COUNTY EYES DECEPTIVE GAS PRICING SEE STORY, PAGE 3
POLO SEASON CULMINATES APRIL 20 SEE STORY, PAGE 17
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Volume 35, Number 16 April 18 - April 24, 2014
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The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors decided Monday to look for a new aquatic weed control contractor after hearing that the district’s current contractor’s performance has been unsatisfactory. Page 3
Wellington Relay For Life Unites Community With Olympics Theme
The Wellington Relay for Life was held Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13 at Palm Beach Central High School. The theme was the Olympics, “Uniting the World Against Cancer.” Page 7
RPB Education Board Learns About Literacy Coalition Programs
Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County CEO Kristin Calder explained the wide array of services her organization offers at the Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board meeting Monday. Page 7
Superheroes Rally To Fight Cancer At Acreage Relay For Life
The Acreage/Loxahatchee Relay for Life was held on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 at Acreage Community Park. The theme of the event was “Superheroes,” and teams donned masks and capes to fight cancer. Page 19
Palm Beach County Should Take Action On Deceptive Gas Pricing
The cost of gas varies from day to day, sometimes hour to hour, and even from community to community. This week, the Palm Beach County Commission moved up its timetable to tackle this issue, pushing for more transparency in gas pricing. This is a much-needed regulation to help protect consumers, especially if longdiscussed state laws do not. Page 4 2014
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The Health Care District of Palm Beach County and the Dori Slosberg Foundation hosted “Shattered Dreams,” a mock car crash program, on Thursday, April 10 at Royal Palm Beach High School. The entire student body took part in the day-long safety fair, aimed at promoting smart decisions and safe driving habits. Shown here, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue workers try to “save” Bethany Alex as Trauma Hawk prepares to land during the reenactment. STORY & MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 9 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
Vote Shows Resident Support For Saddle Trail Improvements
By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Residents in part of Saddle Trail Park will find out next week if Wellington will help facilitate road paving, drainage improvements and installing municipal water service. The Wellington Village Council is set to decide Tuesday, April 22 whether to direct village staff to initiate the process. In February, a group of residents from the southern portion of Saddle Trail Park — located south of Greenbriar Blvd. — asked the
council to help the community by using a special assessment process to pay for the improvements. “It’s a neighborhood-driven initiative,” Village Engineer Bill Riebe told the Town-Crier Wednesday. “A core group of residents asked for the improvement for improved safety and dust control. They want paved roads with a bridle trail to make sure there’s a safe place for horses to go, and to put in water mains for [municipal] water.” The project calls for a 10- to
15-foot-wide bridle trail, paving the roads, reworking drainage swales and installing new potable water pipelines and fire hydrants throughout the neighborhood. Council members agreed to do a formal poll of the community to see if the project has support. “The group went out to do a preliminary poll, got a petition together and went to their neighbors with it,” Riebe explained. “They got more than two-thirds of residents to support it, and came See SADDLE TRAIL, page 7
Lox Groves Finalizes Stricter Livestock Waste Ordinance
By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council on Tuesday approved the final reading of a livestock waste-hauling ordinance designed to curtail the large amounts of horse manure and bedding being dumped in the town. The ordinance was the latest in a long line of laws passed by the town beginning in 2010, with limited success, to try to curtail commercial waste haulers who have dumped illegally in the town, sometimes filling lots several feet deep. The existing ordinance had been largely unenforceable under the pressure of tons of horse waste and bedding coming into the community daily, and haulers who find weaknesses in the ordinance and its enforcement. Not only is the practice onerous for neighbors, but the town officials have become increasingly concerned about water quality within the drainage canals after residents with scientific backgrounds have claimed that the waste can contribute to increased phosphorus, which will soon be
regulated by the federal government. Passage of the ordinance followed discussion the previous evening by the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District about canal pollution concerns emanating from livestock waste. Supervisor Frank Schiola, who is also the town’s public works director and has tried with limited success to stop waste haulers who dump illegally, said the ordinance will require cooperation from the Village of Wellington, which he said is the primary source of the material. “I’m going to repeat what I said at the meeting last night just so that you know that the district board has directed our attorney to write a letter to the Village of Wellington to advise them that they must enforce their ordinance with waste haulers,” Schiola said. “The residents of the district and the town have become a dumping ground, and we are a toilet for all of the manure coming out of Wellington. As I said last night, 5,000 to 7,000 cubic yards during horse season come into Loxahatchee Groves every week.”
Schiola pointed out that Wellington’s ordinance provides that waste haulers must use an approved disposal site. “Here’s the problem: once it gets to Southern Blvd., they wash their hands of it,” Schiola said. “It comes in here; it becomes our problem.” He said Wellington requires only minimal certification from the haulers that their loads are going to a legitimate dump site. “Wellington has not once called the town office and said, ‘Hey, is this address an approved facility?’ The problem is if Wellington isn’t enforcing it on their end, it’s going to be really hard to enforce it on our end.” Mayor Dave Browning said the town will also be notifying Wellington that Loxahatchee Groves is no longer an approved site for dumping animal waste. Councilman Tom Goltzené made a motion to adopt the ordinance, which carried 5-0. The council also approved an additional $10,000 a year to go to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for additional enforcement.
Groves Council Will Keep Management Firm Another Year
By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report In a 4-1 decision Tuesday, the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council retained Underwood Management Services Group for another year despite rumblings among some council members that they might want to seek a new firm, start hiring town employees or alter Underwood’s contract. Councilman Jim Rockett, who favored putting out a request for proposals or hiring town employees, said he thought the management company’s expenses were increasing beyond council control. “We have ignored the possibility of having employees,” said Rockett, who was the lone dissenter in the vote to extend the Underwood contact one year. “I think we ought to take a look at that. I don’t believe it’s any more expensive.” Rockett added that he did not like the layer of the management company between the council and employees, because he thought it was hampering the council’s ability to run town business. “I think we need to go out for an RFP, and we owe it, I think, to our constituents to say we are trying to get the lowest price for the service
that we have,” he said. The management company now collects almost $330,000 a year, including $75,000 annually for planning and zoning services, which the council approved in May 2012 after the town took over those services from Palm Beach County. Councilman Tom Goltzené, who did not favor a change, made a motion to retain Underwood for two years at the same price, and Councilman Ryan Liang seconded the motion to allow discussion. Goltzené said that putting out an RFP would lead to Underwood staff looking for other employment and probably stall projects that are underway, including a road resurfacing project. “It takes a long time to get this engine in gear,” he said. “I would hate to lose what momentum we have.” Goltzené pointed out that all services provided by the management company are covered in its contract fee. “All of these folks’ time is on them,” he said. “They’re not charging you extra unless he specifically says, ‘I’m charging you extra for this specific See UNDERWOOD, page 18
FAIR AT ST. PETER’S
The St. Peter’s United Methodist Church Child Enrichment Center held its annual Spring Fair on Saturday, April 12. The theme of the fair was “God’s Love Shines Bright.” The event included a silent auction, a raffle, bounce houses, a rock wall, a bungee trampoline, pony rides, a bake sale, vendor booths and more. Shown here is the bake sale crew. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY JULIE UNGER/TOWN-CRIER
County Board’s Thumbs Down For Minto First Step In A Long Process
By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Planning Commission last week unanimously recommended denial of request to begin a privately initiated text amendment process proposed by the developers of the controversial Minto West project. The April 11 vote is advisory only and can be overruled by the Palm Beach County Commission. The text amendment, if approved by the county commission, would open the door to allow more than twice the density than already approved for the 3,800-acre former Callery-Judge Grove property off Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. The amendment would revise
the Agricultural Enclave provisions in the Future Land Use Element of the county’s comprehensive plan. Those provisions were written specifically for the Callery-Judge property after grove representatives lobbied the state legislature in 2006 to adopt the Agricultural Enclave Act, which allows owners of agricultural land surrounded by development to develop their land consistent with the surrounding property. Minto recently purchased the Callery-Judge property for $51 million. The land has a future land-use approval for up to 2,996 homes and up to 235,000 square feet of non-residential uses. Minto See MINTO WEST, page 4
State Group Honors Wellington For ‘Green’ Program
By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Village of Wellington has been recognized for its green practices, earning the 2014 Florida Water Environment Association’s Technology Innovation & Development Projects Biosolids Award. Presented on Tuesday, April 8, the award celebrates Wellington’s innovative method of turning the waste from its wastewater treatment plant into a reusable product. The village took first place in the category. Wellington Engineer Bill Riebe said the honor belongs to the staff at the facility, including Wastewater Treatment Plant Administrator Brian Gayoso.
“Brian Gayoso and his group of operators and maintenance folks have done a great job,” Riebe said. “They spent a lot of time thinking this thing through, making sure it would work. It’s a great honor.” As a way to cut costs and be more environmentally proactive, Wellington installed a new system in 2013 to dehydrate and reuse biosolids — the nutrient-rich organic materials that are byproducts from treating sewage sludge. Federal regulations require municipalities to safely dispose of their biosolids. Riebe explained that until the new equipment was installed, Wellington would use lime to stabilize the material and deactivate harmful bacteria before trucking it
to farms to be spread on pastures or groves. The resulting “sludge” was considered “Class B” and is becoming outdated, he said. “The problem is with new regulations, it’s hard to find farmers to take that kind of sludge anymore,” Riebe said. “They have to leave it there and can’t use the land for many years. Soon, there won’t be any place to put it. It also cost between $180,000 and $200,000 a year to haul it.” The new method of processing the biosolids produces a material that Wellington can sell for public use. “We dry it; we break down the solids, press water out of it and then put it into a dryer,” Riebe said.
“The end product is granular. It’s Class AA sludge, the highest level you can achieve, and it’s suitable for public use. You can use it in fertilizer.” Wellington had the equipment designed and manufactured, and it now sits at the village’s wastewater treatment plant. Not only does it produce a sustainable product, but it has cut down on Wellington’s costs. “The cost is a little less now; we still have to pay for energy costs,” Riebe said. “But the important thing is we now have a product that is marketable. We can actually sell it.” The product sells for about $32 a ton, netting Wellington approxi-
mately $24,000 a year, according to a staff report. The process also creates reclaimed water, which Wellington uses throughout the village to irrigate plants and for other purposes. “It’s a sustainability project to try and extend our water resources,” Riebe said. “We are able to reuse water that has already been consumed, and we try to use it as many times as we can. Then, with the biosolids, we are creating a product that is marketable.” The changes have helped Wellington be more sustainable. Councilman Matt Willhite told the Town-Crier Wednesday that he was glad to see Wellington See GREEN, page 4
April 18 - April 24, 2014
April 18 - April 24, 2014
LGWCD To Seek Bids For New Aquatic Weed Control Contractor
By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors decided Monday to look for a new aquatic weed control contractor after hearing that the district’s current contractor’s performance has been unsatisfactory. District Administrator Stephen Yohe recommended not renewing the contract with Tree Huggers Landscaping & Nursery, which expires May 20, and putting out a request for proposals. Tree Huggers was contracted in May 2013 with renewal options for up to five years, but Yohe said that after an evaluation several months ago, the firm’s performance had not improved. Supervisor John Ryan said board members had spent a lot of time with all the contract bidders last year and tried to clarify what the district expects in response time and vegetation control. “It’s sometimes frustrating that we don’t get the service that we contracted for,” said Ryan, who asked whether district staff had fulfilled its responsibility to advise the contractor that its work was
not satisfactory. “This will be the second or third time where we have had the same experience. We seem to want to go out and bid it again, as opposed to really staying on top of these people and not relying on them to live up to the 95 percent vegetation control and response time expectations that are stated in the contract. When this got started, I was somewhat impressed with the background work they did, and then they just seemed to deteriorate in terms of letting vegetation become a problem and not responding.” Yohe said that before Christmas, he and staff member Mike Walker had taken the company owner on a tour of all the canals and rated each canal. “He did not come close to meeting 95 percent coverage in aquatic vegetation removal,” Yohe said. “That was the caution time that we gave him, and told him that it had to improve, and it didn’t improve. I think anybody who has been really observing the canals would agree that they have not done the job according to what we bid.” Yohe said the issue might be
because the contractor bid too low. “In my opinion, they bid low to get the contract, but it’s not sufficient to do the job that’s in the scope of services,” he said. “They just figure they’ll get the job, do a good job for a while, then get their money.” Ryan asked whether the district had the ability in its contract to enforce the stipulations if the contractor did not uphold them. “Otherwise, we’re not learning from problematic experience,” he said. “We’ll get another contractor, and he won’t live up to expectations. We do have this dilemma. When we try to be frank about what we expect, they understand it at the pre-bid meeting, but it’s still whoever’s low and has acceptable references gets the bid. We don’t always go with just the low number, but we make sure that they’ve got credible references that are checked.” Supervisor Don Widing said it was his understanding that the contractor was supposed to provide a quarterly assessment, and Yohe said Tree Huggers had provided an assessment only for the first quarter.
Supervisor Frank Schiola asked what the amount of the contract was, and Yohe said $24,000. “I’m out here watching them, and they’re spraying a little bit and they start from a specific point — they’re supposed to start from where they’re at, and they don’t,” Schiola said. “They start farther down the canal and miss sections. It’s definitely not a professional type of service, in my opinion. Their work has been dismal. All you have to do is look at these canals. They’re getting worse, not better.” Schiola suggested the board consider bringing the job inhouse, but Widing thought aquatic vegetation control was beyond the scope of work the district does. LGWCD Chairman Dave DeMarois asked whether a penalty clause could be included in the contract, and Ryan suggested having a frank discussion with the current contractor about including a penalty clause in a renewed contract. “I have no particular fondness for this company, but I know we checked their references and they had some good references,” Ryan
said. “They’re not an incompetent group; they just seem to let our canals [overgrow]. I don’t know if that’s because we have so many nutrients in the canals that the level of vegetation is way more than what they expect to encounter, but I think it might be worth an attempt to say, ‘Look, we want to consider renewal, but only with a penalty clause that will assure us that you will adhere to the contract requirements.’” The supervisors briefly discussed a shorter-term contract extension for Tree Huggers with the understanding that they were on notice, but Supervisor Robert Snowball made a motion to advertise for new proposals. “We had a perfectly good aquatic vegetation service before we decided we wanted to go out and see if we could get a better deal,” Snowball said. “We never had a problem out of those people.” Snowball pointed out that the previous contractor, Aquagenics, was not the lowest bidder and consequently did not receive the contract. “The bottom line here is these guys ain’t getting it done,” Snow-
ball said. “If we go in there and tell them we’ll give them another three months or whatever to straighten their act out, it’s a free ticket to keep doing what they’re doing.” Schiola stressed that it was imperative that they get the aquatic weeds under control. “Two years ago, when we had our heavy rains, that was one of the things that the South Florida Water Management District had called me up and said that there was a complaint about a high amount of water hyacinth being drained into the C-51 Canal… We need to get this problem under control because what’s going to end up happening is if we can’t, South Florida may come in and tell us we need to get debris catchers at our outfalls.” Schiola said he was not opposed to debris catchers at the outfalls, but pointed out that during major storms and flooding, they slow down the flow of water. “We need to get control of this,” he said. “I’m all for going out for another contractor.” Snowball’s motion to seek a request for proposals carried 5-0.
