald Cove Middle School. Most Improved Player is determined by a mixture of points for the event and comparing scoring averages from one year to the next, as well as within the tournament year. There is also a points system for Player of the Year. Berrios, who was playing 13 holes at the time, lowered her scoring by 10 strokes. “I used to hit in the 70s; now I’m in the 60s,” said the right-handed Berrios, who turned 14 years old in August. Berrios took her first golf lesson when she was five years old and would go out and play with her father. “I started to get really good when I was 10,” said Berrios, who has a younger sister. “I started to out-drive him when I was 11 or 12.” She now drives the ball about 215 yards. “My drives and irons have always been the best parts of my game,” said Berrios, who started playing in tournaments in 2009. “It’s always nerve-wracking the first time, but it’s always fun, because you meet new people.” Mary-Lee Cobick, head golf professional at the Okeeheelee Golf Course, has been giving Berrios lessons since 84

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2012 and is impressed with her power. “She is a very powerful player for her age, which gives her an advantage. Her long game has improved tremendously in the past year, and she understands pitching, chipping and putting will be her main focus this upcoming year,” said Cobick, who is also president of the JGFA. “She comes from a great family, and her parents are very supportive and encouraging.” Berrios is a one-sport athlete, concentrating solely on golf, which her father also plays. She tried tennis, which her mother plays. “I tried [tennis], and I didn’t like it,” Berrios said. “I don’t like balls moving toward me.” Berrios parlayed her continued improvement into a spot on the Palm Beach Central High School golf team as a freshman and has the lowest scoring average for the Bronco golfers this season. Between playing tournaments in the off-season and for her school, Berrios is a regular at the golf course, refining her game. Her practices vary, depending on the season. “I’ll play holes, then when I see what my weakness is, then I’ll work on that,” said Berrios, explaining her spring and summer routine. She will usually play on a Sunday, and return to the course on Monday and work on her weaknesses at that time. During the fall scholastic season, Berrios usually practices Mondays and

Wednesdays with the team and has matches on Tuesdays and Thursdays. “For the high school team, I’ll hit a bucket of balls and then play, so it’s the opposite,” Berrios said. “It doesn’t really matter. It works both ways. It’s a lot, but I still love it.” Palm Beach Central girls golf coach Don Persson has a young team, led by Berrios. “She’s very good,” Persson said. “If we get her putting improved, she’s going to make a lot of noise. As far as ballstriking, she’s good. I’m really pleased. She’s getting better and better. We are working to get her confidence up in putting.” Persson said that Berrios is in a transition phase, moving from a dominant player in the juniors to high school against better competition. “But she has the game [to succeed],” Persson said. “She’s a competitor, too, and I like that.” Persson said that Berrios, who is quiet and humble by nature, leads by example, but believes she will eventually become more vocal. “She is being a leader when she plays,” he explained. Berrios uses a mixture of clubs — Callaway irons, a Cobra driver and a Nike putter. “I really like my hybrid; I hit it smoothly,” Berrios said. “That’s my favorite club.” Berrios has won several tournaments, including the fourth Prep Tour Event of the South Florida PGA Junior Prep Tour, where she shot an 83 to win the girls 13-18 age division. But her favorite memory occurred at the third hole at Okeeheelee, a par-3, 383-yard test.

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“I hit my drive, and it was short,” Berrios said. “I hit my second shot, and I didn’t get it on the green, so I was a little nervous. And then I chipped it in for the birdie.” Berrios, an avid reader who enjoys the work of author Rick Riordan, doesn’t have a unique routine for game day. “I listen to music in the car, just turn the radio on, and I always keep a song in my head during the match,” said Berrios, whose favorite singer right now is Justin Bieber. She doesn’t have a special pre-match meal, either, bringing granola bars and sandwich on the course. But it’s always a ham and cheese sandwich, she said. Berrios, who wants to be a marine biologist, has already set lofty goals for herself, with competing in high school as a stepping stone to college and beyond. “I want to play in high school and get noticed,” Berrios said. “I want to play for a college team and go on tour.” This year’s Wellington Sports series profiles some of the many athletes across a wide range of sports who call Wellington home.


