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One of the best things about holiday parties is the time spent laughing and playing those traditional festive games. Some are timeless traditions that both young and old can join in on, and some are newer and more of a challenge. We have gathered a few of our staff favorites to share with you.


HAUTE FOR SEASON: WELLINGTON’S FASHION BOUTIQUES HAVE WHAT YOU NEED Whatever the occasion, Wellington’s unique boutiques have you covered this season. Wellington The Magazine visited five of our favorite places for expert style advice, avant-garde accessories and adorable children’s clothing. Enjoy the varied selections from these fashion-forward clothiers.



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While many younger sisters might not want to follow in their brother’s footsteps,Wellington High School junior Sarah Clein relishes the job of taking over the responsibility of the local nonprofit Bricks Busting Boredom founded by her sibling Daniel Clein. BY M. DENNIS TAYLOR


PILATES ROCKS CELEBRATES A DECADE OF KEEPING WELLINGTON RESIDENTS FIT There are many ways to get fit and stay active. If you’re looking for something unique, try Pilates, which complements every activity in your life. Pilates Rocks has been providing this unique exercise and fitness routine to residents of Wellington for the past 10 years. BY MIKE MAY


URBAN AIR ADVENTURE PARK OFFERS ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Families face many challenges when it comes to finding activities that everyone can enjoy while getting some good, oldfashioned exercise. How does exercise compete with today’s digital distractions? The new Urban Air Adventure Park offers a solution right here in Wellington. BY CALLIE SHARKEY


BINKS FOREST ELEMENTARY PROMOTES KINDNESS BY INSTALLING A BUDDY BENCH After nearly a half-century in law enforcement, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Michael Gauger has seen more bullies than he cares to remember. That’s why Gauger and his wife Phyllis came to Binks Forest Elementary School to present the school with a Buddy Bench they donated.


OLYMPIC DRESSAGE HOPEFUL SUPPORTS YOUTH AT THE LOCAL BOYS & GIRLS CLUB Dressage phenom Juan Matute Guimón has witnessed many changes over the past year, as he lives with one foot firmly planted in Wellington and the other in Madrid, Spain. Despite his busy schedule, he is determined to stay rooted locally by continuing to help the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club.

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Model Elle Wohlert on the veranda outside Piatto Bravo. Styling and dress by La Casa Hermosa. PHOTO BY ABNER PEDRAZA

Departments WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE 18 20 22 24 26

Garden Club Unveils Blue Star Memorial At Vets Day Ceremony WCF Raises Over $100,000 To Help Seniors, Children & Veterans Crowd Enjoys Murder Mystery Dinner Theater In Wellington B&G Club Raises More Than $37,000 At Wellington Golf Classic Benefit Show At St. Rita Church Features Entertainer Jimmy Keys

70 TEAM WELLINGTON An important part of Wellington’s atmosphere is the amount of green space and trees found in the community. The landscaping team is key to setting the tone, from the moment one drives past the first Village of Wellington welcome sign. BY CALLIE SHARKEY

81 WELLINGTON TABLE A passion for flavor with a modern twist on traditional Indian food is the promise of the newly opened Raja Indian Cuisine & Bar, located inside the original Wellington Mall. BY MELANIE KOPACZ



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volume 16, number 12 DECEMBER 2019


executive editor Joshua I. Manning

Chances are this holiday season, you either will be throwing a party or going to one or two.We love December because of all the holiday happenings. It is the time of year you get to see many friends and family from both near and far. It’s a time to get together and celebrate with delicious family recipes, singing holiday songs or taking long strolls after that must-have dessert. But one of the best things about holiday parties is the time spent laughing and playing those traditional, festive games. We have gathered a few of our staff’s favorites to share with you.Who knows? Maybe some of these will become your family tradition for years to come. In our Haute for Season feature, Wellington The Magazine visited several area boutiques to bring you the latest fashionable looks. Enjoy the varied selections from fashion-forward clothiers the Mixed Bag, Backstreet Fashions, Tyler Brooke, She’s the One and the Red Balloon. Looking for a great way to get fit this season? Give Pilates a try. Pilates Rocks has been providing this unique exercise routine to residents of Wellington for the past 10 years. If you’re looking for more of a family-friendly option, we visited the new Urban Air Adventure Park, which offers indoor thrills for young and old alike. Also this issue, we profile Bricks Busting Boredom, which uses Lego bricks to help kids in need. Founded by Daniel Clein, the local nonprofit is now run by his sister Sarah.We also learn about the Buddy Ambassador program, which recently installed a Buddy Bench at Binks Forest Elementary School thanks to support from Wellington residents Michael and Phyllis Gauger. And finally, we profile dressage star Juan Matute Guimón, who doesn’t let his busy schedule get in the way of supporting the local Boys & Girls Club. Our Team Wellington series concludes this month with a look at the landscaping team that works hard to keep the village looking its best.Wellington Professional chats with John Natale of Palm Beach Aquatics, a leader in lake and wetland restoration, while Wellington Real Estate profiles Andrew Burr of Coldwell Banker. Wellington Health visits the newly rebranded Integrity Dental to speak with Dr. Kshitji Kapoor and Dr.Tanmya Ravi. Finally,Wellington Table samples the delectable delights at the newly opened Raja Indian Cuisine & Bar inside the original Wellington Mall. As we go to press with our last issue of our 16th year, we take a moment to thank all of our loyal advertisers, readers and the Wellington community for all of your support.We send well wishes to everyone and hope for peace and joy during the holidays and throughout the upcoming year. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from all of us here at Wellington The Magazine!

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Dawn Rivera, Publisher

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graphic designers Nancy Pobiak Yolanda Cernicky

account managers Betty Buglio Evie Edwards Lynda Linforth Joetta Palumbo


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Garden Club Unveils Blue Star Memorial At Vets Day Ceremony Wellington held its annual Veterans Day observance with a parade and ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11. Also at the event, the Wellington Garden Club sponsored the placement of a Blue Star Memorial, unveiling it to the public at the end of the service at the Wellington Veterans Memorial.

(Left to right) Veterans in attendance at the ceremony gather for a group photo; Barbara May and Carol Coleman reveal the Wellington Garden Club’s new Blue Star Memorial; Members of the American Legion Post 390 walk in the parade; and the Small and Portilla families enjoy the parade.

(Left to right) Mayor Anne Gerwig and Bob Nappi stand to honor the U.S. Merchant Marines; John Isola, Vice Mayor Michael Napoleone and Mike Pancia lay the U.S. Navy wreath; Councilwoman Tanya Siskind lays the U.S. Marines wreath with Henry Tocci and Jorge Perez; and Councilman Michael Drahos and Jim Napuli stand with Ernie Zimmerman and his granddaughters at the POW/MIA wreath.

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WCF Raises Over $100,000 To Help Seniors, Children & Veterans The Wellington Community Foundation held its fourth annual Red,White & Blue Jeans “A Salute To Our Heroes” event on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Wellington National Golf Club. The night was all about breaking records, with more than 220 guests in attendance and more than $100,000 raised.The foundation’s board of directors, along with community partners and members of the community, came together for dinner, dancing and philanthropy.

(Left to right) Maureen Gross, Maggie Zeller, Allyson Samiljan, Hope Barron and Julie Tannehill; Mickey Smith and Tom Wenham in patriotic attire; Mike Graves and Bruce White of supporter Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers with Mickey Smith and Barry Manning; and Joanna Boynton, Bobby Ewing, Mayor Anne Gerwig, Councilman John McGovern, Mickey Smith and Mary Lou Bedford.

(Left to right) Pam Tahan with Robert and Robbin Lee; Carla Neumann, Andrea Enterlein, Maria Becker, Charlene Bishop, Ana Baez and Jennifer Bailey; Tom and Regis Wenham with dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studios; and veterans in attendance at the event are honored for their service.

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Crowd Enjoys Murder Mystery Dinner Theater In Wellington Wellington’s popular murder mystery dinner theater returned to the Wellington Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 2.With the theme “Murder at the Greatest Show on Earth,” the sold-out event hosted 200 guests, who were treated to an original show by Standing Room Only Productions, along with dinner, music, costume contests and more.

(Left to right) Winning team “Wellington’s Finest” with the guilty suspects; Christian and Heather Rollins with Standing Room Only CEO Cathy Rollins; Michelle Garvey and Eric Juckett of Wellington’s Parks & Recreation Department; and Katie and Jeremy Colt are on target with a couple’s costume.

(Left to right) Cheryl and John Lamey enjoy clowning around; Chrissy and Gus Arnold in costume; Detective Head (C. Todd Vittum) with guilty suspects Madam Morticia and Hormonia Heywire; and Joe and Tricia Conlon, Janet Walters and Debbie Schatz get ready for the photo booth.