County Pondering Measures To Prevent Deceptive Gas Pricing
By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Commission on Tuesday shortened its postponement of a policy to prevent deceptive gas price posting from July to April 22 in order to beat possible state legislation that could prevent local regulation. The commissioners have considered enacting regulations for gas stations that prohibit practices such as displaying gas prices conspicuously, with the “cash price” stipulation posted so small that it is difficult for a motorist to see until he pulls into the station. Commissioners originally planned to postpone their decision until July in order to talk with gas station owners, but Commissioner Hal Valeche pointed out that the Florida Legislature is also working on a bill that might be approved before July, preempting anything the county might enact. Valeche explained that bills
are on their way through the legislature that would prohibit local government from amending comprehensive plans, land use maps, zoning districts or land development regulations to make fuel stations nonconforming uses. “Something has to be done,” Valeche said. “We have two options. One is to delay this for 90 days, but there is sort of an unknown risk at the legislative level that we could be pre-empted from doing it.” Valeche said he would like for the county regulation to be grandfathered in before the possible state regulations are enacted. He noted that he had been asked by a gas station representative to delay the county decision because of possible action in July that would promulgate a state or federal standard, which might force gas stations to redesign the signs twice. “We haven’t really found anything that is taking place in July,”
Valeche said. “I’m not certain if this was not just a delaying tactic waiting for legislative action to take place, but I’d like direction about what we should be doing.” County Administrator Bob Weisman said his staff originally had put the item on the agenda for approval before Valeche had made contact with gas industry representatives, and staff had recommended the postponement to July. Weisman advised against the commission’s other option to enact the county regulations immediately, since interested parties might not be at the meeting. He suggested postponing to the commission’s next meeting, Tuesday, April 22. “I do think there is a possibility that people are being deceived, and I think it should be made uniform,” Valeche said. “There are vendors that do a very good job of being transparent about prices, but there are others that are, I think, inten-
tionally trying to draw them in and then charge them more than they thought they were going to be charged.” Commissioner Shelly Vana made a motion to postpone the item to April 22, which carried 7-0. In other business, the commissioners approved the Southeast Florida Climate Action Plan, intended to provide recommendations in support of regionally coordinated strategies and efforts in the areas of climate change mitigation, adaptation planning and community resilience. Assistant County Administrator Jon Van Arnam said a general climate action plan was introduced in a workshop in September 2013. “This plan represents the most significant work of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Conference Compact,” Van Arnam said. “It’s a culmination of more than three years of technical planning involving collaboration
among Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties, and reflects the support of diverse agencies and stakeholders from across the region.” He said the plan stands to help reduce greenhouse gases and protect the assets of the region that contribute to its quality of life. Environmental Resources Department Director Bob Robbins said the plan includes a regional greenhouse gas inventory. “We know the approximate amount of greenhouse gases in the county, actually over the region,” Robbins said. “Over time, as we implement some of the portions of the plan, we can see whether or not greenhouse gas reduction is occurring, and that certainly is our goal.” The plan also lays out a unified sea-level rise projection, and specifies a methodology for providing vulnerability assessments. “This is so that we’re all using the same language across the counties when
we’re talking about potential changes as a result of the climate,” Robbins said. The plan includes 110 recommendations, such as building sustainable communities, transportation issues and identifying communities that are susceptible to sea-level flooding. “That’s something we haven’t done in the past, and that is something that is new and fairly intuitive,” he said. The plan also recommends infrastructure improvements that will address sea-level rise, while coordinating with existing provisions. “The county already makes infrastructure improvements around the county, and so this plan should be a consideration when those infrastructure improvements are occurring,” Robbins said. He added that county staff has also encouraged municipalities to take advantage of the plan.
‘I do think there is a possibility that people are being deceived,” Commissioner Hal Valeche said. ‘There are vendors that do a very good job of being transparent about prices, but there are others that are, I think, intentionally trying to draw them in and then charge them more than they thought.’
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The County Should Take Action On Deceptive Gas Pricing
The price of gas is a source of ire for nearly every political pundit, politician and talking head out there. As the prices rise and fall — sometimes arbitrarily, it seems — we’re often left in the lurch as our wallets fight to keep up with prices on the sign. The cost of gas varies from day to day, sometimes hour to hour, and even from community to community. But while the tumultuous ups and downs of a commodity market might be irksome, there is nothing more annoying than pulling into the gas station and finding that the price you read on the sign is not the actual price at the pump — at least not for those who have joined the cashless society. This week, the Palm Beach County Commission pushed up its timetable to take action on this issue, perhaps mandating more transparency in gas pricing. This is a much-needed regulation to help protect consumers, especially if long-discussed state laws do not. With constantly changing prices, many often rely on signs posted outside gas stations
to know we’re getting the best price. But often, the prices on the sign don’t match what we see at the pump. For years now, gas stations have gotten away with displaying one price to motorists, while charging another at the pump. The only indication of the price difference is a caveat — often printed too small to see — that the advertised price is for cash buyers only; the vast majority of buyers (credit and debit card users) must pay a higher price. Though not all businesses use this practice, many do. They bank on the fact that once you’ve pulled up to a pump, gotten out of your car, unhooked the cap and started the process, you won’t want to drive elsewhere to save a few cents. With the chance that the State of Florida could enact laws that would bar governments from putting in new provisions to regulate gas stations, it’s important that the county act now to protect consumers. If not, the community might miss its chance to put an end to these shady, non-transparent practices.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Continued Dysfunction In Wellington
Is there no end to the dysfunction? It seems to me that the Wellington Village Council insists on embarrassing itself. They have done it again. They just can’t get along, and insist on playing small ball; or let’s call it what it is: kindergarten ball. Why in the world would this council choose to ignore tradition and choose a vice mayor who has been on the council for only two years, when the logical candidate, Councilwoman Anne Gerwig, was next in line? There is only one answer: they want to embarrass her. But they only embarrassed themselves. Not only did they embarrass themselves, they embarrassed Wellington by putting forward the least-qualified candidate on the council. Wasn’t it just a few months ago that the Village of Wellington spent thousands of dollars to hire an expert to find out what was wrong with our council and why they couldn’t get along? It is as simple as the council is. They don’t want to. They do not respect each other, and three of the members do not respect the village manager. While the earth turns, one thing I am sure of is that not one of the gang of three will be re-elected, no matter who they run against; and if Councilman Matt Willhite has aspirations for public office, he better move far away from Wellington, where no one knows him and the planes don’t bother him. Not even Jeremy Jacobs and all his money can save them next time. Morley Alperstein Wellington
More Jacobs Money In Wellington Elections?
The whacky world of Wellington politics got even wackier this month as we learned that once again, billionaire and part-time
resident Jeremy Jacobs’ corporate entities made another run at controlling the outcome of Wellington’s elections. Delaware North and its subsidiaries contributed $412,500 to the Florida Democratic Party from Jan. 7 through March 4, 2014. I wondered out loud in a recent letter to the editor why the Florida Democratic Party was so involved with our “non-partisan” municipal election, and that at some point there would be an answer. When the party posted its financial report online on April 10 for the first quarter of 2014, the answer became clear. The Democrats apparently used this money to give direct contributions to losing candidates Matt Kurit in the amount of $27,500 and Sharon Lascola in the amount of $30,000. In addition, the Markham Group LLC, an Arkansas limited liability company whose authorization to do business in Florida was revoked for failing to pay the annual fee, the manager of which is listed as Todd Wilder, received the sum of $100,000, and MG Strategies LLC, a Florida limited liability company (Markham Group, MG Strategies, get it?) whose manager is listed as Steven T. Wilder of Tallahassee, received the sum of $152,500. These were the same Tallahassee consulting firms that ran the 2012 election campaign for Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis, Councilman Matt Willhite and Councilman John Greene. That’s $310,000 that can be directly connected to our local municipal election last month. Fortunately for Wellington residents, considering all that money and high-priced talent, their candidates failed to crack 40 percent of the vote. Congratulations Wellington, you defeated the “bosses” who are trying to run Wellington... this time. Also of note last week, the three amigos (Margolis, Willhite and Greene) bypassed Councilwoman Anne Gerwig, the most senior member of the council who was next in line to become the ceremonial vice mayor, and instead elected the least senior member of council, John Greene, to that role. It wasn’t just a woman thing though, it was a spite thing. They
would rather break protocol to elect one of their “amigos” than select the person who was entitled to the position. So the next time you hear Margolis, Willhite or Greene talk about getting along, look to their actions and not their words, because what they did was deliberately slight the most senior councilwoman, who received more than 63 percent of the people’s votes in her recent re-election. Ask them why they would do something so blatantly offensive if it’s their goal to bring peace to this community. Clearly, it’s not. Alexander L. Domb Wellington
Prepare Students For Real Life
Have you ever taken a test and a week later forgotten how to do everything on that test? That’s because as a student, I am taught one lesson for a test and never have to think about it again. We need to stop teaching just for some test; we need to add onto the things we were previously taught, and we need to teach students the skills they will need for life out of high school. Having recently taken the SAT, which is all the basic things you need to have learned for college and use in the real world, there were things on there that I haven’t been taught since elementary school. And when I was taught them, they were nowhere near this level of difficulty. For example, there is a statement we have to write in cursive, and over 50 percent of the people in my class didn’t know how to, since we no longer are required to write in cursive. Although I was one of the few who still remembered how to write in cursive, it doesn’t make sense that most of the students didn’t know or remember how to write in it. Also, I haven’t been taught grammar since I was in third grade. Of course I’ve been taught to speak with correct grammar, but noticing it and identifying it on paper is a lot different. Grammar is something everyone needs in
life, whether you are e-mailing your boss, writing a speech or writing to customers. No matter what someone wants to do with their life, they will need to know proper grammar. Some people may say that we will need the things we are being taught later in life. This may be true, but the things that we aren’t being taught are the things that we will really need to succeed. We are always told that we need to be prepared for the real world, but how are we supposed to know what the real world is like if we aren’t exposed to it or taught about it? There are kids who go from being one of the best students in high school to being one of the worst in college because they don’t know how to set their priorities and stay away from the bad influences. Things in our school system need to make some significant changes if we want our students to not only succeed, but thrive in the real world. We need to start preparing the students for life outside of school instead of teaching them things for one test and they won’t have to remember a week later. Chad Bonincontri The Acreage Editors note: Mr. Bonincontri is a junior at Seminole Ridge High School.
Don’t Privatize Mental Health Crisis Centers
The profiteers have turned public jails into private cash cows for themselves. Privatizing prisons has motivated some judges (investors) to fill them to capacity with many nonviolent inmates serving unreasonably long sentences. Because of this privatized cash-cow, the taxpayers now pay more per bed for prisoners than before, and don’t get me started on their colossal failure, exorbitant expense, prisoner abuse and continuous corruption. Now the profiteers want to do the exact same thing with the mental health crisis centers, guaranteeing failure by cutting 75 percent of their funding. Just watch how popular the Baker Act will become with these same investor-judges
Missing Pennies In Corruption County
One penny, two penny, three penny, “four,” The number of county commissioners to shove out the door. They vote as a block and no one knows why. Are they the best county commissioners that money can buy? Trains through our bedrooms, stadiums replace our green parks. Ten lanes by our front door, it’s becoming quite dark. At $1 billion, waste-to-energy is not free. But there’s a bigger price for you and for me. On our children and their future, our commissioners have borrowed. Through mountains of garbage these four commissioners will wallow. Our trash is not enough for them. They’re shipping in more. We are all under siege, this is their act of war. As Georgia’s “big-pharma” ashes blow softly in the sea breeze, We will watch them fall slowly over stately palm trees. We’re told it’s not toxic, just go ahead and breathe, As they genuflect to big developers on bended knee. Two kings and two queens are wearing no clothes. It’s easy to smell now, it’s right under your nose. Words like health, safety and welfare sounding ever so shallow. Many manila envelopes will most certainly follow. Five penny, six penny, how much do they need, To finally satisfy their insatiable greed? Anne Kuhl The Acreage as they scramble at break-neck speed to fill the privatized cashcow mental crisis centers with any people they can at $1,200 a bed, instead of the public crisis centers’ $300 a bed cost. Besides the continuous abuse of taxpayer funds, many of the truly sick will get thrown to the curb, and guess who’s problem they become? Not the profiteers behind their gated communities, living the big life off taxpayer-paid profits while we the people work like slaves and have to clean up their greed-driven messes! Jude Smallwood The Acreage
For The Record The article “ITID Takes Stand Opposing Minto West Application,” published last week, incorrectly noted the dissenting vote on the Minto West resolution. The vote passed 4-1 with Supervisor Michelle Damone opposed. The Town-Crier regrets whatever confusion this might have caused.
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Registration Open For Zoo Camp, Wildlife Academy Minto West
Kids and teens are invited to go wild this summer at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society’s summer camp. “Zoo Camp” is the 2012 and 2011 winner of the “Kids Crown Award” for Best Summer Camp in Palm Beach County from South Florida Parenting magazine. Participants can enroll for one week or the entire summer, to learn about wildlife and wild places. Each week offers a unique wildlife theme, as participants experience zookeeping activities, behind-the-scenes tours, scaven-
continued from page 1 continue its “green” practices. “If we can be more sustainable on our own, it is better for future generations and for our community,” he said. “We know of a cheaper, easier way to do it, and it’s beneficial in helping our environment. There was a cost upfront, but this method will offset our costs and be better for the future.” Riebe noted that Wellington isn’t the first municipality with
ger hunts, enriching conservation education activities and interactive fountain time. Every day, participants will enjoy up-close animal encounters, animal exhibit visits, crafts, games and more. There are programs for ages 5 to 17. Camps start at $210 per camp, per child for zoo members, and $235 per camp, per child for nonzoo members. Camps run Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extended care and lunch is available for an additional fee. Limited spaces are available for each camp.
The Wildlife Conservation Academy is a week-long summer experience for high school students who are interested in zoological sciences, veterinary medicine, wildlife conservation and other animal-related careers. Students are invited to participate in the exciting week of hands-on career-related activities. More information about Zoo Camp and the Wildlife Conservation Academy, as well as online registration forms, can be found at www.palmbeachzoo.org/zoocamp.
such a facility, but it’s one of the first to have its own in-house. “The county has a drying facility at the Solid Waste Authority site,” he said. “Other communities send their material there to be processed. Having our own gives us more flexibility. We can process whenever we need to, where the county facility is continuously processing and needs to be fed. It takes a lot of energy.” The award commends Wellington for its innovation. “The water and wastewater industry is pretty conservative,” Riebe explained. “We don’t want to take chances with people’s health and safety,
or with the environment. We use processes that are proven to work and proven to be safe.” The village now serves as a model to other communities, which are looking toward Wellington as a pioneer in the technology. “We’ve had several utilities contact us with questions and ask to tour our facilities,” Riebe said. He added that the honor is a testament to village staff who do the day-to-day work. “It’s a real testament to the operators, the guys who operate the plant every day, and all the design professionals who worked on the project,” Riebe said.
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continued from page 1 is requesting necessary land-use changes to allow up to 6,500 homes and about 1.4 million square feet of workplace and community-serving commercial uses. The planning commission meeting was attended by several hundred neighboring residents who oppose Minto West’s plan to increase the approved density, as well as a number of blue-shirted Minto advocates. “County staff presented this to the planning commission as a very simple task for us,” said Loxahatchee Groves community activist Dennis Lipp, a member of the Palm Beach County Planning Commission. “This allows staff to negotiate with Minto on the particulars of their project. When I read that, I called and said, ‘What if it doesn’t go through?’” He was told it was only a text amendment similar to others that the planning commission routinely recommends approval for, and that because of recent changes in state
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law, the change is necessary. Lipp further asked why the county needs a special initiation process just for Minto, and he was told it would expedite things so they could get the process started. He pointed out that the references to agricultural enclaves apply only to the Minto West property. “There is only one agricultural enclave in Palm Beach County, so this was for Minto, and it was privately initiated, not by the county,” Lipp said. “The county didn’t say, ‘We need to get this done.’ Minto said, ‘Get this done so we can move forward.’” Lipp characterized the text amendment as “the camel’s nose in the tent.” “The camel is Minto West, the tent is The Acreage,” Lipp said. “The camel’s nose is the initiation of the text amendment, because before you know it, the whole camel is in the tent.” The planning commission’s recommendation for denial now heads to the county commission’s public hearing on the topic Monday, April 28 at 9:30 a.m. at the county governmental center. “I’m trying to get all the members of the planning commission down there, because it’s 15 members, two from each commissioner
and one at large,” Lipp said. “This was [people] from every portion of the county, the [commission’s] own representatives telling Minto, ‘No, this project does not fit. It does not belong in the Acreage.’” Lipp said that under new state statutes, the application will move ahead even if the county commission does not approve it, although that body will have final authority to approve or deny it. “If the county fails to come up with an agreement in 180 days, it goes forward, and that date is June 25,” he said, pointing out that the state cannot preempt the county, which has the final say. “The state cannot approve Minto,” Lipp explained. “The county has to approve it, so they can still say ‘no.’ It’s a long process, and the county needs to vote ‘no’ at every opportunity. What I hate hearing from the county commissioners is, ‘Well, this is just first reading, so let’s approve it on first reading.’ Why? Or: ‘This is just a text amendment. Let’s get this text amendment done.’ Why?” Lipp also pointed out that there is no statute of limitations on the application. “If they get turned down this year, they’ll be back next year,” he said. “They’re going to just wear it down.”
