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WELLINGTON OCTOBER 2019

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October 2019

Features

PALM BEACH BRIDES 2019: TELL US YOUR WEDDING STORY Through the pages of our annual Palm Beach Brides issue, we share with readers the unique stories of four local couples as they made their journey down the aisle on one of the most exciting days of their lives. Each shares their highlight of the day and personal, touching events that made their wedding special. By Deborah Welky

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THAT ONE SPECIAL DRESS, FOR THAT ONE SPECIAL DAY

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QUESTIONS? LET’S ASK A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERT

Since there are so many wedding dresses to choose from, it is nearly impossible to know which style is right for you. Wellington’s own Bacio Bacio Bridal Boutique gave us a grand tour of their warm and inviting showroom. Featured in our Bridal Fashion pictorial are some of the latest styles from the boutique adorning brides this season. Most brides and grooms describe their wedding day as among the most magical moments of their lives. However, moments do not last forever — unless they are captured by your wedding photographer. We spoke with award-winning wedding photographers Stacey and Brandon Poirier of Poirier Wedding Photography to get their pointers and suggestions about what to look for when hiring a photographer for your big day, and how to capture forever those amazing memories that will last a lifetime.

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MEET ANDREA PLEVIN OF ABOVE AND BEYOND PARTY DÉCOR

Tatiana Yaques first began riding horses as a young girl growing up in Miami. In high school, her trainer moved to Wellington. Yaques began commuting from Miami to Wellington to continue her equestrian training and fell in love with the community, which she now serves through her company CCTV Agent, the largest security camera company in Palm Beach County. With life comes milestones, many of which are celebrated as special and unique occasions. Andrea Plevin of Above and Beyond Party Décor has built her business around making clients happy by bringing their dream celebrations to life. Above and Beyond can handle any type of function, from a personal backyard birthday party for two, to a 500-guest event at an exclusive country club. By Callie Sharkey

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WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Wellington Rotary Club Hosts Annual Race For The Red & Blue 5K Casino Night At Wellington National Supports The Binks Forest PTA Asphalt Angels Host Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show In Wellington Wellington Marks 9/11 Anniversary At Patriot Memorial Ceremony

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Wellington’s Office of Financial Management and Budget is setting the standard for practice and policy across the nation. More than just the purse strings for the village, OFMB is directly connected to every department — and every resident. By Callie Sharkey The Poké Company is fast casual food in a build-your-own bowl, balanced with both flavor and texture in every single bite. Based on a popular Hawaiian dish, the concept is basically sushi in a bowl, quick and delicious. The growing franchise opened in June in the Pointe at Wellington Green. By Melanie Kopacz

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ON THE COVER Featured on the cover is Sahir and Jessica Quraeshi, who wed recently at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. They are among the featured couples in Palm Beach Brides 2019. PHOTO BY POIRIER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

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WELLINGTON Bringing You The Best Of Wellington Since 2004

THE MAGAZINE

volume 16, number 10 October 2019

executive editor

Joshua I. Manning

publisher

Dawn Rivera

senior graphic designer Stephanie Rodriguez

graphic designers

Nancy Pobiak Yolanda Cernicky

account managers

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photography Abner Pedraza

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

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PALM BEACH BRIDES 2019: Tell Us Your Wedding Story

Weddings are celebrations of love! “Tell Us Your Wedding Story” takes us along on the journey of four local couples who were recently married — each with their own spirit and design flair. Telling their unique stories are Jessica and Sahir, who celebrated their special day at the International Polo Club Palm Beach; Kayli and Charlie, who were married at the Wanderers Club; Kimberly and David, who wed at the Wellington National Golf Club; and Caitlin and Andrew, who began their new life together at the Wellington Community Center. Also in this Palm Beach Brides issue, we once again teamed up with local bridal gown expert Lenyce Boyd of Bacio Bacio Bridal Boutique to showcase some of the most stunning gowns of the year, featured in our fashion pictorial. Thank you to all of our photography partners for allowing us to share your beautiful photography with our readers, helping us capture the moment in time. Wrapping up our Palm Beach Brides section, we spoke with Stacey and Brandon Poirier of Poirier Wedding Photography to get their pointers and suggestions about what to look for when hiring a photographer for your big day, and how to capture forever those amazing memories that will last a lifetime. A lifelong equestrian and an attorney, Wellington resident Tatiana Yaques is now in the business of keeping Wellington-area homes and businesses safe as the owner of CCTV Agent, the largest security camera company in Palm Beach County. Yaques and her company are profiled in this month’s issue. Wellington Professional this month visits with Andrea Plevin of Above and Beyond Party Décor, who has built her business around making clients happy by bringing their dream celebrations to life. Team Wellington chats with members of Wellington’s Office of Financial Management and Budget, which works hard to keep the Village of Wellington in the black. Wellington Real Estate profiles John Gerard “JP” Picone of Home Loan Experts, who enjoys helping clients with their mortgage needs, while Wellington Health sits down with Dr. Jason Gorscak of the Florida Eye Microsurgical Institute, who uses state-of-the-art technology to protect his patients’ sight. Finally, Wellington Table visits the Poké Company, which has reframed a traditional Hawaiian dish for Florida fish lovers. The team at Wellington The Magazine truly enjoys bringing you our annual Palm Beach Brides issue, and this year was no different. If you are planning that special day, be sure to check out our web site to download your Palm Beach Brides 2019 checklist to assist you in planning the wedding of your dreams. As our eyes turn from summer to fall, we’re excited about what lays ahead. Watch for our Official Equestrian Season Preview edition coming to you in November for all the “must-knows” for the upcoming season.

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Wellington Rotary Club Hosts Annual Race For The Red & Blue 5K

(Left to right) The men’s top three were Dean Marrone (third), Billy Connors (first) and Georgios Loudaros (second); the three fastest ladies were Dana Cantwell (third), Caroline Oehlerich (second) and Kristen Admunsen (first); and Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig finishes the race.

The Rotary Club of Wellington hosted its Race for the Red & Blue First Responders 5K on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Wellington Amphitheater. The race brought the community together in support of emergency responders. The top finisher overall was 12-year-old Billy Connors, with a time of 20:50. He was followed by Georgios Loudaros at 21:30, and Dean Marrone in third with a time of 22:43. The top female finishers were Kristen Admundsen at 23:20, Caroline Oehlerich in second at 23:42 and Dana Cantwell at 24:06 for third.

(Left to right) PBCFR cadet Dalton Blinn fires off confetti as the runners take off; PBCFR Cadet Advisor Chris Yurick, PBSO Chief Deputy Michael Gauger and PBCFR Deputy Chief Doug McGlynn battle to cross the finish line first; Daniel and Damian Nosistel ran hard for blue; Jason Jaworski is pumped to cross the finish line; Angel Adams and Mickey Smith of LLL&S Law handed out cooling towels; and Pat Keeler crosses the finish line.

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Casino Night At Wellington National Supports The Binks Forest PTA

(Left to right) Event Chair Farryl Brooke, Principal Michella Levy, Event Chair Jennifer Rodriguez and PTA President Maureen Alvarez; Wellington Vice Mayor Mike and Cyndi Napoleone, Caroline Epstein, and Jenny and Stephen Levin; and Kathy Zangen and Claudine Ashley.

The Binks Forest Elementary School PTA hosted its third annual Party With A Purpose casino night and auction on Saturday, Sept. 14 to raise funds for the school. The event was held at the Wellington National Golf Club and included silent and ticket auctions with an Asian buffet. Money raised will be used to purchase a writing program for upper grades and reading kits for lower grades.