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B&G Club Raises More Than $37,000 At Wellington Golf Classic The Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington hosted its annual Wellington Golf Classic on Friday, Nov. 1 at the Wanderers Club. In its 38th year, this exciting event encompassed 128 golfers for a day of golf, on course games, live auction and awards reception raising more than $37,000. Committee members included Todd Barron, Elliot Bonner, Michael Ferraro, John Hornberger, Ray Mooney, Mickey Smith, Max Westerman and Meghan Whitten.

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Holiday Traditions Spoons Chances are that this holiday season you either will be throwing a party or going to one or two. We love December because of all the holiday happenings. It is the time of year when you get to see many friends and family, both near and far. It’s a time to get together and celebrate with delicious family recipes, singing holiday songs or taking long strolls after that “must-have” dessert. But one of the best things about holiday parties is the time spent laughing and playing those traditional festive games. Some are timeless traditions that both young and old can join in on, and some are newer and more of a challenge, but take the time to teach grandma and grandpa, making the memories all that more memorable. We have gathered a few of our staff favorites to share with you. Who knows? Maybe some of these will become your family tradition for years to come. Happy Holidays!

Players: Up to 13 players (1 suit per player) Required:Table and chairs, deck of playing cards, spoons How to play: Shuffle deck and deal players four cards each. Place one less number of spoons to players in the center. The object is to collect four of a kind by passing one unwanted card to the player’s left. When someone gets four of a kind, they take a spoon, and the loser is the one who is not fast enough to grab a spoon.

Pin The Nose On Rudolph

Players: Unlimited Required: Large picture of Rudolph, a wall, red noses and blindfolds How to play: Mount the picture on the wall. Blindfold each player and give them a red nose to attach to the picture. The winner is the one closest to the proper place.

Spin The Dreidel

Players: Unlimited Required: Dreidel, 10 to 15 game pieces per person (traditionally pennies, nuts, gold coins, etc.)

How to play: Every participant puts one game piece into the center “pot.” In addition, every time the pot is empty, or has only one game piece left, every player should put one in the pot. Player spins the dreidel once. Depending on the side it lands on, you give or get game pieces from the pot.The winner is the player with all of the game pieces. 28 december 2019 | wellington the magazine

White Elephant Players: Unlimited Required: One wrapped gift per person How to play: Each person brings a wrapped gift of a predetermined value. Each player takes a number from a hat. The number they pull determines the order of play. Number 1 picks a gift and unwraps it. Number 2 can either choose another gift or take Number 1’s gift, and Number 1 gets to pick again. The game continues until all numbers have picked a gift.

Coin Towers Players: Unlimited Required: Gold-wrapped chocolate coins, bouncy balls, floor space How to play: Each player builds a tower of chocolate coins and then rolls a bouncy ball into the tower. The winner is the one who has the most coins still standing.

Christmas Bingo Players: Unlimited Required: Bingo sheets with holiday items, pens and a bingo caller How to play: Each player has a card, and when the caller calls out a picture, the player marks it off.The winner is the first person to mark off all pictures on their card. wellington the magazine | december 2019


Family Fun & Games

Holiday Traditions Kissing Under The Mistletoe

Participants:Two Required:Two willing participants and hanging mistletoe

How To Play: Wait for your favorite person to walk underneath the mistletoe, smile and point overhead, indicating a kiss is warranted. This has long been a Christmas icebreaker for many adults wanting to steal a kiss from someone they admire.

Florida Monopoly Players:Two to eight Required: Florida Monopoly board game How to play: Traditional Monopoly showcasing various places found all over the State of Florida. Search for it in stores or online!

Christmas Pong Players: Unlimited Required:Table, green and red drink cups, ping-pong balls, small toys/treats How to play:Arrange cups in shape of a Christmas tree at one end of a table. Put little gifts in the bottom of each cup. Each player throws a ping-pong ball with the objective of dropping it into a cup and then taking the prize and throwing again.The winner is the player with the most prizes. wellington the magazine | december 2019


Haute for season The Mixed Bag

Where Girls Of All Ages Love To Shop

The Mixed Bag began as a vendor at horse shows up and down the East Coast about 20 years ago. The owners, Jonatha Gorin and her daughter Tracey Gorin-Byrne, would load up their horse trailer with horses, along with ladies clothing and accessories, to sell in vendor spaces at the shows they participated in from Vermont to Florida, ultimately ending up at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington for 12 years. Over the years, a brick and mortar store was opened in Mystic, Conn., as well as in Jupiter. This allowed them to carry an even wider variety of lines. Five years ago, the Mixed Bag stopped being a vendor at WEF and opened the Wellington store, located in the Wellington Marketplace. “We love Wellington and knew it would be a natural fit,” Jonatha Gorin said. Clients come in to see what’s new, be it clothing, accessories or gifts. “We are known for our wide assortment of apparel and accessories, which are stylish, versatile and affordable,” Gorin continued. “Appealing to all ages, we offer Jude Connally and Gretchen Scott and Saint James for the more mature tastes, and Bella Dahl, Elan and Olivaceous for our younger clients, to name just a few.” The Mixed Bag is a true shopping destination. “The majority of our shoppers don’t leave empty-handed and return often,” Gorin said. “We have a wonderful variety of accessories, including lovely silk scarves, trendy jewelry and smart handbags. Some great fashion footwear is coming soon. And gifts, lots of gifts for the animal lover, great hostess gifts and fun girlfriend gifts. Husbands and male friends love to give our gift certificates all beautifully wrapped.” Most recently, the Mixed Bag added infant and toddler items through age six, including apparel, accessories and gifts, because Tracey Gorin-Byrne just became a mother herself. 13889 Wellington Trace, Suite A-13 Wellington, FL 33414 (561) 795-8976

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A Mud Pie fringe natural clutch with an earthy feel and a Bohemian vibe. It’s comfortable to carry with ample room and makes a great addition to any wardrobe. It can be partnered with casual as well as sleek designs.

Haute for season

Wherever the event or whatever the occasion, Wellington’s unique boutiques have you covered this season. Wellington The Magazine visited five of our favorite places for expert style advice, avant-garde accessories and adorable children’s clothing. Enjoy the varied selections from these fashion-forward clothiers.

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Backstreet Fashions Boutique Clothing For The Stylish Woman

A 100 percent cotton tank top.

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Rayon/ Spandex legging.

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Backstreet Fashions is a privately owned store that has been around for more than 30 years with three locations in the South Florida area. The store prides itself on excellent customer service and getting to know its customers. That includes getting to know what you like to wear, and they can even call you when new merchandise arrives that fits your look. Backstreet Fashions receives new merchandise every day, so the stock is always fresh. The store caters to women who want to look fashionable, trendy and stylish every day. You’ll also find an assortment of holiday and special occasion pieces, along with one-of-a-kind pieces that you won’t find in the big department stores and malls. Can’t find your size? Backstreet Fashions can get it for you in size that range from 0-16 and XSXXL, along with 1X-2X. In addition, the store sells handbags, jewelry and novelty items. Prices range from $29.50 to $110.50, so stop in soon and say hello. 2605 State Road 7, Suite A-430 Wellington, FL 33414 (561) 847-4167

Tyler Brooke His Shirt, Her blouse Tyler Brooke, located in the Mall at Wellington Green, has a very unique concept. “We have created a retail experience for both men and women,” owner Henry Mosely explained. “It is the only place like it in the area to make shopping fun again. At Tyler Brooke, we encourage the client to do a fitting with us to help customize the proper attire for that event or need.” Tyler Brooke has several price points in place. Items start as low as $50 up to $300, depending on what the client is looking for. “Men and women can purchase merchandise at Tyler Brooke,” Mosely said. “Some of our featured designers are Lilly Pulitzer, Robert Graham for men and women, Liverpool for men and women, Eight-X fashion shirts and our newest designer, Luchiano Visconti.” Tyer Brooke also offers personal styling and consulting needs. In the future, the store plans to offer more concierge services for those clients who just cannot get away. 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 226 Wellington, FL 33414 (561) 281-9522

A red beaded necklace to add a pop of color.

Black and white Milano flats with a buckle design across the front, with the clutch purse to match.

An ice white dress with a lace overlay by Lilly Pulitzer.

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Haute for season This beautiful faux fur bomber jacket can be worn easily over a T-shirt and jeans or a great little black dress, you decide!

This suede black evening clutch is adorned with a twisted scarf and chain. It’s also available in red for a perfect holiday pop of color!

This jet black classic mid-rise skinny jeans is by Principle Denim.