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ANNUAL SPRING FAIR AT ST. PETER’S IN WELLINGTON BRINGS OUT FAMILIES
The St. Peter’s United Methodist Church Child Enrichment Center held its annual Spring Fair on Saturday, April 12. The theme of the fair was “God’s Love Shines Bright.” The event included a silent auction, bounce houses, a rock wall, a bungee trampoline, a trackless train, pony rides, a petting zoo, an iPad 2 raffle, food, a bake sale and vendor booths. PHOTOS BY JULIE UNGER/TOWN-CRIER
Event Chairs Jen Metz and Jen Szukala with children from the enrichment center.
Shay Salazar shows off her decorated cookie.
Anthony and Gianna Sciarrino enjoy the inflatable obstacle course.
Erin Reiland and Shelley Saake sold tickets with the help of John and Kaitlyn Saake.
Caroline Schiro enjoys a pony ride from Cock-A-Doodle-Doo.
Ava Heinen, Giles Maxwell, Kylah Hill, Regan Maxwell and Sophia Heinen hold bunnies and ducks from Cock-A-Doodle-Doo.
ROYAL PALM BEACH COMMUNITY YARD SALE RETURNS TO VETERANS PARK
The annual Royal Palm Beach Community Yard Sale was held Saturday, April 12 in Veterans Park on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. Residents were able to set up tents to sell their items, while attendees were able to find great deals. PHOTOS BY JULIE UNGER/TOWN-CRIER
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PBSO Investigating Lox Groves Cow Shooting Incident
By Lauren MirĂł Town-Crier Staff Report APRIL 11 â€” A deputy from the Palm Beach County Sheriffâ€™s Officeâ€™s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to a home on B Road last Friday afternoon after the homeowner discovered that his cow had been shot. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 2 a.m. and 5 p.m., someone shot the cow, valued at approximately $10,000. A neighbor reported hearing gunshots at approximately 2 a.m., but did not call the PBSO. According to the report, the victim did not know if the cow was shot deliberately, or was hit after someone fired in the air. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. â€˘â€˘â€˘ APRIL 9 â€” A resident of the Estates of Royal Palm Beach called the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach last Wednesday to report a theft. According to a PBSO report, the victim placed several important documents in a bedroom closet in January. On Monday, April 7, the victim noticed that the documents were missing. The missing items included a Jamaican passport, a U.S. green card, a Social Security card and a birth certificate, all in the victimâ€™s name. The victim said he did not know who would have taken them. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. APRIL 9 â€” A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to a home in La Mancha last Wednesday afternoon regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, the victim recently moved into a house on Santiago Street and is having several construction modifications done on the home. Sometime between 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1 and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, someone stole a 9 mm Glock pistol from the drawer of a cabinet in the victimâ€™s dining room. During that time, the victim had a company painting the home, as well as employees from DirectTV and Comcast installing electronics. The stolen gun was valued at approximately $600. There was no further information available at the time of the report. APRIL 9 â€” An employee of the Super Target store was arrested last Wednesday on theft charges. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Royal Palm Beach substation was dispatched to the store after a store manager discovered that 22-year-old Francene Jones of West Palm Beach had made a fraudulent transaction for $248.99. According to the manager, Jones had her husband go to the store and bring several items to her register, which she then sold at a discounted price. Jones was arrested and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail, where she was charged with petty theft and fraud. APRIL 10 â€” A resident of Royal Palm Beach Blvd. called the PBSOâ€™s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation last Thursday evening to report a burglary. According to a PBSO report, the victim purchased the home last Thursday and conducted a walk-through of the property at approximately 10 a.m. Sometime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., someone stole approximately 50 aluminum storm panels from a location between the home and the garage. The victim said the storm panels were on the property during the walk-through and were a con-
dition of the sale of the home. She contacted the bank and the seller, but no one knew where the storm panels had gone. The panels were valued at approximately $10,000. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. APRIL 13 â€” Four juveniles were trespassed from the Stonegate community last Sunday following a burglary. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 10:25 a.m., two of the juveniles entered the patio of a home on Stonegate drive and stole four fishing rods with reels valued at approximately $350. The juveniles were seen on video surveillance footage exiting the community with the rods, and security contacted the PBSO substation in Wellington. A deputy was able to identify the two juveniles and made contact with them, but they had passed the fishing rods onto two other juveniles, who had lent them to friends. According to the report, the deputy was able to retrieve the stolen rods and return them to the victim. The victim chose not to prosecute, and all four juveniles were given trespass bans from the community. APRIL 13 â€” An employee of the Abercrombie & Fitch store in the Mall at Wellington Green called the PBSO substation in Wellington last Sunday afternoon to report a theft. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 2:15 p.m., one black male and two Hispanic female suspects entered the store and stole approximately $2,174 in merchandise. The suspects exited the store and fled several minutes before loss prevention officers noticed the theft. According to the report, the deputy believed the suspects used â€œboosterâ€? bags, which allow them to walk through security sensors without setting off the alarm. There was no further information available at the time of the report. APRIL 14 â€” A resident of 57th Place North contacted the PBSOâ€™s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation Monday morning to report a theft. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 4 p.m. last Sunday and 9:15 a.m. the following morning, someone stole two large brass flower pots from the end of the victimâ€™s driveway. The victim went outside Monday morning to find two piles of dirt where the perpetrator(s) had dumped out his plants before taking the pots, which were located on either side of his driveway near the road. According to the report, the victim hadnâ€™t seen any suspicious people or vehicles in the area, and noted that the flower pots had been there for about five years. The stolen flower pots were valued at approximately $100. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. APRIL 14 â€” A resident of South Carolina called the PBSO substation in Wellington on Monday to report a delayed theft. According to a PBSO report, on Sunday, March 23, the victim exhibited her artwork at the International Polo Club Palm Beach for an event. The victim put her items on display at approximately 11:30 a.m., and when she returned at approximately 1:30 p.m., she discovered one of her art pieces was missing from the patio. The stolen painting was valued at $1,800. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.
Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the publicâ€™s help in finding these wanted fugitives: â€˘ Sherisse Jimenez, alias Sherisse Cruz-Jimenez, is a white female, 5â€™3â€? tall and weighing 140 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. Her date of birth is 07/24/84. She has a tattoo on her chest and right leg. Jimenez is wanted on charges of public assistance fraud. Her last known address was Cobalt Court in Greenacres. She is wanted as of 04/10/14. â€˘ Roger Williams is a black male, 5â€™11â€? tall and weighing 170 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. His date of birth is 03/18/81. Williams is wanted for failure to appear on charges of domestic aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and burglary, as well as failure to appear on charges of operating a vehicle with a suspended, canceled or revoked license. His last known address was South West 9th Street in Delray Beach. He is wanted as of 04/10/14. Remain anonymous and you may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestopperspbc. com.
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April 18 - April 24, 2014
RPB Education Board Learns About Literacy Coalition Programs
By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County CEO Kristin Calder explained the wide array of services her organization offers throughout the county at the Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board meeting Monday. Each year, the Literacy Coalition helps 25,000 individuals, children and families get the help that they need to achieve basic reading skills. The organization is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. “One in seven adults in Palm Beach County lack basic literacy skills,” Calder said. “What that means is they’re not able maybe to read a bus schedule, or able to
read a medicine bottle, or not able to read basic instructions, or a letter that they may receive in the mail.” Calder said the organization oversees 10 direct service programs at 110 sites throughout the county. “Some of those sites are actually here in Royal Palm Beach. We provide literacy skills in the workplace through community education. We help adult students prepare for their GED.” The organization also helps local businesses with problems they may have in training employees. “Right now, we are just completing a program with the City of West Palm Beach with their sewer route control,” she said. “We have one of our teachers learn how to operate the manual, the instruc-
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tions for the employees, and then we train the employees how to actually conduct this program and this service. It was more than just teaching somebody how to read. It really is teaching somebody how to communicate and to process information they need to successfully do their job.” Calder noted that the organization’s children’s literacy programs provide crucial skills young students need to be successful. “The Literacy Coalition has several programs,” she said. “We provide reading partners through Budding Readers, where we share books with 3-year-old children to help them blossom into lifelong readers. We have actually done that with the YWCA Childhood Development Center here in Royal Palm Beach.” The coalition also has two after-school programs, including the Afterschool Reads program, which is offered throughout the county. “We have strategies to work with grades K through five in 15 after-school programs.”
The Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board gave Student Member Garrett Johnson, a senior at Royal Palm Beach High School, a leadership award for his membership the past year. Show here is Councilman Jeff Hmara, liaison to the committee, presenting the award to Johnson. PHOTO BY RON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER
continued from page 1 to the council. From there, the council directed us to do a formal polling of the residents, and we’ve now done that.” According to a Wellington staff report, there were 80 votes (76.2 percent) in support, nine votes (8.6 percent) against it and 16 parcels (15.2 percent) that did not respond. The formal poll allowed for one vote per plotted lot, meaning some homeowners were allowed more than one vote. According to the staff report, there are 67 property owners among the 105 lots. Forty-
The coalition also sponsors the Turning Bullies Into Buddies program. “When I first joined the Literacy Coalition, I thought, ‘Well, it’s a great cause to take on bullying, but what does that have to do with the Literacy Coalition?’ Once they explained it to me, it is a character-based program through literature. It helps the kids realize the message you’re trying to deliver by telling them a story,” Calder explained. Calder noted that the popular Pink Shirt Day is one of the promotional events of Turning Bullies Into Buddies hosted by the Literacy Coalition. The coalition has two family literacy programs to help adults learn how to help their children read. “We’re very proud of these programs because they work not only with the adults, but also with their children, and often it’s the adult who wants to help their child, and that’s how they get involved with our program,” Calder said.
“We have our Parent-Child Home Program where we provide visits a couple of times a week, and we take books one week and toys the next. The tutor helps both the child and parent with reading skills by not only reading, but looking at colors and pointing out shapes and objects.” The Glades Family Education Program focuses on literacy, English and communications skills. “We have students who started out working in the fields,” Calder said. “One who is our shining star, Laura Calderone, started out as a student because she wanted her daughter to learn. She came through the program, and she just recently graduated from Palm Beach State College. She is now a teacher at our Glades Family Education Program and is a real inspiration for all of the adult students that are there.” Another program is Reach Out and Read, which is a partnership with pediatricians. “We currently have partnered with 32 clinics and all the pediatricians and pediatric
offices throughout the county,” she said. The program provides books to the pediatricians so that when children come for their wellness visits, they will also get a book as a gift. “Sometimes it might be the only book a child receives in their home for the year,” Calder said. An interesting aspect of the program is that the pediatrician can watch how the child interacts with the book and assess the child’s development, even if there is a language barrier, by observing what the child does with the book. Through the Literacy America program, the coalition hires 40 young people who work for $12,000 a year to work in schools, including Royal Palm Beach High School, with struggling students. “They have fantastic outcomes working with students who are at risk in terms of not being able to graduate, and also providing additional assistance as volunteer tutors,” Calder said. Learn more about the organization at www.literacypbc.org.
eight owners (72 percent) supported the project, seven (10 percent) were against it, and 12 owners (18 percent) did not respond. In both cases, the two-thirds majority of the residents required for a special assessment was met, Riebe said. “This says to the council that two-thirds of the residents — a supermajority — want this, and it has been verified,” he said. “It tells them the neighborhood wants to move forward with the project.” Wellington staff also studied the project and determined it is technically feasible. The estimated cost is $375,000, which ultimately would be paid for by residents. “Wellington would go out into the market and issue bonds, and
then each of those property owners would have a line item on their tax bill for the amount they owe,” Riebe explained. “As long as residents are willing to pay for all the improvements and costs associated with it, and a supermajority of residents want it, I think the council will be willing to look at it further.” Approval of next week’s agenda item would enable staff to initiate the engineering design procurement process, advertising a request for qualifications for the project. Riebe stressed that Wellington’s role is only to facilitate the residents’ desires. “It’s a grassroots initiative,” he said. “It’s not a done deal, and it’s
entirely up to the council. There is some opposition. The council doesn’t have to move forward with it if they deem it’s not in the best interest of the community.” A second group of residents in the north section of the Saddle Trail community had also asked the council in February for a similar project in their neighborhood, but Riebe said there has not been a core group of supporters leading the project. “It takes a lot of energy to go out, drum up supporters and talk to neighbors,” he said. “If they demonstrate that kind of support, we’ll help them. Anyone who would like to do something like that in their community, we’ll absolutely help them.”
WELLINGTON RELAY FOR LIFE UNITES COMMUNITY WITH OLYMPICS THEME
The Wellington Relay for Life was held Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13 at Palm Beach Central High School. The theme was the Olympics, “Uniting the World Against Cancer.” Teams raised money for the event and walked overnight around the track to represent PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER the struggle those with cancer face each day.
Cancer survivors are honored with a ceremonial first lap.
Caregivers make their way around the track.
Maureen Budjinski and Jesse Seligman.
Team Tahiti from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Team Gerardi from Gerardi Law & Associates show their patriotic pride.
PBSO Cpl. Nick Barbera, Deputy Scott Poritz, Officer Jim Schnaderbeck and Deputy Luis Ledbetter with K9 Bandit.
NEWS BRIEFS CAFCI Picnic On April 19
Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI) will host its annual Easter picnic on Saturday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to sundown at Okeeheelee Park’s Micanopy Pavilion. The picnic is a fun day and will feature an Easter egg hunt, bounce house and Caribbean foods. For more information, call Mr. Simms at (561) 719-0263, the CAFCI Hotline at (561) 790-4002 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free College Planning Workshops
Parents and students are invited to attend free upcoming college planning workshops presented by College Planning Masters. Parents will learn how to maximize financial aid and minimize out-of-pocket expenses. The first workshop will be Wednesday, April 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Wellington High School (2101 Greenview Shores Blvd., Wellington). The second workshop will be Thursday, April 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Crexent Business Center (8461 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth). Registration for both workshops starts at 6:15 p.m.
To register for a workshop, call (800) 776-6445, ext. 217. Space is limited, so attendees are recommended to reserve space early. Light refreshments will be served. For more info., visit www.collegeplanningmasters.com or e-mail rona@collegeplanningmasters. com.
Free Yoga At Commons Park
The Village of Royal Palm Beach will offer a free yoga class at Commons Park (11600 Poinciana Blvd.) on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. All levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Connect with nature and start your day stretching, releasing stress, increasing energy and strength under blue skies. If you like the class, join the regularly scheduled class every Tuesday. Pre-register at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center or call (561) 790-5124. For more info., visit www.royalpalmbeach.com.
Apply For High School Summer Service Program
Wellington is again offering teenagers meaningful, resumeboosting volunteer experience
this summer through the High School Summer Service Program, which pairs incoming high school juniors and seniors with various Wellington departments, allowing students to learn more about how local government works and get a taste of a real-world professional setting while racking up community service hours. To participate, students must be entering their junior or senior years in high school, must have at least a 3.0 GPA and provide two letters of recommendation. Students should also be able to commit to volunteering eight hours each week, in either two four-hour blocks or one eight-hour block, from June 16 through Aug. 7. Applications can be found at all village locations. Completed applications will be accepted until Thursday, May 16, but space is limited, so be sure to submit applications early. For more information, contact Scott Campbell at (561) 791-4105 or email@example.com.
Gannon At LGLA Meeting
The Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association (LGLA) will meet Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd.). The guest speaker for the meet-
ing will be Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon. She has been asked to discuss the services provided by her office. There will be a question-and-answer time after the speaker finishes. This is an open meeting where residents will get a chance to discuss issues of concern that they may have related to things that are going on in the town. The meeting is open to the public, but only LGLA members with 2014 paid dues can make motions and/ or vote. For more information, contact Marge Herzog at (561) 818-9114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PBC Appraiser Supports Water Safety Month
May is National Water Safety Month, and the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office is teaming with the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County to increase public awareness of pool safety measures. “Our deputy appraisers will place pool safely door tags on residential properties with pools,” Property Appraiser Gary R. Nikolits said. The door tags list water safety tips for people in single-family homes with pools. “We look at it as a valuable community service
that our deputy appraisers can help spread the word about pool safety to the public,” Nikolits said. To kick off the pool safely campaign, the deputy appraisers will distribute 500 door tags. “We are very pleased that the Property Appraiser’s Office is again providing public information about pool safety in our effort to prevent drowning and to encourage water safety,” said Anna Stewart, manager of the Drowning Prevention Coalition. “Our best advice is to make sure everyone knows how to swim and never swims alone.” Pools should be fenced with self-locking and self-latching gates to prevent easy access to the water. Contact the Drowning Prevention Coalition at (561) 6167068 or www.pbcgov.org/dpc to learn more.