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Shannon Boyd And Mackenzie Scichilone Are Both Renovation Specialists And Realtors Story by Matthew Auerbach • Photo by Abner Pedraza

The partnership of United Realty Group’s Shannon Boyd and Mackenzie Scichilone is based on trust, dependability and a shared knowledge of loss. “Mackenzie and I partnered due to unfortunate circumstances,” Boyd said. “I was at a tough place in my life, struggling with the sickness of my mother and working 24/7 in real estate. I called on Mackenzie to help me, and she was able to take my current transactions and close them all while I was able to be at my mom’s side. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her.” Boyd’s mother passed last March. When Scichilone’s mother followed a few months later, she knew who she could count on. “Shannon was entirely there for me,” Scichilone said. “Our clients never knew anything was happening, because Shannon never skipped a beat. We are both forever grateful that we found each other and have built this amazing partnership.” The bond between these two lifelong Floridians goes deep, extending to their shared love of renovation. “Real estate has been a passion of mine from the age of 19,” Boyd said. “At 22, I started investing in property and loved the renovation process. Fast forward a few years to becoming a licensed Realtor and being able to represent our clients in the buying and selling of real estate, while also giving them the vision to transform that fixer-upper into to their dream home.” Scichilone was also driven by dreams of restoration. “I decided to get into real estate because I felt like I had the knack for renovating and designing homes,” she said. “With that said, being licensed and having the ability to find my own deals to be able to flip homes was the right thing to do.” Once these two Wellington residents joined forces, the community reaped the benefits of their joint talents. “Mackenzie and I specialize in Wellington because, simply, we live here, we eat here, we entertain here and we love it here,” Boyd said. “We can be to most properties within 15 minutes and are able to provide our clients the flexibility of showing property on a last-minute’s notice.” They are also adept at crystallizing a vision of what a structure can ultimately become. “I would say what we specialize in is guiding our clients to finding their dream home and helping them create the perfect design to fit their lifestyle,” Scichilone said. “Most people

Mackenzie Scichilone (left) and Shannon Boyd (right).

do not have the ability to visualize the possibilities a home might have. Shannon and I are experts in renovating the imperfect and revitalizing a home to its fullest potential. Clients love the versatility that we offer, not just as Realtors, but also as renovation specialists.” Renovating allows both women to infuse a bit of their personalities into the business of real estate. “Our true passion is to be able to find a diamond in the rough and add our personal touches and find the perfect buyer,” Boyd said. “We find that we can get the best value for our clients through renovation. We have a great crew that is extremely efficient and specialize in quality craftsmanship.” The two are always there for one another, which allows them to always be there for clients. “Real estate can be very stressful at times, but doing it with a friend makes it less of a job,” Scichilone said. “We both realize we work better together. It’s the ‘power of two.’” United Realty Group is located at 1035 S. State Road 7, Suite 121, in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 469-8706 or visit Call Shannon Boyd directly at (954) 415-3363, or call Mackenzie Scichilone directly at (561) 756-0528. wellington the magazine | november 2017


