WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE – December 2022

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Plus Style, Elegance And Personality At Barn & Beyond Holiday Shopping At The Mall At Wellington Green
Studios Surfs The Wave Of The Future WCF Our Schools Grant Program A Year-Long Success From Oprah’s ‘Favorite Things’ To A Deal On ‘Shark Tank’ Rounds Out 2022 With Great Cheer! 'TIS THE SEASON Unique, Trendy & Delicious Gift Giving
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22 FROM OPRAH TO ‘SHARK TANK,’ LOCAL COMPANY BOARDERIE IS ON A ROLL

It has been an outstanding end to a successful year for the locally owned cheese and charcuterie board company Boarde rie, which offers beautiful and taste-tempting products for the holiday season and all year round.

RING IN THE HOLIDAYS WITH SEASONAL FUN AT THE MALL AT WELLINGTON GREEN

It’s holiday time, and you can wow everyone on your wish list with a cornucopia of Santa-approved gifts from get-noticed fashion to sweet surprises your little angels will cherish — all available at the Mall at Wellington Green.

THE WELLINGTON AGENCY PROVIDES STAFFING SOLUTIONS FOR HOUSEHOLDS

When it comes to finding domestic assistance, look no further than the Wellington Agency, which is based here but serves households across South Florida and beyond. Whether you need a maid, driver, housekeeper, house manager, laundress, baby nurse, nanny, governess, butler, private chef or private se curity, the Wellington Agency can meet your needs. BY MIKE MAY

SURFING THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE AT KHANNA HOUSE STUDIOS IN WELLINGTON

The next wave in high technology and internet content cre ation has made its way to Wellington. In September, Khan na House Studios, a full-service pod/vlogcast studio with livestream capabilities and dedicated content creation space, opened its doors in the community. BY MIKE MAY

WOMEN OF THE WELLINGTON CHAMBER EVENT SUPPORTS THE TALENTED TEEN CLUB

The Women of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce (WOW) held its annual wine-tasting soiree last month. The event attracted more than 50 guests and netted more than $1,000 for the Talented Teen Club. BY DEBORAH WELKY

DR. KATHERINE BRAZZALE IS THE NEW CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER AT TRUSTBRIDGE

Dr. Katherine Brazzale, a Wellington resident who was recent ly promoted to chief medical officer at Trustbridge, grew up in England and was studying to be an architect when she recog nized medicine as her true calling. BY DEBORAH WELKY

TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITAL ADDS SECOND TGH IMAGING FACILITY IN PALM BEACH AREA

As part of its commitment to connecting the Palm Beach and Treasure Coast communities to highly complex medical care, Tampa General Hospital has acquired Palm Beach Radiology in North Palm Beach, its second local outpatient imaging facility.

WELLINGTON FASHION: SHOW TO SOIRÉE

A lifestyle brand that captures the tradition of equestrian ap parel while adding innovative elegance, Barn & Beyond pro vides apparel and accessories to all equestrian disciplines with style, elegance and a pop of personality.

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Angel Jerez, Rachel Solomon, Julie Larson Menitoff and Aaron Menitoff of Boarderie, the cheese and charcuterie board company featured this issue.

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WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE

Record-Breaking Turnout At Foundation’s Patriotic Event Wellington Cares Annual Luncheon At The Wanderers Club Wellington Murder Mystery Dinner Heads Down To The Bayou

WELLINGTON REAL ESTATE

If you are looking for a real estate agent with experience and unmatched know-how, Steven Prince of the Tolliver Prince Realty Group is a great choice to be your professional companion throughout the real estate transaction process. Prince, who grew up and attended middle school and high school in the community, understands Wellington’s real estate scene very well. BY MIKE MAY

WELLINGTON SCHOOLS

This year’s Wellington Schools feature series in Wellington The Magazine was presented in conjunction with the Wellington Community Foundation’s “Our Schools” grant program. The WCF Board of Directors voted unanimously at the start of the year to present this grant to all 11 public schools in Wellington, specifi cally to be used throughout the “arts departments” in 2022. Wel lington The Magazine followed the progress along the way.

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OUR VERY BEST WISHES FOR PEACE AND JOY

HOLIDAY SEASON!

During this joyous time of year, the bustle of the holiday season gets under way. While preparing this issue, we had thoughts of turkeys in the oven and decorations coming out of the attic in anticipation of the gift wrapping to come. We hope you enjoy our overview of the Mall at Wellington Green’s holiday shopping experience, along with a category listing of all the unique stores and boutiques there to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Featured on our cover this issue is the locally owned company Boarderie. The artisan cheese and charcuterie boards from Boarderie arrive completely pre-assembled and make a wonderful gift, both for the holiday season and all year round.The company, founded by Wellington residents, finished 2022 on a high note, with a coveted listing on Oprah Winfrey’s “Favorite Things” and a hugely successful appearance on the TV show “Shark Tank.”

If fashionable clothing is more your thing, look no further than Barn & Beyond, an equestrian apparel company founded by Wellington’s Nancy Grutschus. The wonderful fashions we spotlight this month will have you looking chic and stylish, whether in the barn or at a soirée.

Also featured this issue is the Wellington Agency. Founded by local resi dent April Berube, it provides staffing solutions for households here in South Florida and beyond. Next, we visit the new Khanna House Studios, Welling ton’s first-of-its-kind pod/vlogcast studio, which makes this new frontier of communications available to local residents and entrepreneurs who aim to be internet influencers. We also learn more about the Women of the Welling ton Chamber and their current beneficiary, the Talented Teen Club. Profiled this month is Wellington’s Dr. Katherine Brazzale, the new chief medical of ficer at Trustbridge.

Wellington Health this month features the imaging services offered by Tampa General Hospital, right here in Palm Beach County, continuing TGH’s east coast expansion. Wellington Real Estate profiles Steven Prince of the Toliver Prince Realty Group, who brings his clients decades of experience from all facets of the real estate industry. Finally, our Wellington Schools se ries wraps up with a look at the successful “Our Schools” grant from the Wellington Community Foundation.

As we put a big red bow on 2022 here at Wellington The Magazine, we must take a moment to reflect and give thanks along with gratitude for all that our community has to offer. We send well wishes to all of our readers and hope for peace and joy around the world this holiday season and all year through. Happy New Year from the staff of Wellington The Magazine!

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Born and raised in South Florida. I have lived in Wellington since 1985 with over 25 years of RE & Property management. I LOVE what I do and LOVE where I live. I pride myself with Honesty and Integrity. Customer service is my highest priority. I enjoy people and strive for a “WIN WIN” experience for all.  My hobbies include Horses, Golf, Pickleball, Tennis and spending time with my family. Specializing in Equestrian properties, Luxury Homes, Golf & Tennis Communities, Investment properties.

BRIAN AND JENNIFER WILDER

Combined 5th generation SF native and midwestern roots bring 23 years of real estate knowledge, passion & enthusiasm to our clients. Our strategy focuses on individual style, needs, and five-star service. Proud parents of 5 boys, we are deeply rooted in the community through mentoring and coaching youth baseball. Also find us boating, fishing, or swimming with our “surf dog”, Charlie. Let our top producing team welcome you and yours to South Florida living.

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OSKAR PAYOT

Oskar Payot, with over ten years of experience in Real Estate, joined forces with the exclusive brokerage of KW Wellington Luxury Division in 2022. Wellington is Oskar’s home town, where he has lived for over 22 years. His nurturing and attentive personality has helped carve out the best techniques to provide excellent service to his clients. When Oskar is not enjoying quality time with his loved ones, he enjoys a very active lifestyle including working out and traveling.

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I’ve been a member of Keller Williams Luxury division since 2017. As a founding member, I pride myself on my white-glove service. Previously, I taught in PBC and worked as principal of an online school. This unique family niche and extensive knowledge of location, education and valuation has led me to become one of Palm Beach’s most trusted realtors and in the top 5% of PBC closed sales volume year after year. I love working with a variety of clients to grow our community.

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HADAR GOLDBERG JOAN “NAPPY” TRANTER
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Sophie Ghedin is one of the founding partners at Ghedin & Herz Key Advantage. She’s a premier award winning real estate professional, placed among the top five percent at KW, Wellington. Sophie a member of the National Association of Realtors with more than a decade of experience in residential and equestrian RE. Fluent in English, French and Spanish, her enthusiasm to meet the client’s demands is infectious. “As a realtor, my first priority is to make my clients happy.