Wellington Retrofits Sidewalks
With the help of a community development block grant in the amount of $313,710, Wellington has upgraded 189 sidewalk curb ramps and approaches to make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and make the village safer for all residents.
The sidewalk upgrades include yellow bumps at the end of some crosswalks. These pads will aid people with visual disabilities. The truncated domes (bumps) will help them in determining boundaries between the sidewalk and street. How sidewalks meet the street is also being changed. Residents using wheelchairs or walking aids will see an improvement in the steepness. This will make it safer for them to move between the sidewalk and the street.
Family Fun Day At Community Of Hope Church
On Sunday, April 27 from 3 to 7 p.m., Community of Hope Church will host its first “Sunday Family Fun Day.” In addition to a classic car and bike show, there will be bounce houses, vendors, crafters, a silent auction, food, fantastic prizes and activities for people of all ages. All proceeds will support the recovery ministry, which meets every Monday night at 7 p.m. at the church. Community of Hope is located at 14055 Okeechobee Blvd. in Loxahatchee Groves. For more info., call (561) 753-8883 or email email@example.com.
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‘Shattered Dreams’ Event At RPBHS Promotes Safe Driving
Life can change — or end — in the blink of an eye for teens who don’t drive responsibly. That’s the message that the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club and the Student Council of Royal Palm Beach High School passed on to the 2,000 students who witnessed the mock demonstration called “Shattered Dreams” on Thursday, April 10 on the school’s football field. The event was presented by St. Mary’s Medical Center, the Healthcare District of Palm Beach County and the Dori Slosberg Foundation. It included a dramatization of an after-prom car crash caused by driving under the influence of drugs and/ or alcohol. The daylong safety fair included AAA, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, SADD, Bob Cavanagh Allstate, the Florida Highway Patrol, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Velocity Credit Union, HOSA, Drowning Prevention, I Care: The Humanity Project, Tax
Collector Anne Gannon, the Palm Beach County Substance Abuse Coalition, Safe Kids of Palm Beach County, the Dori Slosberg Foundation, DATA, ADL and the Hanley Center. Guest speakers included David Sommers and lawyer Brian LaBovick. The Anti-Defamation League designated Royal Palm Beach High School as a “No Place for Hate School” at the event. Seatbelt usage was a key purpose of the fair, promoting the use of the seatbelt when driving a vehicle. Organizers give special thanks to Bob Cavanagh of Allstate and Barnie Walker of State Farm for their donations that were used to give away seatbelt belts to students. The day also included a proclamation from the mayor of Royal Palm Beach naming April 10 as Youth Safety Day. The presentations were designed to influence the students to make good decisions when they are behind the wheel.
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RPBHS students join members of Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office after the “Shattered Dreams” car accident reenactment.
Garrett Johnson and Christy Bryant during the simulation.
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Berean Christian School Students Encounter Snow In Washington, D.C
A group of 22 students and three chaperones from Berean Christian School traveled to Washington, D.C., in March for the annual educational tour offered to 11thgrade students. Students and chaperones watched the weather ahead of time and knew to expect cold conditions with possible snow in the forecast. On the second day of the fiveday trip, snow covered the ground, which consequently, put a halt to most activity in the nation’s capital. As the group made its way in the snow from the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, they stumbled upon and participated in a snowball fight on the mall that included about 150 college students. Joseph
Hendricks, an 11th-grade student at BCS said, “The snowball fight was the most exhilarating part of the trip!” The most meaningful part of the trip was meeting and speaking with Congressman Tom Rooney (R-District 17). Rooney encouraged students to work toward reaching goals instead of just giving up saying, “I can’t.” Touring the U.S. Capitol and viewing the House of Representa-
tives gave the students a real sense of the day-to-day functions of the government. The chaperones always appreciate Rooney taking time out of
his day to meet with the students. For more information about this event or any program at Berean Christian School visit www.bcs bulldogs.org.
(Right) Berean students on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. (Below) Berean students in the snow in front of the Washington Monument.
April 18 - April 24, 2014
TKA Fourth-Graders Visit St. Augustine
Each year, the King’s Academy’s fourth-grade class enjoys two fun-filled days exploring the nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine. The trip is filled with excellent experiential reinforcement of their Florida history studies. Some of the sites they visited include: a Spanish military hospital, the oldest lighthouse, Spanish and Indian villages, the oldest jail, the Heritage Museum, Castillo de San Marcos fort, and a church that Henry Flagler built in memory of his daughter and granddaughter. Students also enjoyed an informational tram tour of the city. “St. Augustine was a lot of fun. It helped me learn about how life was before electricity and electronics,” said TKA student Reese Collier.
Townsend Childress enjoyed the “different engravings on the walls of the Castillo de San Marcos. It was cool to see the battle weapons and cannons.” “Our field trip to St. Augustine provides a wonderful opportunity to see our history curriculum come alive,” TKA Elementary Principal Heath Nivens said. “The hands-on events and exhibits provide students with an up-close encounter with history. The time together with other students and family members provides memories that will last for a lifetime.” The King’s Academy is a private Christian school serving approximately 1,200 students from preschool through 12th grade. More information is available online at www.tka.net.
Local Student Designs, Builds ‘Pipe-A-Phone’
Jon McGrath of Loxahatchee, a senior at the King’s Academy, recently put his passion for mathematics, music and engineering to work in designing and creating what he calls a “Pipe-A-Phone” instrument out of PVC pipe. He then wrote an original composition and additional instrumentation for performance. “This project put my imagination to the test right alongside my mathematical and musical skills, and now I get to play the instrument and share it with others,” McGrath said. The project took McGrath and his father, FPL lineman Don McGrath, a year-and-a-half and more than 140 hours from concept to completion. “The most challenging part of the project was assembling a musical instrument that was organized and mathemat-
ically accurate without any basis for design,” he explained, “but it was rewarding to have finished the instrument after bringing it from concept to completion.” The instrument, made of PVC pipe and Starboard, is similar to a piano keyboard with 32 total notes/ pipes and covering two-and-a-half octaves of the musical spectrum. A video of Jon’s original composition “Tubed Groove” performed in concert at the King’s Academy along with fellow TKA students Emily Vander May, Lawrence Parmar, Ryan Kassem, Chip Collier and Stanley Dessalines is available on the school’s YouTube channel. The King’s Academy is a private Christian school serving approximately 1,200 students from preschool through 12th grade. Learn more at www.tka.net.
TKA fourth-grade students at Memorial Presbyterian Church, built by Henry Flagler.
Local Author Releases New Children’s Book
“Pipe-A-Phone” designed and built by TKA senior Jon McGrath.
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Author Nicholas Novella of Wellington recently celebrated the nationwide release of his new children’s book, My Robot Named Spot. In the story, readers will meet a young boy, who discovers his God-given potential of creativity when he learns how to build things and becomes a successful robot designer. Even though things don’t always work out, Kip works hard to create a mechanical dog that becomes a part of his family.
Published by Tate Publishing & Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tate publishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting www.barnesandnoble. com or www.amazon.com. Novella is an electrical engineer and web developer who enjoys writing stories that have unexpected twists and turns. He hopes the book will help children look at things a little closer, become curious, and start creating things on their own.
April 18 - April 24, 2014
E-READERS POPULAR AT NEW HORIZONS
New Horizons Elementary School students are reading books on the media center’s Nooks during their library time. Pictured here are first-grade students reading Pete The Cat in the media center using the Nooks.
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Crestwood Shines At TurtleFest Event
Eleven Crestwood Middle School students had artwork on display at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s recent TurtleFest. Sixth-grade student James Hunter III was a finalist with his beautiful painting of a red fish. The school has also been chosen as the “School of the Year” by the Loggerhead Marinelife Center and won the honor of adopting a sea turtle. “We are elated to not only have James represent Crestwood as a finalist for TurtleFest, but to also have been chosen as School of the Year is a credit to the dedication and artistic vision of our students,” Crestwood Middle School Principal Stephanie Nance said.
(Left) Sixth-grader James Hunter III was a finalist at Turtlefest with his painting of a red fish, pictured above.
RPBHS Students Win SECME Competition
Royal Palm Beach High School students won the regional district SECME competition to build and run a car powered by the energy derived from a mousetrap. The following students competed against more than 12 other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) high schools throughout Palm Beach County: Stanley Bullard, Nick Bumgardner, Aziz-Abdul Clarke, Azana Clarke, Garryson Dalisien, Zachary Durick, Matthew Elleston, Alex Figoli, Owen Flannagan, Marianne Fortin, Kyan Gelin, Esteban Gutierrez, Nick James, Andrew Lange, Brenden Laureano, Tyler Lorenz, Edwyn Mansell, Anthony Matias, Devon Moore, Anthony Nguyen, Marco
Portocarrero, Joseph Raghuraj, Carlos Scott, Ricardo Shippie, Jacob Sorkin, Adam Travaglini, Andrew Ulloa, Nathaniel Vera and Preston Wishart. “This is exciting,” said Paul Miller, STEM Academy teacher and SECME advisor. “It is a privilege to win and continue to represent the district at the national level.” Azana Clarke, Aziz-Abdul Clarke and Alex Figoli will travel to Alabama in June to participate in the national SECME competition. SECME competitions are designed to expose students to a variety of real-world applications for science and math, while generating interest and excitement about college and careers in STEM.
RPBHS SECME students with their winning project.
TKA Service Week Gives To Community
Wellington Elementary School students participated in Field Day on Thursday and Friday, March 13 and 14. Kindergarten through fifth-grade students participated in this fun-filled day. Principal Eugina Smith Feaman and physical education teacher Lui Echerri started off the event by telling the students how proud the staff is of all of them for their dedication, hard work, responsibility and respect that they display every day. There were many different stations, such as water and scooter relay, jump rope, eggs in a basket race, running and sack races and more. Music played in the background to add to the ambiance. It was a great way to celebrate the students’ success right before spring break. Shown here, fourth graders Brenden Merchant and Daniel Mills race to the finish line.
The King’s Academy’s Spring Rush Service Week was a practical aspect of the school’s “Fearless” theme for the 2013-14 school year, based on Deuteronomy 31:6. Throughout the week of March 31 to April 4, secondary students worked at one of two locations: seventh and eighth grades served with CROS Ministries, gleaning corn at Hatton Farms in Canal Point and green peppers at Bedner’s Farm in Jupiter. Ninth through 12th grades served under Feeding America at the Treasure Coast Food Bank in Fort Pierce. Students assessed foods for quality and sorted foods for distribution to a local school
program and to the community. As a result of the week’s efforts, students boxed nearly 10,000 pounds of fresh carrots, sorted through 34,000 pounds of food from retail donations and packed 1,632 backpacks with food items. “Christ-centered service is at the heart of TKA’s philosophy and mission,” Chaplain Gary Butler said. “We believe that academics and spiritual development are richly enhanced by the hands-on practicality of service. It is service that puts us in direct contact with people’s lives where we get to demonstrate the love of Christ and as opportunities arise to share the gospel message.”
TKA students helped sort and box food.
April 18 - April 24, 2014
Wellington Christian To Continue Early Childhood Education
Wellington Christian School will continue to offer its early childhood education program for the 2014-15 school year. While the elementary and secondary schools will close at the end of this school year, the early childhood education program will continue and include Florida’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program. In addition to the VPK program, it will serve students ages 2 through 4 with a variety of schedule options. “We support our families by allowing them to create schedules
to fit the needs of their children and family dynamics,” Early Childhood Director Patricia McCaulley said. “We will offer the same high-quality early childhood education program that we’ve offered throughout the school’s 34-year history.” Wellington Christian’s early childhood education program will continue at its long-time location at 1000 Wellington Trace in Wellington. It will share the location with the new Eagle Arts Academy, an arts-themed charter elementary and middle school that
will open for the 2014-15 school year. The early childhood education program was founded by Wellington Presbyterian Church, which will continue to support the program. It will be self-contained in its own facility on the property. A Gold Seal Quality Care program, the early childhood education program focuses on developing the whole child in a nurturing, Christian environment. Children progress in an age-appropriate curriculum of pre-reading, pre-math, pre-writing and science through hands-on multisensory activities.
“Our program will include creative movement activities for gross motor development, as well as fine arts and Spanish. Afterschool enrichment activities will also be provided,” McCaulley said. Families can opt for two-day, three-day or five-day part-time or full-time programs. The VPK program is a 5-day morning program. All classes have student-teacher ratios well below Palm Beach County licensing requirements. “We strive for every family to be consistently assured that their
child is in a safe and positive learning environment,” McCaulley said. There will be an open house for prospective parents on Thursday, May 1 from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Parents may also inquire to schedule a tour of the facility at another time. For more info., visit www. wellingtonchristian.org or call McCaulley at (561) 793-1017. (Right) Wellington Christian School early education students.
Camp Invention Comes To Binks Forest DSOA Students Attend Leaders Summit
Camp Invention, a national educational program recognized for fostering innovative-thinking, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention, is coming to Binks Forest Elementary School the week of June 16-20. The week-long day camp experience for students entering first through sixth grades encourages inventive young minds through hands-on problem solving, using science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a fun and creative atmosphere. “We are thrilled to be offering Camp Invention to more children this year interested in these focus areas,” said Barbara Myer, Camp Invention Director at Allen ISD and District Advanced Academics/ Gifted and Talented Coordinator. “Selecting a camp is an important decision for parents, and our goal is to provide children with a curriculum that allows them
to fully express their inventive young minds by exploring different types of technology, through real-world problem solving challenges, building things and taking them apart, while still having fun and developing new skills. Every year I am impressed by not only the level of thinking and time that goes into the curriculum, but also by the level of fun and excitement that I see on my students’ faces.” Camp Invention was founded by inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Programming is developed through partnerships with the United States Patent & Trademark Office and inspired by inductees of the Hall of Fame and finalists of the Collegiate Inventors Competition. Camp Invention’s new curriculum for 2014, “Morphed,” immerses students in hands-on activities, such as building original prototypes, creating a personalized
motor-powered vehicle and disassembling electronics to build an insect-themed pinball machine. Local programs are facilitated and taught by educators who reside and teach in those communities. “Camp Invention is proud to inspire and challenge our next generation of innovators through this nationally acclaimed educational program,” said Michael Oister, CEO of Invent Now. Invent Now is the organization responsible for organizing more than 1,200 Camp Invention day camps throughout the U.S. serving 80,000 students every year. “During the past 20 years, we have helped to ignite a passion for creativity and invention in more than 900,000 children while leaving them with great camp memories and lifelong friendships,” Oister said. For more info., or to register, visit www.campinvention.org.
Most students took some time off for spring break, but not five Dreyfoos School of the Arts students. During spring break, ninthgrade student Anjelica Abraham of Atlantis, 11th-grader Konrad Czaczyk of Loxahatchee, 11thgrader John Hench of Palm Beach, ninth-grader Uma Raja of Palm Beach Gardens and 11th-grader Amanda Zwick of Boca Raton joined approximately 700 other students from across the United States and China to attend the Global Student Leaders Summit in Shanghai and Hong Kong. The trip began by giving students the unique opportunity to explore China’s cultural and historical sites, while also observing its local schools and businesses. At the leadership conference in Shanghai, they heard from former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman Jr., as well as Adam
Davidson and Alex Blumberg, co-hosts of NPR’s Planet Money. All students worked on a twoday collaborative project to design a product to help alleviate poverty in developing countries. Raja was the overall summit winner for her
design of a self-regulating bottle for purifying water. Students also participated in workshops that explored economical concepts to build on their understanding of the global economy.
Dreyfoos School of the Arts students in Shanghai.
