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FLAVORS OF WELLINGTON 2012

Palms West Hospital Celebrates ‘Topping Out’ Of New Addition

Palms West Hospital celebrated the topping out of its fourthfloor east wing addition with a party Tuesday attended by numerous local well-wishers. Newly appointed CEO Eric Goldman welcomed attendees, including founding CEO Mike Pugh. Page 3

Grand Champions Polo Club Hosts Gay Polo Tournament

The third annual International Gay Polo Tournament was held Saturday, April 14 at Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington. Team Gamma Mu topped Polo Gear/Palm Beach Rox 6-5 in the championship match. Afterward, the Wellington Rotary Club sponsored an after-party at Graffito South Scratch Italian Cooking. Page 11

Garden Club Hosts ‘Secret Gardens Of Wellington’ Tour

The Wellington Garden Club presented “The Secret Gardens of Wellington: A Garden Tour” on Saturday, April 14. Six local gardens were on the tour, each with its own special touches. Page 20

OPINION April Is National Donate Life Month

In honor of April being National Donate Life Month, we raise the issue once again and ask everyone to take a moment to learn about this very serious matter and consider organ donation. One organ donor can save up to eight lives. It is an instance in which one person can make a huge impact. It’s a matter of life and death, and you can make a difference. Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS ............................. 3 - 11 OPINION .................................4 CRIME NEWS .........................6 NEWS BRIEFS........................ 8 POLO/EQUESTRIAN ............ 13 SCHOOLS ............................ 15 PEOPLE ........................ 16 - 17 COLUMNS .................... 25 - 26 BUSINESS .................... 27 - 29 CAMPS .........................32 - 34 SPORTS ........................ 37 - 39 CALENDAR ................... 40 - 41 CLASSIFIEDS ................ 42 - 46 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce presented Flavors of Wellington on Friday, April 13 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Area restaurants and country clubs offered samples of their dishes to guests. The winners were as follows: Best Taste, the Wanderers Club; Best Display, Johnson’s Custom Cakes and More; Best Dessert, BannaStrow’s; and Best Plate, Binks Forest Golf Club. Shown above is Jennifer Johnson of Johnson’s Custom Cakes. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 9 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Popular Chili Cook-Off Returns To The Acreage This Saturday By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Acreage Music & Chili Cook-Off is coming to Acreage Community Park on Saturday, April 21, with more bounce houses, more music, more chili entries and more fun than ever, said organizer Robert Trepp. The event will have a full day and wide variety of entertainment by regional and local performers on two different stages. “We’ve got roughly half a football field of bounce houses that are free, as always,” Trepp said. “On the chili side, we’ve got more cooks than we’ve had before, and we’ve actually got cooks coming from as far away as Texas and Michigan.”

In addition to the sanctioned chili event, there is a people’s choice division with local entries including local restaurants and individuals. “We’ve got quite few people from The Acreage who compete in the people’s choice category,” he said. The chili cook-off is sanctioned by the International Chili Society, and attendees can buy tasting kits for $5, Trepp said. “Then you can go around and sample the cooks’ chili,” he said. The tasting kit is in addition to a $10 admission fee for adults, $5 for children 3 to 11. The event is free for those under 3. There will also be a car show. “We had 70 cars last year, so we’re

shops had been proposed, but he felt that idea would not be productive due to the lack of consensus. “We simply need to do amendments to the plan,” he said, explaining that they need review policies and language related to Okeechobee and Southern boulevards. “Words mean things in the comprehensive plan.” As an example, Kutney said the expression in the comp plan to “encourage limited economic development on Okeechobee Blvd.” is confusing. “The word ‘encourage’ is very weak; what we consider a weasel word,” he said. Kutney also brought up a reference to the use of the word “concentration” of commercial development on Southern Blvd., explaining that might give the impression to some people that commercial development is going to be quite intensive. “I don’t know that that’s the direction we’re thinking of,” he said. “We’re potentially creating expectations of development.” Kutney suggested that one method of controlling development on Okeechobee Blvd. might

Policy Changes Likely In Wake Of Wellington Audit By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Policies for spending in Wellington could change after a report released last week by the Palm Beach County Inspector General’s Office raised questions about whether several purchases served a public purpose. “We will be taking the matter to the council,” Village Manager Paul Schofield told the Town-Crier Tuesday. “This was a learning experience for everyone.” Last week, the Inspector General’s Office released a 27-page audit that took about eight months to complete. The audit looked at 763 charges to Wellington purchasing cards (called p-cards) during the first 10 months of 2011. Of the $174,970 spent, the Inspector General’s Office raised concerns with about $28,597 that had been used for purchases that Inspector General Sheryl Steckler did not believe were for a public purpose. “Overall, we found that the vil-

lage has an adequate system of controls to monitor the use of pcards,” Steckler’s report stated. “However, we did identify that some p-cardholders have purchased items that we do not believe have a clear public purpose.” Examples of those included meals at restaurants or meals purchased for meetings or staff training; items for an employee birthday lunch, an employee retirement party and a holiday party; snacks and coffee for village staff; and flowers or food sent to employees’ families who had lost a loved one. Schofield stressed that the audit does not accuse Wellington officials of any wrongdoing. “They did not say we did anything illegal,” he said. “They just disagree with us. They are supposed to audit you on your own policies and processes. What they said in this case is that they don’t agree with those policies.” Of the 11 recommendations in See AUDIT, page 18

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looking for the same number if not more at this one,” Trepp said. The RE/MAX hot air balloon will be on site, as well as a Home Depot kids’ area where children can build simple projects with kits supplied by Home Depot. Exhibitors will also be on hand with food and crafts for sale, as well as nonprofit organizations. “It’s set up as an affordable fun day of entertainment for the whole family,” Trepp said. Trepp welcomed Tobacco Free Florida and the Hair Cuttery as primary sponsors, and Everglades Farm Equipment as a participant for the first time. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.acreagechilifest.com.

Lox Groves Council Approves New Development Moratorium By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council approved a six-month moratorium Tuesday on further development applications until the council can refine portions of the town’s comprehensive plan to reflect its intentions for commercial development on Okeechobee and Southern boulevards. The moratorium, which Town Attorney Michael Cirullo described as a “zoning in progress” measure, comes in the aftermath of an application for commercial development by the owners of the Day property at Folsom Road and Okeechobee Blvd. That proposal was turned down earlier this month, generating much discussion about the direction of the town’s commercial development. Town Manager Mark Kutney said there is a lack of consensus on commercial development along Okeechobee Blvd. “There are a lot of different opinions out there,” Kutney said. “There is no prevailing opinion other than there is concern about commercial on Okeechobee.” Kutney said more public work-

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be to come up with a concept such as “neighborhood activity centers” or “neighborhood spheres of activity” and designating two or three intersections for those purposes. “When you do that,” he said, “you would be telling the applicant, and we would put this in the comprehensive plan, which gives you the control.” Having the areas more clearly defined would also give the town some flexibility as to design, rather than be put in a defensive mode when applications are submitted, Kutney said. “You would have them come in and require that in conjunction with this plan amendment, they would provide a sector plan, which means that they tell you how much they are going to allocate, how many acres and for what uses,” Kutney said. “You would also have them provide a market study.” Councilman Ryan Liang suggested referring the recommendations to the town’s Planning & Zoning Board, which has several planners on it, as well as the town’s planning consultant Jim FleisSee MORATORIUM, page 18

The American Cancer Society’s Royal Palm Beach Relay for Life was held overnight Saturday, April 14 at the Royal Palm Beach High School stadium. Teams walked around the track, camped out, listened to live music, and vendors were on hand offering food and services. Shown here is cancer survivor Geri Gilber t with her son and grandson Dan and Tyler Matula. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Wellington Offering Summer Program For High Schoolers By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report High school juniors and seniors are getting the opportunity for some real-life experience and a great addition to their résumé by working with Wellington while earning community service hours. This summer, Wellington is offering students the chance to earn community service hours over nine weeks between June 18 and Aug. 16 as part of Wellington’s High School Summer Service Program. “Students will be able to earn community service hours for their college careers while learning about local government,” Neigh-

borhood Advocate Chris Degler said. “It’s almost like an internship. It can help to give them an idea before college of what they want to pursue.” Wellington is accepting applications through Thursday, May 24. Students will be accepted into the program on a rolling basis, meaning early applications will be considered first. Participating students must be entering their junior or senior year of high school and must have at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) and two letters of recommendation. Wellington is asking that stuSee SUMMER, page 18

Four Female Leaders Honored With ‘Stiletto Awards’ By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palms West Community Foundation presented its 2012 Women of the Year Stiletto Awards in four different categories at a luncheon April 12 at Breakers West Country Club. The winners were Joanne Stanley with Republic Services in the Corporate category, Wendy Soderman of the Ideal School and Dream Middle School in Non-Profit/Education, Dorothy Bradshaw with the South Florida Water Management District in Government and Hope Barron of Barron & Kogan CPAs in Entrepreneur. The four were selected from a total of 12 finalists.

“There are so many strong women who either live or work here in central Palm Beach County,” said Maureen Gross, director of the foundation. “The purpose of the Stiletto Awards is to recognize these women for their leadership. All these nominees have undertaken various charitable endeavors that helped strengthen and enrich the quality of life by helping to advance the educational, cultural and economic interests of the community.” Stanley, who is business unit municipal marketing director for Republic Services, started with the company in 2006. Outside of her job, every weekend she cooks and delivers food for the homeless. In

Palm Beach County, she helps her sister Diana Stanley, who is manager of the Lord’s Place. Soderman founded Ideal as a preschool 19 years ago to allow her special needs son Korey to attend school with his twin brother, Kyle. She established a learning environment based on the Multiple Intelligence philosophy of Harvard Professor Howard Gardner. The school flourished and expanded, becoming a full elementary school and more recently adding a middle school, founded on the belief that children should be provided a challenging education where emotional and cognitive intelligence are of equal See STILETTO, page 18

2012 Stiletto Award winners with program sponsors. (L-R) Pattie Light of Pandora, Wendy Soderman, Dorothy Bradshaw, Joanne Stanley, Hope Barron, Dorian Zimmer-Bordenave and Maureen Gross. PHOTO BY RON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER


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New School Superintendent Keynotes Chamber Luncheon In RPB By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Newly appointed Palm Beach County School District Superintendent Wayne Gent was the featured speaker at the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce luncheon held Monday at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. Gent, a longtime teacher, principal and administrator with the district, accepted the superintendent’s position in February. He previously had been recognized as leading the district in its successful effort to pass a referendum funding school construction and renovation, and establishing an external oversight committee to monitor use of the revenue. Gent has two sons, one going

into high school and another entering middle school. “I get an opportunity not only to view public education through the lens of an administrator and teacher, but also as a parent, which I take very seriously,” he said. Gent said his main focus will be on the students. He was happy to be the speaker at a luncheon that also featured the presentation of 10 chamber scholarships to deserving high school seniors. (See related story, page 7) “The students here, the seniors, don’t have to sweat it because they are done with FCAT, and today is the first day of FCAT, and it’s a little bit of a stressful time for our students,” he quipped. Gent said that on some other occasion, he might talk about his

views of high-stakes testing, the effect it has on students and how the focus on that test affects course offerings. “That’s a speech for another day,” he said. “In my own household, I really don’t place a lot of emphasis on it. I place a lot of emphasis on learning, and I place a lot of emphasis on being respectful to your teacher and listening.” Gent pointed out that the Palm Beach County School District has been rated with an A for the past seven years. “We are the only urban school district in the State of Florida to have that honor,” he said. “I hope that a year from now, we can say eight years in a row.” As superintendent, Gent said his emphasis will be on teaching and learning. “In order for our stu-

dents to learn, we have to attract the best teachers we can,” he said, adding that he also wants to have a safe learning environment. “We work with our students to make ethical decisions and become outstanding citizens and be prepared for the world that’s going to greet them,” he said. “We always say at graduation time that they are going out into the real world. I think these students today know what the real world is… They know a world very different than the one any of us grew up in with the advances in technology and the information age.” Gent also discussed the challenges of running the nation’s 11th-largest school district. “We have 187 public schools with about 174,000 students that we

serve every day,” he said. “Our budget is $2.3 billion, and we have a work force of approximately 21,000 employees, about 12,500 of those as our teachers.” This year, the state legislature restored about $1 billion to Florida schools that lawmakers had taken away the year before, he noted. “They took it from other areas, but with some of the dollars that come from the federal government, when all is said and done, we still receive less dollars from the state than we have in years past,” he said. “We have about a $35 million shortfall, and the main thing we try to do with the leadership of our school board is to really save positions.” He said the school board is very See GENT, page 7

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Palms West Hospital Celebrates ‘Topping Out’ Of New Addition

(Above, lef t to right) Palms W est Hospital Chairman Dr. Carmine Priore and CEO Eric Goldman address the gathering; views of the hospital’s new fourth floor. (Below, left to right) Goldman, Priore and Dr. Ramprasad Gopalan sign the last piece of steel that will go onto the roof; the hospital’s first CEO Mike Pugh puts his name on the steel; and Registered Nurse Stephanie Noel takes her turn to sign. PHOTOS BY RON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Palms West Hospital celebrated the topping out of its fourthfloor east wing addition with a party Tuesday attended by numerous local well-wishers. Newly appointed CEO Eric Goldman welcomed attendees, including founding CEO Mike Pugh, who had the forethought to build a hospital decades ago with an infrastructure that would support a fourth floor. When he first came to the area in 1998 as chief operating officer of Columbia Hospital, Goldman said he wondered why Palms West Hospital had been built out in the middle of nowhere. “All of these wonderful municipalities have grown around this area,” he said. “It’s spectacular to be part of all of these communities.” The $16 million project will take the hospital from 175 beds in 225,000 square feet to 204 beds with an additional 29,000 square feet. Some of the medical surgery beds will move to the new floor and tie back into the labor and delivery unit in the west tower for better continuity. “It also includes renovation and expansion of our front pediatric unit where our existing complement of 24 beds will be expanded to 38,” Goldman said. The project will also add two pediatric intensive-care unit beds to bring it to a total of 10. Adult

intensive care will have four telemetry beds converted to adult intensive-care beds to increase the number to 18. The lab will also be expanded to accommodate the additional beds. The project should be completed in March 2013. “We’ve got a very aggressive schedule, but our contractor has promised us that they will be up to that task, and we will be pushing to move that up if possible in preparation for next season,” Goldman said. When the project is finished, there will be 58 miles of wiring in the building. “That reaches us to Fort Lauderdale International Airport,” Goldman said. “We will have another 200 tons of concrete and another 200 tons of steel in this structure.” Goldman credited the success of the hospital to the hard work of its staff. Chairman of the Board Dr. Carmine Priore said he was in the area when the hospital first opened in 1986 and has enjoyed watching the hospital grow with the community. “I’ve always said as we’ve matured, if you build a hospital and emphasize children and children’s care, the parents and the grandparents will come, and they will continue to come; but that’s because of the effort on the part of you, the staff members, and the doctors here that have made this a great hospital,” Priore said.


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April Is National Donate Life Month: Are You An Organ Donor? As the 2012 national election heats up, there’s no doubt the healthcare debate will be at the forefront of the conversation. And though the conversation mostly concerns the question of insurance coverage, there are many issues that would benefit from being part of the discussion. Chief among them is organ donation, a topic that affects hundreds of thousands of lives but is still widely misunderstood. So, in honor of April being National Donate Life Month, we raise the issue once again and ask everyone to take a moment to learn about this very serious matter. According to www.organdonor.gov, approximately 18 people die every day due to a lack of available organs. People die from disease when there is no cure. People die waiting for a transplant because there is a lack of available organs. In the first case, it’s up to people in the medical science industry to develop new treatments in the hope of finding a cure. In the latter case, it’s up to average people to register as donors and increase the number of available organs. If the statistics aren’t disturbing enough, what’s even more upsetting is that the reason for these deaths is largely due to a lack of awareness. While there is plenty of support for research into diseases such as cancer or heart disease — with popular events taking place throughout the year — the same cannot be said for organ donation. Without a prominent place for it in the

public consciousness, the lack of awareness translates into a lack of donors. Still, there are other people who are aware but misinformed. They have bought into the many myths of organ donation, most likely the erroneous belief that doctors will let them die for their organs. First of all, it’s their job to save lives — yours included. Remember: many transplant recipients are registered donors, too. The first and most important step to becoming a donor is to sign up with the state donation registry; Florida’s registry is online at www.donatelifeflorida.org. It is important to understand that even if you have “organ donor” designated on your driver’s license, it’s best to discuss your intentions with your family members, friends and doctors. Also, if you have a will or living will, it’s a good idea to include donation in it as well. While a cure is still being sought for so many terminal diseases, organ transplantation is the answer for thousands of patients each year. It is a shame that the main obstacle is a matter of PR, not the ER. One organ donor can save up to eight lives, positively affecting the lives of their family and friends as well. This is an instance in which one person can make a huge impact. That is why we urge everyone to consider signing up with the donor registry. It’s a matter of life and death, and you can make a difference.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Repairs Needed ASAP At Earth Day Park In RPB In response to Mr. Peter ReJune’s letter last week regarding fixing what Royal Palm already has: thank you! I am the mother whose son was injured at Earth Day Park, and I agree completely with the letter. My son was walking with me and my husband when he tripped over the large openings in the sidewalk, and he came inches from slamming his head on the pavement. He suffered a large gash on his knee and arms. He is a soccer player, so he was most concerned for his knee injury. I was very upset because I had called before to the village about the sidewalks at Earth Day Park. Nothing was done, and I had heard that my neighbor was injured there as well. I called the village and was told to send an e-mail to the village manager. I did, and even sent a photo of my son’s bloodied knees and arm. I did not even get an e-mail back. I called and was told he probably got the e-mail, and they will come and spray the area (the famous spray paint), and I asked if that was to mark the spots to be repaired. She said she was sure they will be fixed, and now it has been at least six months and the spray-painting is as far as it has gotten! I see many elderly people there walking, and I agree with Mr. ReJune: what kind of injury has to happen for Royal Palm Beach to repair this cracking, bulging sidewalk? What would have happened if my son injured his head

or knocked out his teeth? Would that prompt a repair? A severe injury will no doubt be a lawsuit for the village. We have replaced all of the perfectly good sidewalks on Royal Palm Beach Blvd., but the village refuses to repair the badly damaged ones at Earth Day Park. A response from the village on this is way overdue. Kim Short Royal Palm Beach