She’s The One Unique & Upscale Clothing And Accessory Boutique She’s The One is an upscale women’s clothing boutique established in 1987. “The experience that we’d like to present to our clients is one of personalized service foremost, from the moment you enter our beautiful boutiques, the vibe will be friendly, comfortable and eclectic in style,” owner Ellen Onofrietto explained. “Our mission is to style our beautiful clients from desk to a dinner out — effortlessly. Our price range here is for everyone’s pocketbook.” The store carries beautiful accessories, jewelry and handbags, starting at $30. “Our girl can also find an amazing imported lambskin leather jacket for $500,” Onofrietto added. “The variety is endless. She’s The One is a true ‘crossover’ boutique.” By that, she means any generation can find something that they will fall in love with. *We also offer one-on-one personalized styling instore if needed, or by appointment,” Onofrietto said. Marketplace at Wycliffe 4095 State Road 7, Suite R Lake Worth, FL 33449 (561) 965-3111

This flirty and fun vegan leather, rhinestone-embellished leopard print clutch can go anywhere!

These denim blue resin octagon hoop earrings are light as a feather!

This Cartier-inspired bangle comes in double or triple bands. Beautiful and comfortable, it fits all sizes.

This crushed velvet stretch multi-colored button-up blouse by Sno Skins can be worn as a top or layered as a jacket.

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The Red Balloon Current Trends To Designer Labels

Beautiful Stories from Anthropologie camo print, embroidered and embellished. Size M. Retail: $139. Red Balloon Price: $54.99.

The Red Balloon sells fashion accessories and clothing items for as little as one-sixth their original price. From size 00 to petites to curvy plus sizes, there’s an ever-changing mix of like-new to mint condition casual wear, workout wear and career wear, on up to cocktail and evening wear. In business for 42 years at the West Palm Beach location, and 10 years at the Wellington location, the two outlets feature current trends to high-end designer labels and styles with a splash of on-trend vintage and designer vintage for true fashionistas. “We’re just a mom-and-pop, locally owned consignment store, where we don’t even make all the money that is sold every day,” owner Pat Snayd explained. “We do it because we really appreciate our loyal shoppers and consignors and love to give back as we can to them.” The store is seasonal and follows the fashion cycle seasons. Forever 21 Burgundy “Yes, even in Florida, we want change. Spring is February 3/4 sleeve turtle neck, crop top. Size: Jr M. to April, summer is May through August or September, fall Red Balloon Price: $5.99. is October and November, and winter is December and January,” Snayd said. “Our vibe is a friendly, modern, clean, fashion-first, resale-rocks shopping experience. We have amazing staff if you’d like someone to help. If you just like to get lost in resale-therapy, we have plenty of space and items to allow for that.” The Red Balloon takes in hundreds of items daily, Monday through Friday and gets them out onto the floor quickly. “Our price ranges are very reasonable. We are typically one-fifth to one-sixth of retail, depending on various details,” Snayd said. “Items still selling new in stores may be priced about one-half to one-third of retail. You can find a cute, trendy top for $4.99 to $13.99 or a sought-after designer top for $24.99 to $49.99.” The store is a must stop for favorite accessories. “We get tons of handbags, both regular trend to high-end,” Snayd said. Follow the Red Balloon on Instagram to be the first to see new designer items that are coming in daily. “First picks and designer items are in their own department, which is about one-quarter of our store,” she said. “The whole store is kept neat, clean and tidy.” Customers can hold items in store or on social media. There is also a loyalty program, fun and innovative sales and in-store promotions and giveaways. 9120 Forest Hill Blvd. Wellington, FL 33414 (561) 333-2515

Haute for season

Chloé burgundy wine patent leather hobo bag, mint condition. Retail: $1,760. Red Balloon Price: $529.99.

Sneak Peek skinny leg, ripped. Size 11. Retail: $40. Red Balloon Price: $17.99.

As you can see, Wellington’s style bar has been set high for the upcoming season. So, be sure to visit these local fashion leaders and get yourself ready for all the fun times ahead!

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Bricks Busting Boredom Uses A Ubiquitous Toy To Help Kids In Need

Lego Love


While many younger sisters might not want to follow in their brother’s footsteps, Wellington High School junior Sarah Clein relishes the job of taking over the responsibility of the local nonprofit Bricks Busting Boredom founded by her sibling Daniel Clein. To date, the nonprofit has redistrib-

Sarah and Jonathan Clein with donated Lego bricks.

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uted more than 2,500 pounds of Lego bricks and given away hundreds of new sets to seriously ill children. Sarah, not yet driving, nonetheless manages to provide public relations for the project and goes with her mother, Deborah Clein, all over the county collecting Legos and then delivering them

to children in hospitals and shelters. Since 2017, when Daniel headed off to college, she has organized Lego parties, where younger brother Jonathan Clein, 13 and heir to the organization, helps out and is known to dress as a Lego man to distribute the famous toys to children.

“It allows kids to really let their imaginations run wild. I see kids sit down, and they have a bunch of Legos, they’re playing with them and they already have a plan in their heads.” — Sarah Clein

(Below) Sarah Clein with her younger brother Jonathan, who is dressed as a Lego man.

“My mother and I work together to do public relations and all the footwork to pick up Legos,” Sarah said. “We try and get the word out so that people who have Legos know to bring them to the many different drop-off locations we have set up around the county.” Even people who have not had children are likely familiar with the worldfamous Lego brand of little plastic bricks that can be connected to assemble objects such as buildings, vehicles, even working robots, then disassembled and the pieces used to make something else. They are immensely popular with children worldwide and are so ubiquitous that marketing experts have named them Brand Finance’s “World’s Most Powerful Brand.” Lego bricks are durable, don’t wear out easily with repeated coupling and disassembly, and can be sanitized for new users. Patented in 1958, the modern Lego brick design has roots in the woodworking facility of a Danish carpenter. Invented in the workshop of Oleg Kirk Christiansen, Legos evolved in the 1930s and 1940s from wooden toys, becoming what we would recognize as modern Legos in 1949. The toys earned their name based upon the first two letters of the words leg godt, which means “play well” in Danish.

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“We provide sets to children’s hospitals... Everyone we interact with gets a set of Legos that they can take home with them.” — Deborah Clein

Jonathan Clein dressed as a Lego man.

During the ensuing decades, many have noticed how involved children and adults can become building with the tiny bricks. Sarah noted that working with them has a therapeutic effect. “It allows kids to really let their imaginations run wild,” she explained. “I see kids sit down, and they have a bunch of Legos, they’re playing with them and they already have a plan in their heads. They make cars and buildings. They make things I never would have thought of. The kids will sit there for hours; you see them, their mind is working, their eyes light up. It distracts them from everything else that is going on in their lives. It’s adorable.” Bricks Busting Boredom has grown rapidly since Daniel started it in 2015 after visiting his cousin in the hospital and learning of how useful Lego bricks

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and Lego sets can be for young patients. “We have fundraisers and accept donations to buy new Lego sets,” Deborah said. “Some hospitals will only let us donate new, unopened toys in the box.” A safety precaution, perhaps, but Legos can be thoroughly cleaned and passed down. They are virtually indestructible, as any parent knows who has ever stepped on an errant brick. How indestructible? The company reports it would take 950 pounds of force to crush a single brick. That equates to being at the bottom of a tower 375,000 bricks high. With approximately 180 bricks to the pound, a recent trip this summer to New York delivered 400 pounds to severely ill children at Camp Simcha. “We heard about a camp for sick kids that had a Lego room,” Sarah said. “It was all decorated for playing with Legos with nicely painted walls and a good floor surface. It just needed Legos, so a volunteer drove our donation of 400 pounds of Legos up in a truck and delivered them to the camp.” Begun as a project by Daniel, Sarah took over two years later and Jonathan is set to take over when she graduates. The consistent factor through the various siblings’ tenure has been Deborah, who provides tireless support to her children. “We provide sets to children’s hos-

pitals like Palm Beach, Palms West and Joe DiMaggio, as well as Quantum House,” she said. “Everyone we interact with gets a set of Legos that they can take home with them.” Once focused on Palm Beach County, the nonprofit is growing. “We are currently working with Kindness Matters 365,” Sarah said. “We’re picking up at different schools around Florida, and we have plans to continue to grow outside of Florida.” In the future, they may even have support from the company itself. “Recently, we found out that the Lego company has started a Lego Replay program, collecting used Legos, cleaning them and sending them to different organizations,” Sarah said. “We asked to be part of the program, and they said right now they’re just getting on their feet with it, but they will consider us in the future. We would love to work with the Lego company.” In other future plans, she also wants to donate to more hospitals in and around Florida, along with women’s shelters and homeless shelters. “Anywhere we see a need for Legos, we want those people to be able to have the opportunity to use the Legos,” Sarah said. Of course, the entire program runs on donations. “I just want to let people know if they have Legos, please donate them, and we will put them in the hands of kids who can really use them,” Sarah said. For information about Bricks Busting Boredom, including how to donate, call (954) 682-3816 or visit www. To see the group in action, visit www.facebook. com/BricksBustingBoredom.