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By Craig Campbell

Okeeheelee Park is an oasis in central Palm Beach County, offering nearly every recreational activity one could want. The park has lakes, along with plenty of trails for biking, running and walking. It’s a perfect setting for those who seek to exercise in the tranquility of fresh air. Among the many options for exercising in Okeeheelee Park is to paddle a kayak, canoe or the more adventurous stand-up paddleboard on the freshwater lakes. If you don’t own any of those watercraft, don’t fret, because Kayak-King WaterSports has you covered. Eleven years ago, Roger Roque was working in the medical field when one day a client he befriended casually asked him if he was interested in buying a business. He was intrigued at the invitation and checked out the modest kayak rental business. “I saw tremendous potential, and after arranging for financing, I bought the business,” Roque recalled. As the United States fights an obesity epidemic, many people are trying to live a healthier lifestyle through proper diet and a regular exercise regimen. South Florida has plenty of water, so paddling one’s way to better health is quite popular. “About 90 percent of the rentals are for an hour to an hour and a half, which is just enough time for the over-stimulated person to disconnect from their hectic lives in the peace and silence of nature,” Roque said. The kayak and canoe offer an excellent workout for the abdominal core and arms, while the paddleboard is a complete full-body training session. Roque said that in about five minutes, his staff can train the novice so they spend more time paddling through the water than falling into it. In more than a decade of renting out equipment, he said he has not had one major injury. Roque believes this is because his staff ensures that the safety equipment — such as life jackets — is personally sized to the individual, ensuring a proper fit. Anyone who is just starting to get themselves into shape shouldn’t be concerned with not being able to enjoy a kayak, canoe or paddleboard. “No one is too big to rent our equipment,” Roque said. He suggests wearing a swimming suit and water shoes when going out on the water. Other groups of his clientele are anglers, who typically rent a kayak or canoe for three to five hours, or people who have

rented one of the park’s pavilions for a party and want their guests to be able to get out on the water. South Florida is also known for pop-up thunderstorms, but Roque said Okeeheelee Park has lightning detectors and sirens that warn people if a storm is in the area. The warning system allows those out on the open water enough time to get back to the dock without getting caught in a lightning storm. An added safety dimension of paddling at Okeeheelee Park is that the lakes there are not connected to the canal system, so the possibility of alligators, snakes and other dangerous animals is fairly minimal, Roque said. Bicycles are also available to rent, and the paths in the park give the right of way to bikes rather than to those on foot, he said. Running a small business can be a challenge at times, and Roque counts on the community for support. “If the community wants to continue to have these kinds of services available, then they need to support small business,” he said. Kayak-King WaterSports is open Saturday, Sunday and major holidays (except Christmas Day) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last rental is at 4 p.m.). During the summer, the business runs Thursday through Monday. Kayak-King WaterSports is located in Okeeheelee Park at 7715 Forest Hill Blvd. For more information, call (561) 304-1344 or (561) 632-7969, or visit wellington the magazine | november 2017


Foyer: The neutral palette shows off the space in the two-story foyer area. Large tile runs throughout the foyer, hall, kitchen and breakfast nook, while plush carpeting anchors conversational spaces, such as the formal living and dining rooms. Family Room: The home’s family room offers easy access to the kitchen and plenty of entertaining space. With lots of room for media and technology, the family room also has a view of the patio.

Dining Room: The formal dining room can accommodate plenty of guests. Custom wainscoting adds architectural interest, while a stunning chandelier and three arched windows provide lots of light. Breakfast Bar/Nook: There’s plenty of seating at the spacious kitchen’s breakfast bar, along with a nearby casual dining area. Like other parts of the house, it offers a great view of the pool deck.

Living Room: Whether it’s warm or cool outside, this formal living room is a room with a view. The wood-burning stone fireplace is great for cooler times of the year, while French doors lead out to the enclosed pool deck when the weather is warmer.



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Aero Club Home Features Plenty Of Space In A Prime Location Story by Deborah Welky

• Photos courtesy The Jorgensen Team

Designed as the personal home of a well-known architect, this 4,400-square-foot Wellington Aero Club estate has prime access to the community’s taxiway. It boasts a new concrete tile roof extending over its four bedrooms, three baths and oversized three-car garage. The master suite is on the first floor, and its accompanying bath has recently been remodeled. All of the rooms are huge, and windows abound — and a fabulous, extra-large game room upstairs is perfect for entertaining. The home’s oversized patio features a soaring, two-story screen enclosure and a heated pool with a saltwater chlorinator.