Why Doesn’t PBSO Arrest Vandalism Suspects? This letter is in reference to the crime news article “Several Acreage Homes Report Mailbox Vandalism,” in the April 13 Town-Crier. I was dismayed and surprised to read that there were no suspects in the mailbox vandalism on 40th Street (southern part of The Acreage). This event actually took place on Saturday, April 7 around 3:30 a.m. There were suspects. Three of them. Two over 18 years old (per one of the deputies). To say otherwise is erroneous at best. Our mailbox was the last one of several that were vandalized on 40th Street that morning. I called the PBSO at 3:45 a.m. after I heard banging sounds and an ATV starting up by my house at my mailbox area. Video surveillance recording that shows three white males in a small ATV was given to the three deputies who showed up right away, and again to another who showed up later during the day. The one who gave us the case

information form when he and the other two deputies came to my house very early that morning, actually called on April 12 to tell me that he spoke to the 19-yearold suspect who lives on 126th Street just north of 40th Street, and that he also spoke to the parents of the other two suspects, one of whom lives on Coconut Blvd. close to 40th Street and the other in Royal Palm Beach. So why talk to these people if they are not suspects? They should have been arrested — at least the one who is probably the leader in all of this. One of the victims didn’t bother calling the PBSO. I understand why now. This has been going on for far too long. We have had everything from our mailbox being blown up (twice), to graffiti on our fence several times. Case information forms were always given, but only one arrest made. The arrest was for a drunk 32-year-old man who decided to stick his arm into our secured mailbox and then couldn’t get his arm out and proceeded to kick it out of control while cursing loudly. One has to wonder why is this being allowed to continue. Where’s the accountability? The PBSO needs to step up and do the right thing. I would advise everyone to install a good quality infrared video surveillance camera facing their mailbox, so when the vandals come back, we have the necessary evidence for an arrest. A proximity alarm wouldn’t be a bad idea. Wake up the whole neighborhood and maybe they will think twice before doing harm yet again. Christine Boyette The Acreage

Acreage Needs Another Market, Not Another Pizza Place Someone please help me understand why we, in Loxahatchee, need a fourth pizza place. We have Pizza Barn, Pascalli’s Italian Ristorante, Domino’s and now a Papa John’s (under construction) here within a 2-mile area. Why can’t we have something like a Target or a Walmart Neighborhood Market move into our abandoned Winn-Dixie store? Publix is killing us with their prices, and with no good competition they will continue to do so. The new grocery store/market would make a great profit, and we would be able to feed our families better and be able to sleep better knowing that the money we save on discounted/better prices will help us in other strained areas: lunch money, mortgages, electric bills, gas, insurance, medical, etc. We need help without having to drive 9 miles to get a good deal, much less the price of gas would deflect any savings at all. Ronda Frank The Acreage

Background On ‘Scott’s Law’ Editor’s note: The following letter is in response to Frank Morelli’s letter “Drug Testing Law Makes Perfect Sense,” published last week. Separating politics, self service and old-fashioned greed is a

daunting task, but in this case, it’s made simpler by history and facts. While some conservatives appear clueless, let’s shine a light on some glossed-over, if not totally ignored details. First, “Scott’s law” has a very interesting background: Gov. Rick Scott was the head guy at a privately held healthcare corporation that violated Medicare rules in a way that was so egregious that this healthcare corporation received the highest fine in history — over $1 billion! It should [be noted], in the interest of fairness, that Rick Scott had left the corporation before legal proceedings began, albeit a short period before the gavel fell, and second, and this is important, was the fact that our now chief executive began his own drug testing firm, which would fit neatly with his new law proposal. The discovery by the media and general “stirring” among interested groups prevailed and Mr. Scott

sold his interest in the drug-testing firm, which still has the contract. What is of particular interest is that in view of the national average among welfare recipients at about 2 percent who fail drug testing, with Florida finding similar results, it brings into question whether the costs associated with the program are commensurate with any savings in welfare benefits. Importantly, if only about 2 percent are required to pay for failed drug screening, who pays for the other 98 percent? If you answered that the Florida taxpayers pay, you would be right, but either way, the drug-testing company gets paid. And all this time, I was being told by conservatives that they believe in smaller government and screaming that we need to get government out of our lives. But I guess that’s only true if no money is to be made. Richard Nielsen Royal Palm Beach

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Watch Out For Those Supplements: Many Can Have Side Effects Statistically, half of all Americans take dietary supplements. We spend over $28 million on vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements with hopes of curing anything and everything that ails us. But virtually all of these “miracle workers” can have pronounced and dangerous side effects. Unfortunately, fewer than half of the respondents in a recent

Footloose and... By Jules W. Rabin survey talked to their doctor, or even a pharmacist, prior to taking supplements. Even something as seemingly innocuous as

garlic, in high doses, might act as a blood thinner. If you are on a blood thinning medication, one plus one may add up to zero. Here are eight common supplements to check out seriously before you start a regimen with them: • Ginseng — This can reduce concentrations of anti-coagulant warfarin or interact with antidepressant medications.

• Melatonin — This can reduce the effectiveness of antidepressant, anti-anxiety and blood pressure meds. • Aloe Vera — Taken orally, in laxative preparations, it may interact with blood sugar–lowering medicine. • St. John’s Wort — This can reduce the effectiveness of a variety of medications, including anticoagulants and antidepres-

sants. It can also decrease the effectiveness of cancer drugs by up to 40 percent. • Vitamin K — Taking too much can block the effect of warfarin. • Zinc — Taken in excess, it can cause nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach cramps, diarrhea and headaches. It can also interact with a variety of prescription drugs, including anti-

biotics and hypertension meds. • Kava — This is reported to have caused liver damage, including hepatitis and liver failure, and it may impair driving ability. • Licorice Root — This can cause high blood pressure, plus salt and water retention. Here’s some prudent advice: Check them thoroughly before using them.

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County Groups To Mark Victims’ Rights Week April 22 - April 28 By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report In an effort to reach out to the community, bring awareness and assist victims of crime, the Palm Beach Victims’ Rights Coalition will host a series of events to mark 2012 National Crime Victims’Rights Week starting Monday, April 23. National Crime Victims’ Rights Week began in 1981 as a way to promote victims’ rights and honor those advocates who provide help to victims of crimes. It will be observed from Sunday, April 22 through Saturday, April 28. “The event is an opportunity to highlight milestones in victims’ rights in general and the rights created for them,” said Brandy Macaluso, president of the Palm Beach Victims’ Rights Coalition. “It brings awareness to the fact that we have crime in our area and that there are victims of crime living among us. It is also a chance for us to reach out to every crime victim out there and offer them services. We want to make sure they

know we are there and we can help them.” State Rep. Mark Pafford (D-District 88), who will be a keynote speaker at the event, said that he wants to promote victims’ rights awareness in hopes that other crime victims will come forward and receive help. “It’s important that people understand that there are services available for them,” he said. “A lot of folks live with the pain instead of sharing with someone who cannot only act as an advocate but help them learn to live with what happened.” Pafford said he has seen the effects that crime can have. “Personally, I have people around me who will continue to live with that pain for the rest of their lives,” he said. “It’s a tragedy that [crime] happens; it’s made more of a tragedy when people don’t seek help. The more we understand how prevalent assault and other crimes are, the better society is able to help victims.”

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Several local organizations will host discussions about victims’ rights, resources for victims and their loved ones, as well as honor those who work to help victims every day. Most events are free and open to the public. “There are a lot of agencies involved,” Macaluso said, “but the thing they all have in common is promoting victims’ rights.” The events kick off Monday morning with the opening ceremony at the Clayton Hutcheson Complex at the Mounts Botanical Garden (559 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach). It begins at 8:30 a.m. with a breakfast and “meet and greet,” followed by a ceremony with remarks from local officials and victims, and recognition of the Victim Services Officer of the Year, as well as a special recognition from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. On Tuesday, Mounts Botanical Garden will host a ceremony to honor crime victims from 1 to 4 p.m.

“It’s a dedication to crime victims,” Macaluso said. “It’s a chance for victims to come together and share their stories, along with some of the resources victim services provided to help them.” The organization will also present several awards, including Victim Advocate of the Year. There are two events on Wednesday. From 10 a.m. to noon, the Aging Resource Center/Area Agency on Aging will hold a workshop on later-life violence, focusing on domestic abuse. Then from 2 to 4 p.m., the Compassionate Friends will gather at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery (10941 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach) to discuss the Angel of Hope and Compassionate Friends. The Angel of Hope, once complete, will be a beacon for grieving parents who have lost a child. The group is raising money to finance the project. More information can be found by visiting www.our queen.org.

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“They help people who have lost their children,” Macaluso said. “They help those who are grieving.” On Thursday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office will offer a professional training seminar titled “Enforcing Victims’ Rights” at PBSO Headquarters (3228 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach). The training will help bring understanding about the history of victims’ rights, as well as key legal concepts needed to help victims. You must pre-register for the event by calling (561) 966-4288. The 32nd Annual Awards Luncheon will be held Friday at the Doubletree Hotel (4431 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens). The event is reservations-only and will feature Pafford as keynote speaker. Pafford said he is hoping to reach out and promote awareness of victims’ rights. “It’s an issue that touches a lot of lives,” he said. “If it weren’t such a private matter and people

reported issues more, you’d find that there are a lot more victims in society. They are our neighbors and our friends. The more I can do to encourage people to talk about it, the better.” The week culminates Saturday with the “Giving Crime Victims a Voice Walk,” presented by the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Palm Beach Shores Community Center (90 Edwards Lane, Palm Beach Shores). Registration for the walk is free, Macaluso said. Macaluso encouraged residents, and especially victims of crime, to come out and learn about what resources the Palm Beach Victims’ Rights Coalition can provide. Victims can receive help with legal processes, counseling and other services. For more information about National Crime Victims’ Rights Week or the Palm Beach Victims’ Rights Coalition, call Macaluso at (561) 966-4288, ext. 118.

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SURVIVORS, SUPPORTERS TURN OUT FOR ROYAL PALM BEACH RELAY FOR LIFE The American Cancer Society’s Royal Palm Beach Relay for Life was held overnight Saturday, April 14 at the Royal Palm Beach High School stadium. Teams walked around the track, camped out, listened to live music, and vendors were on hand offering food and a PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER variety of services.

Relay volunteers Terri Rodriguez, Dalia Alvarez, Dinorah Shoben and Debi Wampler sign in participants.

Team 27 Dresses won best camp site.

Christine Dominique and Roxsian Sharpe.

Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI) members at ther camp site.

Marty Fischer announces winners of best camp site.

Royal Palm Beach High School National Honor Society team members Justin Vernon, Kasumi Perez and Nhydaisha Santana.

WELLINGTON’S UPDATED TIGER SHARK COVE PARK TO BE RE-DEDICATED MAY 5

After months of planning, designing and building, Tiger Shark Cove Park in Wellington re-opened Saturday, April 14 with a new, updated look. The playground, located at the corner of Greenview Shores and Greenbriar boulevards, was built in 2000 through a communityled effort. As part of a plan to revamp the playground, a designer from Leathers & Associates met with kindergarten through fifth-grade classes at Wellington schools and let them have a say in the design. The new design, which kept the under-the-sea theme, was unveiled in January. Last month, nearly 500 volunt eers joined forces t o rebuild the playground. A re-dedication ceremony for the playground will be held Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

The entrance of the updated Tiger Shark Cove Park.

Children try out the new swing sets.

The new playground features a pirate ship.


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Thieves Rummage Medicine Bottles In Wellington Home By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report APRIL 16 — A resident of White Pine Drive contacted the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office substation in Wellington on Monday evening to report a residential burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 6:25 and 6:46 p.m., someone used a brick to smash out the sliding glass door. Once inside, the perpetrator(s) went upstairs into a bedroom. According to the report, the perpetrator(s) poured out several of the medicine bottles as if they were looking for specific drugs. The perpetrator(s) also removed two silver watches and a gold diamond watch. The stolen items were valued at approximately $700. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. ••• APRIL 8 — A resident of 24th Court North contacted the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation on Sunday, April 8 regarding an act of vandalism. According to a PBSO report, at approximately midnight, someone caused damage to a gate on the victim’s property. Video surveillance of the incident showed an unknown vehicle traveling in front of the property, and three unknown suspects were observed running toward the gate. According to the report, the victim’s son said he observed a gray Mustang drive by the home. The damage was estimated at approximately $150, but there was no further information at the time of the report. APRIL 10 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to a business on Southern Blvd. in Loxahatchee Groves last Tuesday afternoon regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, the driver supervisor of an ice delivery company contacted the substation after a handheld computer was stolen from a company vehicle. According to the report, at approximately 1:40 p.m., the driver was delivering to a store and left the handheld computer on the rear step of the truck while he placed a crate inside. When the employee returned to the truck, the computer was missing. According to the report, the employee said that there were several people in front of the store at the time. The stolen computer was valued at approximately $2,000. There were no suspects at the time of the report. APRIL 11 — Several instances of graffiti were reported to the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach last Wednesday. According to separate PBSO reports, someone painted two walls in communities in Royal Palm Beach. According to one PBSO report, a village employee contacted the Royal Palm Beach substation after discovering several instances of graffiti on a wall along State Road 7 outside Counterpoint Estates. According to the report, sometime between 6 p.m. last Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. the following morning, the perpetrator(s) painted on four concrete panels with spray paint. According to the report, the deputy said that there were several words and poor quality drawings of skulls on both sides of the wall. The deputy said

that the markings match a previous case; however, there were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. In a second incident, a resident of the Nautica Lakes community called the Royal Palm Beach substation after discovering that, sometime between midnight and 10 a.m. last Tuesday, someone painted several words on a cement wall in the community. The perpetrator(s) caused approximately $800 in damage. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. APRIL 11 — An Acreage man and two Royal Palm Beach men were arrested last Wednesday afternoon on drug charges following an incident in the Saratoga Pines nature preserve. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was on patrol on Natures Way at approximately 1:30 p.m. when he observed two vehicles left unattended in a parking space near the preserve. According to the report, the deputy went on foot in the preserve where he observed three males sitting underneath a pavilion. Using binoculars, the deputy was able to observe one of the males smoking what appeared to be a marijuana joint. As the deputy approached the pavilion, he could smell marijuana coming from the area. According to the report, the deputy made contact with the males, 18year-old Matthew Cruz, 18-yearold Nicholas Conley and 18-yearold Kevin Ahad, and recovered the joint, along with a pack of rolling papers and a marijuana grinder. The three men were arrested and issued a notice to appear in court. APRIL 16 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington responded to Commerce Park East on Monday morning regarding a burglary to a business. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 7:30 p.m. last Friday and 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, someone entered the business and damaged the telephone and fax lines. The perpetrator(s) gained access to the building by damaging the lock cylinder on the door. According to the report, the damage was estimated at approximately $330. DNA evidence was taken at the scene, but there were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. APRIL 16 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched Monday morning to Village Park on Pierson Road regarding an act of vandalism. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 6 p.m. last Sunday and 8 a.m. the following morning, someone drove a vehicle onto a football field and drove in a doughnut-shaped pattern. Approximately $500 in damage was caused to the field. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. APRIL 16 — A resident of the Lakeside Shores community called the PBSO substation in Wellington on Monday afternoon to report an act of vandalism. According to a PBSO report, sometime between midnight and noon Monday, someone threw a brick through the back window of the victim’s vehicle. The perpetrator(s) caused approximately $250 in damage. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in finding these wanted fugitives: • Jorge Alamo, a.k.a. Jorge Diaz-Alamo, is a black male, 5’9” tall and weighing 200 lbs., with gray hair and brown eyes. He has scars on his left arm and wrist. His date of birth is 01/01/57. Alamo is wanted for obtaining property in return for a worthless check, draft or debit card. His occupation is food distribution. His last known addresses were 38th Court in Greenacres and Fox Court in Wellington. Alamo is wanted as of 04/19/12. • Noor Halum is a white female, 5’8” tall and weighing 140 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. She has multiple tattoos. Her date of birth is 03/31/82. Halum is wanted for failure to appear on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm (two counts), battery on emergency medical personnel, discharging a firearm in public and using a firearm under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Her occupation is unknown. Her last known addresses were East Country Club Drive in Aventura, Saginaw Avenue in West Palm Beach and the 12th Fairway in Wellington. Halum is wanted as of 04/19/ 12. Remain anonymous and you may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime Stopper s at (800) 458-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestopperspbc.com.