(561) 236-1977 sophieghedin@kw.com

KELLER WILLIAMS WELLINGTON 1400 Corporate Center Way Wellington, FL 33414

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Anna Niehaus has lived and worked in the western communities of Palm Beach County for more than 3 decades. Her expertise in single family home resales, equestrian properties, vacant land, investment properties and new construction have been award winning locally and in the South Florida Region. Anna’s priority is to find the perfect home for every buyer and to offer effective strategies to her sellers to ensure an efficient and lucrative transaction. Anna speaks German and English. (561) 214-3310 annaniehaus@comcast.net

Robert’s success as an equestrian drew him to the east coast where he became a Grand Prix rider, co-founder of the Equestrian Aid Foundation and launched his RE career specializing in equestrian & luxury properties in Wellington. Robert’s passion and dedication to his clients has allowed him to remain among the Top 3 Keller Williams agents in SF since 2014. Although Robert’s expertise is farm sales & luxury homes, some of his fondest moments have been working with first time home buyers.

(561) 744-4898 robsross@aol.com

A Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist with over 25 years’ experience that transcends nearly all aspects of a transaction. One of the most wellrounded real estate experts in Palm Beach County with unparalleled knowledge for the intricacies that go into a seamless and successful RE transaction. Maria has developed a reputation as one of the most trusted service-oriented professionals for helping you achieve your real estate aspirations. Ranked a Top Agent for Keller Williams Realty.   (561) 800-3609 www.YourFamilyLiving.com

Sommar Clark is a real estate professional with Keller Williams Realty Wellington. A 35+ year resident of South Florida, her previous experience as a teacher in the Palm Beach County school district provides clients with a unique perspective on how neighborhoods feed into the various school systems. This experience combined with her dedication to transparent communication throughout the process has been instrumental to her reputation within the community as a trusted real estate professional.

(561) 315-1834 sommarclark@kw.com

MICHELLE “SHELLY” POWER

Born and raised in Chicago, Shelly began her real estate career in 1987. Shelly has 30+ years in the RE business, specializing in residential investment & relocation. Her career started in Chicago as a property manager and pertaining property acquisitions for investors. She later moved to NJ & managed luxury buildings & town homes. In the top 15% in her company and a member of Keller Williams Luxury Division.. Shelly lives in Wellington with her husband and has 2 sons and a sweet Golden Doodle Riley. (561) 310-6074 shellypower561@gmail.com

Specializing in Equestrian & Residential Properties. Whether buying, selling or leasing properties, Marcia is an expert negotiator with extensive local knowledge. From first time buyers to multimillion dollar farm sales, she personally coordinates every detail, minimizing stress, streamlining communications, and always provides a timely follow-up. Praised by her clients for her professionalism, her clients will tell you she doesn’t just meet their expectations, she consistently EXCEEDS them!

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Seasoned real estate professional with 15 years of full-time experience utilizing my wide range of skills. Strong knowledge of laws and legal codes concerning real estate business, extremely punctual and a master organizer. Deeply motivated and versatile with experience in graphic design, advertising as well as residential and commercial building. Experience in advertising/graphic design, IT, along with my experience as a home builder make me the ideal realtor in today’s market!

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Making up one half of the Drahan-Keiser Team, Betsy Keiser is a real estate professional based out of Wellington. With her personalized service, positive attitude and calm demeanor, Betsy is constantly exceeding her clients expectations while making the entire process an enjoyable one. Betsy’s experience as an owner of a custom residential construction company as well as a state licensed property manager, provides her with unique and valuable insight into multiple facets of real estate.  (561) 644-0438 betsy@drahankeiser.com

Jennifer Drahan - Making up one half of The Drahan-Keiser Team, there is only one thing Jennifer Drahan is more passionate about than horses and that is real estate.  Jen graduated from Texas A&M University (Fighting’ Texas Aggie Class of 1995) with a B.S. in Animal Science, during which time she built a successful hunter/jumper training and sales business.  The extensive background Jen has in both the equine and real estate industry is a major benefit to the team’s clients.

(561) 318-1208 jen@drahankeiser.com

A lifelong resident of Wellington, FL, Michele Barone and her team of marketing, design and client care experts offer clients a concierge experience, ensuring that the client’s every need is always put first. A top agent award recipient for many consecutive years, Michele guarantees success by offering expert negotiation skills, honesty, advice and support from the moment you meet her and her multilingual team.

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Marissa is a bi-lingual Wellington native who grew up with a passion for horses and riding. She applies that same passion in providing the highest quality of service whether dealing in Residential RE, Luxury RE, Equestrian RE, RE Investing or renting. Her love for her profession shows not only in the fact that she is in the top 10% of KW Wellington, but also in her dedication to her clients. When she is not devoting time to her clients, she enjoys spending time with her family, dogs and horses.

(561) 329-1970 www.marissaoconnor.kw.com

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RECORD-BREAKING TURNOUT AT FOUNDATION’S PATRIOTIC EVENT

The Wellington Community Foundation had a record-breaking turnout at the 2022 Red, White & Blue Jeans “A Salute to Our Heroes” event held Friday, Nov. 11 at the Wellington National Golf Club.

Thanks in part to Diamond Sponsor Tom & Regis Wenham, Ruby Sponsor Wellington Regional Medical Center, and Table Sponsors Seacoast Bank, Palm Beach Urology, Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith, Boynton Financial Group, Dr. & Mrs. Gordon Johnson, Terri Kane, Jim & Paula Sackett, Medicare Maggie,

Wellington The Magazine/Town-Crier News paper, along with all of the donors, support ers and community partners, the foundation has raised over $100,000. The night was filled with touching ceremonial moments, which honored not only all the veterans in atten dance, but also those who did not make it home. The event began and ended with an empty chair ceremony led by veteran Al Ziker.

The foundation continues to support and improve the quality of life for some of Wel lington’s most vulnerable residents by provid

ing food, home repairs for seniors, school uni forms, backpacks, camp programs, equestrian programs for disabled students, school grants, college scholarships, as well as packages that include socks, underwear, sneakers and an age-appropriate gift for children to open on Christmas morning, many of whom would go without if not for the help of their neighbors.

For more information visit www.welling toncommunityfoundation.org. Consider do nating and help them in “Building A Stronger Community.”

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wellington | social scene PHOTOS BY DENISE (Left) Foundation Chair Tom Wenham with 103-year-old WWII veteran Martin Denenberg, who was honored for his service. (Right) Held on Veterans Day, the evening honored all who served. Shown here, veterans in attendance gather for a group photo. (Left to right) “Friends of the Foundation” Julie Kime, Terri Kane, Lizz & Mickey Smith, and John McGovern with WCF Chair Tom Wenham; Dr. Gordon Johnson, Barry Manning, Terri Kane and Tammy Pearson, winner of the patriotic quilt; Al Ziker of the American Legion sets up the Missing Chair to honor MIAs and POWs; Barry Manning with community partners Amit and Priti Patel; and Jim Sackett, Dr. Gordon Johnson, and Jennifer and Nigel Baker. (Left to right) John and Julie Kime with Lizz and Mickey Smith; Bob Borman, Susan Rush, Tara Jacobs, Jasen Butler, Mike and Phyllis Gauger, Laura Gauger, Michael Gauger, and Matt and Alice Saroka; grandson Eric, 103-year-old veteran Martin Denenberg, son Ellis and Tom Wenham; Scott and Mary Lou Bedford with Don and Maureen Gross; and Carolyn and Royal Palm Beach Councilman Jeff Hmara, Tom Wenham, Wellington Councilman John McGovern, Regis Wenham, Mayor Anne Gerwig and Village Manager Jim Barnes. (Left to right) Nikki Stinson, Walter and Joan Imperatore, David and Marilyn Berns, Don and Maureen Gross, Steve and Allyson Samiljan, and Brian Stinson; Bill Graves, Theo Tarantini, Cathy Tarantini, Terri Kane, Kelley Allen, Rachael Franks, Stephen Franks, Linda Graves, Scott Zahner and Tammy Pearson; Mickey Smith, Mair and Scott Armand, Moria and Al Malefatto, Mary Lou and Scott Bedford, John and Julie Kime, and Lizz Smith, sponsored by Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith; and Alex Wooldridge, Joanna and Ben Boynton, and Jennifer Robinson. (Left to right) Dina and John Sitomer, Chris and Kate Fratalia, Dr. Sasha Johnson, Dr. Catherine Lowe and Dr. Linda Johnson; Samantha and Daniel Rubin, Pam Tahan, Jeremy Ring, Christopher Maher, Edlira Maska, and Raj and Urmila Bansal; (seated) Ellis, Martin and Eric Denenberg; and (standing) American Legion Vice Commander Larry Williams, Dr. Gordon Johnson, Ramon Silvacoll and Commander Robert Nappi; and Maggie Zeller, Sabrina Zeller, Chris Zeller, Dr. Maurice and Maria Cruz, Amy and Andrew Burr, Leo Buquicchio, Suzie Mistretta, and Kayla and Adam Zeller.