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Pilates Rocks Celebrates A Decade Of Keeping Wellington Residents Fit

Balance Flexibility


There are many ways to get fit and stay active in Wellington. If you are inspired to perspire, popular outlets for an active lifestyle include walking, running, biking, swimming, tennis, golf, playing team sports or horseback riding. If you’re looking for something more unique, add Pilates to your list of fitness activities because Pilates complements every activity in your life. Pilates Rocks, located at 3460 Fairlane Farms Road, has been providing this unique exercise and fitness routine to residents of Wellington and beyond for the past 10 years. Under the leadership and direction of co-owners Elissa Salzman and Laura Minucci, it has been a great first decade for Pilates Rocks with another exciting, perspiration-filled, calorie-burning, core-building decade to come. The co-owners come from different backgrounds. Salzman is a longtime equestrian, while Minucci is a trained physical therapist. Prominent professional athletes in all sports are now doing Pilates, Salzman noted. Among them are global soccer legend David Beckham and NBA superstar LeBron James. Locally, a large number of people involved in Wellington’s world-class equestrian scene are active members at Pilates Rocks. “Our membership includes so many jumpers and a large number of dressage riders,” Salzman said. Minucci added that veterinarians,

Laura Minucci and Elissa Salzman are the owners of Pilates Rocks.

groomers, trainers and horse owners also enjoy their Pilates classes. “Once the word spreads around a barn about Pilates, everybody decides to do it,” she said.

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industry is an important part of our business,” Salzman said. What’s so appealing about Pilates is that it works on and improves many parts of your body — your back, knees, shoulders, arms and especially your core. “Every type of movement comes from the core. In Pilates, we want you to feel as if your belly button is kissing your spine,” Salzman explained. “With Pilates, you will improve your core, as well as your balance, flexibility, strength and awareness. Pilates also helps your breathing.” How does Pilates improve your awareness? “It shows you where parts of your body are moving from when

you exercise,” said Salzman, a New York City native who has lived in Wellington for the past 12 years. Pilates is just as much a mental exercise as it is a physical workout. “You have to concentrate and think at Pilates,” Salzman said. There are generally two types of Pilates — classical and contemporary. At Pilates Rocks, they include the attractive elements of both versions. “We have stayed true to the Pilates principles, but we continue to add new, modern equipment to our studios,” Minucci emphasized. Back in 2009, Pilates Rocks had one studio. In 2013, the business expanded by adding a second studio, which was

Pilates Rocks provides a unique exercise and stretching regimen designed to improve core strength.

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necessary to accommodate high demand. Another benefit of Pilates is that it helps with bone density. “With Pilates, my bone density gets better every year,” said Salzman, now 74 years old. This is especially important for equestrian jumpers when their bodies are constantly moving on the back of a horse as it leaps over one obstacle after another. Some of the well-known equestrians who have spent time at Pilates Rocks are jumpers Laura Kraut, Lauren Hough, Chris McCrea, Eric Lamaze and Andrew Bourns, as well as dressage riders Susie Dutta, Ashley Holzer and Todd Flettrich.

Membership at Pilates Rocks numbers roughly 200 people. The ages of members range from 15 to 85. While many members are female, Salzman noted that Pilates is becoming more appealing to men. “The number of our male members is picking up, especially from the equestrian sports,” Salzman said. One key aspect of Pilates Rocks is that it caters to the needs and demands of its members. “We are open seven days a week,” Salzman said. “We open as early as 6 a.m., and we try to head home by 8:30 p.m. Though, we will stay open later if we need to accommodate a specific client.” Some members are enrolled in group classes and some prefer private one-onone sessions. The group classes feature no more than eight participants. With the private sessions, it allows instructors to focus on one specific part of a

client’s body. Some members do both group and private sessions. “We have three or four group classes every day, but we conduct private sessions every day, throughout the day,” Minucci said. Two of the original members of Pilates Rocks — Barbara Cherry and Holly Lichtenfeld — are as actively involved now as they were 10 years ago. “I do Pilates because it’s fun,” Cherry said. “I’m also fitter and happier. I do go to the gym twice a week, but it’s a different workout at Pilates Rocks.” “I like the variety of the workouts,” added Lichtenfeld, who attends group classes at least three times a week. Lichtenfeld said that Pilates has improved her health. “Years ago, I injured my back while picking up my kids,” she said. “Doing Pilates has healed my back and avoided trips to a physical therapist or a chiropractor.”

“With Pilates, you will improve your core, as well as your balance, flexibility, strength and awareness.” — Elissa Salzman Without a doubt, the atmosphere at Pilates Rocks is forever positive. “We have a good vibe here. We have a good time,” Salzman said. The principles of Pilates were developed nearly a century ago by Joseph Pilates. The owners of Pilates Rocks believe that if he were still alive today, he would be pleased. “He would be very proud of our studio and what we do,” Minucci said. Pilates Rocks is located at 3460 Fairlane Farms Road, Suite 12, in Wellington. For more info., e-mail info@, call (561) 204-3185 or visit

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Urban Air Adventure Park Offers Great Entertainment For The Whole Family

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Park offers a solution right here in Wellington. “I was introduced to Urban Air as a concept out of the Texas area, and I watched how they grew to become one of the more successful franchise opportunities in the country,” owner Bobby Kreusler said. “I loved the idea of what

it was about — promoting family entertainment.” Kreusler did extensive research into the brand, but what convinced him that this was the right local venture were conversations with people he knew personally. “I asked about what families do with

“No one has that kind of diversity and selection amongst attractions. We also have a full café with food, and beer and wine for the adults.” — Bobby Kreusler their kids for fun, and there was a common problem — not a lot of places to take the kids when it is raining or too hot,” he explained. Urban Air offers a new option. “I watched people having fun with their kids,” Kreusler said. “I thought it was unique that mom and dad very often went out on the trampolines or did the warrior course. I really liked that and thought there was a need in this area.” Kreusler is a native to the Palm Beach area, and he found the perfect location for his indoor park near the Mall at Wellington Green. It is surprisingly difficult to find spaces that fit the need for 30,000 square feet and 22-foot ceilings. “It was really the perfect storm of opportunity. Factor in the strong community of families and schools in the surrounding area, and it seemed like the perfect spot to me,” he said. “We’ve been extremely pleased with the support from the community and from the turnout of our guests.” Urban Air opened in April and has since started offering a new membership program through the franchise. For as little as $10 a month per person, guests can obtain unlimited access to the facility. “The platinum package is a tremendous deal for families,” said Kreusler, who explained that guests can get full access to all attractions for an entire month for less than the cost of a two-

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hour visit. “We are known for parties, but also healthy, physical fitness.” Kreusler also finds that the park offers a great way for families to play together in a way that works for their schedule. “If the kids are playing on a soccer team, the parents very often can’t participate, whereas here, they can go around and do everything together as a family unit,” he said. “And they don’t have to wait around for a 6 p.m. game.” A lifelong love of sports led Kreusler into the industry as an attorney, often representing entertainers, musicians and athletes, including many golfers on the PGA Tour. Sports aside, Urban Air is designed to be fun for all groups, not just families with kids. “We do school field trips, spirit nights and special events for charitable corporations. Corporations can come to us for unique team-building events,” The sky coaster is a popular attraction.

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do all different variations, like parents versus kids, and I can tell you after 10 minutes of bouncing around, you are absolutely exhausted. I don’t know how the kids do it.” The adventure park also offers a ropes course, slam ball, a warrior course, the Pro Zone, virtual reality and a unique attraction called the Wipe Out. “No one has that kind of diversity and selection amongst attractions,” Kreusler said. “We also have a full café with food, and beer and wine for the

adults. We have televisions and places for adults to sit and relax, too.” The facility is open seven days a week. Operating hours are Monday through Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m.; Friday, noon to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Urban Air Adventure Park is located in the Shoppes at Wellington Green at 10560 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more information about activities, memberships and packages, visit www. or call (561) 408-0809.