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State Rep. Abruzzo Files To Seek Newly Drawn State Senate Seat By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report State Rep. Joseph Abruzzo (DDistrict 85) has officially filed to seek the newly drawn State Senate District 25 seat, which includes most of the western communities. Abruzzo was elected to the State House in 2008 and subsequently re-elected. He is the ranking Democrat on the Business and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee, immediate past chair of the Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation, a commissioner of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County and a member of the Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council. He is also in his eighth year serving in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Abruzzo said the new District 25 takes in most of his current State House district. “It covers a majority of District 85, which I currently represent,” Abruzzo said. “The district as it is configured at the present time has a majority of Palm Beach County west of the turnpike, and then it

cuts in east into the Palm Beach Gardens area and heads all the way in to the coast,” Abruzzo said. “It is predominantly a western Palm Beach County district, west of the turnpike.” Aside from the western communities and Palm Beach Gardens, the district also includes the Glades and far western areas of Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach. “The way that districts had worked out for Wellington and Royal Palm Beach, for State Senate they were split up between multiple districts, and the same with Congress,” Abruzzo said. “Under the current maps of redistricting, Wellington, Royal Palm and the surrounding areas will have one clear congressman, state senator and state representative to go to.” Abruzzo said the new District 25 is strongly Democratic, with a 12.3 percent Democratic Party advantage over registered Republican voters. In 2008, President Obama carried 58 percent of the vote, compared to Sen. John

McCain’s 40 percent in the district. Similarly, in the 2010 gubernatorial election, Democratic candidate Alex Sink got 57 percent compared to 40 percent for Republican Rick Scott. That’s a change for Abruzzo, who is used to representing a more evenly divided district. “The State House seat I currently represent,” Abruzzo said, “really only performs around five-anda half percent Democratic… I’ve never had the opportunity to represent a clear majority Democratic district.” It remains unclear who Abruzzo will face either in a Democratic primary or the general election. However, Abruzzo said he will run a strong, active campaign. “I am going to be running the campaign from now until November,” Abruzzo said. “I will be prepared to run a strong campaign regardless of who comes into the race. I feel confident in our message and in our community support, our leadership support and ability to raise the funds needed

to get our message out, which I feel will resonate with the constituents of Senate District 25.” Abruzzo said he will fight to create a strong economy in the state and focus on the importance of education and the dire need for affordable healthcare. “I’ve focused a lot of my time in the legislature on protecting consumers and public safety, including safety for animals,” he said. “I’m not categorized as a one- or two- issue legislator. I’ve campaigned for economic legislation, healthcare, education, animal protection, public safety, energy. We have passed 20 laws in the four years that I’ve been fortunate enough to serve… I go up to Tallahassee to fight for our community regardless of the issue.” Bills he has gotten passed included the Silver Alert Law protecting impaired seniors who become lost; Nicole’s Law, which requires children to wear a helmet while riding horseback; the energy-efficient appliance rebate program; the Post Disaster Relief As-

sistance Act; the Ivonne Rodriguez and Victoria McCullough Horse Protection Act; the Marketable Record Title Act; the decriminalization of sexting by minors; legislation aiding a direct support organization for military families; and pill mill legislation requiring facilities to be doctor-owned and doctor-operated. Abruzzo said that if elected, he would make it a point to represent everyone, Democrats, Republicans and independents. “I will continue to run the same style of campaign, reaching out to all parties and asking for support across the board,” he said. Abruzzo has received the endorsements of elected and community leaders including Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, former State Sen. Dave Aronberg and Palm Beach County Commission Chair Shelley Vana. “I’ve dedicated my life to public service, and I’m hoping to continue that and represent our community in the State Senate,” he

said. “I already have formulated a plan of things that I want to accomplish and continue to work on, on behalf of Palm Beach County, in the State Senate.” Abruzzo was eyeing a State Senate run even before the Florida Supreme Court rejected the legislature’s first attempt at State Senate districts. The latest version is slightly different than the one previously presented. The plan has not yet won court approval. The Florida Supreme Court is expected to announce its decision on the redrawn districts April 26, Abruzzo said. “This map is not set yet; however, every single map proposed, whether Republican majority, the Democrat minority, or the recommendations back from the Florida Supreme Court, has always [contained] a western Palm Beach County seat,” he said. “I feel confident to file and start my candidacy, because at the end of the day, it is highly likely that we will have a seat that resembles or is in fact See STATE SENATE, page 18

10 High School Seniors Awarded Central Chamber Scholarships By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce held its annual scholarship awards luncheon Monday, presenting $1,000 scholarships to 10 graduating seniors from area high schools. Dr. Jim Laub, dean of the MacArthur School of Leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University, sponsor of the program, spoke at the luncheon. “We believe in education, we believe in excellence,” Laub said. “We believe in achievement, we believe that all those things come at a price, and all of you who are recognized today have paid a price to get where you are.” Laub called attention to a special celebration on the fifth anniversary of Palm Beach Atlantic’s Wellington campus May 2. “We’re proud to be a part of the western communities,” he said. Laub said the college is also interested in leadership and offers two leadership programs at the Wellington campus, which is located on State Road 7 north of Wellington Regional Medical Center in the Wellington Reserve. “We offer an undergraduate in organizational management and a master’s degree in leadership,” he said. Laub noted that he works spe-

cifically with adult learners. “Palm Beach Atlantic University serves a large number of traditional age students, who we are honoring here today,” he said. “We also serve adult students who go back after years of taking care of the family, after years of getting into work and realizing that they never completed their degree.” He said he is always amazed at their unique stories. For example, the campus’ outstanding graduate this year was Denise Owens, human resources director for a company providing consulting services for more than 70 automobile dealerships nationwide. She is married with two sons, ages 8 and 14. In 2009, her husband was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. “A new role of caretaker was added to her already full life,” Laub said, noting that Owens decided to take one course at a time. “That can take quite a while, especially if you believe like she does that you can’t just give a half effort. Every lunch hour at work was committed to school work. Early in the morning and late at night school would get her attention. She not only completed school, she graduated with a 3.95 GPA, and was selected as an outstanding graduate.” Laub congratulated the schol-

arship recipients, recognizing that they had paid a price to get where they were, and also taking advantages of opportunities presented to them. “You sacrificed a lot to achieve what you are being recognized for here today,” he said. “And you are embracing opportunities that you have.” Scholarship recipients were Monica Barraza from John I. Leonard High School, who will attend the University of Florida; Widna Cheriscar from Lake Worth High School, who will attend Palm Beach State College; Vanessa Nascimento from Palm Beach Central High School, who will attend the University of Central Florida; Beatrice Gomez from Pahokee Middle Senior High School, who will attend the University of South Florida; Danielle Toker from Royal Palm Beach High School, who will attend Florida Atlantic University; Cassidy Heitman from Seminole Ridge High School, who will attend the University of South Florida; Jenna Baxter from Wellington High School, who will attend the University of Florida; Donald Meyers from the A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, who will attend the University of Florida; and Jerusha Pervenecki from the King’s Academy, who will attend Asbury University.

Royal Palm Zoning Board OKs Clubhouse For The Enclave By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously approved architectural modifications Tuesday for a clubhouse at the Enclave community off State Road 7. The changes will modify the elevation, window layouts and other features of the building, which was previously approved, Development Review Coordinator Kevin Erwin said. “All of the changes were driven by the layout of the interior,” he said, “which wasn’t complete when this came through the first time.” Jan Polson of the planning firm Cotleur & Hearing noted that the original design was a Tuscanystyle layout. “They went back and looked at it,” she said, “and these are the improvements that they felt enhanced the building for this community. It provides long-term sus-

tainability for the management offices, for the clubhouse and for the future members. They are upgrading and increasing the cost of the building.” Commissioner Darrell Lange said he liked the changes. “The only thing I don’t like, which is totally objective,” he said, “is I liked the gable. But it matches the rest of the building.” Commission Chair Barbara Powell asked whether the color scheme had changed. Erwin said that it had not. “Those are the original colors,” he said. “They have been provided for reference.” Commissioner Michael Newkirk made a motion to approve the changes. The motion carried 4-0 with Commissioner Jackie Larson absent and with Commission Alternate Richard Becher filling in. The commission also unanimously approved a new awning for the Royal Manor Nursing Home on Business Parkway.

Erwin said that the nursing home wanted to add an awning on the north entrance to provide shelter for patients. “It’s so if they bring patients in when waiting, they don’t get wet,” he said. The color, he said, would be a dark hunter green. “That is consistent with other awnings and other roofs in the industrial park,” Erwin noted. Newkirk said he likes the style of the awning. “It’s a little more commercial,” he said. Lange asked about the material to be used in the vertical posts. Erwin said it would be galvanized steel painted hunter green to match. Becher wanted to know where the awning would be attached, and Erwin noted that it would come off the building. “It will be attached to the building wall over the door,” he said. The board voted 4-0 to approve the awning.

Chamber scholarship winners with program sponsors at Monday’s luncheon in RPB. PHOTO BY RON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER

‘Dog’s Day At The Spa’ April 22 At Dog Park Dog lovers can spoil their pampered pooches and support a good cause Sunday, April 22 as the Courtyard Animal Hospital hosts its “Dog’s Day at the Spa” charity event at the Wellington Dog Park on Greenbriar Blvd. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., four-

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continued from page 3 close to balancing its budget while not affecting classrooms or the integrity of academic programs. He noted that the district offers 174 choice programs and career academies. “Almost 50 percent of our high school students, which makes up about 25,000 students, are enrolled in these career academies,” he said, explaining that he considers it important that the career academies mesh closely with local businesses so that graduating seniors have

legged friends can enjoy a bath for $5 and microchipping for $15 while owners can check out training demonstrations, raffles, canine rescue groups, local artist Jan Levy’s “bark art” and other vendors offering dog-friendly products.

Proceeds will benefit the dog park, and rescue groups will also gladly accept donations. The Wellington Dog Park is located at 2975 Greenbriar Blvd. For more information about this “barktacular” event, call Courtyard Animal Hospital at (561) 784-7387.

skill sets that match the job market. Gent noted that last week the district was named one of four semifinalists for a grant from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. “This is one of the largest monetary awards for any of the school districts in the country, and we’re one of the four semifinalists for this award,” he said. “We were able to get this award and be recognized for this because of the performance of our students, the improvements of our students, but also closing the achievement of minority students, particularly of African-American and Hispanic students.” The district did not apply for the

award, Gent stressed. “They find you,” he said. “Of the 75 urban districts in the country, they come in and look at the criteria, and look at the FCATs and AP and SAT, every acronym you can think of, to see if we are truly benefiting all our students, not just the highenders, but the other students that are just struggling along.” He said that in October he will go to New York with other finalists for the award presentation. “What makes this more special is that for the last three years, the person who has given that award out has been the secretary of state,” he said. “It’s a very prestigious award, something that we’re very proud of.”

OBITUARY

Gwendolyn Rose Dies At Age 78 Gwendolyn Rose passed away Tuesday, April 10 at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton. She was 78. She was predeceased by her husband Cecil Rose, two brothers, Alvis Wilson and Adrian Wilson, and a sister, Lori Wilson. Survivors include her sister Linda Wright; brother Winston Wilson; 10 chil-

dren: Horace Brown, Donavan Bowen (Helen Bowen), Ian Bowen, Michael Rose (Carolyn Rose), Derrick Rose (Pearlette Rose), Christopher Rose (Novelette Rose), Athea Rose, Ann Hayes, Paulette Chang Fatt (Wilson Chang Fatt) and Arlene Shaw; 26 grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren. Additionally she is

survived by many longtime friends, including Icilda Francis and Ms. Allen. Funeral service will be held Saturday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Royal Palm Covenant Church (660 Royal Palm Beach Blvd, Royal Palm Beach). Interment follows at Our Lady Queen Of Peace Cemetery.


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NEWS BRIEFS Benefit Car Wash This Sunday In Royal Palm LeaderCheer will hold its second annual car wash event Sunday, April 22 at the 7-Eleven across from Super Target in Royal Palm Beach. All money raised will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. Last year, LeaderCheer raised more than $650. This year’s goal is to get to $1,000 or more. For those who can’t get to the car wash but would like to donate, they can do so at https://support. woundedwarriorproject.org/individual-fundraising/leadercheer.

Iron Lion Fitness Grand Opening Weekend Iron Lion Fitness, a boutique fitness studio that offers personal training, indoor cycling, yoga and a weight management program, will celebrate its grand opening weekend April 20-22. The new fitness studio is equipped with state-of-the-art strength equipment as well as Re-

alRyder indoor cycling bikes. Real Ryder bikes transform the face of the traditional exercise bike and takes workouts to a whole new level- allowing you to steer, lean, turn and move side to side, constantly engaging the core muscle groups to burn more calories and get optimal results. These “rydes” burn 30 percent more calories per session compared to conventional indoor spin bikes. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Friday, April 20 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and Iron Lion Fitness will have a space at the Grand Court in the Mall at Wellington Green on Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be free RealRyder cycle classes Sunday, April 22. Iron Lion Fitness is located at 10660 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 160, just outside the Mall at Wellington Green. For more information, call (561) 204-5466, e-mail wellington@ironlionfit.com, or visit www.ironlionfit.com.

Next LGLA Meeting April 26 The Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association will meet Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at Palms West Presbyterian Church

(13689 Okeechobee Blvd., Loxahatchee Groves). The meeting will feature a presentation by Wind Capital Group. Project Development Director Robin Saiz will discuss the Sugarland Wind Project, which will be located in western Palm Beach County. Some of the topics to be discussed include identifying the geography and location of the project, the environmental research and analysis involved in the development process, and the timeline and governmental approval process that needs to be followed. Saiz has also been asked to explain the key benefits and impacts the project will have on Palm Beach County. For more information, call LGLA President Marge Herzog at (561) 791-9875.

Stamp Out Hunger In PBC On May 12 On Saturday, May 12, Feeding South Florida (formerly the Daily Bread Food Bank) will join letter carriers and Palm Beach County residents to fight hunger in South Florida with the 20th annual Stamp

Out Hunger, the nation’s largest one-day food drive. To participate in Stamp Out Hunger, postal service customers in Palm Beach County will simply place a bag of non-perishable food by their mailboxes, which letter carriers will pick up during mail delivery. Stamp Out Hunger is conducted by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) in cooperation with the U.S. Postal Service. Letter carriers in more than 10,000 communities across America will pick up donated food items when they service their postal routes May 12. Suggested donations include canned meats such as tuna, salmon, chicken, turkey and ham; canned chunky soups and stews; canned beans, fruits and vegetables; new, unopened plastic containers of peanut butter and jelly; and dry goods such as cereal, rice and coffee. After they are collected, the items will be delivered to Feeding South Florida’s satellite facility at the Palm Beach Post, where they will be sorted and distributed to food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe coun-

ties. The food will provide nourishment for families, children, the elderly, people with disabilities, veterans and the homeless population, some of whom represent the newly unemployed. Residents can also help on the day of the event by volunteering to sort food collected by the letter carriers. Volunteers are needed for afternoon and evening shifts, and must be at least 16 years of age. To volunteer, contact Feeding South Florida volunteer coordinator Leroy Green at (954) 518-1863 or lgreen@feedingsouthflorida. org. For more info., visit www.help stampouthunger.com or www. facebook.com/stampouthunger, and follow the drive at www. twitter.com/stampouthunger.

St. Peter’s CEC Spring Fair This Saturday The St. Peter’s United Methodist Church Child Enrichment Center will hold its Spring Fair 2012 on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature entertainment, a silent auction, bake sale

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games, bounce houses, a rockclimbing wall, bungee jump and more. There will also be a charity art show to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Wristbands are on pre-sale for $15 through Friday in the school office and will cost $20 at the door. Wristbands include all activities; individual tickets will also be available. St. Peter’s CEC is located at 12200 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. For more info., visit www. stpeters-umc.org call (561) 7983286.

St. David’s Fashion Show The Episcopal Church Women of St. David’s-in-the-Pines in Wellington are inviting the public to their Spring Fashion Show & Luncheon on Saturday, May 12 at noon at the Madison Green Golf Club in Royal Palm Beach. Fashions will be provided by Bealls. There will be two entries to choose from: stuffed chicken breast or churrasco steak. Tickets cost $35 per person. To RSVP, call Jean at (561) 7842596. All proceeds will be used to support the outreach program at the church.

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WELLINGTON DINING ESTABLISHMENTS OFFER THEIR BEST AT ‘FLAVORS 2012’ The Wellington Chamber of Commerce presented Flavors of Wellington 2012 on Friday, April 13 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Leading area restaurants and country clubs offered samples of their dishes to guests. The winners are as follows: Best Taste, the Wanderers Club; Best Display, Johnson’s Custom Cakes and More; Best Dessert, BannaStrow’s; and Best Plate, Binks Forest Golf Club. VISIT WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM TO SEE MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS EVENT PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Wellington Chamber President Alec Domb, with Chef Tam Ha of Best Taste winner Wanderer s Club and sponsor Michael Stone of Equestrian Sport Productions.

Alec Domb and Michael Stone with Best Plate winner Capt. A.J. Jobe of the Binks Forest Golf Club.

Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grille owners C.J., Casey and Jane McLaughlin.

Alice B. Tookus Baking Co. owners Sandy Axelrod and Ilene Adams.

Dr. Carmine Priore, Alec Domb, Carlos Herrera of Best Dessert winner BannaStrow’s and Michael Stone.

Whole Foods Market Chef Joe Colavido, Amanda Fernandez, Sherri Mraz and Lauren Belinsky.

Neil Hirsch, Alexis and Wellington Councilman Matt Willhite, and Laurie and Irwin Cohen.

Wellington Councilman John Greene and his wife Dana with Tom Wenham.

The team from Generations: A Hair Salon.


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GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB HOSTS INTERNATIONAL GAY POLO TOURNAMENT The third annual International Gay Polo Tournament was held Saturday, April 14 at Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington. Team Gamma Mu topped Polo Gear/Palm Beach Rox 6-5 in the championship match. Afterward, the Wellington Rotary Club sponsored an after-party at Graffito South Scratch Italian Cooking restaurant. Guests enjoyed food, drink, dancing and a live auction. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

Gamma Mu celebrates the team’s victory.

Members of the “RMS Titanic” tent won best overall tailgate.

(Front row) Roger Hendrix, Shara Esposito, Gary Carlin and Tony Lualdi; (back row) Troy Mills, Jeff Ma yer and Jimmy McNeil.

Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis and Councilman John Greene with the first- and second- place teams.

Nadine Peacock, Larry Kemp, Wellington Rotary Club President Karen Hardin, Irmgard Lee and Rommy Revson.

Dan Haynia, Jack Hoffman and Mason Phelps enjoy the evening.

Honorar y Gay Polo Tournament chair s Marc and Melissa Ganzi, who hosted the event at their Grand Champions Polo Club

Tim Dwyer, Deirdre Radler, Matt Roberts, Bill McMullin, Chuck Mayer and Sandy Ferrell.

(Front row) Bruce and Andrew Bailey, Rachel Bridge and Stan Kilbas; (back row) Randy and Leslie Pfeiffer, and Phyllis and Barr y Manning.


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Wellington’s Polo Season Culminates In U.S. Open Final April 22 It was an exciting day at the International Polo Club Palm Beach Sunday, April 15 as the Nespresso 108th U.S. Open Polo Championship quarterfinals brought fans one step closer to a champion. The

Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis and Aaron Carter.

final of four quarterfinal matches took place on Piaget Field at 4 p.m. with Coca-Cola going head to head with Zacara, with Zacara coming out ahead 13-7. The featured match was kicked off by pop star Aaron Carter singing the national anthem and tossing the coin. Alongside him was newly elected Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis. Zacara proved to be tough to beat early in the match with team member Facundo Pieres scoring a total of 10 goals as Coca-Cola struggled through two scoreless chukkers. Zacara’s Magoo Laprida kicked things off by scoring the first goal from the field, followed by a pair of goals from Pieres. Coca-Cola’s Hilario Ulloa scored for his team with just a minute left of play in the first chukker, leaving Coca-Cola trailing 3-1. Zacara’s defense was tough in the second chukker, putting them ahead by two goals. It wasn’t until just before the half that Coca-Cola’s Julio Arellano and Ulloa scored to make it 7-3 Zacara at halftime.