WELLINGTON CARES ANNUAL LUNCHEON AT THE WANDERERS CLUB

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wellington | social scene PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN The local nonprofit Wellington Cares held its sixth annual luncheon on Friday, Oct. 28 at the Wanderers Club. Radio personality and author Scott Greenberg served as emcee for the event, while author and master certified coach Minx Boren was the keynote speaker. Learn more about Wellington Cares, which helps seniors in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach, at www.wellingtoncaresorg. com. (Left to right) Keynote speaker Minx Boren, emcee Scott Greenberg and Wellington Cares President Cheryl Ander; Diane Gutman, Staci Martin, Allison Negri, Kathy Foster, Marion Frank, Cheryl Anders and RPB Councilwoman Selena Samios of Wellington Cares; (front row) Wellington Councilwoman Tanya Siskind and Bob Kruger, and (back row) Kyle Ostroff, Mayor Anne Gerwig, Councilman Michael Napoleone and Jenifer Brito; and Wellington Councilman John McGovern with Regis and Tom Wenham of the Wellington Community Foundation.
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WELLINGTON MURDER MYSTERY DINNER HEADS DOWN TO THE BAYOU

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wellington | social scene PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN The Village of Wellington held its annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater themed “Murder on the Bayou” on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Wellington Community Center. New Orleans City Commissioner Crawfish Jack is preparing to announce the grand marshal of the 2023 Mardi Gras Parade, and competition is fierce. Suddenly Crawfish Jack turns up dead.Whodunit? The dinner guests had to figure it out, while also enjoying a New Orleans-themed costume contest and dance contest. (Left to right) “Host Crawfish Jack” James Ferrigno, “Jumbalia” Robert Kan, “Fionnuala” Valerie Jett, “Detective Richard Head” Todd Vittum, “DJ” Jimmy Carillo, “Anna Louisse” Cathy Rollins and “Creo-Creol” Robert Luisi; costume contest winners Miriam Guirgin (ladies), Patricia and Rick Upton (couples) and Craig Van Eaton (men); Wellington staffers Ian Williams, Markus Lockhart, Michelle Garvey, Jeffrey Goldman and Gus Ponce; and Bonnie Brooks, Kim Maisenbacher, Allison Evan and Julia Butcher. (Left to right) Garrett and Danielle Pearson; Miranda and Cody Lambert; Lorne and Shannon Dueck with Sylvia and Charles Kelemen; Dawn and Chriss Kloba; and the winning team picked “Jumbalia” as the shooter.

Hadar Goldberg Brings Unique Background And Experience To Keller Williams Luxury International.

Hadar Goldberg is a real estate professional with Keller Williams Luxury International in Palm Beach County. Goldberg’s invitation to join the Keller Williams Luxury group is in large part due to her exceptional “white glove” concierge style of service and professionalism, allowing her clients to close transactions seamlessly and with advantageous financial terms. Less than one percent of Keller Williams agents worldwide are asked to join this elite group. Goldberg is honored to have the opportunity to take her business to the next level by maximizing the specialized offerings available.

Before moving into real estate, Goldberg worked as an educator in Palm Beach County for 20 years. This experience provided Goldberg with a unique understanding of the community, school zones and corresponding neighborhood values, as well as an opportunity to bond with students and parents in Wellington and across Palm Beach County. She also developed technological proficiency for key marketing programs, including Google clicks and Facebook ads to advertise her listings.

In addition to her professional experience, Goldberg has personal experience navigating Palm Beach County real estate from managing her family’s investments. This includes 10 years of sourcing, purchasing and managing investment property with a specialized emphasis on equestrian rentals. This unique niche, and her extensive knowledge of location and valuation, has led her to become one of Palm Beach County’s most trusted equestrian specialists.

Born in Israel, Goldberg is fluent in both English and Hebrew. She moved to Florida at the age of three and grew up in Miami and southern Broward County. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and moved to Wellington in 2002, shortly after her college graduation. Here in the Wellington community, she taught and served as dean at two local middle schools while studying for her master’s degree in educational leadership.

Eight years ago, Goldberg decided to change careers. “Wanting to be involved in the Wellington community, which I had developed a very strong connection to over the years, I decided in 2015 to make a big leap out of education into real estate,” she said.

In the eight years since transitioning into real estate full time, she has participated in more than 500 real estate transactions to become one of Palm Beach County’s top one percent of agents. In Wellington, she is in the top three percent, ranked 30 out of 1,157.

Goldberg is mother to two children, Daniel, 13, and Maya, 11, as well as an English bulldog named Thor. She is an active member of Temple Beth Torah, where both of her children went through the pre-K program. “As a former educator, I am proud that both have attended Wellington public schools,” she said. “All of my immediate family live in Wellington. I feel absolutely sewn into the fabric of this community. It is where my heart is.”

Goldberg also loves the outdoors, particularly hiking, fishing and wilderness camping.

“My other passion is travel,” she said. “I was an exchange student in Russia when I was in high school, and this fueled my passion for learning about other cultures and exploring the world. I have visited every continent except Australia and Antarctica.”

For more information about Hadar Goldberg, call (561) 389-6038 or visit https:/hadargoldberg.kw.com.

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From Oprah To ‘Shark Tank,’ Cheese And Charcuterie Board Company Boarderie Is On A Roll

It has been an outstanding end to a successful year for the locally owned cheese and charcuterie board compa ny Boarderie, which offers beautiful and taste-tempting products for the holiday season and all year round.

Boarderie has truly been a group ef fort on the part of four partners — Aar on Menitoff (co-CEO and managing partner), Rachel Solomon (co-CEO and partner), Julie Larson Menitoff (co-COO and partner) and Angel Jerez (co-COO, partner, sommelier and cheesemonger).

The team operates very much like siblings who have strong opinions and rely heavily on each other for guidance and assistance to make it through the long days and stressful decisions. They laugh, agree, disagree, support each oth er, and at the end of the day, they love each other as siblings do.

Boarderie was honored by Oprah Winfrey in November on her exclusive “Favorite Things” list and featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank” TV show on Friday, Nov. 18, where they sealed a deal with Shark Lori Greiner. Boarderie is the first and only company shipping completely pre-assembled, catering-quality cheese and charcuterie boards overnight, na tionwide.

years. With deep roots in Wellington’s equestri an community, and working with clients like Prince Harry, Ferrari International and StubHub at the Super Bowl, they were at the peak of their career.

However, when the pandemic hit, all events were canceled overnight, and they needed to pivot to keep their staff employed and business afloat.They knew cheese and charcuterie was one of the fastest-growing culinary trends, and that e-commerce was the only way to adapt to the new COVID-19 world, so they set out to create the first-ever com pletely pre-arranged cheese and char cuterie boards that could be shipped overnight from coast to coast.

Aaron and Julie literally bet the farm on Boarderie. They used all of their sav ings, took a home equity line against the farm, a Small Business Association loan and a line of credit against the catering business.

They used the money to retrofit their catering facility to accommodate board production, keep the staff paid and buy inventory. The company launched its first online sales channel with Goldbel

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Aaron Menitoff and his wife Julie Lar son operated a gourmet catering compa ny in the Palm Beach area for 20
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(Above) The artisan cheese and charcuterie boards from Boarderie arrive completely pre-assembled and make a wonderful gift, both for the holiday season and all year round. (Below) Just recently, Boarderie was named to Oprah’s “Favorite Things” list for 2022, and appeared on the TV show “Shark Tank.”
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Co-CEO and Partner Rachel Solomon and Co-CEO and Managing Partner Aaron Menitoff on the set of “Shark Tank.”

ly in October 2020, and by December of that year, they were one of the top-sell ing products out of 1,000 competitors!