April 18 - April 24, 2014
My Daughter Just Made A Big Announcement... Any Guesses?
My dad’s 85th birthday wasn’t the only reason we packed up and headed out to Wisconsin last week — my daughter had an announcement to make. You guessed it, she’s expecting again. Jen always tries to be creative with her announcements — at least the important ones. When she got her fourth patent, I found the plaque lying in a pool of opened mail on the dining room table. But another kid, that’s big. So she bought little Skippy a shirt emblazoned with the words, “Super Big Brother.” It had a cape attached so, innocently and without protest, he wore it. When we showed up at my parents’ door, Skippy in his cape and Jen in a big
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The Sonic BOOMER jacket, there was the usual mayhem that screams, “We’re so glad to see you!” I feel sorry for people who seldom experience this mayhem because it is so loving and special. You know you’re home when you’re embraced by a screeching mob. Skippy was toddling in and around and
through the big people’s legs and everyone was admiring him and laughing over the cape, but no one really noticed what his shirt said until things calmed down. Then there was laughing, hugging mayhem all over again. I loved it. I soaked it up. I would put it in a fancy perfume bottle and take little sniffs of it now and then, if I could. The joy of life. The appreciation for the mystery of it all. And, from my perspective, I loved having all that joy and appreciation sent my daughter’s way because she, of course, is the one down in the trenches while the rest of us are back at the canteen toasting each other and getting tipsy.
She has it rough. Jen (wisely, I think) waited until she was in her 30s to have children, making hers a high-risk pregnancy. She goes to the doctor often to be weighed and measured and poked and prodded. Every morning she herself (and I wince to even say it), has to inject a needle full of something into her stomach. I can’t even be in the same room with her when she does it. “Watch out for its head!” I shriek as I run out. “I’m nowhere near its head,” she replies calmly, with a wisdom I will never know. She is also gaining weight and feeling bloated and experiencing mood swings that take a happy day and smash it into
the ground. The whole nine months are invasive and time-consuming — and knowing what to expect this time is small comfort. She had just lost the last bit of extra poundage she’d put on due to Skippy, and now it’s back. She has packed up her nice clothes again. She can’t clean out her closet because she has no idea what size she’ll be from month to month. She can’t go shopping because she already has maternity clothes and doesn’t want to spend money on more. She can’t drink alcohol or tea or coffee. She can’t eat chocolate. She can’t dance all night in heels. Yet it’s a choice she made, so she’s willing to do See WELKY, page 18
‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ A Great Zany Comedy By Wes Anderson
If you want to see a movie that is different from almost anything else coming out these days, take in The Grand Budapest Hotel, the latest Wes Anderson film. It is a weird, strange, zany comedy with plenty of style, something we seldom get anymore. In an era of superheroes and overheated, sexualized romances, a movie that seems to avoid real feelings while drowning us in a complex, funny scheme, really stands out. The movie begins with a famous author (Tom Wilkinson) writing about his meeting years earlier (the young author is played by Jude Law) with elderly and very wealthy Zero Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham) in the once-famous, now decrepit Grand Budapest Hotel. Zero tells him how he acquired the hotel, and the story then focuses on Zero’s mentor, concierge Monsieur Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), a demanding hotel leader who, as part of his job, romances elderly ladies.
‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler One of them, Madame D. (an incredibly cosmetically aged Tilda Swinton), dies suddenly and leaves Gustave a priceless painting. Her family objects, particularly her nasty son Dmitri (Adrien Brody), who sends his scary minion (Willem Dafoe) and the police after Gustave. Compounding all of this, the imaginary nation they are in is going to war with an imaginary neighbor. The complications are many: the family’s attorney Deputy Kovacs (Jeff Goldblum) is a stickler for legal procedure; the police captain in charge
(Edward Norton) was treated very nicely by the concierge as a young boy when he visited the hotel with his parents; convicts in the prison that Gustave is tossed in are somehow also gentlemen, providing a nice turn for Ludwig (Harvey Keitel) in one of the film’s daffier moments. The real center of the film is the relationship between Gustave and the young Zero (Tony Revolori), who is a “lobby boy,” working the hotel to unobtrusively help the guests. Their relationship changes and grows as the older man gradually realizes that the boy is in many ways his brother. Zero becomes enamored with Agatha (Saiorse Ronan), a not-very-pretty young baker who is both brave and loving. She provides the tools used by the convicts to escape their prison. They are the kind of tiny ones we give to young children, creating great laughs by baking them into fancy pastries. Despite the lighthearted elements, there
are examples of real feelings. Gustave twice stands up for Zero while being questioned by nasty soldiers, at great risk to his own life. In one delightful scene, Gustave calls on his peers in his society of concierges, all of whom drop major tasks off with their lobby boys to provide assistance. It is great fun for many of us in the audience, as several of them are quite recognizable. But Anderson lets very little get in the way of fun, since nothing brings as many laughs as dead bodies, particularly those in pieces. The performances are exceptionally good. Fiennes gives a brilliant portrayal of a man who lives for all good things, a man who is incredibly superficial, while still behaving with great honor. Revolori manages to match him, although he is the essential straight man for the comedy. His sincerity holds the film together. Anderson is a favorite director for many actors, many of whom took on
small parts. Brody obviously had great fun portraying the bad guy. Brushing back his handlebar mustache like an old-time villain, he ensured that he would get no sympathy at all. Norton was delightfully addled, and Keitel’s turn as the tough convict who befriends Gustave was a highlight. Anderson, as noted above, eschews real feelings. Everything is pushed to be light. Convicts get along with Gustave as he moves among them, bringing mush in exactly the same mode he would have arranged pheasant at the hotel. Gustave has a penchant for light-headed blondes who are all surface, as he pretends to be. But we can see the real feelings under the skin. The movie was great fun. Our group all enjoyed it enormously. In an era where style is ignored, this is a great screwball comedy. Take a break from the blockbusters and try it out.
April 18 - April 24, 2014
U.S. Open Final Sunday Will Conclude Season At Wellington’s IPC
The 2014 polo season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach comes to a conclusion on Sunday, April 20 with the final match of the 110th Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championships. Last Sunday’s featured matches saw Crab Orchard (Peke Gonzalez, Magoo Laprida, Facundo Pieres and Paco de Narvaez) defeat Audi (Marc Ganzi, Gonzalito Pieres, Rodrigo Andrade and Gonzalo Del Tour) 13-12 and Lechuza Caracas (Victor Vargas, Nico Pieres, Juan Martin Nero and Nico Espain) defeat Coca-Cola (Gillian Johnston, Sebastian Merlos, Julio Arellano and Facundo Obregon) 12-7. The Crab Orchard and Lechuza Caracas victories set up Wednesday’s semifinal matches: Valiente vs. Lechuza Caracas and Alegria
vs. Crab Orchard. Results were not available at press time. The winners of those matches will meet at Sunday’s final match to see
which team will claim American polo’s top prize. For more info., visit www.internationalpoloclub. com or call (561) 204-5687.
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A packed house was on hand last Sunday to watch Lechuza Caracas defeat Coca-Cola.
BARRETT-JACKSON HOLDS 12TH ANNUAL CAR AUCTION AT FAIRGROUNDS
The 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction roared into the South Florida Fairgrounds April 10-13. Car enthusiasts and collectors enjoyed more than 500 cars waiting to be sold on the auto auction block. There were muscle cars, classic cars, custom PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER rods and more. Several cars were sold for charity, and vendors sold accessories and memorabilia.
Eli and Timothy Gerold sit in a new Corvette Stingray.
A 2015 Corvette fetched $1 million for the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.
Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson with Darrell Gwynn, who received the proceeds from a live auction.
A 1950 DeSoto donated by Lonnie Poole sold for $60,000 to benefit the Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
RPB Councilman Jeff Hmara drives a 1963 VW Beetle to the staging area.
Vanilla Ice entertains the crowd.
April 18 - April 24, 2014
Lake Worth Zombie Crawl To Benefit Big Dog
On Saturday, April 26, zombies will return to roam the streets of Lake Worth for the second annual LDUB Zombie Crawl. If you thought last year’s was a romp’n rampage, you’re in for twice the treat this go-around. Third Eye Adventures, in cooperation with Wheels for Kids, Enigma Haunt, South Shores Tavern, Brogues Down Under, Dave’s Last Resort & Raw Bar, Rhum Shak, Igot’s Martiki Bar, Havana Hideout, RedTrunks, LULA, the CRA, Merchants of Downtown Lake Worth (MOD), the Lake Worth Herald, Trinkets & Treasures, Downtown Chiropractic, the Clay-Glass-Metal-Stone Gallery and Sticky Graphix will unleash LDUB Zombie Crawl II from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets cost $15, and all proceeds from the crawl benefit the amazing work of Big Dog Ranch Rescue. Zombies will proceed to the ground zero processing center at
continued from page 1 item.’ They’ve been very good about that, and we’ve been very good about not giving them everything they want.” He thought the management firm had performed acceptably well, and that the council could have tried harder to work with the management company. Vice Mayor Ron Jarriel shared Rockett’s concern that the company had become the town’s highest expense. “I think they’re a top-notch team, Underwood Management, and I think if they’re as good as Tom thinks they are, they’ll come back, and we’ll do what’s best for the town,” Jarriel said. “But I think there are other people out there looking for management jobs. I believe we owe it to the taxpayers when we’re talking about this much money to go out for RFPs and see what kind of competition we’ve got out there.” Goltzené said he did not think they’d find a cheaper management company. “Our experience has been the opposite both times, and it’s interesting that the two or three people who were so adamant that we bring these folks here want to get them gone now,” he said. “Do you
South Shores Tavern & Patio Bar (502 Lucerne Ave.). Early checkin is between 4 and 5:30 p.m., with registration for the crawl continuing until after 8 p.m. After checking in, each newly minted member of the undead will receive a zombie shelter map, indicating zombie-friendly establishments participating in the crawl, along with a few goodies provided by local sponsors. The map also includes hints of special “undead incidents” occurring in the area throughout the evening. There will be several zombie guides in the area to corral the living dead during each of the planned “incidents” (if you’re a “Thriller” fan, one of them will be of particular interest to the zombie in you), and a complimentary beverage station will be situated at the corner of K and Lake avenues, with bottled water, soda and other drinks to nourish less beer-minded participants.
For the fashionable zombie that wants to look his or her best, but needs a little help to get that “walking dead” look, Enigma Haunt (www.enigmahaunt.com) will be on hand from 4 to 7 p.m. with professional makeup artists, first come, first served. The cost is $5, and because of demand, crawlers are highly encouraged to show up early for check-in. At 7 p.m., the zombie masses will be turned loose for the crawl. Numerous bars, restaurants and downtown merchants are prepared for this very special zombie infestation and will have themed food and drink specials, or other items for participants. For those whose sense of competition isn’t limited by the bounds of “undeadness,” they and their friends can form their own hordes. These hordes will have opportunities throughout the evening to win tickets with prizes and recognition at the end of the night for the winners.
There will be a costume contest with prizes in three categories: Best Zombie, Most Spirited, Worst Zombie Ever and Sexiest Zombie Alive. Local celebrity judges include Katie McBroom, Austin Brookley, Greg Rice, Wes Blackman and Emily Theodossakos. Big Dog Ranch Rescue will also be on hand to give everyone an opportunity to discover the wonderful work going on there. Throughout the evening, there will also be filming for Beach Zombie Rampage: Kick’n It In The LDUB, a low-budget zombie thriller set in Lake Worth. Tickets can be purchased at the South Shores Tavern & Patio Bar (502 Lucerne Ave.) and Rhum Shak (802 Lake Ave.). For more information, or to pre-order event t-shirts, contact Keiran O’Shay at firstname.lastname@example.org To order tickets online, visit www.gothirdeyeadventures.com.
honestly think that the new guy is going to come in and you’re going to see your road projects?” Goltzené noted that a switch would mean four management companies in the eight years since incorporation. “I don’t know that people are going to be clamoring to knock down our doors,” he said. Councilman Ryan Liang asked whether the town could change portions of the Underwood contract, and Town Attorney Michael Cirullo said that would be up to negotiations. “I think you have some flexibility, but it has to be reciprocated,” Cirullo said. Mayor Dave Browning agreed that he’d like to see parts of the contract changed, adding that he wished management company employees had not spoken at the Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association meeting in November about their perception that the town and the council needed to change their attitudes toward the way their government runs. “[Bill Underwood] basically told the landowners it was the town that needs the learning curve, not Underwood, and I think that got a lot of people riled up,” Browning said. “At the same time, I am against going with employees. That will make us like every other town. The only reason I supported incorporation was because we were going to do something different.” Browning was also concerned
about the town’s high turnover of management companies. “Are we hard to work with? Sure,” he said. “We’re still understanding what we’re doing. I did not vote to bring in Underwood as our management team, but I really do not want to change right now. I think we need to sit down and talk with them about some of the things that we are doing.” He agreed that putting out an RFP would only create turmoil. “If we put out for RFPs, every employee they’ve got is going to be looking for another job,” Browning said. “If we think we’re going to get a lower rate, I really don’t think it’s going to happen.” Browning added that he agreed there is a learning curve, but stressed that the onus is on the management company, not the town and the council. “Bill, you’ve got to understand something — our town is our town,” he said. “We don’t need to come over to your way of thinking.” “I wholeheartedly agree,” Underwood replied. “The issue is that some people have indicated that we don’t know what we’re doing.” Rockett said he would not agree with a two-year extension, and that he did not believe Town Manager Mark Kutney is the right person for the position. “We need another town manager, even if it is the same Underwood organization,” Rockett said.
“Is this personal? It’s not. That’s my assessment.” Rockett said he believes the town is paying for things that are not in the contract and that stipulations in the contract are not being followed. He said he’d like to cut staffing in half, and look at ways to remove or reduce some items to free up resources to get more done. “If we can do that through negotiation, I’d be in favor of that, but I would only be in favor of that for one year. I would want to see what they would do with the change that we made,” he said. Underwood said he did not see where significant reductions could be made, and pointed out that expenses come out of their contract and that none additional have been approved. He added that if an RFP were issued, Underwood Management would not participate. “I think we are providing you more than a minimum amount of time,” he said. “We provide you with hundreds if not thousands of hours a year in excess of what you ask for. We do that because we want to do a good job, for you and for the citizens.” Goltzené’s motion for a twoyear extension failed 3-2, with Rockett, Liang and Jarriel opposed. Goltzené made a new motion for a one-year extension, which carried 4-1 with Rockett opposed. No specific mention was made of further negotiations.
YWCA Luncheon April 25 To Feature Civil Rights Icon
Carlotta Walls LaNier, youngest of the “Little Rock Nine” and author of A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School, will be the featured speaker at the YWCA of Palm Beach County’s inaugural “Stand Against Racism” luncheon to be held Friday, April 25 at 11:30 a.m. in the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion. LaNier made history on Sept. 25, 1957 as one of the nine African-American youth who risked their lives testing the strength of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision of Brown vs. Board of Education. Protected by the United States Army under orders from President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the students integrated the thensegregated Little Rock Central High School. Their actions not only mobilized a nation to ensure that access to a quality education was available to all Americans, but they helped define the civil rights movement. “We are thrilled to have Mrs. LaNier as our guest for this event,” said Suzanne Turner, CEO of the YWCA. “Her presentation is certain to be a fascinating view of a monumental moment in history.” Stand Against Racism is a national program of the YWCA, taking place on the last Friday of April, with the goal of bringing together people across the country to raise awareness about racism, take steps to eliminate it and celebrate
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continued from page 16 whatever it takes to have the healthiest baby ever. But it’s no fun; it’s work. That’s in addition to her other work — the 40-hour-a-week job where she has to excuse herself from meetings to use the bathroom, come in late due to doctor’s appointments and worry about slipping down the corporate ladder because Mother Nature is tugging at her ankles. She never complains; I don’t
Carlotta Walls LaNier diversity. Organizations that share the YWCA’s vision can participate as a partner agency. To get additional information and register, visit www.standagainstracism.org. With the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, the YWCA is committed to fostering greater community unity among the various races and ethnicities in Palm Beach County. The luncheon will include the presentation of the YWCA’s Annual Racial Justice Awards. Presenting sponsor is the Varughese family of Delray Beach, benefactor is FAU Lifelong Learning Society Jupiter and partner is Joyce McLendon. Tickets for the luncheon are $45, and reservations can be made by calling (561) 640-0050, ext. 134, or visiting www.ywcapbc.org. know why. If it was me, I’d sound like a piece of paper stuck in an automotive a/c duct. In a car that never shuts off... for nine months straight. With everyone I ever knew packed in around me — you know, for support. I would need that. So while Jen was in Wisconsin, she was treated like royalty — hugged and kissed and coddled and not allowed to lift so much as a gallon of milk. We constantly told her how proud of her we were, how happy, how excited. We couldn’t bottle it like fancy perfume, but we are available at a moment’s notice for hugs on demand for the next six months. I hope they help.