The featured match April 15 was an exciting U.S. Open semifinal game between Coca-Cola and Zacara, won by Zacara 1 3-7.

The D’Amelio family and friends had the Las Vegas–themed winning tailgate. PHOTOS COURTESY LILA PHOTO

Coca-Cola came back with a vengeance in the fourth chukker, scoring three times in the first three minutes and allowing only one goal for Zacara. But another scoreless chukker for Coca-Cola in the fifth kept them behind, losing to Zacara 13-7. Zacara faced off against ERG in semifinals play at 4 p.m. on

Wednesday, April 18 following a 2 p.m. semifinals matchup of Lechuza and Valiente I. Scores were not available by press time. The Nespresso 108th U.S. Open Polo Championship finals will take place Sunday, April 22 at 4 p.m. at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler will be of-

ficiating the coin toss. With seven state-of-the-art polo fields, a stunning newly renovated pavilion and a variety of entertainment, IPC is the place to see and be seen every Sunday. Whether it’s enjoying a glass of champagne, the spectacular fieldside brunch, or partaking in reserved lawn seating, Wellington

Kids Zone or general admission seating, IPC has something to offer every level of spectator. For season information and tickets, visit www.international poloclub.com. Find IPC on Facebook, follow on Twitter @SundayPolo or visit www.ipcscoreboard. com for up-to-date scores, schedules, rosters and all other polo info.

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NCOGNITO FITNESS HOSTS CENTRAL PALM BEACH COUNTY CHAMBER MIXER The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce held a mixer Thursday, April 12 at Ncognito Fitness in Royal Palm Beach. Members enjoyed refreshments and welcomed new members New York Life Insurance Com pany and White Gloves Office Cleaning Services into the chamber. For more info., visit www.cpbchamber.com. Ncognito Fitness is located at 420 State Road 7, Suite 174, in PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER Royal P alm Beach. For more info., visit www.ncognito.co or call (561) 389-5635.

Ribbon cuttings are held for New York Life Insurance Company (above) and White Gloves Office Cleaning Services (below).

Ncognito Fitness owners Marcus and Nicole Nisbett accept a certificate of appreciation from the chamber.

Jessica Clasby, Nicole Nisbett, Ebonie Snow and Lynn Smith.

Elio Ricciardi, Nick Fortin and Ovide Casseus.


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PBC TEA PARTY HOSTS ‘TAX DAY TEA PARTY’ AT WELLINGTON AMPHITHEATER The Palm Beach County Tea Party held its “Tax Day Tea Party” on Sunday, April 15 at the Wellington Amphitheater. The day featured political speakers, live music, food and children’s activities. For more info., visit www.palmbeachcountyteaparty.org. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Palm Beach County Tea Party founders at the event.

Fox News analyst Dick Morris with state representatives Mark Pafford (D-District 88) and Pat Rooney (R-District 83).

Palm Beach County Republican Party Chairman Sid Dinerstein with author Michael Solomon.

Junior Freedom Fighters Rileigh and Keelie Hanley address the audience.

Wellington Councilwoman Anne Gerwig, Congressman Allen West and Royal Palm Beach Councilwoman Martha Webster.

CREDO Action members demonstrate against Congressman Allen West at the event.


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Seminole Ridge Hawk Battalion Holds Military Ball At Binks Forest The Seminole Ridge High School Army JROTC Hawk Battalion hosted its third annual Military Ball the evening of April 7 at the Binks Forest Golf Club in Wellington. The ball is a tradition carried over from the British and American military for the purpose of building unity and friendship within the battalion, and it provides cadets with both a fun evening and an opportunity to learn about military customs. The Hawk Battalion was also proud to have in attendance guest speaker Congressman Allen West

(R-District 22), who shared words of wisdom gathered from his own time in high school JROTC and his 26 years in the U.S. Army. After the formal portion of the ceremony, cadets were free to dance and meet the congressman. “The evening was an enjoyable event and will be remembered by all who attended,” JROTC instructor Lt. Col. Hans Hunt said. (Right) Hawk Battalion members with Congressman Allen West (back, center); (far right) Kimberly Engle is honored by the Hawk Battalion saber arch.

King’s Academy Second-Graders Tour Celebration Cruise Ship

TKA students try on life vests.

The students gather with the ship’s crew.

Elbridge Gale Kindergarten Roundup May 1 Elbridge Gale Elementary School will host its kindergarten roundup Tuesday, May 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. If you are the parent of an incoming kindergarten student who will be coming to Elbridge Gale Elementary School in August, it’s time to schedule a physical and update immunizations. The school

will be handing out kindergarten registration packets at this time. There will be a presentation beginning promptly at 6 p.m. by Principal Gail Pasterczyk and Assistant Principal Heather Alfonso. Pasterczyk will introduce the kindergarten teachers and staff. Elbridge Gale teachers will speak about

some of the exciting things the school will be doing next school year. Parents can find out additional information regarding the duallanguage program and gifted program as well. School-aged childcare information will be available for anyone interested in enrolling their child

in the school’s aftercare program. Uniform shirts will be available to purchase for $20 each or two for $30 for polo shirts, and T-shirts will also be on sale for $10 each (cash only). For more information, call the Elbridge Gale Elementary School main office at (561) 4229300.

Elementary Math & Science Fair May 8-10 The Palm Beach County Elementary Mathematics and Science Fair will take place May 8-10 at Expo Center West at the South Florida Fairgrounds. The event is an opportunity for all kindergarten through fifthgrade students to showcase their critical thinking and scientific

problem-solving abilities with other students and the general public. “The projects provide a foundation for the students’ education because they incorporate the skills and disciplines necessary for future success in higher-level math and science courses,” said Chad

Phillips, elementary science program planner. Individual awards are given for projects from many of the fields of mathematical or scientific explorations including aviation, physical science and going green. All K-5 teachers, students, par-

ents and community volunteers are welcome to attend. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, May 8 and 9, and 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, May 10. For more information, contact Phillips at (561) 357-1132 or chad. phillips@palmbeachschools.org.

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Second-grade students from the King’s Academy recently experienced a unique tour of the Celebration Bahamas cruise ship and learned about the operations of a large ship. Students toured the bridge and ship’s hospital, took pictures with the captain, met the crew and took turns seeing how quickly they could don life vests. They were quite amazed to find a large swimming pool on the ship and would have loved to jump in, but settled for pool-side photos instead. Students enjoyed a delicious lunch as the chef demonstrated his carving skills by shaping faces and

animals into fruit. Students were presented personalized gold name badges and power bands, and when they were ready to leave, they were treated to ice cream cones. The King’s Academy serves students and their families across Palm Beach and Hendry counties at its main campus at Belvedere Road and Sansbury’s Way in West Palm Beach, its Clewiston campus on Caribbean Avenue and its satellite preschool campuses in Greenacres, Palm Beach Gardens and Royal Palm Beach. More information is available online at www.tka.net.

Tickets On Sale For WHS Project Graduation Party Members of the 2012 Wellington High School graduating class who wish to attend the 2012 Project Graduation party may purchase individual tickets for $10 during lunch breaks at the high school. Tickets are available on the following dates: April 25, 26 and 27, and May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11. The all-night party, which will take place Monday, May 21 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., will include games (inflatables and casino), DJ, great food, hypnotist show and lots of prizes. Anyone who purchases a ticket will receive a complimentary Project Graduation T-shirt. A signed Project Graduation

waiver must be submitted at the time of ticket purchase. Waivers will be posted on Edline and will also be available in the school’s main office. The Project Graduation 2012 Booster Club is looking for volunteers to assist in various capacities during the party Monday, May 21 at Wellington Village Park on Pierson Road. Volunteers are needed from 8:30 p.m. Monday until 5 a.m. Tuesday. Shifts are available throughout the night. For more information, or to register as a volunteer, contact Jeannette Parssi via e-mail at jpparssi@yahoo.com, or visit WHS Project Graduation 2012 on Facebook.


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Society Of The Four Arts Hosts Successful Contemporaries Gala The Four Arts’ Contemporaries Gala was held recently in the Four Arts Hulitar Sculpture Gardens in Palm Beach. With an entertaining Studio 54 theme, the Feb. 24 event drew more than 500 sequin-clad supporters, who were greeted by a stern “bouncer,” ensuring that only guests who were on the list would have a chance to enter. After stroll-

ing down the red carpet with flashbulbs popping on either side, guests were greeted by models from Grey Goose who presented them with a “Discotini,” a custom recipe using the brand’s La Poire Vodka that was developed for the occasion. This highly anticipated event was organized by event chairs Binkie Orthwein, Sara Groff and

‘MATZAH MAN’ VISITS TBZ RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

Students at the Temple Beth Zion Religious School in Royal Palm Beach were visited by the “Matzah Man” Sunday, April 1. The children got to learn the story of Passover as they made their own matzah. Rabbi Mendy Muskal of Chabad of Wellington brought his matzah bakery to Temple Beth Zion, and children and adults alike enjoyed making matzah. Shown above (left and right) are the students making matzah.

Mary Baker and benefited the Four Arts’ restoration of the Dixon Education Building. Following cocktail hour and dinner, high-energy dance band the Right On Band performed and got hundreds out on the dance floor. Before leaving in the early morning hours, guests were given canvas totes from Sabadell Bank & Trust packed with goodies from Godiva Chocolates, House of Lavande, Tammy Fender, the Gardens Mall and many others, as well as a custom-designed Studio 54 piece from Sequin. Grey Goose helped ensure the party spirit lived on by sending each attendee home with a limited-edition cocktail shaker and instructions on how to recreate the Grey Goose Discotini experience at home. The Four Arts Contemporaries was begun in 2009 to encourage the appreciation of art, music, drama and literature among the young supporters of the Society of the Four Arts. The group holds events each month from October until May. Membership is by invitation only. The Society of the Four Arts is located in Palm Beach. Each season, from November until April, the Four Arts presents art exhibitions, concerts, films, lectures, children’s programs and more to the community. The Four Arts maintains a library and children’s library, as well as botanical and sculpture gardens. For more information, visit www.fourarts.org.

Scott and Ashley Harcourt, Marley Goodman, Ali Solimine and Kris Kampsen.

Event chairs Binkie Orthwein, Mary Baker and Sarah Groff.

Robin and Noberto Azqueta.

Party guests enjoy the evening at the Four Arts gala. IMAGES COURTESY LUCIEN CAPEHART PHOTOGRAPHY


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Habitat For Humanity Palm Beach County Golf Classic A Success Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County recently hosted its fifth annual “Home in One” Golf Classic at Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club. Thirty-two teams of golfers teed up on the Old Trail Fazio Course to help raise more than $65,000 for a new tournament record. Upon checking in, each team received a foursome at another golf course and a goodie bag with essentials, including a dozen golf balls, a large golf towel and a set of Tervis Tumblers. Golfers were treated to a full buffet lunch prior to teeing off and samples of Tito’s Vodka on the course. A cocktail reception followed the tournament

where golfers, Habitat for Humanity staff, and tournament volunteers enjoyed the rest of the evening. “In addition to raising funds to help deserving families in need, today’s event laid the foundation for several strong donor relationships that Habitat and deserving families will benefit from for years to come,” tournament director Brad Neider said. “The Home in One Golf Classic is now on the map because of the hard work, dedication and commitment of the great people who made it happen.” Sponsors for the fifth annual “Home in One” Golf Classic included Maroone Cadillac, United

SENIORS CELEBRATE SPRING FLING IN RPB

A “Spring Fling” party was held recently at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. Local musician Rick Nelson entertained the seniors, and there was a decorated hat contest, with approximately 15 seniors using fake and real flowers to design their spring bonnets. Pictured here are the winners (above) and other contestants (below).

States Sugar Corporation, the Rendina Companies and Maschmeyer Concrete. Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County is now preparing for its third annual Summer Slam Tennis Invitational on Saturday, April 28 in Palm Beach Gardens. Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit organization. It partners with families in need to build affordable homes together. Each Habitat partner family is required to invest a minimum of 500 sweat equity hours of their own labor into the construction of homes before being eligible to purchase

their home utilizing a 30-year, noprofit, no-interest loan. Habitat for Humanity is primarily a volunteer organization that covers a geographical area from Hypoluxo Road to the Martin County line; building homes in Lake Worth, Greenacres, Westgate, West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach and Jupiter. Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County was founded in 1986 by J.B. Bramuchi, a retired general contractor. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, call (561) 253-2080 or visit the organization’s web site at www.habitatpbc.org.

The winning team, sponsored by FineMark National Bank and Trust: Nick Chillemi, Mike Roscoe, Eric Wea ver and Charlie Asheim.

Steinback Named Ombudsman Of The Year Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program has announced Rita Steinback as the Palm Beach Council’s “Ombudsman of the Year,” serving Palm Beach County. Ombudsmen volunteers receive this award by demonstrating exceptional efforts, going above and beyond the call of duty, in advocating for long-term care facility residents living in nursing homes, adult family-care homes and assisted-living facilities. Ombudsmen volunteers from the program’s 18 councils located throughout Florida protect the health, safety, welfare and rights

of Florida’s most vulnerable population. These advocates spend hundreds of hours working to make sure the voices of elderly residents are heard and respected. Through their daily activities conducting annual assessments, investigating complaints, meeting with residents to resolve issues, supporting resident and family councils, and providing training to residents, consumers and facility staff, these ombudsmen volunteers provide a noteworthy example of selflessness and public service. Just this past year, Steinback has given over 100 hours in vol-

unteer work serving on the Palm Beach Ombudsman Council. Her outstanding service is evident in her work and dedication to longterm care residents and has proven to be an invaluable asset to her fellow council members. “Rita always displays a positive attitude,” Palm Beach County District Manager Jo-Ann Quiles said. “She is an amazing mentor and inspiration to her fellow ombudsmen.” The Palm Beach Council honored Steinback at its council meeting on April 16. For more information, call (888) 831-0404 or visit http://ombudsman.myflorida.com.

Dennis Campbell Graduates U.S. Army National Guard Training

tice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field-training exercises. Campbell is the son of Jillian Campbell of Royal Palm Beach. He is a 2005 graduate of School for Integrated Academics and Technologies located in Homestead.

and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate’s degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force. Reyes is the son of Norma Reyes of West Palm Beach and Roger Reyes of Weston. He is a 2003 graduate of Royal Palm Beach High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2008 from Southeastern University in Lakeland.

Army National Guard Pvt. Dennis Campbell has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, Campbell studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, the military jus-

Rogelio Reyes Completes Air Force Training Air Force Airman 1st Class Rogelio Reyes IV graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Reyes completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline

Seniors To Receive RPB Scholarships The Royal Palm Beach Educa-

Rita Steinback tion Advisory Board Scholarship Committee has announced its selection of the six resident graduating seniors to receive the 2011-12 Village of Royal Palm Beach college scholarships. The winners are Genevieve M. Banaag (Royal Palm Beach High School), Talershea Messam (Royal Palm Beach High School), Mary Catherine Briones Ramirez (Royal Palm Beach High School), Neil Decenteceo (Suncoast High School), Heather Klotz (Berean Christian School) and Michael Walter Rohr (Wellington Christian School). The Royal Palm Beach Village Council will present a $1,000 scholarship award to each of these six graduating seniors at its council meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 17.

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Young Singers Preparing For Spring Concert May 12 At Kravis By Jessica Gregoire Town-Crier Staff Report Youthful voices are preparing to sing joyfully in harmony as part of the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches’ annual spring concert. This year’s concert, “The Melody Within,” will be on Saturday, May 12 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. The singers are a multicultural mix of children from all over the county, who are given the lifechanging opportunity to show the community their vocal talents. The Young Singers of the Palm Beaches has been enriching the lives of young people for the past nine years. “It was started by several educators in the county because of the concern about budget cuts in school music programs,” Executive Director Beth Clark said. Connie Drosakis, Shawn Berry and Michael Yannette, who are still with the organization today, are the three musical educators who founded the group in order to enhance the lives of talented, young vocalists. The organization has grown significantly because of its all-in-

clusive approach, Clark said. “We wanted to have a community choir program that would have children from all races, religions and economic backgrounds, something completely open to everyone in our community, and teach the highest level of musicianship,” she said. The Young Singers of the Palm Beaches started out small, with 79 students from grades three through 12. “I even remember the first audition we had; only 23 people showed up,” Clark said. Auditions are now conducted at the Kravis Center in downtown West Palm Beach, which was a monumental move for the organization because it immediately increased the number of people showing up for auditions. “We have grown now over the years to include six choirs and nine employees, and we have toured nationally and internationally,” Clark said. Young Singers of the Palm Beaches presently has 300 singers, who come from 90 different public, private and home schooleducated groups throughout Palm Beach County. “We are close to

Young Singers of the Palm Beaches Executive Director Beth Clark and Board Member Brian Hanley.