The focus has been providing hasslefree, catering-quality displays that could be shipped overnight directly to custom er’s doors… taking catering into the ecommerce space, where it has thrived.

But even after a storied life and ca reer to date — including having built and operated a surf and yoga hotel in Ni caragua; living on a farm with chickens, goats, bunnies and horses; and having served thousands of meals doing disas ter relief food service post hurricanes in Florida for the past six storms — they did not know or really anticipate that Boarderie would fill a major gap in the edible gifting market.

Traditional food gifts have fallen be hind, Aaron Menitoff explained. They underserve their customers with inef ficient, outdated and impersonal prod ucts. Boarderie, he said, serves custom ers whether they are hosting at home, sending a spectacular gourmet gift or simply want to indulge on their own. The company even does custom logo engraving on the keepsake wood boards

for corporate gifting, which has been a big hit for companies looking to send a unique experience.

“One board has dozens of flavor com binations, so mixing and matching vari ous ingredients in different assortments gives endless pairings for guests to expe rience,” Menitoff said. “We like to call it ‘Eventertainment,’ which we think is an experiential activity based around the sharing of food and friends, which are our two biggest passions in life.”

He is particularly proud of the won derful boards available for this holiday season.

“This holiday season, we have our best boards yet and are shipping over night nationwide all season long,” Meni toff said.“Don’t forget to schedule your holiday orders as soon as possible. At Boarderie.com, you can select delivery dates up to 365 days in advance and ship all of your holiday orders to mul tiple addresses in one simple order by selecting ‘ship to multiple addresses at checkout.’”

Visit www.boarderie.com to see the full range of boards available from Boarderie.

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’Tis The Season

Ring

In

The Holidays At The Mall At Wellington Green With Some Seasonal Celebrations, Epicurean Adventures And Thoughtful Gifts

It’s holiday time, and you can wow everyone on your wish list with a cornucopia of Santa-ap proved gifts from get-noticed fash ion to sweet surprises your little angels will cherish — all available at the Mall at Wellington Green.

FOR HER

Give the gift of glowing skin with Ella Bella Collection’s holistic skincare line of soaps, scrubs and moisturizers formulated with dermis-enriching vita mins and organic essential oils perfectly suited for any skin type.

For the lady who loves to make an entrance, look no further than Dawn Bacchus. The former beauty pageant winner outfits her eponymous boutique with lovely, one-of-a-kind separates, as well as her own vibrant, hand-painted pieces.

If a woman’s hair is her crown, then The Hair Doctor is her kingdom. Ser vices at this state-of-the-art salon range from cuts and extensions to bespoke wigs and hair replacement.

Designer-inspired pendants, brace lets and stacking rings at the Jewelry Box offer exceptional value and make ritzy treasures your ice princess will love without breaking the bank.

FOR HIM

Indulge his sartorial, luxe-meetsstreet-style aesthetic at Laced, where

outré designer styles and limited-edition athletic footwear are always on display.

A paradise for sports fans, Palm Beach Autographs carries hundreds of authenticated, autographed memora bilia and hosts in-store signings with current and former pro athletes like Pete Rose and Mike Tyson, who visit next month.

Lifetime Kitchen carries all the topof-the-line tools and accessories your home chef needs, such as Staub grills and Miyabi knives — plus it will pricematch anyone, including Amazon.

Treat him to an afternoon of pamper ing at ManCave for Men, a luxury bar bershop featuring indulgent treatments, and hair and skin services are comple mented with a mug of beer.

FOR THE KIDS

At GameStop, the world’s largest re tail gaming destination, you’ll find plen ty of top-rated games, consoles, gadgets and accessories to satisfy your favorite gamer.

Known for its alternative ensem bles, Hot Topic also carries fandom

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apparel, pop-culture merchandise and geek chic ephemera that young fash ionistas will love.

Celebrate her passions, accomplish ments and milestones with a Pandora charm bracelet that doubles as chic wrist candy.

Making squishy slime is a cerebral and stress-relieving experience, espe cially for kids who can stir up their own batches with cool additives like glitter and beads at The Slime Factory, which offers full and express experiences and monthly passes.

FESTIVE FEASTING

While you’re shopping, explore the deliciousness of multicultural cuisine at the amazing ethnic eateries available at the Mall at Wellington Green.

Q’Bola Café — Transport your pal ette to the Yucatan Peninsula at this bright, fast-casual spot that prepares fla vorful staples like salchipapas, Hispanic sandwiches and Cuban pizza.

Maoz Vegetarian — Falafel balls with healthful accompaniments ground the menu that also features fresh-pressed juices, fruit bowls and tasty handhelds like its signature hummus, egg and egg plant sandwich.

The Madre’s Mexican Fresh — At this Wellington outpost, diners can build their own Mexican-style meals with a selection of grilled meats, market-fresh ingredients and delicious sides. Churros drizzled with dulce de leche or Nutella sauce is the perfect finish.

Keywa’s — Owners Julian Sierra and Tania Eifert opened their dessert counter with an emphasis on savory and sweet crepes named after popular travel destinations, including Colombia

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Paws ’n’ Claus

and Peru to honor their South American roots.

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rates the sound of music with piano performances by school children from around the Palm Beaches.

Sunday, Dec. 4: Sensory Santa was founded so children with special needs can experience this classic holiday visit in a sensory-friendly environment. Beneath soft lights and falling snow, kids will enjoy structured, no-stress activities and a “slow” photo session with Father Christmas be fore the mall opens.

Tuesday, Dec. 13: Plié. Shuffle. Cart wheel. Repeat. At the Holiday Dance Re cital, experience an evening of exciting acrobatic and rhythmic performances by students from the Academy of Dance and Acrobatics and BeastMakers Dance Studio.

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Get into the spirit of the season with an array of holiday happenings at the Mall at Wellington Green.

Saturday, Dec. 3: The Holiday Music thon, hosted by the Palm Beach County Music Teachers Association, commemo

Monday, Dec. 5: Get your four-legged pals into the Christmas spirit with a Paws ’n’ Claus photo package that comes with a goodie bag full of scrumptious pet treats and a gift for their parents.

Saturday, Dec. 10: The Merry Lit tle Breakfast is a pre-holiday shopping must-do with special appearances by the Ice Princess and Rudolph the Red Nosed-Reindeer, live entertainment and a scrumptious send-off from Chick-fil-A.

Wednesday, Dec. 14: Skip gift-wrap ping at home and head to the Mommy and Me Wrap-Up Party for fun activities like personalizing ornaments and singing Christmas melodies with Miss Chloe of Chloe’s Kids.

Saturday, Dec. 17: Part of the mall’s Share the Spirit Gift Card Giveaway, ran dom recipients will receive gift cards in amounts of $100 and $50 one to keep and one to pay forward.

Wednesday, Dec. 21: Kick off the Festival of Lights with a Menorah-Lighting Ceremony featuring a bubble show, Ha nukkah-inspired activities like dreidel-mak ing and traditional treats like sufganiyot.

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STAFFING SOLUTIONS FOR HOUSEHOLDS

The Wellington Agency Can Provide Nannies, Housekeepers, Butlers, Private Chefs, Drivers & More

When it comes to finding domestic as sistance, look no further than the Wel lington Agency, which is based here in Wellington but serves households across South Florida and beyond.

Whether you need a maid, driv er, housekeeper, house manager, laun dress, baby nurse, nanny, governess, butler, private chef or a private security detail, the Wellington Agency can meet your needs. The firm is currently pro viding professional assistance to clients who own homes not only in Welling ton, but in Miami, Palm Beach, Jupiter, Boca Raton, New York City, the Hamp tons and even across the pond in Lon don.

The roots of the Wellington Agency, operated by Founder/President April Berube, can be traced back to her small business in New England in the mid1990s, and to Berube’s positive child hood memories of visits to Palm Beach County to see her grandparents back in the 1970s and 1980s.

“I started my own childcare busi ness in 1995 when I was 23 and a new, young mother,” Berube recalled.“It was called Nanny Poppins.”

After a series of long, cold winters in Boston, Berube and her husband Mark wanted to live somewhere warmer in the winter.They discovered Wellington.