(Left to right) Jason and Marlize Cohn with Mandy and Jason Applebaum; PTA board members gather for a group photo; Jennifer Martinez, Julie Khanna and Uzma Aijaz; Adrienne Dowling, Kerrie Egan, Lori Michaels and Brandie Soto; and Joe and Meghan Whitten.

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Asphalt Angels Host Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show In Wellington

(Left) Asphalt Angels Car Club members Frank Melillo, Buzzy Morlock, Joe Wagner, Louise Melillo, Linda Grist, Sharon Morlock, Linda Gash, Jerry Gash and Jerry Grist. (Right) Mike Lukens, Patriot Guard Rider Jeff Garten and PBCFR Capt. Matt Willhite.

The Asphalt Angels Car Club hosted its first Kids & Teens Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show on Friday, Sept. 13 at the Wellington Marketplace. There were raffles and free pizza. All the proceeds benefited the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program. Car show winners were: Andy Massie for adult car (1936 Ford), Robert Verrastro for adult truck (2004 Chevy SSR), Phil Baxter for adult motorcycle (2017 CanAm Spyder), Kieran Sheehan for kids car (2017 Acura NSX), Roberto Torres for kids truck (1988 Jeep Wrangler) and Jeff Garten for kids motorcycle (2000 HD Fatboy).

(Left to right) Joe Wagner with his Honda Gold Wing; Pam Finkleman, Phyllis Gauger and Alice Saroka; Jerry Gash with his 1964 Pontiac GTO; Mike, Phyllis and PBSO Chief Deputy Michael Gauger; members of PBSO Explorers Post 115; and Fran Gentry hands out pizza.

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Wellington Marks 9/11 Anniversary At Patriot Memorial Ceremony

(Left) Members of the Wellington Village Council lay a wreath at the Patriot Memorial. (Right) Council members and State Rep. Matt Willhite gather with first responders.

The Village of Wellington hosted its annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Wellington Patriot Memorial. Mayor Anne Gerwig welcomed the crowd, which included a number of retired New York City firefighters and police officers. The ceremony included speeches from village officials recalling those who lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks 18 years ago. Also speaking was Nicole Coates, who told the story of the long trip the Patriot Memorial’s Twin Tower relic took before it arrived at its current home.

(Left to right) Nicole Coates with PBSO Capt. Rolando Silva; Thomas O’Rourke (FDNY), Michael O’Rourke (FDNY), John Murphy (NYPD) holding a photo of Mark McKay (FDNY) and Kevin Bond (FDNY); Jason, Lorelai, Kelly and Luke Price pay their respects in front of the eternal flame; retired FDNY Lt. Dennis Duffy, retired FDNY firefighter Bob Potts and Elizabeth Potts; and Julietta Vargas with Blair, Zory and Flip Arbelaez.

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Through the pages of our annual Palm Beach Brides issue, we share with readers the unique stories of four local couples as they made their journey down the aisle on one of the most exciting days of their lives. Each shares their highlight of the day and personal, touching events that made their wedding special. We will also share the latest in bridal gown fashion and hear from local wedding photographers Stacey and Brandon Poirier of Poirier Wedding Photography on some important items to consider when choosing how to capture your wedding day.

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Sahir &Jessica

Said I Do Story by Deborah Welky Images Poirier Wedding Photography Location International Polo Club Palm Beach

“One of the most magical moments for us was when we paraded on our horses and carriages toward the venue and first saw our wedding venue all decorated. It really hit me in that moment how special the day was, how much effort our families had put into making this event magical, and how happy I was to be marrying my best friend.� 24

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Jessica and Sahir Quraeshi don’t list just one day as their “wedding date” but four. They needed four to fit in all the American and Pakistani customs. But this expansive celebration had humble beginnings when they met in the hallways of Wellington High School. “Sahir’s friend had a crush on me, and Sahir was trying to be a good wingman and introduce us,” Jessica recalled. The meeting went smoothly, but when Sahir and Jessica found themselves in the same Spanish class, they quickly became close friends. Before long, they found themselves very interested in one another. By 2011, there was no turning back. “That’s when we finally gave fuel to this flame we started in high school,” Jessica recalled. From the time she was a baby to about the age of 11, Jessica’s family took summer vacations on Siesta Key, the birthplace of many of her fondest memories. “Sahir took me to Siesta Key and proposed to me at sunset,” Jessica said. “Worst wingman ever.” From the time her future groom proposed through early November 2018, it was plan, plan, organize and plan. The logistics were incredible. For the three-day Pakistani wedding, Max Sadik Photography took the pictures and video. “On the Mehendi night (Nov. 10), in traditional Pakistani style, we had a dance-off between the families at Escue Farms,” Sahir said. “Everyone brought their A game and, it was one of our fondest memories of the entire wedding.”

For the American wedding, it was Poirier Wedding Photography. “On the American wedding day (Nov. 11) at the International Polo Club, I wore a dolphin brooch on my bouquet that belonged to my aunt who had passed away the year before,” Jessica said. “It was very special to me because it made me feel like she was there with me.” Jessica wore a wedding dress designed by Haley Paige, and Jennifer Goudreau was her maid of honor. Sahir had Shahmir and Ayaan Quraeshi act as best men. The newlyweds’ first dance was to “Greatest Love Story” by Lanco. “Everything was absolutely perfect, especially the food, and it was a dream come true for both of us,” Jessica said. “We felt so very loved and blessed to have all of our family and friends by our side. It was the best weekend of our lives.” Immediately following the event, the couple headed for Walt Disney World. “Jessica must be the world’s biggest Disney fan, so we initially did a honeymoon to Disney World so she could feel like the princess she is,” Sahir said. “We later took a European trip to Germany, France and England.” The happy couple is very thankful for all those who made their wedding so magical. “We would like to thank our families for the massive love and support they continue to give us,” Sahir said. “They have given us the joy and memories of an amazing wedding week, and so much more.”

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Kayli &Charlie

Said I Do Story by Deborah Welky Images Scribbled Moments Photography Location The Wanderers Club

“About 30 minutes before our ceremony, Charlie and I stood back to back, hand in hand. We could feel and hear each other, but we never saw each other. We exchanged ‘love letters’ with each other at that time and just soaked in our last few minutes before our walk down the aisle.” 26

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Born and raised in Wellington, Kayli Payne and Charlie Plaia are living happily ever after, and they owe it all to Charlie’s friend Matt. Kayli met Matt at a polo match in 2014. He later invited Kayli to a barbecue at Charlie’s house. As it turned out, the invite was a fortuitous move — not for Matt, but for Charlie. “Charlie cooked dinner that night for the group of people who were over,” Kayli recalled. “He grilled steaks just the way he liked them — medium rare. I definitely prefer my steaks well done, but I toughed it up and ate it to be polite.” Charlie and Kayli began to date casually until they went on a trip together about six months later. “We went on a vacation to St. Thomas. I think I realized he was ‘the one’ on that trip. Everything was just so right — we snorkeled with sea turtles, drove a golf cart around the island, went to local hangouts, ate delicious food — it couldn’t have been better. It was perfect, every part of it. You couldn’t separate our hands or knock the smiles off our faces for the whole week we were there.” Kayli was beginning to know Charlie better, and she liked what she was seeing. A trip to Kauai, Hawaii, sealed the deal. “It was July 23, 2017 — his birthday!” Kayli said. “We woke up that morning to watch the sun rise. I was taking pictures of the sunrise on Charlie’s phone, and when I turned around to give his phone back to him, he pulled me in close and then got down on one

knee. It was picture-perfect and completely unexpected.” The couple tied the knot on May 12, 2018 on the balcony of the Wanderers Club in front of 180 guests. Kayli wore a Morilee gown by Madeline Gardner and carried a bouquet with a piece of lace from her mother’s wedding dress wrapped around the floral stems. Kayli had two maids of honor in Brittney Ladwig and Cindy Orsenigo. The best man was Derek Hart. The newlyweds’ first dance was to Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight,” and it was recorded in photographs by Olga Padron from Scribbled Moments Photography and on video by 5 Star Productions. Kayli’s favorite memory of the day, however, was of things to come. “About 30 minutes before our ceremony, Charlie and I stood back to back, hand in hand. We could feel and hear each other, but we never saw each other,” he said. “We exchanged ‘love letters’ and just soaked in our last few minutes before our walk down the aisle. Then, still back to back, Charlie passed me a folder that revealed all the details of our honeymoon that he planned. I had no idea where we were going until right then. It was really special, and I was so excited to see what he had been planning!” It turned out to be quite a trip. “We went on a European cruise with stops in Italy, France and Spain,” Kayli said. “After the cruise, we stayed in Sicily, where Charlie’s family is from, for a week. We were gone for three weeks total, and it was all so beautiful!”