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continued from page 1 importance. The school is known for its many community service projects. Bradshaw has spent more than three decades focusing on children and health issues. She has been a member of the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches for

more than 25 years, including service on the board of directors and as president, and has served the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County since the 1980s as president, event chair and a member of the board of directors and advisory board, where she serves currently. She has also helped raise money for Junior Achievement, the American Cancer Society and more. Barron is managing partner of her certified public accountant

Winner Wendy Soderman with Pattie Light and Maureen Gross.

maxed out at 300, but we have a waiting list,” Clark said. “And we have some people graduating at the end of the year, so there will be some openings.” As one of the largest publicly financed arts organizations in the county, Young Singers of the Palm Beaches has become an integral part of the community. “It is seen as a real cultural gem here in Palm Beach County,” Clark said. It is an extremely competitive process to get into the choir. With intense narrowing down, a select few students are chosen to participate in the choir each year. The singers receive an array of training in vocal techniques such as breathing, posture, diction, vowel articulation, sight singing and musical reading. They also learn about the history of music. Most important, though, the children develop lifelong skills that they will carry into their everyday lives. Some of these skills include confidence, problemsolving, team-building and allaround social and mental growth. “A lot of our kids are in vocal performance at school, but they are not in just that; they are in many other areas like political science and education,” Clark said. “They are in things that will make a difference in the world, and we feel as if we helped shape them.” Board Member Brian Hanley, the parent of a Young Singers student, has personally seen the impact the organization has had on his family. “It really is one big family,” he said. “We all feel close together, and the kids always hang out together and remain good friends.” The group brings together likeminded children from all walks of life. “Everybody in the program has the same goals, and it’s a group of 300 good kids,” he said. Hanley enjoys helping the students any way he can. “These children are going to be tomorrow’s leaders, mothers and fathers, and we want to plant a seed in them,” he said. Over the years, singers who have graduated have gone on to some of the best schools in the country. “We have kids now who are in colleges throughout the United States,” Clark said. “They are in

Juilliard, Fordham, Rollins, the University of Michigan, Florida State University, and they are doing very, very well.” Young Singers of the Palm Beaches has performances throughout the year, ranging from local volunteer-related events to major concerts at the Kravis Center. “The Melody Within” will feature several choirs. These choir groups include Da Capo and Treble Choir for beginners from grades three to six; Intermezzo for grades six and seven; Bel Canto and Treble Voices for grades seven to 12; Cantate for young ladies in grades seven to 12; the Men’s Chorus for grades seven to 12; Ensemble, open to singers in grades seven to 12 by audition only; and the Concert Choir, which is a combination of Cantate, Men’s Chorus and Ensemble. “First, we will be starting with our mass number of all 300 children singing ‘The Melody Within’ as our choral piece in standard uniform,” Clark said. “After that, each choir group will perform two or three songs, and all of the choirs at the end will be doing a ‘Salute to the Armed Forces’ medley.” Each performance will be different and energetic, with a combination of musical theater-style performances and stand-up choral arrangements. “We add a lot of entertainment to it with costumes and props,” Clark said. “Many of the parents have even helped put the props together.”

firm. When it is not tax season, Barron dives into community projects. She has volunteered for the Boys & Girls Club of Wellington for more than 10 years, including on its board of directors and gala committees. She has also been active with the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society, for which she chaired the 2008 Diamond Derby Gala at Breakers West. Other Stiletto Award nominees

were Whitney Buchanan of the Binks Forest Golf Club in Corporate; Pamela Henderson of the Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center in Non-Profit/Education; Indian Trail Improvement District President Michelle Damone in Government; and Karen Alleyne-Means of HERLIFE Magazine, Dr. Monique Barbour of Clear Vue Eye Center, attorney Hilda M. Porro, Martha Reyes of Havana Restaurant and Pam Trioli of First Impressions Creative Services in Entrepreneur.

Young Singers of the Palm Beaches during last year’s concert. PHOTO COURTESY DAVID RANDELL

Winner Joanne Stanley with Mary Lou Bedford. PHOTOS BY RON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER

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continued from page 1 the report, Schofield said he agreed with most of them. He said that Wellington conducted its own audit, which finished in January, and that he has already implemented several changes. “We put in some additional controls,” he said. “The audit also identifies $496 worth of spending that didn’t meet our policies. Of that, we caught $391 before we even walked in for an audit.” However, Schofield disagreed with some of the findings. “I disagree that we shouldn’t send flowers to a funeral of an employee’s family member,” he said. “I disagree that we shouldn’t buy water and coffee for our employees. But I’m perfectly willing to put that policy in front of my elected officials.” As for lunch meetings, Schofield said it was often the only time he could meet with council members.

“If they feel that buying lunch for council members serves no public purpose, then let them make that decision,” he said. “That is a practice that has been going on since before incorporation.” Schofield noted that some of the issue stems from common practices that hadn’t been looked at in several years. “Some of these policies hadn’t been evaluated in two to four years; some of them hadn’t been evaluated in 15 to 16 years,” he said. “Clearly, what has come out of this, is that we need a review schedule for our policies.” Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis, who said that he was the one who asked the inspector general to review the use of purchase cards, said he still has concerns with the findings. “It concerns me that 43 percent of the items looked at did not have a clear public purpose,” he said. “Is it good public policy to buy a retirement watch on public money? Is it a good idea to pay for birthday parties and retirement parties? I don’t think so. It’s not my money. It’s residents’ money.” Margolis said he asked the Inspector General’s Office to review

the card purchases because he thought some of the policies needed review. “It wasn’t that I wanted to play the ‘gotcha’ game,” he said. “It was something I thought might not have been illegal but was bad public policy. The only way to get it out as a resident was to go to [Steckler’s office] because I knew she had an auditing arm.” Margolis said he was not opposed to Wellington providing coffee and water for its employees, providing staff with lunch during training or sending expressions of sympathy at the death of a family member. He said that he was concerned about whether it was official policy. “It was a way to open our eyes,” he said. “There had never been an avenue before to bring this forward. If we had a policy in place that anyone who retires from the village gets a gift, I would be OK with that.” But he was concerned with Wellington buying lunch for the Wellington Seniors Club. “The village gives the Wellington Seniors Club $51,000 each year,” Margolis said. “Apparently, for a long time, we have been paying for their lunches and the

board of directors’ lunches. That’s thousands of dollars.” Another concern he had was that the audit said Wellington couldn’t provide receipts for 171 transactions. Schofield noted, however, that the report shows Wellington provided other documentation, such as rosters or menus. “When they requested additional documentation, we went back and got it,” he said. But Margolis said he felt Wellington should have been able to provide the receipts. “I’m coming from an environment where I had to provide specific receipts for my purchases,” he said. “It’s especially important for a government that prides itself on having won awards for its transparency.” Margolis said he has asked for a workshop to address the issues with the council and residents. “My goal is not only to review the report but review the reasons the report was made in the first place,” he said. “My understanding is that previous council members didn’t review credit card purchases, and they should have.” Ultimately, Margolis said he thinks the audit was a positive

Hanley is hoping that spectators will be as blown away, as he was the first time he saw the Young Singers perform. “It’s more than a concert,” he said.

For more information, visit www. youngsingers.org or call (561) 6592332. Tickets are on sale online, at www.kravis.org.

Women’s Club Spring Fundraiser May 6 The Women of the Western Communities will host its spring fundraiser “A Day at the Derby” on Sunday, May 6 at 11 a.m. at the Wanderers Club (1900 Aero Club Drive, Wellington). Members and guests will enjoy a fabulous brunch, Chinese and silent auctions with a wide array of items, and many Kentucky Derby– related surprises and events including a hat contest. Proceeds from the event will support the club’s two main causes: the Mary Rubloff YWCA Harmony House and college scholarships for area high school seniors. The guest fee is $40. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Mair Armand at mair@wwc-fl.com or (561) 635-0011.

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continued from page 1 dents commit to volunteering two days each week for eight hours (four hours each day) for nine weeks. Degler said that students with planned vacations shouldn’t be discouraged from applying. “We will sit down and talk with students in May about their schedules,” he said. “If they already have a scheduled vacation preset, we will work with students.” Degler said that when students apply, they will be assigned to a department to help with various projects. Though there is no guarantee that they’ll be placed according to their interest, he said that Wellington will try to match students with areas they are interested in. “There is an area on the application for students to tell us their knowledge and their interests,” he

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said. “We’ll try to assign them project-based duties based on that.” Departments and projects may vary, but students will gain invaluable experience and insight into local government through the program. Additionally, Wellington will be looking to the students for input. “We want to get ideas from them of how to make Wellington a great hometown and how we can engage other youth in the community,” Degler said. “We want to get our youth involved in the community and give them a way to earn community service hours.” Applications can be picked up at the Wellington municipal complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.), Village Park (11700 Pierson Road), the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) and the Safe Neighborhoods Office (1100 Wellington Trace). For more information, contact Degler at (561) 753-2587 or cdegler @wellingtonfl.gov.

continued from page 1 chmann, for a more in-depth presentation to the council. Councilman Ron Jarriel agreed that amendments to the comp plan are needed. Councilman Tom Goltzené said he would favor a moratorium in order to give the town an opportunity to step back and address various issues in the comp plan that have arisen. He said he had become particularly concerned when staff had recommended approval of development plans such as the Day property, which they said were consistent with the comp plan but were ultimately voted down by the council. “I’m not in any way attempting to derail anything that’s in the works right now,” Goltzené said.

“I was not looking to do that in a moratorium, and I’m certainly looking to the council to assist in what we’re trying to rein in here… I think that what we want to do is get our comp plan consistent with what we as a council and what we as a town feel is appropriate.” Mayor Dave Browning said one of the things that he thought needs to be done is to reduce the allowable floor-area ratio for commercial development on Okeechobee Blvd., pointing out that currently it’s 10 percent on Southern Blvd., and that 5 percent would be more appropriate for Okeechobee Blvd. “You’d have more trees, more buffer, more area to separate,” Browning said. Kutney said all the floor-area ratios probably need to be reviewed. Liang made a motion for a sixmonth moratorium, not including existing projects that are underway. The motion carried unanimously.

experience for Wellington. “We’re going to be a better municipality because of it,” Margolis said. Schofield agreed that having an outside perspective was beneficial. “As well as you think you do your job, sometimes having someone take an outside look at it is a good idea,” he said. “Having some-

one put a different perspective on it will make us better operationally. Not because we’ve done anything wrong, but sometimes it’s easy to continue to do the same thing. This has gotten us to realize that maybe we have to look more frequently at our policies.” To find and review the entire 27page report, visit www.pbcgov. com/oig.

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continued from page 7 exactly what is drawn at this point.” State Rep. Mack Bernard (DDistrict 84) also announced that he has filed to run for one of the newly drawn State Senate seats. The new State Senate District 27 encompasses much of east-central Palm Beach County, including the majority of Bernard’s current State House district. While the proposed District 27 lines do not include Wellington or Royal Palm Beach, Bernard said the

League of Women Voters and the Democratic Party have filed models with the court that have portions of District 27 extending into parts of the western communities. Bernard was elected to the District 84 seat in 2009 and subsequently re-elected. He is a former city commissioner in Delray Beach. In the Florida Legislature, Bernard serves on the Redistricting Committee, the Health and Human Services Committee, the Business and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee, the Insurance and Banking Subcommittee, the Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee, the Civil Justice Subcommittee and the House Redistricting Subcommittee.


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JENNA MCCANN MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNEY HELD AT MADISON GREEN GOLF CLUB The sixth annual Jenna McCann Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit the Kids Cancer Foundation was held Friday, April 13 at the Madison Green Golf Club in Royal Palm Beach. Following the tournament, an awards reception was held, along with a silent auction and dinner. For more info., visit www.kidscancersf.org. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Volunteers Heather Murphy, Shereen Baal, Joanne Mathisen and Sara O’Boyle.

Executive Board Members Sandy Erb, Tom Leinwol, Michelle O’Boyle and Kelly Flora.

Jacob Erb and cancer survivor Ainsley Erb serve lunch to Richard Fulton and Roger Lemke.

James DeNitto, Marcus Nisbett and Todd Durand show their goodie bags.

Golf Event Chair Tom Lein wol with Ronnie Marx.

Ron and Linda Curcio, Frank Trischetta and Morley Alperstein.

IRON LION FITNESS HOSTS ‘RYDE-A-THON’ TO BENEFIT P.B. SCHOOL FOR AUTISM Participants raised $5,000 as part of the “Ryde-A-Thon for Autism” held Sunday, April 15 at Iron Lion Fitness Studio in Wellington. The event was a fundraiser for the One Piece at a Time campaign to raise funds for the Palm Beach School for Autism’s new facility. The upbeat event included music, food and a play area for children. For more info., visit www.pbfsa.org. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Palm Beach School for Autism mom and volunteer Nela Smith with teacher assistant Jennifer Widner.

School volunteer and mom Gen Lane with Iron Lion Fitness Studio co-founders Michael Bates and Seth Kaufmann.

Palm Beach School for Autism staff members participate in the Ryde-A-Thon.


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WELLINGTON GARDEN CLUB HOSTS ‘SECRET GARDENS OF WELLINGTON’ TOUR

The Wellington Garden Club presented “The Secre t Gardens of Wellington: A Garden Tour” on Saturday, April 14. Six local gardens were on the tour, each with its own special touches such as koi ponds and butterfly gardens. For more info., visit www.wellingtongardenclub.org. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Stormi Bivins, Linda Desanti and Joan Kaplan by golden shrimp plants.

Marty and Debbee Katz with planters they purchased.

Rare Fruit Council President Susan Lerner talks about sapodilla fruit with Jordan and Alisa Zecker and Darlene Raeppold.

Joan Kaplan and Garden Club President Susan Hillson.

Ruth Mansmith enjoys the garden tour.

Ingrid Taskin examines native plants.

Jayne Kiesewetter, Beverley Ginn, Connie Kellner and Rosemarie Schaefer give out sweets.

Wellington Ballet Theatre’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ May 5 The Wellington Ballet Theatre will present a free spring dance concert to the Wellington community Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater. With artistic direction by Wellington Idol 2012 judge Rocky Duvall, the company will showcase performances from the classical ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream and will feature a classical pas de deux performed by professional dancers Rome and Marina Saladino, with additional classical selections performed by the Wellington Ballet Theatre Dance Company and its young apprentice dancers. The ballet originally premiered in 1962 at the New York City Ballet and was George Balanchine’s first completely original full-length ballet, and starred Florida’s own Ed-

ward Villella in the role of Oberon. This Wellington production will celebrate the fairies of spring prancing about the stage with sparkling wings. It will be presented as highlights from the show, with choreography by Melissa Waters. Young children are invited and encouraged to attend. The dance concert will also feature classical ballet, modern contemporary and ballroom performances given by the Center Stage Dance Company, Momentum Dance Company, SD Productions and Dance All Night Ballroom. The Wellington Ballet Theatre is grateful to the following sponsors: the Village of Wellington, Dance Arts Conservatory, Arrigo Fiat of West Palm Beach and Sawgrass, Rejuvia Medspa, and Symons Family Chiropractic.

Two additional performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will feature classical pas de duex performances by Florida Classical Ballet Theater resident artists Rogelio Corrales and Lily Ojea. The additional shows will be held Sunday, May 6 at 3 and 6 p.m. at the Dance Arts Conservatory (11260 Fortune Circle, Suite J1, Wellington). Seating is limited. Tickets cost $15, and all proceeds are directly contributed to the not-for-profit organization. To purchase tickets, call (561) 296-1880. This summer, the Wellington Ballet Theatre will host a summer dance intensive for serious students from Aug. 6-17. The faculty will feature many of South Florida’s premier teachers including Sandra Goodnough, Rome Saladi-

FREE Events at the Wellington Amphitheater April 20th . . . . . 21st . . . . . 21st . . . . . 22nd . . . . 28th . . . . . 28th . . . . .

Movie: A Walk in the Clouds (PG – 13) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00PM Green Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8AM – 1PM Concert: Blues Brothers Soul Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00PM Earth Day Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4PM – 7PM Green Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8AM – 1PM Concert: Bobby Gugliuzza & WeHumanz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00PM

May 04th . . . . . Movie: Chronicle (PG-13) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00PM 05th. . . . . .A Midsummer Night’s Dream Ballet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00PM 09th. . . . . .Palm Beach Central Jazz Concert: No Time Like the Present . . . 8:00PM 12th. . . . . .Billy Joel Tribute Concert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00PM 18th. . . . . .Movie: Red Tails (PG-13) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00PM 19th. . . . . .WIRK Wing Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12PM – 5PM 20th. . . . . .Cop Cakes Cake-Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1PM – 5PM

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no, Fran Peters, Melissa Waters, Rocky and Dorie Duvall, and many more. The curriculum will be focused in ballet, pointe (with prepointe), contemporary, jazz, lyrical, modern, acro, technique and conditioning, yoga and much more. The dance intensive will be held at the Dance Arts Conservatory in Wellington. Space is limited. For more information, call (561) 2961880. Wellington Ballet Theatre is a performing company and school of ballet registered as a not-forprofit and charitable organization, dedicated to promoting and preserving the dance arts. It provides a cultural experience by dancing historical and classical ballets as well as original and innovative choreographies. The auditions, workshops, mas-

ter classes and dance demonstrations are open to all members of the dance community, providing an outlet for all students of artistic merit to express themselves and learn more about classical dance as a form of art. The company is currently in the process of receiving its 501(c)3 status. It has begun accepting charitable gifts and will provide tax-deductible receipts when it receives the status. The Wellington Ballet Theatre is also available for black-tie performance events and other fundraiser entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit www.wellingtonballettheatre.org or contact founder Rocky Duvall at info@wellingtonballettheatre. org or (561) 296-1880.

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Colin Kimball-Davis: Saddle Fitting To Gardening

Colin Kimball-Davis started out as a riding instructor, trainer and event rider, but fell into saddle fitting when he landed a job with Dover Saddlery. “I hadn’t planned on it, but it became my full-time occupation,” he said. Now he’s taken up a new career — gardening. And he wants your help. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 25

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Wellington Lacrosse Girls Fall To Jupiter 16-9

The Wellington High School girls varsity lacrosse team was bested by Jupiter 16-9 in a home game Thursday, April 12. The Wellington team celebrated their graduating seniors with a ceremony at halftime. Though the Lady Wolverines fought hard in the first half, they went into the second half down 7-5. Page 37

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Dogs are a par t of the family, and groomers at The Shaggy Dog understand that. Owner Anne Rondeau and her staff treat people’s beloved pets as their own. Located at 6685-A Lake Worth Road, just west of Jog Road in the Shoppes of Lake Worth, groomers at The Shaggy Dog have more than 20 years of experience and understand how to treat all animals. They groom all breeds of dogs and cats with all-natural products. Page 27

Sports Palm Beach Central Bronco Baseball Team Rolls Past Jupiter 3-1

The Palm Beach Central High School varsity baseball team defeated the visiting topranked Jupiter Warriors 3-1 on Friday, April 13 in a District 98A match-up that would ultimately decide the top seeds in the playoff picture. The Broncos topped Jupiter in what was a defensive battle. Page 37

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Colin Kimball-Davis: From Saddle Fitting To Gardening Colin Kimball-Davis is a snowbird who lives in Providence, R.I., most of the year and stays in a travel trailer in Loxahatchee Groves, on Collecting Canal Road, from December through April. Originally from southern England, he has been here in the United States for 30 years. He’s one of those people who can successfully turn his hand to almost anything. Kimball-Davis started out as a riding instructor, trainer and event rider, but when he came to the U.S., he originally settled near Dover Saddlery. “They were desperate for someone who could do saddle repairs and fittings,” he recalled. “I had learned to do that from a friend back in England, so I started working for them. I hadn’t planned on it, but it became my fulltime occupation.” Kimball-Davis explained that saddle fitting, making sure a saddle fits correctly, is a vital bit of riding that’s often overlooked. Saddles have to fit both horse and rider. “A saddle must fit a horse comfortably and properly for the horse to be able to perform at his best,” he explained. “A good saddle spreads the rider’s weight over the largest area of the weight-bearing portions of the horse’s back. You don’t want pressure on the spine or withers. It shouldn’t interfere with the shoulGet updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at twitter.com/ HorseTalkFL or stop by the Tales from the Trails page on Facebook and click “like.”