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you don’t change your ways, it gets worse.” Longtime residents of Wellington, Gauger and his wife Phyllis came to Binks Forest to present the school with a Buddy Bench they donated. It’s the 16th bench to be placed at a Palm Beach County school as part of the Buddy Ambassadors program, a joint initiative of Mental Health America of Palm

Beach County and local author Loverly Sheridan, who wrote the book Be a Buddy, Not a Bully. The Buddy Ambassadors program was designed around Sheridan’s book, which tells the story of bullies on a school bus on the first day of school. “Buddy Ambassadors lead by example,” Sheridan told the children during an assembly to dedicate the bench and

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recognize two students in each grade who had shown acts of kindness or compassion to their peers. A Buddy Bench provides a safe spot for a child who is feeling sad, lonely or afraid to ask for a friend without having to necessarily say anything. “The buddy program is teaching children how to be a buddy instead of a bully,” Gauger explained. “If somebody is being bullied, you come to their aid and help that child and let them know they’re important, you’re a friend and they’re not alone.” It is all part of establishing a culture of kindness at the school, Principal Michella Levy said. “Our goal at Binks Forest Elementary is not only to spread kindness but to inspire our students to be leaders and stand up against bullying,” Levy explained. “Every week, we recognize students from all grade levels caught being a student leader against bully-

Binks Forest Elementary School Principal Michella Levy with Behavior Specialist Hope Jackson.

ing. Our school behavioral health counselor, Mrs. Hope Jackson, is even starting a student leadership program after school to teach students how to problem solve and help others with bullying situations.” Tackling the bullying epidemic, and the fallout that often results, is some-

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work, and I feel very strongly about the bullying program,” he said. “Bullying has resulted in some of the active shooter situations we’ve seen.” The Gaugers have called Wellington home for three decades. Their children, now 27 and 34, are the product of Wellington schools. They paid $1,500

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Olympic Dressage Hopeful Supports Local Boys & Girls Club Youth

Powerful Message Dressage phenom Juan Matute Guimón has witnessed many changes over the past year, as he lives with one foot firmly planted in Wellington and the other in Madrid, Spain. Matute Guimón, 21, was born in Spain but moved to Wellington’s equestrian community when he was 10 years old. Last year, he became a U.S. citizen, but he also decided to move back to Spain to earn a university degree. Despite this life-changing decision, Matute Guimón is determined to stay rooted locally by continuing to help the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington. “I’m still closely connected to the Wellington community even though I am living in Spain,” Matute Guimón said. “It’s like my home even though I moved away. I hold onto my Wellington family while I have my Spanish roots.” He’s excited to return to South Florida this winter. In February, Matute Guimón will be one of nine star players competing in the World Championship Equestrian Triathlon, which benefits the local Boys & Girls Club. Matute Guimón said that the event is special for him because he is able to have fun with some of the world’s most renowned equestrians while impacting the lives of more than 1,200 children who are members of the club. “It’s one of the highlights of the season for all of us,” he said. “We meet many families whose children enjoy a safe place to go after school. It’s a great

feeling that as we are competing, we are also helping the future progress and connecting new individuals.” The third annual World Championship Equestrian Triathlon will be held Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 at Deeridge Farms in Wellington. It features elite dressage, show jumping and polo athletes from around the world. The twist is that the athletes do not compete in their sport of expertise, which makes the event even more exciting for the competitors and the spectators. Matute Guimón and his team will be defending their championship title next year. Earlier this year, they were crowned victorious over equestrian ce-

lebrities such as Nacho Figueras, Andy Kocher and Lerin Zubiaurre. Always the gentleman, Matute Guimón plays coy when asked if he wants to hold onto his title for a second year. “We all have a competitive edge about us, but it’s most important that we raise money for the organization,” he said. “If we win, it’s even better!” Matute Guimón is used to winning. Throughout his dressage career, he has achieved significant accomplishments at a young age both in the U.S. and Spain. He started competing in Wellington in the national ring in 2010 and the international ring two years later. In 2015, he won the FEI gold medal at the

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Young Rider European Championships. He continues to earn spots on medal podiums at some of the most prestigious competitions. Currently, he’s working to represent Spain at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The added stress and necessary practice makes for a hectic schedule, but Matute Guimón is passionate about making it to the Olympics. Representing Spain during the games would be a dream come true. “It has been my goal since I was a little boy, and now I’m ready to make it happen,” he said. Off the field, Matute Guimón is focused on a second career that builds off his international dressage experience. “I’m studying international relations at Francisco de Vitoria University in Madrid,” he explained. The academics are a different type of challenge, but it is one that he’s facing with the same kind of determination that he exerts while on horseback.

Juan Matute Guimón rides Dhannie Ymas. PHOTO BY SUSAN J. STICKLE

“It can be difficult at times with the competition, travel and training for the different shows. I take it step-by-step and focus on my goals,” Matute Guimón said.


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allows him to have a more significant influence on children. This is one reason he looks forward to competing in the World Championship Equestrian Triathlon. “With me being so young, I hope that I can inspire others to participate or even volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club,” Matute Guimón said. The Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club has more than 1,200 members with 300 kids served daily. It features a learning center with a computer lab, certified teachers as tutors, college and career readiness programs, STEM programs with robotics, as well as art courses, health and wellness education, dance classes, voice lessons, a gardening program, athletics and much more. “Always have a clear idea of your dreams and don’t be afraid to pursue them,” Matute Guimón says when advising young club members. He knows that many of the club children face challenges every day and that their personal attitudes can help them reach their goals in the future, no matter their situation in the present. His recent commitment to juggling schoolwork and qualifying for the 2020 Olympics has underscored his strong belief in the importance of dedication and determination. Both characteristics were taught to

Matute Guimón by his father, also a well-known dressage rider. He’s quick to note that his main role model in life has always been his father. In fact, they continue to have a close relationship even as the young champion moves into adulthood. Matute Guimón understands that not every situation allows a child to have their father as their role model, and that’s another reason why he supports the local Boys & Girls Club, which provides children positive role models and mentors. “I think it’s extremely important for the kids to always have a person that they can look up to,” he said. “It has made a big difference in my life, and I want all kids to have the same experience to push themselves to be better.” Despite his very rigorous university coursework, Matute Guimón is not easing up on travel, competing and charity work. He looks forward to 2020 being his most exciting and possibly rewarding year yet. With the Olympics at the end of July, his schedule will likely ramp up and make his goal of attaining his degree a little more challenging to achieve. But Matute Guimón is sure to follow the advice that he gives to the Boys & Girls Club children: “If you work hard and stay focused, anything is possible!”

Juan Matute Guimón, Heather Caristo Williams, Nic Roldan and Olexa Celine were victorious at last year’s World Championship Equestrian Triathlon.

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Always interested in the idea of working to maintain a healthy environment, John Natale founded Palm Beach Aquatics in 1998 as a full-service environmental management company specializing in lake and wetland restoration. With his business partner Mike Lehman, the firm has become a Florida leader in environmentally friendly green technology for lake management. “Our services include algae and weed control, fountain sales and service, aquatic planting, fish stocking, bank restoration and beneficial bacteria programs,” said Natale, who moved to the Wellington area more than 30 years ago from Hartford, Conn. Committed to working to improve the environmental well-being of Florida’s communities, Palm Beach Aquatics achieves its goal in two important ways. First, it restores wetlands, promoting natural methods and thereby reducing chemicals and nutrients in ground and service waters. The company also helps to prevent weathering and provides animal habitat by the introduction of native vegetation — plants, grasses and trees — to their appropriate communities. “We are an authorized Aqua Control and Airmax fountain and aeration system dealer,” Natale said. “Placing a fountain or aerator in your waterway is one of the most beneficial things you can do for the ecosystem.” He added that other beneficial ac-

tions include the addition of aquatic plants and fish stocking. “We are a SePRO preferred applicator and stewards of the water. Our trained aquatic biologists have more than half a century of combined experience,” Natale said. Working in both the private and public sector, the team is experienced with small and large bodies of water and in advanced freshwater fish management. A new product being used by Palm Beach Aquatics is a weed control solution that is as effective as the chemical

in Roundup, without the carcinogenic compounds. The firm even offers an eco-friendly method for flying pest control. “We offer a completely green approach for mosquito, midge fly and black fly control that is very important for horse stables and farms in Wellington,” Natale explained. The green theme extends to the company itself, which conserves and limits overall energy consumption in its offices, facilities and vehicles. As an environmentally friendly company, Palm

Mike Lehman and John Natale of Palm Beach Aquatics with dog Blaze. wellington the magazine | december 2019


wellington | professional Beach Aquatics strives to protect natural environments, conserve resources and educate its clientele on environmental issues. “We also strive for exceptional customer service and pride ourselves on using EPA-approved and environmentally safe products that are not harmful to horses and humans to treat the waters,” Natale said. Palm Beach Aquatics offers its lake, fountain and aerator service throughout South Florida for lake and fish management. “We carry a full line of Aqua Control fountains and aerators to keep your lake in regulated circulation,” Natale said. Incorporating the objective of sustainability for every decision in the business, the firm strives to play a positive role in conservation from global climate change to local issues, such as water scarcity and aquatic vegetation management.