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David &Kimberly

Said I Do Story by Deborah Welky Images J Millon Photography Location Wellington National Golf Club

“I wanted everything to be perfect, but the second I walked out in front of 100-plus people, there was nothing more perfect to me than the man standing at the end of the aisle waiting to make me his wife. The moment our eyes met as I walked toward him was the day’s most magical moment.” 28

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Kimberly Manger and David Tranes wed in the courtyard of the Wellington National Golf Club, moving inside to the ballroom for the reception. J Millon Photography and Chris Brown Videography captured the day. “We met a few times, had some mutual friends and, over time, got to talking and became friends,” Kimberly recalled. “Our love grew stronger as we grew together. In 2018, we had plans to watch fireworks on the Fourth of July at the Marriott in Delray Beach — something we had always wanted to do. Then, just as the fireworks began, David got down on one knee and proposed!” Their big day came on July 21, 2019. “I spent months working on each detail of our day,” she said. “I can’t tell you how long it took me to make the place cards and address the invitations!” Kimberly gives an extra shout-out of thanks to OMG Flower Boutique of Boynton Beach, Christy’s Bakery in Wellington and DJ Lady Shay. Her dress was designed by Essense of Australia and purchased through Mariolka’s Bridal Boutique. She got to show it off during the couple’s first dance at “Better Today” by Coffey Anderson. There was another important dance as well. “My father passed away some years ago,” Kimberly explained. “It always made my heart wrench knowing I’d never have the traditional ‘father-daughter’ dance. I was going to skip it entirely, but I decided to surprise my mom with a ‘mother-daughter’ dance. After all, she

raised me to be the woman I am today.” The women danced to “Count On Me” by Bruno Mars and, during the song, Kimberly’s two sisters joined in, too. “We didn’t have a maid of honor, but joining us in our marriage was my daughter Alexis,” Kimberly said. “She played many important roles in our wedding. We also didn’t have a best man, but we did have a really charming ringbearer in David’s nephew, William. He kept our rings safe and, later, stole many hearts on the dance floor!” Kimberly doesn’t regret the amount of time she spent planning and orchestrating her wedding. “I promise, I was not a bridezilla,” she stressed. “I just wanted everything to be perfect. And all of our vendors played such an important role in our special day. But the second I walked out in front of 100-plus people, there was nothing more perfect to me than the man standing at the end of the aisle waiting to make me his wife. As I walked toward him, the most magical moment was the moment our eyes met. At the end of the day, you can take all the glamour of our wedding away, and I still would have been the happiest woman alive to be marrying my husband, the love of my life.” The couple hasn’t yet had a chance to take a real honeymoon, but they did escape to Sanibel island for a few days — at least, until the trip was cut short by the threat of Hurricane Dorian. “But so nice to get away,” Kimberly said of the opportunity to spend some time together as a couple.

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Wellington High School alumni Andrew and Caitlin Holloway have known each other almost all their lives — even though they were not initially aware of it. “We were going through some old T-ball photos, and I said, ‘Hey, I had that coach!’ Turned out we were on the same team, back when we were five and six years old,” Andrew explained. Fast forward to ages 16 and 17, and the two were re-introduced by mutual friends on the Boys & Girls Club baseball fields during batting practice. They began hanging out on their own and then dating. On March 25, 2017, they tied the knot at the Wellington Community Center. But Andrew knew they were meant to be together long before that. “I knew Caitlin was the one the day we met,” Andrew said. “I’ve never had a connection with anyone like the one I have with her. She’s my best friend and my world.” Caitlin is thankful to have a husband as supportive as Andrew. “I knew Andrew was the one during college,” she said. “His support of my goals and growth were unparalleled to anyone else. He believes in me, and I love him with all my heart! He’s my favorite person.” The official proposal took place in Spain, while the couple was on a 12-day Contiki European excursion. “I had planned to ask her during the trip,” Andrew said. “I brought the ring with me and carried it around for 10

days, just waiting for the perfect opportunity. It was while we were in the hotel room, talking about our relationship and reminiscing about the time we’d spent in Europe and the memories we’ll have, when I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. We’d been together forever.” The wedding itself at the Wellington Community Center was simple and perfect. Caitlin wore a dress that she had purchased at Mariolka’s Bridal Boutique in Boynton Beach, and Gina Sullo of Gina Marie Photography was the photographer. For the big day, Andrew’s three brothers served as groomsmen, while Caitlin’s three cousins were bridesmaids — all honored equally. As family members from California, New York and Philadelphia looked on, the couple exchanged vows, then danced their first dance as husband and wife to “Head Over Boots” by Jon Pardi and “One Wish” by Ray J. “We didn’t go on a honeymoon, but we travel a lot — about twice a month for softball tournaments,” Andrew explained. As part of the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Adult Slow Pitch Softball Travel Team, the couple has been to Oregon, Tennessee and throughout Florida to locations such as Tampa, Sebring and Tallahassee. “Every trip with her is a honeymoon to me,” Andrew said. So, diamonds really are a girl’s best friend — baseball diamonds, that is.

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ng Photography Expert What To Look For When Hiring The Perfect Wedding Photographer Most brides and grooms describe their wedding day as among the most magical moments of their lives. However, moments do not last forever — unless they are captured by your wedding photographer. We spoke with award-winning wedding photographers Stacey and Brandon Poirier of Poirier Wedding Photography to get their pointers and suggestions about what to look for when hiring a photographer for your big day, and how to capture forever those amazing memories that will last a lifetime.

Q: How long have you been wedding photographers? A: We began our wedding adventure in 2010, and over the last nine years, we have had the

honor of photographing more than 450 weddings. Our wedding experience is priceless. We approach each wedding with advanced technical know-how, and we are able to individualize our approach to ensure that we capture a wedding story that is unique to each client.

Q: What primary photographic style do you identify with? style is a fusion of photojournalistic along with a modern casually posed flair. We A: Our approach each wedding as a love story waiting to be captured. We believe in preserving all the beautiful details of your wedding to complete your story. We love to photograph everyone having the time of their lives celebrating your love as a married couple. Real reaction and real emotions are what we strive to capture. We also understand that there is a time during the day to direct and lightly pose you both, along with your family, for those must-have family formals. We stay true to the immediate family portraits that we all have come to love over the years. Our images are fun, authentic and timeless.