“We looked for somewhere that was warm and beautiful,” Berube recalled. “I remember visiting my grandparents

when I was a child, and they lived in Palm Beach County. It was always beau tiful down here. In our search for a place, Wellington kept popping up, so we moved here in 2004. In 2006, we started Wellington Nannies, which pro vided childcare services for families of young children. My husband and I wanted to contribute and make a dif ference in the community.”

The family did contribute to the community and continues to do so. According to Berube, the evolution of the Wellington Agency from Wellington Nannies was a natural one.

“Many of my clients started asking about my ability to provide staffing for their yachts and private planes, as well as looking after their children,” she re called.

Clearly, there was a professional staffing niche that needed to be filled. So, Berube filled it. The Wellington Agency was founded in 2009. Based on one referral after another, her business has skyrocketed and continues to soar.

“The business community in Wel lington has been very good to us,” Ber ube said. “Companies and residents of Wellington are good about doing busi ness with one another.”

Just as the business has grown, her family has expanded, as well. She and her husband are now the proud par ents of three grown children — Jordan, Joelle and Lily.

As for the rise of the Wellington Agency, its success is all based on integ rity and a commitment to excellence.

“At the Wellington Agency, your sat isfaction is so important to us that we guarantee all placements for the length of the commitment,” Berube said.“This is almost unheard of in a domestic staff ing agency. We are also very thorough with our background and reference checks. When we are contacted, we provide staff for all the homes of any particular family. Many of them have multiple homes in Los Angeles, New York City or in Europe.”

Berube and her staff provide firstclass individuals to clients because her clients require it.

April Berube is the founder and president of the Wellington Agency.
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“The domestic staff you’ll have ac cess to at the Wellington Agency are the best in the industry because of our advanced training and previous expe rience requirements,” Berube said. “All candidates represented by our agency must have a solid background in the field they are applying for, along with excellent references from previous families. This ensures their competen cy and trustworthiness. All of our can didates have completed long-term as signments and are looking for families who recognize and appreciate their level of experience.”

The Wellington Agency only fills va cancies for full-time/long-term roles or seasonal work. There are no weekly or weekend assignments.

Berube values her relationships with her clients and works hard to help them develop long-lasting rela tionships with their domestic help. She also wants those employees to have a

positive, long-lasting relationship with their employers, too.

The Wellington Agency provides continued support, placement coun seling and even household media tion services, if necessary, to its clients throughout the hiring and employ ment process. The agency hires the best and most qualified domestic help and staff for clients. Currently, the four most commonly requested categories of help are for full-time housekeepers, private chefs, house/estate managers and drivers.

According to Berube, a housekeeper is much more than just a house clean er or maid; talented and creative pri vate chefs are in high demand; house/ estate managers are becoming a com mon request; and many people who come from big cities, such as New York, don’t drive because they lived in a city where they either walked or used pub lic or private transportation.

The role of the house manager is particularly popular for families who are always on the go and require help with daily demands in their multiple homes.

“The house manager runs the house and all domestic staff report to the house manager, not the owner of the home,” Berube explained. “The house manager makes sure outside vendors, such as lawn care professionals or pool companies, get access to the homes, get their jobs done and everything is in perfect running order for the owners when they arrive.”

If you need domestic help at your home in Wellington or elsewhere, call (561) 713-2663 or contact April Beru be at april@thewellingtonagency.com. Learn more about the firm at www. thewellingtonagency.com. The office is located in the Chancellor Building at 12008 South Shore Blvd. in Welling ton.

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SURFING THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE

Khanna House Studios Is Wellington’s First-Of-Its-Kind Pod/Vlogcast Studio

The next wave in high technology and internet content creation has made its way to Wellington. In September, Khan na House Studios, a full-service pod/ vlogcast studio with livestream capa bilities and dedicated content creation space, opened its doors in the commu nity.

Khanna House Studios — located at 3361 Fairlane Farms Road, Suite 4, in Wellington — represents the future of digital communications.

The business is the brainchild of Julie Khanna, a longtime Wellington resident who has spent more than a decade con necting people and businesses through creative and exciting vehicles, such as public and community relations, strate

gic communications and media market ing.

Getting this new facility constructed was no easy chore for Khanna, as there were many late nights spent in July and August getting everything constructed, connected and operational.The new fa cility is a positive side effect of the CO VID-19 pandemic.

“The pandemic seemed to yield a public distrust of the media, and people turned to creating and consuming their own content for entertainment and in fotainment,” Khanna said. “Independent media is our future. In the near future, people will watch their hospital’s chan nel for the latest medical news, their sa lon’s channel for the latest beauty styles

and their local real estate broker for mar ket trends. People will customize their media consumption according to what’s important to them, their beliefs and their emotional connection to the host.”

For Khanna, the opening of Khanna House Studios was the next logical step in her career.

“My background is in public rela tions, strategic communications and media marketing,” Khanna explained. “My family and I have always been quite center on social media. We know the power of social media and how it can positively help scale a business, connect resources and share important messag es — and now we enjoy helping others to do the same!”

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Khanna House Studios owners Akai Jackson and Julie Khanna with Julie’s daughter Devi and son Nikhil.

According to Khanna, digital commu nications content takes many forms.

“Content is any online material such as social media posts, written copy, vid eos, blogs, web site information and photos. Creating content is necessary for anyone interested in having an on line presence and audience, whether you’re a small business or an influencer,” Khanna said.

She runs this new creation space with her children, Lillian, Nikhil and Devi, as well as Akai Jackson, a social media entrepreneur who speaks to cor porations and organizations on mindset and personal development.

Khanna House Studios is truly a oneof-a-kind facility.

“Our studio is very different because it is a content creation studio and pod cast studio all in one,” Khanna said. “I don’t know where one could find anoth er content creation studio with move able walls, green screens for branding options, rearrangeable furniture and the ability to stage different photo opportu nities anywhere near here.”

The services that the studio provides will create powerful connections be

“This new space will be a communi ty-based location where solopreneurs, content creators, business owners and organizations can come together to grow and learn from one another, show case their businesses and create afford able content, whether it is for their social media or any other means of com munications,” Jackson said.

Even though Khanna House Studios has only been operational since Sep tember, many local groups and organiza tions have used the studio, especially for live streaming.

“Surprisingly, we’ve had scores of people and organizations use the studio already,” Khanna said. “And people are using it in some exciting ways. For ex ample, we’ve live-streamed a hands-off CPR demonstration by Wellington Re gional Medical Center and Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue live-streamed a pre sentation by Community Partners of South Florida.”

The list of local clients also includes the Palm Health Foundation, Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches, the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County. According to Khanna, groups are us ing the facility for different purposes.

“We’ve also had podcast parties for people creating milestone keepsakes, rented the studio to photographers and watched people become show hosts,” Khanna said.

The 1,200-square-foot space features a moveable green screen wall, enough room for a client’s step-and-repeat for personalized branding during photo shoots, livestreams and content cre ation, and an entirely brandable, indus trial-chic, natural-light-filled studio slated for photographers and videographers to host their own photoshoots.

With seating for up to four people, three camera angles, optimal lighting

and multiple background choices, pod casters can record an episode or mul tiple episodes in the customizable, sound-proof audio/video studio. Khan na House Studios is also equipped to mix and master any professional audio/ visual content, and podcasters receive their edited episodes within five days, or clients can edit their own content at a discounted rate.

“Whether you’d like to edit your foot age, have us do it, or are interested in cre ating consistent content, we are excited to be able to customize options for our neighbors and fellow business owners,” Khanna said.“It is important to give peo ple options.The moveable green screen wall allows us to create fresh content in seemingly different settings. The option to be or bring your own creative pro fessional or edit your own work allows people options.”

In addition to the rentable space, Khanna House Studios offers events and classes focused on ways that organiza tions or individuals can monetize their podcast, build an advertising deck for their show and entrepreneurship tutor ing. Khanna will also rent the space to creative groups that want to host their events.

“Our space is the growth hub for all things creative and creative collabs,” Khanna said. “The future of media and content creation is changing, and we’re here for it!”

The services of Khanna House Stu dios are not just used by social media gurus and large businesses.