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Master Bedroom: A tray ceiling adds depth, dimension and interest to the oversized master suite, which also includes space for a seating area. The new en suite bath features a large walk-in shower, double vanity and beautiful hardware throughout. Game Room: The generously sized game room currently holds a full-sized billiard table, a full-sized ping-pong table, a foosball table, a sofa and a loveseat — with room to spare. Pool Deck: An unusual two-story screen enclosure and coach lights add drama to the spacious patio area, especially at night. The pool features a saltwater chlorination system, while the premium lot has a view of the Aero Club’s taxiway. Front Elevation: Behind a spacious front lawn, the home’s elevation features plenty of windows, tasteful landscaping and a huge, three-car garage.



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New Premier Café Wants To Change The Way You Think About Coffee

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Dr. Mariaclara Bago and Dr. Vincent Apicella have added another extension to their Premier Family Health facility in the Wellington Reserve complex on State Road 7. The married doctors want community members to slow down their daily routines for enough time to sit inside the new Premier Café to experience a cup of its specialty coffee. The doctors believe the new venture neatly pairs with all the health services that Premier Family Health has provided for more than a decade. “I don’t want to understate our coffee, because it’s important to know that we have the finest coffee bean around. We’re partnered with Panther Coffee. They’re one of the highest-ranked roasters in the entire country,” Apicella said. “They’re down in Miami, and they’re the best at what they do, and we like to partner with the best.” Apicella said the most important aspect of the café isn’t so much regarding what he and Bago are introducing, but their reason why. “It’s about your experience in this place,” he said. “You have to drive outside the boundaries of Wellington to find a specialty coffee house with this type of an experience. We built this for the community. We built this for everyone to enjoy.” Bago said that Premier Café is focused on what goes into every mug and on every plate. “Everybody loves a good cup of coffee. In today’s day and age, the vision of having coffee while reading a newspaper and spending time with loved ones has long been replaced with the ‘world runs on coffee’ adage,” Bago said. “Easily enough, we find it very difficult to find a good cup of coffee that is outside of the massively overproduced, processed version of [major chains and franchises]. They are great business models, but it’s not the coffee that comes first.”

Premier Café owners Dr. Vincent Apicella and Dr. Mariaclara Bago.

The owners invite the community to come in and sample one of the Panther Coffee products with a pastry.

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(Left) Premier Café manager Ryan Mackman, lead barista Diego Baner, Dr. Vincent Apicella, Mikayla Apicella, Dr. Mariaclara Bago and barista Donald Nicolo.

The shop is offering classic coffee drinks using the Panther Coffee bean to provide the experience. There is a nitro cold brew that is featured at the shop providing a fresh take on a coffee beverage that has become popular. From croissants to paninis and salads, the café aesthetic is all there, but special care has been taken in the ingredients used in these products.

“We built it for the experience of what healthy coffee and what healthy eating is about,” Bago explained. The café itself was inspired by the doctors’ personal experiences in Europe, particularly Spain. “On any given day during our stay, we would meet up with friends and family over coffee, reminisce over good times and the beautiful mountain views,”

Bago said. “It is this feeling of peace and relaxation that Dr. Apicella and I brought into our relationship six years ago, when we made it a point to enjoy at least 16 minutes of peace and quiet, coffee time, amidst our daily schedule of kids, patients and business.” The café is also something that will serve as an educational tool at Premier Family Health. “Some of the roles that I’m going to be playing are with regard to being able to provide educational forums, from which we can provide cooking classes and a lecture series on what it is to select healthy food options,” Bago said, explaining some of the differences between over-processed coffee and organic fair trade coffee. The newly added staff who will provide service at the café will offer the same quality service that can be found at other areas of the business.

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(Left) Dr. Vincent Apicella adds olive oil to a house-made salad with prosciutto, turkey and tomato. (Right) A Caprese salad with focaccia bread.