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LOCAL SUPERHEROES RALLY TO FIGHT CANCER AT ACREAGE RELAY FOR LIFE
The Acreage/Loxahatchee Relay for Life was held on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 at Acreage Community Park. The theme of the event was “Superheroes,” and teams donned masks and capes to fight cancer. The overnight event helps the American Cancer PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER Society raise funds for cancer research and supporting patients and survivors.
Survivors were honored by taking the first lap.
The Loxahatchee Groves team donned masks.
ITID Supervisors Ralph Bair, Michelle Damone, Jennifer Hager and Carol Jacobs support relay participants.
Volunteers at the Garden of Hope tent raised funds for a memorial garden at Acreage Communitiy Park.
The Fidelity National Title Group had a New Orleans theme.
Brittany Berryman, Destiny Antonelli and Ashley Bennett sell sweets.
PBSO’s Animal Kindness & Dog Safety Program Visits Scouts
On Thursday, April 3, Barbara Masi of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Animal Kindness & Dog Safety Program spoke with local Girl Scouts and their families about the fundamentals of caring and interacting with pets. The PBSO’s Animal Kindness program uses gentle retired racing greyhounds in its presentations to children at area schools and camps, and for adults in the community. Animal kindness, the anti-tethering law and “Dogs Don’t Fight” are emphasized in the program, along with proper dog care and what to do if you are challenged by an aggressive dog. Children learn how to act around dogs, the reason for area leash
laws, proper animal ID techniques and what to do if they witness a dog fight. For more information about the Animal Kindness program, contact Masi at (561) 688-3981 or email@example.com. In addition to the program, Masi spoke to the group about her foundation, Awesome Greyhound Adoptions, which trains and places retired greyhounds as pets, therapy dog and service dogs. Hounds & Heroes is a program by the foundation that donates greyhound service dogs to veterans in need. For more information on the foundation visit www.awesome greyhoundadoptions.org or call (561) 737-1941.
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(Above) Daisy Troop 20515 and Brownie/Junior Troop 20511 of Wellington with Barbara Masi and greyhounds Missile and Sonic at St. David’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall. (Right) Girl Scout Junior Eden Udell and her younger sister Renée use the new skills learned from the program to respectfully give attention to Sonic and Missile.
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The Perfect Match Polo and Brunch
Experience the energy of world-class polo and brunch at the International Polo Club. Delicious food, champagne, celebrity sightings, music, fashion and, of course, polo. Every Sunday at 3 p.m. through April 20 The Pavilion opens at 2 p.m.
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Work With Horses Helps Brandon Boterf Flourish
Don’t tell Brandon Boterf and his mom, Beth Wood, that life can be tough; they won’t believe you. Brandon is a regular client of the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center. He loves riding and being around the horses, and the activity has led to many amazing experiences. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 23
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Celebrate County’s Heritage At Sweet Corn Fiesta
Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds is the place to be on Sunday, April 27 to enjoy some of the best locally grown sweet corn, watch amateurs and professionals chow down during a competitive corn-eating contest, and partake in a number of other outdoor festivities. Page 24 2014
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Wellington Chamber Of Commerce Names New Young Professionals Chair
The Wellington Chamber of Commerce has appointed Craig Young as chairman of its Young Professionals Organization. Young is a corporate and tax attorney at Greenstein & Associates in Wellington. In addition to his new post, he is also an ambassador for the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. Page 25
RPBHS Baseball Team Shuts Out Palm Beach Lakes
The Royal Palm Beach High School varsity baseball squad hosted Palm Beach Lakes High School on Friday, April 11 and shut down the Rams 16-0 in five innings. The Wildcats (13-10) found themselves battling early. However, Royal Palm Beach fired up several hits and drove in nine runs in the second inning to take control of the game. Page 31
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His Work With Horses Helps Brandon Boterf Flourish
Don’t tell Wellington residents Brandon Boterf and his mom, Beth Wood, that life can be tough; they won’t believe you. I first ran into Beth and Brandon at the Polo on the Beach exhibition and fundraiser for the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center. Brandon, 28, was a regular client and loved riding and being around the horses. “Brandon has developmental disabilities,” Beth explained. “He was very involved in cycling for many years. And then, in his late teens, he started having bad muscle spasms, so he started riding horses. That helped him a lot. Interestingly, the horse could always sense when he was about to have a seizure, and would stop and wait for it to pass.” Beth said that riding helps Brandon focus and is good for his self-esteem. “Vinceremos is a wonderful place, a great fit for Brandon physically, emotionally and socially. In the six years we’ve been going, Brandon has progressed very quickly,” she said. When Brandon began riding, he required a person on the ground leading the horse, plus two side-walkers. That didn’t last long. “In no time at all he was riding independently, both at a walk and trot,” Beth said. “He loves competition and speed — and he loves working with the horses, helping groom them Get updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at twitter.com/Horse TalkFL or stop by the Tales from the Trails page on Facebook and click “like.”
Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg and tack them up. This whole thing has been really good for all of us.” Brandon’s favorite horse is Dazzle, but recently he moved up and has been riding JR in the local shows and at the Special Olympics. He competes in equitation and pole bending. “I love riding and competing, especially the fast, timed classes like pole bending,” Brandon said. “You go up, weave through the poles, then turn around and weave through again, then straight for the finish line. I like riding JR. He goes fast! Yes, I am a speed demon. Vinceremos is a really good organization. I’m not entirely sure what I’ll do in the future. I may try barrel racing, or some other fast event.” Brandon loves going to shows to connect with all the other riders. “He enjoys the competition, as well as the whole social aspect,” Beth said. “Everyone cheers for everyone else. It’s very friendly.” Brandon also keeps up with cycling. He has won several ribbons and medals in both sports, traveling out of town for state competitions and through the Athlete Leadership Program. “He helps plan the ALP banquets and at-
Brandon Boterf with some of his ribbons. tends a lot of their fundraisers,” Beth said. “He gives a face to the name. Brandon is also a huge car enthusiast. A Dream Ride event at West Palm Beach Harley-Davidson in 2013 featured a whole bunch of collectible cars, some of which had been delivered on a Ferrari transport trailer. Brandon couldn’t wait to sit in a Ferrari, but unfortunately, there weren’t any, just the trailer.” www.Roostersmgc.com
Someone noticed his disappointment, however, and called a couple of days later, asking him to attend the Dream Ride event in Connecticut. The call came Wednesday evening; by Friday morning, Beth, husband Ron and Brandon were in Connecticut, where Brandon finally got to ride in a Ferrari. Brandon also connected with some state See ROSENBERG, page 33
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Celebrate County’s Heritage At The Sweet Corn Fiesta
Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds is the place to be on Sunday, April 27 to enjoy some of the best locally grown sweet corn, watch amateurs and professionals chow down during a competitive corn-eating contest, and partake in a number of other outdoor festivities. The 14th annual Sweet Corn Fiesta will provide all of this and more from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. More than 4,000 visitors are expected to attend. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 11 and free to kids 5 and under. A $5 unlimited rides wristband is available for kids. Parking is free. No outside food or beverages are permitted.
“This is a great value for a day of family-friendly entertainment,” organizer Ann Holt said. The festivities include kids’ games and rides, fresh sweet corn and other fair-type foods, and a sweet corn recipe contest sponsored by Farm Credit. Those who wish to participate should bring their sweet corn dish already prepared. The winner will receive $100. The contests will begin at 1 p.m. and will include an old-fashioned bathing suit competition, a kids’ shucking contest, adult shucking and amateur eating contests, and the International Corn Eating Contest featuring professional eaters around 3 p.m. The winner will take home
$2,500 and the title of International Corn Eating Champion. The current record is 46 ears in 12 minutes, which was set in 2010 at the Sweet Corn Fiesta by Joe LaRue. The reigning champion is Notorious B.O.B. (Bob Shoudt). Winners of the kids’ contest will receive a medal and bragging rights. Adult amateur winners will receive a trophy and $100. To enter, participants must sign up before 12:45 p.m. No entry fee is required. Live music, including the Krystal River Band, will be playing between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and will culminate with a 4 p.m. concert with singer-songwriter-musician Tom Jackson. His brand of music is a new
driving, aggressive style of country music. Jackson was hand-picked to have a private audition for the hit NBC television show The Voice, where he made it to the final round. The Sweet Corn Fiesta celebrates Palm Beach County’s heritage as the “corn capital of the world.” Palm Beach County grows more sweet corn than anywhere else in the world. Local farmers cultivate more than 27,000 acres yearly. Few counties grow half that acreage. With a shelf life of a week to 10 days, the local yield is quickly shipped to supermarkets throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. The Sweet Corn Fiesta is an outreach activity of the Western Palm
Celebrate sweet corn on April 27. Beach County Farm Bureau and is made possible by sponsors and volunteers. Proceeds go to agriculture education and advocacy, and to Glades area food banks. For more information, call (561) 996-0343 or visit www.sweetcornfiesta.com.
AT&T Honors Royal Palm Beach’s Peggy Jupp For Volunteer Service
AT&T recently honored 13 of its Palm Beach County employees with the prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). Among the honorees were Peggy Jupp of Royal Palm Beach. She was honored with the Gold PVSA for more than 500 hours of volunteer service. It is the third consecutive year that Jupp has been honored with a PVSA for her community outreach. The PVSA gives recognition to
U.S. citizens who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service each year. Jupp has been a longtime supporter of the American Cancer Society. While she has never battled cancer herself, her life has been touched by it repeatedly. She lost her father first to lung cancer, then her mother to throat cancer, and her mother-inlaw to spine and brain cancer. Her father-in-law is a three-time cancer survivor. She’s also lost other family
members, friends and co-workers to the disease. Experiencing such loss is what has fueled Jupp’s passion and determination to raise funds for the American Cancer Society through the annual West Palm Beach Relay For Life. Over past few years, she has raised nearly $30,000 for the cause and chaired this year’s West Palm Beach event. Jupp challenged her team to help her raise $10,000 for the 2012 Relay
for Life, with a promise to shave her head if they did. She said she has never been prouder than the day she walked away from the event a bald woman. More than 180 AT&T employees in Florida and 4,000-plus nationwide received the PVSA this year for their volunteer service in 2013. AT&T employee and retiree volunteers donated more than 410,000 hours in Florida, and more than 5.8 million hours nationwide in 2012.
The PVSA achievement is a way to inspire others to contribute to their communities through volunteer service and to make volunteer service a central part of their lives. “People matter — to each other, to our communities and to our company,” AT&T Florida President Joe York said. “This has been one of our core beliefs since AT&T was founded. We’re proud of our employees for investing their time in our communities to make a difference.”
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Wellington Chamber Names New Young Professionals Chair The Wellington Chamber of Commerce has appointed Craig Young as chairman of its Young Professionals Organization. Young is a corporate and tax attorney at Greenstein & Associates in Wellington. In addition to his new post, he is also an ambassador for the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. Young accepted this new role to
be leader of the chamber’s latest endeavor in forging a strong business community for Wellington. The mission of the newly revamped Young Professionals Organization, or YPO, is to connect established business owners with young professionals looking to advance their careers. While the YPO will continue the tradition of social networking
Chick-Fil-A Supports PBC School District
Chick-fil-A at the Mall at Wellington Green and in Royal Palm Beach is one of the School District of Palm Beach County’s valuable community partners. Chick-fil-A has supported education by donating more than $23,000 over the last school year for fundraising events such as Spirit Night at their restaurants, Cookie Gram sales, Cow Calendar sales and school Spirit Day visits where their mascot goes to schools to celebrate with the students. “The students at Cholee Lake Elementary School had a good time interacting with the Chick-fil-A cow,” Principal Dr. Marline Campbell said. “It was a great experience for students and staff. We appreciate
Chick-fil-A’s support as a business partner.” Chick-fil-A also provided more than 20,000 motivational prize coupons and other items for teachers to award their students. Jointly, with the Palm Beach County Chick-fil-A marketing team, the stores have provided hundreds of meals for aftercare programming and volunteer coordinator meetings. “We are thrilled to be a part of the community and to support the schools in our area,” said Rob Rabenecker, operator of Chick-fil-A at the Mall at Wellington Green and Royal Palm Beach. “Education is a key ingredient to the success of our youth, and we appreciate the opportunity to support them.”
mixers, the YPO will also include additional benefits. The first benefit is a job posting board on the chamber’s web site and seminars from community leaders. The YPO invites all chamber members to get involved in providing mentorship opportunities to those involved with the YPO. By uniting motivated and ambitious young professionals with experienced leaders, the Wellington Chamber YPO aspires to create a solid mentorship program with the goal of enhancing Wellington as a whole by laying the foundation for young professionals to reach their maximum potential. Whether you currently own your own business or are just beginning
a new career, the YPO is a great organization to connect with and learn from like-minded individuals. Exclusive benefits of membership include access to top entrepreneurs in the community, career and internship opportunities tailored to YPO members, members-only networking events and more. The Young Professionals Organization strives to take the existing spirit of the chamber and infuse it with the knowledge and leadership needed to take a young professional’s career to the next level. For more information, call the chamber at (561) 792-6525 or Young at (913) 209-9769, or send him an e-mail at craig.young1986@ yahoo.com.
RPB HealthSource Raising Money For Troops HealthSource Chiropractic, Progressive Rehab & Wellness is asking local residents to help support the troops by donating $10 in exchange for a free community health screening. All money donated will go toward care packages and supplies for U.S. troops fighting abroad. The 19-point health screenings (a $189 value) will help track down even the smallest amounts of pain, including those suffering from a
wide range of problems, such as lower back pain, headaches, neck pain, shoulder or arm pain, bulging or herniated discs, leg pain, numbness and more. X-rays will be included if necessary. Donations will be accepted at the office located at 125 S. State Road 7, Suite 103, in Royal Palm Beach up until May 30, but contributors are encouraged to call and set up an appointment.
Across the world, tens of thousands of American service members are deployed in hostile and remote regions. The physical conditions they must endure are difficult, and they may be separated from loved ones for long periods of time. Help to ease their burden by donating today. To schedule an appointment at HealthSource RPB, call (561) 792-4016.
Calling all campers for a summer of fun. Sports-minded, adventure-seeking, nature-loving kids will find something for everyone at Breakers West Country Club. Daily Golf, Tennis, & Swimming Instruction Arts & Crafts | Magic Shows | Science Projects Wildlife Demonstrations | Family Cookouts New Family Activity Center & More Ages 5 – 14 Weekly Sessions:
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SUMMER CAMP GUIDE
The Armory Art Center’s Summer Art Camp is a great way for children in grades K-12 to experience a broad range of art projects. Each of the ten weeks has a different theme or focus. Experienced art instructors provide exciting hands-on art activities. Children will explore various art mediums, including ceramics, photography, mixed media, printmaking, collage, drawing and painting. All art materials are included with tuition. Campus security includes video surveillance. The experienced staff has been screened and meet DCF standards. The Armory Art Center is located at 1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach. For more info. call (561) 832-1776. Breakers West Country Club is calling all campers for a summer of fun. Sports-minded, adventure-seeking, nature-loving kids, ages 5 to 14, will find something for everyone at Breakers West. Enjoy daily golf, tennis and swimming instruction; wildlife demonstrations; science experiments; magic shows; arts & crafts; cookouts; and more. This summer, campers will also enjoy game room fun at the new Family Activity Center. Camp runs from June 9 through Aug. 8 (excluding June 30 through July 4). Camp times are Monday through Friday, from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is included. Space is limited. To register for Breakers West Summer Camp, call (561) 422-4915. Discover the summer camp with an academic focus, and find out why local families have been choosing Camp Cambridge for more than 25 years. This Wellington camp offers programs for children from 2 years old through second grade, with an experienced and mature staff, bilingual programs, in-house weekly field trips, specialty camp sessions, an on-site swimming pool supervised by Red Cross-trained staff, flexible schedules, weekly sessions, and private and group swimming. Nine weeks of camp is offered at Cambridge Schools, located at 1920 Royal Fern Drive in Wellington. For more info., visit www.cambridge preschools.com or call (561) 791-0013.