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Let’s Ask A Wedding Photography Expert you have experience shooting Q: Tell us a bit about the wedding collections you offer. Q: Do in various lighting situations? wedding collections are à la carte, which gives we are skilled photographers and can work in all A: Our A: Yes, clients the freedom to custom design the collection types of lighting situations. Whether rain or shine,

day or night, a wedding must go on, and we pride ourselves in the ability to capture amazing images regardless of the elements presented to us. We love natural light photography, but what do you do when there is no light? As wedding photographers, we need to be fully prepared to work in any type of lighting condition, because you never know what you may encounter on the wedding day. Therefore, we are considered full-gear wedding photographers, meaning we will bring all the proper equipment to each event we photograph. Do not make the mistake and just trust any photographer for your wedding day. Choose an experienced and equipped photographer, because you only get one shot to capture your wedding day.

that will best suit their needs. Most couples receive about 800 to 1,000 images. We do remove duplicates, test shots, images with eyes closed, etc. The highresolution files are included with all wedding coverage. The files are delivered via a private online gallery that is viewable worldwide. From the gallery, clients are able to download directly to their computer.

Q: Do you travel for weddings? do! We are based in Palm Beach and Tennessee. A: We Although many of our weddings are in Florida and Tennessee, we love to travel wherever clients would like to take us. We have photographed weddings in Maine, Cape Cod, the Bahamas, the Florida Keys, and our most favorite magical location, the Disney World Wedding Pavilion.

Can couples see an entire wedding Q: from start to finish? This is one of the most important things A: Absolutely! a client can ask of the photographer. Wedding photographers need to work fast and be able to shoot in any type of lighting situation. We are seasoned, experienced wedding photographers and know the ins and outs of the unpredictable, moment-driven nature of weddings. We love it and are happy to showcase any love story our clients would like to see.

Q: Do you offer video services? is a new adventure for us, but our team now A: This offers video. Over the years, during our wedding adventures, we have discovered that weddings are fast-paced with lots of emotions at every turn. You plan your wedding many months, and sometimes years, in advance, and before you know it, the day is over in the blink of an eye. Our goal is to make sure clients enjoy every moment while in the moment. We believe a wedding is an intimate celebration with family and friends and should not be a production with a large team pulling the bride and groom in all different directions. Our team works flawlessly together to beautifully capture the day without being obtrusive or competing for the shot.

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kind of equipment do Q: What you typically bring with you? carry more than $20,000 in professional A: We Nikon digital camera equipment to every event we

photograph. We use Nikon D3s and D750 camera bodies and carry a full line of Nikon professional lenses. We are full-gear wedding photographers and bring all the proper lighting to skillfully document each wedding. We have multiple lenses and camera bodies as backups in case of a malfunction.

Q: Are you available to shoot extra hours? course. All wedding coverage begins with eight A: Ofhours. This coverage fits us best to properly capture a wedding and not miss any priceless moments. We offer a hands-on approach to photography and work with clients closely to design a perfect schedule for the wedding day. If more wedding day coverage is needed, we will be happy to add it on for an additional fee.


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Q: How can clients book you for their wedding date? clients have decided on the right collection for A: Once their wedding day, we will send a contract. The total contract amount is broken into three payments. The first is due with the contract, the second is due 60 days before the wedding day and the final payment is due about a week before the wedding. This fully secures the wedding date. In the event the wedding is canceled, the retainer and all monies paid are nonrefundable because once we have a signed contract, we do not accept any other commissions for that wedding date.

Q: Do you edit the images? develop and edit every image so they are print A: We ready once clients receive the online gallery link. The images are hand-developed for color, contrast and vibrancy. We want each image to be timeless, and we stay true to the colors and lighting on the wedding day. Your images should spark a beautiful memory from your wedding and bring you back to that same feeling for years to come. We do not edit images in terms of removing items from an image. We are not Photoshop photographers. We capture images and document the wedding the best we can in camera. If clients have any special Photoshop requests, there is an additional fee.

Q: Do you require that the client provides your meal? are so grateful when our clients feed us. This A: We ensures we stay alert, happy, and do not get weak and tired from hunger. We prefer to be fed while guests are eating and not after, because once they are finished, the party continues, and we do not want to miss any moment. Plus, people are not their most photogenic while eating.

Q: Do you reserve the right to publish the photos? es, for promotional purposes we may feature a A: Ywedding on our blog or the business social media. We are respectful with the images that we select to feature. As the artist, we do hold the copyright because we are the creators of the images. We do include a release with the high-resolution files. This gives clients permission to make reprints at any lab

they prefer to use. The release will give them the ability to share the images with whoever they choose as well. Do clients need a wedding album, and what kind of Q: albums do you offer? is something about holding a photograph in A: There your hands. It connects you physically to the feelings of a time and place that an image on a screen cannot. A wedding album is important because it is a tangible link to the wedding day. Yes, digital files are a must have, but a beautifully hand-crafted album is a permanent heirloom to enjoy and pass down. Clients will cherish it more and more with each passing year. We carry top-of-the-line, handcrafted Italian wedding albums with options of covers, paper and coordinating accessories to choose from.

To learn more about Poirier Wedding Photography, call (561) 801-3201 or visit www.poirierweddingphotography.com.

Remember, happy couples, this is your day — the result of all your dreams and plans. So, relax and enjoy yourselves. Don’t worry about the little things. Cherish every moment and bask in the love and joy that surrounds you!

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As a lifelong equestrian, Tatiana Yaques has owned horses for many years. She has been very involved in the equestrian industry in Wellington as an attorney and is quite familiar with the needs of the industry. establishments and government facilities. In fact, CCTV Agent installed all the security cameras used by the Village of Wellington in its facilities, including the Wellington Community Center, the Wellington Municipal Complex, the Wellington Amphitheater, the Wellington Tennis Center, the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Environmental Preserve and other locations. As a lifelong equestrian, Yaques has owned horses for many years. She has been very involved in the equestrian industry in Wellington as an attorney and is quite familiar with the needs of the industry. The family and their horses live on a farm in the Little Ranches neighborhood. Their oldest daughter rides and competes in the pony hunters at the Winter Equestrian Festival and other shows. As an equestrian, Yaques appreciates the deep connection between horses and their humans. “Our horses become our partners, and it is our responsibility to protect and care for them,” she said, adding that she believes Wellington’s equestrian community is in need of a strong and dependable company that it can turn to for security systems. CCTV Agent can fill that need because the company’s experience and expertise in providing security camera systems is second to none, Yaques said, noting that her experience in the equestrian industry, combined with the company’s experience in the commercial arena, make it the ideal match for the Wellington equestrian community’s security camera system needs.

In addition, Yaques also knows how important the sense of security is for everyone living in Wellington. “The Village of Wellington is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States. Some of the reasons so many people choose to make Wellington their home are because of the beauty of its neighborhoods and the great sense of community that exists here,” she said. “Another reason is the sense of security that they feel in this serene, but busy village.” The word “security” has many meanings, but CCTV Agent knows that the feeling of security is the single most important thing that people can feel in their homes. Security is an important issue for many of the neighborhoods in Wellington. Many people make the choice to buy a home in an HOA or condominium community in Wellington based on their desire to live in an area that has additional security and that can provide a greater peace of mind because security concerns are addressed on a community-wide basis, Yaques added. CCTV Agent has partnered with numerous HOAs and condominiums in Wellington to install security camera systems that help add to the security of these communities. With Yaques at the helm, CCTV Agent intends to continue providing high quality security camera systems and unparalleled customer service to those in Wellington and beyond. For more information about CCTV Agent, call (561) 249-4511 or visit www.cctvagent. com.