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg der blade in front, or sit too far back behind the 18th rib, where there’s no support and may hurt the horse’s kidneys.” There’s a lot to look for when properly fitting a saddle. “Because a horse’s size and conformation may change greatly, due to weight gain or loss, and training conditioning, saddle fit should be rechecked every six months or so,” Kimball-Davis said. “Most people only consider saddle fit when buying a new saddle or a new horse. I use a newer electronic Tekscan system, a saddle pad that actually creates a pressure map on a computer screen while someone’s riding. It highlights high areas of pressure in red, and low spots in blue, rather like a topographical map.” A good saddle will place the rider in a balanced position, neither tipped forward nor back. “Because male and female pelvises are different, some saddles now are built specifically for women,” he noted. “Schleese is a Canadian firm that makes high-end dressage saddles specifically for women. Some horses have lower withers and broader backs, and need

Colin Kimball-Davis with his new gardening venture. saddles with extra wide trees. These saddles can be adjusted for a more perfect fit, both for wideness and pommel height. Saddles with wool flocking in the panels, the main part of the underside that rest on the horse’s back, can be adjusted to form a perfect fit. Most

hunter/jumper saddles use foam, however, which isn’t adjustable.” Kimball-Davis enjoys driving out to barns, meeting people and helping them make sure they’re buying the right saddle. He also still See ROSENBERG, page 26


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What Caused My Upset Stomach? Probably The Apple! Last night, for absolutely no reason at all, I woke up sick to my stomach. “Must have been something I ate,” I thought. Lying there in bed amidst the grumblings and unhappy growls of my interior, I tried to retrace my dietary steps of the day. I hate breakfast so had skipped that. At 11 a.m., I enjoyed a delightful hot pretzel and a Coke; at 1 p.m., a turkey and swiss sandwich with chipotle mayonnaise; and at 7:30 p.m., a smoked turkey leg and a chocolate shake. About 9:30 p.m., I had eaten an apple. Damn that apple! Here it had been responsible for the entire fruits-and-vegetables section of my day, and Get your Sonic Boomer humor every day! Follow Deborah Welky on Twitter at twitter.com/TheSonicBoomer. On Facebook, stop by “The Sonic Boomer” page and click the “Like” button.

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The Sonic BOOMER it had screwed up. No health benefits whatsoever! I might as well have had a baconwrapped hot dog heaped with chili and cheese. Then I thought: “Wait a minute. Could this have been my fault? Had I been delinquent in the washing of said apple? Sure, I had buffed it with my shirttail, but was that enough?” Now, as I lay there moaning, I could almost feel the fertilizers and preservatives going to work on my stomach lining. I needed an antidote — quick!

Dragging myself weakly to the kitchen, I pulled open the pantry door and stared inside. What could I use to reverse the effects of these marauding chemicals? What exactly was the antidote to DDT? (And, yes, I know DDT has been outlawed since the ’70s, but my apple surely had come from the orchard of some “waste not/want not” farmer who had squirreled away a vast inventory of the stuff in defiance of the government and was now finally putting it to use as retaliation for having to pay income tax. (At least, this is how my mind works at 2 a.m.) I Googled DDT and, my eyes swimming, discovered that at one time urethane was considered an antidote. Was that the same as polyurethane? And what if it was? Well, I had some foam insulation left over from that roof job… Stop! I slapped myself in the face. That bad apple was obviously making me delirious.

I took out a pan and started making Minute Rice. Minute Rice is the best edible form of insulation I know. Fill your tummy with Minute Rice, and there’s no room for anything else. It absorbs all the fluids and most of the solids, and the only problem that remains is getting the Minute Rice itself out of your system. I’d worry about that another day. I went back to bed, secure in the knowledge that I’d done all I could do. I woke up at 3 in the afternoon feeling a whole lot better. Either the rice had done its job or the DDT had been wrangled into submission or both. A nice breakfast was what I needed — maybe a Pop Tart and three chocolate chip mini muffins. I’d wash those down with some KoolAid and be well on my way to recovery. However, I may never eat an apple again. Why risk my good health?

Why Do Some Shows Age Fast, While Others Go On Forever? Why do some television shows seem to work forever while others age fast? Shows such as Law and Order and CSI do very well in reruns on cable. Comedies also occasionally last for years. But there are some shows that start to age very quickly. Last year’s big hit is often mediocre this year. Why do I like Frasier reruns and my wife really loves Golden Girls? Why do we laugh at I Love Lucy 60 years after it was made? And why does a show like Glee seem a cultural phenomenon for a year or so and then decline so rapidly that some thought it might not be renewed for next year? There are several factors. The first is, of course, that really good procedural crime shows basically never age. A Law and Order from more than 20 years ago might show old cars and not have cell phones around, but the stories hold up. Characters on that show came and left, and the show went on. CBS is doing wonderfully well in the ratings with a whole raft of cop shows: several CSI franchises, Criminal Minds, Unforgettable, a couple of NCIS shows, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, The Mentalist and The Good Wife (a legal procedural, although it does have soap opera overtones). They make up more than half of

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continued from page 25 does saddle repairs, everything from installing new billets to replacing seats and removing knee rolls. But all of that is only incidental to his new idea: gardening. It starts with stall bedding. “In England, many stalls are deeplitter bedded with peat, a very absorbent natural substance. It absorbs all the urine, and all you do is take out the manure each day,” he explained. “You never add shavings or anything else. Although peat costs a little more for the initial installation, it pays off in the long run. You can bed a stall with peat for

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler the whole CBS schedule. Reality shows require new shows rather than reruns. Once you know who is going to win whatever it is on the contest shows, there is almost no purpose to them at all. And the “regular” reality shows are so non-regular that they are pathetic. Yes, it might be interesting to watch people pick up garbage, but without faking things, it would be boring. The only reason they are on is because they’re cheap to make. Notice that the non-contest shows turn up on the second-string cable networks, not even the best ones. Comedies often seem to have short shelf lives. While I liked the early years of Two and a Half Men, it became repetitious, a real problem for situation comedies. Most other sitcoms are on the edge every year, protected to

about $100, and that’ll last you a year or more. Horses love the peat. It’s comfortable for them to stand or lie on, and it cuts down on flies. The only thing people have to get used to is its color. It’s dark, and people are used to seeing light-colored, fluffy shavings.” And what does all of this have to do with gardening? “I have no gardening experience,” Kimball-Davis admitted. “But I have a great idea. I’d like to have horse people in the area convert from shavings to peat bedding. I’ll come out, pick up the manure from their manure pile for free, bag it and sell it. The mixture of peat with horse manure, plus a mineral additive called vermiculite, makes the best growing medium in the world. You can grow anything in it, and these days, many

some degree because if one works, the financial returns are enormous. So CBS has a comedy block Monday, ABC on Wednesday and NBC on Thursday. The real problem with most is that they are simply not that funny; they tend to be infinite variations on the same theme. When my wife was sick last year, I bought her the entire Mary Tyler Moore collection and she happily went through about seven years worth of shows. I doubt that will happen much with most of the current crop. ABC has done well with its evening soap operas over the past few years, but they are beginning to sag. Too often, the stars go through the same issues repeatedly. How many times will someone be betrayed? When do people whom fans follow become predictable and boring? A lot of fans of Grey’s Anatomy have written in blogs that they hope most of the original cast leaves after this year (their contracts all run out) because they have lost their luster. Glee began as an exciting new idea, young people singing and dancing while going through the soap opera bit. Unfortunately, it has become so focused on its social reform tendencies that there is far less fun and more preaching, even through the song choices.

people are looking into growing their own backyard vegetables.” Kimball-Davis is proud of the 4by-4 raised beds he’s started using the peat/manure/vermiculite mix. Everything’s growing wonderfully, some from seeds, some from seedlings. He has cucumbers, tomatoes, two types of lettuce, spinach, cabbage, beans, peas, squash, eggplant, two types of radish, spring onions, carrots, beet roots, tomatoes, bok choy, kohlrabi and herbs. “I was blown away at how well everything grows in this,” he said. “I know it’s a long way from my idea to a reality, but I’m ready to listen to anyone who wants to invest or has solid ideas on how to move forward.” Any takers? Contact Colin Kimball-Davis at (508) 397-3800.

The intentions are good, the results far less so. Ironically, many of the best new shows are on cable. Of course, they tend toward the procedurals, the cops and attorneys. But they take chances on characters who are a bit different; sometimes they actually look for some fun. Think Monk and Psych. There are many shows that are not half bad. But, sadly, too many of our old friends are falling by the wayside. NBC has been particularly hard-hit. At one time, that venerable network’s Thursday night lineup, led first by Cosby, then Cheers, and then Friends, brought in over 20 million people a night. Last week, their top show only got three million. Times change. People have more choices. We need the entertainment business to come up with more options for us, more shows we like. The new options are exciting. We can now download movies on our computers and view them on TV screens. We are watching television and movies on our phones. Now the real challenge will not be technical but finding decent shows to watch. And that has been the problem for years.

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Anne Rondeau, owner of The Shaggy Dog, with a customer’s pet. PHOTO BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

The Shaggy Dog Offers Grooming Services For All Breeds Of Dogs And Cats By Jessica Gregoire Town-Crier Staff Report Dogs are a part of the family, and groomers at The Shaggy Dog understand that. Owner Anne Rondeau and her employees treat people’s beloved pets as their own. “I have customers who have been coming with their dogs all their lives,” she said. “They feel really comfortable coming here.” Since 1998, The Shaggy Dog has been located at 6685-A Lake Worth Road, in the Shoppes of Lake Worth, just west of Jog Road. Rondeau has always had a love for animals. “I grew up in a small town in Iowa around horses, dogs and cats,” she recalled. Even as a girl, Rondeau knew she had a natural talent for grooming. “I think you kind of have to have that natural talent for grooming,” she said. “And it’s all about having patience when you’re dealing with animals.” Rondeau and the other groomers enjoy working with animals. “It’s never a dull moment, and you never know what’s going to happen when you’re working on animals,” she said. “Every day is different and every animal is different.” Groomers at The Shaggy Dog have more than 20 years of experience and understand how to treat all animals, Rondeau said. Groomers groom all breeds of dogs and cats with allnatural products. For The Shaggy Dog staff, it’s all about giving the best service to their customers. Whatever the customers want for their pet, the groomers make it possible. “We have dogs like Cecile who come here every Friday for a wash and blowout, and has been coming here for 10 years,” Rondeau said. Rondeau believes her customers keep com-

ing back for the care and special treatment their pets receive. “We treat their dogs like we would our own,” she said. “We give them a good wash and blowout, and I try to keep my shop as clean as possible.” The dog-grooming services at The Shaggy Dog are a little unconventional compared to other grooming salons because it doesn’t have any set packages. “Some dogs like wire fox terriers and schnauzers pretty much have a set cut, but we mostly do what the customer wants,” Rondeau said. “People like different things, so they should get what they want for their dogs or cats.” Rondeau believes that her experienced groomers are what sets The Shaggy Dog apart from large chain dog-grooming companies. “A lot of the groomers in those bigger shops are right out of school, and don’t have a lot of experience,” she said. “They do their own training, and the school is only two weeks long, and realistically you can’t learn that quickly.” The Shaggy Dog charges by the size and breed of the animal. “Most of the small dogs start at $48 and it goes up from there,” Rondeau said. “That includes everything like the bath, hair and nail cut, ears and anal glands cleaning, and the bow and perfume, which most places charge extra for.” Tooth brushing and flee and tick dipping treatment is extra. “If there is a lot of matting, then we may charge extra, but that depends on how bad it is,” Rondeau said. For additional information about The Shaggy Dog, visit the company’s web site at www. myshaggydog.com or call (561) 432-8004.

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Schaefer Recognized As Monthly Achiever In an effort to distinguish the company’s top sales producers, Lia Sophia has recognized Wellington’s Sylvia Schaefer as a monthly achiever. Schaefer, who is ranked among the top sales representatives in the organization, is now part of an elite group of company advisors and managers who have been acknowledged for their outstanding jewelry sales efforts. “We’re so pleased to applaud Sylvia Schaefer’s personal achievements in sales,” said Darrin Johnson, vice president of U.S. Sales for Lia Sophia. “This attests to the dedication, hard work and passion that goes into successfully forming your own business.” The monthly achievers are applauded and recognized in Lia Sophia’s national monthly newsletter, which is distributed throughout the organization. Accumulated monthly sales can qualify advisors and managers for annual awards. “Earning money by helping my hostesses and customers find beautiful, affordable jewelry has been so satisfying for me,” Schaefer said. “Building and maintaining my own

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Sylvia Schaefer business and receiving recognition have been an experience I never dreamed possible.” To contact Schaefer, visit www. liasophia.com/sylviaschaefer. Lia Sophia is a unique direct selling opportunity offering fashion jewelry through personalized inhome demonstrations. For further information, visit www.liasophia.com or call (800) 487-3323.

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Planned Parenthood Opens Health Center In Wellington

Just in time for National Sexually Transmitted Infections Awareness Month in April, women, men and teens can get tested at Planned Parenthood’s new state-of-the-art health center in Wellington, located at 10111 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 340. A grand opening will take place Thursday, May 10. RSVP to (561) 472-9948 or e-mail public_affairs@ ppsoflo.org. Planned Parenthood’s newest health center will provide the affordable, quality healthcare services that Florida’s underinsured and uninsured women need. Nearly 2 million Florida women are uninsured and nearly as many need contraceptive services and supplies. Women and communities of color are disproportionately affected by the healthcare crisis in Florida. The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that in Florida, 31 percent of black women and 38 percent of Hispanic women have no health insurance coverage, while 18 percent of white women are uninsured. “Every day we supply women, men and teens with the most sophisticated instrument in medicine —

accurate information which can help them make the best decisions about their health,” said Lillian A. Tamayo, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast. “Our new Wellington health center makes it possible for more families to receive the preventive services they need to stay healthy.” The generous support of community members, who have donated over $500,000 to date, make the opening of the new Wellington health center possible. Planned Parenthood will continue addressing Florida’s healthcare crisis by providing lifesaving cancer screenings, breast healthcare, pap tests, well-woman exams, contraceptive services, sexually transmitted infection prevention and treatment, and much more. “The generosity of our donors is greatly appreciated and recognizes that Planned Parenthood is on the front lines of healthcare delivery, providing essential preventative health care,” Tamayo said. “There is an overwhelming need for affordable reproductive health services and comprehensive sex education in our

community, and our new Wellington health center helps make that possible.” Services available at the new Wellington health center will include gynecological exams, cervical cancer detection, birth control access, HIV and sexually transmitted infection testing, and other related reproductive healthcare services. The public can schedule appointments at the Wellington health center or one of the other 10 South Florida and Treasure Coast locations by calling (800) 230-PLAN. Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast’s health centers offer routine testing for a range of STIs. Last year alone, Planned Parenthood provided nearly 20,000 STI and HIV tests. In April, Planned Parenthood is making it easier to get yourself tested by offering a $40 office visit (savings of $40) and $25 off any three STI tests (chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, syphilis and HSV2). Community members interested in making a financial contribution to support Planned Parenthood’s preventive healthcare and education services can call (561) 472-9969.


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Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization Receives Grant The Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization, a nonprofit providing education, advocacy and support programs for children and adults with Down syndrome and their families, has been awarded a $1,200 CVS Caremark Community Grant. The donation will be used to support the Learning Program, a familyfocused educational program that shows parents how to create a stimulating learning environment at home for their children with Down syndrome and helps children improve their language, reading and math and social skills. Gold Coast’s mission is closely aligned with CVS Caremark All Kids Can, the company’s signature philanthropic program focused on supporting children with disabilities. “We are pleased to be partnering

with CVS Caremark on our Learning Program, which this year is serving 63 families in our community and helping children with Down syndrome from ages 2 through 14 to receive the best education possible,” Executive Director Terri Harmon said. “We recently met with CVS District Manager Jim Scozzari, who generously offered the support of local employees as volunteers for our organization in addition to the grant funds. All of us at Gold Coast appreciate the CVS Caremark support of our vision that with the proper education, children with Down syndrome will become adults who are fully contributing members of their community.” “We are committed to making a positive impact in the communities where we live and work, and the CVS

Caremark Community grants program does just that by supporting organizations that truly make a difference in the lives of children and families,” said Randy Martinez, community relations manager of CVS Caremark Corporation. “We are proud to support the work that Gold Coast Down Syndrome does in the community, and we look forward to working with them in the year ahead.” The Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization has been empowering local individuals with Down syndrome and their families since 1980. The organization supports the inclusion of persons who have Down syndrome in all areas of life as contributing and valued members of society. To learn more about the Gold

Jim Scozzari of CVS Caremark congratulates Terri Harmon and Anne Dichele of the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization. Coast Down Syndrome Organization, visit the organization’s web site at www.goldcoastdownsyndrome. org or contact Anne at ad.gcdso@

bellsouth.net or (561) 752-3383. For more information about All Kids Can, visit www.cvsallkidscan. com.

Clerk: Company Soliciting Residents For Public Records Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock is advising residents to be wary of official-looking notices they receive in the mail, telling them they need to purchase a copy of the deed for their property. These notices, sent by “Local Records Office,” tell recipients that they can receive a copy of their prop-

erty deed and a “complete property profile” by sending $89 to an address in Tallahassee. The notices also include a coupon that people can detach and mail back with their checks, noting the $89 “service fee.” Deeds and other official records are easily obtained online or at the courthouse from the clerk’s office.

Hard copies cost $1 a page, and certified documents cost an additional $2. Uncertified copies may be downloaded and printed for free by using the Official Records search at www.mypalmbeachclerk.com. “Solicitations like this may be legal, but they are misleading,” Bock said. “Every few years, we hear from

residents who have received these notices and want to know what they should do. We want to remind people that this information is readily available online and at the courthouse. There is no need to pay that kind of money to get public records.” The records available at the clerk’s office include deeds, mortgages,

liens, court judgments and marriage licenses. As the county recorder and custodian of legal records, the clerk maintains and ensures the integrity of the official county record books dating back to 1909. For more information on receiving copies of public records, call the Records Services Center at (561) 355-2976.