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Women Of The Wellington Chamber Event Supports The Talented Teen Club

The Women of the Wellington Cham ber of Commerce (WOW) held its an nual wine-tasting soiree last month. The event attracted more than 50 guests and netted more than $1,000 for the Talented Teen Club, so that the non profit can provide gift cards for teens at holiday time.

Hosted Oct. 13 at the Hive Suites on Fairlane Farms Road and sponsored by the JH Massey Group, the wine-tasting was led by Sunny Hawkins of Scout & Cellar, purveyor of “clean-crafted” wines.

“Scout & Cellar is a member of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, and, when we approached Sunny Hawkins about helping us with our fundraiser, she graciously agreed,” Event Coordinator Sherron Permashwar said. “We had 10 charcuterie boards around

the room — everything from savory to sweet — and Sunny gave the guests samples of five different wines, while she explained the kinds of wine, the pouring of wine and the pairing of wines. Scout & Cellar also donated a dozen bottles of wine for a raffle, with the winners announced after the tast ing.”

The guests also got to meet a grate ful representative from the Talented Teen Club.

“That donation will help put some lovely smiles on faces at our Gifts for Teens event on Dec. 17,” said Shawn Ho-Hing King, founder of this local non profit organization. “We’ve been giving out gift cards for so many years to old er kids who are sometimes overlooked by those donating to Toys for Tots. This year, we are estimating having more

(Above) Members of the WOW leadership team at the Wine Soiree. (Right) Shawn Ho-Hing King is the founder and CEO of the Talented Teen Club.

than 400 families at our Greenacres location. We are so, so grateful to the Wellington Chamber. They have really stepped up.”

Jennifer Massey-Hernandez, of the business brokerage JH Massey Group, was honored to be the event’s primary sponsor.

“We proudly sponsored this event to provide guests a rewarding evening out, coming together for an amazing cause of support and love, not only for Talented Teens, but also for wom en supporting other women and their businesses,” she said. The Women of Wellington is a collective group of like-minded businesswomen driven to make a difference in the community, while supporting one another’s busi ness, thereby creating a network of sus tainable contacts and resources.”

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Formed nearly 10 years ago, WOW hosts approximately four philanthrop ic events a year, each with a different beneficiary.

“We love supporting our chamber community through supporting our chamber members,” Massey-Hernan dez said.“Therefore, we always look for great ways to incorporate the various philanthropic types of nonprofits that are in our chamber. The Talented Teen Club has a great mission and was a per fect fit, especially leading up to the

holidays. Teens are so often forgotten during the holiday season — and pro viding something to gift them for the holidays was our pleasure.”

The nonprofit Talented Teen Club was founded by King 17 years ago in an effort to build self-esteem and selfconfidence in teens through various programs.

“I lost my mother when I was 10 years old and, to this day, it’s the big gest loss of my life,” King said. “But it was most difficult during my teen

years. Fortunately, I was gifted the natu ral ability to do hair. I got into the beau ty industry, and it literally saved my life. So that’s what I want our teens to do — go toward their natural gifts and abili ties and use that vehicle to build selfesteem and self-confidence.”

She is particularly thankful for the ability to help teenage girls.

“In the beauty industry, I deal with so many women who don’t find their superpower early,” King said. “When I realized that, it really put the gas in my

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tank to form the club. What if I could give young girls and boys the ability to dream and to use their God-given gifts and discover their own superpowers earlier than I did?”

She works closely with her board to decide which programs to put in place by listening to what the teens’ dreams are. “We find a teen’s natural talents, and then get them a mentor in that area,” King said.“If they have lead ership qualities, our Leadership Acad emy program will help them get into leadership roles at their school, or at least as a person, within themselves. Our Track-and-Field program is geared toward helping teens receive scholar ships, as well as being good for their mental health and as an outlet for some physical activity as they navigate this crazy world. Our Youth Cosmetology program and the associated Cosme tology Apprenticeship program gives teens the skillset necessary to go into

the beauty industry of their choice.”

The Talented Teen Club also works to make sure students, especially Title 1 students, have the school supplies nec essary at back-to-school time and, of course, gift cards at holiday time.

“We make sure they get some love at Christmastime and throughout the year,” King said. “The families are so grateful. When you read the notes and letters that they write, just to get on the list… We try to open up our doors each year to new families that are struggling and really need our help.”

To donate in time for holiday giving, contact the Talented Teen Club at (561) 649-1234 by Dec. 10 so the group has time to wrap each gift. Volunteers are also always needed.

Learn more about the Talented Teen Club at www.talentedteenclub. org. For more information about the Women of the Wellington Chamber, visit www.wellingtonchamber.com.

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TREATING PATIENTS WITH CARE & COMPASSION

Brazzale Is The New Chief Medical Officer At Trustbridge

Dr. Katherine Brazzale, a Wellington resident who was recently promoted to chief medical officer at Trustbridge, grew up in England and was studying to be an architect at University College London when she recognized medi cine as her true calling.

Brazzale then fell in love with an American and moved to the United States in 2004. She completed her res idency in family medicine at the Uni versity of Florida, where she was chief resident at Shands in 2008 before be coming the first-ever physician fellow for hospice and palliative care by Trust bridge that same year.

Trustbridge is the nonprofit umbrel la organization for Hospice of Palm Beach County, Hospice of Broward County and Hospice by the Sea. Hav ing long worked with pediatric hos

pice patients for Trustbridge, Brazzale became chief medical officer for the organization this year.

“I love Trustbridge because it’s non profit,” Brazzale said. “Being English, I come from a National Health Service, and I am uncomfortable with the fact that money often delineates what kind of healthcare you get in America. Also, many people are under the impression that ‘hospice’ means that they’re going to take away all your medicines and you’re going to die. Not at Trustbridge. Most of our patients are on Medicare, but Medicare funding is fairly minimal. Here, we can apply to our foundation to get grants for treatments that are not available through regular hospice. For instance, if Medicare doesn’t cover it, but you need a month or two more of dialysis so you can attend your daugh

ter’s wedding, we can go to our founda tion for the funding.”

Brazzale said she loves working with her team, a 130-member group com prised of 30 board-certified or board-el igible doctors, as well as nurses, social workers, chaplains and volunteers. She loves their creative process of “finding a way.”

“Whenever a patient needs some thing, I’m never told no. I’m just asked how I’m going to do it,” Brazzale said. “You have to think outside the box. Some of the situations you walk into, it’s challenging. Most of the patients are very sick, and we get invited into peo ple’s lives — the whole family’s lives. So, I feel it’s a real privilege. They’re in a vulnerable state, and they reveal so much to us. They allow us to get in volved.”

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Wellington resident Dr. Katherine Brazzale is the new chief medical officer at Trustbridge. Wellington’s Dr. Katherine

What she tells her team, first and foremost, is to listen.

“You have to be so careful when you’re entering someone’s home,” Braz zale said.“You want to create a sense of trust. This person may be in real trou ble, and you have to assimilate informa tion very fast. I suggest saying as little as possible. Let them talk. If you look around, are observant, you’ll get clues as to how things are going. You may see a medical drip, an oxygen tank.You may be able to guess what religion they may be or whether they’re alone. In the 15 minutes we are there for a first vis it, there are so many pieces of informa tion we gain in homes that can help us, as opposed to in a clinic. I tell my team to remain humble and respectful. Don’t sit down unless invited. Create the re lationship from there. Foster a feeling of trust.”

In hospice situations, that can be a challenge.

“Some patients are resentful, filled with hostility. Some view me as the Grim Reaper,” Brazzale said. “Or may be the daughter thought it was a good idea, but the patient doesn’t want me there. These people typically have a lot of anger. They’re angry that they’re sick, and they’re frightened. The worst thing would be that they don’t let you in or ask you to leave. It can go horribly wrong.You need to tread lightly and lis ten. You want to meet the needs of the patient, rather than deciding what you think they need. If a patient asks me to

— Dr. Katherine Brazzale leave, I leave. I’ll try to reach out again later, but it depends how much turmoil there is.”

In many situations, the whole fam ily may be under stress. That’s when Brazzale may bring along another team member.

“If a patient is having a hard time with wound care or symptom man agement, that’s my job,” Brazzale said. “It often helps to have a joint visit that includes a nurse or chaplain. But if a family member or spouse is also hav ing issues, I might bring along a social worker, who can be working with the spouse while I’m working with the pa tient. That’s the beauty of hospice — you’re working as a team the whole time.”