“We strive for exceptional customer service and pride ourselves on using EPA-approved and environmentally safe products that are not harmful to horses and humans to treat waters.” — John Natale In order to prioritize its environmental stewardship, the company focuses on the following areas: water, waste recycling, habitat restoration, exotic species control, energy conservation, phytoremediation (which includes processes mediated by plants that are useful in treating environmental problems), best management practices and transportation. Using only EPA-approved herbicides

and natural methods of nutrient reduction and algae prevention such as waterway aeration, using enzymes and bacteria to reduce sludge, and algae prevention rather than treatment, the company encourages the use of slowrelease fertilizers and educates clients on the effects of nutrient loading in and around waterways. As a longtime resident of the area, Natale enjoys the lifestyle of Wellington. He and his wife moved to the area in 1987. They have one daughter who works for Wellington Parks & Recreation. Natale’s hobbies include fundraising and polo. For more information about Palm Beach Aquatics, call (561) 719-8900 or (888) 391-LAKE (5253) or visit The web site includes links for customer service, work order requests and a client-only log-in for comprehensive reports for each property.

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Wellington’s Landscaping Team Works To Keep The Community Green


One key to Wellington’s allure, both to residents and visitors, is its small-town feel. An important part of that atmosphere is the amount of green space and trees found in the community. Wellington’s landscaping team is key to setting the tone, from the moment one drives past the first Village of Wellington welcome sign. Brian Hopper is the operations superintendent in charge of all landscaping and trees found on village property. Over the past seven years, he has taken his master’s degree in forest resources and conservation from the University of

Florida to bring the vegetation in Wellington to a more natural state. “Having a strong natural resources background gives me the tendency to use native species whenever I can. I’m always looking for ways to increase our tree canopy,” Hopper said. “My favorite thing is when I get an opportunity to be creative. By that I mean, do our own in-house designs for landscape enhancements, especially to plant trees in spaces that didn’t have any.” This tendency to use native plants has long-term side effects for Wellington that are beyond just aesthetics.

Landscaping team members (L-R) Jeff DeMaria, Jason Sweeney, Robert Burton, David Dupont, Brian Hopper, Augustin Vargas, Peter Messmore, Steve Gurski, Jerry Larreategui, Kevin Mclymont, Kevensy Greffin, Israel Brito and Rudy Nunez.

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“Native plants are more cost effective,” said Deputy Director of Public Works Bill Conerly, who is Hopper’s supervisor. “They require less treatment, too. You don’t get the exotic pests, and they don’t need the herbicides to take care of themselves. I’m a Florida guy. I’ve seen the changes, and the native species are low maintenance compared to exotic plants.” Conerly and Hopper have worked together for years and share a passion for taking care of Wellington’s greenery. One such project they are both proud of is the Wellington Environmental Preserve at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Everglades Habitat, located at 3491 Flying Cow Ranch Road. “It started off as an old agricultural field that was nothing but Brazilian pepper, and they carved out the retention areas to attract birds,” Hopper recalled. “They did initial plantings, and we have added to it every single year just to make it better. Now, everything has started to grow and recruit native species. Not only do you get to see aquatic vegetation but upland habitats — all built from scratch.” The 365-acre preserve has been a work in progress that began in 2007 and now has plants ranging from wildflowers to oak trees re-seeding and growing on their own. Originally designed to be a stormwater retention area, there is much more going on at

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(L-R) Brian Hopper, Robert Burton and Kevin Mclymont.

the preserve now. “It’s amazing all the native species that you can see at any given time,” Conerly said. “We have migratory birds, bald eagles and ospreys. We put out osprey perches, and you can see them eating fish and interacting with each other.” Hard work and consistency have paid off. Wellington has been awarded a Tree City USA designation for more than 20 years running. In addition, the village has also maintained a growth award for the past 10 years, proving there is an increased level of attention and commitment to the trees here. “For the past five years, we have planted an average of approximately

500 trees a year, and about 1,500 seedlings each year at the Wellington Environmental Preserve,” Hopper said. “We also give away free seedlings to all the local schools in celebration of Earth Day, and we offer free trees at the Earth Day event held at the Wellington Amphitheater.” For Hopper, the big projects are great, but he feels it is the little projects that add up to big things. “We have high-profile projects — like the landscape berm over near Stribling Way and State Road 7 — but it’s the amalgamation of all the tiny little projects that make a difference,” he said. “It’s the small neighborhood en-

“Native plants are more cost effective. They require less treatment. You don’t get the exotic pests, and they don’t need the herbicides to take care of themselves.” — Bill Conerly tryways, like the median in front of a neighborhood that we overhauled even when no one asked for it, and it looks so much better. They may not be projects that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, but I know it has an effect on people’s daily lives.” wellington the magazine | december 2019


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Realtor Andrew Burr with Coldwell Banker heads up the Andrew Burr Group with four other real estate professionals. They specialize in residential purchases, sales and leasing of luxury homes and farms throughout central Palm Beach County, including Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and Loxahatchee. Real estate was not Burr’s first career. Years ago, he did his work in the kitchen. Somehow, he has found a connection between these two seemingly disparate professions. “I started in auctions, and a lot of people wanted me to move into commercial real estate, but I enjoy the personal interaction of residential real estate and the satisfaction that comes with making customers into friends,” Burr said. “It carries over from my time as a professional chef. When I was a chef, I loved that I knew how well I did my job every single night. I still have friends I made due to being an excellent chef, and I see a lot of parallels between the two businesses.” Matthew Tarantino is a key member of the team. He is counted on to perform the tedious but always essential job of facilitating the stacks of paperwork involved in the average real estate transaction. “In addition to being a great real estate agent, Matthew is an extraordinary administrator,” Burr said. “When

it comes to keeping the ‘I’s dotted and the ‘T’s crossed, there is none better. Matthew is also intimately familiar with the coastal communities of Palm Beach County and is our expert in that area. He has an engaging personality and an extremely professional demeanor which, combined with years of experience as a Realtor, allows him to step into any role needed. All of these things free me up to concentrate on urgent needs of current customers, as well as developing new business.” Tarantino, a longtime Wellington resident, enjoys his role on the team. “Andrew is the hunter-gatherer, and I am more of the provider of services to the clients, whether it’s showing a property or doing the paperwork required,” he said. The word “team” is not used lightly by Burr and his co-workers. “Our entire team focus is on each individual customer,” Tarantino said. “We limit ourselves to no more than 15 customers at a time, including both buyers and sellers, so that we can focus on quality representation rather than quantity.” Tarantino believes that the group is far greater than its individual parts. “We work for our customers by approaching the sales process as a team,” he said. “Some of us are better than others at certain aspects of the process, and so we utilize each other’s strengths. We creatively advertise the

property and competitively, selectively market it to the community and beyond. We have a longevity in the communities we work in, which gives us an edge.” Burr believes that real estate today is a safe investment in the future. “The largest fear many homebuyers have currently is that they will be facing another difficult market as we had a decade ago,” he said. “The reality is that the situation is completely different with lenders constrained by much more stringent rules and regulation, and more people than ever with more than 50 percent equity in their homes. The result of this is that we are in one of the strongest markets we’ve seen in decades. If you’re thinking about purchasing and are concerned about market strength, contact us, and we’ll help you through it step by step.” To contact the Andrew Burr Team, call (561) 324-8914 or e-mail realtor Learn more at Matthew Tarantino and Andrew Burr of the Andrew Burr Group at Coldwell Banker.

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Dr. Kshitji Kapoor and Dr. Tanmya Ravi recently acquired Perfect Smile Dentistry in Wellington, rebranding the longstanding practice as Integrity Dental. The couple is passionate about providing the finest dental care to patients in the Wellington area. “We were looking at practices all over Palm Beach County, and even some areas in Broward County, but we never really liked anything because we were happy here,” Ravi explained. “It was like the stars lined up for us.” The doctors both earned their dental degrees from Boston University a decade ago, but they continue their pursuit of knowledge to keep up on the latest advances in dental medicine. “We are both very academically inclined,” Ravi explained. “In two years, you are supposed to do 30 to 36 continuing education units, and we are getting 100 in one calendar year. That translates into good skills, good treatment and good management.” Understanding their clients’ needs is an important step in the process of providing quality dental care, but Ravi and Kapoor know there is more to building a trusting relationship. “We want our patients to feel like more of a family and not just transactional,” Kapoor said. “We always introduce it as a behavioral change toward how people take care of their teeth. That change will stay with them and help them stay healthy.”

Dr. Tanmya Ravi and Dr. Kshitji Kapoor of Integrity Dental in Wellington.