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Summer OF fun

Breakers West 2012 Summer Camp Calling all campers for a summer of a lifetime. Sports-minded, adventure-seeking, nature-loving kids, ages 5 – 14, will find something for everyone at Breakers West, where there is fun for all.

Daily Golf, Tennis, Basketball & Swimming Instruction Arts & Crafts | Magic Shows Cooking Classes | Wildlife Demonstrations Science Projects Friday’s Famous Family Cookout & Much More... After Care Available WEEKLY SESSIONS: June 11 – August 17, 2012 {Excl. July 2 – 6} Monday – Friday | 8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

For more information or to register, please call 561-653-6330. Weekly sessions are Monday – Friday. No camp July 2 – 6, 2012. Discounts will be offered to families registering multiple children or for multiple sessions. Additional fees apply for After Care. Restrictions apply.


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‘The Music Man’ Runs Through April 29 At Lake Worth Playhouse The Lake Worth Playhouse is continuing its production of The Music Man now through April 29. An affectionate paean to Smalltown, USA of a bygone era, The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys band he vows to organize — this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. Harold’s plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall. This award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to its quirky characters, charming dramatic situations, and one-of-akind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads which have become popular standards. The cast features a soaring soprano ingénue, parts for young performers and children, and one of the musical theater’s treasures, a tour de force leading role for a charismatic actor. Book, music, lyrics are by Meredith Wilson. Individual tickets cost $26 and $30 all regular performances. Group tickets for 10 or more can be purchased by calling (561) 586-6410. The Lake Worth Playhouse is located at 713 Lake Ave. in downtown Lake Worth. All tickets and subscriptions can be purchased through the playhouse box office at (561) 586-6410 or online at www.lake worthplayhouse.org. Valet parking is available for $5. Street and lot parking is also available. The Lake Worth Playhouse is a nonprofit community theater with a diverse array of offerings, including award-winning dramas, comedies, musicals, area premieres, Broadway favorites, children’s shows, ballets and operas on film, live concerts, improv comedy and alternative programming. In addition to its main stage theatrical fare, the playhouse presents year-round independent and foreign films in the Stonzek Theatre, an intimate black-box-style

theater equipped with a large viewing screen and highdefinition projection. The Lake Worth Playhouse is proud to offer a variety of educational programs for adults and children, as well as community outreach initiatives that bring cultural programs into the neighborhoods of underserved youth and also make theater available free of charge for disadvantaged citizens in the community.

CGMS Gallery To Celebrate Third Anniversary May 4

The Clay-Glass-Metal-Stone Cooperative Gallery in downtown Lake Worth will celebrate its third anniversary Friday, May 4 at 6 p.m. The celebration will feature champagne, cake and a spectacular live monarch butterfly release. The butterfly release is a wonderful photo opportunity for families. The butterflies perch on fingers and pose for the camera before they take wing and fly. The artists of Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery are grateful to Jay Bernhardt, who brought them to Lake Worth with his generous offer to give the gallery a home in his building at 605 Lake Avenue. This generosity allowed a nonprofit cooperative of 25 to 30 artists to exhibit their work at an affordable cost. As many as 50 local artists have circulated through the gallery during this period. As the economy slowed, sales of art have dropped dramatically, yet the artists in this gallery were able to sustain themselves with teamwork and Bernhardt’s continued generosity. Understandably, a gift like this cannot go on forever. The members of the gallery are now tenants on a monthly basis with a rent in excess of the income the gallery brings in. The artists are committed to trying to raise the funds necessary to stay

put, but are actively looking for a location in Lake Worth that will allow them to continue their work as artists and to continue with the many events organized within the group that directly benefit the community. CGMS Gallery asks the public to join in the celebration, which may be the gallery’s last in this location, though not its last in Lake Worth. Gallery Director Joyce Brown said that if 20 new artists joined the gallery, revenues from their dues would pay for part of the increase in fees. She has pledged a fundraising campaign to raise the difference, at least for the next 12 months. During this period, she is certain a new space and venue will become available. The release of butterflies on May 4 will symbolize the gallery’s appreciation of Lake Worth for the city’s strong support. The birthday cake, beverages and food is a thank-you to all of Lake Worth and Palm Beach County for its continued support of the gallery’s artists and their efforts to make the arts community an integral part of the town. For more information about how you can help CGMS Gallery and Flamingo Clay Studio, contact Brown at jclay6@aol.com. All donations are fully tax deductible. Visit www.clayglassmetalstone.com for additional information.

The Phantom Recommends Culinary Creations At Kravis Center The best dining you will ever have on a Monday! When asked which is my favorite special event of the year, the answer is the Culinary Creations dinner at Kravis benefiting my favorite charity, the Quantum House. Last year I purchased a table for 10 and invited my business associates to be part of this truly unique event, which features four amazing courses served round-robin style. The fun of passing and sharing five different appetizers, entries and desserts is a truly unique experience. The American Culinary Federation Palm Beach County Chefs Association will hold the 13th annual Culinary Creations dinner on May 21 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. The spectacular culinary dinner, inspired by some of the region’s most talented chefs, will benefit Quantum House and the Palm Beach County Chefs in Distress Endowment Fund. Culinary Creations celebrates the

extraordinary talents of some of the finest chefs in South Florida. This unique evening is unlike any other food and wine event in Palm Beach County. Guests enter into an amazing champagne reception featuring delectable hors d’oeuvres. The foodie-themed evening flows into the silent auction. Guests can bid on private chef dinners, wine tastings and other spectacular items. The once-in-a-lifetime dinner also features four amazing courses served round-robin style. Guests have the opportunity to experience a dish from each of the 25 chefs such as smoked duck breast salad, lamb osso bucco cannelloni and crabcrusted local yellowtail snapper. Some of the participating clubs and restaurants include the River House, Eau Gallie Yacht Club, the Breakers and Café L’Europe. The diners will leave with a full stomach and a full heart because 100 percent of the proceeds from the dinner will benefit deserving charities.

“The chefs do an astounding job highlighting their talents, and Quantum House is thrilled to be part of this fantastic event,” said Robi Jurney, Quantum House executive director. “You’ll never have a chance to have all of these award-winning chefs under one roof preparing such a gourmet feast.” Tickets are on sale now. General tickets cost $125 per person or $1,000 per table of 10. VIP tickets cost $175 per person or $1,500 and can be purchased online at www.quantum house.org. The Quantum House is a caring and supportive home that lessens the burden for families whose children are receiving treatment in Palm Beach County for a serious medical condition. It is the only facility of its kind between Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call (561) 494-0515, and please tell them that their friend Joe Nasuti, the Phantom, highly recommended you call.

Breakers Executive Chef of Banquets Jeff Simms with Quantum House Executive Director Robi Jurney.

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Academy for Child Enrichment — Summer Camp Children will enjoy field trips and activities such as swimming, bowling, skating, science museum, movies and picnics. Tuition includes camera surveillance, creative curriculum, computer s and all meals. Registration is now being accepted for Summer Camp. Registration is free for new customers only. Se habla Español. Visit the A cademy for Child Enrichment at 700 Camellia Dr., Royal Palm Beach. F or more info., call (56 1) 798-3458 or visit www.small worldpbc.com. Breakers West Summer Camp — Calling all campers for a summer of fun! Children ages 5 to 14 are invited to Breakers West for Summer Camp 2012. Enjoy wildlife demonstrations, science experiments, magic shows, arts & crafts, cooking classes, golf, tennis, basketball, daily swimming instruction and so much more! Camp runs June 11 through Aug .17 (excluding July 2-6), Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sessions are $300 per camper, per week, plus a one-time registration fee of $50, which includes a camp essentials bag. Discounts are offered to families registering multiple children or for multiple sessions. After-care is available. To register for Breakers West Summer Camp, call (561) 653-6330. Camp Gan Israel Day Camp — Camp Gan Israel has a program geared for your child! Understanding that all kids are unique and are drawn toward different activities, Camp Gan Israel offers something for everyone. There are professional sports instructors, baking experts, dance instruction, jewelry making, karate instruction, trips to exciting local venues, swimming, boating, scrapbooking, edible art and so much more. Camp Gan Israel runs from June 18 through July 20, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The camp will take place at Palm Beach Central High School and accepts children from 3 to 13 year s. For more information, or to register, visit www.wellingtonjewishcenter.org or call (561) 333-4663. Camp Giddy-Up — Ravenwood Riding Academy has been located in Wellington for 22 years. Licensed and insured, with all safety equipment provided, they are located on a beautiful, safe and clean farm with plenty of shade. Ravenwood is now accepting 12 students per session, ages 6-14. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Campers learn safety, horse care and grooming, with riding lessons daily, as w ell as scheduled visits with a blacksmith, horse vet and equine dentist. Sibling discounts or multi-session discounts are available. Camp Giddy-Up has a full staff and a hands-on director. R egister today b y calling (561) 793-4109 or visit www.ravenwoodriding academy.com. Hurry, sessions fill up quickly! Casperey Stables Horse Camp — Casperey Stables is a small, fun-filled day camp for children ages 7 to 14. With four riding oppor tunities each day, arts & craf ts and outdoor games, campers find little time to be bored. The low counselor-child ratio ensures your child will receive 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 BBQ. Call soon: this small, quality program fills quickly! To learn more about the cam p, located at 2330 D R oad in Loxahatchee Groves, call (561) 792-4990 or visit www.caspereystables.com.

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The Learning Foundation of Florida’s Academic Summer Camp — TLFF’s elementary, middle and high school summer academic school/camp program has several different service options available to assist the diverse needs of students. TLFF’s K-8th grade summer program focuses on individualized academic remediation. TLFF uses weekly themes, a variety of teaching strategies, including a multi-sensory/hands-on approach and creative lessons. TLFF’s high school summer program focuses on grade forgiveness and/or acceleration. Students who have received D or F grades in classes may redo them for a higher grade. Students can also accelerate and take classes to get ahead. Both programs are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning June 18 and running through Aug. 3. F or more information, call TLFF at (561) 7956886. Noah’s Ark Summer Camp — Children will enjoy field trips and activities such as swimming, bowling, skating, science museum, movies and picnics. Tuition includes camera surveillance, creative curriculum, computers and all meals. Registration is now being accepted for both Summer Cam p. Registration is free for new customers only. Se habla Español. Noah’s Ark is located at 14563 Okeechobee Blvd., Loxahatchee Groves. For more information, call (561) 753-6624 or visit www.smallworldpbc.com. Royal Palm Co venant Tutoring Summer Camp 2012 — Children ages 5 to 14 will enjoy field trips to Lion Country Safari, museums, parks, bowling, movies, the zoo and activities such as sports, arts & crafts, cooking and more fun. Camp runs Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Open enrollment for the camp is going on now. A one-time registration fee of $25 per child includes a T-Shirt. The camp is located at 660 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Royal Palm Beach. Call (561) 793-1077 to register. Temple Beth Torah’s Leonie Arguetty Preschool — If your child is between 2 and 6 years old, “Summer of Fun” Enrichment Camp at Temple Beth Torah’s Leonie Arguetty Preschool is the place to be! Your child will enjoy a variety of fun activities that will make them smile, while promoting learning and social development. Activities include: arts & crafts, gymnastics, computers, sports, nature, cooking, water play and a state-of-the-art playground. They’re sure to love the weekly entertainment, including High Touch High Tech, storytellers and animal shows. All of this in a loving and nurturing environment. The program is full time or part time for eight weeks. Free summer VPK is available for those entering kindergarten who have not yet used their voucher. Now enrolling for preschool 2012-13. Call Sandy at (561) 793-2649 for more information, or e-mail psdirector@templebethtorah.net. The Good Earth Farm — The Good Earth Farm in Loxahatchee Groves is a nonprofit animal sanctuary and rescue for horses and other large animals, and the only children’s zoo in South Florida. The farm has offered a camp since 1999. The camp promotes a healthy respect for animals and offers a fun-filled summer for your child with riding lessons, swimming, working with llamas, alpacas, mini horses and other farm animals. The art program is second to none, working with 3D design, drawing, painting and this summer felting, using the farm’s own llama and alpaca wool! Where else can you brush and care for a baby zebra? This summer, Good Earth F arm is lucky to have its cafe open for lunch. The program is for six weeks, and your child can attend as many weeks as they want, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with aftercare available. Any one registering before April 25 can get a 10 percent discount for camp. For more info., call Nancy at (561) 792-2666.

Dream Believer Stables Horse Camp — Dream Believer is devoted to education of horsemanship, encouraging a health y relationship between hor se and rider, to develop confidence whether you are a competitive rider or just wanting to enjoy the pleasure aspect of riding. The family atmosphere encourages strengthening knowledge through hands-on horse care. Learn every aspect of horse care from riding to bathing. At Dream Believer, y our child will feel as if they ha ve their own hor se. The program accepts beginning level through adv anced riders in the riding academ y. Let them know what your goals are, and they will help you achieve them. The program is located at 16600 Hollow Tree Dr., Wellington. F or more info., call (561) 289-8515 or visit www.dream believerstables.com.

Tiny Tikes — Tiny Tikes 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 movies weekly, as well as special trips including the zoo, science museum and much more! They have three conveniently located centers which open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 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 y our space or visit Tiny Tikes at 16245 Okeechobee Blvd. in Loxahatchee.

High Touch High Tech/The Lab — The Lab is happy t o announce that it is expanding into a larger facility located near State Road 7 and Lantana Road. Science is presented by High Touch High Tech, the leader in hands-on science education for the last 17 years. Each day will be a new adventure from interacting with “lab critters” to launching rockets and panning for gems. The program offers affordable pricing, experiments with lots of cool science take-homes, art, physical activities and more. The Lab taps into children’s natural curiosity and provides them with safe and fun activities that help them learn about the world around them. Expect awesome fun as kids make slime, erupt volcanoes, make ice cream, tie dye t-shirts and more! Call (561) 4 44-3978

Zolet Arts Academy — Zolet is in its 23rd year offering professional fine arts classes in the original Wellington Mall, Suite 4. The summer camp program runs Monday through Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., starting June 11 for ages 6-8 and 9-14 featuring drawing, painting, sculpture and crafts. No two days are alike. Rotating subjects and media include: acrylics, watercolors, tempera, fingerpaints, chalk & oil pastels, charcoal, pen & inks, block & mono printing, 3D collage, wood, cla y, tile, papier mache, textiles and observational drawing/shading for audition prep. Individualized instruction for all skill levels. Take home completed work daily. Total cost includes all free supplies: $190 per week. Call (561) 793-6489 f or more information.


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Palm Beach Central Baseball Squad Defeats Jupiter 3-1 By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach Central High School varsity baseball team defeated the visiting top-ranked Jupiter Warriors 3-1 on Friday, April 13 in a District 9-8A match-up that would ultimately decide the top seeds in the playoff picture. The Broncos topped Jupiter in what turned out to be a defensive battle. The victory sealed the numberone seed for the Broncos (19-4, 6-2) in the district tournament, and the Warriors (17-6, 5-3) are slotted in the second seed. The first inning of the contest went scoreless. Palm Beach Central put together just enough offense to get on the board in the

second and third innings to lead Jupiter 2-0 by the bottom of the third. Jupiter tightened up its defense and shut down the Broncos for the fourth and fifth innings. Palm Beach Central put in one more run in the sixth inning to extend their lead to three. Jupiter struggled to get batters on base. In the seventh inning, it appeared the Warriors were working on a rally, as they were able to send in a runner to narrow the gap and load the bases. But a solid Bronco defensive double play closed out the game 3-1, putting an end to the Jupiter rally. The Broncos earned seven hits off of Jupiter pitcher Victor Gonzalez. Bronco Shawn Murray had an

Bronco pitcher John Padich throws in the first inning.

RBI and a double. Gabe Martinez and Jameel Edney committed sacrifice flies. Pitcher John Padich (5-1) allowed just three singles and four walks. Palm Beach Central played solid error-free defense, and made two double plays to help shut down the Warriors. Jupiter defeated the Broncos twice earlier in the season, so the victory was a good way to close out district play, in addition to earning the top seed. Palm Beach Central closed out the regular season with a non-district contest against American Heritage Delray on Thursday but the score was not available at press time. The district playoffs begin Monday, April 23.

Palm Beach Central first baseman Brady Roberson makes the catch for an out.

Bronco outfielder Isidro Peart is safe after stealing second base.

Palm Beach Central third baseman Ian Hagenmiller makes a diving effort to stop the ball. PHOTOS BY GENE NARDI/TOWN-CRIER

Wellington High Girls Lacrosse Team Falls To Jupiter 16-9 By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington High School girls varsity lacrosse team was bested by Jupiter 16-9 at a home game Thursday, April 12. The Wellington team celebrated their graduating seniors with a ceremony at halftime. Though the Lady Wolverines fought hard in the first half, they went into the break behind 7-5.

Kathleen Gerrits carries the ball into Jupiter territory. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

Wolverine Hannah Lord defends.

Early in the second half, both teams scored to make the score 8-6. Natalie Kelly cut into Jupiter’s lead with a goal, making the score 8-7. The game continued point-forpoint, with Jupiter scoring again and Lady Wolverine Krystine White following up with a goal to make the score 9-8. Jupiter then broke away with two goals to extend their lead 11-8. But Caroline Kurtz scored with

an assist from White to make the score 11-9. However, the Lady Warriors would go on to score five more goals to end the game 16-9. The Lady Wolverines hosted Cardinal Newman on Tuesday in the district semifinals, coming away with a 12-11 win. WHS faced Park Vista for the district title Thursday, but results weren’t available by press time.

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CATS Of Wellington Shines At Beach Blast Invite 2012 The CATS of Wellington gymnastics teams competed last week at the Beach Blast Invite. Newcomers and veterans brought out their best. Representing the younger girls of level two, Zoe Kyrkostas came in second place all around, scoring high 9s in all events. She received a 9.4 on beam and 9.25 on vault. Sasha Campbell scored a 9.2 on beam and vault, earning her third place all around. Sophia Roberts scored a 9.3 on floor and high 8s all around. Aliyah Perez scored a 9.35 on vault at high 8s all around as well. In her

very first competition, Enacoret Parziale scored an 8.7 on vault. Representing the older level two gymnasts, Sophia Rodriguez scored a 9.3 on vault and a 9.25 on floor, which earned her second place all around. Hailey Gruber scored a 9.15 on beam and a 9.1 on bars. Newcomer Natalie Bornel scored an 8.55 on vault in her first competition. Jessica Vanravenswaay scored a 9.25 on vault and a 9.2 on bars, earning her fourth place all around. As a team they placed third all around. These results produced some new stars and new promotions.