Trustbridge’s efforts extend beyond the patient in many ways. Among the many bereavement programs offered is Club Seahorse.

“Once a year, children who are be reaved come together in a camp run by Trustbridge volunteers,” she ex plained. “And we have a bereavement team who reaches out to family mem bers after the patient has passed to let them know that there are bereavement groups out there if they need them.”

Pet therapy and music therapy are also Trustbridge offerings.

“Music therapy is not just enter tainment,” Brazzale said. “Particularly in dementia patients, it’s wonderful to see their response to familiar music as the music therapist works with them.

That’s what sets Trustbridge apart — inpatient or outpatient, we can sup ply our patients with these additional things.”

Under Brazzale’s leadership, there will also be increased participation with the Veterans Administration. “We currently partner with them, and we do hold a ceremony for our veterans, but veterans do have specific experi ences and specific needs that we need to take into consideration,” she said.

Another push forward is Trust bridge’s partnership with the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Founda tion, which works to provide philan thropic support to ensure the ongoing availability of safe, quality, cost-effective healthcare for children and their fami lies, regardless of ability to pay.

“At Trustbridge, we do applicative care consults in hospitals and hos pice for young patients who have six months or more left — as well as pallia tive care — but our focus is still on get ting children home,” Brazzale said. “We always hope that, even with symptoms, people can continue to live their lives.”

As she continues to have a soft spot in her heart for pediatrics, Braz zale hopes her new administrative role doesn’t keep her from one-on-one con tact with patients.

“I’ve been with Trustbridge 14 years now,” she said. “I still visit facilities and assisted living centers, and I’m learn ing a bit more about the administrative work. I’m thrilled to be in this position — a little scared, too. I think healthcare is such a difficult thing, ever-changing. Yet I would rather be in the driving seat, navigating the change, rather than ex periencing the change downstream… I hope I never get disconnected from those home visits and become purely administrative and lose sight of that. It’s going to be an adventure.”

To learn more about Trustbridge and its services, call (561) 848-5200 or visit www.trustbridge.com.

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“Whenever a patient needs something, I’m never told no. I’m just asked how I’m going to do it. You have to think outside the box.”

VILLAGE COUNCIL

Happy holidays to you, your family, and your neighbors! Whether you’re putting up a tree, lighting a menorah, or celebrating Kwanzaa— we send infinite cheerful wishes to everyone observing a celebration. On behalf of the Village of Wellington, we wish you a cheerful end to 2022 and a prosperous New Year.

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Tampa General Hospital Adds Second TGH Imaging Facility In Palm Beach County

As part of its commitment to connect ing the Palm Beach and Treasure Coast communities to highly complex medi cal care,Tampa General Hospital (TGH) has acquired Palm Beach Radiology in North Palm Beach, its second outpatient imaging facility in the area.

Remaining in the same location at 733 U.S. Highway 1, Building 2B, North Palm Beach, the full-service radiology center will now be known as TGH Im aging. The same physicians — Dr. Don ald Goodwin, Dr. Walter Forman and Dr. Robert Stickle — will lead the practice. The same team of radiologists, technolo

gists and support staff will continue to provide the exceptional customer ser vice and experience that the communi ty has come to expect. Patients now also enjoy access to a TGH Imaging PET/CT center in Palm Beach Gardens.

Accredited by the American Col lege of Radiology (ACR),TGH Imaging’s board-certified, subspecialized on-site radiologists work as a team with high ly trained technologists to offer patients high-quality exam results, often available on the same day.TGH Imaging brings to gether essential assets to significantly in crease access, maximize efficiency, and

continue to provide high-quality im ages and excellent customer service to patients and physicians in Palm Beach County. It is also an ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

“Adding a highly experienced and clinically excellent team such as Palm Beach Radiology will round out our ser vices offerings to the Palm Beach and Treasure Coast communities,” said Sher ri Lewman, senior vice president of en terprise imaging at TGH.“Patients in the area can now receive imaging exams within the Tampa General system, mak ing for a more seamless experience.”

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As a diagnostic resource for both pa tients and physicians, TGH Imaging of fers a range of exams, including highfield, short-bore MRI (including breast MRI), multidetector CT, image-guided biopsies, 3D mammography, ultrasound, bone density scan and digital X-ray.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to be part of an academic medical center that expands care options to our community, while continuing the level of care and services that our patients and referring physicians have come to expect from us since we opened our doors in 2007,” said Goodwin, a radiolo gist and co-founder of Palm Beach Radi ology. “We are eager to leverage the ex pertise and resources of Tampa General to provide another level of support for our patients.”

TGH Imaging will not only support patients and physicians in the South Florida area, but also work closely with the academic medical center’s TGH Cancer Institute, allowing for a more streamlined process from diagnosis to treatment.

The teams will take a multidisci plinary approach and strongly empha size compassionate and personalized care that focuses on the whole patient. Should patients require treatment in Tampa, they can return home to the east coast for follow-up care with their healthcare provider.

This recent acquisition continues TGH’s east coast expansion. For the past two years, Tampa General has been cre ating a framework of state-of-the-art ser vices for patients in the Palm Beach and Treasure Coast areas with the expertise

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and innovation of a preeminent aca demic medical center.

The Florida East Coast initiative in cludes another TGH Imaging center in Palm Beach Gardens, and alliances with the Cancer Center of South Florida and Gastro Group of the Palm Beaches. It has established TGH General Surgeons of the Palm Beaches, with renowned West Palm Beach robotic surgeons Dr. Daniel R. Higgins and Dr. Itzhak Shasha. The TGH Cancer Institute also recently partnered with West Palm Beach-based physicians Dr. Robert Scoma, a thoracic surgical oncologist, and Dr. Jason Hecht man, a breast cancer surgeon.

“We are the State of Florida’s hospital. We want to support, complement and augment current care in the communi ty, so patients can get what they need without leaving the state,” said John Couris, president and CEO of TGH. “As a research and academic hospital, we’re not just practicing medicine. We’re de fining how it is practiced. TGH is build ing a patient-centered system to deliver world-class care.”

Tampa General Hospital is the thirdhighest-ranked hospital in Florida by U.S. News & World Report for 202223, the primary teaching affiliate of the USF Health Morsani College of Medi

cine, and has been Florida’s leading aca demic medical center for more than 50 years. Patients who need a higher level of care have a direct connection to Tam pa General’s academic medical center resources through its academic affilia tion, including research breakthroughs, a wider variety of clinical trials and op tions for advanced immunotherapy procedures, enhanced personal treat ment plans, and a convenient path to complex surgeries.

TGH has been affiliated with the USF Health Morsani College of Medi cine since the school was created in the early 1970s. TGH is the primary teach ing affiliate of the medical school at the University of South Florida, and more than 300 medical school residents are assigned to Tampa General Hospital for specialty training in areas ranging from general internal medicine to neurosur gery. In addition, USF medical, nursing, pharmacy and physical therapy stu dents all receive part of their training at TGH. Faculty of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine admit and care for patients at Tampa General, as do private practice physicians, many of whom also serve as adjunct clinical faculty at USF.

To learn more about TGH Imaging, visit www.tghimaging.com.

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“Adding a highly experienced and clinically excellent team such as Palm Beach Radiology will round out our services offerings to the Palm Beach and Treasure Coast communities.”
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“Our logo, which features a lion, is actually a door knocker and used by many as ‘guardian of the home’, the lion represents strength, pride and protection. It is also majestic, fierce and, of course, known as the ‘King of the Jungle.’”

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DECADES OF EXPERIENCE

Realtor Steven Prince Brings His Unique Expertise To Clients Looking To Buy Or Sell A Home

If you are looking for a real estate agent with experience and unmatched know-how, Steven Prince of the Tolliver Prince Realty Group is a great choice to be your professional companion throughout the real estate transaction process.

Prince, a longtime resident of Wel lington who grew up and attended middle school and high school in the community, understands Wellington’s real estate scene very well. He has 26 years of experience in the local real es tate industry — six years as a real estate appraiser and 20 years as a real estate agent. Since 2012, he has been a manag ing partner with Tolliver Prince Realty, where his specialty is in mortgage lend ing.

The key to Prince’s success in the real estate industry is his intimate knowledge of all aspects of the buying and selling of property. His skill set is rather unique.