Too many people stay away from the dentist office out of fear, but they work to put patients at ease. “For some, going to the dentist isn’t just unpleasant, it’s scary,” Ravi explained. “We see it, and we get it. If you are fearful, let us help you. The whole

goal is that if you are comfortable, we can do our best work.” The comfort of patients, along with the drive to always improve their process, has led Integrity Dental to offer some of the most state-of-the-art dental equipment. wellington the magazine | december 2019 77

wellington | health “We are using an intra-oral scanner system to replace the old way of biting down to take an impression of the teeth. It is a digital scanner that goes in your mouth to take pictures, and then it stitches those images together to make a digital picture of your teeth,” Kapoor explained. “Digital dentistry is going to change a lot about the field.” Kapoor and Ravi are passionate about what they do and find great satisfaction in their work. “I got exposed to dentistry as a child. I went to an orthodontist, and it made an impression on me at a very young age,” Kapoor said. “I feel building up a person’s smile gives them an instant impact, and that is the positive part of dentistry.” Kapoor’s partner in life and practice shares his love of science, but also finds that dentistry gives her the opportunity to be an artist. “I always liked the arts and crafts

“For some, going to the dentist isn’t just unpleasant, it’s scary. We see it, and we get it. If you are fearful, let us help you. The whole goal is that if you are comfortable, we can do our best work.” — Dr. Tanmya Ravi side of things, but I was a science student, so this seemed like a good mix of the two,” Ravi said. “We work with our hands all day long. Working with people, objects, molding things and creating fillings that look like teeth. We fix gaps and get the colors perfect.” Both dentists also joined the U.S. Army Reserve years ago and continue

to practice their profession in the service of both soldiers and their country. Ravi is a captain, while Kapoor was promoted to the rank of major in September of this year. Integrity Dental offers many services outside of routine dental work, including tooth-colored fillings, implant replacements and restorations, dentures, Invisalign, crowns, bridges and cosmetic smile makeovers. Integrity Dental is located at 12300 South Shore Blvd., Suite 208, in Wellington’s Mizner Place. The office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They are also open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information about Integrity Dental, or to schedule an appointment, call (561) 204-4494 or visit www.integritydentalwellington. com.



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A passion for flavor with a modern twist on traditional Indian food is the promise of the newly opened Raja Indian Cuisine & Bar, located inside the original Wellington Mall. Look for the sign with the Golden “R.” Once inside, you’ll find an array of authentic treasures — dishes spanning many regions, draped in layers of bold flavors, and a dining atmosphere that’s warm and welcoming. “We want you to have an experience,” General Manager Debarghya Bhattacharjee said. Raja Indian Cuisine celebrated its grand opening on Oct. 30 with a luncheon buffet that was quite impressive. “Our food is from all over India. We’re not focusing on any one regional cuisine. We have traditional Indian, such as northern India, as well as IndoChinese,” Bhattacharjee explained. Raja’s owners — the husband-andwife duo of Sunil Kayalchirayil and Sheeba Krishnankutty —call it “modern Indian.” “Our dishes are not too common — street food, Indo-Chinese,” said Kayalchirayil, who studied the culinary arts in India. The food is fresh, flavorful and bright with colors. The lunch buffet

(Clockwise from top left) Dark wood booths and tables accented with gold seating can be found throughout the main dining room; owners Sheeba Krishnankutty and Sunil Kayalchirayil invite you visit the restaurant; the daily lunch buffet often features Shrimp Biryani; an array of colorful chutneys, fresh vegetables and salad; and Tandoori Chicken is one of the entrees available on the lunch buffet.

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adults and $9.99 for children. The buffet stays open until 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and costs $14.99 for adults and $10.99 for children. Buffet items vary daily, but two vegan and two vegetarian dishes are always options, such as Balti vegetables and mixed vegetable Poriyal, as well as three types of salads. Flavors are spice-filled, from cumin to coriander, cinnamon, cloves and more. A variety of chutneys line the beginning of the table to suit a wide range of tastes. “These are the accompaniments,” Bhattacharjee explained. “They go with almost all the foods.” The accompaniments include mint, onion dip, mango and lemon pickle, which tends to be a guest favorite. “We make it fresh, in-house. It’s a long process,” Bhattacharjee said. Appetizers include the popular samosas, a stuffed, crispy phyllo dough.

“Special items, like the goat Malabar, is from southern India. We use dry-roasted coconut. The Chicken Tikka Masala always has cream in there,” Bhattacharjee described. Buffet entrees include items such as Tandoori Chicken and Shrimp Biryani. Desserts are also offered, one hot and one cold, including the Galub Jamun, which are donuts in a warm sugar syrup. Diners also have a wide-ranging a la carte menu to choose from as well. All dishes are labeled clearly by spice levels of medium or hot, as well as vegan and gluten free. For starters, there’s the Saffron Pen Salad with radish, onion, fresh fruit, shaved carrots and cucumbers, and saffron mermaldu dressing for $6. The Lamb Shalgam soup is made with spiced ground lamb, poached egg and vegetable broth for $7. Raja’s Mix Sampler includes chicken wings, chicken

kabob, paneer tikka and samosa veg pakora. It goes for $12 to get a taste of all those items. As for entrees, there are a number of curry dishes to several vegan options, with its own section on the menu. Tandoor options include tandoori chicken, jumbo shrimp and more. A variety of Naan breads are available, from butter to garlic, Rosemary olive oil, to ginger honey — all make a savory addition. The owners’ favorite is one of the chef specials, the Yellow Snapper. It’s cooked in a tandoor topped with curried coconut shrimp. The specials run between $20 and $25. For dessert, the fig and honey kulfi is made with fig basil sour coulis and raspberry butter, while the mango cheesecake comes with vanilla bean ice cream and red wine rose syrup reduction. Hot beverages range from black coffee to masala chai, and more, to


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“When you first walk in, this restaurant had its own history and light fixtures. We tried to keep it that way, but we added blue paint, which gives you an energetic vibe. When you walk in, it’s a feeling of family with a large dining table, that gives a homey feeling. In the corner, there’s a relaxing waiting area with small couches and a tea table.” — Debarghya Bhattacharjee Also in the works is live entertainment from cultural dancers to sitar music. The owners plan to soon work with the Winter Equestrian Festival and expand the flavors available there. Meanwhile, guests from Wellington and the surrounding communities are invited to visit the new restaurant for a celebration of Indian food, music and culture. Look for the golden “R” inside the circle at the far back parking lot. It will greet you for an authentic experience

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wellington | dining guide Agliolio Fresh Pasta & Wine Bar (12793 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Wellington Plaza) offers a fine dining experience at casual dining prices featuring fresh pastas and homemade sauces. For more info., call (561) 798-7770. 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 information, call (561) 619-6437 or visit www. Backstreets Neighborhood Bar & Grill is located in the Wellington Plaza at 12771 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 795-0100. Casa Tequila, a restaurant featuring delicious Mexican cuisine, is located in the Wellington Plaza at 12795 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 11A. For more info., call (561) 557-1378 or visit Centanni Italian Restaurant is located in the Village Walk community at 2540 Village Walk Circle. Catering is available. Call (561) 642-8700 for info. From delicious antipasti to a fine selection of wines, Italian food lovers will feel right at home at Franco Italian Bistro at 10160 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 103, in the Pointe at Wellington Green. For info., call (561) 6151551 or visit 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. India Grill & Bar is located in the 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. Kabuki has brought its affordable and delicious Japanese and Thai cuisine to Wellington. The restaurant is located at 2465 S. State Road 7, Suite 100, in Wellington. For more information, visit www.kabukiwpb. com or call (561) 323-4888.

Piatto Bravo serves up traditional Italian dishes. The restaurant is located at 2803 State Road 7, Suite 300, in Wellington. For more info., call (561) 841-6983 or visit Stonewood Grill & Tavern in the Pointe at Wellington Green serves up exciting flavors in a casually sophisticated setting. For more info., call (561) 784-9796 or visit

Kaluz Restaurant, an upscale dining experience serving New American cuisine, recently opened in Wellington. Kaluz is located at 2025 Wellington Green Drive just off Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 784-5500 or visit

Strathmore Bagels & Deli is a New York-style deli serving everything from smoked fish to corned beef. It is located in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at State Road 7 and Lake Worth Road. For info., call (561) 357-0044 or visit

Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at La Fogata, featuring a full menu for lunch and dinner. The restaurant is located in Wellington’s Town Square shopping plaza at 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 422-1641 or visit

Taste of India is located at 7750 Okeechobee Blvd. Aside from a full menu, it offers a bountiful buffet for lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch on weekends. For more info., call (561) 721-8600.

Experience the tastes of the world atop a burger at Lindburgers Restaurant in the Wellington Courtyard Shops at 13860 Wellington Trace. 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.

The Poké Company reframes a traditional Hawaiian dish for Florida fish lovers. The restaurant is located at 10120 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Pointe at Wellington Green. For more info., call (561) 323-2391 or visit www. 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.