AYSO Acreage Fall Soccer Registration Set For May American Youth Soccer Organization, Region 1521, which covers The Acreage and Loxahatchee, will hold fall soccer registration for boys and girls ages 4 to 18 on Saturdays, May 5, 12 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Samuel Friedland Park. Registration will take place under the green tents at the soccer fields. Samuel Friedland Park is located at 18500 Hamlin Blvd. in The Acreage. For more information, call (561) 7985467 or visit www.ayso1521.net.

In level three, Angelina Apicella scored a 9.0 on vault and an 8.95 on beam. Alexis Merritt scored a 9.6 on bars, earning her first place for that event. She scored a 9.3 on vault and earned third place all around. In the next age group, Alexa Alvarez scored a 9.55 on vault and a 9.5 on beam. She earned first place all around. Allison Bunchuk scored a 9.5 on bars (second place for that event) and a 9.3 on beam. Her scores earned her third place all around. Alexandria Davis scored a 9.1 on vault and high 8s in all of her other events. Samantha Vilarino scored a 9.450 on beam (placing second in that event) and a 9.1 on bars, earning her third place all around. Katie Lettera consistently scored high 8s in every event. Elizabeth Sylvester scored an 8.95 on vault and high 8s in all her other events as well. Genevieve Sylvester scored 9.0 on vault and high 8s in all other events. These scores placed them second all around. In level four, Arabella Campbell scored a 9.25 on bars and a 9.1 on vault. She took third place all around. Faith Campagnuolo scored a 9.2 on floor and high 8s on vault and beam. Bianca Sileo scored a 9.1 on beam, a 9.15 on bars and a 9.025 on vault, making her third place all around.

CATS gymnasts and coaches celebrate with their trophies. Samantha Baez scored a 9.35 on bars (first place for that event) and a 9.0 on beam, earning her fourth place all around. Belen Bengolea scored a 9.275 on bars and a 9.0 on beam. These scores put them in third place all around. In level five, Alexia Moraes again placed first all around with a 9.5 on floor and a 9.2 on bars. Isabella Padilla scored a 9.375 on floor (earning her second place for that event) and a 9.025 on bars, plac-

ing her second all around. In level six, Elia Aird earned second all around yet again, with a 9.325 on vault (first for that event) and a 9.050 on floor. The team has only one more competition this season and plans to go out with a bang. Next season will bring many exciting changes with new competitors and many moving up to the next level. For more information, visit www. catsgymnastics.com.


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Michael Page holds his $1,000 check.

Bass Tournament Winners — Luke Sargen, Brandon Guchin, James Martin III, Jack DeChene, Chris Stevenson, Mark-Anthony Gibson and Natalie Hawkins.

BFK Hosts Tourney At John Prince Park Bass Fishing Kids Palm Beach County held a fishing tournament Saturday, April 14 at John Prince Park. The results were as follows: • Small Fry Division — First place, James Martin III of Loxahatchee, 4.20 lbs.; second place, Brandon Guchin of Coral Springs,

2.74 lbs.; and third place, Luke Sargent of West Palm Beach, 2.38 lbs. • Junior Division — First place, Natalie Hawkins of Delray Beach, 6.70 lbs.; second place, Chris Stevenson of Boynton Beach, 5.39 lbs.; and third place, Mark-Anthony Gibson of West Palm Beach, 5.11 lbs. The Big Fish winner was Jack

DeChene of Parkland with a fish weighing 3.21 lbs. A total of 45 kids fished, and a total of 77 fish were caught. The next tournament will take place May 12 at Lake Ida in Delray Beach. For more information, or to register for the next tournament, visit www.bassfishingkids.com.

Page Earns Another Pop Warner Scholarship Acreage Steelers Pop Warner football player Michael Page has won his second scholarship from the Southeast Regional Pop Warner Football Conference. The Southeast Region consists of four states: Florida, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. From these states, 70 athletes (35 boys and 35 girls) were chosen as First Team AllAmerican, and Page took home a $1,000 scholarship, making his total winnings $1,500. He won one of 18

scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500 for his academics and community service throughout the 201011 school year. Page was also chosen as Second Team All-American Scholar Athlete for National Pop Warner and will be recognized at the National Pop Warner Banquet May 26 at Disney’sYacht & Beach Club in Lake Buena Vista. The Acreage Pop Warner Football League congratulates Page on his achievement.


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Saturday, April 21 • The Loxahatchee chapter of the Florida Trail Association will walk Okeeheelee Park (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) on Saturday, April 21. Meet at 7:30 a.m. and hike about 4 miles before going to Pete’s Place for breakfast. Call Daisy Palmer at (561) 439-5780 for more info. • Visit the Wellington Green Market on Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Indian Trail Improvement District is teaming up with Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful to help usher in Earth Day 2012. Par ticipants will meet Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to noon at the ITID office (13476 61st Street North, across from the Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue station on Avocado Blvd.). Immediately following registration, ITID will host a ceremonial tree planting in honor of Arbor Day. For more info., call (561) 793-0874 or visit www.indiantrail.com. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Writing Series: Writing the Novel” on Saturday, April 21 at 9 a.m. for adults. Learn how to turn your story idea into a novel and learn different techniques for planning and drafting. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Our Kids World Family Fun Fest, an event designed for children 12 and under, will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center (9067 Southern Blvd.). Enjoy many handson educational activities, meet your favorite sports mascots and television characters, or have fun bouncing around in the inflatables Fun Zone. For more info., call (561) 868-1085 or e-mail ourkidsworld@wrmf. com. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host “Take Your Sons & Daughters to Work Day: Zero Waste Lunch & Learn” on Saturday, April 21 at noon for children ages 6 to 18. Learn tips and tricks the whole family can use for healthier, ecofriendly lunches on the go. All children must be accompanied by a parent. There is no charge. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host “Every Day is Earth Day” Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. for all ages. Go green by using recycled materials to make cute crafts. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • Wellington will present a free concert with

the Blues Brothers Soul Band on Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Sunday, April 22 • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will host the finals of the Nespresso USPA 108th U.S. Open Polo Championship on Sunday, April 22. Visit www.internationalpoloclub. com for more info. • Temple Beth Torah (900 Big Blue Trace, Wellington) will host a Gently Used Book Sale and Raffle on Sunday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to noon and 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. in the library. Call (561) 793-2700 or visit www. templebethtorah.net for more info. • Good Earth Farm (2141 B Road, Loxahatchee Groves) will host an Earth Day celebration Sunday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your lunch and enjoy pony rides and hayrides. Those who register for summer camp will get 10 percent off their tuition for the six weeks of camp. Plants will be on sale for the kids to take home. All drinks and hot dogs will be discounted. Meet the new baby zebra, Ozzy, and other animals. Vendors will have produce and homemade products. Vendor tables are available for $50. Call (561) 792-2666 for more info. • Wellington will present its Earth Day 2012 Celebration on Sunday, April 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 7532484 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for info. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host “Block Party: Green Mission Milestones” on Tuesday, April 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Each team will create a dish that features a local product that has been grown or produced in Florida. There is no charge. Call (561) 904-4000 for more info. Monday, April 23 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Legos” on Monday, April 23 at 4 p.m. for age 8 and up. Create your own vehicles or buildings out of Lego pieces. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “World Book Night” on Monday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m., an annual celebration designed to spread a love of reading and books among adults. Call (561) 7906030 for more info. Tuesday, April 24 • The Palm Beach County Commission See CALENDAR, page 41


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR CALENDAR, continued from page 40 will hold a workshop meeting Tuesday, April 24 at 9:30 a.m. at the government center’s Jane M. Thompson Memorial Chambers (301 N. Olive Ave., sixth floor, West Palm Beach). For info., visit www.pbcgov.com. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host a “Read Together Palm Beach County” book discussion for adults on Tuesday, April 24 at 2 p.m. Engage in a lively discussion with leader Barbara Harnick. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will present Teen Game Night on Tuesday, April 24 at 5 p.m. for ages 12 to 17. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host a “Read Together Palm Beach County” book discussion on Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. for adults. Call (561) 6814100 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at the municipal complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For more info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit www. wellingtonfl.gov. Wednesday, April 25 • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host “Sleepy Time Story Time” on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. for ages 3 to 5. Wear your PJs, bring your teddy bear, and rock your way to sleepy time with stories and songs. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will present “A Natural Start: Secrets to a Natural Birth” on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. Dr. Ian Shtulman will share the secrets to achieving a safe, natural birth. There is no charge. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. Thursday, April 26 • The Muscular Dystrophy Association will host its Wellington Executive Lock-Up on Thursday, April 26 at 9 a.m. at the Stonewood Grill & Tavern. Numerous local business and community leaders will volunteer to go behind bars for the MDA to benefit local children and adults living with neuromuscular diseases. For info., call Brandy Miller at (561) 742-3748 or visit www.mda.org. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “P, Q, R Story Time” on Thursday, April 26 at 3:30 p.m. for ages 4 to 6. Listen to stories about the alphabet, sing songs and make a simple craft. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road

7, Wellington) will host “Gluten-Free Cooking” on Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. Learn how to prepare a gluten-free meal that tastes great and is easy to prepare. There is no charge. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. Friday, April 27 • The Wellington Aquatics Complex (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host the Wellington Spring Into Summer Invitational Meet on Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29. Daily admission is $2 per spectator. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or call Aquatics Supervisor Eric Juckett at (561) 753-2497. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host “Mom’s Morning Escape and Goddard School Arts & Crafts Corner” Friday, April 27 from 9 to 11 a.m. Moms will receive a free mini-massage, coffee or tea, and muffin from the coffee bar, while children of all ages participate in the Goddard School Arts & Crafts Corner. There is no charge. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host an FCAT Party on Friday, April 27 at 3:30 p.m. for ages 7 to 11. Unwind from the stress of tests with Wii gaming. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce Installation Gala will take place Friday, April 27 at 6 p.m. at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Ave. South, Wellington). Call Jaene Miranda at (561) 790-6200 for more info. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host a wine-tasting benefit for Palm Beach Central High School Project Graduation on Friday, April 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy fine wines, cheeses and music in the specialty department all for a great cause. The cost is a $10 donation. For ticket info., contact Kimberly Briard at kjbpink@bellsouth.net. Saturday, April 28 • Visit the final week of the Wellington Green Market on Saturday, April 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will present a free concert featuring Bobby Gugliuzza and WeHUMANZ on Saturday, April 28 at 8 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. Email: news@gotowncrier.com.

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JOHN C. HUNTON AIR CONDITIONING & REFRIGERATION, INC.—Service & new inst allation FPL independent participating contractor. Lic. CAC 057272 Ins. "We are proud supporters of the Seminole Ridge Hawks" 561-798-3225. Family Owned & Operated since 1996. Credit Cards Accepted

COMPANION/ASSISTANT FOR ELDERLY — Experienced in all Area’s . Top references. I speak English only. Call 561-632-0464 or 561-790-0857

MOBILE-TEC ON-SITE COMPUTER SERVICE — The computer experts that come to you! Hardware/ Software setup, support & troubleshooting w w w.mobiletec.ne t. 561-248-2611 D.J. COMPUTER — Home & of fice, Spyware removal, websites, networks, repairs, upgrades, virus removal, tutoring. Call Jeff 561-3331923 Cell 561-252-1186 Lic’d Well. & Palm Beach. We accept major credit cards. DRIVEWAYS — Free estimates A & M ASPHALT SEAL COATING commercial and residential. Patching potholes, striping, repair existing asphalt & save money all work guaranteed. Lic.& Ins. 100045062 561-667-7716

CARE GIVER - COMPANION — over 10 years experience. Available for Live-In or Out. Happy to help with errands, cooking, cleaning. Valid Drivers License. References available. 333-4285

HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER — in W ellington needs EXAM PREP COORDINAT OR Bachelors Degree- Demonstrate Solid Performance on SAT and ACT (either verbal or math sections) Available to work evenings and Saturdays. Also needed: EXAM PREP TUTORS Now Hiring SAT/ACT Preparation Tutors. Must have a 4 year degree preferably in Mathmetics or English. Be available to tutor on Saturdays. Please e-mail your resume to marlenegiraud@hlcwellington.com VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — 14 years and over for community service. Have fun with animals & kids 792-2666 DRIVERS! DRIVERS! DRIVERS! Drivers wanted for Wellington Cab. Retirees welcome. Cleaning Driving Record. Call 561-333-0181 ENTRY LEVEL RECEPTIONIST — Computer literate. Heavy phones & filing. Fax resume 561-333-2680 WINDOW INSTALLERS WANTED Subcontractors only. Top Pay. No Brokers. Call Matt 561-714-8490 FRONT DESK — Loxahatchee/ Boynton Beach. Busy Dermatology practice, full-time, experience preferred, must be available for flexible hours, evenings and weekends. Fax resume to 561-790-7568 MEDICAL ASSISTANT NEEDED IN LOXAHATCHEE/BOYNTON BEACH — Busy Dermatology practice, full-time, experience preferred, must be available for flexible hours, evenings and weekends. Fax resume to 561-790-7568

F AMILY OWNED CLEANING BUSINESS IS EXPANDING — We are honest, reliable and dependable. Over 20 years experience in the Western Communities. Call today to get started. Norma 561-3555044

HURRICANE SHUTTERS P&M CONTRACT ORS — ACCORDION SHUTTERS Gutters, screen enclosures, siding, sof fits, aluminum roofs, Serving the Western Communities. Since 1985. U-17189 561-791-9777

BOB CAVANAGH ALLSTATE INSURANCE — Auto •Home • Life• Renters •Motorcycle •RV • Golfcart • Boat Serving the Western Communities for 24 years Call for a quote 798-3056, or visit our website. www.allstateagencies.com/ rCavanagh

RJA PAINTING & DECORATING, INC. — Interior Exterior, Faux Finish, Residential,Commercial.Lic. #U17536 Rocky Armento, Jr. 561793-5455 561-662-7102 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 our website 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

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. FRONT DESK CLERK — for operating the front desk of hotel, good verbal and written communication skills, spont aneous desire to assist others and provide excellent customer service, flexible schedule needed, mainly night shift, weekends and holidays. Experience preferred. Please send resume via email or fax. info@royalinnhotel.com Fax 561-795-1502 SEAMSTRESS WANTED — Minimum 4 years experience. Use of Industrial Machine. Call 561-3015338 WELLINGTON CHURCH NURSER Y STAFF — person to care for preschoolers. Sunday mornings and occasional evenings. $11 per hour will consider adults, college students and present high school juniors 561-793-4999 or pastorweiss@bellsouth.net GENERAL MAINTENANCE PERSON NEEDED FOR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION — Part Time, 24 hours per week, Mon-Wed-Fri, 7:30am - 4:30pm. $10.00 per hour. Fax resume to 561-967-7675 - or call 561-967-3337 for an appointment - or email resume to tkiser@capitalrealtyadvisors.com

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BILLY’S HOME REPAIRS INC. REMODEL & REPAIRS — Interior Trim, crown molding, rottenwood repair, door inst allation, minor d r y w a l l , k i t c h e n s / c a b i n e ts / countertops, wood flooring. Bonded and Insured U#19699. Call 7919900 or 628-9215 HANDYMAN AND CLEANING SERVICES — Caza Services for all your handyman and cleaning needs. 18 years experience. No job is too small. Call us today. Insured 561-802-8300 or 754-242-3459

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 CRC 1327426 561-248-8528

HOUSECLEANING — 20 yrs experience. Excellent local references. Shopping available. 561-572-1782 HOUSECLEANING — affordable cleaning services, Royal Palm Maids. 561-666-7738 “For all your cleaning needs”

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 \ JEREMY JAMES PLUMBING — Licensed plumber, legitimate estimate. Water heaters, new construction. CFC1426242. Bonded Insured. CFC1426242. 561-6016458

J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, roofs, houses, driveways, patios etc. Commercial & Residential. Interior & Exterior p ainting. Certified pressure cleaning & painting contractor. Lic. #U21552 Call Butch at 309-6975 or visit us at www.jbpressurecleaningandpainting.com

MINOR ROOF REPAIRS DON HARTMANN ROOFING — Roof painting, Carpentry. Lic. #U13677 967-5580 ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in rep airs. 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 561-3090134 Lic. Ins. Bonded. CGC023773 RC-0067207

JOHN C. BEALE BUILDING & ROOFING — Additions, remodeling, roof rep airs & replacements, screened porches. Licensed & Insured. Call for Free Estimates. 561798-6448 ccc1326383 ccc1250306

SECURITY — American owned local security comp any in business 30 plus years. Protection by officers drug tested. 40 hour course. Licensed & Insured. 561-848-2600

JOHN’S SCREEN REPAIR SERVICE — Pool & patio rescreening. Stay tight,wrinkle-free,guaranteed! CRC1329708 call us 798-3132. www.poolscreenrepair.com

STEAMPRO TILE & CARPET CLEANING — Residential & Commericial. 561-818-8635 (office) 561-255-9098 (cell) Licensed, Bonded and Insured.

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

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

ACCORDION SHUTTERS — Gutters, screen enclosures, siding, soffits, aluminum roofs, Serving the Western Communities. Since 1985. U-17189 561-791-9777

MAR Y KAY SKIN CARE — Like FREE stuf f? You can host a Mary Kay p arty in your home... or now you can host an online p arty! Call me for det ails and get ready to earn your FREE product s! Also...learn how to earn 50% on your sales! 561-779-7796 visit our website at www .marykay.com/LSChroeder01

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

SPECIALIZING IN BA THROOM REMODELING — Free estimates serving South Florida since 1980. Quality you expect, service you deserve. Lic. bonded & Ins. U21006 561-662-9258

YARD SALE THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 21ST, 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. — 1906 Derby Trail, off Forest Hill Blvd.

FURNISHED HOUSE FOR RENT/ SHORT OR LONG TERM — situated in a cul-de-sac and 5 minutes away from Spruce Meadows, this 2000 sf. 2 story newer house in Shawnessy has hardwood floor throughout and 2.5 bathrooms. Leather furniture, 48” TV and a Piano in main floor. Master bedroom has Jacuzzi. 2 large size bedrooms and bonus room. Wireless Internet, double attached garage, fenced backyard with BBQ. Weekly housekeeping, linen service and lawn cutting plus all utilities included. For mor details call (403) 808-7254 OR (403) 700-2065

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