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WELLINGTON Bringing You The Best Of Wellington Since 2004


volume 16, number 8 August 2019

executive editor

Joshua I. Manning


Dawn Rivera

senior graphic designer Stephanie Rodriguez

graphic designers

Nancy Pobiak Yolanda Cernicky

account managers

Betty Buglio Evie Edwards Joetta Palumbo


Jill Kaskel Carol Lieberman

photography Abner Pedraza


Matthew Auerbach Meredith Burow Gina M. Capone Denise Fleischman Robin Hansel Melanie Kopacz Mike May Melanie Otero Callie Sharkey M. Dennis Taylor Y.A. Teitelbaum Deborah Welky

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august 2019 | wellington the magazine

publisher’s | message

Time For Wellington Youth To Head Back To School If it’s August, it must be time for students young and old to head back to school. That’s our focus here at Wellington The Magazine this issue, as we look at some of the great things going on with our local youth. On our cover this month, we celebrate the Village of Wellington’s recent victory in the Palm Health Foundation’s “Let’s Move: Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge.” Wellington, with help from its youth and a wide array of community organizations, logged an astounding 12,849,676 minutes of physical activity during the month of March. On our back-to-school theme, we profile Wellington Landings Middle School fine arts teacher Karen Epstein, who was recently awarded the William T. Dwyer Award for Excellence in Education as the top teacher in the Career Education category for 2019. We also visit New Horizons Elementary School to learn more about its innovative Dual Language International Spanish Academy program, where students learn to become fully bilingual. Synchronized ice skating is growing in popularity across the nation, and that includes here in South Florida, where coach Debra Fertig leads a vibrant team that practices intricate routines at the Palm Beach Skate Zone. Learn more about it in this month’s issue. We also salute the local schools that have come together to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, including Wellington’s Elbridge Gale Elementary School, which took this year’s top fundraising honor. The Arc of Palm Beach County, also featured this month, has been providing crucial services for people with disabilities since 1958, recently winning several awards. This month’s Wellington Professional feature profiles longtime insurance expert Keith Jordano of the Jordano Insurance Group, which has recently expanded its product offerings. Our Team Wellington series continues with a look at the village’s Customer Service Department, which annually handles 43,000 phone calls and assists 33,000 visitors. Wellington Real Estate chats with Paris Lynn Addington of Bowen Realty, while Wellington Health features Dr. Emily Harrison, who uses technology to provide a more personal approach. Wellington Home tours a picturesque, five-acre estate in the peaceful, gated equestrian community of Homeland featuring a modern, luxurious design. Finally, Wellington Table samples the sweet treats available at Whit’s Frozen Custard, which opened recently in the Courtyard Shops. With our warm Wellington summer coming to an end, we look forward to the more temperate days of fall, and the annual return of Our Wellington, featured in September’s issue of Wellington The Magazine.

Dawn Rivera Dawn Rivera, Publisher


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Wellington The Magazine August 2019  

ON THE COVER Participation from local youth helped Wellington take first place in the 2019 Let’s Move challenge sponsored by the Palm Healt...

Wellington The Magazine August 2019  

ON THE COVER Participation from local youth helped Wellington take first place in the 2019 Let’s Move challenge sponsored by the Palm Healt...