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Above And Beyond Party Décor Turns A Client’s Vision Into Reality Story and Photos by Callie Sharkey

With life comes milestones, many of which are celebrated as special and unique occasions. Andrea Plevin of Above and Beyond Party Décor has built her business around making clients happy by bringing their dream celebrations to life. Originally from Westchester County, N.Y., Andrea moved to Wellington to support her family. Her two oldest children stayed up north for college, and her youngest, Kylee Plevin, joined Andrea and her husband Roger in Florida as they cared for her in-laws. The entire family has since reunited in Florida. Andrea has long been involved in the communities that she has lived in, which led to her career in party planning. “I was very active and volunteered for any kind of function that involved decorating, and I really enjoyed it,” she recalled. “People kept saying, ‘You should do this for a living.’ I finally decided to do it.” Planning parties keeps her busy, too. So far in 2019, Andrea has worked on more than 25 baby showers and first birthday parties alone. Many people don’t realize that doing everything for an event on their own can get expensive very quickly. “Often, I have supplies here that they can use, and I just take them back, so it’s like a rental,” she explained. “That is going to be much less money than if they went out, bought everything themselves, and then after the party, they don’t know what to do with it.” During her 23 years in the business of making magic, all three of the Plevin children have been involved in the company to some extent. Her daughter, Jordana Norring of Jupiter, and son, Andrew Plevin of Wellington, have both contributed many times over. “My son Andrew is the fastest at tying

Andrea and Kylee Plevin of Above and Beyond Party Décor.

balloons that you will ever see,” Andrea said. “Recently, my youngest has become very involved in the business, too.” Andrea is also now a grandmother of seven, including Dean and Brad Lamont; Grayson and Rayna Norring; and Celia, Hudson and Claire Plevin. After growing up in Wellington, Kylee graduated from Florida Atlantic University with an emphasis on technical design. She worked in the healthcare field for years before deciding to follow in her mother’s footsteps and feed her creative side. “I’m like my mom, very creative, very hands on, very crafty,” Kylee said. “But I also balance out my mom in ways. I’m very logistic and structured.” Above and Beyond Party Décor can handle any type of function, from a personal backyard birthday party for two, to a 500-guest event at an exclusive country club. Their unique

(L-R) Andrea Plevin shows off a display of invitations designed in house; Kylee Plevin with one of the uniquely designed centerpieces; and two-year-old Dean Lamont makes sure balloons are the perfect size.

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wellington | professional specialty? Larger than life arches and sculptures made entirely of balloons. “Organic arches are really in right now,” said Kylee, who explained the involvement of different shapes, sizes and layers of balloons. “To keep up with the trends, we have to adapt to what people are wanting. Sometimes that means we have to learn new and different techniques.” For the best experience from start to finish, clients should always consider their timeline and realize that successful event planning takes time to execute. “For large events, like a wedding or bar mitzvah, I suggest getting started at least six months in advance,” Andrea said. “Smaller events should start planning at least a month or two ahead.” Because the schedule for party planning varies, Andrea is open to working with clientele in person or virtually. She and her daughter are quite tech savvy. “If I have a picture, I can do it,” Andrea said. “I like talking to people, but I also text often, as more people have been contacting me that way. For people out of the state, we can literally do the entire party by text, and I don’t meet them in person until the event day.” She explained that the planning portion is all about learn-

ing the client’s vision. The execution portion is where Andrea takes the reins and makes that vision real. She knows the local venues and can draw many of them by memory, but that may not be the best way to translate a client’s vision. “We work predominantly in Palm Beach County, but we have the capabilities to work outside of it, if that’s what the client needs,” Andrea said. “We also don’t put out packages because everything is tailored to the client. We are also very good at working within a budget.” Andrea takes being a part of these important lifetime moments very seriously, and that is why clients return. “One customer, I did all four kids’ [bar/bat] mitzvahs, and now I just did the first wedding for them, too,” she said. “It is fun, but my favorite thing is when it’s all done, and I’m really excited about how it looks. I can’t wait for my client to walk in and see the expression on their face. So many times, they say, ‘This looks even better than I pictured!’” Above and Beyond Party Décor is located at 235 N. Jog Road in West Palm Beach, and meetings are available by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call (561) 707-6606 or e-mail aboveand beyondparties@gmail.com. To see product examples and check out the extensive photo gallery, visit www.aboveandbeyondparties.com.

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Not Just Playing With Numbers: Finance Team Keeps Wellington In The Black By Callie Sharkey

Wellington’s Office of Financial Management and Budget is setting the standard for practice and policy across the nation. More than just the purse strings for the village, OFMB is directly connected to every department — and every resident. “We monitor all revenues and expenses for the village, and we provide services that the customers need, want and are willing to pay for,” said Controller Ana Acevedo, who has been with Wellington for five years. “In the finance department, we work very closely with all departments in the village, and I just enjoy seeing how our tax dollars are put to work.” After 14 years on the job, Budget Director Christine Wadleigh knows the ins and outs of making things work for everyone. “We give the financial support and guidance to all the other departments. We make the connection between what the residents see and the requirements that any government has to meet according to statutes and law,” Wadleigh explained. “We do the financial reporting, and then prepare and present a balanced budget. We make the translation

between the fun stuff that everybody sees and the finances that make it happen.” As a department centered around planning, OFMB is all about being prepared for the future. “During the Great Recession, many local governments experienced debilitating hardships,” Acevedo said. “Wellington was able to continue to meet the needs of the residents during this difficult time by evaluating economic conditions and planning well for unforeseen events. I think that’s what finance is all about — planning ahead. We assisted with cost-cutting measures that kept the village running leanly while maintaining our excellent financial position.” OFMB is not the largest department in Wellington’s government, but it touches every aspect. Between the purchasing, budget and accounting sections, approximately 20 people are

tasked with crunching the numbers. “We developed a priority-based budget model that every department completes, and it allows them to rank their budget requests,” Wadleigh said. “They do an awesome job of prioritizing, and I call them budgeteers.” Another key step to this ranking system involves identifying all the core activities in Wellington and making sure those are funded. “We implemented an annual budget survey, probably 10 years ago now, that really provides insight on the items that are important to the residents. That helps us to prepare our budget knowing that we are meeting the needs of our residents,” Wadleigh said. “We even identify the higher level, quality of life community add-on activities and make sure those are funded.” Getting the community to participate in surveys is no easy task. Other govern-

(L-R) Ana Acevedo and Marisol Pearson; Jim Goodwin, Jose Reyes and Danielle Zembrzuski; and Emma Ramirez, Rubi Cabret and Ian Williams.

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(Front row) Maria Miserendino, Tanya Quickel, Angie Heine and Emma Ramirez; and (back row) Jim Goodwin, Marisol Pearson, Ana Acevedo, Danielle Zembrzuski, Tisa Bracey, Christine Wadleigh, Joy Huggard, Sharon Almeida, Ian Williams, Rubi Cabret and Jose Reyes.

ment agencies throughout Florida have tried and failed, so crafting questions that people want to take the time to answer is an art form in itself. “I gave a presentation on it to the Florida Government Finance Officers Association in June, and many others have had difficulties getting it off the ground. We’ve had great support here,” Wadleigh said. The results have received not only attention, but awards. “I am extremely proud of the awards that the finance department has received throughout the years,” Acevedo said. “In 2019, we received a certificate of excellence award for our investment policy. This is awarded for investment policies that have been reviewed and professionally accepted by the Association of Public Treasuries of the United States and Canada.”

OFMB has also earned many recognitions from the national Government Finance Officers Association, including a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 22 consecutive years. The GFOA has also bestowed upon Wellington its Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award for eight straight years. This award specifically refers to the creation of reports that are easily accessible and understandable to the general public. The department’s proficiency in everything from policy documentation and organization to financial planning has also earned them the GFOA’s Award for Distinguished Budget Presentation for the past 23 years. Past successes support a strong track record, but the department is always looking ahead.

“Our future plans are to always continue to meet the future economic challenges. We update our forecasting every year and want to keep Wellington in its current excellent financial position,” Wadleigh said. “That also means being able to change with the times and being aware of what’s going on out there and making sure we recommend financial and policy changes to keep ourselves in a good position, no matter what happens.” There is also an internal plan in place to keep the department running at peak efficiency.