“We built a very experienced team, and to us, it’s no different than all the team members at Premier,” Apicella said. “They understand that their role is to not just serve someone coffee. No one here just has a defined role and job task. Their role is to make sure that you have a better sense of well-being from the time that you walked in, to the time that you leave.” Apicella and Bago entered the coffee business viewing it as a community proj-

ect to offer something different. “It’s really in alignment with every other project I’ve done,” Apicella said. “It’s there to serve the community. It’s there to provide an extraordinary sense of wellbeing, and it’s there to create jobs and support small business.” The café is a tool that the doctors want to use to support the local community, local businesses and to offer something that you will not find at another café. “That’s why this place is here. It’s

a little bit of a refuge for people to get away from stress,” Apicella said. “We have to-go cups, but we don’t want people to use them. I want people to come here and take 10 minutes out of your day. Let the rest of the world stop, enjoy the best cup of specialty coffee around and just relax.” Premier Café is located at 1037 State Road 7, Suite 118, in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 657-8019 or visit

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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 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. 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 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 India Grill & Bar is now open in Royal Plaza at 650 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. serving authentic north and

south Indian cuisine. For info., call (561) 249-7168. JoJo’s Raw Bar & Grill (13889 Wellington Trace in the Wellington Marketplace) features steaks, burgers, fresh fish and more, along with a bar stocked with 100 different beers. For info., call (561) 427-1997. Experience the tastes of the world atop a burger at Lindburgers Restaurant in the Wellington Courtyard Shops at 13860 Wellington Trace. From Florida to the Far East, Lindburgers will take you on a trip as you bite into one of its 50 famous burgers. For info., call (561) 753-0555 or visit 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 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

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 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 or call (561) 791-1535 for more info.

Stonewood Grill & Tavern in the Pointe at Wellington Green serves up exciting flavors in a casually sophisticated setting. Call (561) 784-9796 or visit for more info.

Located in the original Wellington Mall, Wellington Trace Tavern serves up American-style cuisine with a wonderful ambiance. For more info., call (561) 469-1109 or visit


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wellington | calendar Wednesday, Nov. 1 • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will feature John Cleese, Live On Stage/Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. Visit for more info. Thursday, Nov. 2 • The Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce will host a Palm Beach County Mobility Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 11:30 a.m. at the Breakers West Country Club featuring Nick Uhren, executive director of the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Dave Howard, executive director of Brightline. Visit for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Día de los Muertos for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. Make a craft and learn about the Day of the Dead. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will hold a concert featuring The Fliers with a food truck invasion on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl. gov for more info. • Wellington High School students will participate in Civics 101 on Wednesday, Nov. 1 and Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit www.wellingtonfl. gov for more info. • Wellington Regional Medical Center and Medical Specialists of the Palm Beaches will host an Open House and Health Fair on Thursday, Nov. 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 10115 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 200. Call (561) 966-7702 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writer’s Critique Workshop for adults on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, Nov. 3 • The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival

will return to the South Florida Fairgrounds from Friday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 5. For more information, visit • Ghost Tours: An Evening In The Dark will take place Friday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. at Yesteryear Village. For more information, call (561) 790-5232 or e-mail Saturday, Nov. 4 • The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County will host its 36th annual Wellington Golf Classic on Saturday, Nov. 4 starting at 7 a.m. at the Wanderers Club (1900 Aero Club Dr., Wellington). Proceeds will benefit the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club in Wellington. The morning will begin with a continental breakfast and registration, followed by scramble-style play on the golf course. Following golf, guests will enjoy a buffet meal and silent auction at the awards luncheon. For info., call (561) 683-3287 or e-mail • The Charlotte Hans 2017 Softball Challenge will be held Saturday, Nov. 4 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Wellington’s Village Park on Pierson road. For additional information, visit charlottehansfoundation. • A free Financial Wellness Seminar, sponsored by Freddie Mac and co-hosted by REACH (Real Estate, Education and Community Housing Inc.) will be held Saturday, Nov. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Renaissance Charter School at Palms West, located at 12031 Southern Blvd. There will be opportunities to meet with financial planning counselors, mortgage experts and experts in the financial field. There will also be opportunities to win prizes. To register for the event, call (561) 932-0587 or e-mail housing@ For additional information, visit • The Green Market at Wellington will be open Saturday, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., visit www. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Intro to Tennis on Saturday, Nov. 4 at