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) 792-2220 or visit

Drop by the award-winning TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli at its location in Wellington Green Square near Whole Foods Market for breakfast, lunch or dinner. For more info., call (561) 784-9055 or visit www.

Paradise Indian Cuisine at 7667 Lake Worth Road serves authentic Indian food for lunch and dinner, including an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. For more info., call (561) 812-3958 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.

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MONDAY, DEC. 2 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Chess Club on Monday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host English Exchange for adults on Mondays, Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. TUESDAY, DEC. 3 • The Village of Wellington will offer Zumba Gold for adults ages 40 and up on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 791-4796 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Winter Bingo on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. for ages 5 to 12. Create a bingo board and try your luck. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4 • The Village of Wellington will offer Senior Bingo for ages 55 and up on Wednesdays, Dec. 4, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. in the Lake View Room of the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 791-4796 for more info. • The Village of Wellington will offer Watercolor Classes on Wednesdays, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Each painting will take two weeks to complete. Call (561) 792-0806 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Lego Bricks on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. for ages 5 to 12. Create with Lego bricks. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Anime Nation on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. for ages 12 to 17. View new anime titles in Japanese with English subtitles. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info.

THURSDAY, DEC. 5 • The Walkers of Wellington will walk around the shops at the Mall at Wellington Green (10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Thursday, Dec. 5; Friday, Dec. 13; Saturday, Dec. 14 through Thursday, Dec. 19; and Thursday, Dec. 26 from 9 to 10 a.m. Call (561) 791-4796 for more info. • The Wellington Aquatics Complex (12072 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Aqua Zumba on Thursdays, Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. Call (561) 7914770 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host food trucks and a free concert by the Krush Band on Thursday, Dec. 5 starting at 5 p.m. For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writers’ Critique Workshop for adults on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • The Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center in Belle Glade will feature The Nutcracker by Dance Alive National Ballet on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. For tickets, call (561) 993-1160 or visit FRIDAY, DEC. 6 • The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival will return to the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center from Friday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 8. For more info., visit • Ballet Palm Beach will present The Nutcracker at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7. Visit for more info. • The Village of Wellington will host Feel Good Friday Dance for ages 55 and up on Fridays, Dec. 6, Dec. 20 and Dec. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with dance instructor Barbara Gonzalez, sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida. Call (561) 791-4796 to pre-register.

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• The Village of Wellington will host Work of Art on Fridays, Dec. 6, Dec. 13, Dec. 20 and Dec. 27 at 12:30 p.m. in the Sailfish Meeting Room of the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 791-4796 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Friday Movie Magic on Fridays, Dec. 6, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 at 2:30 p.m. with a different movie each week. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Village of Wellington will hold its Holiday Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.), followed by a tribute concert by the Blues Brothers Soul Band. Food trucks and children’s characters will be on hand, as well as a visit by Santa Claus for photo opportunities. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. SATURDAY, DEC. 7 • Audubon Everglades will host Birding by Car at the STA-1E Wetlands (1991 Flying Cow Road, Wellington) on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 7:30 a.m. to noon. These wetlands attract wading birds, ducks, raptors and other wildlife. Drive and observe from perimeter roads with little walking. Visit to pre-register. • The Santas on the Run 5K and one-mile Reindeer Dash wil take place Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 a.m. at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park supporting Dogs to the Rescue, a nonprofit organization with a mission to train therapy dogs for first responders. Event organizers will also be collecting dog food and beds for local shelters. For more info., call Maria Gonzalez at (561) 351-9265. SUNDAY, DEC. 8 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Wellington will host the 36th annual Wellington Holiday Parade themed “Favorite Holiday Memories” on Sunday, Dec. 8, kicking off at 1:30 p.m. at the original Wellington Mall and culminating at the Wellington Amphitheater, where ac-

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wellington | calendar tivities will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (561) 790-6200 or visit www.cpbchamber. com/holiday-parade. MONDAY, DEC. 9 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its French Conversation Group for Beginners on Monday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. TUESDAY, DEC. 10 • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will feature The Play That Goes Wrong from Tuesday, Dec. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 15. Visit for more info. • The Village of Wellington will host a Senior Holiday Party on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Village Park Gymnasium (11700 Pierson Road). For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Winter Windows on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. for ages 5 to 12. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit for more info. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11 • The Palm Beach Regional Science & Engineering Fair will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a meeting of its Teen Advisory Board on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Book Discussion: The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer for adults on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Copies are available at the research services desk. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info.

THURSDAY, DEC. 12 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Traveling Through Jewish Europe & Asia for adults on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. Author and travel writer Ben G. Frank talks about his journey through cities such as Paris, Vienna and Budapest. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Paper Snow Globe for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. Create your own winter wonderland. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host food trucks and a free concert by the Gypsy Lane Band on Thursday, Dec. 12 starting at 5 p.m. For more info., visit calendar. FRIDAY, DEC. 13 • The West Palm Beach Boat Show will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center from Friday, Dec. 13 through Sunday, Dec. 15. For more info., visit • The Village of Wellington will offer Feel Good Friday Mental Health for ages 55 and up on Friday, Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m. in the Lake View Room of the Wellington Community Center, sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida Call (561) 791-4796 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host the Panther Run Elementary School Holiday Concert on Friday, Dec. 13 starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by a free showing of the movie The Grinch at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host Winterfest 2019 featuring the Vanilla Ice Block Party on Friday, Dec. 13 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Gates open at 6 p.m. with activities for the whole family. There will also be a VIP food and wine event. For more info., call (561) 792-6525 or visit

SATURDAY, DEC. 14 • Buckler’s Craft Fair will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15. For more info., visit • The 29th annual Children’s Holiday Fishing Classic will be held Saturday, Dec. 14 at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road) for ages 15 and younger. Registration opens at 8 a.m. with the tournament from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by awards. Register in advance at the Wellington Community Center or Village Park. For more info., visit • The South Florida Science Center & Aquarium will host its fourth annual Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and the application process is now open for creators to apply. This event embraces the spirit of the do-it-yourself movement and features local and regional makers sharing emerging tech, hobbies and experiments across a variety of categories. Those interested should sign up by visiting For more info., call (561) 832-1988 or visit • Wellington’s annual holiday boat parade Light Up The Lake will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14 on Lake Wellington, visible from the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Boats will launch from Meadowland Cove at 6:20 p.m. and are expected to pass behind the Wellington Community Center around 6:25 p.m. Contact Jack Brownson at for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd.) will hold a free Fleetwood Mac Holiday Tribute concert by Dreams: Crystal Visions of Fleetwood Mac on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. For more info., visit SUNDAY, DEC. 15 • The eighth annual Wellington Jingle Bell Run 5K will be held Sunday, Dec. 15 at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road) starting at 7 a.m. Participants are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the Home-

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wellington | calendar town Holiday Toy Drive. All participants will be provided with jingle bells to wear prior to the start of the race. For more details, and registration information, view the event’s Facebook page or visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Trivia Contest for adults on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. Teams of two to six will answer trivia questions and compete to win prizes. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Wii games, board games and more. Bring a friend and make new ones. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more information. • Shulamit Hadassah will host its 15th annual Chanukah party on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. For more info., call (518) 209-7215 or e-mail nltaylor48@ THURSDAY, DEC. 19 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host STEAM: Paper Plate Hovercraft for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. Use your science and engineering skills to create a hovercraft. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free classic rock concert by Viva with food trucks on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. FRIDAY, DEC. 20 • The Village of Wellington will offer an AARP Smart Driving Course for ages 50 and up on Friday, Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Panther Room of the Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 791-4796 for more info. MONDAY, DEC. 23 • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will feature A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage on Monday, Dec. 23 at 2 and 6 p.m. Visit for more info. FRIDAY, DEC. 27 • Miami City Ballet will present George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts from Friday, Dec. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 29. Visit for more info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will feature Forbidden Broadway from Friday, Dec. 27 through Tuesday, Dec. 31. Visit for more info. SUNDAY, DEC. 29 • The 2020 high-goal polo season will begin on Sunday, Dec. 29 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) with the Herbie Pennell Cup Final and culminate on Sunday, April 19, 2020 with the U.S. Open Polo Championship Final. Call (561) 282-5334 to purchase green seats or tailgates. Call (561) 838-3409 to purchase brunch tickets. Visit for more info. Tuesday, Dec. 31 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host New Year’s Family Time for all ages on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 10:15 a.m. Enjoy songs and stories to mark the upcoming New Year and then make a craft. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Historical Society will host a New Year’s Eve Gala on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at the Wellington National Golf Club starting at 7:30 p.m. It will be a party filled with dancing and cocktails before ringing in the new year at midnight. For more info., call Event Chair Karen Cavanagh at (561) 798-9254 or visit www. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will feature Arrival from Sweden: The Music of ABBA on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. Visit for more info.

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