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“We want to continue to grow our department and promote from within like a succession plan,” Acevedo said. “In the finance office, it is critical to cross-train to make sure that if anyone is out, we always have someone to cover during their absence.” Both Acevedo and Wadleigh give much of the credit for their success to Director of Administrative and Financial Services Tanya Quickel. “Tanya Quickel really just brings a great and welcoming culture. We meet weekly to discuss everything that’s going on,” Acevedo said. “It’s just a family, a home away from home. Our leadership is just exceptional.” Wadleigh said that Quickel allows everyone to leverage each other’s strengths. “We all respect that everyone’s strengths come together as a great team,” Wadleigh said. “We’ve got supertalented, devoted people. Even at quitting time, they’re not going home. They stay until the job is done.” The pieces of Wellington’s government strive to fit together, working toward a common goal for the community. “Our goal continues to be a great hometown, and that’s our mission and our vision for the village,” Acevedo said.

This year’s Team Wellington series highlights some of the amazing professionals who make up the team at the Village of Wellington.


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JP Picone

Of Home Loan Experts Helps Clients With Their Mortgage Needs Story by Matthew Auerbach • Photo by Abner Pedraza

You never know on what path your life will take you. For John Gerard “JP” Picone of Home Loan Experts, what began as a dream of playing professional baseball has led to a successful career as a mortgage broker. It all started in Newark, N.J., back in 1971. “I was the only child in a middle class, Italian family,” Picone recalled. “My career goal at that time was to play second base for the New York Yankees. I played a lot of baseball growing up. I attended mostly Catholic schools — St. Thomas in Bloomfield for my elementary years and Holy Family in Nutley for junior high. I graduated from Clifton High School in 1989.” After high school, Picone got a job as a senior file clerk at a top-shelf law firm with help from his mother, Doreen, who was employed there. “I enjoyed my time there very much and was even offered assistance with college and law school, if I wanted to commit to becoming an attorney,” he said. “I really wanted to follow in the footsteps of my dad, uncle and cousin; all hard-working men and business owners in their own right. These were the people I looked up to. I really wanted to be in my own business.” After running his own towing business for three years, Picone relocated to South Florida in 1997. His extensive auto background led him to become a salesman for AutoNation. He attended AutoNation University with plans to move up in the company. “For six months, I was an assistant finance manager, a finance manager for four years and finally, a director of finance,” he said. “My financial automotive career has taken me through many auto dealerships: AutoNation, Acura,

GMC, GM, Cadillac, Hyundai, Suzuki, Subaru, Mazda, Chrysler and Mitsubishi.” Picone, who has been married for more than 20 years to his wife Meredith, has two children: son Jared, 20, and daughter McKenna, 18. He has been a Palm Beach resident since 2000. After a few years serving as a loan modification manager for a bank, he made the leap to the mortgage side and began originating residential and commercial loans. “I worked with several companies before going with Home Loan Experts, a wholesale mortgage broker, in 2017,” Picone said. “I am licensed to originate loans in both Florida and Texas and can refer in all 50 states. My concentration is in Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens.” Picone enjoys his position as a wholesale broker. “At this level, I can offer my clients competitive rates and better service by shopping their loans while having access to every loan product available, for all the various credit profiles,” he said. “In effect, this gives me more control of the loan and allows my clients to close either on time or early, almost every time.” Home Loan Experts makes sure to go the extra mile for each and every client. “We have the ability to offer lower rates and zero broker closing costs,” Pi-

cone said. “This means both lower payments and lower out-of-pocket closing costs for our clients.” Picone also strives to stay in contact with clients after the mortgage is done. “I am available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week,” Picone said. “If you need something on a Saturday or a Sunday, I am available. Our services also do not stop after your closing. I assist my clients if something occurs after we close or if they just have a question. We are here for you.” To contact John Gerard “JP” Picone, call (561) 275-3984 or (561) 318-5987. Learn more at www.homeloanexpertsusa.com. wellington the magazine | october 2019

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Florida Eye’s Dr. Jason Gorscak Is Dedicated To Protecting Your Sight

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Story and Photos by Callie Sharkey

Protecting your eyesight is vitally important, and for more than a decade, the Florida Eye Microsurgical Institute has provided Wellington-area residents with advanced eyecare services using state-of-the-art technology. “We’ve had a presence in Wellington for just over 11 years now, but opened our new office five years ago,” ophthalmologist Dr. Jason Gorscak explained. “There was an overwhelming need for good ophthalmic patient care in the area and looked at this opportunity to offer more care.” Gorscak was born in New Jersey, attended Johns Hopkins University and then came down to Florida where he earned his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He then completed his ophthalmologic residency at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey before joining Florida Eye in 2008. While Gorscak focuses on comprehensive eyecare for his patients, he specializes in the diagnosis and removal of benign and malignant eyelid tumors. He also treats cataract conditions, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. “I knew I wanted to go into medicine when I was in college. I wanted to help people,” Gorscak said. “When I was in Miami doing a rotation at Bascom Palmer, which is an eye hospital, there was an 85-year-old Haitian lady who spoke no English.” Gorscak described how the quiet, four-foot-tall woman was completely blind due to severe cataracts that covered her entire pupils. “The resident did the cataract surgery, and the next day

I was there as the patient took off her patch for the first time. She saw for the first time in who knows how many years,” Gorscak recalled. “This lady, who spoke no English, this smile grew on her face. She didn’t have to say any words. It was just amazing, and from that experience, I knew this is what I wanted to do.” Florida Eye offers specialized care for cataracts, glaucoma, retinal conditions such as macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy, and even pediatric ophthalmology. “All the doctors at the Florida Eye Microsurgical Institute have an extreme desire to provide professional and compassionate care to all of our patients,” Gorscak said. “We truly enjoy what we do. Here in the Wellington facility, we have trained staff from technicians to the front desk that are all a very big part in providing excellent care to our patients.” After more than a decade of practicing ophthalmology, Gorscak has seen what happens when patients don’t prioritize their vision. “We recommend that anyone over the age of 50 have their eyes checked once a year, and every two years for someone under the age of 50,” he said. “I’ve seen 20and 30-year-olds with severe glaucoma, which is a silent disease that can cause you to go blind. It’s not common, but it happens, and it’s worth getting checked.”

Ophthalmologist Dr. Jason Gorscak

Sometimes patients come in because they have picked up some bad habits, like sleeping with their contact lenses in. “So many people wear these extended-wear contact lenses, and they sleep in them for about a month,” Gorscak said. “I see so many infections from patients who do that, and despite what it says on the box that sleeping in contacts is not good for your eyes.” After working and living in densely urban areas, Gorscak found a deep connection to the community of Wellington, where he now lives and is raising his family. In his spare time, he enjoys racing cars non-competitively on road courses throughout the country. Florida Eye Microsurgical Institute is located at 2575 State Road 7 near the Mall at Wellington Green. Operating hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled online at www. fleyedocs.com or by calling (561) 792-1205.

(L-R) Susy Burcet and Brianna Valentine; Maria Sosa, Ana Rivera, Daisy Grendison, Liz Abalo and Christin Lang; and Cary Eisenberg with Abby Alvarado.