noon and 1 p.m. for ages 4 and 5, and 2 p.m. for ages 6 and 7. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Wellington will host “Class of ’87 High School Reunion” Murder Mystery Dinner Theater on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 Forest Hill Blvd.) Visit for more info. • The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will perform in the Kravis Center’s Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. Concert Hall on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. For more information, visit Tuesday, Nov. 7 • Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I will be at the Kravis Center’s Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall from Tuesday, Nov. 7 through Sunday, Nov. 12. For more information, visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tiny Tots for ages 1 and 2 on Tuesday, Nov. 7 and Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 10:30 a.m. Join in for songs and movement, books, playtime and bubbles. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Autumn Bingo for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. Create your own card and see if luck is on your side. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Wednesday, Nov. 8 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tween Gaming for ages 8 to 12 on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. Bring a friend for Wii gaming and board game fun. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Nerdy Trivia for ages 12 and up on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, Nov. 9 • The 2017 West Palm Beach Fall RV Show will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds from Thursday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 12. For more information, visit


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wellington | calendar • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Painting Pals for ages 5 to 10 on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. Use vivid watercolors and your imagination to unleash creativity. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater will hold a concert featuring a 1980s music tribute by On the Roxx, with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. Visit for more info. • The Women of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host a Philanthropic Mixer on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Wellington Trace Tavern (12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the original Wellington Mall), with toy and food drives, networking and karaoke. For more info., call (561) 792-6525 or visit www. Friday, Nov. 10 • The seventh annual Ram Rodeo will take place at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11. For more info., call (205) 7903452 or visit • Oak Bistro & Wine Bar (11051 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach) will host a special event for the United States Marine Corps birthday and its Toys for Tots annual drive on Friday, Nov. 10 from 4 to 11 p.m. Oak Bistro will be trading beer from Honor Brewing Company in exchange for new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots drive. Marines will be on site to receive donations. For more info., call (561) 753-6217 or visit • Enjoy the enchanting Holiday Ice Palace, visit with Santa and more starting Friday, Nov. 10 at the Mall at Wellington Green, with Santa’s Arrival and Pajama Party on Friday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. For more info., visit • The Wellington Community Foundation will host its annual Red, White & Blue Jeans “Salute to Wellington Heroes” Veterans Day event on Friday, Nov. 10 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Wellington National Golf Club (400 Binks Forest Drive, Wellington). Tickets are $85 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Call (561) 333-9843 to RSVP.

Saturday, Nov. 11 • The Florida Gun & Knife Show returns to the South Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 12. For info., visit • Wellington will hold its annual Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Wellington Veterans Memorial. The parade will begin at 8:15 a.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex and head down Forest Hill Blvd. to South Shore Blvd. The ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Wellington Veterans Memorial, immediately following the parade. For more info., visit • The Green Market at Wellington will be open Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., visit • The Wellington High School Mighty Wolverine Sound symphonic and jazz bands will perform “A Salute to Veterans Concert” to honor and thank service men and women on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. in the Wellington High School theater at 2101 Greenview Shores Blvd. Admission is free to the public. For more info., call the school at (561) 795-4900. • The St. David’s in-the-Pines Episcopal Church Women will hold their Fall Luncheon and Fashion Show on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Breakers West Country Club from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fashions will be provided by Dress Barn. Tickets are $45 per person. For more information, call Nancy Schroeder at (561) 792-0244 or e-mail schroeder.nancy@gmail. com by Tuesday, Nov. 7. Proceeds will benefit community and parish projects. Monday, Nov. 13 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Chess Club for Adults on Monday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Practice strategy skills with other players. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, Nov. 14 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive)

will host Families Reading Together featuring The Peace Book by Todd Parr for ages 2 to 6 on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. Reading as a family is an important bonding experience. Join in for familyfilled stories, songs and a craft. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Medicare 101 on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) will give an overview of all Medicare options. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Visit for info. Wednesday, Nov. 15 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will hold its Farm City Economic Luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For more information, visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Anime Nation for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. View new anime titles. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Book & Film Discussion featuring The Hours by Michael Cunningham for adults on Wednesdays, Nov. 15 and Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, Nov. 16 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Turkey Time for ages 5 to 10 on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. Create festive Thanksgivinginspired crafts. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater will hold a concert featuring 1980s music tribute by The Guitar Legends, with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. Visit for info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Picture Book Art for adults on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Choose from one to four sta-