Casperey Stables Horse Camp is a small, fun-filled day camp for children ages 7 to 14. With four riding opportunities each day, arts and crafts, and outdoor games, campers find little time to be bored. The low counselor-child ratio ensures that each child receives individual attention. There are camp sessions for spring and winter school breaks, and during the summer. Each two-week session has a theme, such as Indian Days, Circus Days and Medieval Days. Casperey Stables has a weekly swim party and ends each session with a horse show and family barbecue. To learn more about the camp, located at 2330 D Road in Loxahatchee Groves, call (561) 792-4990 or visit www.caspereystables.com. Dance Theatre is offering Summer Dance Camp for ages 5-9 and Dance Intensives for intermediate and advanced dancers ages 10 and up. Three weeks are offered: June 23 - June 27, July 14 - July 18 and July 28 - Aug. 1. The program offers ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, flexibility, hip-hop acro, musical theatre, drama, modeling, ballroom, arts & crafts and more. A $100 deposit is required to hold space. Space is limited, so reserve your space today. The cost is $200 a week or $500 for all three weeks. The program runs 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Daily rates are available, as are multiple child discounts. Dance Theatre is located at 10620 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 30, in Wellington Green Square between Pei Wei and Fresh Market. Call (561) 784-4401 for more info. Join the Junior Golf Camp at the Okeeheelee Golf Course, Park Ridge Golf Course and John Prince Golf Learning Center through the Junior Golf Foundation of America. New or seasoned golfers will develop skills while having fun. The JGFA provides junior golfers with the tools to enjoy the game for a lifetime. Professional PGA/LPGA golf instructors, trained coaches and staff are carefully picked for their love of junior golf, teaching abilities and inspirational approach. The program emphasizes safety, fun, sportsmanship and personal attention. Camps run June 9 through Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, with extended camp available until 3 p.m. at Okeeheelee and Park Ridge. Written evaluation reports, prizes, trophies, official JGFA items, a certificate of completion and a pizza party on the last day is included. Also available: camps for ages 3 to 5, camps for advanced tournament golfers, Junior Golf tournaments, weekly programs, leagues, walk-up clinics and more. Visit www.jgfa.org or call (561) 964-GOLF for more information. The Lab/High Touch High Tech is conveniently located off State Road 7 at Lantana Road. The Lab brings science to life with hands-on experiments provided by High Touch High Tech, the leader in science education for the last 19 years. Each day will be a new adventure, from interacting with real “lab critters” to launching rockets and panning for gems. The unique Lab offers affordable pricing, experiments with lots of cool take-homes, arts and crafts, physical activities and more. The program taps into children’s natural curiosity and provides them with safe and fun activities that help them learn about the world around them. Campers will make slime, erupt volcanoes, make ice cream, tie dye T-shirts and more. Call (561) 444-3978 or visit www.thelabforkids.com for more info. The Lake Worth Playhouse will offer a summer camp teaching children acting, voice, dance and stage movement through daily activities and rehearsals, culminating in fullscale productions of popular musicals. The students will produce Willy Wonka Junior June 9-28 and Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. from July 14 to Aug. 4. They will be engaged in studio-style rehearsals for music, dance and production. Campers 12 or older also will have the opportunity to participate in behind-the-scenes roles and other theater-related educational opportunities. The opportunities are for a one-week and a three-week
camp, and range in price from $200 to $600. To sign up, call (561) 586-6410 or visit www.lakeworthplayhouse.org. The Little Place Pre-School has been serving the western communities for more than 36 years. The school has two convenient Wellington locations and is now taking summer camp registration at both locations. The Little Place offers a pre-school program for children ages 2 to 5 years old, and a program for children ages 6 to 8. Various classes are offered, as well as arts & crafts and much more. Little Place will make your child’s summer fun! Call or visit them at 1040 Wellington Trace (561-793-5860) or 2995 Greenbriar Blvd. (561-790-0808). At Noah’s Ark Summer Camp, children will enjoy field trips and activities such as swimming, bowling, skating, South Florida Science Museum programs, movies and picnics. Tuition includes camera surveillance, a creative curriculum, use of computers and all meals. Registration is now being accepted, and is free for new customers only. Noah’s Ark is located at 14563 Okeechobee Blvd. in Loxahatchee Groves. For more information, call (561) 753-6624 or visit www.smallworldpbc.com.
The Learning Foundation of Florida’s (TLFF) Academic Summer School/Camp 2014 is an elementary, middle and high school summer academic school/camp program with several options available to assist the diverse needs of students. The program begins on June 17 running through Aug. 7 and allows for attendance flexibility in scheduling of days and weeks. TLFF’s K-8 summer program focuses on individualized academic remediation using weekly themes and a variety of teaching strategies, including multi-sensory, hands-on approaches and creative lessons. Middle school students can take FLVS courses for promotion to the next grade level. There are two sessions available: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and/or 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The high school summer program allows students to accelerate or, if they received grades of D or F in classes, they may redo for higher grades. The session is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, call Debra Thornby at (561) 795-6886. Tiny Tikes Preschool Camp is geared toward the elementary-age camper. Daily activities are sure to keep the campers happy, busy and engaged. Trips include bowling, skating and weekly movies, as well as special trips to the zoo, the science museum and more. Tiny Tikes has three conveniently located centers, which are open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Activities occur throughout the day, both at the center and out on the bus. Meals are included. Call (561) 790-1780 now to reserve your space, or visit Tiny Tikes Academy at 16245 Okeechobee Blvd. in Loxahatchee. Villari’s of Wellington is pleased to invite your child to summer camp this year. Villari’s is offering junior and senior camp in two-week sessions. Book summer camp spots now during March Madness and receive a 25 percent discount. Due to rising demand, book your spot early. Camp starts as low as $24 per day, including arts and crafts, derby building, martial arts and much more. Call (561) 792-1100 to reserve your space, or visit www.villarisofwellington.com for additional information. Wellington Children’s Theatre will host its Summer Musical Theatre Camp, for ages 7 to 16, June 9 through July 11, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Week 1 will be Glee Camp. Campers will enjoy daily creative and performance activities, and focus on singing and choreography of Glee-style ensemble numbers. Weeks 2 through 5 will be the Summer Stage Session. Campers will enjoy acting, dance and vocal classes, and will build their self-confidence and their theatre skills, culminating in a final, fully staged Broadway show. Daily electives and workshops include script writing, pantomime, stage combat, magic, stage makeup, audition techniques and more, with guest teachers. Campers will bring their own lunch, and an ice cream snack will be served daily. The cost is $250 per week. Aftercare is available. For more info., or to register, call (561) 223-1928 or visit www.wellingtonchildrenstheatre.com.
The Town-Crier 2014
April 18 - April 24, 2014
April 18 - April 24, 2014
The Town-Crier 2014
April 18 - April 24, 2014
April 18 - April 24, 2014
Sports & Recreation
April 18 - April 24, 2014
RPBHS Baseball Team Shuts Out Palm Beach Lakes
By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach High School varsity baseball squad hosted Palm Beach Lakes High School on Friday, April 11 and shut down the Rams 16-0 in five innings. The Wildcats (13-10) found themselves battling early, as both teams played solid defense in the first inning, keeping the scoreboard clean. However, Royal Palm Beach fired
up several hits and drove in nine runs in the second inning to take control of the game. They added another seven runs in the third inning. During the two innings, all bases were occupied frequently. Palm Beach Lakes was never able to recover from the Wildcat scoring frenzy, and the game finished in the fifth inning with the Wildcats taking an easy 16-0 win. Royal Palm Beach is 10-3 in
District 13-7A play and was poised to grab the top seed going into the playoffs, but back-to-back district losses last week to West Boca and William T. Dwyer high schools prevented that. The Wildcats did, however, sweep district foe Atlantic High School this season. Royal Palm Beach finished out the week with two non-district games. The Wildcats lost 1-0 to Jupiter High School on Monday, April 14. They played the Benjamin School on Wednesday, April 16, but results were not available at press time.
Shendell Winright strikes the ball for a base hit.
Wildcat batter Brandon Hernandez hits a line drive.
Jessie Stebbins throws a pitch.
Wildcat batter Shendell Winright runs to first base after a line drive.
Zach Retzler throws to first base.
PPBHS first baseman Nick Fernandez makes the play at first. Photos by Gene Nardi/Town-Crier
April 18 - April 24, 2014
sports & recreation
Endel Ots And Donatus Finish Successful Season
It has been a season of success for Endel Ots and Donatus, who scored a 73.00 percent in the USEF Developing Horse Grand Prix to place first yet again during the final week of the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The young team’s first season competing together has been marked by high scores, and Donatus is now the top-ranked horse in the Developing Horse Grand Prix. “The ride went very easy,” Ots said. “Our warm up was super. I had an observation clinic with Debbie McDonald, and she invited us to participate in a USEF Developing Training Session March 18-19, which was incredibly helpful. In addition, Evi Strasser coached me on Donatus a week before, and both were very happy with his progress. I started to feel like I could really ride the test and polish off the edges much better this time.” Donatus is owned by Everglades Dressage, located in Wellington, and home to Grand Prix rider and trainer Bethany Peslar. Ots started working with Donatus just before the season began, and the pair was undefeated in the classes they have entered. Ots is now aiming the chestnut gelding at the 2014
Young Horse Championships this summer, where they will compete in the Developing Horse Grand Prix. “He still needs some time to get stronger and more confirmed in the show ring,” Ots said. “I have to send a big thank you to Bethany Peslar for letting me ride this horse, and of course Evi Strasser for all her time and help coaching.” A veteran in the show arena despite being only 28 years old, Ots has competed in over 150 shows and is a USDF bronze, silver and gold medalist. He was the alternate for the United States Dressage Team at the Pan American Games, and in 2012, Ots was the Reserve Champion in the USEF Developing Horse Grand Prix at the Young Horse Championships. In addition to training numerous horses up through Grand Prix, Ots has years of experience teaching all levels, from beginners to adult amateurs. “The plan this summer is to take Donatus to a few more shows and get him feeling super confident in the show ring,” Ots said. Everglades Dressage is based in Grand Prix Village and offers dressage training for all levels of riders. For more information, visit www. evergladesdressage.com.
Women Graduate Genbu-Kai Karate Self-Defense Program
Genbu-Kai Karate recently tested and graduated six women who participated in two concurrently running self-defense programs. The Phase I program was offered at Royal Palm Beach High School’s
adult education program, while the Phase II program was offered at the main school. Phase I participants learned fundamental releases from attacks such as wrist grabs, bear hugs and
Self-Defense Graduation — (Front row) Jennifer Fineran and Leah Scotti; (back row) Chief Instructor Sensei Keith Moore, adult karate student/attacker Roy White, Amber Ackley, Lori Franke, Effie Scotti, Alisa Hobgood, Assistant Instructor Brent Bedwell and Assistant Instructor Ron Martin. Not pictured: Madison Mohr, Savannah Mohr, Marilyn Alicea, Marina Feldman, Dorothy Garling, Rachel Russianoff, Ashley Szatkowski, Christine White.
chokes with karate moves such as elbow and palm heel strikes, knee and stomp kicks. Phase II participants learned releases from similar attacks, but also implemented ju-jitsu moves such as joint locks, pressure points, arm bars and simple take-down strategies. The testing was conducted with the lights off, in a dark and unfriendly atmosphere, in order to assimilate a real-life nighttime attack. Genbu-Kai Karate is currently offering a three-phase women’s self defense course. Phase I emphasizes simple karate-type defense maneuvers against a multitude of attacks. Phase II encompasses escaping attacks with a combination of judo, jiu-jitsu and aikido techniques. Phase III introduces women how to use household items as weapons. All women are from the western communities and some were mother and daughter participants, while others were sisters participating together. Genbu-Kai Karate is located in the Wellington Marketplace shopping plaza. For more information, call (561) 804.1002 or visit www. floridagenbukai.com.
April 18 - April 24, 2014
sports & recreation
Girls Ice Hockey Teams Earn National Championship Berths
The Lady Vipers U-14 (14 and under) and U-19 (19 and under) girls ice hockey
teams both earned national championship berths as they battled it out at the USA
The Lady Vipers U-19 team celebrates its victory.
continued from page 23 troopers from Maine, which is how he ended up participating in the Maine State Equestrian Event in September, and the National Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference in Orlando in November. “They didn’t have a pole bending class, so he went in barrel racing instead,” Beth said. “Vinceremos gave him
a crash course, teaching him to ride the pattern. He did great.” Brandon has gained confidence through his experiences with Dream Ride, but what Brandon doesn’t realize is the wonderful, real and lasting impact that he has on others by being so genuine, friendly and appreciative. Due to his sterling character and unmatched passion for cars and vehicles, Brandon was appointed as the first-ever Dream Ride ambassador for Special Olympics Florida -
Hockey Southeast District Championships against teams from Virginia and Maryland, respectively. The district championships were played near Niagara Falls from April 2 through April 6, where both teams earned the respect of northern competitors. This year, both teams were formidable competitors against their opponents, with the U-19 girls attaining the best record ever for any Lady Vipers team at the championships. “These young athletes are ladies off the ice and warriors
Palm Beach County. He’ll be going back to Connecticut for Dream Ride ambassador training. “This whole experience has been awesome for Brandon,” Beth said. “He has made a lot of friends. He still keeps in touch with the Maine troopers. I can’t even explain how his self-esteem has soared. Everyone notices it, even at work. He works for Publix Supermarkets in the customer service department. He’s much more outgoing and positive.”
on the ice. We are so proud of their accomplishments. Returning home from districts, not one, but two of our teams earned a spot at the national championships,” said Melissa Nicholas, a Lake Worth resident, team building coach and Lady Vipers mom. “As you can imagine, fielding a girls ice hockey team in a sub-tropical climate where most girls play soccer, basketball and volleyball can be a challenge.” Lady Vipers Director Pauline Ade took on the challenge and never looked back.
While helping her daughter make her way to a Division 1 athletic scholarship playing ice hockey as a freshman at the University of Vermont, Ade has guided the fledgling organization to four national championship berths. The players also work hard raising money for Pennies in Action. Soon they will be launching the “Saves for the Cure” and “Take Your Shot at Cancer” campaigns. Players represent communities across Florida, such as Lake Worth, Royal Palm Beach, Odessa, Tampa, Titusville, Melbourne,
Brandon Boterf with his mother, Beth Wood.
Coral Springs, Jacksonville, Longwood, Clearwater, Fort Myers, Rockledge, Oviedo, St. Augustine, Windermere, Coconut Creek, Lithia, Orlando, Parrish, Orange Park, Cape Coral, Davenport and even Evans, Ga. The Lady Vipers have embraced the sport with the tenacity similar to an NHL player taking a shot at the net. “We are proud of being able to bring this opportunity for these young girls to play ice hockey where many are surprised to hear there are ice rinks at all,” Ade said. Parents of ice hockey players appreciate watching games in a cool climate when outdoor fields can reach heat indexes of over 100 degrees. For those interested in getting involved, USA Hockey recommends starting girls as early as age 5. Visit a local ice rink for International “Girls Play Hockey Day” in October and USA Hockey’s “Try Hockey for Free Across America” in November. Public skate times are available weekly. Visit www.ladyvipershockey.com for updates on the teams.