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Company Reframes Traditional Hawaiian Dish For Florida Fish Lovers By Melanie Kopacz

The Poké Company is fast casual food in a build-your-own bowl, balanced with both flavor and texture in every single bite. The concept is basically sushi in a bowl, quick and delicious. The growing franchise opened in June in the Pointe at Wellington Green. It is run by Alan Cockerham, a Florida native who hails from the Keys. He grew up in his family’s marina business. After studying marine technology, Cockerham worked as an engineer on cruise and cargo ships while traveling the world for a decade before shifting gears. He is now the first franchisee in Florida, aside from two corporate locations in Boca Raton owned by co-founders Seth Shaning and Maximo Cortese. “I’m very picky with the quality of fish because of where I grew up. There’s no compromise for freshness,” Cockerham said. “I’m third-generation from the Keys. I’m from Islamorada. My whole

family is still there. It has all been a very seamless transition, with the handling of fish and seafood. It’s all very second nature to me.” Poké is a Hawaiian concept. “Originally, they would take the scraps from less tasty fish, and they’d mix onions, Shoyu sauce, which is the traditional poké sauce, along with a little bit of seaweed. That’s how they’d mask the slightly gamey flavor. That’s how poké was created. It has since been adapted, and the bowl concept was introduced in California. It has become popularized and migrated east,” Cockerham explained. The Poké Company offers sushi-grade tuna, salmon and steamed shrimp. Fish is locally sourced and remains fresh during the entire transportation process. The first decision to make is what size bowl and how many proteins you want. “We try to accommodate anyone with allergies, or gluten free, or on the paleo diet. We have a lot of options for that as well,” Cockerham said. “There’s one family that comes in every day. They can’t have soy or gluten, so we give them the unmarinated fish, because our fish is usually pre-marinated, but we have options in the back for anyone with allergies.” After you decide how many proteins you want, you pick your base — white or brown rice, mixed greens or cauliflower rice. You can mix and match to suit your taste. (Left) Franchise owner Alan Cockerham prepares a salmon poké bowl. wellington the magazine | october 2019

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(Clockwise) Rachel Myers, Tomas Gonzalez and Kyle Johnson; an array of toppings make each creation unique; and the key lime pie ice cream.

“We’re big on tasting before you put it in your bowl. We want you to build the best bowl that you can,” Cockerham said. “We’ll nudge you in the right direction to make sure your flavors are matching up with one another.” Then it’s time to choose your proteins. Tuna, salmon, spicy tuna and steamed shrimp are traditional poké choices, and tofu and chicken are also available for those who prefer non-fish

options. From there, you move on to the mix-ins. “The proteins get mixed in a separate bowl from the base, which is in a paper bowl. That’s where we create depth of flavor,” Cockerham explained. Mix-ins include cucumber, sweet onion, jalapeño, edamame, cilantro and hijiki seaweed. They get mixed in a steel bowl with the protein. Then, it’s time to select a sauce. “This is where we hammer home what we’re really about,” Cockerham said. “The chef and co-founder, Seth Shaning, worked at Nobu for 10 years. He’s classically trained.” There are three soy-based sauces. “The first is the company sauce,

which is garlic flavored with a bit of a kick. It’s infused. So, the sauce is the base, and we marinate, or infuse, ingredients in them, to create depth of flavor. Everything we do is by hand. It makes a big difference,” Cockerham said. There’s also the sesame shoyu. It’s a toasted sesame-based soy and is the traditional poké sauce. “The notes you pick up are a nice sesame oil, fish sauce and coconut water,” Cockerham described. “Meanwhile, the citrus ponzu pairs well with salmon and shrimp with underlying notes of lime.” After the mix-in sauces, come the toppings — from tempura flakes to crispy onions, wasabi peas to ginger, scallions, avocado and more. There’s an array of topping sauces that follow to bind it all together, such as spicy mayo, eel sauce and avocado lime, which is the most popular. “We portion everything appropriately so you’re getting a good bite of rice or

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salad of your base with everything you choose to put on top,” Cockerham said. The prices are right on point, too. “For the quality of food that we offer, I don’t think there’s anyone who can come close,” he noted. A small is priced at $7.95, while a regular is $10.95. Chicken bowls start at $5.95. There are a number of drinks to add to your experience, like Japanese bottled sodas and teas, as well as fountain drinks by Stubborn Soda. A selection of craft beers from Cigar City Brewing is also available, as are several wine options. The Poké Company is sustainability minded, trying to stay away from singleuse plastic items as much as possible. All bowls are compostable paper. Lids are Ecoware, which is recycled plastic. The same with the knives, forks and spoons. For Cockerham, cleanliness is number one. “We have no grease traps, no hoods, no ventilation. Nothing cooking in the back. That’s what’s great about

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the poké concept. You’re able to keep everything so clean, so fresh,” he said. For dessert, try the key lime pie ice cream, straight from his aunt’s kitchen. “My aunt operates out of a commercial kitchen down on Islamorada,” Cockerham said. “We brought on her ice cream, which is just phenomenal.” The ice cream has been such a hit, it will soon be found at other Poké Company locations. There are currently four locations in all, but there will be eight by the end of the year. Cockerham, who grew up in the “sport fishing capital of the world,” carefully chose the “equestrian capital of the world” to open up his shop. He plans to get involved with the Win-

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(Clockwise) A salmon poké bowl atop mixed greens; a look inside the restaurant; and a selection of Cigar City Brewing craft beers.

ter Equestrian Festival, as well as offer catering services soon, and spread his passion for poké and pairings of flavors to the sea of people in Wellington and beyond. The Poké Company is located at 10120 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Pointe at Wellington Green. It is open every day 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Delivery is available through DoorDash. For more information, call (561) 323-2391 or visit www.eatthepokecompany.com.

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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 info., call (561) 619-6437 or visit www. aromawestpalmbeach.com. Backstreets Neighborhood Bar & Grill is located in the Wellington Plaza at 12771 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 795-0100.

India Grill & Bar is now open in Royal Plaza at 650 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. serving authentic north and south Indian cuisine. For info., call (561) 249-7168. JoJo’s Raw Bar & Grill (13889 Wellington Trace in the Wellington Marketplace) features steaks, burgers, fresh fish and more, along with a bar stocked with 100 different beers. For info., call (561) 427-1997. 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.

Oli’s Fashion Cuisine & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. For info., call (561) 7922220 or visit www.olisrestaurant.com. Paradise Indian Cuisine serves authentic Indian food for lunch and dinner, including an all-you-caneat lunch buffet. It is located at 7667 Lake Worth Road. For more information, call (561) 812-3958 or visit www.flbiryani.com. Stonewood Grill & Tavern in the Pointe at Wellington Green serves up exciting flavors in a casually sophisticated setting. Call (561) 784-9796 or visit www.stonewoodgrill.com for more info.

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 www.casatequilafl.com.

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 www.kaluzrestaurant.com.

Catania Italian Restaurant is in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at 4115 S. State Road 7. Hours are 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, staying open until 11 p.m. on weekends. On Sundays, doors open at 2 p.m. For more info., call (561) 355-5900.

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 www.lafogatawellington.com.

Centanni Italian Restaurant is located in the Village Walk community at 2540 Village Walk Circle. Catering is available. Call (561) 642-8700 for info.

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 www.lindburgers.com.

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.

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.

Drop by the award-winning TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli at its new location in Wellington Green Square near Whole Foods Market for breakfast, lunch or dinner. For more info., call (561) 7849055 or visit www.toojays.com.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is located at 10600 W. Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. For more info., call (561) 333-9939 or visit www.mellowmushroom.com/wellington.

Tree’s Wings & Ribs is located at 603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in the Royal Plaza. Eat in or take out wings, ribs, chicken and more. Visit www.treeswings andribs.com or call (561) 791-1535 for more info.

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) 615-1551 or visit www.francoitalianbistro.com. 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.