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tions to create your own artwork inspired by a famous children’s picture book. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, Nov. 17 • Craft, Draft and Delights will be held Friday, Nov. 17 through Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Wellington Amphitheater with more than 100 craft spirits, food, arts and crafts, and live entertainment. Visit www. for more info. Saturday, Nov. 18 • The Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show will celebrate its 51st annual show at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, Nov. 18 and Sunday, Nov. 19. For more information, visit www.facebook. com/gemandmineralsocietyofthepalmbeaches. • Royal Palm Beach’s 16th annual Fall Fantasy Craft Show will be held Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Veterans Park. Interested crafters can pick up an application at the Commons Park Sporting Center (11600 Poinciana Blvd.) or call (561) 753-1232. The deadline to sign up is Friday, Nov. 10. • The Green Market at Wellington will be open Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., visit • Your Bosom Buddies II breast cancer support group will host an Education, Fitness & Fun health and wellness event on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the original Wellington Mall (12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit www.yourbosombuddies2. org for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Bright Lights, Big City for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. Do you love the hustle and bustle of life in the big city? Visit the city lights with stories, songs and a craft. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Tuesday, Nov. 21 • The Book of Mormon will be at the Kravis Center’s Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. Concert Hall from Tuesday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 26. For more information, visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Giving Thanks for ages 4 to 10 on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. Celebrate Thanksgiving by creating a special turkey and showing what you’re thankful for. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Tuesday, Nov. 28 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Wonders of the Night Sky: Telescope Viewing Session for adults on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. Join the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches and learn about constellations as you stargaze from sunset to 8:30 p.m. outside, if the skies are clear. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Visit for info.

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Wellington Cares Luncheon — Wellington Cares, a nonprofit organization supporting seniors in the community, held its annual luncheon Friday, Oct. 6 at the Wanderers Club. The event thanked supporters and featured a presentation by Dr. Leonard Hock Jr., chief medical officer of TrustBridge Palliative Care. Shown above are Cindy Maurer, Dayana Rooks and Dr. Leonard Hock Jr. of TrustBridge with Wellington Cares founder Kathy Foster.

St. Michael Pet Blessing — The ninth annual “Paws for a Blessing” was held Sunday, Oct. 1 at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Wellington. People brought their pets, mostly dogs, for a blessing, but there was also a gerbil and a bird in need of spiritual support. Pet food was donated to Big Dog Ranch Rescue. Shown above are Sherry and Darell Bowen with Stella, who is getting a blessing from Rev. Sally Cook.

Pumpkins At St. Peter’s — St. Peter’s United Methodist Church welcomed the Wellington Garden Club to its pumpkin patch on Saturday, Oct. 14. Family and friends interacted with the church leaders and club leaders in the pumpkin patch and at a craft tent set up by the garden club. Shown above are the Wellington Garden Club’s John Siena, Jordan Neltner, Kathy Siena, Kathy Schneider and Madison Neltner.

“Beauty And The Beast” Ballet — The Wellington Ballet Theatre presented “Beauty and the Beast” on Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 24 at Wellington High School. The show was choreographed by the theatre’s Melissa Waters, with artistic direction by Rocky Duvall and scenes designed by Chris Gay. Shown above, the ballet’s cast gathers together for a group photo.

Halloween Pawty — Amber’s Animal Outreach held its second annual “Halloween Pawty” on Saturday, Oct. 21 at All Paws Animal Clinic in Royal Palm Beach. Those in attendance took part in a costume contest with their pets. There were also photos, face painting, snacks, dog adoptions, music, vendors and raffle prizes to enjoy. For more info., visit


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