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Saturday, April 19 • The Palm Beach County Thrift Store (2455 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach) will hold its monthly auction Saturday, April 19. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with bidding from 8 to 11 a.m. Call (561) 233-2256 or visit www.pbcgov.com for info. • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 283-5856 for more info. • The Village of Wellington will host an Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at 10 a.m. at Village Park on Pierson Road. For more info., call (561) 791-4005 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. • The Paradise Fund and Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens (2051 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach) will host the inaugural Bunnies & Bellinis Easter Egg Hunt & Fundraiser on Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to noon with games and prizes for children and adults, plus the first ever adult hunt for a golden egg. The best-decorated basket will receive a prize. Admission of $50 includes two adults and up to two children. Additional admission $15 per child and $25 per adult. Register at www.theparadisefund.com/events. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Bookercise: Move, Dance, Wiggle and Shake for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, April 19 at 11 a.m. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Touch Tank for all ages Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m. The cost is $3 per person. Get up-close and personal with some of the nature center’s live marine life. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host Squeaky Clean Earth Brigade on Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m. Explore environmentally friendly cleaning options at this free event. Call (561) 904-4000 for more info. • Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd.) will host an Easter Egg Hunt & Festival on Saturday, April 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. On Easter Sunday, there will be a Sunrise service on Sunday, April 20 at 6:30 a.m., a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. and a contemporary service at 11 a.m. Continental breakfast after each service. Call (561) 795-6292 or (561) 601-7425 for more info. • The Wellington Children’s Theatre Junior Musical Theatre Workshop will present Disney’s Sleeping Beauty on Saturday, April 19 at 2 and 7 p.m. at Palms West Alliance Church (16401 Southern Blvd.) Tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for children. For more info., call (561) 223-1928 or visit www.wellingtonchildrenstheatre.com. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Would the Real Mr. Potato Head Please Stand Up?” for ages 5 to 8 on Saturday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m. Make a Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head using real potatoes and learn some facts about the origins of Mr. Potato Head. All materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register.
• The Children of Wounded Warriors Third Annual Cake-Off will take place Saturday, April 19 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater. Aside from the cake competition, there will be cupcake decorating, bounce houses, a Billy Joel tribute concert and more. For info., call Bobby Simeone at (561) 722-9620 or visit www. childrenofwoundedwarriors.com. • The Kravis Center will feature “One Night of Queen” performed by Gary Mullen & The Works on Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m. in Dreyfoos Hall. For more info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit www. kravis.org. Sunday, April 20 • The Royal Palm Beach Green Market & Bazaar will take place Sunday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Commons Park (11600 Poinciana Blvd.) Visit www.rpbgreenmarket.com for more info. • The Acreage Green Market will take place Sunday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Acreage Community Park (6701 140th Ave. North). For more info., visit www.shopgreenmarkets.com or call (561) 929-0237. • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will conclude its 2014 season Sunday, April 20 with the finals of the Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championships. For tickets, visit www.international poloclub.com or call (561) 204-5687. Monday, April 21 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Be Smart, Be Safe on the Internet for ages 9 and under Monday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m. Watch a kid-friendly film that discusses the ins and outs of Internet safety. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. Tuesday, April 22 • Free Yoga will be offered at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park (11600 Poinciana Blvd.) on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22 at 8:30 a.m. All levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Pre-register at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center or call (561) 790-5124. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Science For Seniors: Mangrove Ecology for ages 50 and up Tuesday, April 22 at 9 a.m. The class is a half-day field trip to MacArthur Beach State Park, where participants will learn about the species that live in mangrove estuaries. The cost is $5 per person. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host Baby Food 101 on Tuesday, April 22 at 10 a.m. Jenn Cohen of It Takes a Village will lead an open forum discussion about making your own baby foods and what works best. Lifestyle Center Specialist Amanda Smith will present a short cooking and mashing demonstration. Bring your own container to take home the baby food that you make. There is no charge. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Celebrate Earth Day for all ages Tuesday, April 22 at 3 p.m. The Solid Waste Authority will
offer tips on how to save the earth through waste management and recycling. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Earthlings Unite: Save Our Planet!” for ages 4 to 9 on Tuesday, April 22 at 3:30 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day with stories, songs and poetry. Make a “green” craft out of recyclable materials. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host “Let’s Love Our Earth Day” for all ages Tuesday, April 22 at 4 p.m. Celebrate the beauty of the Earth by making a stained-glass window craft using natural materials, then enjoy stories, games and a live music sing-along. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Earth Day Art Jam for ages 7 to 17 on Tuesday, April 22 at 6 p.m. Get crafty by recycling leftover craft pieces. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For more info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit www. wellingtonfl.gov. Wednesday, April 23 • The Florida Department of Elder Affair’s SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program will provide training for volunteers to become certified Medicare counselors. Registration is due by Wednesday, April 23. Visit www.floridashine.org or call (561) 684-5885 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Rainsticks for ages 6 and up Wednesday, April 23 at 3:30 p.m. Create the sound of April showers with your own unique rainstick. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Finding the Loot to Startup/Grow Your Small Business” on Wednesday, April 23 at 2 p.m. with Ted Kramer, director of the Small Business Development Center at Palm Beach State College. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Acting Up for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, April 23 at 5:30 p.m. Participate in fun theater games and learn basic acting skills. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • Learn Clog Dancing from instructors Steve and Vicki Barnard beginning Wednesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at the new Hamlin House Recreation Center at Nicole Hornstein Park (14780 Hamlin Blvd.). Call (561) 951-2237 for more info. • The Kravis Center will feature “An Evening with John Legend” on Wednesday, April 23 at 8 p.m. in Dreyfoos Hall. For more info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit www.kravis.org. Thursday, April 24 • The King’s Academy Theatre Company will present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera on Thursday through Saturday, April 24-26 and May 1-3. For tickets, call the box office at (561) 686-4244, ext. 362.
The Town-Crier • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Medicare 101 on Thursday, April 24 at 2:30 p.m. Samantha Howell will discuss the latest developments regarding Medicare services and benefits. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Internet Safety: If You Give a Mouse a Click” for ages 8 and up Thursday, April 24 at 3:30 p.m. Celebrate Internet Safety Awareness Week and enjoy games that help children understand how to go online safely. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Wellington’s Food Truck Invasion will take place Thursday, April 24 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www. wellingtonfl.gov for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Keep Your Kids Safe Online for adults Thursday, April 24 at 6 p.m. While your kids enjoy game night, join an informative session discussing the three main dangers children and teenagers face online. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host “It’s Game Time” for ages 6 to 12 on Thursday, April 24 at 6 p.m. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host Shakespeare in the Dark on Thursday, April 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with famous foods featured throughout his tales. There is no charge. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Adult Craft Night: Duct Tape Storage Boxes on Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. Have fun making creative and personalized boxes with duct tape. Bring scissors, a shoe box and a roll of snazzy duct tape. Plain colors will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, April 25 • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host Mom’s Morning Escape on Friday, April 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. Moms will receive a free coffee or tea and a muffin. Free 5-minute chair massages will be offered. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Origami Flowers for ages 10 and up Friday, April 25 at 10:30 a.m. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Leadership Palm Beach County’s 10th annual Leadership Excellence Awards will take place Friday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kravis Center Cohen Pavilion. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (561) 833-4321. • The Kravis Center will feature “Under The Streetlamp: Let The Good Times Roll” with Gentleman’s Rule Live on Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m. in Dreyfoos Hall. For more info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit www.kravis.org. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. E-mail: news@ gotowncrier.com.
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AQUATIC SPRINKLER, LLC — Complete repair of all types of systems. Owner Operated. Michael 561-964-6004Lic.#U17871 Bonded & Ins. Serving the Western Communities Since 1990
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CLEANING - HOME/OFFICE WE CLEAN OFFICES & PRIVATE HOMES — Licensed & Insured. Call for an estimate and to schedule your apartment. Discount for Central Palm Beach County Chamber members and to all new clients for first cleaning. 561-385-8243 Lic. #2012-252779 ALL AMERICAN HOUSE CLEANERS — Commercial/Residential. MoveIn Move-Out, organizing. Credit Cards Accepted. Call Elizabeth 561-313-4086 MODERN CLEAN —Preparing properties for selling, renting or moving. Residential/Commercial. References available. Diane-561-301-7757 English Monica 408-368-2918 English/Spanish
COMPUTER REPAIR D.J. COMPUTER — Home & office, Spyware removal, websites, networks, repairs, upgrades, virus removal, tutoring. Call Jeff 561-333-1923 Cell 561-252-1186 Lic’d Well. & Palm Beach. We accept major credit cards.
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PAINTING J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, roofs, houses, driveways, patios etc. Commercial & Residential. Interior & Exterior painting. Certified pressure cleaning & painting contractor. Lic. #U21552 Call Butch 309-6975 or visit ourwebsite at www. jbpressurecleaningandpainting.com JOHN PERGOLIZZI PAINTING INC. — Interior/Exterior - Repaint specialist, pressure cleaning, popcorn ceiling, drywall repair & roof painting. Family owned/owner operator. Free Est. 798-4964 Lic. #U18473 COLORS BY CORO, INC. — Int./Ext. residential painting, over 20 yrs exp. Small Jobs welcome. Free est. Ins. 561-383-8666. Owner/Operated. Lic.# U20627 Ins. Wellington Resident
A N Y W H E R E , A N Y T I M E S P Y WA R E / VIRUS REMOVAL — Manufacture restore, network setup (WiFi or Wired), repairs, upgrades. Call Val 561-713-5276
PET SITTING — Days and overnight in your home-caring person. Excellent references. Housesitting available. 561-572-1782
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D R I V E W AY S — F r e e e s t i m a t e s A & M ASPHALT SEAL COATING commercial and residential. Patching potholes, striping, repair existing asphalt & save money all work guaranteed. L i c.& In s. 1 0 0 0 4 5 0 6 2 5 61-667-7716
HANDYMAN THE MASTER HANDYMAN — All Types of Home Repairs & Improvements. No job too big or small done right the first time every time 40 yrs of satisfied customers. See me on Angies List. Tom (561) 801-2010 or (954) 444-3178 Serving Palm Beach and Broward Counties. BILLY’S HOME REPAIRS INC. REMODEL & REPAIRS — Interior Trim, crown molding, rottenwood repair, door installation, minor drywall,kitchens/cabinets/countertops, wood flooring. Bonded and Insured U#19699. Call 791-9900 or 628-9215
HOME IMPROVEMENTS ANMAR CO.—James’ All Around Handyman Service. Excellent craftman Old time values. Once you’ve had me! You’ll have me back! Lic. Ins. Certified Residential Contractor CRC1327426 561-248-8528
HOUSEKEEPING & ERRANDS PERFECTLY PAMPERED CLEANING — offers Luxury Affordable Cleaning & Personal Concierge Services for you & your family. Residential & Commercial. $20 Off 1st service. Fluent English. Free Consultation at 561-2035821. www.perfectlypamperedcleaning.com
HOUSE NANNY/DOG WALKER WELCOME HOME – Watching your home so you can relax. Dailey, weekly and monthly services available. Snowbird and seasonal services available as well. Kitchen restocking, errand running, and many other services offered. Professional and Trustworthy! (561)791-6041 (516)965-0389 (Cell) candieosias@gmail
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PLUMBING JEREMY JAMES PLUMBING — Licensed plumber, legitimate estimate. Water heaters, new construction. CFC1426242. Bonded Insured. CFC1426242. 561-601-6458
PRESSURE CLEANING J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, roofs, houses, driveways, patios etc. Commercial & Residential. Interior & Exterior painting. Certified pressure cleaning & painti n g c o n t r a c t o r. L i c . # U 2 1 5 5 2 C a l l Butch at 309-6975 or visit us at www. jbpressurecleaningandpainting.com D R I V E W AY C L E A N I N G — S t a r t i n g at$59. $50 Off House Exterior Wash, Free Sidewalk Cleaning (up to 50 Ft.) with roof cleaning.Pressure Pros of Palm Beach, Inc. 561-718-9851 Lic. & Insured.
ROOFING MINOR ROOF REPAIRS Don Hartmann R oofing — R o o f p a i n t ing, Carpentry. Lic. #U13677 967-5580 ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in repairs. Free estimates, Bonded,insured. Lic. #CCC 058317 Ph: 561-790-0763. ROOFING REPAIRS REROOFING ALL TYPES — Pinewood Construction, Inc. Honest and reliable. Serving Palm Beach County for over 20 years. Call Mike 561-309-0134 Lic. Ins. Bonded. CGC-023773 RC-0067207
SECURITY SECURITY — American owned local security company in business 30 plus years. Protection by officers drug tested. 40 hour course. Licensed & Insured. 561-848-2600
SCREENING JOHN’S SCREEN REPAIR SERVICE — Pool & patio rescreening. Stay tight,wrinkle-free,guaranteed! CRC1329708 call us 798-3132. www.poolscreenrepair.com
SPECIALIZING IN BATHROOM REMODELING — Free estimates serving South Florida since 1980. Quality you expect, service you deserve. Lic. bonded & Ins. U21006 561-662-9258
TREE SERVICE TREES TRIMMED AND REMOVED — 561-798-0412 D.M. YOUNG TREE SERVICE. Family Owned & Operated Lic. & Insured 1992-12121 Visit our website at dmyoungtreeservice.com
WALLPAPERING PAPERHANGING BY DEBI — Professional Installation,Removal. Repair of Paper. Neat, Clean & Reliable. Quality work with a woman’s touch. 30 years experience. No Job too big or too small. Lic. & Ins. References available. 561-795-5263
WATER TREATMENT NEED A NEW WATER SYSTEM! — Let us come out and give you an estimate. Call Mike 561-792-5400
OFFICE SPACE LAW OFFICE TO SHARE: — Royal Palm/ Wellington. Furnished executive offices plus two secretarial work stations, use of conference room, reception, kitchen. Utilities included. $1,000 month. 561-793-1200, ext. 1 or 561-386-7307 OFFICE SPACE — Executive and Virtual Office Space Available - Wellington, Florida. Furnished or unfurnished office space available. Unlimited use of conference rooms, reception, kitchen with no extra fees. Utilities included. The best LAKE VIEW in Wellington! Please contact Diane 561-227-1500 www.LakeWellington.com
SITUATION WANTED CNA HOME HEALTH AIDE — 26 years experience, excellent local references, own transportation, honest, kind, dependable. Western Communities. 561-793-9827.
GARAGE SALE WELLINGTON - LITTLE RANCHES HUGE YARD ESTATE SALE - APRIL 18th & 19th — Home furnishings, sports gear, appliances, tools and workshop equipment. Everything will go. Rain or Shine. 514 Cindy Lane, Little Ranches.
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REAL ESTATE FOR SALE - WPB HOUSE FOR SALE BREAKERS WEST — 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 3 car garage, pool, gated upscale, golf country club. $895,000, by owner 561-795-0533
REAL ESTATE FOR SALE - WELLINGTON ONE PLUS ACRES IN PINEWOOD EAST— 5 bedrooms/3.5 bath home in beautiful Pinewood East, with one plus acres and swimming pool. Lots of room. Interior has wood and tile floors-updated kitchen. Cell 561-685-0386 Office 561-793-4444 rage, pool, gated upscale, golf country club. $895,000 561-795-0533 IMMACULATE 2BR, 2BA, 2CG HOME IN WELLINGTON Move-in ready, well-maintained home by original owner. CBS construction, impact resistant doors/ windows, newly renovated master bath. Open,split plan. Wellington schools! Great location & curb appeal! $199,900. Contact Lorna Riedle, KW Realty, 561-319-1292; LRiedle@bellsouth.net
HOUSE FOR SALE - STUART F lorida C lub S tuart — 3 b d r m , 2bath, den, 2 car garage, gated golf community, granite, hdwds, new appliances, etc. $317,900 by owner 772-224-9854.
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EMPLOYMENT BOOKKEEPER NEEDED — part-time, experienced in QuickBooks, flexible hours. Please fax resume to 561-791-0952 HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER IN WELLINGTON — Now hiring certified teachers.$10-$15/hour. Call 561-594-1920 E-mail: MarleneGiraud@hlcwellington.com PT/FT SALES HELP WANTED — For local flooring store expanding. Sales experience a plus. Will train the right person. 561-333-2306 firstname.lastname@example.org PART-TIME ASSISTANT — Needed from 2pm - 6pm for preschool.Call 561-790-0808 F U L L T I M E A S S I S TA N T — N e e d e d Monday - Friday . Working with Pre-K experience preferred 561-790-0808
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Spring 1 April 2 - 6 Premier (AA) 4* Jumper Rated Spring 2 April 9 - 13 Premier (AA) 4* Jumper Rated
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