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

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wellington | calendar Tuesday, Oct. 1 • The Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Zumba Gold on Tuesdays in October for ages 40 and up. Call (561) 791-4796 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Ghost Sand for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. Mix your own batch of spooky sand for a sensory delight. Call (561) 790-6070 for info. Wednesday, Oct. 2 • The Village of Wellington will host a series of Classes for Caregivers of loved ones with disabilities on Wednesdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). This program will provide caregivers with the tools and strategies to better handle the challenges that come with being a caregiver. For more info., call (561) 753-2476. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Spooky Bingo for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. Try your luck at bingo and have a scary good time. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, Oct. 3 • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free concert by the Justified Band, along with food trucks, on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/calendar. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writers’ Critique Workshop for adults on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve your fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Friday, Oct. 4 • The Wellington Art Society will sponsor an Art Fusion Pop-Up Gallery at the Live 360 Studio at the Mall at Wellington Green from Friday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 6. There will be live demonstrations by Wellington Art Society members in the Grand Court. For more info., visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org.

• The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center from Friday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 6. Visit www.wpbaf.com for more info. • More than 20 police departments and other law enforcement organizations will recruit at the Criminal Justice Job Fair on Friday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Palm Beach State College Public Safety Conference Center, Room PSD-108, on the Lake Worth campus. For more info., call Annette Rodriguez at (561) 868-3398. • The Wellington Community Center (12150 Forest Hill Blvd.) will hold Technology Class: Smartphone 101 for ages 55 and up on Friday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. Call (561) 791-4796 for more info. Saturday, Oct. 5 • Audubon of the Everglades will hold a birding trip to STA-1E Wetlands (1991 Flying Cow Road, Wellington) on Saturday, Oct. 5 From 7 a.m. to noon. This location attracts a variety of wading birds, ducks, raptors and other wildlife. Advance registration is required at www.auduboneverglades.org. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a Shania Twain tribute concert by Simply Shania on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info.

Thursday, Oct. 10 • Fright Nights will return to the South Florida Fairgrounds from Thursday, Oct. 10 through Saturday, Nov. 2 with multiple haunted houses, midway rides and more. Visit www.myfrightnights.com for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free concert by the Orange Sunshine Band, along with food trucks, on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/calendar. • The Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida will host Frappuccino & Friends on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Starbucks (12840 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington). For more info., contact Alexa Rubin at (561) 632-7791 or arubin@gssef.org, or Peggy at suvm@phienixsu.com or (561) 723-1285.

Monday, Oct. 7 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Chess Club on Monday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Monday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/calendar for more info.

Friday, Oct. 11 • The Walkers of Wellington will hold an indoor walk at the Mall at Wellington Green on Friday, Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. Meet at the food court. Call (561) 791-4796 for more info. • Baptist Health South Florida will host a class on wellness and nutrition for ages 55 and up on Friday, Oct. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 791-4796 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free screening of Toy Story 4 on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info.

Tuesday, Oct. 8 • The Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Senior Aerobics on Tuesdays and Thursdays in October beginning Oct. 8 at 9 a.m. Call (561) 791-4796 to pre-register.

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wellington | calendar • The Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International will host its Fall Tropical Fruit & Plant Sale on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For more info., visit www.pbrarefruitcouncil.org. • Waggin’ at the Waterpark returns to Calypso Bay Waterpark (151 Lamstein Lane, Royal Palm Beach) on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. Download the registration form at www.pbcsplash. com. For more info., call (561) 790-6160. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd. will host a Three Dog Night tribute concert by Celebrate on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Sunday, Oct. 13 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Marvel Superheroes Adventure Game for ages 12 to 17 on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. Come play as a famous hero or create your own. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Tuesday, Oct. 15 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Not So Scary Spiders for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. Create colorful, creepycrawly spiders. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Read Together Palm Beach County Book Discussion on The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood for adults on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, Oct. 16 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Lego Bricks for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. Build, imagine and play with Lego bricks. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Anime Nation for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. View new anime titles in Japanese with English subtitles. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info.

• The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Gardening for Birds with Native Plants on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Learn how to attract birds in your garden. Get a voucher for two free three-gallon native plants at the end of class. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Shulamit Hadassah will host Art on the Rocks on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at PBCFR Station 30 (9910 Stribling Way, Wellington). For more info., call (561) 512-3172. Thursday, Oct. 17 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon featuring Florida Power & Light President & CEO Eric Silagy on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 11:30 a.m. at the Breakers West Country Club. For more info., call (561) 790-6200 or visit www.cpbchamber.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Tween Advisory Club for grades 4 and 5 on Thursdays, Oct. 17 and Oct. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Brainstorm and develop the kinds of activities you like. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free 1980s tribute concert by the On the Roxx band, along with food trucks, on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. For info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/calendar. Friday, Oct. 18 • AARP will sponsor a Smart Driving Course for ages 50 and up on Friday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 791-4796 for more info. • Wellington Cares will host “Lunch & Laugh,” its fifth annual luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Maureen Whelihan on Friday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Wanderers Club. Visit www.wellingtoncares. org for more info. • Baptist Health South Florida will sponsor Feel Good Friday Dances for ages 55 and up on Fridays, Oct. 18 and Oct. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 791-4796 for more info.

• Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds will host Spookyville, an old-fashioned Halloween event with a safe place to trick-or-treat on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting Friday, Oct. 18 and concluding with a celebration on Halloween night. Visit www.southfloridafair.com for more info. Saturday, Oct. 19 • The Repticon West Palm Beach Reptile & Exotic Animal Show will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20. For info., visit www.repticon.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Festival of Lights Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2:30 p.m. Celebrate this South Asian festival with fun, flair and fanfare. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Wellington’s Fall Festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 19 from 3 to 10 p.m. at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road). Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/fallfestival for more info. Monday, Oct. 21 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Aquapainting for adults with special needs on Monday, Oct. 21 at 10:15 a.m. Enjoy using water and paintbrushes to make nature images appear. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Homework Club for ages 5 to 12 on Mondays, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. Enjoy a quiet space to study, read and complete homework. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host English Exchange for adults on Mondays, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, Oct. 22 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Popsicle Stick Platforms for ages 5 to 12

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wellington | calendar on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. Learn about balance and architecture building bridges that will be strong enough to support many books. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Line Dancing for beginners and experienced line dancers on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/calendar for more info.

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Wednesday, Oct. 23 • Wellington will host Senior Bingo for ages 55 and up on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at 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 its Chess Club for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Wellington’s Community Services department will host its annual Joint Neighborhood Watch Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 791-4796 for more info. • The 2019 College Fair will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. Visit www.southfloridafair.com for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Wii games, board games and more. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Friday, Oct. 25 • The Kids Cancer Foundation will host its 13th annual golf tournament on Friday, Oct. 25 starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Wellington National Golf Club. For more info., visit www.kidscancersf.org. Saturday, Oct. 26 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd. will hold a free pop, rock, country, R&B and disco concert by Belladiva on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Sunday, Oct. 27 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Autumn Harvest Stories for ages 2 to 6 on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. Celebrate fall with fun stories, songs and a craft. Call (561) 790-6070 for info. Tuesday, Oct. 29 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host STEAM: Glow Slime for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. Mix, play and explore with slime that glows. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Wednesday, Oct. 30 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Haunted House for ages 5 and up on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 31 at 3 and 6 p.m. Zombies, ghouls and witches, are you brave enough to face the creatures in this haunted house? Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, Oct. 31 • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Aerosmith tribute concert by Erasmith, along with food trucks, on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/calendar. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Scrabble for Adults on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 6:30 p.m. Join other Scrabble fans and enjoy a fun evening of wordplay. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, Nov. 1 • The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County will host the 38th annual Wellington Golf Classic on Friday, Nov. 1 at the Wanderers Club (1900 Aero Club Drive, Wellington). For more info., contact Christine Martin at cmartin@bgcpbc.org or (561) 6833287, or visit www.bgcpbc.org.

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