“I originally became licensed as a mortgage lender 26 years ago,” Prince said.“At that time, I was hired by World Savings, and they trained me to become a real estate appraiser. I worked for the bank for three years before leaving and becoming a full-time mortgage broker. In 2002, I realized that I worked hard at obtaining a mortgage license and an appraisal license, so I figured getting my

real estate license would just add more credibility. So, that is exactly what I did.”

At Tolliver Prince Realty, Prince spearheads a team of 10 real estate pro fessionals who guide clients through any given real estate buying or selling experience. According to Prince, many real estate deals fall through the cracks, so to speak, because of a lack of under standing of all the “ins and outs” of the real estate business.

Prince, who lives in Wellington’s Sugar Pond Manor neighborhood, de scribes himself as a real estate trouble shooter who understands the language of banks and underwriters. Not every real estate agent can confidently make such a claim. But Prince’s background as an appraiser, in banking and in devel opment puts him in a unique position in the real estate profession.

To truly understand and appreciate Tolliver Prince Realty’s commitment to excellent customer service, look no further than the organization’s logo.

“Our logo, which features a lion, is actually a door knocker and used by many as ‘guardian of the home,’” Prince explained. “The lion represents strength, pride and protection. It is also majestic, fierce and, of course, known as the ‘King of the Jungle.’ We wanted our clients to know that Tolliver Prince Realty will serve as a ‘guardian of their

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home’ throughout the real estate sale process.”

While the logo gives you an idea of the group’s commitment to highquality customer service, it’s more important to emphasize the ability of Prince and his team to navigate pitfalls during the process of buying and selling a home.

“Hands down, our experience and backgrounds in this business are second to none,” he said. “There are very few, if any, real estate firms or individual agents who have a real estate appraisal, mortgage and development background. There are some fantastic Realtors out there, but there are so many moving parts inside a real estate transaction that stretch far beyond the Realtor’s duties, such as appraisal, title, financing, survey and inspection. Many transactions fall apart because of a lack of experience.”

At Tolliver Prince, clients are treated

like they are going to board an airplane where the goal is to arrive safely at their final destination.

“We use a ‘boarding pass’ as a means of educating our buyers and sellers,” Prince explained.“Our goal is to get our clients from Point A to Point B, safely. During the flight, we may hit turbulence, but a skilled pilot knows how to navigate through the turbulence.This is exactly why technology will never take away the Realtor. Technology cannot solve the emotions of a buyer and seller when things start to go south.”

Regardless of where you live in Wellington or beyond, and what kind of real estate price point you are considering, Tolliver Prince is wellpositioned to lend a helping hand. “We are well-versed in equestrian, waterfront and golf communities in Wellington,” Prince said. “The bulk of our sales are $500,000 and north, but we still work with clients with lower

price points.”

One of Prince’s past clients, who had a great real estate experience with him, is Todd Fronrath, a partner with the West Palm Beach law firm of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath.

“Steve did a great job listing and helping to sell my home in Wellington,” Fronrath said. “The deal was going along smoothly until about two days before closing. There was an issue with the buyer and the appraisal. Steve went above and beyond to meet with the other agent, the buyer and the lender to work out the details. He did an outstanding job, and I sold the home. Since then, he has helped other members of my family with their real estate needs.”

To reach Steven Prince of the Tolliver Prince Realty Group, call (561) 7197474 or (800) 596-1035, e-mail steve@ tolliverprince.com or visit on the web at www.tolliverprince.com.

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OUR SCHOOL GRANTS ACCOMPLISH

This year’s Wellington Schools feature series in Wellington The Magazine was presented in conjunction with the Wel lington Community Foundation’s “Our Schools” grant program.

The WCF Board of Directors — in cluding Chair Tom Wenham, Vice Chair Maria Becker, Treasurer Hope Barron, Secretary Jim Sackett, and directors Joanna Boynton, Dr. Gordon Johnson, Barry Manning, James Seder, Pam Tahan and Maggie Zeller — voted unanimous

ly at the start of the year to present this grant to all 11 public schools in Welling ton, specifically to be used throughout the “arts departments” in 2022. Welling ton The Magazine followed the prog ress along the way, featuring one of the schools each month throughout 2022, speaking with the principal at each school and learning more about that school.

Wellington Regional Medical Center hosted a special breakfast event for the

principals and other Wellington school representatives in January to launch this innovative program. The principals were invited by the Wellington Com munity Foundation as the recipients of the “Our Schools” grant, through which the foundation supported the fine arts departments at each school.

Although the arts are usually among the first departments in schools to have budgets slashed,Wellington schools still have a robust arts program to offer, and

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$11,000 In Grants Were Distributed To All 11 Wellington Schools’ Arts Departments In 2022
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(L-R) WCF Board Member Maggie Zeller, WCF Board Member Michael Gauger, Palm Beach Central High School Activities Coordinator Gail Marshall, WCF Board Member Dr. Gordon Johnson, Wellington High School Head Administrator Daniel Stechschulte, Wellington Landings Middle School Principal Lindsay Ingersoll, Polo Park Middle School Counselor Kris Connors, Equestrian Trails Elementary School Principal Michele Chorniewy, Emerald Cove Middle School Assistant Principal April Morphesis, Panther Run Elementary School Principal Edilia De La Vega, Elbridge Gale Elementary School Counselor Nicole Martinez, New Horizons Elementary School Principal Dana Pallaria, Wellington Elementary School Principal Dr. Maria Vaughan, WRMC Chief Operating Officer John Mark Atchley, WCF Chair Tom Wenham, WCF Vice Chair Maria Becker, WCF Board Member Don Gross and WCF Board Member Jim Sackett. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN

the WCF board wanted to ensure that this grant can help keep that in place.

Johnson added that music, drawing and other artistic activities engage stu dents and give them avenues to use their creativity in ways the academic classrooms do not. Manning agreed.“All of our students need outlets, especially during these challenging times,” he said.

Tahan, who also serves as CEO of Wellington Regional Medical Center, of fered to host the special breakfast in the Community Conference Room on the hospital’s campus, and the new annual principal’s breakfast was born.

Tahan and her staff did a wonderful job organizing and preparing the room, the menu, and takeaway gifts for all the principals. The buffet-style breakfast in cluded a made-to-order omelet station with all the fixings, French toast cas serole, bacon, sausage, kielbasa, home fries with peppers and onions, fresh fruit, assorted Danishes, and coffee, wa ter and freshly squeeze orange juice.

The principals and other school rep resentatives, along with the foundation board members, including two newly elected board members, Michael Gaug er and Donald Gross, were welcomed with opening remarks by WRMC Chief Operating Officer John Mark Atchley, who thanked everyone for taking the time out of their busy schedules and joining in on this breakfast prepared just for them.

Wenham, chair of the foundation, also thanked everyone for coming and thanked the WRMC team for putting on a great event. He went on to thank each of the schools for all that they are doing for the community’s children.

“We know it has been hard,” he said, adding that events like the breakfast serve to further enhance and better the community’s understanding of Wel lington’s schools.“Coming together like this is something we should consider doing more often.”

Becker, who recently stepped down as vice chair of the foundation, noted the happy reason for the day’s event.

“Today, we were able to bring to gether representatives from all of our local schools and award them money that they can now use to help fund a part of the budget that is often over looked, the arts,” she said.“The arts pro vide a needed outlet for students at a time when they need it most. I’m ex cited to see how each school uses the funds to enrich the lives of their stu dents. This morning has been a classic example of what makes our village an amazing community for families with children.”

The foundation’s “Our Schools” grants have been awarded for the past five years with a different concentra tion of spending, varying from elemen tary after school programs to middle school requests for laptops to addition al tutoring staff to assisting students needing help affording the annual safe ty patrol trip.

The grants have targeted either el ementary schools, middle schools or high schools independently each year. But this year, the board felt it was neces sary to fund every Wellington school — and found the budget to do so.

The foundation recently passed a 2023 budget that once again includes funding for all 11 schools. The founda tion will work with school principals to identify another area from each school that can utilize the grant dollars to ben efit Wellington students.

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These projects are only made possi ble through the hundreds of generous donors, annual sponsors and volunteers that continue to support Wellington’s neighbors through the leadership of the Wellington Community Foundation and its board of directors. It is just one way that the community continues to show up and help its most vulnerable members — children, seniors and vet erans.

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